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Gary Michael Hilton, the National Forest Serial Killer, is known to have murdered four people. But his crimes and travels make it hard to believe there weren’t earlier victims. Are there more waiting to be discovered?

2020.09.19 00:42 lisagreenhouse Gary Michael Hilton, the National Forest Serial Killer, is known to have murdered four people. But his crimes and travels make it hard to believe there weren’t earlier victims. Are there more waiting to be discovered?

Who is Gary Michael Hilton?
Gary Michael Hilton, sometimes referred to as the National Forest Serial Killer, was a drifter who murdered at least four hikers in and around national forests in Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina between 2005 and 2008.
Hilton was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison in January 2008 for the murder of Meredith Emerson, 24. After that conviction, investigators across the country began looking into unsolved cases that were similar to Emerson’s, and Hilton was charged with and found guilty of three more killings. In 2011, he received the death penalty in a Florida court for the slaying of Cheryl Dunlap, 46. In March 2012, he plead guilty to the murders of John Bryant, 80, and Irene Bryant, 84 and a North Carolina court sentenced him to four consecutive life sentences.
Emerson, Dunlap, and the Bryants shared no specific victimology, instead it appears he chose them at random when he needed money. Investigators agree that his were crimes of opportunity, and they believe Hilton may have committed more murders across the southeast United States in the years before his four known victims were killed.
Hilton was born November 26, 1946. He had an unstable home life and varied criminal record that stretched from childhood until he was arrested for Emerson’s murder at the age of 61. In 1959, when he was just 13, Hilton reportedly shot his stepfather in a jealous rage over his mother. His stepfather didn’t press charges, but Hilton did spend some time in a mental hospital after the shooting.
At 17, Hilton joined the army, and he served from 1964 through 1967, including a tour in West Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1967 after he had been hospitalized for hearing voices and diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Hilton was married at least three times, but none of his marriages were long—the longest was just two years. He isn’t believed to have any children. His third wife was a security officer at Stone Mountain Park, a 3,000 acre park near Atlanta that offers camping, hiking, wooded trails, lakes, and family attractions, including the massive peak at its center that is carved with the likenesses of Confederate soldiers.
Hilton loved the outdoors. He hiked, camped, and frequently lived in forests and mountains around the south and southeast United States. He loved dogs, too, and had a dog named Dandy (sometimes reported as a golden retriever, other times described as red in color).
He never had steady employment; after leaving the army, he worked as a chauffeur in Florida from 1970 to 1972, and he was arrested in 1995 for stealing books he was hired to sell from a door-to-door sales company. From 1997 to 2007, he worked off and on handing out advertisements and doing odd jobs for a Gwinnett County, GA, siding company, but he permanently lost that job when he threatened to kill the company owner if he didn’t pay him $10,000.
Hilton also had ongoing legal troubles. He was convicted of a DUI in Florida in 1973; in 1983, he was convicted for carrying an unlicensed gun and a drug charge; he was found guilty of theft and marijuana possession in 1987; and he plead guilty to 21 counts of solicitation in 1995.
Samuel Rael, an attorney and filmmaker in Atlanta, admitted that in 1995 Hilton helped him develop the plot for the movie Deadly Run. The movie is about a man who stalks, hunts, and murders women in the woods, a storyline that has similarities to Hilton’s crimes. Rael had defended him in court multiple times since the mid-1980s for crimes ranging from arson and trespassing to solicitation of false charitable donations. Rael said Hilton, whom he considered a consultant on the project, came up with the idea of the main character releasing women into the woods to be hunted like prey and that he also helped select that cast and found the cabin in the woods near Cleveland, Georgia, where much of the movie was filmed. Meredith Emerson’s remains were found approximately 30 miles from that same cabin 13 years later. Investigators have said that Hilton was not considered a suspect in any murders or disappearances during the time the movie was being filmed.

Confirmed Victims
Victims are listed in the order of their disappearances and murders. However, his final victim, Meredith Emerson, was the first to be linked to Hilton. His implication in her murder helped solve the others.
Irene Bryant, 84, and John Bryant, 80, disappeared after driving 20 miles from their home to hike and look at fall colors in North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest on October 21, 2007. The couple had been married for 58 years and loved traveling, hiking, and being outdoors. Their active lifestyle meant that they were sometimes hard to reach, and it took time for their neighbors and family to realize they were missing. Their son Bob reported them missing on November 2. He drove from his home in Texas to North Carolina to help search for his parents and discovered their vehicle at a trailhead parking lot. Investigators subpoenaed telephone and financial records and discovered that Irene had tried to call 911 around 4 p.m. on October 21 but the call didn’t go through. They couldn’t confirm whether the call failed due to lack of service or interference by another person. Financial records showed a bank withdrawal from their account at 7 p.m. the day after Irene attempted the 911 call. Security footage at the bank in Ducktown, Tennessee, 25 miles away from their vehicle, showed a slender man man in a hooded raincoat using the Bryant’s ATM card. Investigators couldn’t identify the person, but it was neither of the Bryants.
Irene’s body was found on November 9, covered with leaves and sticks, just 100 yards from where the couple’s vehicle was parked. She had been killed by a blow to the head and her arms and legs appeared to have also been beaten. Investigators speculated that her attacker had lain in wait on the trail or in the woods just beyond the parking lot.
John’s skeletal remains weren’t found until February 5, 2008 when a hunter stumbled across them.
On October 26, 2007, Hilton was stopped by a sheriff’s deputy while trespassing on private hunting land. Hilton tells the deputy he’s a paratrooper on field maneuvers, and, when asked if he’s carrying any weapons, he shows the officer an expandable police baton. The officer checks for open warrants and then lets him go. However, Hilton did have an open warrant for a minor 1972 offense in Miami, and he should have been detained.
In March 2012, Hilton plead guilty to murdering the Bryants, and he admitted to camping out in the parking lot, scouting for victims. Hilton admitted he had kidnapped Bryant from the parking lot, drove him to the Nantahala National Forest, walked him 30 feet down an embankment, and shot him in the head. It’s believed Hilton wasn’t certain he could control both victims at once, so he chose to kill Irene at the location and then use her death to intimidate and scare John into cooperating and giving him the couple’s ATM PIN number.
In the days before the Bryants’ murders, other hikers reported seeing, talking to, and even photographing and confronting Hilton in the Pisgah National Forest in the area where the Bryants were murdered. Along with pleading guilty of ambushing and killing the Bryants, Hilton also plead to robbery and firearms offenses in their case. He again accepted a plea deal to avoid the death penalty and was remanded to serve four additional life sentences consecutively with the life sentence already handed down for Emerson’s murder.
The Bryants are Hilton’s first known victims, although he was sentenced in their cases after being tried for his later crimes.
Cheryl Hodges Dunlap, 46, was a mother of two grown sons and a nurse and Sunday school teacher, She was last seen alive on December 1, 2007. She had gone hiking alone in Apalachicola National Forest in the Florida panhandle just outside Tallahassee at about 9 a.m. Friends reported her missing after she failed to show up to teach her Sunday school class on December 2 or arrive at work on Monday morning, December 3. Three days after she disappeared her car was found with a flat tire, parked on the shoulder of Highway 319 just outside of the national forest. A search of the area revealed nothing of use. However, an investigation into her digital footprint discovered bank withdrawals.
A little over a week after she went missing, authorities released surveillance photos of a man successfully using Dunlap’s ATM card to withdraw money on December 2, 3, and 4, the three days immediately following her disappearance. Police could not identify him because he was wearing a rubber mask, gloves, and hat. Detectives staked out the ATM machine for the next week, but the man never returned.
Dunlap’s decapitated remains were discovered near Bloxham Cutoff Road in the Apalachicola National Forest on December 15 by hunters who noticed the presence of buzzards. Because her head and hands were missing, it took a DNA sample to confirm that the remains were hers.
Hilton was proven to be in the area when and where Dunlap disappeared because a forestry agent had run his vehicle tag number through the police database on December 7. After Dunlap’s body was found, a hunter also reported coming into contact with Hilton in the forest—driving a white van, wielding a knife and appearing disheveled or homeless. The hunter said he’d warned Hilton that the woods was a bad place to be during hunting season. This interaction allowed the hunter to identify Hilton in a photo lineup. A forestry agent had also questioned Hilton on November 17, 2007 and run his white van’s tag number through a database to ensure it wasn’t stolen. On December 28, another forestry agent interacted with Hilton in Osceola National Forest, about 160 miles from where Dunlap was last seen. Those sightings proved Hilton had been in the area before and then left after Dunlap’s murder. The final item of proof was one of Dunlap’s boots, which Hilton was attempting to discard in the dumpster with Emerson’s belongings when he was initially arrested.
Investigators believed Hilton kidnapped Dunlap from the Leon Sinks Geological Area of Apalachicola National Forest, where friends said she had mentioned going to read a book. He likely kept her alive for a few days in order to get money from her ATM card, finally killing her. Investigators say he burned her head and hands in his campfire, then left her vehicle by the road after puncturing the tire with his police baton. There was no physical evidence tying him to the crime, but investigators were able to recover audio tapes on which Hilton had recorded himself talking crudely about women and referencing killing women and hiding things. He said he was a sociopath who could disassociate from the act of murder.
Hilton was indicted on Thursday, February 28, 2008 for Dunlap’s murder, kidnapping, and two counts of grand theft. He was found guilty by a unanimous jury in February 2011 and sentenced to death. He unsuccessfully appealed the conviction.
Dunlap was Hilton’s third known victim; he was sentenced in her case after being tried and found guilty for murdering his last-known victim, Meredith Emerson.
Meredith Emerson, 24, was last seen alive on New Year’s Day 2008, with her dog, a black Labrador retriever mix named Ella. The pair had left home in Buford, Georgia, to hike one of their favorite trails on Blood Mountain. The location is the highest peak in Georgia’s section of the Appalachian Trail and is located on the border of Lumpkin and Union counties inside the Blood Mountain Wilderness and the Chattahoochee National Forest.
Concerned after she didn’t return home, Emerson’s friends and boyfriend reported her absence to local police. She was classified as an overdue hiker. The next day, friends and authorities searched the area where Emerson and Ella had been hiking but did not find either of them. A winter storm moved in that day, and authorities had to halt the search.
After her disappearance made news, witnesses came forward to claim that they’d seen her hiking with an older man, approximately 60 years old with a red dog, on a spur trail that connects the Appalachian Trail to the Byron Herbert Reece Parking Lot. One caller was a former police officer. He reported that while hiking he’d discovered a police baton, water bottles, sunglasses, a barrette, and a dog leash and treats scattered over an area of disturbed and scuffed ground. He had seen an older man with a police baton walking with a younger woman minutes before finding the items, and he recognized the leash as the one the young woman had been holding. At first, he’d thought they were father and daughter, but the scattered belongings and evidence of a struggle concerned him. While there, he talked with another group of hikers who had seen the man hiding in the woods, but they were unable to locate him after a short search. They gathered the scattered items and left them at a local store, but they didn’t call police at the time. The next day after seeing a report on TV about Emerson’s disappearance, the former officer called investigators to report what he’d seen and found the day before.
Also on January 2, John Tabor, a former employer of Hilton’s, called police to let them know Hilton matched the description of the man seen with Emerson on the trail. He said Hilton had called him a few hours before and had apologized for acting erratically and violently toward him, asked him for money, and told him he was near Blood Mountain. He’d asked Tabor to leave him a check at a business Tabor owned, but he never came to collect the check. Investigators noted that Tabor hadn’t called them immediately to inform them of Hilton’s similarity to the suspect or his proximity to the possible kidnapping.
Police also recovered surveillance images of Hilton unsuccessfully attempting to use Emerson’s ATM card. Investigators had hope that Emerson was still alive and they were now sure she was with Hilton, so they disseminated Hilton’s DMV photo to the media.
On January 4, another witness called police to report that he had encountered an older man and young woman camping near a white van. The witness was driving a lawn care truck when he got it stuck in a stream. He asked the older man for help, but he’d refused. The witness said it seemed like the man was trying to keep him away from the van. When the witness called police dispatch to ask for help getting his vehicle unstuck, the man quickly packed up and left the area in a seeming rush.
That same day, Ella was found wandering in a grocery store parking lot in the town of Cumming, Georgia, about 60 miles away from Emerson’s last-known whereabouts. Investigators also discovered bloody clothing, bloody men’s boots, and Emerson’s purse and wallet in a dumpster across the street from the store where Ella was located. A boot, later confirmed to belong to Hilton’s third victim, Cheryl Dunlap, was also recovered from the dumpster.
Later that evening, a witness called 911 to report that Hilton—whom he recognized as the suspect in Emerson’s disappearance from news reports—was at a local gas station cleaning out a white van. Police arrived and prevented Hilton from using a vacuum cleaner and bleach on the van’s interior; they also discovered bloody clothing and blankets he had attempted to discard in the gas station trash receptacles. Blood in the vehicle was later matched to Emerson, and Hilton was charged with her murder.
During almost five hours of interrogations, Hilton admitted that Emerson fought back against him when he attacked her, yelling and using her martial arts skills to fend him off (she’d earned a blue belt in aikido and was posthumously awarded a black belt). He said that she almost got away, but that he was finally able to subdue her when she lost her footing and stumbled. He said he’d chosen to attack her because she was a woman, and that they’d hiked together for a while before she outpaced him. He then stopped and waited for her down the trail, planning to rob her of her ATM card when she was returning to her vehicle. He admitted to taking Emerson from the parking lot in his van, returning at her request a few minutes later to pick up Ella, who had initially been left behind. He drove her to multiple banks and unsuccessfully attempted to use her ATM; police believed she was intentionally giving him wrong PIN numbers to buy time. Unfortunately, no one at the banks or law enforcement noticed the failed transactions or attempted use of Emerson’s ATM cards until January 4.
Eventually Hilton gave up and drove Emerson to a secluded location where, for three days, she continued to give him incorrect ATM PIN codes in an apparent attempt to give rescuers time to find her. Hilton told investigators that he tired of waiting for the correct PIN number, so he told Emerson he was taking her home; however, he admitted that he knew he couldn’t release her since she’d seen his face and vehicle and knew so much about him. Instead, while she was tied to a tree, he hit her over the head repeatedly with a car jack handle to kill her, and then he decapitated her. He covered her body with leaves, then drove to another wooded area more than an hour away, where he discarded her head. He said he was unable to kill Ella and decided to let her go. Disturbingly, in that same interview, when asked about whether it was hard for him to kill Emerson, Hilton stated, “It was hard … you gotta remember we had spent several good days together.”
Hilton offered to lead investigators to Emerson’s body if they’d agree to remove the death penalty option. An autopsy confirmed Hilton’s story: her cause of death was officially listed as blunt force trauma to the head, and she’d been decapitated postmortem.
He plead guilty to Emerson’s murder on January 30, 2008, and he was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 30 years.
The case was in the news again in 2010 when a writer for Hustler magazine submitted a request for crime scene photos for use in an article about Emerson’s kidnapping and murder. A judge blocked the request, preventing the Georgia Bureau of Investigation from releasing "any and all photographs, visual images or depictions of Meredith Emerson which show Emerson in an unclothed or dismembered state.” The Georgia House also passed The Meredith Emerson Memorial Privacy Act, preventing “gruesome crime scene photos from being publicly released or disseminated.” The Act, House Bill 1322, stops the release of all images in which victims of crimes appear “nude, bruised, bloodied or in a broken state with open wounds, a state of dismemberment or decapitation.”
Hilton’s involvement in Emerson’s kidnapping and murder drew the attention of investigators in other states. While she is believed to be his last victim, the successful investigation into her case resulted in his guilty pleas and sentencing for three other murders. A series of other unsolved crimes is also being investigated for ties to Hilton.

Possible Victims
Melissa Witt, 19, disappeared from the parking lot of a local bowling alley in Fort Smith, Arkansas on December 1, 1994. On January 13, 1995, her body was found by hunters in a rural area of the same county from where she disappeared. She was naked, and her remains were near a rock that’s been described as headstone-like. Her clothing was never located. Some investigators believe that there are similarities between Witt’s disappearance and death and those of Hilton’s known victims.
Judy Smith, 50, is considered a possible victim of Hilton’s because her remains were found near the location where Hilton would bludgeon Irene Bryant a decade later. Smith was last confirmed to have been seen by her husband, Jeffrey, at a Philadelphia hotel on April 10, 1997. The couple flew from their home in Newton, Massachusetts to Philadelphia the day before so that Jeffrey could attend a work conference. After arriving at the airport, Judy discovered she had left her identification at home and would not be able to board the plane. She returned home to retrieve her ID and took a later flight, meeting Jeffrey at their hotel. She planned to go sightseeing while Jeffrey was attending the conference, and Jeffrey confirmed she’d been alive and in their room that next morning. That evening, after the conference meetings had ended for the day, Jeffery could not find Judy. He searched for her and tried to report her missing around midnight, but investigators told him he needed to wait 24 hours.
During the ensuing investigation, there were a number of sightings of a woman matching Judy’s description in and around Philadelphia, several of which seemed to describe a person experiencing psychological problems or acting disoriented or disturbed. Other possible sightings were of a woman matching Judy’s description riding the bus, shopping at a mall, and sitting outside a gourmet grocery store. The Smith family found some of the descriptions and sightings credible.
On September 7, 1997, about five months after Smith was last confirmed to have been seen, hunters in the Pisgah National Forest about 9 miles from Asheville, North Carolina discovered scattered bones around a shallow grave. Some clothing and personal effects were also located. Cut marks and punctures found on the ribs and clothing suggested the victim had been stabbed. The remains were confirmed to be those of Judy Smith. Strangely, the clothes she was discovered wearing were not any she was known to have owned or reported by witnesses, and the family has no explanation for why or how she got to or was in Asheville. Later reports found that people in the Asheville area had seen Judy or a woman who resembled her. The sightings were deemed credible, but no one claimed to have seen Judy with anyone else. Money and jewelry was found near Judy’s body and belongings, so robbery was ruled out as a motive. Investigators came to believe Smith traveled to Asheville voluntarily, but they’re unsure of why or what happened to her while there. Hilton has been suggested as a possible suspect, but investigators have not publicly linked him to Smith’s case or named as a suspect.
Levi Frady, 11, was abducted from Little Mill Road in Forsyth County, Georgia, on October 22, 1997. The next day his remains were found partially submerged in a rainwater-filled pit in Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area in Dawson County, Georgia. He had been shot three times, once in the chest and twice in the head. Investigators consider Frady’s case open and active. Some have hinted Hilton is considered a suspect, but he has not been publicly named.
In April 1998, Jason Knapp, 20, disappeared. He was a student at Clemson University, and he was last known to have been seen by his roommate at around 10:30 p.m. on April 11, watching a movie at their residence. His vehicle was found on April 21 at Table Rock State Park in Pickens, South Carolina. The area is about 30 miles from the university and is very rugged. Investigators found a Wendy’s restaurant receipt inside the vehicle dated April 12 at 1:30 p.m. It is believed he drove to the park on April 12. He had also withdrawn $20 from his bank account that day; his bank cards, including an ATM card, were never found. The area around his vehicle showed no signs of struggle or foul play, and it is unknown whether he drove to the location alone. Searchers canvassed the area around his vehicle for two weeks and found nothing of interest.
Patrice Endres, 38, disappeared from her hair salon in Cumming, Georgia, between 11:30 a.m. and noon on April 15, 2004. She vanished during a gap of about 12 minutes between clients. The front door of the salon was unlocked and the cash register was empty, but there was money in her purse. Her lunch was in the microwave and her vehicle was parked at the salon.
Her skeletal remains were found in December 2005 behind a church about 10 miles from her salon. A woman came forward with a description of a man in a white van parked in front of the salon, but she later recanted the story. Serial killer Jeremy Brian Jones admitted to killing Endres and dumping her body in Sweetwater Creek in Douglas County, but authorities ruled him out as a suspect after her remains were found 70 miles from that location and when he couldn’t provide any additional information that wasn’t in the public record. Authorities looked at Hilton’s possible involvement, but they say he is no longer considered a suspect. There is no information as to why investigators have ruled him out.
Rossana Miliani, 29, lived in Miami, Florida, and disappeared while vacationing in Cherokee, North Carolina. She was last confirmed to have been seen at about noon on December 7, 2005, in the hotel where she was staying. She called her father and told him she was going hiking on the Appalachian Trail. Some reports say she was spotted in Bryson City, NC, where she rented a storage space, shortly before disappearing. Miliani is reported to have bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, but no details are available about whether she was on medication or if she was experiencing any issues at the time of her disappearance.
On the two-year anniversary of her disappearance, a clerk at a local store read an article about Miliani and called investigators to report that she’d sold a backpack or bag, possibly a sleeping bag according to some sources, to Miliani and a man who claimed to be a traveling preacher who visited campsites around the Appalachian Trail. According to the clerk, the man was about 60 years old, had hair greying at the temples and may have been wearing a hair piece because his hair looked unusual. The clerk claimed that Miliani appeared to be nervous.
A private investigator working on the case released a sketch of the unidentified man in June 2009. The man resembles Hilton, and he’s considered a possible suspect. Neither Miliani nor any of her belongings, including luggage and a camera, have been found; no money has been withdrawn from her bank account since her disappearance, but a deposit was made on December 31, nearly three weeks after her disappearance. No further information is available about that deposit.
Some sources say Hilton is known to have stolen and unsuccessfully tried to use Miliani’s bank card, but I was unable to find official corroboration of those reports.
A fisherman found the remains of Michael Scot Louis, 27, dismembered and stuffed in plastic garbage bags, in the Tomoka River at Ormond Beach, Tomoka State Park, Florida on December 6, 2007. His torso and legs were recovered, but his head has never been found. Louis was last known to have been seen on November 21 or 22, 2007, but when his remains were found 16 days later, the autopsy estimated he had only been dead for two to seven days. It’s unclear where he was or who he may have been with during the days he was unaccounted for. Days after his disappearance, his Firebird was found parked unusually far from his apartment in the apartment complex’s parking lot in South Daytona, Florida, with the keys still in the ignition and his dirty laundry and guitars inside.
Hilton was officially ruled out as a suspect after DNA testing did not implicate him, but some thought he should remain on the list as a potential suspect. In January 2018, Nelci Tetley, 67, was arrested for shooting to death and dismembering her then-boyfriend, Jeffrey Albertsman, 55. It was discovered that she had possibly also dated Louis, although she denied knowing him or having a relationship with him, and she’s been named as a suspect in his case.
University of Georgia student Cayle Bywater disappeared from Athens, Georgia on December 29, 2007. She was reported missing after neighbors became concerned when her dog was seen running loose outside her home. Meredith Emerson would be kidnapped three days later from Vogel State Park, about 80 miles north of Athens.
On January 11, Bywater’s body was found in an Athens lake. An autopsy listed drowning as her cause of death, but there’s disagreement about how she came to be in the lake. There were no traces of illegal drugs or alcohol in her system, but she had been prescribed medication to treat a mental disorder, reported by some agencies as bipolar disorder. The autopsy also found a previously undiagnosed heart defect, but that could not be proven to have played a part in her death.
A photograph taken by an undisclosed individual the day she was last seen alive shows Bywater in Memorial Park walking her dog on leash. Witnesses claim to have seen someone matching Bywater’s appearance walking a dog in the park near the lake where her body was later found, and some said she appeared to be disoriented or chasing the dog. No signs of foul play were discovered on her body or at the scene, but her family insists she did not wander off or commit suicide. In a news article dated January 8, 2008, (https://www.savannahnow.com/article/20080108/news/301089882) her family was concerned that she may have been kidnapped by someone who saw her in a disoriented or confused state and took advantage of the situation. That same news article mentions the kidnapping of Meredith Emerson by Gary Michael Hilton but quotes an investigator as saying the local police department and Georgia Bureau of Investigation did not consider the cases related at that point. It’s unknown if Hilton is now or was ever considered a suspect in Bywater’s case.
Are there more? There are dozens of unsolved cases of missing and murdered people in the areas where Hilton was known to or may have traveled or lived. Someone put together this Google Map detailing known and possible victims of Hilton: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1v-4PyOHDjE17GhkF6ofEvFWtLes&hl=en&gl=us&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&z=5&ll=34.77220536527494%2C-83.37685848300629 . It’s a very interesting rabbit hole. I’m unsure who created the map or what criteria they used to include possible victims. If anyone on this sub has information about the creation of this map, please let me know and I’ll include more details.

What Don’t We Know? Discussion and Theories
Knowing what we do about Hilton and the crimes for which he was convicted, it’s hard to believe that Emerson, Dunlap, and the Bryants are his only victims. Investigators have pointed out that it’s rare for a serial killer to start killing in their 60s, and Hilton’s crimes seem to be the work of a confident killer. His lack of victimology—targeting victims based on opportunity rather than sticking to a certain type of person—and his large geographic footprint, transient lifestyle, lack of family and friends, and remote hunting grounds all point to the possibility that he’s been active for a lot longer than the short spree of four known victims.
There are so many missing people and unsolved homicides in the southeast corner of the United States that it’s not hard to think Hilton may be responsible for some of them.
What are your thoughts or theories?

A note of thanks: u/cspach2005 invited me to do this write-up on Hilton for an upcoming podcast on www.disturbedpodcast.com. They covered my previous write-up on Timothy Bindner (https://www.reddit.com/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/g2mh3i/hes_been_a_suspect_in_the_disappearances_of_at/) in this podcast, https://www.disturbedpodcast.com/bindne, so I was thrilled to contribute again. I’ll add a link to the podcast episode on Hilton once it’s done.

Resources:
Park Predators podcast about Hilton: https://parkpredators.com/episode-1-the-hunte
YouTube video of Georgia Bureau of Investigation interview with Hilton (4.5 hours): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9Tw1iejmzc
ThoughtCo blog from July 14, 2019 about Hilton’s crimes: https://www.thoughtco.com/the-gary-michael-hilton-case-971046
Murderpedia entry for Hilton, including text from news articles: https://murderpedia.org/male.H/h/hilton-gary-michael.htm
Timeline of Hilton’s life and crimes: http://prairiechicken.blogspot.com/2008/02/gary-michael-hilton-timeline.html
Strange Outdoors article from January 23, 2018 about Hilton and his victims: https://www.strangeoutdoors.com/mysterious-stories-blog/2018/1/22/gary-michael-hilton-the-hiker-murders
CNN article from 2008 detailing how Hilton helped make a movie about a serial killer: https://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/03/13/hilton.movie/index.html
Wikipedia article: Murder of Meredith Emerson: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Meredith_Emerson
March 23, 2008 article detailing Hilton’s confession and Emerson’s fight to survive: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/23769881/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/t/killer-says-female-hiker-fought-him-end/
March 11, 201 article about judge barring release of crime scene photos in Emerson’s case: http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/03/10/meredith.emerson.photos/index.html
August 2012 opinion piece by the journalist who requested Emerson crime scene photos explaining why he did so: https://www.ajc.com/news/opinion/why-requested-slain-hiker-crime-scene-photos/2PmN2O3oTCOJKq7mBuvgfL/
Wikipedia article about the Judy Smith case: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judy_Smith_homicide
Rossana Miliani Charley Project profile: http://charleyproject.org/case/rossana-miliani
Article from December 17, 2007 about remains found in Florida, possibly linking them to Cheryl Dunlap: https://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=4010778&page=1
Article from February 28, 2008, announcing Hilton’s indictment in the case of Dunlap: http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/02/28/hilton.indictment/index.html
March 27, 2012 article about Hilton pleading guilty to the Byrants’ murders: https://www.blueridgenow.com/article/NC/20120327/news/606022032/HT
May 17, 2008 article detailing John Bryant’s autopsy findings: https://www.blueridgenow.com/article/NC/20080517/News/606047031/HT
January 4, 2018 article about the Bryants: https://www.ajc.com/news/local/tragic-end-for-unique-couple/PzAHQbeBqHLPzNjGei0nAJ/
December 23, 2007 article about memorial service for Michael Scot Louis: https://www.news-journalonline.com/article/LK/20071223/news/180117745/DN
January 24, 2018 article about Nelci Tetley’s arrest, possible implication in Louis’ death: https://heavy.com/news/2018/01/nelci-tetley-accused-dismembering-killing-boyfriends/
January 13, 2017 article commemorating the 22nd anniversary of Melissa Witt’s unsolved disappearance and murder: https://www.5newsonline.com/article/news/local/outreach/back-to-school/melissa-witts-body-found-22-years-ago-investigation-still-open/527-5556593c-22df-4077-b6c3-e7fd7f041f33
Jason Knapp’s Charley Project profile: http://charleyproject.org/case/jason-andrew-knapp
April 4, 2010 article about Patrice Endres’ disappearance and murder: https://www.forsythnews.com/local/crime-courts/husband-seeks-closure-in-cold-case/
Google Map detailing known and possible victims of Hilton: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1v-4PyOHDjE17GhkF6ofEvFWtLes&hl=en&gl=us&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&z=5&ll=34.77220536527494%2C-83.37685848300629 (I did not create this map, nor do I know who did or what criteria they used when choosing which possible victims to include. I’ll gladly edit the post to include that information if someone knows more details about the map’s creator or creation.)
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2020.08.27 14:30 readingrachelx Housewife highlights/Daily shit talk - August 27th, 2020

