'Bligh' spirit

Jennifer Bligh Innes, 45, a descendant of Captain William Bligh, of mutiny on the Bounty fame, won a High Court battle against Stephen Walters, a Bligh enthusiast, over ownership of a 1782 portrait of the seaman's wife worth an estimated pounds 40,000.

Brando ruling

A judge decided on Tuesday to drop charges against Marlon Brando's daughter, Cheyenne, for complicity in the 1990 Los Angeles killing of Dag Drollet, her companion and father of her child, Reuter reports from Papeete, French Polynesia.

Director's Cut: Handled with kid gloves: Barry Levinson, director of Rain Man and Good Morning Vietnam, on Kazan's On the Waterfront

A scene I remember right now is the one between Marlon Brando and Eva Marie Saint in Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront. I can't even recall their conversation - there's dialogue going on, but it's the visual image that I thought was so strong. She drops her glove and he picks it up and holds it for a moment. The subtext of it is that here's a man who was a boxer, who has worked with gloves on his hands, and obviously has a certain kind of straight masculinity. And here's a moment when suddenly he's just playing with this little white glove which represents something of the femininity within him.
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