Thursday, November 30, 2017


 She may not be well known outside Mexico, where she is a major star, but Kate del Castillo has become internationally famous for a different reason.
After exchanging a number of flirty texts with him, the 45-year-old actress met fugitive drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in his hideout in the Sinaloa mountains, taking Sean Penn with her in the hopes of making a Hollywood movie about it.
But shortly after the meeting---and her brief affair with Penn, who wrote a 10,000-word piece for Rolling Stone about it--Mexican authorities arrested Guzman and for a while Kate lived in fear that her life was in danger because she believed El Chapo's cartel would think she had betrayed him.
Now, she tells me when we meet in Beverly Hills, El Chapo's men know she did nothing that led to his capture and she is more afraid of the Mexican government than the drug cartels.
"I can never go back to Mexico," she says. "The government there is so corrupt."
Kate is funny, friendly and talks fluent English with an enticing Spanish accent.
She has produced a three-episode documentary series for Netflix, The Day I Met El Chapo and he granted her the rights to his story, leaving open the possibility of a major movie..
The daughter of famed actor Eric del Castillo, Kate has been acting since the age of nine and after achieving major success as a sexy drug kingpin in the series The Queen of the South, she set her eyes on the American market.and is carving out a crossover career for herself.
She carries dual citizenship and has a production company, Kate del Castillo Productions, up and running in California. She has appeared in the PBS series American Family about a Latino family in Los Angeles, had a role on the comedy series Jane the Virgin and recently finished a U.S. movie All About Nina.
"We'll see what happens but I'm still hoping to make a movie about El Chapo," she says.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017


  It's not going away!

There could be more revelations of child molestation if Corey Feldman has his way.

 The Goonies actor, who claims a paedophile ring molested him and other child stars, is trying to raise $10 million to make a movie about it in which he promises to name names.

 Feldman has talked for years about being a victim of pedophiles in Hollywood, but after during an appearance on the Dr. Oz show he was encouraged to make a formal report to police. Feldman has long contended that investigators failed to look into the allegations over the decades.

 In his 2013 autobiography, Feldman talked about being molested as a child actor. He also claimed his friend, the late Corey Haim, was also molested as a child. He has become more outspoken in recent weeks in light of sexual harassment and abuse allegations made against celebrities such as Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey.

 Feldman, now 46, is trying to generate funding for the movie he wants to produce about paedophilia in Hollywood, a film that would expose alleged offenders. He has said he gave the LAPD specific names, but he has not identified any alleged offenders publicly.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department the allegations are beyond the statute of limitations.

The LAPD issued a statement saying the agency is "committed to protecting victims of sexual assault and will thoroughly investigate any report of a sex-related crime."

  "In the case of Corey Feldman, unfortunately according to California law the alleged occurrence is out of statute and Robbery Homicide detectives have no other avenues to pursue this case," according to the LAPD. "However, the LAPD applauds Mr. Feldman for coming forward, as an out-of-statute assault report could potentially bolster any current and forthcoming case as it creates a pattern of behavior.

 "The latest rash of sexual assault reports are particularly troubling and the LAPD encourages and will gladly take a report from anyone who feels they may be a victim."

Feldman responded on his Twitter page, writing, "Maybe now u will believe me when I say I need 2 do it my way."

Feldman is best known for such 1980s movies as "The Goonies," "Stand By Me" and "The Lost Boys."

Tuesday, November 7, 2017


Glad to see the Walt Disney Co's pathetic attempts to muzzle the press didn't last long.
 It announced it was banning the Los Angeles Times from attending advanced screenings of its movies because it did not like the newpaper's articles critical of Disney's business dealings with the city of Anaheim. 

  The backlash was instant and vehement. Media outlets around the U.S. criticised the move and several, including the New York Times, vowed to no longer review Disney movies and critics' groups disqualified them from their year-end awards.
 The company also faced pressure from several high-profile Hollywood figures, including Ava DuVernay, who directed A Wrinkle in Time, which is scheduled to be released by Disney on March 9.
“Saluting the film journalists standing up for one another,” she wrote on Twitter. “Standing with you.”
  The ban lasted less than a day before Disney executives realised how foolish they were and backtracked
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Thursday, October 26, 2017



So R.I.P Fats Domino.

With his death the world has lost another rock and roll legend, although for someone nicknamed Fats who spent a good part of his life playing in smoky clubs and bars, he did well to live until 89.

  The roly-poly piano pounder's  mantra was "play the blues and drink the booze." And he did.
  My big regret is that I never saw him perform, although I saw his compatriots, Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry several times.

   Unlike them, he kept a low profile, living all his life in the quarter of New Orleans where he was born.

  John Lennon once said that without Fats Domino there wouldn't have been the Beatles because the first song he learned to play was Fats's "Ain't That a Shame."

