“Forgotten Hollywood”- Is Harper Lee’s Hometown Ready?

July 13th, 2015

Manny P. here…

  More than 7,000 copies of Harper Lee’s new novel Go Set a Watchman are headed to Madrie’s Ol’ Curiosities & Book Shoppe, located in a converted three-bedroom house near the courthouse square in Monroeville, Alabama. The owner had to buy a new building across the street just to store all the books, many of which he will ship to online purchasers. It’s doubtful people anywhere care more than the town of 6,300, and the model for Scout Finch’s hometown of Maycomb in both books.

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   Madrie expects to get his first shipment of 4,000 books in an 18-wheeler on Monday, and the store will open at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday to begin selling books at the first moment allowed by the publisher. Each novel sold by Madrie’s shop will come with an embossed emblem and a certificate showing it was purchased in Lee’s hometown. Madrie has strung lights across the store’s front lawn for an early-morning shindig and is bringing in an Atticus Finch impersonator who also sings Dean Martin songs on the side. Madrie hopes to close around 2 a.m. before reopening the shop a few hours later for more sales, but he isn’t counting on it.

   A couple blocks away, volunteers will begin public readings at 7a Tuesday of Go Set a Watchman in the old county courtroom, a childhood hangout for Lee, and a model for the court in the film version of To Kill a Mockingbird. Walking tours will be conducted around town pointing out sites mentioned in both books.

Gregory_Peck_in_Roman_Holiday_trailer   There will also be talks, refreshments, an evening cocktail hour with mint juleps and story-telling at the public library, which was a hotel 55 years ago when actor Gregory Peck came to town with his wife to get a feel for his character in the movie, Atticus Finch, who was based on Harper’s father, the late A.C. Lee.

   Scout has a boyfriend named Hank in the new novel, Atticus struggles with his own racist beliefs, and her older brother Jem is dead, according to an excerpt released Friday by the publisher. As in To Kill a Mockingbird, the new book parallels parts of Lee’s life. The author lives in an assisted living home just a few miles from downtown.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Cold Case File in Oz…

July 12th, 2015

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   An anonymous donor has offered a $1 million reward for credible info leading to a pair of Judy Garland’s sequined, ruby red slippers stolen from a museum in her Minnesota hometown. The late actress wore the slippers in The Wizard of Oz. Three other pairs of shoes still exist, including one on display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington.

   John Kelsch, executive director of the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, says the donor is from Arizona and is a huge fan of Garland and the 1939 movie. The reward offer requires the recovery of the slippers and the perpetrator’s name.

   The 10-year anniversary of the theft is in August. The slippers were insured for $1 million. Kelsch says they could be worth $2 million to $3 million now. An actual book was written about the crime.

   I can guarantee that the thief did not have a green face and ride a broom…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Passing of Omar Sharif…

July 11th, 2015

Manny P. here…

Omar_Sharif_1963   The Egyptian-born actor’s Hollywood debut in Lawrence of Arabia immediately enshrined him as a smoldering leading man of the 1960s, transcending nationality. He was already the biggest heartthrob in his homeland, where he played brooding, romantic heroes in multiple films in the 1950s — and was wed to Egyptian cinema’s reigning screen beauty.

    He wasn’t Lean’s first choice to play Sherif Ali, the tribal leader with whom Peter O’Toole’s T.E. Lawrence teams up to help lead the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire. Lean had hired another actor, but dropped him because his eyes weren’t the right color. The film producer, Sam Spiegel, went to Cairo to search for a replacement and found Sharif. After passing a screen test that proved he was fluent in English, he got the job. The film brought him a supporting actor Oscar nod.         OMAR SHARIF —–>

   His international stardom was cemented three years later by his starring turn in another sweeping historical epic by Lean, Doctor Zhivago. He was also the Jewish gambler Nick Arnstein opposite Barbra Streisand’s Fanny Brice in Funny Girl. The 1968 film was banned in his native Egypt because he was cast as a Jew. Other movies include Mackenna’s Gold, Funny Lady, and The Pink Panther Strikes Again.

