WELCOME

Hello, I am DjPault. This blog is dedicated to Olivia Newton-John. I have been hopelessly devoted to Olivia ever since my aunt took me to see "Grease" in 1978 when I was eight years old. On this blog you'll find rare pictures, the latest news and more. I also run an 80's remix blog called Burning The Ground so come visit me there too.

Enjoy your visit and check bac often.


~ DjPaulT

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earth Day 2009




Today is Earth Day 2009 let's do what we can to help keep our planet green, and do our part as residents of this beautiful planet to help save it. Please visit the The Earth Day Network to find out ways that you can help.


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Aint It A Bitch No More Sordid Lives The Series





According to Del Shores MySpace page there will not be a Season 2 for "Sordid Lives: The Series".

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

DEL SHORES SPEAKS OUT - SEASON TWO - THE TRUTH
I'm tired of being told to be silent. You all deserve to know the truth about why "Sordid Lives: The Series" is not going forward into Season 2.

First of all, I want you all to know that this has been an amazing experience for me, for the cast. We love each other, we love working together. AND WE LOVE OUR FANS.

When the show premiered July 23rd, according to the executives and marketing team at LOGO, "SLTS" was in a league of its own. We were told that it was off the charts for them. That it was 20 times bigger than any show they had ever aired. I brought them stars and beloved characters and they got mainstream press -- TV Guide, People Magazine, Regis & Kelly, Conan, Today Show (3 times), New York Times, Star, LA Times, Associated Press.... RAVE REVIEWS across the board! Whoopi Goldberg even called me personally and told me that she wanted me to write her into Season 2. I did!

Viewers were changing their cable companies (Direct TV, you owe me money!) LOGO was in more households than ever. Not just gay. We had crossed over! We were flying high and destined to many seasons to come! I took a big risk and it paid off.

See, usually, when you bring a network a hit, you are rewarded! And we were. LOGO ordered the 2nd season 2 weeks after we premiered. BUT, LOGO doesn't own the show. Our production company owns the series. In fact, there are three financial partners. LOGO, our production company and IMG International, who is our foreign distributor. LOGO ordered the show CONTINGENT on the other partners also ordering the show. IMG did not. They were still selling the show -- and still are. They seem to be doing very well -- France, Germany, Austria, Israel, Canada, Sweden and more in the wings -- so they could still come in.

But a bigger problem arose. The 12 episodes have now aired 262 times collectively (in America alone). Each time SLTS airs, the writer, director and actors are to receive compensation -- residuals. The production company is the signatory with all the Guilds, meaning they have agreed to pay the residuals. To this date, WE HAVE BEEN PAID NOTHING! I wrote and directed all twelve episodes and am personally owed hundreds of thousands of dollars. I have been paid nothing! I took a huge pay cut to do this show. I made less money in four years working on SLTS than I made in one season on "Queer As Folk". The actors, who worked for minimums or slightly above, have also BEEN PAID NOTHING. The Guilds have stepped in, but these claims takes months.

Actors have lost health insurance and okay, now I'm going to really get honest and bare all. I worked exclusively on "Sordid Lives: The Series" for over four years. I was contractually bound to the show and turned down many opportunities -- because I was doing what I loved -- writing, creating, directing my own show, with amazing creative control (thank you LOGO). It was my choice and my extreme pleasure. But I took a hit. A big hit. It was a gamble. A risk. I thought I had won.

In January, our home went into foreclosure -- and yes, the producers knew about my financial situation -- still refused to pay me my residuals which would have saved the house and a lot of stress. I informed the executives of LOGO, hoping they would at least step in and pay me for the scripts of Season Two (which I had written). No response from the network.

Thank G-d for friends. Thank G-d for C.R., for N.A and R.A, for B.B. For Jason's amazing family, for my kids, my ex-wife -- and for the support of you, my friends and fans. You have no idea how much strength you gave me... make that -- give me.

It was a crazy time. It still is.

But you know, I learned so much. I learned that things are things -- and health, family, friends, and my adoring fans, are important. I am loved and I've had a good ride. I'm lucky and I am BLESSED.

I live daily with gratitude. Jason told me it would be okay and suggest that I start teaching and to get back on stage to tell my stories. I did and it saved me.

Yet, I was still fighting for "Sordid Lives: The Series". I even tried to buy the show back from the producer -- knowing, I could put together the money.

But negotiations came to a screeching stop. The price was too high. We reached an impasse -- and now, I have a glimmer of hope -- but yes, it has faded.

And as much as I love my friends at LOGO, it did sting when they picked up a second run (reruns) of "The Sarah Silverman Program" for (according to trades) more money per episode than they paid for SLTS. That money could have saved our show. And no disrespect to Ms. Silverman. I LOVE her show, but that's not the point. My interpretation -- "Sordid Lives: The Series" was just simply not that important for LOGO to save.

So, I must move on. I have other stories to tell. I want to see "Southern Baptist Sissies" on the big screen. I know the effect of the play. The healing. The salvation. {Anybody with a couple of mil want to make a difference, be a movie producer? :-) } I have other plays in me, other TV shows. Caroline Rhea, Leslie Jordan and I will bring our "A-Sordid Affair Comedy Tour" to you very soon. It's all good.

