“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Fractured Fairy Tale…

March 20th, 2015

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   Rocky J. Squirrel and Bullwinkle J. Moose will soon be coming home to the Sunset Strip after a three-year absence.

   West Hollywood’s Rocky and Bullwinkle statue first popped up in front of Jay Ward Productions in 1961 , the production company behind The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show—and Cap’n Crunch. Bullwinkle, holding Rocky on an outstretched palm, was posed to parody a billboard for the Sahara Hotel erected across the street that featured a showgirl. Ward’s family has now offered to donate the statue to West Hollywood, and the WeHo City Council voted to accept the gift last night.

   While Jay Ward Productions stopped making new cartoons in the ’70s and eventually closed in 2002, the statue remained until 2012 when DreamWorks Animation—who had bought the rights to the cartoon—worked with Ward’s daughter to restore it. The statue was then moved into the Paley Center in 2014 as part of the Jay Ward Legacy Exhibit.

   The statue’s new home will be near a parking lot at 8775 Sunset Boulevard. WeHo City Council will have to appropriate $25,000 for set up. However, the Gibson Guitar Foundation is putting up $20,000.

   WeHo is still working on the installation plan, the statue may be unveiled in mid-to-late July. Send a bulletin to Frostbite Falls, Minnesota!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Word From Robert Osborne…

March 19th, 2015

Manny P. here…

   This just in…

To all you members of the TCM family:

Robert OsborneI’m Robert Osborne and I want to tell you about a funny thing that happened to me on the way to this year’s Film Festival. I’ve been putting off a minor health procedure (as everyone tends to do now and then). I planned to take care of it as soon as the Festival was over but my doctor said, “enough already, Osborne. Let’s get this done now so that sooner rather than later you can get back to introducing movies on TCM.”

So, that’s what I’m in the process of doing right now—taking care of that medical procedure. The downside is that it means I won’t be joining you at this year’s Festival in Hollywood—very disappointing for me because for the past six years the TCM Classic Film Festival has been one of the things I’ve enjoyed most: sharing the Festival with you, the great sense of community we have, the conversations with so many of you Festival goers as well as the gifted actors and artisans who are part of the classic films we show, the pure joy of it all. But as we all know, one’s health is a gift, and has to be protected and put first. 

Rest assured that the many talented hosts at the Festival, including Ben Mankiewicz, will be helping you have the very best Festival going experience. I know you’ll enjoy the wonderful films we have programmed, and meeting the gifted artists who are participating in this exceptional event. Enjoy every moment of it and make as many memories and new friends as you can. And rest assured, I’ll be seeing you again, very soon.

But right now: on with the show.

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   Cheers, Robert Osborne

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Cast of GoodFellas to Reunite…

March 18th, 2015

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   The cast of Martin Scorsese’s GoodFellas will reunite for the motion picture’s 25th anniversary at the Tribeca Film Festival. It is a cinematic adaptation of the 1986 non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scorsese. The film narrates the rise and fall of Lucchese crime family associate Henry Hill and his friends over a period from 1955 to 1980.

   The festival announced Wednesday that a re-mastered version of the gangster film classic will close the 14th annual Tribeca Film Festival on April 25th. Following the screening at New York’s Beacon Theatre, Jon Stewart will host a conversation with Scorsese and the cast, including Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Ray Liotta, and Paul Sorvino.

   Goodfellas is often considered one of the greatest films of all time, both in the crime genre and in general, and was deemed culturally significant and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the United States Library of Congress. Scorsese has followed  it up with two more films about organized crime: Casino and The Departed.

   The festival will run April 15th-26th.

Until next time>                              “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- FH is a Vodcast on Therapy Cable!

March 17th, 2015

Manny P. here…

   THE FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD FRANCHISE IS GROWING

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   May I present the initial episode of Forgotten Hollywood with host Manny Pacheco. The program is called: A Filmmaker’s Journey into Alzheimer’s Disease.

