“Forgotten Hollywood”- At Barnes & Noble!

January 30th, 2010

Manny P. here…

   To compliment 27 Borders book stores in Southern California, The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, and The Granada Pavilion in Granada Hills …Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History can now be purchased at 3 Barnes and Noble locations.

   Additionally, B&N promises if you reserve it online, you can pick up your copy of the paperback at the Barnes and Noble store of your choice within an hour (after they send you an email  confirmation) !! What a great offer…


   You can currently find the book at:

The Grove at Farmers Market
189 Grove Drive Suite K 30
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Aliso Viejo Town Center
26751 Aliso Creek Road
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Puente Hills  17490 Colima Road
Rowland Heights, CA 91748

   Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History has landed all over Southern California in 2010. What’s your excuse? Go pick up a copy!

   We’ll keep you posted with more locations as they arrive.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- BORDERS Book Tour Set to Begin!

January 28th, 2010

Manny P here…

   Now that 31 Borders stores in Southern California are currently carrying Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History, I’m proud to announce book-signings at participating locations. Several stores have expressed interest on having events over the next two-three months.


   Borders in Yorba Linda / Anaheim Hills has confirmed a book-signing on Saturday, February 20 between 1-3pm. This location is located off the 91 freeway, Weir Canyon exit at 22401 Old Canal Rd. in the Savi Ranch Shopping Center  (you can actually see the Borders from the freeway). I would like to personally thank General Manager Jamie Valdez for her exuberance in setting this event up.

   Borders in La Habra has also committed to a March book-signing on a Saturday to be determined over the next couple of weeks. This store is convenietly located on the corner of Beach and Imperial Hwy. Again, thanks to General Manager Trent Vernon for his friendly willingness to set up a book-signing event.

    A reminder – For full details on my event signings, please refer to the Navigation Bar to the left in the appropriate Book Tour Schedule section for updates.

   Remember, I’ll be at the Los Altos Branch Library in Long Beach, Tuesday at 6pm to discuss “How to Self-Publish YOUR Book” to the California Writers Club. The event is actually free for any potential author in the area. A book-signing will follow after the lecture. cwclogo100

   Please go to the following link for more information…


Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Ten Borders Locations!

January 26th, 2010

Manny P. here…

   What a week we are having!

   You can now find Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History in 10 Southern California Borders stores. They can be found at each location in the All Things Local – Local History section. Here’s where you can find the paperback:


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   For exact addresses, go to www.borders.com. Next stop…book signings at a Borders location in Southern California near you!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- My SAG Film Ballot…

January 18th, 2010

Manny P. here…

   As promised, here is how I filled out my ballot for this year’s Screen Actors Guild Acting Awards. I consider 2009 a down year for the quality of movies. And I believe some folks and films should have been considered for specific awards.  Let me explain:


   It comes down to Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart) and Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker). Ben Foster (The Messenger) should have received a nod. Bridges is getting all of the attention. However, Crazy Heart seems way too familiar to other movies showcasing the washed up older guy (ie. The Wrestler last year). Renner was uncompromising and ferocious. It’s not sexy, but he’s my pick.


   The best performance of Sandra Bullock’s career (The Blind Side)! A great movie and a great cast, which should have been given overall consideration. I liked Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia) and Carey Mulligan (An Education), but Bullock really delivers.


   I didn’t enjoy Inglourious Basterds. Revising history for any reason on film is dangerous.

   That said, Christoph Waltz is delicious in his villainy. Flat out the best performance by any actor (male or female) this season. In another year, Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones) or Woody Harrelson (The Messenger) might have been my pick, but not today. Alfred Molina (An Education) was outstanding and deserves Oscar consideration. I wish he would have received a SAG Award nomination.


   Two outstanding performances this year – Mo’nique (Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire) and Anna Kendrick (Up In the Air). Mo’nique probably wins this award. However, Kendrick is funny, sad, and extremely talented in a very slick hip film. I’m not complimenting the movie, per se, but she was fun everytime she appeared on screen.


   The Blind Side, An Education, and The Hurt Locker were outstanding. Actually, Invictus was quite good too. I’ll be very disappointed if Inglourious Bastards, Nine or Precious wins this award. An Education was the biggest surprise, so I voted for this motion picture. If The Hurt Locker is chosen, it won’t bother me at all…

   Because ten pictures will be nominated for an Oscar this year, I hope The Blind Side is included.

   These are my official choices. I hope you will take my suggestions on the movies I believe were worth watching… I’m proud of my 28-year membership in SAG.

Until next time>                              “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Costco Deal in Place!

January 13th, 2010

Manny P. here…

I have exciting news!

   A preliminary deal has been reached with Costco Wholesale chain to sell Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History in two of their brick-and-mortar stores in Los Angeles County. The paperback should be available around February 15th at the Burbank and Hollywood locations. What a thrill to add this major store to the places where you can currently buy the book: The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills and The Granada Pavilion in Granada Hills.


   The Burbank address of Costco is 1051 Burbank Blvd. The LA address in Hollywood is 2901 Los Feliz Blvd. I’ll work the membership warehouses to provide appropriate signage for my work.

   I also plan on setting up book-signing appearances at both locations. I hope to set this up soon with the local Costco stores. You’ll be the first to know when the days are assigned for these book events.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Long Beach Lecture & Book Signing…

January 8th, 2010

Manny P. here…

   Everyone is invited to attend my lecture at the California Writers Club of Long Beach on Tuesday, February 2nd at 6pm. I’ll be discussing the creation of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History including self-publication, marketing, and distribution. I’ll bring flyers and provide information about my team who have worked tirelessly in making my paperback a “fairy tale” success.

   Immediately after the lecture and Q&A, I’ll be selling my book and personally autographing them. The event will be held at the Los Altos Branch Library at 5614 Britton Dr. (one block east of Bellflower Bl. and one block south of Stearns) in Long Beach.


   Topics will include:

  • Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History (of course) !!
  • How to diagram a non-fiction book (from Table of Contents to Appendix)
  • How to layout your book (including cover and back cover development)
  • Photos that will bring your words to life (and legal issues regarding use)
  • Finding the right publisher
  • Setting up a Web Site and other marketing tools (a complete strategy)
  • How the distribution process works (the importance of wholesalers)
  • YOUR involvement in selling the book
Los Altos Library in Long Beach

Los Altos Library


   If you’re interested in creating your dream book using my ideas and techniques, or if you’d like to purchase a copy of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History… stop on by!

   Here’s the direct website link for further info on this fun and educational event:



And best of all, the event is FREE !!!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Oscar Winner Celebrates a Century!

January 4th, 2010

Manny P. here…

Luise Ranier

Luise Ranier

   The oldest living Oscar winning actress will be celebrating her 100th birthday next week. Luise Ranier won back to back Academy Awards in 1936 & 1937 for The Great Ziegfeld and The Good Earth.  Her small role in Ziegfeld led to the creation of the Best Supporting Acting award the following year.

   She made two memorable television appearances on Combat and The Love Boat. I recently watched the episode on Combat, and found her to be compelling and as gifted an actress as she was in the 1930’s.

   Happy Birthday to Luise Ranier, who lives quietly in London.





Until next time>                               “never forget”