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    • Cinecon 54 - Aug. 30-Sept. 3 in Hollywood, California


    • For more than half a century Cinephiles have gathered over Labor Day Weekend to celebrate the movies at the annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival. Cinecon is where archivists, authors, collectors and film fans come together for five days of classic film screenings, special programs, celebrity guests, and the best movie memorabilia show in the nation. Cinecon is dedicated to showcasing unusual films that are rarely given public screenings.

      The five-day festival will revive dozens of rare and recently-restored films--some in limbo for decades--at the historic Grauman's Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. The event will also honor the film careers of several actors and filmmakers from Hollywood's Golden Age. Schedule updates and complete information may be found at
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      Among this year's Cinecon honorees are Academy Award winning actress EVA MARIE SAINT, who will attend on Friday August 31, 2018 to receive the CINECON LEGACY AWARD. Ms. Saint's prolific career in films, television and stage has spanned more than 70 years and has included such iconic films as On the Waterfront, North by Northwest, Exodus, Grand Prix and Raintree County among many more.

      Among the films being scheduled for Cinecon 54:

      HELEN'S BABIES (1924, Sol Lesser Prod.)
      Shades of "Family Affair!" In this silent comedy Edward Everett Horton is a young bachelor, Uncle Harry, who suddenly finds himself saddled with raising two precocious little girls: Jeanne Carpenter and Baby Peggy, who at the time this film was released was the second most popular child star (after Jackie Coogan of Chaplin's THE KID) in all of moviedom. The girl's antics drive him crazy at first, but then he begins to warm to them. 19-year-old Clara Bow is the local girl who enters into Uncle Harry's life.

      Baby Peggy's real-life father, Jack Montgomery was stand-in and stuntman for cowboy star Tom Mix and Baby Peggy grew up to chronicle Hollywood's early history in a series of wonderful books under the pen name of Diana Serra Cary. She turns 100 this year.

      Diana is a long-time friend to Cinecon, and this year's Opening Gala, will be honoring her milestone birthday with the PREMIER of a NEW RESTORATION of HELEN'S BABIES from The Library of Congress, featuring newly discovered footage unseen since the film was originally released. It will be accompanied LIVE by THE FAMOUS PLAYER'S ORCHESTRA with new original score compiled and lead by maestro Scott Lasky!

      OUTSIDE THE LAW (1920, Universal)
      The great Lon Chaney, "The Man of a Thousand Faces," shows off his acting chops when he plays two roles in this silent crime drama. He plays both "Black Mike" Sylva, a cruel gangster, and, in his remarkable make-up, he plays Ah Wing, a kindly Chinese servant. Directed by Chaney's frequent collaborator, Tod Browning, this was their second film together. With popular actress Priscilla Dean as the daughter of a crime boss who is thinking of going straight thanks to the influence of the Chinatown community. Look for an uncredited Anna May Wong in a small role.

      LAUREL AND HARDY AT CINECON
      Two classic L&H shorts newly restored by UCLA and UCLA's head of restoration (and friend of Cinecon) Scott MacQueen:
      BRATS (1930, Hal Roach Studio)
      The boys play their own children in this special effects extravaganza.
      HOG WILD (1930, Hal Roach Studio)
      Mrs. Hardy wants to get China on their radio, so Stan and Ollie attempt to erect a new antenna on the Hardy's roof.

      THE APE (1940, Monogram)
      So... how often do you get a chance to see a Monogram film on the big screen in a sparkling new 35mm print? That's what we thought when we were looking for this year's tribute to the late night Creature Features we grew up with, and George Willeman of the Library of Congress told us that they had a newly minted print of THE APE. "Now we can clearly see how bad this movie really is!" one of our board members said. Love it or hate it, horror icon Boris Karloff gives his all as an outcast scientist stuck in a rural California desert town, looking for a cure for Polio. And neither an escaped circus gorilla nor murder will stop him! Creaky, but with some great scenes of vintage circus acts.

      GOLDIE (1931, Fox)
      The politically incorrect comic tale of salty sailors and the women they tattoo. An uncredited remake of Howard Hawks' silent "A Girl in Every Port," when this pre-code was submitted for a re-release in 1937 a storm of protest came from the Hayes Office which sited its "vulgarity and low-tone." Sounds good, no? A sailor, Spike (Warren Hymer), keeps meeting women who carry the signature tattoo of the mysterious Bill (Spencer Tracy) another sailor. When he finally meets the legendary Bill, the two become fast friends. Then Spike falls for a carnival high-diver named Goldie (Jean Harlow). She also has Bill's signature tattoo...

