The Introduction to the Pantheon

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The Pantheon Big Four are much like the Beatles, the Fab Four:

(Okay, this is the problem I have.  None of the Big Four girls want to be Ringo, but they all want to be Paul.  This whole Big Four/Beatles project might have to be scuttled.  You cannot have four girls being one Beatle, I am sorry.  The Big Four needs to be distributed evenly one-to-one to a relevant Beatle.  I am in charge here, so I decide which Beatle approximates Big Four behavior, adjusting for gender and appearance.  If a Big Four girl has issue, , and plead their case, okay?)

There’s Gwynnie, a huge Paul McCartney fan, that ever-popular and talented Beatle.  Gwynnie is very successful, and, like Paul, may be criticized for being too pop-centric, or too up front about, shh, sex (that may be more said about Gwynnie).  Gwynnie is a single Mom of two perfect kids (who excel at absolutely everything, they do) trying to make it in a World of status-seekers, and insane pressures.

Then there’s Ashley, John Lennon brought back to life in a gorgeous, feminine package (the Big Three get jealous when I show bias).  She sticks to her principles at all costs, and faces huge agitation from idiots who try to stand in her way, all the while making the world safe for defenseless, street urchins from India to Bangalore.  In the streets of Calcutta, Ashley is often mistaken for Mother Teresa because of her kindness, but certainly never because of appearance — Ashley looks like a super-model.

Charlize, our George kindred spirit, the quiet, Zen Beatle, into self-actualization, and also into doing good for the world.  I keep Tweeting her that she should get a refund from the orphanage because of the spirited, linoleum lizards she adopted (who already have Charlize’s loving heart), but my schemes are to no avail, she is so true blue towards everyone.

Last, but never least in any sense, there’s Heather, a Doppelganger for wild Ringo (a Doppelganger if Ringo had a large bosom, and a super model’s face), who is always up for a good time — when she’s not saving Gotham.  Life is a party, this is Heather and Ringo’s motto.  To put this more simply, Heather is the tailgate party Beatle.  She is a real sweetheart though, and as a philanthropist assists with Cambodian relief agencies.

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The Annual Pantheon Sextravaganza  We’ll be having the Annual Pantheon Sextravaganza again this year.  Same place, the El Dorado Bar and Motel — it’s the motel by the Hollywood Freeway underpass.  One change this year is that instead of party clothes, to reduce the spread of STDs, you’ll get a sterile, paper hospital gown to switch into upon arrival.  We have use of the lost and found bin so we’ll use that for your clothes.

Okay, I’ll admit the year prior attendance was sparser than we had hoped...  Okay, it was just Kim K and Kenya, and Kenya was asked to leave as that has become his par for the course.  Kim stripped and shimmied in the lobby for tips, which wasn’t entirely unwelcome as she was between pregnancies for once, and the game was on anyway.

Next year we hope to have the Pantheon girls climbing the side of the Trump Building naked to get the word out about our Sextravaganza.  If you would like to help with next year’s Sextravaganza with any suggestions such as truck stops with lodging that is unfrequented by the police, you may .

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Parody or the Perceived Truth is not Defamation  Even given my abbreviated knowledge of the law, I know that one can parody, or truthfully criticize a celebrity or public figure, because otherwise they are entitled to their well-deserved, good reputation.  I do not knowingly engage in lies, or what is outside these two types of public redress, so if Kenya and Kim K from the Kardashia Klan tried to sue me for speaking the truth about their slander against Taylor Swift, I shall see them in court — I could use the publicity.  Or if you really are serious, save us both the time and money, and have your attorney file a cease and desist order with me, and I will see if I will oblige.

 

Regarding Copyright  Please read this link for information how Copyright Law, and the Fair Use Doctrine, permits the use of stills on this page.  Considering that their placement here functionally, if not intentionally, promotes movies and their actresses, I fail to see how anyone could have cause to ask for their removal.  Yet if you have legal standing, and you want me to remove your photograph displayed here, indicating the photo and the reason for the removal request, and I will do so immediately.

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Ship-launcher  [shĭp-lahn-cher]

noun

1.  Just before schooners set sail for extended voyages to discover new passageways; a fair, captivating, friendly, and charismatic maiden would stand ashore blessing their craft, bidding them farewell, wishing them Godspeed and a safe return transit.  Desperately home sick for their life on land, sailors would think of her the most, and prayed she awaited them upon their return.  In point of fact, she is acknowledged as the reason why they stayed true to a most perilous course.  A woman such as this was known as a ship-launcher.

2.  Keepsakes reminding one of a ship-launcher.

3.  A Pantheon woman.

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Actresses To Be Included

These are a few of the unforgettable, Pantheon women I hope to include once I find the time, the energy, and a full-time research assistant.  This incomplete list has unexpectedly gotten very long, and I have made serious omissions due to blind spots in my admittedly limited knowledge of the entertainment industry:

Allison Janney
Amy Poehler
Angela Bassett
Anjelica Huston
Anne Hathaway
Annette Bening
Audrey Hepburn
Barbra Streisand
Bette Davis
Candice Bergen
Carol Burnett
Carol Kane
Carol Channing
Carrie Fisher
Cate Blanchett
Catherine Deneuve
Catherine O’Hara
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Chelsea Handler
Cheryl Hines
Christina Hendricks
Christine Baranski
Cicely Tyson
Claire Danes
Claudette Colbert
Courtney Cox
Cybill Shepherd
Debbie Reynolds
Debra Messing
Demi Moore
Donna Douglas
Drew Barrymore
Elaine Stritch
Elisabeth Shue
Ellen Barkin
Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Greene
Emily Blunt
Emma Stone
Emma Thompson
Emma Watson
Eva Longoria
Eva Marie Saint
Gabrielle Union
Geena Davis
Glenn Close
Glenne Headly
Dame Helen Mirren
Hilary Swank
Jacqueline Bisset
Jane Krakowski
Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Coolidge
Jennifer Hudson
Jessica Chastain
Jessica Lange
Joan Cusack
Jodie Foster
Joan Rivers
Joni Mitchell
Dame Judi Dench
Judith Light
Judy Garland
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Julia Stiles
Julianne Moore*
Dame Julie Andrews
Julie Delpy
Julie Hagerty
Kate Winslet
Katharine Hepburn
Keira Knightly
Keri Russell
Kerry Washington
Kristin Chenoweth
Kristen Stewart
Kristen Wiig
Laura Dern
Lea Thompson
Lee Grant
Lena Dunham
Lillian Gish
Lily Tomlin
Lisa Kudrow
Liza Minnelli
Louise Lasser
Dame Maggie Smith
Margot Kidder
Marilyn Monroe
Mary-Louise Parker
Maya Rudolph
Melinda Dillon
Melissa McCarthy
Michelle Pfeiffer
Minnie Driver
Morena Baccarin
Naomi Watts
Oprah Winfrey
Parker Posey
Patricia Arquette
Penelope Cruz
Rene Russo
Renée Zellweger
Rita Hayworth
Sally Field
Salma Hayek
Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Scarlett Johansson
Sigourney Weaver
Sissy Spacek
Sharon Stone
Shirley Jones
Shirley MacLaine
Teri Garr
Tess Harper
Valerie Harper
D. Vanessa Redgrave
Viola Davis
Winona Ryder
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Suggested Thanks for Inclusion in the Pantheon  You can start by sending me a heartfelt note of appreciation.  Then coffee or drinks, one or the other, I’ll let that be your call.  Although if you wanted sex on our first outing, I will accommodate you.  Typically, if my schedule permits, we follow with several dates.  Now, you’ll be flying out of LAX into wintry JFK, so please dress accordingly.  Nothing provocative, or flu-inducing, until you reach my place.

Now I know what you’re thinking, you’re married.  The Ten Commandments has made a profound impact on your life, so you just can’t commit right now, you’re on the fence. Okay, you tell that ol’ husband of yours that you’ve always wanted to explore an open marriage and you’d like to be loaned out to me (for obvious reasons, I must be referred to by an alias in husband-loaner negotiations, let’s use “Other”).

He should appreciate the deference in asking for approval, and have no issues with the arrangement whatsoever.  In fact, he’ll probably be completely turned on, even turning beet red.  If he does take exception about you becoming my loaner, for whatever crazy reason, just tell him you’ll be leaving him and the kids for me outright.  It’s me or them, you understand.  That’ll set him straight and show him who’s boss, we are.

There may be other thanks for inclusion, ones of the casting couch variety, but I can’t discuss those because of legal limitations.  Legally I’m an agent of, well, I can’t say that.  That’d be against the protocol I’ve established with ol’ trident, red eyes.

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The Other Letter Oscars After-Party Spectacular  On February 28th of 2016, there’s the Vanity Fair after party.  There’s the Harvey Weinstein bash.  But then there’s Other Letter’s Oscars After-Party Spectacular, the most anticipated gala in the entire entertainment industry.  Because of a unique arrangement with our event facilities coordinator, this is BYOB.  The OLOAPS will be a bring-your-own-bottle extravaganza, so no one will need to sneak their drunkenness by some intolerant, overpaid bartender — none will be needed.  There will be more than one bag of chips, likely two bags.

This is our first year holding this party, so RSVP early and we’ll still be able to reserve a window table for you — yes, a first, assigned seating at a party, enforced by our Helga.  This way you will only mix with the people with whom you’re supposed to be mixing.  Priority seating assignments, those along the near wall, will also be given to all those Oscar-winners taking home the gold.

This year’s, and every year’s, OLOAPS will be located under the Hollywood Freeway near the bus depot — just ask the many friendly people standing around for directions to the motel.  The carefully-selected event location certainly has ambience, although North Hollywood does have an admittedly deserved reputation for violent crime.  SO LOCK YOUR CAR AND GOOD LUCK!!!  (Storage of your Oscar is available on site.)

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Why wasn’t I included in the Pantheon?  You may be a Hollywood actress wondering why you have not yet been inducted into the Other Letter’s Pantheon page.  You’re a likable actress.  You’re professional, you’re not a prima donna.  You’re noted for your work — both on the sound stage, and for the public good — as well as your intelligence.  Your talents sets you apart from the pack, and you never got an acting job by sleeping with anyone, or out of nepotism.  If this sounds like you, then you’re in, we welcome you to the Pantheon.

If the Pantheon appointee has signed on to endorsement deals with which the Other Letter Nominating Committee — or in this instance, the Review Board as well — finds exception, we will work with said Pantheon appointee until an agreed upon “middle ground” is reached.  This adjudication process must take place regardless of however arbitrary the Pantheon’s negative evaluation may seem to the confused neophyte.  Usually this means pulling out of her endorsement contract by the end of the week, but the starlet knows full well that this is a small, small price to pay for inclusion on this acclaimed web page, one reviewed daily by those who matter most in Hollywood.

All we need for you to do now, is to send us your admission request, along with any publicity stills I might use.  This will soon be the premier go-to, online resource destination for casting directors, so be sure to make the photos your most becoming ones (we’re sorry, but nudity is not yet displayed here, but it will be accepted with your admission packet as an expedient to the admissions process to help us see who you really are).  Please be aware, Pantheon candidates who are unattached in relationships get much faster service than those who are (something to do with Screen Actors Guild, marriage status declarations).

Looking at the Pantheon, and seeing the interrelationships between each appointee, you see that being within two or three degrees of separation from Gwyneth Paltrow, Charlize Theron, or Ashley Judd — and recognizing the hunger and ache they have been known to generate in males — will only help your cause immeasurably.  Email your admission request packet today, including any neighbor preferences or dislikes, to: .

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Where do super-models stand vis-à-vis the Pantheon?  Super-models take note: this is just a Hollywood Pantheon.  Unless you have strong ties to Hollywood, or you have a very accomplished resume with substantial supporting imagery, especially the kind South, far South, of an R rating, you’ll need to .

The reason the point is raised is because we field dozens of Pantheon requests from super-models each and every day.  Take someone like Karlie Kloss She is a very career- and fitness-minded, dedicated, Victoria Secret, super-model — who wouldn’t want her to be on their team?  Ms. Kloss is one degree of separation from Taylor Swift so you would suppose she would be a shoo-in for the Pantheon.  The Nominating Committee and myself were mulling over this very issue the better part of yesterday — is she Pantheon-worthy or not?  The answer, you may be interested to learn, is yes and no.  Karlie has no movie billing to her name, let alone roles in films appearing in theaters as required for an Oscar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  If there was a Modeling Pantheon, then of course her inclusion would be absolutely certain.  Given the Pantheon rules the way that they are written today though, we would have had to turn down her admission request, had she actually sent one to us, which she apparently forgot to do.

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I’m Pantheon, how can I vote another off the Island?  If you are a Pantheon woman and you just do not feel a fellow appointee is withholding the traditions of Other Letter’s clean-living, pure-as-the-driven-snow oath — they smoke more dope in a weekend than Bob Marley did after ganja harvest; or they’re given the sun, the moon, and the stars, and they still want anything that’s left — you have the right to vote them off the island, so to speak.  In other words, just get five other Pantheon women who agree with your position to establish a quorum — much like the Supreme Court.  Have them , giving you the right to supersede my authority, and I will remove the offender immediately.  You must admit, this is Democracy at its finest hour, this is what governance by the people really means.

If you are not Pantheon-worthy, either by gender, resumé, or both, you can still vote an appointee off the island, although the requirements are much more stringent.  Just organize 100 of your friends together, and have them stating the valid reasons why they do not like a particular appointee.  She will then need to look elsewhere for someone to tout her career, because purity and appearances are of the utmost importance here, as it is in all of life.

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The Pantheon’s 2%/50% Tattoo Policy  Say you’ve noticed a Pantheon woman at an awards ceremony with her liaison, and you also notice he has tattoos.  He has not just one tattoo, but he has many, many tattoos.  The rule of thumb for Pantheon beaus is if more than 5% of skin surface area is covered with tattoos, either you throw him back in the dating pool, or you submit your apology and resignation to the Pantheon immediately.  Of course, many if not all, appointees choose the tight-knit Pantheon community over dalliances with gang members — especially considering that reapplying to the Pantheon would simply be too overwhelming and too embarrassing.

When is submitted, we will offer an exception to the 5% skin coverage rule for rock stars.  Here, we allow 40% skin area coverage before the Pantheon woman has to set good ol’ biker-boy free, and set him on his merry way (I once saw a motorcycling enthusiast get some nasty, excruciating road rash doing 55 on the Expressway, just a note of caution).  In certain instances we will even extend beyond 40%, depending on rock sub-genre, to 45% skin area coverage (if they can play Layla on guitar, or better, the piano part, we’ll allow 50%).

To stay in good stead here, a full-fledged appointee is allowed just 2% skin coverage on herself.  You may think this is a double standard, that a guy is allowed 5 to 45% (or 50%, if he can play Layla), while a woman is allowed only 2%...  The tats policy has to do with the fact that young people look up to celebrities, and all that permanent art on their skin really belongs on a wall in their home.

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This is a non-smoking Pantheon.  Take a walk among the Pantheon’s grounds.  The birds are chirping.  Taylor is teaching Charlize and Nicole the lyre, and after a few master classes, Tay will have Cameron singing pitch perfectGwyneth is rappelling down the sheer, vertical face of the eleven-story Other Mansion running through a few, tactical security maneuvers in grease paint and khaki fatigues with Uma and HeatherJoni is guest-lecturing on watercolor to AmyAshley and Reese are hiking into the back country.  Yet as far as you can see, across Other Meadow, along the beach at Other Lake, or high atop Mount Other, no one is smoking.  Why?  Because Pantheonettes could get emphysema, or any of the cancers, especially breast cancer.  Sure, Pantheon-o-Rama, and Pantheon-4-U do not care if their Pantheonettes fall ill and die, but here at the Other Letter Pantheon, we do care.  Go smoke your butts over at a lesser Pantheon, get used to smoking in the cold in January and catch the grippe, and try to forget you’re strapped down to an iron lung.

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Pantheon’s Pomp and Circumstance  You may not have realized it, but when you first became a Pantheon appointee, your life changed dramatically.  You are now embracing a higher standard, purpose has been added to your life, there was a new lilt to your step, but you must proudly represent the Pantheon wherever you go.  A few saw these responsibilities and rewards though, and turned back to their old, pre-Pantheon ways.

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The Pantheon changed your life.  Let’s hear your story.  Say you were offered your best part because Other Letter listed you on OL’s Pantheon page.  Or pretend your co-star stopped stepping on your lines, and gave you new-found respect, once he knew your Pantheon credentials.  Or let’s just say that because the director of your latest sci-fi vehicle saw your inclusion on the Pantheon, he no longer pats you on your bum as if you were his Girl Friday, when he wants to send you out on coffee runs for the crew.  For you though, this is not fiction of course, this story is the story of your life.  So , of how OL’s Pantheon took your career in Hollywood to the next level, in an entirely new direction, and changed your life forever.

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Other Letter lowers its journalistic Integrity for Pantheon Women  Hey, Pantheon women!  When you check to see if Uncle Sam’s got the goods on you, you get back your Federal Office of Information Act request redacted.  Well, Other Letter offers the same, free redaction service.  OL editorial policy only allows the searing truth to appear on these digital leaves — except if you’re Pantheon-worthy.  We will retract, or redact, anything you don’t want to see here.  This is not yellow journalism, this is subject-deciding-content-journalism, there is a big difference ... We will redact whatever you tell us to redact, we really don’t give a f*.  After all, this is your web page just as much as it is mine.  So you would like expunged from your record, and we will process your request the day we get it.

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We apologize for the uneven content here, but you should see how little the CEO of Other Letter pays us worker bees, and how hard he works us.  We’ve heard on good authority that the OL Chief was sent up to the Pantheon Division directly from Hell to torture us, then he only further propagates his evil with employment reviews.  It’s a God given miracle we can even pull ourselves out of bed in the morning, instead of succumbing to major depression.  All that we do every day is fix his mistakes, but he’s back in Op-Ed with his poison pen nasty-grams spewing out impossible orders he wants us to complete before we can even consider going home — sometimes we just give up and sleep overnight on our desks.  Most are on a first-name basis with the overnight security staff, it is that bad here.  HELP US, PLEASE!!!  HELP!!!  HELP!!!

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The Pantheon of Hollywood Women

 

 

Betty White

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Jane Fonda

Betty White is known for a tremendous list of performances, but the ones that I remember most were those of her turn as Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.  There she played the neighborhood nymphomaniac, a competitive, man-obsessed schemer given a WJM Twin Cities, Minnesota, cooking show.  Her homage to the home front, The Happy Homemaker, featured segments like, “A salute to fruit,” or “What’s all this fuss about famine?”  Murray Slaughter, the WJM news editor (played by Gavin MacLeod, Captain Merrill Stubing on the Love Boat), would quip that Sue Ann, and her show, should be renamed ”The Happy Homewrecker.”  Sue Ann would address poor Mary Richards, aka Mary Tyler Moore, with perfect condescension “Dear, sweet, naive Mary ...”

While the writing was absolutely top-notch for both The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and The Golden Girls — the shows where she won the most accolades — the awards she values the most are for her comedic acting in The Mary Tyler Moore Show.  In a Movieline Interview, Ms. White said of the foundation value of the scripts, “If it isn’t on the page, we can’t do anything about it.”

According to IMDB Pro, Betty has nominated for twenty-one Primetime Emmys, and has taken home seven of them, six for acting.  She has also received four Golden Globe noms.  Ms. White has appeared on ninety-nine different television shows.  She also earned a Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ms. White is the oldest person to host SNL, and won a Primetime Emmy for doing so.  Betty is in the Guiness Book of World Records for being the female with the longest career in television.

Ms. White is a registered Democrat, and an ardent animal rights activist.  Betty supports gay rights as well, stating, “If a couple has been together all that time — and there are gay relationships that are more solid than some heterosexual ones — I think it’s fine if they want to get married.  I don’t know how people can get so anti-something.  Mind your own business, take care of your affairs, and don’t worry about other people so much.”

Her husband, television host and personality Allen Ludden died of stomach cancer in 1981.  When asked if she would ever remarry, she has been steadfast, “Once you’ve had the best, who needs the rest?”  (In the past, Blythe Danner has expressed — and much more than likely still feels — a similar sentiment after the love of her life, Bruce Paltrow, died.)

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Cloris Leachman

(A still fromThe Mary Tyler Moore Show)

Cloris Leachman

Followers of Mary Tyler Moore know that Cloris Leachman’s turn as haughty Phyllis Lindstrom was the only regular on the show with a child in tow, her precocious Bess Lindstrom (excellently played by Lisa Gerritsen, the omnipresent, always working, Seventies child actress).  Phyllis was MTM’s landlady and self-described best friend to ever-popular Mary.

Ms. Leachman went on to play the title role in the spin-off series Phyllis for which she won a Golden Globe.  Its cancellation after two seasons was partly due to the deaths of three cast members; it became difficult to write scripts when the actors portraying mainstay characters were no more.

Ms. Leachman won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Last Picture Show.  Cloris is also the biggest Primetime Emmy individual award winner of all time, having won eight statuettes, and nominated over twenty times, for MTM and Malcolm in the Middle, among others.  In the latter, she did a turn as Grandma Ida, the Slavic and embittered Canadian (don’t ask me why the part was written as her being Canadian, Slavic, or embittered, because I haven’t a clue).

Cloris appeared in three of Mel Brooks films.  She played servant Frau Blücher in 1974’s Young Frankenstein, appeared as the deranged psychiatric nurse in 1977’s High Anxiety, then she did a turn as Madame Defarge in History of the World: Part I from 1981.

Ms. Leachman competed in the Miss America pageant as Miss Chicago, and at Northwestern University she was a classmate of character actor Paul Lynde.  After winning a pageant scholarship, she went to the Actor’s Studio in Manhattan to work with Elia Kazan.  She has appeared on Broadway in As you like It with Katharine Hepburn.

Cloris was good friends with Judy Garland and Marlon Brando.  She is the oldest person ever to appear on Dancing with the Stars.

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Carol Burnett

(Still from The Carol Burnett Show
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Carol Burnett

We caught up with Carol Burnett at the Other Letter Comedy Festival, and asked the television legend what she thought of up-and-comers like Amy Schumer.  To quote Carol: “I just love what Amy is doing with potty-humor.  I mean I love hearing about gas, and of course, women’s periods are pure comic gold.  She did such a wonderful job in, what, ‘Stand up and Fart!’  She’s leading the way for the next generation, in her profession, with women in general, and especially all those teens who might look up to her.  I’m just in love with her and her work.

“In fact, I was just discussing this with Betty, Betty White, the other day.  She said, ‘More than anything we need jokes about drunkenness and drug use.  I’ve spent my whole life, all 95 years, waiting for comedians who found the joy in making fun of drunks.  Potty humor, too, I love that just as much as the next Hollywood veteran — if not more.  And four-letter words, I just can’t get enough of them.  Give it to me, Amy.’”

There is a rather pronounced difference between comedy of the Sixties, and that of the late Seventies and beyond.  In the former, the comedy is classy, and directed towards people or situations.  In the latter, it is directed at people — it is much more pointed, coarse, more edgy, and some might even say, rude.  I would say that like music of the same era, the new, hard-edge is a product of the American War in Viet Nam.  That televised, steamy jungle bloodbath, was brought to us courtesy a tragically misled Johnson Administration, and an entirely untrustworthy Nixon White House.  It blackened and soured America’s character, a sullying from which we have never recovered.  Fortunately for us, The Carol Burnett Show just got in under the wire...

I always needed a context and a forum to say what I just said about culture and Viet Nam, and unfortunately for Ms. Burnett, I just got one.  The Carol Burnett Show sketches I remember most were: Miss Wiggins, the secretary with her own entirely, separate agenda from her boss, Mister Tudball; Norma Desmond, silent screen star; Tim Conway answering a fire call in imperceptibly-slow motion; and the Char Woman mopping up when it was all said and done.  The theme song for her show — originally, and not so aptly, entitled Here’s Agnes — is actually touching: “Aren’t we glad we had this time together, just to have a laugh, or sing a song.  Seems we just get started and before you know it, comes the time we have to say, so long...”  I remember every word forty years later.

The reason she ended every show by tugging on her ear was to indicate to her grandmother that all was well, grandma didn’t have to worry about her.  Both of her parents were dealing with their alcoholism, and rather icily, her mother even discouraged her ambitions to become an actress, simply on the basis of her not a super-model looks.

Then there was her Tarzan bit, which I doubt she could pull off if she looked like Marilyn Monroe.  Carol also had more than just a few parody sketches during her eleven year run at CBS, including: Went with the Wind, a play on Gone with the Wind, and As the Stomach Turns, a take on the soap opera, As the World Turns.

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Jane Fonda

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Jane Fonda

When Jane Fonda was standing beside a Viet Cong anti-aircraft gun in July of 1972, her intent was to shorten a war that was already eight years long, excruciating, and whose bloodshed had no end in sight.  Looking at that picture, and seeing her smile with her hands clasped in what is apparently prayers for mercy, she made her point (unfortunately, I lack the Copyright to display the image).

With Nixon certain of a landslide re-election, the prevailing ethos, if you would like to call it that, was “Let’s carpet bomb and napalm the yellow-skinned ox-mushers until the end of time.”  Isn’t that the Spirit of America, a nation founded on self-determination?

She was trying to make a statement — and trolls are still forcing her to try and make it unto this day, more than forty years later — that this is supposedly the mortal enemy, yet they are not any different from us.  Given the American-initiated carnage, I am just surprised that she herself did not open fire on U.S. planes.  Ms. Fonda was a major participant in the anti-War movement who, with her formidable courage, and yes, her new breed of life-saving patriotism, did all she could to turn the tide against the bloody slaughter.

Ms. Fonda just won the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  All those who spoke there touched on her uncanny acting talent, her activism in a wide variety of causes and her philanthropy, being a fitness guru, her tremendous breadth of life experience, her stellar degree of accomplishment, her unparalleled courage, and her gorgeous depth of character.  What they failed to mention though, is that Jane is a marvelous raconteur, and how old she would appear — she has the youthfulness and vibrancy of a 39 year old.

By the way, she has won two Academy Awards: for Klute, and Coming Home, as well as five nominations for On Golden Pond and The China Syndrome among others.  (Did I just lose Des Moines?)

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Meryl Streep

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Meryl Streep

Ever wonder how Meryl Streep wins Oscar after Oscar?  Well now, in conjunction with the Other Letter School of Thespians, she will tell you in eight easy lessons for $999.99 a pop.

In Lesson One, Meryl will let you in on her biggest secret, how to psyche out who you are acting opposite.  Here’s a hint: Make faces, or many other distractions, not called for in the script.  Meryl knows hundreds of these, and you will, too.

The secret to acting is not acting, it is looking better than whomever you are up against on the soundstage.  With these sage tips, before you know it, you’ll be standing on the Oscar’s podium looking down on everyone you used to have to look up at in deference.

In Lesson Two, you will bribe Craft Services so they give inedible food to everyone else but you.  This will weaken the opposition; who are, of course, your fellow actors.

In Lesson Eight (Meryl and I cannot give too much away), you will learn your Oscar acceptance speech.  When you win your first Oscar, who do you thank?  You thank those above you in the chain of command, forget those below you.

You thank the head of the studio, and as a show of respect, you thank his mistress.  Then you thank the Trinity: Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorcese, and Steven Spielberg.  You thank them whether or not they were attached to your project, or even whether or not you’ve ever met them.  You thank them for giving the world their aura.

Do you thank your family?  God, no, this only ingratiates you to those who will later, upon seeing your success, hit you up for cash.  No, you do the opposite, you ignore them, and distance yourselves from them.

Plus there is plenty more.  Meryl has all the details.  Learn from her, she’s got this Oscar business down cold.  Sign up now with one easy payment of $7,999.92.  That is a small pittance to pay to be standing on the Oscars podium, holding court with the Universe...

Meryl Streep is one of the most gifted actresses of all-time.  She has been nominated for more Academy Award and Golden Globes than any other actor ever has, 18 and 28, respectively.  When she doesn’t win the Oscar she’s been nominated for, is it only because it is time for someone else to win?

Why aren’t there any actresses today of her caliber?  Are today’s scripts so poorly written that actresses cannot interpret them to any great effect?  Has the American cinema community become so financially reliant on making movies for kids, kids without any developed tastes, that they no longer have the wherewithal at hand to make any with sophistication?  Then does Hollywood no longer attract the talent that now goes to chasing ambulances, prescribing Ambien, or auditing transactions?

From The Devil Wears Prada and Kramer Vs. Kramer to Sophie’s Choice and The Iron Lady, her versatility as a actress truly astounds.  Her performances make you think you are watching documentaries, they are that realistic and true-to-life.

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Blythe Danner

(Still from Up All Night
Colleen Hayes | NBCUniversal, Inc. © 2012
Ms. Danner has obviously discovered the fountain of youth.)

Blythe Danner

Blythe Danner is known everywhere for her stage, silver screen, and TV work.  She won a Tony for her portrayal of a devil-may-care divorcée in Butterflies Are Free, and was nominated for two other Tonys, one for A Streetcar Named Desire, and later for Betrayal.  Ms. Danner has been nominated for five Primetime Emmys, taking home the statuette for Huff.  She was also nominated for a Golden Globe for her work in Back When We Were Grownups.

Ms. Danner is currently starring on Broadway in The Country House, an homage to stage actors, as they might appear to be a vanishing breed.  While the New York Times review of the play was essentially positive, they could not say any kinder words for Blythe than they already did — the review they gave her was absolutely glowing.

Congratulations on another great performance by Ms. Danner in the Sundance Film Festival sensation, I’ll See You in My Dreams.  Believe it or not, in Blythe’s fifty years of performing artistry, this is her first leading role on the silver screen, and it is already getting buzz as a possible 2016, Oscar contender.  This woman is so endearing, any praise she gets she deflects, she is that modest.  One feels like saying to her, “You’re the absolute best, Ms. Danner, just believe us.”

The roles for which many cinema-goers might know her best though, are as a mom in Meet the Parents, and its spin-offs, Meet the Fockers and Little Fockers.  She also did a truly wonderful turn in Brighton Beach Memoirs, playing Neil Simon’s always-insightful mother in his semi-autobiographical yarn.  For five years, Blythe frequently appeared as Marilyn Truman, the WASP-y mother of Will Truman on the unusually progressive Will and Grace.  Ms. Danner regularly gets cast for wholesome, and far less than wholesome, maternal figures, ones oft possessing an understated charm.  Ms. Danner has a classy, socially gracious, feminine manner that inside just makes you feel warm and fuzzy.

Blythe herself is Mom to Gwyneth Paltrow, and they have appeared together in 2003’s Sylvia, the story of Sylvia Plath.  Here, Ms. Danner played the mother of Gwyn’s title role.  In 1992, they were also together in Cruel Doubt, a TV movie.

Ms. Danner has performed in the Williamstown Summer Theater Festival for 25 years, serving on its Board of Directors as well.  Ms. Danner is very active in a number of causes including those concerned with the environment and oral cancer — the disease that killed her husband, Bruce Paltrow, in 2002.

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Ann-Margaret

(Life magazine)

Ann-Margaret

To Ann Margaret, Elvis likely represented an innocence lost forever.  In interviews, one cannot make fun of Elvis in front of her, her ex, even though he has been the victim of cold-hearted sarcasm for decades.  Ann Margaret would walk out on any interview where they compromised her memory of him.

It is tragic that they departed one another before their time was nigh.  For ten years until his death, Elvis Presley sent her a guitar-shaped flower arrangement to every stage show opening in Vegas of hers...

Ann-Margaret was born Ann-Margaret Olsson in Sweden (who would have guessed?)  She is known as a singer, a dancer, and as an actress.  She was twice nominated for an Academy Award, for Carnal Knowledge as the open-hearted giver opposite an icy and abusive Jack Nicholson; and later nominated for Tommy as Tommy’s mother, Nora Walker Hobbs.

For much of her early career she was labeled a sex kitten, so she chose many dramatic roles to showcase her acting talents, and to prove to critics that she was much more than an exceptionally great-looking woman.  She sang “Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home” at President John F. Kennedy’s private birthday party at the Waldorf-Astoria, one year after Marilyn Monroe’s famous rendition of ”Happy Birthday.”

In 2000, she broke three ribs riding her motorcycle in rural Minnesota.

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Susan Sarandon

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show)

Susan Sarandon

Ms. Sarandon backed Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic Presidential Primary, I mean backed him Hell or high water, to the end of time and back.  Of course, unfortunately for Susan, and for many others, Mr. Sanders lost to Ms. Clinton.

I feel that Sanders represented our potential beyond simply the status quo, but he would have had a better shot if he could more fully articulate his vision for the future.  What is more, any alignment with socialism, like he and his platform were doing, cannot bode well for an American, national political race.

Bernie did advance the agenda however, and for her work, Susan can rightfully be proud.  Now if Susan would only return my phone calls, Tweets, Instagrams comments, etcetera, then we would really have something to talk about — or at least I sure would...

Who could ever forget Susan Abigail Sarandon as the haughty, yet so overwhelmingly sexy, virginal Janet Weiss in The Rocky Horror Picture Show?  Her sizzling breakthrough performance in that 1975 cult classic firmed up her reputation as a seductively feminine, succulent force of nature.  Susan abetted this reputation with a turn in The Hunger, where she most scandalously (for the time, at least) had a sapphic encounter with French siren Catherine Deneuve.

Yet these were only a small portion of her work in the cinema as Ms. Sarandon has been billed as an actress in 127 films.  Susan has earned Academy Award nominations for leading roles in five of these, the one most prominent in many minds being the girls-on-the-lam buddy movie, Thelma & Louise.  Although Dead Man Walking — the true story of a nun, played by Ms. Sarandon, who befriends a death row inmate in Louisiana — is the one role that brought home the Oscar for her.

In Oh Mama!, Susan was to play a stripper finally ready to get back in the biz after a twenty year absence due to a bad knee.  This production, already seen on Broadway, involved Ginger, Ms. Sarandon’s turn, being called back into service at a senior citizen day program in Florida, once a community-sponsored dancing pole was financed and installed.  Church activists, claiming the presentation was obscene, picketed, then forced sheriff deputies to shut down the set — much to the dismay of the bored, and hard-up, seniors there as extras.  Citing scripture, the “Oh Mama No!” protest group leveled their accusations without ever seeing on stage the outgoing, and still unusually feminine, attractive, and youthful, Ms. Sarandon.

Susan is deeply involved in progressive causes such as ending poverty and hunger, stopping LGBT discrimination, thwarting racism, and galvanizing anti-war support.  In her pacifism efforts, she has teamed alongside Jane Fonda.  She is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, Goodwill Ambassador.