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TCLogo   My initial interview on the Therapy Cable Channel is with Belgian Director Maxime Brulein discussing his short film about the nature of Alzheimer’s Disease, and the influence on his career from the works and lives of Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, and Roger Moore. Maxime also shares insight to his litany of short films that include Gone, Trouble on a Plane, and his latest work, The Painting. Click on the links below to see this wonderful interview, and to check out Maxime Brulein’s award winning shorts:

http://therapycable.com/forgotten-hollywood-a-filmmaker-s-journey-into-alzheimer-s-disease.html

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 You can also hear the interview on iTunes. The next show will be up next week on Therapy Cable.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/forgotten-hollywood/id977750497

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   Forgotten Hollywood is based on a franchise that includes a book series, a weekly radio show airing on the 90.1 FM KBPK on Sundays at 7p (pst); this blog, and a documentary currently in production.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Hugh O’Brian’s Pre-90th Birthday…

March 16th, 2015

Manny P. here…

   Just as President Obama arrived to appear on the Jimmy Kimmel Show, last Thursday, numerous Hollywood personalities ignored barricades and yellow tape declaring Do Not Cross, to gather in celebration. This was a tribute to a classic American of a different kind – The 60th anniversary of the hit television series that celebrated his life, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp. Organizer and owner of The Hollywood Museum, Donelle Dadigan, arranged to exhibit the original guns, hat, boots, and complete wardrobe worn by its star, Hugh O’Brian.

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   Kate Edelman-Johnson (daughter of the show’s creator and producer, Lou Edelman) was on hand to introduce the actor, who just released his memoirs, HUGH O’BRIAN: or What’s Left of Him in time for his 90th birthday in April. One of the few remaining classic Western stars, O’Brian, has completed his memoir (with a Foreword by Debbie Reynolds and Hugh Hefner). Mr. O’Brian shares amazing stories of an era in entertainment that there soon will be too few to share in first person. The book chronicles many never before published stories about Marilyn Monroe, Johnny Stompanato, the Marine Corps, living at the House of Seven Garbos, his meeting Albert Schweitzer, and the television Western. It has recently returned to the small screen on STARZ/Encore Western Channel and COZI, with the international rights now in negotiation now.

   Among those who braved the presidential road blocks were Doris Roberts, Kate Linder, Jimmy Hawkins, Dawn Wells, Peter Ford (son of Glen Ford), George Chakiris, Judy Tenuta, Erin Murphy, Sue Lloyd (granddaughter of Harold Lloyd), and yours truly. Each of the many guests agreed that The Hollywood Museum (a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation located in the Historic Max Factor Building, across the street from where the Oscars are held) was the perfect location for the tribute and is the ultimate destination for tourists and movie fans.

    The Hollywood Museum houses over 10,000 showbiz treasures and the most extensive collection of Hollywood costumes, star cars, props, posters, photographs, and memorabilia in the world showcasing more than 100 years of Hollywood history. The museum spotlights the glamor of Hollywood legends from Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and Rudolph Valentino; to the Golden Era’s Joan Crawford, Judy Garland, and Katharine Hepburn; to movie idols Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Cary Grant, Clark Gable, and Elvis Presley, to name a few. The Hollywood Museum is also home to Max Factor’s world-famous makeup rooms where Marilyn Monroe became a blonde and Lucille Ball first donned her signature red hair.

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   For more info on the evening’s festivities, click on the link below:

http://thelosangelesbeat.com/2015/03/tvs-original-wyatt-earp-hugh-obrian-re-unveils-60-year-old-costume-at-the-hollywood-museum-while-celebrating-90th-birthday-to-boot/

Until next month>                           “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Show Must Go On…

March 14th, 2015

Manny P. here…

   Fifty fans of classic cinema had the opportunity to watch Orson Welles’ 1941 groundbreaking film, Citizen Kane, partly based on the late William Randolph Hearst at the media tycoon’s own private theater at Hearst Castle, a concession the magnate would probably not have made.

