“Forgotten Hollywood”- Author’s Day Interviews pt. 6…

March 4th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`My series on Hollywood Golden Age authors on Celebrating Act 2 continues with my dear friend, William Wellman Jr., as he shares great stories about his iconic father from his book, Wild Bill Wellman, Hollywood Rebel. The conversation takes place at the famed Hollywood Heritage Museum.

“`Enjoy!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The James Earl Jones Theatre…

March 3rd, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`The Shubert Organization just announced that Broadway’s Cort Theatre will be renamed the James Earl Jones Theatre to honor the actor. The theater has been under renovations since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Renovations are expected to be done by the summer. The Cort Theatre initially opened its doors in 1912 and is now America’s oldest professional theatre company.

JAMES EARL JONES

“`The beloved actor’s career spans seven decades. Jones has received much recognition for his vast contributions to both stage and screen over the years. In 1985, Jones was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame and went on to receive the National Medal of Arts in 1992. He was recently honored as a Disney Legend for his contributions to the Walt Disney Company through his various Disney roles over the years.

“`Jones has appeared in fourteen productions at Shubert theatres, which include two roles at Cort Theatre. His most recent performance was in the revival of Donald L. Coburn’s The Gin Game; the production taking place at the John Golden Theatre.

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“`I am thrilled to present Manny Pacheco’s Forgotten Hollywood, a new podcast on SPOTIFY. It will be presented in over ninety episodes with one program offered each week!

“`Episode Three is on the cloud. This week, I share tales about famous femme characters in film. The softer creations of screenwriters inspire musical compositions and and continue to capture our collective imaginations. PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK to give it a listen:

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Successful Ladd…

March 2nd, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`Alan Ladd Jr. was a veteran film industry executive and producer. He received an Oscar for Braveheart, commissioned George Lucas to write Star Wars and was an influential studio head for Twentieth Century Fox and MGM / United Artists. He was also the son of iconic actor Alan Ladd.

“`Growing up in Hollywood, Ladd Jr. got his start in the business as a motion picture talent agent at Creative Management Associates. His client list included such heavyweights as Judy Garland, Warren Beatty and Robert Redford. He was in his mid-thirties when he began serving as Head of Creative Affairs at Fox. In 1976, he was promoted to president of Fox’s film division. During his tenure, the studio’s stock rocketed by 1,600%.

“`In 1979, Ladd became the head of his own production company. He later joined MGM / UA, eventually becoming Chairman and CEO of MGM-Pathé Communications. He quit executive life in 1993, resurrecting The Ladd Company at Paramount Pictures.

“`Ladd’s associated body of work is astounding by any standards. Besides the aforementioned blockbusters, he pushed to green-light the productions of   Young FrankensteinScent of a WomanThe Towering Inferno,The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Silent Movie, Police Academy, Silver Streak, The OmenJulia, The Turning Point, High Anxiety, The Boys from Brazil, Norma Rae, All That Jazz, 9 to 5, Brubaker, Chariots of Fire, Body Heat, Blade Runner, The Right Stuff, Night Shift, A View to a Kill, Moonstruck, Spaceballs, A Fish Called Wanda, Thelma and Louise, among others.

“`Ladd named Ashley Boone as Fox’s President of Marketing — making him the initial African American to be president of a studio division. His sister Cheryl Boone-Isaacs later became the first Black leader of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Laddie’s decisions made a difference and we are still feeling his positive reverberations, today.

“`Alan Ladd Jr. was eighty-four.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Anatevka…

February 26th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`Villagers from a  Ukraine hamlet are forced to escape by a rising Russian military presence. These unhappy wanderers eventually find themselves throughout Europe, Israel and even the United States. Is this a story ripped from the headlines…  possibly! It is also the basis for the conclusion of Fiddler on the Roof. Plus, twenty miles outside of the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, there is a little village inspired by the musical. It is called Anatevka.

“`Pogroms in the Russian Empire were large-scale, targeted, and repeated anti-Jewish rioting that began in the nineteenth century. Two million Jews fled the Russian Empire between 1880 and 1920, with many going to the United Kingdom and United States. An event that triggered vicious pogroms in the twentieth century was the assassination of Tsar Alexander II for which some blamed agents of foreign influence, implying that Jews were at fault.

“`In the animated film An American Tail, set during and after the 1880s pogroms, Fievel and his village is destroyed by a pogrom (Fievel and his family are mice, the Cossack attackers are cats). A pogrom is one of the central scenes in Fiddler on the Roof.  The story adapted from Russian author Sholem Aleichem’s Tevye the Dairyman tales.  The famous stage play and film highlighted the cruelty of the Russian pogroms on the Jews in fictional Anatevka.

