Wednesday, June 24, 2020

TV FLASHBACK : THE CLIVE JAMES SHOW .. ITV .. 1997 ..


Clive James: Australian broadcaster and author dies aged 80 - BBC NewsAs it was announced earlier today. that the joyous entertainer Margarita Pracatan has died, I decided to feature this shot of Margarita with her old friend Clive James, who introduced her to UK audiences by way of his ITV show, 'The Clive James Show'.. Joan was a guest on the show and this rare shot was taken on the night...

Monday, June 22, 2020

CHARITY UPDATE : SIR PETER BLAKE 'OUR FANS' MURAL AUCTION.. JUNE 12TH T E 26TH 2020 ..



Bid On Dame Joan's Mural Square Here!!

SIR PETER BLAKE "Our fans" (2017) 100 separate faces cut out as fragments from an original collage that was printed on a vinyl fabric mural sized 61.66m x 27.77m in colour. Each face/fragment is approximately 1.2m x 2m (4' x 6.5'). Please be advised that the final shape and size may vary. Each figure was cut-out from the poster based on the cutting guide designed by the artist. "Our fans" is Peter Blake’s largest-ever artwork and was commissioned by LONDON Advertising to cover the fa├žade of Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park, in Knightsbridge, London during its recent renovations. The mural coincided with the 50th anniversary of the launch of The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band album, whose iconic front cover was designed by the artist in 1967. To create "Our fans", 100 renowned ‘Fans’ of the hotel provided a photograph of themselves to be included in the vinyl fabric collage – no-one invited refused, including the two surviving Beatles, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney. Videos of design, installation and Sir Peter talking about his design can be viewed here. The completed poster was the size of 38 London buses and was on site from January to May 2017. The proceeds from the auction will be donated equally between WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and The Felix Project which is feeding London’s most vulnerable during the crisis...

BID ON DAME JOAN'S MURAL SQUARE HERE!!

Sunday, June 14, 2020

DVD ALERT : THE GOOD DIE YOUNG BLU-RAY / DVD .. BFI .. JULY 20TH 2020 ..



Delighted to report that the 1954 thriller 'The Good Die Young' in which Joan starred alongside Richard Basehart, Stanley Baker and Laurence Harvey will get a blu-ray / dvd release on July 20th from the BFI. What is exciting about this release, is the fact there will be two versions of the film on the disc.. The original theatrical version and a never seen export version, not sure what is extra in this version or whether new scenes will feature Joan, but it will be very interesting to see!
You can pre-order your copy here!!

PRE -ORDER THE GOOD DIE YOUNG BLU-RAY /DVD HERE!!

Adapted from the novel by Richard Macaulay and directed by Lewis Gilbert (The Spy Who Loved Me, Alfie) comes this crime thriller starring Stanley Baker, Joan Collins, Gloria Grahame and Laurence Harvey, about an armed robbery

The Good Die Young opens with four men sitting in a car as they prepare to commit a serious crime. Each man’s reason for being involved is then explored…
Mike (Stanley Baker), an injured and ageing boxer unable to find work, Joe (Richard Basehart) is an out-of-work clerk who needs to get to the United States with his young wife (Joan Collins) to escape her unstable mother (Freda Jackson), Eddie (John Ireland) is an AWOL American airman with an unfaithful wife (Gloria Grahame), and Miles 'Rave' Ravenscourt (Laurence Harvey), a 'gentleman' scoundrel with gambling debts and the man who lures the other three.

From director Lewis Gilbert (The Spy Who Loved Me, Alfie) comes this 1954 crime thriller that promises “Deadly weapons, burning lips, and hot lead!”
Joan with Richard Basehart..
  • Newly remastered in 2K by the BFI and presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Includes the original theatrical version and the never-before-released export cut
  • ***FIRST PRESSING ONLY*** Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the film and full film credits
  • Other extras TBC

Friday, June 5, 2020

PRESS UPDATE : JEWISH CHRONICLE .. JUNE 5TH 2020 ..


‘Beauty is recession-proof — people always want to look their best’

From Dame Joan Collins to the Spice Girls, they've all worked with Alex Silver, who built her PR business around ethical beauty brands....