Housewife highlights/Daily shit talk - August 27th, 2020

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  • First promo for Real Housewives of Salt Lake City (Queens of Bravo Twitter)
  • "Dorinda Medley Is Leaving "Real Housewives Of New York" And The Show Will Never Be The Same Without Her" (Buzzfeed)
  • Dorinda Medley exits ‘RHONY’: Andy Cohen, ‘Real Housewives’ stars react (Page Six)
  • Rachel Uchitel floated as Dorinda Medley’s replacement on ‘RHONY’ (Page Six Exclusive) "Could Rachel Uchitel replace Dorinda Medley on “The Real Housewives of New York City?” Page Six has learned that the colorful socialite — who shot to fame as one of Tiger Woods’ many mistresses — was “on the shortlist” to join the Bravo show last season, but producers plumped for Leah McSweeney instead. And now that Medley’s been axed after six seasons, we’re told there’s renewed effort to get her on the cast. An insider told us that Uchitel’s keen to land the gig, and listed her qualifications: “She’s linked to New York — growing up here, and [she was] on the cover of the New York Post as ‘New York’s tragic face.’ ” (We published Uchitel’s picture with that headline on Sept. 14, 2001. In the shot, she holds up a missing person flyer for her banker fiancé, James Andrew O’Grady, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11. Uchitel also appeared on Page 1 of The Post a number of times during the Woods scandal.) Meanwhile, they said that — as Page Six has previously reported — she’s been linked to “Real Housewives” lothario Harry Dubin, who has famously dated cast members Sonja Morgan, Ramona Singer and Luann de Lesseps, and was married to former cast member Aviva Drescher. Plus, they said, that Uchitel (bonus gossip alert!) dated Paul “PK” Kemsley of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” for a year, right before he got together with wife Dorit. A Bravo rep denied that they’re considering her to replace Medley, but appeared to acknowledge that she’s previously been in talks to join the show. When we asked Uchitel if she was joining the show, she wrote to us, “News to me!” and a winking emoji."
  • RHONY alum Bethenny Frankel posts photos as she renovates her $2.3m Hamptons mansion with chic new decor (The Sun UK)
  • D’Andra Simmons says ‘RHOD’ will address Brandi Redmond’s racist video ‘head on’ (Page Six) "The next season of “Real Housewives of Dallas” will address some of the cast’s racist remarks, according to star D’Andra Simmons. Simmons, 50, told Page Six of Redmond’s scandal, “We will address that first thing head on. I think that’s very important for the show. We can’t just sweep it under the rug, especially since it was such a big deal for people and they were very upset about it.” The Hard Night Good Morning CEO implied that some other conversations surrounding race — aside from Redmond’s remarks — will take place on the upcoming season, which is currently in its last weeks of filming. “I can’t really talk about the other cast members, but there’s another reason why we had to do that, as well,” she said. “You’ll have to wait and see [what that is].” Simmons said in regards to Locken’s insensitive remarks from Season 4 about her co-star Kary Brittingham’s Mexican heritage, the cast doesn’t “really talk about that” this season since Locken, 53, is no longer on the show. Conversations about race will not only be a focal point on “RHOD,” but also in “My Brothers’ Crossing,” a film Simmons co-produced with her husband, Jeremy Lock, a former photojournalist." (more in article)
  • NeNe Leakes deletes Instagram over rumors of return to ‘RHOA’ (Page Six) "Nene Leakes has deleted her Instagram account after routinely being asked by fans whether she’ll return for Season 13 of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” There’s been buzz about Leakes’ contract negotiations to return. Sources have said she’s been holding out for a bigger payday, but Bravo might add fresh faces instead."
  • RHOBH Season 10 reunion preview (Garcelle Beauvais Twitter)
  • Another preview for RHOBH reunion - Dorit vs. Sutton (Queens of Bravo Twitter)
  • Photos of the decor at Dorit Kemsley's housewarming party, pictured on the S10 RHOBH finale (bravotv.com)
  • Former Real Housewives of Sydney star Krissy Marsh says the drama on the show 'wasn't scripted' and that producers were shocked by how nasty and toxic the cast were (Daily Mail/Back from Reality Podcast) "The Real Housewives of Sydney was infamously dubbed 'too extreme' to air in the US. And in a new interview, cast member Krissy Marsh claims that not only was the drama not scripted, but that producers were blindsided by how nasty the cast turned out to be. Speaking to the Back From Reality podcast, the 48-year-old said: 'I don't think even the producers knew what they were getting.' She added: 'I don't think they realised how crazy and how nasty some of these women were.' The former reality star said that none of the drama was fake, and that producers didn't even need to encourage anybody to drink because the women 'were getting drunk on our own accord'. Krissy said that things got so nasty and vicious at one point that she quit the show during filming to try and protect her family. Krissy revealed that she rallied some of the other cast members together and that they all walked out on a scheduled promotional shoot for the show until producers agreed to remove a potentially defamatory scene from the series. 'They had no option but to basically cut out and write out what had been said that night,' she said. While Krissy declined to reveal what exactly was said, she said it was much worse than the drama that viewers saw on screen and that it was something that could've affected her children. She added that the mystery castmate that said the remark about her family was 'not of sound mind'."
  • Real Housewives' Gizelle Bryant 'disturbed for days' by Candiace and Monique 'brawl' (Daily Star UK exclusive) "Speaking exclusively to Daily Star Online, Gizelle, 49, revealed just how shell-shocked she was about the alleged incident. The mum-of-three told us: "I was completely shocked, I was disturbed for days afterwards. "When we film we have real emotion but we always have found a way for things not to escalate to that level and for it to get there was never something that I thought would happen, so I wasn't happy." She continued: "But it allowed us, on the other side of it, to really have some good discussions about who and what we are as black women in this country, and what we represent. "So if there's any silver lining, it's that we were able to talk about what matters and to kind of hold ourselves up to a level that we're proud of." Re: the men of Potomac getting involved in the franchise, Gizelle laughed: "I think they want to hold a champagne glass [in the opening credits], I think they want to be Housewives! I really don't understand it. And we see more of that this season as well." The beauty joked that she would "co-sign" the decision if producers were to make Michael a featured Housewife in the opening credits, adding: "Michael gets into more trouble than anyone else," Gizelle told us. "Michael gets into all kinds of nonsense. "I don't really know how it was handled between he and Ashley because they have their own personal things, I wasn't there, so I'm curious to see those things just as much as everyone else is." But she teased big things to come, as she cryptically finished: "Michael Darby at our season finale, he stole the show."
  • Former Black Female TV Execs Launch New Production Company For Diverse Storytelling (Forbes) "Lauren Grace Media, a new production company helmed by two veteran reality television executives, has entered the discussion with a clear mission: To tell diverse stories that people of color can relate to. The company is owned and operated by Dorothy Toran, a former producer for Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey, and Leslie Farrell, a former vice president of production at NBCUniversal and Bravo Media. “I had been on Jersey Housewives for six or seven years,” says Toran, now president and executive producer of Lauren Grace Media. “Just like everything else, it had been a wonderful experience, but you always get to a point when you are doing something for a really long time and you hit a wall creatively and want to explore what's next. I really wanted to be able to tell stories that I wanted to tell.” But the duo’s professional history has certainly come in handy: Their first project, a 90-minute special titled Race in America: A Movement Not a Moment, aired on Bravo TV, Toran and Farrell’s former company, earlier this month. The special features an in-depth discussion on issues of racism between reality stars including Kandi Burruss and Gizelle Bryant, who weighed in with their personal experiences. “When you think of people who are wealthier than you, famous, or celebrities on television, you think that their life is different,” says Farrell, senior vice president of development and executive producer of Lauren Grace Media. “But what I think that Race in America really showed is, as a Black person in this country, it doesn't matter what echelon you are on. We all share these experiences because racism is systemic.” (more in article)
  • Alleged assassin denies executing Real Housewives of Cheshire star’s brother in doorstep shooting at £1.5m home (The Sun UK)
  • Danielle Staub goes off on Andy Cohen (realhousewivesfranchise Instagram - screenshot)
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2020.08.14 16:26 readingrachelx Housewife highlights - August 14th, 2020

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2020.06.01 00:55 jackramz Update of where All MCU Production stands as of now V5

Monthly Update
Black Widow-
Was originally May 1st 2020 now Delayed till November 2020. Final cut of the Movie should be completed by now. I expect we will be seeing it then with theaters opening up and most of them open by July. Only doubt about is when Flu season comes back, coronavirus will also spike up.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier- has maybe like 2-3 weeks left of shooting key major scenes and scenes that happen in the first 2 episodes. They were supposed to shoot in Prague but got sent home. They are still supposed to have as of right now an August 2020 debut. It was announced about a month ago that Prague is back open and Marvel can go back there to shoot what's left. I don't expect them to make that effort and instead shoot in Atlanta after all these Rightful Protests and terrible Raids die down. My guess is they will have shot everything by July. However there's no word on anything on when production will restart
WandaVison
As of now, scheduled for December 2020. There was a report from Charles Murphy and Lizzie Hill who are very accurate with their scoops saying that WandaVision has indeed finished filming before the lock down. Depending on CGI and VFX work left I'd say that out of the Two Disney Plus series coming this year this one is the most likely to come out barring one thing. This was supposed to be a lead into Dr. Strange 2 which got delayed originally for 6 months and then 10 months. Wether or not Fiege cares when it comes out or not is the deciding factor wether we get it this year or not for a while.
This goes for both The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision, wether or not Fiege decides to stick to their original release dates of August and December for these shows or keep them in their release order with Black Widow a supposed lead in to The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, that can have F&TWS go to December and WV early 2021. No idea as of now
Eternals
Originally Slated for November 2020. Now Slated for Feb 2021. Should make it's intended release with relative ease. Reshoots could pop up as an issue.
Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Originally Slated for Feb 2021. Now Slated for May 2021. Had been shooting for about a month and half or so down in Australia. The director tested negative for COVID-19. Production was put on pause and no time table yet of when things will start back up again. Some things have been starting to go into production in Australia but Shang Chi is a much bigger Production. They probably have around 1/3 of the movie shot so they'll need to shoot a little faster than normal to finish in time.
Loki
Has been shooting for a bit now in Atlanta. They probably have 1/3 of the series shot atm. The series is supposed to air in early 2021 probably March or April. I would be shocked if that stayed that Way. I would guess that it would be delayed until Summer 2021 Like July- August. No time tab;e of when shooting will resume
What If..?
Will Stay on for Summer 2021 release. Not really any changes. here
Spider Man 3
Originally Slated for July 2021. Now Slated for Nov 2021. Holland said a while ago that they would be shooting in Atlanta, LA, New York and Iceland. Maybe Nov fits the movie better if its in Iceland??? No time table of when it will begin to shoot, hopefully this summer.
Hawkeye and Ms. Marvel
These shows were supposed to start shooting in Atlanta in July/August after F&TWS, LOKI, and WV all finished. No news as of yet. I think it's 40/60 that they won't be 2021 releases.
Thor Love and Thunder
Was Originally Slated for November 2021. Now Slated for February 2022. Was supposed to shoot in August down in Australia and will also have some filming in Vancouver. No News as of when shooting will take place now. Vin Diesel confirmed that the Guardians will be in Thor 4. Taika said on a live stream that there will be space sharks in the movie and maybe more hulk. He released Concept art with Miek wearing a Pantsuit.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Originally Slated for May 2021. Then Delayed to Nov 2021 and because of Spider Man 3 it was delayed till March 2022. Originally supposed to shoot in London in May/June. Not time table of when Raimi will start production. Likely sometime late this year or early next year,
She Hulk and Moon Knight
They Were likely start shooting late 2020 when both Ms. Marvel and Hawkeye wrap up production. No time table as of now when production will start. She Hulk Script is reportedly done. I can guarantee these will not be 2021 releases.
Black Panther 2
Martin Freeman said in an interview that Black Panther 2 will film in Early 2021, some reports said Australia. I would say it's safe to say it will shoot around then
Captain Marvel 2
Slated for July 2022. Should shoot sometime next year. The original directors will not return but may keep at Marvel on a Disney Plus property. No Director as of yet.
Blade.
Rumored Release date October 2022. No Director as of yet. Mahershla Ali is excited to play Blade
Ant Man 3
Originally rumored release date of Feb 2022. Thor 4 now has that and the only other possible dates are Oct 2022 and Feb 2023. I would guess Feb 2023 so they delayed it a year or so.
Guardians of the Galaxy vol 3
Likely Slated for May 2023. Gunn will finish and release Suicide Squad in August of next year and then go into pre production and then shoot early 2022. Those early 2021 rumors are BS.
Fantastic 4.
Likely 2023 release. Either July or November
Nova
Was announced the day of writing this that a Nova project is in development "Project" meaning not necessarily a movie but could be a Disney Plus series. Apparently casting Grids are out so it will be likely 2023.
Deadpool 3
Unclear wether it will be set in the MCU and included in the Slate but In all likelihood will come out in 2022 or 2023. Rob Liefeld is a Clown tho
Spider Man 4
All depends wether Disney and Sony resign their Deal. My guess is they will etch out a long term extension for a second trilogy and many team up appearances and also appear in the Sony verse or whatever they decided to call it now. If Sony continues their pattern of Every other July Spidey 4 should be July 2023 however because Sony delayed it to November 2021 it could hopefully allude to them not having to rush Spidey 4 and have it be July 2024. I'd personally want that but there's a lot of things that has to happen from now till then.
Avengers 5
I wish it was 2023 but It ain't. But def 2024. 5 years since Endgame is a good amount of time. Not even really confirmed at this point.
Secret Invasion/Secret Warriors
Disney Plus Series Rumored to be a Prequel to Captain Marvel 2. Should be 2022
Ghost Rider, Iron Heart, Thunderbolts, Miss America, Young Avengers
All Rumored to be Disney Plus Series some time in all likelihood 2023 or 2024
Loki and What If..? Season 2
These shows have been rumored to spawn multiple seasons
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2020.05.09 00:22 jackramz Update of where All MCU Production stands as of now V4

Black Widow-
Was originally May 1st 2020 now Delayed till November 2020. Final cut of the Movie should be completed by now. I expect we will be seeing it then but we live in crazy times so I won't flat out say it.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier- has maybe like 2-3 weeks left of shooting key major scenes and scenes that happen in the first 2 episodes. They were supposed to shoot in Prague but got sent home. They were Originally supposed to have an August 2020 debut. It was announced recently that Prague is back open and Marvel can go back there to shoot what's left. I don't expect them to make that effort and instead wait until Atlanta is back open to shoot what's left with as much precautions and safety as possible. My guess is they will have shot everything by July. Depending on how much CG is done I think it's 50/50 that it will be out this year.
WandaVision
Originally scheduled for December 2020. There was a report from Charles Murphy and Lizzie Hill who are very accurate with their scoops saying that WandaVision has indeed finished filming before the lock down. Depending on CGI and VFX work left I'd say that out of the Two Disney Plus series coming this year this one is the most likely to come out barring one thing. This was supposed to be a lead into Dr. Strange 2 which got delayed originally for 6 months and then 10 months. Wether or not Fiege cares when it comes out or not is the deciding factor wether we get it this year or not for a while. I'd give it a 70/30 chance it comes out this year.
Eternals
Originally Slated for November 2020. Now Slated for Feb 2021. Should make it's intended release with relative ease. Also Reshoots could pop up as an issue.
Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Originally Slated for Feb 2021. Now Slated for May 2021. Had been shooting for about a month and half or so down in Australia. The director tested negative for COVID-19. Production was put on pause and no time table yet of when things will start back up again. They probably have around 1/3 of the movie shot so they'll need to shoot a little faster than normal to finish in time.
Loki
Has been shooting for a bit now in Atlanta. They probably have 1/3 of the series shot atm. The series is supposed to air in early 2021 probably March or April. I would be shocked if that stayed that Way. I would guess that it would be delayed until Summer 2021 Like July- August.
What If..?
Will Stay on for Summer 2021 release. Not really any changes. here
Spider Man 3
Originally Slated for July 2021. Now Slated for Nov 2021. Holland said a while ago that they would be shooting in Atlanta, LA, New York and Iceland. Maybe Nov fits the movie better if its in Iceland???
Hawkeye and Ms. Marvel
These shows were supposed to start shooting in Atlanta in July/August after F&TWS, LOKI, and WV all finished. No news as of yet. I think it's 40/60 that they won't be 2021 releases.
Thor Love and Thunder
Was Originally Slated for November 2021. Now Slated for February 2022. Was supposed to shoot in August down in Australia and will also have some filming in Vancouver. No News as of when shooting will take place now. Vin Diesel confirmed that the Guardians will be in Thor 4. Taika said on a live stream that there will be space sharks in the movie and maybe more hulk. He released Concept art with Miek wearing a Pantsuit.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Originally Slated for May 2021. Then Delayed to Nov 2021 and because of Spider Man 3 it was delayed till March 2022. Originally supposed to shoot in London in May/June. Not time table of when Raimi will start production. Likely sometime late this year or early next year,
She Hulk and Moon Knight
They Were likely start shooting late 2020 when both Ms. Marvel and Hawkeye wrap up production. No time table as of now when production will start. She Hulk Script is reportedly done. I can guarantee these will not be 2021 releases.
Black Panther 2
Martin Freeman said in an interview that Black Panther 2 will film in Early 2021, some reports said Australia. I would say it's safe to say it will shoot around then
Captain Marvel 2
Slated for July 2022. Should shoot sometime next year. The original directors will not return but may keep at Marvel on a Disney Plus property. No Director as of yet.
Blade.
Rumored Release date October 2022. No Director as of yet.
Ant Man 3
Originally rumored release date of Feb 2022. Thor 4 now has that and the only other possible dates are Oct 2022 and Feb 2023. I would guess Feb 2023 so they delayed it a year or so.
Guardians of the Galaxy vol 3
Likely Slated for May 2023. Gunn will finish and release Suicide Squad in August of next year and then go into pre production and then shoot early 2022
Fantastic 4.
Likely 2023 release. Either July or November
Nova
Was announced the day of writing this that a Nova project is in development "Project" meaning not necessarily a movie but could be a Disney Plus series. Apparently casting Grids are out so it will be likely 2023.
Deadpool 3
Unclear wether it will be set in the MCU and included in the Slate but In all likelihood will come out in 2022 or 2023
Spider Man 4
All depends wether Disney and Sony resign their Deal. My guess is they will etch out a long term extension for a second trilogy and many team up appearances and also appear in the Sony verse or whatever they decided to call it now. If Sony continues their pattern of Every other July Spidey 4 should be July 2023 however because Sony delayed it to November 2021 it could hopefully allude to them not having to rush Spidey 4 and have it be July 2024. I'd personally want that but there's a lot of things that has to happen from now till then.
Avengers 5
I wish it was 2023 but It ain't. But def 2024. 5 years since Endgame is a good amount of time. Not even really confirmed at this point.
Secret Invasion.
Disney Plus Series Rumored to be a Prequel to Captain Marvel 2. Should be 2022
Ghost Rider, Iron Heart, Thunderbolts, Miss America, Young Avengers
All Rumored to be Disney Plus Series some time in all likelihood 2023 or 2024
Loki and What If..? Season 2
These shows have been rumored to spawn multiple seasons
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2020.05.04 21:51 stalexa I have converted. I now align with the church of NICE DOESN'T WORK WITH YOU PEOPLE!

The first time I was introduced to the HW franchise was ATL because that's where I'm from. I thought (still think) they were hilarious and it's definitely a different and interesting dynamic watching an all black and southern cast. Then I moved on to OC and I watched S1-11 and find it iconic in its own right. I think its an interesting look first into wealth porn, and then an interesting documentary on how fame changes these women's lives and dynamic. The reality tv curse on marriages, the brooks saga, the biting of the bow of the cake, the FAMILY VAN. The rise and fall of Vicki Gunvalson is still one of my favorite things to analyze.
Then I tried to watch NYC and I found it so boring. I probably started season 1 over and over like 4 times over the course of a few months. But once I forged through the first few episodes...I got SO INTO IT! I binged hardcore through all the episodes and I realized it is really the best franchise.
I had made the concious decision to stop watching OC because it felt toxic. Vicki and Tamra truly turned into horrible people and their antics were just too desperate and negative for me to keep going. I'm starting to feel that way about Atlanta too, Nene has become really good at producing her own storyline and I think that's when a housewife gets too big for the show and the viewer lacks good unique content. Like when Kim Z gave production fake dates to avoid filming. Once they do that its time to give them the chop, the show is already edited to begin with, and now you give us a watered down version of conflict you don't even really care about? We're recycling the same drama over and over again. The women truly aren't friends anymore and I think that's what makes NY stand out from the others. I just wanna see Andy reel them in one time! He redid the NY cast during that s4-5 transition why won't he do it again?!
The New York women have years of friendship that were kindled before the show even began. And they are the best at consistently calling each other out on their BS. I don't think I ever see that on any other franchise!! On the ATL reunions, Nene constantly lies or just shuts down and never wants to answer things that were clearly shown on CAMERA. As a viewer, I'm over it. You can't act like trash and then holier than thou. It doesn't work that way!
The NY women also deliver consistent content. Even at their season's most light hearted with drama, they manage to be funny and entertaining. They really deliver. I have to say I have really been missing out. ATL need a major overhaul. Maybe also get a cast that likes each other? I don't want to watch people just scream at each other and walk out of scenes.
I would have to say Potomac is better than ATL now because they have the friendships but also haven't gone totally to their heads yet with fame. I recommend it to any HW bingers on lockdown like myself.
I'm moving on to Jersey next. Is it a favorite of yours? I know Teresa is another icon OG.
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2020.04.28 11:18 lobsterloot Another podcast interview cliff notes - with Kenny Barnes.

Hey, this was again from Olivia Caridi's podcast. Much more interesting than I thought it would be. Cliff notes are...
-He initially thought he didn't want to put himself out there to be THAT vulnerable to get engaged on TV.
-The wedding day was a culminatiom of all the emotions. He is a sensitive and courteous person. He thought he owed that speech to the people in the room who deserved an explanation to understand what had happened. He sorta planned doing that speech but it wasn't produced, noone asked him to do it and he didn't know exactly what he was going to say. He said he spoke for 10 minutes straight and gave context about the whole scenario. His ultimate goal was to put Kelly in a position where she wasn't attacked, which didn't really work.
-His frustration on the wedding day was partly him being checked out of the whole experience. He was tired of answering questions patiently, kindly and abundantly (shout out to Jimi the producer who Kenny goes mad at). He said it got to a point where they were trying to push him to talk badly about Kelly and he wasn't comfortable with that. He was done.
Fin.
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2020.02.13 06:01 whirlpool4 Events for Thu 2/13 - Sun 2/16

