Archive for January, 2010

Will Meryl as Julia Childs gobble down another Oscar?

With the fun and junk-foody People’s Choice awards kicking off the buffet of Award Shows, Oscar Predictions are rising.  For scandal-handicappers, guessing who will not be picked is also fair game. Morgan Freeman has Oscar buzz– but a possible scandal brewing about Freeman and his step-grandaughter may nix a win.

Maybe only Jen-Lo. herself believes Jen-Lo. has been robbed of an Oscar nod.  (For El Cantante, no less).  Who will be claiming foul play this year?

QUEEN OF ROCK by Linda K. Sienkiewicz; visit Linda's works in our StarLit Gallery

Sandra Bullock (below) won People’s Choices and appears to be swimming toward an Oscar nod too, unhindered by her reality TV star husband’s custody-battle scandal. But can anyone beat scandal-free Meryl Streep for Best Actress?

And what about Brad Pitt’s drinking buddy, the shoo-in Best Actor nominee George Clooney? Clooney and Streep both radiate old-style movie-star charisma. Will that carry these two old pro.s over the top?

Zooey Deschanel won Hit Girl of 2009 on our blog-- can an Oscar be far behind?

For the inevitable Young Upstart nominee: blog fave. Zooey Deschanel gave a star-making performance in (500) Days of Summer– as did Carrey Mulligan in the slightly weightier AN EDUCATION and Mo’Nique in the high-intensity PRECIOUS. Who will/should grab the gold this year?  And those less-weighty but maybe ‘cooler’ Golden Globes, rolling toward us this weekend?  WDYT?

(photos- SandraB: softpicks; Meryl: blog.jaman.com; Zooey D: Googleimages)  Thanks to Mark for Balloon Boy’s Dad…And thanks to Litotes for our Word of the Day, in nominating femme fatale Zoe Saldana of AVATAR: ‘Ava-tart.’

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Caitlin McCarthy received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College. An award-winning screenwriter at international film festivals and labs, McCarthy has two projects in development: “Wonder Drug” with director Tom Gilroy (“Spring Forward”); and “Resistance” with director Si Wall (“Angie” and “Marbella Nights”). In addition to screenwriting, McCarthy serves as an English teacher at an inner-city public high school. Please visit www.wonderdrugthemovie.com and www.resistancethemovie.com.


Caitlin sees a Cold Day ahead for Coldplay's Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow

I recently spooked some people (okay, just Elizabeth Searle!) with my off-the-cuff prediction in 2009 that Casey Johnson was heading for trouble this year. No one would have wanted to predict what happened to Johnson on January 4th, but when you live life in the fast lane, sometimes you crash and burn. (My condolences to Johnson’s loved ones — and, yes, that includes Tila Tequila. She’s cheesy, but she’s human.)

In light of this unfortunate prediction, Elizabeth asked me to share a few more (hopefully) harmless thoughts with you. Please allow me to preface my thoughts….

Caitlin weighs in on J. Lo's future-- and her see-thru one-sie...

Growing up, I remember Shirley Maclaine being chided in the press for her interest in new age spirituality and reincarnation. (One of my favorite Letterman moments is when Maclaine called him an “asshole” for mocking her.)  Dan Brown’s latest book “The Lost Symbol” takes Noetic Science very seriously, which has also triggered some giggles and eye-rolling from the peanut gallery.

I normally avoid broadcasting my “intuitive skills,” as certain people don’t believe it, make fun of it, or hit me up for a reading (usually at parties, which quickly kills the festive mood for me as the Greek chorus of “Do me next!” begins). I don’t do predictions for a living or even consider myself psychic. So, please, don’t call LaToya Jackson and sign me up for the Psychic Friend Network!


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Could it be Brad’s goatee?  Speculation abounds on what might be coming between supercouple Brangelina. Could Brad’s greying goatee connect to those fraying-marriage rumors?  Angelina says publically that fidelity isn’t a must with her and that when she and Brad clash, she rips Brad’s shirts.  Maybe if Brad would lose the goatee and cut back on the sauce, Angelina would stop talking about ‘seeing other people.’

