“Forgotten Hollywood”- New Author Interview…

March 20th, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`I will appear as a guest on Wednesday at 12p on The Raad Life at OCTalkRadio.net. The interview will cover my journey through Forgotten Hollywood. I also plan on providing stories about my broadcasting career in Southern California.



“`I hope you join me for this hour-long podcast interview. This should be fun. Cut-and-paste on the link to listen in on the chat.


Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Judy in Production…

March 19th, 2018

Manny P. here… 

“`Judy is the biopic of singer and actress, Judy Garland, and her last concerts in London. Renee Zellweger is set to play the legendary star. Principal photography is underway.

“`From Pathé and Calamity FilmsJudy is currently being made by Brit stage director, and Tony nominee, Rupert Goold.  This production is based on a script penned by Tom Edge. Pathé will circulate Judy in the United Kingdom, France, and Switzerland; and handle distribution throughout the world. They will screen a bit of footage during Cannes after shooting March-May.

“`Set in the Winter of 1968, Judy battles with management, charms musicians, and hangs out with friends and adoring fans.  Even her dream of romance seems unfazed, as she embarks on a final courtship. The story features some of Garland’s best-loved songs; celebrating her voice, capacity for love, and pizzazz of the world’s finest live performer. Renee showed off her singing skills in 2002 musical Chicago, for which she was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar.

“`A year later, the veteran actress would be dead.

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- May the Irish Be With You…

March 17th, 2018

Manny P. here… 

“`Mark Hamill tweeted that today the whole galaxy is Irish as he appeared as international guest of honor at Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. Game of Thrones actor Liam Cunningham was the Grand Marshal at Saturday’s parade, attended by Irish President Michael D. Higgins.

“`The Star Wars actor, whose great-grandmother was born in Ireland, was invited to represent the Irish at the parade. Mark spent time on Ireland’s rocky Skellig Michael island filming the most recent Star Wars:  The Last Jedi.

“`Hamill sported a tweed cap, a green scarf and a shamrock sprig as he attended the parade, which sees floats, colorfully clad performers, and marching bands wind their way through the Irish capital. Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar is at New York’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.

“`Hamill has been busy, having just received a Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Theory of Stephen Hawking…

March 14th, 2018

Manny P. here… 

“`Stephen Hawking was a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author, and a Director of Research within the University of Cambridge. Hawking has a rare early-onset, slow-progression disease:  Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis  (ALS) that gradually paralyzed him over the decades. He communicated in using a cheek muscle attached to a speech-generating device. His story is shared in The Theory of Everything. Eddie Redmayne won an Oscar for his performance as Hawking.                           STEPHEN HAWKING —>

“`Professor Hawking worked on the basic laws that govern the universe. With Roger Penrose, he surmised that Einstein’s general  Theory of Relativity implied space and time would have a beginning in the Big Bang and an end in black holes. These results indicated it was necessary to unify general relativity with Quantum Theory, the other great scientific development of the first half of the 20th Century. One consequence of such a unification which he discovered was black holes emit radiation, and then, evaporate and disappear. Another of his theories include that the universe has no edge or boundary in imaginary time.

“`Hawking has thirteen honorary degrees. He was awarded CBE, Companion of Honour; and a  Presidential Medal of Freedom. He was also the recipient of many awards, medals, and prizes; most notably the Fundamental Physics prize; Copley Medal; and the Wolf Foundation prize. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society; and a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences and Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

“`For his fellow scientists, it was Hawking’s intuition and wicked sense of humor, making him a stand-out as much as a broken body and synthetic voice that came to symbolize the wealth of possibilities of the human mind. He leaves an intellectual vacuum in a space-time continuum.

“`One bit of irony… The professor was born 300 years exactly to the day after the passing of Galileo. He died on the same day Albert Einstein was born. Stephen Hawking was 76.

