#AllAboutEve “Fasten Your Seatbelts, It’s Going to Be a Bumpy Night.” #BetteDavis #MargoChanning #EveHarrington

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All About Eve might be the best cautionary tale about stalkers ever. The 1950 Oscar-winning movie, which was nominated for fourteen awards took home six, has remained a classic 64 years later. It still has one of the best screenplays ever written, and the themes have been replicated on film and television years later.Modern shows such as Gossip Girl and Glee have paid homage to the classic film.  References to the movie, and pull quotes remain relevant even today.”Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.” Years before Natalie Portman became paranoid that Mila Kunis was going to steal her part in Black Swan, Bette Davis was nervous that the girl she hired as an assistant (Ann Baxter) the day they met, was trying to take over her life.

Even today, I find the movie as entertaining as I do a tad creepy. Eve’s a bit stalker-ish. It’s not a horror movie, there is no blood and gore. It isn’t even categorized as a psychological thriller, but it might as well be. “Aging” actresses in the late 1940s, early 1950s, meant the leading lady had reached the age of 40. I guess not much as really changed, because actors nowadays are still trying to remain young and vibrant. I have some questions for writer/director, Mr. Joseph Mankiewitz. If I could go back in time, I’d ask him “Why the hell would you not do a background check before letting them move in with you?” or “What’s up with Ann Baxter’s breathy voice? Is it meant to be creepy? Because it is.” and  “Can I play Birdie? She’s hilarious.”

Even though Margo Channing, Bette Davis’ character, is supposed to be the drama queen, I think Ann Baxter as Eve takes the cake on this one. Again, with the breathy dramatic voice. It only makes for a good movie though.Star, Bette Davis was in her element in this film, and man, I’d have loved to have a drink with her–a martini. I find myself watching it if I really want to relax and watch a quality film. I love old movies. If you haven’t seen this classic, check it out. It’s on instant on Netflix.


 

 

 

#AmericanHorrorStory: Television’s Resident Repertory Theater Company (Returns on FX tonight @ 10:00)

AHS1There’s a repertory theater company that’s one of the best in country. It’s available in your living room every Wednesday at 10 p.m. on FX. American Horror Story is the brain-child of Glee and Nip/Tuck creator, Ryan Murphy. Starring Oscar winner Jessica Lange, who has also garnered Emmys, Golden Globes & SAG awards for her performances on the show, she drives the ship. The thing that distinguishes American Horror Story from other shows currently on television at the moment is that each season tells a different story. Therefore, you can start watching the show from any season, and not be left behind. This also proves to be a challenge and a delight for the actors involved. They are able to play multiple characters because each season varies. For example, Sarah Paulson, one of the series regulars, played a minor character in the first season’s story, a major character in the second, and she currently has quite a substantial supporting role in the third season. It is in this way that it is like a theatrical company.  Everyone has the chance to strength their acting muscles by playing different characters, and sometimes they’ll have a tiny part instead of a large one. Aiding the characters are also great writers. The writing on AHS is one of the best I’ve seen on a television series since Breaking Bad. Well, if you haven’t checked it out, you totally should. From a haunted house, to an insane asylum, and now a witch coven, American Horror Story just keeps getting better and better. Plus, this season, Jessica Lange gets some serious backup with Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates. There’s also a cameo from the white witch herself, Stevie Nicks.

Youtube: The Viral Video featuring “After Ever After” by PAINT

He only has 15 videos on his Youtube channel so far, but Jon Cozart, who goes by the Youtube name “Paint,” has become a Youtube sensation in less than a week. Thanks to publicity from some heavy hitters in the industry like George Takei who shared Cozart’s latest video “After Ever After” (see below,) people all over the country are taking notice. He even tweeted that he had an interview with the Huffington Post yesterday and today, all three of his songs are in the top 10 comedy songs section of iTunes. When I, myself, viewed the video, it had a view hundred thousand hits. This morning, I looked at it again, and it had over a million. Harry Shum, Jr. who is on the hit Fox show Glee, tweeted this morning:

The ironic thing is, Jon Cozart even did a video audition for Glee back in 2010 when he was 18. Chances are that this time, he might just get on the show. Who knows? But this should show you that if you do what you love, the success will follow.

With this video, he took something that was relevant to a specific generation and updated it using his talent for music. He’s a fantastic singer and he was pretty witty with the lyrics too. And another thing, am I the only one that noticed if you replace the “C” in his last name with an “M” you have Mozart? Maybe this explains where he gets some of his talent.