Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thick Skin.

Going into a weird, rough, completely outside my spectrum of experience week. I promised myself I'd say "yes" to everything. And now I'm doing a hundred things. Responsible to a cast, crew, director, writers, designers, and countless others. I'm fucking terrified. And beyond excited.

I'm at my best when I'm busy.

This is a brand new project that my department has never attempted. The only expectations we have are those we place on the project. I expect to learn a lot.

I'm tougher than I thought.

Film is fun.

The internet is an abundant resource and I'm so thankful to be in this particular age of creativity and technology. We have so much new technology that makes making films easier than ever. "If you want to, there's no excuse not to be making films yourself."

Here we go...


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CLAIRE DANES: Your character, Hannah, is fumbling and struggling and terrified to really commit to her work, even though she is obviously very gifted. It's like she has a confidence that she's not even aware of.

LENA DUNHAM: It's sort of like the naivety of youth. It's interesting how we often can't see the ways in which we are being strong—like, you can't be aware of what you're doing that's tough and brave at the time that you're doing it because if you knew that it was brave, then you'd be scared.

From Interview.

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Your girl, 
Nicole.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Now & Then

Ah! The simpler days of having crushes on boys with mean girlfriends, scrounging up change to buy a chocolate milk from the cafeteria, and being called an "art fag". Now it's just having crushes on boys with mommy issues, scrounging up change to buy a coffee, and being called a "producer".

Your girl,
Nicole.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Nick Thune is awesome live

I saw Nick Thune last night and he totally lived up to the hype I'd created about him after he was on Fallon. 

Which you can watch over here.

If you have a chance to see him perform, it's totally worth it. He runs a great show. There were some quirky bits where he navigated how to Canadianize some of his jokes with conversations about Delissio versus DiGiorno, confirming that "Rogers" was a cell provider, and the fact that there isn't much "middle school" in Van. I think that he's even thinking of these little details, shows how committed he is to weaving a helluva story. Plus a great bit about a dog. And anyone who knows my kind of humour knows how funny I think dogs are.

Anyway, check him out.

Your girl,
Nicole.




Monday, July 21, 2014

Nick Thune is a great storyteller, Check him out here on Fallon

Storytelling has always been my favourite form of comedy. This guy has it.

Backpacks, weed, and veterinarians.

Your girl,
Nicole.



Monday, June 30, 2014

The Early Days of Funny Internet Stuff

I remember the first time my family went on the internet. All huddled in the den, we eventually (at my urging) found a Backstreet Boys website. It was kind of a big deal. 

But before YouTube existed, weird little videos would pop up on sites like Ebaumsworld, Newgrounds or independent domains (this post was so much easier to make thanks to the existence of YouTube) to be shared on MSN conversations around the world.

These videos are among some of my favourites from those early days of the funny internet video.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

A few questions...

Have you seen "The Kings of Summer"? It's on Netflix. It's a pretty clever little movie with a stellar cast. Lead by this guy, Nick Robinson...



Okay, next question: Remember "Phil of the Future"? More specifically, remember Phil?



I mean...they kinda look a like?


Right? I dunno. You tell me.

Your girl,
N.

Monday, June 23, 2014

SAM SMITH shows us what "acoustic" means in the digital age

Remember when Nirvana did that MTV Unplugged? Huge deal. Well this is definitely not "unplugged".

Instead, this video is a really satisfying slice of a singer translating a heavily technologically manipulated (with beautiful results) single, into the modern pop crooner genre seamlessly. How will that hook sound live? I love Sam Smith for his ability to hop in and out of such a fluid change of resonators and centers.

If you have good speakers or headphones, this is the time to break 'em out.

That band ain't half bad either.

Happy listening.

Your girl,
N.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

You know that feel when...

...you finally visit that well-established entertainment website only to find that it uses the same, branded jargon you've been using on your infrequently-consumed blog?

I smell an overhaul. For me. Not them. Because...they probably have lawyers.

Your girl,
N.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

HEAR THIS: Music from the Heart

(Title cleverness intended.)

This video contains some pretty magical music. Richard Parry from Arcade Fire has devised these soft, lullaby-esque classical songs metered based on the musician's heartbeat. Just stunning. The moment where they take the rest midway through the song is my favourite part.



Your girl,
N.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Let's Drink This All Spring

Mint.
Strawberries.
Liquor.
Lemonade.
Soda water.

Stir.

Pair with a deluxe grilled cheese creation. Enjoy.


