Running With Bestsellers

The Devil wears Prada spent 6 months on the New York Times bestseller list. Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs (subtitled as a memoir) spent two and a half consecutive years on these charts.

So, it might come as no surprise that the movie trailer to Running with Scissors gave Toffi and me more giggles than the whole Devil wears Prada film.

Scissors is about Burroughs’ teenage years, starting at age twelve. The child is sent to live with his mother’s psychiatrist Dr. Finch when his parents separate and his mother comes out as a lesbian.

The trailer starts with the cute lines:

my allowance

Augusten: I polish my allowance.
Dad: But why, Augusten, why?
Augusten: Because I like shiny things.

Obviously, the openly gay author must have had his coming out at a very young age. With its quirky humor and vintage look, the trailer reminded me a bit of Harold and Maude.

The film stars Annette Benning, Joseph Fiennes, Alec Baldwin, Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Cross as the main actor. It opens in North America on October 11 and in Germany on January 11.

In addition to all that, I had to like the trailer as it features one of my favourite songs by Elton John, Bennie and the Jets.

kitchen skylight

Think I’m In Love

cell phone's not dead, yet

Head over to Beck’s myspace and watch the trashy new video, Think I’m in Love, the first single from the forthcoming new album, which is produced by Nigel Godrich. Their previous work includes Sea Changes and Mutations. However, this record should have more hip-hop influences.

The next video is directed by Michel Gondry. The black-and-white clip for Cell Phone’s Dead has already been shot and is now in post production. It will look like a one-take video, but it will certainly not be one; there is a conscious effort to make the surreal real.
Very mysterious.

Road Trip: Niagara Falls, Part III

Annie Taylor became the first person to survive a trip down Niagara Falls in a barrel. Almost 105 years later, Nancy and I wanted to be like her. So we got our asses into a barrel and took a deep breath. We got a Polaroid taken, dried our clothes after the successful plunge and went back to Toronto.

There was nothing left to do after all the excitement.
Complete satisfaction.

Daredevils
Going down the falls. Looking increasingly like The Muppets.

Flowers
Lovely flowers.

Girls
Now, back to the car, hurry.

Back in the car
Totally working my Kirstie Alley as Fat Actress look.

Earlier:
Road Trip: Niagara Falls, Part II
Road Trip: Niagara Falls, Part I

Road Trip: Niagara Falls, Part II

Here are a few pictures of Nancy and me with tourists. These were the most adorable people we met. We love all people. Even the haters.

All photos by Gates of Schimbulak.

Tomorrow, part III: The experience.

Nancy, I don't see them
The haters gave us a dirty look.

At DQ
We met these girls at Dairy Queen. They were fabulous. Lots of fun.

She was the best
We felt like meeting our long lost sister.

We adored the baby
Cutie pie.

His heart pounded like crazy
More cuteness. We love all cuties. Even underage.

Road Trip: Niagara Falls, Part I

After our short stop at Tim Hortons, Nancy and me arrived at the Niagara Falls. This is the first part of our day trip to the honeymoon capital of the world. Although I had seen the falls before I was as taken away by their beauty as Nancy.

All photos by Gates of Schimbulak.

Tomorrow, part II: Nancy, me and the tourists

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We were stunned

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We took a quick rest to talk about the breathtaking falls

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Blown away by the falls

Posing
Just posing

Oh yes, we love them falls
You won’t believe how beautiful the falls are

More pictures after the jump.

Continue reading “Road Trip: Niagara Falls, Part I”

Road Trip: Tim Hortons

Nancy is in Toronto visiting. Yesterday, we did a wonderful road trip. This is a mini extreme theme week: Nancy and Produzentin: The Road Trip.

Anyway, we had our first stop at a Tim Hortons near the highway (I mean, where else?). We love Tim Hortons and they loved us.

More on our road trip in the next couple of days.
Maybe we will hit your neighborhood soon.
Get ready.

All photos by Gates of Schimbulak.

Where are Nancy and produzentin?
Look-out for Nancy and produzentin

Are they having coffee?
Hello, we’re over here. Sipping coffee and iced cappuccino: delicious!

It's Tim Hortons!
Two coffee, please!

The guys at TH loved us
The lovely lady didn’t want to let us go

Now hiring
Nancy, thinking about the job offer (but only for a sec)

I love Vignettes

Mariah’s Vignettes

I never heard about vignettes until yesterday but I love them. Apparently Mariah is shooting vignettes for her upcoming Adventures of Mimi tour and Spike Lee is directing. For me, this is a dream come true. One of my favourite directors and MC. The vignettes will make fun of Mariah:

Mariah: It’s kinda like a play on the diva image.
Spike: You know, about her tight dresses, brests hanging out, she had a nervous breakdown, all that stuff.
Mariah: Yes, Jack (her dog) is part of the vignettes.
Download the clip (via)

Weeds

Mommy’s husband dies of a heart attack but she has to feed the kids and wants to keep the standard of living. She starts selling weed in the Californian suburbs.

That’s the set up for the tv series Weeds, of which I watched the first season on DVD recently. It has some cliches that I don’t want to argue about, still I love the humor and the stiffness with which the characters interact.
From the first episode on, I thought that Nancy (the mommy) was going to hook up with Conrad but to no avail.

Season one had its unexpected highlight when Conrad (Romany Malco, US born son of a West Indian family) stands topless in the kitchen. For no other reason than his immense level of handsomeness.

Romany

Ciara – Get Up

It sounds like 1, 2 Step and the video reminds me of Janet’s Rhythm Nation era with a bit of pumping skyscraper lights a la Kylie blended in. The clip is kind of long winded but I’m into it anyway. And I love how Cüara (that’s how I like to pronounce her in German) counts in Japanese during the break. Ichi, ni, san.

1, 2 step, get up