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- Of All the Gin…

March 13th, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`The lives of four little bottles don’t amount to a hill a beans in this crazy world. But, they are the ones Humphrey Bogart would approve as his drink of choice. Here’s looking at you, kid…

“`These are distilled out of a California craft brewery from the Humphrey Bogart Estate and Patron Tequila’s co-founder John Paul DeJoria ROK Spirits. Of all the gin, rum, vodka, and whiskey… in all the towns; in all the world. Smooth in nature; complex in character; abundant in taste; and smartly bottled. Bogart’s is the brand that would have made a film star proud. Quality brew in the spirit of Casablanca. You will enjoy every drop… As Time Goes By.

“`Before Frank Sinatra, Humphrey Bogart was the original center of the legendary Rat Pack. Bogie always said the whole world is three drinks behind.

“`Bogart booze stocked in your bar. Now, that’s cool. Here is a link to check out this product:


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“Forgotten Hollywood”- Phantom Couturier…

March 12th, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`Along with Christian Dior,  Yves Saint Laurent, and his mentor Cristobal Balenciaga, Hubert de Givenchy was part of the elite cadre of Paris-based designers who redefined fashion in the wake of World War II. He was a pioneer of ready-to-wear, who designed for Audrey Hepburn.

“`Couturier Jacques Fath hired Givenchy on the strength of his sketches.  He spent two years developing the basics of fashion design, including sketching, cutting, and fitting haute couture styles. After apprenticing with other top names, Givenchy founded his own house in 1952. His debut collection ushered in the concept of separates — tops and bottoms that could be mixed and matched, as opposed to head-to-toe looks; normal among Paris couture purveyors.

“`A towering man of elegance and impeccable manners, he forged close relationships with his famous clients, from Hollywood screen sirens of the likes of Ingrid Bergman, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Elizabeth Taylor, and Lauren Bacall; to women of state, including Jackie Kennedy and Princess Grace of Monaco. Planning to reach a bigger market, Givenchy launched a line of upscale ready-to-wear clothes and accessories.  Success allowed him to become one of only a handful of Paris couturiers to own their own label outright in the 1960s.


“`The client whose name would become synonymous with the designer was Audrey Hepburn, whom he met in 1953, when he dressed her for the romantic comedy, Sabrina. Ironically, he was misinformed, thinking his client might be Katharine Hepburn. Thus began a decades-long friendship. Givenchy stylized the star in a dozen motion pictures, culminating ln the 1961 hit,  Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The sleeveless black evening gown she wore in the movie, complete with rows of pearls,  elbow-length gloves, and over-sized shades, would end up becoming his most famous look. Audrey would also wear Givenchy as well on the red carpet during awards’ seasons.

“`Symbolizing Parisian chic, Hubert de Givenchy was 91.

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- Gentleman Paul Newman…

March 9th, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`Susan Sarandon, who is promoting her new movie, Bombshell:  The Hedy Lamarr Story, told  BBC 5 Live that Emma Stone admitted she got equitable income because her male stars insisted upon it. She added that it happened to her with Paul Newman at one point, when she did a film with him. He helped bridge the pay inequality between male and female wages, and was known for his political activism. The incident was similar to last year’s Michelle Williams / Mark Wahlberg cash issue during the re-shoot of All the Money in the World.

“`The Hollywood starlet was featured in the 1998 film Twilight with Paul and Gene Hackman when she discovered that both were offered a greater income. Sarandon suggested that her former co-star gave a portion of his salary when finding out they were getting more loot. Sarandon, who received equal billing alongside her male co-stars, alluded Newman and Hackman benefited from a  Favoured Nation clause; the agreement whereby producers ensure actors are given the same terms as their fellow stars. Susan was afforded no such offer.

“`The actress, who just received an Emmy-nomination for her performance as Bette Davis in Feud:  Bette and Joan, additionally told the radio station that unwanted exchanges between starlet and producer needed to vanish. She added that the  Harvey Weinstein’s existing in the industry are despicable, and the casting couch will stay in the film world, much to the chagrin of her peers.

