Posts Tagged ‘television’

CC CHRONICLES: Secret Agents Margot & Cloris

Published by cctadmin on November 22nd, 2015

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Margot and Cloris are time-traveling British secret agent sisters who solve murder mysteries for a top government organization. Both have been trained to lead lives of espionage but little is known about their family background, other than that their mother and father were also secret agents who mysteriously died when the girls were babies.

Margot is twenty-five years old.  She has dark brown hair and is the brawn of the duo, advanced in martial arts, boxing, gymnastics, and weaponry.   She can scale buildings and speak 6 different languages.  She is rebellious, headstrong and moody; she lives on the edge and throws herself into her under-cover cases with passion.  Being the elder of the two, Margot is also protective, fiercely loyal – and she has a penchant for driving fast cars, cigarettes and intriguingly dangerous men across the times.  She can also ride motorcycles and run extremely well in high heels, fuelled by the burning question of how her parents died and why.

Cloris is twenty-three.  Fair-haired and quiet, she is the brains to her sisters brawn.  Driven by curiosity she is advanced in research, psychology, technology, religion and law. Cloris’ mission is to catch villains and help the ‘good guys’ tho she often learns that the world and people within it are not always black or white in terms of ‘good’ or ‘bad’.  She loves literature, white wine and has a soft spot for brainy underdogs.  Very perceptive and knowing, Cloris is a loner who thrives most under pressure; at ease in the world of spying and murder mystery. She too can run fast in heels however she would always prefer capturing culprits and criminals by means of brains vs. brawn; hence her penchant for getting people to talk, and being clue-based and logical.

The sleuths/secret agents have spent their lives devoted to their missions; which involve the ability to travel back and forth throughout time. Receiving assignments from Superiors in Command they otherwise work independently to complete tasks, which are to retrieve information and solve mysteries.  Time-travelling gives them opportunity to ‘become’ characters undercover, complete with names and identities. Because they work for an organization that is founded in corruption they often come face to face with double agents, assassins, cold-blooded murderers and of course, plenty of dead bodies, friends, allies and lovers.  Despite any given assignments degree of danger or difficulty – the girls always end up on top; mystery solved and back in present time.  One case ends and another begins. That is the glamourous life of Secret Agents Margot and Cloris.

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CC CHRONiCLES: SAM II / A Character Study….

Published by cctadmin on March 2nd, 2014

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I like telling people “I scored head from a local in town for $10.00.”  Its the truth, see the proof below!

As someone who grew up loving film or just pop culture in general –  I’m interested in having fun with hair as a creative expression – hence all my years of playing with dolls or styling friends hair (which they always seemed to love, much to my enthusiasm).  Hair is in fact, an extension of ourselves – and even though I don’t have a head of full hair  - I can still see it somehow as an extension of myself.  Hair is fun.  Hair therapy seems a natural path to engage with.

As such – I put a request on Flin Flon Traders Post, seeking out a head of hair for which I could then be inspired, be it by the films, TV shows, or music I enjoy – and in turn, create.   My fortune was that within a few days a local girl looking to sell her ‘head’ posted it and by the grace of a few attentive folks who then made me aware of it, I contacted her and the rest is history. $10.00 later and I’d bought head.

After about 1.5 months I have come up with the below gallery of images, each taken after my ritualistic night of ‘hair therapy’ while watching t.v. or film.  I limited props to no more than 3, and thus began sculpting, teasing, curling, pinning, straightening – you name it.   The hair has never been cut as the objective was to experiment with transformation and ‘illusion’ of as many different styles or ‘characters’ as I could.

It was a lot of fun and I’d like to thank the folks who lent various hair ties and scarves to help the cause!

I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed creating them.  Feel free to comment! (Double click for full image)

 


FANTASY iSLAND (1978-1984)

Published by cctadmin on November 30th, 2013

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My latest obsession is watching reruns of the old Aaron Spelling series Fantasy Island; I gotta admit I think the premise is amazing: visit Fantasy Island where you can live out your fantasy – for a price.

Fantasy Island aired from 1978-1984, starring Ricardo Montalban as Mr. Rourke, the enigmatic overseer of a mysterious island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, where people from all walks of life come to live out their fantasies.  Of course there’s Tattoo (played by Herve Villechaize), who accompanied Mr. Rourke, announcing the catchphrase “De plane! De plane!” at the arrival of each new set of island guests, usually in the form of guest stars of the day  (Sonny Bono, Linda Blair, Charo, Lisa Hartman, Loni Anderson, Desi Arnez Jr, Frankie Avalon, Scott Baio, Adrienne Barbeau, etc etc)  .

