Monday, February 24, 2014

Michael Dante

FROM HOLLYWOOD TO MICHAEL DANTE WAY by Michael Dante has been given a favourable review in the March/April issue of Western Clippings magazine.


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Cathy Fitzgibbon Rudolph

We are pleased to bring you an introduction to PAUL LYNDE: A BIOGRAPHY — HIS LIFE, HIS LOVE(S) AND HIS LAUGHTER, which has been written by the author, Cathy (Fitzgibbon) Rudolph.

"When I was seventeen, I had two dreams: to be an author and to meet seventies TV Icon, Paul Lynde. While doing research in my home town library on Long Island, NY, I  was reading a book on Broadway stars that had Paul's resume and a  phone number. When I got home, I called the number and the man who answered was Paul Lynde himself. It turned out to be his HOME number in Los Angeles , California!  He surprisingly didn't hang up, and because I knew so much about him the conversation flowed.  By the end of the call I  convinced him to meet me in New York.  What was supposed to be a five minute meeting for a picture and autograph, turned out to be a wonderful relationship with Paul until he died five years later.

I have been in sales and marketing for most of my adult life and now, nearly 40 years after meeting Paul, I finally wrote the book.  It took me a little over three years to complete: Paul Lynde: A Biography His Life, His Love (s) & His Laughter.  I loved  every minute while writing it, and couldn't wait to get up in the morning to work on it. I enjoyed researching, interviewing famous people, and reading the diaries I had written back in the seventies, with  details of the times I had spent with Paul.

It was challenging putting all the parts of his life with the all the interviews and piecing them together to make it flow and make sense time wise.  The hardest part was writing about his death, I was sad that there was no one with him when he died.

The book details his struggles as an actor - comedian and the heart-breaking tragedies  that occurred during his life, and I have also included  my adventures with Paul. It has the first interviews from his relatives along with  memories from his peers including: Cloris Leachman, Chita Rivera, Kaye Ballard, Les Roberts, Betty White and many others who spent time with Paul. Peter Marshall, who was the emcee for Hollywood Squares for more than fifteen years, read it and was kind enough to give me a wonderful Foreword. 

Paul was very private and  did not let many get close to him.  He rarely did talk shows or interviews, and when he did, he was very guarded.  The most interesting thing about being a writer is that because there are still millions who loved Paul, I  have given those fans a way to get to know him on a very personal level.  Though I knew and cared very much for this man, I did not hold back .

Paul gave so many millions ,something to look forward to five nights a week on the Hollywood Squares. When we came home from a hard day's work , or were anchored with personal problems, there was Paul to make us laugh with his outrageous jokes...and for a short time we would forget our troubles."

Cathy's website is
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We will shortly be publishing MILLENNIUM BILTMORE by Ward Morehouse III.


Kwek Leng Beng, Chairman of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, has had tremendous success owning and renovating some of the world's greatest historic hotels.

The Galeria at the Millennium Biltmore

Long before construction of the Millennium Biltmore, proclaimed as a “monument to the growth and prosperity of the city,” could begin it had to be designed. And on December 17, 1921, architects-designers Schultze and Weaver began what the media of the time called “one of the brightest stars in the firmament of local enterprise.” It certainly promised to be and become the largest construction project in the history of Los Angeles.

Influenced heavily by Italian and Spanish Renaissance architecture, the architectural firm of Schultze and Weaver blueprinted the hotel in just 47 days. The partnership of Leonard Schultze and S. Fullerton Weaver had left indelible work in New York with the Waldorf Astoria in 1931, and also on other grand Gotham projects.

The Millennium Biltmore was the firm's first major commission, but had the blessing of John McEntee Bowman, a Canadian-born hotelier who was the founding president of Bowman-Biltmore hotel, built in New York in 1913. Bowman, who had silent movie star good looks himself was coming into one of the leading Hotel names in the world.

About the Author

Ward Morehouse III's love affair with grand hotels began long before he wrote his first landmark book, The Waldorf-Astoria: America's Gilded Dream, which was followed by Inside the Plaza: An Intimate Portrait of the Ultimate Hotel. His father, the late drama critic Ward Morehouse, lovingly introduced his son to the glamorous life of luxurious hotels. He is a former staff correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor, Broadway columnist for the New York Post and author of nine other books and two plays, The Actors and If It Was Easy, produced Off-Broadway.

