Monday, September 26, 2016
THIS IS NOT MEANT TO BE FUNNY AT ALL
MOST PEOPLE SEEM TO BE TREATING THIS LIKE A BOXING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, OR THE FINALE OF SURVIVOR, OR THE REAL POLITICIANS OF NEW YORK, OR THE SUPERBOWL OF SARCASM.
Parties are being held; casseroles are being made; vodka bottles chilled; score cards printed.
Oh, wait. The future of our country is at stake. STOP SMIRKING. START LISTENING, AMERICA.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
ANNA MAY WONG, IDA LUPINO AND DOROTHY DANDRIDGE TO BE HONORED AT THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE FILM FESTIVAL
WHAT DID THEY ALL HAVE IN COMMON? THEY WERE TALENT WOMEN WHO WERE SCREWED OVER BY MISOGYNISTIC, PREJUDICED HOLLYWOOD
ANNA MAY WONG
Anna May Wong was the first woman Chinese movie star in America and the world. She was a bright woman who hated the stereotyping, and, eventually went to Europe t get better parts. Her biggest disappointment was NOT being hired to play the Chinese girl O-Lan in THE GOOD EARTH. A white actress played it.
Ida Lupino became a pioneering director and producer—the only woman working within the 1950s Hollywood studio system to do so. With her independent production company, she co-wrote and co-produced several of her own social-message films, and was the first woman to direct a film noir, The Hitch-Hiker, in 1953. In her 48-year career, she made acting appearances in 59 films and directed eight others, mostly in the United States, where she became a citizen in 1948. The majority of her later career as an actress, writer, and director was in television, where she directed more than 100 episodes of productions ranging across Westerns, supernatural tales, situation comedies, murder mysteries, and gangster stories. She was the only woman to direct episodes of the original The Twilight Zone series, and the only director to have starred in the series, as well.
While all of this sounds fantastic, Ida Lupino was referred to as a "ball-buster," just because she wanted to direct. For decades, when young woman in Hollywood tried to get directing jobs, Ida Lupino's name was ALWAYS USED IN THIS WAY--"What do you mean we don't have woman directors? Look at Ida Lupino!" I guess they felt one was enough. It IS better now, for sure, but absolutely not good enough.
Dorothy Dandridge died of an embolism at age 42. Anti-depressants also contributed to her her death. So, in my opinion did the director, Otto Preminger. Dandridge was a beautiful black girl in a white man's world. She had light skin and wasnt "black enough to be black or white enough" to get better roles at that time. She was finally nominated for an Oscar for CARMEN JONES, but her "boyfriend," Otto Preminger told her to turn down all the leading lady roles she was offered after that. Terrified woman; egotistic, controlling director relationship. Several years later, she was cast in PORGY AND BESS--great choice. Well, the director was replaced with Otto the Pig, and he replaced her. Bastard.
A special note: My father was her gynecologist. He was a very quiet man who never showed emotion. When she died at that young age, it was the only time I ever saw him cry.
ANDREW SULLIVAN HAS AN ARTICLE IN THIS WEEK'S NEW YORK MAGAZINE that scared me. He went to a Meditation Camp or Tech Addiction Camp or whatever you want to call it. This is the second article I've read on this in two days---ironically, of course, as I was addicted to the internet and my phone. The retreat lasts a week, and all phones and devices are collected as you check in.
People panic at the beginning. Their anxieties run rampant. How's the dog? What's on TMZ? What am I missing? During the week people walk through forests. They read books you can hold. They actually talk to each other and look each other in the eyes.
At one point, Sullivan just started sobbing. All the feelings he could deflect by texting an emoji had no place to go. His therapist there told him that sobbing was normal and that it would abate.
Yesterday, I found myself watching TV, reading my ipad, and picking up the iphone to email images on it to make sure it was on all platforms. I had a very strong dizzy spell and had to grab my forehead. My eyes and brain were fried. I did it to myself. It was VERY scary.
I'm sick of people talking loudly on their phones in office waiting rooms I'm sick of trying to avoid getting bumped by idiots texting and reading while walking on a public sidewalk. And, don't even get me started about phones and driving. I can't change anyone else, but I can change myself.
I'm going to make some changes. The world really will go on if I stay off TMZ for several hours. I was that kid who read the Encyclopedia Brittanica almost every day because I loved information. Access to information is what intrigued me about the internet. But I got sucked in like everybody else.
