|Playtex seamstress at work on spacesuit|
'Spacesuit' (Warner Bros) is an upcoming film about the development of the suit worn by the Apollo 11 astronauts on their historic flight and landing on the moon. Now, think of the entire mission hinging on the use of your grandma's bra! That's right, without the 'technology' behind the brassiere the moon landing would not have been possible.
It turns out that the 21 layers of gossamer thin fabric in the Apollo spacesuits was created by the Playtex Company using undergarment materials. A little known historical fact is that the development of the Apollo AL7 Pressure Garment (ie. moon suit) is one of the great American stories which up until now was never told.
Pitted against the military/industrial complex, Playtex created the 21 layer spacesuit, when the military contractors failed. No firm could meet the mission requirements and create a functioning suit that would keep the astronauts alive. The seamstresses at Playtex (all women) with their years of experience fashioning bras, could, and did.
'Spacesuit' depicts this incredible story - how it happened and the women who made it happen, this is a must see movie. Look for it at your local cinema, and if they haven't booked it tell them to do so.
To Bob DeNiro: Please Stop Making Crappy Movies
Is Robert DeNiro trying to top the most movies made list? I swear, if DeNiro makes one more shitty movie I'm boycotting him for life ( not that this would matter much in the bigger scheme of things). But, really, can't this guy stay away from the camera.
DeNiro will be in eight movies this year alone and basically each one was worse then the last.
Making his rise to stardom in the '70s and '80s, DeNiro is one of the great actors in modern cinema and he still delivers but he does it in movies that don't deserve his talents - it seems like its all about volume as he does this over and over again.
Just this year, coming off his great 2012 performance in 'Silver Linings Playbook', came this year's 'The Big Wedding', ' Being Flynn', 'American Hustle', 'The Family', and two duds that went straight to DVD - 'Killing Season' and 'Freelancers'. Next week 'Last Vegas' will be released - which appears to be an Expendables meets Grumpy Old Men - and on Christmas Day 'Grudge Match' (or Rocky meets Raging Bull) as Sly Stallone co-stars. In addition, he has another movie in production, 'Motel'.
Wow! Whatever happened to the actor of 'Taxi Driver', 'The Deer Hunter', and 'True Confessions' ? Bob, how about fewer but better films. You don't need the money and we don't need a DeNiro movie of the month.
ExpendaBelles: Totally Chick
In answer to the geezer action films known as 'The Expendables' (3rd one in production) Avi Lerner, their producer, is planning to sign Mila Jovovich, Cameron Diaz, and Meryl Streep in a female version entitled 'The ExpendaBelles' (no joke).
In a press release, Lerner reported that he was in negotiations with the three stars who all have worked in action movies before. Diaz in 'Charlie's Angels', Streep in 'The River Wild', and Jovovich in the 'Resident' Evil' series of films. Lerner is also scouting for a female director for the film, which has already been scripted.
I like the premise - so hopefully Lerner can get those three and others to sign on.