My Winter Wonderland
My Winter Wonderland
Remember when people use to line up for an album? Or if your town’s local Cineplex wasn’t included in the theatre release (or as is the case in my shitey youth, you couldn’t afford it), made the anticipation for the video rental unbearably delicious? When I was 12 I was curating taped trailers, interviews and magazine pages (turned posters), for every movie du jour. Intricately cataloguing them to heighten my excitement, like Beavis in the grips of a coffee addled Cornholio rant.
One of these unnatural obsessions was comedy cult classic Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. The dreamy and “intellectually challenged” duo, fell into my misshapen view (guided solely by American 80s movies) of the U.S. teen experience. Right up there with those pretty Weird Science nerds. I was convinced in ‘89 if these were what misfits looked like across the pond, I couldn’t wait to get there! Believe it or not, I also found the lives of Bill S. Preston Esquire and Ted Theodore Logan, somewhat glamorous back then. All that quotable So Cal vernacular, cartoon colored clothing and lovable misadventures. It was always sunny there, kids hung out in places called “malls” as opposed to grimy underpasses, instead of chain smoking they ate uncooked Japanese fish; and on weekends would go to a “water park.” To me California was the promised land! More than that though I simply adored the two leads, truthfully I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much if it hadn’t been the very young Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves. Alex with his pre-Raphaelite curls and blood red, bee-stung lips, Keanu in all his ethnically ambiguous glory. Both with such enviable hair. I had never seen such exotic male creatures, wondering the cobble stoned pathways of Tamworth. Which for the record, means hog mouth.
AN EXCLUSIVE MIMP INTERVIEW WITH NATASHA KMETO
AN EXCLUSIVE MIMP INTERVIEW WITH NATASHA KMETO
With her long dark hair and eyes that gaze from the depths of her delightfully free mind, Natasha is enchanting. I dare you to listen to “Pleasure Delay” off her new EP “Dirty Mind Melt”and not have your own dirty mind melt a little. Natasha is gifted with immense capacities as an electronic producer paired with a soulful voice that conjures visions of jazz singers in speakeasies wearing black cocktail dresses and pearls, although this girl is more comfortable in her underwear.
The Portland-based singer has been in the music scene since her youth, yet over the past three years she finally found her niche as a solo artist. Her latest EP “Dirty Mind Melt” is out now via Dropping Gems, and she has a full-length album coming out this Spring.
For more insight into Natasha’s world watch the voyeuristic video for the title track “Dirty Mind Melt” below. If you want to catch Natasha live, there’s a list of tour dates on her website. I had the opportunity to speak with Natasha about her music, a quarter-life crisis, and finally finding pleasure.
Creature Comforts and Kristen Hager
Words Pisha Warden
Images Michael Edwards
Hey MIMP readers! Would you rather see a pictorial featuring a beautiful blonde bookworm, a Swedish-Canadian nature enthusiast, or a gorgeous girl-next-door with werewolf blood coursing her veins?
That’s a trick question. Meet Kristen Hager, who is all of the above. You may recognize her as her werewolf counterpart, Nora, on the SyFy Network series, Being Human, or from her numerous other TV appearances and feature films, which include Wanted (with Angelina Jolie) and Alien vs. Predator: Requiem. You can also see her later this year in the romantic comedy, Right Kind Of Wrong, where she stars alongside Ryan Kwanten (of True Blood fame).
Kristen and I spoke recently at the end of a long day (she’s currently shooting an indie feature in which she plays a heroine addict, but more on that later). When we spoke, I immediately noticed a couple of things about Kristen—most notably that she is incredibly gracious and easy to speak with, and that she has the sexiest laugh.
When she’s not busy fighting the vampire or alien hoards, Kristen can be found cozying up at home with a cup of tea and a good book or getting physical in the great outdoors. But as the Bossman here at MIMP always says, that’s enough from me. Kristen Hager, tell it like it is and show us what you’ve got! ;)
(Michael Roark chats to MIMP)
pictures by @MichaelSRoark
words by Falene
If I ever find myself in need of a Hollywood heartthrob who also passed the bar (I might), or a lawyer with matinee idol good looks (who wouldn’t need that!), I may have just found the perfect candidate in Michael Roark. Now that this former attorney no longer spends his time in the courtroom, you are more likely to find him in worlds inhabited by Prada-clad vampires, net-savvy psychopaths and dystopian revolutionaries—who seem to have an unnatural penchant for all things leather. There again that does sound like your typical visit to the LA county night court, not that I would know of course.
Without realizing it you are probably already very familiar with this in-demand actor, who’s guest starring roles in “The Vampire Diaries,” “Magic City,” “Rizzoli & Isles” and “Revolution,” has created a slightly insane shooting schedule for him of late. Then his most recent foray into film “Magic Mike,” just happened to be one of 2012’s most successful movies. Which he managed to achieve without stripping down to his mankini, or grimacing through a Brazilian buttocks waxing. After receiving the Soderbergh treatment, this month he will officially be inducted into the ‘6 degrees of Kevin Bacon’ hall of fame. As Detective Warren, he will be playing alongside Mr. Bacon in the highly anticipated premiere of Fox’s new serial killer drama “The Following” (airing JAN 21st). Whether he’s working with some of the world’s most critically acclaimed directors, writers and actors; or on (all of) TV’s highest rated shows, I have to admit Michael’s change in careers looks pretty magical.
