Friday, February 9, 2018

Sharon Tate’s sister calls Hilary Duff movie about actress’ murder ‘classless’ 

The late Sharon Tate's sister is sick of people exploiting the actress' murder.

Debra Tate, called the upcoming film "The Haunting of Sharon Tate" both "classless" and "exploitative" after actress Hilary Duff shared an image of her dressed like Sharon Tate for the role.

"It doesn't matter who it is acting in it — it's just tasteless," Debra Tate told People. "It's classless how everyone is rushing to release something for the 50th anniversary of this horrific event."

Debra Tate was 16 when he sister was murdered in 1969 by one of the followers of Charles Manson's cult. The 26-year-old actress was married to director Roman Polanski at the time of her murder and was 8½ months pregnant with their first child.

Debra Tate commented on the film's premise, which claims that Sharon Tate had a premonition that she and her former boyfriend Jay Sebring would have their throats slit — which is similar to how they were killed by being stabbed repeatedly.

Debra said the so-called dream never happened.

"It's a total fabrication," she said.

"I know for a fact she did not have a premonition — awake or in a dream — that she and Jay would have their throat cut," she told People. "I checked with all of her living friends. None of her friends had any knowledge of this. "

"Tacky, tacky, tacky."

Duff called portraying Sharon Tate in the independent film an "incredible opportunity."

She was an amazing woman and it was a true honor," the 30-year-old wrote on Instagram.

"The Haunting of Sharon Tate" is an independent film directed by Daniel Farrands.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Super Bowl LII

Well... my Patriots lost.

Congratulations to the Eagles, and their fans.
They played a great game, and won fair and square.

Amazingly, our 40 year old Quarterback, still played a solid game.

Unfortunately, our defense was beaten by the Eagles offense for the entire game.
Our defense allowed way too many first downs.

Also, our offensive line failed to offer Brady much protection, throughout the game.
Kudos to the Eagles defense for applying pressure throughout.

But most of all...
Congratulations to Nick Foles, for a great game!
For a "Back-up Quarterback" that guy was amazing in the post-season.
He's more talented than most "starting Quarterbacks" in the NFL.

And lastly, Congratulations to Doug Pederson for some gutsy decisions during the game.
Other coaches would have played conservatively against the Patriots, but Doug took some calculated risks, and they paid-off.

It sucks losing, but it's a little easier, when you lose to a good team.

Even IF the Patriots got that missed field goal back, they still would have lost.

No way around it, the Eagles won the game.

Congrats to the Eagles.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Fight over Charles Manson's estate will take place in Los Angeles County, judge rules

Jason Freeman

Family and friends fighting over Charles Manson's body and estate will have to take their cases to separate counties, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled Friday.
The battle over Manson's estate — and no one seems to know what that is, because he spent the last decades in prison — will take place in Los Angeles County, Judge David J. Cowan said.
That's because the last place Manson lived, and is therefore considered his legal "domicile," was Spahn Ranch in Chatsworth, the judge said. The estate could include potentially lucrative rights to the use of Manson's image as well as songs he wrote and any other property.
Manson was the mastermind of the gory rampage that claimed the life of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others during two August nights in Los Angeles in 1969. The problematic prisoner with a swastika carved into his forehead generated a cult following during four decades of imprisonment.
The three people claiming to be the rightful heir to his estate are Manson's grandson from Florida, Jason Freeman; a man who claims to be his last surviving son, Michael Brunner; and his longtime pen pal from Newhall, Michael Channels.
All three are also expected to duke it out in court over Manson's body — which has been in storage with the Kern County coroner since he died at 83 in a Bakersfield hospital Nov. 19.
Several issues will have to be resolved before a judge can determine who gets Manson's estate. There is debate over whether Brunner is Manson's biological son — an attorney for Kern County has suggested that he may have been adopted — and whether a last will and testament supposedly signed by Manson and given to Channels in 2002 is legitimate.
Representatives for another alleged son, Matthew Lentz, who claims he was fathered by Manson during a Wisconsin orgy, have said he would appear in court, but he's been a no-show at two hearings and has yet to file court papers. But a will purportedly signed by Manson and naming Lentz as sole beneficiary has been filed with the Kern County coroner.
According to an attorney representing the Kern County coroner, Manson told guards at Corcoran prison that he had no surviving children and did not have a will.
The next hearing over the estate matter is scheduled for March 9.
In the meantime, the parties at the end of the month will head to Bakersfield, where the Kern County counsel has a petition filed requesting that a judge determine who gets to decide what to do with Manson's remains.
The question centers on jurisdiction. Is it up to a judge in Kings County, where Manson was housed for more than 40 years in Corcoran State Prison? Or a judge in Kern County, where Manson died?
"My grandfather has been on ice over 60 days," Freeman emotionally blurted out during Friday's hearing in Los Angeles, echoing the frustration of those who want to claim the remains.
"We want a court order on how to proceed," said Bryan Walters, an attorney representing Kern County. "We prefer to dispose of it as soon as possible."

