Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
I have a tendency to get into trends a bit later in the game than most. Part of this is because I hate jumping on things that are overnight sensations just because everyone else in my immediate circle appears to. It's the reason I didn't really start using Facebook until way after I had graduated from college, and it's also the reason I didn't really start watching Gilmore Girls or 30 Rock until seasons (four and two, respectively) into their "phenomena." It is also the reason I just now have decided I find The Office not only funny but also something to which I have to tune in every week.
A co-worker of mine at The Corporation used to find endless "That's what she said" jokes in everything from our daily department meetings to our epic weekly Friday lunches. More times than not, I was the one setting them up for him, as apparently I don't pay attention to the things that come out of my mouth (and if he's reading this, then I'm sure he just stifled one back right there). I always knew where it came from-- and he even sent me a YouTube mash-up of the best ones to confirm-- but I never found it particularly amusing. More often than not, I'd just roll my eyes and try to steer the conversation somewhere else.
In the last two weeks since leaving The Corporation, though, I have not only watched the entire British Office series (and isn't it interesting how that one is the original, and yet we never address it as such? We always treat it just as the "other" one, as if it is somehow less funny and clever because its actors speak with accents and it only lasted for six episodes, even though without it, we probably would not have six years of awkward humor, adorable office flirting, and basically a career for Steve Carrell...), but I have also watched the entire American Office series to date! I started with the Pam/Jim wedding two-parter simply to see what all the hype was about, and I was so touched and intrigued that I went back through the magic of Netflix and Hulu to start from season one (also only six episodes) to work my way back to the present.
And I am not ashamed to admit that I fell hard and fast. It is so. Much. More! than just "That's what she said" jokes! I'm sure you all already know that, so I'm not going to get into a diatribue about the crazy characters and shenanigans that go on that have had me literally laughing out loud to the point where I awoke my dog from a nap. I'm not going to jump into super fangirl mode and say it's the funniest show on television (I think I'm giving that honor to Modern Family right now), but it's pretty damn funny. It's also pretty unique-- both of which are things that are hard to say about office jobs, let alone a show that films people pretending to work in an office job!
Let's just say that if the Corporation had had a Jim Halpert, I would have stuck around a little bit longer!
...okay, that's not necessarily true, but I definitely would have had more fun while I was there!
...and I may or may not have scoured the internet trying to find a Lackawanna County Volunteer Deputy Sheriff tee shirt...or bought myself the Hallmark Keepsake talking Michael Scott Ornament for 2009...
Someone get Kelly Ripa a sketch show, stat!!!
I guess the old adage (see title) is true here!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Your character, Bobby, has definitely been put through the ringer before in seasons past on Supernatural. Can you talk to me a little bit about some of your favorite lore that the show has touched on in the past and which were your favorite demons to fight?
- That's interesting...I liked the stuff with the trickster because I love the idea of-- certainly in the episode that I worked in (editor's note: referencing "Tall Tales," Season 2, Episode 15) -- to see sort of bizarre, fantastical things coming to life and challenging us. We had the kung fu lingerie models and chainsaw massacres, and all kinds of stuff in one episode-- all kinds of stuff in one scene, actually-- and that was just kind of fun. Off the top of my head, I guess that's one of my favorites in terms of the fantastic lore of the show. What was the second part of the question again?
Oh which demons did you especially enjoying fighting?
- Oh, hmm, well, the pretty ones. [Laughs] I'm kind of incorrigible in that regard. But no, you know, it's always been fun to see what comes up new. The guys who put the show together don't seem to ever run out of ideas that are innovative in the sense of creating a new trend that is unlike ones we've seen before. I guess it's kind of hard to pick one. Maybe the Trickster again because there's just something both scary and lighthearted about that one. I don't usually have to pick favorites!
Recently the show kind of turned to scripture for the angels versus demons arc, so as someone who grew up in a religious family, was this something that excited you-- as a new direction for the show-- or were you a little bit more skeptical because of your own upbringing?
- Well, I wouldn't say either. Growing up a preacher's kid, you know, this whole apocalyptic, Book of Revelations stuff was fairly familiar to me, and it's interesting to see the kind of quote unquote real life variations that Eric [Kripke] and the staff are ringing on it. I guess, you know, I guess I'm sort of like the fans in that I'm very intrigued to see where it's going to go, and you know, I don't know where it's going to go.
