December 19, 2010 –
Happy Birthday to my sister Suzanne who wishes to remain anonymous!! Last year she was in the hospital having her second surgery in less than a week and there was a blizzard swirling and now it’s been a year and she hasn’t been back in the hospital since. Very good news!
I missed Kevin on Keith Olberman several days ago and then barely caught him on the Today show and he has now posted at Facebook that he has an appearance on Conan coming up fast. I’ll have to find out which day.
There is an article about Kevin in today’s Washington Post newspaper. The Arts section. Usual stuff except for the very large color picture of Kevin and the smaller still from Casino Jack. I’ll post more about that after I get back from shopping.
December 8, 2010 – Kevin is scheduled to be on the Jimmy Kimmel and the Tavis Smiley shows next week. I assume he’s still supposed to be on Kimmy Kimmel next week. He’s showing on their web site for next Tuesday but Kevin has posted on Facebook that he did the show last night. I’m hoping he filmed something for later. I’ve posted the links to both shows on the site’s Calendar page so you can check for times and channels in your area.
December 2, 2010 – Kevin’s interview at the NYT Arts & Leisure Weekend next month is sold out. There are no more tickets available.
Tickets for the London production of Richard III at the Old Vic Theatre go on sale next month. January 31, 2011 on the Old Vic web site. The play will run there from June 18 – September 11, 2011.
The play will also be at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in New York in 2012, running from January 10 – March 4, 2012 but no date has been announced for when tickets go on sale.
I have updated the Calendar page to reflect these new dates.
My big computer died and hasn’t been replaced and I’ve been doing site updates using a tiny notebook so can’t tell how things are looking in a more regular size so if anything looks kind of “off” that is why. My favorite picture program that I used on my old computer is not usable on the notebook so I haven’t been able to make any new collages so am being forced to recycle old ones. This is why the new entrance page picture may seem familiar.
Someone emailed me a month or two ago to tell me how her friends had managed to get her Kevin’s autograph after seeing him in person and I have lost the email and never replied back to her. Was that email from…Julie or Julia? I’m still trying to find your email, but if I don’t I was going to tell you that this was very exciting news for you and that you are very lucky and you have nice friends.
November 13, 2010 – This next bit has nothing to do with Kevin Spacey other than while I’ve been searching online for a K-PAX screensaver I have also been watching E.T. on HBO. I must say that times sure have changed. Mom leaves 5 year old Gertie home alone (or so she thinks) while she goes to Elliott’s school and tells Gertie to stay in the house. Today the only way a 5 year old girl would be left alone in a movie would be because she was going to be kidnapped, murdered or set the house on fire trying to deep-fry a turkey while her mother runs to the store to buy some extra cranberry sauce so the mother could be hauled away by social services leading to a very dramatic courtroom conclusion as the mother tries to get her child back.
Not long ago I was watching an old Lana Turner/Bob Hope film in which Bob was a writer living in a new suburban neighborhood which looked eerily like the neighborhood that E.T., Mom and Gertie lived in 15, 16 or 17 years later. In one very shocking scene, a little neighborhood girl even younger than Gertie was waiting ALONE IN A CAR OUTSIDE A SUPERMARKET and Bob comes along and the little girl GETS OUT OF THE CAR AND GOES INTO THE STORE WITH HIM and when the mother sees her little girl with a strange man she asks the child why she wasn’t waiting in the car like Mommy told her to! Then, even though the mom has never met the man before, when the little girl tells her mommy that she’s going to help the man shop, the mommy says that’s ok, that she’ll be in another part of the store! Surely even back in the very early 1960’s moms didn’t let their little 4 year olds walk off with strange men. The times weren’t *that* different than they are today.
November 12, 2010 – Spacey fan Laura has informed me that you can get tickets to see Kevin in person at the New York Times 10th Annual Arts & Leisure Weekend on January 6, 2011. Click on the link for more info and to buy tickets. Sadly, (sniff) I will be unable to attend so that means there’s still one unsold ticket (sniff) to be found. If you’re lucky enough to attend, just remember who told you about it.