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Manson follower Leslie Van Houten denied parole by governor

LOS ANGELES — The governor of California once again denied parole Friday for Leslie Van Houten, the youngest follower of murderous cult leader Charles Manson who blamed herself at her parole hearing for letting him control her life.
Gov. Jerry Brown said in his decision that Van Houten still lays too much of the blame on Manson, who died two months ago at 83.
Brown acknowledged that Van Houten's youth at the time of the crime, her more than four decades as a model prisoner and her abuse at the hands of Manson make it worth considering her release.
"However," he wrote in his decision "these factors are outweighed by negative factors that demonstrate she remains unsuitable for parole."
The 68-year-old Van Houten is serving life for the murders of wealthy grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary, when Van Houten was 19. They were stabbed a day after other Manson followers killed pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four other people in Los Angeles.
Van Houten's attorney, Rich Pfeiffer, said Brown's decision shows an unprecedented and unlawful reliance on denying parole based on the circumstances of the crime, rather than the inmate's fitness.
"We're going to challenge this in court," Pfeiffer said. "I expect the courts to uphold the law and allow her to be released."
Pfeiffer added that he has "dozens of clients who have done much worse deeds than Leslie has done and they're out leading productive lives."
Van Houten has long been considered among the most likely candidates of the Manson "family" members to be paroled. But Brown, like Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger before him, has steadfastly refused to let anyone associated with Manson's killings go free.
It's the second time Brown has blocked parole for Van Houten after a state parole panel recommended that she be freed.
Brown wrote Friday that Van Houten "played a vital part in the LaBianca murders, one of the most notorious of the Manson family crimes. The devastation and loss experienced by the LaBianca family and all the victims' families continues today."
Although she said at her September parole hearing that she accepts full responsibility for her role, Van Houten "still shifted blame for her own actions onto Manson to some extent," he said.
Brown recalled Van Houten saying that she takes responsibility for "Manson being able to do what he did to all of us. I allowed it. I accept responsibility that I allowed him to conduct my life in that way."
She appeared frail at the parole hearing with her silver hair pulled back in a bun, almost unrecognizable from the young woman who pledged her allegiance to Manson.
She said at the hearing that she was devastated when her parents divorced when she was 14. Soon after, she said, she began hanging out with her school's outcast crowd and using drugs in the Los Angeles suburb of Monrovia. When she was 17, she and her boyfriend ran away to San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury District during the city's summer of love.
She was traveling up and down the California coast when acquaintances led her to Manson, who was holed up at an abandoned movie ranch on the outskirts of Los Angeles where he had recruited what he called a "family" to survive what he insisted would be a race war he would launch by committing a series of random, horrifying murders.
At her hearing, Van Houten candidly described how she joined several other members of the group in killing the LaBiancas, carving up Leno LaBianca's body and smearing the couple's blood on the walls.
No one who took part in the Tate-LaBianca murders has been released from prison.
Manson died of natural causes on Nov. 20 at a California hospital while serving a life sentence. A man who befriended him through letters and another who purports to be his grandson are fighting in court over his body and possessions. 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Leonardo DiCaprio to Star in Quentin Tarantino’s Manson Movie

After being courted for several months, Leonardo DiCaprio will star in Quentin Tarantino’s untitled Charles Manson movie, sources confirmed to Variety.

