“Forgotten Hollywood”- Public Television Loves Classic Films!

September 30th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   KCET is a public television outlet in Southern California. The station provides a unique brand of educational programming. Every Saturday at 9p (PST), Classic Cool Theater is your home invitation to the movie-going experience as it happened during the Studio Era. They will expand the cinematic listing during the week leading up to Halloween, which makes this worth noting.

  

   According to their website:

KCET is recreating the moviegoing experience from the Golden Age of Hollywood and invites viewers to meet the original artists from the silver screen! Classic Cool Theater is a weekly 120-minute series, which will include a classic cartoon, a feature film, a newsreel, and a musical short.

   Here’s their October lineup:

~ October 6th – Strange Love of Martha Ivers (Barbara Stanwyck, Kirk Douglas, Van Heflin)

~ October 13th - A Star is Born (Janet Gaynor, Fredric March)

~ October 21st – The Last Time I Saw Paris (Elizabeth Taylor, Van Johnson)

~ October 27th – Bride of the Gorilla (Lon Chaney Jr., Raymond Burr)

~ October 28th – Night of the Living Dead (1968)

~ October 29th – House on the Haunted Hill (Vincent Price, Elisha Cook, Richard Long)

~ October 31st - The Last Man on Earth (Vincent Price)

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    The original Dark Shadows cinema: House of Dark Shadows (1970) and Night of Dark Shadows (1971) will be available on Blu-ray and DVD in time for Halloween (10/30).

   House of Dark Shadows featured the original soap opera stars: Joan Bennett (Elizabeth Collins Stoddard), Jonathan Frid (Barnabas Collins), Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans), Grayson Hall (Dr. Julia Hoffman), Nancy Barrett (Carolyn Stoddard), Louis Edmonds (Roger Collins), John Karlen (Willie Loomis), Thayer David (Prof. Stokes), Roger Davis (Jeff), and David Henesy (David Collins). Night of Dark Shadows cast included David Selby (Quentin Collins), Kate Jackson  (Daphne), and Lara Parker (Angelique).

   The Blu-rays will individually sell for $20; the DVDs for $15.

Until next time.                                “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Pink Panther Actor is Gone…

September 28th, 2012

Manny P. here…

    Herbert Lom, the fabulous co-star in the Pink Panther motion picture-series, has died. He played the long-suffering Police Chief Charles Dreyfus in seven movies, beginning in 1964 with A Shot in the Dark.

HERBERT LOM             PETER SELLERS  

   As a young adult, Lom became a serious dramatic actor. He escaped to England in January 1939 because of the impending Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia. His first role was in 1942 in The Young Mr. Pitt. He worked for the next six decades.

   Lom’s early movie career included British faire, and a couple of stints at Hammer Studios. Notable parts were assigned in The Seventh Veil, Night and the City, Whispering Smith Hits London, War and Peace, and The Ladykillers. When Hollywood finally beckoned, he  already settled into playing richly villainous character roles. Lom appeared in Fire Down Below (starring Robert Mitchum, Rita Hayworth, and Jack Lemmon), Mysterious Island, El Cid, and Spartacus. Herbert worked opposite Christopher Lee as vampire hunter Van Helsing in Count Dracula.

   Herbert Lom starred as the King of Siam in the original London production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical The King and I. His singing voice is heard on the cast recording.

   He spent his last years crediting the late Peter Sellers for prolonging his career. The Dreyfus character was so durable, Lom’s casting in the part continued after the troubled English actor’s death in 1980. Herbert’s final  appearance was in the seventh Pink Panther film in 1993.

   Herbert Lom died peacefully in his sleep, with his legacy firmly  in tact. He was 95.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Spielberg’s Lincoln to Premiere at AFI!

September 27th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   On the eve of its nationwide release on November 9th, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln will close the LA: The AFI Film Fest. Starring Daniel Day Lewis as our 16th President, this will give the festival audience a jump on the Oscar season.  For the 4th consecutive year, AFI FEST will continue to screen its program to audiences for FREE. And, no other major film festival has landed this likely cinematic classic.

   The motion picture, adapted by Tony Kushner from Doris Kearns Goodwin’s bestseller Team of Rivals, co-stars Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn, John Hawkes, Jackie Earle Haley, Hal Holbrook, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader and Jared Harris. This is the 26th Spielberg film scored by John Williams. DreamWorks is marketing and promoting this historic drama; an old-fashioned Hollywood biopic targeted for adults and Academy voters.

