Thursday, January 31, 2013

A thought...

Growing up, my father insisted that I call him sir. That's just the way some households are run, other fathers want their kids to call them dad or daddy. When I have a child I’m going to insist that it (the child will have no gender) calls me Marty. That way, when they become teenagers they’ll run and slam their doors behind them and say:

“I hate you Marty!” 

It seems a lot less painful than “I hate you dad.”

This is exactly what a child of mine would look like.

Casting News

Some thoughts on some recent casting news...

Larry the Cable Guy of Witless Protection fame has been cast in Sir Tyler Perry’s latest entry into the Madea saga: A Madea Christmas. This film will have two ingredients that make Christmas such a great holiday: unrelenting red neck humor and a middle aged man behaving like a crotchety elderly woman. At least that’s how it is at the Beal house ever year.
The ham has been depleted.
Aaron Johnson, star of Kick Ass and Anna Karinininana is currently in the running to play the lead role in the upcoming Godzilla reboot. The filmmakers are taking the series in a different direction and will focus on Godzilla’s origin as the photographer for his high school newspaper before he is bitten by a radioactive lizard that turns him into a gigantic, fire breathing monster.
Doing battle with his physics
teacher, Dr. Crimson (played by Liam Nesson) 
Tina Fey is the most recent addition to the ever growing cast of The Muppets 2. She is set to play a guard for a Russian prison. The nature of her role leads me to believe that Kermit and the gang could be doing some hard time in this outing. I’ve always been curious to see what a prison shiv would do to a Muppet; I guess we’ll just have to be patient.

Moments after Gonzo has been sold for a pack of cigarettes.
In TV casting news, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters are set to return in different roles for the third season of American Horror Story. For those who are unaware, each season of American Horror Story tackles a completely different story with all new characters. Season one was about a haunted house, season two focused on an insane asylum and the third season will take more of a documentary approach and do an in depth examination on the film career of Nicolas Cage. 

What happens when you die.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Learning to share

I'm going to give a piece of advice to beginning artists (and the rest of you). It's something that I wish I had learned five years ago:

You are not a genius. 
It's not all about you. 
You don't know everything.

It is important to contribute to the field you wish to pursue. You want to help pave the road that you want to drive on someday. 

Often writers privately consider themselves to be superior to their colleagues. It is this selfish attitude that keeps them from being active and supportive in the field. They want to be published in literary journals that they don't read. They want to be published while they do nothing to help the publishing industry, like buying books.

If you want to be successful in your field, then become an active part of it. If you are a writer: read a lot, buy books, write reviews for those books. Encourage your fellow writers by reading their work and giving them constructive criticism. You'll learn a lot more about your industry and will ultimately benefit from having a sharing attitude.

I decided to take this class because I have not been a good citizen, I have not supported my fellow artists in the ways that I should. I have been selfish and closed off from the writing community. This is something that I want to change, this class will help me arrive at this goal.