Spartacus reminds me…

I took a chance watching a TV show called Spartacus one day after a recommendation by my sister. It was raw, brutal, masculine and raunchy as hell. I freaking LOVED IT! I was unable to watch it on STARZ so I got the season DVDs and basically had a marathon and finished it in a matter of days. I especially loved the lead actor Andy Whitfield, who portrayed Spartacus. He was endearing, sexy, brooding, and damn his character was layered!

Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma eighteen months ago while he was getting ready to start the second season of the show. However, yesterday he lost that battle and it is just damn sad. I had read that he was not going to be starring in the second season, which is due out on DVD tomorrow, but I held out hope that he would fully recover and return at some point. I rarely appreciate relatively unknowns in the tv/film industry, as it has become so saturated and am partial to the Golden Age of Hollywood, but Whitfield was badass and I totally bought what he was selling. He battled gallantly through the sickness though and seems to have inspired more than he probably knew.

It is just so sad how someone can be taken so quickly. My Uncle Bill was taken from us in half that time from cancer and while he is no longer suffering, I can’t help but feel cheated out of time. But I guess that is my selfishness shining through. Just proven once again that life is unpredictable. Spend time with the ones you love and live life. You just never know.

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PAN AM.

This weekend is tax free weekend where everyone goes nuts shopping so they may avoid the state tax. I for one, dislike this weekend and would pay double the tax to avoid the ignorance running ramped out there for the next two days. So I have decided to hole up in my apartment during the day and catch up on all my design magazines and watch movies.

I just finished watching one of my FAVORITE movies, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN. I adore this movie for multiple reasons… based on a crazy true story, Leonardo DiCaprio, the suits, Tom Hanks, the 1960s, Christopher Walken and PAN AM.

This reminded me of the new PAN AM show that is premiering this fall. I saw the first trailer for this show in theaters a few months ago and am eager to dive right into the show which stars Christina Ricci. She has been a favorite of mine since Casper and Now and Then back in 1995. I think she would be cast as me if there ever were a movie of my life. HA! Anyway, I just hope the show does not disappoint because my hopes are held high right now. *fingers crossed*

Also I think that if I am to do something for Halloween this year, I will probably be a PAN AM stewardess with 1960s hair and try not to “over-slut” the overall look! I mean, I already have a vintage PAN AM travel bag so why the hell not! I just hope it does not become watered down by the time October 31st rolls around where there are tons of trampy PAN AM stewardesses running around!!

Haverford.

When I first watched Parks and Recreation, I have to admit I hated it. I gradually came around and now I just can’t get enough of those crazies running the parks department in Pawnee. The characters are brilliantly written and I just effin love it! Of the many characters, Tom Haverford, is one of my favorites. He annoyed me at first but as his character developed, he became one of the main reasons I now watch the show. He desperately wants to have the life of the rich and famous and takes his appearance very seriously. His idols include Vin Deisel and Flo Rida. Basically, he wants to kick it like P. Diddy and Jay-Z. He has crazy business ideas and makes up new sayings for everyday words, mainly food. These sayings KILL me – thus the subject of this post. I put this list of “Haverfoods” together mainly for my sister, which I should have done ages ago, and then thought I should share! If you have not seen the show, you probably won’t appreciate the following as much as I would hope but it should entertain all the same! ENJOY! xx

Desserts = Zerts
Entrees = Tray Trays
Sandwiches = Sammies, Sandoozals, Adam Sandlers
Air Conditioners = Cool Blasterz
Cakes = Big ol’ Cookies
Noodles = Long Ass Rice
Fried Chicken = Fry-Fry Chicky Chick
Chicken Parmesan = Chicky-Chicky Parm-Parm
Eggs = Pre-Birds or Future Birds
Root Beer = Super Water
Tortillas = Bean Blankies
Forks = Food Rakes
Car = Go-Go Mobile
Burgers = Moo Pies
Salads = Leaf Piles
Biscuits = Butter Boats
Crackers = Lame Cookies
Shrimp = Tiny-Ass Lobster
Espresso = Sippy Sippy Wake Wake
Pork Chops = Oink Steaks
Jell-O = Jiggle Jam
Gummy Bears = Chewy Cubs
Pajamas = Bad Mama Jamas
Gum = Chew-Chew Trains
Chips = Flat Fries
Martinis = Dean Martins
Raisins = Old Ass Grapes
Ice Cream = Milk on the Rocks
Light Beer = Funky Soda
Lemonade = LL Cool Ade
Meatball Subs = Sunken Battleships
Honey = Bear Drool
Water = Hot Ice
Spoons = Scoop-a-Loops
Milk = Cereal Sauce
Chili Dogs = Cold Puppies
Seltzer = Tickle Water
Leftovers = Deja Food
Apples = Teacher Candy
Sprinkles = Rainbow Rice for Milky Ice

I can’t wait for the new season to start!

The Great Gatsby.

Oh Mr. Luhrmann, how I adore thee!

There are very few directors that I fawn over and it’s London to a brick that Mr. Baz Lurhmann is my absolute favorite. His directorial style is everything that I look for in a movie from the script down to every minute detail. He is a corker of a director!

