Monday, May 2, 2016

Michael Shannon can't get through Viva Las Vegas

 If Michael Shannon hasn't proved his disrespect for Elvis YET, read this from a Billboard interview:

"He took acting seriously and wanted to do better films. I still can't get through Viva Las Vegas, but he was great in King Creole. It was something he ran into time and time again: He wasn't taken seriously.

Hello Ugly Elvis...the chemistry ALONE in this film....geez! Maybe Harum Scarum but Viva? No way!

$ellout failed AGAIN! This just shows how much Shannon learned and studied about Elvis. And the respect he took away.

ZERO POINT ZERO! TAKE THE PAYCHECK AND RUN!  That is what Jerry taught them, the hero!

So let me a fellow Elvis fan school you,  Elvis' movies made so much money, they funded the biggest movies ever made. I bet $ellout didn't tell you that.

And the little he told the actors about Elvis compared to the huge quantity about himself is very clear to true Elvis fans.

Lisa Marie Presley: Elvis' DIGNITY was one of THE Most Important things to him

This Elvis and Nixon movie has me so enraged. The joke, the "character" of Elvis, the Mickey Mouse, the fairy tale he is becoming. The press, the actors and the public taking jabs at him. It's heart breaking to me.

I thought of this song by Elvis' daughter, Nobody Noticed It and I remembered her interview with Rolling Stone. So I dug it out and below, she talks about seeing other so called friends betray her dad. When she says they were trying to take his dignity....that hit home for me. That's exactly how I feel about this movie and the media circus. The on line comments calling him a junkie and worse, people taking this movie as true and we all know that becomes TRUTH in today's society. Elvis was so proud of the day he visited the White House. And it is killing me that actors, press and the public are calling this Bizarre, Insane, Crazy, and Ridiculous. And WORSE, they are laughing at him.

As Lisa says, "You slithering motherf*ckers have no right. None." YES! And I hope she has added one more name to that list. 

The song explicitly about her father is called 'Nobody Noticed It'. It was written after a day when, clicking through the TV channels, she stumbled across the E! True Hollywood Story: The Last Days of Elvis in which many of her father's associates and hangers-on talked about his downfall. 

'I couldn't believe they were trying to take his dignity , Sonny West, Marty Lacker, Red West, all these people that were worse than him'.

These were all people she knew from his lifetime: 'They scared the hell out of me when I was a kid, too. I remember seeing the Playboys, the drugs, the women.

I watched it all, and I watched them. I know the real story behind all of them, and I know what they're out there doing'.

After seeing the program, she was in shock. She couldn't sleep, she was so angry. 'I just thought, 'You slithering motherf*ckers have no right. None. You were responsible for this just as much as he was.

His dignity was one of the most important things to him, and you are trying to take it away'. '

She called one of her co-writers and put her fury and sadness into a song. 'All that you had to endure . . '. she sang, 'nobody noticed it'.

'He didn't have anyone to keep him leveled off. You get into this world where nothing you do is wrong.

I don't think any artist has really done that well with it, they usually end up destroying themselves.

Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison , he wasn't the only one

It's like you have no basis anymore. No foundation.

And I think he was one of the first ones to go through it. It was very lonely there, where he was. I know that'.

From her 2003 Rolling Stone Interview

Michael Shannon impersonates Elvis in a Dracula Cape on Jimmy Fallon

Michael Shannon, I mean Ugly Elvis appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon wearing a DRACULA cape impersonating Elvis. After a few jabs at Elvis' expense, he mentions Lauderdale Courts in Memphis. Nothing flattering said about Elvis. Enjoy the paycheck courtesy of Elvis!

Simon Fuller consulting with Priscilla Presley on Elvis Hologram

Priscilla Presley & Simon Fuller

Simon Fuller is a leading entertainment executive who has made an enormous impact on pop culture for a period of almost thirty years. He created the television sensation American Idol and is the Executive Producer of the dance competition series So You Think You Can Dance.

His record breaking management company XIX Entertainment is the guiding light behind music icons like Annie Lennox, Spice Girls, Amy Winehouse, Carrie Underwood and many others.  He has also built an amazing roster of sports stars including David Beckham, Andy Murray and Lewis Hamilton.  His two luxury fashion labels include Victoria Beckham and Roland Mouret. He was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and celebrated for his humanitarian work.

Forbes has an in depth interview with Simon Fuller and we noticed he mentioned Priscilla Presley and working with her to make the Elvis hologram a reality.

