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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Men Boobies Should Not Be Seen

Why do they insist on showing me men boobies on TV, when women boobies are a no-no? The Steve Harvey Show, NBC's The Biggest Loser, and others keep finding men with sizeable teats. If we can put you in a B, C, D, or larger breast bra cup, then why are we allowed to see them? On national TV?

If I'm going to look at a guy's breasts, I might as well look at a female breast that is most likely in better shape, or at least more artistically appealing. Even for the nongay.

Also in the what the hell is this crap category, which is also known as, if we can't get rid of this thing can we have a companion commercial made to switch the sexes and the antagonism? For me it's the one where a guy sics his dog, or it attacks on its "own initiative," the man's girlfriend/wife/sister/whomever by chasing her up a tree, biting at her, and stripping off her man's pants that she's wearing.

The guy's an idiot, the woman's hot and can do better than him, yet he sics his dog on her. And after a woman was attacked and killed by a similar San Francisco beast that went to trial for murder along with his stupid, irresponsible owners, you'd think someone would have said, "Hm, maybe not." Or at least, "Why not do two of these, one of a him getting attacked and one of a her getting attacked.

Think about it, because it looks imbalanced and not quite right to me.

I suppose a guy throwing a woman's clothes out the window, like another set of jeans commercials that show men retrieving their jeans from clothes-tossing females would make someone else crazy. Maybe.

Equality means equal time on the good side and the bad side. Sticking to stereotype until someone sues to make you change is one way of doing it, then again, dogs chasing both sexes, clothes tossing by both male and female, and the resulting semi-nudity afterward could prove a refreshing change.

For me, it's not always just "violence against women," "domestice violence" against kids for Christmas [bka a Dickens' Christmas], or "child endangering" as a few lately pulled commercials with kids "playing" with real cars, which completely left out how a child would see it. And their likely endangerment, because kids really don't need to think of mom and dad's car as a toy for them.

For me, it's about humor and human integrity, or lack thereof, in true reality. Male and female. Kid and adult. Equal in good times and bad times, like the Russell Crowe film "Master and Commander: Far Side of the World" in which boys of age ten to fifteen have crucially responsible jobs. They command men, they lose their arms and lives, they fight beside the men, they laugh with them, too. And more.

Times have changed, they've progressed and regressed simultaneously, as we're forced to be children longer by law and mistreated for it. Then and now. I don't know if there is a total answer to make it all better and perfect, but I think a possible answer, individually if not collectively, should be considered--what is done, what is not done; what is said, what is not said; and what it all might mean to us, as we seek balance, while the poor schmuck looking over our shoulder seeks, too.

Cool! It's Seal's Sister.--Regency House Party

Miss Tanya Samuel

Age: 30
Role: West Indian Heiress
Income: £5780 a year
Chaperone: Mrs Rogers

In Regency Life:
As a West-Indian, Tanya's position in society is a result of her connections. Her connections to the hostess secure her an invitation to the party and Mrs. Rogers will also chaperone Miss Samuel. The heiress' clothes are conspicuously lavish and she has her own lady's maid to fix her wardrobe and hair.

In Real Life:
Tanya is half Nigerian and half West Indian. She is extremely entrepreneurial by nature and has her fingers in several pies. She currently has three main jobs – a fashion accessories designer (providing accessories for Top Shop, Selfridges and House of Fraser), a lecturer (giving day training sessions in fashion and Media at The London School of Fashion) and a Chairwoman of South Kilburn NDC (dealing with the running of the New Deal For Communities). Tanya is the fourth of 6 children (3 boys and 3 girls) and is the younger sister of the singer Seal. When it comes to relationships, Tanya strongly believes that men only behave as badly as women allow them to.

Interview: Find out what Miss Samuel really thought of Regency House.

Name: Miss Tanya Samuel
Age: 31
Where from/born: London
Live now: London
Occupation: Fashion Designer and owner of labels Beverley Hills Boutique and MAH:zipan

What were your expectations before going into the house?
To experience living out an important part of history in a role that I did not think would be ordinarily available to a person of colour.

How well do you think you were suited to the Regency era?
My modern day beliefs and values are not suited to a woman of that era so although I could behave accordingly for the duration of my stay it would have been impossible for me to live in the Regency period.

Who did you fancy most in the house?
No one!

What was your best time?
The pageant.

What was your worst time?
The realisation that boredom and restriction was soon to kick in!

Do you have any regrets?
Not being there from the beginning.

What annoyed you most in the house?
Petty squabbles.

What did you like / dislike most about dating in Regency times?
The fact that women were required to make love tokens and men were required only to take them.

Do you think your experience in the house has changed you?
It has made me realise the value of taking time.

What did you miss from the 21st Century?
Hopping in my car and socialising at my favourite bars 'Eclipse' and '192' with my mates.

Who will you keep in touch with?
Most of the guests.

What are you doing now?
Producing this seasons orders for my customers and designing my new collection.

