25+ years dealing with the ending of Twin Peaks and thinking that was it, having to speculate wildly on what might happen next, and now? Now, we actually will get to find out. Will there be actual answers? With 18 hours of Twin Peaks ahead of us, likely. But almost without a doubt, this will be a journey of complete weirdness filled with disorienting visuals and themes. I’m sure I’ll even be like, WTF. But I eagerly await it regardless.
The World Premiere of this next season on Showtime is happening at the Ace Hotel in DTLA as we speak.
Talk about an amazing opportunity that was! But yeah, I didn’t make it downtown this time as this time, the entire world is all about Twin Peaks excitement and the crowd that had assembled for what I saw in 2014 were a small group of diehards. Can’t even imagine the excitement though at the venue – the pictures from inside look really cool.
I just can’t believe it’s happening. It IS happening again!!!!
More to come in the next few days – I know I won’t be able to keep myself from writing about the first 4 hours. Sunday will be insane: the first 2 hours are getting released on Showtime on Sunday night, but then hours 3 & 4 will be available immediately via Showtime’s streaming apps….so yeah, I’ll be watching those too. Can’t NOT. Monday may be painful.
The premiere is being held at this same venue I visited as documented above – you can see my main picture above is from the marquee…only now it’s 2017!!!!!
Oh, and of course I ordered these Twin Peaks FunkoPOP bobbleheads:
Miscellaneous Picture time – because why not?
Larry & I enjoyed last Saturday afternoon’s beautiful temps and weather by finally visiting the outdoor wine bar at the Americana. Wonderful way to have lunch. Expensive way, also.
The next day we then went over to Mom’s for Mother’s Day! Stister Stacie also was there and we had a great time playing Rack-O, drinking some wine, and having some good food. Barbecued some burgers and hot dogs, Larry made his latest rendition of Blue Smoke-esque mac and cheese (I actually think he did it – no lie. The secret: champagne vinegar), I made cookies…it was a good day.
And I think that’s that for now. Happy Friday and Cobol Wishes!
Somewhat shockingly, it’s been a year since our amazing wedding at the Oviatt Penthouse in Downtown LA. Where’d the time go??? Happily, we’re both still just in love as we were a year ago, and as much as we were when we first met. I think it helps to be best friends with your partner, and we certainly are. Anyway, we celebrated our anniversary a day early as who wants to go out on a Sunday night? So we went to dinner at Cicada, the restaurant on the ground floor of the Oviatt. It’s a striking art deco restaurant and we’d seen it briefly before when visiting the Penthouse before the wedding. It was a great idea to go back – and apparently we were one of a few who wanted to be there that night, as the place was kind of empty. Even the Oviatt Penthouse wasn’t having an event that night. Kind of surprising, but what can you do?
We had a good time, taking an Uber there, and then indulging in the 5-course menu and enjoying a lot of Montepulciano wine. We even saw a mid-level celebrity during dinner – Doug Savant – who had a whole bunch of his family there. Anyway, here are pictures:
Apr 29, 2017 – Anniversary Dinner at Cicada
Outside a familiar sight
Looking up the Oviatt
There we are
The glass windows of Cicada
And the doors
No event that night for the Oviatt Penthouse
Looking back out toward Olive
The inside of Cicada – quite striking, right?
Some Twin Peaks Red Room realness here
Let the celebration begin
Some after-dinner desserts
Blowing out the candles
We went up to the mezzanine level
And took advantage of exploring
Your moneys no good here, Mr. Torrance
Very Art Deco
We had a very wonderful time at the restaurant, the service was great, the food was delicious (Italian-ish for the most part, although my main entree was a filet mignon while Larry had duck), and the ambience was just very nice and relaxed. A great way to celebrate our wedding a scant 365 days before.
The next day, we had to recover a bit, but then ended up meeting Nicki & Austin at A.O.C., a very popular restaurant and at times, rated one of the Top 10 in LA. So it was exciting to get to go there for brunch! Nicki was very sweet and got us flowers and some supercool books by Abbi Jacobson (from Broad City), and also treated us to brunch. We’re not worthy.
Anniversary Brunch @ A.O.C., April 30, 2017:
The hot restaurant A.O.C.
Nicki & Austin
Great picture of me and Larry
Beautiful flowers from Nicki
Afterwards, it was time to watch Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion and La La Land….ah, bliss. And then of course the weekend ended and it was back to the grind. But as a weekend, this one was not bad by any means. In fact, kind of awesome.