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Diane Keaton

(Still from Heaven
© R.V.P. Productions)

Diane Keaton

Diane Keaton won America’s heart playing the sweetly vulnerable and adorable, multi-faceted, Oscar-winning, title role in Annie Hall (she was nominated for an Oscar three other times).  She has also played very dramatic parts, she was in the Godfather Parts I through III, and Looking for Mr. GoodbarWatching her interview with Ellen Degeneres, she is not only a World-class actress, she is also a great comedian.

In Something’s Gotta Give, another of her Oscar-nominated turns, Annie plays Erica Barry, a playwright divorcée opposite Jack Nicholson’s Harry Sanborn, a hip-hop exec who only likes ’em young — until he meets Erica.

What is very strange is that given all these talents, she has never been married.  She looks like the type that would have been snapped up by the time she was 25, honestly.

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Diane Lane

(Still of Diane Lane in Fierce People
Diane is having a nice life, but not exactly a charmed one.)

Diane Lane

Thankfully, Diane hasn’t gone the way of Jenny C with boob reduction work.  Just like we preserve our national parks, we really need to preserve starlets’ natural resources, and that is their cleavage.  We’re pretty sure Diane chose aesthetics over hoisting and holstering manageability.  Bravo, Diane, bravo.  We’ll see her at the movies.

Next up, is Charli getting all these great roles recently because her chest isn’t threatening to both men and women? And is Diane being overlooked because her over-sized knockers frighten many, if not most, women?

Because these actresses don’t do Triple-X, or even NC-17 rated fare, we never see what’s under the hood so to speak, we never see them topless.  It’s foolish to make them smaller to make them look better, we never see the goodies unsheathed, we only see the outlines of them.  So even if they are sagging navel-grazers, with proper boulder-holders, we, the interested movie-goers, are never the wiser...

Diane Lane reminds me of both Maggie Gyllenhaal and Jennifer Connelly.  Ms. Lane has the looks, the smarts, and the talent, but she has not been given the roles worthy of them.  She has been in 36 films, I knew about Under the Tuscan Sun and The Perfect Storm.  Hollywood is very capricious and fickle especially when you’re less the latest trend, her acting prospects are more proof of this.

Notwithstanding, she was nominated for an Oscar for her work in Unfaithful, a drama about Connie Sumner, a fundraiser who enters an extra-marital affair, after a chance encounter with a man on the street (this is about as hot as it gets in legitimate cinema).  She has also earned three Golden Globe nominations.

In Hillary, Diane was to play the title role in NBC’s scheduled bio pic about Hillary Rodham Clinton, but the production was cancelled due to the potential for Republican demands for equal broadcast time.  She is living proof that more mature women can still look great, I mean really, really great — Blythe Danner being another sterling example.

Along with Tony Shalhoub, known for his long-running television show, Monk, Ms. Lane starred in the Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater production of The Mystery of Love and Sex.  This is the story of a pair of childhood friends whose relationship turns romantic over their parents’ objections.  Once it does, long-held secrets of both families are revealed, throwing everyone into a tumult.  Unfortunately, this was a 2015 limited engagement, hopefully she will be doing more theater work soon.  Before Love and Sex, Diane last appeared on the New York stage at the age of 12 in 1977 in the Shakespeare Festival’s Agamemnon.

Most recently, Diane was at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, and looked as glamorous as ever — she simply will not age.  Ms. Lane is a joy to behold.  Diane has so much going on upstairs, and she seems sweeter than pie.

Diane was just at an Oceana something or other, some celebration of what, water?  But she looked great as she always does.  She is a breathtaking woman.  Honestly, she’s fifty-plus, she could pass for under forty...  2016’s SAG Awards, again, sigh.

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Meg Ryan

(When Harry met Sally ... trailer)

Meg Ryan

The New York Times has called Meg Ryan, “the soul of romantic comedy.”  She played Sally Albright in Nora Ephron’s When Harry Met Sally ... with Billy Crystal.  Then she portrayed Annie Reed, a reporter finally finding true love opposite Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle.

Another major starring role was that of Kathleen Kelly in You’ve Got Mail.  In this rom-com, emailing lovers do not realize the object of their affection, outside cyberspace, is someone they do not like.  Meg was nominated for the Golden Globe for all three of these performances.

Most recently, Meg will produce and star in a new comedy on NBC about a former big-time, big-league, New York editor.  Meg’s character returns to her previous publishing house employ where her young, neurotic boss was her former intern.  Meanwhile, she has to keep her teenage kids, her husband, and her mother-in-law all happy, but when she tries her best, it inevitably makes matters much worse.  Ricky!

Ms. Ryan supports environmental causes, and with them, supports the party that has the better record in that area.

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Marisa Tomei

(Tony Shek)

Marisa Tomei

Marisa was recently at the White House honoring the Friends of the White House, or some such party-til-dawn extravaganza, probably trying to scrounge up enough cash to build another wing.  They have an East and a West Wing, maybe they need a wing for recreation, say to have skeet shooting off the balcony.  You never know down there in Washington.  She might have asked me to go with her as her date, but I’m pretty sure I had other plans that week, so thanks, but no thanks.  Bet she looked a tad foolish trying to hold her own in foreign policy cocktail talk without me by her side.  Oh well, what can you do?  There’s only so much one man can accomplish by himself...

Watch Marisa Tomei’s interview on the CBC from 2012 with George Stroumboulopoulos, and you can easily see that she has a gift in relating to people.  Marisa is not a scripted talking head or a rehearsed sound bite, she has plenty to offer on an usually wide variety of topics.

I am not even sure how physically good-looking Marisa is, but she has to be one of the most sexy women on the planet.  Her sex appeal is just off the charts.

Facets of her appeal are based on experiential, social, and cultural sophistication, whereas many starlets’ attractiveness is only based on the fact that they are the end products of the handiwork of a scalpel-wielding plastic surgeon.  This Tuscan charmer impresses with every turn — yet she is not the least bit jaded.  Marisa unwittingly, yet instinctively, draws you into her heart, and into her soul.

A recent survey of the literature, or the paparazzi porn, as it is more affectionately known, shows Ms. Tomei looking not much different — or not any different at all — from the way she looked when she first won over our hearts twenty-three years ago, in My Cousin Vinny.  Follow the link prior, and you get to cry at the misfortune of not being her boyfriend (I wouldn’t say “the misfortune of never being her boyfriend,” because winning Lotto is also within the realm of human possibility, and her complete inaccessibility is otherwise too depressing to contemplate).

On March 13th of 2014, Ms. Tomei began a week of previews for her sixth Broadway stage play, The Realistic Joneses (she has had leading roles in three of them).  This is the comedy about two couples with the same last name and identical homes, who must choose between a perfect fantasy, or a hard reality, a choice that will have deep reverberations throughout the rest of their days.  The playwright, Will Eno, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, so between the acting and writing talent, this has to be one top-notch production.

...Ms. Tomei remains extremely busy, as she will be performing the recurring role of Mimi Whiteman in Fox’s Empire.  Ms. Whiteman is a billionaire who desires beautiful young women, and she makes sure that she gets all she desires.  Marisa will also be Aunt May, Peter Parker’s surrogate mom, in the next installment of the Spiderman franchise.  Then Ms. Tomei will portray Gloria Steinem in the soon to be produced biopic about the feminist leader’s life.

Marisa has been nominated for three Academy Awards, and won Best Actress for her work in My Cousin Vinny.  Marisa radiates a natural, effortless gracefulness, but I bet this very stylish, Oscar-winner only dates philanthropists.

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Sandra Bullock

(While You were Sleeping trailer)

Sandra Bullock

Part of Sandra Bullock’s popularity lies in her disarming candor and sincerity.  She is a great comic actress, as seen in Two Weeks Notice.  Yet in The Blind Side, her versatility and range is evinced.  In this non-fictional portrayal of Leigh Anne Tuohy — an adoptive mother of an abandoned youth who later became a Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman — Ms. Bullock plays a take charge, no time for nonsense, very confident Tennesseean.  For her work in this, Ms. Bullock won a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors’ Guild award, and an Oscar.

Most recently, Saundra was again Oscar-nominated for her leading role in Gravity.  In this gripping, sci-fi spectacular, Sandy plays an astronaut cut from her mother ship tether, and left adrift in the vacuum of outer space.

Sandra’s work bringing Ryan Stone to life made $716 million internationally for Gravity, and also put her atop Forbes 2014 list of the highest-earning actresses with $51 million.  Using a common metric, you are doing just fine if you earn the equivalent of your age times one thousand.  Ms. Bullock, recently celebrating her fiftieth birthday, earns her age times one million.

The same year, in the sleeper, The Heat, Sandy was Ashburn, a by-the-book New York City, FBI Special Agent teamed with Mullins, her foil, a streetwise Boston cop played by Melissa McCarthy.

Sandra gave a million dollars apiece to relief organizations: after the tsunami in Asia, to the Red Cross after 9/11, and to Doctors Without Borders, after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.  By every indication, Sandy is the easy-going and down-to-earth type, it’s easy to become friends with her.

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Julia Roberts

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Julia Roberts

Mystic Pizza rightly made Julia Roberts the star she was born to be. Her buoyant portrayal of Daisy Arujo is truly remarkable. Not only is her Daisy having a time she will never forget, one senses Ms. Roberts is as well.  This set the stage, as it were, for later leading lady roles like Pretty Woman.

Julia possesses great strength of character, and has an exceptionally interesting and well-rounded personality.  She is not just another pretty, silly girl prancing across the sound stage in stiletto heels.  Ms. Roberts was nominated for four Oscars, and brought the statuette home for her work in Erin Brockovich, the true story about a legal assistant who almost single-handedly takes on a multi-billion dollar water supply polluter.

Her movies have grossed $2.6 billion, putting her 17th on the all-time money list for actors, and in second place for actresses, behind Cameron Diaz. She has been on People’s annual list of the “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” eleven times, tying her with Halle Barry.

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Halle Berry

(Alexander Horn)

Halle Berry

Halle Berry, née Maria Halle Berry, is the first actress with an African-American lineage to win an Academy Award for a performance in a leading role.  She won this for Monster’s Ball, the story of a prison guard who falls in love with the wife of the prisoner he just executed.  Halle has been involved in producing five of the films in which she has starred.

She also won a Golden Globe for playing the title role in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, the true and poignant portrayal of an actress very cruelly victimized by racism, yet still nominated in 1954 for an Academy Award.  Ms. Berry has also been nominated for three other Golden Globes.  Besides all this, she has squared off against Sharon Stone in Catwoman.

Halle regularly sweeps the awards for people of color including the Black Entertainment Television (BET), and NAACP Image Awards, and she was nominated seven times for MTV Movie Awards.

Ms. Berry has strongly voiced her support of women’s issues, and just as vociferously her objection to paparazzi terrorizing her kids.  Halle has been on the lists of the most beautiful, sexiest, and hottest women on Earth, by People (making the Top Ten seven times), Esquire, FHM, Empire, and Men’s Health.

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Ashley Judd

(Along with being an unusually superlative actress,
Ashley could also be a super-model.
Shown here as gorgeous, happy, and healthy as ever.
Ashley is the kind of girl you take camping,
or much more likely, she takes you camping.)

Ashley Judd

There appears to be a discrepancy between the happy starlet photos and the subtext of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment.  Two stages are in evidence.

In Stage One, the starlet has the company of the biggest man in Hollywood (literally and figuratively).  This is the amiable, if grossly overweight, Dr. Jekyll.

In Stage Two, the evil stage, the Mr. Hyde stage, the starlet realizes what this is all about, her sexual services are being put on offer to advance her career.  She leaves disillusioned, dejected, and probably, suicidal.  Weinstein just heads for the next victim unchastened.

The trick was to not have to perform a sexual favor, and still keep your job.  The success rate at it is not known...

I would think Ashley would want to go in for the kill against her former nemesis, Harvey Weinstein.  Instead, she seems very ambivalent about finishing him off.    Ashley seems to feel sorry for Harvey.  Did he feel sorry for her?

This may be the reason why: There’s the touching new rom-com, a romantic comedy, a rapprochement, that’s now in the works from the Weinstein Company, and — surprise, surprise — it stars top-billed Ashley Judd.  It’s called: Keep your Hand on my Tush, Harvey — Where it Belongs.  It’s subtitled: You will always be my gorgeous mounds of round, Harvey.

(I ran “...mounds of round, Harvey” by my 24/7 Legal Department that I keep on retainer — past 10PM, I’m talking to Bangalore, India.  They said, and I quote: “Other, satire is protected speech.  While this may not actually be funny, if in court you can get a few members of the jury to laugh, we doubt you will have to serve any prison time...)

Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed Ms. Judd, along with eight other women.  Weinstein is one of the biggest players in Hollywood, but with this news, his career is pretty much over, or at least that’s what he deserves, his banishment from the movie industry.  He has been mounting an exceedingly expensive PR campaign to downplay his crimes.

His alibi is that he is only a product of the Seventies, that all males from then were born sexual predators.  He made extremely aggressive, sexual overtures for massages and to watch him or the starlet shower.  This was in combination with his being an official Hollywood power player who could make or break careers.  Weinstein is full of it, he is just another pig in a Tinsel Town full of male chauvinist pigs...

We’re still debating this down by the Other Letter Water Cooler.  Ms. Judd was having her bags X-rayed in Europe and she was called a “sweetheart.”  She was also touched on her shoulder — I am pretty sure it was her shoulder, not her butt cheeks.

Her Facebook contingent weighed in evenly.  Half — more women but not entirely — said she was justified in reporting the apparently not-so-bright X-ray machine operator; the other half said, give the guy a break.  Details are sketchy, because Ashley forgot to wear the body camera she normally wears in airports, and anywhere else.  How did that joke get in there?

Okay, not funny, at all, yet I heard this, and I am still wondering why this is such a crime.  As a Pantheon operative (my code name: Don Rickles), I am their last resort in all conflict, and I guess I am dropping the ball.  This is sexism?  I like being called sweetheart.  Touched on the shoulder?  I have no issue.  For women, this is a diametrically opposed take, it is so different?  This is sexual objectification?

Was the X-ray guy the epitome of tonsorial ugliness, or was he sartorially uncoordinated?  Did his work uniform lack polish?  Was he the most awkward troglodyte that trod this Earth?  Could he only walk on two hands and two feet, not upright on two legs?  Was he shaking as though he was coming off a bender?  Because of all these factors, was she pawed at like a dog needing scraps, or a pat on the head?

Then this is what Ashley needs to do, next time someone at the X-ray station comes on to her (which given Ashley’s looks, probably happens when she gets on every flight), take out White House-strength pepper spray, mace spray, and zap him (again, check code name of this Pantheon operative).  If she is hormonal, then she needs to have an attack Doberman to drag through Kennedy, and have her sic them against this level of incomprehensible evil.  Just make sure the body camera is rolling, so the entire sordid affair can be captured to lead that night’s Entertainment Tonight...

The Pantheon will be staging an intervention to keep Ashley off the Jesus junk, and extricate her from a potent brew of: the Vatican; a ghost that is satisfied by murdering people (witness abortion clinic bombings); and the clouding of judgment both cause.  She is absolutely hooked on Hail Marys, Pope Francis, and Bingo Night at her local, heathen, gambling parlor (translation, the Church of Perpetual Sin and Continuous Prayer).

If you have any books or articles to help get her out of this crazy, religious rut she has been in her entire life, please forward them to me, and we will use them to exorcise her spirit of that goofy intoxicant, Jesus the Christ...

Why do we not see the Pantheon chicks enough in theaters?  Is it because movies are now only seen in bedrooms on cable TV?  Chicks, just forget the idea that acting is about memorizing lines and emoting silly bits, it’s about clawing your way into your next movie on your back.  It is survival of the most accommodating, my chickadees.

Getting ahead means spending hours on the casting couch.  It means being intimate with your director, and your leading co-stars, male or female, from the first day of shooting.  Get on the set, Day One, and point out to important production people where your trailer is located, and that your loins are all gratis, for recompense like script approval and rewrites at your discretion.

The most successful starlets know that the real work in Hollywood is done on their backs, making above the line talent happy, including the rest of the cast.  Offering sexual services is the real reason they were hired, and they should never forget it.  This is why Ashley will not be in Alien 7 — plain and simple, she won’t put out.  Virtue is for the 1940s...

Ashley is in the newest incarnation of the mysterious Twin Peaks TV series, but the New York Times has no mention of what will be her starring role.  Instead, I did come across her script on the Internet in a backwater for screenwriters known as LoveBoatNotes.com.  Here is Ashley’s lines verbatim from the show, where she appears as Kitty, the waitress with a heart of gold at the Peaking Diner:

Kitty:  The usual, Dr. No, the cream pie?

Dr. No:  Yes, the usual.

Kitty:  I’ll return with your order as soon as it is prepared.

That was it, that was her entire role in Twin Peaks.  I know, I am about to cry, too.  Actresses make comebacks every day, I was just hoping this particular one of an Other Letter fave would be more, well, stellar.  Of course, I will be watching to see how her two lines are delivered.  It’s all in the inflection, you know...


Haute cuisine in Tennessee means: Bob’s Big Boy, land of the three-pound, cardiac burger; Mickey D’s Southern Edition, grease infusion menu; Krispy Kreme, pacemaker on every wall, and in the bathrooms; plus Denny’s Southland with enhanced double, deep-fryer, lard-coated entrées.

At every meal, these are Ashley’s mainstays of grease and artery-clogging, pseudo-nutrition.  The only reason she’s not a deuce or two, is because between acting jobs, the only thing she ever does is work out.

When you drive down Nashville’s main strip, she makes you stop at every fast food joint — this was on her 60 Minutes feature.  You just need to be careful she doesn’t bite off one of her fingers, and she remembers to wear a bib so she won’t stain her prized overalls.

To supplement her intake of fat, Ashley is an avid chewer of tobacco.  She lives for a fresh pack of Skoal, and on every set she has her own monogrammed spittoon, along with an assistant charged with giving her a spittoon to aim for and hit with brown spit...

Ashley’s beloved University of Kentucky men’s basketball team did not make it past the Final Eight.  Actually, I need to check this, are they still playing?  Is there a May Madness besides just a March Madness? They’re always playing ball down there.

Anyhow, Ashley now turns her attention to small game hunting in her expansive backyard, or as it is known to locals, “Ashley’s Gun and Game Frontier.”  This year, expect many, many Instagram photos of prize raccoons and wild boars brought in from Ashley’s foothills, with her ear-to-ear grin.

Will this be the year she brings in a few record-breakers?  While backyard hunting is generally illegal and considered unsophisticated in neighboring Virginia, there are no such restrictions or reservations here in Kentucky or Tennessee, where the hunt is part of the annual Easter pageantry.

It’s open carry there, so if you do travel South, and, say, go to a women’s finery boutique just outside Nashville, you may even see Ashley walking the aisles with her kill around her neck, and a rifle strapped across her back like they always do in Mexico...

Per Pantheon and Big Four edicts, and to keep everything Kosher, Christian super chicks can no longer believe in Christ.  We will make a few exceptions allowing Christ worship under extremely mitigating, traumatic circumstances.  (Don’t worry, Jews are saying goodbye, farewell too, to all but the matzo ball soup, and the gefilte fish.)

As exceptional hardship examples, a Bergdorf Goodmans’ sale was missed, and the only laser-fitted jeans available on this planet are out ot stock.  Or A Night to Remember with Barry Manilow was sold out, even though they camped out in front of Madison Square Garden for weeks in advance in their double-decker, recreational vehicle (including jacuzzi, BBQ pit, polo pony trailer, and sauna with exercise room and track).

Here, we will allow the appropriate Christian sacrifice to calm their nerves: in Spring, it is free range chickens they keep for show; in Summer, it is squirrel road kill hit when they are double the legal limit of intoxication; and in Fall and Winter, their exes are sacrificed, at least Voodoo doll versions of them.

Through their many, many, other-worldly, religious experiences, a few even non-Christian in nature, they have reached Karmic oneness with their enemies, at last they are coplanar with everyone they have taken issue.  This just means they want them dead, and would absolutely love to hire a hitman to do the dirty deed.

The only things getting in the way of this greater glory are various penal codes and criminal sentences, along with a Holy Bible weighing in with its Ten Commandments — one of the few prohibitions we can agree with of theirs...

After Ashley gave her famous Nasty Woman speech, doing her absolute best to point out injustices to her gender, Bill O’Reilly said something exceptionally mean.  He said, “Ashley, you will never work again.”

There are different ways of dealing with transgressors like O’Reilly.  You can forgive him, he is on a cable television show, and outside of that comment, he’s probably a real charmer, a real lady killer.  The New York Times has, in fact, found that he has $13 million in settlements for harassing women.  He is sure a killer.

Now what if Ashley cannot forgive her trangressor, O’Reilly never even apologized to her after all.  At this point, the best you can do is hope that he takes his life by his own hand.

You’ll say, that’s so extreme, where is the Christian forgiveness here?  Christ was apologetics for Roman political excess.  Forgiveness only works for minor infractions with people you know fairly well.  When a stranger goes out of their way to do a number on you, can there really be true forgiveness?

If the trespasser ever gets their act together, and that’s not likely, they can forgive themselves, they don’t need you to let them off the hook, Ashley.  There is no love lost when there was no love in the first place.

People like Bill O’Reilly only deserve the World’s pity and condemnation.  No matter how powerful they have undeservedly become, they are only bad seeds.  He is the leader of a boy’s club show on Fox, on a boy’s club, cable television network.  O’Reilly can only impress and make it with boys, with women he’s hopeless.  The only way he get any is by sexually harassing innocent women who mistakenly thought they could get ahead in the World.  That is, before he ended their dreams.  He sounds awfully queer to me.

There are two kinds of people in this World, those who trespass, and do so regularly, and those who get trespassed upon.  I’d even suggest that you aid the trespasser with taking their life by their own hands, Ashley, by telling O’Reilly and anyone else, that as meanly as he tried to put you down for your compassion, you will take him down for his creepy lack of character...

These are four, fairly typical posts to Ashley’s social media feeds following her Nasty Woman speech, and her subsequent fallout with the Right Wing of the Western Hemisphere:

“Ashley they’re gonna put you in the back ward of a psycho unit and feed you Twizzlers all day.  You’d like that, wouldn’t you?  Your family won’t even visit.  Why?  Because they, like everyone else, hates your stinking guts, that’s why.  Get Satan out of your stinking life, and get Jesus in there.  Bible study every day, it’s the only way.  That and the exorcist.  Go to hell, Ashley...”

“What’s the difference between Ashley Judd and Mengele or Goebbels?  They’re all war criminals but at least the Nazis fought the good fight.  Do you honestly think you’re Miss American?  Not last I checked.  Go back to the Kentucky coal mines where you’re welcome.  Dig some coal for the stockings of the kids who won’t have Christmas now because of you’re stinking selfishness.  You see how this works.  Can you fit this into your pea noggin?...”

“You are the anti christ, Ashley.  You have not only brought shame on the foot hills of Kentucky, but east coast to west coast and overseas as well.  Gandhi lovers at your little UN hate you now, too, Ashley.  Got that?  God only made you to humiliate and try to take it to the good ones.  But none of us is gonna let that happen.  When you get to hell you can look up Patsy Cline.  You have so much in common.  You’re both country music legends — you wish...”

“I’ll never go to one of your movies again.  We’re white Ashley, we’re better than everyone.  True you’re a woman but at least you’re a close second in god’s eyes.  I don’t hate you for being a woman, I hate you for not trying to hide the fact you are — like they do in towel head land.  Do something with that ugly mug of yours.  Cover your face, Ashley.  You act Muslim anyway, whip out the burka.  Don’t you realize that you look like those guys I always see in GQ.  Come on.  Get with the program.  Slut...”

“It’s half time at the Krupp in Downtown Ashland, and we are going to Ask Ashley, the show where Ashley Judd — the world’s biggest University of Kentucky basketball fan, or simply, the world’s biggest basketball fan — answers your deepest, most probing questions about basketball.  First caller, you are live with Ashley Judd.”

“If we’re being blocked inside, and our perimeter shooters shoot over, say, 46%, do I dish to them, or pound inside until their defense weakens, coughs up the ball, etc.?  Or say the perimeter shooters shoot 7%?  How does the strategy change?  Do I have the same players on the hardwood?”

“Well, what do you have, six-foot plus inside?  Then bang the boards inside hard.  Show them no mercy, they’re just pussies anyway.  When you intimidate your opponent, that’s when they turn over the ball.  Next, just dish out to your point guards when your big men need relief.”

“We’re all five-foot-two and shorter...  Hello?  Hello, Ashley?  How tall are you, Ashley?  Ashley?”

“This is NCAA Halftime, with Ask Ashley.  Hey, Ashley, when you post inside, who do you look for?...”

“If we’re on transition and going coast to coast, I look for the power forward to finish it for me.  It also depends how deep my bench is, do we have enough cushion?  Nine times out of ten I do.  We definitely don’t need second string collecting splinters in their rump.  If red shirts are stuck sitting on the bench for half the game, I say they should really be seeing some action.  Agreed?  If my team is tired, I’ll call a time out.  If not, I’ll call a play from the court.

“Right here, this is the perfect time to call a Kentucky Double Penetration Special, assuming we’re not running out of time, and our time management is at least adequate.  If we’re not good with the clock, again I could call a time out, but then you’re eating away your time outs for the final seconds.  One final note, don’t ever get rattled by the clock.  Let it work to your advantage down the stretch.  Whatever you do, don’t get overly intimidated by the second hand.  You’re very big, hopefully virile, young men—”

“This has been Ask Ashley, where Ashley Judd frankly answers your deepest, most probing questions about basketball...”

Ashley loved her time on the Starship Enterprise as Ensign Jenny, Star Fleet Girlfriend.  The crew did as well.  In fact, they would riff on popular Star Trek memes in the Star Fleet craft services.  To quote Ashley: “I’m giving it all I got Jim.  He’s not human, he’s a Vulcan.  Scotty, beam us up.

“Jim, I hardly know you, get your hands off my ass.  I’m not a miracle worker, Jim, I’m only a doctor.  Jim, please, not in the mess hall — the cast will talk.  Well, I kind of feel the same way about you, Jim, but it’s just too soon.  Yes, the costume department made it fit extra tight, shows them off nicely, doesn’t it?  You say I’m cute?  It’s good to get a little appreciation around here.  Really, in the supply closet there’s a bed?  Star Date, March the Fourth, 1967, signing off...”

[Hey, my first libel suit is on the way, because, except for being way cute, Ashley is known to be the opposite of promiscuous...]

Ashley, you know if you find yourself a lot in India for your talks, get them to build you a villa, with a swimming pool.  It gets hot in Calcutta.  Tell your agent (could be me, but we’ll hold off on that for now), if you don’t get a villa — with swimming pool — just forget about anymore speaking engagements.  Air conditioning is non-negotiable, but also get those Horizon pools that have no edge.

I’d make sure it has an obscene number of rooms, start at fifty and work your way down to, say, 35.  Then say you won’t go lower, you started at 50 for Chrissakes, what do they want from you anyway?  Are they daft?  No, 50 to 35, and then you’re out, you’ll start giving speeches in Thailand, because Bangkok is very, very interested.  Is that what they want, an Ashley caliber superstar, super-genius speaker in Thailand, not in Calcutta where she’s known and loved dearly?  Let your Calcutta friends absorb what you’ve just said.

Plus you need a primo ride in Calcutta, Lexuses are for losers, it’s Rolls, or you’re going to Thailand.  Ashley, it’s time to play hardball.  We’re talking a NEW Rolls, not low mileage crap.  Put that in your contract: THE ROLLS MUST BE NEW, NOT LOW-MILEAGE.  And, and, you also like Bentleys and need the two vehicles for comparison purposes.  So, in writing, you say you would like a NEW Bentley and a NEW Rolls.  Plus, a live-in mechanic, although the mechanic has to be a female.  This must also be in writing, Ashley.

It’s very simple: You say I’d like X, Y, and Z, and if they only give you X and Z you’re off on the next flight on Punjab Air to Thailand.  Sign up an in-house chef, a servant essentially, to make Indian stuff, what do they like, pastries with curd?  Again, the in-house chef must be a female, and trained in the finest in Indian cuisine, which may just mean lots of curry in the daily chicken.

But you have to learn to bargain with these people, Ashley.  After a negotiating session, they should be weeping, or you’re not demanding enough.  They’re Indians, they’re all into passive resistance crap.  They think Gandhi is so great?  Can you imagine Mahatma Gandhi taking a hit in the NFL?  They don’t eat, Ashley, they are skeletal; and it’s not because they don’t have food, it’s because it’s in their culture to starve themselves, they enjoy it.

That’s what you need to play on, Ashley, their weaknesses, and for this group, it’s Gandhi-worship.  When you negotiate, get ready to pounce.  Take no prisoners, Ashley, you mean business!!!  WIN!!!  WIN!!!  WIN!!!  Get ’em glassy-eyed in your talks about the value of tolerance, the end of materialism, and all that Mother Teresa nonsense, then you whisk yourself home in your Rolls or your Bentley, whatever you feel like driving that day.

It’s called gaming the system, Ashley, and those Indians are ripe for the picking.  You need to show them who’s boss, you’re the American conqueror, what are they?  Who is known for eating three squares of dirt every day?  See?  You know exactly what I’m talking about — it’s dirt with curry, I bet, too.

And see about dropping the stupid, no-beef-eating rules.  Cows are sacred?  My ass, they need McDonalds everywhere.  When their monsoon season hits, where will they find anything to eat?  That’s right, at McDonalds.  Ashley, speak to McDonalds about accommodating you and your grass-eating friends.  Get Kroc on the phone, and say you want Big Macs in Bangalore...

Our Ashley gave a great, stirring, unusually passionate speech at the Women’s March in Washington.  It was designed to rouse up and galvanize the crowd, and did so extremely effectively.  My only criticism was that it was too effective at inciting hate, hate against herself.  It was not an olive branch to get conversions, she was preaching to the choir.

The trolls were absolutely ready to kill her on her Facebook feed that night.  Even with my deliberate, calm post to her page, they wanted to kill me, too.  Ashley shouldn’t have to tone down her rhetoric, of course, but if she is looking to bring people over to her side, I cannot say she succeeded.

I wonder if she ever worries about giving career ending speeches?  Although it is a given that she has millions of fans, and the ones at her presentations have traveled some distance to watch her deliver.  I would also wonder if she is thinking about speech effectiveness every second she is on stage giving an address, by gauging reactions to detect message penetration...

Ashley brings her pooch, Shugs, with her everywhere she goes for protection, because fame doesn’t entirely agree with all of Hollywood’s starlets.  Jennifer Lawrence, for instance, also has a lap dog she brings with her.  J-Jaw was granted a service dog accomodation exemption at the Oscars, and so it will be attending the ceremony with her this year.  As for my bud, Ashley, I wish I could help Ashley with her, what is it, her fears?  First, I trade in her little Shugs for a Doberman.  Shugs is older, so Ash shouldn’t expect to command top dollar for him.  Anyhow, she needs something that instills fear in everyone.  A dog that will attack on command, or just attack on sight, say if you look funny at Ashley.  This is how you feel safe in the modern world...

Ashley gets more than her share of world class idiots on her Facebook page.  Apparently Ms. Judd thinks she’s ministering to a quarter million reprobates, that she is doing good PR, or that she is coming to the defense of her good name.  Whatever she is thinking, it is not what I am thinking, and that is to see if I can take down these obnoxious losers.

I mean, seriously, see if you can get them to take their own lives.  They are wasting precious food and shelter.  We all know Jesus said: “Forgive them, they know not what they do.”  That’s BS.  They know exactly what they do and they have no intent on stopping what they do.

Jesus’ patter is just BS courtesy of the Roman emperor, Tiberius, who needed to keep the status quo in line, and to keep the bad asses going strong so they can continue to provide their strong arm, policing functions.  If Jesus had anything on the ball he would have said: “Cut off those who won’t get out of the way, because they ruin it for all the peaceniks.  They are a waste of flesh.”

Ashley, use these principles on your Facebook page — clean up Gotham, Dodge, get it in tip-top shape.  Make yourself proud that you winnowed away the flotsam, that the waste products returned to the swamp.  Feel good for once about your online community.  Those who come down on you without cause, do not deserve your respect, understanding, or forgiveness...

Ashley’s mother, Naomi Judd, has recently been treated for severe depression.  Because of her anti-depressant treatment, her face is now so swollen, and puffed up, her doctors have advised her to steer clear of open flame, or otherwise she’ll pop.

Ashley and I have had lengthy discussions (okay, arguments) concerning the course of her Mom’s treatment.  I say she needs to be treated in New York, or at least, North of the Mason-Dixon Line, and she says her Mom’s care in the hill country is just fine.  I try to tell Ashley, being treated by guys in dungarees and crooked teeth, who have a funny, uncontrollable laugh, may not lead to fast recoveries.

Yet Ashley assures me that Dr. Bubba, the treating psychiatrist, has many years fixing stuff like removing splinters, as well as older women with bi-polar.  The argument goes on for hours — no, more truthfully, it goes on for days — yet I cannot make any headway.

Ashley reminds me that growing up in the hills changes your perspective, right down to footwear.  The entire State of Kentucky goes barefoot, and even socks are unavailable Louisville to Lexington.  I leave it at that, beat again by what is inborn, and what should never be...

Ashley Judd has headaches.  Yet don’t we all?  She has taken a medical leave of absence from Berkeley to have a surgical team, the ST, start working on her brain to fix the throbbing.  The Pantheon girls and I are against this brand of invasive medicine, and we’ve been pleading for her to avoid the knife, and the “elective lobotomy” so in favor with headache experts.

The Pantheon girls and myself were discussing this over dinner the other night.  The headaches stem from Act III, second career fears.  The roles have not been rolling in recently, so she’s thinking maybe she’ll make it as a Fox newswoman.  She wouldn’t need journalistic chops, just parade around in micro minis and bend over on cue.  Anyhow, she is getting an advanced graduate degree, well, mostly to kill time before a real juicy part in a movie is presented to her by her agent.

Ashley lives on a thousand acre farm in Kentucky, and the horses have to be fed, the Rolls has to be gassed up, and plus, she can’t spend the rest of her days perfecting competitive fiddle for the State Fair, because her sister, Wynonna, is the one with all the musical talent.  Ash has been searching everywhere for a sugar daddy, but this is Appalachia, so that’s not going to happen.

But Ashley can be a bit stubborn so we will let her entertain the wonders of surgical science.  There, entertained, Ashley, we’ll have no veggies in the Pantheon.  Ashley wanted a skull cap to celebrate the impending lobotomy, so we reluctantly purchased one as a holiday gift.  At least this way she can be identified from a distance out on the Pantheon lawn in her nurse-pushed wheelchair.

