Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Big Bang Theory @ the Paley Festival

Last week I went to the Paley Festival to see The Big Bang Theory panel. The Big Bang Theory is one of my favorite shows (brings out the inner geek in me). My favorite episode was the one with "time machine" the guys bought online.

We had great seats at the Cinerama Dome, front row balcony where were first treated with an upcoming episode, "After being dumped by Leslie, Howard heads to Las Vegas with Leonard and Raj, leaving Penny to deal with Sheldon, who has locked himself out of the apartment." It was laugh out loud funny!

The entire cast was there, Jim Parsons (Sheldon), Johnny Galecki (Leonard) , Kaley Cuoco (Penny) , Kunal Nayyar (Rajesh), and Simon Helberg (Howard) as well as creaters Bill Prady and Chuck Lorre. They shared great stories, it was so funny hearing about their adventures at Comic Con in San Diego when the cast rented a boat and Kaley was the captain. The cast was very entertaining and I think surprised how many fans had turned up to see them. At he end audience members could ask questions, my favorite was, "Which cast member is most like his or her character?" Everyone pointed to Jim. LOL! Afterwards they were very generous with their time and autographed my program.

CUT 2009 Film Festival

It's been a while, but better late than never posting these pics!
I went to the CUT 2009 Film Festival in March to see the Citizen Game and the Crank:High Voltage panels. I met the directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor as well as some of the cast members.

There's nothing like having a friend that's a wonderful photographer!

Mark and Brian

Milo Ventimiglia

Milo and Me

Terry Crews and Me

Efren Ramirez

Check out the rest of the pictures on Marcy's blog
Through the Lens

Crank: High Voltage in theaters now

Citizen Game in theaters Sepember 4, 2009

Monday, April 13, 2009

Cookies for Soldiers

Since I wrote about my trip out to Fort Irwin and the concept of my new book, I have been flooded with emails from wives, mothers, and grandmothers about their stories from WWII, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Friends and supporters have all sent their encouragement to continue with my book.

With every email I read, I was in tears reading accounts of their memories of life during WWII; sending Vmail, Victory Gardens, rationing, only having 2 pairs of shoes a year, and the Western Union man delivering telegrams containing bad news.

I've learned so much -- I had no idea my friend Sandy sends 47 boxes of cookies every month to her grandson and his friends in Iraq! Sandy wrote: "I don't support the war, but I do support our troops. They need to know that they are supported and not forgotten."

And my friend Lynn so eloquently wrote:
"It's hard to realize that we have now been at War longer than WWII, but it's true. The loved ones of those engaged in today's conflict feel the same anxiety and fear and dread. Relationships have the same intensity and stressors."

My friend Susan sent pictures of her son in Iraq. Now, I have a face to go with the name of the soldier I sent cookies to...

Michael also sent these pictures

Taking Woodstock Poster

Take a look at the new poster for Jeffrey Dean Morgan's new movie, directed by Ang Lee, Taking Woodstock. Also staring Demetri Martin, Imelda Staunton, Emile Hirsch, and Liev Schreiber.
Taking Woodstock will be in theaters August 14, 2009

Happy Easter

We started the beautiful day on Glendora Mountain Road. We dropped off Megan at the bottom of the hill and drove up to the top. We took a hike on a trail for about 1 1/2 mile out and back. We would have taken a longer walk, but Megan had called to tell us she was already at the car and waiting for us! She's one tough girl! A 7 mile climb up the winding roads of Glendora Mountain Road!
The rest of the afternoon we spent watching Boonen win the Paris-Roubaix bike race on Versus and then Easter dinner with family. Happy Easter everyone!

Zach smelling everything!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Random Photo

I was out and about doing errands yesterday. I had to take a picture of this sign on the back of an ice cream truck. I think someone needs to rethink their sign!