What would you have liked to see happen to your Regency personae?
I would have liked to see my character challenge more of the Regency ideals with the other house guests as I was meant to be an abolitionist and more liberated.

If you were to do it again what would you do differently?
Spent more time with the Hermit, read more, written more and walked more.

Are you still single?

Do you treat the opposite sex any differently since leaving the house?
I am more aware of guys breaking my personal space than I was before I went into the house.

Is there anything else interesting about your experiences?
One thing you never really get to appreciate in the city are beautiful green spaces or the sun setting, horizons, stars at night etc. I really gained a new appreciation for all things natural during my stay in the house�even spiders!! I have what I call an acute case of 'insecterphobia' at the best of times, but being so close to nature in the house if you spent all your time screaming, ducking or diving each time you saw a disgusting fly or a daddy long legs you'd drive yourself mad as well as the rest of the guests. Thus, I had to suffer in silence as best I could and try to ignore all things flying and crawling as much as possible. So much so that now I don't duck, dive or scream half as much as I used to...I only hope my new found courage lasts. Also, I can now have a meal outside of a restaurant without constantly fanning at my food to ward off flies that aren't there. A great achievement on my part I think.

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Friday, November 26, 2004

If he's falling asleep after sex....

If he's falling asleep right after sex, the questions are...

Did he make significant eye contact before nodding out? And what did his gaze say?

Did he just pass out, ignorant of all, or go to sleep happy to be with you?

Why are you so hyper-awake and chatty, post coitus? You shouldn't be. Do "it" correctly. Trigger those contented, chilling out endorphins. Now, relax and sleep, too.

Terry Melcher, a Shaper of Calif. Surf Sound, Dies

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Terry Melcher, a Shaper of Calif. Surf Sound, Dies

Sun, Nov 21, 2004
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By Sarah Tippit

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Reuters) - Terry Melcher, a producer, composer and songwriter who worked with the Beach Boys and helped shape the '60s era California surf music sound, has died, according to his publicist. He was 62.

Melcher, son of actress-singer Doris Day (news), also produced several hits for the Byrds including "Mr. Tambourine Man."

Melcher died Friday at his Beverly Hills home after a long battle with cancer, publicist Linda Dozoretz told Reuters on Sunday.

Day was in Carmel on Sunday and unavailable for comment. "She and Terry were extremely close and close in age because she was 17 when she had him," Dozoretz said.

"They were amazing together. There wasn't a day that went by when Terry wasn't involved with one of his mother's projects," she said.

Born Terry Jorden, Melcher was the son of Day and her first husband, Al Jorden. He was later adopted by Day's third husband, Martin Melcher, and took his name.

He began his career as "Terry Day," capitalizing on his mother's famous name. However he later became known in his own right, singing background tracks, writing lyrics, playing the piano, composing, and producing.

Melcher teamed with future Beach Boy Bruce Johnston in the early 1960s. The duo eventually formed the group the Rip Chords, who recorded the 1964 hit "Hey, Little Cobra."

He also wrote songs with Bobby Darin and Randy Newman (news). But it wasn't until the mid-1960s, when he joined Columbia Records as a producer, that he made his mark on the California sound.

He was instrumental in helping craft the Byrds' groundbreaking fusion of rock and folk and produced several of the group's hits including their versions of Bob Dylan (news)'s "Mr. Tambourine Man" and Pete Seeger's "Turn, Turn, Turn."

Melcher also co-wrote the hit "Kokomo" for the Beach Boys. The song, used in the movie "Cocktail," was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1988 for best original song.

During his career Melcher also worked with Paul Revere and the Raiders, Taj Mahal, Ry Cooder (news), Glen Campbell, Gram Parsons and the Mamas and the Papas, among others.

Melcher later worked more frequently with his mother. From 1968 to 1972, he served as the executive producer of her "The Doris Day Show" on CBS. He also co-produced "Doris Day's Best Friends," which ran in the 1980s, Dozoretz said.

Melcher is survived by his mother, his wife, Terese, and one son, Ryan.
Producer-Songwriter Terry Melcher Dies

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Producer-Songwriter Terry Melcher Dies

Sun Nov 21, 8:55 AM ET
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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Terry Melcher, a record producer and songwriter who aided the careers of Ry Cooder (news), the Byrds and the Beach Boys, has died, his publicist announced Saturday. He was 62.

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Melcher, the son of actress Doris Day (news), died Friday night at his Beverly Hills home after a long battle with melanoma.

Melcher co-wrote the hit song "Kokomo" for the Beach Boys. The song was used in the movie "Cocktail" and was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1988 for best original song. He also performed on the Beach Boys album "Pet Sounds."

In the early 1960s, Melcher began singing as a solo act and later paired with future Beach Boy Bruce Johnston to form the group Bruce & Terry. The pair had several hits, then went on to form the Rip Chords, which recorded the 1964 hit "Hey, Little Cobra."

