Monday, April 16, 2018


  Sorry to hear about Marvel comics icon Stan Lee's problems and the web of strife he is enmeshed in following the death last year of his beloved British-born wife Joanie at the age of 95 after 70 years of marriage.

  When I talked with Lee two years ago he was fit, feisty and working on movies featuring Annihilator and Realm of the Tiger, new superheroes he had created.

  Now, sadly, aged 95, he has filed a lawsuit against his former manager Jerardo Olivarez alleging fraud, elder abuse and misappropriation of his name and likeness.

   Lee, whose creations include Spider-Man, the Hulk, Daredeveil, X-Men and Black Panther, accuses Olivarez of being one of many "unscrupulous businessmen, sycophants and opportunists" who sought to take advantage of him following the death of his wife Joanie in July. 

  The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleges that Olivarez took money from Lee's accounts and orchestrated a scheme to steal Lee's blood for a merchandising venture involving using the blood in ink for pens and stamps. 

  “There are shops in Las Vegas selling his blood,” Keya Morgan, a Lee family friend, reportedly says. “They’re stamping his blood inside the Black Panther comic books and they sell them for $500 each.”

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Thursday, April 12, 2018


  He's only nine years old but he is the star of his own TV show and a very funny little boy. 

  He talks with confidence and humour and, remarkable as it seems, Iain Armitage, who is better known by his TV name Young Sheldon, is excellent company.

  With a theatrical producer mother and a father who is on stage in New York in Hamilton, Iain was always destined to be in some form of showbusiness. In fact while still in elementary school he launched his own YouTube channel, Ian Loves Theatre and gained a healthy following as a theatre critic.

  In Young Sheldon, a spin-off from The Big Bang Theory, he plays the childhood incarnation of Jim Parsons' character Sheldon Cooper.

    And because he plays a child genius in the show he is learning about plenty of esoteric subjects thanks to the lines he has to say.

   For instance, he says, "I had to talk about kinetic and linear energy and all these things I knew nothing about. So I asked my teacher and there's a formula that says 'ke equals half nb squared---kinetic energy equals mass times velocity squared. But don't ask me what it means."

  And " 'near apogee we gimbal the engine to exert torque which executes a pitch and maneuver to flip about a 180 degrees that needless to say we use a PID controller to minimize the dispersions of the landing site.'

   "My mom and my teacher explained it to me but I’m still like, huh? Because I’m literally talking about rocket science so it was very hard to figure out."

   He landed the first acting job he auditioned for, as Shailene Woodley's son Ziggy in the series Big Little Lies, explaining: "It was basically, audition, send it in, call back, do it, got the part."

   His first film role, in the drama The Glass Castle, followed and he is soon to start filming the second series or Big Little Lies.

  He has always been home schooled and now he has lessons on the set. "I like my classes and I’m excited because when I go back to Big Little Lies there’ll be a lot of other kids," he says. "It'll be good to have a lot of other kids that I can play with and talk with on set." 
  He is already so well known that he cannot walk down the street without being asked for an autograph or a selfie. And unlike some stars it does not bother him at all.
 "I’m completely fine with that, yeah," he says "People are always very nice when they ask, so I am fine with it."

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Monday, April 2, 2018


  For more than 60 years they have kept a low profile but have been a vital force in providing security for some of the world's most powerful dignitaries.

  They have protected Prime Ministers, foreign diplomats and heads of state; and whenever the Queen leaves Buckingham Palace they escort her on her journeys through London.

  They worked closely with Princess Diana and their next job will be to escort and provide security and protection for her son Prince Harry and his bride Meghan Markle when they marry at Windsor on May 19.  

  Until now the exploits and adventures of the Metropolitan Police's Special Escort Group have been largely unheralded and unpublicised.
  But a new book, Escorting the Monarch, by Chris Jagger, a former intelligence officer who worked with Britain's Special Forces, reveals  for the first time details of the SEG's work and gives a unique insight into what goes on behind-the-scenes.

