The USA Legal Show ‘Suits’ is charging for new episodes?

Cord cutters of the world unite!

 

Even though the premise of a false Harvard Law Graduate is weak, we really like the show Suits. The above is a picture of Megan (sp) Markle, who happens to be Prince Harry’s girlfriend/fiance and is stellar in the show. Apparently the British Paparazzi, who can be really vindictive, took issue with Prince Harry having a relationship with someone who is biracial. Unbelievable.

The last time we went to Xfinity to see the most current episode of Suits, it said “purchase” for 1.90. per episode. We are wondering if this is a mistake or if Xfinity is becoming greedy and we should dump it.

Boycott of the Boycott of The Pink Beverly Hills Hotel, also, Warren Beatty sighting @ ‘Polo Lounge’

This is NOT an April fools day story. It’s true.

 

beverlyhillshotel When I lived in LA and needed something to life my spirits I’d go to lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

It’s clearly visible On Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood/Beverly Hills border there lies a Magnificent Hotel. It’s most famous for people like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton checking in for a week and eating and drinking and ____________themselves silly or it’s “Polo Lounge,” where you used to see superagent and movie star or producer power brokering and the packaging of talent. The hotel also has a hell of a cobb salad. Total landmark. The most elegant Spanish architechture I’ve ever seen. At one point, I think durng the 80’s it fell into massive disrepair and the Sultan of Brunei bought it. A few years ago, in response to human rights issues with the Sultan and his cronies, all of Hollywood just stopped going there. It made all the magazines but of course it changed nothing in Brunei. But now, the stars, agents, they are going back there. I read that Warren Beatty was there and he’d just shot a new movie.  I thought he was under a rock somewhere and retired, like Jack Nicholson is rumored to be.

 

New Film at Tribeca Kevin Spacey as Nixon & Michael Shannon as Elvis

 

 

We don’t know yet which cable channel or streaming service will carry the new movie about Nixon and Elvis but we will know after someone purchases it for untold millions. Film festivals are where producers take their newly completed projects to find someone to advertise and promote AND more importantly, distribute it. This  has some very controversial, hypocritical subject matter, like Elvis wanting to join the War on Drugs? Are U kidding?nixonspacey

There’s another side to me…art therapy w/jewelry and cooking and more

pompano

 

If you have been following this blog for a while you might think I’m married to a life of battle against the ‘powers that be.’ Back when I was on Tumblr I posted a lot about my lighter side, jewelry making, pilates, and gourmet cooking, one of my passions. We have this store in town called Penn Dutch. They have the best, most highly trafficked (this makes for fresher fish because it’s always being replaced by new hauls) fish counter I’ve ever seen. Yesterday they had 9 Oz LobsterTails from South America, not Australia. They carry a Brazilian fish called Branzino that I’ve never heard of.

Yesterday I bought a fish native to here, South Florida, called Pompano. (pictured) it’s only 6.99 a pound, you purchase the whole fish and get two 6oz filets out of it. They filet it for you. What I do is buy coconut milk, fresh mint, and chili paste. I add more splenda to the mixture and heat it up. Then I put dissolved cornstarch in it and pour it over the fish and put it in the oven. I make steamed vegetables and rice, and the extra coconut milk sauce goes good over both. Mike my husband really likes this.

I had to stand at a fish counter with a number tag in my hand for 1/2 hour as this store is crowded. But that’s what makes the fish counter so fresh. Nothing sits there very long.

 

Have You Seen Vinyl? It’s all true

 

 

Mick Jagger’s son stars in “Vinyl,” a show about the radio and record industry in the 70’s. Having been a decision maker about songs in the radio business and working with record promoters and  having been married to one..it’s all true. And if you are into Punk
Rock, this covers The New York Dolls and what came after. Not as nuanced as Boardwalk Empire it’s still killer Scorcese. Apparently he’s like Quentin Tarantino in that violence makes him giggle. lolcannavale

My Image, Shot by Vera Anderson of LA

On talent and long term spousal abuse….

You may have noticed that I changed my image from the James Dean wannabe in the wifebeater t-shirt, complete with scowl. Back then I was in mixed mood psychosis and got the photos taken by a German photographer who understood light and shadow. Sort of a Marlene Dietrich or Greta Garbo ‘personae’ thing. I didn’t want to part with it and I took a poll and numbers were split. I don’t want people to think I’m the type of rebel who is ‘anti-everything.’ I stand for as much or more than I stand against. I’m not angry at the world. I fight for my health. so I chose a picture I’m fond of at the request of two ladies who know me well. I’m smiling.

It was taken by a woman who photographed me here and there my entire acting career, a brilliant, talented gal named Vera Anderson.

 

She was married to a guy who had untreated, or self medicated bipolar disorder. For anyone over 40, do you remember the very early days of Cable, the ‘Z’ channel, similar to what “Sundance” is now?

Vera’s  husband, ahead of his time, pioneered it.

 

His role models were Jack Nicolson, Roman Polanski, Sam Peckinpah, Martin Scorcese.

He would have LOVED Quentin Tarantino.

