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TV and Twitter

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything so time to dust off the typewriter, er, laptop and put some words on paper, er screen.

A few years ago I got into Twitter big time and one of the reasons I liked it so much was because you could watch TV with potentially thousands of other people watching the same program at the same time. Sure you had to watch it live and put up with the ads but that isn’t really a big problem at the end of the day. 

Watching shows like The Voice and Big Brother and using the appropriate hashtags would allow your tweets to be viewed potentially by a whole country should they be searching for like minded contributors in the 140 character zone.  It was fun and as I like to think of myself as a bit of a comedian I would always try and find the funny angle to whatever was happening on my Panasonic 50”.  Occasionally one of my tweets might even end up on TV, like it did three times on one season of The Voice.  That always brought about such excitement especially when people who know you, would send you a message and say they had just seen my tweet on TV.

However, watching a show and tweeting about it at the same time would sometimes mean you’d miss certain elements of the show and potentially miss a great moment or a critical plot point.  Well maybe not when watching The Voice but certainly when watching dramas. 

When your face is always in your phone and you’re ‘watching’ TV at the same time you will miss stuff.  I found this to be true when watching The Newsroom and House of Cards.  I’m currently watching these series again with my amazing partner who hasn’t seen them, and with Twitter and myself on a hiatus I’m actually really watching it and LOVING it all over again because I’m actually seeing stuff potentially for the first time but better still I’m able to discuss live, with my partner critical plot points or magic lines ‘That’s exactly what I’ll fucking tell her’ – Charlie on The Newsroom. I’m finding watching these shows even better this way rather than being distracted by reading my twitter feed on the small 4.065” iPhone 5 screen at the same time as ‘watching’ the show.

There are so many good shows on TV nowadays and I’d really like to watch shows like Game of Thrones and Sons of Anarchy and when I do, I’ll be doing it sans phone as I really don’t have time to watch stuff twice.

That being said, there’s no problems live tweeting to The Voice and Big Brother and other shows like The Bachelor and X-Factor etc.  It adds an element to the show as your opinion about a certain something may be reinforced by the vast majority of people tweeting about it too as well as reading some very funny tweets by some very funny people.

For me though, it’s pretty much phone down and enjoying TV again for the first time in years. And by doing this, I am avoiding spoilers from the show I am recording while I live watch what I am currently viewing. 

I’ll end this article now and go back to watching Big Brother which has been on for 15 minutes as I’m writing and I have no clue as to what has been happening. 

A Musical Kind Of Guy

“I sure do”.

That’s the answer I give to people when they ask me if I like Glee.  Actually that’s a bit of a little bitty lie. I actually love Glee.

And Wicked.

And Les Miserables.

And Grease.

And Rock of Ages.

And Hairspray.

And a heap more musicals.

And now I love SMASH.

My friends often joke about me being gay to enjoy such shows.

Well I am 100% straight. I like girls as much as the straight guy next to me. Hmmmmm, girls. How you doin?

I also happen to love me a good musical.  And that musical can be on the big screen,  the small screen or even live on stage.

I don’t care what people think.

I am a loud and proud musical kind of guy!

I’ve even got my own idea for a musical movie or stage show!  I just need a lyricist to help me write it. Know of anyone?

My latest love is SMASH and even though CBS has axed the show after only two seasons, I have really enjoyed the musical within a TV show format.  This weekend my girls and I have been singing ‘Broadway, Here I Come” by Jeremy Jordan from Season 2.

This is the clip from the show which picks up the song half way through when the star of the show, Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee) stumbles upon a bartender, Jimmy Collins (Jeremy Jordan) singing one of his own songs for a musical he is writing.  It’s called Broadway, Here I Come, about, you guessed it, someone with a dream of making it big on Broadway.  It’s a great song and can be used as a metaphor in just about anything to do in life that needs a focus to succeed.  Take a listen below to the clip from the show and then at the end of this post, is the full vocal version which is bloody awesome.

So tease me all you want. It’s ok.  Straight men can love musicals too! Try telling me I can’t!  Go on, I dare ya! Or how about you let go of the stereotype that only gay guys can enjoy this stuff and get your feet a tapping and your voice a singing, because folks, there’s joy in these songs and shows, and we can never have too much joy in the world.  It does make the world a better place.

What is your favourite musical?  Have you watched SMASH? Did you enjoy it or happy to see it go?

