Archive for June, 2011

Breaking: a stellar review of TONYA & NANCY: THE ROCK OPERA by author Richard Cambridge; HAPPY SUMMER– Vote in COMMENTS for DISGRACED CELEBRITY of SPRING 2011…
Greetings all Celebs Blog readers–
I am happy to say that TONYA & NANCY: THE ROCK OPERA (libretto by me, Elizabeth Searle; music by Michael Teoli) has been invited back to the ART’s fab. Club OBERON theater in Harvard Square for a ‘Return Engagement’
JULY 18-21 (w/ two shows on 20 & 21).  Get TICKETS:
Check out our 60 Second PREVIEW OF HIGHLIGHTS from Tonya & Nancy:

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Robin Finesmith graduated from Oberlin College and went on to earn an MFA from University of Iowa. She is a longtime public radio reporter and producer whose arts and environmental reporting has been featured on National Public Radio.

“So You Think You Can Write?” by Robin Finesmith


(HOLLYWOOD) – From the producers of “So You Think You Can Dance,” “American Idol,” and the Food Network’s “Chopped,” comes a new summer hit: “So You Think You Can Write?”

In our Celebrity Edition episode, four disgraced ex-U.S. governors face off in a battle to write the best Public Apology for a scandal involving sexual indiscretion.

(Programming note: currently in production, a special House vs. Senate edition, featuring sometime U.S. House Rep. Anthony Weiner, now “Weiner and Still Champeen” of the Sexting Division, vs. former Senator John Edwards, current frontrunner for “Recurring Nightmare.”)

Gubernatorial contestants are: Arnold Schwarzenegger of California, Eliot Spitzer of New York, New York’s David Paterson, and South Carolina’s Mark Sanford, who won “Best Excuse” in the earlier “Top 20” elimination rounds held in Los Vegas.

In our series premier, contestants will have 30 minutes to write their Apology. Here are the rules: they may not use passive voice, refer to themselves in the second or third person, or employ the phrase “deeply regret.”

Entries will be judged on: creative use of cliché, degree of contrition, and ability to identify transgression without using event-specific nouns or verbs. Bonus points will be awarded for self-righteous indignation.

Our distinguished panel of celebrity judges include: Grand Champion and Hall of Fame inductee Bill Clinton, former Governor of Arkansas and U.S. President; Sharon Osborne; His Holiness, the Dalai Lama; Judge Judy; Jennifer Lopez; and – what the heck…Stephen Tyler. SYTYCW will be hosted by The Reverend Jesse Jackson.

Phone lines will be open for public voting before entrants have finished writing.

(photos: vosiznelas..com, russelmoore.com, tvtropes.com)

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Coast to Coast: our short film CELEBRITIES IN DISGRACEplays in June at Hoboken International Film Festival and in August at Columbia Gorge International Film Festival in Washington state…Congrats to blog fave Caitlin on more DES coverage


Judith Podell

Judith Podell holds an MFA from USM-Stonecoast and lives in Washington, DC. She has reviewed books for numerous publications, including the Washington Post. An excerpt from her novel in progress, The Last of the Khazars will be in the first issue of The New Guard Review of Literature, which can be pre-ordered on the web at www.newguardreview.com.

NOT YET FAMOUS By Judith Podell

Didn’t it used to be the other way around—literary fame, I mean? Snooki, from Jersey Shore, wrote a novel and now it’s on the best-seller list. Forget unfair, this just seems wrong. Ghostwritten memoirs are one thing but moving into fiction seems downright shameless. If you’re a celebrity you don’t have to even write the book yourself, that’s what ghostwriters do. These days they’re called collaborators, except real collaborators get equal billing on the cover and Snooki’s a brand.

According to my friend Naomi’s agent, you need 2000 Facebook friends to have a “platform”, which is the first step in becoming a brand. So far I have 200. This includes many writers I admire but have never actually met. Facebook suggested them and most accepted my request.

Initially I was going to limit my Facebook friendships to people I knew, but when Facebook suggested I send a friend request to Marge Piercy, my inner literary social climber took over. Roddy Doyle, Cynthia Heimel, and Jennifer Egan (to name a few) do not discriminate. It helps that I’m a Facebook friend with Elizabeth Searle, Richard Hoffman, and other members of the star-studded Stonecoast faculty. But all you really need is one Facebook friend in common. Collect one writer you can collect them all, at least the ones on Facebook. They’re all building platforms, especially the poets. So am I. Anyone Facebook suggests is welcome to be my friend. Including Snooki.

(photos: bestweekever.tv.com; tv.com; twistedmask.com)

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HOT IN HOBOKEN: Our CELEBRITIES IN DISGRACE film screens June 7th at the Hoboken International Film Festival, which was just featured on a FOX/UP piece and which prides itself on finding ‘sexy edgy’ films.  We are psyched to be screening with one of the sexiest and edgiest of those films, the bold documentary on the Miami ‘gonzo porn’ scene: GONZO MIAMI.

“Your fantasy is their reality,” Gonzo Miami promises.  Our own film– which has also been accepted at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival in August– features steamy scenes between our dynamic duo, Patrice Bunch and Julian Brand.  Commenters in the Hollywood FirstGlance online shorts screening praised the Bunch/Brand brand of ‘chemistry.’  Take a look at our two stars in Bravo Sierra’s two minute Preview Trailer.

And if you’re a NY or NJ film fan, visit HIFF and take in a double bill fit for a hot summer night…

(photos: Gonzo Miami poster from Gonzo Miami Facebook page; film photos featuring Patrice Bunch, Julian Brand and –in arrest photo– Mark McNutt and Ryan Castro)

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