Saturday, December 20, 2008

Vintage 1950-60s Board Game *** MILL *** Schaper's






VINTAGE 1950-1960's GAME

Mill by Schaper'sBrain Teasing Fun For All Ages . . . a 2-Player game


Also known (Morelles of Nine Man's Morris) by Schaper Manufacturing Co., Inc.
Minneapolis 22, Minnesota.

Other Schaper Games: Cootie, Skunk and Tickle Bee.

This game belonged to my parent's collection of games!


Condition:

Overall in great condition for its age.



$15.00

plus

$12.50 Shipping and Handling
includes USPS Delivery Confirmation

US Buyers ONLY


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Vintage Board Game *** PAYDAY *** 1975 Parker Brothers







VINTAGE 1975 BOARD GAME

Payday by Parker Brothers

Where does all the money go?

Ages 8 to adult for 2 to 4 players

Includes: Payday Board Game, Savings and Loan Record tablet,
4 player pieces, 1 dice, money, 16 deal cards, 64 mail cards


Condition:

The box has one corner that has come apart, has stains and normal wear for its age.

The game board is in great condition, as well as all of the pieces.

Overall in great condition for its age.


$15.50

$15.00 Shipping and Handling
includes US Delivery Confirmation

US Buyers Only


If you would like to purchase this item, please send me an
email to: info@labelladiva.com and I will send you an invoice



Monday, September 1, 2008

Rock on Johnny :)






Be still my heart . . . wishing I was there :)



Johnny Depp returned to his musical roots Friday night,

reuniting with his old band The Kids for a fund-raiser in Florida.


With his girlfriend, Vanessa Paradis, and their 9-year-old daughter, Lily-Rose, screaming in the crowd of 2,500, the Oscar-nominated actor strapped on a guitar and sang backup vocals during the power-pop group's 90-minute set.

The second annual Sheila Witkin Memorial Reunion Concert honors The Kids' late manager, who was well known in South Florida's music scene. All proceeds from the benefit go to the Dan Marino Foundation, which funds programs for children with special needs. The band also reunited in January 2007 for the same cause.

The 45-year-old actor joined The Kids when he was a high school student in Miramar, Fla., and moved to Los Angeles with them in search of a record deal. After the band broke up, Depp decided to pursue a career in acting.


Source: E! Online


Sunday, June 22, 2008

RIP George Carlin

I was stunned when I checked my home page to catch up on the news and this headline left me speechless . . . he's one of my favorite people and I'm so sad. For now, I have nothing to say . . . here is a reprint of the article:


Comedian George Carlin dies
in Los Angeles at 71

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian George Carlin, a counter-culture hero famed for his routines about drugs and dirty words, died of heart failure at a Los Angeles-area hospital on Sunday, a spokesman said. He was 71.

Carlin, who had a history of heart and drug-dependency problems, died at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica about 6 p.m. PDT (9 p.m. EDT) after being admitted earlier in the afternoon for chest pains, spokesman Jeff Abraham told Reuters.

Known for his edgy, provocative material, Carlin achieved status as an anti-Establishment icon in the 1970s with stand-up bits full of drug references and a routine called "Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television." A regulatory battle over a radio broadcast of the routine ultimately reached the U.S. Supreme Court.

In the 1978 case, Federal Communications Commission vs. Pacifica Foundation, the top U.S. court ruled that the words cited in Carlin's routine were indecent, and that the government's broadcast regulator could ban them from being aired at times when children might be listening.

Carlin's comedic sensibility often came back to a central theme: humanity is doomed.

"I don't have any beliefs or allegiances. I don't believe in this country, I don't believe in religion, or a god, and I don't believe in all these man-made institutional ideas," he told Reuters in a 2001 interview.

Carlin, who wrote several books and performed in many television comedy specials, is survived by his wife Sally Wade, and daughter Kelly Carlin McCall.

(Reporting by Dean Goodman and Steve Gorman; Editing by Patricia Zengerle)

Source: http://www.reuters.com

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Johnny Depp . . . Public Enemies

A Johnny sighting on the set of his new movie . . .

