the first Site Update of 2010 and we’re
already having so much fun. So many things on the near
horizon to bring you, so much good stuff bubbling in our
psychedelic little cauldron that I better start working out
to keep up with it all. The muscles on my elbows are
growing as we speak.
How better to
start the decade than with the
Lady Miz Diva’s perfect man (1958 Edition).
Happy Elvis’ 75th Birthday,
y’all. Memphis Mafioso, close friend and bodyguard,
Jerry Schilling graced us
with an exclusive chat about that boy from Tupelo.
Kids, I’m so
excited, as we speak, there is
DivaCrew in the air.
Agents K & J
are on special super-ninja duty and are on their way to
Dunno what that means? Tighten up and listen keenly,
children as you click on the boX below.
Here’s a little
movie goodness to look forward to in 2010:
Site Update - Jan. 15. 10
Kids! See? Already we’re making with all the fun. Yours
truly had her third round of joy after a tri-umphant chat
with site heartthrob and international potty-mouth, James
McAvoy. MmmcAvoy brought along the
Paul Giamatti to discuss their latest film, The Last
And finally, we
are graced beyond measure to have Kara White and
Joe Gago’s exclusive, behind-the-scenes report on the
legendary Japanese rock band X-Japan making their
historic first appearance on US shores. Click on the banner
to go to Hollywood Boulevard with Agents K & J and X!
Site Update - Mar. 20. 10
Hey y'all, more
good things to report.
We had the joy
of speaking with one of our dearest icons. Guitar-slinging
Rock Goddess, Ms. Joan Jett
chatted with us about the film based on her early years,
The Runaways. Stars
Dakota Fanning and
Kristen Stewart, along
with Academy Award nominee Michael
Shannon and director/screenwriter
Floria Sigismondi also gave
us their input about reenacting those wild times.
Well kids, how
busy we’ve been of late. The Tribeca Film Festival
has just pulled up stakes and all the simultaneous cinematic
goodness has convinced us that cloning is the only option
for next year.
be more on that soon, but in the meanwhile, I have a new
contributor to brag about. Our friend and DivaCrew
member, Tony Yao has consented to add to our coffers
with his thoughts on the latest chapter in the über-violent
action video game series, God of War. Who knew Greek
mythology could be so gory?
had a lovely chat with director Don Hahn and producer
Peter Schneider of the revealing Disney documentary,
Waking Sleeping Beauty.
had got to bask in the brilliance of artist and director
Michel Gondry as he discussed his documentary The
Thorn in the Heart.
And we’ve got a
few of these to show for ourselves.
May 3rd, 2010
Site Update - June 5. 10
special note as it’s nearly Japan Day and there’s two, count
‘em two great JRock shows happening in NYC for the occasion.
One show features Uzuhi & Noirceur veterans of
The Diva Review, appearing on our JRock in the USA
panel last year. Try and pack in as much Eastern-flavoured
insanity as you can and make a mad dash between them both.
excitement of New York Asian Film Festival hosted by
our dear friends at Subway Cinema is almost upon us, so
start ordering tickets to the most fun reading subtitles
you’ll ever have.
TDR News (and there is some!) , because the
weather here hasn’t been hot enough, being in the charming
presence of Mr. Colin Farrell once more didn’t make
things any cooler. Sit in for our chat with the man who’s, “too
hairy for Japan” and director Neil Jordan for
their fractured fairy tale, Ondine.
also had the extreme pleasure of once again chatting with
one of the last of the real honest-to-goodness movie stars
about his latest film, Harry Brown. What's it all
about? Ask Sir Michael Caine.
honour of Japan Day in NYC, here’s a little of the good
stuff LMD’s been digging from the Land of the Rising Sun.
arriving very soon, y'all.
June 5th, 2010
Site Update - June 9. 10
was fun stuff on its way, kids.
very excited and honoured to host a very special event with
a bona fide JRock superstar.
is making his first concert appearance in New York City's
Irving Plaza on June 27th. In celebration, The Diva
Review will be hosting A Neo
Tokyo Samurai in New York: A Conversation with Miyavi on
Saturday, June 26th at Kinokuniya Bookstore.
exclusive live interview, Miyavi will talk about what
it means to play in New York City after over a decade of
success in Japan, his music, his fans, as well as life as a
new CEO and his future. He has also graciously agreed
to play one song acoustically during the talk, making A
Neo Tokyo Samurai in New York: A Conversation with Miyavi
his New York City performance debut.
audience members will also win the opportunity to meet
Miyavi and receive an autograph from him during a
Click on the
button below to go to our contest page for details and your
chance to win a pair of extremely limited tickets.
will be notified on Sunday, June 20th, 2010.
