Archive for December, 2011

AMPAS to build amphitheater in Hollywood

Saturday, December 17th, 2011


Oscars academy to build outdoor theater in Hollywood



 A photo illustration shows the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ plan for an outdoor theater screening classic films. (AMPAS / December 16, 2011)



The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will build an amphitheater and event space at Vine and Fountain, where it had planned to build a movie museum.


By Nicole Sperling
Los Angeles Times
December 17, 2011


The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will build an amphitheater and event space in Hollywood on a parcel of land that had been the planned site for a movie museum. The 17,000-square-foot outdoor space is designed to function as a venue for showing classic films and is expected to open in May, according to academy President Tom Sherak.


“It seems like the right thing for both Los Angeles and the academy,” Sherak said. “Anyone can set up an outdoor theater but nobody can show what we can show — either from our archives or from our members. If it works and it’s a safe place to go, that’s a good thing for L.A.”


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Spike Jones 100th Birthday

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011










Broderick Crawford’s 100th Birthday

Friday, December 9th, 2011








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Miriam Hopkins and Darth Vader

Thursday, December 8th, 2011


Miriam Hopkins and Darth Vader



What is the connection between Miriam Hopkins and Darth Vader of Star Wars?



Hurray for Google! The majority of answers were correct. In 1936, Miriam went to England and appeared in a film for Alexander Korda called Men Are Not Gods. Her costars were Gertrude Lawrence and Sebastian Shaw. They were involved in a love triangle with both women in love with him. In the film Shaw was married to Lawrence and had a clandestine affair with Miriam.


Shaw continued to do occasional films but mostly was seen on stage and television. In 1983, George Lucas chose him to play the unmasked and dying, Darth Vader. He was credited as Anakin Skywalker, and was also seen as his spirit in a vision to his son, Luke.



Miriam day-dreams of Darth Vader 





Lee J. Cobb’s 100th Birthday

Thursday, December 8th, 2011








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Harry Morgan Obituary

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011


Harry Morgan dies at 96; star of TV’s ‘MASH’



Emmy Award-winning Harry Morgan played LAPD Officer Bill Gannon opposite Jack Webb in ‘Dragnet’ and Col. Sherman T. Potter in the hit series ‘MASH.’ He also appeared on the Broadway stage and in more than 50 films.


By Stephanie Stassel
Special to The Los Angeles Times
December 7, 2011


Emmy Award-winning actor Harry Morgan, who played the crusty yet sympathetic Col. Sherman T. Potter in the sitcom “MASH” and the hard-nosed LAPD Officer Bill Gannon in the television drama “Dragnet,” died Wednesday. He was 96.


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