Ashley claims the doctor writing her opioid scripts is the most important man in her life.  He is the latest “healer” for whom she has done backflips.  Along with the pill doc, her ST (in an empty office) has been giving her a steady regimen of unpronounceable medications, and now Ashley is not Ashley, she is “mmbaklllklk,” she can no longer remember her name.  Between drooling sessions, Ash claims she no longer has any more headaches, only just before the next dose when she has a monster one.  The Lord save us all...

The Pantheon just got out of another hours-long, emergency, management team meeting addressing the Ashley question.  We’re weaning Miss Ashley away from what may save her very life (while I have been very vocal on this issue, the Big Four at the Pantheon, drooling Ashley excluded, have also stepped forward — Gwynnie, Charli, and Heather).  Elective lobotomies are known to be extremely beneficial in combatting headache, and everything else brain-related.  She will be provided with an ear-affixed, drool tub so what could possibly be the problem?  If the drool tub is not affixed in time for public appearances, we always have the drool cup, and the drool cup wrist-leash so she will never lose her drool cup...

Ashley Judd has been one of our kindest and most thoughtful stars, spending hour upon hour fighting for global peace and social justice.  Well, that star is beginning to fade and tarnish.  She has now hired a censor to remove Facebook posts that are not “positive.”  In other words, if it doesn’t benefit her public relations juggernaut, she does not want to see it, or post it on her Facebook page.

She wants you to spend time crafting good PR for her, but likely she will never see it, and the decision to censor will likely be made by a grad student who doesn’t “get it,” to use Ashley’s own language.  This all stems from abuse she gets, which every star gets, but which she will never deal with again.  Ashley has completely shut out the outside world, can anyone tell her apart from Nora Desmond in Sunset Boulevard?

A primary benefit of her site, is that it was a forum for all kinds of viewpoints.  Now, she only wants happy, positive things said about: her bid to end the World’s Oldest Profession one call girl at a time; her Trumpy, whose pearls of wisdom she feels are always misconstrued; and her latest movies which regardless of their merits deserve “Two thumbs up, way up,” even when they are three hours long and about dolphin rescues.  Welcome to the Ashley Judd World of Pretend...

While Ashley originally identified with Christianity, she gave that up for another form of paganism, Wicca or benevolent witchcraft.  I know what you’re thinking, Ashley is a witch?  Well, my friends, if you have submitted as many unanswered social media posts as I have, you would know the truth, Ashley Judd is indeed a witch, she is Wicca!  She seems inviting, doesn’t she?  Yet Tweet her, or comment on her Facebook posts, and her lack of communication proves she is a witch!  If you tried floating her in a pond in Salem, Mass, she would float, which proves it!!!

I’m not about to start a witch hunt here, because if you check the social media feeds of every starlet in the Pantheon, they are all Wicca — not the benevolent kind, but the kind with the wart on their nose on Halloween — that kind.  What do you think they are doing when they’re not practicing their lines?  That’s right, your first guess, too, they are out there practicing witchcraft.  While their nannies are taking care of their moppets, what else do they have to do?  That’s right again, nothing.

They never reply in social media.  If you asked them how they would characterize the relationship with their fans, haughtily they would give their stock response: “I live as a predator does, like say, a vulture.”  They flash their come hither looks on the Red Carpet, play beach volleyball with the crew (buns improperly exposed, and of course, maneuvering into position so they are in full sight), and show all those home movies of their strip poker tourneys.  Then they go to the office and analyze the click-through metrics on their lifestyle sites.  No one has ever seen such Internet traffic as that generated by Satan’s girls bopping about in yet another of these PR shoots.  It makes these starlets’ lifestyle biz cash register go, “Ka-ching!  Ka-ching!  Ka-ching!”

They are Wiccan, witchy, predators, and it is better you heard that here than from a stranger on a tour bus in Los Angeles claiming they’re sugar and spice and everything nice, because they ain’t, okay?  They prance around the Garden of Evil half naked with gigolos all day, while their kids are at home screaming, “Where’s my Mommy?!  Is she mixed up in another porn shoot?!  Or downing shots at O’Malley’s with Lucifer?!”  To which the nanny replies, “I’m sorry, but Satan has Mommy tied down, er, tied up right now.  Go play with your Legos™.  I need a drink...”

Not even hard-core Ashley Judd fans know this, but she had the recurring role of Ensign Jenny, Star Fleet Girlfriend, on Star Trek: The Next Generation.  Each week she went out with a different, occasionally age-appropriate, Star Fleet officer.  A few dates involved reaching Tier Three mission objectives, but it wasn’t all work.

Most of the time Ensign Jenny, Star Fleet Girlfriend, was the love interest of the Enterprise.  Once, she was even caught in the backseat of a shuttle craft with Captain Picard.  This led to a top-to-bottom, Star Fleet Academy reorg concerning inter-generational dating among commissioned and non-comm officers (although predictably, Captain Picard and Ensign Jenny were exonerated of all wrongdoing).

For whatever reason, the Ensign Jenny, Star Fleet Girlfriend segments were the longest running subplot in any of the Star Trek series.  In fact, there were entire episodes devoted to her character including: Ensign Jenny, Star Fleet Girlfriend, Chooses her Star Man, and Will Anything Ever Get Done with Ensign Jenny on Board?...

While I am incredibly fond of Ashley Judd, she suffers from the disease of Christianity.  I know she needs treatment, and I know there is help available.  Yet she will not seek it out.  There is her urge to put her hands together at the most inopportune times, the urge to kneel before perpendicular pieces of wood.  I so wish she could only get the help she so, so desperately needs, but I am absolutely powerless.  There is nothing I can do to help this woman.  What she needs to understand is that divinity is everywhere around us, not in the ether above us.

I know the progression of this hideous and shameful affliction.  There is Holy Roller behavior, where she rolls on the ground speaking in tongues: “Oh Jesus, the nearer I am to thee, the more I long for your loving touch!  Hear me, Jesus!  Sinner no more I am, my beloved!  Jesus, you were here a moment ago, where have you gone, my dearest!”  I am almost thinking she is beyond any hope of human redemption, that she has given in to the Christian humours, that all is lost for her.

Let us all join together our hands and pray proactively to Creation that someone might intervene on Ashley’s behalf.  Perhaps one of us can contact her beloved Mum, Naomi, so she might intone: “Cut the crap, Ashley!  I only sent you to Sunday School to keep you from getting pregnant!”...

Ms. Judd was at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, and she also marched in a Black Lives Matter demonstration.  She now officially goes by the name, “Everybody’s darling,” and “that super righteous chick.”  Okay, she doesn’t, and she might not like the possessive form when describing herself, but I still think she is a real angel, if not my real angel...

I get the impression, just by looking at Ashley’s social media, that she is forced to defend herself against much more than her share of trolls.  She is a sensitive and gentle woman, and the trolls descend like flies on the ones who think they can get away with crap.  Also, a liberal feminist in the conservative South can be harassed just as Blacks are, and everywhere else.

What even better explains the hatred and contempt directed at Ashley, is that she ran for Senator from Kentucky.  There is not, there has never been, and much more than likely, there never will be a woman Senator from the State of Kentucky.  A woman running for the Senate in the State of Kentucky runs a campaign on streets being more regularly cleaned, but not on women’s reproductive rights, or on repealing the Second Amendment.  They are known for moonshine and inbreeding, not for women Senators.

Ashley does not belong in Kentucky, she has written of concern for neighbors carrying guns.  Long Island is not quite the Garden of Eden, but I don’t have to worry about NRA crazies around here.  (In my social media experience, the more I have worth saying, the less the Right Wing wants to hear it.  Then let us all hold hands and pray for Southern Secession.)

I can understand the abuse she receives as a University of Kentucky booster, that’s entirely understandable, but hate speech for any other reason is actionable.  Go Seawolves!...

One can tell Ashley Judd hails from the South, and not just because of her accent.  Her choice of words is of a poetic vernacular Northerners may never hear.  I love the way this unpretentious Southern belle talks — any North of the Mason-Dixon Line just aren’t able to express themselves the way she can.  She is a daughter of genteel Kentucky, and possesses a certain effortless charm — they know how to raise their girls there, with principles, with class, and with dignity.

Ashley is very active in progressive causes such as Youth AIDS, women and children’s charities, environmental work, and foundations benefiting the Third World.  There are very few who approach Ms. Judd’s generosity of spirit, and depth of character, and she practices all she preaches.  Inside and out, Ashley has an entire wealth of what most women only wish they possessed any of at all.

If you would like to see some great work of hers, where she fully embodies her role, you can see her first film of note, Ruby in Paradise, here in its entirety.  Another showcase of her talents is the drama, Double Jeopardy.

More recently, she has appeared in: an adaptation of an early Blue Ridge Mountain novel entitled Big Stone Gap; the story of a marine rescue called the Dolphin Tale, with long-time co-star Morgan Freeman; and the Divergent saga, concerning a futuristic dystopia where caste is decided in one’s teens.

Because of Ashley’s roots in Kentucky and Tennessee, she is a huge fan of bluegrass music such as what one hears at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, and the Grand Ole Opry.  Follow the link to hear that “high, lonesome sound” brought from the British Isles to Appalachia in the Eighteenth Century — several musicians on strings accompany each other’s melody variations in turn.

Ash has a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University.  She was mulling over a run for U.S. Senator from Kentucky, but was disillusioned with what she and many others perceive as heartlessness in Washington, and the fact that she would be facing the Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell.  Regardless, with her brilliance and her dedication to democratic, progressive principles, Ms. Judd belongs in public, executive office.  Although a House run might get her feet wet before a Senate one.

Ms. Judd is now mulling a run for the Governorship of Kentucky.  Ashley would be the hippest, most poetic governor on record — not to mention the nicest, the most compassionate, and the most well-versed in the issues of the day.

Ashley will be typecast as Betty Anne Natividad in the soon to be released, The World’s Oldest Profession, from the Jesus, Show me the Way Now, inspirational, family-friendly, Southern Bible series.  Betty Anne just left her husband, and to boot, two of her prize pooches, Winky and Tapioca, have run away from home.  So Betty Anne felt it was time to venture into the World for the very first time, and find real meaning in her life.

She packed up her bags, headed West by Greyhound, and embarked on a crusade to end prostitution by killing all the hard-up Johns as they leave their so-called “Church.”  “The Church,” the movie’s narrator states with authority, is John-speak for their favorite house of prostitution.  For Betty Anne’s part, this means patrolling, locked and loaded, the last bastion of legal prostitution, without pimps, outside Las Vegas.  The “penitentiary,” using the patois of these ladies of the night, is where the prostitutes are kept in their “cages,” or working sty.  After Betty Anne kills the Johns, she frees the prostitutes from their cages, and they all ride off into the sunset together, ultimately becoming Wall Street bankers, federal judges, neurosurgeons, and Oscar-winning actresses.

Think Dirty Harry cum Charles Bronson cum Gloria Steinem.  The narrative will also include a side story involving Betty Anne’s alma mater (I know, it’s hard to tell Betty Anne and Ashley apart), and how it centers around basketball instead of education, and how she tithes all her money to b-ball after paying for her food and housing because, as team mascot, she gets meet and greets with big, young, black men, and is supplied booster airfare on an Air B-Ball U jet.  All she has to do for this unlimited private airfare is run out on the parquet at half time, do a few back somersaults, and spin around in circles a dozen times, waving to the crowd.  Ash does acro-yoga, and she was also a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, so this is cake for her — and she does take several Dramamine, for spinning dizziness, before the spotlight turns to her on the hardwood.

Ashley feels this is a story for all ages, so she is hoping for a G rating with cautions in the opening credits about sex, drugs, violence, and misspent educational funds.  The World’s Oldest Profession, coming this Fall to your town, and to a theater near you.  We wish Betty Anne, and for that matter, Ashley, all the luck in the World.  (By the way, Ashley is actually the most well-educated woman in the entire Pantheon, so it is no surprise her head is filled with all these proven, and not-so-proven, ideas to change the World.)

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For all the scandals in which Nikky regularly immerses herself,
we would still like her back in the Pantheon.
Please come home, Nikky,
where you belong, where you are welcome.
Join us, won’t you?  We’ll save you a place at the table.
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Nicole Kidman

The Other Letter’s Pantheon Editorial Review Board has been working on Other Letter HQ’s Guidelines regarding admission to the Other Letter Pantheon.  We all agree that Nicole does not have what it takes to be listed here, mostly because of her association with Etihad Airlines, which discriminates against women stewardesses.

We are having a big end of October blowout in the main OL HQ, where Nikky can plead her case with the staff.  If she wants to stay listed with the Pantheon, so she can get serious PR, then she’ll join us at our monthly jamboree.

This is a quid pro quo.  If she makes nice with the staffers here, we will consider her re-inclusion in the Pantheon.  When she gets to our penthouse offices, she will be given appropriate attire, a g-string and pasties.  Sorry, Nicole, but you really pissed us off about Etihad...

Nicole is set to star with Worldwide Wrestling Federation attraction, Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, in Outback on your Back.  As the story opens, Nicole and the Rock are searching for the next gold mine in Australia, except the Rock steps on a land mine left in Brisbane during World War II.

Nicole must then carry him on her back for the 200 miles to the nearest town, Camp Kangaroo.  She mistakes the sign for that Camp and winds up in Camp Koala Bear, where things really get out of hand.  The Rock gets tired of staring at the ground, and Nicole is tired of carrying someone twice her weight.

To prepare for the role, Nicole will not be following Dwayne’s lead turning down steroids — Dwayne said he tried them once, they did nothing, and you can see exactly what he means.  Instead, Nicole will take as much as her body can withstand.  We cannot wait to see the new, ’roid-head Nicole.  She will be a great example to follow for all those girls out there seeking a rippling, awe-inspiring, muscular physique.

The production company is already seeking product placement from Gold’s Gym, which might be difficult given they are in the Australian outback.  Perhaps a mirage gym scene will do the trick, where they both break into pushups, sit ups, and squats; where more than anything else, even water, they need to bulk up.  With dirty-cheat Nicole mainlining the junk, and Dwayne going the old-fashioned, non-performance-enhancing drug, Sixties NFL way — and if you look at the NFL from then, don’t the offensive linemen all look like the Rock?

Eventually, the burly prospectors fall in love, and have seven kids at Camp Koala Bear.  This is where the movie ends, Nicole rushing all her kids off to school, so the Rock, with a few toes amputated, and her can go gold prospecting, which is their favorite pastime.  There is already Oscar buzz for the leading butch, leading man here.  This carefully marketed, action-adventure/love story/drama/comedy/war movie has something for everyone...

Nicole recently said she doesn’t mind acting in the nude.  In fact, if the script doesn’t call for her to bare her bosom she’ll goad the director to write in some cheesecake.

Paddington, one of her most recent cinematic efforts, is a good example.  While partially animated, and ostensibly for family audiences, she felt there were a few lulls in the action where if she did a striptease it would perk things up immeasurably.  The scenes were actually filmed but were left on the cutting room floor as studio heads couldn’t figure out why she was shimmying in front of Paddington’s adoptive parents.  Studio big wigs also censored Nicole giving oral sex to Paddington the bear much to Nikky’s bewilderment and consternation.

She considered her stripping and sexual performance to be a free speech issue, and was ready to bring her complaint straight to the Supreme Court, but her director himself felt the scene wasn’t intrinsic to the narrative and geared for the family-age target demographic.  Nicole continued: “How is this any different than a live-action, Fritz the Cat?  The director had no rebuttal other than this is how things had to be.

Nikky received a Best Actress nomination for Lion, yet it had no nudity, and of course, we know how that did at the Academy’s ceremony — Nicole came home empty-handed.  The problem there was it was already green-lighted for broadcast on the Disney channel, and they have a strict prohibition on soft core porn going back to Walt Disney.

Big Little Lies gave the public and Nicole ample opportunity to enjoy her set of assets.  Repeats of BLL had double the Nielsen ratings when Nicole shed her duds compared to when she remained fully clothed, as viewers sought out those episodes for second viewing by the millions upon millions.

Trump, wanting to take advantage of a good thing, even asked her to pole dance in the West Wing, but ever the lady, she demurely declined by saying it would have been an honor, except long standing morés regarding adultery prohibit her.  Regardless, she’s a Democrat and pole dancing in a Trump White House would be seen in many circles as crossing party lines...

There are some movies where they need nudity to compensate for, or add strength to, weak parts of the script.  Nicole’s latest, a limited-length, TV series called Big Little Lies, shows her topless, for instance.  The show is what might be called, “TV worth watching,” but to make up for lulls in the action, off comes Nicole’s top.  If you’re interested, somehow her chest looks like that of an eighteen-year-old young woman, or she had a body double, but she has done topless scenes before to great effect.

Yet in her latest Oscar contender, Lion, the viewers are not so fortunate regarding Nicole’s state of undress.  This makes sense as, regrettably, she is not a soft core porn star.

Big Little Lies, while offering compensatory nudity in the form of Ms. Kidman’s boobs; compensates again, but entirely negatively, for how good she looks.  She is beaten by her husband.  The reason, apparently, is to make her relatable and to make everyone feel that Nicole is not better than them, or that even though she is unattainable, who wants her?  She is only damaged goods.  That they wrote Nikky as a pin cushion here likely spoiled it for many...

From the alt-Right file, this time from Australia, comes this absolutely galling libel.  Very much like Trump’s Chief Counsel and publisher, Stephen Bannon’s Breitbart News, this is sewage, forehead-high.  These are bad ass publishers in the Land of Oz that get their kicks from libeling Nicole’s father, who recently died of a heart attack (just Google or Yahoo “Antony Kidman pedophile”).  Some of it is so outrageous, it borders on the hilarious, but it is not meant to be, and after awhile it is just sickening, pinhead-satisfying, fruity evil.  Did you know, for instance, that:

“...the reason why Nicole got so big in hollywood was because her father knew people in high up places in Hollywood and he was supplying the children for the hollywood jewish paedophiles to rape...”

Or that:

“...he [Kidman’s father, Antony] was murdered for his alleged involvement in a Satanic-Pedo ring called the Ninth Circle...”

Or that:

“...Her [Fiona Barrett, elusive loony-toon at large, making these claims reported everywhere in Oz] perpetrators her grandfather, kidman, two former australian prime ministers, a parliament house governor general and a state police commissioner. as with child pedophile rings in the netherlands, europe, canada and the us, the australian pedophile network was said to include police officers, psychiatrists, biochemists, psychologists, actors, writers, politicians, university lecturers and medical doctors...”

Then there’s this descent into twisted, alt-Right insanity:

“...The entire story of EWS is about the Pedo-Ring that was introduced to Hillary and Bill Clinton by none other than the Prince, Charles of the fake-Windsor family...”

Essentially, they’re claiming that liberals are pedophiles, and the pedophile ring includes: “two former australian prime ministers.”.  This is professionally, slickly-produced brainwash, and “alternative facts,” as is Chief Counsel’s Bannon’s publications of hatred.  These are sub-human zeroes who get off in very sick ways...

Nicole has been tapped for the next Mad Max sequel, Mad Max: Let’s Sing for It, Kangaroo!  The director’s need for full authenticity meant having an actual Aussie in the lead of this Oz-situated thriller, natch casting Nicole.

This Mad Max will be the first in the franchise to be a musical, with a few song and dance numbers to keep it livelier than the dreary, Mad Max: Fury Road.  Again, Nicole is the natural choice, especially considering her work in Moulin Rouge.

Studio market research shows that movie goers are chomping at the bit for more musicals, especially after the appetites whet with La-la Land.  So here, the audience has a musical, a thriller, and cheesecake, all in one amazing package — it’s sure to be a winning formula.

The sequel will follow all the prequels as Nicole’s Turbo and company search the desert for water, and this time for non-negotiable gold.  Yet expect more relevance to today in this outing, and a nod to the Bond franchise with the discovery of, and difficulty using, nuclear and DNA modification secrets left behind before the apocalypse.  Most interesting will be watching Nicole hook up a nuclear reactor, and grow corn from parched dirt.

We are sure there will be plenty of cat fights between Nicole and tattooed, bald-headed villainesses, and of shots of Nicole sweating out the omnipresent midday Sun, and rolling in the sand, often down hills into mirages.

A grudge match is sure to be queued up between Charlize’s Fury Road Furiosa in a morality-reversing cameo (she went bad over water greed), and Nicole’s Kangaroo! Turbo.  There is also a subplot slated involving Charlize stealing Nicole’s pet koala bear, which will be symbolic of the passing of the torch, which here represents the title of best-looking woman on Earth.

How is this for method acting via personal experience?  We understand Nicole is learning to drive a semi, 18-wheeler, 10-speed, and learning to fix flats on four-foot-tall, truck tires, on her 917,200-acre ranch in Tennessee, the El Dorito (she has applied for Statehood but not being born in the contiguous 48, and not being connected to Trump, she was denied). 

The song and dance numbers will be loosely patterned after Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweeping down the outback.  Obvious picks for short list of the villain, here known as the Sandman, include Robert De Niro, and Alec Baldwin...

I was hacked by Bill Gates again.  He takes everything nice I say about someone, hacks into Other Letter, and makes them look so, so bad.  The latest hack was against Nicole Kidman.  Bill felt she deserved unkind words about her misperceived political alliances, and we ended up having to talk this out at polo the other Friday in Argentina.

So, dear readers, you would never believe the harsh words Bill had for our Nikky — “Moulin Rouge was sub par, and Eyes Wide Shut was derivative of both Allen and McDonald (I think he meant Ronald, but I had no interest or intention in having him belabor his point).”  Regardless, I extricated my web site reins from Microsoft functionaries, and ta da, we are back up and running.  Sincerest apologies, Nicole, but it is all Bill’s fault.  Ask him...

Other Letter stated earlier that Gwyneth Paltrow is actually three feet, ten inches tall.  Well, Nicole is really six feet, eleven.  She would have joined the Women’s National Basketball Association, the WNBA, as a center or a power forward, but her performance in Eyes Wide Shut was so well received she gave up a promising and lucrative career in professional women’s athletics for the silver screen.

Yet we can still look back at typical game calls from Nikky’s playing days: “Kidman with the block and she goes coast to coast with the easy lay up...  Nikky scrambling on the paint inside, steals, then dunks!  This girl is setting this arena on fire, she is one, big crowd pleaser...  Kidman with the tray from downtown...”  We all miss when Kidman ruled the hardwood...

Nicole’s patent ugliness became a game-changer.  It became okay for an actress to induce both...  Nausea...  And sadness.  Nicole Kidman is our all-time troll.  She gave trolls new depth of meaning and repulsiveness, yet new respectability.  Girls wanted to be trolls just like Nikky...

Nikky has no skin pigment.  If the lighting is right and she’s wearing a bikini you can see her liver, her musculature, and the blood coursing through her veins.  This is why there are so few pictures of her in swimsuits, and why her movie contracts demand that she only be illuminated with soft lighting — she’s translucent.  Nikky is the World’s only Oscar-winning albino.

In fact, her one and only screen test for a fantasy, super-hero role was the stuff of legend.  They rejected her by saying, “We want a fresh-faced Princess Leia, not a pale-faced Bela Lugosi.”  To which Nikky screamed (yet still with her characteristic Brit-Aussie reserve), “Damn you, I am human!” — Cher’s hideously deformed son, Eric Stoltz, said the same thing in Mask.  True story...

One or two bad endorsement deals does not a war criminal make.  Yet read the following and see where you stand.  I mean I wouldn’t kick her out of bed, but I’d sure be tempted.  Is this conduct unbecoming a starlet?  Isn’t the fact that she is pitching the airline from Hell, isn’t that itself a crime against humanity?  Is this an offense so depraved and indifferent to human life that the Pantheon must court-martial?

“Let them eat cake,” is that what you’re saying, Nicole?  You’re saying: let the stewardesses eat their pride?  You have communication issues don’t you, Nikky?  ’Fess up.  Cake substitution almost worked for Marie Antoinette, but I don’t see this working for you.  For one, do the stewardesses like cake, hmm?  We’ll be running through the entire paddle selection until we get you to finally toe the line, until you at last get the beet-red justice you need and deserve.  Other Letter, well, we’re at a membership crossroads, and .

If I may, I have an ax to grind with Ms. Kidman.  She is a spokeswoman, past and present, of Etihad Airlines from the United Arab Emirates.  The American flight attendants union cried most foul, saying that that airline does not offer maternity leave protection (get preggers and you’re done), and what has to be even worse, they keep their air hostesses in “compounds.”  The airline attempted to refute the first claim, yet had nothing to say about the second.  Nicole is a UN Ambassador for Women, so endorsing a sexist business does not at all jibe with any of her seemingly hollow humanitarian ideals and efforts...

Nicole may have responded to the harsh criticism and no longer works for that airline, or she is snuggling up with execs in the Etihad HQ conference room telling stories about the Oscars and why she always wears as skimpy clothing there as possible...

Nikky cannot call her manager and say her fans hate her for promoting misogyny, because they are not her fans anymore.  They are her former fans.  So she can either side with her filthy rich, capitalist pig, terrorist-financing friends in Arabia, or she can stick with any humanitarian ideals she may or may not have left.  Nicole is on her way out of here on these pages anyway, this we can be sure.

This may sound harsh, but if she is ever seen at a Pantheon-sponsored function, she will be given the bum’s rush, and bodily escorted by security guards out of our facilities, and back onto the streets where she belongs.  This is a promise to Nikky, with her crummy attitude; and my fans, who most understandably need justice.  Right now, this is all I can do.  I cannot hand down justice when it is not in my power to do so.  We have the paddle selection at the Pantheon Compound, but this is reserved for internal affairs, we have no jurisdiction over hangers on like Nicole who only stop over uninvited to steal from our buffet, or show some leg and cleavage for drinks...

Nikky is returning onto the endorsement campaign trail.  This time she’s in Shanghai, China shilling Swisse, Australian multi-vitamins (no explanation for the Australian vitamin maker’s association with Switzerland).  Does she actually use these vitamins?  Is it worth it to try to get the Chinese to use Australian multi-vitamins?  After Etihad, how much endorsement booty does Nikky need?  Or is this to cleanse our collective palettes of Etihad’s bad business practices.

Instead, why not promote something good and wholesome with universal appeal like, well, I can’t think of anything, but she should brainstorm and use her imagination.  She’ll think of some consumer product we can fall madly in love with — now that we’ve lost a good deal of interest in her, that is, because of her over-commercialization...

People Magazine recently voted the Kidman-Urban’s the most jealousy-inducing couple on the entire planet.  Just as an aside, Nikky has her back covered in tattoos, mostly of Lucifer, but a few of the McDonalds corporation because she will be doing a few promotional spots for them in the Fall.  Her hubby, Keith?  Yes, the rumors are true, he is actually from another galaxy, but strangely enough he has never revealed which one.  We’ll find out eventually, Keith.  Then there’s all those rumors about no one wearing the pants in their household.  The problem is that Nikky is 100 percent, hot-blooded, gorgeous woman, but she is not ours.  Someone else got there first...

Here is a little known fact: Nicole Kidman is so light-skinned she is actually an albino.  She must always wear colored contact lenses, or else she looks like the wife of Satan.

Nicole Kidman, the captivatingly elegant and classy, red-headed beauty from Australia, is best known for Moulin Rouge!, The Others, and Eyes Wide Shut.  Nicole’s riveting portrayal of Virginia Woolf’s descent into madness earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.  Ms. Kidman again won an Oscar nom for her role of Satine in the musical, Moulin Rouge!  Most recently, in 2011, she was Oscar-nominated for the role of Becca in the drama, Rabbit Hole.

Looking at her work thereafter, it is almost as though a producer was cobbling movies together, needing an exceptionally well-known, well-regarded actress to really bring film-goers in the theater door.  The movie mogul might intone, “I don’t know if we have much here to make anything great, but why don’t we call that gorgeous Oscar-winner from Oz?  The fans are in love with her.”

If you want to see a woman so beautiful in so many ways that she might even bring tears to your eyes, catch Ms. Kidman’s performance in Moulin Rouge.  Nicole is feminine, elegant, graceful, startlingly great-looking, and a master of her acting craft.

This gorgeous, free-spirited dove currently has eleven titles in development.  To me, How to Marry a Millionaire definitely stands out, and she does have the intellect to take this on in a producer’s capacity.

It is more than a little saddening to see the roles Ms. Kidman is saddled with these days.  She is still the radiant beauty she has always been, ever demure, and self-admittedly a tad on the shy side, but she gets parts like this one, looking like the equivalent of a “nurse from a bondage movie’ (NY Times quote) in the kids flick, Paddington.  If Hollywood gave out awards for the biggest sweetheart, Nicole would be the top pick of many.  Her recent roles however, not her keen interpretation, are the kind that only receive Razzies.

Nicole’s difficulty in getting very juicy roles must have to do with her looking like a super-model (or now some might say, a super-model after the catwalk is over).  Her looks have become her liability.  All her roles have, in fact, been ones with hyphenates like: UN interpeter-super model (The Interpreter), psychiatrist-super model (The Invasion), geneticist-super model (Photograph 51), or archaeologist-super model (Queen of the Desert).  There is a simple solution to this of course, just have Ms. Kidman play a super-model (for the roles listed, the viewer assumes she was a super-model before she was a: UN interpreter, psychiatrist, geneticist, and anthropologist).  Either that, or get the recognizance issue out of the way as well by shaving her head bald, as they did to Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road.

Nicole strikes one as unusually maternal, she does have four kids, two adopted ones from her previous marriage with Tom Cruise.  Nicole has never mentioned why Tom filed for divorce, although she still loves him.  Tom Cruise is a devout scientologist by the way, and Nicole wouldn’t raise their kids as such.  More recently, her 22-year-old daughter, a devout Scientologist as well, was married without her parents, Tom and Nicole, there to wish her well.  Kids these days (especially the ones who belong to Scientology) go figure.  We are glad that Xenu popped his (?) head in from the Galactic Confederacy to say “Hi.”

For Nicole’s Scientology kin, the approaching Holidays means daily prayer for the return of Xenu, their sci-fi god (goddess?)  Nicole showed off the official issue, holiday greeting cards from her estranged Scientologist children.  Her favorite has a picture of frozen-smile, Mr. Cruise and Mr. Travolta, photo-shopped beside a popular depiction of Xenu with the inscription: “We are ‘clear’ for whatever comes our way this holiday season.  Most fond.”

While Nikky has nothing but the deepest respect and admiration for Scientology, she yearned for someone with somehow more traditional values the next go round, ones slighter closer to her own, and found them in a John 3:16, religious worshipper.  To that end, her children will be instilled with the fire and brimstone, Book of Genesis values so revered by the recently disenfranchised of Scientology, especially the families (and law enforcement officials) who found its methods too all-encompassing, and perhaps, even a bit on the invasive side.

Ms. Kidman will be finishing two and a half months of theatrical performances on London’s West End this Saturday, November 21st.  She is playing pioneering DNA researcher, Rosalind Franklin, in the well-regarded premiere of Photograph 51.  So if you hurry and hop aboard a jumbo-jet, you’ll still have until the end of the week to catch her, although ticket sales have been understandably very brisk.

Naomi Watts is her bff from high school, and also from the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Victoria.  Nicole has claimed that she tends to be rather shy, although this has diminished over time.  Given all she has going in her favor — looks, charm, and smarts — how might this social unease ever take root?...

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Jennifer Connelly

(Still of Jennifer Connelly in Mulholland Falls
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
© 1996 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.
All Rights Reserved.
My point is that the star here is a bombshell,
now is different, bocce balls be damned.)


Okay, this is the deal.  If you want a busty mega-Hollywood-star, you are out of luck.  Well, if you are over thirty years of age you are.  If you are younger, you may find a few with racks before they are reduced, because soon the disappointment in their figures will be much like the disappointment in a Christmas, Ramadan, or Hanukkah toy that broke straight out of the box.

Maggie, Jenny, Penelope, maybe Heather (we need full visual confirmation first), Kirsten (okay, early reports were inaccurate, she’s keeping hers — bravo!), they are all looking forward to miniaturizing them so they may pursue careers as gymnasts.  GOD HELP US ALL!!!

Susan Sarandon needs to talk some sense into these girls.  Perhaps Ms. Sarandon could offer a lecture series on keeping them over-sized — even have the series televised live on broadcast and/or cable networks.  Then why not arrange a pay-per-view pricing structure, and give it a mature rating so Susan can show off hers?

I have a theory on what is going on here.  UCLA medical students, to drum up support for a new plastic surgery center, are going around door-to-door in Beverly Hills attired in medical scrubs.  They ask if the woman of the house is available for a quick consultation,  They show a photo of the chest of a ninety-year-old woman and of an eighteen-year-old, and they say this is before and after the boobs reduction surgery.

They suck them in that way.  I don’t have proof yet, but just like at the Nuremburg Trials, soon I will have all the proof that I need...

Women are under the false assumption that their boobs can be miniatarized anyway they see fit — that they can go light, go bouncy, or go gymnast.  Not true, boobs reduction is not their perogative, it never was.  Who paid for their super-stardom with ticket after ticket to all their movies?  That’s right, you and me.  We decide, not them.  Who do they think they are anyway?...

The following may be seen as being in exceptionally poor taste, but I still think this is a valid point to be making: If you have big boobs, keep them, don’t have them reduced.  If a significant portion of your appeal is your physical apperance, why compromise it?  Sue me, Jenny C. — and you probably will.  We will battle it out in court, and the World will finally understand your position, because I sure as Hell don’t...

(This is a battle in my brain when I push the envelope further than society at large might allow.  Either Jenny C. read this and hated it, or she never read it, and never will.  Who knows?  I sure as Hell don’t...)

We all have the age old debate — did Scarlett get reduction work?  Your draw as a Hollywood actress, if you have them for show, is mostly your boobs.  Any third grader can recite nonsense, today’s actress needs to show us all she’s got.  Getting reduction work done cuts into the bottom line, they lose talent representation, they can only get the matron or cleaning woman roles, ask Jenny C.

Okay they are not part of her draw as a starlet, they are her draw.  Her entire world collapsed once she lost those cup sizes.  Remember the tragedy of Jenny C, Scarlett J.  I’m not shameless.  I’m not.  I’m just a realist with an acute business acumen.

See, Scarlett thinks: “I’ll go sporty and lightweight with reduction work.  I want to see what it is like to jog, play tennis, do gymnastics, or shoot a round a golf with less than an 80 handicap.  I want to know what it feels like to not have stretch marks halfway down my torso, or to not be too top-heavy to swim (in fact, women bigger than a D-cup seriously risk drowning in waters above their waist).  I need to see what it’s like to not put padded bandaging on my shoulders to prevent bra strap cutting, to not carry bocce balls everywhere in front of me, ruining my back and posture, and making me look like the hunchback of Notre Dame.”

