Saturday, March 28, 2020

PRESS FLASHBACK : SUNDERLAND ECHO .. MAY 14TH 1953 ..

Ever since she entered the world of films, Joan has been a regular and most popular subject for the press.. This article from Sunderland Echo from May 1953 when Joan was appearing on cinema screens all over the UK in 'I Believe In You'...

Friday, March 27, 2020

PHOTO FLASHBACK : HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS FOR JOAN!


This little seen shot features Joan spending quality time with children Tara, Katy and Sacha at home in London in 1974...

Thursday, March 26, 2020

TV FLASHBACK : HOUR MAGAZINE .. JANUARY 30TH 1986 ..


Over the decades Joan has appeared on many many chat shows and is still a most popular guest whether its early morning or well into the evening. This promo shot was for an appearance on the long running daily syndicated lifestyle chat show hosted by Gary Collins from 1980 to 89. Joan appeared on the show 8 times, with this appearance to promote the mini series 'Sins' in 1986...

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

TV FLASHBACK : HIDDEN HOLLYWOOD - TREASURES FROM THE 20TH CENTURY FOX VAULTS .. AMC .. 1997 ..


Joan has hosted many specials over the years and as a lover of classic films, she was thrilled to be host 'Hidden Hollyood - Treasures From The 20th Century Fox Vaults' a 1997 release for AMC which featured a selection of rare and classic outtakes from Hollywood classics.. This photo was used to promote the special.. As there was so many clips to chose from, a 2nd special 'Hidden Hollywood 2' narrated by Joan was released in 1999..

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

FILM FLASHBACK : GERRY .. BURTON FOX FILMS .. 2018 ..


While we await Joan's latest feature film 'The Loss Adjuster' , here is a lovely shot of Joan from her recent award winning short film 'Gerry'...

Monday, March 23, 2020

PHOTO FLASHBACK : MICHAEL CAINE BIRTHDAY.. JULY 1990 .. LANGANS BRASSIERE ..


Joan chats to George Harrison at a birthday party for Michael Caine in 1990 held at Langans Brassiere in London..

Sunday, March 22, 2020

TV FLASHBACK : FUTURE COP .. PARAMOUNT TELEVISION .. 1976 ..


Joan has appeared in many tv series throughout the years, many now classic, but some forgotten about.. This still features Joan as Eve Di Falco in a short lived series from 1976 called 'Future Cop' which starred Ernest Borgnine and only ran for 6 episodes plus a pilot. It featured Borgnine as Officer Joe Cleaver who is teamed up with Officer Haven, who happens to be a robot! 
Joan's episode is called 'The Kansas City Kid' and can be found on a limited edition dvd of all episodes which you can order here!
FUTURE COP COMPLETE SERIES DVD .. ORDER HERE!



Saturday, March 21, 2020

FILM FLASHBACK : DARK PLACES .. 1973 .. ANGLO- EMI / CINERAMA .


Italian poster
At this stage the majority of Joan's films are available on dvd or blu-ray, however a handful are still elusive including an interesting 1973 shocker called 'Dark Places' in which Joan stars with a wonderful British cast including Christopher Lee, Robert Hardy and Herbert Lom.. One hopes this worthwhile chiller will appear at some stage...

Following the death of Andrew Marr, an aging inmate at the St Columba’s asylum, Edward Foster ( Robert Hardy ) travels to the small town of Marr’s Halt and claims ownership of the Marr’s Grove estate in the will. Sarah Mandeville ( Joan ), sister of the town doctor, volunteers to be his housekeeper so as to inveigle herself into Foster’s trust, later becoming his lover. Unknown to Foster, Sarah and her brother Ian ( Christopher Lee ) are seeking to obtain the £210,000 that is supposed to have been hidden somewhere in the house. They contrive to fake a series of hauntings to make Foster doubt his sanity. As he begins to ‘see’ things around the house, Foster becomes overrun by memories of what happened the past, of how Marr was planning to leave his wife ( Jean Marsh ) with the babysitter Alta ( Jane Birkin ) only to befall a terrible fate.

Friday, March 20, 2020

PHOTO FLASHBACK : A JOAN OF MANY FACES! .. ..


As we learn to live without live events and we will be starved of the latest glamorous arrivals of Joan, its now a good time to go back into the archives. This wonderful portrait from 1958 was a feature for top magazine 'Esquire' and it featured 4 portraits inside of Joan's dream roles on screen.. They were Katherine in 'The of The Shrew', Helen Pettigrew in 'Berkeley Square', Polly Brown in 'The Boyfriend' and of course Cleopatra.. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

TV UPDATE : GOOD MORNING BRITAIN .. MARCH 10TH 2020..




