From the juiced-box and one of Meagan’s favorites (dedicated to her & Emily, the hotel barmaid from St Louis): Dave Matthews Band – Bartender
Ok, so y’all know how i’m the International Functional Alcoholic Slurperson, right? Well, one of my duties is to find gorgeous, talented young ladies and drag them into The Bar None and publicly ask them tons of questions. Living up to my promise, today i give you Meagan Flynn, the beautiful actress who won an Emmy for the web series unReal Housewives of Kansas Cityand recently starred in Up In The Air as a flight attendant (the cute one who says “Can, sir?” so it sounds like “Cancer” and brings Clooney the congratulatory glass of champagne when he hits 10,000,000 miles).
Meagan stumbled on my Booze Revooze, claimed to LOVE it and so i invited her to do this interview so i could get richer and famouser than i already am. Here then, is that exclusive interview.
Two hot actresses both came by and gave me props on the post! The first was Meagan Flynn, who i put on a pedestal in the Silken Butterfly’s section of the review. She’s the young lady who plays the flight attendant that says “Cancer? Cancer? Can, sir?” to George.
i’ve been in contact with her and she’s generously allowed me to interview her, on the provision i’m sober enough not to screw it up; which, knowing me as y’all do, isn’t a given…
And then…then…i’m too embarrassed to continue this without a drink…
i missed one.
i even mentioned her in my notes. Unfortunately the word “neighbor” i’d scrawled in the darkened movie theater meant nothing to me when i got back home and i, Al K Hall, neglected to include another Silken Butterfly. To make matters worse, she found me out. If you check the Comments section to the Booze Revooze linked above, you’ll find the following comment:
Hi, Erin McGrane here…I played George’s former love interest and neighbor, Dianne in UITA. Where’s the love? Just kidding – great blog – i’ll be back for more!
Ms McGrane, mea cuppa (which is latin for “i need a drink”).
i have since rectified this gross oversight and added some of her photos to the post, where they belong, and i plan to grovel pretty disgustingly for an interview from her as well.
Meagan and Erin Are the Hot Brunettes
The photo is from the Emmy winning web series Unreal Housewives Of Kansas City, and both Meagan Flynn and Erin McGrane are stars. You can click on the link or the photo to check out the website.
But i hear ya clamoring at the doors to The Bar None. “Al!” you’re goin’. “Al! Two svelte women does not a ton of famous people make! It’s downright insulting and how can you say tons of famous people know you in the title to this post and there’s just two?”
Ah, but you’re forgetting Kelly Bertha. Kelly Bertha, the young lady with the gorgeous blue eyes who got fired right at the beginning of Up In The Air. i’ve interviewed her and just need to type up the final draft and get her approval.
Keep your ass glued to your stools, i’ll be serving that one up soon.
From the juiced-box and the soundtrack: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – This Land Is Your Land
[Press 'Play' to get your Dap on]
Ramblings: Up In The Air Is Down To Earth
Final Proof: 3 1/2 Shots
You know how you get drunk in airport bars? It’s not as old-school as train stations and less depressing than bus stations because the people you meet are more varied. For example you got your business people and it’s hard not to look on them with a little envy as they skirt lines with VIP cards and sit down before you in seats better than yours to get comped drinks. They’re the ones paying sky high prices in the bar because they’re saving the receipts that’re all gonna be reimbursed by their companies. But they pay for it in other ways like the families they leave behind to suck jet fumes, and smiles as cold and conditioned as the air they recycle when they’re flying. Airport bars are designed to make you feel at home even when you know you’re not and they’re polished and professional but often full to the rim with humanity: talkative help cleaning the floors who address you like they know you, happy couples high on the idea of traveling together and those looking on with only one dry eye because they were once sitting in Business and now they’re on Economy and even if they realize they’re better off in some ways, they still need that next drink they can’t afford but are ordering anyway. Airport bars are cool because of the contrast between the shallow depth of the decor and your closest strangers making it real. Up In The Air is kinda like that.
George Clooney and Vera Farmiga In The Airport Bar None
You want a metaphor? Up In The Air is the story of a man who’s happy as hell drinking imported beer and thinks champagne is for wussies. Then he gets a taste of what he thinks is champagne and loves it. Until he finds out it wasn’t champagne at all and so he wants to get a bottle for real but no one’s there to give it to him and in the end he has to go back to beer.
i’m a big Jason Reitman fan. i thought Thank You For Smoking was cool as hell and even if i thought Juno was a tad overrated, i was with him all the way on that one. UITA didn’t disappoint.It’s funny and tender in all the right ways because it steers around the storm clouds of romantic-comedy and the turbulence of forced happy endings.
