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This is a classic of mine. It’s called Table for One.

In it, we first meet Sandy as food writer with a column called, you guessed it “Table for One”, for a publication called The City. The City is of course supposed to be Manhattan, but it will look suspiciously like Toronto. So why is she always eating alone, aching for someone to share her ravioli with?

Well, how about the fact that she’s a high heeled, black suit wearing workaholic who orders her Starbucks in a picky, complicated way and isn’t even married!!!

She dilly dallies around town with a local restaurateur played by Kelsey Grammer (think an evil Keith McNally written by someone who has no idea who that is) who has a very open relationship with his “soon to be ex wife” (Rebecca Romijn cameos as the untrustworthy gold digger, thanks to hubby’s recommendation).

“Oh Sandy”, the audience will whimper, “won’t you ever learn??” Of course, no woman in heels that is passionate about her work could ever be happy until some homespun good ole boy teaches her to put on a pair of jeans and abandon all ambitions. Lucky for our missy, that’s just what happens when her editor (we’ll give this role to John C Reilly, who did well with similar material in Never Been Kissed) sends her down to Miami to report on a swanky new restaurant opening.

But wait! On the way down, weather delays her in South Carolina (read “real America”). Seeking refuge from the downpour (first scene of many where her heels become a problem) she wanders into Mama’s House, a diner Cloris Leachman (Betty White – totally booked and too expensive with Bullock on board) runs with a little help from her earnest, social working son, Jerry O’Connell.

The food is like, the best thing she’s ever tasted and she slowly gives up her initial assignment to learn from Mama all about the back to basics of “real” cooking. Lots of references to Mama not being afraid of butter and carbs, plus Leachman has a pet stuffed bear she talks to, pretending it’s her dead husband for inspiration (hey, it’s the best photo I could find of Leachman and I ran with it). More reluctantly, she falls for O’Connell who at first she doesn’t see eye to eye with but a State Fair complete with a pie eating contest and a three legged race that almost results in kissing turns things around.

Of course, it’s not all smooth sailing. Mama’s House is broke, Jerry’s trying to raise money to save the business, and Sandy stupidly opens her big mouth to Kelsey Grammer over the phone about the incredible food she’s discovered. In no time, that smug son of a bitch is down in SC, driving a Bentley and offering to save the day… or is he??

Turns out, he wants to buy Mama out only to make her hard earned diner into a fancy schmancy franchise – the first thing he plans to get rid of: butter and carbs! Jerry is struggling to get the business out of debt, but a saddened Cloris, not wanting her son to have to go through this, signs her name on the dotted line before he gets a chance.

Fortunately an old coot finds a piece of paper that claims the business was not hers to sell! It was her husband’s, technically the stuffed bear now, and O’Connell with the help of Bullock, who’s finally come to her senses and sold her gorgeous West Village apartment with a walk in closet for a life as a diner operator in the South, becomes owner.

Time for one more pie eating contest, and this time it’s going to get hilariously messy!!

Posted by: Brittany on August 27th, 2010 | Tagged with: , , | Comments (1)

Welcome to RC’s newest category “Development Hell” where bad photoshopping meets our ideas for movies that will never be made.

We begin with the Perfect Strangers film, starring Zach Braff and Christ Kattan (after Giovanni Ribisi drops out) as the oddball roomies. Mike and Jim are to thank/blame for much of the concept: French Stewart, Emperor of Mypos receives a prophecy via a goat kicking someone in the balls. The message is clear – Balki is to become Emperor! Stewart, drowning in Coming to America rip off jokes, comes to Chicago to stop the prophecy from coming true but not if these Perfect Strangers can help it.

Yes, this is now how I spend my early Wednesday mornings.

Posted by: Brittany on August 25th, 2010 | Tagged with: , , , , | Comments (4)

So have been working on some recordings and watched (for the first time surprisingly) A Boy and His Dog last night. Now in terms of awesome genre-defying 70s achievements that seem to get better with age I’d put it up there with the original Wickerman. The trailer was so awesome and surreal I just had to usurp it a bit to add some music to it. Was pretty happy with how it turned out.

Posted by: Marcus on April 21st, 2010 | Comments (3)

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Posted by: Jessica on January 31st, 2010 | Comments (0)

Pumpkin

Great Job Bart!

Posted by: Jessica on October 29th, 2009 | Tagged with: , , | Comments (0)

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Rejects from a photo series I did for my friend’s band, Big Digits.  That’s my creepy attic and yes, that is a can of black beans.  Their show is smart, sweaty, and hyper-aerobic; you will lose weight just by watching them.  They roam the country at least once a year, so try to catch them if they play in your town.

Posted by: Ashleigh on August 5th, 2009 | Tagged with: , , | Comments (0)
root beer

root beer

Almost a year back now, I wondered what really went into root beer. So I looked up how to make it. At the time I thought the recipe I found online from 1900 seemed like a great idea. Then I realized I either did something horribly wrong or people’s idea of root beer changed a lot in the last century. That batch turned out horrible. It was light yellow colored, had fermented too much, and tasted like a bad herby home brew beer. It was undrinkable. My second batch came out a little better, it was at least drinkable, although not very good. It tasted more of a week ginger ale. I decided this recipe wasn’t working for me. So I looked to find a better recipe. Finding one of the only books printed in the modern era on soda (specifically root beer) making on Amazon, I gave it a third go.

This is a photo of my third batch. Which I have to say isn’t perfect or completely there yet, but it has the right color, it smells like root beer, takes similar to root beer, and isn’t too bad tasting. There will be a forth patch with hopefully an even better root beer, but so far its a work in progress, and its more than half way there.

Posted by: Stermer on July 19th, 2009 | Tagged with: , | Comments (1)

mousie tee

owl tee

When I describe my job I usually tell people that I draw butterflies all day, but as you can see I am a liar because I draw owls, mousies, kitties, and birdies too. These are strike offs of one of my favorite groups I’ve worked on that are in Oshkosh stores now (our website with retail should be up by the end of the year). Go buy one!

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Posted by: Brittany on July 15th, 2009 | Tagged with: , | Comments (2)

Happy Birthda Card for William: Werewolf birthday party

I’ve gotten really, really into making birthday cards for my co-workers, though I think the initial inspiration came from the piece I made for L-Word’s going-away party at Pio Pio.

This card was for William (in the back row, just to the right of Penn Gillette), whose b-day was yesterday and, I’ll have you know, was much appreciated.

Posted by: Jim on July 15th, 2009 | Tagged with: | Comments (1)

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Lil embroidered handkerchief gift for my friend.

Posted by: Jessica on July 14th, 2009 | Comments (0)