In the News- Movie Reviews & More
Why Blacklists Don't Stop Spam - How many
news stories do you read that are like this? These
blacklist wars can last forever. One company complains
about spam coming from a certain IP range, blocks it
and tells the owner of the offending IP blocks to clean
up its act. Meanwhile, the spammers who have been
utilizing those IPs to send spam have moved on to a
new IP address and are continuing to send.
Folks, blacklists don't work for exactly the reason I just
gave. As soon as a spammer's IP is blocked, he gets a
new one and continues to send. Meanwhile, the poor
guy who inherits that IP from a spammer quickly finds
that he's on a blacklist and can't get legitimate email
Thus leaving an entire ISP or even a whole country
gets blacklisted and IT folks and legit ISP customers
are left holding the bag.
AOL Improves Performance - Time Warner's
America Online turned in a better than expected
performance in the first quarter. The rate of subscriber
defections has slowed a bit and AOL says it has more
than 3 million subscribers to its broadband product. It's
masterminding a new ad campaign for broadband at this
moment. A review of the facts: AOL lost 237,000
subscribers in the first quarter. Ad revenue declined 5
percent, attributed to a loss of $31 million in
Comcast Bids Magic Kingdom Bid Farewell -
Ninety days after it surprised the media industry with a
bid for the Walt Disney Co., Comcast Corp. took it off
"It has become clear that there is no interest on the
part of Disney's management and board in putting
Comcast and Disney together," said Brian L. Roberts,
Comcast's president and chief executive officer, at a
briefing with reporters Wednesday morning.
The decision puts an end to what would have been a
mega-merger in the media industry, combining the
content powerhouse and signature brand that is Disney
and the huge distribution presence of Comcast in cable
and broadband Internet. It means that Disney will grope
a solution for its woes, particularly at ABC, without help
from a cash-stocked company like Comcast. And
Comcast, which already owns a handful of content
networks like E and TV One, will have to find other
options if it wants to marry content and distribution.
A POLITICALLY-charged disaster movie about
global warming is burning up the George Bush campaign,
while John Kerry backers hope "The Day After
Tomorrrow" will sway eco-conscious voters to their
Directed by "Independence Day" helmer Roland
Emmerich, "The Day After Tomorrow" follows the onset
of a new Ice Age just three days after the polar ice
caps melt because of smokestack and tailpipe gas
emissions. The flick, which stars Dennis Quaid and Jake
Gyllenhaal, features the flooding and freezing of New
York and giant tornadoes ripping through Los Angeles.
" 'The Day After Tomorrow' presents us with a great
opportunity to talk about the scientific realities of
climate change," Gore said in a statement to Daily
Variety's Gabriel Snyder. "Millions of people will be
coming out of theaters on Memorial Day weekend
asking the question, 'Could this really happen?' "
While the ecological catastrophes depicted in the flick
are nearly impossible to imagine happening in the near
future, it hasn't stopped the Bush administration from
treating the would-be blockbuster with caution.
Barbara Walters issued an apology on
Wednesday's The View for a much-maligned ABC News
promo that compared her upcoming 20/20 special on
adoption to a reality contest. The spot said five
couples would "compete" to adopt a 16-year-old's
baby. "You know what the bad word was? Compete,"
she said. "We made a mistake." Alright, now what do
you have to say about that whole Hasselbeck debacle?
MEET THE KING - Oscar winner Sean Penn is
being eyed to play populist politician Willie Stark in a
remake of All the King's Men, according to The
Hollywood Reporter. Broderick Crawford originated the
role in the 1949 version and went on to win an Oscar.
SCARLETT'S NEW MISSION - Lost in
Translation's Scarlett Johansson is the latest A-
lister to join Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible 3.
Kenneth Branagh and Carrie-Anne Moss round out the
MUSIC ROUND-UP - With sales of 191,000
copies, Prince's new CD, Musicology, debuted at No. 3
on Billboard's album chart, behind Usher's Confessions
and Mario Winans' latest disc, Hurt No More.