it's that time, boys and girls. hope you're able to find something grand to do for Valentine's Day as well.
** All weekend *\*
Valentine's/Anniversary Weekend; Boxi Park Lake Nona
LIVE MUSIC BUBBLES BAR BIRTHDAY TREATS
Thursday, Feb 13 -- Lati-2 (Latin Night) 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb 14 -- SoundUp 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb 15 --Adam & Beav 1 p.m. -- The Naked Cupcake Truck 6 p.m. -- Chasing Amy 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 16 -- Claire Vandiver 1 p.m. -- The Sunday Vibe 5 p.m.
** Thu 2/13 *\*
3p - 8p: Pre-Valentine's Day Market; Orlando Brewing, 1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando, Florida 32806; Our Pre-Valentine's Day Market is a great place to get your last minute gift for that special someone, or a great excuse for a date on a Thursday! We have an excellent list of vendors, food, and live music for you to enjoy as you peruse the various booths. Each purchase from a vendor will get you $2 off a beer and entry in a raffle for the chance to win a date night at the brewery! Shop, drink, eat, and support local.
5p - 10p: Treat Yourself S'mores Night; The Thirsty Topher, 601 Virginia Dr, Orlando, Florida 32803; Wondermade's amazing Marshmallows are featured in our Treat Yourself S'mores Pairing. We will have a variety of s'mores combos and a paired suggestion. Hang out while we fire up your decadent sandwich!! This event is first come, first serve and ends when supplies run out!
5:30p - 7:30p: For the Love of Dogs; Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi, 7972 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando, Florida 32819; We're starting the Valentine's Day celebration early and inviting all dog lovers out to the patio for a dog-friendly celebration! Leash up your four-legged furry friends and come sample our new doggo's only patio menu with three signature dog-safe items to choose from. Whether your best-friend chooses the Chicken & Rice, the Fish Scramble, or the poochie favorite—Bangers and Mash, we guarantee your pup will love his or her treat. But, this party isn't just about food, it's also to benefit a great cause—The Pug Rescue of Florida. In addition to our donation of $1 from every doggy dish served, our fantastic sponsoring partners will be providing even more incentives to help raise money for the Pug Rescue.
> Our good friends from Woof Gang Bakery will be on hand passing out doggie goodie bags with complimentary treats and grooming supplies*
> Elizabeth Ashlea Pet Portraits will be on-site with an instaworthy background perfect for pics to let your pup make all the boys and girls in the yard jealous of their jet-set night out on the town
> The Pug Rescue of Florida will be on hand to raffle out various gifts and prizes, and they're setting up their world-renowned Pug Kissing booth, so don't miss your chance to kiss a pug for charity!
You're probably already making plans to join us, but just in case we wanted you to know...we're taking care of the humans too! For every doggy dish purchased, our friends at Kirin want to gift you a complimentary Kirin Draft. We can all toast to that!
6p - 9p: 8th Annual Galentine's Day Celebration!; Redlight Redlight, 2810 Corrine Dr, Orlando, Florida 32803; Galentine's Day is only one of the best days of the year! What a treat that this February 13th will be our eighth year celebrating! C'mon out and bring all of your best ladies and celebrate with us! Festivities begin at 6pm. DRINK: Enjoy $2 off glasses of wine & champagne for you to cheers the wonderful women in your life. EATS: Savories by the lovely Chef Jes Tantalo. Sweets by Buttermilk Bakery and Kelly's Homemade Ice Cream. SHOP: Treat yo'self and your best gals to local loveliness all while supporting some of our favorite female business owners in Orlando! Hey gents, this is also an opportunity for you to snag gifts for your ladies with a beer in hand, just in time for Valentine's Day! What is Galentine's Day? Basically, it's like Valentine's Day, only instead of celebrating the love you have for your significant other, you spend it with your best girlfriends, who are, after all, your soul mates, and therefore deserve a holiday all to themselves, too. Where to Park: There is lots of available parking at the Audubon Park school directly behind us! There is a walkway that will lead you to our back entrance.
6p - 9p: Galentine's Day; B Nice Orlando, 151 East Washington Street, Orlando, Florida 32801; What's Galentine's Day? It's only the best day of the year! Ladies, join us at B Nice Orlando for an evening that's all about celebrating your best friendships! There will be light bites, libations, pop-up shops and more! Need more incentive? A portion of the proceeds will help support the 10th Annual Wine Women and Shoes Orlando, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida's largest fundraiser of the year. More information and tickets can be found at www.wwsorlando.org.
6p - 10p: Galentine's & Valentine's Day Dessert & Beer Pairing; RockPit Brewing, 10 W Illiana St, Orlando, Florida 32806; What happens when we team up with world-class Chef, Chef Bob Aungst, to have him whip up some desserts for our Valentine's Day Dessert Pairing? You end up a with world-class dessert and beer pairing you won't find anywhere else this Valentine's Day. Starting off with "Ball & Strikes" a "beerbon" ball made and paired with our Imperial Gold Strike Golden Stout. A Golden Stout aged with Coconut, Chocolate, Vanilla and Coffee. We then move on to Black Velvet, a raspberry black forest cake paired with Velvet Whispers our Raspberry & Chocolate Berliner. Finally, we end the pairing with "PROOF's in the PUDDING". A bread pudding made with our Blackstrap Con Leche stout, paired with a very special version of our Blackstrap Con Leche aged with Chef Bob's Bourbon Barrel Aged coffee beans. Three very unique desserts paired with three very unique beers. This pairing is self-directed. Meaning you'll enjoy the pairing and focus on each other, the beer and the desserts. You don't need us bothering you while you enjoy this.
6p - 11p: 2nd Annual Galentine's Day Celebration!; Castle Church Brewing, 6820 Hoffner Ave., Orlando, Florida 32822; -Register for our Beer and Chocolate tasting at 7PM with Chris in the Lounge. Only $15 per person (Beer included)! Email [email protected] to RSVP...only 25 seats available! -Ladies get BOGO drafts all night long -There will be sushi specials out back fpr the whole weekend starting this night
6p - 12a: Galentine's Day; The Cloak & Blaster, 875 Woodbury Rd, Ste 108, Orlando, Florida 32828; "What's Galentine's Day? Oh, it's only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just kick it ... Ladies celebrating ladies." - Leslie Knope, personal hero (Parks and Recreation) It's time for our fifth annual Galentine's Day when we get together to celebrate the wonderful ladies in our lives! So join us with your gal pals and treat yourself to a special menu, cocktails, and treats for all Galentine's reserved parties. (Complimentary Galentine reservations are now available through our website, https://www.cloakandblaster.com/reserve, with your requested time and party size. Please indicate GALENTINE'S DAY in the notes.)
6:30p - 7:30p: Valentine's Couples Class - Introduction to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu; Orlando Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 28 W Michigan St, Orlando, Florida 32806; For a different kind of date night, bring in your significant other for a lighthearted lesson into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Your favorite OBJJ couple, Tito and Shivani, will be teaching some partner drills and introductory techniques. Don’t worry you will only have to partner with the person you came with. Stay after for some sweet treats too! This class is open to the community and best of all, FREE! No experience required. This class is specifically for beginners. Normal workout attire will do.
7p: I Choose You Beer Pairing Event!; Player 1 Video Game Bar, 8562 Palm Pkwy, Orlando, Florida 32836; I Choose You Valentines Candy and Beer pairing. 10 Beers (3oz each), 10 Candies. $20 Per person Or $35.00 For Two! (*\* please see event page for more info **)
7p - 9p: Galentine's Day Party presented by The Kitty Beautiful; The Kitty Beautiful: A Cat Cafe - Downtown Orlando, 360 State Lane, Orlando, Florida 32801; "What’s Galentine’s Day? Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst." - Leslie Knope. So, we may not have frittatas, but we've got the three next best things, wine, chocolate and cats! Join us at The Kitty Beautiful for a celebration of the things that make life worth living, and make it even more special by doing that with your friends.
For just $25, you get:
* A wonderful selection of chocolate delicacies baked just for us by Jess of Batter Designs Bakery. White chocolate raspberry, milk chocolate ganache, salted caramel and dark chocolate with sea salt, and chocolate covered strawberries are going to be available, and perhaps some other surprises!
* What's chocolate without wine? Enjoy a wine for each selection selected by Russell Trahan, former Sommelier of Club 33 in Disneyland. A sparkling white wine, a buttery chardonnay, a fruity pinor noir, perhaps even a tasty sauvignon....you'll see what Russell has selected for you and he'll be there to explain why.
* And of course, you get to play with up to a dozen free roaming cats in our cat area for up to two hours. Play board games, sketch a cat, or just relax and enjoy the kitty cuddles.
We'll also have the rest of our menu available, in case you wanted a latte, kombucha, grilled cheese, avocado toast, or anything else we offer.
Reservations can be made now at https://thekittybeautiful.as.me/galentines -- we have limited space so don't wait too long!
7p - 9p: Charity Bingo - The Barber Fund; Hamburger Mary Orlando, 110 W Church St, Orlando, Florida 32801; We have a very special night planned as we work to raise money for The Barber Fund, an amazing local charity that assists those battling cancer by paying for living expenses so they can concentrate on healing. Trixie Deluxxe hosts the evening, so expect a lot of fun, laughs, and prizes too. Seating at 7pm, with Bingo starting at 7:30pm. Reserve your table at 321-319-0600
7p - 9p: Galentine's Day Paint Night; GB's Bottle Shop and Tasting Bar, 531 Virginia Dr, Orlando, Florida 32803; Celebrate Valentine's Eve with a laid back paint night, hosted by Pop-Up Picassos. We're painting a plant still life on canvas. Cost is $20/ painter, or $25 includes bottomless mimosas (paying tribute to Leslie's fave meal-- breakfast). Also included, a waffle snack. Yum! Please sign up in advance, either at the Shop or with Pop-Up Picassos (link below).
** Fri 2/14 *\*
3p - 12a: Sideward VDAY Dessert & Beer Pairings; Sideward Brewing Co., 210 N Bumby, Orlando, Florida 32803; Bring your date by for a night cap - we're offering a couple special house made dessert items with accompanying pours of specialty beers.
4p - 12a: Valentine's Day AXE THROWING; Axe On Axe Off - Axe Throwing Venue, 1355 Sand Lake Road, Orlando, Florida 32809; Are you looking for something fun to do with your Valentine this Valentine's Day?? Are you Single and want to let out some aggression or possibly meet someone new??? Well Axe throwing is the perfect activity to do on Valentine's day for both couples or singles!!! Come check out Orlando's largest and highest rated Axe throwing venue Axe On Axe Off! We are conveniently located directly across from the Florida Mall! Our Valentine's Day Special is 2 people throw for 1 hour for just $45!! Must redeem by registering on our website www.axeonaxeoff.com and use the coupon code: V_Dayaxe20 (offer not valid for Walk-ins)
5:30p - 8:30p: Valentine's Day Sunset Paddle; Lake Life Paddle, Belle Isle; Tired of the usual over-priced Valentine's Day dinner with the long wait? Looking for a fun Valentine's Day Adventure that's outside the box? Come join us for a gorgeous sunset paddle session on Lake Conway. No experience? No problem. You can learn a new skill together or you can choose to kayak. You will paddle through a Cypress Tree lined canal out to middle Lake Conway. The historic Nela Bridge is our destination where you'll watch the sun go down and the sky turn colors as the evening sets in. We'll provide a light snack of chocolate covered strawberries on the water and our guides will have beer, wine and water to share. 5:30 to 7:00 pm After paddling back to our home location, we'll sit and enjoy a bonfire by the canal. Tiki torches will line the water and we'll have music playing. Dinner will be provided by Mama Mia's Pizza, some of the best pizza in South Orlando. Each couple will receive a complimentary bottle of champagne. Every paddler receives a Valentine's day Rose 7:00 to 8:30.
$50 Valentine's Day Adventure Includes: -Rental of Paddleboard or Kayak and all equipment -Lesson and guided tour with instructors -2 Slices of New York Style Mama Mia's Pizza -1 bottle of complimentary champagne per couple -One Red Rose (*\* please see event page for more info **)
6p - 12a: Galentine's & Valentine's Day Dessert & Beer Pairing; RockPit Brewing, 10 W Illiana St, Orlando, Florida 32806; What happens when we team up with world-class Chef, Chef Bob Aungst, to have him whip up some desserts for our Valentine's Day Dessert Pairing? You end up a with world-class dessert and beer pairing you won't find anywhere else this Valentine's Day. Starting off with "Ball & Strikes" a "beerbon" ball made and paired with our Imperial Gold Strike Golden Stout. A Golden Stout aged with Coconut, Chocolate, Vanilla and Coffee. We then move on to Black Velvet, a raspberry black forest cake paired with Velvet Whispers our Raspberry & Chocolate Berliner. Finally, we end the pairing with "PROOF's in the PUDDING". A bread pudding made with our Blackstrap Con Leche stout, paired with a very special version of our Blackstrap Con Leche aged with Chef Bob's Bourbon Barrel Aged coffee beans. Three very unique desserts paired with three very unique beers. This pairing is self-directed. Meaning you'll enjoy the pairing and focus on each other, the beer and the desserts. You don't need us bothering you while you enjoy this.
6p - 2a: Valentine's Day Pajama Party; The Cloak & Blaster, 875 Woodbury Rd, Ste 108, Orlando, Florida 32828; It's Valentine's Day, and per tradition, we're celebrating romance (or your loathing of it) with comfortable pajamas, all-night cartoons, and brunch-inspired specials! We've incorporated some of our favorite breakfast items into the menu for the night, and we're offering a casual, laid-back twist on Valentine's Day - perfect for couples or anyone simply looking for something to do on another random Friday. Reservations are recommended for large groups / private dates to guarantee space. Please head to our website at www.cloakandblaster.com/reserve to book your complimentary table.
6:30p - 10p: Valentines Day Movie Night at The Nook; The Nook on Robinson, 2432 E. Robinson St, Orlando, Florida 32803; Free Movie Fridays presents: 90s Rom Com Double Feature. Films will be screened in our back lot! Seating will begin at 6:30 pm
7pm: Never Been Kissed (Drew Barrymore is a babyfaced journalist looking to make her big break happen. So she goes undercover as a student in high school. Things get complicated when she starts to fall for her high school teacher though. I guess there were no ethical issues with age of consent in 1999.)
8:30pm: 10 Things I Hate About You (An adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew, Julia Stiles plays Kat. She is smart and abrassive, and since this is still a 90s comedy, that means she doesn’t really attract the boys. Through a series of hilarious events Kat is put into a position where she needs to decide if she will date the effortlessly charming new guy, Patrick (played by a young Heath Ledger). What will she do!? Will she let her guard down long enough to find true high school love?)
Bring chairs as seating will be limited. Food from Gringos Locos, Iron Cow, Badass Sandwich, or anywhere you'd like is welcome! Outside drinks are not. Beer, Wine, Hard Seltzer, Cider, and Non alcoholic beverages available inside The Nook. No cover // 21+. A Valentine's day dance will begin immediately after screenings.
7p - 9p: Modern Love: Pitch-Your-Friend; Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company, 1300 Alden Road, Orlando, Florida 32803; If you're looking for love — or just trying to help/laugh with a romantically frustrated friend — come join Pulptown and Ivanhoe Park Brewing for our hilarious new dating show, Modern Love: Pitch-Your-Friend. First things first, we'll "break the ice" with a new can release from Ivanhoe Park Brewing. (More info on that coming soon!) Then we'll invite locals to "pitch" a single friend of theirs to the crowd. They'll give a five-minute presentation on why their friend makes for a perfect date, then hand the show over to the audience for a quick Q&A before the single friend is sent back into the wild to a sea of prospective suitors. 😍 Do you have that friend who can't seem to find the love they deserve? Put them up on the dating block and submit an application here (https://forms.gle/euPF31HiL6FVmQkA6) to tell us why they are so great! Submissions will be accepted through February 7th. Looking for a date, or just a laugh? Grab a ticket and come join the fun. This event is open to people of all gender and sexual identities looking for love.
7p - 9p: Valentine's Day Beer Dinner; Orlando Brewing, 1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando, Florida 32806; Get your tickets now for our very exclusive Valentine's Day Beer Dinner in the brewery! For $35 per person you will get a pre-fixed 3 course menu with options for the main course. The Menu is as follows: Garden Salad - a mix of romaine lettuce & spring mix topped with carrots, cucumber & tomatoes. Served with ranch dressing. Your choice of Salmon or NY strip steak sitting on a bed of asparagus spears and served with a side of fingerling potatoes. Lemon Panna Cotta - a creamy citrus panna cotta topped with mixed berries coated in a honey grand marnier gastrique. After dinner ends there will, as always, be live music outside in our beer garden. Enjoy a night under the stars with your special someone.
7p - 10p: Valentine's Concert; Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N Forest Ave, Orlando, Florida 32803; Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Leu Gardens! A special Valentine’s Concert on Friday, February 14, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. featuring: Dave Capp Project, Slickwood, Mud Rooster Blues. Pack dinner picnic full of your favorite foods and drink, alcohol is permitted, and bring seating, either chairs or blanket for this amazing outdoor concert (click for Event Map). Advance Tickets on sale Wednesday, January 29, 2020 – online only. Advance tickets can only be purchased online. Sales tax and online fees apply. Tickets are available until sold out. Advance Admission: $15 per person (*\* please see event page for more info **)
7p - 11p: Kill Cupid Party at DLBC; Dead Lizard Brewing Company, 4507 36th St, Orlando, Florida 32811; Single this Valentine's Day? Don't want to celebrate the hallmark love holiday? Come to Dead Lizard, we will be your Anti-Valentine's Day Dates! Buy a fellow anti-love day patron a beer and get your beer on the house! Single? We want to show you some craft beer love! Get BOGO FREE Crowler fills
7p - 2a: Rawr: A Anti V-Day Emo party; Player 1 Video Game Bar, 8562 Palm Pkwy, Orlando, Florida 32836; Drink Specials!! bleeding heart - tyku black sake with sprite and grenadine sinker. box of chocolates shot- geken sake and chocolate syrup. emo music all night! bring out the black and pink and heavy eyeliner for this one night event!
8p - 12a: V-Day Vampire Ball in VAULT 5421!; VAULT 5421, 5421 International Dr, Orlando, Florida 32819; Valentine's Day SUCKS, so join us February 14th, for a Vampire Ball in VAULT 5421! FREE EVENT! Vampire movies & shows such as Only Lovers Left Alive, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Interview with a Vampire, Lost Boys, Castlevania, What We Do In The Shadows, etc playing on our big screens... Try our limited, special blood bag cocktails! Enjoy dark tunes and Cosplay Cage-Dancing by Jacqueline Obsidian! Come in fancy vampire attire to receive 1 FREE SHOT or soda, with your first bar purchase! (Just mention your attire, when you're placing your order at the bar, for your FREE shot or soda.) Everyone dressed for the theme will also receive a 15% OFF storewide!* (20% for our Loyalty VIPs) Come early and enjoy our Happy Hours from 5pm-8pm featuring 20% OFF all drinks, including our themed drink SPECIALS and 100+ bottle selection of mostly craft and import beers, ciders, meads, sakes and wines! (Please note our store Gods & Monsters is All-Ages friendly, but our bar VAULT 5421 is 18+ to enter and 21+ with valid ID to purchase alcoholic beverages.)
8p - 2a: Black Heart Social Club // No. 3; Will's Pub, 1042 N Mills Ave, Orlando, Florida 32803; BLACK HEART SOCIAL CLUB: A Night of Emotional Music. The Black Heart Social Club returns for its third year in a tribute to the saddest songs ever written. Featuring string backed performances of sad pop perfection from Mike Dunn & Co. and a rotating cast of Orlando's favorite voices. Jordan Foley + Luke Wagner + Rachel Decker + Jeni Valtinson + Joshua Jacobs + Mary Hannah Light Butler + Matthew Tonner + Elizabeth Ward and more! With a special EMO COVERS set from Cat Ridgeway / Cat Ridgeway & the Tourists. Valentines Day is for LO_ERS. Come fill in the blank.
10p - 1a: Valentine's Day 80's Prom; Tin Roof Orlando, 8371 International Dr, Ste 100, Orlando, Florida 32819; Party like it's 1989 at Tin Roof for our Valentine's Day Prom feat. the Leonard Brothers Band! Come dressed in your best 80's prom attire!
10p - 2a: Valentines Day Sadie Hawkins Dance; The Nook on Robinson, 2432 E. Robinson St, Orlando, Florida 32803; Sock Hop and Swing are back for another Sadie Hawkins Dance!! Machine Gun Kristin (+ Jeffrey Howard) Returns for an All Vinyl 50/60s era sock hop and swing. Only this time it's Ladies Choice! Come dressed to impress because there will be a free photobooth out back to take couple or stag photos. Come show us your best moves as you hear some of the best the era has to offer! 21+ No Cover
** Sat 2/15 *\*
8a - 10a: 7th Annual Quack Attack on Poverty 5k; Harbor Park at Lake Baldwin, 4990 New Broad St, Orlando, Florida 32814; We're excited to announce Quack Attack 2020 is open for registration! Join our flock at www.quackattack.org and waddle your way through a USATF certified 3.1 mile course featuring a bubble, squirt gun, and quack zone. Registration includes a split ring duck float, t-shirt, and participant medal. #JoinTheDuckSide
9a - 10a: Post Valentine's Day Bootcamp and Beer!; Bootcamp and Beer, 1236 North Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32804; By popular request, we will be doing a bootcamp and beer on Saturday, February 15th at 9 am! More information on the sponsors to come! As usually we will all be heading over to the Hammered Lamb afterwards for food and beer! Ten dollars gets you an hour long workout and a beer!
9:30a - 11a: Puppy Love Paddle & Brunch; Lake Ivanhoe Boat Dock, Orlando, Florida 32804; Show some Valentine's Day love to your best friend with a fun morning on the water and dog friendly brunch afterward. Learn a great new sport with your best friend. No experience is necessary to try this. We have a very calm, friendly way of introducing your dog (and you) to paddling together. Don’t have a dog? That’s ok, come enjoy the day with us.
$30 event fee includes: -All equipment for you and your dog (board, paddle, safety vest). -Lesson and guided tour around Lake Ivanhoe, multiple instructors will make sure you and your dog enjoy your time on the water safely. -Photos of you and your doggo on the water together.
Please use your best judgment. If your dog doesn’t play well with others, you are welcome to schedule a private puppy paddle session. Have your own board or kayak? The event is free. You are welcome to join in the lesson for your pup, tips for your instructor are much appreciated. Stay for an awesome brunch at The Hammered Lamb, a dog friendly restaurant. Have you tried their Bloody Mary Bar? It's the best one in Orlando.
12p: Valentine’s Day Workout; Blue Jacket Park, 2501 General Reese Ave, Orlando, Florida 32814; Come out for our mid month meetup!!! This time we will be doing partner exercises for Valentine’s Day!! As usual kids are welcomed and be ready to work! And no you don’t need to bring a partner in order to workout!!!
12p - 4p: Cupid's Undie Run — Orlando; Elixir Orlando, 9 W Washington St, Orlando, Florida 32801; This February, be part of something great. Cupid’s Undie Run is a “brief” fun run that takes place in the middle of a BIG party. That’s right: party, run (a mile-ish, at your own pace), party – all to find a cure to neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that affects 1 in every 3,000 children born. We encourage undies, but we get that it’s not for everyone, maybe costumes are more your style? So whether you start a team with your friends, join a team, or run solo, just come out, have a blast, and raise some money for NF research!
12p - 5p: 2020 Indie-Folkfest at the Mennello; Mennello Museum of American Art, 900 E Princeton St, Orlando, Florida 32803; The sixth annual Indie-Folkfest at The Mennello Museum of American Art takes place Saturday February 15th from 12 -5. This FREE outdoor festival is our way of celebrating this amazing community in the Valentine's Day spirit, gathering together to support our phenomenal local culinary, musical, and artistic talents. Located in the museum’s sculpture garden, this event is a free family friendly and pet-friendly way to enjoy the arts of Orlando while raising funds to keep programs like this and our Free Family Fundays engaging and inclusive! (*\* please see event page for more info **)
12p - 6p: Booze and Boards Second February Gathering; Redlight Redlight, 2810 Corrine Dr, Orlando, Florida 32803; GAAAAAAAMES, wanna play some? Redlight Redlight calls to us with it's fantastic tables and space, tasty beverages of many kinds, and super nice staff. Let's get together and play games and enjoy the company of other humans beings :D Don't forget to bring games to play of course, or if you want to play a thing that you don't have, make sure to talk about it, and I'm sure one of us will say "Hey! I've got that one, I'll bring it with!" Then they'll forget and we'll all be sad, it'll be great. (*\* please see event page for more info **)
12:30p - 10p: 25th Annual Valencia Film Celebration; Valencia College East Campus, 701 N Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando, Florida 32825; Each year Valencia College’s nationally recognized and acclaimed Film Program, host an amazing event that showcases some of Valencia’s finest feature films, as well as short films made possible in part by our own film students! The event also serves as a fundraiser for the current Film Students' short film productions! There will be a special even for Alumni at 5 pm! This is an event you don't want to miss! Come out and support the brilliant minds of the future!!!
** Sun 2/16 *\*
11a - 5p: First Annual Charity Flag Football Game; Gordon Barnett Park, Orlando, Florida 32808; Come out and support Michael Hearts Academy as we raise money for the first annual summer camp for individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities. All donations and proceeds will go directly to Michael Hearts Academy.
2p - 5p: Marching Forward Screening; Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd, Orlando, Florida 32801; In honor of Black History Month Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings and the Orange County Regional History Center proudly present a special showing of the award-winning UCF film “Marching Forward.” The recent winner of the Atman Award for Diversity in Film, “Marching Forward” deals with race relations in Orlando during the 1960s and how a love for music united the bands of two high schools: Jones and Edgewater. The film is the fourth that associate professor of history Robert Cassanello and associate professor of film Lisa Mills have made in the past decade along with students in their honors class at the University of Central Florida. It spotlights the efforts of two dedicated band directors — James Wilson of Jones High School and Delbert Kieffner of Edgewater — who were inspired by music to cross color lines in the days of Jim Crow in Florida. This is a free event. Parking is available at the Library Garage, 112 E. Central Blvd.
8p -7a: Low Dough All Night Skate; Astro Skate Orlando, 866 S Goldenrod Rd, Orlando, Florida 32822; Sunday, February 16, 8:00pm - 7:00am, $9.99 (skates extra) The biggest all night skate of the year!
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2020.01.13 15:22 recharge138 Scam targeting Production Assts/New Filmmakers

So yeah, I've been trying to get my foot in the door into Atlanta's burgeoning film industry. Just got the degree, years of actual experience from my days as a media specialist in the military.
Get this email, I assumed from something I applied for online:
Dear Applicant!
Thanks for submitting your resume for the Video Production Assistant Job Post. I need someone hard working that I can trust with this service because I am constantly in and out of town. My work schedule has been so hectic and has been an uphill task for me and I barely have the required time any more. I need someone who can help me ease off the burden and do his/her work with or without supervision for our studio/location team. This position is a more steady, regular, on-going workflow, this means we prefer someone with a more open schedule than not. You will also be instrumental to the overall workflow among all activities leading up to photo/video shoots. The success of this role requires a organized, adaptable and highly detail oriented individual with the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment. Ideal candidates will be solution oriented, process focused, a great communicator, and a creative problem solver. I'm working on a Production project here in the Atlanta, Chicago and Miami. So I'm always on set shooting, also it is a great opportunities for you to gain experience about film production.
About Me: I’m Jeff G. Waxman. I have produced over twenty feature films in the last fifteen years including the Academy Award winning picture, The Fighter starring Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg. I have worked with some of Hollywood's most revered talent, including actors Anthony Hopkins, Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, Jamie Foxx, Woody Harrelson, Wilem Dafoe, Casey Affleck, Christopher Walken, Forest Whitaker, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Gerard Butler, Mickey Rourke, and directors such as Sydney Lumet, David O. Russell, Michael Mann, Tony Kaye, Taylor Hackford, Scott Cooper, and Tarsem Singh. Prior to producing, I have worked as a production executive at several production companies including Cabin Fever and Cutting Edge .In 1996 Waxman directed and produced the concert film "Freebird" which documented the legendary band Lynyrd Skynyrd. The film covered the original members' heyday and continued through to the events leading up to the tragic plane crash in 1977.
Production Assistant Duties: - Assist with administrative duties, including running errands or managing office work - Help with a variety of production-related elements, including building props and sets or labeling and organizing costumes - Unload lights, stands, and other necessary production equipment - Manage paperwork, including copying and distributing necessary scripts, collecting agreements and time sheets, and delivering contracts - Handle other duties as assigned to support the production cast and crew and ensure their needs are met - Organizing production equipment.
NOTE: Before our HR department setup a meeting date I decided to consider you among the three applicants that will be on probation before I finally pick the right person as the Assistant to carry out some activities on my behalf. You need to be very honest because sometimes my personal or corporate items such as financial instruments or non financial items can be with you. In conclusion, I'm looking for someone that can be trusted and reliable to work very well and with good understanding and I believe you posses those qualities. I have decided to offer you 2 weeks (trial period). Here i want to see how you will demonstrate your skills and how exceptional you are and how efficient and on time you will be. I will need you to perform a couple of tasks for me during this 2 weeks, which is part of basic duties you will be performing when fully employed. Successful completion of the trial period qualifies you for an interview and temporary weekly wage during the trial period will be $500/weekly.
Benefits Include: • Lunch • Medical, Dental, Vision
Willing to take this job position, Kindly confirm your mailing address. I will have my financial adviser have payment issued for purchases and to carryout tasks for me, mailed to you. The trial period runs for max of 1 - 2 weeks. If you want to sign up for this, Kindly provide the details below
Your Full name ; Mailing Address ; Apt; City, State, Zip Code : Mobile Phone Number : Two Work or Personal References ;
Warm Regards, Jeff G. Waxman.
SO many red flags, but when you're out of a job and allow your ego/desire for work money take hold, you overlook things. I mean, that's a real producer and the job description is right.
After a few hours of yay job I looked at it critically and shit, well. The follow up emails were all about how he's paying me up front and wants me to deposit money for a charity (through my bank account of course). Found an article online detailing the scam as well, a few years older and they're a bit more sophisticated, but same basic scam:
https://needlegirlhaystackworld.com/scam-alert-production-assistants-needed/
So, trying to fix my bruised ego I made a video about the scam on my YT channel as a warning to other film students/new filmmakers and will continue messing with this guy as long as I can and document it for my own fun.
This morning he send me the "check" to be deposited which was hilarious. I haven't took off my PPI on it yet, but I can post it if someone wants to see it once I PS it. (The VOID watermarks all over it are a nice touch, I think.)
Any others dealt with this scam specifically in the filmmaking world?
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2020.01.12 18:00 MrSwearword Album of the Decade #12: Lady Gaga - ARTPOP

ARTIST: Lady Gaga
ALBUM: ARTPOP
RELEASED: November 6th, 2013
LISTEN: #JUSTICE4ARTPOP Spotify
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BACKGROUND: ARTPOP was the third album but fourth collective studio release from Lady Gaga, who by 2013 had amassed three #1s on the Billboard Hot 100, a string of Top 5/Top 10 hits and five of her now nine Grammy awards. It also marked the perfect storm of what happens when spectacle becomes unfulfilled or failed ambition, scrutiny becomes damn near overwhelming even after the dust settles and an eventual struggle to recapture brand awareness.
It’s also an era marked by a laundry list of boondoggles and WTF moments such as a flying dress, VOLANTIS, fan behavior going off the rails in the form of not one offering sex in exchange for album purchases on Craigslist, not two offering sexual favors for units selling but THREE instances of Gaga fans offering sex for Applause/ARTPOP purchases and that’s not even getting to the VEVO era live performances, culminating in Gaga’s rendition of “Aura” that has her resembling a gimp at a masquerade
It is also, a hard era to pin down as to what went wrong and defending the album against critics that have long since either written off Gaga before 2016 or slowly but eventually came around to the album in the short 6 going on 7 years after the release. Revisiting the album especially in hindsight, requires a delve into an era where the metrics of success changed as the era was going. How else does an album go #1 on the Billboard 200, sell 252,000 units in the first week within the forecasted 250k-300k sales figures, yield two Top 15 singles out of the three released but then end up reading as a pert near faux pas?
REVIEW: For this section, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the three official singles [we’re not Interscope so we remember what the 3rd one was] two promotional singles and movie tie-in track released in the era of ARTPOP.
“Give me that thing I love!”
“Applause”: the leaked…err lead single and last track to have actually made the album. Once the audio was officially released, a lyric video filmed at Micky’s in West Hollywood then saw release [and features a litany of drag entertainers including Courtney Act, Shangela, Shannel, Willam, Morgan McMichaels & Landon Cider to name a few.] Eventually, the Inez and Vinoodh directed music video was released to widespread acclaim and viral success.
The release was marred by the fact the song was leaked which caused 2013 Twitter Gaga to tweet out her disdain with the song being leaked [and even instructing the Little Monsters on how to file claims/become copyright bots.] Not helping matters was that the release of the song had to happen one full week prior to the preferred release date and that it coincided with Katy Perry releasing the single “Roar”. 2013 Stan Twitter saw its first major bout between Little Monsters and Katycats with the latter declaring sabotage [even though they had their issues to come when a Sara Bareilles song was gaining traction upon Roar’s release, but I digress].
Release hiccups aside, “Applause” became an instant favorite of the fandom and in some regard, the general public as it would peak at #4 on the Hot 100. It would see eventual use in a Lipsync For Your Life/LSFYL on the Season 8 premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race between Laila McQueen and Naysha Lopez [#SoccerMom]. Even if the 2nd verse ended up being about Gaga addressing critics of hers, the song stands as exceptionally crafted music, and nothing says you want a pop hit like spelling something out.
The song is known for slaying in live settings; once was for a Wizard of Oz inspired performance on Good Morning America, another being her rendition on the Japanese program Sukkiri where she performed the song with the set of amended lyrics, “One second I’m a doll, then/suddenly the doll is me”. The most famous performance of the song took place when she opened the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, with the number giving “evolution of my career thus far” realness [and being responsible for the speechless/WTF faces of both Jaden and Willow Smith]. Overall, the song is exceptionally made and as mentioned in the 2013 Ultimate Rate, stands as my 2nd favorite Gaga song ever.
FUN FACT: it was Jimmy Iovine, head of Interscope Records, that saved the song from getting canned when it’s reported he said after a listening session where “Applause” was played last in the session, “Every record that you played me is better than the one that you played before it, so the last one should be the first single.”
“You can’t stop my voice cuz you don’t own my life”
“Do What U Want”: the collaborative effort between her and R. Kelly that brought forth waves of controversy from the date of release [October 21st, 2013; fun fact my 23rd birthday] to now where it was removed from streaming services following the resurfacing of R. Kelly’s sexual misconduct which is phrasing it nicely and already gives too much attention to him and not the victims speaking out against the disgusting shit he did. Despite having no video released aside from a TMZ leak of the Terry Richardson directed effort which…yikes and a half, the track went to peak at #15 on the Hot 100 [because if anything is consistent with 2013, people bought Beats by Dre headphones and pimping an exclusive Best Buy shade of blue ones made DWUW poppin.]
Aside from that, a 2nd less scuzzy version was first performed on the Season 5 finale of The Voice [the moment where the outfits ended up being coordinated with the drinks, AKA a gay intern getting several raises] and eventually released for digital download in December following the positive reception. In 2014, along with a lot of ARTPOP scraps, a solo iteration of the song leaked.
In terms of moral outrage, in 2013 and in January of 2019, Gaga faced scorn for having collaborated with R. Kelly [and for having worked with Terry Richardson, who is also believed in open secret style to be a sexual predator] which culminated in the removal of the song from streaming [and the album in a sense as a re-released version of ARTPOP came to fruition without the song] after the series finale of the docuseries Surviving R. Kelly.
In terms of critical reception not counting for moral outrage, the song embodies the 2013 est. description of a recording artist or song with a sordid history of controversy; the “problematic fave”. It amounts to begrudgingly enjoying a song despite one or more of the artists being unsavory [and that’s putting it nicely.] The song is most known as a performance staple having two major moments; one was on the episode of SNL Gaga hosted in the disco tinged outfit where she ends up straddling R. Kelly and the second being at the American Music Awards/AMAs where the JFK and Marilyn inspired number was considered a highlight in Gaga’s storied live performance history.
Personally, I’d always liked the song even with all the problematic baggage it carried on but came to respect the decision to remove it from streaming.
“I don’t need to be on top to know I’m worth it/’cause I’m strong enough to know the truth.”
“G.U.Y.”: the Zedd produced track and to date Gaga’s lowest charting single from a studio album [#76 on the Hot 100 for one week]. What the song lacked in U.S. radio play, it more than made up for video wise as it was the centerpiece behind the infamous ARTPOP FILM [which had the title track of the album and “Venus” preceding it before a looped version of “MANiCURE” closed out the video.] If any song started the “tried to save pop music but y’all let it flop” trope in stan Twitter, this is it right here.
In terms of promotion, while the song fared poorly, the music video fared…better but not by much considering that the song was wrapped in a film that lasts 11 minutes. The decision ended up looking questionable so much there’s a G.U.Y. only edit exists. In either version, “G.U.Y.” stands as Gaga’s most opulent video [and this is against the Guinness World Record holder for most product placement in a music video “Telephone”] as it features cameos from Andy Cohen, the cast of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, YouTube sensation SkyDoesMinecraft, a room decorated with roses, a swimming area with Gaga lounging about, a gold and blue room centered around her and a bow, cannons firing money once she and the Housewives ransack offices; all that didn’t account for the Michael Jackson, Jesus, Mahatma Gandhi and John Lennon blood drawing into clones that eventually see mass release.
In closing, “G.U.Y.” was doing the absolute most and outside of the excess, the song is 2013 Zedd in fine form. As to why this wasn’t a hit like other songs before, that much is still mystifying considering 2013-2014 is when the public liked Zedd’s production and was in the EDM boom of 2009-2015. If anything, the 11-minute video and in turn edited form of the song that was actually the single being released, probably spelled doom for “G.U.Y” when that should have never been the case.
PROMOTIONAL SINGLES
“Been hurtin’ low from livin’ HIGH FOR SO LONG”
“Dope”: the #8 on the Hot 100 peaking promo single that stands as Gaga’s most histrionic ballad [and winner of most unsettling single art even if she could’ve gone far more unsettling]. Originally, the song was debuted at the iTunes Festival under the name “I Wanna Be With You” and featuring the since scrapped lyric, “I’d rather be poor and happy, than rich and alone.” If there’s anything to give righteous hits or criticism of the song is that it’s not beginner friendly. Very few Little Monsters can withstand balladga especially on a song that tackles her tackling her addiction in what is flat out, her saddest, darkest song to date.
Aside from that, if there’s anyone who can make their battle with addiction so captivating, it would be her.
“Let’s blast off to a new dimension…in your bedroom”
“Venus”: the #32 on the Hot 100 track…after it ended up being picked as the 2nd single before DWUW gained traction before the critics and took its place, relegating it to promotional single status. Once the song saw any form of release, the song ended up getting its fair share of mixed reviews but still relatively cute but tepid reception. The song ended up being used in the ARTPOP Film, after the title track and right as she’s buried in the pool [look, it was a weird video and the golden rule of Lady Gaga especially in 2013 was “just go with it”.]
Personally, I do like “Venus” quite a bit even if releasing it as a single [official or promotional] never quite made sense to me [then again, nothing on this album read as a single but more on that later.]
MOVIE TIE-IN
“Do you wanna see the girl who lives behind the Aura?”
“Aura”: the song that opens the album and given video treatment for Gaga’s role of “La Chameleeone” in the movie Machete Kills…and also was pitted against roughly 4 other songs in the “2nd single gulag” that was this era. “Aura” was originally introduced through a demo leak back when the working title and image was called “Burqa”. Where the song succeeds is the fact that it opened the album, because nothing was made to let listeners know that Gaga was firing on all her weird cylinders faster than a song featuring the other memorable lyrics, “Enigma popstar is fun, she wears burqa for fashion”.
OTHER SONGS OF NOTE FROM ARTPOP
Aside from the singles, promotional singles and tie-in, these are the underrated/overlooked/infamous cuts from the album that more or less deserve adulation.
“We’re both convicted criminals of thought”
“Sexxx Dreams”: the most underrated Gaga song to her name and considering the deep bench of songs she has that could fit the bill, that’s saying something. Originally pitted against “MANiCURE” in a tweet for 2nd single status and if it were up to me, they both get released with SD getting released first [if 1990 could handle “I Touch Myself” by The Divinyls, there’s no questioning they could’ve handled “damn you were in my SEXXX Dreams”.]
The song also holds a special distinction as it’s alleged that it was a collaboration of some kind with Rihanna. Of course that only came about in a tweet from Riri, and tweets automatically “meant” COLLABORATION
“I admit that my habit’s expensive/and you may find it quite offensive”
“Jewels ‘N Drugs”: the most polarizing track on the album and as it stands, the most polarizing track of Gaga’s career. Featuring Atlanta rapper, T.I., Oakland rapper Too $hort and Chicago rapper Twista, J&D sees Gaga playing hook girl on her own song and the album’s aggro form of electronic music and pert near garish but captivating imagery come to a head. T.I.’s style of rapping opens the song, Too $hort’s verse adding a certain skeevy sheen while Twista’s verse ends up being the most indicative of the album’s aggressive polymerization of electronic and pop sensibilities. The song isn’t well revered much [hell, popheads listened to Prism and “XO” from S/T and decided “Jewels ‘N Drugs” was still the worst song in the 2013 Ultimate rate.]
Still, for those among us that can withstand batshit Gaga, J&D stands strong as uninhibited gold.
“If I could be Mary Jane Holland tonight”
“Mary Jane Holland”: a song that displays Gaga in steely ugliness under decadent but repugnant vices such as “Russian hookers & cheap gin”. It’s unconfirmed but widely believed that this track beat out “Brooklyn Nights” for inclusion on the album. MJH doesn’t get that much attention sprinkled onto it which is kind of weird considering that this is the sister track to “Dope”. Before she regrets caving into addiction, MJH plays as the dark version of escapism and it’s uncomfortable to get into at first. Still, there’s enough about the production making sense on the album to where it belongs.
“I know, I know you want me/you’re just a pig inside a human body”
“Swine”: the song behind the infamous and gloriously messy SXSW [South by Southwest] performance in which Gaga was vomited on repeatedly. The song underneath its trashy sheen is actually a callout of Gaga’s sexual assaulter [something that would be brought up again on the track “Diamond Heart” from Joanne]. Originally, this was pitted against “Aura” in a tweet for 2nd single status which wouldn’t make sense because even though “Swine” is amazing, a single it is not. If anything cemented this era’s move to “uglier”/“unsettling” artistic directions, it was the aforementioned SXSW performance. No one saw Gaga playing the drums, getting puked on and then finishing the “pukeformance” on a mechanical pig while also trying to play the piano with her feet, coming. If anything acted as a warning for such a moment, it was Gaga screaming at the top of her lungs, “FUCK YOU POP MUSIC! THIS IS ARTPOP!”
Taking It Personal: For this section, I’ll be going semi-op ed on you all by relaying my thoughts on ARTPOP and what it ended up resulting as for Lady Gaga down the road.
If anything about ARTPOP’s handling being proof that hindsight is 20/20, keep in mind this quote from her guest judge appearance on S9 of Drag Race; “In my career, the times when I’ve been the most angry with myself, is when I watched it back & I knew what it was supposed to be; but I listened to somebody else.” There are so many ways this applies to the ARTPOP era.
The overall fuckup was the fact that a major label with arguably, the freshest pop diva to grace music, had no clear backup plan after the lead single was leaked one week ahead of schedule. Saving “Applause” from certain doom ended up being a fluke because under no circumstance should they have been allowed to be that much of a goddamn trainwreck. After the iTunes festival is when the tweets asking fans what the 2nd single should be was already pushing their luck. The artist pitting “MANiCURE” against “Sexxx Dreams” was one thing, but the fact a 2nd tweet was made, especially pitting “Aura” and “Swine” against each other, proved that no communication between artist and label, let alone backup plan was ever established [that would come to a head with the ARTPOP app, which did nothing but count down the day to release, not yielding any song which could’ve been on the album anyway but also being intertwined with Gaga’s former manager, Troy Carter.] The fact that a song, “Venus”, was picked but then relegated to promo release after “Do What U Want” caught enough attention to warrant single release [a precursor to “Million Reasons” being 2nd single in place of “A-YO”] and then being released with ANOTHER promo single in “Dope” further illustrates the messiness of the release schedule. Think about it; the single release schedule was including but not limited to:
“Applause” one week early to combat the leak situation, an ill-advised or actually unsupervised DOUBLE TWEET of “this one or this one” as a 2nd single but giving one of them a lyric video because they have a bit part in a sequel, then announcing “Venus” “winning”, THEN releasing “Do What U Want” as promo and then a single, and then “Dope” and that was in the span of mid-August to early November when the album was released. Applause, MANiCURE, Sexxx Dreams, Aura, Swine, Venus, DWUW and Dope makes 8 attempts at releasing 1-2 singles in a span of roughly two months [which is before G.U.Y. ended up as “3rd single” and NINTH attempt at releasing a single from the album.]
The lack of escape route or plan B of singles after “Applause” also ended up showing Gaga’s Achilles heel; her being petrified of failure as the Gaga persona. Don’t let the DON’T BUY APPLAUSE VIDEO STUNT fool you; from this video onward, Gaga was establishing that she was sensing failure was afoot and was going to do the absolute most, even if it meant VOLANTIS sized moments of “all press is good press” which brings about where the spectacle and brand awareness missed. It’s no secret that Gaga was studious about fame or the spotlight; hell, she named her debut that and even gave a glimpse into how she studied fame in an interview with 60 Minutes
The difference is, Gaga never conditioned herself to be OK with failure as Gaga once she actually made it [mind you, she was dropped from the first label she ever signed with before Interscope swooped in and saved her]. In part 4 of her VEVO Certified webisodes she describes the album as an intensely creative person that’s trapped in a cage, further stating, “All I wanted to do was make electronic music and wear club kid clothes. It was for me about returning to what I love about music, not necessarily what everybody loves.” The thing of it is, nobody that consumed the album hated the music or even formed an opinion on it because they couldn’t look past the messy handling of the label and the astonishingly unequipped management decisions. If anything, ambition is another “made and break” factor as to what went wrong in this era [as opposed to make or break which would indicate some restraint concept wise]. Calling it “too much too soon” is also selling short just how much of Gaga’s creative energy went into the entire project [mind you, she made a public appearance at Micky’s WeHo and even used that moment for the lyric video of the lead single.] It’s belabored, but if anything showed just how much she poured in was the ARTPOP film which featured the title track, “Venus”, “G.U.Y.” and a looped rendition of “MANiCURE” all in the span of 11 minutes. The best part of that, it’s cinematic and keeps something of a constant “struggle to stay afloat narrative.” The worst is that it’s visual excess and in more blunt phrasing, bloat as it shifts color palettes roughly three times minimum; has celebrity cameos from a YouTube sensation and members of one of Bravo’s most successful franchises alongside their creator Andy Cohen playing God. It’s opulent to those that can withstand it and off-putting to those who can’t quite stomach the multitude of visual choices. Proof of that comes again in the fact that there’s a “G.U.Y.” only edit of the music video. She clearly had self-interests in these visual outings but more oft than not, it resulted in failure [and that’s not even revisiting VOLANTIS, the flying dress.]
In terms of the music, Gaga did not fail there on its own merit; mishandling of the project was the widely believed death knell of the entire era. Visually, she ended up splitting the difference between great live shows and live shows where she generated conversation anyway (because she will not go down without a headline as her “academic of fame” persona obsesses over.) The arguable zenith of the entire era can be traced to the 2013 MTV VMAs where she was heralded for another stellar performance [even if her 2009 Paparazzi performance will be untouchable and in 2013, her moment of excellence was overshadowed by the internet roasting Miley Cyrus’ attempts at twerking on Robin Thicke]. In turn, the divisive nadir comes in the SXSW performance of “Swine”. Despite the fact that having someone vomit on her made total sense for a song called “Swine” which confronts a sexual assaulter under deliciously deceptive raunchiness and filth, criticism towards her antics reached fever pitch with the performance. Cher was quoted as saying “Call me old fashioned, but I wouldn’t let some chick puke on me”, a petition calling for Gaga to end her working relationship with the vomit artist Millie Brown and Demi Lovato took to Twitter to accuse Gaga of “glorifying” eating disorders [which has afflicted both Gaga and Demi].
Two visual areas that didn’t lead to much criticism were the Roseland Ballroom residency to mark its closing and the eventual ArtRave: the ARTPOP Ball tour. Live at Roseland Ballroom marked the last 7 shows that the venue would ever see after 58 years of operation. The main promotion used was when Gaga and co. invited the entire audience of the Late Show with David Letterman to the venue where performances of “Dope” and “G.U.Y.” were aired on the show. ArtRave: the ARTPOP Ball tour was her fourth headlining concert and saw her take on an immersive staging. The very last date of the tour in France was famously livestreamed for Yahoo! Live. The only criticisms lobbed at her [not being much different than Gaga’s initial criticisms from the debut] were that the visuals/public appearances or other factors outside of music were overshadowing the music one visual showcase not mentioned in full, but indicative of this criticism is the allegedly $25 million-dollar budgeted VEVO showcase/performance of ARTPOP. This is often labeling this as “the antics” getting in the way of the album, which in turn is shorthand for “Umm she’s being weird, where’s Bad Romance, we want Bad Romance, not this weird shit.” Mind you, all of this was being directed at Gaga before, during and long after [arguably to this day] the album’s singles, album itself and first week sales were all in the open and indicative of their successes. Even with reasonable speculation, there’s still no real way to figure out or surmise why a #1 album yielding two Top 15 singles with 252k units in the first week and 9th best-selling album that year ended up with such a bad public stock let alone ending up one of the most divisive releases of the 2010s.
If there’s one thing this era got right, it was capturing Gaga’s persona in its raw, ugly, nakedness and not just based on this image alone It showed the hyperperfectionist of pop music at her most imperfect and having to be as scrappy as her 2007 days just to get through not only the media scrutiny [which is just code for mixed at best reviews of the album] but through having to cope with failure by way of “too much ambition” or a lack of focus in the face of a fandom expecting things to always be “Bad Romance” level “big”. Again, if we keep in mind the quote from Gaga’s guest judge appearance on Drag Race, “In my career, the times when I’ve been the most angry with myself, is when I watched it back & I knew what it was supposed to be; but I listened to somebody else.” there’s a less explored application as to why this resonates with the ARTPOP era so much; the fact that this album wasn’t Gaga’s ideal release of the album in the first place. That in turn brings up the infamous unreleased project, ARTPOP Act II, which has a fascinating video analysis by PopHatesFlops .
In its initial concept, ARTPOP was intended to be a double album; one album being “art” and giving way to experimental based production and the other being “pop” or the commercially accessible version of the project. Cut to the album being divided in two but not by confines of “art” and “pop” but using what was classified as a “Reverse Warholian” idea of “ART POP” as opposed to Andy Warhol’s “POP ART”. “Act I” is the album we ended up with and “Act II” was the one closely associated with the ARTPOP app where new music was intended to be released before August of 2014 [long after “G.U.Y.” had tanked in March and the last time Gaga spoke about the album to Ryan Seacrest in April] where she took to Twitter to tell a fan “i have moved on from anything having to do with previous management. New music, new manager, new promotion. Life is amazing.” Mind you, this is before taking into account of two of the most famous unreleased songs by Gaga, “Brooklyn Nights” which ended up leaking some time in 2014 and “PARTYNAUSEOUS” which ended up being used as an interlude on the ArtRAVE tour but was actually the second scrapped collaborative effort between her and Kendrick Lamar after “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” was reworked into a solo joint.
In terms of other unreleased songs from this era, the three that stick out in this regard are “Tea” which even had Gaga taking to Twitter to tease the lyrics “It’s been oolong/Since I’ve had a sip and/I get this feeling I need a green detox/The truth will be the winner tonight.” and the others being two collaborative efforts with Azealia Banks, “Ratchet” and “Red Flame” [the latter of which inspired the Azealia livestream rant, or more specifically, the one where she says she’s going to “charge” for a snippet]; both of these collaborations wouldn’t see daylight due to a falling out between the two to where Gaga, backstage at her Today Show/daytime performance telling fans backstage that Azealia had a “bad attitude”.
Somewhere between the initial recordings of the album to even the attempts at saving “Applause” from certain doom on the first try, it’s very clear Gaga and co. were not on good terms. How else does that more or less result in the songs chucked out for release, an app that’s promoted with new material in mind not coming close to any fruition in that regard and a complete 180 stylistically occurs within months of each other [especially when considering her jazz collaborative effort with Tony Bennett, Cheek to Cheek, was released in September of 2014, six months after the 3rd single to stick as a single tanks on the Hot 100]? All that anger was eventually used for the ARTPOP film; remember “G.U.Y.” and the music video climax of Gaga and the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills ransacking the corporate offices? That’s a not so subtle dig at Troy Cartethe previous regime behind the promotional fuckups of the era.
Overall, ARTPOP is a hard album to write about even with the pieces of that puzzle having been chucked all over the place. It’s not a terrible album as critics would like to make you believe. It’s also Gaga being her most self-destructive persona wise. It’s brought about several of her most iconic live moments and visual stylings of her career to date. It’s also marred by “Do What U Want” and its original collaborator adding to the bad stock the album would get in terms of public perception. It’s an album that offered a “Reverse Warholian” experience…that resulted in the seller finding solace in a constant state of reinvention that feels like course correction run amok. That’s not to dismiss the album as it stands as an aggressive and immersive release. It’s an adventurous outing that splits the difference so many ways but surprisingly still has footing and potential replay value. She attained success but ended up using this era as means to say, “I can do more”/“I can do better”/“I can learn from this.”
At the risk of getting sentimental, this is the first Gaga CD I ever bought [the week it came out, so I did my part] and if anything speaks to my feelings of being weird, being bashed for it but still being the very thing that’s “hated” so much, it’s an album where Gaga was at her weirdest, got ridiculed from here to hell, but still stands as something “hated” but revered by so many others.
Discussion Questions: Now we come to the part where you can use these questions as starting points to relay your thoughts on ARTPOP as it was presented in its initial album cycle, where the album stands with you now, etc.
What outside factors led to ARTPOP being the commercial anomaly that it stands as today?
If the 2nd single, four songs before settling on “Venus” and the “Do What U Want” fan voting debacle didn’t make it clear, Interscope/Gaga’s team had no backup plan for single releases after “Applause” had leaked and they decided to release it one week early. If you were part of Gaga’s team or A&R at Interscope, what would you have done to better reorganize the singles run [basically, name the 2-3 songs that you would’ve released as singles after “Applause”]?
Should ARTPOP have garnered any Grammy nominations? If so, which categories and who would’ve been her biggest competition?
How unfairly would you surmise subsequent albums, Cheek to Cheek and Joanne, get compared to or had “ARTPOP was X, Y, Z” prefacing it?
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2019.12.28 12:28 WritingBeautifully "15 things you didn’t know about Al Capone" – by Lesley Patterson


