Thursday, December 20, 2007

Dancing With the TV Journalists

NBC news correspondent David Gregory broke into dance on the Today show today while Mary J. Blige was singing. The guy's got rhythm. Gee, with his talent, he needs to be a contestant on Dancing With the Stars. You heard it here first!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

James Spader Sings Love Songs (part 2)

This is a strip I created. Click on it to see it larger.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Bravo to James Spader; We Want More of Him!

Bravo to James Spader for winning the Emmy last night for best lead performance by an actor in a dramatic series. He's sensational as lawyer Alan Shore in David E. Kelley's brilliantly original and quirky Boston Legal. As Shore, Spader exhibits a fierce intellect, dry humor, and some of the authority and mystery of the sadistic boss he played in the movie Secretary, all while being an advocate for progressive views.

Hollywood success is dicey, because along with wealth, it often brings a lack of privacy. Spader is known for preferring to fly under the radar to hold onto his privacy, and who can blame him? But nor can I blame the media for asking him personal questions, like these that E!'s Guiliana Rancic asked him live on the air, following last night's Emmy's:

"Who are you here with?"

"My girlfriend."

"What's her name?"


"How long have you been together?"

Spader either really couldn't remember (which I doubted) or he pretended not to remember in order to skip the question. He hemmed and hawed. Rancic moved on to another question.

"What do you like best about your girlfriend?"

Spader refused to answer, saying it was personal.

It will be interesting to see how Spader's newest Emmy (his third) will affect his career. It ought to get him a nice raise. But according to press accounts, he's also been hoping Boston Legal will add lots of new actors so he can have more time off. With this latest win, will David E. Kelley really let him have less show time? We viewers want to see more of him, not less!

Friday, September 07, 2007

An Arts Site That Rocks

I love the fun music and the playful animations here. Check out both of the audio tracks!

Monday, September 03, 2007

Did Anti-Depressants Have A Bad Side Effect on Owen Wilson?

I have a theory about why Owen Wilson tried to take his life. News reports said he had been on anti-depressants. I've read about people committing suicide as a side effect of anti-depressants. If the anti-depressants indeed had a harmful effect on Owen, causing him to try to harm himself, I doubt that he and his family would want to endure a trial in order to sue. So it's a shame if this is what caused Owen to do what he did. Thank god he's still with us. (We love you, Owen.)

Thursday, August 16, 2007

We're not an item, honest!

Star in Your Own JibJab! It's Free!You're not going to get me to admit that Owen and I are an item. No way! We're just friends!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Make-Up With Pure Ingredients: An Open Letter to Entrepreneurs

Dear Entrepreneur,

I hope you'll create a makeup line with pure (100% non-toxic) ingredients. (See the Environmental Working Group's Cosmetics Database to see what I mean.)

As a magazine writer (for Senses Art and Culture Magazine, and Positive Change, Sarasota) and as the editor and publisher of the online magazine RawFoodsNewsMagazine.com, I know I speak for many women when I say I have not been able to find a line of cosmetics with non-toxic ingredients.

Burt's Bees used to make some, but they no longer do. I believe they didn't market them well. With all of the media coverage about protecting the environment, the general public is much more interested in green products than ever before! If I created a line of pure makeup, I would market it with sexy ads in women's magazines. And I would make sure my company's lip liners and eye liners, blush, eye shadow and lipsticks were available in a range of colors to flatter all skin tones and age groups. I have olive skin, and the three products I need the most are a bright coral lip liner, a black eyeliner pencil, and a coral blush.

The first company to create a line of pure cosmetics that address all colors and that are marketed to all women--not just nature lovers--will make billions.

Monday, June 18, 2007

An Open Letter to Michael Moore

If Michael Moore's people see this, please ask him to read the open letter to him that you can see by clicking on the above headline.

And by the way, I saw his new film Sicko tonight and it was brilliant! If anyone wants to see it (and I highly recommend it), there's a link to it free, online, at the blog of www.MySpace.com/rawgrrl

Sicko shines a light on what's wrong with the US health care system, and what's so right about the free health care systems in many other countries. As in: Why can't WE provide free health care for all?

Monday, June 11, 2007

As Awesome as Sweeney Todd

I love the Broadway show Sweeney Todd for the way it expresses frustration at injustice. And now the Tony-Award winning Broadway Musical Spring Awakening stands right next to Sweeney Todd in that department. Click on the headline above to see the performance of "The Bitch of Living" from that show. It's breathtaking.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Morphing Past Art Into a New Work

This animation (click on the headline above) is magical, awesome!
Whoever did this really took the time to arrange the faces in like-order.
Amazing. I wish I knew who did this so I could compliment them.
I'd like to see this done with celebrity faces.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Hemp Clothing's the New Fashion Craze!

According to the business section of the Boston Globe, hemp clothing is on a big roll, thanks to the interest of the two largest markets, boomers and youth. Great news that sustainable clothing is in vogue!

Friday, March 23, 2007

A Famous Raw Foodist With a Checkered Past

Movie star Woody Harrelson is a raw foodist and environmental activist. I met him a few years ago at the Sarasota Film Festival, where I told him about my online magazine, www.RawFoodsNewsMagazine.com, and tried to set up an interview with him--but he dissed me. His convicted murderer father died last week and the following profile of Woody explains a lot about the paradox of his life.

Here's a small excerpt from this fascinating article:

Woody Harrelson is, by his own admission, a wild and crazy guy. On the one hand, he is a bleeding-heart Hollywood liberal straight out of central casting: a vegan, a peace activist, a warrior for the environment and an agitator for the decriminalisation of marijuana. On the other hand, he has quite a temper and a track record of drinking and brawling.

