CHRISTOPHER G. MOORE NOIR AUTHOR EXTRAORDINAIRE-BANGKOK NOIR
BY ANTONIO PINEDA
Once again in the guise of bespoke noir poet, I cross the threshold of the scene of many a literary crime, the Foriegn Correspondents Club in the noir heart of Bangkok. The venue is celebrating the book launch of, Bangkok Noir. Christopher G. Moore greets [...]
DISNEY’S GRAND THEFT AUTO?
The current lawsuit by Jake Anthony against Disney/Pixar in the USA for alleged plagiarism of his ‘Cars’, ‘Cars 2’ and ‘Cars-Toons’ screenplays is fascinating the world, occupying page upon page of Google and Yahoo.
The story broke in the Hollywood Reporter’ and is currently on more than two and a quarter [...]
DARK CABARET-BOOK LAUNCH
The book launch for the Nouvelle Vague inspired photo-cinema book, Dark Cabaret, was celebrated at the Warp Studio in Bangkok. The venue is a converted warehouse hard by the Sheraton Riverside on the shores of the Chao Phraya river. It is situated in a cosy warren of art galleries, [...]
Boaz Zippor, celebrated Bangkok photographer and promoter of the arts greets me at the entrance to his art studio and private gallery. It is located in a multi level house, the patio grounds have been converted into a bar, the ground floor and upper tier house an eclectic collection of paintings, collages and photographs conceived [...]
A NIGHT OF BUTOH, POETRY AND ART- BOKA GALLERY
By Antonio Pineda
Boaz Zippor greets me at the entrance to Boka Gallery in the Saphan-Kwai area of Bangkok. He lights up a cigarette, as he greets his guests and discourses at length on painting and photography.
“My photographic art in this exhibition is as raw [...]
BY ANTONIO PINEDA AND ALEC CHRISTIE
Baseline, an independent film shot on location in London, will have its world premiere on Tuesday 29th June at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in London’s West End.
Directed by Brendon O’Loughlin, it is a visceral underworld crime drama set among the warring factions [...]
BY ANTONIO PINEDA
Boy George affects a spectacular entrance in the foyer of the Sheraton Hotel, hard by the Pratmnak hill in Pattaya, overlooking the cozy cove next to the Royal Cliff Hotel. The Boy is resplendent in makeup, lipstick and a pink hat on which a glam Jolly Roger flies embedded in rhinestones. [...]
The Beat Culture is now receiving its due as a major American art movement. The halcyon days of the Haight- Ashbury live in the pages of history, my childhood mates and I founded the Straight Theatre . The Beat Poet Michael McClure lived on Downey St. We premiered his theatre piece, The Blossom, with [...]
LE NOUVELLE VAGUE- THE NEW WAVE A CINEMATIC RETROSPECTIVE BY ANTONIO PINEDA The passing of Eric Rohmer, at age 89, has magnified the importance and influence of the art movement entitled Nouvelle Vague. Post war France saw many contraversial changes on the artistic front. In the USA, Method Acting,based on the avatars Stanislavski and [...]
OLIVER STONE LIVE IN BANGKOK- BY ANTONIO PINEDA
Once again in the guise of bespoke poet, the lysergic pirate of Savile Row crosses the threshold of the Foreign Correspondents Club, to attend the gala event featuring 3 time Oscar winner Oliver Stone. Peter Rnic arrives with the film crew for Sawadee Pattaya TV and we [...]
CHAMPAGNE X- THAI FILM GODDESS BY ANTONIO PINEDA Peter Rnic, character actor extraordinaire, waits for me in front of the Kings Table. Peter is conspiring to put Sawadee Pattaya Tv on the map. The Amsterdam Connection, Ron and Donovan, cameramen on the shoot hover about waiting for the arrival of Champagne X. The Dutch Connection and [...]
Jim Belushi: Steal my show!
by Joel Gershon
In town for the Bangkok International Film Festival, the sitcom star shares his impressions of Thailand’s food, football access and bootleg DVDs
Jim Belushi on the red carpet at Thursday night’s opening for the Bangkok International Film Festival
Actor Jim Belushi recently arrived in Thailand to [...]
CAMERON DIAZ – MAN, WOMAN, FILM THE MOTION PICTURE PRODUCED, WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY CAMERON PEARSON BY ANTONIO PINEDA – PHOTOGRAPH OF CAMERON DIAZ BY HENRI FALCONE
Pearson and Diaz
Producer, actor, director Cameron Pearson invites me inside his well appointed penthouse in a trendy area of Bangkok. In 1999 he shot Man Woman [...]
CHARACTER ACTOR EXTRAORDINAIRE
THE HEAVY WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY MARCUS WARREN STARRING GARY STRETCH BY ANTONIO PINEDA
The Heavy stars Gary Stretch
The Heavy, stars the former glamour boy of British boxing, Gary Stretch. Written and directed by Marcus Warren, it is a thriller about the sibling conflict and betrayal between two brothers, set against the backdrop [...]
