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May 2, 2013 |
Deanna Durbin, the singing starlet with the bubbly personality and the jewel-tone voice whose enormously popular movies were widely credited with saving Universal Pictures from bankruptcy during the Depression, has died. She was 91. Her popularity peaked by her late teens and by her mid-20s Durbin had left Hollywood forever, made wealthy by her relatively brief career. She died in April in France, said family friend Bob Koster, the son of Henry Koster, who directed Durbin in films early in her career.
February 2, 1989 |
The rumors have been rampant, but the question persists: Will Ronald Reagan go back into the movies? As Hollywood deals go, a movie role for Reagan is still in the "pre-pre"-development stage, but the most likely candidate for the ex-President's cinematic comeback appears to be a planned David Puttnam-produced feature based on the published story of former White House press secretary James Brady.
October 12, 1991 |
In a red brick church on the side of a gently rising hill, Leo Durocher was remembered Friday morning as a caring yet cantankerous figure, one of baseball's most colorful characters whose place is secure in baseball lore, if not the Hall of Fame. A group of about 40, many of them Durocher's baseball contemporaries, attended a memorial service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills.
May 23, 2000 |
For the first time in four decades, the Silent Movie Theatre will be screening the landmark 1923 epic "The Covered Wagon" on Wednesday as part of a weeklong celebration of vintage westerns. Produced by Jesse L. Lasky and directed by James Cruze, "The Covered Wagon" was the most lavish western of its day. The granddaddy of wagon train adventures, the sagebrush saga was a staple at the revival movie theater throughout the '40s until the mid-1950s.
May 15, 1998 |
While staying at a L.A.-area bed-and-breakfast, New York filmmakers Shari Springer Berman and her husband, Robert Pulcini, learned from the B&B's owner, Raymond Bilbool--also Chasen's banquet captain--that the landmark restaurant would soon be closing. They seized the opportunity to document the restaurant's final two weeks in late March 1995. The result is "Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's," an irresistible piece of social history assembled with wit and panache.
October 1, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before figuring out where September went. The Skinny: The government may shut down but the Morning Fix is here for you. Caught up with "The Good Wife" premiere. I like the show but could do without its "Ally McBeal" moments. I don't have enough space here to complain about "Homeland. " Tuesday's headlines include a look at the early days of the fall TV season and Hillary Rodham Clinton projects at CNN and NBC are DOA. Daily Dose: Satellite broadcaster Dish Networks and Walt Disney Co. have extended contract negotiations on a new distribution deal.
September 6, 1987 |
Charlie Chaplin and Roscoe (Fatty) Arbuckle opened the Montecito Inn in 1929, but--with the Crash and then the Depression--the comedians' timing was off. The inn, intended as a weekend retreat for the Hollywood crowd, soon changed hands. Now it's on the market again at $8 million. The owner is Jay Rett Management Inc., a partnership of Jim Taylor, a local developer, and Rob Barrett, owner of the Pineapple Beach Club in Antigua.
September 30, 2013 |
Pop phenomenon Lady Gaga, rapper Eminem and indie rock darling Arcade Fire are among the mainstream acts to headline the inaugural YouTube Music Awards. YouTube will host its first live-streamed music awards show Nov. 3 to honor top performers and songs. A day of musical performances from Seoul, Moscow, London and Brazil will precede the 90-minute show, to be live-streamed from Pier 36 in Manhattan. "It's our chance to really celebrate the artists and the songs that have become hits on YouTube over the past year," said Danielle Tiedt, YouTube's vice president of marketing.
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June 12, 1999 |
DeForest Kelley, who played the irascible but wise Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy in the "Star Trek" television series and movies, died Friday at the Motion Picture and Television Fund Hospital in Woodland Hills. He was 79. Kelley entered the convalescent home three months ago and died after a lingering illness, said A.C. Lyles, a longtime producer at Paramount Studios, where the original series was shot.
October 21, 1990 |
Joel McCrea, a real-life cowboy who became one of the best of Hollywood's make-believe saddle heroes, died Saturday at the Motion Picture and Television Fund Hospital in Woodland Hills. He was 84. Eileen Singer Brown, hospital supervisor, said McCrea died at 4:50 a.m. of pulmonary complications. She said he had been a patient a short time, and that his wife of 57 years, actress Frances Dee, had been constantly at his bedside. McCrea's last public appearance was Oct.