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Farrah Fawcett’s Funeral

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

FUNERALS/MEMORIALS

Farrah Fawcett is remembered at downtown L.A. funeral

 

Farrah Fawcett's funeral

  

Los Angeles Times
June 30, 2009

 

The life of “Charlie’s Angels” star Farrah Fawcett was celebrated today at a private funeral in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

 

Her longtime companion, Ryan O’Neal, was among pallbearers who accompanied the casket, covered in yellow and orange flowers, into the Roman Catholic cathedral. 

 

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Gale Storm Obituary

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

OBITUARY

Gale Storm dies at 87; star of ’50s sitcoms

 

 Gale Storm

 

The actress came to Hollywood as a finalist in a national talent contest, then appeared in numerous movies before starring on TV in the popular ‘My Little Margie’ and ‘The Gale Storm Show.’

 

By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
June 28, 2009

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Gale Storm, a Texas native who landed in Hollywood after winning a national talent search and later shot to the top on television as the vivacious star of two popular 1950s situation comedies, “My Little Margie” and “The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna,” has died. She was 87.

 

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Don’t Fire Dan!

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jun 27th, 2009
2009
Jun 27
http://www.couragecampaign.org/page/m2/4b660907/1ba811ef/9b397cf/40ba2f19/3702227503/VEsE/

LGBT

Tell the Army not to fire Dan!

 

A letter from Dan Choi:

 

 

On Tuesday, I will face a panel of colonels who will decide whether or not to fire me — to discharge me for “moral and professional dereliction” under the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

 

On Tuesday, I will try to prove that it’s not immoral to tell the truth.

 

As an infantry officer, an Iraq combat veteran and a West Point graduate with a degree in Arabic, I refuse to lie to my commanders. I refuse to lie to my peers. I refuse to lie to my subordinates.

 

My case requires that I provide personal testimony from people who can attest to my character. That’s why several members of my military unit have written letters of support and offered to testify on my behalf.

 

Now I need your help. ANYONE who believes the Army should not fire me can take a stand right now. I am bringing a statement of support to Tuesday’s trial and I need you to add your signature to it. Will you support me by signing this statement before Tuesday?

 

http://www.couragecampaign.org/SupportDan

 

I want to thank the 141,262 people who have signed the “Don’t Fire Dan” letter launched a few weeks ago by the Courage Campaign and CREDO Mobile to President Obama, asking him to take leadership to bring this tragic policy to an end.

 

The momentum is building. This week, 77 members of Congress signed a letter to the President citing my service as an example of why DADT should be repealed. And a Gallup poll was recently released showing that 69 percent of Americans — including 58 percent of Republicans – favor allowing openly gay men and lesbian women to serve their country .

 

As I learned at West Point, deception and lies poison a unit and cripple a fighting force. That’s why more than 70 of my fellow West Point graduates have also come out of the closet to join Knights Out, the organization I co-founded to build support for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”.

 

The only way we will eventually overturn “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is by speaking up together. You can help me fight back right now by adding your name to my statement of support. On Tuesday morning, I will bring your signature — and thousands of others — to my trial as a demonstration of your collective support:

 

http://www.couragecampaign.org/SupportDan

 

National security means many things, but the thing that makes us secure in our nation and homes is love. What makes me a better soldier, leader, Christian and human being is love. And I’m not going to hide my love.

 

Love is worth it.

 

Thank you for your support.

 

Daniel W. Choi
1LT, IN
New York Army National Guard

 

On Tuesday at 8 a.m., I will stand trial for speaking three truthful words: “I am gay.”

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Farrah Fawcett’s Funeral

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jun 27th, 2009
2009
Jun 27

FUNERALS/MEMORIALS

Farrah Fawcett’s funeral to be held next Tuesday

 

Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal

 

Farrah Fawcett’s funeral has been set for this coming Tuesday, June 30th and will take place at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles at 4PM. Fawcett will be laid to rest in a private ceremony which will be open by invitation only.  Her longtime companion, Ryan O’Neal is in charge of all the arrangements. Farrah’s son Redmond O’Neal will be temporarily released from prison to pay respects to his mother.

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Farrah Fawcett’s Walk of Fame Tribute

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

TRIBUTES

Farrah Fawcett: A quiet show of respect for an Angel

 

Farrah Fawcett

 Farrah Fawcett

(1947 – 2009)

 

By Allan R. Ellenberger
June 26, 2009

 

Just two blocks west of where the crowds are honoring Michael Jackson on Hollywood Boulevard is a display of flowers and senitment for the former “Charlie’s Angels” star, Farrah Fawcett who died just a few hours before Jackson. The handful of people who were there were quiet and reverent in their display of affection for Farrah. Rest in Peace Angel!

 

Farrah Fawcett tribute at Grauman's

 

Farrah Fawcett tribute

 

 

Farrah Fawcett tribute

 

 

Farrah Fawcett tribute

 

Click here to read Andre Soares tribute to Farrah Fawcett at the Alternative Film Guide

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Michael Jackson Tribute on Walk of Fame

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

TRIBUTES

Fans honor singer Michael Jackson on the Walk of Fame

 

Michael Jackson in London

Michael Jackson

(1958 – 2009)

 

By Allan R. Ellenberger
June 26,2009

 

The helicoptors buzzing over my roof reminded me that the world was watching fans congregate at the Walk of Fame star for singer Michael Jackson, located in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater. So I decided to check it out walking the five blocks from my home and finally working my way into the crowds as Michael Jackson songs blared from souvenir stores and hawkers sold Michael Jackson T-shirts on Hollywood Boulevard.

