Saturday, April 6, 2013

Favorite Pic of the Day for April 6th

Image from Richard Rothstein
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Happy Birthday today April 6th

Happy Birthday today to Spanish hottie Miguel Ángel Silvestre. Known to many for his role on 'Sin tetas no hay paraíso' (translated to 'Without boobs there is no paradise'), Miguel began as a tennis player, but an injury led him to study physical therapy until he got the acting bug. Check out more of today's birthday boys for April 6th including; Joel West, Paul Rudd, Bret Harrison & Zach Braff HERE:

Miquel in La Distancia (2006)

R.I.P Roger Ebert

I remember as a kid in the 80's staying up late on Saturday night to catch Siskel and Ebert At The Movies. For some reason I remember it on PBS back then, but it may have been ABC. Locally however, it aired at 12:30am on Saturday night. Roger Ebert was someone I always admired due to intelligent and passionate love of the movies. Today, reviewers seem more interested in creating characters and finding catchy ways to insult a film rather than actually review it.

I have followed Ebert closely on twitter and facebook over the past several years and the way he dealt with his health battles were an inspiration. A truly beautiful man who exemplified the joy and passion one can obtain, regardless of what life throws at you, when you are doing a job that you truly love. R.I.P Mr Ebert.

Richard Rothstein: E-SCAPE

n. - The act of escaping physically
n. - To retreat from unpleasant realities through diversion or fantasy
n. - The discharge of a fluid from some container
n. - A valve in a container in which pressure can build up (as a steam boiler); it opens automatically when the pressure reaches a dangerous level
v. - Run away from confinement
v. - Issue or leak, as from a small opening
v. - Remove oneself from a familiar environment, usually for pleasure or diversion

Although the Internet is often used as a reading, research or educational tool, more often than not, it's main purpose is often as an E-Scape. Life, they say, is not easy, and one of the reasons I hope people visit FH is to take a little diversion into something both positive and visually pleasant. I know that is the reason I do it.

Richard Rothstein has created a world that has become one of my favorite's to escape into. His work is all about scapes, landscapes, seascapes, cityscape and of course bodyscapes. Like many, I have a huge fascination, not to mention imagination, when it comes to thinking about New York. I have been several times and the energy the city emits remains simmering deep in me between visits. Richard images are lavish, colorful paintings which pay tribute to the city in which he lives and loves.

'August 5, 1989, I faced the truth head on. This blog is dedicated to that day and that moment, sharing my daily thoughts and observations of the world I love and the people and issues that challenge and share that world. NSFW, uncensored, brutally honest and hopefully inspirational and provoking. Or not.'
Richard Rothstein

The artist's view of the varied Men of Manhattan have graced the pages of FH many times in the past. Motivated with a combination of being sick of Facebook's censorship on photography and free speech, as well as looking to build an open and uncensored site for his photography, rants and stories, Richard has developed a new canvas for his work. Richard's new site, Amstel89, maintains a focus on Manhattan, it's men and locations, but also offers deeper insight into the inspirations and motivations behind the images. Be sure to drop on by for a little E-scape!

Don't Call Me Tarzan!

Last night was sort of a retro night for me. It began with a 70's themed party a friend of mine was having. Deviled eggs and cheese fondue aside, it was a pretty good night, especially of course, the music. At one point, as I went into the den (sort of 70's in itself) to get my coat before heading home. On the television was Cher, on TCM talking about her love of Mildred Pierce. Thankfully I had seen the listing, and since I had never seen it, had already programmed my DVR.

I loved every moment of the film, from it's suspenseful film noir beginning though to the end. Joan Crawford (who I only knew from Baby Jane) was incredible and I especially loved Eve Arden (who I only knew from Grease) as her friend and co-worker. Although not the lead, as far as the male cast, I was most drawn to the beautiful face of Bruce Bennett who played Mildred's first husband Burt.

Born in 1906, Bennett's first glimpse at fame came at the 1928 Olympics. Bennett broke the world record for the shot-put on his first toss and won a silver medal in Amsterdam. In 1930, Bennett moved to Hollywood and upon meeting silent film star Douglas Fairbanks, was encouraged to try his hand at acting. The next few years consisted mostly in bit parts until trying out for the role of Tarzan which he ended up losing to Johnny Weissmuller.

By 1934, Edgar Rice Burroughs had become dissatisfied with the portrayal of his Tarzan character in films. Burroughs had leased the rights to the character to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and had little control over the portrayal of the king of the jungle in MGM's wildly successful Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan films. Eventually the author decided to film his own Tarzan movie and selected Herman Brix Bruce Bennett) for his 1935 feature The New Adventures of Tarzan.

In the late 1930s, Herman Brix decided to shed his identity as a former athlete and former Tarzan, changing his name to Bruce Bennett. He signed with Columbia Studios in the late 1930s. Bennett's career benefited from a move to Warner Bros. in 1945, when he starred in Mildred Pierce. The next year, he was in the Bette Davis film A Stolen Life, but perhaps his best film is the 1948 feature The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, with Humphrey Bogart. Of all Tarzan actors, Bennett had by far the longest and most versatile acting career.

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