Archive for May, 2012

Update on the John Edwards verdict…Thanks to Lupins for info on John Edwards & the Alternate Jurors

John Edwards & Al Gore: Too Good to Be True by Elizabeth Searle

Once upon a time, two lovely smart Southern Belles named Elizabeth and Mary Elizabeth fell in love at tender ages with two smooth-talking Southern ‘gentlemen’ possessing good hair and grand political ambitions.

Both married their handsome hard-working husbands early and had multiple lovely children.  Both couples endured family tragedy, political ups and downs, Vice Presidential and Presidential campaigns.  Both Southern ‘gentlemen’ used their photogenic families to further their careers, very publically declaring their undying love for their longtime wives.

In both cases, the seeming fairytale marriages end with late-in-life splits.  Maybe this is not an altogether fair fairytale comparison:

After all, John Edwards went to court for his efforts to funnel campaign donations to his mistress.  In the case of Al and Mary Elizabeth (‘Tipper’) Gore, their mystifying mid-life split has been carefully shrouded in mystery as to motivation.

What we do know is that Tipper Gore, who has bravely acknowledged her struggles with depression and who did not seek out a public life, stood by Al Gore through four children and one of the worst, most grueling election dramas in history– in a race Gore lost in part because he scorned the help of ‘disgraced’ adulterer Bill Clinton (still at Hillary’s side all these years later).

Of course tongues are wagging now when Al Gore, 64, began publicly stepping out with wealthy environmentalist Elizabeth (that name again) Keadle– who had been in Gore’s circle since before his separation (still not a divorce) from Tipper.

Unlike Bill Clinton, who never pretended to be a paragon of virtue, Al Gore and John Edwards made their self-proclaimed ‘happily ever after’ marriages centerpieces of their political lives.  What’s the moral of these stories?

Voters and bright beautiful young women alike should beware of smooth-talking men who make public proclamations of love that seem, like the men themselves, too good to be ‘true.’

(photos: GoogleImages)

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Thanks ANSON MOUNT for his TWEET about this blog: ‘A man needs a good blogging every now and then.’  ANSON, We are happy to give you a good blogging anytime!

 Check out Elizabeth on HER KIND, at VIDA; PS: thanks to LUPINS for adding to this list Daniel Dae Kim of Hawaii Five-O; check him out!

Men to Watch: Smart Sexy Male Stars on the Rise

As temperatures rise, which ‘boys of summer’ will be heating up our screens?  I asked blog fave and rising screenwriter Caitlin McCarthy for her picks.


** Anson Mount, star of AMC’s “Hell on Wheels.” YUM YUM YUM. [See autographed photo at right].

** Callum Keith Rennie: Huge in Canada, but not well known in the US. Which is criminal! He was amazing on “Californication” – robbed of an Emmy, actually – and equally hot on “24,” “Battlestar Galactica,” and “The Killing.”

**David Alan Basche, (above, left) who starts filming the 2nd season of “The Exes”.

[Note from blog: David and his actress/activist wife Alysia Reiner were profiled here as a super couple; check out the PSA Don’t Frack…]

**Sebastian Koch [see signed photo- below, on the right] – an actor who is HUGE in Germany and becoming very well known in the US. You may remember him from THE LIVES OF OTHERS and BLACK BOOK.

 And Caitlin adds as a final name: a hot director to watch, SI WALL (left).  His films include THE DINNER PARTY and SPEED DATE and among his projects in development is Caitlin’s own RESISTANCE.
Thanks to Caitlin for this ‘irresistible’ list.
Who are your own choices as rising stars for summer?
(photos courtesy of Caitlin and of imbd.com & GoogleImages).
For more on Si Wall, read on… (more…)

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To hail the coming of DARK SHADOWS, the movie, with the dream-team cast led by Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, we are happy to re-publish this classic post by Susan Lilley:


Susan Lilley is a poet and a Florida native.  She is author of the chapbook Night Windows (Yellow Jacket Press) and her work can be found in Poet Lore, The Florida Review, Passager, and The Southern Review as well as in Drunken Boat and Sweet. She has a new chapbook coming out in ’13 called Satellite Beach (Finishing Line Press).


I won’t be shelling out my entertainment dollars for New Moon, the latest in the Twilight films based on novels that females around the country are sucking down like Bloody Marys on New Year’s Day.

First of all, I’m terrified I might love it. I already indulge in enough ridiculous age-inappropriate obsessions, like Mad Libs, Pee-wee’s Playhouse reruns, and rock bands for which I may well be the oldest fan. As much as I love the sound of Vampire Weekend, I am holding out for something even better, the return of Dark Shadows.

In my youth, I secretly loved vampire Barnabas Collins, the menacing centrifuge of the gloriously gothic late-60s TV soap that aired every day after school. I never missed an episode. (more…)

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