This is probably my last post of 2007, so I'd like to say Happy
Holidays to all you Dreamlanders out there. I hope you get everything
you want for Christmas. Let's try to avoid any scenes like this:
As any proper fan knows, Christmas is a VERY important holiday for John
Waters. So it's with great pleasure that I give you the John
Waters Advent Calendar. Thanks to our fan of the month, Orchidbau
for sending it along.
In international news, the other side of the pond just got a little filthier,
as the DVD release of THIS FILTHY WORLD is out in the
UK. Thanks to Keith from Clone
Zone for the news.
And down in Australia, they are lucky enough to get a DVD release of one
of John's favorite films BOOM
starring Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and Noel Coward. Thanks to Wayne
for the news.
If you've been lucky enough to catch Mr. Waters on his fall tour, then
you probably already heard the following tidbits. Fans Ed, Josh and Matthew
have written in to let us all know what John has planned for 2008!
- A follow-up compilation to his A DATE WITH JOHN WATERS
CD is planned, appropriately titled BREAKING UP WITH JOHN WATERS.
- SERIAL MOM is getting the reissue treatment next Mothers
Day with additional commentary by Herschell Gordon Lewis
and KATHLEEN TURNER.
- His new Christmas movie FRUITCAKE is scheduled to start
shooting this winter with JOHNNY KNOXVILLE and a cast
of children, and he wants to shoot it in HD.
- MULTIPLE MANIACS will finally get reissued on DVD!
- Broadway will be getting the new CRY BABY musical in
- He has fingers cross that TIL DEATH DO US PART will
be picked up for a second season. He is less hopeful for a continuation
of Here's Movies That Will Corrupt You series. Apparently, only films
that contained full frontal male nudity received decent ratings.
November 6, 2007
Hey fans. Baltimore organization Wide Angle Youth Media is having
an auciton to benefit their services, and there are various autographed
John Waters goodies up for grabs. The auction is on Thursday, November
8 from 6-9pm.
For those of you who haven't had the pleasure of seeing Mr Waters perform
"This Filthy World" in person, the DVD recording from
last year is finally getting a wide release on October 30. Thanks to Mistress
Reznor for the news
And thanks to Dokument Films, because they're running a contest for fans
to go along with the release – THIS FILTHY GIVEAWAY!
Head over to www.Dokument-Films.com
every day from October 15th through October 30th and answer that day’s
John Waters This Filthy World trivia question! Be sure you check out the
site on a daily basis as Dokument Films will be posting a new question
every morning. Answer the trivia question correctly and you’ll be
entered into a sweepstakes to win a limited edition, hand numbered, hand
screenprinted poster signed by John Waters himself!
Also- John is doing two signings for the DVD:
New York City
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 7TH
Borders – 2 Penn Plaza - 6pm
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 9TH
Barnes and Noble – 189 Grove Drive Suite K30 - 7pm
Aussie Fans - the November issue of Australia's FILMINK Magazine
features an interview with John Waters on their "Final Cut"
page. Obviously Waters is ideal in that sense. Copies of Filmink can be
found in Australia and New Zealand, or ordered through their website.
Knowing how John Waters loves to include animals in his films, it's no
surprise that he's the narrator of a new special on Animal Planet called
Jessica the Hippo. Check your local listings. And thanks to Peter for
Hey Canada! John is going to be doing his Christmas show in Toronto on
Dec 15 at the Phoenix Concert Theatere, and in Montreal on Dec 16 @ Le
National. In Toronto, there'll also be a meet-n-greet with the man himself.
Ticket info below. Thanks for the news, Ben and Mathieu!
Dreamland fan Michael let us know about a documentary narrated by Mr.
Waters. It's called Plagues & Pleasures on teh Salton Sea,
and it tells the story of "the California Riviera," an accidentally
man-made body of water in southern California that has become an ecological
disaster. Screenings are scheduled all over the country, and there's already
a DVD available, in case the film isn't coming to your area.
Dreamland correspondent Liam Hughes sent the following video of Ralph
Nader and John Waters at a "Symposium on Free Speech" sponsored
by the Maryland Institute College of Arts (MICA) and the ACLU's Maryland
branch, on September 17, 2007, in Baltimore, MD. Get John's hilarious
take on Senator Craig's toilet toe tapping controversy.