That is all.

Your girl,
N.

#trashed

Thursday, May 8, 2014

WATCH THIS: SJP and Anna Wintour on Seth Meyers

In this charming segment from Late Night with Seth Meyers, guests Anna Wintour and Sarah Jessica Parker talk about the Met Ball which took place on Monday and do a little fashion policing on the men in attendance. You'd think that with a theme like "white tie" the guys would just wise up and wear a white tie, but I guess that wasn't as obvious to Tom Brady as it is to me. Anglophiles will be pleased as punch with who Anna and Sarah Jessica Parker picked for the best white tie of the night. Also, I think Anna is super lovely in this segment. I was lucky enough to see a taping of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon which she was a guest on with Tom Ford. Icy and beautiful.


Ah, Benedict...can do no wrong.

Your girl,
N.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

WATCH THIS: Seriously. Sky Ferreira. Seriously.

I beg you, watch this video. There is so much amazing stuff in here. Such a successful "fuck you" to gender norms, hairflips, and that mouth that should be the dreaded duckface but is probably just contempt. This girl is unstoppable right now. My money on her.



Your enthusiastic girl,
N.

Monday, April 21, 2014

But I mean really...



This shall be my protocol next time I'm in this situation. I have zero shame about my heritage, but I have serious shame about the ignorance of my fellow humans sometimes.

Your girl,
N.

Friday, March 21, 2014

HEAR THIS: Somewhere Only We Know by Keane

Every now and again, this song comes back into my consciousness. Stay with me...After watching this video of a guy doing a rendition of Frozen's "Let it Go" in character voices and falling in love with his Winnie the Pooh voice, I was reminded of the trailer for the 2011 Winnie movie where this song was used BEAUTIFULLY to evoke maximum feels. Since then, I've been giving it one or two listens a day. Have one yourself.



"Oh simple thing..."

Your girl,
N.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

WATCH THIS: Hamlet's Soliloquy

On Friday (after presenting their Shakespeare scene study projects) a couple of the guys in my Bachelor of Fine Arts acting program got together with a camera in one of our studios with the intention of simply putting something on film. This is the result of that experiment. Little bit melodrama, little bit film noir, and whole lotta searing eye contact. The gent doing the piece is Nathan Cottell with Zach Wolfman on the piano and the dashing Thomas Elms observing all.

Thoughts?

Your girl,
N.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

WATCH THIS: Footlocker is Funny



The Dennis Rodman joke alone would have been worth the view, but the Evander Holyfield/Mike Tyson bit is beyond what I thought was possible. I have no idea who the two Caucasian dudes were though. My sports knowledge is sparse at best.

Have a great week!

Your girl,
N.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Sunday, January 19, 2014

HEAR THIS: My Guide to Arcade Fire

Ten years ago, I received a letter from my brother living in the big city of Vancouver. So cool. So so so cool. In that letter he mentioned that he'd been listening to a new album by a band from Montreal called "Arcade Fire". He urged me to take a journey down to the local indie record store (that doesn't even exist now...) and pick up a copy of their album. Well, that seemed like a lot of effort. But my laziness paid off and he ended up giving me a copy of Funeral for Christmas. And well, I was changed.

A decade later and my loyalty to Arcade Fire hasn't lost its spark. In honour of that, I thought I'd take you through every album of theirs since Funeral right up to their newest baby, Reflektor. For all the Essential tracks, I tried to find the most interesting take on the song whether that be a live performance, a video, or in the case of a song on The Suburbs, a while website.

WATCH THIS: TIny Guest Interview w/ Jimmy Fallon and Kevin Hart

Every now and again Late Night with Jimmy Fallon gets so exceptionally clever, absurd, and giddy I die laughing. This video is one of those moments.




I can't wait for this guy to inherit the Tonight Show throne and finally put Leno out to pasture. After seeing his work ethic during a taping of the show in 2010, I've had the best vibes about Fallon. I loved him when he was a cast member on SNL (giggles 'n all) and even more recently during his Grand-fucking-Slam hosting the holiday episode. But what impresses me is the most is the speed at which he's had to develop. When you consider that Conan was given 14 seasons to prepare for the Tonight Show, Jimmy has had to fast-track in just five seasons. And he's gotta be ready. NBC can't afford another fiasco surrounding that gig or I'd say it's time to have a seance and apologize to the spirit of Johnny Carson.

I love to laugh.

Your girl,
N.