Sunday, December 7, 2008

Legally Blonde: all of the pieces

It may make me a dork, but I am officially a Legally Blonde addict. I've seen the movie a lot, read the book, seen the Broadway show three times, and just saw the national tour of the musical.

My definite favorite was the Broadway musical. The national tour performance was good too, but without the amazing set in the opening, it didn't have that special something. The Broadway musical was just amazing - the harmonies were great, the band was great, and the sets were great.

The national tour was good too, but the harmonies weren't as tight, and Natalie Joy Johnson as Paulette really threw me off. Not that she was bad, because she was great, but she played the role very differently than Orfeh did. (Although I really enjoyed her in the role of Enid, so seeing her in a different capacity was strange.) The music and lyrics were slightly reworked, which threw me off because I know them so well. However, I did like the reworkings. The person who played Carlos was so great, and played the part differently than the performer in the Broadway musical.

I liked the movie, too, but I didn't get so into until after the musical came out. I also liked the book, but the book was very different than the movie and musical. Although the book and the musical did have things in common, like calling the college UCLA, whereas the movie called Elle's school CULA. Also, in the original Broadway demos, Elle's major is revealed, and it's the same as the book: socio-political jewelry design. (I think - have to double check this.) The main difference between the book and movie was that the book had no Emmett character, and Elle had a close female friend instead. Also, she sleeps with Warner, since he's cheating on Sarah (who became Vivian in the movie, and Vivienne in the play).

There were less cast members in the National Tour, it seems, and the sets were majorly scaled down. Overall, the show was still great. People laughed at jokes that fell flat on Broadway, but were silent at the times that normally warrant screaming and cheers: Elle's first entrance and Emmett's change at the department store.

Has anyone else wondered if it was a coincidence that Elle's last name is Woods and Emmett's is Forrest?

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Paris Hilton's My New BFF

At first, I thought the concept of the show Paris Hilton's My New BFF was awful. And, well, it is - but in the way that most reality TV is - in the good way. At first I thought all of the girls on this show were just desperate, but you know what? This same stuff happens in life everyday. In school, at work, wherever, people compete for friendship.
There was a lot of benefit for this show: Paris Hilton got a chance to control how her image was portrayed on TV, and some girls got their much wanted 15 minutes of fame.
In any case, Brittany was chosen as the winner. I think she was a good choice, although the whole show (unless I'm wrong) is totally fake. Vanessa would have "yessed" Paris all day. Brittany was pretty legitimate in what she wanted. She wants to be Paris' friend, but she also wants to be a rockstar. I can't fault her for that because she was totally open about it, and didn't appear to be shady about it at all.
It's funny when the girls called the other girls fame seekers. I mean, this is reality TV. Everyone on the show is a fame seeker. If these girls weren't fame seekers, they wouldn't be on reality TV. And this was a great opportunity to grab 15 minutes of fame - you don't need skills or talent - you just need to exist.
Overall, the show was a bit painful to watch but I watched the whole thing. I would like Brittany and Paris to actually be friends, as I think Brittany would be a good friend.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

A True Life Episode

Did anyone see True Life - I'm in a Love Triangle? That show made me go "What?!?" The first group was a girl, Felecia, her ex, and the girl that her ex got pregnant. Okay, so here's what drives me nuts about it. Felecia and the guy broke up, then she's mad at the guy for getting another girl pregnant. I can see why she'd be mad since they're trying to get back together, but he didn't cheat or anything. As noted above, they were broken up. But, the plot thickens. This guy got Felecia pregnant previously, but she had an abortion. So, I think she felt slighted because this other girl, Kelsie (who was 18) was keeping the baby. So this guy (forgot his name) wants to date both of them because he "loves" both of them. Okay, so props for staying with Kelsie, who he got pregnant. No points for still dating Felecia again when trying to be with his pregnant girlfriend. Kelsie says she's okay with dating both of them together, and she may be - but she's 18. You change about a million different times between her age and Felecia's (which was 22, I think). This guy wants them all to date - like, all be together. Props to Felecia for not wanting that, and besides, how does that work? Would she have to pay for and babysit Kelsie's baby? The guy says that Felecia's just not "ready" for this kind of relationship, but I think she was smart to walk away in the end - love is one thing, but being 'the other woman' in this situation is another entirely.
The other guy was not really in a love triangle, I think - he was dating one girl who he kind of liked, while he was really into his ex. He played one against the other for a while, and ended up with neither, while claiming he's now single to keep his options open. I think it's just not knowing a good thing when you have one. Lesson learned: don't play girls against one another or you'll end up with none. (These were nice girls, by the way, or so it seemed on TV.)

Monday, December 1, 2008

Britney Spears: For the Record

Did anyone see "Britney Spears: For the Record?" on MTV? It was kind of interesting. Of course, it was made up of very select footage, but it really painted her in a positive light, which is so different than the way that the media has been portraying her for the past few years. Yet, simultaneously, gossip magazines are still portraying her as out of control.

She did look decent in the video - normal, not crazy or anything, which is a good thing. I'm looking forward to her new album. I was never really a fan until the last album...I can't remember what it's called, but I liked most of it, especially Piece of Me.

In any case, today was back to work after the long weekend, which I realized is quite difficult. Don't get me wrong - I really enjoy my job - but after so many days off, it's hard to wake up on Monday morning ready to face an entire week ahead of you. Monday's over, though, and Tuesday should be easier.