that time of year again. If you're like me, and sometimes have trouble
getting in the Christmas spirit, may I recommend A JOHN WATERS CHRISTMAS?
This CD came out last year, and includes 12 of John's favorite holiday
tunes. And trust me, it's not Bing Crosby. Hell, it's not even Grandma
Got Run Over By a Raindeer. Think lower. Think creepier. Have a subversive
Click here to order from Amazon
if that doesn't get you in the mood, here's another bizarre Christmas
treat. A new special edition DVD of CHRISTMAS EVIL is out and includes
bonus audio commentary by director Lewis Jackson and John Waters. John
calls it "The greatest Christmas movie ever made."
Thanks Josh for the news!
Click here to order from Amazon
If you live in San Francisco, make sure to check out A John Waters
XXXMas. He'll be performing at the Fillmore on Monday, December 4th.
And it's a double bill with rock and roll goddess Wanda Jackson!
Thanks to Dennis and Josh for the news.
Change of venue for the show in San Francisco. It will be at the Swedsish American Hall at 2174 Market Street (near Church St.) It's on the second floor above the Cafe du Nord nightclub. Wanda Jackson goes on at 8:30 pm and John will take the stage around 9:30.
Click here to order tickets
He'll also be appearing in Las Vegas on Saturday, December 2nd. It's a
double bill with the Drop Dead Gorgeous Pageant at the Celebrity Theater.
Click here to order tickets
A couple weeks ago, the New York Times published an article written by
Mr. Waters about one of his influences. "The Kindness of a Stranger"
discussed John's youthful yearning for a bad influence. And he found one
in playwright Tennessee Williams. Times articles are only free for a limited
time, so check it out soon!
Click here to read the article
Oh, how I hate to report this news. It's a sad day at Dreamland. The goddess
RUTH BROWN died yesterday in Las Vegas at age 78. Dreamland Fans
know her as the original Motormouth Maybelle from HAIRSPRAY. But
music fans know her as the R&B legend from the 1950's who helped make
Atlantic Records such a major force of the genre.
Click here to read her obit in the New York Times
Hi Dreamlanders. Not a lot to report this month.
Unless you live in Huntington, NY or Louisville.
17 at The Cinema Arts Center, Huntington, NY
18 at The Kentucky Center, Louisville, KY
Do you live in our around Baltimore? Then you won't want to miss THIS
FILTHY WORLD, screening on Sunday, November 19 at the Charles Theater.
It's a benefit for the Maryland Film Festival.
here for ticket information
John Waters is in the new JACKASS movie, NUMBER TWO! I am
personally a big fan of the Jackass crew, and I know John is too. That's
why he cast Johnny Knoxville in A DIRTY SHAME. Can't wait to see it! Thanks
to Bruce and everyone else who sent in the news.
Check out this picture of John Travolta and Nikki Blonsky
in their HAIRSPRAY drag. Thanks Anthony for sending this in to
charity, United States Artists, was announced last month that will
be giving out $50,000 artists' grants to 50 recipients, and John Waters
is one of the nominators. Thanks to Noel for the news.
the United States Artists site
Joe Blevins reports that Oriana Fallaci has died. "She has a minor
but noteworthy place in Dreamland history. Waters mentions her in "Why
I Love The National Enquirer" from CRACKPOT.
(He imagines the headline: "Oriana Fallaci is a Big Grouch.")
In the recent revised edition of CRACKPOT, he explains in the "Director's
Commentary" introduction why his feelings about Fallaci had changed
over the years.
Read her obit on Yahoo
OK, the lazy summer is just about over. So I better post some news already!
A new documentary called THIS FILTHY WORLD is being screened at
the Toronto Film Festival this month. The film, shot by Jeff Garlin in
New York earlier this year, is a record of John's live one-man show. (Photo
by Tina Tyrell)
Here's what the press release has to say about the movie:
"This Filthy World" is John Waters' one-man show, a "vaudeville"
act that celebrates the film career and obsessional tastes of the man
William Burroughs once called "The Pope of Trash." Focusing
in on Waters' early negative artistic influences and his fascination with
true crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy, and the extremes of the
contemporary art world, this joyously devious monologue elevates all that
is trashy in life into a call to arms to "filth followers" everywhere.
It's screening on Thursday, September 14 at 9:00pm, and Friday, September
15 at 9:30am.
Visit the Toronto Film Fest Site
And there's another documentary making the art-house route featuring John
Waters. THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED opens in NY & LA on September
1st, with other cities to follow. It examines the secretive MPAA movie
ratings system. In addition to Mr. Waters, the film also features interviews
with Matt Stone, Kevin Smith, Mary Harron, Atom Egoyan, and many others.
