Friday, June 06, 2008

Amazon.com is down?

Amazon.com is down?!

I've been a faithful shopper of Amazon.down for many years now--I spent thousands last year alone--and I can't remember any time I've seen a screen like the one here, even during the Christmas season!

WTF, Jeff Bezos?

Thursday, May 22, 2008

D.J. explains the American Idol 2008 results show for you


I voted for him, but even I knew that David Archuleta would lose American Idol 2008 to David Cook. He just wasn't as marketable, had an awkward stage presence, and didn't have the cocksure swagger of a star. That and he looked like a Monchhichi.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Henry wins!



Thanks to you guys, Henry won this week’s Shorts competition on WNET Channel 13's website! That's our local PBS station—if you can call the New York metro area "local." *grin*

Henry will be aired tomorrow at 11:16 PM, according to my Time Warner Cable channel guide, after that evening’s classic movie, That’s Entertainment, Part II. Immediately following is the much lauded indie, Raising Victor Vargas.

This is all part of a program called “Reel 13,” a unique program that celebrates filmmaking and particularly New York filmmakers.

Again, thanks to everyone who took time out to watch and vote for it. Next up are the Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and the Philadelphia Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. I'll keep you posted!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Bill O'Reilly Flips Out: We'll do it live! Fucking thing sucks!



OH... MY... GOD. How much do I love this?

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Sue Simmons says "Fuck"



LOL! I can't stop watching and laughing at New York's local NBC anchor, Sue Simmons, losing it (?) and screaming "What the FUCK are you doin'?" on live TV. I didn't see it live, but I did see her on-air apology during the 11 o'clock news, so I had to quickly Google to find out what I had missed. The Internets be awesome.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Keep them votes coming!



Thanks to everyone who has voted for my film so far. We were at a distant second on Friday night, when I found out that WNET 13 was interested in the film. Now we have over 50% of the vote! PLEASE keep those votes coming, i.e. you can vote from both your home computer AND your work computer… hint hint.

I'm really proud of what the director, producers, and crew pulled together to create Henry. For posterity's sake, I'm going to paste viewer comments after the break. To watch the film and vote, please visit http://www.thirteen.org/reel13/films/vote-for-saturdays-short

If you have trouble voting after watching it, please vote here for Henry.

Thanks!

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Praise for Henry

Nick says: "Really great selection of shorts this week. Each was intriguing and well made. I chose Henry for its character and plot development. The production value was the best in Henry as well. But again, great job to everyone. Great acting, great directing, great camera work; well done." May 9th at 5:15 pm

Krista says: "Loved Henry. It was really compelling and wasn’t ready for it to end. Good luck!" May 9th at 10:55 pm

Michel says: "J’adore Henry…" May 9th at 11:49 pm

Peter says: "Henry was excellent! Really felt for the poor guy. Was very worried for him when he confessed . The writer really captured a lonely gay man’s soul. Is it autobiographical?" May 10th at 2:54 am

Monica T. says: "Henry was so thought provoking! The character was so conflicted and lonely. I felt for him — I wanted to jump into the movie screen and protect him from the disappointment and rejection he was setting up for himself." May 10th at 7:03 am

Xavier says: "Will’s film, Henry, looks at how internet personals have become an outlet for lonely souls to reconnect with other human beings. In the case of Henry, internet personals are helping him explore his sexuality in what he feels is a safe environment. The film leaves you hanging and wanting to watch the other stories in the series." May 10th at 8:59 am

John Says: Henry addresses the internal conflicts with which gay (or questioning) men must wrestle when they don’t feel that they fit into the mainstream, stereotypical homosexual environment. There is very little refuge for men who aren’t considered overly attractive or sociable by today’s standards, especially in New York. If you don’t look and sound like everyone else, you’re in a social wasteland nearly devoid of social interaction, let alone avenues to explore your sexuality." May 10th at 10:28 am

Agnieszka S. says: Henry is a great short story. It made me feel for the main character and at the same time be mad at him. I loved being so torn apart watching it. You want to tell him to stop searching for relationships with lies and deceits. The sad part was the ending b/u you knew that it will happen again." May 10th at 1:01 pm

Heather says: "Henry is the kind of person who is all around, but little noticed. It is good to see someone explore the internal life of the person who gets passed by."
May 10th at 7:22 pm

