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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Today in Hollywood History June 1st 2011

Today in Hollywood History June 1st 2011

1890 - Frank Morgan known for playing the Wizard in the Wizard of Oz is born

1926 - Marilyn Monroe born

1926 - Andy Griffith born

1933 - Charlie Chaplin weds Paulette Goddard

1936 - "Lux Radio Theater" moved from NYC to Hollywood

1937 - Morgan Freeman born

1949 - Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz wed for the second time

1971 - Ed Sullivan's final TV show on CBS

1991 - Roseanne Arnold & Tom Arnold wed again, they divorced later

1996 - 5th MTV Movie Awards Seven Best Movie

Today in Hollywood History May 31st 2011

Today in Hollywood History May 31st 2011

1930 - Clint Eastwood is born

1941 - 1st issue of "Parade" magazine goes on sale

1962 - "Tell It To Groucho" last airs on CBS-TV

1965 - Brooke Shields is born

1976 - Colin Farrell is born

1990 - Seinfeld starring Jerry Seinfeld, debuts on NBC as Seinfeld Chronicles

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Today in Hollywood History May 29th 2011

Today in Hollywood History May 29th 2011

1942 - Bing Crosby records "White Christmas," greatest selling record to date

1942 - John Barrymore patriarch of the Barrymore acting dynasty dies at 60
1954 - Kirk & Anne Douglas married

1954 - Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder starring Grace Kelly released

1958 - Annette Benning born

1962 - Barbra Streisand appears on "Garry Moore Show"

1979 - Screen legend "America's Sweetheart" Mary Pickford dies at 87

1987 - "Twilight Zone" director John Landis found innocent in death of actor

1987 - Michael Jackson attempts to buy Elephant Man's remains

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Today in Hollywood History May 28th 2011

Today in Hollywood History May 28th 2011

1931 - Carroll Baker who played Luz Benedict II in 1956's Giant born

1947 - The Long Night starring Henry Fonda opens

1953 - Premier of 1st animated 3-D cartoon in Technicolor-"Melody"

1968 - The Detective starring Frank Sinatra opens

1971 - Audie Murphy actor and most decorated soldier of WWII/Congressional Medal of Honor recipient dies at 49.

1974 - 26th Emmy Awards: MASH, Alan Alda & Mary Tyler Moore win

1982 - Leonard Maltin's 1st appearance on Entertainment Tonight

1996 - "Buck" the canine of Married with Children fame dies at 13

1998 - Phil Hartman of SNL fame is murdered at 49

2004 - The Day After Tomorrow starring Dennis Quaid opens

Friday, May 27, 2011

Joseph Brooks Academy Award Winning Song Writer Commits Suicide

Joseph Brooks, who wrote the 1970s hit song "You Light Up My Life," was found dead the afternoon of May 22nd from an apparent suicide, NYPD deputy commission Paul Browne told CNN. He was 73.

Brooks was awaiting trial on 2009 charges of allegedly raping 11 young actresses, according to the New York Daily News. He was charged with 82 counts of sexual abuse.

Jeff Conaway Star of Taxi and Grease dies at 60

Jeff Conaway troubled actor who was known for his roles in Grease and his big break in Taxi as struggling actor/cabby Bobby died today at 60.  The actor was recently known for his involvement in the reality show Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew in 2008.  The actor was found May 11th unconcious from a drug overdose and had been hospitalized in a coma.

He is perhaps best known for co-starring as Kenickie in the 1978 film adaptation of Grease, the highest-grossing musical domestically with $188.4 million. Conaway featured prominently in two of the film's most popular musical numbers, which also were released as singles: "Summer Nights," which reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Greased Lightnin'," which failed to crack the Top 40.

According to HollywoodReporter.com Phil Brock his manager is quoted as saying that during the past month, Grease co-star John Travolta offered to pay for Conaway to go to rehab. "Jeff wasn't opposed to it, but he wasn't ready yet,"

Today in Hollywood History May 27th 2011

Today in Hollywood History May 27th 2011

1911 - Vincent Price icon of horror film is born

1922 - Christopher Lee known for is portrayal of Dracula and Saruman in Lord of the Rings is born

1933 - Walt Disney's "3 Little Pigs" released

1936 - Louis Gossett Jr. Academy Award Winner An Officer and a Gentleman is born

1969 - Jerry Lewis Show second run, last airs on NBC-TV

1969 - Walt Disney World construction begins

1977 - Virginia Gumm actress and middle sister of Judy Garland dies at 59

1994 - Final broadcast of Arsenio Hall talk show

1994 - Flintstones live action movie opens in theaters

2006 - Paul Gleason character actor of such films as Breakfast Club, Die Hard dies at 87

2006 - Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's first biological child Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt is born

