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Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Time:5:38 am.
New piece on examiner.com about Vaudeville Exhibit

Vaudeville's Echoes in Classic Film

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Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Time:11:19 pm.

In Our Own Voice: African American Filmmakers symposium at the University of Arizona

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Friday, September 5th, 2008

Subject:SnagFilms Film Widget
Time:4:03 am.
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Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

Subject:I haven't had a dream this weird since I was on Zoloft©
Time:7:56 pm.
Mood: hyper.
Sunday night, or perhaps it was Monday morning, I dreamt that Alfred Hitchcock was my grandfather, and he was telling me his memories of shooting Psycho. For example, how they did 14 takes of the shower scene, and every time Anthony Perkins would begin stabbing, Hitch would erupt into hysterical laughter.

Movie bloopers you will never see!

Monday evening, I learn on IMDb that it is Hitchcock's b-day. I would say "cue Twilight Zone music," but I wouldn't wish to offend Hitch's television memory. I've officially changed my ringtone from the theme from a Summer Place to the Funeral March of a Marionette in honor of Hitch.
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Thursday, November 9th, 2006

Subject:I read this, and I think my brain broke
Time:1:08 am.

Isn't the photo of Cheney, Bush and Rumsfeld hysterical? It's downright wallpaper-worthy.
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Sunday, October 1st, 2006

Subject:I've been quoted!
Time:4:56 am.

Yeehoo. And that was a throwaway, "Ok, I have to mention somewhere that there are pretty pictures" blurb. I'm not sure what that says about the rest of my review. . .
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Friday, August 25th, 2006

Time:2:23 am.
You'll always be a planet to me, Pluto.

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Monday, April 25th, 2005

Subject:Leave it to Iain
Time:8:31 am.
Mood: sleepy.
I should've just asked him in the first place; I think I initially meant to:

"I hear you are looking for a comparison for Dave Gedge's voice. The only one that makes any sense to me is that he sounds like Grandpa Simpson would, if he starred in Saturday Night, Sunday Morning."

There's probably not anything I can say after that, other than "genius."
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Thursday, April 21st, 2005

Subject:Southern Baroque Art History is My Bitch
Time:5:06 pm.
Mood: relieved.
That's one test over with. I only second guessed myself once, changing one correct answer to the wrong one--isn't that rule #1 in the test-taking handbook? DON'T do that? Yeesh. I'll never learn.

So yeah, brief note: I meant to correct myself in Tuesday's entry. The Ramones and Strummer doc. is NEXT Tues., the 26th. Sorry about that, folks. But hey, that gives you nearly a week's notice instead of a few hours'. Happy PBSing.
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Tuesday, April 19th, 2005

Subject:God Bless PBS
Time:10:18 am.
Mood:Stretched thin.
Random stuff:

So, tonight on Independent Lens is the Ramones documentary End of a Century. http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/endofthecentury/ Followed by Joe Strummer Rocks Again, an 8-min doc. made shortly before he died. RIP.

AND soon they will premiere a new American Masters on my anti-hero and yours, James Dean. http://www.pbs.org/previews/american_masters_dean/ Seems with the 50th anniversary of his death coming up, he's all over the place. Soon there will be a 2-disc DVD set for both East of Eden and Rebel Without a Cause (finally!), plus a 3-disc Complete James Dean Collection. Which to buy, which to buy? I think I'm also getting a Jimmy Dean watch for graduation.

And uh, speaking of deans, I somehow made the National Dean's List. I'm still not entirely sure why or how, other than reasonably good grades, which are nothing to write home about. Maybe it was the straight-As last semester.

Time for interactive fun. You're creative people, and I'd like you to give me your best description of David Gedge's voice. While listening the other night to the Wedding Present, I tried once more to come up with a good one one, but the best I could do was Bert (of Bert and Ernie fame) after a bender. Or Bert during a Lost Weekend. I got nothin'. Impress me. Make me laugh. I'm counting on West Coast Justin and Aubrey, particularly.

Edit: The East of Eden DVD better be widescreen you sons of bitches! *shakes fist in Warner Bros. general direction*
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Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

Subject:Shameless self-promotion
Time:2:15 pm.
Mood: accomplished.
For those of you who haven't already heard about Lulupalooza, you may read my essay written for the occasion here: http://www.lulupalooza.org/whyalulupalooza.htm.

And you may go here to see the entire site: www.lulupalooza.org.
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Thursday, February 17th, 2005

Subject:Balancing the Budget
Time:1:55 pm.
Mood: ...I'm always hungry.

