Tune-In Tuesdays: Earth Day 2010 TV Programs

20 04 2010

Reducing energy consumption is a critical step to leading a more eco-friendly lifestyle.  With the average American watching upwards of 30 hours of television each week, one of the easiest ways to start is by simply turning off the TV and spending more time outdoors with friends and family.  Not only will it cut down on your electric bill, being more active could help get you into shape for summer without the need of an expensive gym membership.

The truth of the matter, though, is that many of us will not cut back on our time on the couch.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t learn something while vegging out to the latest episodes of ‘Real Housewives’ or ‘The Office.’

In honor of Earth Day, checkout the series premiere of TREEHUGGER TV (Planet Green) and the second season premiere of THE LAZY ENVIRONMENTALIST (Sundance), both of which air tonight.  For a complete list of eco programming this week, visit tvtango.com.

Click here to visit The Lazy Environmentalist’s website.

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Tune-In Tuesdays: Kal Penn Leaves Obama Administration On A High

6 04 2010

Pott heads around the world lost their buzz last year after learning that there asteemed icon, Kal Penn – one half of the duo that is Harold & Kumar – had traded in his dime bag for a position as President Obama’s associate director of public engagement.

Well, it must be 4:20 because Mr. Penn is clocking out and returning to the role that made him a cult phenom.  Coming to theatres during the 2011 holiday season, the third installment in the “Harold & Kumar” franchise will reunite Penn (Kumar) with John Cho (Harold) in what EW.com is reporting could be the pairs biggest film yet…a possible 3-D spectacle that will have you trippin’.

I couldn’t be more thrilled, but I’m left with one nagging question.  Is Neil Patrick “Get some p**sy!” Harris going to make another cameo?

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Thursday Thirst Quencher: Barefoot Moscato Wine

1 04 2010

In honor of the holiday weekend it seems befitting to showcase one of Are You Being’s favorite new wines from Barefoot, which is sure to be a happy addition to your Sunday supper.

The new Moscato is sweet, combining a fruity aroma with the juicy flavors of ripened peaches and apricots.  There are subtle hints of lemon and orange that adds a crisp edge to the wine.  For added sweetness I like adding some fresh raspberries or strawberries.

Though my Sunday spread will be a honey baked ham and potato salad, which will be complimented by the wine’s lush flavor, the wine also pairs well with mild cheeses, fresh fruits and spicy Asian dishes.  And if you have a sweet tooth, you can continue sipping this Barefoot Moscato throughout desert.

For more pairing options, check out recipes from Barefoot by clicking here.

Disclaimer: Samples were received in exchange for editorial coverage.





Tuesday Tune-In (Tech & Ent.): iPhone Calls on Verizon

30 03 2010

“Can you hear me now?”  After years of consumer demand, the Wall Street Journal reported today that Apple may be developing a version of the iPhone for Verizon. This comes on the heels of Apple’s iPad launch this Saturday, which is one of the most highly anticipated launches in the brands history.

Now that AT&T’s exclusive deal is up, Apple is looking to branch out by creating a new version of the iconic iPhone that works on the CDMA technology standard that Verizon implements. To date, the closest the carrier has come to competing is with their Android-based devices, which have held their own against the iPhone.

This announcement couldn’t come at a better time.  With many AT&T customers complaining about lackluster phone service – I had for less than 30 days and was horrified by the dropped calls and voicemails that didn’t come through for 24-48 hours – Verizon could see a big lift in new clients and sales when the iPhone hits shelves (launch TBD).

According to MarketWatch.com, Apple stocks rose 1.7 while Verizon stocks were up 1.6% in premarket trade.  AT&T, who has been blitzing consumers with ads, featuring Luke Wilson, claiming the carrier has superior coverage to Verizon, saw their stocks fall 1.2%.

What do you think? Do you own an iPhone.  Would you switch from AT&T to Verizon once the new iPhone comes out?

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National Potato Chip Day

11 03 2010

As part of my day job, I’m always flipping through magazines to stay abreast of what’s hot in the media.  This week, while reading the March issue of Better Homes & Gardens, I was alerted to the fact that this Sunday, March 14, is National Potato Chip Day.  Who knew?  I often participate in awareness campaigns, including walks/fundraisers for breast and prostate cancer, but finally this is an awareness day that requires little from me other than sitting on the couch, popping in a DVD and shoveling in a bag of Doritos (though Doritos aren’t technically potato chips).  What could be easier or more fun?

So, this got me to thinking: What are my favorite potato chips?  One mentioned in Better Homes & Gardens is Golden Flake, a staple of southern snack foods.  Being from Mississippi, I’m all too familiar with this brand.  I can remember visiting my father, who is a parts manager for GM, and always finding a few of the large tin canisters – like the ones filled with popcorn that are so popular during the holidays – around the office. These aren’t for the dieter though.  I recall them being a little greasier than your average crisp, with a heavy sprinkling of salt.  Delicious none the less.

If you prefer a healthier option, let me introduce you to my all-time favorite chips – Popchips.  I first saw these chips about a year ago and immediately started telling everyone about them.  Why the excitement?

