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When thinking about Hollywood today, I always drift backward in time to a Hollywood where connections and beauty meant a lot, but talent meant even more. Don’t get me wrong, I love contemporary Hollywood, and I think it generates many wonderful films, but I think it is important to take a gander into the past to find some of the best stars and films of all time.
Regarding the list of Old Hollywood bests, I would have to include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, A Streetcar Named Desire, starring Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard. These films all have very different stories to tell and quite varied talents playing the roles, but all three have one common thread. They all tell a grand story with class, style and elegance.
Now, to deviate from an overview of Old Hollywood, I would like to mention an actress who transcended the expectations of Hollywood itself and transformed her job as actress into what I feel is an archetype of what Hollywood actors of today should strive to be. I can name at least five films she starred in that make the list of Old Hollywood bests. There’s been a lot of talk about her eyes, but let us now talk about her talent.
Still wondering who I am referring to? Even after the mention of her eyes? Why Bette Davis, of course; the actress who helped to shape Hollywood’s standards of excellence forever. Let’s take a look at some of her films, shall we?
Set in antebellum New Orleans in the early 1850s, Jezebel (1938) is a fine film that follows Julie Marsden through her quest to social redemption on her terms. Davis plays the free-spirited Southern belle whose dominance and overbearing ways runs off her beloved fiancé Preston Dillard. To win back his heart, she plays North against South amid a deadly epidemic of yellow fever which claims a surprising victim.
Davis plays this role brilliantly, as her drive and fierce personality off camera shines through to reveal a young woman with only one thing in mind, getting exactly what she wants against all odds. This reflects one of Davis’ most outstanding attributes in real life.
Speaking of real life, I wonder to myself if the next film I mention was a fictional motion picture, or a true story about Davis herself. I mean, she does play a powerful and talented actress who will ultimately let no one stand in the way of that.
All About Eve, (1950) perhaps my favorite, if not close second favorite, Bette Davis picture stars the diva as the great and temperamental Margo Channing, a renowned stage actress who becomes close to the manipulative Eve Harrington, an aspiring theater actress who uses any tactic necessary, including using the lives of Margo and her friends, to get ahead in the theater business.
Davis claims to have based her role on the persona of film actress Talullah Bankhead. And Davis’ famous line, "Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride," is now a household expression, although the entire script shines with beautifully rich dialogue. Eve is a story of ambition and betrayal, which has become an integral part of American folklore.
Now let us turn to Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964). In this classic film, the arrival of a lost relative engulfs terror upon an aging Southern belle, forever plagued by a horrifying family secret. Davis plays Charlotte Hollis, the aging recluse deluded into a state of dementia by horrible memories and hallucinations. She lives in a secluded house where some thirty seven years prior her married lover was beheaded and mutilated by an unknown assailant.
Similar to the plot of Dolores Claiborne, Davis is accused of the murder and must prove her innocence. This film is epic in scope and leaves nothing to be desired. Again, as I find often in old Hollywood films, the ending is spectacular.
And lastly, I would like to mention what is perhaps Bette Davis’ most well-known film, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) where she co-stars with the endlessly talented Joan Crawford. This brilliant classic is about two sisters, Baby Jane and Blanche Hudson, living in a decaying old Hollywood mansion. Baby Jane is a former childhood star, while Blanche is a movie star forced into early retirement after a crippling accident.
Baby Jane, after years of being overlooked because of her sister’s great success, turns the tables on Blanche by "taking care" of her without the help of any outsider. What we get is a helpless woman with a good heart imprisoned by her psychotic sister. With one of the most memorable endings of any film I’ve ever seen, this film is one of the shining examples of why Hollywood is known for producing the best movies in all the world.
And I’ve also heard it uttered that Bette Davis was the one and only actress in all of Hollywood at the time who intimidated the all-powerful Joan Crawford. Put two fiery Aries women in a room together and what have you got? One of the best motion pictures ever made.
Bette Davis was known for her "my way or the highway" attitude about her career, and she took many steps to ensure that things went her way. She tried to get out of her contract with Warner Brothers and ultimately sued them for not giving her good enough roles. When she went back to Warner Brothers, lo and behold, her roles improved.
Davis was also all over the headlines for alleged arguments with film executives. In those times Davis’ arguments and drive for a better career was as popular as Brittany Spears’ shaved head. My oh my, how the times do change!
As far as awards, Davis won two Oscars for best actress, and was nominated for many others. Having played in 121 quality films from 1931 to 1989, a whopping 59 years in the business, Bette Davis certainly deserves her star on Hollywood Blvd., as well as all of the attention she still garners in film-loving circles.
I highly recommend that you see all of Davis’ pictures, and you can start with the ones mentioned by dropping in Outloud! Books and Gifts on Church Street.
For those with a thirst to celebrate, Red Bull Unlocked is the key. In city after city, the most exciting bars, clubs, mixologists, performing artists, and more take over a local landmark building to showcase their signature ambiance while also collaborating for a must-see mashup. And now it's Music City’s turn to seize the spotlight, as the event brings 10 bars together in East Nashville’s Five Points neighborhood.
Fueled by the best of Nashville’s thriving music scene, Red Bull Unlocked has curated an eclectic night of show-stopping entertainment performances including a pop-up Whiskey Jam show, DJ sets, musicians, and more. The full lineup is here:
- Whiskey Jam (feat. Dozzi, Willie Shaw, and Johnny Hayes)
- A.B. Eastwood
- Daisha / Rap Girl
- Boom Bap (DJ Collective feat. DJ-Rate, Case Bloom)
- Whiskey Disco (DJ Collective feat. Coach, Jim O'Shea)
- Old Crow Medicine Show’s Jerry Pentercost (DJ Set)
- DJ Stretch
- DJ Griffin Green
- The Play Mates (Drag Show feat. Sasha, Vanity, Deception, Aura Mayari, Corlis Todd, and Carmin Triple C)
Counting down to the epic celebration, Daisha shares, “I never thought I’d have the opportunity to perform in so many of Nashville’s top spots all in the same night. Fans can expect a lot of bops and high energy. I want people to dance and have a good time.”
Ward Guenther, Whiskey Jam Founder, adds, “Red Bull has been enjoyed at Whiskey Jam since the very first night, so it's only fitting Whiskey Jam is enjoyed at Nashville's first Red Bull Unlocked. Looking forward to this!”
Red Bull Unlocked Istanbul
Photo courtesy of Red Bull
Local favorites including Pearl Diver, Tin Roof, Lipstick Lounge, White Limozeen, and more will join forces for one epic night. Full list of bars and partners below:
- The Dive Motel
- Lipstick Lounge
- Pearl Diver
- Play Dance Bar
- Rosemary & Beauty Queen
- The Stage
- Tin Roof
- Whiskey Jam
- White Limozeen
- Woolworth Theatre – Opening Fall 2022!
- Eleven Eleven - Opening 2023!
Date: August 21, 2022
Time: 6 PM – 11PM CT
Location: 1102 Forrest Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Entrance: Ticked event
Rumble Boxing, the boxing-inspired group fitness studio, opened its doors for the first time in Nashville on June 20 at 609 Overton St, Nashville, TN. The hottest workout on the block is hosting its official grand opening from August 4th-7th with daily classes, membership specials, and prizes from local vendors. The new Rumble Boxing studio is currently offering a buy one class, get one free promotion for the Nashville community.
Rumble Boxing delivers 45-minute, 10-round, strength and conditioning group workouts, crafted around teardrop-style aqua boxing bags and high-intensity strength training circuits. This brings all fitness levels together to experience what Rumble is known for: combining the sweet science of boxing with high energy and positive vibes.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
This boutique fitness brand offers serious benefits like increased stamina and strength, with cardio that’s actually fun. The seasoned trainers at the new studio are thrilled to serve their local community while offering this fun, new modern approach to boxing and welcome members of all fitness levels to the Rumble family.
The new Rumble Boxing studio is owned and operated by Blake Baskin and Antonio Compton. With their background in the fitness industry, this dynamic duo is excited to bring their passion for boxing and group fitness to Nashville. As business and life partners, Blake and Antonio aim to create a strong community within their new Rumble Boxing studio and share their message of non-apologetic inclusivity.
Black and Gay-Owned Business
Rumble Boxing Store with Dolly Parton Mural
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“We own who we are, and this brand aligns with that perfectly,” said Antonio. “This is what we want to create and bring to this community: a fitness class that is designed for anyone and a place for people to be who they are. As a Black and gay-owned business, we want to help lower the division we see in the world right now. Our goal is to bring people together through Rumble, set everything aside, and have fun.”
To echo their message of acceptance and inclusion, Blake and Antonio commissioned a local Nashville artist to paint an 11 X 6-ft. mural of Nashville icon and philanthropist, Dolly Parton. The massive portrait features the country star in Rumble Boxing gear in the lobby of the studio.
The excitement and buzz around Rumble allowed Blake and Antonio to recruit top-tier trainers to head up the new studio, including Head Trainer Oronde Jones, a well-known celebrity trainer in the Nashville market.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“Compared to other fitness classes, Rumble is a class you can truly get lost in for 45 minutes. With the dark room, you don’t have to worry if anyone is paying attention to you. The music is awesome and inspiring, and the beat drops right when you need it the most. Also, with boxing being a sport you can never truly master, you’re always improving and crafting your skill. On the floor, you’re consistently doing something new, which prevents you from ever hitting a plateau.” Said Oronde Jones about his favorite part of Rumble.
Rumble has massive brand loyalty and widespread appeal, partly thanks to attracting top names like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Jason Derulo, David Beckham, and Kevin Hart to its studios.
About Rumble Boxing
Founded in New York City in 2017, Rumble is a group fitness concept delivering a mix (or combination) of boxing-inspired circuits and the transformative power of resistance training. Pro and amateur fighters glove up together, no matter their fitness level or skill, to reveal their inner fighter. The experience is a 45-minute, 10-round, full-body cardio and strength workout crafted around specially designed water-filled, teardrop-style boxing bags. Rumble was founded by Noah Neiman (former Barry’s Bootcamp Master Trainer, and cast member of Bravo’s Work Out New York), Eugene Remm (Co-Founder of Catch Hospitality Group (Catch Restaurants, CATCH STEAK, Lexington Brass), Andy Stenzler (Co-Founder Cosí, Kidville), and Anthony DiMarco (13-time IRONMAN, former Managing Director, Google).
Who would have thought that we would have to get through a pandemic in order to appreciate the small things we have, such as the ability to simply pack our bags and hit the road?
For two years, there’s been nothing left for us travel junkies to do but sit at home and try to find new destinations that we will conquer once we defeat what appears to be the biggest villain of the 21st century. But once that happens, hold your bags tight because we will be up for some of the most interesting travel experiences. Take a look at some ideas for your post-COVID traveling plans:
A Gay Cruise
One of the best options to have in mind when all of this passes is a good, nice and long (pun intended) gay cruise. Or cruise in general, for that matter. Bear in mind, social distancing will still be a thing in the post-COVID world. But COVID-19 likely doesn’t mean that cruises will cease to exist. On the contrary, though cruise ships will probably keep the number of passengers smaller than before, it is believed that they will become an even bigger hit in the following period, especially because they are all going to go a lot more environmentally-friendly. On the bright side, is there any better way of celebrating the end of the pandemic than by cruising around some magnificent seas, stopping by at great cities and having romantic dinner nights at nice restaurants?
A getaway in nature
On the other hand, there is always the option of stepping away from the hustle and bustle of large cities, and spending some time in a place that’s not only healthy, but also beautiful. Some of the destinations that plenty of people will look for are the ones that can cater for both peace of mind and amazing things to see or do. One such destination is New Zealand, one of the greenest countries on Earth right now. Not only will you be visiting the magnificent country that gave us the beautiful Shire from Lord of the Rings; this is also a destination that’s excellent for everyone who prefers relaxing to partying. If you’re up for some partying, you will be able to hit Auckland, while if you’re for something calmer, there’s plenty of amazing places that you can see and visit.
Dancing Around at Pride
Pride parades are also events that you want to have in mind for the post-COVID world. Such events have always been quite important, but it seems that they are now more important than ever. The virus has canceled more than 75 Pride parades all around the world, which is one of the reasons why we must support the ones that will see the light of day once the pandemic stops. Truth be told, the upcoming Prides will perhaps be the best Prides ever organized. Give the gays a couple of weeks of quarantine, then let them outside and see what kind of party they are able to throw!
A road trip
If you’re, as well, waiting for the day to wake up and say “long gone are the days when we were not allowed to go wherever we wanted?”, and if staying at one place gave you a lot to think about, then your first post-COVID travel experience should definitely be a nice road trip. You can practically choose which country you want to tour, and you can either take your own car (you have probably missed it so much), or rent one at your destination. Australia is an amazing country for this, though, as it offers the possibility of seeing the Great Ocean Road, which is an amazing thing to see and experience. On the other hand, if you do not want or cannot leave your country, you can also choose to go on a domestic road trip – there are amazing things to see in your vicinity as well.
Holiday for a single guy
If you’re single, or you’re traveling someplace with another single friend, then you should definitely organize a nice vacation for yourself or for you and your single friend, and hit one of the best European cities. Europe has been greatly affected by the virus, which means that now it’s time to pay it back and get it back on its feet by traveling there and seeing all the amazing things it offers. Any city you choose in Europe – you will not make a mistake. Apart from being able to see great landmarks, you will also have the chance to have a drink at great gay clubs and pubs, and join unforgettable gay parties. And if the gay scenery is not your forte, worry not, as Europe indeed has to offer so many different and magnificent things.