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Obit: Monte Hale

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Mar 30th, 2009
2009
Mar 30

OBITUARY

Monte Hale dies at 89; cowboy actor helped found Autry museum in L.A.

 

 Monte Hale

 

Hale was a top B-western box office draw in the 1940s. He had his own series of action- and song-packed films, and later had a memorable role as Rock Hudson’s lawyer in ‘Giant.’

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By Myrna Oliver
Los Angeles Times
March 31, 2009

 

Monte Hale, one of the last of Hollywood’s celluloid “singing cowboys” and a founder of what is now the Autry National Center of the American West, has died. He was 89.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Hattie McDaniel’s Oscar…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Mar 28th, 2009
2009
Mar 28

FILM HISTORY

Hattie McDaniel: Equality 41 Years in the Mud

 

Hattie McDaniel and Fay Bainter

 Hattie McDaniel and Fay Bainter

 

By Tom Gregory
The Huffington Post

 

The article that follows is a rerun of a piece I wrote in HuffPo over a year ago. The Academy is still unwavering in its choice not to reissue Howard University McDaniel’s statuette. At this historic time, I hope the Academy will finally do the right thing. — Tom Gregory



Today, more than any day ever before, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is poised on the brink of a crisis of conscience.

 

Hattie McDaniel is best known for her portrayal of “Mammy” in 1939′s Gone with the Wind. She was born in Kansas in 1895, the same year Booker T. Washington delivered his famous “Atlanta Compromise” address. One hundred and thirteen African Americans were officially reported lynched in 1895.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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LA’s Graveside Companion…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Mar 26th, 2009
2009
Mar 26

BOOK SIGNING

  

 

PRESENTS

Steve Goldstein discusses and signs…

 LA's Graveside Companion

 LA’s Graveside Companion: Where the V.I.P.s R.I.P.

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BOOK SOUP

8818 Sunset Boulevard

West Hollywood

310.659.3110

Saturday, March 28, 2009

7 PM

 

Ten years in the making, this informative guide to a dozen Los Angeles cemeteries locates the 400 most interesting gravesites in Southern California. Over 270 color photos, informative text, and driving directions guide readers to the graves of L.A.’s most famous and influential citizens. Included are early film stars Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, and Florence Lawrence; along with Cecil B. DeMille and Jesse Lasky. It includes the graves of former slave turned philanthropist Biddy Mason and comic legends Jack Benny, Eddie Cantor, Milton Berle, and George Jessel; even the area’s most visited grave, Marilyn Monroe’s, is featured. The text includes biographies for each star and where bodies are buried that are not in cemeteries! All who are passionate about history and the movies will treasure this book.

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End of the World?…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Mar 22nd, 2009
2009
Mar 22

L.A. THEN AND NOW

A world of end-of-the-world predictions

 

 Earthquake

Performing Arts Special Collections, UCLA
In “Earthquake,” Charlton Heston and Monica Lewis try to get out of a tough spot. Destruction also rained down on L.A. in “War of the Worlds” and “Independence Day.”

End-of-the-world predictions and tales of catastrophe have long been part of the Southland’s culture.

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By Steve Harvey
Los Angeles Times
March 22, 2009

 

On Sept. 21, 1945, Pasadena minister Charles Long and his followers stayed up all night, reading Scripture and waiting for the world to blow up, as Long had predicted.

 

“Many had sold their possessions, paid their debts and made peace with their neighbors,” The Times reported.

 

To their considerable surprise, the sun greeted them the next morning. The minister matter-of-factly explained that he had made a “minor error in his calculations,” The Times said.

 

Sixty-four years later, there still seems no end to end-of-the-world forecasts.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Twilight DVD Release…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Mar 21st, 2009
2009
Mar 21

HOLLYWOOD EVENTS

Twilight DVD Release

 

Twilight

 

By Allan R. Ellenberger
March 20, 2009

 

Last night, all across the country, thousands of tween (and a few older) fans gathered at neighborhood Borders book stores and other selected outlets, to celebrate the DVD release of the supernatural vampire flick, Twilight (2008).

 

A good friend of mine – herself a devoted fan of the book and the film – asked if I would like to join her and attend the event at the local Hollywood Borders store at Sunset and Vine. The event was scheduled from 10 pm to midnight, so expecting long lines around the block, we got there early, scarffed down some pizza, scrounged through some used DVD’s at the nearby Amoeba store and headed over to Borders.

 

To our surprise there were no lines on the streets and inside there were the average amount of people to be expected at a book store on a Friday night. At first we thought perhaps our information was wrong until we finally saw a small sign in the window announcing the event.

 

Borders Twilight party

Fans gather for the Twilight DVD release at Borders book store at Sunset and Vine in Hollywood. 

 

In the back of the store were about 100 fans, not surprisingly composed of mostly teenage girls, all wearing their favorite Twilight T-shirts, hooded jackets or carrying shoulder bags emblazed with the much-sought-after Cullen crest.

 

We were a little more than dismayed to discover that we were probably the oldest attendees, until thankfully, I spied a grandmother in one corner desparately clinging to a girl that I assumed was her granddaughter. My friend and I momentarily  considered kidnapping an unattended teen (carefully calculating whether we were old enough to have a teen or even – sigh – too old) and passing her off as our daughter just in case anyone asked. But we soon dismissed the idea and decided we would just have to suffer through the embarassment.

