Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Behind The Scene Photos

Poster by Sassy
Sassy has behind the scene photos of CCSI IV - The Momomo Caper that will be shown for an unlimited time starting New Year evening. It is hard to tell what the photos will show as this show had a young cast and many happenings going on. Head on over to see what the cast and crew was up to while working on CCSI IV.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Buon Natale!

Wishing you all a Christmas filled with fun, love, and laughter.
Merry Christmas!

Opus and Roscoe
December 1996

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Waiting for Santa Paws

Christmas tree is ready.... check

Christmas cookies are baked..... check

Stockings are hung.... check

Been nice..... well you can't win them all!

I'm in bed now and just waiting for Santa Paws.
I sure do hope he comes!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

The After Party

With the conclusion of The Momomo Caper, the entire cast and crew headed to Honolulu where Little Productions is treating us to a cast party. Head on over to Karl's blog
for all of the details and photos!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Part 3: The Momomo Caper

Tune into Sassy's blog for the exciting conclusion of
The Missing Momomo Caper!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Part 2: The Momomo Caper

Tune in to Sassy's blog for part 2 of the Momomo Caper!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Now Showing!

At last it is here! The next instalment of CCSI! Tune into Sassy's blog today for the first part of "The Momomo Caper", written by Karl and directed by yours truly.

(CCSI poster by Karl)
See you there!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Opus, the Feline Fellini

CCSI IV is almost ready to air. As many of you know, I have been hard at work directing the show which was written by Karl. This past weekend I attended a black tie dinner at the Directors Guild. There I had a chance to catch up with some old colleagues (and friends) of mine. I managed to convince them to pose for a photo in order to help promote CCSI IV: The Missing Momomo Caper. They were happy to help me out!

back row left to right: Francis Ford Coppola, Geroge Lucas, and Steven Spielberg

back row left to right: Opus Fellini, Martin Scorsese, Martin Scorsese's eyebrows

Don't forget to tune into Sassy's blog
tomorrow for the CCSI Episode 4 world premiere!

The Cast and Crew of CCSI IV

Friday, December 12, 2008

Bad News & Good News

Photo by Sassy

Yes the rumor is true. I was asked to leave the set of CCSI IV by Sassy and when I wouldn't go she call on Dr. Tweety to help escort me out. I have been working as director on the newest mystery that is about to air and thought things were going well. You could imagine the shock I felt when I was "invited" to leave . . .

Photo by Sassy

. . . but it turns out that she had me escorted off of the set because there was a surprise waiting for me in the CCSI auditorium!

Sassy knows how hard it has been working on CCSI IV without having my brother, Roscoe, here along side of me. She wanted to make him a part of this even though he isn't physically here. She contacted the renowned Dr. Tweety to write an ode to honor Roscoe. Not only did he agree to write an ode but he read it to me in a private reading with the executive board of Little Productions there. This is so special to me I want to thank all involved in this surprise for their kindness, thoughtfulness, and love. I now invite you to join us for a second reading of Dr. Tweety's Ode to Opus and Roscoe....

Ode to Opus & Roscoe
by Dr. Tweety
Diz iz da tale of two fine boyz
Borned on a farm
wit some mewz & a noize.
Dey called demselvez mutts
(Didz dey have gray spots
on dere kitteny butts?)
& settled happily into da armz
of dere mommy & dere dad.
Dubbed Opus & Roscoe
Dey waz two fine ladz.
Deze brudderz chased fliez & eated mice
& thought dats Italy sounded so nice
dey ups & moved to a charming town,
Emilia Romagna
(No, dats nots a parmegena!)
Da brudderz wents on adverturez,
da world halfway 'round
in a mini-van packed evfur so tight,
wits a jumble of dogz & catz
evfurry night.
Dey careened 'round cornerz of cloudz,
sippin' niptiniz & singin' reel loud.
Dere were rainbow jets streamin'
from outta tail pipes like light,
& dey waz laffin' & screemin',
all through da night.
Surely oh sure, dat waz a sight!
Den one day, not longz ago, nots more den a smidge,
Deze two fine boyz suddenly parted.
Roscoe it seemed,
waz called to da Bridge.
Opus & hiz family were broken hearted,
so hiz furry sad mommy & dad
comforted Opus - "What a strong brave lad!"
Even though we creaturez know
dats Heaven iz a place sans pain,
it iz furry hard fur doze dat remain.
So let us give blessingz, five hundred & thrice
(& kisses & love & sqwillionz of mice)
dat Opus & hiz family will nap & sleep,
snuggled togedder in pillowz so deep,
on Christmas Eve, in 'ol Emilia Romagna,Italia.
( I yam sure dat iz not cheeze!)
Dearest Dr. Tweety,
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have brought a tear to my eye and a smile to my face.....

