Thursday, April 29, 2010

Latest homogenized celebrity face Alexa Ray Joel


Alexa Ray Joel shaved down her nose and it took away all the individuality of her face as one can see in this before and after. The same thing happened to Jennifer Gray and Kim Kardashian. Thank god for women like Sarah Jessica Parker who don't get thier strong or big or "ethnic" looking noses changed into a petite turned up WASP- blonde Barbie doll nose.
Why must women look so homogenized??? I think it is a "WASP Nordic- Germanic" look that is considered "ideal." There is subtle racism in the need to conform to this ideal. Brittany Murphy was a victim of it. Her self-destructive tendencies didn't do well with her need to conform to the ideal. To look like a Diane Kruger or an Amanda Seyfired. They epitomize that ideal. Esp, with their damn turned up noses. Oh, don't hate them because they are beautiful. LOL
Perhaps Barbra Streisand was a pioneer in not changing her nose and her "individual" look. SJP may have had some plastic surgery, but she didn't turn her nose and face into yet another bland boring blonde. Or brunette. Whatever the hell.

GI Blues Elvis T-shirt

Women's: Elvis - G.I. Blues
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Out to Lunch: Sue Mengers Culture: vanityfair.com

Out to Lunch: Sue Mengers Culture: vanityfair.com

Fascinating brief article about 70s super agent Sue Mengers. I was reminded of her existence in Hollywood history watching a great documentary about Dominick Dunne.

English language word of the week: Leitmotif. SUrprised at it German origins.

jack and jill Nursery will be the leitmotif of my film. When I saw the Dad picking up his daughter and saying Hello Squirt, Every afternoon I would watch him there to pick up his daughter.


Leit·mo·tif also leit·mo·tiv (ltm-tf)
n.
1. A melodic passage or phrase, especially in Wagnerian opera, associated with a specific character, situation, or element.
2. A dominant and recurring theme, as in a novel.
[German Leitmotiv : leiten, to lead (from Middle High German, from Old High German leitan; see leit- in Indo-European roots) + Motiv, motif (from French motif; see motif).]

Notorious vs. Infamous

no·to·ri·ous   [noh-tawr-ee-uhs, -tohr-, nuh-] Show IPA
–adjective
1.
widely and unfavorably known: a notorious gambler.
2.
publicly or generally known, as for a particular trait: a newspaper that is notorious for its sensationalism.


infamous [ˈɪnfəməs]
adj
1. having a bad reputation; notorious
2. causing or deserving a bad reputation; shocking infamous conduct
3. (Law) Criminal law, (formerly)
a. (of a person) deprived of certain rights of citizenship on conviction of certain offences
b. (of a crime or punishment) entailing such deprivation
infamously adv

Laconic, Timorous, English language vocab. of the week

la·con·ic (l-knk)
adj.
Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.

Aitch's cultural observations are laconic.

la·con·ic (l-knk)
adj.
Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.


Timorous [ˈtɪmərəs]
adj
1. fearful or timid
2. indicating fear or timidity
[from Old French temoros, from Medieval Latin timōrōsus, from Latin timor fear, from timēre to be afraid]
timor

Already have timorous somewhere on the blog but can't find it so here it is.