Browsing: Cinema & TV

A Brief History In February 2014, the headlines were of censorship, the enemy of free people.   Digging Deeper In Australia, censors had banned the Swedish film Children’s Island because it contains scenes of naked children.  Far from pornographic, the film was first released back in 1980 and had won the most prestigious Swedish movie awards and was even submitted for consideration at the Academy Awards.  The threat of 10 years imprisonment for anyone showing or selling the film sparked animated debate in Australia. On the Internet, Muslims applied enough pressure to have the YouTube video of Katy Perry’s song “Dark Horse” edited to remove…

A Brief History On February 6, 2014, one year ago today, Jay Leno ended his run as host of The Tonight Show host for the second time. The affable comedian who had made “Headlines” a treasured feature of the show first made headlines himself when he retired for the first time in 2009 after having hosted the show since 1992 upon Johnny Carson’s retirement. Digger Deeper When The Tonight Show’s rating began to suffer under Lenos’ successor Conan O’Brien, Leno asked to come back, and NBC shocked O’Brien and the public by granting Leno his wish.  Unfortunately, Leno’s reputation suffered terribly as a result of…

A Brief History On November 28, 1967, the Number 1 song in the United States was “Daydream Believer” by the Monkees, a made-for-television rock band with its own zany television show. Certainly a Number 1 song is a big deal, and television gave us much iconic music and many iconic musical performances.  Here 10 such instances are listed, some famous, some less famous.  Share with us some of your favorites. Digging Deeper 10. Rhythm Heritage, “Theme from S.W.A.T.,” 1976. Upon reaching Number 1 on the U.S. music charts in February of 1976, the “Theme from S.W.A.T.” became the first television theme song to hit that…

A Brief History On October 18, 2012, Sylvia Kristel, the first soft-core adult film star, died at age 60.  A lifelong smoker of cigarettes, she had developed throat and lung cancer that was detected in 2001 and treated with chemotherapy and surgery.  She passed away in her sleep a few months after suffering a stroke. Digging Deeper Sylvia Maria Kristel (her real name) was born in Ultrecht in the Netherlands in 1952.  She claimed her first sexual experience was at age 9 and began modeling when she was 17.  A beautiful young woman, Kristel won the Miss TV Europe beauty contest in 1973 and parlayed…

A Brief History On October 8, 2014, the latest iteration of American Horror Story debuts with series regular Jessica Lange portraying a character based on a real-life actress of early twentieth-century cinema! Digging Deeper According to E Online and Entertainment Weekly, the persona of Lange’s character was molded after Marlene Dietrich who ranked fourth on History and Headlines’s list of German-speaking actresses of the early years.  American Horror Story: Freak Show (AHS: FS) is set in Florida in the early 1950s, around the time when Dietrich starred in such American and British films as Stage Fright (1950), No Highway in the Sky (1951) and Rancho Notorious (1952). Other aspects of the show also drew inspiration from reality.  First,…

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