Friday, April 29, 2011

Royal Wedding - William & Kate

I am up, and will be all night for my Royal Wedding PJ Party with a few girlfriends.

Tea, scones, tiaras and big hats.

So much coverage on the wedding. I am flipping between a few. CTV obviously because of the Canadian ties but also ABC, BBC and TLC.

I have guests so I won't live blog, though I will be tweeting - alot!

People have asked me WHY I care about this wedding...

There are a few reasons.

- I had a crush on Prince William when I was little.
- Kate is just a "normal" girl (so to speak) marrying a PRINCE
- I loved Princess Di
- It is a pop culture "wedding of the century"
- The hats!!!!!
- The dress!
- It is a "Where were you when" moment that is positive, unlike 9/11 or Princess Di's death and so on.

It is exciting and fun and watching makes me feel like I am part of something (or at least witness to something) epic!

Am I alone ?

I hope to post an entire HAT post at some point very soon - but for now - back to my friends, our tea and scones.

*waves pinky in the air while sipping tea*

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 - Trailer


Especially because, I met Daniel Radcliffe only last week while in NYC *Squee*

WFE Premiere April 27 - Berlin

He's robably thinking "this is so corny, I am posing next to a ceramic effin' elephant, I miss Tai"

See More Here.

Death on Glee?

I had heard rumours of a Glee death and today I was told by an uber-fan that she discovered who would die....

*Possible Spoilers*


First of all these may just be rumours but Matthew Morrison confirmed there would indeed be a death on Glee.

She said Kurt's Dad will die because in reality he has committed to a new show and schedule conflicts couldn't allow for him to do both shows....

Not believing, I did some research of my own and found this article from March, which reassured me that my friend was incorrect.

The actor has signed on to shoot a pilot for Fox called Family Album, which immediately made fans think that Burt’s days on Glee might be numbered. But O’Malley stresses that he is in no rush to leave the show. “This is one of the best parts I’ve ever had in my life,” says O’Malley. “I don’t want to leave it behind until it’s run its course or the story has run its course.” He adds, “I would not have taken this job, as much as I like Family Album, if they prevented me from continuing as Burt Hummel. I would show up to Glee every day. It’s a really thrilling place to work.” Luckily, both the pilot and Glee have the same network (Fox) and studio (20th Century Fox) behind them, so it’s been fairly easy to figure out O’Malley’s commitments if Album does indeed go to series. Says the actor, “Part of working out this deal was to say that if Family Album gets picked up as a series, I will still be able to do at least six episodes of Glee. That doesn’t mean only six episodes. Only [series co-creator] Ryan Murphy can ultimately tell you where he wants this to go.”

THen I started to wonder, if this was written a month ago, maybe something changed?

Further investigation I found articles suggestiong a suicide, and some considering an accident... the theories are endless.

I started to research actors careers and who had other projects coming up.

Matthew Morrison is rumoured to be pursuing his musical career, but not leaving the show:

Matthew Morrison has denied that he wants to leave Glee in order to fully focus on his budding music career.

While being interviewed by Extra, the actor was questioned about rumblings that he is actively trying to exit the hit Fox show.

"What is that? I don't know where the people get that stuff," he replied. "No, [I'm] not at all [planning to leave]."

Morrison appeared similarly confused when asked whether there was truth to claims that Tom Cruise might film a Glee guest appearance, retorting: "What? That's the first time I've heard it."

Yesterday, the actor confirmed that an upcoming episode of the hit series will feature the death of a character that no-one "would probably expect".

SO - I think it will be someone "not important" like Gwen Paltrow or a very minor character ( I hope ) THough I still think it may be Kurt's dad - - - and something has changed since that interview... I mean he already had a heart attack once... I don't know....

Time will tell.... What do you think? Let me know if you hear anything!!

Brelin WFE Photos

Before the red carpet event (or after?) there were some photoshoots and dinner and other Rob-sightings..

more dinner pics here

More from press conference in Berlin here


More Virgin Island BD Honeymoon filming shots

See more here.

People Magazine May 9th will feature NEW Breaking Dawn Stills

This is exciting, I can't wait!

Alice's new hair is sooo short!

Mandy's Mind:(Psst... she is not the only Cullen with noticably different hair... tee hee)


Monday, April 25, 2011

Water for Elephant - Novel vs Movie

I really enjoyed Sara Gruen's novel 'Water for Elephants' and was actually nervous to see the movie as movies rarely compare to the novels in my opinion.

I was glad the movie stuck fairly close to the novel, and have gathered a few comparisons and a lot of my opinions into this post.

Spoilers if you continue to read.... you have been warned.

Overall I enjoyed both the book and the movie and felt it was a good adaptation. But here are some specific comparison's and comments...

Sara Gruen's book opened with the "stampede" from the Benzini Brother's Circus which enticed readers from the get go and then flashed to present day and through flashbacks told the story of Jacob Jakowski's life with the circus.

