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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Meeting B.J. Novak!

On the second day in October, I visited my sister at Lesley University in Cambridge so we could go to the Brattle Theater and Harvard Book Store. Reading from his new book, The Book with No Pictures, was B.J. Novak, a star and writer on my all-time favorite show The Office. Even better, though, B.J. wrote one of my favorite books that was released back in February, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories. Obviously, this event was an incredible opportunity. We just had to go.

The Book with No Pictures is a children's book so when reading from it, B.J. invited some children on stage. As tempting as it was, it would have been frowned upon if I went on stage and sat in front of B.J., eager to learn. Although, my sister asked him a question during his question and answer period. They had a really charming back and forth.

Following this, B.J. sat at a table off the stage to sign copies of The Book with No Pictures and One More Thing. He would only be personalizing the former, though, because he was in Cambridge to promote it, after all. One More Thing would simply receive a signature from B.J. and nothing more.
When my sister approached Mr. Novak, his attendant told her that he was really skilled at making conversation from nothing. This was obvious when the two started talking about area codes in central Massachusetts.

Now, my copy of One More Thing, is filled with comments I wrote on it while interactively reading and also sticky notes to mark my favorite stories. When I walked up to B.J. Novak (how crazy is that sentence?), he greeted me and signed the children's book, making it out to "Dave and Friends."
But when B.J. saw my copy of One More Thing loaded with denotations, he flipped through it checking out all my favorite stories.

"Which one was your absolute, top favorite?" He asked.

"I really loved 'The Impatient Billionaire and the Mirror for Earth,'" I told him.

"I liked that one, too," B.J. said, like Dora the Explorer. He continued, "What do the color of sticky notes mean?"

"The pink ones are my favorite stories and when I gave it to my English teacher to read, she marked some portions with orange," I explained.

"You might need a new teacher because you didn't mark any of the same stories," he told me. I laughed as he spoke again. "This really means so much to me, thank you so much. It means a lot," B.J. Novak said to me before personalizing the book he said he wouldn't.

The walk back to my sister's dorm from the book signing was so amazing. It passed by an instant because all I could think about was one mere statement.

My actions meant a lot to B.J. Novak, a literary and comedic hero of mine. To me, that is so cool.

Twin Peaks Is Returning

I believe it is safe to say that we have entered the era of "Never Say Die" in television. Shows like Community, Arrested Development, and The Comeback have proved that it is never too late to be rescued. However, I think this announcement in particular proves that. Twin Peaks was on ABC in 1990 and 1991 with a movie in 1992. That means it has been twenty-two years since anything new was produced from the show. However, it is coming back for nine episodes on Showtime in 2016. It's crazy beans!

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee's Fifth Season

The fifth season of Jerry Seinfeld's web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, debuted on November 6 and it has some pretty awesome guests lined up for this run. Jimmy Fallon, Fred Armisen, Amy Schumer, Kevin Hart, and Miranda Sings are all going to appear with Jerry in one of his cars to get some coffee. Definitely worth some more watches!

Friday, November 21, 2014

100 Favorite Movies: 66

Many consider The Dark Knight the best superhero movie ever made. Do I? No. But that doesn't mean it wasn't a stellar film. Everything came together perfectly in this movie. Heath Ledger's Joker was amazing and it just seemed to click on every single bat-cylinder for the best installment of Christopher Nolan's trilogy. I still maintain that it deserved that Best Picture nominee, but c'est la vie.

Superhero drama directed by Christopher Nolan and written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan in 2008.

Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Morgan Freeman.

Tune in Monday for number sixty-five!

Farewell, Johnny Boychuk

The Bruins have unfortunately traded star defenseman, Johnny Boychuk, to the New York Islanders. He has been with Boston since 2008 and in return, the Bruins will receive three draft picks. I will always remember Jack Edwards shouting, "A Johnny Rocket!" after every goal from Boychuk. It was always fun. Additionally, Johnny said he has not ruled out returning to Boston as an unrestricted free agent so maybe there is some hope after all!

Bill Murray Singing in a Lawn Chair

In a new clip from St. Vincent (the movie in which Bill Murray seems to be the good part), Bill Murray is seen singing Bob Dylan's Shelter from the Storm for almost three minutes. While singing, he also waters his plant and smokes a cigarette. This is quite the amazing microcosm of Bill Murray and anything with Bill Murray is worth sharing.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

100 Favorite Movies: 67

An iconic comedy film. Three Amigos is definitely one for the ages. From start to finish, it's just straight funny. Maaaybe there's some stereotyping, but hey. It doesn't take away from the humor of the movie that is led by three of the funniest people to ever live. And they're still doing the salute to this day.

Comedy directed by John Landis and written by Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin, and Randy Newman in 1986.

Starring: Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Martin Short, Joe Mantegna, Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz, and Patrice Martinez.

Tune in tomorrow for number sixty-six!