   Sharif spent much of his later years at a hotel in Cairo and at the Royal Moncean Hotel in Paris. In 2005, Sharif was awarded the inaugural Sergei Eisenstein Medal by the UNESCO in recognition of his significant contributions to world film and cultural diversity. Sharif’s son Tarek revealed in May that his father had Alzheimer’s. In fact, he’d been suffering from the disease for three years.

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   On Sunday, GET-TV will celebrate his life with Funny Girl and The Horsemen.  Check your local listings for times.

   The gallant Omar Sharif was 83.

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   Roger Rees was a Welsh actor, best known to American audiences for playing the characters Robin Colcord on Cheers; and Lord John Marbury on The West Wing. He won a Tony for his performance in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. Other screen roles include Star 80, Frida, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. He guest-starred on television in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Grey’s Anatomy, and The Good Wife.                         ROGER REES —->

   Roger Rees was 71.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- It’s Called Satire…

July 10th, 2015

Manny P. here…

   The Discovery Channel presents Shark Week each year to boffo ratings. Of course, the classic movie channels and classic Hollywood websites see things a wee bit differently. Let me present a couple of scenes from West Side Story (the second photo is letter boxed):

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                                    GEORGE CHAKIRIS

   Taking a bite out of Donald Trump’s commentary!

   Just sayin…

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   Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015, UCLA Film and Television Archive is renowned for its pioneering efforts to rescue, preserve, and showcase moving image media and is dedicated to ensuring that the collective visual memory of our time is explored and enjoyed for generations to come. A public arts unit of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, the Archive is a unique resource for media study, and one of the largest repositories of moving image materials in the world. The Archive’s Research and Study Center provides free access to its holdings to international researchers from all disciplines. The Archive is well known for its moving image restoration efforts, and many of its projects are invited to screen at prestigious events around the globe, as well as screening locally at UCLA’s Billy Wilder Theater.

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   A Turner Classic Movies tribute  on July 15th will be hosted by Jan-Christopher Horak, director of UCLA Film and Television Archive since 2007. In addition to his long career in archiving and curating, Horak has taught at universities around the world and is the author of several film-related books. Horak will present a series of classic celluloid restored by the Archive, including shorts, newsreels, and The Night of the Hunter.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Hollywood Sign Lawsuit…

July 9th, 2015

Manny P. here…

   89.3 KPCC is reporting a local group, Homeowners on Beachwood Drive United, comprised of people living in the Hollywoodland neighborhood, is taking the city of Los Angeles to court over access to the Hollywood sign. The city’s most iconic landmark is at the center of a fight between tourists who snake through neighborhoods to see it and residents who live there.

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hollywood sign   Currently, hikers can travel up along N. Beachwood Dr. and cut through a gate near Sunset Ranch Hollywood to access a trail leading up to the famous marker. However, the path is dangerous due to no designated parking – they must park on the street – nor are there any sidewalks. Because of heavy congestion, emergency vehicles might have trouble maneuvering around cars.

   The route published online has driven up awareness. Plus, former city councilman Tom LaBonge promoted the sign as a top tourist spot. This tourism boom is pretty recent.

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   All the residents really want is the city to invest in other routes with infrastructure  such as parking and public bathrooms. Hence, the lawsuit…

   Bulletins as they break…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- TherapyCable Episode #7 is Live…

July 8th, 2015

Manny P. here…

   NEW FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD SHOW ON THERAPYCABLE

   Episode #7 of FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD on THERAPYCABLE features guest Sharyn Case. She is currently directing The Miracle Worker for live performances set to begin on July 10th – July 25th at The Attic Community Theater at 2834 S. Fairview in Costa Mesa. Because of the inspirational nature of the story, The Attic will present one signed performance each weekend, and will be encouraging schools for the deaf and other organizations for the hearing impaired to come and see the play.

