“Forgotten Hollywood”- Celebrating 1962…

June 27th, 2021

Manny P. here…

“`Where were you in ’62? Probably going to the movies… I join John Coleman and Art Kirsch to discuss great cinema in 1962 on Celebrating Act 2

“`Enjoy!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- 21st Century 50 Fav Films (#36, #35)…

June 24th, 2021

Manny P. here…

“`And we are back to the countdown of my personal fifty favorite films of the twentieth century. Most lists of this kind provided by repositories (such as the Library of Congress or American Film Institute), film historians, and critics almost always include seldom-seen work created by foreign production companies, or deemed avant garde.  I marvel at how selections made by these revered individuals remain unfamiliar to me, and I watch a lot of cinema! That said, one of today’s choices falls into this deep-dish category of indie films that should be experienced.

“`Let the countdown continue…

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~ #36 – DARKEST HOUR (2017)

“`Like Jojo Rabbit (#42), The Grand Budapest Hotel (#43), Woman in Gold (#45), and The Reader (#49), Darkest Hour has themes tied to World War II. It stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill.  This account recalls his early days as prime minister during the May 1940 War Cabinet Crisis, while the Nazi Wehrmacht swept through Western Europe and threatened to defeat the United Kingdom. The blitz led to friction at the highest levels of the government between those who would make peace with Adolf Hitler, and Churchill, who refused.

`Gary Oldman’s electrifying performance brings Churchill to life and he earned a Best Actor Oscar for the effort. Nominated for six statuettes, it also earned an Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling. This is the first of two productions for which Oldman appears in my countdown.

“`History reflects that Churchill was not alone in wanting to defy Nazi aggression, though he was clearly the leader of the cause. His predecessor, Neville Chamberlain, followed a foreign policy of appeasement. His signing of the Munich Agreement in 1938 conceded the German-speaking Sudetenland area of Czechoslovakia to Germany and then hailed peace in our time. It was Churchill’s scoff at the folly of the agreement that is a precursor to this absorbing tale.

        

~ #35 – COLD WAR (2018)

“`One of two spectacular foreign movies on my countdown, Cold War is an international co-production from Poland, France and the United Kingdom.  The language spoken is Polish; the cinematography is globally dramatic, maybe the most pristine ever presented in the genre of black-and-white films. Had epochal cinematographer Gregg Toland been alive, he might have been mesmerized by the results on screen. Cold War also presents an evocative music score and an impeccable production design. This gorgeous piece of cinema would make my list just for its technical values and I could watch this film with the volume turned down.

“`Set in Poland and France during the Cold War from the late 1940s until the 1960s, the tale follows a musical director who discovers a young singer and explores their fateful love story. This is a well-worn narrative (Dr. Zhivago comes to mind). My only issue: The scenes could have been fleshed out a bit more since the characters are so interesting. The movie clocks in at a brief eighty-eight minutes.

“`If $100 million is the bellwether for a successful run in the United States, Cold War grossed $4.6 million, domestically and an underwhelming twenty million, globally. Yet, it received three Academy Award nods; for Best Director (Paweł Pawlikowski), Best Foreign Language Film, and of course, Best Cinematography.  All three Oscars went to the remarkable Roma. 2018 was a prodigious year for immaculate productions from foreign countries.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Fade to Noir…

June 22nd, 2021

Manny P. here…

“`The long-anticipated return of film noir is right around the corner. Here are the sinister details…

“`Enjoy!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- 21st Century 50 Fav Films (#38, #37)…

June 17th, 2021

Manny P. here…

“`Let me proceed with the countdown of my favorite fifty movies of the twentieth century.  Many of the quality motion pictures I have selected tackles social and cultural issues. So far, my picks have examined race, British class structure, political malfeasance, propaganda, international reparations of stolen property, workplace equity, and the dark money in presidential elections.