I first fell for his directorial style in his 1996 movie, Romeo + Juliet. I loved absolutely everything about it! I was hooked.

“For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”


His next film was Moulin Rouge! There are no words to describe my feelings for this film. I saw it multiple times in the theatre with my friends in high school. I know the sound track by heart.

“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”


In 2008 his latest film debuted, Austrlia. This was an epic, EPIC movie! Every shot was beyond amazing! Abolutely gorgeous… Hugh Jackman wasn’t bad either! HA!

“I sing you to me.”


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I am now in deep anticipation waiting for his next project…


THE GREAT GATSBY.

The book itself is one of my favorite reads. Now Mr. Lurhman has taken on the project and I cannot even imagine the level he will take this too. He has cast Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby and Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan. Tobey McGuire will play Nick Carraway and it is rumored that Ben Affleck will play Tom Buchanan. There has been debate on his casting choices but I have full faith in his decisions. (I will watch Leo anytime — He is brilliant!) The release of this film cannot come soon enough. There are not many details available as they are in pre-production now. AH! I can’t fucking WAIT!!

White Diamonds.

On March 23, 2011, the world lost one of the last great legends from the Golden Era of Hollywood, Elizabeth Taylor. She passed away at the age of 79 and we will probably never see someone as irrevocably astonishing as her again.

She was known internationally for her beauty, earned two Academy Awards, had successful fragrances, was a strong advocate for AIDS research, and was married a total of eight times. Vanity Fair published a piece on her and Richard Burton in their July 2010 issue and I could NOT put it down! Their scandalous yet epic romance that began on the set of Cleopatra was one for the ages. He bought her many gifts but especially among those were the 33.19-carat Krupp diamond and the infamous 69.42-carat “Taylor-Burton diamond.” She lived a life far more dramatic and intense than any movie.

What follows is a small tribute of some of my favorite photos of her. It was extraordinarily hard to narrow down the photos as she looks damn lovely in ALL of them!!
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Elizabeth Taylor in National Velvet, 1945.


Elizabeth Taylor with Montgomery Clift on the Paramount lot while filming A Place in the Sun, 1951.


Elizabeth Taylor in Suddenly, Last Summer, 1959.

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“My mother says I didn’t open my eyes for eight days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring. I was hooked.”
– Elizabeth Taylor

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Elizabeth with Rock Hudson on the set of Giant, 1955.


Elizabeth Taylor in Butterfield 8 where she won her first Academy Award in 1961.

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“Richard came on the set and sort of sidled over to me and said: “Has anybody ever told you that you’re a very pretty girl?” ‘I thought, Oy gevalt, the great lover, the great wit, the great Welsh intellectual, and he comes out with a corny line like that! But then I noticed his hands were shaking as if he had Saturday night palsy. He had the worst hangover I’d ever seen. And he was obviously terrified of me. I just took pity on him. I realized he really was human. That was the beginning of our affair.”

– Elizabeth Taylor

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Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra, 1963.


Epic love story in the making on the set of Cleopatra.

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“I’ve always admitted that I’m ruled by my passions.”

– Elizabeth Taylor

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Elizabeth looking divine leaving the set of Cleopatra.


Elizabeth Taylor + Richard Burton on the set of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, 1966.


Elizabeth Taylor at the 42nd Annual Academy Awards wearing the Taylor-Burton diamond, 1970.

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“I had a hollow leg. I could drink everyone under the table and not get drunk. My capacity was terrifying.”

– Elizabeth Taylor

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Elizabeth Taylor with her fragrance, White Diamonds.

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Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, DBE
February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011

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EPIC.

Sources: Life Magazine + mptvimages.com

APART.

Last week was the film portion of South by Southwest (SXSW) here in Austin. If you have never heard of SXSW, it is a annual music, film and interactive festival that attracts hundreds of thousands of people from all over. It is insane! I had the chance to attend a screening of a movie at the festival. Not just any movie though. A movie that was filmed in my hometown that I had worked on as a wardrobe assistant! It was a very interesting/different experience watching a film where I had behind the scene knowledge. Plus, it was pretty cool to see my name in the credits! The people were awesome and I miss working on it. This was all about 2 years ago… and last week I was able to see the final outcome. It hit beyond what I had imagined.

The title of the film? — “APART”

“Linked by a rare psychological disorder, Noah Greene and Emily Gates must uncover the mystery of a tragic past in order to find hope for the future.” -IMDb

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The script kept me on the edge of my seat. The cinematography was visually stunning! The way the story is told can be compared to the way the TV show “Lost” was told. It went back and forth between past and present building the mystery with every turn. It is nice to watch a movie that asks the viewer to think rather than sit mindlessly and watch.

The one thing about this movie that truly hit home was that it was filmed in my hometown. Seeing my hometown so beautifully shot on screen actually hit a more emotional level than I thought it would. There was a scene during the football game that hit it out of the park! My friends and I would be found at the football games most Friday nights and those scenes brought so many memories back. A sense of pride came over me… That was MY town!

I truly enjoyed the movie and can’t wait for my family and friends to see it!!

P.S. Keep an eye out for the grey pea coat Emily wears and some of the band posters in the background… That’s all me baby!

Visit apart-movie.com for more information on the movie!