Of course I recall this episodic series on ABC as a kid; loving the bright colours, the fabulous array of characters & situations & fantasies..  The anticipation was always – ‘What will this person’s fantasy be???  What I found is that as long as the series lasted, little was known about the man known as Mr. Rourke, other than that he is the sole owner and proprietor of Fantasy Island.  Upon watching several of the first episodes it became very clear to me that his character has a strong moral code, yet he seems merciful – trying to teach each given cluster of guests important life lessons through the medium of their fantasies, frequently in a manner that exposes the errors of their ways.

Fantasy Island does have some serious undertones to it; in that not all of the guests have happy conclusions & sometimes things got eery, even having supernatural undertones in later seasons.  Most of all it was fun, light-hearted.  It appeals to the nostalgic in me … watching it now even till I am imaging what my own fantasy might be should a real place like Fantasy Island exist….

What would YOURS be?

 

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CHER: THE ULTiMATE HOT MAMA / “A COWBOYS WORK iS NEVER DONE” (1972) “Until you’re ready to look foolish, you’ll never have the possibility of being great.”

Published by cctadmin on July 20th, 2012


Today I salute one of the worlds BiGGEST SUPERSTARS – the one and only CHER – she who has brought a great deal of glimmer & shine to our universe.  It’s been a long time coming, as this stunning creature first captured my eyes and ears when I was but a little whipper-snapper.  There is nothing I can say that won’t make me sound like the gayest of all gays when it comes to how I feel about CHER but I will never back down, nor will I ever be ashamed; she is a woman who, across the arc of her career went from docile singing Kewpie to self-assured hot mama.  Her physical beauty was odd – and arguably she is one of the most exotic creatures to be photographed.  Of course we all know CHER spent the 60′s married to an ambitious, nerdy songwriter-producer SONNY BONO – who was a seasoned music-biz pro.  When they wed in 1964, she was 18, he was 29 – but together they figured out a formula for big time success, packaged in old-fashioned martial togetherness in proto-hippie garb.  They dressed outlandishly – he in buckskin boots and fur vests, she in navel-flaunting bell bottoms and giant false eyelashes… SONNY & CHER would eventually end in divorce and although I loved this era of CHER it was by far the 1970′s that gave us the best of her.  This was the era of BOB MACKiE gowns, Gypsies, Tramps & Theives and of course, Half Breed & Dark Lady – all of which showcased CHER in very new and alluring ways for the times.    To my stifled imagination growing up she was the perfect living ‘character’ to occupy a special place in my make-believe land of possibilities.

CHER’S determination led her to several other lives in the 70′s and 80′s:  a TV show, DAViD GEFFEN, GENE SiMMONS, serious acting, scandalous ACADEMY AWARDS appearances, a youthful bagel man, infomercials…but whenever she made a fool of herself it was on her own terms – and she has never been afraid to stand out.

On our way home from camping we inevitably ended up with some CHER on the iPod – and I couldn’t help but re-appreciate this particular tune of hers called A COWBOYS WORK iS NEVER DONE, which I encourage you to check out for yourself!  This BONO-penned song was from SONNY & CHER’S album ‘All I Ever Need Is You‘ and peaked at #8 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1972.  Classic stuff if you ask me.  Play it loud.  Play it PROUD!

Enjoy this track below, along with some classic CHER images that show her in her glory!!!

 


MY NEW ADDiCTiON: TRUE BLOOD & RYAN KWANTEN : HE ‘DOESN’T iNTEND TO BE A SEX SYMBOL’. SURE THiNG!

Published by cctadmin on April 23rd, 2012

Just recently I became hooked on the HBO series TRUE BLOOD – although having come off the heels of another vampire series (BUFFY THE VAMPiRE SLAYER – I had to re-watch it!), TRUE BLOOD is about as different as any vampire series I’ve ever seen.  Within the first 5 minutes of season one I new I wasn’t in Sunnydale anymore.  TRUE BLOOD serves as an alternate universe to BUFFY.  And thank goodness – I enjoy both!

TRUE BLOOD has many interesting characters and plot-lines, including telepathic waitress/fang-banger Sookie Stackhouse (ANNA PAQUiN) and her alternative romance with vamp Bill Compton (STEPHAN MOYER) -  but for today I salute RYAN KWANTEN, TRUE BLOOD’S not-too-bright, self-involved Jason Stackhouse, who is vigilant in defending and protecting his sister Sookie.  I’ve only just finished season one but I’m hooked and I find that KWANTEN’S character is easy to both love and hate – as are several of the characters living in this fictional town.  He’s all over the place – is he a good guy, or a bad guy?