Kevin Spacey representing film. Thursday, January 6, 2010 6-7:15pm
The Times Center 242 West 41st Street New York, NY 10018
Tickets are $30. Non-refundable
Now, on to local Casino Jack news. Apparently, Kevin hosted a special Washington, DC showing of Casino Jack on Wednesday night. There was a large mention of this in today’s Washington Post Style section.
The Washington Post Style, page C2
The Reliable Source by Roxanne Roberts and Amy Argetsinger
A jury of their sneers
Opening your political Washington movie in front of a media-political Washington audience? Pretty much the definition of “tough crowd.” That was the room that “Casino Jack” faced Wednesday at an E Street Cinema screening of the Kevin Spacey-as-Jack Abramoff flick, sponsored by the Creative Coalition, with faces like Andrea Mitchell, Jane Harman and Ben Bradlee in the crowd.
You didn’t have to be a Pulitzer-winning expert on the Byzantine schemes of the disgraced former superlobbyist to wince at the Hollywood embroidery and hyperbole. Rep. Bob Ney getting handcuffed in the halls of Congress? Doesn’t work that way. Abramoff’s now-defunct Signatures declared “the best restaurant in town”? Don’t recall that. They even botched the cliched insult: It’s not “Washington is Hollywood with ugly faces,” it’s “Washington is Hollywood for ugly people”!
Possibly the room’s favorite groaner: The rooftop happy hour where a journalist taunts Abramoff for his links to Mariana Islands sweatshops and gets slugged in the face by another lobbyist. Next line: “You just hit a hemophiliac reporter for The Washington Post!” (We’ve asked around. Didn’t happen. Sorry.)
There was just too much, really, and moderator Chris Matthews seemed too weary to take it all on in the post-screening Q&A, so he let Spacey off the hook with mild hazing.
“How’d ya get permission to shoot on the Capitol lawn?” the MSNBC anchor asked. “That’s not allowed. HAH!”
“I think we call it CGI,” the star responded dryly. “We shot it all in Toronto.”
The movie was meant to “shed a light on a process that is a culture,” said Spacey. “When we look at the kind of money that needs to be raised for campaigns … maybe we can make some points about the hypocrisy” and inspire some change.
Well, what kind? Spacey suggested that campaign reform could begin by cutting back on costly ads. The networks, he said, could “decide they could serve the public” by vetting all campaign ads for accuracy, and then “run them for free.”
Huh. “You’ve gotten beyond me,” growled Matthews. “I don’t know how to do that. Because of the First Amendment.”
The mood was a little flat, as it’s reportedly been at many recent “Casino Jack” unveilings: The director, George Hickenlooper, died suddenly two weeks ago in Denver at age 47. Spacey said he most regretted that Hickenlooper missed screening the movie for a D.C. audience. “He was finally being recognized as a great filmmaker.”
A man in the audience who said he was a friend of Abramoff’s applauded Spacey’s nuanced portrayal. Abramoff wasn’t just a heavy, “he was dorky,” the friend said. “He was a dorky guy. I thought you did a fantastic job.”
There is a nice picture of Kevin and Chris Matthews on the paper’s site but it is different from the picture in the newspaper. The picture in the paper shows Kevin and CM facing a handful of photographers.
The Posts’s link doesn’t work so go to The Washington Post, Arts & Living, Style, the article about Kevin and Casino Jack.
The movie chats are back for the holidays. I’ll be posting a schedule on the chat entrance page. Tomorrow night’s movie is The Ref. 9pm EST.
November 10, 2010 – Just added! Kevin is going to be on Hardball w/ Chris Matthews tonight.
Kevin is supposed to be on Andrea Mitchell’s show on MSNBC at 1pm EST today. A spacey-ish type fan saw it earlier while watching MSNBC. It’s supposed to be part of his Casino Jack press. I don’t know if he’s live or pre-taped though.
Kevin says (ok, I stole that from a post he made on Facebook) there’s a Trigger Street Productions comic book on the stands at Wal-Mart starting today. Their tagline is:
“When aliens wipe out Earth’s superheroes, the worlds’ super-villains become mankind’s last hope in defeating the alien invasion.”
