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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.
People like to judge each other and each other's creations. Some people are ignorant, some rude, some just shouldn't have internet access. But that's life.
That red swatch where 71 bends to the southwest is a lie. Makes it look like the worst is only directly above the freeway. Not so, Boston. It should be much wider, as there are three glide paths that feed into three parallel NE-SW runways, which are the main landing runways. This is because the prevailing winds are mostly S and SW, rather than N and NE..
The third of these runways opened maybe fifteen years ago, and now put most incoming aircraft directly over my house. We are 2.5 miles from touchdown. When Air Force One brings the POTUS to town, or Fed Ex comes in (low and slow and huge, twice a day), I can count the rivets. Visitors sitting on my back porch or deck routinely duck.
The FAA soundproofing program of the Nineties only brings remediation in the winter months. In the warm weather months...not so much. Not unless you want to run your AC 24/7. We like fresh air.
Unfortunately, we also like having good hearing. And decades under the Hopkins flight path has slowly been killing off our eardrums. You do get used to the noise, even as your hearing deteriorates.
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Still two weeks until the opener, but you just had to get that "racist red sambo caricature" snark in there, didn't you?
As for the colors, if they keep going 5-11 ( one can only hope!) year after year, let alone 3-13 or even 1-15, who cares what shade of orange they are wearing when they lose and lose and lose? Make the helmets white instead of orange...as white is .the color of the white flag of surrender.
Better yet, make the helmets brown and the pants brown and the jerseys brown...because they're the Stinky Browns...and brown is the color of...yeah...do I need to spell it (or smell it) out for you?
Until they have at least a 50-50 chance of winning on any given Sunday, I will continue to find something else to do with my time, which gets shorter and shorter when you're a geezer, and is therefore more precious. Also, it hurts less when you care less...or when you finally quit caring at all.
Chuckles the Clown
Bryan Ferry and his band were so excellent. I felt he revisited all his Roxy album and solo hits. What an impressive performer! Viva Bryan!
Regulation and ignorance has driven the cost of maintaining these "state of the ark" plants sky high. The plants were designed and licensed to handle "design basis accidents", which were clearly spelled out and given the nod by the NRC. Then came Three Mile Island, and more recently, Fukushima in Japan. The regulations changed. The FLEX strategy developed as a knee jerk reaction to Fukushima drove plant owners to implement design changes and purchase equipment for postulated scenarios BEYOND what the design basis required. Digital technology used in other industries is seriously lagging behind due to cyber security requirements, thus we're stuck with analog technology from the 1970s and 1980s. Vendors are getting sick and tired of trying to meet qualification requirements for safety related equipment for a very narrow customer base, so we're running out of qualified parts.
I worked at Davis Bessie for four years during the hole in the head fiasco, so the management decisions made are also coming back to haunt these plants even now. Save a nickel now, spend $$$ later. The managers at that time got their bonuses and moved on, leaving a mess for the next poor sucker.
Sorry to hear Perry might be closed as well. Worked there, too, and at the time the workers really cared about doing their job well. Agree there were some managers there that shouldn't have been, but overall, a good plant.
Last week, Mike Polensek made a strong case on The Bob Frantz Authority radio show (AM 1420 The Answer). But there is nothing that will prevent this monstrosity of legislation from passage -- the deals were cut long before the show entered City Hall. All that's missing is Tom Chema rattling off a whole lot of nothing before baffled and bored city council members.
Good to keep in mind that the DOT didn't visit and take any actual noise estimates, but modeled these colors based on estimates of road and air traffic.
I bet where I live is one of the loudest areas. Right by 90 and planes fly low directly over our house every day on their descent, not to mention the neighbors are only 6ft away on either side. Oh City Life!
The uniforms appear to be saluting a muny league champion, but Jimmy and Dee seem to take sadistic pleasure in testing the patience of the loyal fans (and they haven't mutinied, yet). Just go with the classic 1961 look -- with the throwbacks going back to the 1946 AAFC season -- and end the nonsense.
@sknfjksdn, if you read the article it sounds like the redesign concept is actually about wanting to attract fewer slobs who feel they need to be coddled.
There is nothing wrong with the current arena we have... it suits it purpose wonderfully. It is Mr. Gilbert, who has a history of lying to the people of Cleveland (Where is that Phase 2 Casino?), who wants this renovation. If the Cavs want something more glitzy than go ahead and do it on your own dime. As a city, we cannot afford to spend that $88 million that needs to be spent towards keeping our city safe. So you can have the arena as is, and be safe getting to the game, or you can have a glitzy arena but you might be caught in crossfire and killed on your way there. Priorities people!
Until the underlying social issues are addressed, including first and foremost JOBS, the violence will never stop. The Jackson Administration has been a complete failure! They got to go, that includes Councilwomen Mamie Mitchell and Phyllis Cleveland, and Councilmen Kevin Kelley, TJ Dow, Anthony Brancatelli, Kevin Conwell and Ken Johnson.
This sort of thing happens in every American City with sports franchises. The money discussed is far lower than other cities. Budgets, unfortunately, do not work in a way that we are free to allocate whatever funds we want to whatever line item we want. The arena needs updates, unquestionably. It (and the franchises that call it home) will continue to help keep downtown, and Cleveland in general, relevant, which, in turn, creates more jobs and more residents. It really is as simple as that.
Too many apples and oranges arguments above. Eg. Should there be more money for RTA? Absolutely. So let's raise the parking tax, stop building parking structures, and fix that directly and relevantly. But that has nothing to do with the Q.
It's nice to see that this author isn't biased in any way.
March 29- 4, 2017
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