Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Fergie and Carmen are ageless

carmen electra ageless

44 year old Carmen Electra was at the premiere for Alice through the looking glass the other day looking like she could put girls literally half her age to shame:

carmen electra ageless
carmen electra ageless

Props to her for not only looking amazing, but also having the decency not to go commando at a children's movie while wearing an outfit that many stars would not have shown the same restraint with.

41 year old Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson appeared at Rock in Rio over the weekend:

fergie hot at rock in rio

I've made the joke probably too many times about her having been up in the gym workin' on her fitness, but like Carmen in the pics above, Fergie's looks pretty amazing too:

fergie hot at rock in rio
fergie hot at rock in rio

Both of these gals have been in the business since their teens. Fergie had the added baggage of a crystal meth addiction to overcome and both women live in the public eye having some high stress events in their lives besides whatever their career has demanded of them.

Besides the obvious boob jobs, there's been plenty of talk about both women concerning other cosmetic surgeries to keep them as youthful looking as they appear. I don't doubt that. Along with some good genes these two have made the right choices when it's come to what to have done and what not to have done. And who to do the work. There's a number of other women in Hollywood and the music industry that might want to reach out to these two for advice on what docs to consider if/when they decide to go under the knife/needle.

Last Sunday's episode of Penny Dreadful

penny dreadful

My goodness . . . how about that Eva Green? She was basically that whole episode. I've said before that she has an amazing ability to play the tortured soul better than most actors today and she showed it last night. Incredible.

We learned last week that there was much more intertwining of the character's lives than we had imagined as Dr. Seward is in fact related to the witch that mentored Ms. Ives in her early years. We also find out that John Clare, Dr. Frankenstein's original monster, was also the orderly who watched over Ms. Ives when she was in the mental hospital following the loss of her childhood friend Mina to the vampires.

Last night's episode centered totally on her stay in her padded cell in the asylum. She revisits this time via hypnosis by Dr. Seward but gets trapped in the reverie and must run it to its conclusion to escape. We see the torment she undergoes as she struggles to blame herself for the evil that touched her earlier in her life and Clare's tender compassion for the fragile beauty trapped in the living hell.

In my comments on last year's episodes, I remarked that the monster had some of the most moving soliloquies in any television series. I don't know if this series earns any end-of-year awards, but this episode should get something. As should Rory Kinnear who plays the monster. I'm not overly familiar with his work, but his work on this show and all the writing and performances are positively Shakespearean in their sublime pathos. Perhaps instead of awarding dreck like Girls or Veep, these award guilds might want to recognize some truly amazing writing and performances in a pretty daring show.

In last week's episode, we learn not only that Dracula is one of two angels defeated in the war in heaven and cast to earth, but that he visited Ms. Ives while she was in the "white room." Kinnear as Clare plays both Satan and Dracula (and the orderly) and in an interesting twist, we see Satan cowering before Dracula who supposedly is more powerful because he rules/inhabits the physical as opposed to the spiritual world. I'm sure we'll get protests from the Satanists over this portrayal. Lolz.

Vanessa refuses to pretend to be normal despite the dire warnings from Clare as he breaks asylum protocols by warning her of the horrors of the upcoming and then eventual "cure" for her condition.

Vanessa triumphs on at least one point as she is able to drive away both Satan and Dracula by evoking that hellspeak or whatever it was she used last season to drive away the vampires that attacked her. Though in the end of her reverie we see her, head shaven, waiting for the final "treatment" which has been described to her by Clare as primitive brain surgery that will leave her a vegetable.

Are we to believe she's had this surgery? Hard to imagine. Clare states he is leaving the asylum, unable to see what becomes of Vanessa after the surgery. Does he spirit her away somehow? I'm curious to see how this plays out.

Also this relationship with Dr. Seward. Surely after all she's seen, she must believe Vanessa's tale. I'm hoping this won't turn into a Scully-like situation where despite overwhelming evidence to prove what Ives says, the doctor simply thinks this is some imaginary fantasy of Vanessa's.

We got a bit more in last week's episode with Ethan and Hecate (Evelyn Poole's eldest daughter from season 2). On the surface it appears Hecate simply wants to join with Ethan, the Wolf of God, and use both of their powers to rule or do terrible things or simply just be dominant beings on the planet. I'm wondering if she's in league with Dracula or even still serving Satan in some way. Hoping to bring Ethan back to one or the other to earn a place at their side.