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Today I will reveal some exciting and lesser-known facts about the infamous, much loved, and most feared Prohibition Era Gangster and Crime Boss, Al Capone.

Alphonse Gabriel Capone was born to Italian immigrants Gabriele and Teresa Capone on January 17, 1899, in Brooklyn, New York City. His father was working as a Barber at that time, and his Mother Teresa took jobs as a Seamstress. Al was the fourth child out of nine, part of a large family, and a middle child among his siblings. The family was impoverished until Al was 11 years old, that’s the age he was when his father’s business started succeeding and making some profits. His father moved the family out of the dangerous slum area and into a more beautiful apartment in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn. You might say that “you can take Capone out of the city, but you couldn’t take the city out of Capone.”
Al was a promising student and good with his studies, but always the rebel, his educational years ended when he was 14 because he punched a female teacher in the face over a disagreement and was immediately expelled. Capone then works at different odd jobs around Brooklyn. Destiny called though when he meets his first mentor in crime, Johnny Torrio, and he begins associating with the local well-known smaller Gangs of the Forty Thieves, Bowery Boys, and Brooklyn Rippers. His vicious lusts had really taken root in him, and he continued to make contacts in the local Crime Organizations. His own more criminal, brutal behaviors started to blossom when he joined the well-known, most notorious Five Points Gang in lower Manhattan.
He then begins a job at a bar where he met his second mentor and fellow Racketeer, Frankie Yale. It was during his time there that he received the legendary scars on the left side of his face. He’d been working at a night club when he said something to a woman who was very displeasing to her, so her brother proceeded to take a knife and cut Capone’s face with it. People begin to call him “Scarface.” After that event, Capone would often hide the left side of his face from exposure during photographs and would talk about his “War Wounds.”
All too quickly though Al was again rising up the ranks in the Mob World and continued to make more illegal contacts. At 20 years old Al moves from New York to Chicago to become an Enforcer for James “Big Jim” Colosimo. He then works as “security” for a Brothel but ends up contracting the disease Syphilis, for which no treatment was ever sought. In 1923 he made a purchase on a cozy house in the city’s South Side for himself and his young wife, Mae Josephine Coughlin. Within just 10 years Al’s name started showing up in the Sports section of the local Newspapers where he was being hailed as a Boxing Promoter. His boss, “Big Jim” was murdered on May 11, 1920, and Al himself was once again suspected of committing the crime. His aforementioned violence had really started to rage from within, and Capone was utterly consumed by it. He was known in the Mobs for his brutality and ruthlessness, often going the extra mile to destroy a rival. During his time spent bootlegging he was said actually to blow people up in their breweries. “I have built my organization upon fear,” he’d proudly proclaim.
Johnny Torrio ran the most important organized crime group in the whole area, and he took Capone under his wing. One of his jobs was to focus on working out deals and the agreements for negotiations over Gang Territory. In January of h1925 Capone suffered an attack that left him wary and daunted, but not seriously hurt, and 12 days later Torrio was also assaulted and was shot multiple times. After he got well Torrio gave all control of the Criminal Organizations to a 26-year-old Capone. He was now the Big Boss and ran everything from the breweries to networks for transportation that stretched into other countries. He did it all with apolitical protection and the support of law enforcement. The people loved him, seeing him as a “Robin Hood” character because of his generous and frequent donations to local charities. After more murders and due to ensuing political wars, the need for protection for the bootleggers had become too, and this made Capone flee Chicago.
It had gotten out that Al allegedly gave Chicago’s Republican party William Hale Thompson $250,000 and supposedly a discussion had opened up about support for the illegal bars and breweries belonging to Capone. He bribed the politician with intentions of taking down Bugs Moran, who was the leader of a rival gang. All of this ushered in the 1929 Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre in which several people were killed when Al ordered a hit out on Bugs and his associates slaughtered seven of Bugs’ men while posing as officers of the law. The victims were ambushed, lined up against a brick wall, and shot to death. It later got out that Capone was responsible for the assassination and the local public who had once so revered Capone for his kindness and charity now saw what a monster he really was, and this resulted in the decision to try to lock him up and throw away the key, beginning Capone’s downfall.
Capone did indeed spend some time in jail for other much smaller crimes but was ultimately granted release when enough convicting evidence could not be found to persecute him. Al was excellent at not leaving traces and often used money orders instead of banks for his more significant transactions. This was so no one could tie money from the Gang’s forbidden bootlegging business in with him, as that’s where most of Al’s unlawful fortune and profits came from. Bent on catching Capone a Prohibition Agent named Eliot Ness assembled a team of trustworthy, steadfast agents who happened to be known as the “Untouchables” as they would not accept bribes and would not allow themselves to be bought off of the case. Ness and his team successfully raided several of Capone’s unlawful “businesses.” During this time Al repeatedly tried in vain to put a hit out on Ness, but it was always a fruitless failure, and Ness was never assassinated. Ultimately Ness was never able to catch Capone for his illegal activities regarding organized crime, but Ness did aid the IRS in popping him for evading his taxes, and he was sent to Atlanta U.S. Penitentiary in May of 1932. Due to suspicions and gossip of his manipulating and trying to bribe or pay off the other inmates, along with stories of him receiving special treatment, Capone was eventually transferred to the notorious Alcatraz Federal Prison. During his stay there, he was the victim of a stabbing incident and was wounded, but lucky for him, the wounds were minor and not fatal in nature.
Al was then transferred from Alcatraz and placed into custody at the Federal Correctional Institution at Terminal Island in California where he served the rest of his sentence for contempt of court charge. He spent the last year of his imprisonment in the Alcatraz Prison Hospital. Finally, he was officially released on November 16, 1939. However, by then he was in serious ill-health from the severe untreated case of paresis (or late-stage Syphilis) that he was just a shadow of his former self and became severely lacking in his mental faculties. His brain had literally begun to erode, and he was very pathetic and spent most of his time in confused, bewildered states and was utterly mentally unstable and depressed. Once finally paroled he was referred to a physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore who’d examined him and concluded that Capone now only had the mental capacity of a 12-year-old boy. Despite this, Hopkins denied Al any treatment because of the notoriety and severity of his crimes. However, Union Memorial Hospital was willing to accept him, and Capone was so appreciative of their medical care and helped that he even donated two gorgeous Japanese Weeping Cherry Trees to the hospital in 1939.
Capone left the hospital on March 20, 1940, and traveled to Palm Island, Florida where his mansion was located where he spent the remaining days of his life with his wife and grandchildren. He suffered from a Stroke on January 21, 1947. He had started to come around and was recovering until catching pneumonia. He then deteriorated further and went into cardiac arrest on January 22, and just a few days later at 48 years of age Capone died on January 25, 1947, in his home, with his loved ones gathered around him.
We want to learn more about Al Capone because we are inspired by his success, talent, ambition, brute-force, and hardcore lifestyle. If anything, this was a stubborn man who survived for a long time in dangerous circumstances, even after the repeated attempts made to take his life. He may have done it in an entirely unlawful way, but Al Capone was an intelligent and accomplished, high-powered, successful businessman. He had a passion for power and pursued it to the fullest. He’d amassed a very impressive Net Worth of around $100 million as of 1929, which today with inflation considered would be approximately $1.3 billion. Capone once said, quote “I am just a businessman, giving the people what they want. So, it’s time now to take a look at the ultimate Italian Mafioso Archetypal Legend with the 15 things you didn’t know about Al Capone.
Number 1: He was expelled from school for punching a female teacher in her face.
Capone was a good student and did well in his studies, but he disagreed with the strict rules being enforced by his Catholic School. One day when he was just 14 years old he struck a female teacher in the face over a dispute they were having. He was immediately expelled and never returned to finish his education. Instead, he begins joining smaller gangs like the Bowery Boys, the Forty Thieves, and the Brooklyn Rippers. He also took on many odd jobs including working at a bowling alley and a candy sweets store. It was after joining the gangs that he started to become involved in criminal activities which peaked when he met his first mafia mentor a crime boss named, Johnny Torrio. Capone decided to join a more massive gang and teamed up with the notorious Five Points Gang of Manhattan, New York City. From there he became heavily involved in even more illegal and severe activities and began to earn his own renown amongst his criminal peers.
Number 2: He pioneered and opened the very first Soup Kitchen for the poor in Chicago during the Great Depression.
The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that started in the United States and occurred in the 1920s and lasted throughout the late 1930s. It was the most far-reaching financially related epidemic of the entire 20th century. It began due to a nose-dive in stock prices that started at the end of October 1929 and was later appropriately coined as “Black Tuesday.” The effects were severe for both the rich and poor alike when finances from personal income, tax revenue. Profits and prices plummeted, along with International Trade coming in at deep under more than 50%. Unemployment in the U.S. alone escalated by a devastatingly, nose-bleeding high of 25%, with some countries rising up to 33%. People suffered greatly because there were not enough job sources to meet their basic needs. It was during these high-reaching, despairing times that Al Capone officially opened the first original Soup Kitchens for the poor in his city of Chicago. He was a pioneer who paid for everything to provide food to hungry and starving people who were suddenly without a source of food and rendered without any alternative income source. They literally had nothing, and Capone must have genuinely sympathized with them as he championed for his city’s people and showed an innovative, smart form of compassion and humanitarianism in a time of immense need.
Number 3: Capone grew up impoverished, but his family was law-abiding and respectable people.
Capone’s mother Teresa and his father Gabriele were Italian immigrants who came to America with hopes of making a better life for themselves and their children. They were an everyday, typical type of family and were very hard-working. His father was a barber and his mother a seamstress, and they were honest, folks who followed the law and were very devoted to their Family. Capone was not born into a life of crime, he got into it on his own and worked his way up in the world of criminal organizations. He made new contacts and with the aid of his many mentors, made it all the way to the top of the underground syndicates as a crime boss in a self-made empire that he owned and managed vivaciously.
Number 4: The Prohibition played a significant role in Capone’s amassing his fortune.
The Prohibition and the laws being enforced regarding alcohol consumption that made it so hard to obtain are a big part of how Capone made most of his money. He was so deeply involved with the illegal alcohol industry that he was known for blowing up bars, which he wouldn’t hesitate to do if they refused to buy alcohol from him. He eventually rose to power after his boss Johnny Torrio fled the country and gave control of the bootlegging to him. Capone was quoted as saying, “I am like any other man. All I do is supply a demand.” Despite all of this Capone had also stated to a journalist Howard O’Brien he was actually against Prohibition regardless of what most people thought. “It’s a lousy racket for the retailer, “he complained. “He’s got to work twenty hours a day and spend everything he makes to keep the cops off him.”
Number 5: His Net Worth today is valued at $1.3 billion.
It’s said that Capone was managing over 600 gangsters, all of whom were under his control and who helped to protect his business from rival gangs. Due to inflation, his criminal empire would be worth about $1.3 billion today. He liked to show off his fortune and loved the more beautiful things in life. When entertaining he was known to go all out on everything. He wore the most expensive, flashy clothing and jewelry that he could find and was very obsessed with it. He really enjoyed smoking fine cigars, and he has said to treat guests with experiences worthy of the book “Arabian Nights” and indulging them with silver buckets of iced Piper-Heidsieck from 1915, then platters of food, one after another. Capone’s large mansion at 93 Palm Avenue in Miami Beach, Florida just sold for $7.43 million in August of 2016. As of this date in October 2018, his collections of expensive and valuable items are being sold in an online estate sale. The collection of items for sale include Capone’s premium Diamond jewelry, his coin collection, mink coats, various valuable household items, decorative items like Persian rugs, and even his record collection are all being sold online now for very high amounts. It seems that everything bearing his name or connected to him is worth a lot of money just by the association alone.
Number 6: Capone was stabbed in prison over a haircut.
In 1934 while serving his time at Alcatraz prison, his swagger almost got him killed. After being sent transferred to the jail for being accused of receiving special treatment from the last one he was in, Capone still acted like he owned the place. Just one week after arriving at Alcatraz Capone allegedly tried to cut in line in front of about a dozen or so other inmates during prison haircuts, but one guy just wasn’t having it. A convicted bank robber, James Lucas took Capone’s disrespect and sense of entitlement badly, and he reacted by walking right up to Capone, grabbed him by the throat and told him to knock it off. When Capone boldly asked him, “Do you know who I am?” Lucas lost it and replied, “I know who you are grease ball. And if you don’t get back to the end of that fucking line, I’m gonna know who you were.” After which Lucas proceeded to stab Capone in his back and face with a broken pair of scissors. Lucky for the Capone the wounds were just superficial, not fatal, but his attitude of entitlement nearly got him killed that day.
Number 7: Capone was responsible for the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago in 1929 where at least 15 were killed.
Capone couldn’t maintain his professional businessman appearance forever, and on Valentine’s Day in 1929 he ordered his men to dress as police officers and round up rival mob boss, Bugs Moran’s men against a brick wall after ambushing them, and Capone’s men did as he’d ordered and shot to death seven members of Moran’s gang. About 70 rounds or so of ammunition had been fired and ended their lives. The assassinations were discovered by the Chicago police from the 36th District investigated, and while it was said that Capone had ordered the murders, it could not be proven. However, when the story hit newspapers and media people worldwide were shocked by the brutality of the massacre and begin to see Capone for the violent killer that he actually was rather than the friendly, successful and wealthy businessman who’d started a soup kitchen and donated to charities. This marked his downfall as the public demanded justice and the law begins working on ways to get enough evidence of his criminal activities so that he could be imprisoned for his viciously vile crimes.
Number 8: He was dubbed “Public Enemy №1” by Newspapers, and a legal investigation was launched against him.
The story of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and Capone did not sit well with anyone, and the Newspapers continued to report on it. The scandal ran deep and was a popular topic in the city and even nationwide. People demanded justice, so the government acted and launched an investigation into Capone’s criminal activities. When he failed to show up for court after being subpoenaed in March 1929, a warrant was put out on him, and police arrested him on charges of Contempt of Court. Capone immediately posted bond and was released but was detained again in May for carrying concealed weapons. He served nine months in prison when he was released on good behavior. In February 1931 he was sentenced to six months in jail for the contempt of court charges. Frustrated investigators couldn’t find enough evidence to lock him up for his committed crimes and an investigation was opened against Capone by the U.S. Treasury Department who later on found enough evidence to have him charged with Tax Evasion and this resulted in him being charged with it and then sentenced to 11 years in prison in June 1931.
Number 9: His family brought out the soft spot hidden within Capone, and he was a bit of a mama’s boy.
In spite of the hard exterior, Capone had a soft center, and it was his deep love for his family. He loved his wife, his children, his grandchildren, and most of all his mother. He’d remarked to Journalist Howard O’Brien that he never wanted his own boys to get mixed up in the criminal racket that he was involved with. In his office were framed pictures of his family, and during an interview with O’Brien he was, he was overheard as referring to himself as a “kid” when he spoke to his wife on the phone. Later when his mother also called, Capone put her as a priority and began to speak Italian while he talked with her. In a letter that he wrote to his son from prison, he told him to stay strong and that he really wanted to see his son and his wife again. He signed the letter with, “Love and Kisses, Your Dear Dad Alphonse Capone, #85.”
Number 10: Capone was very into refined fashion and collected suits and jewelry to show off his wealth.
Capone was known for buying the most expensive, lavish things that he could find. One of his favorite indulgences was his stylized appearance, so he often bought, collected, and wore expensive suits, clothing, and jewelry. He always had a very ornamented appearance, and his suits alone were imported from Italy and cost him $500 each, which now would be valued at about $6,500. He would adorn these with white pocket squares and accessorize them with precious jewelry such as Diamond pinky rings, platinum jewelry, jewel-encrusted watches, and much more. Recently in 2017, this gangster’s diamond and platinum pocket watch was sold in an auction for an astounding $84,375.
Number 11: Capone has become the Archetypal icon of a hardcore Mobster and has lived on through print and film.
In 1932 a movie loosely based around Capone was released, it was the original first version of the well-known, very popular “Scarface” films. The movie was such a hit that Director Oliver Stone later re-made it into the version that we all know and love today which was released in December of 1983. There is news going around about another, an updated version of “Scarface” coming out, but it does not currently have a solid release date though at first Universal Studios claimed that it would hit theaters in August 2018. The movie is being done by a new director and actors and is being highly anticipated by “Scarface” lovers the world over.
Number 12: Tom Hardy to Star as Al Capone in the upcoming film “Fonzo.”
Tom Hardy is so good at playing the villain that he’s been cast as Al Capone in the upcoming new movie “Fonzo” created by writer-director Josh Trank. This was announced in August 2018, just two months ago and is being highly anticipated by fans. It truly goes to show that legends never die. “Fonzo” will be focused around the icons battles with dementia after serving nearly 10 years in prison. It does not currently have a release date, but when Fandango tweeted about it, they announced that we could expect it in 2019. (The tweet was later deleted.) Regardless, the news of its release has excited and delighted “Scarface” and Al Capone fans everywhere, and people are eager to see this new portrayal of the Mob Boss Mafioso. Pictures have been released with Tom Hardy dressed in character, and they’ve become trendy.
Number 13: Capone used to get bags upon bags of fan mail, literally up to two thousand letters each week.
Capon has always been a robust popular personality, and when he was alive and at his criminal peak he used to get movie-star good-sized bags of it, receiving about two thousand letters each week. He was quite popular, plus he never shied away from the media but instead seemed to enjoy being in the spotlight. He often did photoshoots and interviews like the one he did for Variety in 1931. This edition featured the title “Capone Kids Gang Films” and was written by Lou Greenspan. The focus of the piece was the mob boss’s reaction to all of the gangster films that were being released at that time. He has a lot of fans, and they seemed enthralled by him, and that fascination has endured for decades, making him a supremely favorite gangster mob boss and an icon that is sure to live on in our hearts, minds, and culture forever.
Number 14: Capone’s long untreated case of late-stage Syphilis is eroded his brain and was what eventually majorly contributed to his death at the early age of just 48.
Capone had the disease of Syphilis, most likely contracted at a brothel that he ran. (Although he loved his wife he was still a philanderer with a hefty addition to women and sex.) The disease could have been cured with Penicillin, but he never received or sought out any type of treatment, and the condition significantly contributed to his fast detention in prison. During his last year at Alcatraz, he was staying in the prison’s hospital because he deteriorated so quickly, both in health and in mind. The severe case of late-stage Syphilis was eroding his brain, and when he was examined by a doctor it was discovered that his brain had suffered so much damage from the paresis that he was now left with the mental faculties of a 12-year-old boy and his mental health was also failing him. He spent much of his time in a confused, disoriented state of psychosis and was severely ill. Capone had a stroke in January of 1947 and was slowly recovering and regaining consciousness when he contracted pneumonia, It was downhill from there, and he died three days later, on January 25, 1947, at his mansion in Florida surrounded by his family. The official cause of death was cardiac arrest.
Number 15: Capone made the Mafia look attractive and cool which has gotten him a loyal fan-base and some major crime organizations of today are only active because of him.
Capone impacted the world by birthing a new, more refreshing image of an Italian Gangster crime boss, and thanks to him, some new major crime organizations have him to thank for them still being around. He fed the dirty underbelly of the criminal underground, and to this date, his stomping grounds in Chicago continue to suffer and have of the most considerable crime rates in the US to this very day. His legacy lives on in the hearts, minds, and fears of others. Gangs still fight over the same territories that he had done negotiations on when he was the reigning supreme king of the underground. We’ve seen groups and that particular street culture become increasingly popular, and rather than disgust its greeted with a response of ever-increasing fans who think that Capone was a sensational, bigger than life personality and actually even envy or look up to him. His memory will forever live on, in the works that he did, the violence which he committed, and the flashy executive style that he dressed in. Our culture sees him as a pop icon of sorts and idolizes him. He did one good thing for the world by creating his Soup Kitchen, as it inspired the entire United States to start offering this service to the poor and hungry in each State from then on. Capone’s memory has not even begun to fade, and he is majorly responsible for our present-day culture seeing criminals in a much more relaxed, glorious, “larger than life” light rather than as the villains, scoundrels, and thieves who break the law for their own benefit. “Scarface” was so iconic that he will never truly die, as his actions have painted and tainted history with blood, gore, and gang violence that will stick with us to the end of time. Al Capone himself said, “Once you’re in the racket, you’re always in it.”
There you have it, some interesting lesser-known facts about the Mafioso Boss, Al Capone. Now that you’ve learned more about Capone, we’d like to know: Which one of his actions or qualities stands out most to you? Do you think that Capone really sympathized with the charities that he donated to due to his poor beginnings, or do you think he did it just to present the image that he wanted to portray to the public? Let us know in the comments.
Still here? Here’s a bonus fact just for you.
Number 16: He was called “Snorky” as a nick-name by his closest friends.
Despite being renowned for his famous nickname “Scarface,” his best friends and those close to Capone actually affectionately called him “Snorky.” The definition of the word snorky is ritzy, flashy, a sharp dresser, and a fashionable, elegant person. He certainly was a very snazzy dresser and fit that description perfectly. Capone liked the term, and he wished to be known by it instead of “Scarface” as he felt that it expressed and emphasized his image as the wealthy and successful businessman that he always had wished to be seen as.
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2019.12.28 12:17 WritingBeautifully "15 things you didn’t know about Al Capone" – by Lesley Patterson

"15 things you didn’t know about Al Capone" – by Lesley Patterson


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Today I will reveal some exciting and lesser-known facts about the infamous, much loved, and most feared Prohibition Era Gangster and Crime Boss, Al Capone.