“`For context, a comparison of Putin’s attack on the Ukraine to Hitler’s blitzkrieg during World War II is admirable. However, a more accurate assessment is this historical Eastern European atrocity known as the pogromFiddler on the Roof poignantly offers a comparative tableau of real victims at the turn of the last century. Today’s victims of the current attack, all striving to maintain a democratic Ukraine, should be in our prayers, and eventually, remembered and honored.

Anatevka, Anatevka.
Underfed, overworked Anatevka.
Where else could Sabbath be so sweet?
Anatevka, Anatevka.
Intimate, obstinate Anatevka,
Where I know everyone I meet.
Soon I’ll be a stranger in a strange new place,
Searching for an old familiar face
From Anatevka.
I belong in Anatevka,
Tumble-down, work-a-day Anatevka.
Dear little village, little town of mine

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Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Author’s Day Interviews pt. 5…

February 25th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`We continue our Celebrating Act 2 series conducted at the Hollywood Heritage Museum during their Afternoon with the Authors event. Author Mindy Johnson delights us with stories about early pioneers of cinema in Pencils, Pens, Brushes: A Girl’s Guide To Animation.

“`Enjoy!

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“`Manny Pacheco’s Forgotten Hollywood, a new podcast on Spotify. It will be presented in over ninety episodes with one program offered each week!

“`Episode Two is on the cloud. This week, I share stories about Oscar-nominated music during Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Hot Lips…

February 24th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`Sally Kellerman was the  Oscar and Emmy nominated actress, who played Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan in director Robert Altman’s 1970 film M*A*S*H. She had a career of more than sixty years in film and television.

“`Kellerman was born in 1937 in Long Beach, California, the daughter of a piano teacher and an oil executive.  She moved to Los Angeles as a child and attended Hollywood High School. Her initial interest was in jazz singing and she was signed to a contract with Verve records at age eighteen. She opted to pursue acting, instead.

“`She took a drama class at  Los Angeles City College and appeared in a stage production of Look Back in Anger with classmates Jack Nicholson, Shirley Knight, Dean Stockwell, and Robert Blake. She worked in television, with a lead role in Cheyenne and guest appearances on The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and Bonanza. Her appearance in the original Star Trek pilot as Dr. Elizabeth Dehner is the most memorable of her early efforts.

“`In addition to working with Altman, Kellerman co-starred in Last of the Red Hot LoversThe Boston Strangler, Brewster McCloud, Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins, Slither, A Little Romance, Foxes, and Back to School.

“`Sally Kellerman (above right) was eighty-four.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Leonard Maltin Interview…

February 17th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`As part of my series of Author’s Day interviews on Celebrating Act 2 at the Hollywood Heritage Museum, I present a conversation with film critic and historian Leonard Maltin. This is part four in our series. LEONARD MALTIN ->

“`Leonard Maltin will be this year’s recipient of the Robert Osborne Award at the 2022 TCM Film Festival. The award is presented annually to a person whose work has helped preserve the cultural heritage of classic cinema for future generations. I have just been assigned my press credentials for this year’s event!

“`Enjoy!

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“`A reminder to listen to Manny Pacheco’s Forgotten Hollywood, a new ninety-part podcast on Spotify! I share fascinating stories about Hollywood’s Studio Era. Click on the link below…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- All Time Funny…

February 15th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`Celebrating Act 2 examines some of the funniest comedies by decade. John Coleman, Art Kirsch and I yuk it up during this engaging conversation.

“`Enjoy!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Vault…

February 14th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`Collector Tom Barnes created Retroformat Silent Films to perpetuate the original form of cinematic presentation; public silent movie screenings with live music. Now, the educational non-profit company has launched a brand new web-based archive of rare silent films for online subscribers: The Vault. It will cover a wide range of artists and genres, such as productions by the first major Black filmmaker, Oscar Micheaux; and Jack Pickford, the brother of America’s Sweetheart, Mary Pickford.

“`A one-of-a-kind online archive of silent films and special features, The Vault will house Retroformat’s exclusive digital scans of 16mm celluloid from the USC School of Cinematic Arts HNH Foundation Moving Image Archive and additional private collections, as well as restorations by the Library of Congress and other sources. Flicks shall feature original music compositions performed by Retroformat musical director Cliff Retallick.

“`Retroformat Silent Films is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. They hosted the first drive-in silent movie show with live music in Hollywood history, Harold Lloyd’s The Freshman  at the Hollywood Legion Theater Drive-In.

