Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monsters Vs. Aliens Review
This movie was recently released, a cartoon about a group of monsters called on to help save Earth from the aliens. I knew that Reese Witherspoon was the voice of the main girl, Susan, but I didn't realize until I went to the film that I knew a lot of the people. Head alien is Rainn Wilson, Hugh Laurie plays Dr. Cockroach (he was hilarious, making an awesome mad-scientist), Stephen Colbert as the President ("I am brave. I am a brave president.") and even Seth Rogen as B.O.B. (very obvious it was Seth, but he was great. He added a lot of the fun quotes!)
The main thing I wanted to talk about in regards to this film is the 3-D. It was the first time I've seen a movie like this and it was awesome! Maybe if you are used too it, it won't be too great, but I really did enjoy it and overall, it simply adds to the movie-going experience if you will. I can't wait to check out another one.
Overall, this was a cute and fun movie, with a lot of humor for sure. It's perfect for not just little kids...a lot of the humor is actually aimed towards teens and up!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
There is a Willow party going on from March 30-April 3, and you are invited!
The introduction post has just been added, as well as details on another contest in conjunction with the release of this amazing book.
Go and check it out. Celebrate with us to honor Julia and this amazing book, out April 2.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
So, this was an idea I had a while back and you might actually remember the one time I used it. I've been meaning to do it agian, so I apologize for the lateness (if you even enjoyed this, which hopefully you did!)
To explain, YKT means: You Know Them. I'll talk about a show or movie that has actors and actresses that you know...but maybe you didn't realize they were in this particular movie/show/whatever.
Today, I'm talking about Psych. Now, most of you at least KNOW of Psych, but I'm focusing on two movies that the main stars James Roday and Dule Hill were in that you may or may not have already known about.
He played, as I so lovingly call him, "I can fix that" Sam.
One of my favorite episodes of Psych is the one were Shawn and Gus actually reference the movie Holes. Anyone that knows the film would get it, of course, but you have to know Dule was Sam to really find the whole humor!
I included said moment below. The person who made the video actually puts the scene I already posted above at the end, so you can see that it's Dule, but feel free to just watch the Psych moment of course!
Now, let's move on to our very own Shawn, James Roday! The Dukes of Hazard was made into a film starring Seann William Scott, Willie Nelson, and Johnny Knoxville. However, James Roday was in this film as well as the race car driver, Billy Prickett.
Sadly, though I tried hard, I couldn't find a video of James in the film. I hope this photo will do!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Candor by Pam Bachorz
Out: September 2009
(no cover yet)
Summary: Oscar Banks has everything under control. In a town where his father brainwashes everyone, he's found a way to secretly fight the subliminal Messages. He's got them all fooled: Oscar's the top student and the best-behaved teen in town. Nobody knows he's made his own Messages to deprogram his brain. Oscar has even found a way to get rich. For a hefty price, he helps new kids escape Candor, Florida before they're transformed into cookie-cutter teens. But then Nia Silva moves to Candor, and Oscar's carefully-controlled world crumbles.
My Thoughts: Doesn't this just sound amazing? It's a very different idea for a Young Adult novel. I love that though, because sometimes you just want to read something that is completely different from a lot of other books being released. This definitely sounds like one of those titles! I can't wait until it's released. I wonder what the cover will look like...
On Pam's website, she has a playlist of songs that she listened to while writing Candor. I went through a few of them and decided it would be fun to post one of the songs here so everyone else can enjoy.I really really liked this one. The video is for Blair from Gossip Girls (fan-made) so you can watch it if you want, but the song is the main part of course!
"Stand Still, Look Pretty"- The Wreckers
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I have a favor to ask of anyone that works at a library or bookstore or knows someone who does! I know a couple of you work at a library, but feel free to email me first if I don't get one sent off to you tonight. I'm a bit busy at the moment with some school stuff.
It's a secret, in a way, what I have to ask...so I don't want to post the information here, so please get in touch!
Monday, March 23, 2009
for the new show Roommates on ABC Family. Premeires tonight March 23 9/8c.
Find out More: http://abcfamily.go.com/abcfamily/path/section_Shows+Roommates/page_Detail
Show Summary: Mark has a crush on Katie, so what's he do? Becomes her roommate. Smooth. They also live with Hope, a career woman ... um, without a career. And roomie No. 4, James, has advice for everyone, but he's no better off than anyone. And finally there's Thom, who doesn't live in but hangs out a lot. Hookups, jobs, and other embarrassments keep the laughs coming as five twentysomethings try to figure it all out.
