Saturday, April 26, 2008
I found this cute drawing on the Web.
It reminded me of-- aww, you guessed it!
Hello, everyone. My name is Juliette Miral Paris. When I signed up for Live Journal, I used Juliette. When I came to this forum, I used Miral Paris (if you’re a Star Trek-Voyager fan, you may recognize where it comes from). So, I’m JMP for short. I’m a straight woman in my 40’s who lives in the Midwest with my husband (“Tom”) and one black and white cat with a variety of monikers.
I first watched BBM about a year ago. I hadn’t seen the film in the theater because I knew it was going to be a heartbreaker. Cautious but curious, I watched it on DVD backwards and in little fits so I wouldn’t get too emotionally caught up. You can see how successful that was.
I journeyed here shortly after seeing the film and immediately went through fiction therapy (read fan stories with alternative happy endings). When Tom asked about all my BBM
-themed screen saver, I introduced him to the film and we watched it together. That was the only time I saw the film straight though. I can barely watch the trailer on You Tube because it’s too powerful. As for those of you who saw the film on the big screen, I don’t know how you managed to walk out of the theater without assistance. Seriously. Now, ask me how often I have seen certain clips on You Tube, and it gets interesting.
My immediate reaction to the film, outside of the obvious, was something I am sure I share with many of you: an immediate crush on one of the actors. The last time I felt that way was when I was 10 years old and wild about Bobby Sherman. Jake and I had a “thing” going until I came to the crushingly painful realization that we were never going to make it as a couple. He did not return my feelings; it was always going to be a one-sided relationship. Since I can’t live on a few average-altitude films two or three times a year, I tearfully quit him. My heart still hurts, though, when I see his picture.
Heath and I had a different type of relationship. With Jake, it was merely physical. What captivated me about Heath was his crazy-ass, caffeinated brain. I could relate to his intensity and creativity. However, I knew we could never make it as a couple, either--I am a staunch non-smoker. So we were just good friends.
In our relationship, Heath did most of the talking. But I was a good listener. Neither Tom nor I could wait until July for his appearance as the Joker in the Dark Knight. I loved his rumbling voice; it made my entire body vibrate. Most nights, I visit him on the Web and cry a bit before I go to sleep. His voice still does me in.
I write self-help books for a living and do more speaking and training about my subject. My hobbies include pondering feminist theories and watching “America’s Next Top Model.” I am a Unitarian Universalist and active in my church.
My time on this forum is spent on the slash fiction thread, as my new all-consuming hobby is reading stories based on the film. I am indebted to the incredibly talented writers who bring Ennis and Jack to life, both in this universe, as sheepherders from Wyoming, and in other universes where they are artist models, truckers, camp counselors, salesmen, assassins, doctors, bikers, high school students, professors, criminals, teachers, painters, prostitutes, airline pilots—plus a bunch more.
I would be a poorer person without this forum because it has unhinged my own creative juices and taken my brain into fiction areas previously marked “off limits.” I am thinking of my own stories that jump off of my own life experiences—if I can figure out how to write them since I only write nonfiction.
One story I am thinking of writing is a prequel to the extremely popular Human Interest fan fic. It is a prequel set in one weekend in 1976 at a college campus. Since the men have had sex, now it’s time for drugs and rock and roll! In the other, Ennis plays a “Log Cabin Republican” type and Jack is a gay activist type. They work at an ad agency with questionable ethics; the date in 1992 when Clinton was running for the White House.
My parents got divorced because one of them figured out he/she was gay. I forgot about that until I was reading a fan fiction story about the impact of the divorce on Ennis’ children. Suddenly I realized, “Hey, that happened to me!”
When I'm not writing, I'm reading.What do you appreciate the most about this site, what is the most important thing that you have learned as a result of being here?
Just think--everything you've ever read is nothing but 26
random black scratches that we have imbued with meaning.
BBM brought me here—but it hasn’t kept me here. I had no idea slash even existed before I saw BBM. I didn’t know that women were the producers and consumers of their own stuff, no middleman required, no need to explain that we are happy to read 20 chapters of PG13 material before the first kiss because we care deeply about the characters, the plot, and the quality of the writing. For me discussing subtext and symbolism is great fun, and to be in a community of others who feel the same way is great. What famous quote has inspired you?
“What you avoid controls you.” I also love, “A luxury, once sampled, becomes a necessity.” What is the greatest gift that you have received?
My brain, and the way it rolls thing around and comes up with things. This is also a horrible curse. I was thinking about a story once and drove around the city twice before I realized it. Currently reading?
