James Duke Mason
American writer, political activist, actor
James Duke Mason
James Duke Mason is an American actor. He is the son of singer Belinda Carlisle and film producer Morgan Mason, and the grandson of the late British actor James Mason. In April 2010, The Advocate listed Mason as one of the most influential young LGBT Americans in their "Forty Under 40" issue, and in March 2011 he was voted into AfterElton. com's list of the top 50 gay/bisexual male celebrities. He also, in May 2011, was included on AfterElton. com's Hot 100 list.
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Why Stephen King is My Favorite Undead Author
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Last night, as I crawled into bed with a cup of tea and The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, the latest tome from my #onetruelove Stephen King, I had not only a wonderful sense of anticipation, but also of serenity. There are very few things in this world you can count on, but for me, Stephen King is near top of the list; certainly he ranks above death and taxes. I have often described the experience of reading his books thusly: it is like going on the perfect vacation with the perfect companion; someone who understands my every mood and craving and is always entirely in sync with what I want to do, where I want to go and when I want to do all of these things. TOP THAT, Donna Tartt! As I was reading his introduction, I found myself daydreaming about our past history and the many good times we have shared together. This walk down memory lane prompted me to recall our auspicious introduction: Thanksgiving weekend, 1979. Visiting my grandparents for the holiday, the adults safely ensconced in the din ...
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Writing for Our Post-9/11 Times: Part I
Huffington Post - over 1 year
There is a scene in a little-known but fine film from 1947 called Odd Man Out that, ever since I first saw it a few years ago, has stayed with me for its metaphoric power. The film is about a leader of the Irish Republican Army, the I.R.A., played by a young James Mason, who is shot during a robbery shortly after the opening credits and who spends the rest of the film seeking refuge, all the while losing blood and growing weaker and weaker. No one gives him aid, not even sympathizers, some of whom consider the reward they'd get for turning him over to the occupying English police, who are hard on his trail. Finally, in a noisy pub, the dying man encounters an artist, a portrait painter, who instead of giving comfort or getting a doctor, as you'd expect a humanist to do, hauls him off to his studio -- -to sit for a portrait. Played with maniacal energy by a young Robert Newton (who'd later scare the wits out of little kids playing the pirate Long John Silver), the artist daubs away ...
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Maureen O'Hara: The Roads to Recognition, Co-Starring Lillian Gish and Robert Altman
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"This is what it's all about." -- Harvey Weinstein to Benedict Cumberbatch and director Morten Tyldum on leaving the Governors Awards, November 9, 2014 * * * The midnight blue of the bracing Idaho sky was the color of her beaded gown, reflecting the sparkle in her green eyes. The legendary red hair was perfectly coiffed; the tasteful diamond bracelets added a touch of glamour. The high-powered audience, gathered in the heart of Hollywood at the beginning of awards season, suddenly quieted as the evening began with a film tribute honoring the ravishingly beautiful actress who never gave less than a perfect performance in her seven-decade career. Martin Scorsese defined her impact: "She started at the very top, at age 18, starring with and working with the best and most brilliant-- only to remain there." After Liam Neeson reflected on his infatuation in seeing THE QUIET MAN, and Clint Eastwood, as a Universal contract player, told of his attempts to get close to LADY GODIVA, ...
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A Brief (Pun Intended) History of Lawyers in Movies, Part II
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Lawyers in motion pictures have been portrayed as one of two extremes, devils or angels, almost since celluloid was invented. The first film dealing specifically with a law firm and attorneys, 1933's Counsellor at Law, starring John Barrymore, portrayed its J.D.s as upstanding citizens, as did the early Perry Mason films of the same period. This quickly changed, however, with many attorneys portrayed as being capable of the same brand of skullduggery as their shifty clients. With that in mind, we bring you a list of the good, the bad and the ugly of lawyers in movies. Enjoy, and please refrain from suing us if you feel otherwise... 1. Devil's Advocate (1997) Keanu Reeves plays Kevin Lomax, a hot-shot young Florida lawyer who is all about climbing the ladder. When he gets an offer he can't refuse from a high-powered New York firm, led by the legendary John Milton (Al Pacino). Soon Kevin's wife (Charlize Theron) is plagued by demonic visions and he realizes he's literally so ...
