October 29, 2012 |
A $100-million apartment and shopping complex is being planned for a formerly neglected stretch of Hollywood Boulevard that once held a legendary rehearsal studio where generations of actors learned to dance and wield swords. Commercial real estate developer Sonny Astani said he bought a 1.9-acre site on Hollywood near Western Avenue for almost $11 million. Among the structures on the property is a building that was part of Falcon Studios, a performing arts school founded in 1929.
September 26, 2012 |
As the recent success of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise indicates, swashbuckling cinema is still a popular taste. Three new releases allow us to sample swordplay in several different decades. Errol Flynn, one of the classic swashbucklers, shows us what he's made of in “The Prince and the Pauper,” a 1937 adaptation of the Mark Twain tale of an identity switch engineered by a poor boy and a king. Claude Rains is the inevitable evil presence. Australian Rod Taylor, perhaps best known to American audiences for his starring role in Alfred Hitchcock's “The Birds,” plays Sir Francis Drake in 1962's “Seven Seas to Calais,” with theatrical great Irene Worth taking on the role of Elizabeth I. PHOTOS: Behind-the-scenes Classic Hollywood The most modern film, and the most fun, is this year's “The Pirates!
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May 4, 2012 |
Charles Higham, a poet, critic and prolific celebrity biographer who found political and sexual intrigue in the lives of Hollywood icons such as Cary Grant, Marlene Dietrich and, most controversially, Errol Flynn, died April 21 at his Los Angeles home. He was 81. The cause was apparently a heart attack, according to Todd McCarthy, a close friend. Higham was the author of two dozen biographies, many of which were so salacious that a book critic reviewing "Howard Hughes: The Secret Life" in 1993 quipped that the writer had "reached the point where most of his subjects have slept with one another.
January 19, 2012 |
John Logan's road to becoming one of the most versatile and in-demand screenwriters began when he was a youngster. He suffered from severe asthma that prevented him from playing outside, so he found solace watching old movies on the family's small black-and-white TV set. "I fell in love with Errol Flynn and Tyrone Power and Basil Rathbone and Hitchcock and Orson Welles and John Huston," said Logan, 50, who still talks with child-like enthusiasm about...
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January 4, 2012 |
Ten days before Bob Anderson headed to the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki as part of the British fencing team, he responded to a call from a British film studio in need of three fencers to coach the lead actors for sword-fighting scenes in a new pirate movie. The movie was "The Master of Ballantrae," starring veteran Hollywood swashbuckler Errol Flynn. Anderson didn't win any medals at the Olympics, but he unexpectedly launched a new side career in the movies. Anderson, 89, who became an Olympic fencing coach while carving out a more-than-50-year career as a fencing trainer to the stars and a movie sword-fight choreographer and stunt double, died early New Year's Day at a hospital in England, the British Academy of Fencing announced.
February 3, 2011
Charlie Sheen is in rehab, but that hasn't stopped him from issuing a statement comparing himself to Errol Flynn and apparently texting E! ( Los Angeles Times, E! ) Meanwhile, Sheen's home rehab program continues to stir debate. ( ABC News ) Add Mick Jagger to the lineup of Grammy-night performers -- his first live performance at the awards ceremony. ( Los Angeles Times ) Natalie Portman has Oscar and a baby on her mind. (Note: Statuette is not suitable for children under age 3.)