Bipolar/substance abusing, refusing his meds, he beat her and she left him. He stalked her relentlessly and the day before his marriage to another woman, he begged her to come back. She said no and he shot himself in the head. “That’lll show you.” He was an ass.

After his death she went on to write a book called “A Woman Like You,” about all the women who endure long spousal term abuse, finally snap and kill their husbands only to serve life in prison;  no one factoring in the effects of PTSD or whatever you wanna call it.

It didn’t seem fair to her. She’d been down that road and bought the T-shirt.

The proceeds from the book went to charity. She had always wanted to direct film and she did one really good film that won an award at AFI (American film institute) but never got picked up by a distributor called “The Dogwalker.”It was a little film about the redeeming aspects of having to care for a little dog. You’d have loved it. Every time Vera took my picture I looked like myself, but better. She was the only photographer that ever ‘got me.’ If I write my book and it gets picked up, I’ll look for her yet again to see if she’ll snap me up.

Movies: New, Notable and the ones that slipped away, unnoticed.

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Bryan Cranston in “Trumbo.”

He looks different from Mad Men, huh? Do you like him with hair or without?

Movies: New, notable and some unnoticed that SLIPPED BY us by and are on video or should be soon.

Movies: New, notable and some unnoticed that SLIPPED BY us by and are on video or should be soon.

Trumbo”  “Breaking Bad’s”Cranston about a screen writer during the McCarthy communist witch hunts. November.

“Spotlight” about Boston Globe journalists uncovering a Catholic Church coverup of pedophilia and other abuses of young children. Liev Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo, Stanley Tucci Rachel McCadams (Roger from Mad Men)  November

Peace Officer (about a cop) Peace Officer is a documentary about Police Violence.

Testament of Youth with newcomer Alicia Vikander and Kit Harrington as an almost suffragette woman during WWI era in England. She doesn’t want a husband, she wants to go to Oxford. The father is played by Dominic West of “The Affair.” Finally streaming. Slow at first but worth it.

Darwin Paul Bettany This is from 2009, but we didn’t see a wide screen release of it because it’s a British Film!!!

House of Spies..Tom Hanks dir: Speilberg. This is a must see. Even tho it’s a cold war drama concerning spies, it also deals with integrity, and upholding our constitution, which Tom Hanks argues is what essentially defines us as true Americans.

To look forward to. Ron Howard takes on an adaptation of “Moby Dick” in a film called “In the Heart of the sea.”

“HaiL Caesar” with George Clooney, Cohen brothers again.

“Carol” Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are in love. It’s set in the past when gays had to closet themselves so things are difficult for them.

“Return to Sender” Rosamund Pike (from Gone Girl)

“The Killing Season”DeNiro and Travolta (on video) these guys end up hunting each other.

“Burnt” Bradley Cooper. Something about a guy who has nothing to lose.

Also Older: “Slow West” Michael Fassbender plays a bounty hunter in 1880’s Colorado.

“Truth” with Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford Dennis Quaid and Elisabeth Moss.

“Room” with Joan Allen 2015 Canadian-Irish drama film directed by Lenny Abrahamson and written by Emma Donoghue, based on her novel of the same name. The film stars Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, Sean Bridgers, and William H. Macy.

Plot – ‎Cast – ‎Production – ‎References

99 Homes with Michael Shannon, Predatory real estate practices during the loan foreclosure crisis. Evictions a gogo.

Iceman with James Franco, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta & Michael Shannon again. Shannon got an Oscar Nomination for his performance in this organized crime movie. Liotta has a big part. Listen Up Phillip  Elisabeth Moss about a struggling writer

Listen to Me Marlon  Documentary Indie  I think I saw an ad that Showtime was going to air this.

Labyrinth of Lies..;.Germans questioning Nazi’s

Ashby with Mickey Roarke  Xfinity

“Shanghai  Gong Li John Cusak old but new

Pay the Ghost Nicolas Cage…Xfinity

Lost in Hong Kong  Gong Li, again.

Legend: Movie about the Krays

Labyrinth of Lies

Bipolar & Depression escapism: filmtherapy with quality movies, present & recent past.

I’m writing a book. I’m trying to learn basic video creation. In the hope of interacting with more people, I’m trying to get better at social media. With all the meds, memory fails and so I study study. It’s a lot of work. Most of it deals with mental health, so I relive the pain and need a break. Books and movies for me serve that purpose. But I don’t want to watch junk. I want to come away from the film with something. So …even though there is a crop of new movies I will be studying on Friday, I wanted to polish up my list and get it out there.

Movies: New and Notable.

“Our Brand is Crisis” Sandra Bullock as a campaign manager working for a candidate in Latin America who needs to stage a major comeback as her boss is many points behind in the polls. Working for the other side is Billy Bob Thornton.

Spotlight: Roger Slattery, Lieb Schreiber, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup. It’s about the ongoing pedophilia situation concerning the Catholic Church. It was about the journalists at the Boston Globe finding out about a big coverup.

