Jim Morrison Poem Found in Paris Hotel Room Being Auctioned

A handwritten poem by Jim Morrison found among his possessions in the Paris hotel where he died in 1971 is being auctioned online.

It was written on the last page torn out of a notebook. “Last words, Last words out” and “I have drunk the drug of forgetfulness” are among the verses.

The double-sided document is the highlight of an online auction that went live Thursday.

Auctioneer Paddle8 says bidding is expected to reach $60,000 to $80,000 by the time it ends June 25.

Morrison was the lead singer of the 1960s rock group the Doors. The group’s hits included “Light My Fire” and “L.A. Woman.”

Paddle8 says the document is special for several reasons: It’s in Morrison’s own hand and was with him when he died at 27. (AP)


Statuette From 1941 Classic Film to Sell in NYC


A statuette featured in the 1941 movie “The Maltese Falcon” is being offered for sale at a New York City auction.

Bonhams says the black figurine of a Maltese falcon is the highlight of the Nov. 25 auction. It did not provide a pre-sale estimate.

It was the most important movie prop of the classic John Huston film, starring Humphrey Bogart as a private eye.

Bonhams says it’s the only version known to have appeared in the movie. It’s etched with a Warner Bros. inventory number.

It’s been featured at the Pompidou Centre in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

The auction house says it’s the first time it has come to auction.

Its current owner has had the statuette for decades. (AP)

‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ is Cannes’ Palme d’Or

The tender, sensual lesbian romance “Blue is the Warmest Color: The Life of Adele” won the hearts of the 66th Cannes Film Festival, taking its top honor, the Palme d’Or.

The jury, headed by Steven Spielberg, took the unusual move of awarding the Palme not just to Tunisian-born director Abdellatif Kechiche, but also to the film’s two stars: Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux. The three clutched each other as they accepted the award, one of cinema’s greatest honors.

“The film had a beautiful French youth that I discovered during the long time filming the movie,” said Kechiche at the festival closing ceremony Sunday. “It taught me a lot about the spirit of freedom.”

Exarchopoulos stars in the French film as a 15-year-old girl whose life is changed when she falls in love with an older woman, played by Seydoux. The three-hour film caught headlines for its lengthy, graphic sex scenes, but bewitched festival goers with its heartbreaking coming of age story.

“Life of Adele,” which premiered at Cannes just days after France legalized gay marriage, was hailed as a landmark film for its intimate portrait of a same-sex relationship.

“The film is a great love story that made all of us feel privileged to be a fly on the wall, to see this story of deep love and deep heartbreak evolve from the beginning,” said Spielberg. “The director didn’t put any constraints on the narrative, on the storytelling. He let the scenes play as long as scenes play in real life.”

Spielberg called Kechiche (“Games of Love and Chance,” `’The Secret of the Gran”) a “sensitive, observant filmmaker.”

Cannes’ feting of “Life of Adele” came the same day tens of thousands of protesters marched against the new law Sunday in Paris, and police clashed with some demonstrators. Seydoux called the film “a witness to our time.”

“If it can show everyone tolerance, then it’s gratifying,” said Exarchopoulos.

But jury member Cristian Mungiu, the Romanian director, said current events had no bearing on the decision.

“We were giving awards to cinema,” said Mungiu. “Not for political statements.”

“Gay marriage is something that many brave states in America are resolving,” said Spielberg. “This film actually carries a wry, strong message, a very positive message.”

The Palme d’Or, which the jury selected from the 20 films in competition at Cannes, had been viewed as a relatively wide-open race ahead of Sunday’s awards. The festival audience embraced the jury’s choice, giving Kechiche and his two stars a standing ovation. “Life of Adele” had ranked highest in critics polls at the French Riviera festival.

The jury otherwise spread the awards around.

The Coen brothers’ 1960s folk revival “Inside Llewyn Davis” earned the Grand Prix, Cannes’ second most prestigious award. The film’s breakout star, Oscar Isaac, accepted the award for the Coens, who won the Palme in 1991 for “Barton Fink.”

