“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Hurricane Sandy Connection…

October 30th, 2012

Manny P. here… 

   Hollywood and American history crossed paths as Hurricane Sandy pounded the Eastern Seaboard. One of the casualties of this weather event was the HMS Bounty, a replica used in the filming of Mutiny of the Bounty in 1961. The ship was built for MGM, and it appeared in several feature-length movies, and dozens of television shows and documentaries. Recently, the Bounty was used in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest starring Johnny Depp.

   Mutiny on the Bounty starred Marlon Brando and Trevor Howard, and was based on the novel by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall. The film retells the 1789 real-life mutiny aboard the Bounty, led by master’s mate Fletcher Christian against the ship’s captain, William Bligh. This was a big-budget remake, the first one produced in 1935. The original epic was directed by Lewis Milestone, and starred Clark Gable, Charles Laughton, and Franchot Tone.

   After filming and a worldwide promotional tour, MGM berthed the ship in St. Petersburg as a permanent tourist attraction – where she stayed until the mid-1980s. In 1986, Ted Turner acquired the MGM film library, and the Bounty with it. He used it to promote his enterprises, and he loaned it to the production company that filmed Treasure Island with Charlton Heston in 1989.  Turner donated the vessel in 1993 to the Fall River Chamber Foundation, which established the Tall Ship Bounty Foundation to operate the ship as an educational venture. In February of 2001, it was purchased from the Foundation by HMS Bounty Organization LLC, which was dedicated to keeping the craft sailing, and using her as a vehicle for teaching the nearly lost arts of square rigged sailing and seamanship.

  

   The HMS Bounty sank in the high seas off the coast of North Carolina on Monday morning. The Coast Guard reports 14 crew members were air lifted from the sailing facility. The search for the ship’s captain continues, and one person died,  Claudene Christian; no relation to the legendary Fletcher Christian. The 180-foot schooner now lies at the bottom of the Atlantic. It’s a ghastly conclusion to a mighty structure with a historic pedigree.

   In other news, the birthplace of Frank Sinatra, and the childhood home of Grace Kelly (Hoboken, New Jersey) has experienced total devastation with widespread flooding. Elia Kazan’s 1954 film On the Waterfront was shot in this beachfront community. Normalcy isn’t realistically expected  to occur in the area until next Spring.

   Thoughts and prayers go out to the Christian family, and the spouse of the captain, who tried his best to sail out of harm’s way of Hurricane Sandy. It will be remembered as a 2012 perfect storm.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Regional Moose Recognition…

October 29th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   The California / Nevada Moose Association, Inc. has recognized last month’s donation we made to Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History’s official charity:

MOOSEHEART

   Here’s how it looks in their official Newsletter:

 

Noted Author And Moose Member Makes Donation To Moose Charities From Book Sales

  

The middle of September was a special time for Buena Park #1945, for they hosted a member who is a noted author and Hollywood movie expert. Mr. Manny Pacheo was at the lodge to sign his books, and also to present a check to Moose Charities for $2400. When Manny joined the lodge, he had little knowledge of the fraternity, but when he heard the story of Mooseheart School, he decided to help.

He said that for every book sold, he would contribute $1. Well, he sold 2400, and had the check ready to give to the lodge. His book, Forgotten Hollywood, Forgotten History is about the great character actors of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

A large crowed gathered for the check presentation.

Leonard Chapman

Moose Charities Chairman
Comm. Service Chairman

 Our Goal
Provide the necessary resources for the continued support and maintenance
of the Mooseheart Child City & School and the Moosehaven Retirement Community

Mooseheart 100   Mooseheart Child City School


  

 

 

    

   This is the official link to check out the Newsletter:

http://www.ca-nvmoose.org/html/moose_charities.html

  Moose Chairities Logo - New I’m thrilled to watch the journey of the monies we raised, and headed to its intended educational facility!

Unti next time>                                “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The One and Only Mary Pickford!

October 28th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   Mary Pickford is known today as the first film actress to achieve international super stardom. Funny, feisty, and diminutive, she was also the first actor to have complete artistic control of her cinematic work. And, because she chose to work with the best directors, writers, editors, and craftsmen, what incredible cinema she created.