Tamera Mowry:Well, living in New York and not having much money, you tend to look for places. James’ character, it’s actually—we’ve made the back story—it’s actually his place. And Katie and I went to college together, and we were just looking for a place to stay, and so he let us stay there. And then we just happened to have another roommate, so it was just kind of those things, you know, where you’re going through life and you need a place to stay and you see a bulletin, a board that says, “Roommates needed.” And that’s basically how it all started.
Lauren: Yes, that sounds great. I think it adds a lot more, definitely, to the comedy aspect of the show that they’re not already best friends.
Tamera Mowry: Yes.
Lauren: My next question was, since you’re filming in front of a live audience, you have their reactions. I’m sure it’s good for immediate, like what the people think, but how nerve-wracking is that?
Tamera Mowry: Oh my God, to tell you the truth, I haven’t done comedy in ten years. Oh God, that tells my age. So going from doing Strong Medicine and doing single camera stuff to four camera, I literally though I was going to throw up because you know immediately if a joke works and if it doesn’t, so in your head you’re like, oh my God, I hope this lands, I hope this lands. But what’s so great, I think, about our writers is they taught us to trust the material, so they just put all the pressure on them. They were like, “You know what, just be real. Say the words, and if it doesn’t work, it’s not on you. It’s on us,” and then they’d change it. So that helped a lot.
Lauren: That’s great. Well, since you’ve been acting for a long time, along with your sister and your brother, were you ever worried about getting older and not being able to find certain jobs? Because they always talk about child actors and you’re trying to grow up in the business. Was that ever a worry or did you have a lot of luck with it?
Tamera Mowry: Oh, yes. If anything, when you’re in it, you’re not worrying about it, but obviously, when the show ended, so did all the benefits. And people are like, “Oh, that’s the little kid from Sister, Sister,” and it was really hard to accept that. But I’ll never forget, I don’t know if it was Tatyana Ali or Neil Patrick Harris that said you have to allow yourself to be forgotten in the sense that, live your life. Naturally grow up. So I went to college. I traveled the world, and then when I came back, because of my life experiences, it naturally happened. I didn’t have to take off my clothes or do something crazy in order for people to see that I’m an adult now. But it was a very hard transition, I’m not going to lie. I was out of work for at least two years, and then I hadn’t got a series in four until I did Strong Medicine.
Lauren: Yes, I think that’s great that even if you weren’t always having a job, you were able to grow up and still do what you loved and not do something totally off the wall to get attention.
Tamera Mowry: Exactly.
Lauren: Yes. You always hate to hear those kind of stories, and so that’s great. I’m really glad you’re on a new show. I think it sounds great, and it’s been great talking to you. Thanks.
Tamera Mowry: Thank you.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Last night the contest for Shrinking Violet ended and because there were so many entries (way to go you all! Nice song picks!!) Danielle decided to choose three winners instead of two. Here is what she had to say, as well as her picks for the winners:
I listened to them all and it was not easy to choose but the most relevant to Tere's story are the following:
The winner: Alyce for India Arie's Beautiful Flower because it's about hope and believing in yourself. Not to mention, it's such a beautiful song!
Second Prize: Thao for Jordin Sparks's Reflection. This song is really relevant because in Shrinking Violet Tere wants desperately to come out from behind her mask.
Third Prize: Deltay for Demi Lovato's This is Me because it's about conquering your fears and reaching your dreams.
The first winner will get the arc and second two will get surprise Shrinking Violet Prize Packs. I will put all three songs on my web site and give the winners credit for them.
Danielle also wanted me to thank everyone else for simply commenting and leaving such great song suggestions. I'm sure it was really hard for her to pick the winners, even if there were three.
Shrinking Violet is out May 5. There should be another promotion April 5, so keep a look out and my review should be up in May. Pre-order it now, or get it when it's released.
-It's late, so I'm going to simply post this for now...if you won, email me with Shrinking Violet in the subject: lauren51990 AT aol DOT com. If you don't email me, I'll try and get in touch tomorrow!
Want to hear the winning songs?
India. Arie- "Beautiful Flower"
Christina Aguilera-"Reflection" (I'm guessing this is the song Thao meant, so I chose to post Christina's version as it's the full one!)
