Thoughts, ideas and random stuff from Talliestar.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Ghost Whisperer

You may have noticed Ghost Whisperer has been up on my list of stuff I'm watching/reading/listening to for some months now, but I rarely talk about it because I don't know anyone else who watches it. But I don't care, I'm going to talk about it now, and maybe it will encourage some of you to start watching it.

Ghost Whisperer is a TV show about a young woman (well, probably in her late-20s, early 30s-ish) called Melinda Gordon (Jennifer Love Hewitt) who has the ability to see and talk to ghosts, the ones who have not 'crossed over' becasue they have unfinished business with the living. Melinda lives in a small town in New England with her husband Jim, a paramedic, and owns an antiques store with her best friend Andrea (played by the woman who played Charlie from Friends!!!). Anyway, every episode is about a particular ghost who has a particular problem and Melinda helps them by liaising (liasing? liaising? no idea) between the ghost and their still living family/partner/friend.

It is all a lot like the Mediator series by Meg Cabot. In fact the whole premise is pretty much the same, just with a different main character in a different setting. Anyway.

I absolutely love this show. I really do. It nicely fills the Tuesday evening gap that The O.C. has left. It is very well-made, and though I suppose it can be a bit sentimental at times, it's American and you have to expect that. I don't mind it anyway. It's pretty tense and exciting at times, what with all the hauntings and such, but it's also really sweet and, on occasion, quite funny. Last week's episode especially was excellent. There are only two more episodes in the series, and I really hope that E4 will broadcast the second series as well.

If you do not watch this show, or do not care about it, I'm sorry, since this will have been a very boring post. But whatever. I don't care.

Tallie xxx

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Crisis averted!

It's OK folks, you can stop worrying, as I know you have been. My lovely friend Alice has bought the Wicked tickets from me and my dad and I have booked to go on Saturday 2nd December! Yay! I think I may be the luckiest person ever - this December I am going to three of the top shows in London - Wicked, Coram Boy and The Sound Of Music. I am feeling very lucky indeed.

Speaking of The Sound of Music, it opened last Wednesday with rave reviews. Go to where you can watch exciting clips of the show. Well, to me they're exciting anyway. Connie (winner of the show I spent all of September discussing on here) has been unanimously praised and I can't wait to see her in the role.

Speaking of musicals in general (I'm doing some good linking things here, aren't I?) I have become the tiniest bit obsessed with Rent. I saw the movie last Friday when it came on rent (rent - ha!) from LOVEfilm and I haven't been able to send it back. I just can't. Obviously I'll have to send it back sometime, so I'm going to need to buy the DVD. And the soundtrack. Read my review at LCA.

It's interesting, HIV and AIDs is one of the biggest issues in the musical and I realised that 1) I really know hardly anything about the disease. Or is it two different diseases? You see, I know hardly anything about it and 2) I've never really thought about people who aren't starving and living in Africa getting it. I guess living where I live and going to the school I go to it's not really an issue at all, but clearly it is for millions of other people.

Now, because I know virtually nothing about all that and also about drugs and their side effects. Some aspects of Rent are slightly confusing to me. There is a shot of one character, Mimi, sitting on the edge of the bath, sweating all over and shivering uncontrollably, but is that because she's got AIDs, or because she's a heroin addict? Or both? I'm really very ignorant when it comes to these things. And I'd like to find out.

Moving from one piece of tragic subject matter to another, (again, the linking thing!) tonight I'm seeing the Greek tragedy Oedipus at a local theatre, with some people from my Classical Civilisation class at school. I'm not terribly looking forward to it, but I don't know much about it so I suppose it could be really good. Who knows, maybe Greek tragedy will become my next obsession. But I doubt it.

Right, I'm off to find something to do to avoid doing my homework. Bye!

Talliestar xxx

Saturday, November 11, 2006



After several months of me nagging my dad incessantly about taking me to see the new musical Wicked, he has booked for Saturday 9th December. Great, right? Wrong! That happens to be the date that my mum is taking me to Amsterdam for the weekend to see my brother, and I, the biggest idiot in the northern hemisphere, forgot to remind my dad that I'll be away that day. Both the theatre tickets and the plane tickets are non-refundable, non-returnable and non-exchangeable. So basically.... I'm screwed. And it's my fault.

So now all we can do is try desperately to find someone to buy our Wicked tickets from us so we can then book for another date. But to make things worse, I REALLY want to see it before the end of December when the cast changes and there are very few tickets left before then. These were pretty much it! *starts bawling loudly*

If anyone reading this (well, anyone I know anyway, if you live outside of the UK you won't be much help unless you're planning on coming to England that weekend) is free on Saturday 9th December and would like to see Wicked, PLEASE buy the tickets from us! PLEASE!!!! PLEASE!!!

From a very, VERY anguished Tallie xxx

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Pictures of Lyra

Look! The first photos of Dakota Blue Richards (Lyra in the His Dark Materials movies) have been released!

Exciting! I think she looks really good for the part. I hope she's a good actress as well! And obviously Nicole Kidman is perfect for Mrs Coulter!


Tallie xxx

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Some upsetting news

People, I am shocked to my very core. Reese Witherspoon, one of my favourite actresses, had split up with Ryan Phillippe! No! This cannot be happening! They were like, the only happy couple in Hollywood, and now, poof! I mean, they didn't cheat on each other like most Hollywood stars (well, allegedly, anyway) and they had been married for seven years, but still! That's really sad. Poor Reese. She must be having a tough time. Let's take a moment and show sympathy for her. (I'm not too bothered about Ryan, I don't know much about him and have only seen him in one movie. It was probably his fault anyway.)

Moving on, school had started once more and it feels like we never left. It always feels like that, even after the long summer holidays. I'll probably come back to visit the school in like 25 years and it'll still feel like I never left. Maybe.

Livvie and I went to see Click yesterday and it was pretty rubbish. I won't bother doing a review because basically the only person who reads Lights, Camera, Action! is Livvie and I've already discussed it with her.

Besides, I have a rather important English essay to be getting on with and can't be wasting my time with movie related stuff. Yeah right.

Tallie xxx