Sunday, May 24, 2015

(By Laura Coleman in the Beverly Hills Courier, Thursday, May 21, 2015) 

Perhaps best known for his iconic roles on The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, at 89, Beverly Hills resident Richard Anderson has “at last” released the story of his life in Richard Anderson: At Last…A Memoir. The book, which came out this week, offers a treasure trove of vignettes culled from experiences in the film business, where he worked with such luminaries as Cary Grant, Spencer Tracy, Kirk Douglas and Lana Turner.
In fact, it was Cary Grant himself who took a personal interest in helping Richard shape his career.
Born in Long Branch, New Jersey in 1926, Richard had a particular fondness for Western movies. He recalled one time, his father took him to see a cowboy movie and he was completely transfixed by the actor, Gary Cooper.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Nobody’s Stooge Ted Healy Finalist in Biography At 2015 International Book Awards

Albany, Ga. – BearManor Media announces the 2015 International Book Awards “Finalist” win for Nobody’s Stooge Ted Healy by Bill Casara

With expert judging and great media coverage, the 7th Annual International Book Awards have become the next great promotional vehicle for authors and publishers to launch their careers, open global markets and compete with talented authors and publishers throughout the world. Judges have selected BearManor Media’s biography of Ted Healy, the stage and screen star, who gave birth to the act that became The Three Stooges.

Actor Ted Healy's sudden death at age forty-one just days after the birth of his son has long been surrounded in mystery and scandal. Was his death by natural causes or did foul play involving an alleged MGM/Wallace Beery murder cover up the truth?

Discover the missing back-story of the dawn of The Three Stooges in this groundbreaking full-length biography of Ted Healy.

Millions of comedy movie fans still enjoy watching The Three Stooges, but few know the Ted Healy story or the mysterious circumstances that surrounded his untimely death. He began his show business career in Vaudeville and climbed to the pinnacle of fame as a movie star, appearing in dozens of films, such as Dancing Lady (1933) with Joan Crawford and Clark Gable, Fugitive Lovers (1934) with Robert Montgomery, Operator 13 (1934) with Gary Cooper and Marion Davies, Reckless (1935) with Jean Harlow, and the Academy Award-winning San Francisco (1936) with Jeanette MacDonald, Spencer Tracy, and Gable.

Author Bill Cassara, a retired law enforcement professional, digs deep into the annals of film history to uncover the riveting, tragic, and at times hilarious truth about Ted Healy, the unjustly forgotten, innovative funnyman, and the answer to his mystifying death. 

390 pages. Includes a richly detailed biography that draws from many never before seen sources, a Filmography, photos and illustrations, an Index, and a Bibliography.


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Friday, May 22, 2015

The Algonquin Kid Set for National Arts Club event

Journey with us through the illustrious history of New York's Algonquin Hotel, as told by a man who grew up there. Michael Colby's grandparents, Ben and Mary Bodne, owned the hotel from 1946 to 1987. Though he missed, by roughly twenty years, the legendary figures who made up the Algonquin Round Table, Michael was nevertheless surrounded by famous literary and cultural figures such as Ella Fitzgerald, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, and Leonard Cohen.
He has now written of his adventures in the new book, The Algonquin Kid. Lerner and Loewe wrote My Fair Lady at the Algonquin. Marilyn Monroe flashed Michael's grandmother on the corner. Bellmen scrambled to find an Oscar winner's missing bag of marijuana. As a real-life equivalent of Eloise, Michael eventually moved into the hotel, and as a writer, found his own place in the world of Broadway theatre and musicals. Michael Colby will read passages from the book and share photographs while discussing the famed hostelry's history he observed firsthand. A quartet of acclaimed Broadway veterans - Bethe Austin (Whoopie!), Eric Michael Gillett (Kiss Me, Kate), Jeff Keller (Phantom of the Opera), and Christine Pedi (Forbidden Broadway) - will perform songs written by famous Algonquin denizens.

The evenings 'Music Director" will be Michael Lavine, who regularly fills the role of musical director for Broadway and cabaret .
For a fabulous evening of memories shared by the gifted actor/songwriter/author, Michael Colby, make your reservation now.