“`Time to present my next offerings…

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~ #38 – DARK WATER (2019)

“`The tale dramatizes Ohio environmental attorney Robert Bilott’s case against the chemical manufacturing corporation DuPont after contaminating an area with unregulated chemicals found in their cookware. The film is based on the 2016 New York Times Magazine article The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare by Nathaniel Rich. It detailed a twenty-year legal battle against the corporation

“`The production was inspired from earlier work: Erin Brockovich and A Civil Action. Dark Water stars Mark Ruffalo and features Anne Hathaway, Mare Winningham, Tim Robbins, and Bill Pullman. This quality effort was snubbed during awards season.  Ruffalo has indicated his interest in selecting assignments based on issues that negatively affect society.

“`The DowDuPont breakup spun off a new company that continued to lose value throughout the second half of 2019 as investors grew concerned about the potential liabilities related to the earlier DuPont’s fluoropolymer product. After Dark Waters was released on November 12th, DuPont’s stock price dropped even further by 7.15 points from 72.18 to 65.03. Many executives still work, or recently worked, at the company.

“`DuPont eventually sold their business interests to The Chemours Company. Chemours paid $200 million to address environmental damages in North Carolina. A prior settlement in both West Virginia and Ohio cost $671 million, which was split between the two companies.

         

~ #37 – CHICAGO (2002)

“`One of three musicals to make the countdown, Chicago won an Oscar for Best Picture, the second of six profiled (the other, Green Book). With an amazing pedigree, it is based on the 1975 stage musical; 1942 William Wellman flick Roxie Hart, starring Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, George Montgomery, Nigel Bruce, Phil Silvers, William Frawley, and Spring Byington; and the 1927 silent film adaptation of the original 1926 play.

“`A screen version of Chicago was slated as the next project for Bob Fosse, who directed and choreographed the original 1975 Broadway show and had earned an Oscar for his direction of the movie version of Cabaret. Although he died before realizing his efforts, Fosse’s distinctive jazz choreography style is evident throughout the 2002 production, and Bob is thanked in the credits. The music score was penned by the legendary John Kander and Fred Ebb. Nominated for twelve Oscars, it won six, including  Best Supporting Actress (Catherine Zeta-Jones), Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, and Best Sound.

“`Top performances from a cast that features  Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere, John C. Reilly, Taye Diggs, Christine Baranski and Queen Latifah. The most stylish film musical since Oliver, Fiddler on the Roof and Cabaret, it influenced later twenty-first century productions, such as Enchanted, The Greatest Showman, Bohemian Rhapsody, Dreamgirls, Hairspray, Rocketman, Into the Woods, and two other productions that I include in my Top 50. I will present them soon.

Until next time>                               “never forget’

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Footsteps on Campus…

June 16th, 2021

Manny P. here…

“`In 1971,  a two-part award-winning documentary aired on network television that was well produced by USC’s Annenberg School. The production’s subject was simply what life was like at an average junior high school. The curious thing… It was MY high school, while I was going there!

“`This peak at Van Nuys Jr. High features teachers who are no longer with us and students who are now in their mid-sixties. While re-watching this documentary, I see old friends who I recognize as they were. I actually returned to my childhood. It was nostalgic to clearly see on screen my colleague at KNX, Pete Demetriou, Sue Finque, Arlene Simsarian, Jeff Dracup, Joe Finci, Cliff Zellman (below left),  and so many others I called classmates. I think the cameras actually caught me for a moment sitting in drama class.

“`As an educator at Fullerton College and Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, I found the content quite riveting. Children in 1971 had just lived through the tumultuous 1960s and they questioned everything that had to do with authority. As Bob Dylan penned, These times, they are a-changing. He was right.

“`These episodes each run roughly under an hour, but they are clearly worth a visit. ENJOY!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Primal Force of Nature…

June 13th, 2021

Manny P. here…

“`Ned Beatty was one of the finest character actors in the last half of the twentieth century.  He would have found complete success in any generation of cinema. Appearing in over 160 films, he was nominated for an Oscar, two Emmys, and a Golden Globe; he also won a Drama Desk Award (for his performance as Big Daddy in a revival of Cat on A Hot Tin Roof).  He is best remembered for his role as the head of UBS in Network.