 

I never got close enough to see the “King of Pop’s” actual star since the wait in line was a half-block long and about 6 deep on the star-studded sidewalk. But here are a few of the sights I was able to record:

 

Michael Jackson fans at Grauman's Chinese

Fans wait in line for a chance for a 15 second glimpse of Jackson’s star

 

Jackson neon sign at Grauman's

Grauman’s Chinese gives tribute to the pop singer on its neon sign

 

Michael Jackson fans

Michael Jackson fans wait in line to see his flower-strewn star

 

Michael Jackson fans

Media trucks cover fans as they view Michael Jackson’s star on the Walk of Fame. The Cinegrill at the Roosevelt displays Jackson’s name and birth/death years.

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‘East of Eden’ @ Hollywood Forever

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jun 25th, 2009
2009
Jun 25

SCREENINGS

East of Eden

 

eastofedenposter

 

cinespia cemetery screenings season 09

 

east of eden

directed by elia kazan (1955, 115 min.)

 

 

saturday, june 27th
gates at 7:30 pm, film at 9:00 pm
hollywood forever cemetery
6000 santa monica boulevard at gower
no reservation necessary.
$10 donation tickets available at gate.

$5 parking available in cemetery
as a courtesy to other movie-goers: no tall chairs, no dogs


James Dean’s first starring role, and the best of his meteoric career, this is the performance that would make him the most legendary actor in history. Vivacious, animated, dexterous; his teenage energy crackles across the screen, and his pouty, magnificent good looks are nothing short of overwhelming. Based on the Steinbeck book, Dean plays the bad boy son who competes with his brother for their father’s favor…. and the affection of the beautiful Julie Harris.


dj john tripp spins before and after the screening

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Michael Jackson Obituary

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jun 25th, 2009
2009
Jun 25

OBITUARY

Pop star Michael Jackson dead at 50

 

Michael Jackson

  

Paramedics arrived at his Bel-Air home today and found the singer in full cardiac arrest. A doctor was in the home performing CPR on him. LAPD has opened an inquiry.

 

By Andrew Blankstein, Phil Willon and Harriet Ryan
Los Angeles Times
June 25, 2009

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Pop star Michael Jackson was pronounced dead today after paramedics found him in a coma at his Bel-Air mansion, city and law enforcement sources told The Times.

 

Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Steve Ruda told The Times that paramedics responded to a 911 call from the home. When they arrived, Jackson was not breathing. The paramedics performed CPR and took him to UCLA Medical Center, Ruda said.

 

Hundreds of reporters gathered at the hospital awaiting word on his condition. The sources, who spoke on the condition that they not be named, said family members rushed to Jackson’s bedside, where he was in a deep coma.

 

The circumstances of Jackson’s death remain unclear. Law enforcement sources said that Los Angeles Police Department robbery-homicide detectives have opened an investigation into the death, though they stressed there is no evidence of criminal wrongdoing. The detectives plan to interview relatives, friends and Jackson’s doctors to try to figure out what happened. The L.A. County coroner’s office will determine a cause of death.

 

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Farrah Fawcett’s Obituary

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jun 25th, 2009
2009
Jun 25

OBITUARY

Farrah Fawcett dies at 62; actress rose above ‘Charlie’s Angels’

 

Farrah Fawcett

 

A rare cancer claims the 1970s pinup beauty. First known for her looks and hairstyle, she captivated critics with ‘Burning Bed’ and other serious roles. Later, she chronicled her illness.

 

By Valerie J. Nelson
Los Angeles Times
June 25, 2009

 

Farrah Fawcett, who soared to fame as a national sex symbol in the late 1970s on television’s campy “Charlie’s Angels” and in a swimsuit poster that showcased her feathery mane and made her a generation’s favorite pinup, died today at 62, according to Reuters.

 

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Laserium Returns to Hollywood

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jun 25th, 2009
2009
Jun 25

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

Laserium finds a vintage Hollywood home

 

laserium

 (Ken Hively, Los Angeles Times)

 

The rocking light show is revived at the Vine Theatre after its long Griffith Observatory run ended in 2002.

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By Chris Willman
Los Angeles Times
June 25, 2009

 

Marla Maples has what appears to be an extremely bright green mole on her cheek. Actually it’s just a benign laser beam, straying onto her features as she stands inside the lobby of Hollywood’s venerable Vine Theatre. Technicians are hurriedly turning the 1937 movie house into the new permanent home of Laserium, which is returning to Los Angeles beginning Friday after seven years of being officially unplugged.

 

Maples was never among the hundreds of thousands of people who took the laser light show in during its 1973 to 2002 run at the Griffith Observatory’s planetarium. She’s stopped by the Vine to discuss a program she’s spearheading that will kick one-fourth of group-ticket sales back to charities. But she’s well aware of Laserium’s former reputation as L.A.’s most infamous stoner rite of passage. “I promise there’ll be no smoking going on,” she laughs.

 

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