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Bruce Weber and Geoffrey Dicker
Bruce Weber is a fashion photographer, film maker and director of two of the best music videos of all time – “Being Boring” and “Se A Vida E (That’s The Way Life Is)” by Pet Shop Boys. Bruce was in town for a retrospective of his work that included a screening of his film “Let’s Get Lost.” If you have never seen it, it is a must. The film is about jazz artist Chet Baker and Bruce Weber got to interview Baker throughout the last couple of years of his life. The film mixes vintage footage and photos of Chet Baker with scenes of his tragic last days. Chet Baker was as gorgeous as a pin up model and heroin and alcohol addiction took over his life and prior to his death, he looked like a ghost of his former self. The film features Bruce Weber’s signature gorgeous black and white backgrounds and is visually stunning. I met Bruce Weber at the screening and he was very nice. I gushed about how much I love his Pet Shop Boys videos (amongst his other work) and was very nice to me. Thanks Bruce! It was truly an honor! “Let’s Get Lost” is set to be released on DVD in December 2013, and you NEED to see it!
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JJ Abrams and Geoffrey Dicker
The other night JJ Abrams was promoting a new book he has co-written with Doug Dorst called “S.” The synopsis (via the internet) makes this book sound super cool: “A young woman picks up a book left behind by a stranger. Inside it are his margin notes, which reveal a reader entranced by the story and by its mysterious author. She responds with notes of her own, leaving the book for the stranger, and so begins an unlikely conversation that plunges them both into the unknown.” After the discussion, JJ Abrams was surrounded by a legion of fans and he did his very best to give every person a little bit of face time. That was really cool of him! Thanks JJ! And PLEASE don’t fuck up the new Star Wars! Love you.
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Maxwell and Geoffrey Dicker
How much do I love Maxwell? Let me count the ways… I ran into the semi-reclusive singer recently and he was extremely nice. He even clowned around with me when I asked him to take a photo! I love that. Rumours abound that his long awaited new album will be a duets album with Alicia Keys. Before we all get super excited at that prospect, remember that he promised a trio of albums to be released one per year starting in 2009 and so far, sadly, only one of them has come out (no pun intended). Let’s hope that Maxwell’s long delayed albums come out soon because the world needs more of his greatness! It was great meeting you Maxwell and as soon as your next album comes out, I will be first in line to get it!
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Lance Bass and Geoffrey Dicker
Ever since N’Sync were popular, people have told me that I look like N’Sync’er Lance Bass. I’ve never really gotten the reference, but when I met Lance Bass face to face for the first time recently, I finally see where people came up with that. Lance didn’t do a double take, though I admit that after so many people have made comments to me about how similar we look, I stared at him when he was in front of my face. He was super cool and maybe that’s why I’ve been confused with him all these years. At any rate thanks to my not-so-doppleganger Lance Bass for being super cool.
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Sir Ian McKellen and Geoffrey Dicker
I love Sir Ian McKellen. From roles in X-Men to Lord of the Rings, he is great in everything and I even love his homage to ‘Thriller’ rap in “Invisible Light” by Scissor Sisters. The last time I saw Mr. McKellen, none of the above mentioned artworks had come out, so it was nice to know that all these years later (and after being knighted), he is still a nice guy. Thanks Sir Ian!