   The screening Friday with a price tag of $1,000 was part of the San Luis Obispo Film Festival. This included an exclusive tour of the estate, which is now a state park, and a reception on the mansion’s patio overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It will benefit the nonprofit Friends of Hearst Castle, a preservation group.

   Welles’ cinema classic was shown before in the Hearst Castle’s visitor center in 2010, but this was the first time the movie was screened in the opulent, 50-seat theater at the hilltop estate. Great-grandson Stephen Hearst, the vice president and general manager of Hearst Corp.’s Western Properties, gave his blessing to the festival to screen the film both times. He didn’t attend, but said he saw it as an opportunity to show the differences between his great-grandfather and Charles Foster Kane, the character played by Welles.

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   William Randolph Hearst sought to derail the movie, which portrayed the rise and fall of an obsessively controlling media mogul, but the film went on to win an Oscar in 1942 for Best Original Screenplay and is now considered one of the greatest American films. The film, a searing critique of a newspaper magnate, has many similarities to Hearst’s life.

   But, Hearst said the screening, which was hosted by TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz, the grandson of Herman Mankiewicz, who co-wrote the Citizen Kane screenplay, was an opportunity to draw the distinctions between William Randolph Hearst’s life and Welles’ fiction.

   On my Facebook page, I mentioned that this is like the Richard Nixon Library having a Watergate exhibit… which it does!

   And, so it goes…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- SAG President Receives Honor…

March 10th, 2015

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   The Lambs, America’s oldest theatrical performing arts social club, honored SAG-AFTRA president and stage, film, and television actor Ken Howard —> with honorary lifetime membership. The organization bestowed the honor in recognition of his outstanding achievements in stage, television and film, and for his work in protecting performer rights as past president of SAG, as the first elected president of SAG-AFTRA, and as a trustee of The Actors Fund and the SAG Foundation.

   Howard joins such acting icons as Spencer Tracy, John Wayne, and Cliff Robertson (among others), all previous recipients. The Lambs is America’s first professional theatrical club, founded in New York in 1874. They have been involved in the founding of The Actors Fund of America, ASCAP, Actors’ Equity, and in the merger of SAG-AFTRAThe Lambs is in Manhattan, near Radio City Music Hall and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

   Howard’s admirable body of work includes his second Emmy in 2009 for his role in HBO’s critically acclaimed Grey Gardens. He appeared in the recurring role of Hank Hooper in NBC’s award-winning primetime series 30 Rock. With over 20 feature films, Howard can currently be seen as Judge Warren in The Judge and in The Wedding Ringer. Ken Howard is a Tony-winning actor (Child’s Play) who has appeared in nearly 40 stage productions since his professional debut on Broadway in 1968. His stage work includes 1776 and Seesaw.

   Congratulations to our beloved president of SAG-AFTRA, who I had the pleasure meeting a SAG Awards gala in 2010. And, Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History is housed in the prestigious library of the SAG Foundation.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Passing of Vivien Leigh’s Daughter…

March 9th, 2015

Manny P. here…

   Suzanne Farrington was the only child of film star Vivien Leigh. She was born when her mother was 18. Restless to make her name on the stage, Leigh’s daughter was only two when the actress eloped with Laurence Olivier, and just after she won her Academy Award playing Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind.

   Suzanne spent much of her life coming to terms with the complicated phenomenon of her mother, with whom she always had difficulties (though unlike the daughters of Joan Crawford and others, she felt no temptation to share these with the world). Instead, she led most of her life away from the glare of publicity, and eventually, created a happy home for her husband and three sons. Farrington also held her stepfather (Olivier) in high regard.

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   It wasn’t easy to be the daughter of a successful star. Suzanne shared neither her mother’s thespian qualities, nor her unique beauty. Her mother was absent for most of her childhood, and when war came, Suzanne went to Vancouver, Canada to live with her grandmother. Vivien visited her only once. Later, Suzanne moved to Banff, frequently skiing to school.