“`Beatty began his career singing in gospel and barbershop quartets in Kentucky and at his local church. He received a scholarship to sing in the a cappella choir at  Transylvania University  in Lexington. A member of the newly founded Actors Theater of Louisville, one of his notable performances was as Willy Loman in  Death of a Salesman in 1966.

“`In 1972, Beatty made a stellar motion picture debut in Deliverance, starring Burt Reynolds and Jon Voight. A climatic scene ensured stardom for the actor. Other memorable roles include The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, All the President’s Men, 1941Nashville, Back To School, Silver Streak, and Charlie Wilson’s War. He co-starred in three other Reynolds’ vehicles:  White Lightning, Stroker Ace, and Switching Channels. He also had a recurring role in two of the Superman series of movies. On television, he guest-starred in The Waltons, The Rockford Files, Gunsmoke, Hawaii 5-0The Streets of San Francisco, M*A*S*HMurder She Wrote, Kojak, and Roseanne.

“`Ned Beatty (above) was eighty-three…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Anna May Wong in Mint Condition…

June 11th, 2021

Manny P. here…

“`The United States Mint  is pleased to announce the addition of pioneering females to be honored during the first year of the American Women Quarters™ program.  Anna May Wong will join Sally Ride, Maya Angelou and two other female trailblazers as subjects for the 2022 American Women quarter dollars.

“`Wong’s career spanned silent film, sound film, television, stage, and radio, from 1919 until her death at fifty-six in 1961. Frustrated by the stereotypical supporting roles she reluctantly played in Hollywood, Wong left for Europe in the late 1920s, where she appeared in a couple of notable plays and movies, and spent the first half of the 1930s traveling between the United States and Europe for film and stage work. She was often passed over for the lead roles and Wong rejected assignments that featured Asian Americans in a negative light. She paid less attention to her cinematic career during World War II and devoted energy to aid China’s campaign against Japan.  ANNA MAY WONG ->

“`Proposed designs for the Wong coin will be reviewed on June 16th and June 17th by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee and June 18th by the Commission of Fine Arts. Mint officials have yet to disclose in what order the five 2022 American Women quarters will be issued.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- 21st Century 50 Fav Films (#40, #39)…

June 10th, 2021

Manny P. here…

“`Let me continue the countdown of my person favorite cinema of the initial twenty years of the 21st Century. The previous ten picks had an abundance of well-known personalities that were profiled, including Don Shirley, Tonya Harding, Maria Altman, Ben Bradlee, Molly Bloom, Katharine Graham as well as icons of the Lost Generation, such as Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Let me provide absorbing tales about modern luminaries in the next two offerings.

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~ #40 – HIDDEN FIGURES (2016)

“`African American female mathematicians and computers who worked in the 1960s at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) during the Space Race are the subjects in this feel-good film. Katharine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson broke glass ceilings, yet this fascinating story was seldom referenced until this flick was released. Among the tasks achieved: A calculation of flight trajectories for Project Mercury and future missions; IBM feeds to accelerate calculations; and various engineering projects to provide safer spacecrafts.

“`Hidden Figures received three Oscar nominations:  Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe express a firm commitment in providing cinematic content  that places persons of color in appropriately accurate situations. Co-star Mahershala Ali also appeared in Green Book (#41).

“`After Hidden Figures was released, charities, institutions and independent businesses who regard the film as relevant in improving youth awareness in education and jobs in technology, science, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, organized free screenings to spread the  film’s message.  Plus, the Walt Disney Company partnered with the Department of State on the Hidden No More exchange program, which was inspired by the film and brings fifty women from across the globe who have excelled in spacecraft engineering, data solutions, and STEM-related education to network and provide fellowship for their colleagues.

         

~ #39 – TRUTH (2015)

“`Based on American television news producer Mary Mapes’s memoir,  Truth and Duty:  The Press, the President and the Privilege of Power, the movie is based on the story of CBS’s 60 Minutes report that George W. Bush had received preferential treatment to keep him out of the Vietnam War. The Killian documents controversy took place during the Bush / John Kerry presidential contest and resulting last days of Dan Rather and Mapes at CBS News. The film was in development since 2007.