June 5, 2020 


There will be many people who are jealous of Alex Silver after reading this. Not because she runs her own successful company, not even because she acts as Dame Joan Collins’s personal PR manager in the UK and has done so for ten years. No, the envy will arise because when it came to organising her daughter Scarlett’s batmitzvah two years ago, she did it in just three hours.
“I’ve been putting on events for so long in my career,” says Silver, 54, “that when it came to organising Scarlett’s batmitzvah at Brondesbury Park synagogue, I knew exactly where to go for everything, decorations, food, music, flowers and, yes, I literally did it in three hours!”
Warm and engaging, with a gentle but firm air of persuasion, Silver is a natural for the world of PR. With Dame Joan she is constantly receiving requests. “Everybody wants Joan and I’ve learned the art of politely saying ‘no’,” she laughs. Since lockdown, there have been even more requests: “I’ve definitely been busy during the pandemic with Joan. She’s done lots of things for charity, which I’ve helped with, a video for the NHS, and OK Magazine asked for people to donate for a charity auction. She gave a pair of Roberto Cavalli shoes.
“Most recently, the Royal British Legion asked if she would start the toast for the celebrations on VE Day, which she did from the balcony of her flat in London. Let’s just say that it was very interesting trying to get the paparazzi to maintain social distancing!”
The photograph of Dame Joan looking glorious was in every newspaper the next day.
Silver met Dame Joan through friendship with her daughter Tara Newley: “Tara asked me to look after Joan and about ten years ago, I said ‘yes’. She is wonderful to work with, totally professional and always open to new ideas.”
Representing one of the country’s icons is without doubt a plum role but surprisingly PR wasn’t her first choice of career.
She is from Newcastle where her parents, now both deceased, were family lawyer Therese and GP Emanuel (Manny). She and her brother Rupert grew up in a traditional Jewish environment. She went to the Jewish Day School and the family were members of the United Hebrew Congregation.
“It was such a lovely, warm community,” she recalls. “There were three shuls and two kosher butchers. Now I believe the last remaining shul is struggling. It’s so sad.”
It was a year-long stay in Israel when she was nine that set her on her initial career of nursing: “We had a fabulous year in Israel; my dad was considering us making aliyah, but we came back to the UK.
“During that time, though, he sometimes used to take me on his ward rounds in the hospital and there was just something about that I really liked.”
She trained at Westminster Hospital in London and on qualifying specialised in A&E. It was during this time that she had her first taste of PR. Ethicon, a medical subsidiary of pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson, asked if she would join a campaign to increase awareness of endoscopic surgery. She took the job and her new career in PR had begun.
“The problem was it was all very corporate, meeting after meeting, and I wanted something more hands on, a more boutique style of working. So I decided to set up on my own. I asked my dad for a loan of £3,000 to start up. He said: ‘You’ve been in PR for five minutes and already you want to run your own business, no!’ Actually, though, it was the best thing he could have done because it really made me focused.”
“I picked up accounts quickly,” she says. “I worked with the British HIV association, another medical company called IVY Medical, promoting diagnostic kits and various gynaecological projects. I then began to get approached by health companies, like menopause supplements, period pain magnets, stress gadgets and so on. It wasn’t long before beauty and cosmetic business came my way, too.”
She was one of the first to recognise the power of the celebrity endorsement: “I saw that, for example, when one of the Spice Girls said they used a product suddenly sales went up.”
Although she then started working with celebrities like Nicole Scherzinger, Leona Lewis and Lisa Snowdon in various campaigns, she wanted mainly to work on products that had some sort of medical origin.
“I was able to use my strong medical contacts to lend credibility to the projects I was working on. I launched Botox in the UK, 18 years ago, with the backing of a French professor.
“Working with Fake Bake, sunless tanning, I engaged the help of skin cancer consultant and plastic surgeon Paul Banwell to communicate the dangers of sunbathing.”
All was going swimmingly. She had West End offices and a staff of 20 when she became pregnant with her daughter. “Either the business or the baby had to go,” she jokes. “So I kept the baby!”
When Scarlett was 20 months old, Alex took time off to travel the world with her: “We went all over and it was priceless in bonding with Scarlett.” While in Barbados, her parents came out to visit: “It was Passover and my mum said, ‘Haven’t you got any matzah?’ So I phoned the Sandy Lane hotel. I thought, ‘Well, you know, Michael Winner goes there.’ Not only did they have matzah but the rabbi invited us to the Seder!”
When she came back to the UK after nine months, she set up her business again, this time working from her kitchen table and doing night and weekend shifts as a nurse to pay the bills. Today Silver has an office in Soho and a team of eight. Her clients, along with Dame Joan, include beauty brand Claudalie, which she helped launch, and nail guru Leighton Denny, who cites Silver as a reason for his success.
Since her daughter’s batmitzvah she’s been asked to organise other parties. “I was just about to start doing that when the coronavirus struck. But it’s definitely something I want to branch into as soon as this is over.”
Does she worry that the beauty business will suffer because of the pandemic? “I’ve gone through two recessions in 25 years. People always want to look their best. Beauty is recession proof!”

Thursday, June 4, 2020

PRESS UPDATE : ATTITUDE 2019 DIGITAL YEARBOOK .. JUNE 4TH 2020 ..



              ATTITUDE YEARBOOK 2019 .. BUY YOUR DIGITAL COPY HERE!!

THE FIRST-EVER ATTITUDE YEARBOOK DELIVERS 27 COVER STARS IN A 328-PAGE SPECIAL EDITION

The Attitude Yearbook 2019 is a bumper digital-only special edition available to download now.

Featuring all 27 cover stories of the magazine’s 25th anniversary year, the Attitude Yearbook 2019 is a beautifully-illustrated, 328-page, digital-only special edition available to download now.
From our high priestess Donatella Versace and Rocketman’s Taron Egerton, to award winners Sam Smith and Christine and the Queens, plus Brian J Smith and his beautiful coming out story, this remarkable one-shot shares all of the cover stars and all of the cover stories together in one place, for the very first time.
Laugh with Bianca del Rio, meet the BBC’s first-ever LGBTQ correspondent Ben Hunte, delight in time spent with the icon that is Dame Joan Collins and dance like nobody’s watching with the supreme Sam Salter.
But save yourself for the most intimate of chats between besties Gus Kenworthy and Laith Ashley, as well as the sheer force of nature that is Yungblud.


Also features Cheyenne Jackson, DSquared2’s Dean and Dan Caten, Matthew Camp, Colton Haynes, Jake Bass, Yvie Oddly, Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland, Ross Mathews, Mika, Dr Ranj, Ava Max, Bang Bang Romeo’s Stars and more.