Archive for June, 2009

Walk of Fame Honorees for 2010

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

WALK OF FAME

Russell Crowe on Hollywood Walk of Fame

 

Russell Crowe

  Russell Crowe has earned a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. 

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has revealed its honorees for 2010 and Russell Crowe’s name was on a list of 28 entertainers.

 

A date for the New Zealand-born Oscar winner’s ceremony, where a star will be placed on Hollywood Boulevard, is yet to be scheduled, but it will occur during 2010.

 

Other celebrities set to cement a place in Hollywood history in 2010 are director James Cameron, actors John Cusack, Colin Firth, Adam Sandler, Emma Thompson and Mark Wahlberg, and musicians Bryan Adams, The Funk Brothers, Chaka Khan, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, the band ZZ Top and Roy Orbison.

 

The Chamber of Commerce selected just 28 names from more than 200 nominations.

 

Australians who recently received the honour include Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett.

 

Earlier this year Hugh Jackman received another honour, leaving his hand prints in wet concrete outside Hollywood’s Grauman Chinese Theatre.

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Errol Flynn is in Again

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

TRIBUTES

A century after his birth, Errol Flynn is in again

 

Errol Flynn

Sigh — our hero: Flynn with his schnauzer Moody on the set of “Never Say Goodbye” in 1945.

 

By Nick Thomas
Special to The Washington Post
Sunday, June 21, 2009

 

Movie audiences have always embraced their swashbuckling screen heroes, and this year marks the centenary of arguably the greatest, Errol Flynn. Mostly, Flynn is remembered for portraying a free-spirited adventurer who dispensed swift justice to oppressors, while extending a gentle hand of chivalry to ladies in need. Born on June 20, 1909, in the southern Australian state of Tasmania, Flynn lived life hard off-screen, too. In just 15 short years, from 1935 until his death 50 years ago, he racked up dozens of classic performances and a professional legacy that endures.

 

These days, swashbucklers are more likely to be called “action heroes,” who trade in their sabers for guns, bullwhips or light sabers in franchises such as “Indiana Jones,” “The Mummy” or “Star Wars.” More recently, after plundering almost $3 billion at the box office worldwide, the success of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” trilogy suggests that sword-wielding adventurers have retained their charm. But whatever their title or weaponry, these characters are little more than reincarnations of dashing screen legends, such as Flynn.

 

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Errol Flynn’s 100th Birthday

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

100th BIRTHDAY

Errol Flynn

 

Errol Flynn

 

AUSTRALIAN-BORN ACTOR

 

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Universal Reopens Courthouse Square

Friday, June 19th, 2009

STUDIOS

Universal Studios backlot reopens

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Universal back lot

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The University of Southern California marching band, left, announces the rebuilt Courthouse Square film location at Universal Studios reopening for tours in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 18, 2009. The Courthouse Square, now fully restored, after the four-acre June 2008 fire in the historic backlot. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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Gilbert, Garbo and Adoree

Friday, June 19th, 2009

PHOTOPLAY

 Nightmare à la Russe

 

Garbo-Gilbert-Adoree

  

 

 From Motion Picture Classic, December 1928

 The caption reads: “After the recent rush of Russian stories to the screen, with John Gilbert, and Greta Garbo and Renee Adorée in interchangeable parts, it is small wonder that an artist who has seen them all should have uneasel dreams.”

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Prop Shop Calls it a Wrap

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Dress the Set With Tears: It’s a Wrap

 

Prop shop

 

By Brooks Barnes
New York Times

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NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — The rattan sofa from “The Golden Girls” awaits its next role from a shelf deep inside the 20th Century Props warehouse here. Nearby is the futuristic shower Tom Cruise used in “Minority Report” and an armchair that starred with Marilyn Monroe in multiple films. Overhead: Art Deco chandeliers from “The Aviator.”

 

On Tuesday, Harvey Schwartz stood amid it all, in tears, wondering how his prop shop, which offers a vast inventory of items to be used in film and television productions, became the latest victim of a rapidly changing Hollywood.

 

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L.A. Gay Pride Celebration

Monday, June 15th, 2009

LGBT

L.A. gay pride parade darkened by U.S. stance on marriage

  festival

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As they celebrate the 40th anniversary of the beginning of the gay rights movement, gays feel let down by Obama. Mayors Villaraigosa and Newsom take their side against Defense of Marriage Act.

 

By Michael Finnegan
Los Angeles Times
June 15, 2009

 

The mayors of Los Angeles and San Francisco joined gay rights groups Sunday in raising concerns about the Obama administration’s defense of a federal law restricting same-sex marriage.

 

“I think it’s a big mistake,” San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said shortly before he and his Los Angeles counterpart, Antonio Villaraigosa, kicked off the annual L.A. Pride parade in West Hollywood.

 

The mayors, potential rivals in next year’s Democratic primary for governor, were each careful to avoid direct criticism of President Obama.

 

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David Carradine’s Funeral

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

FUNERALS/MEMORIALS

Hundreds Attend L.A. Funeral for David Carradine

 

  Guests arrive at the funeral of David Carradine.
(THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Matt Sayles)

 

KTLA News
Los Angeles Times
June 14, 2009

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LOS ANGELES — Hundreds of people, including friends, family and former co-stars, attended a funeral service for actor David Carradine Saturday.

 

The service was held indoors at the Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, the cemetery adjacent to Griffith Park. The service was invitation only, and security guards stood outside the hall.

 

The funeral, attended by more than 400 people, lasted for more than two hours. Among the guests were numerous actors, including Michael Madsen, Jane Seymour, Tom Selleck, Frances Fisher, Daryl Hannah, Lucy Liu, Ali Larter, Edward James Olmos, Rob Schneider and James Cromwell.

 

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Burl Ives’ 100th Birthday

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

100th BIRTHDAY

Burl Ives

 

  Burl Ives

 

AMERICAN SINGER AND ACTOR

 

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Bette Davis: Queer Icon

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

SCREENINGS

Bette Davis: Queer Icon

 

queer-icon

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