Hope your turkey day is spectacular! Have you celebrated by taking my Thanksgiving movie quiz yet?
Since this is a day for giving thanks, I've rounded up a few of the entertainment-related things I'm most thankful for this year. What pop culture delights have earned your gratitude? Be sure to tell me below.
DVR technology. Yes, it screws up sometimes, cutting off a big revelation on Heroes or the last few minutes of American Idol. But that doesn't change the overall warm fuzzies I get when I think about how much more enjoyable my TV viewing has been since getting a DVR. Where would I be without it? Chained to the couch watching TV at its regularly scheduled time — and that's no fun at all.
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Dr. Gregory House. He's snarky, he's grumpy, he's socially inappropriate, he's drugged half the time, and yet I still want him to be my boyfriend. That's the true mark of genius. I give half the credit to Hugh Laurie for keeping House so appealing (intellectually and, um, physically) and half to the writers for daring to dream up this curmudgeon in the first place.
Feist. She's adorable, soulful, sweet, fun and feminine. Her music always manages to comfort me or get me dancing. This year in particular we've seen the Rise of Feist, from being a lesser-known indie musician to having her music in iPod commercials and various TV shows, and performing on Letterman. As a live performer, she's simply mesmerizing. Basically, I want to be Leslie Feist when I grow up.
FX. Over the past year, there's not a network that's given me more TV-viewing pleasure. This summer's Damages was stunning; The Riches sucked me in; It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia delivers some of the best belly-laughs on television. Heck, maybe I'll even give Dirt a second chance. Only for you, FX.
Ned and Chuck of Pushing Daisies. They may be the most chaste lovers on TV, and yet I'm more fully invested in their relationship than I am in any Mer-Der developments. They kiss through plastic! They hold hands through gloves! They dance in bee suits! They talk, all the time! They're completely adorable, and right now, they're my favorite fictional couple of the year.
Andrew Bird. Sometimes I forget just how much I love Andrew Bird. But as soon as I pop one of his CDs into my stereo or dial up a song on iTunes, I'm brought right back into his swirling, symphonic, whistling-filled wonderland. And the man has some of the best hair in rock-and-roll, to boot.
Airplane movies. What did people do before they had The Devil Wears Prada or Talladega Nights keeping them company on long cross-country flights? This now seems like a basic necessity when taking long trips, but think about it, seriously. Traveling would be so much more tedious without in-flight entertainment!
Netflix. It wasn't until I had to make an impromptu run to my local video store the other day that I realized how spoiled I've become by Netflix. For less than the cost of two theater tickets each month, I have thousands and thousands of movies at my disposal, without having to worry that one of my neighbors has rented the last copy of Home for the Holidays. Plus, I've rented so many TV shows that I totally missed the first time around, a must for this job.
Tina Fey. Every time I think I've said all I can say about Tina Fey, she comes up with another brilliant project or stop-in-your-tracks-hilarious episode of "30 Rock," and I'm worshiping at the altar of Fey all over again. She's not just one of the funniest funny ladies around; she's also a revolutionary in her field. Here's hoping we'll have comedy up-and-comers to watch for years thanks to her.
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