But I do have more "Sordid Lives" in me... the 2nd season was written before it all went down. I own the stage rights and the publishing -- so someday, someway, you'll know how Noleta fares in the looney bin, where Brother Boy winds up... what happens to Ty and Jacob, to Latrelle, Wilson and Tomeka. You'll know if Sissy gets out of jail. And who set the fire at Bubba's? And how dear LaVonda works her magic on the masses! And how "Juanita" has at least has one clear moment.

I love you all -- and if I get in trouble -- I better have some lawyer fan (hopefully really cute) who will save my ass.

And as my Mama Merck used to say -- "You can't get blood from a turnip."

And yes, as Sissy says, "It'll all turn out..."

And as the Bible says, "The truth will set you free!"

~Del Shores



Article & Photos Courtesy : Del Shores MySpace

Friday, April 10, 2009

Happy Birthday "Amazon John" Easterling

Happy birthday to "Amazon John" thank you for all that you do to help us as humans and our planet.


video

Circle of Benefit

Amazon John

Initially on an adventure, like a swash buckling Indiana Jones, looking for the lost treasures of the Amazon, John Easterling fell deathly ill, miles from any hospital, doctor or medical help. He was taken in by an indigenous tribe along the banks of the Amazon who restored him to full health through the knowledge of the local medicine man and the incredible herbal concoctions that have been part of tribal life for centuries.

The Amazon Rainforest is the most species-rich forested area in the World. Among the diverse region are thousands of medicinal species; some with long traditional history which has been orally handed down from generation to generation, others have long published histories as medicinal species, others do not but their reputation is growing. There are also still many medicinal species yet unknown to science and which remain to be discovered. The Amazon Herb Co. uses over 50 of these powerful botanicals in its varying unique skin care formulations and nutrition blends. From these 50 botanicals we have our most prized Treasures of the Rainforest – the ‘amazing Amazon eleven’. Explore the herbs here and discover the treasures yourself.

Amazon John, as he became known, has been to the Amazon about 300 times and continues to pay back by creating the finance and ability for the local tribes to survey, stake and ultimately own the forests that they have been living in, resulting in some familes owning 13,000 acres of lush bio-diverse land that can legally be kept from the logging and farming companies. Now, John helps the local people cultivate their land to provide sources of herbs rich in nutrients and vital to human health.

This amazing company provides a circle of benefit that is truly inspiring. The money earned by Amazon Herbs is distributed to everyone involved in cultivating the herbs, distributing them and providing them to the public through independent distributors.


Video and Article courtesy of The Conscious Media Network

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Grease Blue-ray Release





Paramount Pictures has confirmed that Grease will be released in the US on Blue-ray disc May 5th, 2009. Pre-order Now »

Grease Blu-ray Paramount Pictures | 1978 | 110 mins | Rated PG | May 05, 2009

Video
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1

Audio
English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital Mono
English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital Mono (less)

Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish
English, English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish (less)

Disc
TBA

Price
List price: $29.99
Amazon: $20.99 (Save 30%)
Third party: $20.99 (Save 30%)
Available for pre-order



Grease

John Travolta solidified his position as the most versatile and magnetic screen presence of the decade in this film version of the smash hit play Grease. Recording star Olivia Newton-John made her American film debut as Sandy, Travolta's naive love interest. The impressive supporting cast reads like a "who's who" in this quintessential musical about the fabulous '50s. Grease is not just a nostalgic look at a simpler decade--it's an energetic and exciting musical homage to the age of rock 'n' roll!

Olivia Newton-John Star Tribune



Star Tribune reporter C.J. talks to Olivia about Zamu, Lip-Sync and Twittering. While Olivia and husband John Easterling where in Minneapolis Minnesota to promote Zamu.

video

Article By C.J., Star Tribune

Lip-syncing and Twittering are two things we aren't likely to find Grammy winner Olivia Newton-John doing, although she's very much enjoys kissing her new husband.

In a world gone increasingly tacky and wacky, Britney Spears -- and more astoundingly the fans who thought her Minneapolis show was such a phenomenal production that it didn't matter she mostly wasn't singing -- was at the top of my mind Monday when I caught up with Newton-John. She was in the metro with her husband, John Easterling, founder of Amazon Herb Co., who came to promote Zamu, a certified organic beverage made from ingredients in the rain forest.

Easterling's presentation for drinkzamu.com at the Airport Marriott attracted a standing-room-only crowd. Not having just fallen off a coconut truck, Easterling knew most of those people were there to see his internationally famous wife and pop icon.

In a quick interview, I asked Newton-John about these singers thinking that actually singing is not part of the concert job. "It's just a different era," said Newton-John, who can "I haven't seen many shows where they lip-sync, but I think it's kind of accepted nowadays. We didn't do lip-syncing when I was touring. You sang everything live. If you [did] television sometimes, and the set was large and you had to dance, sometimes, you'd pre-record or sing to your record, but not on stage."

