Friday, December 31, 2010

12.31.10

Highlights and Memorable Moments of 2010 — in no particular order, and definitely incomplete! See the accompanying PHOTO ALBUM for even more







First TV junket of the year "The Book of Eli"






Went to San Francisco twice, went to Austin twice, went to Seattle twice, made it to Hawaii and Singapore for the first times, and saw Canada again and again






Coolest, most creative compliment: Paul Bettany told me I look like "a punk rock Rita Hayworth"






Helen Mirren loved my leopard on leopard Steve Madden shoes and silk stockings






Was "Terribly Happy" with Whatley






Froze at "The Wolfman" premiere



Saw able to spend the day with Tiffini



Saw Vadim's "Blood and Roses" with Terrence and Brian and Maria






Went "Crazies" with Tony






Learned from Chris that there's more to mumblecore than I thought






Hung out with what's left of "The Doors"






Did not play it Safe with Terrance






Learned two new words: diagrammatic (A plan, sketch, drawing, or outline designed to demonstrate or explain how something works or to clarify the relationship between the parts of a whole) and cognoscenti (connoisseur, cognoscenti. an expert able to appreciate a field; especially in the fine arts)






Did several photography series, the main being "Friends at the Friendship Bell" & "Project Wardrobe"






Took many photos of Gehry buildings, and even went to his house






Saw Billy Bob again in the studio with The Ventures






Checked out The Art of Stillness with The Other SW






Met Heather Langencamp. Met Vincenzo Natoli and Dario Argento on the same day, plus hung with two of my favorite Repo! men, Ogre and Bill. Also, encountered the "great Brian Trenchard Smith" (in the words of Jimmy, confirmed by MCH)


"Waxed" with Tony and the celebs






Finally saw Sisters, years after my interview with Douglas Buck, and rekindled our communiqu├ęs via Facebook






Got "Ghost Writer" with Shemmy






Saw Helen Mirren again at the Love Ranch junket






Covered low budget horror (2001 Maniacs) and studio big budget (Inception) and everything in between






I took my favorite photos of Bill Moseley and Clu Gulager






Did Comic-Con again, interviewed 99 people in one day






Got up close and personal with Megan Fox's cleavage






Got "Sticky With Champagne" personally from Justin Tranter






Found out that men really, really like to open their coats for me (see: photo album)






Rocked the high heels with @nnette






Saw Ken Russell in the flesh (but didn't get to meet him)






Ran into "my boyfriend" (Malcolm McDowell) a few times






Enjoyed Enzo's birthday breakfast the Top of The Mark






Saw a car wreck and corpse lying on the freeway






"Splat Pack" documentary, with myself as the sole female interviewee, came out on DVD






I taped my segment for the upcoming "Best Horror Movies You've Never Seen" doc






I got older






I got thinner






Heard the same jokes at least 10 times and didn't mind






Had the privilege of being invited into the homes of friends I adore






Was thunderstruck by ponies and lightning bolts






Went to several fantastic exhibits — Diane Arbus photography, Dennis Hopper photography, Beatnik-era ephemera, Leonor Fini, Art by Architects at LACMA






Cut my hair into bangs for the first time since I was 7






I got a job at AOL






I got a job at This Week In






Lisa was very important to me






Amanda and David moved away (boo)






Danny Trejo stopped in the middle of my interview with him to say he liked my outfit






M. Night Shyamalan told me a great story about Tak Fujimoto






I met one the actual Owls of Ga'Hool






Went to some great places with Fariba (she turned me onto Viento y Agua, and I showed her The Edison)






Saw Everything's Eventual, and it was prophetic






Had some fantastic Fulci moments






Got trapped in "The Triangle" with Doug






Was sent to detention by "The Tutor"






I was onstage at least twice that I can remember (judged a costume contest, and presented an award)






Covered ScreamFest, Shreikfest, and other fests that involve vocalizations of some sort (see: mumblecore)






Andrew Lincoln actually remembered me from our very brief interview at Comic-Con, when we met again at the October red carpet for Walking Dead






