“Forgotten Hollywood”- Farewell to Bo…

May 28th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`Bo Hopkins was an actor remembered for playing the leader of the Pharoahs gang in American Graffiti. Hopkins appeared in over one-hundred film and television roles in a career of more than forty years.

“`Just like Ray Liotta, Hopkins was an adopted child. He led a troubled life as a teenager with instances of truancy, minor crimes and a stay in a reform school.  He dropped out of school just before his seventeenth birthday and joined the United States Army, where he was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division was shipped off to Korea, where he served for nine months.

“`In Hollywood, he earned a living parking cars while studying at the Actors Studio. One of his classmates was Martin Landau. Hopkins appeared in popular films including The Wild Bunch, The Getaway, White Lightning, The Bridge at Remagen and Midnight Express. He was busy on television, guest-starring in  The Rockford Files, DynastyGunsmoke, Bonanza,  The Mod Squad, Hawaii Five-OThe Rookies, Charlie’s AngelsFantasy Island, The A-Team, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, The Fall Guy and Murder She Wrote.

“`Bo Hopkins (above right) was eighty-four.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- One of the GoodFellas…

May 26th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`Ray Liotta was a rugged actor with piercing eyes.  He was best known for his performances in Field of Dreams and GoodFellas. He also portrayed singer Frank Sinatra in the television movie The Rat Pack for which he received a SAG Awards nomination.

 

                          RAY LIOTTA                  JOE PESCI

“`Liotta moved to New York after his graduation from college to try his luck at acting. He got a job as a bartender at the Shubert Organization and landed an agent within six months. One of his earliest roles was on the soap opera Another World. He quit the show after three years so he could try his luck in the film industry in Los Angeles. He made his movie debut in 1983’s The Lonely Lady. His initial major acting assignment was in Something Wild, which earned him his first Golden Globes nomination.

“`After his breakthrough performances in Field of Dreams and GoodFellas, he would stay busy in Hollywood for the rest of his career, with notable performances in  Unlawful Entry, John Q, Narc, Hannibal, and Smokin’ Aces. Liotta was partial to animation and children’s programmming and he appeared in flicks with SpongeBob SquarePants and The Muppets. At the time of his passing, Liotta had several projects in production.

“`Ray Liotta was sixty-seven.

To honor this fine actor, I will present a tribute to the movie GoodFellas on my podcast, Manny Pacheco’s Forgotten Hollywood, next week.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Podcast on Spotify…

May 24th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`Manny Pacheco’s Forgotten Hollywood on Spotify. One show streamed each week!

“`Episode Fifteen is on the cloud. This week, we are honored to present our Memorial Day Tribute to Cinema!

PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK to give this (and the previous fourteen episodes) a listen:

“`Joining me in each episode is journalist Gary Lycan, the former award-winning radio reporter from the Orange County Register. His reports were recorded before his passing. He leaves a wonderful legacy of storytelling that I am proud to share.

“`If you do not subscribe to Spotify, you can still listen to Forgotten Hollywood on Castos. And no membership is necessary. PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK:

https://manny-pachecos-forgotten-hollywood.castos.com/episodes/ep-15-the-memorial-day-episode-052522

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- An Actress By Any Other Name…

May 21st, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`John Coleman, Art Kirsch and I enter an engaging Celebrating Act 2 chat about the terrific character actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Age. This trip down memory lane is well worth the price of admission.

“`Enjoy!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The George Stevens Jr Interview…

May 19th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`While at the TCM Classic Film Festival, I had the pleasure of meeting George Stevens Jr at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.  The Forgotten Hollywood and Celebrating Act 2 cameras were there.

“`He is the son of the iconic director of Woman of the Year, The More the Merrier, A Place in the Sun, Shane, Giant and The Diary of Anne Frank. Stevens Jr. is also the creatior of the Kennedy Center Honors and the American Film Institute.

“`Enjoy!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Mank Interview…

May 13th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`At the TCM Classic Film Festival, I was very fortunate to track down Ben Mankiewicz, the longtime host of  Turner Classic Movies and grandson of the iconic screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, and we had a really amazing conversation on Celebrating Act 2.

“`Enjoy!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Celebrating a Podcast…

May 11th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`John Coleman and Art Kirsch of Celebrating Act 2 have decided to chat about Manny Pacheco’s Forgotten Hollywood, a podcast you can hear on Spotify! It is a pip!

“`Enjoy!

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“`By the way, here is the link to Manny Pacheco’s Forgotten Hollywood on Spotify!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Chat with TCM’s Czar of Noir…

May 5th, 2022

Manny P…

“`Recently, at TCM’s Classic Movies Festival,  I had a rare opportunity to chat with the host of Noir Alley, the genial Eddie Muller in front of the Celebrating Act 2 cameras. Our topics ranged from delivering content on TCM in during Covid, the unique relationship and bond between the TCM hosts and the fans, and of course, film noir.

“`Enjoy!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Mouse Owns the Fox…

May 2nd, 2022

Manny P. here..

“`Disney has purchased 20th Century Fox. What implications does this takeover have. I join Art Kirsch and John Coleman on Celebrating Act 2 to discuss. And I do have concerns.

