thanks to Liam for the report from the front.
Word has it that John is now filming in Baltimore and has been for the past few weeks. Michael from Northeast Baltimore (known as Hamilton) sent these location photos of a convenience store called "Pinewood Park and Pay." The message board below the main sign says "Welcome All Neuters." The stars of A Dirty Shame have been spotted all around town. See IMDB for more info on who's who in the cast. Thanks to Michael, Scott and Peter for the update.
There are two new books by John Waters in stores now. Well, one isn't really new - it's a reissue of his classic tome Crackpot. But instead of just reissuing this out-of-print classic, it has nine new chapters! You can read my full review In Print. Or click here to order from Amazon.com.
The other book is a discussion with co-author Bruce Hainley called Art - A Sex Book. And that's exactly what it is. An big lucious art book, with tons of great plates of dirty art in lurid color, complimented by a conversation between Waters and Hainley about the works. Check my full review In Print, or click here to order from Amazon.com.
Waters will be making personal appearances as follows in support of the release of Crackpot:
Baltimore - November 15th - Barnes and Noble - Towson, MD
Los Angeles - November 23rd - Book Soup
New York - November 14th, 7:00pm - Barnes and Noble - Chelsea,
New York - December 18th - Ursus Books
San Francisco - November 22nd, 7:00pm - Clean Well-Lighted Place
Pick up Simpsons Comics Madness. John appears (in cartoon form) in one section called John's Cockamamies Collectible catalog which includes references to many past Simpsons episodes. Thanks to Joe for the head's up.
In other book news, there are rumours that Divine's mother has compiled Postcards From Divine. Although Frances Milstead did not see him or talk to him for nine years, he sent her postcards from all over the world, from California to Saudi Arabia. Stay tuned to Dreamland News and I'll post more info as soon as I hear it.
Be sure to check out the Fans section for our latest addition, Rinaldo from Berlin. But be warned... it's dirty stuff.
And click here to read Daniel Cunningham's essay on on John Waters for the online film journal Senses of Cinema (for their 'Great Directors Critical Database' section).
Thanks to everyone who emailed me. And here's to Tracey. I'm sure she'll make a great Dreamlander.
In other news, John was featured in VH-1's program Totally Gay and he has also recently directed a commercial for more.com.
And check out this link to learn more about transforming Bruce Villanch into Edna Turnblad for the touring production of Hairspray: The Musical.
And finally this month, be sure to check out the latest addition to the Dreamland Fans, Daniel Diamond!
Whoa! The big news is, Hairspray the Musical swept the Tony Awards in New York last nite (6/8/03) winning
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical - Harvey Fierstein
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical - Marissa Jaret Winokur
Best Direction of a Musical - Jack O'Brien
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical - Dick Latessa
Best Original Score - Scott Whittman, Marc Shaiman
Best Book of a Musical - Thomas Meehan, Mark O'Donnell
Best Costume Design - William Ivey Long
Now I'm not a fan of the sugary Broadway show itself, but it was great to see something that came from John Waters get so much mainstream recognition for a change. Too bad he was barely visible at the Awards (and barely mentioned). John joined the ensemble on stage for the final award, Best Musical. He was also shown in the audience with his friend and colleague Pat Moran. The Awards also featured a rousing performance by the cast.
|In other news,
it is official - the Pecker house has burned down.
Check these photos from Dreamland contributor Jim Hollenbaugh:
The big news for June is that Hairspray The Musical got tons of Tony nominations. Watch the Awards on CBS on Sunday, June 8th to see how it turns out. And check this link to the NY Times special section on the Tony Awards for lots of good articles on the nominated shows. Pictured at left is Mary Bond Davis as Motormouth Mabel.
The musical already won 10 Drama Desk Awards, including outstanding actress for Marissa Jaret Winokar and actor for Harvey Fierstein. Thanks to Noel for the news.
In other news, VH1 Classics recently played a rare video from the original movie, Hairspray, of the theme song by Rachel Sweet. It features clips from the movie, but most of the video is Rachel lip-syncing the song with a cast of "hair hoppers" on a beauty shop set. E-mail Vh-1 Classics at: firstname.lastname@example.org. If they get enough requests for it they'll play it again. Thanks to Kevin for the news.
Mr. Waters was recently spotted at Baltimore's SoWeBohemian Arts Festival. Check out the photos from the fest.
In future news, Kurt reports that Johnny Knoxville recently guested on the Howard Stern show and blabbed that he is going to appear in the next JW film. This is the first anyone's heard of this, so if anyone else can confirm or deny, please email me!
And finally this month, be sure to pick up the latest issue of BUST Magazine, the coolest women's mag out there right now. There's a piece by Mary Vivian Pierce in which she talks about being friends with John and such. Thanks to Claire for the heads-up.
