Archives for May 22, 2009

Asthmatic Vader, screwball Earhart & Ben Stiller all Battle for the Smithsonian in D.C.

It’s the weekend, jump for joy!

Night At the Museum. Courtesy of 20th Century Fox.

Cowboys, Roman soldiers and Darth Vader oh yes!

Amelia Earhart: [in awe] Great Gatsby!

Ben Stiller, Ricky Gervais, Owen Wilson and Steve Coogan are back in Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian.

General George Armstrong Custer: Any questions
[Sacajawea raises her hand]
General George Armstrong Custer: [Mumbles her name]
Sacajawea: That is not my name.
General George Armstrong Custer: Sacajamea?
Sacajawea: No.
General George Armstrong Custer: Sac, Sack-in-a-box?
Sacajawea: No.
General George Armstrong Custer: Cinco De Mayo. Mission Accomplished

Night At the Museum 2. Courtesy of 20th Century Fox.

Relishing in its success from 2006, the new film sets Larry Daley (Stiller) returning to visit the Museum of Natural History(v1) (consequently my favourite place in Washington D.C., but in the film, the Museum of Natural History we are discussing is the one in New York City) to find out the Museum of Natural History(v2) is closed for renovations and Larry’s old friends are being moved to the Federal Archives at the Smithsonian Institution. Soon after he gets a frantic phone call from Jedediah (Wilson) urging him to come save the gang of exhibits from Ahkmenrah’s (Rami Malek) older, and crazy brother, Kah Mun Rah (Hank Azaria).

New foes include: Al Capone, Ivan IV of Russia, Kah Mun Rah and Napoleon the I of France.

Alan Silvestri composed the music (The Polar Express) and Shawn Levy directs.

Cast List for your reference:

  • Ben Stiller as Lawrence “Larry” Daley
  • Amy Adams as Amelia Earhart
  • Robin Williams as Theodore Roosevelt
  • Owen Wilson as Jedediah Smith
  • Steve Coogan as Octavius
  • Ricky Gervais as Dr. McPhee
  • Rami Malek as Ahkmenrah
  • Brad Garrett as the Voice of The Easter Island Head
  • Jake Cherry as Nicholas “Nick” Daley
  • Patrick Gallagher as Attila the Hun
  • Mizuo Peck as Sacagawea
  • Martin Christopher as Meriwether Lewis
  • Martin Sims as William Clark
  • Hank Azaria as Kah Mun Rah and the voices of the Lincoln Memorial Statue and The Thinker
  • Bill Hader as Gen. George Armstrong Custer
  • Alain Chabat as Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Christopher Guest as Ivan the Terrible
  • Jon Bernthal as Al Capone
  • Eugene Levy as Albert Einstein Bobbleheads (Voice)
  • Keith Powell as Tuskegee Airman 1
  • Craig Robinson as Tuskegee Airman 2
  • Thomas Lennon as Wilbur Wright
  • Robert Ben Garant as Orville Wright
  • Nick Dash as Ulysses S. Grant
  • Jonah Hill as Brundun, Smithsonian Security Guard
  • Mindy Kaling as the tour guide at Smithsonian Museum (see trailer)
  • Ed Helms as one of Larry’s co-workers
  • Alberta Mayne as Kissing Nurse 
  • Clint Howard as part of one of the space exploration exhibits
  • Carroll Spinney as the voice of Oscar the Grouch
  • The Jonas Brothers as the voice of the Cherubs
  • Jay Baruchel as Sailor Joey Motorola
  • Thomas Morely as Darth Vader

Night At the Museum 2. Courtesy of 20th Century Fox.

Kah Mun Rah: [From trailer]
[Confronting Vader]
Kah Mun Rah: Is that you breathing? Because I can’t hear myself think! There’s too much going on here; you’re asthmatic, you’re a robot. And why the cape? Are we going to the opera? I don’t think so.

To ease your move-going experience, if you haven’t seen the first Night at the Museum, Teddy Roosevelt explained to Larry that the Tablet of Akmenrah is how the artifacts come to life at night. First brought to the museum in 1952, the Egyptian artifact keeps the exhibits alive as long as they remain in the museum. Should they venture outside, at sunrise they turn to dust.

Washington D.C.

One of the best things about the film? The romp through the various Smithsonian museums and trek across D.C.

One a side note, all Smithsonian museums in D.C are free, so if you are ever in the area be sure to check them out.

I recommend DK Eyewitness Guide Books to ease your journey. Nope, they are not paying me to endorse, as a traveler, I find them absolutely the best.

Home to 5.3 million people in the Washington Metropolian area, the District of Columbia, D.C., is the capital of the United States founded on July 16, 1790.

Unlike most cities in the United States, not all the streets are numerical. Actually, cross streets are alphabetical and U-Street has most of the “hangouts” for young crowds, including unique restaurants.