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Proper attire is encouraged for ladies and gentleman at all times. Please refrain from using electronic devices during the event.
Date: June 18th @ 8:00 p.m.
Location: 15 Gramercy Park South, NY.
Open to the Public, but please RSVP @ 1-212-475-3424
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Star is Born Again


James Stratton's comprehensive book deftly examines the visual and thematic connections between the four most famous American films to deal with the movie industry, What Price Hollywood? (1932), A Star is Born(1937), A Star is Born (1954), and A Star is Born (1976). If you love Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, Janet Gaynor, great musicals, film history, or George Cukor movies, you'll want A Star Is Born Again. 
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Who needs an air conditioner when Emmy Award-nominated author Christopher Knoph provides the Chill Factor?

Chill Factor, 
Dr. Elinor Barry, a forensic therapist, has been summoned to evaluate the sanity of Dr. Frank Enari, one of two scientists assigned to  work  on a  project  involving monkeys at a high-altitude research lab isolated in an Arctic-like wasteland, but what they encounter is far more sinister and threatening.
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Image result for find photos of richard anderson and bionic manRICHARD ANDERSON
He patiently waited for the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman, and we've waited with you for the exciting release of his new memoir. It's just published, and the wait was worth it. Available now in paperback and hardback. See HARDBACK BOOK OF THE WEEK below, or click READ MORE 

And just in time for the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention 2015. That's right, it's coming back, and this time featuring a Bionic Reunion that (we hope) will include Lee Major, Lindsay Wagner, and Richard Anderson. Imagine the fun! CLICK THE LOGO BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Alexis Hunter's soon to be released biography of the stunning star of the 1958 sci-fi classic, Queen of Outer Space.  

Actor Gary Burghoff's autobiography reveals his personal life story from M*A*S*H and back. Still popular! 
Bill Reed's fantastic biography of the versatile and entertaining Leonard Reed, whose lifestory takes you from Al Capone's speakeasies to television, professional golf, and his lifelong association with boxing great Joe Louis.


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If you're in the UK or will be there in June, visit the BFI Southbank, June 2015. This season concentrates on the feature films by D. W. Griffith, arguably the most influential director of all time. The retrospective covers his films up to and including Abraham Lincoln (1930), Griffith’s first talkie. Especial care is taken over Griffith’s best-known, and still-controversial, The Birth of a Nation (1915), in its centenary year. The movie will screen with introductions on both occasions, and a special roundtable event will bring together keynote speakers from UCL’s “In the Shadow of Birth of a Nation” conference to discuss the film. To provide further context, on 7 June the BFI will screen all three parts of Kevin Brownlow and David Gill’s DW Griffith: Father of Film documentary.

Tickets are on sale this month, so if you plan to be in the UK, you have plenty of time to scour the program. Hats off to the event organizers, which serves as an excellent curtain-raiser for In Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna.

(Excerpted from Silent London, May 4, 2015 edition, by Pamela Hutchinson. To see the full article or visit the site, click here.)

Speaking of silent movies, in the wake of the Best Picture Oscar-winning The Artist, five new feature films that utilize the universal language of silent films and music were released last year, and more are being made now. Even the Hippodrome festival this March drew record-breaking crowds, and so did the last San Francisco Silent Film Festival.

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Curt Siodmak, however, did imagine such a scenario. The creator of The Wolf Man and Donovan’s Brain devised this outlandish monster melodrama, basically an exotic remake of The Wolf Man, co-starring the Wolf Man himself, Lon Chaney. In this feature-packed new book, the Fabulous Fifties’ first horror hit rates deluxe "Scripts from the Crypt" treatment: a “Making Of” article, a tribute to Siodmak, detailed release information, an essay on the music score, an interview with producer Herman Cohen, and a Lon Chaney Timeline. Plus Production Code correspondence, the script, a pressbook, and more.
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I can already imagine a new tv series, Chariot Racing With the Stars.

Apparently, MGM has found their Judah Ben-Hur in Jack Houston, who is now filming the major remake schedule for a 2016 release.  

