Archive for March, 2011

“MGM: Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot” booksigning

Saturday, March 12th, 2011


“MGM: Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot” booksigning and screening at the Egyptian





A book signing with authors Steven Bingen, Stephen X. Sylvester & Michael Troyan


Sunday, March 13, 2011

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.


Go behind the curtain and see the magic factory at work. Then, see the magic with the double bill, 1953’s The Band Wagon (Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse) & That’s Entertainment @ 5:00 p.m.


The Egyptian Theatre

at the

American Cinematheque

6712 Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood, California


Going behind the scenes at one of Hollywood’s greatest movie studios, this extraordinary history reveals the untold story of the soundstages and outdoor sets where many of the world’s greatest films were produced. Featuring candid, previously unpublished photographs from the studio’s archives and exclusive interviews with actors and staff, this detailed exploration of MGM’s backlot—the setting for more than a fifth of the films produced prior to 1980—takes film buffs back to Hollywood’s golden age, offering an insider’s look at the movie business and celebrating many of its best films and the leading actors of the studio system. Today, when a film set can be anywhere at anytime, this treasure trove of information reveals the creativity and ingenuity of a bygone era when the studio system, coping with the limitations of space and technology, produced screen gems such as The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, and the Our Gang shorts.



Eddie Brandt’s Obituary

Thursday, March 10th, 2011


Eddie Brandt dies at 90; Hollywood’s go-to guy for film history, memorabilia




Eddie Brandt’s North Hollywood video store, which holds treasures of film history, has long served as an unofficial Hollywood research library run by his family. Brandt was also a composer and animation writer who performed on TV with Spade Cooley and wrote for Hanna-Barbera.


By Valerie J. Nelson
Los Angeles Times
March 10, 2011


Eddie Brandt’s obsession with the movies was evident in his North Hollywood home, which he transformed into an indoor-outdoor theater by installing a film projector on a tiny loft with windows and pointing it toward his yard.



Saturday night was movie night at Brandt’s, starting in the early 1970s. Cinema buffs — including the host — screened 16-millimeter films, viewing them through oversized windows or while sitting outside.



Every day had also been movie day for Brandt since his North Hollywood thrift shop evolved into a movie memorabilia store after he bought his first warehouse of film collectibles in 1972.



He turned the business into Eddie Brandt’s Saturday Matinee, building a collection of videos and film history so vast that it functions as an unofficial Hollywood research library.



Brandt, who was also a composer and animation writer, died Feb. 20 of colon cancer at his North Hollywood home, said his son, Donovan. He was 90.


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Jean Harlow’s 100th Birthday

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011


Jean Harlow





  • BORN: March 3, 1911, Kansas City, Missouri
  • DIED: June 7, 1937, Los Angeles, California
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Uremic poisoning brought on by acute nephritis