Donna in Hollywoodland

The blog from Los Angeles and Hollywood by Donna Grayson

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Yellow and purple theatre masks magnets.
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Monday, August 03, 2009

Red comedy drama theatre masks tshirt. Also available on black shirts, and in men, womens and childrens sizes. Sweatshirts and tank tops too. Just click on the link to view the options on Zazzle.

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Red theatre masks poster print available framed and unframed. Comedy and Drama in red.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Buck Rogers and Scarlett O'Hara


I just had the wonderful experience of seeing "Gone With The Wind" on the big screen at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences on Wilshire Blvd.

To start the night off, they showed News Clips of the Gone With the Wind premiere.
Very exciting to see a Clark Gable interview.

First, a wonderful panel discussion on Gone with the Wind and it included some of the child actors from the movie.

Then they showed the first in the Buck Rogers serial.
If you ever get a chance to see one of these, I really recommend it.
Buck Rogers' is a pilot whose plane crashes and he is frozen - until the year 2440 or thereabouts.
He then because an astronaut / pilot in the new time period.
The serials were made in the 1930s - so it is funny to see what they thought modern technology would look like.
For example, in the 1930s there was no knowledge yet of computers. So when the Scientists in 2440 have to look things up, they are still using Books.
This got major laughs from the audience.

And then the screening of the nearly 4 hour long "Gone With the Wind". Including intermission.
This is truely one of the most outstanding romantic movies ever made.
Gorgeous on the big screen.

Of course, I could go on and on about the Dysfunctional relationships in Gone with the Wind.
But I won't - its meant to be a dramatic romance and it sure is.
I'll just blame everything on Ashley - if he had married Scarlett, whom he loved - and not the other woman who was the perfect wife - well, none of this would have happened.
Ashley and Scarlett would have settled down to a crazy married life wrapped around her self-absorbed behavior, and everyone would have been happy.
Instead, everyone married people they didn't love - and its emotional torture.
Then of course there is Clark Gable as the dashing Rhett Butler - and its a major melodramatic romance.

I loved every minute of it !

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007


Years and years ago, I listened to the epic poem, "Beowulf" as a book-on-tape in the car, as I was driving to work.
As I was watching the movie, Beowulf , I could tell right away that this is Not an exact recreation of the classic poem.
Personally, I wished they had stuck closer to the original story-line.

In addition, I really didn't like the cartoony effects that they added. It made the movie look to Cutesy - kind of like watching Shrek.
And its a movie with scary monsters - and a hero who rescues everyone from the horrible monsters.
I just had a hard time getting passed some of the cutesy characters.

Even though the film shows how, over the years, the people started to follow Christianity - there are still a few comments that don't fit the original religious ideas in the poem.
For example, a man asks the king, since they are in a time of crisis with Grendel the monster terrorizing them, "Do you want to order the people to pray to the God the Romans worship, the Jesus God - as well as our gods?"
And the King replies "No. At a time like this the god's won't help us. We need a hero."
And then Beowulf shows up right in the nick of time.

Read the Wikipedia Discription of Beowulf.
I quote Wikipedia "That the scribes of Cotton Vitellius A.XV were Christian is beyond doubt; and it is equally certain that Beowulf was composed in a Christianized England, since conversion took place in the sixth and seventh centuries...Scholars disagree as to whether Beowulf's main thematic thrust is pagan or Christian in nature...Beowulf’s own beliefs are not expressed explicitly. He offers eloquent prayers to a higher power, addressing himself to the “Father Almighty” or the “Wielder of All.”

In the film, after Beowulf is older, you see people carrying crosses and Crucifixes, and some people have a cross on their clothing.
So the film does depict that there was a change in religious belief during Beowulf's life.

I just wish they had done the entire movie according to the original poem. Its one of the oldest writings that we have in existence. Dating back to around the 8th century.
The original story has survived the test of time. I would have liked to see that as a movie.

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Monday, November 19, 2007

The Mist

Just saw an advanced screening of "The Mist" .
I do like scary monster movies. And I do like Stephen King novels.

"The Mist" was scary. And gruesome in spots.
A government experiment goes wrong - and we get invaded by horrible creatures from another dimension. These creatures hide in The Mist.
The story has a very timely message about messing with our environment and how it could cause us horrible problems.

Marcia Gay Harden plays a psycho religious woman. And it was very unfortunate that a good monster movie like this, had to go in that direction with religion.
I think that might be how Stephen King wrote it - I don't know, I haven't read the Novella .
In the beginning its obvious that Marcia Gary Harden's character is alittle wacky, but she has a scene where she is praying for her fellow survivors - so I thought "okay, she's wacky but sincere, this won't be that bad".
Then she starts to go really wacky - and I was getting alittle offended.
And in the end, people in the group of survivors start to blindly follow her, because they think she is a Mystic and talks directly to God.
It ended up being a demonstration of what people will do in a Crisis, and the "Mob Mentality" that sets in. And how people will follow anyone who offers them hope, even if that person is obviously preaching a belief that is wrong.

There is a scene in the movie, when some of the survivors are heading out into the Mist to try to get help. And one of the men turns to Marcia Gay Harden, and says something like "You know I believe in God too, but my God is alot nicer than yours."

Back to the Scary monsters. Yes, lots and lots of scary monsters.
Great special effects with the scary monsters.
I jumped a few times in terror. I was worried was going to have trouble getting to sleep that night. So great scary movie.

But this is not a happy movie. It was really sad and depressing. The ending is very tragic.
So just be warned - even if you like scary gruesome movies, this one is a real downer.


Looking around for a picture to post, I found these:
Dolemite T's flickr page.
Looks like he was an extra.
Jasbuc's flickr page
has a few interesting pictures from the set too

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Arclight Sherman Oaks

I haven't driven out to Sherman Oaks in, oh, maybe 15 years....
But the Arclight Cinemas is having their "soft" opening there this month.
And they invited the Members out to private party last night. (See it is worth it to sign up for that free little blue card.)

Down Ventura Blvd I went to the Sherman Oaks Galleria.
I expected to see a big sign saying "Arclight Cinemas", like there is in Hollywood.
But Nope - so I passed it, and had to turn back around.

Once parked, a nice security noticed my confused look as I read the "You Are Here" map.
When I told him I was heading to the Arclight, he laughed and said "Oh you are one of those Special People - you get to go there first !"
Sounds like the Mall employees are even dying to get into the new theatre.

He pointed me through the Mall.
The escalator that goes to Arclight is right smack in between The Cheesecake Factory and El Torito Grill .

And those Arclight people really know how to throw a party.
Complementary everything - Bar, cheese table - waiters walking around with appetizers like Duck Potstickers.
Many guests didn't bother with the fancy food and drinks, and went right for the free concessions.
Lots of people walking around the lobby with Carmel Popcorn.
I stuck to Chardonnay and fancy hors d'oeuvres.

Nice employees from the Arclight main office were there with name badges to chat with us about our "Arclight experience". From what I heard, the square footage in Sherman Oaks is smaller. But they have more seats - resulting in a smaller lobby, and the front row being closer to the screen.
There will be a similar restaurant like the one in Hollywood, along with a Coffee Bar.
And the movies will vary alittle between Hollywood and Sherman Oaks, because Sherman Oaks has a higher "family demographic".
And from what I heard, they hope to have Four more Arclights in the works, but no locations have been confirmed.

I told the nice Arclight person, how spoiled we are these days. Most people I know do not want to sit in a theatre that does not have stadium seating.
In Los Angeles the theatres have become so fancy, that we just can't deal with noise or a big head in front of us blocking the screen.

I headed over to get my complementary concessions - soda and regular popcorn. And headed to the theatre.
One guy, arms filled with popcorns and sodas and candy, couldn't make it up the stairs.
The usher had to help him, and he said "Sorry, I am really inebriated."
The lady next to me muttered "Thats classy".
Some people just can't stop when its free booze.

Our movie for the night was "American Gangster".
Starring Denzel Washington and Russel Crowe .
If you want a drug story with alittle bit of a Moral to it, I guess this would be it.
It is based on a true story.

All in all, it was a really fun night. And a really fun party.
Well, usually anything that includes a free movie is fun.

I will be driving back to Sherman Oaks to check it out again. Once they have finished the final touches, and the Arclight restaurant is opened. The Grand Opening is the middle of December.
There is an afternoon of shopping at The Sherman Oaks Galleria, following by a Carmel Corn and film, in my very near future.

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Monday, September 03, 2007

Vine Theatre Hollywood

I had missed both "Live Free or Die Hard" and "Oceans 13" when they were in the theatres.
Then one day as I was driving down Hollywood Blvd, I saw that they were both playing as a double feature at The Vine Theatre.

The Vine Theatre is an old movie theatre that shows movies past their run, as double-features for only $7...
Its old, alittle run down. But they seem to keep it pretty clean inside.
And I liked the popcorn, because it was plain with an undetectable amount of salt.
When I attended yesterday, I saw the 5pm show of Live Free or Die Hard and the 7:30 show of Oceans 13.
There were mainly couples there, a few singles - less than 20 people in this huge old theatre.

Here is Vine Theatre Info On CitySearch
Here is Vine Theatre Info on Yahoo Movies

Movie Links:
Live Free or Die Hard official movie site
Oceans 13 official movie site

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Sunday, September 02, 2007

Movie Recommendation - Death At A Funeral

Death AT A Funeral
I saw the movie Death At A Funeral over at Arclight Cinemas .

This is an English Comedy about a family who all come together for a Funeral. It starts out with the wrong body getting delivered for the funeral - and then things just get worse - and funnier - from that point on.

I laughed so hard I had tears running down my eyes. I had to tell my friend "Before we go to dinner, I have to fix my make-up, I was laughing to hard."

Also, the two lead actors, Matthew Macfadyen and Rupert Graves are both very handsome.

This movie is going in my "Top 10" all time favorites list.

Click here for the Official Death at A Funeral Website

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Saturday, July 21, 2007


I met up with a friend at The Farmers Market
for lunch at the French Crepe Company .
I had the Chicken Milano Sandwich, on Ciabatina bread with Provolone and Tomato.

Then, we went over to The Grove to see the cute animated movie, "Ratatouille".

