Saturday, January 5, 2019
You said some very obnoxious lines in your latest movie with Tiffany Haddish. You had the power to refuse to say them and get a rewrite. You haven't changed.
The Oscars now probably REALLY want you just to increase their numbers. That would be the only reason. If they fo that, shame on them. The way the Academy has been run has been going down for years........ Let's see
THE GOLDEN GLOBES---ALWAYS UNPREDICTABLE, USUALLY A BIT INSANE
I have been going to the Golden Globes so long, that the first time I went, Marlo Thomas won for Best Newcomer (and that turned out well!!!). I love the Globes, because everybody drinks and you never know what will happen. There is so much hype centered around it, that people need to be reminded that it's usually only around 90 people who vote each year. For a few years, the Globes even had to go off the air. They were fired from NBC because of illegal voting procedures. I know this, because my father was the lawyer for the Globes for years, and I got all the inside info. I'll let that rest with my father. They are legit now.
Here we go: I wish myself a lotta luck. These match-ups are crazy, and the Globes have very mixed up categories with people and movies and shows competing against each other who really belong in separate categories. And, some of the winners are not necessarily who I'd personally like to win.
Photos are of people who might have an "extra-special good time" at the Globes.
|Olivia Colma-Thank God for you|
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Antonio Banders, "Genius, Picasso"
Benedict Cumberbatch, "Patrick Melrose"
Daniel Bruhl, "The Alienist"
Darren Criss, "The Assassination of Gianni Versace"
Hugh Grant, "A Very British Scandal"
Friday, January 4, 2019
IT'S THE AWARDS SEASON SO WE'RE ALL INUNDATED WITH SCREENERS AND PROMO KITS. IT'S THE "BIG MONEY GAME AT ITS WORST.
LET'S TALK WHAT'S REAL AND WHAT IS NOT (in my opinion)
Oh, yes. The movie business has been ruined for years ever since huge corporations took over the studios. Were subjected to "Batman #23," etc. Thank God for independent movie-making. That's about acting and stories. I will say that when "Moonlight" won the Oscar, it was one giant step for peoplekind. But, what happens in that case---there's no blockbuster movie to drive viewers to the actual Academy Awards show, so, now, each year, the Academy flails about switching producers and hosts at will, and their ratings sink lower and lower. The Oscars become less relevant every year, except to those who get them, of course, and the the money-backers of those movies. Ask any person, not in the industry, who won Best Supporting Actress last year, and they'll have no clue. They may not even remember the Best Movie.
So here's goes the game again:
MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS--I've tried to watch it three times and can't get through it. The actors were wonderful; the production looks sweepingly grand. Maybe I'll try a fourth time.
COLD WAR--It will probably win Best Foreign Film. It certainly is the most hyped. I really liked it. It was brooding, sexy, and strange. Incredible cinematography.
THE FAVOURITE--Well, you just have to see it. It's shocking, hilarious, inventive, and wild. I had no clue. Olivia Coleman's performance is one of the best and most memorable I've ever seen. And, Emma and Natalie, you are brave actresses.
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK--One of the best movies of the year in every way. Don't miss it. It's searingly honest and unpretentious. It's just true. Extraordinarily well done.
PRIVATE LIFE--It's another "TV movie" that was elevated to theatrical because of the casting of Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn. It's about infertility. OK. Seen it all before. Only reason to see it (on Netflix--easier) is for their performances.
VICE--Well, it's all about the fantastic performance by Christian Bale. I loved Amy Adams, too. The script plays fast and loose with history in such an obvious way, that you soon realize you should watch it as if it were a cartoon.
MARY POPPINS--Why did the move not open well? Why was there some sort of backlash? I REALLY disapprove of re-makes. That's such an easy way out for a studio. BUT, I LOVED THIS ONE. I smiled for two whole hours.
MULE--It's a perfect "exit movie" if Clint Eastwood wants to retire. He's flawless at playing himself. I liked it.
FIRST MAN---Sorry, but I've seen enough astronaut movies and mini-series. I like Ryan Gosling's eyes. Movie is BORING.
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY--A little too PG for me, considering Freddie Mercury's life. But, I loved every second of it. Rami Malek gave an Oscar-worthy performance. And, make-up and special effects people----the fake teeth were still too big.
THE WIFE--Pleasant to watch. Worth the couple of hours. Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce were terrific. Does Glenn deserve an Oscar. It's waaaayyy overdue. If she gets it for this movie, it's just that voters simply think "it's time." She has done so many movies for which she really deserved it.
WIDOWS--Very entertaining and involving.
AND, MY FAVORITE MOVIE FOR THE YEAR IS STILL---THE GREEN BOOK
( did mini-reviews in a previous blog of other movies for this year)
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
MY WISHES FOR ALL OF US
RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP AT ALL LEVELS
HOUSING AND FOOD FOR ALL
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM REALLY HONORED
EQUALITY FOR ALL REALLY HONORED
Sunday, December 30, 2018
FROM EVERYWHERE. ENJOY THE CRAZY RIDE.......
|Haim Saban talking to Peninsula"s GM Offer Nissenbaum at Cheryl Saban's shopping party for her glass line. Cheryl is in the back|
|Kate (Luckinbill) and Jeff Connor showing off baby bump at Lucie Arnaz and Larry Luckinbill's Thanksgiving|
|Michael Thomas' famous Crown Roast|
|Chuck Yates' plate|
|John Monahan wearing grapes|
|Chuck wearing corn|
|Don Amendolia wearing bells|
|Most importantly, Happy Birthday, Larry!!!!!!|
|Jill Phelps and Michael|
|Debbie Green and John|
AT IL CORSO meeting Jose Navera, a waiter there, but by day---THE CHEF AT REAL ITALIAN DELI!!!
I'M KISSING HIM FOR HIS LASAGNA
|Lucie, Jose, Jules Gard, Lynda Wells at Il Corso|
|An extraordinary Christmas present--a pillow with a picture of Debbie, Carrie, and Me pattern|
At left--Jay Jones. Could anyone of us here live without him and his decorating, designing tricks?
|Michael Childers at the Living Desert|
|Me--dressed like Nanook at the Lights of the Living Desert|