Teenage Paparazzo

I read a column in an old Popular Photography magazine. The columnist received a letter from an insurance salesman who owned a camera and decided to be a photojournalist. He wanted to go on assignment somewhere exotic. He asked where to sign up and how much he would be paid.

Even educated people thought they could just pick up their cameras, head for a war zone and be professional photojournalists.

Well. Turns out the idiots were right. It doesn't take years of experience to be a highly paid professional photographer. All it takes is a camera.

There's a documentary made by Adrian Grenier called Teenage Paparazzo about a kid named Austin Visschedyk. It focuses on Austin even though he had a friend, Blaine, who's also a teenage paparazzo but isn't quite as cute. The two boys run around LA with the grown-up paparazzi---one of them with a $3,000 camera his father bought him for that purpose. The little bastards make $500 to $1,000 per picture.

Austin became a bit of a celebrity himself---the subject of the documentary, for one thing. Both boys have websites which have a little "TM" after their names. They are now registered trademarks.

From a review by Chris Knight:

...the film gets most interesting when Austin, inebriated by all the attention, gets weirder, taking on the mannerisms of the pampered stars he follows. Grenier arrives with his camera crew one day to find Austin with his friend Blaine, whose dad is making his own movie. "Who are you with?" he asks another photographer. "Teen Vogue," the guy answers, doing a shoot about Blaine's dad's shoot.

Trying to rein in this pint-sized media monster, Grenier takes advice from Whoopi Goldberg, who suggests that, if Austin doesn't become the next Annie Leibovitz, his fame will fade the minute his voice changes. Maybe the boy can be steered toward an interest in serious photojournalism?

No luck. When Austin is shown the Pulitzer Prize-winning photo from the 1970 Kent State shootings -- of a girl screaming and kneeling over the body of a dead protester -- he shrugs and looks away. Not dramatic enough. Grenier, aghast, looks like a modern Prometheus.

There's something horrible about rich kids in Hollywood. I saw one of them on an MTV show called Cribs. The show has camera crews visit celebrities in their homes. And their homes are all pretty much alike. Everything they have is new. It's pretty much interchangeable. They could trade houses and no one would notice. And they all had the same cars---a gray BMW and the biggest, ugliest black SUV they could find.

The kid actor on Cribs---I think he was an undersized teenager who could pass for a 12-year-old---had appeared on that candid camera show Ashton Kutcher did, and was later cast in a short-lived sit-com. Looking at the kid's house, you could see his family was rich. They weren't living on the kid's money. It made me wonder what motivated this tasteless, bourgeois family to get their child on TV.

The idea of poor single mothers driving their children to auditions never bothered me. I'm all for it. But I can't understand these bourgeois parents. One look at their house and you can see that they don't have the slightest creative impulse.

In the case the the teenage paparazzi, you have rich parents spending thousands of dollars promoting their kids' efforts, which would probably be fine if they weren't doing something sleazy.

Austin Visschedyk is no Doogie Howser. All he has is a willingness to harass people with his camera and parents who let him do it. It doesn't say much for them. Or for the other paparazzi who aren't doing anything a seventh grader couldn't do just as well.

Segway Owner Jimi Heselden Dies in Scooter Cliff Fall

Segway owner and millionaire Jimi Heselden, has been discovered dead after falling from cliffs while riding one of his company's motorised scooters.

Mr. Heselden crashed into the River Wharfe while riding the vehicle round his estate in Thorp Arch, Boston Spa, West Yorkshire, on Sunday. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The scooter was found in the water. He is reported to be worth £166m, making him one of the top 400 richest people in the UK.

Mr Heselden, 62 years old, who founded Leeds-based company Hesco Bastion, acquired the United States-based Segway firm in December 2009. Segway scooters are electric, two-wheeled, self-balancing machines. They were invented by Dean Kamen and unveiled in 2001and first produced the following year

The tycoon was well known for his donations to charity, giving more than £20m to good causes.

Source and Image via http://www.bbc.co.uk/

Spartacus: Blood and Sand's Andy Whitfield Quits Show Because of Cancer.

Starz network announced that Spartacus: Blood and Sand star Andy Whitfield is leaving the show to battle a recurrence of cancer.