Visit IFCtv.com for more info
Read Producer Eddie Schmidt's blog
Paula sent the following link to an article in the Baltimore Sun about
a reading of the new Cry Baby musical. Looks like another Broadway
hit in the making. Pictured at left is Joe Mandragona, who read Cry Baby's
part, with Mr. Waters at the reading.
Since July, it was announced that Michelle Pfeiffer was joining
the cast of the new Hairspray movie. She'll be playing Velma Von
Tussle. But checking IMDB has revealed that Billy Crystal may not
be in the cast after all? In fact, there are two different actors listed
for Wilbur Turnblad, one of whom is Christopher Walken! Will the
real Wilbur Turnblad please stand up?
Want to hear some controversial news? Hairspray will be filmed in Toronto!
The Baltimore Sun reports that a stand-in Charm City will be built on
a sound stage. Waters, who is a consultant on the movie, says, "Do
I wish the film was shot in Baltimore? Yes. But I'm not going to go against
the film because of that... They certainly didn't change the name of the
song to Good Morning, Toronto." Well, technically the Broadway version
wasn't really in Baltimore either. Thanks Josh for the news.
If you live near Mahwah, New Jersey, Ramapo College will be hosting an
Evening with John Waters next month on October 20th. They're also screening
Serial Mom, Hairspray and Cry Baby. Click the link below for ticket info.
Thanks for the news, Jane!
the Ramapo College Site
And if you don't live near New Jersey, maybe you can catch John on your
TV! Sean has spotted John as a commentator on VH1's I Love the 70s
Vol. 2. Click below for a schedule of episodes.
There's a new book of John's visual work called UNWATCHABLE. Aside
from the photographs, sculpture and installation that make up his exhibitions,
I hear that the book includes snapshots and handwritten notes about the
work from John himself. Sounds cool!
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Hot stuff comin thru! Season 8 of the Simpsons DVD collection is
out and includes the infamous John Waters episode, Homer's Phobia.
It's available in a standard box set, or in a collectible plastic Maggie
Simpson head, which I've linked to below. Thanks for the tip, Joe.
Order from Amazon
Wanna buy more stuff? There's a new book about Dennis Cooper that includes
a lengthy interview with John Waters, among many other writers. It's called
Enter at Your Own Risk: The Dangerous Art of Dennis Cooper.
Order from Amazon
And finally... if you live in England and are a big fat drag queen, then
skip on down to Wild Fruit in Brighton on October 1st for their Divine
nite. The trashiest contestant wins £500! Thanks for the tip, Miss
> Visit Wild
Hello Dreamlanders. Sorry for the late posting for July. I always get
a little lazy in the summer. Here's the scoop...
An unknown actress, 17-year-old Nikki Blonsky (pictured left),
has landed the role of Tracy Turnblad in the film version of the musical
version of Hairspray. As previously reported, John Travolta
will play her mother. Billy Crystal and Queen Latifah have
already signed on for the project, while teen queen Amanda Bynes
(She's The Man -- pictured right) will play Turnblad's best pal Penny
Pingleton. Disney star Zac Efron (High School Musical -- pictured
center) is cast as hearthrob Link Larkin.
Blonsky is well known in her native Great Neck, where she often performs
the National Anthem at local sporting events, but her biggest role to
date was in the hometown production of Hair. After being discovered during
a nationwide search, she quit her job as an ice-cream store employee to
play the part. Thanks Josh for the news!
Hello Dreamland Fans. I hope you're enjoying the beginning of summer.
As usual, the hot months are a little slow. So the news isn't too exciting
you find yourself in Baltimore, consider a stop at the Shamrock Inn.
John Waters wrote this review (left) for Esquire about one of his
favorite hang-outs on Harford Road.
If you're vacationing on the Cape, check out the Provincetown Film
Festival. John Waters has selected the film Head On for his
contribution to the schedule this year. Thanks for the news, Joe. Check
their site for details.
He will also be in a film screening at the New York Gay and Lesbian
Film Fest, also known as the NewFest, this month. It's called Fabulous!
The Story of Queer Cinema and features leading queer film heads discussing
the genre, including Waters, Ang Lee, Todd Haynes, Christine Vachon, John
Cameron Mitchell and Jennie Livingston. Visit the NewFest
Check out the Onion AV Club for two features which sort of relate
to JW: one about blasphemy in cinema (Multiple Maniacs is #2, get
it?) and another about novelty dance songs (several of which are in Hairspray).
Thanks for the links, Joe.