This was a fun day.We were able to sleep in a little bit (not much), as we had tickets to the London Film Museum’s exhibit “Bond in Motion” – a collection of Bond cars and vehicles from throughout the movies.Started at 10am, which was our window (although from having visited there now, I don’t think it was quite necessary to buy the tickets in advance; better safe than sorry).So we got a quick breakfast in at the nearby Starbucks, then walked over to the museum.Yeah, walked, as our hotel is so centrally located.Walked through the West End, seeing the theaters for Aladdin and Harry Potter on the way there.It was also raining slightly, which was about time as London is supposed to have some rain! It also was nice for it to be cool a little as it’s been pretty damn hot/warm here and in Paris!
Anyway, we got to the exhibit and it was absolutely amazing.Everything was laid out in a great fashion and there were so many important cars to the series present, from the Aston Martins, the Rolls Royces, Jaguars, etc.Quite amazing, and I took lots of pictures.Larry bought lots of cool things too, including the guide book.We also got a few shots with the life size Connery mannequin up front.Just spectacular the whole thing.Well worth coming to London for!!!!
So….let’s try to break these pictures down in some kind of order…first, getting to the London Film Museum via the route shown above:
A rainy start to our day in SoHo
The walk to the museum took us through the West End – and next to the show we’d see the next day
Rainy conditions won’t stop us from taking a pic
Didn’t make it to this sold-out show
Our destination – the Bond in Motion exhibit
The Foyer of the Exhibit:
Awaiting us in the lobby – a Sean Connery Bond mannequin
Pretty good likeness
There were great clips being shown throughout
Barnes, Hobie Barnes
Now we’re talking
MI:6 Mock-up from The World Is Not Enough:
The MI:6 mockup used when planning The World Is Not Enough’s opening scene
The part of the building where the boat launches from
You Only Live Twice:
The “Little Nellie” autogyro from You Only Live Twice
Little Nellie from below
The boxes that held Little Nellie in You Only Live Twice
Heading down into the main exhibit…
The main floor of what was shown was simply spectacular. Almost every vehicle you’d expect to see was there, seriously.
A View To A Kill:
We found the Rolls Royce from a View to a Kill – poor Tibbets
It’s actually Cubby Broccoli’s Rolls
Goldeneye / Goldfinger:
The Aston Martin DB5s shown here had a model version based off of the Goldfinger one, as well as a real car that was used in Goldeneye.
Us with an Aston Martin DB5 – from Goldeneye, we think
It’s the same model of car that was also in Goldfinger, as you can see in the movie in the background
Another view of the Aston Martin DB5 as well as a model made for Skyfall
The Rolls Royce Phantom III from Goldfinger – what a car
Die Another Day:
Evil Zao’s Jaguar XKR from Die Another Day, with optional machine gun
Bond’s Aston Martin V12 Vanquish from Die Another Day
Larry with the fold-up jet from Octopussy’s opener
Octopussy’s Tuk-Tuk Taxi from the drive through India
The Living Daylights:
The Aston Martin V8 from The Living Daylights – note the cello and case in the background
The World Is Not Enough:
The BMW Z8 from The World Is Not Enough – this one wasn’t sliced in two
The model King helicopter from The World Is Not Enough with death blades
Quantum of Solace:
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service:
Tracy’s Mercury Cougar XR7 from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Another view of the Mercury from OHMSS
Diamonds Are Forever:
Diamonds Are Forever’s Spectre Bath-o-Sub that belonged to Blofeld
The Ford Mustang Mach I from Diamonds Are Forever
Honda ATC 90 belonging to White as Bond escapes in Diamonds Are Forever
Map Tokens for Diamonds Are Forever
The Spy Who Loved Me:
The submersible Lotus Esprit S1 from The Spy Who Loved Me
Very cool to see this
Clapper from Spectre
Inside the Cars from Spectre part of the exhibit
The gorgeous Aston Martin DB10 from Spectre
The Jaguar C-X75 that tries to catch Bond in Rome in Spectre
The Rolls Royce Wraith the picks Bond up in Africa in Spectre
Another view of the Jaguar
The Land Rover Defender that tries to escape Bond in the Alps in Spectre
Some promotional stills from the latest Bond movie, Spectre
For Your Eyes Only:
The Neptune 2-Man Sub from For Your Eyes Only
What remains of the Citroen 2CV from For Your Eyes Only
The Man With the Golden Gun:
The Man With the Golden Gun’s AMC Hornet X – not corkscrewing through the air at this moment
The really jacked up Aston Martin DBS from Casino Royale
It did a lot of rolls to look like that
Various Odds & Ends:
Pierce Brosnan’s Bond passport
And Daniel Craig’s Bond passport
The faked up IDs from Casino Royale – Stephanie Broadchest was really her spy name
Lots more motorcycles
Ken Adams’ signature – he’s the production designer behind so much of Bond
Props from Moonraker
The lounge down here was pretty nice and we enjoyed a cappuccino
Just saying – this was the best collection of James Bond cars you could ever hope to see.
