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Clark Gable’s grandson arrested

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jul 29th, 2011
2011
Jul 29

BREAKING NEWS

Clark Gable’s grandson arrested in laser-pointing incident

 

  Clark James Gable poses in front of an illustration of actor grandfather Clark Gable in Gone with the Wind (New York Film Academy)

 

The grandson of iconic actor Clark Gable was arrested Thursday night for allegedly pointing a laser at a police helicopter in Hollywood.

 

Clark Gable III, 22, was arrested at 10:15 p.m. at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and La Brea Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

 

He was driving through Hollywood when police said he pointed the laser at an LAPD helicopter.

 

He was charged with a felony count of discharging a laser, and remains in jail on $60,000 bail.

 

In 2009, Gable was stabbed in the chest at a party in Calabasas.

 

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times

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Hollywood Riot

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jul 28th, 2011
2011
Jul 28

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

Riot police respond to rowdy film crowd in Hollywood

 

 Noel Buller, 21, of Los Angeles stands on his skateboard in the middle of Hollywood Boulevard, flashing a peace sign, as Los Angeles Police Department officers move into the area to gain control. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times / July 27, 2011)

 

Movie about Electric Daisy Carnival attracts thousands of gate-crashers.

 

By Andrew Blankstein, Ricardo Lopez and Sam Quinones
Los Angeles Times
July 28, 2011

 

The premiere for a movie about a music festival with a controversial past got out of hand itself late Wednesday when thousands of people attempted to crash the Hollywood event, police said.

 

Crowds spilled into the street around Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, with some people throwing bottles at police. Witnesses said others were dancing on a police car, taunting officers and “planking” — lying down in the street. There were also sporadic fights among people in the crowd.

 

Police in riot gear shut down streets around the theater, and dozens of other officers in police cruisers responded to the disturbance.

 

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Why a Biography on Miriam Hopkins?

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jul 22nd, 2011
2011
Jul 22

 

 By Allan R. Ellenberger

 

I’m often asked, “Why a biography on Miriam Hopkins?” I confess that I get this question mostly from people who are not fans of the actress. They can’t understand why anyone would be interested. On the other hand, those who are fans seem thrilled that one is being prepared. It’s scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

 

A few reasons why Miriam Hopkins would make a good biographical subject:

 

  • Hopkins appeared in 35 films, 2 shorts, 18 Broadway plays, 20 plus summer stock plays and road tours, 20 television programs and multiple radio plays and appearances.

 

  • Hopkins made her first film, Fast and Loose (1930) during the day while performing on the Broadway stage in Lysistrata in the evenings.

 

  • Hopkins appeared in the very first Technicolor film, Becky Sharp (1935).

 

  • Hopkins starred in the first produced play written by Tennessee Williams, Battle of Angels (1941).

 

  • Hopkins appeared in a silent short film in 1928 with Humphrey Bogart.

 

  • Hopkins had a love-hate relationship with her mother.

 

  • Hopkins did not have contact with her father for more than twenty years — not until she became a Hollywood star.

 

  • Hopkins was indirectly descended from Revolutionary figures, Arthur Middleton and John Dickinson.

 

  • Hopkins was Margaret Mitchell’s choice to play Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939).

 

  • Hopkins was nominated for an Academy Award (Becky Sharp) and a Golden Globe (The Heiress).

 

  • Hopkins bought and remodeled John Gilbert’s house after his death and sold it ten years later to David O. Selznick.

 

  • Hopkins costars include: Carole Lombard, Fredric March, Claudette Colbert, Maurice Chevalier, George Raft, Gary Cooper, Franchot Tone, Lionel Barrymore, Kay Francis, Bing Crosby, Fay Wray, Joel McCrea, Edward G. Robinson, Merle Oberon, Gertrude Lawrence, Rex Harrison, Errol Flynn, Claude Rains, Olivia De Havilland, Gene Tierney, Laurence Olivier, Jennifer Jones, Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, Marlon Brando, Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Sally Field and of course, Bette Davis.

 

  • Hopkins was directed four times by William Wyler, three times by Ernst Lubitsch and twice by Rouben Mamoulian.

 

  • Hopkins was married four times and had numerous lovers.

 

  • Hopkins lived on Washington Square in New York during the late 1920s, the same place as her character in The Heiress (1949).

 

  • Hopkins was seriously interested in astrology and numerology.

