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Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on November 28, 2011

89. Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop (Available to stream on Netflix, available to rent digitally from Amazon)

Here is the trailer for Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop.

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Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop is a documentary that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the aftermath of Conan’s shortened Tonight Show run and following nationwide tour.  As someone who has never been a huge Conan person (although I was completely Team Coco while he was getting screwed by NBC), this was an interesting look at the man tied to all of the drama.

So, the beginning of the film gives us a short recap of the drama with NBC that led to Conan O’Brien walking away with $45 million, which we know now turned into a deal for him to do a show on TBS.  Soon after the end of his Tonight Show run, the tour was conceived and rehearsals began.  We are exposed to Andy Richter, Conan’s new backup singers/dancers, and his long-suffering (but hopefully well-paid) assistant, Sona.

So, Conan is really funny, but at times, incredibly exasperating.  He sells out most of the tour within minutes, and the audiences clearly love him.  He seems to be too annoyed about meeting fans and doing meet-and-greets.  Cut to Conan saying how he will never say no to someone but while he is saying it, it seems that he is relaying that he HATES it.  It sort of ruined the movie for me.  I’m sure the intent was not to make people think that Conan is a big d-bag, but it sort of made the rest of the movie hard to watch. I’m sure hardcore Conan fans will be all over this though.

Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop is available on DVD from Amazon for $16.99.

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Welcome to the Rileys (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on September 1, 2011

58. Welcome to the Rileys (not available to stream via Netflix or Amazon)

Here is the trailer for Welcome to the Rileys.

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I added one Kristen Stewart movie to the Netflix queue and ended up adding a bunch, so that explains the Kristen Stewart-heavy movies as of late.  I have really enjoyed watching her in non-Twilight movies, and in this movie especially since I think her performance was great.

Welcome to the Rileys is the story of an unlikely friendship developed between Doug (James Gandolfini), a man in a disaster of a marriage due to the death of his daughter, and Mallory (Stewart), a runaway teenager turned stripper, working in New Orleans.  Doug meets Mallory, who looks a bit like the daughter he once had, and is immediately drawn to her, and tries to help her improve her life through home repair and improved manners.  Doug’s wife, meanwhile, is at home, where she has been trapped in the house for years, unable to leave since the death of her and Doug’s daughter.  Soon enough, Doug’s announcement that he is staying in New Orleans “for a while” forces his wife Lois (Melissa Leo) to finally force her way into the world again.  She joins Doug in New Orleans, meets Mallory, and eventually tries to help her as well, before both Doug and Lois recognize that they cannot replace their lost daughter.

In addition to Kristen Stewart’s strong performance in this movie, James Gandolfini and Melissa Leo are also spectacular.  James Gandolfini made me forget about Tony Soprano, which is the best compliment I can give.  Melissa Leo disappears into her characters, and this was no different, she is brilliant.

Welcome to the Rileys is available on DVD from Amazon for $19.99.

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Oprah Winfrey: Celebrity Skin Care by Harold Lancer

by Jamie Sanford on May 18, 2011

Oprah Winfrey: Celebrity Skin Care by Harold Lancer

Oprah Winfrey’s dermatologist has come out with a line of skin care, available exclusively at Nordstrom. (Thanks to Refinery 29 for the original story.)

6 products are available, but currently, Nordstrom is offering 5 on their website.

Harold Lancer, Cleanse, $50 for 4 ounces.

Extremely Pure Cleanser is a gentle, light-foaming cleanser enriched with natural exfoliating enzymes, moisture-rich hydrators and skin-soothing agents.

Harold Lancer, Polish, $50 for 2 ounces.

Natural Sea Mineral Polish is a gentle skin-resurfacing polish containing a blend of natural sea minerals and exfoliating enzymes.

Harold Lancer, Nourish AM/PM Nourishment, $100 for 2 ounces.

AM/PM Nourishing Treatment is a potent anti-aging treatment super-charged with a multi-peptide complex and essential age-defying ingredients. AM/PM Nourishing Treatment restores skin firmness and visibly diminishes the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Harold Lancer, Vitamin C Antioxidant Sunscreen SPF 30, $34 for 3.5 ounces.

Protect with antioxidant sunscreen. A hydrating micronized zinc oxide (Z-Cote) formulation that delivers ultra-broad SPF protection. It is essential to use SPF while using the Lancer Method.

Harold Lancer, Glycolic 10% Facial Cream, $50 for 1.6 ounces.

This hydrating cream uses the power of glycolic acid to smooth the skin. A rich pairing of ultra-pure crystalline glycolic acid and antioxidants.

I would love to try these out, but don’t think I can drop over $300 on the whole system.  Since they seem to all work together, I will have to wait for a review online.  However, I’m sure that Oprah Winfrey would not bother using products that don’t work, especially since we know she has the money for literally anything she wants.

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Oprah’s Big Deal issue of her magazine hit the stands for August 2010 and she is wearing the Coliseum earrings from Lia Sophia.

You can’t get a good look at the Lia Sophia earrings, which Oprah liked so much that she purchased them.

From the Lia Sophia website:

Rockstar flamboyance in over-sized hoops. A contemporary cutout honeycomb design of matte gold makes an eye-popping statement guaranteed to take your charisma off the charts. Snap bar closure.

The earrings that Oprah is wearing on the cover of the magazine are $44 from Lia Sophia, but will be retired at the end of July. Based on the limited time frame plus the Oprah connection, I think they might sell out.

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