The second season of the hit series "Spartacus" was postponed this spring when its lead star, Andy Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Sadly the cancer has returned after treatment, and maybe forcing the actor to quit the series.

Starz network said co-stars Lucy Lawless and John Hannah would take center stage for
a six-episode prequel leading up to Spartacus' arrival. It will air beginning in January. In a statement, Whitfield expressed regret at leaving the series while describing his cancer battle "as another extraordinary journey." [huffingtonpost.com]

Click this link for more information about Spartacus: Blood and Sand 

UPDATE: Liam McIntyre as New Lead Actor for Season Two 

Blast at DLSU-Manila on the Last Day of Bar Exams in Manila

At least 42 people, mostly bar examiners, were hurt on Sunday when a strong explosion erupted just below the Light Railway Transit’s (LRT) station in Vito Cruz front of De La Salle University - Manila just when 5,012 law graduates rushing out of the main entrance. Police said the explosion was so strong that its effect was felt even at the LRT.

Nine victims were brought to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) while 15 were rushed to Ospital ng Maynila. The others were brought to private hospitals.

Nine of the injured were identified as
Joanna Katrina Ledda, Arvin Francis Rosales, Philip Edwin Teelo, Gennilyn Ong, Cyril Ferrer, Kathleen Samba, Azenith Gonzalvo, Jamell Ann Marie and Renald Sudla. [gmanews.tv]

Police said that the blast was likely caused by "frat wars" and MAYBE two fraternities involved with the blast were Tau Gamma Phi and Alpha Kappa Rho.

Miley Cyrus on “21 under 21″ list‎

Miley CyrusBillboard Magazine have revealed their top 21 musicians under 21 years of age.

They’re young, they’re on a white-hot winning streak, and most importantly, they’re just getting started: These are Billboard.com’s “21 Under 21,” selected not only for their tender age but also for their potential to rule the pop culture zeitgeist over the next 12 months.

Whether it’s a country star whose every song lyric demands hours of analysis (Is she singing about Joe, Taylor or Kanye?!), a beloved breakout character on TV’s hottest high school musical, or a newcomer who landed a record deal on the strength of one Lady Gaga cover – here are the top 10 of Billboard Magazine’s top 21 under 21.

10. Miley Cyrus.

9. Greyson Chance

8. Demi Lovato

7. Williow Smith

6. Nick Jonas

5. Soulja Boy

4. Charice

3. Selena Gomez

2. Justin Bieber

1. Taylor Swift

What do you think of the top 10? Who is favourite musician under 21? Leave us a comment.

Paris Hilton barred from Japan

I was generally on Paris Hilton's side during her ordeal in the county jail. A few people made fun of her for having a GED instead of a high school diploma, an insult to all those with GEDs, and an insult to the quarter of all high school graduates who can't pass the test for a GED.

But I had mixed feelings. I hate drunks, drunk drivers and, generally, rich people. Wasn't Paris laughing as one of her rich scumbag friends denounced one of their movie star friends for being "poor" because she only had a few million dollars? And what was the thing about her using racial slurs?

The sex tape wasn't her fault. She turned lemons into lemonade. She parlayed her degradation into a Hollywood career of sorts.

Now Paris has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of possessing .8 of a gram of cocaine and "obstructing an officer", whatever that means. She got one year probation, a $2,000 fine, 200 hours of community service and she has to complete a drug treatment program.

The judge told her that "Any new arrests terminate your criminal probation and you will serve a one year sentence."

As a convicted drug offender, she was barred from entering Japan. This put an end to her Asian tour to promote her line of clothing, or perfume or whatever the hell it was she was promoting a line of.

Anthony Papa wrote on counterpunch.com:

...Now I suggest because of this and her recent arrest she follows up with her thoughts back when she was released in 2007. Back then, fresh out of jail, Paris wanted to be an advocate and find meaning in her life. On the Larry King Show she was asked if she was planning to help others. Paris responded and said "That's something I was actually thinking a lot about in jail. I feel like, you know, being in the spotlight, I have a platform where I can raise awareness for so many great causes, and just do so much with this, instead of, you know, superficial things like going out. I want to help raise money for kids, breast cancer and multiple sclerosis." Those thoughts were soon forgotten.