Demi Lovato-"This is Me"
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I've noticed a lot of new anthologies being released these days, which is awesome, but especially when they deal with a certain topic (think the Twilight anthologies, the ones about movies and shows, etc.) As a huge fan of Psych, I think someone should work on something for the show. Honestly, if you know the show, there is probably a ton of topics you could discuss...some serious, some funny...who knows what?
I know a few authors that love the show, so come on girls (as you've all been girls thus far...) you should start this project! If I was a published author, I would SO pitch this idea somehow, or simply try and start it and see what happens!! lol
I would love to read what others have to say about Psych, and I'd of course love to write about Psych myself, but just me alone? Now, that's no fun! So anthology I say!! ANTHOLOGY! :0)
What do you think, fans of Psych? Would you read it?
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Review by: Lauren
Lia and Cassie were best friends, but as they get older, Cassie starts to worry a lot about weight. While Cassie will eat as much as she wants and throw it up after, Lia sticks to hardly eating anything at all. However, once in High School, the two of them drift apart until the night Cassie dies in a motel room. She called Lia 33 times. Lia never answered. Now even more alone in her illness, Lia continues listening to the voices telling her she’s nothing and should weigh nothing, no matter how much her family tries to stop her before she ends up like Cassie.
Wintergirls was a phenomenal book. Anderson takes a tricky, heart-wrenching, and sadly very common topic and writes it in a way that allows the reader to go along on this journey with Lia, understanding if not agreeing with her thoughts and feelings. Wintergirls might be written in a narrative format, but it’s pure poetry at heart.
This book is released on March 19, and I suggest everyone go and get a copy. Wintergirls is a powerful book. It makes no promises, gives no happily-ever-after. This is true life, not a fairy tale, and it might be hard to read at times but it’s an exceptional story about a world that simply comes alive.
If you saw my last post about eating disorders, you know all about my love for Hollyoaks. If you haven’t, please read that to better understand the videos I’m about to post and I’d love to further the discussion on either post as well.
Now, these two videos were made by fans chronicling the storyline of Hannah Ashworth and her friend Melissa, two girls suffering from anorexia and bulimia. The first video has an amazing song that really fits, and the second video shows a lot of parts that I thought back too while reading Wintergirls. You see, in the novel, Lia sees Cassie after she dies (I won’t go into detail, read the book) and in Hollyoaks, Hannah sees Melissa right after she dies, so in the second video there are a couple parts that show this. 1. When Melissa is sitting in the chair and then disappears and 2. When Hannah turns and waves goodbye to Melissa the end.
I know not everyone will know what this show is, as it’s only out in the UK, but the videos are powerful and pretty easy to understand nonetheless I believe, so please watch them. Any questions? I’d be happy to answer them!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson is a March release. I'm almost finished with it, and should have the review up in the next day or so. For now though, let me say this: It really is an amazing, well-written story.
Since I'm not finished with the book, I wanted to talk about anorexia, and eating disorders in general. Obviously, it's an awful thing, but it affects a lot of girls. I know a lot of people who think they aren't skinny enough and I just look at them and wonder, "How could you even think that?"
This past summer, I fell in love with a show called Hollyoaks. It might not sound familiar to most of you because it's a UK show. I started following one character's storyline as best as I could through sites and videos they found on Youtube. Through this, I learned about the character Hannah...as time goes on, she becomes bulimic, which leads to anorexia when she becomes friends with a model named Melissa. The two of them become friends and encourage each other's bad habits. In the end, Melissa dies of a heart attack, and Hannah finally begins to recover.
I have a couple fan-made videos that shows actual clips of Hannah and Melissa's journey. I think they are interesting and I'll post those with my review. Right now, I just want to post two videos where Emma Rigby (who plays Hannah) talks about eating disorders and her role playing a girl with one. Please check it out, and leave your thoughts in the comments on this book, the videos, eating disorders, etc.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
When fans pre-order the deluxe version ($11.99), they will be able to download “The Climb” instantly, music videos as well as a digital booklet when the soundtrack comes out. All of the bonus material is in bold below.
