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Friday, April 29, 2011

Today in Hollywood History April 29th 2011

Today in Hollywood History April 29th 2011

1954 - Actor Jerry Seinfeld Born

1957 - Actor Daniel Day-Lewis Born

1958 - Actress Michelle Pfeiffer Born

1970 - Actress Uma Thurman Born

1980 - Director Alfred Hitchcock dies at 80

1992 - Actress Mae Clark dies at 81

Thursday, April 28, 2011

2012 Golden Globes set for Jan 15th

The 69th annual Golden Globe Awards will take place Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012. Nominees for the various film and television categories will be announced Dec. 15.

Other key dates announced Thursday by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association include a Dec. 16 deadline for media credential applications, the Nov. 9 Cecil B. DeMille award announcement and a Jan. 11 deadline for the return of ballots.

The deadline for motion picture and television submissions is Friday, Nov. 4.

Harry Potter Deathly Hallows: Part 2' -- New Trailer Released

Warner Bros. has just released a trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which hits theaters this summer.


Today in Hollywood History April 28th 2011

Today in Hollywood History April 28th 2011

1941 - Actress Ann Margret Born

1965 - Barbra Streisand stars on "My Name is Barbra" special on CBS

1966 - 38th Academy Awards - "Sound of Music," Julie Christie & L Marvin win

1970 - Ed Begley, actor (Mr Koppel-Leave it to Larry), dies at 69

1974 - Actress Penélope Cruz Born

2007 - Character actor Dabbs Greer dies at 90

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Today in Hollywood History April 27th 2011

Today in Hollywood History April 27th 2011

1922 - Jack Klugman star of 12 Angry Men, The Detective and best known for The Odd Couple on TV is born.
1937 - Sandy Dennis star of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, 976-Evil and The Indian Runner is born in Hastings, NE
1993 -  North Carolina District Attorney Jerry Spivey announces on this day in 1993 that the death of 28-year-old Brandon Lee on March 31 of that same year during filming of The Crow was due to negligence on the part of the film’s crew, not foul play.

1995 - Katherine DeMille dies at 83

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

84th Academy Awards Key Dates

Thursday, December 1, 2011:                Official Screen Credits forms due
Tuesday, December 27, 2011:               Nominations ballots mailed
Friday, January 13, 2012:                      Nominations polls close 5 p.m. PT
Tuesday, January 24, 2012:                   Nominations announced 5:30 a.m. PT,
Wednesday, February 1, 2012:             Final ballots mailed
Monday, February 6, 2012:                   Nominees Luncheon
Saturday, February 11, 2012:                Scientific and Technical Awards presentation
Tuesday, February 21, 2012:                 Final polls close 5 p.m. PT
Sunday, February 26, 2012:                  84th Academy Awards presentation

Monday, April 25, 2011

Today in Hollywood History April 25th 2011

Today in Hollywood History April 25th 2011

1940 - Al Pacino (The Godfather trilogy, Scarface, Scent of a Woman) is born in New York City, New York.

1969 - Renee Zellweger (Bridget Jones's Diary, Chicago) is born in Katy, Texas, U.S..

1979 - Manhattan (directed by Woody Allen) is released in the USA.

1995 - Dancer, Singer and actress Ginger Rogers (Kitty Foyle) dies in Rancho, CA at the age of 83

2001 - Amelie (directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet) is released in Belgium.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Today in Hollywood History April 24th 2011

Today in Hollywood History April 24th 2011

1930 - Richard Donner, director of such greats as The Goonies, Superman, and Lethal Weapon, is born in NYC

1942 - Barbra Streisand (The Prince of Tides) is born in Brooklyn, NY.

1944 - Double Indemnity (directed by Billy Wilder) is released in the USA.
1974 - Bud Abott dies at 78

1995 - Braveheart (directed by Mel Gibson) is released in the USA.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Oscar Nominated "Restrepo" film maker killed

Oscar-nominated film maker Tim Hetherington, who produced "Restrepo" was killed today in Libya.  Fighting in Libya's besieged rebel city of Misrata killed at least 10 civilians including the Oscar-nominated British film maker.  Tim Hetherington, co-director of Oscar-nominated war documentary "Restrepo," and American photographer Chris Hondros, were killed when a group they were in came under mortar fire.

His directorial debut film "Restrepo" about a platoon of soldiers in Afghanistan, was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.  The 2010 film was also nominated for a Best Documentary Feature Academy Award.

Today in Hollywood History April 20th 2011

Today in Hollywood History April 20th 2011

1904 - Bruce Cabot star of King Kong, Stagecoach, The Last of the Mohicans and Fury was born in Carlsbad, NM

1937 - George Takei, Star Trek's Sulu, is born.

