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Kevin Spacey is a fine actor, producer, director – even a gifted mimic.

But unfortunately, he is a lousy WRITER. And it is THIS which has at least CONTRIBUTED to his monumental DOWNFALL.

After openly-gay actor Anthony Rapp went public with an accusation that Spacey had made a HEAVY drunken pass at him when he was just fourteen (and Spacey was twenty-six) he responded with the following statement, on Twitter…

I have a lot of respect and admiration for Anthony Rapp as an actor. I’m beyond horrified to hear his story. I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago. But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years.

This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life. I know that there are stories out there about me and that some have been fueled by the fact that I have been so protective of my privacy. As those closest to me know, in my life I have had relationships with both men and women. I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man. I want to deal with this honestly and openly. That starts with examining my own behavior.

The problems with this statement are three-fold.

One: it comes right after the TRAIN-WRECK of allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Spacey should have KNOWN that trying to casually brush off his encounter with Rapp would not fly, in the current climate.

Two: it CONFLATES his reply to an accusation of child-molestation with a Coming Out declaration. Coming Out is a BIG DEAL for gay people, which generally takes place in their teens or early twenties. Therefore it is NOT to be nonchalantly linked to an apology for sins, by an ageing whoopsie.

And three: thanks to “#metoo” a whole SLEW of his past misdemeanours have emerged – every clumsy approach he made during his ten years of helming the Old Vic, his decades on stage and five seasons making the U.S. “House Of Cards” have now caught up with him.

Thus with two ill-considered paragraphs, he has managed to piss off both straight AND gay people – and demolish his CAREER in the process.

But then, this is the world we live in now. In the past, showbiz types were expected to behave like the people next door – whilst simultaneously creating masterpieces and/or giving their all in front of thousands of people every night.

And on the occasions when the egos (or substances) needed to DO that created HAVOC, there were people who would COVER OVER the debris.

However now, in these post-PC times, this is no longer possible. And Spacey’s arrogance has not only cost HIM dear – it has also cost US.

He is only fifty-eight and (until now) was highly prolific. Therefore no less than THREE productions have suffered as a result of his undoing.

All the footage of his performance as J Paul Getty in Ridley Scott’s “All The Money In The World” is having to be RE-SHOT with Christopher Plummer, delaying the film’s release.

The Netflix film “Gore” – a bio-pic of Gore Vidal, another preponderantly gay man – with Spacey as the lead, had FINISHED filming and was going through post. But now it has had its release CANCELLED. It may NEVER be shown.

And another Netflix production – the above-mentioned U.S. House Of Cards – was IN production and has ALSO been dumped.

This last is a great loss. The original U.K. House Of Cards was made in the early Nineties and featured Ian Richardson as F.U. Spacey was perfectly cast as the belated U.S. version of the Machiavellian monster.

But he was unlucky – toward the end of the series, Trump would make his character appear banal in comparison. And so it was agreed last year that the sixth season would be the last. Actually, Spacey had said it should be good for five seasons, back around Season Two.

But now, Netflix have pulled the PLUG.

The Social Network has mused upon the possibility of it continuing just with C.U. (I’m saying nothing) – but that would be unwise.

Right now, how much of S6 was written and how much filmed, Netflix is not saying. But they own it, so that appears to be THAT.

Usually, studio execs leave viewers up in the air because of bad ratings – not behaviour.

So thanks a LOT, Kevin.

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A friend sent me this piece and I had to SHARE. It may be true – or made up – or somewhere in between. Either way, it is hilarious. By all means pass it on. Enjoy…

THE FOLLOWING COMES FROM A CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEST. KIDS WERE ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS.

THESE TWENTY-FIVE STATEMENTS ABOUT THE BIBLE WERE WRITTEN BY CHILDREN. THEY HAVE NOT BEEN RETOUCHED OR CORRECTED. INCORRECT SPELLING HAS BEEN LEFT IN…

1. IN THE FORST BOOK OF THE BIBLE, GUINESSIS, GOD GOT TIRED OF
CREATING THE WORLD SO HE TOOK THE SABBATH OFF.

2. ADAM AND EVE WERE CREATED FROM AN APPLE TREE. NOAH'S WIFE WAS JOAN
OF ARK. NOAH BUILT AND ARK AND THE ANIMALS CAME ON IN PEARS.

