“Forgotten Hollywood”- Palm Springs Palm Springs…

February 17th, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`Sinatra in Palm Springs – The Place He Called Home explores Frank’s deep attachment to the resort city, where he lived for almost 50 years. This new documentary is a film about all the myths surrounding Francis Albert in the desert.

                                        FRANK SINATRA

“`The documentary features more than 65 clips from movies and television appearances. It includes interviews with some of Sinatra’s desert friends, family, and people who knew him, including Sinatra’s last wife Barbara; Tom Dreesen; Trini Lopez; and restaurateur Mel Haber. Both, Barbara Sinatra and Haber have died since the interviews.

“`The documentary pays tribute to the unique lifestyle Sinatra led in Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage, and takes viewers to a bygone era when the Chairman of the Board ruled the desert; his refuge from all the craziness of Hollywood. It was also a playground for his Rat Pack buddies, who visited, and wound up living there as well. Frank would run a flag between two palms to signal pals the bar was open and to head over for happy hour.  FRANK SINATRA / AVA GARDNER –>

“`The Twin Palms estate is where Sinatra resided with the love of his life, actress Ava Gardner,  with whom he got into many an argument. One night, Frank got so mad at Ava, he threw a bottle of champagne that hit the bathroom sink and caused a crack that is still there. After his divorce from Gardner, Sinatra moved to Rancho Mirage in 1954 to Tamarisk Country Club, which was organized by The Marx Brothers.

“`Along with the architecture, the documentary shows Sinatra’s kindred love for the people of Palm Springs. After reading the Desert Sun, a local newspaper, he would often anonymously donate money to folks-in-need.

“`The documentary celebrates its world premiere at a sold-out screening on February 20th in Palm Springs during Modernism Week. The desert residents delights in all things mid-century modern, including a series of home tours, lectures, films, and educational programming. The production shall screen again on February 25th, as part of Modernism Week’s — Architecture Design Art Film Festival, which features movies, documentaries, and shorts, over three days.

“`Start spreading the news… 

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- Kim Novak’s Dizzy Visit to Frisco…

February 16th, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`Kim Novak, best known for her performance in Alfred Hitchock’s Vertigo, will be honored at a 60th anniversary screening of the movie on Sunday, May 20th, at the Castro Theatre. This announcement was made as Novak (below) celebrated her birthday earlier this week.

“`Among Novak’s other film credits are The Man With the Golden Arm, Picnic, Phffft, The Eddy Duchin StoryThe Notorious Landlady, Pal Joey, and Bell Book and Candle. However, Kim’s role as the mysterious Madeleine Elster / Judy Barton,  opposite James Stewart, in the Hitchcock thriller set in San Francisco that is most remembered. Novak enjoyed box office popularity and starred with a number of top leading men of the era, including William Holden, Frank Sinatra, Tyrone Power, Kirk Douglas, Fred MacMurray, and Laurence Harvey. Novak mostly retired from acting in the 1960s.

“`The 85-year old actress will be interviewed onstage by Eddie Muller, the producer and host of Noir City: The San Francisco Film Noir Festival. The gala, produced by Marc Huestis Events, also will feature video clips, and a meet-and-greet with Novak.

“`This is a fabulous event, with a rare opportunity to join one of the stars from Hollywood’s Golden Age.

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- Actor and Golfer Involved in a Wreck

February 15th, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`Actor Luke Wilson is being hailed as a hero in the aftermath of a Los Angeles multi-car crash on Tuesday evening that also involved golfer Bill Haas. Luke, whose own vehicle was clipped in the accident, pulled a 50-year-old woman from the smoking wreckage of her BMW. Police were investigating whether speed was a factor in the crash.

LUKE WILSON             BILL HAAS

“`The driver of a Ferrari accelerated and appeared to lose control with the back end swinging into oncoming traffic. The Ferrari’s driver, who died at the scene, was Mark William Gibello of Pacific Palisades. Haas was in the passenger seat, and complained of pain and swelling in his legs, but no broken bones. He is returning home to South Carolina to recuperate.

“`Bill Harmon, the swing coach for Haas and a close friend of Gibello, said the two only met last Thursday. Harmon said Gibello was a member at Los Angeles Country Club, and was instrumental in the private club getting the Walker Cup last year, and U.S. Open in 2023.

