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October 20, 2009

Most ridiculous "Hollywood Insider" spam/scam email ever!

Note: Names/email addresses/links edited to protect the weirdos. Anytime you see something in brackets, that's my edit. :)


From: [superhero-like title plus first name @ website they want me to visit.com]
Date: October 20, 2009 9:06:34 AM PDT
To: Hollywood Private List [my email address followed that "exclusive" bait]
Subject: RE: yeah but worth more........................................................................... [my email address at the end of this long line of dots in the subject line]

Thnx [superhero-like title plus first name of the other guy]!

No, I dont know [my email address] Should I? Do you?


I know, I know, I know! We are ready to "sell out". We simply need the money and we don't want to bring in investors for this particular project so we gotta do what we gotta do!

We are trying to hold out for the mid 5-digit deal on the table but to be honest if someone wanted to close a deal within the next week we would probably crumble for a lot less and let it go for $15k for both - At least that is what my wife agrees to.

The $40k deal is on the books for late November but our birdie at their office says they would pay $60k for the pair if we would accept 6 mothly payments of $5k and then 1 year equal monthly payments of $2500 for the balance ($30k) and also that they would jump to close a deal like that asap but we need more cash than $5k and sooner so it's not going to work for that deal.

Sux to let the pair go for so cheap but it is what it is... we need more capital to finish the buildout of [website they want me to visit.com] (btw we closed Hollywoods biggest drunk lush floozie to be our flagship "bad girl" on the service.)

If you know any other "Hollywood" insiders that have the money and smarts to recognize the value here please let me know or forward my contact info to them for me. (You already know I will take care of you).

I will be back from the set Saturday and I will give you a call then. Tell your sister "sup sup" and smack your brother upside his head for me.

Talk to you soon!

Gimme a call on my google voice number if you need to (626-[555-5555])

[superhero-like title plus first name]
[superhero-like title plus first name @ website they want me to visit.com]


From: [normal name; silly gmail address]
Sent: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 10:36 PM
To: [superhero-like title plus first name @ website they want me to visit.com]
Subject: RE: yeah but worth more

Yeah... thats right... you know I have a pretty tight contact list... I will flow out a quick msg and also make a couple calls to the big-wig "you-know-who's" over at "you-know-where". No need to "green" me on it... unless of course my hollywood insider list generates some super deal... then by all means let the "green thnx" flow brutha!

I still can't beleive your letting them go! You DO have all the stats on movie $'s generated from Superhero movies and all the comic books getting turned into film right? BILLION$$$!!! I think if you sit on it you will get what its worth within a couple years at most. You just have to wait for the Hollywood economy to turn around and the cheapos start writing checks again without anything other than hunches. If you could wait I know those will be easy to clsoe for 6 figures... no doubt. Just my $0.01!!!!

What are the deals you have cookn now? Maybe I will take em off your needy little hands and flip em for some roi depending... I don't got 2much to throw around but flow me some numbers bruddah.

You back in town yet? When will you be home? Hit me up.

Do you know who [my email address] is?

[this guy's initials]

From: [superhero-like title plus first name @ website they want me to visit.com]
Sent: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 6:36 PM
To: [normal name; silly gmail address]
Subject: RE: yeah but worth more

Yes Sir... it is true.

We figure it will be an easy set to sell and we need the dollars to inject into our [website they want me to visit.com] project. It picked up quite a bit of steam on the underground and we secured a couple high profile A-Listers so we need to ramp up the launch dates which means more programmers which means more cashola.

Could you slip in the word to your film underground?
I will send a little "green thnx" your way of course.

Your true underground Hollywood Geek Playa,
[superhero-like title plus first name]

From: [normal name; silly gmail address]
Sent: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 10:36 PM
To: [superhero-like title plus first name @ website they want me to visit.com]
Subject: RE: yeah but worth more

Is it true? R u selling [website they want me to visit.com] AND [website they want me to visit.com]?

I thought you were going to do the animated comic strip video thing with those?!

I heard it from one of my animation guys ([guy's initials]) and he was all bummed out cuz he said you told him you would let him do a couple of the sketches.

Anyhow... lemme know wussup!

Mr. [normal first name. Yes, he calls himself "Mr. HisFirstName," here]


Gosh, it's all so underground and exclusive. I should write back, right?