That was going to be one of my next questions!
- Yeah, I'm presuming Eric does [know where it's going]. I presume he has a plan for a resolution, but I don't know what it is, so very much like the fans I'm just excited to see what he does with it. I think it's very interesting and exciting and maybe a little bit scary ground he's trodding on right now. I'm going to be very interested to see how well he both keeps the fans excited and without running off somebody else. I know I'm glad I don't have to figure out how the apocalypse works itself out! I don't know that I've ever been involved with a show that had such a-- well, you know, a lot of things talk about an armageddon, but Eric's actually putting it on stage, and that's pretty amazing to me. I think a lot of shows just say "We can't go there," but Eric seems pretty fearless, and it makes for exciting television.
Oh definitely. But if you could offer him your opinion, or if you were guest writing an episode, where would you like to see it go? For Bobby but also the Winchester boys?
- You know, I don't have an opinion as to where I'd like it to go. Since I'm not engaged in writing it and don't have any particular desire to, to me it's much more interesting to grab each new script as it comes and page through it to find out what happens. I'm much more interested in finding out what will happen than in hoping it will turn out a certain way. And so-- you know, as long as they keep Bobby around! And keep him doing interesting things, then I don't really care how it turns out.
- I mean, I don't have any doubts whatsoever that it will be-- as it always has been-- fun and exciting and scary and funny, and as long as it's those things, it can go anywhere Eric wants to take it, and I'll be fine with it.
Great. It's always nice to hear that you have confidence in your leader. Now Bobby's character, in "The Curious Case of Dean Winchester," makes a bet with a demon that is unlike the past deals we've seen so far. But even in saying that, Bobby still knows about the consequences that come with dealing with such devils, so to speak, so can you talk a little bit about what motivated Bobby to make such a risky bet?
- Well, as the viewers are going to find out, Bobby's not doing well with his new situation-- with being partially paralyzed. He's not handling it well, and he's both, I think, angry and despairing. Which are-- we've seen Bobby angry before, but we haven't really seen him despairing, and so out of that despair comes a sense of desperation. When this magical fellow with his magical poker game shows up and offers Bobby a chance to get his youth and his health back, I think out of that desperation, Bobby jumps at it. Of course, any time on Supernatural when a bad guy offers you something good, it's probably got a catch.
- It certainly does in this case, and Bobby ends up having to be rescued by Sam and Dean rather than the other way around. It's both a funny and delightful episode and a rather dark and disturbing one at times.
Those are the episodes the fans seem to gravitate towards the most. We love to see the boys being silly but it's their serious side, and the lengths they go to for each other, that really drives home.
- I think the fans are going to feel very much for Bobby in this one, and I think emotionally it's going to be a pretty powerful episode in that regard. But it's also, I think, a hoot, because there's a lot of funny stuff with the fact that both Bobby and Dean get aged quite a bit in this episode. It's going to be a kick in the pants; it's one of my favorite episodes that I've done so far.
Oh, wow, well that's great to hear. Were you and Jensen both put through the prosthetics in order to get the proper aging effects then?
- They put me through the prosthetics. They hired someone to play the older Dean. Chad Everett plays Dean, and I think he's just perfect casting. I didn't know Chad before this one, but he's not only an incredibly good-looking man, especially for seventy-two!, he's got the same sense of fun and sort of sassiness that Dean has. I think he ends up playing him very very well. It's a lot of fun to see him, you know, in Dean's clothes and doing Dean's mannerisms. But I on the other hand didn't have to age as much. Bobby doesn't age as much as Dean ages, so I had the unfortunate luck of the draw of having to go through the prosthetics, which is a pain in the neck.
Adds quite a few hours to your day, huh?
- It was cool to look at. I wasn't crazy about taking it off, but it was definitely cool to look at. And oh yeah, a couple hours to put it on and then another couple of hours to take it off so...I mean, I can't really complain. My late wife Cecily (Adams) played a ferengi on Star Trek, and I never had to go through anything like what she had to go through on a much more frequent basis. At least I didn't have a big rubber head!
