The 11th Commandment: Honor DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments” (1923)

Architecture & Design · Film
Tomorrow night, Wednesday December 4, 2013, a fantastic event: the 90th anniversary of Cecil B. DeMille’s THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, in a special screening accompanied by live music. The screening will commemorate the 15th anniversary of the grand re-opening of the Egyptian Theatre. Part of the Lasky-DeMille Centennial Celebration co-presented with Hollywood Heritage, with the support ...

Remembering Republic Pictures 2

Film
We’re very excited to attend a celebration, hosted by Hollywood Heritage, of the films and stars of Republic Pictures. Founded in 1935 by Herbert J. Yates, Republic Pictures was an independent film production-distribution corporation with studio facilities. Republic’s brand focused on westerns, movie serials and B-films emphasizing mystery and action — Saturday matinee staples. Troupers ...

Marsha Hunt’s wartime Saturday nights at the Hollywood Canteen 1

Film
It was a touching and exceptional march back through time. Wednesday night at the historic American Legion Hall (Hollywood Post #43 ) just south of the Hollywood Bowl, we attended a marvelous event mixing military veterans and classic film buffs, members of Hollywood Heritage. After pledging allegiance to the American flag, the strange bedfellows shared ...

The Barn’s ready for its close-up, Mr. DeMille!

Architecture & Design · Film
The events presented under the “Evenings @ the Barn” series are among my favorite in town — friendly, intimate and full of gossipy tidbits and info about Hollywood history. Here’s an event that focuses on the hugely historic building where the events take place — the Hollywood Heritage Museum on Highland Avenue across from the ...

Faded Los Angeles beauty to get a facelift: Lasky-DeMille Barn 1

Film
In keeping with the celebration of its 100th anniversary, Paramount Pictures is putting some loving care into the bricks and morter where their company was born – the Lasky-DeMille barn. Col. Robert Northam built the Hollywood structure  as horse stable, in 1901. The next owner, Jacob Stern was the owner when it became a film ...

Anthony Slide on Hollywood fanzine cover art @ Hollywood Heritage

Film
We enjoyed the book talk by Anthony Slide on the occasion of the publishing of his 70th Hollywood book, “Inside the Hollywood Fan Magazine: A History of Star Makers, Fabricators, and Gossip Mongers.” Slide, a veteran Hollywood-focused author, gave his presentation at the vastly historic Lasky-DeMille Barn, also known as the Hollywood Heritage Museum, as ...

Let’s learn about marvelous Myrna Loy

Film
Very much looking forward to an upcoming “Evening at the Barn” program  … it’s a book talk concerning the gorgeous Myrna Loy. Loy projected such an interesting persona — I want to learn how the super-sophisticate, Nora Charles, evolved out of a woman born in Helena, Montana. In my next life, for your information, I ...

The latest from Leo the Lion

Film
I very much enjoyed seeing Jack Goldstein’s art film, “Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer” (1975) screened by LA Filmforum as part of  “Industry Town: The Avant-Garde and Hollywood,” one of Pacific Standard Time’s offerings around L.A. This journey through eight short experimental films amply showed the shadow side of filmmaking in Los Angeles. Directors as disparate as Kenneth Anger, ...

Happy Birthday, Charlie Chaplin! 1

Architecture & Design · Film
Anyone who trolls mid-city Los Angeles will recognize the wonderful Tudor-style building at right (you can click on the photo). Creative dynamo Charles Chaplin, one of L.A.’s real go-getters, built it in 1917. And, there, leaning against the wall of his very own film factory stands the lovely Chaplin. It’s a pretty proud moment for ...

Jane Russell remembers “Gentleman” Jack Cole 2

Dance · Film
“Yes,” answered Jane Russell last Wednesday evening, nodding emphatically when asked if choreographer Jack Cole had directed the dance sequences in Howard Hawks’s “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953). Russell’s brown eyes flashed and she became animated on hearing Cole’s name. The brunette bombshell of the 1940/50’s, appearing at a Hollywood Heritage event this past week, chatted ...