Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Costume Party

What would Halloween be without costumes?

And for special costumes there needs to be something very special.

And for something  like the iconic costumes from BBM it has to be something very special.

 Ennis and Jack join  a hundred other iconic Hollywood characters at an exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London from now until the 27th of January 2013.

 Now that's a costume party!

 And what's Halloween without a little Jake,  or in this case Little Jake.

And remember Candy Corn counts as vegetable!  

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

In the (candy) bag

 I won't roll over and do some old tricks.

This is all the treat you're gonna get lady.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Reel vs. Real

Ten years ago Jake and Austin were working

 on a  weather disaster movie  that was centered in New York.

Today its a real weather disaster  and New York is seriously feeling the effects.

 Cancellations, flooding stations, water in lower Manhattan, power outages all that is left is the wall of water and a boat.

Back then they were this talking about this

Now it's this

Causality of the weather:

New Eyes' evening event for Jake at Colicchio & Sons had to be rescheduled due to the Hurricane.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Out Spotlight

Today's Out Spotlight is an actor, singer, novelist, and screenwriter.  He is one of the first openly gay teen actors to portray an out character on primetime television. Today's Out Spotlight is Chris Colfer.

 Chris Colfer was born May 27, 1990  in Clovis, California,  the son of Karyn and Tim Colfer.  He and his sister were raised in Clovis  and was home schooled during middle school because he was bullied so much at school.  Returning to public school, he excelled in high school, where he was president of the Writers’ Club, and edited the school’s literary magazine.

Colfer's younger sister, Hannah, suffers from severe epilepsy, and often experiences over fifty seizures in an hour. He has said that when he was younger he used acting as a method of escaping the stress involved with having a family member with disabilities.

While at Clovis East High School, he was also involved with the speech and debate program, where he won "many speech and debate champion titles," including placing ninth in the State Competition for Dramatic Interpretation, the drama club, the FFA."   Despite his achievements, Colfer was harassed because he was perceived to be gay.

As a high school senior, he wrote, starred in, and directed a spoof of Sweeney Todd entitled "Shirley Todd", in which all of the roles were gender-reversed.  One of his real in-school experiences was later turned into a sub-plot for his character on Glee, when the high school teachers denied him the chance to sing "Defying Gravity" from the musical Wicked because it is traditionally sung by a woman.  His grandmother, a minister, let him sing the song in her church.

 The first show he was involved in with community theater was West Side Story.  He also starred in a production of The Sound of Music as the character Kurt. At the age of eighteen, Colfer starred as Russel Fish in Russel Fish: The Sausage and Eggs Incident, a short film where an awkward teenager must pass a Presidential Physical Fitness test or fail gym class and lose his admission to Harvard University.

With basically only community theater experience, he auditioned for the role of Artie in “Glee.” He did not get the part, but inspired the show’s creator, Ryan Murphy, to create a character for him. “He’s never been formally trained,” said Murphy, “and I just thought he was so talented and gifted and unusual.”

Murphy the created the role of Kurt Hummel specifically for him,  and in the process, scrapped a planned character called Rajish so they could add Kurt. Murphy explained in the season two finale of the Glee Project that Colfer was the inspiration for the project show because he didn't fit the role he auditioned for but was still "incredible and special" so a role was created for him.

 His character was name after Kurt from Sound of Music,  and Hummel because Murphy felt Colfer looked like a Hummel figurine.

 Kurt is a fashionable gay countertenor who is routinely bullied at school, not only for being gay, but also for being part of the very unpopular Glee Club.  Kurt is an outspoken member of the glee club who performs songs traditionally sung by women. Similar to Colfer’s real life experiences, Kurt overcomes struggles with his sexual identity and bullying. He falls in love with prep school boy Blaine. The New York Post named the pair “one of the most beloved TV couples of the millennium.”

Through his television character, Colfer hopes to give people strength and “show the little sparks of bravery that are in us all.” He is an inspiring role model both for teens discovering themselves and for adults who have been in his shoes. He recorded a video for the “It Gets Better” campaign, telling teens “there’s a world full of acceptance and love just waiting for you to find it.”

In a 2010 interview with Allison Kugel, Colfer stated that "There have been a couple of times when I have gone to Ryan Murphy and told him a couple of things that have happened to me, and then he writes it into the show. Or he'll ask me what song I would want to sing, in this situation or in that situation. I don't think any of us directly try to give input on the character or on the storyline, but they definitely steal things from us."