True. That might have been a bit more involved, though I'm sure the fans would line up to buy Bobby masks for Halloween or general convention-wearing.
So for awhile now Eric has been saying that the show-- at least the Winchester arc-- is set to end with this fifth season, so can you talk a little bit about what you'd like to do next if that does end up being the case, and Bobby is no more, come summer 2010?
- Well, if season five were to end up being the last season, you know, I'd be, in a lot of ways, unhappy because it's a great role with really splendid people to work with. As an actor, you know, I've spent over thirty years trying to move from one job to the next and just hope they keep coming-- and just hope they keep being interesting! So far I've been lucky in that regard. I suppose if anything I'd love to get a haircut! I haven't had a real haircut in about seven years! You know, I think it's hard for some people to believe but up until 2002, I made my living playing cops, and I haven't looked like a cop in a long, long time. [Laughs] So I'd love to get a high and tight again just to remember what my skull looks like.
But you know, as far as life after Supernatural, I'm pretty easy: as long as I get to keep working, I'm happy. One of the things about working on this show-- and having to do it out of town-- has cost me is I don't get to do as much theater as I'd like. I had to cut down a few plays this year because Supernatural got in the way. You know, happy to do it; happy to have the job, but if I stopped having to go to Vancouver every few weeks, I'd probably find myself on stage a little more just because I love that as well.
And of course there's always the further adventures of Bobby Singer! It's not the worst idea for a show...
No, or even a web series. I know The CW is tapping into more of those these days.
- [Laughs] Well you know, whatever comes, if it gets even a fraction of the wonderful response from the fans that Supernatural has gotten, and that I have gotten from playing Bobby, it will be a real blessing. In a lot of ways, this has been a turning point in my life-- playing this part. It was the first thing that got wide recognition, and everybody has been so lovely and splendid to me these past five seasons-- both on the show and in viewership and the fans.
Well speaking of the fans, I have to ask from a purely selfish standpoint: I just purchased my tickets to Creation Entertainment's next Salute To Supernatural convention. It's something I covered a few years ago and seemed to get a good response from my readers. Are you planning to hit that event?
- I'll be at the Creation event in Chicago next month, and I believe I am also in the one in L.A. next March. They tell me they'll be selling my book there as well, so I'll be happy to sign pictures and books and have a good time meeting fans. I really enjoy the face to face with the people who watch this show.
And we definitely love the time spent with our favorite actors from the show! Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me today. I will definitely be watching and rooting Bobby on during his perhaps inevitably doomed poker game--
- Oh yeah, I'll be watching, too. I haven't seen the episode yet, but I'm really excited to see how it all turned out. I hope you enjoy it!
With a title like "The Curious Case of Dean Winchester," I'm sure I will!!!
Jim Beaver is also currently working on an independent film called Johnson & Johnson, in which he plays the role of "Fisherman." His memoir, "Life's That Way," is available in stores across the country, as well various online merchants. Be sure to tune into Supernatural tonight-- as well as every Thursday night-- to see if Bobby and the Winchester boys can save the world after all.
Also, remember: Supernatural is all new once again tonight at 9pm on The CW!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Two years ago, in November 2007, I self-published my first novel, based on my original television pilot of the same name. "Stars in their Eyes" is a tale of semi-love and sort of fame for a young soap opera star in Los Angeles and is available online at www.amazon.com.
"Stars in their Eyes" was written during a bought of unemployment during the WGA strike. It was written in about six weeks and could have used a heavy-handed editor (though I would still love your support so please buy one today!). Since then I have been focused on freelancing for various entertainment websites and working on a pop culture memoir. Since quitting The Corporation a few weeks ago, though, I can't imagine a better challenge than writing another fun, if somewhat fluffy, novel in a short amount of time. It's the perfect thing to do with my time off! And what better to write about then unemployment itself? Timely, no??
Work on "the unemployed girls' club of beverly hills" (working title) will begin on November 1 2009, per the guidelines of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Apparently this is a contest that has been going on for about ten years now, and had I known about it two years ago, I definitely would have entered "Stars in their Eyes!"
