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This Gore Is No Bore (An (almost) First Daughter writes a hilarious first novel)
Newsweek ^ | Sept. 6 issue | Sean Smith

Posted on 08/31/2004 9:14:03 AM PDT by presidio9

The word "funny" is not the first thing that springs to mind when you hear the name "Gore." Last year, when Miramax announced it had commissioned Kristin Gore, daughter of Al, to write a comic novel about a single woman working in Washington, Jay Leno turned the book into a punch line of his own. "It's about a Capitol Hill staffer who works with a congressman on a health-care subcommittee," he said. "Apparently that boring gene doesn't fall far from the tree." Turns out, yes it does.

"Sammy's Hill" is a laugh-out-loud literary debut, certain to draw comparisons to "Bridget Jones's Diary." Samantha Joyce, its idealistic heroine, is a whiz at the office and a wreck everywhere else. She gets a neck rash when she meets a cute guy, seeks out telemarketers for romantic advice, can't Rollerblade worth a damn and obsesses over questions like how she'd get ready for work each morning if, say, a lion ripped off her right arm. ("People laughed, but I lived only a few short miles from the zoo.") Columbia Pictures has already snapped up the film rights, and Gore, 27, is writing the screenplay. Heady stuff for a first-time author, and she knows it. "It's odd just having people you don't know reading the book," she says, laughing. "I'm, like, 'Is that allowed?' "

Raised in Washington, Gore graduated from Harvard, wrote for The Harvard Lampoon and honed her comedy chops as a TV writer for both Matt Groening's "Futurama" and "Saturday Night Live." Fun as that was, she was getting restless. "I wanted to explore the world beyond one-liners," she says. "I was always writing other people's characters and story lines. I guess I was sort of greedy for my own."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abcdisney; algoreisnotmyprez; algorelostgetoverit; book; chickflick; disney; gorebore; goredaughter; gorefamily; gorons; kisskiss; kristingore; mediabias; miramax; moveonnewsweek; snore
Since Pamela Anderson's first novel also came out this week, I think it is important to point out that Anderson is ranked 167 on the Amazon bestseller list, while Gore is at 2,185.
1 posted on 08/31/2004 9:14:04 AM PDT by presidio9
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To: presidio9

Makes sense about Kristin Gore. She should know what's funny since her dad has always been a joke.


2 posted on 08/31/2004 9:18:38 AM PDT by isthisnickcool (Strategery - "W" plays poker with one hand and chess with the other.)
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To: presidio9

SNL's Tina Fe's movie BOMBED..


3 posted on 08/31/2004 9:20:50 AM PDT by ken5050 (Bill Clinton has just signed to be the national spokesman for Hummer..)
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To: ken5050

Just like all SNL movies. Why they keep making these movies out of these stupid skits is beyond me.


4 posted on 08/31/2004 9:23:42 AM PDT by Imaverygooddriver (What`s more useless; Kerry or a car alarm? Kerry. Sometimes a car alarm works.)
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To: presidio9
She gets a neck rash when she meets a cute guy, seeks out telemarketers for romantic advice, can't Rollerblade worth a damn and obsesses over questions like how she'd get ready for work each morning if, say, a lion ripped off her right arm.

Uggh. A chick-flick in “novel” form.

Sounds about as thrilling as an Ally McBeal episode.

5 posted on 08/31/2004 9:24:08 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: presidio9

She was a writer for Futurama? Can't possibly be ...


6 posted on 08/31/2004 9:24:47 AM PDT by ikka
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To: presidio9
AL GORE tries standup comedy:

This tree walks into a bar, see...no wait, I walked into a bar...no wait, I walked into a tree after visiting a bar...no wait, if I was a tree, what kind of tree would I be...

Say goodnight, Tipper!

7 posted on 08/31/2004 9:28:13 AM PDT by Lurking2Long
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To: ikka

Has Futurama EVER been funny?


8 posted on 08/31/2004 9:28:25 AM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: Imaverygooddriver

Because they all talk to each other..ergo..


9 posted on 08/31/2004 9:29:20 AM PDT by ken5050 (Bill Clinton has just signed to be the national spokesman for Hummer..)
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To: presidio9

Bet she's glad her Dad invented the English language, the word processor, the printing press, the.....


10 posted on 08/31/2004 9:33:20 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kerry Kool-Aid: Changes flavors with every sip.)
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To: All
I'm waiting for a book by another daughter.

From David Frums Diary, NOV. 19, 2002: "GORE SPEAKS." The words are by Karenna Gore. She's talking about her conversation with her father during the recounting.

"We have to do what's best for the country, and it is not good for the country to have this kind of divisiveness. And he was on the phone, really calling off the dogs. There were people who wanted to fan the ... the flames of the racial issue and have real unrest. And he was on the phone asking them not to, because of what was best for the country not because of what was best for him politically. And that's really who he is." [end]

Where are the race riots I wondered at the time. The left knows that the media will go after Bush to stop the violence and answer the "will of the people." Let Gore be president, they'll demand.

Will Kerry call 'em off?

