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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Grace Kelly, Princess of Hollywood


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Everybody has heard the name Grace Kelly. She was the Hollywood movie star who gave it all up to become a real-life princess. Well, that's certainly true, but let's dig a little deeper and find out some more about this truly stunning beauty from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

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Grace was born on November 12, 1929 to a main-line Philadelphia Irish-American family. Her father had won three Olympic gold medals and sculling - no, I don't know what it is either - and was a successful businessman.

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Grace had two older siblings, Margaret and John Jr., and one younger sister, Elizabeth.

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Grace got into modelling while attending a private girls school, Ravenhill Academy. She also was in some school plays. She caught the acting bug.

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Grace's family was connected in Hollywood. One of her uncles was Walter C. Kelly, a film actor and vaudeville star. Another, George Kelly, was a Pulitzer prize-winning screenwriter and director.

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Grace attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. She did some modelling on the side. The school opened up opportunities for Grace in the thriving New York theater business.

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Grace got her first big part in a Broadway production of Strindberg's "The Father." Delbert Mann then put her on television in a live adaptation of a Sinclair Lewis novel.

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Grace was starting to get noticed. Her first film was a bit part in "Fourteen Hours" (1951). The film would not have meant much except that, while filming it, Gary Cooper stopped by and introduced himself. He was quite taken with Grace and commented that she was "different from all these actresses we've been seeing so much of."

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Grace continued appearing in television adaptations. Then, one day, she got the shock of her life.

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A telegram arrived out of the blue from Hollywood producer Stanley Kramer. Just like that it offered her a part in a film he was planning called "High Noon." It just so happened to be starring Gary Cooper, the man who had stumbled upon her during filming that forgettable film.

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John Ford was directing "Mogambo." He claimed to have noticed Grace long before, due to a 1950 screen test that had led nowhere at the time. When she came to Hollywood in September 1952, she signed a standard seven-year contract.

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Grace loved "Mogambo" because it meant a trip to Africa. Her co-star, Clark Gable, also was a lot of fun. The audience loved, her, too. Grace received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

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At this point, Grace was on her way. She did an Alfred Hitchcock film, "Dial M for Murder," another of a long line of beautiful blondes whom he showed off to their best advantage. They also did a third classic film "To Catch a Thief." Co-star Cary Grant later said that Grace was his favorite co-star because she had "serenity."

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Hitchcock loved Grace from the start, and quickly cast her in another of his films, "Rear Window" with Jimmy Stewart. The film became a classic.

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After that, Grace played Georgie Elgin in "The Country Girl" with Bing Crosby. She won the Academy Award for best actress, beating out heavily favored Judy Garland in "A Star is Born."

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A number of other high profile roles followed. Her final film was "High Society." However, they were all simply the warm-up to Grace's true starring role in life.

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At the 1955 Cannes Film Festival, Grace met Prince Rainer III of Monaco. Grace and the Prince were corresponding privately.

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While in the States, Prince Rainier visited with Grace and her family. He proposed, and she accepted. It was called "The Wedding of the Century" in the press.

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Grace and the Prince were married on April 18, 1956. An elaborate church ceremony took place the next day at Monaco's Saint Nicholas Cathedral. It was broadcast on live television, one of the first live media sensations.

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Grace and the Prince really did live happily ever after. They had three children: Caroline, Albert and Stéphanie.

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Grace performed her duties as princess consort for the rest of her life. She was a terrific ambassador for Monaco.

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Her old friend Alfred Hitchcock offered Grace the lead in "Marnie." However, the role did not comport with her regal status in Monaco, so she turned it down.


Grace also had other offers to return to work as an actress, but ultimately she turned them all down.

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Her last film appearance was a 33-minute independent film that she did in 1979 called "Rearranged." The film premiered in Monaco in 1982.

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It is then that tragedy struck. While driving back to the palace one day, Grace suffered a stroke and crashed her car on one of Monaco's winding roads. Grace Kelly was dead at age 52. She is still missed.

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2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Raychul Moore, Cosplay Trailblazer


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Raychul Moore.

