Rainer On Film & “The Trip To Italy” @ the Aero!










THURSDAY,JULY 31st @ 6:30 pm @ the AERO THEATER in Santa Monica-Member Sneak Screening & film critic Peter Rainer !

Join us next Thursday at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica as we take off for “The Trip To Italy” , the new film by Michael Winterbottom & an introduction & book signing with film critic Peter Rainer,

who will sign his book Rainer on Film: Thirty Years of Film Writing in a Turbulent and Transformative Era in the lobby at 6:30 PM.

Are you a member of the American Cinematheque? If you are , you have an opportunity to get tickets for this members only screening. If not, what are you waiting for? Become  a member !


As David Denby of The New Yorker notes, “No one is better than Peter Rainer at establishing the intersection of politics and popular culture,” and the Pulitzer finalist’s latest, Rainer on Film: Thirty Years of Film Writing in a Turbulent and Transformative Era, is a collection of essays spanning three decades of his illustrious career. Richard Schickel is among the many film writers hailing the new book: “Rainer on Film is the finest collection of film criticism in recent years, a work to be treasured for years to come. He is one of the very few critics to be conjured with.

From American Beauty (overrated) to The Night of the Hunter (masterpiece), this collection of Peter Rainer’s film criticism spans the course of his illustrious thirty-year career, which dates back to the early 1980s. It is drawn from a wide range of publications, including the Christian Science Monitor, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Los Angeles magazine, the Los Angeles Times, New Times, and New York magazine, and is arranged thematically with chapters such as “Overrated, Underseen,” “Some Masterpieces,” “Documentaries,” “Issues (Mostly Hot Button),” “Comedies (Intentional and Unintentional),” and “Literary and Theatrical Adaptations.”

Rainer covers films both well-known and obscure and writes in depth about many film auteurs—Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, the Coen brothers, Mike Leigh—and New Generation icons, such as Sofia Coppola and Paul Thomas Anderson. The careers of actors ranging from Marlon Brando to Jessica Lange to Robert De Niro are also given an extensive examination. No film buff’s collection is complete without this comprehensive compilation that showcases the best work from a master contemporary film critic.


Sneak Preview!



2014, IFC Films, 108 min, UK, Dir: Michael Winterbottom


Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon reprise their roles – as themselves – from the delightful THE TRIP, once again hitting the road together. This time they’re on a tour of Italian restaurants, allowing director Michael Winterbottom to add visual splendor to comic absurdity as the two brainy cut-ups navigate their way through dreamy landscapes and luxe foods while serving up their own assortment of fresh celebrity impersonations.

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JASON LIVES @ at Larry Edmunds Bookshop w/ director Tom McLoughlin!



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WEDNESDAY,JULY 3oth @ 7:30 pm @ LARRY EDMUNDS BOOKSHOP!  Come get a photo with Jason!

Director /writer / musician Tom McLoughlin  w/ special guests Joseph Maddrey & JASON!

That’s right apparently, after being resurrected in “Jason Lives” our favorite cinematic serial killer has become a lifelong fan of Mr. McLoughlin’s and he’ll be joining us next Wednesday here at Larry Edmunds Bookshop!

Tom will be signing his book, “A Strange Idea For Entertainment…” with co-author Joseph Maddrey & a special guest appearance by JASON! Clips & conversation w/ the one & only Tom McLoughlin!

Tom McLoughlin’s reel life began in 1957 at the age of seven, making 8mm movies in the back lots of MGM studios. He was a magician during the 50s, a rock musician in the 60s (opening for groups like The Doors), a mime in the 70s (studying in Paris with Marcel Marceau), and a writer (Emmy nominated for his work with Dick Van Dyke & Company). In the 1980s, Tom fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming a filmmaker. He has directed more than 40 feature film and television projects, including Friday the 13th: Jason Lives and the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated miniseries In a Child’s Name. Today he continues to pursue his eclectic passions, touring worldwide as the lead singer of the rock band The Sloths while preparing for postmortem appearances at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. This is the behind-the-scenes story of the strange business of creative obsession…. and one man’s strange idea of entertainment.

Also included in the book is a copy of the original treatment for  ”Jason Lives” reprinted for the first time!

It will be a great night here next Wednesday at the LARE so, come on down for “A Strange Idea of Entertainment”!

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TIKI Time!-It’s “Don the Beachcomber” & “Tiki Pop” w/ author Sven Kirsten!



