Archive for November, 2008

Obit…William Gibson

Friday, November 28th, 2008


William Gibson dies at 94; Tony Award-winning playwright was best known for ‘The Miracle Worker’


William Gibson sits in on a reading of his play “Golda,” an autobiography of former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. The playwright was known for the demanding roles he wrote for women.


By Adam Bernstein
November 28, 2008


Reporting from WashingtonWilliam Gibson, 94, a Tony Award-winning playwright best known for The Miracle Worker, the inspirational story of Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan, died Tuesday at his home in Stockbridge, Mass. The family did not disclose the cause of death.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Happy Thanksgiving…

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!




I’ll be taking the next few days off to celebrate the holiday.

Look for a new original posting on Monday.



Celebrity Recipes…Tyrone Power

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008


Tyrone Power










1 quart chestnuts

1 pint breadcrumbs

¼ cup butter, chicken fat or lard

1 tsp. salt

1 egg, well beaten

¼ cup chopped celery

2 tsp. poultry seasoning


Make a gash in each chestnut. Place in an iron skillet with 1 tablespoon butter, and shake over hot flame for a few minutes. Place chestnuts in oven for 10 minutes. Then remove shells and skins. Cover the blanched chestnuts with boiling salt water and cook until tender. Strain and put through a ricer. Add rest of ingredients and mix well.


— Tyrone Power






Photo Extra…

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008


Tyrone Power & Miriam Hopkins


(Allan R. Ellenberger Collection)


Yes, that’s actor Tyrone Power (left) at a costume party hosted by Edgar Bergen, with actress Miriam Hopkins and her husband, director Anatole Litvak circa 1939



Remakes of Sci-Fi Classics…

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

 12 upcoming remakes of Hollywood Sci-fi classics


Hollywood, Back to the Future: Top filmmakers have already dipped into the sci-fi vault for 21st century remakes of “The War of the Worlds, “The Planet of the Apes” and the upcoming “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” so what’s next on the revival list? Plenty. Here’s a list of a dozen remakes and revival projects now at various stages in the studio pipeline.


When_worlds_collide_2 “When Worlds Collide” Steven Spielberg is one of the producers and Stephen Sommers (“The Mummy,” “Van Helsing”), infamous for his “give me more” attitude toward CGI effects, is directing. Like the original 1951 film produced by George Pal, this “Worlds,” due in theaters next year, is about the mad scramble to build a spaceship to save humanity before Earth is destroyed by a rogue planet entering its orbit. The problem comes when there aren’t enough seats for everybody on Earth.


Theterminatorposter_5“The Terminator” It’s not a remake, but filmmaker McG’s plan to revive the killer robot franchise with a new sequel next summer starring Christian Bale as John Connor has been circled by fans after a strong showing this past summer at Comic-Con International. “Terminator Salvation” is set in the future and shows the grim war between humans and Skynet with its murderous metallic armies. The plan is for a full trilogy — which means a certain California politician may well live up to that long-ago promise: “I’ll be back.”


Robocop_poster“Robocop” If the Terminator can get tuned up for a revival, why not that other 1980s mechanical hero? After several fits and starts, MGM announced in March that a reboot of “Robocop” would be in theaters in 2010. Darren Aronofsky (“The Wrestler,” “Requiem for a Dream”) is directing the remake of Paul Verhoeven’s bloody movie about a Detroit cop who is gunned down but then put back on patrol as a cyborg with troubled soul.


Ghostbusters_poster_2“GhostbustersThere’s talk of making a third installment in the hugely successful sci-fi comedy franchise and bringing back the original crew — Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson — as well as some new-blood, second-generation busters. Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, writers for “The Office,” are at work on the script for Columbia Pictures and Murray, in the past the most reluctant to return to the franchise, has said publicly that he’s open to the idea. There was talk of Seth Rogen being a likely cast addition but don’t bother calling him: “It sounds,” he said in October, “like the worst idea ever.”


Creature_from_the_black_lagoon_post“The Creature from the Black Lagoon” Breck Eisner, the director of “Sahara” and son of former Disney chief Michael Eisner, is directing while screenwriter Gary Ross is on board to retell the story of an Amazon River expedition that crosses paths with a prehistoric amphibian humanoid. The presence of Ross gives the 2009 release a link to the original 1954 film — that Universal classic was written by his father, Arthur A. Ross. Bill Paxton’s name has come up as one of the rumored cast members.


Flash_gordon_poster_3“Flash Gordon” After the “Black Lagoon” remake, director Eisner is planning to revive Flash Gordon for Columbia, bringing back the brand that hit the silver screen in 1980 with the campy Dino DeLaurentiis production that so memorably featured the music of Queen, not to mention Topol with wings and Timothy Dalton in tights. Alex Raymond’s classic space hero, originally created as a comic strip rival to Buck Rogers, celebrates his 75th anniversary in pop culture next month but it’s not clear that his retro appeal still holds. Earlier this year, Sci Fi canceled its “Flash Gordon” series, which had ratings that proved that Ming isn’t the one who is merciless.    


