The struggle to get the truth out, to get to the truth, in regards to the very abusive childhood Christine Wandel experienced – is epic! I called her last night to read her the song I just wrote for our Broadway Show….The Haunted Robe! I sang to her during the phone call to The Village of New York;
Victor! Victor – Mature!
A Song by John Presco
“When someone cuts me off in traffic. I don’t lay on my horn and blow a gasket!
I act my age..
I don’t fly into a rage1
because….I’m Victor – Victor Mature!”
Christine loved it! I told her there’s going to a slide show in the background showing Victor’s infamous profile while the actor struts about the stage with his chest and chin stuck out.
Christine then tells me her mother took her to see The Robe – and she was traumatized! She started crying at the family Restuarant which caused the waitress to say no child should see this gruesome movie about the murder of Jesus.
We then talked about the workman who came and fixed her celling yesterday. Christine said he nailed two pieces of sheetrock over the gaping holes.
“That’s it? Is he coming back to paint the wallboard? Is it flush with the rest of the ceiling?”
“No! That’s it. He said he was done, and……..I gave him a five dollar tip!”
“AND HE TOOK IT!” I asked with raised voice, I doing my best to act my age – and not blow a gasket!”
“Yes! Was I wrong to tip him. I didn’t know. Tipping in New York is tricky!”
I then painted Christine’ portrait for her, and said I will render the set design for ‘The Five Dollar Tip’ where a Machismo Mexican comes down the ladder, and -snatches the five dollars out of this little old ladies’ hand – before she changes her mind!
“I wish I was there! He would not dare take my five bucks, because – I AM A MAN! You don’t tip workman who do a BULLSHIT JOB! Or – any workman! He knew this! Yet – he took the bill! You need a man to protect you. Where’s Ruben Blades? I’m going to The Post with this human interest story!”
“I’m going to call the managers tomorrow and ask them to come – finish the job!”
I then lectured Christine about the LACK OF MATURITY in the world. She tells me there was a warning about bringing children in to see The Robe. She then tells me her mother took her to New York to see…
“Miss McCoy, the principle of Brimmer and May, called my mother to her office and asked her what she was thinking. It was a big scandal.”
“For MATURE AUDIANCES – only! Have you heard the term “Banned in Boston”
I then explained why the three ghosts were haunting her bathroom. She didn’t understand why Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was there. I told her she was my cousin, and, she took away Eddie Fisher from Debbie Reynolds, who gave birth to Carrie Fisher who married Paul Simon, who produced CAPE MAN (Robe Man) starring the lover of Christine – Ruben Blades! Christine wondered why Victor Mature was in the story. I told her is FILL, a break-away character. When she told me she saw The Robe, I said we are – haunted – for real.
“All in the family! The three ghosts want your friends, Peter and John, to write and produce the WORST MUSICAL on Broadway, in order to remove the Albatross from around Paul and Ruben’s – neck! This plan – backfires! We got – a real hit on our hands. Who will play the very mature and very real Miss McCoy, the Mother Goose of Beacon Hill?”
Where is Vinnie! Vinnie ‘The Chin’
When Vinnie lived on Carmine street, every little old lady – was safe! The Chin put the real bad guys – in their place. Any purse-snatcher, would receive much more than a old Italian curse. When you tipped The Chin – you really got – your monies worth!
Vinnie! My Vinnie! Where for out thou – my Vinnie?
Twelve tap-dancers in bathrobes do a number. Rabbi Gregory is on the subway reading about ‘The Five Dollar Tip.
By David Ertischek ’01
For many Emersonians, old Beacon Street properties like the infamous Charlesgate East dormitory, and today’s modern Boylston and Tremont street buildings, are legendary in the College’s storied history of edifices. Not to be overlooked is 69 Brimmer Street.
Tucked away on the non-hill part of Beacon Hill, the unassuming building served as the center of several vital programs for Emerson College.
At the corner of Chestnut and Brimmer streets, the brick building was built in 1910, according to the City of Boston. The Brimmer School (now the Brimmer and May School) opened at 67 Brimmer Street (67 and 69 Brimmer Street are the same structure) in 1914 as a “new fireproof building,” which was “designed with special regard to ventilation, lighting and fire protection,” according to the Park Street School, the building’s current tenant. When it opened, the school boasted a library, gym, stage, rooftop playground, and classrooms.