3. LOTS WIFE WAS A PILLAR OF SALT DURING THE DAY, BUT A BALL OF FIRE
DURING THE NIGHT. 
 
4. THE JEWS WERE A PROUD PEOPLE AND THROUGHOUT HISTORY THEY HAD TROUBLE
WITH UNSYMPATHETIC GENITALS.
 
5. SAMPSON WAS A STRONGMAN WHO LET HIMSELF BE LED ASTRAY BY A JEZEBEL
LIKE DELILAH.
 
6. SAMSON SLAYED THE PHILISTINES WITH THE AXE OF THE APOSTLES. 
 
7. MOSES LED THE JEWS TO THE RED SEA WHERE THEY MADE UNLEAVENED BREAD,
WHICH IS BREAD WITHOUT ANY INGREDIENTS. 
 
8. THE EGYPTIANS WERE ALL DROWNED IN THE DESSERT. AFTERWARDS, MOSES
WENT UP TO MOUNTCYANIDE TO GET THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.
 
9. THE FIRST COMMANDMENTS WAS WHEN EVE TOLD ADAM TO EAT THE APPLE.
 
10. THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENT IS THOU SHALT NOT ADMIT ADULTERY. 
 
11. MOSES DIED BEFORE HE EVER REACHED CANADA THEN JOSHUA LED THE
HEBREWS IN THE BATTLE OF GERITOL.
 
12. THE GREATEST MIRICLE IN THE BIBLE IS WHEN JOSHUA TOLD HIS SON TO
STAND STILL AND HE OBEYED HIM.
 
13. DAVID WAS A HEBREW KING WHO WAS SKILLED AT PLAYING THE LIAR. HE
FOUGHT THE FINKELSTEINS, A RACE OF PEOPLE WHO LIVED IN BIBLICAL TIMES.
 
14. SOLOMON, ONE OF DAVIDS SONS, HAD 300 WIVES AND 700 PORCUPINES.
 
15. WHEN MARY HEARD SHE WAS THE MOTHER OF JESUS, SHE SANG THE MAGNA
CARTA. 
 
16. WHEN THE THREE WISE GUYS FROM THE EAST SIDE ARRIVED THEY FOUND
JESUS IN THE MANAGER.
 
17. JESUS WAS BORN BECAUSE MARY HAD AN IMMACULATE CONTRAPTION. 
 
18. ST. JOHN THE BLACKSMITH DUMPED WATER ON HIS HEAD. 
 
19. JESUS ENUNCIATED THE GOLDEN RULE, WHICH SAYS TO DO UNTO OTHERS
BEFORE THEY DO ONE TO YOU. HE ALSO EXPLAINED A MAN DOTH NOT LIVE BY
SWEAT ALONE.
 
20. IT WAS A MIRICLE WHEN JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD AND MANAGED TO GET
THE TOMBSTONE OFF THE ENTRANCE. 
 
21. THE PEOPLE WHO FOLLOWED THE LORD WERE CALLED THE 12 DECIBELS.
 
22. THE EPISTELS WERE THE WIVES OF THE APOSTLES.
 
23. ONE OF THE OPPOSSUMS WAS ST. MATTHEW WHO WAS ALSO A TAXIMAN.
 
24. ST. PAUL CAVORTED TO CHRISTIANITY, HE PREACHED HOLY ACRIMONY,
WHICH IS ANOTHER NAME FOR MARRAIGE.
 
25. CHRISTIANS HAVE ONLY ONE SPOUSE. THIS IS CALLED MONOTONY.

The present: so Marty McFly goes back thirty years to 1987 – and has to convince the Doc he is from the future.

“Okay, so who’s the President in 2017?”

“Errr – forget it.”

I was very sad to hear of Tony’s PASSING – but glad to have finally “known” him for a short time, via his Facebook channel.

Here is the story. In 1959, I fell in love with his record, “Amore Mio” – here it IS…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKd-8c_M2cE

Below the piece, on YouTube, I wrote…

It took me FIFTY YEARS of searching, before I managed to acquire this lovely piece from the squeeze-box maestro.

Why? Well, the projectionist at my local Saturday Morning Cinema Club must’ve liked the track – he played it every WEEK, in the breaks between the C.F.F. films, cartoons and “Look At Life” shorts.

He even told me what the record was – but as a seven-year-old British kid, in 1959, I didn’t own a record player. And by the time I did, the company that released the record in Blighty, Top Rank, had gone bust – and taken their back-catalogue with them.

So for DECADES, I checked record-collectors’ shops, junk shops, jumble sales – you name it – and ZIP.

