Swinging Sixties Come to A Close

Well it has been a while since my last post, but here I am.

This week, Mad Men returns with it’s seventh and final season. However, it will be broken up with seven eps in 2014, and the final seven in 2015. The first episode will open in the year 1969. America in 1969 was quite a turning point for the country, and the world. Richard Nixon became the 37th President (of the US), The Boeing 747 made its maiden flight, the Stonewall riots in New York marked the start of the modern gay rights movement, Neil Armstrong took his historic first steps on the Moon, The Brady Bunch premiered on US TV, and members of a cult led by Charles Manson murdered actress Sharon Tate, and her friends, and later Leno and Rosemary LaBianca. This event in itself ended the ‘summer of ’69’, and the innocence of the US, and Hollywood was lost forever. So with so many things that happened, Mad Men surely will be more eventful than previous seasons with its backdrop.

I do remember toward the end of season six, Don was in Los Angeles, and went to a Hollywood Party. There was a pretty blonde woman he met, and later talked to, where he thought looked familiar. In the same scenes, he thought he saw his wife, Megan – who was pregnant in his vision. I did wonder at the time,  if the creator of the show, Mathew Weiner, was teasing us with the concept of a ‘Sharon Tate’ style storyline for the upcoming seventh season. Megan is an actress, and if they decide to stay in Los Angeles, well they could get caught up in the Manson style drama. In one episode, Megan was seen wearing a t-shirt identical to one worn by actress Tate in an iconic 1967 Esquire photo shoot. Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant  later confirmed on Twitter that the choice was intentional.

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So with Mad Men about to start this Sunday, I’ll sure be watching.

Speaking of the Tate/LaBianca murders, there really are many strange and weird coincidences surrounding the event. Firstly, Roman Polanski (who married Sharon Tate) directed Rosemary’s Baby (1968). In the film, Mia Farrow plays a pregnant woman who fears that her husband may have made a pact with their eccentric neighbors, believing he may have promised them the child to be used as a human sacrifice in their occult rituals in exchange for success in his acting career.

In the summer in 1969, Roman Polanski was in England with Sharon. She had to go back to the US by boat, as she was nearly eight months pregnant. He had a weird thought that it would be the last time he would see her. He ignored the thought, said his goodbyes, and was looking forward to seeing her again around the 11th of August, when he would return to Los Angeles.

On the 9th of August 1969, Sharon was with some friends (Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger and Wojciech Frykowski) for a small get together. It was hot and humid. Charles Manson’s followers drove to Cielo Drive that late night, and decided to cause murder and carnage with Manson’s approval.

On the night of the 10th, the LaBianca family arrived home from a boating trip. Before that, they dropped off their daughter at 4616 Greenwood Place, which was used as the front façade and establishing shots of the TV series Melrose Place.

Once home at 3301 Waverly Drive, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca was home invaded by Charles Manson himself. He tied them up and left. His followers caused more murder and carnage.

With the death of Rosemary LaBianca, the death of Sharon Tate and her baby, the director Roman Polanski, and the movie Rosemary’s Baby –  it all seems quite strange when you think about it.  Rosemary’s Baby is centred on a pregnant woman married to a prominent Hollywood figure who is besieged by a cult of delusional worshippers.

Also years earlier, Abigail Folger, who was murdered on that August night at Cielo Drive,  helped a whole lot of hippies on Haight and Ashbury streets in San Francisco with drug issues and sexual health problems. Some of the hippies were perhaps part of Charles Manson’s happy followers just before they ventured down to LA.

By the way, NBC will give its Rosemary’s Baby miniseries a Sunday-Thursday schedule during May sweeps. The four-hour adaptation of Ira Levin’s best-selling novel of the same name will run on May 11 and 15, starting at 9 p.m. ET/PT each night. Rosemary’s Baby follows a young married couple (played by Zoe Saldana and Patrick J, Adams) living in a (now) Paris apartment with a haunted past. When the wife, Rosemary, becomes pregnant, she suspects her husband and their neighbours have ulterior motives regarding her child.

 

 

 

Secrets & Lies – Hollywood Style

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Well Hollywood is never boring, and the following are some titbits on what is really happening in Tinseltown.

1. This hip hop type singer is engaged to a reality TV show star with an annoying family. However, this singer is much happier with his fashion designer boyfriend than with his ‘fiancé’. If this was released, the world would be in shock. Taylor Swift could write a song about it (but it has nothing to do with her, however she had an issue with this singer at an awards ceremony once).

2. Since the sad death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, another Hollywood actor has the same major drug problem. This actor  is not American. He has had a heroin problem for decades. He is no longer with his wife – and that’s the reason. Hopefully it doesn’t end the same way for the macho actor.  Oh and this actor has a film coming out in less than two weeks time.