“`Haas is a six-time winner on the PGA Tour, whose most prominent victory was at the Tour Championship in 2011, which enabled him to win the FedEx Cup and a $10 million bonus. He comes from a prominent golfing family. His father Jay won nine times on the PGA Tour, and 18 times on the PGA Tour Champions. His uncle Jerry briefly played on the PGA Tour, and is the golf coach at Wake Forest.

“`Wilson helped the woman trapped in the car, which flipped onto the passenger’s side. Owen feared smoke coming from her BMW meant it could go up in flames and he rushed to her aid.  The woman is hospitalized with serious injuries. The Dallas-native starred in Legally Blonde, Idiocracy, and The Royal Tenenbaums. His brother is Owen Wilson.

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- Mandy’s Moment in Hollywood…

February 14th, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame honoring Emmy and Tony-winning thespian Mandy Patinkin was unveiled on Monday, a day after the seventh-season premiere of his Showtime series, Homeland. The star is the 2,629th since the completion of the Walk of Fame in 1961 with the first 1,558 stars.

“`Patinkin’s cinematic career include Inigo Montoya in The Princess BrideAlien Nation, YentlRagtime, and Dick Tracy.  Television performances include award-winning roles in Chicago Hope, The Larry Sanders Show, Criminal Minds and Dead Like Me. Patinkin portrayed Che in Evita on Broadway.

“`As Inigo might say:

Hello. My name is Mandy Patinkin. You gave me a Star in Hollywood. Prepare to celebrate!

“`The ceremony was live-streamed on walkoffame.com.

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- Hello Dere…

February 13th, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`Marty Allen was an entertainer, best known as one-half of the Allen and Rossi comedy team. He made hundreds of television appearances, and was a regular on Hollywood Squares. The duo appeared regularly on The Tonight Show and The Merv Griffin Show. His catch-phrase was Hello Dere.

“`Born in Pittsburgh, Allen served in the United States Army Air Corps. Stationed in Italy, he attained the rank of sergeant. He earned a Soldier’s Medal for his bravery during a fire which happened while a plane was being refueled. His heroism earned him a full-dress parade.

“`In the 1950s,  Marty appeared as the opening act for Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan, and Eydie Gorme. After becoming part of the comedy duo with Steve Rossi, which resulted in a string of hit comedy albums, and 44 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show (including the famous show with The Beatles in February 1964),  they worked together from 1957 to 1968, parted ways amicably, and occasionally reunited.

“`As a solo performer, Allen performed on Broadway and in Las Vegas. Starting in the 1980s he and his wife, singer-songwriter Karon Kate Blackwell, teamed up to perform their musical comedy act to audiences around the country.

“`In 1968, he made a Hello Dere tour of military hospitals in the United States. He repeated the tour annually until 1972. Allen entertained wounded soldiers returning from Vietnam. He was also active in a number of charities, such as the American Cancer Society, The March of DimesFight for SightThe Heart Fund, Cerebral Palsy, and was on the board of the Epilepsy Foundation.

“`Marty Allen (above) was 95.

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- Radio’s Golden Age…

February 12th, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`Thank you to 90.1 FM KBPK’s Tracy Thackrah for the heads up on this upcoming event in Long Beach:

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“`Vic Damone  was one of the final surviving crooners of popular music’s golden era.  Famously described as having the best pipes in the business by Frank Sinatra, his performing career lasted five decades and spawned dozens of hits, thanks to his smooth, mellow baritone style. Vic was best known for his version of  On the Street Where You Live from My Fair Lady. Wed five times, his wives included Pier Angeli and Diahann Carroll. Vic was also rumored to have ties to the mob.             VIC DAMONE –>

“`Damone’s career was launched in 1947, when he garnered first place in Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts show, which led to regular radio gigs; and a chance encounter with comedian Milton Berle, who helped the 19 year-old performer get gigs at prominent nightclubs. This led to his recording contract with Mercury Records. With matinee idol good looks, Damone also signed a contract with MGM in 1951. He sang on the soundtrack in An Affair to Remember. He was a frequent guest star on 1960s television, and a mainstay in Las Vegas with his stage presentation.

