Saturday, January 24, 2009

Art & Living Magazine Winter 2009

The Winter 2009 issue has now been printed and will be in wide release shortly (Borders etc), and is currently at the LA Art Show, so if you’re dying to get your hands on this issue and can’t wait for it to come to you, stop on by the show at the LA Convention Center.

I have 6 feature articles published in this issue, in "The Art of Film and TV", I wrote profiles on:

- Chad Youngblood, GM, Fine Living Network
- Charles Segars, CEO, Ovation TV, writer "National Treasure" blockbusters
- Christopher Lowell, "Work that Room", Fine Living Network
- Monet's Palate, DVD and Web Experience
- George Gallo and his film "Local Color"

and an at home with a dynamic couple,
- Marty & Josy Collins, art collector and owner "W" hotels.

Attached is an invite to Art and Living’s events happening on Sunday January 25, 2009.

Look forward to seeing you there!


Friday, January 23, 2009

Academy Awards main nominations 2009

Very excited about this years Academy nominees. In particular The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (what a beautiful living painting), Richard Jenkins for The Visitor (sublime) and Melissa Leo for Frozen River! We watched her receive the best actress award for this performance at Methodfest 2008.

81st Academy Awards main nominations:

Best Picture:

'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'



'The Reader'

'Slumdog Millionaire'

Best Actor:

Richard Jenkins 'The Visitor'

Brad Pitt 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'

Frank Langella 'Frost/Nixon'

Sean Penn 'Milk'

Mickey Rourke 'The Wrestler'

Best Actress:

Anne Hathaway 'Rachel Getting Married'

Melissa Leo 'Frozen River'

Meryl Street 'Doubt'

Angelina Jolie 'Changeling'

Kate Winslet 'The Reader'

Best Supporting Actor:

Josh Brolin 'Milk'

Robert Downey Jr. 'Tropic Thunder'

Philip Seymour Hoffman 'Doubt'

Heath Ledger 'The Dark Knight'

Michael Shannon 'Revolutionary Road'

Best Supporting Actress:

Amy Adams 'Doubt'

Penelope Cruz 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona'

Viola Davis 'Doubt'

Taraji P. Henson 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'

Best Director:

David Fincher 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'

Ron Howard 'Frost/Nixon'

Gus Van Sant 'Milk'

Stephen Daldry 'The Reader'

Danny Boyle 'Slumdog Millionaire'

Best Animated Feature Film:


'Kung Fu Panda'


Best Adapted Screenplay:

'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'



'The Reader'

'Slumdog Millionaire'

Best Original Screenplay:

'Frozen River'


'In Bruges'



The 81st Academy Awards take place on February 22 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Co-write screenwriting competition

In association with respected management/production company Benderspink (A History of Violence, Just Friends, The Butterfly Effect) Cowrite is launching a truly innovative screenwriting competition open to aspiring writers and movie lovers everywhere.

The idea behind the web-based Cowrite contest is to have writers throughout the country collaborate on a movie script based on a posted story premise. The script will be written in ten-page increments based on contestant submissions. Given a basic premise for a movie, you write what you think should be the first 10 pages of the script, the judges choose the best entry, it gets posted online, and then people can submit the next 10 pages (having read the first 10, of course), and so on, until the story is finished. Each of the biweekly winners gets $3,000 cash and prizes, and the final product will be shopped around with the goal in mind to get it made into a movie.

MOVIE PREMISE: Determined to be a high-level Jason Bourne type operative, an awkward teenager enlists the help of a mysterious, supposed ex-CIA agent in his hometown and finds himself entangled in a dangerous plot that is way over his head.

Friday, January 09, 2009

classic onion - Google Launches 'The Google' For Older Adults

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA—The popular search engine Google announced plans Friday to launch a new site,, to appeal to older adults not able to navigate the original website's single text field and two clearly marked buttons.

"The Google will have all the same information currently found on regular Google, but with the added features of not stealing your credit-card numbers or giving your computer all kinds of viruses," said Rick Tillich, The Google project director. "All you have to do to turn the website on is put the little blinking line thing in the cyberspace window at the top of the screen, type ',' and press 'return'—although it will also recognize,, and 'THEGOOGLE' typed into a Word document."

Tillich added that he hopes the site will soon replace Yahoo Internet as the most popular search engine for users over 55.