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- 02/21/13--14:00: _Jeff Koons Is Hiring
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- 02/25/13--08:30: _Jordan Kahn Says Go...
- 02/25/13--09:08: _On His New Show The...
- 02/21/13--13:15: Models and Editors in the Wild at Milan Fashion Week
- 02/21/13--13:20: We Wanna Go to Tata Naka High
- 02/21/13--13:21: El Bloombito at Forcella
- 02/21/13--13:30: Our Guide to Oscar-Night Parties In NYC
- 02/21/13--14:00: Jeff Koons Is Hiring
- 02/22/13--06:15: Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert Make Up
- 02/22/13--07:25: Cherie Lily's Hawt Workout Videos
- 02/22/13--08:30: Our Award Predictions and NYC Party Recommendations
- 02/22/13--09:04: Manolo Blahnik Can't Tell Today's Celebrities Apart
- 02/22/13--09:50: The Oscars Power Ballad Playlist
- 02/22/13--10:09: Taylor Swift Has a New Duet Partner...A Goat!
- 02/22/13--11:30: Margaritas, Long-Winded Stories and Oscar Parties
- 02/22/13--14:20: The Shortlist for This Year's Oddest Book Titles
- 02/22/13--14:30: The Best, Worst and Weirdest of the Week
- 02/22/13--14:45: Otter, Obama and Blue Ivy GIFs
- 02/25/13--06:00: Morning Funnies: 2013 Oscars Edition
- 02/25/13--08:00: Misfit Mod Rides Through the City at Night
- 02/25/13--08:30: Jordan Kahn Says Go For the Bloody Clams at La Cevicheria
- 02/25/13--09:08: On His New Show The Face and His David Mixner Biopic
Liu Wen - Model
Irina Kravchenko - Model
Anna Wintour - Editor in Chief, Vogue
Anna Dello Russo - Editor at Large, Vogue Japan
Angelo Flaccavento - Writer
Photo by Gabi Porter
The best time to claim a perch at Forcella Park Avenue's bar is right after work, when pesto-smeared bread is served gratis, and before the loud and hungry swoop into the dining room for chef Giulio Adriani's blistering flash-fried Montanara pizzas. Two-for-one beers might be this happy hour's biggest attraction, but knowing that Dushan Zaric -- of Employees Only and new booze brand the 86 Co. -- dreamed up the cocktail list, I splurged on the El Bloombito.
This elegant drink, at once bitter and bright, combines Santa Teresa "1796" Venezuelan rum with Campari, fresh lime juice and a touch of Zaric's own savory-sweet grapefruit cordial, the recipe for which he guards closely. "The rum holds the sweetness and the Campari together," Zaric notes. "It's a cocktail that keeps changing as you drink it." A mélange of anise, cinnamon, white pepper and sugar around the rim ensures a spicy depth to each sip.
Although the El Bloombito makes a fine prelude to the wine sure to be swilled at dinner, Zaric assures it's just as welcome a companion to pizza: "There can't be too much tomato sauce; you need meat, mushrooms or olives. It calls for something fatty."
2 oz. Santa Teresa "1796" Rum
¾ oz. grapefruit cordial ( To make at home, Zaric suggests steeping 2 parts sugar with 1 part ruby red grapefruit juice)
½ oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
½ oz. Campari
Apply blend of anise, cinnamon, white pepper and sugar to the rim of a cocktail glass. Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass. Add large ice cubes and shake vigorously for a few seconds. Strain into the prepared cocktail glass and serve.
Oscars Party at Heavy Woods
Bushwick's Heavy Woods will be projecting the Oscars onto "the big wooden wall with sound, for a double sensory treat" and serving up dinner and snacks from New Orleans-inspired Williamsburg eatery Tchoup Shop. They'll also be serving discounted drinks and playing Oscars drinking games all night long, including shots every time the camera cuts to George Clooney in the audience. Translation: Plan on waking up with a blinding hangover Monday morning.
