Is This Really the Easy Way to Throw Out Clichés?

Yes, it’s true. We actually stayed away from ironically using a cliché to present this program that enables writers to “scan your work for monitored words, clichés, and overused phrases and words.”

It seems like a great idea. An “automated tool…that scans your…work…and hightlights areas that might need closer attention.” We’re going to try it and hope some of you will too because if SmartEdit can create better writers we can finally rid the world of the Number 1 Enemy of Good Writing in the world since the Dawn of Time.

That’s right, English comp teachers. We’re talkin’ ’bout you.

Check this one out

Munchman sees THE SOUL MAN

…and I feel mine sucked right out.

I’d call this the worst sitcom on television, but where would that leave the rest of TV Land’s “Must Miss TV” lineup?

If you love writing so bad that it makes 50 Shades of Grey look like Nabakov (sit back and imagine that for awhile), you’ll still hate THE SOUL MAN.  Think, HOT IN CLEVELAND w/o Betty White. Or HAPPILY DIVORCED w/every part played by Fran Drescher.

They don’t make a screen small enuf to hold all the heart, soul, and talent in this baby. It doesn’t stream, it dribbles.

You get the point.

munchman

 

INBETWEENERS Coming to MTV

MTV Sets Premiere Date For ‘Inbetweeners’

By Nellie Andreeva

The Inbetweeners, MTV’s adaptation of the praised British series, will premiere on Monday, August 20, at 10:30 PM, following the return of Rob Dyrdek’s Ridiculousness at 10:00 PM. Inbetweeners, a comedic look at a group of teenagers navigating high school and charging into adulthood, was adapted for the U.S. by Brad Copeland who is executive producing the series with Aaron Kaplan, along with UK series creators Damon Beesley and Iain Morris. The pilot was directed by Taika Waititi. Joey Pollari, Bubba Lewis, Zack Pearlman, Mark L. Young and Alex Frnka star.

Deadline.Com reminds us that INBETWEENERS is coming to MTV in a couple of months. No snark from this corner: The British show is awesome, with writing that perfectly captures the excitement and angst we remember from our (admittedly recent) teenage years, and if the U.S. version is 20% as good it’ll be the best thing MTV’s given us since Video Killed the  Radio Star.

Be there.

If I’d Known Don Glut was Spider-Man We’d Be BFFs

by Larry Brody

Back in the day when I was a kid writer hanging at Harlan Ellison’s house and  being amazed not only by his talent but also by everything he got away with in everyday life that would’ve gotten me, at best, a punch in the face, there was this guy named Don Glut who also would show up every once in awhile.

I remember being told that Don was a writer when we were introduced. And that he was a huge comics fan. But I never got any details because he was, quite simply, the most abstracted human being I’d ever met at that point. His head was – well, it was somewhere beyond the clouds, in a very special place. Which, I thought at the time, must have made life hard for him because Don also seemed to be the most eager-to-be-loved human being I’d ever known as well…and if there’s a trait more opposed to living in your own head than that I can’t imagine what it is.

Over the years, Don and I would encounter each other at various science fiction, television, and animation-oriented events, and I was as cordial as I could be for an arrogant mess who was much more interested in which overpriced foreign car to buy next in order to best flaunt my television writing success than I was in anything – and I mean anything – else.

(The highlight, if you can call it that, of this phase of my life was buying a new Jag and giving it the custom California plates, “TV PAYS.” I realized just how dumbass I really was one day when I went out to the Samuel Goldwyn Studio parking lot to drive home and found a note on my windshield: “Schmuck! Movies pay more!”)

After I returned to earth, as my mother probably would’ve put it, s-f, TV, and comics stuff took a back seat to new interests, and I never had the chance to glimpse Don Glut at the other end of convention halls again. Recently, though, we reunited on Facebook. (Yeah, yeah, I apologize, but it’s the truth.) And since then I’ve done some poking around, seeing him change from this:

to this:

And learning, just today, about this:

If I’d known that Don Glut was the creator of what possibly was the first appearance ever of The Amazing Spider-Man in a live action film, as well as creator of the most incredible oevre of written work, and The World’s Absolutely Biggest Fan of Everything Pop Art That I, Larry Brody, Also Love, he and I would right now, this minute be celebrating at least 40 years of genuine Best Friends Forever Friendship.

Don Dood, I’m really sorry I missed you. Salutations from your new Biggest Fan.

Don Glut’s Glorious Website

munchman: Why BARBARELLA Won’t Work

Yeah, BARBARELLA. Produced/Directed by Nicolas Refn. Starring Who Knows? No network specified yet.

Anyway:

  • It doesn’t star Jane Fonda
  • Hippies don’t watch TV
  • Jane Fonda probably doesn’t even watch TV
  • The director is a foreigner who isn’t Roger Vadim
  • Jane Fonda isn’t even Jane Fonda anymore anyway

There is, however, one way to save this show:

  • Add visual scrumptiousness, heaps of sex, and lots of P.R. about being faithful to the original comics conception. The TV audience doesn’t give a blind angel’s wings about any of that, but blissfully ignorant fandom will step in and add at least 1 undeserved season to its life

Oh, that’s Jane Fonda in the pic above. According to her autobiography, Vadim, who directed the original BARBARELLA and micro-managed Jane Fonda both as Barbarella and as, well, Jane Fonda, created huge self-doubt issues for her that she’s only now getting over. But that look he also created for her has to have been worth it. Ask any current reality show starlet. Go ahead.

munchman