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New Book - Talk's Cheap

We have just published a new book entitled TALK’S CHEAP, ACTION’S EXPENSIVE: THE FILMS OF ROBERT L. LIPPERT by Mark Thomas McGee.


When Spyros Skouras was forced to resign as commander in chief of 20th Century-Fox, Darryl F. Zanuck was persuaded to return to the studio to take charge. As the studio was on the brink of disaster, Zanuck put the breaks on every project in the works and fired just about everyone on the lot. Except for one man, the only one working for the studio who made their bread-and-butter pictures which, at this point in time, was the only kind of movies the studio could afford to make. And that man was Robert L. Lippert.

Robert Lippert, you say? Never heard of him.

Lippert produced over two hundred movies, tailored to the small town exhibitors who had to change their program two or three times a week. And they loved him for it. Kansas theater owner Bill Leonard told his fellow exhibitors to “just line up with these Lippert pictures and you and your patrons will be happy.”

So? I still never heard of him.

Ever heard of James Clavell, the author of Shogun? Or Andrew McLaglen, the director of McLintock? Or Sam Fuller, the director of Pickup on South Street? They were just some of the people who got their first break in the business from Lippert. And if none of those names ring a bell, have you ever heard of The Fly (1958)? Lippert made that one. His name isn’t on it but he produced it never-the-less. This book is all about the man who was once left like a sack of laundry on the steps of an orphanage. It’s about his battle with the Screen Actors Guild, his stormy marriage and, of course, his movies.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Joseph Fusco

John Hohn, writing for Bookpleasures, has given a glowing review of Joseph Fusco's latest book.  Here is a little snippet of what he had to say:

"Duryea: The Movies, by Joseph Fusco, is another beautifully produced book by BearManor Media. The publisher presents books that are thoroughly researched and brimming with documentation including news articles, vintage photos and advertizing. Like so many other volumes from BearManor, Duryea: The Movies not only makes for an engaging first read but will serve the cinema aficionado as an excellent reference work that earns its own shelf pace in the viewing room."

DURYEA: THE MOVIES by Joseph Fusco

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Philip J Riley

We have just published GORGO production background by Bill Cooke, edited by Philip J. Riley.

GORGO production background by Bill Cooke, edited by Philip J. Riley

Sam Slade didn't believe in Gorgo until he saw the monster's hideous scaly face, its slimy green talons and the massive mouth that could swallow a killer whale. If this was not enough he was to have even bigger problems in his future.

The story mixes familiarity with a couple of neat plot twists; the special effects are ambitious and oftentimes stunning; and the use of a man in a rubber dinosaur suit, a technique usually met with derision, is undoubtedly one of the best on record. But perhaps the reason that supersedes them all is that Gorgo is the rare city-stomping monster spectacle with heart.

Released by MGM in 1961, Gorgo is that oft-told cinematic fable of the giant beast that threatens humanity.

This volume contains the shooting script and the original tie-in novel by Carson Bingham and a production background by Bill Cooke.

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Martin Grams Jr.

We are very happy to report that DUFFY'S TAVERN: A HISTORY OF ED GARDNER'S RADIO PROGRAM by Martin Grams, Jr. is now available.


Soon after Duffy's Tavern premiered over the radio in 1941, Hollywood celebrities flocked to the microphone for a guest appearance and accepted what was rarely heard of in network broadcasting -- celebrities were roasted in the form of insults that were praised by critics and raved by radio listeners. Duffy's Tavern was so popular it helped spawn a hit song, "Leave Us Face It," an attempted newspaper comic strip, a number of premiums and a U.S.O. Tour. Convicts at San Quentin voted it their favorite radio program.

This book (400 plus pages) documents the entire history of the radio program, the 1945 motion-picture, the short-lived television program, the lawsuits, Ed Gardner's personal life, contract negotiations and much more!

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Nat Segaloff

The following is a review the recent BearManor book, 'Stirling Silliphant: The Fingers of God' by Nat Segaloff.


A lesson in writer's bio: how to survive Hollywood: Review: Biography of screenwriter offers lessons in telling a story and surviving Hollywood
Associated Press

"Stirling Silliphant: The Fingers of God" (BearManor Media), by Nat Segaloff

The young press agent asked the famously cynical Oscar-winning actor what he thought was the key to success in Hollywood. "Survival," replied Humphrey Bogart. "Stick around long enough and everybody else will die or retire."

