A little baseball… a little giving back…. a fun look at the Angels and Second Harvest Food Bank in OC.
Dolly Parton’s half century rise from Tennessee farm girl to entertainment icon has truly been a “rags to riches” story. And now the little girl who once wore a coat made of fabric squares sewed by her mother has found the little girl to play the part in an upcoming biopic, “Coat of Many Colors” on NBC.
The film is set in 1955, and the actress selected to play the 9-year-old Parton is Alyvia Lind. Though only born in 2007, Lind is already a veteran of the screen, appearing in several television shows including 70 episodes on The Young and The Restless. She recently appeared as Adam Sandler’s daughter in the film “Blended”, also starring one-time child actress Drew Barrymore.
“This is so cool, I’m like still in shock,” Lind said. “I can’t wait to play a little one of this,” Lind said as she pointed at Parton, who had just surprised her with the news.
Parton is Executive Producer on the project, and felt a special connection to the actress when she saw her audition. “The second I saw her I felt her,” said Parton. “I just felt that little spark, that little light, that little life she had inside of her.”
“She’s a great little actress, too,” Parton said. “I was extremely impressed.”
The daughter of actress Barbara Alyn Woods (One Tree Hill) and producer John Lind (Soul Surfer) is the youngest of three acting sisters. Alyvia has already started polishing dolly’s characteristic Tennessee twang.
“The southern accent took not that long because I was born in North Carolina, so I had a little bit of it at first,” said Lind, who started in the business at age two. “Some of the words I didn’t know completely, because I didn’t speak for a long time like that. But actually, it wasn’t that hard.”
The actual “Coat of Many Colors” that inspired the 1971 hit song and the movie title still exists, and is on display in the Chasing Rainbows museum at Parton’s Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
No release date has been announced for the NBC movie, which began production in 2015.
NOTE: The YouTube upload to California Life HDs YouTube channel was “captioned” by computer. Thus, my name (and quite a bit of the captioning) is spelled wrong by the computer – Brian instead of Brent – in the captioning. Ain’t life humbling? They’ll get it right, with all the supers and courtesies, when the story airs.
I’ve been around quite a few locker rooms, and have witnessed more than three decades of change in the way sports are covered. Women in the broadcast journalism world is old news – thank God – because those pioneer battles were fought long ago. Today, I work more frequently with young journalists who just happen to be women, and I tell them there are more opportunities than ever for them in broadcast, but that they must be both one-person-bands AND entrepreneurs. That goes for men and women. Read my book for a couple bucks for more on my thoughts.
So I love it when I see a young talent hustling like the founder of the sports website/brand “Girly Locker Room”, Jackie James. I don’t know how solid she is as a reporter or storyteller because her body of work is still small, but am stoked by what she does after a glance through her site and watching her interview LA KISS owner and rock and roll legend Gene Simmons at a recent AFL game, She has guts, energy and a positive vibe. She digs the game, and to me, the game is the thing. Even if it’s not traditional football – who cares. The fans loved it and she was there to share the energy. I am instantly a fan of this young sportscaster.
So I chatted her up when I saw her gear bag, including a solid Canon X HD cam, outstanding lights and mikes, great logo and the fact she was doing it all her self. Not one, but TWO tripods. One for live streaming and tweeting (she had my butt kicked on that!) and another for more traditional recording of the interviews, footage, etc.
What I loved most, though, was that she looked gorgeous (it is part of the broadcast/visual media game, people) and she was ready to drop the high heels and get dirty.
Check out her quick change photo at the top of this post – so she could drop the heels and go to the flats (which she was wearing) and get the job done. I want all of my students – male and female – to drop their vanity from the ankles down and always be prepared to wear the shoes you need to hustle, even if you need to stash them in your Louis Vitton bag.
Very few of us – even old dogs like me – have the luxury of just standing there and looking good while others do the work. Quite yer bitching and roll up your sleeves. Digital space is “cheap”, so you can shoot as many standup as you need of yourself. Don’t miss a shot of footage because you’re too worried someone will laugh at your shoes.
Kudos to the Girly Locker Room. See you at the next game!
I’m working on a feature for California Life this week at the Vans US Open, which I covered for the first time about 20 years ago while reporting at CNN. At the time, we did a story that considered the question: should surfing be an Olympic sport? It had some Olympic roots, and the “father of surf” in the US, The Duke, was an Olympic swimmer, too. That was prior to the Australian games, and Australia remains a huge player in the world of surfing. It didn’t become a medal sport then, but now – with Japan on the horizon – it is being talked about again.
But that is a different story. This year I’m just back to covering the event which has grown, morphed and grown again, only to rebrand itself as a smaller, more beach-centered event after a couple of years of troubles surrounding the crowds, etc. – most likely not surf or skate or beach fans in general, just thugs. Again, story for a different day.
The HB surf has been typical this week thus far, not big, ever-shifting, requiring patience and planning for the pros to get the scores to advance through to the US Open men’s final (a qualifying series event) and the women’s championship series final, featuring the top women in surfing. We saw some of the wily vets in the men’s draw, past champs like CJ Hobgood and Sunny Garcia, now in their 40s and contemplating a farewell tour here in Surf City. But the true nature of the game, Brazilians and Hawaiians and still the Aussies making the Mainlanders look like a rare breed, while bringing their fans and a true global spirit to what is now known as the World Surfing League (rebranding took place a couple years ago, changing the old ASP/WCT).
So make your way down to HB, aka Surf City, before Sunday’s finals. Don’t expect to find music on stage at night and do expect to see a slightly more surf-centric games – which I think is a good thing. I would go early to get parking, stay late… and enjoy the vibe. Of course, there is skate and BMX and plenty of industry tents – and downtown has the food truck thing going on, too. I will keep you posted here on some other results throughout the week, and let you know when my story airs on California Life.
Here are some links, and a couple of classic stories form my past on the event and Surf City:
great to see my buddy Eric Geller covering for The Beast. He made me look good at OCN back in the day – every day!
Vans US Open with LIVE STREAMING of the event. And tons of video and photos, as well as an event map. Save it all to your phone before you head out there.
World Surf League to learn about the surfers, the heat draws, etc. They also have a decent app for your smart phone.
PS: Thanks to my nephew Kyle Rohloff for the help covering his first US Open.
My student @_ceejay22au C.J. Holmes is doing great work at The Sporting News. Check out his look at Cleveland Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova. Click the photo or the link below it.
My former student CJ Holmes – helluva young sportswriter – is getting his feet wet every week at Carolina Panthers camp and writing for The Sporting News. Here’s his latest – and no, I don’t see any War Eagle bias in this writing. I agree with his assessment…. Panthers could be a good fit for a guy I think can play for a few years in the NFL, Cameron Artis-Payne. Listen closely and you’ll hear CJ ask the question of “the other Cam”…
My sports reporting student CJ Holmes is doing some impressive work on his summer internship.