GLITTER AND GRIT - a chatGPT screenplay

With all the panic around ChatGPT replacing the WGA, I thought I'd see what all the hype was about and ask AI for a screenplay "like" SHOWGIRLS.

Honestly, it doesn't suck, but I think I needed to be more specific with my ask.




The Las Vegas Strip is alive with lights and excitement. We see casino-goers laughing, drinking, and playing slot machines. Among them is LENA, a young, ambitious woman in her early twenties, dressed in a provocative outfit.

LENA (to herself, determined) 

This is my chance. I'll become the biggest star in Vegas.

She confidently walks into the casino, catching the eye of an older but charismatic CASINO OWNER, MR. CARTER.

MR. CARTER (smirking) 

Well, well, what do we have here? Another ambitious girl looking for her big break?

LENA (flashing a seductive smile) 

You could say that. I'm willing to do whatever it takes to make it in this town.

MR. CARTER (with a hint of intrigue) 

I like your spirit, kid. Come see me tomorrow morning. We'll discuss your future.


Lena sits across from Mr. Carter, who is now behind his desk, examining her closely.

MR. CARTER (firmly) 

To make it in this business, you'll need to be tough, flexible, and ready to sacrifice. Can you handle that?

LENA (nodding) 

Absolutely. I'm prepared to give it my all.

MR. CARTER (smirking) 

Good. Welcome to the world of showgirls, Lena.


Lena stands in front of a mirror, putting on her makeup. She is surrounded by other showgirls, all of them glammed up, ready for the stage. Tensions and rivalries run high.

SHOWGIRL #1 (slyly) 

You think you can steal the spotlight, huh? We'll see about that.

SHOWGIRL #2 (mockingly) 

You're just another pretty face. Let's see if you have any talent.

Lena takes a deep breath, determined to prove herself.


The curtains rise, revealing a lavish stage filled with mesmerized audience members. Lena steps forward, her heart pounding. The music starts, and she begins to dance with a mix of sensuality and grace. Her every move captivates the crowd.

As the performance progresses, Lena pushes herself to the limit, executing daring acrobatics and impressive dance routines. The audience erupts in applause and admiration.


Lena emerges backstage, sweat dripping down her face. The other showgirls stare at her in awe and envy.

SHOWGIRL #1 (angry) 

How did she do that? She's stealing the show!

SHOWGIRL #2 (admiringly) 

She's a force to be reckoned with. We better step up our game.


Lena sits in front of Mr. Carter, her face beaming with accomplishment.

MR. CARTER (smiling) 

You did it, Lena. You've become the star of this casino. But remember, the journey doesn't end here. Keep pushing yourself.

LENA (determined) 

I won't stop until I'm the biggest star in all of Vegas.

They shake hands, sealing their partnership.


The lights of the Las Vegas Strip shine brighter than ever. Lena, now a renowned showgirl, walks through the casino with confidence and poise. She has become the embodiment of Glitter and Grit.


๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€ 5 Best Movies for St. Patrick's Day ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€

St. Patrick's Day is a festive holiday celebrated around the world, and watching movies is a popular way to get in the spirit. 

Here are some of the best movies to watch on St. Patrick's Day and why: 

๐Ÿ€ The Quiet Man (1952): This classic romantic comedy-drama set in Ireland is a must-watch on St. Patrick's Day. Starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, the film follows the story of an American boxer who moves to Ireland and falls in love with a fiery Irish woman. The film is a celebration of Irish culture, with beautiful landscapes and traditional music. 

๐Ÿ€ Waking Ned Devine (1998): This Irish comedy film is set in a small village in Ireland and tells the story of two friends who try to claim the lottery winnings of a deceased villager. The film is full of humor, heart, and Irish charm, and it's a perfect feel-good movie to watch on St. Patrick's Day. 

๐Ÿ€ The Commitments (1991): This musical comedy-drama is set in Dublin and follows a group of working-class musicians who come together to form a soul band. The film features great music, memorable characters, and a love letter to Irish culture, making it a perfect movie to watch on St. Patrick's Day. 