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A Brief (Pun Intended) History of Lawyers in Movies
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Lawyers in motion pictures have been portrayed as one of two extremes, devils or angels, almost since celluloid was invented. The first film dealing specifically with a law firm and attorneys, 1933's Counsellor at Law, starring John Barrymore, portrayed its J.D.s as upstanding citizens, as did the early Perry Mason films of the same period. This quickly changed, however, with many attorneys portrayed as being capable of the same brand of skullduggery as their shifty clients. With that in mind, we bring you a list of the good, the bad and the ugly of lawyers in movies. 1. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Gregory Peck's Atticus Finch became the boilerplate for the Noble Movie Lawyer in this iconic, 1962 adaptation of Harper Lee's award-winning novel. Atticus Finch, a small town attorney in the Depression-era South, must defend a black man (Brock Peters) falsely accused of raping a white woman, causing the already-divided town's racial tensions to boil over. Through it all, ...
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Two Die in Kiev Clashes With Police
Wall Street Journal - about 3 years
Demonstrators in the Ukrainian capital Kiev held their positions after two protesters died from gunshot wounds following clashes with police, a medic said. James Marson reports on the latest from the two-month antigovernment protests. Photo: Getty Images
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The Manly Pursuit of Desire: High Art and Low Sex All the Way Through Evening
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Young Australian filmmaker Rohan Spong's love letter to New York and a generation of young composers who died of AIDS, "All the Way Through Evening," opens at the Village East Cinema, 189 2nd Avenue at 12th Street, on Friday, Dec. 6 for hopefully a long run. It's a beautiful, moving film about a very tender subject: artists who die young but leave us an extremely important part of themselves. How do you preserve this? How do you keep this beautiful "self" alive when it's a piece of art? The piece of art in this case is music, and, sadly enough, it's "classical" music. That is, it ain't hip hop. It ain't electronic dance music, and it definitely ain't cool. It's just gorgeous, beautiful, and heart rending. I know because I was a part of this now almost gone world. As a young poet, I became crazy about having my work set to music--and I'm still crazy about it, so by now I have about 70 poems set to the work of a dozen composers. The first one, the one who infatuated me with his ...
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Saturday District Cups: Athletic on right track after solid derby win
Yorkshire Evening Post - over 3 years
ROBIN Hood Athletic booked their place in the Leeds and District FA Senior Cup second round with a 2-1 success in an all-West Yorkshire League battle at Carlton Athletic. Robin Hood dominated the first-half with a Graham Marchant strike and James Finlayson penalty putting them 2-0 up at the break. Neighbours Carlton netted after the interval but Robin Hood now take their place in the second round. With most teams receiving byes, the clash was one of only four first-round games staged and Old Modernians recorded a surprise in a 4-2 success at Whitkirk Wanderers in another all-West Yorkshire League tie. But the Yorkshire Amateur League’s Middleton Park bowed out after a 2-1 loss against Mount St Mary’s. Konrad Platek’s penalty with five minutes to go made it 1-1 before St Mary’s bagged a late winner. Farnley Sports also performed well before losing 4-2 to Beechwood Gate. Farnley led through an Adam Butterworth free-kick and were later on target with an own goal. As far as the Wes ...