But now because of her probation and her apparent drug use she was sentenced to two hundred hours of community service. I suggest that Paris Hilton now speak out and become an advocate for reforming our draconian drug laws. Think of how many lives she could save by speaking out for treatment instead of imprisonment. We would welcome her to our movement.

That's much better than my suggestion.

I was going to say that Paris should stop trying to steal work from needy actresses and use her wealth to produce and star in a series of shameless vanity projects. I would suggest a series of biopics. Paris Hilton as Zsa Zsa Gabor. Paris Hilton as Lana Turner. Paris Hilton as Marilyn Monroe. Paris Hilton as Jean Harlow.

Then do some intellectual roles. Paris Hilton as Ayn Rand. Paris Hilton as Madame Curie. Paris Hilton as...well. You get the idea.

And I'm not suggesting that Ayn Rand was an intellectual.

All Paris needs is money. Pay a few writers and actors, bring in a camera crew.

She would make the world a better place.

Miley filming a commercial in LA

 Miley filming a commercial in LAMiley filming a commercial in Los Angeles on September 16.

There’s also going to be a new episode of Hannah Montana Forever airing on October 3rd called Hannah’s Gonna Get This with special guest star Iyaz, here’s the description.

“After a bad case of writer’s block, Miley finally comes up with a song for the new Hannah Montana album, a tune that gets mixed reactions from her record label. She starts to doubt herself until popular recording artist Iyaz overhears it and wants to record it as a duet. Meanwhile, Jackson and Rico compete over who can grow a better moustache.”

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Miley Out with Braison

Miley Out with BraisonMiley out to lunch with her brother Braison! Enjoy!
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Miley Cyrus in Flowy Dress & Platform Hills at LA

Miley Cyrus was spotted strolling around Los Angeles, California on September 23rd in a flowy dress and tall platform heels. What do you think of Miley’s outfit?

Miley recently posted a video for her “fans” in which she gets defensive about a number of rumors that are flying around about her. We wish if she was going to make a video she would make one really thanking her fans for their support rather than attacking the media
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Miley Talks Abt Marraige and Boobjob

Miley Talks Abt Marraige and BoobjobMiley Cyrus has posted a 10-minute video on YouTube ranting about the number of false rumours about her.

The Hannah Montana actress uses the clip to address a series of tabloid reports - including claims she's to tie the knot with Last Song co-star Liam Hemsworth, 20. 'No, I'm not engaged,' says Miley, 17. 'No, I'm not getting married anytime soon.

'Miley doesn't need to do anything but sit and chill and make music that I love, and make art that means something to me. 'I'm way too driven right now... I'm 17! I've got so much work to do. No way.' Miley also tackles reports she's living with Liam and that she's having plastic surgery. 'I'm not living with anybody!' she adds. 'I think that rumour's been going on ever since I got my very first boyfriend ever.

'I live at home...I still live at home with my mum, my dad, my family. No one's here with us!

'And no, I don't want a boob job.'
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Hawaii Five-0 stinks

Okay, so I watched the new Hawaii Five-O. My God, it was bad. Steve McGarrett and Dan Williams both talking in phony New Jersey accents. The sounded like John Travolta in his early, moronic roles. Do they think that sounds naturalistic?

I've never seen Hawaii look uglier than it did on that show. They apparently screwed around with the color and contrast. They must have thought they were making it look cinematic. Like the old soap operas where they would make everything brown because they thought it made it look more expensive.

Here's a shot from the show to give you an idea what they did to it:

Now, look at these two. If they knocked on your door and told you they were police, and said it in phony, moronic accents, would you say, "What seems to be the trouble, officers?" or would you lock the door?

What the hell is wrong with Steve McGarrett's arms?

I changed the channel and watched something else in the middle of it, so I missed the part where, according to one review, they question a suspect and hit him with an ashtray, threaten to deport his family to Rwanda and make some sort of quip about his seven-year-old child being forced to fight in a militia. Some of that wonderful humor admirers of the pilot were talking about.

I watched it because the REAL Hawaii Five-O was a pretty good show.

It makes me wonder---the network decided not to go with the new Rockford Files. They were disappointed by the pilot. Which means, what? It wasn't enough like this crap?

Miley Declares 'I'm just like y'all!' ‎ Via Youtube

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Without her Twitter, rumors this summer ran rampant, so finally the raspy voiced teen star filmed a video to set things straight and update her fans on her busy teen life.

