George Romero, David Cronenberg and Hairspray

Last weekend was fun. Finally got to see Night of the Living Dead in a theatre. Really beautiful flick in a theatre. I can only imagine what must’ve gone through people’s heads watching those zombies chomp on flesh in the ’50s. Romero was there and he talked for an hour afterwords and then did a signing. Very nice man. He’s a lot taller than I realized!

Because this was on a Saturday and coincided with the Fangoria show I missed out on meeting H.G. Lewis, which sucks. But on Sunday I went out and finally got to meet David Cronenberg. He was really cool when I accidentally met him outside as he was getting out of his car and walking in. Then I walked in and he was still going up the escalator. I got the feeling he looked at me like I was a nerd stalker, but maybe that’s not true. The main reason I think that is that during the signing, he was just so not into doing an interview. Which is okay, I mean, he’s busy, but then 50 people later my friend Tavis asked for an interview and he told him to call Sony Pictures.

Now, I did ask David for an interview via email and he assistant said he was too busy, so maybe that’s part of it, because I asked again. But that’s how it works a lot of the time. David was really really cool with the Q&A and I’m really happy to have met him. I’d love to have a conversation with him someday, but for the moment I believe he’s only doing interviews for Spider.

And I must say when I met Stephen Lack, the star of Scanners, he says that David changes his email address and phone number after every movie. Hey, he’s David Cronenberg. He can do what he wants. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Spider, but I’ll keep watching his movies.

Bill Lustig and Jay Douglas, formerly of Anchor Bay and now with Blue Underground, were both there too. It was nice to meet Jay. He really digs this stuff.

I also saw the John Waters’ music Hairspray last week. It was really just plain fun. The movie itself though also really was just plain fun. For the musical they’ve cut out the hypnowheel therapist. What I enjoyed most in the midst of all the bubblegum colors was that the guy who created this thing made a movie with a fat purposely ugly drag queen eating fresh dogshit off the sidewalks of Baltimore. Then I really began to enjoy the show. It was just so perverse! I can easily imagine seeing people checking out John’s ‘other’ work because they enjoyed Hairspray so much. I also got a piece of long confetti from the giant hairspray can that shoots the stuff out at the end of the show. Fun!

Psyched for next Tuesday as Penn Jillette and Mia Farrow are starring in Bob Balaban’s The Exonerated for a week. Tuesday is opening night and while that’s not always best as it’s nice for the actors to get a couple days’ audience feel, I’m sure it’ll be a fine time.

George Romero, David Cronenberg and Hairspray

Last weekend was fun. Finally got to see Night of the Living Dead in a theatre. Really beautiful flick in a theatre. I can only imagine what must’ve gone through people’s heads watching those zombies chomp on flesh in the ’50s. Romero was there and he talked for an hour afterwords and then did a signing. Very nice man. He’s a lot taller than I realized!

Because this was on a Saturday and coincided with the Fangoria show I missed out on meeting H.G. Lewis, which sucks. But on Sunday I went out and finally got to meet David Cronenberg. He was really cool when I accidentally met him outside as he was getting out of his car and walking in. Then I walked in and he was still going up the escalator. I got the feeling he looked at me like I was a nerd stalker, but maybe that’s not true. The main reason I think that is that during the signing, he was just so not into doing an interview. Which is okay, I mean, he’s busy, but then 50 people later my friend Tavis asked for an interview and he told him to call Sony Pictures.

Now, I did ask David for an interview via email and he assistant said he was too busy, so maybe that’s part of it, because I asked again. But that’s how it works a lot of the time. David was really really cool with the Q&A and I’m really happy to have met him. I’d love to have a conversation with him someday, but for the moment I believe he’s only doing interviews for Spider.

And I must say when I met Stephen Lack, the star of Scanners, he says that David changes his email address and phone number after every movie. Hey, he’s David Cronenberg. He can do what he wants. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Spider, but I’ll keep watching his movies.

Bill Lustig and Jay Douglas, formerly of Anchor Bay and now with Blue Underground, were both there too. It was nice to meet Jay. He really digs this stuff.

I also saw the John Waters’ music Hairspray last week. It was really just plain fun. The movie itself though also really was just plain fun. For the musical they’ve cut out the hypnowheel therapist. What I enjoyed most in the midst of all the bubblegum colors was that the guy who created this thing made a movie with a fat purposely ugly drag queen eating fresh dogshit off the sidewalks of Baltimore. Then I really began to enjoy the show. It was just so perverse! I can easily imagine seeing people checking out John’s ‘other’ work because they enjoyed Hairspray so much. I also got a piece of long confetti from the giant hairspray can that shoots the stuff out at the end of the show. Fun!