Terminator Salvation Sweepstakes

Enter to win a VIP trip to the Hollywood Premiere of Terminator Salvation!
Terminator Salvation Sweepstakes

Terminator Salvation in theaters May 22, 2009

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Cookies for Soldiers

It's break from school and usually I have a 101 things I need to do before the next quarter begins. One of the things on my list was to work on my new book. I joined a new writing group and the goal with this one is to Write a Book in a Year. One of the guidelines is, it can't be a book you have been working on, it has to be a new story. Well, I've had an idea on the back burner, so I decided to try it out.

The new book Vmail/Email is a story is about two couples, a contemporary couple and a couple in 1944. Their stories are told through letters and email. The husband in the contemporary couple, is deployed to Iraq and the husband in 1944, WWII is somewhere in the South Pacific.

While at WonderCon I shared the concept of my new book with one of my friends who offered to take me to where she works, Fort Irwin, to help with the research on the book. She drove me out to Fort Irwin in the middle of the Mohave dessert and showed me around the huge base.

Here's a picture of the long winding road.

Another friend spent the afternoon with us. She also works at Fort Irwin. Her son is in Iraq and will be part of the young men and women who will be sent to Afghanistan. She shared what it is like for her to have a son deployed to Iraq, her fears and worries.

Mean while back at home, my kids are bugging me to bake cookies for the past week. They think I have nothing better to do since I'm on break. I've managed to convince them that I'm too busy and the cost of chocolate chips and walnuts are too expensive. After I returned home from my visit with my friends and tour of Fort Irwin, I had a wonderful email from my friend with a picture of her son. As a mother, I couldn't imagine sending my son off to Iraq. I felt I needed to do something, so I asked my friend if it's okay to send her son cookies. She says he'd love them!

I told my kids, if they buy the ingredients I'll bake cookies. They think they were successful in convincing me to bake, but I tell them it's only because of my friend's son in Iraq. So Friday, I set out to bake cookies and then be at the post office before 5:00 pm. I baked 20 dozen cookies, I never do anything in moderation and was exhausted by 3:00. I wanted to take a nap, but instead I wrote a note and boxed up 3 dozen cookies. I filled out the Customs form at the post office. The post office clerk gave me a sad smile when he read under "Description of Contents" COOKIES and the APO address IRAQ.

I went to my writing class yesterday, I didn't make the deadline to submit more chapters for critique. I don't know if I can write this book, it's already been an emotional journey. But what I learned so far, no matter what you think about the war, there are men and women all over the world protecting the way we live in this wonderful country.

It felt good to mail out the cookies. I hope my friend's son enjoys them.

Some wonderful stories of people sending cookies to our troupes:
Operation Baking Gals ships cookies to soldiers: Military Notes

Send Our Soldiers (SOS) Cookies

Adopt a soldier

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Movie Review ~ The Soloist

Tonight, I went to an advance screening of Joe Wright's new film, The Soloist. The film is a beautiful true story about an unlikely friendship between Los Angels Times newspaper reporter Steve Lopez, Robert Downey Jr., and a homeless man Nathaniel Ayers, Jamie Foxx. At times the film is very funny and then it brings you back to the reality of mental illness. The music is beautiful, Jamie Foxx is amazing, and Robert Downey Jr. is at his best.

Personally, I've gone to school and work in the downtown Los Angeles area for over 20 years. At times a few blocks from 6th and San Julian, Skid Row. I feel the homeless are exaggerated in the film, but I'm thankful it doesn't make light of the homeless problem in Los Angeles. I loved the movie.

My friend spoke to a "B" celebrity in the men's restroom. The celeb said he didn't like the ending, "it lacked the big payoff", but I disagree, the movie had a great payoff, friendship.

To see the Soloist trailer visit the official site: The Soloist

The Soloist in theaters April 24, 2009

X-Men Origins: Wolverine World Premiere Contest

Another contest for X-Men Origins: Wolverine. This one is a bit different.
Check out the video:

Here's the link: X-Men Origins: Wolverine World Premiere Contest