Archive for November, 2008

Alistair Cooke’s Birthday…

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Happy 100th Birthday

Alistair Cooke!

 

 

BRITISH-BORN AMERICAN JOURNALIST AND BROADCASTER

 

  • BORN: November 20, 1908, Salford, Lancashire, England
  • DIED: March 30, 2004, New York, New York
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Lung and bone cancer
  • BURIAL: Ashes scattered (bones stolen before cremation)

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“The More the Merrier” Screening

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

ACADEMY FILM SCREENING

The More the Merrier (1943)

 

 

November 20 at the Linwood Dunn Theater

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Produced and directed by George Stevens, THE MORE THE MERRIER stars Jean Arthur as a career woman who finds herself with more roommates than she bargained for when she rents her “half-apartment” during the housing shortage in wartime Washington, D.C.  Arthur earned an Academy Award® nomination for her performance, and Charles Coburn (as an enterprising lodger) took home the Supporting Actor Oscar®.  The film also garnered nominations for Outstanding Motion Picture, Directing, Original Motion Picture Story, and Screenplay.

 

THE MORE THE MERRIER is the latest presentation in a lecture series named for George Stevens, a prolific producer-director who enjoyed the autonomy, respect and creative freedom that few did during Hollywood’s studio era.  While his films as a whole defy easy description, they all reflect a definitive filmmaking style as well as a unique and nuanced view of American life and values.  His many other notable films include the Best Picture nominees THE TALK OF THE TOWN (1942), A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951), SHANE (1953) and GIANT (1956), two of which (A PLACE IN THE SUN and GIANT) earned him Directing Oscars®.  In 1953 Stevens received the Academy’s Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, honoring a producer’s body of work.

 

In her introduction to THE MORE THE MERRIER, Cari Beauchamp, Academy film scholar and author of the upcoming book Joseph P. Kennedy Presents, will offer insights into the making of the film, the context of its wartime production, and Stevens’s approach to comedy.

 

Cast: Jean Arthur (Connie Milligan), Joel McCrea (Joe Carter), Charles Coburn (Benjamin Dingle), Richard Gaines (Charles J. Pendergast), Bruce Bennett (Evans), Frank Sully (Pike), Don Douglas (Harding), Clyde Fillmore (Senator Noonan), Stanley Clements (Morton Rodakiewicz), Ann Savage (Miss Dalton), Grady Sutton (Waiter).

 

Produced and Directed by George Stevens. Associate Producer Fred Guiol. Screenplay Robert Russell, Frank Ross, Richard Flournoy, Lewis R. Foster. Story Robert Russell, Frank Ross. Cinematography Ted Tetzlaff. Film Editing Otto Meyer. Art Direction Lionel Banks, Rudolph Sternad. Music Leigh Harline.

 

About Cari Beauchamp:

Cari Beauchamp is the author of Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood and the upcoming Joseph P. Kennedy Presents, and is the editor, with Mary Anita Loos, of Anita Loos Rediscovered: Film Treatments and Fiction. Beauchamp was named an Academy film scholar in 2004.

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Obit…Irving Brecher

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

OBITUARY

Irving Brecher dies at 94; Comedy writer got an Oscar nod for ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’

 

 

Brecher also created ‘The Life of Riley’ and wrote for Milton Berle and the Marx Brothers.

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By Dennis McLellan
November 19, 2008

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Irving Brecher, a comedy writer whose career in radio, television and the movies included writing two Marx Brothers comedies, co-writing the Judy Garland musical Meet Me in St. Louis and creating the radio and TV series The Life of Riley, has died. He was 94.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Imogene Coca’s Birthday…

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Happy 100th Birthday

Imogene Coca!

 

 

AMERICAN ACTRESS

 

  • BORN: November 18, 1908, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • DIED: June 2, 2001, Westport, Connecticut
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Natural causes
  • BURIAL: Ashes scattered

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Hollywood Under Smoke…

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

HOLLYWOOD TODAY

This is NOT Smog!

 

 These photos were taken today showing (or not) the Hollywood Hills under a blanket of smoke from the Southern California wild fires.

 

 

 If you look closely you may be able to make out the Hollywood Sign just above the Renaissance Hotel

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Tyrone Power 50th Anniversary Memorial…

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

IN MEMORY OF

Tyrone Power

 

 

By Allan R. Ellenberger 

 

Today was the 50th anniversary of the death of matinee idol, Tyrone Power. To mark the occasion, a memorial service was held at Hollywood Forever Cemetery where the actor is interred. The service was held in the Chapel of the Psalms where Power’s funeral was held fifty years ago.

 

Those in attendance included Maria Ciaccia, author and film historian; Henry Colman, producer and friend who served with Power in the war; actress Terry Moore, his co-star in King of the Khyber Rifles (1953); Coleen Gray, his co-star in Nightmare Alley (1947); Mike Steckler, Power’s stand-in; Colin Watling, British recording artist, and the singing group, The Celtic Heart. Each one shared memories and anecdotes about Tyrone Power with the audience.

 

Copy of my autographed Tyrone Power memorial service program

 

Also participating were Power’s children, Romina and Taryn, the daughters he had with actress, Linda Christian, and Tyrone Power, Jr., whose mother was Debbie Ann Minardos, the actor’s last wife.

 

Tyrone Jr. was the emcee and shared stories, including one about being taught how to ride a bicycle at Hollywood Cemetery by his father’s stand-in, Mike Steckler. He also recalled that he recently appeared in a friend’s film and one of the scenes was shot at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. When he later saw the rushes, he noticed that in one shot he could see his father’s grave over his shoulder. He noted that, “This man is dead and he’s able to make it into my scene.”

 

Taryn recalled how she and her family recently survived a fire at her home in Wisconsin. The intensity of the flames blew many pieces of her father’s memorabilia through the roof and onto the snow covered lawn. Many pieces survived and one item in particular was an article about In Old Chicago (1937) showing a man fleeing the flames of the great Chicago fire.

 

Power’s eldest child, Romina, was seven years old when her father died and was attending school in Mexico. She read a letter from him sent from the set of Solomon and Sheba (1959), the film he was working on at the time of his death. In it her spoke of his love and affection and that he was sorry to be away, but promised to spend the following summer with her. Sadly, she didn’t receive the letter until after his death and never had the chance to respond, so she wrote a reply and read it to the audience. This was also the first time that she attended one of her father’s memorials.

 

Afterward, everyone walked to the gravesite where the Celtic Heart once again shared their music and Reverend Gary Dickey gave the closing prayer.

 

 

Chapel of the Psalms where Tyrone Power’s funeral was held 50 years ago

 

Tyrone Power’s gravesite prior to the service

 

Flower tribute

 

 

Tyrone Power, Jr.

 

 

Tyrone, Jr. and Romina Power. Terry Moore and Coleen Gray are behind them

 

Taryn Power, Mrs. Tyrone Power Jr, Tyrone Power Jr, and Romina Power

 

The family of Tyrone Power. Taryn, Tyrone Jr. and Romina are in the center

 

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Tyrone Power Lineage…

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

 THE LINEAGE OF

Tyrone Power

  

Tyrone Power the Elder (1795-1841)

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Tyrone Power, Sr. (1869-1931)

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Tyrone Power (1914-1958)

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Tyrone Power IV (b. 1959)

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Tyrone Power V (b. 1996)

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Tyrone Power Tributes…

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

ANNUAL MEMORIAL SERVICE

Tyrone Power

 

A recent vistor to Tyrone Power’s grave

 

This Saturday, November 15, 2008, is the 50th anniversary of the death of actor Tyrone Power.

A memorial service will be held at

Hollywood Forever Cemetery at 11:30 a.m.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.tyrone-power.com/

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In conjunction, the American Cinematheque will be presenting a a two-night tribute to Power at the Egyptian Theater.

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AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS

A TYRONE POWER TRIBUTE

 

 

Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard

 

Friday, November 14, 7:30 pm – Nightmare Alley (1948)

Saturday, November 15, 7:30 pm – The Razor’s Edge (1946)

Sunday, November 16, 6:30 pm – Love is News (1937) & The Mark of Zorro (1940)

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 Tickets and info: Fandango (www.fandango.com) (put 90028 in search box) or Egyptian Theatre box office (www.americancinematheque.com)

 

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LA Board of Supervisors Backs Prop 8 Challenge…

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Emotional Board of Supervisors backs Prop. 8 challenge

 

Molly Hennessy-Fisk
Los Angeles Times

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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted this afternoon to join a lawsuit filed by the City of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Santa Clara County challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the anti-gay marriage initiative voters passed by a narrow margin this month.

 

The vote was carried by the board’s three Democrats: Supervisors Gloria Molina and Zev Yaroslavsky, who proposed the board join the lawsuit, and Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke, who voted in support.

 

Of the two Republicans, Supervisor Michael Antonovich was out of town, and Supervisor Don Knabe left the meeting just as speakers began.

 

More than a dozen speakers appeared in support of the board’s vote and opposition to Proposition 8, including Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo, San Francisco City Atty. Dennis Herrera and several gay couples. Both Molina and Yaroslavsky, who have officiated at same-sex wedding ceremonies since California legalized them in June, said they acted out of a sense of duty and personal responsibility.

 

Yaroslavsky pointed out a couple he married who were among those speaking in support of the vote.

 

“Some of us may ask why the county supervisors would be involved and get so involved in this issue,” Molina said, citing the board’s responsibility to supply marriage license, uphold the law and “balance the enforcement of Proposition 8 with recognizing the constitutional right of all our citizens.” Molina added, “On a personal note, I am here to say that the passage of Prop. 8 saddened and angered me on various levels.”

 

Yarolslavsky noted that was “a close call” given how divided the state and county have been on the question of gay marriage. He said that he was not always a supporter of gay marriage (he supported civil unions instead) but said he “was persuaded” by colleagues and his children.

 

“It’s very important for the County of Los Angeles to be at the table on this,” he said. “It doesn’t hurt anybody. It doesn’t adversely affect anybody else.”

 

*Update: Antonovich had earlier said he would not support the legal challenge. His statement: “The appropriate time to have raised legal objections was prior to the election –- not after the people have once again voted on the issue. This move will disenfranchise voters who turned out in record numbers to participate in the process and have their voices heard.”

 

REOPEN PROP 8 FOR CALIFORNIA PETITION

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Larry Edmunds Booksigning…

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

BOOK SIGNING

Hollywood Dreams Made Real:

 Irving Thalberg and the Rise of M-G-M

By Mark A Vieira

 

  

Thursday November 13th, 2008

at 7:30 p.m.

Larry Edmunds Bookshop

6644 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood

ph: (323) 463-3273

  

Hollywood Dreams Made Real: 

Irving Thalberg and the Rise of M-G-M.

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The author, Mark Vieira, will sign copies of his book and give a presentation on his new discoveries about MGM’s legendary “Boy Wonder.”

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