Archive for May, 2014

Herb Jeffries Obituary

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

OBITUARY

Herb Jeffries dies at 100; Hollywood’s first black singing cowboy

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Herb Jeffries, who sang with the Duke Ellington Orchestra during the Swing Era and made movie history in the 1930s as “The Bronze Buckaroo,” the silver screen’s first black singing cowboy, has died. He was 100.

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Click here to continue reading the Los Angeles Times obituary for Herb Jeffries

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Happy Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

HOLIDAY

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!

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90 years ago, MOTHER’S DAY 1924 was also

Sunday, May 11

That year, these were the films that Paramount suggested people take their mother’s to see.

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That Wonderful Mother of Mine…

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

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Here are the Mothers who stood behind the stars of the 1920s–the women whose love and understanding guided them to success

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Charles “Buddy” Rogers and Maude Moll Rogers

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Maude Rogers, the mother of Charles “Buddy” Rogers, was born in Olathe, Kansas. Her father was a blacksmith, treasurer of the county and hotel owner. She had one sister and two brothers. After graduation from high school, she was employed in the town post office. Later she was organist in one of the Olathe churches. Her marriage to Bert Rogers, editor of the town paper, took place on Christ Day in 1900. Mrs. Rogers died in Olathe, Kansas in 1960.

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Jean Arthur and her mother, Johana Nelson Greene

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Johana Nelson Greene, the mother of Jean Arthur, was born in Dakota Territory before it became South Dakota. She spent her early days in the midst of the adventures of the early West. Mrs. Greene always wanted to be a singer but the opportunity never came along. She lived on her father’s farm and married H. S. Greene, a photographer. His business took him to New York and various parts of the East.

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Gary Cooper and his mother, Alice Brazier Cooper

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Alice Brazier Cooper, the mother of Gary Cooper, was born in Kent, England, and went to a church school. With her three borthers and one sister, she spent much of her earlier childhood on or near the sea. After graduation, she went to Helena, Montana on a visit. She had planned to make a tour of the world but she met Judge Charles Henry Cooper and married him.

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Ramon Novarro and his mother, Leonor Gavilan Samaniego

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Leonor Gavilan Samaniego, the mother of Ramon Novarro, was born in the town of Leon, Mexico. There Ramon’s mother was educated and there she spent her childhood. When she was twenty-two years old, she married Mariano N. Samaniego, a dentist. She became the mother of twelve boys and girls, ten of whom survived. She died in Hollywood in 1949.

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William Haines and his mother, Laura Matthews Haines

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Laura Matthews Haines, the mother of William Haines, was born in Staunton, Virginia. When she was seventeen, she married George A. Haines. The newlyweds made their home in Staunton, where they remained until moving to Richmond in 1918. In 1929, they joined their son in Hollywood.

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Richard Arlen and his mother, Mary Clark Van Mattemore

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Mary Clark Van Mattemore, the mother of Richard Arlen, was born on a farm near St. Paul, Minnesota, the daughter of a road builder. In the family were two brothers and two sisters. Her marriage to James Van Mattemore took place shortly after her graduation and continued to live in St. Paul.

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Claudette Colbert and her mother, Jeanne Colbert

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Jeanne Colbert, the mother of Claudette Colbert, was born in Paris, France and was an artist before her marriage. Several years after Claudette was born, the family came to America. The Colbert’s lived in New York.

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Joan Crawford and her mother, Anna Johnson La Sueur

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Anna Johnson La Sueur, the mother of Joan Crawford, was born in Medora, Illinois. After her marriage she made her home in Kansas City. She was the mother two children, Lucille (Joan) and a son, Hal. She died in Hollywood in 1958.

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New York Theatre Review: “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder”

Monday, May 5th, 2014

NEW YORK THEATRE REVIEWS

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

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Joanna Glushak, Lauren Worsham, Bryce Pinkham, Lisa O’Hare and Jefferson Mays

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By Joseph Yranski

Review: May 3, 2014

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I saw a great new musical – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder based upon the 1907 novel which was turned into the 1949 movie classic Kind Hearts and Coronets. It is perhaps the best new musical since The Book of Mormon. It is staged in a traditional English musical hall format of having a second stage mounted within the main proscenium with Austrian curtain that raises and lowers for each of the changing scenes. While reminiscent of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, the score is both organic and has assimilated the work of Gilbert & Sullivan, Stephen Sondheim, Noel Coward, and Musical Hall songs. All together the company manages to present Tom Foolery that is sharp and witty as if the work has been simmering for 100 years in comedic heavens – only to emerge fully blown and evolved into a comic masterpiece.

