A few years later, the feature length script for Lady In My Life is done. Have I written my ‘Annie Hall’? Am I entering my ‘Woody in his prime’ stage of my acting/writing life? We will see, we will see.
My deadline for getting this done story written has been mostly self-imposed. One thing I can definitely say though: being a capital a ‘Actor’ the past couple of years has GREATLY improved my craft as a writer. My comedic timing is sharper, my sense for my own sense of humor and which parts of my silliness people respond to is much greater. Most important I think, working with other actors really sharpened my sense for character and different types of comedic characters can fill out a story. And hopefully as I continue to develop this story (as I slowly start to put my Producer hat back on), both the heart of the story and the silliness of it will tighten up.
My fondness for Rashida duly noted, I’m looking at an impressive list of actresses who, both as a writer and actor, I think could elevate and bring their own ideas into my story and make it better. Some are names you all know (which the Producer agrees with in terms of financing), some names my fellow film nerds know (which the Writer agrees with in terms of comedy) and some names only I’m thinking of (as the Actor who knows other people on my level who are ‘ready’ to be ‘overnight successes’ in the right role on the right project). The Producer/Development Executive is saying not to publicize that list though. As far as guys go though, since (like the short) this is a Kansas City based love story, I think it would be cool to try to get Paul (Rudd) or Jason (Sudeikis) to cameo as the story’s villain/foil.
So I’ll see what the feedback is while I focus on other things for a minute. I already told a few people close to me, that like the short, this feels like the One I have to take all the way to the end. I’m excited.
Have a good weekend!
Technically it’s still John’s birthday and I’ve been singing and dancing all day, so let’s get this one out of my system.
A few years back now, this came up because a friend of mine didn’t realize Mike covered this in his Moonwalker phase. So I slapped my friend.
Ok, that didn’t really happen, but that’s how shocked I was. So if somehow you didn’t know Mike covered one of the all time Beatles classics, here you go:
Head shaved, face shaved, putting on the jacket and the movie star charm. The pic above is how I’m feeling going into a big meeting (and heading into the week).
So on that note, let’s chill on the politics for this Sunday and get into it:
I’m still pretty high from the vibe my city can give me creatively so this is my choice to take you into the weekend.
Removed from the finality that ‘This Is It’ just naturally had attached to it, this is by far my favorite MJ song and video that came out after his death. I’d even say it’s underrated as a easy listening, laid back pop song.
Have a good weekend!
My friends, I’m so high right now.
No, not the physical high of a great workout, or the spiritual high of love, but the artistic high of seeing and hearing so many of the things I loved and am inspired by in one place.
If you come here at all, you know my music geekdown runs a close second to film. And right now, especially, the Grammy Museum in L.A. Live is on one. The top floor is the warmup; you get the history of the award itself, American music and songwriting through the years, you can explore whatever genre of music you’re attracted to.
You go down a floor and you see a space dedicated to new Hall of Famers Public Enemy. They got some of Chuck’s handwritten lyrics, one of Flav’s oversized clocks, an S1W uniform. Hells yes! And then you turn around…
And see a collection of Michael Jackson jackets from his solo career. You got the sequined joint he wore when they opened the Victory tour in Kansas City, you got the autographed letterman’s jacket he was sporting at the beginning of Thriller. OK I was really good now. BUT IT AIN’T OVER YET SON!
The main exhibit right now is Ringo: Peace and Love, focused on the least celebrated Beatle. But I tell you what, they put their foot into that exhibit. The drum kit he used for ‘Let It Be’ and ‘Abbey Road’, the red jacket he wore for the rooftop concert. Oh and did I mention you can get some interactive drum lessons from Ringo? No? Well did I mention you can step into the Yellow Submarine recording booth and sing the song (and hear yourself on playback)? For any pop culture/music geek, it’s well worth the price of…
FREE! Thanks to the City of Los Angeles, you have one more Wednesday to go down after 5 and enjoy the Grammy Museum on the house. A must visit if you haven’t been in awhile (or ever).
