Saturday, October 01, 2005

Cover, OCT 2005

by AMY CHOU, cover artist

Exclusives, OCT 05

SOMMER - An Evening With German-Born Actress Elke Sommer
by SIMONE KUSSATZ, staff writer

"Back in Germany, I received a phone call from Hollywood one day and was asked "Would you like to star in a picture with Paul Newman?"

Sommer's role in "The Prize (1963)" not only brought her international recognition, but also a long-term friendship with Paul Newman who is "a great person," she said. Among other features, Elke Sommer performed in "A Shot in the Dark (1964)," "Did I get the wrong number (1967)," "The Wrecking Crew (1969)," as well as "Severed Ties (1992)."

She has worked with national and international stars, including Hannelore Elsner, Senta Berger, Curt Juergens, Gina Lollobridgida, Joseph Cotton, Dean Martin and Bob Hope.

CARDINALE - Tunis-born Actress attends screening of
Luchini Viscontia's 'Sandra'(Vaghe Stelle Dell'Orsa, 1965)

by SIMONE KUSSATZ, staff writer

For someone like Ms. Cardinale who said that she was very introverted in her early years and refused to accept film roles, "when Omar Sharif asked me if I wanted to play in a film with him, I thought he was crazy," her life seemed to have undergone a metamorphosis when she turned into one of the most remarkable European actresses, a considerable Hollywood-actress and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, helping women to improve their lives by standing up for their rights.

Having played in numerous Hollywood movies, including THE PINK PANTHER (1963) CIRCUS WORLD (1964), BLINDFOLD (1965) LOST COMMAND (1966), THE PROFESSIONALS (1966), ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (1968), THE RED TENT (1971), ESCAPE TO ATHENA (1979), FITZCARRALDO (1982), A MAN IN LOVE (1987) Cardinale said that one has to be very strong as an actress.

"It was intimidating playing with actors such as Lancaster, Delon, Hudson, Henry Fonda, Bronson and David Niven. It was he who told her once: "After Spaghetti, you are the best Italian invention."

PULLEN - Criticizing the Glamourization and Exploitation of Crime in American Culture
An exclusive interview with the artist.
by SIMONE KUSSATZ, special guest writer

People a lot of the time assume that to create a great movie or still photograph that involves big sets and crews -- that it takes a million dollars, which is just not true. You can make it happen for very little if you have the determination. I think it takes professionalism and drive.

Everyone came on board working on the project for the experience… That’s the great thing about creating art, movies etc. If you’re working on a cool project and don’t have much funding -- people love to contribute. It’s not about the money… it’s about the experience of making something.

I was really lucky -- great people came on board and really made it possible. I worked with the stunt crews from movies and shows like “Kill Bill” and “CSI”, fashion models from large campaigns like Guess to big runway models, there were dedicated students that wanted experience.

There really was never a shortage of great people around completely driven and making it happen.

ROBINSON - Artistry and a Man in Orbit
Interview with an astronaut.
by SIMONE KUSSATZ, special guest writer

Q: Do you have a favorite photograph taken during your trip to orbit?
A: We took several thousands. There is a picture of orbit on earth with thunderstorms at the terminator, the region between light and dark on the earth. The sun is very low on the horizon. The thunderstorms are casting shadows 200 miles long.

Q: What makes the colors in orbit different from the colors on earth, and what’s your favorite one?
A: The colors in orbit are always bright and intense, much more so than on earth. The various shades of blue are probably my favorite, especially at the edge of the atmosphere. The blue is illuminated and transparent. It changes all the time against the deepest black of space.

Features, OCT 05

AMERICA - Exploring A Third World
New Orleans, Louisiana
by RYAN JOE, columnist

The local Six Flags amusement park, family fun, roller coasters, and cotton candy, is also host to constant gang warfare. People just get murdered left and right there. The whole city is basically a carnival gone horribly wrong.

And even from above, looking down from a plane, the place is weird. I remember seeing this huge body of water, like a great brown sea, surrounded by this steaming green mass of foliage. A thin strip of pavement traversed the lake. The sun was setting. You get the picture.

As an example of how odd this place is, until recently, if there were three people driving in a car, up to two open containers of alcohol were allowed. The overriding logic being that at least one person might still be sober.

Another one: New Orleans gave the world the daiquiri. New Orleans also has daiquiri drive-thrus. The law stipulates that if you get pulled-over and have a daiquiri in the car, you just better not have a straw in it. I cannot make this up.