Look who's 'On the Lot'

I don't suppose an erudite readership like ours watches much reality TV. But I've gotta come clean -- I do. Lately, however, it's been driven by the fact that people I know have been competing on them, like Brandon from the American Idol top twelve (he used to be my neighbor), and now three (count 'em, three) from the Idol follow-up, On the Lot. Even better, they're classmates of mine from USC film school (er, my submission must've gotten lost in the mail), and it's great to see we Trojans reprezent so darn effectively. The competish will be heating up bigtime over the next few weeks, and while I expect my compadres to hang tough for the long haul, I figured it couldn't hurt to give y'all a little voting guide as well. They are:

Sam F.
sam.jpgSam's thesis film for USC, Lucid, was just plain jaw-dropping. Wish I could include the trailer here, but it looks like the Lot producers put the kibosh on his movie's website (as well as his MySpace page) for the time being. Suffice to say, he's a talented fellow.

Jarrett C.
jarrett.jpgAlso known as Jcon, Jarrett is one ambitious dude. Just listen to his pitch, the "intro" video he had to shoot for The Lot:

Adam S.
I don't have a picture of Adam, but I do have a short film of his, in its entirety, which I think speaks for itself:

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Christmas trees aren't for everyone. Some people can't fit a fir inside their cramped abodes, while others are turned off by the expense, or by the idea of bugs hitchhiking their way inside. Fake trees are always an option, but a new trend sweeping Instagram—pineapples as mini-Christmas "trees"—might convince you to forego the forest vibe for a more tropical aesthetic.

As Thrillist reports, the pineapple-as-Christmas-tree idea appears to have originated on Pinterest before it, uh, ripened into a social media sensation. Transforming a pineapple into a Halloween “pumpkin” requires carving and tea lights, but to make the fruit festive for Christmas all one needs are lights, ornaments, swaths of garland, and any other tiny tchotchkes that remind you of the holidays. The final result is a tabletop decoration that's equal parts Blue Hawaii and Miracle on 34th Street.

In need of some decorating inspiration? Check out a variety of “Christmas tree” pineapples below.

[h/t Thrillist]


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