Except it doesn’t work that way, Scarlett.  She simply has no clue what motivates the movie-going connoisseur of women.  Once they expect a certain cup size, if the audience doesn’t get the boobs they want, they walk right out of the theater.  We’ve all seen it.

It’s all built on expectations.  Have a cup size, deliver on that cup size.  That’s all there is to it.  Jenny C should have known better.  There is no live and learn, that cup size is history.  For shame, Jenny C, lower your head in shame.

This is a cautionary tale for not only Scarlett, but for Maggie, Kirsten, and Amanda — all the girls who might be thinking the weight of their chest is too much of a burden to bear.  I’m not going to just sit back and watch their careers go down the tubes, I can’t.  In fact, their friends at Other Letter will be mounting a Save their Boobs Campaign.  To join, blanket, pepper, no harass and troll their social media accounts with soon-to-be-welcome, “Save those Boobs, please, we need them,” Tweets.  If we get enough of a , we will notify their studios.  At some point, they must see the light.

In a world where everything has just turned to crap, where there is endless compromise from Washington right down to Main Street, can’t starlets keep the size of their boobs the same?  We don’t ask for much.  We lost Jenny C to the plastic surgeon, how many more, how many more?...

Jenny C and her husband were seen, where else? — but in the south of France with moppets in tow.  Now this site does not ever engage in idle gossip.  That would be repugnant.  I wonder what the basis of their relationship could be when hubby goes for preppy and Jennifer’s a bit of a hippie.  One tell tale sign that Ms. Connelly is looking for greener pastures is the ring necklace.  That could only mean one thing.  Jennifer is looking for love on her side of the fence.  My break up prognostications bat one thousand, by the way.  But what screenwriter has the time for idle, Hollywood gossip?

I’ll just add one more bit to this brilliant exposé.  She used to be fuller in the bust than she is now.  Doesn’t science prove that age increases their size?  Did she get work done?  Why didn’t she try to clear this first with her fans, with say a Facebook poll?  Aren’t they the ones ultimately putting bread on her table?  I’ll tell Jennifer right now we would have voted down her reduction sans prospectus.

Did casting agents notice the top work and send her packing into the dark Hollywood night without letting her read for all those vital super-hero, love interest roles?  Were those given to Christina Hendricks instead?  Except when that super-hero eye candy has to jog after a villain, a stunt double must be called onto the set.  A nation has many questions needing many answers, Jennifer...

For her supporting role as Alicia Nash in Ron Howard’s A Beautiful Mind, Jennifer Connelly received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award.  Besides her Oscar-winning performance, she’s known for He’s just not that into You, she was the best part of Rocketeer — lighting up the screen, and stealing every scene, she was that good in this — and in 2014, she co-starred with Russell Crowe again in the Biblical saga Noah.

The problem with Rocketeer though, was that it had all this stuff about rockets, when it should have just been about Jenny C smiling, and making conversation with everyone.  They hardly know how to create fine, engrossing cinema anymore.

Ms. Connelly — along with her trademark, playful, coy, knowing, or devilish half-smile, as well as her brunette hair and green eyes, her buxom figure, and her deep, sultry voice — has appeared in 41 films.  In 2005, Amnesty International named Ms. Connelly an Ambassador for Human Rights Education. She has been a Revlon cosmetics cover model, and in addition, was a child model.  Periodicals such as Time, Vanity Fair, Esquire, as well as the Los Angeles Times have all included her on their lists of the world’s most beautiful women.

In Career Opportunities, Jennifer portrays an unusually intuitive, young woman, who is beset with issues at home, and doesn’t quite know what to do with her life, until she is trapped overnight with a janitor at a department store.  One can easily see her overwhelming sex appeal and femininity in yet another, understated, never-recognized, and grossly under-rated performance.  It is just a treat to watch her in this film, and this is so early in her career.

I would have to think she did all her own roller-skating in this clip, partly because it would have to be so difficult to find that voluptuous of a body double for Jennifer, and partly because in the shots where it is obviously her doing the skating, she is doing it very well.

The hope here is that Ms. Connelly will play Melissa Fletcher, the leading lady in my fifth screenplay, the new romantic dramedy, Lone Star Resistance.  The role calls for a very ambitious Texan, yet one never unfeeling, who is a middle manager tasked with job responsibilities that are now becoming too distasteful to stomach, especially considering her impeccable moral compass.

Most recently, Jennifer took on the role of Hannah in Shelter, a romance about two homeless people who need each other to get back on their feet.  This Oscar-winner does not shy away from the hard-hitting dramas.  Shelter reminds one of her role as a desperate drug addict in Requiem for a Dream opposite other hard-core chemically dependent users, overwhelmed by the power of their addictions.

Next up, Jennifer goes back to her bread and butter, joining the mainstream ranks once more to play a night shift manager’s meteoric rise to day shift in McDonalds, the Movie.  Pitted opposite villains Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson of corporate-booster, Google, the Movie fame, Ms. Connelly realizes that both in this movie and in real life, job prospects can be slim pickings for a woman over forty years of age, even for a World-class actress of incomparable beauty.

Ms. Connelly will be doing a twenty-eight city tour to promote the movie by appearing at the movie’s namesake, McDonalds restaurants.  Hands full, hear her as she yells, “We’re looking at noontime, and I still don’t see any Heirloom, double BigMacs in the hopper ... I can’t keep being go to on fries — where’s Ronald?  Has anyone seen Ronald? ... What do you mean he’s called in sick?  I just saw him ...”  While her fans see this gig as demeaning, Jennifer and her manager claim that at least the costumes are nicer than they were promoting Noah.

Ms. Connelly studied English at Yale University, transferring to Stanford, and completing her degree in Drama there.  Not many know this, but growing up in the Catskills of Upstate New York, Jennifer was nick-named “The Mountain Cat.”

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Heather Graham

(Still from NBC’s True Crime; Menendez Brothers, 2017
— some actor guy with her was photoshopped away
Heather looks better than ever,
we suspect nutritional supplements)

Heather Graham

Heather has signed to do promos with online gambling meccas, Foxycasino.com and Foxybingo.com.  You might say, “Why doesn’t she plug more wholesome products?” but once an actress passes forty years of age, she will take most any part her agent sends her way.

Past forty, a Hollywood actress is permanently in comeback mode.  She will do anything to kick start her career, even by shilling crap like public health risks, and hurtful, environmentally unfriendly, or addictive products.  They must think their careers are over, so they need to take advantage of any sex appeal they have left.

So up next, we will be sure to see Heather hawk: Jack Daniels, Hitler-fave Mercedes Benz, and McDonalds — who are introducing a new food substitute menu, which not so surprisingly, is much like their old menu.  (McDonalds, by the way, is now hawking their franchisees as first job experiences.  It must be tough to get potential customers enthusiastic about Big Mac suet.)

She won’t be shilling nutrition-free Coca-Cola, because Taylor Swift is already on board there (all kidding aside, Ms. Swift is a Coca-Cola rep, she may feel it is better to get hooked on caffeine and sugar at an early age, then suds).  Heather also auditioned for the part of the Marlboro cigarette cowgirl, but wardrobe couldn’t find a vest that would fit her.

The Foxy product line also includes: Foxy-oxycontin, so Heather will be entering the opioid marketing space, as well as Foxy-Microsoft, where she will attempt to convince America that the Windows operating system CD does not belong at the bottom of every landfill.

If you had a product that was bad for mankind, wouldn’t you want a wholesome, gorgeous starlet to be saying how important it was to humanity, or at least important to your every day?  Especially one whose looks are fading much like the setting sun, and who in ten years, everyone knows, will be indistinguishable from over-sized prunes...

All of the Pantheon has been doing well recently, with many enjoying a very successful Second Act.  Heather is a great example having just been cast in Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders.  Heather will be playing Judalon Smyth, who is a sexy yet emotionally fragile woman who is having an affair.

Having been Heather’s drama coach for many, many years, I know exactly how Heather should approach playing this role.  First, now this may sound unorthodox, I ask her to remove all her clothing.  This is how best to be the most expressive, even though the role is not technically soft-core porn, although aren’t all actresses’ roles really meant to be performed in the nude?

Heather eagerly obeys, she has no choice, I am her teacher, she is my student.  Then I ask her to reach skyward, imagining that she is a flying goddess.  Then I check to make sure that her body is firm enough for various camera angles.

Next, I prepare her for the method acting in playing a woman about to go off the deep end.  I ask Heather, “Have you ever found yourself in a compromising sexual situation?” Heather answers, “Of course, this is what it is to be a woman.”

I say, “Very good, because you will be drawing on that experience here.  Just relax, and I will stand in for your leading man by walking you through all the sex scenes...”  And we proceed with the lesson for the rest of the weekend.  Heather, of course, is so grateful and thanks me profusely for the masterful acting lessons.  Then she shows her appreciation during our undressed rehearsal, sex scenes, putting out an unforgettable, Oscar-worthy performance...

We’ve just had a boobs scare with Heather.  There was long and concerted debate around the office as to whether or not she had reduction work done.  We are still not entirely certain, but after we analyzed photographic evidence from today, at 45 years old, and then in her twenties, we came to the conclusion that they appear to be untouched by surgical science.  This is typically where my office breaks into prayer groups emphasizing our gratitude to all of Creation...

As your Big Four manager (Gwynnie, Ashley, and Charli round out the set), I need you, Heather, to get down to Coachella.  Screw the music, it’s just clashing garbage can lids run through synthesizers anyway.

We’re looking to get in paparazzi pix.  Just act all goofy, tipsy even, we want “dumb blonde” here — think new-age Marilyn Monroe — do you have that in you, Heather?  Sport your mini skirts and ample bosom, offer the photogs close ups of them.  You don’t have to flash your boobs per se, although that would create a giant buzz around the Coachella compound.

Kiss, and put your arms around, any other Pantheon girls you see.  That’ll draw crowds.  I’m not sure if any other Pantheon girls will be there though, the whole lot of them is aging fast.  I understand that due to a lifetime of doing tons of Molly at raves (one trip in particular did a huge number on her self-confidence), Gwynnie can no longer remember her name, and her kids don’t recognize her anymore, often mistaking her for the in-house cleaning lady...

We have sad news to report: Heather found another man.  I know what you’re thinking, you provide them with everything they could possibly want, and they still leave.  Did she stop to think about every amenity that the mountain-top Pantheon, now effectively a city, has to offer the modern Hollywood actress?

Horizon pools overlooking the two-mile-deep Other Canyon in every residence suite (not rivaling the Grand Canyon, far surpassing it).  You can hop into your parachute in your stowage unit; leap outside your terrace door after breakfast; and the canyon floor shuttle will get you home in time for lunch.  These free fall excursions will be led in-house by our very own Ashley Judd, an accomplished expert at extreme sports of every kind.  Be they rank amateurs, or polished cliff divers, Ashley will be sure to get these Pantheon adventurers home in one piece.

If that sounds a bit too adventurous, the Pantheon sports three dozen tennis courts with night lighting, and a Ben Hogan-designed golf course that even LPGA pros have found challenging.  We have Three-Star Michelin™ meals served every day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and there is the Pantheon’s unrivaled nightlife at Club Other.

There are refresher courses in acting, in languages, and even in lovemaking, because these girls are on the set for months, sometimes even years at a time.  The lovemaking courses are offered by young woman who only seek face time with our starlets, and so are willing to offer all sexual favors for free.  While this is generally kept a secret, some here feel they’d like to keep their lives transparent so no one gets too nosy trying to find out what is already well-established in certain circles.

Ms. Graham is turning this all down, so we convened an Other Review Board.  We now know why Heather left.  She has signed on with Satan.  This is the truth, she now answers to the underground, red-eyed, trident-carrying guy.  How else can her behavior be explained, and what else can you do?  Her penalty for leaving the Pantheon would be so severe at this point, there really is no point in setting up a masochism regimen.  No spreader bars, ball gags, it is far too late.  We considered solitary confinement for Heather, but her Satan nuttiness would only become plain old nuttiness.

An Other Review Board has already assigned Kirsten Dunst as backup.  Kirsten brings to the plate voluptuousness like Heather, but without all of Heather’s darkness — because of lifelong objectification, Ms. Graham, and those looking as she does, do not seem to be the type that are all so high on life.  We won’t miss her insistence on non-shared beds.  Nonetheless, we wish Heather all the best with her new boy toy...

Heather is in production with a straight-to-video, new feature entitled, I Feel so Stupid Now.  She plays a 46-year-old actress whose prospects have diminished because of ageism in fickle Hollywood.  She leaves the comfort of a loose collective of her fellow actresses known as the “The Pantheon” in favor of a dalliance with a producer/sugar daddy/Trump-acolyte.

In no time at all, Heather is wined and dined, then whisked to her sugar daddy’s mountain-top lair where she is trafficked as a sexual slave to Arab princesses and kings, and a few princesses as well who heard great things about Heather and decided to see if she is worth all the fuss of regular alpine shuttle (they all agree she is worth the trip from anywhere).

At first she enjoys the work, the job even provides knee pads.  What Heather likes most is that her trafficker is a big name in Hollywood and her hope is that this might add to his esteem for her.  Except for a few princesses from exceptional lineage, the hours and the brutal clientele make it pure torture.  Heather can only dream of the days topless out on the veranda back at the Pantheon.

Back at the Pantheon, they are heartbroken, especially the Gwynnie Doppelgänger, who was especially attached to her bosom-buddy Heather...

Heather was recently seen with Gwynnie’s ex on the beach, unescorted, and outside the Pantheon perimeter.  We know nothing further.  For instance, was this a chance encounter?  Was a clandestine, Pantheon-illegal, tryst arranged?  I checked downstairs at Corporate HQ Records, and Heather never even filed the necessary paperwork to have this get together take place.  I doubt it would be approved anyway, but as those in law enforcement are quick to relate, paper shuffling is two thirds of the law.

What does this all mean?  Well, it means a few of the girls and I will be reviewing the paddle selection for proper punishment.  I personally prefer the Tush Blusher™ but I know the rest of the squad will want in on the action, as they have their own favorites in these kinds of emergencies.  We usually don’t like leaving marks or any other evidence from corporal punishment, but given the level of this offense who can honestly say what will be required to get Heather to toe the line around here?  This is what Heather exposes herself to (her rear) for egregious chit-chat with non-approved parties...

Heather Graham is very well known as a sex symbol, one evocative of Fifties, buxom blond bombshells, and even of a gorgeously-proportioned Barbie Doll brought to life (to be perfectly blunt, how did Heather survive gym class in high school?)  Yet she has also done early work in very serious films including Boogie Nights, Drugstore Cowboy, and Six Degrees of Separation.

Boogie Nights was her breakthrough role.  In this, she played Roller Girl, a young woman who always went around in roller skates, and would perform loveless, sexual favors at the drop of a hat.  In Drugstore Cowboy, she played Nadine, a drug addict traveling around the Pacific Northwest robbing drugstores with her like-minded gang.

She has also been in quality popcorn movies such as Bowfinger, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, and The Hangover: Search for the Cure.  Her slew of TV credits include: Californication, Growing Pains, Twin Peaks, Arrested Development, Scrubs, and most recently, the TV movies, Flowers in the Attic, and Petals on the Wind.  These last two are a partly autobiographical adaptation of a novel relating how a financially desperate widow leaves her kids with her religiously fanatical mother, who then keeps them locked in her Milwaukee attic.

As she finds sexual roles fascinating, Ms. Graham has played porn stars, a sex kitten, a porn director, a prostitute, and a stripper.  With her performances, she hopes that women ultimately have a healthier, less conflicted sexuality.  Ms. Graham feels that women, or more often mothers, are supposed to be pure and wholesome on the one hand, and yet never indulge any wanton sexual passion on the other.  Heather’s hope is that by seeing her films, their messages will help change the way repressed women feel about sex.

One of the most gorgeous women on the planet is in production with her latest work, a sex comedy entitled Half Magic.  What sets this apart from any of her other work is that she is not only acting the lead, but she also wrote the script, and she’s directing it as well.  This woman never ceases to amaze us.

Heather is backing efforts to stop sex traffickers in Cambodia and elsewhere, as well as supporting an end to climate change.  Like the Beatles, this progressive thinker is also an avid practitioner of Transcendental Meditation.  At every awards ceremony and charity dinner that Heather attends, she is definitely one of the most, if not the most, tastefully and attractively dressed.

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Uma Thurman

(Still from Pulp Fiction © Miramax)

Uma Thurman

Uma Thurman’s Pulp Fiction portrayal of a moll won her an Oscar nomination.  At the same time, the film established her as the muse of Quentin Tarantino, the film’s famous director now best known for relying on incredible visceral sequences.  Uma went on to receive Golden Globe nominations for that cinema classic, then for Kill Bill Volume I and Kill Bill Volume II, and took home the Globe for Hysterical Blindness.

The latter is the story of how a few women in 1980’s New Jersey go looking for love in the bar scene, and ultimately find that their friendship is what truly matters most.  In the Kill Bill series, Uma plays Beatrix Kiddo, a woman introduced as a bride covered in blood, who is later out for revenge against the killer of her ex-lover.  Ms. Thurman spent three months learning martial arts for the part.

In a 2003 Time magazine piece, Tarantino professed his admiration for his favorite actress, putting her right “up there with Garbo and Dietrich in goddess territory.”  To date, U, as she is often called, has 51 acting film credits to her name.

Partly because of Uma’s obvious great looks, and partly because of her commanding stage presence — being a five-foot-eleven glamazon cannot hurt — Lancôme and Louis Vuitton retained this part-Swede’s services as a spokeswoman.  The Government of France has also knighted her for her achievements in the Arts and Literature.

Uma grew up in Boston, although she did spend a good deal of time in India.  Her father, Robert Thurman, is an Ivy League, Buddhist academic who brought the family to the Himalayas on occasion.  The Dalai Lama was a very good friend of her Dad, and Mr. Thurman once brought the religious leader home.  Nena von Schlebrügge, Uma’s Mom, was briefly married to Timothy Leary, the one-time, Sixties psychedelia pioneer.  ‘Uma’ is an alternate name of a Hindu goddess, and it means ‘light.’

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Amy Adams

(Still from American Hustle
Francois Duhamel | © 2013 Annapurna Productions LLC)
This is the scene where she is the visiting,
adjunct professor of astrophysics at MIT, and she tells her class
to withhold judgment at what she claims is the new dress code.

Amy Adams

It has often been said that a man who criticizes a woman’s weight has a death wish.  Yet I am concerned — frankly, I am much more than concerned — about a Pantheon actress.  Amy looks significantly heavier than she has in the past.  Maybe she is only hormonal, but if you see a recent photo, you would doubt this.  Did her marriage tank, did her kid have to take remedial French (who hasn’t been there?)

Please, if you live in Amy’s neighborhood, and can assist her: walk her dog, get her car washed, reshingle her roof, read lines opposite her for her latest, referee fights with her significant others, or make her a nutritious breakfast, please do so.  I have done my part in alerting the Universe (and so am now a target for all of Hollywood).

Now it is up to you, Amy’s friends, family, and neighbors, to pick up the slack, and get Amy back in fine fettle.  For key roles, Hollywood actresses have been known to lose sixty pounds in two weeks, but still, starvation diets leave stretch marks, and Amy, we don’t need you looking like a prune...

Amy is not a natural redhead, she is actually a blonde.  The same goes for Emma Stone.  Tragically, and with no sense of remorse, both have been pulling the wool over our eyes for years, make that decades.  They whisper Hollywood has no soul, that it’s all fake, well, now we know the rumors are all true.  Virginia, there is no Santa Claus, okay?

Nicole Kidman is an actual redhead.  For those keeping score at home: Charlize Theron is a blonde, Gwyneth Paltrow is, too.  Unless we get anymore shocking news, like we did with Amy and Emma, Lindsay Lohan is also a redhead.  Kim Kardashia was originally a blond (see Taylor Swift section for explanation).

Amy said that once her ’do went ginger, she started getting all the feisty, quirky, fun roles.  When she was a blonde, she got roles playing stuck-up bimbos.  By the way, if you read about a hair color fraud of which most are unaware, or better, notice one yourself; please drop us a line at the ...

Just like Ashley Judd, Amy Adams has credited the guy said to be hanging by his wrists two-thousand-years ago for all of her success.  Both tithe at least fifty percent of their salary to Pope Francis, either by dropping million dollar checks when the hat goes ’round at the daily services they attend, or during their annual audience with the Pope.  Depending how that goes, they decide if Francis gets one, five, or ten million dollars.

In the Vatican, each of them have gardens of reflection named after them with appropriately blessed, Holy water fountains.  The fountains include life-size, true-to-life, nude marble figurines of the starlets in contemplative, religious poses (although some have said the poses are much more suggestive than contemplative or religious).  Amy’s statue is entitled Amy Bathing Girlfriend at the Eden Pools, while Ashley’s is called Ashley enjoying Young Woman.

Both statuary get millions of parishioners on pilgrimages every year, and are included in many, premium Vatican tour packages, but these are extremely popular, so book well in advance...

Here’s a little known fact.  Just like Gwynnie Paltrow, Amy is only three foot, ten inches tall.  Shh, we don’t want her secret to get too far away from her.  People don’t notice because image in Hollywood is only a matter of camera angles and the proper lighting.  They are both co-chairs of Hollywood’s Mighty Midgets for Height Tolerance.  They both regularly appear at major charity events to raise awareness of their “crippling tinyness,” and where, donning football helmets and padding, they are celebrated for what they are in dwarf-tossing competitions...

Surprisingly, Amy Adams has a tramp stamp the size of a football on her lower back.  In fact, she has two of them, both in celebration of the Hells Angels of which she has signed on as a lifetime club member.  Before Amy turned to acting, she was a biker chick.  Then at the insistence of her biker boyfriend, she became a trucker hooker where her street name was the “Red Menace.”  When asked about the tattoos, and her lifestyle back in the day, Amy had this to say:

“Hey, man, c’mon, we’re all on our own groovy, little trip.  I’m responsible for my head trip, and you’re responsible for yours.  And I’ll tell you what this world needs, it’s a bit less buzz kill.  Capeche? — you think maybe just a bit?  We need more good times flyin’ down the interstate on our hogs at a hundred miles per with the wind in our hair.  And less of that nasty buzz kill.  Get it?  Got it?  Good.”  [To the student of dialects and linguistics, Amy borrows from Detroit Street Gab, Lower East Side Mob Hustle, and a rare version of High School Wasteland.  Of course, this reflects her hardscrabble upbringing as a street urchin.]

That’s the irrepressible Amy Adams, or “Ten-buck Amy,” as she was known when she worked the I-95, snowbird corridor on her Harley from Bangor, Maine to Sarasota Springs, Florida...

We have sad news to report, Amy Adams has gotten married.  Sure, this is great news for her, but for those waiting in the wings it is a time to cut our losses and move on to greener pastures.  Our only hope is that her marriage lasts forever, or at least a few months, enough time for her to understand how fickle the human heart is, and how faulty its judgment can be...

Amy was recently a presenter on the Golden Globes.  That woman is such a charmer, soft-spoken, and demure.  What’s more, most women have lost their looks past forty, but she looks as attractive as ever.  Sigh.

Ms. Adams has been typecast as a princess, although considering her humble roots, this is far from the truth.  Amy was an Army brat traveling from base to base until the age of eight.  Her parents instilled in her an almost all-pervading faith that still guides her to this day.  Amy is a complete sweetheart whose wholesomeness — depending on whether or not you spend Sunday mornings in a spired building — is almost uncanny.

This explains why she worked at Hooters.  In retrospect, she said that while Hootering, as it is known, she quickly learned that short shorts and beer must keep their distance.  After she resigned herself to the fact that she would never be a prima ballerina, she joined a dinner theater troupe in Minnesota for three years (that alone is the makings of a bio pic).  She still looks back fondly on the camaraderie and togetherness there.

Amy Adams’ first of five Oscar nominations was in the year 2005 — surprisingly enough, she has yet to bring the little guy home with her.  She has appeared opposite Clint Eastwood in Trouble with the Curve, and in Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can with Leonardo DeCaprio.  This particular role offered her proof she could hold her own with the most talented of actors.

Working on her role in Junebug convinced her that acting was her calling.  She has been praised for her range within a role, and between them.  Enchanted, the story of a fairytale princess banished to New York City, was a huge commercial and critical success, with what critics called Ms. Adams breakthrough role.  She played a nun in Doubt, beside Meryl Streep, Viola Davis, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.  In 2013, Amy played a hustler in American Hustle.  Both Ms. Adams and her vehicle were nominated for Academy Awards.

In 2013’s Man of Steel, Amy played reporter Lois Lane, the love interest of Superman.  Also in the cast were Diane Lane, cosmetically aged to play Superman’s mother, Russell Crowe as the Man of Steel’s natural father, Kevin Costner as Superman’s adoptive Dad, and Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Lois’ editor at the Daily Planet.  While abetted with this stellar cast, the script of this installment of the franchise was noticeably lackluster, as the characters lacked any real depth.  Amy’s performance was a joy to watch as per the usual, but there was no engaging, relatable dynamic pitting good versus evil.

Despite Ms. Adams’ classy femininity, down-home integrity, modesty, sincerity, and grace, she has claimed to be shy in large groups.  Because of her great looks, talents, and intellect, one would wonder why she doesn’t realize that she is held in such great esteem.  In this regard, and given her auburn mane, she reminds one of Nicole Kidman.

With the Sony email hack, it was learned that Amy and Jennifer Lawrence were given two fewer percentage points of the back end, post-expenses, gate receipts from American Hustle than their male counterparts, one of whom is a virtual unknown.  This amounts to $4 million that is not hers because of gender bias that I would have to think would be very difficult to refute by Sony in a court of law ($250M gate - $50M budget * 2% ‘gross points’ difference between the good ol’ boys and Amy).  Salary discrimination and employment bias based on gender is a very serious crime, but remember that back here in the States, any crime with a gender or race component is given the “nudge, nudge, wink, wink,” once-over.  These crimes do not matter, because if you are not a white male with money or authority, you do not matter.  Just after the announcement of the Sony salary leak, Amy was seen twirling a bird feather at a press conference for a different movie from another studio.  I would have to imagine that the feather temporarily placated the desire to throw chairs.

Ms. Adams guest-hosted Saturday Night Live a few nights after the devastating news from Sony, and carried the non-Sweeps-month show anyhow.  Surprisingly, Amy has a beautiful, operatic-quality singing voice, and not so surprisingly, she has very sexy dancing moves.  The last sketch involving two runners of a kitten shelter was the warmest, and the most natural that night, and I thought the best, part for Ms. Adams to play.

The Today Show, an NBC/Comcast crummiest cable production (does NBC stand for “Nothing But Crap”?), cancelled having Amy as a guest because she did not want to discuss the Sony Hack, and how she was contractually raped out of $4 million by the head guy at Sony.  A rape, contractual or otherwise, is a difficult topic for a woman to discuss, and there might even be legal ramifications of answering questions of that nature as well.  This cancellation was something of a blow for Ms. Adams who was attempting to promote a film not in especially wide distribution.

As a “news organization,” Today claims to be even-handed and their producers need to talk about whatever it is that would make their ratings soar.  So to demonstrate their even-handedness, and their tacit desire to be the first to uncover stories without concern for anyone’s feelings, I suggest they ask GW Bush if he would have invaded Iraq had he known four thousand-plus U.S. soldiers would be killed, that there were no weapons of mass destruction, and that there was no relationship between Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein.  Have Bush spend several hours discussing that.  Ask this question, and then you might be able to run around saying how even-handed of a “news organization” you are.  Until then, subjects do not decide the questions — where on Earth?

Amy picked up her first Golden Globe for Big Eyes as the painter Margaret Keane, who created great original art for which her husband tried to take all the credit.  Ms. Adams had been nominated for five other Golden Globes, and five Oscars, but this is her first keeper as she was long overdue for her turn at the podium (Amy gave a truly beautiful, non-self-congratulatory, acceptance speech, by the way).

Just recently, Ms. Adams was at the airport and noticed a serviceman with a seat in coach.  As stated, her father was in the military, and she must well understand their travails.  In typical Amy fashion, she swapped her first class ticket for his one in coach.  How is that for generosity of spirit?

I would have to think the toughest role for an actress to play is of herself as a bona fide movie star.  All can see that Ms. Adams vibrantly beams that part more and more with every one of her movies’ photo calls, and much more importantly, in her films.  With five Oscar nominations, Amy is not on her way to making it, she is there for good.

From all outward appearances, Ms. Adams originally thought of herself only as an actress, but now has warmed up to the public relations role incumbent in marketing a large Hollywood production.

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Charlize Theron

(From Charlize Theron’s Facebook page.
Is Charli, aka “The Face”, as gorgeous on the inside in person,
as she is on the outside anywhere else?
Watching her in interviews, one would certainly have to think so.)

Charlize Theron

On the Internet, you can find a photograph from 2002 of Charlize smoking from an apple bong.  Or at least the National Enquirer says it’s her.  It doesn’t look much like her, both in her face and in her body.

Charlize has never come out of the (smoke-filled) closet admitting to be a big stoner like others in Hollywood have.  What’s more, she now has kids, so that would prevent her living the life of a pothead.

It’s probably not her in the photo, although it’s a little surprising that with her money, she didn’t try to take down the National Enquirer in retaliation.  Plus, she can’t afford a real bong, she can only make one out of an apple?  If she’s a stoner, she’s an amateur hour stoner...

“At Pantheon dinner last night, Charli and I exchanged words.”  To which Heather replied, “but you two were so tight.”  “Well,” I say, “She loves going to the fights — boxing, that is.  I keep telling her that boxing was no longer a sport once Ali went on his losing streak.  You know, the one that gave him Parkinson’s, and brought him a slow death.  It was a tragic end to an otherwise incredible career.

“I tell Charli, ‘You’re from South Africa, get into soccer or cricket.  You know that Ashley loves basketball.  There’s a wholesome sport.  Check out a University of Kentucky men’s game with her.  It’s athleticism without the stitches and the shakes of boxing.’

“But she’ll have none of this.  She loves watching men beat the crap out of one another.  She even goes for UFC human cockfighting.  She says, and this is a verbatim quote: ‘I enjoy the art of boxing.  Okay, who am I kidding?  It’s because I’m from South Africa, and that’s how we enjoy our men — macho, courageous, and lethal with their fists.    Have you seen the movies I choose to headline?  What can I say, I enjoy the bloodshed of revenge.  I would absolutely love to be in a Tarantino movie.  Two-fisted retaliation, M16 mayhem, lawless gun crazies, I am there.  Bring it on, Quentin.  I’m your girl.’

“Heather, I keep thinking she’s only in a phase.  She won’t be 85 years old and screaming: ‘Let’s see blood.  Knock his block off.  And do it in the seventh because I have five bills riding on this.’  She won’t be saying that like she did at the Mayweather fight last week...”

Charlize is always championing her side, her cause, or more specifically, her female gender, and she will only work in movies where women dominate men by beating them up mercilessly — as she now does in her star vehicle, Atomic Blonde.  At The Other Letter, we believe in equal time and balanced cinema, so we will be creating a new franchise with many, many sequels, that we will be calling Man is Rising.

It will feature women deferring to men in all the most important forms of endeavor: commerce, professional sports, cuisine, government, bullfighting, skydiving, and hand-to-hand combat.  The next sequel, patterned upon the first, sure blockbuster will be Woman cannot Live a Day without Man.  In direct opposition to Theron, sequel after sequel will delve into all the ways women are irrefutably inferior to men.

This represents a cinematic revolt against the Charlize film space.  Patterned after mega-blockbuster Star Wars, in that we are developing eight stories, ours will all show that women cannot function without man telling them what to do, and how to do it.

Thanks for the tip, Theron, in showing the Other Letter team an unmet need to exploit.  At last we have the key to cinematic greatness (think Citizen Kane with less cerebral effort), and that is Hollywood representation of the power of the super man over weak, crying women, ones who only exist to keep man, their master, satisfied...

Charli, like most major starlets of today, is in the market looking for action, you just know it.  But not just from anyone, from a big league blogger, like the big guy, the Other Letter.  There is a problem here, and this is that starlets enter your life, and leave just as quickly.  One day I have a bevy of beauties in a line at the edge of my bed, hoping to give me a lap dance, the rest they only want face time with a blogger at the top of his game.  But unfortunately, this lap dance-face time combo does not necessarily mean the attention has to come from the same guy all the live long day.

No, it can come from many, many guys.  This is why I demand clean blood work from all my starlets before we get down to business.  Rubbers would work, too.  My point is, Charli has been seen working out at the gym with Keanu Reeves.  I know I could get very upset with Charli, and blow a gasket, but no, I keep my cool, and grill her with a few hours of questions designed to understand how she could, after all we have been through together, start seeing that, well, start seeing that ape.

You see what I’m getting at, when you have all the babes in the Universe doing lap dances and wanting face time, this doesn’t mean they are not lap dancing and face timing with other guys when your back is turned.  This is mostly a free country, even for the Other Letter girls...

Charli apparently thinks she can make a difference in this world, especially in ending AIDS.  What I keep trying to tell her via social media is that this stuff just takes care of itself.  The more Man gets in the way, the longer it will take for this disease to run its course.  Just think back to ancient history and how much human sacrifice and untreated disease played a role in making us a more hardy species, and helped us to advance the gene pool.

That’s right, South Africans are no different from the Mayan and the Inca.  The sick and weak become human sacrifices, the ones pushed into the volcano.  Although here it’s the South African volcano, and they are not dying of mountain rot or lava, they’re dying of the cat house disease.  Once you understand the science and economics involved, Charli, what I’m saying will all make perfect sense to you.  People cost money.  Money is limited.  Save the valuable ones, throw away the waste products.  The healthy stay, the diseased get hurled into the volcano.  Have them satisfy the bloodlust of the God of something or other.  What do we care?

Do we coddle the sick and dying?  No, because then they will only continue to breed.  Only look after the strong and fit.  In order for the strong to not starve (because the sickly will eat everything in sight), the weakest must be pushed into the volcano, the STD volcano.  Always promote the survival of the fittest or the luckiest, Charli, because this Darwinism is entirely cost-effective.  Gene pool cleanliness is next to godliness.

Do not make the mistake of asking the West for help, our plate is full.  First and foremost, our gun issue comes before your national sex problem.  In America for instance, we need more guns, jellyfish types say less, but locked and loaded or not, ultimately it is every man for himself.