2011 - Jeff Conaway troubled actor who appeared in Grease and Taxi dies at 60

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Today in Hollywood History May 26th 2011

Today in Hollywood History May 26th 2011
1907 - John Wayne legendary actor "The Duke" is born

1923 - Jame Arness American leading man famed as the star of one of the longest-running shows in U.S. television history, Gunsmoke is born

1938 - House on un-American Activities forms

1963 - 15th Emmy Awards: Dick Van Dyke Show, E G Marshall & Shirley Booth

1966 - Helena Bonham Carter is born

1994 - Michael Jackson (35) weds Elvis' daughter Lisa Marie Presley (26)

2005 - Eddie Albert star of Green Acres dies at 99

2008 - Sidney Pollack director, producer, actor dies at 73

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Today in Hollywood History May 25th 2011

Today in Hollywood History May 25th 2011

1932 - Goofy, aka Dippy Dawg, 1st appears in 'Mickey's Revue' by Walt Disney

1939 - Ian McKellen known for his roles in X men and Lord of the Rings is born.

1964 - 16th Emmy Awards: Dick Van Dyke Show, Dick Van Dyke & Mary Tyler Moore

1969 - "Midnight Cowboy" released with an X rating

1977 - "Brady Bunch Hour," last airs on ABC-TV

1977 - Original "Star Wars" movie released

1983 - "Return of the Jedi" (Star Wars 3) released

1992 - Jay Leno becomes permanent host of "Tonight Show"

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Today in Hollywood History May 24th 2011

Today in Hollywood History May 24th 2011

1938 - Tommy Chong born

1945 - Priscilla Presley born

1974 - Dean Martin Show, last airs on NBC-TV

1985 - "View to a Kill" premieres in US

1989 - "Indiana Jones & Last Crusade" premieres

1993 - Kim Basinger files for bankruptcy to avoid paying $7.4M settlement

1996 - "Spy Hard," starring Leslie Nielsen is released

1997 - Actor Tim Allen arrested for drunk driving in Mich

Monday, May 23, 2011

Oscars to Allow Electronic Voting

Oscars to Allow Electronic Voting

The New York Times reports that the Academy's director of membership, Kimberly Roush, sent a letter to the 6,000 or so voting members Thursday stating that the electronic system will be implemented “as early as this year, and will certainly be in effect by next year.”
Roush asked members for a personal email address that is distinct from anything that goes to an assistant or intermediary.

“At some point, once the system is up and running, mailed ballots will be eliminated," she wrote.

Today in Hollywood History May 23rd 2011

Today in Hollywood History May 23rd 2011

1883 - Douglas Fairbanks Sr., star of swashbucklers such as The Thief of Bagdad is born.

1922 - Walt Disney incorporates his 1st film company Laugh-O-Gram Films

1979 - Kids Are All Right premieres

1980 - The Shining directed by Stanley Kubrick, starring Jack Nicholson is released.

1994 - Star Trek The Next Generation, finale airs this week in syndication

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Today in Hollywood History May 22nd 2011

Today in Hollywood Historay May 22nd 2011

1891 - 1st motion picture shown to Natl Federation of Women's Clubs

1907 - Laurence Oliveir born in Dorking, Surrey England

1956 - "Bob Hope Show," last airs on NBC-TV

1962 - 14th Emmy Awards: Bob Newhart Show, E G Marshall & Shirley Booth

1966 - 18th Emmy Awards: Fugitive, Dick Van Dyke & Mary Tyler Moore

1986 - Cher called David Letterman an asshole on Late Night on NBC

1992 - Johnny Carson's final appearance as host of Tonight Show

Friday, May 20, 2011

Today in Hollywood History May 20th 2011

Today in Hollywood History May 20th 2011

1908 - Jimmy Stewart star of It's a Wonderful Life, Mr Smith Goes to Washington born in Indiana, PA.

1946 - Cher born El Centro, CA

1973 - 25th Emmy Awards: Walton's, All in the Family & Mary Tyler Moore

1986 - Flintstones 25th Anniversary Celebration airs on CBS-tv

1993 - 274th & final "Cheers" on NBC

1994 - Bobcat Goldthwait charged with misdemeanors for fire on Tonight Show

2007 - Fox’s long-running animated series The Simpsons airs its 400th episode.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Academy Announces Winners for 2011 Student Academy Awards®


Academy Announces Winners for 2011 Student Academy Awards®

Beverly Hills, CA (May 18, 2011) - 12 students from nine U.S. colleges and universities and three students from outside the U.S. have been selected as winners in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 38th Annual Student Academy Awards competition.  The student filmmakers will be brought to Los Angeles for a week of industry-related activities and social events that will culminate in the awards ceremony on Saturday, June 11, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
List of winners

Filmmakers to Frame the Digital Age at Academy Event

Beverly Hills, CA (May 19, 2011) - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will explore “Cinematography in the Digital Age” on Tuesday, May 24, at 8 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.  Hosted by Short Films and Feature Animation Branch governor Bill Kroyer, the program will include onstage conversations with cinematographers and other filmmaking professionals on the challenges and opportunities brought by evolving technologies.  A variety of motion picture formats and technologies will be discussed, including animation, motion capture and visual effects.