Johnny Depp channels his inner gangster while filming Public Enemies Monday in Chicago.

In the movie, he plays Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger.

Do you think that maybe I need a "Johnny blog"?

Monday, June 9, 2008

Kimora Lee Simmons - bitchy and proud of it


If you haven't tuned in for her reality show, Life in the Fab Lane on the Style Network, you have to experience it at least one time. Kimora takes you into her insane glamorous lifestyle of the rich and famous . . . by insane, I mean it is like a whirlwind.

Of course she has someone to help her do just about everything for her . . . I'm way impressed with her beautiful and immaculately organized "closet" that is almost as big as my entire house and reminds me of a plush boutique . . . she travels here and there and I had never thought of how the rich and famous prepare to travel, or should I say how everyone else prepares for them to travel . . .


She's here, there and everywhere . . . barking out commands to everyone around her . . . and yes, my impression of her was "this woman is a real bitch" the first time I saw the program. Now I see her as a woman who is tending to business in her own way. No no no . . . I would NEVER work for her!! The show also chronicles the professional lives of those who work for her . . . talk about stressed out people!

Kimora began her career as a fashion model at the early age of 13 when she was personally chosen by fashion czar Karl Lagerfeld to model for the esteemed house of Chanel in Paris. Her success as a runway model gave Kimora an innate sense of style which propels her as a fashion designer.

This woman has everything "material" any woman would ever want . . . but is she happy? The trade-off for having it all is not a dull moment . . . how about peace? With all those people working for her, it appears that she still doesn't have peace. At the moment, this is one of my favorite programs that I try not to miss.

Actually, although I have great admiration for Kimora's accomplishments and glamorous lifestyle, I'd rather be poor and have peace in my life.
I can vicariously live her glamorous lifestyle once a week by tuning in to her show.

Check out Kimora's reality show on the Style Network . . . she is a dynamic woman and one of my present day pop culture icons.



The following is an article by Marc Malkin from his blog on E-Online . . .
Kimora Lee Simmons doesn’t mind if you think she’s a bitch.


“As a woman, if you’re outspoken and you know what you want, you’re a bitch,” the Style Network reality-show star says in the new issue of Giant magazine. “And if you don’t know what you want, then you’re a ditz. It’s very hard to gain men’s respect, and men in the industry disrespected me all the time.”

But Simmons is the one laughing all the way to the bank. The 33-year-old former model and mother of two is creative officer of Phat Fashions, the company started by her ex, Russell Simmons, which now includes Baby Phat, Phat Farm, Phat Farm Kids and the new juniors’ label Fabulosity.

“Many [women] don’t know if they should speak up and run the risk of looking stupid or bitchy,” Simmons says. “I always say, ‘Go for bitchy’ ’cause they’re gonna say you’re a bitch no matter what.’ If you’re smart and you speak up, you’re a bitch. But at least you get what you want.”

Simmons, however, is a bit more reserved when it comes to dishing about her Oscar-nominated actor and Calvin Klein underwear-model boyfriend Djimon Hounsou. Although mum on details, she does say, “I’m just happy and grateful to go home to my kids and a man that loves and accepts me for me—glamorous or not.”



Kimora's Official Website




Wednesday, June 4, 2008

More Johnny Depp videos





Johnny Depp Music Video





Jack Sparrow "Johnny Depp Song"





Johnny Depp and Tim Burton - Promo for Sweeney Todd - Today Show





Johnny Depp Pixies








Sunday, June 1, 2008

Johnny Depp and the MTV Movie Awards




Johnny Depp took best comedic
performance honors for his turn
as Captain Jack in Pirates of the
Caribbean
and won best villain
for
Sweeney Todd at the
MTV Movie Awards.




I almost forgot about the awards being on tonight and I would have been very upset with myself for missing a chance to see Johnny Depp. What a treat he is . . .

