It’s not Friday any more, but I’m finally getting around to update Fangirl Friday. FF is hosted by Evil Eva at Nancy Drew is My Homegirl.
1. The Academy Award nominations. This is the big moment of my year as a entertainment writer. While everyone else is hosting and attending Oscar parties, I’m sitting with my laptop working and then staying up late to write about them. I love it though, and I’m especially glad so many of my favorite movies got nominated. There were some snubs I’m surprised about, but for now I’ll just say Hooray Melissa McCarthy! and Go see “The Descendants,” “Hugo,” and “The Artist.” Here’s a story I wrote about the nominations’ 25 Biggest Shockers.
2.”Daughter of Smoke and Bone” sequel. Laini Taylor revealed the second DoSaB series’ title Friday morning, and now I can’t stop thinking of Karou and Akiva and what will take place in the upcoming book, called “Days of Blood and Starlight”! Isn’t that a supremely evocative title? We have eleventy sequels and threequels and other subsequent installments to read in 2012, but this is definitely at the top of our list!
3. NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”: I wasn’t a huge fan when the show started, but the past couple of seasons have turned it into a must-see, and I especially love the geeky romance between Type A cutie pies Leslie and Ben. I know everyone is on a Kristen Wiig bandwagon right now because of how awesome “Bridesmaids” is, but I adore Amy and think she’s a comedy genius (ever since we saw her on Upright Citizens Brigade).
4. “The Hunger Games” adaptation: Now that the movie is less than two months away, I pretty much get something in my inbox about it daily. I’m getting seriously fangirly about all of the stills and interviews and can’t wait for Lionsgate to release the junket clips of various scenes for us to get a sneek peak at the movie. I’m embarrassed to say how many times I’ve watched the trailer, but it’s just So. So. Good. My fellow movie critic and “Hunger Games” fan Rocky and I are trying to figure out how to not squee during the critics’ screening in March.
5. On a serious note, I’d like to write about my friend Susan (aka @whymommy), whose got Stage IV Inflammatory Breast Cancer. She’s the kind of woman you think only exists in fiction. First off, she’s a friggin’ rocket scientist (not figuratively or metaphorically, literally). Second, she’s the kind of mindful, present mother who has no problem patiently explaining everything and anything to her kids or to yours. Third, she’s not just crazy smart, she’s clever and funny and a fantastic friend. She’s utterly loved by her devoted husband, parents, in-laws, brother and best friend. Scratch that, she’s also loved by complete strangers around the world. She’s fighting for every breath, and I just wanted to share the virtual card hundreds have contributed to in her honor. If you spot the Adrienne Rich poem, that was my contribution. (Sadly, the music had to be redone so as not to break copyright laws).