SUNDAY,JULY 27th-3 pm @ the EGYPTIAN THEATER- It’s “Don The Beachcomber” & “TIKI POP” w/ SVEN KIRSTEN!

Join us this Sunday at the Egyptian Theater for another Tiki extravanganza! We had so much fun last time, we’ve been invited back to be part of a whole new program brought to you by the Art Deco Society & the American Cinematheque with Tiki guru Sven Kirsten at the helm.

Sven will be signing the hot off the press new book from Taschen, “Tiki Pop” as well as a presentation on “Don the Beachcomber”.

Authors Ed Rampell & Luis Reyes will also be joining me once again signing, The Hawaii Movie & Television Book” too, so if you missed out last time, get a signed copy before you settle in for “Enchanted Island”.

We’ll be in the lobby from 3-4 pm with this Tiki book totem as well as from 5-5:30 pm for a break between the lecture & the film along with Tiki cocktails for your pleasure.


Sunday, July 27 – 4:00 PM                                          ART DECO LECTURE

“Don the Beachcomber,” 60 min. Ernest Gantt – better known as Don the Beachcomber – established a string of Polynesian bars and restaurants beginning in the 1930s. Author Sven Kirsten will give an illustrated presentation about this founding father of tiki culture. Followed by:

ENCHANTED ISLAND, 1958, Warner Bros., 93 min. The movie poster tagline screamed: Director Allan Dwan brought his trademark lyrical romanticism to this kitschy, bargain-basement adaptation of Herman Melville’s Typee. Shot on location as well as on some studio sets, this tiki-laden story of a deserting sailor (Dana Andrews) who falls in love with a native princess (Jane Powell, of all people!) gets the full Technicolor treatment.





























Lee Grant says “YES” @ the AERO!


Thursday, July 17th-6:30 pm @ the AERO THEATER in Santa Monica-It’s LEE GRANT

“Having had the privilege to work with Lee Grant on the motion picture screen was truly a delight. Now, out of nowhere, she has written a most wonderful book about her family and herself.  It’s warm, it’s touching and it’s a book that speaks of the human experience.”

—Sidney Poitier

When I saw this book coming out, I really worked hard to try & get a date with Lee Grant. Not only for her fantastic on-screen performances, but stage, behind the camera & a page turning real life too!. It will be an honor to be at the Aero on Thursday, July 17th @ 6:30 pm as we welcome Lee Grant for a double bill of, “Shampoo” & “The Landlord” as well as a Q & A with Lee & Cinematheque cineaste Larry Karaszewski and a signing for her brand new autobiography, “I Said Yes To Everything”.

Signing as usual will occur at 6:30 pm in the Aero lobby, with Q & A between films.

Don’t miss this Academy nominated performance and conversation with the one & only Lee Grant!

If you’re getting your hair done in Beverly Hills and you can’t make it, we can get a signed copy sent your way!

See you in Santa Monica on the 17th!

Here’s a little more info on :


Academy Award-winning actress Lee Grant takes readers on a whirlwind ride through her extraordinary, unexpected life (including twelve years on the Hollywood blacklist) and a dazzling tour of American theater and film in I SAID YES TO EVERYTHING: A Memoir

Grant was one of the brightest stars of her time, appearing in classic films like Shampoo, In the Heat of the Night, Valley of the Dolls, and Plaza Suite, as well as on television in the 1960s cultural phenomenon Peyton Place (for which she won an Emmy).  Remarkably for a woman of her day, she went on to a distinguished three-decade career as a director, directing an Oscar-winning documentary and earning a Director’s Guild Award.  Her talent, intelligence, grit, wit, and passion have made her one of her profession’s most respected and beloved figures, but her life outside the spotlight was as eventful and consequential as her career on stage and screen.

By the age of twenty-four, Grant was a Broadway star, a Vogue “It Girl,” and an Academy Award nominee.  Against the wishes of her parents, she married a divorced older screenwriter and became stepmother to his children.  But it all came crashing down in the 1950s, when because of one courageous speech and her association with her leftist husband she was put on the Hollywood blacklist, which prevented her from working in film and television.  As her oppressive marriage disintegrated, she struggled to maintain her career and to support her young daughter while fighting the anti-communist hysteria of the McCarthy era that was sweeping the country and decimating the entertainment industry.


