I just received some bad news, which I knew was coming, but certainly was still dreading. My husband's aunt passed away yesterday from cancer. It sucks, and there's no other way to say it. The woman was only in her early 40's, married to my husband's youngest uncle who is only a mere ten years older than us. They had been together since they were teenagers. They have two daughters, one in college, the other in high school. Having lost my own father when I was in high school I know how difficult this will be for them. I know that this loss will affect them deeply and impact their entire adult life. I will not tell them that it will get easier, anytime soon.
Nicollette Sheriden with her "NFL towel-incident Promo" has usurped Tara Reid's boob to take the stop spot on IMDb's STARmeter, proving once again, that "flash over substance" is key in our society.
I did not witness the offending promo, but think it's funny how the hubbub has helped Nicollette rise up almost instantly -- like a ghoul rising from a rotting tomb. Remember when Nicollette was the hot young soap diva from Knots Landing? Well, I do.
I blame it on Tony Soprano -- the reason we are seeing all of these despicable characters inhabiting TV shows.
When The Sopranos first came out, it was truly revolutionary. Tony Soprano, OUR PROTAGONIST, was a true villain. He was a mobster, a cold-blooded killer, a dangerous and volatile man who cheated on his wife with girlfriends, strippers, and various prostitutes.
Tony led the way for James Spader and William Shatner's characters on Boston Legal. These men are unapologetically oily, sleezy, amoral, and disgusting. Tony also gave birth to the best friend on Huff, played by Oliver Platt, as a man who is a fat, sexist pig of a lawyer who pays prostitutes, takes lots of illegal drugs, talks about women as if they were meat, and is portrayed as "amusing." And Tony surely fathered Nip/Tuck's amoral, greedy, pig/plastic surgeon Christian Troy as played by Julian McMahon.
I can't believe it, but I went with the kids to see The Spongebob Movie. I had convinced myself that I WOULD not shell out $9.00 a pop to see an annoying animated sponge that I can see everyday for free.
But I tell you -- the KIDS LOVED IT. And I enjoyed it as well. The theater was packed --- which amazed me because our little theater is always empty, plus the other movies showing at the same time were Polar Express and The Incredibles.
I totally kicked my butt into gear this week and was able to get two of my TV scripts to the Slamdance TV contest. I have it on very good authority that the grand prize is mine -- Well that's what the guy at Mailboxes Express told me. Who am I to question him?
I know the odds of winning any of these contests is well, you know. But I usually use these contests as a mechanism for (1) setting a deadline for myself so that I actually finish a script, (2) a way to get professional feedback and (3) a chance to at least "place" in the finals or semi-finals so that I can add that info to my resume.
I'm on a lot of independent filmmakers mailing lists so I get invited to lots of exciting screenings and programs in NYC. Not that I'm able to take advantage of many of these invites. If I can get into NY once a month I consider it an accomplishment.
According to an article by Steve Gorman for Reuters, Reality TV may have FINALLY peaked. THANK GOD.
Personally, I'm not a huge fan of Reality TV, especially the mean-spirited/practical joke stuff that makes me cringe. I have to say though that I love Extreme Makeover Home Edition (nothing like sharing a good cry with a team of burly construction workers). And some of the "behind-the-scenes" shows interest me too (i.e. mostly stuff on non-network TV). Anyway, all I can say is perhaps there is hope for this country after all. But I won't be completely happy until "The Swan" is gone for good, just another nasty footnote in the history of TV programming.