      ASEGURE A SU MUJER (INSURE YOUR WIFE!) (1935, Fox)
      Foreign-language versions of early talkies were not uncommon, but this zany farce was so racy that the Breen office forbade Fox to make it in English! Raul Roulien (also in IT'S GREAT TO BE ALIVE) plays a ladies' man with a Big Idea: Infidelity Insurance! If a man's wife cheats on him, the company has to pay him damages. It's a big success... until it unexpectedly blows up in his face. Also in the cast are such familiar faces as Antonio Moreno, Mona Maris, Barbara Howard, Carlos "Spanish Dracula" Villarias and Luis Alberni - who's even more over the top in Spanish than he is in English! Directed by Lewis Seiler, this was recently preserved by Academy Film Archive and 20th Century Fox. (Subtitled, of course).

      THE GOLDEN HORDE (1951, Universal)
      Marvin Miller, star of the popular 1950's television show THE MILLIONAIRE is Genghis Khan, attacking the country of Samarkand in 13th Century Central Asia. Ann Blyth is the country's Princess Shalimar who is busy welcoming a group of English Crusaders who want to defend the country from the invading Golden Horde! With Henry Brandon as Genghis Khan's son, Juchi. And with George Macready, Richard Egan and Peggy Castle. Filmed in Death Valley in Technicolor.

      KING SOLOMON OF BROADWAY (1935, Universal)
      New York gangster "Ice" Larson (no relation!), is owner of the Broadway nightclub, Solomon's Palace, but he's doing time in Sing Sing. Meanwhile his debonair associate, "King" Solomon (Edmund Lowe), is running the joint. One night during a card game King loses the nightclub to Ice Larson's main rival and he has only three days to come up with $64,000 to get the club back before Ice finds out. There follows a car accident, a new girlfriend, her rich uncle, a kidnapping, a gun fight and a number of night club acts!

      SCOTLAND YARD (1941, 20th Century Fox)
      A tale of crime, romance and switched identities. A London bank robber on the run from Scotland Yard's Inspector Cork (Edmund Gwenn) breaks into the home of a drunken bank manager and his put-upon wife (Nancy Kelly). He rescues the woman from her abusive husband and escapes, taking a locket with their pictures in it as a souvenir. Later Inspector Cork learns that the robber joined the military and has died in battle at Dunkirk after serving with distinction. In reality he has been sent back to England with his face destroyed. The plastic surgeons think the photograph in the locket is the soldier, so they make him look just like the bank manager (John Loder). After recuperating he decides to take the man's place and rob his bank.

      MILLION DOLLAR LEGS (1932, Paramount)
      The tag line for this movie was "It's Insane, It's Joyous!" Both are true. Especially the "Insane" part. A truly surreal experience, if you're in the right mood, this may be the funniest film you've ever seen. W.C. Fields is the physically super-strong President of Klopstokia, a small country on the brink of bankruptcy and where every man is named George and every woman is named Angela. Jack Oakie is a tourist in the country, in love with the President's daughter (Susan Fleming). He comes up with a plan to save the country: enter Klopstokia in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics where the President can win the weight-lifting competition. "Klopstokia - A far away country - chief exports: goats and nuts." chief imports: goats and nuts - chief inhabitants: goats and nuts." With Andy Clyde, Ben Turpin, Hugh Herbert, Dickie Moore. MILLION DOLLAR LEGS was released in Los Angeles three weeks before the start of the real Los Angeles Olympics.

      INFERNAL MACHINE (1933, Fox)
      They don't come much stranger than this one. It's ostensibly a thriller about an ocean liner with a time bomb planted somewhere - but it's played largely as a screwy romantic comedy! The glittery cast - mostly playing to type - includes Chester Morris, Genevieve Tobin (no relation!), Victor Jory, Elizabeth Patterson, Edward Van Sloan, J. Carrol Naish, Mischa Auer and Arthur Hohl - plus Nat Pendleton speaking French as a Parisian street thug. Directed by Marcel Varnel, this was the hit of UCLA's 2017 Festival of Preservation. We're glad to be able to share it this Labor Day weekend with the Cinecon crowd.

