Weekly Round-Up by Lara Livingstone
THE EGO HAS LANDED
Catherine Zeta Jones has announced to the world that she is tired of being humble.
“I’m sick of being humble. I really am. So sorry I’m rich, so sorry I’m married to a movie star, so sorry I’m not so bad looking”
A little word of advice for the lovely Ms Zeta Jones, nobody likes a show-off and nobody cares enough about you to concern themselves with whether you’re being humble or not.
Is this the very same Ms Zeta Jones, who clawed her way from the chorus line, to being a West End Star from dating Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall, before trading him up, to other conquests, landing a grade A movie star in Michael Douglas and then out-hoofed Rene Zellweger to an Oscar.
Humble? Tell us another fairytale love. I have one of a determined, ambitious and unrelenting West End then TV actor, who was absolutely determined to be a star and not just in Wales, or London, but in the land of dreams – Hollywood. Now that suits you a whole lot better. Do I begrudge you your epic success, not one bit, you worked bloody hard for it, but trying to paint yourself as being victimised somehow, for being a mega success, is frankly my dear a load of bull.
THE INCREDIBLES 2
There are some movies that just capture with their universal appeal. The Incredibles combined cartoons, with grown people problems of success, with kids problems of being different but accepted.
The fact that the sequel is out, after a gap of wait for it ….14 years and people are still excited, tells you just how much esteem the original movie is held in by its fans.
What better movie to take the whole family to, this Father’s Day weekend and yes, I already have my ticket.
BACK TO SCHOOL
Drake who in my opinion is not only a killer rapper, songwriter but one of those all-rounder talents, that not only gives his audience what he thinks they’ll like, he also gives them what they crave for in terms of great videos to go with his music.
This week he took it over the hill by assembling nearly all of his former Degrassi – The Next Generation castmates (Drake played Jimmy Brooks, a basketball star who was shot and paralysed in the popular teen drama) and broke the internet, as fans jammed it with remembrances of what the show meant to them and saying how cool it was to see all their former favourites all grown up. My Degrassi, was actually a British show called Grange Hill which followed the lives of a group of children from 13 until they left school.
It was the school I wanted to go to, the friends I wanted to have and I remember being engrossed by their highs – school dances, crazy money making schemes and first romances, through to the lows of teenage pregnancy and drug addiction.
Inevitably few of these child stars continued their success through into adulthood and through the years I’ve been saddened to hear about their misfortunes, but always rejoiced in their joys.
The power of TV for young people is truly impactful and when done right, it lives long within our grown up hearts.