Sunday, December 30, 2007

Happy New Year!


Well as 2007 comes to a close, I'd just like to wish everyone a Happy 2008. 2007 has been very exciting for most of the people around me. Lots of changes are taking place, and excitement is on the menu for what's to come.

Enjoy your NYE, and remember to drink lots of champagne - it wouldn't be a proper holiday without some bubbly. Cheers!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

The Top Ten Things That I'll Miss in LA

10. The avocados
9. The boutiques along Melrose
8. Runyon Canyon (and the view from the top)
7. Class at The Coffee Bean
6. South Bay Sunsets @ Happy Hour
5. Running in the 90210 on the weekends
4. Outdoor Malls and Farmer's Markets
3. In-and-Out Burger
2. Celebrity sightings
1. My awesome friends here

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Why?

Everyone in LA asks this question when you decide to leave - WHY? No one understands it. The sunshine, the incredibly good looking people, the beaches, and the smell of fresh flowers when you walk down the street.

Making the decision to leave LA for me was like breaking up with a long term boyfriend. In the long run, you know that it's not right for you...that it's just not meant to be. And if there is no future in this, then why do it anymore. I mean there is no point, right? But it's just so damn hard to end things. I mean you wake up one morning, and realize how gorgeous they are...how much fun you have with them - it becomes addicting and makes it extremely hard to leave. Tears ensue, you question everything, and finally one day, the axe comes crashing down.

Will I miss LA? Like an ex, LA will leave an impression on me for a lifetime. I will miss it SO much. The things that I've learned from the experience can't compare to anything else in my life, and I can say this with true confidence: LA was the best thing that ever happened to me. After busting my ass in grad school and dealing with ridiculous medical issues (at the same time), LA gave me a clean break and allowed me to piece my life back together after it had fallen apart. And let's not forget that I never would have found my future career if I hadn't started this blog. It's funny how life works out.

But hey, I'm still here for 3 more days. So it's not over yet! Stay tuned...

OK, so it's 100% Official

For those of you that don't know, I'm moving back East. There was a lot of flip-flopping involved with this decision, so I didn't actually want to put it in writing until the movers actually came and took my stuff. Yikes, and they actually did. So it's official, I'll be back on Sunday.

This brings me to a great point... what the hell am I going to call my blog now? Am I going to have a blog? Am I going to start a new blog? I need some feedback here, so please leave it in the comments section!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Spice Up Your Life


It's about damn time. The Spice Girls are back together and recently hit LA for the kickoff of their world tour. I love them. I went to see a Spice Girls concert back in '98. They were fantastic, and I can imagine that they would be just as great today. Thank goodness for reunions. Come on, you cannot tell me that Spice Up Your Life is not the best work out song ever! La La La, La La La La La La....

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Sightings and Celeb Scoop

I guess the powers that be didn't think that interviewing 4 A-List celebrities was enough for me in one day. So as I networked my butt off with other members of the entertainment press at the bar at the Four Seasons following all of our interviews, we were blessed with the presence of Sienna Miller. She sat at the bar, looking fabulous with a scarf on her head. Remember when I threatened to fight her after the Pittsburgh comment? Um, yeah right. She's so perfect that I could never do it. (I also just heard from a source last weekend that the racy sex scene in Factory Girl is real - they were actually having sex. Yowza).

By the way, I had to go to the bathroom Saturday and look in the mirror and actually say "is this my life? YES."
God, I love it so much.

The Full Report

OK, so I've been covering movies and press junkets for the past nine months, but this past weekend I really went out with a bang. FOX held a double feature screening on Friday night on their lot in the Zanuck Theater - first 27 Dresses and then Penelope. Saturday an international press conference was held at the Four Seasons for 27 Dresses, and afterwards roundtables for Penelope. What a day is all that I can say...

Katherine Heigl stars in 27 Dresses - Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Bride!
Let's start with 27 Dresses. The film is cute, but totally cheesy. I'm sure that everyone will see it, but I felt a bit disappointed in it. It basically took every cliche from other romantic comedies that we know and wrapped it all up in one film. The interviews on Saturday were with Ed Burns and Katherine Heigl. James Marsden apparently got stuck in the snow somewhere (James, I am still so mad at you, I totally wanted to belt out Hairspray tunes with you). THE SCOOP: Katherine Heigl, although getting some bad press lately, is NOT a bitch at all. In fact, I think that she is now my favorite celebrity that I've met. Very personable, friendly, and likable. We hit it off because I explained to her that I am totally that single girl that always either ends up being a bridesmaid or at 20 weddings every year. She's a total knockout, yet not too full of herself. Ed Burns was also very nice and charming - I guess you'd have to be if you were married to Christy Turlington, right? Did I get to ask them questions? Of course. Am I going to tell you all about it? Well certainly not because then you won't read my review when it comes out in January!
Ed Burns, 27 Dresses

Penelope shocked me. I didn't know much about the film to begin with, and thought that a movie about a girl with a pig nose was bound to be a failure. The film, which is the first independent film produced by Reese Witherspoon's Type A Productions, is a heart warming tale that will win over people worldwide. It has a great message and all-star cast. And I totally have the biggest crush on James McAvoy now.
Christina Ricci stars in Penelope

