Julie Christie, in message, remembers Omar Sharif, David Lean

Film
A highlight of Wednesday night’s wonderful Laemmle Theatres “Anniversary Classics” series screening of DR. ZHIVAGO (1964) had host Stephen Farber delivering a personal message from actress Julie Christie sent especially for the occasion. The note concerned her dashing leading man, Omar Sharif, whose death on July 10, 2015 the screening was dedicated to memorializing. Sharif ...

Oh, Omar. ‘Doctor Zhivago’ on big screen. 2

Film
As a tribute to the late Omar Sharif (1932 – 2015), Laemmle Theatres presents a 50th anniversary screening of DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965). The lush romance directed by David Lean was nominated for 10 Academy Awards in 1965 and won five — best adapted screenplay (Robert Bolt), cinematography, art direction, costume design, and music (Maurice Jarre). ...

Meet Marilyn Meme•roe

Dance · Film · Language & ideas
From Wikipedia: Memetics is a theory of mental content based on an analogy with Darwinian evolution, originating from the popularization of Richard Dawkins’ 1976 book The Selfish Gene. Proponents describe memetics as an approach to evolutionary models of cultural information transfer. The choreographer Jack Cole, a creative genius, had the ability to perpetuate the meme ...

Hollywood ‘pioneers, dreamers & misfits’ delight Landis, Beauchamp

Film · Language & ideas
Pioneers, dreamers and misfits: this perspicacious trio of descriptors Hollywood historian Cari Beauchamp has selected to characterize the actors, artists, directors, and assorted fruits and nuts who arrived in early Los Angeles to populate the burgeoning film industry. Burgeoning may be an overstatement. This was a place where the welcome mat sometimes read, “No actors, ...

“Sunset Boulevard”‘s Nancy Olson to appear @ Laemmle ‘Reel Talk’

Film
The one surviving leading-cast member of SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950), actress Nancy Olson Livingston, will honor the film’s 65th anniversary when film critic Stephen Farber interviews her as part of Laemmle Theatres’ Anniversary Classics and Reel Talk screening of Billy Wilder’s mordant classic on July 21 at the Royal on Santa Monica Boulevard. One of the greatest inside-Hollywood ...

Buy me! Marlon Brando’s 1969 Harley Davidson

Film
Shopping for a chopper with a pedigree? Buy one from the guy who starred in “The Wild One” (1953). On Saturday, June 27, 2015, collectors and the transportation-challenged will have a chance to bid on Marlon Brando’s personally owned Harley Davidson FLH Electra-Glide at Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills (Lot #791, Estimate: $200,000-$400,000). Hollywood Legends Auction  ...

How “Girl Shy” was Harold Lloyd? Find out at the Villa Aurora.

Film
What a nice notion … that Harold Lloyd was “Girl Shy” (1924). At an upcoming screening, we’ll learn more from Lloyd’s granddaughter, Suzanne. (Her very existence a clear indication that Lloyd wasn’t totally girl shy!) She’ll appear at a wonderful silent-movie night with live organ accompaniment by Michael Mortilla pumping the pipe organ at the ...

How did ‘Cuddles’ do it? Revealed at Skirball Center’s “Light and Noir”

Film
As this TCM tribute sets forth, the Budapest-born, jowly S.Z. ‘Cuddles’ Sakall was adorable, hilarious and popular on the set. But did those qualities alone get the character actor prominent play in 46 Hollywood movies? One of many film people to flee Nazi-dominated Europe, arrive on American shores, and wend their way to southern California, ...

Jail bait from Hollywood choreographer Alex Romero

Dance · Film · Reviews
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A new book “The Man Who Made the Jailhouse Rock: Alex Romero, Hollywood Choreographer,” author, Mark Knowles, briefly reviewed: Alex Romero was one of the last of the Hollywood Studio staff choreographers who never received the attention or success he deserved. As if his life story is not remarkable enough, his talents were well known ...

Dance DNA: The Nicholas Brothers honored at the Alex 1

Dance · Film
What caused these two dancers, each bringing his own qualities and characteristics, to meld and synergize into a ballistic dance unit known as The Nicholas Brothers? Sly Stone said it best: “It’s a family affair.” This was the implicit message delivered across an incredibly fun Sunday evening spent with the two handsome and talented gentlemen ...