The Agony of Night Night Time with Children — A Parent’s Bedtime Song

August 27, 2007

Currently, my husband and I are struggling every night to get our twins down for bed.  They just don’t seem tired.

 We’ve tried a bit of everything.  We have a set routine.  We tried waking them earlier in the morning, shortening their nap and increasing their play time after a nap.  Nothing sees to help with the night night saga. 

But apparently, we are not alone in this struggle to get our children to bed.  This YouTube video has a great song by a father set to Pachelbel’s Cannon in D.  I totally empathize with this man.  And he nailed the saga on the nose.

His tune is the perfect Bedtime Song for parents.  Enjoy.


 

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Host a Pep Rally for the Second Season of Friday Night Lights

August 26, 2007

NBC is giving the under-rated show, Friday Night Lights, its own little boost to kick off the second season — a pep rally of sorts.  On September 14, Together with Houseparty.com, NBC is asking 1000 fans to host Friday Night Lights house parties to preview the second season opener.  You supply the TV, they’ll supply the popcorn.

Friday Night LightsTo help get the party started, so to speak, NBC will send to the selected hosts DVDs with the season opener and select episodes from Season 1.  But no pep rally would be complete without some cool giveaways.  NBC will also be providing rally towels, stadium seat cushions, cups, koozies, megaphones and yes, even popcorn.

If you are interested in signing up, visit Houseparty.com.  Otherwise, tune into the season premiere on Friday, October 5 at 9 p.m. on NBC. 

In the meantime, you can pick up the first season on DVD Tuesday, August 28.  And NBC is so sure that you’ll like it, they are offering a money-back guarantee.  That’s saying a lot about the show.


Ferris Bueller to take another day off?

August 25, 2007

The king of all skip days may be heading for a sequel.  A script for a Ferris Bueller 2:  Another Day Off is being shopped around.  I don’t know if this new script will be picked up, but the thought of every high schoolers hero hitting the screen is intriguing.

Ferris BuellerIn 1986, when Ferris Bueller’s Day Off came out I was just starting high School.  Ferris was an icon to my friends and I.  He and his friends really knew how skip school — the dream skip day.  I never had a day off school like that.

But if the sequel hits the screen in won’t be another day off school for Ferris.   Instead, the very successful self-help guru will take a day off from life on the day of his televised 40th birthday party much to the chagrin of his family and friends.  The script gives you an update on all of the main characters from the original including Ferris’ friends, sister, principal (still bent on revenge) and homeroom teacher (Bueller . . . Bueller . . . Bueller). 

The unknown scriptwriter Rick Rapier hopes if the script is picked up that the original cast will return along with John Hughes to direct.

I don’t know about you, but I could use that fantasy day off from life.  I hope the script makes it to the big screen.  It sounds like a lot of fun to me.


Do You Want to Be a Superhero?

August 24, 2007

Sci Fi Channel’s Who Wants to Be a Superhero? offers more than a good chuckle.  Now the show offers you the ability to create your own secret persona to fight crime and become a Superhero yourself.

Who Wants to Be a SuperheroPersonally, I’m not into reality shows, but last summer my husband (a big comic fan) and I found Who Wants to Be a Superhero.  It was campy and overexaggerated, but we were hooked because that was its charm.  Plus it featured comic legend Stan Lee. 

The first season provided us with endless entertainment watching Major Victory strut his stuff, Fat Mama take a bite out of crime and the Iron Enforcer turn evil.  My only disappointment was that Major Victory didn’t win.

Therefore, we were truly looking for to the start of the second season.  And don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying the show this summer.  However, it is plagued with an absolutely endless amount of product placement and recaps.  In fact, there was a whole challenge last week that revolved around esurance.  Give me a break — that’s what commercials are for.

I’m glad to see they added more villains and new challenges, but how many different ways can we recap.  I want more screen time for the contestants.  That’s what makes the show fun is watching them.

