“Forgotten Hollywood”- TCM Honors Disability-Related Films

July 31st, 2012

Manny P. here…

   Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History clearly examines the topic of Disability in Film. The catalyst of this most special of chapters is Lionel Barrymore, who pioneered non-disability roles  in cinema after 1938, while obviously confined to crutches or a wheelchair.

  

LIONEL BARRYMORE           PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH  

   To coincide with the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the American with Disabilities Act, in a ceremony conducted by President George Bush in 1990, Turner Classic Movies presents The Projected Image: A History of Disability in Film every Tuesday in October. According to the TCM website:

TCM’s exploration of disability in cinema provides many Oscar-winning and nominated films, including An Affair to Remember (1957); A Patch of Blue (1965); Butterflies Are Free (1972); Johnny Belinda (1948); The Miracle Worker (1962); Charly (1968); One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975); and most notably, The Best Years of Our Lives (1946). The Projected Image: A History of Disability in Film also features several lesser-known classics ripe for rediscovery, including the atmospheric Val Lewton chiller Bedlam (1946).

Lawrence Carter-Long of the National Council on Disability will offer fascinating, historical background and thought-provoking insight on how cinematic portrayals of disability have evolved over time. The series features more than 20 films ranging from the 1920s to the 1980s. Each night’s collection will explore particular aspects, themes, or types of disability, such as blindness, deafness, and psychiatric or intellectual disabilities. In addition, one evening of programming will focus on newly disabled veterans returning home from war.

   On a personal note, I’m thrilled my literary work provides additional inspiration and historical perspective on this most important of issues. For complete information, visit the TCM website:

http://www.tcm.com/this-month/movie-news.html?id=501352&name=The-Projected-Image-A-History-of-Disability-in-Film-in-October

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Movie Crooner has Died…

July 30th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   Tony Martin was a contemporary of Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, and he appeared in dozens of motion pictures during Hollywood’s studio era. He also wed Alice Faye, and the crooner had a lasting partnership with Cyd Charisse. Martin was also popular during radio’s heyday.

   After being cast in a bit part in an Astaire-and-Rogers vehicle, Follow That Fleet, Martin was signed by 20th Century Fox in 1936. MGM later bought out his contract. His cinematic career includes Pigskin Parade; Ali Baba Goes to Town; Ziegfeld Girl; Sally, Irene and Mary; and he was particularly memorable in The Big Store with the Marx Brothers; and Til the Clouds Roll By.  TONY MARTIN

   For a number of years, Tony Martin recorded with Decca Records, and he had hits such as South of the Border, Fools Rush In, Begin the Beguine, and To Each His Own. After leaving the label, he signed with Mercury Records, and later, with RCA Victor. His songs continued to sell, including his versions of It’s Magic, La Vie en Rose, I Apologize, and Stranger in Paradise. During World War II, he was assigned to Capt. Glenn Miller’s band as a corporal in the United States Air Force.

   He was a featured vocalist on the George Burns and Gracie Allen radio program. The Tony Martin Show, a 15-minute television variety program, aired on NBC from 1954 to 1956 prior to the evening newscast.

   The tall baritone worked with Judy Garland, The Ritz Brothers, Eddie Cantor, James Stewart, Lana Turner, Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, and Esther Williams. His long marriage to Cyd Charisse lasted sixty years, until her death in 2008. Tony was into his 90s when he retired from nightclub performances.

   Tony Martin was 98.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Summer Book Tour Begins in August!

July 28th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   My Summer Book Tour is set to keep me busy through Labor Day. With stops at Knotts Berry Farm, UCLA, and CINECON, Southern California folks will be able to enjoy the chance to purchase the Forgotten Hollywood Book Series. Here’s my busy August schedule:

     

~ August 1st / BUENA PARK ROTARY CLUB – Network meets at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant in Buena Park at 12 noon.

~ August 9th / WESTWOOD VILLAGE ROTARY CLUB – Network meets at the Faculty Center on the campus of UCLA at 12 noon.

~ August 11th / CALIFORNIA WRITERS CLUB OF LONG BEACH – Monthly meeting at the Los Altos Branch Library at 2:30p. The meeting is FREE! All aspiring scribes in the area are welcome to attend.

