Saturday, April 28, 2007

More "Illegal Aliens" Stories

Here are a couple "Illegal Aliens" articles from the Burlington Free Press.
Made in Vermont: Marketing tricky for Anna Nicole film
Anna Nicole Smith's funeral 'beautiful and strange,' director says

Be on the lookout next week for stories in "People" and "In-Touch" magazines as well as on all the expected TV shows - Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, The Insider...

Wow - Dennis Lemoine gets his own story!
Exeter man starred in films with Anna Nicole Smith

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

One More Week Until "Illegal Aliens"

Larry The Lizard and Boob Cakes The official countdown is underway and "Illegal Aliens" will be released on DVD in less than one week - May 1, 2007. This past weekend I held an advance screening for about 20 VIPs. There was plenty of Boob Cake and Shots O' Larry to go around, guaranteeing a hilarious screening. This movie is best enjoyed by drunks.

Here is a fantastic story by the Associated Press on the movie - this was picked up by hundreds of websites and newspapers:
Anna Nicole Smith mocks herself in final role
and another not-so-nice story from NY Post which is more what I expected to find
Anna's Last Movie

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Boston Marathon Rolls On

Despite horrible predictions, the 111th Boston Marathon was not washed away yesterday, in fact the great N'oreaster that was pounding the whole east coast with rain and wind took the afternoon off. We headed into Boston on the T and by the time we came up from underground a few blocks from the finish, it wasn't even raining anymore; it was still windy and cold, far from perfect marathon conditions, but it felt like a blessing compared to the drenching rains and wind gusts in the 40s that was happening Sunday night and early Monday morning.

The Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC) Spaghetti Dinner was Sunday night and it was so inspiring and moving - I even wanted to run the marathon the next day ( and I haven't even run around the block since high school). Lori was really bummed about not running, but she got to go up on stage with all the runners and gave her patient/partner Olivia a medal. My mom said she even saw her on NESN's coverage. We also got to hear from some Dana-Farber researchers themselves about the great work this fund raising does. The funds raised by DFMC runners funds programs so new and innovative they usually can't qualify for any government funding.

Luckily (for me anyway) being woken at 6am by the howling, house-shaking winds and watching the drenched runners lining up at the starting line on TV took away any desire to run.

On Monday, marathon day, Lori and I were stationed at the Family Meeting Area of the Recovery Zone. We tracked which runners had checked in, kept families updated and helped them find their runners. It was a fun afternoon, though I had really hoped to be out working on the course. The biggest surprise was how many runners and family members thanked us before they left. These people just ran over 26 miles while I just stood around directing people to the restroom for a few hours, yet THEY were thanking ME. Lori and I were both blown away and I'm sure volunteering for DFMC will be an annual tradition for us now.

Then today, in a stroke of "My Name Is Earl" Karma, I won $1,000 from WAAF when they announced my name on the air.
We also finally saw "Blades of Glory" this weekend - and it was as hilarious as promised.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Boston Marathon Update

Lori had been training all year to run her first marathon - the Boston Marathon - this Monday - but a couple weeks ago the final word came down from her doctors; no running a marathon this year. But we will both be volunteering in the recovery zone at the finish line and you can still donate to support the fight against cancer.
Lori and her patient partner Olivia
Here is recent message Lori sent to all her donors.

From: Lori Grant
Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2007 11:29 AM
Subject: Disappointed yet excited

Good Morning all,

As you know I have been training for the Boston Marathon both mentally and physically since last April.

When I signed up to run for Dana-Farber I will be honest and say it was secondary to my actual commitment to run. However, over the months of being involved with the DFMC team, getting hooked up with Olivia (my patient partner) and in general learning more about the important research that the fundraising provides, the fundraising has become more important than the running.

It is a good thing that I feel this way because during my training I injured myself. I have a torn Labrum (cartilage in the hip joint). I ran with it for a while until the pain became too much. I went to a specialist and I was told no running, but I could bike and do the elliptical as long as there was no pain, Jack Fultz assured me this would get me (keep me) in the shape I needed to be in for the marathon.

I took to the elliptical like a fool, working my way up to over 3 hours for my "long run". I was fully prepared to run Boston and I was doing everything possible to make it happen.

However, on March 19th, the doctor shot down my hopes and dreams and said NO to running any kind of distance, especially the marathon. He even said no to walk it. Yes of course I asked if I could do that.

