Friday, March 31, 2006
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
It has come to my attention that I have never really explained the origin for the title: MY ARMS FOLD BACK. Quite simply it is a line taken out of the television series TWIN PEAKS, 1990. In the dreaded, red curtained, hell room where the dwarf played by Michael J. Anderson would do his funny dance and talk backwards, Laura Palmer would sit on the couch and talk to Agent Cooper. One such scene involved her explaining the position of her arms when she was found dead: "My arms fold back".
Michael J. Anderson (pictured with David Lynch) was born on Halloween of 1953 with a form of achondroplasiac dwarfism as well as a bone condition, osteogenesis imperfecta. He couldn't walk until he was in his twenties and obtained the skill of talking backwards while at a school for exceptional children. Besides working at NASA as a computer expert, Anderson also worked with Lynch for the experimental performance piece INDUSTRIAL SYMPHONY NO. 1: THE DREAM OF THE BROKEN HEARTED, 1990 and the TV-pilot-turned-feature film: MULHOLLAND DR., 2001. He was my favorite character, the strong but sympathetic Sampson, in CARNIVALE, 2003.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Monday, March 27, 2006
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Friday, March 24, 2006
The Archibald Prize for 2006 has been awarded to first-time entrant Marcus Wills for his montage of 29 portraits. The work titled 'The Paul Juraszek monolith (after Marcus Gheeraerts)', was inspired by an etching contained in the 1567 edition of the children's classic Aesop's fables. Artist Paul Juraszek is the subject of the work.
The 34-year-old artist based his entry on an acquaintance, Melbourne sculptor Paul Juraszek, whose works of mythical animals are featured in the prize winning painting.
Thursday, March 23, 2006
An ad in the LA Weekly was taken out in response:
"Thanks, Tom Cruise and the Church of Scientology, for your expert advice on mental health," the ad goes on to say that a woman was killed by the schizophrenic son she was told to treat with vitamins instead of psychiatric care."
Jeremy Perkins, a 28-year-old schizophrenic who stabbed his mother to death, is a staunch Scientologist along with his mother who was a counselor in the church.
Tom Cruise gives a heart felt
speech at a Scientology convention.
Priscilla Presley tried to get Elvis involved
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Would someone please tell the world to stop talking about bed bugs. I realize they are in plague proportions and those dirty old back packers united are spreading them to all the breeding grounds imaginable but just be quiet about it. I imagine those little critters all over my body feasting on my flesh but there's nothing I can do about it unless I morph into Howard Hughes.
Dear Howard Hughes, now he could really teach the world a thing or two about bed bugs.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Liza Loses control on Larry King
Liza Minnelli is suddenly complaining about the production of THE BOY FROM OZ. She claimed on LARRY KING LIVE last night of being left out in the cold by the producers of the show. "It was never approved of by anybody's family you know - Hugh Jackman is incredibly talented but ... the people that did it, they never sent me the script," Minnelli told King. "I don't believe in supporting people who use you."
Some say David Gest is made of wax.
Liza certainly supported her last husband while he was in the good books, the weird and wonderful David Gest. Despite the big wedding with hundreds of brides maids, concert producer Gest accused "Cabaret" star Minnelli of beating him with "Superhuman" strength while drunk.
Stephanie J. Block as Liza Minnelli and Hugh Jackman as Peter Allen in the Broadway production of THE BOY FROM OZ
THE BOY FROM OZ was first performed in Australia in 1998 with Todd McKenney playing Allen. Brisbane actress Angela Toohey will play Minnelli alongside Jackman in the upcoming Australian tour. Chrissy Amphlett will play Judy Garland. The production returns to Australia in August except we have to go to a bloody arena instead of the theatre to see it.
Minnelli was married to Allen from 1967 through to 1974.
Monday, March 20, 2006
The Beastie Boys
The Beastie Boys announced that they were shocked that Dolly Parton was ignored Oscar night 2006. 'Traveling Through' was nominated for best original song from the film TRANS AMERICA. "Man, that was day light robbery!" The Beasties also said they admired Prince in his film PURPLE RAIN, "Man that short ass can funk!" Who else is in your posse, BEASTIES?
