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Sunday
May152011

5 Minutes in Johnny Depp Land

Word games can fight boredom, laziness and moments of being unmotivated to write. I found this out last weekend after timing myself to find out how many words I could come up with from Johnny Depp's name.

After five minutes past, it was interesting to notice that I found 10 words that could be made from his name but writing a post that consists of nothing else but a list of words would be rather corny, so here are some Johnny Depp related facts to go along with a five minute word list based on this actor. I'll add more information throughout the week if I find any of relevance to this post.

Hop
Where box office sales are concerned, the Johnny Depp voiced animated film "Rango" beat the bunny favorite "Hop" that was released around the Easter holiday this year.

Dye
After dying her hair to land a small role as an extra in Johnny Depp's gangster film "Public Enemies," actress Cary Mulligan now regrets doing so because she says that the chemicals damaged her hair so much that she had to cut her tresses off.

Pod

John
The actor's real name is John Christopher, which I did not know but I'm sure his diehard fans already knew. His son is named John Christopher III but they call him "Jack"

Phony
Johnny Depp is among those listed in Pop Eater's "Best Fake British Accents" for role in "Pirates of the Caribbean."

Pony
The My Little Pony company released a toy based on Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" movie.

Joe
In a 2009 Seventeen magazine interview, singer Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers mentioned an interest in an acting career in movies while also citing Johnny Depp as his role model.

Pep
Earlier this month, Johnny Depp was at Disneyland, where fans paid $1,000 to attend the premiere of "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" during an event that the L.A. Times called a "pop culture pep rally" complete with a concert, dinner, other live performances and a chance to meet some of the cast.....including our May King Dong himself!

Hoe

Joy

Seven down, three to go!

If you have something to match this word list, feel free to add it in your comments.

This post is dedicated to Alana of Writercize.

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Saturday
May142011

Why Million Dollar Paychecks do not Justify Movie Piracy

If you didn't know by now, I do not recommend nor support piracy...specifically, movie piracy. Now with that said, I'm referring to instances where people buy or sell pirated movies, whether on the street or online. That is not to say that I am in favor of people copying movies or putting them up for others to download without the authorization of the studio or producer(s) who made these movies but that is another story and it is not a story that is worth addressing, at least by me.

What follows is my response to a comment left by someone named James on an old article titled "Why Movie Piracy is Wrong."

Many people seem to have the same feelings as what was expressed in his comment:

"I will believe the movie studios are losing money when they stop paying actors millions of dollars to be in films."

While paying millions of dollars to actors may be a bit extravagant for studios that claim loss of revenue due to movie piracy, it is still their right to pay actors whatever they please and even if they don't want to pay that much, actors have agents, managers and most often belong to a union that requires them to get paid more than the average service worker. There may be more to these million dollar paychecks than consumers think but even in cases where there isn't and it's just a move to cover the extravagant egos of top-of-the-line stars, that is still the studio's decision to make.

Supporting illegal transactions do not help the problem. If you want to really cause some changes in the way that they pay actors in Hollywood, then maybe it is better to hit them in the pocket using alternative methods other than supporting movie piracy. These alternative methods could include refusing to buy tickets for movies with stars that have paychecks that you find to be too much.

The CEO of a retail store is paid more money than cashiers and receptionists who work for the store so based on the million dollar paycheck argument, this should justify stealing. Are employees in the right if they still merchandise from stores or companies that they are working for and then sell it to other people for a profit? The answer is NO.

Jumping on that old and tired bandwagon of "actors are paid millions so money is not an issue in Hollywood" excuse to defend piracy or try to make the studios' claim of losing money invalid is nothing more than a scapegoat that defends (whether indirectly or directly) piracy....something that is ILLEGAL, no matter which way you put it or try to come down on studios and actors who get paid millions of dollars.

Why even pirate movies if you have a problem with the million dollar paychecks in Hollywood?

If you want to see one and don't want to pay for it, why not just wait until it comes out on DVD and then borrow that DVD from someone who owns it?

Just a thought!

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Friday
May132011

Put a Fork in It Friday

Since Blogger (owned by Google) went bonkers yesterday, preventing tons of bloggers from posting new stuff and commenting on other blog posts, I am taking a page from Two Hands and a Roadmap's book of doing a link post.

Oh, did I mention they removed my post from Wednesday, May 11th and although they restored it.....my comments are still gone. *sigh* SMDH. If they are not up by tomorrow night, then I will try to restore the comments on that post myself. Anyway, here are some additional places where you can read The Madlab Post blog from now on.....especially during times when Blogger is down and you haven't seen an update posted in more than two days. They are officially the sibling blogs of this one.

Madlab Post Lite
www.madlabpostlite.posterous.com

Thanks to Posterous, I managed to get a blog post (read: How to Make a Prom Video) up yesterday and may I say, pretty quickly without having to go through a lengthy process of learning how to use their platform, which is more than I can say about the next one that I will mention but hey, the good news is that there are lots of blogging options available and that is what saves us from many of the frustrations of blogging.

I will be posting similar content to what you normally would read here, on the Madlab Post blog that is hosted at Posterous. So, the "Lite" version does not mean it's like non-fat or low-fat. It's just an extra place to find my blog posts.

MadlabPost.Wordpress
www.madlabpost.wordpress.com

Hmm...should I change the name of this blog to "MPW" or "MP2"? What do you all think about that? Just curious. So, I started a Madlab Post blog on Wordpress to find out if it would be a reliable blogging platform but the dashboard, while very extensive and offers lots of features including cool customization tools, is NOT what I would call user friendly. There is just too much crap to deal with on Wordpress and who said that I wanted "Hello" posts on my blog and an "About" section already filled out with starter material?

If I want something posted, then I'll post it myself. I understand that maybe they do this to help bloggers get started but c'mon. I had to return to the dashboard to make changes to my blog more times than I desired, just to remove sections or change default text so that my Wordpress blog could stop looking like I published it but neglected certain areas such as the About Page where they had some stuff like "This is where your about information goes". Well, Duh!

So, these are my extra blogging places. What should I do with them? I don't plan on posting the same content on all three blogs, so should one be for photos or should there be different blog posts on all three that center on the same subject? I'll figure something out but in the meantime....really...."MPW," "MP2," or Madlab Post 2 or something else or should it remain the same? Let me know!

See you all tomorrow. Hopefully on this blog. If not here, then on the sister blogs!

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