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January 17, 2004 
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in this issue
  • In the News & More
  • Recipes & Jokes
  • For Aspiring Writers
  • For Screenwriters
  • Media Contacts & More

  • Recipes & Jokes

    Chile con Queso

    A famous dish from Northern Mexico. You can ladle this directly over crisp tortillas or serve from a charfing dish as a dip.


    1 T. vegetable oil
    1 large onion, chopped
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1 T. flour
    1 T. chili powder
    1 (16oz) can tomatoes, drained
    1 (4oz) can diced green chiles, drained
    2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
    1 lb mild cheddar cheese, shredded

    In a skillet saute garlic and onion in oil for about 5 minutes.

    Stir in flour and chili powder. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

    Add tomatoes, chilies and peppers and continue to cooking until thickened, about 5 minutes.

    Over low heat, gradually add the cheese and stir until cheese is completely melted. -- Serve hot.

    If a party -- don't forget to serve the margueritas!!

    Are You a Dead Duck ?

    A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary surgery. As she lay her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird's chest. After a moment or two, the vet shook his head sadly and said, "I'm so sorry, Cuddles has passed away."
    The distressed owner wailed, "Are you sure?
    "Yes, I am sure. The duck is dead," he replied.
    "How can you be so sure," she protested. "I mean, you haven't done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something."

    The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left the room, and returned a few moments later with a black Labrador Retriever. As the duck's owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table and sniffed the duck from top to bottom. He then looked at the vet with sad eyes and shook his head. The vet patted the dog and took it out, and returned a few moments later with a beautiful cat. The cat jumped up on the table and also sniffed delicately at the bird. The cat sat back on its haunches, shook its head, meowed softly and strolled out of the room.

    The vet looked at the woman and said, "I'm sorry, but as I said, this is most definitely, 100% certifiably, a dead duck."

    Then the vet turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys and produced a bill which he handed to the woman. The duck's owner, still in shock, took the bill. "$150!", she cried, "$150 just to tell me my duck is dead?!!"

    The vet shrugged. "I'm sorry. If you'd taken my word for it, the bill would have been only $20, but what with the Lab Report and the Cat Scan ...."

    For Aspiring Writers

    Here's a way to visually track your dedication.

    Put a calendar close to your writing space. You should have some sort of schedule in mind by now (an hour every night before bed or in the morning before leaving for work, thirty minutes Monday, Wednesday and Friday, etc.). If you aren't setting a schedule to write every day, go through the calendar and mark in yellow highlighter the days you are scheduling to write. Now, after each session write in black pen the amount of work you got done (pages is generally the best way to track this). You'll soon be able to see how well you're sticking to your schedule and if you've been disciplined or not.

    For Screenwriters

    Oujaba Productions

    I am looking for a Sci-Fi horror that can be shot in India with a minimal cast. The budget range will not exceed $1.5 million US. So it is clear, the story should not be about Indian subject matter. It just has to be on sets or exteriors that we can make look American, but for our financing requirements, we have to shoot it in India. There can be a few exteriors that are not shot in India. I have directed 11 films and they can be seen on Please email a logline followed with a synopsis to: Rodney McDonald

    Blind Intersection Pictures Inc.

    I am looking for a One Act Stage Play. I do not have any credits, but I do have my own funding. Please send responses to

    Destiny Pictures

    I am looking for two different types of scripts:

    NOTE: please email no more than half a page (includes logline and synopsis) and put the genre of the script you are submitting in the subject of the email.

    The first script I am looking for is a completed thriller in the vein of 'The Hand That Rocks the Cradle' or 'Pacific Heights'.

    The second script I am looking for is a completed romantic comedy for young adults in their mid to late 20's in the vein of 'Serendipity'.

    Budget range will not exceed 2 mil.

    My credits include 'The Perfect Tenant' and 'The Perfect Nanny'.

