River Phoenix is Back

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By: Isabella Crow 

Hi Guys! You know me from my fashion posts, but I decided to post about one of my all time favorite actors: RIVER PHOENIX.

I fell in love with him ages ago and love all of his movies. I had a bit of nostalgia today and googled the hell out of River.  I learned that his last movie “Dark Blood” is out!

The director of that movie George Sluizer had some type of a near death experience, and he decided he had to finish the film.  He claims it’s not because of money, but because he doesn’t like to leave unfinished business.

Anyway, for those of you who don’t know… River Phoenix struggled filming that movie because he didn’t get along with his co-star Judy Davis. She allegedly made his life hell on the film and wasn’t very nice to him.  Needless to say, he had a very hard time trying to do love scenes with her.

What else can I tell you about his time on “Dark Blood?” Well, he apparently went through a major drug detox while doing that film. He wanted to be clean and didn’t want to mess things up.  It was towards the end of the film that he went back to using drugs. When the film wrapped up production, he went back to LA and it was that night when he died.

It’ll be 19 years since he died on October 31st of a drugs overdose at The Viper Room, you know, that club that was partly owned by Johnny Depp at the time.

I still am confused about his death. I mean, he died at 23 years old and on Halloween. Crazy if you are into numerology.

All I know is that he would’ve most likely lived had they called the ambulance sooner.

What did I love most about him? I loved that he cared about the environment and about humanity. He was a Vegan and loved animals so much. He didn’t care about fame, and he actually hated it. He didn’t understand why people paid more attention to celebrities than world affairs.

He had so much on his shoulders at such a young age. He was supporting his entire family, hangers on and employees. He grew up in a Christian cult “Children of God” and some say he lost his virginity at 4 years old. FREAKING GROSS!!!!!! If that’s true, his parents are to blame for how he turned out to be. That will freaking mess up any child.

Despite the shit he went through, he grew up to be very generous and compassionate. It sucks he got into drugs and I really believe it all started when he got involved in that movie “My Own Private Idaho.”  He took his Method acting too far – he didn’t have to get into heroin because of the movie.

Anyway, peace and love. xoxo

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Meeting Screenwriter Stephen Jeffreys

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Acclaimed screenwriter Stephen Jeffreys and me

Yesterday I sat next to the ingenious British screenwriter Stephen Jeffreys inside the legendary jazz club Ronnie Scott’s during the filming of Diana – a film portraying the last two years of Princess Diana’s life.  Thankfully, one of the film crew members placed me at the same table as Jeffreys.

I originally assumed they simply placed me next to another supporting artist until Jeffreys’ words reached my ears. Little did I know that I was communicating with the writer of the film!  His presence radiated unpretentiousness, friendliness and good will. He kindly answered all of my questions about the film and Princess Diana, although I wish there had been more time to speak to him.

Actress Naomi Watts plays the late Princess Diana in Stephen Jeffreys’ film

Naomi Watts waiting to shoot one of her scenes outside of Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in London. Why is she wearing a brown wig? Princess Diana wore a wig to Ronnie Scott’s, so that she wouldn’t be recognised.

One of Jeffreys’ areas of expertise consists of writing award winning plays, generally epoch dramas whose names are already popular to the public.  The Weinstein Company released his renowned 2004 screenplay The Libertine, which featured heavyweight actors Johnny Depp, John Malkovich, and Samantha Morton. The film received positive reviews, and now Jeffreys’ second film Diana hits screens in 2013.

In addition to writing screenplays, Jeffreys expanded his CV with two extra specialties. He pursued the role as costume designer for Lost Land, a play set after the First World War. He also wrote the words to the song Rochester’s Farewell for The Libertine soundtrack.

Stephen Jeffreys giving a lecture

Furthermore, Jeffreys enjoys sharing his craft and wisdom to those willing to learn.  In fact, the UK’s Channel 4 broadcasted a 2006 documentary about Jeffreys’ successful playwriting workshop showcasing his desire to teach the public.

Before long, a playwriting book written by Jeffreys himself will grace bookshelves across the world as the demand to learn his technique and artistry grows. You can purchase Jeffreys’ plays on his publisher’s website: Nick Hern Books

“The best writing is a combination of the intuitive and the ordered. Ideally, writing a play is like jazz: you improvise, but you know the chord changes.”

Stephen Jeffreys

Miranda Kerr Interview

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I’m a fan of Aussie model Miranda Kerr. I think she’s a positive role model – who goes out of her way advocating health, fitness and organic living.  Best of all, she doesn’t look like Skeletor’s sister – and it helps that she’s always smiling.

She seems to possess it all – a super successful modelling career (first Australian model to join Victoria’s Secret), founder of her own skincare range Kora Organics, married to the gorgeous British actor Orlando Bloom, and mother to an adorable 18-month old baby boy named Flynn.  Oh, and of course a body to die for!

It’s no wonder she’s the new face of Reebok’s EasyTone footwear range. They certainly chose the best model to front their trainers. She’s an avid fitness freak and practices what she preaches. (I think she’s a lot better than British model Kelly Brook for this campaign)

“I like working out because it makes me feel good. I think that health is wealth.”

Women’s Fitness interviewed Mrs Bloom in this coming month’s August issue, and I had to share it with you guys. So, what are Miranda’s secrets to a great body? Read away…

Yoga & Pilates

It’d be tempting to put Miranda’s scorching hot figure down to good genes, but she works hard at keeping her curves in runway-ready shape.

“I try to do at least half an hour of yoga every day and then I add in pilates and some strength training with weights and resistance bands. I’m into strength and toning and get my cardio from walking.”

And she’s no newcomer to the fitness scene, either – Miranda’s had a long relationship with exercise.

“I was a gymnast when I was younger and I’ve always liked being active and conditioning my body.”

There’s no doubt workouts have played a huge role in sculpting Miranda’s trademark lithe limbs and toned abs, but the Victoria’s Secret model doesn’t workout solely for the body-beautiful benefits – it helps her deal with her busy workload, too.

“It can be a challenge, especially after travelling or if my schedule is hectic, but I think about how good I’m going to feel afterwards.

Working out keeps me mentally fit and positive, so I know I just have to get on and do it. It’s important to take care of yourself, because then you can perform at your optimum.”

Healthy Habits

Unlike many stars in the spotlight, Miranda isn’t a fan of fad diets and takes a realistic approach to nutrition, eating everything in moderation.

“I think that life is about a balance and it’s really important to not deprive yourself of something because if you do, you crave it even more.”

Her super healthy attitude is based on her practical knowledge of food:

“I studied nutrition so I’m a certified health coach. I’m licensed to teach people about healthy eating habits and what not to eat.

I love food that’s full of life; raw and organic.”

A world away from the cliché of a starving model, it’s clear that food is one of the joys of Miranda’s life.

“I love to have people over to the house and cook for them and have dinner parties. I cook anything – fish, a roast- it really depends on who’s coming and what they feel like and what my husband feels like eating.”

A devotee of exotic foods, she also piles her plate with antioxidant rich fruit.

“There are so many superfoods which are amazing – coconut, blueberries, noni. We have a vegetable patch in Los Angeles, so I pick veggies from there. I also love kale, spinach, fennel, avocado – I like to eat clean.”