Reading, rereading and writing the final chapters of my self-help book, desperate to get the words right. I just turned it in April 19. My life has been on hold for four years, writing it. I am looking forward to an actual life now.Biggest challenge?
Fibromyalgia. Causes a lot of pain and I can’t exercise at all like I would love to. Your perfect day
? Anywhere in nature on a beautiful day. This summer I am going to volunteer at a kid’s overnight camp for two months so I can be outside in a tent. I have been wanting this desperately since I saw the film and lusted as much after the mountains as the men.If you could take a class on something that interests you, what would it be and why?
History! I want to find out more about the early Romans, the Borg of their time, and how so many languages have the same root words. First job?
Shelving books in a library. Now, is that a coincidence or WHUT? What was your most embarrassing experience or the strangest situation that you found yourself in?
I was at the American Book Association national convention many years ago and saw porn star Annie Sprinkle, the Chicken Soup for the Soul guys, and romance novel model Fabio during one three-minute walk. There were tons of women lined up to get their photo taken with Fabio, who must have had his own book out. This tells you everything you need to know about the publishing industry today.
I had another strange moment at another convention—a mortgage banker’s convention. Jimmy Buffet was playing his music, doing his Margaritaville, and no one was paying the least bit of attention because they were too busy doing deals.
Fannie Mae , the gargantuan government-sponsored enterprise, opened up the Tavern on the Green in Central Park to all who attended, where people could get all they want of every kind of alcoholic beverage currently in existence, including Romulan Ale. I think this tells you everything you need to know about the mortgage business in the 1990s. Other than BBM, what movie has impacted you the most? Why?
I love Almost Famous
. The music, the story, the acting are perfection. I love the Lester Bangs quote, “The only true currency in this bankrupt world... is what you share with someone else when you're uncool.”What's one thing that you just can't stand, so you're trying to help fix it?
I started writing books to shed light on a little known problem that was contributing to the verbal and emotional abuse of children. No one knew very much about this problem, and I couldn’t find any information about it—not even on the Internet. So I made it my life’s mission to do so. Today, information about this topic has exploded. I am proud to have been part of it. Are you more like Jack or Ennis? Why?
I’m a Jack married to an Ennis. Except Ennis is more sociable. Your favorite BBM scene? Aside from the sexy scenes?
My favorite scene is actually a favorite shot: it’s the shot at the fireworks with Cowboy Ennis in the foreground with Alma huddled with the kids to the right and back a ways. Would love to know what other people think it means. I know there is a thread; I just have to find it. What was your take-away message from BBM?
The artistry of the people who were involved in making it, especially Ang Lee and Heath Ledger.
In college, I majored in film studies. I am just awed at what Ang Lee did with the poetry of his shots. I wish I had time to spend deconstructing the film. But I only saw it once!
I don’t think I’ll ever get over the fact that Heath didn’t win the Oscar. You can keep finding nuances in his performance. His acting inspires my writing. I will try to do what he did—inhabit each character—and let them tell their stories.
Ang Lee - Making a Difference
|Cowboy Adam in China: Walking in Heath's Memory|
The Great Wall of China walk is now in its final stages, with Adam staying strong and pushing toward the final goal - raising the funds necessary to build a breast cancer treatment and research facility. Visit the Support Adam's Great Walk to Beijing in Memory of Heath thread where you'll be able to leave Adam a note of encouragement and find out details about the walk which concludes Tuesday, April 29th. Click HERE to become a sponsor; all funds raised by Adam will be donated in Heath's name to this worthy cause.
Click HERE to view a YouTube video developed by Adam and his friend Neil for the Ultimate Brokeback Forum.
Adam with co-author Neil McMahon and Olivia Newton-John
|On Creative Freedom|
In a CBC News article Ang Lee, while addressing young filmmakers in Vancouver, spoke out against Canadian Bill C-10, saying it would restrict free speech. "Lee urged the filmmakers to fight the bill, which has been passed by the House of Commons and is before the Senate."
|"Bill C-10 would deny tax credits to Canadian films the federal government deems unacceptable, though foreign films made in Canada would not be affected. 'People should be free to say anything,' said Lee, adding that the bill would have the effect of censoring films." Lee pointed out that he was not censored in making Brokeback Mountain.|
Heritage Minister Josee Verner said Lee's statements were "completely erroneous. Our government is determined to ensure freedom of expression and will continue to support the production of entertaining and high quality content. We are reaching out to industry to work with them on Bill C-10. Together, we will find the best solution for the industry, for Canadian citizens and taxpayers."
The film industry is battling against this provision.