   In December, 1942, David O. Selznick conceived the idea of casting Suzanne as the young Jane in the Orson Welles film Jane Eyre, mindful of the publicity potential. Suzanne’s father, however, was adamantly against his daughter following her mother’s path. Suzanne did spend some time with Vivien at Notley Abbey in Buckinghamshire, and there were a few holidays. She was also in Hollywood when Vivien was filming A Streetcar Named Desire in 1951.

   Suzanne’s wedding coincided with the crumbling marriage of her parents. On Vivien Leigh’s death in 1967, she was left most of her estate. Her later life was overshadowed by a stream of sensational books that came out about her mother. She realized that she needed to put her trust in one author. On the advice of Peter Hiley, who ran Laurence Olivier Productions, she agreed to work with Hugo Vickers, consigning to him her grandmother’s diaries and other papers. The book was published in 1988, and she later described it as the only one she could read without embarrassment.

   The Victoria and Albert Museum purchased the Vivien Leigh Archive from Suzanne last year, so that Vivien’s correspondence with Olivier, letters to her, photographs, play scripts, and other papers could become available to future historians.

   The very private Suzanne Farrington was 81.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Circle of Insight: Interview Two…

March 7th, 2015

Manny P. here…

TCLogo   Part 02 of my visit with Dr. Carlos Vazquez on his Circle of Insight program on the Therapy Cable Channel is up and running. The program offered me the opportunity to chat about many of the character actors and supporting players that appear in my Forgotten Hollywood Book Series, including Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Boris Karloff, Cesar Romero, and David Niven (among others).

   Click on the link below (or cut and paste) to enjoy the program:

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http://therapycable.com/circle-of-insight-character-actors-in-forgotten-hollywood.html

   It is an absolute joy to share these stories with the esteemed Dr. Vazquez. He has just agreed to write the Introduction to my third work in the Forgotten Hollywood literary series, set for release later this year.

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   Enjoy and share the link to anyone who love a good conversation about classic cinema.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Six Time Oscar Nominee Has Died…

March 6th, 2015

Manny P. here…

la-me-patricia-norris-20150305-pictures-002   Patricia Norris (right) was  a top costume and production designer, who has worked on many significant films and she was nominated for six Academy Awards in her career. She worked with a collection of esteemed directors, such as Howard Hawks, Blake Edwards, Brian De Palma, Terrence Malick, Mel Brooks, and most recently, Steve McQueen. But, her collaboration with David Lynch remains a union of talent for which she will be best remembered.

   Her relationship with Lynch allowed for the off-kilter look of Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart, and Twin Peaks (she received an Emmy for the latter production). The Elephant Man, set in Victorian England, marked her initial association with the director.

   Norris earned her first credit as a costume designer on the James Garner Western, Support Your Local Gunfighter. She also worked on Capricorn One and Scarface. Her six Oscar nominations came from work on Days of Heaven, The Elephant Man, Victor Victoria, 2010, Sunset, and 12 Years a Slave (just last year).

   In 2010, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award for the Art Directors Guild.

   Patricia Norris was 83.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Harrison Ford Crash Lands His Plane

March 5th, 2015

Manny P. here…

   Harrison Ford crash-landed his vintage airplane at a Los Angeles golf course this afternoon. He suffered moderate injuries and was taken to a hospital. The actor’s single-engine plane went down at about 2:30p in the Venice area. The pilot was breathing and conscious when he was taken to a hospital, where he was listed in fair to moderate condition.

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   The 72-year-old Star Wars and Indiana Jones actor is an aviation enthusiast who often flies out of the Santa Monica Airport. Penmar Golf Course, where the crash happened, is just west of a runway there. The plane appeared to be a World War II-era vintage training plane. It was mostly intact after the wreck, and Ford was the only person aboard. Nobody on the ground was hurt, but people rushed the scene and started helping Ford.

Indianajones4   Harrison Ford (right) is cast to portray swashbuckling space-age soldier-of-fortune Han Solo in his fourth Star Wars movie, set for release in December. The original Star Wars in 1977 made Ford an overnight star who remains an A-list actor with several colossal box office hits in his credits. He played whip-slinging archaeologist Indiana Jones in four movies in that series.