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   The Miracle Worker is the true story of Helen Keller, an Alabama girl born blind and deaf, and her partially blind instructor Annie Sullivan, who, by teaching her sign language, would set Helen on the path of becoming one of the world’s most accomplished and remarkable women; writing books and winning international acclaim for her story and her determination to not let her disabilities stop her from a well-documented path. Keller and Sullivan remained lifelong companions. The Broadway production led to an award-winning 1962 motion picture, and Oscars for Anne Bancroft, who played Sullivan; and Patty Duke portraying Keller.

   To enjoy the interview on THERAPYCABLE CHANNEL, click (or cut-and-paste) to view our latest program:

http://therapycable.com/culture-videos/miracle-worker-on-stage.html

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   I want to personally invite our Southern California audience to this remarkable live show. To purchase tickets for this remarkable play, click (or cut-and-paste) on the link below:

http://www.atticcommunitytheater.com/

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Book Contest on Classic Movie Hub…

July 7th, 2015

Manny P. here…

I don’t do this often… So, this is special! In conjunction with the website, Classic Movie Hub, I will giving away 6 paperbacks in the Forgotten Hollywood Book Series through August 1st.

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   There are two ways to enter through Twitter and Facebook. Just answer the following question and follow the instruction at the page link listed below:

Who is one of your favorite Character Actors and why?

http://www.classicmoviehub.com/blog/the-forgotten-hollywood-book-giveaway-july-twitter-contest/

The following dates on Twitter, announcements on the random winners will made:

  • Saturday, July 11: “Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History” One Winner
  • Saturday, July 18: “Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History” One Winner
  • Saturday, July 25: “Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History” One Winner
  • Saturday, August 1: “Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History” One Winner

For more info on the Classic Movie Hub Summer-Giveaway contest, click (or cut-and-paste) on the link below:

http://www.classicmoviehub.com/forgotten_hollywood_by_manny_pacheco_book_giveaway_promotion.php

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   My latest noted reader of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History is Steve Hodel. His name should sound familiar to you, since he is the distinguished author of the Black Dahlia Book Series. He is also a private investigator. One of the longest cold-case files in Los Angeles Police Department history, I’ll make mention of this particularly gruesome crime that occurred in the late 1940s in my upcoming new book in the chapter on Arthur Lake.

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   I’m thrilled to have one of my peers own a copy in my book series.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Mom of Michael Douglas Has Died…

July 5th, 2015

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   Diana Douglas, the first spouse of Kirk Douglas and mother of Michael Douglas, has died at the movie industry retirement home in Woodland Hills. Born in Bermuda, Douglas was an actress and model who appeared in dozens of movies and television episodes.

   Her roles include Keeper of the Flame, The Sign of the Ram, The Whistle at Eaton Falls, The Indian Fighter, and later, Planes Trains and Automobiles. Television appearances include General Electric TheatreNaked City, Ben Casey, Kung Fu, The Streets of San Francisco, Roots: The Next Generation, and a recurring role on Days of Our Lives.   DIANA DOUGLAS –>

   As a model, Diana was on the cover of Life Magazine in May 1943. Kirk Douglas, an acquaintance from acting school, saw the cover and vowed to marry her. They tied the knot that year and had two sons, Michael and Joel, before divorcing in 1951. They remained on amicable terms and appeared together in several films.

   Diana Douglas was 92.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Gone with the Wind Not Going Away…

July 4th, 2015

Manny P. here…

   Calm down, folks… No one in the Federal Government is planning to ban Gone with the Wind from purchase or future theatrical screenings.

   A New York Post columnist last week  started the fuss by suggesting the classic flick and its themes were suspect in its romanticizing of the Confederate war against the states. He concluded by asking his readers to consider (as he surmised):  The offensively sympathetic celluloid portrayal of slavery and enshrining the falsehood that the Civil War wasn’t fought over slavery — in the wake of the Charleston church slaughter.

