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Beatle News  # 12 # 3 (Yesterday the 26th of May)

Bed-In

  • 1969 – The planned ‘Bed-In’ in Bahamas isn’t a success, as John Lennon & Yoko Ono feel it’s too hot. Thus, as they cannot enter the United States, due to a drug conviction of Lennon’s,  they fly to Montreal, Canada; and stage the ‘Bed-In’ successfully at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal.

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Beatle News  # 11 # 2

Bed-In

  • 1969 – John Lennon & Yoko Ono fly to the Bahamas, where Ringo Starr was holidaying with his then wife (first wife) Maureen Cox. Lennon & Ono plan to do a second ‘Bed-In’, this time at Sheraton Oceanus Hotel, The Bahamas.

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Six Degrees of Separation: from Cary Grant to

Six Degrees avec Cary Grant

… Elizabeth Taylor
Grant played an ex-husband who comes and causes havoc on the eve of his ex-wife’s wedding to her new beau, in the hilarious comedy, The Philadelphia Story (1940), and the wife was played by the ballsy Katharine Hepburn (1), and Hepburn was portrayed by Cate Blanchett (2) in The Aviator (2004), who played Queen Elizabeth – I (3) in Elizabeth (1998), and the teenage years of Queen Elizabeth – I, was portrayed by Jean Simmons (4) in Young Bess (1953), who appeared in The Robe (1953), the first film released in the widescreen format known as ‘Cinemascope’, opposite Richard Burton (5), who was ‘famously’ married to Elizabeth Taylor (6), and married her, not once, but twice, and they happen to be one of the most talked about couples in Hollywood history till date.

… Princess Margaret  
Grant worked with Alfred Hitchcock (1) in many a movies, and Hitchcock directed Jamaica Inn (1939) based on a novel by Daphne Du Maurier (2), and the television remake, Jamaica Inn (1983), starred Jane Seymour (3), who played a Bond girl in Live and Let Die (1973), and the first Bond girl of the Big screen happens to be Ursula Andress (4), from Dr. No (1962), and Andress also acted in the most famous non-Bond Bond flick, Casino Royale (1967), which also starred Peter Sellers (5), who at one time had an affair with Princess Margaret (6), and they might have even got married, but if she did she so she would have had to renounce her royal privileges.

… Brigitte Bardot
Grant acted in Blonde Venus (1932), with Marlene Dietrich (1), whose famous ‘Gorilla Suit’ dance number was recreated by Bernardo Bertolucci (2), sans the ‘Gorilla Suit’, in the one of best films made on film buffs, The Dreamers (2003), which also starred French actor Louis Garrel (3), who acted in Beloved (2011), which also starred Catherine Deneuve (4), who at one time was the lover of Roger Vadim (5), who was previously married to the 1950’s French sex symbol, Brigitte Bardot (6) who took Europe by storm back in the foxy 50’s, with her nonchalant display of her sexuality.

… Simonetta Stefanelli
Grant co-starred with Sophia Loren (1), in The Pride and the Passion (1957), and Loren appeared in Nine (2009), which also starred Penélope Cruz (2), who came in All the Pretty Horses (2000), with Matt Damon (3), who acted in School Ties (1992), which also saw Chris O’Donnell (4) doing his first (and most probably only) nude scene with great discomfort, as O’Donnell had mentioned later, in a boys shower fight sequence, who starred with Al Pacino (5) in Scent of a Woman (1992), and Pacino starred in The Godfather (1972), in which Italian actress Simonetta Stefanelli (6) played Pacino’s first wife, who gets killed in a car bomb.