Best actor went to 76-year-old Bruce Dern for Alexander Payne’s father-son road trip “Nebraska.” Berenice Bejo, the “Artist” star, won best actress for her performance as a single mother balancing a visiting ex-husband and a new fiancé in Asghar Farhadi’s “The Past.”

The jury prize, Cannes’ third top award, went to Kore-eda Hirokazu’s gentle switched-at-birth drama “Like Father, Like Son.” Mexican filmmaker Amat Escalante took best director for his brutal drug war drama “Heli.” Best screenplay went to Zhangke Jia’s “A Touch Of Sin,” a four-part depiction of the violence wrought by China’s economic boom.

Singaporean director Anthony Chen won the Camera d’Or, the award for best first feature, for his “Ilo Ilo.” Set during the Asia financial crisis in 1997, the film is about a Singaporean family and its new maid.

Spielberg, whose jury also included Ang Lee, Nicole Kidman and Christoph Waltz, said the group bonded immediately, joking: “I wanted to take them all home with me.”

The Palme d’Or can catapult a filmmaker to international renown, and significantly raise the profile of a film. “Life of Adele” was picked up for U.S. distribution during Cannes by IFC’s Sundance Selects. Last year’s winner, Michael Haneke’s “Amour,” went on to win best foreign language film at the Oscars, as well as land the rare best picture nomination for a foreign film. In 2011, Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” topped Cannes.

Sunday’s awards encompassed films from France, Japan, the United States, Mexico, China and Singapore.

Said Spielberg: “We crossed the world through these films.” (AP0

Dark Knight Cast Heads Home; Reno Man Killed in Tragedy

I found out this weekend one of the victims, Jonathan Blunk, 26, went to an area high school. I never met him, but he sounds like a great guy, down to earth. The military veteran shielded his girlfriend when shots rang out.

Blunk leaves behind two young children, a girl, 4, and a boy, 2.

His body will be brought home to Reno, where he will be buried with military honors. An account has been set up through Wells Fargo to raise money for the funeral and transportation costs.

I can’t tell you the profound sadness I’ve felt all weekend about this senseless tragedy. All these people were doing was enjoying something we all take for granted – entertainment. Just sad. Now even watching movies will be forever changed in this country.

And – I just found this on people.com so I thought I’d share. I was wondering how many Dark Knight cast-related statements would be released concerning the shooting.

Shocked and “keeping victims’ families in their thoughts,” The Dark Knight Rises cast jetted back to the states after Friday’s horrific shooting at a screening of their new film.

Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were in France for the canceled Paris premiere, but took a Warner Brothers plane bound for Los Angeles on Saturday.

“The cast was completely shocked and several – Anne and Marion [Cotillard], a couple of the men – were in tears,” a source tells PEOPLE. “There was enormous, enormous sadness.”

While en route, Bale, who plays Batman, released a statement:

“Words cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them.”

Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan earlier released a statement expressing “profound sorrow” for the Aurora, Colo., shooting that left 12 dead and more than 50 wounded.

“Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families,” Nolan said in the statement.

Once back in the U.S., Hathaway issued a statement in addition to the one Nolan sent on behalf of the cast.

“My heart aches and breaks for the lives taken and altered by this unfathomably senseless act.  I am at a loss for words how to express my sorrow.  My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”

Warner Brothers has also decided to withhold box office numbers for Dark Knight, saying in another statement that they will wait until Monday “out of respect for the victims and their families.”

(People Magazine, Reno Gazette-Journal)

Oscar Wilde’s Lipstick-Covered Tomb Cleaned Up

renovated tomb of Oscar Wilde Reuters

Actor Rupert Everett and Oscar Wilde’s grandson have unveiled a makeover of the writer’s gravesite on the 111th anniversary of his death.

Everett, who is writing about the poet’s life, spoke at a podium Wednesday bearing a poster of the pre-renovation tomb covered in notes and lipstick at Paris’ famed Pere Lachaise cemetery.

The tomb had become such a well-loved pilgrimage site — and had been so well-kissed — that it needed renovation. A glass screen now separates visitors from the stone itself.

Everett hailed Wilde’s “force” and the “amazing trajectory of his life.”

