Diary Of A Hollywood Refugee

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Huntress Hits Hollywood

The flight from Toronto to LAX on Friday seemed like it would never end. It departed at 0645 which meant it had been too early for me to grab my morning Soy Chai Tea Latte before heading out to the Airport. And for some strange reason their is NO Starbucks at Terminal Two ..GRRRRRRRR. So once I deplaned, before picking up my bags, I stopped at the Starbucks in LAX, and ordered a LARGE drink. With that in hand, I waited endlessly for my bags to appear.. ( I have two suitcases - one devoted entirely to shoes and bags - hey its Hollywood and I need options!!) then headed outside to where the Producer who I'm staying with was pulling up. After hugs and kisses - I threw my bags in the trunk, hopped into her car and we headed back to her house in Silverlake. ( One of the Beastie Boys is lives nearby as do many production and costume designers, and assorted other musicians)

Max and I have been friends since her days as a development exec at a feature film company. She hired a cinematographer client of mine to work on a movie she had developed. Today, she informed me, we 'd be having lunch with a director she is partnered with on a book to be turned into a feature film for pay tv project about the man who discovered the clitoris. I kid you not.. and believe me ...it's not pornographic. The film is adapted from a somewhat humourous best sellar book - it's a true story and it's far more about power than sex- albeit the two are related! It's funny, moving, ironic, and somewhat sad.

Lunch was great - The director, Gabriela Tagliavini whose film Ladies Night has received critical acclaim, is vivacious, engaging, and possessed of an exuberant joie de vivre. Our lunch also involved a screenwriter who they would like to have adapt the story for film...after wards we headed to his house to view his art..some of his original vagina and penis art. honestly...was more like an episode of Sex and The City than an xrated film. His wife, and daugher are both fabulous artists, in their own right. He has a art studio behind their beautiful house...and they all work using mixed media. His home is an art gallery onto its own.

Later that day, Tucker Max dropped by to finish a business conversation with Max - that needed to be settled - regarding the tv deal they just received to turn Tuckers uber successful blog into a very funny series. The three of us will be having dinner later this week.
Tucker is better looking in person than his pictures would suggest. He's also a big fan of Mike Yon.

For dinner, I insisted we get Fish Tacos' and Max took offered up several suggestions for places that serve excellent fish tacos. We tried a place near her house...and I have to admit they did serve up excellent fish tacos...the taco comes with fish and refried beans - and fabulous salsa.
If you've never had a fish taco - you're life is not complete!
Fish tacos seem to be a regional speciality of SoCal. The best and the original are found at Wahoo's Fish Taco's in Laguna. Baja Fresh, a mexican fresh food chain, offers mahi mahi fish tacos, an all you can eat salsa bar, and all you can drink refreshments such as ice tea, softs drinks and lemonade. Yesterday, Max is taking me to several other places that serve them up in order to pacify my perpetual Fish Taco cravings!

Saturday was spent doing girly things...I needed to revamp my spray on tan...so a quick trip to a tanning salon on Sunset that offers the Mystic spray on tan was followed by lunch at Baha Fresh ( FISH TACOS!!!) clothes shopping on Melrose, Sunset, and La Brea Blvds and several stops at assorted Starbucks. I love American Rag for a blend of vintage clothing and the latest from hot fashion designers...they also have a small restaurant in the store that serves up tasty food. Very NY!

Max is in a knitting group so we grabbed dinner at her place then headed to a gorgeous house in the Hollywood Hills, where I met several lovely women who form this knitting group. The house belonged to David Cohen a writer for "The Simpsons" and head writer, exec producer for "Futurama". The view of the city from this house was breathtaking.

We returned home around 10:0o - driving down Sunset Blvd on a Sat nite one is inundated with the cacaphony of sounds and a visual feast akin to Times Square at night - made some tea, and munched on late night snacks while watching a film we rented - Hoodwinked!
Its an ingenious take on "Little on Riding Hood" - done Roshoman style....where a crime is committed and you revisit the same story from each of the fours suspects point of view...different but yet intersecting at key moments. Its a smart funny animated feature.
Rent it!

And yes..there have been numerous celeb sightings ...it is Hollywood after all. But I have far more interesting people who I will be having lunch, dinner or drinks with during the upcoming week.and thats who I intend to write about.

*air kisses*



  • At 12:09 AM, August 10, 2006, Blogger Barb said…

    So glad you're having fun, and sorry we didn't match up while I was down there. Can't wait to hear the rest of your adventures!

  • At 1:26 PM, August 11, 2006, Blogger Kat said…

    Cool! Sounds like you are having fun! Can't wait to hear more Hollywood stories. :)


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