“Forgotten Hollywood”- Academy’s Slate of Outdoor Movies!

May 30th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has completed work on its outdoor theater, and has unveiled a marvelous collection of film screenings for the Summer. Oscars Outdoors will kickoff on June 15th, and continue through August 18th. Actually, on Saturday, May 19th, the Academy will inaugurate its open-air venue with an invitation-only presentation of the 1989 Best Picture nominee Field of Dreams.

   Here’s their expected 2012 lineup:

June
Friday, June 15: CASABLANCA  (sold out)
Saturday, June 16: SNOW WHITE AND THE 7 DWARFS

Friday, June 22: RAISING ARIZONA
Saturday, June 23: FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF

Friday, June 29: A STAR IS BORN (1937)
Saturday, June 30: THE GOONIES  (sold out)

July
Friday, July 6: SHANE
Saturday, July 7: THE NUTTY PROFESSOR (1996)

Friday, July 13: TBA
Saturday, July 14: THE PRINCESS BRIDE

Friday, July 20: PILLOW TALK
Saturday, July 21: THE KARATE KID (1984)

 

Friday, July 27: DREAMGIRLS
Saturday, July 28: THE DARK CRYSTAL

August
Friday, August 3: NORTH BY NORTHWEST
Saturday, August 4: STEAMBOAT BILL JR.

Friday, August 10: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
Saturday, August 11: BACK TO THE FUTURE

Friday, August 17: Audience Choice / vote at www.oscars.org/outdoors
Saturday, August 18: THE WIZARD OF OZ

   Tickets for each evening is $5 for adults; free for children 10 years and younger; $3 for Academy members and students with identification. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, warm clothing. Popular food trucks will be on site.

   The open-air theater, located 1341 Vine St., is part of the organization’s nearly 7.5 acre Academy Hollywood campus, which is also the site of the Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study, home to the Academy Film ArchiveScience and Technology Council, and Linwood Dunn Theater.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- An Amazing Hollywoodland Review!

May 29th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   I’d like to thank Carrie at ClassicFilmSchool.com, who has written a monumentally positive review about Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History.

   She writes:

This is exactly the kind of book I love. A book that celebrates the somewhat un-sung heros of Hollywood’s Golden Age of Cinema – the character actors. Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History is the much anticipated sequel to its predecessor, the award-winning Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. The latest book is full of rarely shared tales told by 21 character actors of Hollywood’s Golden Age of Cinema, including some of my favorites such as the affable Frank Morgan (The Wizard of Oz), the moody and expressive Peter Lorre (Casablanca), the roguish Cesar Romero (The Thin Man), the hick-ish Majorie Main (the Ma & Pa Kettle series), the oafish Andy Devine (Stagecoach), everybody’s pal Alan Hale Sr (The Adventures of Robin Hood), slum kid Leo Gorcey (Angels with Dirty Faces), the ever likable Jack Carson (Mildred Pierce), and Universal monster man Lon Chaney Jr (The Wolf Man).

I recommend Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History as a must have for fans of the great character actors of yesteryear, making an ideal gift for the classic cinema fan in your life. Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History is part of the Forgotten Hollywood Book-Series, available through bookshops, and historical locations, such as the Hollywood Heritage Museum.

   ClassicFilmSchool.com - Thank you for your kind charitable words of support.

   Please visit this amazing site by clicking on the link below:

 http://www.classicfilmschool.com/ClassicFilmSchool/Print.html

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- An Examination of the Lions Club…

May 28th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   I’m planning a special visit to the Buena Park Chapter of the Lions Club on Tuesday, June 5th. Researching the history of Lions Club International, I confidently discovered an extraordinary story. According to their fine website:

Melvin Jones was a Chicago businessman, who devoted his local business group to addressing the betterment of their communities and the world. In 1917, they decided to adopt the name: Association of Lions Clubs.

Helen Keller addressed the Lions Clubs International Convention in Cedar Point, Ohio in 1925, and challenged Lions to become knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness. Since then, they have worked tirelessly to aid the visually impaired. In 1971, the Board of Directors of Lions Clubs International declared that June 1st would be remembered as Helen Keller DayLions around the world implement sight-related service projects on Helen Keller Day. Through SightFirst, Lions are restoring sight and preventing blindness on a global scale.  Launched in 1990, Lions have raised more than $346 million targeting its major causes: cataract, trachoma, river blindness, childhood blindness, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma.