   The trailer was released to the press this week, and it has made the rounds among news circles. A real Hollywood-and-Vine moment, historical biopics have a longstanding legacy in cinema, making this year’s anticpated release of Lincoln the must-see movie of the year!

   Spielberg received a AFI Life Achievement Award in 1995. Five of his flicks rate among the greatest films of all time on AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Movies list: Schindler’s List, Jaws, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Saving Private Ryan. Last year, the director completed a one-hour special at the AFI Conservatory with Williams exploring their four-decade relationship.This candid conversation aired on Turner Classic Movies. Spielberg and co-producer Kathleen Kennedy serve on the American Film Institute’s Board of Trustees.

   I’m thrilled Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History proudly rests in the prestigious shelves of the Louis B. Mayer Library of the American Film Institute!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Crooner of Movie Tunes Has Died…

September 26th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   Andy Williams was a classic vocalist of Standards for seven decades. He was also a likeable personality on television, while having a tumultuous personal life.

   Andy was part of a sibling quartet called The Williams Brothers in the 1940s. They appeared in films, and songs that were part of a movie score. Most notably, they backed Bing Crosby on Swinging on a Star, which won an Oscar for Best Song in 1944. The tune was featured in the Best Picture of the Year, Going My Way.

   After he went solo in 1953, Andy was compared to Standards luminaries,  Perry Como and Frank Sinatra. Though he had a popular singing career, he’s best known for adapting movie music to his songbook. Notable examples include Moon River, Days of Wine and Roses, Love is a Many-Splendored Thing, Charade, Three Coins in a Fountain, Exodus, Born Free, and More (from Mondo Cane).

   Andy Williams often added Broadway showtunes from Rodgers and Hammerstein to his live performances. He also showed his affection for cinema by crooning his versions of As Time Goes By, A Summer Place, The Second Time Around, Tonight, Maria, Never on Sunday, The Sweetheart Tree (from The Great Race), Where Do I Begin (theme from Love Story), and It Might as Well Be Spring.

   For a decade, Andy was a mainstay on television. He had a two year stint on Steve Allen’s Tonight Show. Over the years, The Andy Williams Show won three primetime Emmys. Regulars included the Osmond Brothers and Tony Orlando. After he left his television program, he hosted a number of Christmas specials.  ANDY WILLIAMS –>

   Andy Williams married a former dancer for the Folies Bergère. Claudine Longet was a popular guest on his television show. However, after their public divorce in 1975, Longet was charged with fatally shooting her boyfriend, alpine ski racer Spider Sabich, in Aspen. Andy played a role in the subsequent events, escorting his ex-wife to the courtroom, testifying to her character at the trial, and providing legal assistance.

   On a lighter note, his 1967 recording of Music to Watch Girls By was recently used by Diet Pepsi in a popular commercial in the United Kingdom. The singer hosted an annual PGA golf tournament in San Diego at Torrey Pines, beginning in 1968. Then known as the Andy Williams Open, the tourney continues as the Farmers Insurance Open, usually played in February.

   In 1992, he opened the Moon River Theater in Branson, Missouri. On stage, Williams was often joined by Glen Campbell, Ann-Margret, Petula Clark, Pat Boone, The Osmond Family (of course), Phyllis Diller, Robert Goulet, Charo, Rich Little, David Copperfield, Pat Benatar, Shari Lewis, and Broadway on Ice skaters Nancy Kerrigan, Tara Lipinski, and Rudy Galindo. Every November and December, he presented his annual Andy Williams Christmas Show. He wrote his memoirs in 2009, fittingly entitled, Moon River and Me.

   Andy Williams, the artist of timeless tunes as It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year and Can’t Get Used to Losing You, was 84. Goodbye, my huckleberry friend

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Countdown to James Bond!

September 25th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   Today is the day! All 22 James Bond films are available on Blu-ray. Since it’s a limited edition, I suggest you don’t wait to grab this unique box set. Amazon is carrying the collection.

