Archive for December, 2008

Golden Globes Poster…

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008


Official poster of the 66th annual Golden Globes


Golden-Globes poster

(Hollywood Foreign Press Association)


The design is by Los Angeles artist Colin McGreal in association with Famous Frames. The poster will be distributed to the 1,300 guests attending the ceremony on January 11 at the Beverly Hilton.



2008 Celebrity Deaths…

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008


Celebrity deaths of 2008


Heath Ledger


Actors, actresses and entertainers



Actor Paul Newman died this year. So did Larry Harmon, who was better known as “Bozo the Clown”; W. Mark Felt, who was the mysterious “Deep Throat”; and William Stulla, who as “Engineer Bill” delighted a generation of children with a glass of milk.


William F. Buckley, the father of the modern conservative movement, also left the scene, as did singer and self-proclaimed “sex kitten” Eartha Kitt and the Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter.


Millionaire Steve Fossett’s adventurer’s life came to an end after a plane crash on a California hillside. And, after 28 years in a coma, socialite Martha “Sunny” von Bulow died in December.     (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for a list of celebrity deaths in 2008)


(Source: Los Angeles Times)



National Film Registry Selections…

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

‘Terminator’ joins Film Registry


Foolish Wives

Erich von Stroheim’s “Foolish Wives,” one of this years selections for the National Film Registry


‘In Cold Blood,’ ‘Deliverance’ also included


By Cynthia Littleton
December 30, 2008


“The Asphalt Jungle,” “Sergeant York,” “In Cold Blood,” “The Pawnbroker,” “Deliverance” and “The Terminator” are among the 25 films selected this year by the Library of Congress for inclusion in its National Film Registry.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Negri Film Found in Rome…

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008


Pola Negri film found


Pola Negri


The Alternative Film Guide reports that a lost Pola Negri film has been found at at Rome’s Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. Click HERE for the complete story.



Obit…Lark Previn

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008


Lark Previn, daughter of Mia Farrow, dies at 35


Mia Farrow and family

Actress Mia Farrow with her children (back row L-R) Matthew, Sascha, Soon-Yi; (front row L-R) Daisy, Fletcher, Moses and Lark; on their way to New Year’s Eve Mass (Time, Inc.)


Associated Press
December 30, 2008


NEW YORK — Lark Previn, a daughter of actress Mia Farrow whose sister Soon-Yi Previn was at the center of Farrow’s messy breakup with Woody Allen, has died. She was 35.


The medical examiner’s office says Lark Previn died Christmas Day at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn. No cause of death was given. A cremation was held today at Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery.


Lark Previn was born in Vietnam in 1973. She was one of three children adopted by Farrow and her then-husband, conductor Andre Previn. The couple also had three biological children.


Representatives for Farrow and Previn didn’t immediately return calls seeking comment.



Obit…Ann Savage

Monday, December 29th, 2008


Ann Savage dies at 87; femme fatal starred in cult favorite ‘Detour’


Ann Savage


From Times Staff And Wire Reports
December 29, 2008


Ann Savage, who earned a cult following as a femme fatale in such 1940s pulp-fiction movies as Detour, has died. She was 87.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



New 2009 Postage Stamps…

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Lucy, Ethel, Groucho on postage stamps in ’09


2009 Stamps


Postal Service to release set featuring Groucho, Lucy and Ethel in 2009


The Associated Press
Dec. 29, 2008

WASHINGTON – Lucy and Ethel lose their struggle with a chocolate assembly line. Joe Friday demands “just the facts” with a penetrating gaze. A secret word brings Groucho a visit from a duck.


Folks who grew up as television came of age will delight in a 20-stamp set included in the Postal Service’s plans for 2009 recalling early memories of the medium.


Besides commemorating black-and-white TV, the service’s 2009 postage stamp program ranges from commemorating President Abraham Lincoln to the Thanksgiving Day parade, civil rights pioneers, actor Gary Cooper, poet Edgar Allan Poe, Supreme Court justices and Alaska and Hawaii statehood.


Most of the commemorative stamps are priced at 42 cents, the current first-class rate. However, a rate increase is scheduled in May and the size will depend on the consumer price index.


The Early TV Memories stamp set is scheduled for release Aug. 11 in Los Angeles.


One recalls the quiz show “You Bet Your Life,” on which the unflappable Groucho Marx awarded prizes to contestants who answered questions. If they said a secret word, a toy duck dropped down with a cash reward.


In a memorable scene from “I Love Lucy,” Lucille Ball and sidekick Ethel Mertz work at an assembly line that speeds up and they can’t wrap the candy quickly enough, causing panic.


In the stamp commemorating the cop show “Dragnet,” star Jack Webb as detective Joe Friday gives his “just the facts, ma’am,” stare, while on another stamp sweetheart singer Dinah Shore throws the audience a kiss.


Other shows featured are “Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Ed Sullivan Show,” “George Burns & Gracie Allen Show,” “Hopalong Cassidy,” “The Honeymooners,” “Howdy Doody,” “Kukla, Fran and Ollie,” “Lassie,” “The Lone Ranger,” “Perry Mason,” “Phil Silvers Show,” “Red Skelton,” “Texaco Star Theater,” “Tonight Show” and “Twilight Zone.”



Hollywood Forever Cemetery: Then & Now…

Monday, December 29th, 2008


Hollywood Forever Cemetery


 THEN: Hollywood Cemetery, looking west in mid 1920s


NOW: The same view in 2008 with the Harry Cohn crypts in the forefront


Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Boulevard
Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California




Lew Ayres Birthday…

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Happy 100th Birthday

Lew Ayres!





  •  BORN: December 28, 1908, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • DIED: December 30, 1996, Los Angeles, California
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Complications from a coma
  • BURIAL: Westwood Village Memorial Park, Section D



( / James Tipton)



Obit…Robert Graham

Sunday, December 28th, 2008


Robert Graham, L.A. sculptor, dies at 70


 Robert Graham and Angelica Huston

 Robert Graham and Angelica Huston


The artist designed major civic monuments throughout the country. His legacy is visible all over L.A.


By Suzanne Muchnic and Cara Mia DiMassa
Los Angeles Times
December 28, 2008


Robert Graham, a Los Angeles sculptor with a towering public presence who designed major civic monuments across the nation, died Saturday at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, his friend Roy Doumani said. Graham, who had been ill for about six months, was 70.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)