After a few days of tears, sadness, guilt and overwhelming disappointment I accepted his advice. All the reasons I wanted to run aside from raising money started to subside after a scare with an illness in my family. Thank goodness everyone is fine now and I realize that although my injury will not allow me to run the marathon it does not stop me from taking care of myself and others.

I have signed up to volunteer with DFMC during the marathon and will still participate in the Dana Farber Pasta Party this Sunday. While I am volunteering on Monday in the rain/snow/wind and cold temperatures it will be nothing compared to what patients go through daily during their battles with cancer and treatment. I will be in the Dana Farber Recovery Zone helping DFMC teammates at the end of their run. I feel fortunate that I am still able to help and be a part of the DFMC team.

Although I am unable to run the marathon I am still raising funds running in honor of Joanne Martin Robinson who left her family, friends and especially her children much too soon. Just last week, on April 3rd, Pat Weinberg (my best friends Mom) lost her battle with cancer. Although her funeral was a celebration of her life, it was still a life taken too soon by a disease that is not kind.

It is my hope and my dream that with your help, one day soon we will not have to explain cancer to future generations, or to live with the fear that someone we love may get “it”.

For those of you who have donated to me already I thank you so much for your help.

My goal for DFMC is to raise $7,500, I am not there yet. Every dollar helps and I appreciate anything you can contribute.

I thank you all for your support both emotionally and financially for DFMC.

You can send a check written to DFMC to my address:
198 Foster Street
Littleton, MA 01460

Or you can click here https://www.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp? and donate directly on the DFMC website. If this link doesn’t work go to www.dfmarathon.kintera.org click on support a runner and enter my name.

Thank you and be well,
Lori

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

New England Patriots Schedule

The Patriots’ 2007 schedule:
Sunday, Sept. 9 -- at Jets (CBS, 1 p.m.)
Sunday, Sept. 16 -- vs. Chargers (NBC, 8:15 p.m.)
Sunday, Sept. 23 -- vs. Bills (CBS, 1 p.m.)
Monday, Oct. 1 -- at Bengals (ESPN, 8:30 p.m.)
Sunday, Oct. 7 -- vs. Browns (CBS, 1 p.m.)
Sunday, Oct. 14 -- at Cowboys (CBS, 4:15 p.m.)
Sunday, Oct. 21 -- at Dolphins (CBS, 1 p.m.)
Sunday, Oct. 28 -- vs. Redskins (FOX, 4:15 p.m.)
Sunday, Nov. 4 -- at Colts (CBS, 4:15 p.m.)
Sunday, Nov. 11 -- BYE
Sunday, Nov. 18 -- at Bills (CBS, 1 p.m.)
Sunday, Nov. 25 -- vs. Eagles (NBC, 8:15 p.m.)
Monday, Dec. 3 -- at Baltimore (8:30 p.m.)
Sunday, Dec. 9 -- vs. Steelers (CBS, 1 p.m.)
Sunday, Dec. 16 -- vs. Jets (CBS, 1 p.m.)
Sunday, Dec. 23 -- vs. Dolphins (CBS, 1 p.m.)
Saturday, Dec. 29 -- at Giants (NFL Network, 8:30 p.m.)

The complete NFL 2007 shedule was announced today. You can find info for all teams at nfl.com

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Anna Mania Continues

Well with Larry Birkhead winning the DNA battle to prove he is indeed Dannielynn's father yesterday, Anna Nicole Mania should settle down a notch or two. Now all that's left to sort out is custody - which should be pretty straight forward for Birkhead - and then the outstanding issue of Anna's piece of billionaire J. Howard Marshall's estate. This should also end the rumors of Larry The Lizard possibly being the father. It will be interesting to see what Howard K. Stern does next. For what its worth, I always thought he was just trying to honor Anna Nicole's wishes in all his actions regarding little Dannielynn. Also will be interesting to see how Prince Von Whats His Name tries to stay in the news too.

"Illegal Aliens" got a plug on the gossip site TMZ.com today. The big release date of May 1 is right around the corner.

Friday, April 06, 2007

The First Easter Bunny

The First Easter BunnyCelebrate Easter by learning the real story of "The First Easter Bunny". This award winning short is brought to you by the fine folks at PlasticVille Productions. Fill your days watching "The First Easter Bunny" and "We've Got Johnny" online while you are waiting for "Illegal Aliens" to be released.

And rock on Sanjaya! Nobody can stop the power of your awfulness!