If you would only listen, this is the lesson God is always trying to teach you South Africans: claw your way to the top of the dung heap.  This is what life has been all about since the days of the Garden of Eden.  That’s God’s only hope for us, that to survive, we become self-interested and selfish.  Once your people learn these golden lessons which I am handing down to them via social media, they will live in self-centered bliss until the day they die, just like your big brother Americans have been living, and will live forever...

Do you know the reason why Tobey McGuire and Tom Hardy found Charli to be so notoriously difficult on the set?  They both gave the same reason.  She is so damn hard on the eyes.  To put it bluntly, she’s one of the most hideous looking trolls ever to walk the face of this earth.  Her sight in plain daylight is enough to make the average man get nauseous; and the leading men in her movies wish they were back in their trailers playing video games.  To play opposite her in a love scene requires having a production assistant nearby with an air sickness bag.

To quote Tobey: “Retch!!!  Okay, I think I can do this now.  Retch!!!  Almost.  Retch!!!  Can I have my back turned away from her in this love scene?  Retch!!!”

As clichéd as it sounds, Charlize Theron wants to make the world, particularly her native South Africa, a better place, and devotes considerable time and energy doing just that — especially regarding her continent’s out-of-control, and ignored, AIDS epidemic.  Charli’s upbringing has made her unusually resilient and courageous, yet thoroughly compassionate and kind-hearted.  Charlize possesses a spirit as free and beautiful as nature itself.

Given her looks, it is more than a little curious that the roles she generally plays are anti-heroes, and her parts are very rarely ones that are just sweetness and light.  Charlize Theron won a Best Actress Academy Award for her riveting portrayal of the prostitute, Aileen Wuornos, in Monster.  The Academy nominated her again for another non-fiction role — one that defied any typecasting — of the miner, Josey Aimes, in North Country...

Great news for Aileen Wuornos fans, there is a sequel in the making for those needing a lighter introduction to the whole Monster saga.  With a working title of Lighten Up, Monster, or Time for Dancing, Aileen, this version will be for those less familiar with the original movie, and looking for a more upbeat, date movie.  Get ready for dance numbers with the original cast, including Charlize, of course.  Pre-production has already begun as Ms. Theron has been shipped a 200-pound box of chocolates to get her weight up to where it needs to be.  Understandably, the ending has been rewritten, and it is a very happy one, as Aileen swears off all illegal activities, and eventually marries the Chief of the Pensacola, Florida police department.

Were that not enough, Charli has a great sense of humor no one seems to know about — she has a deft turn of phrase, a subtle twist of logic.  For instance, that ‘engagement ring’ Charli was caught by paparazzi sporting at LAX the other day, looks like something one would find at the bottom of a Cracker Jack box.  The tabloids jumped on this one though: “THERON’S GETTING HITCHED!!!”  Sean shouldn’t have offered such extravagance, he really shouldn’t have.  We are all waiting for paparazzi photos of Sean stumbling into a jewelry store.

Ms. Theron is so elegant, but in a natural, vivacious, and wholesome way, she makes it incredibly difficult on the competition.  Charli possesses such intellect, taste, and genuine warmth.  As seen above, she is just so gorgeous — her beauty is almost other-worldly.

Charlize Theron’s most recent film, Mad Max: Fury Road, is getting rave reviews, especially because it is seen in many circles as a feminist action picture — the women kick butt, with Ms. Theron’s Imperator Furiosa doing most of the damage.  Per the film’s press releases, Charli decided to keep her head shaved from start to finish.  One would have to think that because she is so widely known as an actress, no one would believe her as anyone other than herself, Charlize Theron, on screen unless she was well-disguised.

Most recently, Charlize was the guest host on Saturday Night Live.  What would have to be the most challenging sketch was the one where she sings.  To the best of my knowledge, Ms. Theron has not done any singing numbers in any of her movies, she has never been known for her vocal abilities, nor has she ever fronted a rock band.  But she pulled this one off: without cutting away to commercial half-way through; without anyone cringing on-stage — and most likely without anyone cringing off-stage as well; and with everyone wondering why she has not sang in any of her movies (I would link to the Youtube video, but SNL does not offer every sketch there).  Might a reprise of Monster as a musical be in the works?

Much to the delight of people who can appreciate science, Ms. Theron has criticized newfangled, gluten-free diets — outside of those required for celiac patients — as a So Cal, New Age way of getting everyone, especially the diet-conscious, more dizzy about food than they already are, if that is possible.  (It must be noted however, that there is apparently enough science supporting the healthiness of products made gluten-free, that just about every food today has a label touting that it is no longer being made with any of it.  Old School pragmatism versus the experiential or anecdotal New School, it’s your call.)

Charli forgot to pay her tab on her $3.75, frozen yogurt treat.  So in typical, Hollywood mega-star fashion she paid her concerned server with a Benjamin, a one-hundred dollar bill.

Most recently in the news, Ms. Theron proves once again that she is one of the World’s most beautiful women, both inside and out.  She gave a homeless person a fiver at a 7-11 in her hometown of Brentwood.  On that acclaimed app for So Cal’s homeless, Spare-Change, Charli’s generosity bumps up her convenience store’s parking lot to a Triple-$ prospect rating from a Single-$.

Besides all this, in 2008, she was designated a United Nations Messenger of Peace.

Even more recently, Ms. Theron wrapped up shooting on Monster 2: The African Connection.  Turns out, Aileen Wournos never really died in the gas chamber, but escaped via the help of prison guards in exchange for profit participation in a movie deal.  Charlize’s character hops on a jet to Africa where she has escaped detection by law enforcement officials for the last twenty years.  Her guise has been so complete, she now looks like an international super-model as well as an Oscar-winning actress, and is mistaken as such everywhere she goes.  The protagonist even began a charity endeavor that bears the name of this new alias.  Is this art imitating life?  Life imitating life?  Who knows, as long as we get to watch Charlize on the screen again, and gratefully, not with her head shaved like we had to witness in Mad Max 13: the Road Warrior Cruises over Sand.

Charlize will star next in The Huntsman Winter’s War.  Plot details are not yet known, except she will be reprising her role as Queen Ravenna.  This is probably a prequel because her character died in 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman.  Most of the movies in which Ms. Theron appears in have huge budgets and recoup their entire investment, although many, while not at all flops, just break even.  To financiers, simply getting their money back is apparently enough of an investment incentive.  The hope must be that as word of mouth increases for her franchises, they will become more and more profitable.  Either that, or the investors are billionaires who just want to know what it feels to be a part of a Hollywood production that has Charlize Theron getting top billing — and they hope to meet her in person.

While Ms. Theron is the absolute picture of cosmopolitan perfection, one might see a few signs that Charlize has been hardened from her hard scrabble upbringing in South Africa.  For instance, every sentence of hers begins with a four-letter word (and it’s not “Babe,” or “Sean”).  And she refers to all Americans as “those whiny, uncouth, ineffectual, immature children.”  This is because South Africans are so poor, and so entirely self-sufficient, most subsist entirely on mud and tree bark which they have to yank away from the wildebeests.  Off sound stage, Charlize tells jokes so dirty it makes all her porn star girlfriends blush.  Then she’ll recount every murder in every Quentin Tarantino movie to the point where even the actors get nauseous.  Or between takes, she’ll reenact every scene from Monster where she shoots up the johns...

An actress recently took Charlize to task for Charli’s comments regarding how acting parts are less available because of her striking appearance.  But isn’t it obvious that an actress can be rejected for a part because they’re too good looking?  For instance, a role is written into the script who doesn’t get the gawking because she looks like, well, Amy Schumer.  There’s no chance Charlize would ever get saddled with that role, even if she hadn’t worked for a decade, because it would be so beneath her, not to say against cast.

The opposite also would prevent plus-size Amy Schumer from a turn playing a statuesque Charlize, because Amy’s a heavy-set, blue comic, even when she says she’s not a plus-size, because she is one.  Amy is like Kim Kardashia, both will do most anything for PR.  In fact, Amy knelt at Kim’s feet on the red carpet.  If she didn’t, no one would ever know who Amy was.  Think of that.  Those stunts helped prevent Blythe Danner from getting her Golden Globe bid, as Amy took Blythe’s nomination for the Best Actress category.

 

To top of Pantheon

 

 

Gwyneth Paltrow

(Gwyneth Paltrow’s Facebook fan page © 2013
Gwynnie being hugged by her Mom, Blythe Danner.
Before you jump to any conclusions, these are two professional
actresses acting for some mother-daughter promotion — aren’t they?)

Gwyneth hugged by Blythe, her Mom, from behind.

While Gwynnie was once a self-proclaimed punk rocker, here she looks: more kept, domesticated, and cloistered than any punk rocker chick ever would; one interested in blond locks not blue;
and into sporting nail polish not tattoos.


In the schools, Gwynnie is all for teaching the power of crystals, and predicting the future with astrology.  Where she draws the line is with gangs who enforce “mellow.”  Being mellow is the religion in So Cal, but there are many pockets of “human refuse” (quoting Gwynnie) who take mellow too far to the exclusion of ambition.

This is why, Gwynnie, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education, will begin an initiative tentatively entitled, “Gwynnie worked hard to get to Malibu, but you can get there, just like her.”

She already has Stella McCartney, Paul’s daughter — and Gwynnie’s bestie (one of several dozen) — on board as events coordinator, which means former mega-star Beatle, knighted Sir Paul, will be sure to put on a few Wings shows.  Paul will even have a number to sing in honor of the occasion: “We don’t need you being so mellow, kids, put some tension in the mix, get a stronger groove going, put your hands together now, and clap like you mean it...”  And so on.

Over the next few weeks, Gwynnie will be hammering out the message with Trump Administration officials.  To get the campaign rock ’n’ rolling, there will be a twenty-four-hour telethon hosted by Gwynnie with her ex, Coldplay front man, Chris Martin as conductor of a “kickin’” (quoting Gwynnie), three-piece orchestra.  They are hoping to get this “mother” (quoting Gwynnie) off the ground and have national, even international, coverage and support, but so far they only have passing interest from KABC, the local, ABC affiliate in Los Angeles...

A quick note to those visiting Gwynnie’s hometown of Southern California: The water restrictions have mostly lifted.  Water fountains are no longer labeled: “For Emergency Use Only.”  Days when it rains are have been designated regional holidays, which given the floods recently, gives Goopsters and the rest of So Cal having nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile...

In honor of Goop’s fiftieth year, Gwynnie will be having a few special double issues.  (Gwynnie took the reins from her Mom, Blythe, in 1998, and Blythe first Gooped-out when she was 24, in 1967.)  The Anal Sex Issue was so popular this year, she will be putting out a Golden Shower Issue.  A quick excerpt: “Use a kitty litter box where your subject will be sitting, looking at you eagerly begging...”

Then there’s the Domestics and Repairmen Issue where Gwynnie compares her servants to lower life forms such as sponges and shrubbery.  In this valued keepsake edition, she will offer lessons in Spanish; and additionally, the relative effectiveness of dog obedience commands on humans will be examined, such as “Sit!” and ”Fetch!”  She will also answer the question: When is the best time you should hit your servants?  In front of dinner guests to prove your dominance?

Then we have the annual Eat like a Pig Gourmet Issue where recipes weigh in at over 40 ingredients.  The reason is to generate dining room snob appeal, as in, “What, you haven’t made a recipe with 55 ingredients, Martha?”  As an added feature, Gwynnie’s web site will have a video app where you chase her nemesis, Martha Stewart, around with a dart gun, earning bonus points for hitting her on the ass, subduing her, taking her in, and locking her up in jail (there is Goop legend surrounding how much they despise each other’s guts)...

Another advantage of Long Island over Los Angeles, is the fact that Long Island water is refreshing and abundant, and in winter, it is very refreshingly cold.  In LA, the water is all brought by semi truck from out-of-State into tanks, mostly tanks alongside the one-oh-one.  The super-wealthy like Steve Spielberg and Gwynnie have their own tanks guarded by teams of hungry Dobermans, yet everyone still wants their water supply.  Every month, their Doberman teams maul yet another water stealer.

The press has learned to keep the maulings all hush-hush, because Hollywood is a company town, and these two are Hollywood royalty.  Plebeian water tastes like warm car exhaust might, but Steve and Gwynnie’s is suspected to be much more palatable, hence the intense criminal interest.  If you saw Mad Max: Fury Road, with Charlize Theron, it is not much different, the common folk are all ready to kill for free-flowing, fresh-tasting water — except this is current day, LA reality; not a future, Aussie dystopia...

Because Other Letter is a full service news wire, we investigate any newsworthy item sent our way.  If there is a human interest story out there (or even an inhuman one), we have a bead on it.  This includes the reason for celebrity divorce, specifically Gwynnie and her ex.  So in search of the next, Pulitzer-prize-winning exposé, we surveyed marital psychologists, both tri-State, and national, as well as a few European ones.

Down to a shrink, they all agreed that Gwynnie and her ex tore up their marriage certificate because of age differences.  Gwynnie is five years Chris’ senior.  Guys need to have at least a slight competitive edge, or they get weepy and wimpy.  This feeling of male superiority is usually established via maturity (thus via age) and this could not be established here in the Paltrow-Martin affair.

In fact, Gwynnie’s swami told her, and we quote: “This is what keeps the marriage contract of man and wife bondage intact, the complete subordination of the girl to the husband.  If you don’t like it, marry a woman.”

Even with the great modern feminist thinkers, especially Gloria Steinem, the woman is favorably seen as the always-giving subordinate slave to her great master, taskmaster, and slave driver, an arrangement Gwynnie would have been absolutely comfortable with — after all, she is a woman of today respecting male primacy — except for those five extra birthdays that she had, that he didn’t.  This is just the way the chips had to fall.

Airing out the dirty laundry is vital to a thriving mass media outlet such as Other Letter, and we have just elevated our entire profession again.  We have raised the bar far beyond what even the New York Times can hope to aspire.  This is what you get with true professionals behind the journalistic wheel, where each new and novel sentence is an adventure in comprehension.  Just like the communication pros situated in the White House, right?...

I noticed Gwynnie is not on the Pirelli calendar.  You have to be assertive to land jobs, Gwynnie, so this is what you say: “I would like to be in your calendar, Pirelli, I love your tires and I know we’d make a great match.  I buy tires.”  See, you just need to assert yourself.  Be honest though: “I don’t personally own any of your tires, but I have admired them from a distance — and, well, WOW!!!  What can I say?!  Have you ever got tires!”...

Back in the Nineties, our Gwyneth was engaged to Brad Pitt, who has recently been accused of abusing the children that he had with Angelina Jolie.  Not many know this, but Brad, if seen in unfavorable lighting, looks like a troll, or the hideously deformed guy in The Mask.  Next time you see a Brad Pitt movie, notice where the camera is, it is always on his left side.  Was the camera positioned on his right, he would have no career whatsoever.

Depending on what side you look at him, you will see what Gwynnie first saw, a decent-looking guy, or you will see The Mask guy, even sans makeup.  He has turned down various troll and monster roles, because he felt negative fan perception would cut into all the money he was making when the camera was on his left.

One night at dinner together, Gwynnie swung around on to his right side, the side he was protecting from view, and it was all over.  She politely excused herself from the table, and got sick in the ladies room.  Gwynnie returned to the table, and then had Brad direct all future communications sent from him go to her publicist, Nachos Grandé, and then gave him a fictitious address, to match the fictitious publicist....

Another little tidbit about our Bradley Pitts, is that he is into guns.  He was firing practice rounds over his and Angie’s moppets’ heads before the divorce.  Angie was used to these little pranks, but after plugging one of the favorites of their twenty-three kids (now twenty-two), enough was enough.  This is why Angelina has sole custody, and why the rest of the family wears flak jackets when Bradley comes a callin’.  He is not much of a shot either...

This is the mystery of the ages: How can a couple such as Gwynnie and Chadley Dickworth Wonder-Bread be dating, yet in public avoid each other at every turn?  Do they meet initially, set up a dating appointment calendar, vacay together, and thus fulfill the need to make PR headlines?  When they start to detest each other, do they still honor the schedule?  That’s very likely, because when a celebrity isn’t booked on social calendars, they are an unpopular celebrity, and by popular definition, that person is no longer a celebrity — and in Hollywood only established name brands make the real money.

Everyone in Hollywood becomes a friend of convenience.  They satisfy a purpose, they advance their popularity agenda, and that agenda means membership in coveted high society, yet this same policy can result in having no interest in the company sitting beside them at dinner.  As I see this, an Oscar-winner like our Gwynnie makes for a rough mix with a TV exec.  A well-stratified hierarchy does seem well-observed in Hollywood, and fine cinema does trump typical, pedestrian television fare.  Gwynnie and Chadley were likely doomed from the starting gate.

Gwynnie is from a family with whom the biggest hipster, Blythe, couldn’t smoke weed without bad headaches (as a product of the kamikaze Sixties, I’d have told her to have a few beers first — you’d be flying so high, that hopefully you’d come down).  Hmm, the plot thickens...  They are an established family very aware of the tragedy of causing any scandals, or even hinting at them.  Sleeping around, or horrors, then getting pregnant unwed, is hardly an option.  Faux sex, for public relations purposes, is welcome though.

That’s our carefully considered explanation to these very distant relationships, ones extended in duration for PR purposes.  I cannot say for certain that this is the way they operate, by making their love lives (and yes, even their marriages) be of the same genuineness as their fictional screen performances, but there are some things a columnist of all things celebrity can just feel in their bones...

If there are wedding bells, they are expected this year, so we will soon know if Gwynnie decides to bite the bullet and shack up forever with Chadley Dickworth Wonder-Bread.  One does get the feeling though that Chadley Dickworth is everything she wants in a man — he looks like a guy, he is famous (to Fox network personnel at least), he drives a late-model, ethanol-fueled Cadillac (except he’s always being towed because he can’t find the right type of gas station in time), and he has designs on buying a Harley although he hardly knows what a clutch does.

Okay, I shouldn’t be so hard on the guy.  If Gwynnie thinks he has everything listed above, then who are we to provide outside counsel on her decision-making process?  Although I bet people will go straight from her wedding to the ER with alcohol or opioid poisoning.  Best, best wishes, Gwynnie and Chadley Dickworth Wonder-Bread, may you go on to do whatever it is the super-wealthy like to do — and that’s mainly to make fun of other people.  See, at least when jealous, it’s universal...

Handicappers in Vegas are saying that the World’s Most Eligible Bachelorette will be a married woman once again by the end of this year.  These odds makers say she will be shacking up with Chadley Dickworth Wonder-Bread, a producer at that hotbed to TV talent known as Fox Broadcasting Corp, which every week pumps out Mary Tyler Moore-caliber hits.  While this sarcasm might seem like a bit of jealousy on my part, stemming from a couple that has everything life can legally provide (the staff may serve up illegalities as well), pettiness is the furthest thing from the truth, it is, honest it is.

By the way, there is another wrinkle in the entire Chadley-Gwynnie saga, and that is that they are only seen together twice a year.  There are entire corporation conglomerates of photogs with dispatchers, helicopters, satellite communication equipment, drones, and water craft, devoted to capturing anything Gwynnie on film stock, yet this pair is absolutely invisible to the paparazzi.  Enquiring minds such as mine need to know, and one day, damn it, I sure as Hell will...

Julie Klausner, head of Difficult People, or more appropriately Difficult Showrunners, pulled off a takedown on our Gwynnie.  Without offering any reason why, Klausner called Ms. Paltrow a “back-stabber.”  Yet Klausner offers no facts to back her claim.  Even given my abbreviated knowledge of the law, I know that you can parody, or truthfully criticize a celebrity or figure, because otherwise they are entitled to their well-deserved, good reputation.

Yet Klausner’s open hostility is neither type of public redress, so if Gwynnie felt up to it, she can sue Klausner for slander.  Why not go for it, Ms. Paltrow?  Set some precedent.  At least have your attorney on retainer file a cease and desist order with Klausner, give your staff a little something extra to do...

Gwyneth Paltrow had some rather unusual experiences in her “progressive” grammar school days.  If we read the literature from the elementary school where she is currently sending her kids, we find a novel approach to grading systems:

“Here at the San Lisidro Academy we pride ourselves in our noncompetitive grading system.  Known as the CVT, it’s based on the core principles of equality, brotherhood, and sisterhood, for everyone.  CVT stands for chair-vase-table, and for every communal project your moppet works on during the semester, they are evaluated as either a chair, a vase, or a table.  A chair grade implies your moppet had a support function and was very sturdy.  Others in the class can often rest on them for comfort.  A chair can just as likely be a girl as it can be a boy.  A vase grade suggests he or she contained the work and kept it from spilling out of bounds, thus avoiding time and resource overages.  Vases tend to be girls.  Lastly the grade of table means your moppet provided a reliable surface upon which the group could work.  Most but not all of our tables are boys.  Every dedicated teacher at the San Lisidro Academy has weeks of coursework mastering the CVT which guarantees the careful application of grades in the CVT paradigm.  So whether your moppet is a chair, a vase, or a table, we welcome you to the SLA.”

We wish Gwynnie’s moppets the greatest academic success possible.

Gwynnie’s new, high-end (read: perhaps intentionally, this is unapproachably high-end) smoothie recipe that she now features on Goop contains, and I quote: “maca, ashwagandha, ho shou wu, cordyceps, Moon Dust of choice, and Himalayan sea salt.”  Mine at Other Letter contains: cow’s milk, maple syrup, and one of four kinds of berries.  How many health food stores, mooncalf delivery services, and food trucks contain any of Gwynnie’s ingredients?  This has to be a Californian recipe, because if you live anywhere else, such as on Long Island, it would be impossible to find any of these ingredients.  Cheers, Gwynnie...

The following quote has been verifiably attributed to Gwyneth Paltrow: “I still tan without sunscreen, which is totally messed up [she used a variant on messed up which is more suitable for porn sites].”  I must step to the fore.  Gwynnie, you’re playing Russian Roulette with your derma.

One day, probably in the not too distant future, you’ll wake up and poof, you’ll find yourself looking like a grossly over-sized prune, burnt to a crisp, in an inner-city ICU (the only place the hardened EMTs and ER docs could get admittance privileges based on your scary physical appearance).  It will be just like the end of Wizard of Oz, but much less happy.  Your family will all be huddled around you giving you your favorite treats: dried, unflavored kale chips; tepid radish broth; barley burgers; and plenty of charcoal-filtered tap water to wash it down.

Grandma Blythe will be holding back tears in front of her grand kids.  She will be staring at the ceiling, hands clasped in prayer — to help summon for you the recuperative spirits of whatever God you believe in this week.  Your ex, Chris, will be pacing the floor, wondering how your moppets will be adequately raised without their Mum rallying her troops into battle.

Gwyneth, you need to ask yourself, is this a fitting end to your illustrious career, and your glorious life?  Cars are honking outside; you’re laying down on a lumpy mattress, in a hospital room that is visibly unclean, and smells like a men’s room on the New York State Thruway above Albany when the custodians couldn’t get to work because of a five-foot-deep blizzard.  With your family rehearsing their eulogies (even your kids want to throw in a few words about the pet rabbit you let them keep); and all of this with you now looking like an African American centenarian.  Think long and hard, Gwyneth, think sunscreen, SPF 30 or better...

It is the New Year, so it is time for Gwynnie to admonish us to stick to our Resolutions for healthier eating.  For those in Goop-land, this means detoxify via detoxing.  Our Gwyneth claims that this does not mean starvation, yet go no further than Day 1 of her broth-inspired diet: Chickpea & Kale Curry with Brown Rice.  WWII soldiers on the Bataan Death March ate better.  Dinner at Day 3 and Day 4: Detox Hot & Sour Soup; is there a half pound of ground sirloin with my Hot & Sour Soup?  If not, send it back to the kitchen, because otherwise I don’t want any.

Okay, I actually did research before writing this, and what did I find?  Depriving one’s body of nutrients does not cleanse it of toxins.  Now Gwynnie will kill me for this: Detoxes could well do more harm than good and prevent real treatment.  Toxins a detox removes have never been identified.  Plus, I know from experience that by promoting detoxes you are promoting starvation-induced delirium.  Or maybe the Gwynnie detox is so high-end, fewer people die from it, the mortality risk has been scientifically reduced so a Goop email subscription is not the expected death sentence.

Typical scenario: Becky has cancer, and ignores her doctors advice to eat a diet designed for people, and not for mice.  Instead she follows Gwynnie, the pied piper of Californian well-being (no snickering please), to her doom.  Everyone will be like, “where's Becky?”  The slow, sad, and heartfelt reply: “Gwynnie killed her so she can sell more Goop.”

I know Ms. Paltrow’s rebuttal, you missed the point, it’s not starving.  Then what the Hell is it?  This back and forth between Gwynnie and I has to stop.  This is an open invitation for her to defend her diet regimen against mine, one-on-one, no holds barred, last diner standing.  I will cut Gwynnie some slack though: Maybe this is more designed for women (or only designed for women), who are much more accustomed to eating like birds...

Despite what people who do not know Ms. Paltrow say about her, anyone hearing reports from reputable sources can see that she is the type that will never let a friend down, and be forever on their side.  These sources also say she makes friends very easily, and in fact, you can find photos of her on the Internet with every A-lister on the planet — from Bono, to Meryl Streep, to the Clintons and the Obamas.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s online, lifestyle news weekly, Goop, has just landed a huge account.  She will now be working with volume discount, price-leader Costco.  Yes, Gwyn has done it once more — proving once and for all that she is a woman of and for the people.  We look at her shaking free from the pack and we think, damn, that girl’s good.  We can’t catch you Gwyn, this race is all yours, we should have stayed in bed today.  We’ll try to finally meet up with you at the Clubhouse.  Otherwise, we’ll just catch a cab home.  Whew!  That woman is really something else — unstoppable, pure poetry in motion, can she ever go the distance.

This free-spirited, free-thinking, progressive leader does not age, it must be because she knows how to take care of herself.  Gwyneth Paltrow looks better now than she did in her 1995 movie, Se7en.  It wasn’t until three years after this, at the age of 26 — when she starred in Shakespeare in Love and Sliding Doors — did she become a household name, one even better known now with the cookbooks she has authored, and her many business ventures.

Considering her celebrity today, and how far she has gotten, and given the plethora of Hollywood childhood stars groomed ever-younger for success, her comparatively later arrival to super-stardom spared her much of the Hollywood excess, and she remains very sane.

As undeniable proof of her accomplishments, her Goop.com enterprise remains vibrant, and is catching up to Oprah, who seems a bit out of breath.  Gwyn believes in maintaining good corporate citizenship, so she devotes much Goop browser real estate to educating the general public about nutrition, either through healthy recipes, via cookbook clubs, or with articles about the benefits of wholesome eating.

Her only scripted television role has been on Glee, playing appropriately-named Holly Holiday — appropriately-named because Holly reminds one of breezy holidays, and even perhaps, Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffanys.  Ms. Paltrow reprised her Holly character here, as everyone’s favorite substitute teacher here.

To all the men hopefully courting her favor, Ms. Paltrow represents, fully unwittingly, the ideal of feminine perfection.  Perhaps not practically, but to millions of hopeful guys at least, she is the Most Eligible Bachelorette on Earth.  She is not just a California dream girl, she is the American Beauty.  She was not only blessed with Playboy looks, she was blessed with Vogue, Glamour, and Mademoiselle ones as well.  I wonder if she is as much a joy in person as she is when seen on television, or is she as meticulous, nagging, and controlling as one might expect a CEO to be.

When big budget, international movies like Contagion or Iron Man are made, and investors need box office guarantees, they call on bankable stars such as Ms. Paltrow because she meets every performance expectation.  There is never any hint she is acting, and her script interpretation is flawless.  Ms. Paltrow impresses in every movie she is in, even in the rare instances when she is given very little with which to work.  Most of the work given Ms. Paltrow is high-concept, meaning her films are sophisticated works of art.

Ms. Paltrow starred in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, which was given four-stars by Roger Ebert although hardly anyone ever saw it.  Gwyn, with tremendous conviction, plays reporter Polly Perkins (not to be confused with Pepper Potts, whom she later portrays in Iron Man), hot on the trail of the most astonishing story ever, death-dealing robots invading Earth from outer space.

As you can likely tell from the Sky Captain clip, Gwyneth was in real life a Varsity letterwoman, and even though she much prefers the realism of doing her own stunts, she often finds herself battling the motion picture insurance underwriters for her right to artistic self-expression.

Ms. Paltrow is my absolute favorite for the title role in my new dramedy, Geneviève Marseille knows the Score.  Geneviève is an Oscar-winning actress renowned the World over as the charming beauty from France who is never afraid to speak her mind.  When she finally met her match, no one ever thought she would meet him trying to fix the flat on her Rolls.

Gwyneth’s manager has advised her of the buttons her detractors can push, so now she begins every premeditated observation with, “I can only speak for myself, yada, yada, yada...” or “I may not be the right person to ask, but I will say that nuclear fission gets too complicated for my pat answer...”  She will now resist offering any comparisons of any kind, even when the question begins with, “How would you compare... ?”

Charlize Theron faced censure similar to Gwyn’s for comparing continuous media intrusion on her family’s life to being raped.  Through her publicist, Ms. Theron later admitted she may have been exaggerating just the tiniest, tiniest bit; although she knows today that by being emphatic, or sensationalizing her message, her point gets well-considered, as it is now.

Ms. Paltrow speaks both conversational French and fluent Spanish.  Oh yes, lest we forget, Gwyneth won an Academy Award for Best Leading Performance by an Actress for her portrayal of Viola De Lesseps in Shakespeare in Love.  (Blythe Danner is her Mom, and an accomplished, Tony Award-winning actress herself, so it is not too difficult to see that great looks, talent, and intellect run in Gwynnie’s family.)

While Gwynnie has a summer home on the East End of Long Island, her heart belongs to So Cal, having grown up there.  In L.A., working past 3PM qualifies as burning the midnight oil, as the dinner dishes are usually in the kitchen sink by 5PM, and lights are all out by 8PM, or 9PM if you’ve been raving.  Most, including the elderly, and oft times even the infirm, are up before dawn surfing, shining the headlights of their Woodys on the waves.

When the surf goes back out, it is time to unify body and mind with California’s statewide, pre-workday, loosely enforced obligation (like every other ironclad mandate there, you don’t bother if you don’t feel up to it).  In other words, it’s time for yoga and meditation.  Every city, town, and hamlet has a wide and impressive variety of yoga centers, one catering to every level of expertise — from the lowly, rank beginner, or the shunned; all the way up to the exalted Swami (you will readily recognize Swamis in the street, they all wear long flowing, white robes, and their foot servants throw rose petals before their steps).  To prepare you for your visit among these people, when they ask you, “How was your Yoga today?” you say, “I reached Kaivalya consciousness.”  They will look at you with admiration, and you will hurry right along not causing any suspicion.  Whatever you do, don’t ever say, “I don’t like yoga,” because then they will utter the six nastiest words known to Californians: “You must be from New York.”

Hasheesh is freely available at CVS, or any established local druggist; and your kid’s school nurse will also have a ready supply in handy, dime-sized bags.  In California, the high school bands play Grateful Dead jams at halftime.  Most outside of So Cal and No Cal have missed that rare treat of hearing a tuba play the melody line of Casey Jones.  Once they start tripping on Dark Star, it’s time for the football captain to leave the field and Captain Trips to take his place.  He then cracks open their tomes of higher learning by Ken Kesey, Jack Kerouac, and Carlos Castaneda, as the game is called off on account of hallucinations.  Skiing, and other snow sports, are just a 21-hour drive up the West Coast to Vancouver — or a short, 8-hour hop to Lake Tahoe.

L.A. is essentially a desert.  Locals will claim the desert climate you experience during your stay is only the product of a persistent drought.  What they will neglect to mention is that the drought has persisted from the time Velociraptors roamed the La Brea Tar Pits.

Because of the parched landscape, most fresh, local produce reaches your plate via vigorous, seasonal cactus harvesting.  Migrant day laborers shipped direct from South America are often seen hopping on the back of pick-up trucks near Sunset Boulevard for the trip into the San Bernardino Valley where the harvesting takes place.  Wearing thick leather gloves to avoid puncture wounds from the thorns, and each with their own time-hewed, professional-grade machete, workers of all ages — younger children as well as grand folk — can be seen in transit heading up the one-oh-one, heatedly debating reaping technique.  During daylight, they are out in the fields, and get paid piecemeal without complaint, while happily singing songs about the Southland.

The Goop team has found ingenious ways to boil, fry, flambé, char-broil, and sauté the succulent cacti.  At a typical So Cal grocer, you will also find a coconut aisle next to the aisle exclusively offering cactus products.  Coconuts are cleaved apart with a few pendulous, well-placed strikes of a long-handled ax, the meats are removed with an ice cream scooper, and then puréed in a food processor; while its milk can be offered to your cat.  Goopers recommend taking this coconut paste, and spooning it over endive salads, or adding it as a rémoulade to fish, such as haddock or striped bass (imported by train from the East End of Long Island).

Despite living in Paradise, a little rain must fall, but not enough to put out brush fires.  Each and every morning in the windy season of Spring, Summer, and Autumn, the So Cal homeowner climbs up on their roof, then hoses down their entire house, top to bottom, often employing a trellis system part and parcel of these advanced, architecture-precepts-aligned estates, ones that neighbors affectionately call, ‘tinder boxes.’  Unfortunately, So Cal has less control over earthquakes, although everyone there knows the safety drill — if the Earth starts quaking and shaking, go under a table or load-bearing doorway.  Another means of survival is to fly along those 12-lane freeways, paved 12-lanes wide because of absolute necessity, and an absolute necessity even when an entire city is not fleeing for its life.  Keep in mind that L.A. has no mass transit system to speak of, and everyone will be hightailing it out of town at once, just as you are.  In the event of a riot, most Angelenos are well-prepared, and keep an arsenal of automatic weaponry in their basement, or under their bed.  A tsunami has never hit Los Angeles, although it is within striking distance of North Korean ICBMs.

Surprisingly enough, there is no possibility that Gwyneth’s Long Island would ever be befallen by any of these potential disasters, man-made or natural.  In fact, while I was finishing up compiling this listing of all that makes being an Angeleno so great, much to my surprise it registered with me that perhaps Long Island, my hometown, is the better place to live.  Then it dawned on me, that maybe Gwyneth really belongs out here year round, where she can feel entirely welcome, safe, and comfortable — fifty miles from my digs.  Hmm, I wonder...

...Ms. Paltrow, as spokeswoman for the American Carpet and Rug Association, would like to remind you that: “every month is dust mite month, and every rug owner should vacuum their prized Persian, Oriental, etc., not monthly, but biweekly, or even weekly, just as I do.  Not only will this leave your cherished pile looking and smelling its best, it will relieve all the tension in your life, get you behind a machine that will do exactly as you tell it to do, and put your focus right back where it belongs, in rug care, and even more importantly, in homemaking.”

