A monthly offering produced by Conrad Romo of short fiction, personal essays, poetry, spoken word + music.
Sunday August 16th
The Hotel Cafe
1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, Ca 90028
Joining Miz Meliz live on Blab, Joe Moe returns for the annual Halloween special of Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town. Joe takes Melissa and Meredith on a virtual tour of his office at the Profiles of History’s Hollywood Memorabilia Auction House.
“Joe spooks me out sometimes and he always stumps me with his horror genre and sci-fi knowledge.” Said Melissa.
“We have to keep meeting this way!” Said Joe.
[insert shrill witchy laugh here]
Meredith tells an unnamed flash fiction story meant to frighten us and got us in the mood for Halloween. Listen for my scream at the end!
What are YOU doing for Halloween? After you watch this episode, you are going to be ready for the scariest online event ever…Meredith presents Halloween Horror Night LIVE on Blab on Halloween night at 11:11 p.m. EST. I will be reading an original flash fiction spooky tale of my own. Joe Moe has also promised to pop in for a trick-or-treat!
First and foremost, I want to tell you about my fun experiences with the ENMNCon15 and how it ties together with my perspective on the New Dancing with the Stars Season 21 Opening.
For details about Dancing with the Stars, photos, music, couples, and more – check out ibTimes.com’s post…spoiler alert!
I had a feeling that I would like this season of DWTS. What did you think of the season opener? I loved it. I mean, well, I really liked it. The opening scene was pretty good. Not the best I’ve seen, but I liked the creativity and use of Hollywood locations. It happened that I was in the area whenit was being filmed and I felt the excitement of being a part of it, much like the representation of thousands of fans who were dancing in the streets with the stars.
I think that is what I love most about Dancing with the Stars.It is interactive and participatory. We call in and vote, we send messages to the dancers and other fans via Twitter and Instagram during the show, we follow the journey of the contestants, the professional dancers and even the judges along the way. When the final eliminations are made we are at one with the finalists, it is a victory for all.
Talk about being in the right place at the right time. I was at the Entertainment New Media Network Conference’s Pajama Party at Dave & Busters on Hollywood Boulevard on Thursday night, September 10th, when the street was closed down for a huge production. Looking out onto the street in the heart of Hollywood through the panoramic floor to ceiling windows and seeing the lights being set up and the cameras rolling in was a show in itself.
The excitement was built up slowly as I pointed my attention to what was happening at the party. Genevieve Goings was giving a presentation in her pajamas on how to apply camera ready make up in ten minutes or less. She looked gorgeous after demonstrating how she fixes her hair, applies make up and false eyelashes on the go. When she was done, the scene below was ready, but for what exactly? At that point I did not know, but I kept looking through the window to see if I recognized anyone.
The ENMNCon15 attendees were shown an episode of Grandfathered, starring John Stamos and The Grinder starring Rob Lowe. Both new sitcoms which will air on Fox TV later this month are exceptional. I liked Grandfathered best. The acting, timing, and writing were very good. I enjoyed the premise, too. Played by John Stamos, as a young and hot looking, successful restaurateur who finds out that he is a father to a single dad, played by Josh Peck, making him a…wait for it…a g, gr, gra…grandfather! It was hilarious and touching. It is sure to be a hit!
In The Grinder, Robe Lowe plays an actor who has just ended a long stint as a lawyer on a very successful TV show. He goes to his home town and stays with his brother, played by Dean Sanderson, who is actually a lawyer. Sanderson’s character is not a very successful lawyer, however and the two have a lot to learn about boundaries and brotherhood. I see the potential for a very humorous coming together family sitcom.
Both shows are slated to start on September 29th on FOX. Grandfathered at 8:00 p.m. and Grinder at 8:30 p.m. (Pacific Time.)
