“Forgotten Hollywood”- Library of Congress Class of 2012…

February 6th, 2013

Manny P. here… tom's cabin

   The Library of Congress have made their 2012 selections for the National Film Registry. The highlights include:

~ Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1914) – Harriet Beecher Stowe published her great anti-slavery novel in 1852. Adapted as a play in 1853, it had continuously been staged in the US for a century. The World Producing Corp. set an important milestone in American movie history.

L&H_Sons_of_the_Desert_1933~ Sons of the Desert (1933) – Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, along with comedian Charley Chase, star in this riotous comedy. Directed by veteran comedy director William A. Seiter for Hal Roach Studios, the film was ranked among the Top 10 box office hits after its release. Film scholars and fans consider it to be the duo’s finest feature motion picture.

Born_yesterday~ Born Yesterday (1950) – Judy Holliday’s sparkling lead performance as not-so-dumb blonde Billie Dawn anchors this comedy classic based on Garson Kanin’s play, and directed for the screen by George Cukor. Holliday’s work in the film (a role she had previously played on Broadway) was honored with the Academy Award for Best Actress, and it has endured as one of the era’s most finely realized comedy performances.

~ 3:10 to Yuma (1957) – Considered to be one of the finest westerns of the 1950s, it compares favorably with High Noon. This innovative classic from director Delmer Daves starred Glenn Ford and Van Heflin in roles cast against type, and was based on a short story by Elmore Leonard.

220px-Anatomy_of_a_Murder_2~ Anatomy of a Murder (1959) – Director Otto Preminger brought a new cinematic frankness to film with this gripping crime-and-trial story shot on location in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where the incident occurred. James Stewart received his final Oscar nomination for his work. The flick includes an innovative jazz score by Duke Ellington (who makes a cameo appearance), and one of Saul Bass’s most memorable opening title sequences.

215px-Breakfast_at_Tiffanys~ Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1960) – Truman Capote’s acclaimed novella, the author believed that Marilyn Monroe would have been perfect for the film; and judged Audrey Hepburn, who landed the lead, just wrong for the part. However,  audiences disagreed. Critics also have lauded the movie’s director Blake Edwards for scenes using creative visual gags. Composer Henry Mancini’s classic Moon River, featuring lyrics by Johnny Mercer, received critical acclaim. Edwards and Mancini became cinematic collaborators for several decades.

225px-Dirty_harry~ Dirty Harry (1971) – Clint Eastwood’s role as rogue police officer Harry Callahan in director Don Siegel’s controversial paean to vigilante justice had marked a major turning point in the actor’s career. A Top 10 box office hit after its release, the film’s kinesthetic direction and editing laid the aesthetic groundwork for many of the 1970s’ gritty police dramas.

   Other highlights include a 1922 Kodachrome Color Motion Picture Test film; and They Call It Pro Football, which has been described as the Citizen Kane of sports movies.

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   Established by Congress in 1989, the National Film Registry spotlights the importance of preserving America’s unparalleled film heritage. These selections are not considered the best American celluloid of all time, but rather as works of enduring importance to American culture. Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, each year the Library of Congress nominates 25 films to the National Film Registry that are culturally, historically or aesthetically significant. They must be at least a decade old. Spanning the period 1897-1999, the movies named to the Registry includes Hollywood classics, documentaries, early works, independent and experimental motion pictures. This year’s selections bring the number of cinema in the Registry to 600.

Until next time>                                “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Super Bowl XLVII Connection…

February 2nd, 2013

Manny P. here…

   When the Baltimore Ravens take on the San Francisco 49ers in this weekend’s Big Game in New Orleans, a real Hollywood-and-Vine moment will emerge. Ravens right tackle Michael Oher was the subject of the 2009 blockbuster film, The Blind Side.

220px-Sandra_Bullock_at_the_2010_SAG_Awards   The award winning film captures the story of the Tuohy family, who adopted the trouble teen from a broken home. Sandra Bullock (right)  won an Academy Award for playing the matriarch of the family, who overcame a litany of issues to assure that Oher would succeed in life, including a lingering bigotry of African-Americans from her Memphis neighbors; to NCAA allegations that the Tuohy parents were illegally influencing the high school football sensation to attend the University of Mississippi, their alma-mater. Now, the Tuohy clan is joining the actress on Sunday at the Super Bowl XLVII to support their son.