THE SCOOP: I had intimate roundtable interviews with Christina Ricci, Catherine O'Hara, Director Mark Palansky, and producers Jennifer Simpson, Scott Steindorff, and Dylan Russell. Christina Ricci just chopped her hair (for Speedracer) and dyed it very light brown. She looks good, and was very nice. Not as personable as Katherine, but I wasn't really surprised by that. Christina has a unique personality and we can see this in her film choices. Catherine O'Hara is hilarious, I couldn't stop laughing around her...and having the chance to talk closely with both the director and producers was really interesting. I love hearing how everything came together and the challenges faced on the set. Did I ask them questions? Of course. Am I going to tell you all about it? Well certainly not because then you won't read my review when it comes out in February!
Catherine O'Hara, Penelope
Penelope Director, Mark Palansky

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Sightings and Celeb Scoop

Do I have some Gossip for you! Saturday afternoon at Basix Cafe in West Hollywood, Blake Lively was seen with a really hot guy and was wearing huge pink sunglasses as she sat on their outside patio for brunch. I couldn't help but stare at her a little between bites of my eggs benedict - she's absolutely gorgeous. Her breakout role was in The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, but we now know her as the star of Gossip Girl. I will admit...I watched the first episode of Gossip Girl this year, and hated it. But as I've seen a few more episodes, it has grown on me. Blake used to bother me because I always felt like she was talking like she had a mouth guard in her mouth. (Seriously, listen next time). But now I don't notice as much. This probably means that A. she is working with a speech coach or 2. I am completely just brainwashed by the CW.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Addicted to The Hills

Yes, many of us are addicted to the show on MTV. But I'm talking now about the real thing. The Hollywood Hills, although a strange and sort of mysterious place, can be very addicting. I spent this past Saturday night out with friends at 3 different parties in the Hills. The second was so exclusive that we had to park our car somewhere and then take a shuttle past a blocked off entrance. Seriously, only in Hollywood. Check out the picture of this house that we hung out at - Addicting views? Yes. Unbelievable!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Interviews this Week!



OK, I know - I didn't write on my blog for a couple of weeks. But I'm here to tell you that I have a story that was worth the wait. This week, I have two great interviews lined up: Christina Ricci (for her new film Penelope) and Katherine Heigl (for her new film 27 Dresses).

Um, hello - my life is awesome. I love both of these women, so of course I'm nervous and thrilled at the same time. I'm really excited to screen 27 Dresses before it comes out because it's all about being a bridesmaid when you are still single. Ha, welcome to my life!

Does anyone have any yearning questions that they would like me to ask these two Hollywood Starlets???

Let me know before Friday if you do.

Random Thoughts by CMorg

Wow, I have been really bad about keeping up with my blog lately. Apologies to all. There are some random things that have popped into my mind lately, so here goes:

Isn't it great to be the table at the restaurant that is having the most fun? You know, everyone is laughing so hard and having such a great time that other patrons around you feel completely jealous and like something is missing in their life. I love when this happens and I am part of that table.

Last year, I found it depressing to see Christmas lights on Palm trees and boats. For some reason this year, I now find it to be fantastic. What a difference a year can make. Maybe I got over the LA slump?

It's nice to live in a city that has old theaters that still show the classics...and by classics, I mean movies like Ghostbusters. More cities should do this outside of LA and New York.

Europeans have a funny habit. They'll wear the same outfit 3 days in a row. It baffles me, but I see it all the time in my school. This would never be OK in the US. Americans are all way too judgemental.

Everyone should download the song "Such Great Heights" by The Postal Service into their iPods. Just listen to it through your headphones, and you will be so glad that I told you this.

Speaking of iPods, I've decided that popular songs that I download have a curse against them...because usually as soon as I muster up the $1 to put them into a playlist, I then decide that the song is way too played out. Figures.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Sightings and Celeb Scoop


I went to get a pedicure yesterday at my favorite spot, Planet Nails on Santa Monica Blvd., and Ian Ziering was there. He wasn't haven't a mani or pedi, but was with a male friend that was getting a manicure. He looked really good, and had these grey tight camoflage pants on...I guess that Dancing with the Stars inspired his look a bit? He's come a long way from Kappa Epsilon Gamma on 90210.

A Critic of Global Warming?

You know that the environment is getting bad, when you see a sign that says this hanging up in school:

DUE TO GLOBAL WARMING, SURF LESSONS WILL BE OFFERED THROUGH DECEMBER. SIGN UP IN THE ACTIVITIES OFFICE!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Destination: Austin

I went to Austin this past weekend, and can't say enough good things about it. The capital of live music, it is a hip and hot city.

I spent way too much money on my first pair of authentic cowboy boots, but they will certainly be a great souvenir :)

Friday, November 09, 2007

Sightings and Celeb Scoop

This week I had tonsillitis and missed 4 days of work. Today, in complete disarray, I walked to my doctor's office to get more tests done. Standing at the corner of Doheny and Sunset, I spotted Ashton Kutcher sitting at the corner in a new Tahoe. I know that people outside of LA don't understand this, but when you have these moments in this town, and you and a celeb are the only two people around, you make eye contact just like you would with anyone else. All I could hear in my head was that guy from the style network that says "NEVER leave your house without looking CUTE ladies, because you never know who you will see!" Man was he right. Needless to say, being sick, I looked hideous in my two sizes too big jeans, ratty sweatshirt, and no make-up. He, on the other hand, looked smokin' and smiled despite my awful appearance. I know, he does have Demi, but you cannot get these moments back people. All I was thinking was "why did you not at least put lip gloss on??" And, it's a shame because I have a thing for Ashton. There is something about him - the way he wears a baseball cap I think - that drives me nuts. I'd love to punk him given any chance possible.

