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quidditch …an ncaa sport?

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Did you know that Quidditch, the broom-based sport from the Harry Potter series (as if you didn’t know), has become a real sport?  For all the details and guidelines to this sport (given the fact that us muggles can’t fly on brooms) CLICK HERE.

Don’t believe me?  Why don’t you ask one of the 60 teams that will gather at De Witt Clinton Park in NYC next weekend for the fourth annual Quidditch World Cup!  The event will be attended by high schools and universities from all over the country, including Harvard, Yale, and Duke.  While many super nerds people might be satisfied with the fact that the sport has become a reality, Valerie Fischman, a student from the University of Maryland, wants more!

Fischman has launched a campaign for Quidditch to be recognized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Here’s what she had to say about it:

“I think that having NCAA status will give it a little more credibility and help keep it around a little bit longer. I’m hoping that it stays around after the Harry Potter generation leaves college.”

Here’s what would be necessary to make Quidditch an NCAA sport:

-Official Quidditch clubs must be in at least 50 colleges across the country

-Athletic directors from 50+ colleges must individually petition the NCAA

Fischman will be seeking support from the International Quidditch Association which actually exists.

You know something, I think it sounds like fun …I’d totally get behind this.  Why should football people have all the fun?


‘harry potter’ to blame for the declining owl population?

Monday, November 8th, 2010

In India, this may be partly true.

Children inspired by the popular books and movies of the wizarding world of have been asking their parents for and trapping owls to be like Harry Potter and his friends.  In the story, Harry keeps a white owl named Hedwig.  Indian Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said that “there seems to be a strange fascination even among the urban middle classes for presenting their children with owls.”

These concerns came after a report by a wildlife group which showed a sharp decline in India’s owl population.

Harry Potter may be part of the problem, however it is not the only reason for this decrease.  Owls have been trapped and traded due to a festival called Diwali, in which owls are said to have magical powers and are used in ceremonial sacrifices.  Oh what the hell people…

Members of wildlife are trying to convince kids that want to be like Harry to go bird watching instead of trapping the animals.  Yes, that would be the sensible thing to do.  I guess sensible isn’t in the cards for people that are trapping wild animals and trying to keep them as pets because a fictional story made it seem cool.  When I go to the zoo I always want to take home a hippo or an giraffe …but I don’t, it’s not sensible for me or the animal.  Kids might not get that, but where is the parents’ common sense in all of this???

Owls are gorgeous creatures but they also are not meant to be held captive in suburbia.  That’s going to end up hurting/killing the bird or the people who were dumb enough to to nab them in the first place (though I must say, it would serve them right).  Owls will fuck your shit up, have you seen their beaks and claws???  Not to mention owls are smart enough to know your muggle ass is very much not magical.  No, they aren’t going to to want to stick around without a trip to Hogwarts to sweeten the deal.

zac posen to design bella’s wedding dress for ‘breaking dawn’???

Thursday, November 4th, 2010
Sources are reporting that the Zac Posen (one of my favorites in designer land!) has been contracted by the filmmakers of the latest Twilght flick, Breaking Dawn, to design Bella Swan‘s highly speculated wedding dress for her even more highly speculated  Edward Cullen nuptials.
This is a great choice!  I think Posen can live up to the expectations of the millions of women who have read in great detail what this dress is supposed to look like …no pressure Zac (well, assuming most of these fans have read the book and aren’t just in it for the pretty actor-staring session).  The author, Stephanie Meyers, is to approve the dress herself.  I’d say that’s promising news, but she has approved a lot of stuff that has appalled me because it just illustrated how much she’d let her original vision slip for pay …say for instance, pretty much the entire first film.
ANYWAY, Posen is a fantastic pick and I hope it’s a true story because he can perfectly blend classical feminine lines with a modern touch.  The dress is to be Victorian looking (from Edward’s era when he was actually alive) but a high collar and lots of buttons is a tough look to rock beautifully …if anybody can make it work, it’ll be Posen.
And no, the illustration above is not the actual dress.  It’s a sketch done by him when he and other designers drew up hypothetical looks for Instyle magazine when they asked “how would you dress Bella for the big day?”  Yes, the series is THAT ingrained in pop culture.

‘the lorax’ is coming to the big screen …in cgi (of course)

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Dr. Seuss’ classic story about The Lorax, a creature who speaks for the trees, is on its way to the big screen.  Sure, The Cat In The Hat is enjoyable, but REAL Dr. Seuss fans know that The Lorax is the good doctor’s masterpiece.  It’s certainly one of my personal favorites.

The story revolves around a hairy little creature who stands on his tree-stump podium and tries to convince people not to destroy the forest.

The animation team putting this project together previously made Despicable Me and Horton Hears A Who.  Of course in the grand tradition of CGI movies they’ve got quite a cast of vocal talent on board ready to scoop up their easy paycheck.  What?  You know it’s true.  Most actors don’t deliver anything particularly special in these movies unless they have a great particular speaking voice or have some actual sort of training as a voice over actor.  I miss the days of yore when it wasn’t about big names for the animated feature’s poster and the big names didn’t wander into the sound booth in their sweats, spit out some lines and call it a day.  There are exceptions to the rule of course (Pixar, you use technology and famous voice overs properly …you can do no wrong with me friend).

Here are the actors who will be lending their voices to The Lorax:

-Danny DeVito as The Lorax

-Ed Helms as The Once-ler (a greedy creature who chops down trees to make his “thneeds,” which are “a thing everyone needs”)

-Rob Riggle as O’Hare (an industrialist who exploits the polluted world and sells cans of fresh air)

-Zac Efron as Ted (a boy who searches for the “Once-ler” to learn how the world became ugly)

-Betty White as Ted’s Grandmother (a woman who lived in the world when it was beautiful)

Here’s what Danny DeVito has to say about the Lorax’s message:

“Look, I don’t want to be gruff about it, but we’ve got to wake up and smell the oil burning. I’m hoping that the squeakiest wheel gets the least grease.”

More from DeVito:

“I feel sometimes the only way to get things done is shake people up a little bit, and the Lorax is not a guy who pussyfoots around. He’s not a guy who uses kid gloves.”

I’m not sure how it’s going to turn out.  I wasn’t really that stoked on their version of Horton Hears Who.  However, as it is one of my favorites, I’ll check it out and hope for the best.  I hope everyone will check out this family movie/cautionary tale when it is released.  It’s more relevant now than ever!

It’s a wonderful and important story, and I couldn’t be happier to hear that it’s getting such a high profile theatrical release.

the snuggie sutra!

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

We have a feeling Snuggie sales are going to rise this holiday season because there’s now a book on how to get freaky naughty while wearing your blanket with sleeves!  The Snuggie Sutra book was penned by Lex Friedman and Megan Morrison and features over 100 positions including “The Manket”, “The Banana Split”, “The Matador” and even “The Mel Gibson” …I don’t even wanna know.

Ha!  The book retails for $9.99, but if you’re wanting a sneak peek before buying you can check out the website for yourself.  I must say, it’s pretty good for a laugh.  I was highly amused …and intrigued.