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World’s Highest Paid Authors in 2016 – So Says Forbes

By Marta Tandori, published on Nov 28, 2016

These days, it isn’t just about writing that perfect book that resonates with readers and then suddenly takes off to stratospheric sales heights, netting the author a nice piece of coin to stash away for a rainy day or to change the family ‘stagon wagon’ still standing valiantly in the driveway but clearly on its last legs. Nope. Today, it’s about movie deals, video game deals, TV deals and theme parks. If you’re lucky enough that your bestseller, optioned as a movie, becomes the movie hit of the season, well then, you’re practically a shoo-in for a spot on the fabled Forbes list. The following... (more)

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The Wonderful - and Expensive - World of Disney

By Marta Tandori, published on Aug 18, 2015

Theme parks and water parks, great dining and entertainment … This was the concept envisioned by the maestro of entertainment himself, Walter Elias Disney in what was once little more than swampland in central Florida. This ‘swampland’ is now home of the most visited vacation resort in the world with over 52 million visitors annually. In addition to the theme parks and water parks, great dining and entertainment, add brutal summer heat and cloying humidity, huge lines, wide-eyed children and frazzled parents and you’ve got what’s known as the ‘Disney Experience”. And while the Disney Experience... (more)

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THAT’S HOLLYWOOD: JURASSIC BLOCKBUSTERS AND BOMBS

By Marta Tandori, published on Jun 28, 2015

Back in the Golden Age of Hollywood, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (a.k.a. “MGM”) was once the most glamorous of film studios, run with an iron fist by its co-founder, Louis B. Mayer. Today’s film studios are media conglomerates ruthlessly driven by profits and a bottom line – usually by a group of executives halfway across the country, if not halfway around the world. And despite today’s growing trend for film stars to command hefty salaries as well as a percentage of the film’s profits, having a big name fronting a movie doesn’t necessarily guarantee box office gold. In the last of this four-part... (more)

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THAT’S HOLLYWOOD: The Paparazzi…It’s Nothing Personal

By Marta Tandori, published on Jun 16, 2015

Some celebrities cherish and guard their privacy with a single-minded determination bordering on the obsessive with others believe that they gave up their rights to privacy once they became famous and accept this fact with resignation.Whatever the celeb’s feelings on the subject of fame, rest assured, the paparazzi will be camped outside their homes, or they’ll be following them as they shop or vacation and sometimes, they’ll even get into shouting matches or the odd slugfest with them.To some celebrities, the “papps”, as they are called, are the lowest of the low of bottom feeders while to... (more)

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That's Hollywood: Iconic Landmarks of Today and Yesteryear

By Marta Tandori, published on Jun 8, 2015

Tinseltown is larger than life, made famous not only by its celebrities but also by its iconic landmarks which shine like stalwart beacons beckoning to the masses of hungry tourists from every corner of the globe who are eager to have their images preserved for posterity – and posted on social media – silhouetted against these famous backdrops, giving them bragging rights to declare to the world at large, “I was there!”.In the second of this four-part series, we look at some of Hollywood’s most famous landmarks.

Arguably one of the most famous landmarks in the world, and certainly an... (more)

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That's Hollywood: Famous for Being, Well...Famous

By Marta Tandori, published on May 27, 2015

In this four-part series called That’s Hollywood, we’ll be examining the cultural phenomenon otherwise known as Tinsel Town.Since practically the turn of the last century, Hollywood has been the entertainment Mecca of the world, epitomizing everything that is glamorous, famous and related to the entertainment industry.A huge part of Tinsel Town’s allure is its idolization of celebrity and fame.Today, we examine the strange concept of “famous for being famous”.

The reference source, Wikipedia, defines the phrase “famous for being famous” as a pejorative pop cultural term that refers to... (more)

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KABOOM! YOU’RE DEAD: THE PERFECT CYBER MURDER

By Marta Tandori, published on Apr 21, 2015

As a writer of murder mysteries and suspense, I’m a huge fan of today’s modern-day police procedural shows like Elementary, Bones, Forever, the CSI franchise, and the NCIS franchise. All of the shows are somewhat predictable in that there’s a crime – usually involving a murder or two – and the police and/or detectives assigned to the case are tasked to solve it using their intuitive intelligence and powers of reasoning (Elementary, Forever) or through the use of sophisticated forensic and laboratory equipment and highly-trained personnel (CSI) – in real life usually only readily accessible... (more)

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Insurgently Divergent: the H-U-G-E Box Office Clout

By Marta Tandori, published on Apr 1, 2015

“Bella and Edward sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G…First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes millions at the movie box office…”All right, I know it doesn’t rhyme like it’s supposed to but you get my drift – and if you don’t, let me expand on it a bit more.

First there was the wizardly wizard, Harry Potter – yes, that Harry Potter…then came the lovey-dovey and utterly adorable Bella and Edward from the Twilight saga…followed in their footsteps by the fearless Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games trilogy…and then the spunky cancer-stricken Hazel Grace and Gus from The Fault in... (more)

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Mary Higgins Clark: Still Reigning Queen of Suspense

By Marta Tandori, published on Feb 21, 2015

The fateful words, ‘God, it was beastly hot in Calcutta’, uttered by a friend who was a Pan Am stewardess (the politically-correct term back then), had put the future Queen of Suspense on a very different career trajectory than the one she has become famous for the world over. Deciding that she, like her friend, wanted to see the world, a very young Mary Higgins signed up as a fellow Pan Am stewardess and was soon doing runs to Europe, Africa and Asia. Some were more memorable than others like the time she ended up in Syria during a revolution or the time she found herself on the last flight... (more)

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American Sniper: Just Another “Us” Against “Them” Movie?

By Marta Tandori, published on Feb 5, 2015

This past weekend, my husband and I went to see American Sniper, the 2014 biographical war drama film based on the book, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History written by Chris Kyle, with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice. My husband had looked forward to seeing the movie. Me – not so much. As a writer of mystery novels, I’m no stranger to “offing” my characters in inventive ways but I’m nevertheless the kind of gal who still yearns for happy endings and prefers to watch a movie without having to keep tabs on a growing body count (something that didn’t... (more)

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