I always loved Maureen O’Hara and it makes me happy to think of her still being here today on her 95th Birthday.
She was one of those incredibly real, photogenic actresses who never seemed to get their due.
And she has had a hell of a career.
In the from the 1930’s when she was the ingenue in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” in 1939 to “Miracle on 34th Street” in the 1940’s to “The Quiet Man” in the 1950’s on to the totally politically incorrect and sexist, but great fun rift on “Taming of the Shrew” that was “McClintock” and the original Disney “The Parent Trap” in the 1960’s.
She may not have been the best actress, but she was made for Technicolor with her red hair and creamy skin.
And, in the five films they made together, she almost made John Wayne seem human and likable. Almost….
She once said: “I made John Wayne sexy. I’ll take credit or that.”
God help her for that….
She always seemed real, feisty, down to earth and fun.
And she is one of the few greats from the Golden Age of Hollywood still with us….
I’m glad she’s still here and hope she has a great Birthday wherever she is tonight.
Let me start by saying, I love Anne Hathaway. I find her extremely talented, likable, poised and attractive. She is one of my favorite actresses and I see everything she does.
Criticizing her is almost like kicking a kitten….
I’ve never seen such a blatant Oscar campaign as the one waged on her behalf this year….
She was very good in “Les Miz”, but not great….and that’s partly the Director’s fault. Too many tight shots over blew the performances quite a bit and I was not thrilled with some of his other choices. I thought Samantha Barks and Eddie Redmayne gave the best performances in the film.
“Lincoln” was also a flawed film, but with some great performances-especially by Daniel Day Lewis. If I could vote, I wouldn’t vote for it for Best Picture either-“Argo” would be my choice. But I would surely vote for Sally Field, over the lovely Anne, for Best Supporting Actress. Ms Field was just wonderful as Mary Todd Lincoln and did the almost impossible- made me forget I was watching Sally Field.
Again, I love Anne Hathaway. Her day on the podium will come, realistically, probably in a couple of weeks. She’s definitely still the favorite.
But it should be later and for a better role and performance in a better film.
And unexpected upsets to the front runner have happened before. Ask Lauren Bacall….
Anyway, what do I know?
In any event, here is a great parody of Anne’s campaign by the very talented Emma Fitzpatrick.
Thanks to my FB friend, Chris, for first posting it for me to see….
I may be alone here, but stick with me and we’ll see….
I first heard “Les Miserables” on an actual record album when it opened on Broadway in 1987. It would be several more years before I actually saw it on stage. I was in my 20’s and facing something I never thought I would face a that time in my life….
Death. Young people I knew were suddenly dying….
AIDS was at it’s most deadly peak and I was starting to see people disappear. They did that then. They disappeared to die quietly in small towns and big cities while the rest of us were stunned and not sure how to go on with this new normal….
Most of America was still trying to work through this while so many young men just …..disappeared.
I think that’s why the song that stood out for me from “Les Miserables” then was “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables”. We didn’t realize it was a revolution then, but it was….
A quiet, deadly one….
We weren’t all brave and selfless, but we couldn’t miss the empty chairs at empty tables…
It was quite a different context, but it seemed to resonate with me– and I think quite a few others.
And it changed our world….
I think that may have been what made “Les Miz” relevant to our generation….
I think this subtle, subliminal, un-intentional subplot meant more to a lot of us than we realized then and may have added a gravitas for us that the rest of the show may not have otherwise reached….
With this one song, the show became part of the time and place for so many of us…it made it real and in the moment for just that moment.
Like I said, you may not be with me on this, but I think more Gay men may have had this reaction- whether or not they were aware of it- than they realized….
I know I did…
I loved how Eddie Redmayne performed this song in the movie- even if I had issues with the movie as a whole- but his very real version is not on YouTube yet. But Michael Ball’s excellent concert version is…
I’m loving Jeremy Renner more and more as time goes by…..
Especially as television reality shows get worse and worse….
We all need to stand up against this celebration of cultural decline….
I’m still in shock over something called the Honey Boo Boo Child that apparently has a TV show. At least according to some very scary posts I saw on FaceBook….
I really wish I didn’t know about these things–Kardashians, the Jersey Shore People and Honey Boo Boo’s…..
It’s all one big celebration of being vulgar, tacky, trashy and just plain common….
Where are Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy and Grace Kelly when you need them?
From The Huffington Post:
Jeremy Renner joins the growing list of actors to express an extreme distaste for the Kardashians.
In a recent interview with the U.K. paper The Guardian, the “Bourne Legacy” star claimed that he never wanted to be famous, and while discussing the pitfalls of fame he unleashed his disdain for the reality TV family.
When the Kardashian name was mentioned by the interviewer, Renner reportedly rolled his eyes and then called them “ridiculous people with zero talent who spend their lives making sure everyone knows their name,” adding that they are “stupid, stupid people.”
I’ve always been a student of History, so I’m excerpting a bit from a very interesting article on the history of male stripping from Slate.com…
Hot topic- in more ways than one- since “Magic Mike” opened last weekend.
Being a History major in College, I was there the first day “Magic Mike” opened to be sure it was historically accurate. That was a a key concern for me. I’ll probably have to watch it a couple of more times on DVD to double check a few things…
And, all kidding aside, it really is a surprisingly good film….
With some really hot guys who strip…
When Magic Mike shimmied its way to almost $40 million at the box office this past weekend, it wasn’t the first time that men stripped down on screen. Male strippers have been a recurring plot point in recent decades, tearing off their pants in everything from Summer School to The Full Monty to a wide range of sitcoms and a legendary Saturday Night Live skit. This past May the New York Times even declared that male stripping was finally “hitting the mainstream.”
When did men start stripping professionally?
The mid-to-late 1970s. While musclemen have been paid for popping their pecs and otherwise showing off their bodies since at least the late 19th century, it’s only in the ’70s that stripping became a co-ed profession. And there are only a few known reports of male strippers before the late ’70s. In 1973 Jet told of one such dancer who “peeled down to a black G-string, handcuffed himself to the fence outside” Big Ben and bore a banner labeling him as “The body divine—Angel, the lovely male stripper. Book him.” According to the article, no producers came calling, but the cops did. This was a common problem for the early male stripper. Another early appearance of the term comes in a 1974 report on Deviant Behavior, mentioning male strippers in a report on “Marginally Illegal Occupations and Work Systems.” Through the mid-’70s men who took off their clothes in public were likely to receive a citation for indecency.
However, over the course of the late 1970s male dancers became a regular feature at strip clubs across the country. Some strip clubs reserved a few nights each month for male strip shows, with audiences restricted to “ladies only.”