Pre-order deluxe version here: http://tinyurl.com/hannahmontanaituneslink
1. You'll Always Find Your Way Back Home - Hannah Montana
2. Let's Get Crazy - Hannah Montana
3. The Good Life - Hannah Montana
4. Everything I Want - Steve Rushton
5. Don't Walk Away - Miley Cyrus
6. Hoedown Throwdown - Miley Cyrus
7. Dream - Miley Cyrus
8. The Climb - Miley Cyrus
9. Butterfly Fly Away - Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus
10. Backwards (Acoustic) - Rascal Flatts
11. Back To Tennessee - Billy Ray Cyrus
12. Crazier - Taylor Swift
13. Bless The Broken Road (Acoustic) - Rascal Flatts
14. Let's Do This - Hannah Montana
15. Spotlight - Hannah Montana
16. Game Over - Steve Rushton
17. What's Not To Like - Hannah Montana
18. The Best of Both Worlds: The 2009 Movie Mix - Hannah Montana
19. Inside Look [Bonus Video Track] - Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus
20. The Climb [Bonus Video Track] - Miley Cyrus
21. Let's Get Crazy [Bonus Video Track] - Hannah Montana
22. How To Do The Hoedown Throwdown [Bonus Video Track] - Miley Cyrus
23. Digital Booklet - Hannah Montana: The Movie (Deluxe Edition)
What do you think? Comments are welcome! Come on...discussion is good for the soul.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Questions by: Lauren
1. You have a novel out called The Never Enders, which is such a good title to get people thinking. Is there one particular meaning behind it or does it encompass a lot of ideas about the book?
For me, it's the idea of being young and thinking that things will always be the way they are at that time. It's the idea that the beautiful struggle that many of us go through during our early twenties will last forever. It's difficult and exciting and the most fun many of us will ever have in our lives and when you're there, at least for me, I never thought it would end. My friends and I were The Never Enders. Of course, it did end and the next thing comes along. As I've gotten older I've realized that that's not a bad thing.
2. The Never Enders deals with a lot of heavy issues: drinking, drugs, violence. Are these things you've experienced in your own life (through yourself or others) or were they simply topics you wanted to talk about (perhaps a mix of both)?
I have done my share of partying and I've seen some pretty dark days, however, I didn't plan on writing about those things just to write about them. I sat down and started typing and that's what came out. It felt right so I kept going. Before long I'd written The Never Enders. But I get frustrated at the idea that some people have that this is a "drug book" or something like that. I feel that the drugs and the violence are a minimal part of it. At the end of the day I think it's about young people, trying to figure things out. Trying to figure out where they belong. Trying to find love.
3. If you had to pick a song to go along with this book, what would be your pick and why?
I heard the song "Passive" by A Perfect Circle while watching a movie called Constantine and it completely blew my mind. The scene took place in this underground club and everything was dark and there was some blue and some red and some of the customers were demons and others were angels and it looked exactly like what I'd pictured The Never Enders to look like. I'm not a huge fan of the band, but that song always reminds me of the book.
4. The cover is interesting in regards to the man and his shadow, as if he's two different people. What are your thoughts about it? Did you have any say behind the picture?
I didn't design the picture but I did have a say in choosing it. Although it's funny because I never really thought about it as two people until you mentioned it. It's a great observation. I think Perry is two different people. He's extremely torn between his old life and the new one he's trying to forge for himself. Right or wrong, he's trying to be an adult while still being very much a kid. He struggles with that as many of us do. Rock on for noticing it. :)
5. The book is stated to be a cross between The Catcher in the Rye and Fight Club. How so? As Catcher falls under YA and Flight Club is more Adult, where do you think your novel fits? Is it a cross-over?
I think it's because a lot of the content is dark and kind of male oriented that people make the Fight Club comparison. However, because the narration is so straight and the reader is very much inside the head of Perry, people make the comparison with Catcher in the Rye. At the end of the day, all the comparisons are there to get someone to pick the book up off the shelves. People will make up their own minds. Honestly, you can't believe some of the comparisons I've heard from people. Everything from Vonnegut to Plath. I'll take it though. I just want the book to resonate with people. Thankfully, at this point, it seems as if it has.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
...I've been away, but isn't he so cute?!
Okay, yes, I know it's been awhile, and it's been a LONG time since I updated Bridge the Gap. I do apologize, and I have a few movie reviews that will hopefully go up soon on BTG. As for Shooting Stars, I do have an interview and some other items to post soon. The reason I've been absent around the blogosphere for the past few days is because I got pink eye last Thursday and sometime on Sunday, I twisted my ankle and now it's pretty painful, though I'm hoping it'll heal fast. Spring Break is NOT starting out so well, eh? haha
Anyway, I do apologize for the abscence. If you are waiting for me to do something for you (post something or send questions, etc.) it should happen soon...feel free to email me a reminder if you wish as well, so I'm aware and can maybe get to it faster for you! I'm trying to get as much as I can done while I'm on break from school.