  

~ August 14th / ROTARY CLUB SANTA FE SPRINGS - Network meets at Candlewood Country Club in Whittier at 12 noon.

~ August 23rd / RIO HONDO – VERNON ROTARY CLUB – Network meets at Steven’s Steakhouse in Commerce at 12 noon.

~ August 31st / CINECON 48Memorabilia Show takes place at the Rennaissance Hotel in Hollywood. All silent movie and classic film buffs are invited to attend.

   How fitting that I close out my Summer Book Tour in Hollywood! My Fall Book Tour will begin on September 11th. Highlights include visits to Granada Hills, Laguna Woods, Manhattan Beach, Duarte, Dominguez Hills, Woodland Hills, and at the BUENA PARK MOOSE for the presentation of monies raised from my official MOOSEHEART charity campaign. Details to follow!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Summer Frivolity: Art Deco Posters!

July 27th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   Illustrator Tom Whalen has created an impressive collection of cult movie posters in the 1920’s art déco style. Among the iconic cinema featured: Star Wars, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Aliens, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Ironman, and classic films featuring actors in my Forgotten Hollywood Book Series. Here’s a taste of this recently noted work:

  

     

   The actors in my paperbacks include Claude Rains, Frank Morgan, Lon Chaney Jr., and Basil Rathbone. ENJOY!

Until next time>                                “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Laurie Pacheco Visits Book Fest!

July 26th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   Last month, I found out Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History won its second literary award. The accolade was provided by the 2012 Hollywood Book Festival in the Biography / Autobiography category. A gala was held over the weekend at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel to honor all of the book winners and finalists.

  

                                                                                      LAURIE PACHECO

   Unfortunately, I was unable to attend because of a prior commitment. My wife Laurie acted in my stead. By all accounts, she was gracious and eloquent in the acceptance of my award. Laurie doesn’t enjoy the opportunity to be a public speaker, so I really appreciate her efforts.

   I’m proud of Laurie Pacheco… my soul mate and my best friend!

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   An iconic movie theater in Columbia, South Carolina is moving to a state-of-the-art location along its Main Street. The debut of the new Nickelodeon Theatre is set for Friday, August 31st. During its final month at the original locale, a classic film and indie movie fest will feature 33 award-winning motion pictures. This is their way of thanking patrons for their loyal support.

   Among the fine cinematic treats: Sunset Boulevard (8/10); Casablanca (8/10); Annie Hall (8/11); Rear Window (8/14);  Touch of Evil (8/14); Cinema Paradiso (8/16); and Lost in Translation (8/23). A party will follow the double-bill of The King’s Speech and The Artist (8/26).

   What a classy way to say goodbye to this audience-friendly location! Here’s a link to their website for a complete listing of movies:

http://www.nickelodeon.org/programs/

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Summer Olympics Connection…

July 25th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   Over the years, Hollywood has spent treasured time focusing on the theme of The Olympics. I’ve decided to select three favorite films with the Summer Olympics as a backdrop. They may not be the best ever produced, but they still resonate in my memory as I was growing up.

 ~ JIM THORPE, ALL-AMERICAN – A largely fictional bio-pic created at Warner Brothers, it was enjoyable due to the direction of Michael Curtiz, and masculine portrait created by Burt Lancaster. Thorpe was arguably the greatest athlete of the first fifty years of the 20th Century. He was a Native American who thrived at the 1912 Summer Olympics, winning medals with astounding ease.

   The movie features archival footage of both the 1912 and 1932 Summer Olympics, as well as, other footage of the real Thorpe (seen in long shots). Charles Bickford played the famed coach… Pop Warner, Thorpe’s longtime mentor. Bickford also narrates the film. Phyllis Thaxter and Steve Cochran also co-star in the movie.

   The legendary sports figure entered the 1912 Olympics and won both the pentathlon and the decathlon. However, when it’s discovered he was paid to play minor league baseball, he’s  stripped of his medals and trophies, and his amateur status is revised. It has the typical Hollywood ending as Jim Thorpe is inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

 ~ WALK DON’T RUN – Essentially a remake of the 1943 classic The More the Merrier, the motion picture is set in Tokyo during the Olympic Games in 1964. The movie marked the last screen appearance by Cary Grant. Samantha Eggar and Jim Hutton offered reliable support.

