BETTY PAGE passes away at age 85

If you know anything about anything you will know who Betty Page was and is! she is the reason for almost the whole entire cheese cake model revival. without Betty gracing the covers of magazines comic book artist and painters would have no basis for the perfect female form. At about 10:57pm I get a call from my close friend and website researcher who broke the news to us about her passing. What do you say? what can you say?

Nothing………………………………………………………..

for people out of the loop about Betty Page here is a quick break down of the One and Only

Bettie Page was born Betty Mae Page on April 22, 1923 the second child of Walter Roy Page and Edna Mae Pirtle. As the salutatorian of her class,on June 6, 1940, Bettie Page graduated from high school with a scholarship and enrolled at George Peabody College with the intention of becoming a teacher. However, the next fall she began studying acting, hoping to become a movie star. At the same time, she began her first job, typing for author Alfred Leland Crab. Page graduated from Peabody with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1944. In 1943, she married high school classmate Billy Neal in a simple courthouse ceremony shortly before he was drafted into the Navy for service in World War I1. For the next few years, Bettie moved from San Francisco to Nashville to Miami and to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where she felt a special affinity with the country and its culture.In November 1947, while back in the United States, Bettie filed for divorce from Neal.

Following her divorce, Page worked briefly in San Francisco, and in Haiti. She moved to New York City, where she hoped to find work as an actress. In the meantime, she supported herself by working as a secretary. In 1950, while walking along the Coney Island shore, Bettie met Jerry Tibbs, a police officer with an interest in photography. Bettie was a willing model, and Tibbs took pictures of her and put together her first pinup portfolio.

soon she became famous in the 1950s for her fetish modeling and pin-up photos. She was also one of the earliest Playmates of the Month for Playboy magazine.she faded into obscurity in the 1960s after converting to Christianity and serving as a Baptist missionary in Angola

she experienced a resurgence of popularity in the 1980s and now has a significant cult following. Her look, including her jet black hair and trademark bangs, has influenced many artists. some of the more known names are Jim Silke, Dave Stevens,Greg Theakston and comic book publisher Eros comics.

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Bettie Page (April 22, 1923 – December 11, 2008)

Zack and Miri make a porno

Saw the newest Kevin Smith film on friday October 31 2008.

Kevin Smith has completely come into his own as a filmmaker. First let’s talk about the movie: if you don’t know already, here it is. Lifelong platonic friends Zack and Miri look to solve their respective cash-flow problems by making an adult film together. As the cameras roll, however, the duo begin to sense that they may have more feelings for each other than they previously thought.

With every movie Kevin makes you see his progression in his art. From lighting to camera shots, you see his fully realized film capability. There are so many well thought out shots and masterfully edited scenes in this movie you would never believe that Kevin basically wrote, shot, and cut the film on his own.

A lot of reviewers pan this film mostly because they either do not like Kevin Smith films or they have a fear of human anatomy. it maybe the heavy use of Adult language or they could just be middle age old recluses who refuse to change with the time. Potty mouth Language is always in full force, The dirty talk only helps assert the already well understanding fact that these people are normal average Americans who use the 4 letter and sometimes larger words to help show and explain their feelings in a simple and to the point way. That’s how we talk, The only thing I do miss is Kevin’s monologues. this film seems to be more mainstream than all his other films but it is always and without a doubt is his work.

this is one of the funniest and well thought out comedy films this year!

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Halloween 2008

Happy Halloween, before you go out to the Halloween parade in NYC

Halloween parade

let us understand why we celebrate this day.

History of Halloween:

Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain from the Old Irish samain.

The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture, and is sometimes  regarded as the “Celtic New Year”.

Traditionally, the festival was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and slaughter livestock for winter. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, now known as Halloween, the boundary between the earthly bound  and the deceased dissolved, and the dead become dangerous for the living by causing problems such as sickness or damaged crops.

The festivals would frequently involve bonfires, into which bones of slaughtered livestock were thrown. Costumes and masks were also worn at the festivals in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or placate them.

Halloween (whats in the name)

The term Halloween is shortened from All Hallows’ Even. Halloween” gets its “n” from “even”) as it is the eve of “All Hallows’ Day, which is now also known as All Saints’ Day

why the costume:

the present-day Halloween custom of wearing costumes and going trick-or-treating has its place in history. the medieval practices of “mumming” and “going a-souling” on the eves of All Saints and All Souls Days November 1 and 2. Mumming took the form of wearing costumes, singing, play-acting, and mischief making, while souling entailed going door to door and offering prayers for the dead in exchange for treats, particularly “soul cakes.”