To avoid a libel lawsuit, I should add that the previous paragraph was satirical in nature and is of a common Gwyneth typecast.  Gwyneth is not as domestic as she would appear, and in fact, does most if not all of the engine work on her Rolls, and even built an extension to her Pacific Palisades home using just a hammer and a saw.  Way to be, Gwynnie.

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Cameron Diaz

(The Mask,
the How may I help you, Ma’am? bank scene)

Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz began her career as a fashion model for Levi’s and Calvin Klein at the age of 17.  Four years later, Ms. Diaz was called to audition for the leading lady in The Mask, even though she had no previous acting experience.  Her performance made it one of the top-ten grossing films from 1994, and firmly launched her career as a very sexy, approachable, genuinely sincere, and now clean-living actress.

Looking for more professionally fulfilling roles, Cameron worked the indie circuit having major roles in four films, including The Last Supper.  This edgy, niche movie was about five lefty, graduate school students who, in a misguided effort to make the world a better place, murder right-wing extremists.  Then we rooted for her as Rose Summers in Pretty in Pink.

Ms. Diaz’s next major role was in There’s Something About Mary.  Her hilarious portrayal of the title character put her work in 27th place on the American Film Institute’s, 100 Years, 100 Laughs: America’s Funniest Movies.  She also won a Golden Globe Award for the category of Best Actress – Musical or Comedy.

In the very critically acclaimed, Being John Malkovich Cameron looked significantly different than she had in any of her other films.  Ms. Diaz’s work there earned her Best Supporting Actress nominations at the Golden Globe, BAFTA, and SAG Awards.

Cameron was also in a few other major box office smashes, doing Princess Fiona voiceovers in the Shrek series, and portraying Natalie Cook in Charlie’s Angels.  Cameron Diaz’s movies’ gate receipts puts her 13th on the all-time list for actors, and in first place, one ahead of Julia Roberts, for actresses.

Besides all this, she just wrote a book on exercise and nutrition, The Body Book, taking kitchen cues from a very good friend, who herself has written two wellness cookbooks (they bonded grieving over their fathers’ passings).  Word is out that this friendship helped green-light Cameron straight through the Pantheon nominating committee, giving her application top priority.  What is most unusual is that her friend’s standing with a certain well-known blogger may have even cinched the deal on Cami’s final approval.

Here are a few photographs of Cameron looking more fabulous than ever.  They were taken a few days after she celebrated her 42nd birthday out in the Hamptons on Long Island (no, these were not hacked out of her iCloud account; and yes, there was an invitation mix-up so Cameron overlooked inviting me to her shindig — your profuse apologies graciously accepted, Cami).

Cameron just got married to Benji Madden, the drummer for Sweet Charlotte.  Her husband is seven years her junior, yet they are in love so we wish them all the best.  Yes, it is always sad, and a bit of a disruption, when a girl leaves the Pantheon.  The packing, the newly shared cohabitation, the tearful sendoff from the rest of the Pantheon.  “Bye-bye, Cami.”  “So long, Cameron.”  “Where’s the rent?”

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Kate Hudson

(Katie Kiehn)

Kate Hudson

Dream girl Kate Hudson was absolutely perfect in Almost Famous, yet she only received an Academy Award nom, not the Oscar (Marcia Gay Harden won in 2000 for Pollock).  The role of super-groupie-hipster Penny Lane fit Kate to a Tee, in part because of her Rock ’n Roll lifestyle, great looks, and kind nature.  In many of her movies since though, critics had little to say except that even her beautiful, warming sunshine was not enough to brighten these screenplays’ darkness.

Ms. Hudson carries herself as someone older might, yet she is only a youthful-looking 36 years old.  She is a gal pal of Gwyneth Paltrow.

In fact, Kate Hudson hangs with a gang of the most hardcore, passionate, resolute, and unflinching femmes in all of Santa Monica.  More formerly known as the Goopsters, they are: Gwyneth Paltrow, their good-humored, always vivacious leader, who’s always there when any might need to call on her; Cameron Diaz, their fun, good-times, sunshine Angel donning double-secret-agent disguise; Stella McCartney, bringing daughter-of-royalty cachet with a daring and bold Continental mien; and Sarah Jessica Parker, who checks the haul, and pulls the band back together, after a long, intense day in town of non-stop shoe-shopping up and down Rodeo Drive.  In a ‘Males-only’ World, these Super-Sweeties rule the roost supreme, holding court over this hardscrabble, ragtag burgh, this Pacific Ocean end of Route 66, this SaMo, Populus felix in urbe felice.

Kate has appeared on Glee as Cassandra July, famed dance instructor at the celebrated New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts.

Ms. Hudson is a devout Buddhist, as is her Mom, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-in alumna Goldie Hawn — and just like her Mom, she is much smarter than she appears to be.

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Reese Witherspoon

(Still from Reese’s Instagram feed
What she wears when she cleans the bathroom.
Is it just me, or did she just get a whole lot prettier?)

Reese Witherspoon

While Reese’s chin job was surely welcome, we at Other Letter must take this one step further.  We’ll take the high road in the face of seeming meddlesome, and dutifully inform Reese via this very publication that she needs to ratchet down her level of ambition.  She no longer has to overcompensate for her largish chin.  She can now backslide on her well-sculpted jaw.  Welcome, Reese, welcome to getting by on one’s looks.  We’ve been expecting you...

We have great news!  At long last, Reese had a chin job!  We are so happy we can hardly count!  I was permitted in the operating theater as a bona fide member of the press, and as her dear friend!

It was INTENSE!  Everyone running around.  Doctors yelling at nurses: “Suction, damn it, do I have to do everything myself?!  What did you do with the sutures, damn you?!”  I didn’t know what to think.  Needles and scissors, covered in Reese blood, were being thrown in haste, some stuck into the wall!  Would she pull through?  Come on, Reese, think Elle Woods.  Please, Reese, a Legally Blonde sequel, we know you have it in you!

Well, as you might know by now, she survived this surgical nightmare, then had a starring role in some sex show with Nicole Kidman, and Laura Dern, called Big Little Lies.  Bravo, Reese!  By the way, Reese swore me to secrecy about going under the knife, but the news story of the century — just like when the Japs bombed Pearl Harbor — does not stay on this editor’s desk collecting cobwebs...

Reese Witherspoon is a Tennesseean cutie who looks younger than her age would suggest.  Both her parents have PhD’s — her father is a surgeon, and her mother is a Professor of Nursing.  Ms. Witherspoon has said that her “definitive Southern upbringing” made her very conscientious about people’s feelings, and about being polite and responsible (except for that one, wildly-publicized time in 2013 when she had one too many, and was fined $213).  About her many accomplishments, Reese said there were many women around her who were accomplished, and it just was not such a big deal to rise to the level of one’s ambitions.

Pleasantville, Cruel Intentions, and Election really set her career moving full-speed, straight ahead.  In each, Reese lights up the screen in every scene that she appears.  In Election, for which she was nominated the Golden Globe, Reese played a very annoyingly ambitious high school student named Tracy Flick who decided she would climb to the top of the high school heap by becoming student-body president.  The Cruel Intentions antagonists wager the deflowering of the virginity of Reese’s character against a Jaguar automobile.

Pleasantville made an exceptionally well-conceived and well-executed statement against invasive social control such as in the establishment of Nazi Germany, and in maintaining America’s Apartheid in the South.  Jennifer, very nicely played by Reese, goes back in time to a drab, Fifties-era, lifeless town that appeared to the viewer and all the players as existing in predictable, colorless black and white.  Jennifer, and her twin brother David, proceed to enlighten the town to freedoms only known decades later.

Ms. Witherspoon was again nominated for the Golden Globe with Legally Blond, and it was her portrayal of Elle Woods that made Reese a household name.  The plot line here involves sorority sweetie Elle trying to win back her boyfriend by earning a Juris Doctorate degree from Harvard Law.

The role that gave her the Oscar and the Golden Globe statuettes though was playing June Carter, John R. Cash’s wife, in Walk the Line.  Johnny Cash toured with June Carter and eventually their love took them to the altar, and brought their hands together in matrimony.

More recently, there have been high-grossing ‘robot’ movies which she didn’t bothering auditioning for, and a trio of poorly-received love-triangle films which she starred in, and wished she hadn’t.

In 2014, Reese is again getting roles worthy of her talents, and two specifically that levels the stereotype many have her of being just the cutesy, adorable, girl next door.  In The Good Lie, she plays the mother protector of Sudanese refugees, a role vaguely reminiscent of Sandra Bullock’s The Blind Side.  In both of their roles, a white woman shelters younger black males.  Although for Reese, she is not teaching her charges how to succeed on the gridiron and in college, but rather how to succeed in the Western World.

The second movie, again a 2014 release, is Wild.  This is the autobiographical story of Cheryl Strayed, who put on hold everything she knew in life to find herself, and strike out on her own, across the Pacific Crest Trail.  Here we see Ms. Witherspoon’s character have one night stands, shoot up heroin, and get involved in a wide variety of destructive behaviors from which she needs to heal herself.  Reese must also carry a 65-pound back pack.  One would never expect the woman who brought us Elle Woods of Legally Blond fame to ever succeed in a role such as this.  Because she understood and appreciated the gravity of the undertaking, Ms. Witherspoon is already at the front of the pack in the Oscar race for Best Actress.

Most surprising to many pundits, Reese did not win the Golden Globe for Wild despite her great work, and her dedication to craft.  This was because of a cinematic, steam rolling blitzkrieg named Amy Adams, and her exceptional, nuanced performance in Big Eyes.

Ms. Witherspoon pours any leftover energies into causes beneficial to women and children, including children’s advocacy, the prevention of domestic violence, and breast cancer research.  Reese is one of the very few celebrities today that will almost always muster a smile for the paparazzi.  She will even show unheard of gratitude for her fans, including personally replying to fans’ Tweets.

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Sofía Vergara

(Peter | © 2012 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.)

Sofía Vergara

I am shopping this premise for a Modern Family episode and I’m looking to run this by Sofia Vergara.  Modern Family is the top rated show on cable, hence the weeks preparing this beauty.  I’m boarding the Vergara gravy train — you wait and see.  This is the type of cutting edge, visionary television I spit out every day.

So Sofia, we know you’re out there, ask me about my series of Modern Family scripts.  Most don’t involve sky-diving as this one does, but don’t worry about jumping out of a plane, this is what green screen does for you.  Sit back, grab a cold one (not your husband), and enjoy television as it was meant to be.

Sofia’s character, we’ll make up something — okay, her name is Linda.  She has a husband we’ll call Carl, who has his car in the shop, so Carl must sky dive into the most important sales meeting.

Hilarity ensues when Sofia demands to come along on the sky dive, because Carl and her don’t spend enough time together.  Now this is key, on the way down, Sofia’s harness unfortunately breaks (because of her chest size).  Carl’s parachute, meanwhile, won’t open because he’s not mechanically inclined.

Sofia, or Linda, has to fit into Carl’s harness, and he has to make it down from the clouds with her parachute.  Sofia is now face-to-face with Carl, for the first time in their blessed marriage.  All the while, they have to beat the clock and gravity (just like the jiggle and bounce of Sofia’s boobs), else the couple will be dead meat.  Cue Tom Petty’s Freefallin’.

The End.  Thank you.  Thank you very much.  That’s an Elvis line by the way, if you’re wondering.  Elvis, meaning Elvis Presley...

Sofía Vergara had planned on a career in dentistry, and was two semesters shy from completing her undergraduate degree, when a photog noticed her on a beach in her native Columbia.  This led to modeling work, and then to co-hosting Fuera de serie (or Out of the Ordinary), a travel series where Sofia reported back from exotic locales all around the globe.  This show, and her beautiful, effervescent personality, made her a huge hit in the Univisión Latin American television market.

Because of turmoil in her homeland, she hoped for a better life in America, so she moved to Miami.  (Her older brother was murdered during a kidnap attempt in 1998; and in 2011, her younger brother was deported back to Columbia.)

Ms. Vergara has appeared in several movies and television shows — both English and Spanish-language — but the vehicle that really moved her show business career into high gear was Modern Family.  In this situation comedy, acknowledged as a take off of I Love Lucy, Sofia plays Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, a housewife of a man 25 years her senior.  Gloria knows how to handle a rifle with such accuracy, that she tells her 12-year-old son she could unbutton his shirt by firing off a few, well-targeted rounds.  In the series, Ms. Vergara’s character later explains that she was raised in a neighborhood of prostitutes, and everyone on their street would say that, “Love is just around the corner.”

For her Modern Family role alone, Ms. Vergara earned four Golden Globes, four Primetime Emmys, and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards.  The financial periodical Forbes ranks Sofia as the highest earning actor on United States television.  She makes so much in fact, our sources tell us she was recently seen house-shopping with a real estate agent in tow, nearby Bill Gates digs in suburban Seattle.

Sofia will be appearing with Reese Witherspoon in Don’t Mess with Texas aka Hot Pursuit, about a prisoner and a police officer on the run.  Truth be told, Ms. Vergara is actually a blond, and is generally asked to become a brunette to appear more Latina.  Sofia has great, sexy dance moves you would never see North of the border.

Sofia’s Columbian World Cup team made it out of their group, sweeping all three of their games in fact.  On Saturday, they enter the Knockout Stage’s, Round of 16 against Uruguay.  Very understandably, Ms. Vergara’s keeping mum on what her team has planned for us.  Stay tuned ... Well, Ms. Vergara called this one, with the rest of her Columbian national team soundly defeating a less disciplined Uruguayan squad — their star forward was removed because he bit another player — on a two-goal effort by James Rodriguez, both goals off heading passes.  Sofia and her national team will be moving on to the quarterfinals against a tough Brazilian contingent.  Regardless of how that team looks on paper, this match may already be wrapped up.  Way to be, Sofia ... At least we know Columbia is one of the top eight futbol nations in the world.  Soon, we expect Ms. Vergara to congratulate the Brazilian side, and thank her Columbian club for a tournament well-played ...

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Jessica Alba

(Hispanic Lifestyle)

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba is the cutie-pie with the absolutely adorable, megawatt smile.  Considering Jessica has been in 50 movies in her 33 years, she may well be one of the hardest working women in all of show business.  Ms. Alba picks the most unusual parts to play.  She has been in Machete, and its sequel Machete Kills.  She appeared in It Has Begun: Bananapocalypse, and had a leading role in more mainstream films like Little Fockers.

Ms. Alba recently wrapped up a sequel to Sin City entitled Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.  With the redux, Jessica reprised her role as Nancy, but unlike the very well-received original, the next edition met with lukewarm reviews.  The reason it was even made is because Hollywood would much rather bank on remaking a successful, known quantity, than take risks on anything new yet unproven.  One got the sense that the director behind the second installment of the franchise, one ten years in the making, spent much more time on visual design than spent time rewriting the script — assuming the premise had any more life in it, and it may not have.

While Jessica’s biggest money-makers are in the sci-fi, action-thriller genres, including Fantastic Four, and Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, one readily gets the sense that she possesses the intellect to do much better than appear in those simple fantasy roles, or crime-thriller ones like Awake or The Killer Inside Me.  In fact, Ms. Alba studied acting with William H. Macy and his wife, Felicity Huffman, at the Atlantic Theater Company, one developed by Macy and David Mamet, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright.

An avid swimmer and PADI-certified scuba-diver, Jessica was well-suited for the part of Maya on the television series Flipper.  Sky Angel, as IMDB Pro lists her aka, elevated her game a notch or two playing Max Guevera in the TV series Dark Angel, a role which won her the Golden Globe.

Ms. Alba co-founded The Honest Company, a distributor of 100% natural home and baby products.  The company fulfilled an unmet need in Jessica as she has two young girls, and she found it difficult to find products to care for them that were non-toxic.  The company is floating an initial public offering expected to raise $1 billion in capital for Jessica, and the two other co-founders, as well as an investment consortium.

Albz — she definitely has interesting sobriquets — identified with feminism at the age of five.  While her family is very conservative, she was always the opposite.  Ms. Alba broke ranks from the Church after she was hit on continually, and the youth pastor said it was because she was dressing provocatively when she wasn’t.  He said that the unwelcome advances were her fault, that she was coming on to these leches, and that she had to redeem herself for her past.  Jessica saw the weak roles women played in the Bible, and this further alienated her from that faith.

Ms. Alba is regularly included on listings of the most desirable, hottest, and sexiest women of People, FHM, GQ, Empire, and Maxim magazines.  Directors want her to be nude in their films, but she has a no-nudity clause inserted in all of her contracts.  Unlike many of her peers, Jessica has also made it very clear she will never sleep with anyone to advance her career.  She has said she goes for older men because they seem to know so much (a few actually do, Jessica).

On top of all this, Jessica gives as much of her time and energy as she can to Habitat for Humanity, environmental causes, AIDS prevention, and women’s and gay rights promotion and recognition.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal

(Still from The Dark Knight
DC Comics, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. © 2008
Seen here and elsewhere, Maggie
possesses an irresistible and charming glow.)

Maggie Gyllenhaal

Maggie looks as though she is the latest Hollywood actress to succumb to the Invasion of the Booby Snatcher.  Would you believe?  Breast reduction has overtaken all of our fair city.  Heather, Halle, Maggie, is this possible?  Have our eyes been deceived?  Please, dear Lord, make this stop!...

Sadly, Maggie Gyllenhaal is not getting all the parts she very richly deserves.  While obviously a looker herself, Ms. Gyllenhaal is so much more than just the eye candy seen of every other starlet.  As a rule, Hollywood people don’t have degrees.  Maggie possesses such brilliance, she is an Ivy League diplomate from Columbia University.  It is a given, that an actress will not be nominated for an Academy Award as Ms. Gyllenhaal was for Crazy Heart, and nominated for Golden Globe awards, as she was for Sherrybaby and Secretary.

To many, she is best known for her scorching-hot portrayal of submissive Lee Holloway in Secretary.  Much to her credit, Maggie does not strike one as the kind who spends any time worrying what other people might be thinking about her.

Most recently, in Won’t Back Down, despite stellar, exceptionally charismatic performances from both Maggie, and her co-star, Viola Davis, the script given them was without real substance.  It offered them very little with which to work, so even their talents could not fully carry it.  Maggie put much more enthusiasm into her performance than the movie deserved.  This movie had so much product placement, one expected Maggie to break the Fourth Wall, and start plugging household essentials directly to the movie-goer.

The story is unexpectedly anti-Union, specifically targeting Teachers’ Unions.  Given Ms. Gyllenhaal’s very progressive record of political activism, it is more than a little surprising she chose this role.  Perhaps the role-reversal of an erudite, White Collar, Africa American opposite a colorful, White barmaid drew her to the script.  Nonetheless, isn’t there any more Batman movies for her, or any other super-hero ones?  The kind to help give her new visibility, and to attract really juicy parts her way again, ones that showcase her very special brand of theatrical fireworks.

One of Maggie’s favorite turns in her career, is playing the lead in her latest project, a significant, noteworthy dramatic mini-series from the British Broadcasting Corporation (the BBC) entitled, The Honourable Woman.  Here Ms. Gyllenhaal portrays Nessa Stein, daughter of an Israeli arms dealer who ultimately turns the destructive family business into one supporting communication infrastructure between the Arabs and the Israelis... This just in, Ms. Gyllenhaal won the Golden Globe for her tour de force, bravura performance as Nessa.  That was her first Golden Globe win, and we just know this will open still more doors for Maggie.

Maggie is one, very busy actress.  She will be appearing in what is said to be Sir Tom Stoppard’s best stage work, The Real Thing.  In this regularly produced play, one which first premiered in 1982, Maggie plays Annie, an actress who has an affair with a playwright.  On stage they fight, yet off stage they romance, in this sophisticated play within a play.  By the way, Sir Stoppard also wrote Shakespeare in Love, the screenplay that helped make Gwyneth Paltrow a household name.

Surprisingly, the New York Times review for The Real Thing was mixed.  The chemistry on-stage between Maggie’s turn and the male lead was apparently lacking.  Having never tread the boards (and at this rate, likely never will), does the acting displayed on-stage mean the off-stage chemistry is not there yet as well?  Does the cast ever socialize together?  Or does stiffness result from both leads having never before appeared on Broadway?  Given this lack of experience, are they petrified of having to wait for audience cell phone calls to be completed before they can resume the play?

Just an aside, Maggie has a soft, honey-sweet, and beautiful speaking voice.  If I was Ms. Gyllenhaal’s agent, I would be lining up narration parts for her.  Disney always needs fairy godmothers.  Or go more adult, her soothing and sultry timber would make a perfect voiceover for airline or high-end automobile commercials — and she can do a flawlessly convincing, British accent.  These suggestions may sound frivolous, or beneath her, but just listen to the way she talks, and then you decide.

When, not if, my screen play of a dramedy, I like our Chances, gets made into a movie, she’s Emily Femmedieu, the demure, leading lady unexpectedly finding the man she had only hoped existed, and without whom, she will never know true happiness.

With remarkable candor, Ms. Gyllenhaal discusses being a new mother on the Chelsea Lately show.

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Kirsten Dunst

(Still from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,
Kirsten as a mistress,
and Lacuna Corp. memory-erasing employee.)

Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten is officially off-limits because she is getting married.  But still, as part of the consent agreement she signed with Other Letter (you have this, Kirsten, look around for it), I can still make snarky comments about your life and your love interests.

For instance, Kirsten was seen crying on the Red Carpet at the Cannes Film Festival.  I know what you’re thinking, she’s crying over her fiancé.  No, her love life is in tip-top shape, her contact lenses were bothering her.  Who is her fiancé?  An actor, why can’t these starlets fall for bloggers?  What is it with them anyhow?

Kirsten has lived with a guy before, actually two, but who’s counting?  Let me finish.  Girls where there was a divorce, like Kirsten’s family, have many boyfriends.  (Ashley Judd quickly comes to mind, if you know her you know she’s dated the entire Kentucky University men’s basketball team, often going on group dates under the guise of glee club booster captain).  Daughters whose father died, on the other hand, hardly date anyone.

This is scientific fact gleaned from my developmental psych text, there are no exceptions, these are life’s rules, live with them, okay?  So all I am saying is that Kirsten really enjoys the stability of serious relationships.  She even needs them when the kind she wants most are not readily available.  Hence the contact lense issue at Cannes...

I miss Kirsten: All the fun around the Pantheon campfire, the sing-alongs, building the new wing and the new atrium, the ice skating by the lake, tending the Pantheon grounds, milking the cows (her over-sized bosom didn’t hurt one bit, either).  She’s getting married to some guy.  Was his name, Mack? Some guy named Mack we think.  As in, “Hey, Mack, you suck.”

Kirsten was at Coachella, except she spent some time at Churchella.  That’s some goofiness her manager pulled on her, we’re pretty sure: “Go to Churchella, Kirsten, improve your movie demographics with people who spend all day praying for forgiveness.  You’re not getting the roles you deserve, Kirsten, spend Sundays at Mass chatting up the congregation.  Work your fan base.”

Managers pull that PR nonsense, unless there’s a new Kirsten, one who loves Jesus the Christ.  It’s just too sad to consider.  I’d be her manager, and straighten her right out, but I’m booked solid, and plus, she’s married...

Kirsten is getting married, what can you do?  Way to be, Dunst.  We’re done.  You’re attached and off the trading block, we’ll try not to let our disappointment in you show.  We are sure you will be so incredibly happy together with whomever it is you’re shacking up with this month, and then have your fifteen kids named after your movie characters.  At least if you’re not serially dating, you won’t end up with canker sores.  So we’ll respect that much of your new mode of living.

We checked Pantheon rules, and marriage alone cannot have you pulled from here, but be very careful, Kirsten, we are onto you.  We just pulled Nicole Kidman for bad behavior and conduct unbecoming, do you want to be next — hmm?  You had unbelievable potential in the Pantheon, Dunst, but suit yourself.  Sniff, sniff, tissue...

Like everyone else, you must be wondering what Kirsten has been up to recently, so here is the capsule news flash.  Ms. Dunst is directing a feature-length movie, the film adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar; she received a Fargo Emmy nom; and she broke her leg in a cheerleading accident.  Yes, that’s right.  Apparently she was practically buried alive demonstrating a human pyramid to the new squad for the Bring it On sequel, Bring It On ’Til You Drop.

Then in other news, as we might already know, Kirsten is a very attractive, full-figured woman, although she earns demerits because she’s a smoker.  We can just see it now: Academy Awards, 2020, “And the Oscar for Directing the sweeping epic, Bring it On and On and On, goes to Kirsten Dunst...  Where is she?...  She’s out having a drag?  Then the Oscar goes to Quentin Tarantino for his sequel, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Then Some”...

To much acclaim, dreamboat Kirsten Dunst played Peter Parker’s wholesome, glamorous, and gorgeous girlfriend, Mary Jane Watson, in the first three of the billion-dollar-grossing, Spider-Man movies.  Having been a clean-living cheerleader herself, Kirsten legitimized them with her first-hand, knowing performance of a grand champion in Bring it On (we recently caught her dragging on a cancer stick, but we won’t tell, not on our watch).

By no means though, does Ms. Dunst only limit her work to projects designed for universal appeal, or for a younger demographic.  In Melancholia, she plays a sister deeply troubled by the course of her life, then more deeply troubled by what might be the end of life on Earth from a planetary collision.  More recently, Kiki — as friends call never-haughty Kirsten — won over hearts again with her warm portrayal of Alison Olsen in the sleeper, Losing Friends and Alienating People.

Set on location in Istanbul, Athens, and Crete, Kirsten’s most recent work is on the thriller, The Two Faces of January.  Ms. Dunst plays the wife of a con man who finds herself on the lam running through Greece and into Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar after he accidentally kills an Athenian police officer who is investigating him.

The very ambitious movie script for The Two Faces, is an adaptation of a Patricia Highsmith novel of the same name.  This prolific novelist wrote crime fiction, and another of her works, Strangers on a Train, was produced by Alfred Hitchcock, among others.  Rotten Tomatoes, the cinema review site, gave it a very good, 82% rating, calling it, “classy, if not classic.”

Given the iCloud nudity scandal, if you still need the prurient along side Kirsten’s acting talents, you can see her tastefully naked (or at least I thought so) in Melancholia.

Most recently, Ms. Dunst got the lead role as Peggy Blomquist in the television adaptation of the cinema classic, Fargo.  Kirsten might feel disappointed, and that she is just biding her time, because TV could be seen as beneath her, but she has already done a few dozen cameos on that medium from South Park to Star Trek: The Next Generation.  Regardless, television is guaranteed national exposure without the viewer ever having to leave their home, so we will all have the opportunity to catch her doing another well-prepared, thought-out, professional, and superlative acting job.

Many would say that she looks just like a modern-day, voluptuous, pin-up girl.  Because her physical appearance is so striking, paradoxically it may make her a little self-conscious, concerned that people don’t realize just how attractive she is as a person, and what a sweetheart she is.

After seeing a good deal of these paparazzi photos, one gets a sense of a particular celebrity’s tolerance for being photographed without permission.  On a scale from zero to ten, most celebrities will probably rate their ability to withstand the paps, a three or a four.  I would have to say Kirsten has close to zero tolerance.  Which is perfectly understandable, but the way I would try to remain sane if they descended on me, would be to try to remember that they might be helping my career by keeping me in the spotlight.  Then the question becomes: Do I want to have a sour expression on my face when the shutters click, or do I want to look happy for my fans?  When the paparazzi no longer have an interest in your visit to Vegan Veggie Village, your career is over and done.

You may say this is the most bull you’ve ever read, yet look at how Taylor Swift handles the paparazzi.  She probably handles them better than anyone else does, she practically beams when they are near; or look at Reese Witherspoon who garners a close second to Taylor.  Both seem to actually enjoy the presence of the paparazzi, and the attention they lavish.  One day, Ms. Dunst, they might not be vying as much for your photograph.  I would say, enjoy the flashbulbs while ye may, even if you’ve been dealing with their glare almost all your life, as Kirsten has...

Kirsten has said that she is “obviously a feminist,” one with character, who wisely, and steadfastly, sides with those speaking out on the left side of the aisle.  Her favorite musician, growing up and today, has always been Joni Mitchell, so that should dismiss any questions concerning perceived lack of progressive resolve.

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Amanda Seyfried

(© Nine Lives, LLC.
Nine Lives still)

Amanda Seyfried

Amanda is going the way of Kirsten Dunst, she is off the singles market, and she is getting married.  Both of them know that by the age of thirty-five, they look like decrepit old ladies to Hollywood, so they latch onto any guy for financial support — usually it’s the producer of their final movie.  Let’s grudgingly wish that they have a wonderful life, and that they get at least one more role, maybe in a revival of Oklahoma! or South Pacific at a senior center.

While social media gives anyone a slight (okay, infinitesimal) chance at a super starlet romance, those Pantheon starlet’s ranks are thinning away, hence our bitterness.

Now that we’re being super rude, Amanda was taking anti-depressants, and she is currently pregnant.  How is she swinging that combo, and stopping the meds, without getting very, very moody?...

Amanda had quite a health scare at the age of nineteen.  She was absolutely certain she had a brain tumor, and that it was going to kill her.  She was diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and depression, and was prescribed Lexapro.  Her manager decided it was either tumor meds, or a permanent stay at Mattapan in neighboring Dorchester, Massachusetts.

I understand that antidepressants can speed one up a bit, and when we did intake at the Pantheon, and then read her latest interview in Allure, she did seem to provide more info than the situation required.  Given that her condition seemed situationally-based, her cerebral self-diagnosis may have triggered a major, Steinbergian overload in her cognitive space.

Because this was not a function of any known family predisposition, we pulled Amanda aside in the Pantheon and asked what was going on in her teens.  She related that she lost her pooch, Muffin, a rare, Saint Bernard-miniature poodle mix, down a well.  Amanda heard it yelping for days from within the well, but could do nothing, and it absolutely broke her heart into many, many pieces.  When the dog finally was retrieved, it no longer remembered Amanda, or even its own name.  Fetching sticks proved to be impossible for both — Muffin did not know where to bring the stick, and Amanda lost all of the necessary patience.  This was no shaggy dog story.

Getting back to the tumor floating behind her eye sockets.  While we understand all the horror in misdiagnosing your own tumor, we feel that with age comes a better understanding of physiology.  So before we released her back to her fiancé, we recommended a thorough reading of Grey’s Anatomy, the primer on the human body, and that she stop taking stimulants.  We also mentioned to Amanda that Lexapro has been around for twenty years, and that after many trials, the Pantheon Treatment Team™ did not care so much for its reaction profile.  Don’t worry, readers, I was almost pre-med, I can design treatment plans...

It looks as though Amanda Seyfried is moving on to greener pastures.  That’s right, she’s getting married.  We’ll miss her at our Pantheon’s potluck, Sunday suppers.  She had such a way with preparing beef, her favorite.

Amanda loved her animal flesh so much that she requested and received a personal accommodation waiver of our dairy farm’s, no-cow-slaughtering policy.  This put her in solid defiance of the Pantheon’s preference for poultry and seafood (or just kale and dandelion stems for Gwynnie).  With less cows, we had less milk and cheese — which put a damper on Friday pizza night — but Amanda has plans to open her very own butcher’s shop, so we figured we’d make her happy.  A core underpinning of the Pantheon philosophy, is that every girl reach her God-given potential, and for Amanda that meant letting her slaughter animals.

Amanda would spend much of her time here chasing down and butchering the livestock for her meals, and was studying for her butcher’s hobbyist license before matrimony called.  Amanda would regale us with stories about how, even when she was young, her greatest hope for this World was that everyone ate more bacon.  In fact, she hoped everyone enjoyed its smokey deliciousness on a daily basis (and not just at breakfast), and that no hog went unslaughtered.  All of your friends at the Pantheon wish you the best of luck, Amanda...

The so remarkably talented, buoyant, and unique Amanda Michelle Seyfried first gained fame in Mean Girls co-starring alongside Lindsay Lohan (Tina Fey wrote the screenplay for this broadly-appealing comedy).  The mean girls were better known as the Plastics, the most popular clique in all of North Shore High School.  Ms. Seyfried played the charmingly daffy Karen Smith.

Eight years later, in 2012’s Gone, she played a woman trying to save her sister from a deranged killer amidst having all her cries for help completely ignored.

Until the age of seventeen, Amanda took classical singing lessons.  This prepared her for the role of Cosette in the 2012 film adaptation of Les Misérables.  Ms. Seyfried sure knows how to carry a tune, just listen to how she sings and plays guitar on the Sixties classic, Little Red Riding Hood.  Amanda is also very well known for her Bette Davis Eyes.

This year, she may have risked her reputation as a mainstream box office draw, in favor of challenging her abilities carrying an even weightier part.  That challenge would be when she took on the title role in Lovelace, the autobiography of Linda Lovelace.

Amanda lives life on her own terms, and possesses quite the intellect.  She studied meteorology for a spell, even hoping to make it as a career before her acting talents became so apparent.  Ms. Seyfried is also fascinated with taxidermy, and she has several museum-quality specimens — yes, taxidermy.  Although she hastens to add that her beloved pooch, Finn, will never find a permanent, stationary home on her living room floor as she is a devoted animal lover.

Amanda is starring on off-Broadway in The Way We Get By, which has just been extended a week due to ticket demand.  In the New York Times review of the play, they said Ms. Seyfried definitely has all the acting chops, although because this was her first appearance on the stage, she wasn’t projecting her voice sufficiently.

Ms. Seyfried would be my first and only choice for the role of Karen Wilson in my new sci-fi thriller, entitled Their End of Days.  Our heroine is a feisty graduate astronomy student from the year 2117, who will make an astounding discovery that will change both the course of civilization, and the destiny of Mankind.

Amanda is currently in Japan promoting Shiseido’s Cle de Peau Beaute.  I have no idea what this is, if it’s fashion related, food related, or her management just sent her on some mysterious junket that no American quite knows what it is about, including Amanda.  She may just need to curtsy intermittently before various dignitaries, ones whose wives don’t know where they are, to ultimately satisfy her contractual obligations.  Looking at the celebrity pages, Amanda appears to be giving a speech at one point there, which I don’t understand, and neither would they, because as far as I know Amanda does not speak any Mandarin.  She’s probably just mumbling something, anything, again just to satisfy her contractual obligation.

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Katy Perry

(Eva Rinaldi)
Does Snow White have to be a blond?

Katy Perry

Katy Perry is always so happy and serene.  She is also so very feminine, and is without a mean bone in her body.  Katy has been known to out-sweet the rest of the field.  Ms. Perry is from rather humble roots, and her family could only scrape by when she was young.

