The best film I've ever seen.
I can't tell you how fascinating this was. This is a must see for all Cream fans and if you have read the biographies of Ginger, Eric, and Jack.
Queen of the Lot is set in modern-day Hollywood and stars Tanna Frederick, Noah Wyle and Christopher Rydell. In this sequel to Hollywood Dreams, Margie Chizek has achieved B movie success with her action hero films under her new name, Maggie Chase. But she's also gotten into trouble having had a few DUIs and now she's under house arrest - ankle bracelet and all. She's driven in her quest for A-list fame as evidenced by her obsession with her Google points. She's got more points than her home state of Iowa but far less than Angelina Jolie and that's got to change. She has to be Queen of the Lot - just like Norma Shearer.
Zack Norman and David Proval reprise their Hollywood Dreams roles as Kaz and Caesar, the hotshot gay Hollywood producers who discovered Maggie. They are still "married" (to each other) and funnier than ever. Maggie asks them if she can stay at their mansion for a while because she can't stand being stuck in her apartment on house arrest with the press dogging her. They agree and she gets police permission to stay with them.
Maggie asks Kaz and Caesar if her boyfriend (an already established star) Dov Lambert (Christopher Rydell), can stay, too. Dov is a half-wit who hails from Hollywood royalty. Enter Aaron Lambert (Noah Wyle), Dov's brother, a failed writer and black sheep of the family, who is sent to fetch Dov to help with a family crisis.
Is there really such a thing as a functional family? I don't think I've ever met one. Dov takes Maggie home to meet the family, headed by charismatic patriarch Louis Lambert (played with great depth by Jack Heller). At dinner, Dov introduces Maggie to everyone, including his sort-of estranged wife (Daisy White). What happens at large dysfunctional family dinners (as in Jaglom's Last Summer in the Hamptons)? Fur flies between various factions and, of course, Margie is right in there trying to fit in and help out and maybe make a connection that will propel her to megastardom. Aaron is in the fray maintaining his role as the family scapegoat and helping Maggie feel comfortable amidst the family bickering while Dov plays with his wife and other more important things - like his poker buddies. Maggie and Aaron reluctantly fall for each other and the way their relationship develops is one of the most irresistible aspects of the film.
Frederick and Wyle together make the silver screen simmer with vintage Tinseltown charm reminiscent of Tracy and Hepburn. Frederick plays Maggie Chase as down-to-earth, believable and loveable. Maggie is driven, insecure, and slightly conniving but she's also smart, forceful and can take care of business. This is Frederick’s best performance as she infuses Maggie with her uncanny combination of star and girl-next-door. Wyle is at the top of his game as Aaron, an insecure good guy whose wife has just left him. He's a wreck but his inner strength comes through in emergencies.
As often occurs in Jaglom films, his brother Michael Emil appears, this time as a curmudgeonly interloper in a therapy group. Jaglom's daughter Sabrina is absolutely stunning. Remember her as Zoe Lambert, the young filmmaker in Hollywood Dreams who rejects Margie Chizek? Well, Zoe's turned into quite a formidable, sometimes calculating young woman. Simon Orson Jaglom, is just adorable as Michael Lambert. Love him!
There is an outstanding supporting cast including great performances by Kelly DeSarla, Ron Vignone and Diane Salinger as Maggie's "handlers." Salinger is frighteningly believable as Maggie's "life coach." Mary Crosby, Peter Bogdanovich, Dennis Christopher, Paul Sand and Beege Barkette shine as various family members and associates. Tommy Garrett is delightful as a reporter who empathizes with Maggie's quest for fame and the fact that she only gets attention from the press when she’s been bad.
You’ve got to see this movie. There are some very funny lines and Queen of the Lot has heart and soul. When I saw Jaglom’s Hollywood Dreams I thought, "This is the REAL Hollywood." Queen of the Lot has reinforced that. I'd like to poll some Hollywood types to see if they agree. In any event, I am confident that Tanna Frederick is going to achieve her dreams in Hollywood and if there were still a lot, she would be queen of it!
