“Forgotten Hollywood”- When I Visited a TCM Festival…

May 8th, 2021

Manny P. here…

“`A couple of years back, I was fortunate to attend the TCM Film Festival and I documented it for the TherapyCable Channel. Since the virtual festival is this weekend, I thought it would be fun once again to share my report. That day, I met Shirley MacLaine and Leonard Maltin.

“`Enjoy!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- See You in September…

May 6th, 2021

Manny P. here…

“`Live Broadway shows will return to the stage beginning September 14th, after an eighteen-month hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Tickets are going on sale this week and theaters will be allowed to fill to one-hundred percent of capacity.  Broadway theaters are traditionally among New York’s biggest tourist attractions.

“`Live theater is one of the last sectors to return because of social distancing challenges for actors on stage, for crews backstage, and for audiences in cramped seating in old buildings. While New York plans to lift most pandemic restrictions in two weeks, Broadway needs more time for rehearsals, marketing to draw crowds and other steps.

“`Producers will work with state authorities on what safety measures will be required. It is possible theaters will mandate proof of a coronavirus vaccination for audience members.

“`Thousands of actors, dancers, musicians, and backstage crew were thrown out of work when Broadway theaters closed in March, 2020. Some shows, including the hit musicals Frozen and Mean Girls, have said they will not come back. Thirty-one shows were in production when the shutdown began, including hits such as Hamilton, The Lion King, and Wicked.

“`Each returning show will announce its re-opening date in the coming weeks.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Virtual Return…

May 4th, 2021

Manny P. here…

“`The TCM Film Festival returns Thursday with a virtual presentation on two platforms:  Turner Classic Movie and HBO Max. I will be providing updates on the daily activities during the event.

“`The fest starts off with a 60th anniversary presentation of West Side Story.  On hand to chat about the film will be Rita Moreno, Russ Tamblyn, and George Chakiris. Later this year, Steven Spielberg debuts his updated version of the classic musical. Moreno is a co-producer and will also appear in the re-boot.

 

“`Other celebrities participating in this year’s festivities include Rob Reiner, Danny Glover, and Ali MacGraw. Martin Scorsese will introduce his seminal films, Mean Streets and GoodFellas, to the virtual audience.

“`Here is hoping that next year, the TCM Film Festival will return live to Hollywood.  In the meantime, enjoy the four-day lineup. For more information, including a How To Fest guide, please visit http://filmfestival.tcm.com.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Moonstruck Career…

May 1st, 2021

Manny P. here…

“`Olympia Dukakis won an Oscar for her role in the 1987 romantic film comedy Moonstruck. That performance changed the trajectory of her steady career. She was also a cousin of unsuccessful 1988 Democratic United States presidential nominee Michael Dukakis.

“`Prior to her time on the big screen, Dukakis began her decades-long stage life working in 1961 in productions at the Williamstown Summer Theater in a town in Massachusetts.  She won an Obie Award for Best Actress  in 1963 for her Off-Broadway performance in Bertolt Brecht’s Man Equals Man.

“`With her hubby Louis Zorich, Dukakis co-founded the Whole Theater Company in Montclair, New Jersey. With Dukakis serving as Artistic Director, the theater rolled out five productions a season over almost two decades. Across that span, productions included the works of Eugene O’Neill, Samuel Beckett, Tennessee Williams and Edward Albee. Among the actors performing with Olympia were Jose Ferrer, Colleen Dewhurst, Blythe Danner, and Samuel L. Jackson.

“`Dukakis became a household name after co-starring with Cher in Moonstruck. Her other movie credits include Working Girl, Steel Magnolias, Mighty Aphrodite, Mr. Holland’s Opus and the Look Who’s Talking series of flicks. She was still working at the time of her passing. A documentary called Olympia was released last year celebrating her long career.

“`Olympia Dukakis brought warmth, humor, and wit to every part. She was eighty-nine.

Until next time>                               “never forget”