Month: January 2005

A quick one again

Happy Friday everyone. I’m going to keep it short and sweet today (making up for my long update about the Oscars yesterday) and just let you know that there’s a new Shooting from the Hips column up on line today (which you may have already noticed on your way in…) and I’m STILL working on getting up-to-date Dirty Laundry columns on line for you to read.

Since normally Friday is the goof-off day around the newsroom, I’m cutting out early and going to get a new agenda book/day planner. Now that we’re almost done January, all the 2005 planners are cheaper. Yay for after holiday sales!

I know I already have a PalmPilot, but I have this strange habit of writing things down on paper first, then transferring the information into my Palm. I could blame it on the fact that I’m a writer, or I could just chalk it up to the fact that having a day planner and a PalmPilot makes me feel really important. I’m strange that way.

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And the nomniees are…

Even though I think award shows are nothing more than some ego-trip where actors and money makers pat themselves on their backs for doing their jobs, people have been emailing me like crazy asking what my picks are for this year’s Oscars. So here you are… the choices in PINK are the people and films I think should win, and the ones in GOLD are those who probably will will. Names that have both colors mean I think they should win… and they probably will. Nice when the whole world sees things my way.

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE* Too soon to tell for me
Don Cheadle – HOTEL RWANDA
Johnny Depp – FINDING NEVERLAND
Leonardo DiCaprio – THE AVIATOR
Clint Eastwood – MILLION DOLLAR BABY
Jamie Foxx – RAY**

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Alan Alda – THE AVIATOR
Thomas Haden Church – SIDEWAYS
Jamie Foxx – COLLATERAL**
Morgan Freeman – MILLION DOLLAR BABY
Clive Owen – CLOSER

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Annette Bening – BEING JULIA
Catalina Sandino Moreno – MARIA FULL OF GRACE
Imelda Staunton – VERA DRAKE
Hilary Swank – MILLION DOLLAR BABY
Kate Winslet – ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Cate Blanchett – THE AVIATOR
Laura Linney – KINSEY
Virginia Madsen – SIDEWAYS
Sophie Okonedo – HOTEL RWANDA
Natalie Portman – CLOSER

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
THE INCREDIBLES
SHARK TALE
SHREK 2

DIRECTING
THE AVIATOR
MILLION DOLLAR BABY
RAY
SIDEWAYS
VERA DRAKE

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
BORN INTO BROTHELS
THE STORY OF THE WEEPING CAMEL
SUPER SIZE ME
TUPAC: RESURRECTION
TWIST OF FAITH

BEST PICTURE
THE AVIATOR
FINDING NEVERLAND
MILLION DOLLAR BABY
RAY
SIDEWAYS

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
BEFORE SUNSET
FINDING NEVERLAND
MILLION DOLLAR BABY
THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES
SIDEWAYS

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
THE AVIATOR
ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
HOTEL RWANDA
THE INCREDIBLES
VERA DRAKE

**My wild card pick, as in a long shot that will come out being the shock of shocks this year is that Foxx wins two statues; one for best actor and one for best supporting actor. And seeing how the Best Supporting Actor award is the second or third award handed out (best supporting female is the first), having Foxx win the Best Supporting and not win the big one as well, would be an upset and disappointment.

Speak up and stop Ashlee Simpson

Many of you have asked about the Stop Ashlee Simpson icon on the main page. I am almost ashamed to admit that I had nothing to do with this brilliant campaign. Turns out that lots and lots of people can’t stand this sorry excuse for a manufactured “pop-star”. So much so that now there’s an on-line petition that as I understand it, will be sent to Simpson’s father and recording company to show just how many folks out there want her to go away.

If you’re like me, and you feel it’s time to start getting rid of all this crap music then join the hundreds of thousands who have already signed this thing and help make the music and entertainment industries better!

It’s Monday again

It’s too bad to hear of Johnny Carson’s passing. He truly was a TV legend and he’ll be deeply missed. Although Jay Leno has done a pretty good job of keeping the Tonight Show afloat, Johnny Carson will always be remembered as the true King of Late Night. Do yourself a favor; there was a time before all the pop-glitz crap that’s out there right now… go watch a few videos from the Carson Collection and see what passed for real talk-show entertainment back in the day.

