“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Charlie Brown Lawsuit…

October 12th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`The copyright owners of the Charlie Brown Christmas theme song are suing Dollywood in federal court for copyright infringement. The East Tennessee theme park, named for country star Dolly Parton, has used the tune without permission in live Christmas performances since 2007. Dollywood denied use of this ditty during last year’s performance, according to court records.

 

“`The lawsuit claims that Los Angeles-based Lee Mendelson Film Productions licenses the copyright, and they are asking for $150,000 each time the song has been performed. Use of the copyrighted song in a dramatic performance, such as a live show, requires specific rights and permission. According to the suit, Christmas Time is Here was written by Lee Mendelson and Vince Guaraldi for the 1965 television special A Charlie Brown Christmas.

“`Dollywood is very aware of the lawsuit, but declined to comment on the pending litigation. Good Grief !!

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“`Robert Forster was a prolific character actor who was nominated for an Oscar for Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, and appeared in over one hundred films. Bob began his cinematic career when John Huston cast him in Reflections in a Golden Eye opposite Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando.

“`Robert Forster was seventy-eight.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Attack of the Red Planet…

October 11th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`The BBC is producing a three-part sci-fi mini-series The War of the Worlds, based on the classic novel by H. G. Wells. The story remains one of the popular and most adapted works of contemporary science fiction.

“`Unlike previous on-screen incarnations, like Steven Spielberg’s 2005 adaptation that took a number of liberties with the original story, or the 1953 flick set in Los Angeles,  this new BBC iteration stays true to the period and setting of the original novel as it’s the first version to be set in the same location as the original novel. It’s the initial version to be set in London during the Edwardian period.

“`The new mini-series will air on BBC One in the UK this fall. However, ITV Studios has distributed the show to a number of additional countries. Details to follow.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Warner Brothers Museum is Open…

October 10th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`The historic Warner Cascade Theatre Museum at 11 South Mill Street is where Warner Brothers opened their first theater, the Cascade Picture Palace, on February 2, 1907. The Warner history is extensively documented at the museum located in Pennsylvania.

 

“`The museum celebrates Warners movie history; silent films, the first talkies, and today’s big screen productions and television shows. Plus, enjoy Looney Toons with Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, and the first gangster and wartime training film. Visitors can tour the spacious museum filled with movie memorabilia, sit in plush seats in their small theater, and watch the first flick ever shown there, The Great Train Robbery, which Edwin S. Porter first presented to a New York audience in 1903.

“`At the museum, visitors are welcomed by a mural by Ken Cole of the street as it was in the day, a prime site for photo opportunities. The first theaters were called nickelodeons because it cost a nickel to get in. At the ticket window, a Charlie Chaplin figure ready to take patron’s nickel for the show.  Visitors are immersed in everything from the time before Zorro was the first superhero to today’s Batman and Thor. A part of the ambiance is their concession stand that displays Good ’n Plenty, large Tootsie Rolls and Cracker Jack popcorn.

“`Warner Brothers pledged $150,000 and the state of Pennsylvania matched the grant, and the building was saved. A historical marker also marks the spot.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Remembering Diahann Carroll…

October 4th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`Diahann Carroll was the Oscar-nominated actor and singer who won critical acclaim as the first African American woman to star in a non-stereotypical role in a television series in Julia. The groundbreaking situation comedy aired from 1968 to 1971.

“`Carroll attended the High School for the Performing Arts. She began her career as a model in a segregated industry; she got much of her work from publications such as black magazine Ebony. An appearance from Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts led to nightclub engagements. She had professional and personal liaisons with Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Sammy Davis Jr., Harry Belafonte, and Sidney Poitier.

“`She co-starred in plays previously considered exclusive territory for white actresses:  Same Time Next Year, Agnes of God, and Sunset Boulevard. Carroll won her Tony portraying a high-fashion American model in Paris who enjoys a romantic encounter with a white novelist in the 1959 Richard Rodgers musical No Strings.

“`Her movie career was sporadic. She began with a secondary role in Carmen Jones in 1954, and five years later, she appeared in Porgy and Bess. Her singing voice was dubbed because it wasn’t considered strong enough for the Gershwin opera. The 1974 film Claudine provided her most memorable role. She would end up being nominated for her Oscar, and she recalled the filming a magical experience.

“`In the 1980s, she joined the long-running prime-time soap opera Dynasty as Dominique Deveraux, the ultra glamorous half-sister of Blake Carrington. Another memorable role was on the small-screen series A Different World. She recently guest-starred on Grey’s Anatomy.

“`Her most celebrated marriage was in 1987 to singer Vic Damone. She was also engaged to David Frost.

“`A trailblazer in every sense of the word, Diahann Carroll was eighty-four.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Radio Raven…

October 1st, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`Record label Caedmon Audio specialized in spoken-word recordings, pairing great literary works with fine actors. James Mason reading the poetry of Robert Browning, Walter Brennan bringing Mark Twain to life, and Sir Laurence Olivier as Winston Churchill.

