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Sunday
May292011

24 Hours with Johnny Depp

1,000 movie fans surveyed by Sky Movies named actor Johnny Depp as their ideal companion in a DVD watching marathon, according to The Guardian. That seems pretty odd since this “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” star is known to be a recluse when he’s not making movies. Actors Jim Carrey, Tom Cruise and Sean Penn may be more fun as movie-watching companions because they usually have a lot to talk about regarding their own films and those of their counterparts.

I would not want to sit on a couch and watch DVDs all day with Johnny Depp, especially when the time could be better used for more important tasks like getting him to read one of my screenplays. I would also try to record some type of promotional video featuring Depp, where he endorses an anti-piracy campaign by encouraging his fans to visit movie theaters and buy or rent DVDs instead of downloading them illegally or buying bootleg movies off of the street.

Earlier today, I walked and rode around in Philadelphia where a few guys and young ladies discussed how they would spend their time, if given 24 hours with Johnny Depp. Over at the Roxy Theater in Center City, Bernard Neary says that he would convince the actor to buy a condo in Rittenhouse Square to make the area more appealing.... “imagine walking in the park and finding Johnny Depp sitting on a bench, smoking a cigar”!

On Chestnut street, the young ladies at FYE had some adventure in store for the actor. Shea says it would be fun to go hiking with Depp or participate in some form of activity. Since he is probably bombarded with star-struck fanatics who want to talk about everything under the sun with him, Shea is not interested in using her 24 hours this way because she would “feel like a jerk asking him questions.”

Having not been out of the country yet, Ari at FYE would use her 24 ours with Johnny Depp to tour France....following the actor’s lead. Since Depp lives there, Ari has no doubt that he likely knows where all of the cool spots are to hang out in France. Getting Depp to take her to see indie movies would be on the itinerary.

As the last King Dong post for Johnny Depp this month, I would not feel right if Chellbee did not chime in on this topic, so I asked the King of Prussia Mall veteran what she would do if given 24 hours with him. Her response, and I have to type this verbatim, was “I’d certainly play Pirates of the Caribbean! I’d walk his plank any day!” which leaves me with Jeff at JAW Studios in Mt. Airy whose response brought on a few giggles.

His 24 hour visit would start by asking Depp “how are you able to pull some of the finest women in movies...with no teeth and bad breath,” since pirates who probably haven’t showered in days do not often have the same appeal as the George Clooney’s of the world when it comes to women. Afterward, Jeff would have lunch and dinner with Johnny Depp. During this time, he would tell Depp to let him drive his car in an attempt to be seen around town as a close friend of the A-list actor.

Based on the different and sometimes humorous responses, there are more ways for Johnny Depp to entertain or be of service to movie going audiences outside of the living room. It would be surprising if he considered such an act before returning home to France....I wonder if a Make-A-Wish foundation for adults is in order!

This post, dedicated to Alana at Writercize, is part of the King Dong series and is inspired by a previous 24 Hours with any Celebrity post.

What would YOU do if you had 24 Hours with Johnny Depp?

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Saturday
May282011

When Suicide Notes and Moviemaking Collide

“Suicide Note” is the 28th creative writing prompt in one of Heck Yeah’s 30-day Tumblr challenges, so I decided to use it since it’s a little late for me to be working on the next and last Johnny Depp King Dong post for this month.....I’ll try to do that tomorrow.

Today’s writing prompt is a little tough for me to use for blogging because I have no interest in writing a fake suicide note just for the sake of writing one. I mean if one is going to be written, shouldn’t a suicide go along with it? I’m just sayin’.....! The topic is such a downer that I was a little hesitant to use this prompt and considered checking out one of the other writing prompts until I realized that there is a way to turn this thing around for something good and useful.

In an attempt to take a more enjoyable route to highlighting the subject, here are a few short movie ideas that I came up with based on the “Suicide Note” topic. They might be made next month, when I try to tackle Slamdance’s $99 special category as a way to experiment with different genres and story lines all on digital video. I welcome you all to pick one that you would be interested in watching if I were to develop the concept/idea into a script and then make the movie.

Suicide Note Movie #1 (drama)
A man contemplating suicide spends hours trying to figure out how to write the perfect suicide note. His concern for adhering to some form of unspoken suicide note etiquette causes him to explore the impact that words have on others by using different mediums including notepads, social networking websites, cell phones and video.

Suicide Note Movie #2 (comedy/satire)
A quack therapist trying to advertise a self-help program produces an infomercial on how to write a suicide note effectively. He gives audiences members, who are his potential customers, tips on the right words to use and what types of suicide notes to write depending on the circumstances surrounding the person’s decision to commit suicide.

Suicide Note Movie #3 (drama or action, maybe?)
During her first day on the job, a suicide hotline (or 911) operator gets introduced to more than she can handle while trying to prevent a caller from killing herself or himself. Attempts to help the caller sends this employee and a detective on one city-wide search that causes them to question their career choices, purpose in life and their own mental and emotional stability.

After having come up with these three movie ideas in like the last 15 minutes, I just reminded myself that coming up with movies are easy......making them and bringing them to the screen (whether that be the big screen, small screen, cell phone screen, etc.) is the hard part.

Which one of these movies would YOU watch?

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Friday
May272011

Flashback Friday #2 and the Greatest Movie Ever Sold

One of the writing challenges from Heck Yeah's Tumblr blog has a prompt for today on the topic of "A Favorite Beverage." SoBe Lifewater has been among my top beverage choices for a little while but whenever I get around to checking out Morgan Spurlock's (director of "Super Size Me") new movie, "POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold," I'll probably start drinking more Pomegranate juice within the next month or so....or I will at least try it!

Spurlock explores product placement and advertising in the movie industry but the way he went about making "The Greatest Movie Ever Sold" has some questioning whether this is some sort of satire to make fund of these types of marketing deals in Hollywood or if he is trying to show how anything can be bought at the right price. Sometimes, you can get a point across without actually demonstrating it, which brings us to two previous posts that are like complete opposites of each other when it comes down to showing too much or too little.

The Erotic Nature of Stuck
A movie scene can be sexy, intimate and romantic all without actually showing the physical act of sex. It is a point that is covered in the "Erotic Nature of Stuck" post, so you are welcome to read it and add your two cents.

X-Rated Myths of the Chemically Brainwashed
While the movie "Stuck" does not show much in terms of people getting it on in the bedroom...or in the case of "Stuck"....the jail cell, it seems that other movies have no problem with showing a lot of graphic acts, whether that be sex or violence but some moviegoers tend to have misconceptions about what X-Rated means and what films are placed in that category....it's not always as simple as you may think!

Here are my questions for you: What is YOUR favorite beverage?

Also,

Does adding advertisements in the form of product placement in a movie about product placement such as "POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold" turn you off from wanting to watch it or do you think that it is appropriate because of the film's subject matter?

Oh, and here is the movie trailer for "POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold" if you never saw it or want to find out more about the premise of this new release. Enjoy!

A portion of this post was inspired by Two Hands and a Roadmap.

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