Mrs. Norman MaineHello everybody, this is Mrs. Norman Maine.  Of course many of you know me as Vicki Lester, star of stage and screen who has been Hollywood royalty for more decades than I care to count, which is amazing as I am perpetually 39 years of age.

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While some of my more recent film projects have not been as high profile as I would like, I am still very much a part of the Hollywood scene and working with my production company, Star Is Born Pictures, to present quality musical entertainment to the world.

Savvy shoppers among you may also be familiar with my many fine consumer products including my Lesterene beauty care line and VickiWear clothes, with designs based on costumes from classic musicals.

I have, in recent years, employed my vast knowledge of film in order to help superior movie watchers such as yourselves make more informed choices in their viewing.  Be sure and watch this space and catch all of my columns and let a little of my glamour rub off on your humdrum existence.

Kisses,    MNM

 

Mrs. Norman Maine’s Reviews

  • Shortbus See what Mrs. Norman has to say about John Cameron Mitchell's 2006 film Shortbus, a graphic look at adult sexuality and sexual culture.
  • Absolutely Fabulous The Movie Find out what Mrs. Norman Maine thought of Absolutely Fabulous The Movie, with Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley returning to their old stomping grounds.
  • In the Heart of the Sea Read Mrs. Norman Maine's review of director Ron Howard's 2015 rendering of the Moby Dick-esque tale, In the Heart of the Sea, starring Chris Hemsworth.
  • Rogue One Check out Mrs. Norman Maine's review of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise, starring Felicity Jones.
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Find out how well J.K. Rowling succeeds in bringing her vision from book to screen in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, starring Eddie Redmayne.
  • Doctor Strange Find out if Mrs. Norman Maine enjoyed her journey through time and space with Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange in Marvel's 2016 big screen treatment.
  • Deadpool Mrs. Norman Maine treats us to a review of the comic book adaptation movie Deadpool, starring Ryan Reynolds and directed by Tim Miller.
  • Jungle Book, The (2016) Mrs. Norman Maine announces her newest role and reviews the 2016 live action remake of The Jungle Book, all in one column!
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies What do you suppose Mrs. Norman Maine thought of the Jane Austen inspired film Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? You'll have to read on to find out.
  • Hail, Caesar! Read Mrs. Norman Maine's latest, a review of Joel and Ethan Coen's homage to and parody of Hollywood's Golden Age in Hail, Caesar!
  • Sixteen Candles Check out Mrs. Norman Maine's review of John Hughes's quintessential 80s teen comedy, Sixteen Candles, starring Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall.
  • Suicide Squad Find out if Mrs. Norman Maine was enchanted by Suicide Squad, the latest DC Universe comic book adaptation starring Will Smith and Jared Leto.
  • Age of Consent (1969) See what Mrs. Norman Maine has to say about the 1969 film Age of Consent, starring a 22 year old Helen Mirren and James Mason, directed by Michael Powell.
  • Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story Mrs. Norman Maine reviews Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, a short film that marked the beginning of director Todd Haynes's career.
  • Star Trek: Beyond What's better? Standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona with Mrs. Norman Maine, or seeing Star Trek: Beyond? Read on to find out.
  • Avatar Check out Mrs. Norman Maine's review of James Cameron's 2009 blockbuster Avatar, and find out how she spent her time while in Holbrook, Arizona.
  • Allegiant (Divergent Series #3) Check out what Mrs. Norman Maine thought of the third film in the Divergent Series - Allegiant - based on the novels by Veronica Roth.
  • Kite Runner, The Find out what Mrs. Norman Maine thought of the film adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling novel, The Kite Runner. Pass or fail?
  • Poltergeist (1982) Find out if Mrs. Norman Maine discovers the secret to ridding her new house of unwelcome spirits with a viewing of the original Poltergeist, from 1982.
  • Dream House Mrs. Norman Maine reviews the psychological thriller Dream House, with Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, and rests from odd events taking place at Casa Maine.
