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The Directors and the Closet

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

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Todd Holland, Don Roos, gay actors, and the closet

 

Todd Holland

 

Blogger and entertainment writer, Andre Soares of the Alternative Film Guide, writes about the recent Outfest statements by directors Todd Holland and Don Roos, on whether gay actors should stay “in the closet.” A brief snippet is included here. To read the entire article, please click on the link below.

 

“First, openly gay film director Todd Holland (right) is accused of telling non-100% hetero performers to keep their sexuality hidden in the closet. Several days later, another openly gay film director, Don Roos, was reportedly even more blatant about the idea of keeping actors hanging in the closet. Adding insult to injury, those statements were made at a film festival named Outfest, Los Angeles’ annual gay & lesbian cinema smorgasbord.”

 

Click here to continue reading the article at the Alternative Film Guide

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Virginia Carroll Obituary

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

OBITUARY

Virginia Carroll; Character actress and leading lady, dies at 95

 

Virginia Carroll

 

Virginia Carroll (above) starred with Bill Elliott, who played U.S. Marshal Wild Bill Hickok, in the 1942 film “Prairie Gunsmoke.” She was an L.A. department store model when she launched her acting career with a bit part in a 1935 movie.

 

Virginia Carroll, 95, a movie character actress and B-western leading lady who appeared opposite cowboy stars such as Don “Red” Barry and Tex Ritter, died of natural causes July 23 in a Santa Barbara retirement community, said her daughter, Carroll Byrd Evangeline.

 

A Los Angeles department store model when she launched her film career with a bit part as a fashion model in the 1935 movie “Roberta,” Carroll appeared in her first western in 1936 opposite Jack La Rue in “A Tenderfoot Goes West.”

 

Mixing leads with supporting and character roles, Carroll appeared in westerns with Gene Autry, Johnny Mack Brown, Bill Elliott, Roy Rogers, Whip Wilson and other stars. She later appeared on TV shows such as “The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok,” “The Roy Rogers Show,” “Dragnet” and “Perry Mason.”

 

Carroll was born in Los Angeles on Dec. 2, 1913. She was married to actor Ralph Byrd, who starred as Dick Tracy in movie serials and on early television, from 1936 until his death in 1952. She was married to her second husband, Lloyd McLean, a projectionist at 20th Century Fox, from 1957 until his death in 1969.

 

Click here for the Los Angeles Times link

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Some Like It Hot @ Hollywood Forever

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

SCREENINGS

Some Like it Hot

 

 Some Like it Hot

 

 cinespia cemetery screenings season 09

 

saturday, august 1

some like it hot

directed by Billy Wilder (1959 119 mins)

 

gates 7:00 pm movie 8:30 pm NEW TIME!!

hollywood forever cemetery

6000 santa monica blvd. at gower
no reservation necessary
$10 donation tickets available at gate
$5 parking available inside
as a courtesy to other moviegoers: NO TALL CHAIRS!!

Starring marilyn monroe, jack lemmon and tony curtis

 

dj spins before and after the screening

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Elias Sorokin is Missing

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

 BREAKING NEWS

 Elias Sorokin has been missing since Monday, July 20 — please help

 

 Elias Sorokin

 

Elias Sorokin went up to Northern California for a few meetings and has not returned to Los Angeles. He was last seen Monday evening July 20, 2009 around 8 pm in Oakland.

 

UPDATE:

To everyone who has been so generous with donations, Prayers and hard work~
WE THANK YOU~ The Next few hours are crucial in our search. We are reaching out to anyone in the Santa Cruz Area who might be able to join in a search and rescue party that is now gathering to find and bring Elias Home Safely.

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Please email eliassorokin.info@gmail.com

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A Huge Thank You to Siouxzen who has been helping us with this site.
Much Love And God Speed to Us all~

 

A text was received by my dear friend Andrea (his good friend and business partner) on Monday night at 10 pm that Elias would be arriving back to Los Angeles around 4 am, Tuesday morning. He has not been heard from since.

 

We have now found out that someone has tried to cash a falsified check (he carries his check book on him at all times) and tried to use his credit cards.

 

If you have any information – if you’ve seen him – anything at all, please email me (Minx Larsen) at minx006.9@gmail.com or call me 323-314-7200. Although, I’m happy for your best thoughts and well wishes please do not bombard my email or phone. I need relevant information at this time. I know all of your hearts are with us at this time.

 

We have filled a missing persons report and have hired a private investigator; we are looking for answers and need your help. Thank you.