1949 - Jessica Lange, known for her roles in Tootsie, Sweet Dreams, Blue Sky, and Grey Gardens is born in Cloquet, MN

1977 - Annie Hall (directed by Woody Allen) is released in the USA.

1992 - Benny Hill star of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Italian Job (1969) as well as The Benny Hill Show (TV) dies at age 68

2009 - Thomas Hill, who starred in FireFox, The Never Ending Story, V: The Final Battle and more, died in Bloomington, Indiana

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Today in Hollywood History April 17th 2011

Today in Hollywood History April 17th 2011

1918 - William Holden star of Streets of Laredo, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Sabrina and The Wild Bunch is born in O'Fallon, IL
1961 - 33rd Academy Awards - "Apartment," Burt Lancaster & Liz Taylor win

1980 - The Private Eyes starring Tim Conway and Don Knotts is released

1994 - Jennie Garth weds Dan Clark

2007 - Kitty Carlisle Dies at 96

Friday, April 15, 2011

Today in Hollywood History April 15th 2011

Today in Hollywood History April 15th 2011

1923 - 1st sound on film public performance shown at Rialto Theater (NYC)

1962 - Clara Blandick who played the role of Auntie Em in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz died in Hollywood, CA
1971 - 43rd Academy Awards - "Patton," George C Scott & Glenda Jackson win

1973 - Walt Disney Story opens

1991 - Former child actor Adam Rich charged with burglary

1992 - William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy & DeForest Kelley inducted into National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Today in Hollywood History April 14th 2011

Today in Hollywood History April 14th 2011

1894 - 1st public showing of Edison's kinetoscope (moving pictures)

1969 - 41st Academy Awards - "Oliver," C Robertson & K Hepburn/Striesand win

1980 - 52nd Academy Awards - "Kramer vs Kramer," D Hoffman & Sally Field win

1989 - Cameron Crowe directed Say Anything... is released and a cult classic is created

1995 - Burl Ives singer best known for Frosty the Snowman, but also appeared in East of Eden, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof died aged 85

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Today in Hollywood History April 12th, 2011

Today in Hollywood History April 12th, 2011

1914 - First Movie "Palace" Mark Strand Theater opens in New York City

1940 - Rebecca (1940 film) Hitchcock's Thriller was released and became the first Thriller to win Best Picture Oscar

1960 - Bert Haanstra wins Oscar for "Glass"

1973 - Arthur Fredd Dies at 78

1975 - Josephine Baker Dies at 68

1979 - Mad Max starring Mel Gibson, Steve Bisley, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne and Tim Burns is released
1992 - Actress Lisa Bonet files for divorce from singer Lenny Kravitz

1992 - Euro Disney opens in Marne-la-Vallee France

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Today in Hollywood History April 10, 2011

Today in Hollywood History April 11, 2011

1953 - "House of Wax," 1st 3-D movie, released (NYC)

1967 - 39th Academy Awards - "Man For All Seasons," E Taylor & P Scofield win

1968 - 40th Academy Awards - "Heat of the Night," Rod Steiger & K Hepburn win

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Director Sidney Lumet Dead at 86

Sidney Lumet, director of movies such as Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon and Network, died Saturday morning at his home in New York City. He was 86.  He first feature film was 1957's 12 Angry Men.

The cause of death was lymphoma, his stepdaughter Leslie Gimbel told the New York Times.
Lumet, who received five Oscar nominations and seven Directors Guild nominations for his work, was awarded an honorary Oscar in 2005 for his “brilliant services to screenwriters, performers and the art of motion.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Hailee Steinfeld Indie Romeo & Juliet

Hailee Steinfeld,  who was Oscar-nominated for True Grit, is in negotiations to star as Juliet in a new Romeo and Juliet movie.  Carlo Carlie,  an Italian director  best known for the 1992 film Flight of the Innocent, is said to be the director  for the adaptation of the William Shakespeare classic.  Shooting is scheduled to begin in Italy later in the spring.

Disney Breaks Ground in Shanghai

The Walt Disney Co., and Chinese partner the Shanghai Shendi Group, broke ground on Shanghai Disney Resort on Friday, a deal worth $4.4 billion that is one of the largest foreign investments ever made in China.

The resort is scheduled to open in five years, and will include a Magic Kingdom-style theme park Shanghai Disneyland, which will feature attractions tailored specifically for Chinese citizens; two themed hotels; a large retail, dining and entertainment venue; recreational facilities; a lake; and associated parking and transportation hubs. On Opening Day, the resort will cover 963 acres, with additional room to expand.