  • Spectre Find out if Mrs. Norman Maine thinks Spectre is spectacular, or if she wishes she had spent her 2 1/2 hours practicing her latest tap routine.
  • The Little Mermaid Find out just what Mrs. Norman Maine thinks of the 1989 Disney film version of The Little Mermaid, with music by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.
  • Austin Powers in Goldmember Find out if the third outing of Mike Myers as Austin Powers - Austin Powers in Goldmember - works for a worn out and foot sore Mrs. Norman Maine.
  • Pan Find out how Mrs. Norman Maine liked the Joe Wright helmed Peter Pan prequel Pan, starring Hugh Jackman, Levi Miller and Garrett Hedlund.
  • King Kong (2005) Mrs. Norman Maine takes on Peter Jackson's 2005 remake of King Kong. Does she approve? You'll have to read her review to find out if he got those 1930s period details right. Not that she would know firsthand, of course...
  • Into The Storm Mrs. Norman Maine takes a break from moving to watch and review 2014's found footage disaster flick, Into the Storm, directed by Steven Quale.
  • A Million Ways To Die In The West How do you suppose Mrs. Norman Maine liked Seth MacFarlane's adventure in the wild west - A Million Ways to Die in the West? Read on to find out.
  • Christine Find out what Mrs. Norman Maine thought of John Carpenter's 1983 film adaptation of the Stephen King horror novel Christine.
  • Pride Find out how Mrs. Norman Maine felt about the 2014 movie Pride, a period piece about an LGBT group helping striking miners in 1980s Britain.
  • Six Days Seven Nights Find out what Mrs. Norman Maine thought of Harrison Ford and Anne Heche in Ivan Reitman's Six Days Seven Nights from 1998.
  • Atonement Find out what Mrs. Norman Maine thinks of the 2007 Academy Award nominated Atonement, starring Keira Knightly and James McAvoy.
  • Zero Theorem, The How do you suppose Mrs Norman Maine liked Terry Gilliam's dystopian future escapade The Zero Theorem, starring Christoph Waltz and Matt Damon? Read on to find out.
  • Loft, The Find out if Mrs. Norman Maine was impressed by the impressive cast in The Loft, a 2015 US remake of a Dutch thriller.
  • Da Vinci Code, The Was director Ron Howard able to spin film gold in his 2006 adaptation of The Da Vinci Code, with Tom Hanks and Audrey Tatou? Mrs. Norman Maine has the scoop. You'll also find out how her mission to bring snacks to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge is going. Hint: not as expected.
  • Chef Find out how Mrs. Norman Maine liked Jon Favreau's food truck movie, Chef. And what inspired her to watch it...
  • Masters of the Universe Guess which Friends actor was in this misguided 1987 attempt to capitalize on an action figure/cartoon franchise - Masters of the Universe.
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens Find out how Mrs. Norman Maine liked Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the wildly anticipated 2015 Star Wars franchise sequel.
  • Mockingjay Part 2 Mrs. Norman Maine can plan a debate, celebrate Christmas and review Mockingjay Part 2 all at the same time. She is a marvel!
  • A Royal Night Out A Royal Night Out is the fictitious retelling of a real event, the celebrations in London on V-E day, May the 8th of 1945.
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron What happened to the fabulous world of Joss Whedon's superheroes? Check out Mrs. Norman Maine's review of Avengers: Age of Ultron to find out.
  • Birdman Mrs. Norman Maine is a literal smash on Broadway so decides to review the 2014 Academy award winner Birdman, starring Michael Keaton.
  • Woman in Gold Mrs. Norman Maine reviews the 2014 film, The Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds and based on a true story.
  • Inkheart Catch Mrs. Norman Maine, relaxing after a hectic day arranging for transportation to Manhattan, reviewing the 2008 Inkheart film adaptation.
  • RoboCop (2014) After an exhausting, tap dance extravaganza filled day, Mrs. Norman Maine takes some time to review the 2014 remake of RoboCop, starring Joel Kinnaman.
  • Walking on Sunshine What happens when Mrs. Norman Maine watches someone else stage a production number? Find out in her review of Walking on Sunshine.
  • Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me Mrs. Norman Maine takes a break from her usual fare and reviews Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, a documentary looking at his post Alzheimer's diagnosis tour.
  • It Is What It Is Mrs. Norman Maine takes a trip to Indie Central and reviews the Mike Cunliffe helmed Millennial drama It Is What It Is.
