Monday, March 12, 2018

A remake of BABY JANE?

Some Julie fans have wondered about some of the recent portraits of her, which they find "morbid," black and bleak. It's a shock because on Facebook she usually posts pictures of herself at home in one of the sunniest and most colorful gardens in California. She also posts all those vintage pictures of Catwoman and other roles that involve a inscrutable smile.

Perhaps the pictures (one of them borrowed for the collage below) will have someone thinking, ""Hmm...when we need a new Cruella DeVille, let's audition Julie Newmar. Julie's image has always been playful, but the right role could change that.

Some may recall "If...Dog...Rabbit," a movie that was unfortunately a bit botched in the editing and direction. It could have signaled to Hollywood that the mature Julie Newmar can take on very dramatic roles. Her very brief scenes in that one hinted at what she could do in a realistic drama. Or...villainy with that important touch of sardonic satire.

As they got older, Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, both veterans of many a romance movie, became campy stars of horror films. They were soon joined by Olivia De Havilland, Tallulah Bankhead and others who brought out an ax, a knife, a gun or some poison to become the Mother of All Nightmares. An entire genre sprouted up for people scared of women in general, and having mother issues in particular.

Here's a fantasy of Julie raising chills and smiles at the same time...who would you put in the Joan Crawford role opposite her??

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Suckerberg's Facebook trying Fake Scams with Julie's FB page

Yes, you know:

The Internet is full of scams and schemers, bootleggers and con artists. Plenty of celebrities are being impersonated all the way from Twitter to Facebook and back.

While Facebook has been busy finding ways to force "Suggested Post" spam on its loyal readers, they've dropped the ball on "Private Message" scammers. In a variation on the Nigerian Prince and his emails, Julie fans have been getting private messages that SEEM to be coming from her account.

Somehow, they quickly degenerate into requests for money, sometimes involving the usual bogus charities.

A few of Julie's Facebook friends have reported the crooks and have noted what to look for.

It's sad and outrageous that the Internet giants, such as Facebook, Spotify, Amazon, eBay and Google, which often have CEO's making BILLIONS, can't put a few extra office drones on security issues.

To the contrary, when efforts are made on Julie's behalf to remove FORGED AUTOGRAPHS, faked nude images, invasion of privacy YouTube videos, etc. some of these Internet giants request going through hoops that can take hours and hours, only to get "sorry, the forms must be filled out again..."

Federal law is often violated, because the Internet giants have the loopholes of DMCA on their side. They are only required to respond to a DMCA...and their response can be "sorry, we don't believe you have a case, go sue us." Some sites respond to "intellectual property" complaints, some say "if it's not a copyright issue, we can not help you." Make that "WILL not help you."

Their greed ends up biting them on the rear, when they allow their minions to be cheated and tormented by private message spam, by anonymous bullies, by impersonation, and by a complete lack of common sense in requiring people to sign up for blogs and social media pages without a credit card or any easy means of identification.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Standing Room Only, February 11 w/ Ed Asner

It's a fascinating combination: Julie Newmar and Ed Asner...

...in a reading of ONWARD, a new play by Christine Rosensteel

The ONE NIGHT ONLY show (Sunday, February 11th) is SOLD OUT, but maybe there's standing room? The champagne reception is at 5, the reading is 5:30, and at 6:45, Julie and Ed will autograph their books...Ed's "Groucho Historian" and Julie's "Conscious Catwoman Explains Life on Earth."

http://www.roadtheatre.org/onward-reading/ NoHo Senior Arts Colony, 10747 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

"Julie Newmar" being dragged to Broadway

"Julie Newmar" is being turned into a musical.

Well, "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar."

Carter Beane, who wrote the screenplay, originally thought of his drag queen story as being perfect for the stage. There was a snag. No, not in the stockings. In the main prop. The drag queens were going to travel across country in a car: "I started working on ‘To Wong Foo’ but couldn’t figure out how to put a car onstage. So I turned it into a screenplay instead.”

The movie, produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment in 1995, has grossed $50 million and with the history of drag musicals what it is ("Hairspray" and "Kinky Boots" both hits), now seems to be the time for Carter Beane and his husband Lewis Finn to get the music lyrics in place.

Talking to the NY Post's theater maven Michael Riedel, Beane said, "The songs are very Americana by way of Aaron Copland. There’s an opera vibe to it, and it’s very open-hearted.”

Time is a factor here. The Beane-Finn musical is in a "workshop" stage, with Santino Fontana taking the lead (Vida Boheme) originally played by Patrick Swayze. However, Fontana also has the lead in the musical version of "Tootsie" that's also being fine-tuned for Broadway.