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Friday, July 20, 2007

Dylan Documentary

I volunteered tonight at the Egyptian Theatre for the Documentary about Bob Dylan, "Don't Look Back".

And I got to meet one of my favorite performers from the 1960's, Donovan.

It was another great night of Rock and Roll movies.

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Monterey Pop, 1968

Volunteered tonight at the Egyptian Theatre. They had a big party before the movie "Monterey Pop" from 1968.

On display, was Grace Slick's wonderful Paintings and Art work.
And attending the party were Michelle Phillips , Eric Burdon , Grace Slick.

I volunteered by helping give out tickets and wristbands - so I saw everyone who was there ! It was a very fun night !

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Talk to Me

Drove over to the Arclight Cinemas, bought our tickets.
Then walked across Sunset Blvd to Kabuki's restaurant .
As we are crossing the street, four people are walking towards us.
I recognized the tall redhead with the wild make-up, and I grab one of my friends my the arm.
My friend exclaims "That's Shirley Manson of Garbage !"

Kabuki's restaurant - I was starving, I bought the largest combo plate they had. Everything was on it.
Chicken Teriyaki, Beef ribs and Shrimp and Veggie Tempera.
Enough for three meals, I had to put the rest in my car and take it home for lunch tomorrow.

We saw "Talk To Me" starring Don Cheadle. I really liked it. I think it is one of my favorite movies of the summer. A historical story, with drama, comedy and music. Really an entertaining and educational film.

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Party at The Pig & Whistle

Volunteering over at the Mods and Rockers Festival again this evening, over at The Egyptian Theatre.
A pre-party at the Pig & Whistle, for the documentary, "Who Is Harry Nilsson ?"

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Mods and Rockers -the Beatles

The Annual Mods and Rockers Festival at The Egyptian Theatre, started out tonight with a screening of "Whats Happening? The Beatles in the USA
Lots of Beatles fans there !
The evening was completely Sold Out .... A Very Groovy night !

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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Fantastic Four - Rise of the Silver Surfer

NameI saw the movie Fantastic Four Rise of the Silver Surfer.
It was over at Arclight Dome Theatre in Hollywood .
I love the Dome, if you are coming to visit Hollywood, I highly recommend seeing a movie in the Dome.
Its beautiful inside, and the screen is huge.
Its the perfect screen for a summer blockbuster like "Fantastic Four".

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Friday, June 29, 2007

Dinner - and You Kill Me


After work, it was out for dinner.
House of Pies in Los Feliz - Cod, a baked potato, and steamed veggies.

The over to the Arclight, to see "You Kill Me" starring Starring Ben Kingsley and Starring Tea Leoni and Luke Wilson .

Its a dark comedy about a Mob Hit-man, who has to start going to Alcoholic Anonymous Meetings.
I thought it was very funny for a dark comedy. Tea Leoni is great as the brooding romantic interest of Ben Kingsley.

I hope people get a chance to see this, and that all the Hollywood Summer Blockbusters don't knock it out of the movie theatres to quickly.

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Sunday Lessons and Movies

Church this morning was at Hollywood Presbyterian Church .
And after that it was a quick trip to Whole Foods on Beverly.
I made a huge salad from their salad bar... and brought it home while I updated my Zazzle page .

Then I volunteered again tonight at Egyptian Theatre , for Crispin Glover's movie "What Is It?".
I was ticket taker, and then I got to go in and see the movie.

One of the more interesting questions I was asked tonight as ticket taker was "Do you think we will be offended by this movie?"
I guess the woman who asked me that works with Disabled people and thats why she wanted to see it. But it an experimental movie, and its not to some people's tastes.
I tried to explain that the reason some people find it interesting is that there are Disabled people who are cast in roles that are not necessarily written for Disabled people... and that is explained more in the Question and Answer that is given at the end.

If someone asks that question - Will They Be Offended - its difficult to answer.
Because first, I think if you are going to a movie and you think that the movie might be offensive itself, its best to research it more on the internet before you go. And second, if you are the type of person who is picky about what they see so you have to ask that question- well, its probably best not to see it. Go see something else instead.

As for me - do I get offended ? Yes, alot of things offend me.
But I have developed a Method.
Most scenes in movies are over with in a few minutes. And then its on to the next scene.
That is any movie you see these days - in any movie theatre. Big Hollywood Blockbusters, as well as small independent films.
So I have learned to close my eyes. Listen to the dialog. Then open my eyes again when that scene is over.
If its to bloody or gory or sexual for my taste - just close my eyes.
And when I open them again, its a whole new scene.

All in all, I liked the movie "What Is It?".
And if you knew me personally, you might be surprised by that - especially if you noticed the first paragraph in the above blog entry notes I started off the day at church this morning.
But, I think there are many underlying messages, and if you are okay with Experimental Films I think you could find this a very interesting movie - if you look for messages underneath the plot.

As for closing my eyes - there were a few scenes to sexual for my taste, and so I closed my eyes.
And I absolutely do not like needles - so any scenes with injections - well, I had to close my eyes or I'll just pass right out.

The Q&A with Crispin Glover after the movie... almost everyone who saw the movie stayed for the Q&A.
It was almost like attending a Master Class in Independent film making. I got the impression many of the people in the audience wanted to be doing what he is doing - making their own type of movie, with their own creative expression, and independently distributing it themselves.
There was alot of learning and teaching going on.

I think Crispin Glover gave one of the Best Q&A sessions I have ever heard at The Egyptian.

I desperately wanted to stay and volunteer for the Book Signing that was going on in the lobby afterwards.
But the Q&A was going on forever, and it was close to midnight.
So I had to tell the theatre manager I could not stay - tomorrow is a work day.
And I had to take off.

Here's a link to the official Crispin Glover Website.

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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Saturday in Hollywood

Headed over to the Mann 6 Theatres in the Hollywood and Highland , to see "Knocked Up".

What is the deal with the tourists, who can't obey the traffic laws ?
And why aren't there more traffic cops making the tourists obey the laws?
I don't really ever cuss out strangers, but I did today.
I am going north on Orange, with the green light to turn left on to Hollywood Blvd.
In the middle of my green light - three German men start to cross Orange right in front of my car.
I slam on the breaks, and yell "I have the green light you Morons!" followed by a long string of cuss words out of my mouth.
I had really truly almost hit them.
They yell back at me in German - and I can tell they are drunk.
Its not even Two o'clock in the afternoon yet.
After I drive away, they continue crossing against their Red Light.

Next I head down the steep ramp on Orange into the Hollywood and Highland Complex.
Its really sunny and bright out - and as you go down the ramp, the parking structure is a dark shadow.
For a few seconds you are blinded because you are in bright light - looking down into a dark shadow.
My car makes it into the dark shadow - and then I see Tourist walking Up the steep ramp !
Right straight into my car !
They are walking up the side that the cars go down.
Again, I slam on my breaks, and more cussing out of my mouth.
They just look at me.

As I get my ticket from the machine - I yell over to the guys in the booths cashing people out of the parking structure "You have people walking UP THE RAMP!"
They just ignore me, like I am some crazy woman.
I drive through the structure and I see an parking employee:
"You know there are people walking up the ramp. They are going to get hit. You should have someone placed at the ramp, to make sure people don't go up it."
He shrugs at me "I'm down here - I don't see whats going on up there."
I reply "Well, can you at least tell your Supervisor that someone complained about people walking up the ramp?"
"Oh, yeah, uh-huh, I can do that", he said.

Never mind, its Summer - there are tourists all over the place.
And Hollywood doesn't seem to be doing anything to control the pedestrian traffic.
I am surprised more people don't get hit by cars.

After I get my movie ticket, I run to the concession stand.
And there is not a single employee anywhere.
Not an employee in sight.

Two other people are also standing at the concession standing looking lost and forlorn.

I finally yell across the lobby
"Is there a Concession Stand person?"
The manager finds someone - and now I am super-late for the movie.
So late for the movie, I sit in the very last seat in the very last row by the door.

I liked "Knocked Up" , it was funny.
And Katherine Heigl is great in it.
The story-line was uplifting. And even though alot of the humor is very raunchy, it had a very real pro-life lesson, about making the right decisions - and emotionally growing through making these strong decisions. And.. plus, lots of raunchy humor.

After the movie, I grab a chicken wrap sandwich from the corner restaurant,
and I head over to the Egyptian Theatre .
I am volunteering tonight, for Crispin Glover's movie "What Is It?".
I am Captain, which means I have to hang-out in the lobby all night and watch the front door.

The theatre was very full, as it was the night before. And the movie "What Is It?", is experimental and draws a very Artsy Hip crowd.
So hanging out in the lobby is fun, because I get to people watch.

After the movie, Crispin Glover had a table set-up. He is selling his books, and doing autographs.
Many of his fans came with a digital camera - and I ended up helping out by taking photographs during the evening.

It was getting way passed midnight, and I just can't stay up that late - not even on a weekend.
One of the other volunteers took over for me, as I headed home.

Here's a link to the official Crispin Glover Website.

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

The Grove

After early afternoon of dealing with my Car... I headed over to The Grove .

First I headed over towards the Farmers Market .
Stopped for lunch at Johnny Rockets .
I ordered a burger, with mushrooms and swiss cheese. And it was terrible. It was the greasiest burger I have ever had. The grease was dripping of my burger as I ate it.

I thought about returning it.... but I was trying to make the movie showtime.

So I head on over to the Pacific Movie Theatres ,
to see Pirates of The Caribbean .
I really wanted to see this movie... but I was waiting until all the crowds died down to go.

And just as the movie started ... my stomach started to do weird things.
It was all the grease from the burger.
I usually don't eat fatty things like that.
Oh, no... I worried I was going to get sick during a 3 hour movie.
I made it through the movie ... but the entire bag of popcorn I bought, sat on the floor. I couldn't touch it after that hamburger.

I loved Pirates of The Caribbean .
I just wish there would have been more scenes with Johnny Depp.
But my favorite scene of all is when Bill Nighy transforms back into what he was before he had all those tentacles all over the place.

If you like Pirates, here are a few designs by some of my friends on Zazzle - that have a Pirate theme.
Just click on the picture to see more.