Hollywood marriages are volatile... next time, I'll be ready.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Sightings and Celeb Scoop

Yesterday, when out at Barney's for the Penn State game with the crew, we spotted Benjamin McKenzie watching football with a friend. I am a huge fan of The OC (and he is super hot), so this was very exciting. My guy friends totally embarrassed me though because they bought their table a round of drinks and then said that they were from me. So Ben politely thanked me, shot the shit for a couple of minutes and took a picture. He is a big Texas fan. I think that we make a cute couple, no?

Pictures from Seattle and Portland


The pictures from Seattle and Portland are now posted on my facebook account - even if you aren't a member, you can check them out here through the following link:
http://upenn.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2120606&l=c110c&id=610289

It was such a gorgeous weekend, we were so lucky to have 3 perfect fall days!

Beauty Confidential: The No Preaching, No Lies, Advice-You'll-Actually-Use Guide to Looking Your Best

I made a new friend out here in LA a few months ago through Facebook. To those people that hate networking sites, this is an example of how they can help you with your career. On Facebook, I am a member of the Ivy Alumni group, and a girl my age posted a comment saying that she was moving to LA from London and looking to meet new people. Being the socialite that I am, I emailed her and we ended up meeting for drinks and some laughs.

When working for Ladies Home Journal in New York after graduating from Columbia, Nadine started a blog. On it, she revealed some insider information as to what happens behind company doors in the fashion industry. She was fired immediately when exposed, but because of all of the press around it, William Morris picked her up and she signed a two book deal with Harper Collins. This girl is pretty much my idol, and I would love to follow in her footsteps. She got lucky, but she is also very talented, and it was through her advice that I got my latest job with Relate Magazine.

This week, Nadine's first book came out! She was on The Today Show Thursday if anyone saw it. You can buy her book, Beauty Confidential: The No Preaching, No Lies, Advice-You'll-Actually-Use Guide to Looking Your Best on amazon.com or in book stores nationwide.

She also has a blog, that is SO MUCH better than mine. So for those of you that love to waste time at work, here is another site to read regularly. Once you check out Jolie, you'll probably never want to read my blog again ;)

Here is the link: http://jolienyc.com/

Relate Magazine

I have exciting news! I have gotten another freelance writing job, this time for a publication called Relate Magazine. The publication targets young girls, ages 13-21. It's a good, clean magazine - an alternative to some of the things that you might find in Cosmo. I'll be covering issues from fashion to beauty to boys.

My first assignment was to cover a young fashion designer living in Portland. Her name is Christa Taylor and she is designing a clothing line that is chic without being slutty. I interviewed her and she is an amazing young girl. Here is the link to my article: http://www.relatemag.com/magazine.aspx?nav=design&Page=Dedicated%20Designer

You can also check out www.christa-taylor.com to see some of Christa's Fall picks, or join her facebook group "Christa Taylor Fashions" for more information.

Sightings and Celeb Scoop

As you might remember from last year, the city of West Hollywood hosts the largest Halloween party in the world. All of the streets are shut down, concert stages are set up, and everyone gets decked out for a night on the town. This year, Hanson performed on one of the concert stages. At first, we thought "this is West Hollywood for god's sake, couldn't they get anyone better?" But later that night, we were blown away by Hanson and their performances. OK, let's talk a minute about the Hanson brothers and why everyone should still love them...

1. The Hanson brothers are grown up. They aren't youngsters anymore, and they are HOT. Seriously, I almost threw my bra at the lead singer, he was so dreamy.
2. They all have brown hair now - you really wouldn't even know that they were Hanson. It works for them.
3. They also performed in Halloween costumes, which made the show that much more entertaining. Elvis, Captain Hook, and a Jedi. Just picture MMM Bop in this setting. It was amazing.

Here is a picture to show you just how great Hanson still is. I am again a devoted fan, and encourage you to join the fan club.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Darfur Now

If you don't know what is going on in Sudan, you should be ashamed of yourself. Finally, Hollywood has provided you with a good way to do it if you are lazy and opt not to read the news on a regular basis. I like Don Cheadle, and now even more so:

http://www.campuscircle.com/review.cfm?r=4269

You can also check out myspace if you want to support the fight against the genocide @ www.myspace.com/darfurnow

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Destination: Seattle and Portland

I'm headed to the Pacific Northwest for 3 days to check it out and see some cold weather. I also get to visit one of my close friends from growing up (T, I can't wait!), so it's going to be a blast. I'm packing my umbrella, but hoping that I won't need it. Details and pictures to follow next week.

Slipstream

This movie sucked. There is no other way to say it. 1 in 10 people will like this movie because they will try to piece everything together, but it just gave me a headache...

So disappointing on Anthony Hopkins' part:

http://www.campuscircle.com/review.cfm?r=4244

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Los Angeles is ON FIRE...again?


To everyone that has called me and emailed me in the past two days, thank you. It's nice to be loved. But please don't worry, the fires in Los Angeles are not affecting where I live at all. At least not yet. What is happening though nearby is devastating, and we can only hope that the fires are contained soon. Of all places, Malibu (known as one of the most beautiful and ritzy areas of LA) has burnt to the ground. Other suburbs of Los Angeles, as well as San Diego, are next as the fire rages on with no intention of stopping.

I just dropped off 5 bags of clothing at the Good Will on Saturday, and now I am so happy that I did. I encourage everyone else to clean out their closets too. There are going to be a lot of people in need of help after this tragedy.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Movies Coming Out this Weekend!