13 Going on 30 -4 out 5 points
Every week on Alias, Garner proves that she's both an
able dramatic actress and a champion butt-kicker,
gamely juggling complex plots and bullet-ridden action
scenes. She's even done amnesia -- this season her
character woke up in an alley and discovered that she'd
lost the last two years of her life. All of which seems to
have been excellent preparation for 13 Going on 30. Not
only does Garner throw herself wholeheartedly into the
film's physical comedy sequences (the "Thriller" scene is
of particular note), but she also makes Jenna's initial
confusion about -- and gradual delight with -- her new
life completely believable.
Gary Winick must have known from the minute he
signed on to direct 13 Going on 30 that comparisons to
Big would be inevitable. And rightly so -- the two films
have a lot in common, from magical wishes that
transform adolescents into adults overnight to ultra-
competitive businesses that are transformed by the
main character's innocent enthusiasm. What sets 13
Going on 30 apart is that a huge part of Jenna's life has
passed her by; unlike Big's Josh, whose surroundings
stay more or less the same while he changes, Jenna
has to cope with both a new body and 17 years' worth
of memories she doesn't have. That difference offers
Winick the opportunity to play up one of the movie's
most entertaining themes: '80s nostalgia.
Jennifer Garner storms the big screen in true star style
with this appealingly goofy chick flick.
Connie and Carla - 3 out of 5 points
Connie (Nia Vardalos) and Carla (Toni Collette) are
second rate singers performing show tunes in airport
lounges. After witnessing a crime, they flee from the
criminals that want them dead and go into hiding.
The plot is unbelievable but it does not need to be
realistic for the movie to work. While not up to the level
of either "Some Like It Hot" or Vardalos' own sleeper
hit "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," it is a funny and
enjoyable movie. Many of the situations have been
covered in other movies but they have been rehashed
here in a fresh and lively way. The ending is overplayed
and silly, but not so much that it ruins the rest of the
April 30 - Today's Movie Releases
- Bobby Jones - Stroke of Genius
- Laws of Attraction
- Mean Girls
- Monty Python's Life of Brian (NY, LA)
- The Saddest Music in the World (NY)
Shops Find Magazines Less Accountable Than
Publishers Think - It wasn't surprising that one of
the "breakout" panels at Wednesday's New York
Magazine Day was devoted to the hot-button issue of
accountability. What was surprising was the general
consensus among panelists that magazines have a lot
of work to do in this regard.
And then there's the question as to what publishers are
doing with all the magazine data. Questioning the
reliance upon circulation data, Men's Health Vice
President, Publisher MaryAnn Bekkedahl quipped: "I'd
swear on a bible that our fashion advertisers don't
know what our [circulation] is." The editorial
environment, she suggested, remains as important as
rate base for many advertisers, and to measure this
would require an entirely different set of questions and
metrics--not to mention an entirely different outlook.
Noble Generation II
Share your personal experiences or those of a loved one
about the Great Depression, WWII, the 50s, and 60s.
Make the reader laugh, cry, or ponder the lives of these
amazing people. Depict the triumphs and tragedies of
those we call Grandmom and Grandpop. Limit your
stories or poems to 1500 words.
Deadline: May 30, 2004
Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition
This contest was created in 1981 to support and
encourage the efforts of writers who have not yet
achieved major-market success. This competition is
dedicated to the craft of writing and awards $2,000 in
cash prizes every year to top writers of short fiction.
Deadline: May, 2004
73rd Annual Writer's Digest Writing Award
Now accepting manuscripts with a May 15 deadline for
10 categories of writing: Inspiration, Memoirs, Short
Stories, Poetry, Stage Plays, TV and Movie scripts, and
children's fiction. Manuscripts will be accepted Online at
TRYING TO GET ON TV?
Dr. Phil - The show begins taping again for the
new season in August. Carla Pennington Stewart is the
executive producer; Gwynne Thomas is senior producer,
Angie Kraus Bell in supervising producer, Kandi Amelon
Sawyer is senior contributing producer, with Charlotte
Graham, Julie Johnson, Julie Ross, Judy Rybak, Edward
Santos, Lisa Steinke, Kathy Giaconia, Katerina
Monemvassitis, Lori Read, David Goldman, and John
Perry all holding producer titles. The show is located at
Paramount Studios, 5555 Melrose Blvd., Mae WestBldg.,
Los Angeles, CA 90038, (323) 956-4051. For more
information on the show go into their Web Site:
The O'Reilly Factor with Bill O'Reilly, is
consistently one of the highest rated shows on TV,
with opinionated host Bill O'Reilly looking for guests who
are top of the line, from all walks of life, be it politics,
the economy, authors, ethics, etc. Amy Sohnen is the
producer, and she is at 1211 Avenue of the Americas,
New York, NY 10036, (212) 301-3000;
Sara's Secrets is seen on the Food Network.