Heavy Woods, 50 Wyckoff Ave., Brooklyn; 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
Oscar Night Party at Miles
Watch the awards show from the Bushwick bar's flat screen and make sure to fill out a ballot -- the winner with the most correct predictions will take home a...bar tab! (Here's to getting drunker than a B-lister at the Golden Globes!)
Miles, 101 Wilson Ave., Brooklyn; 7pm, free
GIF by Isabel Alcantara
1) The New York Foundation for the Arts job board has listings for four openings in Jeff Koons' studio, including "wood carver," "Sculpture Painting - Masker," "Sculptor - Stone Carver" and "Sculptor - Moldmaker & Plaster." [Gallerist; photo by Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com]
2) OMG, our favorite person in the world Ina Garten has a new line of frozen foods that will hit stores in Spring. Make them for your Jeffrey. [Eater]
3) After selling millions of copies of Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy, Bill O'Reilly's next book will focus on the assassination of Christ with Killing Jesus. Kind of jumping the shark, aren't you Bill? Where do you go from there? [Politico]
4) Wow, we never want to be to be on Frank Sinatra's bad side. But we do want to pull on his hairpiece. [ThisIsntHappiness]
5) From the makers of Movie: The Movie comes Movie: The Movie: 2V. Kudos to Bradley Cooper for pointing out an age-old movie problem: zombies are often too sexy.
6) Oh, yuck: A new survey shows that fish are usually not what their labeled as. That orange roughy you ordered last night? Probably a fish called "slimehead." [NYT]
7) Justin Timberlake will do a full week of performances on Jimmy Fallon March 11-15 and will host SNL (OF COURSE) on March 9th. [PopCultureBrain]
On-again/off-again BFFs and general frenemies Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert buried the hatchet with a charming duet last night on Late Night.
From The Cut's "The 5 Reasons Girls Type Like Thissss." We're Guilty of numbers 1 and 5. Oh noooooo.
Snaps in a Z formation to whoever's responsible for the Michale Haneke parody Twitter account. [ImWithKanye]
Honesty is the best policy. [AfternoonSnoozeButton]
Baby red panda sneak attack. (Basically you and your sibling/s ages 2-present.) [TastefullyOffensive]
Wait for it ... (Then run away screaming.) [Reddit]
Good news: Ewan Mcgregor gets you. [Laughterkey]
This GIF is the reason for GIFs. [TheClearlyDope]
Our new signature. [ThisIsntHappiness]
This KFC sign featured in the DailyDot's Weirdest Roadside Attractions actually makes us want to eat at KFC. (Also excited they included those dinosaurs from Pee-Wee's Big Adventure between Riverside and Palm Springs.)
Loyal Papermag readers know that we're not exactly the picture of health, but we're trying to be more fitness-minded these days by going to the gym....like once a month. So sue us, it's hard to wake up in the morning! Thankfully, our favorite fitness guru, pal to Richard Simmons and downtown pop queen Cherie Lily is here to help us stop being lazy with some fun work out videos to make getting in shape at home a little more convenient (and hot). Below, check out the Papermag premiere of two exercise videos from Lily that coincide with her awesome new Dripping Wet EP, out now (which features a collaboration with the amazing Jonte Moaning). We'll have the flattest abs and leanest arms in indie mag publishing in no time. We might even challenge Vice to a situp contest..
