Thursday, February 23, 2017

MY OSCAR PREDICTION-----A LOW-RATED TELECAST




OSCARS USED TO BE FUN AND EXCITING WHEN THERE WERE MORE REAL MOVIE STARS ATTENDING LIKE ELIZABETH TAYLOR OR GRACE KELLY OR CARY GRANT. NOW WE ARE TREATED TO "STARS" DRESSED BY STYLISTS, SO THERE'S NO CHANCE OF REALLY SEEING INDIVIDUAL TASTE. NETWORKS ADD PRESENTERS TO PROMOTE THEIR OWN PROGRAMS. I'M FINE WITH KEEPING UP WITH THE TIMERS, BUT THR MEASURE OF A TRUE STAR IS LONGEVITY. TIME WILL TELL. MY SAFE BETS ARE NICOLE KIDMAN AND GEORGE CLOONEY.

I HAVE COVERED THE OSCARS FOR OVER 40 YEARS AND GONE OVER 20 TIMES. NOW, I PREFER TO WATCH IN PAJAMAS. IT'S SAD HOW THE EXCITEMENT IS GONE FOR ME.

I watch with a group of really talented friends who are there for the game of clothes, controversy and kitsch. We actually roll up pairs of socks to form balls, and we throw them at the set if there's anything we don't like. It's a free-for-all, and, the only way to go.

But, I really do miss the dignity of the bygone days when acceptance speeches were filled with grace and gratitude and not used as political statements. Awards are about art and for performances that achieve greatness. That's it.

One reason the ratings will be lower this year is that there is no blockbuster movie. We who live "on the coasts" see everything. Well, 45% OF THE PEOPLE IN THE U.S HAVE NEVER HEARD OF "LA LA LAND." HIDDEN FIGURES AND MOONLIGHT SCORE EVEN LOWER.

The other reason is that the 45% who don't no LA LA LAND, also have no interest in political rants. However, there is always a possibility that the spectator sport of watching rants, practiced by devotees of reality TV may tune in.

We'll see.

And, for the record, my two favorite movies of the year were MOONLIGHT AND HIDDEN FIGURES.





Wednesday, February 15, 2017

TIFFANY TRUMP---WHAT'S HAPPENING TO HER IS OUTRAGEOUS



TIFFANY TRUMP AT THE ELLE FASHION SHOW

BOYCOTTED--EMPTY SEATS BECAUSE NO ONE WANTS TO SIT WITH HER




HOW DARE PEOPLE BE SUCH PIGS?

This is a young girl whose father happens to be president. She didn't ask to be born. She didn't ask to have him as her father. She's not a politician. It is disgusting that prejudiced, close-minded people are taking out their anger on an innocent young woman.

Shame on you.

On THE VIEW today, VERY liberal Whoopi Goldberg was furious, and said to Tiffany, "Wherever you are, at the next fashion show, I'm going to find you and sit with you."

Bravo, Whoop!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

HAPPY MANUFACTURED HOLIDAY---OOPS--I MEAN VALENTINE'S DAY







Valentine's Day, also called Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, originated as a Western Christian liturgical feast day honoring one or more early saints named Valentinus, and is recognized as a significant cultural and commercial celebration in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country.
According to some accounts, Saint Valentine of Rome was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. During his imprisonment, Saint Valentine healed the daughter of his jailer, and before his execution, he wrote her a letter signed "Your Valentine" as a farewell.
The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines"). 


THE GREAT VALENTINE'S DAY MYTH---




THE WORST MATCH EVER—WINE AND CHOCOLATE




Wine Expert and Chairman of the CIA Wine Institute Karen MacNeil says---It may sound romantic—even inspired—but as marriages go, wine and chocolate are a match made in hell (or in the depths of the marketing department). Yes, Valentine’s Day is coming up. But unless you want that great cab you’ve been saving to taste like two buck chuck, don’t drink it with chocolate (Even good chocolate).
Chocolate is an extremely powerful, profound, and complex flavor. In its presence, most wines are reduced to tasting as bland as tap water or worse. Chocolate’s deep bitterness accentuates the tannin in cabernet sauvignon, making the wine taste severe and angular. Chocolate’s rich fruitiness blows away the graceful nuances of pinot noir, making the wine taste swampy. Chocolate and chardonnay? Only if you want the chardonnay to taste like lighter fluid. Especially high on the revolting scale? Riesling or sauvignon blanc with chocolate.
I recently asked a dozen Napa Valley winemakers to tell me the worst food and wine combination they’d ever had. At least half of them mentioned their wine paired with chocolate. Winemaker and co-owner Pam Starr (Crocker & Starr) said, “If you need to eat chocolate, get yourself a cup of coffee; enjoy the chocolate. But don’t ruin my wine with that decadent dark stuff!”
There are, however, two wines that I think do taste good with chocolate—Vintage Port and Malmsey Madeira, both of which are sweet and fortified.
In the end, the dominatrix chocolate needs a partner more powerful and opulent than herself.


