Thursday, 29 December 2011

DRESS REHEARSAL NERVES

The play starts tonight with two nights of previews and the first night on Saturday.  All of us worked late last night to find its hidden depths.  It was emotional and inspirational. Lisa sang Casta Diva as she cried and Elizabeth spoke her words with deeper thought.  There is something about rehearsal that is exhausting and exposing.  We then went for a delicious dinner at La Boheme, a pretty restaurant with delicious food just around the corner from the restaurant.



The girls looked stunning in Trip Haenisch's set sitting on Mark Brazier Jones's chair against my neon that I made with Kay Saatchi.  Make up and hair  was done by Tonya Crooks and Gia Sinatra.  Their puff ball dresses looked adorable. Charles Eliasch, my son wore his favourite Alexander Macqueen coat of gold brocade.
Cross fingers and break a leg to all of the cast and crew.

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

John Alan Simon Bio: Writer/Director/Producer

John Alan Simon Bio: Writer/Director/Producer

MY TEN TOP BEAUTY SECRETS

1.   Eyebrows  frame your face and hold the secrets to your soul.  The best eyebrow artist in the world is in my opinion, Tonya Crooks, The brow gal, she makes you look ravishing immediately

2.  There are many hairdressers around the world but I usually use two, Angela Kalinowski in Los Angeles and Snowden Hill in London.  You know that your hair is going to both styled in an  imaginative way and well taken care of.

3.  Eating green food totally changes the way I feel. I like cucumbers, lettuce, brocali, apple and celery.  I also like orange and lemon mixed together with some ginger to make me feel totally alive.

4.  Looking after your teeth is essential for looking your best, many girls look good but when they open their mouth it looks terrible.  You should visit the Dentist at least once every three months for a check up and a thorough cleanze.  Always use a whitener and some floss before going to bed, otherwise you will look like you could grow a garden. In Los Angeles I use a French dentist called Dr Fusier.

5.  Keep happy and cheerful with regular yoga classes, I use Eka in Los Angeles and Justine Glenton in London. Classes are very good too. I enjoyed Gumurkh's last night at the Golden Bridge in LA, it was singing yoga.  An hour and half of total bliss.

6. Nails are always noticed do not forget.  I have been doing Gels recently which last forever and I will probably always use them in future.  In London I use Sophy Robson and Zaida, and in Los Angeles I use a small shop off Sunset Boulevard.

7.  Keep educating yourself. Do not assume you know everything.  Keep alive, try new things out.  Read a book. Have good sex, you can always tell when women do not, they have dead eyes.

8. Plenty of sleep. Although we spend a long time in the coffin, I sleep better with an eye mask. The best ones I have ever used were from Myla, they are soft, pretty and manageable. Otherwise try sleeping with a silk scarf.

9. Do not eat after 6pm if you can help it.  I find this has kept my weight down. It is not perfect but also it is not bad either.

10.
    Before you go to sleep think of something that makes you happy and you find that you wake up in a better mood.

IF I EAT AGAIN I SHALL BURST

It is the day after Christmas and my gallstones are playing up. Terrible pains are shooting through my body and I must remember to keep liking green.  They feel worse than having a baby, although I truly cannot remember what that felt like.  However, I  remember pretending to a have my eldest son Charles, faking giving birth and suddenly I was.  I also cleaned my entire house over and over again in the last moments before he came into this world.  Now he is acting in my play in Los Angeles, playing the part of the Boy and I feel I never want to eat again.
It seems all so quick, there he was lying on my stomach and now he is on the stage playing Chopin.

Christmas was spent with Ayako and Michel Comte at their beautiful house in Beverly Hills with views over the city.  It is probably one of the most stunning mansions, traditional yet exciting. Ayako has enormous talent and creates stunning Kimonos amongst other things, made out of plastic and hand painted cloth. She also is a delicious cook and I ate far too much.  Michel is the world famous photographer who has captured many a celebrity with his camera.  Together with Kay Saatchi I ate the most yummy fondue.

It is a long way a way from watching Wim Wenders documentary called Pina. It still sticks in my brain. Pina Bausch and her brilliant dance troupe have been turned into a dream to honour her work.  The film matches her surreal talent. It is in 3D which adds to the films earth reality.

Elizabeth Karr is on her way  to perform in my play and Lisa Zane makes her debut doing Folk version of opera.  Dan Rucks has kindly offered to film the show, as my friend Joseph Pusateri has agreed to do the music.  It has been all go, filming, recording and now I need to go on a diet, I do not want to eat ever again.


Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Pina | Trailer D (2011) 3D Berlinale 2011 Wim Wenders

The play is rehearsing downstairs on a very sunny day in Los Angeles.  Lisa's dulcet tones are hitting my bedroom and I feel at home with opera and the passion of Elizabeth Karr's inflections as she speaks the play I wrote. I miss my English cast of course, I even miss Lyall Watson too.  What can I say? The set goes in tomorrow designed by the brilliant Trip Haenisch, he was a neighbour of mine in Eden Place my favourite house that I briefly owned in Los Angeles.  Of course I like many interior designers and used Nicky Haslam for the previous production and Martyn Lawrence Bullard for my latest house in Los Angeles. Trip has panache.

My body is coming together after the plastic surgery. People in this city can look like they don't belong to their body. I did a thigh lift and tummy tuck and nearly six weeks later I have very tiny scars thanks to the good nursing from my friend Julia Laverne who nursed me through some rather painful moments. My son Jack says they look incredible and he is a tough judge.

I went to Carnage, Polanki's new film which is brilliantly directed, I laughed all the way through it.  Jodi Foster was incredibly funny.

I writing a list of clothes I would like to wear in the Spring edition for Genlux.  The magazine splashes with colour now Chriselle Lim has taken over as director. Of course I still love black and will probably always only wear it. However this Spring there are lovely block colours being used by Louis Vuitton and Prada. Softer than normal. Chriselle is a talented new edition and has a brilliant blog describing what she wears each day.
I love my Alexander Mcqueen coat I bought at the beginning of the season, I live in it.

Countdown To “As I Like It” Premiere!

Countdown To “As I Like It” Premiere!

Friday, 16 December 2011

STARS, PREMIERES and the importance of being ernest

"There is no recession where beauty is concerned in Los Angeles" I was told tonight by Svetlana Feller, who swears "If you can't lose it, tan it" She owns the company Spray di Sole and arrives weekly with her tent which she created to turn women into the perfect brown creatures.  I have become addicted.  It is now five weeks since I had surgery with Dr Perlman who has given me a much prettier figure.  My son Jack cannot believe the difference from last year. He said that I look thirty five.. I do love him.  Flattery gets him everywhere..
The Brow Gal, Tanya Crooks is another person I can highly recommend. She arrives like a whirlwind everyday and we laugh together putting our lives right.  She is a clever girl and manages to make everywoman look the bomb they should be. To finish everything off, hair by the beautiful Angela Kalinowski guarantees true Hollywood contemporary glamour.
This week  I bought a new house thank goodness . It has wonderful views and I know I will be happy there.
I went to the Charlize Theron premiere, a story about a messy bitch who tries to find love with an ex who has just had a baby. She re-visits her past, and like all of us regrets it.  I totally understood her, and Charlize gave a brilliant performance.
I am pleased that the Globes have given hope to my favourite film The Artist.
Finally my play As I like it, is taking shape, Lisa Zane is becoming brilliant, and my hat is off to Elizabeth Karr who really manages to take a bunny out of a hat.
I also have donated a neon light to the charity Art of Elysium. It is truly worthwhile, helping children who have terminal illnesses live life to the full, through art.

Monday, 12 December 2011

AS I LIKE IT BY AMANDA ELIASCH AND LYALL WATSON, TICKETS


A fast play with Lisa Zane, Charles Eliasch and Elizabeth Karr directed by John Alan Simon.
Set by Trip Haenisch
Public relations by Andrew Freedman and Eileen Koch
At the MACHA THEATRE
from the
29th December until the 15th JanuaryAS I LIKE IT

Sunday, 11 December 2011

MY PLAY LOS ANGELES, MACHA THEATRE


AND BY LYALL WATSON.

With Elizabeth Karr
Lisa Zane
Charles Eliasch

Trip Haenisch designed the set.