Jack is continuing his quest to become a big-time actor and follow in the footsteps of his famous family, including his Oscar-winning aunt, Anjelica Huston, and her father, director John Houston. He's certainly going the right way about it, by starring in the hotly-contested remake of iconic Ben-Hur. I'm trying to imagine how they will surely use 3D with this one!

Jack takes on the character of protagonist Judah Ben-Hur, the role first played by Edward J. Morgan in the original 1899 Broadway play, then immortalized first on film by Herman Rottger (1907), followed by Ramon Novarro (1925), Charlton Heston (1959), and Joseph Morgan (2010).  

In the new version, Morgan Freeman will play the role of Idlarin, the man who will transform Huston’s Judah Ben-Hur from a slave into the most renowned chariot racer in all of the land. 
Ben-Hur (2016) is based on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ, which outsold every book but The Bible until it was eclipsed by Gone With The Wind.

The movie should prove interesting, if they stay true to the original story. I wonder if they'll drag Charlton Heston in somewhere?  

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Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, The Barbara Payton Story

The new second edition of the heartbreaking saga of the wild and free-spirited actress, who hit Hollywood in the late 1940s equipped with little more than a suitcase full of dreams.

The Algonquin Kid

Michael Colby's autobiography about growing up in New York's legendary hotel.

Elvis, Sherlock, & Me

Michael A. Hoey remembers the film business from the 1940s to the present. 

How to be a Superhero

Author Mark Edlitz takes the reader behind the scenes of the most popular superhero movies and television shows of the past seventy years.


Life in the Past Lane Volume 2:

In a continuation of the popular Life in the Past Lane, author and radio veteran Jason Hill reveals a series of extensive interviews transcribed from his Life in the Past Lane radio show. Guests include many of the multi-talented folks who made radio tick

Icon: The Life, Times, and Films of Marilyn Monroe Volume 2: 1956 to 1962 & Beyond (HARDCOVER VERSION)

Gary Vitacco-Robles' new hardcover edition that examines the last six years of Marilyn’s life and her impact on our culture in the five decades following her early tragic death.

Eddie Dean The Golden Cowboy

Stephen Fratallone's biography of the enormously popular cowboy singer who appeared in films with many top Western stars.


She's been described as Hollywood's first Black movie star, and yet her name is often missing from film histories and encyclopedias. In The Black Garbo Stephen Bourne celebrates the highs and lows of Nina's life and career, and offers an affectionate portrait of one of Hollywood's most talented, charismatic and forgotten stars.

Hear and see Nina and The Nicholas Brothers in The Black Network musical short here.

And watch my favorite, "The Swanee Shuffle" from Hallelujah (1929 ) here.

This week, read and share with a friend Stephen Bourne's warm biography of Nina.

You remember him in The Time Tunnel and countless other movies and television shows. He's still here and still being creative, having re-emerged on the recording scene with his latest CD, Because of You (Concord  Records ), an impressive collection of standards and big band swing. 

In his recordings, his concert appearances in Atlantic City and Las Vegas, as well as his concerts with world-renowned symphonies across the U.S., including the San Diego Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, and the Iowa Symphony, the media has also taken notice of James Darren the singer. The San Diego Union-Tribune called him a “compendium of coolness, a wizard of with-it-ness.” The Chicago Sun-Timessaid “Darren is as smooth as silk.” (Excerpted from

Hear him sing "The Way You Look Tonight" here.

You'll enjoy Martin Gram's The Time Tunnel and remember why you enjoy James Darren so much.
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A longtime television actress, who was the widow of TV legend Steve Allen and the elder sister of actress Audrey Meadows, died of natural causes at her home in Encino, California. She was 95.
Meadows was thrice nominated for Emmy Awards, the first time for a 1977 episode of the PBS show Meeting of Minds, and then again in 1987 for an episode of NBC’s St. Elsewhere on which she guested, and the third time in 1996 for supporting actress in High Society.
Over a showbiz career that spanned six-plus decades, Meadows took to the Broadway stage in The Gazebo in 1958. She appeared in films, including Undercurrent (1945) with Katharine Hepburn.

(Excerpted from Variety, April 27, 2015)
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