With @bigbley and @davidblyons in Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA.
Not taking a bolder leap in the casting and switching up the gender and/or race of the Brendon Fraser part in “Bedazzled” would be a serious missed opportunity. There are dozens of potential actresses who could play the part. Tilda Swinton, Vanessa Hudgens, Helen Mirren, Vivica A. Fox, Emma Thompson, J. Lo. And having a woman as the co-lead in a theoretically hilarious re-boot of a beloved screen property - who wouldn’t want to watch that movie?
Of course Hollywood will be tempted to go with another white guy. The structural sexism of the entertainment industry remains intact. As this will be only the second version of Bedazzled released in my lifetime, it would be a major letdown. Like many Bedazzled devotees, I remain impressed with the concept’s ability to continually reinvent itself, and to explore grown-up themes like loss, sacrifice, and responsibility, while also making fart jokes. But the plot-driven contortions, telling vs. showing, and dispiriting misogyny of the Fraser-era are wearying. Flipping the power-imbalanced relationship between a male Fraser and a female “Satan” could give the next remake a jolt of new energy and perhaps take the storytelling in unexpected directions.
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Question: do you feel that genuinely transformative leaders should fear change, or embrace it? Personally I feel that transformative leadership involves embracing change, and not fearing it. I would also suggest that forward-looking strategies that look ahead to shifting landscapes are hallmarks of transformative leadership, or as I am calling it, “leadership 2.0.”
He had the face of a prizefighter. And the will and the strength of a prizefighter. He had eyes that were always looking for a fight, and arms that seemed tailor-made for holding his prize.
His mother and father met that fateful day at the prizefights, for they too were both prizefighters…
I’ve written some tweets and am putting them in the public domain! These are classic “my life’s a mess” tweets that will work for anyone! Here they are, with suitable versions for all genders where necessary:
"On date with my new girlfriend (boyfriend), PIZZA"
"On the one hand, I’m single. On the other hand ICE CREAM"
"Is there state that’s legalized marriage between a man and BEER (a woman and VODKA)?"
"Everyone going out to the club tonight, I’ll be at my own club, it’s called PAWN STARS (TODDLERS & TIARAS) ON NETFLIX"
Alright, enough about the debt ceiling, how about the rock ceiling debate! Which of these “rockers” deserves to be nominated for being the best at the ill-defined category of “rock and roll”? I think you have to put in Hall & Oates and Kiss right off the bat! Hall & Oates had tons of hit songs, and Kiss had tons of just ok songs but come on, they were huge! I think Deep Purple should go in as well, people talk about Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath but the ‘Purps were right there with inventing metal! I guess Nirvana will go in too, they made a huge cultural impact, making the radio safe for post-grunge acts like Staind and Creed. Just kidding they had a bunch of great songs. Ahh, who am I kidding, put all these acts in! Yes only has 4 songs that I like but whatever, LL Cool J is a very popular rap guy, I never really listened to Linda Ronstadt, but I think she was really big in the 70’s (same with Cat Stevens). NWA were the first rap guys to make a lot money with cursing and and demeaning women, although like the Zombies, they really only had one big album but so what, I never put out ANY hit albums! I don’t think I’ve heard a single song by the Replacements but I think they invented indie rock? Just keep out the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, I listened to their album, it was pretty lame.