  • Book Thief (MNM) Mrs. Norman Maine takes time out from herding cats to review the 2013 film adaptation of the best selling novel The Book Thief.
  • Decline and Fall of a Birdwatcher What else is Mrs. Norman Maine to do after a long day of tap dancing and sequined products than review the 1968 film Decline and Fall of a Birdwatcher?
  • Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation While in the midst of contract negotiations with Apple, Mrs. Norman Maine takes time to review Tom Cruise's latest - Missions Impossible: Rogue Nation.
  • Jurassic World Mrs. Norman Maine takes time from her busy schedule to review the 2015 summer blockbuster Jurassic World.
  • Saving Mr. Banks Find out what Mrs. Norman Maine thinks of Saving Mr. Banks, starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson. And imagine a glorious MNM Mary Poppins.
  • Paddington Mrs. Norman Maine needs a little inspiration while planning her CGI extravaganza, so checks out 2014's Paddington, starring Hugh Bonneville.
  • San Andreas Mrs. Norman Maine kicks back after a rigorous day of scouting locations to review the 2015 Dwayne Johnson actioner San Andreas.
  • Last Five Years, The Mrs. Norman Maine settles in after a hard day planning her new extravaganza to have a look at Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan in The Last Five Years.
  • Wiz, The Read Mrs. Norman Maine's review of the 1978 adaptation of the Broadway musical The Wiz, starring Michael Jackson and Diana Ross.
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Read Mrs. Norman Maine's review of the fourth Harry Potter film outing - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
  • Babadook (MNM) Read about Mrs. Norman Maine's brief trip to Atlanta and her review of the Australian horror flick The Babadook.
  • Noah Read Mrs. Norman Maine's review of Darren Aronofsky's 2013 biblical epic Noah, starring Russell Crowe.
  • Maze Runner, The DEAD END KIDS Main Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Aml Ameen Director: Wes Ball Normy and I have arrived in Manhattan for a brief time to discuss certain improvements that Star is Born pictures can offer to the somewhat moribund cultural institutions at Lincoln Center.  Our first stop was the Metropolitan Opera where we had a lovely sit down four ...
  • Love N Dancing DANCE 10, LOOKS 3 Main Cast: Tom Malloy, Amy Smart Director: Robert Iscove I am so sorry all my fans.  I’ve left you sitting out in the dark without my wisdom and guidance to the world of cinema for several weeks now but things have been absolutely tumultuous here at Chateau Maine what with Star is Born pictures ...
  • Interview, The Mrs. Norman Maine causes and international incident with Seth Rogen and James Franco over their turkey, The Interview.
  • Rent Find out what Mrs. Norman Maine thought of the 2005 film version of the 1990s hit Broadway musical, Rent, which starred some of the original stage cast.
  • Horns Read Mrs. Norman Maine's review of the Alexandra Aja directed Horns, starring Daniel Radcliffe.
  • Django Unchained (MNM) Read about Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained and find out what our fabulous Mrs. Norman Maine is up to with Steven Spielberg!
  • Adventurer: Curse of the Midas Box Read Mrs. Norman Maine's review of The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box and find out how her Spielberg movie mash-up is coming along.
  • From Time to Time Read Mrs. Norman Maine's review of the 2009 film From Time to Time, written and directed by Julian Fellowes from Downton Abbey and starring Maggie Smith.
  • Mockingjay Part 1 Read about Mrs. Norman Maine's exciting new project - and her review of Mockingjay, Part 1.
  • Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies Read Mrs. Norman Maine's review of the final chapter of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy and find out exactly what she's up to with Spielberg and theremins.
  • Into the Woods Read Mrs. Norman Maine's review of the 2015 film Into the Woods, as well as her comparison to the Sondheim Broadway original.
  • Wolf of Wall Street Read about Mrs. Norman Maine's holiday exploits as well as her review of the 2013 Oscar nominated Wolf of Wall Street.
  • Oculus (MNM) Read about Mrs. Norman Maine's holiday plans and her review of the 2014 horror film Oculus.
  • Sabotage Read Mrs. Norman Maine's review of Arnold Schwarzenegger's misguided 2014 disaster, Sabotage.
  • Pompeii Find out what Mrs. Norman Maine thought of the disaster epic Pompeii, and what epic disasters she has planned for the holidays.
