Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“The mixed reviews and poor box office for Vertigo lessened my self-confidence. I always have this feeling that I’m supposed to do something, to mean something. My sense of that started to weaken, as if, ‘Oh, I thought this was a medium that I was supposed to touch people in and I’m not having an impact.’ As time went by, I thought, ‘This is not the right medium.’ It’s a wonderful medium and I enjoyed working in it but I started to think that this must have been a detour. This must not be my medium for doing something important and to touch people. I loved acting, which was never about money, the fame. It was about a search for meaning. It was painful.” —Kim Novak, The MacGuffin interview, 2004

“The mixed reviews and poor box office for Vertigo lessened my self-confidence. I always have this feeling that I’m supposed to do something, to mean something. My sense of that started to weaken, as if, ‘Oh, I thought this was a medium that I was supposed to touch people in and I’m not having an impact.’ As time went by, I thought, ‘This is not the right medium.’ It’s a wonderful medium and I enjoyed working in it but I started to think that this must have been a detour. This must not be my medium for doing something important and to touch people.
I loved acting, which was never about money, the fame. It was about a search for meaning. It was painful.”
-Kim Novak, The MacGuffin interview, 2004

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Carole Lombard: A Woman’s First Job

Carole Lombard by George Hurrell, 1930s.

Carole Lombard by George Hurrell, 1930s.

“I’ve lived by a man’s code designed to fit a man’s world, yet at the same time I never forget that a woman’s first job is to choose the right shade of lipstick.”

— Carole Lombard

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Stock Market Prediction

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We have been investing in the stock market for over thirty years.

Our portfolio is diversified. We hold individual stocks, CDs, bonds, and an array of mutual funds. Our biggest holding is Apple which we started buying back in 1990.

Our philosophy has been to invest in solid, brand-name companies that manufacture products we understand. A few of the companies we own are: Boeing, Baxter, Caterpillar, Disney, Google, Amazon, Chevron, Pfizer, UPS, Eli Lilly, Burberry, Hermes, Tiffany, and Elbit.

Elbit?

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Obama’s Nuclear Capitulation

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My good friend Omri Ceren, Senior Policy Advisor to The Israel Project, explains why the Obama-Kerry nuclear deal with Iran is such a disaster.

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Americans Rescue Europe… Again

Spencer Stone, left, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler prevented what a French official said would have been “a terrible tragedy.” Credit

Spencer Stone, left, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler prevented an IslamoNazi from slaughtering scores of innocent victims.

It is an almost perfect metaphor.

Three Americans aboard a train in Europe note the metallic snap of an automatic weapon coming from the train’s bathroom.

They know that something bad is about to happen. Friends from childhood, educated in a Christian school, and exquisitely trained by the American military, they prepare to do something.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“The fact is I am terribly shy. Or maybe introverted is a better word. But introverted, shy, whatever, it stays with you whether you’re a star or not. I think people become actors and actresses to overcome just that. You can become so many people." —Rita Hayworth,

“The fact is I am terribly shy. Or maybe introverted is a better word. But introverted, shy, whatever, it stays with you whether you’re a star or not. I think people become actors and actresses to overcome just that. You can become so many people.”
—Rita Hayworth

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Sophia Loren on Jayne Mansfield’s Girls

On her first visit to America, Sophia Loren gets an eyeful of, um, culture shock.

On her first visit to America in 1957, Sophia Loren gets, um, culture shock.

 

Sophia Loren’s sidelong glance at Jayne Mansfield’s proud cleavage is ubiquitous on classic movie blogs. Over the past few years, I have seen this picture reproduced on dozens of sites.

The picture seems to tell a simple story.

Sophia Loren (b. Sofia Scicolone, 1934), an international star whose cleavage was also a prominent onscreen asset, looks askance at Jayne Mansfield’s generous display.

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Talking About Carly Talking

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A major, but frequently overlooked ingredient that contributed to the glamorous image of Hollywood’s greatest stars were their voices.

