The Tempest

 

Bettie Page and Tempest Storm in Irvin Klaw's 'Teaserama' (1955)

Bettie Page and Tempest Storm in Irving Klaw’s ‘Teaserama’ (1955)

Tempest Storm: Burlesque Queen has the green light!

Tempest captured the hearts of millions, was mistress to both Elvis and JFK, was friend to Bettie Page and is the undisputed queen of burlesque. Tempest Storm: Burlesque Queen is a feature documentary that bares all as one of America’s greatest sex icons takes us into her tumultuous and dramatic private life. From her rise to stardom on the stage, to her current struggles in Las Vegas, Tempest is a living legend ready to set the record straight.  Directed by Nimisha Mukerji (65_RedRoses, Official Selection Oprah’s Documentary Club) and produced by Kaitlyn Regehr (host of Slice Network’s Revamped). Thanks to Kickstarter and her many fans around the world – incuding:  Dita Von TeeseJack White and American Pickers’ Danielle Colby Cushman for making this possible.

Release date is set for 2015. You can see Tempest in action with Bettie Page from the 1955 film ‘Teaserama’ here.

 

Keegan Connor Tracy in her Saucy Milliner cloche which she helped to design.

Keegan Connor Tracy in her Saucy Milliner cloche which she helped to design.

Once Upon a Time has returned for Season 3 and the Blue Fairy – aka Keegan Connor Tracy is back and is busy trying to reign in Tinkerbell – a very naughty fairy who had the nerve to steal Blue’s fairy dust. In between shooting seasons of ‘Once,’ Keegan  had the opportunity to travel to France and was beautifully photographed in Paris by The Blind Magazine. You can see the photos and the article here (go to Page 80 of Issue 4).

 

On a very sad note, the world lost a wonderful actor and an even better human being since my last entry. Cory Monteith tragically passed when visiting Vancouver in July. He left behind a legion of fans and a legacy that will not be forgotten, including his support for Project Limelight – a free performing arts program for children in Vancouver’s East side. You can donate here. We all miss you very much Cory. From his time as a budding actor to superstardom  – he was always the same lovely, warm man with a huge heart, infectious smile and good humour. XO

Cory and Richard Branson at the launch of Project Limelight at East of Main, 2012

Cory Monteith, Richard Branson and Mayor Gregor Robertson at the launch of Project Limelight at East of Main, 2012

Meanwhile, East of Main have been hosting a series called ‘Monday Night Live.’ MNL is a unique series of storytelling events featuring actors, directors, producers, casting directors and other film industry luminaries. All profits go to Project Limelight. You can check out the schedule on their Facebook page. Past guests include Peter DeLuise, Sara Canning, Michael Eklund, Terry Chen, Mike Dopud, Ali Liebert, Andrea McIlroy, Shawn Williamson, Tyler Labine, Terry Ingram, Harvey Kahn, Mark Lieren-Young, Jackie Lind, Chris Haddock, Ian Tracey, John Cassini, Brian Markinson, Nimisha Mukerji, Kris Elgstrand, Candice Elzinga, Gillian Horvath, Mark Sawers, Nancy Robertson, Brent Butt, Anne Wheeler, Catherine Lough Haggquist, Terry Miles, Chelah Horsdal, Peter Howitt, April Telek, Amanda Tapping, Curtis Burch, Terry Chen, Ryan Robbins, Navid Negahban, Peter Kelamis, Vickie Petronio-King, Elena Kirschner, Corinne Clark, Lochlyn Munro and Jason Bourque. Just for fun, here is a photo of Eric McCormack of Will and Grace (and I) after his storytelling.
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In other news, web series ‘Dads’ has been re-named ‘PARKED.’ More to come,  but Siobhan McCarthy and Peter DeLuise have worked very hard on this project. You can ‘like’ their page for news and updates here.

And lastly but not leastly, The Bomb Girls movie is being filmed as I type – great news for fans and the ‘Save Bomb Girls’ campaign! No release date yet, but it will be wonderful to see the cast back together again. Bomb Girls actress Ali Liebert’s production company Sociable Films (with Michelle Ouellet and Nicholas Carella) have their first movie ‘Afterparty’ in the can and it premieres next month at the Whistler Film Festival.