The Sunday Times Culture Magazine: 14.10.12
“Winona has been animated at last…”
She changed the way cinema depicts women, then disappeared. Reunited with Tim Burton on a new cartoon, Winona tells Jonathan Dean what it’s like to be lost.
The slow crawl to Disneyland, on roads such as Magic Way, is lined with palm trees. At two in the afternoon on what the radio announces is the second day of autumn, they’re the only shelter other than Buzz Lightyear banners or the vast foyer of the Grand Californian Hotel. The latter is accomodation designed by fans of The Shining: floral chic, cobwebbed, brainwashed staff. Kids in swimming costumes run around in Mickey Mouse ears. I head staright for the lift.
Why is a thitrysomething man hanging out in Walt’s kingdom all by himself? The answer, oddly, is the icon of early-1990s cinema, the goth poster girl for the alternative nation, Winona Ryder, who is waiting in a suite on the hotel’s fourth floor. I’m also going to spend the half-hour with Martin Short, but I haven’t really told anyone that. He’s lovely telling me about a recent family reunion in London with his “fabulous” politician cousin, Clare, but you don’t fly 11 hours to meet Martin Short. He was hilarious in Father of the Bride, but, with the best will in the world, he has never changed the way people make films. Ryder, though, did.
Dressed in loose black trousers, a black jacket and a white T-shirt, with her hair tied back, she talks with a quiver in her voice, brown eyes darting, eager to please or, maybe, just nice. Short is in a casual suit, reclining on a sofa, staring at me like an ever-watchful chaperone. Yes, Ryder shoplifted back in 2001, but for anyone who wants to continue to laugh at that, there’s the internet. Besides Hollywood has worse. People still work with Roman Polanski. Ryder’s hero, Jodie Foster has a close relationship with Mel Gibson. This is an industry that rewards sinners who aren’t contrite. Ryder has constantly said she’s sorry.
It was released last November 06th Ben Lee: Catch My Disease, the documentary on singer-songwriter Ben Lee.
The movie — written, directed and produced by filmmaker Amiel Courtin-Wilson — is described as a “playful yet deeply intimate portrait of Lee” and “the issues of celebrity and spirituality that arise when launched into the spotlight,” according to the producers.
Among those interviewed are ex-girlfriend Claire Danes and friends Jason Schwartzman, Michelle Williams, Beastie Boy Mike D, Zooey Deschanel and Winona Ryder.
Watch the trailer below:
This is not Winona related, but I think it will be nice to have it posted since I got a few emails/tweets regarding it. No, the site isn’t abandoned. Well, a little maybe, but it’s not going anywhere. I’m currently in a very busy agenda, with some family issues re: health, and I barely have time to be online. I’m sorry if I am missing some news and pictures, I promise to try keep it updated as soon I have some free time.
I usually don’t post personal notes here, because you all came here to be informed about Winona, but due the amount of emails/messages I got, I believe it’s an easy way to keep everyone informed. Thanks once again for your visit, and keep checking, hopefully things will be back to normal soon.
AMERICAN rock band The Killers are in Blackpool yesterday to shoot a video for their new single.
The Las Vegas chart toppers are in the resort with legendary Batman and Planet of the Apes director Tim Burton and Hollywood star Winona Ryder.
The band have been filming inside Blackpool’s legendary Tower Ballroom.Excited fans took to social networks late last night after the band – fronted by Brandon Flowers – were spotted at Blackpool’s Odeon cinema where they watched the new James Bond film Skyfall.
Flowers took time out to pose for pictures with staff and customers. Samantha Sinclair, manager at the cinema, said: “It was really exciting.
“They were happy to have photos taken with locals. It was their bassist, Mark who took our photo for us.
“They were really nice, not very chatty but I know they had to cancel their gig on Tuesday because Brandon lost his voice.”
– Source and also thanks to Chris B for the heads up!
Though it underperformed at the box office, most critics agree that Tim Burton‘s Frankenweenie was the director’s best film in years. Combining his love of the macabre with childlike wonder, heart and humor, it’ll surely be a home video discovery for fresh audiences for years to come. That process will start on January 15 when the DVD and Blu-ray hit shelves and one of the highlights of the disc is a brand new short film called Captain Sparky vs the Flying Saucers.
The short was written by Frankenweenie co-producer Derek Frey and will run two minutes and 20 seconds. That’s all the information that’s available at the moment but it sounds promising. (Hopefully this will be one of the short films the character Victor makes using his dog, Sparky.)
This busy bee has finally found some free time to do a proper post here, to celebrate Winona’s 41st Birthday, and let our best wishes of an amazing day with her beloved ones. Even if we know she’s scary on internet and probably won’t check your messages, feel free to leave it.