Dear Dolly Parton
David Gulpilil was the star of WALKABOUT directed by Nicolas Roeg in 1971. He has had a rich career since and now three decades later he is the narrator in the new Australian film TEN CANOES which stars his son, Jamie Gulpilil.
"Dad has told me about how he does acting, making movies - Storm Boy and Tracker," said an extremely shy Jamie. "Now I'm doing it." Director Rolf de Heer believes Jamie follows in the old master's footsteps; "Jamie is quite shy but must have learnt something from his old man because he knows how to strike a pose," de Heer said. You bet he does!
Sunday, March 19, 2006
The mystical Hanging Rock
PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK was directed by Peter Weir in 1975. The impact it caused on the Australian film industry was enormous. It is one of the most mystical and ominous films ever made. To this day, people still believe the film was based on a factual disappearance of three Australian school girls and their teacher in 1900 rather than the novel written by Joan Lindsay. When one visits the pinnacle location of the film Hanging Rock, located near Mt. Macedon in rural Australia, you subconsciously search for the girls wondering where the hell are they? Was it here they once chattered and laughed? Then you are lifted by its mysterious energy and are drawn in to walk through its million year old passage ways.
Miranda played by Anne-Louis Lambert is an other worldly muse
The build up to that fateful picnic, Valentine's Day 1900, is guided by the elusive muse, Miranda. She is admired by the girls, treated as a precious object by the staff and obsessively loved by her closest friend. We see this character through everyone's dreamy vision. She is symbolically offered as a virgin sacrifice to the dark forces of the rock.
Appleyard College kept a deep and long lasting vigil for the school girls
The pace of the vigil is both desperately fast and then sadistically slow as each character deals with the group disappearance. Minds meltdown and reveal themselves in the dull light of true despair. What was once a respectful college with all the dignity and propriety of nineteen century manners, is chopped up by panic and blame.
The sick and twisted head mistress Mrs Appleyard played by Rachel Roberts
Rachel Roberts' performance as the head mistress personifies the unbalanced nature of old school ethics and behavior. As she watches her beloved Appleyard College lose its innocence, she unleashes the mania of her inner soul.
Jacki Weaver as Minnie
Patrica Lovell, the executive producer noticed that the watches and clocks of the cast and crew behaved in an erratic manner - stopping at a certain hour, or being either too fast or too slow. In both the book and the film, the watches of the schoolgirls stopped at noon when they were on the rock.
The cast includes many Australian icons such as Jacki Weaver (CADDIE 1976, HOMICIDE 1969-77, THE DICK EMERY SHOW IN AUSTRALIA 1977), Helen Morse (DIVISION 4 1970-74, A TOWN LIKE ALICE 1981), and Vivean Gray who later played Edna Pearson in PRISONER 1984 and Nell Mangel in NEIGHBOURS 1986-88.
Saturday, March 18, 2006
John Lennon was a great believer in the paranormal.
A program on the 'In Demand' cable channel in the US will screen a live seance to bring the spirit of John Lennon from the dead. Paul Sharratt, who heads the production company behind the show, said: "People say this is disgusting and I accept that criticism, but we're making a serious attempt to do something that many, many millions of people around the world think is possible".
Yoko Ono will always be strongly bound to Lennon.
Yoko Ono was unavailable for comment on the upcoming show or to participate in the seance scheduled for April 24th.
The Spirit of Diana
An attempt to contact the spirit of Diana, Princess of Wales was made by the show in 2003. The broadcast lured a pay per view audience of five hundred thousand.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Olivia Newton John duets with a digital Peter Allen
Fans were visibly moved by Olivia Newton John's performance in Sydney Tuesday night. She sang a moving duet with the late Peter Allen, all with the help of modern technology. "One of the most touching moments was when a video clip of Peter Allen singing 'Tenterfield Saddler' was played and Olivia sang along with him. It was like Natalie Cole singing with her late father Nat King Cole", a friend said.