Best Sexy 6-Pack Abs Workout
Top 3 Exercises for a Sexy Round Butt, Lean Arms and Flat Abs
Sex and the City-certified shoemaker Manolo Blahnik can't really tell celebrities apart these days. He told Tim Blanks that today's actresses are "all the same. I don't even know Amanda Seyfried or whatever... Anne Hathaway. Pretty? Yes. Wonderful actress? Yes. But, I mean, I don't even remember her." [via The Cut]
Karl Lagerfeld did another one of his sketches for German mag Frankfurter Allgemeine Magazin. In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Elysée Treaty (which ended the longtime rivalry between France and Germany) Karl depicted France and Germany as a lesbian couple with children -- personified France is on the left with Françoise Hollande as her child, and personified Germany is on the right with Angela Merkel. This is so weird but we're kind of obsessed with it. [via Fashionista]
Oh god, Studio Roosegaarde has gone and invented a dress that starts out opaque and becomes transparent when you show "signs of arousal." The studio is also working on suits for men that become transparent when they lie ("That's for the banking world," the designer quipped.) We're sketched out by the arousal dress but very curious about the lie-detecting suits. [via The Daily Beast]
Nicola Formichetti posed in his NYC apartment not wearing much for the 6th issue of We the Urban. [via The Fashionisto]
In other "oh god" news: DC Communication is making a glassy magazine devoted to nail art called...wait for it...Nail It! [via The Cut]
Jennifer Lawrence is looking very pretty (if a little boring and not very Jennifer Lawrence-y) in the new Miss Dior handbag ads. So basically: meh. [via Press Release]
Hat tip to WNYC's "That Was a Hit" for calling attention to this rarely-repeated country-house fusion by British production duo the KLF and Tammy Wynette. Apparently Tammy couldn't join the group when they performed on "Top of the Pops," but at least there's a guitar-playing ice cream cone.
In this weekly column, MC/DJ Hesta Prynn pairs pop culture stories with an original playlist.
Oscar-nominated films have theme songs written by people like Randy Newman, Alan Menken or Andrew Lloyd Webber. Sure, we get a Three 6 Mafia or an Eminem from time to time, but only for every six Broadway standards and rarely in the Best Picture category. Wouldn't these dramas go down smoother if our heroes walked to Mötley Crüe or G 'n' R? In honor of the 85th Academy Awards, I've served up my top five Best Picture noms with their '80s power-ballad theme songs.
WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW!
1. Lincoln: "Something to Believe In" - Poison
Perhaps the most awesome power ballad in the genre, this smash hit from Poison would easily elevate the never-ending Lincoln from Most Boring to Most Awesome. I want to see montages of Daniel Day-Lewis contemplating the questions of the time over Bret Michaels's parting words, "Sometimes I wish I didn't know now, the things I didn't know then."
2. Les Misérables: "Love Bites" - Def Leppard
This film couldn't be more depressing. Its title literally translates to "the miserable." Poverty, unrequited love, the song every high-school girl sang for every musical theater audition ever - they're all in there. Instead of "On My Own" I'd love to have seen Eponine bust out this heart-wrenching Def Leppard jam.
3. Silver Linings Playbook: "Keep On Loving You" - REO Speedwagon
The lyrics in this song are a bit "off" and one might say that the songwriter was "not all there" when he wrote it. Maybe sort of like someone you would take out a restraining order against, kind of sort of exactly like Bradley Cooper's character in this film. This song plays during his episode searching for his wedding video in the attic, when he melts down and attacks his parents.
4. Zero Dark Thirty: "Without You" - Mötley Crüe
"Without You" is the codependency anthem, and Jessica Chastain's character and Osama Bin Laden are Zero Dark Thirty's Carrie Matheson and Sgt Brody. "Without you in my life I'd slowly wither and die/ But with you by my side you're the reason I'm alive." Clearly this song is meant to play at the end as she flies home in the helicopter wondering what to do with the rest of her life.
5. Django Unchained: "Love of a Lifetime" - Firehouse
My personal favorite of the group, Django Unchained is at heart a love story. The epic Western set in the antebellum South certainly boasts the most emotionally healthy couple of all of the nominees. I'd like to hear this song played when Django bursts in on Broomhilda at the Candie plantation after she believes him to be dead.
Friday, February 22
Give your Saturday morning a big "Eff You" by guzzling a margarita (or four) at Nitehawk Cinema in honor of "National Margarita Day." They'll be slinging $5 'ritas starting at 7pm and, if you're still standing, check out a screening of 1989 thriller Santa Sangre, complete with a live musical score by Long Distance Poison.
