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Afterparty

Lisavet Darchiev sighed as the door closed behind her and Maks Derbensky, her lover. “Thank God and the saints, we’re home,” she said in Russian, since they were by themselves instead of with American or British friends, and she crossed herself in the Orthodox style. “I love the Oscar ceremony; I love the parties; and I love getting together with Piper. But I think I love most getting home afterwards, so I can put up my poor aching feet!”

Maks chuckled as he locked the last deadbolt and clicked on the door alarm. “You have but to blame your ‘poor aching feet’ on yourself, Liza, and your penchant for stiletto-heeled shoes. And kindly do not tell me, my tsarina, that you’re getting too old for the social rounds. Besides limiting your access to the power brokers and business opportunities in this crazy city, that’s simply no fun at all.”

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2018 Oscar Fashion Photo Contest — Final Update, and What I’d Wear

Last update on the 9th Oscar Fashion Photo Contest, before the proceedings close following the real Academy Awards on Sunday night.  I’m going to pass this year on doing the RL 2017 recap.

We’re currently standing at 18 entries, way low for my taste, but enough for an award pool.  There’s still several days to get your own entry in, and I hope you’ll do so.  I look forward to the difficulty of judging a large field every year.  So put yourselves together and shoot some red-carpet photos, and we’ll see what happens in the next few weeks, when the results are announced!

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Lisavet Darchiev had been invited to join the Academy from the year the screenplay for her first novel had won that year’s award.  She had begun writing her own screenplays since then, and had also attended every year since joining; and this year’s soirée was no exception.  One difference did arise from her previous attendances, though — she was escorted not by her business manager, Andrei Nekrasov.  Andrei was somewhere in the hall, accompanied by his British husband, Sascha, she was sure.  But tonight, Andrei was not squiring her.

Rather, it was someone much more satisfying than even the pretty (and completely gay) Andrei Leonovich; so satisfying that she had chosen to uproot herself and move to Los Angeles permanently ….

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“Everyone Comes to Rick’s”

Notice:  large, and graphics intensive

Complete album of full-size photos on my Flickr stream

Continued from previous article ….

Extracted from Web site of The National Inquisitioner (tabloid), November 26, 2017, “Hollywood Glam” column by Ramona BelGrande:

Hollywood shone someplace other than in Hollywood last night, as luminaries from across all the fields of the film industry gathered in Van Nuys, California – yes, Van Nuys – to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the New York première of Casablanca, the little film that many consider the greatest movie ever made.  To commemorate the occasion, Warner Bros. caused a recreation of elements from the famous movie sets, especially Rick’s Café Américain, to be built near one of the runways at the old Van Nuys Airport.  A few parts of the movie’s airport scenes were filmed at this airport, and the studio persuaded the City of Los Angeles to close that runway for the night.  Everyone who could bought or otherwise acquired a “lettre de transit” (a ticket) to the event; there have even been rumors of deals made on the black market to obtain the precious tickets, not unlike in the film.

The party consisted of two parts – an open-to-all street carnival, with entrance fees going to charity, conducted in the streets of the “old souk”; and the star-studded extravaganza party in the evening.  The carnival was well attended by everyone in the morning; but many celebrities pulled away in the afternoon to prepare for the black-tie affair – almost as big an affair as the Red Carpet on Oscar Night.  After all, “everyone comes to Rick’s.”

And what a night it was!  Notables from around the world, as well as descendants of six of the stars, attended the function.  Grandchildren of the original playwrights and screenwriters, as well as a member of the family of director Michael Curtiz, were also present.  And, as you can see from the photographs, styles and fashion ran rampant.  Some came to the soirée in modern fashions from New York, Paris and Milan; many more chose to channel classic Forties Hollywood glamour.  And others created a wild yet wonderful fusion between the past and the present ….

Learn more about the party on the next page ….

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