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The Hitchcock 9 at LACMA

wow this sounds awesome!

HITCHCOCK'S VERTIGO

The Hitchcock 9

 

In partnership with the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, LACMA is proud to be the Los Angeles venue for this monumental touring series that presents, for the first time ever, all nine of Alfred Hitchcock’s surviving silent films in gorgeous new digital restorations from the British Film Institute. This series includes Hitchcock’s directorial debut—The Pleasure Garden, made when he was just 25—as well as beloved masterworks such as the expressionistic The Lodger and his seminal thrillerBlackmail. The series tracks how Hitchcock’s style developed over three short yet productive years as he transitioned from an UFA-steeped upstart to a world-class British auteur. Launching with the little-seen seaside melodrama The Manxman—featuring a new score written and performed by Stephen Horne—The Hitchcock 9 is a rare opportunity to experience the fascinating evolution of a cinematic genius.

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Attn: Glendale, June 30th

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Hollywood Vamps & Vixens in the 1930’s – Pomona, CA

This looks really interesting! Check it out!!

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Attn Classic Movie Lovers!!

If you don’t feel like seeing the latest and greatest in the theaters this weekend, check out these classics on the big screen!!

Jeff Margolis’ “Richard Pryor: Live in Concert” American Cinematheque’s Aero Theatre, Santa Monica Friday, 7:30 p.m., $11 The pioneering African American comic’s 1979 performance film shot at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach.

Peter Watkins’ “Privilege” Leo S. Bing Theater at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles Friday, 7:30 p.m., $4-$9 A rarely seen, controversial 1967 British film with Paul Jones and the British fashion model of the time, Jean Shrimpton.

Jacques Tourneur’s “Out of the Past” New Beverly Cinema, Los Angeles Friday and Saturday, various times/$8 Robert Mitchum stars in this seminal 1947 film noir, which also features Jane Greer as the femme fatale and a young Kirk Douglas.

Mark Robson’s “Earthquake” American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood Saturday, 7:30 p.m., $11 Los Angeles is toppled by a massive earthquake in this campy 1974 disaster flick with a cast of thousands including Charlton Heston and Ava Gardner. The film will be presented in Sensurround, so you can actually feel the Earth move.

Charlie Chaplin’s “The Kid” Cinefamily at Silent Movie Theatre, Los Angeles Sunday/2 p.m./$12 What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than with this lovely, sentimental classic 1921 comedy with Chaplin and an adorable Jackie Coogan

Robert Mulligan’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” New Beverly Cinema, Los Angeles Sunday-Tuesday, various times, $8 Gregory Peck won a best actor Oscar as an honorable Southern attorney and loving father in this 1962 adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic book. Another perfect way to spend Father’s Day.

Enjoy!!

 

 

 


Behind the Scenes

Not much to write about on this one other than check out these really neat behind the scenes pictures I found on classic movies.  Enjoy!!

Frankenstein (1931)

Frankenstein (1931)

Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

Rebel Without A Cause (1955)

House on Haunted Hill (1959)

House On Haunted Hill (1959)

Wizard of Oz (1939)

Planet of the Apes (1968)

 


Watch original 8mm films at the Egyptian Theatre

The Retro Format Films on 8mm series at the American Cinematheque’s Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian will present an evening of rarely seen films starring the legendary Tom Mix and his horse Tony on June 8. Among the shorts screening are 1915’s “An Arizona Wooing” and 1916’s “Roping a Bride,” as well as the 1922 feature, “Just Tony.” Photo from “Just Tony” is from the L.A. Times’ files. Cliff Retallick will supply the live piano accompaniment.

The Retro Format Films on 8mm series at the American Cinematheque's Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian will present an evening of rarely seen films starring the legendary Tom Mix and his horse Tony on June 8. Among the shorts screening are 1915's "An Arizona Wooing" and 1916's "Roping a Bride," as well as the 1922 feature, "Just Tony." Photo from "Just Tony" is from the L.A. Times' files. Cliff Retallick will supply the live piano accompaniment.  For more information go to http://www.americancinematheque.com

For more info check out the website! http://www.americancinematheque.com/

http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/egyptian_theatre_events


Experience a cemetary in ways you never thought possible!

I have yet to personally attend this as of yet, but it is on my list of must do’s!  I have heard about this for years and really want to go one day! I give you…. HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETARY….movies in the park!  You can watch a movie while enjoying the beautiful cemetery surroundings.  Now this is more popular in October when they pick classic scary films but this weekend is going to be good!

