“Forgotten Hollywood”- Historic Landmark to Carry Books!

November 30th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   I’m grateful about the Dr. Willella Howe Waffle House and Medical Museum’s desire to carry both paperbacks in the Forgotten Hollywood Book Series. The Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society preserves and maintains this iconic facility.

   The museum will start selling copies of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History and Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History beginning December 1st, as part of their Holiday Open House & Boutique. I’ll be autographing my work at the festivities from 11a – 2p.

   Why not get into the seasonal spirit as you explore the beauty of this home, beautifully decorated for the holidays in Victorian style. Hear favorite carols played on their rare 1870s Weber piano, and sample savory snacks and sweets. Just in time for holiday giving, shop for original art, jewelry, scarves, and more at their vendor boutique. Looking for a perfect present for the history buff in your life? Many books on local history are signed by the author, and their gift shop has a wide choice of stocking stuffers, delightful vintage-style ornaments, and custom-designed cookies. Explore the fabulous buildings of downtown Santa Ana with an expert guide on a Downtown Landmark Architectural Walking Tour at 2:30p.

   The Howe Waffle House, located at 120 Civic Center Dr., is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as a California Historic Point of Interest; and as a landmark building on the City of Santa Ana’s Historic Register.

  

   Why not avoid the Orange County malls and stop by this family-friendly event. I hope to see you there. For more information, click on the link below:

http://www.santaanahistory.com/index.html

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Fiscal Cliff Connection…

November 29th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   Congressional Republicans are taking in a movie. They are getting a lesson in art of compromise by watching Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. In the latest epic motion picture, President Abraham Lincoln (played by Daniel Day Lewis) and Secretary of State William H. Seward (played by David Strathairn) conspire to create a plan to encourage the House of Representatives to pass the 13th Amendment to end slavery.

   To understand the premise of compromise during 19th Century politics, please examine the 1860 Republican convention, which pitted the nationally revered Seward against a dark horse Lincoln. After the GOP made a stunning selection, they were assured of winning the election, since the Democratic Party was fractured, with candidates from the North and South. Just as President Obama selected his primary opponent, Hillary Clinton, as his new Secretary of State, Lincoln turned to Seward and offered him the esteemed position. He accepted with the caveat that if Seward disagreed with the president, his point of view would be considered.

   In 1865, Lincoln was re-elected on the promise of ending the Civil War. But, he disagreed with Seward as to when this might exactly happen. The president believed congress should first put an end to slavery by Federal law, while Seward believed the Emancipation Proclamation was a de facto executive order by Lincoln; part of his responsibility as Commander-in-Chief. Moreover, the Secretary of State thought it to be a waste of political capital to try and pass an iffy law in a separate branch of government, especially since he was convinced Lincoln and the Republicans would lose.                                                    DANIEL DAY LEWIS (w/ DAVID STRATHAIRN)

   Based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book, Team of Rivals, the film documents the effort by Lincoln and Seward to pass the 13 Ammendment. They resort to patronage, bribery, patriotic rhetoric, and the nuanced (if gritty) art of politics, so the 16th President’s legacy would be assured as he approached his second term of office. While I don’t suggest today’s congress  vote to end the so-called Fiscal Cliff based on the seedy promises of insider jobs, pork barrel spending, money, or infuence; this cinematic effort celebrates our Founding Fathers design that our government works best through compromise, and the noble concept of - We the People… as a collective and representative effort to tackle and solve this nation’s ills.

  

                                 WILLIAM H. SEWARD                   DAVID STRATHAIRN  

   May I also endorse, here and now, a David Strathairn nomination for a Best Supporting Actor  Oscar in his role as Secretary of State William Seward. His distinguished career now includes a most appropriate feather in his proverbial cap. I hope the voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are listening. Of course, I’m willing to compromise and lend my support to Tommy Lee Jones for his performance as Senator Thaddeus Stevens.

   It’s little wonder Steven Spielberg decided to withold the release of Lincoln until after the results of the 2012 presidential election.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Who are the Brick People?

November 28th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   My good friend Tim Keenan, the Operations Director at Creative Media, has made us aware through a posting on LinkedIn about an important documentary just released. Citing the Media Alliance of Orange County, The Brick People recently debuted. This thoughtful effort was  produced by Orange County’s Art Kirsch of SoCalShowbiz dot com. According to the MAOC:

   The Brick People, a documentary eight years in the making, is based on the eloquent writings of Alejandro Morales, a professor of Latino Studies at UC Irvine. It tells the story of the people of the company town that housed the workers of Simons Brickyard No.3, and it existed from 1905 to 1955 (now part of Commerce / Montebello, CA).

