Here’s something everyone should do this weekend: Get involved with USA WEEKEND’s annual Make A Difference Day. It’s tomorrow, and you’ll be joining 3 million other people around the country making a difference in their home communities. Our staff will be working with those from other charitable groups to beautify a park in an underserved area of the District of Columbia. Surely you’ve got a few hours to volunteer your time to help better your community. Got the time but don’t know where to invest it? No problem. You can check out our projects database to see what’s going on near you – or just do a little something on your own.
Once you’ve done your good deed for the day, treat yourself to one of the many movies opening this weekend. Lorrie told you her thoughts on Changeling earlier this week (though if you’re not in one of the big cities you’ll have to wait till next week). Also among the new movies is the inescapable High School Musical franchise, High School Musical 3: Senior Year. Our Brian Truitt’s interview with Ashley Tisdale ran in the magazine last week, along with a question: What do you think is the best movie ever set in a high school? We got lots of responses, ranging from To Sir With Love to Breakfast Club and Grease. It’s not too late to weigh in. Read and add to the posts here.
Halloween’s fast approaching, and if you haven’t carved your pumpkin yet, this is the weekend to do it. Readers are going bonkers over USA WEEKEND’s pumpkin stencil of The Joker, as he looked when Heath Ledger played him in The Dark Knight. It’s a pretty cool design, and easy to download for carving. As a superfan of The Office, though, I will carve my own Dwight o’ lantern.
In a Gossip Girl episode that ran this week, one character asked this pertinent question: Who watches TV on TV anymore? It’s true. I know I’m falling into that habit of watching TV fare online. In fact, I’ll be checking out the premiere episode of the CW’s Stylista, a new reality show that pits fashion-loving contestants against each other to win a year-long editorial position at Elle magazine, on my Mac sometime this weekend. One of the contestants, Johanna (that’s her, at right), was a fashion blogger here in DC. She actually answered a question for me about what to wear to the Kennedy Center Honors last year (yes, you can wear a short dress to the very black-tie event), so I’ll be rooting for her.
Speaking of watching TV online, NBC has made the season premiere of 30 Rock , not airing until next Thursday, available online. I had to watch — it’s my job! — but I probably would have anyways, considering that I still snoop for Christmas presents hidden in my parents’ closet. If you’re as impatient as I am, you can watch the episode below. Highlights include Will Arnett back as foil to Alec Baldwin and Megan Mullally has a hilarious guest appearance.
30 Rock’s premiere was pushed back from an earlier October airing because NBC decided that Saturday Night Live is so hot again (last weekend’s show with Sarah Palin was watched by 15 million people) that it needed to do an extra Weekend Update edition through the election season in 30 Rock‘s Thursday night slot. And, of course, Fey’s performance as Palin has made her the new “it” girl of television. I was supposed to talk to Fey this morning on a conference call to promote the show but it got canceled for “production” reasons. Maybe next week.
(photo by Jim DeYonker/The CW)