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How do you envision Mags?

So I’ve just read that Melissa Leo has been under consideration for the role of Mags, the oldest District participant in Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games.

In Suzanne Collins’ book, Mags is in her eighties and cannot speak due to a stroke. She needs help keeping up, though she’s still sharp as a tack despite her difficulty communicating and still knows how to survive in the arena. It’a a good role, not a great one, and it should go to a performer who is at least as Read the rest of this entry »

Death on the Nile is one of my favorite films.  The slow pacing.  The plot from an Agatha Christie mystery.  The location from Egypt.  And movie star after movie star after movie star.

Bette Davis wielding a teacup in the 1978 film Death on the Nile.

I caught a fantastic clip from the film featuring Bette Davis, Lois Chiles, and Maggie Smith. Outside of setting up motives for killing Lois Chiles’ character, the scene now has historical significance to me.  A baton has been passed.

In the film, Bette Davis is the imperious, high-society, old-money, cantankerous, ancient scenery-chewer, spitting out lines as only someone with at least half a Read the rest of this entry »