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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



A Thread of Deceit: The Hart Family Tragedy : when 2 lesbian mums drove their 6 children over a cliff

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  It’s hard not to feel like the worst kind of voyeur as you start to watch this documentary knowing it has the most violent stomach-churning ending.   Hopefully it will throw some light on it all. This is the real-life story of two lesbian mothers who in a suspected murder-suicide drove their car off a … Continue reading



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