    Jagger, who spent 20 years in the intelligence community, much of the time tackling organised crime in the Balkans says: "The SEG will play an important part in the security of the coming Royal Wedding and it will be a huge security operation.

  "The biggest challenge for the officers involved ---and there will be many--- is to not be seen. No one wants the wedding to be dominated by an atmosphere of security. Nonetheless, the assumption made by those in command of security will be that all measures will need to be in place. Planning is well underway.
Metropolitan Police Special Escort Group motorcycle outriders.
 "The SEG will have various roles during the wedding, one of which will be to ferry our own VIP's and Heads of State to and from the proceedings."

  His book gives a detailed account of the group's history---it was formed in 1952 to escort Yugoslav Prime Minister Marshal Tito who was believed to be in danger of an assassination attempt---and how it evolved in response to changing and ever more dangerous times.    

  As well as escorting kings, queens, presidents and emperors, the 35-man group has escorted priceless works of art, gold from the Bank of England, terrorists  and high-risk Category A prisoners.       
  "The group are unlike any other," he says. "They prefer the low-key approach, and aim for elegance rather than presence. This is for several reasons - partly due to the complexity of navigating London's traffic, partly because they firmly believe it is the safest and most secure way, but mostly because Her Majesty and Prince Philip insist on keeping a low-profile, and not disrupting the flow of London. Neither of them like the noise, fuss and aggression that comes with conventional security convoys."

  The book has a website,  and a Facebook page  

Friday, March 30, 2018


Zlatan in the advert
  Zlatan Ibrahimovic has wasted no time in acclimatising to his new life in Los Angeles.

  The international football star, who has left Manchester United to join the L.A Galaxy, is already forging a secondary career as an actor.

  He stars in a bizarre television commercial for the gambling website Bethard, in which he can be seen squaring off with a mysterious enemy before sitting down with him for afternoon tea. 

  It is expected to be the first of many acting opportunities which will come his way in his new town.   

 The 36-year-old Swede announced his arrival in L.A. with a full-page advertisement in the Los Angeles Times to confirm his move to Major League Soccer after Manchester United agreed to cancel the final three months of his contract.

  He has left Old Trafford after just a season-and-a-half in the Premier League to move to the USA after only managing seven appearances in his second season in England.

  Ibrahimovic joined on a free transfer in the summer of 2016 and proved an instant success, scoring 28 goals in his debut campaign and helping United secure a League Cup and Europa League double before injuries struck. 

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018


with Cynthia last year.
    Good news from New York where Cynthia Nixon has already started campaigning in her run for governor.

  The former Sex and the City star faces a tough fight against two-time Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo but if anyone can unseat him, she can.

  I have known Cynthia since 1999 when she was just becoming known for her role as Miranda in Sex and the City and I know her to be outspoken, highly intelligent and deeply committed to fighting for equality, justice and fairness.
Early days; with the Sex and the City girls

   If elected she will be not only the city's first female governor, but also the first gay one.

   It came as something as a surprise when she broke up with her longtime boyfriend Danny Mozes in 2003 after a 15 year relationship in which she had two children and began dating Christine Marinoni, an education and LGBTQ activist whom she married in 2012. They have a son. 
  In 2010, Nixon made headlines when she referred to Marinoni as a “short man with boobs,” in an interview with Advocate.

  “She’s basically a short man with boobs. A lot of what I love about her is her butchness. I’m not saying I fell in love with her in a sexually neutral way. I love her sexuality—it’s a big part of what I love about her—but I feel like it was her. It wasn’t something in me that was waiting to come out. It was like, ‘This person is undeniable. How can I let this person walk by?'” she said.

“Christine would probably kill me for saying this, but my daughter said one time that if you really had to break this down, it looks like she would be butch and I would be femme…but it’s really the opposite,” she added.