I was lucky enough to screen 3 movies that are coming out this weekend. There are two of my reviews below - one for Reservation Road, and the other for Things We Lost in the Fire. The other that I didn't write up, however, is worth seeing over the these two films...Gone Baby Gone. I saw Gone Baby Gone and thought it was one of the best movies that I've seen in a long time. Ben Affleck should be writing and directing, not acting. And Casey Affleck is such a bad ass, you will love him even more after seeing his performance. Go see it this weekend. Seriously, I strongly urge you to! You will not regret this decision!

As for my other reviews, check them out:
Reservation Road
http://www.campuscircle.com/review.cfm?r=4179

And Things We Lost in the Fire
http://www.campuscircle.com/review.cfm?r=4180

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Top 5 Favorites

I love asking people these questions:
What are your top 5 favorite _________???

You can fill in the blank with anything: bars, songs, movies, cities, celebs, people, etc.

So I'm now asking you - what are your top 5 favorites? The rule is that these 5 favorites do not have to be given in any order. There is no favoritism. I am challenging you to and encourage you to post your 'favs' for others to see...it can be any category that you like!

I'll start. Here are my top 5 favorite bars of all time, in no particular order:
The Peculiar Pub - New York, NY
Barney's Beanery - West Hollywood, CA
The Coogee Bay Hotel - Sydney, Australia
Cafe 210 - State College, PA
The Princeton - Avalon, NJ

See, it's easy. Give it a whirl.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Sightings and Celeb Scoop


Last night, I was lucky enough to co-host an Ivy Alumni Event at Ketchup here in Los Angeles. It was a success, and while hanging out and having a drink, we spotted David Spade eating a few tables away. In a plaid shirt, he seemed to be having a good time. He is really short, but you probably could have guessed that, right?

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

I want to get Caught in the Act with this guy.


I am in love with Michael Buble. Not because he's a decent looking guy, but I think he's this generation's Frank Sinatra. Every single song he sings - I LOVE IT. No, let me rephrase that - I am obsessed with every single one. He makes me want to hold a dinner party for 50 people one day, and the next dance around in my underwear. I just needed to shout it from the rooftops!

Sunset Tan

Who actually watches Sunset Tan? Anyone? I was watching it at the gym today because it's shot 3 blocks from my house. So obviously, I like to just check it out to see what sorts of things they film in West Hollywood. When people ask me "Why on earth would you ever want to leave LA??? The weather and everything is just so great here!" To them, I say: please watch Sunset Tan for 30 full minutes...then you will understand the dark side.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Premiere Week


It's Premiere Week on TV!!! And I want to know - what is everyone watching this year? I am SO excited for the premiere of Brothers & Sisters this upcoming weekend. Grey's should be good, but I don't think that the spin off will be successful. Gossip Girl SUCKED, definitely no OC. I think that Dirty, Sexy, Money might be interesting and I'm definitely in for another season of Ugly Betty. Post some comments here if you have checked out any good shows or have recommendations based on what you see in the upcoming weeks!

Fire Alarms

It's like the boy that cried wolf - the fire alarm goes off, and you don't even flinch. Is it a reaction from your freshman dorm as well, after countless people pulled the alarm drunk on the weekends? Maybe, you would just roll over and never think twice about it. But the other day I was in Bloomingdale's (shopping with JL obviously) when the alarm went off. We looked at each other and just kept shopping. But then I had a realization - what if it really was a fire? Was this my impending death? Clinging onto our Free People tops and Rock and Republic jeans, this would have been a sad way to go out. Or maybe not. I mean, thinking about more, if you are going to end up in a fire, I think that Bloomingdale's is where I would want it to be.

OK, OK, I know. Horrible thought. But don't worry, it was a false alarm. The only things burning that day were the holes in our pockets, and Bloomy's is still standing in one piece. But from now on, I'm going to make sure that I have at least one piece of designer clothing in my hands the next time I hear an alarm.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

I LOVE MY FRIENDS








Thank you for a ridiculously fun weekend. We are the best together, I wish weekends like this could happen all of the time!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Destination: Philadelphia


One of my biggest blog fans is getting married this upcoming Friday in the City of Brotherly Love. As I finishing packing, and prepare for my red eye, I just wanted to wish her lots of luck for the big day. I am so ready for a 4 day vacation, I can hardly stand it. East Coast, here I come!

Monday, September 10, 2007

The VMA's

What were we watching Sunday night?

OK, I know. Britney's performance was a disgrace. BUT, I will defend her because rumor has it that she heard Sarah Silverman rehearsing her set immediately before walking onto stage. I'd be pissed too if someone said that about my kids. But I'm not so much even concerned with the whole Britney performance, but more so with everything else associated with that show. The random shots of party suite #3,576? The white sunglasses? Everyone looking fat??

It was terrible. TERRIBLE. MTV, please fire the producers immediately and make sure that they never work again.

Ode to Barney


Apparently, there once was a guy named Barney. He opened a restaurant on Route 66, and it today serves as the mecca of all sports bars right in the heart of West Hollywood. Los Angeles dwellers flock there to support their teams, and we decided this past Sunday, that there really is no place like it.

My friend JL and I have been making a list of "things that only happen in LA." And eating omelettes while watching the NFL kickoff its season is one of them. Barney, whoever you are, we would like to thank you -- not only for providing such a fantastic watering hole, but for bringing all of the hot sports fans of Los Angeles together every weekend.