That young press agent, Stirling Silliphant, became a screenwriter. Not only did he survive the ups and downs of a Hollywood career, he also had a hand in writing several of the memorable films and television shows that entertained the baby boomer generation. He ended up with his own Academy Award, for the screenplay for 1967's "In the Heat of the Night," which won the best-picture Oscar.

"Stirling Silliphant: The Fingers of God" is that rare book about the movies and television that focuses on a person who writes the scripts. Author Nat Segaloff fills the pages of Silliphant's biography with entertaining recollections from the natural-born storyteller. There are lots of lessons, too, about writing for the screen.

God-like fingers were needed to maintain Silliphant's pace. In the last four years of the 1950s, he wrote 68 TV episodes for series such as "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and "Perry Mason," and found time for five movies.

Silliphant met with Hitchcock only once. In that hour, however, the master of suspense described shot after shot, providing camera movements and everything else a particular episode required except the lines the characters would speak. For that, Hitchcock would hold his thumb and forefinger an inch or two apart and say, "Give me about this much."

Silliphant's endurance and creativity were tested when he wrote 70 of the 116 episodes of the early '60s series "Route 66." With the edgy drama shooting on location across the country, he often churned out pages from a motel room.

While he preferred original stories that drew from his own experience and viewpoint, Silliphant could reimagine another writer's work for the unique needs of the big screen. For "In the Heat of the Night," he retooled the story to focus on the tense relationship between a big-city black detective (Sidney Poitier) and a small-town white police chief (Oscar winner Rod Steiger). For "Charly" (1968) he played down the science in favor of the humanity inherent in the story of a mentally disabled man (Oscar winner Cliff Robertson) who becomes intelligent through experimental surgery.

Silliphant (1918-1996) contributed to pop culture again by kick-starting the '70s trend of star-laden disaster films with screenplays for "The Poseidon Adventure" (1972) and "The Towering Inferno" (1974). His successful formula might be found in this description of leading characters: "In their conflict they exposed their own fears, and therefore their humanity. And as this impacted on the several other characters, we inevitably had to see them as facets of ourselves."

His own disasters — failed projects, failed marriages, a murdered son, terminal cancer — suggest one reason why writers like to write: They exercise a degree of control over their make-believe worlds that they may never enjoy in real life. The successful ones, like Silliphant, present an overall truth that all of us can ponder.


Douglass K. Daniel is the author of "Tough as Nails: The Life and Films of Richard Brooks" (University of Wisconsin Press).

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Author of the Week - Paul Kane

We are thrilled to have Paul Kane, author of SHADOW WRITER: THE NON-FICTION, VOL. 1: REVIEWS as our Author of the Week.


1) What is your background and why did you decide to become a writer?

I’ve got a few backgrounds, to be honest. I went to art college initially after school because I wanted to be a comic book artist. There I learned how to use different media, like oil paints, charcoal and so on, but also did some photography and film – both of which I specialised in. Some of my photography even went on a touring exhibition around Europe. Then, because I was getting better marks for my theory stuff, they suggested I do a BA in History of Art, Design and Film at university, which I thoroughly enjoyed. As part of that, I did a couple of Professional Writing modules, which got me into journalism – and when I left I began working for various newsstand magazines and newspapers. That was almost twenty years ago now. At the same time, I was doing short stories, which I later submitted to the small presses and so I was building another career in that direction. I just enjoyed writing, really, but I was also making use of my art training by doing illustration work, so all in all I was making a decent living. Since then I’ve had over 40 books published, some non-fiction like The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy – which relied heavily on my film studies background, as I went back and did an MA in that – but mostly fiction, writing and editing. My best known books, apart from Legacy, are probably the bestselling Arrowhead novels, a post-apocalyptic version of Robin Hood gathered together in the mass market sell-out Hooded Man omnibus (published by But I’m also co-editor of the anthologies Hellbound Hearts, The Mammoth Book of Body Horror and Beyond Rue Morgue.

2) What books have you written for BearManor, and what are they about?