“`Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett,  Stacy Keach, and Dennis Quaid provides fine performances as the story breaks down what goes into a 60 Minutes news segment. The screenplay further examines the politicization of the reaction to stories by pundits with opposing viewpoints.

“`Truth never caught on with the public. Plus, CBS president and CEO Leslie Moonves did not approve of the film, the network refusing to allow ads promoting its release.  However, Rather praised the motion picture, saying:

There’s so much right in the film… I think it’s the best thing that’s ever been up on the big screen about how television news really works, the reporting side of it.

“`A Mary Mapes assessment sums up the sad legacy of this production: Truth gets lost in the scrum. My advice to you… It is time for some scrum searching to find this gem of a movie.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- As They Say…

June 7th, 2021

Manny P. here…

“`Celebrating Act 2 takes a look at iconic quotes from fabulous motion pictures. John Coleman and Art Kirsch makes our day with these spoken gems. Let us round up the usual suspects…

“`Enjoy!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- 21st Century 50 Fav Films (#42, #41)…

June 3rd, 2021

Manny P. here…

“`The countdown of my fifty favorite movies continues. Let me recap the previous selections:

 #50  GOSFORD PARK     #49  THE READER     #48  I TONYA    #47  MOLLY’S GAME     #46  THE POST     #45  WOMAN IN GOLD #44  MIDNIGHT IN PARIS     #43  THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

“`My next two choices are just as special…

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~ #42 – JO JO RABBIT (2019)

“`Cinema is rich with celluloid that examines how ordinary citizens survived a war along the homefront. Mrs. Miniver and Hope and Glory come to mind. Jo Jo Rabbit illuminates the negative effects of belonging to Hitler’s Youth during World War II. This assignment offers a comedic portrait of the dictator, much like Charlie Chaplin’s expose in  The Great Dictator, and the many contributions made by Mel Brooks throughout his career.

“`The movie analyzes the dangers of propaganda to those who blindly abide by it, especially children. There is an Anne Frank-esque character (Elsa), whose moral fiber and individualism finds her at odds with fascism, vulnerable to punishment, and ultimately, an essential reason Jo Jo ultimately rejects Nazi propaganda. The production walks a fine line between satire and allegory. The surprise was that funding was available for a subject matter considered taboo.

“`JoJo Rabbit received five Academy Award nods and took home an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. Scarlett Johansson, Rebel Wilson, and Sam Rockwell head up an eclectic cast. In fact, Rockwell appears in more flicks (4) than any other actor in my countdown.

“`Jojo Rabbit is having an impact on the teachings of the Holocaust. On December 19, 2019, the USC Shoah Foundation announced it was working together with Searchlight Pictures to develop a classroom curriculum based on the depiction of Nazism in cinema.  Jo Jo Rabbit is cited as the catalyst for this educational offering.

         

~ #41 – GREEN BOOK (2018)

“`The first of SIX Oscar-winning Best Pictures on my film list remains the most controversial. Pundits called the 2018 winner a bland offering. The critical darlings were The Favorite and Roma; the people’s choice were Black Panther and Bohemian Rhapsody. I argue Green Book is a worthy production created by Peter Farrelly, best known for his sophomoric work:  Dumb and Dumber, Kingpin, and There’s Something About Mary.

“`The flick is based on the true story of a 1960s concert tour of the Deep South by classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley and bouncer Frank Tony Lip Vallelonga, who served as Shirley’s driver and bodyguard.  Audio recording heard in the documentary, Lost Bohemia, features interviews with Shirley and Vallelonga confirming that they had a close friendship. Both died within three months of each other in 2013.  The motion picture earned five Academy Award nominations and collected three Oscars, the other two for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali). Viggo Mortensen heads the talented cast.

“`The title of the movie refers to  The Negro Motorist Green Book, a publication known as the bible of Black travel during Jim Crow. It was published by New York City mailman Victor Hugo Green for thirty years, when open legally prescribed discrimination against African Americans and other people of color was widespread. Right after passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed racial discrimination that made the Green Book necessary, publication ceased.

