JOAN COLLINS UNSCRIPTED 2019

AMERICAN HORROR STORY EPISODE 7 - TRAITOR

Saturday, October 20, 2018

PRESS UPDATE : NEW YORK POST ... SATURDAY OCTOBER 20TH 2018 ..

Joan Collins had nightmares over her bloody ‘AHS’ role

Joan with Frances Conroy
When you pair grand dame Joan Collins and campy Ryan Murphy, things are bound to get weird.
So it’s no surprise that Evie Gallant, Collins’ wealthy, self-absorbed alter-ego in Murphy’s “American Horror Story: Apocalypse,” was hacked to shreds by her hairdresser grandson, Mr. Gallant (Evan Peters), in a case of mistaken identity.
But not to worry — Collins returns to the popular series Wednesday, Oct. 24 (10 p.m. on FX) in a role that’s being kept mostly under wraps. (Murphy posted several photos to social media showing Collins in her new “AHS: Apocalypse” guise.) “I wear this gorgeous silvery white wig and I’m a movie star witch,” says Collins, 85. “It’s a really good episode. That’s all I can say.”
Her “AHS” roles have been memorable for Collins, who most recently spent four seasons playing the Grand Duchess of Alexandra on E!’s “The Royals” opposite Elizabeth Hurley and, in January, will fly to Hawaii to film a guest-starring role on “Hawaii Five-0” (CBS).
She says Murphy, a big admirer, first approached her about appearing in the eighth installment of his FX anthology series last February at a Vanity Fair party. “He said he wanted to write a role specifically for me and wanted to make it very interesting and good and something I could sink my teeth into,” she says. “He didn’t specifically say what it was; that’s the way Ryan works. He doesn’t tell his actors what they’re going to be playing.
“I only knew that I was going to be working with Evan Peters, who is such a wonderful young actor and a pleasure to work with. And I loved working with Kathy Bates [who plays Ms. Miriam Mead]. What an honor.”
Joan with Percy Gibson & Kathy Bates
Collins isn’t as gushing about the scene (in Episode 2) where Evie, clad completely in a black rubber suit (don’t ask), was eviscerated by her grandson, who assumed grandma was someone else with whom he’d had an earlier tryst.
“I’m a bit of a squeamish person, so I don’t really watch horror films or bloodthirsty films very much,” Collins says. “I was lying there for hours and hours under a sort of coffin with a board on top of me and a dummy in which all the blood was [shown]. I’ll never eat sausages again. I had to put my mind in a different place so I didn’t concentrate on it too much.
“I have to admit I had a couple of nightmares after that.”
Collins will continue touring with her one-woman stage show (“Joan Collins Unscripted”) in February in the UK — she had to delay the tour while shooting “AHS” — but the actress, best-known to TV viewers as Alexis Carrington on the original “Dynasty,” says she probably won’t headline another series.
“Oh, I don’t know. It’s a big commitment,” she says. “I’ve been approached … I’ve had a good long run and I take each step as it comes. I would love to do another series but maybe as a guest now and again — I don’t think I could do what [‘Law & Order: SVU’ star] Mariska Hargitay does, for example, be in a show for all those years and be on it every week, which is what I did on ‘Dynasty’ … it’s too exhausting and the same old thing all the time.”

EVENT UPDATE : GLSEN RESPECT AWARDS .. BEVERLY WILSHIRE HOTEL .. LOS ANGELES .. FRIDAY OCTOBER 19TH 2018 ..

Joan attended the 2018 GLSEN Respect Awards held at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel last night.
GLSEN (pronounced "glisten") was founded in 1990 by a small, but dedicated group of teachers in Massachusetts who came together to improve an education system that too frequently allows its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) students to be bullied, discriminated against, or fall through the cracks. 
Over 25 years later, that small group has grown into the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for LGBTQ students.
We face a pervasive problem with a set of new challenges. 8 out of 10 LGBT students are still harassed at school each year because of who they are.
We are working to change that.
Joan with Chris Tuttle Glsen Director of Communications
At GLSEN, we want every student, in every school, to be valued and treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We believe that all students deserve a safe and affirming school environment where they can learn and grow.
We accomplish our goals by working in hallways across the country -- from Congress and the Department of Education to schools and district offices in your community -- to improve school climate and champion LGBT issues in K-12 education.
  • We conduct extensive and original research to inform our evidence-based solutions for K-12 education.
  • We author developmentally appropriate resources for educators to use throughout their school community.
  • We partner with decision makers to ensure that comprehensive and inclusive safe schools policies are considered, passed and implemented.
  • We partner with dozens of national education organizations to leverage our shared expertise into creating great schools and better opportunities for every student. 
  • We empower students to affect change by supporting student-led efforts to positively impact their own schools and local communities.
    Joan with GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard
Every day GLSEN works to ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment. Together, we can transform our nation’s K-12 schools into the safe and affirming environment all youth deserve. 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