After the screenings, I looked out the window on to the street below. It was the perfect bird’s eye view of the Dancing with the Stars season premiere opening scene being filmed. The whole cast was there! I could see Paula Dean and Bindi Irwin. It was amazing. All the conference attendees were thrilled to see this unfold right before their eyes, many of them were visiting from out of state. We could have gone down to the street and fight our way through the crowd to get a close up or a selfie with the stars and the professional dancers, but the view of all the action was just too good! I wish I had spent more time watching and taking pictures, since I got stuck in grid lock traffic on the way home in front of The Hollywood Bowl as that show was letting out. (I think that is what Alexandra Williams did!)
Seeing all this happen while I was attending the best Entertainment and Travel blogging conference in L.A. got me really pumped up to see it on TV. It went by so fast! But it sure was a thrill to see it all come together in a beautiful production that certainly expressed the Hollywood Boulevard experience. It was complete with a scene of an open air tour bus, the city lights, sparkly glitter lining the streets, and dancing the night away. Just like my life! (But more on that in another post.)
My favorite part of watching Dancing last night was sharing my thoughts on Twitter and Instagram. I found lots of pictures and funny comments from other fans, reporters, and the contestants and pro dancers themselves. It isn’t shown live where I live, so many of the info out there was from earlier broadcasts. It was still fun for us West Coasters. By the way, who did you vote for?
Dancing with the Stars official Twitter account @DancingABC posted this pic of Hayes Grier and his supportive brother, Nash Grier. Hayes was pretty good in his Dancing debut. He reminds me of my 15 year old son, tall and lanky and a killer smile. Learning to dance at his age is going to be a real plus. Some people think he doesn’t qualify as a “star” because he is an internet sensation. I for one am thrilled that ABC recognizes that live video, You Tube and other apps are a great place to find personalities and are the popular stars of today.
Professional dancer, Karina Smirnoff (@Karina_Smirnoff) posted this instapic collage of her “first day at school” from backstage. I love seeing these candid shots!
DWTS Judge, Carrie Ann Inaba (@Carrieanninaba) posted this shot of herself getting ready for the show to start. And after the show, the photo below was posted. I’m not sure these were actually posted by Carrie Ann herself, since she obviously didn’t take the shots. But whoever did take and post these photos gave a great insider’s perspective. I appreciate that!
My favorite contestant in this season of Dancing with Stars (and my most anticipated “star”) is Bindi Irwin. She stole my heart the moment she was born when I was enamored by the love story of her parents and their willingness to share their lives on television. They lead the way for reality TV. Steve Irwin’s death was such a shock. It is wonderful to see his family living his message. Bindi is a sweetheart and I can’t wait to see her every week as she dances the night away with my favorite professional dancer, Derek Hough! They are so adorable.
Sharna Burgess and Nick Carter are a couple to watch as well. I think Nick is even more of a heart throb now than he was in the early years of the BackStreet Boys. I was never a big fan, but how can we not love this hottie! It was a great first night for everyone. It was hard to see the low scores for some of the talent, but it was nice to see some of the dancers are seriously contenders and I can’t wait to see who makes it to the finals.
One thing is for sure – the rest of the season will be entertaining, Hollywood Style!
Thank you to FOX TV, ABC TV, Getty Images, my friends at Twitter and Instagram, for the pictures in this post. All other pictures were taken by me and may be used without permission, because that is how I roll.
I have to admit, I get kind of bummed sometimes about my kids growing up.
(Read my disclosure on why this is not an ad.)
My youngest son is now the tallest in our family. My kids have grown and I have to think of new ways to connect with them. I get jealous of the boys’ relationship with their Dad. I am grateful that they are so close and my husband has developed a great relationship with each of our sons. I wonder how can I stay involved with my teenaged sons? I decided to try and include them in some the fun things I get to do as a blogger. They don’t always get to come along and it’s not always a good fit, but recently my son and I had a blast living “the Hollywood life!”
