Thursday, June 30, 2011



 The noblest name in Allegory's page,
The hand that traced inexorable rage;
A pleasing moralist whose page refined,
Displays the deepest knowledge of the mind;
A tender poet of a foreign tongue,
(Indited in the language that he sung.)
A bard of brilliant but unlicensed page
At once the shame and glory of our age,
The prince of harmony and stirling sense,
The ancient dramatist of eminence,
The bard that paints imagination's powers,
And him whose song revives departed hours,
Once more an ancient tragic bard recall,
In boldness of design surpassing all.
These names when rightly read, a name [make] known
Which gathers all their glories in its own. 

-Edgar Allan Poe

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Re-designed book covers with re-imagined titles via Better Book Titles:

 The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand - "Hate-Fucking and Architecture"

 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson - "This is the First Book I've Read in 6 Years"

 Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak - "Skipping Dinner is like Dropping Acid"

 The Elements of Style, E.B. White - "Correct Your Friends like a Dick"

 Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky - "Rent Was Too Damn High!"

The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton - "Emotions are for Poor People"

 Oedipus the King, Sophocles - "How I Met Your Mother"

 Beowolf, trans. Seamus Heaney - "Y Tu Mama Tambien"

 Collected Poems, Allen Ginsberg - "TMI"
Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien - "A Walk to Remember"


Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Pablo Picasso & Jacqueline Roque

Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers (obviously)

Ann Margret

Audrey Hepburn & Friend
Photos via: hc, voodoo


This morning I had the opportunity to meet with Emma Watts, president of production at 20th Century Fox.  Her advise was simple: make a choice, even if it is the wrong choice. After all, you can always make another. Narrowing down your dreams is extremely difficult, but if you don't get specific and start with one, none will happen. Seems obvious, but sometimes it's harder to see the trees for the forest.

Monday, June 27, 2011


The first weekend of summer lived up to its hype. Although my only visit to the beach was to workout, the  gliding sails along the horizon remind me why I love Los Angeles. This week promises to be high stress - a lot of hurry-up-and-wait - but the pressure is exciting.

photos via: HC and Voodoo

Friday, June 24, 2011


"You may fancy yourself safe and think yourself strong, but a chance tone of color in a room, or a morning sky, a particular perfume that you had once loved and that bring subtle memories with it, a line from a forgotten poem that you had come across again, a cadence from a piece of music that you had ceased to play...I tell you, that it is on things like this that our lives depend."
-Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Thursday, June 23, 2011


Happening this weekend in LA:

Dwell on Design
Largest design show on the west coast.
Over 200 companies, competitions, tours, presentations, etc. 
Friday, June 24-Sunday, June 26
more info:

Barnsdall Friday Night Wine Tastings
Barnsdall Art Park
Featuring Silverlake Wine, food trucks, with DJ Dan Wilcox from KCRW

Hollywood Fringe Festival
Last weekend to catch this theater festival

Outdoor Cinema Food Fest
Saturday, June 25th
Exposition Park (700 Exposition Park Dr)
Doors Open: 5:30pm
Band: Monte Mar @ 6:30pm
Movie: Shorts from Funny or Die @ 8:30pm
Tickets: $10.00

Grease Sing Along @ The Hollywood Bowl
Friday, June 24th

Ballet Nacional de Cuba in Don Quixote
Dorothy Chandler Pavillion
June 23rd - June 26th


I keep coming back to a piece of advice given to me at the True Blood after-party. A well-meaning party-goer (who shall remain nameless), upon knowing that I was/am an aspiring actress/writer, took it upon himself to shell out the advice. In my little experience of the Industry so far, I've found most people are quick to offer advise and help, but there is rarely any follow-through ("The bigger the front, the bigger the back," as my grandmother would say). But this particular person said something different; simply; hang out with the right people, associate yourself with talent you believe in, and gain proximity to people with the most exposure. The message ran dangerously close to advising me to "sleep my way to the top," as people say, but putting that knee-jerk reaction aside, there's some truth to it. Historically, many filmmakers, directors, actors, artists, have had long-time collaborations with people who started out, or ended up being great friends. What I've discovered, in thinking about that statement, is that the goal is not to find people you perceive as powerful and brown-nose your way into their social circle, but rather to surround yourself with like-minded people who share your goals and whose friendship will be mutually beneficial. This doesn't necessarily mean the relationships are phony, or there are ulterior motives, or that anyone is "using" anyone else - it just builds a community of people who will do what the established, "powerful" Hollywood heavyweights  won't do: take a chance on your talent and help rise you to the top with them.

These people should offer some proof to the claim - proof, and inspiration.