  It could be said that Fats Domino pioneered rock and roll because in 1949 he recorded The Fat Man, a pounding rock-blues song with the lyrics:

They call me the Fat Man
'Cause I weigh 200 pounds
All the girls they love me
'Cause I know my way around.
Fats Domino's place in rock and roll history is secure and many of his songs, such as Blueberry Hill, Walkin' to New Orleans, I'm Walkin' and  Be My Guest are all-time classics.

 But what is not so widely known is that as well as acting in films such as Shake Rattle and Roll and Jamboree, he provided part or all of 104 film soundtracks.

Fats Domino was one of the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. Of the original 13 pioneers, only three remain: Don Everly of The Everly Brothers, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis.  

 The world of rock and blues is a lesser place without the Fat Man.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017


Rita Hayworth and Harry Cohn
  The floodgates of sexual harassment accusations opened wide when Ashley Judd told of her experience with Harvey Weinstein. Scores more actresses followed her lead and other executives, such as director James Toback, Weinstein's brother Bob, Amazon boss Ron Price and the late Michael Winner found themselves in the frame as well, with many more names to come.
  Weinstein and other sexual predators of today are following in the footsteps of the old time film moguls who founded and ran the studios. Film historian Neal Gabler describes them as "vulgarians, men without taste or temperance, shouters who ruled by fear, heathens who demanded women trade their sexual favours for the moguls' professional ones."
  Darryl Zanuck, he says, ordered female contract players into his office for afternoon liaisons; Louis B. Mayer pursued starlets; Jack Warner was a compulsive womanizer who would ask directors about prospective actresses: "Would you fuck her?"

  Columbia Pictures boss Harry Cohn viewed starlets as sexual commodities and according to the Hollywood Reporter no one had to fend off more unwanted advances from him than Rita Hayworth, whom he discovered in 1936 and groomed for Hollywood.
  As she became a major star, in movies such as 1944's Cover Girl and 1946's Gilda while fulfilling G.I. fantasies overseas as a pinup girl, Cohn relentlessly demanded that she sleep with him, bugged her dressing rooms and imposed financial penalties on her for insubordination because she did not comply with his wishes. 
   "In front of people Harry Cohn would say, 'I never put a hand on her,'" Hayworth told the New York Times in 1970. "Of course he hadn't---as if I'd let him!"

  She died in Manhattan in 1987 aged 68 and Cohn succumbed to a heart attack at 66 in 1958. His well-attended funeral led Red Skelton to note: "It proves what Harry always said: 'Give the public want they want and they'll come out for it.'"

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Friday, October 6, 2017


  It was exactly 55 years ago that Ursula Andress memorably emerged from the sea wearing a white bikini as Honeychile Ryder in the first ever James Bond film.
  Now 81, she remarks: "The bikini made me into a success."
 The anniversary of Dr. No coincides with the opening of the London Film Festival which is screening 242 feature films from 67 different countries.  
  The festival is bookended with films from two British directors, opening with a gala screening of Andy Serkis's directorial debut Breathe and closing with Martin McDonough's outrageous Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
  It also coincides with another anniversary---the decriminalisation of homosexuality 50 years ago  which the festival is celebrating with a powerful LGBT lineup including Battle of the Sexes, Call Me By Your Name and A Fantastic Woman. 
Nicole Kidman: at the festival
  A Zambian witch-doctor comedy, a serial-killer thriller set in Jersey and a drama about Jehovah’s Witnesses directed by a former member of the church are among the many British films sharing the spotlight with Hollywood A listers including Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Nicole Kidman and Colin  Farrell.

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Friday, September 15, 2017


    The Toronto International Film Festival, has, as it always does, given the first reliable indication of which films and actors will be in contention for honors at awards time.  

    Its reputation as a showcase for potential winners remains intact but this year several of the highly anticipated and touted movies failed to arouse much interest. 

    George Clooney's Suburbicon, Alexander Payne's Downsizing, Aaron Sorkin's Molly's Game and Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's The Current War all suffered from muddled scripts and unsatisfactory storylines.

  Many performances were better than the movies they were in and 
Emma Stone with Billie Jean King
 it has so far been a year for outstanding acting, particularly from the women. Jennifer Lawrence turns in a remarkable tour de force in Darren Aronofsky's mad house-of-horrors extravaganza; Emma Stone is excellent as former tennis champ Billie Jean King in the delightful Battle of the Sexes; Sally Hawkins deserves a nomination for her role as a deaf mute cleaner in Guillermo del Toro's Beauty and the Beast-style fairy story The Shape of Water and Frances McDormad is terrific as a mother seeking her daughter's killer in Martin McDonagh's outrageously funny, sad, shocking and riveting Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the winner of the People's Choice Award.    

Jennifer Lawrence in mother!
  Then there's Judi Dench in Victoria and Abdul, Jessica Chastain in Molly's Game and Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird.  

 On the male side, Gary Oldman gives a towering performance as Winston Churchill in The Darkest Hours; Liam Neeson overcomes a saggy script as Deep Throat in Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House; and Steve Carell is excellent as Bobby Riggs in Battle of the Sexes.

  So expect some wonderful performances although some are in pretty lame movies.

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