Psyched for next Tuesday as Penn Jillette and Mia Farrow are starring in Bob Balaban’s The Exonerated for a week. Tuesday is opening night and while that’s not always best as it’s nice for the actors to get a couple days’ audience feel, I’m sure it’ll be a fine time.

Oh, man, it’s been a tough week. They’ve switched us to a two-week payday from an every week payday, so we’re all screwed. On the 24th we got a small check from 3 days of the previous week. It’s the last check we get until January 15th, and then on that day we’re only getting the other two days of the previous week, plus the 5 out of 10 days we could actually work during the holiday period.

Cute, huh?

So none of us can pay rent, which is ugly. So, I’ve gone through the shelves and pulled out close to 200 books, magazines, CDs, tapes, videotapes, etc. and listed them on eBay. The auctions are ending from the 1st to the 8th. If you’re into cool, weird fun stuff check out: Shade’s January eBay auctions

Oh, man, it’s been a tough week. They’ve switched us to a two-week payday from an every week payday, so we’re all screwed. On the 24th we got a small check from 3 days of the previous week. It’s the last check we get until January 15th, and then on that day we’re only getting the other two days of the previous week, plus the 5 out of 10 days we could actually work during the holiday period.

Cute, huh?

So none of us can pay rent, which is ugly. So, I’ve gone through the shelves and pulled out close to 200 books, magazines, CDs, tapes, videotapes, etc. and listed them on eBay. The auctions are ending from the 1st to the 8th. If you’re into cool, weird fun stuff check out: Shade’s January eBay auctions

Roger Ebert and Adrian Lyne and Olive

I went to this Diane Lane tribute thing and Robert Osbourne was supposed to be the host but they got Roger Ebert instead. I like Diane Lane enough but I didn’t feel I needed to go. When I heard Roger Ebert would be there, I wanted to go.

Adrian Lyne ended up being there because he directed Lane in his last movie. He was great! He was really cool and he said he’s into submitting something for Jack Stevenson’s new book on Dogme. I wish I talked to him a bit more. He’s really cool.

I went to the bathroom and Ebert was leaving when I got out. I was leaving also, just wanted to say hi, mention Jack’s book, and he acted like he was Princess Diana and didn’t want to talk to anyone.

Now, you would almost think this happens all the time. But it doesn’t. 98% of the creative people I meet are really really cool. Ebert just wanted to get away. Maybe he was just plain tired, maybe he got accosted a lot in the theatre, but he wasn’t very cool about being talked to.

Heck, maybe I’ll meet him again later, but for a guy who wrote four Russ Meyer films (Who Killed Bambi never got made)… I dunno. I thought he’d be a lot cooler.

And on Olive, she’s been sick for almost a week. Totally sucks. Brought her to the vet and it looks like she’s getting better. It’s been pretty stressful wondering what the heck is up with her though. Man, I’m so glad I’ll never have children. It would make me crazy.

Roger Ebert and Adrian Lyne and Olive

I went to this Diane Lane tribute thing and Robert Osbourne was supposed to be the host but they got Roger Ebert instead. I like Diane Lane enough but I didn’t feel I needed to go. When I heard Roger Ebert would be there, I wanted to go.

Adrian Lyne ended up being there because he directed Lane in his last movie. He was great! He was really cool and he said he’s into submitting something for Jack Stevenson’s new book on Dogme. I wish I talked to him a bit more. He’s really cool.

I went to the bathroom and Ebert was leaving when I got out. I was leaving also, just wanted to say hi, mention Jack’s book, and he acted like he was Princess Diana and didn’t want to talk to anyone.

Now, you would almost think this happens all the time. But it doesn’t. 98% of the creative people I meet are really really cool. Ebert just wanted to get away. Maybe he was just plain tired, maybe he got accosted a lot in the theatre, but he wasn’t very cool about being talked to.

Heck, maybe I’ll meet him again later, but for a guy who wrote four Russ Meyer films (Who Killed Bambi never got made)… I dunno. I thought he’d be a lot cooler.

And on Olive, she’s been sick for almost a week. Totally sucks. Brought her to the vet and it looks like she’s getting better. It’s been pretty stressful wondering what the heck is up with her though. Man, I’m so glad I’ll never have children. It would make me crazy.

Steven Spielberg

I was sorta surprised when I bought the ticket to this event, An Evening with Steven Spielberg. He’s just so pop! But I never thought I’d see Madonna three times on one tour either, so whatever.

Spielberg was really cool. He’s obviously a major film fan, loves this stuff. Surprise of surprise he addressed the ‘who wrote what’ issue in A.I. for the first time in public and said that Kubrick actually wrote the 1st 3rd and the 3rd 3rd, at least in notes and treatment form, and Spielberg only did the middle bit from scratch. Spielberg even used the term ‘schmaltzy’ to describe what fans thought of the end. But that was Kubrick. It’s what he wanted. It’s how he wrote it. And Kubrick even asked Spielberg to make the film much earlier, with Kubrick as producer. Crazy.