RESIZEDsome-like-it-hot-posterTickets are $12 and can be bought at:http://cinespia.org/event/some-like-it-hot/

  • Address: 6000 Santa Monica blvd
  • Phone:   (323) 221-3343

Hollywood Forever Cemetery, originally called Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery, is one of the oldest cemeteries in Los Angeles, California. It is located at 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles, adjacent to the north wall, or back, of Paramount Studios. Among those interred or entombed in the cemetery are a number of important personalities and famous persons, including men and women from the entertainment industry, and important people in the history of Los Angeles, and their relatives. The cemetery is active and regularly hosts community events, including music events and summer movie screenings. In 2011 the cemetery became a co-producer of the American silent movie Silent Life based on the story of the Hollywood idol Rudolph Valentino, who is entombed there. Founded in 1899!!!

There are many, many, many classic film stars, directors, and anyone film related buried here at this historic cemetery.

Please keep in mind that there are many events held here so check out the calendar or http://cinespia.org/ to see what is playing.  These events are really popular and can get crowded (one reason why I have not attended yet) but definitely a good time had by all.  Bring your blanket to sit on and enjoy the fun!

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Here is a very short list of the many, many, many celebs buried here you might want to check out while you are here: Bugsy, Siegel, Estelle Getty, Hannah Chaplin(Charlie’s mom!), Rudolph Valentino, Clifton Webb, Darla Hood, Victor Fleming, Jonny Ramone, Pauline Pfeiffer Hemingway, Marion Davies, Jimmy Stewart, Gregory Peck, Loretta Young, Henry Fonda, and Jayne Mansfield to name a few.


What is this Film Noir you ask? I had the same question!

As a fan of early cinema from early “talkies” to mid to late 30’s, I was unaware of Film Noir.  By definition it means: shadowy, pessimistic movie: a cinematic genre popular in the 1940s and 1950s, often filmed in urban settings with extensive use of shadows, cynical in outlook, and featuring antiheroes. Between the Great Depression and the start of the Cold War, Hollywood went noir, reflecting the worldly, weary, wised-up under current of midcentury America.

That sounds interesting to me!! This is also when I learned about Edward G. Robinson.  He is an AMAZING and unique actor and a great “go to” for finding a good film noir movie.

I knew about EGR long before I became a fan of B/W films, I knew him from Bugs Bunny mimicking him and his very unique style of speaking!

Here are my suggestions for EGR beginners!

Here is a great EGR movie with Orson Wells and Loretta Young!! The Stranger

I have seen every movie I suggest so feel free to ask questions or give me suggestions of your own.  These are great movies and I promise if you were not a fan of EGR before or Film Noir, you will be now!!  Have fun vintage movie lovers!!!


Ginger Rogers….the other side of Fred Astaire

I really hate to say “the other side”, but that is how most people would know Ginger Rogers.  The blonde bombshell who was Fred’s usual partner.  I followed her on TCM when she was Actress of the Month, and discovered she was most amazing in movies WITHOUT Fred Astaire! Truly stunning, talented, and quite sassy in many of her movies, and I love sassy!

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Ginger Rogers was born Virginia Katherine McMath in Independence, Missouri on July 16, 1911.  Below is a few movie suggestions for Ginger Rogers.  If you have a chance to check them out, let me know what you think here! Also, if you have any other suggestions, please feel free to recommend!

I hope you enjoy these flicks and let me know if you get a chance to watch them!!


What a gem I’ve found Vintage Movie Lovers!!!

I am always on the hunt for locations that play classic films like the Egyptian Theater and the Silent Film Cinema on Fairfax, but this was unknown to be until about five minutes ago. I give you….. Old Town Music Hall.  Located at  140 Richmond Street, El Segundo, CA 90245  (310) 322-2592.

Since 1968, Old Town Music Hall has been showing vintage silent and sound films, and presenting live concerts by some of the world’s finest performers of jazz, ragtime, and popular music from the past.

Silent films are accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer, a massive 1925 wind-powered pipe organ that has been meticulously preserved so that silent classics can be experienced with live musical accompaniment, just as they did when they were first shown.  It’s something you really have to see and hear to believe.

Old Town Music Hall is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Your generous support enables us to preserve the golden era of feature film and music.

This weekend is Dinner and a Movie Night.  They are showing Wings, with Clara Bow.