“`Sarandon’s revelations on International Women’s Day are part of the ongoing dialogue about the pay gap in Hollywood between men and women, and movements to curtail institutionalized sexism in the industry.

“`Studio Era stars, such as Paul Newman and Hedy Lamarr, remain unscathed in such a mess. They exude class, even in memory.

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- Seven Degrees of Education…

March 8th, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`For folks who follow my Forgotten Hollywood blog, you may know that one of my day jobs is an Adjunct Faculty member at  Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA. I am a professor in Radio Broadcasting classes.

“`A talented alum, Rick Baker, who attended Mt. SAC as an Art student from 1969 to 1971, won the very first Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling; the initial year it was awarded in 1982, for his work in An American Werewolf in London. He has received a record seven Academy Awards for his efforts on Harry and the Hendersons, The Nutty Professor, Men in BlackEd WoodHow the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Wolfman remake.


RICK BAKER                         BORIS KARLOFF        JACK PIERCE     

“`He also won a BAFTA and an Emmy. In 2009, he won the Jack Pierce Lifetime Achievement Award. Pierce was the iconic creator of Universal Studios monsters of the 1930s and 1940s.

“`An innovator in makeup effects for television, Baker went on to serve as an artist makeup assistant on  The Exorcist, which helped him prepare for a career providing award-winning makeup effects in many movie genres from comedy, to science fiction and horror films. Rick created the Michael Jackson creature transformation in the music video Thriller. His special makeup effects include using foam, latex and gel applications to create cutting-edge images for celluloid.

“`Mt. SAC recognized Baker in 1997 with a George H. Bell Award for Outstanding Alumnus at the 19th Annual Friends of the College Awards Program in 1997. Rick has visually changed the face of American cinema.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Archie’s Passage to India…

March 7th, 2018

Manny P. here… 

“`Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica are making a road trip from fictional Riverdale. They are headed to Bollywood. Archie Comics and Graphic India say they’re teaming up to create a Bollywood-style live-action production, which re-imagines American suburban perpetual teen icons as Indian characters.

“`Graphic India spokesperson Sharad Devarajan says that Archie Comics have long been embraced by Indians. Immersing them fully into the Bollywood experience is a different new twist of this long-standing franchise.

“`The freckle-faced Archie first appeared in comic form in 1941, and he went on to become an representative of wholesome teen angst. The characters are currently part of The CW’s series Riverdale.

“`The companies are touting the upcoming film as the first international comic book character to be translated for Indian screens. No release date was announced.

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- CSI: Academy Awards…

March 5th, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`A real-life crime took place after the Academy Awards ceremony that culminated in the detainment of a crook. Terry Bryant was arrested by local authorities for suspicion of felony grand theft for stealing Frances McDormand’s Best Actress statuette for her performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.

“`The statuette was allegedly stolen during the Governors Ball after-party. Bryant had a ticket for the event. A video that posted live on a Facebook page that appeared to belong to Bryant that showed him kissing and flaunting the Oscar during the gala. A photojournalist stalled him after taking his picture holding the trophy.

“`The photographer didn’t recognize him as a winner, and began following Bryant. When he was confronted, the assailant handed the statuette back without a struggle. He was held by security guards at the event, and then arrested by Los Angeles police officers. Gary Oldman was given the accolade for security reasons until McDormand could be found.

“`Frances was not the initial victim of theft at an Academy Awards function. Alice Brady won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 1937. She did not attend, and a mystery man accepted it on her behalf. He would run off with it.

“`In those days, supporting actors were awarded an official plaque.  The Academy intended to replace her prize. Unfortunately, she died of cancer before receiving it. The original was never recovered, and it remains missing to this day.

