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An award-winning screenwriter at international film festivals and labs, Caitlin McCarthy has two projects in development: “Wonder Drug” with director Tom Gilroy (“Spring Forward”); and “Resistance” with director Si Wall (“Marbella Nights”).

**Good news continues to come in for Bret Michaels…

Bret Michaels: The Cruelest Month  by Caitlin McCarthy

When I heard on April 22 that Bret Michaels had been rushed to the hospital with a brain hemorrhage, it gave me chills. Exactly twenty-two years earlier – on April 22, 1988 – I had seen Bret’s band Poison open for David Lee Roth at the Worcester Centrum. My BFF in high school, Olga, held onto the back of my Izod as we made our way towards the front row. We were two preppies in a sea of perms and headbanger t-shirts, just begging to get our asses kicked by some pretty scary broads, but we didn’t care. Bret’s energy drew us to him. (No offense to David Lee Roth, but Poison ruled the stage that night.)

I know this may sound crazy to some people who only know Bret from reality shows like “Rock of Love” and “Celebrity Apprentice.” But if you were a teen in the mid to late ‘80s, you know that Bret was a star and sex symbol. Back then, heavy metal dominated radio and MTV (when they still played videos). It was impossible to miss Bret’s teased blond hair and made up face. I may have been preppy, but I liked his androgynous look. (My first celebrity crush on John Taylor of Duran Duran served as a precursor of this.) I also liked that Bret was genuine about entertaining his fans. You have to respect someone who respects the fans and never, ever takes them for granted.

Poison’s first album was released on my sweet sixteen: August 2, 1986. I remember dancing around my bedroom when “Talk Dirty to Me” debuted on the radio. The song is now on my iPod, and I have played it many times with my nephews on Guitar Hero. (Don’t worry: The boys pay more attention to the catchy tune than the lyrics.) (more…)

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BIG THANKS to DURAN DURAN & Katy Krassner for adding our blog link to the PRESS page on their fab. website; See Mattthew Quinn Martin‘s account of delivering pizza to Duran Duran on  StarLit.(photo at right shows Matthew & wife Jenny with DD)…RIP to COREY HAIM

An award-winning screenwriter at international film festivals and labs, Caitlin McCarthy has two projects in development: “Wonder Drug” with director Tom Gilroy (“Spring Forward”); and “Resistance” with director Si Wall (“Marbella Nights”).

“Confessions of a Would-Be Duran Duran Groupie” by Caitlin McCarthy

Young Caitlin & her 'John-inspired' hair

Spring, 1984. I was on the edge of fourteen, about to graduate from a Catholic junior high school. Sporting a Princess Diana haircut, I had already graduated into my first full-blown celebrity crush: John Taylor of Duran Duran.

MTV entered my house in 1983. I immediately spotted John in the onslaught of Duran Duran videos and knew we were destined to be together. An Ouija board even confirmed this fact during a sleepover at my best friend Jennifer Smith’s house. (She was going to marry John’s band mate Nick Rhodes, so it was perfect — we could all travel the world together.)

I started sneaking hydrogen peroxide into the bathroom at home, so I could streak my bangs blond like John. My mother hit the roof when my brown hair started to turn orange and yellow (and not in a cool punk way). I blamed it on the sun.

I hung a Tiger Beat poster of John in the back of my closet, so I could see him in the morning when I put on my Catholic school uniform. (If I were of legal age, this image probably would have thrilled him!)

I scoured every teen magazine for updates on John and wondered when he’d leave dreary England and come to my dreary hometown — Worcester, Massachusetts — to support his band’s latest album “Seven and the Ragged Tiger.” We had so much in common. I was sure of that. I didn’t even mind that his first name was really Nigel. (more…)

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IMG_0030‘First Time Celeb-crush’ postings are still coming in; check out screenwriter Caitlin McCarthy on Duran Duran. And some other screen-related ‘firsts’ for the Blog: this week, we expect first postings from the Bravo Sierra Motion Picture team that is holding final auditions for a short film they are making of my novella CELEBRITIES IN DISGRACE. Watch for Tweet updates and other news on that film-to-be, which involves, among other scandalous storylines, a young man determined to have his ‘first time’ on film. Yes, he manages to lose his virginity onscreen, capturing it via cellphone and ‘sex-text’ing it to the world. Just our variation on the new new-media scandals.

Which ‘candid camera’ scandals do you follow? Has everyone seen Tom & Katie Cruise ‘lose it’ on camera last week in a different sense? And what ever happened to the woman who was selling her virginity to the highest bidder online? Has anyone bothered to read Gov. Mark Sanford’s lovelorn emails? Gov. Sandford inspired this steamy YouTube parody, submitted by a fan of its creator, ‘Wickham.’ If you have made or admired celeb-inspired mini-flicks, send in a YouTube link & keep us alerted to the latest Disgrace Oncreen. Stay tuned!

PS:The wickedly insightful David Shields (REMOTE) delves into Losing It brilliantly…PPS: a link just sent from ‘Litotes’ shows John McCain ‘losing it’— thanks Litotes!  & thanks for linking Duran Duran, ‘lipstick cherry all over the lens’– still hot after all these years, Girls On Film.

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