Remember what I said about having cast my vote for the farmers and others? In this case, I hate being right.
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Thursday, January 27th, 2005

Subject:Old Whore's Diet
Time:3:26 pm.
Mood: excited.
Rufus Wainwright tonight on World Cafe!

*pees pants*
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Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Subject:And the voices 'round your head, who'll say everything's been said...
Time:3:45 pm.
I can't add anything to this, other than the fact that I cast my vote for the dwindling middle class, farmers, and unemployed of Kansas. It's a pity the majority of this state (and country) doesn't know what's good for them, especially since Wichita was one of the hardest hit cities after Sept. 11th. Will we figure it out before it's too late?


and for shits and giggles, extend your condolences to the rest of the world: www.sorryeverybody.com
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Friday, October 15th, 2004

Time:1:41 pm.
Mood: quixotic.
Just found this under Yahoo! News:


Uber-bizarre, but I'd love to see it.

Meant to bring this to public attention in one forum or another. This one is as good as any.

"The Fall of Jerusalem"

Historians of early cinema are baffled by this film, which was
discovered by Northeast Historic Film. The "Fall of Jerusalem", as it
was called when it was distributed in the early 1920s, is a biblical
epic from the Old Testament and concerns the Babylonian King
Nebuchadnezzar's taking of the city. None of the film scholars who
have seen the film have been able to identify its national origin, the
original title, or any of the actors in the film. It was probably
imported from overseas, when "epic" films were enjoying a boom in the
United States, although even that is uncertain.

Do I ever post anything truly substantive or personal? How can I as I'm paralyzed by both submission and indignation when confronted with the horror of our current state? My troubles and thoughts seem so superfluous in comparison to this absurd headline: "U.S. Pounds Fallujah As Ramadan Begins." So, I immerse myself in the unreal (or alterna-real?): movies, music, art, pop culture. Even attempting to approach anything else in this medium seems an exercise in frustration, futility, and impotence.

All I can do in the everyday is cast my vote on Nov. 2nd, and hope for the best.
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Tuesday, October 5th, 2004

Subject:Happy Birthday, Judah Ben-Hur
Time:12:52 pm.
Mood: hungry.
So, yesterday was Charlton Heston's birthday. (I can never manage to spell his name right, the damn dirty, NRA ape.) For your reading pleasure, I ask you to witness the following exchange:

Me: Charlton Heston turned 80 today.

Justin/Londonisdead: Maybe if someone shoots him in the back of the head he'll remember to blow out the candles.

Sheer. Comedy.

At any rate, there will only ever be one real Ben Hur in my book: Rrrrramon Novarro. http://silentgents.com/Novarro/Novarro51.jpg

See what I mean?

In other news, R.I.P. Janet Leigh, Russ Meyer, and especially Richard Avedon, one of my very favorite photographers who luckily (I suppose) was struck down doing what he loved.

And a belated happy 109th birthday to Buster Keaton, one of the most beautiful men to ever live. http://www.cinepad.com/buster/bkstand.jpg
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Saturday, August 21st, 2004

Subject:Pt. Zwei
Time:1:32 am.
Mood: hungry.
He came up with some more, Aubrey. The last will be of enormous interest to you, of course.

#11 bus ride

Cheapest & best sightseeing tour in London. Get on at Liverpool St Station (it's a regular Routemaster bus) and take it through St Paul's, the Bank, Fleet St and the Strand, Trafalgar Square, Westminster and St James's. through to Sloane Square. All the postcard sights in one throw.

Charbonnel et Walker

28 Old Bond St

Snarf the Queen's chocolates and reach unparalleled sexual highs while at it. You can only buy one piece, if you like. But you'll want more.

Harrod's Food Halls

The extreme tourist option. No Londoners here but truly the eighth wonder of the world. For a decent sandwich go to Harvey Nicks top floor (next door). Counter this with:

Old Spitalfields Market

(Liverpool St or Aldgate East tube)

Former main veg market now turned into ultra-cool young venue for antiques, books and young (affordable) fashion/jewelry designers. Also has crackling little music venue (The Spitz) and food from all nations. Not kidding, either -- most popular is Bubba's Arkansas Cafe, run by a man from Maryland in Uncle Sam top hat. He makes his own original sauces and I'd gladly pay a tenner for his five pound veggie burger. It's that good. Go on Sunday morning. And whilst in a food mood:

Get Enticed On Brick Lane

Go to Brick Lane on a slow night -- say, a Tuesday -- and the men will stand outside the Indian restaurants offering you deals. This may include a free appetiser, drink, percent off, etc etc...walk for awhile and see who'll give you the best. They're all good, and they're all pretty cheap to begin with.

