Sunday, September 21, 2014

Out Spotlight

Today's Out Spotlight was a lesbian whose scuffle with police was one of the defining moments of the Stonewall riots, spurring the crowd to action. Some have referred to her as "the gay community’s Rosa Parks".  During the 1950s and '60s she toured the black theater circuit as the only drag king of the Jewel Box Revue, America’s first racially integrated female impersonation show. Today's Out Spotlight is Stormé DeLarverie.

Stormé DeLarverie was born on Christmas Eve, 1920 in New Orleans to a white father and black mother

“It ain’t easy…being green” was the favorite expression of Storme DeLarverie whose life flouted prescriptions of gender and race.

During the 1950’s and 60’s she toured the black theater circuit as a mistress of ceremonies and the sole male impersonator of the legendary Jewel Box Revue, America’s first integrated female impersonation show and forerunner of La Cage aux Folles. The multiracial revue was a favorite act of the Black theater circuit and attracted mixed mainstream audiences from the 1940s through the 1960s, a time marked by the violence of segregation.

Friends say she worked for the mob in Chicago. She was photographed by fame photorgrapher Diane Arbus. She carried a straight-edge razor in her sock, and while some merely walked to and from the gay and lesbian bars in the Village, friends said, she patrolled.

Some writers believe DeLarverie may have been the cross-dressing lesbian whose clubbing by the police was the catalyst for the riots (the woman has never been identified). While others are adamant that it wasn't her, no one disputes that she was there that day, and no one doubts that the woman who had been fighting back all her life fought back in the summer of 1969.

She did fight the police that day in 1969 at the historic riot at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village that kicked off the gay rights movement. The first gay pride parade in 1970 was not a parade at all but a protest marking the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and DeLarverie was there.

In 1987 Michelle Parkerson made the movie Stormé: The Lady of the Jewel Box about DeLarverie and her days traveling with the drag troupe.
Parkerson found her in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, now working as a bodyguard at a women’s bar and still singing in her deep silky voice with an “all girl” band. Throughout the 1980s and '90s Stormé worked as a bouncer for several lesbian bars in New York City. From 2010 to 2014, she lived in a nursing home in Brooklyn.

On June 7, 2012, Brooklyn Pride, Inc. honored Stormé DeLarverie at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture. Parkerson's film Stormé: The Lady of the Jewel Box was screened. On April 24, 2014 Stormé was honored alongside Edie Windsor by the Brooklyn Community Pride Center, and received a Proclamation from the Public Advocate of the City of New York, Letitia James. She died of a heart attack on May 31, 2014 in Brooklyn.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Austin Catch-up

In case you didn't get a chance to listen to Austin's podcast here are a few things you might have missed:

Austin said when he was playing Julian it was all Austin, he was more himself, then any other role he's played.

From the conversation, was far from his favorite project he's done.

David Milch encouraged him to write, so he would write scenes for John, and seal them in envelops and give them to Milch.

He has a writing partner, Ivan Shaw.

The two are writing a screenplay about a dark side of a 1980's game show host.
Austin's got the hair, and the corduroy suit, just grow out the 'stache.

Earlier in the week Austin tweeted about another new project:

My next film. You guys will like this. NOSTRADAMUS. Here are two possible posters. Which do you prefer? - AUS10

 Thomas Ikimi wrote and directed this new film. NOSTRADAMUS. It is a great movie with a killer twist. Can't wait for you to see it. - AUS10

Not much known about the movie yet.  A few things,  the short was written and directed by Thomas Ikimi.  Ikimi was wrote, directed and edited the TV mini-series available for pick up earlier this year, The Temp that starred Austin.  Agent of Shield co-star Chloe is in Nostradamus. (It will be interesting to see if pictures from early this summer were actually from the project )

Friday, September 19, 2014

House Hunters

It looks like Jake is ready to say good bye to his Hollywood Hills property, which he has owned for nearly 10 years. The three-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home is up for grabs for $3.5 million.

He bought the property which has been home to celebrities over the years in 2005 for $2.5 million. One of former owners of the home was Michael Balzary, aka Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers

"The gated celebrity compound, built in 1948, is perfect for anyone looking for some privacy; the house is situated on almost two acres of land down a long private driveway, with nothing behind it but a beautiful view of the Los Angeles city skyline. The interior of the home seems to be reflective of the actor himself, oozing with character and charm. The décor is chic yet simple, with white walls and neutral toned furniture giving the home an overall midcentury modern vibe. The living area has high-beamed ceilings and a large window letting in plenty of natural light. The property also has a swimming pool and several trails." (source)

And as they say in real estate, LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION.
 The house was perfect for getting to and from the studios.