   The Brick People offers the historical narrative of  what makes America great. The unique film is about immigrants who came here, worked hard, and made us a stronger country. During this time, the Simons brothers had roughly seven yards in the Los Angeles area, and they made the finest bricks in the world in the first half of the 20th Century; material still found in buildings and walkways all over the world.

   The short form documentary premiered at an Irvine movie theater on October 2nd to a full house. Subsequent screenings were held at UCI, the 2012 Latino Book & Family Festival, Occidental College in Eagle Rock, and the Montebello Library for two capacity audiences, and a third screening for some 35 people who waited for up to four hours.

   A Kickstarter campaign was used to raise funds to secure rights to photos and archival footage, develop a soundtrack, and finish some post-production. Art and his team are working on Part Two, tracing the descendents of Simons, estimated to exceed 30,000 people. Kirsch is also working on several distribution deals, and creating a television series based on the book in the style of Little House on the Prairie.

   I recently moderated a panel with Kirsch and Morales at the Latino Book Fest, who vividly described this wonderful tale of courage; a true Hollywood-and-Vine moment, when Americana crosses into the movie business. I urge you see The Brick People to learn about a rich time in Southern California’s history.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Singin in the Rain Live in Pennsylvania!

November 27th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   A great film musical is being presented live on a historic stage in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Singin’ in the Rain, the MGM classic, is the holiday faire at the Fulton Theatre, running November 28th – December 29th.

   Adapted from the screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, with memorable tunes from Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed, this production is presented by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc., and music published by EMI. The Fulton promises to let it rain on stage with hundreds  of gallons of water each night. If you opt to sit in the front four rows (the splash zone), they will offer a rain poncho. You can really feel part of the action. Embark on a dance-filled journey to Hollywood’s Golden Age.

   The Fulton Theatre has provided exceptional original live productions over the last decade. Many have been adapted from an immense wealth that cinema often provides, including The Lion in Winter, My Fair Lady, A Man for All Seasons, Inherit the Wind, The Music Man, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Oliver!, Bus Stop, West Side Story42nd Street, Gaslight, The King and I, Dial “M” for Murder, Fiddler on the Roof, Driving Miss Daisy, The 39 Steps, and earlier in the month, Witness for the Prosecution.

   The Fulton Theatre is located at 12 N. Prince Street. One of the founding members of the  League of Historic American Theatres, it also proudly belongs to the National Association of Musical Theatres (NAMT) and the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People. The Fulton Opera House Foundation is a not-for-profit public charity existing to engage the public with exceptional theatre experiences that honor, preserve, and extend the Fulton’s role as a National Historic Landmark.

   Exuberant, funny, and filled with songs you know and love, it sounds like the must-see show in Lancaster. Cue the whistler…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Humane Holiday Season…

November 25th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   The annual Palo Alto Humane Society’s Holiday Gala is back. This year’s theme is Oh For the Love of Critters. It’s a motion picture event that will be held at the Aquarius Theatre at 430 Emerson St. on Thursday, December 6th, at 7p.

   The 1943 classic Lassie Come Home will be hosted by Philip Giffin, an Emmy-nominated composer, and the producer / director of If Animals Could Speak For Themselves; a still-life movie about the work and history of the Palo Alto Humane Society volunteers. The evening’s celebrated feature presents a great cast, including Roddy McDowell, Elizabeth Taylor, Donald Crisp, and the documented most popular actor in the history of MGMLassie.

   This holiday event will open with a performance by Jeff Campbell, a professional bagpiper.  Campbell has over 30 years of piping experience, and always performs in his complete Highland dress. He’s played for Queen Elizabeth II, a San Francisco mayor, and at numerous well-known ceremonies. The evening will also feature a representative from the NorCal Collie Rescue, a nonprofit oganization, dedicated in taking responsibility for collies at risk in Northern California.

   Tickets are a nostalgic $2, which includes popcorn and a beverage. English garb is suggested to put you in the proper spirit of the evening. According to their website:

The Palo Alto Humane Society is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit, charitable, volunteer-supported organization. PAHS is one of the few humane societies nationwide with no animal shelter. Instead of managing animals inside a shelter, we work to keep animals out of the shelter through humane programs in intervention, advocacy, and education. For a century, our mission has been to alleviate the suffering of animals, increase public sensitivity to animal issues, and elevate the status of animals in our society.