Federico Fellini, Marcello Mastroianni, Sophia Loren

"Marcello is a man who thinks like a man, talks like a man – is a man! He has so much magnetism, he brings out the very soul in a woman."
-Sophia Loren 
Alfred Hitchcock & Francois Truffaut
"If, in the era of Ingmar Bergman, one accepts the premise that cinema is an art form, on a par with literature, I suggest that Hitchcock belongs – and why classify him at all? – among such artists of anxiety as Kafka, Dostoyevsky, and Poe."
-Francois Truffaut 
Leonard Bernstein, Glenn Gould, Igor Stravinsky

Salvador Dali, Moreno Villa, Luis Bunuel, Garcia Lorca, Jose Antonio Rubio Sacristan, in Madrid
"Salvador Dali seduced many ladies, particularly American ladies, but these seductions usually consisted of stripping them naked in his apartment, frying a couple of eggs, putting them on the woman's shoulders and, without a word, showing them the door."
-Luis Bunuel

Josef Albers, Marcel Breuer, Gunta Stolzl, Oskar Schlemmer, Wassily Kandinsky, Walter Gropius, Herbert Bayer, Lazlo Moholy-Nagy, & Hinnerk Scheper: Bauhaus Building, Dessau 1928
Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas

images VIA

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Last night I attended the premiere of True Blood's 4th season. HBO did it again, hitting the ground running with some twists that will have your head spinning - in the best way. Alan Ball opened the evening with a standard congratulatory speech, without forgetting to make a Charlie Sheen jab here and there. The list of people to thank was long, every worthy named was mentioned and acknowledged with applause. The time taken for thank-yous reconfirms what I find most incredible about HBO; the content produced is of the same or higher (probably higher) quality of major studios and I have yet to meet a single diva - actor, producer, director, PA, executive, assistant; everyone is equally happy to celebrate the success of their company and share the celebration with every ranking in the Hollywood hierarchy. Maybe the congenial attitude contributes to the productivity of the company and quality of the product?

The screening was followed by an after-party at Fantasia in Hollywood. No doubt the location was chosen as reference to True Blood's resident vampire bar, Fangtasia. The place was cleared out, flooded with red lighting, and freckled with voodoo dolls, candles, crosses, fortune tellers, tarot cards, and traditional southern food. The party eventually moved into an open area filled with tables, each table listing the name of a major star, writer, director, etc. People milled around, networking, socializing, taking some tequila shots passed around on trays. It was quite a scene to be seen.

Watch the new season of HBO's True Blood this Sunday at 9:00pm.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


 Ava Gardner was born Christmas Eve, 1922, in Grabtown, North Carolina. She was the youngest of seven children to a lower-middle class farming family. With little luck harvesting cotton and tobacco, the family moved to a larger city in hopes of higher successes. In Newport News, Virginia, the family opened a boarding house to the many ship workers of the harbor town. Not long after, Gardner’s father fell ill with bronchitis and died suddenly. She was 15 years old. After his death, Gardner’s mother moved the family once again, this time to Wilson, Virginia, where they opened another boarding house. Gardner attended high school and was then enrolled in secretarial school. While studying in college, Gardner’s brother-in-law – a professional photographer – asked to take her portrait. Gardner’s undeniable beauty got her photograph a coveted spot in the window of his photography studio in New York City. The photograph caught the attention of one particular passerby who happened to be a Lowes Theater Legal Clerk and MGM talent scout. He immediately scheduled an interview for Gardner at MGM. Garder was pulled out of school and escorted to New York City by her older sister. Despite her think southern drawal, she was offered a standard contract with the studio and the rest is history.

Gardner was nominated for an Oscar in 1953 for her performance in Mogambo, directed by John Ford (though the award went to Audrey Hepburn for her debut performance in Roman Holiday). She won BAFTA and Golden Globe awards for her performance in Night of the Iguana (1964). Some of her most recognizable roles have been in films such as; Showboat (1951), The Barefoot Contessa (1954), The Sun Also Rises (1957), On the Beach (1957).

Gardner also made headlines for her personal life, linked to some of the most recognizable figures of her time. Her first marriage happened just after her arrival in Los Angeles in 1942, to fellow MGM actor; Mickey Rooney. The marriage lasted only a year. In the mid 1940s Gardner began to associate with infamous aviator and producer, Howard Hughes. Though they were never married, the on-and-off relationship lasted nearly ten years. Her second marriage, which lasted roughly the same amount of time as her first, was to jazz musician, Artie Shaw. But her most involved and meaningful relationship was to Frank Sinatra, who she married in 1951. Sinatra and Gardner divorced six years later and she retreated to Spain to stay with her long-time friend Ernest Hemingway. While living in Spain, Garnder fell in love with a Spanish bullfighter named Luis Miguel Dominguin.

During her time in Spain, Gardner’s health began to suffer. A lifetime of smoking lead to emphysema and she had long suffered the disease known today as Lupus. But in 1986, she suffered a series of small strokes leaving her partially paralyzed and, therefore, confined to her home. Sinking further into medical debt, Frank Sinatra began supporting her, paying her medical bills and allowing a monthly stipend. She died in 1990 of pneumonia in London, England. She was buried in North Carolina next to her parents and siblings.

Ava Gardner will long be remembered for her deep sensuality and pithy character, bringing wit and intelligence to her roles and brightening the silver screen with her dark beauty. She is and will always be the ultimate femme fatale.