Campaigning in heels!

AT last night’s Golden Globes women with voices stood up and were counted.

Action, through TIME’S UP is much delayed but thank heavens it’s happened now. I’m guilty of a lack of commitment to progress and change, myself.  I knew about unemployment in the north east for 25 years. I’ve dealt with snide sexual comments and vulgar come-ons for years without making much fuss.  Brexit and serious sexual harassment are the results of  this sort of uncaring ignorance.

Time’s Up is an initiative and legal defence movement  to support women in various industries dealing with sexual harassment.  It was launched with an open letter signed by hundreds of Hollywood women and published January 1. Meryl Streep, Shonda Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon, Ava DuVernay, America Ferrera,and Lena Waithe are among the founders, and still more stars publicly lent their support to Time’s Up following its announcement.

Let’s hope more of us will be encouraged to stake claims and speak up for equality.

They did still look absolutely gorgeous, though, don’t you think?

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Screens, Dreams and Hollywood hell!

STANLEY TUCCI was a delight in The Devil Wears Prada and I can safely say his performance as Jack Warner in Feud is another tour de force.

It’s a cameo role, in some ways, which probably shouldn’t be described as a tour de force but you feel that only Tucci could make the monster bearable!

“You want to be true to the piece, number one, and you want to be true to him,” Tucci says. “Being true to him is just being this outwardly very charming, fast-talking, well-dressed fella — and then behind the scenes he’s a ruthless misogynist.”

The Los Angeles Times celebrates his performance with the headline, “As a misogynist studio head in ‘Feud,’ Stanley Tucci spotlights a sexist Hollywood.”

Tucci has an extraordinary gift. As the camp, perfectionist, company-man, top stylist in ‘Devil‘ he transforms into a caring, mentoring friend to the bullied Andrea (Andy) Sachs (Anne Hathaway). In Feud: Bette and Joan, he has a searing humanity, not shaken off course even through a lens of towering greed and control.  It’s quite wondrous. FEUD: BETTE & JOAN -- Stanley Tucci as Jack Warner. CR: Kurt Iswarienko/FX.

I watched all eight episodes yesterday!

Tess and Claudia’s lips

SEEING Tess Daly and Claudia Winkelman on ‘It Takes Two,’ yesterday, I thought how flattering their lip colour is and wondered if I should try to match it by a visit to Boots or Clarins.

Small experiment at home later realise I can achieve the warm pinkish paleness by mixing  cosmetics from my bag.

There are lipstick moments in many movies but the Tess/Claudia colour is reflected in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s as Hepburn makes up her face to leave New York to seek her fortunes abroad.

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The 1961 American romantic comedy film directed by Blake Edwards, written by George Axelrod, is based on Truman Capote’s novella of the same name, starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard

It’s a devastating moment for Peppard’s character but wonderful for Burberry who is using the still to promote a seasonal shade.

Cowardly counts, devious debutantes, and gangrenous greed!

YESTERDAY’s Daily Mail nonsense about Princess Margaret, rubbish so last century it is surely designed to draw attention from the real villains now appearing on Netflix in The Crown: pernicious politicians, cowardly counts, precious princes, quivering queen-mothers, philandering presidents and the rest.

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Margaret, the Queen’s younger sister who died in 2002, was a delightful approachable person. When I met her it was around the time this photograph was taken.

 

I’ve chosen this image because the story she told me included both her children, David Viscount Linley  and Lady Sarah Chatto. Princess Margaret was visiting a Haberberdashers Aske school in Bunbury, Cheshire and I was reporting it for the Liverpool Daily Post.

 

Unless she had been an accomplished diplomat and unpretentiously egalitarian the visit would have been an embarrassment on more than one front.  As she arrived a teaching member of staff, lined up to greet her, decided to make public a grudge against her employers. The princess listened, in slight astonishment, to what the disgruntled woman had to say. Without a pause she calmly came up with the perfectly reasonable question, sure to take the sting out of the tale,”Have you talked to anyone about it?”

 

We moved on into a science lesson with students experimenting with static electricity. Everyone was wired up and over anxious. HRH, working outside her regal brief, included us in a detail from precious moments in her own life. She explained how her own children enjoyed racing up and down the carpets at home  to create enough energy to give her a “rather electrifying kiss.”

 

While we were helping Northern Ballet Theatre move from Manchester to Spring Hall, Halifax, our paths crossed again. HRH came north to lunch in NBT’s new headquarters. This time, with just adults around, there she was, an even more relaxed, sophisticated, person, entertaining fellow guests and dancers.

 

As far as I can judge, from first hand evidence, no-one was as much fun, nor as supporting to the Arts than the Queen’s baby sister. Here she is with the much loved  and missed,NBT principal and director Christopher Gable.

 

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Watch that scene, digging the Dancing Queen…

WHO will win ‘Strictly?’ ‘What will Alexandra, Debbie, Gemma, Molly,  and Joe be wearing this week? Or are you still wondering if middle class morality means a thing after watching Howard’s End?

‘Bread and circuses,’  the ancient Roman technique to keep its citizens in order, is a long way from today’s Cappucinos and box-sets. Yet we’re entranced and distracted by the range and quality of our broadcasters and filmmakers spectacular output.

The Media Industry has so stepped up to the plate with its totally impressive range of information platforms and entertainment channels that now all we have to do is to  check on  how we can pay for the bread!

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Broadway Babes and Harlem Hellraisers!

CAUGHT a preview of the Runyon based musical sensation, Guys and Dolls at the Royal Exchange, Manchester, last night.

guys-and-dolls-at-royal-exchange-manchester-785x486‘Never Been in Love Before,’ as if sung for the first time, pure and smooth, by Abiona Omonua, a first half sensation and ensemble number,’Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat,’ brought the house down as finale.

A co-production with Talawa Theatre Company, with their director Michael Buffong and choreography from Kenrick “H20” Sandy, relocates the fabulous show to up-town New York with all the creative excitement of the “Harlem Renaissance”.

Running from 2 Dec – 27 Jan 2018, the companies have a hit on their jazz hands!