Category Archives: Hollywood

Harry Potter’s Invisibility Cloak May Be Close To Reality, Researchers Say


*Would you be interested in a piece of fabric that could render your physical…um, imperfections…invisible to the naked eye?

Don’t front.  You know you would.  So peel off those spanx, EXHALE, and check THIS out!

According to the Huffington Post and the journal Science, we’re on the verge of being able to wrap an invisibility cloak around us a la Harry Potter. And at least one researcher believes that magic fabric of the future should be able to hide bellies, behinds and all KINDS of sins!

Scientists have successfully tested an ultra-thin fabric made of tiny rectangular gold blocks. They wrapped the fabric, only 80 nanometers thick, around small objects with bumps and dents. Its surface rerouted light waves around the object, rendering the objects invisible to the naked eye. Continue reading

Integrating Charlie Brown’s Universe: A Visit With Franklin’s ‘Mom’


*We all know the kids in the Peanuts universe — Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus et al. We even know the animals (if you can call Snoopy and Woodstock animals!). However, we never got to know the adults in the strip, as teachers and the kids’ parents were always “off camera” so to speak. In the animated specials, even their voices were reduced to audio flares from a trumpet (“Waah Waah Waah!!!).

I just got to know the mom of Franklin Armstrong, Charlie Brown’s African American buddy. Franklin’ s mother is a white retired school teacher who talked Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz into integrating the classic comic strip. Continue reading

Matt Damon: People Ain’t Feeling Your ‘Diversity’ Remark, Project Greenlight Got Folks Seeing Red

Matt Damon (L), Effie Brown (R)

*Matt. Matt. Matt. It’s not like we haven’t heard you controversial before. Remarks you made about President Barack Obama are still on rewind. Cue the reel: “You know, a one-term president with some balls who actually got stuff done would have been, in the long run of the country, much better.”


And now, Matt Damon,  you’ve gone and opened your mouth on the diversity issue, and what came out has a lot of people on social media looking at you sideways.

It seems you feel that there is no room for diversity behind the scenes of film-making, only in the casting session. At least that’s what you told black filmmaker, Effie Brown (“Dear White People”), in Sunday’s episode of ‘Project Greenlight’.

First some history on the show itself. Continue reading

Get Your Peanuts Fix At The Charles M. Schulz Museum


*Did you know that Franklin, Charlie Brown’s African American buddy, almost didn’t make it into the popular Peanuts comic strip?

Did you know that all of the Peanuts characters debuted as infants, and rapidly aged once they were introduced?

Did you know that Lucy pushed a couple of early protagonists aside to ultimately become Charlie Brown’s chief foil?

Those of just some of the facts you’ll learn at the Charles M. Schultz Museum, nestled in Schultz’ hometown of Santa Rosa, California.

I really wasn’t expecting to have as much fun as I did on my recent, first visit. From the moment I walked in the door of the museum, which opened in 2002, and was greeted by a volunteer who bore an eerie resemblance to Schultz himself, I knew I was in for a treat. Continue reading

TNT Exclusive: A Conversation With Trailblazing Supermodel Beverly Johnson

Beverly Johnson Memoir Final Cover.March 2015

*Beverly Johnson’s name is just about as famous as her face. And what a face! Hers was the first sepia toned one to grace the cover of Vogue Magazine back in 1974. By her own admission, it’s The Face That Changed It All, which is the title of her new, strikingly candid autobiography.

I couldn’t resist the opportunity to sit down with Johnson and talk about the new book. Oh, hell, let me come correct: I’d have sat down and talked with Beverly Johnson about the weather! I have had a crush on her for decades.

Check out this conversation, and then pick up a copy of The Face That Changed It All. Johnson made me promise not to publish any spoilers about her story, but I did sneak a few points in to let you know this book is a saucy read! For example, wait until you read what she has to say about her former boyfriend Mike Tyson — let alone Robin Givens! And of course, I had to ask her about her relationship with tennis legend Arthur Ashe, and her moment with Bill Cosby, to which she devotes an entire chapter of the book.

This interview has been edited. Continue reading

San Francisco’s Castro Theatre Offers Sing-A-Long Fun For Families


*I may be the only person alive who never understood the whole Rocky Horror Picture Show thing.

You’ve seen or read about these events. For decades now, rabid fans of the movie have been packing theaters around the world, dressed as their favorite characters from the movie, to enjoy a viewing experience that I’m told is quite interactive. To be frank, I never quite got why anyone would waste their time and money.  I was never even much of a Halloween person, so dressing up as a character to watch a movie seemed crazy.

As it turns out, Rocky Horror was just the wrong movie for me. I recently discovered San Francisco’s Castro Theatre’s sing-a-long lineup, and I took my eldest daughter, Janet, to see Disney’s The Little Mermaid. We had an absolute blast.  The theatre enjoyed five sold-out shows last weekend, quite a feat for a movie that’s over 25 years old and has seen at least three releases on home video formats dating back to the Laserdisc. Continue reading

It’s A New Day For Female Superheroes

Gal Gadot as "Wonder Woman", to be seen in next year's "Batman v Superman"
Gal Gadot as “Wonder Woman”, to be seen in next year’s “Batman v Superman”

*There’s almost as much buzz about Wonder Woman’s first appearance in a theatrical film — in next spring’s Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice — as there is about the film itself (including Ben Affleck’s turn as the Caped Crusader). Along with Marvel’s upcoming Captain Marvel flick and CBS’ new Supergirl series debuting this fall, things are looking up for those looking for assertive, empowered women who are spandex’ed up to save the world. Some writers are referring to it as a “new day” for these female images.

While I’d completely concur that it’s LONG overdue, it’s not really a new day. Female images have been around, especially on television, for quite some time. When I was a kid, The Bionic Woman, Charlie’s Angels, and Wonder Woman herself were kicking butt and taking names on weekly episodic TV. In many cases, they out-thought and out-fought their male counterparts. (Who can forget Jaime Summers beating Bigfoot after Steve Austin almost got killed by him??). Continue reading

ThisNthat Quickbits: The Hollywood Couple Breakup We Never Saw Coming!

couple with blank face

*Believe me, I stopped everything when this was teased on TV during the evening news. Who? Will and Jada? Brad and Angelina? No matter how busy I get I am just as taken by the relationships in Hollywood as anyone else.

So I waited with bated breath. We had been told this was one we never saw coming. 

It seems like there were more commercials than usual. Damn! Why do they always do this when I decide to be interested.


The news report came on about the couple who has been in our face for decades with their scandalous goings on.