l. Dakota Johnson

The final installment of the Fifty Shades trilogy, Fifty Shades Freed, hit cinemas last weekend.   While she may be forever synonymous with Anastasia Steele, it’s clear that Dakota Johnson is ready and willing to break away from the franchise.

Next, Johnson will star in a remake of Suspiria, which sounds comparable to Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan. It’s got a fab cast between Tilda Swinton, Grace Chloe Moretz and Mia Goth, plus all eyes are now firmly on its director, Luca Guadagnino, after his massive success with Call Me By Your Name.

Suspiria is a 1977 Italian horror film directed by Dario Argento, co-written by Argento and Daria Nicolodi, partially based on Thomas De Quincey’s 1845 essay Suspiria de Profundis

Susie Bannion, [Dakota Johnson] a young American woman who travels to the prestigious Markos Tanz Company in Berlin in 1977, arriving just as one of its members, Patricia, has disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

 

[ March 11 2015 Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline.” With Dakota Johnson. Written and directed by Michael Almereyda.]

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Dakota Johnson is stunning as Imogen. Her portrayal is so precise and yet completely carefree. I want to see her onstage with an opportunity to tackle full text in the future. She really is a star.

[January 5 Michelle Williams’ Boerum Hill townhouse sold]

Reporters and camera  congregated outside the house.

Reporters and camera congregated outside the house.

 

Michelle Williams’ townhouse in Brooklyn’s coveted Boerum Hill ‘hood was sold in the final days of 2014 to a mysterious corporate entity for $8.8 million – $1.3 million over asking price.

 

Ledger was engaged to actress Michelle Williams, whom he met on the set of Brokeback Mountain. Their daughter, Matilda Rose, was born in 2005. The child’s godparents are Ledger’s Brokeback costar Jake Gyllenhaal and Williams’ Dawson’s Creek castmate Busy Phillips. The family home was in Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill section at the corner of Hoyt and Dean.

Writer Bar Katz

Writer Bar Katz

Director Paul Thomas Anderson celebrated the life of his close friend and collaborator Philip Seymour Hoffman by delivering a touching eulogy at the actor’s funeral in New York on Friday.

The filmmaker cast the actor in three of his films – “Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia” and “The Master” – and he helped to pay tribute to his late pal at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola service by sharing his favorite memories, many of which prompted warm laughter from mourners including Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and “The Master” co-stars Amy Adams and Joaquin Phoenix.

“The Wire” star John Doman, who was among the 400 guests at the memorial, tells NBC News, “It was sad, it was celebratory, it was emotional, it was inspirational, it was terrific.”

Playwright Jose Rivera, who worked with Hoffman at the Off Broadway Labyrinth Theater Company, tells the Wall Street Journal, “It was quite beautiful. He (Anderson) just had a lot of very personal and lovely memories of Phil. And he made us all laugh; he quoted Phil extensively and we could kind of hear his voice in the room.”

After the 90-minute service, Hoffman’s coffin was carried out by six pallbearers as his longtime girlfriend, Mimi O’Donnell, and their three young children looked on from the top of the church’s steps.

Other stars in attendance at the funeral included Michelle Williams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, Ellen Burstyn, John Slattery, Mary Louise Parker, Jerry Stiller, Marisa Tomei and Spike Lee.

Michelle Williams visiting family of Philip Seymour Hoffman, star of Synecdoche, who died of an overdose on February 2 2014

Michelle Williams visiting family of Philip Seymour Hoffman, star of Synecdoche, who died of an overdose on February 2 2014

Synecdoche New York

Synecdoche New York

[February 6]

Heath Ledger, died January 22 2008

Heath Ledger, died January 22 2008

The father of the late actor Heath Ledger has attacked reports that Philip Seymour Hoffman helped counsel his son about his supposed “drug addiction”, calling them a “complete and disrespectful fabrication”.
The reports, which surfaced on a website called Popdust and have since been repeated by British tabloid The Daily Mail. But Ledger’s father, Kim, has rubbished the reports.
“This is a complete and disrespectful fabrication of circumstances surrounding any relationship Heath and Philip Seymour Hoffman may have had and very offensive to the memory of Heath for his family and friends,” he said.
“Heath died from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs whilst suffering severe pneumonia and sleep deprivation.
“Our thoughts are also with Philip’s family and friends during this tragic time.”
Ledger was found dead in his New York apartment in 2008. The New York City chief medical examiner ruled his death was caused by an accidental overdose of prescription medications.

“Mr. Heath Ledger died as the result of acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam, and doxylamine,”An initial autopsy on January 23 proved inconclusive at determining Ledger’s cause of death. Heath’s drugs
Six prescription drugs were found, including Ambien, Valium, anti-depressant Zoloft, Xanax, Zoplicone [sic] and Donormyl

Michelle Williams 2008

Ledger was engaged to actress Michelle Williams, whom he met on the set of Brokeback Mountain. Their daughter, Matilda Rose, was born in 2005. The child’s godparents are Ledger’s Brokeback costar Jake Gyllenhaal and Williams’ Dawson’s Creek castmate Busy Phillips. The family home was in Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill section at the corner of Hoyt and Dean.

Reporters and camera congregated outside the house.

Reporters and camera  congregated outside the house.

Reporters and camera congregated outside the house.

blogknowsbrooklyn comments The temperature in January was cold, often below freezing and the wind was brisk. Michelle Williams was filming and had Matilda with her. Williams, 27, made a stop in Landvetter Airport in Gothenburg, Sweden, before traveling on to New York. She arrived at her Brooklyn home January 23. Reports claim Williams was with her mother, Carla, and actress Busy Philipps. Someone is at the door in this picture.