Nitehawk Cinema, 36 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn. 7 p.m.
Cake Shop, 152 Ludlow Street, (212) 253-0036. 8 p.m. $8. 21+
DANCE: Dance Under the Influence at the Museum of Art and Design
MAD's latest installment of their Dance Under the Influence series features dancers/choreographers Molissa Fenley, John Heginbotham, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Zack Winokur, who collectively, will present works ranging from rhythmic tap to playful contemporary dance pieces. Audience members will also be able to engage in a discussion with the dancers following the show.
Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, (212) 299-7777. 7:30 p.m. $20 ($12 for students and museum members)
COMEDY: It's a Long Story
Head to UCBeast at midnight to hear stand up comedians share long-winded -- but funny! -- true stories and get a healthy dose of schadenfreude.
UCBeast, E. 3rd St., (212) 366-9231. Midnight. Reservations HERE.
ART: "Tracy Had a Hard Sunday" Opening
Amsterdam-based artist Parra brings his post-pop dravings, paintings, animation and sculpture to the Jonathan LeVine Gallery for his first solo show. Referencing the likes of Keith Haring and Victor Moscoso, Parra's signature creatures resemble cartoon versions of a human-to-bird Animorph.
Jonathan LeVine Gallery, 529 W. 20th St. Free
Sunday, February 24
Mr. Showbiz will be holding court at Joe's Pub on Oscar night, riffing on everything from red carpet lewks to over-wrought acceptance speeches. Guests are encouraged to dress up and compete for "Best" and "Worst" dressed. And, if this doesn't float your boat, scope out nine other awards night parties HERE.
Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette Street; 7:00pm, tickets for purchase and dinner reservations available
FILM: Academy-Award Nominated Shorts
IFC Center, 323 Avenue of the Americas. Showtimes vary.
Fittingly, these hip-hop pioneers headline one of New York's oldest -- and storied -- hip-hip venues, S.O.B.'s, kicking off their "Legends and Icons" monthly concert series.
S.O.B.'s, 200 Varick St. 8 p.m. $20 in advance/$25 at door
1. The Diagram prize for oddest book titles of the year is obviously a treasure trove of laughs, but our money's on Was Hitler Ill? Here's the shortlist below:
Goblinproofing One's Chicken Coop by Reginald Bakeley
God's Doodle: The Life and Times of the Penis by Tom Hickman
How Tea Cosies Changed the World by Loani Prior
How to Sharpen Pencils by David Rees
Lofts of North America: Pigeon Lofts by Jerry Gagne
Was Hitler Ill? by Hans-Joachim Neumann and Henrik Eberle
2. Find out your terrible tweet score. We're guilty of numbers 1 and 3 for sure and probably more. #InWhichWeAreSorry [via Laughing Squid]
3. Badass chicks and Friends of PAPER the Chapin Sisters will be performing live at The Living Room on Wednesday, February 27th. The recording will be streamed to the "Live at the Living Room" Sirius/XM show and it's free, so go out and support 'em.
4. Christie's will be auctioning off contemporary works by younger artists to raise money for the Brooklyn Museum, including works by Angel Otero, Jemima Kirke and Dustin Yellin. If we made more than a journalist's salary we'd be there. [via Art Daily]
5. Everyone panic: the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg will be moving over one block, from The Edge Williamsburg at North 6th and Kent to East River State Park at North 7th and Kent. They also just signed a lease on a space in Crown Heights. Smorgasburg for everyone! [via Brownstoner]
6. Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z just released their 'Legends of the Summer' tour dates. They'll be at Yankee Stadium on July 19th so get excited, Timberfiles. [via Pitchfork]
7. We could watch this video of professional dancer Lil Buck (who just completed a tour with Yo Yo Ma) jooking on the Colbert Report all afternoon.
8. Liking this cool, "Effing Typeface" from Brooklyn designer Alex Merto, for all of your graphic designer sexting needs.
