Archive for September, 2010

Tony Curtis Obituary

Thursday, September 30th, 2010


Actor Tony Curtis, star of ‘Some Like It Hot’ and ‘Sweet Smell of Success,’ dies at 85


 Tony Curtis Picture Gallery


Curtis may be best known for his role in the Billy Wilder comedy ‘Hot,’ but he appeared in more than 100 films and was nominated for an Oscar for ‘The Defiant Ones.’


By Claudia Luther
Special to the Los Angeles Times
September 30, 2010


Tony Curtis, the dashingly handsome film star of the 1950s and ’60s best remembered for his hilarious turn in drag in Billy Wilder’s classic comedy “Some Like It Hot” and dramatic roles in “The Defiant Ones” and “Sweet Smell of Success,” died Wednesday night. He was 85.


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Arthur Penn Obituary

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010


Arthur Penn dies at 88; director of landmark film ‘Bonnie and Clyde’



The stage, film and TV director was a three-time Oscar nominee who won a Tony for ‘The Miracle Worker.’ His role in shaping the graphic violence in 1967’s ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ helped usher in a new era in American filmmaking.


By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
September 29, 2010


Arthur Penn, the three-time Oscar-nominated director best known for “Bonnie and Clyde,” the landmark 1967 film that stirred critical passions over its graphic violence and became a harbinger of a new era of American filmmaking, died Tuesday, a day after he turned 88.


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Gloria Stuart Obituary

Monday, September 27th, 2010


Gloria Stuart, ‘Titanic’ actress, dies at 100


 Gloria Stuart Picture Gallery


Stuart was a leading lady in 1930s films, then gave up acting and turned to art. Her role in ‘Titanic’ earned her an Academy Award nomination.


By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
September 27, 2010



Gloria Stuart, a 1930s Hollywood leading lady who earned an Academy Award nomination for her first significant role in nearly 60 years — as Old Rose, the centenarian survivor of the Titanic in James Cameron’s 1997 Oscar-winning film — has died. She was 100.


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Republic Pictures 75th

Saturday, September 25th, 2010


Republic Pictures 75th anniversary celebration



The 75th anniversary of Republic Pictures was celebrated today on the studios old lot, now the CBS Studio Center. The historic lot, which opened in 1928 as Mack Sennett Studios, was Republic Pictures from 1935, when Mascot Pictures, Monogram Pictures and Consolidated Film Industries merged, until 1959. In 1962 CBS moved in and finally bought the lot in 1967.


Following are some photos from todays event:





 Gene Autry, John Wayne, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans welcomed visitors to the screenings






 The memorabilia room


 Tracy Terhune, the grandson of character actor Max Terhune, brought memorabilia from his grandfathers career.








Part of the “back lot”





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Titanic sinking revisted

Friday, September 24th, 2010


Titanic sunk by steering mistake, author says



LONDON (Reuters) – The Titanic hit an iceberg in 1912 because of a basic steering error, and only sank as fast as it did because an official persuaded the captain to continue sailing, an author said in an interview published on Wednesday.


Louise Patten, a writer and granddaughter of Titanic second officer Charles Lightoller, said the truth about what happened nearly 100 years ago had been hidden for fear of tarnishing the reputation of her grandfather, who later became a war hero.


Lightoller, the most senior officer to have survived the disaster, covered up the error in two inquiries on both sides of the Atlantic because he was worried it would bankrupt the ill-fated liner’s owners and put his colleagues out of a job.


“They could easily have avoided the iceberg if it wasn’t for the blunder,” Patten told the Daily Telegraph.


“Instead of steering Titanic safely round to the left of the iceberg, once it had been spotted dead ahead, the steersman, Robert Hitchins, had panicked and turned it the wrong way.”


Patten, who made the revelations to coincide with the publication of her new novel “Good as Gold” into which her account of events are woven, said that the conversion from sail ships to steam meant there were two different steering systems.


Crucially, one system meant turning the wheel one way and the other in completely the opposite direction.


Once the mistake had been made, Patten added, “they only had four minutes to change course and by the time (first officer William) Murdoch spotted Hitchins’ mistake and then tried to rectify it, it was too late.”


Patten’s grandfather was not on watch at the time of the collision, but he was present at a final meeting of the ship’s officers before the Titanic went down.


There he heard not only about the fatal mistake but also the fact that J. Bruce Ismay, chairman of Titanic’s owner the White Star Line persuaded the captain to continue sailing, sinking the ship hours faster than would otherwise have happened.


“If Titanic had stood still, she would have survived at least until the rescue ship came and no one need have died,” Patten said.


The RMS Titanic was the world’s biggest passenger liner when it left Southampton, England, for New York on its maiden voyage on April 10, 1912. Four days into the trip, the ship hit an iceberg and sank, taking more than 1,500 passengers with it.


(Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato)



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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 114th Birthday

Friday, September 24th, 2010


F. Scott Fitzgerald



September 24, 1896, St. Paul, Minnesota






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Eddie Fisher Obituary

Friday, September 24th, 2010


Eddie Fisher dies at 82; popular singer known for high-profile marriages



From 1950 to ’56, he recorded dozens of songs that made the top 40 and four that reached No. 1 on the pop charts. He wed Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor and Connie Stevens.


By Robert J. Lopez
Los Angeles Times
September 24, 2010


Eddie Fisher, one of the most popular singers of the 1950s who made headlines with marriages to — and divorces from — some of the most famous Hollywood starlets of that era, has died. He was 82.


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Grace Bradley Boyd Obituary

Friday, September 24th, 2010


Grace Bradley Boyd dies at 97; actress, widow of William ‘Hopalong Cassidy’ Boyd



Grace Bradley married William Boyd three weeks after they met in 1937, becoming the fifth — and last — Mrs. William Boyd. Despite the age difference — he was 42; she was 23 — she said, “We were absolutely right for each other.” (Richard W. Bann)


She appeared in 35 films, but her most enduring role was as the wife of the western movie hero, keeping the ‘Hoppy’ character alive.


By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
September 24, 2010


Grace Bradley Boyd, an actress who came to Hollywood as a Paramount contract player in the early 1930s but abandoned her career after marrying the love of her life, William “Hopalong Cassidy” Boyd, has died. She was 97.


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Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger at Hollywood Forever

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010


The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (Sean Lennon & Charlotte Muhl)


The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever

6000 Santa Monica Blvd. (@ Gower)

9 pm doors – 10 pm show

$25 tickets – purchase here


On October 25th, THE GHOST OF A SABER TOOTH TIGER will release their debut album, Acoustic Sessions, which demonstrates their love of quirky and whimsical ’60s folk pop, reminiscent at times of Syd Barrett, The Incredible String Band and Simon & Garfunkel. Though stripped-down to spotlight their idiom juggling and intriguing wordplay, the sparse arrangements are adventurous and playful, anchored by the beautiful blend of Sean and Charlotte’s voices, acoustic guitar and a smattering of other instruments – a vibraphone here, an accordion there.


Catch this very special sneak preview show in the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever this Friday September 24th, 2010 at 9 PM.


Check out the group performing “Lavender Road” on YouTube

To listen to more of their music go to their MySpace Page


Check out their website



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Celebrate Republic Pictures 75th Anniversary

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010


Republic Pictures 75th Anniversary Event



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