Alphonse Gabriel Capone was born to Italian immigrants Gabriele and Teresa Capone on January 17, 1899, in Brooklyn, New York City. His father was working as a Barber at that time, and his Mother Teresa took jobs as a Seamstress. Al was the fourth child out of nine, part of a large family, and a middle child among his siblings. The family was impoverished until Al was 11 years old, that’s the age he was when his father’s business started succeeding and making some profits. His father moved the family out of the dangerous slum area and into a more beautiful apartment in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn. You might say that “you can take Capone out of the city, but you couldn’t take the city out of Capone.”
Al was a promising student and good with his studies, but always the rebel, his educational years ended when he was 14 because he punched a female teacher in the face over a disagreement and was immediately expelled. Capone then works at different odd jobs around Brooklyn. Destiny called though when he meets his first mentor in crime, Johnny Torrio, and he begins associating with the local well-known smaller Gangs of the Forty Thieves, Bowery Boys, and Brooklyn Rippers. His vicious lusts had really taken root in him, and he continued to make contacts in the local Crime Organizations. His own more criminal, brutal behaviors started to blossom when he joined the well-known, most notorious Five Points Gang in lower Manhattan.
He then begins a job at a bar where he met his second mentor and fellow Racketeer, Frankie Yale. It was during his time there that he received the legendary scars on the left side of his face. He’d been working at a night club when he said something to a woman who was very displeasing to her, so her brother proceeded to take a knife and cut Capone’s face with it. People begin to call him “Scarface.” After that event, Capone would often hide the left side of his face from exposure during photographs and would talk about his “War Wounds.”
All too quickly though Al was again rising up the ranks in the Mob World and continued to make more illegal contacts. At 20 years old Al moves from New York to Chicago to become an Enforcer for James “Big Jim” Colosimo. He then works as “security” for a Brothel but ends up contracting the disease Syphilis, for which no treatment was ever sought. In 1923 he made a purchase on a cozy house in the city’s South Side for himself and his young wife, Mae Josephine Coughlin. Within just 10 years Al’s name started showing up in the Sports section of the local Newspapers where he was being hailed as a Boxing Promoter. His boss, “Big Jim” was murdered on May 11, 1920, and Al himself was once again suspected of committing the crime. His aforementioned violence had really started to rage from within, and Capone was utterly consumed by it. He was known in the Mobs for his brutality and ruthlessness, often going the extra mile to destroy a rival. During his time spent bootlegging he was said actually to blow people up in their breweries. “I have built my organization upon fear,” he’d proudly proclaim.
Johnny Torrio ran the most important organized crime group in the whole area, and he took Capone under his wing. One of his jobs was to focus on working out deals and the agreements for negotiations over Gang Territory. In January of h1925 Capone suffered an attack that left him wary and daunted, but not seriously hurt, and 12 days later Torrio was also assaulted and was shot multiple times. After he got well Torrio gave all control of the Criminal Organizations to a 26-year-old Capone. He was now the Big Boss and ran everything from the breweries to networks for transportation that stretched into other countries. He did it all with apolitical protection and the support of law enforcement. The people loved him, seeing him as a “Robin Hood” character because of his generous and frequent donations to local charities. After more murders and due to ensuing political wars, the need for protection for the bootleggers had become too, and this made Capone flee Chicago.
It had gotten out that Al allegedly gave Chicago’s Republican party William Hale Thompson $250,000 and supposedly a discussion had opened up about support for the illegal bars and breweries belonging to Capone. He bribed the politician with intentions of taking down Bugs Moran, who was the leader of a rival gang. All of this ushered in the 1929 Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre in which several people were killed when Al ordered a hit out on Bugs and his associates slaughtered seven of Bugs’ men while posing as officers of the law. The victims were ambushed, lined up against a brick wall, and shot to death. It later got out that Capone was responsible for the assassination and the local public who had once so revered Capone for his kindness and charity now saw what a monster he really was, and this resulted in the decision to try to lock him up and throw away the key, beginning Capone’s downfall.
Capone did indeed spend some time in jail for other much smaller crimes but was ultimately granted release when enough convicting evidence could not be found to persecute him. Al was excellent at not leaving traces and often used money orders instead of banks for his more significant transactions. This was so no one could tie money from the Gang’s forbidden bootlegging business in with him, as that’s where most of Al’s unlawful fortune and profits came from. Bent on catching Capone a Prohibition Agent named Eliot Ness assembled a team of trustworthy, steadfast agents who happened to be known as the “Untouchables” as they would not accept bribes and would not allow themselves to be bought off of the case. Ness and his team successfully raided several of Capone’s unlawful “businesses.” During this time Al repeatedly tried in vain to put a hit out on Ness, but it was always a fruitless failure, and Ness was never assassinated. Ultimately Ness was never able to catch Capone for his illegal activities regarding organized crime, but Ness did aid the IRS in popping him for evading his taxes, and he was sent to Atlanta U.S. Penitentiary in May of 1932. Due to suspicions and gossip of his manipulating and trying to bribe or pay off the other inmates, along with stories of him receiving special treatment, Capone was eventually transferred to the notorious Alcatraz Federal Prison. During his stay there, he was the victim of a stabbing incident and was wounded, but lucky for him, the wounds were minor and not fatal in nature.
Al was then transferred from Alcatraz and placed into custody at the Federal Correctional Institution at Terminal Island in California where he served the rest of his sentence for contempt of court charge. He spent the last year of his imprisonment in the Alcatraz Prison Hospital. Finally, he was officially released on November 16, 1939. However, by then he was in serious ill-health from the severe untreated case of paresis (or late-stage Syphilis) that he was just a shadow of his former self and became severely lacking in his mental faculties. His brain had literally begun to erode, and he was very pathetic and spent most of his time in confused, bewildered states and was utterly mentally unstable and depressed. Once finally paroled he was referred to a physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore who’d examined him and concluded that Capone now only had the mental capacity of a 12-year-old boy. Despite this, Hopkins denied Al any treatment because of the notoriety and severity of his crimes. However, Union Memorial Hospital was willing to accept him, and Capone was so appreciative of their medical care and helped that he even donated two gorgeous Japanese Weeping Cherry Trees to the hospital in 1939.
Capone left the hospital on March 20, 1940, and traveled to Palm Island, Florida where his mansion was located where he spent the remaining days of his life with his wife and grandchildren. He suffered from a Stroke on January 21, 1947. He had started to come around and was recovering until catching pneumonia. He then deteriorated further and went into cardiac arrest on January 22, and just a few days later at 48 years of age Capone died on January 25, 1947, in his home, with his loved ones gathered around him.
We want to learn more about Al Capone because we are inspired by his success, talent, ambition, brute-force, and hardcore lifestyle. If anything, this was a stubborn man who survived for a long time in dangerous circumstances, even after the repeated attempts made to take his life. He may have done it in an entirely unlawful way, but Al Capone was an intelligent and accomplished, high-powered, successful businessman. He had a passion for power and pursued it to the fullest. He’d amassed a very impressive Net Worth of around $100 million as of 1929, which today with inflation considered would be approximately $1.3 billion. Capone once said, quote “I am just a businessman, giving the people what they want. So, it’s time now to take a look at the ultimate Italian Mafioso Archetypal Legend with the 15 things you didn’t know about Al Capone.
Number 1: He was expelled from school for punching a female teacher in her face.
Capone was a good student and did well in his studies, but he disagreed with the strict rules being enforced by his Catholic School. One day when he was just 14 years old he struck a female teacher in the face over a dispute they were having. He was immediately expelled and never returned to finish his education. Instead, he begins joining smaller gangs like the Bowery Boys, the Forty Thieves, and the Brooklyn Rippers. He also took on many odd jobs including working at a bowling alley and a candy sweets store. It was after joining the gangs that he started to become involved in criminal activities which peaked when he met his first mafia mentor a crime boss named, Johnny Torrio. Capone decided to join a more massive gang and teamed up with the notorious Five Points Gang of Manhattan, New York City. From there he became heavily involved in even more illegal and severe activities and began to earn his own renown amongst his criminal peers.
Number 2: He pioneered and opened the very first Soup Kitchen for the poor in Chicago during the Great Depression.
The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that started in the United States and occurred in the 1920s and lasted throughout the late 1930s. It was the most far-reaching financially related epidemic of the entire 20th century. It began due to a nose-dive in stock prices that started at the end of October 1929 and was later appropriately coined as “Black Tuesday.” The effects were severe for both the rich and poor alike when finances from personal income, tax revenue. Profits and prices plummeted, along with International Trade coming in at deep under more than 50%. Unemployment in the U.S. alone escalated by a devastatingly, nose-bleeding high of 25%, with some countries rising up to 33%. People suffered greatly because there were not enough job sources to meet their basic needs. It was during these high-reaching, despairing times that Al Capone officially opened the first original Soup Kitchens for the poor in his city of Chicago. He was a pioneer who paid for everything to provide food to hungry and starving people who were suddenly without a source of food and rendered without any alternative income source. They literally had nothing, and Capone must have genuinely sympathized with them as he championed for his city’s people and showed an innovative, smart form of compassion and humanitarianism in a time of immense need.
Number 3: Capone grew up impoverished, but his family was law-abiding and respectable people.
Capone’s mother Teresa and his father Gabriele were Italian immigrants who came to America with hopes of making a better life for themselves and their children. They were an everyday, typical type of family and were very hard-working. His father was a barber and his mother a seamstress, and they were honest, folks who followed the law and were very devoted to their Family. Capone was not born into a life of crime, he got into it on his own and worked his way up in the world of criminal organizations. He made new contacts and with the aid of his many mentors, made it all the way to the top of the underground syndicates as a crime boss in a self-made empire that he owned and managed vivaciously.
Number 4: The Prohibition played a significant role in Capone’s amassing his fortune.
The Prohibition and the laws being enforced regarding alcohol consumption that made it so hard to obtain are a big part of how Capone made most of his money. He was so deeply involved with the illegal alcohol industry that he was known for blowing up bars, which he wouldn’t hesitate to do if they refused to buy alcohol from him. He eventually rose to power after his boss Johnny Torrio fled the country and gave control of the bootlegging to him. Capone was quoted as saying, “I am like any other man. All I do is supply a demand.” Despite all of this Capone had also stated to a journalist Howard O’Brien he was actually against Prohibition regardless of what most people thought. “It’s a lousy racket for the retailer, “he complained. “He’s got to work twenty hours a day and spend everything he makes to keep the cops off him.”
Number 5: His Net Worth today is valued at $1.3 billion.
It’s said that Capone was managing over 600 gangsters, all of whom were under his control and who helped to protect his business from rival gangs. Due to inflation, his criminal empire would be worth about $1.3 billion today. He liked to show off his fortune and loved the more beautiful things in life. When entertaining he was known to go all out on everything. He wore the most expensive, flashy clothing and jewelry that he could find and was very obsessed with it. He really enjoyed smoking fine cigars, and he has said to treat guests with experiences worthy of the book “Arabian Nights” and indulging them with silver buckets of iced Piper-Heidsieck from 1915, then platters of food, one after another. Capone’s large mansion at 93 Palm Avenue in Miami Beach, Florida just sold for $7.43 million in August of 2016. As of this date in October 2018, his collections of expensive and valuable items are being sold in an online estate sale. The collection of items for sale include Capone’s premium Diamond jewelry, his coin collection, mink coats, various valuable household items, decorative items like Persian rugs, and even his record collection are all being sold online now for very high amounts. It seems that everything bearing his name or connected to him is worth a lot of money just by the association alone.
Number 6: Capone was stabbed in prison over a haircut.
In 1934 while serving his time at Alcatraz prison, his swagger almost got him killed. After being sent transferred to the jail for being accused of receiving special treatment from the last one he was in, Capone still acted like he owned the place. Just one week after arriving at Alcatraz Capone allegedly tried to cut in line in front of about a dozen or so other inmates during prison haircuts, but one guy just wasn’t having it. A convicted bank robber, James Lucas took Capone’s disrespect and sense of entitlement badly, and he reacted by walking right up to Capone, grabbed him by the throat and told him to knock it off. When Capone boldly asked him, “Do you know who I am?” Lucas lost it and replied, “I know who you are grease ball. And if you don’t get back to the end of that fucking line, I’m gonna know who you were.” After which Lucas proceeded to stab Capone in his back and face with a broken pair of scissors. Lucky for the Capone the wounds were just superficial, not fatal, but his attitude of entitlement nearly got him killed that day.
Number 7: Capone was responsible for the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago in 1929 where at least 15 were killed.
Capone couldn’t maintain his professional businessman appearance forever, and on Valentine’s Day in 1929 he ordered his men to dress as police officers and round up rival mob boss, Bugs Moran’s men against a brick wall after ambushing them, and Capone’s men did as he’d ordered and shot to death seven members of Moran’s gang. About 70 rounds or so of ammunition had been fired and ended their lives. The assassinations were discovered by the Chicago police from the 36th District investigated, and while it was said that Capone had ordered the murders, it could not be proven. However, when the story hit newspapers and media people worldwide were shocked by the brutality of the massacre and begin to see Capone for the violent killer that he actually was rather than the friendly, successful and wealthy businessman who’d started a soup kitchen and donated to charities. This marked his downfall as the public demanded justice and the law begins working on ways to get enough evidence of his criminal activities so that he could be imprisoned for his viciously vile crimes.
Number 8: He was dubbed “Public Enemy №1” by Newspapers, and a legal investigation was launched against him.
The story of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and Capone did not sit well with anyone, and the Newspapers continued to report on it. The scandal ran deep and was a popular topic in the city and even nationwide. People demanded justice, so the government acted and launched an investigation into Capone’s criminal activities. When he failed to show up for court after being subpoenaed in March 1929, a warrant was put out on him, and police arrested him on charges of Contempt of Court. Capone immediately posted bond and was released but was detained again in May for carrying concealed weapons. He served nine months in prison when he was released on good behavior. In February 1931 he was sentenced to six months in jail for the contempt of court charges. Frustrated investigators couldn’t find enough evidence to lock him up for his committed crimes and an investigation was opened against Capone by the U.S. Treasury Department who later on found enough evidence to have him charged with Tax Evasion and this resulted in him being charged with it and then sentenced to 11 years in prison in June 1931.
Number 9: His family brought out the soft spot hidden within Capone, and he was a bit of a mama’s boy.
In spite of the hard exterior, Capone had a soft center, and it was his deep love for his family. He loved his wife, his children, his grandchildren, and most of all his mother. He’d remarked to Journalist Howard O’Brien that he never wanted his own boys to get mixed up in the criminal racket that he was involved with. In his office were framed pictures of his family, and during an interview with O’Brien he was, he was overheard as referring to himself as a “kid” when he spoke to his wife on the phone. Later when his mother also called, Capone put her as a priority and began to speak Italian while he talked with her. In a letter that he wrote to his son from prison, he told him to stay strong and that he really wanted to see his son and his wife again. He signed the letter with, “Love and Kisses, Your Dear Dad Alphonse Capone, #85.”
Number 10: Capone was very into refined fashion and collected suits and jewelry to show off his wealth.
Capone was known for buying the most expensive, lavish things that he could find. One of his favorite indulgences was his stylized appearance, so he often bought, collected, and wore expensive suits, clothing, and jewelry. He always had a very ornamented appearance, and his suits alone were imported from Italy and cost him $500 each, which now would be valued at about $6,500. He would adorn these with white pocket squares and accessorize them with precious jewelry such as Diamond pinky rings, platinum jewelry, jewel-encrusted watches, and much more. Recently in 2017, this gangster’s diamond and platinum pocket watch was sold in an auction for an astounding $84,375.
Number 11: Capone has become the Archetypal icon of a hardcore Mobster and has lived on through print and film.
In 1932 a movie loosely based around Capone was released, it was the original first version of the well-known, very popular “Scarface” films. The movie was such a hit that Director Oliver Stone later re-made it into the version that we all know and love today which was released in December of 1983. There is news going around about another, an updated version of “Scarface” coming out, but it does not currently have a solid release date though at first Universal Studios claimed that it would hit theaters in August 2018. The movie is being done by a new director and actors and is being highly anticipated by “Scarface” lovers the world over.
Number 12: Tom Hardy to Star as Al Capone in the upcoming film “Fonzo.”
Tom Hardy is so good at playing the villain that he’s been cast as Al Capone in the upcoming new movie “Fonzo” created by writer-director Josh Trank. This was announced in August 2018, just two months ago and is being highly anticipated by fans. It truly goes to show that legends never die. “Fonzo” will be focused around the icons battles with dementia after serving nearly 10 years in prison. It does not currently have a release date, but when Fandango tweeted about it, they announced that we could expect it in 2019. (The tweet was later deleted.) Regardless, the news of its release has excited and delighted “Scarface” and Al Capone fans everywhere, and people are eager to see this new portrayal of the Mob Boss Mafioso. Pictures have been released with Tom Hardy dressed in character, and they’ve become trendy.
Number 13: Capone used to get bags upon bags of fan mail, literally up to two thousand letters each week.
Capon has always been a robust popular personality, and when he was alive and at his criminal peak he used to get movie-star good-sized bags of it, receiving about two thousand letters each week. He was quite popular, plus he never shied away from the media but instead seemed to enjoy being in the spotlight. He often did photoshoots and interviews like the one he did for Variety in 1931. This edition featured the title “Capone Kids Gang Films” and was written by Lou Greenspan. The focus of the piece was the mob boss’s reaction to all of the gangster films that were being released at that time. He has a lot of fans, and they seemed enthralled by him, and that fascination has endured for decades, making him a supremely favorite gangster mob boss and an icon that is sure to live on in our hearts, minds, and culture forever.
Number 14: Capone’s long untreated case of late-stage Syphilis is eroded his brain and was what eventually majorly contributed to his death at the early age of just 48.
Capone had the disease of Syphilis, most likely contracted at a brothel that he ran. (Although he loved his wife he was still a philanderer with a hefty addition to women and sex.) The disease could have been cured with Penicillin, but he never received or sought out any type of treatment, and the condition significantly contributed to his fast detention in prison. During his last year at Alcatraz, he was staying in the prison’s hospital because he deteriorated so quickly, both in health and in mind. The severe case of late-stage Syphilis was eroding his brain, and when he was examined by a doctor it was discovered that his brain had suffered so much damage from the paresis that he was now left with the mental faculties of a 12-year-old boy and his mental health was also failing him. He spent much of his time in a confused, disoriented state of psychosis and was severely ill. Capone had a stroke in January of 1947 and was slowly recovering and regaining consciousness when he contracted pneumonia, It was downhill from there, and he died three days later, on January 25, 1947, at his mansion in Florida surrounded by his family. The official cause of death was cardiac arrest.
Number 15: Capone made the Mafia look attractive and cool which has gotten him a loyal fan-base and some major crime organizations of today are only active because of him.
Capone impacted the world by birthing a new, more refreshing image of an Italian Gangster crime boss, and thanks to him, some new major crime organizations have him to thank for them still being around. He fed the dirty underbelly of the criminal underground, and to this date, his stomping grounds in Chicago continue to suffer and have of the most considerable crime rates in the US to this very day. His legacy lives on in the hearts, minds, and fears of others. Gangs still fight over the same territories that he had done negotiations on when he was the reigning supreme king of the underground. We’ve seen groups and that particular street culture become increasingly popular, and rather than disgust its greeted with a response of ever-increasing fans who think that Capone was a sensational, bigger than life personality and actually even envy or look up to him. His memory will forever live on, in the works that he did, the violence which he committed, and the flashy executive style that he dressed in. Our culture sees him as a pop icon of sorts and idolizes him. He did one good thing for the world by creating his Soup Kitchen, as it inspired the entire United States to start offering this service to the poor and hungry in each State from then on. Capone’s memory has not even begun to fade, and he is majorly responsible for our present-day culture seeing criminals in a much more relaxed, glorious, “larger than life” light rather than as the villains, scoundrels, and thieves who break the law for their own benefit. “Scarface” was so iconic that he will never truly die, as his actions have painted and tainted history with blood, gore, and gang violence that will stick with us to the end of time. Al Capone himself said, “Once you’re in the racket, you’re always in it.”
There you have it, some interesting lesser-known facts about the Mafioso Boss, Al Capone. Now that you’ve learned more about Capone, we’d like to know: Which one of his actions or qualities stands out most to you? Do you think that Capone really sympathized with the charities that he donated to due to his poor beginnings, or do you think he did it just to present the image that he wanted to portray to the public? Let us know in the comments.
Still here? Here’s a bonus fact just for you.
Number 16: He was called “Snorky” as a nick-name by his closest friends.
Despite being renowned for his famous nickname “Scarface,” his best friends and those close to Capone actually affectionately called him “Snorky.” The definition of the word snorky is ritzy, flashy, a sharp dresser, and a fashionable, elegant person. He certainly was a very snazzy dresser and fit that description perfectly. Capone liked the term, and he wished to be known by it instead of “Scarface” as he felt that it expressed and emphasized his image as the wealthy and successful businessman that he always had wished to be seen as.
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2019.12.28 12:14 WritingBeautifully "15 things you didn’t know about Al Capone" – by Lesley Patterson

"15 things you didn’t know about Al Capone" – by Lesley Patterson


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Today I will reveal some exciting and lesser-known facts about the infamous, much loved, and most feared Prohibition Era Gangster and Crime Boss, Al Capone.

Alphonse Gabriel Capone was born to Italian immigrants Gabriele and Teresa Capone on January 17, 1899, in Brooklyn, New York City. His father was working as a Barber at that time, and his Mother Teresa took jobs as a Seamstress. Al was the fourth child out of nine, part of a large family, and a middle child among his siblings. The family was impoverished until Al was 11 years old, that’s the age he was when his father’s business started succeeding and making some profits. His father moved the family out of the dangerous slum area and into a more beautiful apartment in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn. You might say that “you can take Capone out of the city, but you couldn’t take the city out of Capone.”

Al was a promising student and good with his studies, but always the rebel, his educational years ended when he was 14 because he punched a female teacher in the face over a disagreement and was immediately expelled. Capone then works at different odd jobs around Brooklyn. Destiny called though when he meets his first mentor in crime, Johnny Torrio, and he begins associating with the local well-known smaller Gangs of the Forty Thieves, Bowery Boys, and Brooklyn Rippers. His vicious lusts had really taken root in him, and he continued to make contacts in the local Crime Organizations. His own more criminal, brutal behaviors started to blossom when he joined the well-known, most notorious Five Points Gang in lower Manhattan.

He then begins a job at a bar where he met his second mentor and fellow Racketeer, Frankie Yale. It was during his time there that he received the legendary scars on the left side of his face. He’d been working at a night club when he said something to a woman who was very displeasing to her, so her brother proceeded to take a knife and cut Capone’s face with it. People begin to call him “Scarface.” After that event, Capone would often hide the left side of his face from exposure during photographs and would talk about his “War Wounds.”

All too quickly though Al was again rising up the ranks in the Mob World and continued to make more illegal contacts. At 20 years old Al moves from New York to Chicago to become an Enforcer for James “Big Jim” Colosimo. He then works as “security” for a Brothel but ends up contracting the disease Syphilis, for which no treatment was ever sought. In 1923 he made a purchase on a cozy house in the city’s South Side for himself and his young wife, Mae Josephine Coughlin. Within just 10 years Al’s name started showing up in the Sports section of the local Newspapers where he was being hailed as a Boxing Promoter. His boss, “Big Jim” was murdered on May 11, 1920, and Al himself was once again suspected of committing the crime. His aforementioned violence had really started to rage from within, and Capone was utterly consumed by it. He was known in the Mobs for his brutality and ruthlessness, often going the extra mile to destroy a rival. During his time spent bootlegging he was said actually to blow people up in their breweries. “I have built my organization upon fear,” he’d proudly proclaim.

Johnny Torrio ran the most important organized crime group in the whole area, and he took Capone under his wing. One of his jobs was to focus on working out deals and the agreements for negotiations over Gang Territory. In January of h1925 Capone suffered an attack that left him wary and daunted, but not seriously hurt, and 12 days later Torrio was also assaulted and was shot multiple times. After he got well Torrio gave all control of the Criminal Organizations to a 26-year-old Capone. He was now the Big Boss and ran everything from the breweries to networks for transportation that stretched into other countries. He did it all with apolitical protection and the support of law enforcement. The people loved him, seeing him as a “Robin Hood” character because of his generous and frequent donations to local charities. After more murders and due to ensuing political wars, the need for protection for the bootleggers had become too, and this made Capone flee Chicago.

It had gotten out that Al allegedly gave Chicago’s Republican party William Hale Thompson $250,000 and supposedly a discussion had opened up about support for the illegal bars and breweries belonging to Capone. He bribed the politician with intentions of taking down Bugs Moran, who was the leader of a rival gang. All of this ushered in the 1929 Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre in which several people were killed when Al ordered a hit out on Bugs and his associates slaughtered seven of Bugs’ men while posing as officers of the law. The victims were ambushed, lined up against a brick wall, and shot to death. It later got out that Capone was responsible for the assassination and the local public who had once so revered Capone for his kindness and charity now saw what a monster he really was, and this resulted in the decision to try to lock him up and throw away the key, beginning Capone’s downfall.

Capone did indeed spend some time in jail for other much smaller crimes but was ultimately granted release when enough convicting evidence could not be found to persecute him. Al was excellent at not leaving traces and often used money orders instead of banks for his more significant transactions. This was so no one could tie money from the Gang’s forbidden bootlegging business in with him, as that’s where most of Al’s unlawful fortune and profits came from. Bent on catching Capone a Prohibition Agent named Eliot Ness assembled a team of trustworthy, steadfast agents who happened to be known as the “Untouchables” as they would not accept bribes and would not allow themselves to be bought off of the case. Ness and his team successfully raided several of Capone’s unlawful “businesses.” During this time Al repeatedly tried in vain to put a hit out on Ness, but it was always a fruitless failure, and Ness was never assassinated. Ultimately Ness was never able to catch Capone for his illegal activities regarding organized crime, but Ness did aid the IRS in popping him for evading his taxes, and he was sent to Atlanta U.S. Penitentiary in May of 1932. Due to suspicions and gossip of his manipulating and trying to bribe or pay off the other inmates, along with stories of him receiving special treatment, Capone was eventually transferred to the notorious Alcatraz Federal Prison. During his stay there, he was the victim of a stabbing incident and was wounded, but lucky for him, the wounds were minor and not fatal in nature.

Al was then transferred from Alcatraz and placed into custody at the Federal Correctional Institution at Terminal Island in California where he served the rest of his sentence for contempt of court charge. He spent the last year of his imprisonment in the Alcatraz Prison Hospital. Finally, he was officially released on November 16, 1939. However, by then he was in serious ill-health from the severe untreated case of paresis (or late-stage Syphilis) that he was just a shadow of his former self and became severely lacking in his mental faculties. His brain had literally begun to erode, and he was very pathetic and spent most of his time in confused, bewildered states and was utterly mentally unstable and depressed. Once finally paroled he was referred to a physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore who’d examined him and concluded that Capone now only had the mental capacity of a 12-year-old boy. Despite this, Hopkins denied Al any treatment because of the notoriety and severity of his crimes. However, Union Memorial Hospital was willing to accept him, and Capone was so appreciative of their medical care and helped that he even donated two gorgeous Japanese Weeping Cherry Trees to the hospital in 1939.

Capone left the hospital on March 20, 1940, and traveled to Palm Island, Florida where his mansion was located where he spent the remaining days of his life with his wife and grandchildren. He suffered from a Stroke on January 21, 1947. He had started to come around and was recovering until catching pneumonia. He then deteriorated further and went into cardiac arrest on January 22, and just a few days later at 48 years of age Capone died on January 25, 1947, in his home, with his loved ones gathered around him.

We want to learn more about Al Capone because we are inspired by his success, talent, ambition, brute-force, and hardcore lifestyle. If anything, this was a stubborn man who survived for a long time in dangerous circumstances, even after the repeated attempts made to take his life. He may have done it in an entirely unlawful way, but Al Capone was an intelligent and accomplished, high-powered, successful businessman. He had a passion for power and pursued it to the fullest. He’d amassed a very impressive Net Worth of around $100 million as of 1929, which today with inflation considered would be approximately $1.3 billion. Capone once said, quote “I am just a businessman, giving the people what they want. So, it’s time now to take a look at the ultimate Italian Mafioso Archetypal Legend with the 15 things you didn’t know about Al Capone.

Number 1: He was expelled from school for punching a female teacher in her face.

Capone was a good student and did well in his studies, but he disagreed with the strict rules being enforced by his Catholic School. One day when he was just 14 years old he struck a female teacher in the face over a dispute they were having. He was immediately expelled and never returned to finish his education. Instead, he begins joining smaller gangs like the Bowery Boys, the Forty Thieves, and the Brooklyn Rippers. He also took on many odd jobs including working at a bowling alley and a candy sweets store. It was after joining the gangs that he started to become involved in criminal activities which peaked when he met his first mafia mentor a crime boss named, Johnny Torrio. Capone decided to join a more massive gang and teamed up with the notorious Five Points Gang of Manhattan, New York City. From there he became heavily involved in even more illegal and severe activities and began to earn his own renown amongst his criminal peers.

Number 2: He pioneered and opened the very first Soup Kitchen for the poor in Chicago during the Great Depression.

The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that started in the United States and occurred in the 1920s and lasted throughout the late 1930s. It was the most far-reaching financially related epidemic of the entire 20th century. It began due to a nose-dive in stock prices that started at the end of October 1929 and was later appropriately coined as “Black Tuesday.” The effects were severe for both the rich and poor alike when finances from personal income, tax revenue. Profits and prices plummeted, along with International Trade coming in at deep under more than 50%. Unemployment in the U.S. alone escalated by a devastatingly, nose-bleeding high of 25%, with some countries rising up to 33%. People suffered greatly because there were not enough job sources to meet their basic needs. It was during these high-reaching, despairing times that Al Capone officially opened the first original Soup Kitchens for the poor in his city of Chicago. He was a pioneer who paid for everything to provide food to hungry and starving people who were suddenly without a source of food and rendered without any alternative income source. They literally had nothing, and Capone must have genuinely sympathized with them as he championed for his city’s people and showed an innovative, smart form of compassion and humanitarianism in a time of immense need.

Number 3: Capone grew up impoverished, but his family was law-abiding and respectable people.

Capone’s mother Teresa and his father Gabriele were Italian immigrants who came to America with hopes of making a better life for themselves and their children. They were an everyday, typical type of family and were very hard-working. His father was a barber and his mother a seamstress, and they were honest, folks who followed the law and were very devoted to their Family. Capone was not born into a life of crime, he got into it on his own and worked his way up in the world of criminal organizations. He made new contacts and with the aid of his many mentors, made it all the way to the top of the underground syndicates as a crime boss in a self-made empire that he owned and managed vivaciously.

Number 4: The Prohibition played a significant role in Capone’s amassing his fortune.

The Prohibition and the laws being enforced regarding alcohol consumption that made it so hard to obtain are a big part of how Capone made most of his money. He was so deeply involved with the illegal alcohol industry that he was known for blowing up bars, which he wouldn’t hesitate to do if they refused to buy alcohol from him. He eventually rose to power after his boss Johnny Torrio fled the country and gave control of the bootlegging to him. Capone was quoted as saying, “I am like any other man. All I do is supply a demand.” Despite all of this Capone had also stated to a journalist Howard O’Brien he was actually against Prohibition regardless of what most people thought. “It’s a lousy racket for the retailer, “he complained. “He’s got to work twenty hours a day and spend everything he makes to keep the cops off him.”