Sara Moulton, the executive chef of Gourmet Magazine,
is back in the kitchen with recipes and techniques
which are specifically focused for a busy lifestyle. Top
chiefs, cookbook authors, and food specialists
from around the world are often guests on the show
which each week night brings the viewer the insider
secrets that good cooks want to learn about. The show
is seen Monday through Friday at 2PM and 7 PM, is
repeated on Saturdays. The executive producer,
Georgia Downard, is interested in learning about chefs,
food experts, facts about new foods, boutique food
items, etc. She is reached at "Sara's Secrets", The
Food Network, 1180 Avenue of the Americas, New York,
NY 10036, (212) 649-6338. Check out their Web Site:
The plug has reportedly been pulled on Living It Up!
With Ali and Jack! - This begs the question: If a
talk show is axed, but no one is around to care, does it
make a noise? Discuss.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Hi I was wondering if u had any address for the new 13
yr old singer called "jojo" her real name is Joanna
Levesque. If you could find one that would be great.
Thanks very much.
Ask and ye shall receive!
C/o Blackground Records LLC.
155 W. 19th St.
Manhattan New York, N.Y. 10011
Better known as JoJo - that's the name of the latest
croon sensation gripping America.
FOR AUTOGRAPH SEEKERS
Here's a few more artists for you to chase after ^_^
C/o 'Twentieth Century'
American Airlines Theatre
227 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036-7201
Comment: "Show begin Jan/Feb./04; closes June 6"
C/o 'Cinderella Man'
Toronto Film Studios Inc.
629 Eastern Avenue
Bldg.B, Suite 203
Toronto, ON M4M 1E4
Comment: "Shooting from Early April to Early July 2004."
C/o The Philadelphia Story
Comment: "Filming starts 3 May 2005 - 23 July 2005"
'Princess Diaries 2'
c/o Brownhouse Productions
500 S. Buena Vista St.
Burbank, CA 91521-1754
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Greetings Dear Members!
Hope this week was good - I managed to talk to a book
club out in LA who said they would like to include my
book for next month's reading.
I was excited as this group has just over 20 members
and the majority are teens!
Hey I know this doesn't sound like much, but don't
knock it that sale was by phone ^_^
|Rebeca's Recipes & More|
Beer-Battered Shrimp with Chipotle-Honey
To make BEER BATTER
1cup All-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper
1/2tsp Baking powder
To make CHIPOTLE-HONEY DIPPING SAUCE
2x Dried chipotle chili peppers, stemmed and
1x Ripe tomato, quartered
1/2sm Yellow onion, sliced
1x Clove garlic
2tbl Red wine vinegar
Peanut oil for deep-frying
All-purpose, (plain) flour for dusting
1 1/4lb Rock shrimp or peeled white shrimp, (prawns)
Beer adds both flavor and texture to this lovely batter.
If you make the batter early, it may thicken, in which
case it can be thinned with a little more beer or with
water. Too thick a batter will make the shrimp soggy,
while a batter that is too thin won't form a complete
Preparation Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
To make the batter, in a bowl, combine the flour,
cayenne, salt, sugar and baking powder. Stir to mix.
Add the beer all at once and whisk until smooth. Set
aside at room temperature for at least 30 minutes or up
to 4 hours.
To make the dipping sauce, in a small saucepan,
combine the chilies, tomato, onion, garlic, water and
salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover
and simmer gently until the ingredients soften and the
mixture thickens, about 15 minutes. Remove from the
heat and let cool slightly, then transfer to a blender
and puree until smooth.
