Fabulous! The movie trailer for Woody Allen’s latest, “Blue Jasmine”, starring Cate Blanchett

  I'm a total Woody Allen fan, and even had a Woody sighting myself, when he was filming his latest flick, "Blue Jasmine," here in San Francisco. I think the trailer looks great. I love seeing all the San Francisco/Marin County shots, including a scene on the Muni F Line (the 1947 Philadelphia trolley car);Continue reading “Fabulous! The movie trailer for Woody Allen’s latest, “Blue Jasmine”, starring Cate Blanchett”

Andree Belle’s “Serial Monogamist” has a Mad Men feel to it, dontcha think?

Of course, none of the women of Mad Men (January Jones' Betty, Christina Hendricks' Joan, and Elisabeth Moss' Peggy) are serial monogamists. They may have started out that way, but life and loss made them jaded, when it came to love. The chords — and the percussion, too — of the song "Serial Monogamist," by Andree Belle,Continue reading “Andree Belle’s “Serial Monogamist” has a Mad Men feel to it, dontcha think?”

Love this opening number, in SMASH

I know it's de riguer to diss SMASH this season, but I've got to tell you, I loved the opening musical number on SMASH (week of March 3, 2013). Tell me if you don't agree that it was a blast. It's called "Public Relations." Yeah, I can picture this on Broadway… –Josie  

Nashville’s “Pour Me Something Stronger” has lyrics that hit a high note.

I unabashedly love the ABC TV show, Nashville. I love that the personalities are big, voices are great, the songs have heart, and the writing has soul. An example: in the latest episode (February 27, 2013) pop tart Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) throws a suprise birthday party for her lead guitarist, Deacon Claybourne (Charles Eston,Continue reading “Nashville’s “Pour Me Something Stronger” has lyrics that hit a high note.”

There is only one man I’d leave my husband for: 007.

Okay, maybe I wouldn't actually leave Martin. I'd come home at mealtimes. I'm just talkin' dessert now, the amuse bouche, when I rhapsodize about James Bond…well really, the James Bond, as epitomized by Daniel Craig. He's the perfect 007 for these times. He's so spot on in the role, that I don't even mind hisContinue reading “There is only one man I’d leave my husband for: 007.”

A Sneak Peek AT THE GREAT GATSBY

   F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of my all-time favorite authors. His words are prose as poetry, and from that standpoint, The Great Gatsby is considered is best work (albeit I'm partial to the book he was still writing upon his death, The Last Tycoon. If the film is as good as the trailer, BazContinue reading “A Sneak Peek AT THE GREAT GATSBY”

Best Daniel Craig Anti-James Bond movie ever: Layer Cake

This side of the pond may know Daniel Craig as 007, but our British cousins have had the good fortune of seeing him in a variety of great roles that show a softer/more vulnerable/much more ironic side of the actor. Layer Cake is one. Here’s why.

The Help: does the movie’s portrayal of racism ring true?

Novelist Josie Brown takes it as a good sign that some people who have seen the movie version of the bestselling book The Help are truly appalled at the class divisiveness portrayed in the film. Here’s why.

Book Trailer Smash: Chronicle Book’s MIETTE

Dontcha just love it when a book trailer hits it out of the park? Novelist Josie Brown fell in love with this trailer from Chronicle Books, for Miette: Recipes from San Francisco’s Most Charming Pastry Shop, by Meg Ray, who is also the shop’s owner. Here’s why.

Check out this video of me discussing my book, The Baby Planner.

I can talk non-stop about my book The Baby Planner. I so enjoyed writing about my heroine, Katie Johnson. We all excel in at least one way, but we also have our weak spots. Katie's leaves her vulnerable in the one area she thinks she will always be blessed: family.  Little does she know…. ButContinue reading “Check out this video of me discussing my book, The Baby Planner.”