Best New Dad: Yesterday, Wiz Khalifa, rapper and weed enthusiast, welcomed his son into the world. -- Rashard Bradshaw
Best Read: This 1993 article on Jeffrey Dahmer groupies. -- Jonah Wolf
Most "Surprisingly Hot" Person of the Week: DJ Baauer, the guy who produced the "Harlem Shake" song. -- Abby Schreiber
Best New Meaning For the Lyrics "We Found Love In a Hopeless Place": This infographic. That hopeless place, by the way, is Walmart. -- A.S.
Worst Hair Tutorial: Lori Locklear's. She gives new meaning to the phrase "Beauty is pain." -- R.B.
Weirdest Nail Art Moment: The talons Azealia Banks recently debuted via Instagram. -- R.B.
Best Music Cover of the Week: One Direction's covers (and mash-up) of Blondie's "One Way Or Another" and The Undertones' "Teenage Kicks." -- Abby Schreiber
It's Friday! Here's a flower. (BuzzFeed)
I wish I could high-five Eddie, the otter who dunks basketballs in a pool to help treat his arthritis. (ibid.)
The most awful bus driver in Britain (and anywhere ever in the world for all-time) was sentenced to 17 months in jail for using his bus to knock a cyclist to the ground. (@BuzzFeedNews)
Don't tell Funny or Die they can't manipulate your photograph, White House. Don't. (Funny or Die)
I know full well that anything I tried to make with the 3Doodler would come out horrible. I still want. (Colossal)
Blue Ivy Carter. She cute. (Fly With Me)
Wait for it. Wait for it. Keep waiting for it. Wait for it. (thefrogman.me)
And finally, Oprah advice. (Live.)
Also finally, this panda. He looks ready for the Oscars and the Oscars GIFs. Only approximately 48 hours until 48,000 Oscars GIFS :) (Sir Mitchell)
Just everything last night was groan. Groan x Eyeroll to the make-it-stop degree. [TheClearlyDope]
Jennifer Lawrence tripped on her way to accept her Oscar ...
Hugh Jackman tried to help but was too late... [Vulture]
J-Law's post-win Oscars interview is so good. Can everyone do shots before talking to the press and have their interviews be like this from now on?
The Chicago number was so weird. It made our stomachs hurt. [DailyDot]
Like us, Jack Nicholson had no idea what was going on last night.
P.S. How can he see anything? His sunglasses get more and more insane every year. We're just a few years out from him wearing those giant glasses people have to wear after cataract surgery. [Digg]
Scratch that, most-awkward red carpet moment goes to Jamie Foxx hitting on Kelly Rowland in front of his daughter.
Sandra Bullock made this face. [Digg]
Joseph Gordon Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe took this photo. [Reddit]
Kyle MacLachlan wins Best Photobomb of the Night. [Nerdist]
Jeremy Renner checked out Chris Pine's butt on the red carpet. [thatoneraccoonfur]
Big, big night for long luscious locks on dudes... [JuliaSegal]
Make out, make out! [MrGoLightly]
New Zealand-raised, London-based Sarah Kelleher worked as a gallery curator and audio engineer before adopting the name Misfit Mod and focusing on her own music. Last week, she released Islands & Islands, her first album of atmospheric synth-pop, on Brooklyn label Stars & Letters. In this video for the song "Cars," a stiletto-wearing streetwalker stumbles through a city at night; kaleidoscopic camera tricks disorient the viewer. The song is airy and sparse, with a loop of Kelleher's voice and a basic drumbeat as the only accompaniment.
Each week in our Off Duty series, we'll talk to some of our favorite
chefs and industry folk around the country to find out their secret
late-night spots where they like to grab a bite and a pint when their
kitchens are finally closed. Next up: Former PAPER Beautiful Person Jordan Kahn and Noah Ellis, the chef/partner and managing partner behind L.A.'s buzzy Red Medicine.
What's your favorite spot to eat after you leave the kitchen?