   A standout is the score created by Quincy Jones, and snappy tunes co-written by Peggy Lee.

~ CHARIOTS OF FIRE – Nominated for seven Academy Awards, it won four Oscars, including Best Picture. It’s ranked 19th in the British Film Institute’s list of Top 100 British films. The original phrase chariot(s) of fire is from 2 Kings 2:11 and 6:17 in The Bible.

   The motion picture tells the fact-based story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of God; and Harold Abrahams, an English Jew who runs to overcome prejudice. The British team returns home triumphant. As the film ends, onscreen text explains that Abrahams becomes the elder statesman of British athletics. Eric Liddell went on to missionary work in China. Scotland mourned his death in Japanese-occupied China during World War II.

   Vangelis wrote a memorable score that captures the stirring imagination of the British import. Five lively Gilbert and Sullivan tunes also appear in the soundtrack. Chariots of Fire has been a popular theme in promotion of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. And, this iconic music was used as a fanfare for the carriers of the Olympic flame on parts of its route through the United Kingdom.

   A Blu-ray of the film was released on July 10th in the United States, and July 16th in the UK. A new digitally re-mastered version was recently screened in 100 cinemas across the pond.

   Enjoy the 2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS! Let the games begin…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- In Memory of Frank Pierson…

July 24th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   Frank Pierson was a successful screenwriter and director. His work on television and film was memorable. Because his father was a noted writer, his family and their lives were the subject of the 1945 film Roughly Speaking, starring Rosalind Russell and Jack Carson as his parents.

   He began his career on the small screen as a script editor for Have Gun Will Travel. His teleplays included episodes on the Naked CityRoute 66, and most recently, Mad Men and The Good Wife; and he also directed a number of those programs, as well as, The Bold Ones: The New Doctors.

   Pierson was honored for his work on screen. Audiences remember the scene he wrote in Cool Hand Luke, when the warden tells the Paul Newman character: What we have here is failure to communicate! He was also the screenwriter on Cat Ballou, The Happening, The Anderson Tapes, and his award-winning work for Dog Day Afternoon (Attica…Attica). His only Oscar statuette followed. He contributed scripted scenes, and directed A Star is Born (1976).

   In two stints in the 1980s and 1990s, Pierson was elected president of the Writers Guild of America (WGA); and he served as the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) from 2001-2005. In 1970, he directed The 42nd Annual Academy Awards.

   Frank Pierson was 87.

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   Alas, two television icons are part of today’s passing parade:

~ Sherman Hemsley played George in All in the Family and The Jeffersons. In collaboration with producer Norman Lear, Hemsley created the longest running African American character in television history. Sherman had a key role as a spirited reverend in Amen. He also guest starred in The Incredible Hulk, E/R, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air; and on the big screen in Love at First Bite.

~ Chad Everett was twice a Golden Globe nominee for portraying Joe Gannon in Medical Center. Most of his career, he appeared on television shows, such as  Route 66, The Red Skelton Show, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Melrose Place, Diagnosis: Murder, Caroline in the City, Touched by an AngelThe Nanny, and Murder, She Wrote. Chad also had cinematic moments in The Singing Nun and Airplane II: The Sequel.

   Sherman Hemsley was 74… Chad Everett was 75.

Until next time>                                “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Ken Burns to Study Roosevelt Clan…

July 22nd, 2012

Manny P. here…

   PBS and Ken Burns have announced a documentary will air on the lives of the Roosevelt family in 2014. The Roosevelts: An Intimate History is a seven-part series that follows their story for more than a century, from Theodore’s birth in 1858 to Eleanor’s death in 1962. In between, the week-long television event will analyze two presidential administrations; the creations of the National Parks system and Panama Canal; the New Deal policy that fought the Great Depression; US entry into World War II; and the postwar human rights movement.

  

   Burns has cast the voices of Meryl Streep as Eleanor, Paul Giamatti as Theodore, and naturally, Edward Hermann as Franklin. Hermann was nominated twice for an Emmy for his stunning portrayal of FDR on television. Other roles will be filled by Patricia Clarkson, Adam Arkin, Keith Carradine, Ed Harris, John Lithgow, Josh Lucas, Amy Madigan, Billy Bob Thornton and Eli Wallach.