    Please email no more than half a page, which includes your logline and synopsis (no attachments) to: Mark Castaldo

    THE GREAT AMERICAN PITCHFEST will be held on Saturday, January 31st at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This will be the largest pitchfest ever held, and is for writers, producers and directors for film and television of all genres and formats. Attend training sessions with more than 10 "A- List" speakers, celebrate at our 'Sweet Taste of Success' champagne and dessert buffet gala and meet with the power people of Hollywood who can help turn your movie and show ideas into reality. One 'decision maker' for every six participants. Only the most credible companies in the industry are invited. $150 before Dec 31 ($200 after). Please visit our Website at, or call 877/255-2528 to register and for more information.

    Women in Film Las Vegas Pitch Night - Sponsored by and held at the Tuscany Hotel in Las Vegas during NATPE week. You will have the opportunity to "PITCH" your project and/or ideas to a panel of professionals and industry executives who develop film and television projects for the Studios.

    Panelist include Development Executives attending NATPE. Pitch Night is being hosted by It's All About Me Entertainment.

    Date: Monday, January 19th
    Time: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Place: Tuscany Hotel and Casino - Florentine Room "E" 255 East Flamingo Road - Las Vegas, NV 89109

    For more Information please log on to WIFLasVegas.Org Or Call (702) 737-7337

    Media Contacts & More

    Media Contacts


    The CNN daily show, which covers both sides of the political spectrum, is seen at 4:30 PM for half an hour daily, and has the following producer changes: Emily D'Alberto is now one of the bookers, along with Kate Farrell, and Eileen McMenamin. Kristy Schantz is the senior producer, with Sam Feist the senior executive producer. Their guests include political experts, social activists, military experts, writers and authors or current books, community leaders, experts on the current situation in the Middle east. Reach Crossfire at CNN, 820 First St., NE, Washington, DC 20002, (202) 898-7655; Fax: (202)898- 7611. Their E-mail formula is

    ESPN2's "Cold Pizza"

    * Cold Pizza is a new morning series on ESPN2. This is the network's signature morning series, and features an eclectic team of on-air personalities who present the show's unique treatment of sports with a heavy dose of pop culture, entertainment, and lifestyle features. Leading the on-air team as hosts are former Fox News correspondent Kit Hoover and Emmy Award-winning TV sports anchor and director Jay Crawford. The show's news updates desk feature Leslie Maxie, a former Olympian and Fox Sports Net anchor. He joins the other hosts in the studio, which is a block away from New York's Madison Square Garden. Thea Andrews, host of Canada's WTN Cooking for Love and TSN's Guys TV, rounds out the team as a reporter. Andrews segments include on- site features and live reports from traditional sport and non- sports events, capturing the places where sports intersects with entertainment. Steve Friedman, award winning morning show producer, is the show's consulting producer, with Brian Donlon, the show's coordinating producer, responsible for day- to-day content and production. Donlon can be reached out of the corporate headquarters number, (860) 766- 2000


    ARTIST RESIDENCIES The Hall Farm Center for Arts & Education, located in Townshend, Vermont is accepting applications for its 2004 summer residency program. Residencies are offered to artists at all stages of their careers, including fiction and non-fiction writers, poets, painters, sculptors, playwrights, photographers, musicians, and performers. The time is an opportunity to work, relax, reflect, and be inspired by the quiet refuge of the Vermont countryside. The Hall Farm is located on a 221-acre, 200-year-old former farm in the southeast corner of the state, approximately 4 hours from New York City and 2? hours from Boston. It contains miles of hiking trails, woods, open fields, and a swimming pond. Residents are housed in their own rooms in a renovated 1830's farmhouse and are provided with private studio space. Residencies range from one week to one month. There is no cost to artists except materials, transportation, and $20 application fee. Deadline for application is February 2, 2004 with notification in early April. For more information and application forms, visit or contact 802- 365-4483 or


    This is a list of libraries hand-picked for their likelihood to buy small press publications. They all have book purchasing budgets of over $500,000, and many have literary or small press special collections. There is a mix of university and major public libraries, so it is unlikely many of the addresses will change. I compiled the list from the Bowker American Library Directory.