TV ALERT : AMERICAN HORROR STORY - EPS 7 TRAITOR .. WEDNESDAY 24TH OCTOBER 2018 .. 10PM / 9ET..



Don't forget to check out next Wednesday's episode of 'American
Horror Story' as Joan returns in a new guise.. The episode entitled 'Traitor' will air October 24th on FX at 10pm /9et ...

Sunday, October 7, 2018

EVENT UPDATE : THE CAROUSEL OF HOPE BALL .. THE BEVERLY HILTON HOTEL LOS ANGELES .. OCTOBER 6TH 2018 ..

Joan attended one of her favourite Hollywood events last night, as she made an appearance at The Carousel of Hope Ball at The Beverly Hilton Hotel.. The event which raises funds for her good friend Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes & Children's Diabetes Foundation.. The event also honoured Robert DeNiro, with entertainment by the legendary Gladys Knight & David Foster..

Friday, October 5, 2018

EVENT ALERT : GERRY .. VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERE .. FRIDAY OCTOBER 5TH 2018

Gerry             

Canadian premiere
Country of Origin: UK
Year: 2018
Running Time: 16 mins
Format: DCP
Related Links: Facebook
Cast: Joan Collins, Oliver Ford Davies, Stephen Greif, Shenine Rajakarunanayake, Lynne Verrall
Executive Producer: Angus Henderson, Neil Dwane, Stefan Allesch-Taylor, Esther Paterson
Producer: Hester Ruoff
Screenwriter: Victoria Hollup, Paul Agar
Cinematographer: Jaime Ackroyd
Editor: Jeanna Mortimer
Production Design: Ashling Johnson
Music: Andrew Allen-King
Production Company: Burton Fox Films
Print Source: Burton Fox Films

Facing years of loneliness and isolation while packing up her deceased husband’s belongings, Hilda unearths a long-buried secret. Gerry is based on issues faced by the elderly such as loneliness, isolation and heartache. Staring Joan Collins (Dynastyand many other TV series, most recently American Horror Story) in a terrific performance that earned her the Best Actress award at LA Shorts, where the film just premiered, this is more a character study than a drama—Hilda is representative of many women of that generation who repressed their own lives for their marriage, and now must try to break free from solitude to live a life previously denied to them. Lovingly shot in classic black and white and with an an old fashioned look and feel, this is a melancholic and sweet story about finding the courage to move on.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

PHOTO UPDATE : AHS - WHICH WITCH IS WHICH! SEPTEMBER 29TH 2018 ..

For those lamenting the demise of the fabulous Evie Gallant on AHS, Fear not! Joan will be back in more upcoming episodes!
 Here is a super shot of Joan with Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe, Leslie Grossman, Billie Lourd, Taissa Farmiga & Billy Porter.. But the question is Which Witch is Which!!

Monday, September 24, 2018

PRESS UPDATE : TV LINE : LESLIE GROSSMAN TALKS APOCALYPSE & JOAN! .. SEPTEMBER 23RD 2018 ..


Horror Story Fave Leslie Grossman Teases Future Apocalypse Twists!

