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My Way of Life
My goodness, I haven't Blogged since Wednesday! Honestly, it's not a case of laziness. For YOU, dear readers shall reap the rewards of my toils in the form of Caged Dames- (Insert Tagline Here). I've been working on songs for the show. I'm working with an energetic and talented young woman, Annie Clapper, who is literally young enough to be my daughter, if you can believe that. We have a director, Scott Bradley who you might have caught in the Hypocrites Angels in America. Scott's vision and aesthetic was a frightening match of my own, We had some outstanding candidates, so it was a difficult decision. Saturday we had auditions to fill in some empty slots and once again, we had great people. Not a single waste of time. No open calls this time. Sunday we had a Hell in a Handbag board meeting at 10:30 in the morning. It was difficult to see Steve Hickson that early but Alissa Cummings made it bearable with a delicious breakfast spread. After that Chris and I jetted off to Whiting , IN to take my 8, 7, and 5 year nephews and niece to see the new Pirates of the Caribbean film. I enjoyed what I saw of the movie. The special effects were amazing. I wonder if kids today truly appreciate them. When I was young and watched the Greek Mythology films with the fighting Gargoyles and such in stop action I was amazed and couldn't keep my eyes off the screen. This film had an entire crew made of the creatures from the bottom of the sea. It was truly incredible to see and so imaginative.
posted by David on 7/31/2006 05:36:00 PM | Link |
My Way of Life-Wanna play?Night of 100 Stars (1985)-
Okay, it's time to play DEAD or ALIVE! As the cavalcade of STARS marches out you yell out if they're dead and do a shot, or eat chocolate. If you yell dead and they're not dead you have to click on this link. You also have to click HERE if you yell nothing. You have to make a choice. Ready? GO!
posted by David on 7/27/2006 04:37:00 AM | Link |
My Way of Life- LA Clown
Would you want this entertaining your children? Actually, this is the perfect 'Caption this picture' contest. I'll start-
It soon became apparent that even make-up couldn't camouflage Ms. Lohan's hard living.
posted by David on 7/26/2006 04:35:00 PM | Link |
My Way of Life
The people you see underneath the marquee are the members of the Joan Crawford Strange Cargo internet 'discussion' group. I originally joined the group back in 2004 when we did How Whatever Happened to Baby Jane Happened. I joined all of the Joan and Bette internet chat groups I could to learn as much as I could from hardcore fans about the two stars. The Bette groups were dead in the water. No activity. The Joan groups were filled with extremely enthusiastic, even rabid fans. There are various schools of Joan Crawford fans. Sort of a like various interpretations of Christianity. Of course we all know Joan is bigger then Jesus Christ, but I had to make my point.
There are those who believe Joan was a loving and benevolent saint who never laid a hand on her children, never got drunk and made a fool of herself a little too often, and never got a little carried away in the ego department. I am not one of those people. On the flipside there are those who believe Joan is that woman you see Faye Dunaway portraying in 'Mommie Dearest'. A raging whirling dervish that spent her life drinking all she could, screwing anything that moved and beating the hell out of her children with wire hangers. I am not one of those people either. I think that anybody that would believe either one of those portrayals is an idiot, but that's just my opinion.
posted by David on 7/25/2006 09:46:00 PM | Link |
My Way of Life- Veda, I'm seeing you for the first time...
Let's get this over with right now. Ann Blyth sleeps in formaldahyde. She must drink the blood of virgins because she looked 11 times better then many of the woman (and their weren't that many) at the Castro Theater half her age and that my dear is no exaggeration. Her Hollywood training was quite evident in her appearance and demeanor and as I walked up to her for a picture and an autograph it occured to me that I was meeting a legend. Truth be told I wasn't nervous about meeting her. Not Ann-Margret/Debbie Harry nervous- until I started walking to her and she looked at me directly in the eyes with the same eyes that looked contemptuously at Joan Crawford 60 years ago. I touched the same hand that SMACKED Joan Crawford 60 years ago. I had to be the 3 hundred and something person she met that night and she was gracious as all heck. I was nervous as hell. 'Thank you for your wonderful performance tonight and keeping the good things about Joan alive'. 'You're welcome', she said.
posted by David on 7/25/2006 03:57:00 PM | Link |
My Way of LifeYes, I'm back, baby. Back in the city that has air conditioning. I'm running on about 4 collective hours of sleep as I missed my 4pm flight and had to take a red eye home so I'm not in the Bloggiest of moods. San Francisco was fabulous, Mary. Actually, I didn't hear one single Mary but it was weird being the majority. Ann Blyth was that rare breed of gracious star and my fellow Joan internet freaks were not freaks at all, but really fun people I enjoyed hanging out with. I have lots of pictures and humorous stories which I will dispense in small doses.
