Posts Tagged ‘Hollywood’

A (Canine) Star Is Born


October 5th, 2018 Posted 8:40 am


Chetspeak on Sunday: The Screenwriter


July 17th, 2016 Posted 9:44 am

“But,” Bernie was saying, “I’ve got one or two misgivings about the historical record.”

“Misgivings?” Arn said. He sucked on what remained of his cigarette, just the stub. “Historical record?” I was with him, not following Bernie at all.

“For one thing,” Bernie said, “you’ve got the waterways dry like they are today. Fact is water ran in all of them back then, at least seasonally.”

“Yeah?” said Arn, not sounding interested in the least.

“And if,” Bernie said, his voice sharpening, “Thad’s really supposed to become a territorial ranger just before the blood brothers scene, then you’ll have to change the date – the territorial rangers weren’t formed until 1860.”

“Hmph,” said Arn. He dropped the cigarette butt on the floor. “Here’s the thing, Bernie. You’re not in the industry so there’s no way you’d know this. Movies – going way back, right to the beginning – create their own truth. Life imitates art, as we now know only too well.”

Bernie gave him a long look, then ground the cigarette butt under his heel. “What do you do with all the money?” he said.



On the Hollywood Beat


December 15th, 2014 Posted 8:29 am

Meet Sandy, starring in Annie:

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What’s In A Name?


August 16th, 2013 Posted 7:18 am

Ms. Publicist: We’re a day late with this feature, but it’s been a busy week, The Iggy Chronicles, Volume 1 coming out, etc. What character name from the Chet and Bernie series are we going to discuss today?

Spencer Quinn: How about Brando?

Ms. P: The cat belonging to Thad Perry, the troubled and troublesome movie star in A Fistful of Collars?

SQ: Exactly.

Ms. P: Described initially by Chet as follows: “Yes, a cat. Not particularly little, by the way, in fact, kind of monstrous.”

SQ: That’s the one. In terms of plot, Thad Perry turning out to be a cat person is a big red flag, certainly in Chet’s eyes. But the name itself says Hollywood, entitlement, self-satisfaction. Plus there was a feline aspect to Marlon Brando – I’d go so far as to say feminine, but let’s omit that – and that fit nicely. Of course Marlon Brando was one of those movie stars who was actually an artist, and Thad Perry turns out – maybe surprisingly – to be that type, too. So there you have it.

Ms. P.: Thanks, Spence. See you Sept. 15 for What’s In A Name. By that time The Sound and the Furry will be out, so maybe we can pick a name from that.

SQ: It never hurts to say maybe.



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