Gone with the Wind satire photo   The reason for the panic:  Ultra-conservative  social media sites suggested the Post writer was a flaming socialist fanatic. They also piggy-backed the charge with an inflammatory photo still of a book-burning scene from the film — Fahrenheit 451. So called Fair-and-balanced websites decided to pick up the right wing slant, nationally, and suddenly, Gone with the Wind skyrocketed in popularity as of Friday. It seems, Americans do give a damn about the epic feature!

   Warner Brothers, which has distributed Gone with the Wind since 1996 (it has sold more theater tickets than any other film, ever), is a politically progressive company, sensitive and socially responsible enough about outdated racial attitudes to have placed disclaimers on some older films and cartoons. Still, they are a company with stockholders, and there is no way they are going to completely withdraw a film as lucrative as Gone with the Wind from circulation.

   Truth be told… Columnist Lou Lumenick stopped far short of calling for ANY  cinematic censorship; even for the more blatantly racist The Birth of a Nation. However, his soul-searching words caused a run on Gone with the Wind blu-ray purchases, surpassing sales of the highly popular Fifty Shades of Gray and American Sniper on Amazon.

   One can argue the merits of the Best Picture of 1939, but I assure you, this movie will not be banished to a museum for viewing. Meanwhile, the South Carolina State Assembly seems headed for voting to remove the Confederate flag from its premises as early as next week.

   By the way, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Olivia de Havilland (below), who  celebrated her 99th year, last week. She played Melanie Hamilton Wilkes in the motion picture classic.

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   Oh, the GWTW poster above is meant simply as satire; that’s Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and an atomic bomb. My tongue is firmly planted against my cheek. It’s the kind of political humor that drives terrorist groups like ISIS crazy, and what makes America great.

   Have a safe-and-sane 4th of July

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Childhood Home in the News…

July 3rd, 2015

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   The childhood home of actor Dick Van Dyke could be torn down after a central Illinois city condemned the dilapidated building. The Champaign News-Gazette reports the 89-year-old actor took to Twitter this week to call attention to the Danville home he and brother Jerry lived in during high school after relocating from Missouri.                     DICK VAN DYKE —–>

   The film star of Mary Poppins, Bye Bye Birdie, What a Way To Go, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and television’s The Dick Van Dyke Show  and Diagnosis: Murder, recalled happy memories in a tweet to his 85,200 followers. Among his high school classmates in Danville were Donald O’Connor and Bobby Short, both of whom would go on to successful careers as entertainers. Another was Jerry Seawright, the founder and original director of the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. Gene Hackman also lived in Danville during those same years.

   Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said the city council didn’t know the Van Dyke connection when it condemned the house in December. He expressed a willingness to donate the property as part of a prospective rehabilitation project, should the city gain ownership. The property’s owner died in 2011.

   A museum is a possible remedy.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Spockumentary in Works…

July 2nd, 2015

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   Adam Nimoy has found a way to spend countless hours with his late father Leonard Nimoy: He’s creating a documentary for the actor who played Spock on Star Trek. The Spockumentary funded through a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $600,000 will focus on the pop icon and his legacy. The television director and film professor said it would explore his father’s life onscreen and off-screen.  LEONARD NIMOY —->

   For the Love of Spock began as a project for the father and son before Leonard’s Nimoy’s death in February at the age of 83. His father wanted to keep it Spock-centric, but once he passed, Adam knew he had to include more about his father. The documentary will include clips from the Star Trek films and television shows, Nimoy’s other works, and interviews from family, as well as William Shatner who played Capt. James T. Kirk and celebrity fans like Seth McFarlane. Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock in the new movie franchise, will narrate the film.

   With this film, Adam Nimoy hopes he can tie in everything he loves about his father, their lives together, and the many characters he played. For the Love of Spock is expected to be released in time for the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek series in 2016.

   It’s surely one way for the Spock character to live long and prosper.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Paul Newman Stamp of Approval…

June 30th, 2015

Manny P. here…Paul Newman

   The United States Postal Service announced that award-winning actor and philanthropist Paul Newman will be honored on a Forever Stamp. The stamp will go on sale September. 18th. The stamp art features photographer Steve Schapiro’s 1980 photograph of the star.

    Over the course of his decorated career, he garnered ten Academy Awards nods, including eight for Best Actor. He won an Oscar for his role in the 1986 film The Color of Money. At the Academy Awards in 1994, Newman was presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. He also served as the president of the board of the famed Actors Studio, which he helped support financially.

   More than just a film icon, Newman used his success as an actor, writer, producer, and director to advance his philanthropic endeavors funding charitable causes in an effort to make the world a better place. His SeriousFun Children’s Network has helped more than 600,000 children and families in the United States, and beyond. Perhaps Paul’s boldest action on the philanthropic stage came in 1982, when he founded the Newman’s Own food company. Beginning simply with a single product of oil-and-vinegar salad dressing and a commitment to quality and charitable giving over profit, the company has since grown into an international business with more than 200 products. Along the way, Newman’s Own has donated more than $430 million to thousands of charities.

   In 1998, the actor created the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, composed of board chairs and CEOs of major organizations. In 2006, he co-founded the Safe Water Network, which provides market-based safe water solutions to people in developing worlds.

   Paul Newman’s legacy stretches way beyond his iconic cinematic career.

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   Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History has reached 1300 in confirmed sales. Keeping pace with my initial literary work, I want to thank Sharyn Case of Costa Mesa, CA for putting my efforts over the next threshold.

   Sharyn is a current stage director, whose work includes a current production of The Miracle Worker that will be presented at the prestigious Attic Theatre in Orange County. She was influenced by the fabulous 1962 motion picture that featured award-winning performances by Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke. Nine performances are expected to begin on July 10th.

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   As my first book approaches 3300 purchases, it’s nice to see the continued brisk sales.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Holy Caped Crusader…

June 29th, 2015

Manny P. here…

   Turner Classic Movies has acquired the rights to air the 15-chapter movie serial Batman and Robin (1949), which is a sequel to The Batman (1943) serial, which TCM has already aired. Both were released by Columbia Pictures.

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   Robert Lowery played Batman, while Johnny Duncan played Robin. Supporting players included Jane Adams as Vicki Vale, and  veteran character actor Lyle Talbot as Commissioner Gordon.

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   Batman and Robin will air Saturday mornings at 10a – 10:30a (EST).

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220px-Jack_Carter_1949   Jack Carter (right) had a long-running comedy act similar to rapid-paced contemporaries, Milton Berle and Morey Amsterdam. He hosted an early television variety program called Cavalcade of Stars on the DuMont Network. The funnyman was lured away to NBC to host his own program titled The Jack Carter Show. He recommended Jackie Gleason to take his place as host of Cavalcade of Stars. Carter hosted his show for one hour each week followed by Your Show of Shows. He remained pals with Sid Caesar his entire life, performing the eulogy at his funeral.

   Carter made nearly three dozen movies, including Elvis Presley’s Viva Las Vegas. In 1956, he starred on Broadway with Sammy Davis Jr. in the musical Mr. Wonderful. Jack toured in Guys and Dolls, Born Yesterday, A Thousand Clowns, The Odd Couple, and Oliver.

   He was a frequent guest on The Ed Sullivan Show during the 1960s and early 1970s and was known for his impression of Sullivan. Carter was also a frequent panelist on the television game show Match Game during the 1973-74 season and again in the 1980s. He traded gags with Bob Hope on five specials. Jack guest-starred on television, including in Dr. Kildare, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Dick Van Dyke ShowHawaii Five-O,  Sanford and Son, 7th Heaven, The Rockford FilesMonk, Murder She Wrote, Diagnosis Murder, Baywatch, and Desperate Housewives.