It’s difficult not to appreciate KWANTEN’S physique at the same time, as TRUE BLOOD has no shame in parading all sorts of characters around in various stages of undress – but I did appreciate his humility when asked how he feels about his sex symbol status in a recent magazine. “It’s hard to fully accept the title with complete and utter humility,” KWANTEN said. “It’s obviously not my goal to have this title, but if someone wants to give it, hey I’m all for it, you know.”  Awww – how sweet and humble hey?  Hey guys, if we all did yoga for 7-8 years we too could achieve this body!  Where’s my yoga mat?

I know I’m a little behind on this series but now that I’ve started, I’m really looking forward to season 2 already – so many unanswered questions!  What’s to come?  In the meantime, check out these selected pics of KWANTEN, clearly as shy about posing for pictures as he is with parading around on TRUE BLOOD – just remember his intent!


THE EXQUiSiTE PARADOX of FARRAH FAWCETT (1947-2009) MY FAVORiTE ANGEL

Published by cctadmin on October 27th, 2011

To this day I’m  saddened by the loss of FARRAH FAWCETT – and its not difficult to recall June 25th, 2009, as it was a double hit with the loss of legendary MiCHAEL JACKSON as well. There are many of us who will remember that day with a great sense of loss.  I’ve loved FARRAH since as early as I can remember and she will always remain my FAVORiTE of ‘CHARLiE’S ANGELS’ – despite the beauty and graces of KATE JACKSON, JACLYN SMiTH, CHERYL LADD, SHELLEY HACK, and TANYA ROBERTSFARRAH’S legacy will always burn stronger than any of those woman combined, and there is good reason for it.  FARRAH was a beautiful paradox.

There really aren’t enough words for me to describe FARRAH’S legacy – but when I think of her overall impact on pop culture I see a puzzle of sorts – and I like it.   She was undoubtedly a vision of beauty far superior to any other television star of her time; hair cascading down, that mega-watt smile, that body – & that poster that sold over 12 million dollars.  She was every man’s desire and every young girls friend, thanks in part to her role as athletic private detective JiLL MUNROE on AARON SPELLiNG’S ‘CHARLiE’S ANGELS’; a serendipitous mix of action, fashion and camp.  As JiLL she represented a ‘golden girl’, someone you could picture as your best friend and confident – someone strong and capable of fighting crime and kicking ass with the best of them.  The thing that I could never get past, even as a youth soaking in the glory that was CHARLiE’S ANGELS, was that there was also something very fragile, vulnerable and strangely tragic about her as well.   Even in her prime.   I get a similar feeling when I think of MARiLYN MONROE - that rare mixture of ‘little girl lost’ meets goddess.  And like MONROE, FAWCETT represents those actresses whom you could sense had so much more to offer than they ever really got the chance.  There was a potential there that over the years became muddled; yet on the outside looking in I never doubted that she felt desitined for bigger things.  As a gay boy I even felt compelled to protect her – in a similar way I would feel compelled to protect my beautiful sisters or girlfriends from the lecherous hands of the world.  I felt this way instinctively – although I never could understand how a television actress could evoke such sentiments.  Today I understand it as a touching aspect of her character in real life – despite the countless struggles she faced as an actress, wife, mother and WOMAN – she was also a fierce fighter in a painful world.

THE BURNiNG BED (1984) was indeed the closest thing I think FARRAH ever got to proving herself as much more than a beautiful angel.  Her role as a battered wife in the fact-based television movie earned her the first of her four EMMY AWARD NOMiNATiONS and the project is noted as being the first television movie to provide a nationwide 800 number that offered help for others in the situation, in this case victims of domestic abuse.  It was the highest-rated television movie of that season.   FAWCETT quoted what network execs once had to say about THE BURNiNG BED as they initially rejected the idea: “Nobody wants to see any woman – especially FARRAH FAWCETT being beaten for two hours”, yet her determination to break free of JiLL MONROE proved to be successful.  It was a difficult film to watch and it serves as part of the puzzle that was FARRAH FAWCETT: the fragile fighter.  If you watch the youtube clip of THE BURNiNG BED below, one can’t deny that she emerged as an actress.

FARRAH never really did become the full mega movie star I’m sure she aspired to be.  Despite all of the tabloid fodder, the loopy interviews on late night television, and the seemingly desperate nudie-art spreads in PLAYBOY, I can’t help but want to embrace and protect my favorite angel even to this day, in spite of the fact that she was a capable fighter of her own battles until the day she passed.   A person can still want to protect the fiercest of fighters – and so for today I share with you these selected FARRAH images and videos in tribute to one of my all-time favorites.

I love you FARRAH. <3