Archive for October, 2008

Obit…Mr. Blackwell

Monday, October 20th, 2008

OBITUARY

‘Mr. Blackwell’ dies at 86; compiled ‘worst dressed’ celebrity lists for nearly 50 years

 

 

 

Born Richard Selzer, the caustic self-proclaimed arbiter of taste wagged his finger at the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, Britney Spears and even Queen Elizabeth.

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By Mary Rourke
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
October 20, 2008

 

“Mr. Blackwell,” whose annual “worst dressed” list dinged movie stars, music icons and European royalty and helped turn him into a household name from the 1960s through the ’80s, has died. He was 86.   (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Haunted Hollywood…

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

Hollywood Heritage logo

 

Hollywood Heritage
EVENINGS @ THE BARN return for the 2008/2009 season
with a Halloween theme:HAUNTED HOLLYWOOD
Wednesday October 22, 2008.  7:30 PM      

 

Hollywood Heritage President Marc Wanamaker will be your guide to hauntings in Hollywood! Based on his 1994 book, Hollywood Haunted, co-authored with Laurie Jacobsen, the evening will be a photographic “tour” of sites in Hollywood that were and are reportedly “haunted.” 

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Marc will explain how such research is done, what true haunted sites are, and which are bogus.  Using historical photographs, the presentation will include movie studios, theaters, hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and other Hollywood locations.

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There will also be two short films with a “haunted” theme: The First Round Up (a spooky Our Gang comedy short) and a 1931 documentary Ghosts of Hollywood – a tour of abandoned silent-era movie studios.  You don’t have to believe in ghosts to enjoy this GHOSTLY evening!

Hollywood Pantages Theatre lobby, 1931    Hollywood Heritage Museum    Douglas Fairbanks Studios, 1920.

(Pictured above, left to right:  Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 1931 ** Hollywood Heritage Museum/Lasky – DeMille Barn ** Douglas Fairbanks Studios, 1920).

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Haunted Hollywood will be presented in the
HOLLYWOOD HERITAGE MUSEUM in the
Lasky-DeMille Barn

(across from the Hollywood Bowl)
2100 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, CA 90068
Hollywood Heritage Members:  $5.  Non-Members:  $8
FREE PARKING!  Refreshments available.

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Miriam Hopkins Birthday…

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Miriam Hopkins

 

 

October 18, 1902 – October 9, 1972

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Celebs Support ‘NO on Prop 8’…

Friday, October 17th, 2008

California gay marriage fundraiser reaches for stars

 

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Thu Oct 16, 2008
By Alex Dobuzinskis
Reuters

 

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Battling to save the right to same-sex marriage in what is expected to be a close state vote next month, California gay rights backers are turning to Hollywood celebrities for help at a major fundraiser.

 

Actress and singer Barbra Streisand is expected at the event on Tuesday and singers Melissa Etheridge and Mary J. Blige will perform, organizers said on Thursday.

 

Supermarket billionaire Ron Burkle will host the event at his Beverly Hills home (Green Acres), with a private $25,000-a-plate dinner. Among other entertainment figures planning to attend are actor/director Rob Reiner.

 

In recent weeks, director Steven Spielberg and actor Brad Pitt each donated $100,000 in support of the campaign to preserve the right to gay marriage.

 

The fundraiser comes as backers of same-sex marriage fight to stem a tide of support for Proposition 8, a November 4 ballot measure that seeks to define marriage under the California Constitution as only between a man and a woman.

 

A poll released last week by Survey USA showed 47 percent of Californians supported the measure, while 42 percent opposed it.

 

“We’re feeling very good about the surge in the campaign,” said Sonja Eddings Brown, a spokeswoman for Protect Marriage, the group advocating for a “Yes” vote on Proposition 8.

 

The “Yes” campaign has raised $25.4 million, compared with $15.8 million for those who wish to maintain the right to gay marriage.

 

In recent weeks, advocates of same-sex marriage have chided the Hollywood community for failing to contribute cash to the campaign to defeat Proposition 8.

 

But Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California, said the fundraiser would show Hollywood’s support for same-sex marriage rights.

 

“Having support from Hollywood leaders who are visible, who reach a wide audience, is critical to our success,” Kors said.

