Freelining with Mike Freeman: Revisiting Rosemary’s Baby

NBC TV Network is now filming a new version of Ira Levin's 1967 novel "Rosemary's Baby" as a four-part miniseries, even though the 1968 movie by Roman Polanski is considered a classic of the horror genre, and a 1976 TV movie sequel, "Look What's Happened To Rosemary's Baby" was a bomb. (Photo by Michael W. Freeman).

NBC TV Network is now filming a new version of Ira Levin’s 1967 novel “Rosemary’s Baby” as a four-part miniseries, even though the 1968 movie by Roman Polanski is considered a classic of the horror genre, and a 1976 TV movie sequel, “Look What’s Happened To Rosemary’s Baby” was a bomb. (Photo by Michael W. Freeman).


So, what are we to make of the NBC TV Network decision to commit to a remake of the 1968 Roman Polanski movie “Rosemary’s Baby”? Should we follow the quick example many fans of the original had when NBC unveiled these plans — and simply roll our eyes?
It’s true that Polanski’s film is considered a genuine cinematic classic. When The Criterion Collection re-released the movie on DVD in 2012, it drew rave reviews from critics who said it had aged remarkably well, and remained one of the greatest and most influential horror movies ever made – one that not only appears to have inspired 1970s devil movie hits like “The Exorcist” and “The Omen,” but continues to inspire filmmakers today, including the newly released “Devil’s Due,” which the site Fearnet.com called “Virtually a remake (perhaps even a ‘literalization’) of Roman Polanski’s classic Rosemary’s Baby.” Continue reading

Champagne lounge coming to downtown Orlando in February

Pagne Champagne Lounge will have its grand opening in Thornton Park next month.

Pagne Champagne Lounge will have its grand opening in Thornton Park next month.

ORLANDO — Downtown Orlando, already known for hosting a wide variety of specialized restaurants and nightclubs, is about to get even more diverse when it becomes the home to this region’s first champagne lounge.
Within a month, the champagne corks are expected to be popping at Pagne Champagne Lounge, an establishment that plans to offer patrons a wide selection of champagne, wine and spirits to go along with a menu of light appetizers and to serenade those customers with an evening of live piano entertainment. Continue reading

Freeline Media Review: Revisiting the 1960s through music

The Beatlemania Now tour made a stop in Orlando on Saturday.

The Beatlemania Now tour made a stop in Orlando on Saturday.


ORLANDO — Considering all of the ways to reflect back on the 1960s – the politics, the anti-war protests, the sexual revolution, the civil rights movement – it’s probably most often the cultural changes that seem to interest people, typically reflected in the music of that decade.
In some ways, that music seems to sum up the entire 1960s for many – and that comes home so clearly through the productions by Beatlemania Now, which strives to be a bit more than just a tribute show. While the four singers do an excellent job of capturing the look, sound and even mannerisms of John, Paul, George and Ringo, their performance is highlighted by the large video screen behind them that projects images from the 1960s. It takes only brief flashes of certain images – say, the cast of the television sit-coms “Bewitched” or “I Dream of Jeanie” – to realize that the true cultural innovations in that decade did not come from television or the movies, but from music, which tapped into the shifting attitudes of a younger generation shedding the values of their parents. Continue reading

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