Who'll Play Me?

Have you seen the trailers for the new Nora Ephron film Julie and Julia? From what I have seen so far, Meryl Streep, who plays Julia Child has done an amazing job in capturing Child's voice and mannerisms. It looks like fun.

The film is based on two books and weaves the two stories together. One follows My Life in France by Julia Child and the other is based on what was first a blog. Parts of that blog - I don't think the whole thing exists anymore - is on the net at The Julie/Julia Project , then a book by Julie Powell.

As I understand it, bored and fed up with her job Powell decided to cook all the recipes in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking in a year and write a blog about the experience.

The blog description is "Government drone by day, renegade foodie by night. Too old for theatre, too young for children, and too bitter for anything else, Julie Powell was looking for a challenge. And in the Julie/Julia project she found it. Risking her marriage, her job, and her cats’ well-being, she has signed on for a deranged assignment.

365 days. 536 recipes. One girl and a crappy outer borough kitchen."

The blog is fun to read as she works through the recipies. At some point after completing the task at hand and having written the book and managed to find a publisher, she wonders if she will actually sell 25 copies.

Still, I can hardly believe it. Nora Ephron wrote a movie based on a blog?

Perhaps there is hope yet. What could I say? Burned out and bored, retired trade union guy slaves away on his blog, holed up in his basement office, trying to be insightful, funny and provocative. That is it. Now I just have to wait until I am discovered.

I don't think I'll write the book. We'll go straight to the screen play. Dennis Hopper could play me. Now I'm getting excited.


  1. And what a fine movie this would be!


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