Straight to the Heart: My Aim Is True

Last year, I went to the New York Renaissance Faire. It is in a spectacular verdant setting, but there’s really nothing to do except buy a fairy circlet or Robin Hood hat, eat turkey legs, and drink mead.

The highlight was the archery—even though you didn’t get any prizes for it. Nevertheless, I spent about ten bucks shooting arrows into the target. It’s much more fun than darts. Back in the day, I got to experience a sort of medieval training at a Girl Scout camp in the Malibu hills, where we did archery, riflery, fencing, horseback riding, and cleaned up after animals.

“Arrow” by Tegan and Sara


Emma, Gwyneth Paltrow version, archery scene at 1:10 – gorgeous lighting


The top 5 Legolas fight scenes (YT link) in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.


Richard Armitage gets his cupid on: Hood Academy training screencap (courtesy of:


The Hood Academy DVD feature of Robin Hood season 1 shows the actors’ archery training which evidently became quite competitive. Richard Armitage bemusedly remarked how the best archers were not the tallest [wink]. Perhaps that’s why Guy of Gisborne likes stabbing.


I stumbled upon Marina Abramovic‘s incredible performance art retrospective (and interactive performance art piece “Sitting with Marina”) at the Museum of Modern Art in 2010. This “Rest Energy” piece caught my eye and has lingered in my mind. Marina and her collaborator Ulay are holding the bow and arrow directed towards Marina’s heart. Their heartbeats and breathing patterns are recorded on the audio.


Last month, dd favorite Sophie Ellis-Bextor finally released her latest album Make A Scene. Originally, it was called Straight to the Heart, a title I much prefer. The song itself is terrific.

Winona & Gwyneth – Don’t Call It A Comeback

When We Were Young: Gwyneth and Winona in happier times

Wow – my most viewed post has been the Winona v. Gwyneth one.

Both ladies have been back in the limelight with Winona showing up in Black Swan (passing the torch to Natalie Portman, arguably the Winona of her generation) and The Dilemma. Winona even scored two Screen Actors Guild nods—one as part of Black Swan’s ensemble cast and the second for her performance in the Hallmark TV movie When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Smith Story.

Gwyneth made a refreshing cameo as a substitute singer on Glee, bursting out of her stuffy indie persona and showing off her pipes on Cee-Lo and Rihanna covers. She’s slated to make a return visit to McKinley High. She also sang her way into the film Country Strong. Neither performance was SAG-nominated, but she earned some iTunes money.

Winona Ryder Resurrection: Star Trek and Gwyneth’s Grudge

Winona Ryder takes the Natalie Portman role in the new Star Trek film as Amanda Grayson, the ill-fated mother of Spock.

Mother and Child: Winona Ryder and Zachary Quinto

Mother and Child: Winona Ryder and Zachary Quinto

Winona looked fantastic and as fresh-faced as ever at the premiere, rocking a lace dress that does not look like a doily, Troy Dyer.

It’s widely believed that Gwyneth Paltrow recently took the opportunity to not so subtly trash-talk about her past feud with Winona in her “frenemy” Evil Tongue edition of her GOOP lifestyle newsletter about how Winona’s infamous Saks incident made her happy.

Back in the day, I had a “frenemy” who, as it turned out, was pretty hell-bent on taking me down. This person really did what they could to hurt me. I was deeply upset, I was angry, I was all of those things you feel when you find out that someone you thought you liked was venomous and dangerous. I restrained myself from fighting back. I tried to take the high road. But one day I heard that something unfortunate and humiliating had happened to this person. And my reaction was deep relief and…happiness.

It’s been rumored that their friendship dissolved when Gwyneth stole the Shakespeare in Love role from Winona, a role that Gwyneth won an Oscar for (an Oscar that was stolen from Cate Blanchett, who not only had to romance Joseph Fiennes in Elizabeth but rule all of England). Regardless of the reason, we now know that Gwyneth takes pleasure in the little things. . .other people’s humiliation.

I remember the happier days in the 1990s when Winona was dating Matt Damon and Gwyneth was dating Ben Affleck. Gwyneth was the first-ever guest editor for Marie Claire magazine’s January 1998 edition and saved the last page for a chat session with Winona. Continue reading