Saturday, June 4, 2011
Click Here) to read my review of Revenge of the Electric Car on Examiner.com
Click the poster (or Click Here) to read my review of World Shorts 7: Death and Filmmaking on Examiner.com.
Friday, June 3, 2011
Click the poster (or Click Here) to read my review of Natural Selection on Examiner.com
|Furious love ... Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor on the set of Cleopatra in 1963. Photograph: Bettmann/Corbis|
I will be interested to see if this film comes to light. I wonder if Scorsese will go the A-list route to cast the Taylor and Burton roles, or look for two unknowns. I honestly don't know any current Hollywood actress who could embody Elizabeth Taylor. We shall see.
Their romance was one of the most tempestuous in Hollywood history and ushered in an era of intense media interest in celebrity lifestyles. Now the love affair between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton looks set to be immortalised on film following reports that Martin Scorsese is tipped to direct a forthcoming biopic.
The film will be based on the book Furious Love by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger, a biography of Taylor and Burton's on-off relationship....
....Burton and Taylor became romantically involved while filming Cleopatra in 1963, in which their characters share a similarly doomed passion. They were both married at the time and their romance became the source of intense media interest. The pair married in 1964 but divorced a decade later. In 1975 they married a second time, but divorced again the following year. Of their tempestuous relationship, Burton once said: "You can't keep clapping a couple of sticks [of dynamite] together without expecting them to blow up."....
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
A bit of news that amuses me far more than it should, from The Washington Post:
A combative, fashion-conscious mobster already serving a life prison term dodged a death sentence on Wednesday for ordering a gangland hit while taking control of a once-fearsome crime family.An anonymous jury deliberated less than two hours in federal court in Brooklyn before reaching the decision in the penalty phase at the trial of Vincent “Vinny Gorgeous” Basciano. The jury, which gave him a life sentence, had found the former acting boss of the Bonanno crime family guilty last month of murder, racketeering, conspiracy and other charges....I bet Ariel (Astrologer friend) would have a lot to say about this guy in relation to his sign (Scorpio, if his birth date on Wikipedia is correct). I'm surprised I had never heard of him before. Vinny Gorgeous, that sounds like the title of a flashy mob-comedy (remember Johnny Dangerously?). Somebody should make that movie, or maybe even a musical. I like his style, even if he is a cold-blooded murderer.
.....Defense attorney Richard Jasper argued the former owner of the Hello Gorgeous hair salon would pose no threat if imprisoned with other notorious gangsters and terrorists in the fortress-like lockup in Florence, Colo., “the biggest, baddest house in the federal system,” where “everybody is in lockdown.”
He urged jurors to follow their consciences and “suspend the work of death until Vincent Basciano dies in a federal prison by himself — in God’s time, not man’s.”
Throughout the capital case, Basciano was a colorful presence in the courtroom. He had won U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis’ approval to wear a wardrobe of five different suits — one for each day of the week — and always kept his full hair of gray hair carefully coiffed....
Saw a blip of it on the cover of SYNC magazine last night. Chicago takes over Little Rock June 14-15 at Robinson Center Music Hall!
I've never seen the actual stage musical, just the 2002 movie (which I loved). I will do my best to make it to this.
You can buy tickets online at Ticketmaster. By phone at: (501) 244-8800 or (800) 982-ARTS (2787). You can also get them at any of the Celebrity Attractions office in downtown Little Rock (300 S Spring st, Suite 100).
Little Rock Film Festival starts tonight! Can't wait!
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
That depends on your definition of 'running the world'. As far as meaningful female empowerment goes, Beyonce's new song is about as useful as the Spice Girls' 'Girl Power' was in the mid-90s (I say this as someone who likes both Beyonce and the Spice Girls). Actual, substantial and lasting power have no relation to this superficial and frivolous song.
"Disrespect us, no they won't...."
"Yes, they will, and they do, often!"
Monday, May 30, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
The Seventh Sister: Chapter 6 - Rhoda I: "Chapter Six Rhoda I Rhoda stood on stage, ready to present Valerie to Madison Square Garden as well as the world at-large, but there..."