   On November 6th, Rags and Riches: The Mary Pickford Collection will be officially released on DVD and Blu-ray. The  selected titles, newly re-mastered with full orchestral scores,  remind us of the star‘s commitment to excellence, and her brilliant range of acting. It includes The Poor Little Rich Girl; Ramona; Sparrows (from a restored tinted 35mm from the Library of Congress); and The Hoodlum (with help by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science Film Archive’s 35mm restoration).

   According to the Milestone Films site (official distributor of this collection):

The Rags & Riches Collection marks the first-ever release designed to introduce younger viewers to the pleasures of silent films. Each film includes a short intro featuring a group of kids who discover a treasure trove of old films in an attic and learn about cinematic history in the process.

   Here’s a link for more information about the Mary Pickford collection of classic movies:

http://www.milestonefilms.com/collections/mary-pickford

   Milestone Film & Video is an art-film distributor that has released (among other things) seldom-seen vintage classics over the past decade. Important contemporary artists who have co-presented Milestone restorations: Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen, Steven Soderbergh, Jonathan Demme, and Dustin Hoffman.

   Bravo to Milestone Film & Video for this concentrated effort, and upcoming distribution.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Edith Head Comes Alive in Coronado!

October 27th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   Coronado Island off of San Diego is the place to be this afternoon. The Coronado Public Library presents A Conversation with Edith Head, starring Susan Claassen (below) in her award-winning one-woman show as the legendary Hollywood costume designer.

   Here’s what to expect in an exquisite photo flyer:

   Edith Head received 35 Academy Award nominations and won eight Oscars for costume design. She dressed Barbara Stanwyck, Bette Davis, Mae West, Gloria Swanson, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Kim Novak, Natalie Wood, and many other movie stars.

   To compliment the event, an exhibition featuring many of Edith Head’s original costume design drawings will be on display at the Coronado Public Library. The costume sketches served as the working designs for wardrobe used in iconic motion pictures. The exhibition will remain until November 15th. It’s a unique opportunity to go back in time to experience Golden Age of Hollywood.

   Today’s performance is sponsored by the Friends of the Coronado Library. The show will commence at 3:00 pm in the Winn Room, 640 Orange Ave., and it’s totally free to the public. Seating is first come-first served.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Hollywood Heritage Honors Studio!

October 26th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   The Hollywood Heritage presents an evening of interest for fans of Paramount Pictures. On November 14th (my birthday), Cecil B. DeMille and Jessy Lasky’s famous Barn will be the site of the charming festivities. The retrospective will include a panel discussion with movie historians, motion picture clips from the studio’s impressive library, and a display of iconic artifacts from their productions, such as wardrobe and jewelry.

   The Hollywood Heritage Museum is located on Highland, across the street from the Hollywood Bowl. The event will begin at 7:30p.

   Make sure to pick up Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History and Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History in their quaint gift shop. These purchases will complete a wonderful evening of entertainment.

   Paramount Pictures is currently celebrating their 100th anniversary.

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<— Marjorie Lane was a staple from the talent pool at MGM during the 1930s. However, most movie audiences have never seen her face. She was a vocalist who is best known for dubbing the singing voice of actress and dancer Eleanor Powell in cinematic gems Born to Dance (1936), Broadway Melody of 1936, Rosalie (1937) and Broadway Melody of 1938. Lane notably performed an engaging duet with James Stewart – Easy to Love.

   Marjorie was discovered at a nightclub by movie mogul Louis B. Mayer while interpreting the music of the great songwriters of the day, including her favorite composer, Cole Porter. She  married character actor Brian Donlevy, and Eleanor Powell was her Maid of Honor. During their 11-year marriage, they privately associated with Tyrone Power, Carole Lombard, Clark Gable, and Ronald Reagan. Despite her famous associations, she retired from motion pictures in 1940.