Being a Total Rock Star
I always strive to be my best self and shine brightly to others. I call that being a “total rockstar.” I believe life is like being on movie set at times. We are always “in production” and trying hard to impress others. No matter what our role is, performing on stage or behind the scenes, if you bring your rockstar attitude and enjoy yourself as you are doing your best work – it will show.
Living in Hollywood
I live near Hollywood, CA. It is a major tourist attraction. I love taking friends to Hollywood and I love going on tours. I always learn something new. Old Hollywood and new Hollywood – it’s a crazy business! Living near Hollywood is great because I get lots of opportunities to attend events and even see some stars. Lately, I’ve been able to interview some TV and movie stars for my blog. I even went to a red carpet premiere of a film at the world famous Chinese Theater. It was thrilling! So, when I was asked to review a few Hollywood-related things recently, I decided to take my son as my “plus one.”
Being “Cool” is a State of Mind.
Admit it! At some point in your life you were either proud to be a cool kid or you wished you were one of the cool kids. Have you ever been surprised to find out that someone you know now considers you to be cool? Has anyone ever said to you, “I bet you were really cool in high school!” This always shocks me.
Me, cool? No way!
I equate being cool with being popular. Even though I knew a lot of kids in my school, I was not one of the popular kids. Yet, I have always been fascinated with being cool. What makes someone cool? What makes someone a star? Is it about having a winning attitude? Is about having a “bad” attitude? Why can’t everyone be cool?
I try to explain this to my kids. I think they are cool. Of course, I get an answer like, “Ah, Mom!” Because I wouldn’t know what makes a kid cool these days. But I know. I really do know. Because no one ever thinks they are cool. There is always someone else to emulate. There is always an idea that if you only had this or that, could do this or that, knew him or her…..that you would be really cool. And what we never realize is that other people see what we have, what we do , who we know, and think, wow – that’s cool!
My point is that I think Hollywood is cool. I think sightseeing is cool. I think meeting movie stars and interviewing them is cool. I think taking my kid with me on a TMZ Hollywood Tour bus is totally cool!
Okay. So, my son didn’t think going to breakfast at the Hard Rock Cafe or going on a TMZ tour bus in Hollywood for the afternoon would be fun or cool. He thought it would be boring. He thinks being a hipster is cool. I am not really sure what it takes to be a hipster. So, it must be cool! I am the mom, I am not supposed to know these things. But I do know. I really do know what is fun. So, I made him come with me. In a nice way. I encouraged and prodded. He is a good kid and was willing to go with me, but he was open about not really wanting to go. I tried to downplay it as much as I could. I said it’s for my blog, and I promised I would try it out. I don’t want to go alone. Blah blah blah. That’s probably what he heard me say. “Blah blah blah blaaaaah.” I had a feeling we would like it and we did!
Love it, Rock it, and Have Fun!
When you want your fourteen year old to come with you to a “work thing” be sure to tell him there will be free food. That worked for going to the Hard Rock Cafe Kids Breakfast. I was invited to attend this event by the folks at the Hard Rock Cafe at Universal City Walk. Disclosure. When you want your teen to come with you on a bus tour, promise him candy! We stopped by Sweet! Hollywood, the biggest candy store I have ever been to, and bought some snacks for our bus trip. It was a hit. @sweetstorela was totally Sweet, they have everything to satisfy your sweet tooth and a lot of fun novelty items. Shopping there was the perfect way to spend time while waiting for our tour, it’s just around the corner from the Starline Tours waiting area.
I hope they continue to have this event or something like it at the Hard Rock Cafe, because it was a lot of fun! We hung out with some big name celebrities. Cinderella was there, and Iron Man! The little kids loved it! I loved it. My teenager? He enjoyed himself! Who wouldn’t? It’s the Hard Rock Cafe!!
Our next stop was the TMZ Hollywood Tour. I booked this through Tours4Fun.com it was a little confusing finding our vouchers and figuring out where to go and what bus to get on, but once we were on the tour – it was a blast! I highly recommend taking a bus tour of Hollywood (or any city) when you get the chance. The tour guides are knowledgeable and funny. I always learn something new. And guess what! I saw Iron Man on Hollywood Blvd. Do you think he was following me?