Read More about Blasphemy
Read More about Novelty Songs
And on a sad note, Josh reports that the actor who portrayed Clarabell
the Clown died recently. Clarabell's freakish face partially inspired
Divine's look. And rumour has it that Clarabell was rude to JW when he
was on the show. Anyone know the story?
you live in New York, you must check out the latest work by John Waters
at the Marianne
Boesky Gallery at 535 West 22nd Street. There's lots of new photo
montages (like the 9/11 inspired piece at left) and some really out-there
sculptures. It's up till May 20th.
From this example, you might say John is exploring how life immitates
art. Well there have been two recent incidents in which life immitated
First off, in Tokyo there's a new technology which omits odors in theaters,
so fans of cinema can now smell what they're watching. No more scratching
your Odorama cards! The first film to receive the olfactory treatment
is the New World starring Colin Farrell, some parts of whom
I wouldn't mind smelling. Thanks Peter for the link.
> Read More.
And second, here's something for your face, mother fucker!!! Last
month a woman in Schenectady, NY crashed a wedding and threw acid at three
wedding guests! I wonder if she wore a black leather bondage outfit when
commiting the crime?
> Read More.
The LAByrinth Theater in New York is hosting Celebrity Attic, an
online fundraising auction. One of the items on the auction block is a
John Waters signed Pink Flamingo-shaped planter. There's lots of other
celeb items going on sale May 5 through the 15th on ebay. Funds raised
will support new play development for LAByrinth Theater Company.
Click here for more info.
And finally, aMac® reports that a new DVD of Mommie Dearest
will feature audio commentary from John. This flick, starring Faye Dunaway
as Hollywood legend Joan Crawford, is a riot to begin with. I can't imagine
how devilish it's going to be to have Mr. Waters sharing his thoughts
with us. Coincidentally, it is being released on 06/06/06.
Pre-Order MOMMIE DEAREST: HOLLYWOOD ROYALTY EDITION
It's official. John Travolta is going to star in the movie remake
of HAIRSPRAY THE MUSICAL. That's right, Vinnie Barbarino, Vincent
Vega, Tony Manero, Danny Zuko, EDNA TURNBLAD!!! Although I was
surprised by this when it was rumoured, I have to admit I can't wait to
see him in drags. Speaking of drags, Queen Latifah will also appear
in the film as Motormouth Mabel. All hail the queen!
Thanks to everyone who emailed me the news. The film is going into production
this fall with a release date sometime in 2007. Click the link below for
a story about the movie on CBS including a video clip of John Waters.
> CBS NEWS REPORT
In other news, DZ reports that all JW movies have now been released in
Australia separately (as opposed to the boxed set) on DVD with the exception
of Cecil B Demented.
Last month, Mr. Waters gave two performances in New York that were filmed
for future release on DVD. I think it will be available through Netflix,
but the details are sketchy right now. As soon as I know more, I'll let
you all know.
And finally, rock legend Gene Pitney died in early April of unknown
causes. He was on tour in the UK at the time. Gene is known to Dreamland
Fans for his hit song "Town Without Pity," which Motormouth
introduced in HAIRPSRAY. And Joe Blevins informed me that Mole
McHenry quotes the song in DESPERATE LIVING.
is with great sadness that I report on the passing of a true legend of
film, television and comedy. Don Knotts, who everyone knows
from at least one of his many celebrated roles (Barney Fife, Ralph Furley,
Mr. Limpet!) died on February 26th. And he was one of John Waters favorite
stars. Dreamland correspondent Joe Blevins reports:
importance of Don Knotts to John Waters is not to be underestimated. Of
course, the physical similarity between the two has not gone unnoticed
by fans or the director himself. While Knotts never actually appeared
in a JW film, his portrait was displayed prominently during the flea market
sequence in SERIAL MOM. Additionally, Knotts' visage turned up
in Waters' artwork. In the tellingly-titled "Self Portrait,"
[pictured below] a series of images of Don Knotts eventually morphs into
the image of Waters himself. And who can forget the "In My House"
series of photographs, which ends with "In My Mind," a photo
of a Don Knotts bobblehead [pictured at right]? In the "Serial Mom"
DVD commentary, JW even reveals that he asked Don Knotts to be his date
to the "Pecker" premiere. (Knotts declined.)"
"Sometimes I pretend I'm Don Knotts all day long." - JOHN WATERS
| In other
news, the series Movies that Will Corrupt You is still running on
HereTV. And it's great. You get to watch John introduce every episode from
his home in Baltimore. I know what you're saying... "my cable company
doesn't carry HereTV!" Well, I didn't think mine did either, but it
turns out I got it On Demand. So check what your company offers. It's worth
the subscription! There are new interviews posted in the Net section about
the series. Check 'em out!
