Monthly Archives: July 2010

In good company for charity

There are two great charity events coming up that everybody should know about.

First, my friend Maurice started an event called Legalpalooza, a music event to raise funds for legal aid for women and children who can’t afford it. The second annual Legalpalooza is at the House of Blues this Thursday, the 22nd at 6 p.m.

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Second, a film I worked on, LA 308, is having a premiere screening at the Mall of Louisiana Rave (Baton Rouge) August 5th at 7 p.m. to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana and its relief efforts for victims of the Gulf Coast Oil Spill. Tickets can be purchased online for $15.00 each at ravemotionpictures.com.

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Show business, y’all

You might remember that in my (re)birth(day)(2010) post, shortly after my birthday, I mentioned that I got called in for a movie for two days. That movie was (at the time) called Brother’s Keeper and it stars John Cena, Patricia Clarkson and Danny Glover (the first and last of whom I met briefly while I was on set). It was an awesome experience.

The movie has since been re-titled Legendary and the trailer has just come out! If a scene looks like it takes place in a gym, I was probably there. My job was to run the scoreboard for all of the wrestling scenes, which were mainly shot at the same time, during those two days. So check out the trailer:

So, around April, I referred to my “new job,” which has been keeping me busy still. I’ve alluded to the fact that I’m working on a movie. But I haven’t said much more than that.

The same team that made Legendary — WWE Films — is making several movies in New Orleans, back-to-back. Brother’s Keeper/Legendary was the second film. In April, I started work on the fourth film and we’ve just finished the fifth and are about to begin the sixth. I don’t know much about the third film, but I was lucky enough to see the first film, Knucklehead, and it’s very good–very funny and charming. I can’t wait till it’s officially released. It shows up on Netflix, but without a release date yet.

I love my job, but it doesn’t leave much time or energy for anything else. I’ve been taking lots of notes and feeling very creative – but not very much writing at all. Reading also went by the wayside. I usually read at least ten books a month, but I think I’ve managed five since April. Maybe. I have  been watching movies, though.

Which has been something of a big deal. I *hated* the films The Time Traveler’s Wife and The Lovely Bones and reading the books they were based on became something of an issue in how I perceived the movie. Loved Eclipse, though I knew I would. Hated the remake of Bad Lieutenant (also filmed in New Orleans), which I knew I would. I never knew Mackenzie Astin (Iron Will!) was the younger brother of Sean Astin, which I discovered while looking up some facts for my last post. Thought Crazy Heart, while good, wasn’t as good as I’d heard, and Valentine’s Day was better than I’d expected (especially near the end, the last scene with Julia Roberts). Leap Year and When in Rome were both supremely cute, darnit! Found myself ruminating on both The Young Victoria and Amelia several days after I watched them. And The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus moved me in indescribable ways.

I’m going to have a hard time picking my best of the year in movies, though maybe an easy time with the books category since I’ll have read so few. Though I WILL make time for Mockingjay when it comes out at the end of next month. I probably won’t have much of a choice. I read the first book in one single night, all night, even though I had to be at work for like 7 a.m. the next morning. 🙂 It comes out on a Saturday, so maybe I’ll have to stay up all night and into the day Sunday reading it and then go to work. But I WILL read that book.

So, that’s the skinny on my job and a general overview of all the writing/reading I haven’t been doing and all the movies I’ve seen lately.  In case you were wondering. 🙂

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The May Lovely Bones Challenge – belated

So, a while back (two months ago, but it feels like a lifetime!), I posted a challenge that a Twitter friend and myself had set for ourselves. The challenge was to read the book The Lovely Bones during the month of May and then blog about our responses, in light of our unfavorable opinions of the movie.

I’m here to tell you that both Donna and I did, in fact, read and finish The Lovely Bones during May. However, when it came time to reflect upon the book, life got in the way for both of us. Donna was dealing with some health issues and I was working on a few other projects.

I’m going to go ahead and review the book The Lovely Bones in light of the film, and Donna will chime in when she can. One of our main purposes for doing this was to see what went wrong in the adaptation of a wildly popular book into a movie – and if the flaws were already in the book or if they were created in the film.

Consider everything that follows extreme spoilers for both the novel and the film. Accordingly…

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An anniversary for Dunces

My latest 225 piece, about the 30th anniversary of A Confederacy of Dunces, up on the website. I enjoyed this piece, especially, because it gave me the “excuse” to read Confederacy that I’ve been waiting for for years! I absolutely loved this book. Guffaws and snorts abounded while I was reading. Hope you enjoy the piece!

I just posted an interview I did with Eric Ronick, the lead singer of Black Gold, last night. I was representing PureSYTYCD and I had a lot of fun. It was easy to be kind of silly with Eric, as demonstrated by my endless giggles during this interview. Check it out.

And that, in a nutshell, is what I have been up to. Plus, work on the movie(s) still. Wrap parties. Oh! and my 10 year high school reunion. Hi, Courtney!

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