      ON THE AVENUE (1937, 20th Century Fox)
      The standard "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," was written by Irving Berlin for this musical. And watta cast! Dick Powell, Madeleine Carroll, Alice Faye and (drum roll, please) The Ritz Brothers! When a new show opens on Broadway a sketch makes fun of an important New York family. The family members happen to be in the audience for the premier that night. Insulted, the daughter (Madeleine Carroll) goes backstage to complain to the Producer/Star (Dick Powell) but sparks fly and by the next morning the two are in love. That's not such good news for the Star's Co-Star (Alice Faye) who's in love with the Star herself. She sets out to sabotage the romance... Okay, now get a load of just some of the supporting cast members: George Barbier, Alan Mowbray, Cora Witherspoon, Joan Davis, Walter Catlett, Sig Ruman, Billy Gilbert and... (gasping as I catch my breath)... Stepin Fetchit. Directed by Roy Del Ruth.

      THE SHAKEDOWN (1929, Universal)
      Once thought lost, this silent film, directed by William Wyler, was recently restored by Universal. James Murray is Dave Roberts, a low-life boxer who is part of a scam operation. He travels from town to town, ahead of his bosses, establishing himself as a boxer and local hero. Then the bosses come into town with another boxer, looking for a challenger, and a match is set up. Then Dave takes a dive and his bosses rake in the gambling profits. One day Dave arrives in a new town, meets a waitress (Barbara Kent) and her son and begins to re-think the direction of his life. He decides to turn the tables on the men who have been running his life.

      ...AND MORE!


      All announced titles are subject to final film clearances. Celebrity appearances are confirmed pending unforeseen circumstances. Please check http://www.cinecon.org for schedule updates, details on how to register, and hotel information.

      The Egyptian Theater is located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028
      Loews Hollywood Hotel is located at 1755 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90028.

      Cinecon will also feature a movie memorabilia show at Loews Hollywood Hotel, near the Egyptian Theater. Attendees may purchase rare movie stills, posters, lobby cards and other film-related collectibles.

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  1. New Books

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    • Herbert Marshall - A Biography


    • by Scott O'Brien

      Herbert Marshall - A Biography (BearManor, 2018) details the unique twists and turns in the career of a man who reluctantly became an actor. "My father was responsible for making me dread the theater," he admitted. After being sacked as an office boy for a London accountant, Bart Marshall (as friends called him) finally followed in his father's footsteps. That is, until King and Country stepped in during WWI. "I was a Lady from Hell," he mused years later. "The London Scottish, a kilted infantry regiment." On the Western Front, shrapnel destroyed Bart's knee. His leg was amputated. What Marshall brought to the screen was rooted in the unforeseen consequences of this traumatic war injury.

      Film historian/author Kevin Brownlow (who wrote the book's Foreword) notes how Marshall played subtlety with audiences emotions. Norma Shearer rhapsodized, "The first time I ever saw Mr. Marshall on screen ... I thought I had never seen a lady so thoroughly and convincingly loved." Her sentiments were echoed by Garbo, Dietrich, Colbert, Stanwyck, Crawford, Bette Davis--all clamoring for his service as leading man. Off-screen, Bart was seduced into a scandalous affair with Gloria Swanson. Marshall's forte, as director Edmund Goulding pointed out, was having "the most seductive voice on the screen." Marshall could coax moonlight into champagne for the Lubitsch classic Trouble in Paradise (1932). He was equally adept at stripping away one's sense of security, playing the menace in Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent (1940).

      Not to be overlooked is Marshall's dedication helping hundreds of amputees and vets during WWII. He was more candid about himself in these situations, and made a tremendous hit with the men. While Marshall cast his spell on moviegoers, he was adamant about one thing. "I am not a gentleman," he insisted. "To me the term implies artificiality--a studied pose, and I'm damned if I'm artificial!" As the late Robert Osborne aptly stated, "Marshall's personal story is a fascinating one."


      Scott O'Brien's biographies on Kay Francis, Virginia Bruce, Ann Harding, Ruth Chatterton, George Brent and Sylvia Sidney made the "Best of the Year" category in various publications. Herbert Marshall - A Biography is illustrated with 170 photos from the actor's private life and professional career.

