Tuesday, May 26, 2009
So I woke up on Memorial Day and found out that Savage Jim From NY had had the Col's entire YOUTUBE account nuked.
Hours and hours of research now removed.
I don't know what to say.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
So there was this bullshit piece in a goddamn gossip column about Oliver Stone making yet another version of HELTER SKELTER. This didn't ring true thought the Col. Oliver Stone was way too smart than to fall for the Bug's point of view. So rather than spread internet lies I called up Oliver Stone. I am please to report that this is 100 % bullshit. His next film is Wall Street 2. I'm not sure THAT'S a good idea, but at least it won't hurt our search for the truth.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Barker Ranch, the old Death Valley mining camp notorious as Charles Manson's hide-out, has been gutted in a suspicious fire, according to the National Park Service.
“The building is gutted, burned out,” said Terry Baldino, chief of interpretation at Death Valley National Park.
The homestead’s rock walls and tin roof were still intact, but its hand-hewn wooden interior beams and window and door frames were all reduced to ash, he said. An outbuilding, originally built as a garage or workroom, was destroyed, Baldino said.
Park officials said the fire might have started last weekend; it was reported Wednesday. No cause has been identified and the fire is under investigation, Baldino said.
The cabin is in a remote area of the park and used by backcountry campers. It had a stove and a fireplace, but there was no water source in the area. If the fire was inadvertently set, there was no water available to put it out.
“The thing that is really sad,” Baldino said, “is that a month ago we had a restoration crew out to stabilize the place. We were afraid the wood lattice and tin roof would come off. We replaced wood timbers in the sagging roof and cleaned up the interior and the grounds. It was actually in fairly good shape when we finished.”
The simple cabin was built in the 1930s by a retired Los Angeles Police Department officer, who, with his wife, had staked a gold claim. The Barker family then bought the house and worked the claim.
In the late 1960s, the Manson gang roamed the barren Death Valley landscape in dune buggies and prepared for "Helter Skelter," a race war Manson was trying to spark. The phrase was taken from a Beatles song, which Manson believed was encoded with predictions that the conflict would destroy modern civilization. Manson and his followers planned to survive by living in a tunnel, then emerge as leaders of some new world order.
Manson eventually was arrested in the cabin, hiding in one of the cupboards, after a 1969 murder spree in Southern California that included the killing of actress Sharon Tate, three friends and a teenager at the pregnant actress' Benedict Canyon home, and the slaying of a couple in Los Feliz.
The ranch was the subject of renewed attention recently when a local police detective searched the site for possible clandestine graves. The excavation revealed little more than a few bullet casings.
Monday, May 11, 2009
CANNES -- Bill Gottlieb's U.S. production banner Gorilla Pictures and L.A.-based American Media Group are ramping up their co-production partnership with a slew of projects including Jesse V. Johnson's "Debt Collectors."
Going into preproduction in the fall, "Debt Collectors" is written and will directed by Johnson and is billed as neo-noir drama centering on the story of two professional debt collectors.
The project marks the second collaboration for Gorilla and AMG on a Johnson movie. The first will see the duo unspool the filmmaker's noir drama "Charlie Valentine" here in the Marche du Film.
"Valentine" stars Raymond J. Barry, Michael Weatherly, Tom Berenger and Steven Bauer and details the story of a gangster and his relationship with his son.
Also in development at AMG is "Within Screaming Distance," written by Joseph Stefano before his death in 2006. Stefano was living next door to Sharon Tate when she was savagely murdered by Charles Manson in 1969. His screenplay centers on a Hollywood party occurring next door to Sharon just before she was murdered.
Also heading into the preproduction phase in early 2010 is "Dead Man's Party," a horror pic written by Lou Aguilar, and "Hard Dazed Night" written by Steve McKean, Frank Elkins & Jack Airey.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
'ALLO 'Allo creator Jeremy Lloyd may only have been married to Joanna Lumley for six short months in 1970.
But without her there wouldn't have been Rene, Yvette, Herr Flick and all the rest of the French resistance gang.
Jeremy's not surprised by her stand against the government on behalf of the Gurkhas.
"Like my father, who was a colonel, Joanna's father was an army man, a Gurkha commander, and she was born in the Himalayas.
"Our friendship's outlasted our marriage," he said.
Joanna is just one of a host of beautiful women Jeremy worked with over the years, and there would probably have been no 'Allo 'Allo without her.
Jeremy returned home from a spell in America where he'd won an Emmy for his part in TV comedy Rowan and Martin's Laugh In, co-starring with Goldie Hawn.
"I'd just come back to collect some things," he said. "But then I met Joanna and that rather delayed going back. But she didn't want to go to America, so I stayed over here."
Maybe it was a wonder he had time for a writing career at all. He giggled at the idea that as a stunning-looking young actor he was an It boy of the time.
"I was engaged to an It girl, Charlotte Rampling, in fact she's coming to see me in three days as we're still friends.
"It was an amazing time. I appeared with Goldie Hawn, Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Ronald Reagan, Frank Sinatra, they were all on the show."
Jeremy also confirmed what is often thought of as an urban legend, that he should have been at actress Sharon Tate's house the day Charles Manson murdered her in one of the most notorious incidents from Hollywood's past.
"Sharon's husband director Roman Polanski had asked me to look up Sharon while I was out there. I was staying with Leslie Bricusse who worked on songs with Antony Newley and from his house we could see Sharon Tate's roof.
"I rang her and she invited me over for tea the next day. But I went out drinking with the actor George Hamilton and we were back very late, slept in till five the next day – I'd been asked round for four. I tried to phone to apologise, but there was no answer as Manson's people had cut the wires. So I should really have been there when it all happened."
As well as appearing in Beatles movies A Hard Day's Night and Help!, Jeremy acted in West End plays and had TV roles such as a sooty chimney sweep in the first colour episode of The Avengers.
"I took Diana Rigg out for a while after that," mused Jeremy.
And in movies he went from uncredited performances such as Man Doing The Twist in 60s film Play It Cool to roles in Murder On The Orient Express and Tom Jones.
"I wasn't just a writer or a performer, I was a performer who broke into America. Because I looked very silly."
But maybe not that silly. Jeremy revealed he was getting 5,000 fan letters a week from across America.
"They were from girls all over the country – some of them sent photographs!"
You'd never guess Jeremy had a broken leg, injured while falling downstairs.
As well as a packed social life, he's working on a new sitcom called Here Comes The Queen, written with his 'Allo 'Allo co-writer David Croft.
"We've made it and we're trying to sell it and I'm working on another play called Last Tango For A Gigolo, I'm looking for finance.
But Jeremy already had form when he and David Croft first got together to write 'Allo 'Allo.
His first sitcom had been Are You Being Served? in 1972, the hit show based on the antics of the staff of an old-fashioned department store.
"I based it on my own experiences working in the suit department of a big shop in London called Simpson's," said Jeremy. "And that is the most true to life of the sitcoms I've worked on. It really was like that to work in shops like that in those days.
"When I'd come back from America, David and I had been asked to write a show to be one of a number of pilot shows – that was the one that took off!
'Allo 'Allo notched up a victory for international relations last year.
Jeremy said: "German TV bought the 85 episodes and they're translating them all into German.
"I think it's had a harmonising effect with all the different countries represented in it – a lot of Germans have liked it over the years. I think it's like in the First World War when both sides got together and sang Christmas carols."
Jeremy revealed that people like to turn up to see the tour of 'Allo 'Allo in costume.
"It's like audiences do with the Rocky Horror Show," he said.
"I went to see the production in Bournemouth and about 100 German generals came walking down the street towards me."
Friday, May 01, 2009
I didn't post for an entire month. I'd love to tell you that I was on vacation but I wasn't. Or that I was in prison but I wasn't. Or maybe I was on an Amazonian exploration with BRET (whose goddamn site is goddamn down again) but I wasn't. You know what?
I didn't have anything to say!
Sorry kids... I tried. I wanted to. Truly I did.
But I just didn't have much new to add to the discussion. And the Col doesn't like to flap his mouth off. So I shut my pie hole and kept earning major dollars and ignored the ONLY Official Tate LaBianca Blog in existence.
I'm not sorry. I'm just sayin.....
But now I'm back. And I promise to make up for it in the Merry Month of May.
Did Bobby Beausoleil kill a girl before he killed Gary Hinman?
Cats and others are discussing this here.
The Col's Thoughts
I'm friendly with Bobby.
I kind of doubt it.
It came from the Zodiac message board, which tried to charge me $5 to join.
How come this has never ever ever ever been mentioned before? Even by the BUG during the trials? They were desperate to get a conviction the second time around and would have used anything.
on the other hand
It takes a lot to kill people. I mean I there are people I'd LIKE to kill but it ain't gonna happen. Conscience, blood and all. Now once you have done ONE, two or three more, it gets easy. Look at Tex for example. And if you study the Hinman story as much as I have (the fringe stories, Hinman, Lotsapoppa, Shea, are where I believe you will find the truth) you'll see there comes a point on Sunday where Bobby just decides in his head, Fuck it, and kills him. And do not underestimate, that is an amazing step- major- unless he has done it before.
So I don't know.
What do you all think?