  • Odd Thomas Read Mrs. Norman Maine's review of the film adaptation of Dean Koontz's novel, Odd Thomas.
  • Gone Girl (MNM) Find out all about Mrs. Norman Maine's new projects - and read her review of David FIncher's film adaptation of the novel Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck.
  • While You Were Sleeping SLEEPING BEAUTY Main Cast: Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman Director: Jon Turteltaub I showed the producers of Dancing with the Stars a thing or two about true star quality today.  They may think they can keep me off the airwaves of America and out of their cheap little talent competition but they had forgotten that I spent my early ...
  • Pit and the Pendulum, The Check out Mrs. Norman Maine's review of the 1991 B horror flick The Pit and the Pendulum, and catch up on all her recent escapades.
  • Carrie (2013) What happens when you remake classic horror? Find out in Mrs. Norman Maine's review of the 2013 version of Carrie.
  • Twilight Find out what Mrs. Norman Maine has to say about the sparkly vamp filled teen blockbuster Twilight, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.
  • Sense and Sensibility Check out Mrs. Norman Maine's review of the 1995 Emma Thompson (penned and starring) adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility.
  • I Am Legend Read Mrs. Norman's review of the 2007 Will Smith starring adaptation of Richard Matheson's classic sci-fi tale, I Am Legend.
  • Snowpiercer Read Mrs. Norman Maine's review of the internationally successful dystopian thriller Snowpiercer, starring Chris Evans and directed by Joon-ho Bong.
  • Olympus Has Fallen Find out what Mrs. Norman Maine thinks of the Die Hard inspired, Gerard Butler starring, Olympus Has Fallen.
  • Ella Enchanted Why is Mrs. Norman Maine less than enchanted with Ella Enchanted? Find out in her review of the 2004 Anne Hathaway starring fairy tale.
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Read Mrs. Norman Maine's thoughts on the 2014 summer release Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and join her a the San Diego Gay Pride Parade.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Check out what Mrs. Norman Maine has to say about the 2014 summer blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy starring Chris Pratt.
  • Salo (120 Days of Sodom) Read Mrs. Norman Maine's review of Pier Paolo Pasolini's final film, Salo, a disturbing look at the abuse of power.
  • Dirty Dancing Read Mrs. Norman Maine's review of the 1987 classic teen dance movie, Dirty Dancing, with Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze.
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past Mrs. Norman Maine takes a break from her hectic schedule to review Bryan Singer and his massive cast in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
  • Lion in Winter (1968) Mrs. Norman Maine reviews the 1968 production of James Goldman's The Lion in Winter starring Katharine Hepburn and Peter O'Toole.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Read Mrs. Norman Maine's disappointed review of Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, the first in a series based on books by Rick Riordan.
  • Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Find out what Mrs. Norman Maine thought about the first part of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
  • Sharknado What does the intrepid Mrs. Norman Maine think of the low budget SyFy creature feature Sharknado? Read on to find out,
  • Divergent Read Mrs. Norman Maine's thoughts on the movie Divergent, based on the Veronica Roth novel of the same name and starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James.
  • Frozen Find out what our dear MNM thinks of the latest animated Disney musical extravaganza, Frozen, which boasts the voice talents of Idina Menzel.
  • Great Gatsby, The (2013) Find out what the inimitable Mrs. Norman Maine thought of the 2013 version of The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Carey Mulligan.
  • One Day Find out what Mrs. Norman Maine thinks of the 2011 movie One Day, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess.
  • Cloud Atlas Read Mrs. Norman Maine's review Cloud Atlas, the film adaptation of David Mitchell's novel, starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry.
  • Hunger Games by MNM Our fabulous reviewer, Mrs. Norman Maine, takes a look at the Gary Ross directed, Jennifer Lawrence starring adaptation of The Hunger Games.
  • Burlesque Read Mrs. Norman Maine's review of the 2011 Cher/Christina Agilera vehicle, Burlesque. Don't mess with MNM and her musicals.