Portobello Rd market

GO TO THE WESTERN END -- Ladbroke Grove, rather than Notting Hill gate. Sunday is best but any time will do. This is the 'real' Notting Hill, rather than the Hugh Grant film. Where the Clash hung out and still looks somewhat like it. Cheap clothes, rum, record shops like you've never seen. For good record shops in Central London, go to Berwick St.

Says he:

"I hope she has a good time. Tell her to let me know."
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Friday, August 20th, 2004

Subject:For Aubrey...
Time:6:15 pm.
Who so kindly bestowed a personally compiled Jam collection upon my unworthy self. Some London haunts recommended by Justin/londonisdead. Enjoy, and I hope you can make it to some of them.

Gordon's Wine Bar

Villiers St., at the foot of Embankment tube

(on the right side, but hard to find -- down a steep, dark flight of steps. look for the tables set outside, below the fence)

Strange atmospheric archway and candlewax filled relic, covered in old newspapers dating back to Victoria. Run by Portugese and featuring very good, fairly cheap foreign wine you can't get anywhere else. Kipling lived in this building and it's easy to see him in such a place. Not at all a 'heritage' attraction -- Londoners can't even find this place. The real thing.

Brick Lane Beigel Bake

(north of Brick Lane Market, almost to Shoreditch -- on the left. Sign 'Hot Beigels All Night' or some such)

Cheap unparalleled breakfast when prowling East End markets. Fresh HOT! real Jewish beigels (that's how they spell it) baked on the spot by impatient cockneys (they have to be, given the crowds). 15p each, loaves of bread 50p, cups of tea 40p...etc...open 24 hrs and justifiably famous. Jagger, Bowie, Jarvis Cocker and everyone else have been known to turn up here at 4 o'clock in the morning. But be ready with your order, as the counter women don't care who you are.

Jack the Ripper Walking Tour

(Original London Walks, leaves from Tower Hill tube nightly at 7.30 -- look for the guide holding up white leaflet)

5 pounds, 4 for students -- the past is never far behind in London and this is how you really feel it. No theatrics or gore, the effect is all in the facts, and the deserted East End streets. History/sociology/true crime lesson + ghost story. Unfortunately no longer such a secret.

St Pancras Chambers

(Weekends, 11am and 1pm)

For 5 pounds tour the disused former Great Western hotel, adjacent to St Pancras Station. Astonishingly grand neo-gothic architecture, once the greatest railway hotel in London. Full of small, insistent hints of its former life. See it now -- due to be turned into a Marriott.

Royal Court Theatre

(Adjacent to Sloane Sq tube)

See a cracking, uncompromising new play on Monday nights for 7.50, then have a (fairly cheap) drink in the gorgeous basement bar, surrounded by young people. Book early in the morning. Best theatre deal in town. DO NOT GO TO THE WEST END!

Quinto Books (and Henry Pordes Books, a little farther up)

(Charing Cross Rd, on the right going towards Shaftesbury Ave)

Archetypal Charing Cross Rd. used bookstores, now dying. Miles and miles (literally) of cheap books.

Highgate Cemetery Tour

(Afternoons, call for details)

For a fiver, tour massive Victorian necropolis, now reclaimed (and slowly being destroyed by) nature. Marx is here but the fun is in the forgotten people...
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Friday, August 6th, 2004

Subject:WARAH, look!!!!
Time:2:59 am.
6 August 2004

Fiennes Is Voldemort
Oscar-nominated Ralph Fiennes has won the highly sought-after role as Harry Potter's nemesis Lord Voldemort in the fourth film in the blockbuster series. The Schindler's List actor will play the evil wizard - who has never been seen before, but whose spirit is visible in the first three movies - in Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire. The film, directed by Four Weddings And A Funeral's Mike Newell, sees the return of Daniel Radcliffe as Potter, alongside mainstays Rupert Grint and Emma Watson. Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire is set to be released in November 2005.

FINALLY! A Ralph Fiennes movie that guarantees there will be no softcore porn scenes. God smiles down upon thee, sarahannkateri. The planets align.

I thought I was excited when I heard Kenneth Branaugh was in that Harry Potter movie...
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Monday, August 2nd, 2004

Subject:Free ipod anyone?
Time:2:40 am.
5 of my friends have joined, but no one's completed an offer. Help me out, folks!

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