… Sharmila Tagore
Grant starred opposite Ingrid Bergman (1) in Notorious (1946), whose daughter Isabella Rossellini (2), appeared in Death Becomes Her (1992), which was directed by Robert Zemeckis (3), and Zemeckis directed Tom Hanks (4) in Forrest Gump (1994), for which Hanks, who played the titular character, won an Oscar in 1995, as he did the previous year as well, for playing a man suffering from AIDS, who sues his employer, for firing him on unethical grounds in Philadelphia (1993), in which Denzel Washington (5) played his lawyer, who appeared in Mississippi Masala (1991), which also starred 60’s Bollywood Bombshell, who was famous for being the first mainstream Bollywood actress to don a skimpy bikini way back in the 60’s, as much as for her acting talent, Sharmila Tagore (6).

… Helena Boehm Carter
Grant appeared in Charade (1963) with Audrey Hepburn (1), in the re-make of which, The Truth about Charlie (2002), starred Thandie Newton (2), who came in the racial drama Crash (2004), which co-starred Sandra Bullock (3), who appeared in the romantic comedy Two Weeks Notice (2002) opposite Hugh Grant (4), and Grant came in Maurice (1987), set in Edwardian period, where Grant played a supporting role of a man that denounces his sexuality and marries a woman, questioning his deceit unto himself; and this movie was based on a controversial novel by E.M. Forster (5), another one of whose novels was the basis for the movie Room with a view (1985), which starred British actress Helena Bonham Carter (6).

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Six Degrees of Separation : from novelist Daphne Du Maurier to
(Last week was Du Maurier’s 106th Birth Anniversary, on the 13th of May)

Daphne Du Maurier 6°

… Mark Zuckerberg
Maurier’s short story was the basis for the movie Don’t Look Now (1973) which starred Julie Christie (1), who played ‘Gertrude’ in the modern adaptation of Hamlet (1996), in which the character of the tragic ‘Ophelia’ was played by Kate Winslet (2), who starred opposite Leonardo DiCaprio (3) in Titanic (1997), and DiCaprio appeared in the bio-pic J.Edgar (2011), which also starred Armie Hammer (4), who came in The Social Network (2010), based on the invention of the most popular social network, ‘Facebook’, in which Jesse Eisenberg (5) played the real life inventor of ‘Facebook’, the genius Mark Zuckerberg (6).

… Max Minghella
Maurier’s most notable novel was adapted into the movie Rebecca (1940), by Alfred Hitchcock (1), who also directed Strangers on a Train (1951), with Farley Granger (2), based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith (3), and another one of Highsmith’s novels was adapted into the movie, The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), with Jude Law (4), which was directed by Anthony Minghella (5), whose son happens to be actor Max Minghella (6), who too starred in The Social Network (2010).

… Jaclyn Smith
Maurier was responsible for the haunting piece of literature that was Jamaica Inn, which was adapted into a television movie in 1983 starring Jane Seymour (1), who played  the famed soprano Maria Callas (2), in the, made for TV, bio-pic of the richest man in the world from the previous century, Aristotle Onassis (3), in Onassis: The Richest Man in the World (1988), with Raul Julia (4) playing Onassis, and Onassis later married former American First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy (5), who was portrayed by Jaclyn Smith (6) in the television bio-pic Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (1981).

… Antonio Banderas
Maurier’s novel My Cousin Rachel was made into a movie starring Olivia De Havilland (1) and Richard Burton (2) in 1952, and Burton appeared on the stage version (Broadway/West End) of the musical Camelot in the early 60’s, and Vanessa Redgrave (3) starred in the movie version of Camelot (1967), and Redgrave later appeared in Letters to Juliet (2010), which also had a guest appearance by Gael García Bernal (4), who starred in La Mala Educación (2004), which was directed by Pedro Almodóvar (5), who also directed Antonio Banderas (6) in La Piel que habito (2011).

… Madonna
Maurier’s famed novel Rebecca was the basis of the BBC adaptation of Rebecca (1979), and this television mini-series starred Jeremy Brett (1), whose most famous role was that of playing ‘Sherlock Holmes’ in many a television movies and series’ from the 1980’s and 90’s, and today the Hollywood revival of Holmes, from 2009 & 2011, sees Robert Downey Jr. (2), playing a more comical homoerotic version of the famed fiction detective, and Downey Jr. starred in Restoration (1995), which also starred Meg Ryan (3) as a blind woman, who came in the comedy Serious Moonlight (2009) with Timothy Hutton (4), and Hutton played a real life notorious disillusioned American who was imprisoned for spying for the enemy, the Soviet Union, in The Falcon and the Snowman (1985), which also starred Sean Penn (5), who was briefly married to pop diva Madonna (6), and they appeared in Shanghai Surprise (1986) together.