Full Story: http://www.oscars.org/press/pressreleases/2011/20110519.html

Today in Hollywood History May 19th 2011

Today in Hollywood History May 19th 2011

1968 - 20th Emmy Awards: Get Smart, Mission Impossible & Barbara Bain

1975 - 27th Emmy Awards: Mary Tyler Moore Show, Robert Blake & Jean Marsh

1977 - "Smokey & the Bandit," premieres

1982 - Sophia Loren jailed in Naples for tax evasion

1987 - 1st American Comedy Award

1994 - Final Episode of LA Law after 8 year run

1994 - Omar Sharif suffers a mild heart attack

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Today in Hollywood History May 17th 2011

Today in Hollywood History May 17th 2011

1911 - Maureen O' Sullivan born

1976 - 28th Emmy Awards: Mary Tyler Moore Show, Jack Albertson & M Learned

1990 - Cheers' star Kelsey Grammer sentenced to jail for 30 days for DWI

1997 - Sylvester Stallone weds Jennifer Flavin in London

2000 - Final episode Beverly Hills 90210 airs

2004 - Tony Randall dies at 84

2005 - Frank Gorshin dies at 72

Monday, May 16, 2011

Today in Hollywood History May 16th 2011

Today in Hollywood History May 16th 2011

1905 - Henry Fonda born

1929 - 1st Academy Awards - "Wings," Emil Jennings & Janet Gaynor wins

1961 - 13rd Emmy Awards: Jack Benny Show, Raymond Burr & Barbara Stanwyck

1969 - Barbra Streisand appears at a Friars Club Tribute

1985 - Margaret Hamilton (Wicked Witch of the West - Wizard of Oz) dies at 82

1986 - "Top Gun," premieres

1990 - Jim Henson dies at 53

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Today in Hollywood History May 10th 2011

Today in Hollywood History May 10th 2011
1899 - Fred Astaire Born

1937 - Captains Courageous starring Mickey Rooney, Freddie Bartholomew, and Spencer Tracy is released.

1977 - Joan Crawford dies at 72

1983 - "Laverne & Shirley," last airs on ABC-TV

1992 - John Lund dies at 81

1994 - Drew Barrymore (19) files for divorce from Jeremy Thomas (31)

1996 - "Twister" premieres

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Dana Wynter of 1956 "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" dies at 79

Dana Wynter, best known for her role in the 1956 science-fiction classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers, died Thursday of congestive heart failure at Ojai Valley Community Hospital's Continuing Care Center. She was 79.

Wynter, who was born in Germany and raised in England and South Africa, also worked in the films Shake Hands With the Devil(1959) with James Cagney, Sink the Bismarck! (1960) and Airport (1970).

Friday, May 6, 2011

Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, and Marlon Brando Head to Ohio...

The most unbelievable 9/11 tale of three icons’ daring retreat from a city in crisis—told Taiwanese animation style!Adapted from “Elizabeth Taylor’s Closing Act,” by Sam Kashner, published in the June 2011 issue of Vanity Fair.The last, strange decade of Elizabeth’s life began with one of the most cataclysmic events in American history, the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Michael Jackson was in New York, where he’d just given two concerts, on the 7th and 10th of September, at Madison Square Garden, to which he had brought two of his closest friends and idols: Marlon Brando and Elizabeth. His original idea had been for them to sit onstage like two great Easter Island figureheads flanking the show, but instead they sat in the audience. All three found themselves trapped in the city after the Twin Towers fell…

Vanity Fair’s Sam Kashner said: “Brando allegedly annoyed his companions by stopping at nearly every KFC and Burger King. One can only imagine the shock their appearance caused across the States.” However, no photos seem to have been taken on the 535-mile journey and one of Liz’s pals denied the story. She said: “Liz stayed behind and went to pray in a church, then went to Ground Zero. The airports opened and she flew home.”

Read more: http://www.mirror.co.uk/celebs/news/2011/05/06/michael-jackson-joined-marlon-brando-and-dame-liz-taylor-on-road-trip-115875-23109558/#ixzz1LYcJ0mPJ

Elizabeth Taylor's letters from 1949 to be auctioned off

More than 60 love letters that screen legend Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011) wrote in 1949 to a young Miami Beach millionaire that she was deeply in love with, will be auctioned online next week.

The love letters are ones that Taylor wrote at the age of 17 to 28-years-old William Pawley, the son of millionaire William Pawley Sr., in whose luxury Miami Beach home she and her mother stayed one year while on vacation.