Miley introduced fans to her new rescue dog (point 1 for Miley), joked about gaining weight on vacation (point 2 for Miley), and really did her part to come across as a normal teen girl wanting to live a normal teen life, even if that life includes an immaculately decorated, NYC studio apartment-sized shoe closet. It was great to see her acknowledge that she needed to go take a math quiz — even if she was procrastinating said math quiz to make a video. (Miley Cyrus stalling on math homework — I always knew we could be friends.) Of course, Miley proved that after her math, she could stand to brush up on her geography, with her “California is not the most beautiful city in the world” comment.

Rumors Miley debunked in the nearly 10-minute video: She is not engaged (last I heard, she was single), she is not living with a significant other (why move out of your parents’ house when there are huge shoe closets?), and she did not get arrested for driving while on the cell phone. It’s nice knowing that Miley is a law-abiding citizen — other former teen stars have me really worried these days. Topics I wish Miley covered: Which teeth whitening system she uses.

Miley Cyrus Met Jonas Reunite At Birthday Party

Miley Cyrus Met Jonas Reunite At Birthday Party
Miley Cyrus And Nick Jonas Reunite At Birthday Party – Could romance be brewing between Miley Cyrus and Nick Jonas? The two stars celebrated his birthday along with his brother’s ex Demi Lovato.

The trio was accompanied by a number of other individuals including Robert Kardashian. Demi and Miley were seen hugging at one point throughout the day. Selena Gomez was invited but was reportedly unable to make it because she is too busy promoting her new album. The trio went bowling at the stroke of midnight on Wednesday night.

Nick and Miley used to date one another, but they have not been together for quite some time. Joe Jonas, who is Demi’s ex-boyfriend, also joined them as they went bowling. It is not clear if he was seen chatting with his ex or not throughout the night, but he did make sure to wish his brother a happy birthday over twitter.
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Joaquin Phoenix, Woody Allen

Andy Warhol used to make these "movies". They were portraits on 16mm film. The person would sit and they would turn on the camera for 12 minutes or however long the roll of film ran. The idea was that the person posing for the picture couldn't maintain a front for that long. Their true self---their true facial expression, which I guess means their neutral facial expression, would come out at some point before the film ran out.

But then you have Woody Allen in Wild Man Blues, a cinema verite documentary about his European tour with his amateur jazz band. And amateurs they were. Some European critics pointed out that they really weren't very good.

Poor Woody Allen has practiced his clarinet faithfully for decades. He was dedicated to it. But it was decades before it dawned on him that he didn't have a talent for it. But he has other things to sustain him, and even if he didn't, he'd be no worse off than most of us. There's an elderly dishwasher or janitor somewhere practicing his clarinet slowly realizing that he never had a chance.

The thing about Wild Man Blues is that Allen never forgot the camera was there. He managed to go on a 23-day tour without ever behaving naturally.

"Wake me up before we land in Paris," he says as he goes to sleep on the plane. In Paris? He was speaking in movie dialog, explaining to the viewers what was happening.

Later, he writes down an order for room service.

"You're not signing an autograph," Soon-yi says.

"I'll write it more clearly," Allen says in case the audience didn't catch what she meant.

He gets sick and can't perform in London. He says: "What a drag. I was looking forward to giving a good show tonight. I don't want to just go out there and make an achievement till I get through the show. I want the show to be very good cause if I'm not good, these people will hate me in my own language."

I don't think I'm especially observant about things like that, but those jumped out even at me.

The only interesting thing was that Soon-yi seemed have more on the ball than people gave her credit for. When it came out that Allen was molesting her, Mia Farrow tried to portray her as subnormal, taken advantage of and manipulated by a rich geezer movie director. And she probably was manipulated and taken advantage of. The poor girl was a teenager when Allen started playing his dirty numbers on her (although she was an adult). She was adopted as a pre-schooler after living a horrible life in Korea, and just her place in this over-sized family probably left her vulnerable. Kind of like if Jan Brady had been a horribly abused Korean adoptee.

Soon-yi may be right about one thing. There were reports that she wanted Allen to get some decent frames for his glasses and start wearing Armani suits. Allen's image is so contrived. At least he quit wearing saddle shoes.