Introducing Raychul Moore. Now, it is likely you have not heard of Raychul Moore. Her field, cosplay. is a fairly new genre, a completely 21st century art form.

Raychul with fellow cosplayer Kelly Kelley.

Well, if you haven't heard of Raychul Moore or her cosplay field, maybe this will be a useful learning experience, because a lot of people already know all about cosplay.

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We previously posted about Jessica Nigri, who also is a legend in the cosplay field. However, there are other top talents besides Jessica such as Raychul, and we don't want to slight anyone - well, at least we don't want to slight everyone.

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So, here's another top cosplay girl, Raychul Moore. For those unfamiliar with it, cosplay means dressing up as a video game, fictional comic book, film or animation character. In other words - it is meant to be fun, lighthearted, and full of outlandish embellishments. The best embellishment of all is a pretty girl such as Raychul Moore.

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Raychul describes herself as a "video game addict." She is big on Youtube, has a Twitter account with tons of followers, Instagram... she is out there getting her name known.

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Let's let Raychul explain what she does. Here is what Raychul said in a 2015 interview:
Hi! I’m Raychul! Ummm, let’s see…I’m a gamer; have been since my single-digits. I’m also a cosplayer; which I think was a pretty natural hobby for me to get into due to that first fact about me. And I’m also a YouTuber; where I blend the first two facts into videos and livestreams. Oh, and I also am an avid action figure collector and have an obsession with knee socks. I think that about sums me all up!

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Raychul is not exactly a household name, but people in the cosplay world know exactly who she is.

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Anyone who attends the big conventions has seen Raychul - unless they're blind, in which case they've probably heard of her.

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Raychul has branched out into television.

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She played Elina/Harlequin on Sharp News in 2015, appeared in Mega64 in 2006, and was a guest on TakePart Live in 2013.


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Raychul is known for her detailed cosplays. She is at all the big conventions, such as PAX Prime, E3, PopCon and so forth.

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Raychul has her own website, and of course is on Facebook.

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Raychul got her start writing about video games for GamePro. She branched out onto Youtube, and that got her noticed.

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Cosplay is new, and there isn't really an industry devoted to it. THat means that Raychul has to make, or at least design, her own costumes.

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Now for some basic facts about Raychul Moore for those who've made it this far and thus must be interested in her: She was born on 18 May 1993. Her birth sign is Taurus.

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Raychul as Princess Leia.

Raychul created a small gaming blog in college. That got her a gig with some big video game magazine companies.

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That led to Raychul writing her articles for GamePro.

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After that, Raychul became Editor-in-Chief for GameGirl.

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Raychul hosted E-3's coverage from Turtle Beach. She also had her own show on Machinima.

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Jessica lives in Los Angeles and has a boyfriend named Seth (at least at this writing).

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Raychul likes to collect action figures. She also loves horror movies.

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As you can tell from the pictures, Raychul also is a big Star Wars fan, at least of Princess Leia.

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She has been host of the weekly "Week in Geek" video game news show.

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Raychul Moore is a host on the Gamer Nation episode Console Kings.

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Raychul has been cosplaying since 2005 or 2006 (she's not sure herself, so how can we be?).

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Raychul got her start when a friend decided to go to Comic-Con in San Diego (where else?) and decided to dress up as Danger Girl comics characters. Raychul had a great time.

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Raychul has to create the image she portrays herself. There are no textbooks or templates - very few girls have done this before her, so it is virgin territory.

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Raychul always hits Wondercon and ComicCon, which are the two biggest spots on the schedule.

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Raychul only portrays characters that she likes. If there is a hot new game that she likes, she dresses up.

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Of course, there are the classics that she loves, too.

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For instance, one of her classic costumes is Snow White.

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Joss Whedon of all people posted a picture of Raychul doing Thor. Now that's the big time! So, you'll likely be seeing a lot more of Raychul, maybe some day even on the big screen!

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Below, two of the legends of cosplay, with Raychul interviewing Jessica Nigri.









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