Friday, December 31, 2010
John Mellencamp and his model wife, Elaine, have decided to separate after 20 years of marriage.
Currently, Starbucks has over 16,000 stores in 50 countries. This I just saw on Biography on CNBC. How unbelievably wild is that?
Fascinating stuff. Just read an article in the New York Times on a field that neuroscientists are studying called connectomics. They are trying to figure out how memories, personality traits and skills are stored in the brain by finding out the connectome, or mental makeup, of a person. The researchers know this is going to be a long process that may or may not be successful. Ultimately, if they succeed, the neuroscientists say this would give a ton of insights into the brain's function and be especially helpful when exploring mental illness. For the full article, click here.
A new study shows that the size of the amygdala, a part of the brain, is connected to how much time a person spends with family and friends. The bigger the amygdala the more indviduals report socializing. It is unclear whether more socializing leads to the bigger amygdala or if it is the other way around. For more on the research, click here.
Saw Black Swan. Intriguing, psychological, quite graphic, movie. Natalie Portman absolutely nailed a very difficult, nuanced role. It required attention to very facial and body expression and she was amazing. Barbara Hershey was also remarkable in her portrayal of Portman's mother. Have you seen it? Thoughts?
This New Year's Eve, Daryl Hall (of Hall & Oates) will be featured on WGN in a special broadcast of his web series "Live From Daryl's House: A New Year's Eve Special". The show will include music from Train, Neon Trees, Todd Rundgren, Smokey Robinson, Rob Thomas and more and highlights from his 36 episodes of his Webby award winning series. It will also include a mix of performers including John Oates, Patrick Stump, Jose Felicinao and more. Sounds awesome. Am so DVRing this. For info on the show and this special broadcast, click here.
Just saw The Town directed by, screenplay co-written by and starring Ben Affleck. Great movie - he is extremely talented and I thought the movie was very well done. Excellent character development, suspenseful, and action packed.
Now for the wacky similarity - Rebecca Hall who also stars in the movie looks exactly like Molly Ringwald back in the day just with dark hair. Their features are unbelievably similar. And Hall's character was named Claire and Ringwald's character in The Breakfast Club was named Claire. Coincidence? Did you see the movie and notice the resemblance?
Speaking of trivia...there is a cool website, http://www.freerice.com/, where you answer trivia and other such questions and for every question you get right, rice will be donated to those in need. Kind of a cool concept - you have fun playing a game and others benefit in the process.
How cool is this? The fantastic Discovery show Cash Cab, which has filmed in New York, is going to air a Chicago version starting this May. The show, based on a British tv show, is set in a cab and when customers enter the cab, they are given the option to answer trivia questions for cash. It's pretty cool as people have no idea when they get in the cab that they are about to be on a show. Check it out.
Salt Starring Angelina Jolie and Liev Schreiber
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Starring Michael Douglas, Shia Labeouf, Josh Brolin, and Eli Wallach
Family Guy: It's A Trap!
Easy A Starring Emma Stone and Stanley Tucci
Futurama: Volume Five
Caprica: Season 1.5 Starring Eric Stoltz, Esai Morales, and Panou
Despicable Me Starring Steve Carell and Jason Segel
The A-Team Starring Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton Jackson
The Other Guys Starring Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell
The Town Starring Ben Affleck, Blake Lively, and Jon Hamm
24: The Complete Eighth Season Starring Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Cherry Jones
Just saw The Next Three Days with Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks. The trailer makes the film look like an action thriller (not really) and that Liam Neeson has a big role (he doesn't). The movie is only an hour and half long and it felt like it was twice as long. It's not that it was terrible, it just plodded along and didn't pack a punch like I had expected. It was somewhat entertaining, but ultimately, I can't recommend it.
Inception Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Ken Watanabe
Shrek Forever After Starring Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz
Lennon NYC Starring John Lennon and Yoko Ono
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