Archive for January, 2010

Rip Torn arrested on bank break in

Sunday, January 31st, 2010


Actor Rip Torn charged with breaking into Conn. bank while drunk and carrying a loaded gun



By Associated Press
Los Angeles Times
January 30, 2010


SALISBURY, Conn. (AP) — Actor Elmore “Rip” Torn has been charged with breaking into a Connecticut bank and carrying a loaded handgun while intoxicated.


State police say the 78-year-old Salisbury resident was arrested Friday night after police found him inside the Litchfield Bancorp with a loaded revolver.


The “Men in Black” actor has been taken into custody and booked on charges including burglary and possession of firearm without a permit. He is being held on $100,000 bond and is scheduled for a Monday appearance in Bantam Superior Court.


Last year, Torn was given probation in a Connecticut drunken driving case and granted permission to enter an alcohol education program. He also has two previous drunken driving arrests in New York.


A spokesman for Torn did not immediately return phone calls Saturday.


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Kathyrn Bigelow wins Directors Guild award

Sunday, January 31st, 2010


Guild honors Kathryn Bigelow as best director for ‘The Hurt Locker’


 'Hurt Locker'


It is the first Directors Guild of America win for the 58-year-old filmmaker and the first time a woman has won the award.


By Susan King
Los Angeles Times
January 31, 2010


The Directors Guild of America on Saturday night named Kathryn Bigelow best director of 2009 for “The Hurt Locker.” Not only is it the first guild win for the 58-year-old filmmaker, it is the first time a woman has won the award.


“This is the most incredible moment of my life,” Bigelow said. “This is amazing. I’m so deeply stunned, honored and awed.”


Bigelow already has received the majority of critics’ awards this year for her work on the harrowing Iraq war drama, including those from the Los Angeles Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics.


In addition, she is nominated for the best director award by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. “The Hurt Locker” also received a BAFTA nomination for best picture, and won the Producers Guild of America’s Darryl F. Zanuck producer of the year award last week.


The DGA Awards have become one of the most dependable forecasters for the Academy Awards — the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the DGA have disagreed just six times in the last 61 years.


The Oscar nominations are scheduled to be announced Tuesday; the awards will be handed out March 7 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.


The 62nd annual DGA ceremony was held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, with Carl Reiner making his 22nd appearance as master of ceremonies. Norman Jewison also was honored with the guild’s lifetime achievement award.


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Roy Orbison gets his Star

Saturday, January 30th, 2010


Roy Orbison gets Hollywood Walk of Fame star


Family members from left, Alex Orbison, Barbara Orbison, Roy Orbison, background center, and Westly Orbison gather as the late Roy Orbison is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Friday Jan. 29, 2010 in the Hollywood Section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)



Late rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Roy Orbison has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Orbison’s widow Barbara accepted the star in front of the Capitol Records building on his behalf on Friday. Orbison died in 1988 at the age of 52, in the midst of a comeback with The Traveling Wilburys, a whimsical supergroup that included Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne.


Lynne attended the ceremony, as did Eric Idle, Chris Isaak, Joe Walsh and Dwight Yoakam.


Orbison was famous for the wide range of his distinctive and emotional voice, especially in his songs about unrequited love like “Only the Lonely,” ”Crying,” ”In Dreams” and “Oh, Pretty Woman.”


Actor Dan Aykroyd says Orbison was a great balladeer and a great rock ‘n’ roller who could be both gentle and vicious. (AP)



J.D. Salinger Obituary

Thursday, January 28th, 2010


J.D. Salinger, reclusive author of ‘The Catcher in the Rye,’ dies at 91


J.D. Salinger

(Associated Press)


Salinger, whose 1951 novel created a lasting symbol of teenage discontent, died Wednesday at his remote New Hampshire home. He refused interviews for years and published his last story in 1965.


By Elaine Woo
Los Angeles Times
January 28, 2010


J.D. Salinger, one of contemporary literature’s most famous recluses, who created a lasting symbol of adolescent discontent in his 1951 novel “The Catcher in the Rye,” died Wednesday. He was 91.


Salinger died of natural causes at his home in Cornish, N.H., the Associated Press reported, quoting the author’s son in a statement from Salinger’s literary representative.


Perhaps no other writer of so few works generated as much popular and critical interest as Salinger, who published one novel, three authorized collections of short stories and an additional 21 stories that only appeared in magazines in the 1940s. He abandoned publishing in 1965, when his last story — “Hapworth 26, 1924” — was published by the New Yorker. Rarely seen in public and aggressively averse to most publicity, he was often called the Howard Hughes of American letters.


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Zelda Rubenstein Obituary

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010


Zelda Rubinstein, who played psychic in ‘Poltergeist,’ dies at 76


Zelda Rubinstein


The 4-foot-3 actress made her film debut in 1981; she later was a regular on the TV show ‘Picket Fences.’ Rubinstein also was an advocate for little people and an early AIDS activist.