Steve Jobs with Michael Fassbender Jeff Daniels  Kate Winslet (titanic and revolutionary road) with Seth Rogen. I expected more out of director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and writer Aaron Sorkin. Jobs was very hard to sympathize with, even just a little. I found it dull with too much dialogue and not enough flesh and bone. Not much emotion.

The Intern with DeNiro and Hathaway. De Niro is the intern. Heard that it’s cute and funny.

The Invisible Woman: Older film. Ray Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas to name a few. It seems to be about Charles Dickens and an affair he had for a long time. Scarlett Johanssen (sp?) also stars. Older film, 2013. May be streaming already.

“Truth” with Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford Dennis Quaid and Elisabeth Moss. Should come out this weekend. Comes out in November.This is about a piece of CBS journalism dealing with the preferential treatment given to the Bush family member who got to play National Guardsman instead of being sent to a war zone. This piece managed to get the female producer (Blanchett) Fired, and Dan Rather retired over it. The interesting things now is that CBS refuses to allow any

advertising of the movie on its’ airwaves. NBC has gotten half of the advertising dollars. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face!

99 Homes with Michael Shannon, the iron door to door salesman turned bagman for Nucky Thompson in Boardwalk Empire. He’s a foreclosure predator/realtor who buys and flips. He mentors a guy that he evicted.

Bridge of Spies: Directed by Speilberg, it’s said that this does not disappoint. But it’s a Cold War/Spy/prisoner/Lawyer film and it might be over my paygrade.

Experimenter: I think it’s Indie, it stars Winona Ryder and Peter Sarsgaard and is being compared to Stanley Kubrick.Famed social psychologist Stanley Milgram, in 1961 conducted a series of radical behavior experiments that tested ordinary humans willingness to obey authority. Actress Taryn Manning “Pennsatucky” from “Orange is the New black” is in the film. It may never come to a theatre near you so you might have to write it down for later video distribution.

Pawn Sacrifice with Toby McGuire and Live Schreiber. It’s about the famous chess match between a Russian world champion and upstart Toby McGuire (sp). Toby has a few quirks. He is managed by the actor Michael Stuhlbarg, who played brainy gangster Al Rothstein in Boardwalk Empire. He was the one who always looked like he had powder or makeup on to make his skin look white. Anyway, he is a gentle and manipulating manager of Toby McGuire, who definitely needs managing and could use a pscychiatrist too. This one was good, it’s gone but rent it on video.

Sicario: The always underemployed Benicio Del Toro (the usual suspects)  Emily Blunt and James Brolin. A joint organization task force between FBI and CIA is actually a black op to deal with the head of the warring drug cartels (recent) who used terroristic violence to mark their territory and silence citizens. Their mission is ok, but it’s off books and Emily Blunt wants to ‘play by the rules.’ The Carnage in Ciudad (City) Juarez was so horrific that the Mexican border town below El Paso has lodged a defamation suit. They don’t want their city portrayed that way. It’s that kind of violence that is fun to look at but god awful. It makes the middle east look tame in terms of being graphically depicted. Brolin’s eyes are fathomless as he runs things in a ‘need to know’ way. This movie is almost gone but worth a rent.

Iceman with James Franco, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta & Michael Shannon again. Streaming and on video. Shannon got an Oscar Nomination for his performance as  a devoted husband and father yet ruthless hitman in this organized crime movie. Ray Liotta has a big part. But he never gives us that trademark laugh.  This is not new but it’s certainly notable. Winona Ryder plays a true old fashioned Jersey girl who likes traditional values, babies, money and a devoted husband, which Michael Shannon’s character is. Based on a true story about Richie Kuklinski, a contract killer who served 2 life sentences. He is said to have been suspected of carrying out over 100 killings. About Winona Ryder: she mastered the accent, the behaviorisms, expression etc masterfully. For all the celebrities who get caught doing something morally ambiguous or illegal, I think she suffered way too much for her shoplifting gig. Shit, even I shoplift from time to time.

Listen Up Phillip  Elisabeth Moss about a struggling writer. This is sort of new. Put on list for streaming later.

Listen to Me Marlon  Documentary Indie  I think I saw an ad that Showtime was going to air this.

Room with Joan Allen (new) From a description of Room, as a story about a mom locked in a room with her child, I expected allegoric fantasy or over-the-top horror, like Saw. Neither of those expectations came close to this movie’s genre. It is two movies in one.  Indie may never come.

Missippi Grind This is Ben Mendelson from Bloodline (the n’er do well brother) and Ryan Reynolds as a couple of traveling gamblers looking for that last big score.

Labyrinth of Lies..;.Germans questioning Nazi’s.

Ashby with Mickey Roarke  Xfinity

Darwin Paul Bettany

“Trumbo”  “Breaking Bad’s”Cranston about a screen writer during the McCarthy communist witch hunts.

Shanghai  Gong Li John Cusak old but new they say it’s great. It’s released in New York and LA but most of us will miss it.

Pay the Ghost Nicolas Cage…Xfinity

The Forger: John Travolta. Right now it’s between film and video but it might be streaming.

Join me over the weekend for a run down on TV and a list of the new movies culled mainly from the Newspaper reviews and listings locally and in New York Times Weekend Entertainment section.