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.. 





Saturday, February 8, 2020

LIFESTYLE UPDATE : HOME & FAMILY .. HALLMARK CHANNEL .. FEBRUARY 6TH 2020 ..



Spaghetti Bolognese a La Joan Collins


Dame Joan Collin's legendary Spaghetti Bolognese.



INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 lbs. Ground Beef
  • 2 lbs. Ground Veal
  • 2 lbs. Ground PorkSpaghetti Bolognese a La Joan Collins
  • Brown in skillet in olive oil
ADD:
  • 3 finely chopped onions
  • 1lb chopped mushrooms
  • 4 cans peeled tomatoes
  • 4 cans tomato paste
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar
  • Bay leaves
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Garlic salt
  • Lots of good California red wine


My “Spag-Bol” as I recall has been a favorite of my family since my children were born. It reminds me of large family get-togethers where everyone is happy, content...and replete.
INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Brown ground beef, veal and pork in skillet in olive oil.

2. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for at least six hours..

Feeds 20 ..

Watch Joan on Home & Family Here!!






Thursday, February 6, 2020

EVENT UPDATE : THE MONTE CARLO TELEVISION FESTIVAL 60TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY .. THE SUNSET TOWER .. SUNSET BLVD .. LOS ANGELES .. FEBRUARY 5TH 2020 ...

Joan with Jane Seymour & Prince Albert of Monaco

Founded in 1961 by H.S.H. Prince Rainier III as a tribute to his wife Princess Grace, the Monte-Carlo Television Festival will officially begin celebrations to mark its 60th anniversary on 5 February 2020 in Los Angeles, the heart of the world's film and television industry.

Such an exceptional event deserves a venue worthy of the Festival and its 60th anniversary, a truly iconic setting steeped in history.

The natural choice was the Sunset Tower Hotel, a historic and elegant Art Deco establishment located on the famous Sunset Boulevard, the bustling 39 kilometer long highway, that is home to California's most vibrant nightlife.

An iconic hotel less than 4 kilometers from the Walk of Fame, the Sunset Tower has welcomed some of the biggest names in Hollywood over the years.

And a host of famous Hollywood faces will be in attendance at this very special evening event where H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Honorary President of the Festival, will welcome 250 prestigious guests, actors, actresses, directors, producers, as well as former jury presidents, Honorary Golden Nymph and Crystal Nymph winners.
Joan with Linda Gray