… Michael Ealy
Maurier’s favourite movie version of her celebrated novel Rebecca, was the 1940 version, starring Joan Fontaine (1), who starred with Cary Grant (2) in Suspicion (1941), and Grant co-starred with Audrey Hepburn (3) in Charade (1963), the re-make of which, The Truth about Charlie (2002), starred Thandie Newton (4), who appeared in The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), alongside Will Smith (5), who starred in Seven Pounds (2008), which also starred Michael Ealy (6).

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Six Degrees of Separation: from Ingrid Bergman to...

Ingrid Bergman 6°

… Ryan Reynolds
Bergman gained international stardom in 1942, when this beautiful Swedish actress went beyond borders, to Hollywood, to appear in one of the most loved classic love stories ever, that almost never got made, Casablanca (1942), which also saw the very comical Peter Lorre (1) in small role, who starred in the episode called ‘The Diplomatic Corpse’ (1957), from the television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955-1962), and this episode also starred actor George Peppard (2), who later came in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), which was based on a novella written by Truman Capote (3), who shared a great friendship with author Harper Lee (4), who was portrayed by Sandra Bullock (5) in Infamous (2006), who appeared in the romantic comedy The Proposal (2009) opposite Ryan Reynolds (6).

… Marion Cotillard
Bergman’s daughter, Isabella Rossellini (1), appeared in the television adaptation of The Odyssey (1997), which also starred Armand Assante (2), who played brother to Antonio Banderas (3) in The Mambo Kings (1992), and Banderas also starred in La Ley Del Deseo (1987), which was directed by Pedro Almodóvar (4), who directed Penélope Cruz (5) in Broken Embraces (2009), and Cruz appeared in the musical Nine (2009), which co-starred Marion Cotillard (6).

… Anthony Burgess
Bergman co-starred with Gregory Peck (1) in Spellbound (1945), who starred in The Paradine Case (1947), which also starred Louis Jourdan (2), who appeared in Gigi (1958) along with Leslie Caron (3) who appeared in An American in Paris (1951), with Gene Kelly (4), who starred in Singin’ in the Rain (1952), whose performance of the titular song is one of the most loved rain dances ever, and this titular song is seen sung by Malcolm McDowell (5) in A Clockwork Orange (1971), in two crucial scenes in the movie, which was based on a very controversial novella written by the great Anthony Burgess (6).

… Heath Ledger
Bergman starred in the hilarious comedy, Cactus Flower (1969), which saw Goldie Hawn (1) in her debut performance as a ‘dumb blonde’, which ended up being her strong suit in future comedies, and for which Hawn won her very first Oscar, for supporting actress, and Hawn later appeared in Death Becomes Her (1992), with Meryl Streep (2), who came in the television miniseries Angels of America (2003), which also starred Al Pacino (3), who came in Scarface (1983), a remake of a 1930’s classic, which also starred Michelle Pfeiffer (4) in one of her greatest roles, who played ‘Catwoman’ in Batman Returns (1992), a sequel to Batman (1989), in which Jack Nicholson (5) played the notorious villain ‘The Joker’, a charcter which was re-enacted by Heath Ledger (6) in The Dark Knight (2008), his last performance before his sudden demise, for which he was  posthumously awarded an Oscar.