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    • Wayne and Ford: The Films, the Friendship, and the Forging of an American Hero


    • By Nancy Schoenberger

      For over twenty years John Ford and John Wayne were a blockbuster Hollywood team, turning out many of the finest Western films ever made. Their most productive years saw the release of one iconic film after another: Rio Grande, The Quiet Man, The Searchers, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence. But by 1960, the bond of their friendship had frayed, and Wayne felt he could move beyond his mentor with his first solo project, The Alamo. Few of Wayne's following films would have the brilliance or the cachet of a John Ford Western but, taken collectively, the careers of these two men changed movie making in ways that endure to this day. Drawing on previously untapped caches of letters and personal documents, Nancy Schoenberger dramatically narrates a complicated, poignant, and iconic friendship, and the lasting legacy of that friendship on American culture.


      Nancy Schoenberger is a professor of English and creative writing at the College of William and Mary. She is the author of Dangerous Muse: The Life of Lady Caroline Blackwood, and coauthor with her husband, Sam Kashner, of books on Oscar Levant, George Reeves, and the relationship between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. She lives in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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    • Hank & Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart


    • By Scott Eyman

      Henry Fonda and James Stewart were two of the biggest stars in Hollywood for forty years. They became friends and then roommates as stage actors in New York, and when they began making films in Hollywood, they roomed together again. Between them they made such memorable films as The Grapes of Wrath, Mister Roberts, Twelve Angry Men, and On Golden Pond; and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Destry Rides Again, The Philadelphia Story, It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, and Rear Window.

      They got along famously, with a shared interest in elaborate practical jokes and model airplanes, among other things. Fonda was a liberal Democrat, Stewart a conservative Republican, but after one memorable blow-up over politics, they agreed never to discuss that subject again. Fonda was a ladies' man who was married five times; Stewart remained married to the same woman for forty-five years. Both men volunteered during World War II and were decorated for their service. When Stewart returned home, still unmarried, he once again moved in with Fonda, his wife, and his two children, Jane and Peter, who knew him as Uncle Jimmy.

      For Hank and Jim, biographer and film historian Scott Eyman spoke with Fonda's widow and children as well as three of Stewart's children, plus actors and directors who had worked with the men--in addition to doing extensive archival research to get the full details of their time together. This is not another Hollywood story, but a fascinating portrait of an extraordinary friendship that lasted through war, marriages, children, careers, and everything else.


      Scott Eyman has written fifteen books, three of them New York Times bestsellers, including John Wayne: The Life and Legend. His most recent book is Hank and Jim. He has been awarded the William K. Everson Award for Film History by the National Board of Review. He teaches film history at the University of Miami and lives in West Palm Beach with his wife, Lynn.

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    • Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film

    • by Alan K. Rode

      Academy Award®-winning director Michael Curtiz (1886-1962)--whose best-known films include Casablanca (1942), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), Mildred Pierce (1945) and White Christmas (1954)--was in many ways the anti-auteur. During his unprecedented twenty-seven-year tenure at Warner Bros., he directed swashbuckling adventures, westerns, musicals, war epics, historical dramas, horror films, melodramas, comedies, and film noir masterpieces. The director's staggering output of 180 films surpasses that of the legendary John Ford and exceeds the combined total of films directed by George Cukor, Victor Fleming, and Howard Hawks.

      In the first biography of this colorful, instinctual artist, Alan K. Rode illuminates the life and work of one of the film industry's most complex figures. He begins by exploring the director's early life and career in his native Hungary, revealing how Curtiz shaped the earliest days of silent cinema in Europe as he acted in, produced, and directed scores of films before immigrating to the United States in 1926. In Hollywood, Curtiz earned a reputation for his explosive tantrums and his difficulty communicating in English. However, few directors elicited more memorable portrayals from their casts, and ten different actors delivered Oscar®-nominated performances under his direction.

      Rode also investigates Curtiz's dramatic personal life, discussing his enduring creative partnership with his wife, screenwriter Bess Meredyth, as well as his numerous affairs and children born of his extramarital relationships. His meticulously researched biography provides a nuanced understanding of one of the most talented filmmakers of Hollywood's golden age.


      Writer and film scholar Alan K. Rode is the author of Charles McGraw: Film Noir Tough Guy. He is the host and producer of the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival in Palm Springs, California, and director-treasurer of the Film Noir Foundation.

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  1. DVD Reviews

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    • Dick Dinman & Bob Furmanek Survive the Horror of the 3D MAZE!