Westworldposter_2“Westworld” The late Michael Crichton wrote and directed the 1973 sci-fi thriller about a theme park where rich visitors can live out fantasies like engaging in Old West gunfights, thanks to the park’s androids, such as the menacing robot cowboy memorably portrayed by Yul Brynner. Just like in his “Jurassic Park,” though, you know things are going to go badly for the smug and boozy tourists. Crichton had worked recently on a script for a remake (and, at one point, Quentin Tarantino was approached to direct) but the author’s death in November may mark the end of the reboot effort.


Logans_run_poster“Logan’s Run” This is a remake that can’t seem to find  sanctuary even after a decade of attempts. A few years ago, Bryan Singer (“The X-Men,” “The Usual Suspects”) was all set to re-imagine the 1976 movie about a society where everyone submits to state-ordered execution parlors on their 21st birthday or gets hunted down by agents called Sandmen. Singer dropped out to make “Superman Returns,” though, and now producer Joel Silver (“The Matrix” films) appears intent to regenerate with a newcomer as director, namely Joseph Kosinski, who has made his name in television commercials.


Forbidden_planet_poster“Forbidden Planet” Producer Silver is also behind a planned revival of this 1956 classic that gave a sci-fi twist to Shakespeare’sThe Tempest” and starred Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis and Leslie Nielsen long before his career tilted toward comedy. It also introduced the world to Robbie the Robot, a machine man who would show in film and television shows for decades. At one point James Cameron (“Titanic,” “Aliens”) had flirted with a “Forbidden” remake but right now it’s not clear who will be directing. In October, it was announced that screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski (“The Changeling”) is on board.


Frankenstein_poster“Frankenstein” Mary Shelley’s classic horror tale of science gone awry has given Hollywood shambling visions of cemetery horror for decades, among them Boris Karloff’s iconic 1930s performances and Robert DeNiro’s very different take in the 1994 Kenneth Branagh remake. Next up? Guillermo Del Toro says that after he finishes the two-film version of “The Hobbit” he will turn his attention to the gothic morality tale and that actor Doug Jones (Abe Sapien in “Hellboy”) might play the patchwork man. This one is still a long way off; “The Hobbit” films are due in theaters in 2010 and 2011. Del Toro has also talked about making a “Slaughterhouse Five” remake.


Fahrenheit451filmposter_2 “Fahrenheit 451” It’s been 55 years since the publication of Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novel about Guy Montag, a “fireman,” a term for state-employed book burners of the future. Francois Truffaut brought the story to the silver screen in 1966 and there have been numerous efforts over the past decade to cook up a remake, with Mel Gibson, Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt among the stars who have flirted with the Montag role at different points. Writer-director Frank Darabont (“The Green Mile,” “The Shawshank Redemption”) is on the job now with a planned 2010 release even though his announced star, Tom Hanks, dropped out of the project in March.


Illsutrated_man_film_poster“The Illustrated Man” Another Bradbury work that is planned for a 2010 release (the year the author will celebrate his 90th birthday) is this project from the “Watchmen” duo of director Zack Snyder (who also directed “300”) and screenwriter Alex Tse. “The Illustrated Man” was a 1951 book of 18 short stories (including one, “Rocket Man,” that inspired the Elton John hit) that were linked by a bizarre framing device — a bum who is covered into tattoos from the future that move and represent the characters in the tales. It was made into a 1969 film starring Rod Steiger but it’s not clear what direction Snyder is taking the property.


— Geoff Boucher
Los Angeles Times



Movie Star Mystery…

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Movie Star Mystery Photo


Los Angeles Times file photo




This photo is from the “Larry Harnisch Reflects on Los Angeles History” blog in the Los Angeles Times.


CLUE: The mystery guest on the left has more than 80 credits on imdb and more than 20 credits on on ibdb. The mystery woman has less than 25 credits on imdb and more than 20 credits on ibdb.


If you think you know who the mystery couple are, post your guess here and then go to the LOS ANGELES TIMES site and officially post it there if you want. I’ll let you know the answer when its revealed.



Highland Price at Hollywood Forever…

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008


Highland Price



  • BORN: August 27, 1865, Illinois
  • DIED: April 10, 1901, Hollywood, California
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Unknown
  • Burial: Highland, Section 7, Lot 104


She never appeared in a film. She never held political office and has no known accomplishments that can be credited to her. In a town where images are so important, there are no photographs of her that have survived. Yet in Hollywood, her name is spoken every day; a multi-million dollar shopping and entertainment complex bears her name, and that name is posted on multiple street corners.


Her name is Highland Mary Price, born in Illinois and the wife of Hollywood’s first blacksmith, Thomas W. Price, whom she married in 1887. When she died of unknown causes in 1901, Highland became the first permanent resident of the newly christened, Hollywood Cemetery (now Hollywood Forever). Besides her husband, she was survived by her 9 year-old adopted daughter, Francis and her sister, Kate Mosby.


After her death, the founding fathers of Hollywood named one of the major thoroughfares Highland Avenue, in her honor. They chose that street because her home was on the corner of Highland at Fountain Avenue.


Today, we not only have Highland Avenue, but there is the Hollywood and Highland Center, home of the Kodak Theater where the Academy Awards are held. Each week people party at The Highlands, a popular restaurant and night club. And Hollywood Forever is one of the most famous cemeteries in the world.


Not a bad legacy for a smithee’s wife.


 The Hollywood and Highland Center


Grave monument for Highland Price, the very first interment at Hollywood Forever



 The original marker for Highland Price – the first grave marker to be laid in Hollywood Cemetery


The grave marker of Thomas W. Price, “The Village Blacksmith of Hollywood”



Mary Pickford Auction…

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008



Featuring the Collection of Mary Pickford Fine & Decorative Art, Furnishings,
Jewelry & Memorabilia


November 22nd and 23rd, 2008 at The Beverly Hilton

Public Exhibition:
Beverly Hills, California
9876 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Monday, November 17 – Friday, November 21
Monday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Live and Online Televised Auction:
Beverly Hills, California
9876 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210


Saturday, November 22
Session I, 10:00 a.m. (P.S.T.)
Session II, 2:00 p.m. (P.S.T.)


Sunday, November 23
Session III, 10:00 a.m. (P.S.T.)
Session IV, 2:00 p.m. (P.S.T.)




This historic Hollywood auction features more than 700 lots of fine & decorative art, furnishings, jewelry and memorabilia that graced the home of Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks known as “Pickfair”. These remaining items of their estate will be sold without reserve during a live televised and real-time online auction broadcast by Auction Network on November 22nd and 23rd at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. The Pickfair Auction features many furnishings that can be seen in vintage Hollywood press releases and magazine pictorials in publications such as Architectural Digest, House and Garden, and the Los Angeles Times.


Some of the fabled and exotic items coming to the block include a partial Capo Di Monte Napoleon à Josephine dinnerware service (est. $8,000-$10,000), a pair of fine Chinese carved rhinoceros tusks (est. $6,000-$8,000), a Continental silver, gold, enameled and garnet encrusted small coffer which was a gift to Mary Pickford from Grand Duchess Maria of Russia (est. $3,000-$4,000), a Thai damascene silver lotus form covered urn which was a gift to Mary Pickford from the King of Siam (est. $1,000-2,000),and a pair of Adam style paint decorated armchairs (est. $1,500-$2,500).


Highlighting fine art selections in the sale are two oil on canvas still life paintings by Paul de Longpré (est. $20,000-$30,000each), a Philip Mercier painting of children in a pastoral setting (est. $25,000-$35,000) and a landscape attributed to Asher Durand (est. $15,000-$25,000). Among the many personal effects to be sold are two handmade leather bound Pickfair guest books signed by dignitaries and guests between the years of 1926-1962 (est. $8,000-$10,000), a set of Moser gilt and acid etched vanity containers (est. $1,000-$2,000), and a 14k yellow gold compact by Cartier (est. $1,200-$1,800). Pickford jewelry featured in this sale include a 14k yellow gold five charm bracelet with personal engraved messages from Buddy Rogers to Mary Pickford, (est. $1,500-$2,000), a platinum, yellow gold and white diamond ring (est. $800-$1,200), and a 14k yellow gold and diamond covered Moviga wristwatch (est. $800-$1,200).


This auction will present a special opportunity for collectors to purchase property once belonging to America’s Sweetheart from Hollywood’s Golden Era.


Walk of Fame Star for Tim Rice…

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Sir Tim Rice gets Walk of Fame star


Sir Tim Rice was keen to see where his new star on Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame was in comparison to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s.


After the world-renowned lyricist was given the prestigious honour in LA, he joked: “I’ve seen his star but I can’t remember where it is. It’s in a much less prominent position is it?”


Sir Tim is the 2,375th person to receive the honour, with his star appropriately positioned in front of the historic Pantages Theatre.


During the ceremony he told the crowd gathered on Hollywood Boulevard: “I’m honoured to be here and I look forward to many more happy days in Los Angeles, but there won’t be many as happy as this one.”


“It’s fantastic,” he said later. “I’ve often walked up and down this street and seen so many great names and it’s never really crossed my mind that somebody who was not originally in the film business or in Hollywood would ever get here.”



But after winning three Oscars for his work on the music for Evita, The Lion King and Aladdin, Sir Tim has he’d become much more familiar with working across the pond.


“The second half of my career so far has been very much based around Hollywood and Los Angeles and I greatly appreciate that the city has done this,” he said.



14th Amendment to the Constitution…

Friday, November 21st, 2008


14th Amendment

Citizenship Rights.

Ratified July 9, 1868



1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.