“`Vic Damone was 89.

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- Monkey Business…

February 10th, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`The USC School of Cinematic Arts has partnered with 20th Century Fox Film to host an exclusive exhibit and retrospective celebrating the 50th anniversary of  Planet of the Apes  franchise. A vast collection of props, costumes, photos, posters, and art will be on display in the Hugh Hefner Exhibition Hall  this spring. The exhibit is open until May 13th.

“`The exhibition is in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the 1968 release of the initial  Planet of the Apes, the original installment of a still expanding franchise that now includes four sequels, television series, animated series, comic books, merchandise, and a successful prequel movie series – Rise of the Planet of the ApesDawn of the Planet of the Apes, and War for the Planet of the Apes (the latter of which I’ll be viewing at a SAG screening at the Directors Guild Theatre in Hollywood on Monday). Screenings will pepper the entire exhibition.

 

“`50 Years of Planet of the Apes is funded by USC Visions & Voices:  Arts and Humanities Initiative, and is free and open to the public. The Hugh Hefner Exhibition Hall is located in the lobby of the George Lucas Building at  USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex in Los Angeles; and will be open Monday through Friday from 8a – 10p; and weekends from 12p – 8p.

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- Gavin is Gone…

February 9th, 2018

Manny P. here… 

“`John Gavin was a strikingly handsome actor who appeared in Psycho,   Spartacus, and other hit films of the 1960s; before forsaking acting to become President Ronald Reagan’s Mexico Ambassador. John was also a past president of the  Screen Actors Guild, a position that Reagan had previously held.

“`After attending Stanford University, and serving in the Navy, the future actor was unsure what career path to take until a family friend, producer Bryan Foy, suggested John try acting. Although, he had studied drama at Stanford, and made a few appearances on television and in theater, he played it down during a screen test with Universal Pictures.

“`Other movies included Imitation of Life,  Thoroughly Modern Millie, and History of the World Part 1On television, he guest-starred in The Alfred Hitchcock HourThe Virginian,  Mannix, Medical Center, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, and Hart to Hart.         JOHN GAVIN —>

“`While in the Navy in the 1950s, Gavin served in Panama as Pan-American affairs officer to a Navy commandant; and, during a lull in his acting career, he was appointed a special adviser to the Secretary-General of Organization of American States. Gavin’s assignment was to help promote President John Kennedy’s Alliance for Progress to help Latin American nations improve their economies.

“`When Reagan appointed John, the president cited the political turbulence in Latin America. Gavin arrived in Mexico in 1981, well equipped for the job. His father invested in the nation’s mines, and ancestors of his Mexican-born mother were among California’s first settlers. John often visited Mexico in his youth and he was fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. The nationals were initially dubious about having a former movie star as the United States ambassador. He soon won over the people. He and his statuesque blonde wife, Constance Towers (an actress and singer in Broadway musicals and Hollywood cinema), made a striking couple. Both were admired by the locals. He remained on the job until 1986.

“`After his ambassadorship ended, Gavin invested in various enterprises in Mexico, and served on boards of corporations and charities. Gavin was approached in 1991 by officials in President George H.W. Bush’s administration about running for a senate seat being vacated by Democrat Alan Cranston of California. He declined, citing business and family matters.

“`John Gavin was 86.

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- Starman…

February 6th, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`Don’t you just love when Americana intermingles with Hollywood history; much like the intersected streets of Hollywood and Vine. It happened today. We can thank Elon Musk at SpaceX for the reference. Here is the backstory:

“`SpaceX Falcon Heavy launched unique test cargo into space, today; sending a motor vehicle driven by a mannequin  for an unprecedented adventure. The much-anticipated launch demonstrated that SpaceX’s beefed-up rocket can lift heavier craft into space for future missions to Mars and the moon. The so-called driver is behind the wheel of Musk’s cherry red Tesla Roadster. He is named STARMAN, and his car radio is blasting Space Oddity by David Bowie. A Hot Wheels was also on its dash with a tiny spaceman on board.

“`This vehicle serves an actual purpose. When new rockets are tested, they often carry a demonstration cargo load, like blocks of concrete or steel, to simulate the weight the rocket must lift into space. The Roadster and Starman shall be floating through the solar system for a billion (or so) years.

