Author: Ivor Davis

LIFE DURING LOCKDOWN | V for Ventura, victory . . . but not virus

PICTURED: A very quiet 101 freeway near Ventura around noon on Friday, March 20. Photo by Ivor Davis by Ivor Davis This week I was supposed to be in New York. I had the best seats in the house to see the Broadway Musical Jagged Little Pill and was due to speak at a Beatles Convention. Not anymore. It’s Monday in downtown Ventura. Or maybe Tuesday. Possibly Wednesday. Lately all the days seem so similar in Week Two of this strange Season of Pandemonium. I have my radio playing some soothing music — Itzhak Perlman on the fiddle and...

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ACADEMY AWARDS 2020 | Who will grab the gold on Oscar night?

by Ivor Davis Having covered the Oscars for nearly half a century, I believe Sunday night’s ABC TV show (the 92nd Academy Awards) is more wide open than ever before. Will the World War I saga 1917, from Brit director Sam Mendes, blow away Quentin Tarantino’s l969 fairy tale Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood for best picture and director? Or will a surprising foreign-language Korean social satire (Parasite) with a cast of totally unknown actors make history by bumping off director Martin Scorsese’s three-hour-plus mob story The Irishman — despite its heavyweight, all-star cast that includes...

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Oscar predictions 2019

Q: Who is the favorite to win the best film Oscar when the 91st Academy Awards unfurls on Sunday on ABC? A: The Favourite. I believe The Favourite, a wacky, wicked, offbeat, lushly scored and gorgeously filmed period movie about Great Britain’s Queen Anne from director Yorgos Lanthimos could surprise everyone by running off with a handful of Oscars this year. And maybe, just maybe, this bawdy movie might bring a best actress Oscar for British thespian Olivia Colman as the bossy, quixotic Queen. And don’t rule out a best supporting actress award for either Rachel Weisz or Emma...

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OUT OF THE BOX | Murphy Brown is back in town

In case you haven’t heard, Murphy Brown is back. Yes, the same investigative journalist and news anchor who, for 10 years (from 1988 to 1998), roiled the waters of TV — and the political world — on the sitcom Murphy Brown back in the late 20th century. Diane English, creator and producer of the original CBS series, has brought it back, assembling most of the familiar faces (plus a handful of new ones) to help soothe the wounds that America has suffered over these past few years. The first episode of the new Murphy Brown aired on Sept. 27,...

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THE NIGHT BOBBY KENNEDY DIED | Local author, eye witness recalls the assassination of presidential front-runner

Exactly half a century ago this week, Sen. Robert Kennedy, the man who would be president, roared across Ventura County. At La Colonia in Oxnard and at the overflowing Buenaventura Mall, he delivered fiery speeches, hugged his supporters and shook hands until his fingers were literally bruised and bleeding. In June l968 I witnessed all of this firsthand as a foreign correspondent for the London Daily Express when I traveled with Bobby throughout California. He had become the Democratic presidential frontrunner and hot favorite to win the presidency. President Lyndon Baines Johnson had become something of a pariah as...

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