Here's the real scoop on Barney's: Barney's Beanery opened in 1920 and since then has expanded, yet maintained it's original appeal to the public. Janis Joplin was rumored to have her last drink here, and some say that Jim Morrison lived in the upstairs apartment while on a bender. Jimi Hendrix used to dine at Barney's. The original hood over the stove that was used at Barney's over 80 years ago can still be seen in the restaurant. Known as the third oldest restaurant in the city of Los Angeles, the name Barney's Beanery was derived from the era of the depression when the restaurant used to serve beans on route 66.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

The Networking Debate

First there was Friendster. Then in grad school, Facebook blew up. But at that time, you could only be a member of Facebook if you had a college "edu" email address. So many educated twenty-somethings turned to MySpace.

Then something radical happened: Facebook opened up its membership to the public in September of this past year. And now, I think that many will agree with me when I say that Facebook is BACK, and better than ever.

A friend sent me this article below, and I find it very intriguing. It talks about the social classes of our country and how they are divided online. I believe what this student says is profoundly true. When I log into Facebook, I see my friends from UPenn, Harvard, and have access to the Ivy Alumni Network. When I log into MySpace, I see friends... but I also see pages filled with promotions and pages that can't load due to jumbled graphics, etc.

If you are interested in these networking sites, and the debate that compares them, check out this article at the following link:
http://www.danah.org/papers/essays/ClassDivisions.html

I am a HUGE believer in online networking in this day and age, so regardless of your online preferences, I think that it's important to be associated with at least one of the networking sites. It's important to make sure that you don't fall off the radar for social and career purposes.

I'm going to keep all of my accounts for the time being. But I will declare that Facebook has me back in a BIG way.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Skiddily Winks

What exactly are skiddily winks? If you can answer this question, please contact me via comment immediately.

Skiddily. Skiddily. Skiddily.

Sightings and Celeb Scoop



I guess that I should have posted this a long time ago, but I didn't realize that it was such a big deal. Lemmy from Motorhead lives in my building. I thought, "OK cool - old rocker dude lives here, not a big deal considering that I live right near The Rainbow." But good god...when I told people at work about this, they FREAKED out. I actually also had one Axel Rose wannabe Italian student begging me on a daily basis for my address so that he could stalk him (and me for that matter, as I learned that he had a crush on me as well).

Well, the secret's out. I'm in #19, he's in #24. Come visit and make me pancakes if you would like to meet this rock legend for yourself.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Sightings and Celeb Scoop


This was a really shocking one to me. I was parking my car on my street and practically ran into Hilarie Burton from One Tree Hill. Now, I do live really close to Sunset Blvd. but it seemed weird to me that a star of this caliber would park on my street and not valet her car anywhere. I do know that there is an agency in the 9000 building, so maybe she was visiting her agent? OR maybe she was just visiting The Hustler Store. Yep, that must be it.

BREAKING NEWS: HILARIE BURTON VISITS HUSTLER AND PARKS ON RANDOM WEST HOLLYWOOD STREET TO AVOID SEX CRAZED REPUTATION.

Hil, you might have avoided US Weekly, but you can't hide from me. Have fun with your Rabbit.

Yosemite Article

As promised, here is my article on Yosemite. My editor really liked it, and I must say, that I think it's one of my best so far. Maybe I should focus on just being a travel writer??? I could only dream of a job like that!

Travel tips and advice can be found at:

http://www.campuscircle.net/review.cfm?r=3857

Chris and Thomas

This is a cool CD to check out if you like Indie Bands. I'll be curious to see how popular they get after the release of this album. Here is the link to my review:

http://www.campuscircle.net/review.cfm?r=3883

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Let's Take a Moment for The Hills

OK, so the 3rd season of The Hills started up this week, and I have to ask - What does everyone think so far? The engagement? The sex tape rumors? Jason's return? And seriously, can Audrina's teeth get any whiter?? I can already tell that this season has me locked in for the long run. I love this show mostly because they tape everything in West Hollywood, and it's pretty cool to see my neighborhood on TV. It looks like Les Deux is going to be the new Area, huh?

On another note, did you know that Heidi and Spencer are releasing a new song together? I'm serious. Ryan Seacrest debuted it (via special permission) on his radio show this morning. I'm pretty sure that we are all going to WANT to hate it... but guess what? It's really good. I can picture myself dancing like crazy two months from now when this song comes on in a bar. They must have had really good producers. The song is Heidi's but at the end, Spencer comes in and does this little 'rap' thing. This was unnecessary in my opinion. But, they have figured out how to work the public, and are going to cross-sell like crazy - so, I say, good for them.

Alamo Race Track

This CD was tight. I would recommend it to those people interested in checking out a new sound - the songs all sound completely different though, so maybe it would be better to download the ones that you like from iTunes:

http://www.campuscircle.net/review.cfm?r=3823

Monday, August 13, 2007

Destination: Palm Springs


110 degree weather. Sand. Palm Trees. Pools. Margaritas. There is no better way to spend a birthday, that's for sure.

Sightings and Celeb Scoop


Well, we hung out with Willie Garson (aka Stanford from Sex in the City) Saturday night at a Hollywood house party, and he was a complete asshole. Way too full of himself we all decided. When someone let him know that it was my birthday, he looked at me and tried to be as rude as possible when saying "Really? Well, you don't look a day over 27." He meant it as an insult because I think he thought I was 21... but little does he know I'm actually 28, so I could have cared less about the comment. But, moral of the story is- get over yourself dude, because you aren't that big and I realized that I'm so much luckier than Carrie...my gay guy friends are so much cooler than you.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

The Doorway! The Doorway!

