The great Aretha Franklin left us yesterday, and I bet she’s singing in Heaven now…
I like to remember her like this, fighting for women’s right to speak up….
Another piece of my serial youth is gone, as actress Charlotte Rae died the 5th of August. She was best known for her role of Mrs. Edna Garrett, a character that started as the housekeeper of the Drummond family in Diff’rent Strokes and after became the lead actress in The Facts of Life, a spin off series in which Mrs Garrett became the housemother (and after dietitian) of the Eastland School, an all female boarding school on New York. A tv series obviously inspired to Louise Mary Alcott’s book Little Women, since there was even a young tomboy called Jo… my favourite character, by the way.
Looking back, I can’t help but to notice that here in Italy the two series had two very differente title: Diff’rent Strokes , whose purpose since from the title was clearly to address racial and class issues in form of a sit-com, became the lame My Friend Arnold (Il mio amico Arnold), and The Facts of Life (I fatti della vita), speaking about sex, virginity, eating disorders and drug use for the first time in a teen TV series, became The Apple Tree – L’albero delle mele, maybe because it came after the huge box-office success of the french movie La Boum (The Party) which in Italy became The Apple’s Time – Il tempo delle Mele, an expression that since then is used as sinonym of adolescence.
And speaking of The Facts of Life, I absolutely didn’t remember that a twenty-something year old George Clooney made one of his first tv appearance as handyman George Burnett in season seven and eight of the series, maybe because here in Italy we didn’t get to see it….
Anyway, here’s a clip with Charlotte Rae, Clooney and all the girls:
Agent Coulson, Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow, Malcolm Reynolds, President Bartlett, Josh Lyman and some other friends invite the USA people to vote against Donald Trump: hope sincerely that americans are gonna listen to them on November 8th, for their AND our sake.
Make Mark Be Naked
As usual, there was a crowd of movie and tv celebrities attending the Championships 2015 at Wimbledon, mostly during the final between “Nole” Djokovic and Roger Federer, won for the second year in a row by Djokovic , which played superbly against an always inspired Federer.
Besides Benedict Cumberbatch (with his father) and Hugh Grant, both in the Royal Box, there were Kate Winslet, Clive Owen, Jeremy “Mr Selfridge” Piven, Kristin Scott Thomas, Helena Bonham Carter, Dan Stevens (from Downton Abbey) and many others …
Here’s the full gallery:
My new header comes straight from the 2015 Hollywood Issue Cover of Vanity Fair USA, a three panel cover starring young actors and this year’s oscar nominee such as Amy Adams , Channing Tatum, Reese Whiterspoon, Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Oyelowo, Sienna Miller , Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year) and Miles Teller
A sneak peek from the second episode of the second season of Peaky Blinders, following the epic season opener of the last week, with the first appearance of Tom Hardy‘s character, Alfie Solomons. Meet him tonight, on BBC2, at 21.
Fonte: Digital Spy