In the mid-1960s, Melcher joined Columbia Records as a producer. Working with the Byrds, he produced their top-selling version of Bob Dylan (news)'s "Mr. Tambourine Man" and other hits, including "Turn, Turn, Turn."

Melcher also produced hit songs for Paul Revere and the Raiders and worked with Gram Parsons, the Mamas and the Papas, and Ry Cooder.

He served as the executive producer of his mother's CBS show, "The Doris Day Show," from 1968 to 1972 and co-produced her mid-1980s show, "Doris Day's Best Friends."

Melcher also helped run his mother's charitable activities, including the Doris Day Animal Foundation.

In 1969, his name became linked with the grisly Charles Manson murders.

Melcher once rented the home where actress Sharon Tate and a group of her friends were murdered by Manson followers. Rumors circulated that Melcher, who knew Manson, was the real target because he had turned Manson down for a record contract.

Los Angeles police discounted the rumors. Melcher had since moved to Malibu, and police established that Manson knew of his new address.

Yahoo! News Story - NYC Says Goodbye to ODB

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NYC Says Goodbye to ODB

Thu Nov 18, 7:55 PM ET
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By Charlie Amter

Ol' Dirty Bastard made one last trip to his old stomping grounds.

• News: ODB, RIP
• News: Paternity problems for ODB
• News: ODB primed for a comeback

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Thousands of family, friends and fans of the Wu-Tang Clan cofounder gathered in his native Brooklyn Thursday to send off the rapper.

ODB, whose real name was Russell Jones, died mysteriously in a New York recording studio last Saturday, two days shy of his 36th birthday. Initial autopsy results were inconclusive; toxicology tests on the notoriously hard-living hip-hopster should be released next week.

The funeral, held at the Christian Cultural Center, was attended by ODB collaborators like Mariah Carey, Method Man, RZA, U-God and Roc-A-Fella Records boss Damon Dash. ODB's wife and seven children were also on hand.

The burial came a day after some 600 mourners descended on Harlem's St. James Presbyterian Church for a public viewing of the rapper, who was in an open casket topped by a massive bouquet of white flowers

"He was like a character you'd know from around the way," one fan told a Newsday reporter on the scene Wednesday evening. "It just seems like the end of hip-hop."

ODB's father, William Jones, said he had spoken to his son about three weeks before his death, as the rapper was putting the finishing touches on a long-in-the-works solo comeback album. "He just loved life," Jones told MTV. "He was the light in the family."

Roc-A-Fella's Dash, who was shepherding ODB's album, told MTV, "I'm very disappointed because I know what was about to happen for him."

Dash also tried to dash speculation that ODB was back to his drug-abusing ways in the days before his demise. "He wasn't getting his life together, his life was together," said Dash.

Indeed, the "Got Your Money" singer had several projects in the works. Aside from his album, he cameoed on fellow Brooklynite Bekay's new album, The Future of Hip-Hop Is Now. He was also due to reconvene with Wu-Tang for the ensemble's first East Coast gig in years.

And he was working on a show for Spike TV called Stuck on ODB. The reality show, filmed last summer, featured a contestant who was chained to the rapper via an ankle bracelet for five days.

For now, the status of the show is in limbo. "We expressed our condolences to the family, and right now things are on hold due to the tragic circumstances," a Spike TV rep said in a statement.

Yahoo! News Story - DEAD 'DIRTY BASTARD'

Is it just coincindence, but why or why are there so many musicians dying under the Dubya administration?--NS

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Revered, troubled and often outlandish rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard mysteriously collapsed and died yesterday at a Manhattan recording studio, police said.

The 35-year-old ODB, one of the founding members of the rap group Wu-Tang Clan, became ill and suffered breathing difficulties at about 4:40 p.m. inside 36 Records on West 34th Street.

One of his four friends in the studio called 911. Rescue workers arrived five minutes later, but were unable to revive the hip-hop star.

ODB, whose real name is Russell Jones, was declared dead a short time later.

Fellow Wu-Tang founder Ghostface Killah raced to the studio to grieve.

"I'm taking it hard," he said. "This ain't no joke, just like you lose your mother or your brother.

"That was my brother, my heart, my soul, my pride, my joy. I guess he's with the Father now. He's in good hands."

No one could say what killed the rapper, who spent time in drug rehab and served more than a year in prison for a 2001 drug arrest.

The medical examiner will perform an autopsy today. Police said no drugs were found at the scene.

ODB's mom, Cherry Jones, last night called her son "the kindest, most generous soul on earth."

"Russell was more than a rapper, he was a loving father, brother, uncle and most of all, son."

Jones has taken on several personas throughout his career, each with a different moniker — including Big Baby Jesus and Dirt McGirt. He was to turn 36 tomorrow.

After skyrocketing to fame following Wu-Tang's release of the highly acclaimed album "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)" in 1993, the Fort Greene, Brooklyn, native's life became a tumultuous mess.

He was arrested in 1997 for failing to pay child support for three of his 13 children.