During one stint on the London stage five years ago, he got into a shouting match with a taxi driver, ripped out an ashtray and smashed the door to override the central-locking system. (Charges were dropped after he agreed to pay for the damage.) Last year, he grabbed a paparazzo by the neck outside a Hollywood nightclub and, according to a subsequent complaint, broke the viewfinder on his camera.

Just a couple of weeks ago, he got into a fight with a bouncer at a trendy watering hole in Venice, California, after he was told he could not leave the premises with a glass of wine in his hand. Two traffic cops writing a parking ticket on the other side of the street slapped him in handcuffs, but eventually let him go with a warning after it became clear he had damaged himself more than the bouncer. (He cut his hand on a broken wine glass.)

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Help Spread the Word: Stop Global Warming; GO VEGAN!

I'm a raw vegan and I believe it's a great way to eat, for so many reasons. Most people in the world are carnivores and omnivores. When those people become vegetarians and vegans, they're moving closer to raw vegan. It so happens that in a United Nations report scientists found that when people switch to a vegan diet, it does more to prevent global warming than even switching to a hybrid car.

Buy a t-shirt or bumper sticker, send some to politicians, and spread the word:

Stop Global Warming, GO VEGAN!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Restaurant Chain's TV Commercial Inspired by Leno Show?

Have you seen the Subway TV commercial where the customers drive up to a fast food place and order things like "a double chin" and "thunder thighs"? The Leno show's been doing this kind of humor for years, when they call products what they really are. Did Subway hire Leno's writers? Or did they "borrow" this style of humor for their commercials?

Sunday, March 18, 2007

What Women Want--Truer Words Were Never Spoken

I don't care what religion you are, or even if you're an atheist. But Rabbi Shmuley Boteach writes here about what women want, and he's right on!

What woman doesn't want what he's writing about? I exhort men everywhere to take heed of the rabbi's wise words!

Friday, March 09, 2007

My friend Jill's feature film, Creating Karma, Wins Award at LA Festival

Jill Wisoff plays George's blind date in my short comedy video called Anomalies. Jill's an accomplished composer, musician, screenwriter, actress, and more. And now, Creating Karma, the first feature film that she's produced, directed, co-written and acts in, has just wrapped up its LA festival premiere at the 2007 Brilliant Light International Film Festival of Los Angeles, where it won the award for Best Narrative Feature Comedy in the category About Women By Women.

Creating Karma is about a corporate climber who becomes a poet after moving in with her new-age sister. The film is rounding off a festival year and is scheduled to screen in the Cannes Film Market for the international buyers. Jill writes: "With songs you'll leave the theater humming, it features top billed Karen Lynn Gorney of Saturday Night Fever Fame, Joe Grifasi, Carol Lee Sirugo, Jill Wisoff and Rahad Coulter-Stevenson as the puppet wielding love interest, with DP work by Carter Bissell and score by Joel Diamond."

Mazel Tov, Jill!!! I can't wait til it's gotten a major distribution deal!

Monday, March 05, 2007

My Wish Comes True Re: Cavemen Commercial!

News articles say that my wish--for Geico's Cavemen to become a TV show--is in the works!!!

Here are some excerpts from a Wall Street Journal article:


Although the project is at a nascent stage - there's no script and no cast - plans call for the comedy to be titled "Cavemen" and focus on a trio of prehistoric characters who battle prejudice in modern-day Atlanta. Walt Disney Co.'s ABC will pay for the pilot and show, if one eventually materializes. Geico, a unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., will have no creative control but will receive a royalty payment for the use of the character.

The initiative for the cavemen pilot came from Joe Lawson, the writer behind the cavemen commercials and a Martin Agency employee, who decided in late fall to pursue a TV show. With Geico's approval, the ad firm hired entertainment services agency Management 360 to shop the idea to networks.

A spokeswoman for the ABC Television Studio, which will produce the pilot, said no executive would speak about the project because "it's way too premature to comment." She cautioned that there is no guarantee "Cavemen" will result in a prime-time show. ABC has ordered 15 other comedy pilots for the 2007-2008 television season and will likely give the green light to fewer than five for full-fledged series production.Much remains uncertain. It isn't clear whether ABC would use the three little-known actors who have starred in the ads. The three are identified by a person close to the agency as Jeff Daniel Phillips, Ben Weber and John Lehr. It's also not clear whether Geico would continue to use the cavemen ads if the series was to get off the ground, although ABC would see that as a positive, according to a person familiar with the network's thinking, as the ads would help promote the show.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Icons: Turtles and Cavemen

Because Comcast's turtles The Slowskys and Geico's cavemen are such compelling and complex characters, I look forward to their commercials. They trancend ordinary commercialdom. I mean, ordinarily, I hate TV commercials. These characters are so iconic, I'd like to see them in a TV series or a feature film. I can picture them in indy-style films like American Beauty. They're that real.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Free Online Myers-Briggs Personality Test

I was fleshing out my profile on StumbleUpon, when I stumbed upon an online Myers-Briggs personality test. I took a self-scoring one many years ago in NYC. When I did this online test a little while ago, I had a feeling maybe my score would be different this time, because I couldn't tell if I was answering certain questions accurately (perhaps lacking self-knowledge). But sure enough, like years ago, I came out once again as an ENFP. Very interesting indeed.

ENFP - "Journalist". Uncanny sense of the motivations of others. Life is an exciting drama. 8.1% of total population.
Free Jung Personality Test (similar to Myers-Briggs/MBTI)