Sunday, July 31, 2011
while filming 'grand hotel', the reclusive garbo only spent off screen moments with co-star john barrymore. that's easy enough to comprehend. he just seemed like such a doll.
in the group shot, garbo's image was pasted in.
perhaps she simply wasn't willing to pose with joan crawford! in the image below she looks positively happy to be surrounded by men.
garbo will be remembered as the most alluring female to ever grace the silver screen. her eyes alone brought such glamor to sorrow! her characters gave all of themselves to her lovers, knowing it could not last. if the endings were happy we'd have been deprived of witnessing those epic heartaches that she infused with so much emotion while barely moving a muscle.
off screen she was wonderfully natural. she wore comfortable walking shoes for her 4 mile a day strolls through midtown new york. she wore no perfume or deodorant. i would have so appreciated her!
Saturday, July 30, 2011
peter bogdanovich turned 72 today: Serbian: Петар Богдановић, Petar Bogdanović, born July 30, 1939
he made his first picture in 1971. i didn't see his wonderful 'the last picture show' till a few years ago. i loved it. i think he and cassavetes were pals as peter is in the backstage scenes in the great cassavetes film 'opening night.'
check it out! he is making (acting) a new movie with Jerry Lewis, Claire Bloom and Ben Gazzara. yes!
photos: peter (lookin' like cassavetes in this snap)/timothy bottoms and cloris leachman in 'the last picture show'
you know how you go tho the store for milk and you come home with strawberries instead? i watched this film because i am a fan of 'downton abbey's' hugh bonneville. move over rover, let hardy take over.
i mean, it happens. some guys are just... forget about it. the entire movie is delightful. the cast is tops.
'Set on one sunny day on glorious Hampstead Heath (London’s ‘Central Park') it follows seven very different couples whose single stories really don’t link or overlap, but who share the recurring theme of trying to establish what makes a relationship work in their pursuit of love.'
this movie is 100 percent indie. they even distributed it themselves. encouraging.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
i was once standing in the magazine section at tower records in nyc reading an interview with johnny depp. it said he had a new girlfriend who was a french singer. i thought how cool it was that instead of a famous actress, he was now with an unknown chanteuse. how naive!
vanessa paradis has been royalty in france since her first pop hit at the age of 14. the song 'joe le taxi' was about a taxi driver named joe! amazing as it seems, when i toured france, joe was hired as our driver in paris. if not for his awesome reflexes we would have been in a crash. i kid you not.
anyway, i love so many of the recordings vanessa has done. her voice is lovely and aside from covering 'waiting for the man' which didn't really work for her, she has chosen great material. her performance in the gorgeous 1999 film 'girl on the bridge' is super. the gap between her front teeth makes her smile all the more charming.
she just completed a film called 'cafe de flore.' not only is the cafe a beauty, it is located smack in the middle of the latin quarter and has amazing food. it is steeped in 'histoires.' i want to see the movie when it comes out.... in paris.
photos: vanessa apres johnny/avant johnny/patti lee (new pal of johnny) at the flore
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
gentlemen prefer blondes
red headed woman
those are just three great screenplays written by anita loos. she has a total of 136 screenwriting credits.
Between 1912 and 1915 she turned out 105 scripts, only four of which went unproduced. she would write 200 scenarios before she ever saw the inside of a studio. the 4'11" anita lived to be 93.
photo: anita with pal cecil beaton
Monday, July 25, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
truman capote went to japan to do a story on brando while marlon was there filming 'sayonara.' here's how the wonderful conversation ended:
Then, as I walked down the corridor, he called, "And listen! Don't pay too much attention to what I say. I don't always feel the same way."
all of the quotes in the next few postings came from that interview.
"Too much success can ruin you as surely as too much failure."
"You know, it took me a long time before I was aware that that's what I was - a big success. Then, when I was in Streetcar, and it had been running a couple of months, one night - dimly, dimly - I began to hear this roar. It was like I'd been asleep, and I woke up here sitting on a pile of candy."
how he broke his nose:
"In Streetcar, some of the guys backstage and me, we used to go down to the boiler room in the theatre and horse around. One night I was mixing it up with this guy and - crack! So I walked around to the nearest hospital. My nose was really busted. They had to give me an anaesthetic to set it, and put me to bed. Not that I was sorry. Streetcar had been running about a year and I was sick of it."
Recalling the incident, Irene Selznick, producer of the Williams play, said, "Suddenly his face was quite different. Kind of tough. For months I kept telling him, 'But they've ruined your face. You must have your nose reset.' Luckily for him, he didn't listen to me. Because I honestly think that broken nose made his fortune. It gave him sex appeal. He was too beautiful before."
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
even translated, the title 'Houba! Le Marsupilami et l'orchidée de Chicxulub' is pretty much the same. liya kebede has only a small handful of films to her credit but she is already making a movie with the great gerard depardieu. ain't she stunning! originally put on the fashion map by designer/film director tom ford, she is a cover girl, actress, and health care crusader for women in her native ethiopia. a true role model.
originally built in 1903 as an opera house, new york's lyric theatre served as the stage for many shakespeare plays before becoming a cinema house in 1934. the theatre had entrances on both 42nd and 43rd street. how cool is that? they could shuffle the audience out one exit without the next crowd seeing the look on the faces of those leaving.