๐Ÿ€ Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959): This classic Disney film is set in rural Ireland and tells the story of a man named Darby who encounters a group of leprechauns. The film is full of Irish folklore and is a great choice for families looking for a fun and whimsical movie to watch on St. Patrick's Day. 

๐Ÿ€ Brooklyn (2015): This romantic drama film is set in both Ireland and Brooklyn and follows the story of an Irish immigrant who moves to the United States in the 1950s. The film is a touching exploration of the immigrant experience and a celebration of Irish culture, making it a great choice for St. Patrick's Day.

#StPatricksDay #Irish #Ireland #LuckOfTheIrish #Green #Shamrocks #Leprechauns #PotOfGold #Guinness #IrishDancing #Parade #Celebration #Tradition #Celtic #Folklore #IrishMusic #CornedBeefAndCabbage #IrishWhiskey #IrishCulture #GreenBeer #Clover #EmeraldIsle #IrishPride #IrishHistory

the tide pod shoplifting challenge

I may or may not have just contributed to the shoplifting of six packages of Tide PODs.

There I was, shopping for more environment friendly laundry detergent in a DTLA Target when a woman behind me asks for help in reaching something.

I turn around and the woman, limited in movement, is asking me to put six of those Tide POD packs into the giant bag hanging off the back of her motor cart.  Granted they’re on the top shelf, and hard to reach for anyone over the height of 5’5”, but there was something kind of strange about her need for six of the packs, and nothing else.

“Is there room for more stuff back there?” she asks barely turning her head.

I tell her she can fit about 3 small items more before needing another bag.

Off she rolls, without a thank-you, her sketchy face-tattoo and unwashed hair now glaringly giving me second thoughts about my good deed for the day.

While checking out, I notice her roll by each and every cashier without paying, and exit the store.

I really hope she isn’t going playground to playground selling the detergent pods at a dollar a pop to naive kids looking for Internet fame.

hollywood, because I could

Somebody pinch me.

No, seriously, like every morning I’m going to need someone to pinch me.

After 23 years of life in New York City, I am finally a resident of the endlessly ecelctic City of Los Angeles, California.

Adding to the surealness of this new chapter of my life is the fact that my husband and I drove across country in four days with three cats in the back-seat.  Without incident, I might add.

Cats are not as easy to transport as dogs.  They are very “who-moved-my-cheese” when it comes to new places, so strange hotel rooms are constant resets.  Strangely enough, all three were pretty excited about being in our new hotel room each night (possibly due to being out of their cages after long days).

Our drive from New York to California was South by Southwest, stopping in Roanoke, Little Rock, Albuquerque and finally our new home in Downtown Los Angeles.  Or, as the locals say, DTLA.
The whirlwind of it all was rewarded with time to decompress, and in the first three days we were able to take in much of the city and a little of its suburbs.

In three days, we were able to debunk three myths about La La Land:

1) Nobody walks in L.A.
2) Nobody takes the subway.
3) Everybody is so phony and fake.

Not true.

DTLA is extremely walkable.  The subways are way cleaner and more efficiant than New York City.  And everyone I’ve come across so far has been the real deal.  Unless they were just an aspiring actor playing “real.”

It’s so hard to tell these days.

Cities - Talking Heads

Think of London, a small city
It's dark, dark in the daytime
The people sleep, sleep in the daytime
If they want to, if they want to
I'm checking them out
I'm checking them out
I got it figured out
I got it figured out
There's good points and bad points
Find a city
Find myself a city to live in.
There are a lot of rich people in Birmingham
A lot of ghosts in a lot of houses
Look over there!...A dry ice factory
A good place to get some thinking done
Down El Paso way things get pretty spread out
People got no idea where in the world they are
They go up north and come back south
Still got no idea where in the world they are.
Did I forget to mention, to mention Memphis
Home of Elvis and the ancient Greeks
Do I smell? I smell home cooking
It's only the river, it's only the river.

