Archive for October, 2008

Crush Alert: Olivia Munn

My TV-watching habits are pretty predictable and consistent: good comedies, a little sci-fi, and sweet, sweet Pushing Daisies, while I can. For the most part, I can’t say I take much advantage of our digital cable package except for my access to first-run episodes of Degrassi: The Next Generation and my ability to can easily find X-Files or Batman: The Animated Series reruns if I’m home sick. However, I’ve gotten into the habit of sometimes, during dinner, flipping to G4, the network, previously known to me as “that gamer channel where they inexplicably show Arrested Development,” and watching Attack of the Show.

Attack of the Show is basically a geek-news catch-all variety hour, with bits about internet crap, gadgets, videogames, and other assorted nerd interests. It’s currently hosted by Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn, and the latter has gained some cache as an object of nerd desire, as just about any young lady will when she appears on television in outfits like those pictured above.

And I must admit, as a nerd, Olivia’s charms are not lost on me. I’m kinda nursing a crush on her, which puts me in a feedback loop: because I like Olivia Munn, I watch Attack of the Show, and nearest I can tell, the main purpose of Attack of the Show is to get me to like Olivia Munn more and more. God help me if she ever does an infomercial.

The thing is, I don’t really get a geeky vibe from Olivia. She’s got more of the girl-next-door, one-of-the-guys type of demeanor. For example, check out her recent interview with Kevin Smith:

Marisa thinks that if you look closely, you can see him blushing; no small feat. So you can see, she’s sort of going for what like Jenny McCarthy was trying back in the days of Singled Out, except a thousand times less trashy, and actually funny. The nerdiest things she does are not sounding completely out of her depth when talking about computers and actually maintaining a blog. This is probably shrewd branding on the part of Ms. Munn; the semi-foul-mouthed-hot-girl shtick cuts a wider swath than just nerds ‘n geeks (in fact, a lot of nerds probably only need the “hot” and/or “girl” and/or “semi” parts of that equation), but the nerdcore audience won’t kick it out of bed, or off their hard-drives, anytime soon.

I’m not sure what kind of a future awaits a professional “host.” Munn has acted in some C-movies, and she has some sort of a part in the next Broken Lizard project, but there’s a fine line separating the fates of Greg Kinnear and Maria Menounos. Broken Lizard seems like a good fit — as, really, would Kevin Smith or one of Apatow’s protégés.

In the meantime, Attack of the Show is running its Halloween special this evening, with its focus on Munn’s nerd-bait specialty: she will allegedly wear five different Halloween costumes over the course of the episode. At very least, Olivia Munn fansites will be able to update their Wonder Woman and Slavegirl Leia pictures. Seriously, Google Image this girl: so much golden bikini!

Oh, and Kevin Pereira is okay, too, but he knows his place.

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Kenneth Ellen: Ready to lead

October 31st, 2008

And to think all I learned at that age was long division

Listen, I’m just as sick of the election as you all are. All this talk of hope and change is getting to be quite the snoozefest, if I may say so.

However, if CNN always featured children rapping the current events, I might be more inclined to pay attention to the headlines. Take a look at this clip — it’s kind of incredible. I apologize in advance for getting this stuck in your head all weekend.

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The More You Know: Pushing Daisies pushing daisies?

October 31st, 2008

Commercials: Now Sara tells you how to vote

This video made me very sad. So I’d like to remind all of you who have the chance to vote down the various horrible, divisive ballot measures that will be before you next Tuesday to do so. Californians, that’s no on 8. Arizonians, no on 102. Floridians, no on the Marriage Protection Amendment. Arkansans, no on the adoption ban.

Basically, the world sucks right now. How about everybody votes not to limit the civil rights of people in love and the capability of loving parents to foster and adopt children in need of families? As Dionne Warwick reminds us, the world needs love. The economy needs it, too.

It’s not often that I’m sincere. So, um, pay attention. Vote. My roommate and I will send you an “I Voted” button if you want one. Thanks.

October 30th, 2008

Don’t make him get out his MLS and whup your ass

I watch a lot of television. Much of it is out of a sense of duty to this precious blog.

If I didn’t have a television blog, the chances are unlikely that I would have five unwatched episodes of Chuck lingering on my TiFaux waiting to be watched when and if I get the flu. If I didn’t have a television blog, I would have never even thought about watching the first and only episode of Do Not Disturb — this season’s Emily’s Reasons Why Not.

Also, if I didn’t have a television blog, I wouldn’t have received a copy of The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice in the mail from TNT. Upon reading the press materials, it seems like this is the third made-for-cable movie in the franchise — and stars Noah Wyle (the former Dr. Carter on ER), old school SNL Jane Curtin and, bafflingly, Bob Newhart.

I don’t know why, exactly, I found The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice so funny. Part of it, I think was the title. Part of it was the heavily airbrushed artwork it came in. Part of it was the fact that it’s directed by Jonathan Frakes (Number One from Star Trek: The Next Generation). Part of it was the fact that it was Dr. Carter fighting a bunch of vampires in what appears to be a low-rent Indiana Jones. And part of it probably stems from the fact that nearly all my friends are librarians — a bizarre phenomenon that I don’t understand myself.

Roger Ebert recently got in trouble for watching eight minutes of movie before writing a review. So I won’t do him one better and write a review without going beyond the cover. Perhaps I’ll get around to watching it after the election, when I’ll have all the time in the world to winnow down my DVR queue.

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The More You Know: Everone loves The Wire (but The Wire doesn’t love everyone)

October 30th, 2008

Tina Fey on Conan!

Unless you were just coming home from your weekday bender (and shame on you, by the way), you probably missed Tina Fey on Conan O’Brien last night. But despair not, here she is.

It’s interesting to see her talk about playing Sarah Palin on a personal level and say how she never wants to meet anyone important.  I kind of understand where she’s coming from, given my own aversion to meeting anyone of importance.

Catch the second half below the fold.

Click to continue reading “Tina Fey on Conan!”

October 29th, 2008

Giveaway: The 4400 – The Complete Series

Look at us. Seriously, look at us.

Following up on the heels of our kick-ass Gossip Girl giveaway, we’ve got copy of The 4400: The Complete Series burning a hole in our pockets (it’s a good thing Sara always wears parachute pants, otherwise it wouldn’t fit).

I don’t want to let all these giveaways go to my head, but we are very powerful, influential bloggers at TiFaux. Next week? A gilded copy of Designing Women: Season One, anointed with the blood of Delta Burke herself.

For now, though, there’s The 4400. It just came out on on DVD — all 15 discs of it. John has described it to me as a bit of a precursor to Heroes.

Here’s the premise: Over the past century, 4400 people have gone missing. Suddenly, they all re-appear in the same place in the present day, looking like they had just turn up from the sock hop or speakeasy or Whitesnake concert they disappeared from.

Somehow, the government gets involved and then people with guns start wandering around (see picture). I hope that’s not a spoiler.

Side note: I feel like the guy in this picture has some real basic cable hair.

In any case, if you’d like to win the complete effing series, shoot us an e-mail at tifaux -at- gmail -dot- com with the subject line “TiFaux is my dealer.”

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The More You Know: Effeminate man turns out to be gay

October 29th, 2008

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