Top 10 in ’11 fall entertainment

Fall is by far my favorite season. Cozy scarves, crunchy leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, Halloween… I could go on.

This fall, there is also plenty to look forward to entertainment-wise. I give you the top 10 things I’m looking forward to in the autumn months:

“The New Girl”
A prime-time comedy starring my girl crush, Zooey Deschanel? Yes, please. In “Girl,” Deschanel portrays Jessica Day, a quirky woman who moves in with three single guys. Comedic hijinks ensue.

Catch “The New Girl” when it premieres on FOX on Sept. 20, or download it a week early on iTunes.

“Drive”

Ryan Gosling stars as a stuntman who moonlights as a getaway car driver. After a robbery gone wrong, he finds himself in serious danger.

“Drive” hits theaters on Sept. 16.


”Straw Dogs”

A remake of the 1971 original starring Dustin Hoffman, this time James Marsden and Kate Bosworth get terrorized by some locals after relocating to the deep South.

“Straw Dogs” opens on Sept. 16.


 “50/50″

Initially, the pairing of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogan seemed a little odd to me. Especially in a depressing (maybe somehow uplifting?) film about a man with cancer. However, it’s growing on me each time I see the trailer.

Go see “50/50” on Sept. 30.

“2 Broke Girls”
Perhaps this will turn out to be just another typical, not-so funny sitcom, or maybe it will be a hidden gem. I’m looking for a show to replace “One Tree Hill” until it comes back in January, so hopefully this will fit the bill.

“2 Broke Girls” premieres on CBS Sept. 19.

“Up All Night”

Another sit-com, but I have a feeling this one will actually be funny. It stars SNL’s Maya Rudolph and Will Arnett, as well as Christina Applegate.


Catch it when it premieres on NBC on Sept. 14.

“Real Steel”

When I first saw this trailer, I laughed. I probably laughed the first 20 times I saw it (so many times due to work, not by choice). But after the 35th time, it started growing on me. It stars Hugh Jackman as a retired boxer who teaches a robot, “ADAM!,” to fight.

It hits theaters on Oct. 7.

“The Thing” and “Paranormal Activity 3”

I chose to lump these two together because a) there are lots of things I’m looking forward to and b) they’re both horror movies. Hopefully “The Thing” lives up to John Carpenter’s 1982 original. As for “Paranormal Activity 3,” a prequel with creepy children is always a smart move in terms of box-office sales.

“The Thing” hits theaters Oct. 14; “Paranormal Activity 3” on Oct. 21.

“The Rum Diary”

Based on Hunter S. Thompson’s novel of the same name, it stars Johnny Depp as Paul Kemp, a boozy journalist writing for a Caribbean newspaper.

Catch “The Rum Diary” on Oct. 28.

Halloweekends at Cedar Point

Maybe this technically doesn’t count as “entertainment,” but it’s going to be pretty entertaining for me. I’ve never been to Cedar Point, and I’m going for Halloween. With the group I’m going with, I know it will be nothing but crazy fun.

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“Blue Valentine” trailer

I have been waiting for this trailer for months. Like literally, six months.

“Blue Valentine” follows a married couple, Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams), and the evolution of their relationship over the span of a few years.

You may be thinking “ho-hum, another movie about relationships. Boring.”

Think again. The film was highlighted at three different film festivals this year: Cannes, Sundance and Toronto. AKA the only ones that matter.

If you don’t believe me, check out the trailer for yourself:

The only downfall of the film? The latest buzz is that it will be receiving an NC-17 rating, meaning it won’t be widely released in theaters. Please, shield your children’s eyes everyone! Ryan Gosling playing the ukulele!? OH NO.

If ya’ll can go see “Twilight” in public, you can bet I’m going to see “Blue Valentine” in theaters, NC-17 rating or not.

My musical discovery of the day…

I like to pride myself on being pretty up to date on all things music, movies and entertainment.  It’s sort of my job seeing as how I have to maintain this blog. However, as the title of this post proclaims, I did indeed make a musical discovery today, and about five months too late.

Anyone out there aware that Ryan Gosling has a band??

I wasn’t either.  Until today, that is.

I logged onto Pitchfork.com like I normally do about 872 times a day and saw a video of him in the right side panel.  I clicked on said video and it was then that I learned of “Dead Man’s Bones,” the band Gosling fronts with pal Zach Shields.

My initial reaction?  Shock.  Followed by curiosity.

I immediately checked iTunes and found that it was indeed legit… the band released their debut album in Oct. 2009.  The entirety of the album is a collaboration with the Silverlake Conservatory Children’s Choir from L.A.

Like I said... eerie.

Sound strange? Maybe, but it’s just strange enough for me to like it. Their sound is kind of creepy and haunting, but in a good way. Especially with the children in the background (or is that just me?).

Not bad for a band that started in a hotel bathroom and required Gosling to learn how to play the cello.

I’ll let you be the judge.  Check out “Pa Pa Power,” their most popular song on iTunes, and “My Body’s a Zombie for You,” below.

What do you think, should Gosling stick to acting, or can he cut it as a musician??