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Cinecon returns to the Egyptian Theater over Labor Day Weekend

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Aug 27th, 2016
2016
Aug 27

 FESTIVALS

The 52nd annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival returns to Hollywood’s historic Egyptian Theater over Labor Day Weekend

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By Allan R. Ellenberger

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Cinecon is back! That’s right. Over this coming Labor Day Weekend (September 1 – September 5), cinephiles from around the country (and possibly the world) will gather at Hollywood’s historic Egyptian Theater to view remarkable films,  thrilling celebrity guests and a collection of movie memorabilia during the 52nd Annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival.

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Just some of the highlights include a new restoration of 1930’s King of Jazz with Paul Whiteman and an all-star cast that will screen on Saturday night. A special film tribute to Jack Oakie will consist of Looking for Trouble (1934) with Spencer Tracy (1935), Sitting Pretty (1933) with Ginger Rogers and Tin Pan Alley (1940) with Alice Faye. American Asian stars, Anna May Wong and Philip Ahn (both Los Angeles natives) battle alien smugglers in Daughter of Shanghai (1938). Also see the lovely Dolores Del Rio in the rarely screened classic Ramona (1928), along with Warner Baxter. Some rare and early films made at Fort Lee, New Jersey—before Hollywood was Hollywood— will screen, and there will be a sneak peek at an episode of The Clown Princes of Hollywood (2016) from the new DVD collection Silents Please: The Great Comedians.

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For Western fans, there will be Gary Cooper in The Spoilers (1930), Ken Maynard in The Fighting Legion (1930) and in a more modern tale, there is Sky High (1922) starring Tom Mix as a border patrol agent who is fighting smugglers.

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Special highlights will include restored shorts of Laurel & Hardy; the great director Ernst Lubitsch’s silent production of So This is Paris (1927), and a 12-part pre-code serial from Universal called The Jungle Mystery (1932) that will run periodically throughout the festival.

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Bob Birchard speaking at Cinecon 48.

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At 5 PM on Friday, September 2, 2016, there will be a memorial held for former Cinecon president, Bob Birchard, who passed away on May 30, 2016. In addition to his dedication to overseeing Cinecon for many years, Bob was a well-respected film historian, author and film editor. He will be missed by many especially by everyone in the Cinecon family. The memorial is open to the public, and all are welcome.

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Marsha Hunt, recipient the 2016 Cinecon Legacy Award  in a scene from

“None Shall Escape” (1944)

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This year, the Cinecon Board of Governors announced the presentation of the inaugural 2016 Cinecon Legacy Award to the legendary actress, author, and activist Marsha Hunt. The award will be presented to her in person on Friday, September 2 at the Egyptian Theater following a screening of her personal favorite film, None Shall Escape (1944), the story of what war crimes trials might be like following World War II. This movie was released two years before the actual Nuremberg trials.

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Besides The King of Jazz (rarely seen in the last 70 years), there are a few films I am looking forward to including Universal’s sparkling new restoration of the Marx Brother’s classic Animal Crackers (1930) containing footage originally cut by the scissors-happy American censors. Then there is A Million Bid (1927), a silent melodrama of love, motherhood, death and amnesia, starring the beautiful Dolores Costello (and grandmother of the present-day actress, Drew Barrymore). Also, plan to be scared silly during The Last Warning (1929), a pre-cursor to Universal’s horror legacy with ghosts, and murder in an eerie, deserted Broadway theater, starring the also neglected stars Laura La Plante and Montagu Love.

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In addition to the great actors mentioned above, at Cinecon 52 you will also see more films featuring Patsy Ruth Miller, Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Monty Banks, Abbott and Costello, Claire Trevor, Ralph Bellamy, Madge Kennedy, Thelma Todd, Eva Novak, Douglas Fairbanks, Betty Grable, John Boles, Dixie Lee, Jack Haley, Richard Conte, Lynn Bari, Bing Crosby, Blanche Sweet and many, many more.

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These classic films and much more will screen at the historic Grauman’s Egyptian Theater (home to the American Cinematheque) So if you have not reserved your seat, go to the CINECON website and find out how you can enjoy five days of non-stop classic films and fellowship with like-minded cinephiles in the heart of Hollywood. See you there.

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  • Cinecon 52, Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood.
  • Stay at Loews Hollywood Hotel, 1755 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood.

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Carla Laemmle’s Book Signing

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Oct 31st, 2009
2009
Oct 31

BOOK SIGNINGS

Carla Laemmle at Larry Edmunds Bookshop

 

Larry Edmunds Bookstore

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Larry Edmunds Bookshop
6644 Hollywood Blvd. (at Cherokee)
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 463-3273
http://www.larryedmunds.com  

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By Allan R. Ellenberger

 

On Friday, October 30, 2009, at Larry Edmunds Bookshop, Bob Birchard signed his book, Early Universal City, and Carla Laemmle (who just celebrated her 100th birthday on Tuesday) and Rick Atkins signed, Among the Rugged Peaks: An Intimate Biorgraphy of Carla Laemmle. After birthday cake for Carla, Bob Birchard gave a short slide presentation about the early years of Universal City.

 

 

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Bob Birchard (left) signing his book, “Early Universal City,” and Carla Laemmle and Rick Atkins signing “Among the Rugged Peaks”

 

 

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Carla Laemmle signing my copy of the book on her life, “Among the Rugged Peaks: An Intimate Biography of Carla Laemmle”

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Carla Laemmle Book Signing

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Oct 28th, 2009
2009
Oct 28

BOOK SIGNINGS

Hollywood Heritage

 

 

Just in time for Halloween…our friends at the Larry Edmunds Bookshop in Hollywood are having a presentation and booksigning with the first person to speak a line in Bela Lugosi’s legendary 1931 vampire film, DraculaCarla Laemmle

  

Presentation and booksigning for Among the Rugged Peaks:  an intimate biogrphy of Carla Laemmle by author Rick Atkins will take place:

 

 

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Friday, October 30, 2009, 7:00 pm 

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Larry Edmunds Bookshop 

6644 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 20028  

  

 

Carla celebrated her 100th birthday on October 20th at Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre, which was packed with friends and well-wishers and hosted by the magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland.  Click here for a story and photos of the event.

 

If you’ve never met Carla Laemmle, Friday evening is your chance — as well as your opportunity to see how beautiful someone can look at 100 years of age!  You must see her to believe it. 

 

Hollywood Heritage board member, Bob Birchard will also give a presentation on the history of Early Universal Studios during Carla’s time there (Note: Mr. Birchard will give his full presentation on “Early Universal Studios,” his latest Arcadia book, as an “Evening @ the Barn” at the Hollywood Heritage Museum on January 14, 2010)

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Larry Edmunds Bookshop
6644 Hollywood Blvd. (at Cherokee)
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 463-3273
http://www.larryedmunds.com  

 

GETTING TO LARRY EDMUNDS:

Parking/Metro: The Hollywood/Highland complex offers 4 hour parking for just $2 if you get a validation at one of the complex’s stores, restaurants or theatres only.  If you prefer the subway, Larry Edmunds is just three blocks east of the Hollywood/Highland Red Line metro station, on the south side of Hollywood Blvd. 

 

Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for a description of Carla’s book

 

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