Monthly Archives: October 2009

Happy Halloween

Hope everyone has had and continues to have a Happy Halloween!!!!


Dorothy and The Scarecrow
The Scarecrow and Toto




Where Have I Been Lately????

So I have been away for about two weeks I think now from “Gray In Oz” – things have been crazy training at the hotel and getting ready to open.  I have not had much time to breathe!!!!

I’ve also been catching up with certain TV shows and such as well during my off time instead of surfing the web world.  But hopefully I can make it back to you soon.

I LOVE blogging I do!!!!  But I am not creative enough at times to come up with things to blog about.  haha

As a result of this I am in the process of making some decisions about the future of “Gray In Oz”  The blog will not be going away, but we may make a switch to a different website.  It is a blogging website like WordPress, but it is more similar to Twitter, or since I don’t blog very much anyways, I may just make my Twitter account the new “Gray In Oz” – we will see, but for now, I will try to continue to post my fav pics and videos every week as part of the “Of the Week” series as well as various “Today In Oz” shows here and there.

Basically things will go on as they have been as of late until I decide what I am going to do.  But there is the update for now.

I am going to Mobile this weekend to visit some friends that have all had birthdays this month and I wasn’t able to be there so I am going to celebrate with them all this weekend and it is going to be AMAZING!!!!  I am so excited!!!!

“…Of the Week” will resume regular scheduling next week!!

Have a great weekend everyone.

To keep up with me on the go – follow me on Twitter!!!!

See ya!!!!

Random Video Of the Week

So I am not sure if I ever posted this as a video or not.  I don’t think that I did, so here it is.

This is the original teaser trailer for the new Tyler Perry movie, “I Can Do Bad All By Myself”

I can never not laugh when I watch this.



Today In Oz – October 14, 2009

Here is a new “Today In Oz”


Photo Of the Week

This week’s Photo Of the Week is from this past weekend when I went to Mobile to see the show Songs of Hope that I was supposed to be in and had to step out of a few weeks ago.  It was so amazing.  Afterwards I went out to Steak N’ Shake with some of the cast.  My AMAZING friends!!!!  Some people can’t see their whole face, but it is still a fun picture that i LOVE!!!!



Song/Music Video Of the Week

Leighton Meester is absolutely amazing and this week I just discovered that she is the girl singing in the Cobra Starship song “Good Girls Go Bad” I know this song has been around for  awhile, but I am just now discovering it so it is new to me.

Here is the video!!


Random Video Of the Week

So I have been watching “So You Think You Can Dance” which I usually dont watch very often.  Mary Murphy is absolutely insane.  I found this video on YouTube of her from Season 5 and it made me laugh so hard, I had to show it to you!!


Photo Of the Week

This week’s Photo Of the Week is a photo from the very last photoshoot that I was apart of with IMPACT back in the spring of 2009.  It was kinda cold this day so that’s why you see some of us in jackets and things.  It was an interesting day to say the least.  Several of us knew at this point that we would not be returning to the group in the fall, so it was a bittersweet day, but sooo much fun.  This is the photo that ended up making it to the poster.



Song/Music Video Of the Week

This week’s Song/Music Video Of the Week is by a new discovery of mine.  Mika is a British artist who is pretty much AMAZING!!!!

Check out the video here of his hit “We Are Golden”

How many of us have never danced around in our underwear?? zero!!!!

Whip It – Starring Drew Barrymore, Ellen Page, & Landon Pigg

Ok so I am pumped about this new movie that is coming out called “Whip It”  It stars three of my favorite people Drew Barrymore, Ellen Page, and Landon Pigg.  I gotta say I am really pumped to see Landon Pigg in a movie because I’ve always listened to his music, but I’ve never seen him act before.  So it’s gonna be fun.  Can I also mention that the soundtrack to the movie is awesome as well.  Here is the trailer and then a review that I found today.



‘Whip It’

The Drew Barrymore-directed, Ellen Page-starring story of a high school student who finds her groove in the roller derby world is a fun romp and an athletic drama with a heart.

