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Mar.23.2012
Over 30,000 folks voted at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences website in an Oscar-Madness bracket of Best Picture winners and nominees. This informal poll was done as a diversion from the March Madness Basketball Tournament conducted by the NCAA. When the dust settled, more votes were...
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Mar.22.2012
Tinseltown and history is once again having its Hollywood and Vine moment. In remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the White Star Line’s R.M.S. Titanic, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is releasing the 1953 motion picture  that chronicled this tragic event,...
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Mar.21.2012
For two decades, the Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation has hosted a signature fundraising event, called the Greer Garson Gala, to raise support for programs and services for the Dallas-area hospital. The evening features a Hollywood items auction, a charitable casino, dinner by Governor’s...
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Mar.13.2012
              JOHN BARRYMORE  CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER Chistopher Plummer is on a roll. His next assignment after winning an Oscar last month, is a two-person show exploring the life of John Barrymore. Plummer’s performance in 1997 on...
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Mar.12.2012
Heritage Auctions in Dallas have obtained over 35 movie posters from the Pre-Code Era of Hollywood’s Golden Age. The theatre one-sheets were found in an attic in Pennsylvania last Fall. Available on March 23rd, these 1930s artifacts are expected to net a quarter-of-a-million dollars.  ...
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Mar.10.2012
Robert Temple Ayers, the illustrator who created the burning Ponderosa map for the opening of Bonanza on NBC, has died. The iconic image would shift to the Cartwright family: played by Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Michael Landon, and Dan Blocker.    Ayres began his...
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Mar.09.2012
Rick Blaine will be getting plenty of attention this month. Humphrey Bogart’s timeless character in Casablanca wil re-emerge on the big screen for a nationwide salute to the anniversary of arguably the greatest movie ever produced. Turner Classic Movies in conjunction with NCM Fathom Events will...
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Mar.07.2012
Los Angeles-based KNX 10-70 AM has invited me to historic Culver City to discuss the  legacy of MGM Studios this Friday at 2:15p. It’s part of their KNX on the Corner promotion.   I’ll be chatting with their news anchors about MGM’s story. Among the expected topics of conversation: *...
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Mar.07.2012
I’ll be attending this year’s El Segundo Author Fair, Sunday, June 3rd. Ellen Cunningham, the Public Services Manager, has invited me to moderate a Popular Culture panel discussion at the event. Here are the esteemed panelists:       * DYAN CANNON – The award-winning actress (...
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Mar.06.2012
   One of the brothers hired by Walt Disney to write some of the most memorable tunes in Hollywood history has died. Robert B. Sherman was best known for providing songs in the world of  movies and film animation, including The Parent Trap, Mary Poppins, The...
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Mar.05.2012
      If you love The Duke, the Iowa Theatre, right on Winterset’s Courthouse Square, will be screening his iconic film The Quiet Man… read below: Join your fellow enthusiasts at a special reception in the garden at John Wayne’s birthplace. You can meet...
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Mar.03.2012
The online home of eBook - Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History – is offering for one week: 25% off on the purchase of my work. SMASHWORDS is promoting “Read an eBook Week,” and their website is the origin of this marvelous discount. Visit one of the websites below, and after ...
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Mar.03.2012
Turner Classic Movies is pulling out all the stops on Sunday, June 10th to celebrate Judy Garland’s 90th birthday. A 24-hour motion picture marathon is on tap featuring the legendary ingenue. Working with selections made by Emmy-winning Garland documentarian and author John Fricke,...
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Mar.01.2012
 (#9 in a 12-part series to be printed at the beginning of each month)  THE FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX – In the tradition of male-dominated movies from Hollywood’s Golden Age (Sahara, The Lost Patrol), this motion picture features a stellar cast, a disaster-genre subplot, and a bizarre...
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Feb.29.2012
Majority ownership from the estate of the most prolific writer from the United Kingdom has been purchaced by Acorn Media Group, a Maryland-based company. Agatha Christie Limited has sold the rights to the characters created by the literary sleuth, including Miss Jane...
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