Good, right? Thanks for sending it in, Liam!
So if you've got HBO, tomorrow night a documentary called THINKING
XXX about the porn industry will be on air at midnight, featuring
John Waters and Gore Vidal, among others.
Do you live in Charlotte, NC? Well here's your chance to get a
little face time with the master himself, as the McGlohon Theatre presents
"An Evening with John Waters" on November 1. Thanks for
the news, Chris.
Good news for you Southern California fans. John will be performing This
Filthy World at the Regent Showcase Theater in Los Angeles on October
12. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at ticketweb.com.
And another tip from Jeremy, John is performing in Asheville, NC this
week on September 19th. Sorry for the short notice, but I just got word!
He will be at UNCA, and there is also a screening of 4 Waters films!
Hello Fans. Sorry I haven't posted in a few weeks. Here's some news for
Wes Perry reports in that CRY BABY, the new John Waters musical,
will debut at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego in November.
Fo those who haven't been reading the news, the answer is Yes. There is
another musical coming out based on another Waters film. This time, Cry
Baby gets the treatment with lyrics and music by David Javerbaum and Adam
Schlesinger, book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan. Directed by Mark
Brokaw. I hope there's a Dreamland correspondent out in San Diego who
can give us a first-hand report on the show.
And if you happen to live in Ohio, Mr. Waters will be appearing in Akron
at the EJ Thomas Hall on November 13. Sorry I don't have any links to
provide for tickets on this one. Thank you Therron for the news.
August 13, 2007
Good news for you Scots. John Waters will be appearing at the Edinburgh
Film Festival to screen This Filthy World. The film screens twice, this
Thursday August 16th, and next Friday August 24. But Mr Waters will only
be present at the screening on the 16th for Q&A after the film. (Thanks
Ben, for the news!)
Hey kids, sorry for the late breaking news, but I was out of town and
unable to get online to let y'all know the following...
Baltimore, Friday August 10
Austin's Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is hosting 35mm screenings of famous
movies in famous places.
JOHN WATERS MARATHON at Middlebranch Park
3301 Waterview Ave
Featuring a dusk-til-dawn drive-in marathon of Hairspray, Polyester
and Desperate Living!
The first 200 people get a free ODORAMA card. And every visitor
will receive a complimentary John Waters barf bag, because as the master
says, "To me, bad taste is what entertainment is all about. If someone
vomits watching one of my films, it's like getting a standing ovation."
And here's something the whole family can enjoy. Courtesy of the Drafthouse
Cinema, a list of infamous John Waters filming
locations around Baltimore.
for the news!
out! HAIRSPRAY the musical has hit theaters, and the reviews are
pouring in. I've included a few links here for you to read, starting off
with our own resident reporter Joe Blevins' review. Thanks for the write-up,
With Simpsons fever running high in anticipation of the Simpsons Movie
coming out soon, the ADVOCATE is featuring an article in their
current issue about how the show has handled gay issues. Of course the
cover star is John Waters, from his beloved episode "Homer's Phobia."
Thanks for the news, Thomas.
And here's a reminder in case you missed the news... this weekend in San
Francisco, drag legend Peaches Christ is kicking off her MIDNIGHT MASS
movie series with Mink Stole on Friday night, and John Waters
Celebrating 10 years of "Midnight Mass With Peaches Christ"
at the Landmark Bridge Theatre, Mink is hosting a screening of DESPERATE
LIVING on Friday and John will present FEMALE TROUBLE on Saturday.
Attention UK fans! I've just gotten word that John Waters is going to
be doing a masterclass, followed by a screening of This Filthy World
at the BFI, London on the 17th August! Tickets will be on sale from the
2nd July for BFI members and the 8th July for non members. Thanks for
the news, Saul.
June 18, 2007
is typical every summer, there's a flurry of John Waters activity in Provincetown,
MA right now. He and Kathleen Turner were at the Provincetown Film
Festival last week to introduce "A Different Kind of Family Night"
with a screening of Serial Mom and War of the Roses at a local
And he's curated an art show called ELIMINATE at the Alert
Merola Gallery. If you're up there on vacation, check it out.
It's up for about a month.