The movie, quite oppositely, opened with an old man outside a circus he missed. It then goes on to tell his story but with a very slow start. I think if you had not read the book the movie may drag a bit in the start.

The novel seemed to focus on Jacob's tribulations in life. The scenes in the retirement home and the interactions with the other "old folks" in his home as well as with the nurse 'Rosemary' showed the man he had become, while flashing back to see the man he was and how he got where he was now. The movie didn't even have any retirement home scenes.

The most obvious changes were:
-No Uncle Al
-The \celebration' and then fight between August and Jacob
-Scenes following August hitting Marlena including: Running away from the circus, Jacob's attempt to murder August, the motels

The elimination of Uncle Al (or rather a combination of August and Uncle Al into one?) I didn't like because I felt Uncle Al was a strong figure in the book, the only one really, that could put fear in August.

Speaking of August, sorry Christoph Waltz fans, but I felt underwhelmed by his portrayal. I didn't see the crazy, bad, bi-polar, snap I envisioned while reading the book. Sure, there were moments, but it just didn't come across as "crazy" as I imagined.

Another obvious change was towards the end. When Marlena prepares the celebration for August and he "walks in" early and assumes it is a private celebration for Jacob and Marlena. The fight was weak and not as intense or damaging as the novel.

Also the scenes with the hotel stay and Jacob's manipulation of "helping them get back together" etc. was all eliminated. I think it was important int he book to establish the "crazy" in August as well as the development of Jacob and Marlena's realtion and plan to run-away. This change also overlapped into the scene when Jacob goes to "kill" August.

In the book, he decides to go and struggles train car jumping to August's room then decides not to kill him, only to return to the news that his roomate has been 'red-lighted' The novel has them red-lighted first, a quick trip to the room where he sees Marlena and August asleep and decides not to kill... it did not invoke the same emotion or build up in my opinion. I think the scene of Jacob train jumping, in turmoil, anger and confusion could have been a great scene.... who knows.

It was mostly minor changes from novel to movie but they did cause other parts to not work as smoothly or detailed.

To be honest, even in the previews when Jacob gives his "good life" speach and they are about to jump off the train.... I didn't think they really would in the movie... it just seemed a bit rushed and odd to me. I prefered the book's longer development, but obviously movies can't always do as much and in two hours and a few minutes, they really didn't have much time left to add more, but perhaps a few things could have been cut or picked up, the start was a tad slow.

Another change is the death of Silver Star. In the novel of course August lets Jacob do it and makes sure Marlena is far away, in the movie, August is unaware and mad at the shooting of his star attraction, leading to a near red-lighting of Jacob. Also Marlena is there when Jacob puts the horse down, though it creates a bonding moment for the two in the movie that is needed because of the other parts cut out in the development of their love story.

I thought they included the right amount of characters from the circus (Barbara, Walter, Camel, Earl, Blackie etc.) and the interactions were good, though brief. I really enjoyed the scene where Jacob wakes up in the lingierie and clown make-up. Though this was more developed in the novel, it was handled just right for the movie.

I really liked the video and photos of Jacob and Marlena and the kids as he remembered their lives together. Besides the horribly bad "old man" make-up on Robert Pattinson, it was a touching scene to see them "growing old" together with the kids in the circus.

I think Reese and Rob were great. I found their chemistry to be real and shown well on screen. I really loved Reese's outfits and thought she handled 'August' well. Rob was sexy and played Jacob so well, I was really impressed, I barely saw "Edward" at all in him. While those two leads were amazing, the star was Tai who played Rosie. I loved Rob's chemistry with Tai and thought as far as animal actors go, she was absolutely fantastic!

I never imagined an elephant could portray fear, but after being beaten by August, Tai's eyes show pure fear. I was stunned!

Seeing 'Rosie' do her tricks was absolutely amazing, it reminded me of my childhood (though the 80s not the 30s) when the circus would come to town.

They included a lot of scenes that I thought were important or memorable for various reasons. I loved Jacob feeding Rex, the toothless Lion and the tender moment between Marlena and Jacob after the raid.

Though I highlight mostly changes in this post, I really think it stayed close to the novel and worked well. I enjoyed the movie alot!

The movie captured the magic of the novel and told a love story that really touched my heart. I loved the novel and the movie - differently.

Channing Tatum Birthday

Anyone who knows me well knows I would trade in all my Robert Pattinson encounters for my #1 - Channing Tatum.

I have crushed on him hard for years and he is my #1 on my "Freebie" list.... Something about him - omg - rawr!

Anyways, it is his 31st birthday April 26, 2011 and in celebration I wanted to post a few of my face photos of my fave hottie!

And my ps3 wallpaper:

WFE NYC - My Photos

So as you know I went to NYC for the first time. I was lucky to have so many wonderful friends and fellow-fans in the city to meet with and laugh with and enjoy the city with! I got to see some familiar faces and meet some new wonderful people. I was there 4 days and they were pretty intensely packed with stuff.... Here is a sample of photos from my trip. There are more on my facebook (Mandy S Mind)

Read on for PHOTOS, STORIES and MORE!!


