Feud. Bette and Joan

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“What ever happened to Baby Jane?”

  • What is this series about? feud

Follows screen legends Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, and how their feud on the set of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) all began.

 

  • Why should (absolutely) you watch it?

This is not only a fantastic but also a terrific tv series, as we are used to with Ryan Murphy’s series. But this one and this season (the only one so far) has something special, something magical and that is, that the story that it tells if did really happened. Maybe not exactly like this, of course some things might change, but still, as a whole it did happen and the story that is being told is as much magical as it is pure reality.

The series depicts in a brilliantly way that part of the life of the two actresses that were Bette and Joan. They were tough at the time were women didn’t matter much, even if they had a collection of Oscar awards. And who better to play these characters that two today huge actresses such as Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange? They absolutely nail it, and if you don’t belive so you better look for a comparison video that now that the show is over there are more than mushrooms in the forest. They are the show. They portrait the two golden actresses in a formidable way that at some point you might think if it isn’t the real ones on-screen. But it’s not only these two that are brilliant, all the supporting actors and actresses are stunning. I must mention Catherine Zeta Jones playing Olivia de Havilland, she is just awesome, simply awesome.

Besides the way they portrait the characters there is also the setting, the attrezzo, the glamour of the late 50s and early 60s in a Hollywood that it’s not the Hollywood that we are used to. Something always interesting form a historical point of view that here is depicted in a real realistic way that helps you remember about what it was making a movie back then. Every tiny detail is well presented and you can only enjoy the show and feel like you were living back then.

It doesn’t matter if you had no idea about what this show depicts: the legendary feud between the two actresses because after watching this series you will only want to watch the movie that started it all “What happened to Baby Jane?”, or did it continue the legend that was the feud? And if you did know about the story, you will simply enjoy it with all your senses and wish that there were more than 8 episodes.

Please watch the trailer below to finish convincing yourself to watch this masterpiece of a show. And if you still more convincing, please watch the other video where there is Susan Sarandon performing as Bette Davis, and the real Bette Davis performing. as herself If that doesn’t win your heart, nothing will.

 

 

 

  • Did you know?

– The series was in development – with Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon on board – for seven years before finally being given the green light.

– Three Oscar winners (Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Catherine Zeta-Jones) portray three other Oscar winners (Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, and Olivia de Havilland, respectively).

– Ryan Murphy interviewed Bette Davis months before her death in 1989. The agreed-upon 20-minute interview lasted four hours, and inspired his characterization of Davis. When he asked her about Joan Crawford, she would talk about how much she hated her, before saying “She was a professional. And I admired that.”

– Catherine Zeta-Jones was Ryan Murphy’s only choice for the role of Olivia de Havilland, which he offered to her personally.

– Onset in the first episode, Bob Aldritch (Alfred Molina) wears his tie undone yet clipped near the bottom. This is the same way the director wears his tie early on in What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?

– Although Bette Davis is seen maliciously wearing Joan’s old wig, in actuality neither of them knew about this until after filming because the wig had been groomed

– Scenes for the 35th Academy Awards that takes place in episode 5 were shot at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, the actual location of the 1963 Oscars.

– Both leading actors are considerably older that the real life individuals they are playing. Bette Davis was 54 during filming of Whatever Happened To Baby Jane – Susan Sarandon is 70. Joan Crawford was 56, Jessica Lange is 67.

– Olivia de Havilland, played in the series by Catherine Zeta-Jones was 100 years old when the program aired. Asked for her opinion, de Havilland responded “Having not seen the show, I cannot make a valid comment about it…However, in principle, I am opposed to any representation of personages who are no longer alive to judge the accuracy of any incident depicted as involving themselves.”

 

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Life

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” Be careful what you search for”

  • What is this movie about? life_ver2

A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a life form coming from Mars that now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.

 

  • Why should you (absolutely) watch it?

This is a fantastic movie. Not only it’s entertaining but you are tensed the whole time the movie is on the screen. Something that many of us haven’t felt watching this kind of sci-fi horror movies since we watch the masterpiece that is Alien.

