Saturday, June 19, 2010

Casting Call, Round 2: Banditas!

by Jeanne Adams and Nancy Northcott

Taking a break from turning out new pages, Jeanne and Nancy descended on the Lair kitchen late one night. "Are we the only ones here?" Jeanne asked as she pulled a Diet Coke from the refrigerator.

"I think so, unless someone's down in the deadline cave. " Nancy dragged a stool up to the island. Popping the lid on the big cake server Sven had left by a stack of dessert plates, she asked, "Hey, can you grab me a Cherry Coke Zero?"

Jeanne grimaced. "As long as you don't expect me to taste it."

"More for me that way, and--ooh, look, cinnamon coffee cake." Nancy reached for the dessert plates. "Do you want some? I'm having some."

"With that drink--never mind. Yes, please. So what're you working on?" Jeanne swapped the soda can for coffee cake, and the two banditas nodded thanks to each other.

"I just finished a fight scene in the paranormal. What about you?"

"I'm working on proposals, a smorgasbord, really. Nice and murderous. But I've been at it all week, pretty steady. Have to say, I'm ready for a break from my characters. I need to let things percolate."

"Mmm. Me, too."

They munched in silence for a few minutes.

"You know," Jeanne said, "we could play with other people's characters for a while. We know the Bandit books pretty well."

"So do our buddies, I'd bet. What're you thinking--another casting call?"

Jeanne's eyes gleamed. "Exactly. Great minds, and so forth."

"Well, that's fun, so sure. You know the easiest one, of course."

"Anna Campbell. Claiming the Courtesan. Kylemore."

Grinning at each other, they simultaneously said, "Richard Armitage," then laughed.

"Okay, Armitage for Kylemore," Nancy said. "What about Verity?"

"Ohhh, it has to be someone who's all interesting angles, fab body and wicked smart. She'd have to be to play Verity, after all. What about Angelina Jolie, with those pouty lips and come hither ways?"

"I could see that. Or maybe Julia Roberts. Has to be somebody strong, like those two, or she won't be convincing in the last part of the story. We get to regress or advance people for this, make them the correct ages, right?"

"Absolutely." Jeanne nodded. "What about Donna? Should we go for Seduction of a Duke?"

"A nice, smokin' book, that one. For the heroine . . ." Nancy chewed thoughtfully, mulling it over. "I like Sandra Bullock, I think. Or maybe Sasha Alexander from NCIS." Nancy took a long pull of the drink Jeanne and other banditas called fake cherry stuff. "What about the hero, William, Duke of Bedford?

Munching, Jeanne looked into the distance. "Hmm. Brandon Routh? But he'd have to learn a British accent--maybe from Anna Sugden." She paused and raised her voice a bit. "That's British, not Irish." At Nancy's inquiring look, she added, "Had to say it, you know, in case the ever-delicious Russell Crowe is hanging out with the gladiators again tonight."

Nancy wiped crumbs off her fingers. "Very funny. I haven't seen Robin Hood, so I didn't notice the accent. Hard for anyone to compete with Errol Flynn in the role, I think. The guy buckled a mean swash. Last time Crowe was here, there was very nearly a riot. The Goddess Sangria had him reprising his gladiator role, and the guys got huffy."

Jeanne shook her head. "They said he had the costume wrong, not caring, of course, that he wasn't the one who came up with it. They liked Gerard Butler better, thanks to 300."

"Which is weird,considering that's Greece and Crowe's movie was Rome, but at least they're all making nice now. You know, Brandon would look amazing in period dress, and he has way more ability than he got to showcase in Superman Returns. But no, I'm not going off on that again."

"I promise we'll do a blog on superheros sometime soon. That should give us both plenty of airtime for our personal pet peeves - Superman for you and Daredevil for me!" Jeanne shook her head at the thought. "But enough about that. What about Christie Kelley's Every Time We Kiss? That one was a fabulous read. Her Jennette was so intense and Matthew, Earl of Blackburn, so guilt-ridden. Gotta love that. I'm thinking Jamie Bamber, of Battlestar Galactica fame, for Matthew, and perhaps, if I could grow her up a bit, Selina Gomez of Wizards of Waverly Place on Disney, for Jennette. Wonder what Christie would think?"

"We'll ask her when she comes out of the cave. Y'know, I'm liking that casting. Bamber can do tormented honor really well." Nancy paused for a moment. "Yep. That's good. She really tortured that pair."

Lars, the quietest of the cabana boys, strolled into the kitchen. "Everything all right, ladies? Need anything?"

The two banditas shook their heads, and Jeanne said, "We're good, thanks. Unless you know who should be cast as Christine's latest hero, Jardine from Sweetest Little Sin."

Lars frowned. "I don't pay attention to actors, but Jardine's wife, Louisa, is hot. And tough. How about Scarlett Johansson?"

Jeanne raised an eyebrow at Nancy. "I could go with that."

"Me, too. She was great as my favorite Marvel super-heroine, the Black Widow, in Iron Man 2, and Louisa does have to get physical in this book. Which I love, of course. And maybe Hugh Jackman, the perennial Lair favorite, for Jardine. Thanks, Lars."

"No problem. I'm off to give Ermingarde her midnight snack." He took a large beef joint from the walk-in freezer and sauntered out with it.

"At least he's not afraid of her," Nancy said. "Speaking of fear, have you seen Paolo lately?"

Grinning, Jeanne gestured toward the cabana boys' quarters. "He took the ARC of Money, Honey out of the library a while ago. It was all very furtive, I think he was hiding it under napkins on a tray." Making a face, Jeanne added, "I was hoping to get MY hands on it, you know? I'm dying to read it."

"Oh, geez. I had dibs after you. I know it'll have that funny Susan edge to it--and RT gave it 4 stars. Well, not having read it, I don't guess we can cast that one. Maybe Susan will pop in and do that. And Kirsten for Delcroix Academy. Kids with super-powers, gotta love it! That ARC's gone missing, too."

"It did? Rats! I was going for that next, in lieu of Money, Honey. I'm telling you, AC's Wild Irish Sea ARC better still be there. I know the book's out in 17 days, but still...Banditas first, right?"

Demetrius stalked into the kitchen wearing his gladiator rig, which meant he was on duty. "My sources tell me the cabana boys are reading in corners and hiding the books there. I'll roust them out if you like."

"Mayhem would ensue," Jeanne said, but pondered it anyway. "Attractive thought, but probably not worth the resulting fuss or clean up. Besides, it's always good to have new readers, and if the Cabana boys like them, and tell all our guests...yep. MORE readers." She grinned at Demetrius, as always enjoying the view and mentally thanking the Goddess Sangria for hauling all the gladiators to the Lair. "Thanks, though."

Fingering the hilt of his sword, Demetrius frowned. "I can handle cabana boy 'fuss.' I don't even need reinforcements."

"We know," Nancy assured him, exchanging amused glances with Jeanne. "Thanks. We just like it quiet for now."

"Well, then, if you change your minds . . ." Still frowning, Demetrius took a beer from the fridge and departed.

The two banditas grinned at each other. "Getting back to business," Jeanne said, "We don't even have an ARC for our "Just-Sold-Suz" yet. We've only been privileged to read that snippet from the book." Jeanne pantomimed fanning herself. "Talk about HAWT! Whew! Maybe she'll pop in, too and give us some good leading ladies for Lacy and leading men for...well...her men!"

"Let's hope. You know, National's coming up, and we have a RITA nominee in the Lair, Beth's A Not So Perfect Past. Which I absolutely loved. Both characters had such huge obstacles to overcome, both within themselves and with public perceptions. I think Taylor Kitsch, who played Gambit in the Wolverine movie--speaking of Jackman--would be great for Dillon. He can do scruffy and physical but chivalrous, too."