Spend a little love a lot
Let me know if you visited one of these awesome restaurants this summer:
Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood on Hollywood Blvd.
6801 Hollywood Blvd. #105 Hollywood CA 90028
Direct Line: 323.606.7155; Cafe: 323.464.7625
Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood at Universal CityWalk
1000 Universal Studios Blvd #99 Universal City CA 91608
Sales Direct: 818.622.7660; Cafe: 818.622.7625
(This is not an ad. I received some incentives to attend these events, but there was no requirement to write this and all opinions are entirely my own. Disclosure)
This is not an advertisement. I have not been paid to post this information. I am affiliated with the Coca-Cola Company and will be attending some of the events as a volunteer and as a guest of the Coca-Cola Company. See my Disclosure for more details on why I write posts like this. It’s all good.
The Special Olympics World Games is coming to Los Angeles in a few short weeks. Imagine the excitement of the athletes and families who have been preparing for this! I have never been to a game or competition for Special Olympics. I am thrilled to have the opportunity this year. I will be attending the Opening Ceremony and many events over the two weeks the Special Olympics is in Los Angeles. I look forward to meeting some of the organizers of the events and most importantly, the athletes! I can’t wait to cheer them on and see their remarkable spirit!
Please watch the video below and share it with your friends. It is amazing how much love takes place when you take time to encourage someone…
Coca-Cola will donate $1 to Special Olympics for every share (up to $100k)
The show will be directed by Emmy Award Winner, Debbie Allen and produced by FiveCurrents with appearances by Jimmy Kimmel, Eva Longoria, Lauren Potter, Michael Phelps, Yao Ming, Greg Louganis, Stephanie McMahon and many more.
They are calling it the “world’s largest sports and humanitarian event this year.” The show at the opening ceremony may be one of the most inspirational events that LA has ever hosted. It is hard for me to wrap my head around these numbers. 7000 athletes. 3000 coaches. 170 countries represented. All will be there at the Opening Ceremony held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. That is the same venue that hosted both the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympic Games. Did you know that?
People from around the world will be there to cheer on the athletes and a global audience will be watching.
“Taking place in the heart of Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world, we are delighted to welcome these entertainment legends for a night to celebrate acceptance and inclusion for all,” said Patrick McClenahan, President and Chief Executive Officer of LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee. “Everyone in the Coliseum, as well as the millions of viewers tuning in around the world, will have the chance to cheer on and celebrate the true stars of the Games, the Special Olympics athletes.”
The creative production team who captured the world’s imagination with the Opening Ceremonies for both the London 2012 Olympic Games and Sochi 2014 Olympic Games – FiveCurrents – will be the executive producers of the World Games Opening Ceremony. The team is working with Emmy Award winner Debbie Allen, who is the Director for the Opening Ceremony. Specific details of the night’s event, which will include the Parade of Athletes and culmination of the Final Leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® that will light the World Games cauldron, are being kept under tight security.
There will be 25 Olympic-style sports!
Honorary World Games co-chair and U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama has confirmed her attendance at the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games on 25 July, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The program will take place on Saturday evening, 25 July 2015, from 6-9 p.m., with tickets on sale now via the www.LA2015.org Web site, in four price tiers of $120, $100, $60 and $30.
Current Founding Champions and sponsors include:
With this kind of support – it is sure to be an extraordinary event for everyone involved. It is going to be amazing! I am so excited that the Coca-Cola Company is supporting me in being a part of the media with credentials to cover the event. My husband and I will be there to take pictures, interview participants, and live stream from the games. I am so happy about being a Fan in The Stands! 100,000 strong, the volunteers are going to be there to cheer and encourage all the athletes. If you want to volunteer and be on the Coca-Cola Team – check out this link: http://coke-surveys.com/votingmodule/s180/f/816605/9315