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Breaking: Nov. 4th at Boston Globe’s Media Matters Conference, Elizabeth Searle discusses and shows the preview of our Celebrities in Disgrace film; details soon on new screenings in Maine, PA and more…

An award-winning screenwriter at international film festivals and labs, Caitlin McCarthy has two feature films in development: “Wonder Drug” with director Tom Gilroy (“Spring Forward”); and “Resistance” with director Si Wall (“The Dinner Party,” premiering November 2010) and producer Rebecca-Clare Evans. She also has a TV series treatment, “Free Skate,” which is currently being considered by top production companies.

Hey HBO: Let Michael Des Barres Rock “True Blood”!

By Caitlin McCarthy

I love a good campaign. To me, nothing is more exciting than turning a great idea into reality.

Facebook has enabled the average person to orchestrate a campaign with just a few clicks. But don’t underestimate those clicks – they’re powerful. Take Betty White, for example. She was invited to host “Saturday Night Live” after a successful petition on Facebook, and later won an Emmy for that gig. We love Betty, and SNL got that message thanks to social networking.

After telling everyone that British actor and rock singer Michael Des Barres would make an excellent vampire on HBO’s hit series “True Blood,” I realized that a Facebook petition should be created for this very purpose. So, without further ado, I give you:  PutMichaelDesBarresOnTrueBlood.

Within its first day, scores of Truebies and Des Barres fans clicked the “Like” button. Now over 600 fans (and counting) have signed on.  Gotta like that!

Des Barres, affectionately called MDB by fans, is best known for playing the recurring role of Murdoc on the TV series “MacGyver,” and for replacing the late Robert Palmer in the rock group Power Station, which was partly formed by my tweenage crush John Taylor of Duran Duran. MDB fronted Power Station at the legendary 1985 Live Aid concert.

He is also the ex-husband of famous groupie, actress and author Pamela Des Barres and is written about extensively in two of her books, I’m With The Band and Take Another Little Piece Of My Heart. (more…)

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The heat is on.  With shocking ‘crazed sex poodle’ allegations being hurled at Nobel-winning Al Gore and with a $750 million dollar divorce settlement coming down on Tiger Woods and with Mel Gibson— mired in his own messy divorce– allegedly spouting racist rants, the race for Disgraced Celebrity of Summer, 2010, has begun.

As for Spring: In a close race, in an extended voting period here on the blog, Tony Hayward, CEO of BP, edged out Jesse James of Sandra Bullock-gate, for DISGRACED CELEBRITY OF SPRING, 2010.

The luckless Hayward had his defenders, who pointed out that he is stuck in a tough job, but Tony H’s remarks about wanting ‘my life back’ and his ill-timed decision to attend a summer yacht race overseas may have sealed the deal.

Running the Race for Disgrace

Being CEO, readers pointed out, carries big benefits and big risks. Like it or not, Hayward is the public face of the BP. And BP ‘owned’ disgrace for Spring, 2010. On whether Tony H. himself even qualifies as a ‘celebrity’, blog reader LARZINI weighed in:

Disgrace can breed celebrity status, and such is the case for Tony Hayward. If you’re a nobody and you do something that’s sheer awfulness puts your name in headlines where it’s never been before, you’ve achieved some form of celebrity… No one talked about Bernie Madoff or Kenneth Lay of Enron before their respective disgraces, the disgrace was enough to make them household names, hence, celebrities.

On a lighter/brighter note, blog fave and screenwriter Caitlin McCarthy nominated the delightful BETTY WHITE as Comeback Celebrity of the Spring, 2010.  Long may Betty live.

CONGRATS to Golden Girl Betty; ‘CONGRATS’ to BP’s Tony H.; good luck to all.  Now let’s start considering contenders for Disgraced Celebrity of Summer, 2010…

(photos: photobucket.com, christianityblog.com, huffingtonpost.com)

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Sharon Stone recently commented that Meryl Streep looks like “an unmade bed.'”

That’s some unmade bed. Not only did Streep look ravishing and natural at this month’s Golden Globes, she is acting circles around her over-Botoxed frozen-faced peers in her golden years. ‘Gold’ as in lotsa shiny statues: Streep garnered double-whammy Globe nominations and is a favorite for the ultimate Golden Boy, Oscar.  And how about a true Golden Girl, 88 year old Betty White, who stole the show at the SAG awards?

Helen Mirran hits the beach

Note to Stone and Heidi Montag: film acting can be enhanced by movable facial muscles.

I asked blog fave Caitlin McCarthy— who alerted me to Stone’s comment– which other actresses besides la Streep seem to be aging gracefully. Caitlin’s list:

Helen Mirren, Julie Christie, Jacqueline Bisset, Sophia Loren, Susan Sarandon, Candice Bergen, and Patricia Clarkson all look natural and beautiful — not like plastic people.”

True, these ladies have had a ‘little help from their friends’ but they have eschewed the drastic knife-work of less gutsy stars.  Cheers to these ‘It Women’.

Who is your fave. from the big or small screen?  Oprah?  Diane Sawyers?  Blog fave Julianna Margulies?  Send in your own nominees as we celebrate celebrity women of a certain age, who aren’t afraid to ‘own it’…
PS: Great additional List suggestions on Comments: Anjelica Huston, Diane Ladd, Judi Dench, Jessica Lange…PPS: plus Cloris Leachman, Glenn Close & Angela Lansbury…& Lauren Bacall!

(photos: Meryl Streep:kidk.com; Helen M: audi-sport.net; Oprah: Googleimages; Julie C: cinematical.com; Betty W: mjtimes.sk.cn)

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