  Cynthia, who has an ally in New York Mayor Bill de Blasio,  is likely to challenge Cuomo from the left. Announcing her candidacy she said: "I love New York. I’ve never lived anywhere else. But something has to change. We want our government to work again, on healthcare, ending mass incarceration, fixing our broken subway. We are sick of politicians who care more about headlines and power than they do about us. It can’t just be business as usual anymore.”
 Nixon has been critical of the Trump administration. Ahead of the State of the Union, Nixon pointed out that Trump’s first year in office has been “a dark year” for those in America “who value equal rights for all, or economic and racial justice, or want to combat climate change.”

  She said that the “bleak” picture of Trump’s America has a silver lining: “America is still a democracy and the people can hold their leaders accountable,” she said. “That’s why it’s time to take our government back.”
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Monday, March 19, 2018


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  Before becoming one of America's greatest actors Al Pacino began his professional career as a stand-up comic.
Al, 77, who will soon be seen in the HBO drama Paterno, playing disgraced football coach Joe Paterno, is a very funny man---a born raconteur with a seemingly endless fund of anecdotes and stories from his life and career.

   One he told when we met in Beverly Hills recently:

  "We didn't have a television and my mother would take me to the movies. Afterwards I would go home and enact the parts in the movies I had seen. When I saw The Lost Weekend with Ray Milland playing a drunk I was so affected by it.

  "I would play the Ray Milland part at home ---the scene where he has left his bottle of booze somewhere and he can’t remember where he put it and he starts searching the house and he's going out of his mind...he's so distraught and he has to find it.
  "Well, I would do that scene with such intensity, desperate to find the booze, full of anguish searching for it and as I was doing it, my relatives would be laughing. And I thought, 'This isn’t funny, why are they laughing?'

  "And I only realized much later it wasn't my acting they were laughing at---- it was because I was five years old!"

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Thursday, March 15, 2018


  On the basis of a brief meeting, Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood seems like a perfectly normal, straightforward young lady with none of the personal traumas and troubles endemic in Hollywood.

Yet the 28-year-old actress has had an exceptionally turbulent romantic and marital life and recently gave an emotional testimony to a House Judiciary Subcomittee in Washington DC describing two rapes she said happened a decade ago and the abuse she suffered from one of her boyfriends:

   "It started slow but escalated over time, including threats against my life, severe gas-lighting and brainwashing, waking up to the man that claimed to love me raping what he believed to be my unconscious body. And the worst part: Sick rituals of binding me up by my hands and feet to be mentally and physically tortured until my abuser felt I had proven my love for him."

  She continued: "While I was tied up and being beaten and told unspeakable things I truly felt like I could die. Not just because my abuser said to me, 'I could kill you right now,' but because in that moment I felt I had left my body and I was too afraid to run."

 She said she was later assaulted by another man and explained that her previous experience made her a target, saying: "Being abused and raped previously made it easier for me to be raped again---not the other way round."

  She said she was so affected by the sexual assaults that she spent time in a psychiatric hospital after attempting to commit suicide.

  Evan Rachel, who has been acting in TV shows and movies since she was seven-years-old, has a four-year-old son with British actor Jamie Bell whom she met at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005, split up with him the following year, then reconciled in 2010. They married in October 2012 and separated 19 months later.

  Between 2006 and 2010 she had an-off affair with Marilyn Manson and was rumoured to have been a factor in Manson's divorce from his wife of one year Dita Von Teese.  She and Manson split in 2008, reconciled in 2009 and became engaged in 2010. They ended their engagement in August 2010.
   In January last year she became engaged to Zach Villa, her bandmate in the band Rebel and a Basketcase, but they called off their engagement eight months later.

  She also briefly dated actor-musician Shane West and her True Blood co-star Alexander Skarsgard.

   She is currently taking a break from romance and in her new movie Allure she ironically stars as  a former survivor turned abuser who becomes obsessed with, seduces and emotionally abuses a teenage girl.

  “I thought, you want equal opportunity for women? That also means in this way: looking at the dark side," she says.

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