But I know about it now, so I am getting to work by digging out an old character that I, perhaps coincidentally, started working on while still basking in the glow of seeing my name in print on a published work. Per the rules of NaNoWriMo, all works entered in November 2009 must be completely original (therefore my finished but still unpublished manuscript for "pseudonym," nor my really rough draft of "Shades of Gray" apply) and completely fictional (which also rules out my memoir based on this blog, I guess).
"the unemployed girls' club of beverly hills" will be a tale about four separate and unique individuals living in Beverly Hills who come together as friends by bonding over their recent bout of unemployment. That was about as far as I got when I first got the idea two years back, but a bunch of recent experiences have given me more than enough material to finally put the story together. I'm excited!
I will update chapters periodically on my NaNoWriMo page and feedback would be MUCH appreciated!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
On November 14th, at the Beverly-Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills CA, fan favorite Frank Spotnitz will be back for another Q&A. Hot off his tease at X-Con about the potential for a third (!) X-Files film, fans undoubtedly have burning questions for the man behind the show. However, this time around Spotnitz won't have to field questions all alone. Director Rob Bowman, who is now also producing and directing ABC's newest full-season order Castle, will join in on the fun, as will actors Mitch Pileggi (Walter Skinner) and Gillian Anderson (Dana Scully).
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IBG is selling tickets on their website at VIP and General Admission levels, and they are also auctioning off rare and few Meet & Greet opportunities with the talent involved. As always with their policies, 100% of all money raised through ticket sales and auctions will be going to the selected charities.
However, through my own personal involvement with IBG, "My Life, Made Possible By Pop Culture" has obtained two (2) General Admission tickets to this event to GIVE AWAY to a lucky fan. One (1) fan will win the pair of tickets for his or herself and a friend. All you need to do to enter is re-post this article (on your own blog, in a Facebook note, as a Tweet, etc) and then send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a screenshot or a direct link to your advertising along with your full name and email address. You can enter as many times as you want between now and November 2 2009, and you can have friends enter on your behalf.
The lucky winner will be drawn and notified on November 3 2009, more than ten days before the event to leave ample time for planning your outfit ;) Good luck!!!
Friday, October 23, 2009
The most diehard Jackson fans lined up and camped out overnight for days to have the chance to be among the select few who not only got the opportunity to see This Is It, the documentary about the making of Michael Jackson’s final concert, in the first screenings but also received commemorative gold tickets that could be pressed into scrapbooks and shown to their children and grandchildren. Some fans brought their young children with them while camping out, determined to show them just what a legend Jackson was and how many people shared a love for him.
This Is It will only be screening for two weeks, so the fan outpouring to get their hands on the tickets is understandable. Considering this is the last time (at least until “lost footage” from the eighties gets “leaked” when his estate dwindles even more) anyone will see MJ on stage, the fan frenzy is even expected. However, in the day and age of the internet, camping out for the first tickets to watch something on a screen—not even have the person on stage in front of you—just seems excessive.
The fans, though, don’t seem to think they are doing anything out of the ordinary, even those who have worn black everyday since learning of his death, or have scoured memorabilia sites looking for rare tour tee-shirts from Jackson’s old concerts. MJ himself stated that the reason for his concert was “all for love. L.O.V.E.” To the man who quickly blew up into a flamboyant character, the fan reaction surrounding this documentary is probably nothing more than fitting. There is no doubt that their actions are out of love.
"The fans meant everything to Michael," Director and Choreographer Kenny Ortega explained in an interview about why the raw rehearsal footage was being cut together and released as a product that did not have the final polish of an actual Jackson show. "They were his food, his fuel, his life source, his energy, and he was energized by them and he appreciated their loyalty more than I can ever say. This film is for the fans."
Jackson's family-- sister Latoya and mother Katherine-- have already both said they refuse to see the film. Are they crying exploitation? Not quite, but for those who loved and knew him, this is just too much, too soon.
There is also no doubt that even those who have already secured tickets by waiting in line those few weeks ago will still wait in line again during the day and night before the film’s eventual release. This Is It is proving to be a bonding experience for fans who may have never met before but will be able to talk for hours about their common interest.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Taylor, who made a name for himself with "L.A. Girls," a music video that received over four hundred thousand hits on YouTube when it was released just last year, has previously released an album of freestyles and mash-ups, entitled "the R-eVoLuTiOn oF rUnK," online. He offers this to fans for free on his website, as well, though he promises a full studio album is coming soon. In Taylor's own words, "King Amongst Men" is is a collection of some of his best hip-hop/pop tracks recorded to date. "This album has some awesome features on it and will include "Girl Gotta Girlfriend" featuring Snoop. There are plenty of never heard before tracks and I'm excited to share them with you."
