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Helmut Newton : The Bad And The Beautiful

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  It’s been 15 years since the iconic German/Australian photographer HELMUT NEWTON had a fatal car accident as he drove into his beloved Chateau Marmont in LA.  It’s also been over 30 years since  “Helmut Newton: Frames from the Edge” the last documentary on him surfaced. And the fashion/media landscape has changed so very much … Continue reading



Kaye Ballard : The Show Goes On

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  We’re not sure exactly when filmmaker Dan Wingate started filming this very affectionate profile of the late great KAYE BALLARD as several of the show business luminaries  who line up to sing her praises have also passed on. They include Carol Channing, Jerry Stiller, Hal Prince  and Liz Smith. Kaye Ballard, had a very  … Continue reading



Elle Fanning is captivating in THE GREAT : a Hulu original series

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  Why Russian Empress Catherine The Great should suddenly be in vogue is probably a mere coincidence. Helen Mirren received respectable reviews for her recent portrayal even though the series she starred in was so leaden and heavy work. Now Elle Fanning who is young enough to be Mirren’s ……. well, just lets say they … Continue reading



Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind : an HBO Doc

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  This new documentary about the three-time Oscar Nominated actress Natalie Wood has not only been sanctioned by her family but daughter Natasha Gregson Wagner acts as an adhoc host.  Even so it still seems inevitable that any sort of biography of Wood is always dominated by her early tragic death and sadly at the … Continue reading



The Tale of an Icon of French New Wave : SEBERG

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  (press play before you start reading) Kristen Stewart is unquestionable an immensely talented actress, which is very fortunate for the filmmakers of SEBERG as she single-handedly has to make something out of their rather pedestrian biopic. It is based on the true story of Jean Seberg an American actress who became an Icon in … Continue reading



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