When she was finally dropped from the blacklist, Grant moved to California and threw herself into the television and film work that had previously been denied her.  Acutely conscious of the twelve lost years in a business that worshiped youth, she had a face lift and falsified her age on her driver’s license.  By then she was with the man who ultimately became her second husband and her producing partner, Joe Feury – an Italian-American “tomato” ten years her junior with whom she had expected to merely have a fling.  For many years they lived in a house overlooking the Pacific in Malibu, where they often hosted celebrities including her Shampoo co-stars Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn, and Julie Christie; directors Hal Ashby and John Schlesinger; screenwriter Waldo Salt (Midnight Cowboy and Coming Home); actors Michael Douglas, Ron Rifkin, and Roddy McDowall; and all their kids and local friends.


Among the other celebrities appearing in Grant’s memoir, about whom she tells delightful and eye-opening stories, are Shelley Winters, Elizabeth Taylor, Mia Farrow, Sidney Poitier, Elia Kazan, Oscar Levant, Henry Fonda, Burt Lancaster, Laurence Olivier, Maureen Stapleton, Lenny Bruce, Joe Papp, Sharon Tate, Kirk Douglas, Karen Black, Neil Simon, Marlo Thomas, Grace Kelly, Roger Corman, Farrah Fawcett, Ryan O’Neal, Bruce Willis, Albert Brooks, Angie Dickinson, Frank Sinatra, and Burt Bacharach

Honest, witty, and vastly entertaining, I SAID YES TO EVERYTHING is both a compelling memoir of a singular life and an affecting universal story of a tenacious woman overcoming considerable obstacles to come into her own.  Smart, funny, and significant, it offers a revealing and highly personal glimpse into some of the most fraught days of America’s political history, as well as a time when women were just beginning to assert their own worth and to break into the top levels of the film business.  Through it all, Lee Grant navigates her travails, triumphs, and romances with heart and humor, embracing kismet and celebrating life.

About the Author:

Lee Grant won the Academy Award, for Best Supporting Actress in Shampoo and directed the Oscar winning Documentary Down and Out in America.  She has appeared many times on Broadway and in such memorable films as Detective Story (for which she received her first Oscar nomination and the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival), In the Heat of the Night, Valley of the Dolls, The Landlord, Plaza Suite, Portnoy’s Complaint, Voyage of the Damned, Airport 77, and Defending Your Life. She has also appeared on many television shows, including, Peyton Place (for which she won an Emmy), The Neon Ceiling (her second Emmy win), and the innovative 1970s series Fay.  She has directed Nobody’s Child (winner of a Director’s Guild Award), The Stronger, Tell Me a Riddle, What Sex Am I?, The Willmar 8, When Women Kill, The Gun Deadlock, and many other documentaries, as well as more than forty episodes of Intimate Portrait for Lifetime. She founded her production company, Feury/Grant Entertainment, with her husband, Joe Feury.  In 1989, Women in Film honored Grant with their first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award.  An adjunct professor at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, she lives in New York City with her husband.

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Brando’s Smile, Vivien’s Portraits & A Streetcar Named Desire


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The amazing Streetcar keeps on rolling. Some of Tennessee Williams finest words,Kazan’s direction and two of the screens finest performances, not to mention an all-star cast of co-stars. We’ll be enjoying the Streetcar big screen style on Wednesday, July 16th @ the Egyptian Theater, but wait, there’s more! The LARE is bringing authors Susan Mizruchi & Kendra Bean to sign their books,  the hot off the press”Brando’s Smile”  & “Vivien Leigh-An Intimate Portrait”. Two excellent volumes on 2 of cinemas most captivating stars on-screen & off. The ladies will also introduce the film w/ our very good friend Foster Hirsch! We hope you can join us, but don’t depend on the kindness of strangers, depend on the LARE to get you a signed copy of either book, or both and we’ll send them your way.

Here’s a little more info on the books :

Susan Mizruchi presents the Marlon Brando you’ve never met. When people think about Marlon Brando they think of the movie star; the hunk; the scandals. Susan L. Mizruchi finds the Brando others have missed: the man who collected four thousand books; the man who rewrote scripts, trimming his lines to make them sharper; the man who consciously used his body and employed the objects around him to create believable characters; the man who used his fame to foster Indian and civil rights. From Brando’s letters, audiotapes, and annotated screenplays and books—many never before available—Mizruchi gives us a complex person whose intelligence belies the high-school dropout. She shows how Brando’s embrace of foreign cultures and outsiders led to brilliant performances in unusual roles—a gay man, an Asian, and a German soldier—to foster empathy on a global scale and to test himself. In portraying a fuller Brando, Mizruchi portrays an even more fascinating man.