By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
January 27, 2010


Zelda Rubinstein, the diminutive character actress with the childlike voice who was best known as the psychic called in to rid a suburban home of demonic forces in the 1982 horror movie “Poltergeist,” has died. She was 76.


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Steve Goldstein at Larry Edmunds

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010


Steve Goldstein’s “LA’s Graveside Companion” at Larry Edmunds Bookshop



Come join us for author Steve Goldstein signing “L.A.’s Graveside Companion”  and short film “Gravehunting with Steve” on Friday January 29th @ 7:00 p.m. Write us back or visit for more information.



Pernell Roberts’ Obituary

Monday, January 25th, 2010


Pernell Roberts dies at 81; played eldest son on TV’s ‘Bonanza’


The Cartwright clan, reunited for the sixth season of “Bonanza” in 1964: From left, Adam (Pernell Roberts), Little Joe ( Michael Landon), Ben (Lorne Greene) and Hoss (Dan Blocker). (NBC)


Roberts quit the popular western at the height of its popularity. He later starred in the TV series ‘Trapper John M.D.’


By Elaine Woo
Los Angeles Times
January 25, 2010


Pernell Roberts, a versatile actor best remembered for his portrayal of the handsome, eldest Cartwright son on the classic television western “Bonanza” and later as the lead character in the medical drama “Trapper John, M.D.,” died at his Malibu home Sunday. He was 81.


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House Peters’ Beginnings

Monday, January 25th, 2010


House Peters



House Peters is not a name that many remember today. Peters, a handsome stage actor, moved to the screen in 1913 eventually making more than 50 films over 40 years. In 1963 he told a reporter how he started in the business. Peters died at the Motion Picture Country Home in Woodland Hills, California, in 1967 and his ashes were spread in the Pacific Ocean. 


By House Peters


“Gardening is my hobby. I read a lot too, but my eyesight is getting bad. I started life as Robert House Peters, and on the stage I was billed simply, R. H. Peters.


“But after I was hired by Adolph Zukor for motion picture work around 1914, he suggested I change my name. Zukor thought too many actors of the day were named Robertes and so to distinquish me from the rest he insisted that I use the name House Peters.


“I didn’t care particularly — not, that is, until an ingenue passed me on the lot and greeted me: ‘Good morning, Mr. Bungalow,’ she said.


“I was born in Bristol, England in the Thunderbolt Inn, which was owned by my father. My father was a publican and, no doubt, a sinner. I travelled the world acting on stages in such divergent areas as South Africa and Australia. When I reached New York, I was hired to play the part of ‘silly Englishman’ in a vaudeville sketch about a baseball hero named Swat Mulligan.


“I had only a few minutes to study my lines before I went on stage in the theater at New Rochelle. The lines of the skit called for the other actors to chorus, ‘Where’s Swats?’


“I was supposed to reply, ‘He’s gone to first base,’ but I forgot the line and said instead, ‘He’s gone to the corner.’ The audience roared. The line was left in the skit that way from then on. Boseman Bulgar, who had written the skit told me, ‘I wish I had thought of that line.’


“After Zukor hired me, I had no work assignments for four weeks. I was ashamed to go down the fifth week and pick up my check. But soon after that I was starred opposite Mary Pickford in In the Bishop’s Carriage (1913), which was filmed in New York.”



Angelica Huston Gets Star

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010


Anjelica Huston honored on Hollywood ‘Walk of Fame’


Anjelica Huston receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California. Credit : Ref.: infusla-64


Oscar-winning actress Anjelica Huston was immortalized on the streets of Hollywood on Friday as she became the latest celebrity to have a star laid in her honor on the district’s “Walk of Fame.”


The veteran actress, whose films include “Prizzi’s Honor” and “The Royal Tenenbaums,” follows in the footsteps of her father John Huston, the legendary director who also has a star inset on Hollywood Boulevard.


A crowd of family, friends and celebrity well-wishers joined Huston Friday for the presentation of her star, the 2,398th on the Walk of Fame.


“The beauty of this award is that it’s as permanent as anything in life these days,” Huston said. “It can’t be misplaced or left in the ladies room by accident and I always get the same billing.


“From here on, I’ll always know where to find myself and so will other people. Now I don’t have to join Facebook, because when someone wants to find me, this is where I’ll be and I’ll always be here.”



Jean Simmons Obituary

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010


Jean Simmons dies at 80; radiant beauty was known for stunning versatility



Over a career that spanned more than 60 years, she appeared in about 55 feature films and nearly as many television productions.


By Valerie J. Nelson
Los Angeles Times
January 23, 2010


Jean Simmons, a radiant British actress who as a teenager appeared opposite Laurence Olivier in “Hamlet” and emerged a star whose career flourished in the 1950s and 1960s in such films as “Guys and Dolls, “Elmer Gantry” and “Spartacus,” has died. She was 80.


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