On his MySpace blog, Taylor wrote: "I have so many concepts and ideas and songs which are TRULY genre bending and like nothing heard before! This album will feature rUnK. It will be a sincere reflection of me in depth. My light and my darkness. My journey in raw truth. Experiences of being stuck in pain, learning and growing out of my old skin, being In TRUE LOVE, sex, drugs and rUnK n RoLL. I won't hold back."
So what is rUnK? Taylor describes it as a combination of the best parts of hip-hop, rock, and punk music. But more importantly, it is an attitude and a way of thinking that reaches out to, and speaks out, against putting musicians inside boxes. It allows the singer and/or the band to be what and who they are without labeling or pigeonholing. The music fits their personalities in that it is ever-changing and ever-evolving, and therefore eclectic, if not also eccentric. It can be hard and fast one minute and softer, more methodical the next.
rUnK is one part rebellion and one part spiritual, and it even found some roots in the political. In June, Taylor brought together some of Iran's most elite entertainers to plead for freedom in "United For Neda," a song he wrote and produced after he saw video footage of the demonstrator being shot and killed by the Basji during the Iranian crackdown.
Though Taylor says there is no set formula for rUnK, he may just be setting one himself without even trying.
Taylor, with a little help from his friends like Joel Madden, Christina Milian, T-Pain, and Lil Jon, is fast creating a movement. Get in on the action by downloading "King Amongst Men" today!
If you're in the LA area on November 4th, Taylor will be playing at the Dragonfly. Hope to see you all there!!
Drummer Stephen sent me a MySpace message (of all things!) asking me to check out their page and admittedly only because I recognized Rob's name, I was willing to do just that. I clicked on the streaming version of "Pop-Tart Heart," in which Rob compares a woman's heart to a toasted strawberry breakfast treat, and was instantly hooked. With killer riffs and a thumping drum beat throughout their whole album, "A Brand New Hurt," Louden Swain ROCKS. Please excuse my ignorance of other, more diverse, music vernacular but simply put, it's still true.
And they sound even better live.
Last night Louden Swain held the release party for their sophomore album at The Mint in Los Angeles, playing to a crowd of fans and friends alike. Fellow actors Josh Meyers, J.P. Manoux, and Nicole Sullivan were even spotted cheering Benedict and the boys on from the center table.
Advertised mostly through a Twitter campaign, the band opened the evening at eight p.m., performing some of their soon-to-be-hits like "All I Need," "Medicated," and of course, "Pop-Tart Heart." In between songs, Benedict entertained the crowd with background on their inspiration, as well as reminding everyone to pick up a CD and/or tee-shirt before they left for the evening.
Their set was short and sweet-- fittingly and not unlike a strawberry Pop-Tart-- but their lyrics were catchy enough to hang around long after they had packed up their gear. The guys hung around the venue to mingle and chat with those who had come out to support them, earning extra brownie points for being so cool and accessible, and they even mentioned interest in playing at upcoming charity gigs. Good guys and great music; not bad for a Tuesday night!!!
"A Brand New Hurt" is available now on the band's website, as well as iTunes. Go forth and download!!!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Now that I have been blessed once again with endless time on my hands (at least from the professional perspective), it may just be the perfect opportunity to throw myself headfirst into some unusual (at least for me) situations in order to see if I get any great stories out of them. I already spent last Friday living the lifestyle of my dog: I napped on the couch in the middle of the day, watched the neighbors come home from work on my patio, and existed mainly on water and cookies. The verdict? I didn't really learn anything I didn't already know: if given the chance (i.e. unlimited resources), I would have no problem hanging out at home all day, every day.
I am already working with a charity organization (IBG Inc) in an attempt to tie my two loves: entertainment and giving back. Surely the situations-- both at the events and leading up to them-- are unique and interesting on their own.