I arrived early Friday and did some site-seeing with Izzie from @Twilightish. We hit Times Square and got some breakfast. I got to meet my long-time twitter buddy @BeetingOnAlice1 and we got some tix for a show that night!

Later we met with "E" "T" (also from @Twilightish) and Hollie for some more site seeing and eats. Later that night we went to see How To Succeed on Broadway starring Daniel Radcliffe (from Harry Potter) who came out after the show for pics and autogrpahs - very fun (but busy) first day in NYC!

Planet Hollywood

Saturday I was up early and managed to transit my way to meet about 1 other girls for a NYC city tour / Remember Me Set tour. It was great to again see some familiar faces and meet some new awesome chikita's!

Remember Me Walking Tour

That evening I moved in with @Twifans and we attended the 'Cocktails with Team Rosie' at the Hilton Lounge. It was hosted my @h20forElephants and had a number of FOX Studio reps and WFE special guests.

Here is Mark Povinelli aka "Walter"

Author Sara Gruen

I have more photos with producer, "Barbara" and my bloggy and fan friends on my Facebook page.

That night I did NOT take many photos - the rain was so intense I barely took my cell out, however, friends in line took photos and they were NOT pretty. The cold rain was not fun at all. I swear I saw my life flash before my eyes ha ha - it was horrible! Luckily Fox sent pizza and then donuts, but it was ridiculous!

We started under a leaky metal scaffolding, surrounded by metal fences in puddles. Not confortable but when the thunder and lightning began it became unsafe. Later they moved us across the street where we had no covering and were exposed to the pouring rain. My friend messaged me saying flights were being disrupted, so imagine weather enough to disrupt flights - and we were standing in it!

I won't go on and on - if you followed my tweets you know how it went - miserable! Fox promised us a few things they did not deliver and I still can't believe a major production studio would allow it's reps to behave certain ways, but what is done is done and I won't dwell on it in my blog.

We got wristbands at 9am, slept, went to red carpet fan area.

Again, most pics are on my facebook - some are in my private collection but here are a few to share.

ROb and Reese were great, they came to all the fans who camped out and all the (smarter) fans who arrived an hour before the red carpet. Christoph Waltz didn't even wave or look at fans sadly. We saw a few other starts not associated with the movie and lot's of family of cast.

Once the movie began and we were told we would not get anything special (meeting Rob and Reese was "special" don't get me wrong, but I could have arrived an hour before red carpet like most fans and got the same thing) for our wristbands... defeated we walked to Chipotle for eats and drinks.

One our walk back we notice the "vehicles" (tinted, nice, new ones) that dropped Rob off before red carpet. We decided to walk down the back street of the theatre and sure enough security was heavy, trying to tell people they couldn't walk on "this side of the street" and to cross over.

We decided to wait and within a few moments out came Kristen Stewart arm in arm with Robert Pattinson. They quickly hopped into an SUV and I snapped a few photos of them. Shortly after they left for the after party and Sam Bradley came out and hopped into a vehicle which sat for a few moments then also left.

We wandered to the front of the theatre and learned that Christoph had come out and signed for fans who were gated in - a diversion we opted out of this time. See once movie started we were told our wristbands would give us "the privlege" to stand in a gated "pen" until the movie was over for a chance to maybe see stars leave... yuh-huh.

Anyways - we went to the hotel to rest, debated going by the after-party but I was so exhausted I had NO desire to stand outside a party for a maybe shot at seeing them again. The next morning a few people went to Regis and Kelly while others went to the Today Show... I had planned to do one or the other but to be honest, I was so exhausted and had to fly out at 1pm so I slept in then watched the Today show from the hotel room and saw lot's of my friends and was happy for them. Then I shuttled to the iarport and flew home.

Anti-climatic I suppose but I was still catching up on sleep this weekend ha ha!

Anyhow - there you have it - my WFE NYC trip in a nutshell :)

If we met there and haven't connected since PLEASE comment or email or tweet me - I haven't found everyone yet (I am horrible ayt connecting real names/faces to twitter names/avi's ha ha)

Rough Night?

Look here....

Lips or Bite Marks on Rob's neck?

[Via Twifans]

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Breaking Dawn Honeymoon ReShoots

So I had posted weeks ago that there would be honeymoon reshoots, but I believed Florida was the location. Turns out, Rob & KRisten only touched down in Florida briefly for a layover to the Virgin Islands to film the honeymoon re-shoots for Breaking Dawn.

Here are videos, photos and goodies from the hot scene.

I wonder if the original white suit was meant to blend/be invisible and the green suit is now going to be "green screened" or "green skinned" so to speak?

Someone noticed that Rob & KRisten shared a swim suit LOL

Warning - motion sickness may be induced from this video:

And ROb leaving the Virgin Islands...

Here Rob is at MIami airport:

See more at Twifans.