:: SEEKING :: New International Features, Documentaries, & Shorts Animation of All Kinds * Mockumentaries Underground Cinema * Midnight Movies Music Movies & Rock Docs * Edutainment Movies …and the best new independent Thai films & videos!
Bangkok IndieFest launches in 2010–our goal is to bring the most compelling independent movies [...]
AFTERMATH – DAVID CARRADINE MORGUE PIX BY ANTONIO PINEDA
Fools rush in, where angels fear to tread. I stride across the opulent lobby of the Swissotel Nailert Park, take the lift to the 5th floor, where investigative journalist Mark Ebner admits me to his suite. He has had dinner with Dr. Pornthip, the famous Thai [...]
Winters talked with Chuck and Tiffany, the agents for Carradine. The actor was lined up for work years in advance. People of a certain social class always have the obligatory gold Rolex watch, diamond ring and gold chain plus the mandatory roll of mad money in their billfold. No mention was made of this by police. David produces the wild card from the deck. He contends that a katoey, ie a ladyboy or transexual, could have easily possessed the strength to murder Carradine. Katoeys are part and parcel of the Bangkok scene. They blend into the fabric of the demimonde. They are often indistinguishable from the real deal. [...]
I am a blogger on the scene in Bangkok at the hotel where Carradine died and am blogging about this on http://magickpapers.com/blog
ICON OF AN AMERICAN FILM DYNASTY BY ANTONIO PINEDA
The announcer for the BBC breaks the story on TV. David Carradine was found dead in the Swiss Hotel on Soi Nailert. The film [...]
DIRECTED BY LAB KY MO BY ANTONIO PINEDA
Lab Ky Mo, director of Monks and Mamasans, strides impatiently and peers into the camera lense as he awaits the set up for the next shot. The venue is the Peppermint a-go-go bar. Comely damsels are on stage, as the featryred actor Brendan Mackey prepares for his [...]
CONFESSIONS OF A DAY PLAYER PART 2 DARK BRIDGES DIRECTED BY MARCELO VON SCHWARTZ
The Furama Hotel is the venue for the shoot for Dark Bridges, directed by Marcelo Von Schwartz. It is a boutique hotel situated next to the prestigios Siam Society in Bangkok. Attired in the guise of bespoke poet , I join [...]
Synopsis Inyaki Andoni Goigochea comes to Madrid to seek his fortune. The young Basque is rounded up by corrupt Spanish police in a sting operation.He is tortured by rogue police who specialize in ripping off drugs dealers as a lucrative entreprise. In prison Inyaki is radicalized by ETA. On his release he tracks his torturers [...]
HIGH ART AND UNDERGROUND BANGKOK RADIO www.ubradio.net BY ANTONIO PINEDA
Once again it is time to resume the guise of bespoke poet. I suss out my vestuary designed by my bespoke tailor in Bangkok Lucky Ricky. Black silk suit and shirt are complemented by blue tie. I am back in black, bespoke spake Zarathustra. quoth [...]
I am honored to announce that I have been invited to attend the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival on June 27 to launch my own documentary produced by John Patrick Patti, and directed by Robert Dunlap: “Xaviera Hollander – the Happy Hooker, Portrait of a Sexual Revolutionary”. From July 29th to August 1st this documentary will [...]
BY ANTONIO PINEDA
Bangkok author Richard Rubacher and I roll off the BTS train at Siam Station and wend our way to La Scala, venue for the Bangkok International Film Festival. We go to a desk where Umberto, a charming bloke from the Italian Embassy, issues us VIP passes. La Scala is a marvelous piece [...]
The Coronation of King Naresuan
By Antonio Pineda
Dawn flowers over the trees and bushes of the old military base in Kanchanaburi, site of the shoot for the motion picture King Naresuan 3. The minivan rumbles through the grounds, occupied by five gorgeous Thai actresses [...]
This video by magickpapers blogmeister is getting thousands of hits on google, it features Casey Mckinnon, Veronica Belmont, Bonnie Pierzina, and Leah Culver. Stars of bloggerdom now rock stars.
Magickpapers blogmeister recently went to South by Southwest and made over 100 video interviews. We’ll start with Zadi Diaz of epicfu. In fact, a bunch of our SXSW videos are published on this site under the user springnet.
Zadi Diaz, a native New Yorker now living in Los Angeles, is [...]
Sex and the City THAI STYLE
(From Rubacher’s Thai Touch, available thru Barnes & Noble bookstores, and Amazon.com)
I was determined to find out why Thailand thrives on HBO’s chic chick show, Sex and the City. What is it about the series men and women? It’s obvious that men (Thai and Western) [...]
POP ART BY ALAN BERG BY ANTONIO PINEDA
The Tamarind Cafe was the venue for an exhibit of pop art by French artist Alan Berg. I am greeted by Cyrille and Ellen , they have just done a show of the works of Alan Berg at Bed Supper Club at which several paintings sold. The [...]