“`This production has been criticized for advancing a white savior narrative that perpetuates stereotypes. The Help was similarly castigated. In an interview, Farrelly addressed the issue by suggesting that  the screenplay earnestly tried to equally depict common ground between the characters. Historically, Green Book brings to light the fabulous classical and jazz career of Don Shirley. His story remains fascinating and bold.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Human Cost of Battle…

May 31st, 2021

Manny P. here…

“`Celebrating Act 2 honors the memory of soldiers on celluloid that embodies the humanity of war. I am thrilled to share the mic with John Coleman and veteran Art Kirsch for this poignant discussion…

“`Enjoy!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Bon Voyage…

May 29th, 2021

Manny P. here…

“`Gavin MacLeod was an actor whose work spanned six decades. He is best known as the Captain of The Love Boat and as a news writer on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

“`After serving in the United States Air Force, he moved to New York City and worked at Radio City Music Hall while looking for work. He made his television debut on The Walter Winchell File. Soon after, he garnered a role in I Want to Live!, a 1958 prison drama starring Susan Hayward. He was noticed by Blake Edwards, who in 1958 cast him in the pilot episode of his NBC series Peter Gunn, several guest parts on Edwards’ CBS series Mr. Lucky in 1959, and in  Operation Petticoat, with Cary Grant and Tony Curtis. The flick proved to be a breakout role for MacLeod and he was cast in two Edwards comedies, High Time with Bing Crosby and The Party with Peter Sellers.

“`Other film roles included Pork Chop Hill, The Gene Krupa Story, The Sand Pebbles, The Comic, and Kelly’s Heroes. On television, he guest-starred on The Untouchables, Death Valley Days, Dr. KildareThe Dick Van Dyke Show, Perry Mason, Rawhide, Gomer Pyle U. S. M. C., The Munsters, The Andy Griffith Show, Hogan’s Heroes, It Takes a Thief, My Favorite MartianThe Man From U. N. C. L. E.,Combat!, The Rat Patrol, The Big Valley, The Flying Nun and Murder She Wrote. He was also a regular during the first two seasons of McHale’s Navy.

“`MacLeod served as the honorary Mayor of Pacific Palisades for five years. Sugar Ray Leonard succeeded him in 2011.  On February 28, 2011, Gavin celebrated his eightieth birthday aboard Golden Princess on Princess Cruises in Los Angeles.

“`Gavin MacLeod (above right) was ninety.

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“`B. J. Thomas was a rock crooner who had a string of hits in the 1960s and 1970s. They include (Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song, his cover of I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, Rock and Roll Lullaby, Mighty Clouds Of Joy, Hooked on a Feeling, I Just Can’t Help Believing, and an Oscar-winner Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head featured in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidB. J. THOMAS –>

“`A couple of years back,  I had the pleasure in attending a B. J. Thomas concert in Laughlin, Nevada. The ticket was only twenty-five dollars. He played in the exact same hall where I had performed a few years earlier in a national karaoke contest. He was so warm and low-key and the audience sang along with every tune.

“`B. J. Thomas was seventy-eight.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- 21st Century 50 Fav Films (#44, #43)…

May 28th, 2021

Manny P. here…

“`I discovered that I am not the only one counting down the best cinema of the last twenty years.  It is mind-boggling to see how different my list is as compared to others, with many in their countdown members of the Marvel, Star WarsLord of the Rings / Harry PotterFast & Furious, or Will Ferrell / Ben Stiller family. It was predictable how many movie titles ended with the words:  pt. 2 or IV.

“`But I digress. Here are #44 and #43…

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~ #44 – MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (2011) 

“`Here is a movie filled with many of those Woody Allen gems — a whiny male in a fractured relationship; stuttering conversations, and stylish music from the Great American Songbook. But, Midnight in Paris has so much more…

“`Allen clearly respects the artiste of the Lost Generation; creative types who came from all walks of life and gathered in Paris between World Wars.  It was not uncommon to find Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, Isadora Duncan, Josephine Baker,  F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, and Cole Porter huddled together at a local cafe or nightclub to analyze the effects of their collective shadow on the rest of the globe. Midnight in Paris is a time-travel comedy that allows film-goers to meet these cultural icons through the eyes of Owen Wilson  (of all people!). The movie explores themes of nostalgia and modernism.