We also got another hint that Kaetenay may not be what he seems as it appeared he deliberately deceived Sir Malcolm about the deaths of two settlers that Ethan and Hecate took horses from. Hecate brutally killed both, but Kaetenay implied that it was Ethan, though Sir Malcolm doubted it, saying it was an indication that Ethan was losing control. Given the twists and turns of this show, I'm interested to see where this goes.

A word about the writing and themes here. When writers create stories about times in the past, it is sometimes difficult to keep what are considered our more evolved current morals out of a less evolved time period. Two instances --

On the train riding to the west, a couple of gruff cowboy types take exception to indian Kaetenay riding in the white folks car on the train. This despite the fact he's obviously with Sir Malcolm. While there was plenty of racial hatred between Indians and Whites back then, it was also not totally uncommon for whites, whether military or men of means, to have indian manservants. It fits the current social mores to have these guys act as ugly racists and have Sir Malcolm, a Brit, stand up and defend Kaetenay by humiliating the cowboys with a threat of a brutal beating. We often forget that England and most of Europe at that time were perfectly happy to employ indentured servitude (aka slavery) to staff their wealthy citizens homes. The world was an unpleasant place back then. No one was above reproach in the totality of their human rights record.

The other thing involves the tedious Inspector Rusk. A Scotland Yard inspector, Rusk was taking Ethan back to stand trial when his father engineered Ethan's escape. Rusk blows into some dusty town, starts browbeating a federal marshal and basically throwing his weigh around invoking the Crown and all that. Yeah. This is the 1890's folks. A letter mailed from California would probably take 6 months to get to England. You get some mouthy Brit, who remember we fought for our independence just 100 years prior, popping off to a marshal in the old west. That marshal would ride out of town with that guy, blow him our of his saddle, and leave his body to feed the coyotes. It would be a year before anyone arrived looking for this Inspector and by then . . . what? Who's going to remember what happened? this isn't CSI here, you could get away with murder pretty easily in those days. Point is, we view the past through our current thoughts on police inter-agency cooperation and the notion of our small world connectivity, and forget it simply wasn't the same back then.

I'm not complaining about the show mind you, just pointing out something that tends to bug me in general about telling stories about the past. It's tempting to put our current morality over top of those events, but it really isn't honest of fair to the era in question.

Oh yeah, almost forgot . . . I was totally wrong about Brona/Lily and Dorien's plans for their little revolt. They are planning to create an army of former prostitutes and unfortunates to wreak havoc on society. Got that one completely wrong. And that was some squirm worthy sequence with the little girl they rescued cutting the throat of the man who abused her and then she, Dorien and Lily bathing in his blood and having a three-some.

They dialed the lurid up to eleven in that sequence to be sure. It makes you squirm from time to time, but all in all a pretty amazing show. I still recommend it highly.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Paris Hilton still working it

paris hilton sexy for dinner

After showing up in a see through dress earlier this month, Paris Hilton was pap'd again going out for dinner in the above pictured pretty sexy little number. The heiress is a pretty easy target for snark as she seems amazingly shallow about life, perhaps as a consequence of growing up unimaginably wealthy, but I've always found her to be attractive. And have posted frequently about her tall slender physique and how it's perfect for outfits like that above and those little string bikinis she often wears. Though not often enough for my taste.

There's no denying that she likes the attention. Once she saw she had an audience of photographers, it was game on and she can style it with the best of them:

paris hilton sexy for dinner
paris hilton sexy for dinner

As I mentioned previously, there was a time when you couldn't turn on your computer or visit a celeb blog without seeing pics of Paris falling out of her clothes. She may be past that ambivalence at this point in her life, but the internet remembers everything. And something tells me she really doesn't mind that people keep searching for images of her. She was one of my top ten posts last year and will probably make some other blogger's top traffic posts this year as well.

paris hilton bikini ass
paris hilton exposed breast
paris hilton exposed breast
paris hilton exposed breast
paris hilton exposed breast

Hailee Steinfeld may be a little proud of that booty

hailee steinfeld swimsuit ass

You ever notice how, when these female celebs are out on the red carpet or at some event, they do that little move to show off their outfits from the rear? They turn sideways or completely around then look back over their shoulder at the camera? It's quite possible that this is simply an innocent occurrence here, but when Hailee Steinfeld was recently pap'd at the beach, they got an inordinate amount of images of her like the one above.