   Marjorie Lane was 100.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- American Songbook in Indiana…

October 24th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   Michael Feinstein’s Great American Songbook Initiative is an archive at the Center for the Performing Arts in the Carmel City Center. It’s a permanent fixture over the Central Indiana landscape, and provide an extraordinary listening experience for audiences; acting as a museum and education facility by day, and a concert venue by night. The performing arts campus includes the 1,600-seat Palladium Concert Hall, the Tarkington 500-seat proscenium theater, and 200-seat Studio Theater. Heartland Truly Moving Pictures is a non-profit arts organization, inspiring filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of cinema.

   Together, they are partnering a new film retrospective, launching over the weekend of November 15th: The Great American Songbook Movie Series. In addition to screenings, selected events will include guest speakers, plus opportunities to explore memorabilia from the Initiative’s archives and upcoming gallery exhibits. Prior to each screening, they’ll demonstrate the ties between classic movies (mostly musicals) and the American Songbook.

 (By the way, this is the primary focus each week on my Forgotten Hollywood radio show on Financial News and Talk AM 15-10, Saturdays at 3p, in Southern California)

   Here’s the opening weekend schedule:

  

   The film series will continue on future Friday evenings at 7:30p:

  • November. 30th: The Music Man (1962)
  • December. 14th (7:30 p.m.): Mary Poppins (1964)
  • January. 11th: Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1938) – with tunes by Irving Berlin
  • February. 1st: Kiss Me Kate (1953)
  • March. 29th: Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

   Pianist-vocalist-music historian Michael Feinstein has devoted his career to sustaining one of America’s best 20th Century art forms. He’s an interpreter of, and an anthropologist and archivist for, the repertoire known as the Great American Songbook. In 2000, the Library of Congress appointed Feinstein to its National Recording Preservation Board, the organization dedicated to the policy of safeguarding America’s musical heritage

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Latest Favorable Book Review!

October 23rd, 2012

Manny P. here…

   THANK YOU to ShowMag.com for a home page spotlight, and a really favorable review of Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. Here’s what reviewer Ben Miles writes:

First there was Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. It was a thin but readable study of character actors from cinema’s Golden Age. Now, author Manny Pacheco gives us more of the same in his sequel treatise, Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. The names are (slightly) different but the premise is the same. Pacheco lets us in on the stories behind the familiar faces of actors and actresses we’ve seen on the silver screen over the years but may not have known their names – much less the lowdown on their lives.

For example, do you recall the actress Marjorie Main? She rose to Tinseltown prominence playing Ma Kettle in nearly a dozen Ma and Pa Kettle movies – winning an Oscar nomination for her first turn as Ma in 1947’s The Egg and I, opposite Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert. Unfortunately for her, Main suffered from what today we would likely call obsessive-compulsive disorder to the point that her fixation with cleanliness would often be disrupting to the filmmaking process due to Main’s refusal to touch others or objects.  Main’s obsession with being in a sterile environment, in order to avoid contact with germs, eventually ended her long Hollywood career.

                    

       ANDY DEVINE    SYDNEY GREENSTREET         PETER LORRE

Chapter One is titled Fat Man and Little Boy, and it spotlights both Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre. Interestingly, Greenstreet – who is best recalled as the plus-size thespian who played against Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca – didn’t begin his cinematic career until he was 62 years old, and it was over within eight years. Although Greenstreet and the diminutive Lorre (whose filmography and movie-land legend has arguably been more enduring than his counterpart) never had a scene together in Casablanca, Pacheco affectionately and accurately describes the two actors as motion pictures’ first odd couple. After all, movie fans still pair Greenstreet and Lorre in their collective celluloid remembrances.

In fifteen chapters and 161 densely written pages, Pacheco introduces (or reintroduces) us to a full community of twentieth century character actors, including Frank Morgan – who ended up playing The Wizard in the classic The Wizard of Oz only after the inimitable and often inebriated W.C. Fields turned down the role. Then there is Andy Devine – whose gravelly voice and gentle disposition made him a filmmaker’s favorite. Also included is the elegant Gilbert Roland, whose handsome visage graced such films as The Seahawk, with Errol Flynn, and The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima, about the purported appearance of the Virgin Mary before three Portuguese children.