   Ford got his pilot’s license in the late 1980s, and has served as a spokesman to various airline groups. He stepped down as chairman of a youth program for Experimental Aircraft Association in 2009.

   Our best wishes to the adventurous Harrison Ford.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Billie Holiday Shines at the Apollo…

March 3rd, 2015

Manny P. here…

573px-Billie_Holiday,_Downbeat,_New_York,_N_Y_,_ca__Feb__1947_(William_P__Gottlieb_04251)   The Apollo Theater is planning events to commemorate the 100th birthday of blues singer Billie Holiday. The legendary jazz vocalist was born on April 7th, 1915, in Philadelphia and died in 1959 in New York City at age 44.

   Nicknamed Lady Day by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo. She performed at least two dozen times at the Apollo.                   BILLIE HOLIDAY —–>

   Holiday’s autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues, was ghostwritten by William Dufty and published in 1956. Holiday’s story was made into a 1972 film. Diana Ross received an Oscar nomination for her performance. Billie Holiday was posthumously inducted into the Grammy Awards Hall of Fame, which is a special accolade established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least 25 years old and that have qualitative or historical significance.

   Holiday will be inducted into the Apollo’s Walk of Fame on April 6th. The theater also is collaborating with Absolutely Live Entertainment and Sony’s Legacy Recordings on other events. Two-time Grammy winner Cassandra Wilson will give a special Apollo concert in honor of Holiday on April 10th. Wilson is also releasing an album called Coming Forth by Day. It includes original interpretations of 11 recorded Holiday songs.

   God Bless the Child

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Personal Invite From Hugh O’Brian…

March 1st, 2015

Manny P. here…

   I have received a personal invitation to attend a private event at the Hollywood Museum on March 12th by my dear friends, Hugh and Virginia O’Brian. Here are the exciting details:

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   Read an eBook Week is in full swing now until March 8th. This is your opportunity to purchase a copy of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History at a 25% savings. Visit the Smashwords website, and use the code RAE25 at checkout.

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   Here is the link to pick up my original work to read, or give as a gift, in an eBook format for your Apple, IOS, Android, iPad, or ePub device.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/53041

   I urge you to pick up a downloaded copy of my book!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Nimoy Lived Long and Prospered…

February 28th, 2015

Manny P. here…

   Leonard Nimoy was an actor, film director, poet, singer and photographer. He was best known for his iconic role as Mr. Spock in the original Star Trek series and related films; and as the narrator of  the television magazine program, In Search of…, which investigated paranormal or unexplained events or subjects.

   Nimoy began his career in his early twenties, teaching acting classes in Hollywood.  He ventured into performance, and appeared in more than fifty small parts in movies and on television. One of his first recognizable opportunities was in several scenes as an Army sergeant in the 1954 thriller, Them! This led to substantial work over the next decade on the small screen in Highway Patrol, Wagon Train, Bonanza, DragnetSea HuntGunsmoke, The Twilight Zone, Rawhide, Combat!, The Outer Limits, Perry Mason, Get SmartThe VirginianThe Man From U.N.C.L.E., and Daniel Boone.

Leonard_Nimoy_Mr__Spock_Star_Trek   In 1965, he made his first appearance in the rejected Star Trek pilot, The Cage, and went on to play Mr. Spock until 1969, followed by the feature films, and in the various spin-off series. Spock has had a significant cultural impact, and garnered LEONARD NIMOY—-> three Emmy nominations. TV Guide named Mr. Spock as one of the 50 greatest television characters. Playing the half-Vulcan, half-human chief science officer, Nimoy became a star. The press predicted he would have his choice of movies or television series. He formed a lasting friendship with William Shatner, who portrayed Captain Kirk, his commanding officer on the science fiction drama. Spock’s Vulcan salute became a recognized symbol of the show. During and following Star Trek, Nimoy used his new-found celebrity to release five albums of musical vocal recordings on Dot Records. He later became an integral part of the Star Trek cinematic series. In addition to playing Spock in six films, he directed and co-wrote the scripts of several of the productions.

