Archive for September 17th, 2008

Bette Davis Stamp…

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008


Bette Davis honored with postage stamp



‘She would have been tremendously thrilled,’ her son says

The Associated Press
Wed., Sept. 17, 2008

WASHINGTON – “She did it the hard way.”


That’s how Bette Davis wanted to be remembered, and a new U.S. postage stamp honoring her does that iron-willed image justice.


The 42-cent commemorative stamp, being released Thursday in Boston, features a portrait of Davis as she appeared in the 1950 film All About Eve, in which she played Margo Channing, an aging stage actress battling to save her career as a younger woman schemes to replace her.   (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Brad Pitt Supports Gay Marriage…

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Pitt donates $100,000 to support gay marriage



Actor fighting California initiative that would overturn same-sex marriages

The Associated Press
Wed., Sept. 17, 2008

Brad Pitt has donated $100,000 to fight California’s November ballot initiative that would overturn the state Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage.


It’s the first time voters will be asked to ban same-sex marriage in a state where gay couples already have won the right to wed. Same-sex marriage is legal in Massachusetts and California.


“Because no one has the right to deny another their life, even though they disagree with it, because everyone has the right to live the life they so desire if it doesn’t harm another and because discrimination has no place in America, my vote will be for equality and against Proposition 8,” Pitt said Wednesday.


Trevor Neilson, Pitt’s political and philanthropic adviser, told The Associated Press that Pitt was surprised that his colleagues in the entertainment industry had not donated more money to support the battle against Proposition 8.


Earlier in the week, Pitt and Angelina Jolie announced they donated $2 million to help fight HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis in Ethiopia.



Ryan O’Neal and Son Booked…

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008


Ryan O’Neal, son Redmond booked on suspicion of drug possession


Actor Ryan O’Neal, left, and his son Redmond O’Neal are shown in a combination photograph of their booking mug shots released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department to Reuters Sept. 17, 2008, following their arrest Wednesday for possession of a controlled substance


The Sheriff’s Department says it was doing a probation search involving Redmond O’Neal at his father’s Malibu home when deputies found the two in possession of methamphetamine.


By Andrew Blankstein
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
September 17, 2008


Ryan O’Neal and his son were being booked on suspicion of narcotics possession this morning after a probation search at the actor’s Malibu home, authorities said.


Deputies found Redmond O’Neal, 24, in possession of methamphetamine while a vial of the drug was found in Ryan O’Neal’s bedroom, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore.


The father and son will be held in lieu of $10,000 bail, he said.


The O’Neals were detained shortly after 7:15 a.m. during a probation search related to a case involving Redmond O’Neal. The two were taken to the sheriff’s Malibu/Lost Hills station.


Redmond, whose mother is actress Farrah Fawcett, was arrested last year on charges related to carrying heroin and crystal meth while driving under the influence in Malibu.


He pleaded not guilty to drug possession and one misdemeanor DUI charge as part of a deal intended to help him avoid jail. He was sentenced to three years probation and $1,688 in fines for the DUI charge.


In another case from 2005, Redmond O’Neal was placed on probation stemming from an arrest on suspicion of methamphetamine and cocaine possession.


Ryan O’Neal, 67, was arrested last year on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and negligent discharge of a firearm after firing a gunshot during an argument with another son, Griffin O’Neal.


The actor told authorities that Griffin, 43, picked up a fireplace poker and started swinging it. Griffin grazed him four or five times and “aimed at my head, I ducked, he hit his own girlfriend in the head,” Ryan O’Neal said at the time.


The actor said he fired a warning shot intended to scare his son.


The elder O’Neal was nominated for an Oscar for the 1970 movie Love Story.


El Capitan Theatre For Sale…

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

El Capitan Theatre for sale



Many of Hollywood’s best-known performers have
appeared at the El Capitan Theatre, which opened
in 1926. (Everett Fenton Gidley)


The asking price for the Hollywood landmark, restored to its former glory in the 1990s, is $31 million.

By Roger Vincent
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
September 17, 2008


The historic El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, where Citizen Kane had its world premiere and a generation of children have watched actors dressed as Disney characters cavort onstage, is for sale.


The $31-million price tag includes the six-story, 1920s office building into which the theater is built.   (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Win Oscar Bleacher Seats…

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Fans can win bleacher seats for 2009 Oscars




The Academy will put 300 seats up for grabs in an online lottery

The Associated Press
Tues., Sept. 16, 2008

Stargazers seeking an up-close glimpse of Hollywood’s royalty can win seats on Oscar night along the red carpet.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday that 300 bleacher seats will be up for grabs in an online lottery.


Beginning at 9 a.m. PDT Monday, movie buffs can enter for a chance to win a seat in front of the Kodak Theater for the Oscars scheduled for Feb. 22. The lottery runs through 9 p.m. Sept. 28.


Applicants can register for up to four seats at


In previous years, as many as 20,000 fans have applied online for the bleacher seats.