At the Grammy Awards that year, ODB rushed the stage, grabbed the mic from award winner Shawn Colvin and launched into a bizarre diatribe.

The next year he was shot in the back by a robber in his Brooklyn home, but suffered only minor injuries from the wound.

Ignoring his doctors, ODB sprung himself from the hospital before completing his treatment.

Just weeks later, he was busted in Virginia for trying to shoplift a pair of sneakers.

Yahoo! News Story - Station Rejects Promo Spot for 'Kinsey'

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Station Rejects Promo Spot for 'Kinsey'

Sat Nov 20,10:48 PM ET
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NEW YORK - The New York television station WNET has rejected a promotion for "Kinsey," a film that has triggered protests among some conservative groups, because it is too provocative, the station said on Friday.

Fox Searchlight Pictures, which is distributing the movie on pioneering sex researcher Alfred Kinsey, called the decision "shocking" and said no other station in the country has rejected commercials for it.

"New York is the most sophisticated city in the country," said Nancy Utley, marketing chief for Fox Searchlight. "It would never occur to me that a censorship issue would come up in New York."

WNET is a commercial-free PBS station, but does run "enhanced underwriting spots" featuring films, said station spokeswoman Stella Giammasi. Fox Searchlight says the spots essentially are commercials, but don't include blurbs from critics or information on how to find out where the movie is playing.

WNET executives found the "Kinsey" spot "too commercial and too provocative," Giammasi said.

Some conservative groups, such as the Concerned Women of America's Culture & Family Institute and Generation Life, say the film seeks to glorify the researcher they blame for inspiring the sexual revolution.

Fox Searchlight said it has bought advertising time in San Francisco, Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia and on the Los Angeles public television station. A commercial has also run in more than 200 television markets on CNN.

Saturday, November 20, 2004

New 'Alexander' Movie Under Fire for Sexual Portrait

Any guy who spent as much time with the his father's and then his own standing army for so long, has sex with more than women. Or haven't you seen pornography from the ancient Mediteranean world? Or never heard of gay behaviour in the service? Both ancient and current?

Or is it just all manly, all better, and all right for them to go from country to country raping women and children, instead? Hm.


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New 'Alexander' Movie Under Fire for Sexual Portrait

Fri Nov 19, 6:06 PM ET
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By Arthur Spiegelman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oliver Stone's new film about Alexander the Great depicts the king as bisexual, fueling outrage from Greeks and prompting Hollywood to ask if a world conqueror with dyed blond hair and waxed legs will be able to attract box office hordes.

One newspaper calls it a case of "Queer Eye for the Macedonian Guy." Others have speculated that Stone, always a controversial filmmaker, is taking a big risk with a $160 million epic by including scenes of passionate embrace between Alexander and his best friend Hephaestion.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (news - web sites) (GLAAD) says the film breaks new ground for a big budget epic because it shows Hephaestion "as the true love of Alexander's life."

A line from the film says: "Alexander was defeated only once -- by Hephaestion's thighs."

Last summer's blockbuster film "Troy," which could have portrayed Achilles and Patroclus as lovers, brushed aside any homoerotic elements to concentrate on Achilles desire for a Trojan princess.

Everyone associated with "Alexander," from Stone to star Colin Farrell, insist the film, which opens on Wednesday, is historically accurate and reflects the pagan mores of around 330 BC when the Macedonian king captured the world's mightiest empire, Persia, and pressed on to the ends of the Earth.

Farrell, in a recent interview with Reuters, said he had no problem with the role because "Oliver made the film as historically accurate as possible and ambivalent sexuality was something of the times and part of the character."

Stone said he kept the movie accurate and had an historian on the set. He added there was no question that Alexander had "a polymorphous sensuality and was an explorer in the deepest sense of the world."

British scholar Robin Lane (news) Fox, author of a biography of Alexander and historical advisor to the film, said homosexuality and bisexuality were not "issues in ancient times" and that Alexander had extensive relations with women.

But a group of angry Greek lawyers say Stone and the film's distributor Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner Inc. , should be sued for twisting history. The lawyers said they have asked Stone and Warner Bros. to include a reference in the title credits saying the film is fictional. Spokesmen for Warner Bros. and Stone did not have any immediate comment.

"We are not saying that we are against gays, but we are saying that the production company should make it clear to the audience that this film is pure fiction and not a true depiction of the life of Alexander," Yannis Varnakos, who is spearheading the legal campaign, told Reuters in Athens.

Two years ago, hundreds of Greeks from Alexander's home turf Macedonia, stormed an archeological symposium after one speaker presented a paper on the homosexuality of Alexander.

Stone's film, which he had been trying to get on the screen for 15 years, was filmed mainly in Morocco and Thailand. The Athens News Agency said no scenes were shot in Greece because of government opposition to Stone's portrayal of the Greek hero.

