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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

"SnookAusten"

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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TONYA & NANCY: THE ROCK OPERA coverage coming on WGBH & FOX25
Sarah Kowalski and Tigh Rickman are recent graduates of Stonecoast MFA. Both longtime fans of reality televison, they are both relative newcomers to ABC’s The Bachelor. However, much like crack cocaine, it only took a small hit to hook them both, and now both watch religiously with their fiction writers’ eyes.

The Bachelor Deconstructed: Black Eyed Pleas

In the weeks since last we checked in on Brad and his band of lovelies, much has happened. Our hero felt a true connection with dentist Ashley H. on his first one-on-one date, which was a Scooby Doo-esque outing to an empty amusement park in the woods. Together they sat in the electric glow of the midway’s flashing lights and they bonded over each other’s stories of paternal abandonment, and sealing their connection with a kiss.

Brad also went on a one-on-one date with Jackie; this date was a Pretty Woman affair in which Brad lavished her with expensive clothes and baubles and then took her to a private concert by Train. She told him of her extremely limited dating experience and he nodded understandingly. Swaying slowly under the stars to that top-forty song that sounds pretty much like every other Train song, they sealed their connection with a kiss.

Brad also attended a one-on-one date with Ashley S., in which they recorded ‘Kiss from a Rose’ together at the Capitol Records studio in Los Angeles. It was a touching moment for Ashley, as the song was reminiscent of her late father and the times they had together. She and Brad bonded over stories of what it was like to be without a father, and then sealed their bond with a kiss. (more…)

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2010 marked the debut of our short film CELEBRITIES IN DISGRACE; thanks to all for their support!

BREAKING: our popular BACHELOR show commentators Tigh & Sarah will be back SOON with thoughts on Episode 1 & The Slap…

Goodbye 2010 and a special goodbye to this year’s ‘winner’ of Disgraced Celebrity of 2010: Mel Gibson— whose epic-sized celeb. meltdown also ‘won’ Disgraced Celebrity of Summer, 2010.

On a brighter note: a big Year’s End THANK YOU for your support of our  film, Celebrities in Disgrace, which made its debut at the Woods Hole Film Festival on Cape Cod in August.  It had adventures this fall at Boston Globe’s Media Matters Conference (where it was discussed and shown in excerpt) and at Vegas CineFest in Las Vegas.  Next up: a screening at Movie Night at Stonecoast MFA program in Maine.  Stay tuned for updates and THANKS too to all who visit the blog.

As blog fave LupinsSuppins noted, the year in disgrace did not belong to any single overwhelming ‘winner.’ (Unlike Tiger Woods last year).  Votes were cast for Lindsay Lohan (‘Barb’ pointed out that Lindsay’s sad saga unfortunately winds up giving rehab. a bad rep.).  Others noted the controversial Assange and the’rabble rouser’ Glenn Beck.

What about 2011 scandals-in-the-making?  Lupins has her eye on witchy wacky Christine O’Donnell; send us your own choices of Scandals to Watch– Happy Celeb-gazing in 2011!

Thanks to Lupins for links to fun year-end reviews at yahoo and The Onion…  PS: plus here are celeb. PREDICTIONS for 2011…(photos: ew.com, csmonitor.com)

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THANKS to Tigh & Sarah for seeing Ali through!  And thanks to Woods Hole Film Festival for seeing Celebrities in Disgrace through to its exciting premiere on August 6th.  Along with coverage on WBUR, Boston’s NPR radio, check out THE BOSTON HERALD, an Inside Track story: ‘Ice-ing on the Cake’.

Good to hear from my Tweet friend RON again; check out his SONG ABOUT ALI…& ALI #2 plus a comment/Ali theory…

Sarah Kowalski and Tigh Rickman are recent graduates of Stonecoast MFA. Both longtime fans of reality televison, they are both relative newcomers to ABC’s The Bachelor. However, much like crack cocaine, it only took a small hit to hook them both, and now both watch religiously with their fiction writers’ eyes.