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization, with 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs and countless stories that act on the same simple idea: let’s improve our communities. They extend their mission of service every day – in local neighborhoods, in all corners of the globe.

   Unique American tales from the Forgotten Hollywood Book Series should resonate well with the local membership of this astounding organization.

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   Congrats to the History Channel for  record  ratings from their Hatfields & McCoys miniseries.  According to Nielsen Co. figures, it became the all-time entertainment basic cable telecast. The  series won its time period when up against other cable programs, including their broadcast repeats.

   Hatfields & McCoys is set to be released on Blu-ray and DVD on July 31st. You can own your own copy of this accurate chronicle of the bloody historic feud.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Summer Lovin’… Had Me a Blast!

May 27th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   Summer 2012 is expected to be a classic cinema lolllapalooza! Let me provide a couple of savory examples…

EXHIBIT A: Limited screenings of Christopher Plummer’s newest film release are now going on. As I heralded in a previous blog, the actor will profile the legendary John Barrymore. I’m really salivating over this new production, simply called Barrymore.

EXHIBIT B: A series of Blu Ray DVD releases are set to hit stores by June, and throughout the Summer. They include: The Gold Rush (1925), The 39 Steps (1935), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), High Noon (1952), Harold and Maude (1971), and Jaws (1975). Expect top motion pictures created by Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Gary Cooper, and Ruth Gordon in hi definition, and in the comfort of your own home.

EXHIBIT C: The Film Society of Lincoln Center is right in the heart of the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and in the middle of a classic film series called DYNAMIC DUOS. Upcoming fabulous motion pictures  include Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (June 17 and 18), The Big Sleep (June 23 and 24); and The Sting (June 30 and July 1). Bring your family to a weekend matinee by 2p at the spacious Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center’s Amphitheater. You can purchase an affordable ticket price, plus a healthy lunch… First come, first serve.

EXHIBIT D: Free Movie on the Beach will be presented by our friends in Santa Cruz. Each Wednesday in July and August, enjoy surf, sand, smores, and a series of family-friendly films such as The Lost Boys (July 11), Grease (July 18), The Princess Bride (July 25), and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (August 8). Each evening’s activities are brought to you by the non-profit organization Save our Shores, the City of Santa Cruz. and several radio stations in the area.

   My suggestion is to enjoy the screening of a classic movie, or an upcoming release taking us back to Hollywood’s Golden Age… Your Witness!

Until next time>                                 “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywoood”- RATS!

May 26th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   The Brothers Grimm were known for children’s fables that concluded with harsh lessons. The Pied Piper of Hamelin took place during the Thirteenth Century in the very-real German town. As the tale goes: The mayor of the hamlet hires a minstrel to rid the town of rats. When the elected politicos refuse to pay the piper, the children of Hamelin are sacrificed; sent to drown in a neighboring river as payment for the duplicitous nature of the village officials.

   In 1957, NBC aired a televised special, based on a Robert Browning-related poem, with Van Johnson as the Pied Piper, and Claude Rains as the mayor. It was the only time Rains sang and danced in his screen career. Jim Backus, Doodles Weaver and Kay Starr co-starred. The program repeated in 1958, and was later syndicated. In the tradition of holiday specials, it was re-run annually on Thanksgiving. The movie was released to theatres in 1966. Van Johnson’s performance as the Pied Piper was so fondly remembered, he played a similar style crook - The Minstrel - that year on Batman.

   Now, the German city of Hamelin needs a new Pied Piper. The rats are reportedly back and creating havoc to the community. But, it seems the Brothers Grimm got it wrong. According to the fable, the minstrel also led the rodents to drown as an initial solution. It turns out, the pests are really good swimmers. City officials may still be  paying the piper.

   And so it goes…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Space: The Final Frontier…

May 24th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   The Griffith Observatory overlooking L.A. is as famous as the Hollywood Sign. Over the last decade, it’s received a facelift; due to the hefty contributions of science fiction-cinematic legend and his wife. The naming of the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon recognizes the generous contribution by actors Leonard and Susan Bay-Nimoy to the Observatory’s renovation and expansion. A recent guest speaker was legendary author Ray Bradbury.