If you watch the trailer you probably will think it’s the new Alien movie, which by the way comes out next month, but that is far from the truth. While it might seem like a copy from Alien, this movie takes another path. A path that feels more real to us because this could happen right now, up there, at the ISS and we wouldn’t be aware of it. Not at all. Yes, it is clearly inspired by Alien, but that’s it. Not even the creature looks alike, nor the way the story keeps forward. It has its own charm, its own style, and that is something to be grateful for because it makes the audience enjoy the movie, and that is why we go to the cinema in the first place.

As any science-fiction movie, visual effects are the main characters of the show and in this movie they are but they don’t fully get all our attention because the movie has a terrific cast in it that makes us forget that everything we see is CGI, which is also an added value of it. All the actors are just brilliant. Each of them playing wonderfully their roles and you just can’t hate them in some cases, but just feel really sorry for them, of what you know is going to happen to them. but you keep watching to see it happening.

This movie is a magnet to the eye and it’s not only science-fiction,. because what it depicts, it could really happen anytime. Finding life outside Earth, which it’s still being our focus and are fresh news. A really good movie to enjoy and one that won’t disappoint you at all.

 

 

  • Did you know?

– The movie was inspired by Alien (1979).

– Life (2017) was released on March 24, 2017 by Columbia Pictures after being moved up from its previously announced release date of May 26, 2017, to avoid competition with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017).

– There is a fan theory where many people believe this to be a prequel for Sony’s film Venom (2018), which was just recently announced.

– In a TV spot commercial, it was revealed that the movie reused old b-roll footage from Spider-Man 3 (2007). Similarities in one particular shot from the commercial was discovered by Reddit user “toomuchsoull.” He credited his discovery to his multiple viewings of Spider-Man 3 (2007) as a kid, along with good memory for small details.

– This was the second time Ryan Reynolds has starred in a Daniel Espinosa film. They previously worked on Safe House (2012) together.

– Second film to be written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and feature Ryan Reynolds. The first was Deadpool (2016)

 

Big Little Lies

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“A perfect life is a perfect lie”

  • What is this series about? big_little_lies_ver2

Tells the tale of three mothers of first graders, whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder.

 

  • Why should you watch it?

The main lure for this show is its casting. Big names as Kidman, Witherspoon, Woodley, Dern… All of them brilliant actresses that we have the opportunity to work together in this show and where they succeed in their portrayals of mothers living the so perfect life, or so it seems.

Considering that the show is based on a novel, and said novel was not a novel to forget, we are lucky to enjoy a good plot. Through all seven episodes we follow the lives of these women. At the beginning of episode 1 we know that somebody died. But that’s it. We don’t know who, where and when. It’s as the episodes flow, that we learn things about each one of the characters, and that their lives are not as perfect as they seem to an outsider.

For some, the pace might seem a bit slow. As the story seems to not advance at some point, but please keep watching it, as it is indeed advancing, but maybe not at the speed that you were expecting too. Everything has a reason to be and a place to happen and in order to know the real truth you need to watch it until the end.

As said, the female cast is amazing. Not always are we given the chance to witness so much good work together and such good actresses together that are given a good story to tell. This is it. And not only are the female on the leading roles simply wonderful, but as are also their male counterparts in a more supporting role. Because we mustn’t forget, the women are the focus of this show.

If you want to enjoy a real drama which you could feel related too (minus the death part, that’s it), don’t think twice and binge watch it because you won’t regret it and you will be left wondering if there is going to be a season two.

 

 

  • Did you know?

– HBO won the rights for the series in a bidding war against Netflix.

– The series is being filmed in Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, and Carmel Highlands, California.

– The novel is set in a seaside suburb of Sydney, Australia, but the setting was changed to America for the series. Nicole Kidman is the only Australian among the cast other than Gia Carides.

– In order to work on this project, Reese Witherspoon backed out of Downsizing (2017), while Nicole Kidman turned down a part in Wonder Woman (2017), both because of scheduling conflicts.

– Bruna Papandrea is Reese Witherspoon’s producing partner and a childhood friend of Nicole Kidman. She got the two united over the project. After she approached Kidman about the novel, Kidman read the book overnight, and later went to Australia to sit down with author Liane Moriarty to obtain the rights to the book. She received it 48 hours later.