Monday, November 11, 2019

GOD BLESS THOSE WHO SERVE












AND I NEVER FORGET TO REMEMBER JP BLECKSMITH ON THIS DAY. HE DIED ON VETERANS DAY AT 24 SERVING IN FALLUJAH. HE WAS A SPECTACULAR YOUNG MAN.


Sunday, November 10, 2019

PAIN AND GLORY---PARASITE---OSCAR! OSCAR!



PAIN AND GLORY AND PARASITE ARE TWO MOVIES EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT FOR OSCARS.

I haven't seen JOJO RABBIT yet, but I will any second.



PAIN AND GLORY


 I love the director Pedro Almadovar. Every time I see one of this films and I'm transported, moved, surprised, and my life view is changed. He's simply remarkable at innermost journeys of the soul and psyche.  PAIN AND GLORY is his latest, and the same thrills happened to me. All of his movies are personal, and in this one, Antonio Banderas plays an Almodovar-like director-writer, and Penelope Cruz, plays his mother. I don't want to ruin it for you. Just know it is about aging and reflecting on one's life. I adored it. I haven't stopped thinking about it for days.


PARASITE

It won the Cannes Film Festival and I can certainly see why. This film is for real film buffs who love foreign films. It's a cross between Roman Polanski's REPULSION and MEET THE FOCKERS. I say that to get your attention. It's about class struggle. It starts with a portrait of a very poor family, moves into a brilliant comedy and subterfuge, and then explodes. I won't say anymore. But, I will add that many, many of the shots were cinematic genius. The frames should be individually hung in a museum. It was written and directed by  ‎Bong Joon-ho, an extraordinary filmmaker. The film is in Korean with English subtitles. Run to the theatre. It will be the highest-grossing foreign film of the year. This one is haunting my dreams.




Wednesday, October 23, 2019

SOME MOVIE THOUGHTS



WE ARE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE OSCAR ONSLAUGHT. HERE WE GO.



RENEE ZELLWEGER IN JUDY--Of course she'll get an Oscar nomination. I do think she did her best, and, in most cases, was remarkable and touching. I wish she'd lip synced to Judy's real voice.
She really had the movements and body language down pat. Most of the script is lies and there were so many scenes that never happened. It's a TV movie, but you should see it.
My biggest pet peeve---JUDY GARLAND NEVER PURSED HER LIPS--EVER. If Renee did that one more time I was going to set fire to the screen. Where was the director on this???





DOWNTOWN ABBEY--It was a live postcard of beauty---landscaping, clothes, place-settings, houses. Don't look for much more than that from it. It's an "episode," but I thoroughly enjoyed the escape.



THE JOKER-----RUN TO THE THEATRE TO SEE THE PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR



I put off seeing it as long as I could because I thought I'd be terrified. Friends told me I HAD to go. I prepared myself for the violence, but from the moment Joaquin Phoenix came on screen, I was mesmerized. He has pathos, rage, sweetness, innocence, terror, violence----it's one of the most extraordinary performances ever. He's right up there with De Niro in TAXI DRIVER, Tom Hanks in PHILADELPHIA, Jon Voight in COMING HOME, Peter O' Toole, Brando, Daniel-Day Lewis--to name a few. It's beyond startling. You will never forget it.



TO BE CONTINUED...............

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

JUST ANOTHER NIGHT IN LA WITH MARLO THOMAS,PACINO, DE NIRO



           AMERICAN ICONS AWARDS



I truly just went to LA to escape the horrible winds and allergies in Palm Springs. My friend, Marlo Thomas invited me to dinner. Sounded good to me.


I have known Marlo and her entire family for decades. They are yet another group of people who "adopted" me. Their love of family and their commitment to St. Jude remain constant inspirations. Turned out this dinner was the American Icon Awards where St. Jude was being given significant money.

Oh...yeah. DeNiro was presenting an award to Pacino. Stallone, Evander Holyfield, and Laila Ali were there, too, along with Robin Thicke who "sang a few songs." David Foster and Katherine McPhee were also there having just picked up their marriage license. It was just a simple night......




Marlo and Al

Rehearsing

Marlo and her brother, Tony

Marlo and Phil


Al was in rare form. After thanking everyone, he stayed on stage and randomly started doing monologues from Tennessee Williams, e.e. cummings, and Shakespeare which DeNiro laughed and then left the stage to Al.





Thursday, May 9, 2019

ONE NIGHT ONLY WEEK IN THE DESERT


           
                                                   



EACH YEAR MICHAEL CHILDERS PRODUCES A CHARITY EVENT THAT IS A CROSS BETWEEN THE TONY AWARDS AND A WEEK-LONG PARTY.

One of the best things about living in the desert is that many artists from New York are always here visiting and performing. The week of ONE NIGHT ONLY, it is a glorious madhouse. There are parties every night, and, usually one or two artists from ONO play The Purple Room right after.

