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Week of August 25th to September 1st 2013 - Volume One, Issue Twenty-Nine.
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Dear Movie Lover,
Has history and humor trumped political sci-fi?
Yes, according to the most recent weekend box office stats.
Lee Daniel's The Butler topped the charts at $24.6 million with Jennifer Anniston's We're The Millers coming in at $18 million and Matt Damon's Elysium trailing at $13.7.
If you haven't already seen it, head for We're The Millers. It features a faux family---with stripper/wife played by Anniston plus a teenage son and daughter--- cobbled together by a low-level pot-pusher forced to turn smuggler to throw border patrol agents off their trail. Stripping, harsh language, a lesbian grope and a number of other features justify the film's "R" rating. Although the story's comically swollen testicle alone was enough to snare that mark.
Amidst all the raunchy material lies a family value theme that's impossible to ignore. In fact, this surprise Summer hit is surprisingly supported by super-conservatives who  are crediting the film's stealth family values as key reasons why.
Another end-of-Summer surprise is Cher's coming-soon CD "Closer To The Truth". All the high-powered techno dance floor numbers are there. But it's the quality of Cher's ballads that truly impress.
Cher uses aspects of her voice---a delicate upper register---that's rarely heard. And it's her, not any digital fussing around.
Of course, the big part of Cher's voice is bigger than ever. And just as mesmerizing!
And on Broadway...yet another do-over.
Dames At Sea is due to set sail in 2014.
Broadway has been bereft of tap-dancing sailors since the recent Tony-winning Anything Goes shuttered last Summer. But that situation will be remedied with the revival of the off-Broadway hit that affectionately parodies the golden age of Hollywood musicals, Busby Berkley-style.  Soon-to-be-announced: cast, design team, dates and venue.
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Movie Watch

Monday, August 26, 2013

12:00 am Adios Amigo (Western)
01:30 am Bill Collector (Drama)
03:07 am Bingo Confidential (Comedy)
04:36 am Coffin (Thriller)
06:04 am Under New Management (Drama)
07:52 am Under New Management (Drama)
09:39 am Hannibal Brooks (Comedy)
11:22 am Crazy Streets (Drama)
12:44 pm Under New Management (Drama)
02:31 pm Under New Management (Drama)
04:19 pm Bingo Confidential (Comedy)
05:48 pm Coffin (Thriller)
07:16 pm House Under Seige (Drama)
08:37 pm Bus Stop
10:12 pm Under New Management (Drama)

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Star Turn:
Golden Age of Hollywood
AKA The Studio System 
Forever dubbed The Hollywood Studio System, this process was created by the major studios known as The Big Five. Ruled by MGM, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Warner Brothers and RKO. It was a perfect, infallible STAR-MAKING MACHINE! Or was it?
Credited with developing most of the legendary stars of the Golden Age, during the early years of film production, studios would spend major bucks to recruit, groom and then sign contracts with actors whom they felt possessed the greatest talent potential. This was known as the "star system".
Then came the talent scouts who scoured Broadway, off-Broadway, vaudeville, radio,  community theatres---even school productions---to find undiscovered talent who they would bring to the studios' attention in hopes of contracts and agent commissions. More often than not, they would spot a winner. A perfect example is Hollywood legend Lana Turner. She was "discovered" sipping a root beer at a lunch counter at Schwab's Drug Store in Los Angeles. Her blonde good looks,  tight angora sweater and perfect features helped a lot.
The Studio System worked for decades and studios amassed stables of stars they parlayed into thousands of money-making films fed into the studio-owned movie theatre chains all over the USA.. Many of these Golden Age movies are still clocking numbers on TV, DVDs,  and now internet streaming movie channels like
But performance contracts within the system were very strict and encroached on the  lives of the actors and actresses. Their looks, wardrobes, social activities---even where they lived---conformed to the studios' promotional plans to bring their stars the most press attention and public adoration. In other words, the stars were the studios' property.
There was an upside and a big one. Despite the restrictive nature of the System and the tyrannical
antics of the likes of Zanick, Mayer and Warner, stars became polished, well spoken, impeccably pulled-together. And they made money. Lots of it. As long as they played by the rules.
The Golden Age of Hollywood and the Studio System couldn't last forever. And it didn't. Several
forces conspired to bring the era to a close. Most notably, the 1948 landmark Supreme Court decision that forced the major studios to sell their theatre chains. The result was that studios were no longer able to dump a whole year's worth of movies into their own theatres.
On the major plus side, this also gave more freedom to independent film makers and smaller studios. All of a sudden, talented actors and actresses could choose their own roles. Screen writers and directors could pursue their own projects. In effect, they were no longer under the thumbs of the studio bigwigs.
Other factors such as the rise of television and foreign films reaching US shores played roles. And as the Studio System faded, the star system crumbled as well. As the film studios were forced into shutting down their monopolies, entertainers and other film professionals were left wide open to the glare of unscrupulous photographers and gossip mills. The myth of Hollywood's wholesome image began to tarnish. Without the protection and control of the studios' strong arm  press offices, it was impossible to hush up the indiscretions of the stars.
Now there's an entire industry built around press agents, damage controllers and the stars who love them. Goodbye wholesome. Hello Hollywood as Babylon! Freedom has a price and high as it may be, it's worth it.
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Did You Know?
Where Most Celebrities Call Home
Do you ever wonder what it would be like to live among the rich and famous? Some of you already might share exclusive zip codes. But if your answer is yes, then the following list of celebrity enclaves may get you thinking.
More stars live in California than anywhere else.
Home of Hollywood, Brentwood, Malibu and Beverly Hills, California takes first place as where the celebrity action may be, filmdom-style. In fact, the Hollywood Hills are considered the No.1 best
place to have a home by more big names than anywhere else. Residents within these gilt-edged environs are afforded great privacy.
Beverly Hills is legendary for some of the most expensive homes in the US, belonging to the likes of Britney Spears, Oprah Winfrey and dozens of others.. Drive over to Malibu. Spectacular ocean views and instant beach access make it among the reasons that Jennifer Anniston, Richard Gere among others call Malibu home.
Aspen is another top celebrity haunt.
While the majority of stars use their properties as vacation homes, they feel there's nothing like the anonymity and awesome skiing this offered by this Colorado mountain retreat. For example, the town is home away from home for Kevin Costner, Jack Nicholson, Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn.
Manhattan is a wonderful star habitat.
Celebrity-friendly zones in New York City range from the Upper East Side, where Russell Crowe, Mia Farrow, Bill Murray, Sting and Christopher Walken and others may be found, to name a few. On to the Upper West Side, one finds the digs of Glenn Close, Cameron Manheim, Neil Patrick Harris, Tina Fey, Al Pacino and Diane Wiest.
Between the Upper East and West Sides and Tribeca, there's Katie Holmes, Kelsey Grammer, Madonna, Harrison Ford, Calista Flockhart. Once you hit SoHo and Tribeca, there's no telling who you'll run into. The neighborhood is populated with some of the brightest stars; Robert De Nero, Gwynnith Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker and Mathew Broderick to name just a few.
Atlanta may not be as well known.
But its Buckhead district is absolutely star-studded. Nicknamed Beverly Hills East, this district is popular for its fine dining and world-class shopping. Several of the shining-est stars call Buckhead home. You may find Sir Elton John and Sean Comb sharing the same zip code with CNN founder Ted Turner, singer Patricia Yearwood,  Holly Hunter, Ray Charles, Ryan Seacrest and former President Jimmy Carter.
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