Lee's Next Film ~ Gay-themed Woodstock Memoir
“Ang Lee is again teaming with Focus Features CEO James Schamus to direct the gay-themed Woodstock memoir Taking Woodstock. Focus will produce and Schamus will adapt Elliot Tiber's 2007 book, Taking Woodstock: A True Story of a Riot, a Concert, and a Life. It centers on the colorful life of a Greenwich Village-based interior designer and part-time Catskills hotel manager who headed the Bethel, N.Y., Chamber of Commerce. He issued the permit for the legendary 1969 concert on his neighbor Max Yasgur's farm;" this from Gregg Goldstein of The HollywoodReporter.
Elliot Tiber, shown at left
|In a New York Times article, Randy Kennedy tells us that Photographer Robb Kendrick, "a Texan inspired by his roots," travels through North America visiting places where people still herd cattle for a living; in other words, where there are still real cowboys.|
Mr. Kendrick photographs local cowboys using a wooden box camera and portable field darkroom which were "patented and popularized at a time when the idea of the American cowboy was itself just being created." Kendrick thinks of himself not as simply making pictures but also as taking part in the world of the cowboys.
Kendrick has recently published Still: Cowboys at the Start of the Twenty-First Century, a new collection of 148 tintype portraits. "The pictures — made by exposing and developing the metal plates after they have been coated with a light-sensitive solution of silver nitrate — are a kind of ideal meeting of subject and style. Many of the cowboys pine to have been born in the 19th century. And the tintypes, with their sepia tones, blurred peripheries and ghostly aura, take the cowboys back to the era when such photographs were taken by traveling commercial photographers."
China's Anti-Gay Crackdown
Interested in cowboys? Then we have a thread just for you -- Cowboy Up! Favorite Cowboy Pics
To buy a copy of Still: Cowboys at the Start of the Twenty-First Century
, click here:
|"The wave of repression and intimidation of human rights activists and dissidents in China in advance of the Beijing Olympics (summer 2008) has also targeted homosexuals, according to China's best-known gay and AIDS activist.|
"In an email, Dr. Wan Yanhai reported that the month of March saw numerous police raids on gay gathering spots in Beijing and Shanghai, and he said that the evidence of a new pre-Olympic crackdown on gays is so widespread it is clear it is being orchestrated "at the national level;" this reported by Doud Ireland in gaycitynews.com.
Costume Design and the del Mar Wedding
"The National Day of Silence brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. This year’s event will be held in memory of Lawrence King, a California 8th-grader who was shot and killed Feb. 12 by a classmate because of his sexual orientation and gender expression. Hundreds of thousands of students will came together on April 25 to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior. Learn more about this campaign, and the Four Truths About the Day of Silence at dayofsilence.
Anna Faris' Next Role: House Bunny
|In a recent interview with the Calgary Herald costume designer Devora Brown gives us some interesting tid-bits of information about costume work she did for Brokeback Mountain.|
"My favourite costume from a show was from Brokeback Mountain. The scene where Heath (Ledger) and Michelle (Williams) get married. Heath is wearing blue jeans and a suit jacket, and his best man is wearing the matching trousers of the two-piece suit. It is such lovely attention to detail."
When Brown was asked about a favorite wardrobe piece that she inherited through her work, she responded, "I have a few pieces from Brokeback Mountain that are dear to my heart. A shirt that Annie Hathaway wore and a pair of cowboy boots."
Sounds like a Brokie through and through.
Columbia Pictures has released the new trailer for the Anna Faris comedy The House Bunny, opening in theaters on August 22.
"In the film, Playboy Bunny Shelley Darlington (Faris) is living a carefree life until a rival gets her tossed out of the Playboy Mansion. With nowhere to go, fate delivers her to the sorority girls from Zeta Alpha Zeta. Unless they can sign a new pledge class, the seven socially clueless women will lose their house to the scheming girls of Phi Iota Mu. In order to accomplish their goal, they need Shelley to teach them the ways of makeup and men; at the same time, Shelley needs some of what the Zetas have – a sense of individuality. The combination leads all the girls to learn how to stop pretending and start being themselves," writes Comingsoon.net.
The Pets Thread and Pets Pictures
|PopSugar.com tell us that, "Reese Witherspoon had an armful of coffee walking around LA on Thursday with a German shepherd. Of course, that's not just any dog — Reese was babysitting Jake's furry buddy, Atticus, while he's off in South Carolina shooting Nailed."|
Join Paddy, Alton and Dakota over in the pet thread, where there are some beautiful pictures of hummingbirds and other furry friends:
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If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.From Photo Captioning Fun 3
~ Cowboy Proverb ~
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