Number 5: His Net Worth today is valued at $1.3 billion.

It’s said that Capone was managing over 600 gangsters, all of whom were under his control and who helped to protect his business from rival gangs. Due to inflation, his criminal empire would be worth about $1.3 billion today. He liked to show off his fortune and loved the more beautiful things in life. When entertaining he was known to go all out on everything. He wore the most expensive, flashy clothing and jewelry that he could find and was very obsessed with it. He really enjoyed smoking fine cigars, and he has said to treat guests with experiences worthy of the book “Arabian Nights” and indulging them with silver buckets of iced Piper-Heidsieck from 1915, then platters of food, one after another. Capone’s large mansion at 93 Palm Avenue in Miami Beach, Florida just sold for $7.43 million in August of 2016. As of this date in October 2018, his collections of expensive and valuable items are being sold in an online estate sale. The collection of items for sale include Capone’s premium Diamond jewelry, his coin collection, mink coats, various valuable household items, decorative items like Persian rugs, and even his record collection are all being sold online now for very high amounts. It seems that everything bearing his name or connected to him is worth a lot of money just by the association alone.

Number 6: Capone was stabbed in prison over a haircut.

In 1934 while serving his time at Alcatraz prison, his swagger almost got him killed. After being sent transferred to the jail for being accused of receiving special treatment from the last one he was in, Capone still acted like he owned the place. Just one week after arriving at Alcatraz Capone allegedly tried to cut in line in front of about a dozen or so other inmates during prison haircuts, but one guy just wasn’t having it. A convicted bank robber, James Lucas took Capone’s disrespect and sense of entitlement badly, and he reacted by walking right up to Capone, grabbed him by the throat and told him to knock it off. When Capone boldly asked him, “Do you know who I am?” Lucas lost it and replied, “I know who you are grease ball. And if you don’t get back to the end of that fucking line, I’m gonna know who you were.” After which Lucas proceeded to stab Capone in his back and face with a broken pair of scissors. Lucky for the Capone the wounds were just superficial, not fatal, but his attitude of entitlement nearly got him killed that day.

Number 7: Capone was responsible for the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago in 1929 where at least 15 were killed.

Capone couldn’t maintain his professional businessman appearance forever, and on Valentine’s Day in 1929 he ordered his men to dress as police officers and round up rival mob boss, Bugs Moran’s men against a brick wall after ambushing them, and Capone’s men did as he’d ordered and shot to death seven members of Moran’s gang. About 70 rounds or so of ammunition had been fired and ended their lives. The assassinations were discovered by the Chicago police from the 36th District investigated, and while it was said that Capone had ordered the murders, it could not be proven. However, when the story hit newspapers and media people worldwide were shocked by the brutality of the massacre and begin to see Capone for the violent killer that he actually was rather than the friendly, successful and wealthy businessman who’d started a soup kitchen and donated to charities. This marked his downfall as the public demanded justice and the law begins working on ways to get enough evidence of his criminal activities so that he could be imprisoned for his viciously vile crimes.

Number 8: He was dubbed “Public Enemy №1” by Newspapers, and a legal investigation was launched against him.

The story of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and Capone did not sit well with anyone, and the Newspapers continued to report on it. The scandal ran deep and was a popular topic in the city and even nationwide. People demanded justice, so the government acted and launched an investigation into Capone’s criminal activities. When he failed to show up for court after being subpoenaed in March 1929, a warrant was put out on him, and police arrested him on charges of Contempt of Court. Capone immediately posted bond and was released but was detained again in May for carrying concealed weapons. He served nine months in prison when he was released on good behavior. In February 1931 he was sentenced to six months in jail for the contempt of court charges. Frustrated investigators couldn’t find enough evidence to lock him up for his committed crimes and an investigation was opened against Capone by the U.S. Treasury Department who later on found enough evidence to have him charged with Tax Evasion and this resulted in him being charged with it and then sentenced to 11 years in prison in June 1931.

Number 9: His family brought out the soft spot hidden within Capone, and he was a bit of a mama’s boy.

In spite of the hard exterior, Capone had a soft center, and it was his deep love for his family. He loved his wife, his children, his grandchildren, and most of all his mother. He’d remarked to Journalist Howard O’Brien that he never wanted his own boys to get mixed up in the criminal racket that he was involved with. In his office were framed pictures of his family, and during an interview with O’Brien he was, he was overheard as referring to himself as a “kid” when he spoke to his wife on the phone. Later when his mother also called, Capone put her as a priority and began to speak Italian while he talked with her. In a letter that he wrote to his son from prison, he told him to stay strong and that he really wanted to see his son and his wife again. He signed the letter with, “Love and Kisses, Your Dear Dad Alphonse Capone, #85.”

Number 10: Capone was very into refined fashion and collected suits and jewelry to show off his wealth.

Capone was known for buying the most expensive, lavish things that he could find. One of his favorite indulgences was his stylized appearance, so he often bought, collected, and wore expensive suits, clothing, and jewelry. He always had a very ornamented appearance, and his suits alone were imported from Italy and cost him $500 each, which now would be valued at about $6,500. He would adorn these with white pocket squares and accessorize them with precious jewelry such as Diamond pinky rings, platinum jewelry, jewel-encrusted watches, and much more. Recently in 2017, this gangster’s diamond and platinum pocket watch was sold in an auction for an astounding $84,375.

Number 11: Capone has become the Archetypal icon of a hardcore Mobster and has lived on through print and film.

In 1932 a movie loosely based around Capone was released, it was the original first version of the well-known, very popular “Scarface” films. The movie was such a hit that Director Oliver Stone later re-made it into the version that we all know and love today which was released in December of 1983. There is news going around about another, an updated version of “Scarface” coming out, but it does not currently have a solid release date though at first Universal Studios claimed that it would hit theaters in August 2018. The movie is being done by a new director and actors and is being highly anticipated by “Scarface” lovers the world over.

Number 12: Tom Hardy to Star as Al Capone in the upcoming film “Fonzo.”

Tom Hardy is so good at playing the villain that he’s been cast as Al Capone in the upcoming new movie “Fonzo” created by writer-director Josh Trank. This was announced in August 2018, just two months ago and is being highly anticipated by fans. It truly goes to show that legends never die. “Fonzo” will be focused around the icons battles with dementia after serving nearly 10 years in prison. It does not currently have a release date, but when Fandango tweeted about it, they announced that we could expect it in 2019. (The tweet was later deleted.) Regardless, the news of its release has excited and delighted “Scarface” and Al Capone fans everywhere, and people are eager to see this new portrayal of the Mob Boss Mafioso. Pictures have been released with Tom Hardy dressed in character, and they’ve become trendy.

Number 13: Capone used to get bags upon bags of fan mail, literally up to two thousand letters each week.

Capon has always been a robust popular personality, and when he was alive and at his criminal peak he used to get movie-star good-sized bags of it, receiving about two thousand letters each week. He was quite popular, plus he never shied away from the media but instead seemed to enjoy being in the spotlight. He often did photoshoots and interviews like the one he did for Variety in 1931. This edition featured the title “Capone Kids Gang Films” and was written by Lou Greenspan. The focus of the piece was the mob boss’s reaction to all of the gangster films that were being released at that time. He has a lot of fans, and they seemed enthralled by him, and that fascination has endured for decades, making him a supremely favorite gangster mob boss and an icon that is sure to live on in our hearts, minds, and culture forever.

Number 14: Capone’s long untreated case of late-stage Syphilis is eroded his brain and was what eventually majorly contributed to his death at the early age of just 48.

Capone had the disease of Syphilis, most likely contracted at a brothel that he ran. (Although he loved his wife he was still a philanderer with a hefty addition to women and sex.) The disease could have been cured with Penicillin, but he never received or sought out any type of treatment, and the condition significantly contributed to his fast detention in prison. During his last year at Alcatraz, he was staying in the prison’s hospital because he deteriorated so quickly, both in health and in mind. The severe case of late-stage Syphilis was eroding his brain, and when he was examined by a doctor it was discovered that his brain had suffered so much damage from the paresis that he was now left with the mental faculties of a 12-year-old boy and his mental health was also failing him. He spent much of his time in a confused, disoriented state of psychosis and was severely ill. Capone had a stroke in January of 1947 and was slowly recovering and regaining consciousness when he contracted pneumonia, It was downhill from there, and he died three days later, on January 25, 1947, at his mansion in Florida surrounded by his family. The official cause of death was cardiac arrest.

Number 15: Capone made the Mafia look attractive and cool which has gotten him a loyal fan-base and some major crime organizations of today are only active because of him.

Capone impacted the world by birthing a new, more refreshing image of an Italian Gangster crime boss, and thanks to him, some new major crime organizations have him to thank for them still being around. He fed the dirty underbelly of the criminal underground, and to this date, his stomping grounds in Chicago continue to suffer and have of the most considerable crime rates in the US to this very day. His legacy lives on in the hearts, minds, and fears of others. Gangs still fight over the same territories that he had done negotiations on when he was the reigning supreme king of the underground. We’ve seen groups and that particular street culture become increasingly popular, and rather than disgust its greeted with a response of ever-increasing fans who think that Capone was a sensational, bigger than life personality and actually even envy or look up to him. His memory will forever live on, in the works that he did, the violence which he committed, and the flashy executive style that he dressed in. Our culture sees him as a pop icon of sorts and idolizes him. He did one good thing for the world by creating his Soup Kitchen, as it inspired the entire United States to start offering this service to the poor and hungry in each State from then on. Capone’s memory has not even begun to fade, and he is majorly responsible for our present-day culture seeing criminals in a much more relaxed, glorious, “larger than life” light rather than as the villains, scoundrels, and thieves who break the law for their own benefit. “Scarface” was so iconic that he will never truly die, as his actions have painted and tainted history with blood, gore, and gang violence that will stick with us to the end of time. Al Capone himself said, “Once you’re in the racket, you’re always in it.”

There you have it, some interesting lesser-known facts about the Mafioso Boss, Al Capone. Now that you’ve learned more about Capone, we’d like to know: Which one of his actions or qualities stands out most to you? Do you think that Capone really sympathized with the charities that he donated to due to his poor beginnings, or do you think he did it just to present the image that he wanted to portray to the public? Let us know in the comments.

Still here? Here’s a bonus fact just for you.

Number 16: He was called “Snorky” as a nick-name by his closest friends.

Despite being renowned for his famous nickname “Scarface,” his best friends and those close to Capone actually affectionately called him “Snorky.” The definition of the word snorky is ritzy, flashy, a sharp dresser, and a fashionable, elegant person. He certainly was a very snazzy dresser and fit that description perfectly. Capone liked the term, and he wished to be known by it instead of “Scarface” as he felt that it expressed and emphasized his image as the wealthy and successful businessman that he always had wished to be seen as.

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2019.12.03 17:25 TRyanMooney 3 Quick tips to make great fight scenes

3 Quick tips to make great fight scenes
Hey all! I'm a Stunt Coordinator in Atlanta. I wanted to share 3 quick tips to help make your next fight scene great.

1. DO: Know your lines.
Not your dialogue, lines in fight scenes refer to working with the performer’s strikes and camera position to make the hits appear real by stacking them. Set up your strike to pass by same plane ( in the lens) as the person getting hit. Here are the first two positions for fight scenes that every stunt person learns, generally called “over the shoulder” and “50-50.” Stacking refers to making sure hits looking like they make contact, whether it’s boxing, kickboxing, or fighting with weapons, but it does not ensure that the fighters will look like fighters. More of this on #3


50/50 shot of Lex Luthor vs Mannakin
See how far away you can actually be? It's safer and makes better shots
Over the Shoulder shot. Lex Luthor fighting for the world. Always make the stakes for the entire world.
Again, no need to be close.
When you properly stack the hits, you don’t need your fighters in a close range to look real. In fact, being outside of a real fighting range is preferable, as it increases the range of motion of your fighters and decreases the chances anybody gets accidentally hit.

2. DON’T: Ruin your fight by shooting too tight and editing too frenetically
Would you ever invest all your time writing your movie, only to rehearse your scenes for 1 day without camera and then tell camera to just “capture the energy,” on the day? No, because it would look terrible. Same goes for fight scenes. They serve the same purpose as dialogue, they are there to advance the plot and deepen our understanding of the characters. If they don’t do that, they don’t belong in the film. Consequently it can be reasoned if fight scenes do advance the film, you should invest time into a filming and editing plan. Go back and watch the standard bearer for “Shaky Cam,” that fight scene from the Bourne Identity. Within the frenetic energy of that camera work, you are still able to track where the fighters are, who’s winning, and what the goal is.
Widen out a little bit, let the audience follow the action, and edit it to make sense. If you have followed tip #1, this is much much easier.

3. DO: Hire properly trained actors and invest the time in creating your fight scene
Story time: I got hired for a huge 20 person fight scene. Before the first shot the director made a speech about how important the fight scene is and “if this scene falls flat, the whole movie falls flat.” Sounds great, except they had hired 13 of the 20 fighters to be “special ability background,” cut the rehearsal down from 2 weeks to 3 days, and the shoot dates from 1 week to 2 days. Then they did as one long take, and you guessed it, shook the camera violently while they tried to “capture the energy.” It came out bad, in a word. When casting your cast and crew for your fight heavy project consider the following:
A. Do your performers have previous martial art or fight choreography experience? It’s tremendously better if they do. Yes, we can train your actors to remember what punches to throw and when. No, we cannot make them look like assassins trained from birth by training them 1 hour a week. If it’s important to look correct they need to invest time in training OR design your scene to use a stunt double that has the correct skill set.
B. Have you seen any Previs or Action scenes from your Stunt Coordinator? Stunt Coordinators straddle the line between Safety Officer to ensure a stunt goes according to plan and Action Cinema consultant to ensure the action is captured on camera in a convincing and exciting way. The best action scenes you’ve seen recently have been developed like this
- The Director tells the Stunt Coordinator the vision for the fight scene
- The Stunt Coordinator designs, rehearses, and shoots an edited and light VFX mock up of the fight scene (called a Pre-vis),
- The Director gives their notes and the Stunt Coordinator re-shoots and edit the previs.
- The final product is shot very similarly to the final previs.
Yes it takes more time to do. If the fight scene matters in your movie, then take the time to make it look as right the scenes with just dialogue.
BONUS TIP: Give your characters strengths and weaknesses in combat, same as you write their personalities. When the fight style of your characters is a one dimensional “they’re bad ass” vs a legion of “dopey henchmen/security guards,” It’s boring to watch, same as that would be boring to listen to that dialogue.
Here’s some easy jumping off points for designing your fighter’s style.

  • The good striker with a weakness in grappling
  • The street smart brawler with a weakness against classically trained fighter
  • The weapon & gadget person who doesn’t want to fight an up-close battle
  • The quick & fast fighter who has to move quickly to avoid being caught by the bigger, stronger fighter.
  • The klumsy person who accidentally trips into effective techniques vs the better but unlucky fighter.

Hope this helps. Please ask any questions and send me any of your work. I love making great action scenes, and helping others do the same!
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2019.09.23 09:41 westrideforward 10 Things Beginning Actors Maybe Don't Think About

Ever fantasized about becoming an actor or celebrity?
It’s attainable, but the many challenges of reality are not usually known until pursuing such a dream. Time spent practicing or rehearsing for a production is not glamorous, the market is highly competitive, relationships can become tense, day job’s are what you make them, sacrificing a date for a new head-shot, importance of car maintenance, the false portrayal of the celebrity image, being the business, and being responsible. Ready to leave your office cubicle?
  1. Preparing To “Perform” Is 85% Of The Process
Preparing to perform on the stage or behind a camera will be a repetitive process unless the artist truly invokes his or her creativity. Rehearsing for projects with short turn around-time like a soap-opera is one of the few endeavors that do not require a lot of preparation but do require talent. From PlayBill (LINK 1): “A typical Broadway show rehearses six days a week for eight hours a day — from around 10 AM-6 PM. The actors work for seven of those hours, and the rest is breaks”. The unfortunate part the actor must accept is that their part in the production is never quite as time-friendly as they would of hoped for.
Repetition can become tiring for many actors, stealing their creative energies. A confident actor will find enthusiasm in improving their work output and never settle for complacency. A true artist is one whom consistently looks for ways to improve their craft so that their final product is optimized to be received at its best for any audience. While constantly tweaking your planned performance may be exhausting, it will leave no regrets once the show is complete if rehearsed with full effort from the entire ensemble.
If you aspire to perform in the dramatic arts, hard work-ethic is highly encouraged due to the demanding circumstances of preparation and performance.
  1. The Market Is Saturated But Feasible
Throughout recent history the entertainment industry has established well-known location strongholds in both Los Angeles, California and New York City, NY. Many aspiring and professional actors have continued to move to these locations to be “found out” or advance their resume. Although these locations still offer plenty of opportunity the competition is fierce and not necessarily an ideal location if just starting out. Due to rapid growths in various technologies, actors can now submit for auditions across the country with a single-click. The emergence of new markets has been steadily rising due to actors being able to find work without flying across the country. Emerging markets include: Albuquerque (New Mexico), Atlanta (Georgia), Austin (Texas), Boston (New England), Charlotte (North Carolina), Chicago (Illinois), Miami (Florida), New Orleans (Louisiana), Portland (Oregon), San Francisco (California), and Toronto (Canada) (LINK 2). If you are considering an acting career it may be a wise choice to consider moving or applying to jobs where competition is not as fierce as LA or NYC until your skill-set is sharpened.
As previously mentioned, technology allows human-beings to communicate within milliseconds across the globe for the first time in history. The days of sending a Game of Thrones raven with a message scribbled on paper are fortunately long gone. If you have a device with internet access there are now a large amount of resources available for connecting to possible acting opportunities both free-of-charge and paid memberships. Some great casting platforms to consider using are: Backstage (free or paid), ActorsAccess ($2/submission or $68/yr for unlimited submissions), Casting Frontier (free or various paid monthly and annual plans), Casting Networks (free with agency representation or a $25 annual fee), Mandy (completely free), and NYCastings ($11.95/month, LINK 3). By utilizing these websites an actor can find opportunity through their determination of continuously applying to applicable roles.
  1. Romantic Relationships Can Be Challenged
Jealously is a natural frustration due to our human condition. Actors whom become involved in a romantic or sexually influenced script may find discomfort when informing their significant other of potential situations. If an actor has a significant other in show-business than jealously may not be as big of an issue as someone with a significant other working in an unrelated field. Each relationship is different but contemplating how your real love interest would react to seeing you on screen with a stranger in bed is important to consider.
A significant part of the challenge for someone pursuing an acting career while also in a relationship is the lack of time the couple may be able to spend together. The actor has to sacrifice most if not all of their free time to the craft. Now, the hopeful actor would desire the lack of free time from result of the actor working on a project for longer periods than the average 8-hour work day. In this case, the relationship may benefit from income earned but suffer from the lack of personal time spent together. But in most cases, free time for the actor is compromised by their enrollment in courses throughout the week (usually when off their day job) which consume the entire evening. These courses also known as “workshops” can oblige the actor to a considerate amount of time committed from start to finish. Most structured conservatory programs revolve around a two-year commitment usually every-day of the week. On top of all of this is the actor’s actual career progression which involves commuting in stand-still traffic for 3 hours to get to their next audition(s) and then commuting back to their home.
  1. Your Day Job May “Suck” Or You Can Try One Of These Jobs
If your day job sucks already then no worries on this subject. For both young and older aspiring artists with no industry connections, the problem of time and money management are put to the test. Teenagers, 20-something’s, and all ages must face the battle between the balance of present income and future aspirations. This battle is one that will challenge most not growing up with financial freedom to explore their interests. It is important to remember that each day-job does not define who you are and what you want to be. A job that you hate now can become the stepping stone to a bright future you never would have been able to get to without your present occupation.
If you can approach the day with an optimistic perspective and commit to your current situation as a “means to an end” than the time spent studying, training, and creating work as an actor will be much more of the dream you want to live on a full-time basis. After researching the top occupations for aspiring and working actors, possible options for you include: Extra Work (the pay is decent, and you get the best experience you could ask for which is to watch the professionals you admire do their work on set), Production/Agent Assistant (this one is great because it allows you to make connections on set and gain true industry experience), Freelance jobs (take advantage of any opportunity that can allow you to make your own schedule such as being an Uber driver), WaiteBartender (this one is the one you hear about the most, for good reason due to the flexible schedule and possibility of earning), Personal Trainer (create your own schedule and get paid to help yourself and others maintain a healthy lifestyle), Dog Walker (if you are an animal lover and want the freedom to work around auditions this could be a great choice), Nanny/Babysitter (if you love kids and desire a flexible schedule), Promo work/Modeling (finding jobs on Craiglist or similar sites can lead to both experience and possible connections), Catering (if you desire a new experience each time and enjoy hospitality this can be a wonderful option), Tutoring (if you enjoy teaching others this can be the perfect opportunity to use those math classes you haven’t used since school), Video editor (if your friends are fellow actors then this is a perfect chance to help with editing their demo reels and improving your own skill-set), Substitute Teacher (this is great experience for anyone looking for a flexible schedule while also developing your skills for any audition room where you must command respect), and Temping (temp agencies provide a great opportunity for individuals whom are proficient with computers/typing which allow for flexible schedules and good pay) (LINK 4).
  1. Money For A Date May Need To Be Spent On A New Headshot or Gym Membership
Do you have a crush or possible love interest you want to impress? Well, there may come a time when you have to prioritize your goals and sacrifice funds spent on a hot date. Being an actor is a costly process that promises no return. Investment in progressing your own process is a reality that many actors learn to accept. While it would be a generous sentiment to consider asking your love interest on a date, it would also be money allocated that could be spent on the new headshot that could land your first big role or the gym membership that provides the physical appearance required.
It is critical for every actor to consider their budget and plan accordingly. Successful actors learn to sacrifice instant gratification for the future. This budgeting lifestyle may seem selfish to people around you, but in reality you are being responsible for the life you want to live. The New York Film Academy lists several suggestions for cutting back on costs and prioritizing expenses which include creating an essential and nonessential cost list. Essential expenses include housing, food, utilities, transportation, internet, and cell-phone. Nonessential expenses include just about everything else, including clothes, drinks, Starbucks, and leisure activities. It is also recommended to reduce expenses by opting for cheaper internet and cell phone plans (LINK 5).
Cutting back on expenses may be painful at first, but keep the goal in primary focus. Once you can maintain a healthy lifestyle through performing there will be plenty of opportunity to treat yourself and others. In fact, the experience of purchasing nonessential goods will be much more rewarding.
  1. Car Maintenance Is Essential If There Is No Public Transportation
The majority of your time as an actor will revolve around commuting to work or the next audition. If you do not live in a city with great public transportation options such as New York and in some areas of Los Angeles one should expect to depend on their transportation. The maintenance of your vehicle is extremely important if you do not want to lose an audition opportunity due to your car not being able to make it to the audition. Driving from location to location is necessary for all actors whom find themselves with several auditions within only a couple hours. Depending on the vehicle you own, wear and tear of sitting in gridlock traffic combined with adding mileage to your car becomes another responsibility for the actor to keep in healthy condition.
Although there are great public transportation systems in New York City and parts of Los Angeles many developing locations in the entertainment industry do not have the fortune of giving aspiring actors the convenience of bus and train transportation. Unless, you plan to move directly to NYC or LA it is best to plan on consistent travel daily. Car maintenance is vital whether you own a 2019 or 1990 model of your car. Planning for regular mileage maintenance by following the owners manual located in the vehicles glove-box will save both time and money, things that the actor cannot afford to lose to their competition. An article from “iDriveSafely” recommends to keep track of changing your oil and oil filter, checking tires monthly, inspecting all other fluids, wiper blades, battery health, air filter cleanliness, and examining belts/hoses in the engine bay (LINK 6).
  1. Some Actors May Be Such A Fantastic Actor You Have Doubt
The entertainment industry is fierce and will not stop to wait for your perfect performance. Throughout your experiences of working with different personalities of talent it can be easy to label yourself as not good enough. While your friend lands a role you both auditioned for and you are still stuck waiting tables, doubt and comparison can be a heavy burden. While giving into the temptation of doubt seems reasonable, it will only postpone time you could use to improve your skills. Instead of doubting and comparing yourself to others a much healthier alternative is to be happy for the others success as you would expect If you landed the job. An excerpt from an article on Backstage significantly encapsulates why comparison is the wrong measuring stick:
Although it can be hard not to compare yourself to others, remember that comparing yourself to someone else is an inaccurate measuring stick, and it can erode your self-esteem and send you into depression. When you compare yourself to others—whether in regards to a relationship, a career, or other achievement—you are only comparing yourself to your perception of others. Everyone has different life circumstances and different paths. You are on your own unique journey, and it may take longer or go in a different direction. However, it will never be the same as anyone else's, and it has just as many opportunities and possibilities. (LINK 7)
It is critical as an actor to remember your own growth and individual talent as a performer. Comparing yourself to another is a lifelong game that is not required to be played. Instead, take up a new course or make a new project free-of-charge for inspiration. The best work is the work that we create without expecting a reward from it. When facing doubt in your ability, you can remember this quote from Benjamin Franklin: “When in doubt, don’t”.
  1. The Actor Image In Modern Culture
As human beings we have an inert force within us called the ego. Unfortunately, Hollywood and the entertainment industry have developed a stigma around some of the top-performers as being “egocentric”. Egocentric and actor are practically synonymous in today’s culture. This largely in result from the United States media coverage placing importance on things that do not benefit the culture. You can see this played out when the news coverage is focused on the latest Disney star gone bad. News anchors spend nearly the same amount of time “reporting” on Miley Cyrus’ newest indecency as they spend informing American’s about the atrocities that are bein g violated against our fellowman across our nation and the world (LINK 8).
An egocentric actor is a bad actor. It is important for each actor to do daily introspection so they can self-reflect on the art they are providing rather than being the center of attention. Many actors whom are both new to the industry and experienced suffer from wanting to steal the show. When an actor wants to be the most clever person in the room they are not making art with any collaborative effort. It is a strength for actors to be able to control their value of self-importance so they can listen to their scene partner without the distraction of waiting for their next line.
Everyone deserves to shine if they have made it as far as working in Hollywood. If there is a fraud among the talent group, the truth will come out quickly. If you desire a lifelong career in the entertainment industry it is best to remain humble and know that each person working beside you has just as much reason to be there as you do. Do not make the mistake many people make both in the entertainment industry and in other workplaces.
  1. Acting Is A Sole-Proprietor Business In The Beginning
The entertainment industry is known as “show business” because in the sum of things it is an actual business more than anything else. The business is made up of the actor (the individual CEO) and the many other actors contributing their brand of style. The intelligent actors quickly learn that they themselves are the actual business and will market their strengths rather than weaknesses. It is important for the actor to remember that any successful business succeeds by offering something another business cannot. Actors are their own products. Cultivating productive business relationships requires putting yourself out there- through auditions and other means(LINK 9).
Developing your own business requires thoughtful planning and execution. An actor can structure their own artistic perspective on the basic principles of any business. These principles include becoming a great leader, developing a successful business plan, offer a great product or service, surround yourself with great people, create a great marketing plan, generate great numbers, staff your company with great managers (talent agents), perfect a great sales pitch, create great customer experience (find what is entertaining about you to bring viewers back), and live a great life (balance is key)(LINK 10).
You are responsible for your business while you are alive as an actor. Being available 24-7 is a healthy advantage for the working actor. By keeping up-to-date on emails, phone calls, and texts the actor will be able to effectively communicate and open doors before they are walked through by another business.
  1. Acting Is Will-Power
There is nothing more valuable in life than the dedication of ones’ will-power. Within most any venture in life we can choose to fully commit or scrape by meeting only the bare minimum. Labeling insufficient work ethic with excuse is not a healthy crutch for the actor. A large portion of success behind the scenes of an actor is their perseverance and motivation to run through failure or personal tragedy. Keanu Reeves, a well known Hollywood actor has experienced quite a turbulent life, but managed to become one of the most sought out actors today. His story summarized in an article by ReelScene recalls his past pains:
At a young age of three years old, his father left their family. They stayed in touch for a few years, but after the divorce, their father fell out of contact. Keanu struggled with dyslexia making his education more challenging than most. Because of that, he left school without earning a diploma. However, even when he left school, he was determined to overcome his condition. As a result of sheer determination, he overcame his condition and is now an avid reader. At age 23, his closest friend, River Phoenix died of drug overdose.In 1998, Keanu met Jennifer Syme and the two immediately fell in love. In 1999, Jennifer got pregnant but sadly, after eight months their child was stillborn. Because of that, they were devastated by her death and it eventually ended their relationship. 18 months later, Syme died in a car accident. (LINK 11)
A well-rounded actor whom is not preparing for a performance will constitute their free time being patient for their next role while also productive. Staying active is critical for the actor to maintain their fuel tank of desire. Maintaining healthy habits such as working out, reading, training, traveling, and trying to find new hobbies are great ways for the actor to keep their will-power strong during the layover periods in their career.
LINK 1: http://www.playbill.com/article/ask-playbillcom-rehearsal-schedule-com-146459
LINK 2: https://www.backstage.com/magazine/article/great-film-markets-outside-nyc-la-9730/
LINK 3: https://www.studiobinder.com/blog/best-free-casting-websites/
LINK 4: https://www.actoraesthetic.com/blog/survival-jobs
LINK 5: https://www.nyfa.edu/student-resources/how-to-budget-as-an-aspiring-acto
LINK 6: https://www.idrivesafely.com/defensive-driving/trending/routine-vehicle-maintenance-101-what-you-should-know
LINK 7: https://www.backstage.com/magazine/article/compare-actors-15083/
LINK 8: http://www.playersofthestage.org/all-the-worlds-a-stage/2015/3/11/the-actor-and-ego
LINK 9: https://www.backstage.com/magazine/article/dealing-business-side-acting-52698/
LINK 10: https://www.thinkadvisor.com/2013/05/09/10-principles-of-business-success/?slreturn=20190622114234
LINK 11: https://reelscene.co.uk/actors-stay-motivated/
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2019.09.05 20:07 NovaRogue EARLY Pre-Departure Speculation for Season 35 - NO ELIM / WINNER SPOILERS FOR S34

NO S34 ELIM OR WINNER SPOILERS OR YOU WILL BE BANNED
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It's that time of year again!! The PinkRose that we all owe so much to has posted a thread on Vevmo that she's entitled "The Challenge: Season 35 super early pointless speculation."
First off, lol, it is super early and thus pointless, but if the people want it, wynaut. Pink says to follow along on Gamer's Instagram page for updates and not to expect daily or weekly changes on the Vevmo thread. But spoiler alert if you do follow his page (so u/NattyB is helping me out with this).
Second, this is all speculation, so nothing here is ironclad or guaranteed until filming actually starts. Things change 👏 ALL 👏 THE 👏 TIME 👏 before filming begins, like with Team Sydney on Seasons 2; Jenna replacing Alicia on XXX; and Joss (and Nelson?) being told they weren't needed when they were already at the airport for War of the Worlds 1. So don't get up in arms when your favourite isn't here or when Cara / Johnny / CT / Leroy / Jenna are "very likely" on the cast for the 189247198th season. S#!t happens and let's focus on the positive.
With that in mind, I will keep this megathread updated with all the new T - so feel free to bookmark it to refer back ;)
But, as the lead of the Unspoiled Gang, I will ensure it is a COMPLETELY SPOILER-FREE THREAD ABOUT ELIMINATIONS OR SPOILERS FOR THE CURRENT SEASON. Like, don't even try it, because us mods have banned many people for blatantly spoiling others. It's not cute and we won't tolerate it. Let's keep this fun for everyone, k?
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Departure date: late October (week of 21st)
Theme: the third part of the trilogy
Location: Prague, Czechia (same location as Cutthroat and the Vendettas final)
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VERY LIKELY
Women
  1. Dee Nguyen
  2. Nany Gonzalez
  3. Big T
  4. Bayleigh Dayton (BB20)
  5. Ashley "Millionaire" Mitchell
  6. Tori Deal
  7. Aneesa Ferreira
  8. Melissa Reeves
  9. Jenny West
  10. Jenna Compono
  11. Cara Maria Sorbello (leaning towards no)
  12. Mattie Lynn Breaux
  13. Kailah Casillas
Men
  1. Johnny Bananas
  2. Stephen Bear
  3. Josh Martinez
  4. Rogan O'Connor
  5. Chris "Swaggy" Williams (BB20)
  6. Faysal "Fessy" Shafaat (BB20)
  7. Wes Bergmann
  8. Jay Starrett (Survivor MvGX & EotBUS2)
  9. Sean Lineker
  10. Jordan Wisely
  11. Billy Reliech (What Happens at the Abby & EotBUS3)
  12. Cory Wharton
  13. CT Tamburello
  14. Kyle Christie
  15. Paulie Calafiore (leaning towards no)
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UP IN THE AIR
Women
  1. Da'Vonne Rogers
  2. Esther Falana
  3. Jenna Marie (AYTO8)
  4. Amber Martinez (AYTO8)
  5. Zahida Allen
  6. Nicole Bass
  7. Angela Babicz
  8. Ninja Natalie Duran
  9. Kaycee Clark (winner of BB20)
Men
  1. Zach Nichols
  2. Sam Bird (Love Island UK & EotBUS4)
  3. Carlos Garcia (Paradise Hotel)
  4. Rykard Jenkins (Love Island UK)
  5. Hunter Barfield
  6. Theo Campbell
  7. Devin Walker - alternate
  8. Tor'i Brooks (EotBUS1 & 2)
  9. Brett Robinson (BB20)
  10. Nelson Thomas
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(VERY) UNLIKELY
Women
  1. Amanda Garcia
  2. Faith Stowers
  3. Nicole Zanatta
  4. Laurel Stucky
  5. Georgia Steel (Love Island UK & EotBUS4)
  6. Lucy West (Jenny's twin)
  7. Michele Fitzgerald (Survivor Kaoh Rong)
  8. Kenya Scott (AYTO7 & EotBUS3)
  9. Diandra Delgado (AYTO6 & EotBUS2)
  10. Haleigh Broucher (BBUS20)
  11. Kaitlyn Herman (BBUS20)
  12. Angela R (BB20)
  13. Morgan Willett
  14. Sarah Rice
  15. Aubrey O'Day (Danity Kane & EotBUS3)
  16. Georgia Harrison
  17. Natalie Negrotti
  18. Kam Williams
  19. Jemmye Carroll
  20. Marie Roda
  21. Bria Crystal (AYTO7)
Men
  1. Shane Landrum
  2. Marlon Williams
  3. Brad Fiorenza
  4. Ashley Cain
  5. Callum Izzard (Ibiza Weekender UK & EotBUS4)
  6. Frank Sweeney
  7. Darrell Taylor
  8. Brent from Lohan Beach Club
  9. Zak (AYTO7)
  10. Chad Johnson (Bachelorette & EotBUS2)
  11. Idris Virgo - he didn't even get a call
  12. Tyler (BB20)
  13. Leroy Garrett
  14. Turbo Camkiran
  15. Joss Mooney (he never got more than an availability call 💀)
  16. Adam Collard (Love Island UK)
  17. JP Andrade (made it far in casting but was recently dropped)
  18. Jozea Flores
  19. Tony Raines
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And that's it for now! Will update as we go on.
Again: NO S34 ELIM OR WINNER SPOILERS OR YOU WILL BE BANNED
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2019.07.12 03:16 catherinewatts9651 How To Become An Actor From The Ground-Up

How To Become An Actor From The Ground-Up
By Catherine Watts
Have you ever had the dream of becoming a famous Hollywood actor or actress one day? Luckily for anyone with that dream, becoming an actor is easier than ever before. Although it is easier to become a professional actor, breaking into the industry still requires a lot of hard work. Alongside hard work is passion and dedication. If you are just starting to explore acting as a career. You must make it to Hollywood, then you should follow these rules in order to increase your odds of success.