Disney president and CEO Bob Iger said Shanghai Disney will be "authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese."

Today in Hollywood History April 8th, 2011

Today in Hollywood History April 8th, 2011

1892 - Mary Pickford is born, Co-founder of United Artists, one of 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

1963 - 35th Academy Awards - "Lawrence of Arabia," A Bancroft & G Peck win

1968 - 40th Academy Awards postponed to Apr 10th due to death of M L King

1975 - 47th Academy Awards - "Godfather II," Ellen Burstyn & Art Carney win

1979 - 204th & final episode of "All in the Family"

1986 - Clint Eastwood elected mayor of Carmel California, Make his day

1990 - "Twin Peaks" with Peggy Lipton premieres on ABC-TV

2000 - Actress Claire Trevor Dies at 90

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Today in Hollywood History April 7th, 2011

Today in Hollywood History April 7th, 2011

1928 - James Garner star of Maverick, Tank, The Great Escape, Murphy's Romance, Space Cowboy's and The Notebook is born.

1933 -  King Kong is released in the USA.

1939 - Francis Ford Coppola is born

1964 - Russell Crowe star of Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind, Proof of Life, Robin Hood and more is born in Wellington, New Zealand
1970 - 42nd Academy Awards - "Midnight Cowboy," John Wayne & Maggie Smith win

2002 - Actor John Agar Dies at 81

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Elizabeth Taylors Jewelry to be Auctioned Next Month

Elizabeth's jewellery collection is due to be auctioned off next month with the proceeds going to The American Foundation for Aids Research and the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation.  The collection is valued at more than $150 million. 

The collection features colored stones such as suites of rubies, rare pearls and diamonds as famous as the actress herself, interest in any Taylor auction is expected to be great. Interest will surely pique if the sell-off includes pieces such as the Krupp diamond, gifted by her fourth and fifth husband, the late actor Richard Burton.

Today in Hollywood History April 6th, 2011

Today in Hollywood History April 6th, 2011

1906 - 1st animated cartoon copyrighted

1925 - 1st film shown on an airplane (British Air)

1959 - 31st Academy Awards - "Gigi," Susan Hayward & David Niven win

1968 - 2001: A Space Odyssey released.

1984 - The NeverEnding Story directed by Wolfgang Petersen was released and made children long to ride a Luck Dragon
1996 - Actress Greer Garson Dies at 91

2007 - Grindhouse an American horror/exploitation film co-written, produced, and directed by Rodriguez and Tarantino is released

Academy to Premiere Restoration of 1963 Musical Comedy "Bye Bye Birdie"

Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will premiere a new digital restoration of “Bye Bye Birdie” on Wednesday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.  Hosted by film critic Stephen Farber, the evening will feature a Digital Cinema presentation with a newly restored 4-channel stereo soundtrack, followed by an onstage discussion with special guests Ann-Margret and Bobby Rydell.
Just five years after Elvis Presley was drafted into the army, the satirical “Bye Bye Birdie” had already been written, staged on Broadway, and turned into a film.  

Academy Award Winning Sound Mixer Bill Varney Dies

Academy Award wining sound mixer Bill Varney an Oscar winner for Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark, died April 2 of congestive heart failure in Fairhope, Ala. He was 77. Varney worked on more than 80 feature films, Varney’s sound work also earned him Oscar nominations for Dune (1984) and Back to the Future (1985) and an Emmy nom for 1977 miniseries Roots.
Varney was a past president of the Cinema Audio Society and received CAS’ highest honor, its Career Achievement Award, in 1990.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Today in Hollywood History April 5th, 2011

Today in Hollywood History April 5th, 2011

1961 - Barbra Streisand appears on "Jack Paar Show"

1965 - 37th Academy Awards - "My Fair Lady," Rex Harrison & J Andrews win

1990 - Paul Newman wins a court victory over Julius Gold, to keep giving all profits from Newman foods to charity

1996 - Marlon Brando makes anti-semetic remarks about hollywood on Larry King

Monday, April 4, 2011

First Day of Issue: The Gregory Peck Commemorative Stamp

Beverly Hills, CA – Actors Laura Dern, Morgan Freeman and singer Natalie Maines will join host Sharon Stone in honoring Oscar®-winner Gregory Peck (1916 - 2003) at the First Day of Issue ceremony for the Gregory Peck Commemorative Stamp.  Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in conjunction with the United States Postal Service, the ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 28, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.  Admission is free.