Under the studio system, actors were given rigorous voice training. They were taught to enunciate clearly, and how to emphasize certain words in order to give better line readings. They were drilled on how to breathe in order to speak their dialogue with confidence and ease.

Director Howard Hawks did not hesitate to make Lauren Bacall stand on a Malibu cliff and scream at the waves until her voice was raw and hoarse. He felt, correctly, that a deep, smoky voice on a female was, well, sexy.

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Prager University: The Abortion Question

 

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In this superb video, Dennis asks us to set aside the legality of abortion and focus instead on morality. This line of argument will, of course, infuriate the left. Because more than anything, they do not believe in right and wrong.

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Clinton Contempt Machine Spells Doom for Hillary

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Ask any marriage therapist for a predictive behavior that guarantees divorce and the one attitude that always appears is contempt.

Everything Hillary Clinton has told us about her private server, her deleted emails, and her handling of classified material has been a lie.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“For all actors know that truly natural acting is rejected by the audience. Although people are better equipped to judge acting than any other art, the hypocrisy of ‘sincerity’ prevents them from admitting that they too are always acting some part of their own invention. To be a successful actor, then, it is necessary to add some eccentricities and mystery to naturalness so that the audience can admire and puzzle over something different from itself.” -Louise Brooks, Lulu in Hollywood (photo via Kobal Collection, c. 1929)American actress Louise Bro. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee, 1928.

“For all actors know that truly natural acting is rejected by the audience. Although people are better equipped to judge acting than any other art, the hypocrisy of ‘sincerity’ prevents them from admitting that they too are always acting some part of their own invention. To be a successful actor, then, it is necessary to add some eccentricities and mystery to naturalness so that the audience can admire and puzzle over something different from itself.”
—Louise Brooks, Lulu in Hollywood, Photo by Eugene Robert Richee, 1928.

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Barbara Stanwyck on How to Act in Hollywood

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Barbara Stanwyck,  (nee Ruby Catherine Stevens; 1907 – 1990) was the greatest actress of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She was equally adept in comedy as she was in drama.

Eyes are the greatest tool in film. Mr. Capra taught me that. Sure it’s nice to say very good dialogue, if you can get it. But great movie acting — watch the eyes!

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Veterans Against Iran Deal

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A group of Iraq war veterans has launched a powerful campaign opposing President Obama’s surrender to a nuclear  Iran.

The Iran deal will unfreeze billions of dollars that Iran will use for terrorism. Tell your Senator: No money for Iranian terror. No deal for Iran. For more visit: www.VetsAgainstDeal.com.

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New Face of Hamas — Same as Old

Malki and her father Arnold Roth, months before the Sbarro massacre..

Malki and her father Arnold Roth, months before the Sbarro massacre..

I met Arnold Roth for the first time a few days ago. A mutual friend deemed it important that we meet and discuss ways to more effectively combat the war of propaganda that the global media is waging against Israel.

Arnold’s daughter Malki was one of the fifteen people murdered by Hamas at the Sbarro pizzeria in Jerusalem on August 9, 2001.

When I asked Arnold about Malki, he quietly described a luminous young girl who was devoted to charity and lovingkindness, volunteering to help children with severe physical and mental disabilities. Malki Roth sounds like one of those young people who are born with old souls.

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Seraphic Secret in the Land of Israel, Part III

Karen and I commissioned a new headstone for our beloved son Ariel Chaim, zt'l. The company that engraved the stone did a wonderful job. They were acutely sensitive to our needs and made sure to get language and image just so. While in America, we asked the best way to pay. They said not to worry and we could take care of the bill when we were in Israel. Karen and I took a cab to the office where we paid our bill and thanked the father and son who ran the company. Outside, I chatted with a worker as he inscribed a headstone. A young Hasid, the worker blessed me and Karen and the soul of our son. Then he reached into his pocket and asked if it was okay for him to give me a gift...

