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Randee Dawn
Writer. Reader. Never enough time for either.
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You don't have to look far to find songs about sadness. Popular music of all genres has trafficked forever in lyrics that tell terrible tales, suggest dark motives and insist that we all live in a vale of tears. Plus, there's a catchy chorus. Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Ripped from the Headlines
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So I guess this is how it happens: You do something long enough and you start being able to flash back on your own work. In 1993 I wrote to Late Night With David Letterman in the hopes of being able to get a ticket to one of his last... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at Ripped from the Headlines
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When I go to the grocery story for ice cream, I know exactly what flavor I want. Maybe I'm flexible on who's making the flavor but in general, give me what I know I already like. Ice cream makers aren't the only ones in on this truism; advertisers are well... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Ripped from the Headlines
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Back in July of 2007, I was about a year and four months from getting laid off from The Hollywood Reporter after a pretty good run at the troubled trade publication (which has very much bounced back in the years since after going through a visionary rethink). But they were... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2015 at Ripped from the Headlines
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Into the life of every TV series, a breather must fall. Here you have a successful plot engine chugging along, peopled by a beloved ensemble cast, all of whom who up every week to continue an ongoing story. But that can get tiring. Everyone needs a palate-cleanser. Which is what... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2015 at Ripped from the Headlines
Good luck with the run, Alex! But if knees continue to be an issue, do consider biking. You get much of the same delightful feeling of freedom and can cover a lot more distance without injuring yourself further.
Toggle Commented Apr 30, 2015 on The Big Runaround: Back on Track? at Flaming Pablum
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Very kind of Curiosity Quills to include me in their Blogging from A to Z list! https://curiosityquills.com/j-is-for-jason-purdy-and-randee-dawn/ Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at Ripped from the Headlines
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Music is the bird that pokes holes in our conscious; the lyrics are the seeds it leaves behind, and they flower all the rest of our lives. Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Ripped from the Headlines
Worked there for 5 years at THR. Lobby is quite nice; the actual worker bee floors, nothing special.
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2015 on For the Love of 770 Broadway at Flaming Pablum
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Years after "Lost" went off the air, two of its co-creators, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, are still asking the big questions in "The Leftovers" and "The Returned." Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at Ripped from the Headlines
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Can the end of the world be funny? It sure can be serious: One of TV’s most popular shows has been showing just how un-funny the end of the world can be for five seasons now. In fact, The Walking Dead has pretty much rubbed our faces in not only... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at Ripped from the Headlines
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The writer on a movie set is a second-class citizen, a vestigial remnant that might once have served a purpose but who, once filming has begun, can only get in the way. Once a script leaves the hands of its screenwriter, unless said screenwriter is also directing, they’re less useful... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2015 at Ripped from the Headlines
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At some point while watching the “Imitation Game,” probably when Benedict Cumberbatch was not actually on the screen, it occurred to me: Joan Clarke deserves a movie of her own. Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Ripped from the Headlines
Who says science fiction can’t be funny? "Nothing really new has been created since the Overlords came… There’s nothing left to struggle for and there are too many distractions and entertainments. Do you realize that every day something like 500 hours of radio and TV our out over the various... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at Ripped from the Headlines
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Coming to Arisia 2015? Here's where you'll find me, hoping to be in two places at once.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at Ripped from the Headlines
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“It’s a Wonderful Life” aired again on TV recently, as it does pretty much every year around Christmastime. And whether you’ve actually watched it or not (and I do recommend you give it a chance), you probably know the story of George Bailey, whose life is upended one Christmas Eve... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at Ripped from the Headlines
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After much delay, at last I saw “Maleficent” the other night. And yes, while it is full of exactly what one expects from a Disney film – for (spoiler alert), example, a villain given grace by his vanquisher tries one last time for the win and ends up falling to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Ripped from the Headlines
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On my way to the World Fantasy Convention in Crystal City, Virginia last weekend, I had a chat with an editor, who sighed with dismay that she’d initially packed only four or five books to bring with her for the long weekend. She wondered if that was enough. I began... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at Ripped from the Headlines
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TV can be a scary place, and some of its worst offenders are also the best-written and most seductive. Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Ripped from the Headlines
Gold is the superior tune. But I tended to be partial to Highly Strung. And yes, Duran Duran wins in a face-off.
Toggle Commented Oct 6, 2014 on Spandau, and How! at Flaming Pablum
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It's not botching; running is really hard on the body. If that body is say, not exactly 20, that's harder. You could look into a knee brace after some rest, but probably in the long run (no pun intended) a lower-impact routine will be more beneficial -- biking, ellipticals. Good luck.
Toggle Commented Sep 26, 2014 on The Big Runaround: Sidelined at Flaming Pablum
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Greetings! So glad you could make it. Welcome to the first in a continuing story … sorry, the continuing adventures of – no, that’s not quite right, either. All right, I’ll say it first: I’m a soap opera addict. I am a soap opera addict. I love stories that go... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Ripped from the Headlines
Thanks, Anne! And that's completely true.
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It’s an old, beloved story known well by “Mad Men” fans: How their show got to air. Creator Matthew Weiner had an idea to tell the story about New York ad guys in the 1960s for years before it became a reality. He honed his skills at “The Sopranos” while... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Ripped from the Headlines
"This pretty much blew a new part in my hair." That's my new favorite line.
Toggle Commented Aug 25, 2014 on Back to Bonaparte at Flaming Pablum
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