   After Star Trek, Nimoy starred in Mission: Impossible for two seasons. He also appeared and/or directed episodes of Night Gallery, Columbo, and T.J. Hooker (again with Shatner). Leonard appeared in various made-for-television films, and had a memorable stint as a psychiatrist in Philip Kaufman’s remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Nimoy also won acclaim for a series of stage roles. He appeared in Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, The Man in the Glass Booth, Camelot, Oliver!One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Caligula, Twelfth Night, Sherlock Holmes, Equus, and My Fair Lady.

   Nimoy had long been active in the Jewish community. He proudly narrated the documentary A Life Apart: Hasidism in America, about the various sects of Hasidic Orthodox Jews. In 2003, Leonard announced his retirement to concentrate on photography, but subsequently, appeared in television commercials with Shatner for Priceline.com. Nimoy was given casting approval over who would play the young Spock in the 2009 Star Trek film. Later that year, he was interviewed by his life long pal on The Biography Channel’s Shatner’s Raw Nerve.

   The two biographies he wrote about his life were published twenties years apart. They tell conflicting stories about the man and the myth created by Hollywood. The first book was called I Am Not Spock; the latter work was entitled I Am Spock. At times, Leonard tried to run away from his decades-long relationship to the Vulcan; boldly going where few celluloid stars dared to tread. His attempts at re-invention rarely changed the public perception. That is the enduring legacy he came to embrace.

   After the versatile actor’s passing on Friday, William Shatner and George Takei (Sulu on Star Trek) took to social media sites to honor their ally in teleplay and cinematic space, as he traveled to the final frontier. They spoke of his extraordinary talent, personal decency, and profound friendship.

   SYFY is planning to air five hours of programming this Sunday to honor the actor.  Starting at 9a and running until 2p, the channel will feature Nimoy’s appearance in The Twilight Zone, his two-episode arc on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the final original cast film, Star Trek 6.

   Leonard Nimoy was 83.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood” – A Press Member at TCM Film Fest…

February 25th, 2015

Manny P. here…

   Exciting news!

   I’ve just been assigned press credentials representing the Forgotten Hollywood franchise to the 2015 Turner Classic Film Festival during the weekend of March 26th – 29th. This will be my first visit to this prestigious Spring event.

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   Among the highlights: A-List expected to attend include Dustin Hoffman, Sophia Loren, Alec Baldwin, Norman Lloyd, Ann-Margret, director Spike Lee, and former astronaut James Lovell. Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer will open the festival at a 50th anniversary screening of The Sound of Music. TCM will also honor Plummer during a handprint-footprint ceremony at the world-famous TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on Friday, March 27th.

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   Classic cinema to be shown: The Cincinnati Kid, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the Disney animated classic Pinocchio, Lawrence of Arabia, Apollo 13, Dr. Zhivago, 42nd Street, Calamity Jane, Gunga Din, Roman Holiday, The Wind and the Lion, Limelight, Lenny, Steamboat Bill Jr., Patton, Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1776, and a world premiere screening of a long lost Harry Houdini classic, The Grim Game.

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   Since I’ll be attending the festival, my hope is to watch on the big screen the first three listed motion pictures. Featured actors who have chapters in my Forgotten Hollywood Book Series that will co-star in the movie lineup include Thomas Mitchell, Claude Rains, Arthur Kennedy, and Frank McHugh. Victor McLaglen, the star of Gunga Din, has a chapter in my upcoming literary release due out later this year.

   The latest additions to the TCM Film Fest include Peter Fonda, Shirley MacLaine, Robert Morse, George Lazenby, and a special panel of folks portrayed in movies, such as Mark Schultz (Foxcatcher), Tony Mendez (Argo), and Aron Ralston (127 Hours). Just added films include The Apartment, The Children’s Hour, Young Mr. Lincoln, My Darling Clementine, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and The Loved Ones.

   Bulletins as they break!

Until next time>                               “never forget”