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.
Some of Vernon Reid's best recent work can be found with his jazz-rock supergroup Spectrum Road.
Who ever did sound for this show should be fired. There were absolutely no vocals present anywhere near the front of stage. Couldn't hear Jay Mascus or Perry Ferrall at all.
Big part of attending any concert is the thrill of being close to the band. This fell flat on Saturday as we traded stage proximity for sound. Seriously awful.
The place looks great!
Always felt that Cleveland and the area was the best kept secret in America. OPPS! Secrets out now.
I just read more of the appeal for this case ... https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents… . When I read/re-read/re-re-read the part of the article above identified as "Original story, 3/31/2015" it seems very one-sided ... favoring the Plaintiffs! There was NO ATTEMPT to report the Defendants' side!
Was this article prejudicial? It reminds me of the testimony from the psychiatrist who "verified" that Christina had suffered from emotional distress intentionally inflicted by the Defendants ... based 100% from information supplied by the Plaintiffs.
Should the "Original story" have been published before the trial? I've copied this from the above PDF file ... a statement from Mr. Pattakos' lawyer and the judge's response:
MR. CHANDRA: It's clear to me from your comments that you're not happy about what happened here.
THE COURT: Correct.
:) Me too, Judge :)
It's about money as always. If it's making good money there's no way they close it. Must have been struggling. It's pretty simple.
Well that sucks...
Those lights in there look awesome. Wonder where bob got those from?
My favorite pizza restaurant ever! Eat there every time I am back in Cleveland!
White Sox pitching ace Chris Sale is available -- as long as he has veto power on throwback uniforms.
As a cis woman, trans women sharing the bathroom with me are not a threat. I welcome my sisters (not just my cisters) as the beautiful souls they are.
What concerns me is sharing a bathroom with other cis women who are obsessed with wether or not the person in the neighboring stall has the "right" set of genitals for their liking. If you're spending enough time in the bathroom to be bothered with someone else, you're the one being inappropriate.
No one cares
- Fear and Loathing in the Trump Zone -
Trevor Hall is TERRIBLE. His "music," the affects in his voice, his shameless cultural appropriation. I can't get through a yoga class without the instructor playing at least one of his trite, mindless, annoying songs. It's gotten to a point that I refuse to go if the teacher is going to play his tripe. God, I hate this guy. Classic white boy going overseas for "inspiration" only to come back with uninspired, watered-down nonsense. Add to that the intentional rasp/crackle in many of the songs and that unbearable squeak he adds in some... oh, god, the squeak... and I have rarely been rendered so stabby by a "musician" in my lifetime.
This article exemplifies why our country is in the condition that it's in . Young women that have abortions frequently regret it for decades after . After they do give birth later in life, they realize the miracle of life . Pro-choice ? Pro death really . I suppose if somehow the bsby makes it out of the womb , you people think we should care for it from cradle to grave ? But kill it before it is born ? Really a fuvked up mindset .
July 20-26, 2016
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