Well, I have officially survived my first major earthquake. There have been times before when I have felt my building shake a bit, but I always figured no big deal. They say that at least one small earthquake happens every single day in Southern California. Last night though was a different story! Just before 1am, I was woken up and felt like I was being shaken all around in my bed. I couldn't figure out if I was dreaming or what was going on because I was in such a deep slumber. But when I saw that a bottle of perfume had gone down on my dresser, I knew that it was for real. Just as I thought "get in the freaking doorway you idiot, this is actually happening" the shakes actually started to subside. I found the whole experience to be pretty exciting actually. I guess only because it was a 4.5, I can say this, but it's one more thing that I have survived!

Thank god it wasn't bigger, because I definitely don't have earthquake insurance! Here is a report of what happened, and a funny story about people who went to see a late night showing of Transformers:

http://laist.com/2007/08/09/now_that_was_a_1.php

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Letter of Complaint

Dear Lindsay,

I'm writing this letter to ask that you please stay in Long Island with your mother for as long as possible. You see, I'm a resident of West Hollywood, and I'm sick of having to dodge paparazzi on my way to Trader Joe's and Rite Aid. It's pretty dangerous. Quite frankly, I wish that I didn't have to take Sunset past the Chateau Marmont to run errands, but it's my only choice. I know that as a hip, busy girl, that you know what a pain in the ass this can be...There are so few hours in the day and it's a breath of fresh air not having to worry about traffic being backed up by your presence in our 'hood.

Respectfully Yours,
Christina Morgan

PS - If you could spread the word to Brit too, that would be sweet.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

El Cantante

The greatest thing about doing this movie review was my choice of a date to take to the screening. My good friend AP did not even mention to me until afterwards that her father was good friends with Hector Lavoe. She knew half of the people from the movie in real life from her childhood. I had no idea when I asked her to see the film with me. We called up her dad afterwards and she was like "Dad, seriously, I did not know that Eddie used drugs back in the day!!" This made the whole experience so much more fun, because she and her dad were able to tell me what the characters were like in real life, off-screen.

Check out my review: http://www.campuscircle.net/review.cfm?r=3755

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Sightings and Celeb Scoop


Ashley Simpson caught in traffic on Sunset Boulevard. She was with a friend in a run-down Honda. Note to celebs: if you want to stay on the DL, go out in a regular car as opposed to your usual digs. I hardly noticed her in the passenger seat, but she seemed to be having fun laughing and singing a lot.

I was hoping that she would be with that eyeliner-wearing freak show of a boyfriend though. I would just really like to see that in person!

Sightings and Celeb Scoop



Natasha Richardson on the Pacific Beach Pier with two boys in San Diego this past weekend. She had a short, cute hair cut and looked like she was taking a well-deserved break from Hollywood. They were standing outside of one of those really quaint houses that you can actually rent for the night on the pier. Maybe a weekend family vacation? Seemed sort of strange though since Pacific Beach is one of the craziest (booze allowed on beach) surf scenes and was just below.

That Hollywood Sign

Did you know that it is possible to change the Hollywood sign? It was only done once, by FOX, when the studio first opened. They changed HOLLYWOOD to read FOX for two weeks. The amount has not been disclosed as to how much it costs to do this, but it must cost a fortune.

Also, individual members of Hollywood own the letters in the HOLLYWOOD sign. The letters were originally purchased for $27,000. Can you guess who owns the H? It's none other than Hugh Hefner.

They have arrived!


Well, it's the talk of the town. David, Victoria, and the rest of the Beckham's have finally arrived. Here is what we know far after their recent arrival to LA. The party to be at this past Sunday was held for the Beckham's by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith. Invitations were sent out on red velvet invitations with gold lettering. If you were not invited, it means that you are falling quickly on the social ladder. Also, inside reports have revealed that Paris Hilton extended a warm invitation to Posh to start a friendship over lunch. Victoria declined.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Goya's Ghosts

OK, well Yosemite was a bit EXTREME to say the least. We hiked on Saturday for 7 hours, about the equivalent to 15 miles. 5 of those miles were completely vertical. This was the decision of the other people that I was with, and I was pretty much just along for the ride. I would say that at least 10 times during this particular hike, the words "hell.....HELL!!!" were running through my head. The weekend was worth it though, and I sent out pictures to most of you showing the spectacular views and sights.

On another note, below is a link to a film that I saw last month. My editor chopped this down from 400 words to 130 words, which I'm not happy about, but I guess they needed the space for advertising. Figures. This film was good, but I would wait until it comes out on DVD to see it:

http://www.campuscircle.net/review.cfm?r=3695

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Destination: Yosemite


This weekend, I'll be taking a 3 day trip to Yosemite to camp out with friends and escape city life. This is something that I've been waiting for since day one in LA, so I'm really excited for this adventure. I'm actually on assignment too, as I'll be writing an article about visiting Yosemite and talking about all it has to offer for visitors: the best places to check out in the park, eat, drink, hike, etc.

That being said, there will be much more to come about this trip. But in the meantime, here is a lovely picture just to tease you with how I'll be spending my weekend.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Happy Anniversary!!


To Me! It's been exactly one whole year since I arrived in Los Angeles. And what a year it has been (please see prior months if you are just tuning in...)

365 of the best days of my life, wouldn't have wanted it any other way!

And see, it does snow in the mountains. Check it out in the picture above.