   Here’s a link to their website:

http://www.paloaltohumane.org/

   Liz and Dick on Lifetime premieres this evening, but the cable movie has been universally panned by critics. I preferred the idea of providing a more humane story. Giving the gift of life to orphaned dogs, cats, and other critters should put you in the true spirit of the Holidays.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Larry Hagman Dies Peacefully…

November 24th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   A member of a stage and screen dynasty has died. Larry Hagman, the son of Mary Martin, has passed away. Best known for playing J.R. Ewing on Dallas, and Major Tony Nelson on I Dream of Jeannie, the versatile actor performed in front of (and behind) the small screen.                   LARRY HAGMAN ————>

 <– Mary Martin, his famous mother, became a contract player with Paramount in 1938. She moved to Broadway and appeared in Annie Get Your GunPeter Pan, and The Sound of Music (among others). In 1951, Hagman appeared in the London production of South Pacific with his mom, and remained in the show for nearly a year.

   His subsequent big break came in the soap operas, Search for Tomorrow and The Edge of Night. He spent most of his career on television, but occasionally dabbled in cinema. Larry had notable roles in in Fail Safe, Ensign Pulver, In Harm’s Way, Harry and Tonto, SupermanMother Jugs and SpeedJFK, and Nixon.

LARRY HAGMAN   BARBARA EDEN  

   NBC wanted a fantasy comedy to compete against My Favorite Martian and Bewitched. They developed the popular sitcom I Dream of Jeannie, running from 1965 – 1970. Hagman played the straight man to Barbara Eden, Bill Daly, and Hayden Rorke with great appeal.

   ORIGINAL CAST OF DALLAS

   Dallas was on the air for 14 years. Displaying his versatility, Hagman became a villainous icon on television. Larry was the only actor to appear in all 357 episodes. A top rated program in the history of small screen was the Who Shot J.R. episode. Dallas remains one of the longest lasting full-hour primetime dramas, behind Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and Law & OrderWhenever a reunion program was produced, Larry was the first to sign on, including a TNT production that aired this past summer. This was in tribute to Barbara Bel Geddes, who was the initial member approached and cast in the original series. Dallas the Rewind will return in January.

   For his role as J.R. Ewing, Hagman was nominated for two Emmys in 1980 and 1981, but he didn’t win. He also received four Golden Globe Awards nods, between 1981 and 1985. He was the chairman of the American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout for many years, and also worked on behalf of the National Kidney Foundation

   His close friends, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray, were reportedly at his bedside when he died,  peacefully. Fans and locals flocked to Southfork, the tourist ranch north of Dallas, bringing flowers to honor the actor’s memory.

   Larry Hagman was 81.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Avoid the Malls on Black Friday…

November 23rd, 2012

Manny P. here…

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   Please have a joyous Holiday buying experience!

Until next time>                                “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Here’s Johnny… on TCM!

November 22nd, 2012

Manny P. here…

   Turner Classic Movies has secured the rights to broadcast  about 50 vintage interviews from The Tonight Show. Starting in the Summer of 2013, TCM will air the footage in a series of ten one-hour episodes, primarily prior to, or after, a feature starring the subject of the conversation. Recently, the cable network followed a similar format with enormous success in conjunction with television programming hosted by Dick Cavett.

   The idea for Carson on TCM was the brainchild of Peter Jones, while  producing Johnny Carson: King of Late Night for PBS, which went on to earn two Emmy nods for Best Documentary. With the original project, Carson Entertainment Group president Jeff Sotzing gave the filmmaker unrestricted access to the Carson archives, including all existing episodes of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Jones obtained the rights to the material, and then he licensed the segments to TCM.

   Among the highlights: Interviews with over a dozen Oscar winners, such as James Stewart, William Holden, Gregory Peck, Bette Davis, Jack Lemmon, Elizabeth Taylor, Charlton Heston, George C. Scott, and Henry Fonda; and classic moments with Lauren Bacall, Fred Astaire, Jack Benny, Truman Capote, Gene Kelly, Shelly Winters, George Burns, Bing Crosby, Tony Curtis, Ronald Reagan, Sean Connery, and Bob Hope.

   Many of these particular interviews have not been seen since they first premiered. My pristine suggestion, for optimal effect…  Tivo and watch them on any given weeknight at 11:30p.

   Just saying

Until next time>                               “never forget”                            JOHNNY CARSON

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Broadcaster Art Laboe in Hall of Fame!