Margaret says: "Congrats and good luck. I hope you guys get to finish the film–-it is a story that deserves to be told. We can all identify with Henry. Sort of a modern-day Marty." May 10th at 8:20 pm

Christophe says: "Henry also speaks about the dynamics of the traditional Asian parent-child relationship. Coming out to an Asian mother is no easy task." May 11th at 8:51 am

Alyson says: "I thought Henry was the best. The ending was great, but I don’t want to spoil it…" May 12th at 8:54 am

Trisha Stein says: "Loved Henry. Shows a gentle and compassionate hand by the director." May 12th at 12:46 pm

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Vote for my film, HENRY, so it's aired on PBS!

Hi friends,

Henry(the short film I played the title role in) has been selected to be on WNET 13's website! (That's PBS for you not in the NYC area.) If the film receives the most votes by Thursday, May 15 at 5 PM, it will be aired on their film program Saturday, May 17th.

So please spread the word, and consider casting your vote for the lonely and sad HENRY!

To watch the film and vote, please visit http://www.thirteen.org/reel13/films/vote-for-saturdays-short

Much thanks!

Friday, March 07, 2008

Representin' at the Miami Film Festival

What movies will you find at this year's Miami International Film Festival? The latest films from Helen Hunt, Demi Moore... and me! That's right. The little film I starred in (and have been blogging incessantly about) premiered at the Miami Film Festival on Sunday. Kinda exciting.

View the schedule, find Shorts Programs III, and click on HENRY.

Official site for HENRY

Monday, February 18, 2008

The trailer for HENRY... now on YouTube

The director of the short film I starred in has created trailer and posted it on YouTube! In case you missed the premiere at Pianos last month, check it out.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Always in my memories...

I just received a really sweet email. Just wanted to share it.
Dear D. J. Paris,

I was randomly surfing the web when I suddenly thought about an old web site I used to visit every single day back in 2001. I remember those good old years when I was only 19 and still looking for who I really was. At that time, I pretty much knew that I was gay, and I had a huge attraction for Asian men... but I was naive and didn't know if a gay Asian guy could really exist somewhere... I mean, I wasn't out yet in any way. I wasn't going in the gay village or anywhere else, so I was really wondering if a North American guy like me could possibly have a future with an Asian man ever.

That's also the time that I found a web site that could have looked lame for some (the "live cam" web sites craziness was getting more and more popular), but for me, it was more than a simple web site. It was the life of a real Asian man living with his Caucasian boyfriend in North America. And, of course, that web site was www.djparis.com. I know it may sound weird or maybe awkward but, you really were my mentor. That guy that I could see move online was living for real... not just an actor doing his gay character on TV, but a real gay Asian man living with his boyfriend. It was much better than "Big Brother." Haha...

This is the life I wanted to live and thought it wasn't possible to until I started "spying" on you. I remember getting even more excited just by subscribing and being able to see the "live streaming version," instead of having to wait 30 seconds for a new image every time.

About 7 years later, me turning 26 and living together with my Laotian boyfriend, I finally have the chance to say 2 words to you that I wanted to say for so long.... THANK YOU. Even though we don't even know each other, you helped me more than you think in believing that living a happy gay life is possible... with an Asian male.

Anyway, hope you don't think it's an awkward letter or anything. I know I was naive at that time. So many Asian gay guys are there everywhere in the world... but you're a big part in my growing up process of being the positive gay man I am today. You're the reason also why I started going out in gay clubs... when I looked at the pictures of you with your circle of friends hanging out together, it made me wanting to do the same. I remember telling myself at 19-20yo on Friday nights, "Hey, I want to go out and be like D.J." and I wasn't scared because my mentor was also doing it. I guess we all need someone to hang on when we discover we are gay, and your site will definitely always be part of my life.

Thank you again, D.J. Paris.

Thanks for your help and support... even though we don't know each other. Thank you for making me who I am today.

Alain
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

New Year's Eve Party

So another New Year's, another fun bash at Casa de Paris. This year's theme was Pajama Party, and I'm so pleased that everyone took part! Here's a video I made of some of the highlights of the evening, starring Martin, my new TV that I'm still in love with, and my smoky kitchen. Pics coming soon.