I read lots and lots of books, mostly memoirs and historical nonfiction






Saw Veronica for the first time in years






MCH and me both crushed on "the blue dress" in Amer






I wrote script for Annabel Lee in an hour of inspiration, put my cast together in the next month, and within 4 days got it shot — my first crack at directing, in the can (or computer, as the case may be) [Began principal photography on John Lennon's assassination date / ended on Jean Rollin's death night]






Had a fantastic "Girl's thrifting" day with most of my very favorite ladies, and plan to make it a regular habit






I missed Marco and Alex






Happy I met Brooke






Saw three of my fave movies with Enzo within 10 days of each other: The Social Network, 127 Hours, and Black Swan






Pamela shared her secret with me






Got good and bloody with "The Chrome Skull"






Had a revelation






Interviewed Colin Farrell while he was wearing nothing but skintight pants and vampire fangs






Photographed many amazing hotels — went inside The W (Hollywood) and The Viceroy (Santa Monica) for the first time






Caught up with Eric, finally






Got my first: Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Jenny Lee Couture [all BARGAINS, too!]






Had some much-needed coffee-tawk with Don






Discovered Jane Jenson and shared the love






Bought a diamond ring I really didn't want






Got me some good Creepy and Debi time






Brushed up again the Bowen beard






Lost the Eclipse






Saw Buz turn 21






Found out Jinny had a baby






Said goodbye to Sweet Judy Blue Eyes, after the fact






Saw my Dad more this year than ever, spent plenty of quality time with family, and enjoyed my birthday with my mom, Anna, Michael, Mhea, Tim and Rita






Enjoyed amazing kindness and lots of love






Last red carpet of the year "Tron"






Friday, August 20, 2010

From '66 to 44



According to Wikipedia, there is nothing special about the duplicate-digit alignment of the numbers in my birthday this year.

I guess the big celebration should have been the August 23rd when I turned 23 — "A person's Golden or Grand Birthday, also referred to as their Champagne Birthday or Star Birthday, occurs when they turn the age of their birth day." Maybe when I turn 66 I'll have big party anyway.


I've always thought my birth year was pretty cool. I like double digits, it's just one 6 shy of being Satanic, and there's even a song about the route. What's more, it was the Year of the Fire Horse, and that only comes along once every 60 years. I also like the number 23 — there's a whole enigma about it, including a birthday paradox, and even a movie starring Jim Carrey.






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This year, I will be spending the actual day with my mom — for the first time since I was a teenager! Looking forward to that has led me to thinking back…



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Here are my mom and my dad's publicity photos from 1966.




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Here's one of my early cheesecake shots.


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Not much changed over the years…


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1966 swimwear from Fredrick's of Hollywood


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I was a fashionable little girl, thanks to my mom. I look like I'm straight out of the Sears catalogue!


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Ponies, 1976 and 1996


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Same dress, at 43 and 23


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This is what I looked like when disco was all the rage. I'm not exactly in style... I was into hippie music then (and hey, whaddya know? I still am.)


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2000 and 2010 - two side by side comparisons, 10 years apart - one glamorous and one NOT!


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Back in 1966….




Brigitte Bardot looked like this, and Jim Morrison was the sexiest man alive.


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Walt Disney died, and apparently so did Paul McCartney!


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Liz and Dick were still a couple


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LBJ was in office


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Richard Avedon was photographing Lauren Hutton


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These babies were born


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In 1966, this was what people were reading


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These were the popular records (Herb Alpert had the bestselling single of the year)


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And this was entertainment


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The cars and guitars of '66 (and it just so happens my favorite color combo was very popular in that year)


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Me and the hotrod are the same age (and wearing the same colors!)



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I saved the best for last… the funky, freaky, fab fashions and photography and art





The miniskirt was in style!


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…Or was it on its way out?


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Avedon


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Halston


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Johnson


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Givenchy


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St. Laurent


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These boots were made for walking (and gawking)


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Guy Bourdin was developing his style


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Diane Arbus took this


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Leonor Fini painted this


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And BLOW-UP captured the zeitgeist: film, fashion, rock & roll, psychology and sex. (and I *love* that Jimmy Page made the trailer!)


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