Norman Wilner is the senior film writer for NOW Magazine and the host of that new podcast you like, Someone Else's Movie. He lives in Toronto. More importantly, he used to work with PrincessoftheInternet in my old life in Toronto. And once he went to England for work and brought me back Licorice All Sorts WHICH I LOVE even though he was allergic to them (I think? Am I misremembering that?) but then I never got the chance to eat them because I moved back to the Maritimes before we could connect. This week he talks to us about Celebrity Culture & Awards Season!
PrincessoftheInternet is super pleased to welcome Jen McDonnell as our second guest star in our celebrity pop culture Q&A series. (You can read part one with Kevin Naulls here.)
We go way, way back with Jen and together we share a special fondness for Gilmore Girls, George Clooney and general celeb gossipness.
Here's her awards season view of the world:
I've been covering awards and celebrity culture for years, since 1999 in fact. In that time I've been lucky enough to cross paths with fellow pop culture watchers who make me laugh and can add insight to the ridiculous. So a few of them are getting special treatment on PrincessoftheInternet this season.
First up? Kevin Naulls. Kevin and I meet up (virtually) during awards show to dish the dirt on celebrity fashion. Plus, he basically has the funniest Facebook posts in the world, so he seemed like the perfect first guest. (Sometimes he uses swears, so if you've got delicate sensibilities ... um ... oh well?)
You know, for every single individual who actually makes it to Rome to see the coliseum ruins, how many more thousands have been transported THROUGH THEIR MINDS to the days of Julius Caesar, to the Ides of March, to the double-crossing scheming of et tu, Brute? Thanks to our good friend Bill Shakespeare? My mathematical answer is "lots more, thousands more".
I am not interested in team sports. Anything with a net, racquet, ball or puck is the enemy. I did a SOLO in SYNCHRONIZED swimming. When I discovered, to my horror, I'd become a mid-twenties chubster due to shift work at a 24-hour cable news channel and a penchant for consuming my misery in late-night carbs, joining some sort of organized orgy of fitness was off the table. And so I ran.
The "Where White People Meet" dating site inspires disgust, an attempt to find mental peace through tacos and the eventual creation of a rom-com concept. (Just go with it.)
In part four of our deep dive into the future of The Maritimes, Laurel Taylor tells us to get on board or get out of the way ... and shop local, get healthy and focus on compassion whenever possible.
Ski Martock, immigration, local wine and moving forward - these are just some of the things our latest contributor looks to as PrincessoftheInternet.com looks for smart people to provide real ideas and real hope for The Maritimes.
In part 2 of our series on what's next for The Maritimes, we hear about love, business and making it work. Get a new perspective on what's possible and what we need to work on from the co-owner of Halifax's beloved The Nook. Tis the season for hope after all.
Earlier this year, PrincessofTheInternet.com published a 5-part series in response to the Globe and Mail Article: Canada’s Incredible Shrinking Region .Need a refresher? (This is the part where you click on the link without me telling you to CLICK HERE because telling someone to CLICK HERE is old fashioned.)
Since we published the first round of dispatches, a lot has changed including our national leadership, international strife, war, terrorism and the general terribleness of Donald Trump. Seemed like a good time for some hope. First up on that front is Bob Mann.
Are you sad? Were you bruised emotionally by something outside of anyone's control? And so you release the pain with short spews of hate?
Are you a frustrated, wannabe ruler who dreams of making laws and decisions? And so you decide to sit and pass judgement on everyone and everything else because nobody would elect you, not even ever?
Today, the plan was to debate the merits of Daniel Craig versus Pierce Brosnan. But I'm not going to do that. It's a stupid debate.
So first we were all like: "Wow! This Drake song is hilarious - no wait - it's so good. OMG this video is hilarious. No wait. HE IS A GENIUS. Okay, I'll work in a minute, but first I'm going to read every analysis about this video. Hold the phone, shut the front door, there's a Napoleon DYNAMITE mash-up?! Oh and now the New York Times is in on it? I can't stand this. I love it so much, I might explode."
So, you're having a baby. Congratulations! You're apparently about to enter into one of the most rewarding experiences anyone will ever have, according to people on Facebook who have kids. There are lots of parenting advice manuals out there, so why listen to this one? Well, a friend recently said to me: "Yeah, well why don't you write a parenting book AHAHAHAHAHAHAH" and I'm pretty sure he was not kidding. So, as a special gift to him, I've crafted this very sound advice.
There I was, minding my own business on the Internet when - BOOM - amidst the stupid stuff on Facebook about whatever wrongs had been inflicted at Walmart or Costco and pictures of gourds, decaying leaves and whatnot - WAS THE HAPPIEST THING I HAVE SEEN IN MY WHOLE LIFE.
I used to think: "any day now, someone important will recognize my special brand of hilarious brilliance and set me up in a nice writer's room on a hilarious and edgy TV show where I can pick from a plethora of takeout options every day for lunch."
Last time I was in New York, I thought "Probably if I just hang out at Bubby's long enough and make enough witty asides, Tina Fey will come in, overhear my one-woman act and make a Netflix show just for me."
When I can't sleep, I have long, hilarious and meaningful conversations with celebrities. It's true. The best part? These conversations have seen me through some of my most awkward of phases. Learn how YOU TOO can meet celebrities, gain confidence and regain a little youthful spring in your step.
What if Ben wanted to win Jen back? Would he / could he use content marketing as his guide? Maybe. Just in case ... I've started to outline a high-level content strategy plan for him. I'm sure he'll be very pleased ... unless he's not that into salvaging things.
I am bored of myself. Know who’s more interesting than I am? Peter Harris. So this week, we’re all about Peter, Editor-in-Chief at Workopolis. Peter is the best kind of colleague – creative, smart, deadline-driven, flexible and funny. We grilled him about his content strategy / content marketing know-how to find out how he makes it all come together.
The family that content markets together ... stays together ... or at least that's how it seems. This time on Princess of the Internet I outline how I apply some of the core pillars of content strategy to help my family members tell stories that matter to them and to others.