Sunday, December 25, 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Disney Things I Like:

 Wishes, from Cinderella's Royal Table
 Holiday Wishes!
 Darth Maul getting his face painted
 All these dress ideas
The Beast
Robin Hood
Mary Poppins
The Little Mermaid
Princess Diaries

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Daniel Radcliffe in the news

Daniel Radcliffe has skilfully mastered the transition from Hogwarts boy hero to leading man status (on film and Broadway)— but his girlfriend has torn him off a strip for not being better around the house. The star told me he has been given a two-year deadline to get his domestic act together.

Daniel, who opens in February in the sublime Gothic psychological thriller The Woman In Black, spelled out to me what Rosie Coker, his girlfriend, told him.

‘She says I have a deadline of two years to be like a fully-functioning human being around the house,’ he told me.
I asked him what, exactly, that entailed. ‘I think it means I have to be able to cook for myself better than I can at the moment, and it means I can’t leave the house in a state the way I do.

‘I didn’t promise her anything, but I have made it my mission to improve myself. There’s certainly progress to be made,’ he joked, after admitting that his talent as an actor far outweighed his ability to function in the kitchen.
He said a low point came when he was back in London a while ago and wolfed down half a bowl of cereal before rushing off to catch an early flight. A week later, the bowl and the cereal were still there: congealed into a rock-solid mess. ‘I tried to change after that, but it has been a slow process,’ he says.

Rosie has just finished working as a production assistant on Snow White And The Huntsman. She arrived in New York on Sunday.

I asked whether Daniel had hired someone to clean his apartment for her arrival. He blushed and made a startling confession. ‘My mum’s here and she came round and tidied everything up for me.’
Seeing my incredulous expression, he explained he had a good excuse: two performances on Saturday of his hit musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying — plus a Sunday matinee. On those points he’s forgiven because the show, directed by Rob Ashford, is like running a marathon every day.

Daniel and Rosie met on the Harry Potter set and have been close for more than a year, though she has had to fly in to see him during his ten months on Broadway. ‘She’s busy, I’m busy, but we’re making it work and it’s good. She’s helped me grow up and I love her very much.

‘When you find somebody as cool and as tolerant as my girlfriend then the clear policy is to cling on to them for dear life,’ Daniel told me as we sat in a diner not far from his apartment.
Daniel and Rosie, both 22, also worked on The Woman In Black together. The film is based on the ghostly thriller written by Susan Hill. As directed by James Watkins it’s an elegant homage to the old Hammer films. Indeed, it’s being released under the Hammer banner: the first time that’s happened in more than 20 years. The stage play it’s based on is still running in the West End. Daniel plays lawyer Arthur Kipps, who is sent to settle the estate of a deceased client who lived in a remote mansion, accessible only by a causeway...He gives a remarkable performance — confirming the early promise evident when he did Equus in the West End and on Broadway, and the later Potter pictures.

Daniel says he’s amazed he had ‘the cojones’ to do Equus (where he famously stripped off on stage), but he feels the play helped define him as an actor prepared to take serious risks.
He finishes in How To Succeed In Business on January 1. He’ll then do five weeks of promotion on The Woman In Black, have three weeks off and then prepare for the edgy independent movie Kill Your Darlings, in which he will portray beat poet Allen Ginsberg.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Disney Characters Post 21

Princess Atta, Marie, Smee, Tigger, Br'er Bear, a bear from Country Bear Jamboree, King Louie, Pluto, and Bolt

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Ah, Paris!

I'm going to Paris for the second time in January. The first time I went, I was 12 and traveling with my family for a family reunion. I'm returning a decade later, alone. I can't wait!
Here's my plan:
January 5: Arrive on the Eurostar at 10am.
Do the free Montmartre Tour, from Discover Walks
This will take me:
Van Gogh, Edith Piaf and Picasso made this picturesque village within Paris their home. Enjoy stories of the lifestyles of current and former residents, the role of Montmartre in Paris culture, and the nobleman who caused the French Revolution – plus the best view of Paris. Includes:
Moulin Rouge and Cabaret of the assassins
Sacré Coeur and artists’ square
Espace Dali and chat noir

After that, I'll go to the Place St Michel, for my free tour from Sandemans New Europe.
This will take me:
From its beginnings as a medieval village to the capital of Napoleon’s empire, from the beheadings of the French Revolution to the excitement of La Belle Époque (not forgetting years of Nazi occupation and the secrets of today’s metropolis), this tour will show you Paris as it was meant to be seen. Includes:
Notre Dame de Paris and The Latin Quarter
Ile-de-la-Cité and Pont Neuf
The Louvre and Palais Royal
Eiffel Tower and Tuileries Gardens
Les Invalides and Académie Française
Opéra Garnier and Musée d’Orsay
Pont Alexandre III and Napoléon’s Tomb
Assemblé Nationale and Champs-Élysées
Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde
Grand and  Petit Palais

On January 6, I go to Versailles! I'm hoping to get back in time to go on the Left Bank/Latin Quarter tour from Discover Walks.
That will take me:
Throughout the Latin Quarter and to the Pantheon, meander through medieval streets and discover where Picasso, Hemingway, Rimbaud, and others found so much of their inspiration:
Sorbonne University and the Pantheon
Iconic cafés and leisurely terraces
Narrow medieval streets
The haunts of the unicorn and Cyrano de Bergerac
The combination of romantic sites, bohemian cafés and Parisian fashion is highly intoxicating.
It's also the Festival of Kings celebration, I'm hoping to find a galette des Rois to eat.
My friend Ruth from London is taking the Eurostar in, and we're going to have dinner together!

On January 7, Ruth and I are going to Disneyland Paris together! We'll be there from park open to close. There's going to be so many magical moments and happiness!

January 8 is my last day in Paris. I'm going to Gregorian mass at Notre Dame, and then hope to climb the 387 steps to the top of the cathedral. I leave Gare du Nord at 3pm.
Can it be December 27 yet, so I can fly to England and start my epic adventure and be amazed by all the history?

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Things I Like, Post 2

 Calvin and Hobbes
 Taylor Swift, especially her song 'Enchanted'
Disney castle lightings, especially Cinderella's castle at Disney World
Golden Girls
 Disney Princesses on Facebook
Jon Stewart and the Daily Show
 Snow White and her Prince
 This dress
 Prince Eric, from Little Mermaid
Hunchback of Notre Dame. Esmeralda is my favorite!
Merlin, from Sword and the Stone