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Coming Soon!

That's right folks! We at CCSI have been hard at work getting the next episode of CCSI ready to air! This show, written by our talented Karl, proves to be another nail biting, dog howling, hairball coughing, episode!

As the director of CCSI IV, I have to tell you how proud and honored I am to be working with such a talented staff of actors and crew members. Be sure to tune into Sassy's blog on December 15Th to watch "The Momomo Caper", a story inspired by actual events!

(live on the set of CCSI IV)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Dove Sei Arcobaleno?

Where Are You Rainbow?
Today marks three months since Roscoe left us. With the holidays coming up, our house has been a bit sad. You see, Christmas was the day when Roscoe and Opus came into my life. To see his little Christmas stocking with his name written on it just breaks my heart. I never imagined that last Christmas was to be our last together.

This is a song that I came across just days after Roscoe passed away. It is by one of my favorite Italian artists, Zucchero, and it has a very special meaning to me. With the help of my husband, I have translated it into the English. I think the song (which is playing in the background) will speak for itself.

When I see a beautiful rainbow, the golden sun or a magical moon shining down at me from the sky, I always think of Ros.....

Tu lo sai

che non e’ la fine

Si’ che lo sai…….

Che viene maggio

E sciolgo le brine

Si’ che lo sai……

รจ Delicato

By Zucchero

You know it isn’t the end.
Yes, you know it...
That May comes
And melts the frost.
Yes, you know it...

Pieces of winter
lost in the wind.
I am not tired, no no
And I go searching for you
In a burgundy dream.

This heart
is scattered.
The world goes away.
This desperate heart
is delicate.

Where are you rainbow?
And what are you doing?
Wild honey, when I dream of you,
what are you doing?
In my heart,
between the nothing
and the farewell...

This heart
is scattered.
The world goes away.
This desperate heart
is delicate.

How much I miss you
In the universe
And in the center of the world.
How I look for you.
And I scream out loud
in the center of the world.

Only I,
I am able to find you.
Only I,
And I am on my knees,
Only I.
Can lift you up,
Only I,
How many moons?
Only I,
Can repair your heart,
Only I,

I am the shade,
And you, you are the sun.
Yeah, yeah,
How much I miss you!
Yeah, yeah,
And I scream out loud
Yeah, yeah,
In the center of the world!
My sun, answer me!

This heart is
and delicate
and it’s all there.

Cosi’ mi manchi.

Light a candle for Roscoe.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Our "Vacation" in Cairo

After Ruis's birthday party we (Sassy, Momo, Asta, & myself) decided to join Karl and Ruis on a little road trip. Destination? Cairo, Egypt!

I thought that we would see the sights...

...spend a day at the Egyptian Museum...

... and an afternoon at the market.

Instead we saw this......

(photo by Karl)

You see, Karl and Ruis were going to Cairo for a romantic vacation. Sassy thought it would be fun to surprise them. So we packed ourselves into a suitcase which was then delivered to Karl and Ruis with strick instructions NOT to open it until they arrived at their destination. Unfortunately, our dear friends sat the suitcase down in their hotel suite and then forgot about it.

Several days later they remember the suitcase and quickly opened it up only to find four hungry friends inside.

(photo by Karl)

After we each took a turn in the bathroom, we got dressed up and headed out to a HUGE dinner with Karl and Ruis.

(photo by Karl)

Then it was time to NOT pack our bags, get on the flying carpet, and head home.