… Rahul Bose
Bergman starred in the Swedish film, Autumn Sonata (1978), directed by Ingmar Bergman (1), of which, the Bollywood movie Tehzeeb (2003), was a remake of, which starred Shabana Azmi (2), who appeared in Ankur – The Seedling (1974), the first Bollywood art-house film, though not the first Indian art movie, directed by Shyam Benegal (3), whose first out and out commercial flick Zubeidaa (2001), was based on a true story about a 1950’s one-film actress, and later Princess, whose death, due to a plane crash, was shrouded by mystery, as it was never concluded whether, the crash was an accident, sabotage, or suicide on part of the Princess, and Karishma Kapoor (4) starred as the doomed Zubeidaa, and Karishma Kapoor’s sister, Kareena Kapoor (5), played a prostitute, in one of her best roles till date, i.e. Chameli (2003), which also starred Rahul Bose (6).
… Marine Vacth
Bergman  came in the multi-starrer, Murder in the Orient Express (1974), based on the crime-fiction by famed author Agatha Christie (1), which also starred Jacqueline Bisset (2), who acted in La Nuit Américaine (1974), which was directed by François Truffaut (3), who directed Catherine Deneuve (4) in The Last Metro (1980), who acted in 8 Femmes (2002), which was directed by François Ozon (5), whose latest film is being screened at the Cannes Film Festival that’s going on at the moment in the Cote d’Azur, Jeune & Jolie (2013), with newcomer Marine Vacth (6).

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Six Degrees of Separation : from Gregory Peck to ….

Gregory Peck 6°

… Parveen Babi
Peck starred opposite Audrey Hepburn (1) in Roman holiday (1953), who starred, alongside Shirley MacLaine (2), in one of the boldest movies to come out in the early 60’s, i.e. The Children’s Hour (1961), which was set in a girls school, where a lying, cheating, tyrannical child accuses her two teachers of being lesbians, and MacLaine acted in Madame Sousatzka (1988), which also starred Shabana Azmi (3), who came in the most feminist movie to come out of Bollywood in the early 80’s,  Arth (1982), in which Smita Patil (4) co-starred as an insecure film actress suffering from schizophrenia, which was directed by Mahesh Bhatt (5), who based the movie on his real life relationship with actress Parveen Babi (6), who suffered from schizophrenia almost most of her life until her untimely sudden death eight years ago.

… Catherine Zeta-Jones
Peck appeared in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) based on a novel by Harper Lee (1), who shared a close friendship in real life with author Truman Capote (2), who was portrayed by Philip Seymour Hoffman (3) in Capote (2005), who had starred with Matt Damon (4) in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), who played lover to Michael Douglas (5) in Behind the Candelabra (2013), and Douglas is married to Catherine Zeta-Jones (6) in real life.

… Louis Jourdan – Ethan Peck vice versa (vv)
Peck appeared in The Paradine Case (1947), with Louis Jourdan (1,6), who played the main villain in the Bond flick Octopussy (1983), and in the 1990’s it was Pierce Brosnan (2,5) who played 007 in the Bond franchise, and starred in Die Another Day (2002), with pop diva Madonna (3,4), the queen of controversy, where one of her many controversies involved her in a lip-lock with singer Britney Spears (4,3) at a stage performance for the MTV Music Video Awards in 2003, and Spears at one time dated singer, now turned actor, Justin Timberlake (5,2), who came in a crappy sci-fi flick called In Time (2011), in which Ethan Peck (6,1) had a small role, who also happens to be Gregory Peck’s grandson.

… Romy Schneider   
Peck played Horatio Hornblower in Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951), and Ioan Gruffudd (1) revived the character by playing Horatio Hornblower in eight television movies based on this fictional character, from the late 90’s upto 2003, and Gruffudd had a small role in the bio-pic Wilde (1997), which was based on the life of writer/poet/playwright Oscar Wilde (2), whose most controversial novel happens to be The Picture of Dorian Gray, and the German film adaptation of which, Dorian Gray (1970) starred Helmut Berger (3), who acted in The Damned (1969), a film directed by Luchino Visconti (4), who also directed Il Gattopardo (1963) which starred Alain Delon(5) who was in a long-term relationship with actress Romy Schneider (6), and acted in many a movies with her, in the 50‘s & 60‘s.