 

Borders Twilight party

A Twilight fan answers a trivia question

 

Finally the proceedings started about ten minutes late. The PA system was on the blink and they never would get it working properly, so we had to struggle to listen to the emcee’s instructions. However, we learned that there would be a trivia contest, charades and announcing the winners of the Borders Twilight Movie Awards (in conjunction with Summit Entertainment).

 

The crowd was divided into two groups — “Team Edward” vs. “Team Jacob” (the two main hotties in the film). Evidently there are events in the film that were not in the book — and visa-versa (imagine that), and we were asked which-was-which. Let me just say that I haven’t yet read the book or watched the film so I know nothing about it but my friend  impressed me with her knowledge, but alas she was too shy to participate (I think it was the age thing). The surprise of the evening was a 12 year-old boy who answered almost every question correctly.

 

We then were submitted to a boring game of charades that I didn’t understand at all and will not comment on.

 

Then the awards were announced. Categories included Best Quote, Best Vampire (surprisingly all the cast vampires were nominated), Best Hair and Best OME (Oh My Edward!) Moment. Each attendee could fill out a ballot and have theirs pulled and read; the winners recieved a large postcard of a scene from the film.

 

Borders Twilight party

Attendees listenly raptly to Twilight star, Robert Pattinson express his thanks to fans for attending the Twilight DVD release party.

 

Finally, a brief video (exclusive to the Borders party) was shown with cast members expressing their thanks to the fans. However, the PA system was still not working so most people could not hear it.

 

With that, my friend and I left since all the wristbands required to buy the Borders exclusive edition of the DVD were all gone. Oh well.

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Richardson Honor on Broadway…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Mar 20th, 2009
2009
Mar 20

CELEBRITY NEWS

Broadway dims lights to honor Natasha Richardson

 

The usually brilliant lights of Broadway dim for one minute Thursday in honor of Natasha Richardson.

 

NEW YORK (CNN) — Broadway dimmed its lights Thursday night to honor actress Natasha Richardson, who died after suffering a brain injury while skiing at a Canadian resort.

 

Richardson, a film star, Tony-winning stage actress and member of the legendary Redgrave acting family — died in a New York hospital after she fell down a ski slope Monday in Quebec.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Obit: Betsy Blair

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Mar 19th, 2009
2009
Mar 19

OBITUARY

Actress Betsy Blair, of ‘Marty,’ at age 85

 

 Betsy Blair

 

Ernest Borgnine remembers once-blacklisted, Oscar-nominated co-star as the ‘nicest person you could ever want to meet.’

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By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
March 19, 2009

 

Betsy Blair, an actress best remembered for playing the shy, plain-Jane school teacher who meets Ernest Borgnine’s lonely Bronx butcher at the Stardust Ballroom in the 1955 movie “Marty,” has died. She was 85.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Obit: Natasha Richardson

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Mar 18th, 2009
2009
Mar 18

OBITUARY

Actress Natasha Richardson dies after skiing accident

 

Natasha Richardson

 

The wife of actor Liam Neeson and member of the Redgrave theatrical family was 45.

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By John Horn
Los Angeles Times
March 18, 2009

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Natasha Richardson, the luminous British actress from one of the world’s great acting families, whose performances ranged from the highbrow drama “The Handmaid’s Tale” to the lightweight comedy “The Parent Trap” and the Tony-winning Broadway production of “Cabaret,” died Wednesday. She was 45.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Natasha Richardson Dies…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Mar 18th, 2009
2009
Mar 18

BREAKING NEWS

Actress Natasha Richardson dies at 45

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From the Associated Press
March 18, 2009

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NEW YORK — A spokesman for the family of Natasha Richardson says the actress has died.

 

Richardson, a gifted and precocious heiress to acting royalty whose career highlights included the film “Patty Hearst” and a Tony-winning performance in a stage revival of “Cabaret,” died after suffering an apparent head injury from a skiing accident. She was 45.

 

Alan Nierob of Rogers & Cowan said in a statement Wednesday night: “Liam Neeson, his sons, and the entire family are shocked and devastated by the tragic death of their beloved Natasha. They are profoundly grateful for the support, love and prayers of everyone, and ask for privacy during this very difficult time.”

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Jessica Lange Falls…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Mar 18th, 2009
2009
Mar 18

CELEBRITY NEWS

Report: Jessica Lange falls in Minn. cabin, goes to hospital

 

 

By Paul Walsh
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 18, 2009

 

A month shy of her 60th birthday, Minnesota-born actress Jessica Lange reportedly took a tumble at her cabin near the town where she was born and suffered a host of injuries.

 

According to the gossip website tmz.com, Lange grabbed for a railing that was not secure and fell, breaking her shoulder and collarbone and dislocating her arm. She also suffered cuts and needed stitches at a nearby hospital, the website said. TMZ did not report when the fall occurred.

 

In recent months, she and longtime mate Sam Shepard sold their home in Stillwater.

 

A representative for Lange told People magazine, “She will be completely fine and expects to be released from the hospital imminently.”

 

In a 2004 interview with AARP magazine, Lange said of her cabin, south of Cloquet: “”There is no place I’d rather be. The cabin is in the deep woods, on a hill overlooking a small lake.

 

“There is no sound except nature, which can be amazingly loud when you really listen. We can hear coyote, timber wolves, bear. I get up at 6:30 a.m., take my coffee, and sit on the dock and watch the hawks, eagles, loons, and blue heron.”

 

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482

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