Walt was less hands-on with the live-action movies than he was with the animated features (by the late ’50s he was barely involved with those either, tending instead to his next-level amusement-park spectacular). But Walt handpicked Jones for a role in That Darn Cat! after catching sight of him on the short-lived military comedy Ensign O’Toole, which came on right before Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color. Up until that point, Jones had played everything from drug addicts to soldiers onscreen, not to mention the DJ who gave Elvis his first radio play in Jailhouse Rock. But he didn’t have a brand until Walt rang. That brand — wholesome, slapstick — has so stuck with him that it’s hard to believe the guy from Blackbeard’s Ghost originated the role of Robert in Stephen Sondheim’s game-changing Company. (You can hear Jones slay the barn burner “Being Alive” on the original cast album.) … [Read more...] about What, Exactly, Is Hiding in the Disney+ Movie Archives?
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A “reluctant” Lena Dunham has revealed that she experienced a long battle with the coronavirus ever since testing positive for the virus in mid-March. Posting to her Instagram on July 31, the Girls creator recapped her lingering COVID-19 symptoms in an opus titled “My Covid Story”: It began with achy joints, not unlike Dunham’s “usual diagnoses” from her various illnesses (which includes Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and endometriosis), but it soon transformed into “impossible, crushing fatigue” and a high fever. “Suddenly my body simply revolted,” she wrote. “The nerves in my feet burned and muscles wouldn’t seem to do their job. My hands were numb. I couldn’t tolerate loud noises. I couldn’t sleep but I couldn’t wake up. I lost my sense of taste and smell. A hacking cough, like a metronome keeping time. Inability to breathe after simple tasks like getting a glass of water. Random red rashes. A … [Read more...] about Lena Dunham Wants to Be the Voice of Her COVID-19 Generation
The problem with this character seems to be that the show wants her to somehow be both ridiculously unlikable and sympathetic. In “Going to Town” Kathryn delivers a quiet speech to Orvis about how “you can feel fine, but also know that you are a ticking time bomb.” That the scariest part of life is knowing that sometimes “your insides don’t match your outside.” Kathryn is emotionally traumatized from her surgeries and in this instance we’re supposed to remember that, to feel a bit of pathos, to understand where she’s coming from. But honestly, wouldn’t it be better if we just didn’t? Even with this backstory, her behavior is terrible and in no way redeemable, so maybe we’d be better off not trying to muddy the waters by halfway towing this line. … [Read more...] about Recap: A Ticking Time Bomb
Prince William and Kate Middleton have been isolating at their country home, Anmer Hall in Norfolk, since the coronavirus pandemic began, but when they're in London, they often use the swimming pool at Buckingham Palace. It's part of the home's very own indoor pool house, and while the feature has remained tightly under wraps for use by the royal family only, past photos shared by visitors to the grounds on Instagram have unveiled exactly what it looks like from the outside. … [Read more...] about Prince William and Kate Middleton’s jaw-dropping pool revealed ahead of heatwave
As the clip begins, the front door opens to let James and Alizee's six puppies run free in the family's huge outdoor area. The door is a six panel wooden door featuring a traditional Lion's head door knocker and painted in the most gorgeous duck egg blue colour – something they have in common with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. … [Read more...] about Kate Middleton’s family kitchen has real rustic charm