“`Nominated for four Academy Awards (including Best Picture), Midnight in Paris won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. This Allen flick clearly embodies some of his early zany work (Take the Money and Run, Bananas, Sleeper). Get over Woody’s creepy personal shenanigans because it remains his one movie you should take time to watch and enjoy.

          

  ~ #43 – THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (2014) 

“`Only from the mind of Wes Anderson could we imagine The Grand Budapest Hotel in all of its colorful splendor.  A Euro-universe is manifested where characters perpetuate the illusion of a time where they do not belong, the consequence of romanticizing one’s past. The screenplay does not directly refer to historical events, rather it contains oblique references contextualizing a vague history. The most deliberate of these images allude specifically to Nazism.

“`The all-star cast seriously soars, while the critical spotlight shines on the craftsmanship of this sumptuous production: Robert Yeoman’s principal photography with locations in Eastern Germany; Adam Stockhausen’s set design that replicates an Alpine resort; costume designer Milena Canonero’s essence of a 1930s military uniform and a period look of movie stars that resembles the work of iconic photographer George Hurrell; and Russian folk-influence music scored by Alexander Desplat with the balalaika at its instrumental core.

“`Ralph Fiennes anchors this motion picture  (he co-starred in my #49 pick, The Reader). Others in the cast include F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum,Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Saoirse Ronan, Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson (??). The Grand Budapest Hotel earned nine Academy Award nods, winning four for Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design, and Best Original Score.

“`As with many comedies, laughter’s companion is foreboding tragedy.  The essential theme of this production serves up a reminder of what we might lose as we age; something to ponder in our quiet time.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- For What It’s Fort Worth…

May 27th, 2021

Manny P. here…

“`In commemoration of his life and legacy, the Fort Worth Stockyards has debuted a new, permanent exhibition — John Wayne: An American Experience next to Cowtown Coliseum. Friends, family, and city notables were invited to attend Wednesday’s proclamation of John Wayne Day throughout the city.

“`The Duke’s son Ethan Wayne delivered a heartfelt speech and there was a mock gunfight. Plus everyone in attendance enjoyed the new Duke Tequila before heading over to the Hotel Dover for a VIP reception.

“`The exhibit extends over ten thousand square feet and brings guests on an interactive tour through the life of the actor. Folks are exposed to never-before-seen family photographs and correspondences, including letters to fans, celebrities, presidents, and others.

“`The exhibit features many galleries, including one that illuminates John Wayne’s prolific film career and there are displays of his iconic props and costumes. And finally, sit down to enjoy a Duke Bourbon or John Wayne Cabernet in the lounge to complete your day.

“`For fans of Wayne, a pilgrimage might be in order.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Tomorrow is Another Day…

May 26th, 2021

Manny P. here…

“`This week, Amazon acquired MGM content in what is considered the largest merger in media history. However, this transaction does not include MGM films made prior to 1986. These titles belong to WarnerMedia. That said, Amazon will stock Prime Video with the MGM’s inventory of four thousand movies and seventeen thousand hours of television.

“`In 1986, Ted Turner made deals that resulted in Turner Broadcasting taking ownership of all prior MGM productions. He wanted cinema for programming his growing cable empire and the library has become one of the pillars that built Turner Classic Movies. Today, WarnerMedia owns both TCM and Turner’s MGM library. This means you will find The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, Singing in the Rain available to stream on HBO Max (not Amazon Prime).

“`What films did Amazon end up actually acquiring through the deal. Based on past business transactions made by MGM? The James Bond series (United Artists library); The Graduate and Fargo (Polygram library); and Silence of the Lambs and Dumb and Dumber (Orion Pictures library). In fact, MGM’s library is so large that it represents over half of Hollywood’s studio films produced since 1948.

“`Bulletins as they break!

Until next time>                               “never forget”