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Tuesday
Nov082011

Netflix Suggestions I got from David Tutera’s ‘My Fair Wedding’ on WE tv #nablopomo #mfw #wetv

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The fashionista bride in Season 5 of “My Fair Wedding” with David Tutera on WE tv selected a theme for her nuptials that could possibly make viewers realize how little they know about historical figures. Presented with the task of creating a dream wedding that has a Marie Antoinette vibe, sprinkled with indulgence in fashion, pastel colors and sweets, WE tv host, David Tutera is surely the right man for this job. I cannot imagine how all of those ideas could be incorporated in a way that doesn’t make the wedding look like a train wreck. The only thing I know about Marie Antoinette is that it is the name of a Sofia Coppola movie.

Unfortunately, I never event watched “Marie Antoinette” when it was released, so that got me thinking….what kind of decorations and fashion should one possess when planning a wedding, or even a festive social gathering for the holidays or special occasions. Do these elements have to be old? Do they have to be big and fluffy? Does the tablecloths, shoes or attire for the guests, hosts and/or guest of honor have to be Vintage?

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It appears that unless you can get David Tutera or some other professional with equivalent event planning skills to consult on your get-together, a Marie Antoinette theme may be out of the question. You can fake it until you make it, however, by focusing on one element such as an outfit, instead of the entire soirée. Judging by Tutera’s reponse to the fashionista bride’s wedding gown choice in a sneak preview of Season 5 of “My Fair Wedding,” the outfit could set the tone for everything else related to an event.

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Since many fashionistas (and non-fashionistas, alike) will tell anyone who asks that a stylish pair of shoes could make or break any outfit that you’re trying to pull off, I went to South Philly Style Shoes for suggestions on footwear that would fit a Marie Antoinette wedding theme or other special occasion. The owner Jo Anne, who watches “My Fair Wedding” on WE tv and also provided merchandise for sister brides on the show “Whose Wedding Is it Anyway” in 2009 told me that they have shoes with lace, feathers, roses and a large selection of other styles that could fit the needs of a fashionista bride looking for something to go with her Marie Antoinette look.

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As frequent “My Fair Wedding” viewer, she likes to get ideas about what brides are looking for and wearing; “I always like looking at the beautiful wedding gowns….every girl wants to be a princess for the day” says Jo Anne, who is approaching her own 25th year wedding anniversary.

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After watching the previews of the “My Fair Wedding” episode featuring the fashionista bride and trying to find out more about the real Marie Antoinette, the theme seems rather too involved than I'd prefer to try and pull off for an event. I’ll stick with wearing cute shoes and leave the party planning details to the pros such as David Tutera. I will, however, be adding “Marie Antoinette” to my Netflix queue out of mere curiosity. It will be a nice addition to “The Virgin Suicides,” which still hasn’t arrived yet!

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Season 5 of My Fair Wedding hosted by David Tutera Premieres Sunday, November 13th at 9/8c on We tv!

South Philly Style Shoes carries dyeable, bridesmaids and wedding shoes, and accessories. This store is located at 2116 S. Broad Street in Philadelphia, PA

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Monday
Nov072011

What’s Your Number? #moviememe #nablopomo #amblogging

Monday Movie Meme

Welcome to another installment of the Monday Movie Meme, hosted by yours truly and Dale at Smurfin the Web. Before introducing this week’s topic, allow me to thank The Bumbles for starting such a fun event and I will miss them, now that they’ve decided to take on a new chapter of their life and blogging activities. As Dale and I continue with the regularly scheduled programming, we invite all Monday Movie Meme participants to join us on this cinematic train ride; as they say in Hollywood and on Broadway….the show must go on!

Based on a magazine article she read, Ally (played by Anna Faris) in “What’s Your Number” believes that sleeping with more than 20 men will ruin her chances of getting married….which brings us to his week’s theme: Oh, the Many Notches on Your Bedpost!

Share on your blog movies that feature women or men who have a truckload of sexual partners. Also, visit the blogs of your fellow Monday Movie Meme participants.

Here are my selections:

Waiting to Exhale

What's her number? - Well, 7 collectively but, Robin (played by Lela Rochon) had the most among all four of the main movie characters. Her dudes included The co-worker, the drug addict and the married-man-turned-baby-daddy. Robin also told her friend Bernadine (played by Angela Bassett) that she would "slam dunk him tonight, if you don't want him," referring to a guy that was checking Bernie out at a nightclub.

One day, this star-studded picture was playing on television at my mother’s house and a relative walked past and said (and I’m not paraphrasing) “they’re whores! They be sleeping with guys throughout this whole movie.” I never really thought about the characters in “Waiting to Exhale” like that, so I found it interesting that what has been hailed as some sort of Terry McMillan led empowerment picture for women may actually be giving off some bad vibes on the flip side, unintentionally of course.

Some viewers may consider this movie to be great on the feminism tip. Others may consider it to be promiscuous and irresponsible. Whatever the case may be….these women are getting it in big time.

The Good Girl
*this may contain spoiler alerts.
What's her number? - 3. Like, three within 93 minutes of audience-watching time, but more like over the span of a couple of weeks, maybe, in real time if you want to go the story route.

Attention: Jennifer Aniston,

How can you have an extra-marital affair with your co-worker and then bang your husband’s best friend in an attempt to keep the extra-marital affair a secret?