Mia Farrow wrote in her memoir that when she first went out with Allen, she was talking to someone who knew him. They talked about what she should do to make a good impression.

"Well, I know he doesn't care about clothes," Mia said.

"Are you kidding?" her friend said.

Moe Howard and Larry Fine combed their hair normally when they weren't playing the The Three Stooges. Charlie Chaplin wore regular, properly-fitting clothes when he wasn't on the set. Seems like Woody Allen could dress like a normal human being.

I'm Still Here

But now we have this other phony documentary, I'm Still Here, starring Joaquin Phoenix, directed by his brother-in-law, Casey Affleck. Roger Ebert seemed to have fallen for it--thought it was real. As I understand it, Phoenix made statements both ways, that it was a real documentary and that it was a "mockumentary". Affleck finally stated that it wasn't real.

I haven't seen it and I'm not likely to.

There is a precedent for this sort of thing in literature.

The first novels were epistolary---they took the form of letters or diaries. This gave them the illusion of reality.

Today, epistolary novels have taken it one step further---they take the form of memoirs and are actually published as memoirs. You have people writing sometimes wildly implausible stories and publishing and promoting them as memoirs and insisting that they're completely true. One was written by a woman who claimed that, at age 7, she killed a Nazi and then fled into the forest where she was raised by wolves.

You have literary hoaxes like the case of J.T. LeRoy. A middle aged woman wrote supposedly autobiographical stories by/about a teenage boy prostitute. She gave interviews over the phone speaking with a fake West Virginia accent. She would explain that he could give lengthy phone interviews, work as a prostitute and write shocking details about his life, but he was too painfully shy to be interviewed in person.

I don't think Daniel Defoe ever claimed to be Robinson Crusoe.

I read a little by J.T. LeRoy and thought it was crap. I can see how people might have found it compelling if they thought it was true, but even then the writing was very bad. As one critic mentioned, if you're going to write about being a 12-year-old "truck stop prostitute" in West Virginia, you should probably give some idea as to how truck stop prostitution actually works. How does one go about it? It was written in a vague, pseudo poetic style. I've seen stuff written by real teenagers about actual events that was infinitely better---written by kids with no literary pretense who'd probably be looked down upon by the high brow dupes taken in by "LeRoy".

There's a Facebook page called "I Love A Million Little Pieces Even If It's Not All True". There are always people like that. They were fooled into believing complete nonsense, and when the hoax is exposed they insist that it's still of literary merit because they were so moved by it when they thought it was true. Gus Van Sant said this about J.T. LeRoy. Van Sant had actually met with LeRoy and LeRoy co-wrote the script to one of his movies, but Van Sant didn't notice he was a woman.

But stuff like that is only interesting if it's true. Like an episode of Dragnet. No one would have watched that show for two seconds if they knew it was fiction.

Miley Cyrus launches fashion range at Asda

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Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus has launched her own pocket moneypriced fashion range at supermarket chain Asda.

But image-conscious British girls who are keen to dress like the trendsetting teenager need to figure out their American size first, as all the gear comes in US fittings.

From Miley's trademark ripped skinny jeans which are in American sizes 1-11 to edgy rock-chick T-shirts in US extra small to extra large, buying online could leave parents with a conversion headache.

The brainchild of Asda's American parent company Walmart, the trendy clothes for older girls start from £6 for foil-printed vests and £7 for tops, stylishly slashed at the back.

There's funky denim hotpants for £9, Miley's trademark Hannah Montana waistcoat and T-shirt for £9 and blue or black skinny jeans for £13. Miley's sassy outfits have been designed with the help of French fashion guru Max Azria who has created exclusive red carpet gowns for A-listers Alicia Keys, Halle Berry and Angelina Jolie.
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Miley Cyrus Break The Rule

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Police stopped Miley Cyrus after seeing her using her phone while driving in Hollywood reports have claimed. The 17-year-old star that was with her boyfriend Liam Hemsworth was told off by police for using her mobile where they told her how dangerous it was.

According to reports, the police made sure that Miley Cyrus knew how serious the offence was before letting her on her way.

A source close to Miley Cyrus said: “Miley got a good telling off by the police, they were not interested in who she was they were only interested in getting her to understand that using her mobile phone could have caused a crash.”
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Miley Cyrus -Liam Hemsworth Together again

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Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are getting back together start to gain evidence.