November 21st, 2012

Manny P. here…

   I want to personally congratulate my radio mentor Art Laboe on his induction  into the Radio Hall of Fame and Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago. It’s a well-deserved accolade for an eight-decade legend in the field of radio broadcasting.

ART LABOE @ SCRIVNERS DRIVE IN with RICK NELSON  

   Let me provide a little insight on a personal friend. Art was born in Salt Lake City. He moved to Southern California after World War II, becoming a broadcaster while serving his nation. His early contemporaries include Alan Freed, Murray The K, Hunter Hancock, and Dick Hugg Huggy Boy. Laboe coined the phrase Oldies but Goodies, which led to a successful series of album compilations. He popularized the live radio remote when he broadcast his show from Scrivners Drive-In in Los Angeles. He developed the modern West Coast Urban Oldies format, featuring popular songs and listener dedications from the Southern California Latino community, and elsewhere. He personally arranged the deal, keeping 11-10 KRLA AM on the airwaves through  negotiations with co-owners Bob Hope and Art Linkletter.

   Laboe received a Star along the Hollywood Walk of Fame at Hollywood and Highland. I was proud to attend this wonderful ceremony in 1981. Art is the owner of Original Sound Records.

   In a recent interview on our Forgotten Hollywood Radio Show, Art mentioned he was a  huge fan of Hollywood’s Golden Age. During his career, he has met Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and Rick Nelson, among others. A personal favorite movie is Shane, the 1952 Western starring Alan Ladd, Van Heflin, and Jean Arthur. And, Art proudly owns the complete  Forgotten Hollywood Book Series in his personal library.

   In 2009, he was honored with Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters Diamond Circle Award, given to PPB members who have made an important contribution to the development of broadcasting during their 75+ years. Art Laboe memorabilia can be seen at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum’s interactive Rock and Radio exhibit in Cleveland.

       

                  ART LABOE with GERALDO RIVERA 

   His induction was star-studded, with Geraldo Rivera, base-ball-great Johnny Bench, and radio icon Dick Biondi in attendance. The next time I’m in the Windy City, I plan on stopping by the Radio Hall of Fame and Museum of Broadcast Communications to honor my dear friend… the legendary Art Laboe!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Hollywood Reporter Apology…

November 20th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   The son of the founder of The Hollywood Reporter has apologized for decisions exacted by his dad at the beginning of the Cold War. In a story circulated by the trade publication, Willie Wilkerson expressed remorse on the the eve of the 65th anniversary of his father’s role in the 1947 Hollywood Blacklist that ruined the livelihood of writers, actors and directors accused of having communist ties.

   The elder William R. Wilkerson printed the official list of names targeted by the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) in their 1947 hearings. Among the notable careers disrupted or ravaged by this announcement: E.Y. Harburg, Howard Koch, Ring Lardner Jr., Edward Dmytryk, and Dalton Trumbo.   

   Wilkerson initiated a Blacklist as a targeted  response against the moguls who presumably denied him the opportunity to establish a film studio in the late 1920s. He then created The Hollywood Reporter in 1930. After World War II, Wilkerson authorized a series of editorials attacking communist sympathizers and their influence in the motion picture industry. The publication ignited the issue by naming names.                DALTON TRUMBO (with wife at HUAC)

   During his tenure as editor-in-chief of The Hollywood Reporter, Wilkerson was also known for opening nightclubs along the Sunset Strip; co-financing the construction of the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas with Bugsy Siegel (below left); and discovering Lana Turner at the Top Hat Cafe, located on Sunset Blvd. Wilkerson brought the aspiring talent to Zeppo Marx, who was a theatrical agent after he retired from acting (Zeppo was a member of the Marx Brothers). The Lana Turner-Schwabs Drug Store legend was fabricated by the MGM publicity department. 

     

   The details of The Hollywood Reporter’s role in the Blacklist era was chronicled for the first time in a lengthy article published on Monday. The younger Wickerson surmised his dad might have apologized for curtailing so many careers had he lived long enough. He died in 1962, two years after the Blacklist was broken by Kirk Douglas, who hired Trumbo to supervise the script for Spartacus; and most importantly, received screen credit.

