Weekly Recap: Double-Sized, Pumpkin Spice Edition
What’s better than Fall? Not much, if you ask me. Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the cool weather and call me uncool but I look forward to the season of pumpkin spice. Has America’s obsession with nutmeg gone overboard? Yes, it has. But I’m still adding pumpkin spice creamer to my coffee for the next couple of months.
As September winds down, I am coming off a staycation during which I had hoped to get some blogging done. But you may have noticed, I wasn’t actually minding the store much over the last week or so. As a result, I missed last week’s not-so-weekly recap (but my yard looks great!). So it’s time to catch up on everything you may have missed here at Le Blog over the last couple of weeks.
I have decided to change up my usual approach to covering Jestak’s daily birthday articles. In the past, I listed the headliners and hinted at the other birthdays that could be found inside the articles. Instead, I am going to name all of the celebrities who are tagged in each article. That way, readers are less likely to miss the birthday of a personality who didn’t make the headlines this year. Let me know what you think of the new approach.
We’ve got two weeks to cover, so let’s dive right in:
- Sept 18: Greta Garbo, James Marsden, Jason Sudeikis, June Foray, Nina Arianda, Pilar Lopez de Ayala, Samuel Johnson, Tara Fitzgerald
- Sept 19: Adam West, Brian Epstein, Damon Knight, Danielle Panabaker, Frances Farmer, Jeremy Irons, Jimmy Fallon, Mariangela Melato, Patrick Marber
- Sept 20: Asia Argento, Ben Edlund, Jay Ward, Jon Bernthal, Maggie Cheung, Rachel Roberts, Spencer Locke, Upton Sinclair
- Sept 21: Autumn Reeser, Bill Murray, Christian Serratos, Ethan Coen, Faith Hill, Kareena Kapoor, Leonard Cohen, Maggie Grace
- Sept 22: Anna Karina, Billie Piper, Elizabeth Bear, Joan Jett, Mireille Enos, Richard Marquand, Tatiana Maslany
- Sept 23: Ani DiFranco, Anthony Mackie, Bruce Springsteen, John Coltrane, Karl Pilkington, Peter David
- Sept 24: Ben Platt, Brad Bird, Eleanor Catton, Harriet Walter, Jessica Lucas, John Logan, Kimberley Nixon
- Sept 25: Catherine Zeta Jones, Clea DuVall, Donald Glover, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Mark Hamill, Matt Battaglia, Michael Douglas, Mikael Persbrandt, Shel Silverstein, Will Smith
- Sept 26: David Slade, George Gershwin, Jill Soloway, linda hamilton, Lysette Anthony, Mary Beth Hurt, Philip Bosco, Serena Williams, Talulah Riley
- Sept 27: Carrie Brownstein, Cosimo de’ Medici, Gwyneth Paltrow, Indira Varma, Lil Wayne, Lola Kirke, Marc Maron, Peter Sellars, Thomas Mann
- Sept 28: Brigitte Bardot, Janeane Garofalo, John Sayles, Marcia Muller, Mira Sorvino, Naomi Watts, Sarah Wright
- Sept 29: Barbara Mertz, Chrissy Metz, Greer Garson, Ian McShane, Lizabeth Scott, Paul Feval, Sasha Lane, Zachary Levi
- Sept 30: Cissy Houston, Elie Wiesel, Ezra Miller, Jack Wild, Lacey Chabert, Marion Cotillard, Michael Powell, Monica Bellucci, Patricia Neway, Tony Hale
- Oct 1: Brie Larson, Esai Morales, George Peppard, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Julie Andrews, Marielle Heller, Walter Matthau, Zach Galifianakis
Over the last couple of weeks, Daffy has shared experiences from his recent Disney World getaway. The first of five videos focuses on his group’s early morning arrival at the Magic Kingdom which is greatly enhanced by a performance by the Citizens of Main Street. Then Daffy and his family make their way through some of the highlights of the park working counter-clockwise from Adventureland to Tomorrowland. Midway through, we take a tour of one of Disney’s most popular (and expensive) hotels, The Polynesian.
Daffy’s final two videos focus on the most recent Disney park, Animal Kingdom. First, Daffy and company check out the new Avatar-themed land, Pandora. After soaring through an alien landscape and coasting down a phosphorescent river, the Stardust Trio explored the rest of the park. Highlights include Expedition Everest and monkeys. Who doesn’t like monkeys?
Finally, Daffy ranked several (but not all) of his dining experiences at Walt Disney World. There are so many restaurants on Disney’s property that you would have to be a local to stand a chance of experiencing them all, but Daffy has put together a pretty impressive list of dining options which include something for everyone from adventurous eaters to families who want a visit from Mickey Mouse while eating their scrambled eggs.
Kevthewriter took a look at the career of child star-turned-cautionary tale Amanda Bynes in his latest “Whatever Happened” article. I must admit that I am almost entirely unfamiliar with Bynes’ work. I saw her in Easy A and the tabloids.
I spent most of the last week or so chasing after the kids and dogs while running errands and getting the yard ready for Fall. Fortunately, I had prepped enough articles that you guys may not have missed me all that much. When I wasn’t weed whacking, I did squeeze in some down time for video games. So I’ll start off my contributions with my Lego Dimensions write-ups. First I played through the Goonies Level Pack which I found to be superior to the movie. Of course, I have never been a fan of the movie. But I imagine that Goonies fans would enjoy the expansion even more than I did. Then I tried out two Fun Packs based on non-licensed Lego brands; Lego City and Chima.
I took a week off from Fear the Walking Dead recaps. Unfortunately I wrote up “La Serpiente” rather than the more eventful “Brother’s Keeper”. Neither episode was good, so I didn’t feel like it was a major loss to skip a week. I have to leave a little gas in the tank for when The Walking Dead comes back on. A few people actually read those recaps.
We finished up what was left of the September Movieline articles. The last cover story of the month was an interview with Jennifer Love Hewitt just before her movie career flamed out. As we know, she came out just fine with a lot of TV work. That 2002 issue also included an interview with costume designer Colleen Atwood who was about to win her first Oscar for her work on Chicago. Finally there was a profile piece on James Franco who was still playing second fiddle to Tobey Maguire on the Spider-man movies.
Working our way backwards, the September 1997 issue included an interview with Vince Vaughn after Swingers and Jurassic ark had put him on the map. Vaughn was entering period of career uncertainty from which he would eventually emerge as a comedic leading man. There was also a pair of profiles on two relatively unknown Australian actors, Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce. American audiences were getting to know these actors thanks to L.A. Confidential. And the 1992 issue included an interview with New York filmmaker Tom Kalin about his influential biopic, Swoon.
Next Week: It’s back to work for me both at my place of employment and here at Le Blog. We’ll have another week of birthdays, probably some more videos from Daffy, a Why’d It Bomb from Kev and some Movieline and Lego articles from yours truly. I am also working on the next WTHH which will be a short one, so there is some slim chance I could have it ready next week.