“`The month of October is the perfect time to remind you that Basil Rathbone and Vincent Price also interpreted the works of Edgar Allan Poe over the course of five hours. Rathbone was, of course, a South African-born Shakespearean actor who is most famous for playing Sherlock Holmes in a string of films and radio plays. And he was also a veteran star of low budget horror cinema like Tales of Terror. Vincent Price was an iconic villain in dozens of gothic adaptations, including Roger Corman’s campy cinematic adaptations of the author – The House of Usher and The Raven.

“`The Caedmon recordings are now available on Spotify. Poe’s gothic approach pairs well with Rathbone and Price’s sinister baritone voices.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Cue the Titles…

September 30th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`Wayne Fitzgerald was a film title designer.  Over a career that spanned fifty-five years, he designed close to a thousand motion picture and television main and end title sequences for top directors at Warner Brothers, MGM, and Twentieth Century Fox.

 

“`Fitzgerald graduated from Art Center College of Design in 1951, and began his career at Pacific Title and Art Studio. Wayne would not get screen credit for his early work including Raintree County, The Three Faces of Eve, The Music Man, Pillow Talk, My Fair Lady, and Imitation of Life. After delivering on Bonnie and Clyde, he formed his own company, Wayne Fitzgerald FilmDesign.

 

“`Other titles include  Judgment at Nuremberg, Cat Ballou, In the Heat of the Night, Cool Hand Luke, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, The Graduate, Rosemary’s Baby, Funny Girl, The Conversation, Chinatown, The Godfather: pt. II, The Deer Hunter, Apocalypse Now, The Big ChillCity Slickers, Scent of a Woman, Groundhog Day, Grumpy Old Man, Terms of Endearment, and dozens of others. He was also prolific on television.

 

“`Fitzgerald was a two-term governor in the  Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and he represented title designers. He lectured at UCLA and AFI, and participated in panel discussions in Los Angeles and New York.

“`Wayne Fitzgerald was eighty-nine. Role credits…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Six Keys to Imagination…

September 25th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`Fathom and CBS Home Entertainment will be celebrating the sixtieth anniversary of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone. Expect digitally restored screenings of six memorable episodes in theaters nationwide on November 14th.

“`The six episodes include Walking Distance with Gig Young; The Invaders with Agnes Moorhead; Time Enough at Last with Burgess Meredith; Eye of the Beholder with Donna Douglas;  The Monsters are Due on Maple Street with Jack Weston; and To Serve Man with Richard Kiel.
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“`The one-night only event also presents a new documentary, Remembering Rod Serling. Over six hundred cinematic palaces will participate in The Twilight Zone: A 60th Anniversary Celebration.  It is the initial time any Twilight Zone episode has been presented on the big screen, according to Fathom. Tickets go on sale Friday.
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Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Spoonful of Sugar…

September 21st, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`The American Film Institute is honoring Julie Andrews with its Life Achievement Award. The organization said that Andrews will receive the award at the Gala Tribute on April 25th in Los Angeles. It will be broadcast on TNT.

“`Andrews acting career has spanned several decades, winning an Oscar in 1965 for her starring role in Mary Poppins. She also starred in The Sound of Music, Victor/Victoria, 10, and The Princess Diaries.             JULIE ANDREWS –>

“`Andrews received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. She also garnered two Grammys for Mary Poppins and Julie Andrews Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies.

“`The eighty-three-year-old actress will be the 48th recipient of this prestigious honor from the AFI, joining Mel Brooks, Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, and George Clooney. This year’s honoree was Denzel Washington. Andrews shall become one of the oldest recipients of this accolade. Only Brooks and Lillian Gish were older.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- I Think I’ll Pass…

September 20th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`I am not sure you would call this escapism; however, here goes…

“`Throughout the year, On Pins and Needles hosts terrifying F13: Survive Jason nights. This event requires you to solve puzzles to try and find a way to escape the nightmare that is Jason Voorhees.

“`One can expect twenty five-minute sessions throughout the evening. In each game, eight players that can team up against Jason, or individuals can try surviving solo. Tickets are $25 per person and it includes a pre-game campfire cookout.

“`The upcoming events are on September 28th, October 5th and October 19th, from 6p -11p. The campground site is usually located around the Flagstaff and Prescott area. You have to be eighteen years or older to participate in the game. Machetes will provided… to Jason!

“`What could possibly go wrong?

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Dear Abbey…

September 19th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`It’s finally here! Downton Abbey made its New York movie premiere this evening; it is on tap to make its West Coast appearance on Friday. After six seasons on PBS, global fans have been waiting for a big screen adaptation with wonder and enthusiasm. The British red carpet was met with adoring fans and great critical acclaim.

“`I have my tickets for a Monday matinee. My sister Virginia will join me after binge-watching the entire six seasons to be up to speed, and prepared for the cinematic experience.

