Sunday, February 22, 2015

Who Are You Wearing to the Oscars?

It's Oscar Sunday, the day that Hollywood comes out to applaud... Hollywood. I love movies and moviemakers and can't wait to watch the show. (What will MC Neil Patrick Harris not sing? Can NPH best last year's Ellen? Will they order take-out pizza again?) But before the first statuette is handed out, all the attendees walk the red carpet in couture gowns and tuxedos.

Although I won't be walking the red carpet with them, my Los Angeles neighbors and I are dressed up today because... it's raining. Just a quarter of an inch but for us Angelenos, it still counts!

So the question of the day is: Who are you wearing?

Harold, my 86 year-old neighbor, looks irritated and grumbles: "You mean 'what'. I'm wearing galoshes because it's raining."

Mr. Wonderful is planting shrubs in the rain, so he tells me he's wearing "Wet jeans."

Wordlessly, Jackson saunters around the house in a fur coat. Typical.

And I'm wearing the same Lucky Jeans I wore 10 years ago. I've been juicing for two weeks but still, I'm wearing the same jeans I wore 10 years ago!

Hoping you win your Oscar pool!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Hearty Breakfast

Valentine's is the day for heart-shaped toast for breakfast!

And heart-shaped sandwiches for lunch!

And heart-shaped salmon steaks for dinner!

And for dessert? ... I'll let you use your imagination...

Wishing you a very Happy Valentine's Day to you and all your loved ones!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Talking to a Movie Star

What a terrific performance,” Mr. Wonderful said folding a coat over his arm. I nodded.
“He said to meet him after the show,” I said exiting the theater for the lobby.
“Then we’ll meet him now.”
What if he’s not cool?”
“Then he’s a fool.”
“What do you think he’ll be like?” I said biting a fingernail.
“… A human being.”

As a girl I read a lot of books: Ethan Frome, O Pioneers! and that feel-good Orwellian comedy, 1984. I also read my fair share of 19th century English literature, namely: Jane Austen, E.M. Forster and more Jane Austen. After all, who doesn’t love Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy? I dare say, Mis-ter Dar-cy.

I particularly liked the book A Room with View by E. M. Forster. My fondness for the book was rooted in several possible elements. It could have been the Italian travel component (Rome and Florence!); or could have been Lucy, the free spirited young heroine who follows her heart; or it could have been the free-thinking, Thoreau-reading man she kissed in a field of red poppies. Che bello!

When I discovered that A Room with a View had been made into a movie I watched it on DVD, VHS and Betamax, which is where I first saw the actor, Julian Sands. He played the free-thinking, Thoreau-reading man whom Lucy kissed in a field of red poppies. And as “George Emerson” he was perfect; a total movie star.

Years later I had the pleasure of meeting him on 24, the TV show I was working on when he had a guest starring role as an evil Russian bad guy named Bierko. When I met him off-camera he was so humble and pleasant. But he didn’t need to be humble or pleasant because he had played “George bloody Emerson”. Perfectly!

Recently our paths crossed again over a project I was working on. Julian was performing a one-man show about the British writer Harold Pinter, “A Celebration of Harold Pinter”, whom he had known personally. Using that personal connection to inform his work in this show, he chose to highlight Pinter's poetry and the Pinter... Pause. Julian's performance was powerful, real, humorous and heartfelt. Uh, Hello? Of course it was. He's a movie star who played "George frickin' Emerson"!

Through our talks about my project, Julian had invited Mr. Wonderful and me to visit him after the Pinter show in the theater's reception room. After a tour de force performance of Pinter, Julian was still on and working the room; saying witty things to theater patrons, fans and moi. (Although I'm both a theater patron and a fan.) Through it all he was still so humble and pleasant. If all movie stars--and people--were like him the world would be a better place.

Although the project I was working on did not work the way I wished it had, I got to talk to and hug a movie star whom Mr. Wonderful called “a... human being.” And I called “a fantastic... human being”.

It was better than talking to "George @#$% Emerson"... Almost.

"A Celebration of Harold Pinter" is traveling throughout the country. If it comes to your town, do yourself a favor and see it.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Big Day

It's Super Bowl Sunday when two football teams--the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks--battle it out to see which NFL team is the best.

The question is: who are you rooting for?

Mr. Wonderful is cheering for a quick game so we can go out for sushi afterwards.

Jackson the cat is hoping for a long, drawn-out game so he will get the maximum amount of time being stroked and petted by said spouse and me.

And I can't wait to watch the best part of the game: the commercials! This year I especially love this Budweiser commercial.

Enjoy the Super Bowl!