posted by David on 7/24/2006 09:03:00 PM | Link |
My Way of Life- Caged Dames
I've got a head full of bumblebees and they all have some sort of task related to Caged Dames, our new show opening October 18 at the Bailiwick Studio space. Myself, Scott Bradley, the director and Ed Jones my co-producer are doing what it takes for a small NFP theater to get people to lend their time and talent for far below what they're worth and I've been very lucky so far. There are some people though... A simple 'drop dead' reply e-mail will suffice, my goodness! I mean, I'm an internation, nationa.., loca.., a celebrity on my block, and I reply to everybody and I always sign autographs!
posted by David on 7/19/2006 08:39:00 PM | Link |
My Way of Life- My Cheap and Horrible pilgrimage
So it's official. I'm heading to San Francisco this Thursday to see Mildred Pierce's scheming, conniving 'cheap and horrible' daughter, Veda! There's going to be a screening of Mildred Pierce at the Castro Theater with a special appearance by Ann Blyth herself. I'm also told that Bert, Mildred's deadbeat husband who was played by Bruce Bennett will be there as well. He's 100!
posted by David on 7/18/2006 04:06:00 PM | Link |
7/17/2006Kelly Likes Shoes
Handbagger Lon Ellenberger told me about this last night. It's better then his description. I guess this is all over the place. I'm so out of the loop...
posted by David on 7/17/2006 03:55:00 PM | Link |
My Way of Life- Legs
Stupid restless legs! I went to sleep at 1am, woke up at 3:3oam, and was up until 7:30am! Oy vey! I was Googling RLS and the stuff I take for it is also used for Parkinson's Disease. Chris thinks it's funny.
posted by David on 7/15/2006 07:14:00 PM | Link |
My Way of Life- Only Human
It's funny how my rant about my perceived neglect had so many interesting developments. As reported yesterday, I'm over it. I've moved on. Sometimes you just have to vent, and I vented. What did I learn? Everybody does the best they can and we all have different ways of dealing with things that may be totally alien to others. I also learned that there are people out there who may not be ONE OF MY FANS! That's okay. I know who I am, and I am willing to declare myself to the world- sometimes. It's funny where your mind goes when you start guessing...
posted by David on 7/14/2006 05:48:00 PM | Link |
My Way of Life- RIP Red Buttons 1919-2006
posted by David on 7/13/2006 09:14:00 PM | Link |
My Way of Life- Why I Don't Have Pets
posted by David on 7/13/2006 06:07:00 PM | Link |
My Way of Life- Dear Reader
posted by David on 7/13/2006 03:24:00 PM | Link |
My Way of LifeI got NUTHIN'. Read BC's brilliant blog, 20 Years and Counting. Don't forget Kevin, Alex and Andy. Of course, there's always D-Listed...
posted by David on 7/12/2006 10:36:00 PM | Link |
My Way of Life- Yay Italy!
Our pal Kevin in California turned me on to the OHLALAPARIS.COM site and I must say, soccer players are way sexier then the big gutted baseball players and gorilla man football dudes.
posted by David on 7/11/2006 09:50:00 PM | Link |
My Way of Life- June Allyson, 1917-2006
We lost another one from the golden age of Hollywood , the girl next door, June Allyson. June was certainly loved in Hollywood and why wouldn't she be? I don't think I've ever seen a picture where she wasn't smiling. I actually heard about this through Hilary Saenzel this morning and couldn't find anything online about it. Apparently I had a 'scoop' and didn't know it. It seems Hilary's mom is a big time June fan and actually became a phone pal with Ms. Allyson. Hilary writes 'One of the biggest thrills of my mother's life was the first time June called to thank her for one of her gifts. I believe she still has it on the answering machine after all this time. '
posted by David on 7/11/2006 06:20:00 AM | Link |
My Way of Life
Lots of films this weekend besides The Girl Can't Help It. Well, okay two other films, but three trips to the theater is a lot for one weekend. Friday, we saw Strangers With Candy- The Movie. Who doesn't love the genius of Amy Sedaris? Not everybody. My friend Cara can't look at her so she doesn't watch, but since she's mad for Chapelle (something I don't really get), we'll chalk it up to 'It's just you and me, and we just disagree'.
Anyway, I had sort of high expectations for this film, and yes, it has brilliantly funny moments...but it also falls flat in several places, particularly the Stephen Colbert scenes. It just could have been better . My other gripe is that they totally wasted Deborah Rush, Jerri's wicked stepmother. She has one of our favorite lines from the series "I came as soon as I felt like it." The guest stars are totally wasted too- like SCARRIE chaperones...
Still, there were really funny moments and we love Amy. Just wish it was funnier with more of those brilliant moments. It was also difficult to hear some of the lines because we went on opening night which featured live appearances by the very funny Gregory Holliman (from Chicago!), and the overly zealous Strangers With Candy geeks laughed at just about anything (except Sarah Jessica Parker). Seriously, they were laughing before the punchline.