Although I adore the scruffy Johnny Depp, when he timidly walked out to claim his first prize, I thought, WOW he even looks awesome with a hair cut and a shave. He shyly looked toward the crowd through his long bangs as he accepted his two awards and chewed gum. ahhh I never saw a guy look sexy chewing gum until tonight.

Every time I see him as himself, I get the impression that he is an extremely shy and sweet tempered person. He has the perfect face and the cutest nose I've ever seen. Look at those arms, he definitely spends time at the gym.





One of the things that I really love about JD is that success does not seem to have made him arrogant and obnoxious, quite the contrary. He has a humble look about him like he does not know what he looks like. Actually I get the feeling that he has taken on roles that deaccentuate his attractiveness so that he will be taken seriously as an actor . . . Edward Scissorhands and Sweeney Todd for starters. When I saw the Chocolate Factory movie I forgot it was my gorgeous Johnny playing Willie. A fabulous actor can do that . . . but for some reason, I'm not ready to see Sweeney Todd.




Congratulations Johnny . . .








UPDATE, WHAT E! ONLINE HAD TO SAY . . .

The only thing hotter than the predawn blaze that closed down the area surrounding the Gibson Amphitheatre before the 2008 MTV Movie Awards was double-threat Johnny Depp.

The masses-approved heartthrob had to wait out a thundering standing ovation before being able to give thanks for his Best Comedic Performance win, his third Golden Popcorn to date for playing Captain Jack Sparrow. And with Juno scribe Diablo Cody having already clutched her hand to her heart the first time, the reception was only a bit milder when Depp took the stage again, when he was named Best Villain for his turn as the murderous Sweeney Todd.

"I'm not really sure how this happened because you can ask anybody—I'm not a very funny person," a clean-shaven Depp said in accepting his first award of the night.

And later: "Two times in one night—that's nutty. Wow…I have to thank all of you who voted for me. That's really a great honor, thanks for sticking with me on this very obtuse and strange road…I'm not particularly eloquent at the moment, but thank you so much."



Friday, May 9, 2008

Anonymous Johnny Depp?






"My definition of freedom is simplicity, really.
Anonymity.

I'm sure it will be a possibility someday again.
Maybe when I get old. They get tired of you.
'Didn't you use to be Johnny Depp?'
That will be the clincher."

Johnny Depp
quote from a recent
interview w/
Esquire Magazine




hmmmmm . . . I don't think so Johnny . . . not ever!







Sunday, April 13, 2008

George Carlin on "Stuff"



My first recollection of George Carlin was his character "The Hippie Dippie Weatherman", his most notable would probably be his bit on "The Seven Words" that made him a very controversial performer of his time, but my favorite is "Stuff" . . . click here for George Carlin's 1986 "Comic Relief" performance on "Stuff"

Here is the transcript:

Actually this is just a place for my stuff, ya know? That's all, a little place for my stuff. That's all I want, that's all you need in life, is a little place for your stuff, ya know? I can see it on your table, everybody's got a little place for their stuff. This is my stuff, that's your stuff, that'll be his stuff over there. That's all you need in life, a little place for your stuff. That's all your house is: a place to keep your stuff. If you didn't have so much stuff, you wouldn't need a house. You could just walk around all the time.

A house is just a pile of stuff with a cover on it. You can see that when you're taking off in an airplane. You look down, you see everybody's got a little pile of stuff. All the little piles of stuff. And when you leave your house, you gotta lock it up. Wouldn't want somebody to come by and take some of your stuff. They always take the good stuff. They never bother with that crap you're saving. All they want is the shiny stuff. That's what your house is, a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get...more stuff!

Sometimes you gotta move, gotta get a bigger house. Why? No room for your stuff anymore. Did you ever notice when you go to somebody else's house, you never quite feel a hundred percent at home? You know why? No room for your stuff. Somebody else's stuff is all over the place! And if you stay overnight, unexpectedly, they give you a little bedroom to sleep in. Bedroom they haven't used in about eleven years. Someone died in it, eleven years ago. And they haven't moved any of his stuff! Right next to the bed there's usually a dresser or a bureau of some kind, and there's NO ROOM for your stuff on it. Somebody else's shit is on the dresser.