Just the one book so far, and it’s more a compilation – of the best reviews I’ve penned over the years since I first started working in genre journalism. So that’s a hundred thousand words of film, TV and book reviews all in one place for the first time. My website is called Shadow Writer, after one of my early short stories, and I had an anniversary collection of my fiction published a few years ago under the same title. Over the years people have asked me when I’m going to start putting all my non-fiction together so I figured it was about time I did, and it made sense to call this Shadow Writer – The Non-Fiction, with this being the first volume. I was surprised by how many reviews I’d done over time, but there should be something for everyone in here, from classics right up to present day releases. I’m quite happy with the varied range of reviews in there, so hopefully readers will be as well.  

3) Why did you choose that particular subject?

The reviews – which are SF, Horror and Fantasy-based – reflect the kind of magazines and online sites I’ve worked for in the past, and also my own particular interests. But they were also dictated to some extent by the assignments I was being given by editors. When I first started out doing reviews, I couldn’t believe I was getting paid to attend press screenings of the latest movies, or was being sent DVDs and books – so that also dictated the kind of reviews you’ll find in this book. I’ve been very lucky, I know, and it’s been a real privilege to do this kind of work for a living. 

4) How long did it take you to write, and did you find it an easy task?

It depends, as the film or DVD ones combined the amount of time watching and then sitting down and writing the review. I’m quite fast doing a single review of one of those, and I was taught well in the Professional Writing modules by a tutor called Pete Wall. I still follow his advice all these years later on how to construct reviews, how much to tell a reader and when to rein in your opinions so it doesn’t sound like you’re on a soap box. With the books, I’m quite a slow reader so it takes longer to get through a novel, collection or anthology, then add that to the time sitting down writing a review. Sometimes a week or more, while I’m working on other things. I rarely sit still for very long.

5) What can we expect to find in your books?

In the BearManor one, lots of interesting and hopefully informative genre reviews. In my other ones, it can be anything from the SF Hood stories – as mentioned – to serial killers, as in my novel The Gemini Factor. Lunar – published by Bad Moon Books – a novel I’m currently adapting into a feature script, features a man trapped in a midnight world being hounded by changed humans with white eyes, while Sleeper(s) from Crystal Lake ( ) is my take on Sleeping Beauty by way of films like The Andromeda Strain and Inception. My two other latest releases are: a collection of my supernatural fiction called GHOSTS from Spectral Press, which includes the script of my short film Wind Chimes and – in the hardback version – the DVD itself; and secondly my first short YA novel The Rainbow Man under the name P.B. Kane and published by Rocket Ride Books. You can read the background to both of these at and

6) What would you say is the most interesting thing about being a writer?

Hands down the kind of people you meet, whether that’s fellow writers, artists and filmmakers, or fans who’ve read your work. I’m very lucky to have met a lot of my heroes, and in particular Clive Barker who has always been a massive influence on me, as well as something of a mentor in recent years. I love going to events and conventions, as writing can be quite a solitary affair – if I’ve gone too long without hooking up with my friends in the business, who I think of as family actually, then I get withdrawal symptoms. I think it’s part and parcel of what we do to chat with like-minded individuals, which sparks ideas and keeps your own work fresh. I absolutely love getting mail from readers, though, or talking to them at cons – getting that feedback on what you’re doing, good or bad, is also essential as a writer I find. Luckily, it seems to be more good than bad so far.

7) Do you have a website, blog etc, where readers can find you?

Only thanks for inviting me to talk about my work, and for publishing Shadow Writer – The Non-Fiction. Vol. 1: Reviews! I hope people enjoy it as much I’ve enjoyed putting it together.  

And thanks to you too Paul!!  Readers can order the book by going to our website:

Thursday, February 13, 2014

News from Dave White Presents....

Nat Segaloff, author of the new *Stirling Silliphant: The Fingers of God* explores the scriptwriting of Silliphant (Route 66, Naked City, Playhouse 90) as well as his film work (In the Heat of the Night, The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno) on the  new Dave White Presents. Along with the Roots of Rock Drumming and some blues guitar wizardry, the interview is now available as a podcast, mp3 download, from itunes, through TEVO and, or on the player at--

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Richard Yokley

Richard Yokley, author of FIRST RESPONDERS OF TELEVISION, will be appearing at a book signing and museum garage sale, at 1355 North Cahuenga Boulevard in Hollywood.  The event will take place on Saturday 12th April between 10 am and 2 pm.  Please pop along and say hello to Richard and buy a book, if you are in the area.