Ms. Skull & Crossbones with Gold Tooth shirt

Ms. Skull & Crossbones with Gold Tooth by sixteenthkid

pirates II print

pirates IIby seawolf

62Skull_Cross shirt

by liljulez

Octopus shirt

Octopus by epicpirates

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Friday, June 08, 2007

Brand Upon the Brain

Volunteered tonight at Egyptian Theatre .
There was a performance of Brand Upon The Brain by Guy Maddin.

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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Shrek the Third

Lunch was at House of Pies in Los Feliz.

Then over At The Arclight Dome
to see Shrek the Third ....
One thing no one ever seems to mention about the Shrek Movies ... they all seem to have great movie soundtracks .
I loved the songs during this movie !

Also some great casting for the Fairy Tale Princesses, Maya Rudolph was Rapunzel , Amy Sedaris was Cinderella , Amy Poehler was Snow White, and Cheri Otari was Sleeping Beauty.
Such fun !

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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Hot Fuzz
Hot Fuzz Movies

Lunch was a combo dinner at Kabuki Restaurant .

And then over to the Arclight Cinemas, for Hot Fuzz...
I loved Hot Fuzz !!! It was sooo funny !

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Diary of A Mad HouseWife

Diary of A Mad Housewife
At the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
I saw Diary of A Mad Housewife from 1970.

If you want to see an excellent movie from the 1970s - this is the one to see.
And... Frank Langella was absolutely gorgeous in his younger days...
Carrie Snodgress and Richard Benjamin are great in this too.

The plot is that a bored housewife has an affair with a writer.
To me it was like looking into a time machine, at many of the social and marital issues that happened in the 70s.
A great glimpse into that time period..

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Saturday, May 05, 2007

Looking For Mr Goodbar

Went to a screening of Looking for Mr. Goodbar from 1977.
over at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

This is a movie with some really serious subject matter. And I wanted to see if for
Diane Keaton's performance.
Its hard to believe that Diane Keaton won the Golden Globe for Best Dramatic Actress, but she wasn't even nominated for an Oscar.
It was probably due to the subject matter.
She won for Annie Hall instead.

There is some interesting information on the movie at Wikipedia.
The book and movie are based on the true story about Roseann Quinn .

There is alot of talk on the internet as to exactly what the name "Goodbar" in the title refers to.
One other thing in the movie perplexed me as well.
Was it common for people to bring books to bars, and sit and read ?
I know now we have Starbucks, and people go to coffee shops to read.
A Bar seems like a strange place to read a book - its dark and noisy.
Maybe it was just a thing that the character did to get attention.
Or maybe people really did that in the 70s...

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Friday, May 04, 2007


12:01 midnight ... okay, thats kind of confusing...
12:01 midnight of Thursday May 3... is actually the same as 12:01 in the morning of Friday May 4.
The tickets and the show-time listings on the internet were actually alittle confusing.

First, I met my friends (2 other women, and 1 guy) at The Bowery on
Sunset Blvd for the latest dinner I have ever had in my entire life.
My system was so off, that I ordered something I don't ever eat, I don't like, and its totally unhealthy because its a scavenger ... Beer Battered Shrimp.
I took a few bites, and I couldn't finish it...
I am sure it was good. It was just that my stomach did not know what it wanted at 11:00 pm at night.

My friends and I all had our tickets, and The Arclight Cinema is assigned seating.
And we all got our seats together.

While my friends were off doing something else, I got into the Concession stand line.
I was the only single woman in the concession stand line.
It was pretty much 90% men, and they were all looking at me.
It was way to funny.
Who would have thought the concession stand line at the first screening for Spiderman would be a good pick-up joint?

Nevertheless, I was in a rush to get my food and get back to my seats.
When I got back to my seat, I told my friends what the concession stand was like.
And one friend - she is much younger than me - said "Yeah, it is a Sausage-fest in here".
Okay - thats the first time I ever heard that term.

Just before Spiderman-3 started, a young guy - who looked like an Arclight employee except her was wearing a Cap on his head - walked up to the microphone.
He started to read from a piece of paper: "Thank you for choosing Arclight Cinemas, We hope you enjoy this screening of Spiderman-3 ... please remember to turn off all cell-phone and pagers..."

Half-way through the introduction speech, the audience realized that the person doing the reading was none other than Tobey Maguire ....
And everyone started to cheer !

Tobey Maquire stood off to the side with about 20 other people - and they stayed for about the first 30 minutes of Spider-man 3.

My friends and I had a great time. But I was so caught up in the actually event of the 12:01 screening, that I am probably going to have to go see Spiderman-3 a second time....

Here are some Spiderman-3 pictures, taken around the Arclight Cinema:

Spider-man 3 at 12:01 midnight the morning of 5/4/07

Cinerama Dome 12:01 Spider-man 3

Spider-man 3 at 12:01 midnight the morning of 5/4/07

Spider-man 3

Spider-man 3 on Sunset & Vine Spider-man 3

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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Fracture and The Hoax

Saw two late movies tonight.
"Fracture" starring Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling .
Anthony Hopkins is so perfect at being scary !
And I was so looking forward to seeing Ryan Gosling again after his Oscar Nomination.
It was a great suspenseful movie.

"The Hoax" starring Richard Gere .
With Alfred Molina , who is one of favorite actors. Hope Davis, Marcia Gay Harden and Stanley Tucci are also in it.
So it is an outstanding cast.
This is based on a true story. So I found it a very interesting piece of modern history.

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Film Noir - He Walked By Night

The Film Noir Series is over at the Egyptian Theatre .

I saw "He Walked By Night" from 1948.
There were some great shots from old Los Angeles in the movie.

The movie starred Richard Basehart , and Jack Webb.

If you are a fan of the TV series "Dragnet" which starred Jack Webb, check this movie out.
It is the movie that was the inspiration for Dragnet.

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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Easter Movies

I have been over at The Arclight Theatres so often, and every time I use their blue card.
So I have been racking up the points.
I think I have enough points on the card for three free movies.
So I used my "Two for one", and saw a double feature today.

Blades of Glory in the Dome
immediately followed by The Last Mimzy ... which was my free ticket

"Blades of Glory" was hysterical. Both Will Ferrell and Jon Heder are perfect together.
The minute they perform together, the movie is so funny.

The Last Mimsy is an interesting movie that mixes a Childrens Story, with futurist sci-fi and New Age ideas.

So for movies to watch on Easter, these were both were perfect comedies for the afternoon.

Movie links:
Blades of Glory Official Movie Site
The Last Mimzy Official Movie Site
Ice Skating Movies on Amazon
Movies for The Kidson

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Saturday, March 31, 2007

A Day In Hollywood

I signed up for an early morning volunteer shift at Egyptian Theatre .
They don't usually have things where I need to be there at 9:30 am. But today was an all day event, sponsored by The Korean Cultural Center of Los Angeles and The Japan Foundation of Los Angeles .
Two Anime movies, Aachi & Ssipak from Korea, and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time from Japan

Of course, I was running late. It is Saturday after all.
So instead of parking in the Hollywood and Highland lot, where they will validate - I grab a spot on the street and start to feed the meter.
I am standing there, digging through my purse trying to find that Quarter that is stuck at the very bottom.
When a group of four nice gentlemen go passed by me.....
And one of them puts a Quarter in the parking meter.
"You don't want to get a ticket. They are really strict around here, I know how it is" he says.

"Oh, yeah, okay - thanks." I say stunned and almost speechless at what just happened.
As they continue on their way.

By the time I run/walk to the Egyptian, they are an entire half block away.
I thought they were going to the Anime event - I mean why else would a group of four guys be in Hollywood at this time of the morning ?
But by the time I realize they are walking passed the Egyptian, it is to late for me to run after them to say anything, and I really wanted to invite them to the free animation screening.

As I am volunteering, a theatre patron asks another volunteer about where to eat in the area.
The volunteer tells him about the great places to eat over at Hollywood and Highland . I hear them mentioning "California Pizza Kitchen" and Beard Papa's Creme Puffs.
They are talking about how delicious the creme puffs are....

Soon the Anime movies are starting. But now I have to move my car.
The meters on the street are only for one hour. And I will be in Hollywood all day.
So I go drive me car into the Hollywood and Highland complex.
I can get validated - 4 hours for $2 - but it really won't matter, because I will be there all day.

Walking back up through the mall, to make it back to Hollywood Blvd and the Egyptian, I walk right passed Beard Papa's Creme Puffs.
How long has it been since I have had a Creme Puff ?
Oh, around Twenty Years.
Thats it. I am having a Creme Puff.

I walk into the store, and yes they sell Creme Puffs. There is a few flavors to choose from.
And a few other desserts. I am wondering "How can a store survive only selling Creme Puffs?"
I order one with chocolate filling, and a cup of coffee.
And it is sooooo delicious.
Then its back to finishing my shift at the Egyptian.

Later on in the afternoon, I meet up with friends.
I have been getting opinions on the movie ""300" , trying to figure out if a women in her 40s, like me, could possibly enjoy an ancient Greek war move.

I have asked two other friends. One said Yes, it was Fabulous.
The other said No, it was to violent and she hated it.
So I decide to ask one more female for one more opinion.
"Oh, it is fantastic ! You have to see it !" she says.
"Well, I heard it wasn't that good" I said "Oh, no... its great... there are really fit buff men who wear nothing but leather diapers through-out the entire movie. Its fantastic, you have to see it !"

Well, thats a good enough review for me. I'm there.

I walk over to the Mann's Theatres at Hollywood and Highland.
I was hoping to see it in the Chinese, but the timing doesn't work out right.
I will have to see it in the Mann 6.
I ask the ticket seller how big the theatre is. It only has 150 seats.
He notices the look on my face "But we've only sold 8 tickets, you can sit anywhere."
I buy a ticket, alittle unhappy about the situation.
This is the kind of movie you really want to see on a huge screen.

In line to get my concessions. I am trying to ignore the family in front of me.
The mother and father look like they just walked out of a Bar, are alittle tipsy, and its only early afternoon.
The mother has bleach blond hair, and she is wearing black leggings - not a good choice for someone in her age range.
The poor little boy just wants some candy.
"No, you aren't getting any sugar. Thats all you eat is sugar", says the mother.
She orders a couple of Combos. Popcorn, Soda, Candy.
The Concession Guy asks her "What size combo do you want?"
"I don't care" is her reply.
She and her husband are completely confused at the concession stand choices.