   The Roosevelt family is remembered as a 20th Century prominent American business and political dynasty of Dutch descent. Teddy was Eleanor’s uncle. They were the fifth cousins, once removed, of Franklin. Of course, Eleanor became his wife and First Lady of our nation.

   Later this year, Ken Burns’ The Dust Bowl will air on PBS on November 18th and 19th. The Central Park Five, which recently premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, will premiere in late 2013, or early 2014. The honored filmmaker is best known for his cinematic work on the subjects of baseball, jazz, and the Civil War.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- An Offer You Can’t Refuse!

July 21st, 2012

Manny P. here…

   The History Channel takes an in-depth look at the most iconic trilogy in cinema, this side of John Ford’s trio of Westerns in the late 1940’s. The Godfather Legacy is a new two-hour special premiering this Tuesday, July 24th at 9pm (EST). The documentary looks at how this groundbreaking 1972 film and its two sequels transcended Hollywood, transformed the American psyche, and even influenced real-life organized crime. Michael Imperoli from  The Sopranos narrates this special.

   

   In The Godfather Legacy, historians, scholars, law enforcement, and real-world members of the Mafia explain how these powerful mobsters with their moral frailties, resonated with society, and impacted popular culture. The retrospective features interviews with screenwriter / director Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino, James Caan, Talia Shire (among others); along with memorable scenes from the Oscar-winning trilogy.

   One of the more fascinating aspects of this documentary… the casting process. You will be fascinated who originally auditioned for certain roles. Also, behind-the-scenes artisans and actors were almost removed during filming. The what-ifs make this a must-see televised event.

   Personally, I believe the score created by Nino Rota in The Godfather was one of the finest used in the annals of cinema. Ironically, it was removed at the last minute from the list of 1973 Academy Award nominees, when it was discovered Rota had originally written the melody for the 1958 comedy Fortunella. Despite this, The Godfather Part II won a 1974 Oscar for Best Original Score, although it featured the same Love Theme that made the 1972 tune ineligible.

   All I can say, History has done it again!

Until next time>                          “non ti dimentico mai”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Fantasy Map to the Stars!

July 20th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   With Summer in full swing, I found this on Facebook via the Screen Actors Guild Awards. It’s so frivolous, I thought I’d share this with you. According to a website selling these unique Hollywood-style maps:

A street map made up of over 900 film titles, including cinema classics such as Lost Highway, On the Waterfront, Jurassic Park, Reservoir Dogs, Carlito’s Way, Nightmare on Elm Street, Valley of the Dolls, and Chinatown.

The Map, which is loosely based on the style of a vintage Los Angeles street map, has its own Hollywood Boulevard, and includes districts dedicated to Hitchcock and cult British horror movies. Like most cities, it also has its own Red Light area. There’s an A-Z key at the base of the Map listing all the films featured, with their release dates and names of the directors.

   Here’s a link to the website for you to check out this creative labour of love:

http://www.wearedorothy.com/shop/film-map-original-open-edition

   Enjoy!

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   The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented a screening of Lawrence of Arabia this week. Restoration of this epic included updated voiceovers by Arthur Kennedy prior to his death in 1990. A really nice touch… Omar Sharif recorded a video introduction of the film.                                                 OMAR SHARIF——->

 

Until next time>                                “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- El Paso Classic Film Fest in August…

July 19th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   The city of El Paso, TX, is the place to be in early August. The Plaza Classic Film Festival will feature loads of cinema, panel discussions, and A-List stars, including live appearances from Al Pacino (August 4th), Tippi Hedren, and Eva Marie Saint. Without the necessary fanfare, here is the fabulous comprehensive 11-day lineup:

     

   AL PACINO      TIPPI HEDREN      EVA MARIE SAINT

~ AUGUST 2nd - A Night to Remember; Tommy

~ AUGUST 3TH – Mr. Smith Goes to Washington; On the Waterfront (presented by Eva Marie Saint); Dog Day Afternoon

~ AUGUST 4TH - The Towering InfernoRocky Horror Picture Show

~ AUGUST 5TH - The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms; Godzilla; Wings (with a live musical accompaniment); This Property is Condemned;  Casablanca 