And on a happy note – then again, how “happy” can it really be if it has something to do with The Bushy – the folks down at Jib-Jab (makers of the the now famous “This Land” cartoon) have done it again, in a short called “Second Term”

. Because it’s Monday and it feels like it’s gonna be one of those weeks, check it out and have a laugh.

New column

Finally things are getting back on track both in my life and with this web site. I posted a new column (that actually was published last week) so now you have some weekend reading. Yay for weekend reading.

Other than that, not much else. I just got the good word about another up-coming BenQ Live Concert event that will be taking place next month featuring a great Canadian band called The Waking Eyes. I really enjoy these smaller venue shows where one gets to check out a new or up and coming band. Reminds me a lot of the local acts I’d get to see back home in Jersey where it seems that every bar has a live band. But at least there’s never a shortage of music in the Garden State. Here’s hoping that this show will be as much fun as the last few have been.

Have a great weekend… and best of luck to the Philly Eagles who go for the NFC Championship on Sunday and a shot at the SuperBowl.

Everyone else, remember to play safe!

A day in the dumps

I can tell it’s shaping up to be one of those days already. The kind of day where you just want to lie at home and cry for no real reason other than you feel sad. Which, you have to admit, is a pretty darn good reason when you think about it. It probably doesn’t help that I’ve been previewing the new Tori Amos album which hits stores on Feb 22. After all, her music is always so up-lifting and happy.

I know what some of you are saying… “Oh but you’re supposed to be all happy and media-friendly and sharing your own happy thoughts with the rest of the world, Zoey.”

Well, let me tell you… shit ain’t like that.

This is my journal after all and it’s not always wine and roses around here. Sad feelings just come on for no reason sometimes and there’s nothing I can do about it. Sometimes it’s my cycle, other times it’s the fact that I miss New Jersey and then there are times like this where I feel not even a good cry is gonna make things alright. Maybe after I get some sleep or finally it warms up a bit around here or I do something that will take my mind off things, I’ll feel better, but right now I just feel down.

I hate to piss all over your day by telling you this, but like I said before, this is my journal and that’s how things go. Personally, I think it could be the time of year that’s getting to me. I always called these months The Dark Months because the weather sucks and nothing really happens.

You just stare out your window at night and watch the creepy calmness of the city that is so cold and so unforgiving. The way the white lights of the streetlights add that extra chill to a city that is already known for not being the friendliest place on earth. The way the downtown can seem so empty, yet at the same time you feel a million pairs of eyes watching you from behind warm windows.

Yeah, that got a little too deep for me. Nothing like really hitting the nail on the head when it comes to pin-pointing the reason I feel like crap. I think I just need a change. Everything is so routine and fits just the way it should. I get up, I shower, I go to work, I come home, I see a friend or do some writing. Sure, not everyone’s life can be shits and giggles all the time either, but I just feel I need to do something different – again.

Don’t worry, nothing huge or earth-shattering. I still have my career and column to think about and I love the fact that you all come back to this site everyday to see what I’m going to say – even on days like this when everything is down. So for that reason I’ll still be here tomorrow. And if for some reason I’m not, don’t worry. Don’t send out the search party or anything. I probably just found something to do for the day.

Today is Tuesday

Thanks to everyone who emailed me wishing me a Happy 10 Years in Canada. Yeah, I know that didn’t really need capitals, but I wanted to show off the importance of me being here for 10 years already.

Sorry to all those who were a little bit put out that I didn’t have a Golden Globes report/recap yesterday. But just because I report the gossip doesn’t mean I cover the award shows. I actually can’t stand award shows and will find almost anything else to do, other than sit through another four hours of celebrities patting themselves on the back… for doing their jobs!

Think about it for a second. Hours and hours of your lives are wasted watching these Overpaid Crybabies give themselves awards for doing their jobs. You don’t see bus drivers doing that. Or the guy who refills the soda machine in the lunch room. How come we feel the need to bestow all this gratitude, recognition and praise to people already making millions and millions, for doing what they do every day?

I promise there will be a column update this week. I actually have been writing new ones and they’ve even been published, but getting them on line takes a bit of time and frankly, now that the holidays are over and the parties, functions, events and galas are all done with, it’s back to life as normal in the newsroom. One might think that working at a newspaper office might be days on end filled with tossing paper balls at each other and searching the web for funny cartoons of kittens doing naughty things, but that only happens in the morning. There are actually meetings that go on.

I’ll try to make sure that I update more often in the morning from now. In between the kitty cartoons and paper ball fights, of course.