How to Become an Actor

Study Acting In School

Though it's possible to get into acting without a formal education going to school for acting can be extremely helpful for actors just starting. By studying acting in school, you will get exposure to professionals, learn about standard techniques, and get more opportunities for open auditions. The school will also help you to build your resume, get exposure, and set up a network of contacts.

Hire An Acting Coach

An acting coach can give you more personal attention in order to work on your weaknesses and expand your strengths. Look for a coach with a lot of industry experience and connections if possible. Try to find someone with experience in multiple fields so you can train and get pointers in a few different areas.

Stay Informed About The Industry

Check out industry news regularly in order to stay ahead of the game. Websites like Variety, Backstage, Hollywood Reporter, and BusinessWeek can be very useful to find out about current trends in the acting business. You should also stay up to date on emerging playwrights and directors as well as any possible new theaters in your area.

Gain A Variety Of Experience

Seek out small playhouses and theaters where you live and audition for various roles. Contact your local theater (s) to see if they have any special events or seminars coming up that you could attend or volunteer for.

Join An Improvisation Class

Improvisation in a movie can often make the film much better or even iconic. Robert Deniro absolutely embodied his role as Travis Bickle in Taxi. But did you know that the classic scene of him staring in the mirror saying “You talking to me?” was completely ad-libbed?
The skills that an improvisation theater or group can teach you are extremely valuable for both new and experienced actors. If you ever have the misfortune to forget your lines halfway through a live performance, knowing how to improvise will be quite useful. Not only can you use improvisation when you are in crisis mode, but improv is a great way to learn what you are good at in acting and discover more about your acting range.

Get Your Headshots Taken

When I say that you should get your headshots taken, let me clarify by saying that you should have your headshots taken by a professional photographer. By using a professional to take your photos you can be sure that you have the best-looking pictures. Update your headshot every 2 or 3 years so that casting directors will know what you currently look like.

Create A Resume

Act in as many roles as possible in order to build up an extensive resume. Audition for commercials, music videos, and live performances so that you can pad your resume with lots of related experience. List your acting-related strengths or special abilities that you have such as dancing, singing, or dialects. You can list both paid and non-paid work, as long as it’s tied into acting or the performing arts in general.

Go Where The Work Is

If you want to work on Wall Street, you don’t move to North Dakota. The same can be said for the performing arts. Consider moving to New York, Florida, Los Angeles, Austin, or Atlanta if you’re in the United States. If you can’t move at this time or in the near future, start out by working in the local film scene or in areas that you can easily get to. In the meantime, you should be saving money so that you can move to a larger city where more acting roles are available and movies are made frequently.

Learn Several Different Monologues

Monologues can often be used to help get you cast in television, plays, and movies. They also allow you to quickly yet effectively showcase your talents. Take the time to look up several 1-2 minute monologues online. Choose a monologue based on the type of actor you are. For example, don’t read a monologue about a short man if you are a tall man. You should choose monologues that contrast in order to better show off your craft. Even if you always play the funny man, have a couple dramatic monologues ready to call on when requested.

Look For Parts In Commercials

Search for casting calls on websites like Hathart, Backstage, Hollywood Reporter, and Variety for local commercials. Be sure to dress for the part you’re auditioning for so the casting directors can easily picture you in the role.
Commercials are smaller roles, but it will give you exposure to a wide audience and get your face out to the public. Dean Winters can sometimes be seen as a cop on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, but most people know and love him as “Mayhem” from the Allstate commercials, that douchey presence that can hilariously f**k up your day.

Join A Union For Performers

Join organizations such as AEA and AGVA. One of the good things about unions is they provide you with benefits and insurances while you are working. Once you have been a member for at least one year and have worked under a union, you will be eligible to join the Screen Actor's Guild. Annual SAG fees are $201.96 USD and 1.575% of the earnings you make in that year. Be sure to check with the union you’re interested in to see what their annual rates are.

Network

Build your reputation as a professional by networking. Reach out to others first and show a genuine interest in the people you know and meet. People in your network can connect you to available jobs and provide you with valuable insights about the acting business. Use websites like Hathart or Linkedin to connect with others in the acting community.

Increase Your Internet Exposure

You should always be trying to increase your internet exposure. Build a personal website with an easy to remember URL, like your name. You can quickly and cheaply create a personal website using WordPress or Squarespace. Set up a page on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram where fans can like and share your content. Use popular hashtags in your posts so you can get the maximum amount of exposure. Put videos of all your performances on YouTube. After building a social media presence, sign up on other acting-related sites like Actors Access to connect with people in the industry.

Develop More Skills

The more skills you have, the more versatile you will be and the more likely you are to land roles. Here are some skills that are particularly important:
  • Excellent communication: Acting is about setting a scene, conveying emotion, and connecting with the audience. Five-star speaking skills are critical.
  • Great memorization: Memorizing a script in order to perform long, unbroken scenes is a must for any actor.
  • Projecting your voice: Since audience members may be sitting rows away from the stage, work on enunciating your words clearly and loudly.
  • Improvisation: You need to be able to think on your feet for a career in acting so improvisation is a must-know.
  • Dialects: The best actors are always the ones that can truly embody a role, especially when it comes to perfecting the character’s accent.
  • Singing: Singing is a great skill to have, especially if you want to break into plays and musicals.
  • Dancing: Just like with singing, dancing is a great skill to have, particularly for plays and musicals.

Be Persistent

Talent is overrated. Persistence is always better than talent. Performers need to have a lot of grit and persistence in order to make it in the acting industry. Those actors who are willing to give it there all day after day will have a much greater chance of success than the naturally talented or the Julliard-trained actor who waits for opportunities to find him.

Additional Resources

  • Ace Your Audition-This site connects actors with a monologue for auditions.
  • Actors Equity Association-This labor union for actors provides help with benefits, working conditions, contract negotiations and more.
  • The Actors Fund-This organization helps actors with common issues, including housing, healthcare, social services, and financial assistance.
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre-This organization of schools, colleges, universities, and conservatories strives to provide a top-notch educational experience through proper accreditation.
  • National Endowment for the Arts-This independent federal agency offers to fund for a variety of arts across the United States, including theater productions.
  • SAG-AFTRA-The Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists brings together two powerful unions to provide important protections and information to those in the entertainment industry.
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2019.06.10 16:47 daprice82 Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Jun. 11, 2001

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
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PROGRAMMING NOTE: This is getting posted about an hour early today because I'm not gonna be around later. Just in case you were wondering why.

  • The issue opens with a big examination of whether or not WWF will sign Bill Goldberg and why or why not. Right now, the "official" word is that his existing WCW contract is ridiculously high and they have no intention of making him an offer. On the other hand, pretty much everyone in the company realizes that for this WCW angle to work, they need Goldberg and other big WCW stars like him. Goldberg has more than 2 years left on his WCW deal and stands to earn around $6 million from it just by sitting at home, and Dave says he's "not a mark for being a wrestling star" the way a lot of guys are and doesn't seem to give a shit one way or another if he wrestles again or not. So it's unlikely that he'll take a buyout from Time Warner that would cost him millions of dollars just so he can go be in the limelight again. WWF obviously doesn't want to spend $6 million to get him, but aside from Hogan, Austin, and Rock, nobody has as much potential drawing power as Goldberg in the last 15 years. And wrestling is a star-driven business and sometimes, making big lopsided deals with major stars is necessary to make big money in the long run. When Hogan went to WCW in 1994, people called Bischoff crazy because Hogan's contract gave him 25% of PPV revenue. But Hogan was such a huge draw that it ended up being the smartest deal Bischoff made at the time and more than paid for itself several times over in the years after (of course, Hogan's drawing power eventually died off and his big contract eventually became an albatross, but that's another story).
  • So does Goldberg deserve preferential treatment? Should he have a guaranteed contract with limited dates and huge money that everyone else in WWF would be jealous of? Of course it's not fair, but this isn't about fair, it's about business. If WWF can rebuild Goldberg to even half of the star he was in 1998, then yes, they absolutely should. Properly promoted PPV matches with Goldberg/Rock and Goldberg/Austin will earn them that money back and then some. But that's dependent on whether or not WWF can truly rebuild him. Dave points out Big Show as an example of someone who was a top star in WCW, came to WWF with a huge guaranteed contract, and has been a total flop who spent much of the last year in OVW. If Goldberg comes to WWF and becomes "just another guy," then no, he wouldn't be worth the money and Dave gives a long list of guys who were big stars in NWA/WCW, only to jump to WWF and find out Vince had no clue how to get them over with his audience (Dusty Rhodes, Flair, Lex Luger, Vader, Big Show, Road Warriors, Steiners, etc). They also need someone to anchor the new WCW brand, and if they relaunch WCW and it becomes successful with Goldberg at the helm, that's another huge revenue stream that would offset the cost of bringing him in. And when business is good, everybody makes more money, not just Goldberg. Dave even breaks down the math and talks about how a Goldberg vs. Austin match might work out. A very conservative estimate Dave thinks is 600,000 buys on PPV, which would net WWF a good $2 million in one night, which would cover a full year of Goldberg's salary. A few rematches with Austin, some big matches with Rock, and even if he doesn't earn them a dime in any other way, he'd already have paid for himself. Once you add in Goldberg merch, other PPV matches, licensing deals, added gate revenue from the extra tickets he'll surely sell, ad revenue from ratings boost, etc. and it's kind of a no-brainer. Financially, it makes all the sense in the world for them to buy out Goldberg's contract and bring him in ASAP. But again, that depends on WWF's ability to get him over (which Dave thinks they'd have to be stupid to fail at) and also, you can't rule out the possibility of him getting injured which is also something to be considered. In the end, a lot of people in the locker room will be upset about it, but from a business standpoint, Dave thinks they should do it.
  • The buyrate numbers for WWF's recent Judgement Day PPV are coming in and the show did better than expected. Because of that, Steve Austin has now moved past Ric Flair into 2nd place on the list of PPVs he's headlined that have done a 1.0 buyrate or higher. 1st place is Hulk Hogan, who is still 3 PPVs ahead of Austin. But unless something goes tragically wrong, Dave expects Austin to break that record before the end of 2001. But then Dave starts explaining why this is kind of a useless stat. A 1.0 buyrate in 2001 is completely different from a 1.0 buyrate in 1987, due to the way the PPV industry has grown. Plus, there's monthly PPVs now, so that skews the numbers. Things like that. You can always tell when it's a slow news week because the major stories are mostly just Dave examining numbers and business trends and things like that. Even the first main story about Goldberg has no news, it's just Dave doing a deep dive into the pros and cons of bringing in Goldberg from a business standpoint. So yeah, this stuff is all interesting and in fact, it's probably the kind of stuff I've learned the most from reading, but it's not "news" so...
  • Jushin Liger won this year's Best of the Super Junior's tournament, the first time he's won it in 7 years. At age 36, Liger is in the midst of something of a comeback angle, going undefeated in the tournament and pinning IWGP Jr. heavyweight champion Minoru Tanaka in the finals. Tanaka is seen as the man to take the aging Liger's place in the Jr. division so the rivalry has that aspect going for it also, with Tanaka representing the future while Liger represents the old guard (in other words, this was basically the Omega/Tanahashi feud from late-2018).
  • We get an obituary for Tex McKenzie, who was a big star in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. McKenzie was a legendarily bad wrestler, but he was damn near 7 feet tall, so he had no problem finding work. He was always booked as a happy-go-lucky babyface and was never really a main eventer because he sucked so much, but was always well-liked and had a star presence due to his size.
  • Observer note: the mail service sucks and Dave apologizes. He's been getting lots of reports about people getting the Observer later than usual and he doesn't know what to say. Blame the post office. They go into the mail every Wednesday and how long it takes from there is out of his hands, but if you don't get your issue, contact him and he'll get another one mailed out to you. Or, you know, try out this fancy internet thing. I know it's still kind of new and there's a lot of warning signs about the dotcom bubble, but I have a feeling it might stick around.
  • Raw's scary 8-week declining ratings trend finally came to an end this week, with the rating increasing slightly. Dave credits the fact that the last two weeks of Raw have been some of the best weeks of the show ever, with some MOTY caliber matches. The ratings are still down significantly from just two months ago but at least the dangerous downward pattern has been broken (the downward trend resumes soon, don't worry).
  • God this is seriously a slow week. Now Dave is going back and looking at random shit from 1 year ago, 5 years ago, 10 years ago....I guess just to show how much things change? I don't know, there's no explanation here. 1 year ago, Paul Heyman held a backstage meeting and predicted the future of the industry. He predicted WWF would end up on TNN (it did) and that ECW would end up on USA or FOX (it didn't). He predicted WCW would soon be out of business (he was right). Things like that. 5 years ago, Nitro began its 83-week ratings winning streak. 10 years ago, Sid Vicious debuted in WWF as Sid Justice. Just shit like that, with no rhyme or reason to it. This is a filler issue if I've ever seen it, Dave is pretty desperately stretching to fill space here. If this Observer was a 3-hour Raw, this section is a 30 minute Baron Corbin match.
  • Kenta Kobashi was cleared to resume training this week. He's had 6 surgeries in the past 18 months on his knees and Dave thinks it's going to be scary as hell to see him get back in the ring, but he's Kobashi so of course, he's going to. With Vader and Misawa getting older and no other big stars to work with Jun Akiyama, Dave says Kobashi feels the pressure to return because NOAH needs him (we're still 8 months from him returning to the ring....and immediately blowing his knee out again).
  • Because NJPW and NOAH have a cordial relationship, Tatsumi Fujinami has talked about working a match with Mitsuharu Misawa at some point (they teamed up once in NJPW in 2005 and worked opposite sides of a tag match in NOAH in 2007 but that's the closest it ever got to happening).
  • UPW wrestlers Nathan Jones and Jon Heidenreich, who are signed to WWF developmental deals, were pulled from an upcoming Zero-1 show in Japan. They will be replaced by Samoa Joe and some other guy. Apparently Jim Ross didn't feel like Jones and Heidenreich are experienced enough to go to Japan and work a show for another promotion they don't have a relationship with and against wrestlers they don't know.
  • Eric Bischoff has been implicated in the Atlanta trial surrounding the infamous Atlanta Gold Club, a strip club that was a famous hangout for many big name athletes, including WCW stars. The government has a major racketeering case going on against the club and it's owners, involving credit card fraud, prostitution, loan sharking, and funneling money to the Gambino crime family. The former club manager this week testified that he arranged sexual favors for high profile athletes like Dennis Rodman, Terrell Davis, Jerry Stackhouse, Patrick Ewing, Reggie Miller, and others. Eric Bischoff was among those named as having received sexual favors from strippers as arranged by the club management (Bischoff ends up being forced to testify in this case later on and we learn that his wife is pretty fun).
  • Ric Flair is still working on an autobiography, which will be partially ghostwritten by Mark Madden. The project has been on-and-off-again for awhile but the success of Mick Foley's 2 books has given them the green light again. Flair is not planning to accept a buyout from his WCW contract, which still has 2 years remaining, so unless something changes (and Dave says it probably will because Flair can't stay away from wrestling), then Flair is going to be MIA from the wrestling scene until 2003 (sure enough, Flair couldn't stand being on the sidelines. He takes a buyout and will be in WWF before the end of this year).
  • UPW ran a show this week that saw Shinya Hashimoto make an appearance, along with several other Zero-1 wrestlers. Hashimoto didn't wrestle but got involved in an angle with several UPW guys, most notably Samoa Joe. Former WCW wrestlers (and now WWF wrestlers) Sean O'Haire, Chuck Palumbo, and Chavo Guerrero Jr. also worked the show.
  • Hulk Hogan has still been in negotiations with Universal about doing some sort of wrestling show and it looks like the tentative plan is to film a pilot episode in August at Universal Studios in Orlando. Jimmy Hart is reaching out to other wrestlers to get involved and they're hopeful to bring in guys like Roddy Piper and Bret Hart to make appearances, along with Hogan's usual buddies (Beefcake, Nasty Boys, etc.) and celebrity friends like Jay Leno, Shaq, and George Foreman. There's still a long-term plan in discussions for a Hogan-themed restaurant and for the wrestling to possibly be a theme park attraction. There is no TV deal in place for any of this, so the plan is to film the pilot to try and shop around for a TV deal. The whole thing has been described to Dave as basically a Hogan tribute show more than a new pro wrestling company (this eventually morphs into some shit called the Xcitement Wrestling Federation. Hogan only wrestles one match for it and they only do a handful of shows before disappearing).
  • Ric Flair was contacted about facing Steve Corino at this year's Brian Pillman Memorial Show. The idea is to put over Corino, who is the current NWA champion, in order to help give that title a boost. Flair didn't shoot down the idea, but of course, he can't wrestle anywhere due to his existing WCW contract without breaching it, although it's possible Time Warner may allow it, since it's a charity show (this never happens).
  • Bruno Sammartino was recently in a serious car accident and spent 3 days in the hospital but is expected to be okay.
  • Missy Hyatt is releasing a book about her life in wrestling soon and Dave promises to review it when she does. Although she said she had some help with the structuring of the book, every word was written by her.
  • Hey, so apparently Kevin Nash and Honky Tonk Man got into a shit-flinging contest on the internet, talking trash to each other about who is a bigger star and who drew more money and yada yada. Dave says it must be a slow news week (clearly) and tells people to always remember that when you see this stuff, keep in mind that these guys are workers and try not to take it seriously. Anyway, for what it's worth: HTM drew far more money in WWF than Nash ever did, while Nash drew far more in WCW than HTM ever did. Nash made more money overall due to his huge guaranteed contract, though that's irrelevant to the argument. HTM called out Nash for not donating the $20,000 to Brian Pillman's family charity that he promised he would at last year's memorial show. Nash said he hasn't paid because no one has proven to him that it's a non-profit organization because he wanted to be able to write it off on his taxes and said he'd still be glad to donate the money if he could get proof of that. To his credit, Dave says Nash really has been trying in the last week or so to get the word out that he wants to donate the money as long as he can verify that it's a non-profit charity and has been trying to get clarification on it. Nash then said he worked a different show for Les Thatcher (who promotes the Pillman shows) and was never paid a $10,000 fee he was promised. Thatcher then chimed in, saying this is the first he's heard about Nash not being paid for a show and yada yada yada. Just internet drama between a bunch of carnies. Anyway, Dave says let this be a lesson about carelessly promising things. If you recall, what happened is Nash was trying to get Missy Hyatt to take her top off and promised to donate $20,000 if she would. Hyatt, who was put on the spot (this wasn't planned), refused to do it because there were kids in the crowd and it was a family show. So Nash, caught up in the moment, said he would donate the $20,000 anyway. But he never did, HTM called him out on it, and here we are.
  • Jacques Rougeau ran a show in Montreal that drew an estimated 3,000 fans, featuring himself in the main event against King Kong Bundy. Pretty much the entire rest of the card was filled with Rougeau's students at his wrestling school, including Rougeau's 12-year-old son who worked the opening match (I only mention this show because a young Kevin Steen was one of those students, defeating somebody named Pascal Brisson in the 3rd match on the card).
  • There's rumors going around that Bill Goldberg is being considered for the role of Crusher Creel in the next Incredible Hulk movie which is being released in 2003. So far, none of the movie has been cast (nah, he doesn't end up in it). Also in movie news, former MMA fighter and WCW developmental wrestler Sam Greco will be playing a masked wrestler in the upcoming Scooby Doo movie starring Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah-Michelle Gellar.
  • Sitting home and collecting on these WCW contracts might be the best thing for the health of some of the former WCW wrestlers. Scott Steiner is said to have no control over one of his feet, which has gone completely numb, stemming from back problems he's had in the last year. And Rey Mysterio, who is planning to sit out the next year, is getting some much needed time off to recuperate his body, especially his knees, and Dave thinks having a year off to recover will probably add years to Mysterio's future career.
  • Random WWF notes: Judgment Day did a 1.13 buyrate, which is phenomenal and up big time from last month's PPV. It's weird because every other aspect of WWF business (TV ratings, live attendance, etc.) is down right now, but this PPV was a mega hit. Kurt Angle was inducted into the Amateur Wrestling Hall of Fame, joining only 3 other pro wrestlers (Dick Hutton, Earl McCready, and Danny Hodge). David Flair has an OVW developmental deal. Al Snow is said to be the show-stealer on the new Tough Enough show they're doing. Kurt Angle's autobiography will be out in September. Ken Shamrock still under contract with PRIDE but it's expected he'll return to WWF at some point sooner or later (nope).
  • Jerry Lawler had a meeting with Kevin Dunn and Jim Ross at WWF headquarters this week. They want Lawler to come back to announce Raws and PPVs and perhaps even be the commentator for the new WCW, but they couldn't reach an agreement, because both sides are refusing to budge on the issue of Lawler's wife Stacy. Lawler refuses to return unless Stacy is given her job back because they feel she was unfairly fired. And WWF refuses to hire her back. All parties involved had agreed to keep this meeting a secret and it was said to be an embarrassment when word got out about it. As for Paul Heyman, who currently does commentary on Raw, the belief is that he's better suited for the backstage TV writing role (especially since he's been the one behind the last few weeks of TV that have been so well received).
  • More details on the situation with Grandmaster Sexay being fired. He was arrested at customs at the Calgary airport for possession of cocaine and methamphetamines. Police reportedly found a tenth of a gram of meth and half a gram of coke on him. He later pled guilty to the coke possession and the meth charge was dropped. He paid a fine and a donation to a drug charity and the arrest won't go on his record, but he was still fired by WWF. A lot of people in the locker room were upset about it because they're afraid that the publicity from this could cause a crackdown. Right now, WWF doesn't drug test and as long as it doesn't affect your work, they pretty much take a hands-off approach to drug use. Needless to say, a lot of people in the locker room would prefer it stayed that way and they were mad at Sexay for being stupid enough to try to bring stuff like that across the Canadian border, which everyone knows is risky.
  • Speaking of drugs, Eddie Guerrero was sent home after he arrived at Raw in the dreaded "no condition to perform." He was scheduled to face Matt Hardy in a King of the Ring qualifying match. Eddie has pretty much been given the same ultimatum as Shawn Michaels: go home and don't come back until you're clean. As a result, the Eddie/Matt/Lita angle has since been dropped. Dave says that Eddie has had a lot of pain and injury issues because he returned to the ring way too soon following a New Year's Eve car accident in 1998 and never really recovered fully (this is it for Eddie for awhile. He stays under contract for a few more months but he eventually gets a DUI later in the year and gets fired. But then he gets clean, works the indies for a bit, returns in 2002, and goes on to have the best years of his career).
  • Notes from Raw: Jesse Ventura made an appearance, since they were in Minnesota, and Dave is flabbergasted that they didn't promote it ahead of time for maximum mainstream coverage, since they knew a week ago that Ventura would appear. They also had Hugh Morrus run in and attack Edge, to continue the WCW invasion angle and it also gave us our first brief glimpse of the new WCW logo on the TitanTron.
  • There's a good article about Mick Foley in this week's People Magazine, where he talks about both his wrestling and writing careers. Hey, I found the article!
READ: Mick Foley: Man of Letters (People Magazine)
  • Booker T has completed the buyout on his WCW contract with Time Warner so he should be ready to head to WWF any day now as soon as he finalizes a contract with them. Dave says that Kevin Nash tried to talk Booker T out of it, saying that WWF is on a down-turn right now and if Booker would wait until all their deals expired next year, they could all go in together as a package deal and get more money from Vince, who would be more desperate at that point. It's the same reason Scott Hall has said he's not interested in WWF until Nash is free. (Nash ended up being right. By early 2002, Vince was indeed desperate enough to throw big money at the NWO guys while Booker T ended up coming in earlier, for far less than he was making in WCW).
  • It's expected that DDP and Billy Kidman are also likely taking buyouts soon and would be WWF-bound. DDP in particular will be giving up significant money by taking a 50-cents-on-the-dollar buyout from Time Warner, but he's apparently decided to do it anyway. And once Scott Steiner is medically cleared from all his injuries, he is said to be considering it also. Buff Bagwell is expected to sign with WWF soon as well. Dave notes that there are definitely people in WWF who weren't exactly in love with the idea of hiring Bagwell, but Johnny Ace went to bat for him. Bagwell had a bad reputation in WCW for throwing a fit every time he was asked to do a job or no-showing house shows and things like that. But Johnny Ace blamed that on Bagwell being friends with and under the influence of Lex Luger and argued that without Luger around, Bagwell would behave. So we'll see (lol).
  • When reviewing Smackdown, Dave talks about how Benoit was practically wrestling Austin with 1 arm because his right side has been really week ever since last month's TLC match. It's believed to be a pinched nerve in his neck that has gotten progressively worse. He's working through it and had an MRI that didn't show any ligament issues or anything, but he basically can't do anything with his right arm at the moment (turns out this is way worse than a pinched nerve but we'll get there).
  • Rob Van Dam has verbally agreed to terms with WWF and has his contract in hand, but hasn't signed it yet. Same with Tommy Dreamer. Both will have probably signed by the time you read this. Dave expects them to end up on the WCW side of the invasion angle.
  • Speaking of the WCW angle, the hold-up is securing a TV deal for it. WWF is contractually locked in to Viacom, so TNN is really the only realistic option to carry a WCW show, but TNN and WWF can't agree on details. TNN is willing to give WWF a Saturday night time slot for WCW, but only if they have more big names like Goldberg, Sting, and Flair. WWF, as we've discussed, doesn't want to spend millions of dollars to buy those guys out of their WCW contracts and upset their salary structure. Dave thinks the clock is ticking on this and the longer it takes to get the new WCW off the ground, the less likely fans are to still care about it whenever it eventually does happen.
  • Regarding video tape libraries: WWF owns all of the WCW footage ever taped from 1988 onward. Regarding the Crockett or GCW tape libraries from before that, Dave isn't entirely sure yet (yes they owned that also). They do not own the old Bill Watts Mid-South library (they ended up getting that one in 2012). They also do not yet own the ECW footage, although it's expected that they will purchase the rights to those in the bankruptcy proceedings for ECW (yup).
  • Triple H is spending the next 4 weeks in Birmingham to rehab his torn quad. Dave says to say whatever you want about Triple H, but the guy is dedicated to the business 24/7 and his success is earned. Wrestling is a business where the smart prosper and Triple H is as smart as they come and works just as hard (he spent way more than 4 weeks there. He pretty much moved to Birmingham and lived there for the rest of 2001 to do his rehab).
  • So far, almost no one aside from the wrestlers and Johnny Ace have been hired for the new WCW. No writers, production people, agents, referees, etc. Basically, all of that is on hold until they can figure out the TV situation. A lot of former backstage WCW employees were expecting to have jobs soon, but now they're all just kinda sitting around waiting and hoping and there's a lot of people getting nervous that this thing might not get off the ground at all, and their severance package money is slowly running out.
  • Regarding the videos of the stalker who is stalking Undertaker's wife....the voice is being done by Vince McMahon, with a voice distorting effect. Some website reversed the distortion to reveal that it's Vince. Dave says if you've heard Vince talk enough, you could already tell anyway. Dave says that doesn't mean that Vince is going to be revealed as the stalker, just that he's doing the voice. Same way Ole Anderson used to do the voice for the Black Scorpion angle.
  • In case you missed it, at the recent Raw in Calgary where they re-enacted the Montreal Screwjob with half of the Hart family in the front row, Dave points out that Vince was dressed pretty much identically to the way he was dressed at the actual Montreal Screwjob (yeah, I looked back to compare this and see if it's true and yup. He's pretty much wearing the exact same suit jacket and shirt).
  • Notes from OVW: Dave says Randy Orton has shot past everyone on the roster and is improving by leaps and bounds every week. Dave thinks Orton is the closest one to being ready the move to the main roster and he has real star potential. On OVW TV, they had Jim Ross on and Ross said he was so impressed by Orton that he predicted that he would some day main event Wrestlemania (indeed). Rico Constantino is another one who is ready for the big time but Dave thinks he might get lost in the shuffle on the WWF roster. Dave thinks he'd be a great fit in the new WCW. Brock Lesnar and Shelton Benjamin are also connecting with the crowd and getting over. They worked a dark match at the Minnesota Raw tapings (since they were both college wrestling stars there) and even had Jesse Ventura come out as their manager (how is there no video of this?!). Lesnar also gets a big pop for his shooting star press that he does.
  • The Austin vs. Benoit and Jericho feud isn't just for TV. They've been wrestling long 25+ minute main event matches against each other at house shows also, with reports that they're just as good or better than the TV matches. Dave gives Austin a ton of credit for going out there and having these grueling, fast-paced and long main event matches considering his neck history (yeah, anyone who says Austin was a shitty wrestler who only knew how to punch and kick, I defy you to watch his matches in 2001 and still have that opinion. Austin was having near-classics almost weekly at this point).
  • Ellie Hart (mother of Natalya, sister of Bret and Owen) writes in to talk about the "divide" in the Hart family. Let's just read her letter and Dave's response in full:
The family isn't as divided as you think. It's really just my brother Bret, who bears this grudge and is trying to compromise the rest of our family because of Montreal. Bret always said it was about Owen, but it was more about his ego and Montreal. Vince McMahon made Bret a superstar and this was truly a case of the tail wagging the dog.
We all felt Owen's loss deeply. I feel sad that Bret and Martha feel that they were the only ones who lost a loved one. My parents have been through more hell than anyone. They've unselfishly tried to accommodate all of us. Bret has made this very difficult for them. I thought Stu appearing on Raw was long overdue. A meeting with Vince McMahon was long overdue. Stu is the patriarch of our family, not Bret. If he had been able to speak his mind as he should have been able to after Owen died, maybe this family would still be whole.
Bret, Vince was just giving you a receipt (Calgary finish) for the black eye in Montreal. I think it's more fitting that Vince chose this route rather than suing the hell out of Bret, which he positively could have. Just as Bret is allowed to voice an opinion, so should Bruce and I be allowed to stand up and be counted for in the wrestling business. I hope that we have a long and prosperous friendship with the McMahons and I'm sorry if anybody is opposed to this.
Contrary to what you said about our family being sad and having issues, most of the sadness we've been dealing with has been brought on by Bret's obsession with Vince. Bret was more than unhappy that my dad was at the matches. He was livid. He showed a total lack of respect toward my father, who was the man responsible for making wrestling what it is in Western Canada. If anyone is entitled to the respect that the people in Calgary demonstrated, my father is. My father is an 86-year-old man who has very few positives to look forward to these days. Having the wrestling world behind him was like a shot of adrenaline to him and meant a great deal to him and my mother both.
Shame on Bret and Martha for trying to make my parents feel like they were compromising Owen's death. This has nothing to do with Owen at all. My dad earned that right running a wrestling business for 50 years and supporting the kids who aren't supporting him.
My poor father paved the way with Stampede Wrestling for Bret and others. Bret wasn't working on his book on Monday. Rather, he was at the big house, screaming obscenities at my poor beleaguered mother, who was caught in a very difficult position with Martha and Bret against the rest of us. Bret portrays himself as a martyr and a hero. He's a self-serving bully who doesn't know when to quit. It's time for this family to move on to better things and maybe even enjoy life again. Bret, get over Montreal.
Ellie Hart
Dave Meltzer's response: I think everyone should get over Montreal, particularly in any discussion that involves Owen Hart. Once Owen Hart died, any issues regarding Montreal were so trivial that to even be bringing them up nearly four-years later after everything that has happened since is pitiful. The fact they are constantly brought up and used to cloud any real issues, from anyone who uses them to do so, does more to trivialize the life of Owen than almost anything else.
  • Someone else writes in and talks about whether WWF should sign Goldberg and says the obvious answer (as mentioned earlier) is yes. Business-wise, it clearly makes sense. So 20 years from now, does Vince McMahon want to be seen as someone who took a risk on some big money investments and managed to resurrect WCW and was running two successful promotions at the same time? Or does he want to be known as the guy who had the biggest storyline in the history of wrestling handed to him on a silver platter and he bungled it because he was too cautious and wouldn't spend the money to bring in the big names to make it work? (Vince bungle the biggest storyline in the history of wrestling? Impossible. Perish the thought!) Someone else writes in with basically the same thought and talks about how Vince's ego never allows him to get behind a wrestler or a concept that he didn't create. He's afraid Vince is going to wait too long and will refuse to admit that he needs Goldberg in order for this WCW angle to succeed.
WEDNESDAY mid-2001 year-in-review, NJPW star Keiji Muto wins AJPW Triple Crown championship in a classic match, more on Eddie Guerrero's situation, Jerry Lawler comments on Grandmaster Sexay's arrest, and more...
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2019.04.17 04:08 elfstar89 RHOBH timeline Part 3

