Thursday, December 06, 2007

Photos from the Gay Cruise

I'm back from my first gay cruise, and it was a BLAST! A travel agency called Pied Piper creates hosted (as opposed to exclusive, meaning the WHOLE ship) gay cruises, and I simply had an amazing time. Their most popular offering is the Post-Thanksgiving Cruise, and there were over 900 of us on the boat! I took Martin for his birthday, and we traveled to Key West, Mexico, and Belize, aboard Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas.

He took some great photos, and you can check them out here. No worries... they're PG-13 (for the most part). ;-) I'm currently working on a DVD of the trip which should be really cool.

Tan and hating the cold New York winters,
D.J.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Updates on the movie I was in

I got my first lead in a feature film over the summer, and editing's done! It's actually five short films with interwoven characters and storylines, called Casual Encounters, and I played the title character in "Henry."

The director of Casual Encounters has updated his blog, and you can see stills and details on the movie here.

(Photos from the first two days of shooting can be found on my Flickr.)

Keep your eye out for it!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

My First Movie!

Some of you know that I recently landed my first lead in a feature film (!). It's an indie ensemble piece called Casual Encounters. We were on the set for over 21 hours this weekend alone, and I just wanted to share some photos.

D.J. Paris… on location

Be sure to click the " i " at the center of the photo for the captions. And don't click the right arrow until the pink progress bar is done.

Shooting resumes tomorrow night. Woohoo!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Sharing the Stage with Olivia Newton-John

Opening Night of Xanadu on Broadway
Last night, I attended the much-anticipated Opening Night of Xanadu the Musical, starring Kerry Butler, Cheyenne Jackson, Tony Roberts, Mary Testa (LOVE her!) and Jackie Hoffman (LOVE her!).

The show was fantastic—a fabulously fun, tongue-in-cheek satire/tribute to the crap-tastic movie that inspired it, and to 80's pop culture in general.

I sat on the stage with a couple dozen other people. Since this was Opening Night, my fellow "extras" were mostly rich folks, producers' families, friends o' the crew, and contest winners. It was a delight, but I have to say, I prefer sitting by the downstage stairs, thank you very much, especially when deliciously hunky Cheyenne comes barreling down the aisle, and those gorgeous long legs of his are merely inches away.

But, sitting in the Peanut Gallery gave me a great vantage point for when the original goddess joined the cast for the curtain call. That's right! Olivia Newton-John was in attendance (sixth row, aisle, stage right), and was laughing her arse off. She threw her head back and guffawed when Kira revealed that she would sport an Australian "ehk-sent" as a disguise to throw off Sonny, our "hero." I also saw her singing along to some songs, and giggling when she realized that they worked in "Have You Never Been Mellow?" and "Fool" (from the movie's finale).

View Pictures from Xanadu's Opening Night

The cast party was at Providence on West 57th. It was a nice enough place--three floors of NO A/C, and nice enough bartenders (except for the bitch on the main floor). I chatted with Tony Roberts (VERY briefly) and Kenita Miller ("Muse of poetry!"). We danced to 80's tunes till midnight and marveled at the fab centerpieces (see the pics). And the last song was, of course, "Xanadu"—singing and dancing to that with the Muses on the dancefloor was a perfect end to a wonderfully glittery evening.

Friday, July 06, 2007

I loves me my iPhone.

After years of speculation, Apple finally releases its vision of what a cell phone should be. And I love it.

It's terrific, especially as a 1.0 device, but it is lacking in so many areas.

* I CAN'T SHUFFLE MUSIC VIDEOS! Grrr!!!
* WiFi at home took some know-how to set up. (For the technologically inclined, it didn't truly accept my DHCP settings from my Belkin Draft-N router. I had to manually enter my ISP's DNS server's IP address, and voila, all was right with the world.)
* No photos in text messages.
* The glass exterior is dazzling, but the shiny chrome edge does get scuffed up.
* Battery only lasts me two days. It drains like a motherfucker, with average usage IMHO.
* Phone's voice quality is merely okay (but after years of having Motorolas, I'm used to it -- OH SNAP!)

However, the GOOD points, like the wonderfully intuitive (and pretty) OS, more than make up for these shortcomings, as far as I'm concerned, it's still a major oh-wow gadget. Bravo, Apple... can't wait for iPhone 2.0!

Friday, June 01, 2007

What can brown do for me? Fucking ring my bell!

I ordered some furniture from Target.com last week. I was excited to see that it made it from North Carolina to Brooklyn in just a couple of days. I wait at home for it, while tracking it on ups.com. I felt like a kid on Christmas Eve. So you can imagine my amazement, when I refresh my browser, I read "THE RECEIVER WAS UNAVAILABLE TO SIGN ON THE 1ST DELIVERY ATTEMPT. A 2ND DELIVERY ATTEMPT WILL BE MADE." UPS LIES!

What's worse is that I run downstairs, and I don't even have a Post-It saying that UPS was here! I'm so sick of this shit. UPS in Brooklyn is awful. This isn't the first time UPS has done this to me.

I've had packages delivered from FedEx Ground and DHL, and not only were they on time, but they've even helped bring heavy items up to the third floor!

I know I'm not the only one. My friend, Henry, who works from home, is also a frequent shipper and receiver of packages. He's had his share of problems with UPS, saying that they "tried, but no one was home." He's home all day, everyday!

With ever-mounting competition from the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx and DHL, how can a company just lie like that?

I never complain, but this is ridiculous. I called their 1-800 number, and of course, there wasn't an option to speak to Customer Service. I guessed, and hit "0" and got a live person. She took my number, so I could file a "formal complaint" on Monday.

Someone named Joyce from UPS in NYC just called, who assured me that she will speak to the driver. Hopefully, I get my package in one piece.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Cop eats pot, discovers slowness of time, calls 911

Steve and Bill play nice


Surprisingly good-natured and funny, computer greats Steve Jobs of Apple and Bill Gates of Microsoft were joint-interviewed last night onstage at "D," the Wall Street Journal's technology conference. Fascinating stuff… I tend to forget how intertwined their histories are.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Brandon Flowers likes fags

Brandon Flowers of the Killers
Shyeah, I wish! I read this on Virgin Radio's site today. I know, I know, it's British slang, but it still made me chuckle.

“Despite being a Mormon, Brandon Flowers, lead singer of The Killers, admits to having the odd cheeky drink and a fag now and then.”


Where do I sign up?

Saturday, May 19, 2007

My New HDTV Is Here

Amazon.com is the best. I order the Samsung LN-T4665F (their 2007-model LCD 46" 1080p HDTV), and it came today! The TV itself is breathtaking. After calibrating it using settings from AVSForum.com, I watched Planet Earth and Superman Returns on HD-DVD. This TV's quality is simply jaw-dropping. Can one be in love with a gadget?

UPDATE: I popped in The Incredibles on DVD. The upscaling quality was impressive, but there were some "HDMI handshaking" issues. Once, I got a green-blotchy screen, which lasted for maybe a tenth of a second. But then, at around 9 minutes in, I got a screen of white static and white noise. A power-cycle of the TV fixed that, but still, grrr. Judging from chatter on the message boards, Samsung is good with both firmware and hardware updates, so hopefully this issue will be addressed soon.

Friday, March 09, 2007

How many directors does it take to... "GO FUCK YOURSELF!"

It's been a year since MTG imploded, and a year and a half since I finally had the common sense and courage to leave.

What was it like working with Louis Reyes Cardenas, douchebag extraordinaire (and scam artist who's reportedly skipped out to China because of tax fraud)? Kinda like working with David O. Russell... but without the talent. Watch this clip on YouTube, particularly after timestamp 1:09.