Archive for October, 2010

Time Capsule under Walk of Fame

Thursday, October 28th, 2010


Anniversary of Hollywood Walk of Fame marked with burial of time capsule



LOS ANGELES, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) — The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce buried a time capsule full of articles representing the Walk of Fame on Thursday, in the culmination of the year-long celebration for the 50th founding anniversary of the landmark.


The contents consist of items representing the five categories on the Walk of Fame. They include: “Wicked” and “The Lion King” play bills from the Pantages Theater and a history book about the famous theater, for the Live Theater category; a replica Capitol Records tower and letter for the recording category; a flash drive with radio show of the past and present from the Southern California Broadcasters and a Hollywood themed radio show from KLOS radio personality and Walk of Famer Jim Ladd for the radio category; DVDs of the Oscar telecasts from 50 years ago and 2010 for motion pictures; and for television, a 2010 Primetime Emmy Program, Emmy invitation, Emmy ticket and Emmy Governor’s Ball menu, according to a press release from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.


“This will be a wonderful way to pass along our history and heritage to a new generation,” said Leron Gubler, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President/CEO and emcee of the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremonies.


Other memorabilia placed in the 16x16x18-inch container are: messages from elected officials, a script from “Casablanca,” a special edition lipstick, an autographed photo of Joanne Woodward who was the first Walk of Famer, a piece of Elvis Presley’s star encased in Lucite from Johnny Grant’s collection, related DVDs, letters and other items.


The time capsule was buried at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, where the Walk of Fame originated in 1960. It will be opened in 2060 on the Walk of Fame’s 100th anniversary, according to the sponsor.




James MacArthur Obituary

Thursday, October 28th, 2010


James MacArthur dies at 72; actor played ‘Danno’ on ‘Hawaii Five-0’


He also appeared in the classic Disney film ‘Swiss Family Robinson’ and gave Hayley Mills her first screen kiss in ‘The Truth About Spring.’


By Valerie J. Nelson
Los Angeles Times
October 29, 2010


James MacArthur, an actor best known for portraying Det. Danny “Danno” Williams on the original “Hawaii Five-0,” the TV series that turned “Book ’em, Danno” into a national catchphrase, has died. He was 72.


Click here to continue reading the Los Angeles Times obituary for James MacArthur



Jack Carson’s 100th Birthday

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010


Jack Carson







Horror Film Location Tour

Friday, October 22nd, 2010


Halloween Horror Films & Scary Movie Locations Tour





Dearly Departed Tours



Message to gay youth: It gets better…

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010


R.I.P. – In memory of the recent suicides due to gay abuse, wear purple



Billy Lucas (above), a 15-year-old freshman, hung himself after classmates called him a ‘Fag’ one too many times


Tomorrow, October 20, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes and at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools. RIP Tyler Clementi, Asher Brown, Seth Walsh, Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase and Billy Lucas. You are loved.


Join this event and invite everyone on your friends list. Don’t let their deaths be for nothing. Let it mean something, and let’s do something to change this country for once.


Chris Colfer from Glee — It get’s better!





Tom Bosley Obituary

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010


Tom Bosley dies at 83; star of stage and TV’s ‘Happy Days’



He won a Tony Award for his role in the Broadway musical ‘Fiorello!’ But he was best known as the amiable father Howard Cunningham in the long-running sitcom set in the 1950s.


By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
October 20, 2010


Tom Bosley, a Tony Award-winning actor who was best known for playing Howard Cunningham, the amiable father on the hit TV series “Happy Days,” has died. He was 83.


Click here to continue reading the Los Angeles Times obituary for Tom Bosley



Johnny Sheffield Obituary

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010


Johnny Sheffield dies at 79; played Boy in Tarzan movies



The child actor later starred in the Bomba, the Jungle Boy series. After leaving Hollywood, he earned a business degree from UCLA and eventually went into real estate.


By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
October 19, 2010


Johnny Sheffield, the former child actor who played Boy in the Tarzan movie series starring Johnny Weissmuller in the late 1930s and ’40s and later starred in the Bomba, the Jungle Boy film series, has died. He was 79.


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Barbara Billingsley Obituary

Sunday, October 17th, 2010


Barbara Billingsley, mother on ‘Leave It to Beaver,’ dies at 94




As June Cleaver, Billingsley was the model 1950s mom, clad in dresses, high heels and pearls even while vacuuming. ‘She was the ideal mother,’ Billingsley said of her character.


By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
October 17, 2010


Barbara Billingsley, who played June Cleaver, the quintessential 1950s sitcom mom on “Leave It to Beaver,” and later did a memorable send-up of her white-bread image playing the “jive-talking” passenger in the hit comedy “Airplane!,” has died. She was 94.