It is said that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. For Ali, the first step was having her heart broken by Jake on The Bachelor, and she’s come a long way since. Over the course of her journey she has toured the world, from Los Angeles to New York, from Iceland to Portugal, and it ends here, in Bora Bora, an idyllic if not muggy paradise where the seed of her future will be planted in dark volcanic soil. But before she chooses between the masculine yet sensitive Roberto and the sensitive yet masculine Chris, both men will meet her family who will in turn provide council to Ali as the moment of truth draws ever closer. This is it. The Finale. The episode Sarah and Tigh have been waiting for. The time for Ali to make her choice and thus forever change her life is here.

Tigh: So this was it. The finale. The episode you and I have been waiting for. The time for Ali to make her choice and thus forever change her life is here.

Sarah: Indeed: and many, many opportunities for Chris Harrison to intone his trademarked Coming Up… as we were treated to flashbacks and prequels galore. I swear, sometimes The Bachelorette feels like its own Cliffs Notes.

Tigh: Hey, it isn’t easy filling 120 minutes, just ask MTV’s Kennedy. Of course, as we suspected, the Big Choice ended up being more the Big Forgone Conclusion.  But there were still dates to be had and the Fedotowskys to meet, and first up to bat…the left fielder…Roberto Perfeeecctooooo (cue entry salsa music).

On Roberto Meeting the Fedotowskys

Sarah: So, the manufactured drama of the first half of the episode was whether or not both men would win over Ali’s family: particularly her father, the floppy-haired Mr. Fedotowsky whose “blessing” was all-important to both Roberto and Chris. Unsurprisingly, Roberto had little trouble charming Ali’s clan with his earnest smiles and salsa-dancing lessons. (more…)

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Sarah Kowalski and Tigh Rickman are respectively a graduate of, and a candidate at Stonecoast MFA. Both longtime fans of reality televison, they are both relative newcomers to ABC’s The Bachelor. However, much like crack cocaine, it only took a small hit to hook them both, and now both watch religiously with their fiction writers’ eyes.

After sending more than a third of the bachelors home last week, Ali, our heroine, begins the dating process with the remaining men. In this episode she will set off on two one-on-one dates as well as a group date with them before sending three more back to the magical island of single men (a.k.a: their lonely, soiled futons in their empty, sad apartments above that Chinese restaurant you only go to when you’re drunk). Tonight she will wing her way to Las Vegas, cruise Hollywood in a vintage Cadillac and prance along the golden beaches of Malibu, looking for love.

On the One-on-One Date: Frank

Sarah: So, week two is when it seems to me that the Batch actually gets interesting. (Well, as interesting as this show ever gets…) Suddenly there are actual dates, and actual personalities start to emerge. Characters! Conflict! It’s when we fiction writers get into the good stuff.

Tigh: We’re getting to the stage where we’re finding out who we’re rooting for, who we’re rooting against and who just scares the holy hell out of us. Of course, one of the self-described biggest personalities in the house is Frank, and (lucky, lucky Frank!) he got the nod to be the first one on one date of the season. Congrats, man!

Sarah: And what a date it was — classic Batch. The vintage car, the iconic locales (Grauman’s Chinese Theater, the Hollywood sign), the romantic dinner under the stars. Ali and Frank did contend with a breakdown in their classic car, but I wondered if even that was contrived by the producers to introduce some “madcap” into the glitz.

Tigh: I totally had the same thought. First of all, there’s no more obnoxious car than the 1959 Cadillac Biarritz — the epitome of late fifties decadence, replete with notoriously bad transmission. But did you notice that when the car broke down initially (with a dubbed-in sound effect that sounded like a thrown rod, which is pretty dire and could not be fixed over the course of an afternoon as this particular car was) it was on a freeway, next to a concrete retaining wall… but when they got out of the car and started their “madcap” dash towards the taxi, the car was parked next to an earthen shoulder with trees and shrubs? Bad editing confirms your suspicions; that breakdown was as fake as the Batman out in front of Grauman’s.

Sarah: Ha — exactly. The knowledge that there’s a producer and camera crew mere inches away from the “spontaneous” couple never entirely leaves my mind when watching this show, but never was it more obvious than during this little segment. (more…)

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