Directed by John Alan Simon


AS I LIKE IT

Saturday, 10 December 2011

IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY a film by Angelina Jolie

This film has truly moved me.  Of course I knew all about the atrocities of the Bosnian war, but it was the dates that disturbed.  Whilst I was comfortable with my children, bringing them up, a war was happening. Bosnia is beautiful, yet where is it? Who are the people that lived there? What is a Serb?. Of course I know all know the answers yet they are somehow removed.  Angelina's movie removed the plaster, and woke us all up.  I spent the whole night half watching the film through my fingers and grabbing my friends arm.  There were oscar winning performances everywhere.  Mrs Brad Pitt deserves huge applaud for this raw film.
Had another busy day, working on the play with Lisa Zane blindfolded, dramatic singing. There are moments of great excitement.
I am driving again a little thank goodness.  I can just about sit down after the operation. All was well worth it, my legs are looking so much better.
What is this thing in Los Angeles that my girlfriends don't want to wash with soap.  They hate the soaps here and they are all organic.  The problem is we are bit too far from Paris and London. Yesterday I solved the problem with a visit to Santa Maria Novella from Florence in Melrose Place. Thank goodness, it is alright to be an organic health freak but why not wash your hair every two days instead of once a week?

Thursday, 8 December 2011

A LOT TO SAY

A LOT TO SAY


Magnificent shop within Fred Segals, Santa Monica.

MY TWENTY ONE TOP ARTISTS



1.   TRACEY EMIN
2.   TIM NOBLE AND SUE WEBSTER
3.   POLLY MORGAN
4.   MAT COLLISHAW
5.   DAMIAN HIRST
6.   DUGGIE FIELDS
7.   YASSI MAZANDI
8.   CHRIS LEVINE
9.   MICHAEL CRAIG MARTIN
A portion in Black and White of Duggie Field's painting in Los Angeles
10  VICENZO
11  BABA ANAND
12  PETER BLAKE
13. TIERNEY GEARON
14  MARC QUINN
15  WOLFE VON LENKIEWICZ
16   RUSSELL YOUNG
17   MARK BRAZIER JONES
18   DAPHNE GUINNESS
19   ADAM FUSS
20   BARRY REIGATE
21   LISA BORGNES

What is an artist for me?  Firstly I have to admire their work, then I like to see them multi task, and then I can fall in love. If they can multi task they are in my opinion a true artist. Anybody can draw with a light box directed at a piece of paper so what is really interesting is when people think of different ideas.  For example Daphne Guinness is a style icon but more importantly an artist too, she makes jewellery, scent and encourages people to go further with their ideas.  Damian too does this. Everybody on my list has created a piece of work that I have loved and in most cases I luckily own a piece.  My most favourite piece is my elephant made by Marc Quinn.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Official US Trailer

O SRBIMA-Rade Serbedzija i Bogdan Diklic,scena iz filma 72 dana

TINKER TAILORED ON 72 DAYS

Los Angeles has a premiere every night it seems. From Tinker Tailor which on my second viewing seemed to be so much more interesting than the first time.  I was awake instead of hot and tired from Venice. Although wonderfully romantic, Venice is tricky to get around and so perhaps it showed better here in Los Angeles. In any case there was a really fun party at the Chateau Montmartre afterwards with delicious food.  Gary Oldman is a favourite of mine as is Colin Firth.
A comedy from Croatia which kept me on the edge of my seat was 72 Days. Granny has to be kept pretty, she receives her pension from America once a month, and when she dies another Granny is stolen to  replace her, this one  is more alive and violent.  It has received so many awards from around the world and justifiably so. From dark to light it has some funny and delightful moments.  I personally loved Granny playing with a rubber duck in the bath. With the actor Rade Serbedzija and Mira Banjac it has a winning cast.
My flat fell through in Paris, I am more than thrilled. Why would I want to immediately sell something that I fell in love with and I have had so much fun in?.  Tamara de Lempicka obviously loves me there more than the new owner. I am happy to keep it for the time being.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

BRITANNIA AWARDS

Some good things are happening. Last night I went to the Britannia Awards which honored Warren Beatty, Helena Bonham Carter, John Lasseter, Ben Siller and David Yates. I actually found the evening very interesting and am a huge fan of Helena's and Ben Siller's.  Harry Potter too.  A room with a View was an incredible film and I loved Alice in Wonderland, so anything said about Helena is correct.  I sat with the very wonderful Nigel Daly and Amanda Nevill.  Amanda and I had lots of fun getting ready on her very tight schedule.  I walked the red carpet which was fun and an insight to how things are done in this town.  Wearing my dress by Marc Jacobs got a lot of attention or was it the creation by Phillip Treacy?. I was treated like a film star and congratulated for my glamour.  How the world is changing.

I found a house that will make me happy forever. A number 11, I shall be pleased to see a new world. It has great views and is the right period.



Britannia Awards

Britannia Awards