After reported spending time together during the weekend, the pair has been spotted sharing a long kiss in her parked car, a Mercedes Benz SUV, on Monday, September 13 morning in Los Angeles. Just Jared which obtains the picture reports that they were making out for about 10-15 minutes.

Miley and Liam, who started dating after they met on the set of "The Last Song", separated in August. On Saturday, September 11, however, the two were spotted picnicking together in Hollywood Hills.

"Miley and Liam kept smiling and seemed to really enjoy their afternoon together. They acted like they had missed each other, kept chatting and seemed to be catching up," a source told People about their outing. "They definitely seemed like a couple again."
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MMDA to Re-implement Anti-Littering Law

Metro Manila Mayors decided to re-implement the Anti-Littering Law of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to RA 9003, the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act. Police will now have the power to start ticketing violators of the said law next week, September 16, 2010.

MMDA Regulation Number 96-009 as amended by MMDA Regulation Number 99-006 or the Anti-Littering Law, approved by the Metro Manila Council (MMC) in August 1996, prohibits
littering, dumping, and throwing of garbage or any kind of waste in open or public places. Around P12 million was collected from administrative fines from January 1999 to July 2002. The implementation of the law was suspended in 2003 after it was overtaken by more pressing priority programs of the authority.

Among the mayors who strongly supported the law, Makati Mayor Erwin Binay, Valenzuela Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian, Muntinlupa Mayor Aldrin San Pedro, Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano, and other representatives.

Under the law, violators are issued an Environmental Violation Receipt (EVR). Environmental police will be deployed in the metropolis to penalize violators of the Anti-Littering Law. Administrative Fines ranging from P500 to P1,000 and community service for those who cannot afford to pay. Violators with unsettled records will not be able to get a clearance from the National Bureau of Investigation. These penalties are great and I think will be very effective. Violators can now really feel the weight of the fines and would think twice before littering again.

Miley Cyrus Get Tattoo on Little Finger

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Miley Cyrus getting tattoos inked on her right ear and under her left breast, singer-actress.

Miley Cyrus has gone ahead to get her third one - an outline of a heart.

The tattoo, Cyrus' third, is on the little finger of her right hand.
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Her first one were the words Just breathe under her left breast. It was a tribute to her friend Vanessa, who died of cystic fibrosis, an inherited lung disease, three years ago.

She got her second tattoo - the word Love- in May this year.
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How the hell do you break into the movie industry?

You want to avoid the expense of film school, to avoid graduating with a massive debt and a worthless degree. You have to figure out how to make the connections without enrolling, which doesn't seem like it would be that hard.

It seems like someone who wants to be a filmmaker had BETTER be able to come up with something more creative than "go to film school, then get a job."

There's always Toronto with its thriving film industry.

With the economy the way it is...

The economy is lousy. But the rich now are MUCH richer than they were just ten or twenty years ago. It's not that the economy isn't working---it's that it's working exactly the way they want it to, to the advantage of the parasites who control it. Which means this situation is going to be more or less permanent.

For the aspiring filmmaker, it either means you should snap out of it and do something that will actually allow you to earn a living, or it means that you're doomed to poverty anyway, so you may as well go for it. The only fields where the job market is expanding are waitressing and bartending.

John Waters, et al

John Waters started out filming hideously offensive movies for people in Baltimore. "Transgressive" (intentionally offensive) cinema would be hard to succeed at now since South Park and Family Guy have cornered that market, in much the same way that mainstream cinema is now bloodier and gorier than anything Hershel Gordon Lewis ever made.

In the early '60's, exploitation filmmakers were in trouble. Hollywood had moved in on their territory. They had been making sex movies. Not porno---just movies about sex. The cheap exploitation filmmakers had to think of something new, something commercially viable that Hollywood would never stoop to. They came up with "gore movies".

Now Hollywood has taken that over, too.

So. What's left? What is there? What is there that has commercial potential, that can be filmed on a tiny budget, and that Hollywood won't touch?

They've already taken over the gay market.

Miley Cyrus Laughing Out Loud in paris

 Miley Cyrus Laughing Out Loud
It seemed mere speculation when it was reported that 17-year-old Miley had fallen head-over-heels for LOL: Laughing Out Loud co-star Douglas Booth. The film also stars The Twilight Saga actress Ashley Greene and Demi Moore.