Meanwhile, the Daily Beast sees something symbolic in the confirmed break-up of another Liberal-leaning supercouple: Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins.  Perhaps more shocking than the rumors of 60-something Susan and a new 30-something lover are the revelations that Tim Robbins has been making campaign donations to right-wing Republicans like Michele Bachmann.  Irreconcilable differences, anyone?  (PS TO READERS: THE RUMORS ON TIM HAVE PROVEN UNTRUE; HE’S BEEN FAITHFUL TO THE DEM.S, IF NOT TO SUSAN… THANKS TO AL & TO CHEAP CHANEL FOR SETTING US STRAIGHT ON THAT…)

Casey Johnson & Tila Tequila in happier days

On a darker note, our far-sighted Blog fave. CAITLIN had predicted trouble ahead for heiress Casey Johnson (RIP) in a comment on this blog weeks ago.  Following a disturbing new ‘Grief Tweet’ trend (begun by Ashton Krutcher upon the death of Britany Murphy), Reality TV star Tila Tequila ‘tweeted’ a tribute to her deceased love.

Oh, for the days of Bogart and Bacall.  Is the era of SuperCouples gone for good?  Who will survive and thrive?  And who will be the next to veer into Break-up Lane?  And can ‘grief’ really be boiled down to 140 characters?

(photos: Brad goatee: mirror.com; B. & A.: topnews.in; Tim & Susan: paxhumana.info; Casey & Tila: blog.Zap2it.com)

PS: THANKS to A. Davis for letting us know that Tim R’s website debunks the right-wing donation rumor– ‘Say it isn’t so, Tim;’ sorry we doubted you!

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Lisa Borders is the author of the novel Cloud Cuckoo Land and a contributor to Don’t You Forget About Me: Contemporary Authors on the Films of John Hughes.

Thanks, Lisa, for letting us know that JAN. 4, 2010 is Michael Stipe‘s 50th Birthday.

Distiple: An Obsession in Ten Albums  by  Lisa Borders

Chronic Town

It’s early 1983 and a friend lends you a cassette of an E.P. called Chronic Town by a band from Athens, Georgia called R.E.M. The sound quality of this tape is already slightly shot – it has been passed around a lot — but you like it: jangly guitars, mysterious lyrics, energetic drumming.  It sounds nothing like the synthesizer-heavy dreck on the radio, nothing even like the punk rock your college station plays.  The black-and-white photo of the band on the back of the cassette is hard to make out, but the singer has long curly bangs that nearly cover his face.  He looks interesting.


R.E.M.’s first full-length album comes out while you are home from college for summer break.  You feel lucky to find it at the crappy record store in the mall near your South Jersey hometown.  The songs on Murmur don’t merely speak to you; they cry out.  Listening through the album from “Radio Free Europe” through “West of the Fields” is like surfing an elegant mood wave with a Rickenbacker.  You bring Murmur back to college and you and your closest friend fall into a habit of listening to it late at night, after the bars have closed or the parties are over.

In October R.E.M. appears on the David Letterman show.  You settle cross-legged on the floor of your student apartment in front of an ancient television that requires a pair of needle-nosed pliers to change the channels, a bowl of popcorn by your side.  The band launches into “Radio Free Europe”; as soon as you see the lead singer, Michael Stipe, you stop eating the popcorn.  His eyes are large and blue; his cheekbones distinct; his lips a perfect cupid’s bow.  Ringlets of curly brown hair frame his face and hang in his eyes.  He looks as if he stepped out of a Renaissance painting; a DaVinci, perhaps, or a Botticelli.  You barely register the other guys in the band.  From that point on, you are not just a fan of R.E.M; you are now instantly, hopefully in love with Michael Stipe.  Hopefully because you are twenty years old and you think that surely there is a way to meet this man, and that once you meet, he will fall as instantly in love with you as you have with him.  You are soul mates.  You know all this from watching him perform two songs on Letterman. (more…)

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