After a Fashion
Stephen ponders self-immolation
THE CELEBS ARE COMING! It's that bittersweet time of year when the Texas Film Hall of Fame and South by Southwest creep up on us. My friend Stephen Rice ("the Stephens," as Michael Barnes calls us) is assisting me in pulling all the clips for the Hall of Fame stars that are being honored this year. It'll be grand and glamorous as usual: Keith Carradine is inducting the droolingly handsome Powers Boothe; Dennis Quaid is inducting Billy Bob Thornton; Linda Gray (yes, Sue Ellen Ewing) will present an award to Larry Hagman. Production designer and director Catherine Hardwicke will also be honored (aside from directing Thirteen and Lords of Dogtown, Hardwicke directed Twilight, which had the largest opening ever for a female director). So, for the next few weeks, I will be chained to my DVD player, watching some of the best (as well as the most god-awful) films ever produced. But stay tuned, boys and girls; the Texas Film Hall of Fame has a lot more surprises up its sleeve. ;-)
NIGGLING THOUGHTS Why doesn't Anita Perry spend as much time on her hair as Rick Perry does? She always looks like Angie Dickinson, and he always looks like Michael Landon... Heard at a cocktail party: "I just love wearing ties – look what they point to."... I'm embarrassed to realize that I have to wear reading glasses to find the carburetor on a bong ... and lighting a cigarette without glasses is practically self-immolation... Good news from a friend of many of us who has been mired in legal difficulties: Our friend will be back with us in a very short time. Hallelujah!
HOLIDAY GIVING In hindsight, I realize that I did my part for charity this year: I donated a heavy glass ashtray to a couple of needy friends whose plastic ashtrays kept blowing off the terrace of their chic new aerie in one of the newest high-rises. Who knows where things like that go? I don't, but I'm currently licensing my name for a line of sturdy new safety helmets that are so pretty that you hardly even realize that you're wearing combat gear. Selflessly, I also donated an unused iPod dock to a needy friend who only had headphones. The coup de grâce of my generosity was donating a very large box of men's fragrances to some fellows outside the deserted old Home Depot off St. John's. Just because they may not know where their next job is coming from is no reason not to smell pretty.
DIN-DIN The always fabulous Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, a major fundraiser for Project Transitions, is coming up on Sat., Feb. 7, at 7pm.