Saturday, January 5, 2019

DON'T COME BACK TO THE OSCARS, KEVIN HART

     

                                            NO!!!!!!!!



                                                               






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

GOLDEN GLOBE PREDICTIONS----


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.


Henry Winkler
Bradley Cooper


Gaga

Darren Criss

Olivia Colma-Thank God for you



Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
  • Amy Adams, "Sharp Objects"
  • Patricia Arquette, "Escape at Dannemora"
  • Connie Britton, "Dirty John"--Dark Horse winner****
  • Laura Dern, "The Tale"
  • Regina King, "Seven Seconds"

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"

Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama
  • Catriona Balfe, "Outlander"
  • Elisabeth Moss, "The Handmaid's Tale"
  • Sandra Oh, "Killing Eve"**** She was robbed of the Emmy. Please let her win
  • Julia Roberts, "Homecoming"
  • Keri Russell, "The Americans"


Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy
  • "Barry"
  • "Good Place"
  • "Kidding"
  • "The Kominsky Method"
  • "Marvelous Mrs Maisel"*****

Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series
  • Alan Arkin, "The Kominsky Method"
  • Kieran Culkin, "Succession"
  • Edgar Ramirez, "The Assassination of Gianni Versace"
  • Ben Whishaw, "A Very English Scandal"
  • Henry Winkler, "Barry"*****I love Henry, and so does everybody else

Best Limited Series or TV Movie
  • "The Alienist"
  • "The Assassination of Gianni Versace"****
  • "Escape from Dannemora"
  • "Sharp Objects"
  • "A Very English Scandal"

Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series
  • Alex Borstein, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" ( I love you)
  • Patricia Clarkson, "Sharp Objects"
  • Penelope Cruz, "The Assassination of Gianni Versace"
  • Thandie Newton, "Westworld"
  • Yvonne Strahovski, "The Handmaid's Tale"****

Best Original Score, Motion Picture
  • "A Quiet Place"
  • "Isle of Dogs"
  • "Black Panther"
  • "First Man"
  • "Mary Poppins Returns"****

Best Actor in a TV Musical or Comedy
  • Sacha Baron Cohen, "Who is America?"
  • Jim Carrey, "Kidding"
  • Michael Douglas, "The Kominsky Method"**** Major fave because of his family
  • Donald Glover, "Atlanta"
  • Bill Hader, "Barry" (I love you)

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Series
  • Kristen Bell, "The Good Place"
  • Candice Bergen, "Murphy Brown"
  • Alison Brie, "GLOW" (You were amazing)
  • Rachel Brosnahan, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"****Brilliant
  • Debra Messing, “Will & Grace”

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture
  • "Roma"
  • "The Favourite"****
  • "If Beale Street Could Talk" (I love you)
  • "Vice"
  • "Green Book" (I love you)

Best Director, Motion Picture
  • Bradley Cooper, "A Star Is Born"**** The Globe voters just love stars
  • Alfonso Cuaron, "Roma"
  • Peter Farrelly, "Green Book"
  • Spike Lee, "BlacKkKlansman" (You deserve it)
  • Adam McKay, "Vice"

Best Actor in a Series, Limited-Series or TV Movie
  • Alan Arkin, "The Kominsky Method"
  • Kieran Culkin, "Succession"
  • Edgar Ramirez, "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story"
  • Ben Whishaw, "A Very English Scandal"
  • Henry Winkler, "Barry"****

Best TV Series, Drama
  • "Bodyguard"
  • "Homecoming"
  • "Killing Eve" (I love you)
  • "The Americans"****
  • "Pose" (I love you)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama
  • Caitriona Balfe, "Outlander"
  • Elisabeth Moss, "The Handmaid's Tale"
  • Sandra Oh, "Killing Eve"****
  • Julia Roberts, "Homecoming"
  • Keri Russell, "The Americans"

Best Original Song, Motion Picture
  • "All The Stars"
  • "Girl in the Movies"
  • "Requiem for a Private War"
  • "Revelation"
  • "Shallow"****

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
  • Glenn Close, "The Wife"
  • Lady Gaga, "A Star Is Born"****
  • Nicole Kidman, "Destroyer" (I love you)
  • Melissa McCarthy, "Can You Ever Forgive Me?"
  • Rosamund Pike, "A Private War"

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy
  • Emily Blunt, "Mary Poppins Returns"
  • Olivia Colman, "The Favourite"****
  • Charlize Theron, "Tully"
  • Elsie Fisher, "Eighth Grade"
  • Constance Wu, "Crazy Rich Asians"

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
  • Bradley Cooper, "A Star Is Born"
  • Willem Dafoe, "At Eternity's Gate"
  • Lucas Hedges, "Boy Erased" (I love you)
  • Rami Malek, "Bohemian Rhapsody"****
  • John David Washington, "BlacKkKlansman"

Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
  • "Crazy Rich Asians"
  • "The Favourite"
  • "Green Book" (I love you)
  • "Mary Poppins Returns"****
  • "Vice"

Motion Picture, Drama
  • "Black Panther"
  • "BlacKkKlansman" (Brilliant)
  • "A Star Is Born"****
  • "Bohemian Rhapsody"
  • "If Beale Street Could Talk" (Brilliant)

Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language
  • "Capernaum"
  • "Girl"
  • "Never Look Away"
  • "Roma"**** I may throw up
  • "Shoplifters"

Best Actor in a Film, Comedy or Musical
  • Christian Bale, "Vice"****
  • Lin Manuel Miranda, "Mary Poppins Returns"
  • Viggo Mortensen, "Green Book"
  • Robert Redford, "The Old Man and the Gun" (sentimental reasons...maybe)
  • John C Reilly, "Stan & Ollie"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Motion Picture
  • Amy Adams, "Vice"
  • Claire Foy, "First Man"
  • Regina King, "If Beale Street Could Talk"****
  • Emma Stone, "The Favourite"
  • Rachel Weisz, "The Favourite"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Motion Picture
  • Mahershala Ali, "Green Book" (I love you)
  • Timothee Chalamet, "Beautiful Boy"****
  • Adam Driver, "BlacKkKlansman"
  • Richard E Grant, "Can You Ever Forgive Me?"
  • Sam Rockwell, "Vice"

Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series, Drama
  • Jason Bateman, "Ozark"
  • Stephan James, "Homecoming"
  • Richard Madden, "Bodyguard"
  • Billy Porter, "Pose" (I love you)
  • Matthew Rhys, "The Americans"****

Friday, January 4, 2019

MINI MOVIE REVIEWS. THIS YEAR THERE'S NO NEED TO MAKE THEM LONGER!



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

NEW YEAR'S WISHES








MY WISHES FOR ALL OF US


CIVILITY
RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP AT ALL LEVELS
KINDNESS
RESPECT
EXCELLENT HEALTH
SELFLESSNESS
COOPERATION
TRANSPARENCY
ACCOUNTABILITY
STABLE ECONOMY
HOUSING AND FOOD FOR ALL
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM REALLY HONORED
EQUALITY FOR ALL REALLY HONORED

Sunday, December 30, 2018

IT'S ALMOST NEW YEAR'S. HERE ARE SOME MISCELLANEOUS PIX OF 2018 FUN



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


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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!!!!!!


Simon Luckinbill

Jeff Barnett


Jill Phelps and Michael

Debbie Green and John




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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