NEW AT BEACON: Fall TV 2014-15: Newbies – Week of 9/22

Published September 30, 2014 by Teresa

Amy Landecker and Jeffrey Tambor in a scene from Transparent.

Last week was a bit wonky for me schedule-wise, so I didn’t get my usual Beacon post up, so I’ll be pulling triple duty this week! I’m trying to write about all the show premieres this week – both new and returning shows – that I’m watching and giving you my two cents! So here’s my sum-up of last week’s offerings! Shows include Gotham, Black-ish, How to Get Away With Murder, and Transparent! (You can expect my take on last week’s returning shows and this week’s offerings later this week!)

EXCERPT:

The last time I laughed this hard at a comedy pilot was for New Girl, and I think the reasons why I laughed so hard then are the same as why I laughed now. These characters and the way they view and experience the world felt very familiar to me. I’m not Black, but I am Latina, so I’m no stranger to having grown up in a minority culture, valuing that while also valuing mainstream success, and what a delicate balance that is. Creator Kenya Barris captures all the nuance of that balancing act with humor and kindness. There is so much love in this show, and though many of the jokes are very pointed, it’s never coming from an angry or malicious place, and it’s really the first show I’ve ever watched that captures that balancing act this accurately (if anyone has any other recommendations, let me know below!). The characters are also a lot of fun – I can’t wait to see more of “Pops” (Lawrence Fishburne plays him like a gruff teddy bear), and the kids are as nuanced as the adults.

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Thanks! :)

 

L.A. INCREDIBLE GIRL FUNDRAISER OCTOBER 2!

Published September 25, 2014 by Teresa

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I haven’t been very prolific on the blog front lately, because this has been a huge time of transition and success for me! New writing opportunities, new part-time job, and ramping up production on Incredible Girl!

I’ll be writing more about all of this next week, but right now I wanted to tell you about Incredible Girl‘s first fundraiser and how you can help! (If you live in L.A, this one’s for you!)

Veggie Grill has graciously allowed us to do a fundraiser at their West Hollywood location! It’s super-easy: if you go to the VeggieGrill at 8000 Sunset Blvd on October 2nd, purchase dinner and mention Incredible Girl or From the Heart Productions (our fiscal sponsor) – or print out or show THIS FLYER on your phone – Veggie Grill will donate 50% of what you purchase to our project that night! Anything we raise will go toward recouping costs on the recent Incredible Girl teaser we shot, toward hiring a graphic artist to create an Incredible Girl logo, and other costs that are starting to creep up as we move forward with this project.

Whether you stay and enjoy your meal, or quickly grab something To Go, IT ALL COUNTS! But Exec Producer and star Aurora de Blas and I will be there the whole time if you want to stay and eat and say hello. :)

And if possible, join the Facebook Event for the fundraiser! This way, we can have an idea of how much help we’ll be getting on the 2nd. It’ll certainly boost morale over at Camp Incredible Girl!

So, if you’re in L.A. on October 2nd, consider having dinner at Veggie Grill and mentioning our fundraiser! It would be a huge help and be a great start to what I know is going to be a long, exciting journey!

Thank you so much. :)

HOTPIXEL POST: The Hot List – Writer/Producer/Director Tom Grey of Player Piano

Published September 22, 2014 by Teresa

It’s been a while, but there’s a new Hot List over at the HotPixel blog! The subject of this month’s Hot List is probably very familiar to many of the geeks in my social media feeds – it’s Tom Grey, writer/producer/director and creator of Player Piano on YouTube.

EXCERPT: 

Geek & Sundry alum, writer/producer/director Tom Grey, arrived in Los Angeles twelve years ago, as many others do, determined to break into the entertainment industry. His first gigs were in reality television, which he hated, and after a while they prompted him to leave the industry for a bit to focus exclusively on his writing. He supported his writing habit by working as a laundromat salesman.

That’s right. A laundromat salesman. As in, he sold a lot of industrial-sized washers and dryers. The things we do for love, amirite?