"And Drew Barrymore, maybe, for Nina, the heroine?" Jeanne said, considering. "She can do waifish but also tough, so she could morph the way the character does. She might have to stretch a bit as an actress even, to play Nina. That's a complex character, and a lot of ground to cover in a short time."

"While we're talking category books, what about Trish and Tawny?" Nancy set her fork aside, her plate, clean as a whistle.

"Wow, Tawny's men are going to be hard..." Raises an eyebrow at Nancy's immediate , snarky grin. "Ooops. Correction. Casting her CHARACTERS is going to be challenging, okay? Wow, your mind is SO in the gutter."

Nancy laughed. "Well, around here, that's just par for the course."

"True. I guess Tawny's Double Dare, one of my favorites, would be a good one to try. Her hunks are hothothot, though. Who's just too hot to handle?" Jeanne took the dessert plates to the sink.

"Thanks for taking the plates. Well, she'd like Johnny Depp, I think."

Grinning as she slid back onto her stool, Jeanne said, "Ya think? He's great anti-hero material, but he's just not...alpha-ish."

"Ha! Not like she pulled her Tawny-Depp nickname out of the ether. I can so see him as Jesse, but good point on the alpha thing. She might accept Nathan Fillion. He does bad boys so well."

"So true, on the nickname. I kinda could see Depp as Jesse," Jeanne closed her eyes, getting a visual. "Nathan would be better though. Yes, that would be good. And for his Audra, how about Cote de Pablo from NCIS? She's really awesome."

"I like her. She can do tough as well as vulnerable. Or Teri Hatcher from her Lois and Clark days, not the Desperate Housewives version. It's all about timing - and age. Speaking of ageless and timeless, you know AC just got back from another fabulous trip. She has such great locations - both in time and through the ages - in her books. And all that conflict."

"Umm, "Jeanne hesitated, sighing. "In the interest of full disclosure, I have to say I'm a weeeee bit jealous of all that wonderful travel. I love the way she described Venice in The Treasures of Venice." Looking into the distance, she added, "I'd cast David Conrad, from Ghost Whisperer, as Kiernan, the hero in that one. He's got that smoldery thing going."

"Plus he's really cute." Grinning, Nancy asked, "What about the Sam, the heroine?"

"Oooh, well...hmmm...tougher. Why are the heroines tougher?" Jeanne frowned into her Diet Coke.

Nancy squinted. "Because we don't fall in love with them but we do with the guys? I dunno."

"Well we don't LUST after the heroines, I guess. For Sam, I think I like Judy Greer. She's the sidekick in 27 Dresses and The Wedding Planner. I think she'd be a great leading lady and has the kind of strength of character Aunty Cindy writes into her heroines."

"I like it. Obviously, you see more movies than I do." Nancy shook her soda can and, judging it empty, tossed it into recycling. "For Trish, I'm partial to A Firefighter in the Family. The heroine needs to be somebody you could believe has the physical strength to be a firefighter. What about Anna Paquin? She was great in the X-Men movies and does a lot of physical stuff in True Blood."

"Oooh, good one. For Zac, what about Chris Pine? He can do physical as well as vulnerable. Or Ryan Reynolds?"

"I think Michael Trucco from Battlestar Galactica and Castle would be really good."

"Mmmmmm," Jeanne demurred. "Chris Pine, I think, for Zac. It's the eyes, you know." Jeanne two-pointed her can into the bin as well. "Want another fake cherry thingie?" At Nancy's nod, she got two more soft drinks from the fridge. "You know, I like Anna and Chris. That would be really a good match for them. I want Michael Trucco, for Dark and Deadly. I think he'd be a great Paul, don't you?"

"I do, I do. Excellent! He has great screen presence. Though Trish might overrule us on Chris Pine in favor of Jensen Ackles from Supernatural. What about Paul's Torie? Who did you have in mind for her?"

"AJ Cook," Jeanne answered immediately. "I've been thinking about this since we did our other blog. She plays JJ Prentiss on Criminal Minds. Tough, but vulnerable, she could capture that inner core of sadness Torie carries."

"Oh, I can see that! Well done. You really used those characters' past to yank them in knots in the present. You know, there's another important one we've not gotten to."

Jeanne slugged back more Diet Coke, now that the pressure to cast her OWN book was off. "Who'd we miss, and how could we possibly miss anything?"

Nancy laughed, but tapped the new soda can in a staccatto beat. "One of our own superstars, you know. Let's not forget our NYT Bestseller, Kate Carlisle."

"Oh course! Bookbinder Brooklyn and the ever so yummy Derek."

"Great books, aren't they?" Nancy thought for a bit. "You know, I could see Catherine Heigl as Brooklyn. Or maybe Piper Perabo, who's starring in that new series on USA, Covert Operations. You know I love spies."

"I like that actress. She's got a great face. And you rock writing them. The spies, that is."

"Why thank you! I do so enjoy creating boom. What about Derek, though?"

"Let's see...Derek...British, able to do secret agent stunts. You know we like Clive Owen around here. What about Clive for Derek? All that intensity and brooding." Jeanne made a eyebrow-lowered face, immitating brooding.

"Funny. However, I can so see Clive as Derek. He does humor, too, which Derek also needs. You know, we have yet to use one of my favorites in here, Michael Biehn. He might be a more menacing bad boy for Tawny than Fillion. I'd like to use him even if he won't be at DragonCon this year, which is only 75 days away, you know."

"Not that you're counting or anything." Both women grinned again. "Seriously, I have to get down there one of these years."

"Down where?" Zack, the head hockey hunk, wandered into the kitchen. Noting his wet hair, the H3 t-shirt sticking to his broad shoulders, and the running shorts he wore, the two banditas exchanged a look.

"I'd say something really, really risque here, but I'm not sure I could do it with a straight face," Jeanne said, snorking a bit at the thought of saying down THERE to a hunky man, fresh in from an obviously strenuous jog. "We were actually talking about DragonCon in Atlanta."

Zack looked a bit alarmed as he opened a bottle of water. "You're not thinking of taking Ermingarde to Atlanta are you? I mean, didn't it already burn once?"

Both women laughed. "Yes, it did," Nancy said, "Burn that is. And no, Ermingarde would hate the crowds and costumes. Besides, talk about lawsuits. With her eyesight she'd be firing up everytime a Klingon walked by."

Now Zack looked really alarmed. "We can't have that."

"Relax, it's actually a convention, and we'll be sure to leave the dragon in the Lair. Anyway, I've been saying I wanted to go to DragonCon for years, and both Nancy and Trish go every year." Jeanne shrugged. "Now I'm on a campaign to actually DO it, and go next year."

With a gleam of mischief, Nancy asked, "So, Zack, if you were casting one of Tawny's books, would you put Nathan Fillion in the lead, or Jamie Bamber?"

Zack chugged the water and pitched the bottle, rattling it into the recycling bin. "That one with the cowboy, I'd put Edward Burns in that role--though he'd need dark hair, not light like he sometimes has."

"You read Going Down Hard?" Nancy asked, watching the blush color Zack's face.

"Yeah, that one."

"Good choice," Jeanne jumped in, trying to keep a straight face and failing. With a mumbled "Gotta shower" Zack hurried out of the kitchen. "I'm telling you, it never fails to amaze me that they all read our books. Gladiators and hockey hunks included. Pretty cool."

"It is pretty cool, isn't is?" Nancy's gaze followed Zack's retreating form. Her crooked smile was for the embarrassment, rather than the view, although that was nice too. Returning to the matter at hand, she added, "The Bandita Buddies read them all, too. It was such a blast to talk about all the JD Robb books the other week, and some hadn't even read them but joined in the fun. Knowing our crew, and how much of the Bandit books they DO read, this should be even more fun!"