Jeremiah Moss - On Cities Changing

Jeremiah Moss's Vanishing New York blog has served me, and countless other New Yorkers like me, of the city's change for the worse.

His new book Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul, has been extremely helpful as I put in perspective my departure of New York City.  Both Jeremiah and I have been New Yorkers for the same period of over 20 years.  I believe we've crossed paths multiple times as we took in the vanishing bars, movie houses, bookshops, cafรฉs, concert venues, and specialty shops.

Here's a passage from the conclusion of his book, which really struck a chord with me...

For generations, New Yorkers have both celebrated a grieved the city's changeability.  Harper's claimed in 1856 that New York is "never the same city for a dozen years together.  A man born in New York forty years ago finds nothing, absolutely nothing, of the New York he knew."  More recently, Colson Whitehead declared: "You are a New Yorker when what was there before is more real and solid than what is there now."  Fair enough.  But as I hope this book has illustrated, the nature of urban change has changed.  As Adam Gopnik put it, "Cities change.  It is their nature.  Those which stop changing stop being cities.  Cities that change entirely, though, cease to be themselves."  For years now, New York hasn't been itself.  It is being de-urbanized.  

goodbye new york

You may have seen it on social media if you follow me there, but it's official.  We're moving to Los Angeles in a few weeks.

I've lived in New York City for almost 22 years, and in that time I've had some incredible experiences.  I've never lived anywhere else longer than here, and it's bittersweet to leave friends and family behind.

So, due to opportunity out West, we've loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly.  Okay, not really.  We have people loading the truck (and packing) for us.  And we're moving to DTLA, which like everywhere in Los Angeles is only a 20 minute drive away.

I'd like to say a studio has bought the rights to this blog for a new Netflix series, but I can't really go into the details right now.  Also, that's not true.  But, we're driving across country with three cats, and if that's not material for a Nat Geo or Animal Planet live-streaming special, I don't know what is. 

Keep tuned to the blog here for updates, and if you follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, you'll probably get some live-video on there during the move and after.

Christmas is for Zinger Zappers

When talking Christmas memories with folks from the New York area, there's always a strong denial that Dolly Madison snack cakes never existed.

Not to be confused with First Lady Dolley Madison, Dolly Madison was a bakery that produced a variety of sugary, processed baked goods that really took off when they associated with the Peanuts characters.  

Probably due to regional preference to Drake's Cakes, amount other East Coast snacks, the Dolly Madison commercials, products, and apparently packaging, never really made it to the New York Tri-State area.

That's a shame, because my East coast friends will never associate A Charlie Brown Christmas with the incredibly addictive coconut covered raspberry Zinger.  This snack was so good, you would eat it even when it was crushed by a thermos in your lunchbox.

Luckily, we have Fandom to gather the proof of Dolly Madison's long-time association with the Peanuts gang.  A lot of the original commercials I remember as a kid are available on YouTube.  Recreate your memories of Zinger Zappers below, or prove to your East coast deniers that this existed...

The World I Knew
Todd Leaves New York City

I know this is slightly corny, but I've always had a soft spot for the quasi-Christian rock band Collective Soul.   

Their eponymous second album was released around the same time I moved to New York City, so there's one song from it that always sticks.

Hitting the charts around now, 21 years ago, THE WORLD I KNOW might be the most perfect summation of my emotional state as a prepare to leave Manhattan for Hollywood.  I'm not usually a lyrics person (I hear the music before I listen to the words), but this air-guitar ballad pretty much nails it.

