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Tale of two brothers on Catalina OP/ED BY CHRISTOPHER BLEHM Accord!ng to the Indiewire Playlist, Director Max Winkler (son of Henry) and actor/writer Jake Johnson sold a deal through Rough House .Pictures to 20th Century Fox to "create and write a comedy centered around two broth- ers, one a drunk ne'er do well and the other a prickly failed D.C. politico, who reunite and decide to do the most ambitious and awesome thing of their lives: win the seat of Mayor on Catalina Island." "We are thrilled to be working along side the Rough House boys with this project. Their com- passion for old fashioned American underdogs and anti-heroes align perfectly with what we want to do with this show," Winkler told Playlist. "Fox is the perfect home for us to take'a riveting look inside the world of politics on Catalina Island." Sounds pretty sarcastic already. Mayor Bob Kennedy said, "Knowing how such things can go, I hope such a proposed program puts the island in the minds of viewers as a great place to visit." Pablum, Bob. Nice, and I love you, but pablum. Part of me thinks this could be hilarious, bring a great deal of press to town, and turn out to be a real belly laugh for all involved, if we don't take ourselves too seri- ously. The other part Of me is con- cerned with how locals will be por- trayed. While some of our "I don't give a f%&!" neighbors may well deserve the heckling that it sounds like Winkler has in store, there are quite a few intelligent, civic-mind- ed Islanders that deserve better. So, in the spirit of fun, if we're going to do it, let's do it right. How about some speculation as to which Hollywood stars would best portray our current leaders... For Mayor Bob Kennedy, how about Kiwi / Aussie star Russell Crowe? Bob's ability to switch be- tween the sometimes erudite and always confusing world of state politics, and the local color of the council meeting or the dive boat, make Crowe a good choice. Com- bining roguish good looks with keen observational skills and a quick wit, as well as a flexibility of accent neces- sary to come across as a i:;/?  ............. Yank, make Crowe a good "- ....  choice for  ! !i Kennedy.  ;: .... For Sue Rikalo, our  lone lady, I  " : think Cher fits  :. the bill. She hasn't acted Chris Blehm Columnist seriously in a while (Cher, not .Sue), but showed her talent early on with a Best Actress Oscar for Moon- struck. Much like Sue, bouncing between City Hall, Steamer Trunk, Airport, and spots in between, Cher demonstrates a versatile tal- ent needed to pull off the role. How about Clint Eastwood for Tim Winslow? Although Dirty Harry has recently spent most of his time behind the camera, perhaps the former Man With No Name could again give us the tough, ex- cop, hardline performance neces- sary to carry Winslow's presence. The combination of experience, reputation, and delivery seem to make a good fit. Although in real life Eastwood and Winslow's poli- tics might not agree, that's what acting is for, right? Ralph Morrow is a tough one, so how about the talented, versa- tile, and occasionally volatile Alan Rickman? He was one of the best bad guys ever in Die Hard, and as Professor Severus in the Harry Potter series, he proves he can look out for and protect the young- sters in his care, even the ones he doesn't like! For Michael Ponce I think we need to go with Gary Oldman. Whether waltzing through scripts as Beethoven, haunting the dark as Count Dracula, or dodging bul- lets in The Professional, Oldman brings a classically trained sensi- bility to one of our more dynamic leaders. Plus, he looks great bald, with or without glasses. So there are my picks for fic- tionalizing our local politics. Truth be told, odds are slim that all the same folks will all be there if and when this project actually takes off, and who knows the quality of talent Rough House will be bring to the table. But as long as we don't make the mistake of taking ourselves too seriously, and Fonzie Jr. doesn't make the mistake of not taking us seriously enough, every- one should make out all right in the end. Christopher Blehm is a regu- lar columnist and a lousy actor. His new novel, Mercy of the Elements, is available locally and on Kindle. NATIONAL MUSEUM DAY A SUCCESS In celebration of National Mu- seum Day, and what the city of Avalon proclaimed last week as Catalina Island Museum Day, the Catalina Island Museum offered free admission for the entire day this past Saturday, Sept. 25. A ci'owd of almost 30 people gath- ered outside the Museum entrance just before 10 a.m. By noon the Museum had already welcomed the most visitors it has ever ex- perienced in one day and when it came time to close at'5 p.m., the total number of visitors for the day topped out at 1,400: "We were expecting a crowd, but to have the number of visitors be' more than three times our busi- est day on record was astonishing," said Devin Thompson, director of development and membership. Visitors and residents alike took advantage of the Museum Day op- portunity. "It is extremely grati- fying that so many people know about the Catalina Island Museum and have now started coming to the island specifically to see our spe- cial exhibitions like "Before She Was Marilyn: Marilyn Monroe on Catalina Island," Executive Direc- tor Michael De Marsche said. The Catalina Island Museum is located on the ground floor of Ava- Ion's historic Casino, and is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the museum and the privi- leges of membership, the museum may be reached by phone at (310) 510-2414 or at its website: Catali- k-in flu clinic Oct. 4 Avalon Veteran's Memorial Park Purchase a Brick for the Memorial Contact Dave Gardner (310) 510-1484 or write: Avalon Veterans of Foreign Wars P.O. Box 1672 Avalon, Ca 90704 Tuesday, Oct. 4 1:3o - 4:3o p.m. Two Harbors Baywatch Station Call 31o-51o-oo96 for appointments. Walk ins welcome. Available out-patient services include: General preventative care Well-child checks Minor wourld care On-site laboratory work including: Urinalysis Hemoglobin Phlebotomy (blood draws) P.O. Box 1563 10o Falls Canyon Road Avalon, Calif. 90704 (0010) ,10-0700 Appointments (31o) 51o-oo96 Island Medical Center L .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Friday/september 30/2011 : 5 THE CATAUNA ISLANDER