"Let's let them all have a go, then, shall we?"

What do you say, Banditas and Buddies? Who gets to play whom if we were casting Bandita books as movies?

Who would you cast in some of the other Bandita Books, other than the ones we named?


If you had one favorite male actor to cast as a romantic lead, and one favorite female actor to cast as a romantic lead, whom would you pick?

152 comments:

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Get that feathered bum over here Chookie! :-)

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey AC! Great to see you this fine early morning. Grins.

As you can tell, we were talking about you. hahahah.

Tawny said...

OMG I looooove it!!! Look what incredible discussions ya'll get up to when I'm busy landscaping.

Off to re-read the fun, but before I do, I'd have to say that yes, Jesse is probably the only one of my heroes I could see Johnny playing. Nathan would rock the rest *g*

OMG laughing and loving this - you ladies, kudos to your brilliance.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Congrats on nabbing the bird, Aunty Cindy, so tell us, how'd we do on casting Treasures?

I'm off to bed (since it's the wee sma's on the eastern seaboard) but I'll be back in the a.m. to see how we did...

C'mon people! Play!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Thanks Tawny! We figured Johnny might manage a very credible Jesse, but the others? Not so much. Grins.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

The GR is miffed because I didn't bring back any poultry from Kiwi land! I keep telling him there are agricultural restrictions but he's not buying it! :-P

Actually, I'm not familiar with either of the actors you picked for TToV but judging from the piccies you posted, I'd say SPOT ON!

I also LOVE Zack's casting of Ed Burns as Tawny's hero. YUMMY!!!

AC

Tawny said...

I need to check out this actor Zack's recommending *g* I'm too busy giggling at the blushes, though.

and Taylor Kitsch looks delish for Dillon. OMG he'd rock it! I agree that Drew would have to stretch a bit for Nina, but yanno, I think she could do it. She's got that fun serious edge and lots of experience with personal ghosts, right?

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Tawny,
I happen to LURVE Drew and think she could definitely do Beth's heroine justice. :-)

But I had no idea the cabana boys, gladiators, and hockey hunks were sneaking our books out of the library. I suspect that must be the reason Paolo keeps blushing every time he passes one of us. ;-)

AC

Anna Campbell said...

Ooh, AC, a chook for you! He must want to hear about those cute sexy Kiwis!

Wow, what a fabulous post you girls. This won't surprise you - I laughed at the Richard Armitage for Kylemore thing! Ya think? Snork!

It's fascinating to cast people, isn't it? I often have a picture in mind with heroes - strangely I didn't with Gideon or Matthew. But definitely RA for Kylemore (actually he was original Daniel D-L, I didn't know about RA when I wrote the book!). I thought Olivia Hussey from Romeo and Juliet for Verity. She had that madonna quality (not the pop singer, puh-leaze!)I wanted. Olivia was Lauren Bacall and Erith was Bryan Ferry from his 80s heyday. Diana was Ingrid Bergman from her 40s heyday and Tarquin was Dirk Bogarde who I gather wasn't very well known in the States but was a huge star in Britain and here in the 40s and 50s. I seem to go old school, don't I? Never quite realized it until I saw that list!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

LOL Fo!
You are definitely going old school to pull out Ingrid Bergman and Dirk Bogarde! I do remember seeing Dirk in a couple of films, probably British now that I think about it...

I could TOTALLY see Liz Taylor in her heyday playing Verity!

I can also picture Olivia de Haviland as Gemma in Mme's Scandal's Daughter.

AC

Anna Campbell said...

Ooh, AC, Liz Taylor is a definite candidate for Verity. She's even got the right coloring - well, violet eyes instead of gray but we'll forgive her! Actually I was thinking about Gideon and I think a young Pierce Brosnan could have played him. You know, before he beefed up for Bond.

Christine Wells said...

Down there! Snork! You gals kill me. Poor Ermingarde, she misses all the fun, doesn't she? What a fantastic post!

Scarlett Johannssen and Hugh Jackman? Hmmm. Interesting choices for Louisa and Jardine. I'm sorry to say I haven't seen Scarlett in anything so I'll have to check her out. Yes, I do live under a rock! I always think of Hugh as such a nice guy, though, and Jardine is anything but nice.

I didn't have actors in mind for those two when I wrote them but I had to find lookalikes when I was preparing for the cover conference and the closest I could get for Louisa was Megan Dodds, who plays Christine Dale in Spooks (she plays a CIA agent but she's actually British). I also found a great shot of Rupert Everett for Jardine. Yes, I know he's gay, but I don't care. He is gorgeous and he has that edge to him that Jardine has, too.

Anna, I was thinking a young Ralph Fiennes might have done for Matthew. He seems to have the right colouring. I always remember the way you described his eyes!

Christine Wells said...

Congrats on the rooster, AC!

Helen said...

Well done Aunty Cindy make him work

Another fantastic post I do wish I knew all of these actors and actresses I never watch TV or many movies.

I gotta say Richard Armitage for Kylemore yes and Christine I say Hugh for Jardine all the way and you know what I do think that Hugh would make a great Kevin from TWIS as well yummo. As for any of Tawny's heros Johnny Depp has gotta to be one of them LOL.
So many choices such great books I need to see what everyone comes up with .

Have Fun
Helen

Anna Campbell said...

Christine, I pictured a young Rupert Everett for the hero of The Magnificent Marriage, my other GH manuscript from 2006. I think even though he's gay, he's got that elegance and wit that really suit a Regency hero. The first time I saw him, I did a double-take. I swear he was the image of all the heroes on the covers of my Barbara Cartlands! Actually I always had a very soft spot for RF - he would make a lovely Matthew although M is darker. And he's got that refined by suffering look down pat too, hasn't he?

PinkPeony said...

In case the brooding R.A. is unable to fulfill his role as the Duke of Kylemore, then may I suggest David (Major Man Candy) Gandy, the underwear model for Dolce Gabanna? [I know he's not an actor, but I for one, would be noticing his other attributes.] Rachel Weisz as Verity. Gorgeous, intelligent and spirited.

Rupert Penry-Jones or Alexander Skarsgaard as the Earl of Blackburn..

Kiernan...Matthew MacFayden

Tawny's heroes...um Johnny Depp x 4

Jardine...the hetero version of Rupert Everett...Louisa..Kate Winslet

Beth's hero in "Not So..." Kyle Chandler.

Brooklyn Wainwright--> Natalie Portman...Derek-->a cross between Dermot Mulroney and Ian McShane but younger!

Hey, can I buy that castle cake pan at Williams-Sonoma?

Suzanne Ferrell said...

Dear Lord, Geesh. I just finished scrubbing a c/section and you want me to cast my book?

Okay....for Miss Lacy, I have three choices, Jessica Alba, Thandie Newton or my personal favorite, Halle Berry.

Quinn Halliday...the first hero...Kevin Sorbo, a younger Dennis Quaid or Josh Duhamel.

Dakota O'Keefe...the second hero and Quinn's adopted blood-brother, Jason deHoyo. Google him, ladies, trust me, he's well worth the effort!!

Suzanne Ferrell said...

And really? You cast CTC of Anna's with Richard Armetage? I mean, that's like no challenge at all! How about Tempt The Devil? Now there I could see my man Clive!

Suzanne Ferrell said...

For Kate's bookbinder expert, Brooklyn, I think of Anna Belknap of CSI:NY. How about Matthew Goode from the Leap Year movie for Derek? Yes, I know he's got the Irish accent, but still, I think he'd keep her on her toes!