 

  • Hopkins adopted a child as a single parent.

 

  • Hopkins was involved in political causes during her Hollywood years.

 

  • Hopkins was an authority at scene stealing.

 

  • Hopkins preferred writers, directors and intellectuals as friends and not Hollywood types.

 

  • Hopkins had an extensive book collection in her homes and was a voracious reader.

 

  • Hopkins actions were followed closely by the FBI for more than 15 years.

 

  • Hopkins never revealed her first marriage to her son

(he read about it in his mothers obituary)

 

  • Hopkins died nine days before her 70th birthday.

 

  • Hopkins feuded with Bette Davis, Tallulah Bankhead, Errol Flynn and numerous others and pissed off half of Hollywood.

 

What’s not interesting about that?

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Ginger Rogers 100th Birthday

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jul 16th, 2011
2011
Jul 16

100th BIRTHDAY

 

 

AMERICAN ACTRESS

 

 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH GINGER ROGERS IN “SWING TIME” 

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Sherwood Schwartz Obituary

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jul 12th, 2011
2011
Jul 12

OBITUARY

Sherwood Schwartz dies at 94; ‘Gilligan’s Island’ and ‘Brady Bunch’ creator

 

  

Comedy writer and producer Sherwood Schwartz also wrote the memorable theme song lyrics for the wacky tale of a shipwrecked ‘three-hour tour’ and the story of the marriage between a ‘lovely lady’ with three daughters and ‘a man named Brady’ with three sons.

 

By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
July 13, 2011

 

Sherwood Schwartz, the comedy writer and producer who created “Gilligan’s Island” and “The Brady Bunch,” which have remained two of the most enduringly popular TV series in worldwide syndication, died Tuesday morning. He was 94. 

 

Click here to continue reading the Los Angeles Times obituary for Sherwood Schwartz

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Rex Bell, Jr. Obituary

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jul 11th, 2011
2011
Jul 11

OBITUARY

Rex Bell Jr., former Clark County district attorney, dies at 76

 

Clara Bow with her husband Rex Bell and her two sons: Rex  Jr. and George.

  

By Doug McMurdo
and John L. Smith
Las Vegas Review-Journal

 

Rex Bell Jr., former Clark County district attorney, Las Vegas justice of the peace and the son of Hollywood royalty, died Saturday after a battle with cancer. He was 76.

 

Click here to continue reading the Las Vegas Review-Journal obituary for Rex Bell, Jr.

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Edith Fellows Obituary

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jul 1st, 2011
2011
Jul 1

OBITUARY

Edith Fellows dies at 88; child actress

 

 

 

Fellows had made about 30 films by the age of 13, when she became the subject of a high-profile 1936 custody case driven, she later said, by “my money — past, present and future.” She later moved on to stage roles.

 

By Valerie J. Nelson
Los Angeles Times
June 30, 2011

 

Child actress Edith Fellows had made about 30 films by the age of 13 when she starred in a heart-wrenching, high-profile 1936 custody case, which was driven, she later said, by “my money — past, present and future.”

 

Abandoned as an infant by her mother, she was being raised by her paternal grandmother, who brought Edith, then 4, to Hollywood from South Carolina after a “talent scout” guaranteed her a screen test for a $50 fee.

 

The address they were given led to a vacant lot, and her grandmother responded to the con man’s ruse by cleaning houses so that they could afford to stay. Within two years, Edith was cast in her first film, the 1929 short “Movie Night.”

 

Click here to continue reading the Los Angeles Times obituary for Edith Fellows

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Palace Theatre restored

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jul 1st, 2011
2011
Jul 1

LOS ANGELES THEATERS

Palace Theatre marks 100th anniversary with $1-million restoration

 

 

The newly renovated Los Angeles theatre pays homage to its history by replicating the original color scheme and featuring a live circus-burlesque show in late July.

 

By Bob Pool
Los Angeles Times
June 26, 2011

 

The crowds who filed into the Palace Theatre in downtown Los Angeles may have felt like they were stepping a century back in time.

 

The polished marble near the entrance gleamed, and the gold leaf around the giant pastoral murals that flank the theater’s stage glistened. Eleven hundred brand-new red velvet seats awaited theatergoers there to watch Billy Wilder’s 1950 classic, “Sunset Boulevard.”

 

 Click here to continue reading at the Los Angeles Times site

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