Have you noticed that their stuff is shit and your shit is stuff? God! And you say, "Get that shit offa there and let me put my stuff down!"

Sometimes you leave your house to go on vacation. And you gotta take some of your stuff with you. Gotta take about two big suitcases full of stuff, when you go on vacation. You gotta take a smaller version of your house. It's the second version of your stuff. And you're gonna fly all the way to Honolulu. Gonna go across the continent, across half an ocean to Honolulu. You get down to the hotel room in Honolulu and you open up your suitcase and you put away all your stuff. "Here's a place here, put a little bit of stuff there, put some stuff here, put some stuff--you put your stuff there, I'll put some stuff--here's another place for stuff, look at this, I'll put some stuff here..." And even though you're far away from home, you start to get used to it, you start to feel okay, because after all, you do have some of your stuff with you. That's when your friend calls up from Maui, and says, "Hey, why don'tchya come over to Maui for the weekend and spend a couple of nights over here."

Oh, no! Now what do I pack? Right, you've gotta pack an even SMALLER version of your stuff. The third version of your house. Just enough stuff to take to Maui for a coupla days. You get over to Maui--I mean you're really getting extended now, when you think about it. You got stuff ALL the way back on the mainland, you got stuff on another island, you got stuff on this island. I mean, supply lines are getting longer and harder to maintain. You get over to your friend's house on Maui and he gives you a little place to sleep, a little bed right next to his windowsill or something. You put some of your stuff up there. You put your stuff up there. You got your Visine, you got your nail clippers, and you put everything up. It takes about an hour and a half, but after a while you finally feel okay, say, "All right, I got my nail clippers, I must be okay." That's when your friend says, "Aaaaay, I think tonight we'll go over the other side of the island, visit a pal of mine and maybe stay over."

Aww, no. NOW what do you pack? Right--you gotta pack an even SMALLER version of your stuff. The fourth version of your house. Only the stuff you know you're gonna need. Money, keys, comb, wallet, lighter, hanky, pen, smokes, rubber and change. Well, only the stuff you HOPE you're gonna need.


All material written and owned by George Carlin.








Thursday, April 3, 2008

Love Story . . . the story of unconditional love



The novel and movie tells the story of Oliver Barrett, IV, a wealthy and well-respected Harvard University student who meets and falls in love with Jennifer Cavilleri, a working-class, quick-witted Radcliffe College student. Upon graduation from college, the two decide to marry against the wishes of Oliver's father, who thereafter severs ties with his son.

Lacking his father's financial support, the couple struggles to pay Oliver's way through Harvard Law School. Graduating third in his class, Oliver takes a position at a respectable New York law firm, while Jennifer teaches at a private school.

With Oliver's income and Jennifer's salary as a teacher, the pair of 24-year-olds decide to have a child. Oliver discovers that Jennifer has leukemia and will die soon when they seek consultation after they can't conceive.

Oliver attempts to live a "normal life" without telling Jennifer of her condition. Jennifer finds out anyway . . . With their days together numbered, Jennifer begins costly cancer therapy, and Oliver soon becomes unable to afford the piling hospital expenses. Desperate, he seeks financial relief from his father, without telling his father what the money is truly for, Oliver leads him believe that he needs it because he has had an affair which led to a pregnancy.

From her hospital bed, Jennifer speaks with her father about funeral arrangements, tells him to avoid blaming himself, and asks him to embrace her tightly and then asks for Oliver before she dies.

There is a double meaning of a love story between Oliver and his father. It isn't until after Jennifer dies that Mr. Barrett realizes that she was ill and that the money was for her. When Oliver runs into his father walking outside of the hospital he tells him that Jennifer has died. Mr. Barrett genuinely tells his son that he is sorry. Oliver replies with something Jenny had told him, with tears in his eyes, "Love means never having to say you're sorry."