So I reached the max characters for my 1st, 2nd,3rd, and 4th timelines, so now I have 5 parts: Part 1 Part 2 Part 4 Part 5
Part 1: March 2018 to August 2018. Part 2: August 2018 to September 2018. Part 3: September 2018 to February 2019. Part 4: February 2019 to March 2019. Part 5: April 2019 to present.
After LVP's stops filming I don't think my updates to the in season dates will be as detailed. The part of the season when LVP was filming is the most in dispute/controversial, so that's why it will remain the most updated/detailed. * * * SEPTEMBER Fri 9/21 LVP and Denise meet up at Tom Tom for birthday drinks. LVP invited Denise. On her way their Kyle tells Denise to send LVP birthday wishes from her and hopes that may be the meet up will bridge the gap between LVP and the group. Denise arrived at 6:36PM.LVP showed up at 7:50 PM.LVP invites Denise to stay for the longer festivities, but Denise tells her she’s got to run to dinner. Denise tells her that she “feels bad that there is so much discord” LVP replies that “it’s devastating “and she “ feels worse” LVP says that she “doesn’t want to drag her into it” and Denise replies that she doesn’t “want LVP to feel…” and LVP finishes the statement with “under attack” SHOWN IN EPISODE 9 OF RHBOH
Fri 9/21: West Hollywood dinner at Beauty and Essex to celebrate Densie’s wedding.Rinna, Kyle, Teddi, Dorit, Camille, Denise (no LVP or Erika- she had tour rehearsal).
When it was just Rinna and Teddi, Rinna tells her about her text exchange with LVP regarding the pill cupcake tweet. Rinna says when she got a sense that the tweet would be taken the wrong way she texted LVP in which she made it clear that it was for fun and we joke and that LVP responded that “she was very glad that it was not intended another way because of her brother.”
Camille says she hasn’t spoken to LVP. When Kyle tells them that Denise is having drinks with LVP, Dorit expresses shock because she feels she should have been invited.Rinna says that it’s great that Denise is there talking to her and Kyle hopes they are making progress.
When Denise arrives they ask her how things went with LVP.They wonder what happned that made her cut everyone off because previous to Kyle going to Villa Rosa she was speaking to everyone. Camille tells the group that she used to be dental assistant and is really particular about teeth. She then insults LVP’s teeth prior to her getting her teeth redone.SHOWN IN EPISODE 9 OF RHOBH
In Teddi's episode 9 blog, she reacts to Camille:
"Once the rest of the women arrive at Beauty & Essex, it’s not long before Camille is on a roll. Half a cocktail and out of nowhere she goes too far about LVP (you don’t even see the worst of it). As I say in my talking head, it was next level. I don’t know how you can go back from that. I would just say let’s remember this dinner for when Camille starts coming after someone else for being a mean girl (as we saw in the season trailer)."
On 4/10 Camille tweeted Teddi’s blog claims that more was said that wasn’t shown is “not true” and agreed with fan who wrote that Teddi was “already plotting Camille’s demise”
Sat 9/22 Teddi, Erika, and Dorit go horseback riding and to a Mexican restaurant. SHOWN IN EPISODE 5 OF RHOBH
Sun 9/23: Rinna on QVC
Mon 9/24: Erika spills tea on E! Daily Pop appearance confirming the LVP photo shoot drama and implying that LVP doesn’t view the show as an ensemble cast
Key scene; date unknown Dorit goes over to Denise’s house. Denise asks about PK’s relationship to Ken and LVP. Dorit tells her that the wedding was the last time her and LVP spoke. Dorit tells her she firmly believes LVP is behind the ROL article. SHOWN IN EPISODE 10 OF RHOBH
Tues 9/25: Kyle & Mauricio eat at LA restaurant. Kyle tells Maricio in the week since the fight she has not spoken to LVP. Kyle says despite having this fight before, she still loves LVP. Maurico says the way Ken spoke to her was unacceptable.Kyle says “She just makes it so hard to ever repair things because she shuts down and she holds her friendship as ransom” SHOWN IN EPISODE 9 OF RHOBH
Wed 9/26: Kyle hosts Camille’s bridal shower. Rinna, Dorit, Teddi, Denise, and Faye attend. (LVP was horseback riding, Erika was on tour in New Jersey) Kyle says that she is speaking with her sisters again after her show got cancelled. Camille wonders why LVP didn’t attend since she doesn’t have beef with her. Rinna and Denise say that just because you have beef with other people doesn’t mean you punish others that you don’t have beef with by not showing up. On Kyle’s urging Camille says she’s gonna send LVP a text that says you were missed.SHOWN IN EPISODE 10 OF RHOBH
Thurs 9/27 Dinner with Rinna’s mom Lois. Kyle, Dorit, Teddi, Denise, and Camille attend. Erika was on tour. Rinna said she invited LVP, but LVP sent her a message that she couldn’t make it because she was working at Pump.
Kyle asks what Camille what her response was. Camille said she just put that she didn’t know anything. Kim Richards was also at the restaurant. Rinna waved to her. Rinna hadn’t seen her since the bunny at the reunion. Kyle went to greet her. Dorit asks Rinna how she feels about seeing Kim. Rinna says fine. Kyle sees Camille crying outside of the back dinner room after a heated political discussion. Kyle gave her a pep talk. Camille asks Kyle to be one of her bridesmaids. Kyle then runs into her other sister Kathy on her way out. On her way out the restaurant Kim tells Camille congratulations on her engagement. Rinna and Kim pass by each other, but don’t exchange words. SHOWN IN EPISODE 10 OF RHOBH * In Teddi’s episode 10 blog, she points out “What I don’t understand is that Camille knew LVP was invited so why not say that to LVP when they were texting?” Sun 9/30 Rinna calls Erika and they talk about how LVP claimed that she didn’t get an invite to Camille’s bridal shower. SHOWN IN EPISODE 11 OF RHOBH
Fri 9/28 Erika's first concert of her Pretty Mess tour in Jersey City, NJ. Rinna calls Erika before the show to give her an update about what's going on. She mentions that LVP claims that she was not invited to Camille's bridal shower. SHOWN IN EPISODE 11 OF RHOBH
Sat 9/29 Kyle has Dorit and her kids over at her house. Kyle asks Dorit if she invited LVP to the Boy George concert. Dorit says no because she knows LVP wants distance and doesn’t want to crowd her. Kyle says LVP surrounds herself with people who don’t call her out. Kyle says friends should be able to do that. Kyle says LVP is gonna make herself the victim in order to turn it all around and make everyone else look wrong. “She freaks out. She bolts, and can’t face people.” Both Kyle and Dorit and Kyle say they wish at the very least LVP give them an opportunity to have a conversation to discuss things. SHOWN IN EPISODE 11 OF RHOBH
Sat 9/29 LVP and Denise have lunch at Villa Blanca. LVP says she has not been showing up to group events by choice. (side note: At this time on social media many LVP fans were accusing the cast of purposely not filming with LVP/not inviting her to events. LVP was invited to Camille’s bridal shower & dinner with Lois. She was not invited to the Boy George concert) Denise tells her that she sees the women still care for her and think there is a chance to repair relationships especially with Kyle. LVP admits that she is in “a space where she wants to retreat,” but says she can’t explain why. LVP says she can’t mend her relationship because she thinks she was mistreated especially because she was called a liar. She says friends should believe you, and if they don’t “I want them out of my life. It’s as simple as that.” Denise encourages her to try to talk to the others, but LVP shuts it down. LVP says I hope you don’t feel like you have to defend me to which Denise replies “I’m not defending you.” LVP says “Why not? What kind of friend are you?” SHOWN IN EPISODE 11 OF RHOBH * * * OCTOBER
Mon 10/1 Kyle and Teddi take Portia and Slate to a makeup photo shoot. SHOWN IN EPISODE 11 OF RHOBH
Mon 10/1: LVP hosted an anniversary fundraiser for the Vegas shooting at Pump.
Wed 10/3: LVP at VPR main title shoot
Wed 10/3: Kyle, Rinna, Erika, Dorit, Teddi, and Camille attend the Boy George concert. LVP and Denise stayed home to be with dogs and family respectively.
Before the concert PK had a phone conversation with Ken basically throwing Kyle and Teddi under the bus and telling Ken to please reach out to LVP on behalf of Dorit and him. Ken tells him that LVP has had it with the women. PK ask to have lunch, and tells Ken Dorit hasn’t done anything wrong like the others. On the way to the concert, Teddi tells the group she texted LVP. “Hi Lisa. I hope you’re well. I know you and I have an issue that we aren’t gonna see eye to eye on, so at this point I truly think it would be best to move on. I hold no ill will, and I don’t want you feeling like we can’t coexist in this group. Best, Teddi.”
Kyle calls out Camille for not firmly telling LVP she was wrong to say that she wasn’t invited to the bridal shower when Camille knew full well that she was. Camille says Kyle is right to call her out.
Dorit tells the women that PK talked to Ken hoping to extend an olive branch.
After the concert, PK tells Kyle in what he claims is a joke “You can’t even get on with your best friend, so you could have issues.” Kyle responds, “PK you’re in the same fucking position.” Dorit tells even that it wasn’t funny. PK says it’s a British joke. Kyle says, “ I don’t want to burst your bubble PK, but Lisa is not talking to you.” PK replies, Ken has been talking to him just that day for an hour. Kyle replies that she’s been defending you. Dorit tries to diffuse the situation by calling it a joke as well.
The women leave the dressing room and complain about PK’s comment. Teddi thinks he said it on purpose. Kyle said it was disrespectful to Dorit. Teddi says “So whatever conversation he had today with Ken has now gotten him to a place that that’s how he’s acting” Kyle says “This whole situation Lisa and PK are kissing each other’s ass.” Rinna calls the comment a low blow and doesn’t get the British humor defense. Kyle says it all goes back to Dorit and PK giving up the dog. Back in the dressing room Dorit scolds PK “To say you can’t even get along with your best friend diminishes what actually happened.”
Dorit joins the women (Kyle, Rinna, Teddi, Camille) by the van. Dorit tells Kyle she understands why Kyle is upset and that while what PK says was in poor taste, it didn’t come from a place of ill intent. Teddi interjects then why was PK rubbing it in Kyle’s face that him and Ken/LVP were good now. Dorit tells her to be quiet and give her 30 seconds, so that she can talk to Kyle. Teddi asks why she is yelling at her and informs her that she is explaining to her how the group perceived the situation. Kyle says “My whole fight has been about protecting the two of you (Dorit and Teddi)” Dorit says “No, your’re fight has been about your own personal experiences” Kyle replies “You’re wrong. Dorit, you’re 100% wrong” Kyle says if she didn’t know Teddi and Dorit, it would have been easier for her to just side with LVP and go along with what LVP said. Kyle says “Because I care about the two of you, I couldn’t fucking do that. I had to fucking be honest”
Dorit approaches Teddi to settle their small squabble. Teddi asks her if she has a problem with her interjecting tell her in a better tone without snapping. Dorit says Teddi does it so much that it is hard for her to not snap. SHOWN IN EPISODE 11 OF RHOBH
Fri 10/5: Reality Blurb article about Kyle and Ken’s fight from the trailer “GOODBYE KYLE!” The article also mentions that LVP is only willing to film with Denise, despite many attempts by other cast members to reach out.
Fri 10/5 Teddi confessional blue blazer redux
Fri 10/5 Erika’s concert in Dallas; Leanne Locken attended
Key scene; date unknown Ken and LVP discuss setting up a lunch meet up with PK and Dorit. The previous day PK and LVP talked on the phone. PK expressed wanting to be best friends again. Ken tells LVP he has no problem have lunch with PK, but has reservations about Dorit coming along. SHOWN IN EPISODE 12 OF RHOBH
Sat 10/6 Dorit works at her Beverly Beach office. PK tells her about the upcoming lunch with LVP and Ken. PK says Ken isn’t helpful because he wants to rehash things. Dorit tells PK what he told Kyle was insensitive. PK says he wants to apologize to Kyle. SHOWN IN EPISODE 12 OF RHOBH
Sat 10/6 Denise was filming with someone one on one at a restaurant (onlookers didn’t get to see who; some have speculated that it was either Camille or LVP)
Sun 10/7-Tues 10/9: Rinna on QVC
Tues 10/9 Denise and Camille have lunch. Camille tells Denise what happened at the concert, and complains about Teddi being a “know it all.” Camille then proceeds to give her opinion about the negative qualities of Dorit, LVP, and Rinna. SHOWN IN EPISOE 12 OF RHOBH
Tues 10/9 LVP, Dorit, Ken, and PK have lunch at Pump. On the ay there PK tells Dorit he is gonna leave it to Dorit and LVP to find a compromise. At lunch, LVP tells PK she has felt “frozen out” the last few weeks. LVP brings up the ROL article. Dorit asks why LVP called TMZ about it instead of her. Ken asks Dorit why she didn’t call LVP. LVP and Ken say that talking to TMZ is much bigger statement. Dorit says they are friends and shouldn’t communicate via the public.
LVP tells Dorit if she believes that she gave the story to ROL, then their friendship is over. They say it is basically an ultimatum. Ken says that LVP never lies ever. Dorit says she feels that their friendship is stronger than their disagreement over this issue, and that they can move past it. Ken and LVP disagree. Ken says that if they don’t believe LVP, they can’t be friends. PK says that Ken is being too extreme. Ken says Dorit is making moving on tough. PK says that Ken is making it hard to move on. LVP asks PK what he believes, and he tells her that he thinks someone in her camp leaked the story. He tells LVP he is willing to believe that she had nothing to do with it as LVP makes sure that he says that she didn’t do it or “know anyone who did.”
Dorit is unwililling to move from what she believes despite PK, LVP, and Ken pressuring her to state otherwise. Dorit brings up that she thinks LVP was a part of the initial plot at Vanderpump Dogs with the Johns at which point LVP and Ken get up from table and say they will be friends with PK, but not Dorit. PK scolds Dorit about not budging. Dorit says she doesn’t want conditional friendship. Dorit finds LVP to tells her she would still be willing to move forward, but LVP shuts her down. LVP says “I love you.” Dorit “How could you say you love me” LVP “Actually I don’t.” SHOWN IN EPISODE 12 OF RHOBH
Tues. 10/9: LVP hosts a Celebration of LGBTQ Progress in India event at Pump SHOWN IN EPISODE 12 OF RHOBH
Tues 10/9: Erika worked as red carpet correspondent at the American Music Awards. Kyle and Mauricio attended the show.
Wed 10/10 Teddi hosts the ladies for dinner at her house the night before the RV trip. Kyle, Rinna, Erika, Dorit, Denise, and Camille attend. They say they assume LVP is not going. Teddi said she didn’t text her back about dinner. They ask when is the last time everyone has heard from her. Erika says that LVP texted her inviting her to LGBTQ India event, but Erika told her she couldn’t make it. Dorit tells the women about her lunch with LVP and the ultimatum that she gave her. Kyle tells Dorit that she wants an apology from PK. Dorit tells the group that she is the one ostracized and PK has been able to get back in good with LVP and Ken. The women find that weird. Dorit says that its called “deep friendship.” Camille says she had never heard of PK and Dorit until recently. Kyle seconds that. SHOWN IN EPISODE 12 OF RHOBH
Thurs 10/11: Teddi’s house the starting point of RV trip to the Ventura Ranch KOA campground in Santa Paula, CA. (Everyone minus LVP attended). Before they depart Kyle tells Rinna and Teddi that PK texted her an apology about his comment and accused her of taking it out of Dorit. Kyle replied that she wasn’t taking it out on Dorit and just felt it was “out of the blue considering all the shit with LVP”
At the campground the ladies chat. Denise asks Kyle if she regrets going over to talk to LVP. Dorit says she doesn’t understand how it turned to becoming LVP being angry with Dorit. Teddi tells her because the whole thing started because LVP was angry with Dorit. Teddi tells her it was “your punishment.” Erika arrives from her massage and tell them that she only cares about the women that are “at this table and show up.” Kyle and Dorit say they miss LVP. Teddi and Erika say that it’s LVP’s choice and they’ll be fine without her.
At dinner, the subject of LVP not attending Camille’s upcoming wedding comes up. Camille says doesn’t think LVP will come. Teddi suggests that if she really wants LVP there, that she should call her up and let her know how she feels. Camille says that she doesn’t want LVP to feel like she’s forced to come.’ Camille asks Kyle about how Dorit and her are doing since the heated debate the previous night. Kyle tells her about PK’s text apology. The women discuss whether what PK said was deliberate and had any malicious intent. Teddi says she things PK did it deliberately and because he was also being punished by LVP and Ken, therefore feeling hurt, he was doing it to cover his ass and lash out. Dorit and Camille disagree. Camille tells Teddi that she inserts herself in things. Teddi tells her she doesn’t like being talked down to. Camille says that Teddi inserted herself into Kyle and Dorit’s issue. Camille admits that she called Teddi a “know it all” to Denise. She says that Teddi comes up with conspiracy theories. They all say begin to say they don’t want the toxicity that began with LVP to take over the group. Dorit tells Kyle that she was hurt that she insinuated the night before that may be they aren’t that great of friends because the day before LVP had just ended her friendship with her. Kyle apologizes. SHOWN IN EPISODE 13 OF RHOBH
Thurs 10/11: LVP announces she is stepping down as editor-in-chief of Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine
Sun 10/14: Erika’s concert in LA (Kyle/Mauricio, Teddi/Edwin, Dorit/PK, and Rinna attended
Tues 10/16: Lisa and Ken spotted out in WeHo shopping for art
Wed 10/17: Teddi and Denise spotted at an LA restaurant
Thurs 10/11: LVP announces she is stepping down as editor-in-chief of Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine
Sun 10/14: Erika’s concert in LA (Kyle/Mauricio, Teddi/Edwin, Dorit/PK, and Rinna attended
Tues 10/16: Lisa and Ken spotted out in WeHo shopping for art
Wed 10/17: Teddi and Denise spotted at an LA restaurant Thurs 10/18: Kyle, Rinna, Dorit, and Teddi hop on a flight to Hawaii for Camille’s wedding
Fri 10/19: Erika’s concert in Vegas
Sat 10/20: Camille’s Hawaii wedding; Kyle was in the bridal party
Sat 10/20: LVP attending an LA Dodgers game to throw the first pitch
Tues 10/23: Erika performs on The View for Meghan McCain’s b-day
Sat 10/27: Kyle hosted a Halloween costume themed 30th birthday party at her home for her daughter Farah; Kim and Denise get into per the trailer (all the ladies minus LVP attended)
Tues 10/30: Teddi launched her All In by Teddi website; had an event that Kyle, Rinna, Dorit, and Denise attended
Wed 10/31: LVP attended Pump’s Halloween costume party
Wed 10/31: Erika confessional pink cardigan redux * * * NOVEMBER Fri 11/2: Kyle confessional gold glitter blazer redux
Sat 11/3: Teddi confessional blue blazer redux redux
Sat 11/3: Denise and Brandi have dinner “Hello, Kitty cat”
Tues 11/6: Kyle and Erika spotted filming together
Thur 11/8: Kyle attended the opening of Rebag Los Angeles Store in WeHo. In an ET interview, she addressed the LVP drama. She talked about how she was hopeful they could reconcile and defended the cast against rumors that they purposely were not inviting LVP to events.
Fri 11/9: Ladies jet off for the cast trip to France (Kyle, Rinna, Erika, Dorit, Teddi attend) “We are in Europe, Dorit” Camille and Denise were scheduled to come, but couldn’t bc of the fires. Camille had to call producers that she couldn’t make it as she was evacuated.
Sat 11/10: Camille’s home was lost to the fires on Saturday night
Fri 11/16: LVP interviewed by TMZ about whether reports are true that she is leaving the show (both by camera guy and then she appeared on TMZ Live)
Fri 11/16: LVP hosted the Vanderpump Dogs Gala (none of the RHOBH cast attended (yes they were back from France)- When asked Kyle said that only two cast members had been invited- she didn’t name names; VPR cast attended); LVP was asked several times on the red carpet about RHOBH; she seemed concerned for Ken to be answering RHOBH questions alone w/ reporters
Mon 11/19: Rinna on QVC
Fri 11/23: LVP announces that she will be opening Vanderpump Cocktail Garden in Vegas
Tues 11/27 LVP goes on The Talk and discusses RHOBH drama
Wed 11/28: The ladies were at Kitson to support Dorit’s Beverly Beach collab (PK, Kyle/Mauricio, Rinna, Teddi/Edwin, Camille, Erika and Denise attended; The ladies had dinner afterwards- Scene from trailer Dorit says “You’re a little snake!!” to Camille
Thurs 11/29: Finale filmed at a party for the Agency in Downtown LA (everyone except LVP attended) Erika and Rinna wore wigs. Teddi was heard recounting a pretty dramatic encounter with someone to Erika and Rinna in which the person told her “I can’t even waste my time on you”. The ladies talked about someone wanting protection. Erika says “You don’t need protection” (IDK who she is referring to) Dorit responds “Exactly” Camille and Rinna had that intense convo from trailer “Let’s figure out who the mean girl really is” Camille and Kyle also seemed to have a pretty intense convo in which Camille says “Well I know she’s not crazy about Vanderpump” * * * DECEMBER Sat 12/1: Erika’s concert in Atlantic City
Sun 12/2: LVP attends VPR premiere party
Mon 12/3: Vanderpump Rules premiere
Wed 12/5: Rinna puts out tweet saying “Listen. What we do is not that hard. We film for 4 months. We laugh, fight, we make up, whatever. We make a tv show. We are so blessed and so lucky to have a job. For those who watch, Thank you”
Sun 12/9: Erika’s concert in Ft. Lauderdale
Mon 12/10: Erika’s concert in Orlando
Tues 12/11: Erika’s concert in Atlanta. Kandi attended.
Fri 12/14: Teddi new confessional look (white glitter dress)
Fri 12/14: Erika’s concert in Nashville
Sun 12/16: Erika’s concert in in Charlotte
Thurs 12/20: RHOBH Season 9 trailer and cast photo released; Kyle films the WWHL OG special
Fri 12/21: Erika’s concert in Brooklyn * * * JANUARY Wed 1/2: Dorit’s stolen property recovered
Mon 1/7: LVP on WWHL; gave Andy baby present
Tues 1/8: Erika new confessional cheetah
Fri 1/11: Kyle’s 50th birthday party in Mexico (Teddi attends)
Fri 1/11: Rinna confessional filming
Tues 1/15: Kyle, Erika, and Dorit film 'Isn't It Romantic' commercial
Tues 1/15 Teddi confessional silver top
Wed 1/16 Kyle 50th b-day karaoke party with friends in L.A. (Teddi, Rinna, Erika, Dorit, Faye, and Kathy Hilton attend)
Thurs 1/17 Kyle, Rinna, and Teddi film WWHL
Fri 1/28 Dorit new confessional pink top with black mesh
Tues 1/22 Rinna tweets that viewers should do their homework ahead of the premiere by watching the season 4 Puerto Rico episode; Also insta stories watching season 4 reunion
Thurs 1/24 Kyle new confessional red dress
Sat 1/26 Andy's baby shower. (All the BH minus LVP attended.) Kyle was the main og hostess. LVP did not RSVP to Kyle's invite, but skyped Andy during the shower from Las Vegas to send her regards. Rinna took over has party hype women. Rinna was apparently avoiding Camille at the shower. Camille and Dorit got into a fight, but were told to save it for the reunion.
Tues 1/29 Erika on WWHL
Thurs. 1/31 Kyle has run in with paps who ask about Andy's baby shower. Paps suggest LVP was holding out for money to attend. Kyle responds at the joke by wondering if she really would have needed to pay LVP for her to come. * * * FEBRUARY Fri 2/1 LVP does an interview with TMZ Live about why she was absent from Andy's baby shower; disses Kyle's pap comment and says that she's too busy to trash her co-stars "too concerned with dogs than bitches"
Fri 2/1 Nene Leakes accuses LVP of dissuaded her from buying the property that LVP would would later buy to build Pump on Jenny Mccarthy's radio show
Tues 2/5 Kyle on Kelly and Ryan says that her and LVP are not speaking, but would hope to get back on good terms with her considering their long friendship
Thurs 2/7 LVP hints on E New Daily Pop that she may not attend the reunion
Thurs 2/7: Kyle, Rinna, and Teddi on WWHL (pre-taped)
Thurs 2/7: Erika has launch party for her make up collaboration with Too Faced (Rinna and Teddi attend)
Sun 2/10: Kyle, Erika, and Dorit's commerical for 'Isn't it Romantic' drops
Tues 2/12 Season 9 premiere of RHOBH (episode 1 titled "Lucy Lucy Apple Juicy); Every cast member minus LVP wrote a blog about this episode.
Tues 2/12 RHOBH season 9 premiere party (LVP, Kyle, Rinna, Dorit, Erika Teddi, and Denise in attendance) According to the red carpet reporters LVP showed up early, and left before the rest of the cast arrived. The other ladies did the traditional red carpet premiere night cast picture. Kyle, Teddi, Mauricio, and Edwin had dinner together after.
Sun 2/17 Denise's birthday; Kyle, Rinna, Dorit, and Teddi post birthday wishes on social media
Sun 2/17: Dorit throws a birthday party for Jagger and Phoenix. Teddi, Edwin, and their kids attend.
Mon 2/18: Teddi appears on “Everything Iconic” podcast. She reveals that her brother no longer works at Tom Tom because he got a full time job elsewhere. She reveals that after a major incident happened, LVP stopped coming to events and communicating with the cast. She admits in the dog situation “I’m not innocent in that whole thing. There is gonna be more that bubbles up. I am not. I’m not claiming to be.” She again disputes LVP’s claim that her and John Blizzard were close friends when she only ever saw him at Vanderpump Dogs events. She questions why she was the cast member told about the dog situation. * She claims that because of her experience this season, she has finally gone back to watch old seasons of RHOBH for the first time as “research” and has noticed a pattern with LVP. She points to situations in which LVP claims to be fine about something or has already cleared the air with someone off camera, and then decides to have a go with them on camera. She uses the Kyle Daily Mail fight and the Dorit dog situation as examples. According to Teddi, Dorit and LVP had already worked past the issue, prior to the scene we saw at Vanderpump Dogs on episode 1. Teddi basically says one of her big takeaways from the LVP situation is “No matter if I’m grieving or not grieving, it is never an intention of mine to try to make my friends look bad and I think you see two cases of that happening at Vanderpump Dog (Kyle and Dorit) and I think that is…now that I’ve gone back and done a little bit of research…there seems to be a pattern" “There are a lot of things that go down this year because of things that have happened before” * Teddi did finally get a dog, but not from Vanderpump Dogs. She also states that “we all have our personal issues (with LVP), there is not like one group mentality here and the way I feel is everybody’s personal relationship with somebody is on them. I am not one of those people that if I’m not getting along with somebody, I want everybody to not get along with somebody. I really don’t care. I’m really about my personal feelings. I’m pretty good at…I can coexist and I can be cordial and I think Lisa and I did that once together.” Teddi also questions why she was the cast member that was told about the dog situation.
Tues 2/19 Episode 2 "Eat Your Heart Out" airs (Rinna, Erika, Dorit, Teddi, and Denise wrote blogs; LVP and Kyle did not) In Dorit's blog she notably takes issue with LVP's confessional comment that Lucy ended up in a kill shelter. Dorit claims that LVP knew it was not a kill shelter and that Vanderpump Dogs was alerted one hour after Lucy arrived at the shelter.
Tues 2/19 Rinna on WWHL; She addresses the pill cupcake controversy.
Tues 2/19 Teddi launches her first line of "ALL IN" gear
Wed 2/20 Announcement that Denise has joined the cast of "The Bold and the Beautiful"
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