In Los Angeles – BEA Here I Come

Arrived in Los Angeles.  Had a relatively painless trip, but I witnessed three things that terrified and mystified me.

1.     I stopped at FedEx this morning on the way to the airport and watched in amazement while a UPS driver walked in the building and delivered a package to someone who works at FedEx.  I think this is one of the signs of the apocalypse. 

2.     I almost walked off the plane in Charleston this morning when an International soccer team boarded.  My history of International soccer teams and air travel is sketchy, but I’m under the impression they crash in the mountains a lot and eat each other.  My one saving grace is there aren’t any mountains between Charleston and Atlanta. 

3.     Some guy on the flight from Atlanta to LA stole my seat.  When I pointed out that ‘B’ (my seat) was the aisle seat, he said “No it isn’t.”  I showed him the diagram and he was unfazed.  When I said “Yeah,  I really think the aisle is ‘B’” he wasn’t moved.  I was stunned and shocked at the lengths to which he denied reality.  I sat next to the window and had a very awkward 4 ½ hour flight.   All I could think was we were going to crash and everyone was going to think I was that jerkhole because he was sitting in 30’B’ – MY SEAT! 

On a less frightening note, I finished my rewrites and my new outline.  Finished until I get more editorial suggestions back that is. 

BTW – I forogt to bring a book so I picked up Twilight by Stephanie Meyer in the airport.  Vampire romance is not my thing, but I am enjoying it so far. 

Viggo Mortensen to Star in The Road

They are adapting Cormac McCarthy’s brilliant novel, The Road, for the big screen and Viggo Mortensen is playing the father. The son is being played by Kodi Smit-McPhee (Yeah, me either). The book was so incredible I don’t have a lot of faith the movie will live up to the original. Mortensen is a great choice so that does give me some hope. This is from NY Times article:

Viggo Mortensen, who plays the father, said the same thing. “It’s a love story that’s also an endurance contest,” he explained, and quickly added: “I mean that in a positive way. They’re on this difficult journey, and the father is basically learning from the son. So if the father-son thing doesn’t work, then the movie doesn’t work. The rest of it wouldn’t matter. It would never be more than a pretty good movie. But with Kodi in it, it has a chance to be an extremely good movie, maybe even a great one.”

I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again. You could almost replace the words “The Road” and with the words “The Old Man and The Sea,” and you wouldn’t skip a beat. Same theme. Same sort of literary genius behind the work.

You can read the entire article here: At World’s End, Honing a Father-Son Dynamic


Working on some rewrites.  No time really to post on the blog today.  On the bright side, they’re may be a second, better edition of Délon City soon, and if that holds true, there will be a second edition of The Pure.  Not sure when, but I would say without a doubt, it is coming down the pike.

Legendary Producer/Director/Actor Sydney Pollack Dies at age 73


This really does suck. Sydney Pollack has died of cancer. He was huge in the world of Hollywood. The guy was one of the few directors who could act in his own films. He wasn’t a filmmaker that used films as a vehicle for his acting career. He usually played bit parts, and turned them to memorable moments on film. Here’s a partial list of films he directed:

  1. Sketches of Frank Gehry (2005)
  2. The Interpreter (2005)
    … aka Interprète, L’ (France)
  3. Random Hearts (1999)
  4. Sabrina (1995)
    … aka Sabrina (Germany)
  5. The Firm (1993)
  6. Havana (1990/I)
  7. Out of Africa (1985)
  8. Tootsie (1982)
  9. Absence of Malice (1981)
  10. The Electric Horseman (1979)
  11. Bobby Deerfield (1977)
    … aka Heaven Has No Favorites (Australia)
  12. Three Days of the Condor (1975)
    … aka 3 Days of the Condor (Australia)
  13. The Yakuza (1974)
    … aka Brotherhood of the Yakuza (UK: video title)
  14. The Way We Were (1973)
  15. Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
  16. They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969)
  17. Castle Keep (1969)
  18. The Swimmer (1968) (uncredited)
  19. The Scalphunters (1968)
  20. This Property Is Condemned (1966)

Here’s a scene he did with Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie:

RIP Sydney Pollack. You will be missed.

The Smart Car – Are You Ready For This?

Smart Car

Since gas is about the cost of a brief case full of diamonds, automakers are scrambling to find fuel-efficient alternatives. Enter the Smart Car. It gets over 40 mpg. It has a pretty good safety rating, and it’s made out of recycled parts. And to top it all off, a couple dozen clowns could pile out of it at any moment.

I have to say. I kind of like it. I’d look ridiculous driving it, but it’s the perfect size for my wife. Plus, it would make parking in downtown Charleston so much easier.

Dennis Cass is My New Hero!

You really want to see what an author has to go through to sell a book today? I give you Dennis Cass and his Book Launch 2.0.

You loved the video. I’m guessing you’ll love the book: Head Case: How I Almost Lost My Mind Trying to Understand My Brain

Now, I’ve got to go because I have to bring my Myspace page up to date, join Facebook, figure out how to use Twitter, and see if my mother’s book club will have me back.

(Hereo? WTF)

Indiana Jones And the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – $142 Million at the box office?

Industry estimates have the new Indiana Jones pulling in anywhere from $142 million and $175 million this weekend. It did $25 million on Thursday (memorial day weekend counts as a 5 day weekend. Yeah, doesn’t make sense to me either). I’m no expert on the box office, but $30 million a day for a movie with this much hype is really not that much in my mind.

We shall see.

Track the box office here: Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily

Chad Vader

I haven’t decided if this is a good thing or bad thing yet, but I am a Chad Vader fan. If you’re not familiar with Chad Vader, let me give you the elevator pitch. Chad Vader is an online series of videos featuring Darth Vader’s brother, Chad Vader. Chad hasn’t quite reached the pinnacle of evil that his brother has. He is the day shift manager at Empire Market grocery store. All Chad wants is to ruthlessly rule the market, but he is foiled at every turn, but his monumental incompetence. And with a brother who is so masterfully evil, he is destined to always feel like a complete and utter failure.

Here’s the latest Chad Vader installment

The series is the brain child of Matt Stone and Aaron Yonda, founders of Blame Society Productions. They write, shoot, and act in every episode. They actually do a lot more than just the Chad Vader videos. They have the kind of off-beat humor I enjoy. You can check out their website here: Blame Society Productions