The stamp is the 17th in the Postal Services’ “Legends of Hollywood” series. It features Peck as he appeared in his Oscar-winning role as Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962).
The ceremony will feature film clips highlighting Peck’s career interspersed with remarks from family and friends.  The actor was a five-time Academy Award® nominee and the recipient of the Academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1967.  He served as president of the Academy from 1967 to 1970 and was a seven-term Governor representing the Actors Branch.

Today in Hollywood History April 4th, 2011

Today in Hollywood History April 4th, 2011

1914 - "Perils of Pauline" shown for 1st time in LA

1932 - Anthony Perkins Born

1960 - 32nd Academy Awards - "Ben-Hur wins 11 Academy Awards," Charlton Heston & Simone Signoret win

1965 - Robert Downey Jr. Born

1979 - Edgar Buchanan Dies at 76

1983 - Gloria Swanson Dies at age 84

Wild Guns Western Project

A new project being picked up by Warner Bros. is described as having elements of Tombstone and Sherlock Holmes, the story is built around legendary lawman Wyatt Earp and companion Doc Holliday. Earp and Holliday team-up to rescue the daughter of Sitting Bull, who has been kidnapped by a  Shaman with mysterious powers who is terrorizing the Western plains.  John Ridley will be overseeing the project in the role as a producer.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Zsa Zsa Gabor Resting At Her Bel Air Home

Zsa Zsa Gabor was resting at home today after a being taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on Tuesday, when her husband found her having trouble breathing and spitting up blood.

At her Bel-Air home, which was built for Howard Hughes and once home to Elvis Presley, Gabor has been cleaning out her closets, publicist John Blanchette said.

She is donating 285 pieces of clothing for an April 9th auction to raise money for the Vera Davis McClendon Youth and Family Center in Venice, including a Fendi suit and a feather boa dress by Chanel, he said.

After her famed 1989 arrest for slapping a Beverly Hills cop, she did her community service at the McClendon center.

Today in Hollywood History April 3rd, 2011

Today in Hollywood History April 3rd, 2011

1922 - Doris Day Born

1924 - Marlon Brando Born

1978 - 50th Academy Awards - "Annie Hall," Rich Dreyfuss & Diane Keaton win

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Today in Hollywood History April 2nd, 2011

Today in Hollywood History April 2nd, 2011
1902 - "Electric Theatre", the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California

1956 - Peter Ustinovs' "Romanoff & Juliet," premieres in Manchester

1967 - Actress Lynn Redgrave marries John Clark

1972 - The great silent film actor and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin prepares for his first voyage to the United States since 1952, when he was denied a re-entry visa amid questions about his leftist politics

1972 - 44th Academy Awards - Chaplin receives honorary Academy Award to 12 minute standing ovation. "French Connection," G Hackman & Jane Fonda win

1974 - 46th Academy Awards - "Stng," Glenda Jackson & Jack Lemmon win

Friday, April 1, 2011

Judy Garland Academy Award

In 1940 Judy Garland recieved a miniature statuette for her "juvenile" screen performances in 1939 that included "Babes in Arms" and "The Wizard of Oz"

In August of 2000 the academy claims in a Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit that a Los Angeles memorabilia shop called Star Wares could not sell the Oscar -- even though it was consigned there by Garland's ex-husband -- because of an agreement the late actress signed in 1958.

But Star Wares owner Marcia Tysseling said she believes the sale is "perfectly legal" and blames the lawsuit on an overzealous Academy, which is known for ferociously protecting the Oscar image.

"I think they've been after this (particular Oscar) for a long time," Tysseling said. I'm just in the wrong place at the wrong time."

According to the academy, which alleges breach of contract, the 1958 agreement with Garland gives it the right to buy the statuette for just $10 before it is offered anywhere else.

Garland, the former Frances Gumm who endeared herself to a generation of Americans as Dorothy, a girl from Kansas who gets carried off to the magical kingdom of Oz by a twister in the 1939 film, was not nominated for an Oscar for her performance.

But the Academy gave the then teenage star a special Oscar anyway in 1940 "in recognition of her outstanding performance as a juvenile player during the past year."

Whole story at http://www.hollywoodgoldenguy.com/Judy_Garland_Oscar.html

Today in Holywood History April 1st, 2011

Today in Hollywood History April 1st, 2011

1930 - "Blue Angel," starring unknown Marlene Dietrich, premieres in America

1932 - Debbie Reynolds Born

1963 - Soap operas General Hospital and The Doctors premieres

1979 - Actress Barbara Luddy - Voice of many Disney film characters - Dies at 70

2004 - Actress Carrie Snodgrass Dies at 58