Leslie with Joan on set...
The world of American Horror Story: Apocalypse may seem like a bleak nightmare, but for Leslie Grossman, it’s a dream come true. “Ryan [Murphy] has a lot of fun writing for Coco — his fingerprints are all over that character,” she tells TVLine. “I know she’s a strong flavor, but stick with her, because it gets interesting. She seems to be one thing, but you never know what she’ll turn into.”
Grossman’s character, the vapid-yet-lovable Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt, is one of several major characters in the frame. Others include Emma Roberts’ Madison Montgomery, Frances Conroy’s Myrtle Snow, Gabourey Sidibe’s Queenie and Taissa Farmiga’s Zoe Benson, all of whom Grossman is “excited” to be working with, assuring us, “It’s not lost on me who I’m standing with in that picture.”
Another person Grossman is having a particularly good time with this season is Joan Collins, whose first character — the glamorous-yet-cannibalistic Evie Gallant — met her untimely demise this week. (Don’t worry, Collins has already let it slip that she’s playing multiple roles this season, so we’ll see her again soon enough.)
“I grew up watching Dynasty, being obsessed with her, so when Ryan told me she was doing the show, I fell to the floor — physically and emotionally,” Grossman says. “She means a great deal to me. And she’s so iconic, which is a word that gets overused now. She’s smart, funny and so talented, but what really struck me about her is that she’s incredibly warm and inviting. … I didn’t think she would be as accessible as she is. She’s literally a dame, and I don’t mean that in the colloquial sense. She’s, like, English royalty. Her lovely husband Percy is also fantastic and is always with her at work. It’s been a joy.”

With so much of the season still shrouded in mystery — we’re only two episodes in, and we just found out Kathy Bates is playing a robot — Grossman can only offer these parting words as a tease: “All I can tell you is that there are a lot of layers. When you think it’s going to go one way, it goes another. Just let it unfold, and I promise it’s going to be satisfying.”

Friday, September 21, 2018

TV ALERT : AMERICAN HORROR STORY APOCALYPSE .. FOX UK .. SEPTEMBER 27TH 10PM

Viewers in the UK & Ireland can finally catch all the action as Joan joins the cast of 'American Horror Story' on Fox UK starting on Thursday September 27th at 10pm.. 

TV UPDATE : THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN .. CBS .. SEPTEMBER 20TH 2018 ..




Joan made a guest appearance on 'The Late Late Show with James Corden' last night to talk about among other things, her role on 'American Horror Story Apocalypse'.. Here is a clip of Joan revealing how she got the gig in the hit show! The series continues every Wednesday on FX in the USA.. Viewers in the UK & Ireland can catch the show from Thursday September 27th on FOX at 10pm...

Thursday, September 20, 2018

TV ALERT : THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN ... CBS SEPTEMBER 20TH .. 12.37 / 11.37c

Tune into The Late Late Show on CBS at 12.37 / 11.37c as Joan is James Corden's special guest tonight Sept 20th to talk about her role on AHS Apocalypse. .
Joan backstage with James Corden & Jeffrey Lane

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

EVENT UPDATE : THE HBO POST EMMY PARTY .. THE PLAZA AT THE PACIFIC DESIGN CENTRE .. LOS ANGELES .. SEPTEMBER 17TH 2018 ..

Joan met up with good friends Barbara Davis & Nikki Haskell at The Plaza at The Pacific Design Centre for the HBO post Emmy Awards reception..

Sunday, September 16, 2018

TV ALERT : AMERICAN HORROR STORY APOCALYPSE .. EPISODE 2 - THE MORNING AFTER .. SEPTEMBER 19TH FX 10PM



After last week's exciting premiere episode of 'American Horror Story - Apocalypse' Joan is back in episode two called 'The Morning After'.. Check out the preview above and the full episode on FX at 10pm on Wednesday September 19th...

Friday, September 14, 2018

PRESS UPDATE : THE GLORIES OF BEING A GRANDMOTHER! .. SEPTEMBER 15TH 2018 ..

From the supermodel to James Bond’s boy: They’re all part of my own little dynasty - but please no more, dahlings! JOAN COLLINS reveals the glories of being a Godmother ...13 TIMES over