Please visit the site to see details.http://www.oldtownmusichall.org/index.html

I can’t wait to check this place out and have already told my husband to add this on our list of “must do’s”.

If you go, please let me know here how it went!  Have fun!!


The Ultimate Classic Hollywood Experience

The Ultimate Classic Hollywood Experience

April 25–28, 2013  Things to do in Hollywood this weekend!

For years and years I have wanted to go but unfortunately the cost of this event has not allowed me to do so.  The cheapest total event pass starts at $249 per person.  I have thought of just hanging out in the area just to people watch as that can be just as fun sometimes.  The Turner Classic Movie channel has an annual event where they show classic films on the big screen and have lots of actors and actresses old and new come in and do commentary.

You can buy individual event passes for $20 for general audiences, $10 with valid student I.D. for most events. Individual tickets are $30 for general audiences, $15 with valid student I.D

Please note: Individual tickets will NOT be sold for the Opening Night Red Carpet Gala screening of FUNNY GIRL (1968) or Club TCM events – including panels – as these are exclusive events for pass holders (depending on pass level).

Please note: Children under the age of 4 are not admitted to any Festival events.

Please click this link to see the film festival schedule: http://filmfestival.tcm.com/programs/schedule-thursday.php  For movie nerds like us, this event is a guaranteed good time.  If you go, please share your experience here!!


The Egyptian Theater

The Egyptian Theater

The Egyptian Theater opened in 1922 the same year King Tutankhamen’s tomb was discovered in Egypt hence the Egyptian theme due to the overwhelming popularity of anything Egyptian that year.  If you love old movies and black and whites, there is no other way to see it than on the original big screens they were intended to be seen on. Check out the calendar to see what movie fits you: http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/ 

For  the total “Old Hollywood” experience take a tour of the legendary 1922 Egyptian Theatre. See what it would have been like to be in a Grauman stage show with a visit to the dressing rooms and singers’ boxes. Check out our state-of-the-art projection booth and more! Discover the painstaking restoration work and the marriage of modern technology with a landmark of Hollywood history. Tickets: $5. Tour & movie: $10. Call 323.461.2020, ext. 3 for schedule changes.    FOREVER HOLLYWOOD Screens with behind the scenes historic theatre tours (offered once a month). You do not need to be a group to  participate in our monthly public tours. Tours will start promptly at 10:30 AM at the box office. Tours are approximately 60 min.

After visiting the theater, I suggest eating at the historical Pig & Whistle right next door!

 


Things to do in Beverly Hills!

Things to do in Beverly Hills!

The Paley Center for Media AKA The Museum for Television and Radio was founded in 1975 and a really cool place to visit.

Located on the corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Beverly Drive, the white marble/glass venue is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 12PM to 5PM. They are closed on Monday, Tuesday, and major holidays. Parking is free for 2 hours using the Paley Center underground parking on Santa Monica Blvd. Afterwards, the fee is $1 for each 30 minutes. Admission is free

Paley Center for Media is committed to the idea that many television and radio programs are significant works and should be preserved for posterity’s sake. Instead of collecting artifacts and memorabilia, the Paley Center comprises mostly screening rooms, including two full-sized theaters. More than 120,000 television shows, commercials and radio programs are available in the Paley Center’s library, and during each visit, viewers can select and watch shows at individual consoles, and radio programs are accessed through these same consoles.

Some television programs are from the 1940s with radio programs dating back to the 1920s. The earliest TV program in the Museum’s collection is a silent film of NBC’s 1939 production of Dion Boucicault‘s melodrama The Streets of New York (1857), with Norman Lloyd, George Coulouris and Jennifer Jones.[2]

This is a great way to spend a lazy day and watch old shows in their entirety.  I particularly love this because the shows include the original commercial programming, giving you an authentic look into the fashions and mind states of everyone at that time. I took some time to watch some I Love Lucy, but then found myself loving the commercials even more.  I also watched some old Saturday Night Live, then again, was loving the commercials!

I do suggest trying to think of the long lost shows of the past that you would want to see because when I got there with no plan, I was at a loss and couldn’t think of anything .  I also suggest to check the event calendar because they are always having shows and events that are very interesting and include some screenings with commentary.

The Paley Center for Media

465 N Beverly Dr Beverly Hills, CA 90210

(310) 786-1091 Wed-Sun 12 pm – 5 pm

If you go, please share your experiences here!!


