Monday, May 20, 2013
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Here's what I've been doing for the past two months instead of blogging regularly: Rehearsing a musical. If you are in the Iowa City area and you've always wanted to see me play Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum, now's your chance, for the next two weekends.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Deanna Durbin has died at the age of 91. She was a huge star in the 1930s and 40s. How huge? Well, it's pretty clear that if it weren't for her, Universal Studios would not exist today.
It's a well-known story, but I'll tell it anyway. In 1936 MGM signed two 14-year-old girl singers, Miss Durbin and Judy Garland, and paired them in a short subject called Every Sunday. Deanna sang "opera" and Judy sang "swing.' According to one version of events, Louis B. Mayer told his minions to fire "the fat one," and Durbin was mistakenly let go. I don't really believe the story. It's abundantly clear from watching Every Sunday that neither of those girls could be considered fat, even by Hollywood standards. Nevertheless, MGM dropped Durbin's option and Universal signed her, put her in a movie called Three Smart Girls, and a star was born. Meanwhile, MGM didn't know what to do with Garland and her career took several years to get up to speed. Durbin remained Universal's top draw until her retirement in 1948. When she retired she really retired, no concerts, no comebacks, no retrospectives. .
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Who is this faunlike creature, you might ask. Allow me to introduce you to Felix Reiss, who started modeling about five minutes ago. Not much to say about him yet, as all I really know about him is that he's from Deutschland, but was scouted while vacationing in Australia. Sehr herrlich, nicht wahr?
Friday, April 26, 2013
16-year-old Cody Simpson came to America from his native Australia in 2010, discovered on YouTube and promoted as a baby Bieber. Shortly thereafter, Bieber's management signed him. No longer a baby anything, Simpson has carved out a nice niche for himself, releasing innocuous pop music. Although he has never approached Bieber's level of commercial success (perhaps because he is nowhere near as girly as most teen idols, and more quirky in his handsomeness ) he is sexier than Bieber by far. Unlike The Biebs, no one ever tells Cody Simpson to put his shirt back on.
|Cody and his "Tribe." Includes Billy Unger and Jake Thrupp.|
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
In September I posted photographs of Jorge Padro, and asked the burning question, "What has become of this beautiful boy?" I advanced several ideas that might have explained his absence from the modeling scene, but the real reason was not one that had occurred to me. Jorge has not been modeling full time because he has been busy with the Spanish equivalent of high school. According to Models.com (and would they lie?) Jorge will be relocating to Paris next season to start his career in earnest. Can't wait!