  

   Everything Or Nothing: The Untold Story Of 007 feature documentary premieres on October 1st, with the official release on October 5th in the United Kingdom at participating Odeon Cinemas. This is the quintessential story of the James Bond cinematic achievement, now 50 years old! The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will pay homage to  memorable title songs and indelible scores that have become as celebrated as the character’s many exploits. A retrospective is also scheduled on October 5th at their Wilshire location.

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   Fans of Hal Roach Studios will have a chance to enjoy rare two-reelers at The BarnHollywood Heritage is co-sponsoring the event, sure to tickle your funny bone. This enchanted evening takes place October 11th.

   The Sons of the Desert is an international  Laurel & Hardy Appreciation Society. The silent film revue is a traveling road show with a planned stop  to entertain its Hollywood Chapter, and the public is also invited to attend. 16mm prints will be screened from seven movie archives.

   The doors will open at 6:30p, with their official meeting and film fest to begin at 7:15p. A nominal $10 admission fee is the cost for your night of nostalgia.

   While visiting The Barn, might I suggest you pick up both copies of the Forgotten Hollywood Book Series. They can be found at the front of the building in their gift shop.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Golden Age Photo Exhibit in Toledo!

September 24th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   On October 7th, Made in Hollywood: Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation travels to the Toledo Museum of Art, showcasing more than 90 prints by the most important photographers working in Hollywood from 1920–1960. The iconic presentation celebrates the finest portraits and still photography lent from the London-based archive of late author and collector John Kobal. The program highlights the importance of photography through classic images of idols such as Marlene Dietrich, Jean Harlow, Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, and Cary Grant.

  

   Master photographers George Hurrell, Clarence Sinclair Bull and Ruth Harriet Louise shot these leading stars through their iconic imagery, utilizing dramatic lighting, unique camera angles, and deft retouching. They captured the magic Hollywood symbolized by immortalizing the actors, the scenes, and the sets that the movie studios created.

   The traveling exhibition was organized in 2008 by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Also shown at the National Portrait Gallery in London (they garnered a record-setting amount of visitors), Made in Hollywood makes its final stop in Toldedo through January 2013.

   Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. On Halloween, visit the museum dressed as one of the icons from the Made in Hollywood exhibition, and admission is FREE! Walk the red carpet, wave to the paparazzi and rub elbows with other celebrities.

   The exhibit is supported in part by a grant program provided by the Ohio Arts Council, and funded by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. A companion book Glamour of the Gods features more than 200 images drawn from the Kobal archive, and is available in the Museum Store.

   While in Ohio, check out this one-of-a-kind visual attraction at the Toledo Museum of Art if you’re searching for Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- EgyptianTheatre Masquerade Ball…

September 23rd, 2012

Manny P. here…

   Please join the American Cinematheque in honoring the legacy of the Egyptian Theatre, home of the first Hollywood movie premiere.

   The Egyptian Theatre along Hollywood Boulevard has been debuting cinema on the big screen since 1922, when films were silent, and Howard C. Carter was hot on the trail of King Tut’s tomb in Egypt. Developer Charles E. Toberman tapped theater owner Sid Gauman to open a grand movie palace on Prospect Avenue (now Hollywood Boulevard) in a part of the city not yet particularly known for night life. The theater opened to great fanfare on October 18, 1922 with silent film royalty in attendance, including Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and Charlie Chaplin – and the rest is history.

   Enjoy a memorable evening of 1922 style entertainment featuring silent short films (including some Egyptian themed novelty two-reelers), vaudeville acts, a Hollywood Screen Test booth, 1920s libations, a buffet fit for King Tut, gaming in their speakeasy gambling den, dancing, tours of the Egyptian’s private spaces, and more exotic entertainment than anyone can fathom!

   It’s suggested patrons arrive in costume to complete the evening’s festivities. The Egyptian Theatre’s 90th Anniversary Masquerade Ball is on Saturday, October 20th at 6:30p. Here’s a link to purchase tickets:

http://www.fandango.com/egyptiantheatre_aaofx/theaterpage?date=10/20/2012

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Jane Fonda Honor by LA Press Club!

September 22nd, 2012

Manny P. here…

Two-time Academy Award-winning actress Jane Fonda has been tapped to be awarded the inaugural Visionary Award at the National Entertainment Journalism Awards Gala on Sunday, November 18th at the Biltmore Hotel. Sponsored by the Los Angeles Press Club, this evening’s festivities plan on including a one-on-one chat with the Hollywood icon, Broadway starlet, fitness guru, and best-selling author.