Here's a challenge...cast Brooklyn's zany parents!

PJ said...

Actually I was thinking about Gideon and I think a young Pierce Brosnan could have played him. You know, before he beefed up for Bond.

As he was back when he played Rory in Mannions of America. I'm on board with that!

PJ said...

Jeanne and Nancy, that was so much fun! Fabulous blog, ladies!

Congrats (condolences?) on grabbing the chook, AC!

Christie Kelley said...

What a fantastic post, ladies! You must have had a blast coming up with all those characters.

I didn't have any actors picked out when I wrote ETWK. But I have to admit, I'm not so keen on Selina Gomez. Maybe it's her brown eyes throwing me off. Believe it or not, Megan Fox would be almost a perfect match for Jennette.

Jamie Bamber might work for Blackburn. I never saw him in anything so I can't say for certain.

jo robertson said...

Great topic, Jeanne and Nancy, and hilarious post. You gals are amazing!

My most recent reading of a Bandita book is Fo's MY RECKLESS SURRENDER. I'd cast James McAvoy as Ashcroft -- he has that nice gentlemanly air, but a bit of the devil underneath. And as Diana, hmmm, probably Natalie Portman who can play innocent and smoldering.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey AC, I bet you're right about the GR. There's that pesky ag restriction and just because HE flaunts it, doesn't mean WE will.

Ha! Glad to know we were spot on with our choices on actors and actresses for TToV!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

AC said: But I had no idea the cabana boys, gladiators, and hockey hunks were sneaking our books out of the library. I suspect that must be the reason Paolo keeps blushing every time he passes one of us. ;-)

I KNOW!! I was so surprised myself. Grins.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Ooooh, Anna, what fun choices for all your books. I love it!!

Now you just KNEW we had to go for RA, didn't you? Grins.

You said: I seem to go old school, don't I? Never quite realized it until I saw that list!

No school like old school, as they say. Heehee.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

AC said: I can also picture Olivia de Haviland as Gemma in Mme's Scandal's Daughter.

Oh, GOOD ones, AC!!! I adore Olivia de Haviland and she would make a great Gemma.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Christine said: Down there! Snork! You gals kill me. Poor Ermingarde, she misses all the fun, doesn't she? What a fantastic post!

Ermingarde doesn't miss THAT much, Christine. Dragons manage to be around a lot more than we think. Heehee. And really, burning Atlanta again would be SUCH bad form. Grins. I really like the town m'self. (And she might get waaaaay too interested in that collection of fish and sharks and whales over at the new aquarium....

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Christine said: I also found a great shot of Rupert Everett for Jardine. Yes, I know he's gay, but I don't care. He is gorgeous and he has that edge to him that Jardine has, too.

We liked him for the role too, Christine...but there WAS that gay thing. Not that I object, but it wasn't exactly the right feel for the aforementinoned "hot" Louisa....grins.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Christine said: Anna, I was thinking a young Ralph Fiennes might have done for Matthew. He seems to have the right colouring. I always remember the way you described his eyes!

I adore Ralph Feinnes. He would make a wonderful Matthew. Matthew is my fave of all your heroes so far...he's just so....tortured. Grins.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Anna said: he's got that elegance and wit that really suit a Regency hero. The first time I saw him, I did a double-take. I swear he was the image of all the heroes on the covers of my Barbara Cartlands!

Oh, my goodness, you're right! Wow, I never thought about it but Rupert DOES look like all the covers for the Barbara Cartlands. All those dark haired, slim, elegant heroes with their boots, breeches and hollowed cheeks. Grins.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Pink Peony said: Brooklyn Wainwright--> Natalie Portman...Derek-->a cross between Dermot Mulroney and Ian McShane but younger!

What a great selection, Pink! this is awesome. Natalie would make a good Brooklyn...although she'd have to gain some weight. I don't envision Brooklyn as that slight. hahaha! that's just me though. Grins. And Dermot...sigh. Yep.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Pink, Sven informs me that the pan is Nordicware, and offered by Sur la Table and online. He claims it to be MUCH superior to the one from Michael's by Wilton.

Grins.

Here, have some coffee cake. It's really good. Especially with Diet Coke. :>

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey Suz! Love, love, LOVE those! I adore Halle Berry too, btw.

And *fanning* My, Oh, MY, on Jason DeHoyo! He's just...just...HAWT!

Grins. Perfect for your "boyz."

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Suz said: Anna Belknap of CSI:NY. How about Matthew Goode from the Leap Year movie for Derek?

Ooh, GOOD ones! And on casting the zany parents? Wow, now that's a fun challenge. Maybe Dianne Weist and Ed Hermann. They were such a great couple in the Lost Boys, even tho he was a vampire. Grins.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey Christie! You said: Believe it or not, Megan Fox would be almost a perfect match for Jennette.
Jamie Bamber might work for Blackburn. I never saw him in anything so I can't say for certain.


Oooh, Megan WOULD be great. I wondered if it would be a problem with those nearly-black eyes on Selina. grins.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Thanks, PJ! We had a ton of fun with it. :>

Jo, what GREAT selections. James McAvoy. Yep. Really good. And yes on Natalie, but again, that girl needs some WEIGHT on her! hahaha!

Nancy said...

AC, you get the chook! Have fun with him. BTW, I don't think I mentioned yesterday that I love that book cover.

Looking forward to the book, too!

Nancy said...

Tawny, we thought you'd be happy with Nathan. Though I think Michael Biehn would do a good job with Jesse, too.

His psycho Navy SEAL in The Abyss was a serious bad boy. *g*

Nancy said...

AC, glad you liked our picks. Jeanne came up with those two, and when I saw the photos, I loved them.

Nancy said...

Tawny, I think Taylor Kitsch was the overlooked gem of the Wolverine movie. Gambit is a great X-Man, and Kitsch gave him just the right edge.

Plus his Southern accent was decent, not hokey, hickish or stupid. Very important consideration at my house!

Nancy said...

AC, I didn't know the CBs were sneaking out books, either, but this explains why my "lair" book (which I keep there in the same way I keep a "bedroom" book and a "living room" book and an "unavoidable delay" book, changing them out as I finish them) is often not where I left it. Any decent spy knows avoiding detection means putting things back exactly as you found them.

Nancy said...

Anna, what a great list you have for all your books! I can see DDL as Kylemore, and all the rest as well. Olivia Hussey was so gorgeous in her youth and still is, though in a mor mature way, of course. I always loved Ingrid Berman.

Nancy said...

Bergman! Ingrid BERGman! Ack!

Nancy said...

Anna, I would go with young Pierce Brosnan as Gideon. Even when he bulked up for Bond, it was muscle. As Remington Steele, he was sooo thin--which I figured was why his suit jackets were always double-breasted.

Nancy said...

Christine, I remember Megan Dodds on Spooks/MI-5. She's great. I can absolutely see Rupert Everett in any period piece. He's fabulous, and he makes a wonderful romantic leading man, regardless of his personal life.

I always think of Jackman as a nice guy, too. In fact the movie that solidified his image as a romantic lead for me was Australia, not (as for so many) Kate and Leopold or even the wonderful Paperback Hero, but he was a diabolical villain in Deception, a movie his company produced that co-starred Ewan MacGregor. And not the nicest guy in The Prestige, which I saw on TV recently. Makes he wonder if he's trying to broaden his image.

Nancy said...

Helen, I couldn't have done this post without Jeanne. She knows way more actors and actresses than I do. I admit I'd put Hugh Jackman in anything, so I have a definite bias. :-)

Nancy said...

Anna, as I said to Christine, Rupert Everett is a terrific romantic hero and always excellent in costume dramas. He doesn't just wear the clothes. He inhabits them.