If you can't make it to the event, you can still order Richard's book here:

New Book - Shadow Writer

We will shortly be publishing SHADOW WRITER: THE NON-FICTION, VOL. 1: REVIEWS by Paul Kane.


"Kane¹s writing style is easy-going and the book is packed with information and critique on the films. This seems to be the first book to look at the films in a developmental and critical light, the fact that it¹s well-researched and detailed is most welcome." ­ Shivers Magazine on The Hellraiser Films and their Legacy

"Kane should be championed for never digressing or sounding too much like an awestruck fanboy. He keeps his prose educational,entertaining and honest. In his foreword, Pinhead actor Doug Bradley states that Paul Kane has such sights to show. Never has a truer word been said." ­ The Dark Side on The Hellraiser Films and their Legacy

Bestselling and award-winning author and editor, Paul Kane (the Arrowhead trilogy, Lunar, Hellbound Hearts, The Mammoth Book of Body Horror) has also been a genre journalist for almost twenty years, working for such magazines as SFX, Rue Morgue, GoreZone, Eclipse, Area 51, DeathRay and Fangoria to name but a few. He also wrote the bestselling, critically-acclaimed and British Fantasy Award-nominated The Hellraiser Films and their Legacy, and compiled Voices in the Dark (interviews with such genre luminaries as Neil Gaiman, John Carpenter, Ron Perlman and Betsy Palmer) with his wife, Marie O¹Regan. Here, for the first time, we present a collection of his film, TV and book reviews which span the entirety of his career. From movies like The Black Cat, Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Blade Runner, right up to The Dark Knight Rises, Prometheus and Avengers; from TV shows such as Dr Who, Time Tunnel and Night Gallery, to Xena, Masters of Horror and Stargate: Universe; from classic novels such as Nineteen Eighty-Four, I Am Legend and The Haunting of Hill House, to more modern fare like Under the Skin, The Intruders and The Secret of Crickley Hall. There should be something of interest for all fans of the genre.

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Marilyn Monroe

BearManor Media will shortly be publishing volume one of a book entitled 'Icon: The Life, Times and Films of Marilyn Monroe.'  We will have the book to pre-order on the website soon, (and volume two will be available later this year) but in the meantime, author Gary Vitacco-Robles would like to introduce you to what is bound to be one of the best Marilyn books ever written:

"Marilyn was and remains an American Treasure. She survived a childhood marked by trauma to become a psychological, cultural, and spiritual phenomenon of the Twentieth Century. She is one of us, the masses, only her start was far worse than many of ours; yet she succeeded against the odds, never losing sight of from where she originated and relating to those who struggled, the working man. Marilyn worked hard and was honest about her limitations; she studied acting at the height of her fame and had a deliciously appealing self-deprecating humor. She revealed her soul and humanity. We can all relate to that. She was also the first public figure to openly discuss childhood sexual abuse. Part of Marilyn’s enduring appeal may be the empathy her pain and life experiences evoke in each of us. She inspires us to project our own subjective interpretations onto her extraordinary life. “I knew I belonged to the public and to the world” Marilyn wrote, aware of the emotional chord she struck in her audience, “not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone else.”

Many biographies read as though Marilyn was destined for tragedy and on a journey racing toward an early death; as a licensed mental health professional, I see her as a resilient survivor of childhood trauma who battled depression in adulthood and whose life suddenly ended. Marilyn’s life was remarkable, and her story inspirational. Her tragic ending does not diminish her amazing strengths. Historical context was also important to me as well as serious exploration of her career and work, often lost in stories of her personal challenges. I was striving for accuracy and had access to Marilyn’s personal letters, diaries, journals, notes on dreams, and receipts. With many of her authenticated personal files being auctioned, the information was readily available and seemingly spoke the truth. Marilyn’s voice is clear through her own writing and the possessions she left behind.

I tend to think of Marilyn working toward three goals, developing herself & seeking love, desiring to become a serious actress, and wanting a family. To really feel the essence of Marilyn, I produced a tome in two volumes, painting a comprehensive picture and definitive biography. Volume one is over 700 pages with a 57-page bibliography.

