She is my new idol; a woman who quit her job at an ad agency, became a stripper for a year, primarily to get material, and created a blog about it. Said blog was "discovered" by some agent in L.A. and, after she realized he was for real and actually responded to his emails, led to her being the new "it" girl in screenwriting circles. I haven't even seen Juno yet, but I love it already. And, then, I open my mail today and find my new copy of Entertainment Weekly. Guess who their new columnist is? Uh-huh, it's my girl Diablo!
Then, I get to the column itself, and she is writing about her publicity tour for Juno, comparing and contrasting it to being on a rock & roll tour bus, a la one of my all-time favorite films, Almost Famous! I almost peed my pants! It's like she's talking directly to me! And she's so sharp and funny...oh, diary, I love her. And I kind of want to be her. I assume a restraining order is forthcoming.
So, due to my unrelenting work schedule and other obligations this week, I have again been remiss in posting my Project Runway thoughts. This past week's episode was notable for the loss of Jack from the competition due to a crazy staph infection that he had to treat aggressively, and the return of Chris March; sweet, lovely Chris who is so endearing personally, but designs everything as if he's working on the sequel to Priscilla: Queen of the Desert.
The challenge was to design for some "real" women (you know, the ones who don't look like clothes hangars) who'd recently lost a great deal of weight, using their favorite old outfits as the material. This added something to the challenge, in that many of the fat clothes were made in terribly cheap fabrics. Hell, Jillian didn't even use the original fabric, just some of it in the piping on her dress. She is consistently good, though. I really like her stuff.
And, to prove I'm definitely not a fashion maven, the first time I actually like one of Christian's designs is when it's deemed (horrors!) "commercial". I guess I'll never truly be hip. More's the pity. Kevin's model's love of her bustier and crop pants ensemble really sold the judges, but I suppose Christian was due for a win. I must begrudgingly admit the guy is pretty good, even though I don't always "get it".
You kind of knew Steven was doomed from the second he got the wedding gown. Not only did he have a fabric that was not very accessible, especially given time constraints, he clearly had a bit of a whack-job for a client if her favorite item of clothing to be repurposed for everyday wear was her plus-size wedding gown. I know, I sound insensitive, but that's how I feel. It seemed unlikely that Chris would be eliminated twice in a row, even though he made an outfit so costume-y that Michael Kors said it reminded him of what Shirley McClaine wore to play a "hooker with a heart of gold" (really, is there any other kind?) And, Elisa didn't really execute well as far as the overall challenge, but her piece wasn't horrible. Steve's was just badly made and boring, a deadly combination for this show.
I guess I have to watch this Clash of the Choirs thing, at least a little bit. It's not like there's anything else on this week. All I saw tonight was Patti Labelle's choir performing at the end of the first episode, and I almost converted on the spot. (Don't worry, Mom! Just kidding!) I'm guessing either Blake Shelton or Michael Bolton (and his chest hair) will be the first to go.
But, hey, looks like Jay & Conan are coming back live on January 2nd! I'm not sure whether this will be a good thing, at least as far as Jay goes. I think it's been a crazy long time since the man's worked without a script. I have a feeling Conan, however, will rise to the occasion. At least it's some kind of pop culture cannon fodder to look forward to after the New Year!
See y'all later!