November 9, 2010 – Hmm. Unusual new look Kevin was sporting yesterday. I’m hoping he was caught in the wind because as a new look, this one just doesn’t work. From Los Angeles last night where Casino Jack had it’s premier.
November 5, 2010 – Kevin was in L.A. yesterday to be a presenter at the BAFTA LA 2010 Britannia Awards.
He seems to be wearing a tiny version of his CBE award on his lapel. This is going to be shown on the TV Guide channel on November 7. 8pm EST with a half hour red carpet pre-show. International info below this lovely photo.
I’ve been informed that the awards will be seen in France, Canada, the UK, Poland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg; Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden and throughout the Pan Asian territories including Singapore, South Korea and more so check your own TV listings and networks if you are outside the United States. Kevin is there to present an award to Jeff Bridges for the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film. Thanks to Allie for the additional info.
It was nice of Kevin, BAFTA LA and the TV Guide network to give me an early birthday gift of his presence on American TV!
November 4, 2010 – The official website for Casino Jack:
Kevin had an exciting day yesterday. He received an honorary CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for his services to drama in England. Thanks to Sue and Laura. Click the link for video.
November 2, 2010 – This would have been fun for Halloween… 60 minutes of Spacey Brain Picking!
“Last night, Krug hosted the annual Krug Mind Share auction at Sotheby’s, London, auctioning the world’s greatest Minds from the fields of finance, business, politics, art and entertainment. This project brought together individuals who, through a quest for excellence, ambition and often a maverick spirit have succeeded in their given field – the very traits that drove Joseph Krug when he started Krug champagne in 1843. This year, Minds have generously given up one of their most treasured resources – their time, for 100% of the auction proceeds to be donated to their charity of choice. Carphone Warehouse owner, David Ross bought Kevin Spacey for £9k, with the auction proceeds going to the Old Vic Trust.”
I wonder what I’d want to know from Kevin if I only had 60 minutes to talk with him? Thanks to Kaydine for that info.
Planning to be in London on November 21 and have some time and money available? You could go see the 24 Hour Plays at the Old Vic. From the Old Vic:
A host of acclaimed actors, directors and writers will generously lend their extraordinary talent to write and rehearse six short plays before performing them on The Old Vic stage, all within 24 hours.
It’s the ultimate theatrical challenge that culminates with an exclusive post show party for our valiant participants.
The artists donate their services to The Old Vic so the final cast, which depends on artists’ availability nearer the time, is announced during the month of performance.
The 24 Hour Plays Celebrity Gala is in aid of The Old Vic Theatre Trust and is the chief fundraiser for Old Vic New Voices, our entrepreneurial department which works in schools and the community to address poverty of aspiration and supports young emerging talent.
Since The Old Vic receives no government subsidy, this event is vital to enable this on-going work.
We so appreciate your support in enabling this brilliant work to develop by buying tickets for this event.
As well as tickets, there are unique opportunities to bid on our silent auction, including the chance to bid for The Golden Ticket, which will provide one lucky winner a chance to be involved with all 24 hours of The 24 Hour Plays Celebrity Gala!
For more information please visit http://www.oldvictheatre.com/ .
October 26, 2010 – Today Driving Mr. Spacey! is 10 years old. I’m trying to find the picture I used as the first entrance page photo. I’ll post it once I do.
Old Driving Mr. Spacey! Spacey poll trivia – The top 3 multiple choice picks for the question “Why is Kevin afraid of Halloween?” are:
- He hates it when he eats all the Halloween candy he bought in September and has to go back and buy more in October.
- Last year when he handed out sticks of sugar-free gum, a little girl kicked him in the shins.
- When he was 14, he caught a bad cold waiting in a pumpkin patch for the Great Pumpkin to appear.
And the most common write-in answer for what costume he should wear? His birthday suit.
October 2, 2010 – I’ve been reading a lot of great things about Social Network. There have been articles in the local paper. But one thing has been missing for the most part. References to the executive producer and his production company.
Having said that, you can catch an interview at the following link. Kevin was part of IMDB’s anniversary video of the day thing. Trigger Street’s Dana Brunetti is also interviewed. Thanks to Jennifer for the info.
And this is the link for the official site: