Only When I Laugh

A classic from 1981 with Marsha Mason in the role of Broadway actress Georgia Hines and Kristy McNichol as her estranged daughter Polly.  Neal Simon wrote the screenplay based on his play “The Gingerbread Lady”.

Only When I Laugh
James Coco as Jimmy Perrino, Joan Hackett as Toby Landau and Marsha Mason as Georgia Hines

James Coco as her “gay” friend Jimmy Perrino and Joan Hackett as youth-obsessed Toby Landau are great in their supporting roles.  It’s funny, it’s manic, it’s sad and it’s one of those movies I’ve come back to over and over again.

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Only When I Laugh is a 1981 American comedy-drama film based on Neil Simon’s play The Gingerbread Lady.  The story is about an alcoholic Broadway actress who tries to stay sober while dealing with the problems of her teenage daughter and her friends: an overly vain woman who fears the loss of her looks and a gay actor relegated to small roles in third-rate shows.

Simon changed the main character’s name to Georgia Hines for the film adaptation; the character was named Evy Meara in the stage version. The main character went from being a cabaret singer to a Broadway stage actress.  The film, written by Simon and directed by Glenn Jordan, stars Marsha Mason, Joan Hackett, James Coco and Kristy McNichol. 

It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Marsha Mason), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (James Coco), and Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Joan Hackett).   

Movie Villains Often Have Skin Diseases: Why Docs Are Upset


Why Do Movie Villians Have So many Skin Problems – VIDEO 

In a new study, researchers analyzed the dermatological features of 10 classic movie villains, and compared them with those of 10 classic movie heroes. They found that 60 percent of the villains had noticeable dermatological features, compared with none of the heroes.

The character Darth Vader in “Return of the Jedi” – Credit:  Lucas Films

Some dermatologists are taking issue with Hollywood’s tendency to depict villains with distinctive skin features.

Source: Movie Villains Often Have Skin Diseases: Why Docs Are Upset

Almost 60% Decrease in Wildlife

If current trends continue the world could lose more than two-thirds of wildlife by 2020

via Wildlife Populations Have Dropped by Almost 60% in 40 Years, WWF Says — TIME

Spix's Macaw
Spix’s Macaw
Tecopa Pupfish
Tecopa Pupfish

Images of just some of the wildlife that are now extinct.

Madeiran Large White Butterfly
Madeiran Large White Butterfly
Pyrenean Ibex
Pyrenean Ibex
West African Black Rhinoceros
West African Black Rhinoceros

John Waters’ Multiple Maniacs (1970)

I’m a big fan of John Waters and Divine. Outrageous and schizoid and funny and disgusting and – well you tend to run out of adjectives with these two and their cohorts.

John Waters’ gloriously grotesque second feature is replete with all manner of depravity, from robbery to murder to one of cinema’s most memorably blasphemous moments.


Source: Multiple Maniacs (1970) – The Criterion Collection