Today’s blog is about…
• Slashin’ – With Jackie Earle Haley as the new Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street.
• Fashion – My latest finds (and two things I never thought I’d wear).
• Mashing – Found some more vintage pin-up mags with my mom in them.
• Ka-Ching! – A few of my articles and magazine cover-stories published.
• Flashin’ – Flashing back on the superlative style of Mr. William Powell.
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A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
It’s always fun to see a project come to fruition that I saw being filmed — and prior to that, was told about by the producers. And prior to that, saw the original film. (If I go back much further, I’ll have to fill out an AARP application!)
The Nightmare has filled my every waking hour this week, and it won’t quite be over until Friday, when I can finally post my detailed review. It is under embargo by Warner Bros., which is a bit of a bummer. However, WB’s Orna was kind enough to give me double slots at the junket (for Horror.com and also SciFiWire) and good red carpet placement at the premiere the next day — so I can hardly complain.
Here are some screencaps beginning with the press day, and culminating in today.
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Early in the day, I interviewed Brad Fuller and Drew Form, the producing team of A Nightmare on Elm Street. We’ve been friendly acquaintances since 2003 when they came out with their first horror remake, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and we met on the press line. I really liked that movie; I haven’t always liked their movies (and they’re realistic about that), but that one is a fave. So is Friday the 13th and now A Nightmare on Elm Street.
But Wait… There’s More!
After that, there was oodles and oodles of time to kill until the late afternoon interviews with the cast and director. San Pedro is too far from Beverly Hills to be able to go home in between, so I used my time both judiciously and superfluously: I read, and I took a bunch of iPhone pics around the hotel (a well-documented pastime of mine).
Two forbidden brownies and lots of coffee later, it was time to get the cameras rolling. First up were “the kids” — Thomas Dekker, Rooney Mara, and Kyle Gallner. As they were setting up, I mentioned some of our mutual friends (Thomas for Chang and Rob; Kyle for Dan). Usually that works out well, establishing a little common ground (even if it’s just to note a similar hair color, or taste in shoes), but sometimes it doesn’t. I’ll never forget mentioning Tia Carrere’s ex to her, and she said, “Oh, you mean The Antichrist?” Ooops.
It was also good to talk with Samuel Bayer again. We only met briefly on the set (and he was frazzled), then again at Comic-Con. This was more relaxed and I could ask better questions now that I have seen the completed film.
Finally, the piece du resistance, Mr. Jackie Earle Haley. I have talked to him so many times before, during and after Watchmen, and now A Nightmare on Elm Street, he recognizes me. I’m surprised I’m not on the Xmas Card List yet — perhaps this year.
Here is a video of those interviews. (Only posted at Horror.com so far – I expect SciFiWire won’t be too far behind)
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The next day, it was time for the black carpet premiere! These are always fun. They’re kind of stressful, but overall I like working on the press line. It’s always fun to talk to people you would not ordinarily encounter (for example, at this event — everyone from Girl Next Door Kendra, to The Final Nightmare’s victim Ricky Dean Logan!).
Someone I *do* expect to encounter, and glad of it, is Mr. Derek Mears, who was so wonderful as Jason in the Friday the 13th remake.
After the gauntlet walk, moviegoers were treated to popcorn with extra-sharp butter.
All’s well that ends well. Especially when I get to try out a new outfit. This is a dress and stockings from China (and my Qupid Oxfords, which I’ve had for a couple of months now).
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FASHION FINDS & SUPER-STEALS!
Here are some pics of that amazing Armani suit I swiped off of eBay. It’s painfully tight (I’m not doing very well on my weight-loss plan at all, even though I am really trying… 2 brownies aside) but fortunately it doesn’t look it in the pics — and a picture is worth a thousand pounds. Or something like that.
Great location, huh? Just a short jog from my apartment. I want to take the cars out there and do some more ‘auto-erotica’ pics!
Here is another thing I never thought I’d wear: A maxi-dress! Everyone knows how much I love my minis and I don’t usually like maxis even on other people. But this one caught my eye, I tried it on, and bought (cheap, of course… I seldom spend more than a few bucks on any clothing or accessories).
Here’s the dress I wore at the junket. I added the belt — it’s loose-fitting/flowing, otherwise. It’s from China. A bit frillier than what I’d normally pick, but like the maxi above, I just liked it.
This dress jacket was a STEAL (I’d be embarrassed to say just how little I paid for it, but it’s always a kick to find something on the sales rack that’s not only my size, but the only one left).
After being such a snarky bitch (albeit reluctantly) in my recent lambasting blog, I thought I’d get away with not showing what **I** was wearing that night at the Kick-Ass red carpet, but no such luck. Mish-Mag caught me! Gotta love the Internet and friends with links.
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MASH NOTES ‘N MEN’S MAGS
Got some more cool vintage pics taken of my mom by Ron Vogel, these ones in MODERN MAN magazine. It’s a very nice spread, and I hadn’t seen any of these specific pics before. I’m still on the hunt for more from Peter Gowland too, but these are mighty awesome!
I like this one, especially.
My mom is doing OK. She’s still not online much, so there’s little danger of seeing this: the Mother’s Day card I found for her. It’s so perfect!
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PRINCE OF PERSIA COVER STORY
I’m a little behind on posting my published articles, aired interviews and such, but I did manage to take a snap of the new L’Ecran Fantastique magazine. I did a press day with Jake Gyllenhaal a couple of months ago for this. He is such a nice, easygoing, good guy. It’s nice too see ‘fame’ hasn’t changed him (the first time I interviewed him was on Donnie Darko and Moonlight Mile, back in the early 00’s!). [I put ‘fame’ in quotes, because it’s not like he’s Tom Cruise or anything… but everyone can pronounce his last name, and that’s saying something].
From new Hollywood, to…
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OLD HOLLYWOOD STYLE
I mentioned William Powell in my article on A Nightmare on Elm Street (why? Read it and see), and it reminded me I reallyreallyreally want to catch up on my glamour days DVDs. I still haven’t finished all of Forbidden Hollywood (and a bunch of others).
Like most people, my introduction to Powell was through The Thin Man movies, which I saw many times as a kid — and still can’t help but tune in for a least a few minutes if any of them pop up on a channel-surf. Here are two great stills (the one with Asta is in my book, ANIMAL MOVIES GUIDE).
These are great, too, with Jean Harlow and Myrna Loy.
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So, I that leaves this blog S.W.A.K. — until next time, friends ‘n fiends!