     

One of Pacheco’s stated goals of writing each edition of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History is to intertwine actual history lessons with the true tales of these stalwart support players. For instance, we learn that S.Z. Sakall – who so memorably played, Carl, the head waiter at Rick’s Café in Casablanca –was himself a Hungarian refugee who fled to America in 1939 to elude the Nazi takeover of his home continent. Also, it is instructive and enlightening to see a vintage (1944) photo of the swarthy Cesar Romero all decked out in his real life U.S. Navy uniform (Romero may be best remembered as the original Joker on television’s Batman series).

While Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History is primarily aimed at fans of film, aficionados of fine acting, and history and trivia buffs, it also makes for good use as a reference guide or as a fun, pass-the-time reader. Forgotten Hollywood is available at bookstores, virtual and otherwise. For further information, visit www.forgottenhollywood.com.

   Here’s a link to the review:

http://showmag.com/theater-reviews/194-son-of-forgotten-hollywood-forgotten-history

Until next time>                               “never forget”

 

“Forgotten Hollywood”- AFI Film Fest: Good Evening!

October 22nd, 2012

Manny P. here…

   The American Film Institute (AFI) announced HITCHCOCK,  starring Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock, Helen Mirren as his wife Alma, Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh, Jessica Biel as Vera Miles, and James D’Arcy as Anthony Perkins, will have its world premiere on Thursday, November 1st. This event takes place at  their Opening Night Gala of AFI FEST 2012, presented by Audi. The motion picture is based on Stephen Rebello’s 1990 non-fiction literary work – Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho.

   Hitchcock centers on the relationship between the director and his wife during the making of Psycho; centering on Wisconsin murderer Ed Gein, the real-life inspiration for the character of Norman Bates, to the release of the groundbreaking film in 1960.

   Alfred Hitchcock has a rich legacy at the American Film Institute. He was the recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1979, the highest honor for a career in film. Four of his productions rank among the greatest films of all time on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies list: VERTIGO (#9), PSYCHO (#14), REAR WINDOW (#48), and NORTH BY NORTHWEST (#55). Helen Mirren also has ties with AFI. She was presented with a Doctorate of Fine Arts, honoris causa from the AFI Conservatory in 2011.

   AFI FEST 2012, celebrating its 26th year, will take place November 1st – 8th at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre, and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Free individual tickets to AFI FEST 2012 screenings and galas will be available to AFI members on Wednesday, October 24th at a 24-hour advance window, before they become available to the general public on October 25th.

   Good Evening

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Noir City Film Fest in San Francisco!

October 20th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   The world’s most popular film noir festival, NOIR CITY will return for its eleventh annual odyssey: January 25th – February 3rd, 2013. According to their website, Film noir devotees will spend ten glorious days and nights watching double features the way they were meant to be seen: on the big screen, in lustrous 35mm, in one of America’s great movie palaces, San Francisco’s historic Castro Theatre. The Film Noir Foundation will be presenting celebrated classics of the genre, as well as, wonderful rarities; some saved from extinction by the FNF. The opening weekend’s special guest star is a legendary performer! AND, expect a premiere of the FNF’s latest restoration!

   On the closing weekend, fans will again have the opportunity to time-travel to the 1940s with the return of the Noir City Nightclub, Saturday night, February 2nd. You will enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a sensational lineup of live entertainment in a posh vintage venue— the Regency Lodge. Festival screenings are timed so you can attend the nightclub without missing any of the films! Proceeds from the festival help fund the FNF’s preservation efforts year round. Full series Passports and Nightclub tickets go on sale December 1st.

   For more information, follow the link:

http://noircity.com/directions.html

   It’s your chance to have a smashing time, and help preserve a uniquely American art form. In a gritty way, this sounds like lot’s of steamy fun!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Richard J. Riordan Library: VOTE!

October 19th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   The Richard J. Riordan Main Branch Public Library is showcasing the upcoming election. The message is clear: Exercise your right to vote. It’s an American gift  promoted through literacy.

   This locale has politics fever! We’ve all been watching the debates, reading the news, and anticipating Tuesday, November 6th. It only makes sense their newest window display  features an array of election-related goodies. The Richard J. Riordan Library is at Flower and Fifth St., in the heart of Downtown, Los Angeles.