Miley Cyrus and Ashley Greene have taken the shoot for their upcoming flick "LOL: Laughing Out Loud" internationally. The ladies were photographed filming in Paris, after being spotted in Detroit earlier this summer.

In stills taken on the set, Greene and Cyrus are pictured with various castmates filming "LOL," which is due in 2011.

Later, Cyrus, wearing a leather jacket, goes shopping with Hinshaw and Esco, and in another shot, she is alone and soaking wet, running through a puddle. Cyrus and Greene also were filmed walking arm in arm through Paris.

Cyrus has said that in her post-"Hannah Montana" career, she's looking to film more serious, mature movies, and that she intends to take a break from music to pursue her film career.

"I'm working on lots of different films: drama, action, comedy," she explained. "I like challenges, so I'm doing a little bit of everything."
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"The more I make music that doesn't truly inspire me, the more I feel like I'm blending in with everyone else," she added. "I'm taking some time off [from music]."

Given those plans, "LOL" seems like a step in the right direction. The film is about a group of young people, led by Cyrus (whose character is named Lola), who try to navigate high school peer pressures and romance in a tech-savvy world. It also stars Demi Moore as Cyrus's mom.

"She's great," Moore said of her co-star, "and I think that she is incredibly grounded. ... [Miley] is a true professional, and she truly has a wonderful family. It really shows."
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Double features on DVD

Roger Ebert suggested ideas for double features. It was in the back of one of his books. His idea was to rent two movies to watch together.

I don't really remember them, except he kept suggesting you watch the original movie, then the re-make, which seemed rather uninspired. And he suggested this with some really long movies---The Seven Samurai and The Magnificent Seven which would be awfully long.

But okay, here are my suggestions. Double features. Movies you can compare and contrast:

A Touch of Evil

A Touch of Evil exemplified Orson Welles' approach---long sequence shots and composition in depth---while Psycho was a stunning vindications of the theories of Pudovkin and Eisenstein. Made within a few years of each other, both black and white exploitation films and both with Janet Leigh in a motel with a nutty desk clerk. The movies are similar, but so different. Makes more sense to compare these two than Battleship Potempkin and Citizen Kane.


Strangely similar storylines. Was it really such a good idea letting Shane hang around with that kid? Could it be that Shane belonged in an institution?

Little Shop of Horrors

Made the same year, both shown by special invitation at the Cannes Film Festival. One an overblown epic, the other filmed in just two days. And they're both about Jewish people.

Dead Man
The Outskirts
(Russia, 1998)

Somewhat similar, both black & white. The Outskirts (Okraina) was filmed in the style of a 1930s Soviet film; Dead Man was filmed in the style of a Jim Jarmusch movie. If you like one, you'll probably like the other.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers
They Live

A cold war paranoia movie, about Communists from outer space. Then watch John Carpenter's movie about Bourgeoisie from outer space.

The Maltese Falcon

Movies with seemingly amoral heroes who deal with criminals on their own terms, play one side off against the other and destroy them both.

Yojimbo, by the way, borrowed elements of the movie The Glass Key which was based on a Dashiell Hammett novel, as was The Maltese Falcon.

Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway
Roger Corman's A Bucket of Blood

Opening scenes show high-brow artistic types talk about art being more important than human life. Low-brows put the theory into practice.

Malcolm X
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story

Biopics. One anti-miscegenation, the other pro-miscegenation.

The Ice Storm
Max Mon Amour

The first is about wife swappers in the early '70s. The other is a surreal French comedy, played straight, about a married bourgeois French woman secretly dating a chimpanzee.

The Bicycle Thief
Angelo, My Love

The Italian Neo-Realist classic, and Robert Duvall's brilliant movie about Gypsies living in New York which I thought exemplified the theories of Italian Neo-Realism.

Suddenly Last Summer
Mondo Cane

The first, based on the play by Tennessee Williams. A guy liked to take women to southern Europe and show them how horrible the world is. And Mondo Cane, made in southern Europe by a depressed director who wanted to show audiences how horrible the world was.