God bless the Internets.

comments from the Facebook:

Dave Powers
Why was it again that you encourage(d) people to use Bcc in all correspondence?
October 20, 2009 at 11:41am · LikeUnlike ·

Lauren Simon
Thx for amusing my day ;-}
October 20, 2009 at 11:42am · LikeUnlike ·

Colleen Foy
oh. my. goodness.
you better jump on this, Bonnie. Very "exclusive" indeed.
October 20, 2009 at 11:46am · LikeUnlike ·

Bonnie Gillespie
It really could be the chance of a lifetime. I really should click on the links to the sites they want me to visit and also write back AND CALL to get in on this opportunity. I mean... easy money, right?
October 20, 2009 at 11:48am · LikeUnlike ·

Ileane Rusch
Yeah...in ENGLISH please...wait no never mind!
October 20, 2009 at 11:49am · LikeUnlike ·

Bonnie Gillespie
But, guys! Didn't you see?

They "closed Hollywoods biggest drunk lush floozie to be our flagship 'bad girl' on the service." That's HUGE!

October 20, 2009 at 11:51am · LikeUnlike ·

Robin Gwynne
How do they NOT know who [your email address] is?? DOH!
October 20, 2009 at 11:52am · LikeUnlike ·

Mark Burnham
Hope you don't mind Bonnie
In the interest of the well informed public I regifted your post
October 20, 2009 at 11:58am · LikeUnlike ·

Hal Perry
You'll probably get lots of little parting gifts (in your compter) for clicking on those links, too.

This is almost as funny as the Nigerian scams.
October 20, 2009 at 12:00pm · LikeUnlike ·

Ileane Rusch
Oh! How did I miss that! OK...I'm in!! Hahahahahaha!
October 20, 2009 at 12:00pm · LikeUnlike ·

Bonnie Gillespie
Oh, worry not, Hal. I clicked on NOTHING. Just did a nice fun "select all, copy, paste" and the edited out the specifics. Tempting, tempting, especially with such "HOT"-looking website names. ;) But, no.

And Mark, have at it. :) Spread the good word. This could be the DEAL of the century! We all should get in on it and make some money off those Hollywood fatcats. No... they called 'em "cheapos." Right.
October 20, 2009 at 12:04pm · LikeUnlike ·

Elizabeth Johnson-Stevens
And, I was correct. Your response was most amusing. Thanks.
October 20, 2009 at 12:16pm · LikeUnlike ·

Jonathon Ruckman
hmmm i hear the Hollywood sign is still for sale too!!
October 20, 2009 at 12:45pm · LikeUnlike ·

Paul Tigue
sup, sup and smack your brother upside the head.
October 20, 2009 at 1:17pm · LikeUnlike ·

Bonnie Gillespie
Ugh. This one is also troubling, but for entirely different reasons: http://www.newenglandfilm.com/node/29957
October 20, 2009 at 1:19pm · LikeUnlike ·

Jonathon Ruckman
October 20, 2009 at 2:09pm · LikeUnlike ·

Marie Woiteshek Watkins
Wow. Why would anyone with a computer and basic search skills pay someone else $125 to do bulk mail? PT Barnum was right.
October 20, 2009 at 2:30pm · LikeUnlike ·

Erin Cronican
I need a shower.
October 20, 2009 at 2:36pm · LikeUnlike ·

Matthew Corbett Davis
Hey Bonnie I made $395,000 yesterday licking envelopes from home. Let me show you how! Haha
October 20, 2009 at 5:02pm · LikeUnlike ·

Bonnie Gillespie
I saw an ad in the back of a publishing industry newsletter about earning passive income from home... just send $3 cash S&H plus a SASE to... (And why is $3 cash needed for S&H if I'm already providing the SASE on this thing?) ...and the best part was that this guy had taken out SIX ads in this newsletter, each with a slightly different hook.

And his were the ONLY ads in the back of this newsletter. I laughed. :)
October 20, 2009 at 5:23pm · LikeUnlike ·

Posted by bonnie at 11:31 AM | Comments (0)

October 12, 2009

October '09 12 of 12

Another month already? Wow!

If you're new to 12 of 12, please visit Chad Darnell for all the info. Play with us. It's fun to see what's going on all over the world!