I move to a different line and get my concessions and go into the theatre.
I sit in the very last row of the 150 seat Mann 6, hoping to get a good view.
It was okay from the last row.

"300" is a movie that both men and women will like. There is definitely alot of war in it - because thats what its about.
And blood, and heads getting chopped off. But its all in Slo-Mo, so it doesn't seem the realistic.
During the movie, I only had to shut my eyes once.

And yes, as my friend said, lots of really hot dudes in leather diapers in the movie - "300" of them in fact.

I did enjoy the relationship between the King and his wife .
I wonder if thats really how they treated their women back then.
Oh, and there is one really steamy love-scene that is worth the price of your admission ticket.

And.... its also a history lesson, because these events really did happen.

After that, I am ready for dinner - so I stop at "California Pizza Kitchen".
And I have the healthy Chopped Salad, with no salami, but with chicken.
Next to me is a table of Working Actors, who are discussing acting teachers, casting websites and similar.
It was interesting eavesdropping on them. One of the actors was saying how studying at one of the Improv schools, like Second city, or the Groundlings, was considered very impressive by most casting directors. They give it even more consideration
than if you studied theatre arts at a four year college.
I don't know if thats true - but that what he said.

After arriving in Hollywood at 9:30 am, it is finally time to go home - and its 8pm already.
The parking validation didn't help - I was there all day, and I have to still pay ten bucks to get out the lot.

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

How Green Was My Valley

Volunteering today at the Egyptian Theatre .

How Green Was My Valley
The movie was "How Green Was My Valley" from 1941. Directed by John Ford .
And with a very young Roddy McDowall.

This movie won 5 Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Donald Crisp, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography.

Its the story of a Welsh coal-mining family who deal with faith, money and job security as they face the industrialization of the industry that they work in.

Check out the movie quotes page on .
There are some amazing lines in this movie. For instance:
"But remember, with strength goes responsibility - to others and to yourselves. For you cannot conquer injustice with more injustice - only with justice and the help of God."

There is a scene that is not in the quotes on IMDB, that really stood out to me. It is when Hew first becomes unable to walk, and Mr. Gruffydd goes to his bedside and tells him to have faith that God will heal him, and that he has to believe. Its a moving and touching scene.

I highly recommend you rent this movie. Its a great classic movie, with great moral lessons.
I think its one of the best movies ever made.

Its from the novel by Richard Llewellyn. When I got home, I got online to the Los Angeles Public Library , and I requested a few books by Richard Llewellyn.
I can't wait to read them.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Premier The Lookout

AT the Egyptian Theatre , it was the premier of "The Lookout" starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt (remember him from "3rd Rock From the Sun"), and Isla Fisher (she was the crazy one in "Wedding Crashers" ). Along with Jeff Daniels as the blind roommate.

A very suspenseful movie about a man with brain damage, who gets coerced into helping with a bank robbery. The scenes with the bank robbery had me on the edge of my seat.
The acting is excellent.

After the movie, there were wonderful appetizers, sushi, and little sandwiches in the Egyptian Courtyard.

I walked around, and saw Sasha Baron Cohen, who is engaged to Isla Fisher.
I said to one of my friends "He's not as tall as I expected."
Yes, he's tall... but he still looks taller in the movies.

Isla looked adorable, in a cute polka dot dress.

My friends and I hit the dessert table and enjoyed the delicious chocolate macaroon balls.

If you want to check out the pictures on WireImage, they are here :

red carpet pics

arrivals pics

party pics

The Lookout page.
The Lookout Offical Movie Site

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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Wild Hogs

Over at The Grove to catch an early afternoon matinee.
I really wanted to see "Wild Hogs".

A moving starring men over the age of 40 ? I am sooooo there !
Such a good cast, John Travolta, William H. Macy, Tim Allen , Martin Lawrence , Ray Liotta and Marisa Tomei and Jill Hennessy .

It was such a funny movie. From the beginning to the end.
And then make sure you stay for the closing credits because those are hysterical too.

Also in the movie is John C. McGinley , from the TV show "Scrubs" . He is so funny as the local cop. And Peter Fonda makes a surprise visit. He seems to be in all the motorcycle movies lately, He was in Ghostrider too.

Oh, okay... my favorite scene: the four guys - Travolta, Macy, Allen, and Lawrence - are skinny-dipping in a pond. Macy's character takes off his shorts, and you see his rear end - or maybe it was a "butt" double.
He jumps into the pond with the rest of the guys.
They are in the water up to their waist. A really funny cop, played by McGinley, comes along and wants to get in the water with them, although he is looking for much more in the way of action.
The four guys have to get away from him, without offending him since he is the local cop.
Its such a funny scene.

And why doesn't Ray Liotta do more comedy ? In "Wild Hogs" he is the bad guy. I loved him in this. Whatever you do, don't miss the funny closing credits. Because Liotta will really make you laugh during the credits.

My only complaint - the younger actresses.
William H Macy was born in 1950. His love interest, Marisa Tomei born in 1964.
Tim Allen was born 1953. Jill Hennessy plays his wife, and she was born in 1968.
I think would have been better to see these roles played by women who were not 14 to 15 years younger that the male actors. Though granted, with Hollywood age-ism, both Tomei and Hennessy are older than what would normally be cast in a movie like this.
It just that if the movie studio felt that actors in the 50-ish age group can carry a big hit movie - then I wish they would have done the same with the actresses. Even though both Tomei and Hennessy are great in their roles.

After the movie is over, we head over to Dupars . For their delicious Chicken Pot Pie.
And I call a female friend on the phone.
"Guess what movie I just saw?" I ask.
"Wild Hogs" I reply.
"No you didn't" she said.
"Yes, and it is so funny! You have to see it!" I said.
"No, I don't" she said
"Yes, yes .... John Travolta, William H Macy, Tim Allen - they are all naked in a pond!" I explain.
" aren't", she replied shocked.
"Yes, yes they are. You have to see it !" I say.
"Nooooooo" says my friend.
"Well, at least request it from Netflix when its available. Because it is really is hysterical."

Check out the Wild Hogs Official Website

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Sunday, March 11, 2007


So yesterday, I saw "Amazing Grace" - a Period Drama about the Political and Religious Leader William Wilberforce .....Today,something completely different.

First, I drove out to The Grove on Fairfax.
I saw "Ghostrider".
Action Adventure pictures are actually really fun for me.
"Ghostrider" had alot of Really Cool Special Effects.

And I like Nicolas Cage .
I met him once about 4 years ago, at an Egyptian Theatre weekend featuring his movies. And I stuffed the Gift Bags when he won the American Cinematheque Awards in the year 2001.
So he's a good guy. And I think he's a really great actor.

Wes Bentley is in "Ghostrider" playing "Blackheart", the son of the Devil. And he really stood-out in the role.
I wasn't familiar when any of his other work, so when I got home I looked him up on the internet.

I just loved - I mean, LOVED - Sam Elliott in this role as The Caretaker.He was so believable and brilliant.
Someone tell me if that was his real hair. He grew it long.
And thats the first time I have seen long grey hair look really sexy on an older man.

I am not familiar with the Marvel Comic Character . So it was alittle difficult for me to follow in the respect. In the movie, the characters do make references as to why they do certain things - so that helps you follow along.

Oh, and did I mention the Really Cool Special Effects ....

Here's a funny thing ... after I was done seeing "Ghostrider" - I drove out to
Bel Air Presbyterian Church
for their evening service.
Not because I felt I needed to go to church after seeing a movie about Demons taking over the world - but I had planned things that way just because the evening service was convenient to my schedule.

The Official Ghostrider website.
Ghostrider Trailer is on

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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Amazing Grace

Over at the Arclight this evening.
I wasn't really sure what I wanted to see. I just arrived in the lobby, and stood there looking at the marque.
I decided on seeing "Amazing Grace" .
I am so glad I picked that movie !!!
Very inspirational and moving - and it made me want to go out and save the world.

Just one warning - it is an English Period Drama taking place in the 18th century - you know, the types where the male characters are wearing white wigs and the female characters are in long poofy dresses. So if those kinds of movies are boring to you, then grab a big cup of coffee before you go, but I recommend that you still check it out.

William Wilberforce leads the fight to end slavery in 18th century England. The movie shows how he basically had to teach English society as to why it was wrong to capture and ship slaves to England. The movie also shows the physical pain he was in while he lead this fight. He suffered from the stomach ailment colitis . And the only thing to treat it back then was Laudanum , which is made from opium.
He was also the founder of Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, though the film only briefly touches on this.
William Wilberforce is a man who did alot of great things in his day.

Its a wonderful movie, the acting was outstanding. And the costumes and 18th century period setting was perfect.
I highly suggest that you go see this movie, to learn about an important piece of history, and to learn about William Wilberforce.

After the movie, I decide to look up William Wilberforce on the internet.
I ordered the book, 365 Days With Wilberforce from This is a daily devotional book, of Wilberforce's writings.
It arrived just a few days after I ordered it, and I find his writings very inspiring.

Then I went to the the Los Angeles Public Library website, and placed "holds" on the following books:
Real Christianity
William Wilberforce, God's Politician
Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce has many more books about and by, William Wilberforce.

Here are a few other links about the man and the movie: , the official site

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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Little Children

I was rushing to make it to the Laemmle Sunset 5 for a screening of Little Children .
I made it, but realized I had no cash.

So in the 8000 Sunset complex, I try to use the ATM.
And it won't accept my card. It just keeps spitting it back out.

So I run across Sunset, to the gas station and Mini-mart across the street.
It crosses my mind that if the card is somehow damaged, that I don't have enough cash on me to get out of the parking structure.

But my ATM card does indeed work at the Mini-Mart ATM, and I press "okay" when the machine says it will charge me an arm and a leg in order to withdraw my own money.

Finally, I make it to the Laemmle's sunset 5 to see Little Children.
Its a very dramatic movie. I wanted to see it because of the outstanding acting performances.
And yes, all the acting is really incredible.

Little Children is very dramatic and serious. Its not just a story about a child molester - that is only part of the story.
Its a story of how grown adults can act like little children in their own ways. And how their childish decisions effect their lives.

