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Facebook: The Movie

PLEASE … let this be true! Pete Cashmore on Mashable blogged this morning about the possibility of a Facebook movie. It gets better: Michael Cera is being looked at to play Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

This makes me giddy for a number of reasons, though I’m not sure which is the most delightful.

For one, any news that gives me an excuse to re-watch the hilarious MySpace: The Movie is an automatic winner. Watch it now, even if you have already seen it.

Two… The film is apparently not very flattering for Zuckerberg and his mega social networking site. Don’t get me wrong. I think it’s a good thing that somebody my age is making billions, but everything about Zuck rubs me the wrong way. His flip-flopping act on FB’s Terms of Service was just sad, he usually seems a little in over his head (See: “F8 Keynote,”) and my current ‘fun-employment’ situation makes me especially jealous.

Finally – and this is probably the driving force behind this post – Michael Cera looks like and acts exactly like my friend Brody. His winning nervous mannerisms and dry wit are eerily similar to that of my buddy, and I find myself rooting for Cera’s career so I can tease Brody (real name: Broderick) for many years to come.


Nightmare, anyone?

I’m always hopping around the creative sites to water that part of my brain, and I think I just came across the stuff nightmares are made of. You tell me, which is scarier? This Fever Ray video “When I Grow Up” I stumbled across this morning? Or previous record-holders “Schism” by Tool and “Enter Sandman” by Metallica?

All I can say is David Brent

“Hi! How are ya? Come on in. I’ve poured you a glass of my favorite wine, Cabernet Sauvignon. I really know you, but I’ve been lying awake at night wondering if you really know me because…”

Sex Decoy: Love Stings = YES!

The best kept secret in reality TV

The best kept secret in reality TV

I’ve got to give the assist to my roommate Chris Johnson for this one. After all, he was the one who was flipping through the cable guide and decided to press record when he saw a show called Sex Decoy: Love Stings on the Fox Reality Channel, thus changing both our lives drastically forever.

If you haven’t seen this show yet (and I’m sure you haven’t), fear not. It’s bound to show up on The Soup any minute now. Fortunately, you don’t need Joel McHale to make this show funny. The cast, the concept and the dialogue are all unintentional comedic gold.

In brief, here’s a synopsis of the show’s premise: Sandra Hope runs a private investigation company called Mate Check that suspicious lovers hire to spy on their devious mate. Unlike Cheaters that, for better or worse, is really just a surveillance show, Sex Decoy manufactures a scenario in which the suspected cheater will have to choose whether or not to be unfaithful. In other words, Sandra Hope sends in a “decoy” to bait the mate into being a sleaze-ball.



In terms of guilty viewing pleasures, the scheme really doesn’t get any better – especially when you meet the cast of characters.

You already know Sandra, who founded Mate Check in 1994 after suspecting her second husband of cheating. Physically, she’s got more plastic in her than a mannequin. She talks like how I’d imagine a rug would talk. And she has been blessed with three entertaining daughters.



Then there’s Tom, her effeminate husband who sets up the hidden cameras on the stings. I’ve seen five episodes so far, and it’s pretty clear the family doesn’t respect Tom or his work. It’s OK, though, because the viewer learns to love Tom for his Affliction-inspired wardrobe and laconic wit.

The three daughters are named Kashmir, Jasmine and Xanadu. If Sandra sees fit, she will send one of her daughters into the sting as bait. Kashmir, the eldest, is an overweight stripper that lacks self-awareness. Jasmine (the middle child) is the self-proclaimed “wild child.” And, Xanadu is the youngest at 19 and still has an endearing innocence about her.

Kashmir (left), Jasmine (center), and Xanadu (right)

Kashmir (left), Jasmine (center), and Xanadu (right)

I can’t tell you anymore without spoiling some of the fun. You can watch the shows on Hulu here or tune in at 10 p.m. ET on Saturdays to enjoy this gem. I promise, you will not regret it.

Check out the promotional video below:

Are the Broncos this year’s Falcons?

Kyle Orton: The Legend

Kyle Orton, sans neck-beard

Coming off one of the most bizarre and turbulent off seasons I’ve seen as a Broncos fan, I think I’m strangely optimistic about the upcoming season.

Will we win the AFC West? Sorry, not a chance.

Can we make the playoffs? Unlikely.

Will we even finish above .500? Maybe, maybe not.