Occasionally people ask me: ‘How do you manage 13 godchildren?’ And my answer is simple: ‘You’d have to ask them.’ And it would be quite a task, as they range from aged three to 54 and are scattered all over the world.
But I think they’d probably agree that, although I love them all dearly, I have failed badly in my godparenting duties of advice, outings and gifts.
In fact, I have to confess that once, in around 2000, I was asked to become a godmother again when I already had around ten to my name and I actually refused. ‘I’m a lousy godparent.’ I said. ‘I can’t do it again.’
SNAP-HAPPY SCOTT: Scott Sanderson is the son of LA-based British celebrity photographer Eddie Sanderson, who has been photographing me for more than 40 years
Having discussed it with other godparents, it seems I’m not the only one who doesn’t live up to their responsibilities. Apparently, Queen Victoria had about 50 godchildren, many of whom she ignored even though some were named after her. None of mine were named after me — Joan, after all, is a very boring name — but I do have something in common with the great lady on that front.
It’s not that I don’t love babies — I absolutely adore them. That wasn’t always the case, however. I can remember my baby brother, Bill, arriving when I was 12; ‘Horrible, smelly little brat,’ I sneered to my put-upon mother. ‘No way am I going to change his nappy!’
And I didn’t. I ignored the poor child until he became a teenager and became more interesting, and we started to become close — a bond that is even more intense following the death of our beloved sister, Jackie, three years ago.
DELIGHT FROM MY TV DAYS: Amy Wilson, 31, daughter of former PR Stella Wilson from my days on Dynasty. Amy is married to former Saracens rugby player Chris Wyles
It was only six months after I found myself with my own baby, my beautiful Tara Cynara Newley, that I acquired my first godchild, Adam Bricusse. It felt like a double blessing.
Adam’s father is the lyricist Leslie Bricusse, the song-writing partner of my then husband, Anthony Newley, and his mother the film actress Yvonne Romain. We all were extremely close and spent years going on holidays together.
When my baby son, Sacha, arrived about a year after Adam, they became best friends for decades.
MT THEATRE PAL'S TWINS: Declan, left, and Justin Duggan, with my beloved sister Jackie. They’re the twin sons of Charles Duggan, who produced my U.S. tour of Noel Coward’s Private Lives
Our families had many adventures together, but one particularly horrific one took place in a rented New York brownstone, when the children were tiny. The nanny came rushing out of Adam’s room in the middle of the night, screaming: ‘He’s covered in cockroaches!’
When we went to look in his cot, we found cockroaches crawling all over his crib and up his baby-gro. Never have two families packed so fast as we did to evacuate that infested house.
Eight years later, my best friend, Judy Bryer — my personal assistant when I was starring in Dynasty — produced her first-born, Victoria, and I was delighted to be asked to be a godmother for the second time. Victoria and I have kept in constant touch, as she is almost the same age as my youngest daughter, Katyana..
CATWALK STAR CARA: Model and actress Cara Delevingne, 26, daughter of my life-long friends Charles and Pandora.
Two godchildren were entirely manageable and a huge honour, and I went into each relationship with the very best of intentions. I dutifully remembered birthdays, and chose thoughtful presents.
But then, all of a sudden, I seemed to become inundated with invitations to ‘godmotherhood’. The births came fast and furious in the Seventies: there was Milica, daughter of interior designer Tessa Kennedy and prolific film producer Elliot Kastner, of Where Eagles Dare fame, among many others.
Rachel, the daughter of Rod Tyler, then news editor of the News of the World, and his wife Maggie, who was our personal assistant, was also born in the Seventies. Then came Scott, son of Eddie Sanderson, my favourite photographer, and Christian, son of Luisa and Roger Moore.
MILLIONAIRE'S LAD: Theo Massow, aged three, is the son of Ivan Massow the multi-millionaire entrepreneur and activist. I met Ivan more than 20 years ago, and he calls me his ‘second mum’
By now I was struggling to keep up with remembering all of their birthdays. I did my best, but it was so difficult I decided instead to give a festive children’s Christmas party every year. This proved extremely successful and kept both parents and kids — including my own — happy for a few years.
But as this group turned into teenagers, the novelty of Christmas parties, stocking treats and ‘ho-ho-ho’ Santas grew stale, and they came to a natural end.
Not that that was the end of the godparenting requests! As the Eighties dawned, my younger friends started producing babies.
FILM MOGUL'S BABY: I first met Milica Kastner in her cot in the South of France when she was three months old. Now 46, she is the actress daughter of the late American film producer Elliot Kastner and Tessa Kennedy, a British interior designer, who is godmother to my daughter Katy..