The James Bond Walking Tour
But that wasn’t the end of our James Bond adventures today.So after the London Film Museum exhibition, we came back to the hotel to drop off the new goodies we’d just bought, then headed back out to Charing Cross Station as at 2pm, we were joining up for a James Bond Walking Tour!!!Holy crap, this is quite an amazing and somewhat grueling walk, as you walk a LOT.Starting at Charing Cross, you get some insight into how the underground sections were used quite frequently, especially for the chase scenes in Skyfall.
We then meandered through London to various locales that were used in Spectre and Skyfall before heading to the National Gallery Museum right near Trafalgar Square.Got a lot of backstory on the filming there as well as the use of art, especially in Skyfall.The use of the various paintings, combined with the accounts of Admiral Nelson in the battle of Trafalgar and how those were analogous to James Bond and M’s demise….holy shit, it was amazing.Then when in the National Gallery (didn’t know we’d be going in there!), we saw not only where Q and James Bond meet for the first time in Skyfall, but also the painting that James Bond notices in Dr. No, which at the time in the 60s had just been stolen. AWESome.
Heading to Charing Cross for our James Bond Walking Tour
You have to take this shot. It’s the law.
Making our way back into the West End
I’m everywhere – as is my name
The starting point for our Bond Walking Tour was the Charing Cross Underground station
In Charing Cross’ Tube Station & Outside Rules
Charing Cross Station was used a lot in Skyfall
although of course it will be changed for whatever the movie needs it to be
This staircase is featured in Skyfall
This upscale restaurant is where the team regroups before the final act in Spectre
Off to Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square was our next stop
and we were about to go into the National Gallery
Us in the Square
rude photobomb, dude
And Inside the National Portrait Gallery
This portrait is one of the items that Dr. No stole in Dr No
This Joseph Turner painting, The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken up, holds meaning and was in Skyfall
The museum interior is beautiful
After leaving the museum, we walked through Trafalgar Square and over to the Admiralty Gate which faces Buckingham Palace. These were the scenes of other M:I6 locations in the movies, which was a lot of fun.The guide was just such a great source of knowledge and energy!
We then walked over through the Whitehall street area which is a huge place for Skyfall, passing 10 Downing Street too.After getting a great shot in the middle of the street that matches Bond’s chase of Silva down the street, we all then hopped on a red London Bus (which I’d been wanting to do!!! Score!) and rode the route down to a station right across the Thames from where the MI:6 building actually is and what you see in the movies.That was where the tour ended, and it was just a blast to have gone on it.Seriously.Amazing!!!
Through Trafalgar Square to the Admiralty Gate
Bond exits this way in Skyfall
One of the lions in Trafalgar Square
Nelson, a little bit clearer
We’re outside what has been used as a facade for MI6 in certain movies
Looking towards Buckingham Palace
This is Admiralty Arch – and has been used in various establishing shots throughout the series
Walking Around the Whitehall Area:
Here we are in Whitehall
which is very much a government-focused area
More movie magic – this is NOT an actual Underground exit like it was in Skyfall
Royal Tank Regiment Memorial Statue
Who’s driving that?
Can’t remember what this exterior was used as
Oh – that’s the rooftop from the end of Skyfall
They’re the Horse Guards
And then near 10 Downing Street, with some Action Shots:
This is 10 Downing Street, where the Prime Minister lives
so now we’re in the middle of the street
and it’s where Bond is running after Silva through London in Skyfall
and so of course, we had to recreate the pose
I’m totally running here
The double-decker red bus took us down the Thames so we could get the across-the-river view of MI:6. It was awesome.
MI6 along the Thames
We got to ride a double-decker bus to the next location!
So exciting – I’d wanted to ride one
Our destination was across the Thames from the MI6 building
It’s obviously been made famous in the Brosnan and Craig Bonds, up until Spectre that is
Those apartments are insane looking
Levene, Larry Levene
Our tour group got a workout that day – they were so much fun
That loft up top was used in Get Him to the Greek
I coudl totally enjoy that living space
After the tour, we were on our own to get back
ooo, the Shard from a great distance
Such a striking building – want to visit it one day
Closer to MI6
You can see we’re a bit of a ways away from the main tourist part of London
Look at these places – kind of over the top
On the Vauxhall Bridge as we get closer to the other side of the Thames
The day wasn’t over yet!