HOW TO REALLY CELEBRATE---SEE ANDREA MARCOVICCI'S SHOW



Andrea Marcovicci




As for me, it seems that almost every Valentine's Day I celebrate with the singer Andrea Marcovicci. She always does such a great show at the Gardenia in Hollywood. Twenty-five years ago she proposed from the stage on behalf of a gentleman in the audience to his beloved. Hmmmm. Might something happen again, 25 years later????

Monday, February 13, 2017

JOSH ELLIOTT----YOUR EGO HAS DESTROYED YOUR CAREER






ONCE UPON A TIME, JOSH ELLIOTT WAS STOLEN FROM HIS JOB AT ESPN TO JOIN GOOD MORNING AMERICA. HE WAS THE "PICK TO CLICK." It may have been 2011. He was hot, cute, funny on camera, and a terrific newsreader (his job at the time). It was so clear that he was on his way to an anchor chair, either on GMA or ABC Evening News. He was such an obvious star on the rise. I thought he was terrific on air.

But he got impatient.

He and pretty boy Sam Champion jumped ship. Champion disappeared into the Weather Channel and his face expanded from too many fillers You can't even look at him now. Josh went to NBC Sports, but it was very obvious that he was Matt Lauer's "replacement-in-waiting."

But he got impatient.

This time, after less than a year-and-a-half, he moved from NBC to CBS, once again, in search of that anchor position.. This time he had his eyes on replacing Scott Pelley on the CBS Evening News, or Charlie Rose on CBS This Morning. For now, his "bullpen" was being the anchor at CBSN, their news streaming service. He was absolutely in talks to be moved over to the CBS Network and be used extensively on CBS This Morning, and all their shows.

But he got impatient.

He announced on the air at CBSN that he was moving over to CBS without going through the proper corporate channels. HE WAS FIRED AND ESCORTED OUT OF THE BUILDING.

It's really too bad. He could have had whatever he wanted if he'd played it smart. Who kicks each of the BIG 3 networks in the teeth and expects to live? What a shame.

FIRST BLACK BACHELORETTE---PICKED HER OUT TWO WEEKS AGO!!!!



CONGRATULATIONS, RACHEL LINDSAY!!!!





SERIOUSLY.......ELIZABETH KEENER AND I WERE WATCHING "THE BACHELORETTE" A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO We turned to each other and said, "If ever there's going to be a black bachelorette, this girl's the one!" Lo and behold...... This girl is bright and adorable....the whole package!


The Geniuses

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KIM NOVAK---FEB. 13TH



MAY GOD BLESS YOUR CONTINUED GOOD HEALTH AND HAPPINESS



In her Oregon living room

With her dog, Patches

In San Francisco with her VERTIGO painting



Happiness forever

Friday, February 10, 2017

CANCELING OSCAR AWARDS PARTIES---REALLY?????



SOMETIMES I THINK HOLLYWOOD IS FULL OF POLITICALLY-CORRECT WUSSES WHO FOLLOW FADS JUST TO BE "COOL." THE LATEST CASE IN POINT IS THE AGENCY UTA. THEY HAVE CHOSEN TO CANCEL THEIR OSCAR PARTY FOR THEIR CLIENTS AND FRIENDS AND DONATE THE MONEY TO THE ACLU.




SO FAR, I'M WAITING TO SEE IF OTHER COMPANIES CAVE IN TO THIS STUPID PRESSURE.

Why should the Oscars, a ceremony that celebrates art and the work of individuals, be diminished by no celebrating afterwards because some agency doesn't like who's in the White House? People who win Oscars are having their dreams come true and they should be allowed to have their hard work celebrated at the afterparties.

IF UTA WANTS TO GIVE MONEY TO THE ACLU  OR ANY ORGANIZATION THEY LIKE, THEY SHOULD DO SO. BUT...HEY....YOUR AGENCY IS LOADED. YOUR  CLIENTS PAY YOU BIG COMMISSIONS. I THINK YOU CAN AFFORD TO DO BOTH. DON'T BE SURPRISED IF YOU LOSE SOME CLIENTS OVER THIS---AND, YOU SHOULD.