    • DICK DINMAN & BOB FURMANEK SURVIVE THE HORROR OF THE 3D "MAZE"!: With their amazingly immersive 4K 3D Blu-ray release of the terror-filled chiller THE MAZE (distributed by Kino Lorber Entertainment) the 3D Film Archive continues their acclaimed tradition of painstakingly restoring the original 50's 3D classics to their visual sensation-inducing brilliance and to celebrate the occasion the 3D Film Archive's head honcho Robert Furmanek rejoins producer/host Dick Dinman with his account of the challenges inherent in restoring not only 3D picture but 3 Channel Stereo Sound to this much requested creep-fest.

      The award-winning DICK DINMAN'S DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR is the only show devoted to Golden Age Movie Classics as they become available on DVD and Blu-ray. Your producer/host Dick Dinman includes a generous selection of classic scenes, classic film music and one-on-one interviews with stars, producers, and directors. To hear these as well as other DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR shows please go to www.dvdclassicscorner.com or www.dvdclassicscorner.net.

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    • Dick Dinman & Eddie Muller Dispense a Double Dose of Dana!

    • DICK DINMAN & EDDIE MULLER DISPENSE A DOUBLE DOSE OF DANA: The Warner Archive has just released on Blu-ray legendary director Fritz Lang's last two American-made edge-of-your-seat thrillers WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS and BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT in their original wide screen SuperScope incarnations and popular film noir author and TCM host Eddie Muller rejoins producer/host Dick Dinman as they both salute the unjustly underrated star of both films, Dana Andrews.

      The award-winning DICK DINMAN'S DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR is the only show devoted to Golden Age Movie Classics as they become available on DVD and Blu-ray. Your producer/host Dick Dinman includes a generous selection of classic scenes, classic film music and one-on-one interviews with stars, producers, and directors. To hear these as well as other DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR shows please go to www.dvdclassicscorner.com or www.dvdclassicscorner.net.

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    • Dick Dinman & Jane Russell Revisit a Controversial "Outlaw"!

    • DICK DINMAN & JANE RUSSELL REVISIT A CONTROVERSIAL "OUTLAW"! Kino Lorber's KL Classics division adds a new 2K Blu-ray restoration of Howard Hughes' incendiary and controversial western epic THE OUTLAW to their impressive list of film classic home video releases and to celebrate the occasion producer/host Dick Dinman revisits his previous chat with the late OUTLAW sensation Jane Russell which is presented uncut and unedited for the very first time.

      The award-winning DICK DINMAN'S DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR is the only show devoted to Golden Age Movie Classics as they become available on DVD and Blu-ray. Your producer/host Dick Dinman includes a generous selection of classic scenes, classic film music and one-on-one interviews with stars, producers, and directors. To hear these as well as other DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR shows please go to www.dvdclassicscorner.com or www.dvdclassicscorner.net.

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    • Dick Dinman Salutes Gary Cooper's Blu THE HANGING TREE!

    • DICK DINMAN SALUTES GARY COOPER'S BLU "THE HANGING TREE": Producer/host Dick Dinman and Warner Home Video's Senior Vice President of Classic and Theatrical Marketing George Feltenstein celebrate the Warner Archive's lustrously restored Blu-ray release of THE HANGING TREE one of legendary superstar Gary Cooper's most unjustly forgotten masterworks and actress Joan Leslie (who at the tender age of 16 costarred with Cooper in SERGEANT YORK) and acclaimed director Michael Anderson (who directed Cooper's final two films) regale Dick with their praise of Cooper's uniquely invisible acting technique.

      The award-winning DICK DINMAN'S DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR is the only show devoted to Golden Age Movie Classics as they become available on DVD and Blu-ray. Your producer/host Dick Dinman includes a generous selection of classic scenes, classic film music and one-on-one interviews with stars, producers, and directors. To hear these as well as other DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR shows please go to www.dvdclassicscorner.com or www.dvdclassicscorner.net.

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    • Dick Dinman Salutes YOUNG MR. LINCOLN Director John Ford!

    • DICK DINMAN SALUTES "YOUNG MR. LINCOLN" DIRECTOR JOHN FORD: In honor of the just released Criterion Collection's magnificent 4K Blu-ray restoration of director John Ford's beloved classic "OUNG MR. LINCOLN producer/host Dick Dinman showcases his chat with the prolific director Andrew V. McLaglen who knew director Ford both intimately and professionally from the early '30s until Ford's demise in the '70s and Andrew relates some never before heard and frequently hilarious stories about this charismatic yet crotchety and unpredictable cinema giant.
      PLUS: Tributes to Ford from Lee Marvin, Roddy McDowell, Richard Widmark, Robert Wagner, Charlton Heston, James Stewart, Jack Lemmon and Maureen O'Hara.

