Part 1 of 2 -This is the part where I try to hide from Hannah Montana and the Jonas brothers-ack! But I also include a link to a great Police (Stewart Copeland) film...
I fled to my chambers as my returning teens tuned in to 2001's "Spy Kids" a lovable little romp featuring two early aughts tweens, neither of which in this story were wearing makeup nor were they trying to become celebrities.The plot of this popular franchise is roughly- loving parents who happen to be spies want to spend quality time with their children, but feel obligated to continue serving mankind as spies against the forces of evil. They solve the dilemma by keeping their kids with them and training them in the family business. The movies are cute and well played, and I recommend them if you're looking to fill an early evening with some 5-11 years olds.
I fled in fact from the giant block of promos Disney crams into any of their "Family" offerings. The several minute- that's eons in TV time- chunk featured a night of rollicking good times with at least three different groups of teens portrayed as working in some attention getting sector of the broadcast/entertainment industry. This workplace is portrayed as a giant playpen (well, ok) where these kooky kids and their kookier little cohorts can cavort about -a shiny- and I do mean shiny- everything is Disney-clean and brand spanking new- backdrop for their creepy little teenage crushes and mean girl (and boy- this is 2010 after all) shenanigans. Wait - where was I going with this? Sounds like my work... Was I offended by the shiny new equipment ?
Oh. no. - I was disgusted at the idea that most tweens in the land are sitting in front of this boob tube watching a whole evening of "I wanna be a celebrity" when in whatever passes for reality these days, the kiddos (and older kiddos) that do find themselves in front of the lights and cameras have in fact foregone any semblance of normal life. On these shows the kids are surrounded by their friends-including one "mean" jealous kid - in reality, all the normal kids are at school or with family- all that's left is the scheming scary one- In fact all the elements of day to day existence that make this planet bearable are just out of reach once the passenger is seated in the cozy limo; (for a quirky, energetic, and humourous take, check out Stewart Copeland's Everybody Stares: The Police Inside Out. )
BUT as usual, I digress. For thoroughness in a documentary format for fanatics for 1939 movie "Gone with the Wind" and how its spectacular success affected the lives of the professionals who were so eagar to be a part of it- nothing so far compares to "The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind," done in 1988 and featuring the voice of David O Selznick's son Jeffery Selznick, as well as tons of archival footage and interviews with the surviving participants in the saga that was the creation of the blockbuster. I am somewhat skeptical about the effect the movie adaptation had on our area, to say the least, but I never tire of reading about the making of the movie. Perhaps that's because it has the larger than life characters like Selznick, as well as the buckwheat such as Kay Brown and Marcella Rabwin- the young Grandma Fontaines and Mrs. Tareltons of the real life war waging on the Hollywood backlot.
So imagine my delight when on YouTube I stumbled upon this- an ABC News- gasp- television program about - gasp- !- history-
Run go get grandpa- Or
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