Maybe she was just always talking over her shoulder to someone laying or sitting next to her, but it struck me as funny. And perhaps a bit charming too. A bit of youthful insouciance on her part.

hailee steinfeld swimsuit ass
hailee steinfeld swimsuit ass
hailee steinfeld swimsuit ass

The paps camped out long enough to catch Hailee after a wardrobe change, getting a lot of pictures of her chatting over the phone on a balcony. Again, either youthful innocence about being followed everywhere or some impressive manipulation of the media. I'm reminded of a time when Paris Hilton was being pap'd on a yacht and she made a deliberate show of turning her backs to the paparazzi and readjusting her bikini bottoms aggressively for several minutes.

hailee steinfeld bikini ass
hailee steinfeld bikini ass
hailee steinfeld bikini ass

Kate Beckinsale was at the Billboard Music Awards

World's hottest mom™ Kate Beckinsale was at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards for some reason. Perhaps just to add some of her effortless glamour and hotness to the event. If so, mission accomplished:

kate beckinsale 2016 billboard music awards
kate beckinsale 2016 billboard music awards
kate beckinsale 2016 billboard music awards

Britney Spears won an award for something. Best lip-synching career perhaps? I don't know. She did appear in a couple of see through outfits and eschewed the current trend of wear granny panties underneath. Points for that. She still smiles like a pyscho for the paps though. Don't understand that:

britney spears see thru 2016 billboard music awards
britney spears see thru 2016 billboard music awards

Ciara was there too. Does she have new music out this year? I think sometimes they just invite her for the outfits she tends to wear. Like this little metallic number that is one awkward step away from a major wardrobe malfunction:

ciara sideboob 2016 billboard music awards
ciara sideboob 2016 billboard music awards
ciara sideboob 2016 billboard music awards

Lindsey Vonn put in appearance as well, looking solid and pretty. Is she still competing? If not, she looks study enough for a stint in the WWE:

lindsey vonn solid at 2016 billboard music awards
lindsey vonn solid at 2016 billboard music awards

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Blow is the perfect name for this fool

I would have called him a no-talent ass clown in the title but I'm not sure I can do that. But here's who I'm talking about:

forgiato blow is an asshole

Classy, right?

Forgiato Blow, real name Kurt Janz, is some pathetic white boy wanna be rapper who no one's heard of and is trying to make a name for himself. He's decided to host a series of "float parties" at various beaches in Florida. His last outing in Miami caused so much destruction that the city rushed through a new set of ordinances to prevent anything like that happening again.

Well now this bozo is bringing his self-aggrandizing public property destruction tour to my local beach -- St. Pete Beach. Hoping to get tons of video and still images in front of the historic Don Cesar Hotel, he's going to anchor off the beach and is expecting 100 - 150,000 partiers to show up today and celebrate . . . him, of course.

Little rich boy Blow, he's the grandson of the guy who started the Auto Trader, went to a private boys academy, etc., freely admits this party thing is simply to "build his brand" with the public. I'm assuming that brand is the ignorant no-talent white boy pretending to be all hood brand so coveted by the I'm ashamed of my white privilege generation now moping around the country.

Blow has refused to get a permit, showcasing his stunning lack of intelligence on one hand by claiming it (St. Pete Beach) is a public beach so he can do what he wants, while in fact, large portions of the beach -- in front of condos and time shares, are not public and are in fact privately controlled beachfronts. And on the other hand displaying the false insouciance of youth by saying he's only "inviting" 80-100 people so he doesn't need to apply for a permit. Despite knowing and bragging online about 100,000+ turning up for his demolition party.

The city is going to spend tens of thousands of dollars in extra police, portable bathrooms, post party clean-up, protection for nesting sea turtles and other beachfront wildlife that they take pretty seriously out here. This sh*tbag hasn't offered one dime in reparations or assistance to the beach city he claims as his home. I work out here. If he's living on St. Pete Beach, I've never heard of him and I've delivered mail to every residence on the beach.

Every Saturday and holiday weekend, St. Pete Beach is inundated with visitors who have no where to park. It's one of my biggest complaints with the city. They want the weekend traffic to spend money at the stores and restaurants but there's no place for anyone to park. They've fought hard over the years to stop places like the Don Cesar from building a parking garage, claiming it would ruin the esthetic of the area. There's a huge vacant area between the 38th and 41st blocks of Gulf Blvd. that had been used as an emergency pay-to-park area that the city decided they didn't like and shut that down. So a great deal of the parking dilemma is of their own making.

But this fool's intrusion isn't. Like all self-important assholes, Forgiato Blow (seriously?! How can you take anyone serious with a name like that?) won't care about the destruction he causes, invoking the old axiom that any publicity is good publicity. Well, if the city and the mayor are smart, they ought to give this idiot some publicity -- a massive lawsuit to cover the costs of his stupid little look at me party.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Game of Thrones season six -- Book of the Stranger

game of thrones season 6

Well, let's tackle the 800lb elephant in the room at the outset --

Nope. That was not Emilia Clarke naked.