Murphy revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that at the conclusion of Glee's third season, Colfer's character Kurt would graduate from McKinley High along with fellow seniors including Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) and Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith). At the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con, producer Brad Falchuk stated that "because they're graduating doesn't mean they're leaving the show." Falchuk also stated "it was never our plan or our intention to let them go…. They are not done with the show after this season."

Colfer won the 2011 Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series for his performance. He was twice nominated for an Emmy Award in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category for his portrayal of Kurt.

Colfer is in the coming-of-age comedy Struck by Lightning that has been set up with David Permut (Youth in Revolt). The plot revolves around Colfer's character, who is struck and killed by a bolt of lightning, and chronicles his exploits as he blackmails his fellow senior classmates into contributing to a literary magazine he is publishing. Not only does he star in the movie, he  also wrote the script, which was shot during the Glee hiatus in the summer of 2011. The filmed premiered at that Tribecca Film Festival in 2012.
In Jun 2011,  he signed a book deal to write two novels for children to young adults(age range) the first of which, The Land of Stories, was released on July 17, 2012. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, the twins Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about. Upon its first week of release, it soared to top of The New York Times Best Seller list.

Colfer is also writing another movie, set to film next winter, in which he will appear as a supporting actor.  He has also landed a deal with Disney Channel for a pilot based on the book "The Little Leftover Witch".
In March 2012, he was featured in a performance of Dustin Lance Black's play, '8' — a staged reenactment of the federal trial that overturned California's Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage — as Ryan Kendall. The production was held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre and broadcast on YouTube to raise money for the American Foundation for Equal Rights.

Colfer has won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and a Teen Choice Award.  He has been nominated for two Emmys, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a People’s Choice Award. In 2011, he was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” by Time magazine.

 “I’ve tried being other people and myself suits me the best.”

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Preparation H

With a Hurricane Sandy/Frankenstorm coming you've gotta prep and surely Mr. Hypochondriac/Worry Wart Jake is in full on prep mode preparing for every scenario he can conjure up in this mind.

Austin no doubt has a little different approach.

Water for three day times number of people in the house
Back up Water
Back up Matches
Back up Lighter

Back up Candles
Back up Flashlights
Back up Batteries
Back up Cash
Back up Backpack

Back up Food
Back up Snacks
Back Up Drinks

Green Pants
Back up Green Pants
Grey T-shirt
Back up Grey T-shirt
Back up Hoodie

Black Yankees Hat
Back up Yankees Hat
Full Rain suit
Back up Rain suit

Back up Medicine
Games, Puzzles, Books, Magazines
Back up Games, Puzzles, Books, Magazines,
Life jackets
Back up Life Jackets

Life Boat
Back up Life Boat
Evacuation Plan
Back up Evacuation plan

Big Rubba Boots




Friday, October 26, 2012

Fencesitting Fencewalker

Remember Fencewalker?  The movie Austin made with X-Files creator Chris Carter  way back when that also starred Katie Cassidy, Xzibit and Merchad Brooks.   There hasn't been much news about it, except for the rumors that it would be coming out that would pop every 6 months or so. Well IndieWire caught up with Chris Carter to chat about the X-files but snuck in a few Fencewalker questions.  As it is with anything with Carter, it creates more questions than answers.

Would online distribution be a possibility for “Fencewalker,” your film in progress?
Possibly. I’ve sort of put that away right now, and I’m gonna come back to it.

Do you think you’ll revisit that in the near future?
I’m not sure.

I wasn’t actually sure of the status: if it had finished shooting, etc.
It had been filmed and was in the editorial process, and I decided I wanted to rethink some things about it.

Who know if or when we will see Austin as Tweedy.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Dishy dishing

Jake was on The Chew today with old friend Mario Batali

 and cooking up the Daily Dish or more precisely a three-for Daily Dish.

Jake and Mario cooked up a triple threat of pasta and it let Jake use some of his chopping and  cooking skills but not as much as he would liked it looked like.

You can check the whole thing here.

While Jake appreciated the opportunity to talk about the play and his two charities, Edible Schoolyards and New Eyes, not sure he appreciated all the comments about his beard.  One Lincoln too many from Michael Simon.   (And besides - Austin is Lincoln - Lincoln Booth that is -- hey whatever happened to Pedestrian the movie, big guy?)

And Jake the pumpkin head?  Too easy.