However, he couldn’t stay away from the industry for long. He began freelancing as a camera assistant, taking on several jobs with Disney through HotPixel! Yup, he’s one of ours! But, of course, he also wanted to create his own projects.

“There hadn’t been a movie that I’d made yet, and I started to get a little bit frustrated about the lack of just…making stuff,” Grey explains. “What ended up happening was that I heard from a friend who was making some of those Doritos Super Bowl Ads, and it was sort of ‘Let’s get together and just have an excuse to make something.’ So we made them, and I directed them, and I had a ton of fun doing them. And actually Art and the team over at HotPixel colored them, which was a lot of fun. That led to a short film that I did called Undying Love, and that’s a little zombie short film that I did that ended up going to film festivals and stuff. And that led to me working for Stan Lee.”

For the full post, or to leave comments, CLICK HERE!

NEW AT BEACON: “Fall TV 2014-15 – The Girls Are Back! Mindy and Jess Return to FOX!”

Published September 19, 2014 by Teresa

It’s time for my weekly post at Beacon! And as shows continue to return for the current season, I’ll be spotlighting the shows I think are worth watching. This week, two of my favorite, female-fronted comedies returned to FOX. It’s all about The Mindy Project and New Girl!

EXCERPT:

One of the things that made me fall in love with [New Girl] from the pilot was the honest, real depiction of modern-day friendships. Many women I know are primarily friends with guys, and I loved that there was a show that was capturing that dynamic. The last thing I wanted was for any of the guys to be a love interest for Jess.

Then, Cece (Hannah Simone) and Schmidt happened. And Jess and Nick happened.

And while Jess and Nick were a cute enough couple, I think they make better friends, and I’m glad the dynamic is back to the way it was at the start of the show. It isn’t that Jess is One of the Guys – she’s very much a girly-girl. But she and her roomies look out for each other. They are friends, with no ulterior motives, and I like seeing that on television.

If you want to read and comment on my full post, you’ll have to subscribe to my work over at Beacon! Starting at only $5/month, you’ll be able to access all my pop culture criticism, as well as the work of 100+ other journalists writing about the topics you care about. Check it out! Once there, please click the “Worth It” button on the bottom of my article! (That is, if you actually like what I’ve written.)

Thanks! :)

Pike and Trident Premieres TODAY!

Published September 19, 2014 by Teresa

I’m very excited to announce and support a new, female-led digital series called Pike and Trident, which launched TODAY! It’s the story of two museum curators from the future – Myrtle Pike and Trudy Trident –  who must time-travel to regain important historical artifacts that were lost when one of them, ahem, SCREWS UP. :)

If Doctor Who and Game of Thrones had a baby girl, it might look something like this.

The series was written by and stars my good friend, Patty Robinson, and co-stars the lovely Kim Turney. It’s co-directed by Turney and Jan Bryant, who is also the stunt coordinator. And stunts there are! One of the coolest things about Pike and Trident is the fact that so much focus is placed on sword combat between the two leads. This series is great, in part, because Pike and Trident are the opposite of besties, and watching them be at each other’s throats even as they need to rely on each other to get out of trouble is a lot of fun!

Right now, only the pilot is available, with more to come soon (and hopefully, they’ll be able to raise the money to continue the show as scripted – though there are currently plans to regularly put out supplemental digital content from the world of Pike and Trident). Check out the pilot (below!), then head on over to the Pike and Trident website, and “like” the show on Facebook, to keep up with future content and episodes.

If you love female protagonists, time travel, sword fighting, sci-fi, and general badassery, give Pike and Trident a whirl.

It’s my Talk Like a Pirate Day gift to you. Arrrrrrgh! ;)

Pound By Pound: Thank You For Being Beautiful

Published September 15, 2014 by Teresa

 

Me at the Incredible Girl teaser shoot last night. I play Cupcake Dominatrix. :)

Me at the Incredible Girl teaser shoot last night. I play Cupcake Dominatrix. :)

 

Last night, as I walked through Sanctuary LAX wearing dominatrix garb during the shoot for the Incredible Girl teaser last night, a woman I’d never met stopped in her tracks and, completely earnestly and with no agenda, said “You are SO beautiful. Thank you for being so beautiful!”