Forbes: What is next for the ultimate entrepreneur?

Fuller: I kind of always follow my instincts and my passion, so there will always be music in everything I do. The music industry is my first love.  I have recently become very drawn to virtual reality (Fuller is currently the largest share holder of hologram company Pulse, famous for their Tupac and Michael Jackson hologram performances).

I think we can reinvent the entertainment business as we know it through virtual reality. It applies to almost everything. For me, as a creator it gives me the opportunity to re-think things in exciting ways. Priscilla Presley gave me the digital rights to Elvis Presley and I will be consulting with her every inch of the way on creating a virtual reality series around him.

Click Here for Forbes in depth interview with Simon Fuller

George Jones new bio The Grand Tour review


This brief but richly written bio by longtime music scribe Kienzle is the most comprehensive look at the wild life, musical career and, most important, inner workings of the Possum  — a nickname, we see, he alternately hated and cherished.

Of course, Kienzle retells some of the more offbeat trials and tribulations that have become part of Jones lore: the time his wife took away his car keys, so he drove a tractor to the liquor store; the car crashes and cocaine binges; his bizarre “Duck” and “Old Man” voices and personae; a stormy marriage to singer Tammy Wynette; and the scores of drunken performances and missed concerts which gave him the moniker of “No Show Jones.”

But he also unearths even more stories with research and original interviews. One time early in his career, in order to cool down a non-air-conditioned bus, Jones shot several holes in the floor of his non-air-conditioned bus, not realizing that those holes only served to suck in the vehicle’s exhaust fumes.

Or once, drunk, he passed out in a shower stall; only the combination of his naked ass covering the drain and the quick-thinking Faron Young pulling him out likely saved him from drowning.

“Sober, he had [mother] Clara’s noblest attributes,” Kienzle writes of Jones's early drinking, the beginning of a pattern he held for decades. “A binge summoned forth the obnoxious, abusive spirit of George Washington Jones. If he realized what he’d done after sobering up, remorse set in and apologies flowed — until the next whiskey was poured.”

The George Jones-Melba Montgomery "Bluegrass Hootenanny" sessions in January 1964. Left to right: Ray Walker, Pappy Daily, Jones, Tommy Jackson, unknown, Curtis McPeak (banjo), Pig Robbins (piano), Bob Moore (bass)Russell D. Barnard Collection of Southern Folklife Collection, University of North Carolina

But, thankfully, Kienzle also gives ample pages to the story and development of Jones’s musical life. And while he started off singing in the styles of heroes like Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell, Roy Acuff and Bill Monroe (Jones was, by all accounts, a gifted mimic), he eventually found his own voice awash in deep heartache and regret.

Like Frank Sinatra, George Jones (who died three years ago this week) could really live inside and interpret a lyric in songs like “She Thinks I Still Care,” “The Window Up Above,” "The Battle," “The Grand Tour,” “A Picture of Me (Without You)," "If Drinkin' Don't Kill Me (Her Memory Will)" and what many consider his finest song, “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” That last title a movie-worthy story in which the protagonist’s pining for a woman ends only with his death and a funeral that she attends.

Kienzle also details Jones’s frustration with and disdain for the creeping influence of pop into the country music of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s that, while hugely commercially successful, sounded closer to bland soft rock than country. He did appreciate members of the “New Traditionalist” movement — most specifically Alan Jackson, who became a close friend — for swinging the pendulum back a bit.

There are also stories of financial chaos and mismanagement that Jones himself was largely responsible for, and his fractious relationships with his children.

And then there’s the tragic 1965 incident after a show near a club called Shelley’s in La Porte (later the site of the original Gilley’s), where the president of Jones's fan club was found beaten and strangled to death a short distance away. Jones and his band were the last people seen with her, so they remained under a cloud of suspicion until a transient admitted to the crime.

The Grand Tour is an apt title for this deep survey of George Jones, who with the help of fourth wife Nancy sobered up and spent the last 20 years of his life basking in the accolades of his legacy. And with a movie of his life in the planning stages, there’s still some Show left in this No Show yet.

Read Bob's Full Review at Houston Press

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John Travolta helped recruit Priscilla Presley into Scientology shortly after Elvis' Death

In August of 1977,  Elvis Presley died. Sylvia “Spanky” Taylor, friend and former Scientologist says John Travolta heard from Priscilla Presley, who had divorced Elvis in 1973. She had found among her ex-husband’s things various books on Scientology and admitted she was curious about them.