We walked across the Vauxhall Bridge to the Tube station there, taking it back to the Westminster area as we had a Champagne Experience on the London Eye at 7.But that wasn’t for a few hours, so we ended up finding a place called Slug & Lettuce to eat at, which was a bit of a more corporate looking place to eat.It worked for us, although the food wasn’t anything special to write home about.After that, we got checked in at the London Eye for the Champagne Experience, which was okay.The time was good as the twilight was ending and the lights were coming on, and we got a glass of champagne and the host was very helpful with taking pictures of us.It was a good time but we were definitely getting tired.
Heading Back to the London Eye Area
After a brief tube ride north, we were back at the Westminster area
And the London Eye was our next destination
I like this picture
We had time to kill and were hungry – and there’s not a lot of places to eat in this area
ooooo, dramatic shot of the London Eye
The Champagne Experience on the London Eye at Sunset
About to board our Champagne Experience pod
Looking towards Charing Cross Station
The London Eye has a spectacular perspective of London
We were enjoying the time, but it was a bit packed in there
The Charing Cross Station and Golden Jubilee bridges
Pretty cool shot of Parliament and us
Parliament, Big Ben
You can see in the distance on the Thames where the MI6 area is where we just were
The walkie-talkie building
Inside our Champagne pod
We’d been on our feet most of the day, but that didn’t stop us from walking back to see what’s what.We crossed the Golden Jubilee Bridge and then meandered through the West End and SoHo again, finding Chinatown this time as well as the gay bar area.
Oh yeah, also found a gelato place that made the coolest rose formation of ice cream in a cone for you.It was delightful, and Delicious.
The Aquarium all lit up
London Eye – RED
Big Ben looks cool at night
Closer to the Jubilee Bridges
Charing Cross all dramatic like
Up on the Jubile Bridge
Oh yeah – we had a gorgeous presentation for our gelato that night
then walked through Chinatown, which is right next to the West End and SoHo
I’m pretty sure it’s been at least 20 years since I’ve been to Santa Anita Race Track and actually watched and placed bets on horseracing. At least. If I think about it, it’s like at the latest, I was in high school, and maybe when Mom, Harv & I would go when that was something we all liked to do and before we got bored of it and couldn’t pick a winning horse to save our life, or maybe it was a time when one of the aunts had a birthday party there in the infield. Regardless, it was high school or maybe early college when I last went, and man, a lot of memories came back when going back there yesterday.
We went to celebrate our friend Paras’ birthday, and it was a bit surprising to see that was where they wanted to hold the party. Not really what I imagined younger folk would do, and while it certainly wasn’t a packed house like I kind of remember from my youth, there was a good mix of young and old, and certainly plenty of people there who looked like what you’d imagine hang out at the track.
The day was a beautiful one to be there, with beautiful blue skies and nice temps – it was certainly warm, but we were in the shade and it was comfortable. We drank plenty of beer, bet on most of the races (even won a race and got $22!), had some food, caught up with friends, and had a great afternoon at the races. Happily Uber is a thing now, so it was great to go there and leave without having to worry about parking or drinking. Anyway, pictures below!
There’s a lot of exciting stuff headed our way whether it’s TV or Movies, and MAN, I am pumped for some of these things like no one’s business….
First off, Showtime just released this SPOILER-FILLED teaser (for the original two seasons of the show) but it is pushing all the right buttons and man, it’s crazy to think that in ONE MONTH, Twin Peaks Season 3 will begin. That. is. CRAZY.
So yeah, that’s happening.
Then of course, the movie trailers below are just so fucking awesome and great, and will have to hold us over until the movies themselves are released in the distant fall… First? Thor: Ragnarok, and believe you me, I would never have believed it myself if you had told me I’d be pumped up for a freakin’ Thor movie. They’ve been the weakest of the Marvel movies in my mind, and while Thor is obviously attractive, I’ve got Captain America for that. But this trailer? Showing Cate Blanchett in all her bad-ass glory? Set to Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song”? Thor cracking wise when he sees Hulk? Jeff Goldblum goldbluming??? SIGN ME UP. And it’s on my birthday too, so hey:
I’d be remiss if we didn’t of course talk about effing Star Wars: The Last Jedi finally releasing a trailer! We finally hear Luke speak! And know very little else, but it does look great, and things seem kind of bleak with Luke being ‘over it’. Ready to find out what happens next, finally!
In other news…it’s kind of hard to believe, but Larry & I are close to celebrating our first anniversary. Where did the time go? I know, actually, all too well, with work having swallowed it up pretty effectively…but still, kinda shocking. Life comes at you fast…