One of my favorites that's pretty much unanimous at my restaurant is a place called La Cevicheria. Its on Pico in this weird little area and it's a tiny, tiny hole-in-the-wall place -- but it's very clean. It's totally mom and pop, [run by] a Guatemalan couple. The wife attended culinary school in baking and pastry and culinary [skills] so she does a lot of cooking and the husband does the other half. It's basically all ceviches and specialty raw fish dishes and they have a few cooked items. It's all Central America. They have Yucatan-style ceviches and Peruvian-style ceviches and they have all these different tostadas. They have the fucking most delicious fish tacos I've ever had. They're dipped in a batter and fried and served with raw cabbage and crema and salsa -- it's super delicious. The couple have actually been in my restaurant quite a bit to eat.
Last time I went I took my girlfriend -- her whole family is Mexican. Then she took her mom and that same week her mom went back four times and is telling everybody about it. They have some neat dishes that you can't find anywhere like this Caribbean-style curry. It's like a fish stew with coconut milk and chilies.
What are the best things to order there?
Obviously, their fish tacos are gangster. All of their ceviches are delicious. They have some shit on there that you can't find anywhere like bloody clams. Have you ever had bloody clams?
You should go and try one just to say you've had it. It's basically a clam that has blood in it. It tastes like grated pennies.
How did you discover this place?
Actually, my business partner Noah found out about it. I think we literally just drove by and pulled over like, "Oh, we're going there." We've been going for about six to eight months.
And where do you like to hit up, Noah?
Personally, if I'm in the mood for something Asian and it's a little later, say, 11 or something, I generally do Sanamluang on Hollywood. It's a Thai place. Mostly noodles. They have a couple of curries and do some cool stir-fry vegetables. They have a solid roast duck and good soups. They're open 'til 3 and I probably eat there once a week.
The stir-fried bean sprouts with crispy pork are awesome [as is] the roasted duck noodle soup with egg noodles. The shrimp cake is delicious. The duck salad is great. It's a pretty solid menu. I'd say I've tried 80 percent of the menu and that 80 percent is really good.
What's your favorite thing to order there?
There's pretty much always a shrimp cake on the table and there's always bean sprouts with crispy pork on the table. It doesn't matter who I'm going with -- I usually try to order for at least one to two more people than are actually there so most of the menu is on the table most of the time.
How long have you been going there?
Probably since before [Red Medicine] opened -- I'd say a couple years. Jordan [told me about it]. It's next to the Thai market we buy products from.
La Cevicheria, 3809 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA; Wed-Thu, 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat, 11am-9pm
Sanamluang Cafe, 5176 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA; Mon-Sun, 11am-3:30am
Photo of Jordan Kahn by Douglas Adesko
What can we expect from this season of your new show The Face?
The interesting thing about this show -- regardless of whether it's Naomi, Karolina, or Coco -- is that it really breaks down the walls of the modeling business in a much more authentic manner than you've ever seen on television prior to it. These days everyone is very well-rehearsed, they all know their rolls, they all have their characters and they kind of fulfill them. In The Face people are really in the business. Real clients are there every week giving actual jobs, and every thing the girls do is going to be adopted and then be published. Clients themselves pick the winners, not a random panel of judges.
And Stefano Tonchi is the first client. What other high-fashion guests can we expect?
We had Naomi Campbell's little black book of clients, and as executive producer she was calling up editors of magazines and people she worked with. There are lots celebrity types guest starring. She would say, "Look, I'm in a new show, I want you to be in it," and they're like, "Yes. What do we need to do?" I can't reveal too much, but Naomi has people doing TV commercial spots from Cosabella to Marshalls. Christian Louboutin is a part of it. Naomi's one very popular woman.
She's fantastic on the show.
This is the first time she has done a television show of any sort. The most extraordinary thing about it is getting to see the woman behind the myth. Up until now everyone's only seen snippets, drama, the news reports. In The Face you see the real woman, who she is and why she got there, why she fights.
The tension seems to run high between the judges. Do they get along outside the show, or does the animosity carry over?