For starters, these chips aren’t fried or baked.  Just like the name implies, they are popped.  Using the same technology found in popcorn, the creators replaced the corn inside the kernel with potato, so when the kernel explodes, it creates this perfectly round, delicious chip that is a healthy alternative to regular potato chips.  In fact, each serving has 120 calories, with 35 calories from fat.  Not bad.

The chips look a lot like a mini rice cake, but they are packed with flavor.  You can choose from seven flavors including Original, Barbeque, Sour Cream & Onion, Cheddar, Sea Salt & Vinegar, Parmesan Garlic, and my favorite, Salt & Pepper.  They are a little more than a regular bag of chips, but well worth it.

What do you think?  Are you going to try Popchips?  Add a comment and let us know your favorite chips.





Corey Haim Dead at 38

10 03 2010

Corey Haim, best known for his roles in Lucas and Lost Boys, was found dead this morning in what appears to be an accidental overdose. According to The Washington Post, Haim, who made his last public appearance this month at the Third Annual Avant Garde Fashion Show in Hollywood, had at least nine projects in the works as he made strides to recover his film career.

Haim, who is half of the popular 80s duo referred to as “The Coreys” with his longtime pal, Corey Feldman, will be greatly missed.  May his star shine brighter in heaven than it did here on earth.

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AreYouBeing’s Oscar Predictions

2 02 2010

The nominees for the 81st Annual Academy Awards was announced this morning, and the nominees are:

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

  • Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart” (Fox Searchlight)

  • George Clooney in “Up in the Air” (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)
  • Colin Firth in “A Single Man” (The Weinstein Company)
  • Morgan Freeman in “Invictus” (Warner Bros.)
  • Jeremy Renner in “The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment)

AYB’s Prediction: Though everyone is talking about George Clooney’s performance in “Up in the Air,” I think this will be the year that Jeremy Renner breaks out and catapults to A-list status as the Best Actor winner for his role in “The Hurt Locker.”

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Matt Damon in “Invictus” (Warner Bros.)
  • Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger” (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
  • Christopher Plummer in “The Last Station” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Stanley Tucci in “The Lovely Bones” (DreamWorks in association with Film4, Distributed by Paramount)
  • Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company)

AYB’s Prediction: Two words; Stanley Tucci.

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

  • Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side” (Warner Bros.)
  • Helen Mirren in “The Last Station” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Carey Mulligan in “An Education” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Gabourey Sidibe in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)
  • Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia” (Sony Pictures Releasing)

AYB’s Prediction: Sandra may have taken home the Golden Globe for Best Actress in “The Blind Side,” but that was only because she wasn’t up against Meryl Streep in that category.  Streep created the perfect recipe in her starring role in “Julie & Julia,” and she will win top honors.

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Penélope Cruz in “Nine” (The Weinstein Company)
  • Vera Farmiga in “Up in the Air” (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal in “Crazy Heart” (Fox Searchlight)
  • Anna Kendrick in “Up in the Air” (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)
  • Mo’Nique in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)

AYB’s Prediction: It’s a phrase we thought we’d never hear, but “The Oscar goes to Mo’Nique.”

Adapted Screenplay

  • “District 9” (Sony Pictures Releasing), Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
  • “An Education” (Sony Pictures Classics), Screenplay by Nick Hornby
  • “In the Loop” (IFC Films), Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando
  • “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Lionsgate), Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher
  • “Up in the Air” (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios), Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

AYB’s Prediction: All of these films are deserving, but “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” is going to push aside the competition.

Original Screenplay

  • “The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment), Written by Mark Boal
  • “Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company), Written by Quentin Tarantino
  • “The Messenger” (Oscilloscope Laboratories), Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman
  • “A Serious Man” (Focus Features), Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
  • “Up” (Walt Disney), Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter; Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy

AYB’s Prediction: Quentin Tarantino is revolutionary, and his spin on WWII brought some new life to the genre.  This is his year at the Oscars.

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

  • “Coraline” (Focus Features), Henry Selick
  • “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (20th Century Fox), Wes Anderson
  • “The Princess and the Frog” (Walt Disney), John Musker and Ron Clements
  • “The Secret of Kells” (GKIDS), Tomm Moore
  • “Up” (Walt Disney), Pete Docter

AYB’s Prediction: While “Fantastic Mr. Fox” is a favorite of ours at AYB, we predict that Disney will take home the trophy for their film, “Up.”

Achievement in Directing

  • “Avatar” (20th Century Fox), James Cameron
  • “The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment), Kathryn Bigelow
  • “Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company), Quentin Tarantino
  • “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Lionsgate), Lee Daniels
  • “Up in the Air” (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios), Jason Reitman

AYB’s Prediction: While all the directors in this category deserve accolades for their film contributions this past year, Lee Daniels will be the one who comes out victorious.

Best Motion Picture of the Year

  • “Avatar” (20th Century Fox)
  • “The Blind Side” (Warner Bros.)
  • “District 9” (Sony Pictures Releasing)
  • “An Education” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • “The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment)
  • “Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company)
  • “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)
  • “A Serious Man” (Focus Features)
  • “Up” (Walt Disney)
  • “Up in the Air” (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)

AYB’s Prediction: Though the Academy included 10 nominees in the “Best Motion Picture” category this year, there is no doubt in our minds that James Cameron’s “Avatar” will take home the big award.
See the full list of nominees here.

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