(photo by Karl)

We had such a great evening in Cairo with Karl and Ruis that we quickly forgot about our time spent in the suitcase. HOWEVER, the next time we travel I don't think that I will let Sassy make our transportation reservations!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

An Arabian Night

Ruis's party was a hit! We had such a good time dancing, eating, and celebrating! Lacie and I spent some quiet time in a tent, getting to know each other. She is such a great dog!

Later I took her for a camel ride at sunset. We had a little trouble getting up onto the camel, but once there the ride went smoothly.

After our camel ride, it was time to put on our costumes and hit the dance floor! Lacie was a great belly dancer. I do hope that I impressed her with some of my dance moves!

There was so much terrific food at the party, I didn't know where to start! Lacie was brave enough to try a lizard and she even liked it! She said it tasted like bacon!

(photo by Karl)

All that eating and dancing made me sleepy, so I slipped away to find a quiet spot to curl up. While I was asleep, I dreamed that I was a great Sheik with a magical lamp and one special genie!

After my catnap, I took Lacie for night ride on Karl's magical, flying carpet. It was so very romantic under the night sky which was full of sparking stars. But being the gentlecat that I am, I can assure you that nothing happened.

Of course my favorite part of the night was when Mrs. Oz rubbed a lamp and all of our friends from across the bridge, including Roscoe, appeared in a cloud of smoke and sang happy birthday.

(photo by Karl)

The entire day was, in a word, magical. But all good things must come to an end, as did the party. I said good night to Miss Lacie and she boarded the magic carpet with Socks and Stanley to return home.

With all of the guests gone Momo, Asta, Sassy and I packed our bag.

We are off for a very fun vacation, but don't tell Karl and Ruis; it is a surprise!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Happy Birthday Ruis!

Today Karl is throwing a surprise party for his husband, Ruis. Do stop by The Cat Realm to check out the action. The theme is "Arabian Nights" and the party (complete with costumes) will prove to be incredible.

Karl sent his magic flying carpet to pick up all of the guests. Miss Lacie was kind enough to accept my invitation to the party and came as my date.

We arrived with our good friends, Asta and Stanley.

(photo by Karl)

Karl has a bunch of tents with food, plush pillows and tons of entertainment! Roscoe would be so proud of me!

(photo by Karl)
Asta, Sassy, Mrs. Oz, me, Momo and Karl as belly dancers

Be sure to throw on your best outfit and stop by Karl's while the party is in full swing! Make sure you also stop by Ruis's to wish him a very happy belated birthday!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

There is so much to be thankful for. I am thankful that I have humans who love and care for me every day of my life. I am thankful for having the chance to live in Italy, not too many cats get to see other countries. I am so very thankful for the incredible 12 years I had with my brother, sweet Roscoe. Though we all miss him terribly, his memory makes us smile every day. I am thankful for all of the friends who I have met on the internet, the world really much smaller than it seemed!

And I so very thankful for my dear friends Sassy, Momo, Karl, Ruis and Asta. You and your humans are the best and we (me and my human) feel lucky to have you in our lives.

Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving. I hope the humans give you some turkey. And in the spirit of Roscoe, I encourage you to steal a slice or two! Happy Thanksgiving!

(ps. Sorry I couldn't come by to visit, but the human wouldn't let me get near the computer. She was too busy in the kitchen all day. Good help is hard to find!)

Monday, November 24, 2008

We Love You MOMO!

Sending you my love from Italy in hopes that you feel better soon!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

BIG CCSI Announcement!

(poster by Karl)

Click here for all of the details!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Working Weekend

Since the humans dumped me this past weekend, I decided to make the most of my unexpected free time. I jumped in the MFV and headed on over to Sassy's where we spent the weekend preparing for the next installment of CCSI.

(photo by Sassy)

We spent most of the weekend locked up at the Little Productions Studio, working in the board room and trying to iron out all of the details....

(photo by Sassy)

Often you could find us in front our computer having conference calls with the other CCSI executives.....

(photo by Sassy with detail added by Opus)
Karl & Ruis giving us his input

Of course the weekend wasn't all work and no play! Sassy and I relaxed Sunday night with a movie and popcorn!