After a decade of meticulous research, I offer a treasure trove of facts comprehensively documenting each year of Monroe's inspiring life within the context of her tumultuous times and through her relationships with literary, entertainment, and political figures. It is a sensitive and positive treatment devoid of sensationalism and speculation. My background as a mental health counsellor provides insight into the impact of complex childhood trauma and psychiatric disorders on Marilyn’s life and career. I also explore the subject within historical context, interweaving significant cultural events in her lifeline; this allows the reader to experience Marilyn as she burst on the scene rather than retrospectively.
An entire chapter is dedicated to each of her major films, including details about the director, screenwriter, co-stars, and significant crew members—and their place in the industry when Marilyn worked with them as well as their later accomplishments. The chapters about the films contain a synopsis of the plot, a critique of Marilyn’s performance, a summary of the critical reaction, and any cultural significance of the film.

Marilyn’s life touched many significant persons of the twentieth century golden age of Hollywood, and many of today’s younger readers will be unfamiliar with them. Also, her story is incomplete without mention of those whose lives she touched. The biography becomes an exploration of mid-twentieth century America, as she networked with so many illustrious notables in many fields and had meaningful relationships with a wide variety of people, from the family to whom she gave her Chihuahua, Josephine, to Xenia Julia Chekhov, the widow of Michael Chekhov, an early acting coach."

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

New Audio Book - OH, NOTHING



“You bet Your Bippy!” - Uncle Al, the Kiddie’s Pal

Best known for his work on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, comic actor and performer Alan Sues made his debut on Broadway in 1953’s Tea and Sympathy with Deborah Kerr.

He had a supporting role in “The Americanization of Emily” with James Garner and Julie Andrews, portrayed Wilfred Jr. in the famous Twilight Zone episode “The Masks,” and successfully continued working in film, theatre and TV over the last 50 years!

This audio collection is not an autobiography, stand-up comedy, or a tell-all exposé about Hollywood and show business. It’s akin to an evening at a friend’s house, where you start talking over dinner and finish by swapping funny stories over cocktails or dessert.

In Audio Stories, Alan describes in hilarious detail, the way only Alan Sues can, his first professional upstaging experience with Miriam Hopkins in “Happy Birthday”; his early days in New York City trying to hold several part-time jobs so he had time to audition; and the unbelievable yet side-splitting technical meltdown that happened when he hosted the Macy’s Day Parade on live television.

This audio set is the perfect purchase if you are a long-time fan of Alan’s or a new fan who recently discovered his talents. In fact, anyone who loves backstage stories and showbiz scenarios will enjoy this on more than one listening, and for years to come!

Includes a bonus DVD of raw interview footage and his final short film, “Artificially Speaking.”

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We will shortly be publishing a new book entitled: WITH SIGNS AND WONDERS by Phillip Berk.


Philip Berk has served four two year terms as president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. He was educated at UCLA where he studied motion pictures. After earning a master's degree, he worked as an educator for 25 years supervising award winning programs in cinema, forensics, and journalism. For ten years he was the film critic for the B'nai B'rith Messenger (later Los Angeles Jewish Times) and has chaired the jury at the Guadalajara Film Festival, Hawaiian Film festival, and the Bahamas Film Festival.  With Signs and Wonders is the story of his journey from darkest Africa to the bright lights of Hollywood.

What others are saying about With Signs and Wonders:

“The rare immigrant memoir that’s also a page turner. Berk recalls a childhood in South Africa that eventually led him to Los Angeles, where he presided over the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. His stories about Jodie Foster, Brad Pitt and Meryl Streep are as unguarded as the Golden Globes. A journey worth taking.” — Ramin Setoodeh, Film Editor New York, Variety

“Phil Berk seems to have lived a “crowded hour” for his entire life — and it is all spelled out, beautifully, energetically, and with remarkable insight, in his memoir With Signs and Wonders. The inner workings of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has always been argued and speculated about for as long as they have been an organization. With this book, we get the tic-toc of it all — rumors confirmed, rumors destroyed, and a panoply of never-told stories from a man that wasn’t only deep in the organization, but who actually led it — the debates, the infighting, the stress. It’s all here. The book can be devoured in a day — and I doubt any reader can resist turning any page once it has been begun. But when you are done you will understand not only Berk’s remarkable life but also his unquenchable and valuable love of film.” — Rod Lurie, Writer-Director The Contender, The Last
Castle, Resurrecting the Champ, Nothing but the Truth

"An engaging memoir of an unusual and fascinating life's journey." — Stephen Farber, President, Los Angeles Film Critics Association