    Acquisitions,Univ. of Massachusetts - Amherst,Library,,Amherst,MA,01002

    Acquisitions,City Library,220 State St.,,Springfield,MA,01103

    Acquisitions,Boston Public Library,666 Boylston St.,Box 286,Boston,MA,02117

    Acquisitions,Harvard University Library,,,Cambridge,MA,02138

    Rare Books & Special Collections,MIT Libraries,Rm 14S- 216 MIT,,Cambridge,MA,02139

    Acquisitions,Brandeis University,Goldfarb Library,415 South St.,Waltham,MA,02154

    Acquisitions,Boston College,Library,,Chestnut Hill,MA,02167

    Special Collections,Boston Univ. Libraries,Mugar Memorial Library,771 Commonwealth Ave.,Boston,MA,02215

    Acquisitions,Providence Public Library,150 Empire St.,,Providence,RI,02903

    Acquisitions,Dartmouth College,Baker Memorial Library,,Hanover,NH,03755

    Acquisitions,Univ. of New Hampshire,Ezekiel W. Dimond Library,,Durham,NH,03824

    Acquisitions,University of Vermont,Guy W. Bailey Memorial Library,,Burlington,VT,05401

    Acquisitions,Univ. of Connecticut Library,,,Storrs,CT,06268

    Serials Support Team,Yale University Library,P.O. Box 208240,,New Haven,CT,06520

    Acquisitions,Princeton Univ. Library,,,Princeton,NJ,08540

    Rare Books & Special Collections,Rutgers University,University Libraries,College Ave.,New Brunswick,NJ,08901

    Acquisitions,Cooper Union Library,Cooper Square,,New York,NY,10003

    Rare Books,Columbia University,University Libraries,535 W. 114th St.,New York,NY,10027

    Acquisitions,The New York Public Library,Grand Central Station,P.O. Box 2240,New York,NY,10163-2240

    Rare Books & Special Collections,Fordham University,Duane Library,,Bronx,NY,10458

    Acquisitions,Brooklyn Public Library,Grand Army Plaza,,Brooklyn,NY,11238

    Acquisitions,SUNY at Stony Brook,Frank Melville Jr Memorial Library,,Stony Brook,NY,11794

    Acquisitions,New York State Library,Cultural Education Center,,Albany,NY,12230

    Acquisitions,Vassar College Library,Raymond Ave.,,Poughkeepsie,NY,12601

    Acquisitions,Syracuse Univ. Library,Ernest S. Bird Libraries,222 Waverly Ave.,Syracuse,NY,13210

    Rare Books,SUNY at Binghamton Library,Vestal Pkwy E.,,Binghamton,NY,13901

    Rare Books,Buffalo & Erie Cty Public Library,Lafayette Sq.,,Buffalo,NY,14203

    Acquisitions,SUNY College at Brockport,Drake Memorial Library,,Brockport,NY,14420

    Rare Books & Special Collections,Univ. of Rochester,Rush Rhees Library,,Rochester,NY,14627

    Rare Books,Cornell University Libraries,University Libraries,,Ithaca,NY,14853

    Acquisitions,Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh,440 Forbes Ave.,,Pittsburgh,PA,15213

    Acquisitions,Univ. of Pittsburgh,Hillman Library,,Pittsburgh,PA,15260

    Acquisitions,Slippery Rock State College,Library,,Slippery Rock,PA,16057

    Acquisitions,Pennsylvania State Univ.,Fred Lewis Pattee Library,,University Park,PA,16802

