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Saturday, May 07, 2011

Fashion and suicide of film characters

Michelle Monaghan and Jake Gyllenhaal in "Source Code" (2011) directed by Duncan Jones

Jake Gyllenhaal was joined by fellow co-stars Vera Famiga and Michelle Monaghan to promote the movie, which sees Gyllenhaal waking up in the body of an unknown man and given a repeating eight-minute mission to prevent a suicide bomb on a Chicago train". Source:

Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall and Emilio Estevez in "The Breakfast Club" (1985) directed by John Hughes

The Athlete

"Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. You see us as you want to see us... In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain... and an athlete... and a basket case... a princess... and a criminal... Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club".

Anthony Michael Hall as Brian Johnson - the nerd of the group. He gets detention for having a flare gun in his locker that went off by accident. Johnson has a troubled home life because his stern parents want him to do well academically and he frequently thinks about committing suicide, the main reason that he had the gun in the first place. At the end, he writes the essay for Mr. Vernon on how he sees the group, thus giving them the name "the Breakfast Club."

Emilio Estevez's first wife was a model Carey Salley (1984-1986)

Natalie Kenly, ex-nanny, model and Charlie Sheen's goddess

"Something which Charlie Sheen's 'goddess' should have taken on board before last night's diabetes gala. Because Natalie Kenly looked like she had dressed for a fancy dress party in her French maid-style outfit.
The 24-year-old made sure all flashbulbs were pointing her away posed for pictures at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's annual gala. And while other female guests dressed demurely and suitably for the fundraising night, Kenly looked like a French maid in her short and strapless sequinned black dress with chiffon netting and a white skirt over the top". Source:

It’s always hard to write a main character out of a series, especially a figure that is popular and beloved by the American public. Which is why the head warlock himself suggests that Charlie Sheen’s Two And A Half Men character commit suicide. When talking with Access Hollywood, Sheen says he regrets that the sitcom uncle he played didn’t end it all in the most gruesome way possible, in order to be found by Jon Cryer‘s uptight dad character. “I feel bad for the fans because there was never that final episode where Alan, like, comes into my room calling my name and pulls back the closet door and there I am hanging, with a note saying, ‘How do you like me now, Chuck?’, Sheen laughed. Well, that would actually get us to watch the show for once. Can’t argue with ratings!

"It didn't take long for Grahame to discover that she'd been effectively blackballed. Everyone knew of her behavior on the set of "Oklahoma!", and despite another Academy Award nomination for her performance as Ado Annie, no one wanted to work with her. Her career was effectively over. When later asked about having to play the game in Hollywood, she replied, "I don't know what the game is. I don't think I ever understood Hollywood." Source:

“She has the manner of a schoolgirl and the eyes of a sorceress.”
-Cecil B. Demille describing Gloria Grahame.

The book "Suicide Blonde: The Life of Gloria Grahame" by Vincent Curcio is at its strongest when analyzing Gloria’s career, and the author includes an excellent analysis of why she never became a star: “She was offbeat, both in her beauty and her acting, and producers never were sure what to do with her.”

Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame in "In a lonely place" (1950) directed by Nicholas Ray

“She had a terrible way of appearing to be totally absent from anywhere, which is probably the very thing that made her a star in the films; she put a peculiar kind of distance between her and what was happening at the moment. This disengaged quality about her in films is what made her unique. There was a kind of loneliness about Gloria, and in a way, her greatest acting moments were lonely moments.” Source:

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