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Month: September 2015

From Vamps to Tramps: how did women become the baddies?

From Vamps to Tramps: how did women become the baddies?

Just as the vampire sucks the blood of its victims while they are alive, so does the woman vampire suck the life and exhaust the vitality of her male partner – or victim. – Dr William J. Robinson, 1922. Not to put too fine a […]

It seems I’m a radical feminist

It seems I’m a radical feminist

A radical feminist. Gracious! I’m sure I’m not nearly hairy enough. During my research for this new blog, I kept on coming across quotations such as, “I am a feminist, but definitely not radical…” or “I don’t mind feminism, but radical feminism on the other hand…” It struck […]

Where have all the movie stars gone?

Where have all the movie stars gone?

In the very early days of Hollywood, no one knew the actors’ names. The faces seen flickering in the darkness of theatres were known only as “the Biograph Girl” or “the Girl with the Golden Curls.” Then, a producer named Carl Laemmle – who went on to […]

If I listen to rock music, will I grow a beard?

If I listen to rock music, will I grow a beard?

XFM has announced its relaunch as Radio X, “the first truly male-focused, fully national music and entertainment brand for 25-44 year olds” Because if there’s any group underrepresented by music and entertainment today, it’s men aged 25-44. So thank goodness SOMEONE is finally focussing on them. Thank goodness SOMEONE […]

Is it ever a woman’s fault if she is raped?

Is it ever a woman’s fault if she is raped?

Loose Women was rightly raked over the coals last week for inviting listeners to ring in with their thoughts on whether or not it’s a woman*’s fault if she is raped. I don’t agree with or support Chrissie Hyde’s comments about being raped (“Technically speaking, however you […]

From the Archives: Joseph Breen – Hollywood’s Hitler

From the Archives: Joseph Breen – Hollywood’s Hitler

(First posted in Dec 2014) Hold on to your hats folks, I’ve been riled. Late last week, actress Evan Rachel Wood took to Twitter to complain about the fact that a scene in her new film Charlie Countryman had to be cut in order to avoid being […]

Hej då Stockholm (Vi Ses)

Hej då Stockholm (Vi Ses)

I’m off. Today, in fact. I’m sitting typing this in a half empty apartment that will be the home of a very nice Italian lady for the next few months, while I hit the London streets of gold for… Actually, I’m not exactly sure what. Yet. But […]

Vintage Gossip: Mabel Normand Attends Gala

Vintage Gossip: Mabel Normand Attends Gala

It seemed to me that the message of last night’s gala (given annually by the Photo Players’ Club) was: everything is fine in Hollywood, do not fret, it is business as usual. It was truly quite the stunning affair. Indeed it would be of no […]

Vintage Gossip: Taylor Murder Solved

Vintage Gossip: Taylor Murder Solved

It seems that a certain film director and his leading lady recently enjoyed some form of “romance” whilst snowed in on the set of the picture they were then shooting. As this director’s wife – also an actress – is herself known to be stepping […]

Unsolved Mystery: the murder of William Desmond Taylor

Unsolved Mystery: the murder of William Desmond Taylor

With each succeeding day producing more gossip concerning California’s movie colony, it is to be hoped that the Taylor murder mystery which has baffled police for more than a week, will soon be solved. Salt Lake Telegram, February 11, 1922 On the morning of February […]