However, after finishing Jacobs' sort-of memoir, I found myself looking around and considering so many other possibilities. I could sign up for a yoga workshop, as a friend keeps desperately trying to get me to do; I could volunteer at an animal shelter, even if I risk getting evicted for-- and alienating my own dog by-- bringing home a dozen other dogs; or I could get my real estate license reinstated in this horrible, horrible market.
I could try shopping only at Target for a month and then try shopping only at local "Mom and Pop" type stores for a month to see where I save more money and where I have a better customer experience. I could try allowing The Guy to make all of my decisions for me for a month or a week or however long I could stand before threatening violence (HA!). I could try only communicating in Twitter-length sentences or only through one form of technology.
My possibilities really are endless!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Who is Sue Sylvester? If you have to ask, you've been living under a rock. Or don't have a TV. Either way, my eyes are wide and my mouth agape with shock. Sue Sylvester is everyone's favorite stern, stubborn, and somewhat stoic cheerleading coach on Fox' new musical comedy Glee. Played by the deadpan perfect Jane Lynch, Sylvester is dry and witty and tells it like it is whether in front of her "Cheer-i-os" or on Sue's Corner on the local news. She takes no crap but instead takes you down with the catty revenge attitude that is usually (so actually quite fittingly) only seen in high school.
This weekend, Twitter has been all a-buzz with Sue-isms, some new, and some just inserting her name into old Norris favorites. Is it a viral marketing campaign by Fox to keep the kids talking about their most promising new show and call upon the nostalgia of a past favorite? Or did the fans start this one, as they did the last, latching onto a unique and soon-to-be classic character? I didn't have time this morning to do the research necessary to find out; I was too busy reading the hundreds of Sue-isms that have been streaming in! And I have to tell you, the joke is somehow much funnier and much fresher when picturing the outlandish statements coming directly out of this woman's mouth. "Sue Sylvester's computer doesn't have a CNTRL button because Sue is ALWAYS in Control!" That is the kind of thing you can hear her say...because she has said similarly crazy things on Glee already.
Some are classic, and some are timely, but all will have you chuckling (no pun intended). Try these new gems on for size:
Courtesy of @RyanOConnor: "Sue Sylvester is never "Tardy for the Party;" Sue Sylvester IS the party!"
@DaliaNosseir had this to share: "Sue Sylvester puts the 'laughter' in manslaughter."
@Wilkster11 said: "Sue Sylvester can read Lady Gaga's poker face."
@Vixynne said: "Sue Sylvester would never need anti-rejection drugs for an organ transplant. Nobody and nothing rejects Sue Sylvester!"
@afish560 acknowledged the origination, which is quickly turning into a rivalry, with: "Sue Sylvester & Chuck Norris had a bet.The loser had to wear a cowboy hat on TV."
And from ubreyjewell: "Sue Sylvester doesn’t wear a watch; SHE decides what time it is."
Even Lynch's castmembers got in on the action. From Cory Monteith (@Frankenteen: "Sue Sylvester does not go 'hunting', because that kind of terminology implies the possibility of failure. Sue Sylvester goes killing."
And from fan favorite Chris Colfer (@ChrisColfer): "Sue Sylvester would have never let Taylor Swift finish."
Let's keep these going and keep #Sue Sylvester a trending topic for weeks to come!!!
(You can also follow "Sue" herself on Twitter by clicking here.)
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Coming in at #47 for the men, this is what Empire had to say:
One half of Supernatural's fraternal ghost-busting duo, Ackles is best known for sexing up the small screen but has appeared in such cinematic outings as Devour, My Bloody Valentine and Ten Inch Hero - it's not what it sounds like.
Most alluring as... Dean Winchester, apparently busting makes you look good too.
Interests include... Football, lacrosse, basketball, horseback riding and photograpy. Oh and looking after his cockapoo, Icarus.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
But with gems like this back on NBC, there's no reason to leave the room!
But after seeing what trainers look like these days, a part of me knows I have to get myself into slightly better shape before even hiring a trainer. I don't want him to see me dripping sweat after thirty minutes on a bike or completely unable to do one hundred crunches in a row without my abs starting to shake, after all! But seeing Jessie Pavelka on Lifetime's weight-loss reality series Diet Tribe, is all the motivation I need to get the ball rolling on exercising on my own so that eventually I can hire him to come work me out so I can use him as my "carrot on the stick" to which I run on the treadmill. 'Cause have you seen him? He's pretty!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Here I chat with Beth about her motives for the newsletter and her reasoning behind devoting so much time and effort to one man for all of these years.