Asked if he toned down scenes, Stone maintained he shot the film the way he wanted. The only overtly sexual scene in the movie is a wedding night love scene between Alexander and his wife Roxanne that starts with her putting a knife to his throat after she catches him accepting a ring from Hephaestion, who is played by Jared Leto wearing eyeliner.

Buddha wore eyeliner while he was a prince, so did King Tut. And both died after wearing skirts all their lives. So did Moses, Jesus, and billions of other men. It's not what you wear, but who you are--and negotiating it all with your significant other.

Male frontal nudity in the movies uncovers an old debate

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Male frontal nudity in the movies uncovers an old debate

Fri Nov 19, 6:25 AM ET
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By César G. Soriano and Jim Cheng, USA TODAY

Hollywood is fleshing out an old taboo: male frontal nudity.

Four current films feature actors in the full monty:

• In Kinsey (in theaters), a student played by Peter Sarsgaard seduces sex researcher Alfred Kinsey (Liam Neeson). Says Sarsgaard, "We were just sitting around (during filming), and I said, 'I feel I've got to be naked for this.' " There was almost a Neeson nude scene, too. "Liam was perfectly willing, but for budgetary reasons, we cut it, unfortunately," says writer/director Bill Condon. "I know, it is a disappointment."

• In Sideways (in theaters), husky actor M.C. Gainey runs out of the house naked in angry pursuit of Paul Giamatti (news).

• In Alexander (opening Wednesday), Colin Farrell goes buff for a wedding-night sex scene in the Oliver Stone epic. Farrell also filmed a nude scene in his last film, A Home at the End of the World. But that scene was cut after producers thought it was too distracting.

•In Bad Education (opening today; review, 7E), Gael García Bernal doesn't bare all but comes close while preparing for a swim.

While penises are not yet as prevalent as female breasts, they are becoming more accepted.

"It's not about gender," says Moritz Borman, producer of Alexander. "In a mature movie, if some nudity would improve the scene, it wouldn't matter if it were Alexander or Alexandra. A filmmaker would have to consider it."

It's about time, some women say. "As a woman, I'm glad. I want to watch male bodies," says Linda Williams, a film-studies professor at the University of California-Berkeley. "There is a growing eroticism about the male body that hasn't quite existed before."

It may be a form of rebellion in this post-Janet Jackson (news) environment, says Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, a film and feminist studies professor at the University of Nebraska. As in the 1950s, "There's a tremendous amount of repression now. People are upset over seeing Saving Private Ryan. At the same time, you have a popular culture that is pushing boundaries to a degree that doesn't seem to match."

But any trend is just coincidence, says Jim McBride, who runs mr.skin.com, which chronicles nude scenes in film. McBride notes that full-frontal male nude scenes pop up every few years, and most are limited to art-house releases that are rated R or NC-17. Of the current films with male nudity, Bad Education is NC-17, the rest are R.

Foster disagrees and says the trend will continue as more women move into the upper echelons of the male-dominated film industry.

"This general attitude toward pushing things toward the edge is definitely popularizing new images we haven't seen before, taking a look at the human body and looking at men and women equally without objectifying anyone. It's more about artistic license than box office draw," Foster says.

Yahoo! News Story - Cleveland television anchor appears on air nude for story about ar

We view this newsperson on a regular basis, we hear her slanted [often ignorant and snide, and highly unprofessional, unCronkite] comments during her broadcasts, and her station's motives have been brought into question before. And will be again.

If we are to believe she and her compadres actually thought they were getting the inside on art and not November sweeps, why did she go alone? Why not send another with her to be naked too, and not just take pictures of a picture taking? How about a rough looking Teamster everyman?

Nude photo shots can be fun, frightening, and extremely liberating. I know from experience.

God can't really mind nudity, in the Bible He was more pissed because they were concealing their nakedness, and Taliban members buy Victoria's Secret scanties for their shrouded wives, or so the news has told me.

This was handled basically well by the one who'd sent her out, but could've been handled better, taking it to the truly intimate first-person news. It wasn't. It could've been bolder, risked more, shown more, dug deeper into the fear of being unveiled and revealed; when being seen and recognized by others is what we all seek on many levels.

Well, there's always March sweeps.


PS: How about that "used" sanitary napkin on CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATIONS, tres cool, and about fucking time. It's not dirty, filthy, or disgusting, it just is.
Wed Nov 17, 3:46 PM ET

CLEVELAND (AP) - A television news anchor appeared on the air nude in a first-person report about an artist's photographs, drawing a record number of viewers for the time slot, the station said.

Sharon Reed was one of hundreds of people who participated in Spencer Tunick's nude photo installation in Cleveland in June. Her report, shown Monday on the 11 p.m. newscast on WOIO-TV, showed far away angles of her nude and some closer seminude shots, as well as other participants.

The report comes in the midst of increased attention to the airwaves. The Federal Communications Commission (news - web sites) proposed a record fine of $550,000 against CBS, WOIO's parent network. The network is protesting.