— Minx Larsen

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Vivian Vance’s Walk of Fame Photos

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

WALK OF FAME

From the vaults: Star ceremony for Vivian Vance

 

Vivian Vance and Lucille Ball

 

By Allan R. Ellenberger
July 26, 2009

 

Today would have been the 100th birthday of comedienne, Vivian Vance of “I Love Lucy” fame. To celebrate, here are photos from the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony that I attended in 1991. Among those who appeared at the ceremony, hosted by Johnny Grant, were — Lucie Arnaz; Gale Gordon; Vivian’s sister, Dorothy Jones; Bob Carroll Jr. and Madelyn Davis. Vivian Vance’s Star is located at 7030 Hollywood Boulevard, just west of the Roosevelt Hotel.

 

 

Lucie Arnaz

Lucie Arnaz

 

 

Vance's sister Dorothy

Vivian’s sister, Dorothy Jones

 

 

Vivian Vance-star-ceremony

Gale Gordon; Johnny Grant; Dorothy Jones; Lucie Arnaz

 

 

Vivian Vance Walk of Fame Star

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Vivian Vance’s 100th Birthday

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

100th BIRTHDAY

Vivian Vance

 

 Vivian Vance

 

AMERICAN ACTRESS

 

  • BORN: July 26, 1909, Cherryvale, Kansas
  • DIED: August 17, 1979, Belvedere, California
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Breast and bone cancer
  • BURIAL: Cremated and ashes spread in San Francisco Bay

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Cheech and Chong: Up in Smoke @ Hollywood Forever

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

SCREENINGS

Cheech and Chong: Up in Smoke

 

Cheech and Chong: Up in Smoke

 

 cinespia cemetery screenings season 09

 

sunday, july 26th

cheech and chong: up in smoke

directed by Lou Adler (1979 86 mins)

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last sunday screening of the season!!

gates 7:00 pm movie 8:30 pm NEW TIME!!

hollywood forever cemetery

6000 Santa Monica Boulevard at gower
no reservation necessary
$10 donation tickets available at gate
as a courtesy to other moviegoers: NO TALL CHAIRS!!

 

Cheech and Chong’s classic from the 70s was their first and most hilarious feature film. Two worlds of comedy collide when a chicano from the neighborhood and a rich wayward hippie join forces against the man. See Chong meet Cheech while hitchhiking on the pacific coast highway. Follow their smoked out exploits as they try to make it as a rock band. See them inadvertantly avoid the most frustrated cop in the world (a brilliant Stacey Keach). See them battle punk bands in the Rock Fight on the sunset strip. See Cheech and Chong go up in smoke!

 

dj dante carfagna spins before and after the screening

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New Mausoleums Under Construction

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

HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY

 New mausoleums at Hollywood Forever the first in decades

 

H4E Mausoleums

 

For the first time in several decades, new mausoleums are being constructed at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (except for the recent additons attached to the Abbey of the Psalms).  Photos taken today show the current progress.

 

H4E mausoleum

 

 

H4E mausoleum

 

 

H4E mausoleum

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The Muppet Movie @ Hollywood Forever

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

SCREENINGS

The Muppet Movie

 

The Muppet Movie

 cinespia cemetery screenings season 09

 

saturday, july 25th

the muppett movie

directed by james frawley (1979 95 mins)

 

gates 7:00 pm movie 8:30 pm NEW TIME!!

hollywood forever cemetery

6000 Santa Monica Boulevard at gower
no reservation necessary
$10 donation tickets available at gate
$5 parking available inside
as a courtesy to other moviegoers: NO TALL CHAIRS!!

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Join Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and other muppet superstars in the original feature film from the gentle genius of Henson Studios. This is the ‘true’ story of the muppets’ rise to stardom as Kermit travels across the country to Hollywood, collecting friends along the way and dodging the evil owner of a frog legs restaurant. Great cameos from a raft of stars, clever jokes and amazing muppet magic, make for the most genuine, touching and inspiring of musical comedies for children young and old. Join the lovers, the dreamers and me under the stars for the special 30th anniversary of this classic.

 

dj dante carfagna spins before and after the screening

 

MUPPET, MUPPETS and the Muppets Characters registered trademarks of the The Muppets Studio, LLC. © The Muppets Studio, LLC. For Muppets materials. Sesame Street ® and associated characters, trademarks and design elements owned and licensed by Sesame Workshop. © 2009 Sesame Workshop. TM & © 2009 The Jim Henson Company. JIM HENSON’s mark & logo, characters and elements are trademarks of The Jim Henson Company. All rights reserved. This series is produced by The Jim Henson Legacy and Brooklyn Academy of Music. Tour Executive Producer Irena Kovarova.