"Very few people live a tenth of the lives that Philip Berk has lived. From war to love to eight-times elected President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, his epoch-spanning story turns the pages with the same
breathless, confiding style he has used for decades to report — and make — the history of his beloved entertainment industry. To read this über-connected writer’s story is to peek behind the curtains of the singularly-unique HFPA, and better know the sprawling industry surrounding Hollywood’s most riotous awards. Phil Berk is a very smart, very kind and very special soul, and his story should be mandatory reading for those who seek to know what makes our industry tick." — Andy Corren, Talent Manager

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

New Book: Reel Change

We are proud to announce the forthcoming publication of: REEL CHANGE: THE CHANGING NATURE OF HOLLYWOOD, HOLLYWOOD MOVIES, AND THE PEOPLE WHO GO SEE THEM by Bill Mesce, Jr.


Long before they were a profession, the movies were a passion for Bill Mesce, first cultivated back during the days when he and his childhood friends spent Saturday afternoons at the neighborhood movie house.  He has been studying movies, writing about movies, even writing a few himself ever since.
Culled from his column at award-winning e-zine Sound on Sight, the essays in Reel Change run from industry observations to personal ruminations; from the academically analytical to the nostalgic.  They also, piece by piece, tell the overarching story of the great changes in the American motion picture, from the Old Hollywood “dream factories” churning out disposable weekly fare, to the explosion of personal expression during the 1960s/70s, to the monopolization of the multiplex by big-budget blockbusters.
Bill Mesce, Jr. is an award-winning author, playwright, and screenwriter.  His film credits include Road Ends and uncredited work on Brian DePalma’s Blow Out.  His writings on film include the books Overkill:  The Rise and Fall of Thriller Cinema, and Peckinpah’s Women:  A Re-Appraisal of the Portrayal of Women in the Period Westerns of Sam Peckinpah.  For 27 years, he was also part of the Corporate Communications division of pay-TV giant Home Box Office.
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Todd Tarbox

We are pleased that Orson Welles and Roger Hill: A Friendship in Three Acts by Todd Tarbox has been reviewed in Cineaste magazine,Winter, 2013 Issue.

Orson Welles and Roger Hill: A Friendship in Three Acts

By Todd Tarbox.  Duncan, OK: BearManor Media. 2013. 328 pp., illus. Paperback: $21.95

The 2013 calendar year has provided enough new Welles material to make the case for his lasting iconography…  Welles managed to know so many people and go so many places that the very narrative of his existence provides a rich conduit to any number of eras and topics in twentieth century history.  Todd Tarbox’s Orson Welles and Roger Hill: A Friendship in Three Acts tracks the writer-director-actor-thinker through a series of warm conversations with his lifelong mentor, whom he met while attending the Woodstock, Illinois boys’ school where the actor developed his many trades…  Tarbox plays up the eloquence that emerges from the synthesis of two active minds in conversation and strikes a nostalgic tone by tracking the decline of educated approaches to artistic creation.  Welles and Tarbox seemingly exist in an echo chamber divorced from the rush of the commercial world.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Michael Hoey

Michael Hoey, author of 'Elvis' Favorite Director' tells us that an article he wrote about Norman Taurog, appears in current issue of Films of the Golden Age #75 Winter 2013-2014.


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Howie Gordon

Howie Gordon, author of Hindsight, has recently been featured on Dr. Diana Wiley Interviews.

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New Book - Thunder, Starring Lon Chaney

We will soon be publishing THUNDER, STARRING LON CHANEY, adapted by Jean de Lascoumettes, edited by Philip J. Riley.

THUNDER, STARRING LON CHANEY, adapted by Jean de Lascoumettes, edited by Philip J. Riley

Thunder was the last silent film for Lon Chaney. His health was not good during the shoot and for the first time in his career he held up production while he recuperated. He plays Grumpy Anderson, a near retirement, old workhorse of a train engineer. It is said that a piece of artificial snow, used in the production, lodged in his throat causing an infection that led to his untimely death at age 47 on August 26, 1930.  Only a few fragments exist. The novel was published in 1930 in France and has been translated by Eric McNaughton.

“The 1929 audiences were up on their feet and cheering Chaney
at the exciting climax of Thunder.”
                                                Chauncey Haines - Silent Film Organist


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