This is one of my favorite movies of all time and I have always used this story to set the bar of love . . . true, unconditional love that lives forever. I thank God that he blessed me with the gift of living a real love story . . .

It is one of those movies that made a big impression on my life. The first time I saw the movie, I was in awe of the love they had for each other and happy they were together and at the same time, it made me so sad that their life together was cut so short. I remember thinking that they were so cheated. But were they really cheated?

Today I have been thinking of how that kind of love is very rare in these days. Since JR died, I have seen this movie again several times and each time I get a new meaning from it. There are times that I feel I was cheated from a full lifetime of love with my soul mate, but on the other hand I was blessed with that kind of love to begin with.

Oliver and Jenny were blessed with a beautiful love . . . just as I was . . . at a different time of my life this movie is happy rather than sad to me.






Saturday, March 29, 2008

Political correctness and what is good for you

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED
THE 1930'S 40'S 50'S 60'S AND 70'S


First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant . . . took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets. As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank koolade made with sugar, but most of us weren't overweight because WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video, movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computers, no internet or chat rooms . . .

I don't remember hearing about sexual perverts kidnapping little kids either . . .

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays,made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in . . . we didn't need locked doors or security alarms . . .

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever! The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned to DEAL WITH IT ALL!

If you are one of them . . .

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.

And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave (and lucky) their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!


An appropriate quote by Jay Leno:

With hurricanes, tornadoes, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks,

"Are we sure this is a good time to take
God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"



The Soup Nazi




The Soup Nazi came to my mind tonight . . . I was thinking about my dad and my strict upbringing and how rigid he was. I actually think he rarely enjoyed life for fear that he would be caught off guard and someone would get away with bending one of his rules. He hated laughter unless it was his joke and was getting the reaction he was looking for . . . at least this is how I remember him. He had that same intense look in his eyes as the Soup Nazi . . . .


gotta look at life with a little humor sometimes
This episode of Seinfeld and the character of the Soup Nazi has to be one of the highlights of Seinfeld . . . it is definitely one of the best of the classics and I enjoy it as the first time I saw it every time I see it again. And I never get tired of it . . . in fact, I find another detail each time.







"The Soup Nazi"
Seinfeld episode #116, Season 7, September 1995
The character is a stone-faced immigrant chef with a thick moustache, renowned throughout Manhattan for his delicious soups. He demands that all customers in his restaurant meticulously follow his strict queuing, ordering, and payment policies. Failure to adhere to his demands brings the admonishment, "No soup for you!", whereupon the customer is refunded and denied his order.

The episode opens with Jerry going on and on about the delicious soups made by the Soup Nazi, making sure to "prep" George on the strict code of behavior required by the Soup Nazi in his store. But OMG . . . George makes a mistake while ordering soup by questioning the absence of bread, and is subsequently refused service.


(George notices he didn't get any bread with his soup.)

George: I didn't get any bread.



Jerry: Just forget it. Let it go.



George: Um, excuse me; I think you forgot my bread.



Soup Nazi: You want bread?



George: Yes please.



Soup Nazi: $3.00!



George: What?



Soup Nazi: No soup for you! (Snaps fingers.)



(The cashier takes away George's soup and gives him back his money.)





A while later . . .



George: I don't see how you can sit there eating

that and not even offer me any.



Jerry: I gave you a taste. What do you want?



George
: Why can't we share?



Jerry: I told you not to say anything!

You can't go in there, brazenly flout the rules,

and then think I'm going to share with you!



George: Do you hear yourself?



Jerry: I'm sorry.



This is what comes from living under a Nazi regime!




Meanwhile, Elaine purchases an antique armoire, but cannot move it into the building on a Sunday and leaves Kramer to guard the armoire--which she must leave on the sidewalk. Elaine goes to purchase some soup, however, her behavior at the Soup Nazi's restaurant prompts him to shout, "No soup for you!" and ban her for one year.

Elaine's armoire is then stolen by a pair of homosexual "street toughs" who intimidate Kramer.

