Video: James Franco Talks About Working With Michael Stipe

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James Franco was in New York on February 19, 2012 to show his film “My Own Private River.”  During a question and answer session afterwards, James spoke about working with former R.E.M. front-man Michael Stipe.  This is what he said….

Review: James Franco Attends Q&A of “My Own Private River”

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James Franco

James Franco

On February 19, 2012, James Franco spoke at the Walter Reade Theatre in New York about his latest film “My Own Private River.”  When James Franco starred in Gus Van Sant’s film “Milk,” the director invited James Franco to a benefit premiere of the movie in Portland, Oregon.  The day after the premiere, James Franco got a special tour of the locations where another film directed by Gus Van Sant was shot.  That film was the 1991 picture “My Own Private Idaho.”  During this tour, Van Sant admitted that he had over 25 hours of footage comprised of dailies, outtakes, and miscellaneous unused scenes.  The footage is so incredible, James Franco got permission from all parties involved to make a different cut of the film.  The result is “My Own Private River,” a feature length “alternate version” if you will, of “My Own Private Idaho.”  Per James Franco, all the footage used in his film is different than what was used in the original theatrical release and at least 40% is totally different takes, different dialogue or completely unused footage.  Knowing that River Phoenix would die of a drug overdose less than 2 years after this film was completed, the footage and story are even more poignant.

James Franco

James Franco

“My Own Private River” is really great for so many reasons.  Of course the top few reasons:  never before seen gorgeous footage of Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix, alternate scenes from a movie that so many people love dearly and getting Michael Stipe formerly of the band R.E.M. to record some music for this picture.  And on that note, stay tuned for a video of James Franco talking about Michael Stipe’s involvement!  James Franco has no intentions of his cut of the film “competing” with the original picture and herein lies the bad news – the film will probably not be released.  The film was made as an art piece and has already been shown at the Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles.  The original idea (and it exists, per James Franco) is a 12 hour cut of the film!  We can only hope that one day, the powers that be will unite and “My Own Private River” will be available for the masses to see.  Until then, if you hear of a screening of this movie and you like any of the things I’ve mentioned in this report – make sure you don’t miss it!

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An Encounter with Raquel Welch

Posted by The G on February 12, 2012 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

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Raquel Welch and Geoffrey Dicker

Raquel Welch and Geoffrey Dicker

Raquel Welch works it!  The goddess of the silver screen is 71 years old in this picture (take on February 11, 2012) and looks stunning and flawless!  May we all look this great!  Raquel Welch was in town for a retrospective of her film career and to sweeten the pot, I got to see her interviewed in person by Dick Cavett! It was an incredible experience to say the least and after the interview, I met Raquel Welch.  She was very cool and signed autographs for many adoring fans, despite the fact that it was freezing outside (and lightly snowing).  Now that is a class actress if I’ve ever seen one! Thanks again Raquel!  And readers, stay tuned for a clip of Dick Cavett and Raquel Welch talking about Janis Joplin!  Coming soon…

An Encounter with Dick Cavett

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Dick Cavett and Geoffrey Dicker

Dick Cavett and Geoffrey Dicker

On February 11, 2012, I was in the presence of greatness!  The Dick Cavett show had its first run before my time, but thanks to the magic of DVDs, I’ve been able to see Dick Cavett interview Hollywood, comedy and musical legends from Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin to Katharine Hepburn and Marlon Brando.  His show was so ahead of its time as he really helped show sides of famous icons that were rarely captured on film.  Dick Cavett interviewed Raquel Welch as part of a retrospective on Raquel’s film career and seeing this interview in person was such a treat!  I met Mr. Cavett before the interview took place and he could not have been nicer.  He was very gracious to take a photo with me and moments later, a female friend of mine asked for a photo as well and Cavett replied, in typical Dick Cavett fashion, “I thought you’d never ask!”  Wow!  If you have not seen the Dick Cavett Show box sets, I urge you to remedy that immediately! Every episode is amazing.  Thanks so much Dick!

Review: Dick Cavett Interviews Raquel Welch in New York

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Dick Cavett and Raquel Welch

Dick Cavett and Raquel Welch

On February 11, 2012 when singer Whitney Houston was breaking on through to the other side at one of my old haunts in Los Angeles, 3000 miles away in New York, history was also being made – but on a happier note.  All weekend at the Walter Reade Theatre, the Film Society at Lincoln Center has been paying tribute to one of the goddesses of the silver screen – Raquel Welch.  When Raquel was getting her start in the 1970s, she appeared on Dick Cavett’s popular TV talk show.  If you’ve ever seen her appearance (and it’s available on DVD – so seeing it is a must!), you saw the sparks fly between Dick Cavett and Raquel Welch.  All these years later, the pair reunited for an in-person interview that was conducted prior to a screening of “The Three Musketeers,” starring Ms. Welch.

Raquel Welch

Raquel Welch

My first thoughts on getting the chance to see history being made before my eyes was my hope that Dick Cavett and Raquel Welch would reminisce about Raquel’s first appearance on the Dick Cavett Show because in addition to Raquel’s appearance, another one of my goddesses was on the show that night – Janis Joplin!  As my incredible luck would have it (and don’t worry, I’ll be passing this luck on to you, my dear readers), the first thing they talked about was Janis!  From that point on, you could knock me over with a feather, but the hour long interview was just like being at a taping of Cavett’s legendary show as he interjected his witty jokes in between questions and answers and Raquel Welch was more than happy to open up to fielding questions from all aspects of her incredible career.

Dick Cavett

Dick Cavett

Raquel looked absolutely stunning as the sex siren is 71 years old!  She attributes her great body to her daily routine of Yoga and staying out of the sun.  She joked that it takes her 9 hours to get ready every day.  They also talked about the fact that Raquel has been voted the number two sexiest woman of film (with number 1 being Marilyn Monroe).  Raquel said she never got a chance to meet Marilyn and that her and Monroe were nothing alike – though they are often compared to each other.

 

Dick Cavett and Raquel Welch

Dick Cavett and Raquel Welch

As I mentioned before, a video will be coming soon of Dick Cavett and Raquel Welch talking about Janis Joplin, so stay tuned.  I am still in awe after seeing these two legends in this format right in front of my eyes!  Thanks Dick and Raquel for a night I will never forget!

 

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