V for Halloween:

British custom, dating from the 1600s, of youths wearing masks and carrying effigies while begging for pennies on Bonfire Night (also known as Guy Fawkes Night), the November 5 commemoration of the so-called Gunpowder Plot to blow up Parliament in 1605.

Trick or Treat:

the mordern day invention of Halloween started around 1940s and remains so to this very day. adults and children alike dress in outlandish outfits and enjoy this true pagan hoilday!

Happy Halloween

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Dolemite March 17, 1927 – October 19, 2008

Rudy Ray Moore, a raunchy 1970s comedian who played the title role of a flashy pimp in the movie Dolemite and influenced a generation of rappers, has died. He was 81.

Moore said he developed the style, later a feature of rap music, by listening to men sitting outside joints “drinking beer and lying and talking (expletive).”

Moore played the fast-talking pimp and title character in the 1975 film Dolemite. In later years Moore collaborated with 2 Live Crew, Big Daddy Kane and Snoop Dogg.

Moore’s other acting credits during the Blaxploitation era of black action films included The Human Tornado in 1976 and Disco Godfather in 1979.

Rudy Ray Moore reprised his role as Dolemite in Insane Clown Posse’s film Big Money Hustlas a 2000 comedy which had other pop icons like John G. Brennan (jerky boys and family guy) wrestler author Mick Foley and Fred Berry (rerun from what’s happening).

George Carlin May 12, 1937 June 22, 2008

George Denis Patrick Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008)

stand-up comedian, actor and author who won four Grammy Awards for his comedy albums.

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He is and will always be one of the smartest and funniest humans ever to breath on this world

and we all will miss him

this image is from George’s site

George Carlin site

Stan Winston: 1946 – 2008

Special effects and makeup guru Stan Winston passed away on Sunday, June 15th in Los Angeles, California. He was 62. Over his career, Winston has designed some of cinema’s most memorable creatures; he has received ten Academy Award® nominations and won four, two of which came from designing the makeup and visual effects for TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (1991). Winston’s other two Oscars came from creating the queen alien in ALIENS (1986) and for making the realistic-looking dinosaurs that rumbled through Steven Spielberg’s JURASSIC PARK (1993). Winston’s other awards include two Emmy® wins and six nominations, and five BAFTA award nominations and three wins. He has also won a Clio® for television commercials and many other industry awards.

Born in Richmond, VA, Winston originally aspired to be an actor and came to Hollywood in 1969 with stars in his eyes. While waiting for his “big break,” Winston worked as an apprentice makeup artist under the head of the Disney Studios makeup department. Winston did not enter the field on a whim; as a child he’d been fascinated by puppetry and maskmaking. While at Disney, that fascination became a passion and Winston found himself with a new career.

Winston won his first Emmy for the made-for-television movie “Gargoyles” (1972) — many of the stop-motion effects and the creatures themselves were created on his dining room table with the help of his wife Karen. Winston shared his second Oscar with Hollywood’s other special effects whiz, Rick Baker, for realistically aging actress Cicely Tyson from 19 to 110 years old. Winston first worked his unique magic in feature films in THE MAN IN THE GLASS BOOTH (1975) and followed it up by turning Rod Steiger into late comedian W.C. Fields in W.C. FIELDS AND ME (1976). Winston had his first opportunity to do the elaborate effects and makeup for which he is most famous in THE WIZ (1978), where he gained special recognition for creating the flying monkeys sequence.

Winston’s contributions to movie-making go beyond creating recognizable and fantastic characters. He is also a pioneer in special effects technology, especially when it comes to combining robotics with sophisticated puppetry to allow creatures a wide variety of life-like moves and subtle emotions. Winston has been especially fascinated with facial articulation. One of his early innovations was a device for “The Star Wars Christmas Special” that allowed Wookies (big, hairy gorilla-like creatures with slightly canine faces) to move their cheeks and foreheads (in the original STAR WARS, Chewbacca the Wookie had extremely limited facial movements).

Winston’s first Oscar® nomination came from convincingly turning Andy Kaufman and Bernadette Peters into romantically inclined robots in HEARTBEEPS. During filming, Winston met James Cameron, the director for whom he would do some of his best work. Winston and Cameron first teamed up on THE TERMINATOR, a sci-fi actioner in which Winston had to help muscleman Arnold Schwarzenegger transform into a futuristic robot. Winston’s task was to create a robot with the ability to move like a human. Rather than utilize the traditional scale model and stop motion techniques, Winston came up with a life-sized animatronic puppet. He put the notion of full-sized, fully articulated creatures to use again to create the terrifying queen alien for ALIENS (1986). Winston’s efforts earned him his first Oscar. His third Oscar nomination was for PREDATOR (1987) and a fourth one was for turning Johnny Depp into a strange leather-clad creation in EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (1990). Subsequent makeup credits include THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU (1996), PEARL HARBOR and A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (both 2001), CONSTANTINE and TIDELAND (both 2005), and BLACK MOUNTAIN (announced for 2007).