Kramer gains favor with the Soup Nazi and gives Kramer his own antique armoire. Kramer gives the armoire to Elaine as a replacement for her stolen one.

Elaine thanks the Soup Nazi for the armoire, but he declares that he never would have given it to Kramer if he knew it was for Elaine.

Elaine discovers the Soup Nazi's secret recipes in the old armoire and seeks revenge against him, taunting him, possibly also informing him for the first time of his popular nickname: "You're finished, Soup Nazi!"

This victory comes with a price, as the Soup Nazi decides to sell his remaining stock and close the business, to the dismay of everyone who loves his delicious soups.


Here are classic moments from this episode:





Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Johnny Depp . . . on music . . . and thanks a million

Not too long ago, I wrote an entry about Johnny Depp's musical roots prior to becoming an actor.

He actually went to Hollywood to be a rock star with no aspirations to be one of the greatest actors of our time.


Johnny Depp made Bill O'Reilly of the Fox Network's Pinhead or Patroit segment . . . of course as a patroit . . . here is an article on the reason why Bill deemed him worthy of "patriot status" . . .

January 26, 2008 . . . ACTOR Johnny Depp secretly visited London's Great Ormond St Hospital yesterday to donate a million pounds to thank staff for saving his daughter's life.

Depp arrived unexpectedly at the renowned children's hospital where eight-year-old Lily-Rose was treated last year when her kidneys failed.

Last week he invited five Great Ormond St doctors and nurses to the party for the London premiere of his film Sweeney Todd.

And unknown to the public, Depp spent four hours at the hospital telling bedtime stories to patients dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates Of The Caribbean.

Last March, Lily-Rose spent nine days at Great Ormond St when E.coli poisoning led to the failure of her kidneys.


*********************


Rolling Stone recently did an interview with Johnny and hit on his love of music . . . here are some of the excerpts:



Was your family musical at all?


My mom and my dad weren't particularly musical, no. But I did have an uncle who was a preacher, and he played hillbilly bluegrass guitar. So Sunday church services, it was like, "Hallelujah, brothers and sisters," and then he would start picking "Stepping on the Clouds." That was where I got the bug: watching my uncle play the guitar with his little gospel group, right in front of me.


What was the first record you bought?


I don't know if I bought it, but the first record I remember listening to nonstop, oddly, was Dean Martin, Everybody Loves Somebody. And then Boots Randolph. And then the record album of Blackbeard's Ghost, with Peter Ustinov. I'd never seen the film — I didn't see it until I was in my late thirties. But I knew it verbatim. Slightly ironic. And then I turned that corner into preteen and I remember listening to Frampton Comes Alive! too much. My brother's ten years older than me. He grabbed the needle off the album and there was this horrific noise — wrrrraarrrar. He said, "Listen, man, you're killing me. Try this." And he put on Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. And it stirred me. I'd never heard anything like it. I said, "OK, maybe Frampton Comes Alive! is a little tired." Then my brother, very pleased with himself, started turning me on to other things, like the soundtrack to Last Tango in Paris.


How did listening to music become making music?


When I was twelve, I talked my mom into picking up a Decca electric guitar for me for twenty-five dollars. It had a little blue plush amp. And then, this is horrible, the first thing I did was steal a Mel Bay chord book. I went to this store, stuffed it down my pants and walked out. It had pictures — that's why I needed it so badly, because it was immediate gratification. If I could match those photographs, then I was golden. I conquered it in days. I locked the bedroom door, didn't leave, and taught myself how to play chords. I started learning songs by ear.


What was the first song you could play through?


Every kid with a guitar at that time, the first things that came up were almost always "Smoke on the Water," obviously, and "25 or 6 to 4," by Chicago. But the first song I played all the way through must have been "Stairway to Heaven." I remember getting through the fingerpicking and just cursing Jimmy Page.


What was your first band?