The 66 letters from Taylor and another 20 from her mother will be auctioned between May 12-19 by RR Auction, which obtained the collection from Pawley two years ago and expects that they will fetch a sales price of some $30,000, or perhaps even more.

"The Way We Were" Screen Writer Arthur Laurents dies at 93

Academy Award nominated Sceen Writer Arthur Laurents died Thursday of pneumonia complications at the age of 93.

Arthur Laurents scripted Anastasia and Bonjour Tristesse. The Way We Were, in which he incorporated many of his own experiences, particularly those with the HUAC, reunited him with Barbra Streisand, and The Turning Point, inspired in part by his love for Nora Kaye, was directed by her husband Herbert Ross.

He was nominated for Best Original Screen Play and Best Picture for The Turning Point.  His credits include the stage musicals West Side Story and Gypsy

Today in Hollywood History May 6th 2011

Today in Hollywood History May 6th 2011

1913 - Stewart Granger Born

1915 - Orson Welles Born

1941 - At California's March Field, Bob Hope performs his first USO show.

1950 - Liz Taylor's 1st marriage (Conrad Hilton Jr)

1957 - Last broadcast of "I Love Lucy" on CBS-TV

1961 - George Clooney Born

1990 - Tom Cruise is ticketed for careless operation of a vehicle in SC

1992 - Marlene Dietrich Dies at 90

1994 - Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait sets fire to the couch on Tonight Show

2004 - Final episode of Friends airs on NBC

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Today in Hollywood History May 5th 2011

Today in Hollywood History May 5th 2011

1895 - Rudolph Valentino (The Shiek, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse) is born.

1990 - Paul Hogan & Linda Koslowski wed in Byron Bay, Eastern Australia

1997 - "Married With Children" final episode on Fox TV

2002 - Spider-Man is first movie to top $100 million in opening weekend

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Former Child Actor and 'Superman' Star Jackie Cooper Dies at 88

Jackie Cooper who was nominated for an Oscar when he was 9-years-old passed away yesterday at a hospital in Beverly Hills after a sudden bout with illness.  He wass also the youngest performer to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, an honor he received for the film Skippy (1931

Cooper found renewed fame in the 1970s and 1980s as Daily Planet editor Perry White in the Superman film series starring Christopher Reeve. In the commentary track for Superman, director Richard Donner reveals that Cooper got the role because he had a passport, and thus was able to be on set in a few hours, after Keenan Wynn, who was originally cast, suffered a heart attack.

Cooper was a highly respected director in his adult years -- winning Emmy awards for his work on "M*A*S*H*" and "The White Shadow."

Academy to Premiere 40th Anniversary Restoration of Foreign Language Film Winner “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis"

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will premiere a restored print of “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis” in celebration of the film’s 40th anniversary on Thursday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.  The evening will feature an onstage discussion with the film’s producer, Arthur Cohn, following the screening.


Original Cuban Movie Posters Arrive at Academy

One hundred twenty-five hand-silkscreened posters for Cuban-produced and international films, including “A Clockwork Orange,” “The Shining,” “The Bicycle Thief,” “Z,” “Strawberry and Chocolate” and “Fallen Gods,” will be on display in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ new exhibition “Cuban Film Posters: From Havana to the World,” beginning Friday, May 13, in the Academy’s Grand Lobby Gallery.  The exhibition, open to the public, will run through Sunday, August 28.  Admission is free.


Academy Presents "The War Film Collection"

The War Film Collection became part of the Academy Film Archive's holdings when it was created in 1991. Today, there are approximately 230 titles in the collection.


Race for an Osama Bin Laden Movie

No surprise here, in keeping with films love of imitating life or in this case reenacting it.   Hollywood is a buzz and the race is on for the first post Osama Bin Laden raid project.

The Hollywood Reporter examines which project will be first and why movie makers might have an edge over TV.


Today in Hollywood History May 4th 2011

Today in Hollywood History May 4th 2011

1927 - Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Founded
1929 - Actress Audrey Hepburn born

1975 - Moe Howard of the Three Stooges dies in Los Angeles at age 77

1984 - Sixteen Candles starring Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall directed by John Hughes is released

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Today in Hollywood History May 1st 2011

Today in Hollywood History May 1st 2011

1916 - Glenn Ford, Quebec Canada, actor (Cade's County, Big Heat, Midway) Born

1937 - Snitz Edwards, actor (Phantom of the Opera, College), dies at 75
1941 - "Citizen Kane," directed & starring Orson Welles, premieres in NY

1952 - William Fox, [Fried], US film pioneer (Nickelodeon), dies at 73

1981 - Friday the 13th Part 2 released

1991 - Richard Thorpe, director (Jailhouse Rock, Night Must Fall), dies