Legendary screenwriter and director Nora Ephron died of acute myeloid leukemia and pneumonia on 6/26/12 at the age of 71. I was shocked and saddened to hear this news. Nora earned three Oscar nominations for writing the screenplays for "Silkwood," "Sleepless in Seattle," and my personal favorite "When Harry Met Sally..." from 1989. I always list "When Harry Met Sally..." as one of my favorite films of all time. I also read several of her books including Heartburn and I Feel Bad About My Neck: and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman. Nora directed eight movies including "Sleepless in Seattle," You've Got Mail," and "Julie and Julia."
Here are the thoughts of Rob Reiner, who directed "When Harry Met Sally..." -
Nora Ephron married her third husband, the author Nicholas Pileggi in 1987. He wrote Wiseguy, one of my favorite books which was made into the classic movie "Goodfellas." Nora had two sons Jacob and Max Bernstein with her second husband Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein.
I love this quote of hers - "Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim." Nora Ephron will be truly missed.
Of course my favorite Woody Allen film has got to be "Annie Hall" from 1977. It's one of the few comedies to win a Best Picture Oscar and Diane Keaton also won Best Actress. Woody also won the Oscar for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay (with Marshall Brickman). If you've never seen this classic romantic comedy, do yourself a favor and check it out.
I just read in www.showbiz411.com that Jon Hamm is being considered for a role in the next Larry David movie. Here is the article -
"Exclusive: Jon Hamm has proved himself so adept at comedy on “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live” that it’s about to pay off in movies. I’m told that Hamm is about to sign on to play Larry David’s nemesis in the still being worked out improv film David is set to shoot this fall. The film, without a title, will star David as a Larry David like character–but with a different name. He’ll get into the same kind of situations as Larry David on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Greg Mottola is directing, and the “script-ment”–a script-slash-treatment–is being worked up by David and his “Curb” and “Seinfeld” writers. Fox Searchlight will distribute. All of this is still in the planning stages, which means it will be some time before we see another season of “Curb” on HBO. But Don Draper as Larry’s sparring partner could be very funny. Hamm’s recent turn on the live version of “30 Rock” showed that he’s capable of a lot more than smoking and brooding."
I am a big fan of Larry David and would love to see him in a movie with Jon Hamm. Let's hope this works out! Jon deserves success on the big screen.
I was thinking about our trip to Paris in 2010 and wishing we could go again. I happened to find this blog post on Gwyneth Paltrow's blog Goop where she talks about a trip to Paris that she took with her father. The post includes places to eat and places to stay. I'm not sure we could afford to stay at The Ritz but I can dream can't I? I would also love to stay at the Plaza.
I would love to return to London again someday as well. I really enjoyed our time there.
I just read a great interview with Vincent Kartheiser who plays Pete Campbell on Mad Men. It's full of interesting little tidbits such as the fact that Vincent shaved his hairline back this season. Pete is one of my favorite characters on the show.
At the end of the season finale of Mad Men on June 10th, the theme song from You Only Live Twice was played. The classic James Bond film starring Sean Connery, came out in 1967 which is when the episode took place. It's a great song by Nancy Sinatra and fits Don Draper perfectly since he lived two lives (as Draper and Dick Whitman).
One of my favorite movies is Bull Durham starring Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins. This romantic comedy from 1988 is about a fan who has an affair with a minor league baseball player each season. This time she can't decide between the experienced catcher (Costner) and the up-and-coming new pitcher (Robbins). The song "When a Woman Loves a Man" is by Joe Cocker and plays at the end of the movie. Hope you like it as much as I do -
the hot book everyone is talking about - yes, Fifty Shades of Grey! I'm only on page 88 so I don't have much to say about it yet.
Here is the description of the book from goodreads.com -
When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.
Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.
Hmmm, sounds intriguing... I'm already thinking of who I would cast in the movie version. Unfortunately, Jon Hamm is probably too old to play Christian but how about Michael Fassbender (or is he too old too?) Maybe Robert Pattison from the Twilight series or perhaps Ryan Gosling? Alexander Skarsgard might be good but I think I'll stick with Michael Fassbender (if you have seen his nude scene in Shame you'll know why!) I haven't decided who I'd like to see play Ana yet. I'll keep you posted as I get further into the book. I took a look at the reviews on goodreads and they are really all over the place. It seems to be a love it or hate it type of book. We'll see...
Today's quote is from Desiderata: A Poem for a Way of Life by Max Ehrmann -
“Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let not this blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams; it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.”
Desiderata is Latin for "things desired as essential" and this poem was written in 1927. It is timeless and beautiful.
My friend Sue just sent me this great clip from YouTube where someone spliced dance routines of Rita Hayworth in sync with the Bee Gee's classic song "Stayin' Alive" from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. Saturday Night Fever is one of my favorite movies. Some clever person did an outstanding job putting old movie clips together with the music. I thought it was a nice tribute to the memory of Bee Gee Robin Gibb who passed away on May 20, 2012 of cancer at the age of 62.
As you know I am a huge Seinfeld fan (see earlier posts) so whenever I hear that Jerry will be making an appearance somewhere I make a note of it. I just read today that he will guest star on the FX show Louis starring the comedian Louis CK. I am not a regular viewer of this show although I have seen it a few times. The following article doesn't say when Seinfeld will appear but the show begins it's third season on June 28th -