    Rare Books,Bryn Mawr College,Canady Library,,Bryn Mawr,PA,19010

    Acquisitions,Free Library of Philadelphia,Logan Square,,Philadelphia,PA,19103

    Rare Books,Temple University,Samuel Paley Library,Berks & 13th Sts.,Philadelphia,PA,19122

    Acquisitions,Univ. of Pennsylvania Libraries,3420 Walnut St.,,Philadelphia,PA,19174

    Rare Books & Special Collections,Univ. of Delaware,Hugh M. Morris Library,,Newark,DE,19711

    Acquisitions,Public Library of DC,Martin Luther King Mem. Library,901 G St. NW,Washington,DC,20001

    Acquisitions,Georgetown Univ.,Joseph Mark Lauinger Library,37th & O Sts. NW,Washington,DC,20057

    Acquisitions,Howard Univ. Libraries,Founders Library,500 Howard Pl. NW,Washington,DC,20059

    Acquisitions,Univ. of Maryland,University Libraries,,College Park,MD,20742

    Acquisitions,Enoch Pratt Free Library,400 Cathedral St.,,Baltimore,MD,21201

    Acquisitions,Johns Hopkins Univ. Libraries,Milton S. Eisenhower Library,,Baltimore,MD,21218

    ** The list I have is horrendously 9 pages long, so I'll post about 2 pages a week ^_^



    "The Passion of the Christ" the Christian movie that is stirring the nation.

    What motivated Mel Gibson to make "The Passion of The Christ"? One of the reasons was the book "The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ" written by Anne Catherine Emmerich. Mel Gibson accidentally stumbled upon it; it planted a seed in his mind and finally played a large role in motivating him to make the film.

    While "The Passion of The Christ" is based on the Gospels of the Bible, this book played an instrumental role in Mel Gibson's motivation to make his new and stunning masterpiece.

    Here's a portion of an inside account from the movie preview by Chonda Pierce, a Christan comedian from Tennessee.

    "When the movie was over -- no one moved. It was as if the room could not take a breath. There were no words -- silence. A few minutes later a man stepped up to the microphone as they slowly turn the lights on and quietly asked, "Do you have any questions?" Still silence....he broke the ice by saying, "Well, maybe Mel could answer your questions." And in walked Mel Gibson -- less than 10 feet away.

    He was incredibly humble yet excited as he took the microphone and sat on the edge of the stage.

    The room erupted with applause, shouts of gratitude. I looked at my Pastor and said, "I wonder if he has a clue of what he has just done. No wonder he is coming up against persecution, brick walls, slammed doors -- He has just unleashed hell on himself." Pastor Allen said, "Our God is greater." I knew that! I guess a reminder is good!!

    It's a brutal movie. It will be rated R and half the Christian community will stew over it! Mel Gibson's comment to the brutality, "If you read the Bible -- the whole thing is pretty much rated R!"

    He's right. And to truly express artistically what Christ went through? You have to be brutal.

    When asked what his goal is for the movie, what he hopes people will glean from it he said, "I hope they watch the movie and want to read the book!" ... "I hope they are changed." When asked what he's doing to combat some of the persecution in getting this movie distributed he said, "You know, I just pray for my enemies. I don't pray for curses on their heads -- I pray the good angels will go beat up the bad angels that are making them say and do evil deeds." Mel's a better person than I am. After watching what Christ went through for me -- I was ready to knock someone in the head!I'm thinking Lethal Weapon Part 5!

    He spent over 35 million dollars of his own money, risked the doors of his world being slammed in his face and when asked "why?" he simply said, "It was time. I just had to do it. It was just time to tell this story."