DiCaprio will play an aging, out-of-work actor in the film. Margot Robbie, meanwhile, is being eyed for the role of Sharon Tate.

This will mark DiCaprio’s first film since winning the Oscar in 2016 for his performance in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s “The Revenant.” DiCaprio and Tarantino last collaborated on 2012’s “Django Unchained.”

He is repped by LBI Entertainment.

As previously reported, Tom Cruise is also being pursued to star in the director’s ninth feature. Sources now tell Variety that Tarantino is interested in casting Al Pacino in the film as well. Sony is handling distribution.

The movie will hit theaters on Aug. 9, 2019, Variety has learned. Opening on the 50th anniversary of the day that the Manson family committed the LaBianca murders and the day after Tate was killed, the film will head off against “Artemis Fowl,” Disney’s adaptation of the popular sci-fi and fantasy series.

Sony beat out several bidders, including Warner Bros. and Paramount, for rights to the film. The movie — shrouded in secrecy — is set in 1969 and is believed to involve Charles Manson and the Manson family murders. The director has told media outlets that it’s not a biopic, but is an ensemble film set during the tumultuous time period. It’s the first pic that Tarantino is releasing without the Weinstein Company. A group of investors led by Maria Contreras-Sweet is in a strong position to buy the Weinstein Company following sexual misconduct allegations against its disgraced founder Harvey Weinstein.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Decision over who gets Charles Manson's body and estate delayed amid brewing court battle

The fight over Charles Manson’s body and property became more complicated after a hearing in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Monday.
Saying that dispensing the killer’s property and his remains were two different legal decisions, Probate Judge David J. Cowan told the killer’s longtime pen pal and an attorney for Manson’s grandson that a decision was weeks away.
Both men have to file paperwork on why they should receive Manson’s body and in which county they believe that decision should be made. Attorneys for Kern County — where Manson died on Nov. 19 — are awaiting the decision since they have the killer’s body on ice.
The judge’s order Monday further delays the conclusion of the Charles Manson saga.
Attorney Alan Davis, representing Manson’s grandson, Jason Freeman, has until Jan. 12 to file a claim for Manson’s remains, as well as arguments on the proper court venue. Michael Channels, a pen pal of Manson’s for 30 years who says he has a last will and testament from the killer, has to respond to Davis’ filing by Jan. 19.
A judge will then decide Jan. 26 where the respective cases should be heard.
Kern County said it wasn’t sure how to decide that because Manson lived in Los Angeles County before he was arrested and in Kings County when he was behind bars. State code says those decisions are made in the county where the decedent “domiciled,” or lived, and they’re not sure if that means before he was in prison or after.
With these legal intricacies in mind, the judge Monday told Manson’s pen pal, Channels, that he should hire a lawyer to help.
“I called 50 of them,” Channels replied. “Half of them hung up on me, the other half laughed.”
Channels said his relationship with Manson blossomed some 30 years ago out of morbid curiosity that led to him to first write the killer. About 15 years ago, he claims, Manson sent him a last will and testament awarding him everything.
In his spare time, he also operates the website, an online museum of the killer’s photos, writings and stories. There used to be recordings of phone conversations between Channels and Manson on there, but Channels said he took them down after Manson died.
A note under the “canteen” section of the site said that it was under construction as it developed payment options to purchase “limited edition” and “hard to find” items of the Manson family. It was not immediately clear how long that note had been on the site.
Manson was the mastermind of the gory rampage that claimed the life of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others during two August nights in Los Angeles in 1969. The killings both terrified and fascinated the nation.
The killer’s grandson in Florida, Jason Freeman, said if he received Manson’s remains, he would cremate them and spread them secretly so the location couldn’t be turned into a morbid tourist destination. Channels said he would do something similar and had no plans for the killer’s remaining property.
At least two other people are poised to enter the fray as well — a man in Santa Monica claims to have another final will and testament from Manson and the man’s colleague claims to be Manson’s biological son. But neither had filed court documents for their claims as of Monday.