~ AUGUST 6TH – My Man Godfrey; A Place in the SunLand Before Time; Sorry Wrong Number; Breakfast at Tiffany’s

~ AUGUST 7TH – This Gun for HireLove Parade; Lassie Come Home; They Were Expendable; The Great Escape

~ AUGUST 8TH – The Invisible Man; E.T., The Extra-Terrestial; Mad Love; The Incredible Shrinking Man

~ AUGUST 9TH - To Be or Not To Be; Courage of Lassie; Midway; To Kill a Mockingbird; Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life

~ AUGUST 10TH – Shanghai ExpressSummertime; The Birds (presented by Tippi Hedren); The Blob; Mothra; Sabrina; Pulp Fiction

~ AUGUST 11TH – Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory; An American in Paris; Marnie (presented by Tippi Hedren); Duck Soup; Endless Summer

~ AUGUST 12TH – Titanic (1953); Nothing SacredThe Thomas Crowne AffairThe Sting; Samson and Delilah

   Also on tap: Magical Melies Matinee will feature the silent work of the early French pioneer of cinema (August 11th) with a live musical accompaniment; and an Elvis Live documentary.

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   The Plaza Classic Film Festival is pleased to partner with the El Paso Museum of Art on programming and exhibitions. Please reacquaint yourself with the El Paso Museum of Art before, during and after this year’s Plaza Classic. Enjoy one-of-a-kind exhibitions:


Designing Woman: Edith Head at Paramount 
July 14 – September 16, 2012 / Ginger Francis Seminar Room, El Paso Museum of Art

The work of iconic costume designer Edith Head surveys her creative output while at Paramount Pictures (1924 – 1967). The exhibit includes 40 restored costumes worn by some of Paramount’s biggest stars, including Barbara Stanwyck, Carole Lombard, Ginger Rogers, Joan Fontaine, Jane Russell, Veronica Lake, Bob Hope and many more. Also on display will be original design sketches, photographs, a selection of Ms. Head’s personal papers, and five of her eight Academy Award statuettes.

      

EDITH HEAD

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   For complete information about the Plaza Classic Film Festival, click on the link below:

 
Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Pioneer of Situation Comedy is Gone

July 18th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   A pioneer of early television has died. William Asher directed and wrote teleplays for some of the most popular small screen sitcoms in history. He also furthered the concept of the Beach Movie. He won an Emmy, and  received a Directors Guild Award (DGA) nomination during his career.

   Asher was part of Hollywood royalty. His father co-produced the original  Dracula and Frankenstein for Universal. His sister was the publicist for Judy Garland during her stay at MGM. Even his mother did some acting.

   After World War II, he received a contract by Harry Cohn to work at Columbia Studios. The mogul eventually assigned him to the fledgling television department. At CBS Studios, he wrote early programs for The Colgate Comedy Hour. This led to a fruitful career. He developed the television pilot for Our Miss Brooks. He adapted so well to comedy, he was given the chance to help re-work I Love Lucy into a hit sitcom. Asher wrote many episodes for Make Room for Daddy, December Bride, The Patty Duke Show, Gidget, and his personal fav, Bewitched. Outside the comedy genre, he also directed and wrote episodes for The Twilight Zone, Alice, and The Dukes of Hazzard.

   He had a knack for appealing to the younger generation. Asher wrote and directed a few of the popular beach movies starring Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon – Muscle Beach Party (1964), Bikini Beach (1964), and Beach Blanket Bingo (1965).

  

                                                                    BILL ASHER / LIZ MONTGOMERY

   William Asher became fast friends with John F. Kennedy. Together with Frank Sinatra, he planned the incoming president’s 1961 Inaugural. He married the daughter of actor Robert Montgomery, the leading lady on Bewitched, in 1963. His union with Elizabeth Montgomery lasted over a decade.

   Considered by many in the industry as: the man who invented the sitcom, Asher received a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars - located at 100 North Palm Canyon Drive.

   William Asher was 90.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- An AMAZING Store Chain Addition!

July 17th, 2012

Manny P. here…

~ S A L E S   A L E R T ~

   I’m pleased to announce the largest store chain in America has added Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History to their inventory. WALMART is making my latest paperback available, at least through their online store.