June 9th, 2010
Site Update - June 20. 10
sweepstakes forA NEO TOKYO SAMURAI IN NEW YORK:
A CONVERSATION WITH MIYAVI is now
over and the winners have been notified by email. Thank you
all so much for entering.
didn’t win the sweepstakes, you still have a chance to
attend this once-in-a-lifetime event. We’ve put some space
aside for true MIYAVI die-hards. Just come to Kinokuniya
Bookstore after 5PM on Saturday June 26th showing
off your MIYAVI luv. Work your fabulous MIYAVI
cosplay, break out ingenious signs, or MYV-inspired
tattoos and you might be chosen to join us for the interview
and exclusive song performance.
ready to rock?
June 20th, 2010
Site Update - July 14. 10
Hey bebes, LMD
needed time in the burn unit after being scorched not only
by this disgusting summer, but also by the collective
hotness of Miyavi, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Simon
Yam and … Sammo? Besides our amazing live
interview event with the Neo Tokyo Samurai, we attended two
of the foremost Asian film festivals running in NYC, Subway
Cinema’s New York Asian Film Festival, where we got
to chat with
Sammo Hung and "The
Beast" of Kung Fu Hustle,
Bruce Leung, but also
the Japan Society’s Japan Cuts film fest where we had
the best time speaking to our beloved Battle Royale's
Boy #15, himself, Light Yagami, I mean,
because we can’t get enough of Asian film festivals, we’ll
be at one of our favourite fetes: The Asian American
International Film Festival starting July 15th. The
AAIFF is a great showcase for both major and indie films and
names you’ll soon be seeing in lights. Also, these folks
know how to throw a shindig like nobody else, so you might
not see LMD for a while after this report. In such hopes,
let me leave you with some goodies before I disappear into a
July 14th, 2010
kids, my dear friends over at Samurai Beat Radio are hosting
a really cool event on Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 at
Kinokuniya Bookstore, with Childhood, the unique musicians
on the Ponyo and Lupin soundtracks. Come by for some from
fun straight from Japan if you can!
Site Update - Oct 26. 10
Boys and Girls, I know it’s been ages since you’ve seen
black leather hide or technicolour hair of LMD. Bad Miz
Diva, but there’s just been so much happening I don’t know
where to begin, so let’s dive in, shall we?
Squint and Me: Clint ... Eastwood. Click here to read
about The Man With No Name himself turning the world’s most
famous crow’s feet my way to chat about his new movie,
Hereafter. Jason Bourne – a.k.a. Matt Damon was there to
keep the peace.
York Comic Con: And all the fun and frivolity therein.
After a year’s hiatus, the New York Comic Con returns this
time armed with the New York Anime Fest as a wingman. Click
Happenings page to see all the beautiful ones.
Rounding out the Comic Con/Anime Fest madness was the
momentous arrival of the biggest band in Asia. X-Japan
thundered onto a New York stage of the first time in history
and LMD was there to give you the breakdown.
Click here to read all the drama.
also had the joy of early holidays with the folks from Walt
Disney Pictures who were kind enough to share 20 minutes of
Daft Punk (!!!)-infused goodness for their clips of
you're waiting until the Dec 17th release date here's a bit
of Daft Punk-inated goodness from their Tron
also got to see a rough cut of Disney's 50th
animated feature. the Rapunzel retell, Tangled. It was an
unfinished piece but I’m already readying a slot on my Oscar
Pool for it. I'm going with Maximus the horse
for Best Actor and either Pascal the chameleon or the
frying pan for Best Supporting.
yes, there've actually beensome Movie Reviews:
Phew, that's a
lot of catch-up, and
there’s more on deck, sweets. Like words from these people.
and we joined Twitter. So be sweet little lemmings and
follow us woncha?
Oct. 26th, 2010
Glorious Things -
Here ye, Here ye, the court’s in session, now here comes the
judge. It’s that time again, chitlins. We once again tip
our chapeaus to the things of highest Fabulosity of the year
and summarily take a few bits from the other side of the
coin and squish them under our kitten-heeled go-go boot.