Nancy said...

PinkPeony, great list. I didn't think about Natalie Portman, but I can see that! I've enjoyed Rupert Penry Jones on MI-5. Our local video rental place has the Jane Austen he starred in (Persuasion?), and it's on my rental list for the summer.

Nancy said...

Suz, a fabbo list! You're casting with an unlimited budget, so you get Halle if you want her. I always love Kevin Sorbo, and yes, Jason de Hoyos is indeed hot.

You WILL let us know when you have a release date, right?

I once rode up an escalator at DragonCon and realized that up ahead of me, with about eight or nine people in between, were Kevin Sorbo and Steve Bacic. It was just the two of them bopping around the con, no security guys, and nobody was bothering them.

I guess action heroes don't like to have the beefy guys in black t-shirts from con security surrounding them. Come to think of it, Michael Biehn had only one guy in a regular fannish t-shirt and with a staff lanyard, definitely not regular con security, following him around last year.

Sorbo is coming again this year, if you're anywhere near Atlanta over Labor Day. Just sayin' . . .

Nancy said...

Suz, I could see Clive in TTD, absolutely, and we wouldn't need to regress his age for that.

Nancy said...

PJ, glad you enjoyed it. I've seen The Manions of America. Brosnan was fabulous!

Nancy said...

Hi, Christie--I can see Megan Fox. It doesn't surprise me that you don't know Jamie Bamber. The main thing he has done in the States is Battlestar Galactica, which I don't think is your kind of thing. He's British but does American accents very well.

Nancy said...

Hi, Jo--I like James McAvoy. And I see you're another vote for Natalie Portman, although in a different role. I like her. She was great as Queen Amidala, and in that movie where the girl gives birth in Wal-Mart and the town adopts her. I can't remember the title of it.

Nancy said...

Jeanne wrote: Matthew. Matthew is my fave of all your heroes so far...he's just so....tortured.

What? They're ALL tortured. Even Tarquin, by the end of the book. To be an Anna Campbell hero is to suffer--which is one reason we we love them so much! They all suffer so nobly.

Nancy said...

Jeanne, I forgot Brooklyn's ditzy parents. I love your choices, but I think I'd pick Jane Fonda or Diane Keaton as the mom and maybe Pierce Brosnan as the dad. He can do comedy. If he just, please, will NOT sing. Ever again. Meryl Streep, either. In fact, let's not even go there.

Nancy said...

Another actor who has aged into the dad range for actresses Brooklyn's age and who does a great job with comedy is Michael Keaton. I haven't seen him in anything lately, but I like him.

Fannish people were aghast, simply aghast, when got the role of Batman, but he was excellent in it. His Bruce Wayne had a lot of layers.

However, his second Batman outing is another place we just won't go.

Donna MacMeans said...

Love it ! You two could have alternate careers as casting directors. And all the men...(sigh). We need a book that has them all - don't cha think? Actually, we need to invite them all to our next launch party.

Now I have to snap open my fan and cool down...

Donna MacMeans said...

Had to go check this Brandon Routh out - hey - he's Superman! The duke "thinks" he's superman so that works (grin), and Sandra Bullock could bring him to his knees quite nicely - that works.

You guys rock!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Nancy said: the role of Batman, but he was excellent in it. His Bruce Wayne had a lot of layers.

However, his second Batman outing is another place we just won't go.



Amen, sister, on both counts. :>

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Donnna said: The duke "thinks" he's superman so that works (grin), and Sandra Bullock could bring him to his knees quite nicely - that works.


An excellent visual, Donna and yes, I think Sandra COULD bring him to heel quite nicely. Hahahah!

Nancy said...

Donna, the guys were easier, at least for me. Glad you like Brandon. I thought he was very good in Superman despite not having much to play off of in the script, and he proved me right in the now-cancelled Chuck last season.

jo robertson said...

Nancy, that Natalie Portman movie was WHERE THE HEART IS, based on what I think was a far better book by Billie Letts.

And, yeah, Jeanne, Portman's a wisp of a thing. Yaakkkkk!

Cassondra said...

OHHHHH....another casting blog!

And I LOVE the castings for Bandit books! I'm so uninformed on the current Hollywood flavors of the moment, I hardly know anybody, so this is always hard, but I gotta say, that guy you cast as Beth's Dillon--OH YEAH. That's exactly the way I pictured him.

Now as to Anna Campbell's books. I saw Kylemore as prettier...I dunno....more Pierce Brosnan pretty, but a little more angular maybe...Hmmmmm...can't think of anybody but Clive Owen who has that look at the moment. Pretty but rugged is a tough line to walk I think.

And for her other books...Here's the trouble...that guy on the cover of Tempt the Devil....I have dreams about that man and I've never met him. He's my idea of drop-dead gorgeous--and would be perfect if he had a bit longer hair. After staring at that face on the coffee table for all this time it's really hard to see anybody else in his role.

The girls..I'm lousy at the girls. *hangs head in shame* Obvious where my loyalties lie....

Nancy said...

Jo, thanks for the movie title. I watch that movie when it's on TV. The guy in it was a great character, too.

Nancy said...

Cassondra, like I said, couldn't have done this without Jeanne. She stays current far better than I do, despite AOL's efforts, via its welcome screen, to inundate me with celebrity gossip. Jeanne seems to know who's actually worth noticing.

Yeah, that guy on the cover of TTD is pretty seriously HAWT.

We rented a British TV series starring a young Clive, and I have to admit I didn't think he was as attractive. The slight softening of age has made his angular face more intriguing, at least to me. Of course, I felt the same way about George Harrison.

Joan said...

OK, first off Damon from The Patrician's Fortune IS Hugh Jackman....with scruff.

And Bran is the guy in a Nautica ad holding the wheel of a ship, black hair tousled by the wind, looking in the distance to return to Ireland to find me and take me off to his....

Um, sorry. Tangent alert.


My website has an excerpt from Barbarian's Soul.

Anyway, ya'll have made some great choices. For Suz's upcoming release I see Sandra Bullock as the heroine. Can do sweet and innocent then sultry and BEEP...

And yes, I resisted the urge to suggest Jessica Rabbit.

And Nancy, Michael Keaton has just surfaced in a new movie. He's the voice for the Ken doll in Toy Story 3...one scene...you'll ROFL

Joan said...

Oh, and as to the missing books, I've heard rumors in the hallways of the Lair that the cabana boys are considering writing their OWN book.....

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

More GREAT casting suggestions!

Yes, Pink, I think Matthew MacFayden would make a fine Keirnan!

LOL, Helen, I wondered whom you would cast as Kevin. I'm afraid Hugh will always be Donovan for me, so for Kevin I actually pictured Christian Bale and for Parker, a slightly younger version of Luke Wilson. ;-)

The chook is in a dither. I have a book signing this afternoon at a winery in a very rural area, so he has been preening and primping all morning in anticipation of seeing some "cute chicks." :-P

AC

Cassondra said...

Oh, and Tawny's books..

Dang...those are hard. The guys are so freakin' alpha and the girls so uninhibited.

I've always pictured Audra as a young Pat Benetar. That perfect heart-shaped face and spiky hair and all that ATTITUDE BABY.

Risque Business is my fav of Tawny's books, and dang....that's also the hardest heroine to cast I think. For Delaney....somebody not so drop-dead gorgeous but who has room to evolve and grow into her own skin and gain that sexy confidence.

I guess I think Scarlett Johansson can pull off both looks, but Katee Sackhoff might be even better as Delaney. She's pretty, but can look plain or stunning, depending on how she's done up.

Nancy said...