If you're on the other coast, check out Peaches Christ's Midnight
Mass Series in San Francisco. John will be the guest on July 14th
for a screening of Female Trouble. Thanks Andrea for the news!
June 4, 2007
Sorry I haven't posted in so long. Has it really been more than a month?
Anyhoo, Mistress Reznor has alerted me that tonight is the last episode
in the Til Death Do Us Part series on Court TV. She also said that some
of John Waters' Films That Will Corrupt You (Freeway, Fuego) are showing
up on Video On Demand, in particular Comcast subscribers. Check your local
listings for specifics.
Make sure you pick up a copy of Baltimore Magazine for John Lewis's puff
piece on our favorite director. Especially if you're not familiar with
the many facets of his creative output beyond the director's chair.
Speaking of facets, the HAIRSPRAY musical movie premiere has been announced
as July 18th in Baltimore at the legendary Charles
Theater. Tickets are $150 and benefit AIDS
Action Baltimore, including a gala after party at the Tremont Grand
Hotel. Phone 410-837-2440 for more information and tickets. The movie
will be released in theaters on July 20th.
Also on TV tonight is FASTER PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL! - the classic
Russ Meyers film that has been an inspiration to John Waters and all us
Dreamlanders. Tune in to TCM Underground tonight for a Russ Meyers
John is the narrator of a new film called IN THE LAND OF MERRY MISFITS
in which a naïve young man takes a wrong turn through a mystical
tunnel and lands in a fable-like universe where he is forced to assist
a whimsical group of misfits in their quest to capture "the Grail
Pictured at right is Mr. Waters with the film's writer and director Keven
Undergaro at their recording session in Baltimore.
If you live in New York, you can catch it at the Tribeca Film Festival
on May 2nd through the 5th.
This year at the Maryland Film Festival, John Waters will be presenting
Bob Goldtwait's film Sleeping Dogs Lie. A funny, outrageous
exploration of just how honest you should be with your fiancé about
past sexual experiences. Bob Goldthwait will join John for this screening.
If you live in (or near) Maryland, you can go see him at the Columbia
Festival of the Arts on May 11. Even if you can't go, you gotta visit
their site (below) to see the promo video they made to promote the appearance.
Thanks for the news, Paula.
This afternoon at 2pm ET, Court TV is hosting an online chat with John
Waters about his new series, 'Til Death Do Us Part. For more information
about the show, check out the news from March 2nd (below).
John Waters' new Court TV show TIL DEATH DO US PART premeires
on March 19. As “The Groom Reaper,” he'll guide you through
true stories of doomed marriages that end with one spouse murdering the
other. Each episode opens at a wedding, with Waters time-traveling as
an unexpected guest, revealing the story of the ill-fated relationship,
leaving viewers guessing as to who will be the victim and who will be
the culprit. The show’s creator is cult director Jeff Lieberman
-- best known for Squirm, Blue Sunshine, Just Before Dawn and, most recently,
Satan's Little Helper.
" I’ve always been jealous of Vincent Price’s career,"
said John Waters, "maybe now that he’s dead, I can hijack it."
And on March 31st at 11PM, IFC will be air the documentary THIS FILM
IS NOT YET RATED, featuring Mr Waters and his views on the MPAA ratings
system. Thank you Misstress Reznor for the news!
It appears that the landmark Senator Theater has been saved from foreclosure
thanks to an outpouring of donations. So if any of you Dreamlanders out
there helped with a contribution, it worked!
Conversely, another Baltimore spot is closing. The famous American Dime
Museum was always a favorite stop for fans of the underground. Click
here to read an article in the Washington Post about the closing,
including John Waters' reaction. Thanks for the heads up, Mark.
And for those of you who participated in the nerve.com interview, the
article is up and is very entertaining. Check
Dreamland correspondent Joe Blevins reports:
While watching last night's Oscar telecast, I was surprised and saddened
to see the name of Basil Poledouris among those included in the
list of celebrities who had died in the previous year. The Missouri-born
composer, whose career spanned over 80 films over nearly four decades,
died of cancer at the age of 61. Poledouris' credits range from "Robocop"
to "Red Dawn," but Dreamland fans will know him best for his
work on two John Waters films: "Serial Mom" and "Cecil
B. Demented." On the latter film, he colloborated with his daughter
Zoe. "Serial Mom" is by far my favorite original score composed
for a Waters film. It's no suprise that the "Serial Mom" album
is the only Waters soundtrack devoted mainly to score music. The movie's
lush, dreamy theme music, "Mom's Suburban Dream" perfectly sets
the stage for Waters' dark comedy, and the rest of Poledouris' score for
the film brilliantly mixes lush romanticism with macabre undertones, seemingly
drawing inspiration from both 1950s TV sitcom music and Bernard Herrmann's
Hitchcock scores. Like Waters' script, Poledouris' score cobmines the
best of "The Donna Reed Show" and "Psycho."