   William Wilkerson’s son released the following statement: On behalf of my family, and particularly my late father, I wish to convey my sincerest apologies and deepest regrets to those victimized by this unfortunate incident.  WILLIAM R. WILKERSON (courtesy of Wilkerson Archives) —>

   The Hollywood Reporter is basking in the afterglow of winning eight awards at Sunday’s National Entertainment Journalism Awards, sponsored by the Los Angeles Press Club.  This important article following an impressive evening of accolades speaks volumes for a fine organization. Kudos to The Hollywood Reporter!

 Until next time>                              “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Award-Winning Evening in Photos!

November 19th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   My colleague Gary Lycan was a big WINNER this evening at the National Entertainment Journalist Awards, and sponsored by the Los Angeles Press Club. The 5th Annual gala took place at the Crystal Ballroom of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. Here are the exciting details in print and pictures…

   PRINT - NEWSPAPERS OR MAGAZINES COLUMNIST  OF THE YEAR was announced with Gary Lycan, the radio columnist of the Orange County Register, taking home the trophy. His award-winning story: Sweet Dick Whittington: An Unpredictable Talent. Other nominees included Kathy Griffin, who writes for The Hollywood Reporter (she tied for 3rd place); and Gendy Alimurung, a columnist for the LA Weekly.                     GARY LYCAN

     

   This Forgotten Hollywood site was awarded 3rd Place in the ENTERTAINMENT BLOG BY AN INDIVIDUAL. Congratulations to Sharon Waxman for her blog Waxword on The Wrap who won the trophy. 2nd Place was awarded to noted actor / blogger James Franco, who writes for the Huffington Post Media Group. As a Freelance blogger, I’m thrilled to receive immense national recognition.

  

   A-List stars celebrated the career and charity work of the iconic Jane Fonda. Robert Redford and Jeff Daniels provided an entertaining narrative. Others on hand: Lily Tomlin, Melanie Griffith, and a co-star of Daniels and Fonda on HBO’s The Newsroom, Sam Waterston. The legendary actress received the inaugural Visionary Award for her professional and personal contributions to society. 

   

    KATHY GRIFFIN - JEFF DANIELS – SAM WATERSTON – MELANIE GRIFFITH - JANE FONDA     with MANNY PACHECO 

   Also enjoying the festivities were my parents and my wife Laurie, who took most of these amazing photos to document a great time. Let me offer my personal thanks to Will Lewis and the entire staff of the Los Angeles Press Club for providing a wonderful evening.

     

                               JANE FONDA   ROBERT REDFORD          MANNY PACHECO

   CONGRATULATIONS to my dear friend Gary Lycan, and to all the award winners at tonight’s National Entertainment Journalism Awards gala! I echo the sentiments of the Los Angeles Press Club - Gary Lycan is one of the best Entertainment News Columnists in the nation! The official judges observed: Gary Lycan, as he’s been doing for years, keeps Southland radio fans informed on what’s happening now and what’s happened to legends of the past. 

   I was honored to represent Gary at this prestigious event! Here’s the link to the Orange County Register Headline News Story about this event:

http://www.ocregister.com/entertainment/lycan-378180-radio-gary.html

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Really Super Week…

November 16th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   It’s turning out to be the best week in the journey of the Forgotten Hollywood franchise:

 

~ MONDAY - Bill Airey, CEO of MOOSE Charities, Inc., called to thank me for the $2400 I donated to MOOSEHEART Child City and School in September. $1 of each 1st edition copy of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History sold was earmarked to my official charity. This friendly phone chat put a real smile on my face.

~ WEDNESDAY - I celebrated my 55th birthday! 

~ THURSDAY - Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History went roaring past 500 in book sales; and then over 600 in sales (626)! Thanks to Danforth Distribution and their November report for this latest news.

~ FRIDAY - I received the official announcement in my email inbox from USA Book News that Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History replicated the success from my earlier work at the 2009 National Best Book Awards:

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USA BOOK NEWS
10th ANNUAL NATIONAL BEST BOOK 2012 AWARDS

 History: Media/Entertainment 

WINNER

Son Of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History - Manny Pacheco 
Book Publishers Network

FINALIST

Put the Needle on the Record: 1980s at 45 Revolutions Per Minute - Matthew Chojnacki  Schiffer Publishing

   

~ SUNDAY - I’m attending the Los Angeles Press Club: 5th Annual National Entertainment Journalism Awards gala at the Biltmore Hotel in Downtown, Los Angeles. My latest literary paperback and blog site are up for awards. A Finalist in two categories… I feel blessed as a  scribe and journalist.

