Kickstarter

Kickstarter says it is the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects.

If you’re the stereotypical “starving artist” or someone without the money but just wants to get their dream project made it seems like a great way to try to raise money. But as someone who has never visited Kickstarter until two minutes ago so I could get the link for the opening line of this blog post, I don’t see it being used that way.

Going off what I’ve read in the media and on Twitter, Kickstarter is a place for actors to go to get money for their movies. The same actors who have millions of dollars in the bank make quirky videos to get you, the people, to put forward your money so the actor can make a movie they wrote.

Obviously right now I’m talking about the Zach Braff project, which you can read more about on Mashable because I can’t figure out how to insert the video into the post.

Braff says he doesn’t want the studios to make it (although it sounds like they would love to get their hands on Garden State 2, but not Garden State 2), because they will try to change the script and want to cast other people than who Braff wants.

Fair enough.

As someone who may invest (but not really because you’re not getting anything back for your donation), why would you give to something that already seem like it’s going to be shitty? I mean, the studio execs make really good money because they have a pretty good eye for when something will fail or succeed and what needs to change in order to avoid failure.

And yes, I know the execs are not always right. John Carter was supposed to be a huge success and bombed. And Pitch Perfect was a bigger success than the studios originally thought it would be.

The point is, Zach Braff has the money he needs. He’s asking for $2 million dollars and while I haven’t lurked over his shoulder to take a peek at the balance in his chequing account at the ATM recently, I feel like if he really wants this made he could do it himself.

And if Jim Parsons really wants to be a pool boy, he could use his Big Bang Theory money to help out.

I don’t doubt Zach Braff will succeed. People will pay money for this movie just like they funded the Veronica Mars movie.

But I don’t get it.

I tried to imagine what could it take to get me to donate to a Kickstarter. I never watched Veronica Mars but I love, love love Friday Night Lights. Would I throw in some money for Coach, Mrs Taylor and Riggins to come back for a 2 hour movie? Nope. If they needed money to fund the new Pitch Perfect 2, would I do it? Nadda.

I just feel like if I’m giving my money to some creative project I would rather give it to someone who actually needs the money to get their dreams made. When you’re a star and you can’t get a studio to back your creative vision as is, then why should the people?

Why doesn’t Zach Braff believe in his own movie?

What do you think? Have you ever given to a Kickstarter and are you a fan of actors who have the money asking people for more? I’m genuinely curious.

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Not Liars or Spin Doctors

As I began my new Public Relations course last week (which I love! But more on that in a later post) they warned us on the first day that people would often refer to us as Spin Doctors or Professional Liars, which isn’t true.

Or at least shouldn’t be true if you’re trying to do your job correctly.

The job may require that the truth be omitted in some cases, but you can’t out and out say “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” if you did, in fact, have sexual relations with that woman (but as we’ve learned, definitions of particular phrases can be defined how you please).

Today I was talking to my parents about the course and my dad brought up how his daughter was to become a professional liar (much like I would’ve been if I stuck to my lawyer aspirations) and a spin doctor (at least I’d be a doctor!). I was quick to defend the profession.

Moments later I was browsing people.com and I clicked to read the 3rd story I’ve seen today regarding Lindsay Lohan’s rotting teeth.

She’s looking young lately, eh?

Multiple sites have been talking about this today, perhaps Ashton and Demi needed a break for a moment. All speculate that her smoking, coffee and (reported) drug use have taken their toll on her teeth (I’d like to add face, body and career as well). Lohan’s rep issued a statement regarding her rotting teeth:

Lindsay is widely acknowledged as one of the most stunning actresses of her day, and we get requests every week wanting to do photo shoots with her from top photographers

She probably pays a lot of money that she doesn’t have to her professional liar to issue these statements, perhaps she feels they have more weight when spoken by someone called “her rep” rather than made by herself on her Twitter account.

And they’re not even good lies. She’s not stunning nor is she an actress anymore. Scarlett Johansson. Natalie Portman. Carey Mulligan. Anna Kendrick. All great actresses who have been in Oscar nominated films (or have been nominated and/or won). All considered beautiful. All in her age group.

The last movie Lindsay made is called Underground Comedy and was directed and written by Vince Offer aka the Sham-Wow guy. By the way, this movie is listed on IMDB but the trailer, which was truly amazing, has been removed from YouTube and seems to cease to exist.

The photo shoots she does nowadays are by paparazzi. Paparazzi that she calls to come to her house to take photos of her doing random things, like looking like a 50-year old Orange County socialite as she prepares to go to Kim Kardshian’s wedding.

I suppose her PR people are just making crap up as they go to see what the media will let them get away with. In turn the media continues to print this crap because it’s a good laugh to take you away from the other things stressing you out.

Speaking of other things that stress you out. Her people have helped me find the best response to a PR situation I don’t want to deal with:

With everything going on – from deteriorating public education to rampant homelessness to international unrest – there is no way I’m going to comment on Lindsay’s teeth

I can see it now, people will be asking about why a company has screwed up so bad and I’ll bring up Darfur or Congo or the hospital system…

Reporter: “What do you have to say about the oil your company is spilling into the ocean?”

Me: “I’m not going to answer that when there’s bigger things to worry about. Like rape in the Congo. Or our failing healthcare system. And children being sold into prostitution. WHY AREN’T YOU THINKING OF THE CHILDREN?!?”

Quote of the day

“When women don’t have [female] friends, I’m afraid of them … I grew up around women, I believe that we can teach each other so much. I’m always thinking about how unselfish we are and the things we need to hear and how much pressure there is being a woman.”

-Beyoncé

A BFFs, we'll share shoes. By that I mean, I'll wear her's.

Even though I may not like all of her songs, I love B because she is an artist that promotes women in a positive light.

We'll bond over sarcasm and wit.

Her, Tina Fey, Amy Pohler and Emma Stone are a few awesome ladies that I’d love to be BFF’s with (btw, I’m almost as disgusted with the use of BFF as you are). They all seem really fun, smart and like genuine people. I really have no other reason except the image that they portray.

I promise to convince her to stay a redhead.

Share… which celeb would you love to have as your friend?

2006 – 2011

Rest in Peace my little Knut (aka: K-nut and Nut)

December 5, 2006 - March 19, 2011

From my visit to Berlin Zoo in 2009

He had a love hate relationship with the public

On his 4th birthday, December 5, 2010

Fame always brings loneliness. Success is as ice cold and lonely as the North Pole.

Vicki Baum