Joan now back in London from Los Angeles, dropped into Television Centre to chat with good friend Piers Morgan about her thoughts on the current health emergency gripping the globe.. We hope everyone stays safe and continue to be healthy.. You can view some of the interview above..
Joan on set with Piers & Susannah

Monday, February 24, 2020

PRESS UPDATE : SCREEN DAILY .. MONDAY FEBRUARY 24TH 2020 ..


First Look : Joan Collins & Luke Goss in dark comedy 'The Loss Adjuster' ...

BY  24 FEBRUARY 2020


Screen can reveal a first-look image of Joan Collins and Luke Goss in ‘The Loss Adjuster’, which the UK’s Pink Flamingo Films is introducing to buyers at the EFM in Berlin.

Goss (Hellboy II, Blade II) plays an insurance man whose wife leaves him a week before Christmas after their finances hit rock bottom. But he is presented with a chance to reverse his downward spiral after encountering a teenage thief.
Collins plays a glamorous widow and victim of an alleged burglary who welcomes the ‘loss adjuster’ into her home, only for him to find that several missing items have been added to her claim. She said of her “flirtatious merry widow” character: “I’m delighted I was able to contribute to the look of my character, who in the end, resembled my late mother. I’m really looking forward to its release at Christmas later this year.”

Directed by Vincent Woods and produced by Jayney Mackie (who also wrote the script), the cast also includes Martin Kemp, Guy Siner, Ross O’Hennessey, Cathy Tyson and Kym Marsh.

London-based Pink Flamingo is also in pre-production on psychological horror Ten, co-produced with Cine1 Italia, on which principal photography will commence in Rome later this year. Other projects include SAS thriller Storm; true-life story Judy A Dog In A Million, based on the book Damian Lewis; and drama Callum’s Way, directed by Woods.
Pink Flamingo’s slate is financed by equity fund-backed Pink Flamingo Media.






Friday, February 21, 2020

PRESS UPDATE : THE SPECTATOR .. FEBRUARY 22ND 2020 ..

NOTEBOOK

Joan Collins: I know where Dynasty went wrong



Sister Alexis!

Recovering from a bad cold and bored to tears by the fare on television, Netflix, Amazon and Hulu (it’s shocking how much schlock there is with so many choices), I broke open a big box set of Dynasty and started binge watching. It occurred to me that I had actually never seen the series, except for a few snippets here and there, and I was curious to see the reason why the show’s ratings started to plummet after the fifth season. Was it the hideousness of the clothes? Mine weren’t so bad, sometimes, but the skirts and trousers were so baggy and shapeless that, coupled with the enormous shoulder pads, they made all of us look about four foot ten. They also watered the storyline down by bringing in a plethora of characters portrayed by big names such as Charlton Heston, Barbara Stanwyck, Ali MacGraw, Rock Hudson and my pal George Hamilton so that it would have been difficult for some viewers to figure out who was who. I was confused even though Alexis was related to most of them. A massacre occurred in fabled Moldavia (a country that disappeared in 1859), at which several of the characters were assassinated and then, with horror, I saw myself as Alexis disguised as a nun trying to break the King of Moldavia out of prison. Now I know why it tanked.

Joan with Tom Ford at Vanity Fair Party

In the aftermath of Oscar week most denizens of Tinseltown have gone to ground or taken off in their private jets. There were at least 20 parties inside of the ten-day window, which most of the nominees attended and were, by all accounts, quite uneventful. I went to several, culminating in what I think was the most entertaining — the Vanity Fair viewing party at the Annenberg Center. I sat next to the fabulously entertaining Tom Ford, while Percy’s dinner companion was the ever-popular Monica Lewinsky, whose life story will shortly be made into a TV movie. The question of who will play President Clinton was the buzz of the party — what actor would dare?

Joan at 1984 Academy Awards

It now seems that it is absolutely prohibited to say anything about anything that doesn’t conform with the proscribed mores of the politically correct majority. I had an argument with a young actor at another party after he claimed that, according to him (and casting agents, and directors, and producers, and just about everyone in the entertainment business), the word ‘actress’ is now verboten in Hollywood. After I expressed my views in my last article for this illustrious publication, I received quite a lot of flak about my supposedly outdated opinions. I actually managed to convince the actor that they are not outdated. Like everything nowadays, it should be a ‘choice’ given to a minority (of 50 per cent), and it’s time for me to reclaim my femininity. If you want to be called ‘female actor’, be my guest, but my choice is, and always will be, actress. Reading in the press that ‘actor Joan Collins arrived at the event wearing a full-length black and silver gown’ sounded ludicrous, and extremely confusing. The mob rule is in, however, and free speech worldwide (and America’s First Amendment) has gone out.

