By our count, that’s seven months. And yet… This morning, there is a shocking paucity of “China Scratches Seven Month Itch”-style headlines. Even though the statue and mimicked over-an-NYC-subway-sidewalk-grate scene is from a film titled The Seven Year Itch.
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In this particular case, decanters are arguably a woman’s best friend. So as to properly pour and let breathe two offerings released this month by St. Helena, CA’s Nova Wines.
Let’s start with the 2012 Norma Jeane. For a suggested retail price of $13, this young Merlot offers an experience “rich in color with a youthful hue. Dark berry flavors and moderate tannins complete the package.”
Also priced well below the millionaire bachelor threshold is the 2012 Sauvignon Blonde (SRP $16). When the cork comes off, the aromas are a “combination of ripe stone fruits with a light herbaceous undercurrent typical of Sauvignon Blanc wines. The flavors are fruity, soft in the mouth with a lingering finish.”
A group of distinguished Cuban filmmakers is in town for a brief but groundbreaking American tour. The March 7-11 swing includes an International Women’s Day-themed screening and afterparty tonight at the Cinematheque and a free event on Monday at USC.
In attendance Friday at the Egyptian: Cuban Women Filmmakers Mediatheque head Marina Ochoa; actress Claudia Rojas; documentary maker Gloria Ralondo; filmmaker Milena Almira; and various local celebs. After the screening of short films, there will be a panel discussion featuring some of the Cuban visitors and Laura Bickford, a producer whose credits include Traffic and Che. Then it will be time to party with a musical performance by Candi Sosa y Sexteto and food from fave LA restaurant Versailles.
One of the more intriguing films on the program tonight is Marisol Trujillo’s Oracion. Made in 1984, the nine-minute short pays tribute to both Marilyn Monroe and Latin American youth.
Marilyn Monroe, despite being dead for 50 years, still has a knack for stirring up controversy. The latest incident comes to us thanks to Vanity Fair, which promises to showcase Monroe’s “Lost Nudes.” Playboy, according to The New York Post, is rather annoyed over Vanity Fair’s claim.
“None of these nude photos were lost — in fact, they are in the Playboy photo archives, or have been previously published in Playboy,” a post on the magazine’s site bluntly states. “…We ran them 48 years ago, in our January 1964 issue, or again in January 2005. Sorry, Vanity Fair. Sometimes when something is too good to be true, it really is too good to be true. In the parlance of today: You got got.”
We’re not entirely sure that people actually say “you got got,” but you have to love that bitchy tone. A Vanity Fair spokesperson countered that Playboy’s attack isn’t correct, that some of the nude Monroe photos in its latest issue have, in fact, never been published.
Even with that disclaimer, we doubt that this is over. Apparently nothing lights a fire under Hugh Hefner like pointing out that he published a dead woman’s nudes first, so we look forward to whatever lies ahead.
Is this what James Cameron has wrought? A generation that believe the Titanic was just a movie? Alright whippersnappers, just so we’re clear, Marilyn Monroe, the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Cleopatra were also real.
To be fair to the kids above, we probably shouldn’t leave the chronicling of American history to Hollywood.
April 15th marks the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The film Titanic will turn 100 in the year 2097.
While author-filmmaker Keya Morgan continues to put the final touches on his upcoming Marilyn Monroe twin bombshells, including this week the first-ever on-camera interview with one of the deceased movie star’s bodyguards, we’ll have to make do with the next best thing. That would be Virtual Marilyn (pictured).
She’s actually been around since 1996. But late last month, in this 50th anniversary year of the Hollywood icon’s death, the U.S. Copyright Office officially confirmed VM2′s originality. From today’s press release:
“The U.S. Copyright Office’s registration of VM2 as a virtual actress adopting the persona of Marilyn Monroe is a milestone in the convergence of Hollywood, Madison Avenue and the Internet,” declared Becky Altringer, manager of digiconmedia.net, the holder of exclusive licensing rights to the newly registered copyright. “Advances in computer generated animation and global broadband Internet links now make it viable for a virtual personality to ‘live’ in cyberspace and interact with a global Internet audience.”
Two twentysomething tourists visiting Los Angeles from the UK got an unpleasant surprise when they landed at LAX last week. Leigh Van Bryan and Emily Bunting were arrested and questioned for five hours by American Homeland Security officials for posting two supposed inflammatory tweets prior to their arrival. Van Bryan tweeted that not only was he going to “destroy America” he was going to “dig Marilyn Monroe up!”
Sounds bad…kind of. But when you actually look at the tweets in question, they’re obviously not meant to be taken literally.
Never mind that West Hollywood journalist Cary Harrison, the person at the center of a recent Patch item about 2007 indie film Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, lives in an apartment once occupied by Marilyn Monroe. In the case of this article’s slant, Google could have turned out to be the reporter’s best friend.
Patch contributor James F. Mills frames Harrison’s upcoming January 9 free Internet stream of the film, and planned accompanying interviews on his radio show, as a newsworthy event. But in the article comments, long-time sci-fi journalist Michael Hinman clarifies that the movie–featuring Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig–is anything but “rarely seen:”
I think it’s great to see some interest put into this production, which I thought was pretty top-notch, to be honest. But I think the story is a bit misleading to suggest that the only way you can see this film is at a Star Trek convention, or through this gentleman’s website.
Fittingly perhaps, their new scoop* is about how Johnny Depp and his The Rum Diary director Bruce Robinson came within a Hunter S. Thompson smidgin’ of joining the dearly departed club. We are taking a humorous tone here, because that’s how Depp approached it in his Life article interview, describing what happened when the engines of his LA-bound private jet went dead:
“Bruce and I were looking at each other and I think I said, ‘Is this it?’ It was like this weird extended moment when you’re just floating for a second and you could feel this unpleasant descent.”
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