If you never have had Ethiopian food before, D.C. can also boast numerous establishments to serve its diverse population.

Six of the top 10 buildings in the American Institute of Architects’ 2007 ranking of “America’s Favorite Architecture” are located there: the White House, the Washington National Cathedral, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the United States Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Find a great list of musems here. Be sure to check out the Smithsonian website to see if they are free and are under the Smithsonian umbrella. Go here for a list of National Historic Landmarks as well.



Copyright © 2009 Sasha H. Muradali. All Rights Reserved.

The Artsylogical Week for the Googlicious

It’s been a Googlicious week {May 17-23, 2009})for Artsylogical finds: Ida, Mary Cassatt and Doodle 4 Google.

I make no secret that I love when Google changes their logo into something fun and I’m always curious to see which ‘holidays’ they choose to publicize. This week was no different with no less than three additions to their main search index.

Google’s logos are always such a great example of a public relations success because they provide such an aware presence of the world around them…and they’re just so much fun!

You Ida, Me Ida

Ida by Google.

Ida, or Darwinius, is a genus of the Adapiformes from the Eocene epoch. Basically, she’s a 47 million year old fossil unveiled this week by German scientists claiming she’s the missing link to the evolution of human beings. Oh and her discovery is driving the Creationists mad.

Doodle 4 Google

Doodle 4 Google by Google.

K-12 competition where Google invited students to reinvent the Google homepage logo based on “What I wish for the World.” Google said,

“At Google we believe in thinking big, and dreaming big, and we can’t think of anything more important than encouraging students to do the same.”

Mary Cassatt

Mary Cassatt by Google.
Born May 22, 1844 she was an American Impressionist painter and print maker. Living most of her life in France, she was great friends with Edgar Degas.


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{iStyle} Hi-Lo Part II

 Bleach Black Girls via Bleach Black

By: Jenn Ortiz, guest blogger

There’s that blurred line again. Lucky magazine featured the Bleach Black girls in the May ’09 issue. These ladies frequently post DIY and rock-LA chic fashion on their blogs, and now lo’ and behold, they are guest blogging for Lucky! Could a more perfect segway have been provided for Pt. 1 to Pt. 2 of “Hi-Lo”? I think not. See, here is the other way blogs have changed fashion. Blogs have allowed high fashion to be brought in a very personal way to the public. However, unlike most fashion glossies, there are no clothing allowances in blogging. That means that fashion loving bloggers must rely on their own creativity and style. Most bloggers are not rolling in it, so quite often you’ll see a high end frock paired with shoes from Top Shop.

Photo by: Alexa Chung, model & TV host. Famous for High-Low Mixing

Fashion {and non-fashion} bloggers tweeted and blogged from fashion week and also from the opening of TopShop in NY. Bloggers like Luphia Loves, Tavi the 13-year old super-child, Kingdom of Style, Fashion Toast, and Style Bubble all post pictures of themselves in their own outfits. These girls are not models and most are not stylists. They are just “regular” people with an interest in fashion and expressing their own style. {Ok, yes, Rumi is now a model, but she wasn’t when she started her blog.} For readers, that is extremely persuasive and encouraging. It makes a reader think, “If she can do it, so can I.” Some retailers and designers have realized the power in this formula, and have begun to send samples to bloggers to try out and hopefully don in their self-styled photoshoots.

DIY Balmain via Bleach Black

As mentioned before, bloggers like Bleach Black, offer DIY lessons on their blogs. Everything from how to revamp old shoes, to making studded jeans and shredding shirts. Can’t afford the Balmain jacket? Look here to DIY and get the look. Ruffled Louboutin’s? Bloggers have you covered. Love that outfit you saw on a celeb or model? Well, how about looking here for similar “styled down to the bracelet” affordable looks.

Or, you could do as Garance Dore suggested in an interview and on her blog: just shop your closet. If you must shop for real, don’t worry. Plenty of bloggers shop e-bay and/or have their own e-bay stores. You can also find e-bay shopping and shop owners in the blogosphere. The same goes for etsy stores. Etsy, is the current darling of the blogosphere. Quite a few bloggers have their own Etsy store, shop on Etsy, and have Etsy days. So on a blog like Tavi’s Style Rookie, you’ll see and hear about Commes, Louis Vuitton, and Rodarte paired with Topshop, Goodwill finds, and Etsy sellers like Norwegian Wood.

So who does a better job at high and low, blogs or mags? The answer is painfully simple at the moment. In a time where the majority is claiming to feel the pinch of the recession, a blog is a style lovers best friend. Glossy guardians of couture, when your finance department is breathing down your neck, you might want to run to a blogger for a lesson.


Jenn Ortiz is a graduate of the University of Florida with degrees in History and Latin American Studies with hopes to pursue a PhD in Child Development. She believes there is beauty in everything around us; from the inside out, outside in. She currently runs {Bits of Beauty}, a place you just feel good about.

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