“`Bryant is being held on $20,000 bail. There was no reply to a message sent to one of his social media profiles, and it isn’t clear if he had an attorney who could issue an official statement on his behalf. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences didn’t return a request for comment.  FRANCES McDORMAND –>

“`After Frances and her Oscar were fortuitously reunited, they celebrated with a double double from In-N-Out Burger. That is what this tale and hamburger are all about.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Blog in Under Four Minutes…

March 4th, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`Before The Beatles, Roger Bannister was a true British superstar in track and field. He was a medical student at Oxford in 1954, when he electrified the sports world and lifted postwar England’s spirit, becoming the first athlete to run a mile in under four minutes. Roger put on his spikes, and ran four laps around a cinder track in 3:59.4 seconds, for one of the defining sporting achievements of the 20th Century.

                               ROGER BANNISTER

“`His passion for running took off in 1945,  when his father took him to a track meet at London’s White City Stadium, built to host the 1908 Olympics. He resolved to take up running seriously at Oxford. At the 1952 Helsinki Games, Bannister was considered the favorite to win Gold in the 1,500 meters. But, organizers added an extra round of heats. Subsequently, he would have to run on three consecutive days. Roger finished fourth.

“`On the day he made history, May 6th, 1954, shortly after 6p, Bannister churned around Oxford’s Iffley Road track, his long arms and legs pumping, and his lungs gasping for air. Roger put in an extra kick over the final 300 yards and nearly collapsed as he crossed the finish line.

“`The record lasted just 46 days. Despite the brevity, he was selected Sports Illustrated’s  first Sportsman of the Year in 1954. Bannister retired from competition, and had a long and distinguished career in medicine. Later, as chairman of Britain’s Sports Council from 1971 to 1974, he created the initial test for anabolic steroids. Roger’s most treasured honor was the Lifetime Achievement award he received in 2005 from American Academy of Neurology. He was knighted for his medical work in 1975.

“`Sir Roger Bannister was 88.


“`David Ogden Stiers (right) was a prolific character actor, best known for his role as  Major Charles Emerson Winchester on the small screen adaptation of M*A*S*H*. He received two Emmy nominations for his performances in the Korean War sitcom. He also played a adversary on the Perry Mason television movies of the 1980s. He was the associate conductor for Newport Symphony Orchestra and the Ernest Bloch Music Festival.

“`A former high school classmate of film critic Roger Ebert, he performed with California Shakespeare’s TheaterSan Francisco Actors Workshop, and the improv group, The Committee, whose members included Rob Reiner, Howard Hesseman, and Peter Bonerz.

“`In film, Stiers appeared THX 138, Oh God!, Doc HollywoodThe Cheap DetectiveThe Accidental Tourist; and he was a voice actor on Walt Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Pocahontas. On television, he guest-starred on Charlie’s Angels, WingsRhodaMatlock, Phyllis, KojakMurder She Wrote, Ally McBeal, and Frasier.

“`The pontificating David Ogden Stiers was 75.

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- And the Recipient is…

March 1st, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`Turner Classic Movies announced Martin Scorsese will be awarded the inaugural Robert Osborne Award  in recognition of his work as a  film preservationist and impassioned classic movie fan. The award will be presented on April 26th during opening night of the 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival. Scorsese (below) addressed the subject of film preservation in Hugo.

“`Martin has been a celebrated director for over five decades,  making some of the most influential motion pictures in cinematic history. Five-time nominee for Best Director at the Academy Awards; he won in 2007 for The Departed. In 1990, Scorsese formed The Film Foundation; a nonprofit that preserves and protects celluloid history, working in partnership with archives and studios, the foundation has restored over 800 films, while the World Cinema Project has restored films from 21 countries. The foundation’s free educational curriculum, The Story of Movies, teaches young kids about a language and history of film.

“`For over 22 years,  Robert Osborne served as prime time host and anchor of TCM, aiding millions of viewers discover and enter the world of classic movies; and dedicating his life to preserving and sharing the movies he loved.  Embraced by fans around the globe as both a fellow movie lover and an unparalleled film historian, his legacy of devotion to classic films, and their ability to inspire, will live on through the Robert Osborne Award.

“`The award will be given out annually at the TCM Classic Film Festival to a recipient whose work helps keep the cultural heritage of classic cinema alive and thriving for generations to come.