I didn't choose "The Good Girl" because of the character's number per se. In fact, it's not the number; it's how she got her number, since she IS married, and also the manner in which she chose to keep her cheating ways a secret from her husband. There are so many options for her like, I don't know...telling her husband the truth or offering to hook his best friend up with that weird girl who works the make-up counter at her store or offering to pay him to shut up. All of those options, and she takes the sex route. That makes her a really scandalous woman.

The General’s Daughter

What's her number? - The Army. Really. You're more than welcome to go watch this movie and then come back and tell me the exact or estimated number.

I’m aware of the psychological warfare factor that Elizabeth was going for and all, but, man…is sleeping with the Army Lieutenant’s entire staff the only option of revenge that she could come up with? What’s even more disturbing is the fact that she got killed after all of her hard work and dedication to bring down or humiliate or discredit (I forgot...what was she trying to accomplish, again? No, seriously. I haven't watched this movie in a few years). There was a promising future ahead for a woman with her kind of balls. No pun intended.

Tough ol' Elizabeth could have retired and published a book, ranking all of the Army officers’ level of experience in the bedroom or a book about her sexual escapades. It probably would’ve been a best seller. Or, she could have teamed up with Mark Zuckerberg and made the female version of Facebook…you know, the way it was in its early stages of development. Or did that only occur in “The Social Network” to make Zuckerberg’s rise to social networking genius seem more dramatic?

By the way, this is so random, but I cannot believe I came across an online marketplace listing where someone was selling a Special Edition VHS copy of "The General's Daughter" for 99 cents. The seller can't be serious. You might as well give that thing away, sweetie, or bundle it with other movies, at least.

So, What's YOUR number? Just kidding. You are all welcome to let me know what you think about this Anna Faris movie, though!

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Sunday
Nov062011

A Wakeup Call on Filmmaking from Night Catches Us #nablopomo #gbe2 #indiefilm

One year ago, I watched “Night Catches Us,” a movie set in 1976 about two revolutionaries from the Black Panther Movement, who are trying to move on with their new lives in Philadelphia. This dramatic picture took 10 years to make and when director Tanya Hamilton called “action!”-- the production was completed in 18 days. I was stunned at the 10 year wait for this film, since it is said to be an independent picture.

It is easy to understand how the financial difficulties of getting indies greenlit at studios or taking them into production off of the studio lot can delay a film for a very long time but if this is categorized as a low-budget feature, then why did it take a decade to get from script to screen?

James Cameron wanted to wait for technology to catch up to his plans for “Avatar,” which may explain the 15 year delay for that film. However, if a movie like “Night Catches Us,” with no expensive special effects or CGI requirements takes 10 years to make, then I must be behind the times regarding independent filmmaking. Low-budget films can be made in under five years. Jared Hess didn't take a long time to make "Napoleon Dynamite" for $200,000 -- so what is the hold-up with producing films that are supposedly indie and/or low-budget? -- unless these projects are being shot on film stock rather than HD or some other digital video equivalent.

You see, I wrote a screenplay for a feature length film that I wanted to direct over several years ago and this year is creeping up on the edge of a 10 year delay for this particular movie. When I first thought about the long time it took for “Night Catches Us” to come to fruition, I considered it to be an example that I shouldn’t worry about when my film was able to be made. In the Fall of 2010, I thought “I guess things like this happen all of the time and is nothing new for Hollywood or the independent film arena, so I should just chill out”….and then I came to my senses.

In comparison, since my movie has no stars and no crazy special effects or CGI….oops. Oh, wait. My script has animated scenes in it. Shucks! Never mind that part. Since movies can be made without celebrity actors or big budgets, it should have at least taken me five years to move a screenplay into the production stage.

Even if I replaced the star-power aspect of “Night Catches Us” with the animation aspect of my screenplay, my film should of at least been in pre-production by now, and it’s not. Instead, it’s been in development for like a few months, before being put on the shelf, where it has collected virtual dust for some time. The cause of this delay? Money and resources (which is nothing new). If I can get this thing in the can my future goals will be to avoid the 10 year movie production delays, at all costs.

I want to make movies, but I don’t want to make them every 10 years. We only get between 80 and 100 years (roughly) of life as it is. If you break the timespan of a single human life down by quarters the way businesses do their fiscal years or the way the seasons are structured, that is only four quarters. The first quarter allows us to become adults while the remaining three allows us to live the life that we make for ourselves. If I work on some kind of 10-year plan for film, that’s only like 7 movies in a lifetime. That is kind of depressing, unless all of those 7 movies are each epic opuses. Talk about pressure!

“Night Catches Us” (and even “Avatar”) was enjoyable to watch but I am relieved that it is not the sole model of filmmaking in today’s world. Indiewire reported that since his 2009 film “Alexander the Last,” Joe Swanberg has unleashed a swarm of features this year, including “Uncle Kent” and “The Zone.” If a guy can make five movies in one year or at least over the course of two years, then there is no way in hell I’m trying to wait to make a movie every decade. However, now that means I really need to get moving at not only making movies that I can afford to make….but also making more of them!

That seems to be the key to the whole movie-making career thing. Making a film is a great feat, but being able to continue to make movies is what filmmaking is all about; constantly learning, improving and keeping the world entertained.

What do YOU ALL think? How long should it take to make a movie?

This post is part of a long series of catch-up posts for my participation in the GBE2. It is written for the “One Year Ago” prompt from week #17.

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