“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.


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!



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

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Podcast on Spotify…

May 10th, 2022

Manny P. here…

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

“`Episode Thirteen is on the cloud. This week, we are proud to present Hollywood’s Tribute to the Swing Era.

PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK to give this (and the previous twelve 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:


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.


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.


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!



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.



“`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.



“`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:



“`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.


Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- TCM to Honor Leonard Maltin…

April 18th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`With the TCM Classic Film Festival back in full swing this weekend in Hollywood, I am joining legions of fans in attending the festivities.  I am hanging with Art Kirsch and John Coleman of Celebrating Act 2 as we capture the thrills and ambiance of the event.

“`A poignant moment will take place on Saturday (Day 3) with the presentation of the annual Robert Osborne Award to Leonard Maltin. This award is given to an individual whose work has helped preserve the cultural heritage of classic film for future generations. The honor will take place at 6p (pst) at the Hollywood Legion Theatre and presenting the award will be TCM host Ben Mankiewicz.


“`A well-deserved honor,  Maltin is widely respected among his peers and revered in popular culture for his career as a cinematic critic and historian. He served as the movie reviewer for Entertainment Tonight for three decades and is perhaps best known for his indispensable book Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide and its companion volume Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide.

“`On a personal note, I am thrilled to join a number of journalists in the Writer’s Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel for a roundtable with Maltin at 2p. This will be my initial official function with TCM and I am truly humbled to participate in such a newsworthy event. Here is a link of a Celebrating Act 2 chat I had with Maltin in December at the  Hollywood Heritage Museum:

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- I’m Looking Through You…

April 17th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`Check out my interview with Bob Wilson on his I’m Looking Through You podcast. I appear in hour two of the program and discuss Hollywood’s love affair with baseball.

“`Here is the link to the show:



Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Magic Castle Has New Owner…

April 14th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`Gearbox founder and magician Randy Pitchford has agreed to a deal to buy the Magic Castle in Hollywood. It is the headquarters for the Academy of Magical Arts, a group of magicians and enthusiasts dedicated to the celebration and preservation of magic.

“`The Magic Castle is an Edwardian manor in a Gothic style built in 1908. It is a property on Franklin Avenue, a clubhouse and performance venue. The pandemic forced a closure of the once-popular site and threatened to permanently shut down the landmark.

“`Magicians including David Copperfield and Penn Jillete are lining up to praise Pitchford for his efforts.  The deal includes the Magic Castle on-site hotel and Pitchford has not yet revealed the price or his future plans for renovation. One thing is certain… The venue will remain a place for the presentation of magic.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- We’re Off to Visit the TCM Fest…

April 11th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`John Coleman and Art Kirsch of Celebrating Act 2 preview this year’s TCM Film Festival coming up in a couple of weeks. Here is the rundown…


Until next time>                               “never forget”