(EXCLUSIVE Tiffani Thiessen interview/shoot for MIMP)
“IT” girls just don’t seem to have the same longevity as the ones I grew up watching.
There were two gals in particular that every “Gen X Guy” (including MIMP’s own ME!) went gaga over, the angst ridden Winona Ryder and the the deliciously saucy Tiffani Thiessen. No matter your gender, culture or creed, Tiffani was for most the epitome of universal hotness. They may have actually coined the phrase “girl crush” shortly after her long running stint on “Beverly Hills, 90210.” Not only did every hot blooded male desperately lust after her, every girl religiously kept tabs on her sassy style (midriff baring sweaters, anyone?) and perfectly cropped 90s bob. Before “The Rachel,” young women the world over wanted Tiffani’s do. Not to mention the fabulously plucked eyebrows and plump (au natural) pout. Ah blessed nostalgia, those were days before 20 year olds felt the necessity to parade around with collagen-induced lips (sigh). Of course these were just a couple of the assets that had editors clamoring to have Tifanni on the covers of Cosmo, YM, Teen, People, EW, TV Guide and FHM (twice!).
First appearing as goody-two-shoes Kelly Kapowski in “Saved By The Bell,” she went on to become 90s sex-symbol/icon (everyones favorite bad girl) Valerie Malone. Whether setting trends or gracing glossies, Tiffani in many ways came of age in front of an audience of millions. For over a decade she’s been a TV staple, starring in shows considered by most as ratings gold. Then somewhere along the way (without me even noticing), she grew up, got married, and become a mom. And there’s a very good reason I may have not realized all this happening right in front of me. She hasn’t changed drastically in the last 10 years, she really does look just as good now. Working constantly, always picking roles that compliment her life stage perfectly, playing the characters (even the campier teen ones) that we all connect to. The cute girl next door (SBTB), vixen (BH, 90210), the hottie (What About Brian), the hottie (Fastlane), the hottie (you get the picture), then the chops-flexing co-star (Hollywood Ending); and most recently the clever (smoking hot) wife of FBI agent Peter Burke (in White Collar). If you ever wondered what it takes to remain the quintessential “IT” girl, maintain a stellar career, have Bieber sport your portrait on his T-shirt and cause Woody Allen to close his eyes to simply listen to your soft mellow voice—it’s time you found out.
pictures by @SaulWilliams
words by Falene
Saul Williams is smarter than you!
The problem is he’s smarter than me too and I’m interviewing him. Usually chatting with complete strangers never intimidates me, in fact there’s nothing I rather do. There’s a certain intimacy to a phone conversation with a person you have never met. This time however in the back of my mind with every “silly” question I ask (not that that’s ever stopped me before), there’s a little voice taunting me. “Saul Williams is smarter then you! Yeah - that’s right! Saul Williams is smarter than you” and for some strange reason it’s to the beat of “You Can’t Wu Tang Better Than Me.” WTF? Perhaps it’s because Saul is not only creatively quite the genius, but academically he’s pretty impressive too; with a B.A. in philosophy from Morehouse and that Masters from NYU. When it comes to debating a topic, he’s usually got you beat, or at least in a quandary. Which of course adds to his mischievous charm and striking good looks. Not too far back the blogosphere was ablaze, how could he let “List of Demands” (his damning tune on over-consumption), end up as a commercial soundtrack for Nike? Intentional irony? Was it part of his satirical plan all along? Or was he just letting the most well intentioned progressives know, not even they have the right to dictate to Saul what’s cool or acceptable.
Influenced as much by Allen Ginsberg as Public Enemy, he’s collaborated with everyone from Erykah Badu to Trent Reznor. Emphasizing his utter refusal to be artistically contained. His is a voice that can contribute as easily to popular men’s mag Esquire, as the more highbrow New York Times and African Voices. He’s published 5 critically acclaimed poetry books, won the coveted Grand Prize at Sundance and the Cannes Camera D’Or, while shaking up the literary academia in his spare time. My brain matter got greyer just thinking about it! Now after the irreverent “Niggy Tardust” (an eff you to musical genres) he brought out “Volcanic Sunlight,” a personal music collection of sorts. For Saul Williams it’s more important to get people thinking, then talking. Whether you agree with him or not, really isn’t the point.
He skypecalls me from Paris. I suddenly feel terribly cosmopolitan.
Lunch with Hattie Watson
Desperately Seeking Hattie
Words by Don Thomas
Pictures by Michael Edwards
Today we have a really, rare treat, an exclusive interview with @Hattie Watson.
Hattie is an instantly recognized model, whose image is literally flooding the internet right now. If you don’t know who she is, than likely somewhere along the way in your various online interactions, someone you know is a Hattie lover/follower. Or at the very least, has found themselves mesmerized by a random photograph or video that she was featured in. Standing at only 5’3” with her flaming red hair, shapely body, prominent tattoos and usually ‘au naturel’ freckled face—even amongst the beautiful people in the art crowd, she has no trouble standing out. A fiery walking contradiction, in physical feminine form.