Wednesday, August 8, 2018


    Here's the first picture of Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate, the actress murdered by Charles Manson's followers at the Los Angeles home on Cielo Drive she shared with her husband filmmaker Roman Polanski.

   Margot, wearing a black sweater, white skirt and go-go boots as Tate, stars in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which director Quentin Tarantino describes as "a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969 at the height of hippy Hollywood."
   The movie also stars Brad Pitt, as a washed-up actor from a Western TV series and Leonardo DiCaprio as his stunt double, both of whom are friends of Sharon Tate's. Dakota Fanning will play Manson follower Squeaky Fromme.

  "I've been working on this script for five years, as well as living in Los Angeles County most of my life, including in 1969, when I was 7 years old," Tarantino has said of the film. "I'm very excited to tell this story of an L.A. and a Hollywood that don't exist anymore."

  Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is one of three movies due to be released next year marking the 50th anniversary of the so-called Manson Family Murders, in which followers of cult leader Manson killed the 26-year-old Tate along with four others who were in her home at the time.

   The actresses playing Tate in the other two movies are Kate Bosworth, who is working closely with the Tate family on a film being directed by her husband, Michael Polish to be called simply Tate; and Hilary Duff, who is starring in The Haunting of Sharon Tate, which shows her dreaming of her own murder in the months leading up to the deadly event.

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Monday, July 30, 2018


    To fans of The Walking Dead Lauren Cohan is the fierce and skilled fighter Maggie Greene. In the upcoming movie Mile 22 she is a death-dealing martial arts expert and a veteran member of the CIA's most closely-guarded secret operatives. And in the upcoming TV series Whiskey Cavalier she is again a  CIA agent leading a team of spies who periodically save the world.

   "I can almost exclusively talk about kicking ass," she laughs when we talk at the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills.

   Despite what she calls her scrappy, caged animal style of fighting on screen, off-screen 36-year-old Lauren is a well-spoken former University of Winchester student who spent her teenage years in England and is, she says, "American by birth, English by accent."

  Her home is now in Los Angeles but she now returns to England frequently to see her family although, she says: "I used to go back less because coming back to America was so difficult and heartbreaking. Now I think I've adjusted to the idea that you can be in both places and you don't have to make hard and fast decisions about where you live or what you do.

  "I always go back at Christmas and usually have a trip in the summer. Two of my siblings have moved here so we use that to draw my parents back over to the U.S more because we lived here when we were kids.

 "And the new show Whiskey Cavalier shoots in Prague, so my parents are

  Lauren entered into a well-publicised pay dispute with AMC after completing her contract as a series regular on the zombie drama The Walking Dead at the end  of the eighth season. She asked for a pay rise closer to her male co-stars but AMC refused. Eventually, she made a deal to appear in 6 episodes in the first half of the ninth season before moving on to co-star in Whiskey Cavalier. 

    "It's exciting times," she says with a smile.

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Monday, July 23, 2018


     It's all over for another year. The Spider-man suits, Walking Dead outfits and the many and varied  monster suits and geek tee-shirts  have been packed away but memories of ComicCon linger on.
     Hundreds of thousands of obsessive fans are on their way home having flooded the streets of San Diego and packed the conventions halls of the biggest pop culture marketing event of the year.
    This year the convention spread into the city's Gaslamp Quarter where pop-up exhibitions and eye-catching campaigns drew fans willing to wait in line for hours to get in.
     If ever there was a case of pictures speaking louder than words, ComicCon is it.

Friday, June 22, 2018


 In London I have a chance to meet and talk with X-Men star Olivia Munn, who has temporarily moved from California to London to star in the upcoming TV series The Rook.
 In it she plays an American intelligence officer with subtle supernatural powers who crashes into an investigation into her former lover's death.
  I watch her filming a scene set just around the corner from The Lamb, a favourite pub of mine in Leadenhall Market. But because there is a strict embargo I cannot reveal anything about our talk or much about the series apart from saying it centers on a young woman (played by London-based actress Emma Greenwell) pursued by shadowy paranormal adversaries while grappling with extraordinary abilities of her own.  
At the Savoy with Emma Greenwell
 When the embargo is lifted I'll be able to reveal a lot more about both the series and the lovely 37-year-old Olivia who is currently dating actor Alex Gonzalez and whose previous boyfriends have included Justin Timberlake, Jamie Foxx, Matthew Morrison, Chris Pine, Aaron Rodgers and Joel Kinnaman. 

 But it's always good to be back in London, particularly staying at the Savoy Hotel! 