Mean while back in New York Asta was hard at work ALL WEEKEND designing and making the costumes for the next production.

The script is finished. Casting is done. The posters are ready to go. Momo, executive of marketing, is working on her ad campaign as I type...

Get ready good animals of the blogosphere... CCSI IV is on the way!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I Dare You #4 Part 3

I have decided to take in part in The Cat Realm's Dare #4 part 3. There was a wonderful list of Dares to choose from and I have decided to do Sassy's dare: Dress up as your favorite movie star.

Since Anastasia is able to Dare us from across the bridge, I decided that Roscoe can accept her Dare from across the bridge.

One of the first parties we ever had (after our human learned how to photo shop) was "Mafia Movie Night". I went as Don Opus while Roscoe chose to be Lefty Litter Paw. What a wonderful party we had with all of our friends dressed up as flappers and mafioso! Here is the photo of me dressed as Marlen Brando as Don Corleone in the Godfather. Roscoe sweetly played the part of the cat.

If you haven't done your dare yet, head on over to Karl's to pick a dare and get it posted on your blog!

Happy Daring! And remember, there is no such thing as the mafia! (wink)

(Music is the theme from the movie Godfather)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Baby Opus & Baby Roscoe
(Around six months old)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A Date with Miss Lacie

I have to admit that I was a bit nervous on Sunday. Not only was this my first date with Miss Lacie, but it was my first date EVER! Normally I don't date because the human said I am too young. But with Roscoe gone, I have been able to get away with a lot more stuff than I ever did before.

Somehow Lacie and I got our plans mixed up. As I headed over to Pittsburgh to pick her up...

(photo by Sassy)

...she was in Rome waiting for me! (And yes that I me driving the van rather than flying it. The cost of magic dust keeps going up so I was trying to conserve my fuel).

Doesn't she look just BEAUTIFUL??!!!!

(photo by Lacie)

At last we met up with each other in Pittsburgh, just in time for a nice brunch. Afterwards, we headed over the Andy Warhol museum to check out the works of art by America's #1 Pop artist.

Our favorite exhibit was the Cloud Room where giant silver balloons float gently around the room. It is an exhibition that you are suppose to interact with, so Lacie and I wasted no time. It was so much fun chasing the balloons around, even if I might have popped a couple. You should have seen how high Lacie was able to jump! I was very impressed!

There were some pieces of art that we just didn't understand. I mean, how can a stack of boxes be considered art? We tried our best to understand and thoroughly examined the "art"...

But we got a little too close. It would have been okay except that we lost our balance (because we were laughing so hard). The next thing we knew the "art" was flying all over the room!

We got out of there REAL quick! After a day at the museum, we decided that it was time to head out for a romantic dinner. As we drove through the city to our next destination, I had the strange feeling that Lacie and I were not alone.

(Asta, Sassy, Momo, Karl & Ruis in the back of the van)

On Lacie's recommendation, I made reservations for us at the Montery Bay Fish Grotto. It is a gorgeous, high-end, sea food restaurant which sits on the top of hill, over looking the beautiful Pittsburgh skyline. We rode the cable car to the top, admiring the view all the way up.

(photo by Sassy)

We enjoyed a romantic dinner as the sun set on Pittsburgh. The view was breathtaking, as was Lacie. We watched the city below wink at us with twinkling lights. But I still couldn't shake the feeling that we were being watched. Perhaps I am turning into a paranoid cat.

At the end of our evening, I presented Lacie with a gift. It was a painting I had made for her. I hope that each time she looks at it, she will remember our wonderful day together in Pittsburgh.

I had planned to just drop her off at home, but when we arrived at her house we found that there was a party in full swing. Lacie's parents were gone for the weekend and her brothers, Scruffy and baby Stan, were having a card party. They kindly asked if I would like to join them. Being the only cat in house, I nervously took my seat at the table hoping that all the dogs were friendly.

(photo by Asta)

They didn't growl at me once. Not even when I won ALL of their money! Hehehehehe! Thank you Lacie for the wonderful date. And thank you to all of my new doggie friends for allowing this old cat to join in on the dog-gone fun!