Olivia with her missing partner, Patrick McDermott.
Olivia still seems to soldier on despite the mysterious disappearance of her partner, Patrick McDermott. He went missing while on a fishing vessel off the Californian coast July 1st., 2005.
The strange and mysterious Mr. McDermott.
It was reported that McDermott had filed for bankruptcy five years ago and just before his death had failed to pay his rent. Friends rallied and paid the rent in the hope he would turn up and live his life with Olivia once again.
Messages from the grave?
Newton John was honored by Channel Nine's program, 'This Is Your Life'. Despite not being in the studio with her, McDermott sent her a message of undying love.
Thanks to Hank.
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Band Members before the bloody blow up
The New Wave/Punk band Blondie received an induction into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame last night in New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Current band members Deborah Harry, Chris Stein and Clem Burke, publicly snubbed former members Frank Infante, Nigel Harrison and Garry Valentine.
Black Sabbath was honored on the same night, 'At least someone here has manners!'.
The three shunned members pleaded with Harry on stage to let them play with the band one last time, 'Get off my stage! Why don't you three stooges slip on a bloody banana peel and skid out of my life!'. The audience hushed and then it came - a huge groan from Infante into the microphone. The history of infighting had drawn its last breath.
Deborah Harry in her hey day.
People wondered if Harry was really acting her age. Surely when Oprah sees her biological age as being a false indication of her 'true age' and that her body fitness calculation is the true measure of her 'age', we can only wonder what our real ages are.
Uri Geller offered his counsel to Harry and Stein.
Colon Irrigation, 2006.
This is my homage to Colon Irrigation. I haven't managed to get into a clinic yet out of sheer fear and laziness. Despite this, I will manage to one day and will give you a full account of my experience. I know this is nothing new - everyone in L.A. has practically had it done from the 'eighties onwards, but like with most things, I am a late bloomer.
Paris and Nicole spread the word
Monday, March 13, 2006
Isabella Rossellini and David Lynch met over lunch and decided she would have the part over Helen Mirren.
Blue Velvet was written and directed by David Lynch in 1986. Nobody wanted to touch BLUE VELVET except Dino De Laurentis. He set up his own distribution company, D.E.G. so that this film could be made. He understood Lynch's vision which was a gamble that paid off.
Laura Dern as Sandy and Kyle MacLachlan as Jeffrey Beaumont, dancing to Julee Cruise's; 'Mysteries of Love'.
The role of Jeffrey Beaumont was originally offered to Val Kilmer who turned it down deeming it 'pornographic'. Molly Ringwald turned down the role of Sandy for the same reason which thankfully was played by Laura Dern. MacLachlan leads us through this sleepy town called Lumberton at first with innocence and then curiosity when he comes across an ear. Darkness and violence hover closely and with Dern's help both are intertwined in a moving but sadistic mystery.
Kyle MacLachlan plays with lost innocence.
MacLachlan floats around with ease in this role and comes across some power house players such as Dean Stockwell who plays Ben, the suave pimp and Brad Dourif as Raymond. These three previously worked together in DUNE, directed by Lynch in 1984.
Isabella Rossellini as Dorothy is lost between two worlds
MacLachlan's character is both intrigued and repulsed by the world he has discovered. He wants to have sex with Dorothy but he also wants to hit Dorothy. Likewise, Rossellini's tortured incarnation sings 'Blue Velvet' but for what and for whom?
Dennis Hopper as Frank Booth
Dennis Hopper loved the idea of playing Frank Booth and suggested that instead of inhaling helium before a sex scene, they make it amyl nitrate. Only later did he realize how hilarious it would have been during those intense scenes with Rossellini that he came out with a high pitched voice from helium gas. Lynch would laugh his head off in the background while filming those scenes and Rossellini could never figure out why. Now when she watches those scenes she laughs uncontrollably herself.