Joanie, I love your casting choices. We go kind of ga-ga around here over Hugh, but he is extremely versatile as well as, by all accounts, a very nice guy.

I read that excerpt on your web page, and it's terrific. Anyone who has not read it should go do that.

The cabana boys writing a book? Oh, they really need to reconsider that one. We have current and ex lawyers in the Lair. They SOOO do not want to mess with us. The phrase "world of hurt" comes to mind, and we won't even need Demetrius to do it.

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Nancy said...

AC, I think Christian Bale is excellent and I am, of course, always in favor of Hugh.

Watch the chook at the winery. Remember the last time he got drunk?

Have a great time at your signing. I'm so looking forward to this book!

Nancy said...

Cassondra, I love the idea of Pat Benatar! Definite attitude, and her songs are fabulous.

Risque Business is your favorite TD book? Mine, too! Nick Angel is just to die for. I like Katee Sackhoff as Delaney.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Nancy,
I LURVED Hugh in "Deception!" I thought he was a SCARY believable villain.

AC

Nancy said...

AC wrote: I LURVED Hugh in "Deception!" I thought he was a SCARY believable villain.

Yes. Not so likeable there.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Cassondra said: The girls..I'm lousy at the girls. *hangs head in shame* Obvious where my loyalties lie....

Hs! This was my problem, I'm afraid. Grins. I don't know enough of the ladies. And you're right about the guy on Tempt the Devil.

Sluuuurrrrrr-peeeee!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Nancy said: The slight softening of age has made his angular face more intriguing, at least to me. Of course, I felt the same way about George Harrison.

You know, i have to agree with you there, Nancy. And I feel the same way about Pierce Brosnan - not that he wasn't handsome - but he's better with age. So is Richard Gere. I didn't actually find him attractive in Officer and a Gentleman, but now? Oh, SO much better!

As to being current...I'm so not, but I like the crime dramas and everyone seems to be guesting on them, so...I catch a few I wouldn't otherwise know. Oh, and Disney, of course. ha!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Joanie said: My website has an excerpt from Barbarian's Soul.

Oooh, we should have done yours too, JT!! That would have been fun. I love your books. And yep, I can see Hugh, with scruff, as your hero...

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

AC said: so he has been preening and primping all morning in anticipation of seeing some "cute chicks." :-P

Oh, Lordy! A Winery, the Chook and some chicks? You are in for a wild signing, AC! Enjoy??

Grins.

Nancy said...

Jeanne, I agree with you on Richard Gere--much more interesting now. I really didn't love him as Lancelot. He was a little too hippie-dippie for me, though I thought he did a good job.

I also think Brosnan looks better since he matured. But no singing. Please.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Cassondra said: I've always pictured Audra as a young Pat Benetar. That perfect heart-shaped face and spiky hair and all that ATTITUDE BABY.

Oooh, good one!!! I like that.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Nancy said: They SOOO do not want to mess with us. The phrase "world of hurt" comes to mind, and we won't even need Demetrius to do it.

Hahah Yep, I'm thinking that a "tell all" would NOT be good. However if they're thinking fiction....

Or maybe they're just trying to get some pointers. Grins.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Nancy, the singing must have been baaaaaad. I didn't see the Abba movie yet - Mama Mia, isn't it? - and so I will know to cover my ears when my darling Pierce sings. SNORK!!!

Anna Campbell said...

Jen, after you told me about David G, would you believe I saw him on a chat show? He's VERRRRRRY pretty and would make a lovely Kylemore. I love Rachel Weisz. I think she's smart and beautiful!

Suz, you know, you're not the first person to suggest Clive for Erith! Love you ideas for Lacey!

Absolutely, PJ! He was in a couple of British miniseries too - I remember one where he was a Customs agent trying to foil smugglers back in the Regency period. Hubba! He got a little too smooth in the Bond films to play Gideon but as a younger, more raw-looking guy, definitely!

Anna Campbell said...

Ooh, Jo, I love James McAvoy - I think you've got a point there. Actually another gorgeous James who would be good is James Purefoy and he looks fab in Regency costume. Love the idea of Natalie Portman as Diana although I must say she was always more a valkyrie type to me!

By the way, AC, I'm SOOOO with you on Olivia de Havilland. She has the wit and intelligence to bring Gemma to the screen just right!

Nancy said...

Jeanne wrote: Hahah Yep, I'm thinking that a "tell all" would NOT be good. However if they're thinking fiction....

As long as they don't venture into--what is it, roman a clef, that's a thinly clad version of real life?

Nancy said...

Jeanne, a lot of people love the movie version of Mamma Mia, really love it. The scenery was fabulous, the music is great, and the actors were all, as usual, excellent. So there's a lot to love.

But I didn't think the leads were very good singers at all.

Anna Campbell said...

Jeanne, love your penchant for the tortured hero!

Awww, Nancy, you say the nicest things about how horrible I am to my heroes!

Cassondra, I'm sure we can get Nathan Kamp, the TTD guy, to grow his hair for you, LOL!

Nancy, George Harrison aged beautifully, didn't he? And you felt he'd increased in wisdom and compassion through all he'd been through too, somehow.

Nancy said...

Anna, I love James Purefoy! He was so great in A Knight's Tale as the Black Prince--way more chivalrous and sympathetic than the real Black Prince seems to have been. I read that he was a bit of a thug, though probably not so bad by the standards of the day. I saw his armor in Canterbury Cathedral. Anyway, Purefoy--I caught a bit of his Vanity Fair performance. Excellent! Also serious hot in Regency dress.

What's this yummy Regency miniseries of which you speak? Brosnan? Clive? Purefoy? Spill!

Anna Campbell said...

You know, I liked the young Pierce. I like that raw-boned, slightly awkward edge he had. Made him more real. And I love 'em skinny! ;-)

Nancy said...

Anna Campbell said: Awww, Nancy, you say the nicest things about how horrible I am to my heroes!

Yes, the joys of pain. Or does that belong on a different blog? *g*

But seriously, the more the characters suffer along the way, the deeper the pit of despair at the black moment, the brighter and higher is their ultimate triumph. Which you do so well.

Anna Campbell said...

Nancy, turns out I had my wires crossed. The writer of the Mannions of America (which is what I think I meant) wrote a Regency Romance called, I think, The Excise Man. We are going back man years now! ;-)

Speaking of James Purefoy, there's a gorgeous adaptation of the Prince and Pauper where he plays Miles. It's pretty old now but he's just hubba!

Nancy said...

Apropos of nothing, our local video store manager told me she requests MI-5 every time the home office asks, but so far, no luck. I was complaining because I bought Season One, only to have the FBI warning screen--you know, the very first one that comes up when the disc loads--freeze my DVD player. Had to unplug the player, plug it back in, and very, very fast hit "open" to pop the disc before it loaded. Then I discovered I'd had it just too long to return it. Blast! That'll teach me to actually look at the return policy, not assume!

Disc 4 of the Firefly box set does that, too, at the end of the teaser, so I know to hit "skip" before it ends, and it's fine. But you can't skip the FBI warning screen. :-/

Anna Campbell said...

Nancy, you'll get another awwww for that. Actually I think of my books as journeys from darkness to light!

Nancy said...

The Prince and the Pauper, huh? I'll check the "British and Aussie" section of the video rental place.

It's a little NC chain, only has 3 or 4 stores, but they stock a lot of indie films and a lot of foreign films and a lot of classic films. They also have never, ever claimed we failed to return a video that we had, in fact, returned. All of which were major problems with the big chain that uses blue and gold as its colors. In fact, we got so fed up with their calls for us to return videos long since taken back, we cancelled our membership.

Nancy said...

Anna wrote: Actually I think of my books as journeys from darkness to light!