  

   As a special election day treat, come by The Library Store on November 6th, 2012, and they will give you a special Voter Discount if you show them your I VOTED sticker! No matter who you endorse or what Measure you support… Democrat or Republican… just make sure to VOTE!

   I’m proud the Forgotten Hollywood Book Series are both on the shelves of this intimate gift shop. The original Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History has also been tapped as a reference copy at the Richard J. Riordan Library.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- We Are Not in Kansas Anymore…

October 18th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   The Victoria and Albert Museum in Great Britain is the world’s largest museum of design and decorative arts, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million artifacts. Named after Prince Albert and Queen Victoria, it was founded in 1852.

   Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz are to go on display in England for the first time as part of the V&A’s Hollywood Costume exhibition. They’re on loan from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington DC. The pair will be on show at the London museum from October 20th – November 18th, alongside Dorothy’s blue and white gingham pinafore. The most famous footware in the history of Hollywood were created by Gilbert Adrian, MGM’s exquisite  wardrobe designer.

   Four other shoes have been accounted for in museums or private collections. A fifth pair was stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in 2005, and never found.

   The exhibition, which runs from October 20th – January 27th, and features 130 costumes, including garments worn by Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot; Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s; Harrison Ford in Raiders of the Lost Ark; and Bob De Niro in Taxi Driver. The curator of this event is Deborah Nadoolman Landis, an Oscar-nominated costume designer, and wife of director John Landis.

<- The V&A holds some of the most impressive programs in London; this in part because of the large galleries devoted to temporary exhibitions. Each year, you will find a dozen different exhibits being staged, and covering all areas of collections. One of the more impressive displays in recent years was Grace Kelly: Style Icon in 2010.

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   On Tuesday, November 13th, Turner Classic Movies will present a FREE screening of the acclaimed On the Waterfront. This event is hosted by Ben Mankiewicz; and making a special guest appearance is Oscar winner Eva Marie Saint. It’s for our friends in the Pittsburgh area at the Byham Theatre, 101 6th St. at 7p.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Actor Appearances… Chicago Style!

October 17th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   The Hollywood Blvd. and Hollywood Palms are elite full-service restaurants, bars, and movie theaters in the greater Chicagoland area.

         

   A very popular series of celebrity events often includes a table in the lobby, where you can briefly meet the stars of some of your favorite motion pictures and get their autograph, or a posed photograph with them. Two upcoming events are presented in the form of beautifully  crafted online flyers:

  

   This is the Midwest’s best chance to enjoy the Hollywood classic film experience!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Franchise Book Series News…

October 16th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   Let’s take a quick break from news and notes about Hollywood’s Golden Age to offer exciting news about the Forgotten Hollywood Book Series…

~ Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History has reached 2600 hundred units sold. My initial work is steamrolling along from a sustained interest in the Studio Era. Personal thanks to literary patrons at the 2012 Duarte Festival of Authors. They all discovered the paperback I wrote in 2009. I’d also like to thank a personal friend, Chuck Rice, who is  helping me promote the entire franchise of books.

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~ Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History is available at a BARNES & NOBLE in Princeton, New Jersey; and at over 109 confirmed worldwide Independent on demand book shops. For the complete list, click on the link below:

http://www.forgottenhollywood.com/independent-book-shop-locations

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~ The eBook version of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History is NOW available at a website promoting KOBO. They are the UK’s leading retail group, with over 550 High Street stores, and 440 travel outlets, including airports, train stations, and motorways.

Here’s a link to the WHSmith site:

http://www.whsmith.co.uk/CatalogAndSearch/eBooksProductDetails.aspx?productID=KB00105361314

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~ Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History has been added at a library in the Glendale Public Library System. The Grandview Branch is located at 1535 Fifth St., a neighborhood locale. Thomas Jefferson Elementary is directly across the street. A few blocks east on Glenwood Rd. are three public schools: Hoover High, Toll Middle School, and Mark Keppel.

~ Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History and Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History have been included at two locations at the Orange County Public Library. My first work was added to San Juan Capistrano Branch; while my latest paperback has been sent to my hometown Cypress Branch.

  

   99 libraries carry the combined Forgotten Hollywood Book Series. Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History is in its 84th branch. Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History is on 38 literary shelves across the globe.

Until next time>                                “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Presenting the Alex Film Society…

October 15th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   The Alex Film Society presents (at the Alex Theatre of Glendale, CA) classic features, cartoons, newsreels, and short subjects; together with guest appearances by notable personalities. Their mission is to entertain and educate the audience, while demonstrating to film owners the market for classic movies. The short-term goal of the society is to offer the best possible prints, so patrons can enjoy the experience. Plus, they continue to promote the  importance of film preservation.

  

   Every year, the Alex Film Society sponsors The Three Stooges Big Screen Event during the Thanksgiving weekend; and The Greatest Cartoons Ever (A Hall of Fame Big Screen Event) between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Now, they have added a special afternoon to celebrate Halloween.

   On Saturday, October 27th, two screenings of Frankensten Meets the Wolfman will take place at 2p and 8p. This 1943 classic co-stars Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, Patric Knowles, Maria Ouspenskaya, and Ilona Massey. A couple of costumed monsters will greet audiences.

   And, a 1995 cartoon will precede the main feature. Runaway Brain is the only movie pitting the Frankenstein Monster with Mickey Mouse. The animated short stars the vocal talents of Kelsey Grammer. This was the first Mickey Mouse two-reeler created by Disney Studios in four decades.

   The Alex Theatre was designed in 1925, a Vaudeville and motion picture house with Greek and Egyptian motifs. It stands today as a surviving example of cinematic palaces during the early 20th Century, and one of a few extant theatres with an open forecourt. The 1,450 seat Alex Theatre is a historic, cultural, and artistic treasure for not only the people of Glendale, but the entire Los Angeles Basin.

   In addition to the lavish architecture, a huge Wurlitzer pipe organ was brought in. A regular organist supplied improvised accompaniment during the Silent Picture era. Several movies had their preview screening at The Alex, inviting celebrities such as Alice Faye, Don Ameche, and Elizabeth Taylor for National Velvet; and Bing Crosby for Going My Way (both in 1944). A wide aspect ratio screen was installed in 1954, along with surround sound to accommodate the new Cinemascope pictures. They premiered blockbuster epics, including Ben-Hur; and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

   Backstage tours covering their history are available through the Alex Theatre website:

http://alextheatre.org/about/backstagetour.php

   Enjoy the Holidays at the Alex Theatre, from by the fine folks at the Alex Film Society.

Until next time>                                “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Roger Moore Book Available Soon!

October 13th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   Sir Roger Moore, who played the title role in the James Bond film series from 1973 to 1985, is expected to make a special appearance in Manhattan next month to meet with fans and sign copies of Bond On Bond: Reflections on 50 years of James Bond Movies. The official release of this book is due on November 16th, 2012.

   The Bond movies remain the longest continually running film series in movie history, and 2012 marks its fiftieth anniversary. While there have been other actors that have taken on the coveted role of spy, James Bond, one of the most renowned and beloved 007 performers is the charming and charismatic British actor.

   To celebrate these films, Roger Moore has penned this book featuring all the Bond movies, along with a wonderfully witty account of his own involvement. From the girls to the villains, the cars to the cocktails (shaken not stirred), the gadgets, locations, etc., his work is vividly illustrated with hundreds of iconic images from all the films, plus many previously unseen photos from the Bond archive. This is the ultimate James Bond primer, written by the ultimate insider, with all of the affection and good humor he brought to the role. It’s the perfect gift for all fans of these much loved cinematic gems.

   If you’re unable to attend the autograph party at Barnes & Noble on November 9th in New York, but still want a copy, several first editions (personally signed by Sir Roger Moore) will be available from the online store at veryfinebooks.com. If you’re interested in purchasing one, and would like to be notified when it’s in literary shops, go to their website at:

http://www.booksigningcentral.com/2012/10/08/book-signing-roger-moore-bond-on-bond/

Until next time>                               “never forget”