Jackie Earle Haley is outstanding in this as the local child molester, he certainly did deserve the Best Supporting Actor Oscar Nomination.
Its great to see how after being a child actor in the Bad News Bears movies of 70's, that he's continued on with his acting career in adult life.
He is very talented, and I think we will be seeing him in alot more award-winning roles in the future.
Check out the page on Jackie Earle Haley .
His website is JEH Productions , where you can see videos of some of his work as a Director for Television commercials.

Here is also a link for the Little Children Movie website.
and the DVD is available on

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Sunday, February 25, 2007

The Oscars
Volunteered at the Egyptian Theatre , for their big Oscar Party.
They served lots of delicious food starting in the afternoon.
Then once the Oscars started, we all watched them on the big screen.
It was alot of fun, with a large turn-out of people.
There were prizes given for the most correct guesses.

And... everyone got a Gift Bag that included the sound track from The Queen ,
and a DVD of United 93 .
And I also got a large Dreamgirls poster.

I love watching the Oscars on a large movie theatre screen, in a theatre filled with people. I don't know if I will ever be able to watch them on the little TV screen again.
This event was so much fun.

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Oscar Pictures
Check out my Flickr Oscar Set
These are pictures I took of the Oscars being set-up the day before the actual Oscar ceremony.

Oscars 2007

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Saturday, February 24, 2007

Oscar Shorts

Volunteered at the Egyptian Theatre .
Tonight, they showed the 2006 Short Films that are Nominated for an Oscar .

If you did not get to go to a screening of Oscar nominated short films, I highly recommend that you Click on over to
You can buy the 2006 Nominees on a DVD collection.
The 2005 Short Films are also available for purchase.

These short films are so good, its a shame that they are not shown in more movie theatres - so that more people can see them.

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Friday, February 23, 2007

A Star is Born

Volunteered at the Egyptian Theatre .
The movie tonight was "A Star is Born" from 1954 starring Judy Garland.
This is such an amazing movie. A real classic. Judy Garland is perfect is this movie.
One of my all-time favorites.

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Half Nelson

AFI had a screening tonight at at The Arclight Cinema .
It was the movie, Half Nelson .

Ryan Gosling is nominated for a Best Actor Oscar. He plays a school teacher who has a drug problem.
I was so happy to hear that at the Spirit Awards he won Best Actor - and that Shareeka Epps, who plays a student in the film - won the Best Actress Award.

I was checking out some of the message boards about the movie.
And people were posting questions asking about how his Cat dies.
Yeah, thats what I was wondering too.
There is a scene, where he wakes up to feed the cat. And the cat is lying there dead.
I was wondering what happened. And according to some of the posts, we were to believe that his cat does die from eating some of his drugs.
It is supposed to show how far out of control his life is getting due to the drugs.

All in all, Half Nelson is a very dramatic movie, with outstanding acting performances.

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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Gangster Movies

Gangster movies while I was volunteering at the Egyptian Theatre .

The first was "Gangland:Bullets Over Hollywood" , which is a very interesting movie about the American Gangster movie from the silent film era to modern times.

Followed by the "Rise & Fall of Legs Diamond", from 1960.

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Saturday, February 17, 2007

A Busy Day in Studio City

I started the day off at the D Miller Salon in Studio City,getting my hair trimmed and dyed.
I went alittle bit darker than last time. It was supposed to be a very dark brown.
And it was more closer to a black.
It doesn't matter - my hair tends to fade quickly, and get sunwashed very fast.
So very soon, it was a nice dark brown.

And I splurged and got alittle bit more shaping with the trim. I specifically requested "long layers".
Nothing to drastic.

While I was in Studio City, I stopped off at the Daily Grill for a late breakfast.
I got my favorite, eggs florentine .... it was delicious.

While I had my eggs florentine, I read a very interesting book, Signs and Wonders by Albert Clayton Gaulden.

Then as I came out of the restaurant, I saw that DSW Shoes was having a sale.
Since I was looking for a nice pair of black loafers, I decided to stop in.
I emerged two hours later with two pairs of leather casual shoes and one pair of aerobic shoes.
According to my receipt, my bill was $125.27 - but I saved $117.37 off of the retail price.
So that is a really good savings.

I also joined the DSW Rewards program, which adds up my points everytime I buy something.
And then my points add up to even more savings.

I was having so much fun on my day in Studio City, that I was running late to meet friends at The Arclight Cinema .
I looked at my watch, and had to rush to make it there in time.

The movie we saw was Babel .
I really loved this movie. I thought it was very intelligent and well-written. And the story was amazing.
It is about four different stories in four different parts of the world - and each story is connected by a single Gun.
I thought the story of how one gun could effect so many different people was incredible.
It is one of those movies that really makes you think about what is going on in diffferent parts of the world.

Me, at the Daily Gill

rainbow fountain

The beautiful fountain in Studio City

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Friday, February 16, 2007

Scarface at The Egyptian

Volunteered at the Egyptian Theatre .

For a screening of Scarface .... the one from 1932.
This one is directed by Howard Hawks.

They also showed the more recent Scarface from 1983, that stars Al Pacino .

They played both tonight as a double feature...

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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Evening in Studio City

In the evening, I drove out to CBS Studios in Studio City for MFI International Fellowship .

Their guest speaker tonight was Doug Jones . He plays Pan and The Pale Man in Pan's Labyrinth .
I was very interested to hear him speak, because I had just seen Pan's Labyrinth a week and a half ago.
I had wanted to see it ever since I had volunteered for the sold-out midnight show at the AFI Film Fest .

Doug Jones has a website, The Doug Jones Experience .
There are alot of great pictures of his appearances on here.

After that, I needed to stop off at the Trader Joe's that is across the street from CBS.
I was out of the Trader Joe's Decaf Chai Green Tea. And its my favorite.

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Sunday, February 04, 2007

Out and About

I had completely forgot that today was Superbowl Sunday.
It slipped my mind when I was making my plans.
In a way thats good. It means everyone else in LA will be in front of their TV sets, and I can be out and about doing things with no one else to get in my way.

I volunteered at the Falcon Theatre for their Children's Matinee of "The Root Beer Bandits".
Yes, it was less of an audience than usual due to the Superbowl. But there were some Dads there with their kids.
I so enjoy the Children's Matinees. All the little kids are so cute. And the plays that the Falcon puts on for the kids, are very entertaining.

Later on, I went for a little walk in Griffith Park .
Funny, I don't live very far from there - and yet I never go.
So I drove over, and I saw they had pony rides. I stopped and took some pictures of the cute little kids on the ponies.

Then, I went over to The Arclight .
I saw "Pan's Labyrinth". I have been wanting to see it since they showed it at AFI when I volunteered there.
There are alot of gruesome scenes. When it got to bloody for me, I just closed my eyes until it was over.

Griffith Park

Pony Rides at Griffith Park

The Pony Rides

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Friday, February 02, 2007

Notes on A Scandal

Over at the Arclight Cinemas , for a late show of "Notes on A Scandal"

Yes, the acting was amazing. And the story kept me on the edge of my seat...
But the poor kitty who was owned by the psycho woman played by Judi Dench...
Did you see the "Cat Fancy" magazines on the table, covered in dirt and shovels, after she was done burying the poor little thing ....

I could completely relate to her getting more psycho because her poor cat had died.
Yeah, that would be me.... totally even wackier because the poor cat died. LOL !

The scene where she tries to stop Cate Blanchett from going to her child's school performance ... all because the cat died. Oh, I loved it !

And any movie that Bill Nighy is in - well, you have to see it ! He plays Cate Blanchett's older husband..... and he should have received a Best Supporting Actor Nomination, in my opinion. He's one of the best actors out there, and he was great in this.

Great movie.
Judi Dench
's character is so unstable in this, she is amazing.

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Thursday, January 25, 2007

The Kid
Volunteering at the Egyptian Theatre

Charles Chaplin
The Kid form 1921.

If you have never seen it, this is a timeless classic. And one of the most popular silent films ever made.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Walk on The Wild Side

Volunteering at the Egyptian Theatre

Tonights movie was Walk on the Wild Side from 1962 .
Even though the movie is set in a bordello, I loved watching all the strong female characters in it.

Both Jane Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck are amazing in this movie.

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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Oscar Roundtable & The Queen

During the afternoon, at The Egyptian Theatre , Newsweek Magazine hosted an Oscar Roundtable .

Check out the link above. Its a very interesting discussion. They are talking about their acting careers and how they got started. As an actress myself, I found this to be a very interesting conversation to listen to.

Many of the Best Actor and Best Actress nominees were
there, including Brad Pitt , , Cate Blanchett , Forest Whitaker , Helen Mirren , Penelope Cruz , and Leonardo DiCaprio .

After that, if the evening there was a screening "The Queen" and Helen Mirren did a Q&A after the movie was over.

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Friday, January 12, 2007

Helen Mirren

At The Egyptian Theatre , they had a day of Helen Mirren films.

The first movie was CAL , from 1984
the second one was Age of Consent from 1969.

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Sunday, January 07, 2007

Tall Target

Tonights movie was "Tall Target" from 1951, at the Egyptian Theatre .
It is the story of a plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln as he travels.
It was a very interesting historical movie.

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Saturday, January 06, 2007

Black Moon & Mels Diner

Volunteered at the Egyptian Theatre tonight. The movie was
"Black Moon"
directed by Louis Malle

But for some reason I just decided to take off after my shift was over.
Instead, I stopped at Mel's Restaurant just around the corner on Highland

I ordered a roast chicken dinner with potatoes and steamed vegetables.
The mixed vegetables were delicious. There was a variety of vegetables, with some yellow thing that I did not know what it was - but it sure did taste good.
I said to the waitress "The vegetables are delicious. What is the yellow thing?"
She answered "yellow baby chinese carrots".

As I stopped off to pay my bill at the cashier, I said "Those vegetables were wonderful !"
The cashier said "Oh, did you liked the yellow baby chinese carrots?"
Oh, yes...

I mean, think about it... how many times have you gone out to a restaurant and actually complimented them on the steamed vegetables ...
They were that good....

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Friday, January 05, 2007

Friends of Eddie Coyle

Tonights movie at the Egyptian Theatre was "Friends of Eddie Coyle" from 1973.