Babies and Gentleferns, I give you Glorious Things 2010 …
Swan: Kafka for girls. Disturbing and surreal, Darren
Aronofsky’s look at one young woman’s quest for perfection
performs a flawless pas de deux between edge-pushing campy
Grand Guignol and the haunting psychological horror films of
the 60’s and 70’s. I’ll never look at ballet or water fowl
the same way again.
Ass: Raw, gritty and gory as a Japanese horror film and
as hip and cross-cultural as anything dreamed up by Quentin
Tarantino, director Matthew Vaughn’s riot of fun and
violence gains singular laurels in the comic fanboy hall of
Fighter: The headline might be Christian Bale’s
transformation into a has-been crackhead boxer, but the real
contendah is Melissa Leo as Bale’s and Donnie Wahlberg’s
helmet-headed, tough-as-nails manager mom.
Truly a new classic. Delightful, smart and utterly
entertaining, Tangled rates alongside Little Mermaid, Beauty
and the Beast and one of my personal favourites, Mulan for
best Disney Princess film.
Pilgrim vs. the World: Oh the fun! Edgar Wright’s
fresh, hilarious and effortlessly cool adaptation of the
popular graphic novel speaks at last to the nerds, geeks,
freaks and otaku in the audience.
Man: Yeah, I know it’s two years old, but it’s finally
been released here so lets give this brilliant kung fu
classic featuring modern martial arts cinema’s brightest
star, Donnie Yen the due it deserves.
Zhang Yimou, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall, Joan Jett, Matt
Damon, Sammo Hung, Bill Murray, Joe Wright, Kristen Stewart,
Simon Yam, Sissy Spacek, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Paul Giamatti,
Michael Shannon and second helpings of Sir Michael Caine,
Bong Joon-ho, James MmmcAvoy, Colin Farrell and Woody Allen
make it hard to choose just one Glorious interview. So take
your own pick at
York Debut: My chat at Kinokuniya with one of the most
innovative, talented and engaging rising stars of
international music on the eve of his New York City concert
debut was a huge highlight of the year. I’m still shocked
to think the first note he ever played in NYC belonged to
The DivaCrew and a few hundred very lucky winners and press
at our venue. Sweetness.
Legacy soundtrack by Daft Punk: Ranks up there
with the greatest scores ever recorded and I’m not just
saying that cos I luvs me some Daft and Punk. The music is
so much a part of the action it oughtta have a starring
Creature’s Inferno: The timeless Morrie croons his way
around the Jrock/Visual Kei whippersnappers who totally owe
him royalties for their existence to show ‘em how it’s done,
son. Now if only we could bring this metal-kissed
brilliance to the US…
like in our 2008 edition, it’s Bleach again. What can
I say? Only that it’s the closest thing to epic Greek
poetry since The Odyssey. This surreal spider’s web of
heroism, subterfuge, betrayal, lies, good, evil, life, death
and all the meaning therein hit some amazing highs as Ichigo
and company’s battle against the psycho super genius Sosuke
Aizen seemingly draws to a close.
In the smartest
thing Viz has done for a while, subtitled episodes can be
found the same day as their Japanese release on Hulu. No
longer do fans have to wait excruciating amounts of time
only to suffer through the US dub's
careless and lazy mangling of Japanese names and indistinct,
indifferent voice acting. Feel free to bask in the glow of
the exemplary original seiyuu. Sugoi desu ne?
Metal Alchemist Brotherhood: Thrilling, scary and
brilliant… and now with less Scar! Here’s a retelling that
outdid its original. All the best aspects of the 2003 Full
Metal Alchemist series come together along with FUNimation’s
respectful translations and excellent voice cast to stick closer to author Hiromu
Arakawa’s 2001 manga to give the fans exactly what they want
this time around.
Lincoln, Vampire Hunter: Of all the books we’ve read
this year this one takes it all. Loosed from the corsets of
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Seth Grahame-Smith
constructs a more original tale around that turns our
sixteenth president into an undead-slaying badass while
taking an adroit, ingenious look at the origins of slavery
and the Civil War. Ex-cellent. Thanks for this, Miss Kali.
