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She’s with the Band February 3, 2010

Posted by Patrick in Lit, Televisual.
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Another day, another piece of Zooey Deschanel news. Alongside her successful music and film careers, Zooey’s finally sticking her finger into the television pie (unless we’re counting guest appearances on Bones and Tin Man) by signing up to star in and executive produce HBO’s new comedy pilot, I’m with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie.

The show is based on the book of the same name, a 1987 memoir by notorious groupie Pamela Des Barres. Some of her story was already told in the film Almost Famous, which incidentally was one of Zooey’s first film appearances.

It’s a half-hour comedy, so I’m not expecting anything along the lines of The Sopranos or Six Feet Under here. But HBO’s needed something in the comedy department to fill the void left by Sex and the City. I don’t see this as being the worthiest of replacements, but with Zooey on board I can’t help but be optimistic.

For a taste of what to expect, here’s the book’s blurb:

The stylish, exuberant, and remarkably sweet confession of one of the most famous groupies of the 1960s and 70s is back in print in this new edition that includes an afterword on the author’s last 15 years of adventures. As soon as she graduated from high school, Pamela Des Barres headed for the Sunset Strip, where she knocked on rock stars’ backstage doors and immersed herself in the drugs, danger, and ecstasy of the freewheeling 1960s. Over the next 10 years she had affairs with Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Keith Moon, Waylon Jennings, Chris Hillman, Noel Redding, and Jim Morrison, among others. She traveled with Led Zeppelin; lived in sin with Don Johnson; turned down a date with Elvis Presley; and was close friends with Robert Plant, Gram Parsons, Ray Davies, and Frank Zappa. As a member of the GTO’s, a girl group masterminded by Frank Zappa, she was in the thick of the most revolutionary renaissance in the history of modern popular music. Warm, witty, and sexy, this kiss-and-tell–all stands out as the perfect chronicle of one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most thrilling eras.

[Blurb via Good Reads]
[Image: Girls Aren’t Funny]

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She & Him pump up the Volume February 2, 2010

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The first single from She & Him’s (Zooey Deschanel being She, and M. Ward being Him) sophomore album, Volume Two, has been released online for free (how nice of them!) and thankfully, it doesn’t disappoint.

Nothing about In the Sun indicates a massive shift from the sunny, folksy upbeat tracks of Volume One, but it’s catchy and has a bit of a group singalong bit in the chorus which is always alright with me.

The summery sounds of this song may not match the weather outside right now, but between this and my copy of (500) Days of Summer, June doesn’t seem entirely out of reach.

Volume Two is released on 23rd March in the US, and 5th April in the UK

She & Him – In the Sun (download)

ZOMG December 3, 2009

Posted by Patrick in Cinematics, Misc.
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Wow. Hard to believe, but yes, that futuristic Barbie girl above is indie darling Zooey Deschanel, as photographed for the latest Absolut Vodka campaign.

Each photo, taken by fashion photographer Ellen Von Unwerth, is themed around a different vodka cocktail. Zooey’s, for example, is based on the Cosmopolitan cocktail:

In the ABSOLUT Cosmo ad, Deschanel adds a science-fiction flair to the traditional ABSOLUT® CITRON cocktail in a retro-hip yet modern lounge as she plays the role of a “cosmo”-naut.

Three other photos from the campaign feature Kate Beckinsale, focusing on cocktails Bloody Mary, Tonic Twist and Crush.

Personally I’d have liked to see Zooey in all four, but there ya go.

Click here to see the full version of Zooey’s ad as well as the other three.

[via The Huffington Post]

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Zooey Deschanel IS Sid Vicious July 8, 2009

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Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have filmed a parody of “Sid and Nancy” for Cinemash by retracing a scene from their forthcoming indie rom com “(500) Days of Summer“. Zooey takes on the role of Sid (with a dodgy but hilarious English accent) while Joseph steals the show with his priceless take on needy Nancy. Brilliant.

[via Cinemash]