3. Despite an A cup breast size, this foreign born A list super model just had her third breast lift in the last decade but will swear to you she has never had any work done. By work she must mean something other than plastic surgery because she runs a tab at her doctor she is there so much.

Which Witch is Which?

Currently in New York it’s Wednesday. But this is no ordinary Wednesday.

Today marks an auspicious day for those who have followed a group of Witches in New Orleans. Today marks the  finale of American Horror Story – Coven. This instalment of  American Horror Story  is probably the most talked about in terms of watchability and social media obsession. I have also been caught up in its spell with a few purchases of T-shirts showcasing the famous catchphrase “On Wednesdays We Wear Black”.

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So the question of the finale is ‘Who is the Supreme Witch?’ … and ‘Is Fiona Really Dead?’

In several hours, Facebook and Twitter will go off with reactions to this highly regarded show. In the past months, we have endured quite violent and gruesome scenes that I’m sure are in context with themes of witchcraft and voodoo. I’m sure they are dramatised for effect though. What is exciting about the show is my own fascination with New Orleans and its Voodoo history and culture.

In American Horror Story – Coven, some of the characters are based on real people:

Marie Laveau, played by Angela Bassett was a Louisiana Creole practitioner of Voodoo renowned in New Orleans and a hairdresser. Her daughter, Marie Laveau II, also practiced Voudoun, as well as Voodoo. She and her mother had great influence over their multiracial following. In 1874 as many as twelve thousand spectators, both black and white, swarmed to the shores of Lake Pontchartrain to catch a glimpse of Marie Laveau II performing her legendary rites on St. John’s Eve (June 23–24).

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Marie Delphine LaLaurie, played by Kathy Bates, was more commonly known as Madame LaLaurie, a Louisiana-born socialite and serial killer known for her involvement in the torture and murder of slaves. Born in New Orleans, LaLaurie married three times over the course of her life. She maintained a prominent position in the social circles of New Orleans until April 10, 1834, when rescuers responding to a fire at her Royal Street mansion discovered bound slaves within the house who showed evidence of torture over a long period. LaLaurie’s house was subsequently sacked by an outraged mob of New Orleans citizens, and it is thought that she fled to Paris, where she is believed to have died. As of 2014, the Royal Street mansion where LaLaurie lived is still standing and is a prominent New Orleans landmark.

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The Axeman of New Orleans, played by Danny Huston,  was a serial killer active in New Orleans, Louisiana (and surrounding communities, including Gretna, Louisiana), from May 1918 to October 1919. Press reports during the height of public panic about the killings mentioned similar murders as early as 1911, but recent researchers have called these reports into question.

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As we say goodbye to the characters we have grown to love (or hate), I will be wearing Black. And yes, I will miss you Misty Day.

For those who will be wondering what to watch next,  the new WGN series SALEM  – about the Salem Witch Hunts – airs soon. Set in the volatile world of 17th century Massachusetts, ‘Salem’ explores what really fueled the town’s infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth hiding behind the veil of this infamous period in American history. In Salem, witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem.

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Secrets and Lies

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Let’s go deep into the secrets and lies within Hollywood -

This famous family member has separated from his wife, and is now contemplating what to do now. This separation is not a shock – it has been on the cards for some time. This man is next to become a woman. Why? Who knows. But in two years time – he will be a fully fledged woman. But the question remains, will her new name start with a K?

The actor is this TV show has been killed off. He is one of the main characters. Why has he been killed off – to create conspiracy within the show. But it will not affect the actor, as he has another show coming up for 2014. He had to leave the previous show to do this one. Was this a good idea? We will find out in 2014.

You know that this award-winning superstar seems to have it all. Good looks, some talent, a long-term marriage, beautiful child and wealth and fame beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. But do you know how she has the energy to do it all? A single Class A drug that gets her up and keeps her up. Her habit has gone from a once-in-a-while thing to an every day thing. We have to admit that we are a little surprised about the depth of her drug use. We know she smokes pot, but we never dreamed she would get into hard drugs. Then again, given that her family and husband have a long history with drugs, perhaps this is her fate.

Guess Who – Don’t Sue – Part Two

Well it’s that time again for more guessing from the land of Hollywood – and beyond.

This singer has been around for decades. In 2014, she would be married for twenty years. She was born in the continent of North America.  This singer is a lesbian. The husband already knows. He knew three years after they got married  – and so did she.  The heart of the marriage will still go on.

