Grey’s Anatomy Writer/Producer to Pen New Show

According to television blog Vulture, Grey’s Anatomy writer and producer Shonda Rhimes is set to pen a new television show based on a crisis-management public relations firm, and based on celebrity publicist Judy Smith. (Judy Smith cleaned up the crises surrounding Michael Vick and Bill Clinton, and others.)

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The show will premiere on ABC. There is no launch date or casting announcement as of today.

John Waters Christmas Show December 11th

The Roxie Theater is an indie theater house in the Mission District in San Francisco. The theater was later acquired by New College, which was a college that eventually shutdown in 2008.  To date, it is being run through good spirits, committed staff and donations.

[picappgallerysingle id=”10190124″]John Waters (new San Francisco resident) is a director of such cult (and hit) movies as Hairspray!, Pink Flamingos, and Cry Baby.  John is hosting a fundraiser for the theater through his “John Waters Christmas Show.” See the Roxie Theater’s invitation below.

The John Waters (Live) Christmas Show!

Saturday, December 11 · 7:30pm – 10:30pm


Roxie Theater
3117 16th Street
San Francisco, CA

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John Waters brings his sleigh full of smut to help raise money for the new non-profit Roxie Theater.

For tickets and more details, go to

Each ticket gets you a chance to win a week’s stay in Hawaii!
Hendrick’s Gin will be supplying the alcohol. Local restaurants will bring the food. Free valet parking provided.
……The Roxie will stuff your stockings tight with a pre-show video mash up featuring horn ball St. Nicks, blood-thirsty elves, talking Menorahs and candy cane delirium… You better watch out!

We know this is a pricey event, but every cent goes back to the theater. The Roxie is San Francisco’s oldest operating film house. It is crucial for San Francisco’s future not to lose another one of its theaters.
We also want to remind you to join us the following night for Drunk and Alone, another amazing holiday party with a ticket price everyone can enjoy.
If you can’t make it to either of these fine evenings, please consider making a donation to the theater by going to . Please note: keeping the theater open and operating is a labor of love and even donating a single dollar can make a difference!

Thank you for your support and good cheer!
-The Roxie

sponsored by:
Luna Park
The Monk’s Kettle
SFBay Guardian
Mr. Archer
Hendrick’s Gin

Announcement: Recording and Interviewing Workshops on Dec. 9th

Davia Nelson of The Kitchen Sisters is conducting another round of basic recording and interviewing workshops in San Francisco on Thursday, December 9th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

The three hour workshop is for people who want to acquire and hone their skills for an array of projects–radio, online storytelling, oral histories, audio slide shows, family histories, and other multimedia endeavors. Both workshops will cover the same information so please only sign up for one session.

We will cover miking techniques, sound gathering, use of archival audio, how to make interviewees comfortable, how to frame evocative questions that make for compelling storytelling, how to listen (which is harder than it looks), how to use interviews in conjunction with images, field recording techniques, recording equipment and more. The workshops are customized to fit the projects you are working on.
People who attend come from radio, newspapers, photography, oral history, historical societies, farms, music, writing, libraries, web design and beyond. The groups are always lively and good contacts are made.
The fee is $115. Of course, there will be a snack. The workshops are held in Francis Coppola’s historic Zoetrope building in North Beach. The address is 916 Kearny Street (at the corner of Columbus).
If you, or someone you know is interested, email and let us know which of the two workshops you would like to attend.
See you there,
The Kitchen Sisters
The Kitchen Sisters Productions
916 Kearny Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

Beyonce Ad Banned in the U.K.

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The U.K.’s Advertising Standards Association (“ASA”) announced on Wednesday that the commercial for (singer, actress and brand) Beyoncé’s fragrance “Heat” is being banned in the United Kingdom. The commercial was marketed through Coty U.K.

Coty is a $4 billion a year company who regularly licenses it’s brands with celebrities.

Amidst the gushy and sweet pending nuptials of Prince William and Katherine Middleton, the ASA broke the news broke that Ms. Beyoncé’s, “(B)ody movements and the camera’s prolonged focus on shots of her dress slipping away to partially expose her breasts created a sexually provocative ad that was unsuitable to be seen by young children.” Beyoncé collaborated with Coty

Considered a pop icon in the United States, Beyoncé’s body movements haven’t blinked an eye, especially in light of the over-the-top gyrations of Shakira, Lady Gaga and others.

Viewers have challenged the ban, but as of November 19, 2010, the ASA upholds its decisions.

According to the BBC, Coty defended their decision and supported Beyoncé’s commercial stating that “it was aimed at a young adult audience and was consistent with, if not less graphic, than many music videos.

I agree with the Wall Street Journal in their brilliant assessment that, “In other words, it pretty much looks like every video Beyonce has ever made.”

What will be interesting is the commercial that Coty U.K. will plan as a result of their partnership with the outrageous –and borderline offensive– Lady Gaga. On November 11, 2010, Coty announced their plans to launch Lady Gaga’s first signature scent.

We’ll see if she gets banned…

Catch Jeryl Prescott on AMC’s “The Walking Dead”

If you’re like me, zombies hold a special place in your heart. Well, the same great station that brought you “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” has done it again!

“The Walking Dead” is another post-apocalyptic zombie infestation a-la-“28 Days Later”. Even the initial premise was reminiscent of “28 Days Later,” specifically, a man waking up from an extended coma just to find that everyone’s gotten a lot deader than the last time he saw them.

Bright spots include smart editing and spot on acting by some new faces, including the lead actor Andrew Lincoln –another Brit playing an American southerner… not that there’s anything wrong with that.

A highlight to their casting is that of Jeryl Prescott as one of the office workers that our lead stumbles upon during a nail biting (not literally) escape from a horde of zombies.

What makes her role brilliant is that she’s not the usual gum popping, eye-rolling, smart ass, slang-slinging minx that seems so popular for Black actresses in film and television. The character Jacqui is –wait for it– a City Planner who knows the ins-and-outs of Atlanta’s cityscape and sewers.

You may have seen Miss Jeryl in the movie “The Skeleton Key” as Mama Cecile. She’s set to star alongside her current cast mate Michael Rooker in “Bolden!”, a biopic of the legendary jazz trumpeter Buddy Bolden.

Catch Jeryl Prescott in “The Walking Dead” on Sundays at 10 p.m. on AMC, and be sure to catch up on the past three episodes.

“The Walking Dead” premiered on Halloween (October 31, 2010), so you still have time to catch up and discuss it at the water cooler!

11-Yr. Old Broadway Actress Shannon Tavarez Passes Away

Shannon Tavarez was a multi-talented young singer/dancer/performer who recently played the Young Nala in “The Lion King” on Broadway. According to Broadway World and, she was battling acute myeloid leukemia. Shannon was only 11 years old and had recently received an umbilical-cord transplant after a bone marrow match could not be found.

She attended Harlem School of the Arts and won her role through an audition at the Apollo Theater.

Read more about this short, but remarkable life: