Archive for December 6th, 2008

Adam Sandler at Hollywood Forever…

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

“Funny People” at Hollywood Forever

 

 

By Allan R. Ellenberger
December 6, 2008

 

Scenes for the upcoming Adam Sandler film, Funny People (2009) will begin filming Monday at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. A set for a large granite family mausoleum was completed today on the grounds of the Garden of Exodus (Section 13) sector of the cemetery.

 

The mausoleum in the center is a set for the upcoming Adam Sandler film, Funny People

 

The plot of Funny People from imdb.com:

 

“George (Adam Sandler) is a very successful stand up comedian who learns that he has an untreatable blood disorder and is given less than a year to live. Ira (Seth Rogen) is a struggling up-and-coming stand up comedian who works at a deli and has yet to figure out his onstage persona. One night, these two perform at the same club and George takes notice of Ira. George hires Ira to be his semi-personal assistant as well as his friend.”

 

Studio workers put the finishing touches on the Funny People “mausoleum.”

 

Over the past few years, writer/director Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up) has shown that nothing—not even losing your virginity or the miracle of childbirth—is sacred. About his third film behind the camera, he says, “I’m trying to make a very serious movie that is twice as funny as my other movies. Wish me luck!”

 

Apatow directs Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Leslie Mann in Funny People, the story of a famous comedian who has a near-death experience. The cast also includes Eric Bana and Jason Schwartzman. Funny People will be distributed by Universal on July 31, 2009.

 

Close-up view of the Funny People mausoleum set. The name LINDER is written over the entrance. A realistic stained-glass window can be seen in the back.

 

The family “mausoleum” is in the background. The standing tombstomes at the front of the photo are also fake.

 

More “fake” tombstones for the film Funny People.

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Obit…Beverly Garland

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

OBITUARY

Beverly Garland, versatile actress in film and TV, dies at 82

 

  

In a career spanning more than 50 years, she moved from B-movie cult stardom to scores of roles in television, notably on ‘My Three Sons.’ She also operated a namesake hotel in North Hollywood.

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By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
December 6, 2008

 

Beverly Garland, whose long and varied acting career ranged from B-movie cult stardom in the 1950s portraying gutsy characters in movies such as Not of This Earth and It Conquered the World to playing Fred MacMurray’s wife on the sitcom My Three Sons, has died. She was 82.    (Click on’Continue Reading’ for more)

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Obit…Nina Foch

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

OBITUARY

Nina Foch, actress and influential coach and teacher, dies at 84

 

 

The Hollywood veteran, who first attracted attention in noir films of the 1940s, went on to become a respected teacher of directors at USC and the American Film Institute.

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By Elaine Woo
Los Angeles Times
December 6, 2008

 

Nina Foch, a veteran actress from Hollywood’s film noir era of the 1940s who became a widely respected acting coach and teacher of directors, died Friday at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She was 84.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Hollywood Heritage Needs Your Help…

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

Hollywood Heritage logo

P.O. Box 2586. Hollywood, CA 90078 / (323) 874-4005

www.hollywoodheritage.org – FAX: (323) 465-5993

 

 

Urgent memo to: Members, supporters and friends of Hollywood Heritiage, Inc.:

 

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO SAVE THE WATTLES MANSION

 

By now you are all aware of the attempt by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation and Parks to evict Hollywood Heritage, Inc. from The Wattles Mansion and Gardens (1907). Now that so much of the “hard work” has been done to restore and save the house and grounds, they want it back. However, their plans for the property appear vague and they refuse to share them with us or anyone else. What will become of this restored and historic gem?

 

Since 1983, we have restored, maintained and funded this Cultural Monument at our cost, amounting to over $2,500,000. We have more to do and want to continue our restoration. The actions by the Department have disgraced Hollywood Heritage, Inc. and gravely tarnished our image and reputation for no reason.

 

We urgently need your help now.

 

Please send a letter (via the US mail) in support of Hollywood Heritage, Inc. to Mayor Villaraigosa at the mailing addresses supplied. He needs to know about our hard work and the potential huge maintenance costs the City will take on if Hollywood Heritage leaves – this, at a time when there is little or no money in the city budget. If this Hollywood treasure is not properly maintained, all of our hard work could be lost! The Mayor has the power to overrule this eviction and has done so in the past for a very similar situation.

 

We need as many letters of support as possible. Please encourage your friends and family members to write letters too. We CAN prevail with YOUR help.

 

Please write NOW, and mail copies as supplied or email a copy to:

 

I sincerely thank you for your time and your continued support.

 

Stephen X. Sylvester

Executive Director

The Wattles Mansion and Gardens

 

PS: For complete information on this entire issue, please visit our website @ www.hollywoodheritage.org or call 323/874-4005.

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I encourage everyone reading this to write to Mayor Villaraigosa and the city council to ask them to stop the eviction proceedings of Hollywood Heritage from Wattles Mansion. If you love Hollywood – whether you live in Los Angeles, the state of California, or anywhere in the United States and the world, the Mayor needs to hear from you so that the preservation of Wattles Mansion and other endangered buildings in Hollywood can continue. For a brief biography of Gurdon W. Wattles and the history of Wattles Mansion, you can read Part One of my article that appeared in the May 2006 issue of the Hollywood Heritage NewsletterGurdon Wallace Wattles. Also, please leave your comments on this blog. Thank you.

— Allan R. Ellenberger

 

Please send your letter of suport to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and send copies to the following people and addresses:

 

MAYOR ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA

Los Angeles City Hall

200 N. Spring Street, Room 303

Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 978-0600

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CC:

COUNCILMAN TOM LABONGE

Los Angeles City Hall

200 N. Spring Street, Room 480

Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 485-3337

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CC:

COUNCILMAN ERIC GARCETTI

Los Angeles City Hall

200 N. Spring Street, Room 470

Los Angeles, CA 90012

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CC:

MR. JON KIRK MUKRI

Department Recreation and Parks

1200 W. 7th Street, Suite 748

Los Angeles, CA 90017

 

And please send a copy to Hollywood Heritage:

STEPHEN X. SYLVESTER

The Wattles Mansion

1824 N. Curson Avenue

Hollywood, CA 90046

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Obit…Sunny von Bulow

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

OBITUARY

Sunny von Bulow dies after 28 years in coma

 

 

Claus (von) Bülow and Sunny and children at Hotel d’Angleterre, Copenhagen (CREDIT)

 

Associated Press
December 6, 2008

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NEW YORKMartha “Sunny” von Bulow, the heiress who spent the last 28 years of her life in oblivion after what prosecutors alleged were two murder attempts by her husband, died today at age 76.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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A Star for Cate Blanchett…

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

WALK OF FAME

Blanchett gets star on Walk of Fame

 

 

December 6, 2008

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Cate Blanchett has become the owner of a valuable piece of Hollywood real estate, while Nicole Kidman ended a rocky week with more bad career news.

 

Blanchett was awarded a star on Hollywood’s famed Walk of Fame on Friday.

 

“Oh my goodness,” Blanchett, on her knees, shrieked when the star was revealed during a ceremony attended by two directors from her stellar career, Steven Spielberg and David Fincher.

 

Blanchett became the 2,376th star to be honoured along Hollywood Boulevard, joining Kidman and the greats of the film and TV industry to literally cement their place in history.

 

The 39-year-old Sydneysider was quite impressed by the location of her star outside one of the boulevard’s iconic structures, The Egyptian Theatre.

 

“Location, location, location,” Blanchett joked.

 

“I thought I’d be outside the men’s urinals like five miles from here, but I’m outside the Egyptian which is also incredible to me.”

 

Blanchett is in Los Angeles to promote what could lead to her fifth Oscar nomination in nine years, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, directed by Fincher and co-starring Brad Pitt.

 

“This is utterly incredible to me,” Blanchett told the large crowd of media, fans and tourists who crowded around the sidewalk ceremony.

 

“The iconography of this is not only famous in this country, but around the world.”

 

The news was not so good for fellow Aussie Kidman, who has lost her crown as Hollywood’s highest paid actress, according to the Hollywood Reporter‘s annual list.

 

Last year Kidman topped the list with the $US17 million she earned for the maligned sci-fi film, The Invasion, beating Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz, but the redhead did not get a mention this year, falling completely out of contention.

 

Jolie is the new queen, thanks to the $US15 million she earned for the action film, Wanted, and is likely to earn $US18 million for a Wanted sequel.

 

Roberts was second with $US15 million for her film, Duplicity, while third was Reese Witherspoon after her $US14 million pay cheque for the new romantic comedy, Four Holidays.

 

Diaz was also on the skids, dropping from $US15 million a film to $US10 million, then Jennifer Aniston ($US8 million), Katherine Heigl ($US6 million a film and $US225,000 per episode for Grey’s Anatomy), Kate Hudson ($US7 million) and Anne Hathaway ($US5 million).

 

Actors still earn higher wages than actresses, with Pitt, Will Smith and Johnny Depp all pulling in pay days of $US20 million-plus per movie.

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