… Ziyi Zhang
Peck co-starred with Ingrid Bergman (1) in Spellbound (1945), whose daughter Isabella Rossellini (2) starred in The Innocent (1993) with Anthony Hopkins (3), who appeared in Proof (2005), with Jake Gyllenhaal (4), who starred in Brokeback Mountain (2005), which was directed by Ang Lee (5), who also directed Chinese actress Ziyi Zhang (6) in Crouching tiger, Hidden Dagger (2000).

Gabrielle Anwar
Peck starred in Spellbound (1945) and The Paradine Case (1947), both thrillers directed by Alfred Hitchcock (1), who also directed a very famous B-movie, the horror flick, called The Birds (1963), which also starred Jessica Tandy (2), who later appeared with Roy Schneider (3) in the Hitchcockian inspired thriller, Still of the Night (1982), where they both played a mother & son team of psychoanalyst who try to solve a murder of an auctioneer, whose mistress was played by actress Meryl Streep (4), who starred in the television mini-series Angels of America (2003), which also saw Al Pacino (5) playing a cranky old man dying of AIDS, who had earlier played a blind man in Scent of a Woman (1992), where he is seen tangoing a classy young lady, less than half his age, and this young lady was none other than British actress Gabrielle Anwar (6).

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   Six Degrees of Separation : Nutan to …

Nutan in the 50's

Nutan in the 50’s

… Dustin Hoffman
Nutan & Raj Kapoor (1) starred in Anari (1959), Raj Kapoor’s youngest brother happens to be the versatile actor, Shashi Kapoor (2), who played a Nawab that seduces a British collector’s wife, played by Greta Scacchi (3), in Heat & Dust (1983), who appeared in the television mini-series, Daniel Deronda (2002), where the protagonist was played by Hugh Dancy (4), who starred in Evening (2007), which also starred Meryl Streep (5), who won her first Oscar in 1980 for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), which co-starred Dustin Hoffman (6).

… Richard Burton
Nutan’s younger sister happens to be actress Tanuja (1), who appeared in Masoom (1983) which was directed by Shekhar Kapur (2), who also directed the bio-pic on the life of Queen Elizabeth I (3), namely Elizabeth (1998), who was the daughter of Anne Boleyn (4), and King Henry VIII (5), and Henry VIII was portrayed by Richard Burton (6) in Anne of the Thousand Days (1969).

… Hugh Jackman
Nutan’s son happens to be Mohnish Bahl (1), who starred in Astitva (2000), which also starred actress Tabu (2), who was protagonist of The Namesake (2006), which also starred Zuleikha Robinson (3), who played a terrorist in the television series Homeland (2011), which had Claire Danes (4) playing the main CIA Officer trying to uncover the plot against the United States, and Danes starred along with Kate Beckinsale (5) in Brokedown Palace (1999), who appeared with Hugh Jackman (6) in Van Helsing (2004).

Six ° with Nutan

… Ryan Phillippe
Nutan co-starred opposite Dev Anand (1) in Tere Ghar Ke Samne (1963), who copied the hairstyle donned by Hollywood legend Gregory Peck (2), who’s grandson, Ethan Peck (3) appeared in In Time (2011), which also had Matt Bomer (4) in a small role, who played a stripper in Magic Mike (2012), along with former real life stripper, now film actor, Channing Tatum (5), who starred in Stop-loss (2008) which also starred Ryan Phillippe (6).

…Dev Patel
Nuatn’s niece, actress Kajol (1) is married to Ajay Devgan (2), who played a hitman in Thakshak (1999) where the top most villain was played by Rahul Bose (3), who came in I Am (2010), which also starred Sanjay Suri (4), who also played a HIV positive character in My Brother Nikhil (2005), which starred Lillete Dubey (5) as his mother, who played mother to Dev Patel (6) in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011).