Another cool thing about UITA was how Reitman dealt with the subject of unemployment. In Ryan’s (played masterfully by George Clooney) own words: “I work for [a] company that lends me out to pussies like Steve’s boss who don’t have the balls to sack their own employees.” So yeah, Reitman coulda just chosen to use that as kinda a backdrop for the story but he chose to move it into the forefront by hiring real unemployed people who’d been laid off to recreate the moment they were fired. Very cool and very meaningful and a great idea because those 25 people add a lot of depth to the movie.
The normal actors do a decent job. George Clooney (Ryan Bingham) gives his character a lot of character and Vera Farmiga is believable as jet setter, Alex Goran. Anna Kendrick is getting a lot of attention for her role as young exec Natalie Keener and the girl is golden. It’s nice to see her in a role that’s more of a stretch than Kristen Stewart’s high school friend in Twilight, and man can Anna stretch.
Basically, if you’re tempted to see this, you pro’lly should. Up In The Air is a trip.
Before we get to the talent, here’s another song from the juiced-box and soundtrack. i like it because, if you listen to the words, it makes sense for us drinkers: Sad Brad Smith – Help Yourself
Buzz Kills (Watch Out for Spoilers)
Sex: 2 shots
There’s only one partially nude scene, and that’s of Vera Farmiga’s body double who’s got a nice butt and shows a little side boob. i knew right away it was a body double, ask Miss Demeanor, because they never showed Vera’s face during the naked part. That’s a tell tail sign right there. The UITA Trivia Section on IMDB has Vera saying she doesn’t mind being naked in a movie but that she’d recently given birth and “the breast milk running down would have been inappropriate”. Hell, i don’t know about that but i guess it woulda been distracting.
So anyway, here’s some shots of Vera Farmiga (36) i didn’t already exposé in my Orphanreview.
Vera Farmiga In The Bar None
Anna Kendrick (24) was super cute in her role of Natalie Keener, especially in the party scene when she lets her hair down, literally, and rocks out. i also already exposéd her in my Twilight: New Moon review so here are some different shots of her.
It’s getting harder and harder to exposé Melanie Lynskey (32, who plays Ryan’s sister Julie Bingham) after doin’ her twice already, once for The Informant and another time for Away We Go. Still, i dug deep and found these:
There were also a slew of those fleeting beauties who flit across the screen in the blink of a wink. Here are those Silken Butterflies i hope to see lots more of…
First up, Adrienne Lamping who plays Tammy, one of Julie Bingham’s Bridesmaids. Click on the photo to visit her Agency.
And it would be a mortal sin not to mention Erin McGrane, who is adorable as Ryan’s neighbor / ex-love interest. If UITA lacks credibility, part of it is that in real life George Clooney would do everything in his power to win back this young lady’s heart. Yes, there was also some Booze Talkin’ with her as well.
There’s also Lanette Fugit (39), another flight attendant, though tragically uncredited. Clicking on the photos will take you to her web site.
To wrap this bad boy up, here are some shots of George Clooney (48) for those who prefer fuselage to hangar.
George Clooney At The Bar None
Drink: 2½ Shots
i should probably go a little higher here as there were enough drink references, but i’ve limited it to 2½ because booze didn’t play a key role in the film.
When Ryan (George Clooney) and Alex (Vera Farmiga) meet in the hotel bar, he’s drinking a gin & tonic and she’s got a martini.
Natalie (Anna Kendrick) gets drunk with Ryan and Alex after her boyfriend dumps her by text message. They drink martinis, scotch & sodas, and then there’s more drinking at the Tech party they crash. Hats off to Anna Kendrick who plays drunk with a believable amount of understatement.
The next morning, Natalie apologized for getting carried away, which i liked because i’ve had to do the same kinda post-binge groveling more than once.
There’s also beer from mugs at the rehearsal dinner for Ryan’s sister Julie’s wedding.
When Ryan’s sad, he drinks minibar bottles of Southern Comfort that he keeps in his own fridge in his apartment.
Finally, when Ryan hits the 10 million mile mark, the flight attendant (i’m pretty sure it’s Meagan Flynn from above) gives him a glass of champagne.
Rock & Roll: 1 Shot
The soundtrack is pretty folky but not so bad even if it isn’t rock.
What’s also not rock is the cameo by Young MC at the tech party, singing his hit “Bust A Move”.