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Randee Dawn
Writer. Reader. Never enough time for either.
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Very kind of Curiosity Quills to include me in their Blogging from A to Z list! Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at Ripped from the Headlines
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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.
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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“What will your verse be?” — Robin Williams as John Keating, “Dead Poets Society” (1989) Just hours after the news that Robin Williams had killed himself broke on August 11, Bostonians opted to continue their dialogue with the late comedian. They went out to a bench in the city’s Public... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Ripped from the Headlines
The array of "Weird Al" Yankovic videos that recently took over the Internet was an eight-day Al-palooza for fans of the parodist — and their devotion was rewarded when his 14th album, "Mandatory Fun," hit the top of the charts. But fans don't yet have to go into withdrawal —... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at Ripped from the Headlines
Modern movie stories generally goes a little something like this: Hero. Hero travels to a different world (you can go metaphorical or literal on this one). Hero meets companion. (In Western society, this companion is almost always of a minority race, or disabled, or female. Look, this is what they... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at Ripped from the Headlines
There were many things to admire about "True Detective," HBO's limited series that brought together two tastes that worked great together: Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. But one of the biggest surprise breakouts of the show was ... the prop Big Hug Mug that sat next to McConaughey's character Rustin... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Ripped from the Headlines
“Eh, the book was better.” Said anyone who ever read a book before watching a movie or TV adaptation of said book. “The Leftovers,” the HBO series starring Justin Theroux and Liv Tyler, met “The Leftovers,” the literary novel with genre pretensions by Tom Perrotta at the end of June... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Ripped from the Headlines
I think I was actually at that La's show -- I saw them on that tour in Boston and then again not long after in NYC but I can't recall the venue. Great band, sadly, did not wash much.
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2014 on Marquee Memories: Redux at Flaming Pablum
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