As hurricane Sandy ravished the Northeast on Monday night, leaving half of Manhattan without power and much of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New England under water, celebrities took to Twitter to express their sympathies and well-wishes for those in trouble.
The tweets came from New York natives such as Lady Gaga as well as those from much farther away, such as Emma Watson. And, while some stars (I'm looking at you Ricky Gervais and Mindy Kaling) used humor to diffuse the situation's tension, it's clear that everyone has the safety of their loved ones' in mind.
Sending every ounce of my love to New York— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) October 30, 2012
i know its gonna be ok, but that water flooding downtown while my friends are sitting in the dark is making me sad. i love you new york.— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) October 30, 2012
Stay strong, east coasters. You’re awesome and resilient. Sending you good and dry vibes.— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) October 30, 2012
I second, third, & fourth this notion RT @actuallynph: Stay strong, east coasters. You’re awesome & resilient. Sending you good & dry vibes.— Joel McHale (@joelmchale) October 30, 2012
No lights here, no Internet. My wife @hilariabaldwin and I, sitting in the dark wondering where is the storm?(No jokes please)— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) October 30, 2012
We sent our audience home just to be safe. But we are doing our show tonight anyway. Should be fun. #LateNight— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) October 29, 2012
Sending everyone lots of love who are in the path of hurricane Sandy. May she disappear as soon as possible.— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) October 29, 2012
Stay safe, East coast. #sandy— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) October 29, 2012
You know NYC is under hurricane crisis when there's not a single cab on the road. #Frankenstorm— MichelleTrachtenberg (@RealMichelleT) October 29, 2012
Back in Miami now. Missed the storm. I'm praying for everyone on the East Coast. I hope everyone is safe!— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) October 28, 2012
This "Sandy" who's on TV all the time and is blowing the entire east coast, I assume she's a Kardashian right?— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) October 28, 2012
9 months from now hopefully we will have some cool Hurricane Sandy babies!— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) October 29, 2012
Everyone on the east coast stay safe and batten down hatches!— Tracy Morgan (@RealTracyMorgan) October 29, 2012
To everyone affected by #sandy my thoughts are with you. Hope everyone is ok. Xx— Emma Watson (@EmWatson) October 30, 2012
Well, not quite everyone. I think (hope) Ms. Lindsay Lohan is feeling sheepish regarding Sunday's premature hurricane tweet:
WHY is everyone in SUCH a panic about hurricane (i'm calling it Sally)..? Stop projecting negativity! Think positive and pray for peace.— Lindsay Lohan (@lindsaylohan) October 29, 2012
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George Clooney stars as Ryan Bingham a corporate downsizer (he fires people for a living essentially) and seasoned road warrior whose aversion to real human connection is reflected in his mammoth stockpile of frequent flyer miles the fruits of a job that calls for 300-plus days spent away from the office. Thoroughly content with a life spent in hotel bars and airport lounges Ryan begins to slowly unravel when he’s tasked with mentoring Natalie (Anna Kendrick) a fresh-faced recent graduate with a bold set of ideas for transforming the business of firing people — ideas that threaten both Ryan’s untethered existence and his budding relationship with Alex (Vera Farmiga) a fellow corporate nomad whose penchant for low-effort commitment-free relationships mirrors his own.
Enchanted by visions of a perpetual booty call replete with racy Blackberry messages and romantic trysts arranged via Outlook Ryan begins to suspect he might have found his soulmate in Alex. Inconveniencing his idealized scenario however is his travel partner Natalie a probing perceptive gal who proves a far more worthy adversary than he initially anticipated. As Ryan exposes Natalie’s real-world inexperience and naivety in a series of mildly disastrous business meetings she in turn refutes his resolutely isolationist approach to love and relationships. Soon their mutual resentment gives way to a father-daughter dynamic characterized by genuine albeit guarded affection. As his carefully crafted barriers steadily erode Ryan’s thoughts increasingly turn to Alex and he begins to contemplate the previously unthinkable prospect of putting down actual roots.
Corporate downsizing emotional detachment and the dehumanizing effects of modern technology aren’t exactly the most lighthearted of topics but Up in the Air avoids wallowing in dour Death of a Salesman territory with the help of Reitman’s sharp perceptive wit and a handful of lively cameos from comic heavyweights like Danny McBride Zach Galifianakis and J.K. Simmons. In fact the whole affair makes for a surprisingly uplifting experience in a "saddest happy ending" kind of way. Though the latter half of the film is hampered by structural deficiencies and a pair of melodramatic sadly predictable twists that move the plot forward but diminish its overall impact it still qualifies as one of the top films of the year and Reitman’s best work to date. Consider Up in the Air a surefire Oscar contender.
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