As the ’90s progressed, Winston became increasingly involved with computer-generated special effects. These allowed him to be equally at ease with such large-scale projects as Spielberg’s two JURASSIC PARK epics, in which full-sized animatronic dinosaurs worked in harmony with computerized images, MOUSEHUNT (1997), and PAULIE (1998), in which he created an amazingly realistic mouse and parrot, respectively. Other special effects credits include CONGO (1995), THE RELIC (1997), SMALL SOLDIERS (1998), INSTINCT, LAKE PLACID, INSPECTOR GADGET, END OF DAYS and GALAXY QUEST (all 1999), A.I.: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE and JURASSIC PARK III (both 2001), DARKNESS FALLS, TERMINATOR 3: THE RISE OF THE MACHINES and BIG FISH (all 2003), CONSTANTINE (2005), BLACK MOUNTAIN (2007), and IRON MAN (scheduled for 2009).

In addition to special effects work, Winston has directed three films, PUMPKINHEAD (1988), A GNOME NAMED GNORM (1990), and T2 3-D; BATTLE ACROSS TIME (1996). He also wrote the story and directed Michael Jackson’s GHOSTS (1997). As a producer, his horror thriller WRONG TURN premiered in 2003, directed by Rob Schmidt. He followed with THE DEATHS OF IAN STONE (2007), SPEED DEMON (announced for 2008), and ME AND MY MONSTER and THE SUFFERING (announced for 2009).

In private life, Winston is a known philanthropist and is on the board of directors of Free Arts for Abused Children. Among his many honors is an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from the country’s largest art college, the Savannah College of Art and Design.

lost nights in her eyes

GOD, how we miss the sounds of a Friday night! Standing under the street lamps as if a million drops of dark light sparkle around us. En-casing Us in a heavenly glow that was you! Watching you smoke your cigarette and drink your wine, the vapors of smoke filter your face like an old time movie we begged you to watch with us. your lips press up to the bottle and sip, leaving only a mere drop of wine like a red gradient rainbow from the lip to the bottle neck. We obsess over your smile like gold miners hording the small fragment of gold they have discovered. The Friday night clouds form images of you that our eyes can only see, her brown hair blows back with strips of blond thrown in. the sound of summer and the noise of winter confuse our memory. When was it that we lost you?  Was it near or far, did we even talk about the idea of not being with you ever again?  Questions of which we do not have answers for, nor do we even want. on a Friday like tonight I ponder and wonder what could and should have been. yet we are here and you are not, we lost you to the annals of time and memory.

My crucifixion

My crucifixion

Devil in me wants you to stay

The angel in me wants you to stay as well

But knows it has to let you go

The lover in me needs you close

The hater in me wants you to go away

But hates itself for thinking so

The father in me needs you to learn

The failure in me wants you to run away

But tells itself to lie for you

My crucifixion

My imperfection

My sadness

My welfare

Devil in me tells the angel to fly off

The lover tells the hater to fuck off

The father keeps nurturing

As the failure keeps failing

My crucifixion

My imperfection

My sadness

My welfare

Devil man and angel walk hand in hand

The lover figure and hater attack each other constantly

As the father keeps telling the failure to be good

And they all know they have no control over you

My crucifixion

My imperfection

My sadness

My welfare

Robert greenwood 11/13/03

Poem/song/therapy

Goodbye my lover of time

goodbye my lover of time

don’t blame my shame on love
don’t take away my good night kiss
don’t steal away my love

say goodbye
to my goodnight kiss
say hello
to my sadness

my impending emptiness

this is my last request for you
please don’t change who you are to me
don’t dye your hair  a shade of grey
don’t perm nor press
and don’t color your nails this is my request
just stay the same way as you were before the night
I screwed it all up for us
I’m just a fool inside who can’t change your mind

no gift can mend your shattered heart
and no words could save this broken soul of yours

don’t blame my shame on love
don’t take away my good night kiss
don’t steal away my love

say goodbye
to my goodnight kiss
say hello
to my sadness

my impending emptyness

goodbye my love
is all you say to me now as you turn away and walk
so very fast out the side door
the clouds begin to pour
rain drops on the floor

goodbye my love goodbye

don’t blame my shame on love
don’t take away my good night kiss
don’t steal away my love

say good bye
to my goodnight kiss
say hello
to my sadness

my impending emptyness

goodbye  goodbye goodbye goodbye

robert greenwood songs/poem 2/15/04