Pasadena, The Rose Bowl, and The World's Greatest Flea Market


This week, I made two trips out to Pasadena. Whoa, what took me so long?!? That place is fantastic. Old Town has a lot of character, and today I went to the huge Flea Market that is held once a month at the Rose Bowl. This is by far one of the country's hidden gems. This Flea Market was unreal. I love old, antique furniture and I was in heaven. I bought two great pieces, as well as some discounted clothing -- but I could have spent so much more money! If ever in LA on the second Sunday of the month, you must do this!!!

Hopefully, the next time I visit the Rose Bowl, Penn State will be there :)

Monday, July 02, 2007

Destination: San Diego


Well, it only took me a year, but I finally made it down to San Diego. It's my second visit now to the 'little' city in California, and I just can't say enough about it. It's such a low-key, down to earth city -- very much my style. Downtown is blowing up right now in the gas lamp district, and nothing beats bonfires on the beach in PB. I had so much fun, I might even go back this upcoming weekend!

Thursday, June 28, 2007

SICKO and the US Healthcare System

Michael Moore's latest film SICKO will be released this upcoming weekend to nationwide audiences. I'm not a huge fan of Michael Moore and his antics, but I have been anxiously awaiting the release of this film. Today, I want to encourage everyone to see it because the issue of health care in this country is affecting millions of Americans on a daily basis. I take a lot of interest now in the subject because this topic has personally impacted my own family to a huge extent, costing us thousands upon thousands of dollars. Whether you are a Democrat or Republican, this is a huge issue that will likely impact you at some point in your life. The costs of health care, and the unbelievable amounts of money that are needed to get prescription drugs in this country are absurd. Now, I don't want to rant too much about the drug aspect because I know that I will offend all of my friends back East that work for major pharmaceutical companies. But I will say that I think they are partly to blame as well (yes, I know that they are a great place to work, I know, I know. I'm not saying that). I just think that it's very wrong to push drugs on people the way that they do at times, because I know from personal experience that many times the drugs are not needed and cause more damage than good. Drugs can obviously be a good thing, but there is a fine line between what people really need and what sales reps are pushing and/or what doctors are prescribing on a daily basis.

I just hope that people will learn about the issues at hand for the upcoming 2008 election. For example, did you know that because I now have a pre-existing condition that most insurance companies will not even cover me? I have to pay almost $500/month for health insurance, only for myself. Think about that. That's $6,000/year. I've had to go through enough already, is this really what I should have to deal with now? This is only one example of how so many people are impacted by the corruption of our countries health care system. All I'm asking is that you take note, and learn about the issue. It may not affect you now, but it could in the future. I'm worried about our future. There are so many good people in this country that are unfortunate enough to deal with illness, they should not have to worry about astronomical medical payments on top of everything else.

And if the policy doesn't change in 2008? Well, maybe I'll just find a nice Swedish boy to marry.

Evening

I took a lot of interest in this film because it was written by one of the same writers that worked on The Hours. Since I worked on The Hours with Scott Rudin in 2000 during the filming, I knew that this would have a similar feel to it. And it did. A chick flick for sure -- well worth seeing.

http://www.campuscircle.net/review.cfm?r=3626

Thursday, June 21, 2007

The Naked News


There is a website that is currently getting a lot of press. It's called The Naked News (www.nakednews.com). If you become a Naked News Member, you will have a daily news report delivered to you covering all of the world's most important events. BUT while the reporters give the stories, they strip down in front of the camera to bare bones, showing it all. Now, I'm 100% for alternative forms of news reporting. And when I say that, I mostly just mean The Onion (www.theonion.com). I guess though if it's going to make all the perverts of the world a tiny bit more intelligent, we may one day thank this great source of media...? I'm still not really sure what to think, any other opinions about this one?

Monday, June 18, 2007

Music and More

This month, I'm focusing on music. For work and for play. I love the music scene in creative LA. It's the best in our great nation, with Nashville close behind. Los Angeles has the most ridiculous radio stations (no need for Satellite out here, there are too many to count) and the best part about it is that all the famous DJ's that you think only do weekend shows on the East Coast... well, they are all actually the morning talents out here. Ryan Seacrest, Rick Dees, Leeza Gibbons, etc. On-air interviews with celebs and rock stars happen at least 4-5 times a day, and celebrity news that you read in US Weekly breaks on-air (sometimes with celebs calling in) at least 2-3 days before it hits the national circuit. There's even an Indie station that lets celebs guest DJ. My favorite time to tune in is when John Cusack is spinning on Saturday afternoons on 103.1.

One of my favorite things to tune into are the album release shows that LA stations host on a frequent basis. The bands come in, and play their albums the week of their release. The bands typically explain what they were doing when writing each song, and you get to know them a little bit better. Today on the radio, for example, I got to hear Lifehouse's album release show, which I'll let you know was damn good. If you liked The Fray's last album (which I loved dearly before it went mainstream), I suggest you check out Who We Are later in the week.

I'll be posting a few music articles soon, but in the meantime, there are a few things about music that have crossed my mind in the past few weeks. First, has anyone heard the new Bone, Thugs and Harmony song? It's fantastic. My friends and I used to love them in high school, and they are back with vengence. Way to go guys. I guess I don't have to listen to First of the Month anymore to get my fill of you when in withdrawal. Second, I want Carrie Underwood to be my best friend. Seriously. That song where she keys the car because he cheats is unreal. She has come a long way from Idol, and I want to hang out with her on a daily basis. I must say that I appreciate girls who aren't afraid to be a bitch. Third, I freaking love country music now. I don't know if it's because I'm older and I long for a more simple lifestyle, but modern country is great. There, I said it.