   According to the Observatory website:

The Once and Future Griffith Observatory provides an exciting and compelling introduction to the history and unique public offerings of the Observatory. This 24-minute film, entertainingly narrated by Leonard Nimoy, reveals how the vision of one man led to the creation of an architectural, cultural, and astronomical icon for Southern California. The film offers an overview of the Observatory’s programs and exhibits and discusses how the building was renewed during the 2002-2006 renovation and expansion project. Show Times: Every hour on the hour.

The new 200-seat Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon presentation theater dramatically expands the Observatory’s programming and education capabilities.

<–- Leonard Nimoy is best known for playing Spock on Star Trek. However, he has appeared in genre-related cinema, including THEM!, a remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and The Transformers series of movies. On the small screen, Nimoy was a regular on Mission Impossible; and as a guest on Sea Hunt, The Outer Limits, The Twilight Zone, and recently,  The Big Bang Theory.

   Rebel Without a Cause was famously filmed at this location in 1954. James Dean had memorable scenes in the movie. The Griffith Observatory is opened mostly every day. Parking is limited.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Legacy of Louis Armstrong…

May 23rd, 2012

Manny P. here…

   The final recordings of Louis Armstrong can be yours through the Smithsonian Institute.  Six months before Satchmo died, he made one final appearance in 1971 at the Inauguration of incoming National Press Club President Vernon Louviere, a fellow native of New Orleans. Armstrong’s signature voice and trumpet playing were captured, and put on vinyl a year later after his passing. Only 300 album copies were initially pressed. David Frost can also be heard, since he was the emcee at the event.

   These rare moments are now widely available for the first time from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings as part of their 11th annual celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month. The CD is entitled Satchmo at The National Press Club: Red Beans & Rice-ly Yours. Notable live versions include Hello Dolly, A Theme From The Threepenny Opera (Mack the Knife) and Boy From New York City. Own a piece of our cultural history!

   His health in decline, Louis Armstrong died in his sleep of a heart attack on July 6, 1971, a month before his 70th birthday. What a Wonderful World of jazz he left behind. His body-of-work of contributions in music and cinema is considered immeasurable.

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   As I mentioned last August in a major announcement, the Director’s Forever Stamps are finally available. Featured on each piece of postage is the face of iconic filmmakers, with a scene from representative motion pictures in the background. While mailing a letter, you can place a stamp featuring Frank Capra / It Happened One Night; John Ford / The Searchers; Billy Wilder / Some Like It Hot; or John Huston / The Maltese Falcon.  

   The US Postal Service - Forever Series can be applied to a letter ad infinitum, even if the price of a stamp appreciates.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- B&N Adds New Book to Five Stores!

May 22nd, 2012

Manny P. here…

   Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History can be found in SEVEN BARNES & NOBLE locations in California and New York. In addtion to early additions at the Grove in Hollywood and Greenwich Village, you can purchase paperback at:

~ MANHATTAN / Tribeca Area of NYC

~ BURBANK - MANHATTAN BEACH - MARINA REY / Los Angeles County

~ FULLERTON / Orange County

   Tribeca is wonderful place to find my work, since Robert De Niro sponsors a nationally known Film Festival in the area. Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History is in 18 BARNES & NOBLE stores. Both books in the series are also available at your local B&N shop… on demand.

   Great news all around!

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   The Hatfields and McCoys finally agree! The 19th Century infamous feud will be chronicled over three days on the History Channel, beginning Memorial Day. At a pre-screening, the large audience (mostly consisting of members from both families still living in Kentucky and West Virginia) have proclaimed the production as FANTASTIC and FAIRLY ACCURATE!

   Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton head an all-star cast in this upcoming cable mini-series.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Kirk Douglas: Actor…Patriot…Friend…

May 21st, 2012

Manny P. here…

   In 1959, Kirk Douglas made a historic decision as co-producer of Spartacus. The actor wanted screen credit for blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo, who had written many award-winning screenplays (including Roman Holiday) under a pseudonym. A courageous stand overturned a decade of ruined careers for writers, directors, and actors who were denied opportunities in Hollywood by movie studios. Columnist Hedda Hopper called for a boycott of the movie, when it was released in 1960. The public came anyway, including President Kennedy, who saw it in early 1961 at the Warner Theater in Washington. He showed support, saying it was a fine film. Jobs were again available to talented folks, whose politics were in question for a generation.

   Kirk Douglas will be honored on May 31st by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at the Goldenson Theater; and  to celebrate the release of his new memoirs, I am Spartacus!  Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist. It’s the actor’s 10th literary work, which will be available in a paperback edition, and as an eBook on June 12th from Open Road Media.

   Joining Mr. Douglas will be Liam McIntyre and Steven DeKnight from the STARZ series - Spartacus: Vengeance. And, it will be moderated by Peter Hammond. The Goldenson Theatre is located at 5220 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood. The event begins promptly at 7:30p.

   Spartacus was a leader, warrior, and inspiration to his people. His political and societal impact parallels the influential decisions made by a great actor and patriot who has called Hollywood his workplace for seven decades… the iconic Kirk Douglas!

Until next time>                                 “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Hollywood Will Visit Ohio…

May 19th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   Malabar Farm State Park is the former Ohio home of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Bromfield. During the weekend of June 1st, this historic landmark is celebrating Hollywood’s Golden Age. The noted guests are the children of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, and Tyrone Power.

   Stephen Bogart and Tyrone Power Jr. will host a series of panel discussions about personal family stories. The actor’s sons will offer commentary of movie clips and newsreel footage  focusing on their famous parents. They will also attend a series of tours, including at the Big House where Bogie and Bacall were married in 1945; plus, wagon tours of The Shawshank Redemption film location sites, and of the sprawling Malabar Farm.

   Our love affair with these Hollywood icons will continue over a memorable series of lunches and dinners. For more information, click on the link below:

 http://www.malabarfarm.org/index.php/event-guide/hollywood-returns

<– Louis Bromfield won a Pulitzer Prize in 1927 for Early Autumn. The novelist is best known for penning The Rains Came and Mrs. Parkington, which were  adapted into popular cinema. These movies cast top actors of the day:  Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Myrna Loy, George Brent, and… Tyrone Power. Hmm, I suspect a tie-in to the upcoming event!

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   I’ve discovered another literary locale that sells Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History (on demand). Bookshop Santa Cruz is located in a picturesque area the world in Northern California. Here’s a link to the site if you want to pick up a copy:

http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/book/9781935359166 

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Palm Springs Unveils Statue of Marilyn!

May 18th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   A statue of Marilyn Monroe is set to welcome visitors to Palm Springs. The sculpture of the iconic actress will stand at the corner of Tahquitz Canyon Way and Palm Canyon Dr. in the Downtown area. A creation of noted artist Seward Johnson, Forever Marilyn is grand at 26-feet tall. It was previously in Chicago, and took about a week and $40,000 to transport.

   The life-like figure depicts the blonde in her famous pose from The Seven Year Itch. The scene of Marilyn pushing down her skirt as she stood on an air duct will come to life for the Southern California desert community. And, tourists are already getting a jump by taking lots of photographs. Much of the replica has been erected.  

   Still being assembled, the official ribbon cutting is set for May 24th. There is little doubt, Palm Springs prefers Marilyn

   With Monroe the face at the Festival Du Cannes currently going on, the tantalizing actress remains vital in 2012.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Wilshire Rotary Promotes Literacy!

May 17th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   The self-proclaimed Friendliest Rotary Club in the Region did not disappoint. Held at the legendary Ebell of Los Angeles, the Wilshire Rotary conducted their Wednesday meeting at noon. During the luncheon, a variety of upcoming events were discussed; a recent international trip was shared; and friends of the Rotary (including a member from Virginia) were introduced. We even sang a chorus of Blue Skies (by Irving Berlin).

  

   After my presentation, which shared tales about Hollywood’s Golden Age, I was engaged with a lively Q&A. Then, a surprising presentation was made. Outgoing President Kyle Pierce gave me a Certificate of Appreciation. According to this most special of keep-sakes:

Perhaps more than any other challenge facing Brazil today, illiteracy remains a stumbling block in establishing itself as one of the world’s most powerful nations. Their public education system is consistently under-funded, inefficiently run, and to top it off, disproportionately benefitting the wealthy.

A contribution has been made in (Manny Pacheco’s) name to the humanitarian programs sponsored by our club, including a literacy development project for underprivileged kids in Brazil…

The concept is simple; investing in education builds economies, stabilizes democracies, and enriches the minds of future generations. Rotarians with their capacity for leadership and grassroots connections are able to make a difference. We reach within ourselves to embrace humanity.

