The Animal Rescue Site is having trouble getting enough daily clicks to meet their quota for free food donations. It takes seconds to go to their site or HOT LINKS here & click on “FUND FOOD FOR ANIMALS.” It’s free. Corp. sponsors monitor the # of daily visits & donate food in exchange for advertising. Pls tell friends about this!
“Women sometimes ask me how I can live with such a monster… It’s easy. Watch.” – JUNE NEWTON
We went to the new CAA on Avenue of the Stars in Century City to see a screening of June Newton’s documentary, HELMUT BY JUNE. The CAA building is huge & very cold–all hard surfaces & sharp-edged. Give me the classic old MCA building (designed by Paul Williams) on Crescent Dr. & little Santa Monica in Beverly Hills any day.
The screening was hosted by director Brett Ratner. He produced the documentary & seems interesting because he has a sense of Hollywood history. Ratner grew up in Miami around Al Malnik, the mysterious lawyer/businessman who, allegedly, had deep ties to Meyer Lansky & now the Saudi royals!!!! The quick loan business, Title Loans of America, is part of the portfolio of this 73-year-old Miami humanitarian. In LA, Brett is close to Robert Evans, the controversial former studio head. Through Bob Evans he met the Newtons. People like Michael Chow, whom I consider a genius architect/designer, the lovely Lisa Love, Courtney Love (NO RELATION), Jacqui Getty etc., were there–but not June.
The film features June’s videos of Helmut–around the house, etc. & on many of the iconic nude shoots. I found it fascinating. A superb portrait of a monumental artist as seen by his wife of 56 yrs!!! You see what he thought & how he did it. June always takes her film back to the source–Helmut Newton‘s still images.
Honest, raw, provocative, loving. It’s from HBO & will premiere April 30 on Cinemax.
Some heartbreaking revelations are coming to light about credit card & payday loan providers that have been charging members of the US military unbelievable amounts of interest. I heard a local congressman say the highest rate was AN EXTRAORDINARY 451%!!! That’s so beyond-beyond it would make a mob shylock blush!
The soldiers are usually green young guys w/ not much education–FACING THE VERY REAL POSSIBILITY OF GETTING KILLED OR MAIMED. Many of the recruits have new families & MONEY IS A HUGE ISSUE!!! Because the richest country in the world didn’t provide it, some have been saddled w/ extra financial burden after choosing to
They soon find out the money isn’t free & some can’t be deployed because of their debt. Some have ended up bankrupt, even homeless! Bush recently made the grand gesture of capping the interest rate for servicemen at a still exorbitant 36%!!! Not exactly prime. Check out James Scurlock‘s movie, MAXED OUT.
Back to bread & circuses of the late Anna Nicole Smith’s baby’s televised paternity case. Will we all sleep better knowing Larry Birkhead is Dannielynn’s daddy? Did you notice Birkhead looks exactly like her late son, Daniel–while Howard K. Stern bears a striking resemblance to the other Howard Stern, King of All Media??? My bet is these two will join forces in the fight to get BIG $$$$ from the J. Howard Marshall estate (the octogenarian Texan billionaire she married early on). Stay tuned….
1. Went to Doug Christmas’s Ace Gallery to see Robert Wilson: Voom Portraits. I have never been a fan of his theatrical pieces, but I liked this very much.
At first I thought they were photographs, but on closer inspection I saw the works were videos. Wilson utilized plasma screens [Voom] which have incredible definition and color. Not unlike the Warhol “screen tests” where the participants were positioned in front of a 16mm camera and told not to move or blink for several minutes, Wilson’s seemingly static images breath, blink, and some, after time, make big movements. Many pieces are influenced by images of photographers like Helmut Newton, George Hurrell, and one is a direct interpretation of Steichen‘s famous photo of Garbo holding her head in her arms.
Wilson videotaped trendy stars and aging society women but the very best are the animals! They can’t be directed and their impulses are always perfect. PANTHER, PORCUPINE, SNOW OWL & TOADS. The scale of the gallery, which is in an old Deco skyscraper on the Miracle Mile, and the sheer number of works is impressive. It runs through April.
2. Barbara Allen is a person I have know for a long time, although I never knew her well. She was a tall coltish beauty w/ an exotic Eurasian look. Always very nice, she seemed somewhat fragile. When she began a serious affair w/ Phillip Niarchos, the young (then) heir to a Greek mega-fortune (currently well-known as father of Stavros Niarchos III, beau of Paris Hilton) Barbara became the quintessential Seventies jet-setter. Phillip & Barbara broke up and she later married a wealthy, much older man, Henryk de Kwiatkowski. For no obvious reason Barbara de Kwiatkowska recently agreed to be profiled in the NY Observer. This is the result–Barbara of Beekman Place.
Saw the final episode [#22] of HBO’s ROME. It went out w/ a bang! The previous installment was one of the most erotic, exotic pieces of celluloid ever, featuring a scorching coupling of Marc Antony and Cleopatra.This duo has been classic movie fodder–taken on by the likes of pioneer director, Cecil B. DeMille, & the Brangelina of their day, Liz Taylor & Richard Burton. It took ROME to turn up the heat, as well as the historical implications, in a new way. The finely crafted last installment (written by co-creator, Bruno Heller) had it all:starting w/ a scene that had an orgy in background, it ended on an epic note w/ a Triumph–Octavian Caesar’s processional through the streets of Rome. The opening credits alone are worth the price of an HBO subsciption.
People say to me: “You love ROME; HBO’s OZ (the brilliant prison show from unsung genius, Tom Fontana), you didn’t find APOCALYPTO too violent. Can’t they soften these things up, aren’t they just too violent?” Only THE SOPRANOS seems to sneak by without comment. My response is this: ancient Rome, prison and the Mayan civilization, where human sacrifice was practiced– more violent than portrayed.
WE LIVE IN A VIOLENT CULTURE! Do I think the news media, the consumer society, the government, the unending wars, and the new duo of Vince McMahon & The Donald are violent? YES, YES, YES!