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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Wednesday, March 7, 2018


On the set with Krysten Ritter
  The new season of Jessica Jones has started streaming on Netflix, which gives me an excuse to use a picture with the wonderful  Krysten Ritter, who plays the angry, leather jacket-and-ripped- jeans-clad  superhero.
  I meet the delightful Krysten, who also sings with a rock band called Ex Vivian, in the studio where the new series is being filmed in Long Island City where Jessica's apartment and her Alias Private Investigations office have been meticulously constructed.
Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones

   As we pick up the story Jessica is still smouldering with rage, drinking heavily and attending anger management classes while hustling for clients for her P.I business. 

    The story of a prickly woman with superhuman strength, a drinking problem and past traumas that include sexual abuse, has resonated with viewers far beyond the Comic-Con crowd.

 As the Variety reviewer says: "Krysten's Jessica is a gender-bending mishmash of noir traits---femme fatale and hardboiled detective rolled into one with the dank P.I. office and smudged eyeliner to prove it.....
Krysten on the sert

   "Ritter has to sell a character that is an inherent ball of contradictions as a recognisable, appealing whole. She makes it a breeze, playing Jessica with a contained, slouching energy that belies her readiness to snap."
  Beautifully put!

  Lively, vivacious and funny, 35-year-old Krysten tells me: "The tone of the show is very sort of dark noir and it’s really more of a psychological thriller than anything else Marvel has done.

  ""Sometimes you forget its a superhero show. We spend so much time in Jedssica's head and, in season 2, in her heart. We keep her boots on the ground and people gravitate and connect to her real-world problems."

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Sunday, February 25, 2018


   It's always a joy talking with Jennifer Lawrence. She may be the highest paid, most in-demand actress in the world at the moment but she is also down-to-earth, self-deprecating and appears totally unaffected by her fame.

  And she loves to laugh.

  She has had high profile romances with some famous men but now, at the age of 27, she is unattached, alone....and loving it.

  Since the end of last year when she broke up with writer-director Darren Aronofsky, who directed her in the horrific and mystifying mother!, she has been holed up in her five million pounds French-style home above Beverly Hills where she spends her evenings watching what she calls "terrible TV" and enjoying the single life.

  "I am realising there are actually way more advantages to being single," she says. "I am in the single mode where I am like, cool, I can do whatever I want and I can be alone and watch terrible TV." Then she laughs: "And then, of course, in a few months I will be devastatingly lonely and feel like I am on some long waiting list, because that is what comes with single life." Then she adds: "But I am not there yet."

    Until a couple of years ago she lived in a small, two-bedroom rented apartment but now her home is on a guard-gated private street above Beverly Hills and secluded behind tall bamboo. Her neighbours include Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, Cameron Diaz and Nicole Kidman.

  "People think my life must be different but it's actually pretty normal," she says. "I've always been a homebody and my social life has always been very boring. I sit around outside my house with my friends and drink wine and that hasn't really changed. I don't like to go out. "

  She happily describes her life at home with her dog Pippi Lawrence-Stocking, a chihuahua mix whose picture hangs above her mantelpiece.

   "When I come home I unlock the door and greet Pippi. I say 'Mommy's home! Mommy's home!' Pippi is so excited and we do the wiggle-wiggle." She stands up and wiggles her hips. "Then I take her outside to do potty and then I feed her and turn on TV and probably pour myself a glass of wine.

  "I just watch TV, I don’t do anything interesting. I can’t take Pippi for a walk, because of the coyotes that are around."

   She has had to be away a lot recently to promote her new film Red Sparrow, in which she plays a young Russian ballerina forced to become a sexy spy after an accident ends her ballet career. She enrolls in the elite "Sparrow School," where she learns to seduce and deceive and to let herself go so that she can better serve her country. 

  She is stripped naked, beaten, tortured and abused in a series of brutally graphic scenes which took Jennifer Lawrence further than she has ever been before on screen.
Super spy: Jennifer with Joel Edgerton in Red Sparrow
  "This movie definitely took me out of my comfort zone and it challenged me in ways that I have never asked myself to be challenged before," she says. 

  She has shied away from nudity and sexuality on screen ever since the nude pictures she was sending to then-boyfriend Nicholas Hoult were hacked and published on the Internet. 

  "There was a long period in my life when I didn’t really want to be seen sexually and I didn’t want anybody to see my flesh and there were certain things that made me uncomfortable. I thought 'I'll never do that again. I'll never share that part of myself ever since it got shared against my will.'