James Cagney….The Original Gangster

James Cagney….the original gangster

James Cagney, aka The Professional Againster, born 1899 in New York City, New York. Always a tough guy ready to hold his ground while throwing one liners to the headline gal.

Some Cagney facts:  According to his authorized biography, Cagney, although of Irish and Norwegian extraction, could speak Yiddish since he had grown up in a heavily Jewish area in New York. He used to converse in Yiddish with Jewish performers. 

Though most Cagney imitators use the line “You dirty rat!”, Cagney never actually said it in any of his films.

According to James Cagney‘s autobiography Cagney By Cagney, (Published by Doubleday and Company Inc 1976, and ghost written by show biz biographer Jack McCabe), a Mafia plan to murder Cagney by dropping a several hundred pound klieg light on top of him was stopped at the insistence of George Raft. Cagney at that time was president of the Screen Actors Guild, and was determined not to let the mob infiltrate the industry. Raft used his many mob connections to cancel the hit.

Cagney was known for several of his gangster films like City for Conquest, “G” Men, White Heat, and Each Dawn I Die.

Now to pick a movie suggestion for you.  I could say for your first film watch Public Enemy (1931) so you can really get a feel for what he is capable.  That and most out there have seen remakes of this film, so you will recognize the story line.

The next film I would suggest is Great Guy (1936)

Cagney is the New York Department of Weights and Measures vs. a systematic effort to cheat the public by giving them less product than they pay for…organized by crooked city alderman Marty Cavanaugh, who put the last chief deputy inspector in the hospital. The new man, pugnacious Johnny Cave, steps on the toes of influential merchants and gets increasing pressure, both political and strong-arm, to desist.

If you ever check these movies out or have others that are favorites of yours, let me know!


Hollywood History

When Spanish explorers first entered the area now known as Hollywood, Native Americans were living in the canyons of the Santa Monica  Mountains. Before long, the Indians had been moved to missions and the land which Hollywood now occupies was divided in two by the Spanish Government. Acreage to the west became part of Rancho La Brea and settlements to the  East became Rancho Los Feliz.

By the 1870s an agricultural community flourished in  the area and crops ranging from hay and grain to  subtropical bananas and pineapples were thriving. During the 1880s, the Ranchos were sub-divided. In 1886, H. H.Wilcox bought an area of Rancho La Brea that his wife then christened “Hollywood.” Within a few years, Wilcox had devised a grid plan for his new  community, paved Prospect Avenue (now Hollywood  Boulevard) for his main street and was selling large  residential lots to wealthy Midwesterners looking to build homes so they could “winter in California.”

Prospect Avenue soon became a prestigious residential street populated with large Queen Anne, Victorian, and Mission Revival houses. Mrs. Daeida Wilcox raised funds to build churches, schools and a library and Hollywood quickly became a complete and prosperous community. This location of prime real estate was later named “Hollywoodland” in 1923.

In 1911, the Nestor Company opened Hollywood’s first film studio in an old tavern on the corner of Sunset and Gower. Not long thereafter Cecil B. DeMille and D. W.  Griffith began making movies in the area drawn to the community for its open space and moderate climate.

The Hollywood sign soon became an American cultural icon of movie stars and film location so it became an official landmark and the “land” was dropped in 1949.

Hollywood tidbits and facts:

In 1906, a streetcar line was constructed in the Hollywood district down the middle of “Sandy Road”. This lane was known as the “Rose City Line”. The establishment of the streetcar route facilitated the growth of the suburb of Hollywood.

In 1923, Harry Chandler, a real estate agent and investor built the famous Hollywood Sign to advertise the area “Hollywoodland”. The total expense for this advertisement was $21,000. Initially, it was built to last only for eighteen months. However, as of today, the Hollywood Sign has lasted for eighty years.

In 1939, four thousand twenty-watt bulbs were put to illuminate the signboard and a caretaker was appointed to maintain the same. The part of land, which included the “Hollywood” sign, was sold to the city of LA.

The alphabets of the signboard began to fall down. To restore the same, in 1978 an auction of the alphabets was held by Hugh Hefner, founder of the magazine “Playboy”. This auction was held for a period of three months. Alice Cooper, American rock singer, sponsored the alphabet “O”. Gene Autry and Paul Williams sponsored the alphabets “L” and “W” respectively.

In 1995, a trust known as “Hollywood Sign Trust” was set up to maintain the Hollywood sign.

 Mary Pickford

Hollywood is just as interesting to visit today and the city’s culture and crazy crowds makes for interesting people watching.