By Betsy Sharkey FILM CRITIC >>>

October 2, 2009

When Drew Barrymore decides to call her movie “Whip It,” you might think you’re in for some kind of cage-fighting, girl-powered “Animal House.” And while you do get the fishnets, food fights, broken bones and bloody noses, there are many sly satisfactions to be found in Barrymore’s smartly done directing debut.

Essentially, the film is a chicks-on-skates/coming-of-age/sports-drama/comedy/feminist polemic set in the racy world of roller derby. If it sounds as if it would be easy to lose your footing in all of that, it is. And on occasion Barrymore does, and not just because the floors are slick.

But for the most part, the 34-year-old Barrymore, with much of her life spent in front of the camera and more than a few impressive producing credits already in the bank, proves steady on her feet, able to handle curves and straightaways with equal grace.

“Whip It” stars Ellen Page as Bliss, a teenager unhappily stuck in Bodeen, Texas, best known for a giant barbecue sandwich called the Squealer, served at the inglorious Oink Joint, where Bliss works. She’s got a take-no-prisoners, beauty pageant-obsessed mom in Marcia Gay Harden, an ex-football player dad (Daniel Stern, reminding us of his easy way with humor) who prefers the bench and a few beers in this woman’s world, and a best friend in Pash (Alia Shawkat), who’s planning an Ivy League escape from their soul-destroying small town.

An unfortunate blue-hair incident on the pageant circuit and a mother-daughter shopping trip to nearby Austin clue us in on the growing family friction that makes Bliss’ nickname — Blister — far more fitting. Expectations are such a burden in high school.

The story is set in the indie-punk derby renaissance that began in 2000 in Austin and is based on the semiautobiographical novel by Shauna Cross, who also wrote the screenplay. Bliss, in the middle of an identity crisis, stumbles upon two things she loves: the derby and an alternative rocker named Oliver (the very engaging singer-songwriter Landon Pigg). Both will cause her pain; one will seriously disappoint her.

Soon enough our young teen is torn between the grunge-infused roller derby of her dreams and the Miss Blue Bonnet Pageant of her mother’s. Luckily for Bliss, that derby playbook is jammed with life lessons, particularly for underdogs; in Bliss’ case, that would be the Hurl Scouts — think tough cookies in green uniforms that are cut very short and very tight; no former Brownies here.

What makes “Whip It” a blast is the action in the rink. What gives “Whip It” heart is the pathos, pain and mettle-testing elements that accompany any serious athletic competition. It doesn’t hurt that its diminutive star is surprisingly athletic and agile on the track. “I’m Canadian. I skate,” Page has said.

Page, whose turn as the preternaturally pragmatic pregnant teen looking for an adoptive couple in “Juno” earned her an Oscar nomination, once again plays teenage angst with an almost tactile nuance here. Watching her elbow her way through blockers, hip check competitors into the rails and jump fallen bodies at top speed makes it easy to believe that Bliss (and Page) is having the time of her life. (The cast went to roller-derby boot camp and handled most of its own skating and falling.)

That it’s virtually impossible for the apple-cheeked actress to look seriously threatening is something the film has some fun with — “Give us your look,” her teammates tease at one point after Bliss, skating as “Babe Ruthless,” becomes the season’s poster girl.

In fact, “fun” seems to be the film’s guiding principle. Barrymore allows herself on the rink now and then as a ditzy, schizzy skater named Smashley Simpson, who mainly falls spectacularly. Serial comics abound, including Jimmy Fallon and Kristen Wiig. Juliette Lewis is terrific as Page’s scenery-chewing nemesis. Topping it off, there are real derby girls too — Kristen “Krissy Krash” Adolfi and Rachel “Iron Maiven” Piplica.

Make no mistake, this is no deep treatise on female athletes — rent “Million Dollar Baby” or “Personal Best” for that. Instead, Barrymore has chosen to go broad — packing “Whip It” with tough, sarcastic chicks willing to totally commit to Maggie Mayhem’s “be your own hero” mantra. They are, to put it bluntly, hell on wheels . . . exactly what happens when the skate fits.

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