The world’s most famous drag queen tells The Times’s Marcus Mabry that despite progress on gay rights, the pendulum could swing the other way.
Audrey Hepburns Oscar Dress
“…The dress also featured in the last scene of the film when Princess Ann meets the press; but when Audrey wore it to the Oscars she had ‘Givenchy-fied’ it. Although originally designed by Edith Head, who also won the Academy Award for Costume Design for the film, Hepburn completely changed the bodice. Taking inspiration from Hubert de Givenchy, it now cut straight across the front, plunging low at the back with pretty spaghetti straps. That night Audrey Hepburn was the personification of elegance and style.”
—-Christine Babington Smith
WIKIPEDIA: Brideshead Revisited is a 1981 British television serial produced by Granada Television for broadcast by the ITV network. The serial is an adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s novel Brideshead Revisited (1945). Although John Mortimer was given a credit in the titles, Valerie Grove’s A Voyage Round John Mortimer revealed that Mortimer’s script was never used and that the series was actually written by the producer Derek Granger and others. The bulk of the serial was directed by Charles Sturridge, with a few sequences filmed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg.
Broadcast in eleven episodes, the serial premiered on ITV in the UK on 12 October 1981, on CBC Television in Canada on 19 October 1981, and as part of the Great Performances series on PBS in the United States on 18 January 1982.
In 2000, the serial placed tenth on a list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes compiled by the British Film Institute, based on a poll of industry professionals. In 2007, the serial was listed as one of Time magazine’s “100 Best TV Shows of All-Time.” In 2010 it was placed second in The Guardian newspaper’s list of the top 50 TV dramas of all time.
Episode 1: “Et in Arcadia Ego” (Original UK airdate 12 October 1981; 100 minutes) In the spring of 1944, disillusioned Army captain Charles Ryder is moving his company to a new Brigade Headquarters at a secret location he discovers is Brideshead, once home to the Marchmain family and the scene of both pleasant and anguished visits for the younger Charles.
Seeing the house for the first time in many years prompts a recollection of Charles’ first meeting with Lord Sebastian Flyte, the Marchmains’ younger son, at Oxford University in 1922, and the rest of the narrative flashes back to that time forward. At Oxford, two young men quickly bond and, although his cousin warns him to avoid Sebastian and his inner circle of friends, Charles is fascinated by them, particularly flamboyantly foppish Anthony Blanche. Short on funds, Charles finds himself fitfully spending the summer holidays in London with his indifferent and rigid father Edward until an urgent message from Sebastian sends him to Brideshead, where Charles is introduced to a world of wealth and privilege dominated by a powerful devotion to Catholicism.
WATCH ALL THE REST OF THE EPISODES AFTER THE JUMP…
I watched the first few episodes and thought it was “cute”. It had a good enough “eighties” vibe for the teens & twenty-something’s that this show is geared for. All neon colors, big hair & paint splats were in place. I immediately liked AnnaSophia Robb’s take on Ms. Bradshaw. I even loved her terrible wigs that seem to have a life of their own.
Carrie’s best friends Mouse (Ellen Wong), Walt (Brendan Dooling) & Maggie (Katie Findlay) were totally perfect replacements for Miranda, Charlotte & Samantha.
God, I love Ellen Wong.
I thought the father/ sister stuff wasn’t really working (Morrissey, the hamster, oh please) and that an hour was a tad long. Make this show a half hour, I thought.
But half way through the season… it found it’s footing and I actually started liking Carrie’s sister & dad. All the characters have gotten way more depth (even Donna La Donna). The visuals are extremely fun. I mean, you know damn well that the Interview Magazine office NEVER looked like a 2009 Anthropologie window display & that Carrie Bradshaw would never have “her look” so nailed down in her teen years.
I kind of wish they’d throw in a few obvious fashion disasters for her… where she gets it all wrong (as teens frequently do). And her friends or awesome Larrisa (played by the zippy Freema Agyeman) would give her some good ol’ side eye. That would be fun!
But TCD harks back to the best seasons of SATC with its Patricia Fields’ rich eye-candy styling & emotional story telling. Sure this show is based on Bushnell’s Carrie Diaries book but its energy is really all about HBO’s SATC. Bushnell may be the creator of these characters but it was the TV show that made them iconic.
Having SATC’s Amy B. Harris executive produce and write for TCD is the strong point here. She wrote some of the best SATC episodes. I hope she doesn’t let the show (if it’s renewed) become all about “things” like the post 9-11 SATC seasons and those two mindless “product endorsement” films.
I’m rambling… anyhow… why do I love The Carrie Diaries so? It harks back to my love of Square Pegs, Thirtysomething, Family and errrr… SATC. With all the visual non-reality/ fantasy going on… the core is emotional… there’s a truth to it even when it gets super corny at times. It has innocence without being twee. It’s a true guilty pleasure for this 48 year old.
Everyone is so cute to look at!
Walt’s a GAY!
Look at that giant cellphone!
Oh, and the characters all happen to be different nationalities… finally Carrie Bradshaw’s world includes people of color… and they’re not having to heat up her cinnamon spiced milk or organize her life for her. In SATC’s run Bradshaw sadly regresses… in The Carrie Diaries she will obviously soar.
Oh yes, I know I’ve posted Frankie before… but I love him so! Let’s take a walk down memory lane (on his tumblr), shall we…
A fan-made disc compiling 70 tracks worth of Stanley’s distinctive song introductions and on-stage banter.
DANGEROUS MINDS: Here’s 45 minutes of Paul Stanley stage banter. Or, better yet, 45 minutes of pure fucking hell!
As WFMU described it via Twitter: Great for ruining parties and torturing anyone who’s trying to sleep.
MORE PAUL PICS after the JUMP!
So, I LOVE looking @ fan art. But usually I love the REAL BAD stuff… like my Beauty & The Beast post a few days ago. I decided to look for Thor related stuff (I get Chris Hemsworth boners on occasion). I had NO CLUE that people were into brothers Thor & Loki getting it on. Incest is indeed the best! I found all of these fine images on FUCK YEAH THOR & LOKI. The bad art was just bad… not really warped enough or funny. There were so many AMAZING works though. Sweet, touching, amusing, porny… and just plain pretty. See what you think…
1983. With Dionne Warwick, Shelley Winters, Teri Garr, Virginia Mayo, Pat Van Potten, and Terry Moore.
Reynolds went on to appear in Tammy and the Bachelor, The Unsinkable Molly Brown – and more recently, Mother. Reynolds talks about working with different directors and says she’s not one to hold a grudge, but warns that she’s rather like an elephant. “I remember everything.” Debbie Reynolds is a great storyteller.
Thanks LADY BUNNY for introducing me to this women!
Dorothy Squires was one of the biggest British singing stars of the 1940s, a charismatic and electrifying stage performer.
Thanks to a lengthy professional – and personal – partnership with the respected composer and musician Billy Reid, she topped theatre bills throughout Britain and became one of the UK’s biggest record-sellers. READ HER STORY HERE!
(((NEWish))) JIZ… errrrr… JEM and the HOLOGRAMS collector’s dolls by Integrity Toys (they got them SOOOOO right)
OFFICIAL SITE HERE! WARNING! THEY ARE SUPER EXPENSIVE. Prices range from $120.00 – $650.00 (for limited editions). I think Kimber is my fave… very 80′s yet VERY “COUNTRY MAGIC” Ann-Margret (hence my love).