The Official Jensen Ackles Newsletter was founded in February 1998 and has been emailed out to a select listserve of fans ever since. Issues come up periodically throughout the year, whenever Ackles makes it into national publications with stories worth reprinting/sharing. Beth has even enlisted the help of the Ackles family to talk up their baby within her own.
What inspired you to start the Jensen Ackles newsletter, and how did you manage to get the "Official" tag thrown in there?
Our little newsletter became widely popular over a few short weeks, eventually turning into months and years. We had attended the Daytime Emmy Awards that year (in support of) and seeing him afterwards was the icing on the cake. It wasn't in our minds to tell him what we were doing. Maybe because him remembering us from that delightful day three months back completely threw us for a loop. Wow! We kept going over it in our heads of HOW he would've remembered us. Maybe our politeness? Whatever it was, it just fueled our interest in him even more and made us realize that he really is so appreciative of people who appreciate him and his work. To make a long story short (ha!), a few more months went by, and after having obtained contact with his parents and manager, our little Newsletter was granted the Official title ever since. His mom was actually one of the ones in those chatrooms. Quite the Jensen enthusiast herself.
To this day, Jensen is still the only person I would've wanted to be my "guinea pig" (as I like to refer him.) It's rare when a person in the public relations realm to have an experience like this, and college credit-free. I will forever be grateful to him because it made realize what a terrific business this is, when surrounded with the right people.
And thank you, Beth, for working so tirelessly to bring all the best Jensen news directly to our inboxes!
To sign up for The Official Jensen Ackles Newsletter, send an email to JENSENBABE@verizon.net.
Friday, October 9, 2009
A prime example of this has to be He's Just Not That Into You, which crashed and burned at the box office due to its attempt at Love Actually interwoven plotlines that just fell to the wayside due to the focus placed on the names attached. And oh were there names attached! Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Scarlet Johansson, Jennifer Connelly, etc etc etc. The credits read more like a People Magazine index than a call sheet, with each one gunning for the "central role" in the film. In the end, though, it was just a spectacle with no substance.
Similarly, in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Matthew McConaughey played the same player/cad/pretty boy that he always does-- and that until he had his son last year, he seemed to be in real life. However, this time around, his "never settled down" Peter Pan-esque character was matched up with the sweet and "settled" Jennifer Garner. If there were ever two people who's public images seemed to be miles apart, it would have to be these two, and trying to see McConaughey's laid-back stoner/surfer persona mesh with the conservative and serious Garner was just plain uncomfortable. In this case, real life celebrity bled into the actors' roles, and their coupledom was not believable even in a fictional world.
In the fish-out-of-water romantic comedy, New In Town, Renee Zellwegger, as a stuffy businesswoman, has to adapt not only to a small rural town but also to a scruffy blue-collar guy (Harry Connick Jr). Zellwegger has had success in romantic comedies, but seeing someone usually so buttoned-up forced to get down in the farmland dirt, so to speak, just didn't work. The charming Connick Jr did his best to win over audiences for the both of them, but Zellwegger's tightly pursed lips, scrunched up face, and squinty eyes never softened enough to convince that her icy heart had melted with the Minnesota snow.
Perhaps surprisingly, one of the films in which big name celebrities coupling on the big screen actually worked, though, was Mr & Mrs Smith. It is perhaps ironic, considering the two involved there were two of the biggest celebrities in the world and were two known for high-profile (and highly publicized) previous relationships. However, at the time Mr & Mrs Smith was released (in 2005), Angelina Jolie was making headlines for her work with the UN instead of her failed marriages, and Brad Pitt was managing to lay kind of low in the wake of his then-wife's hit show finally being off the air (it wasn't until the movie was released and the on-screen chemistry so obvious that any tabloid fodder really began).
Perhaps the difference here, though, is that Jolie and Pitt play different characters in all of their movies, so it was easy to see them slip into someone else, whereas the majority of the aforementioned simply play the same character again and again, so it's hard to see them as anything else.