    I for one, will Love stronger... Work harder... Live bolder -- embracing the sacrifice made for my sins...I am changed forever. Make plans now and DO NOT miss this movie..... The Passion of the Christ, released Feb. 25th. Visit:

    This bit of news was sent in by Deborah Turner, author of "If I Perish"

    In the News & More
    GANNETT? MAYBE IT SHOULD BE CALLED DRAGNET - First we learn that a top reporter of its venerable USA Today was caught fabricating a story (shocking news indeed, given the current credibility of newspaper journalism these days) and now we find out that a former Gannett employee has pled guilty to bilking the publisher out of $3.6 million over nearly a decade. Wade Beck, a controller for flagship USA Today, copped a plea admitting that he wrote 856 Gannett company checks to fictitious vendors and then deposited the funds in his personal account between 1994 and 2001.

    SPEAKING OF EXPLETIVES THAT ARE SOMETIMES DELETED The FCC is reconsidering its decision to let rock star Bono off the hook for his impromptu use of the f-word during NBC's telecast of the Golden Globe Awards last year. FCC Chairman Michael Powell Tuesday circulated a draft order among the five-member commission that would overrule a decision by its Enforcement Bureau in October that initially deemed the utterance, and NBC's broadcast of it, not obscene or indecent. The bureau originally said Bono's use of the word was an "adjective" used to emphasize the euphoria of the moment and not a crude description of "sexual activity." Specifically, Bono said, "this is f---ing great." The bureau's decision was deemed a dangerous precedent by some, because it theoretically could further relax rules for broadcast obscenity.

    BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE LETTERS P & R - As far as media neighborhoods go, Madison Avenue rarely shows up in the same proximity as Sesame Street, but the two may be situated closer than you think. And it's not just because the long- running pre-school series was one of the first public TV shows to be officially sponsored. You know, it all started with the letter A and ultimately worked its way through the letter Z, with an occasional numeral vying for brand association. But on the eve of its 35th anniversary, you could well argue that "Sesame Street" has always been brought to you by two letters: PR. With nary an impression of paid media support, the show's savvy marketing team has crafted one of the most powerful and longest-running media brands ever conceived mainly on the basis of word-of-mouth alone.

    The 'Apprentice' WorksMaybe Donald Trump has some drawing power left after all. Trump, who normally builds big buildings has helped NBC build some big ratings. "The Apprentice," NBC's new reality series starring Trump, made the top 10 in many key rankings for the prime-time week ended Jan. 11, according to estimates released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. "The Apprentice" drew 12.5 million total viewers in its debut Thursday night, sandwiched in between NBC mainstays "Friends" and "ER," which made the top five.

    BUT WILL FLATTOP EVER GIVE UP HIS LAPTOP - Digital media scion Bill Gates often seems a bit like a cartoon character, but his latest media vision comes straight out of the funny pages. In fact, Dick Tracy was using the kinds of wristwatch communications devices Microsoft will introduce last week in the early part of the last century. Of course, nobody could buy them, much less use them outside of a comic strip. That will all change as consumers begin buying timepieces from Fossil and Suunto equipped with Microsoft's MSN Direct technology that will enable them to download and display tiny bits of text information from the Web, including news, weather and financial data.



    Mandy Moore, Matthew Goode (PG-13)

    Chasing Liberty starts at a more elevated level than the typical teen romance. Anna Foster (Moore) is not an average 18-year old girl dealing with baby fat, zits, and raging hormones. She's the daughter of second-term President James Foster (Mark Harmon), and has spent her entire teenage life in the White House, surrounded by her father's political cronies and the ever-present Secret Service. She craves privacy and normalcy - two things that are denied to her because of her father's vocation.

    Anna runs away from home - sort of. While attending a chaperoned concert in Prague, she momentarily escapes from her "captors" with the help of a dashing British chap named Ben Calder (Matthew Goode). It turns out that Ben is actually a Secret Service agent incognito, only Anna doesn't know that.

    Although Chasing Liberty is at heart a romance, it's also a road movie, which is its least endearing characteristic. The film avoids the painful pitfall of putting Anna's life in danger. Moore and Goode generate just enough heat and the requisite number of sparks. The sex scenes are suitably tame and the only nudity is of Anna skinnydipping, from behind and in the dark (and not Moore at all - clearly a body-double). The script is laced with innuendo, but nothing is raunchy, and there's almost no profanity, making this friendly to younger teens.