> Visit heretv.com
All you Aussie fans can rejoice. After a very long wait A DIRTY SHAME
has finally been released on DVD down under last week. Thanks to DZ for
the news. And you Brits might have caught Waters on the new Graham Norton
show, The Bigger Picture, last month. Thanks to Gejo for the news.
Also, on 2/28, John Waters presented the 1977 film LE CAMION directed
by Marguerite Duras, at the French Institute in New York. Afterwards,
Mr. Waters took part in a panel discussion, hopefully revealing why Todd
Tomorrow's art-house drive-in featured "Marguerite Duras from dusk till
dawn." I wasn't able to attend, so if any of you were there, please email
me a report!
And finally this month, I'd like to send a message to all the FANS
who have written in asking to be on the site. I had a major email failure
recently and lost many of your submissions! I'm so disappointed because
there were some really good ones. Including the lady who took a picture
of her sleeping husband... after she'd done his make-up! Anyhoo... I'm appealing
for you to please resend me your stories and pictures.
Waters new series of films for HereTV, Movies that Will Corrupt You,
begins Friday, February 3 with FUEGO, a film by Armando Bo from 1969
about Laura, a seemingly insatiable woman whose sexual desire is running
out of control. Here's an update of the other films that were selected by
John for the series.
L.I.E., Irreversible, Baxter, Porn Theatre, Clean Shaven, Pink Narcissus,
The Hours and Times, Freeway, Beefcake, Criminal Lovers, The Fluffer, Dottie
Gets Spanked, Sissy Boy Slap Party
> Visit heretv.com
Hewlett-Packard is sponsoring a charity auction of signed photographs taken
at the 2006 Sundance Film Festiva, including our own John Waters! The auction
starts February 6th. The winning bidder for each photo will get the autographed
photo and an HP Photosmart 475 Compact printer, also signed by the star.
The proceeds from the auction will benefit Habitat
for Humanity and their relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina and
Visit the Auction site
Happy New Year, Dreamlanders.
in February, John Waters will be hosting the series Movies That Will
Corrupt You on the gay cable network HERE, featuring 13 films which
he personally selected. And even more exciting for us fans, he will introduce
each film from his home! “I’m trying to invite the viewer into
my world to show them extreme, intelligent movies that will push them closer
to the edge of cinema insanity,” explained Waters.
And true to John's style, these will not be your typical gay movies. “I’m
not showing any touching coming-out films,” explains Waters. “We
are beyond them. I’m really hoping to get a gay audience that is pretty
adventuresome, and really cool straight people who hopefully come back week
after week for more.” Some of the movies to be featured are...
FREEWAY directed by Matthew Bright and starring Keifer Sutherland and Reese
Witherspoon, about a runaway teen whose mother is serving time for prostitution
and whose stepfather is in prison for molestation. The retro docu-drama
BEEFCAKE directed by Thom Fitzgerald. This film conveys the world of 1950s
muscle men’s magazines which were supposedly for the health and fitness
conscience but in reality purchased by the still underground gay community.
FUEGO, a hilarious Argentinean sexploitation opus directed by Armando Bo
and starring his voluptuous mistress Isabel Sarli. Additional films in the
series include BAXTER (1989), THE FLUFFER (2001), CRIMINAL LOVERS (1999),
PORN THEATER (2002), SISSY BOY SLAP PARTY (2004).
> Visit heretv.com
Last month, the Treatment Action Group (TAG) honored Mr. Waters, along with
NY Senator Tom Duane and Dr. Bruce Schackman for their annual Research in
Action Awards. His award was presented by Kathleen Turner. TAG is one of
the leading worldwide organizations in AIDS research. Thanks to Noel for
AMC has been airing a half-hour documentary about PINK FLAMINGOS
as part of its ongoing series Movies That Shook The World. They're
bound to re-run it so check those local listings. The doc will be old news
for any hardcore Dreamland fan, and indeed some of the footage is recycled
from "Divine Trash," but there are new interviews with John, Mink,
and Channing plus Pia Zadora, Steve-O from "Jackass," Edward Furlong,
Joe Dallesandro, Dingy Dave from "A Dirty Shame," plus the composers
of "Hairspray: The Musical." The narrator is Jeff Goldblum, of
all people, and Whoopi Goldberg makes an inexplicable appearance, too. Thanks
for the news, Joe!
> Visit amcTV.com
John contributed his voice over talents to a new feature length
documentary PLAGUES & PLEASURES ON THE SALTON SEA. John introduced
the film at the Provincetown Film Festival last spring. The film won the
Grand Jury Prize in Paris, as well as numerous other awards. For more information
on future screenings, visit their site.