Archive for the ‘Celebrities’ Category

Curiouser and Curiouser…………………………
July 5, 2010

Lady in Red

I have to admit to being intrigued by the Russian spy ring saga, that emerged from across the pond last week, as the FBI swooped to arrest ten people accused of being part of a clandestine intelligence gathering operation.

Most attention over here, has been given to Anna Chapman, ‘the lady in red’, said to be the daughter of a former KGB officer, formerly married to a British entrepreneur and resident in the UK until four years ago. She now lives in NY and has supposedly been running a  $2 million online real estate business as a means of infiltrating high-powered political circles.  

It appears that the so-called intelligence gathered and communicated by ‘the spies’, apparently using techniques familiar to fans of  cold war novels and movies, was pretty much available to all and sundry on the internet and as things stand none of them are currently charged with ‘espionage’. The LA Times described it as, “more Woody Allen than John le Carre”!  

Make over for Wonder Woman

What are DC Comics playing at? Wonder Woman, 69 years old this year, is having a make over. Gone are those stunning star-spangled hot pants and kinky red boots to be replaced by black leggings! For men of a certain age, which includes me, Wonder Woman will always be remembered, as personified by Lynda Carter, in the 70’s TV adaptation of the sci-fi comic book heroine. It’s a generational thing, I know! Batman, for instance, will always be pictured in my mind’s eye as  portrayed by Adam West, rather than Val Kilmer, George Clooney or Michael Keaton!       

Don’t Do It Meryl!

legendary Hollywood actress Meryl Streep, an amazing 16 Academy Award nominations and twice a winner, is considering taking on the role of Margaret Hilda Thatcher in a film to be produced later this year.  

Please don’t do it Meryl! I’d rather remember you as the mysterious French Lieutenant’s Woman, or your Oscar-winning performances in Kramer versus Kramer and Sophie’s Choice. Damn it! I’d even rather remember you in Mamma Mia. I even named my blog after one of your films!

I’m sure you would be great, you always are, but I don’t want to remember you as the handbag swinging Iron Lady!      

 What’s New Pussy Cat?

Welsh ‘sex bomb’ Tom Jones has reinvented himself again. This time he has decided it’s not unusual, for an artist of his mature years, to return to the ‘green, green grass of home’ and has drawn on the chapel songs of his youth for a soon to be released album ‘Praise and Blame’.  

Mojo magazine has described Tom’s latest offering as ‘remarkable’, which of course could be interpreted in a number of ways! Whereas a leaked email from the chief  executive of Island Records, was not at all ambiguous: “ We did not invest a fortune in an established artist for him to deliver 12 tracks from the common book of prayer”.  

Come on boys bach, when you’re a national treasure you can get away with anything. I don’t know what Delilah would have made of it, mind!

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‘There is nothing like a Dame’ – unless it’s ‘the Prince of Thieves’!
June 21, 2010

Those of you who are familiar with old Hollywood musicals will know, “There is nothing like a dame,” – just  take a look at our very own Dame Helen Mirren……. 

Appearing on a US chat show last week, ‘national treasure’ Dame Helen, better known as ‘the Queen’, across the pond, got her self into oily waters and raised a few eyebrows back home. 

Dame Helen, who often revels in her reputation as something of a loose cannon, played to her audience by stoking the prevailing anti-British sentiment and describing BP as “Bloody P—- poor”.

She followed this up by saying that he was pleased England had not beaten the United States in the World Cup match.

She is a good actress, deserving of the recognition she has received for her performances, but surely one might expect a little more decorum from a Dame?  Given that emotions are running high in the US, over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and that the ‘special relationship’ is under intense  pressure perhaps she was seeking to defuse the situation with  a mischievous and ‘humorous’ comment or two.

On the other hand it could be seen as nauseous, ingratiating and a calculated act of self publicity.

Thankfully, at least, on this occasion the Dame kept her clothes on!      

Perhaps BP missed a trick. Beleaguered executive Tony Hayward should have enlisted Dame Helen to accompany him at Congress last week, where the members  were lining up to ‘slice and dice’ him. I’m sure her take on events would have gone down well, and a regal wave or two and a few signed photographs from ‘the Queen’, would have helped pour oil on troubled waters!

Another thespian who was present at Congress the other day, Hollywood legend Kevin ‘Prince of Thieves’ Costner, was able to offer BP a more practical solution to cleaning up the oil spill. He owns a company who, for the last 17 years, have been working on a machine that will separate oil from water. Ever, straight as an arrow and one to ‘rob the rich to help the poor’, Kevin has signed a contract with BP to provide 32 of these centrifuge like devices. Let’s hope they hit the target!       

Finally on the oil front, slick operator and Hollywood wannabe President Obama (seen here in the role of Bond villain Dr No), who has been the fiercest critic of BP in recent weeks,  is becoming increasingly embarrassed by the incestuous relationship that has existed between BP and US politicians. Obama’s own presidential campaign benefitted to the tune of $77,000 from BP funds.

It was further revealed, by the Sunday Times yesterday, that up to 30 Congress committee members have combined holdings, worth $14.5 million, in oil companies which include BP!