Bad Day At Black Rock

I already used Yojimbo, but here it is again. Bad Day at Black Rock was directed by John Sturges, who went on to direct The Magnificent Seven, which was a western remake of Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai. So it's sort of appropriate that there were parallels between these two movie. Bad Day at Black Rock pre-dated Yojimbo, of course.

Miley Cyrus to sing with Demi Lovato

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Miley Cyrus to sing with Demi Lovato

The 18-year-old pop singer, Demi Lovato intends to work with her fellow pop artist, Miley Cyrus, on a collaboration record. Lovato said that the two have been talking about working together in a project since long and now they think the time is ripe to put their words into action.

When asked what incited the young singer to work with Miley Cyrus, Lovato responded that Miley is one of her best friends and she always wanted to have her on her album.

Miley Cyrus to sing with Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato is not only a singer having two albums released with the latest one being "Here We Go Again", but has also tested her skills as an actress. She is part of a show by the name of "Sonny With a Chance" that is broadcasted by Disney channel.

Demi Lovato also talked about her latest love interest and that is R&B star, Trey Songz. Earlier this year, she broke up with her ex boyfriend, aJoe Jonas of Jonas Brothers
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Magic Charger for Apple's Magic Mouse

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Mobee, a  Switzerland-based company, just released a great product. An inductive Magic Charger for Apple's Magic Mouse. Weird and corny the name may seem, it is somewhat magical. We all are familiar with how great Apple's Magic Mouse is and how strong it consumes batteries making it expensive to use. You would have used and trashed many alkaline batteries or constantly swapping in a fresh pair of rechargeables.

The Mobee Magic Charger removes this with its inductive charging
mini-USB base station and battery pack that slots into Apple's mouse. And it weighs only 1.30oz / 37g battery pack. To give an idea how light this is, it's actually lighter than a pair of AAs.

The Mobee charged Magic Mouse is said to last for 6 days under constant use. After that, it requires 6 hours to reach a full charge. It will be available worldwide in mid-October for $49.90. 

New iPod Nano

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Apple just released its all new iPod Nano. Thinner, lighter and now also has a touch screen with great multitouch functions. Some interesting new features like the FM radio Live Pause. If you need to take a break from listening, tap to pause a song or show on the radio, then tap again to continue where you left off. You can rewind as far back as 15 minutes or fast-forward to catch up to the live broadcast. Also, iPod nano also has a built-in pedometer, great for exercise. It keeps track of your steps and helps you meet your fitness goals. 

8GB $149
16GB $179

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"Okay, we've gotten much more quality time with the nano, and we'll admit that after some brief practice, the menu navigation is nice both going in and out of menus -- holding the middle will take some getting used to, if only because you gotta avoid any other on-screen items that beckon for your digits. Probably due to the small size of the screen, there is no pinch-to-zoom for photos. Instead, we're using a simple double-tap motion to a fixed zoom in / zoom out distance.

The clock app has a very easy-to-read analog style to it, and swiping across the screen will give you a stopwatch and timer. There is no alarm clock, however, which as the Apple rep explained to us was a design decision given its lack of an external speaker. Bummer, as it's the perfect size to strap on a band and use as a wristwatch -- a fitting thought, too, given one of the settings will let us see the time every time we wake up the screen. Check out our video tour after the break."

Rumours:Miley Cyrus Dating Douglas Booth

miley cyrus douglas boothSinger and actress Miley Cyrus who recently parted her ways with Australian boyfriend Liam Hemsworth is said to have found love again. The ‘Hanna Montana’ star is said to be dating her ‘LOL-Laugh Out Loud’ co-star Douglas Booth.

Lately the teen icon was spotted getting too cozy with Douglas at Lion`s Den restaurant in Waterford, Michigan.

The restaurant`s bartender was quoted as saying, “I thought they were boyfriend and girlfriend, they were flirting so much. She was really fawning all over him, acting really girly-girly."

"For his part, he seemed to be eating up the attention... The flirting was very respectful and no, they didn`t (kiss). They were among friends and other people in the restaurant - but she was falling all over him," the bartender added.

In the movie ‘LOL-Laugh Out Loud’, Miley Cyrus is portraying the character of ‘wild-wild’ daughter of Demi Moore. The actress will be seen talking excessively about sex, losing her virginity, smoking marijuana, kissing one of her best female friends on the lips, getting wasted.

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