If Fontana's "Tootsie" gets to Broadway first, would that doom chances for "Wong Foo?" Would the "Wong Foo" production wait for "Tootsie" to close before starting up with Fontana? The situation seems a bit too new for much speculation. Many shows never get past the "workshop" stage and make it to the actual stage.

For the real Julie Newmar, this would be the third time she's associated with a Broadway musical. Fans will of course note that "7 Brides for 7 Brothers" was a movie musical (and her singing voice was dubbed). "Silk Stockings" featured Julie as the ballerina, but didn't involve her singing. And in her breakthrough rule as Stupefyin' Jones (in "Li'l Abner") she stupefied without saying or singing a word!

Imagine...a stage scene like the one in the film...a view of Julie Newmar as a beautiful inspiration. It could happen. Why not? In the revival of "Li'l Abner," Julie's character rose from center stage, did a minute or two of dance steps, and exited to wild applause. Here, the real Julie Newmar could simply emerge to be admired by all, and to crown the beauty contest winner. Now that's the way to bring down the house! APPLAUSE, APPLAUSE.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

JUDY and JULIE

"It could happen..." and it did.

The Petite Flower Giver-Goddess Judy Tenuta Tweeted a photo of herself with Julie. An added bonus, somebody dressed up as Wonder Woman.

What do they have in common? Well, they both defy Father Time. Julie continues to astonish people who meet her at personal appearances, Comic Con events, etc. Judy, I remember fondly when I was editing RAVE magazine, and it's a joy to say that she hasn't aged a bit. And she's still outrageously funny as ever.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Now you can POUNCE on the CATWOMAN

Well well. Who's groggy, with her legs slightly apart?

Was the Catwoman slipped a drug by Bill Cosby? Is she about to be groped by Al Franken, Jeffry Tambor, George H.W. Bush, Donald Trump, or any other "special bat villains?" No, no, no, this bit of wishful fantasy comes to us from the talented, inky fingers of Alex Ross, who is merely expressing wishful thinking. PS, if you notice, Catwoman is not sound asleep, she's only talking to somebody on the phone who is apparently boring her into a cat-nap. Alex Ross is a DC comics artist, and he's offering 21 x 21 limited edition canvas versions of this delightful piece...SIGNED by both himself and JULIE. The action takes place at the appropriately titled AMAZING GALLERY: Amazing Gallery, The Grand Canal Shoppes, 3377 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Suite 2245, Las Vegas, NV 89109. DECEMBER 9th 4-6pm. RSV required. Space is limited. Bring money. "Special appearance by the Batmobile" which is NOT going to EVER be serviced by the questionable grease monkeys at the LAcarGUY Body Shop in Santa Monica.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

COMIC CON - SATURDAY OCT 28th in L.A.

ONE DAY ONLY!

Come and meet Julie at Stan Lee's LOS ANGELES COMIC CON!

For more info:stanleeslacomiccon.com

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Paws and Applause - a Julie CatCon Clip

Here's Julie, about two minutes into this three minute clip posted by "THE ELLEN SHOW."

Ellen Degeneres couldn't make it to the cat convention, to check out the new products, but as a cat owner (three felines) and an investor in products available at PetSmart, she wanted to check it out.

Enter a flamboyant assistant, Andy Zenor, dressed up and ready to make a fuss. He went from fuss to non-plussed when he found Julie, the original Catwoman herself.

Andy quickly went from hunter to prey, as the Catwoman stalked him with her wicked sense of fun!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzDlO1oRMpE

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Memorable Parties!

There were some fun moments in the offbeat cult films "Hysterical" and "The Maltese Bippy."

From the looks of these two pictures, there was even more fun at the press parties! Cropped out on the left was Troy Donahue, who turned up at the "Hysterical" proceedings. I'm not sure who was at "The Maltese Bippy" party. I met Fritz Weaver a few years ago, and mentioned the film

He smiled, not in recalling the film or Rowan and Martin, but in remembering the home-made brownies Julie brought to the set! "You bet your sweet bippy!"

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Bloomin' Beautiful. A view of the garden

In many parts of the country, the summer clothes are being put in storage. People are ready to take The Fall. The leaves will soon be dropping off the trees.

But in California, there's always flowers in bloom, especially in Julie's garden.

Back in New York, where Julie once had an apartment, the New Yawk phrase for telling a bunch of people to get lost is: "Be Gone, Yez."

In laid back California, everyone's welcome to take a look at the Begonias!