Herod’s Law directed by Luis Estrada
By Antonio Pineda and Jenny Bleccker
The venue for the premier of Mr. Estrada’s film is the Foreign Correspondence Club. It promises to be an exciting night, half high culture, half hit TV. Series The Entourage. I consult my bespoke vestuary and select a sharp grey suit, crisp black [...]
Maura Moynihan, an American renaissance woman
Antonio Pineda & Richard Rubacher
John Long lived with Tony in SF and practiced t’ai chi with Master Choy, Tony’s master. He now lives in a palatial flat in NYC with his supermodel wife and has two superstar daughters who are making their mark.
Watch this video where Angelina Jolie talks about her friend John Long. By [...]
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by Antonio Pineda and Matt Superfisky with Edits by John Long Dusk falls over the Chao Phraya River. I stand at the dock waiting for the boat to ferry me to the Oriental Hotel. I am to meet an American gigolo in Bangkok, as he is now a professor of literature at a prestigious Thai [...]
WarmHouse.tv will serve to chronicle a documentary film on the renovation of this 19th Century Victorian home in Riverside, Pennsylvania. Antonio’s old buddy and t’ai chi mate Writer, Producer John Long will partner with Jerry Pantzer who has agreed to direct the project. Jerry Pantzer has to his credit over 250 films [...]
The Camelot is rife with good buzz as we make a dramatic entrance. Jonathan is the star of the show. The girls cannot believe their good fortune in having the young handsome hip-hop dude in their midst. David settles at a table and entertains two ladies. I grab a vodka tonic as David waxes [...]
I cross Pat Pong from Surwong and approach the Café de Paris. It is a cozy setup with mirrored walls and a slate blackboard at the end with the culinary specials written in chalk. DAVID WINTERS and his son Jonathan arrive and we take a well-appointed table.
Jonathan, in his early [...]
Dear reader,Hollywood is an excerpt from Down and Out In Bangkok. The novel was written as an exposition of ETA, the Basque terrorist network - more on this aspect anon when we serialize the next chapter set in Argentina. Hollywood represents the dark side and enlightened soul of America. I penned this novel to explore addictions, [...]
San Francisco poet Joe Shakarchi and I walk through the endless Bangkok night. We roll down Sukhimvit in the heart of the red light entertainment area to Soi 7. The bright lights of the notorious Eden Club shine in the distance as we enter a trendy pub, Absolut. It is a well lit space with [...]
Not only has ‘The Magick Papers’ made the literary halls of fame in such a short space of time, presently Hollywood Executive Producer, Steve Roeder is in Thailand and discussing the possibility of a screenplay with Antonio. Mr Roeder has the ear of Paramount, William Morris Agency and some other connections in Creative Artists Agency. [...]
richard rubacher and i are in touch with hollywood producer steven roeder re his manson script -we both are tracking xaviera hollander story so please give a shout re her 2008 letter to her fan base as well as letter of consent from xaviera i sent you -if you have not recieved them please notify [...]
from Thai Touch by Richard Rubacher
On the fateful day of June 23, 1993, a man named John Wayne Bobbitt became front-page news throughout the United States and around the globe. The unexpected surgical action performed upon John Wayne by Lorena Bobbitt, his then-wife, was known as the “cut heard around the world.” In a [...]
The guest of Pattaya’s premiere talk show host, Dr. Iain Corness, relayed on eight cable TV networks in Thailand, for Pattaya Mail TV, Hollywood producer Steven Roeder was interviewed in depth about his movie making plans in Thailand.
With the glamorous setting of The King’s Room at The Hardrock Hotel, overlooking the picturesque Pattaya [...]
Le Sange d’un Poete, the mythic surrealist cinema created by bohemian renaissance man, Jean Cocteau, as I approach the Tamarind Cafe, runs through my brain like a runaway train. The film was commissioned for the royal sum of a million Francs by the Viscount Charles and Marie Laure de Noailles at a legendary house [...]
Peter Saville (David Asanavond) son of a wealthy father, whilst searching for rare comic books, stumbles on an unknown store in Chinatown, Bangkok. Obtaining rare copies is difficult, even to a seasoned collector. An old Chinese man (Lek Chiyan) offers him a rare ‘Drew Sangster’ in exchange for a donation to the old Chinaman’s [...]
Not only did Ric Lawes have to start from scratch in 2000 but co-wrote his first feature Shadow Island in 2005 and started shooting with two partners and a full crew of 65. Investors were on board and in an unprecedented powerplay, the Director on being questioned at the quality of rushes, and the Producer [...]
Bon jour a tout le monde, D. J. Manow, le roi de le musique eloctronique has hit town. I liaise with the king of electronic music at a Japanese restaurant near his hotel on soi 19. He is from Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, but now hails from Atlanta. [...]
I jump off the bus at Pattaya bus station. The Voodoo Chile is on a mission to review legendary sexologist Professor Ruud Organ, who is to do a TV spot with Dr. Iain Corness for Pattaya Mail TV. The Professor’s new book, ‘The Politically Incorrect Guide to Sex’, is being launched at DK Book Mart. [...]