This young actor in question has had many gay rumours circulating in the past many years. He finds them funny –  so funny that they are true. Gay men the world over would be happy to know that he is a fully fledged card-carrying homosexual. This actor has played a gay character in a movie, which probably started the rumours, but well he does have girlfriends here and there, but nothing serious – as they are beards.

These two are from a pop boy band. With all the media surrounding these two and their girlfriends (one being from a reality based family)- well they are in fact together. The two guys love the attention they are getting, but they are having to hide their true feeling in the spotlight. The PR people have a media script to abide by just in case things slip out – or in.

This actor has played the one character for many years. He is lately looking a bit pale and thin. This actor has a cocaine problem. Not a shock, as it is Hollywood, but just hopefully it doesn’t get out. But he should be in secret rehab before anything does.

If someone took a photo of this, it would sell for millions. This  politician could have been in government in Capitol Hill, USA. Lucky she isn’t as she’s not that bright. There has been a movie made about her, and a few books. She is full of contradictions. This woman has a cocaine habit. It was quite funny for the person that was interviewing her.

This actress married a controlling actor. Some say it was a contract. This actress has no emotion. Well it wasn’t her fault. Married to the controlling actor made this happen. I mean, he had an overbearing father. When the couple were married sex never happened, that’s because she was with the trainer. However, go forward twelve years since divorce – and she is married again. Again, she is with the trainer, but a different one. This actress will probably divorce her husband in 2014.

Which popular member of a pop boy band may come out of the closet. Even though there is another gay one in the group  – he will take it for the team.

This singer who has been around for decades, and from a famous family, has a love child. No one knows. How long will it be until it comes out. Probably never.

Seven years ago, this actor who is known as controlling, had a Filipino boyfriend staying at a California Bungalow nearby in Santa Monica. Another actor has the same penchant for the same race – it must be a Scientology thing. However, this person is back.

This actor has had a lot of success in Hollywood. Presently, he has done a few good things. He is devout Catholic, however like all devout Catholics – they have secrets. The secrets of this actor is infidelity and homosexuality adjacency. Nothing new in Hollywood. But to make his life look ‘clean’, he is about to have a reality TV show – It will not be like The Kardashians. The show will let the world know what a great ‘family man’ he is.

This actress has been on a long running series, and a played a character on another show in the 1990s that was fiery and evil. On the recent show, she was very conservative. This actress is into the ladies. Who would have known. She is currently married to her male best friend.

Ten Years ago, Which Down Under Hollywood megastar allegedly stormed off the set of an Australian film with an E-mail to the director telling her: “I am a Ferrari, you’re just a VW?”

This actor was on a long running sitcom. During that time he had a boyfriend. Later he married a woman. All of them live in the same mansion. It’s just like Will & Grace – except it’s not anyone from that show.

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Guess Who, Don’t Sue

Another Blind Vice for you to guess.

This Hollywood actress was born in the US, but lived her early days in another country. She is married to music and lives her days outside of Hollywood. This actress wants a divorce. However, it will not be until the New Year, after her film premieres. I wonder why she wants a divorce…the truth will never come out, but they will say to the media it’s because of their busy lives.

Christmas, Actually

It’s December already and the shops are filled with people buying up for the upcoming holidays. It’s the excitement of food, presents and the fun with family (and friends). However there is  the entertainment aspect of the period with Christmas themed films. There is one film that I always watch every year since its initial release.

Ten years ago to the month, Love Actually premiered in Australia. The film follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely and interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England. Featuring a star cast of Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Colin Firth and Alan Rickman.

This film is written and directed by Richard Curtis (Notting Hill). It has many feel good scenes, especially a cameo from Rowan Atkinson where he utilises his present wrapping and presentation skills. Whenever I see this film, I always have an intention to have a British Christmas in London the following year. This year, that’s not happening – but for 2014, who knows.

The most funny thing with Love, Actually was the political twist. . After a meeting with the US president, British prime minister Hugh Grant gave this speech –  “I fear that this has become a bad relationship – a relationship based on the president taking exactly what he wants and casually ignoring all those things that really matter to Britain. A friend who bullies us is no longer a friend. And since bullies only respond to strength, from now onward I will be prepared to be much stronger. And the president should be prepared for that.”

At the time this was released in Australia,  Mark Latham  – the new Labor leader – was promising to say the same thing to George W Bush.

Grant’s speech was so influential that in 2005, real British prime minister, Tony Blair, responded to it –  ”I know there’s a bit of us that would like me to do a Hugh Grant and tell America where to get off. But the difference between a good film and real life is that in real life there’s the next day, the next year, the next lifetime to contemplate the ruinous consequences of easy applause.”

Love, Actually is still as fun and entertaining as it was in 2003, and every year after that.

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