In quick succession, I was asked to become godmother to Chloe, daughter of Neil Dickson (who played Biggles), with whom I was working on my mini-series ‘Sins’; then Coco, daughter of Louise and Theo Fennell, the fabulous jeweller.
Then in the Nineties, Amy, daughter of my publicist Stella Wilson, and Cara, daughter of my good friends Pandora and Charles Delevingne, were born. Lucky Cara had an abundance of godparents — 16 in all, I recollect — several of whom are now dead, so maybe it was foresighted of her parents to collect so many
By this time, I had practically given up on all of them. I sent a Christmas card every year which was often returned with a ‘Not known at this address’ sticker.
BEST FRIEND'S GROWN-UP GIRL: Victoria Dade, pictured here with me and a young fellow goddaughter, Cara Delevingne, is daughter of my closest friend Judy Bryer. Her father is Californian businessman Maximilian Bryer, who gave me away when I married my husband Percy Gibson in 2002. Victoria, now 46, has two sons and works in the U.S. broadcasting industry..
Then when, in the Nineties and early 2000s, my grandchildren were born, there weren’t enough hours in the week to keep in touch with many of them. Being a godparent is supposed to mean acting as a referee for the child and their parents from their baptism to adulthood. Nowadays, it’s all about remembering Christmas and birthdays and dishing out iPads and iPhones as presents.
Another definition of a good godparent is that they will make themselves available at all times to the child, keeping in touch regularly. Sorry guys — I guess I dropped the ball on that one, too. As a working actress, mother to three and grandmother to three, I could only be counted on in emergencies.
On the advice front, though, I’ve tried. I gave Cara Delevingne advice on the perils of showbusiness. When she was 15, she asked me whether she should become an actress: ‘Don’t,’ I told her simply, and paraphrasing Jack Nicholson, added: ‘The world doesn’t need another actress — 95 per cent of actors are out of work.’
CO-STAR'S KID: Chloe, who’s in her 30s, is the daughter of actor Neil Dickson, who starred with me in my mini-series Sins in the Eighties
CO-STAR'S KID: Chloe, who’s in her 30s, is the daughter of actor Neil Dickson, who starred with me in my mini-series Sins in the Eighties
Of course, she didn’t listen and has become monumentally successful in both her acting and modelling careers. 
Just a few weeks ago we went out to dinner, and I took my 19-year-old granddaughter, Miel, to Cara’s 26th birthday bash in Los Angeles. 
I do try to keep in touch with them all. I see Christian Moore and his gorgeous young children often in the South of France. Christian has just had his fifth baby — a gorgeous little girl called Lily-Lara. And Adam Bricusse, my first godchild, is now godfather to her!
Now that my godchildren are having children of their own, does this make me a great-godmother? 
The early 21st century has seen something of a renaissance for my godparenting duties.
My friend and producer Charles Duggan, who is gay, informed me he was going to become a parent through in-vitro fertilisation. 
Since his twin sons, Declan and Justin, were born in 2002, we, too, have spent several summers together.
FIRST GODCHILD AND 007's SON: Artist Adam Bricusse, left, is the 54-year-old son of lyricist Leslie Bricusse, who worked with my second husband, Anthony Newley. Film producer Christian Moore, 45, is the youngest son of my friend Roger Moore..
Then, in 2015, another of my gay friends, Ivan Massow, asked my husband, Percy, and me to be godparents to his beautiful baby boy, Theo.
To be fair to myself, I am now in regular touch with most of my godchildren, inviting them to my parties whenever they are in town and getting to know and love their own children.
As far as the requests go, I think I’ll definitely stick at 13. Unlucky? I don’t think so.
So, from married parents to single parents to gay fathers, god-parenting has changed a lot in the past 50 years.
I have been happy to have been even a small part of my godchildren’s lives, if not the most active of influencers. I love all of them wholeheartedly.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

TV ALERT : AHS APOCALYPSE ... FX (USA) .. 10PM ET .. SEPTEMBER 12TH 2018 ..

Joan invites you to witness The Apocalypse tomorrow evening on FX! Join in the mayhem at 10pm ET.. Make sure to tune in for the beginning... or is it the End!!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

PRESS UPDATE : WEEKEND MAIL .. MY LIFE THROUGH A LENS :

My life through a lens: Hollywood legend Dame Joan Collins shares the stories behind her favourite snaps

1952: This is my younger sister Jackie [right] and me as teenagers, having fun as we always did. It’s also one of the earliest photos of bikinis. We’re in the South of France, which I’ve loved from the moment I first went there as a girl – it’s magical. I miss Jackie since she died in 2015 – we were so close. She was such a remarkable woman.