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- Rebel Jacket Up For Bid…

February 27th, 2018

Manny P. here… 

“`James Dean’s cherry-red jacket from Rebel Without a Cause is expected to bring up to $600,000, when it goes up for auction this week in Florida. This offers fans a rare chance to own something linked to the star. The bomber-style garment is at Palm Beach Modern Auctions, and was displayed recently on a mannequin, wearing a white shirt and blue denim; similar to Dean’s signature style in the movie. This jacket was bought off the rack; however, it is not known how many were on set. JAMES DEAN ->

“`Because he died so young, and starred in only three films, collectibles tied to Dean are very scarce. It is as influential in pop culture as an Elvis Presley rhinestone jumpsuit; a dress that belonged to Marilyn Monroe; or sequin gloves worn by Michael Jackson. There is a Bud Berma tag sewn in its inner lining, a cigarette burn on outer left sleeve, and stitching around its waist.

“`Michael Scott of Hobe Sound has had the jacket since the 1980s. A friend, whose uncle got the jacket from men’s wardrobe supervisor Leon Roberts at the conclusion of production, left it to Scott in his will. The actor had been a hero to Scott and his friends, who were in high school when the film premiered.

“`Scott’s documentation includes a 1962 letter from Roberts asking his pal’s uncle to:  Donate the red jacket worn by late actor James Dean in Rebel Without A Cause to Hollywood Museum. Hopefully, the wishes of Roberts will be fulfilled for fans to enjoy in years to come.

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- Movie Night with Ron and Nancy…

February 26th, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`As two former actors transitioned to a new career, they never forgot their roots in cinema. Such is the story of former President and First Lady, Ronald and Nancy Reagan. A new book chronicles film nights at Camp David, where the bill-of-faire was celluloid of the 1980s.  The author is Mark Weinberg, a former aide to the president. It is published through Simon and Schuster.

“`Movie Nights with the Reagans:  A Memoir is a fascinating, yet, seldom told tale of the Aspen Movie Club, the most exclusive gathering of its kind. Many weekend evenings, during the Reagan Administration, its members appeared at 8p at  Aspen Lodge, the presidential residence at  Camp David, Maryland, to watch a flick. An evening included toothpicked meatballs and weanies, popcorn, and a private screening room. The guests were staff and personal friends.

“`Surprisingly, the movies selected were the popular productions of an era that was foreign to the type that featured the president or first lady, years before. But, the topicality of each film allowed the audience an opportunity to discuss personal and professional issues of the day. Some of the flicks selected include Red DawnFerris Bueller’s Day OffRaiders of the Lost Ark, 9 to 5On Golden PondThe Untouchables;  plus, their singular favorite, Chariots of Fire.

“`In all, the executive couple screened over 360 films in their eight years in Washington. And none featured a simian named Bonzo. In the final analysis, movies at Camp David offered the former actors the same kind of respite most people seek in a dark theater.

“`And, so it goes…

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- Slash, Cut, and Run…

February 24th, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`If you are a die-hard  Friday the 13th fan, this may be a potential dream come true for you. Camp-No-Be-Bo-Sco, an active Boy Scouts camp located in New Jersey,  is the actual camp used in the original Friday the 13th as Camp Crystal Lake. On occasion, this camp offers fans the chance to take tours. This April, they are allowing fans the chance to sleep at a real-life Camp Crystal Lake for the first time.

“`There is a great demand for this experience. To make this more appealing, Adrienne King (a co-star of the flick) will be on hand. How do you get an opportunity to live overnight at the location where Jason Voorhees took out countless teens with a machete? Bid on it.

“`On Friday, April 13th, there is a morning tour from 9a to 1p for $135. On both Friday, April 13th and Saturday, April 14th, there will be an afternoon tour from 3p to 10p for $175; plus, the VIP experience, which goes from 3p to 11a, the next day, and includes dinner and breakfast.

“`The regular tours will be awarded to interested fans via a lottery, given the huge popularity. Hockey masks are optional.

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