   Jack Carter was 93.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- To Kill a Mockingbird Screening…

June 28th, 2015

Manny P. here…

   I have been invited once again to the South Pasadena Public Library to host a screening of the iconic 1962 motion picture To Kill a Mockingbird. Joining me for a Q&A and reading from the Harper Lee novel is actor Dean Ghaffari. The event is Monday, July 6th at 7p.

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   The free screening of this Oscar-winning movie is being shown in conjunction with the distribution of Harper Lee’s follow-up, Go Set a Watchman, set for release July 14th. It’s her first novel in over 50 years. In 1999, To Kill a Mockingbird was selected as Best Novel of the Century by Library Journal, and was accorded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007.

 

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   The screenplay by Horton Foote was based on the 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning work. It’s a rare case in which the movie compliments the literature. This was surmised by Lee. At the height of the Civil Rights movement, Gregory Peck’s performance as Atticus Finch was timely and rings true to the politics of the day. This was also Robert Duvall’s film debut as Boo Radley. Elmer Bernstein’s music for To Kill a Mockingbird is regarded as one of the great film scores. It was his personal favorite… That’s saying a lot from the composer of The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, True Grit, Stripes, The Ten Commandments, and Airplane.

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   Dean Ghaffari is currently co-starring in An Evening with Sal Mineo and Edgar Allan Poe, which will be presented at the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena on July 17th and 18th. Dean performance explores the career of the gifted star of Rebel Without a Cause, Giant, Exodus, and The Longest Day. He also examines Sal’s pioneering role in publicly proclaiming his bisexuality in the 1960s. The pairing of Mineo and Poe is a true metaphoric Hollywood-and-Vine moment, where entertainment and history crosses in one shining instance.

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   The South Pasadena Public Library is at 1115 El Centro St. in Southern California. I personally invite my cinema friends to this marvelous event. I’ll also be signing copies of my Forgotten Hollywood Book Series for interested readers. Together, we can enjoy To Kill a Mockingbird on the big screen, where it belongs.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Birds Remake Takes Flight…

June 27th, 2015

Manny P. here…

   Alfred Hitchcock’s film The Birds told the story of a rustic seaside town that finds itself menaced by hellish flocks of seagulls and crows. Now, the 1963 classic looks set to suffer its own fowl flight courtesy of a Hollywood remake by Transformers director Michael Bay.

   Loosely adapted from a 1952 short story by Daphne du Maurier, The Birds cast Tippi Hedren in the role of Melanie Daniels, a San Francisco socialite on a fateful visit to Northern California. Reports suggest that Bay’s version will return to tale to its original English setting, while Naomi Watts is rumored to be considering the Hedren role.

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   Variety reports the motion picture will be made by Dutch film-maker Diederik Van Rooijen, with Bay serving as a co-producer. It looks to be a collaborative effort between Mandalay Pictures, Universal Pictures, and Bay’s Platinum Dunes production house.

   Hitchcock’s original film spawned a poorly-received 1994 sequel, The Birds 2: Land’s End, which screenwriter Rick Rosenthal later disowned. The idea of a big-budget remake was first mooted in 2007, with Casino Royale’s Martin Campbell penciled in to direct.

   On hearing the news, Tippi Hedren appeared to be unimpressed.

   And so it goes…

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   Raquel Welch is to be to be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Assoc. of Latino Independent Producers. She starred in such 1960s films as Fantastic Voyage and One Million Years B.C. at the height of her fame. In 1974, Welch won a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Musical or Comedy for The Three Musketeers. Welch’s most controversial role came in the notorious Myra Breckinridge. The film, which co-starred Mae West, bombed at the box office.           RACQUEL WELCH  —->

   After a successful career, the actress has no regrets, yet looks at her sex-symbol years with mixed feelings.

Until next time>                               “never forget”