That being the nicest thing a stranger’s ever said to me, I didn’t quite know how to respond! I said “Uh….thank you?” Then, mustering up some Cupcake Dominatrix (my character in Incredible Girl) confidence, I said “I aim to please.” :)

This totally reminded me that, no matter what I weigh, I’m actually gorgeous right now. And I have to say that during the shoot, as I caught glimpses of myself in mirrors dressed in fishnets, boy shorts, and a corset, I was rather pleased with my reflection. It’s easy to forget that it’s possible for you to look amazing when you spend most of your days away from other human eyes while toiling diligently at your writing in your apartment in your pajamas, so it’s nice to be reminded when you’re walking around in the world.

Anyway, despite having been too busy with writing-related stuff to work out the past couple of weeks, I did do my monthly measurements on the 12th. Here’s where I am right now:

Teresa September Stats (9/12/14):
Weight: 267.8lbs (-5.4lbs from last month / -9.4lbs since start)
Upper arm: 19 1/2″ (+ 1/2 from last month / -1″ since start)
Bust: 50″ (no change from last month / – 1/4″ since start)
Waist: 45 1/2″ (+ 1/4″ from last month / + 1″ since start)
Hips: 54 1/4″ (-1/8″ from last month / + 2/8″ since start)
Thighs: 33 3/4″ (no change from last month / +1/8″ since start)

So, apparently I’ve lost weight from areas on my body that I don’t regularly measure? I guess my calves and fingers are getting super-skinny right now. ;)

I will get back to working out. I haven’t been eating completely crazily, but I did have The Boy have to step in and warn me away from a bad habit (ie: eating ice cream too regularly). The Boy gave me a heads-up when it looked like I might start going overboard, and even though I got defensive, I eventually took what my better half had to say under consideration and realized that The Boy only did this out of concern for my health, and I was then able to stop and course-correct before going too far down a bad road.

Thank you, My Love!

Still, despite all this, I know that The Boy thinks I’m beautiful. Apparently, so do strangers in dungeons. :)

And so do I.

And I think you are, too. Yes, you. You reading this.

Thank you for being so beautiful. 

NEW AT BEACON: “Fall TV 2014-15: Selfie”

Published September 12, 2014 by Teresa

 

This week at Beacon, I start talking about the shows, both new and returning, that I’m excited about this year! This week, it’s all about the new Karen Gillan show, Selfie.

EXCERPT:

3) The Problem Isn’t ‘Selfies,’ It’s Self.

A while back, I blogged about the fact that I HATE when people get self-righteous about not taking selfies/getting involved in social media/etc, etc as if internet life and “real life” were two different things, and pat themselves on the back for “tearing themselves away.” In fact, Henry on Selfie is just such a person. What I love about the show is that the message isn’t about how horrible this generation is for being wrapped up in social media. What it’s saying is: Caring about others is important. The reason why Eliza is friendless is not because she’s on Twitter all the time, but because when given the opportunity to be a kind person in real life, she often chooses the opposite. The thing is, Henry has the same problem, except he doesn’t have the excuse of a social media presence. Sure, he knows how to appear caring, and can successfully guide Eliza’s behavior and improve her image. Yet he, too, is friendless, alone, and awkward with people in his personal life. Social media is to Eliza what books and work are to Henry. These two characters coming into each other’s lives will benefit them both. Eliza is not the only one who needs fixing. 

If you want to read and comment on my full post, you’ll have to subscribe to my work over at Beacon! Starting at only $5/month, you’ll be able to access all my pop culture criticism, as well as the work of 100+ other journalists writing about the topics you care about. Check it out! Once there, please click the “Worth It” button on the bottom of my article! (That is, if you actually like what I’ve written.)

Thanks! :)

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