Check out an interesting article about the Midnight Awards, where Rose McGowan was honored. Photos will be added shortly.
A stepping-out kind of crowd, dressed in cocktail party finery, gathered at the W Hotel late Saturday night to honor Rose McGowan and Jason Lee with the San Francisco International Film Festival’s Midnight Awards. At 11:59 and 50 seconds, everybody began to count down to the witching hour. No clock struck 12 but if it had, you wouldn’t have heard it above all the cheering.
Probably because of the hour, the partygoers, like the award recipients, were relatively young and definitely hip. They applauded and yelled through clip rolls. The loudest response was to McGowan’s scene in Grindhouse: Planet Terror, in which she mows down aliens with her machine-gun leg. Another crowd-pleaser was Lee as an egotistical lead singer in a rock band in Almost Famous. He’s become so identified with My Name Is Earl, it was good to be reminded of all the films Lee appeared in pre-Earl.
McGowan wore a mid-thigh-length flowing gown in a dark bronze color that emphasized the redness of her hair. She had dyed it to play Barbarella in a remake, but the film’s financing is shaky. Lee, who’s in the midst of filming his hugely popular TV series, wore Earl’s mustache. His girlfriend, Ceren Alkac, wore her hair in a soft version of a Louise Brooks bob. She was visibly pregnant, and Lee was sweetly attentive to her. McGowan’s fella, Robert Rodriguez, whom she met when he directed her in Planet Terror, was to attend but got waylaid by his next film.
It was a special weekend for Lee even without a prize. He turned 38. His plan was to spend part of his birthday at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where he’s a member. Lee, who was a professional skateboarder, used to run a skateboard company in San Francisco and came to love the city.
Lee was in a reflective mood. He has “no complaints” about his TV show. “It’s a fantastic gig,” he told me, but it doesn’t allow much time to make movies. He won’t be able to squeeze one in this summer because the writers strike forced shooting on Earl to go longer.
“I need a good six weeks to grow my mustache back, so there’s no time for a movie unless I play somebody with a mustache,” Lee said. “I am really looking forward to my 40s when ‘Earl’ is done, to starting a new chapter of doing films. I’ve always liked the smaller ones.”
Lee could find himself co-starring with McGowan, who has made a career out of indies such a Encino Man, Going All the Way and The Doom Generation. The latter premiered at the Castro Theatre, and McGowan remembers “the amazing audience – it was so raucous, it felt like a bizarre rock concert.”
McGowan, old movie buff
McGowan used to model and still makes music. During her 3 1/2-year relationship with rock musician Marilyn Manson, she performed in his music videos and did background vocals. She is now co-host with Robert Osborne on The Essentials, a TCM program discussing must-see films.
Her favorites? The Night of the Hunter, she said immediately, then Out of the Past, Paths to Glory and Dinner at Eight.
“Lionel Barrymore just beaks my heart in that one,” she said.
Another favorite is Lawrence of Arabia. McGowan signed on to sci-fi flick Phantoms just because Peter O’Toole was in it. “It was like white on rice,” she said, referring to the ivory color of their skin. McGowan calls hers “so white, it’s pink.” Because of this, “I accidentally developed a 1940s look.”
She has several movies coming up, including the intriguing-sounding Black Oasis, about the life of B-movie queen Susan Cabot, who was engaged to King Hussein and murdered by her son.