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   The Baltimore Ravens selected Oher from Ole Miss in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. His life through his final year of high school and first year of college is a subject of Michael Lewis’s 2006 book, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game. In fact, Lewis grew up in New Orleans and went to high school with Sean Tuohy, Oher’s adopted dad. And, both have returned to the Big Easy, hoping for a Hollywood-style ending to the Super Bowl.

   Inspired by the public’s response to The Blind Side, the Tuohys created the Making it Happen Foundation, which offers financial help to those committed to improving the lives of children living in poverty and unstable homes. According to the Associated Press newswire, they described their foundation grants as modest. In some cases, it might not be more than paying for a flight to help someone make a cross-country trip to adopt a child. Bullock has remained close friends with the entire family since filming the motion picture, and sometimes, her charity work in New Orleans coincides with that of the Tuohys.

   One thing is almost certain, Sandra Bullock and Leigh Anne Tuohy will be emphatically yelling out plays from the sidelines to Baltimore coach John Harbaugh. And, so it goes…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Let’s Look at the Tote Board (#4)…

February 1st, 2013

Manny P. here…

    Almost a month is in the books in the Indiegogo funding campaign for our FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD Documentary Pilot (Development), and through the website and from direct personal contributions, we have surpassed $900. For complete information… click on the Indiegogo link:

http://www.indiegogo.com/forgottenhollywoodseries/x/1999460

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~ CANDICE WORL ($25) – Candice is the longtime director at KinderCare in Santa Ana; and she owns her own karaoke company. Her clients include the TomKat Lounge in Buena Park; and the Starting Gate and Mr. B’s in Los Alamitos.

candy karaoke   An exceptional singer, Candice has sung at many functions throughout Southern California. Here’s the link to my friend’s  business site:

http://candykaraoke.com/calendar/

Juanita~ JUANITA MANKULEIYO ($25) – An executive assistant for a law office in Newport Beach at Fashion Island. Like Candice, she lives in Costa Mesa. An avid reader, I appreciate her support of the Forgotten Hollywood Blog Site.

   Juanita is also a beautiful songstress. In 2009, she was a winning female finalist in the KaraokeFest Creme de la Creme contest at the Los Angeles County Fair.

Leanne~ LEANNE WEAVER ($25) – Leanne is a retired secretary, who resides in Long Beach. She completes the hat trick as a lover of karaoke. Leanne has frequently voiced her interest in seeing Forgotten Hollywood made into a documentary, which I completely appreciate.

gp_logo-300x100~ GLORIA BERNARDO ($25) – Gloria is a real cheerleader for the Forgotten Hollywood Book Series. A Chatsworth resident, she is a BINGO enthusiast at the Granada Pavilion in her leisure time. She worked as a sales clerk at May Co., Gloria is now retired.

PROMOTIONS / LINKS

   Thanks to my latest friends who are helping me promote the FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD Documentary Pilot on their social network sites:

~  Jade Wheeler  ~  Sylvia Wheeler  ~  Deborah “Cookie” Cooke

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   During the 2013 campaign, I’m asking friends, family, and supporters of FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD franchise to help us reach a 120-day goal of $5000. We’re currently at just under 19% because of 19 giving contributions.

   YOU can contribute ANY AMOUNT. This step will ensure Development, and we’ll be able to:

  1. Hire a research archivist to track down footage and photos; and secure licensing
  2. Hire a consultant / casting director to book actors and behind-the-scenes folks from Hollywood’s Golden Age; plus cinematic historians for original interviews
  3. Set up a production shoot to tape these candid moments

   Again, here’s the Indiegogo link for your chance to participate:

http://www.indiegogo.com/forgottenhollywoodseries/x/1999460

   Your official consideration confirms our desire to bring quality programming to television… And, a huge THANKS to our latest round of contributors (above).

Until next time>                               “never forget”