During shooting, the drama is all true. It's funny because we didn't realize that each one of the supermodels, when they were told "no," was going to get really upset every time. "No" is not something that's in their vocabulary. They like, "Yes, when and how?" At the same time they're all professionals, at the end of the day they relax and realize "Okay, I didn't get this one."
Do you think the team leaders' different modeling experiences affect their leadership?
One of the great takeaways of The Face is that there isn't just one way. Anybody can get to the top of any career. Look at these three different supermodels -- Naomi is Jamaican via England and has been modeling for 27 years and is a legend, Karolina is this Czech beauty and blonde bombshell who's still very relevant, and Coco is this sort of "it" model at 23, a Jehovah's Witness who has a massive social media following fans who like that she stands for certain values. Supermodels find a way how to do it all, and I think at the end of the day that's what we're looking for.
How did you want The Face to differ from America's Next Top Model? Do you feel it's more high fashion, do you feel it's more realistic?
I think it's probably both, but whether high-fashion or commercial-fashion it's still the fashion business. For all of us, the key became making sure that we brought in real clients, real jobs, real supermodels, real models -- everyone who's actually in the business.
Do you ever watch RuPaul's Drag Race? Ru really likes to emulate Tyra.
Yes, I've seen that. It's kind of brilliant, because it takes the funniest parts of the show and RuPaul does them so well. Don't know if RuPaul will be doing that for The Face, but maybe he'll copy some of our antics.
You're working on a film about David Mixner who's obviously had an unbelievable life. The man publicly and loudly called out Bill Clinton on not repealing "Don't Ask Don't Tell." He arranged an Anti-Vietnam protest that was so large that it wound up on the covers of Life, TIME and Newsweek. He has an entire collection in Yale's library devoted to his writings and documentaries! Is his life story just so juicy that you had to make a movie of it? What about his story attracted you?
First of all I always loved a great, true story. Whenever [David and I] meet I ask him questions about his life. He's an incredible raconteur. I basically sit like a child and get whacked into this story, transformed and taken there. All of a sudden I'm in another era and another moment, and I can feel for the people. And he has a very visual way of describing. I realized [his stories] had the ability to become a film. I asked for consent for a screenplay and eventually a film of his life. He said he'd been approached in the past but never felt there was the right person. Then he said to me, "I would love you to do it."
When did you first meet David?
I first met him at an Alan Cumming salon event. Alan Cumming has these salons where he does interesting things with about 30 people. That time Susan Sarandon was talking. I knew of David Mixner but I didn't know what he looked like. When I was introduced to him he said "Hello, I'm David" and was sitting in a wheelchair. I asked him if I could get him a drink, and he said that he didn't drink. He didn't know many people in this group and we just started talking. Later I realized, "My god, this is David Mixner. I know his story."
How far along in the film-making process are you?
We questioned him for ages and wrote down the stories. He also produced this one-man show called "From the Front Porch" which we recorded and made transcripts of. The screenplay's like a hundred pages over what people like screenplays to be. We're trying to write, get control of it and bring it down. We're hoping to have our screenplay in a good state by the next month or so and really start the process of making the film.
Is it going to span all of David's life, or just the past?
The film will cover his childhood, who he was as a young man, where he comes from in New Jersey -- which seems like it was akin to the Deep South at the time. Then you see his sensibilities grow, his fights for human rights for everybody and anybody he came across -- he dedicated himself to Martin Luther King, the Vietnam War, and Peace. The AIDS epidemic hits and is really the change point where many of his friends start to die and be blamed at the same time. He thought that was an outrage. Then of course the rise of the gay movement and him really being in the forefront of it and being a gay rights activist.
Do you have any actors in mind that you'd like to play David?
I tell you what -- I do, but I don't think it's a good idea to name them. But why don't you ask your readers to get to tell me who they think it should be!
Okay, we will. Will any of the girls from The Face be in it?
I might need Naomi [Laughs].