 

“It’s always really scary when you’re being outspent 2 to 1 in an election, and when your rights are at stake and someone’s trying to take your rights away,” he added.

 

In recent days, opponents of same-sex marriage have stepped up their television advertising and warned voters that if Proposition 8 is defeated, children will be taught about gay marriage in elementary schools.

 

Gay-marriage supporters call that argument misleading.

 

In California, an estimated 11,000 same-sex couples have married since the state’s highest court in May overturned a state ban on same-sex marriage.

 

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and actress Portia de Rossi wed in August in one the most high-profile same-sex unions. Etheridge has said she plans to marry girlfriend Tammy Lynn Michaels before November 4.

 

DeGeneres released an online video message this week urging California voters to strike down Proposition 8.

 

Gay and lesbian marriage was legalized last week in Connecticut, bringing to three the number of U.S. states that allow it. (Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Jill Serjeant and Peter Cooney)

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Hollywood at Home…

Friday, October 17th, 2008

 Architectural Digest

 

  

‘HOLLYWOOD AT HOME’ ISSUE

 

Everyone knows the best distraction for the real problems of the world is celebrity culture, and rather than go check to see how the stock market is doing, let’s thumb through Architectural Digest, which has just published its Hollywood At Home issue. A shot of the still-on the market Cecil DeMille estate (chopped and now listed at $23.95 million) is available, while here’s the backstory on Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall’s old Benedict Canyon home:

 

“Previously owned by Hedy Lamarr, it consisted of eight rooms, stood on six and a half acres, and had a pool, a picket fence and eight coops, where the Bogarts kept an ever-expanding population of chickens, roosters and ducks. With the help of decorator Bill Yates, Bacall did most of what Movieland called the “interior planning” in a mixture of Dutch, Early American and French provincial furniture.”

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Tony Curtis’ Autobiography…

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Tony Curtis didn’t get no respect from Hollywood

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By Elizabeth Snead
Los Angeles Times

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Tony Curtis, 84, has written his autobiography, “American Prince,” in which he details his impoverished childhood, a physically abusive mother and cold father, his five marriages, alienation from his children, the deaths of his younger brother and his youngest son, the decline of his acting career, and his past cocaine and sex addictions.

 

25785477 Wow. It’s a miracle he had the time or energy to star in such classics as Some Like It Hot, The Outsider, Sweet Smell of Success, Spartacus and The Defiant Ones, which earned him an Oscar nomination for lead actor. 

 

But the veteran actor blames Hollywood for not giving him better roles. He says they gave him the lightweight roles and offered the meaty roles to actors such as Paul Newman and Marlon Brando.

 

He has some choice words for other actors too, calling Jerry Lewis “cruel,” Shelley Winters “very obnoxious” and Danny Kaye “a vicious man.”

 

Curtis also slams the actors union, accusing the members of not taking his acting abilities seriously.

 

He told USA Today: “I don’t feel like I got the movies I should’ve gotten. I felt I deserved more than that the industry had given me. I felt I should have been considered more, with a little more respect from the Screen Actors Guild and the Academy.”

 

Kinda sounds like he’s ready to star in a remake of Grumpy Old Men. Bitter, much, Tony?

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The Donner’s Get a Star…

Friday, October 17th, 2008

‘Lethal Weapon’ director, wife get Hollywood stars

 

The Associated Press

  

LOS ANGELESLethal Weapon director-producer Richard Donner and his producer wife Lauren shared a rare romantic honor Thursday: the unveiling of their stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Guests at the ceremony included Dakota Fanning, who appears in the new film The Secret Life of Bees, which Lauren Donner produced.

 

“I was in Hollywood yesterday going to a screening, and I said, ‘Let’s go drive by my star.’ I was so excited about it we drove by twice,” said Lauren Donner. “I wanted to stop the passers-by and say, ‘I’m getting one of these tomorrow!'”

 

She praised her husband, calling him “the light of my life.”

 

Richard Donner, in turn, gushed, “I thank Hollywood for Lauren.”

 

The pair met during production of 1985’s Ladyhawke, which Richard Donner directed and produced, and Lauren Donner co-produced.

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Obit…Edie Adams

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

OBITUARY

Actress, singer Edie Adams dies at 81

 

 

Tony winner gained fame as television foil to husband Ernie Kovacs

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The Associated Press
Thurs., Oct. 16, 2008
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LOS ANGELES – Actress and singer Edie Adams, the blonde beauty who won a Tony Award for bringing Daisy Mae to life on Broadway and who played the television foil to her husband, comedian Ernie Kovacs, has died. She was 81.   (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Last Titanic Survivor…

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

BREAKING NEWS

Last Titanic survivor sells mementos to raise cash

 

 

 

In this1998 file photo of Millvina Dean looks up and smiles as she signs a Titanic movie poster. Dean, the last living survivor of the disaster, is selling some of her mementos to help pay her nursing home fees.

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From the Associated Press
October 16, 2008

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LONDONMillvina Dean was just two months old when she was wrapped in a sack and lowered into a lifeboat from the deck of the sinking RMS Titanic.

 

Now, more than 95 years later, Dean, the last living survivor of the disaster, is hoping to help pay her nursing home fees by selling artifacts of her rescue — a suitcase and other mementos expected to auction for about $5,200.

 

Rescued from the bitterly cold Atlantic night by the steamship Carpathia, Dean, her brother and her mother were taken to New York with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Before returning home to England, they were given a small wicker suitcase of clothing, a gift from New Yorkers, to help them rebuild their lives.

 

The suitcase and other mementos are to be sold Saturday at an auction organized by Henry Aldridge and Son, which specializes in Titanic memorabilia.

 

Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said the key item was the suitcase that was filled with clothes and donated to Dean’s surviving family members after the disaster.

 

“They would have carried their little world in this suitcase,” Aldridge said today.

 

Dean also is selling letters from the Titanic Relief Fund offering her mother one pound, seven shillings and sixpence a week in compensation.

 

Dean, 96, has lived in a nursing home in the southern English city of Southampton — Titanic’s home port — since she broke her hip two years ago.

 

“I am not able to live in my home anymore,” Dean was quoted as telling the Southern Daily Echo newspaper. “I am selling it all now because I have to pay these nursing home fees and am selling anything that I think might fetch some money.”

 

In 1912, baby Elizabeth Gladys “Millvina” Dean and her family were steerage passengers emigrating to Kansas City, Missouri, aboard the giant cruise liner.

 

Four days out of port, on the night of April 14, it hit an iceberg and sank. Billed as “practically unsinkable” by the publicity magazines of the period, the Titanic did not have enough lifeboats for all of 2,200 passengers and crew.

 

Dean, her mother and 2-year-old brother were among 706 people — mostly women and children — who survived. Her father was among more than 1,500 who died.

 

Aldridge said the “massive interest” in Titanic memorabilia shows no signs of abating. Last year, a collection of items belonging to Lillian Asplund, the last American survivor of the disaster, sold for more than $175,000. Asplund died in 2006 at the age of 99.

 

“It’s the people, the human angle,” Aldridge said. “You had over 2,200 men, women and children on that ship, from John Jacob Astor, the richest person in the world at the time, to a poor Scandinavian family emigrating to the States to start a new life. There were 2,200 stories.”

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O’Neal’s Charged…

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Ryan O’Neal charged with meth possession

 

 

Actor’s 23-year-old son, Redmond, has also been charged

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The Associated Press
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MALIBU, Calif.Ryan O’Neal and his son, Redmond, were charged Wednesday with possession of methamphetamine.

 

Both face felony drug possession charges, deputy district attorney James Garrison said. Redmond O’Neal, 23, also faces misdemeanor charges for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of pepper spray.

 

He and his 67-year-old actor father are scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 13.

 

The father and son were arrested Sept. 17 after deputies searched their Malibu home, part of Redmond’s probation. Police said drugs were found on Redmond and in Ryan O’Neal’s living area.

 

Ryan O’Neal’s attorney said the drugs did not belong to his client.

 

“It’s unfortunate because Ryan O’Neal didn’t possess methamphetamine, doesn’t use methamphetamine and it wasn’t his methamphetamine,” attorney Mark Werksman said. “He never should have been prosecuted for this. We intend to vigorously challenge these charges in court, where they should be dismissed.”

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