Archive | March, 2011

You’re doing it right – Emilio Estevez

9 Mar

Do you know what people like? They like movies about underdog hockey teams, they like feel-good teen movies about having detention on Saturday morning, and even more than that, they like “The Outsiders”.

What’s the common denominator? Emilio Estevez. Whether he is warming hearts as the coach that cares in Mighty Ducks 1, 2 & 3,  stealing our hearts as a teen heart throb in the Breakfast Club, or showing off his tougher side in Young Guns, he proves time and time again that he can fill the theatre seats. (And not just on the easy times like over long weekends and holidays, but also the hard-to-sell times like August.)

Ok, so I know what you are thinking: sure, we all know he makes great movies, but what else has he done? Paula Abdul and Demi Moore! That’s right, he was married to Abdul for two years and was engaged to Moore (guess that one didn’t take). He clearly knows how to win over the ladies.

So, in these uncertain times, we salute you, Emilio. Keep keeping it real, keeping it Estevez, and keeping it Mighty.

QUACK! QUACK! QUACK!

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The Bees Knees – Leah Gibson

7 Mar

Flashback to September, 1994 – Victoria, BC. A fourth grade version of Sylvia enters a new school on the first day of class. Armed with the latest yikes erasers and the most sought after hair scrunchies, I was ready to take on the world. One small problem. I had no friends. Enter Erin and Leah Gibson fraternal twins with hearts of gold. I remember being in awe of these two. Erin had the curliest blonde hair you’d ever seen, and Leah was stunning even at the age of nine. I knew I wanted to make these girls my friends. And lucky for me they were willing to take me under their wings.

Leah Gibson is The Bees Knees

While our childhood friendships were cut short due to my relocation out East at the end of the school year, Leah and I were reunited in Vancouver over 10 years later. The grown up version of Leah was just as genuine and charming as my fourth grade memory of her. I came to learn that grown up Leah was actively working as an actor in Vancouver.

Her first year on the scene included filming The Cycle with Darryl Hannah, and The Watchmen.. starring.. well her and the giant blue “member”. Leah’s impressive resume also includes a long list of indie flicks and sci-fi roles including a recurring role on Caprica, and a cameo on Supernatural alongside my first “real” crush Jensen Ackles. To top it all off, Leah was cast as Nettie in the Twilight series.

Leah was recently in LA auditioning for pilot season and I was lucky enough to catch up with her and get the inside scoop on her favourite things about LA, her red carpet must-have’s and the actress she hopes to one day work with.

So here it is, the TNTs exclusive with Leah Gibson.

TNTs: Team Edward or Team Jacob?

Leah: Nothing against Ed, but total Jake crusher right here.

TNTs: Was Doctor Manhattan’s blue “member” distracting in The Watchmen ?

Leah: Incredibly. I had my hands up on guard between takes the entire time.

TNTs: What was the first celeb encounter you’ve had since being in the business that left you completely star struck?

Leah: Juliette Lewis. When I was at the Toronto Film Fest in the fall, I walked right into a personal photo shoot she was having. We locked eyes for a few moments and I could feel in my heart it was love at first sight. I’m sure she’s still thinking about me with just as much affection. Juliette I love you.

TNTs: Who would you love to work with in the future?

Leah: I am slightly obsessed with Meryl Streep. With Susan Sarandon. With Debra Messing. And Juliette, of course.

TNTs: If you were going to hit up a red carpet event what would you most likely be wearing?

Leah: I’ve been to a few of them now, and I’ve learned that comfort is EVERYTHING. I get so nervous at those things, I usually have wobbly little knees, so I don’t last long in high-heels. I mean, heels are sexy and all, but let me tell you, a few minutes after I walk the carpet those things are coming off! I already know what I’ll be wearing to the next one. Uggs will likely be stuffed in my purse.

TNTs: Tell us, what is the Bees Knees in LA?

Leah: The Gibson Girl ice cream parlour at Maine Street, Disneyland. Specifically, their Mocha Fudge Sundae. (Cheat day, I love you).

Disneyland in general. I went 2 weeks ago for the first time since I was seven. Every bit as magical. Every adult should do it.

Boutique shopping on Melrose. BEST little shops, unique finds, amazing prices.