    This matches the previous prestigious adds in 2010 by Target and Costco of my original work, Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History.  Fans of WALMART will now be able to read my new book; and they can  buy it for less. This is really exciting news in the journey taken by the Forgotten Hollywood Book Series, so far. And, watch for those falling prices!

   Here’s the direct link to the WALMART page, so YOU can make that affordable purchase:

      http://www.walmart.com/ip/20526663

   Git-R-Done…

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   The 98th library carrying the combined Forgotten Hollywood Book Series is in Australia. Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History is in the 81st branch at the Bundoora campus of the La Trobe University Library.

   Bundoora is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria. La Trobe is considered to be particularly strong in the area of arts and humanities. It’s the second major library in Australia to house my work.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Remembering Celeste Holm…

July 16th, 2012

Manny P. here… 

   A grand character actress, Celeste Holm prospered on stage, cinema, and television. Along the way, she garnered an Oscar, and was knighted by the King of Norway for her vast charitable work. President Reagan appointed her to a six-year term in 1982 on the National Council For the ArtsCELESTE HOLM ——–>

   Celeste Holm’s first professional theatrical role was in a production of Hamlet starring Leslie Howard. Her initial major Broadway part was as Mary L. in William Saroyan’s 1940 revival of The Time of Your Life, co-starring with fellow newcomer, Gene Kelly. The assignment getting her the most attention from critics and audiences was as Ado Annie in the original Broadway production of Oklahoma in 1943. The gifted actress was eventually whisked off to Hollywood, signing a contract with 20th Century Fox.

   In her third screen appearance, Celeste Holm earned an Academy Award for Gentleman’s Agreement, which also starred Gregory Peck and John Garfield. Other films include The Snake Pit, a voiceover in A Letter to Three Wives, All About Eve, High Society, and The Tender Trap. Oscar Hammerstein convinced her to return to Broadway in 1951, to appear as Anna in the newest Rogers and Hammerstein production, The King and I.

   On the small screen, Holm guested on The Fugitive, Burke’s Law, The F.B.I., Columbo, Falcon Crest, Magnum P.I., The Streets of San Francisco, Fantasy Island, and The Love Boat. She once was the New York host of an Academy Awards ceremony. And, Celeste was fabulous on The Ed Sullivan Show in a performance featuring Edith Piaf, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green.

   Prolific in charity, she once served on nine boards at the same time; the National Mental Health Association, the Creative Arts Rehabilitation Center, and UNICEF. Holm was active in Save the Theatres Committee. She lived in her longtime New York apartment; a popular locale for actors, such as Robert De Niro. The lights on Broadway will dim on Wednesday night in her honor.

   The vivacious Celeste Holm was 95.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Lincoln Center Presents Gene Kelly!

July 15th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   The Film Society of the Lincoln Center is currently presenting a great Gene Kelly retrospective. Invitation to the Dance: Gene Kelly at 100, features 23 of the innovative dancer’s films through July 26th. On Friday, July 20th, Kelly’s widow, film historian Patricia Ward Kelly, takes a behind-the-scenes  in-person intimate portrait of the man who helped create some of the most memorable scenes in film history.

   Among the cinema presented: The Three Musketeers, On the Town, An American in Paris, Anchor’s Aweigh, For Me and My Gal, Summer Stock, Les Girls, The Pirate, It’s Always Fair WeatherTake Me Out to the BallgameInherit the WindBrigadoon, What a Way to Go, and Xanadu. Due to a prior contractual obligation, Singin’ in the Rain was not available for this fest. However, when you buy a double feature package, it will automatically enter you for a chance to win an advanced copy of Warner Home Video’s new Blu-ray edition of this iconic musical.

   For a complete listing of each film, and show times… visit:

 http://www.filmlinc.com/films/series/invitation-to-dance-gene-kelly-at-100

   The Film Society of Lincoln Center celebrates American and international cinema. It recognizes and supports new filmmakers, as they enhance awareness, accessibility, and understanding of the art among a broad and diverse film-going audience. The Film Society is located at 70 Lincoln Center Plaza in Manhattan.

   Cue the Gershwin music…

Until next time>                               “never forget”