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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: “Resistance” with Populus Pictures; and “Wonder Drug” with actor/producer Alysia Reiner. In addition to screenwriting, Caitlin serves as an English teacher at an inner-city public high school.

Steve G., his star & his 'police escorts' on Dec 12

Prior to education, Caitlin worked in public relations, where she fostered relationships with the press and crafted messages for companies that were delivered worldwide.

Hollywood icon Steve Guttenberg earns a STAR on Hollywood Boulevard this week; in this post from our files, Caitlin looks back on her experience with one celebrity not in disgrace.

AN “A” FOR GOOT BEHAVIOR by Caitlin McCarthy

I lead a schizophrenic life. By day, I am an English teacher at an inner-city vocational public high school, where over 60 percent of the students are on reduced or free lunch. By night, I am a screenwriter with a project – WONDER DRUG – in development with actor/producer Alysia Reiner.

My two worlds couldn’t be more different, and they usually don’t collide. But sometimes my students Google me and discover pictures online – not the kind that land you on the chopping block with Human Resources or on the news. (I’m not one of those teachers!) They’re the kind of pictures that trigger disbelief: “Miss, you know Steve Guttenberg?”

WONDER DRUG scientific advisor P. Harry Jellinck; screenwriter Caitlin McCarthy; actor/producer Alysia Reiner; and movie star Steve Guttenberg.

Yes.

How?

We met at the Hamptons International Film Festival, when he starred in a live staged reading of my screenplay WONDER DRUG with the amazing actress Alysia Reiner (SIDEWAYS).

As a child of the 70s and teen of the 80s, I had seen all of his work – from THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL, COCOON, and THREE MEN AND A BABY to CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC, HIGH SPIRITS, and DON’T TELL HER IT’S ME. Everything. At the Hamptons fest, I discovered that Steve was genuinely down to earth. The “good guy” image matches the real man. (more…)

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Breaking: Our Celebrities In Disgrace Preview has been selected to be shown at Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival 2011; watch for more info. on our Celebs film as an official selection in the Hollywood FirstGlance Film competition in March…

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). She also has a TV series treatment, “Free Skate,” which is currently being considered by top production companies.

DES UPDATE from Caitlin McCarthy (Note: this Post follows up on Caitlin’s previous DES posts, including her post that was linked by the Huffington Post; congrat.s to Caitlin for drawing national attention to this cause).

On February 22, 2011, US Senator John Kerry and US Senator Brown received a 3-page response from the FDA on the DES apology. Click here to view the letter: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=290073&id=233795428655

As you will see, the letter does not contain an official apology from the federal government for the DES tragedy. However, it acknowledges the devastating health consequences of the drug, explains FDA initiatives to prevent future drug disasters, and talks about DES as a “tragedy.”

They close the letter by writing, “We hope that our new tools for identifying, monitoring and mitigating drug risks will prevent other tragedies like those brought out by the widespread use of DES. We are committed to providing the public with timely and accurate drug safety information and we recognize the critical responsibility that the FDA has to protect the safety of the public’s health.”

Many thanks to everyone in the offices of Senator Kerry and Senator Brown, who spent many months working together to make this acknowledgement happen.

Also, many thanks to everyone on this site page who contacted the senators about the DES apology. I appreciate it! — Caitlin

(photos: Boston.com, thewashingtonnote.com)

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THANKS Caitlin for covering the Scrap Metal concert and providing super links to videos & more!  Check out Caitlin and Elizabeth Searle in the Boston Herald together…

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). She also has a TV series treatment, “Free Skate,” which is currently being considered by top production companies.

“What Goes Around, Comes Around: SCRAP METAL, The Rock’N’Roll Rat Pack is Back!” by Caitlin McCarthy

Caitlin with Chris & Karen at Scrap Metal

The 80s are making a serious comeback these days. Sly Stallone currently has the number one movie in the country with “The Expendables.” Leggings are being sought out by teens shopping for school. And radio stations – from rock to Top 40 – are playing all the hits from that decade. The “oldies” have turned into “goodies” that people want.
Which brings me to SCRAP METAL. Known as the “rock and roll rat pack,” SCRAP METAL is a confederacy of multi-platinum artists from the 80s Arena-Rock generation who took over MTV and held the airwaves hostage (in a good way!) for a decade. These “scraps” are all lead singers and front men/women who were the voices and faces of rock’n’roll in America for the good-time rock generation.

SCRAP METAL was created by close friends and rock stars Gunnar Nelson (who with twin brother Matthew Nelson was half of the hit group NELSON) and Mark Slaughter (of the rock group Slaughter). Their bands’ number one mega-hits are still in regular rotation on most radio stations today: “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection” (Nelson) and “Up All Night” (Slaughter), just to name two. NELSON also just returned with Mark Slaughter from performing live in Suzhou, China at the Holisland Rock Festival as part of the NELSON 20th Anniversary “After the Rain” tour. This October, NELSON will be performing in the U.K. for the very first time ever at the Firefest in Nottingham. And if that’s not enough, NELSON has a new album coming out soon with Frontiers Records called “The Blond Leading the Blond.” (more…)

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