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018


  It was twenty years ago that Sarah Jessica Parker, as New York writer Carrie Bradshaw announced: "Welcome to the age of un-innocence" and launched the ground-breaking comedy Sex and the City.
 For the next six years the show followed Carrie, Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), Samantha (Kim Cattrall) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) through their sexual entanglements and relationships.
  And during those six years I got to know the four actresses
reasonably well on a professional basis. Sometimes I would meet them on the Sex and the City set at Silver Cup Studios, just across the 59th Street Bridge from Manhattan; other times it would be when they were on promotional visits to Los Angeles.
  To Kim Cattrall, who in real-life was nothing like the sex-mad Samantha, I was always "Limey" even though she herself was a Limey, too, coming as she did from Liverpool. So we would swap stories about pubs, things we missed and our visits "home."
Every Christmas I would get a card and a note from Cynthia Nixon. And I was as surprised as any of her fans when she came out as gay and later married her partner.
  Kristin Davis, the only one of the quartet whose home was in Los Angeles,  was always funny and friendly and we chatted on the telephone about her career and life with the Sex and the City cast, of whom Cynthia was her greatest friend.

  And Sarah Jessica Parker? Well, Sarah Jessica was the boss. As one of the show's producers she had a big say in what went on screen and the others treated her with, if not deference, then certainly with respect. 
 The series spawned two feature films but it seems that was enough. Plans for a third film fizzled when Cattrall, who had had her differences with Parker, refused to return.
  But Sex and the City is far from finished. The six seasons are available on Amazon as well as other syndicated outlets, including the E! network which recently aired a marathon of every episode.
With the boss, Sarah Jessica, 20 years later


Thursday, May 24, 2018


  Any British football fan who was around for the 1966 World Cup (and what a glorious win that was!) will remember the saga of Pickles, the hero collie dog who recovered the Jules Rimet trophy which had been stolen before the tournament began.

  The theft threatened to derail the biggest competition in world football because how could the tournament go ahead without a trophy?

   Pickles is being remembered now, more than five decades later and a month before the 2018 World Cup, because the riddle of who stole the trophy has finally been solved with two gangster brothers named as the men behind the infamous robbery.

 Sidney Cugullere and his brother Reg are said to have 'nicked it for the thrill' months before England hosted the tournament, 52 years ago next month according to an investigation by the Daily Mirror, which has revived the story. 

  Usually guarded by just a few security officers the Jules Rimet trophy was stolen on the second day of the exhibition while the guards were on a break. Cugullere, using bolt cutters to take it from its cabinet while the guards were on a break, put it in a bag and walked out.

The heist led to one of Scotland Yard's biggest ever manhunts but neither Cugullere, who was jailed for 25 years for other offences, nor his brother, were ever collared for the crime.
With the trophy too hot to sell, they decided to get rid of it quickly and quietly. They wrapped it in newspaper and dumped it under a bush where Pickles, out for a walk with his owner, found it a week later.

I get my hands on theWorld Cup (briefly)
  The four year old collie was hailed a national hero and lived the life of a star. The four legged phenomenon starred in a feature film, 'The Spy with the Cold Nose', as well as appearing on Blue Peter, Magpie and a bunch of other shows. Pickles was also voted 'Dog of the Year' and awarded a year's free dog food supply from Spillers

Bobby Moore would go on to lift the Cup after England defeated Germany 4-2 in the final and Pickles was at the celebration party where Bobby Moore took him onto the hotel balcony and lifted him up to the cheers of the crowds below.
 Unfortunately for Pickles his celebrity lifestyle lasted roughly a year before he met an upsetting end. 

"He ran after a cat and pulled my son over, before disappearing," said his owner,Thames lighterman David Corbett.  "I looked for over an hour. Then, in the gardens behind my house I saw him up on a tree. His chain was around the branch and Pickles was just hanging there."

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Monday, May 21, 2018


Rami Malek as Mercury

   A 90-second trailer for the long-awaited and trouble-hit movie biography of Freddie Mercury, Bohemian Rhapsody, has just been released ----and it is already causing controversy.

   Sacha Baron Cohen, who was originally set to star as the flamboyant Queen frontman, backed out  saying the movie appeared to be more about the successes of Queen than about the extraordinary and often X-rated life of Mercury.

  And while the trailer demonstrates that Rami Malek does an outstanding job as Mercury, it also shows nothing of his private life. 

  Because the surviving members of Queen had to approve it, the movie seems centred on the band and steers clear of Mercury's incident-filled life as a gay icon and his struggle with AIDS.
  Not a word of dialogue is spoken in the trailer that doesn’t pertain to the music of Queen: nothing of Mercury’s love life, no illness, no emotion, nothing dangerous or overtly queer to offend anyone.

 According to one critic: "The whole thing has the flavour of something strenuously queerwashed, which has removed everything wild and interesting about Mercury. This trailer would appear to presage a film with no interest in sounding the ambiguities of his life, the abrasive queerness of his perspective, the virulence of the homophobic press in their attacks on him – what, in a word, made him tick."

Personally I hope the movie is good and is a big success because it has been produced, after a long struggle, by Graham King, a good friend of mine and fellow Chelsea supporter. He is certain it will fulfill audiences' expectations.
 "This is a story that has something for everyone," he says. "Freddie Mercury connected like only a handful of performers have ever done."

Bohemian Rhapsody is due to be released on November 2.

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