Pour the puree into a small bowl and stir in the honey
In a large saucepan, pour in peanut oil to a depth of
5 inches (13 cm) and heat to 350 F (180 C) or until a
few drops of batter sprinkled into the oil rise
immediately to the surface. Spread some flour in a
shallow bowl and toss the shrimp in it to coat evenly,
tapping off any excess. Drop the shrimp, a few at a
time, into the batter. Using tongs or your fingers,
remove the shrimp from the batter, draining off the
excess, and drop into the hot oil. Deep-fry until light
golden and crisp, about 2 minutes. Using a slotted
spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain.
Arrange the shrimp on a warmed platter and serve
immediately with the dipping sauce.
Have any recipes you'd like to share?
BLP's Weekly Joke - How To Annoy the IRS - for
They have annoyed us long enough. They estimate
that this year's forms take 9 more hours than last
years. Let's make THEM have to spend more time on
their own forms. If everyone would do these things the
whole thing would grind to a halt and they would have
to REFORM the idiotic tax system.
1. Mark the envelope "GIFT ENCLOSED" and include a
small harmless object such as a stick of gum or a
2. Sprinkle a little talcum powder or cornstarch in the
3. Sprinkle strong perfume on return
4. Carefully figure your return. Now copy it over and
make several glaring math errors but have them cancel
out so the amount owed is correct.
5. Put doodles, creative art and graffiti all over the
return so that it is distracting and hard to read.
6. Obtain one each of EVERY IRS form you can get your
hands on. Write something on each one (even if you
just fill the blanks with zeros). Sign all these forms.
Scatter your correctly done forms among them. Send
them all in.
7. Fill out your forms with yellow ink or use a fountain
pen with ink you have diluted so much that it is barely
8. Write extremely small
9. Fill out several bogus forms from fictitious people --
make them look realistic enough so it will take them a
while to figure out they are not real.
10. Instead of mailing your return in a regular envelope
put it in a "suspicious looking" package such as a
mailing tube or use one of those nearly impossible to
open Tyvek envelopes along with some strapping tape
for good measure.
Title: The Piaculum
Author: Richard C. Gray
Publisher: iUniverse, Inc.; (January 13, 2004)
Genre: Dark Fantasy/Christian/Inspirational
Rating: Highly Recommended
Keeping faith through crisis - An incredible read!
April 29, 2004
This spiritually cased novel depicts the trials and
tribulations of a man called, Cearl. Cearl is a Christian of
Mone faith, which was born with a rare skin condition
known as the white mark. To truly understand the basis
of belief surrounding those with the white mark we
must go back to the birth of the Kathe religion.
Three books discovered long ago in a cave, the book of
the testament, the ancient word, and the lost (third)
book. It is the third, and definitely the lost book that
causes division within the Christian faith. Those who
discovered these biblical treasures have very different
interpretations as to its scriptures on the second
coming of Christ and salvation.
The Kathe religious cult was formed from those who
believed that atonement was necessary for salvation
moreover; this could only be attained through their
Piaculum (white-marked Gods). These fierce technically
advanced warriors sought out their Piaculum and
pursued their religious beliefs relentlessly.
The gentile benevolent Mone, whose faith based origin
believed Christ suffered for the sins of man. Therefore,
all who seek Christ with their hearts shall attain
salvation, at the mercy of the Kathe's.
Cearl born and raised in the Mone faith is troubled by
memories of his childhood adoption by the Kathe's, as
well as a ferocious desire to protect his family. The
story follows Cearl from boyhood to manhood. As an
adult Cearl struggles through life attempting to maintain
his faith, while serving God's purpose.
This is the most moving, inspirational tale of faith I
have ever had the pleasure of reading. Not only does it
inspire those struggling with life's woes, but it also
teaches how to maintain a closer walk with Christ
through faith and love.
The Piaculum is well written and the flow is nice,
keeping readers entertained. It is truly amazing how
well Mr. Gray put this mesmerizing tale together!
Reviewed by Juanita Reynolds
Title: Blood Dreams and White Lies
Author: Susan Gaston Curran
Publisher: Publish America; (September 29, 2003)
Rating: Highly Recommended
Growing up in deception
April 29, 2004
Imagine one of your closest friends is a killer, but not
just any killer, it is your father's killer. This is the
nightmare that 26 year-old Jess Sullivan lives with.