  

   Like I said… (maybe) the finest week in the franchise history of Forgotten Hollywood

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Tribute to Danny Kaye on the Horizon…

November 15th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   Recently, my co-host Gary Lycan and I offered an hour-long retrospective on the life of Danny Kaye on our Forgotten Hollywood Program (which airs most Saturdays at 3p {PST} on the Financial News & Talk Radio Network). I’ve learned a year-long tribute will begin taking  shape throughout the nation to honor what would have been Kaye’s 100th birthday.

  

   Kaye’s immense talent as a comedian, singer, and actor, and his unyielding work on behalf of UNICEF warrants this attention. The first of these celebrations takes place in December at the Paley Center for Media. According to their press release:

   Tickets go on sale tomorrow. Danny Kaye is a personal favorite performer of mine. I hope you plan to re-visit his work in the near future.

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   Passes for the next TCM Classic Film Festival will go on sale to the public on Thursday at 12pm (EST). There are five levels of Festival Passes to choose from. The 2013 TCM Film Fest is set for April 25th-28th. Destination Hollywood is the theme. For more information, please visit:

http://filmfestival.tcm.com/

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- LA Press Club Auction Screenplays!

November 14th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   This Sunday, the Los Angeles Press Club will host the National Entertainment Journalism Awards Gala. I’m attending as the author of Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History, and this Forgotten Hollywood Blog; nominated in specific categories. Jane Fonda will be there to receive the first annual Visionary award. Also on hand: Robert Redford, Kathy Griffin, Jeff Daniels, and other A-List actors and journalist luminaries. The 5th Annual gala is taking place at the Millennium Bilmore Hotel in the Crystal Ballroom.

     

   Raising money for the year-round work of the LA Press Club, this organization is currently hosting a silent auction online; and it will continue on the day of the event.

   Several of these items capture the essence of Hollywood’s Golden Age. They are screenplays  personally signed by its director, and donated by the Stanley Kramer Library. Scripts from High Noon, On the Beach, Judgment at Nuremberg, and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner are NOW available to claim. $80 is the opening number for each of these screenplays. If you would like to make a bid on these or other items:

https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/item/Browse.action;jsessionid=sopK6H+pmI4M7GmEaM5ZLw**.app1?categoryId=182172782&auctionId=182172780

   For further information on the 5th Annual National Entertainment Journalism Awards, please read the November 10th story below.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Greyhound to Long Island…

November 13th, 2012

Manny P. here…

   The Cinema Arts Centre commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the iconic Marilyn Monroe’s death with a rare in-person appearance by Don Murray, Monroe’s Academy Award-nominated co-star in Bus Stop. Joshua Logan’s classic 1956 comedy is based on a play by Pulitzer Prize winner William Inge. The live interview will be conducted by movie scholar Foster Hirsch.                               MARILYN MONROE AND DON MURRAY ———->

  Don Murray grew up in the shadow of the Cinema Arts Centre in Long Island, NY. During his career, he worked with such Hollywood luminaries as Henry Fonda, Charles Laughton, Walter Pigeon, Hope Lange, Peter Lawford, Gene Tierney, and Burgess Meredith. His own screen credits include A Hatful of Rain, Advise and Consent, and Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. His pre-film personal life was notable, since he was a conscientious objector during the Korean War. Murray’s appearance and interview is being filmed for inclusion in a new documentary in development about his career.

   The Don Murray interview will precede a screening of Bus Stop. The event is Wednesday,  November 14th at 7:30p. Tickets are available for members of the Center and the public. The Cinema Arts Center is located at 423 Park Avenue in Huntington, NY.

   This program is a gentle distraction for folks in the area affected by Superstorm Sandy.

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   Lucille Bliss, a voice actress who appeared in animated film classics, and a television pioneer in cartoons, has died. She began her career hosting a local children’s program in San Francisco. In 1949, she was selected to create a persona of Crusader Rabbit, the first animated series on television.

  

   Crusader Rabbit was the brainchild of Jay Ward, who pitched the animated character (as well as Dudley Do-Right) to NBC. Ward’s ultimate success led to his developing his greatest work, Rocky and Bullwinkle. Today, the legal rights for Crusader Rabbit now belong to FOX Networks.

   Bliss was asked to perform as Anastasia in Disney’s Cinderella in 1959. She was also well known in the industry for playing Smurfette in Hanna-Barbera’s The Smurfs, and enjoyed by a whole new generation of children. Her voice was also heard on episodes of The Flinstones.

   Lucille Bliss was 96. In her honor:  Bing…Bing…Bing!

Until next time>                               “never forget”