“So John sent me over, and that’s how I recruited Priscilla Presley into Scientology,” Spanky says, and she makes it sound like Travolta was watching out for his friend, Priscilla.

“Wouldn’t some people say Travolta sent you to recruit Priscilla at a time when she was vulnerable?” we asked.

“Some people might say that,” Spanky answered.

Spanky appeared in the HBO documentary, Going Clear about Scientology.

Source: Tony Ortega

Lisa Marie Presley uses her smarts to stand up to Scientology

For more than a year, Tony Ortega has been speaking with sources close to Lisa Marie Presley who tell us that the daughter of Elvis Presley has not only turned against Scientology leader David Miscavige, but has taken steps to coordinate actions designed to cripple Miscavige’s rule.

Lisa Marie is using her media savvy and connections with other celebrities and other important figures inside Scientology to release explosive revelations about Miscavige, while keeping her own role quiet. The result, so far, has been the skillfully timed release of media stories that have damaged Miscavige at the same time that Scientology is in a long term decline.

In Lisa Marie Presley, David Miscavige has cultivated a powerful enemy. And in this story, we explain how things got to that point.

Yesterday, we described how David Miscavige’s family has been ripped apart by Scientology’s toxic policy of “disconnection,” which has left David and his twin sister, Denise Gentile, cut off from other members of the family, including their father, Ron Miscavige.

Ron had been a Scientologist for about 40 years, and was a well liked and popular member as the Sea Org’s musical director. But by 2012, he could no longer take the deprivations of Sea Org life under his dictatorial son, and with his wife Becky Bigelow, he “blew” from the base, as Scientologists say.

Over the next two years, Ron and Becky worked to re-adapt to life outside the Sea Org. They lived for a while with Ron’s son Ronnie Jr. in Virginia. Then they moved to Wisconsin to be near Becky’s family. And it was there, in 2013, that the West Allis, Wisconsin police department contacted Ron about a strange arrest they had made. A father and son private investigator team, Dwayne and Daniel Powell, had been found to be carrying a massive arsenal of weapons and ammunition that included an illegal homemade silencer. Facing ten years in federal prison, Dwayne Powell and his son spilled their guts to police in taped interviews. They admitted that they were being paid $10,000 a week to follow Ron on behalf of his son, David Miscavige, and the Church of Scientology.

At one point, they say in the interviews, they saw Ron clutch at his chest and thought he might be having a heart attack. When they called for instructions, they said David Miscavige himself got on the line and told them to do nothing. “If he dies, he dies,” Miscavige told them, according to the Powells.

Stunned by the news, Ron obtained copies of the recorded interviews. Meanwhile, as we detailed in yesterday’s story, the Miscavige family in Florida was being torn asunder. Denise and her sister Lori were being told to cut off all ties with Denise’s ex-husband, Robert Covington, and his family. And at the same time, they were drawing away from their father Ron.

Ron reached out to Robert Covington and his wife, Heather, who told us that in September 2014, Ron said he was coming to Florida and asked to stay with them. During that visit, Ron revealed to them that armed private investigators had been arrested who admitted that they were following him on his son’s orders. Heather tells us that Ron played the tapes for them, and said that he wanted his daughters, Denise and Lori, to hear them. He wanted them to understand that it was David Miscavige who was ripping their family apart.

But when Ron went to Denise’s house, she refused to see him. He returned to the Covington house, where a barbecue was going on.

Heather says Ron told them, “You know what? I’m going to write that book.”

And then, that same evening, Ron made a phone call.

It was to Lisa Marie Presley.

Heather heard it clearly, because Ron had Lisa Marie on speaker phone as they talked, and Heather says she and her husband were able to hear what they were talking about.

Lisa Marie was furious at what Ron told her about being turned away by his daughter Denise.

Our sources who are close to Lisa Marie tell us that she is a strongly family-oriented person, and highly values family loyalty. It stunned her, they tell us, that Ron Miscavige would be told that his own daughters never wanted to talk to him again, and that David Miscavige had paid for private investigators to follow his own father.

They also tell us that Lisa Marie was prepared to believe what Ron was saying because of her own investigations into what ailed the Church of Scientology.