Plagued by messages and phone calls by the killer, Jess
is fighting for her survival.
With the help of childhood friends, Mark Perry, Siggy
Siegenthaler, and Monty Montgomery, they help Jess
find the truth to childhood beliefs they grew up with.
The story is set in Wisconsin amidst a horse breeding
and training farm. Siggy works here and is very
protective of Jess. Jess doesn't really want to be there,
but feels she must in order to put the pieces together,
regarding her father's death.
Mark on the other hand wants to rekindle their
relationship. Meanwhile, Monty is missing, no one knows
where he is.
Without giving too much away, it is without doubt the
author demonstrates her extraordinary skills in story
telling. The extremely vivid descriptions made my heart
race, causing this reader to endure difficulties in
breathing during certain scenes. Author Susan Gaston
Curran, is not quite an A-list writer, but she is certainly
on Stephen King's heels.
Reviewed by Demetria Harris
To read our interview with Curran go
One of the biggest mistakes in screenplays is
excessive and unnecessary exposition. There is most
certainly a need for some exposition in a screenplay to
give the viewers enough information in the action and
dialog to understand what is happening in the story.
However, you must refrain from giving too much
information or information that is not necessary to tell
For example: there are many films which have a series
of scenes or a montage if you will, that will show a new
couple doing things together - riding bikes, going to the
beach, eating in restaurants, dancing, etc. Now, in
certain types of stories this is critical because it must
be made clear exactly how their romance is
One reason might be if the viewer has the belief that
one of the characters only sleeps with members of the
opposite sex and doesn't engage in "romance". In this
case, it's critical to tell the viewers that this time it
was different. Or if how the couple got to this stage of
romance had a lot of interesting scenes with intense
conflict or other fascinating subplots unfolding, then
sure, you might need to show it.
Or perhaps, the viewers really need to get how special
and heartwarming this romance is. So yes, also in this
case you might need to show such scenes. But, in
some cases, maybe we just need to know that the
couple has been dating for a month or two and have
been sleeping together, but nothing of real importance
happened besides this fact. Then, it might be better to
give the viewer just enough information to fill in the
Humans operate on a constant basis of making
assumptions so that they can survive. It's instinct. If
you see a man with crazed eyes holding a bloody knife
over a corpse, you conclude that this man just killed
this person and might very well kill you. The facts could
turn out different, but that would be the natural first
A simpler one would be that you come home and see a
whiskey bottle empty and your spouse deeply asleep in
front of the television, so you conclude that the spouse
must have polished off the liquor.
Your viewer will do the same thing. They will make
natural assumptions in an instant. If you show a couple
end a first date with a nice kiss goodnight, then we find
your couple in bed together reading the Sunday paper
arguing with one of them saying they're getting tired of
spending every Sunday staying in the house all day
watching football when the weekend is the only time
they have together. And the other responds by
defending themselves by saying it's only been five out
of the last six Sunday's. You can put a lot
together, can't you? You don't know every detail, but
you get the idea that they've been dating, gotten
serious enough to have a standing weekend sleepover,
but the relationship hasn't gotten close to marriage
yet, and probably a lot more too.
What's the advantage of abbreviating the exposition?
First of all, in this example the reader who might read
your script will not have to suffer through a boring
piece of script. Remember, chances are that this reader
has a stack of scripts to read and not enough time to
do it. All you need to do is give them one chance to
think that they are bored and suddenly the tide is
against you and your script goes in the reject pile!
Secondly, when you show this montage or otherwise
boring scenes that inform us about how this couple got
to this point, you're letting your reader know that you
have an unimaginative script - one that is like the
thousands of others filled with dull clichés. Another
reason to PASS!
And finally, from the point of view of a producer who is
trying to figure out if he can possibly raise the money
to shoot this film, you've saved a ton of money in the
budget, even on a low budget shoot. A montage or the
other scenes will take at least a few days to shoot and
will cost thousands of dollars. In fact, if the film was a
big budget film it could cost $250,000 or more to shoot
them. Believe me, many a producer who is reading a
script is not only reading it from the point of view of is
this a cool story they want to tell, but is it something
that is financially feasible.