2 1/2 Handbags (out of 4)
Sunday night Chris begged to go see The Devil Wears Prada and while these were two different films they had the same enjoyment level. Good, with moments of greatness. All of these moments involved the divine Meryl Streep.
2 1/2 Handbags
posted by David on 7/10/2006 05:52:00 PM | Link |
My Way of Life- Jayne, baby...
You know how when you live in a big city you usually don't take advantage of all it has to offer unless you have friends visiting from out of out of town? Well, today I took the train downtown to the Gene Siskel Film Center and saw The Girl Can't Help It starring my absolute favorite blonde BOMBshell, Miss Jayne Mansfield in CINEMASCOPE! This is part of Thoroughly Modern Tashlin- The Comedies and Cartoons of Frank Tashlin. I could go tell you about how Mr. Tashlin was ahead of his time with his larger then life CARTOON like imagery and observations on fame, that soooo predate the likes of Paris Hilton and the Gastineau Girls, but why not just click here and read all about it.
posted by David on 7/09/2006 06:22:00 AM | Link |
My Way of Life- Tracy takes on...
Hamlet! Opening tonight in Seattle, that far away city that Tracy ran away to. See Miss Repep as Ophelia with an oral fixation in a Wooden -O Theatre (notice the spelling of theater?) production of the Shakespeare play. Break many legs Tracy! We miss you.
posted by David on 7/07/2006 07:02:00 PM | Link |
My Way of Life- Valerie Cherish at the Emmys
The world can be so predictable.sometimes. Plastic, prefabricated stars like Beyonce and Ryan Seacrest rule America and the few of us with some taste have to endure being inundated with entertainment that is packaged to appeal to the largest demographic audience possible. But once in a while there's a glimmer of hope. When The Comeback first aired I was hooked. I knew it wasn't doing well and although I hoped aganst all hopes that it would succeed I wasn't really surpised when it was deemed to odd even for HBO. We have come to expect things we like not to be accepted and maybe in the back of our mind that makes us like them even more. Well, you could have knocked me over with a feather when I heard that Lisa Kudrow was nominated for an Emmy award for best actress in a comedy series. Fucking A!
posted by David on 7/07/2006 04:59:00 AM | Link |
My Way of Life- What if?
I'm consumed with this feeling Ken Lay is not actually dead. He was super rich, right? What if he faked his own death and is living the rest of his life as a giant grey fox?
posted by David on 7/06/2006 05:11:00 PM | Link |
My Way of LifeMy goodness, a lot can happen in a day. North Korea testing missiles and Ken Lay kicking the bucket. So does this North Korea thing discount my semi-faux liberalisma 4th of July post? Naw..., There will always be North Koreas. There always have been. Here's hoping Mr. Bush will go the route of International mediation rather then strapping on his holster and declaring war. I doubt if Mr. Bush can afford another holster right now and how could he possibly gather another posse without drafting them?
Ken Lay is dead. Do you suppose the burden of knowing he helped ruin the lives of so many people contributed to his fatal heart attack? It's so difficult to know what is going on in people's minds. Perhaps Mr. Lay believed this was just business and the consequences were just an unfortunate aftermath and therefore he truly felt no remorse or guilt. Who the hell knows what degree of guilt that can lay dormant in a man's mind. Some people are capable of turning off the part of their mind known as a conscious and convince themselves that they are doing nothing wrong. Lord knows I've done it. Look at OJ Simpson! Okay, I've yet to murder anyone but I've done some pretty unsavory things in my time.
Now, let's end this seriousness with a completely silly link.
posted by David on 7/05/2006 05:29:00 PM | Link |
My Way of Life- Proud to be an American
We at Hell in a Handbag Productions wishes these United States of America every bit of of fun and freedom it deserves this year, so go ahead America, celebrate the blowing up of Iraq by recreating your own little show of force with fireworks in your own backyard. IN America we believe in freedom- whether you like it or not.
posted by David on 7/04/2006 08:29:00 PM | Link |
My Way of LifeFucking laptop and pop up blocker and Blogger just erased my entry. Short version.
Saw Flora, the Red Menace Friday. It's excellent. We enjoyed the hell out of it. Former Joan Crawford Jeremy Trager is in it too. See it.
Signed the contract with the venue to perform Caged Dames this fall. Yay!
Cleaned for the better part of the day and cooked dinner, because yes, I'm a writer and actor, but I'm also a woman who needs to keep his man satisfied.
I'm being so nice to Chris today I even watched the televised Prarie Home Companion show with him tonight.
posted by David on 7/03/2006 04:00:00 AM | Link |
My Way of Life- Birthday Goddess
All together now. Happy Birthday to you. Happy birthday to you. Happy 61st birthday, Deborah Harry...
posted by David on 7/01/2006 06:50:00 AM | Link |
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