This year, Lucie Arnaz and Larry Luckinbill happily ended up with Ann Hampton Callaway, Christine Andreas, and Linda Purl as houseguests. I can only tell you that each night we all gathered around the piano to watch them sing alone and together. Literally. Sometimes, we all joined in. Ann and Christine decided to do LA VIE EN ROSE as a duet at Ann's Purple Room engagement and we saw the rehearsal at Lucie's AND an unexpected one at David Zippel and Michael Johnston's house. In addition that that, Ann created on-the-spot, a beautiful song to bless their house. We are all so blessed to live in a magical place.

ONE NIGHT ONLY was a sensational show, BROADWAY SHOWSTOPPERS, featuring some songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and others from the best Broadway shows ever.

It's not fair to talk about stand-outs in a show like this, where everyone volunteers their time so money can be raised for the Barbara Sinatra Home for Abused Children. I just have to say that everyone was wonderful, but I can't stop thinking about Lucie, Ann and Liz, Valarie Pettiford, Christine, Karen Ziemba doing "With One Look," and a newcomer named Laura Dickinson.

Chairs of the show were Terri Ketover, Barbara Fromm, and the late, extraordinary Barbara Keller. The entire evening was dedicated to her.

Michael Childers, director Larry Fuller, and the cast

Michael and Larry--above-John Barrowman, Lucie, and Scott Coulter




There is also a wild after party where all the sponsors have dinner, and then the singers  from the show get up and sing whatever they want, accompanied by the amazing Todd Schroeder. It's a Broadway dream.

The singers are here all week, but the first official party is at Helene Galen's house for the sponsors and singers. It was a bit subdued this time, because everyone was upset about Barbara Keller. But, God Bless Ann Hampton Callaway, who sang a song for Barbara, where everyone was crying, and then went right into "You've Got A Friend." We all were singing along and holding each other.

The next two nights after the ONO show, Ann played The Purple Room and we all went, and then Christine Andreas played it, and we all went. We should have just slept there.


Helene's living room

John Monahan, Helene Galen, Barbara Fromm

Susan Stein and Tom Truhe


Bernie Fromm

Donna MacMillan and her guest, John Monahan, Debbie Green Miller and Doug Miller

Ann Hampton Callaway


Then, of course, Michael Holmes did his JUDY SHOW where he impersonates Judy Garland, Bette Davis, and Pearl Bailey, and knocks it out of the park each time. He is an extraordinary talent--in drag or out. We love him.





LUCIE AND LARRY'S HOUSE AND THE PURPLE ROOM:

Ann and Christime Andreas

You never knew who would show up in the living room

Im with Bradley James

Christine Andreas with us



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OH.....WHO CARES? I'M ADDING IN JOHN MONAHAN'S EASTER, AND MY SPEAKING AT THE RANCHO MIRAGE PUBLIC LIBRARY!!!!



Jill and Patty. Patty cooked almost everything! Yummm

John's decor was fabulous!



OK. I had to.

Check out the egg in Lucie's mouth

Chuck Yates

Steve Rose

Larry Luckinbill, Michael Childers, Jules and Brett

Don Amendolia loved Easter



Thank you, Debbie Green and T.J. Hicks..... Over 150 people showed up!




Friday, April 12, 2019

WATCH ABC'S 20/20 TONIGHT. I'M ON IT HONORING REBECCA SCHAEFFER







ABC'S 20/20-----REBECCA SCHAEFFER


PLEASE WATCH TONIGHT AT 9 PM. THE MURDER OF MY FRIEND, 20-YEAR-OLD ACTRESS REBECCA SCHAEFFER WAS ONE OF THE DARKEST PERIODS I CAN EVER REMEMBER.

THANK YOU 20/20 FOR HAVING ME ON THE SHOW AND KEEPING HER MEMORY ALIVE.

REBECCA WAS THE CO-STAR OF MY SISTER SAM, WHO WAS MURDERED BY A FAN.

IT IS A CAUTIONARY TALE OF WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU ANSWER A LETTER FROM A FAN.

Monday, April 8, 2019

MICHAEL CHILDERS ART SHOW AT MELISSA MORGAN GALLERY



DISTORTIONS IN MY MIND, BY MICHAEL CHILDERS IS AN EXHIBIT FEATURING HIS PHOTOS OF BODIES AND FACES, BUT STRETCHED PHOTOGRAPHICALLY IN WILD WAYS. I JUST LOVE MICHAEL'S WORK.








So many friends of Michael celebrated him----Martin Wiviott, Lucie Arnaz, Larry Luckinbill, Deborah Deja, Bernie and Barbara Fromm, Dolores Robinson, Frank Goldstin and Paul Cowlings, Larry Fuller, Gay Aguilera, and Jeff Barnett--just to name a few.

It truly was a party.

Gay Aguilera, Michael, yours truly, Dolores Robinson

ONE NIGHT ONLY  director Larry Fuller