Marilyn Monroe’s little white dress…

Marilyn Monroe’s iconic white dress from The Seven Year Itch was auctioned off this weekend, by Debbie Reynolds, who collected so much great movie memorabilia. I had the great luck to interview her. I should have asked her if I could try on the dress, just once!

Pregnant Moms at the Oscars: That Winning Glow

This year, when Natalie Portman gets her shot at Oscar gold, her very visible baby bump will be there, front and center– And swathed in some sumptious designer couture. That ain't no OshKosh B'Gosh. As it should be. Portman won the Golden Globe for her terrifying performance in THE BLACK SWAN, and she's considered theContinue reading “Pregnant Moms at the Oscars: That Winning Glow”

Michael Jackson’s Death: A suicide? REALLY?

I wasn’t fond of him as a man, but I appreciated him as a performer. If you haven’t yet seen the documentary created about his rehearsals for his last tour, THIS IS IT, you’re missing something spectacular. Definitely go rent it. It’s odd, though that one of the theories being floated at the hearing regardingContinue reading “Michael Jackson’s Death: A suicide? REALLY?”

My relationship advice to newlyweds Katy Perry and Russell Brand

Omigod! Who'd have thunk it? Pop tart Katy Perry and comedian Russell Brand went out and got married! I guess my invitation got lost in the mail. That's okay. I probably would have gotten lost on the way there, anyway. My cell phone is too old for any GPA app, let alone one that showsContinue reading “My relationship advice to newlyweds Katy Perry and Russell Brand”

Saturday Share: This captures beautifully why I love San Francisco Bay

After being away for a few weeks, it's great to be reminded of why I call the San Francisco Bay Area home. This video, by Simon Christen, does just that. Thanks, Simon!   Yes, you can go home again, –Josie Josie's Latest Book: Secret Lives of Husbands and WivesSimon & Schuster/Downtown Press (ISBN: 9781439173176) InContinue reading “Saturday Share: This captures beautifully why I love San Francisco Bay”

Read, Drink, Schmooze

Despite the fact that I was nervous as all get-out I had a blast at Peg Alford Pursell's WHY THERE ARE WORDS salon. I made new friends, and saw the faces of many pals (authors Wendy Tokanuga and Kate Perry, to name a few). It's always cool to be in a room where 80+ literati are hangingContinue reading “Read, Drink, Schmooze”

My R Rated Book Reading: Mature Audiences Only

Women behaving wildly is the theme at Women Who Write, the monthly book salon thrown by memoirist and club promoter Vicki Abelson in Montrose, CA. In June, I was lucky to be invited as one of the guest readers, along with comedians Marc Maron and Paul Provenza, and musician James Lee Stanley (who entertained usContinue reading “My R Rated Book Reading: Mature Audiences Only”

Libraries get creative to gain your support.

Forget the cabbage patch. I'm sure I was born  between the stacks of the Decatur (GA) Public Library. It was a great place for a prodigious reader such as myself to read, dream and learn. I still make my home in my in my local library system — Marin County. It's where I conduct theContinue reading “Libraries get creative to gain your support.”

Toy Story 3: Had a ball, bawled like a baby.

I saw TOY STORY 3 — and yes, I cried like a baby, even before the good-bye scene at the end. Martin and I went together to see it. Our kids wouldn't go with us. At this stage of their lives, they'd rather see GROWN-UPS. Some day they'll grow up, for real. That day happensContinue reading “Toy Story 3: Had a ball, bawled like a baby.”

Trailer Smash: Sandra Bullock Throws a Touchdown with THE BLIND SIDE

I'm late to the party, but that doesn't mean I can't wear the biggest lampshade in the room when it comes to THE BLIND SIDE, Sandra Bullock's new movie. I don't think there is a parent who's heart won't heave at this story: "Big Mike," Michael Oher, is a  homeless kid who is given anContinue reading “Trailer Smash: Sandra Bullock Throws a Touchdown with THE BLIND SIDE”

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