And lastly, I just found out that we have a karaoke machine at school. It was like the day that I found out Santa wasn't real. Nothing will be the same ever again. I think that there is no better way to teach my students English than with a little Bone, Thugs and Harmony, no? Well, maybe not BT&H, but some Journey certainly can't hurt. You SO wish that you had me as a teacher. Trust me on this.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Happy Father's Day!

June is time for Dads and Grads... And I have officially found the best Father's Day gift! There are just a few small steps to follow in getting the perfect gift for Dad:

1. Become a writer of some sort.
2. Get a job with a ridiculously cool publication that will give you the liberty to write something for Father's Day.
3. Write a tribute to your Dad, and then have it published in real live ink for 90,000 people in Los Angeles to read.
4. Frame article.

Apparently, I made my editor cry with this piece (below). I had no intention to do so, but hope that you like it too. To all the Dad's of the world, Happy Father's Day.

http://www.campuscircle.net/review.cfm?r=3545

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

GREEK


So ABC Family is coming out with a new show this upcoming summer called GREEK. I will admit, I actually really like ABC Family. They aren't as family oriented as you might imagine, the name is kind of deceiving. I wish that I had Tivo because I would definitely tape this show. I think it looks great, but maybe because I still have Peter Pan syndrome. Anyway, if you long for your college days, check it out.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

MySpace en Español

I've decided to teach myself Spanish. Classes? No. Lessons on tape? No. I have decided instead to learn a new language by converting my MySpace page into Spanish. I figure that each day, when I log on, I'll learn at least one new vocabulary word... Like "Christina tienes 220 amigos." See, it's easy.

Yes, I realize that sooner or later I will run out of new vocabulary words, but that's when I will decide that it's time to learn German instead. So don't hate the plan stan.

God MySpace, you really are changing the world. What's next?

The Laundry Bandit


My apartment building is great. Similar to Melrose place, it's a LA community full of life and scandal. I've come to realize in the past few weeks, however, that there is one big deterrent from living in a communal space: sharing the laundry facility. Sure, it's problematic when everything is in use, but what I find to be most annoying is the guy that lives on the first floor who likes to move everyone else's clothes around. He's the guy that times everything, and if you aren't there to get your clothes when the buzzer goes off, he is. Before you know it, your wet underwear are thrown all over the laundry room so that he can be the next one to claim his stake on a washer. I find this to be one of the most unappealing habits of a neighbor. And I have decided to give him a name, The Laundry Bandit. The Laundry Bandit and I have had 2 run-ins this past week, and to sum it up, we don't like each other. Every time that I see him, I hear the old Western showdown music in my head and draw my fabric softener to get ready for the impending confrontation.

To all of the laundry bandits in the world, RELAX. And please stop touching my underwear.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Long Plane Rides = SICK.

I had strep throat a bunch of times when I was little...and I just got it again after coming back to LA. This time it has wiped me out BIG TIME though. I went back to the doctor today and he is making me take a second Z Pack. Is that even allowed? Yikes.
My apologies for not posting anything this week, but I will do so when I am back to my normal self. Promise.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

This one is for My Meez.

I told RJK that he was my inspiration for this one - all those nights watching Entourage, and of course the summer with the viking helmet. One of the perks of living in LA: figuring out where the show is filmed, and then trying out the venues yourself (and writing about them). Life's tough, I know.

This new hot spot, Caffe Primo, is awesome. If ever in LA, please check it out. Here is the link to my review:

http://www.campuscircle.net/review.cfm?r=3506

LAX > NEW > NYC > PHL > PIT > CLE > LAX



Well, I'm back. My trip back to the East Coast was a successful 10 day vacation (which actually felt like a month because I did more in 10 days then most people do in a month, I'm pooped). I can confidently say that it was one of the best weeks of my life. I know, it's a bold statement, but it's true. I got to hang out with my roommates from Sydney again, take over a karaoke bar in New York with 8 of my closest friends, spend mucho quality time with my entire family, and catch up with all of my high school friends.

And let's not forget that my 10 year high school reunion was also this past weekend, which I was in charge of helping to plan. We had no idea how it would turn out, but we counted over 100 people that showed up! My cousin-in-law (is that a real relationship?) told me that I should pretend to have all of these crazy professions when talking to people that I haven't seen in a while. He told everyone at his reunion that he was a male stripper. So I did tell one person that I moved out to LA to work in the porn industry, but as soon as I said it, I realized that this joking comment would somehow come back to humiliate my mother in a grocery store shopping line. So I decided that I better just shut up. And the truth of the matter is, that now I have one of the coolest jobs on the planet, so why lie about it, right?

"Family, Faith and Friends" -- one time a priest at my cousin's confirmation said that these are the only 3 things that are important in life. And now it's my family's cheesy motto. But this week, I realized it more than ever. That priest sure did know what he was talking about...

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Sightings and Celeb Scoop



So as I said in my last post, I had the chance to meet and talk with both Parker Posey and Hal Hartley. You know when you meet someone and think "wow, this person just has IT." You might not exactly know what IT is, but it's something. Parker Posey just has a certain aura around her that is magical. I found her to be a lot more laid back than I originally had thought she would be though...maybe because she's often played a neurotic character in some of my favorite films. She's super cool. After meeting her, I like her even more. And Hal Hartley, the writer and director of Fay Grim, was also a great guy. You can tell when speaking to him that he is a genius when it comes to making movies. He answered every question with intelligent remarks, and seemed truly interested in sharing his purpose behind the film. The entire day was such an awesome experience.