Jake bought this property around the same time of the release of his movie “Jarhead.”

Well when you put a ring on it... the house comes next doesn't it.

The property was purchased under a trust that did not disclose Jake's name.

In the spring of 2007 the property petitioned the LA City Council for a variance to allow a 8-foot high solid wood fence, and excluding the regulations for fencing and landscaping. The original requested was denied a letter was sent regarding Conditions of Approval

Then was an appeal made in May of 2007.

"Applicant’s representative testified for the Project and stated a mutual agreement
Has been reached with the adjacent neighbors. He showed photos and a map of
the proponed Project and the surrounding properties. He also discussed the modified Conditions of Approval contained in his letter dated May 3, 2007.

One speaker testified to make sure the side yard fence remains at six feet."

Jake was seen on his motorcycle heading into the gated property back in 2010.

Why this for an Austin Friday post?

Hello.... this must be your first visiting OMG. Welcome.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Re-Flex

Jake was spotted shopping in NYC earlier this week

Is that a smile?

No mistaking that chain

And is the bag heavy or just holding the water bottle make it looks like it's heavy?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Pod Plus

TIFF brought us half hour interviews with Jake, but what about a podcast a bit long that that (try over an hour) with Austin?

I did a podcast with some great friends. Guys much smarter than me. Creative Confidants. Check this out. . - AUS10

The Creative Confidants are Mick Thyer and Jason Joel who host a weekly podcast to explore two things:  

How do creative minds go about doing their best work? How can we encourage each other to do the same?

"This uplifting, fun and positive podcast follows these two confidants on their quest to create something every day and inspire others to do the same."

"Believing that everyone has a song to sing, a novel to write, a role to play, we just want to offer some help in getting those things out."

The hour and 27 minute chat with Austy covers all kind of things from how he got started as an actor, how he got to USC,  working with David Milch, his influences as an actor and as a director, waterskiing, the physicality of his approach to acting, the favorite character he's played,  his Bob Ross love, JFC, his love of 80's music, how Julian was basically Austin every day and he talks about honesty when he approaches the acting process and the role that plays as well as along with self and curiosity in creativity.  Does Austin mention Jake?  Yup, he does.

You can hear the enthusiasm and passion he has for actor.

And if you think Jake can swear like a sailor - Austin gives that a run for the money and then some.

You can listen to the whole podcast here:  Creative Confidants podcast

This something to check out - just turn it on and listen.

Want to listen to it to your phone?  Check out your options here.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I Fest, I Fest ....I Forum

Yesterday was Austin's festival turn of the week, and today it's Jake.

Variety is reporting, Nightcrawler has been set as the opening night screening for the 10th annual Film Independent Forum at the Directors Guild of America on Oct. 24.

Following the screening there will be a Q&A with director Dan Gilroy and producer Jennifer Fox.

Film Independent "champions independent film and supports a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation, and uniqueness of vision. Film Independent helps filmmakers make their movies, builds an audience for their projects, and works to diversify the film industry."

Many will be more familiar with their award, The Spirit Award, bestowed each year prior to the Academy Awards, for the best in independent films.

The Forum will take place during the weekend of October 24-26 at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) in Los Angeles.

Looks like it will to bouncing back and forth from coast to coast for Jake, who started filming Demolition in NYC this week.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Austin Made Austin Screened

Great news for Austin

What a better reward for the short film Austin wrote, directed and starred than having it include in his beloved hometown's film fest.

 My film, STROKER, is screening at the . I'm honored to be included. Come see me in Austin, TX this October.  - AUS10

Today's first #MovieMondays announcement is @aus10nichols' short "Stroker"! Welcome to #AFF2014!
The Austin Film Festival runs from October 23 thru October 30th. 

Good luck Austin!
Being honored at this year's festival with the Distinguish Screenwriter Award is Jim Sheridan,  who directed Jake in Brothers.

Austy- make sure you get them to throw in t-shirt, for all the promo you've been giving the festival all these years. ; )