At the Dem. debate Hillary, Obama, & Edwards (who qualified his answer well) said they could not have the troops out of Iraq by 2013!!! CAN’T THEY JUST BRING THEM HOME, LIKE THEY DID FROM VIETNAM IN 1975????
Underwhelmed by the Dem. front runners, I prefer underdogs Kucinich and Edwards. We saw Dennis K. on a plane in 2004. My audacious companion told him that he liked what he had to say-but-GET A BETTER TAILOR!!! I think vegan Kucinich took his advice. He looks better & managed to snag a hot young bride–a statuesque and classy-looking Brit, 30 years his junior. Actor/candidate, Fred Thompson, also has a much younger wife–a one-time Rep. flack who goes for the bimbo look.
It seems they are ramping up in the Middle East, w/ a contract to buy 50 more of the hybrid (not gas/electric, silly…helicopter/aircraft) V-22 Osprey @ $89-100 million each. Controversial, it has been around for a long time & has a spotty safety record. The Pentagon wants a total of 458. Sweet contract for Boeing-Bell !!!
The mistrial today in the high drama Phil Spector trial does not surprise me!!! UNFORTUNATELY, there is similar history from the earliest days of the town. A million yrs before O.J., Robt. Blake & The King of Pop–all acquitted– there was Fatty Arbuckle, comic superstar of silent films. He was acquitted in the murder of a party girl, after 2 trials in the Roaring 20s. He died ruined & early. Busby Berkeley, genius of Golden Age film musicals, was tried 3 times before acquittal in a 2nd degree murder case involving a drunk driving accident on PCH. He continued to work. And how could we forget ostentatious BH sociopaths, Erik & Lyle Menendez– convicted of murdering their parents in a 2nd trial?
Stay tuned for Spector’s civil case–where he will have to take the stand– & the criminal retrial.
This week on cable were 2 of the most outrageous films ever made in the studio system. Both raunch extravaganzas from 1970–set in Hollywood backgrounds; both from FOX; both originally rated X; & long before the terrific Transamerica, & The Crying Game–both featured transsexual protagonists.
Ladies & Gents… may we talk about Myra Breckinridge & Beyond the Valley of the Dolls?
Myra Breckinridge carried the imprimatur of prestige–adapted from a Gore Vidal novel. Starring Raquel Welch as the gorgeous after-product–Myra–w/ fey film critic, Rex Reed, as pre-cut Myron, it’s all sly innuendo. 80-something screen legend, Mae West, takes double-entendre to new heights & gets really frisky; Iconic director, John Huston, camps it up; unknown Farrah Fawcett is bland & blander; & unknown Tom Selleck is one of Mae’s studs. THAT tells you how old this is.
Helming the 2nd title was unknown soft-core sleazemeister, Russ Meyer, unbelievably working w/ a major & a budget. “Dolls” was written by film critic extraordinaire, Roger Ebert!!!!! This was insane material for a Hollywood studio…or anyone else. Schlocky nudie cuties ramped up w/ ultra-violence. This was no Clockwork Orange, baby, also from 1970 & rated X. FOX was that desperate to capture a new market!!!
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is now very timely for 1 reason. Our big celeb trial is finally in its last stage–deliberation. This flick echoes it. In the movie a boy genius record producer–who bears a striking similarity to PS–is really a male tranny looking to be Super-Woman. It goes out w/ a bang when he blows the head off a sleeping female guest!!!!!! WHEW.
If that wasn’t enuff, TCM capped off my week of Grand Guignol w/ Whatever Happened To Baby Jane. Here reel-life cinema divas, Joan Crawford & Bette Davis, chew-it-up as aging sisters (Crawford plays a former film star; Davis a failed Hollywood dreamer)–duking it out in a Hancock Park mansion.
IF TOMMY PERSE MADE MOVIES…….!!!!!!!
The latest LA obsession seems to be for white, whiter, WHITEST TEETH.
I like the great new disposable OralB vibrating toothbrush that comes w/ a built in battery. It’s
$5.95 & lasts a month.
After seeing bright, natural looking smiles popping up all over town I sampled bleaching products that are readily available at the drugstore. The results– not much difference so far. I don’t like the fake look of super-white (sometimes ultra blue-white) choppers they get with veneers.