WOIO news director Steve Doerr said the idea was to cover Tunick, a well-known artist, in a different way. Doerr said the story also was aimed at bringing in ratings during November sweeps when audiences are measured to set advertising rates.

Monday night's newscast received a record 17.1 share, compared with the 13.6 earned during the newscast airing immediately after this year's Super Bowl, according to Broadcasting & Cable, an industry publication.

The station aired advisories before the piece, and FCC (news - web sites) spokeswoman Janice Wise on Wednesday said WOIO followed commission rules that prohibit indecent material from being aired on broadcast television from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Doerr said the station received mostly supportive messages from viewers. Reed said she considered it an important story about art.

Actors gone, but legends swirl around Gone With the Wind 65 years later

Fri Nov 19,10:21 AM ET


LOS ANGELES (AP) - The actors who played the iconic characters from Gone With the Wind - Rhett, Scarlett, Mammy, Ashley - are all long gone.

But the stories behind the making of the 1939 Civil War epic remain eternal: Hattie McDaniel's surprise Oscar victory, the first for a black actress; Clark Gable's fear of crying on camera; three directors being chewed up by the film, and the beloved producer - David O. Selznick - risking his health to hold things together by fuelling his marathon workdays with the stimulant Benzedrine.

Sixty-five years later, the lone survivor from the main cast is Olivia de Havilland, who played the doomed Southern belle Melanie.

"Isn't that strange?" de Havilland said, recalling the untimely deaths of her co-stars Vivien Leigh, Gable, Leslie Howard, McDaniel and Butterfly McQueen. "And Melanie was the only principal character who died. Look at her now . . ."

Still elegant, healthy and sharp-witted, the 88-year-old de Havilland recently travelled from her home in Paris to Los Angeles to tour the studio lots of her youth, visit old friends and recall her experiences in Hollywood's most famous version of the Old South.

Last week a new four-disc DVD collection was released to commemorate Gone With the Wind, which still comes out far ahead of Star Wars as the most popular film of all time when ticket prices are adjusted for inflation.

De Havilland answered the following questions in a recent interview:

AP: Scarlett is so brash, and Melanie is so gentle. The movie shows a kind of feminism emerging in Scarlett. Were you comfortable playing the less aggressive character?

De Havilland: I loved her. I loved everything she stood for. In those days the particular qualities that made her so admirable, and she's a deeply feminine person, were endangered and they are in a perpetual state of danger.

AP: Three directors worked on this movie - starting with George Cukor (who quit after clashing with Selznick) then Victor Fleming (The Wizard of Oz filmmaker who was ultimately given sole credit) and finally Sam Wood (who finished Goodbye, Mr. Chips and joined up to help after Fleming fell ill.) Did this constant changing worry the cast?

De Havilland: When George was no longer with us, that was a great shock for Vivien and for me. We had set our characters through working with him and wanted to be able to maintain those characters and develop them. It was a terrible loss for both of us. Vivien did not get along as well with Victor as I did, but nonetheless she was a pro so everything proceeded.

AP: Selznick seems like the constant force. Did he keep morale high?

De Havilland: It was David's unifying influence that made it possible for us to shoot. You would shoot a scene in the morning, say, with Victor Fleming and then you would change your costume and go to another stage and shoot another scene that afternoon with Sam Wood. For actors, that is agony. But we did it because David made us believe that we could. . . . Of course he died rather young (of heart failure at 63 in 1965), and in order to work he had to take Benzedrine (an amphetamine used to counter depression or fatigue) and that was hard on him. But he drove himself.

AP: Gable's famous line, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn," caused an uproar over decency at the time. How do you feel about the barriers it broke down?

De Havilland: Well, it was the thin edge of the wedge, let's face it. What we're hearing today which I think is really quite unnecessary and truly coarse, we're hearing because of that line. He started something. But it had to be. It belonged in the film.

AP: The legend is you made Gable cry. He didn't want to shed tears for the scene after Scarlett has a miscarriage, but you talked him into it. True?

De Havilland: That's true. He didn't want to. He thought it was unmanly, you see. That was the training of men in those days, and it's such pity that they had to suppress those feelings. . . . Oh, he would not do it. He would not! Victor tried everything with him. He tried to attack him on a professional level. We had done it without him weeping several times and then we had one last try. I said, "You can do it, I know you can do it and you will be wonderful . . ." Well, by heaven, just before the cameras rolled, you could see the tears come up at his eyes and he played the scene unforgettably well. He put his whole heart into it.

AP: Although you considered yourself one of the leads, you were nominated for best supporting actress. When McDaniel won that award, becoming the first black performer to claim an Oscar, was that a shock?

De Havilland: I was with Vivien, David (and others) and were just having a drink together before the limousines were going to take us from David's house to the Academy Awards (news - web sites) at the Ambassador Hotel. The phone rang and David said, "Yes, yes . . . Scarlett, yeah . . . Best picture, hmm . . . Fleming, yes . . ." and he went down the whole list of awards and then said, "Hattie . . ." And my name wasn't mentioned. Of course, he got advance news of who had won. He had some kind of spy.