But when, a couple of years ago, I finally succumbed to the lure of the Interweb and purchased this computer – I was able to WIDEN my search. I eventually tracked a copy down to a shop in Wisconsin, USA.

But even THEN, the story was not over. Thanks to a sit-in at my local airport – Bangkok – the mail got piled up. LITERALLY. So much so, that a DVD someone sent me got BROKE – which is HARD TO DO!

Thus it was lucky that the posting of the 50-year-old record to me got DELAYED – thanks to American banks, who RIP PEOPLE OFF when it comes to changing foreign banknotes – which caused me to have to find some DOLLARS, before the shop would send it.

And so it’s THANKS to those greedy U.S. banks that I finally HAVE this disc IN ONE PIECE – which YOU can now listen to. Enjoy!

And here is a NEW version he posted on YouTube, just a couple of months ago…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPNtNkJmf7g

I love you, Tony.

Cornelius on… Pessimism

Earlier in these ramblings, I added Optimism to my belief system.

Well – now comes the flipside.

Given that all our senses and technology can detect is in this existence – The Continuum – I optimistically suggested there must either be a SERIES of Continua or at least, Something Else OUTSIDE the Continuum. Right?

But perhaps not.

Suppose this existence is like a CAROUSEL. And we are the child who climbs up onto the wooden horse and enjoys the ride. Up and down and round and round we go.

Then we detect the ride slowing – and when it has stopped (or at least, slowed down enough so we dare dismount) we go on our way, never giving a thought to the mechanism that DROVE the ride.

The large electric motor, the rheostat that allowed the ride operator to smoothly run its speed up and down, the camshafts that lifted our steeds up and down…

Those things are OUTSIDE the experience. We care not about them.

But when that carousel is our Continuum, we SHOULD care.

However – and this is where the Pessimism comes in – care or not, WILL all be revealed to us when we exit This Place?

Believers in religions say yes – but of course, they have no more clue than anyone else. Blind faith is not fact.

What IS a fact is that whether that which is outside our Continuum (be it more Continua or Something Else) exists or not – we may never be privy to it.

After we have taken our last breath, our synapses will whither and our engrams decay. And our consciousnesses – In This Place – will cease to be. More facts.

Meaning for us to CONTINUE, those consciousnesses will have to be “whipped out” of our mortal bodies at the moment of death, otherwise while there may BE Something Else – we will never know what it is.

And who do we complain to if that happens?

Pessimism.

Sorry.

The mid-Seventies. So I was walking down Argyle street (just one foot in front of the other – nothing fancy) and as I passed the large door at the side of the Palladium’s stage, which they used to unload major pieces of scenery, I noticed that for once, it was OPEN. I stopped and wandered in.

Everyone had apparently retired for lunch. The place was DESERTED.

Realising I would never get the chance again, I strode out to Centre Spot and turned to face the auditorium.

And then I GOT IT.

For years, I had heard celebs raving about doing the Palladium – and I was finally able to separate the TRUTH from the usual showbiz gush.

I understood WHY they loved it – it’s the ARCHITECTURE.

Thing is, most large theatres are NARROW and go BACK a long way, the reason being the limitations regarding the upper galleries. If you make the Room WIDE, you need PILLARS to hold them up. Then you get those awful “restricted view” seats.

But the Palladium’s designer used steel cantilevers (cutting-edge in the Edwardian era) and so it has two galleries of MAJOR width – and some DEPTH. Meaning both galleries hold nearly as many people as the stalls.

Furthermore, the Room does not go BACK too far. And all three seating sections are CURVED.

The whole conspires to create the effect that you could reach out from Centre Spot and shake hands with every member of the audience.

And THAT is why all those celebs adored playing the Palladium. Despite holding well over two thousand people – it has the INTIMACY of a two-hundred-seater.

Which gave me further pause, as it dawned on me I was standing on the EXACT same spot which, during its heyday (1945-70) had been occupied by LEGENDS from BOTH sides of the Pond and Europe.