According to the LA Press Club press release:

The Visionary Award is being instituted to pay homage to an individual within the Entertainment Industry who uses their high-profile status to make the world a better place and to spread information about issues of freedom and social importance.

The mission of the Jane Fonda Center is to advance scientific knowledge about adolescence with an emphasis on reproductive health. It seeks to disseminate information and strategies for risk reduction and healthy transitions to adulthood. Her other endeavors include the Women’s Media Center, which is dedicated to amplifying Women’s Voices; and V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.

  

   Fonda’s cinematic career includes memorable performances in Walk on the Wild Side, Cat Ballou, Barbarella, Barefoot in the Park, They Shoot Horses Don’t They, Fun with Dick and Jane, Julia, Comes a Horseman, The China Syndrome, 9 to 5, and On Golden Pond. She won Oscars for her roles in Klute and Coming Home.

   Part of Hollywood royalty, her father is the legendary Henry Fonda, and her brother is Peter Fonda. Jane has been married to director Roger Vadim, political activist Tom Hayden, and cable television tycoon and CNN founder Ted Turner.

   In a few weeks, I’ll report whether Orange County Register Radio Columnist, and co-host of our Forgotten Hollywood Radio Program, Gary Lycan, and/or I will be chosen as Finalists in a number of categories at this year’s 2012 National Entertainment Journalism Awards.

   Bulletins as they break…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- New Book Surpasses 400 in Sales!

September 19th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   Once again, Danforth Distribution has provided outstanding news! Latest monthly statements confirm Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History has sold over 400 copies. My work is reaching library branches and literary stores, such as Barnes & Noble, giving me a sustained nationwide presence.

   Actually, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Over the last three months, copies were purchased by the Southern California Karaoke community; and through a series of book-signing events. These autograph parties were primarily luncheons held by neighborhood Rotary Clubs. The Chapters I recently visited included stops in Buena Park, Fullerton, Santa Fe Springs, Huntington Beach, Westwood, Santa Ana, and City of Commerce.

  

   I also like to thank my partners at the Cypress Chamber of Commerce,  the Buena Park Lions Club, and the Long Beach Chapter of the California Writer’s Association. My annual visit at Cinecon 48 additionally elicited a large buy from the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, located in Fillmore.

   Next up – 500 for Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History

Until next time>                              “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- MooseHeart Ceremony in Photos…

September 18th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   After spending three years of distributing copies of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History, I sold out the First Edition of the book at the end of July, 2012. Based on our sales numbers, we collected $2400 in revenue earmarked for our official charity.

  

   Last Saturday, we held a ceremony at the Buena Park Chapter of the Loyal Order of Moose. I presented a check to our local Governors, which will be sent to MooseHeart Child City and School, the educational arm of Moose Charities, based outside of Chicago, Illinois. Below are the photographs capturing this worthy celebration…

  

                  MATTHEW BRYDEN                                              MANNY PACHECO  

   

   As they say, a picture provides a thousand words. I’m thrilled over the culmination of the donation process benefitting nationwide children-in-need in their young efforts to receive an education on their road to a university, college or trade school.

  

   Additional donations can be made to Moose Charities – 155 South International Drive, Mooseheart, Illinois 60539-1100. Email inquiries about Moose Charities Inc. should be sent to request@moosecharities.org. My sense of pride is immense for the effort made by all involved in this worthy endeavor…

  

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Two-Year AFI Fest in New York!

September 17th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   The most ambitious Classic Film Festival will begin today in Upstate New York. Over the next two years, Proctors on State Street in Schenectady is proud to present FILM 100: The American Film Institute Essentials, a thorough countdown from the AFI lists of the TOP 100 films. Each Monday screenings will appear on the classic Mainstage, and the giant screen GE Theatre. For the ultimate classic movie buff, one can purchase the FILM 100 Pass. This individual collectible pass is your passport to the entire two year series. That’s over 100 years of film for just $100!