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Peter Graham: The Murder Of The Century (NEW BOOK)
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
On a sunny winter's afternoon, June 1954 in Christchurch New Zealand, two teenage girls, Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker, accompanied by Pauline's mother, Honorah Parker, went for a walk in Victoria Park. There the girls put into action their plan to murder Honorah. On a secluded path Juliet dropped a pink stone. When Honorah bent down to pick it up Pauline came up behind her and bashed her repeatedly with a stocking containing a half brick. When the stocking broke the girls held their victim by the throat, face-up on the ground and took turns to club her to death with the brick. Her face and head were smashed almost beyond recognition. Detective Sergeant Tate commented that Pauline's mother "had been attacked with an animal ferocity seldom seen in the most brutal murders." This then is the murder that was the subject of Peter Jackson's award-winning 1994 movie Heavenly Creatures. It has inspired several plays and at least three novels but the whole strange story from ...
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Australia's Giving Him $22.6 Million
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
CANBERRA, Australia — Australia is paying its biggest Hollywood inducement ever to bring "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" Down Under. The Walt Disney Studios will film a new version of the science fiction classic in Australia, which will pay the studio 21.6 million Australia dollars ($22.6 million) to film there, the government said Tuesday. David Fincher of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" and "The Social Network" will direct, said Disney Asia-Pacific spokeswoman Alannah Hall-Smith. "No casting decisions have been made," she said, so the filming schedule and locations haven't been set. Sydney's The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported Tuesday that producers were believed to have been in discussions with Brad Pitt, who starred in Fincher's "Fight Club." The newpaper reported that Fincher wanted Pitt for the film's hero Ned Land. The story centers on Capt. Nemo and his submarine the Nautilus. Jules Verne's book was made into an Academy Award-winning movie ...
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Jay Weston: A Star is Born... at the LA Opera!
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Julie Makerov is triumphant! For my birthday on Saturday I treated myself to an evening at the opening of the L.A. Opera's production of Richard Wagner's The Flying Dutchman, but all of the drama on that large stage was not planned. At 7:30 p.m., the curtain parted and the President/CEO of the opera, Christopher Koelsch, stepped onstage to announce that soprano Elisabeth Mathis, who was scheduled to make her company debut in the leading role of Senta, had suddenly become 'indisposed' and would be unable to perform. However, he said we were in for a treat because they were fortunate enough to have soprano Julie Makerov to make her first appearance here as Senta. He went on to mention that she had played the role in the Canadian Opera Company production in 2010. I later learned that the Toronto Star had written that "Julie Makerov as Senta... was every inch the ringing life force Wagner intended." She had also performed Senta in Salzburg with the Mozarteum Orchestra. Julie i ...
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Really? 4-Year-Old Reportedly Finds Drugs At Chuck E. Cheese
Huffington Post - about 4 years
A Belleville, Ill., woman claims her 4-year-old daughter found a baggie full of a white substance on the carousel of a Chuck E. Cheese in Fairview Heights on Sunday. She told Fox local affiliate KTVI that management refused to call the police when she alerted them to the matter. The woman, who did not wish to be named, told KTVI that when she brought the baggie to the manager's attention he "didn't want to call the cops or anything," and instead asked her to throw the item away, which she did. Jennifer Reeves, a spokesperson for Chuck E. Cheese, provided this statement to The Huffington Post: We are aware that a guest found an unknown substance in our Chuck E. Cheese’s location in Fairview Heights, Ill., on Sunday evening. Our store management personnel were notified and the substance was immediately disposed of by the guest. As such, law enforcement could not verify the nature of the substance. For more than 30 years Chuck E. Cheese’s has celebrated the joy and i ...
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Graham Milne: Counting Down to Skyfall: Dr. No
Huffington Post - over 4 years
It's been a bit of a dry spell for us fans of James Bond of late, a drought not seen since the dreaded 1989-1995 hiatus when a combination of lawsuits, hostile takeovers and general public ennui made it seem like 007 had had his day. The financial woes of the legendary MGM have kept Bond off the big screen since 2008, but as anyone who's seen the trailers for Skyfall can attest, he's ready to roar back in a big way, with Academy Award-winning director Sam Mendes at the helm and a powerhouse A-list cast including the likes of Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes and Albert Finney. It occurred to me this morning that there are 24 days until the movie is released here in North America, and that there have been 24 James Bond films preceding this one (if you include the "non-official" 1967 Casino Royale and Never Say Never Again). What better way to celebrate this new Bond than to review one 007 adventure a day culminating with a take on Skyfall (because you know I'll be there on openin ...