AP: Then came the ceremony . . .

De Havilland: I decided of course there was no God. (Laughs) Well, I was only 22! At the table, I was able to keep my composure until it was all over and then one tear started down my cheek. (The producer's wife) Irene Selznick saw that and said "Come with me!" and we went into the kitchen and then I really began to cry.

AP: Did McDaniel know in advance?

De Havilland: She didn't know. She was already at the awards. She was seated with her black escort and David made sure she was properly seated and he wasn't satisfied at first as to where she was seated. He rearranged things so it was more appropriate, from his point of view.

AP: She was in the back, and he moved her closer?

De Havilland: He arranged a table for two in a very good position for her and her escort and they were perfectly comfortable. In those days, it was still a delicate situation.

AP: Her win was historic. Did your feelings eventually change about losing to her?

De Havilland: Two weeks later, still brooding about the fact that there was no God, I woke up one morning and thought, "That's absolutely wonderful that Hattie got the award!" Hattie deserved it and she got it. . . . I thought I'd much rather live in a world where a black actress who gave a marvellous performance got the award instead of me. I'd rather live in that kind of world.

Yahoo! News Story - Cy Coleman, a Master of the Show Tune, Is Dead at 75

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Cy Coleman, the Tony Award-winning Broadway composer who rose from child classical pianist to jazz player to master of the catchy show tune, died Nov. 18 of a heart attack, according to friends and colleagues in the theatre community.

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Among Broadway musicals composed by Mr. Coleman are Little Me, On the Twentieth Century, City of Angels, Barnum, The Will Rogers Follies, I Love My Wife and The Life.

He was 75. A revival of Sweet Charity, a musical many consider his masterwork, is slated for Broadway in spring 2005. He had previously told Playbill the score will be revised and include songs he wrote with Dorothy Fields.

Marquee lights on Broadway will dim Nov. 19 at 8 PM for one minute in honor of Mr. Coleman, the League of American Theatres and Producers announced.

Mr. Coleman attended the Nov. 18 of the opening of the play Democracy and felt ill at the party afterward. He and his wife, Shelby, went to the hospital, where he collapsed and died, Playbill learned. Mr. Coleman is also survived by a young daughter, Lily Cy.

Mr. Coleman, a native New Yorker, was born Seymour Kaufman. He played classical music at Carnegie Hall and Town Hall as a child, but as an adult heard the siren call of jazz, pop and theatre music and never looked back. Working with the lyricist Carolyn Leigh in his early writing career in the late 1950s and '60s, he penned such hits as "Witchcraft," "You Fascinate Me So" and "When in Rome."

Leigh and Coleman would venture into the musical theatre, writing the scores to the Lucille Ball (news) vehicle Wildcat (which offered the tune "Hey, Look Me Over!") and Little Me (which boasted "I've Got Your Number"). There was friction in the relationship. Pianist Coleman and his Cy Coleman Trio were playing engagements around the country, and Leigh wanted him to stay put in New York and focus on writing musicals.

Though Coleman did settle down to a theatre-writing life, he and Leigh did not write another show. With the legendary lyricist Dorothy Fields, he wrote "Where Am I Going?," "If My Friends Could See Me Now," "Big Spender" and "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This" for Sweet Charity, Bob Fose and Neil Simon's 1966 reimagining of Federico Fellini's "Nights of Cabiria." In the musical fable, Gwen Verdon starred as a dance hall hostess named Charity Hope Valentine (in the film, Cabiria is a prostitute).

The show's second Broadway revival (Fosse staged it in 1987) begins in April following out of town tryouts. Walter Bobbie directs and Wayne Cilento choreographs. Opening has been announced as April 21, 2005.

Those who only knew Cy Coleman as a Tony Award winning composer caught a rare glimpse of the pre Broadway Coleman when he returned to his jazz piano roots Oct. 12-23 for a gig at Feinstein's at the Regency.

The engagement represented life as Mr. Coleman lived it some 40 years earlier - performing not just his own jazz waltzes and songs but tunes by other writers. His October 2004 songlist included "Green Dolphin Street," "But Not for Me," "Comin' Home," "Mean to Me" and more. His side men were Gary Haase (on bass) and Buddy Williams (on drums).

The Feinstein's run (with the composer playing piano and singing) conjured Mr. Coleman's milieu of the 1950s and '60s, when he played smoke-filled rooms in Florida, hotels in Detroit and even his own 75-seat 58th Street nightclub, The Playroom, which he ran with partners in the late 1950s. William Holden had his own barstool there, Mr. Coleman told Playbill On-Line.

A couple of jazz performance albums from that era have been re-released for CD, but Mr. Coleman said recently he'd like to unearth some others and get them on the market.

