But now, as with the rest of us, Norman’s normally busy social life is seriously restricted. He’s hunkered down in his home, a cozy abode on a lovely little street on the Westside of L.A., where he’s lived for decades. It’s overflowing with photos and mementos of his wife Peggy, who passed away in 2011 at 98, as well as of his close friends and collaborators from the old days, all long gone. These included his regular tennis partner Charlie Chaplin, for whom Norman acted in Monsieur Verdoux, Charles Laughton, Lewis Milestone, John Houseman and Jean Renoir, whose play Carola Norman directed for television, starring Leslie Caron, in 1973. … [Read more...] about Critic’s Notebook: What Norman Lloyd Can Teach Us About the Coronavirus Crisis
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Dana Brunetti, as famous for dating models as for making hits like 'The Social Network' and 'House of Cards,' has sold his Ferraris and moved to a compound in the Sierra foothills, where he's sitting out COVID-19 and filming a reality show about himself: "People here are freaking super nice. It's a little unsettling." Dana Brunetti remembers exactly what he was thinking the day he sold his four Ferraris and made an offer on a remote 40-acre plot in Northern California’s Sierra foothills — and it had nothing to do with the novel coronavirus. This was December, just before the first reports of a deadly epidemic in China had started trickling into the Western media. "I was over fucking L.A.," says the producer, 46. "And I have been for a while." … [Read more...] about How Hollywood Works Now: The Producer Who Decamped to a Survivalist Sanctuary
On the work front, Riya Sen was last seen in Bollywood for the movie 'Rabba Main Kya Karoon' starring alongside Arshad Warsi which released in 2013. The film flopped at the box office and as of now, the actress has no B-town offers in hand. We hope to see Riya back in Bollywood sooner or later. … [Read more...] about Bikini Diaries! Riya Sen Holidays In Goa With Her Girlfriends
"Obviously I'm not a part of all of them, but you exist in that universe and it's always something I've been really proud of. It was definitely the first time in my career I was like, 'Now I'm a part of something really special right now, and this is a once in a lifetime kind of opportunity.' It's rare to know you're a part of something special while you're shooting. Oftentimes you shoot it and it becomes some sort of surprise success, i.e. like The Notebook or something like that, where no one knew when you were filming it. But during the X-Men movies, it was like, 'Okay, this is something unique. This is something special.'" With Fox having now been acquired by Disney, expect to see the X-Men join the Marvel Cinematic Universe sometime in the near future. This comes to us from Cinemablend. … [Read more...] about James Marsden Celebrates X-Men 20th Anniversary and Its Lasting Legacy
What is kratom?Kratom (scientific name mitragyna speciosa) is a tropical tree in the coffee family indigenous to Southeast Asia, particularly Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and Indonesia. Studies have found that in low doses, the substance derived from it can act like a stimulant relative to caffeine, while higher doses create a sedative effect. That is because of two alkaloids in the plant: mitragynine, its main compound, and 7-hydroxmitragynine. It has been used in Southeast Asia as a therapeutic medicine since the 1800s. … [Read more...] about Kratom: Deadly Drug or Herbal Cure for Opioid Epidemic?