Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The L Word

The L Word is a drama tv series that portrays the lives of a group of lesbian, bisexual and transgender women and men and their friends, family and lovers in the trendy Los Angeles-area city of West Hollywood.

The pilot episode premiered on January 18, 2004. The sixth and final season is to premiere on February 22, 2009. Outside the US, the series is distributed by MGM Worldwide Television. The show was created and is executive-produced by Ilene. Other executive producers include Steve and Larry Kennar. Besides Chaiken, writers of the show have included Guinevere Turner and Rose Troche.

The episodes focused on the relationships between the principal characters, their family members, their friends, and their "outside" lovers. Jennifer Beals played the role as Bette Porter, an art museum director and unabashed control freak, who in the first season lived with her longtime partner Tina Kennard (Laurel Holloman), who chose to stay at home and assume the "housewife" role. And after being artificially inseminated, were both wife and mother in the relationship. Ultimately, Bette and Tina broke up over Bette's infidelity. The series' "audience-identification" character was Jenny Schecter, a talented writer who had moved next door to Bette and Tina to live with her fiancé, and later husband, Tim Haspel (Eric Mabius).

Unavoidably drawn into her neighbors' circle of lesbian friends, Jenny gradually came out of the closet herself, having a torrid affair with sexy coffee shop owner Marina Ferrer (Karina Lombard), breaking up with Tim, and entering into a series of not-altogether-satisfying affairs, and all the while trying to emerge from the shadow of a spectacularly miserable childhood. The "comedian" of the bunch was Alice Pieszecki (Leisha Hailey), a glib-tongued bisexual journalist who had a habit of speaking first and thinking second. Also in the cast were Katherine Moening as Shane McCutcheon, a troubled promiscuous hairdresser. Erin Daniels as Dana Fairbanks, a professional tennis player who struggled with whether to stay in the closet professionally and whose insecurities made it hard for her to find a girlfriend; and Pam Grier as the only certified "straight" member of the group, Bette's older half sister and formerly successful singer, Kit Porter.

The cast in the second season included sexy deejay Carmen de la Pica Morales (Sarah Shahi), who at one point carried on simultaneous affairs with Jenny and Shane; wealthy Helena Peabody (Rachel Shelley), daughter of an influential female art collector; and documentary and adult filmmaker Mark Wayland (Eric Lively), who became Shane and Jenny's housemate.

Monday, November 10, 2008


21 is about the story of ix M.I.T. students who took Vegas for millions to tell the true-life tale of six genius students who used their brains to beat considerable odds. The film was shot in Las Vegas, Nevada and Boston, Massachusetts. Starring Kevin Spacey, Laurence Fishburne, Jim Sturgess, and Kate Bosworth. Laurence Fishburne stars as the sin city security chief who catches on to the group and makes it his mission to expose their lucritive blackjack scam. 21 is based on the best-selling book by Ben Mezrich, Bringing Down the House. The film was released on March 21, 2008.

The movie revolves around Ben Campbell, who joins the MIT Blackjack Team in 1993. Guided by his mentor Mickey Rosa, the Blackjack Team becomes MIT's most profitable. In real life, the Blackjack Team was mostly composed of Asian-American males. However, studio executives have cast mostly white actors to portray these men in the film.