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The cast runs like a well oiled stock company that has been performing this work until it is now fully honed. Jefferson Mays plays the many faces of the varied “D’Ysquith” assassinated dynasty. He is suitably broad in his characterizations and seems to be the noble descendant of Monty Python. His spoiled sprigs on the family tree are mostly stuffed shirts or stuffed skirts — and are performed so dazzling by him that you will laugh too hard to shed a tear for any of them. But surprisingly it is Bryce Pinkham who shines the brightest, not only as he piles up the bodies of his estranged family. He is wonderfully zestful as he is dispatching those in his way to the Earldom – at the same time his boyish charm and charisma are evident as he courts both the seductive Sibella played by the talented Lisa O’Hare, and the Virtuous Phoebe wonderfully vocalized by Lauren Worsham.

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Despite the high body count, this amusing show will lift the hearts of all those pining for what sometimes seems a lost art form: musicals that match streams of memorable melody with witty turns of phrase. Bloodlust has never been sung so sweetly or provided so much theatrical fun for many a year.

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A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is currently playing at the

Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 West 48th Street, New York City.

For more information, click HERE.

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Hollywood Events

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

HOLLYWOOD EVENTS

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When visiting the Hollywood/Los Angeles area, be sure to take in many of the cultural events available to the public from the following organizations:

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UCLA Film and Television Archive:

Billy Wilder Theater

10899 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles

(310) 206-8013

For a listing of all events, please go to:

http://www.cinema.ucla.edu/

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Hollywood Forever Cemetery

The Masonic Lodge

Cinespia

6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood

Questions: email events@hollywoodforever.com

For more information, please go to:

http://www.hollywoodforever.com/culture

http://cinespia.org/

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Cinefamily at Silent Movie Theatre

611 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles

(323) 655-2510

For a listing of all events, please go to:

http://www.cinefamily.org/

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The Hollywood Heritage Museum in the Lasky-DeMille Barn

2100 N. Highland Avenue

(across from the Hollywood Bowl)

(323) 874-2276

For more information, please go to:

http://www.hollywoodheritage.org/

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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Events and Exhibitions

Various locations

For more information, please go to:

http://www.oscars.org/events-exhibitions/

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New York Theatre Review: Murder on Broadway!

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

NEW YORK THEATRE REVIEWS

“Murder on Broadway!” at Sophie’s

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By Joseph Yranski

Review: May 1, 2014

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I had the great good fortune of seeing RadioTheatre’s latest offering Murder on Broadway!, the third production from this talented group that I have had the good fortune to be entertained. They get better with every new work and manage to convey the “Theatre of the Imagination” to its highest levels by means of their talented vocal impersonation, along with the wit of their scripts. Playing a multitude of roles, they flow seamlessly from character to character – no one more than Zoe V. Spears who doubles for all of the female characters during the evening’s performance. On their bare stage without props and only with their voices, they entertain and convey a myriad of different settings, genres, with a cleaver and witty acumen.

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Located in the very intimate Sophie’s @ Broadway, it is amazing how well the audience reacts to these talented actors. Frank Zilinyi as the Host/Narrator presents a voice as full and rich as Orson Welles. Joshua Nicholson is just as fascinating to watch when he is off-microphone reacting to the others performing, as when he is on the airwaves. Cory Boughton as the Gum-Shoe works nearly the whole 90 minutes with little relief – and is excellent. Philip Casale is also stellar as the young actor George.

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If I have any criticism, it lies with Eduardo Ramirez the sound engineer – who keep the underscoring music throughout the performance at too high a level so that at moments it drowns out the voices of the actors. While the music and effects are cleaver and interesting, I came to hear the actors and not his sound mixing.

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Murder on Broadway! is for all ages – especially those who are too young to remember sitting in front of the radio console and letting our imagination fill in all the details from the radio dramas – making it the perfect entertainment.

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