“`For membership information, email retroformat@gmail.com, and / or visit retroformat.org.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Last Time the L. A. Rams Won…

February 13th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`The 1951 Championship Game was the  National Football League’s 19th finale, played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. This was a rematch of the previous season’s contest in Cleveland, with the Los Angeles Rams of the National Conference playing the defending league champion Cleveland Browns of the American Conference.

“`Pop had been a fan since they won the championship in 1945 as the Cleveland Rams. When they moved to Los Angeles, his loyalty was cemented. My dad was thirteen. He spent the rest of his life waiting for their next victory.

“`This was the first NFL championship game to be televised coast-to-coast and it was blacked out by the league in Southern California. The DuMont Network purchased the championship game television rights from the league. The Browns were favored to win this title game on the road by six points.

“`The underdog Rams upset the Browns 24–17 for their second championship before a then-record crowd for the title game of 59,475. Bob Waterfield, Tom Fears and Norm Van Brocklin all played for the Rams. Otto Graham played for Cleveland. The championship banner awarded to the Rams was given to Tom Bergin in gratitude for hosting the post-game dinner.  As of 2016, it hangs in Bergin’s pub in Los Angeles, the one banner in private ownership. By the way, the Browns have never been in a Super Bowl game.

“`Until yesterday’s victory in Super Bowl LVI, this was the Rams’ singular NFL championship as a California squad.  They won in 1999 as the St. Louis Rams. Over the next seventy years, my dad molded fans out of his brother, sister and his son (me!). Last October, my father and his brother passed away. They both had a front row seat in heaven in order to watch the big game I am quite sure.

“`I dedicate the Ram’s victory to my pop and my uncle… Manuel N. Pacheco and Johnny Parra. (above left with their sister Dolores Parra)

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Author’s Day Interviews pt. 3…

February 11th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`My interviews with celebrated scribes at the Hollywood Heritage Museum continues! Author and Hollywood Historian Steven J. Rubin shares with us The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia. Celebrating Act 2 presents part three in the series.

“`Enjoy!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- 2022 SAG Award Selections…

February 10th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`John Coleman, Art Kirsch and I chat about my choices for this season’s SAG Awards on Celebrating Act 2. It is an engaging discussion!

“`Enjoy!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Special Effects Wizard…

February 9th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`Douglas Trumbell was a film director and special effects magician. He was the son of Donald Trumbull, who created the visual look for The Wizard of Oz. He created special photographic effects for 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and The Tree of Life, and also directed Silent Running and Brainstorm.

“`Douglas Trumbull’s began his career at Graphic Films in Los Angeles. The small animation and graphic arts studio produced  To the Moon and Beyond for the 1964 New York World’s Fair. The spaceflight film caught the attention of director Stanley Kubrick.

“`Author Michael Crichton and director Robert Wise were very impressed by Trumbull’s efforts on The Andromeda Strain. His success on Andromeda set him up to direct Silent Running. Its environmental message struck a chord and the movie has become a cult classic. Trumbull also had uncredited work using blue screen techniques on The Towering Inferno.

  

DOUGLAS TRUMBULL (Star Trek: The Motion Picture & Blade Runner)

“`In 1975, Trumbull turned down an offer to provide the effects for George Lucas’ Star Wars due to other commitments, but he later contributed to Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Blade Runner followed. After his work on Brainstorm and the death of its star, Natalie Wood, Trumbull left Hollywood.

“`One of his post-cinematic work was Back to the Future Ride at  Universal Studios Theme Park. Trumbull’s Showscan technology could be seen on a theme-park type ride at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas.  After three decades away from Hollywood, he returned to special effects work on Terrence Malick’s 2011 film The Tree of Life.

“`Trumbull was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2010. He received Academy Awards nods on three occasions and received the Gordon E. Sawyer Award in February 2012, an honorary Oscar given to:

An individual in the motion picture industry whose technological contributions have brought credit to the industry.

“`He was given the American Society of Cinematographer’s Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the Georges Méliès Award from the Visual Effects Society.

“`Douglas Trumbull was seventy-nine.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Celebrating Stanley Kramer…

February 6th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`Celebrating Act 2 is the place to have a chat about the great director, Stanley Kramer. John Coleman and Art Kirsch join me in this engaging discussion.

“`Enjoy!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Author’s Day Interviews pt. 2…

February 5th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`Afternoon with The Authors interviews at the Hollywood Heritage Museum continues on Celebrating Act 2. This week, I chat with noted historian and author Marc Wanamaker about his new book Hollywood’s Trains & Trolleys.

“`Enjoy!

Until next time>                               “never forget”