One of the reasons I wanted to see it was that Peter Boyle was one of the actors in it.
And I loved him on "Everybody Loves Raymond ."

When I arrive in downtown Hollywood, I usually park at Hollywood & Highland . The Egyptian will validate the parking, and its only $2 for 4 hours.
And I have my certain favorite levels and places where I like to park.

I park the car, and I go to the elevators.
And who is also waiting for the elevator - Doris Roberts , who was also on "Everybody Loves Raymond"
She was with friends, and there must have been an event at the Kodak Theatre that she was going to.

We all got in the elevator together, and I thought about saying something to her about how much I loved her on "Everybody Loves Raymond".
But for the few times I have been close to a celebrity, I really don't like to say anything.
I feel like I am intruding on their private time.
So I just smiled at her as I left the elevator.

Then it dawned on me, that Peter Boyle who played her husband in "Everybody Loves Raymond" was in the movie that I was going to go see that evening.

Such an interesting coincidence.

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Thursday, January 04, 2007

The Farm

Trying to meet a friend for a free screening of a movie. The movie was
"Miss Potter" starring Renée Zellweger .
And the screening was taking place at The Grove .

Well, I was running really late from the office. And when I arrived, the free screening was sold out.
I called my friends on my cellphone once I made it into the lobby. They were already in the theatre, and there were no seats left.

So, instead of seeing the movie, I went out to "The Farm" restaurant.
I has a wonderful Shepherds Pie, that included yellow beets and little baby onions.
It was so delicious, and filled with yummy vegetables.

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Monday, January 01, 2007

Abbott & Costello

Tonights movie, "Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein", from 1948, at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

I love it... a classic comedy to ring in the New Year !

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Saturday, December 30, 2006

Casino Royale

So what do I do after walking around the Art Museum all morning ?
I go home in the afternoon and take a Nap.
Then I completely oversleep.
My nap lasted 3 hours in the afternoon.

Oh, no ... I will never go to sleep tonight.

So off I go to the movies.... for a 10 pm show.

I went to the Mann Theatres in Hollywood to see "Casino Royale" .
I had been wanting to see this since it came out, but put it off because I had a head cold.
It was a good movie. I like James Bond films.

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Friday, December 29, 2006

Beverly Hills & Los Feliz

I have the week off from work for the holidays. I decided to check out a little restaurant called "Coupra Cafe" . It was listed in the LA Times Food Section.

I had a wonderful Butternut Squash Soup. And a Mushroom Crepe.
They also have delicious coffee, and chocolates.

Then, off I went to the Laemmle's Music Hall, to see "Last King of Scotland".
I wanted to see Forest Whitaker's outstanding performance.

Unfortunately, it is playing in so few movie theatres, I had to watch it on the Music Hall's teeny weeny little screen.

And parking in Beverly Hills ! ugh !
I had forgotten that today is actually a work day. Free street parking is only on Sundays. So I had to park in a structure.
And they only validate for the movies in the evenings.
And I went to a matinee.
So it cost me $10 to park just to see the movie !

Then in the evening, it was off to "Big Foot Lodge" in Los Feliz to hang out and relax.
Since it is the holiday, everyone was telling me that it wasn't as crowded as it usually is.
A very relaxed atmosphere. With a wide variety of people.
It was a nice relaxing evening.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

The Departed

Back over the Mann's Cinema . This time to see Martin Scorsese's
The Departed .
Now this was a great movie.
Outstanding Acting, Script - everything.

I am still on the Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine, and sitting in the very back row.

Then one of the Mann employees kept coming in and out to watch the movie.
He kept crawling over me to sit down. Then another employee joined him for a bit. She kept standing up and looking at her cell phone.

As I was leaving, the elderly man at the other end of the row asked me "Why were those people getting up and down from their seats all the time?"
I said "I don't know, but it was annoying."
He said "Yes it was."

In these kind of things, I always feel I have the right to complain. And some kind of duty, because now a little old man who is a total stranger just told me he was disturbed during the movie.
I found the Theatre Manager. And I explained the problem. And I pointed out the two employees.
"I don't care if you allow the employees to view the movies, but they shouldn't be crawling over patrons, and getting up and down from their seats."
The Manager assured me that the employees were Not supposed to be in watching the movie.
And he gave me a Free pass to come back and see a free movie ...

I hope the elderly man complained and got a free pass too..

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Monday, December 25, 2006

Unfaithfully Yours

Hey, I didn't volunteer at the Egyptian today.
I actually used one of the free vouchers they give to me when I volunteer, and I just went to see the movie.
Its about all I can do since I am still recovering from The Cold From Hell.

The movie was "Unfaithfully Yours" a comedy from 1948.
Starring Rex Harrison .

Yes, I loaded up on Alka-Seltzer Plus and Halls Cough Drops before I went.

Oh, and I wish you a very Merry Virus and Bacteria Free Christmas !

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Saturday, December 23, 2006


I am to the point where I have to get out of the house. So a trip to the Mann's Cinema .

I decided to see "Borat" . I wanted to see it mainly because of all the controversy.
And also, because it had a really short running time and I don't know how long I will last in the movie theatre with my head cold.

So I stashed Halls Cough Drops and Kleenex in my purse.
And right before the movie started, I took an Alka-Seltzer Plus. The Orange Zest flavor is actually pretty good, and has become my cold medicine of choice.

Then I sat in the very last seat, in the very last row ... right next to the door.
I only had to leave once to go cough and blow my nose.

I really thought "Borat' was funny.
There were alot of older, ethnic people in the audience.
Little old ladies with scarves around their heads.
And when I saw them sitting down, I was worried how they would react to the movie.
The minute the credits came on, they started howling with laughter.
They loved it.
They even thought the credits were funny.

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Monday, December 11, 2006

Edward Scissorhands

Volunteered at The Egyptian Theatre for Edward Scissorhands .

The Ahmanson Theater is having a stage productions of Edward Scissorhands.
So The Egyptian hosted a party and screening.
The thing that was really fun was that many of the Cast members from the Stage performance, came to see the screening of the movie.

Edward Scissorhands is one of my favorite movies. I love Johnny Depp . But even more, I think Dianne Wiest is just the most perfect Avon lady ever.
I was an Avon Lady for a few months, about ten years ago. So I can relate to what her character must go through.

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Monday, December 04, 2006


Film hosted a screening of Perfume: The Story of a Murderer .
Alan Rickman is one of my favorite actors, so I was very interested in seeing his performance.

It was on the Paramount Studios lot on Melrose in Hollywood, which was pretty interesting in itself.

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Saturday, December 02, 2006


Volunteered at the Egyptian Theatre .
For a screening of Cleopatra (1963) starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Rex Harrison .

It is a fabulous movie. Also a long movie, 246 minutes.

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Friday, December 01, 2006

The Sound of Music

Volunteered at The Egyptian Theatre for a screening of The Sound Of Music .

Julie Andrews has the most beautiful voice ever.

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Friday, November 24, 2006

Happy Feet

I went to the Arclight Cinemas today.
Saw Happy Feet in the Cinerama Dome.

What a cute movie !
Elijah Wood
makes a great penguin.
And penguins are just so cute.

The dancing and the music really had me going. I really enjoyed it.

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Sunday, November 12, 2006

AFI Film Festival Day 12

In the morning, I both volunteered at the AFI Film Festival and saw the movies.
The first screening I had to be there for was "Hollywood Dreams" .
The director Henry Jaglom and lead actress Tanna Frederick along with Karen Black , did a really fun Q&A afterwards.
This is such a good movie, about trying to be a success in Hollywood.
It was the perfect, and completely suitable, movie to end my AFI volunteer gig with.

After that was done, and I helped take the tickets for the screening of "Bug" - I went and ate some lunch in the Arclight Cinemas Cafe.
The Arclight really got their moneys worth from me these last few weeks.
I may have seen nearly 20 FREE movies is the last two weeks - but I paid for my concessions and ate at the Arclight Restaurant more than I can count.

I had to be on my final shift at The Arclight Dome Theatre , for the screening of Curse of the Golden Flower .
It was hectic and crazy. The Dome is smaller than the Mann Chinese Theatre .
So to have the closing night Gala at the Dome - it was just crazy.

It was assigned seating in certain areas. And general seating in other areas.
And that makes for a crazy night.
Some people who had general admission, were trying to sit in assigned seats.
Also, some of the VIPs arrived late - and we had to keep people from sitting in those seats.
As ushers, we were trying to control it. And it was alot to do.

After the movie started, I watched from the side for about 10 minutes.
I looked around for a seat. There were singles scattered here and there.
But I don't like crawling over people once the movie has started.
Besides, I was exhausted, and it was time to go home.

I later found out that after the movie, there was a wonderful party on the top level of the Arclight Cinemas parking structure.
I missed it, I was home sound asleep by then.

Pictures are on
Curse of the Golden Flower Premier

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Saturday, November 11, 2006

AFI Film Festival Day 11

Over at the AFI Film Festival , I started the day out seeing "Beautiful Ohio" ., which I missed last night.
Chad Lowe was there to do a Q&A as well. So that was great.

Then I headed over to The Mann Chinese Theatre to volunteer for the Gala Presentation of "The Fountain".

I stopped off at the Green Cafe in the Hollywood & Highland center to get some dinner before.

Tonight, my job was as an usher again. And since the Chinese Theatre is so huge, tonight was one of the easier nights.

I got to sit towards the back, in the center, to watch "The Fountain".
Hugh Jackman was sitting just up the aisle from me.

You can see pictures of the Arrivals over at Wire .

I liked "The Fountain", but it is very difficult for me to watch anything that has a story line about Cancer in it.
I sit there and I compare what the movie character is going through, against what I went through with the Breast Cancer last year.
And even tho it was a great film, I was alittle depressed by the end - but it was because of the cancer story line.

Some of the other volunteers were hanging out after the movie, trying to see the stars.
And I had a ticket for another movie, so I got in my car and went back to the Archlight.

The movie I saw was "Alien Autopsy" - and it was so good !
It cheered me right up.
It is the humorous story of when two British lads where accused of having faked a documentary from the Roswell, New Mexico incident in 1947.
I really found it both interesting and entertaining.

