Karen O, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross “Immigrant Song”

Does anyone else feel like it has taken forever for the American version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo to finally come out? The build-up is pretty much making me expect the worst – particularly because I’ve already seen the incredible (but graphic & disturbing) version from Denmark and if it’s anything similar, I fear that American audiences will find it too disturbing. Of course, if it’s too different, it will lose vital parts of the story. Also making me worry? A badass soundtrack. It seems as though ad execs and the Hollywood elite have caught on to the fact that a great soundtrack will bring audiences in to see terrible movies.

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have already proven their ability to take their craft from sold-out concert arenas to small dark film editing rooms and have an Oscar to prove it. Add Karen O to the mix and you have a team that is about as close to perfection as one can get.

With any luck, I’ll be able to sit through the film for a longer amount of time than I was able to sit through the book before happily adding it to my donation pile.

Virgin Diaries Is The Real American Horror Story

It’s hard enough for me to understand two people falling in love and vowing to save sex for after marriage, but if that’s the way they were brought up or it’s the easiest way for them to repress their flaming gayness (which is really what I think they must be doing), fine. The ones who save KISSING each other for after marriage are in for a downward spiral of wedded hell and if you don’t believe me, just watch this preview for TLC’s The Virgin Diaries:

I mean, what happens when you say “I do” and then realize that the person you are supposed to spend the rest of your life with is a horrifically bad kisser? I had to squint while trying to get the youtube url to post in here because I couldn’t stand the thought of watching them maw on each other any longer. (Thanks to Eric “they look like two birds trying to eat bread together” for the tip. Also, eff you for the tip).

TV Rant: Extra Has Got To Be The Worst Show On Television

Can someone please explain to me why Extra is still on the air after 18 mind-numbing seasons? Yes, EIGHTEEN seasons. That is 17 more than Wonderfalls, 16 more than Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies and 15 more than Arrested Development and Veronica Mars (though the last season or two made it pretty difficult to blame network execs for the VM cancellation). But still, Extra has outlived these great shows and its only content is reading only somewhat reputable magazine headlines in dramatic voices.

Today’s show featured the following “big stories”:

KIM KARDASHIAN’S SO-CALLED EX PUBLICIST TWEETS SUICIDAL MESSAGES

JUSTIN BIEBER EXCLUSIVE: PATERNITY TEST STILL ON

‘KIM AND KOURTNEY TAKE NEW YORK’ RECAP: THERE WERE SIGNS OF THE BREAKUP

BRAD AND JEN NEARLY RUN INTO EACH OTHER AT THE MOVIES

You have got to be fucking kidding me with all of these – but the last two in particular.

First of all, NO SHIT there were signs of a breakup for Kim & Kris. I’m sure E! had nothing else planned for their fall schedule and this was the only way to ensure people would watch anything with those two dumb-asses in it. I’m sure Kim thought the world would be sympathetic to her failed relationship when it was planned out in the script meetings. I’m sure Kris Humphries is too dumb to have thought much about anything besides patting himself on the back for having people believe he was boning Kim.

Look at how uncomfortable this picture is! I’ll bet Kim wore that distractingly ugly dress so that it’s all you are able to focus on instead of their fake relationship.

Now, on to the never-ending Jen Aniston/Brad Pitt “story”. If they almost ran into each other while going to see a matinee of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Hymens I could understand a near run-in between the two being deemed a newsworthy story. I would also really like to see that movie. But developing entertainment news segments to talk about what almost was the possibility of a brief interaction or occupied shared space between two people who divorced six years ago is enough for me to give up on television and try to start reading again.

Don’t even get me started on my nemesis, Mario Lopez. He might be good-looking to some of you but he and his dimples are one big black hole of man-whoring douchebaggery.

I think it’s time for us to stand up, America. It’s time for Extra to go away. Do it for the children, do it for yourself, do it for Zack Morris.

Michelle Williams Looks Like Perfection As Marilyn Monroe

I’m not too proud to admit that sometimes I’m an idiot. I don’t sleep very well so when I get press releases it’s not unheard of for my brain to react to a name before I have a chance to read the actual words inside the email. Most of the press releases I receive are about music, so when I got an email entitled, “My Week With Marilyn”, my brain on auto-pilot went directly to Marilyn Manson and I skipped over it entirely.

Fast forward to a few weeks later and I started seeing previews of this wonderful-looking film starring Michelle Williams taking on the role of Marilyn Monroe and boy do I feel stupid.

Monroe is a Hollywood icon I’ve always admired and felt a great amount of empathy for. When I was much younger, she was one of the first celebrities whose suicides I had been taught about. This was my first realization that money and fame do not always bring you happiness. Hell, even beauty doesn’t always bring you happiness. In fact, after reading “A Beautiful Child”, from Truman Capote’s incredible collection of fiction and non-fiction short stories, Music for Chameleons, my realization of her sadness was almost too much.

It’s weird for me to say I’m “thankful” that Michelle Williams was cast in this role, but I really am. In addition to her incredible ability to transform into Marilyn physically, I also feel as though she can bring a certain level of dignity to the role that many other actresses wouldn’t.

This is one of the few films in a long time that I am truly excited about seeing as soon as it hits theaters.