1:56am: Starting this month's 12 of 12 by watching a feel-good vid I featured as last week's Self-Produced Clip of the Week at my column. It's a "lipdub" of the song I Gotta Feeling (this was called "lip-sync" back in my day, but "lipdub" is pretty cute) and I cannot watch it without both laughing and tearing up with joy for the creative spirit.

3:58am: I'm still completely enchanted by the sweet smell of the blooms on my patient hubby's hoya. Today marks our seventh nonaversary (as we celebrate the day we didn't get married. It saved our relationship). Here's a vid I recently did about PATIENCE, and the lesson the hoya continues to teach me, lately.

5:20am: Posting today's Self-Management for Actors tweet then going to bed while Keith works out at Runyon. Our schedule is totally whacked out, but it seems to work for us.

10:33am: Archie is an early warning system. He stands on my head just before Keith gets back from Runyon. He finds it charming. Me? Much less so.

2pm: Thanks to iCal, I live a very colorful life.

2:02pm: Another day, another producer query form on a cast-contingent financing casting gig. C'mon, money! I know indie film is always a project of passion. Let's have some funding flow, universe! Yeah!

4:50pm: Keith and I have headed out to our local costume shop to narrow down the costume choices for our big Classaversary-slash-Cricket Feet Showcase Retirement-slash-Allie's b'day and Chairman's b'day party. The theme is "Rock of Ages." Can you guess who I'm going to be? ;)

4:54pm: One of many walls of masks and costumes at Ursula's. They really like the upsell here. Once they saw Keith walking around with a stethoscope, it was all about the scrubs and lab coats and rubber gloves. Uh... no. Just a mullet, please!

5:03pm: Keith before... and after on the way! Rock it, Dr. Noah Drake! Yeah!

5:29pm: Costume shopping over for today. Parked atop one of Santa Monica's city structures with a lovely view of the storm that's rollin' in over the Pacific Ocean. Oh, how I love where we live! (Hey, does anyone know what's up with the tents parked out by the pier? Usually they go up in February for the Independent Spirit Awards. Not sure what's up this week, but the tents are all over the place.)

6:54pm: Stopped by Copa d'Oro to meet up with Cheryl before our ladydate screening of Fame. So excited! (NOT so excited about Copa d'Oro lately. Gonna have to learn how to jalapeño-infuse my vodka for passionfruit cocktails at home, methinks.)

7:16pm: Fame! I wanna live forever! (Hey, so what do they do with this lobby art/large-scale installation stuff after the movie leaves the theater? Anyone know?) As for what I thought of the movie, I thought it was good and I definitely went on the ride. I'm a sucker for anything in which people break into song and dance spontaneously. :) I LOVED the moments (very carefully chosen, it seems) that were shot-by-shot replications of the original and I really appreciated that they didn't do too much of that at all. Very well-played. Saw some VERY talented young actors--including Kay Panabaker, whose words of wisdom I quoted in a column last year, after I moderated a kid actor panel discussion for SAG Foundation. She's brilliant. And SO has her shit together. Overall, GLAD I saw it. Best as a matinee movie with kiddos, probably. :) A very good day!

As always, thank you, Chad, for another lovely 12 of 12 experience. :) Ever so much fun! Woo hoo!

Posted by bonnie at 10:33 PM | Comments (0)

October 4, 2009


Not sure I'll ever understand suicide.

I mean, of course I understand the emotional heaviness, the absolute despair, the certainty that nothing will ever get better and that there is no hope. I've been there. I know.

But even though I get it, it still hits me so hard when someone I know ends her own life. And this seems to happen more in the entertainment industry than in other circles. Seems to. Not sure.

What is there to say? Other than, "I'll keep her family in my thoughts, as they heal."

It's just so hard.

And it's so easy for me to say, "She had so much to live for. She was so loved. She had no idea how special she was."


Since that's easy for me to say, now that she's gone, I need to make sure I say that more often to those who are here.

Oh, everyone. We are all so loved. So, so, so much more loved than we probably ever would expect.

Let's please know that.

Especially when things get dark or hopeless.

There's so very much to live for.

Rest in peace, Natasha.
Good night, sweetness.

Posted by bonnie at 9:34 PM | Comments (5)