Why did Coleman stop performing? It's not that people stopped asking, he said. The Emmy-wining, Oscar nominated and Grammy-winning composer grew so busy creating and/or rehearsing musicals, from the film of "Sweet Charity" to Seesaw and beyond (including such unproduced shows as Eleanor, about Mrs. Roosevelt), that it became impractical to accept bookings.

The Feinstein's gig (with Coleman on piano and vocals) included some of his classic pop songs as well as his beloved show tunes and material from such forthcoming shows as Like Jazz (with lyrics by Marilyn and Alan Bergman) and Pamela's First Musical (with lyrics by David Zippel).

Pamela's First Musical will have its world premiere by Goodspeed Musicals in Connecticut in 2005.

In January 2002, the New York Pops played a concert of Mr. Coleman's work at Carnegie Hall. He also sang and tickled the ivories in an evening called It Started With a Dream, which is the name of a song from Pamela's First Musical and the name of a 2002 album of the composer's work.

"I never lost my love of playing," Mr. Coleman said at the time. "I've always worked from that base, as a musician."

The concert was a mix of songs from a long career that, from project to project, indicated that Mr. Coleman didn't want to repeat himself.

One of the things that distinguished Mr. Coleman beyond his pure, confident tunefulness is the range of styles he used: A touch of folk and country in Will Rogers Follies, comic opera in On the Twentieth Century, vocalese and jazz in City of Angels, '60s disco in Sweet Charity, R&B in The Life, circus chase in Barnum, a country song in I Love My Life, and more.

For his most recent musical, The Great Ostrovsky, which won him a Barrymore Award earlier in the week for his score, he used klezmer and a Yiddish theatre music sound from the early 20th century. The developing musical premiered at Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia in 2003-04.

"My roots are as a musician," Mr. Coleman told Playbill On-Line in 2002. "I started off as a concert pianist. I think like a musician. In other words, if you are musician, you're liable to play a concert, playing Mahler, in the evening, and you're liable to do a rock date in the morning. I feel as though I have a lot of colors in my palette and I want to use them."

"He was trying to reinvent his sound, he was always doing different style of theatre music - I think he was very proud of that," said Mary-Mitchell Campbell, a friend, pianist and music director who worked on a number of Cy Coleman projects, including Grace, a Dutch-language musical about Grace Kelly, Hitchcock and the royals of Monaco that bowed in Amsterdam in 2001.

Of Grace, Mr. Coleman previously said, "Musically, I wanted to do a meld of European style and American style - the European feeling along with American pizzazz. That fascinated me."

Playbill On-Line reported in October that director Michael Blakemore (The Life, City of Angels) was attached to a potential English language production of Grace, as were the lyricists Marilyn and Alan Bergman and librettist A.R. Gurney. He also said Like Jazz, his new collaboration with the Bergmans, was still in talks for a wider future.

Mary-Mitchell Campbell said Mr. Coleman was "extremely supportive" of younger musicians and composers in the theatre community. "I think he felt like it was really important to further new voices," she said. "We had lots of great conversations about new stuff and he was always interested in hearing new things."

Campbell called Mr. Coleman a musical genius who felt melody was essential in music. "He wanted the melody to stand on its own regardless of what arrangement was going on around it," she said.

Mr. Coleman won Tony Awards (news - web sites) for his scores to The Will Rogers Follies (1991, with lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green); City of Angels (1990, with lyrics by David Zippel); On the Twentieth Century (1978, with lyrics by Comden and Green).

He was Tony-nominated for the book and score of The Life (about Times Square hookers and hustlers circa 1980); the score of Barnum (about showman P.T. Barnum, with lyrics by Michael Stewart); I Love My Wife (about wife-swapping in suburban New Jersey, with lyrics by Stewart); Seesaw (based on the play Two for the Seesaw, with lyrics by Dorothy Fields); Sweet Charity and Little Me (1963). He also served as a producer on some of his Broadway projects.

One thing Mr. Coleman didn't leave behind is a published retrospective revue of his work. He previously told Playbill On-Line that he viewed such revues as living obituaries, indicating his writing life was over.

"We had talked a lot about doing a revue of his, of his work," said Mary-Mitchell Campbell. "And he didn't want to do it because, he said, 'I'm not done'..."

November 2004 Presidential Election

Great Scot, they're still counting for the final count in Ohio, and probably still will be until at least Thanksgiving, next week. Myself, I firmly believe in not going down until the last final count is in. And then, maybe not even then.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Neale Sourna's "HOBBLE" ebook available in Palm [PDA/PC/MAC].


Fictionwise [http://www.fictionwise.com/eBooks/NealeSournaeBooks.htm]
and other venues are now carrying "Hobble" in the Palm format which
can be read on PDAs, PCs, and MACs. They also carry tons of erotica,
fantasy, and oh so much more.

Which is tres cool as I plug along writing and editing stuff in
progress, and taking notes for stuff to cum. There was a point when I
had to nearly pray for an idea or insight, now I can't write, type, or
process the stuff fast enough. Quality takes time, doesn't it? --
Neale [Cleveland, Ohio USA]