   What a gracious gift of humanity and generosity by the Wilshire Rotary of Los Angeles. They are known to completely embrace the concept of Service Above Self. I can never repay the kindness presented by the membership. AMEN to this fine group of folks!

   Here’s a link to the Wilshire Rotary of Los Angeles website:

http://www.wilshirerotary.org/

Until next time>                                “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Pop Culture Confab in June!

May 16th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   The 2012 El Segundo Author Fair is Sunday, June 3rd. Expected are 35 local authors and poets, covering such topics as mystery, memoir, travel, cooking, children’s, music, and more. Authors will meet and greet the public at signing tables, while poets read their works in the Rose Garden Room. Of course, I’ll be autographing copies of my Forgotten Hollywood Book Series.

    I’m thrilled to be moderating a Pop Cultural Icon Panel at 2:30p, which should include a spirited discussion. Our guests are true legends in the field of cinema, television, photography, and music.

   The event has also received nice press clippings from the El Segundo Herald, the Daily Breeze, and the Beach Reporter, as noted below:

http://www.heraldpublications.com/herald/sites/default/files/publications/elsegundo/ES_Herald_52412/index.html#/1/

http://www.tbrnews.com/calendar/

   Here are the complete details:

   I hope you might visit a very special afternoon of literary fun! This year’s Author Fair is cheerfully co-sponsored by the El Segundo Public Library and Friends of the El Segundo Public Library.

   Below are a couple of links to the 2012 El Segundo Author Fair homepage:

http://www.elsegundo.org/library/

http://www.elsegundo.org/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=9676

Until next time>                                 “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW… 5-Stars!

May 15th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   In July 2011, I received 5-Stars from the prestigious Midwest Book Review for Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. Less than a year later, I’ve got another 5-Star accolade. Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History is the recipient of another positive critique from the Midwest Book Review

   They write in the May 2012 edition:

Small Press Bookwatch / Theater-Cinema Shelf

Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History
Manny Pacheco
Book Publishers Network
PO Box 2256, Bothell, WA 98041
9781937454142, $18.95, www.bookpublishersnetwork.com

The glue that holds great movies together are the supporting cast, who often don’t get the credit they deserve. “Son of Forgotten Hollywood History” chronicles the supporting roles throughout the golden era of Hollywood film-making, discussing the people who stood by the stars and made their own mark in film. A follow up to his previous volume, Manny Pacheco continues to bring lesser known Hollywood history to the forefront. “Son of Forgotten Hollywood History” is a strong addition to any community library film collection.

   It’s a marvelous appraisal in the journey taken by the Forgotten Hollywood-Book Series.  Here’s the official link to the review site to confirm their unsolicited comments:

http://www.midwestbookreview.com/sbw/may_12.htm#Theatre/Cinema

Until next time>                               “never forget” 

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Visit to the Historic Wilshire Ebell…

May 14th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   The historic Ebell of Los Angeles is the site of my next booksigning. The Wilshire Rotary Club of Los Angeles is having their weekly lunch meeting  on Wednesday, May 16th at this iconic spot.

   The Ebell of Los Angeles is a women’s club with a clubhouse building and the renowned 1,270-seat Wilshire Ebell Theatre. The complex has operated since 1927.

   Remarkable appearances at the Ebell include the final press conference by Amelia Earhardt,  before attempting her 1937 around-the-world flight in which she subsequently vanished; and where Judy Garland was discovered while performing as Baby Frances Gumm in the 1930s. She was singing to MGM producers George Sidney and Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who happened to be  in the audience. They later met the 13-year-old backstage at the Ebell, determined to bring her to the attention of studio mogul Louis B. Mayer. A number of scenes from The Artist were also recently filmed at this location. (Jean Dujardin, Amelia Earhardt, Judy Garland… below)

     

   The Wilshire Ebell was declared a Los Angeles Cultural Historic Monument in 1982. In 1994, the locale was added to the National Register of Historic Places. It’s also been designated an Official American Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

   Wednesday’s fellowship allows Rotarians in the area the chance to tie Hollywood history with Americana, and the Rotary International’s vast relationship with our national story. Service Above Self and the Goal to Eradicate Polio actually relate to cherished tales I plan on sharing in this unique journey through Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History.

   The Ebell of Los Angeles is located at 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. along the outskirts of Hollywood (of course).

Until next time>                               “never forget”