Kia Soul -
The Choice is Yours: Giant mutant hamsters boogieing
down to Black Sheep. Rick James once said, "Cocaine is a hell of a drug," and
clearly so is acid.
Old Spice –
The Man Your Man Could Smell Like: It would take
something this original and cheeky to get within sniffing
distance of OS’s 2007 Bruce Campbell campaign.
This is The New
As technologically lackadaisical as we are, we still managed
after many pitchforks waved in our direction to finally put
up our own YouTube Channel
And yes …
What’s next, a
DivaCrew, that amazing consortium of muses and geniuses
who bless us and our ridiculous fancies with their
brilliance and support. Wendy, Oscar, Cynthia,
Tiffany, Kana, John C., Narina, David H, A-Key, Kara,
Vivian, Zlade, Melissa C, Gosha, E.J., Nelson, Kane, Youko Sunshine,
Amedeo, Anthony, Le-ak, Andrew, Kathy, Yume, John M., Toshiyuki Ishige, Seung Chul Lee. We are humbled by your grace and
will work in 2011 to be worthy of it.
Passing of Teena Marie: The loss a few days ago of Lady
T affected us deeply. She started her career as an oddity;
a white girl with real soul signed to Motown records to
endure to become a true R&B icon who gave us classics like
It Must Be Magic, Square Biz, Portuguese Love, Behind the
Groove, Ooh La La La, Fire & Desire and If I Were a Bell
amongst so many others. I was fortunate to have seen Teena
Marie play live and so blessed to have met her after the
show and felt her tremendous life force which just emanated
from her tiny (“Five foot one, a hundred pounds of fun,”),
mighty frame. I’ll never forget the words of an
African-American gentleman who stood next to me in a
button-down shirt and tie, who like everyone else in the
packed crowd was wrapped up in Lady T’s powerful web. He
exclaimed to no one in particular, “That is the coolest
white woman that ever lived.” Rest well, Starchild.
Still our beloved local and despite (and maybe more so
because of) some changes in staff, lovely barkeep Sean
Paul has picked up the fallen Pink Spider martini glass and
made it even deadlier.
- Library Bar: The entire hotel is buried in the midtown
rush so look for the raging flames overhead and wander
through the nearly pitch black lobby (all the easier to
pretend I didn’t see you and you didn't see me) to the
artfully tweedy sanctum sanctorum of books over every high
ceilinged space and gorgeous, friendly staff who really like
to watch customers get drunk.
And as always, with the Glam and the Glorious comes the foul
and the funky (Not
in the good way),
this time we’ve limited our venom to our more trying
cinematic experiences and this year we had a bumper crop to
choose from. Here are the junkyard standouts.
Fail and Fail
Last Airbender: Absolutely rantworthy how terrible on so
many levels this one is. This cartoon adaptation that became
a lightning rod for discussions about when a filmmaker
should do the right thing and not the safe thing. Shame on
2]: Speaking of shame, this follow-up to the success of
2007’s [Rec] has none. This craven, inferior money grab
besmirches any good memory of its sire.
Pray Love: This cockeyed ode to utter selfishness
masquerading as a feminist manifesto is the perfect film for
the narcissist in your life.
and the City 2: Horrible on nearly the same levels of
Last Airbender and [Rec 2]. A film designed solely to take
advantage of the wholly deserved success of its original
with its ridiculous storyline, a blatant long-form commercial
for Abu Dhabi tourism. Yes, because the many gay men and
straight ladies who piled in to see the first film would
love to visit a place where homosexuality is still a prisonable offense and woman are required to be covered
nearly head to toe – in the desert. Grotesque.
for Schmucks: Nothing spells comedy gold like making fun
of retarded people.
Clash of the
Titans (A.K.A. Bubo’s Revenge): Ray Harryhausen’s
spinning in his grave and he isn’t dead!
Me: A sweet, well-acted love story that in its last ten
minutes transforms into one of the most offensive films
you’ll see all year.
So there ya go, kids, not the best year ever, but far better
upon reflection than whence originally experienced. I am all
positivity and excitement that 2011 will hold all things
bright, fun and fabulous and Deity willing, your ever
luvvin’ LMD will bring you the point, the scam, the low, the
deal. What you feel, say what?
Stay healthy, Stay
safe, and most of all ...
Lady Miz Diva
and everyone at