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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, Caitlin has two feature films in development: WONDER DRUG with producer/star Alysia Reiner and Oscar-nominated director Joan Stein Schimke; and RESISTANCE with director Si Wall. Caitlin is also partnering on writing/creating the TV series PASS/FAIL with Jim Forbes, a multiple Emmy, ALMA, AP and Golden Mic award-winning writer, producer, correspondent and narrator; and developing the TV series FREE SKATE with creative producer and choreographer Michael Masionis. In addition to screenwriting, Caitlin serves as an English teacher at an inner-city public high school.

All Hail Michael Des Barres: British Rock Star, Actor, and Renaissance Man

Caitlin and MDB

By Caitlin McCarthy 

I met Michael Des Barres last year, after I had nominated him for the Legend Award at the Action on Film International Film Festival.

Loaded with personality and graciousness, Michael insisted that I sit at his table during the awards show. I even got to introduce Michael’s dear friend, famed indie filmmaker Allison Anders, (photo below) who presented the Legend Award to Michael.

That’s just how Michael is – inclusive and beyond awesome.

Many of you know Michael as the black sheep aristocrat (French Marquis) who married the world’s most famous groupie (Miss Pamela of the GTOs). Michael has had a diverse and prolific career in film, television, music, photography, and poetry. Acting highlights include working with Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Gabriel Byrne, Beverly D’Angelo, Rosanna Arquette, Nastassja Kinski and Andy Garcia. A fan favorite, Michael scared TV viewers as Murdoc on the hit series “MacGyver.” Michael also played the biggest rock gig in history – Live Aid – with supergroup Power Station.

Throughout his career, Michael has demonstrated an unending tenacity born out of the desire to express himself as an artist and be loved. His multitudes of fans love him in return.

The press release below will tell you all about his new album ‘Carnaby Street,’ which will be released worldwide on July 10, 2012.  I’ve already pre-ordered a copy.  As one of MDB’s “friends” (that’s what he calls all “fans”), I’ve seen the first video “You’re My Pain Killer” – and it rocks.

“Carnaby Street” will be the bluesy soundtrack of your summer. (more…)

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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, Caitlin has two feature films in development: WONDER DRUG with producer/star Alysia Reiner and Oscar-nominated director Joan Stein Schimke; and RESISTANCE with director Si Wall. Caitlin is also partnering on writing/creating the TV series PASS/FAIL with Jim Forbes, a multiple Emmy, ALMA, AP and Golden Mic award-winning writer, producer, correspondent and narrator; and developing the TV series FREE SKATE with creative producer and choreographer Michael Masionis. In addition to screenwriting, Caitlin serves as an English teacher at an inner-city public high school.

Nighttime Drama Fever!  by Caitlin McCarthyDominic West

I’m a true child of the Seventies – someone who was weaned on TV, PEOPLE Magazine, and pop culture. Soap operas, which I’ve written about before for this site, played a huge role in my upbringing. My great aunts and I used to watch the CBS lineup every day. We discussed the characters as if they were real people. No wonder I became a storyteller later in life.

What I’ve never mentioned here, until now, is my love for nighttime dramas. Blame this on my mother. She turned me onto “Dallas” when it first premiered. I’d stay up late on Fridays, oohing and aahing over that bad ass JR Ewing.

In the 1980s, I started watching the “Dallas” spin-off “Knots Landing.” True confession: Part of me has always wanted to meet a guy like Mack MacKenzie. Move over, Karen. He’s mine!

I even watched “Dynasty” – the mother of massive shoulder pads and cat fights – until Pamela Sue Martin left the show. (Emma Samms, I loved you on “General Hospital,” but there’s only one Fallon for me.)

Now that TNT is airing the rebooted “Dallas,” I find myself DVR-ing it. I wait until my schedule is clear, and then binge on episodes. Mark my words: Josh Henderson, the actor playing JR’s baddie son John Ross, is a star.

In addition to “Dallas,” I’m currently watching “Zen” with Rufus Sewell on PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery (above). I love this show, but I just found out that the BBC has cancelled it. Why? WHY?!

At least I still have “Sherlock.” If you missed Benedict Cumberbatch’s star turn in the sexy “A Scandal in Belgravia” episode with S&M queen Irene, watch it ASAP – and then take a cold shower.

Thankfully, the BBC hasn’t cancelled “The Hour,” but where is Season 2? Come on! I’m dying to watch Dominic West do…well, anything. (see top photo, right)  With that face and voice, he could read the back of an aspirin bottle and I’d find him riveting.

Speaking of waiting for a show…could Season 3 of “Downton Abbey” take any longer? Shirley MacLaine is joining the series, which is awesome. But I’m a Dan Stevens superfan. His character Matthew finally got together with Mary in Season 2, but you *know* she’ll be screwing that up – leaving room for me!

I must confess to having missed the “Revenge” party this year, but Season 1 is in my Netflix queue.

What nighttime dramas have captured *your* imagination? Share your faves below!

(photos courtesy of author, GoogleImages, guardian;uk.com)

 

 

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