Runyon Canyon. Dusty trails and enough of a climb; a great little workout and a view of LA from the Hollywood Hills.

TNTs: And the Bees Knees in Vancouver?

Best vegan bakery in the city- Sweet Cherubum, on Commercial Drive. I am addicted to their muffins– vegan, wheat-free, no processed sugar.. I am there every week, it’s a bit of a problem.

Tim Horton’s coffee. Yes, I know- Timmy Ho’s are everywhere, they seem cheap and overly-convenient, but when was the last time you had an extra large double-double?? When I am out of the country I crave my Timmy’s.

The Naam. The best vegetarian food on the planet. Ok, in the city at least. And open 24 hours, which means my very favourite jet-lag cure! Groovy hippy vibe, often with a live groovy hippy musician serenading the experience.

Thanks again to the talented Leah Gibson. You can see why we at TNTs have dubbed her The Bees Knees.

You can follow Leah on Twitter: @leahdianegibson

TNTS: Clothes Shopping for Men

3 Mar

By Joel

So I started a new job recently, and it’s at an office where people dress like, well, grownups. My last job was just about the least formal place I’ve ever worked (clothes-wise, at least) so I didn’t really have a need to buy new, nicer stuff.

But after almost two weeks at this job, and alternating between my two nice things just about every day, I’m now wearing a hoodie with profanity on it, and sneakers, looking like the sad kid who wandered into the wrong party.

So it looks like I need to go clothes shopping. But here’s the problem: I’m not a thin person, and I’m a guy. 

Let’s tackle these problems one at a time: You know when you see a nice pair of sneakers at the store and then you ask if they have a size 12 or 13 and you see the large shoe and it looks straight-up ridiculous? No? Well, trust me. Clothes and shoes look better the smaller they are. It’s just true. These things don’t scale well. And, of course, when you’re a fatter person like me, you’ve got curves to contend with that aren’t helping anyone. So your go-to business casual clothes (dress shirts, sweaters, etc.) look like someone stuffed a beanbag chair into a pillowcase.

And then there’s the fact that your typical mid-range clothing retailer stuffs the men’s section at the very back (clothes stores are designed for women, and they put the men’s section wherever there’s some leftover space), and the selection usually sucks. So you find the one XL shirt in the pile, try it on, hate yourself a little for letting your life get to this place, and then you put it back. Repeat.

So, as you can imagine, I’m not exactly looking forward to my weekend trip to the mall. And not just because I hate malls (too many awful smells, too many awful people).

So I guess I’m just going to keep buying more blazers and purple shirts (seriously, I own, like, 5 of the exact same shirt) and contemplating the decisions that led me here.

Readers: Any suggestions for clothes that look okay-ish on large dudes? Leave it in the comments.

Oscar Night Recap

1 Mar

The gold statuettes have been handed out, the boring speeches have been delivered, and the borrowed jewels have (hopefully) been returned. The 83rd Academy Awards have come and gone and the TNTs crew has compiled a list of highlights and lowlights. If you missed the Oscars, save yourself about four and a half hours and just read this post instead.

Oscar Night Bee’s Knees:

  • Kirk Douglas. Everything about  Kirk Douglas was wonderful. The fact that he didn’t want to get off the stage, his extreme elderly-ness and the way he threw the envelope on the floor. All wonderful.
  • Melissa Leo dropping the F-bomb, going all crazypants and then stealing Kirk Douglas’s cane. One of the bright spots of the night. Definitely one of the more interesting speeches.
  • Commenting on how high James Franco was many, many times during the course of the evening. He just seemed to get more and more progressively baked.
  • The singing children.

TNTS: Oscar Edition

  • Cate Blanchett‘s mustard stain. Gorgeous dress, could’ve done without the condiments. Listen, we get it. We too are spilly eaters. That’s why you wear an old t-shirt when you’re eating your pre-Oscars hot dog, not a couture gown.
  • The fact that all the “good awards” are so late in the evening.
  • The Nazi documentary infomercial that aired for an unfortunately long time near the beginning of the show. “Packed with new facts!”
  • Nicole Kidman’s dress,  which resembled a killer plant reaching up to smother her

What do you think, readers? Please share your Oscar thoughts in the comments!