   "But if I wanted to tell the story, then I was going to have to get over that fear. There’s a lot of dark material in this movie that is going to make a lot of people uncomfortable, but for us to tell the story in a correct and dangerous way and push the envelope to make it as true to form as possible was more important than the fears that I have had for a lot of years.

  "It was definitely going out of my comfort zone, but I am happy that I did it."

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Saturday, February 3, 2018


   For two decades she was one of the most beautiful and sexually-charged women in the world.
    Although her acting talents were often overshadowed by her voluptuous figure, Italian-born Gina Lollobrigida became a major Hollywood star, starring alongside Tony Curtis, Humphrey Bogart, Tyrone Power, Errol Flynn and Rock Hudson, among others. 

  Now 90- years old, she is still sharp, quick-witted and funny. We met in Los Angeles where she had her star installed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, something many people believed should have happened decades before.
Gina in her heyday
 She had just been to visit Marilyn Monroe's grave, something she does every time she is in Los Angeles. "We were friends together but she was a very weak person," she says. "She just wanted a man who loved her. She didn't want anything more than that."

  Divorced since 1971, La Lolla as she was dubbed, reminisced about her co-stars, her life in Hollywood and the men who wanted her.

   Rock Hudson, she says, was "the most gorgeous guy" she worked with. Howard Hughes was the most persistent.  "He wanted me so badly," she laughed. "For  12 years. When a man wants a woman for 12 years, must be serious.. Crazy but serious."
  Frank Sinatra, who co-starred with her in Never So Few was "really touchy with zero sense of humour," she said, while Bogart was "playful and fun" on the set of Beat the Devil.

  When her film career ground to a virtual halt in the 1970s she became a successful photojournalist and documentary film maker was well as being a talented sculptor with exhibitions at museums and galleries around the world.

  Like many other actresses now coming forward to speak out, the former screen siren says she was sexually molested twice during her career, the first time when she was 19 and still going to school. "The second time, well, I'd rather not talk about it," she says. "I was married and I was starting out in films. I should have complained but I didn't have the courage."

    As for being 90: "30 plus 30 plus 30...getting older for a woman is a handicap but the tough experiences I've had have given me the courage to face the difficulties."

Monday, January 22, 2018


Dylan Farrow
   It seems it's Woody Allen's turn to face the ire of the Time's Up movement because of an allegation of sexual molestation made by his daughter Dylan 26 years ago.

    Dylan, now 32, has once again gone public with her accusation, both in print and in a televised interview in which she went into graphic detail.

   . Her renewed allegation has caused a growing group of women to distance themselves from Allen and express regret about having worked with him. The list currently includes Greta Gerwig, Mira Sorvino, Kate Winslet, Rebecca Hall and Ellen Page. 
with Woody
  Hall, who stars in Allen's latest movie A Rainy Day in New York, has elected to donate her salary to three charities, Time's Up, the LGBT Centre and the rape and abuse network RAINN
  Yet all these actresses were very happy and flattered to be asked to work with him despite Dylan's accusations 26 years ago. It is only now, in the light of her renewed accusation and in the current backlash against sexual abuse that they have decided that maybe they shouldn't have.  
  To me it smacks highly of hypocrisy. Why now, when they didn't care about it before?

  Allen has a staunch supporter in Alec Baldwin, who worked with him on To Rome With Love, ---"one of the privileges of my career."

  Baldwin tweeted: "Woody Allen was investigated forensically by two states (NY and CT) and no charges were filed," tweeted Baldwin, who worked with Allen on 2012's To Rome with Love. "The renunciation of him and his work, no doubt, has some purpose. But it’s unfair and sad to me.
“Is it possible to support survivors of pedophilia and sexual assault/abuse and also believe that WA is innocent? I think so. The intention is not to dismiss or ignore such complaints. But accusing people of such crimes should be treated carefully. On behalf of the victims, as well.”

   Allen, now 82, has once again rejected claims he molested Dylan and accused his "angry ex-wife" Mia Farrow of "relentlessly coaching" 32-year-old Dylan into thinking he was a "dangerous sexual predator."

  The claims were investigated by officials from New York State and Yale New Haven Hospital who did not find evidence of abuse.

  Connecticut state prosecutor Frank Maco, questioned the credibility of the New Haven report and said there was probable cause to charge Allen. But no charges were ever filed.
Now, in the light of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements to expose sexual misconduct in Hollywood, the claims have resurfaced. 

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