“`Enjoy!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Remembering Joanna Barnes…

April 30th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`Joanna Barnes was an author and actress. She is best known for her roles in Auntie Mame and in both versions of The Parent Trap.  Her research for a magazine article about making movies led to her career change to acting.

“`Barnes moved to Los Angeles after finishing her education, and took up a contract with Columbia Pictures. She went on to have roles in more than twenty films. Assignments included roles in Spartacus and The War Wagon. She was far more busy on the small screen, appearing in The Untouchables, Maverick, Mr. Lucky, Dr. Kildare, Mannix, Cheyenne, 77 Sunset Strip, Love American Style, McCloud, Marcus Welby M. D., Hawaii 5-0, Nanny and the Professor, The Beverly Hillbillies, Murder She WroteCharlie’s Angels, Fantasy Island, Barney Miller, Remington Steele and Cheers.

“`Barnes was a frequent panellist on What’s My Line. She also penned a weekly book review for the Los Angeles Times and her column was carried by  The Chicago Tribune and New York News Syndicate.

“`Joanna Barnes (above right) was eighty-seven.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- And Now a Word…

April 27th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`Make sure you visit SPOTIFY OR CASTOS, the platforms that carry my podcast!

”’Links:

https://app.castos.com/podcasts

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- TCM Film Fest in Pictures…

April 23rd, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`So much going on at this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival. Let me recap…

“`Day 1 highlights included a reunion of the TCM hosts (who had been physically separated for over two years) and the red-carpet screening of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

 

TCM HOSTS                                STEVEN SPIELBERG

“`Day 2 highlights included the Lily Tomlin hand and footprint ceremony in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre and a special screening of the restored version of Giant. George Stevens Jr., the son of the acclaimed director, was in attendance.

     

LILY TOMLIN   GEORGE STEVENS JR.  BEN MANKIEWICZ  STEVEN SPIELBERG

“`Day 3 –  I had the opportunity to interview TCM hosts Ben Mankiewicz and Eddie Muller. I was part of a round-table with fellow journalists as we chatted with Leonard Maltin.  He later received the prestigious Robert Osborne Award. A splendid retrospective preceded the official presentation. The accolade was awarded to Maltin by iconic actor Warren Beatty.

     

MANNY PACHECO  BEN MANKIEWICZ              LEONARD MALTIN  EDDIE MULLER

“`Of course, there were screenings of motion pictures and plenty of cinephiles on hand to give the festival a return-to-home feel. This is the initial live event put on by TCM since before the pandemic.

 

“`Thanks to my friends at Celebrating Act 2  (Art Kirsch and John Coleman), I have more on the way, including of a video tour of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, TCL Chinese Theatre, interviews with super fans of TCM from around the country and plenty of bonus content!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- How to Succeed…

April 22nd, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`As we celebrate the return of theTCM Classic Film Festival to Hollywood, let us remember the fine career of Robert Morse. On Broadway, he originated the role of J. Pierrepont Finch on How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying for which he won a Tony Award. Six years later, in 1967, he starred in the film adaptation. He won a second Tony Award for playing Truman Capote for his work in the production of the one-man play Tru. ROBERT MORSE ->

“`Morse served in the navy during the Korean War and initially broke into television after his discharge in 1954 in the original cast of the daytime soap opera The Secret Storm. He was Barnaby Tucker in the original Broadway production of Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker  and it launched his career.  In movies, Morse additionally co-starred in The Cardinal and A Guide For the Married Man.

“`His success on Broadway parlayed into a steady television career, guest-starring in  Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Night Gallery, Naked City, Love American Style, Fantasy Island, The Dukes of Hazzard, Murder She Wrote and in fifty-eight memorable episodes of Mad Men.

“`A gap-tooth talent above reproach, Robert Morse was ninety.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Weekend with Larry…

April 21st, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`This weekend’s TCM Classic Film Festival is a major deal to the businesses along Hollywood Boulevard. Musso and Franks will be festive with hungry patrons; all the movie theatres will have their palace rooms at capacity; and Larry Edmunds Bookshop will be in the thick of it sponsoring a number of booksigning events.

“`Owner Jeff Mantor has lined up a fascinating array of authors with Hollywood-themed books guaranteed to delight any and all cinephiles. The noted scribes include Carla Valderrama, Cari Beauchamp, George Stevens Jr.,  Maria Cooper Janis, Rocky Lang, Barbara Hall,  John Malahy, Glenn Frankel, Leonard Maltin and George Chakiris (below). And TCM hosts Alicia Malone and Eddie Muller (below) will be autographing their books. Click on the link for a rundown of each day’s events:

   

https://www.larryedmunds.com/events

“`The Forgotten Hollywood Book Series (3) is available this weekend at Larry Edmunds as well. Please take a moment to pick up copies of my work. They are also at the Hollywood Heritage Museum. I will spend Saturday at the TCM Classic Film Festival.  It would be an honor to sign my books for you. And let’s chat about the motion picture that we love.       JEFF MANTOR and MANNY PACHECO at LARRY EDUMUNDS —>

“`Larry Edmunds Bookshop is located at 6644 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028. Hope to see you at the fest!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Classic Remakes…

April 20th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`West Side Story, Nightmare Alley, Ben Hur… Should they have been remade? That is the discussion I have with Art Kirsch and John Coleman on Celebrating Act 2.

“`Enjoy!

Until next time>                               “never forget”