11 posted on 08/31/2004 9:49:08 AM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (Benedict Arnold was a hero for both sides in the same war, too!)
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To: presidio9

I had not known that stuff about her TV comedy writing chops. However, one more chick lit novel in a crowded field had better be distinct. Considering all the D.C. sex scandals periodically roiling the waters it had better be steamy to boot ("washingtonienne, et al). Notice the part about her character chafing at having to work for a dolt of a president (subtle). I would not hold my breath in anticipation of anything particularly refreshing. It's probably just further proof that to get published nowadays you first have to get famous by hook or by crook THEN try to flog your work.


12 posted on 08/31/2004 9:49:51 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: presidio9

It sure as heck was before she joined the staff.


13 posted on 08/31/2004 9:51:12 AM PDT by krb
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To: presidio9; Foxfire4

Generic Chick Book #45,509? (And I mean chick book, not Chick tract. They're totally different.)

Of course Tina Fey's movie bombed. They made it already, fifteen years ago..."Heathers." You can't beat the original.

}:-)4


14 posted on 08/31/2004 10:00:19 AM PDT by Moose4 (I've got two Viking Kittens locked and loaded, and I'm not afraid to use 'em. Back off!)
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To: presidio9

How does compare to Madonna's books?


15 posted on 08/31/2004 10:00:45 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: presidio9
Has Futurama EVER been funny?

Are you kidding me? Far funnier than the Simpsons (which should have been killed off long ago).

If you can , get a look at the Star Trek "Melvar" episode.

16 posted on 08/31/2004 10:05:13 AM PDT by ikka
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To: ikka

Someone had to write all of those "Nixon" jokes.


17 posted on 08/31/2004 10:24:17 AM PDT by weegee (YOU could have been aborted, and you wouldn't have had a CHOICE about it.)
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To: ken5050
SNL's Tina Fe's movie BOMBED..

It's hard to say it bombed. It made something like $80 mill, which isn't a $100M hit, but it ain't terrible. As much as I despise the politics of someone like Franken (and of course I mean to imply Fe is in that category), his title, "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right," is hilarious. (Too bad he doesn't have the chops to write a funny book to go with it).

18 posted on 08/31/2004 10:27:04 AM PDT by Mason
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

Go Lie!

19 posted on 08/31/2004 10:30:09 AM PDT by weegee (YOU could have been aborted, and you wouldn't have had a CHOICE about it.)
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To: Mason

Really...it did that well?... I've always liked the skits she writes on the "Weekend News" segment of SNL..


20 posted on 08/31/2004 10:30:12 AM PDT by ken5050 (Bill Clinton has just signed to be the national spokesman for Hummer..)
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To: Mason

"Lying liars" was projection. The NY Times, LA Times, USA Today, and others have been shown to run news articles that were COMPLETELY fabricated. Not a biased presentation of the facts, outright lies created by someone at a desk.


21 posted on 08/31/2004 10:31:37 AM PDT by weegee (YOU could have been aborted, and you wouldn't have had a CHOICE about it.)
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To: presidio9

Kristin? Kristin... Kristin... Is this the one that got busted at the high school party when she was 17 for drinking out on the street in a parked car?


22 posted on 08/31/2004 10:35:18 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: ikka
She was a writer for Futurama? Can't possibly be ...

Yes it is. Actually got Daddy to do a couple of guest spots where he was lampooned. (As a head in a jar)

23 posted on 08/31/2004 10:39:16 AM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: TC Rider
Oh, he appeared in non-head in a jar form as well.



That's him in the Duchovny-esque trench coat. You know, Al Gore invented the X-Files...
24 posted on 08/31/2004 12:07:18 PM PDT by Starter
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To: ken5050

"Mean Girls" was a big hit. It opened at #1, and according to Box Office Mojo, made over $113 million worldwide, on a production budget of $17 mil and $25 mil for promotion. That doesn't even include the upcoming TV, cable and DVD sales/rental profits. It was also really good, one of the best comedies I've seen in a long time, and I'm a comedy writer myself. Don't know why some people on FR are so down on it, since it's really funny, and it had no political messages whatsoever that I can recall. We should be encouraging that.


25 posted on 08/31/2004 12:21:44 PM PDT by HHFi
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To: HHFi

Thanks for the info. I'm not down on it...just rpasse on what I had heard..which was obviously incorrect info..So, as penance..I'll rent it this weekend...is it out yet?


26 posted on 08/31/2004 12:28:08 PM PDT by ken5050 (Bill Clinton has just signed to be the national spokesman for Hummer..)
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To: ken5050

Bombed? Huh?

"Mean Girls" pulled in $86 million here and $27 million abroad on a production budget of $17 million. It hasn't come out on video yet, of course, nor has it gone on TV.

I'd take a few "bombs" like that (especially if Lindsay Lohan was in them). I wouldn't be working anymore either, since I'd be filthy rich and retired.


27 posted on 08/31/2004 1:16:02 PM PDT by Hermann the Cherusker
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To: presidio9
"It's odd just having people you don't know reading the book," she says, laughing. "I'm, like, 'Is that allowed?' "

Yes, dear. If only people you know read the book, it will never be a best-seller.

28 posted on 08/31/2004 1:18:58 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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