Metal fences placed at a goodly distance from the townhouse to keep the media at bay. Photographers were equipped with long lenses. Reporters with furry hoods.

This crowd gathered outside Heath Ledger’s bachelor apartment in Manhattan’s Soho section on Broome Street at Crosbie at noon on January 25, 2008. another crowd

The apartment, where he died on January 22, 2008, is quite near Broadway and south of Houston – an area of clothing shops and restaurants.

The journalists also gathered at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home on Manhattan’s East Side.

Heath Ledger’s body was transported here, at Madison and 81st, after the police autopsy.

The crowds still gather at the apartment where a fan shrine continues.

[November 20 2011]

Billie Burke, 1939 Glinda

Billie Burke, 1939 Glinda

 

Michelle Williams at Cannes for Synecdoche

Michelle Williams at Cannes for Synecdoche 2008

Michelle Williams will have a ‘fresh take’ on Glinda the good witch in her new movie Oz: The Great and Powerful.
The actress is currently shooting the film, which acts as a prequel to all the previous Wizard of Oz movies, including the 1939 Judy Garland classic.
my Glinda is where she’s starting out.”

I have the same friends as everyone else and use the same buses, tubes and trains to get around town.

Avengers: Age Of Ultron poster featuring Elizabeth Olsen, opens UK 23 April 2015

Avengers: Age Of Ultron poster featuring Elizabeth Olsen, opens UK 23 April 2015: general election Thursday 7 May 2015.

[February 25 Emily Benn: “This is now beyond a joke.”]

Emily Benn, Labour councillor for West Thornton, tweeted just before 7am: “This is now beyond a joke. Norwood junction at a standstill, can only see cancellations and delays.”
Hon Emily Benn, grand-daughter of the late Labour peer Tony Wedgwood Benn, Viscount Stansgate, has been selected as the party candidate in Croydon South. She is standing against a Tory who was educated at state school . Benn, if successful, will be the fifth generation of her family to make a career in politics.

[April 30 Mark Shand buried in Dorset]
Mark Shand’s body was escorted home on a private jet by Camilla’s son Tom Parker Bowles and nephew Ben Elliot 

The family gathered for a private family funeral at Holy Trinity Church in Stourpaine, Dorset.

A Falcon 50EX. I need a small plane just to get out of the British Virgin Islands. And I use that for shorter distances. [Branson had owned a Falcon 900EX but sold it not long ago.—Ed.]  26 apr 14 luton M-VGIN FA50EX-a17:43-d23:42

A Falcon 50EX. I need a small plane just to get out of the British Virgin Islands. And I use that for shorter distances. [Branson had owned a Falcon 900EX but sold it not long ago.—Ed.]
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Mark and Caroline Kennedy

Mark and Caroline Kennedy

[April 24]

Camilla Parker Bowles’ brother Mark Shand has died after suffering a serious head injury after falling following a night out in New York. Mr Shand collapsed close to the Rose Bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel. While one source told us Shand had been drinking, another source added, “He had been taking blood pressure medication and had experienced some dizzy spells.” At approximately 0240 hours, Mark Shand attempted to re-enter the hotel through the revolving doors; Mark Shand unexpectedly fell backwards, striking his head on the pavement. The incident was also captured on the hotel’s video surveillance system. He died in the city’s Bellevue hospital at about noon on April 23. He is survived by his ex-wife Clio, a French actress and niece of Sir James Goldsmith,and daughter Ayesha, 19.

[April 17 2013]

 Amanda Thatcher (60 meter hurdle, 600 meter, long jump, triple long jump) in competition

hurdler Amanda Thatcher (60 meter hurdle, 600 meter, long jump, triple long jump) in competition


Amanda Thatcher is a University of Richmond freshman from Dallas, where her mother, the first wife of Thatcher’s son, Mark, lives.
Amanda Thatcher is on the UR track and field team, according to the Richmond Spiders website. As a high-school senior, she won a district title in the 300-meter hurdles to qualify for Texas regional finals and recorded a top time of 45.4 seconds in the event along with a personal-best leap of 35 feet, 4 inches in the triple jump.
Her name appears on a petition protesting UR’s decision last fall to cut men’s track and soccer, and she was inducted this month into Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.

Few protests , little violence at Thatcher funeral

Few protests , little violence at Thatcher funeral


Alexandra's Palace, London during Thatcher funeral

Alexandra’s Palace, London during Thatcher funeral

[april 15]

Opponents of the late Margaret Thatcher are taking a kind of musical revenge on the former prime minister, pushing the song “Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead” up the British charts in a posthumous protest over her polarizing policies.

Police have urged people planning to disrupt the funeral to contact them so that lawful protests can be organised, a pro-active tactic used successfully during last year’s Olympic Games in London.
[April 14]
Metal barriers are seen as only a deterant and not likely to stop determined protest groups which police say could be hijacked by one of four recognised anarchist and anti-austerity groups hell bent on using the event
A whole police unit has been monitoring social-media for hints of trouble and so far have noted groups involved in running battles with police in 2009 during austerity protests have again been rallying supporters for a day of action.
Businesses and shops along the route have also been asked to be “eyes and ears” for anything suspicious in the days leading up to the event.
A tactical group is being based on the River Thames to quickly deploy to any outbreak in trouble and are being kept in small units in side streets all of which will be blocked.Former senior police officer Roger Gomm said searches of the route are expected with manhole covers and letter boxes checked and sealed.

The security operation, the biggest since the London Olympics, will involve hundreds of police officers standing along the entire route which will go into lockdown at least four hours before the procession on Wednesday. All leave has been cancelled and extra troops have been brought in for local constabularies outside London.

They will be supported by mounted police unit, the police air helicopters and tactical riot squads.