Category: Film & Acting & TV

Movies, movie stars, television, directors, actors: talent and glamour.

Neptune in Pisces: Fairytale TV, the Mystic North
“There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.” Willa Cather I can add “failure to hire leather-trousered pirate as childminder” to my Mother’s List of Shame. My kids are a tad irritated that Captain Hook is not [...]
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RIP Victoria Wood
Just gutted. She was only 62. A comic genius.  
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Zombie Johnny Depp and the Doggie Debacle
A spongey, grey-faced Johnny Depp and his beautiful wife Amber Heard read an apology to the State from an autocue, staring sullenly into a camera set at a strangely low angle. No, the State is not North Korea, but Australia. If you wondered whether Johnny Depp’s birth time deserved the AA [...]
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Venus in Scorpio: Gracile Strength And Pure Power
If you’ve been following these “Venus In…” posts for a while, you will know that your Venus sign does not necessarily describe what you look like — that is more for the Ascendant  or ruling planet — but how you are attractive. Over the year, quite a few [...]
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Beards
Big bushy, smooth furry, patchy, pointy, oiled, curled and swooshing. Beards — big ones or neat ones — are the facial fashion for dandies these days. It’s so much fun. And maybe the biggest change in men’s fashion since bell-bottoms. Neptune is, of course, the planet of [...]
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Movies: Before…
Spoiler alert. If you haven’t seen Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight, read no more. Jesse wears a manky greyish T-shirt with the word Neptune written across the body of a blue whale for about half the movie Before Midnight. Considering he’s an acclaimed writer of [...]
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Venus in Cancer: As Beautiful As The Moon
In Arabic, Egyptian Arabic anyway, when you want to describe someone as really beautiful, you say she is like the Moon, or she has a face like the Moon. (How unlike “moonface” in English). When Venus is in the sign of the Moon, two of the most feminine energies in astrology are [...]
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The Astrology of Alzheimer’s
Some readers of this blog have been having a discussion about Alzheimer’s in the comments section under the short post on Terry Pratchett, the English author who died recently of the disease. They have come up with several interesting hypotheses about finding a predisposition for the [...]
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On Pisces
Sadko In The Underwater Kingdom by Ilya Repin (Wikimedia Commons) From Tunisia to Elizabeth Taylor, you never know who you’re going to swim past down there in the blue, blue sea. With the Sun still in Pisces, visit or revisit these OA posts on or about the sign of the Fishes. A Fortnight [...]
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Mark Rylance: Being Saturn
Lush with satin and velvet, beautifully lit by candles and England’s cool northern daylight, the TV adaptation of Wolf Hall is as enthralling as the book. At the centre of the bedizened, voluptuous court of Henry VIII, there is a still, dark point, Thomas Cromwell. For more on the story [...]
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February Horoscopes
The day of the year set aside for lovers by the makers of greeting cards falls, in the northern hemisphere, during the grimmest month. Where is the erotic promise in February’s pale days and cold rain? But not this year. This year, February looks fabulous. It looks sexy, fecund, inspiring. A [...]
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Dr Zhivago: Venus In The Midst Of Mars
Like flowers the ice crystals on the window sparkle in the winter sun, transform into a sunny field of daffodils. Spring. Early-morning, low sun between rows of straight, rough-barked pines flashes as the camera moves. Treeless, snowy, dead flat land with a horizon straight as a ruler. A [...]
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Neptune At The Movies
It’s Boxing Day, a perfect day for slothing on the sofa and succumbing to the magic world of the movies. I’ve noted before that I think this period of Neptune in Pisces (2011-2024) should be great for the moving image. One thing that’s already clear is that we’re going [...]
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Vampire Hunting
Tomorrow night all manner of ghouls and creeps will walk our suburban streets. Maybe there will be vampires…if it’s the real thing, you know what to do, clutch your crucifix and drive a stake through his heart. But what it this is a more subtle vampire? The kind who smiles nicely and [...]
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Scorpio Fashionistas: Edith Head
Edith Head’s work is chic, cool, glamourous and powerful. You name a legendary Hollywood beauty (especially post-war) — Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Ingrid Bergman — and you’ll find that Edith Head designed clothes for her. Some of the most iconic [...]
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Venus in Libra: Grace, Balance… But Not Always
I’ve often thought that Bill Clinton looks an awful lot like an older, whiter version of the actor Will Smith.     When the planet of beauty is in her own sign of Libra, you’d expect to find some real physical beauty. In particular, you might expect to find some perfectly [...]
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What Blew Cloonuddin’s Commitment-Phobia Away?
George Clooney, handsome, talented and famous, seems to unite some of the best blessings of existence. Amal Alamuddin, beautiful, successful, cosmopolitan and not just a top lawyer, but a human rights one! Cream at the top of the collective coffee cup. Both just so good on paper. Which one is [...]
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Anthony Hopkins: Darkness Visible
    Anthony Hopkins’ trademark is intense stillness broken by an electrifying stream of words, or a sudden violent movement, or a flash of those unsettling pale eyes. He was born in the dark of winter. His powerful, stony Capricorn Sun is buried in the 12th house – the [...]
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Lights, Camera, Roar
It’s silly to guess a profession by Sun sign. But this is the silly season – and there are an awful lot of film directors born under the sign of the Lion. Creative, passionate, theatrical, charismatic – and with a big vision — it figures. So this week’s birthdays [...]
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RIP Robin Williams
When Robin Williams was on comic form, he made visions with words that tumbled out of his mouth and mind with an electrifying force and speed that was almost hallucinatory. His imagination was as wild and free-wheeling as a dolphin at play, or sometimes like a loose cable spraying sparks. [...]
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