I met up with a friend, who was there seeing other movies. We ended up having a glass of wine in the Arclight Cinemas Restaurant.
And sitting and chatting.
I told her that I am giving serious thought about volunteering at the Sundance Film Festival this year.
I am having so much fun here at AFI.

Pictures are on
The Fountain - Arrivals
The Fountain - After Party

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Friday, November 10, 2006

AFI Film Festival Day 10

Tonight, while volunteering at the AFI Film Festival , I took tickets, handed out ballots, counted the badges - all sorts of things.
We were low on volunteers again.

The theatre I was in was pretty sleepy with no real excitement going on.
All the excitement was across the hallway for the screening of "Beautiful Ohio" .
Celebrities there:
Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Rob Lowe, and Chad Lowe.

As I went to the concession stand, Rob Lowe was right in front of me.

That theatre was sold out, so there was no way I would get in.

So I went and and watched "Triad Election" .

Pictures are on
Beautiful Ohio Premier

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Thursday, November 09, 2006

AFI Film Festival Day 9

Okay, this was one of those hectic, crazy nights.
Over at the AFI Film Festival to volunteer..
I didn't see any celebs. They have started to escort many of them in via the back doors, so they don't get stuck in the mad rush of theatre patrons who are coming and going to all the movies.
Ashley Judd was there, for "Come Early Morning" , but she was escorted in the back so I did not see her.

The worst thing about volunteering for any movie - anywhere, for any organization - is when they throw a party before the screening of the movie.
That means there are guests arriving to see the movie who are completely drunk.
And you have to try to get their tickets while they stand there and sway back and forth.
One woman was so drunk, she couldn't even get her hand into her purse to get her ticket. She kept aiming for the purse and missing. She was holding up the long line, and I was just about to get the Manager when she finally got her hand in her purse and got her ticket. Then she stumbled into the theatre.

And of course, being drunk can make some people obnoxious. I am only 4 feet 10 inches - so I can't fight people.
Some very well dress people came barrelling passed - very liquored up.
I politely asked for their tickets.
The woman snapped "We're VIPs" and they pushed passed, the smell of liquor fumes trailing after them.

The volunteer I was working with was so upset.
I looked for the Manager, and he had other problems he was dealing with.
I said "Let it go. Theres nothing we can do about it. We are only volunteers".
When the manager came by, I mentioned it to him just so he knew.

The screening was completely sold out, so I just hung out in the lobby.

Then, after all that - they asked me to stay and work a second shift.
They had added a midnight screening of "Pan's Labyrinth " and needed volunteers.
So I was there to take tickets again.

It was one of those movies where everyone wanted to see it. And there wasn't a single seat left in the place.
The line went down the hall, to practically where the escalators are on the Arclight Cinemas second floor.
They had a "Rush Ticket line near the box-office, but I don't think any of those people got in.

I have to say, most people in the line for "Pan's Labyrinth" were very nice, and well-behaved. They were just fans who wanted to see the movie.

One young hippy-looking couple approached me. The girl held her ticket upside down, so the print was facing the floor.
She held on to it, and wouldn't let me take it. She wanted me to rip it while she held it.
"No, I need to see your ticket, please."
Of course, I turned it over and saw that they had purchased a ticket for another movie, and were trying to sneak in.
"This is the wrong ticket" I said. And they got out of line.

Two more guys tried it. They handed me the ticket, I looked at it "Sorry this is the wrong movie."
They acted confused looking at the sign. I almost believe they were at the wrong theatre, their acting was so good.

Finally, the entire theatre was packed. And they wanted to release the rush seats.
The manager telling people "If you leave now to go to the bathroom or to get concessions, we are giving your seat away."
It was that crazy - and there was that many people who wanted in to see Pan's Labyrinth.

I got home close to 2 am.

Pictures are here on
Come Early Morning Dinner & Screening
Come Early Morning After Party

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

AFI Film Festival Day 7

Tonight was a pretty exciting night at the AFI Film Festival .
I saw lot of celebrities go passed me, even thought they were not in my theatre.

I was volunteering at the first theatre, which I really like - because you can see everything. And you can see everyone who goes passed.

I dashed into another theatre and saw a Shorts Program, which I enjoyed.
Then I saw "How Much Further", a film from the country of Ecuador - which I really liked.
And I saw "No Sweat" a documentary about the garment district in Los Angeles.

As I was working my volunteer shift, I saw quite a few celebrities go by, who where there for other theatres.
Brittany Murphy and Marcia Gay Harden who were out of the "The Dead Girl" screening.
They came out with the entire crowd of theatre patrons, and it was pretty scary watching them leave with a mass of people surrounding them.

Then Colin Farrell and Jon Voight walking together - Collin's arm around Jon Voight's neck - as they went to go see "Wristcutters A Love Story."

I asked one of the Managers "Is Collin Farrell here ? Is he in watching that movie?"
His answer "I can't confirm or deny that - but maybe"

Then, at the very end, I ran in to see the documentary "No Sweat", and Daryl Hannah was sitting not to far from me.
This is a very interesting documentary about the Los Angeles Garment District. It made me really want to read and get more information about Garment Workers.

Pictures on
Dead Girls Premiere

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Monday, November 06, 2006

AFI Film Festival Day 6

I have my office job, in the same block as the Arclight Cinemas .
So I have been leaving my car in the parking structure of my job. And walking over to the Arclight for the AFI Film Festival to volunteer.
This is fine, on the way there.
But walking back at night, along Sunset even just a half block, it is pretty scary.

So tonight I decided to drive the half of a city block, and park in the Arclight parking structure.
It was going to cost me $6, but I felt safer.
Well, driving the half block - made me late for my shift !!!

It took me about a half hour to drive from my office to the Arclight, because of all the traffic.
Then once I got into the structure, I had to drive around and around and around - because the lot was completely full!

I almost said forget it, and went home. But I was glad I stayed.
There was a Gala Presentation going on in the Dome, which I was not doing.
I was in the smaller theatres on the second floor of the Arclight.
All the volunteers seemed to be over at the Gala, so they really needed people in the smaller theatres.
So they were short of people when I got there, and even though I was late, they were happy to see me.

I only saw one movie tonight.
"Air Guitar Nation" about the world-wide competition of Air-Guitar players.
It was so funny !

Then, across the hall in another theatre, the manager needed help.
He had had The Shorts Program previously. And he needed help counting the Ballots.
Well, counting the Ballots for a full length movie is easy.
But they had an entire program of Short films.
So we had make a Grid on a piece paper.
And I called out the votes on each ballot, while the Manager made tick marks.
It took us nearly an hour and a half to get all the Short film ballots counted.

Yes, I got off of my volunteer shift very late tonight.

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Sunday, November 05, 2006

AFI Film Festival Day 5

Okay, I saw Four movies again today, over at the AFI Film Festival . This time, one of my friends had another movie to go see someone else in Hollywood, so we did not meet up.
I went to the Volunteer Check-In table, and got more vouchers.
Then I got more tickets.

My first movie to see was "The History Boys" .
I liked it, but there was one scene entirely in French without subtitles.
And since I don't speak French, I was lost.

Then the next movie I saw was "The Secret Live of Happy People" .

Next, it was time to start my Volunteer Shift.
I didn't want to see the movie that was playing in my theatre, so I asked the manager
"What time does this get out? What time do you need me back?"

So I jumped into the theatre across from us and saw "Comic Evangelists" .
It is a really funny story about a group of comics in a church group, who compete in a big comedy festival.
It was very funny.

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History Boys premier

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Saturday, November 04, 2006

AFI Film Festival Day 4

I have never seen 4 movies in one day. But today I did.

Whenever we work at a shift for the AFI Film Festival , they give us a Voucher. And that can be exchanged for a ticket
to any movie.
Or, your festival volunteer badge will let you into any movie that is not sold out, and has seating.

So the first thing I did, I went to the Volunteer check-in area to get my vouchers from the last two nights that I have volunteered.
I took my vouchers to the Boxoffice, and I exchanged them for tickets to two morning movies.

The first movie I was was "Somebodies" . A funny look at young adults who are deciding, since they are no longer in school, if they are going to party all the time, or if they are going to following the straight and narrow and attend church. It a humorous story about young people trying to figure out how to live their lives.

In between movies, I met up with two friends in the lobby. We were calling eachother on our cell phones.
But none of us had gotten tickets to the same movie. All three of us wanted to see something else.
So we made plans to meet in the lobby later on, and we all went in different directions to see our different films.

I kept seeing Kirsten Dunst going in and out of movies. She seemed to be watching as many movies and I was. I even ran into her in the ladies room. She was just in Shorts, and very casual. At first I didn't recognize her.

I then went and saw a movie called "Full Grown Men" - very colorfully done. And I enjoyed watching the lead actor.

Since all I ate all day was concession stand food, I stopped off in the Arclight Cinemas
Cafe for a Chinese Chicken Salad.
I called both of my friends on their cell phone. I got no answered because I guess they were still watching their movies.

Then, I headed over to my Volunteer Shift.
The movie was "Stephanie Daily" a serious drama starring Tilda Swinton.
I did the "Clicker" - clicking the little metal thing as each person walked in, so as to keep a count as to how many people went inside the theatre.
Then I went in to watch the movie.

Next, the movie was "Kurt Cobain About A Son" . One of my friends came to the movie - so we actually got to see eachother.
This screening was fun, because it wasn't the usual film festival people. Alot of the people attending were Rock & Rollers who obviously don't go to many film festivals.
They didn't understand that there is a Ballot that each person checks off in the end, so the AFI Film Fest can give an "Audience Choice Award".
So I had to give many of the people instructions on how to do this.

And some of the patrons are just figuring out how the entire ticketing/pass thing works.
One patron came over to me "Are you letting people in your theatre with just a pass?" she asked me.
"Yes, a pass will get you in to see the movie." I said.
She replied "Well, thats what I explained to the manager in the next theatre and he told me we have to have tickets".
I then explained to her, that some of the events require a separate ticket because it is assigned seating. These are usually the ones they expect to sell-out, because there is a big celebrity speaking.
And other events take either tickets or passes because it is general "sit where ever you want" seating.
So there is a difference.

After the movie, I went up to the top of the Arclight parking structure - where the Cinema Lounge is at.
I had told my two friends (who had disappeared into their movies) to meet me up there at the end of the night.
They are having musicians playing music.