Lisa Marie Presley was nine years old when her father Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977. Her mother, Priscilla, had divorced Elvis in 1973. Last year, Spanky Taylor told us that Priscilla reached out to John Travolta after Elvis’s death, telling him that among her ex-husband’s possessions she had found some Scientology books, and was curious about them. Travolta sent Spanky, who had worked for him in the past, to meet with Priscilla. It was then, Spanky tells us, that she got Priscilla into Scientology, and Priscilla in turn brought her daughter up in the church.

But Lisa Marie’s doubts about the organization have been growing for years. In April 2012, just a month after Ron Miscavige and Becky Bigelow escaped from Int Base, Lisa Marie released a single that contained lyrics which, to us, suggested she was pushing Scientology away. She followed that up a month later with an album that contained lyrics that seemed unambiguous, and she gave interviews during which she talked about getting rid of people she called “nuts” from her life.

Our sources now tell us we were right about those assessments — Lisa Marie had begun pulling away from Scientology as early as 2008, and meticulously gathered information about the organization. But even after she had all but announced her defection in her 2012 album, Storm & Grace, Lisa Marie still considered herself a Scientologist and believed that David Miscavige was a friend.

But as 2012 unfolded, Lisa Marie’s disaffection deepened.

She talked to Ron Miscavige and other people who had left Int Base, asking for stories about what it was like there, and for confirmation that “The Hole” actually existed. She did other research as well, learning the kinds of things about L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology that church members are supposed to assiduously avoid.

(Our sources tell us that the tabloid rumors last year that Lisa Marie has been attempting to help Tom Cruise leave Scientology are false. Cruise is as dedicated to the church as ever, and Lisa Marie, our sources say, has no interest in trying to change his mind about that.)

As she continued her project, Lisa Marie then reached out to her mother, Priscilla Presley, and her daughter, Riley Keough, telling them she needed their support. If she decided to leave the church, they needed to come with her.

And after talking with Ron Miscavige in September 2014 about his own daughters disconnecting from him, Lisa Marie was ready, after all of her research, for a showdown with David Miscavige.

The next month, in October 2014, Lisa Marie traveled to Scientology’s “spiritual mecca,” the Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Florida, having notified Flag officials that she wanted to meet with Miscavige.

When she arrived at the offices of the Religious Technology Center, where Miscavige is chairman of the board (and known as “COB” to Scientologists), the church leader wasn’t there.

Instead, our sources tell us, Lisa Marie was confronted by Ron Miscavige’s daughters, Denise Gentile and Lori Verneuille, who tried to convince her that Ron and his son, Ronnie Jr., had been abusive to them.

Lisa Marie was disgusted by the encounter, we’re told. And she left the base no longer considering herself a Scientologist.

But if David Miscavige thought Lisa Marie would go away quietly, he was badly mistaken.

One of the things Ron Miscavige discussed with her was that his book would reveal the shocking news that he’d been tailed by the private investigators arrested by the West Allis Police Department in 2013.

But Lisa Marie told Ron that wasn’t going to work. She explained that revealing that information in a book with Ron’s name on it would allow Miscavige and the church to claim that it was a biased attack by an interested party.

It turned out that Lisa Marie had other plans for that information.

Our sources tell us that she hired an attorney in Los Angeles, someone who specialized in the media. That attorney obtained copies of the police interviews and police reports from the 2013 arrest. And then, the attorney strategically fed that material to three media organizations.

For print, the Los Angeles Times, for online, TMZ, and for television, NBC.

It was a savvy move by Lisa Marie. TMZ had been Scientology’s lapdog for several years, doing the church favors when it wanted to slime a former member, or ignoring Leah Remini’s defection from the church in 2013, for example.

The Los Angeles Times, meanwhile, had done legendary work exposing Scientology in the 1990s, and even as late as 2005 it did a major piece on David Miscavige and the Int Base. But since then, the newspaper has shown almost no curiosity about the church’s controversies in its own backyard. The L.A. Times has still, for example, not written anything about the Los Angeles billboard about Scientology disconnection that has garnered so much interest by other news organizations around the world.

But this material, dropped in their laps by Lisa Marie’s attorney, was impossible to ignore. And each of them did strong pieces that showed up on April 8 last year, and were picked up everywhere. It may have been David Miscavige’s most damaging news all year.

It was Lisa Marie Presley who made the decision that the story about the private investigators should show up in these mainstream outlets before it appeared in Ron Miscavige’s book.

And our sources tell us she has more planned.

(BIM - I wonder if a recent rumor about Lisa's family was drummed up by the "church" ?)

Source: Tony Ortega

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