I always have some "Great Idea" cooking. Let's see what it
is now ...
Young Munsters I: When Herman Met Lily
This is to officially internationally publish my concept for
a millions-earning film concept,
in which the Wide Screen prequels the Munsters TV series with a (hopefully)
series of its own,
The cast, as I see it, so far:
and if Frankie Muntz wasn't outgrowing the role, he'd get Eddie.
If anyone wants to steal this idea and make a fortune, I want half
Thus stated on this day, April 10, 2007, by Thomas Eric Hofer
So Britney Spears shaved her head. What's the big deal? Bald
is beautiful - and I should know.
Maybe the reality and weight of the fact that she's constantly in the
public eye is getting a bit much for her.
I can imagine. My advice to her: Hide out here at my apartment for as
long as you want.
No strings, no obligations, but no celeb guests, either.
We can chill, have some wine, we can chat about whatever you want to
get off your chest ...
But what would be great is if we collaborated on a new, hard-rock album.
Britney, it's time for your Alannis Morrisette Makeover.
Discard the teenie-candy pop crap and do the loud grungy stuff
you're dying to do.
When your hair grows back (and trust me - you don't need it: you're
cute enough without it)
you can shape it into a mohawk and be this generation's Wendy O Williams
with better pipes and songs.
Let it out, baby. Just let it out. Now ... how do I get you to call
We can go out for pizza at Jacopos in the Palisades ...
The Pogues and the "Gilligan's Island" Theme
Need I say more? They'd do an swesome version of it, and it
would be a HUGE hit in the States.
Lightning Strikes - Not Once but Thousands of Times
Has anyone ever done a study on the relationship of lightning
storms to subsequent earthquakes?
I'm sure there are records of where and when lightning strikes the earth
with some strength -
but what happens to the electricity once the earth absorbs it? Or does
it absorb it?
Or does it simply bounce around inside the earth until it bounces up
against another former lightning strike
and the impact causes an earthquake at the closest weak point in the
Burton & Geppetto = A Hit
I'm gonna say it now so we can all look back at it years from
now and laugh:
Tim Burton ought to direct a live-action version of Pinocchio.
OK - so Roberto Benigni did one four years ago. Do you remember it?
Didn't think so.
I don't know if Johnny Depp would make any sense in the role, but Burton
is definitely right for the directing job.
Adam Sandler?No! Rick Moranis? Maybe a bit long in the tooth. Make him
Jiminy Cricket instead.
For Pinoke, it'll probably be Haley Joel Osment
Kelsey Grammar as the Fox
And with Tom Hanks and Tom Cruise nowhere near it.
I recently noticed a remark on the Leaving Trains website stating
that the 2005 reunion
lineup (read: my brother Manfred and I) was stressful and limiting to
work with. I can see how that would indeed be the case if you are James
and still harbor a lot of pent up frustration (much of it completely
petty, some of it not so) that you never bothered to clear up with the
involved parties over the last 25 plus years. And I can honestly say
that, now it's all over, that there was rarely a time when James entered
a room where I did not feel an immediate and drastic downshift in mood
and enthusiasm. So, yes, I also found it stressful. Double standards
also do that to me (and that's not a nonsequitur). Usually I told myself
I was imagining the atmospheric change -- that it was simply my own
memories returning of 25 years ago when he and I had a rather strained
relationship due to his insecurities about his musical abilities vs.my
own, whereas I was often the smartass naif on the receiving end of his
sharp debating skills.
Suffice it to say the Leaving Trains website is accurate in its assessment
of the 2005 reunion, but simply note how often statements are made in
generality - the finger can point as easily in one direction as the
opposite. I don't think that's unintentional.
When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get God. Or not.
WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?
Americans once again voted George W. Bush into office.
I'm going to go out on a limb and assume Midwest attendance of Michael
Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/1" was low, if not non-existent.
What bothers me most about this election is that exit polls indicated
that "moral values" played a big part in folks' voting decisions.
Then why did the majority of Americans re-elect a man who lied to the
nation (and to the world, for that matter) about the (non) existence
of WMDs in Iraq? A man whose family has close business ties to the Bin
family? A man whose brother manipulated voting eligibility records in
Florida in 2000 to ensure George's victory in that state? A man who
sat an extra seven minutes in kindergarten (or whatever) rather than
take immediate action in response to a more catastrophic foreign attack
on American soil than the attack on Pearl Harbor?
Consider this: The Bushes and the Bin Ladins are business
partners. Osama is the black sheep of the family. Want to get attention
from your parents? Break the good china. Scratch the car. Trample the
rose bushes. Kill tens of thousands of Americans. Oops. My bad.
You can't hurt me, though - If you kill me, it'll ruin your relationship
with my family. Am I the only one who saw Dubya saying "Osama
Bin Ladin is a non-issue" at the height of the war on terrorism?
Let me go out on another limb here: September 11 would
not have happened with Al Gore in the White House.
It makes me ashamed to be a "Christian." What's so moral about
a coward who hides behind the (arguably) best personal security force
in the world and baits terrorists to "bring it on"? Why re-elect
a man who refuses to accept responsibility for the muddle he's made
in the Iraq War, a war his father (I don't like him, but at least he
knew how to cover his ass) realized was the wrong course of action for
Leadership requires strength, motivation, and responsibility, not stubbornness,
fearmongering and finger-pointing.
Hence, in the Enron scandal, government lawyers went after Enron executives,
in order to hold the highest employees responsible for that company's
corruption. Hence CIA Director George Tenet resigned in the face of
scandal - not because he was personally responsible, but because he
failed as a Leader. (For those of you who don't recognize these names
but watch a lot of reality TV, it's like Raj taking full responsibility
for blowing it as project manager on "The Apprentice" this
George Bush, as a "leader," should take responsibility, correct
his errant path, admit his mistake, and (best case scenario) step down,
but he won't, because he is a failure as a leader; morally, financially
and as a participant in global politics. He accused Saddam Hussein of
concealing weapons and urged dialogue. When Hussein agreed to talk,
Bush snubbed him, urging military action. This war has now claimed over
1000 American lives and has further destabilized Iraq, incensed militant
Muslims, estranged us from world leaders and endangered Americans travelling
outside the U.S.
For what? To protect Americans? Hardly. Hussein was not
a threat to the US, only our oil interests.
If the US went to war simply because Saddam was a tyrant to Iraqis,
then why did/does the American military not get involved in other equally
hostile territories, such as North Korea? Cuba? China?
If the US went to war simply because Saddam was a perpetrator
of genocide or ethnic cleansing, then why didn't the American military
not get involved in Bosnia, Rwanda or East Timor? (or World War II a
little earlier, ya know)?
Make up your mind, George: Act nobly and for the good
of the world. Because Americans have made up their mind, but what a
mess they have made. Hey - at least it's not YOUR fault.
An additional bonus: the media would not be impelled to
broadcast the stupid chases.