Emerson purchased 69 Brimmer Street on April 15, 1970, from the defunct Burdett College for $400,000. The building was to be almost exclusively used for the College’s new First Level Program, according to A Century of Eloquence: The History of Emerson College 1880-1980 by the late, great Professor (and Reverend) John Coffee, Jr. and Richard Wentworth.
At 10:45 on May 31, 2018, after posting ‘Call Me Blue’ I got on my sofa, picked up my tablet, and read this. To suggest that my late sister, Christine Rosamond Benton, would approve of what Patrice and Heather Hanson have done to me, is a outrage! I link Liz to my artistic tales via Augustus John, and Ian Fleming. I think Christine would rather be associated with Liz, than Patrice and Heather.
EXCLUSIVE: Bad Robot has set its first episodic television documentary since making a deal earlier this month with Undefeated producer Glen Zipper to generate non-fiction fare. It’s a documentary series on iconic actress Elizabeth Taylor. Bad Robot will do a series sanctioned and in partnership with House of Taylor.
The aim is to make the definitive look at the iconic Elizabeth Taylor as one of the originators of our contemporary concept of celebrity, as a trailblazer for women working in Hollywood, and for the way she used her elevated status to forge frontiers in her activism and charitable work. The film will also examine Taylor’s role in the lives of her family and friends, in addition to her roles onscreen.
Zipper is producing with Sean Stuart, Bill Gerber. Producing from Taylor’s estate is estate trustees Barbara Berkowitz, Tim Mendelson and Erin Dawkins.
(L-R) Christopher Wilding, Barbara Berkowitz, Colin Farrell, Tim Mendelson,Joel Goldman, Managing Director of The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, attend The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Art Auction Benefit Presented By Wilding Cran Gallery on February 27, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Bad Robot is an American film and television production company led by J. J. Abrams. Under its Bad Robot Productions division, the company is responsible for the television series Alias, Lost, Fringe, Person of Interest, Revolution and Westworld alongside the feature-length films Cloverfield, Star Trek, Super 8, Star Trek Into Darkness, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Star Trek Beyond and The Cloverfield Paradox.
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The original Bad Robot Productions logo used from 2001 through 2008.
Bad Robot was originally based at Touchstone Television, but was moved by Abrams to Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Television, after his contract with ABC expired in 2006. Bad Robot produced Lost in association with ABC Studios, formerly Touchstone Television. The two companies jointly produced Six Degrees and What About Brian.
Abrams is Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Bad Robot, and Katie McGrath serves as the Company’s Co-Chief Executive Officer. In June 2017, Bad Robot announced that Brian Weinstein would become President and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing daily operations and spearhead the company’s growth strategy in its existing businesses, while developing new areas of expansion across the entire Bad Robot platform and pursuing alternative financing options. In May 2015, Ben Stephenson left the BBC where he had been head of drama to helm Bad Robot Television. Lindsey Weber leads Bad Robot’s feature film division.
The production logo has appeared since 2001, featuring a red rectangular headed robot running through a meadow silhouetted until it appears suddenly in front of the camera, followed by voices provided by two of Abrams’s children, Henry and Gracie Abrams, saying “Bad robot!” Although some fans believe that the name comes from a line in the animated film The Iron Giant, Abrams told Entertainment Weekly that it simply came to him during a writers’ meeting.
In February 2013, it was announced that Bad Robot would be partnering with the Valve Corporation to produce possibly a Half-Life or Portal film in the distant future. In August 2015, Valve released a new beta game mode to Team Fortress 2, PASS Time, which Bad Robot worked on. On July 7, 2016 the PASS Time game mode became official. Bad Robot released a trailer entitled “Stranger” (otherwise known as S.), rumoured to be Abrams’ next film or television project, perhaps even a Lost spin-off, but it was finally explained to be promoting S., Abrams and Doug Dorst‘s new novel, as a new trailer for S. was released. In February 2017, it was announced Julius Avery is attached to direct a Paramount coproduction, the World War II zombie film Overlord, from screenwriter Billy Ray.
Bad Robot Productions is currently based in Santa Monica, California, in a building which is incorrectly labeled on purpose as the home of the fictional “National Typewriter Company” because Abrams “likes typewriters — and misdirection.”