And we thought thought it was strange that there are dueling Snow White and Linda Lovelace movies coming down the pipeline at the same time. Apparently, there are currently four movies about Charles Manson in the works. First, there’s “The Manson Girls,” starring Thora Birch and Nikki Blonsky as two women who become fascinated with the creepy dude. Then there’s “The Family,” which will have Ryan Kwanten of “True Blood” as Manson himself. Then there’s “Eyes of a Dreamer,” the movie which Lindsay Lohan has been asked to star in as Sharon Tate, the actress and wife of Roman Polanski who was killed by Manson’s followers when she was eight months pregnant. And now we hear about “The Dead Circus,” a movie which will look at the death of Bobby Fuller, which was ruled a suicide but is very likely tied to Manson, too. James Marsden will be taking on the role of Manson in this one. [Huffington Post]
So I have to ask—what’s up with all the Manson movies? Keep reading »
Lindsay Lohan is trying to pick herself up and dust herself off after falling—both literally and metaphorically—in the past year. Rumor has it that she is auditioning for a role as a villain in the new “Superman” this week. I definitely want to hear LiLo’s super-villain cackle, but even more exciting is the news that she has reportedly been offered the role of actress Sharon Tate in a movie about Charles Manson, “Eyes of a Dreamer: The Charles Manson Story.” It would be a very dark role for Lindsay—after all, Tate was murdered by Manson’s followers when she was eight months pregnant—but it’s also one that could be a great, edgy return to acting for her. You know, since the Linda Lovelace thing didn’t work out.
After the jump, a comparison of the two ladies. Keep reading »
Two weeks ago, we told you about a movie in the works called “Manson Girls,” starring Thora Birch and Nikki Blonksy as two young women drawn into the grizzly thrall of Charles Manson. Apparently, there is also a second Manson flick in the works, called “The Family,” the name given to Manson’s followers who committed multiple murders in 1969. And it’s just been announced who will play Charles Manson in the film—Ryan Kwanten, aka Jason Stackhouse on “True Blood.” Keep reading »
Promising to be just as violent as any Bruce Willis flick, yet 1,000 times more creepy, Hollywood indie actresses are signing up for “Manson Girls,” a flick about Charles Manson and the young women in his life. Heather Matarazzo (“Welcome To The Dollhouse”), Thora Birch (“American Beauty”), and Nikki Blonsky (“Hairspray”) have all signed on to play impressionable — some would say stupid — girls drawn in by the charismatic cult leader and his group, The Family. Members of the Manson Family were known for committing crimes, most notably the gruesome murder of pregnant actress Sharon Tate, who was then married to filmmaker Roman Polanski. According to the synopsis, “Manson Girls follows a young girl from a wealthy Malibu family who fell under Manson’s spell.” No word yet on who will play Charles Manson, but I can think of half a dozen dudes with the scary facial hair and crazy eyes to pull it off. [AfterEllen.com] Keep reading »
Here is the best reason ever to not try to find your birth parents. Terry, a Wisconsin woman with a wild past, was contacted recently by Robert Matthews, a DJ in Los Angeles who was adopted and wanted to find his biological parents. Terry was confirmed to have been his mother, and it seems like she was willing to give him as many answers as she could about his family history. But she was significantly tight-lipped about the identity of Robert’s father. After repeated requests from Robert, Terry finally told him. She was pretty sure Robert was conceived in California, in 1967, during a drugged-out orgy, where she was raped—by Charles Manson. Comparing photographs of the two men seems to dispel any hopes that Terry ID’d the wrong guy—they look identical. Robert did some soul-searching and finally decided to get in touch with Manson. He now sends Robert postcards signed with swastikas and other familial gestures, like the phone number to Manson’s prison, which Robert has never called. “He’s my biological father—I can’t help but have some kind of emotional connection. That’s the hardest thing of all—feeling love for a monster who raped my mother,” says Robert. “I don’t want to love him, but I don’t want to hate him either.” If it helps at all, we can hate him for you, Robert. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
Finally, a person-of-note’s death that doesn’t make us teary. Charles Manson follower Susan Atkins, who was denied parole earlier this month, has died in jail from brain cancer. Atkins was a teen runaway when she met Manson and became a key member of his cult. One night in August 1969, Manson sent her and several other followers to a house in Los Angeles and commanded them to “do something witchy.” That they did. They killed four people, including Sharon Tate, a 26-year-old actress and the wife of director Roman Polanski who was 8 and 1/2 months pregnant at the time. Atkins gave a chilling confession to killing Tate in her trail. “I was stoned, man, stoned on acid,” she said. “She kept begging and pleading and begging and pleading and I got sick of listening to it, so I stabbed her. [I feel] no guilt for what I’ve done. It was right then and I still believe it was right. How can it not be right when it’s done with love?” Though Atkins claimed to have found God in jail and to be seeking redemption for her actions, none of the victims’ families bought it, nor did a parole board. [NY Times] Keep reading »