1) Kaos Films
We are looking for a completed low budget screenplay
set on the Indian sub-continent. It must be a strong,
character driven story. It can be a drama, thriller or
action/adventure, as long as it fits the above and the
budget range does not exceed US$3 million.
We are a UK based production company. Credits include
Club Le Monde, The Truth Game and The Case. More
info can be found on IMDB.com
Please email a logline followed with a synopsis (not
more than one page) to: Arif Hussein
firstname.lastname@example.org (email attachments will
not be read).
2) Call for Entries - 26th Annual IFP Market
Seeking financing for your script? Completion funds for
your work-in-progress? Trying to sell your doc? Looking
to expand your contact list?
IFP Market is a great place to begin: the only place in
the U.S. to introduce new work to an industry-only
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FOR BOOK SUBMISSIONS
The Horn Book Magazine is a bimonthly which
covers children's literature, and is aimed at librarians,
booksellers, professors, teachers, and students of
children's literature. They are interested in author
profiles, and topics of interest to the children's
bookworld. The contact is the editor-in-chief, Roger
Sutton, who is reached at the magazine, 56 Roland St.,
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Publisher's Weekly has a May 14 deadline for
their Fall feature on children's books. Send information
on children's books that will be published from July
through December 2004. Material should go to Diane
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(646) 746-6738 for the more information regarding this
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Borders Author Showcase
For anyone interested, Borders has openings for
authors in Mo & Ill - signing's are setup with 4 authors
at each showcase so get in while you can!
Putting Pen To Paper: A Journal To Publication
Getting from a stack of blank paper to a published book
can be a daunting experience. We are keeping a journal
online so you can read about our challenges and
achievements as we research and write "The Making of
a Bestseller: Success Stories from Top Authors and the
Editors, Agents, and Booksellers behind Them."
Our survey of literary agents is finished! 55 agents
responded from small boutiques, one person shops, and
major literary agencies. The number one reason agents
(nearly 70%) decline to represent an author is 'poor
writing,' followed by 'the agent doesn't represent that
What is surprising is that agents receive on the
average, 90 unsolicited submissions (query letters,
proposals, writing samples or manuscripts) per week,
that's nearly 5000 per year and only accept 11 new
clients per year, which translates to odds of about 2
out of 1000. Another way of looking at this is of all the
authors looking for representation only one half of one
percent finds it.
I have to admit I'm a little puzzled where the agents
find the time to read the 90 submissions every week.
Even if they only spend 15 minutes on each submission,
that's over 20 hours a week. It would seem reasonable
that they would have to spend at least 15 minutes to
determine that the writing is poor.
The survey of literary agents went so well and had
such a good response rate we decided to survey
editors as well. Curiously the preliminary results indicate
that the number one reason editors decline a fiction
manuscript is - you guessed it -poor writing. Since
most major publishing houses will not accept unsolicited
manuscripts directly from a writer, but only from
agents, does that mean some of those agents
really can't tell poor writing from good writing. It would
Below are the questions on the editor's survey.
Is the publishing industry environment more or less
favorable for new (unpublished) writers than 12
What is the most common reason you decline a
nonfiction book proposal?
What is the most common reason you decline a
In the next 12 to 24 months do you see the
publishing industry becoming more or less favorable for
new (unpublished) writers. Why?
What are the most important factors in a book's
As part of our interview for "The Bestseller," we asked
Jennifer Enderlin, a Senior Editor at St. Martins Press:
How does an editor get a feel for what will work in the
marketplace and whatwill not?
She answered: "I see an editor's job as being a
universal reader. What I try to do is envision myself in
the place of the consumer. I ask myself, "Would I plunk
down my money for this book?" You don't buy a book
because you say, well, I don't like this book, but I
think it will sell. As an editor, you buy it because you
personally connect with the book; you can envision
yourself going into a store and spending your hard-
earned money on it."
Power (Ms.) is co-author with Brian Hill
of "The Making of a Bestseller: Success Stories from
Top Authors and the Editors, Agents, and Booksellers
Behind Them" Spring 2005, Dearborn Trade "Overtime" -
a novel - September 2003 "Attracting Capital From
Angels" 2002, "Inside Secrets To Venture Capital" 2001