“`Starman is a 1984 science fiction romance film, directed by John Carpenter. It shares the story of a humanoid alien played by Jeff Bridges, who flies to Earth after responding to an invite found on a gold phonograph record installed on the Voyager 2  space probe. Launched in 1977, this rocket carried a message of peace. Bridges received an Oscar nod for his performance.

“`Musk is brilliant enough to comprehend subtle similarities of his latest launch, and its relative relationship to this cinematic production.

“`CONGRATS to Elon Musk and his team for collective genius!

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- Goodbye to Seattle’s Finest…

February 5th, 2018

Manny P. here… 

“`John Mahoney was a retired Seattle police officer and a prickly blue-collar father, Martin Crane, on Frasier. The Cheers spinoff aired from 1993 to 2004. He earned two Emmy nominations for his performance as Crane. Mahoney was also a noted stage and big screen performer.

“`The actor was born in 1940 during World War II in Blackpool, England. John visited Chicago as a college student, and he eventually made it his home. A cast ensemble member with Steppenwolf Theatre Company since 1979, they canceled Monday’s scheduled performance in honor of John Mahoney (right).

“`He worked steadily in movies appearing in The American President, In the Line of Fire, Eight Men OutTin MenFranticSuspectBarton FinkMoonstruckPrimal FearThe Hudsucker ProxyReality Bites, and Say Anything. On television, he guest-starred in ER, Becker,  3rd Rock From the SunCheers, Burn Notice,  Foyle’s WarHot in Cleveland, and The Simpsons.

“`Mahoney worked as a voice actor, and performed on Broadway and in Chicago theaters. He won a Tony Award for his starring turn in The House of Blue Leaves. Mahoney also had a prominent role in the Broadway revival of Prelude to a Kiss. He narrated Midwest Airlines commercials for a time.

“`His friends from the stage included John Malkovich and Gary Sinise. Along with David Hyde Pierce, Mahoney was godfather to Frasier and Hot in Cleveland co-star Jane Leeves’ son.

“`John Mahoney was 77.

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- Stan Lee in Hospital…

February 2nd, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`Comic book icon Stan Lee was rushed to the hospital after experiencing shortness of breath and an irregular heartbeat.  The 95-year-old is at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, and in stable condition. A spokesperson for Stan Lee commented on his condition, saying that he is staying there for a few days for some check ups as a safety precaution.

“`In recent years, Lee has called off several appearances due to this health.  After canceling two appearances in Ohio in 2012, Lee revealed he had a pacemaker implanted. Lee was also rushed to hospital in 2015; though, was able to attend the red-carpet premiere of Ant-Man, which happened the next day. In 2017, Lee cancelled appearances at Big Apple Con and Salt Lake City Comic Con’s FanX.

“`Lee has been slowing his schedule in recent years, having already made his final convention appearances in Canada and Europe. However, Lee still keeps an incredibly active schedule. Back in 2016, he shot four cameos in one day; and he just threw out the first pitch at a Texas Rangers game.

“`Lee joined Timely Comics, which later became Marvel Comics, in 1939. Along with Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, Lee helped create many of Marvel’s most iconic superheroes, including ThorFantastic Four, Spider-ManX-Men, Captain America, Iron Man, The Hulk, Silver Surfer, and many more.

“`Best wishes to Stan Lee (above).

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- Coliseum to be Renamed…

February 1st, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, one of the historic sports venues in the nation, sold naming rights to  United Airlines in a lucrative deal that was announced by USC during its recent ground-breaking ceremony.  The agreement, which spans 16 years and is reportedly worth $69 million, will re-name the iconic stadium to the United Airlines Memorial Coliseum, beginning in 2019, and shall help fund the $270 million renovation that is already underway.

“`The Coliseum has been home to the USC Trojans football team since 1923, and will house the Los Angeles Rams for two more seasons, until their new stadium in Inglewood is ready in 2020. The Coliseum will also host its third Olympics in 2028.

“`Leading up to the name change, the Coliseum undergoes a major overhaul that will create luxury suites, and shrink overall capacity to 78,000.  This renovation will include extra aisles and handrails, installation of wider seating with more leg-room, updated stadium  Wi-Fi, and upgraded concession areas.

