Two Modern Guys in Classic Hollywood

Jeffrey Vance and Tony Maietta are Hollywood’s resident time travelers. Classic film lovers may not readily recognize their names, but you certainly know their work: Vance is archivist for the film holdings of both the Chaplin family and the Harold Lloyd Trust, and has authored a superlative set of silent-film bios on Chaplin, Keaton and […]

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Favorite Website of the Week: The Midnight Palace

The Pictorial believes that we just might have found the Internet’s most perfect classic movie website. The Midnight Palace is only three years old, but contains an entire lifetime of goodies that are sure to soothe the sweet tooth of even the most voracious classic film fan. Owner Gary Sweeney states that The Midnight Palace […]

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Pledge Your Support to Save the Century Plaza Hotel!

The infinitely noble Los Angeles Conservancy has just issued this important alert for all interested in preserving the architectural heritage of Los Angeles: THE CENTURY PLAZA HOTEL:
ONE OF AMERICA’S 11 MOST ENDANGERED HISTORIC PLACES The National Trust for Historic Preservation named the Century Plaza Hotel to its list of  America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places on Tuesday, April […]

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The Academy to Honor Best Picture Nominees of 1939

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that they will be celebrating film’s banner year of 1939 with a special series: “Hollywood’s Greatest Year–The Best Picture Nominees of 1939.” And, like most Academy events, you can expect a roster of very special guests, not the least of whom will include none other […]

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The Warner Bros. Archives — Made to Order?

Life can be beautiful. According to an article in today’s LA Times, Warner Brothers is cracking open its archives to release previously unavailable titles …  on customer request? “… in an industry first, the company today is, in a manner of speaking, inviting the public into the vaults to order what it wants. And like […]

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Last Remaining Seats 2009

The Los Angeles Conservancy has announced the dates for its 23rd Annual Last Remaining Seats Series. Every summer, the Last Remaining Seats opens up the exquisite, historical movie palaces of Downtown LA’s Broadway Theatre district to movie lovers for a series of special screenings.  The Theatre District This year, we get another terrific slate of […]

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Bringing Back Broadway & The LAHTF

The crusaders of Bringing Back Broadway show no signs of letting up in the midst of a stormy economic upheaval. Their noble, damn-fine mission is bravely forging these uncertain waters and they are keeping enthusiasm and interest in the project alive with a slew of terrific free events.  Artwalks, Happy Hours, Tours and more—they are […]

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Museum Piece: Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been long overdue in providing its hometown with a museum that both it and the film community can be proud of. ‘Tacky’ is a word all too often (and deservedly so, I hasten add) used to describe Hollywood’s cultural offerings. Consider the slew of shamefully shabby […]

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Favorite Website of the Week: Janet Klein and her Parlor Boys

I heart Janet Klein because she’s no gimmick:  this  Southern California native is the genuine article. A neo- flapper who has brought to life the all but forgotten sound of early 20th century music in the most extraordinarily authentic way. It is a feat that is possible only because she happens to be consummate authority […]

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Project 39: "Ask a Policeman," 01-06-39

January 6, 1939: Ask a Policeman. Directed by Vincent Marcel and owned completely by actor Will Hay, this classic (and in my opinion, eponymous)British comedy was released 70 years ago today, January 6 1939. Hay worked the Karno comedy circuit in early 1900s England with the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel and it […]

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