      The award-winning DICK DINMAN'S DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR is the only show devoted to Golden Age Movie Classics as they become available on DVD and Blu-ray. Your producer/host Dick Dinman includes a generous selection of classic scenes, classic film music and one-on-one interviews with stars, producers, and directors. To hear these as well as other DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR shows please go to www.dvdclassicscorner.com or www.dvdclassicscorner.net.

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  1. Press Release

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    • Web Reviewer Glenn Erickson Launches 'CineSavant'


    • Web reviewer Glenn Erickson, aka 'DVD Savant' has established a new home under a new identity, 'CineSavant.' Reviewing independently since 1998, the Savant database has grown to over five thousand reviews and articles, and become one of the most respected and sought-out review pages on the web for news and opinions about classic films on disc. Readership boomed when the page Trailers from Hell picked up Glenn's reviews as featured content in 2015.

      A varied background helps add perspective to Glenn's reviews; from the UCLA Film School he worked in special effects, and then moved on to TV commercial work, and trailers for The Cannon Group. A long stint with MGM/UA Home Video led to editing large-scale DVD extras and other special projects. He began writing for the web in 1997 as 'MGM Video Savant.' Working with the film curators at MGM, Glenn helped detect and produced the restoration of the original ending of the film noir classic Kiss Me Deadly. Glenn has published two books of reviews, and has been writing and researching for TCM since 2004.

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    • Vic Damone (1928-2018)

    • Vic Damone, the legendary singer who came up in the big band era and saw his popularity as a crooner develop into a long career as a recording artist, nightclub entertainer, actor and radio-TV presenter, died February 11, 2018 in Miami Beach, FL at the age of 89.

      No less a figure than Frank Sinatra once proclaimed singer Vic Damone as possessing the "best pipes in the business," which he parlayed into a popular recording career in the late 1940s and 1950s with such hits as "You're Breaking My Heart," "Again" and "My Heart Cries for You," among many other lush romantic ballads. Damone also enjoyed a secondary career as an actor, largely as lovestruck youth in such Hollywood musicals as Deep in My Heart (1954) and Kismet (1955). Like many pop crooners, Damone was unmoored by the rise of rock-n-roll in the early 1960s, though he segued successfully into the casino circuit in the 1970s, where he remained active and in fine voice until his retirement following a stroke in 2001. Though never a cultural institution like Sinatra or Nat "King" Cole, Vic Damone's rich baritone provided him with a slew of hits in the 1950s and a career on stage that compared with and even outlasted many of his contemporaries.

      Born Vito Rocco Farinola on June 12, 1928 in Brooklyn, NY, Vic Damone was one of five children and the only son of electrician Rocco Farinola and his wife, Mamie Damone, both of whom were immigrants who hailed from Sicily. Music was an important component of Damone's life from an early age; his mother taught piano, while his father played guitar. However, he drew his greatest inspiration from Frank Sinatra, whose meteoric rise to pop stardom inspired the younger man to take singing lessons. These were cut short when his father suffered a serious injury in a work accident, prompting Damone to drop out of school and work as an usher and elevator operator at the Paramount Theater in Manhattan. While bringing Perry Como to his dressing room following a performance at the theater, Damone asked the singer if he would hear him sing in order to judge if he had talent. His rendition of "There Must Be a Way" impressed Como, who referred Damone to a local bandleader. After adopting the stage moniker of Vic Damone, he made his professional debut as a singer in early 1947 with a performance on WHN radio in New York shortly before capturing first place on "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts" in April of that year. This in turn led to regular appearances on the Godfrey show, where he met Milton Berle. The comic helped to broker a contract for Damone to perform at the La Martinique and Aquarium nightclubs, which afforded him major exposure. By the summer of 1947, Damone had signed with Mercury Records, which released his debut single, "I Have But One Heart." The record reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, as did its immediate follow-up, "You Do."