I saw one of the Managers I had worked with.
"Can I get into the Cinema Lounge to listen to the music?"
He answered, No, that the volunteers are only allowed into the Cinema Lounge during the afternoon. I can't go
in there in the evening. "But you can try it" was his last word of advice.

I walked to the Cinema Lounge door. And peaked inside, there was plenty of space.
Once of my fellow volunteers stopped me.
"No volunteers can't come in.", he said.
"Oh, Okay".
Well, I tried.

I ran into the Volunteer Coordinator who was sitting in the outside area.
"Gee, why can't we go into the Cinema Lounge? I just want to listen to the music."
He had a look on his face that said I was about the millionth volunteer to ask him this question, and he just shook his head.
We chatted for a bit, and then I just headed home.

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Friday, November 03, 2006

AFI Film Festival Day 3 - The Banquet & Inland Empire

Two volunteer shifts tonight over at the AFI Film Festival .
The first one was for "The Banquet" . I got to go inside and watch the movie.
Gorey and bloody and beautiful.
Like watching a ballet - where everything gets all bloody.

Then my second shift was for David Lynch's Inland Empire .

I was doing ushering again. "The Banquet" was general seating. Inland Empire was assigned seating.
So for my second shift, I had to direct people and tell them where their seats were.

A large group of people showed up. I asked "Can I help you?"
And they just stood there.
I said "Can I see your tickets"
And one lady said "They didn't give us tickets".
And there at the back of their group, was David Lynch himself.
I said "Oh, please wait one moment while I get the manager."
I ran to the manager "David Lynch's Guests are here."
At that point, the manager took over.

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Thursday, November 02, 2006

AFI Film Festival Day 2 - Tribute to Penelope Cruz

At the AFI Film Festival , this time at the Arclight Dome Theatre - for a tribute to Penelope Cruz .
The movie was "Volver".

I was doing ushering. That meant I stood in the middle of the theatre, right below the balcony section, and instructed people which way to go for their seating.
We were told to wear out AFI Tshirt with black. I wore a black skirt, with flat shoes.

The event was a ticketed event. Meaning your film festival pass did not get you in.
Here is a helpful hint ... if you are trying to sneak into a Gala event at a film festival - do not sit in a seat over an hour before they start letting the people in.

The theatre was completely empty, and we were not letting people in yet. One woman was sitting there reading a book.
I said "Excuse me. We are not seating people yet. Do you have a ticket ?"
She showed me her pass, which was no good for the event.
I said "Oh, this event is hard-ticketed, and it is assigned seating. So let me show you where to pick up your ticket. Come this way."
And I lead her out the front door, to the guest check-in area - where I knew they weren't going to give her a ticket or let her back in.
But she was no longer my problem.

Then two guys did the exact same thing. And they were escorted out of the theatre.
I don't know how they got let in, in the first place.
If you are going to sneak in some place, go wait in the bathroom until the general public is being seated.

Finally, they opened the doors. And the people came in with tickets for their assigned seats.
It got pretty hectic.
I basically looked at the ticket, and told people which section to head over to. And then there was a volunteer waiting in that section to show them their exact seating.

A nice lady in a business suit came up to me. I looked at her ticket "Oh, yes - you are in the first row of the balcony section.
Right up there." And I pointed.
She just stood there.
I thought - she's not moving, I wonder if she is a VIP.
I said "Oh, would you like me to take you to your seat?"
She said "Yes, take us to our seats."
I said "Right this way", and they followed me.
The woman first, followed by Eva Mendes . Who I just realized was standing behind the woman I was talking to.
I said "Here are your seats."
Eva Mendez (who looked gorgeous) said Thank you.

And just as they were sitting down - I look up.
And there in the same aisle, just a few seats down is Prince .
I was to stunned to say anything, or do anything.
He was dressed in a glittery military looking jacket. And I later joked to friends that he was wearing more make-up than Penelope Cruz.

I said to one of the other volunteers "Did you see Prince?"
And she was all excited too.

Finally the pre-movie speeches were starting and everyone was seated.
I stood to the left side to listen. And Penelope Cruz was just a few feet away from me.
People who spoke were Eva Mendez and Salma Hayek .

I finally decided that I needed to go to the concession stand before the movie started.
I ended up sitting on the right side of the theatre for the movie
Penelope Cruz is wonderful in her role.

In between the Speeches and the movie, there was about a 10 minute intermission.
I sat and watched Prince, Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek all sit in the first row of the balcony and chat away during intermission. Looks like the three of them are all buddies.

Okay, it was freezing in the theatre. I practically had ice cycles hanging from my nose.
After the movie was over, I couldn't wait. I had to head out to some where that was warm.
Even tho I saw all the limos in front of The Dome, I needed to get home.
No more star-watching tonight.

Pictures are on
Tribute to Penelope Cruz

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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

AFI Film Festival Day 1 - Gala at The Manns Chinese Theatre

The opening night Gala for the AFI Film Festival .
It was the Premier of "Bobby" at the Mann Chinese Theatre .

The volunteers were told to wear all black. And I ended up doing Guest Check-in right on Hollywood Blvd all night.
So I am glad I wore a jacket. It got chilly.

I mainly dealt with the Celebrity's "people". The red carpet was far off to my right. And if I peaked over everyone else, I could see
William H Macy or Freddy Rodriquez giving their interviews on the red carpet.

I had the letters R and S at the check-in table .... so I got to handle Freddy Rodriquez' and Sharon Stones' tickets to be given to their "people".

After all the guests were checked in. I was given a ticket to The Mann 6 Theatres , which was serving as the Overflow Theatre, and was told I could watch the movie over there.

I went into the Mann Chinese and and stood in the back and listened to the speeches.
I heard the Mayor of Los Angeles, mayor Antonio Villaraigosa speak.
And then Harvey Weinsten. And then Emilo Estevez, the director.

In the Chinese Theatre, Emilio Estevez had all the Cast Members come up on the stage.
It was a long line of actors, going across the front of the theatre. Everyone from the cast seemed to be there.

After he was done speaking, I ran over to the Mann 6 Theatres.
I was just in front of Emilo, who was on his way over. But I had to stop at the ladies room, and the concession stand.
I got into the theatre, just as Emilo was finishing his second speech. This time, he did not have any cast members with him.
I thought it was really classy of Emilio Estevez to go give a speech to the overflow theatre as well.

I had a wonderful seat to watch "Bobby" in the overflow theatre at the Mann 6.
I could have squeezed into a seat in the Mann Chinese, but I would have had to crawl over people and be squished against the wall. So I was happy that AFI gave the volunteers tickets to go watch it in the overflow theatre.

I loved the movie "Bobby". Its definitely one my favorites this year. I especially loved the performances of Demi Moore and Helen Hunt.

After the movie was over, I ran back to the Mann's Chinese Theatre, and I hung out in the lobby.
Harvey Weinstein was chatting with people. I briefly thought of going up to say something to him - but I didn't have any idea of what to say.

Also in the lobby, milling about :
Fay Dunaway , Laurence Fishburne , Harry Belafonte .I stood next to Lawrence Fishburn for the longest time. I need to figure out what to say to these people when I run into them!
Movie Stars can be intimidating, so its fun for me to just stand by them and watch.

One of the volunteers said to me "Did you see Heather Graham ?"
I said No.
They said "You were walking up the red carpet right in front of her before the movie started !"
I had no idea, I was just rushing to hear the speakers.

After it was all over, I thought about trying to crash the party over at the Hollywood Roosevelt.
But I was to tired.

I went to the underground parking, and drove up the Garage Cashier.
Even with the Validation that AFI gave to us - my parking was going to cost me $10.
I had been there a really long time.

I dug around in my purse. I could only find $6.
I said to the Cashier "I only have $6 - does that mean I have to go back up to the ATM ?"

The Cashier looked at me "No, you look to tired. I don't want you parking again, and go all the way up to the ATM.
You need to go home and go to bed."

And he let me short pay for my parking with only the $6.

Pictures are here on :

Bobby Arrivals
Bobby Gala

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Tuesday, October 31, 2006


Happy Halloween !
Hope you had a fun one !

I spent mine at The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood watching Ghostbusters on the big screen.

This has always been one of my favorite movies.

And to add to the fun of the evening, Ray Parker Jr was there.
We watched the original video of the theme song to "Ghostbusters" - and sang along.

"Who ya gonna call ? Ghostbusters ! "

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Sunday, October 29, 2006

The Prestige

I met a friend over at The Arclight Cinemas .

We saw The Prestige .
I especially enjoyed seeing David Bowie in the role he plays. He has always been one of my favorites. And it was great to see him in a role that he was perfect for.

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Saturday, October 28, 2006

AFI Gala Department

Back over to the AFI Campus this morning.
This time the Gala Department had a special meeting just for the volunteered who are working the Gala events.

These will be nights were the even is pretty formal, and their will be lots of big stars.
I am so thrilled I can hardly wait !

There was about 25 people in the meeting.
My favorite moment of the entire morning, was when a fellow-volunteered raised her hand and asked:
"So let me get this right. The shifts that we signed-up for - thats when we are supposed to show up, right?"

I had to look at the floor to keep from laughing.
But the volunteer coordinator was very polite and said "Yes, on the shifts you sign-up for, that is when you should be here."

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Friday, October 27, 2006

Roma ... and Party

Very busy at the office... its Month End, and I work in an accounting department.

So I was late arriving at the Egyptian Theatre for the screening of Roma .
Since I was so late, I hung out even later and helped at the party afterwards. They had food and drinks in the courtyard.
And there were very many guests.

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Monday, October 23, 2006

Fat Girls

I volunteered at the Egyptian Theatre for the screening of Fat Girls .

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Sunday, October 22, 2006

AFI Orientation

I stopped off in the morning at Angels Cafe on Hollywood & Western for Breakfast.

Then, I went to the volunteer orientation meeting at the Mark Goodson Theatre on
the AFI Campus, for the AFI Film Festival.

They had all the Department Heads speak. Got over the rules for each department.
They gave us a printed schedule of what we already signed up for.

I pretty much had my entire schedule worked out.
I just added one more evening to it.

It was a very crowded orientation.

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