Peace and Love.
Your faithful narrator is going through a lot of mixed emotions right now: joy and elation, frustration, accomplishment, sadness, determination. Not at liberty to go into details until next month, so be patient as I imagine the posts/song choices will be even more all over the place than normal depending on how I’m feeling when I look at my playlist.
Along the lines of songs that take me through the emotional spectrum (because of the circumstance moreso than it being one of his best songs, but it’s not bad right?) here’s how we start the week:
Thanks to everyone who tuned into my Nickelodeon debut last night; it was a fun experience. Time to reboot…
Certainly not the first or last time I’ll post my single favorite song ever. I love this particular performance for a lot of reasons though.
- A microphone, a spotlight, and a stadium under his complete command. At any given time, there’s what? Maybe 5 living people who are on point like that.
- I agree with Spike’s doc here in that this was Mike at his apex as a live performer. Didn’t need his brothers anymore, complete confidence as a dancer and a singer.
- He puts the microphone down in the last minute and just starts doing a hardcore robot. I mean, damn…
Ah. I was all hyped to talk about this one when I knew it would be today’s song (I wrote my first ‘action fight sequence’ to this), but now I just feel melancholy. Hopefully it has the opposite effect on you going into the weekend. Enjoy!
I know your boy Justin Timberlake is hosting SNL this week and he’s got a hot record again so he’s in a nice spot to make another step up the ‘legend’ ladder. Justin is one of those handful of guys my hypercompetitive ass always keeps an eye on. Not that I could have (or want) his exact path, but we’re close enough in age and background (Midwestern/Southern mix) that I look at what he’s doing more than others. The biggest difference of course, is, you know, I’m actually black.
OK, OK, I kid, I kid. I’m not a hater like some. When Timberlake is on point (‘Cry Me a River’ and ‘Dick in a Box’ immediately come to mind), you can’t deny the skills/sense of style/comedic timing. I’ve seen and heard enough unflattering stories though too, to be a little wary.
Anyway I owe you a song to take you into the weekend. Not a joke I wrote, but this falls into the ‘Michael Jackson is not a genre of music’ category:
You know, this song reminds me of a story when
[Editor's Note: Malik was distracting in the last 30 seconds of the song and got into a pop locking showdown with video Justin. He'll be back with a new post Sunday night. Have a good weekend.]
So what do you get when my personal favorite filmmaker (Spike Lee) does a documentary about my personal favorite artist of all time (Michael Jackson)? You get BAD25, an absolute must see for all die hard MJ fans, and a well spent 2 hours for those of you who were fans of Mike at the apex of his artistic powers (which covers the rest of planet Earth, minimum).
With a near perfect mix of interviews with celebrity crushes/interviews, music industry insiders, choreographers, and the short filmmakers, BAD25 is both a great tribute to the iconic King of Pop, while also showing how many super talented collaborators Mike had to help bring his vision to life. It starts with the still ridiculous question, ‘How do you top Thriller?’ When even some of his closest people thought Mike should try something a little different, Mike set the goal of actually topping the greatest selling album of all time. Smart decision number one was getting together again with the icon in his own right Quincy Jones. From there, we get first hand accounts from everyone from Siedah Garrett to Martin Scorsese to Sheryl Crow on what it was like to work with MJ in creating each song, each video, working on his first solo tour. We even get a nice bit of comic relief when Spike has to address ‘Just Good Friends’; looking at the album playlist now it really is ridiculous. Ten songs EVERYONE knows…and ‘Just Good Friends’.
So needless to say, I can’t recommend this one enough. If you’re in L.A., it’s still playing at the Chinese Theatre for a few more days. It’s premiering on ABC during Thanksgiving weekend. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a floor to ceiling mirror I have to battle…
(buckling up my knee high boots. EVERY buckle…)