There were a few crazy retards in the audience, as usual, and a couple people asking retarded questions, as usual. I’m so happy Woody Allen made ‘Stardust Memories.’ It’s all there.

Afterwards I didn’t hang out for the 14 minutes of ‘Catch Me if You Can’ and left. There were only a few people over by the exit door so I walked over and the man came out moments later. I didn’t think ‘Funeral Party’ was appropriate for Mr. Spielberg (but who knows, really, what he’s into) and only had my copy of Bruno Schulz’ Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass, which Mr. Spielberg signed for me. Kinda fun. I thanked him for the evening, he looked up realizing I wasn’t just an autograph hound, and smiled. I tried to ask him about his King Arthur movie but the security guys shoved him in the SUV.

I never thought I’d ever meet Steven Spielberg. It’s not something I’ve really pursued. But it was nice to meet him. He’s much cooler than I ever thought I would find him to be.

Steven Spielberg

I was sorta surprised when I bought the ticket to this event, An Evening with Steven Spielberg. He’s just so pop! But I never thought I’d see Madonna three times on one tour either, so whatever.

Spielberg was really cool. He’s obviously a major film fan, loves this stuff. Surprise of surprise he addressed the ‘who wrote what’ issue in A.I. for the first time in public and said that Kubrick actually wrote the 1st 3rd and the 3rd 3rd, at least in notes and treatment form, and Spielberg only did the middle bit from scratch. Spielberg even used the term ‘schmaltzy’ to describe what fans thought of the end. But that was Kubrick. It’s what he wanted. It’s how he wrote it. And Kubrick even asked Spielberg to make the film much earlier, with Kubrick as producer. Crazy.

There were a few crazy retards in the audience, as usual, and a couple people asking retarded questions, as usual. I’m so happy Woody Allen made ‘Stardust Memories.’ It’s all there.

Afterwards I didn’t hang out for the 14 minutes of ‘Catch Me if You Can’ and left. There were only a few people over by the exit door so I walked over and the man came out moments later. I didn’t think ‘Funeral Party’ was appropriate for Mr. Spielberg (but who knows, really, what he’s into) and only had my copy of Bruno Schulz’ Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass, which Mr. Spielberg signed for me. Kinda fun. I thanked him for the evening, he looked up realizing I wasn’t just an autograph hound, and smiled. I tried to ask him about his King Arthur movie but the security guys shoved him in the SUV.

I never thought I’d ever meet Steven Spielberg. It’s not something I’ve really pursued. But it was nice to meet him. He’s much cooler than I ever thought I would find him to be.

New Workshop Play from Polly Frost

YOU AND YOUR CELL PHONE ARE INVITED TO AN EVENING OF

DRINKS, DESSERTS AND A WORKSHOP OF POLLY FROST’S PLAY

“CELL MATES”

A story about one woman’s obsessive love affair with her cell phone….

January 16, 17, 18, 19 at 8:00 pm at

The Producer’s Club

358 West 44th Street, New York (near 9th Avenue)

Please feel free to bring a friend! However, seating is limited so

please RSVP by replying to this email as soon as possible.

Include your first choice of date and, if possible, an

alternative date, as well as your street address. You will receive a

confirmation in the mail in December. (And this is a workshop, not a production to be reviewed!)

Directed by Matthew Graham Smith

Produced by Scorpio Visions and Will Evans

Performed by Matt Chapman, Tim Cunningham, Dawn Falato, Sarah

Kozinn, Bex Schwartz, Kristin Slaysman, and Liz Turkel

www.thevelvetcrypt.com

New Workshop Play from Polly Frost

YOU AND YOUR CELL PHONE ARE INVITED TO AN EVENING OF

DRINKS, DESSERTS AND A WORKSHOP OF POLLY FROST’S PLAY

“CELL MATES”

A story about one woman’s obsessive love affair with her cell phone….

January 16, 17, 18, 19 at 8:00 pm at

The Producer’s Club

358 West 44th Street, New York (near 9th Avenue)

Please feel free to bring a friend! However, seating is limited so

please RSVP by replying to this email as soon as possible.

Include your first choice of date and, if possible, an

alternative date, as well as your street address. You will receive a

confirmation in the mail in December. (And this is a workshop, not a production to be reviewed!)

Directed by Matthew Graham Smith

Produced by Scorpio Visions and Will Evans

Performed by Matt Chapman, Tim Cunningham, Dawn Falato, Sarah

Kozinn, Bex Schwartz, Kristin Slaysman, and Liz Turkel

www.thevelvetcrypt.com