Which is a very apt description.

Beth said...

Oh, I love Taylor Kitsch - I'm sure he'd make a great Dillon. Or maybe David Boreanaz in his Buffy/Angel days when he did tortured so well *g*

I never would have thought of Drew Barrymore for Nina but I can see how she would be a good fit :-)

I'm terrible at casting because I like to rely on my imagination for characters whether I'm writing or reading a book. I'm going to re-read everyone's suggestions and see if they help spark any ideas for me *g*

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Nancy said: Anna, I love James Purefoy! He was so great in A Knight's Tale as the Black Prince--way more chivalrous and sympathetic than the real Black Prince seems to have been.

Oooh, I LOVE him! He's a wonderful actor. Must go look up what else he's been in....

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

What fun. I like who you all picked for A Firefighter in the Family. For Zac, I'll have to go with Michael Trucco. Of course, that might be because I had my picture taken with him and he's as gorgeous in person as on TV. Now I can't remember who I used as models for those characters. Been too long since I worked on them.

Caren Crane said...

Oh, lordy, I was having a pool party and have missed the great fun! I would personally love to cast Nathan Fillion in ANY romantic lead with a darkish comedic twist. I adore him!

I have to say, not a big fan of many of the female leads these days. They're all kind of "too glossy" if you know what I mean. Anna Paquin is good because she isn't too perfect looking - makes her good for Sookie Stackhouse. She reminds me of Cybil Shepard.

We now have a generation of actresses seriously lacking in girl next door types. I do, however, think Anna Kendrick has a lot of quirky, mouthy girl next door potential. She was George Clooney's mentee in "Up In the Air". I really like her!

Suzanne Ferrell said...

Joan: And yes, I resisted the urge to suggest Jessica Rabbit.

You did not just say this!! And NO we are not casting the part of the rabbit, it is only a minor player!

Nancy said...

Beth, glad you like our choices! I don't use actors as character templates, either. I'd feel as though the characters were less mine, in a way, if I did that. David Boreanaz does tortured well, as you say.

I loved Do You Take This Cop, but ANSPP remains my favorite Beth book so far. I will be screaming for it in Orlando.

Nancy said...

Trish, you will have to wrestle Duchesse for Michael Trucco. Or perhaps he can double up. Actors always want more work.

No Jensen Ackles? I'm surprised. Or is it the other guy on Supernatural you like? Ackles was really good in Smallville. Then, when he left the show, they turned his character from brave and chivalrous to scuzzbucket with the flip of a switch. Very annoying.

Nancy said...

Caren, I agree with you about actresses. Many of them look too waifish and too altered. I like the girl next door type.

We were in the video place last night, and I saw Nathan Fillion on the monitor in a t-shirt with a hammer on the front, in a movie I'd never seen, and went "huh?" I stopped to watch, and a second later, he started singing. And he wasn't bad. It's Dr. Horrible's Evil Something or Dr. Evil's Horrible Something. I forget. But it's a short film, just about 40-45 minutes.

Nancy said...

Suz wrote: And NO we are not casting the part of the rabbit, it is only a minor player!

But pivotal. Pivotal. There are no small roles, only small rabb--uh, actors. *g*

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Beth said: I'm terrible at casting because I like to rely on my imagination for characters whether I'm writing or reading a book.

I do too, Beth. Its only after I'm done that I ever think of who might work for the characters. :> I guess Michael Trucco's going to have to star in both the movies of my book and Trish's too. Busy guy...

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Caren said: Anna Paquin is good because she isn't too perfect looking - makes her good for Sookie Stackhouse

She does, doesn't she? Like you, I think its because she isn't too air-brushed-beauteous. I like an actress with a little angle and interest in her face.

There's another actress, she's the secondary female in Castle, the other CBI agent. I need to go look up her name, but she's got an interesting face.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Nancy said: (of the rabbit) But pivotal. Pivotal. There are no small roles, only small rabb--uh, actors. *g*


Oh. My. Spew alert!!!

I agree (she said, with face most sober), a VERY pivotal role. Quite juicy and provocative, even.

Suzanne Ferrell said...

Jeanne:
Oh. My. Spew alert!!!
I agree (she said, with face most sober), a VERY pivotal role. Quite juicy and provocative, even.
...

Dear Lord, ladies! That is one of the first scenes....between Lacy, Quinn and Dakota. Wait til y'all read the rest of the book! Be warned, your air conditioning bill will take a major hit!

Nancy said...

Jeanne said: There's another actress, she's the secondary female in Castle, the other CBI agent. I need to go look up her name, but she's got an interesting face.

So does the woman FBI agent in White Collar (returning July 13!), and the woman in that slot in the pilot. For that matter, Tiffani Thiessen, who plays the wife, Elizabeth, is very pretty and not "designed."

Nancy said...

Jeanne: Quite juicy and provocative, even.

Sphflgt! Spew back atcha. Wiping Cherry Coke Zero off the keyboard.

Bad Duchesse! Bad!

Everyone else will need to read the book to see why.

Suzanne Ferrell said...

Okay...as to Joanie's Roman's, I like the guy who starred in Spartacus. He's got a very rugged face and an intensity that is very HAWTT...as Le Duchesse would say!

Nancy said...

Suz, I think JT likes the Spartacus guy, so she'd totally go with that. And he is, indeed, HAWT.

For that matter, Sam Worthington is no slouch in a tunic and breastplate, either.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Suz, are you talking about Manu Bennett? OMGosh...he's SMO-KIN'!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Ooooh, Sam Worthington. I'd like him for Caine, from Dark and Dangerous. Of course, I wouldn't turn down Manu Bennet either! Hahah!

(Breastplate optional...)

hrdwrkdmom aka Dianna said...

I am not really good at this game, I don't watch enough movies anymore to know who is who, but I can answer one of the questions, I love Hugh Jackman, well wait, no I love Gerard, no, wait, I love Colin, uh, maybe I can't answer one of the questions. I think I will just go back to reading the posts now.

Oh, I would love to see Sandra Bullock in a costume drama, I think she would be awesome. That is half a question at least.

hrdwrkdmom aka Dianna said...

Oh, gotta tell you guys too that I just love the insights into the kitchen chats, that is what the posts always feel like to me.

Nancy said...

Jean, Sam Worthington would make a great Caine. If you didn't see him in Terminator, you should rent it. Some of the same things that character faced play out in Caine as well. He was the best part of the movie--which isn't to diss Christian Bale, who played John Connor. Bale had less opportunity the way his role was written.

Joan said...

and so I will know to cover my ears when my darling Pierce sings. SNORK!!!

You'd have too Duchesse...or your ears would bleed!!!

Nancy said...

Dianna said: I love Hugh Jackman, well wait, no I love Gerard, no, wait, I love Colin, uh, maybe I can't answer one of the questions.

LOL! We feel your pain. They're all fabulous.

I also think Bullock would be great in a costume drama. A good actor/actress can inhabit the role and not care about the clothes.

You also wrote: Oh, gotta tell you guys too that I just love the insights into the kitchen chats, that is what the posts always feel like to me.

Thanks so much! We wrote these kinds of post in a back and forth way, so I'm glad it works.

Just FYI, the controversy over Cherry Coke Zero (and other cherry products) is real. As Dave Barry might say, "we are not making this up."

Joan said...

Nancy said: But pivotal. Pivotal. There are no small roles, only small rabb--uh, actors. *g*


ROFLMAO....

Pat Cochran said...

I am so terrible at actually
casting any of the Bandita books!

I'll just toss a few names in the direction of the Lair. Just to see
if any might be on target, mostly
for the slightly older heroes! Tim
McKay ( of White Collar,) Nathan Fillion, and my all-time favorite,
David Boreanaz of Bones. Another
favorite is Matthew Bomer, but he
is somewhat height-challenged!