Don't forget the contests!!! Links in the left hand sidebar. :-) You don't want to miss out on some FAB prizes, believe me! And spread the word...especially for Willow, as Julia is amazing and deserves the recognition.
Finallyyy...I am doing a conference call tomorrow afternoon with Tamara Mowry (from Sister, Sister) who will be in the new ABC family show Roomates. Believe me, it looks awesome. I know this is SUPER last minute, but if you have questions, post them here ASAP and I'll try and ask what I can if I see them in time.
And comments in general are lovely, and might make me feel better. Bribery...is it working??
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Contest # 2
Book Out: May 5, 2009 (We're getting close now!)
Summary: High school senior Teresa Adams is so painfully shy that she dreads speaking to anyone in the hallways or getting called on in class. But in the privacy of her bedroom with her iPod in hand, she rocks out -- doing mock broadcasts for Miami's hottest FM radio station, which happens to be owned by her stepfather. When a slot opens up at The SLAM, Tere surprises herself by blossoming behind the mike into confident, sexy Sweet T -- and to everyone's shock, she's a hit! Even Gavin, the only guy in school who she dares to talk to, raves about the mysterious DJ's awesome taste in music. But when The SLAM announces a songwriting contest -- and a prom date with Sweet T is the grand prize -- Sweet T's dream could turn into Tere's worst nightmare....
Contest: As Tere is exceptionally shy and finds solace and release in her music, this contest will combine those two. To enter, you have to leave a comment (with your email!) of a song that would suit someone who is shy.
Danielle Joseph is going to help choose the winner, based on your song, and if you DO win...
First Place: An ARC of Shrinking Violet and Danielle will include your song on the book's soundtrack, which you can find on her website:
Second Place: A small Shrinking Violet gift pack (purple again!)-- lip gloss, notepads, and violet gum.
Open too: International (this might be the last contest open to everyone for a little while, so take advantage!)
Ends: Saturday, March 21
This contest is part of the Book Room Reviews Giveaway Carnival:
Another contest (not part of the carnival) can be found in the left sidebar. It's for Willow by Julia Hoban. Click the link for more details.
Monday, March 2, 2009
I contacted everyone BUT bookworm. I couldn't find an email...so please get in touch? (Lauren51990 AT aol DOT com)
Remember, Crossing Over is out THIS month. I'm definitely going to see it...are you? Hint: The answer should be a resounding YES! Show your support. :)
Now, I have some new information/links for all you Justin fans out there. Please check them out.
First off, if you didn't win MY contest for an autograph, then you might want to check this next one out. You get an authograph photo, plus a t-shirt from Justin's store. Not too shabby, eh?
Justin Chon was recently in the Orange County Register. You can find that link here:
I suggest you read this interview. I learned a lot about Justin and his career in acting. I love that he went to college and seems to truly love acting for what it is, and it's also great that he can be another example of a young Asian American working in Hollywood. What do you think?
And finally, if you missed Justin's appearance for Crossing Over on TV guide, here is a video that features most of it (some is missing because they can't post certain Twilight clips on the internet):
Sunday, March 1, 2009
By: Ben Esch
Review by: Lauren
Dixie is a social outcast of epic proportions, but that’s okay, because one day he will win the Pulitzer Prize for a journalistic assignment. In his sophomore year of High School, he thinks he’s found just the right one: drugs + football team=scoop of a lifetime. The only thing he has to do now is prove it, before he ends up being sent away for rehabilitation as everyone believes Dixie to be the true junkie.
Ben Esch’s debut novel is absolutely hilarious. Some of the instances are a bit too coincidental or lucky, but overall this is an amazing novel. Dixie might be the lowest of the low on the social ladder at his school, but he doesn’t let this get him down. He uses his crazy humor to see the bright side or simply make a joke that will have you forgetting how serious things are for him.
The whole cast of characters are unique and easy to distinguish, from Dixie’s school counselor Huggy Bear, his tormentor Rick, his brother Brandon, his love interest Brynn, to his menopausal newspaper teacher who Dixie gets stuck having to bring to the Homecoming Dance.
Sophomore Undercover was just released, and I’d definitely recommend it if you are looking for mystery, social ineptness, and absolute hilarity.