Because of her writing and performing interests, many would be surprised to learn that her parents are both Pentecostal ministers.  Katy began her career singing California Gospel and initially had limited exposure to secular, non-religious music.  The next genre in her musical evolution was with country compositions.  Again, a far cry from what she sings now.

Ms. Perry will be performing at the Super Bowl in 2015.  While there may have been a pang of regret as to which Super Bowl she is performing — the one following all the player sexual assault scandals — there is no way she can turn down appearing before the biggest audience in all of entertainment.

Some of her best songs include: Wide Awake, Waking Up in Vegas, Roar, Firework, Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.), California Gurls, and I Kissed a Girl.  Unlike many of her peers, she has done significant charity work, specifically relief efforts in poverty-stricken Madagascar with UNICEF.

Living in the shadow of the Taylor juggernaut, Katy sure has difficult competition.  She must wake up in the middle of every night crying and in a cold sweat, shaking her fists up at God: “Why, why, am I in the same generation as that pop confection?  Why did I have to tour the same time that she’s touring?  We are both musicians, why does she have to always steal my spotlight?”

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Taylor Swift

(Taylor Swift’s promotional TaylorSwift.com
All Rights Reserved, Taylor Nation
God understood that if all women looked like this,
there would be trouble — plenty of it.  And she was right.)

Taylor Swift

I’m beginning to get the hand of this Hollywood popularity game.  I’m only as popular as the friends I have.  My new friend, then, is Taylor Swift.  I’m not sure if what we have together is known as dating, or something far more profound.

She played the Garden, and she picked me out of the audience to get on stage.  Just like Springsteen did with Courtney Cox in the Dancing in the Dark video.  We danced the rest of the set together up there in front of 20,000 screaming fans, and she shouted to me, “Meet me in my dressing room, Other.  You’re a great dancer by the way.  Would you like to be a backup dancer?  It’s only union scale, but I promote from within.  There’s employment applications on my dressing room table.”

Before I had a chance to answer, a bouncer ushered me to her dressing room, and I waited patiently for her show to finish.  After her fifth encore, she came bounding into her dressing room, somehow full of energy — she is known for her high-energy shows.  We chatted for a few hours, then she had to leave for her next show in Cleveland.

I said, “Goodnight, will you be back in New York soon?”  Her reply, “I live in the Village, silly.  We need to chat much more.  You are quite the conversationalist, Other.”  I told her, “Yes, I guess I am.”  Well, she’s now finishing up the West Coast leg of her Reputation previews tour in intimate cafés, so we’re set to meet after that.  I cannot wait, I was that impressed with her.

She holds her own with every topic of conversation — World Series, Super Bowl picks (along with accurate stats going back twenty years, then her home town, Philly, PA Eagles, going back forty years), Hindu theology (while not a confirmed Buddhist, she is completely versed in the Contemplative Pillars of Freedom), haute cuisine, haute couture, and in fact, haute anything.  (What do you have in haute?  She’s versed in it.)

Taylor is also an avid Deadhead, having seen them as a preteen many, many times.  As it turns out, she followed them around the country with her Ma and Pa.  Her parents were known then as Momma and Poppa Trips, and sold windowpane acid out of the back of their VW Microbus.  They were about to turn on Taylor when an angel appeared out of the sky saying, “We’ve got big plans for this one, don’t bother.”  The Swift parents decided against it at that point, and the rest is Country and Western, then Rock ’n’ Roll, history.

My point being I am approaching super stardom at meteoric speed, and why?  Well, in large measure it’s because Taylor knows me, and well, I know her (not necessarily in the Biblical sense, but you get the idea)...

Taylor Swift is the new face of Budweiser beer.  That’s right.  Her management team decided to take her to the next level; being a spokewoman for Coca-Cola is one thing, but the big money is in shilling alcohol.  Expect catchy pitches as she tweaks Shake it off, to become Shake it off with Bud.  Then switch a few words of her Out of the Woods, so it becomes an anti-cannabis, pro-suds anthem, Lost in the Woods.

Taylor will be sipping Bud and offering toasts between every song on her next tour, Reputation, which will be sponsored by Anheuser-Busch.  The concert highlight will be when the Budweiser Clydesdales stampede onto the stage, and the Swifty dancers whisk Taylor to safety, while she never misses a beat, and goes right on with the show...

In Taylor Swift’s latest, Look What You Made Me Do (alternative title: Stewing in One’s Juices & not Moving On), she is angry at someone, even traumatized by them, although she won’t say who this is by name.  Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have tried to leapfrog over Taylor’s reputation (the name of her new album) to buttress their own.

They did this by editing an Instagram video that made Taylor sound like she approved of this Kanye line: “I made that bitch famous.”  Famous, he claims, because at 2009’s MTV Video Music Awards, he jumped on the stage to steal the limelight out of her hands, after she had just won Best Female Video.

If this is supposed to be referring to Kim and Kanye, she may have dropped the ball.  Why not just name them then?  “I hope Neil Young will remember, Southern man don’t need him around anyhow.”  Lynyrd Skynyrd and Neil Young went at it, they name dropped.  If you want to go after Kimye, this is being so coy about it.

Outside secret meanings, and on to its musical merits: Taylor’s latest definitely is catchy, but it is also as dark and black as night.  Ms. Swift might need to get out into the sunshine more often.  At the rate these singles are being dropped, by next year her Reputation Tour will be opened by Marilyn Manson and Black Sabbath.  It’ll be Ironman followed by Shake it Off.

If the next singles off the album are similar, Country Taylor has now gone Goth Taylor.  I had always hoped Ms. Swift would go in Joni Mitchell’s direction of being entirely true to one’s artistic vision and never sell out, but now Taylor is selling snake jewelry on her web site (in honor of the theme of her Reputation CD, and her rebranding as an artist, and apparently, her rebranding as a person).  I guess her integrity as a songwriter will now be the subject of much debate.

Leaving the show, concert-goers can pick up multi-colored, plastic, witchcraft pentagrams for $39.99, and $59.99 gets you a witches’ recipe cookbook where you can cast spells on the unnamed just like your heroine does.  As tour sponsors, Visa and Mastercard are heartily welcomed and gratefully accepted.

Taylor’s self-indulgent message, given the competitiveness in the music industry, may be one also derived from focus-group consensus.  The theme has become (after the first single, at least): if you’ve been burned enough, do just like the rest of America has, and live for unending thoughts of revenge — instead of understanding your enemies shortcomings and motivations.  Taylor is firmly in Quentin Tarantino’s camp now, and his themes of never ending retaliation.  To think, she used to sing heartfelt ballads for tween and teen girls.

Katy Perry wins this round with the crowd-pleasing, Swish Swish, although her demographic may be older, and, I would have to say, less well-off.  Taylor is at a crossroads between being a figurehead for a conglomerate, or a singer/songwriter with which to be reckoned.

As for Kimye, the male recently entered a hospital for psychological reasons, and the female is the astrology type on a tired, old, reality TV show.  Given all their animosity towards Taylor, it would almost seem as though they both had drug habits.  For me at least, Taylor does seem like she is beating two dead horses, reprehensible, hateful, shameful ones, but two dead horses just the same...

Well, the Groping Trial of the Century has concluded in Ms. Swift’s favor.  Way to be, Taylor!  Although, she only asked for a $1, if she wanted it to stick it to him, and exact revenge, I would have sought $1,000.  For a sleazy, low-level operator, that would have stuck it to him where it hurt the most, in his wallet.  As usual, Taylor handled herself like the class act that she is, and has always been.

The real question here is why anyone would think Taylor would fabricate that story, and why anyone would want to grope Taylor.  If you’re a guy, you just don’t go there, ass-grabbing a stranger, even if she is gorgeous like Taylor is.  This is so incredibly disrespectful and uncouth.  Was this guy loaded at the time?...

With the sexual assault trial over, do we all feel a female empowerment anthem coming on from Taylor?  “I’d like to sing to you track 17 off my new album [tweens shriek uncontrollably], Time for Vengence, and it’s called Peter the Predator [tweens get very quiet, many head to girls’ bathroom at the L.A. Staples Center].

“Gimme a one, a two, a three.  Stop right there, Pete.  You done me wrong, you sure did, and now you’ll pay, you’ll pay big, Pete, Peter the Predator, oh, yeah, will you ever, Predator Pete the Snake.  You tried to make me damaged goods, put me under your spell, shut me down, but who gets the last laugh?  That’s right, I do [arena turns bright white as if hit by lightning, tweens remaining run for the exits]...”

Sad news today out of Nashville: Taylor Swift has decided to quit the music business, and devote the rest of her life, full-time, to taking care of her cats, Olivia Benson and Meredith Grey.  Taylor offered her usual poignant, and to the point, reasoning: “My cats need me, and I, them.  Please forward all matters to my wing girl, Lorde...”

The real reason Taylor didn’t have her famous Fourth of July celebration was not because she was busy in the studio churning out hits.  No, it was because her just as famous water slide was condemned by the Rhode Island Division of Amusement Park Conveyances.  It not only failed inspection, it caused the death of an unnamed guest last year.

Try to figure out which one it was.  Hint: it was one of the least popular members of her squad, essentially a hanger on, an “expendable” in Swifty parlance.  This led to much speculation that she was knocked off because she did not contribute enough to the PR effort, and thus, was a drag on record sales.  The deceased wasn’t Cara Delevigne nor was this Karlie Kloss, they pull their weight, and they’re still alive anyhow.

Taylor makes every guest sign a waiver limiting the damages for her rides of death to providing a wheelchair (which must be returned) and cab fare to the Newport Railroad Station, where Taylor’s send off to the now disabled is that they are too weak and feeble to be on her squad anyway, so they should skedaddle.  Ms. Swift seriously considered fitting her guests with red armbands as party favors, but her parents told her that this would be in relatively poor taste given the one Jew, and the one African, present for ethnic balance in photo ops.  The liability release also absolves her of notifying anyone beside the coroner if they don’t survive Taylor’s little endurance outing, Le Tour de Swift.

This is all in keeping with Taylor’s guiding principle, that any “social” activity with her can never have a downside; unless it involves “Bad Blood” Katy Perry — then claws are bared, it’s a cat fight, hiss!!!...

Taylor and Katy Perry are at it again.  In more important news, Taylor may have found a new guy.  He is not very well known, I cannot recall his name.  I think he is involved in entertainment, or maybe it was accounting, one of those two.  Either way, he will soon be the subject of a Taylor break-up song, that is guaranteed.

Taylor is nothing if not discriminating with who she, well, I will say this delicately, who she holds hands with, whose varsity ring she wears on her necklace, or who she chooses as her steady.

Any prospective beau must be vetted by: her girl squad; her parents, including criminal background check; her management, so target demographic goals are reached; and her fans who now have a Facebook poll to vote in or out the next, petrified yet still hopeful, lamb for slaughter in the Taylor sweepstakes...

I was chatting with Taylor Swift’s publicist the other day, wondering where she disappeared.  Not one paparazzi has spotted her anywhere in such a long time — not on the Breakers in Rhode Island; not on the streets of Manhattan walking her many, many cats; nor giving impromptu concerts in Central Park.

Taylor can easily double as Batgirl, so I am sure she will find her way out of that jam.  See what you discover when you’re hooked up to the well-connected such as Other Letter...

Another ribbon-cutting ceremony puts Taylor Swift back on the front page.  On her dime, she just opened a 20,000 bed hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, for cancer survivors entitled Home Sweet Taylor.  It has immediately become the primary care facility for smokers, ex-smokers, tobacco chewers, snuff snuffers, and those keeling over from second hand smoke.  Why so much personal interest in caring for tobacco casualties?

As it turns out, she had a chain smoking bestie in high school that is now in an iron lung.  Another junior high friend carts around an oxygen tank on her back — they nicknamed her, “the Astronaut.”  This is a girl that was a triple letter woman in basketball, softball, and darts (it’s different in the South, they don’t qualify for federal aid).

What’s more, she was originally one of three Swiftys, but now she’s only one of two.  Her third brother, named Buck, Buck Swift, coughed up a lung, and now he’s no more.  Taylor even wrote a song about him, but it was so painful to both perform and listen to, it was never released on music CD.  There were even hopes of a spoken version on audio cassette tape which never materialized.  It was called, O’ Brother, Where Smoke Thou!!! and chronicled Buck’s attempt to get a smoke all hours of the day and night, even during chemo.

Taylor has plenty more stories to relate having spent much of her life out in the country honing her sound.  Out there, they all smoke, or chew tobacco, and even the women chewers carry spittoons (to keep it feminine).  The walls of many Southern saloons and nightclubs are stained brown from the spitting of tobacco juice.  Oral hygiene is much less important South of the Mason-Dixon Line.

She had to drop an entire troupe of backup singers, the Spitting Six-shooters, when their jaws were all surgically removed.  Management felt they looked too grotesque to tour with Ms. Swift at this point, and they just mumbled anyway, so Taylor had no choice but to agree.

Marlboro wanted to get in on the ground floor, and set up a cigarette vending machine on every ward of Home Sweet Taylor, but Taylor told them, “That would be counter-productive, now wouldn’t it?”  With that, Taylor handed off all management responsibilities to the competent hands of hand-picked careerists, leaving her smelling like a rose...

Taylor and I haven’t spoken much recently.  Time and outside commitments just pull people right apart.  I know she’s performing at the Super Bowl, or a basketball game, same difference.  I tell her about her act: “just keep your mind on the lyrics, the rest will follow.  Also try to memorize the melody, that might help, too.  But remember, it’s chin up, shake your booty like you mean it, and keep ’em smiling.  Even though you’re not cute, you do a great job of faking it.”

Yet Taylor is a very confident young woman, she just needs to recognize that her career won’t last forever.  I continue imparting my sage advice: “Make as much loot as you can while nothing is saggy.  Wink, wink.  Minimize donut intake, because you are more a sexual act than a musical one.  You’re welcome, Taylor.”

Are you out there, Taylor, desperate for the help of a real pro?  Everyone can see how lost you look on stage when you notice someone’s not standing on their seat during your Shake it Off encore, as if your cats just knocked dinner off the counter.

You need to join Scientology, find some purpose, anything you can find to fill that vacuum you call your life.  It will work for you, as it has for many, many other performers.  You need it.  CLEAR!!!

And drugs will get you ready for the show.  Remember Bennie and the Jets?  Well, take a few bennies before you climb on to the stage.  You’ll be backflipping over the stage lights.  That’s how you give an energetic show.  Start singing in double time — god knows your shows put the crowd right to sleep.  SNORE!!!  Don’t take it personal though, you don’t have all the experience in this field that I do, so you’re excused.

This is the deal, Taylor, you’ve been mismanaged.  We all see this, we feel this, but you’re the one that has to live with this every day of your sad existence.  I will be your manager.  50% off the top, off the gate, you won’t do better.  It’s that simple.  These pearls of wisdom are just the tip of the iceberg.  I don’t have many, many clients like those overworked managers, so I can devote my attentions just on you, and on your career.

How’s them apples, Taylor?  I can tell you’re interested.  You’re not a dumb girl, but smart girls know they have to sign away their business interests when they’ve lost all control of their future.  In other words, you have to .  I can’t call you, I lost your number.  Email me, Taylor, it’s the only way you’ll get your career out of the pits, where it is now...

Taylor recently played a concert for a Missouri, 105-year-old, WWI doughboy, that she mistook for a Civil War veteran.  Turns out ol’ Zeke follows her from town-to-town catching every show with Americans with Disabilities Act access as he is blind and in a wheelchair.  Zeke is also kind of deaf, so she had to lean over and scream into his ear so he could hear anything at all.  Having earned his wings in the Sixties, Zeke still said that after the Grateful Dead, Taylor is his favorite act.

Halfway through Ms. Swift’s performance, Zeke had heart palpitations — which is fairly common considering she brings arena amps to play for the elderly — and Zeke needed to be Med-Evac-ed from the front lawn of Zeke’s family gathering, to the nearest town with an ER, or Chicago.  Taylor did not skip a beat and moved onto Des Moines in her own private hospitality jet, Air Tay Good-times, to reach a geriatric center this time, where she is known, less than affectionately, as Taylor the Terminator, the Grim Reaper culling the weak from the herd...

How do I say this without offending or embarrassing anyone, especially Taylor?  Her boobs got much bigger — someone had to say it, why not the World leader in investigative journalism, The Other Letter?  I seriously doubt it was due to work being done, I mean she wasn’t small for starters.  I think she just started eating people food, and not kale, moss, and bark every day.  She was once seriously thin, I’ve posted paparazzi links from then, but now I kinda hide them from prying eyes.

I only post this as a public service to too thin, young, kale-eating women who want to get ahead in the world and don’t see how.  Ms. too-petite, Jane Smith are you out there?  It is only a matter of eating better, not being overwhelmed or out of your mind with stress, and getting your life back under control a la Taylor Swift.  Here is a recent picture of voluptuous Taylor — who knew she had it in her?  By the way, this is not sexist or misogynistic, it’s not.

And please, whatever you do, ladies, don’t do the opposite, and go the Jennifer Connelly route, and have them reduced.  You may think of them as floor dusters or navel grazers, but boys won’t, and that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?  It’s about getting boys to buy you stuff like chocolates, and beach front property.

Yeah, Jennifer and I go way back, we have our pizza and beer, every Friday night.  I won’t let her drive home, she has to sleep over.  My point is, that we argue over the work she had done, work being the boobs reduction.  I keep telling her, see if they can be put back in what they took out, you’d be getting more roles, of women with real sway over men.  She appreciates my concern, and even though to her I am a saint whose opinions she values more than her Lord herself, she is the girl who, as she says, “Is stuck carrying the bocce balls everywhere on my chest.”  So I let it go at that...

No, you haven’t heard it all, until you’ve heard this: Taylor Swift is a clone of a satanic priestess of the 80s.  How could I ever fail to connect the dots that The Sun tabloid does so clearly here?  Doesn’t this explain everything?  Her refusal to indict, or even dislike, Kenya and Kim K, for instance.  Why is it?  Because all three are from the other side, that’s why.

Now, I can understand.  She draws all the young women and girls into her evil, diabolical — I’ll say it — her cult.  She doesn’t work for RCA Records, she only works for Lucifer.  Satan stamps her timecard.  The devil writes up her performance reviews.  I’m verklempt, I’m saddened beyond words, overcome with emotion.  Oh, the humanity...

Have you noticed that Taylor seems to be using less hair conditioner lately?  It seems more wavy, or are we just seeing split ends?  We would hate to use the word frizzy, but it just has less body somehow.  It’s as though she was getting a perm done, and she walked out half way through very disappointed, or she had to be somewhere.  We tried contacting her publicity agents, but they had nothing to say on the matter.  We will keep you posted with any developments to this vital, breaking news story.  Remember, you heard it here first...

Are you ready for this?  Taylor Nation is now dealing with yet another debacle.  Round the wagons everyone, because Karlie Kloss, Taylor’s BFF, had something nice to say about Kim K.  We know what you’re thinking, “WTF?!”  Well, the real reason Karlie appeared to break ranks and snuggle up beside the enemy is simple.  Karlie is incapable of being mean, the word revenge is not in her vocabulary.  She is not like older, jaded people who can turn on you with the drop of a hat — like Kenya, and yes, even Kim K.

At the blog, we’ve been mulling over the Karlie remark for most of the week.  She had to have been cornered by the British press.  Their reporters could have asked her whom she liked better, Mussolini or Hitler, and she’d say, “Let me get back to you on that” — and not because she is too young to know European history, but simply because she is loathe to defame a nation’s former premiers in interviews.

Ms. Kloss does not do several interviews a day like Taylor does, but that’s only because Karlie is moving into computer programming, and I know from personal experience that a programmer’s public relations media schedule is a bit lighter than Taylor Swift’s is.  Karlie should take heart.  I am sure the fallout from this tactical blunder will be minimal.  It is the greater prize of Taylor peace that we all seek, and this will not deter us.

The sleepless nights, the substance abuse, the general irritability, I’m sure the fact that Karlie Kloss and Taylor Swift are not seeing that much of each other anymore hurts you as much as it does me (or them).  Wasn’t it just yesterday they had marathon cookie baking sessions?  Or they were raving in Central Park with their boom box until dawn?  Or scuba dived in the Maldives, cats in tow with life preservers?

True, Karlie is leaving the circus life for the programming high road at NYU, and Taylor will be churning out the hits, the first billionaire in her twenties who spends most of her disposable income on her cats, but for the sake of a splintered nation can’t they consider spending more time together?  If not for each other, then for us, their weeping fans who need to see them happy together again...

Thank Creation, we have been delivered from our torment!  Taylor and Karlie celebrated the latter’s birthday together.  This reminds me of the Biblical verse: “Ask and it shall be given.”  Well, we asked for Taylor and Karlie to get back on track, and what do you know?  Now, this brings still more inspirational quotations.  How about John F. Kennedy?  To paraphrase our great ex-President: “Ask not what Karlie can do for you, Tay, ask what you can do for Karlie.”

And this is exactly what Taylor did.  She asked herself what she could do for her main bud, Karlie; she stepped back; and she did not get selfish thinking thoughts like: “Hmm, what can Karlie do for me?”  Once again, Taylor proves why we know she’s a super God from a galaxy distant.  Tissue, wipe away the tears...

Now Justin Bieber has to bust chops with Taylor.  I’d expect more from a Canadian, but what can you do?  The problem is that Kenya, Kum, and Justine are all kiddy acts that have to gear all their thinking towards the infantile, teenage demographic.  Taylor has gone far beyond that, into the adult mainstream.

This just in from our ultra-reliable network of sources: We now have the scoop why Taylor left her ex, Calvin.  She caught him fraternizing with the wrong element — non-virgins.  He had to leave Tay’s party in search of one, but he did find one along Ocean Avenue on the Breakers who needed a lift down to Marblehead.  Which leads us to our next question: How does one get invited to a Swift Bash?...

Not that anyone is keeping count, but Tay-Hiddle is traveling the globe right from the starting gun.  Nashville, London, Rome, L.A., and today Australia, in a five-weeks-old relationship, now that has to be a record.  Is that August wedding bells we hear off in the distance?  I wonder what she will name her moppets, her mini-Tays?  What is the rush here anyway?  Did she enter a contest of some kind with her girlfriends?...

Outside their hotel in Australia’s Gold Coast, Mr. Fiddleheads was hounded by reporters, but our Tay was nowhere to be seen.  Sources tell us she was whisked away by a copter off the hotel’s roof at 3AM to parts unknown just to avoid the paparazzi and the reporters desperate for a Swift story.

Per her modus operandi, Taylor is here, there, and everywhere.  She is the incognito girl on the go.  Could her whirlybird touch down on your street?  That’s as likely a possibility as any to this jet setter who is always a step ahead of you, me, and anyone else.  She is always on the lookout to surprise shut ins with open arms in back wards of hospitals; or anyone, anywhere deserving of hugs.  We’re living in Taylor’s World now, yet she is living La Dolce Vita...

Okay, this is the deal.  Taylor, via the usual, unnamed fictitious source, said that traveling with Fiddleshead, “makes her feel safe.”  Then why doesn’t Taylor just buy a Doberman, and when she is globetrotting, stow him aboard her private jet with the luggage?  The pooch only needs a tablet of Valium, and he is good to go, he won’t hurt anyone, unless directed to do so (she should check with her veterinarian for exact dosages).  If Fiddleshead is mostly there for safety, go with Dobermans, or Rottweilers perhaps, take her pick.  This way, Taylor won’t have to deal with twice the paparazzi she’d get with a celebrity human companion, and plus, the Doberman is likely better company — certainly more spirited at least...

I really don’t like the way Taylor dumps one guy and starts up with another without any rest, like this new model of guy, Tom Fiddelheads.  I don’t want to get too personal, because for one, it would hardly be my place, but is our Taylor a virgin, or was she one, as of last week?  Has our Taylor already signed the womanhood contract on Satan’s parchment with pretty much a stranger?  Unbeknownst to her public, has Ms. Swift eaten the forbidden apple?  How would that ever happen?  Is Vegas running a book on this?  Have office pools been set up in workplaces for this eventuality?  How will winning wagers be independently verified?

Tom goes in deep for hand-holding, he is a hardcore hand holder, so I am more than just a little concerned for our Tay.  She is jumping in head first with someone who is always clutching, clutching, clutching — stop the clutching, God damn you, Tom!

A break up is a time to reflect, read a few blog pages written by a well-established blogger perhaps.  Get a new feel for the bachelorette terrain.  Find out what someone outside the crazy Hollywood movie/Nashville music scene is up to, maybe get that cute Other guy’s email address.

Who knows?  Maybe he’ll take you in, and take you right over the top (or over his knee, depending) to that next level of womanhood.  Why, what do you know, .  See what he is up to, find out what it really means to go with a well-established blogger, especially one with industry certification from the Blogging Council of America...

Taylor fans, are you ready for this?  Her boyfriend is now her ex-boyfriend.  Cue Barbara Streisand with her memories of The Way They Were.  Taylor, admit it, you need me, and you need me more than I want you, but hey, you’re a sentimental female.  So this is what you need to do, to take our relationship, well, out of the shadows.  I’ll also help get your music act to the next level (I was all-County tuba, I’ll play Ol’ Man River for you sometime).

, and we can get our little party started.  Do not worry about me adapting to the press, because hey, I’m a blogger, I was born press kit ready.  Just like you, I spend every day in the glare of the spotlight, and the public eye.  I am working on our compelling story right now: “World famous blogger, Other Letter, hitches up with area singer, Taylor Swift, causing her to swoon.”

Whatever you do, don’t feel threatened by my eminence, because one day, you too, might have my level of celebrity.  You’re much closer to this now than you even know.  One day, too, you might become a household name such as myself, and with it comes all the perks conferred me: preferred seating at White Castle (past midnight you almost have the place to yourself), faster checkout in supermarkets (investigate self-serve lines), the list is never-ending.

We will first need to run through a few principles my dates need to follow: deference to those senior (well, I’m senior); obedience to those higher up the chain of command (you guessed it, me again); but don’t worry they are easy to master if you follow your master (I know what you’re thinking, you’re not ready for the next step, bondage, but I’ll take it slow, I’ll have you in fifty shades of Tay in no time)...

Taylor, I have seen the way you dance.  While you are a credible dancer, I feel that together we can improve your dancing skills.  Stop by when you are ready to get to the next level (I’ll forward directions to where I live), and I will show you dance moves that will absolutely stun the competition.

First, you need to get loose, and the way we do that is with a fifth of Jack Daniels.  Now, I know what you’re thinking, that could get you drunk.  That is not my intent, I only want to get you good and loose, or better, seriously, really, good and loose.

Then we sit on the couch and I show you some videos of professionals who are expert in their field.  Some are pole dancers, but several have graduated to greater artistry.  Once you have a command of the material, we will perform the dance.

Also, I have prepared a little piece of paper I need you to sign for damages as a result of our strenuous exercises.  This transfers power-of-attorney for your music catalog to me, and it is standard issue for dancers and their instructors...

The latest Vogue cover has Taylor as a sleazy and cheap, platinum-bleached blonde.  To Taylor purists, of which I may be readily counted as one, this is misapplied heroin chic.  This is whacked out, Taylor Biker Chick.  Taylor is not Stevie Nicks, nor at last check, is this the Seventies.  There is no moon calf Taylor.  I am phoning Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour at home, at dinnertime, and I’m having her personally cancel my Vogue subscription while I impatiently tap my pencil on my burled walnut desk, all the while making inferences about her supposed breeding, and throwing darts at past Vogue covers including Christie Brinckley’s, which never involved street getups for God’s sakes...

Ms. Swift was seen at the wedding of a friend from grade school.  This is harsh, but it was much like Mick Jagger’s depiction of “a dismal, dull affair,” in the Rolling StonesNineteenth Nervous Breakdown.  Taylor gave multiple toasts as no one apparently had anything to say about the newly-minted couple, this financially-optimized pairing.  We just hope that when our Tay gets hitched, that her celebration of vows is a real jubilee, and not just a huge guest list tiredly going through the motions, as bride and groom take one for the home team, their parents...

Taylor Swift’s chief competitor is Adele.  While British Adele is known for her operatic voice, her material is, how do I say, well, like watching paint dry, at least compared to our American, Taylor.  Meanwhile, Taylor’s always good, clean, sexy fun — Adele only makes everyone cry.  I provide this market analysis for my good friend Taylor because of our intricate business relationship, one which is about ready for the next level.

I took note that Taylor’s been giving her moolah away like hot cakes.  $1,989 to a high school charity for footballs and pompoms, or some such.  Then the biggie, a quarter mill to a rapper named Kesha who has become a cause celebre because she claims she was raped by Doctor Luke (once the litigant has a name like Dr. Luke, everyone is already in hot water).

Other Letter is also deserving and in need of a new ride.  I’m thinking Rolls but if Tay wants to go chintzy with a Lexus, I can’t stop her. See, I’ve written about ten prime pages of published professional marketing text in her honor right here, so it’s time to pay the piper.  As soon as she contacts me, I’ll give her the spec on the Rolls or the Lexus (She’ll have to speak with Tokyo about tricking out my Lexus to get it above 500 horsepower, the Rolls is pretty much there already).  Considering what she’s given Kesha, she might want to go upscale with the Rolls so I won’t feel left out, but need be I’ll settle on the Lexus, given she’s given away most of her money to just about everyone else.  I just hope she doesn’t economize on expressing what I mean to her.  She’s flush after her 1989 tour so I’m sure she’ll be extra generous with me.

I wouldn’t put it past her to set me up next door to her mansion on the Breakers in Rhode Island.  She’s never been known to be cheap.  We’ll see, I’ve learned to trust her judgment.  Taylor also needs to consider showing up Kanye after the hard time he’s been giving her.  She needs to show him what she’s made of.  That’s why I’m suggesting the Plan A of the Taylor Swift — Other Letter Giving Schedule, and not the Plan C, or even the Plan B.  The Plan A, the Breakers Estate, has the most bang for the buck, is also very reasonable, even though the payments go out a bit longer.

Taylor Swift — Other Letter Giving Schedule
Plan A — BreakersPlan B — RollsPlan C — Lexus
Term30 year mortgage5 months5 months
Payment @$50,000 per month @$40,000 per Month@$20,000 per month

This is not swindling.  This is philanthropy and payment for promotional services rendered.  Taylor must understand that there is a huge difference.  If she’d like to go with the Breakers option, she should just pick out something nice, waterfront is preferable.  A former Rockefeller or Kennedy compound will do just fine.  Taylor has to understand that if she wants to keep me as a friend, and keep me as someone in her primary circle, she really needs to choose Plan A.

Then it’s just a matter of keeping me informed about her progress in choosing and/or building the estate.  I’m okay if she wants to build new, but please, furnish it tastefully.  A few original paintings by a grand master like Rembrandt, or even Van Gogh — although if you really want to go all out, I’m partial to Da Vinci — does wonders for a home’s appeal.  Remember that Tay gets unlimited round the clock Other Letter press coverage here.  No dropping the ball, please.  Here’s thinking of our Taylor...

Ms. Swift was in a few paparazzi photos recently, and she did not appear entirely happy.  Was there trouble in paradise?  As an anxious blogger, I tried contacting her management to express my concern, but no dice.  I got a call through to her record label, but they said she won’t be able to return my calls just now as she’s in Saint Tropez, Mexico, recharging the old batteries, and feeling no pain.  Well, if anyone tonight can reach her tell her it’s her old friend, Other from Other Letter, her favorite family of blogs.  Hopefully, all is well with her, and she can resist attacking more fans.  Yes, our honey-sweet Taylor was booked after shooting up a restaurant à la Sopranos-style after an uninvited diner joined her at dinner.  When gawkers get a little too rambunctious, like recently when they interrupted this dinner for a session of self-indulgent selfies, our Tay has been known to spray them with pepper spray, or even worse, like she did here, wave around her Glock, spraying a few bullets in self-defense, but mostly spraying them here and there for fun.  The fan had to call the cops on Taylor, so I have a feeling that this is why she is a bit down.  This was her first line up photo and mug shot.  What she needs to understand is that rock ’n roll is not a 9 to 5, it is a badge worn proudly, and with honor, 24/7 — 24/7, or until you quit music so you can care for your cats full-time.  Rock on, Taylor, rock on...

Ms. Swift is so serious about her commitment to quality fan relationships, she will be performing for a child who will soon be turning deaf.  As a matter of fact, I have fascia earlogia and I too, will not be hearing for very much longer.  So Taylor, you’ve set a precedent, can’t you serenade me?  And please, if it’s not too much trouble, bring your super-model squad.  I offer top-shelf liquors in a mostly wholesome environment.  My blood work is clean, I test negative for all the biggies.  Come on, Taylor, what do you say, a quickie — a song or two?  And don’t worry about where you’ll stay on Long Island, I’ll let you and your girls spend the night here, at my place.  It’s a win-win...

Taylor Swift has seven Grammy Awards to her credit, as well as twelve Billboard Music Awards, eleven American Music Awards, seven Country Music Association Awards and six Academy of Country Music Awards (she can also bake a mean chocolate chip cookie).  Most recently, America’s Sweetheart won Best Female Video on MTV’s Music Video Awards for I Knew You Were Trouble.  All told, Ms. Swift has been nominated for 310 awards, and has taken home 224 of these.  In the ultra-competitive music industry, Tay has sold over 26 million albums, and 75 million digital single downloads worldwide.

Carly Simon, who recently appeared on Taylor’s Red tour in Foxboro Mass, has also written a famous song about her ex, entitled You’re so Vain, that led to decades of speculation as to whom her vanity case might be (this up-and-comer’s stage presence and dance moves being not much different from Stevie Nicks).  Taylor is unquestionably everyone’s darling, but she still has a ways to go before she becomes the legend to music fans that Carly Simon or Stevie Nicks has become.

Taylor is an exceptional woman who has it all — personality, worldly charm, dewy innocence, impeccably-strong moral compass, a warmth and a gentle, never mean-spirited heart, sylph-like looks, and talent.  Besides her obvious musicality, and her almost unsurpassed abilities in crafting lyrics, Ms. Swift has an acutely-tuned fashion sense, having become quite the photogenic, tasteful mademoiselle of Parisienne-inspired high fashion and haute couture.  With her Victoria Secret, super-model looks, she is regularly seen brightening up Manhattan donning ensembles that delight the senses.  Ms. Swift’s beauty, and her fashion designs, are so striking or daring in fact, she seems to catch people off-guard.  Taylor has begun developing her artistic sensitivities as well, having already mastered both watercolor painting, and Drake-modernized needlepoint.