Click here to continue reading the Los Angeles Times obituary for Barbara Billingsley



Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum on ’60 Minutes’

Thursday, October 14th, 2010


Silent film historian interviewed for ’60 Minutes’




David Kiehn, a noted scholar and historian for the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum and recognized on a national level with his expertise in American silent film history will be interviewed by Morley Safer in a segment of 60 Minutes this Sunday, October 17 on CBS at 7:00 p.m. about David’s research into the making of the Miles Bros. film A Trip Down Market Street (1906).
It started with Kiehn’s curiosity on the assumed date A Trip Down Market Street was made in San Francisco near the turn-of-the-last-century. The Library of Congress had listed the film as being made in September of 1905 based on a few factors. David did extensive research and was able to not only ascertain who the film makers were (previously unknown) but also pinpoint the date of the film creation to April 14, 1906 – mere days before the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire. In fact, the negative for the film was on its way to New York on an Eastbound train hours before the Big One struck.
Click below to watch A Trip Down Market Street
Click here for more information on the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum

‘On Stage in Fashion’ at Lincoln Center

Thursday, October 14th, 2010


“On Stage in Fashion” exhibit at Lincoln Center



The World of Fashion and Performance Collide in the Brand New Free Exhibition On Stage In Fashion: Design for Theater, Opera, and Dance at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts starting on October 14


October 14, 2010, to January 22, 2011

The Donald & Mary Oenslager Gallery

@ The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

40 Lincoln Center Plaza.

Admission is free


Works of such prominent designers as Chanel, Bendel, Mainbocher, de la Renta, Mizrahi and many others on display


New York City’s most vital and glamorous industries – entertainment and fashion – have been intertwined throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.  The brand new exhibition On Stage In Fashion: Design for Theater, Opera, and Dance, celebrates the collaborations of performers with fashion designers, who together brought contemporary clothing style to theater and dance.  The couture, sportswear and retail designers recognized that the introduction of clothing on stage would promote it to their targeted market, the performance audience. Co-curated by The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and the Museum of the City of New York, the items on display from both organizations as well as the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, American Ballet Theatre, etc.  illustrate over 100 years of these collaborations for mutual benefit. All designers will be represented by photographs. Design for dance and recent theater productions will be documented in video.


“The remarkable items amassed in On Stage In Fashion represent a century of relationships between performance and fashion,” said Jacqueline Z. Davis, Barbara G. and Lawrence A. Fleischman Executive Director for the Performing Arts. “The exhibition illustrates the indelible impact these industries have on one another.  We are pleased to be working with the Museum of the City of New York.”


The garments, photographs, ephemera and media on display focus on two concurrent forms of collaboration throughout the 20th century and into the present. In modern-dress plays, couture and 7th Avenue fashion designers conspired with actors and actresses to provide clothes that could convey vital facts about their characters – income, social status, aspirations, and fatal flaws. The stage appearances served to introduce and popularize designers from Chanel and Lanvin to Mainbocher and Hattie Carnegie to theater-goers and, through promotional articles and photographs, to the general public.  Performers endorsed fabric, hosiery and shoe manufacturers, while designers and providers of men’s fashion ran frequent advertisements in Playbill, house programs and other periodicals.


The gallery audience will be able to view amazing garments at close hand.   As well as the three dozen extraordinary examples of theater and couture garments from the Museum of the City of New York, they can see spectacular opera costumes from the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, and examples of garments for movement from contemporary designers such as Donna Karan, Christian Lacroix, and Marc Jacobs that are on loan from American Ballet Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Dianne McIntyre/Sounds in Motion, Mark Morris Dance Group, Martha Graham Dance Company, New York City Ballet and Archives, San Francisco Ballet, and the Stephen Petronio Company. 


Some will document performers who favored one designer throughout their careers ranging from Fortuny robes for Julia Marlowe’s great Shakespeare roles, Billie Burke’s gowns from Lucile, Ltd (Lady Duff-Gordon),  Katharine Cornell’s timeless Valentina gowns  to Mary Martin’s iconic costumes for The Sound of Music, designed for her alone by Mainbocher.  Many performers requested clothes from Paris couture to suit their characters, such as the Chanels worn by Ann Andrews, Irene Bordoni, Ina Claire, and Gertrude Lawrence.  The forgotten early generation of American women designers, such as Mme. Francis, Peggy Hoyt, Sally Milgrim, and Elizabeth Hawes, will be well represented, as will sportswear innovators Bonnie Cashin and Tina Leser.   


Accompanying the exhibition will be public programs, and two series of screenings from The New York Public Library for the Performing Art’s Reserve Film and Video Collection. On Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m. from September 21 thru October 26 the series Not Off The Rack: High Fasion In The Movies will spotlight the work of some of the finest fashion designers ever to work in the American film industry, including Lady Duff Gordon (Lucile, Ltd.), Bonnie Cashin and Norman Norell and Halston.