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Randee Dawn

Journalist | Author | Storyteller

Archive for March 2011

Of Spelling Errors, Not Paying Attention, and Web-Slinging

"Everything is going to be alright." So said the engraving on the marble staircase at the Ace Hotel in Manhattan as I climbed up it yesterday, coming from an industry lunch that included as dessert little sugared donut holes … with three dipping sauces. Sigh. But rather than inspire me, that sign just grated on…

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Behind the mask

At the risk of making life sound far more exciting than it has been lately (helping my man recover from pneumonia involved a lot of letting him sleep while I tiptoed around the apartment), I went off to another screening last night. This one for "Mildred Pierce," which has been remade into a 5-part miniseries…

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Very much a Win Win situation

Went to a special screening of the new Paul Giamatti/Amy Ryan film "Win Win" last night (and really, has there been a more ideally-suited, realistic pairing in casting history?) — and I really can't recommend it highly enough. It's not annoyingly quirky like some indie films, and it's got a real moral center to it.…

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New religion

Skipped SXSW, the film/interactive/music extravaganza nuttiness in Austin, TX this year. Didn't miss it. Even more strangely, I didn't blink much when I learned that The Band of My Youth would be headlining a show at Stubb's, one of the best rib joints in the city, and home to big acts during the madness (including…

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Sweet as….

There's something about the date here … a three, followed by a 14, followed by a whole bunch of other numbers … ah, well, I'll just have dessert. http://thedailywh.at/2011/03/14/obligatory-of-the-day-6/

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Caturday Extended!

The kitties at the Meeker Avenue Flea Market in Brooklyn didn't set their clocks ahead for daylight savings time … and still thought today was Caturday.

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Early morning inspiration

They say write what you know. At 2:30 this morning I woke up and struggled to get back to sleep for about an hour — because my brain was turned on. In that hour I came up with an idea for a sitcom that just … could … fly. That said, I've never written a…

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Wisconsin cheese, and its after-effects

I hardly know what to say that hasn't already been said about what's going on in Wisconsin — or rather what just went on — and the dismantling of the public service workers' unions out there. It has the ultimate whiff of loophole-ism — that is, people who can't play by the rules, and so…

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It's probably not a good sign when, during the big mutual declaration of love scene in "Jane Eyre," the audience starts chuckling. Went to a screening of the film last night, met some of the stars and the director (who eerily resembled Hugh Grant and insisted he'd never heard that one before). It's … all…

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Vroom

It's a little hard to enjoy Pixar's "Cars" after you've read Stephen King's "Trucks." The Pixar film — which really isn't up to their usual standards — feels like what the world turns into about 50 years after "Trucks" ends. And while we're nitpicking a children's picture, a) where did that pile of leaves on…

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