What makes a city great? That's what Baltimore Magazine has set out to
define this year as they celebrate their 100th anniversary. And this month,
they have chosen the moment when John Waters met Divine as one of the
12 Events that Shaped Baltimore.
have a spare $93,000? Because that's what it'll take to keep the famous
Senator Theater open.
The Senator is known to Waters fans as the Baltimore movie palace where
Mr. Waters hosts all his premieres. Unfotunately, they're having financial
troubles, and in a week or two, the bank will foreclose on this gem of
Dreamland Fans... in case you haven't heard, John's new CD is out on February
6th. A DATE WITH JOHN WATERS was compiled by John, and it's a collection
of his favorite love songs. As you can imagine, they're not your typical
fare. It ranges from easy (or should I say sleazy?) listening to punk.
And you know what's really awesome? It's the first time Edith Massey's
version of "Big Girls Don't Cry," has been on CD (as far as
I know!). It's also got tracks by Mink Stole, Tina Turner, Josie Cotton,
Dean Martin and a whole mess of folks you've probably never heard of.
I highly recommend you pick up the CD. It'll help you through those winter
This Friday, February 2, Nerve.com is seeking reader-submitted
questions for John Waters. Want
on February 2, Mink Stole and Steve Balderson
will participate in Hollywood's "Ring My Bell,"
a new show where viewers phone in and speak with celebrity guests, fabulous
people, assorted commentators, artists and freaks. Call with questions
about Steve and Mink's histories making independent films. They'll be
happy to answer whatever question you want to ask no matter how inappropriate
or otherwise insane!
Call 323 - 603 - 6312 from 11am to Noon L.A. time (that's Pacific Time)
THIS FILTHY WORLD has been scheduled to screen at the
Festival in February (8-18). And the best part: John Waters
will be there in person! A specific date has not been scheduled yet (I
will tell you as soon as I know). Thanks for the news, Thomas!
to previous reports, 2007 is NOT getting off to a great start for us John
Waters fans. On Monday January 21st, the infamous LIZ RENAY died
in Las Vegas at the age of 80. As we all know, Liz was one of the stars
of DESPERATE LIVING, playing Mole McHenry's lesbian wife Muffy Saint
Since Tuesday, my inbox has been flooded with email from adoring fans of
Liz. Her influence on John and the Dreamland Fans is obviously not limited
by her one starring role. Her movies, books, personal appearances, personality
and lifestyle have been an inspiration to many generations of fans.
In a strange coincidence, another Dreamlander recently passed away, but
this time it was one of the behind-the-scene stars. Cinematographer Thomas
Jacques Loizeaux was the Director of Photography on DESPERATE LIVING.
He went on to shoot many big Hollywood films, but remained based in Baltimore.
In other DVD news, JACKASS NUMBER TWO was released the day after
Christmas and word has it from fan Hiland that John is in a couple bonus
feature scenes. If you never saw this flick, John is featured in a hilarious
scene as a magician of sorts.
years ago, John was profiled in BUTT, the self-described "fantastic
magazine for homosexuals." Now it's included in the BUTT BOOK,
a compilation of their first five years. The interview was by photographer
Wolfgang Tillmans and the photos were by Ryan McGinley. Get it while you
can! Thanks for the tip, Wes.
the best for last? You bet. There's a new CD coming out on February 6th
called A DATE WITH JOHN WATERS which was compiled by the director
himself. Just in time for Valentine's Day! I've always found John's soundtracks
to be inspired collections of music, and this disc is no exception. Among
the tracks he's culled is Edith Massey's rare punk cover of "Big Girls
Don't Cry," and a song by Mink Stole called "Sometimes I Wish
I Had A Gun."