90210 Deux

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There’s been quite a bit of buzz circulating the Internet about a Beverly Hills 90210 spin-off. So far we know that Rob Thomas, creator of Veronica Mars, has been enlisted to be a writer/creator for the show and we have a faint clue as to what the main characters will be like.

According to Gawker.com

The show will focus on a drunk old actress whose son moves in with her to take care of her. He brings his athletic wife and two kids…two 16-year-olds: Daughter Annie and adopted son Dixon. Annie is an emo/theater kid who’s desperate to fit in with the cool crowd. Dylan, er, Dixon is a supersmart bad boy who has lingering social and behavioral issues — and not an ounce of nerdiness in him.

* Daphne Silver, a wannabe socialite who hosts her own YouTube series. She becomes good pals with Annie and has a crush on Dixon (as well as the only Jewish girl at BevHills High with a black boyfriend — another hint that producers are considering making Dixon’s character non-white).

* Max Silver, Daphne’s 24-year-old brother, is a working man who manages the family movie theater at the Century City Mall (the new show’s version of the Peach Pit, perhaps?) He seems forever on the verge of a nervous breakdown and appears to be harboring some secrets.

* Navid Shirazi produces the high school’s student-run video newscast and is of Middle Eastern descent. He’s the consummate high school politician.

* Ethan Ward is a likable jock who falls out of favor with the “in” crowd and ends up hanging with the “90210” crew.

* Naomi Bennett is Ethan’s super-hot, ultra-rich ex-girlfriend. She appears to be a brat but will end up having more layers.

I’m on the fence about this. I grew up idolizing Brenda Walsh, swooning over Dylan McKay and holding my breath and clutching my pillow at the end of every episode tormented that I had would have to wait another seven days to see what outlandish high school tragedy would befall my buddies from Beverly Hills. So, part of me wants to jump for joy that the dramatics of BHHS will be revisited and that the Peach Pit’s doors will once again be open for business. But why mess with perfection?

Already the character synopsis’ pale in comparison to the paragon that was the original 90210 cast. I mean all the new characters are lesser spawns of the originals. i.e. Naomi is obviously the Kelly character, Ethan is most definitely Steve. Navid, “the consummate high school politician” is an obvious take on Brandon. Daphne Silver? Umm, Andrea…is that you? Max Silver, you and David share a little more than just a last name. Annie’s emo persona is definitely Miss Brenda Walsh and last but not least, Dixon is a wannabe Dylan.

(But where’s Donna? Tori Spelling is basically throwing herself onto the creators of the new 90210 for a spot on the show. And I say give it to her! I’d love to see the old cast intertwined with the new.)

If you’re going to spin-off a classic at least come at it with some artistic integrity. I’m curious to see how this all turns out. I’m just hoping the entire cast of 90210 cameos. Crossing my fingers.

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Hobbit Has A New Habit

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Paparazzi photos allow us to spy into the everyday lives of our favorite celebs. We can see who they lunch with, where they vacation and who they hang out with, but what if we could see their lives from a different perspective? Their own. With so many pictures being taken of your favorite celebs, do you ever wonder what they themselves take pictures of?

Dominic Monaghan of Lord of the Rings and LOST is showcasing an exhibition of his photography at Los Angeles’ Hamilton-Selway Fine Art gallery now through March 27.

The exhibition is titled “Happy Accidents” and according to the World Entertainment News Network is described by Monaghan as, “Those moments where you don’t expect what is going to happen, but it ends up being something good.”

Happy accidents or not, it’s apparent that photography is just one more talent that Monaghan has under his belt (In addition to acting, Monaghan is also an accomplished musician, but what actor isn’t these days, right?) This particular creative outlet is a way for Monaghan to enjoy one of his true passions. Nature. Which happens to be the focus of most of his photography.

Monaghan has been known to be a zealous wildlife enthusiast and has supported many wildlife organizations. 20 percent of the proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation.

The exhibition also features photos of many of the British import’s former costars from both Lord of the Rings and LOST, including Matthew Fox, Josh Holloway, Billy Boyd, Elijah Wood and Sir Ian McKellen.

These photos serve as a glimpse into the real life and interests of the actor famous for portraying Oceanic 815’s favorite junky.

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FINALLY

Thursdays are right again….

Heath Ledger’s Last Days

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Lisa Taddeo over at Esquire Magazine has written out nearly every minute of Heath Ledger’s last few days on Earth. And no, not pieced together from gossip rags and “news reports,” she wrote out Heath’s last days from his perspective.

The fictional recap of Heath’s last meal (a muffin), his thoughts on Mary-Kate Olsen and his cautionary visit with Jack Nicholson read almost like the real thing. I’ve got to give it up to Lisa for some superb writing on this one.