As for the ladies, it truly is a
toss-up for me! Somehow the hero
seems to stay in my mind for a
longer time period!

Pat Cochran

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Nancy said: Some of the same things that character faced play out in Caine as well. He was the best part of the movie--which isn't to diss Christian Bale, who played John Connor

You mean Terminator Salvation, which I didn't yet see. Now who gets out more, me or you? Hahah! I looked him up (Sam) and I'm thinkin.....yep. Caine.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Pat said: Somehow the hero
seems to stay in my mind for a
longer time period!


As you could tell, Pat, we had this issue as well....Heehee.

Nancy said...

Pat, those are all great choices. Matt Bomer is seriously hot but yes, alas, "height-challenged," as you put it. I read that he was up for Superman but lost to Routh--who has about 2 inches of actual height on him.

Nancy said...

Jeanne, I made it to Terminator Salvation because of the boy, who went with me. We didn't expect much, mainly wanted to see stuff blowing up, which is good because I thought the story had some weaknesses and John Connor got short-changed. OTOH, Sam Worthington was fabulous.

That matinee was also a new experience with me because the boy and I walked out having a very interesting, adult discussion of character and plot. I think that was our first time doing that.

Star Trek and Wolverine were so excellent we didn't have much to discuss. Pretty much all I said (over and over) after Star Trek was, "that was rockin' awesome" or words to that effect. Not much of a conversational springboard.

hrdwrkdmom aka Dianna said...

Joan said....that the cabana boys are considering writing their OWN book.....


They do understand what happens in the lair stays in the lair right???

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Nancy said: Pretty much all I said (over and over) after Star Trek was, "that was rockin' awesome" or words to that effect. Not much of a conversational springboard.

Well, I had this reaction too, and as you say...not much of a conversational gambit, but heartfelt. Grins.

Nancy said...

Dianna said, of the cabana boys' possible book: They do understand what happens in the lair stays in the lair right???

If they don't, we will convey that lesson in a way they won't soon forget.

Joan said...

They do understand what happens in the lair stays in the lair right???

Well, it is in the indenture...er, I mean contracts...that such is the case.

But I heard Paolo murmer something about "Names will be changed to protect the innocent"

And then Lucien muttered "Find one that's innocent"

Nancy said...

Joan wrote: But I heard Paolo murmer something about "Names will be changed to protect the innocent"

And then Lucien muttered "Find one that's innocent"

Ha. Ha. I am so not laughing. If this is what passes for cabana boy humor, they need to work on it. Or perhaps muck out the dragon cave for a few days.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

JT said:But I heard Paolo murmer something about "Names will be changed to protect the innocent"

And then Lucien muttered "Find one that's innocent"


Heehee. Well, as to innocent, they just don't work for the innocent, now do they? :>

And Nancy, I think mucking is a FABULOUS idea! Always helpful in rearranging people's priorities.

Pretty serious cure for a head cold too.

Nancy said...

Jeanne wrote: Heehee. Well, as to innocent, they just don't work for the innocent, now do they? :>

Nor did we claim they did. However, they need to remember about the pot and the kettle before they start casting aspersions.

We see what comes in the mail for them. Just sayin' . . .

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Nancy said: We see what comes in the mail for them. Just sayin' . . .

Now who's telling tales? Snicker.

Nancy said...

Jeanne wrote: Now who's telling tales? Snicker.

And a bwahahaha!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

You know, Josh Duhamel was just on, on Transformers. He is a Q-T-Pie. Grins.

I think he would make a wonderful Gates Bromley, my new hero for my September book, Deadly Little Secrets. Grins.

Nancy said...

Jeanne, Josh is extremely hawt. Care to tell us anything about this new book?

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

The hero - Gates - is the security expert and principle body guard to a Greek billionaire, Davros Gianikopolis (hero of my 2011 book, Deadly Little Lies). The heroine, Ana Burton, is a disgraced CIA Agent working on cold cases until her hearing comes up. She is sure she did her analysis right, but everything went wrong on her last mission. However, she's doing her best on the cold cases until she can figure it out. WHen she opens an old case of art fraud, she and Gates connect...and collide. As they're forced to work together to unravel decades old clues, they both become targets of the team who perpetrated the fraud and have a vested interest in keeping the truth dead. Figuring it out, and staying alive, and keeping Dav alive...well, that's the story!

There are a lot of red herrings and some serious surprises too, before the end. Grins.

Nancy said...

Jeanne, sounds fabulous! Lots of boom, as one might expect, both physical and emotional. Too bad we have to wait until September.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Nancy, I like Jensen, but I'm more of a Sam (Jared Padalecki) girl. :)

So, Jeanne, are we going to arm wrestle for Michael Trucco? :)

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Nancy, Nathan Fillion was Captain Hammer in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. It's awesome!! I have the soundtrack. :)

Nancy said...

Trish, now I know re: the Supernatural guys. Thanks. Have they ever been to DragonCon?

Fillion actually sings decently, which was a nice surprise. I didn't recognize Neil Patrick Harris in the mad scientist rig.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Nancy, alas, no, Jared and Jensen haven't been to DragonCon. Tanya and I keep advocating for it, but they tend to go to Supernatural-centric cons.

Neil was awesome as Dr. Horrible.

Nancy said...

Trish, the Creation people do a lot of Stargate cons and used to do a lot of Trek. Do they do Supernatural?

I bet your guys go to Comic Con in San Diego. Some friends of mine on the West Coast are giving RWA a pass this year in favor of Comic Con. Someday I'm going to that.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

I'm not sure who does the Supernatural cons. I've unfortunately not been to one, but one of my fellow bloggers at Supernatural Sisters has. The rest of us were mucho jealous.

I would LOVE to go to Comic Con. And I think you're right, that the boys go to that one.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Trish said: I would LOVE to go to Comic Con. And I think you're right, that the boys go to that one.

I'd love to do this one too. :> It just sounds so fun.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Trish said: So, Jeanne, are we going to arm wrestle for Michael Trucco? :)


Oooh, yep, I'd arm wrestly you for him....OH! You mean as a character! Grins...

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

That should be WRESTLE of course. *eye roll*

Nancy said...

Trish said: I would LOVE to go to Comic Con. And I think you're right, that the boys go to that one.

And Jeanne said: I'd love to do this one too. :> It just sounds so fun.

Road trip!

All the TV shows that have SFF elements go there to promote. A friend told me George Lucas previewed Star Wars there in 1976 and the fannish crowd loved it, thus generating invaluable word of mouth when the movie opened.

Believe it or not, I didn't want to go. SF movies had all been so cheesy, but a friend said he had heard this one was really good.

So we went. And . . . WOW!

Have I mentioned I saw Star Wars 23 times in the theater the year it came out (I was in grad school and had no life)?

Anyway, there is mucho good stuff to see and hear at Comic Con. Of course, the line to get into the hall where the TV panels are held can mean as much as a 3-hour wait. It's worse than DragonCon, and some of those lines are already worse than I'm willing to tolerate.

Nancy said...

Trish, you know those little gag fillers they run on DragonCon TV between main program events? They're online. Go to the con website, http://www.dragoncon.org (I know the URL by heart), click on the DragonCon TV link and scroll down to the bumpers, which look like black YouTube screens.

They're a hoot! Judging by the dates, the first ones went up right after last year's con, and they'll probably be running these new ones this year.

My fave is on the 2nd page and is about showering, but the Regency Revenants one is pretty funny, too, and I think it's 1st page.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

I was particularly amused by the Regency Revenants too...