Karen and I commissioned a new headstone for our beloved son Ariel Chaim, zt’l. The Israeli company that did the engraving were acutely sensitive to our needs and made sure to get language and image just right. We asked the best way to pay as we were still in America. They said not to worry, we could take care of it when we arrived in Israel. First chance we had, Karen and I drove to the office where we paid our bill and thanked the father and son who ran the company. Outside, I chatted with a worker, a Breslov Hasid, as he inscribed a new headstone. The young hasid blessed my family and the soul of our son. Then he reached into his pocket and asked if it was okay for him to give me a gift…

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Seraphic Secret In the Land of Israel, Part II

Jews with guns. Karen's brother David (right) is a rabbi, a lawyer, and a fine marksman. His son, our nephew, Jeremy, is an IDF veteran and now works in one of those high-tech Israeli firms that are remaking the cyber landscape. Both are licensed to carry in the land of Israel. In case you haven't heard, the IslamoNazis who call themselves Palestinians, are just like Iran at war with the Jewish state. Anyhoo, David and Jeremy both favor the Glock handgun.

Jews with guns. Karen’s brother David (right) is a rabbi, a lawyer, and a spectacularly wonderful and generous man. His son, our nephew Jeremy, is an IDF veteran who now works in one of those high-tech Israeli firms that are remaking the cyber landscape. Both father and son are licensed to carry in the land of Israel. In case you haven’t heard, the IslamoNazis who call themselves Palestinians are, just like Iran, at war with the Jewish state. Anyhoo, David and Jeremy both favor the Glock handgun for self-defense against Islamist terrorists.

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Seraphic Secret In the Land of Israel, Part I

No matter how many times we see the Old City of Jerusalem, we are overcome with emotion.

No matter how many times we visit the eternal, undivided city of Jerusalem, we are overcome with emotion.

 

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Prager University: The Iran Nuclear Deal

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Israel’s Choice: Conventional War Now or Nuclear War Later

 

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Norman Podhoretz offers a sober analysis Obama’s surrender to the IslamoNazis of Iran, and what it means for the Jewish state.

Almost everyone who opposes the deal President Obama has struck with Iran hotly contests his relentless insistence that the only alternative to it is war. No, they claim, there is another alternative, and that is “a better deal.”

To which Mr. Obama responds that Iran would never agree to the terms his critics imagine could be imposed. These terms would include the toughening rather than the lifting of sanctions; “anytime, anywhere” nuclear-plant inspections instead of the easily evaded ones to which he has agreed; the elimination rather than the freezing of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure; and the corresponding elimination of the “sunset” clause that leaves Iran free after 10 years to build as many nuclear weapons as it wishes.

Since I too consider Mr. Obama’s deal a calamity, I would be happy to add my voice to the critical chorus. Indeed, I agree wholeheartedly with the critics that, far from “cutting off any pathway Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon,” as he claims, the deal actually offers Tehran not one but two paths to acquiring the bomb. Iran can either cheat or simply wait for the sunset clause to kick in, while proceeding more or less legally to prepare for that glorious day.

Unfortunately, however, I am unable to escape the conclusion that Mr. Obama is right when he dismisses as a nonstarter the kind of “better deal” his critics propose. Nor, given that the six other parties to the negotiations are eager to do business with Iran, could these stringent conditions be imposed if the U.S. were to walk away without a deal. The upshot is that if the objective remains preventing Iran from getting the bomb, the only way to do so is to bomb Iran.

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Bringing Ariel Home

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Twelve years after our beloved son Ariel Chaim z’l passed away, we have finally brought him home.

His holy grave has been moved to the holy soil of Israel.

Ariel’s new headstone is composed as a Hebrew acrostic, a traditional piyyut. The English translation by our friends Marilyn Selber and Geri Wiener preserves the acrostic that spells out Ariel’s name with the first letter of each verse.

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