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‘Arrested Development’ sneak peek: Buster and Lucille get closer than ever — EXCLUSIVE CLIP

April 25, 2013 Leave a comment

May 26th on Netflix, kids. All new Arrested Development.
Lucille is up to her old tricks in the clip posted.

Thor: The Dark World (new trailer released)

April 23, 2013 1 comment

Hubba. Hubba.

I’ll admit, Chris Hemsworth has not escaped my notice, especially as Thor. So, I thought it fitting to share the new trailer Marvel just put out for Thor: The Dark World. Looks pretty nifty, I think.

 

Don’t judge me!

 

 

Dunk and Egg, plus a Game of Thrones recap (And Now His Watch has Ended)

April 22, 2013 2 comments
Love these books :)

Love these books 🙂

Over the weekend I finished the Dunk & Egg novellas… well, the ones written so far. In order, the publication list is as follows:

  1. The Hedge Knight (Legends)
  2. The Sworn Sword (Legends II)
  3. The Mystery Knight (Warriors I)

George R. R. Martin has said that he plans to write many more novellas to flesh out this particular story. It’s set in Westeros about 100 years before Game of Thrones, and tells the story of Dunk (or Ser Duncan the Tall), a hedge knight getting into misadventures with his special squire, Egg. Why he’s special is something you have to read for yourself. I highly recommend these books also because there’s some great stories by other fantasy writers like Orson Scott Card, Stephen King, and my girl for all time, Anne McCaffrey. Any book that includes something from the Pern series is entirely read-worthy in my humble opinion.

So, onto Game of Thrones. Here are my thoughts:

  • Theon has the worst luck around. He met one of the most sinister characters in the series, who looks as innocent as can be. I almost feel sorry for Theon.
  • I don’t remember Varys keeping his tormentor in a box from the books. Did I miss something?
  • Commander Mormont is no more. That is still such a bummer to me. Craster I won’t miss, obviously.
  • Ha ha, Dany fooled the slaver (surprise to no one). She, like, can totally understand and speak Valyrian, man. Freak out. Plus, she does what she set out to do, acquire an army of free men who would die for her, not because she owns them, but through their own free will. And, her dragon got a nice kebab out of the situation.
  • So the Hound will match up with Beric Dondarrion (in the next episode). This should prove interesting.

My feelings for Jaime Lannister are very different I think than a lot of people. Normally people love to hate him. I actually don’t. I find him one of the more interesting, and ultimately well meaning characters in the series, even though he can still be a doody-head. He killed the Mad King (Aerys) to prevent Kings Landing from being destroyed by pyromancers, but this isn’t something that’s widely known in Westeros. And so, he continues as the Kingslayer without the truth coming forth.

True, he’s in an incestuous relationship with Cersei, but he has always loved and protected his younger brother Tyrion from the blame and hatred their father Tywin harbors for his role in their mother’s death (she died while giving birth to Tyrion). And true, he fathered another crazy loon who sits on the Iron Throne (I’m looking at YOU, Joffrey), but he tries to protect Brienne when the men try to rape her. See how it’s a back and forth kind situation with Jaime? I want to hate him, but he does too many good things to do so.

Anyway, we’ll see what happens next week.

New Daft Punk, y’all

April 14, 2013 Leave a comment

(feat. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers on this cut)

The new album hits stores May 21, just in time for your summer playlist.

Roger Ebert (1942-2013)

April 4, 2013 Leave a comment

As you’ve probably already heard, Roger Ebert passed away today after a long battle with cancer. The news really gutted me because of his influence on my movie appreciation/addiction.

When I was in college about 15 years ago, I took a Film Studies course as an elective. In that class we were going to watch a collection of movies (yay), and then submit three summaries of reviews for each (ugh). This class introduced me to imdb.com, who had a massive archive of reviews for many movies even in its infancy. And, of course, at the top of most lists were Ebert’s reviews. He wrote in a style that really resonated with me, and broke the movie down into manageable parts.

But, let’s go even further back in years to Sunday nights in the late 80s/early 90s, after the news. I was supposed to be in bed asleep, but I had to stay up for every episode of Siskel and Ebert At The Movies. There were no online reviews back then, and I lived nowhere near a major metropolitan area, so this show kept me informed as to what was out and how good it really was. If I was going to spend 3 dollars of my miniscule horde of cash the movie had to be top notch. Siskel and Ebert always delivered the goods for me.

To this day, I found myself checking his reviews for the movies I thought interesting, and even for the crappy ones I’d check in with him to see if our tastes still matched up. Mostly yes, but sometimes no.

His encyclopedic knowledge of movies and all sorts of topics made him a fascinating person to read, to listen to, to appreciate.

I’ll miss your cinematic knowledge and wit, Mr. Ebert.

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Pistachio pudding cake + recipe

April 4, 2013 Leave a comment
Pistachio Pudding Cake

Pistachio Pudding Cake

I made this cake over the Easter holiday. It seemed perfect for the occasion, and it was. Let me tell you why:

So you see in the photo it was made as a bundt cake. Now, in speaking with my mother, I was told that only immediate family was going to be doing Easter festivities. Let’s say, about 8 folks. This could easily have served that many with a few slices left over. I planned on taking a slice home with a sugar cookie from a basic recipe I found to enjoy while watching Game of Thrones.

As I was teaching my niece and nephew how to play the board game Sorry! (always a crowd favorite), evidently my father and brother were sneaking into the kitchen when no one was watching and slicing off hunks of cake with every clandestine trip. So much so that when it was time for me to prepare my to-go plate for departure, the plate was scraped clean of any trace of cake. That happened so fast I didn’t even see it… but my husband did, evidently. He told me the whole sordid tale as we were driving home of my family’s misdeeds against this delicious cake.

Remember… if you make this cake for a gathering, plan on making two if you’re wanting to take any home with you. A little insurance policy, let’s call it.

Original recipe link here, but I’m going to repost it for your convenience:

Ingredients:

Cake

  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup club soda
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Icing:

  • 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup cold 2% milk
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 2 teaspoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:

Cake:

  • In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, soda and oil; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in walnuts.
  • Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

Icing:

  • In a large bowl, beat the cream, milk, pudding mix and confectioners’ sugar on high until stiff peaks form.

For the finish:

  • Frost cake. Sprinkle the top with walnuts, and then refrigerate until serving. Yield: 12 servings.

April 3, 2013 Leave a comment

I’d been following the Brian Banks story for awhile, glad to see he’s going to get a chance at the NFL finally.

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