Democrats will not be offended by this film. It should have been made before the 2008 election. This is a movie with a point of view, but it is not propaganda (like, say, a Michael Moore film). Leaving aside a few minutes overtly political and right leaning, the film is largely a poignant story and search for the connection between a man, his father and ancestors and the possible impact of history. Many interesting facts about Obama's family and connections to colonial history. Photography and editing, music, all very engaging.
There has been a longstanding policy of mainstream media not to cover these kinds of politically motivated suicides.
There have been many political suicides in recent years, and many of those have lit themselves on fire in a public place, some people protesting against global corporatization, Wall St. corruption and the banking system, against state terrorism (quaintly referred to by mainstream media as ``the war on terror``), against some of Barak Obama`s policies and against UN policies, some have had thousands of witnesses and local media, independent media coverage, etc, but mainstream outlets have an ``ethical`` position against publicizing politically motivated suicides.
But this one is about Trump, so the message is allowed to make it through. Very telling.
I wish I could go but I live in CA. will anyone be recording it?
What a pair of charmers! All the best to Cleveland Bagels!
You can clearly make out the City of Detroit, embedded within the surrounding suburbs and metro area, as it looks silvery instead of yellow.
Gotta be the Detroit street lighting...they apparently still have the older, less intrusive, and less harsh mercury vapor lights, instead of the sodium vapor lights that everybody else has received over the last forty-plus years.
Chicago got them in the mid-70s, and Cleveland got theirs in the mid-Nineties, and nothing has looked the same ever since.
Chuckles the Clown
Half a dozen marches? If Orangy Boy wins a second term, I will have been in half a dozen DECADES worth of marches.
Also Marches (like the month), as I will...assuming I'm still breathing...be pushing eighty by then.
Hope my knees hold out.
Chuckles the Clown
Parking lots where buildings used to be
The chick with the long hair is hot
Can't wait to see the finished space!
went there last night, food was very good, staff was great, wine choices were very nice. Good place!
If the subway planned and started back in the 1920-30s had been built, we'd already have a subway and el system that would have taken the Red Line from the Airport to East Cleveland via Downtown, except right over or under Detroit and Euclid, as well as another line extending over Pearl and connecting to the Red Line at W 25th & Detroit. This would be on top of the Blue & Green lines we have today. It's likely the line down Pearl would extend at least to Parma Heights if not Strongsville by now, and the one to the Airport into Berea. Another line was supposed to be added later down Superior. There would be little need for the Downtown Loop buses,since the subway would have been a loop. The Healthline and the Cleveland State BRT lines would also never have been needed because a subway would have been there instead. The Red Line would have stations in totally convenient locations instead of being in the middle of an industrial wasteland, far from any homes or storefronts. And Downtown and Ohio City would have had several stations rather than just one each, making it really convenient to take the subway to work and not walk but a block or two from the stop.
As it was, only the segment between W 25th & Detroit and W 9th & Superior was ever built, as it was part of the Veterans Memorial Bridge. This only ran for a brief period of time until it was closed because none of the rest of the system was ever built. Had it been built, perhaps department stores would still exist on Euclid Avenue and Downtown would never have hollowed out like it did. This was all brought to us by a Cuyahoga County Engineer who was bought and paid for by automotive interests who wanted to sell cars. This engineer reigned for decades and torpedoed any progress on the subway through the 1950s. The only thing Cleveland got was the Red Line, which followed abandoned freight tracks that hardly came close to where people really needed to go. It's a lesson that politicians will talk the people into bringing their own demise as long as the corporate money is there for their campaigns.
This is a great new addition to Cleveland's dining scene. The restaurant is bright and open. The menu is diversely Mediterranean. The prices are reasonable and everyone, from the owners to the restaurant staff and counter staff are very knowledgeable and friendly. Don't let the temporary work affecting traffic on Detroit Avenue stop you from trying Astoria.
Very nice! I live in Parma, and it's pretty difficult getting to a train from here. A real shame, especially considering it is the biggest suburb in the state and just miles from downtown, a perfect place for light rail.
We can't even get RTA to extend the Blue Line light rail to Highland Hills...
The Friendly inn. Been there my entire life. I live a stones throw away
a city can only dream right? ohio's budget and rta's would never allow it. where are the investors?
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