    Martin Henderson, Ice Cube (PG-13)

    It amuses me that movies like Torque actually list a writer. Then again, even porn films have screenplays. And that's pretty much what this is: porn for bikers. There are plenty of spread legs, but, in this case, they're clamped around hogs. But, to the extent that anyone is looking for erotic symbolism, it's not exactly subtle. Torque is as much about sex as it is about the more obvious testosterone and violence.

    As for the plot -- what plot? We don't need no steenkin' plot!

    It's difficult to tell which is worse - the acting or the writing. But, in the end, it really doesn't matter. First- time director Joseph Kahn understands that the appeal of the movie isn't the actors, but the machines they're sitting on. And the reason people are in the seats isn't because of the trajectory of the storyline, but because of the speed with which it gets there. (At 81 minutes, it moves pretty fast, just barely avoiding wearing out its welcome.) The film delivers plenty of innovative races, chases, and fights, many of which defy the laws of physics.

    Torque is not a good movie. But it's watchable and even a little enjoyable, in a perverse sort of way.

    Upcoming Movies for January 23

    Mindhunters (Dimension Films)

    Director: Renny Harlin --- Cast: Val Kilmer, LL Cool J, Christian Slater, Eion Bailey, Will Kemp, Jonny Lee Miller, Clifton Collins Jr., Kathryn Morris, Patricia Velazquez

    Hiding inside a group of eight young FBI profilers learning to hunt serial killers is a killer attempting to hunt them. As one by one the agents begin to disappear, none can be trusted. Each one is under suspicion. And they are all in mortal danger until, in the ultimate test of their crime-solving skills, they uncover the mysterious predator lurking in their midst.

    The Butterfly Effect (New Line Cinema)

    Director: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber -- Cast: Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Eric Stoltz, Elden Henson, Ethan Suplee, Melora Walters, John Patrick Amedori, Cameron Crigger, Irene Gorovaia, Brandy Heidrick, Jesse James, Callum Keith Rennie, Kevin Schmidt, William Lee Scott

    Evan Treborn (Ashton Kutcher) has lost track of time. From an early age, crucial moments of his life have disappeared into a black hole of forgetting, his boyhood marred by a series of terrifying events he can't remember. What remains is the ghost of memory and the broken lives around him - the lives of his childhood friends, Kayleigh (Amy Smart), Lenny (Elden Henson) and Tommy (William Lee Scott).

    Win a Date with Tad Hamilton (DreamWorks Pictures)

    Director: Robert Luketic --- Cast: Kate Bosworth, Josh Duhamel, Topher Grace, Nathan Lane, Sean Hayes, Ginnifer Goodwin, Gary Cole

    In "Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!," Kate Bosworth stars as Rosalee Futch, a grocery clerk living in rural West Virginia. But even a small-town girl can have big dreams, and Rosalee's is to someday ... somehow ... meet her big-screen idol Tad Hamilton (Duhamel).

    Publicity Building Blocks

    Getting publicity, it seems to me now, is like flirting: If you act too interested, the other side (the media) won't be. But it's also like exercise: You can't get in tip- top shape all at once.

    Target suitable prospects so as not to waste time, money, and galleys.

    Use what I call real-people quotes and a preface by newspaper columnist.

    Create a brochure, including a faxable order form.

    Publicity, promo, and saturation have been my watchwords. I'm not smart enough to be afraid to pick up the phone (or the mouse), so I contact the biggest media names; I figure the worst they can do is say "No."

    Eat, sleep, and breathe publicity - Publicity never sleeps. It's an ongoing, 24/7 process that never stops. Publicity accompanies you everywhere. Once you understand the components of book marketing, the bells and whistles of it all --- which you will need during this journey -- the reward will be enormous!


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