The Newsroom Speech

Everyone knows by now how much I love a good movie script.  Well occassionally a good TV speech comes about and my absolute favourite is from the new HBO show ‘The Newsroom’ starring one time Dumb and Dumber star, Jeff Daniels who plays news anchorman, Will McEvoy.

I have transcribed the speech below and below that is the video clip of the very moving speech about how America is no longer the greatest country in the world.

My challenge, like many other movie speeches, is to memorise it to heart.  Why? Because it’s a hobby and I like doing it.

Enjoy and if you can, tune it to The Newsroom which is fast becoming my fav drama. The first series from the pilot episode is currently airing on Showcase on Foxtel.

Fine. Sharon, the NEA is a loser. Yeah, it accounts for a penny out of our paychecks, but he  gets to hit you with it anytime he wants. It doesn’t cost money, it costs votes. It costs airtime and column inches. You know why people don’t like liberals? Because they lose. If liberals are so fuckin’ smart, how come they lose so GODDAM ALWAYS!

And with a straight face, you’re going to tell students that America’s so starspangled awesome that we’re the only ones in the world who have freedom? Canada has freedom, Japan has freedom, the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Australia, Belgium has freedom. Two hundred seven sovereign states in the world, like 180 of them have freedom.

And you—sorority girl—yeah—just in case you accidentally wander into a voting booth one day, there are some things you should know, and one of them is that there is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we’re the greatest country in the world. We’re seventh in literacy, twenty-seventh in math, twenty-second in science, forty-ninth in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, third in median household income, number four in labor force, and number four in exports. We lead the world in only three categories: number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending, where we spend more than the next twenty-six countries combined, twenty-five of whom are allies. None of this is the fault of a 20-year-old college student, but you, nonetheless, are without a doubt, a member of the worst, period, generation, period, ever, period, so when you ask what makes us the greatest country in the world, I don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about?! Yosemite?!

We sure used to be. We stood up for what was right! We fought for moral reasons, we passed and struck down laws for moral reasons. We waged wars on poverty, not poor people. We sacrificed, we cared about our neighbors, we put our money where our mouths were, and we never beat our chest. We built great big things, made ungodly technological advances, explored the universe, cured diseases, and cultivated the world’s greatest artists and the world’s greatest economy. We reached for the stars, and we acted like men. We aspired to intelligence; we didn’t belittle it; it didn’t make us feel inferior. We didn’t identify ourselves by who we voted for in the last election, and we didn’t scare so easy. And we were able to be all these things and do all these things because we were informed. By great men, men who were revered. The first step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one—America is not the greatest country in the world anymore.

Enough?

Click here to watch The Newsroom Speech

 

Insanity

One of the definitions of insanity is:

“Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome”.

So by going on this definition alone, I am technically insane.

So what things am I doing over and over again without changing how I do it?

Well lot’s of things to be honest but specifically it is my writing. As many of my readers know, I have been ‘writing’ a book for a while now.  Click here for chapter one for anyone who would like to read it.

The issue is that I think daily about this book and that I should be writing it, and daily I don’t.  What is stopping me mainly from writing each day?  TV.  I watch far too much TV, but I really love TV and don’t want to watch less.  The quality of shows now-a-days is so good and we are spoilt for choice.  Plus it is many of these shows that inspire me to write! What a vicious cycle it is.

Why do I want to write this book?  For a few reasons.

1.  The main reason is to finish it and have written a novel.  Not many people can say they have done that.  For me that would be quite an achievement.

2.  Can I be good enough to sell books and therefore derive a main source of income from it?

3.  I enjoy it.

I heard recently Jay Mohr’s agent, Barry Katz ask if you had $40,000,000 in the bank, what work would you do, not for the money but for the enjoyment of doing it?  For me it would be photography and writing.  I love both.  The writing I want to do is creative writing like novels and screenplays and perhaps musical theatre (I have a great idea for a musical).

To help me keep on track, I’ve advertised for a writing partner. Think Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.  They wrote Good Will Hunting and look at them now. I’m not saying I have as much talent as them, but I’ll never know if I don’t try.

So time to stop being insane. Watch a little less TV and see if I can write a little bit every day and finish this thing to see if I am any good at it.

Are you insane too?  What thing do you do over and over again expecting a different result?

Lara the Star

Earlier this year, Lara was signed by a modelling agency and at her very first audition, she landed a role in a Sony Video Camera production.  Unfortunately it wasn’t a television commercial but it was used as an internal video to help retailers to buy their new camera.

Well we finally have the video and you can see our little star from 16 seconds in.  She is such a star and a natural.  No bias here.

Enjoy.