what fun it was....
Now Playing: yesterday..................................
Thursday, 6 May 2004
Honey, I'm home
So... here I am... starting my first blog... anonymously. Why, I hear you ask? Well, that's a good question. I don't expect that anyone will ever read this blog, with the thousands that are online, why should anyone ever come across this one? Although I hope that someone does read it one day, it does not really bother me too much - I am writing this because I think I shall enjoy blogging, pouring my thoughts and ramblings out through my keyboard and into cyberspace.
Another reason is that I've been inspired by other bloggers... for example 'Rance' who claims to be a movie-star (perhaps he is, perhaps he isn't but it makes for interesting reading), and then there's Sass who likes to blog in response to Rance (and is obviously not only a bit obsessive about Rance but totally convinced he is her favourite actor) - but both blogs are interesting, regardless of who is writing them... and there's also a man we'll refer to as John (not his real name) who is my friends husband, who writes insightful and intellectual entries into his blog almost every day.
Well, I'm unsure I have the time to write in here everyday but I am hoping to make it back again soon and share a little more of my thoughts.
Until then, adios
what happened to all these strange and wild blogging folks?
I'm thinking...I'm thinking .............
something happend here........at some point......
and oh what fun it was......
edgar frog, cat, pepito, smart ken, snuggs, gus, jcanuck????????
Posted by sass104
at 11:49 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, 17 February 2007 11:56 PM EST
Now Playing: Free at last....thank God, free at last.....
Actually I have the audacity to have decided a few years ago.
I'm planning not to listen to another word about any of it.
He's the man. Period.
Oh, what a relief to know I can turn CNN off. For a whole year there is no need to listen to any of it! No more Anna Nicole, Tucker Carlson, Anderson Cooper.....debates and debates and irritating arguements that go around and around and around.......
Posted by sass104
at 10:23 PM EST
Updated: Friday, 16 February 2007 10:30 PM EST
good going emmy guys...
"South Park" episode said to have angered Tom Cruise up for an Emmy
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. One of the Emmy nominees for best animated program is the episode of "South Park" that's said to have angered Tom Cruise and Isaac Hayes.
The episode called "Trapped in the Closet" implies that Cruise is gay and makes fun of Scientology.
Cruise's fellow Scientologist Isaac Hayes reportedly quit because he was upset with the episode. And when it came time to rerun it, Cruise allegedly called Comedy Central and demanded that it be pulled. It was, even though Cruise's people denied he asked for it.
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many blogs have posted this...
Now Playing: It's A Good Time To Remember
I think, most of my readers would have read it but...I'll still post it.
That there are still a few Americans out there that I am proud to be a fellow of.....
John Cusack's latest film grew out of Iraq grief and outrage at Bush
June 08, 2006
CHICAGO (AP) - John Cusack's motivation for his latest film grew out of something he did not see - flag-draped caskets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Pentagon policy bans media coverage of America's war dead as their remains are returned. The administration of U.S. President George Bush has strongly enforced the ban, something Cusack describes as "one of the most shameful, disgraceful, cowardly political acts that I've seen in my lifetime."
So the actor started looking for a project that would illustrate "what happens when the coffins come home."
The result is Grace Is Gone, a small, independent film in which Cusack plays a man whose wife Grace is killed in service in Iraq. Filming wrapped last month. The movie's producers - who include Cusack - will be looking for a distributor or film festival opportunities.
Cusack's character, Stanley, delays telling his two daughters about their mother's death, instead taking them on a road trip while the former military man sorts out his complicated feelings about the war.
While Cusack's motivation for taking the part are political, he insists the movie is not. "It's kind of a spiritual story about grief and, hopefully, a little bit of redemption," Cusack said recently.
The screenplay was written by James C. Strouse, who penned Lonesome Jim, which was directed by Steve Buscemi and released earlier this year. Grace Is Gone marks his directorial debut.
While Grace is set in a vague Midwestern city, most of the six-week shoot took place in Chicago due to Cusack's influence. He grew up in suburban Evanston and divides his time between homes in Chicago and Los Angeles.
Before shooting the scene of Grace's funeral in a Methodist church on the city's North Side, Cusack, 39, folded his 6-foot-2 frame onto a pew for an interview. Dressed casually in a grey T-shirt and blue cargo pants, with sunglasses pushing his rumpled black hair off his forehead, Cusack spoke of his feelings about the war, the film and what he has tried to accomplish with his career.
Cusack got his start more than 20 years ago in teen comedies like Sixteen Candles, Better Off Dead and The Sure Thing.
Unlike many of his Brat Pack contemporaries, Cusack easily made the transition to adult parts, often as an underdog or unconventional hero. He stood out as an underachieving kickboxer in Cameron Crowe's Say Anything. He was a con man in The Grifters, an out-of-work puppeteer in Spike Jonze's Being John Malkovich, and a cheating playwright in Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway.
In the past decade, he has branched out into writing - co-writing Grosse Pointe Blank, about a hit man who returns home for his high school reunion, and also High Fidelity, in which he also starred as a record-store owner who compiles lists of most everything in his life, including his top-five breakups.
While High Fidelity was an adaptation of British author Nick Hornby's London-based novel of the same name, Cusack moved the setting to Chicago.
"I always love to bring films here if I can," he said. "If you finish work in time, you can go to a Cubs or Sox game."
Over the years, Cusack has balanced big-studio projects, like America's Sweethearts, Con Air and Must Love Dogs, with smaller, more personal films.
"One allows me to do the other. If I do the more commercial ones, then I can leverage those into the smaller ones, which are harder to get made," Cusack said.
One movie he often mentions is 2002's controversial Max, in which Cusack played a Jewish art dealer who befriends a young Adolf Hitler and encourages his artistic ambitions. He also produced the film.
"I got that made, which took me three years and a was a real labour of love, because I've done some romantic comedies. So that's just how it works, or that's how I've figured out how to work it," he said. "But these are the ones that kind of get me up in the morning."
Still, Cusack isn't a film snob. He said he enjoys some of the "great big movie experiences" that Hollywood likes to release during the summer and holidays, specifically mentioning the Lord of the Rings series and the most recent Harry Potter instalment.
Regarding his participation in Grace Is Gone, director Strouse said when he was writing the script, he and his wife - producer Galt Niederhoffer - compiled a "dream list" of actors to play Stanley. Cusack was at the top and Strouse said that once he signed on, filming started a month later.
"John's kind of a gutsy actor. He likes to try different roles and I think this was one that he hadn't really had a chance to play - a repressed midwesterner. I don't want to say loser, but a lot of times John plays these very hyperarticulate, energetic, urban characters," Strouse said, "and this guy is sort of 180 degrees from what you think of when you think of a typical John Cusack character."
The actor said he wonders if people reading about his political opinions will keep some from seeing the movie. Others, he believes, will appreciate the timeliness.
"I feel that people will be interested in seeing the story of the human cost of this" war, Cusack said. "I think people are probably tired of being manipulated endlessly on the reasons and realities of this misadventure - political misadventure. I don't mean the soldiers fighting, I mean the civilian leadership."
Whatever the case, Cusack said he does not dwell on how his movies are initially received by the critics or public.
"I'm not worried about how it turns out in the first two months after it's released. A piece of art takes a while to be appreciated or not - if it is a piece of art. You try to make something that has some value and then in three, four or five years, it will still be interesting or it will have a pulse.
"Some things that you make, people say are terrific right away and they don't really hold up," Cusack said. "You just sort of make it, and it's all about the process of making it. Trying to do the best you can. And then you have to wait for a long time to see if it has resonance anyway."