      Damone was soon hosting his own radio program, Saturday Night Serenade, while playing live dates at major New York theaters such as the Copa and even his previous employers, the Paramount. In 1948, he scored four Top 30 singles, including a duet with Patti Page on "Say Something Sweet to Your Sweetheart," before returning to the Top 10 with the million-seller "Again" in 1949. His next release that year, "You're Breaking My Heart," became his first and only single to top the pop charts, though he would visit the Top 10 on several occasions in the late '40s and early '50s, most notably with a 1950 cover of "Tzena, Tzena, Tzena," an Israeli folk song adapted by the Weavers, and "My Heart Cries for You," which reached No. 4 in 1950. That same year, he signed a film contract with MGM, which led to his screen debut as an amorous Frenchman in pursuit of Jane Powell in Rich, Young and Pretty (1951). After scoring one more Top 5 hit with "My Truly Truly Fair" in 1951, Damone was inducted into the Army, where he served until 1953. Mercury kept him in the spotlight during this period by releasing a steady string of material recorded by Damone prior to his tour of duty, including the Top 10 hits "Here in My Heart" (1952) and "April in Portugal" and "Ebb Tide," both in 1953.

      Upon his return from military service, Damone resumed his film career, enjoying featured or co-starring roles in major musical productions like Hit the Deck (1955) and the screen adaptation of Kismet (1955). His singing career, however, entered the doldrums, prompting him to leave Mercury for Columbia in 1956. That year, Damone would score a No. 4 hit with "On the Street Where You Live," from the musical "My Fair Lady," but the single would prove his final visit to the Top 10 pop charts. Though his albums performed well, Damone had lost his ground on the singles chart to the growing rock-n-roll movement, and by 1961, he had left Columbia for Capitol. The label attempted to groom Damone into a mature balladeer with 1962's "Linger Awhile with Vic Damone" (1962), which, like its five follow-ups, earned him critical acclaim but few record sales. From 1962 to 1963, he hosted an NBC variety series called "The Lively Ones," which featured an impressive array of jazz and folk performers.

      Damone again changed labels in 1965, moving to Warner Bros., where he earned a Top 30 hit with "You Were Only Fooling." It also reached No. 8 on the adult contemporary charts, where he would consistently place in the Top 40 for the next half-decade, until earning his final U.S. chart hit with "To Make a Big Man Cry," which reached No. 31 on the adult contemporary charts in 1969. Damone's finances took a downward turn in the early 1970s, forcing him to declare bankruptcy. But after staging a major concert in Las Vegas in 1971, he became a staple of the casino and nightclub circuit, which returned him to solvency. Damone soon became such a popular figure in this arena that he expanded his touring to the United Kingdom, where he was received warmly by audiences. Damone's popularity overseas prompted him to return to recording, issuing several albums through RCA between 1992 and 1995. He remained active until 2000, when a minor stroke brought his stage career to a close with a farewell concert in Palm Beach, FL. In 2009, he penned his autobiography, Singing Was the Easy Part, shortly before breaking his retirement with a special one-off performance in 2011.

      by Paul Gaita

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    • Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, April 13-15

    • TCM members and supporters Get 20% Discount on Entry Fee for Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, April 13-15

      Prizes Include Hollywood Mentorships, Festival Screenings, Cash & Other Prizes


      One in five Americans have a disability, making it today's largest minority, yet far too often their important and varied stories go untold ... Until now!

      In its 5th year and supported by some of Hollywood's biggest names, the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge addresses this underrepresentation by giving filmmakers the platform to collaborate and tell unique stories to help Change the Way You View Disability.

      Judged by a noted and diverse group of entertainment industry talent, films are not required to include disability in the storyline, but must include at least one person with a disability in front of or behind the camera.

      REGISTER TODAY for the annual, weekend-long competition, April 13-15. Entry deadline: April 11, 2018. Entrants are given 55 hours to write and produce a 3-5 minute short film based on an assigned genre. RULES:
      www.DisabilityFilmChallenge.com

      Finalists will be announced and screened at the Bentonville Film Festival (May 1-6), which champions inclusion in all form of media; will be invited to an exclusive roundtable discussion with agents at United Talent Agency; and receive a one-year subscription to Variety Magazine.

      Winners, announced at a red-carpet event May 10, hosted by United Talent Agency in Beverly Hills, are awarded industry mentorships; the opportunity to screen their film at the Los Angeles-based HollyShorts Film Festival (August 9-18), an Academy Award-qualifying competition; $1,000 grants provided by Universal Filmed Entertainment Group towards their next production; and other prizes, including Dell computers and a Nike gift bag with assorted products, including a pair of shoes from the new FlyEase line!

      2018 MENTORS: A top Universal Pictures executive (TBA),casting director Pam Dixon (Green Lantern, The Mask of Zorro, The Punisher, Angels in the Outfield, City Slickers) and Tiffany Smith Anoa'i, VP Entertainment Diversity, Inclusion & Communications, CBS Entertainment. Additional mentors TBA.