The World I Know
Collective Soul

Has our conscience shown?
Has the sweet breeze blown?
Has all the kindness gone?
Hope still lingers on
I drink myself of newfound pity
Sitting alone in New York City
And I don't know why
Are we listening
Hymns of offering?
Have we eyes to see
That love is gathering?
All the words that I've been reading
Have now started the act of bleeding
Into one, into one
So I walk up on high
And I step to the edge
To see my world below
And I laugh at myself
While the tears roll down
'Cause it's the world I know
Oh it's the world I know
I drink myself of newfound pity
Sitting alone in New York City
And I don't know why, don't know why
So I walk up on high
And I step to the edge
To see my world below
And I laugh at myself
While the tears roll down
'Cause it's the world I know
Oh it's the world I know
So I walk up on high
And I step to the edge
To see my world belo
And I laugh at myself
While the tears roll down
'Cause it's the world I know

Oh it's the world I know

the last ten films I've seen...

HIGH TIDE (John Reinhardt, 1947)
STRAW DOGS (Sam Peckinpah, 1971)
THE BODY SNATCHER (Robert Wise, 1945)
PURPLE NOON (Renรฉ Clรฉment, 1930)
HALLOWEEN (John Carpenter, 1978)
MAGIC (Richard Attenborough, 1978)
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (Kenneth Branagh, 2017)
SIGN 'O' THE TIMES (Prince, 1987)

a new album from

At long last a new album from one of my favorite modern bands THE HORRORS.

They get more commercial in sound with each release, but they're still dark and spooky.  Dig the first track HOLOGRAM here...


Since moving into our awesome apartment in 2013, Craig and I have hosted epic screenings outside on our terrace (with the exception of 2014's terrace closure).

Amidst the backdrop of midtown Manhattan, here's every film we've screened to date, and some of the opening trailer reels I created for these special nights:

2017 (so far)










One year ago, I started the Twitter account FOUR FRAMES PER SECOND.

While I wish I had the time to do this every day, I do plan to post more in the upcoming year.

Bonus points to anyone that can identify all of the frames in the 50 films below...

Criterion Collection's MILDRED PIERCE
a restoration explained

If you're a CRITERION COLLECTION nut like me, this is what we get excited about.  A beautiful detailed look at what went into the new 4K restoration of MILDRED PIERCE...

Gotham City of Stars

I've been trying to figure out where I've heard the opening of the La La Land tune City of Stars before.

Not to ruin your Oscar weekend, but...

La La Land - the video game

Just when you thought La La Land couldn't get any more annoying, here's the 8-Bit Cinema video game edition...

a bit more of the old IN and OUT

IN                                                         OUT

Grey                                                    Black

Janelle Monae                                               Beyoncรฉ

                        "RESIST"                                  "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN"

KenKen                                                    Sudoku

Butter                                                    Bacon

Cash                                                  PayPal

$200 Chromebook                              $1000 iPad Pro

FilmStruck                                            SeeSo

Dungeons & Dragons                          Game of Thrones

James Baldwin                                     Ta-Nehisi Coates

MET Opera                                     Terminal 5

Iced Americano                                   Ice Coffee 

Rasputin                                   Hamilton

Chartreuse                                        Bitters

               Snow                                              Snapchat      

President Donald Trump
The Simple Child

Trump, the Simple Child, answers your Passover questions:
Why is this night different from all other nights? Let me tell you. It's a very special night, you know. Very special. We may be eating flat bread, which I gotta tell you is a little bland, but I'll be able to do something about that. Where was I. Oh, right, you know there was no way that Pharaoh was going to let your people go. No way. But you know what he did. He let them go. We are going to do that sort of thing to, you know. We are going to let our people go and make America great again. So many people. Many of them happen to be Jews. Jews that voted for me, some of which are at this seder table right now. I think a lot of Jews want to see a change. And speaking of change, Melania sitting over there on the orthopedic cushion would like to replace this roasted egg with a more permanent faberge egg you can enjoy for Passovers to come. Okay? Thank you.

Now Ranting on ScreenRant

Since starting this blog way back in 2004, I've grown to love writing a little more with each passing year.

It has been an honor to share my life with, at least a hundred people through the years.  And I have the incredible 21¢ from Google Analytics to prove it.