But if the Broncos’ franchise were a stock (Quote: DEN), I’d buy it today at its 52-week low. The pundits – local and national – sold their shares over the past few months, and it’s pretty easy to see why:

Uncertainty is the theme here, and because sports “analysts” are in the business of guessing correctly to ensure job stability, nobody wants to touch the Denver Broncos as a sleeper in the 2009 NFL season. But let’s be honest here, these analysts are habitually correct as often as they are incorrect. The “sexy” sleeper pick almost never survives lofty expectations and there are always handful of teams that surprise. Baltimore, Miami and Atlanta all came into last season with low expectations and proved these so-called experts wrong. Why can’t the Broncos be one of those surprise teams?

  • Coach McDaniels, despite being young, has an outstanding pedigree and a starting quarterback he actually petitioned for during the Cutler fiasco.
  • Assuming Denver is able to pacify the Marshall situation, the offense has playmakers at every position and should be fairly dynamic.
  • The defense really can’t be any worse than it was last year, and now it boasts some natural leaders in Dawkins, Bailey and LB Andra Davis.
  • Although the schedule looks terrifying now, the NFL is as erratic as ever. The smart bet is that one of those aforementioned opponents will not be nearly as formidable as expected. Besides, Denver still gets Oakland and Kansas City twice a year.
  • Finally, character counts in sports. After watching video after video of new Denver personnel this off season, it’s clear that the new regime values character more than the past administration. Furthermore, the new players believe in Coach McD, they believe in this organization and they truly believe they can win in 2009. As local residents just witnessed in the Denver Nuggets, anything is possible when your players buy into the same concept.

Realistically? No, I don’t think the Broncos will be this year’s surprise juggernaut. But it really isn’t out of the realm of possibility like some would have you believe. And just like the Phillies fans in Philadelphia asked last October, “Why Can’t Us?”

Stacey Sepp, you make me want to be a better man

A lesser man would use this space to gloat, but I can’t. I truly feel like Apollo Creed after the final bell in Rocky I. I’m bruised, battered and happy it’s over. After 15 gut-wrenching rounds, I’m the champion of a fight I didn’t deserve to win. In other words, “There ain’t gonna be no rematch.”

Stacey (right) beating up CJ (left)

Stacey (right) beating up CJ (left)

In what turned out to be a more grueling (and annoying) contest than I could have ever imagined, I outlasted an incredible last second surge by Stacey Sepp in my first (and last) follow-off competition on Twitter. 

For those of you not in the know, Stacey is the founder and COO of Xstatic Public Relations in Denver. More importantly, however, Stacey is a Twitter-friend of mine, and we are now going to be mentioned in the same sentence for all of history.

HA! Not really. The fact that Stacey even agreed to this contest is beyond flattering, and I appreciate any notoriety I gained as a result of competing against her. 

On Xstatic PR’s fancy new Web site, the agency claims “to not [be] your ordinary public relations firm.” Well, Stacey, here’s a proof point. Ideas like today’s follow-off are examples that you aren’t afraid to be different. In fact, Xstatic is proving everyday to be different, and their “unique combination of stellar results and flawless execution is what keeps [their] clients coming back for more.”

I want to formally thank Stacey for today, and to let the rest of you know that I am taking a break from this blog and Twitter for the weekend.

Thanks to all who helped me through today – I couldn’t have done it without you. Big Ups go out to Mike Marcotte (gave me an unbelievable boost early), Amber Johnson (helped me pull away at the end) and Lynne Austin (mentioned me three times on her Tampa Bay-based sports talk show, SportsChix!) 

Enjoy the weekend, all!

“It’s a Follow-off”


Stacey Sepp, Founder and COO of Xstatic Public Relations in Denver, has challenged me to a “follow-off” on Twitter. Whoever can increase their total number of followers in 24 hours gets a Gold Star, a round of applause and bragging rights for the month. The loser is publicly humiliated and will suffer 19 weeks of bad luck.

Now you understand why this contest is so important to me. I’m already on a six week stretch of bad luck, so if Stacey bests me tomorrow then the next few months should be just dandy.

Here’s what I need you to do:

  • If you are on Twitter already, then start following me at @CJ_Powell
  • If you aren’t then sign up here (takes two minutes) and start following me at @CJ_Powell. To my friends who are anti-Twitter… Dudes, you don’t have to keep the account – Just make one and follow me momentarily until I can outlast Stacey.
  • If you already do follow Stacey… well… I don’t want to condone any de-following behavior, but it certainly couldn’t hurt my cause in the short term.
  • Finally, spread the word. Stacey’s reach is pretty expansive, and beating her would truly be a testament to the gossipy nature of my circle.

The third bullet is borderline cheating behavior, but as this posting already proves I’m willing to do whatever to gain a competitive advantage. If you aren’t cheating, you aren’t trying.TaleOfTheTape

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