Mary-Kate is not what you think. She comes off like a straw, something hollow that things pass through. But it’s more an inner strength than a vapid soul. She once told me, Growing up as one half of something made me feel I had to overcompensate to be worth a whole. Then I realized it was the greatest foil. I have a built-in hiding place everywhere I go.

The article’s got a killer message and it’s a brilliant read, see for yourself.

Get My Beer On, Get My LOST On

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My very boisterous, well-informed albeit sometimes mis-informed friends, Wes and John have just started a LOST podcast.

If you’re interested in hearing the ramblings of two lush drunkards try to decode all theories to every LOST episode you should most definitely check them out, even if it’s just to hear the super special shout out they give me (It’s around minute 12 of the podcast)! Thanks boys. Much love.

Oh He’s not Dead

*Just as a warning, if you haven’t watched the latest LOST episode, “Ji Yeon,” you may not want to read on.

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Last night’s ep was 10 times better than last week’s Juliet-centric episode (gag). I always looks forward to Sun and Jin episodes as they are two of my favorite characters on the show.

We found out that Michael is the spy on Widmore’s boat. Which was pretty obvious, well at least to my friend Wes who noticed that his name was in the opening credits all season. We also found out that Sun is one of the Oceanic 6. Again, pretty obvious. Just for the fact that I don’t think anyone would have let her stay on the island since her life was in peril due to having conceived a child on the island.

So, for the first 45 mins of the episode we are led to believe that Jin also made it off the island, but in true LOST form we find out that is not the case. We are shown a Sun flash forward and a Jin flash back.

Sun successfully gives birth to a baby girl, Ji Yeon. (The name that Jin suggested for the baby while they were on the island.)

Hurley visits Sun in Korea and they both go to see Jin’s “grave.”

Sun is weeping and saying how much she misses him. (I think I actually cried more than Sun did.) Well, and then here’s the kicker. The camera pans to the tombstone and the date of death on the tombstone reads… 9/22/04. Yea, that’s right. The day of the crash! Which HAS to mean that Jin is still alive and just stuck on the island. BTW I’m going to have to give Jameson credit for this one because I sure as hell did not notice the date on the grave.

And no Wes, Jin did not die on the island “at some point.” There is no way. Just because the 6 are saying that everyone else died during the crash and you think Jin did die and that Sun is just sticking to that story is complete bull. He’s alive and well. Why else would Sun have gone psycho in the maternity ward? If he were really dead she wouldn’t have been yelling for him or refusing to take her wedding ring off. Also at the grave site, in literal Korean translation Sun was saying “I want to see you.” Not, “I miss you.” I think you can say I’m a legitimate source as I am Korean….even if my Korean is a bit rusty.

On another note. I know previously I said that Kate stole baby Aaron from Claire and is claiming it as her own. Well I was thinking that there is no way that she could plausibly say that Aaron is her child because she would have had to have been nine months pregnant when the plane crashed and there were definitely people who had seen her previous to the crash (i.e. her mother) granted it would have been months before but still. So, I think she must have gone with the story that everyone died, she found Aaron and took him in as her own. Which would make her sound like quite the hero to the courts wouldn’t you say?

Julie Delpy Makes Sneezing Romantic

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Last night I was watching 2 Days in Paris. Julie Delpy (whom I adore) wrote, directed and starred in this movie and while it was funny and quirky, it wasn’t all that good. Until…the last scene, when she said this:

“It always fascinated me how people go from loving you madly to nothing at all, nothing. It hurts so much. When I feel someone is going to leave me, I have a tendency to break up first before I get to hear the whole thing. Here it is. One more, one less. Another wasted love story. I really love this one. When I think that its over, that I’ll never see him again like this… well yes, I’ll bump into him, we’ll meet our new boyfriend and girlfriend, act as if we had never been together, then we’ll slowly think of each other less and less until we forget each other completely. Almost. Always the same for me. Break up, break down. Drink up, fool around. Meet one guy, then another, fuck around. Forget the one and only. Then after a few months of total emptiness start again to look for true love, desperately look everywhere and after two years of loneliness meet a new love and swear it is the one, until that one is gone as well. There’s a moment in life where you can’t recover any more from another break-up. And even if this person bugs you sixty percent of the time, well you still can’t live without him. And even if he wakes you up every day by sneezing right in your face, well you love his sneezes more than anyone else’s kisses.”

I mean really…how perfect is that? I got goosebumps.

Look for Julie next in The Countess. (She’s writing, directing and starring in that one too!) The Countess chronicles the life of Elizabeth Bathory, also known as “The Bloody Countess.” Bathory killed over 600 young women and was rumored to have bathed in their blood so that she might acquire their youth and beauty. Sounds like a good flick! The film also stars my favorite German actor, Daniel Bruhl.