Of course, my real fifteen minutes of fame has come from a side-gig over at the incomparably cool Forces of Geek, where I've had the pleasure of sharing movie reviews, nostalgia trips and now a new podcast about sequels, remakes and reboots called Oh No They Didn't.

If there's one thing that my recent professional full-time job seeker gig has generated, it's a desire to be a lot more creative on a daily basis.  I've probably started more side projects during the past few months than I can keep track of.

But now I'm being paid to write about the biz, and I'm enjoying the structure a lot.

You can now read my work over at ScreenRant here. I'm on their News beat for starters, but hopefully I'll be able to get some interviews and reviews up in due time.

You'll continue to find Beware of the Blog a great place for my occasional personal rants, shares of ephemeral knowledge and incredibly well structured Haikus.

In the meantime, please bookmark all the links above, and do subscribe to the new podcast over on iTunes or Google Play (better yet, write us up a glowing review).


On this episode of Forces of Geek presents OH NO THEY DIDN'T! we're going back to two of the worst sequels ever made:

Exorcist II: The Heretic and Mannequin on the Move

 Was Hollywood possessed by Pazuzu?

 Give us your best cheek bones and let the power of crap compel you.

 It's the first of what we're sure will be many WORST SEQUELS EVER episodes.

 Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Google Play, and if you like the show, please write us a nice review there!

Donald Trump's LinkedIn Profile SUCKS

Here in America, we used to value not only our electoral process, but the resumes of past Presidential elects.

So if you're just joining us, our new President had never been elected to a public office prior, nor has he served in and/or ranked in our military.

In other fun facts, his Cabinet will be the first without a Hispanic member since 1988. There is also a smaller percentage of women and nonwhites than the first cabinets of Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George Bush.

This marks the first President since Truman without a Pet in the White House (though his VP was ironically named Barkley).

Oh, and Donald Trump will be the first President of the United States in 25 years to not have a graduate degree of any kind.

His LinkedIn profile also sucks, so don't get me started. Very, very bad. No endorsements. Should be ashamed.

ROGUE ONE: A Star Wars Story
OH NO THEY DIDN'T! podcast

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...


We're talking about the prequel to Episode IV, or the sequel to Episode III, depending on your generation's affinity for the STAR WARS saga. Also, we discuss the trailers for THE MUMMY reboot, the BLADE RUNNER sequel, and the latest casting updates for the MARY POPPINS thingy.

Please review our show and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes at!/id1120504077?mt=2

We're also on TWITTER at @ONTDpodcast so please feel free to give us ideas for future episodes!

The Best Songs of 2016

What a great year for music.

As downbeat as the year was, I gravitated towards more upbeat music.    That said, there are plenty of ironic, contrasting lyrics.

For more, monthly, be sure to follow me on SPOTIFY.

WESTWORLD - Oh No They Didn't podcast

Description Sexy robots, programmed for your pleasure have taken over this episode of OH NO THEY DIDN'T! 

We're talking Westworld (the 1973 version, the 1976 sequel, the 1980s television series, and the 2016 HBO series) on the latest episode of the podcast. 

Also, we discuss upcoming planned remakes of DUNE, FREAKY FRIDAY, and BEACHES, as well as the sequels to PACIFIC RIM, WEDDING CRASHERS and THE DARK CRYSTAL. 

Be sure to rate us and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes at!/id1120504077?mt=2

the last ten films I've seen

DREAMSCAPE (Joseph Ruben, 1984)
THE CONJURING 2 (James Wan, 2016)
SALEM'S LOT (Tobe Hooper, 1979)
HALLOWEEN (John Carpenter, 1978)
WIZARD MODE (Nathan Drillot & Jeff Petry, 2016)
INFERNO (Ron Howard, 2016)
LOVE & FRIENDSHIP (Whit Stillman, 2016)
MOANA (John Musker & Ron Clements, 2016)
M (Fritz Lang, 1931)