Category: History

May 29, 2012 /

There’s a centennial birthday coming up (July 12th) for the Beverly Hills Hotel which opened in 1912 and was renovated by Paul Revere Williams in 1946… Iconic. If you want to know about an architect who designed many of the landmark buildings of Los Angeles and hundreds of local residences…

May 24, 2012 /

These frocks are fierce and so are their price tags. Most movie stars, starlets, and legends when attending events, such as the Academy Awards, serve as walking advertisements for major designers and wear the gown gratis. While chatting with a movie star’s date for THE event… a perfectly charming and…

May 22, 2012 /

There’s a good chance you’re already familiar with the acclaimed novel by Patrick DeWitt, THE SISTERS BROTHERS, an absolutely ripping yarn of the old West. And, perhaps you know it was optioned by John C. Reilly to be made into a film. What you may not be aware of is…

May 19, 2012 /

Yes, my darlings. The White Party has come and gone. Agility and antics… And no, this item is not about Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., but it is about another icon of the silver screen. A man who played a spy, a pirate, a thief, a soldier, an epic hero… Once upon…

May 17, 2012 /

Come on, aren’t you getting just a little of the Loki vibe? Sometimes stuffing male archetypes into skin tights results in THE GREEN LANTERN, and sometimes THE AVENGERS. One can only marvel as to why…

May 12, 2012 /

Sir Richard Branson announces a “one off” project filmed at 35,000 feet. The half hour movie employed twenty cast and crew and was filmed and edited entirely on Virgin flights. It will premier at the LA FILM FESTIVAL – June 14th-24th.

May 3, 2012 /

This week’s guest, a thirty-year veteran behind the scenes, offers a word of caution (actually several words). Mark ye well: In Hollywood it’s always the movement UP that is considered positive. “Climbing the ladder.” “The sky’s the limit.” “A rising star.” “It’s gone through the roof.” But, a warning on…

April 20, 2012 /

As the millennium was about to turn a high rolling actor, after two chaste dates with someone very near and dear to my heart, invited her back East to meet his parents. You know, a girl takes an invitation like that quite seriously. (Although, she might not have been the…