“`USC runs the Coliseum under a 98-year lease agreement with the city, county, and state.

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“`Actor Robert Wagner has officially been labeled a person of interest in the tragic drowning death of Natalie Wood nearly four decades ago. The actress was married to Wagner from 1972, until her untimely passing in 1981.                                ROBERT WAGNER / NATALIE WOOD –>

“`The 43-year-old drowned off the coast of Catalina Island,  after she went missing from her family yacht. Captain Dennis Davern and actor Christopher Walken were also aboard on the fateful evening. Natalie’s death was ruled an accident. In 2011, this case was re-opened, and a death certificate was updated:  Drowning and undetermined factors.

“`A CBS special, called Natalie Wood:  Death in Dark Water, will air Saturday at 10p. It  features additional witnesses, evidence, and theories as to what happened the final night of her life. Los Angeles investigators are now calling it a suspicious accident.

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- An Al Pacino Retrospective…

January 31st, 2018

Manny P. here… 

“`Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the career of Al Pacino is to be celebrated by the first extensive retrospective to be held in New York. The series, titled Pacino’s Way, will take place at The Quad Cinema on March 14th – 29th.

“`This retrospective features over 25 movies, most screening on 35mm prints, and will honor Pacino’s work. The schedule of films includes The GodfatherSerpicoSea of LoveHeatThe Panic in Needle ParkDog Day Afternoon; and his initial directorial effort, the documentary  Looking for Richard. The actor plans on attending several screenings during the Pacino’s Way retrospective.                        AL PACINO –>

“`The retrospective leads up to the theatrical premiere on March 30th of his documentary  Wilde Salomé, and companion production Salomé, starring Jessica Chastain and Pacino,  who directed both works. Wilde Salomé explore complexities of Oscar Wilde’s acclaimed play. Salomé highlight themes of greed and revenge. Wilde Salomé and Salomé will be presented theatrically in New York and Los Angeles after the retrospective.

“`The full lineup and schedule will be announced in February.

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- We Shall Overcome in Public Domain

January 30th, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`Civil rights anthem,  We Shall Overcome, which was quoted by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. the day prior to his assassination, and was made popular by folk singer Pete Seeger, has been declared a part of Public Domain. Ludlow Music, the song’s publisher, agreed in a Manhattan Federal Court last week to back down on claims of copyright after losing a summary judgment in the case. The lawsuit was filed by the  We Shall Overcome Foundation, a group that wanted to make a documentary about the iconic composition; and Butler Films, which produced The Butler in 2013.

“`The origins of the lyrics were unknown. But, precursors outlined in this lawsuit include hymns and African-American spirituals. In the 1940s, We Will Overcome was used by striking tobacco workers in South Carolina. The song was then taught at the Highlander Folk School in Tennessee, an educational center that trained labor organizers, as well as civil-rights leaders, including King, Rosa Parks, and John Lewis.

“`Ludlow filed for copyright of a version of the song in 1960, and in 1963, to place Seeger’s name as a co-writer (Pete asked to be removed from the copyright). Proceeds from royalties are awarded at Highlander Research and Education Center in Tennessee for scholarships in art and cultural projects for African-American communities.

“`In September, a federal judge ruled the melody and lyrics of the copyrighted version are not sufficiently original to qualify as a derivative work entitled to copyright. This paved the way for this most recent decision.

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- Mr Hanks Neighborhood…

January 29th, 2018

Manny P. here… 

“`Tom Hanks is set to appear as Mister Rogers in the upcoming biopic, You Are My Friend.  TriStar Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to the film, to be directed by The Diary of a Teenage Girl filmmaker Marielle Heller.

“`The film focuses on a kinship between the host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (it ran from 1968 – 2001) and journalist Tom Junod. He reluctantly agreed to profile Fred Rogers.

“`Prior to his iconic program, Fred appeared on Your Hit Parade and The Kate Smith Hour. Rogers was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, almost 40 honorary degrees, and a Peabody Award. He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame, and was ranked #35 among TV Guide’s Fifty Greatest Television Stars of All Time.

“`Production will begin in September, with a 2019 release expected. I hope Hanks looks good in a cardigan sweater. Rogers died in 2003 at age 74.

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