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Charlie Chaplin’s Stalker

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

HOLLYWOOD STORIES

Chaplin and ‘Mad Josefina’

 

Charles Chaplin

 

By Allan R. Ellenberger

 

Today, reports of obsessed fans stalking well-known actors is almost commonplace. One of the first incidents of star-stalking occurred in 1923 to comedian Charlie Chaplin whose home was invaded by an infatuated admirer.

 

The incident concerned a young Mexican girl named Marina Vega, dubbed “Mad Josefina” by the Mexican press. Marina, a beautiful but reportedly well-built girl, was educated in Mexico City and had married Jose Rivero, a prosperous rancher, when she was very young. Marina soon became bored with the ranchers life and escaped to Mexico City in early March 1923, where she went on an extravagant nine-day visit, literally throwing her money away.

 

Her husband followed, and on March 10, 1923 — after leading detectives on a merry chase — had her arrested for desertion. A brief reconciliation followed initiated by the city’s inspector general, named Almada. However, rumors spread throughout Mexico City that Almada and a General Serrano, had lavishly “entertained” her. Almada admitted knowing the girl and said he gave her money, but only so she could leave the city.

 

The Mexican press reported the eccentricities of “Mad Josefina” and her desire to become a great motion picture actress. After reportedly buying a thousand pesos worth of dresses and hats, and billing them to Almada, Marina left for Hollywood and her idol — Charlie Chaplin. 

 

Charlie Chaplin's Temple Hill home

Charlie Chaplin’s former home at 6147 Temple Hill Drive in the Hollywood Hills

 

Arriving in Los Angeles a few days later, Marina checked into the downtown Alexandria Hotel. On Thursday, March 29, 1923, the buxom admirer found her way to Chaplin’s residence at 6147 Temple Hill Drive in the Hollywood Hills. There she gained entrance to the house through the ruse of dropping a diamond ring in the shirt-pocket of his cook who answered the doorbell, dashing by him as he fished for it.

 

Kono, Chaplin’s valet, and the rest of the servants were unable to remove her until director Eddie Sutherland was called in as a reinforcement from Chaplin’s studio, and was found in the comedians bedroom. After much cajoling, they tricked her into one of Chaplin’s cars and returned her to the Alexandria.

 

That evening, while Chaplin was entertaining his fiancé, Pola Negri, and Dr. Cecil Reynolds and his wife, Kono announced that Marina had returned and had somehow found her way back to Chaplin’s bedroom and was now wearing his silk pajamas!

 

Marina Vega

 

Reynolds and Kono persuaded Marina to get dressed and led her downstairs to be introduced to Chaplin. She told the comedian that she had come all the way from Mexico City to meet him. After further questioning, Chaplin told her to return to her hotel and that he would buy her a train ticket back to Mexico City. She promised that she would not bother him again.

 

The next day, Chaplin heard nothing of his crazed admirer. However, on the evening of Saturday, March 31, he was again entertaining Pola and the Reynolds, and as they were sitting down to dinner, Kono rushed in and reported that Marina had come to the door strewing red roses on the driveway and was again refused admittance, but was now lying outside on the driveway dying from a bullet to the brain.  

 

Reynolds and Kono carried Marina into the kitchen where she told the doctor that she had taken poison. (Kono thought she had shot herself because the moonlight made a oil-stain on the pavement near her head look like blood when he saw her from an upstairs window.) An ambulance was called and she was taken to the Hollywood Receiving Hospital.

 

Marina was treated and released although doctors questioned whether she had actually taken poison. A half-hour later reporters found her at the Alexandria eating ice cream. Marina declared that her love for Chaplin had chilled – but not for long.

 

chaplin-home-now

The former Chaplin home as it looks today. This is all that is visible from the street as the estate is now surrounded by twenty-foot hedges. (Please note, this is a private residence. Do not disturb the occupants!)

 

On Tuesday, April 3, Kono discovered a trail of muddied footprints on the sidewalk about Chaplin’s home. The police were called and Marina was found in a rented room at a nearby Beachwood Drive residence. A policewoman from the Hollywood division removed “Mad Josefina” to the Business Girl’s Home on Bonnie Brae Avenue.

 

Chaplin released a statement saying that “the girl’s case is very pathetic and I am willing to pay her way back to her home.” The ever-dramatic Pola Negri was reportedly ill from the excitement at her Hollywood Boulevard home.

 

“Mad Josefina” apparently was never heard from again and it’s assumed she returned to Mexico.

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