Clement von Franckenstein’s connection with ‘Perverts & Whores’ Jennifer Aniston and Oscars Winner Julianne Moore



“Ideas and products and messages and behaviors spread like viruses do”. – Malcolm T. Gladwell author The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

I finish a meeting in Malibu and call an old friend of mine actor Clement Von Franckenstein who has just wrapped working with Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, and George Clooney in ‘Hail Ceasar’ a film directed by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen.

Clement wants to know what is going on in Toronto with Julianne Moore. So I explain that she is both nominated and a presenter at Canadian Screen Awards taking place on Sunday in Toronto. I also explain to Clement that I can not watch ‘Californication’ without thinking of him, “Did you see my episode ‘Perverts & Whores’?” he asks and informs me that it was directed by Julianne Moore’s husband Bart Freundlich (the younger husband Julianne referred at the Oscars). So that is the connection with Oscar Winner Julianne Moore what is one of Clement’s lines he delivers “Jennifer Aniston is attached”. So now added to the mix is Jennifer Aniston. This is Hollywood.

In Hollywood everything is about big. Big movie, big budget, big screens, big studios, yet the social network is tight, and small and everyone who is a player in Hollywood is somehow directly or indirectly connected and news travels fast. Clement a Eton College boy is on the inside of this circle of Hollywood,and ever since I met him on the famed cricket field pitch under the Hollywood sign Clement has been working, this alone in Hollywood is unique.  Until the time he came to US, he sang in nightclubs and had a lot of performing experience before getting into acting at age 27. His first job was in the mini-series QB VII (1974) starring Ben Gazzara and Lee Remick  Check out the scene of Clement in ‘Californication’ “Perverts & Whores” and his work in this show-real.

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The Oscars keep it real and it was great

John and Common

Some of this year’s Oscar winners went further in their acceptance speeches than only thanking their crew, their family and the Academy. Some people scratched deeper surfaces that included racial inequality, wages inequality for women and teenage suicide.

Later, after a tear-jerking performance of “Glory” from Selma, Common and John Legend (Lonnie Lynn and John Stephens) won the Oscar for Best Original Song. Their acceptance speeches contained the most grounding points when Common called for those who want freedom of expression and those in Hong Kong fighting for democracy. John Legend ended with ho “there are more black men under correctional control today then were under slavery in 1850″.

Micheal Keaton ‘Who am I kidding it’s just great to be here”.  At if you just get nominated it’s a thrill, winning is just another level.


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