Grandson Merlin Holland said his grandfather “would be incredibly touched by all the attention. After all he was sent out of England in 1897 a bankrupt, a homosexual and a convict … and the French took him to their hearts.”

The monument to Wilde, who died in Paris aged 46 in abject poverty, features a flying naked angel inspired by the British Museum’s Assyrian figures. Although the angel was vandalised in the early 1960s, the tomb was relatively unscathed until 1985, when the graffiti started, with lipstick grease eventually beginning to erode the stone.

Holland spoke of his mixed emotions at the monument in its restored state: “The graffiti was done with love, which is an unusual phenomenon.

“Graffiti tends to be protestatory. Other graves of people who are admired tend to get little bits of paper with notes scribbled and flowers. The kissing phenomenon is reserved entirely for Oscar. [I am] deeply touched that this man who had been … hounded out of England is now adored by all his fans. But the destruction of the monument was terrible. It was such a mess … this is just not the way to show your love for him.”

Everett, whose films include adaptations of The Importance of Being Ernest and The Ideal Husband, said the graffiti “response” goes beyond admiration for Wilde’s genius as a writer: “He is the patron saint of anyone who feels a bit outcast. He’s quite comparable to Edith Piaf … as a sufferer. What you know about Wilde is about injustice and being brought down.”

In September Everett plans to begin shooting his own screenplay about Wilde. He will take the lead and direct, with a cast that includes Colin Firth, Emily Watson and Tom Wilkinson.

After four years of research, he has focused on Wilde’s last three years. Singling out earlier films about Wilde – by Robert Morley, Peter Finch and Stephen Fry – he said: “All other films stop when [Wilde] goes to prison. I think that’s partly because the heterosexual world … still can’t face what they did to him … after [Wilde] came out of prison, if an Englishman saw him in the street he was absolutely entitled to go up and slap him or spit at him … everybody abandoned him.

“It’s the most extraordinary story – and a very short time ago … I think people can’t really face that side of him. It’s too cruel.”

Epstein’s monument has been the subject of controversy since the beginning. Its original unveiling caused a scandal.

Holland said: “The Paris cemetery authorities took one look at the angel’s private parts and … covered it up with a great big wodge of plaster. They wouldn’t uncover it until something had been done about it. Epstein was furious and got all sorts of French men of letters to write to the press and say this is an outrage, this is a work of art and it’s being regarded as an obscene statue. It wasn’t until 1914 that the thing was finally removed.”

Everett said he has loved Wilde, who died in 1900, since childhood, when his mother read him stories such as The Happy Prince: “Then I had a lot of luck with him as an actor.

“Oscar was like all stars. He was like a flesh-eating orchid. He’s probably one of those people who eats all the energy in a room. He leaves satiated and you leave exhausted. I don’t know if you’ve met stars who are like that. They take the energy … nothing in a bad way. It’s just how they are. They feed off people.”

(AP, The Guardian)

Court Convicts Galliano in Anti-Semitism Case


A Paris court has convicted former Christian Dior designer John Galliano for making anti-Semitic insults and gave him a suspended sentence of euro6,000 ($8,400) in fines.

Galliano was given no prison time. He does not have to pay the fine. He didn’t attend Thursday’s court proceedings.

ThePariscourt found him guilty of “public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity” stemming from two separate incidents at aParisbar.

The accusations cost Galliano his job at the luxury house and roiled the fashion world.

Galliano said he had been under the influence of alcohol and prescription drugs and couldn’t recall the incidents in question.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Polanski’s `Carnage’ to Open New York Film Fest

From left, Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet in  Sony

Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” will open this year’s New York Film Festival.

The film is adapted from Yasmina Reza’s 2009 Tony Award-winning play, “God of Carnage.” Shot inParisearlier this year, it stars Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly.

The play is about a degenerating evening between two couples meeting after their kids were involved in a playground fight. Like the Broadway production, the film is set inBrooklyn. The original play was in French and set inParis.

Richard Pena, selection committee chairman and program director, calls the film “a new pinnacle” for the director.

“Carnage” will first premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September. Sony Pictures Classic will release “Carnage” later this year.

The 49th annual festival runs Sept. 30 through Oct. 16.


Online: http://www.filmlinc.com

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