When I was about thirteen, I got together with some other kids in the neighborhood. This one guy had a bass, we knew a guy who had a PA system, we made our own lights. It was really ramshackle and great. We'd play at people's backyard parties. Everything from the Beatles to Led Zeppelin to Cheap Trick to Devo — and "Johnny B. Goode" was the closer.


Click here to read more excerpts from the article. While you are there, check out the gallery of Johnny Depp on the cover of the Rolling Stone.



Saturday, January 5, 2008

Somewhere in Time







Beyond Fantasy

Beyond Obsession

Beyond time itself,

He will find her



A beautifully haunting time travel story

about a love so strong, it can

overcome the obstacle of time itself



The film begins in May 1972, when playwright Richard Collier meets an old woman who gives him a pocket watch asking him to come back to her. Eight years later, Richard stays at the Grand Hotel and falls in love with a photograph of a beautiful woman. Richard asks Arthur Biehl, an old man who's been at the hotel since 1910, who the woman is and learns that she is Elise McKenna, a famous stage actress. Richard then researches who Elise is and learns that she was the old woman who gave him the pocket watch eight years ago.

Richard learns about time travel from an old college professor of his and that it can be achieved if one can go under hypnosis. However, to achieve this state of hypnosis, one must remove all things from sight that are related to the current time. He is also warned that such a process would leave one very weak, perhaps dangerously so. Richard heads back to his hotel room and then tries to travel back in time to the year 1912 under hypnosis with a tape recorder only to fail under stress. After a trip to the hotel's attic, Richard finds an old guest book from 1912 with his signature in it only to learn that he was there.

Richard again goes under hypnosis (this time without the tape recorder, since it was not around in 1912) and succeeds. Upon arriving in 1912, Richard looks all over the hotel for Elise, even meeting Arthur as a little boy, and has no luck finding her. Finally, Richard meets Elise standing by a tree by the lake and she asks him if he's the one. Before he can ask why, Elise's manager, William Fawcett Robinson, tells Richard to leave Ms. McKenna alone. Richard continues to seek Elise out again until finally she agrees to walk with him. Richard finally asks why Elise asked if he was the one and she replies that Robinson knows that she will meet a man that will change her life. Richard also shows Elise the same pocket watch in which she will give him 60 years later.

Upon returning to the hotel, Elise invites Richard to her play. Richard attends the play and upon visiting Elise during intermission finds her getting her picture taken. Upon spotting Richard, Elise smiles and the picture is then taken. This picture is the same one in which Richard will see 68 years later at the Grand Hotel. Later, Richard receives a letter from Robinson asking to meet him immediately, that it is a matter of life and death. Robinson tricks Richard and has him tied up and thrown into the stables. Later, Robinson tells Elise that Richard has left her and isn't the one, but she replies that she doesn't believe him and he's wrong. Elise admits to Robinson that she loves Richard and that he will make her very happy. Dispirited, Robinson leaves her dressing room and reminds her that they leave within the hour.

Richard wakes up the next morning and escapes the stables. He runs to Elise's room only to discover that her party has left. Richard then goes out to the hotel's deck to find Elise running towards him. They return to his room together and make love. Later that evening, Elise asks Richard if he's going to marry her in which he responds yes. She then tells him that the first thing she will do for him is buy him a new suit (the suit Richard has been wearing the entire time in 1912 is about ten to fifteen years out of style). Richard begins to show Elise what a wonderful suit it is because of its many pockets. He is alarmed when he reaches into one and finds a penny that has the date of 1979 on it. Snapping him out of his hypnotic-induced time travel, Richard fades from 1912 with Elise screaming his name in horror as he drifts back to 1980.

Richard wakes up in the hotel having returned back to his own time. He is very weak, physically and emotionally exhausted from his trip through time. He tries to hypnotise himself again without success. After wandering around the hotel and staring for hours at Elise's picture, Richard returns to his room where he sits in a daze for days without eating. Arthur checks on Richard in his room and finds him very sick and calls for a doctor. Richard then sees himself drifting above his body and is drawn to a light in a window. In the light is Elise, waiting for him just as he remembered her where they will remain together for all time.

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