A season or two ago, the actress, whom no one could pick out of a line-up prior to being cast in the role of Daenerys Targaryan in this series, decided she wasn't going to appear in the altogether anymore. Now if you've stumbled across any of my posts in the past about this little pet peeve of mine, you may know that I don't care if actresses don't want to do nude scenes or roles that require nudity, that's their choice and I respect that decision. What rankles me is when an actress pursues and wins a role that demands some nudity and then refuses to do any and expects writers and directors to rewrite and set up scenes to accommodate their modesty.

Anyway, after this proclamation from Clarke, I was curious what was going to happen when she emerged from the burning building. Body doubles? Lots of crazy camera angles and obstructions? Nope. They did the same thing that was done last year with Cersei's walk of atonement as she leaves the Great Sept in Kings Landing -- CGI.

The church that doubles as the Great Sept of Baelor (I think it's in Romania or some such) wouldn't allow a naked woman inside. Nor would the city that serves as the streets for Kings Landing. So they CGI'd a naked body onto Lena Headey for the walk. It was pretty well done too. When I created the montage below, I added a bit of contrast to the images to overcome the washout from the yellow flames. I also added a bit of sharpening to clean up the image. The result:

emilia clarke cgi nudity

It's pretty obvious when you see these images -- the stark contrast between the definition on her facial features and the blur of her body, that there's some computer magic going on here. I can see a future in the movies for this tech -- actresses who eschew nudity suddenly appearing with a cgi rockin' naked body when the need arises. I'm looking right at you Jennifer Aniston.

But as to the show -- the situation that got Daenerys into the fire was well handled as she had to meet with the Khals of the Dothraki to learn her fate -- lifetime with the Dosh Kaleen as an advisor or sex slave to the animalistic Khals. I was expecting the dragon to come down and save her, but her decision to burn the building down around her should have been obvious. She'd been through that before when they had tried to burn her with Drogo. That's what kickstarted her legend in the first place. So, well done by the writers there. The question now is whether the Dothraki will accept a female leader and if so, do they follow her to Meereen to solidify her reign?

In Meereen, still the weakest link in the storytelling so far, Tyrion works out a truce with the leaders of the other cities of Slavers Bay to stop funding the Sons of the Harpies and end the insurrection with the understanding that Daenerys will help them transition away from slavery within 7 years. Grey Worm and Missandei aren't too keen on the 7 year bit and again, showing the weakness of the writing, Tyrion doesn't do much to explain his reasoning to them.

Cersei works out a deal with Lady Olenna Tyrell (the unrecognizable Diana Rigg) to spare Margaery from the same walk of atonement Cersei endured months earlier. Interesting question here is whether this is a trap for the Tyrells whom Cersei hates. They come in and kill the High Sparrow and the Lanister army wipes out the Tyrells in the name of The Seven, Margaery dies in the fray allowing Cersei to select Tommen's wife, etc. Seems probable to me. We'll see.

Sansa arrived at Castle Black and reunited with Jon Snow. That was pretty well done. The two have changed a lot since their early lives. Sansa is harder now and determined to fight and regain their home -- Winterfell. Snow has lost any desire to stand for anything anymore. As he says repeatedly -- he did what he thought was right and was murdered for it. He feels as if he's failed at everything and has basically lost his faith in himself. A letter from Ramsey Bolton helps force his hand as Ramsey admits he has Rickon, their younger brother, and dares Snow to come get him. Snow doesn't have the army to take what he believes are 5000 Bolton soldiers at Winterfell.

Help may come in the form of Petyr Baelish who rules House Arryan and the Eyrie by proxy as he easily manipulates the simple-minded boy-child Robert who is the true successor to the throne. Baelish decides to send the army of the Eyrie to Castle Black to help Sansa who he knows is there. It's possible this may work as supposedly the warriors of the Eyrie are the best in the seven kindoms. Of course, they say that about every fighting force in the novels, so the praise is sort of hollow. You know?

The writing and situations in this episode were clearly the best of the season save the continuing disappointment of Meereen. Next week (this Sunday since I'm so late with this) promises an angry meeting between Snow and Baelish and some problem with Bran and his reverie that may include the White Walkers.

All in all, a good episode. I'm happy.



Here's a few images of Emilia Clarke from her pre-ain't gonna do it time on the show:

emilia clarke nudity
emilia clarke nudity
emilia clarke nudity