Sorry I couldn't do an update last month - I was too busy. But the bonus is, that there's twice as much to say in May!
Love Letter to Edie, the documentary short by Robert Maier is finally available officially on DVD! Mr. Maier himself has transferred the film to DVD and is selling them directly through his website. I highly recommend picking up a copy as it's a lovely little movie about one of John Waters' most enduring Dreamland cast-members.
For the 4th year in a row, John himself will be presenting a favorite film of his at the Maryland Film Festival. This year it's Gaspar Noe's I Stand Alone. For more information, visit the festival site. Thanks to Lisa for the news!
We have a new Dreamland Fan this month. Say hello to Della Deluxe!
It is rumoured that Bruce Villanch could take over the role of Edna Turnblad for Hairspray: The Musical from Harvey Fierstein for the touring production. Scandalous! (thanks to Paula for the news).
In a blatant effort to capitalize on the success of the musical, there is a new book out with stories and pictures from the New York show called Hairspray: The Roots. You can order it from Amazon.com.
And finally, you can check out some fab photos from PAPER Magazine of John's art opening at the American Fine Arts gallery in New York City back in March. Thanks to Noel for the link.
Hairspray was named best musical show album at the 2003 Grammy Awards in February. Receiving the award before the telecast, the composer and producer, Marc Shaiman, stood alongside the lyricist, Scott Wittman, and said, "For everyone out there who thinks Broadway is nothing but Jews and gays, I have this to say: `Oy gevalt; me and my lover just won a Grammy!"
Thanks to Richard for the news.
Chris Mann and Ron Morgan both report that Cry Baby is slated for release on DVD in June - no disc details have yet been released. I'll post more info here as I get it.
Also out now is the documentary The Cockettes is now out on DVD. It features John Waters and Divine, and is all around a great little movie. You can get it from Amazon.com.
John Waters has a gallery exhibition of his "little movies" at American Fine Arts in Chelsea. I was lucky enough to stumble upon the opening quite by accident. Aside from the stars in the photographs (all taken from John's television) were a bevy of stars in attendance. Spotted: Waters superstars Kathleen Turner and Ricki Lake, designer Todd Oldham, novelists Michael Cunningham and Gary Indiana, underground New York artists Philipe and Scott Hug, drag legend Taboo!, indie rocker Roddy Bottom, drag king Moe B. Dick, and indie director extraordinaire Jim Jarmusch.
The big news this month is that John Waters was named Marylander of the Year by the Baltimore Sun. Read the article here.
Photographer Mike Morton recently unearthed an interview with Divine from 1984 which he has graciously shared with Dreamland News. Check it out here. And take a look a gallery of his photos of the late Dreamland star.
Mink Stole arrives to star as a talk show host in the new Ronnie Larson play Sleeping with Straight Men which begins previews on January 28 at New York's Maverick Theatre prior to a February 16 opening. Visit their website. Mink will also be appearing at a one-time screening of Female Trouble at the Chelsea Clearview Cinema on February 20th.
Happy New Year, Dreamland Fans. I was too busy in the fall of 2001 to give thorough updates, so here's a catch-up.
In October of last year, John Waters appeared at a memorial screening of Doris Wishman's film, Let Me Die A Woman, at New York's Two Boots Pioneer Theater. Our very own Jim Hollenbaugh has been working on the completion of Doris' last film Each Time I Kill. Jim reports...
"...we were shooting main characters Tiffany Paralta and Rob Vidal in the Two Boots Theatre as they watched a movie. John was in the scene as an audience member. I was shooting the scene, LEGEND Joe Sarno (INGA) was directing the scenes, taking over for Doris, and C. Davis Smith (shot TONS of Doris' films including Bad Girls Go To Hell) did the lights and served as DP [that's Davis pictured with John - left - and with Jim - right]. The shoot went smooth and Sarno's direction provided for some great scenes. We got some great shots and it was John's best performance to date. A must see for Waters / Wishman fanatics alike. They will definitly be in for a treat!"
So watch out for Each Time I Kill, coming out soon! For more info, visit the Each Time I Kill website. Also check out C. DAVIS SMITH online. Thanks Jim for the cool story and photos.
In other news, John exhibited his photos at a Baltimore gallery for the first time. Read the review from the Baltimore Sun.
John appeared at a benefit screening of Polyester at Chicago's Biograph Theater with proceeds going to the Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline (1-800-293-2080) and Open Hand Chicago which helps to feed people infected with HIV & AIDS.
And finally, he hosted "A John Waters X-Mas" at San Francisco's historic Castro Theatre including Carol Lynley reading "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," a cha-cha heels contest, and a screening of the Rankin-Bass classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
links below to read previous years news:
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