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By M.J. Hamada, published on Dec 7, 2009

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They offset, organize, contain, keeping phrases neat as well-kept flower beds.

They splice like splicing tape, sticky on the fingers of film editors building scenes on Moviolas.

They give us pause, tell us to slow down: speed bumps in school zones.

They transform meaning, from “girl with the boy moaning,” to “girl with the boy, moaning.”

For some, they sting like wasps or confine like straightjackets. But without them, we’d be lost.

Noah Webster once described them as the guardians of language. His dreams,... (more)


A Summer Day at One-Mile

By M.J. Hamada, published on Dec 4, 2009

Sunlight reflects off the creek. She squints; he cracks an ice cube in his teeth. Water moves like a ballet. They sit at the edge, legs swaying in brown-gold-green. An ice-cream truck passes by, playing its off-key Popeye tune. Children splash and hoot. Her skin smells of sunscreen mixed with vanilla, and her eyes have never shone so blue.



Waking World

By M.J. Hamada, published on Dec 4, 2009

Early morning, sky just beginning to bloom with pink and orange and blue, you sit at the balcony table, tear into a tangerine, thumb digging up a ribbon of rind, sip coffee from your good-luck mug. A rake scrapes the earth below, squirrels shake the ivy-covered trees, and love birds whistle staccato songs. The world is waking up.


Tags: morning, coffee, wonder

Movie Minute: Jennifer's Body

By M.J. Hamada, published on Sep 24, 2009

What would happen if Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody, who broke onto the scene with Juno, were to write a horror-comedy? Jennifer's Body would happen.

Moviegoers (at least those outside of the filmmaking world) don't often concern themselves with who wrote what, so the fact that Diablo Cody's name comes up, alongside Megan Fox's, in association with Jennifer's Body shows what an impact she made with Juno.

How has Cody garnered such attention? Of course, her Oscar win has helped, yet even before that, her stripper-turned-screenwriter story made the news. And then there's... (more)

Tags: movie, music, gay

Movie Minute: Whiteout

By M.J. Hamada, published on Sep 14, 2009

Antarctica. Murder. Kate Beckinsale. You'd think there would be something worthwhile here.Think again.

Directed by Dominic Sena and based on the graphic novel of the same name, Whiteout stars Kate Beckinsale as Carrie Stetko, a U.S. deputy marshal assigned to Antarctica. Planning to head back to the States before a whiteout occurs and darkness sets in for half a year, Carrie investigates a body found in the snow and detects foul play. Change of plans.Soon, amasked, axe-wielding killer emerges, and more bodies start piling up. Carrie needs to solve this mystery before she becomes... (more)

Tags: movie

L.A. Peeps: Re-meet Mike Simmons, Singer-Songwriter

By M.J. Hamada, published on Nov 29, 2008

In ourprevious interview, Mike spoke about hisearly performances and about his experiences on the road.He discussed the differences between the East Coast and West Coast music scenes, and he offered some words of wisdom to aspiring musicians. Mike had just signed on with Stanley Talent Management Inc., and he planned on recording an EP in Nashville.

I met up with Mike again to see how things have progressed.It turns out, his path took a different direction than he'd hoped.Mike ran into a few obstacles, and his struggles not onlyput a detour in his path, but also in thetype of music... (more)

Tags: new york, myspace, movie, music

L.A. Peeps: Meet Mike Simmons, Singer-Songwriter

By M.J. Hamada, published on Feb 1, 2008

Mike Simmons, a young musician who has played gigs all over the country, has stories to tell - lots of them. He gave me an opportunity to pick his brain. We met at Mary Hotchkiss Park, on 4th and Strand in Santa Monica, where Mike talked about living out of his car, playing at a topless lounge, and struggling to make it in L.A.TRIVIA:Favorite recent movie: A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints.Favorite up-and-coming actors: Emile Hirsh, Shia LaBeouf.Favorite song: “Covered in Rain” (on Mayer’s Any Given Thursday).Fun local place to perform: The Knitting Factory in Hollywood.Phrase... (more)

Tags: new york, myspace, movie, california, hollywood, music, santa monica

L.A. Peeps: Meet Norma Jean, Comedienne

By M.J. Hamada, published on Oct 1, 2007

What type of joke would a dominatrix tell? A knock-knock joke? My latest interviewee knows the answer to that question. A former dominatrix, Norma Jean (yep, that's her given name) is a comic who yucks it up in Orange County and L.A. We spoke about her fascinating and circuitous life path. TRIVIA: Favorite book: I Killed: True Stories of the Road from America's Top Comics. Favorite movie: The Exorcist. Favorite singer: Barbra Streisand. You in three words: Energetic. Determined. Fun. You as an animal: Cat. ("I like to be petted.") Role models: Barbra Streisand. Meryl Streep.... (more)

Tags: new york, movie, shooting, education, sex

Bionic Women, Now and Then

By M.J. Hamada, published on Sep 27, 2007

"A lineup so powerful we can only call it..." Yep, you've seen the ads: Bionic Wednesday. NBC has been drilling that phrase into our heads for the past month. And now that the big night has come and gone, did Bionic Woman, the flagship for NBC's hump-day lineup, blow you away - or did it just blow?

Surely, Jaime Sommers could tear it up...back in the day. That's back when she was fending off Fembots, flirting with Steve Austin and taking her bionic dog Maximillion out for walks. In those days, Jaime was played by the lovely and down-to-earth Lindsay Wagner. That's right: the Sleep... (more)


Peeps: Meet Lucia, L.A.'s Dating Expert

By M.J. Hamada, published on Sep 24, 2007

People living outside of the U.S. (outside of California - heck, outside of L.A.) may have certain preconceived notions about the City of Angels and its residents (Bay Watch and 90210 helped in forming those notions, and now we have shows like The Hills and MTV Cribs to thank). But we Angelenos know what kinds of people live here: um, actors, models, musicians... Clearly, L.A. is a wellspring of "creative types," and creativity has to do with everything from making the perfect hamburger, to teaching linguistics, to sign-spinning on the corner of Hollywood and Highland. With this series of... (more)

Tags: art of love

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