…Errol Flynn
Nutan played an elder sister who sacrifices her whole life for the sake of her younger brother, played by Raj Babbar (1) in Rishta Kagaz Ka (1983), Raj Babbar was married to Smita Patil (2), who starred in Arth (1982) which was based on a true story, which also starred Kulbhushan Kharbanda (3), who came in Delhi in a Day (2010), which starred Lee Williams (4), who came in the television miniseries The Forsythe Saga: To Let (2003), which was based on the novels of John Galsworthy (5), as was That Forsythe Woman (1949) starring Errol Flynn (6).

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Six Degrees of Separation : Audrey Hepburn to ….

6° Hepburn
… Tom Hanks
Hepburn & Gregory Peck (1) acted together in Roman Holiday (1953), Peck’s grandson, Ethan Peck (2), had a miniscule role in In Time (2011), which starred Cillian Murphy (3), and Murphy had a miniscule role in Cold Mountain (2003), which starred Jude Law (4), who starred opposite Julia Roberts (5) in Closer (2004), and Roberts starred opposite Tom Hanks (6) in Charlie Wilson’s War (2007).

…Richard Gere
Hepburn starred opposite Cary Grant (1) in Charade (1963), and Grant starred opposite Ingrid Bergman (2) in Notorious (1946), Bergman’s daughter, Isabella Rossellini (3) appeared in White Nights (1985), which also starred Gregory Hines (4), who briefly played the love interest to Debra Messing (5) in the television sitcom Will & Grace (1998-2006), and Messing had a minuscule role playing doomed wife to Richard Gere (6) in The Mothman Prophecies (2002).

… Will Smith
Hepburn is seen reading an Alfred Hitchcock (1) mystery whilst her house is being robbed downstairs in the comedy How to steal a Million (1966), Hitchcock directed Rebecca (1940), which starred Joan Fontaine (2), Fontaine’s sister Olivia De Havilland (3) played the selfless and pure hearted Melanie in Gone with The Wind (1939), which starred Clark Gable (4) who acted with Sidney Poitier (5) in Band of Angels (1957), and Will Smith (6) played a gay con man who pretends to be Poitier’s son in a film called Six Degrees of Separation (1993).

… Roman Polanski
Hepburn acted opposite Sean Connery (1) in Robin and Marian (1976), Connery was the first actor to play James Bond in the 60’s & 70’s, and Daniel Craig (2) is the latest James Bond, who’s first Bond flick was, Casino Royale (2007), which also starred Eva Green (3), who appeared in Franklyn (2008), which also starred Ryan Philippe (4), who acted in Little Boy Blue (1997) which saw Nastassja Kinski (5) playing mother & lover to him, and Kinski played Tess in Tess (1979) which was directed by Roman Polanski (6).

 … Shashi Kapoor
Hepburn played Elisa Doolittle in My Fair Lady (1964), a role originally played by Julie Andrews (1) on stage on Broadway (USA) and West End (UK) in the late 50’s, Andrews also played Queen Guenevere, opposite Richard Burton (2) in the stage version of the musical Camelot in the early 60’s, and Burton who appeared in many stage adaptations of various plays by playwright William Shakespeare (3), in the 40’s, 50’s & 60’s, whom Rupert Graves (4) portrayed in What a Shame (2005), and Graves played Freddie Honeychurch in Merchant Ivory Productions Room with a View (1985), which was directed by James Ivory (5), and Ivory’s very first feature film directorial venture, Merchant Ivory’s The Householder (1963), starred Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor (6).

… Christopher Isherwood
Hepburn came in My Fair Lady (1964), which was directed by George Cukor (1), who also directed The Philadelphia Story (1940), which starred Katharine Hepburn (2), who was portrayed by Cate Blanchett (3) in The Aviator (2004), and Blanchett appeared in Notes on a Scandal (2006), which also starred Judi Dench (4), who had a small role in Shakespeare in Love (1998), which also starred Colin Firth (5), who acted in A Single Man (2009), which was based on a novel written by Christopher Isherwood (6).

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