Did any of you grow up listening to musicals? My family took a lot of roadtrips when I was young, and my parents always had Broadway soundtracks on hand – Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, and my all time favorite – Les Miserables. I could listen for hours and hours (usually with my favorite Eponine solos on repeat… I’m sure my parents loved hearing “On My Own” for the millionth time – I’m a sucker for the tragic characters), singing along at the top of my lungs. I may have even earned the lead role in our church’s play by auditioning as Cosette, singing “Castle on a Cloud” when I was ten. (Are you wondering now why I haven’t followed my calling to Hollywood? I know, right? Me too.) I’ve seen Les Mis on stage a few times – once on that big ol’ NYC Broadway one. I’m really hoping that this new movie version starring Anne Hathaway as Fantine lives up to this beautiful play. What do y’all think of the cast?
maybe i’m the last person who’s seen this, but this video made me crack up. our local whole foods was just redone, and on opening day, my mom and i were there amidst all the craziness (they had even hired police to traffic all the organic-crazed, quinoa-obsessed soccer moms. hilarious.).
has anyone seen this yet? it’s at the top of my list for summer movies (besides the premier of Harry Potter this thursday night!). i’m just a bit nervous that marion cotillard will convince me i must move to the city of light… not too sure how the new hubs will feel about that.
to be honest, i was completely underwhelmed by this year’s oscars fashion. but i did think the above three women presented themselves nicely in looks that were both beautiful and interesting. i think Cate Blanchett is brilliant in everything she does – including this stunning Givenchy Couture gown. i know it’s being written up in some of the worst dressed lists, but i think that is so wrong. this dress works.
did you have any noteworthy oscar favorites?
if you haven’t watched any of the new PBS Masterpiece Theater series, Downton Abbey, you are seriously missing out. i’ve been feeling sick this week, and natalie (i swear i get all my best ideas from her) kindly suggested that i check out her new obsession. after one episode, i am hooked. the show features titillating scenes of early 1900′s drama including forbidden romance, an estate in need of an heir (alas, the Earl of Grantham only fathered daughters), and the complex lives of the housekeeping staff. not to mention the costuming is absolutely exquisite. the outfits these women wear each day, complete with jewels, gloves, hats, furs, and appropriate hairstyling, represent all the best opulence of pre World War I dress.
check it out. let me know if you agree.