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Aug 14 2018

Showbiz History: A Lavender Couple,Single White Female,and More...

10 random things that happened on this day in history as it relates to showbiz (Aug 14th)

1040King Duncan is killed in battle by an army led by his cousin Macbeth,which will all later be rewritten by William Shakespeare as altogethier plottier and magically damning.Macbethhasn't been transferred to cinema as much of some other Shakespearean tragedies which is TOTALLY fine becauseno one will ever top Kurosawa'sThrone of Bloodanyway.

1851Outlaw Doc Holliday born in Georgia.The gambler / dentist / gunfighter / tuberculosis-victim has made for quite a scenery-chewing role for famous actors over the years,including Cesar Romero,Walter Huston,Kirk Douglas,Arhtur Kennedy,Adam West,Martin Landau,Jason Robards,Stacy Keach,Willie Nelson,Dennis Quaid,and Val Kilmer.

1928Lina Wertmuller born in Rome.She'll become the first woman ever nominated for a directing Oscar when she's 48 years old forthe masterpieceSeven Beauties.

1939Oscar's first Best Actress,Janet Gaynor marries a costume designer so famous,he didn't even need a last name: Adrian.Many people believe it was a "lavender marriage"...

Adrian was known to be queer and Gaynor was often rumored to be bisexual and more than 'best friends' with Broadway star Mary Martin but Adrian and Gaynor remained together until his death 20 years later.Despite "gowns by Adrian"being synonomous with MGM glamour (He designed for Joan Crawford and Norma Shearer dozens of times) he was never honored with an Oscar as there was no costume design category until 1948 after Adrian had stopped designing for films.His classics all pre-date the category but they are many and includeMarie Antoinette,Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde,Woman of the Year,The Women,The Wizard of Oz,Queen Christina,Waterloo Bridge,NinotchkaandThe Great Ziegfeld.But,given his iconic status in the Golden Age of American cinema we must assume it was homophobia that prevented an Honorary Oscar!

1945Steve Martinborn in Waco,Texas.Somehow I never think of him as Texan...or even Southern!

1953James Horner,Oscar favorite andTitaniccomposer born in Los Angeles.

1959"What a thrill."Oscar winnerMarcia Gay Hardenborn in La Jolla California on this day.What a thrill to meet her this year at gay pride in NYC!

1966Oscar winner Halle Berry born in Cleveland.

1992Single White Femalehits movie theaters starring Bridget Fonda (long retired *sniffle*) and Jennifer Jason Leigh

2009District 9opens in movie theaters and becomes an unexpected big hit.It's also one of the rare sci-fi films to receive a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars.亚博主页It's also the last film I took my nephews to see before they all moved far away from me *sniffle*

2020Universal has claimed this date for "untitled event film"so we hope it's eventful!

Other celebrity birthdays today:
Mila Kunis,Emmanuelle Béart,Ana Matronic (The Scissor Sisters),Raoul Bova,Romane Bohringer,Adrian Lester,René Goscinny (Creator of Astérix), Sarah Brightman,David Crosby,and Jackée Harry

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I think at the time it was released SINGLE WHITE FEMALE as just another "_____ from Hell"psycho movies that were everywhere that year.

People often don't realize how very good it is.

Jennifer Jason Leigh is terrifying in that role!

August 14,2018 | Unregistered CommenterDAVID

David - I only watched it once,way back in the 90s when I was too young to really be watching.I loved all of the "Kill The Bitch"movies (wasn't that an actual awful term for those films of the time that all had the same misogynistic outlook,having to end with the murder of someone mentally ill?Fatal Attraction,Misery,The Hand That Rocks The Cradle etc)...strangely,they merely encouraged me to root for any female in a movie,even if she's the villain (or anti-heroine,as I prefer to name it)...

Anyway,it sits waiting for me on my TV box and this post may have inspired me to watch - tonight's the night...

August 14,2018 | Unregistered Commenterkermit_the_frog

Kermit -

YAY!I hope it ages well.I haven't seen it in years!

I do remember that early 90's gave us so many of those type of movies.

Ray Liotta as the COP from Hell in UNLAWFUL ENTRY
J J Leigh as the ROOMMATE from Hell in SINGLE WHITE FEMALE
Rebecca DeMornay as the NANNY from Hell in THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE


Is it wrong to kinda want more of those in 2019?:)

August 14,2018 | Unregistered CommenterDAVID

For any SWF fans Scream Factory will release the film on a special edition dvd apparently it will inc deleted footage as an extra feature.

August 14,2018 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

And Consenting Adults,Final Analysis,Deceived,Sleeping with then Enemy,Mother's Boys,Malice,The Good Son,Basic Instinct,An Eye for an Eye.

August 14,2018 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk


wow Forgot all about those ones...Isn't it funny that if those movies were made today that would be 3rd-rate Redbox trash....Yet back then they were given major theatrical releases and made big money at the box office.

August 14,2018 | Unregistered CommenterDAVID

I unequivocally LOVE Single White Female.It's so-o-o early '90s but nevertheless so deliciously committed to what it is: an effective,twisted thriller.1992 really was the apex of that (Basic Instinct,The Hand That Rocks The Cradle,SWF,Unlawful Entry,etc.).Good times.

P.S.Bridget Fonda is sorely missed!

August 14,2018 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

I miss Bridget Fonda too!

Single White Female is lots of fun.Barbet Schroeder did a fine job directing it and the two leading women are excellent.

August 14,2018 | Unregistered CommenterEdward L.

I miss Hit me With Your Best Shot.The Throne of Blood entry was the best of all time

August 14,2018 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

I read this and it is great to read such these articles.Thanks for sharing such these articles.

August 20,2018 | Unregistered Commenterwilliamjacket

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