Harry Houdini, Dickie Henderson, Gracie Fields, Billy Bennett, Sophie Tucker, Burns & Allen, Jackie Coogan, Ivor Novello, the Crazy Gang, Jack Benny, Paul Robeson, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ramon Navarro, Cab Calloway, Ethel Barrymore, Josephine Baker, Fats Waller, Tom Mix, Max Miller, Vera Lynn, Arthur Lucan (Old Mother Riley) Kitty McShane, Elisabeth Welch, Tessie O’Shea, Jewel & Warris, Gracie Fields, Betty Hutton, Dinah Shore, the Andrews Sisters, Carmen Miranda, Martha Raye, Laurel and Hardy, Danny Kaye, Kathryn Grayson, Eleanor Powell, Harpo and Chico Marx, Benny Goodman, Dorothy Lamour, Frank Sinatra, Abbott and Costello, Nat King Cole, Donald O’Connor, Hoagy Carmichael, Judy Garland, Jimmy Durante, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, Bob Hope and Gypsy Rose Lee, Max Bygraves, Julie Andrews, Alma Cogan, Harry Secombe, Terry-Thomas, Sammy Davis Jr, Tommy Steele, Billy Cotton, Charlie Drake, Cilla Black, Norman Wisdom, Des O’Connor, Frankie Howerd, Ken Dodd, Tommy Steele, Ronnie Corbett, Arthur Askey, Shirley Bassey, Cliff Richard, the Shadows, the Rolling Stones and of course…

The Beatles.

My abiding memory of the place is those years spent watching Sunday Night At The London Palladium, hosted by Tommy Trinder, Bruce Forsyth, Norman Vaughan and latterly, Jimmy Tarbuck. Me and literally HALF THE COUNTRY. TV execs would sell their MOTHERS for ratings like that today.

This question comes up a lot – and is right down there with “Why don’t psychics win lotteries?” and “How come 24-hour shops have locks on their doors?”

But let’s treat it like a sensible question…

Animals can be divided into two groups. Group A includes dogs, cats, dolphins and monkeys. Group B includes chickens, pigs, lambs and cows.

Group A animals are highly intelligent (different from, but on a par with – HUMAN CHILDREN) and possess SELF-AWARENESS (a.k.a. consciousness, sentience) – and we breed them primarily as COMPANIONS.

While Group B are NOT (you can call a cow Daisy and a chicken Henrietta, but they will not bond with you) – and we breed them primarily as FOOD.

You want more? Okay…

Veggies and Vegans (live long and prosper) refuse to eat animal meat, sometimes avoiding ALL animal products (leather, milk, etc.) And if the scientists ever manage to produce “cloned” meat in sufficient quantity and at an affordable price (they are trying, as I type) I will be MORE than happy to join them.

But remember, while we may one day be able to stop humans from eating animals – we will NEVER stop OTHER ANIMALS from doing the same.

What you gonna do – put all animals in a series of gigantic zoos and feed them solely on fruit and veg? For a start, those whose stomachs can only handle meat will DIE. And how far down the food-chain do you wanna go?

A cubic foot of earth contains millions of creatures mostly too small for the naked eye to see – who eat each other constantly.

Then you have gazillions of fish in the oceans. These make up seventy percent of our World and contain animals ranging in size from krill to whale sharks – most of whom survive ON EACH OTHER.

You wanna try to manage THEM?

Of course, the Veggies and Vegans would argue they are wild and we are civilised – and as such, should lead by example. We have CONTROL over what WE eat.

Fair enough – in any case, this piece is not a defence of meat-eating. It is about what is OKAY to eat – and what is NOT.

So with that in mind, let us examine the details of how they are killed…

World-wide, Group B animals are “factory farmed” and generally killed “humanely” – i.e., quickly and cleanly.

But in parts of SE Asia, things are very different for Group A…

In Japan, every year, up to two thousand dolphins are herded into a cove in Taiji, where they are brutally stabbed to death. In a frenzy which turns the water RED, these creatures – including mothers and babies – get cut to pieces by the so-called “fishermen” (even a MORON knows dolphins are intelligent MAMMELS). This is said to be a “tradition” – but it only goes back to 1969. Furthermore, the methods used to slaughter the dolphins would be ILLEGAL in Japan’s animal SLAUGHTER HOUSES.

And ALL OVER SE Asia, cats are rounded up – then skinned alive for their fur – and are finally thrown, STILL alive, into boiling water.

While dogs are collected – sometimes BOUGHT from locals, for plastic buckets and the like – then transported in small, rusty cages (without food or water) on open trucks, to their fate. Which is – for those unlucky enough to survive the trip – to be tied up by their back legs and BEATEN to death with sticks, in the misbegotten belief that the more pain and terror the animal suffers, the more TENDER will be the meat.

So – do ya STILL think eating cats and dogs is okay?