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Big Love, Sister Wives and Creepy Actors

I’ve been watching Big Love the past few weeks. The dynamic of one man with multiple wives is foreign to most of us but it’s worked for thousands of years in certain civilizations. Big Love normalizes it. Sister Wives seems to exploit it.

In another life I had a Mormon roommate. We became best friends and with our doggies had a sort of little “family.” Her family is very high up in the Mormon community and I learned many things about the religion from her. This Jewish girl even went to a church dance with her!! The men were all gentlemen and I had a good time. Nobody ever tried to convert me and living with her was one of the most peaceful times of my life.

As I watch Big Love now, I’ve learned a new word (shout out to IDModo):
Wife #1 just told Wife #3 she was being obstreperousness. Good word and no red squiggley line..

Harry Dean Stanton makes me cringe!

Sometimes an actor is so good at being bad that one role could haunt you forever.

While watching Big Love, I have now added Harry Dean Stanton to my list of creepy actors. I always liked him before. Repo Man and my favorite Brat Pack movie, Pretty in Pink, but in Big Love his character is pure evil and he’s very good at portraying the head of a Polygamist dynasty.

Another actor I cannot see with getting shivers is Tony Todd in Candyman. That movie was very suspenseful and about as horror as I will go. I won’t see Saw or any of the over-the-top grotesque gore. I like suspense.

The third actor is a character actor and I don’t know his name or what movie he’s in that creeped me out. I only know I see him often and remember something negative and get an “icky” feeling. Someday I’ll figure out his name.

November 16, 2010 Posted by | Aaron Paul, Amanda Seyfried, Big Love, TV Drama | Comments Off on Big Love, Sister Wives and Creepy Actors

April Bowlby from “Drop Dead Diva” — Some Facts and Photos

Many people find my blog when searching for April Bowlby. I thought I’d find some information and pass it along to her fans.

April Bowlby stars as Stacy Barrett on Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva.”

April Bowlby studied ballet and French in college before deciding to pursue a career in acting. Within weeks of her first Hollywood audition, April Bowlby landed the recurring role of Kandi, Alan’s ditzy girlfriend, on the hit CBS comedy series “Two and a Half Men.”

April Bowlby has also appeared on the CBS series “How I Met Your Mother,” “CSI: NY” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” Some of April Bowlby’s additional acting credits include roles on the FOX comedy “Stacked,” the ABC series “Freddie” and the television movie “Sands of Oblivion.”

On the big screen, April Bowlby was featured in “All Roads Lead Home” and will soon be seen opposite Michael Clarke Duncan in “The Slammin’ Salmon.”  FAN SITE



November 12, 2010 Posted by | April Bowlby, Drop Dead Diva | Comments Off on April Bowlby from “Drop Dead Diva” — Some Facts and Photos

Are you there Vodka, it’s me, Chelsea — Becomes an NBC Sitcom!

Chelsea Handler lands an NBC comedy:
Are you ready to see her Horizontal Life on the small screen?

Chelsea Handler is joining her fellow E! late-night host Joel McHale on the peacock network. Wait, Chelsea as Greendale’s new alcoholic professor?! Alas, we can only hope. But still, there’s good news! NBC has picked up the pilot Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea, based on Handler’s popular memoirs .

The comedy will pull stories from each of the three books, My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands, Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea, and Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang, and focus on the life of a 20-something woman who will closely resemble Handler herself, without having the profession of a comedian/author. Since Handler has already lived the hilarious situations that landed her on the best-sellers list, she’ll be working behind-the-scenes as executive producer, instead of in front of the camera, along with her Borderline Amazing partner Tom Brunelle, and Werner Entertainment’s Werner and Mike Clements. “The show will be mined from my books and allow me the creative control to put a younger actress in the situations I found myself in at 26, while I sit back, laugh, and not get arrested,” said Handler in a statement to EW.

So is Chelsea Handler the Candace Bushnell of the 21st century? (Call it the Carrie Curse, but it seems like any comedy about a professional single woman will always draw comparisons to Sex and the City). Those of you who’ve read Handler’s books know how rich in Not Suitable For Network TV material they are, so are you bummed at the thought of a possibly watered-down version of her antics? Or, are you the type that doesn’t flinch are the sounded of a dubbed “idiot” instead of you-know-what?

Handler, who has hosted Chelsea Lately since 2006, is currently working on After Lately, a Larry Sanders Show-style comedy based on her job as host of E!’s late night talk show, and was recently cast alongside Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy, and Chris Pine in McG’s upcoming film This Means War.

Are we destined for a full-fledged Handler takeover, PopWatchers?

November 4, 2010 Posted by | Books, Chelsea Handler, Employment, Gossip, Humor?, Hunky Men | Comments Off on Are you there Vodka, it’s me, Chelsea — Becomes an NBC Sitcom!