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Mark Juddery: Chris Hemsworth - Australia's Greatest Film Actor EVER?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Back in the 1990s, when Australian actors first started to infiltrate Hollywood en masse, the questions started. How was a nation on the other side of the world, with only 20 million people, providing so much talent? Tom Hanks blamed Vegemite (a salty yeast-based spread, usually smothered on toast, on which Australian children are raised), but he might have been joking. It still keeps going. Every six months, a new Aussie actor appears (often well-known at home, but "new" everywhere else), who seems to the Next Big Thing. Sam Worthington, Mia Wasikowska, Rebel Wilson.... Whatever Australia's talent scouts were doing right, we still seem to be doing it. This, of course, leads to the obvious question: "Who is the greatest-ever Australian film actor?" I think I've figured it out, and it's not Russell Crowe or Cate Blanchett or Hugh Jackman, or even Olivia Newton-John (though she probably comes a close second). I worked it out recently, when I saw an obscure arthouse film yo ...
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Alice Carey: Oh, Those Girlie Voices!
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Recently, on the Dublin to Cork train, I solved a mystery that's irked me for years: Why young girls today speak in high-pitch, screechy voices and end every sentence, declarative or not, in a question. Approaching my favorite seat armed with a full contingent of weekend newspapers, I hear chaotic rustlings from a young couple with a toddler settling in across the aisle. Rhinestone Jeans Mom, her fair Irish skin covered in fake tan, spreads out a flotilla of Cokes, fizzy drinks, chips and Kit-Kat bars as hooded-up Dad adjusts his shades and earphones. I bury my head in The Guardian. Handing the child a pack of crisps, Mom takes out a five-pack of Dora the Explorer, pops one into a small video she sets in front of the child and turns up the volume. In that pop, hope is dashed for a peaceful ride, not only for myself but for passengers in nearby seats. My seat companion, clutching The Economist starts fiddling in his bag for earplugs. His wife, sitting next to the ...
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DVD review: 'Fanny by Gaslight'
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
DVD review: 'Fanny by Gaslight' The British studio was at its height at the film's 1944 release, catering to the desire of primarily female audiences to escape the realities of war for a couple of hours. The plot, involving a child born out of wedlock, sexual innuendoes and illicit affairs, including an unmarried couple traveling to Paris together for a tryst, sounds like something out of a Pre-Code movie - except that Fanny was made a full decade after Hollywood forcibly cleaned up its product. James Mason, done up with thick eyebrows like the villain in a melodrama, stars as a predatory lord, who chases Fanny (Phyllis Calvert), thinking her fair game after he mistakes her father for her lover.
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Liz Smith: Judy Garland: Gone, But Still On The Comeback Trail
Huffpost Celebrity - almost 5 years
"The earth keeps turning round and gets nowhere. The moment is the only thing that counts," said Jean Cocteau. IF THE 2 p.m. shuttle, from New York to Washington on the day of the White House Correspondents' dinner in D.C., had gone down, that would have been a real disaster for the five networks, especially for ABC-TV. Boarding at one time were Barbara Walters, with her longtime friend - the mover and shaker Vernon Jordan ...."World News" chief Diane Sawyer... "Nightline's" Cynthia McFadden...ABC's new star Katie Couric... NBC's Kate Snow and Harry Smith...plus at least two Fox anchors whose names escaped those looking on. (I guess CBS TV transported their people a la "Star Trek.") But all the aforesaid landed safely without any fisticuffs or you'd certainly know about it. "END of the Rainbow" is a troubling experience in Broadway's new musical theater, being both thrilling and depressing. I suppose the dichotomy of it all goes to the heart of those of us w ...
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