Archive for August, 2012

Ron Palillo Obituary

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012


Ron Palillo; actor played Arnold Horshack on ‘Kotter’



Los Angeles Times
August 15, 2012


Ron Palillo, 63, an actor whose signature role was Arnold Horshack in the 1970s TV sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter,” died Tuesday of a heart attack in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., said his agent, Jackie Stander.


Along with John Travolta’s Vinnie Barbarino, Robert Hegyes’ Juan Epstein and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs’ Freddie “Boom Boom” Washington, Palillo’s Horshack was one of the original Sweathogs in the James Buchanan High School class taught by Gabe Kaplan’s Mr. Kotter.


Horshack was the nasally teen who yelped “Oooh, ooh” and shot his hand skyward whenever Kotter posed a question.


The show ran on ABC from 1975 to 1979. After it ended, Palillo’s career stalled.


He said he felt exiled throughout the 1980s, unable to find parts, sinking into depression and rarely venturing from his apartment. When offers did come, he felt typecast as Horshack.


“While I loved him, I really loved him, I didn’t want to do him forever,” he said in a 1994 interview with the Birmingham (Ala.) News.


He was born Ronald Paolillo on April 2, 1949, in Cheshire, Conn., and eventually dropped the first “o” from his surname. His father died of lung cancer when he was 10 and he developed a stutter. His mother thought getting him involved in a local theater might help. He fell in love with the stage and overcame his speech impediment.


He attended the University of Connecticut and earned parts in Shakespearean productions before his big break.


Palillo had bit parts in shows including “The Love Boat,” “Cagney and Lacey” and”The A-Team”and played himself for a time on the series “Ellen.” But “Kotter” remained his most well-known acting part, and he focused on stage directing and writing.


More recently Palillo taught acting at a high school in West Palm Beach and was due to return for the upcoming school year.



Helen Gurley Brown Obituary

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012


Helen Gurley Brown, longtime Cosmopolitan editor, dies at 90



Helen Gurley Brown’s 1962 book, ‘Sex and the Single Girl,’ broke ground by discussing the sex life of single women and casting them as ‘the newest glamour girl of our times.’ The book led to her longtime role at Cosmopolitan magazine.


By Claudia Luther
Special to The Times
August 14, 2012


In her bestselling 1962 book “Sex and the Single Girl,” Helen Gurley Brown dared to tell American women that they inherited their “proclivity” for sex, that it “isn’t some random piece of mischief you dreamed up because you’re a bad, wicked girl.”


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The Silent Treatment Newsletter

Saturday, August 11th, 2012


 “The Silent Treatment,”

July/August 2012



Summertime Greetings TST Readers,  


We are ready to release the July/August issue of THE SILENT TREATMENT, and we hope you’ll find it pleasurable and informative reading as usual.


In September we will spotlight Swedish starlet Greta Garbo in her final silent picture THE KISS (1929) co-starring Conrad Nagel and marking the film debut of actor Lew Ayres.   An original trailer promoting the September 5th program is already available on The Cinefamily (at the Silent Movie Theatre) website mentioned below.  


Enjoy the new issue and we will return in late September.  


Your Silent Partners, Brandee and Steve  


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Neil Diamond gets Star on Walk of Fame

Saturday, August 11th, 2012


Neil Diamond gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame



US musical icon Neil Diamond crowned his nearly five-decade career with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (AFP, Robyn Beck)



Neil Diamond — who penned and sang hits like “Sweet Caroline” and “Red Red Wine” — crowned his nearly five-decade career with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “This is probably the most fun,” the 71-year-old singer told reporters after the ceremony. “I didn’t have to campaign for it. They wanted me. They opened their arms and took me in, and that makes it all the better.”


The star with Diamond’s name can be found on Vine Street, in front of Los Angeles’s landmark Capital Records Building, a day before the artist launches a series of concerts at the city’s Greek Theater.


“He is one of those people, rare in entertainment, who America loves,” said renowned composer Randy Newman at the ceremony, comparing him to Bing Crosby and Judy Garland.



Judith Crist Obituary

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012


Judith Crist dies at 90; film critic ‘most hated by Hollywood’



Often caustic, Judith Crist was the longtime critic for the ‘Today’ show and ‘TV Guide.’ She was also the first woman to become a full-time film critic at a major American newspaper.


By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
August 8, 2012


As one of America’s most widely read and influential film critics from the 1960s through the ’80s, Judith Crist was known for her often-caustic reviews that earned her a reputation as “the critic most hated by Hollywood.” Director Billy Wilder once joked that inviting Crist to review a film was “like asking the Boston Strangler for a neck massage.” Director Otto Preminger referred to her simply as “Judas Crist.”


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‘Smoke’ — a surrealistic madness

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012


 ‘Smoke’ — the story of the person who became the captive of surrealistic madness



By Allan R. Ellenberger


If you’re interested in something different, check out Smoke, a 2007 short film by Polish filmmaker, Grzegorz Cisiecki. Its seven-plus minutes unfold with no dialogue using images to tell an indefinable tale about a young man remembering—but remembering what, we are not sure.





Told in a surrealistic dream-like approach, the influence of David Lynch and Kubrick are evident throughout. Cisiecki’s moody and symbolic direction, enhanced by the exceptional cinematography of Dawid Rymar,  makes Smoke a must-see for any discerning film enthusiast. Looking forward to the future work of this writer-director.