Kelly Oxford: Twitter superstar takes talents to Hollywood

CREDIT: Larry MacDougal for the Los Angeles Times

Daybreak Daily’s afternoon visit with the pop-culture world’s upper crust finds an unlikely screenwriter, an old dog learning new tricks, other things, and the mystery music video.

TWITTER MUSINGS: Don’t try this at home, per the Los Angeles Times, “From a snow-crested corner of Alberta, Canada, Kelly Oxford made her Hollywood screenwriting dream come true. She did it without leaving her close-knit family or giving up her free nationalized healthcare. She did it without toiling in Westside coffee shops or confronting painful rejections. She did it 140 characters at a time.

Oxford, a suburban housewife and mother of three, is a Twitter superstar (@kellyoxford), with more than 350,000 followers. Oscar winners, late-night talk show hosts, even film critic Roger Ebert follow her on the social media service, eager to read wry observations about daily life and celebrity culture.”

SKEWING YOUNG: Or trying to, anyway, per the New York Times, “ ‘Ask Me Another,’ which began broadcasts on some NPR stations in May is part of a new land rush for precious public-radio weekend airtime. Developed on modest budgets, many of the newcomers are aimed at a decidedly younger audience than currently listens to NPR; some aim for diverse listeners. All face a big hurdle: limited open time slots and, some would argue, a risk-averse public-radio culture, where time-tested audience and money generators make it challenging for new shows to thrive.”

OH, THE PAIN: Poor thing, per the Washington Post, “As you might assume, being Bristol Palin means a life of continued anguish and suffering. In her somnolent Lifetime reality show, “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp,” which premieres Tuesday night, we keep hearing about the painful glare of media attention that snapped on nearly four years ago when her ¬values-preaching mother, Sarah Palin, ran for vice president on the Republican ticket just at the time a teenage Bristol was pregnant with a son. That glare never ended, mostly because Bristol keeps reaching to turn the switch back on.”

SMALL BUSINESS: And big returns, per the Wall Street Journal, “In the mobile game "Temple Run," players make Indiana Jones-like characters run for as long as they can in a junglelike maze while scooping up golden coins as they're being chased by a band of evil, screaming apes. Miss a turn or run into a tree and, poof, you're dead. "Hard to run without a head," says the game. Released last summer, this simple-yet-addictive game—made by a company with three employees—became the App Store's No. 1 free app over Christmas, and its top-grossing app as well. The blockbuster hit is a reminder that in the world of gaming apps, the little guy can compete with giants of the entertainment world.”

MEANWHILE: More electronic games, per The Atlantic, “What is the legacy of an Iliad-long war? Has it changed us? ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’ is a wildly popular end-of-war game. Millions of copies were sold within hours of its November release, with Americans alone snapping up 9 million copies that month. The official trailer for its new expansion, Face Off, is worth one minute and 50 seconds of your time even if, like me, you are not a habitual gamer.”

STAR-STUDDED CAST: This looks like it has promise, per the Miami Herald, “There are two kinds of Wes Anderson movies: The ones you love and the ones you don’t. . . ‘Moonrise Kingdom’, which opens Friday, may be the most Andersonesque picture of his career, but it is also the most accessible. The cast is large and filled with stars (Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton, Harvey Keitel). The setting is fictitious — the adventurous-sounding New Penzance Island — but grounded enough in reality that we always have our bearings.”

SMASHING GOOD TIME: Billy Corgan goes to his roots with a twist, per the Chicago Tribune, “The Smashing Pumpkins have been in the musical conversation the last decade as more of an influence than a vital contemporary force. . . Now the first Pumpkins album in five years arrives, "Oceania" (EMI). It's Corgan with a relatively new but road-tested band. . . A 2011 tour saw the quartet coalesce into something promising, with a batch of strong new songs. Several of those tracks anchor "Oceania," which adds up to Corgan's best work since the '90s.”

FIONA APPLE: A primer for those not in the know, per Rolling Stone, “All her crazy behavior earned her a rep and at the same time, made her an icon. This week Apple releases the first single off her forthcoming ‘The Idler Wheel’, and so we revisit the moments when Fiona's been a bad, bad girl.”

INFLUENCE: Panetta credits film with policy switch, per The Hollywood Reporter, “"The Invisible War," a devastating documentary about the tens of thousands of sexual assaults that take place within the U.S. military every year, has already had an effect on policy even before its release on Friday. Within days of seeing the film in April, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced a crucial change in the way in which reported rapes will be investigated in the military – and he told one of the film's executive producers that the screening was partly responsible for his decision.”

STOP THE PRESSES: No, this never happens to anyone else (cough), per the AP, “Justin Bieber had an unplugged performance at the Apollo Theater on Monday, but it wasn't intentional - a problem caused a power outage during the singing sensation's big concert.”

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video.{ }

--Skip Wood (Follow me on Twitter @DaybreakSkip)