I noticed in one set of paparazzi photos during her Red tour, that she looked well, I thought, too thin.  So on these pages I forwarded diet advice.  Stick to power-eating and carbo-loading spaghetti with meatballs, juicy cheeseburgers, milkshakes, raspberry yogurt (or raspberry anything), chocolate blondies, and carrot cake.  I also suggested she worry less, that she already won our hearts, now she only has to keep them.  Regarding reports, as yet unconfirmed, that Tay is so perfect, she is not even of this Earth at all, but is rather an angelic goddess sent to us from a Heaven light years distant, well, they’re likely true, but losing weight won’t help her cause.  They don’t make dresses in negative sizes.

...We are getting more than a little concerned again at OL HQ about Taylor’s weight.  Platinum Platters management is stressing out this girl so much that she no longer eats regular food, just home-baked, chocolate chip cookies with her super-model girlfriends — and that crowd is not well known for eating filling meals.  The OL HQ girls and I are getting stressed ourselves about the lack of attention paid to her physical well-being.  The entire OL Health and Nutrition Consortium is offering to stand outside her duplex in Tribeca and offer her double cheeseburgers gratis before a stiff breeze picks her up and whisks her away skyward.

Ms. Swift Instagrammed photos of herself on the Newport Coast of Rhode Island, offshore on a yacht, then indoors with her exuberantly-healthy and happy girlfriends, ones with whom she’s obviously spent many, many great times together.  The images look like they are of the Kennedy’s from down the road a ways in Hyannisport, then somehow found on a Ralph Lauren leisure-living catalog.  The reason this luxurious extravagance is not depressing to those less fortunate, is because Tay is so undeniably likeable, and apparently, perpetually cheerful.  She just comes across as — and it would be impossible to believe she wasn’t — an exceptionally warm, kind, and sweet-natured woman.

Taylor had to deal with trespassers the other day.  Did they have any clue how trying this can be for all involved?  When Other Letter gets his custom-built, Other Estate it will have several features to make it impervious to invasion or assault.  Laser beam grids tripped by non-invited entry via fence climb or gate crash will trigger large-bore cannons situated on gun turrets at each corner of the house, and facing each point on the estate’s perimeter.  Each morning Hobbsie, my lady-servant, will check the fields for overnight remnants of cars blown-up by any of my automated Howitzers.  She will smartly sweep the trespasser’s car remains up into largish recycle bins for delivery to area recycling centers.  Because Other Letter will be in such good stead with the local police department, we will have little or no need to report the human remains to local or regional authorities.  Otherwise, we will have no complaint completing the usual required form or two down at the precinct.

Besides Howitzers, another important measure Other Letter Security will be implementing, and Ms. Swift should be on board with this equipment as well as the artillery, will be a phalanx of remotely-controllable surveillance cameras feeding back to a central control ‘nerve center,’ a room in-house — although possibly off-site in a location well-positioned for troop deployment — whose number of video displays you might see at Houston’s Mission Control, the facility overseeing lunar exploration craft takeoff and re-entry.  There will be cameras over every doorway, every gable, every window, and perhaps to the chagrin of a few modest guests, within every room and guest cottage.  Every second of every day of every guest at Rancho Other will be stored digitally on video, then handed over to the authorities should the need ever arise (this sophisticated set up would also make it easy to track down Taylor’s many cats). The cameras will be Internet Protocol, IP-ready and viewable not just in the bunker, but anywhere on Earth with a wi-fi, or cellular broadband, web connection...

One might think Taylor could have written a ballad about spring break and called it a career.  Then to keep the cash flowing, she would only need to do a few gigs as a spokeswoman for a burger joint chain, or a frozen yogurt treat franchise.  Tay could spend the rest of her days on a mega-yacht reaching Mediterranean ports of call with her on-board masseur, bartender, and cat groomer.  Why?  Why not?  She’s earned it.  Yet the life of a one-hit-wonder is hardly a life for Ms. Swift.  Taylor doesn’t belong on the sidelines, she needs to be a part of the action.  She intends on making her name bigger than it already is.  So when she writes her next love song that will send her right over the top, who will it be about — an important, devastatingly-handsome, well-known blogger perhaps?

Tay just did a winning yet sincere promo for her new album, 1989, on ABC/Yahoo!  Even her harshest critics would say (if she had any, and she doesn’t) that she has a very comfortable and undeniably commanding stage presence.  The album’s title, 1989, is the year she was born, and reflects all her generational sensibilities.  Even within the constraints of pop music, she has an important, widely appealing message for her adoring fans, and that’s one of inclusion, and the dismissal of all those cold and heartless — just shake ’em off.

Tay truly goes out of her way for her fans.  She has even taken the unheard of step of meeting with hundreds of them in person at her home as part of the now famous Secret Sessions.  These events were so secretive, the participants had to sign gag orders disavowing any knowledge of what transpired, if anything did in fact transpire.  Seeing the exit interviews though, Taylor Nation was ecstatic, and their words for what they witnessed were oftentimes bordering on hysterics, it was absolute pandemonium.  Like Beatlemania before, a new generation chooses Taylormania.

Taylor’s hard work is paying off, and paying off big time.  She has the number one selling album of the year.  In fact, she has the number one seller going back to Eminem’s The Eminem Show in 2002.  She is currently in Tokyo promoting the Asian market, Japanese version of 1989.  The dubbing was tricky because Japanese is not Tay’s first language, nor even her second or third — it’s her fourth.  Those waiting outside in the rain for hours so she would bless them were nonetheless most impressed with the finished result.  Through interpreters, the fans said she sounded as though Nihongo was her native tongue, and her lyric translation was also impeccable, yet for the fluent, the word choice was occasionally and lightheartedly, even humorously, unexpected (when her Swifties from Tokyo said this, they covered their mouth with their fingers).

T. Swift International just sent Other Letter HQ an autographed, promotional CD of 1989, hoping that their Editor in Chief, yours truly, would have a few kind words to share with Taylor regarding its content (just an aside, Other Letter’s extensive, promotional bibliothèque is the size of most municipal library installations, rivaling the New York Public Library’s Media Study, in fact).  Well, this is one exceptionally polished, professionally conceived and executed package of very catchy music, from the first track to the last (all of which were at least co-written by Ms. Swift, and she was co-executive producer).  The reason why this music is selling so well is because it deserves to be.  That said, I am of an older generation yet it did not diminish my appreciation of the work; although there is a certain softness to her country compositions that seemed to be a little missing here.  Besides that very minor generational bias, this is a very tightly crafted and truly enjoyable musical work.  To paraphrase a New York Times review, Taylor is not trying to keep up with the latest trends of other musicians, she somehow manages to stay above the fray, and create trends all of her own.  Ms. Swift’s strongest suit of all may be how she can work a crowd into a frenzy, and rock the planet.  [Editor’s note: we received a lot of push back regarding this paragraph, because it states Taylor co-wrote her songs, they are not all hers.  Yet Paul McCartney co-wrote every Beatles song with John Lennon.  ’Nuff said.]

During live performances, Taylor finds pleasing notes to improvise within a melody where there doesn’t appear to be any.  Typically, her responsibilities are multi-fold during any of her shows.  Ms. Swift sings, dances, leads the charge as emcee and front woman, as well as plays the guitar and the piano.  Given these roles, along with lyrics, melodies, and whatever improvisation she has left to muster; she also has a great deal to remember and perform, with as much precision as can be hoped during a live show, especially considering there are tightly choreographed numbers.

At this point in her career, one would hope Tay can hold on to what took her so much effort to earn, to do so without getting jaded or burnt out, to keep a spirit of grace, and to preserve a good measure of gratitude without ever jettisoning any of her spiritual core.  Even today, mature far beyond her 26 years, Taylor is already an icon for good, righteous living, kindness and warmth.  Yet the path to grand-scale success is littered with those who fell by the way side, either by losing their focus, interest, resolve, and purpose; or by giving up on a constructive career and lifestyle that suddenly lacks any promise for happiness, especially when compared to the kind of lives others seem to have.

When it finally comes time for Tay to cash out, and walk away from the spotlight, everyone hopes she is none worse for wear — and she gets a memoir deal in the seven to eight figure range.  There are not too many “Christmas-Tree-Farmer’s Daughter Does Good and now Owns her own Private, Corporate Jet” stories in the literary publishing pipeline, so I’d only settle for eight figures.

Taylor has a rather over-active imagination which is helpful in creating songs, yet not so helpful in getting a good night’s rest.  She often has nightmares that she will be framed for murder in retaliation for her many, many crimes against humanity.  Tay has daymares about sea urchins.  According to Ms. Swift’s sources, stepping on one is a leading cause of tourist foot amputation in the Caribbean, and pulling it off your foot again is the leading cause of hand amputation there.

Because of her bodyguards and security detail, she knows she won’t be threatened even though she is a very high-profile celebrity.  The one parallel there might be is to John Lennon, who had no bodyguards, and was in effect, a political lightning rod like John F. Kennedy or Martin Luther King.  John Lennon also seemed to have a rather confrontational nature which helped him with his causes in life, but not so much in death.  Tay seems a lot like her kitty cats, rarely if ever clawing anyone.  A second parallel might be Rebecca Schaeffer who was killed at her doorstep after a discussion with a fan, one enraged that she had lost her virtue by appearing in a nude scene (or at least enraged after appearing in one without this fan)...

The fear in much of America today is that Tay will cop out, marry the Pop Record Guru at Platinum Platters, and start popping out moppets, then have nothing better to do except pick up the moppets’ toys for the next ten years, and no longer give her cats, Olivia Benson and Meredith Grey, the kind of home they so rightly deserve, nor give us the benefit of her lilting melodies which we might justifiably feel are ours to hear.  She will look back fondly on her years atop the charts (as will we), but she will sadly realize maternity calls her, that this call must be answered in a timely fashion, and were she not to answer that call, there would be two fewer Taylorettes in the World (assuming the moppets were both female, and two in number, and given her vitality and normalcy, one might suspect they will be), and the entertainment Universe must then only hope to find a show woman who will be her equal, who will maintain our interest as did Tay, but which they will never find no matter how hard they try.  This is the fear of a nation.

Regarding recent rumors that Ms. Swift goes out with women, she has had several romances with men before these stories surfaced.  The problem she has, and she has related this to me personally on many occasions, is that she’s a lot more mature than the guys she winds up dating.  Later, and unintentionally, these romances became fodder for several of her breakup songs, and listening to them, these relationships did not have such soft landings.  Tay has impeccable ethics, and is not so desperate for material that she needs to be a man-eater for lyrics — she dated these guys because, at least initially, she liked them.  Taylor has also said she wants a break from all this drama, and just hang out with all her butch, diesel, truck driver girlfriends — ones who spend each weekend tuning old Chevys — so she can be free of any boy-girl relationship pressure on her, or on the interested guy, because the media inspects and analyzes their every move.  Maybe she could write an intrusive media bookend-pair to her smash hit, Shake ’em off, entitled, Get ’em off (my back).

Tay wowed us all once again with her laser-hot, energetic performance at Times Square New Years a Rockin’ 2015.  The problem with most of these so-called live performances is the “artist” sits in his or her on-stage Barca-lounger with a rum and Coke on the TV tray, the sound engineer presses play on the tape machine and everyone might as well go home, except for the “artist” who has to try and lip-synch the words for two hours straight.  Show’s over because if they even bothered to remember the lyrics and they haven’t, the lyrics are just too lame to commit to memory, especially when one has so few brains cells left to which they might be committed.  While there may or may not have been a little of the audio assist last night (especially considering the sub-freezing, unheated, outdoor stage temps), there definitely were parts where she was improvising on the melody.  If I ever meet Ms. Swift, that’s the first question I ask after, “How do you do, your majesty?”; is how much of a typical performance, when your voice is fully functional, do you lip-synch?  Unlike most of her competitors who sit-in while their a tape plays over either shoulder, I would expect that little or none is prerecorded (excluding her own background harmony overdubs).  Plus she’s got her dance moves on now, she really has them nailed.  She was once criticized for them, now all eyes are fixed on this engrossing dancing queen...

At the recent SNL at 40 celebration, Ms. Swift was seated beside Right-wing, arch-conservative, Alaskan, Sarah Palin.  This was an odd pairing to say the least.  That the two did not close out the evening with fisticuffs was a bit of a surprise to many pundits.  The reason they were seated side-by-side was likely in an effort to begin reforming Sarah’s intolerance issues.  Our Tay stuck it out to the end of the show, not once telling the woman from Wasilla to back off, or having to call over an usher.  This was without any punches thrown, and without Ms. Swift resorting to pepper spray if the deer hunter from way up North tried to lunge at Tay for her progressive viewpoints.  An evening well played, Taylor, the World is made a better place one redeemed soul at a time.  Ms. Swift, as further consolation for this damper on your evening, consider the seating chart this way: with that crowd, where else was Sarah going to sit, and not have someone lace into her?

There are recent reports that Ms. Swift’s gams have been insured for $40 million.  If she were to lose or misplace her legs — say, in clear cutting timber, or shopping at the mall — she would be given $40 million to purchase a replacement pair.  In other news...

Taylor Swift is back in the news again.  Ms. Swift will be building the perfect home for her two felines, Meredith and Olivia.  The facility is dubbed the “Rat Park” because of the tens of thousands of rats to be imported there in an attempt to keep her cats happy and well-occupied.  At a development cost of close to $30 million, the “Rat Park” will take rodents from area inner cities by the truckload, then give them new homes, albeit temporary ones.  Animal rights activists, child advocacy corps, and even church groups, have voiced their opposition because they fear these vermin will much less entertain Tay’s cats as they will create an infestation not seen since Biblical times, or the movie, Ben (link is not for the rat-phobic, although the pests will never leave the other side of the screen).  The opposition, claiming they smell a rat, also say it will bring back diseases like the Bubonic Plague, scourges from which her Tribeca, and the rest of Manhattan, may never fully recover.  Do Ms. Swift’s cats deserve a “Rat Park”?  what you think.  In other news...

In an elaborate scheme to knock Taylor Swift back a few pegs, the Princeton Review in its SAT preparation materials, demonstrated that a lyrical phrase of hers did not conjugate correctly.  The lyric was misquoted, and they had to apologize still claiming that the corrected lyric was mis-conjugated.  The point they were making was that John and Suzy high school student can be just like multi-trillionaire Taylor, and any one can write just as well as her, although as seen here, much fewer have her sense of ethics and class.  In other news...

Not many women have a halo, but Taylor Swift is one who does — unlike many of her generation, she is above just being a bad ass, or an obnoxious diva.  Taylor doesn’t feel the need to sport the halo everywhere, but even when she isn’t wearing it, truth be told, she is an angel Heaven sent for us to behold. I would hate to put the pressure of sainthood on Taylor, but she is naturally a sweetheart so saying this couldn’t make her self conscious about it.  I wouldn’t mention this otherwise, but with her Mom’s illness, Tay’s life may now be more difficult than it has been, so she may as well know what everyone thinks about her.

Ms. Swift’s 1989 tour is in full gear and she is knocking them dead as per her usual.  Taylor has many guest acts come on stage that most of the audience knows and loves, but since I am from the vinyl-platter generation, I have never heard of them before now.  They are all quite competent musicians though.  Taylor wears racy garters, which means she, and her management team, are branching out to court a new demographic, besides her original, core audience of young women.  Given the conical brassieres of Madonna’s early shows though, Tay’s outfits shouldn’t cause much of a stir.  I sense she is not extremely thrilled with any contractual, in-show marketing (“Please buy 1989 as you exit tonight, you’ll be helping a very good cause, me”), but she definitely enjoys putting on a satisfying show for her fans, and connecting with them — which is really what it is all about for any premier performer.  Taylor also gives back to the community with children’s hospital visits and unusually large lump sum donations.

Taylor’s philanthropic interests include aiding natural disaster relief efforts, putting a stop to LGBT discrimination, supporting arts education, and assisting charities for sick children.  Watching Taylor work with those kids, it is amazing how instantly she establishes a rapport with these thrilled, and appreciative, tweens and teens.  But she is also a close, personal friend of Gwyneth Paltrow, so what could possibly commend her more than that?  (Even though Tay is not a California girl by birth the way Gwynnie is, she does seem to be one by virtue of her sunny, breezy, warm, and carefree, spirit.)

A discussion of Taylor, and Karlie Kloss, Tay’s bff, is in order.  They have no mean, bad girl gene among them — is this bad?  Shouldn’t they be getting into all kinds of trouble, such as drunken, brawling exits from nightclubs at 4AM?  Instead they’re taking over the music and fashion Worlds.  I mean this entire, fempire domination scene is being taken far out of proportion by these two.  Really, get with the program, wrack up a car or two, stumble naked down Madison Avenue in Manhattan while tripping on ecstasy, live a little...

Taylor is in the middle of her 283-city tour in support of her multi-platinum, master work, entitled 1989.  Her tour is expected to last over eight years, and she will be bringing up all manner of guest acts onto the stage during that interval.  By 2018, expect Charlie and his Chattering Chimps, as well as Tina and her All-Star Tuba Troupe, to take center stage as the eligible acts dwindle to those with union cards looking to make scale.  She has had to learn so much choreography for both her show and her guests,’ that she has on several occasions walked off the stage, and fell right into the orchestra pit.  Because she was born to be a trooper, she went right on with the show.  She also finished an encore with, “Good night, Cleveland!” when she really meant to say, “Good night, Cincinnati!”  As the tour grinds on, we also expect Ms. Swift to devote half the show to guest introductions, including stories about their requisite teenage anguish, about never fitting in, and living in homeless shelters for half their lives; all the while owning a Ferrari before their eighteenth birthday, and having a permanent address in the South of France, at Cannes.  What is of most concern to the medical community, is that Taylor breaks into choruses of Shake It Off during promotional interviews.  That’s just Tay, though, she’ll be fine.  So I just have this advice to offer our Taylor: give ’em what they came for, have ’em leave happier than when they came in, with a smile, with an improved outlook on their day, with the concert CD, and with an authorized 1989, The Tour T-shirt.

Ms. Swift attempts to psych out each new guest performer on her 1989 tour so they don’t steal the spotlight from her.  After all, Tay is the mighty super-star and the guest is pretty much dirt, one who is only there as a patsy to reinforce Tay’s preeminence — just like that team that played opposite the Harlem Globetrotters.  Taylor slaps the guest on their back during their solo, for instance, or sings much louder than them, even telling the sound engineer to turn up the volume on her part to “11,” while the back-up act is at about “3.”  Tay will also start talking to the guest while they’re right in the middle of their biggest hit, and is usually successful in distracting them, if not reducing them to tears.  The guests know they’re in for Hell at Taylor’s hands, but sign on anyway, so they can board the Swifty gravy train, one eventually leading nowhere.  Taylor goes away pleased that she has given the act their fifteen minutes of fame — guests Steven Tyler, Carly Simon, and Joan Baez included, as 1989 is not only her birth year, it is how far back her knowledge of music goes.

A few of the guest-venue matches have been very intriguing decisions to say the least.  For instance, who would have thought a Taylor Swift-Pink Floyd reunion would make for great duets at her Nashville concert?  Not many is right.  That Roger Waters and Tay thought she could tackle The Great Gig in the Sky was sheer showman wizardry.  Bravo, Taylor, bravo!  The opposite holds true playing in Canada.  When you showcase a Country and Western act to a nation whose national religion is Rush and ice hockey, you might come up empty...

Apparently, some low life set off the fire alarm at the Houston stop of Ms. Swift’s tour.  Another overzealous moron tried to grab Ms. Taylor during her Edmonton show.  Tay may not realize that when she performs at arena shows, part of the current job description is holding off the Barbarians, in what has become to be known as the Rock ’n Roll Circus.  These childish stunts must be incredibly unnerving, especially for a woman who doesn’t spend gym time doing bench presses (apparently she only works on her pliés, pointe work, leg turnouts, and high extensions there, per genre and show requirements).  So the show must go on, and trooper that Tay is, she was able to finish both shows with all her characteristic and innate grace and reserve.  In response to these events, Tay will now have burly, super-sized, ex-NFL middle linebackers at each corner of the stage, and she herself, at all times, will be carrying a switchblade, and an emergency preparedness kit fastened around her waist, one tailored to blend in, and look fashionable with, all her tour-required leotards.  Taylor has developed such nerves of steel dealing with all this, that her private jet was forced to land in a shopping mall parking lot once, and she asked the shaken passengers and crew if they would like her to pick up any Ben and Jerry’s while she’s out shopping.

The Rock ’n Roll Circus also includes audience trolls who heckle what Taylor is dong on stage.  I looked up the price of these seats.  The most obnoxious in the crowd are on the floor where they can be the most disruptive, they pay $223 a ticket.  Why bother dropping two bills when you’re only there to harass the star of the show, the one who is up there singing her little heart out.  Watching, hearing, kicking back, and cheering on Taylor should be the only reason you spend your hard-earned cash for a ticket there.  Trolls belong at the WWF, professional wrestling, a place where belligerence and rudeness is appreciated and encouraged, not where the biggest-selling performer in fifteen years is trying to sing (not since Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP in 2000 has a record sold as much as 1989)...

Tay has been called out for her dance moves, perhaps because she is a white girl, and white girls are not generally known for their soul, or feeling the music and its meaning, maybe more for their sweetness or class.  Other Letter, in another advisory capacity, will show her some key dance moves — just by having her read the next two sentences.  Move hands over head, one up, one back (double shaking the fist at the end of travel is an optional, advanced add-on); same for hands slow-sprinting by your sides, to the beat; then for full stun effect, one leg out, torso out the opposite direction, hands opening out to the sides and back.  Then for a finale, hands over head and sway to the beat.  I know this is sketchy, and I intend to create a Youtube outlining even more devastating dance moves.  Taylor’s Country background is great in crafting heartfelt ballads, but kinda weak in cutting up rugs...  And one more from the hit parade, and really ramp it up: look left, look right, to the buggedy beat, mixing it in with the other moves...

Taylor Swift was recently discussing her note-classification system for her lyrics (essentially a single, iPhone Notes document).  I felt I could tweak this and really ramp up her songs, taking them where they’ve never been before, before that is, I offered my ingenious method.  First, create documents, buckets really, containing the phrasing of sentiments such as: recent break-ups; near-forgotten break-ups; the one that should have never gotten away; the one hanging on the line; finding your man; and ditching your man once you find him.  I’d have lyric buckets about star-crossed love because of: music or food preferences (Mickey Dees v. Burger King arguments could be dual-purposed as adverts); the dog versus cat debate (Taylor is a most enthusiastic cat person, so I am sure she could weigh in heavily here, even enough for an entire album); or conflict from picking different favorite baseball teams (if a couple’s allegiances are divided between the Yankees and Red Sox, save time and get those prenup papers signed now — have Tay at the ready with a ballad chronicling this New York-Boston heartbreak, one that would be Taylor’s first foray into raucous, heavy metal territory).  Then there’s songs about breakups due to sex, specifically: sexual dysfunction that Viagra cannot cure; mismatched virility; or one partner not putting out like she should.

As one can easily see, I like to keep it all upbeat.  Tay just needs to add a few more buckets to the ones I’ve so thoughtfully provided and she will be ready to head to the studio for her much-awaited sequel to 1989, we’ll call it, 1990.  I can keep coming up with all these catchy themes, Taylor just needs to step up to the plate with the music hooks — we’ll be just like Lennon and McCartney of Beatles fame.  You’re so very welcome, Taylor.  Did you just say you had a back stage pass to give to me for all of your shows — and squad membership including sleep-overs?  You are too kind, Tay, as long as I’m not coming in through the poor door...

Taylor Swift will be taking a break from her now-extended, six-year tour.  To quote Taylor exiting stage left after her final encore: “Veni, voci, vici” — we came, we sang, we conquered.  Next, she’ll be back in the studio for two days so she can put together her annual holiday album, and bring good cheer to the hoi polloi.  To cover as many demographics as possible, the songs will include every major religion, even pseudo-religions like strong-arm Scientology.

Tay will be singing a torch song for Tom Cruise based on the Irish classic, Danny Boy, but hers will be called, Tommy Boy, and another in honor of their founder, L. Ron, How could You?  She also has a song about Zionism cued up that she calls, Happy Hanukah, now stop all your Gaza killing, okay?  And another lined up for Muslims, Would Allah appreciate the bastardization of his message of peace by his own kind?  Taylor may be shortening that title, and most of the eight Islamic songs on the album do lose a little in translation.  For Christians, Ms. Swift will serve up yuletide cheer with, If Jesus was as homophobic and misogynist as the Vatican, no one would ever give an eff about Christmas.

These are working titles, but staffers say Tay is fine with them.  Ms. Swift is also plinking away at the piano to arrive at her signature, lilting melodies; and fine tuning the lyrics so they don’t sound openly hostile towards each one of the World’s religions.  As soon as she gets sample surveys from her thousand-plus-strong focus group, she can put on the finishing touches.  We know those CDs will move like hot cakes, with the songs themselves becoming staple programming on every radio station’s holiday play list...

Ms. Swift has just recently been served with two lawsuits.  In the first, she is being sued for getting herself groped by a DJ, and reporting it, which cost him his job.  Taylor obviously fell madly in love with this DJ, so when Taylor’s advances were rebuffed, she had him fired.  Tay must have also been wearing very suggestive clothing.  That’s what these women do, they deserve rape, harassment, the whole nine yards.  By right of law, if a rapist goes after a woman in suggestive clothing he is exercising his God-given male prerogative.  That tart may then be sued under tort law for absolutely any amount of money for resisting a man who took the time to show real, strong arm aggression.  These pop stars are so ditzy, the DJ must be right when he said she couldn’t remember who groped her.

The second lawsuit is not so rightfully damning of Taylor.  This one involves a crooner named Jesse Graham who originally wanted a selfie with Taylor for her supposed plagiarization of Shake it Off from his “Haters gone hate” lyric (note that this is not, “Cause the players gonna play... And the haters gonna hate...” which is the lyric Taylor used).  Three years later, he upped the damages ante from selfie to $42 million.  Now, did his lyric add $42 million in value to Taylor’s 1989?  I cannot claim to be an expert on music copyright, but to me this sounds like an entirely frivolous lawsuit.

Then let’s hop aboard the Taylor Swift gravy train and make this three lawsuits.  You have oodles of cash, Taylor, and I want in on a piece of that action too.  I have been working overtime on the Taylor Swift section of my Pantheon page, and you have not written me one note of thanks, appreciation, nothing.  I am now suing you, Taylor Swift, for $100 million in lost wages.  Your summons has been served, Ms. Swift (in lieu of punitive damages, I will accept that selfie though)...

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Mary Tyler Moore

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Lou Grant, her boss, was very upsetting to poor Mary Richards.)

Mary Tyler Moore

While we obviously have no proof, is there a chance that five days into a Trump Presidency, and seeing the havoc he has already reeked, soured our loveable Ms. Moore on not only her Republican Party, but on life itself, and caused her death?

In other words, did Trump turn her world off by being vile?  Did Trump make a worthwhile day and suddenly make it seem like nothing?  We’re sure now Mary knows it, with each glance, and every little movement she showed it.  Trump is all around, Mary had need to fake it, she had the town once, it’s too late to take it.  Today, she discovered he might just build that wall after all...

IMDB includes a synopsis of The Dick van Dyke Show, a show where Mary Tyler Moore was once a mainstay.  They state that Mary’s turn as Laura Petrie was as a “loopy” house wife, although if you have ever watched that show, every character is fairly loopy.

That turn led to her most famous role, the part of Mary Richards in the revered Mary Tyler Moore Show.  Here, easy one-liners were eschewed, and in their place were jokes built on the relationships of well-defined characters.  As the theme song suggests, Mary Richards was going to make it on her own, without being beholden to any man, especially when that meant being just her hubby’s wife.  This radical feminism was unheard of in American TV of the 1970’s.

I must again take exception to the IMDB biography — otherwise well-written, although perhaps penned by a non-believer — in that they claim in the opening credits, that despite her well-established vegan sentiments, she tosses “meat” into her shopping cart.  Okay, that looks like poultry to me, and besides, she is not throwing the package of animal product into her shopping cart happily.  Rather, she is doing it with obvious disdain, raising the question to all of us in TV land with half a brain: what the hell is in her processed foods, and more relevantly, what is in ours, being raised in the same American corporate farmlands?  At the time, this was a clarion call across the U.S. as people could start to see that what they were shopping for, preparing, then setting on their family’s dinner table, was inhumanely-treated crap.

Mary got the Oscar nom, but not the nod, for Ordinary People in 1981, yet the Hollywood Foreign Press Association had the common, good sense to give her three Golden Globes, and to nominate her six other times.  She has also won six Emmy awards.

Ms. Moore has Type I Diabetes and supports efforts to find a cure.  To that goal, she also supports the very progressive, oddly anti-Vatican policy of stem cell research.

Yet Mary watches a lot of Fox News, and Ed Asner, her MTM co-star, has said she has gotten much more conservative over the years.  Given she: “can turn the world on with her smile, she can make a nothing day and suddenly make it seem worthwhile.  Well, it’s you girl, and you should know it, with each glance and every little movement you show it.  Love is all around don’t need to fake it, you can have the town, why don’t you take it, you might just make it after all (this is worth memorizing just as I have, you never know when such learned esoterica will come in handy).”

You might just make it, Ms. Moore, if you disavow Fox News.  As it stands though, you are hereby relegated to Pantheon probation, which will be lifted once you tidy up your politics, and get with the program.  Cloris, Ed, and Betty will have their say on your behalf as character witnesses, if they so choose.  We run a very tight ship here, Mary, we suggest you toe the line.

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Lauren Bacall

(“You know how to whistle.  Don’t you, Steve?”
Just put your lips together ... and blow.)

Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall was perhaps best known for her leading roles as the ‘it girl’ opposite Humphrey Bogart in The Big Sleep, Dark Passage, and Key Largo.  Besides film noir roles, Ms. Bacall did have starring, comedic turns such as How to Marry a Millionaire with Marilyn Monroe and Designing Woman opposite Gregory Peck.

Lauren had appeared in movies with a Who’s Who of Hollywood’s royalty including: Henry Fonda, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Paul Newman, Shelley Winters, Julie Harris, Robert Wagner, Janet Leigh, Ingrid Bergman, Albert Finney, Sean Connery, and Nicole Kidman.

Lauren Bacall had just two Academy Awards on her mantel, the first for a supporting role in 1996’s The Mirror Has Two Faces, and the second, an Academy Honorary Award, “in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures.”  Lauren was an exceptionally accomplished stage actress as well, having won Tonys for the musicals Applause, and Woman of the Year.  Lauren Bacall was ranked 20th of the top 25 actresses of all time by the American Film Institute. 

Ms. Bacall was married to Humphrey Bogart, and the couple was good friends with Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.  After Bogart’s passing, she was involved with the Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra, blowing him off once she saw who a few of his friends were.

Because Lauren possessed the courage and conviction to speak out against McCarthyism, she was denied the well-earned accolades she deserved from the motion picture industry, Hollywood, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  Ms. Bacall will always be an absolute giant in Hollywood who only earned her first Oscar, in just a supporting role, in 1997 at the age of 73.

Ms. Bacall had always been proud of her well-grounded, leftist political viewpoints.  Lauren was the first cousin of Shimon Peres, the current Prime Minister of Israel.

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Greta Garbo

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Greta Garbo

Greta Garbo epitomized timeless, effortless, elegance and glamour.  One of the most golden from the Golden Age of Hollywood, she began her acting career in Sweden.  Ms. Garbo had a very independent spirit from an early age.  She spoke her mind, even more so when there was a just cause to consider.  Greta chose not to participate in the Hollywood publicity machine — she would rather “be alone” with friends than go to functions.  Further evidence she had interests beyond Hollywood is that she amassed an art collection worth millions.

Bette Davis said, “Her instinct, her mastery over the machine, was pure witchcraft.  I cannot analyze this woman’s acting.  I only know that no one else so effectively worked in front of a camera.”  The Academy nominated her four times in the Thirties, but only gave her an Honorary Award in 1954.  She did not show up at the ceremony to receive it.  Her Marguerite Gautier in Camille earned her the most accolades.

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Elizabeth Taylor

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An Elizabeth Taylor performance is what actresses see when screenwriters read Shakespeare, in other words, stage perfection.  As an on-screen legend (and an off-screen one as well), she is imbued with all the spirit and vitality of Creation.  Most performances when scrutinized under a pundit’s microscope, find the slightest of flaws in lack of authenticity or genuineness.  If you try to find any in Giant, you will come up empty-handed...

Many actresses seen on the silver screen today look as though the air conditioning on the set was set too high, they just do not look comfortable.  Elizabeth Taylor looked as though she was sunning on a Hawaiian Isle.  Soft caressing ocean breezes, the field hands all eager to placate her every need.  In other words, Liz looked as though she was completely composed, in actresses’ Heaven, enjoying every moment...

Be they co-stars in her movies, or friends in her real life, Ms. Taylor could always connect with people.  Early on in her career, critics regarded her sexuality as precocious, with her exceptionally rare, violet eyes adding to her allure.  To many inside and outside the entertainment industry, she is considered to be the greatest actress to appear on the silver screen.  Gloria Steinem likewise described her as a “movie queen with no ego ... expert at what she does, uncatty in her work relationships with other actresses.”

Her charitable work is also legendary.  She won a Presidential Citizens Medal in 2001 for raising $200 million for AIDS research, and bringing awareness to the plight of those suffering.

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Marlene Dietrich

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Marlene Dietrich

Marlene Dietrich’s depth of character risked her very life.  As the World geared for Hitler’s vicious, madman aggression, Ms. Dietrich was offered very lucrative contracts to return to her native Germany, and become the premier film star of the Third Reich.  It was an offer she somehow found the courage to refuse, and she became an American citizen in 1937.

In the Blue Angel, arguably her most famous screen role, Marlene played a cabaret singer who brought on the downfall of a once respected University professor.

Even early in her career, she would wear a jacket and tie, or other masculine clothing, indicating her refusal to be subjugated to a male-dominated World.

Ms. Dietrich, an accomplished singer, went to Germany in 1944 with General George S. Patton to perform with the USO.  Even though she was just a few miles from the Nazi lines, she felt the need to be there “aus Anstand” — “out of decency.”

In the latter stage of her career, and backed with Burt Bacharach as her arranger, she made many cabaret performances in London and Las Vegas.  Peter Bogdanovich observed that, with the songs she sings, “she lends each an air of the aristocrat, yet she never patronizes.”

She returned to Germany in 1960, and received a mixed reception, with protesters shouting “Marlene go home!” and with non-Nazis giving her a much warmer welcome.

She succumbed to alcoholism, and a painkiller dependency, at the age of 90.

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