      TCM Members and Supporters get 20% off the entry fee and special arrangements have been made for the films to be produced under the SAG-AFTRA short film agreement. DISCOUNT CODE: TCM2018

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    • Martin Scorsese to be Presented the First Annual Robert Osborne Award


    • Turner Classic Movies is proud to honor our late host, Robert Osborne, with the creation of the Robert Osborne Award. This annual award will be presented at the TCM Classic Film Festival to an individual whose work has helped keep the cultural heritage of classic films alive and thriving for generations to come. Osborne served as the host of Turner Classic Movies for 23 years, and his passion for film and wealth of knowledge as a film historian helped preserve the legacy of classic film. For the inaugural award, TCM will celebrate world-renowned filmmaker director Martin Scorsese and his longtime dedication to preserving and protecting motion picture history at the ninth annual Festival. This presentation will be made as part of the official Opening Night Gala at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX.

      Scorsese's career began in New York City at NYU where he made a series of short films. In 1968, he wrote and directed his debut feature, Who's That Knocking At My Door. Since then, he has directed critically acclaimed, award-winning films including Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ, Goodfellas, Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Director and Best Picture, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Silence. Scorsese has also directed numerous documentaries including the Peabody Award winning No Direction Home: Bob Dylan and Elia Kazan: A Letter to Elia; as well as Italianamerican, The Last Waltz, A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese through American Movies, Il Mio Viaggio in Italia, Public Speaking, Shine a Light and George Harrison: Living in the Material World, for which Scorsese received Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming and Outstanding Nonfiction Special. Scorsese's inventiveness, bold vision, and mastery of the form have solidified his place in cinematic history.

      Founded by Martin Scorsese in 1990, The Film Foundation has helped restore over 800 films, making available classic and independent films thought to be lost. In 2007, Scorsese expanded The Film Foundation's work globally, creating the World Cinema Project, which has preserved, restored, and distributed over 30 films from over 20 countries.

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    • Acclaimed documentary TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL released on DVD & Blu-ray

    • FilmRise has announced the September 1 Blu-Ray and DVD release of Tab Hunter Confidential. After an incredible year on the film festival circuit and a theatrical run across fifty cities in the United States, the acclaimed documentary will be available to rent or own from all major retailers. Based on Hunter's New York Times best selling memoir, producer Allan Glaser and director Jeffrey Schwarz (I Am Divine) have assembled dozens of past and present Hollywood stars, and most importantly the man himself, to talk frankly about being a survivor of the Hollywood roller coaster. The Blu-Ray & DVD will be available nationwide at all major retailers, with autographed copies only available on Tab Hunter's official website, www.tabhunter.com. Click here to learn more and order Tab Hunter Confidential on Blu-Ray & DVD (with optional autograph).

      Throughout the 1950s, Tab Hunter reigned as Hollywood's ultimate heartthrob. In dozens of films, and in the pages of countless magazines, Hunter's astonishing looks and golden-boy sex appeal drove his fans to screaming, delirious frenzy, solidifying him the prototype for all young matinee idols to come. Bristling against being just another pretty face and wanting to be taken seriously, Hunter was one of the few to be able to transcend pin-up boy status. He earned his stripes as an actor to become a major movie star and recording artist. But throughout his years of stardom, Hunter had a secret. He was gay, and spent his Hollywood years in a precarious closet that repeatedly threatened to implode and destroy him. Decades later, Hunter's dramatic, turbulent and ultimately inspiring life story has become an explosive documentary feature.

      Tab Hunter Confidential offers unprecedented access to the man behind the marquee smile, who shares first hand what it was like to be a manufactured movie star during the Golden Age of Hollywood and the consequences of being someone totally different from his studio image. The film traces Hunter's dizzying rise to Hollywood super-stardom, his secret life in an era when being openly gay was unthinkable, and his ultimate triumph when the limelight finally passed him by and true love won.

      Punctuating Tab's on-screen presence are rare film clips and provocative interviews with friends and co-stars including John Waters, Clint Eastwood, George Takei, Debbie Reynolds, Robert Wagner, Portia de Rossi, Noah Wyle, Connie Stevens, Robert Osborne, and dozens more.

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  • Wednesday, March 20, 2011

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    Added: 1:00pm Virginia City
    12:15pm Casablanca