Joan with Kirk Douglas

Much sadness in the Hills of Beverly at the passing of Kirk Douglas. I was lucky enough to work with him in a TV miniseries called The Moneychangers and he was everything a great movie star should be — charming, funny, professional and nice to everyone, unlike some of today’s entitled stars who consider themselves above mere mortals. Some even have contractual specifications that no ‘eye contact’ must be made with them.
By contrast, Kirk was like many huge stars I’ve worked with — great talents like Paul Newman, Robert Mitchum and Gregory Peck — fun and down to earth, always grateful and never dismissive of the success that their talent had garnered. Kirk and I were on a boat in Cannes during the film festival, promoting The Moneychangers, when a small plane carrying a banner for my next movie passed overhead, proclaiming to one and all ‘Joan Collins IS The Bitch’. I was mortified. I turned to Kirk and said, ‘Oh that’s awful! They told me it would say “Joan Collins AS The Bitch”.’ ‘Aw, honey, it’s great publicity. Embrace it!’ He grinned, ‘It’s a compliment.’ A few years later, enter Alexis in Dynasty, and embrace it I did.

PRESS UPDATE : IN STYLE ... MARCH 2020 ..




"I’ve worn it often over the past 30 years, definitely more than any other piece of jewelry I own."
By Joan Collins, as told to Jennifer Ferrise 

Joan with Donna Mills

I’ve always been a fan of the Art Deco artist and designer Erté. When I was younger, I used to read books about him and collect his sketches from the 1920's. I’d even draw pictures of flappers because I loved the glamorous style of the Art Deco era so much. I followed Erté’s work over the years, and, in 1980, when I signed on to do the play The Last of Mrs. Cheyney, I asked him if he would design the costumes since it was a period piece set in the ’20s. He agreed, so I flew to Paris to meet him in his atelier.
Erté was close to 90 at the time, very frail with a shock of white hair, but he was still so brilliant. It was fascinating to be able to see his work close-up. After the production ended, I didn’t get to keep the costumes he designed, but years later at an auction in London, I saw this beautiful Erté pendant with diamonds and mother of pearl. 

He had designed very few pieces of jewelry throughout his career, so I knew I had to bid on it. I loved that it was something totally original that nobody else would have. I’ve worn it often over the past 30 years, definitely more than any other piece of jewelry I own. It makes me feel chic. And every time I put it on, it reminds me of my time with Monsieur Erté.




Tuesday, February 11, 2020

EVENT UPDATE : VANITY FAIR OSCAR VIEWING PARTY .. THE ANNENBERG CENTER FOR THE ARTS .. LOS ANGELES .. MONDAY FEBRUARY 10TH 2020 ..


Joan with Sarah Paulson & Leslie Grossman

Joan met up with many friends at the Vanity Fair Oscar Viewing Party including her 'American Horror Story' co-stars Sarah Paulson & Leslie Grossman & Tom Ford..
Joan enjoying the show with Tom Ford

TV UPDATE : GOOD MORNING BRITAIN LIVE FROM HOLLYWOOD .. MONDAY FEBRUARY 10TH 2020 ..

Joan on GMB panel with Sharon & Kelly Osbourne, Dolph Lungren & Perez Hilton etc..
After enjoying the Vanity Fair viewing party at The Annenberg Center with friend Tom Ford, Joan stopped off at The Beverly Hills Hotel to join Piers Morgan & Susannah Reid on the Good Morning Britain panel...
Joan with Sharon & Kelly, & Piers & Sussanah

Monday, February 10, 2020

EVENT UPDATE : VANITY FAIR OSCAR VIEWING PARTY .. THE ANNENBERG CENTER FOR THE ARTS .. LOS ANGELES .. FEBRUARY 9TH 2020 ..


Joan attended one of her favourite events in Hollywood, the annual Vanity Fair Oscar Viewing party held at The Annenberg Center For The Arts hosted by Vanity Fair editor in chief Radhika Jones...


Sunday, February 9, 2020

EVENT UPDATE : CHARLES FINCH / CHANEL PRE OSCAR DINNER .. POLO LOUNGE .. THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL .. LOS ANGELES.. FEBRUARY 8TH 2020 ..


Setting the scene for Oscars 2020, Joan attended the annual Charles Finch / Chanel Pre Oscar dinner at The Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel. You can catch Joan live on Good Morning Britain with Piers Morgan broadcast from The Beverly Hills Hotel on Monday February 10th from 6am UK time..



TV UPDATE : HOME & FAMILY... HALLMARK CHANNEL .. UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD .. FEBRUARY 6TH 2020 ..


Joan dropped into The Hallmark Channel studio at Universal to make an appearance on the morning show 'Home & Family', where she shared her favourite recipe for Spaghetti Bolognese..