  

   Here’s the first portion of the complete schedule through June, 2013 (subject to change):

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)~ Sept 17, 2012 • 2:30, 5:00 & 7:30

Ben-Hur (1959) ~ Sept 17, 2012 • 2:30 & 7:00 

Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (1967) ~ Sept 24, 2012 • 2:30, 5:00 & 7:30

The Unforgiven (1992) ~ Oct 8, 2012 • 2:30, 5:00 & 7:30

The Apartment (1960) ~ Oct 15, 2012 • 2:30, 5:00 & 7:30

Do The Right Thing (1989) ~ Oct 15, 2012 • 2:30, 5:00 & 7:30

Bringing Up Baby (1938) ~ Oct 29, 2012 • 2:30, 5:00 & 7:30

The Searchers (1956) ~ Oct 29, 2012 • 2:30, 5:00 & 7:30

The Last Picture Show (1971) ~ Nov 5, 2012 • 2:30, 5:00 & 7:30

Goodfellas (1990) ~ Nov 19, 2012 • 1:30, 4:30 & 7:30

A Place In The Sun (1951) ~ Dec 3, 2012 • 2:30, 5:00 & 7:30

My Fair Lady (1964) ~ December 17, 2012 • 3:30 & 7:30

Swing Time (1936) ~ December 31, 2012 • 2:30, 5:00 & 7:30

Sophie’s Choice (1982) ~ Jan 7, 2013 • 1:30, 4:30 & 7:30

Easy Rider (1969) ~ Jan 14, 2013 • 3:00, 5:15 & 7:30

Patton (1970) ~ Jan 21, 2013 • 2:30, 5:00 & 7:30

12 Angry Men (1957) ~ March 4, 2013 • 2:30, 5:00 & 7:30

Spartacus (1960) ~ March 4, 2013 • 3:00 & 7:00

Sunrise (1927) ~ March 11, 2013 • 3:30 & 7:00 (live organ)

The Deer Hunter (1978) ~ March 25, 2013 • 3:30 & 7:30

American Graffiti (1973) ~ April 15, 2013 • 2:30, 5:00 & 7:30

In The Heat Of The Night (1967) ~ April 22, 2013 • 2:30, 5:00 & 7:30

Wuthering Heights (1939) ~ June 3, 2013 • 2:30, 5:00 & 7:30

Rocky (1976) ~ June 17, 2013 • 2:30, 5:00 & 7:30

The Manchurian Candidate (1962) ~ June 17, 2013 • 1:30, 4:30 & 7:30

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) ~ June 24, 2013 • 1:30, 4:30 & 7:30

Network (1976) ~ June 24, 2013 • 2:30, 5:00 & 7:30

   

   Since 1926, Proctors, a beautifully restored historic theatre, has presented the very best in entertainment for New York’s Capital Region. During the 1930s and 40s ~ the Golden Age of Hollywood ~ Proctors flourished. First-run motion pictures like King Kong, The Wizard of Oz, and Gone With the Wind drew crowds numbering in the thousands. In 1980, Proctors was named to the National Register of Historic Places.

   This is one film festival that should be taken on an Nationwide tour!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Universal Monsters Celebration pt. 2…

September 16th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   With Halloween a little over a month away, eight of the most iconic cinematic masterpieces of the horror genre will soon be available together on Blu-ray. Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection debuts October 2nd  through Universal Studios Home Entertainment. For almost a century, Universal Pictures is described as the Hollywood home of ghouls, fiends, and creatures.

   Capturing performances by screen legends of the horror genre, including Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr., Claude Rains, and Elsa Lanchester, these classics also feature groundbreaking special effects and innovative makeup. Sure to become a Halloween favorite for years to come, Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection is the ideal gift for classic movie buffs and horror aficionados alike. This collection includes Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera, and Creature From the Black Lagoon. Extra background goodies are part of this latest historic DVD series.

   On a personal note, I’m particularly thrilled chapters on Claude Rains and Lon Chaney Jr. in theForgotten HollywoodBook Series chronicles the importance of Universal Pictures with regards to the lingering popularity of the horror genre at your local theatre or on cable. It’s another reason to pick up copies of my literary works complimenting this new DVD collection; which is a must-buy for anyone with a bowl of wrapped candy, waiting for costumed children  hollering trick-or-treat outside their ghoulishly decorated home…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Kirk Douglas / Marvin Hamlisch News!

September 14th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   Kirk and Anne Douglas has doubled their Los Angeles Skid Row pledge for homeless women to $10 million. Named to honor his wife, the Anne Douglas Center for Women at the Los Angeles Mission opened two decades ago on Valentine’s Day.

