Despite it's flaws, I really loved 1998's 54. Ryan Phillippe's backside didn't hurt, but I loved diving into New York during Studio 54's heyday. The weak story line aside, there was something about Shane's journey that totally compelling.
Many of us have been eagerly awaiting the long awaited director's cut the net has been buzzing about for awhile. The new version includes over 30 minutes of footage from the original shoot and was screened in the Panorama section of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival in February of this year. If, like me, you can't wait for the DVD/Blu-Ray release, you don't have to. iTunes now has the official director's cut available for download. I am sure lots of screen captures will be popping up shortly!
Although Jaws was one of my favorite movies, I (and most of the world) have never really felt the same affinity to it's sequels. I think I saw Jaws 2 a few times on TV when I was a kid, but although I own the DVD, have never felt the need to put in the player.
Last night I arrived home after a stressful week away. As I plunked myself on the couch, I found myself getting into yet another airing of the movie on AMC. For some reason, maybe my mood, I found myself drawn in this time. The visuals were better than I remember and except for Donna Wilkes screams, (Kill Her Shark, Kill her!) I enjoyed it. It doesn't come close to the original, but last night, it did the trick.
For the first time last night I also found myself noticing Mike Brody like never before. In the 1978 sequel, actor Mark Gruner takes over the role of Mike for the story focused on the teen set. Guner was hot in Jaws 2, and although surrounded by water, the producers sadly kept his shirt on! Gruner, who was about 19 or 20 at the time of filming was a child star with roles on television shows (The Brady Bunch) and movies of the week.
Jaws 2 is Gruner's last official credit and there is very little about what he has been up to since on the net. IMDB indicates he had a successful stage career, so lets hope he has been gracing the stages across the US since gracing the big screen as Roy Scheider's son in Jaws 2.
'Living in the United Stated is a blessing, this country is full of opportunities. This is my new home and it is here where I want to live for the rest of my life. Moving to Miami was the best decision of my life. Cuba is a country where dreams coming through seems next to impossible.'
While living in Cuba, 24 year old model Antonio Dieguez never thought being a model was even a possibility. Dreaming didn't seem to serve any purpose. Antonio knew that in order to pursue the opportunities he wanted, it needed to be outside of the country he was living. After a recent move to Miami however, things began to change and opportunities, both educational, and professionally, began to come his way. The first person to approach Antonio about modeling was Miami based photographer Joel Endemano. 'At first the proposal sounded kind of ridiculous for me. I was sceptical about the idea because I never thought that I had the qualities and requirements to become a professional model.'
'Working with Kevin Moore was a really nice experience. We had so much fun during the shoot. Kevin is a very funny guy, but also a very professional photographer. He is an excellent human being and we have become very good friends now. He was in Miami last year and I invited him to get to know the city. I am Looking forward to meeting with him again soon, probably in Italy or here in Miami if he returns.'
I first took notice of Antonio after seeing his Model Mayhem avatar pop up on the page of a photographer I was profiling. The image from Joel Endemano (last image at bottom) stopped me in my tracks, stunningly beautiful and confident. Although still new to modeling, I was impressed with the variety of work images shot, and especially Antonio's ability to move from fitness to fashion so seamlessly. With his incredible face, great bone structure, lips and beautifully intense and expressive brown eyes, Antonio moves elegantly between the sensual images shot by Kevin Moore and the fitness, body and fashion shots from Joel.
Antonio's first professional shoots once moving to Miami was his work with Joel. They shot several times in Miami and also shot together while on a trip to New York. The New York trip was one of Antonio's favorite experiences in front of the camera so far. Joel did an exceptional job capturing so many different looks and themes. I especially love the fashion shots on the NY streets, my favorites being the two images just below. Antonio love working with Joel, and considers their work together his best so far.
Although Antonio has enjoyed his time in front of the camera, and the artists he has worked with, the business side of the industry is something he hasn't totally gotten his head around. At one agency meeting in Miami, he felt he didn't meet their requirements and the meeting ended up being all about what he needed to change. 'They wanted me to have a more spectacular body, a muscle body. They wanted me to get a tan and a few others recommendation. It was my first time going to a modeling agency and I felt like they were pretty hard on me and I am nervous to try another other agency again...'
Although not an expert on what agencies want, Antonio has an incredible look, and seems suited perfectly for fashion and runway work. He is also a bit mysterious in front of the camera, causing others to want to learn, and see, more. Others clearly agree as since joining Model Mayhem, Antonio has had many offers to shoot including photographers as far away as Australia and Japan. In the future, Antonio would also love to step in front of the lens of Rick Day or David Vance.
In the end however, modeling is about more than just making money for Antonio, it is also about the experience and about growth. Antonio confesses he is naturally a very shy person, but one day just decided he needed to challenge himself and try something different. It was scary at first, especially shooting implied nudes. For Antonio, the exposure wasn't just about his body, and what others would see. It was also about taking a personal risk and doing something scary for himself. It wasn't until after seeing the images and the results of his risk that he realized how beautiful the shots ended up. It was then, he shared them on Model Mayhem for others to see.