Hooray for Hollywood!

Here  I am in West Hollywood with my husband and his Son Jay and Jay’s partner Ignacio. Two exciting reviews prompted me to write while on vacation.

First, Ignacio, who is on the board of the Academy Awards wanted us to see an exhibit of movie costumes now on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). In darkened rooms with loud music, we walked from room to room to see costumes from well-known movies, video conversations with stars in the movies, and wonderful comments by directors, costume designers and other people in the movie industry. It was quite a magnificent exhibit, especially the gowns from the various Queen Elizabeth characters played by many different women throughout the decades.

The trailer for the show cane found by clicking on this link: http://www.oscars.org/hollywoodcostume/

Then, last night we saw a preview of a new movie called Six Dance Lessons in Sex Weeks, featuring Gena Rowland and Cheyenne Jackson, a marvelous movie in the beautiful Samual Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills. This theatre is used to show all the prospective Academy Award movies. There were only a few people from the Academy last night, probably because it is the week-end before Thanksgiving, but actress Leslie AnnWarren sat three rows in front of us and on the stage after the movie there  was a Question & Answer period with the two main stars, the writer and the director.

The movie is about an unlikely friendship between young dance instructor Michael (Cheyenne) and senior living resident Lily (Gena) and how their relationship develops first in an adversarial manner and eventually into an all-encompassing friendship. Despite the disparity in their ages, a strong bond keeps building between them with each dance lesson. The dance scenes are lovely and  much of the music is reminiscent of the decades when the Lily was much younger, such as tunes from the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s.

The movie is touching, funny, and warm.  The follow-up Q & A session was also thrilling for me, seeing the stars in person. I even walked up to Cheyenne Jackson after the show and asked him how his opinion of older women (like me!) had changed because of his role. He told me he has always been respectful of older people and thinks that the way elders are revered in Asian countries is the model for him. Good answer!!!

Don’t miss the movie and also the trailer for the costume exhibit above.

2 thoughts on “Hooray for Hollywood!

  1. I’ve seen Cheyenne on Broadway a few times. I will see him in a solo musical performance on Dec. 6 at Tilles Center on L I.

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