Would you ever expect that Reservoir Dogs, “ Mr. Blonde”, acclaimed by Maxim Magazine as one of the greatest movie villains of all time, would be an accomplished poet? Character actor, Michael Madsen, known worldwide for his roles in such films as Sin City, and Kill Bill, surprised us with his hip offbeat observations of the life and loves of a working actor.
The occasion was to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of his poetic works, and the venue was the exotic Loggia at the Highlands in Hollywood. Randy Olson, owner of Celebrity Events, created a Zen atmosphere by posting poems on the wall and tossing in several Buddha’s and elephant gods for good measure. Chef Ryan Wagner of Celebrity A La Carte, created a menu which included such specialties as spiced Anjou Pear Beggars Purse and smoked tomatoe “Bisque” with baked chevre and toasted pistachio, and a tasting of Long Island Duckling. The entire event was taped for the Food Network by gorgeous Giada De Laurentis, (Dino’s granddaughter) for a fall show Behind the Bash.
We were pleased to be one of the select 150 guests, which included actors Harry Dean Stanton and Peter Coyote, and, of course, Madsen’s Academy Award nominated little sister, Virginia, who jetted in from Minnesota, where she is shooting Robert Altman’s new flick, A Prairie Home Companion. By the way, if you wonder where the Madsen siblings got their good looks, you should meet their magnetic mom, Elaine, a writer and producer.
Madsen, who has a shock of white hair, because he is currently filming All In, a father daughter flick with Dominique Swain (Lolita), delivered some of his eclectic poems to the delighted crowd. As his good friend, Dennis Hopper stated, “I like him better than Kerouac. He is raunchier and more poignant”. You can judge for yourself by buying The Complete Poetic Works of Michael Madsen, published by 13 HANDS Publications.
Get ready for a two hour special that promises to bring true family entertainment back to TV. Branson Jubilee, taped in Branson Missouri, is a new musical variety special hosted by Jimmy Osmond, featuring a star-studded cast of legendary greats. Among these are Glen Campbell, Crystal Gayle, and Tony Orlando.
Following the Special, a weekly series will debut in August on PBS Stations throughout the country. We particularly are looking forward to crooner Pat Boone, when he joins his daughter Debby on stage for a heartfelt father/daughter duet, “Alright Ok You Win”. We understand the show concludes with a flag-waving patriotic rendition of “God Bless the USA” by the ever-popular Lee Greenwood. In these troubled times, how reassuring it is to view wholesome, variety entertainment on the Hollywood Beat.