Never fear, I’ll still be tuning in.  My favorite is The Diffuser, but I’m not sure he’s Stan’s favorite so I don’t know how much longer he’ll last.  Personally, I think Stan’s partial to Hygena.

Guess we’ll see who wins immortality in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, if you need more superhero fun, check out the following:

OverdriveBecome a Superhero — Create your own superhero.  My persona is pictured here.

Take a Quiz — Take one of several quizzes and test your superhero and comic book knowledge.  I only rated Loyal Sidekick.

Create a Comic Book — Showcase your creativeness and possibly win some prizes by creating your own comic.

Aftershow — Catch the aftershow with Feedback for more on your heroes.

Buy Some Stamps — Add some extra power to your mail with these Marvel stamps.

Who Wants to Be A Superhero? airs on the Sci Fi Channel on Thursdays at 9 p.m.


Trailer for New Jack Black Movie — Be Kind Rewind

August 22, 2007

If Jack Black’s newest movie Be Kind, Rewind is half as funny as this trailer, I’ll be rolling in the aisles.

Be KindPersonally I love to watch trailers — there’s something about the tease about what’s to come that makes it so exciting.  The best way to experience a trailer is in a darkened theater on the big screen with the smell of buttered popcorn in the air.  Of course, you can also watch trailers on TV now and even the Internet, but in the theater is still the best.

Because of this reason, I don’t usually watch a lot of trailers online (call me old fashion), but when my husband sent me this link and was still laughing, I had to check it out.  I have to admit I wasn’t a big Jack Black fan at first, but he’s grown on me over the years.

The premise is that Jack’s character someone became magnetized and erased all the tapes in his friend’s video store.  In order to replace the tapes, Jack and his buddy make their own version of all the movies.

Here, check out the trailer for yourself.  Then book your seat in the theater for Jan. 25, 2008.


‘Reaper,’ a new CW show and a drink

August 20, 2007

I’ve seen a lot of different promotions for TV shows over the years, but CW has a new one I’ve never seen.  In addition to the typical billboards and ads, CW is launching it’s new series Reaper with its very own drink.  Pretty interesting concept.

CW will be promoting The Reaper (the drink and the show) at two bars in each of 10 markets (sorry Broadcasting & Cable doesn’t mention which bars) and 25 bars each in New York and Chicago beginning September 3, complete with promo goodies and television clips.

If you can’t find a bar near you featuring the drink, here’s the recipe for The Reaper so you can mix of your very own at home:

The Reaper

1 oz. sweet vermouth
1/4 oz. dry vermouth
1/2 oz. sloe gin
2 dashes orange bitters

Pour ingredients into an old-fashioned glass two-thirds filled with crushed ice. Stir well, garnish with a slice of orange, and serve.

The show, about a kid who upon his 21st birthday must become the devil’s bounty hunter because his parents sold his soul to the devil, premieres on Tuesday, September 25th at 8 p.m. on CW.


More ‘High School Musical’ Fun and A Wake up Call Too

August 19, 2007

Unless you’ve been asleep under a rock, you already know that the one of the hottest sequels of the summer (at least if you are a preteen) debuted on the Disney Channel this past Friday.  Following in the footsteps of its successor High School Musical, High School Musical 2 is bound to meet the same success.  However, if after watching the show, your child wants more, never fear.  Here are some more fun ways to enjoy High School Musical 2.

High School Musical 2Get a Wake Up Call — Sign up to receive a wake up call from your favorite HSM2 star.

Sing Along — If you haven’t been able to learn all the lyrics to the new song, you can find them here.

Test Your Knowledge — Test your knowledge of HSM with this triva game.  Click on the game controller to start the trivia game.

Take a Quiz — Take this quiz to find out which HSM2 character you are most like.

What’s Your Musical Moment — Take this quiz to find out your musical moment.

Troy’s Try Outs — Try out for the basketball team with Troy.

Sharpay Says — Catch up on the latest quotes from East High’s favorite diva.