Is there anyone Fani hasn’t fooled around with? I can see her smoochin’ it up with the sexy lawyer, but … well …

Kidding aside, I am having a hard time believing this story. Michael Isikoff is a respected journalist, but I would like to know his source for these anecdotes, and whether he followed the standard practice of getting another source to confirm.

Supposedly Graham said, “If you told Trump Martians stole the election, he’d probably believe you.” That’s kind of true, at least as hyperbole. If he could believe the Hugo Chavez and Ruby Freeman stuff, he would believe almost anything. This reminds me that I once worked with a market research expert who told me this anecdote about a time when his client insisted on introducing a product that had been summarily rejected by consumers in test markets.

“Since he insisted on a roll-out, I had to come up with a target market for his commercials. Do you buy ads targeting old people? Teenagers? Housewives? Since the product’s use applied more or less equally across all demo groups, and was rejected across-the-board by all of them. I got the idea of developing a gullibility score outside of the traditional demos. The client looked at my questionnaire about his product and asked me why I had included a question about the Rapture. ‘How can that be relevant?,’ he asked. I said, ‘Look, your ad claims are dubious, so you need some gullible people. If people believe in the Rapture, they will believe absolutely anything.’ He scoffed, but it turned out I was right. There was a tight correlation between people’s responses to his ads and the Rapture question. He ended up buying ads on conservative religious programming and cable networks friendly to evangelicals. It worked like a charm. The product picked up tons of first-time customers. Unfortunately, they turned out to be one-time customers because the product didn’t do what the ads implied. The lack of repeat purchases and the bad word-of-mouth soon killed it. But I still contend that my idea was Nobel Prize material.”

I posted yesterday about The King of Marvin Gardens, and that post revealed a good deal of interest in Ellen Burstyn, so here is her nudography. She looks fabulous, considering that she did no nude scenes before age 37, and did her last one at age 51, with no significant surrender to gravity.

Tropic of Cancer (1970)

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Alex in Wonderland (1970)

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The King of Marvin Gardens (1972)

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The Ambassador (1984)

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As a young woman, she appeared in an episode of Dobie Gillis! (She was fully clothed, of course. That was the 50s, and Dobie was a prime-time network show. We were not even allowed to look at ourselves naked when we showered in the 1950s. You probably think I’m kidding about that. I’m not. My ex-wife went to Catholic elementary schools in the 50s, and she told me that the nuns instructed them to wear sunglasses in the shower, so as not to view their own nakedness in full light. True story.)

She has been nominated for a slew of awards, and has won an Oscar (six nominations!), two Emmys and a Tony. She has been nominated for a Grammy, but has not won, so the EGOT has eluded her.

Ellen is still working as hard as ever at age 91. Her explanation? “Everybody Else Who Could Play Those Parts Has Already Died

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This is from the red-band trailer for Immaculate:

There are no reviews or ratings on IMDb. I gather that it has a creepy, Rosemary’s Baby vibe. The official description:

“Cecilia (Sydney Sweeney) is a woman of devout faith who is offered a fulfilling new role at an illustrious Italian convent. Her warm welcome to the picture-perfect Italian countryside is soon interrupted as it becomes clearer to Cecilia that her new home harbors some dark and horrifying secrets.”

They had me at “Sydney Sweeney nearly naked.”

As reported by The Verge:

“Sexually explicit AI-generated images of Taylor Swift have been circulating on X (formerly Twitter) over the last day in the latest example of the proliferation of AI-generated fake pornography and the challenge of stopping it from spreading.

One of the most prominent examples on X attracted more than 45 million views, 24,000 re-posts, and hundreds of thousands of likes and bookmarks before the verified user who shared the images had their account suspended for violating platform policy. The post was live on the platform for around 17 hours prior to its removal.

A report from 404 Media found that the images may have originated in a group on Telegram, where users share explicit AI-generated images of women often made with Microsoft Designer. Users in the group reportedly joked about how the images of Swift went viral on X.”

She was 40ish at the time, but gravity had not yet claimed its due on the 6’1″ stunner. (In fact she did a later topless scene at age 50 in Albert Nobbs.)

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She is also a very fine actress, known as such by film and theater savants, but largely unrecognized by the general public. She has been nominated for two Oscars and an Emmy, but her greatest success has come on the stage, where she has been nominated for three Tonys and six Oliviers, winning one of each.

Ellen Burstyn

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Julia Anne Robinson

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The very obscure and ethereally beautiful Julia Anne Robinson was the unlikely subject of one of my in-depth essays. Although nobody remembers her but me, she managed to pack a lot of living into a very short life. She was a brilliant student, but chose to forego college in order to experience life. She was an Eileen Ford model who made major magazine covers. She partied with Andy Warhol. She rode the Magic Bus with Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. She co-starred with Jack Nicholson in a major film.

All of that happened before she turned 22.

As fast as she rose, she fell even faster. Within a year after the release of her Nicholson film, she was back in her home town, performing in junior college theater. Within another year or two, she was dead.

Everything I just mentioned happened between 1968 and early 1975. If you define the hippie era as the period between the Summer of Love and Nixon’s resignation, Julia’s adult life was almost perfectly concurrent with that era, and perfectly symbolized it. She was like a real life version of Forrest Gump, having played every iconic chord and met every counter-cultural idol in her brief adulthood. How did she miss being introduced by a rock star on the stage at Woodstock?


Elsewhere: my comments on the movie.