For sure, Spears and her supporters would claim that the complicated staging and rigorous dancing justified her lip-syncing.

Of course, I believe the real reason Spears lip-syncs is that she's not a good singer. Spears' vocal instrument has always been flimsily compared to Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé and my favorite, Patti Austin, all of whom are tremendous singers.

Could Newton-John imagine Ella Fitzgerald lip-syncing? "Of course not," she said.

Anybody else remember Fitzgerald's performance at St. Paul's Ordway the night an announcement was made for a doctor in house? Fitzgerald wasn't well and she wasn't lip-syncing.

We've come a long, sorry way since all that outrage over Milli Vanilli.

She's anti-Twitter

Don't expect to follow Olivia Newton-John on Twitter.

"I try to escape people following me," she said.

She could do what some celebrities are obviously doing, something I call a "fake tweety." Newton-John has already got followers, as I learned after giving her a giggle while informing her that TMZ.com ran a clip of her being asked if she still gets physical. "Let's get physical" was the hook in one of ONJ's biggest hits.

Newton-John and Amazon John, as he's known, are still in that very kissy phase of their relationship; I saw them kiss four times in 20 minutes. Newton-John seemed perplexed by the attention of TMZ but said those cameras are always following her.

Yet another reason ONJ doesn't need to tweet.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Olivia Newton-John Twin Cities Live




Twin Cities live, April 6, 2009

It’s been 30 years since she starred opposite John Travolta in Grease, but today she has a new leading man and real-life summer love story! Olivia Newton John married John Easterling in June of 2008, in a private ceremony in Peru. Olivia and John met 15 years ago when Olivia’s dog played matchmaker. The dog had puppies and John adopted one of them! Over the years, John sent Olivia pictures of his dog, Sherlock, and eventually they fell in love in the rainforest while on a trip to Peru together.

John is known as “Amazon John,” because he’s spent the past 30 years “hanging out in the jungle!” John and Olivia have since built the Amazon Herb Company and they have a new herbal drink out call Zamu – it’s made with the Camu-Camu fruit. John and Olivia dropped by TCL to tell us more about their marriage and their new drink, Zamu!

You can meet John and Olivia and taste their drink for yourself! Stop by the airport Marriott Hotel in Bloomington on Monday, April 06, 2009 from 7PM to 9PM for a Zamu tasting and meet-and-greet.

video

Related Links:
Amazon Herb Company
Olivia Newton-John.com
twincitieslive.com

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Olivia Newton-John & "Amazon John" On Fox & Friends




FOX & FRIENDS



Olivia Newton-John & her husband "Amazon John" Easterling visited Fox & Friends to promote ZAMU and the benefits of the Amazon Rain Forest. You can find out more about ZAMU and the benefits of the Amazon Rain Forest here http://www.drinkzamu.com

Fox & Friends April 2, 2009

video

Olivia and her husband "Amazon John" Easterling continue their interview After The Show on Fox & Friends they share ZAMU with the hosts and have some great fun.

Fox & Friends After The Show April 2, 2009

video

Olivia Newton-John & "Amazon John" on NYC PIX -11 Morning News



Olivia Newton John Helps Us 'Get Physical'--Organically

olivia0402.jpg

Olivia Newton-John and her husband John spoke with Emily about the benefits of drinking Zamu-- "the organic health drink."

A drink that "tastes good," "feels good," and "does good," Zamu is an organic beverage that aims towards promoting a natural sense of well-being, providing anti-aging compounds, and nutrition for healthy hair, skin, and nails. Zamu delivers a uniquely balanced chemistry of naturally occurring nutrients found in organic camu camu, organic açai, organic cacao, organic pineapple, organic mango, organic cinnamon and sangre de drago – pure, Rainforest ingredients at their finest.

Born in Cambridge, England, Olivia Newton-John shot to stardom in 1978 in her co-starring role with John Travolta in Grease. Her U.S. album debut, Let Me Be There produced her first top ten single of the same name, with Olivia being honored by the Academy Of Country Music as Most Promising Female Vocalist and a Grammy Award as Best Country Vocalist.

In the 90’s, Newton-John successfully overcame her own battle with breast cancer, which inspired her self-penned and produced album, GAIA, her most personal album reflecting upon her experiences with cancer. She used her experiences to spread more awareness of the importance of early breast cancer detection.

For more information on Zamu, visit: www.zamuforlife.com.




Courteousy Of: NY PIX Morning News Blog

Olivia Newton-John On TMZ!

Olivia in NYC spotted by TMZ!

video

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Olivia Newton-John & "Amazon John" Easterling On Good Morning America






Save the Rain Forests


Olivia Newton-John joins new husband "Amazon John" Easterling, owner and founder of the Amazon Herb Company for a 10-city educational tour about Health, Healing, and the Amazon Rainforest. This morning they stopped by Good Morning America to talk about their new product ZAMU.



Good Morning America April 1, 2009

Also visit ACEER The Amazon Center For Environmental Education And Research
Olivia is a new board member for this organisation.