I'm going to try to check emails and my news sites once in the morning, once in the afternoon and once at night. I mean it. And, I'm going to try no tech after seven at night. I AM very conscious of our beautiful worked outside and I already do take a lot of time to enjoy it. My problem is inside the house. So, as I sit on a golf course writing this to you, I'm going out to play.
A SPECIAL NOTE TO PARENTS: Keep those devices away from your children for as many years as you can. Let them understand what a live human is; what communication is; what feelings are; what a book is.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
WHAT TO DO NOW? TAKE A LOOK AT THIS PICTURE. This story has now taken a sad, pretty off-the-rails turn. Accusations with serious implications are flying. All these children's lives are at stake.
What do we do now? NOTHING. Stay out of it. Let's just hope it can be resolved in peace for everyone's highest good.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
MARION COTILLARD IS A REAL LADY. IT'S TOO BAD HER NAME HAS BEEN DRAGGED INTO THE PITT-JOLIE SITUATION. PEOPLE KNOW NOW THAT IT'S FALSE
I LOVE MARION COTILLARD. LET'S NOT PRONOUNCE HER GUILTY YET.
OK. SO LET'S ADD TO THIS THAT IN HER DIVORCE FILING, ANGELINA ALLEGES BRAD IS A HEAVY POT SMOKER AND DRINKER AND RAGER AND HE INFLICTS THIS BEHAVIOR ON CHILDREN.
ONCE A CHEATING BASTARD, ALWAYS A CHEATING BASTARD
(AND DON'T FORGET, HE DID IT TO GWYNETH PALTROW, TOO.)
BUT THIS TIME HE DID IT TO CHILDREN AS WELL.
Monday, September 19, 2016
LINDA THOMPSON'S FIANCE (WHEN SHE WAS A YOUNG 22 ) WAS ELVIS PRESLEY. HER FIRST HUSBAND WAS BRUCE JENNER. HER SECOND HUSBAND WAS HIT-MAKE RECORD PRODUCER SONGWRITER DAVID FOSTER. DOES SHE HAVE STORIES TO TELL???
I SUGGEST YOU READ THE BOOK.
|Hosts Ambassador Nicole Avant and Irena Medavoy watch as Linda thanks guests on the rooftop of Burberry on Rodeo Drive|
As a treat before the actual party, Burberry live-streamed their fashion show from London, featuring the designs of Christopher Bailey. The theme was ORLANDO--the novel and movie. I loved the clothes. More on that later.
"I'm just so happy and grateful that my book has been well-received. I'm so excited it's on the best-seller list. Ive been writing it over a period of ten years. The reviews have been wonderful. The worst thing anyone has said about it is that maybe I sugar-coated some things. Well, I did. I don't want to hurt people. You can read what I wrote and figure it out. If that's the worst thing anyone says about it, then I'm happy," said Linda.
And, yes, she writes abut the first time she saw her husband, Bruce dressed up as a woman, years before anyone ever knew. Linda had two sons with Bruce, and the way she handled Bruce's struggle with their children is inspiring. The most important thing in Linda's life is family.
After the viewing, we all had a chance to see the clothes (and buy them) A portion of the sales went to the fabulous charity called A SENSE OF HOME. It was founded by Georgie Smith and Melissa Goddard.
A Sense of Home (ASOH) changes the lives of foster youth who've "aged out" of the foster care system by creating homes for them. Using donated furniture and housewares, volunteers work with the youth to help them realize their own sense of home — often for the first time, in the process, helping them achieve self-sufficiency.
|With Linda. Slight height discrepancy|
|Irena and Danica Perez|
|Joyce Arad and Cheryl Saban|
|Joyce, Cheryl, Me, Georgie, Yolanda, and Melissa|
|Burberry Penthouse. Who knew?|
|Linda, Cheryl, Danielle Del|
|Lisa Stanley, Danielle, Me, Donna Antebi, and Linda|
AND NOW FOR THE FASHIONS-- When I was a kid in college, I hated getting up for 8 a.m. classes. My go-to outfit was to simply put a trenchcoat on over my pajamas and go to school. I'm happy to report that Burberry has finally caught up with my fashion trend. Many of their new outfits consist of silk pajamas under a blazer; a silk robe over a gown; wallpaper-patterned fabrics; the white poof collar from ORLANDO, ruffled shirts; and silk boxer shorts..... I loved it all
|Look closely--cotton short, silk pj top, then coat|