“`The entire Crawley family, the Dowager Countess, Mr. Branson, and their servants, including Mr. Carson, Mrs. Patmore, Mr. Barrow, Mr. Bates, and Daisy await. Let us not disappoint them.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Sander and Cokie…

September 18th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`News correspondents are mourning the loss of two iconic reporters.

“`Sander Vanocur was a television newsman who for decades covered events, from political campaigns to assassinations, the Vietnam War to the civil rights movement. His storied career put him on the front lines of the biggest political stories of the 1960s. His frank reporting landed him on a White House enemies list.               SANDER VANOCUR –> 

“`Vanocur covered city news for the New York Times, and ultimately ended up at NBC in the late 1950s. As national political correspondent in the 1960s, he was a panelist at the first presidential debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon in 1960. He eventually covered the Kennedy administration as a White House correspondent.

“`Politics and war took up much of his time, but Civil Rights was Sander’s favorite subject to cover. He interviewed Senator Robert F. Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, where he was assassinated shortly after winning the California Democratic primary in his run for president in 1968. He was probably most familiar to television viewers from his reporting on the floor of political conventions, including the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago.

“`Sander Vanocur was ninety-one.

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“`Cokie Roberts was a daughter of politicians and a pioneering journalist who chronicled Washington from Jimmy Carter to Donald Trump for NPR and ABC News. Cokie co-anchored the ABC Sunday political show This Week with Sam Donaldson from 1996 to 2002.    COKIE ROBERTS ->

“`Roberts devoted lots of her attention to covering Congress, where her father Hale Boggs was a House majority leader, who died in 1972 when his plane went missing over Alaska. Her mother, Lindy Boggs, took over his Louisiana congressional seat and served until 1990, later becoming ambassador to the Vatican.`

“`While at NPR, Cokie started working at PBS on NewsHour and in 1988 she joined ABC News. She settled into a role as analyst and commentator at both news organizations.

“`A trailblazer who forever transformed the role of women in the newsroom, Cokie Roberts was seventy-five.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Osborne Estate…

September 13th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`A 1936 Academy Award is among the items going up for auction next month from the collection of the late Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne. His vast movie memorabilia collection will be auctioned on October 10th.                     ROBERT OSBORNE –>

“`This collection of the TCM host and movie historian,  who died in 2017, includes a 1936 Oscar statuette given to art director Richard Day for work on the movie, The Dark Angel, which starred Fredric March and Merle Oberon. It should sell for up to $100,000.

“`The Osborne collection also includes a copy of 50 Golden Years of Oscar, a 1979 book he wrote that was signed by over three hundred movie stars, including Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Laurence Olivier, and James Stewart.  This work is expected to fetch between $20,000 and $30,000. The auction will also include thousands of Osborne’s signed photos, posters and letters from early Hollywood.

“`Owning a piece of Osborne’s collection will tie each recipient to Hollywood’s Golden Age and the legacy of Turner Classic Movies.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Lilies Lost…

September 8th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`Over twenty-three relatives of Sidney Poitier are missing after Hurricane Dorian slammed the Bahamas last week. Around five hundred Bahamians belong to the extended family of the iconic Hollywood actor, who also grew up on the Caribbean island.

“`Poitier was born in Miami to Bahamian parents, but he moved to Nassau, Bahamas as a young child. His nephew has gone public in hopes to find the missing relatives.            SIDNEY POITIER —>

“`The acclaimed actor has not been available for comment.

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“`Please join me on Wednesday for my visit to the Hawthorne Public Library. I will be providing my Forgotten Hollywood Book Series to the patrons of the repository. The program starts at 6p.

“`The library is located at 12700 Grevillea Ave. in Hawthorne. I hope to see you there!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Carol Lynley is Missing…

September 5th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`Carol Lynley was a child model and screen star. She is best known for co-starring in Bunny Lake is Missing and The Poseidon Adventure. Lynley began acting after appearing on the cover of LIFE Magazine in 1957. She posed for Playboy Magazine in 1965.  CAROL LYNLEY –>

“`Lynley distinguished herself on the Broadway stage and Hollywood film versions of the controversial Blue Denim. For her performance, she was nominated for a Golden Globe.

“`Her screen roles included The Cardinal, Return to Peyton Place, Under the Yum Yum Tree and Harlow. On the small screen, she guest-starred in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., It Takes a ThiefThe Big Valley, Night Gallery, The Invaders, Charlie’s AngelsKojak, Hawaii 5-0, MannixHart to Hart and Fantasy Island. Carol appears to be singing The Morning After in a scene from The Poseidon Adventure. The tune won an Oscar.

“`Lynley had an eighteen year affair with noted broadcaster and writer, David Frost. He was his frequent guest at many of the galas he attended.

“`Carol Lynley was seventy-seven.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Proud Digital Media…

September 3rd, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`Here is a recent interview I did at the studios of Proud Digital Media in Upland. I had a chance to talk about my career as a broadcaster and author of the Forgotten Hollywood Book Series.

“`Enjoy!

Until next time>                               “never forget”