   The 95-year-old actor also gave his wife an award on Wednesday for her work at the shelter, and a five decade effort to help homeless women. The total amount donated to this Southern California shelter by Kirk Douglas this year has reached $15 million.                         ANNE & KIRK DOUGLAS

   The Anne Douglas Center provides a year-long rehabilitation program for homeless and otherwise destitute women. Rehabilitation is followed by a transition program that gives the women the support they need to return to life outside the Mission.

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   The Juilliard School plans a star-filled private musical tribute to Marvin Hamlisch, headlined by Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin and Liza Minnelli. Also slated to perform include Itzhak Perlman, Michael Feinstein, former stars of A Chorus Line, and the current cast of The Nutty Professor.

   The A-list memorial will be held this coming Tuesday evening at the school’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater.  The storied composer’s songbook is expected to be part of the featured program.  MARVIN HAMLISCH (at Julliard) ———–>

   The composer became the youngest person accepted by Juilliard. At the time, Marvin was seven years of age. His wife of 26 years, Terre, is expected to open the evening.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Universal Horror on Tap in October!

September 13th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is proud to be celebrating the 100th anniversary of Universal Studios, with October devoted to their best known film genre… HORROR. Here are the complete details:

~ Universal’s Legacy of Horror: A Centennial Exhibition is a free exhibit (open to the public) in their Grand Lobby of their Beverly Hills office. Beginning October 1st, the month-long display will feature rare posters, stills, and artifacts celebrating Universal’s contributions.

~ Every Tuesday at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills will be Terrifying Tuesdays. The lineup includes newly restored versions of The Bride of Frankenstein and Dracula (10/2); The Wolfman and American Werewolf in London (10/9); the 3-D version of Creature From the Black Lagoon and The Invisible Man (10/16); The Birds (10/23); and the 1925 version of The Phantom of the Opera (10/30). The screenings begin at 7:30p.

~ On Saturday, October 27th, a full slate of films in two venues begins with a 2p double feature of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) and The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966) at the Linwood Dunn Theater. Science fiction is on tap at Oscars Outdoors, the Academy’s open-air theater, with The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) and Tarantula (1955). The evening program begins at 6:30p.

   Passes and tickets to the screenings may be purchased online at www.oscars.org, by mail, in person at the Academy box office at 8949 Wilshire Blvd. during regular business hours, or depending on availability, on the night of each screening. Doors open one hour prior to each day or evening’s event.

   BOO!!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Bogart Film Fest in Key Largo / 2013

September 12th, 2012

Manny P. here –

   Key Largo, Florida will be the sight of the 1st Annual Humphrey Bogart Film Festival. It’s the brainchild of the actor’s estate and the city’s Chamber of Commerce. The annual event is expected to take place to coincide with the 65th anniversary of the release of Key Largo.

  

   Each year, the Humphrey Bogart Film Festival will screen a rotating selection of Bogie classics, and a group of movies centered around the given year’s theme. Set for May, 2013, there will be a formal Bogart Ball; an outside screening of Casablanca; a complete display of Bogart memorabilia; Q&A sessions with son, Stephen Bogart; and daily tours on the restored African Queen.

   A website has been set up so fans may purchase souvenirs, help in the selection of Bogie classics to be screened, and afford the opportunity to learn more about this Hollywood icon. Visit: http://bogartfilmfestival.com/
  
  The Forgotten Hollywood Book Series shares many stories about the co-stars of Humphrey Bogart, including Claude Rains, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Marjorie Main, Ward Bond, Arthur Kennedy, S.Z. Sakall, Lionel Barrymore, Walter Brennan, Alan Hale Sr., Frank McHugh, Jack Carson, Gloria Grahame, Donald Crisp, and the Dead End Kids. Among the highlighted Bogie films: Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, Key Largo, High Sierra, Across the Pacific, Dead End, Angels with Dirty Faces, Action in the North AtlanticPassage to Marseille, Crime School, The Oklahoma Kid, The Roaring Twenties, Two Guys from Milwaukee, Brother Orchid, Thank Your Lucky Stars, In a Lonely PlaceVirginia City, The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse, The Desperate Hours,and Beat the Devil.