November of 2013 marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Vivien Leigh, the talented stage actress and well-loved film star. Vivien Leigh will be forever emblazoned as Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With the Wind and Blanche DuBois from A Streetcar Named Desire, but there was more to the stunning actress so many adored than these two roles told. For more than thirty years her name alone sold out theaters and cinemas the world over, and she inspired many of the greatest visionaries of her time: Laurence Olivier loved her; Winston Churchill praised her; Christian Dior dressed her.

Despite being a consummate star, Leigh managed to remain somewhat elusive. She never penned her own story, and biographers that did attempt to tell her real life story fell short, with the most influential figure in her life, husband Laurence Oliver, refusing interviews. But now, with the publishing of VIVIEN LEIGH: AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT, new light is being shed on the legendary star and her more personal life


In her new book, author Kendra Bean combines in-depth archival research from previously untapped documents in the Laurence Olivier Archives, new interviews with those who knew the actress, and hundreds of never-before-seen photos by Leigh’s “official” photographer Angus McBean. VIVIEN LEIGH: An Intimate Portrait chronicles Leigh’s entire journey, including: her birth in India; winning the most-coveted role in Hollywood history; international superstardom; her life as half of one of the great romances of the twentieth century; her battles with what today would be diagnosed as bipolar disorder; to her untimely death at age 53. It is a book that fans and film buffs will treasure.

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, 1951, Warner Bros., 122 min. Director Elia Kazan’s powerful adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ classic play made Marlon Brando a household name for his incendiary portrayal of working-class Stanley Kowalski, who collides headlong with fragile Southern belle Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) when she moves in with him and wife Stella (Kim Hunter), her sister. 5459_073



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Your “Friedkin Connection”-Where? at the LARE!

Tuesday, July 15- 7:30 pm at the LARE-6644 Hollywood Blvd.FriedkinConnection hc c
the legendary Wiliiam Friedkin at Larry Edmunds Bookshop!
Join us  in celebrating William Friedkin and his fantastic autobiography, “The Friedkin Connection”.
William Friedkin is such a part of the cinema history of the 1970?s, that no conversation on the subject would go anywhere without a mention of him.He has been a pretty good friend to us here at Larry Edmunds Bookshop too, creating cinema memories on screen and off, like getting to sit back & watch the “French Connection” with him. I was lucky enough to get to do signings with him when the book was first released & at the TCM Festival, but this will be his first official signing here in the store. Conversation with & book signing by William Friedkin in person here in the store for one great night! He will be signing his autobiography, “The Friedkin Connection” @ 7:30 p.m. here at the store on Tuesday, July 15th. It’s a masterclass in cinema for the price of a book. 
From the streets of Chicago,  to the heights of Hollywood & films like Best Picture winner, “The French Connection” & “The Exorcist” as well as more recent films like , “Killer Joe”, Friedkin lets us take a look at  how he made these movies and his thoughts on the world of moviemaking.
If you’ve never come to hear him speak and you are a passionate lover of cinema, you shouldn’t miss an opportunity to , “Ask Billy” about his own unbelievable career, but also about his thoughts on so many other films that influenced him on the way to being one of the players that redefined cinema in the 70′s.
Larry Edmunds has your connection to the one & only William Friedkin, and if you are too far away to enjoy this wonderful night, give us a call and we’ll drive like Popeye Doyle in the chase scene of the ”The French Connection” to get you a copy.


A Salute to SHARON TATE at the Egyptian w/ Debra Tate!


SUNDAY, JULY 13th – 6:30 pm @ the EGYPTIAN THEATER

For years I have waited & wondered why there wasn’t a glorious pictorial on the one & only Sharon Tate. I shall wonder no more ! With the release of , “Sharon Tate: Recollection”, her sister Debra Tate has finally given us the book worthy of her sisters timely beauty. But not only can you get a signed copy of this great book , you can hear Debra introduce a fantastic double bill of “Valley of the Dolls” & “The Fearless Vampire Killers”.  Don’t miss this great salute with 2 classic films of the 60′s & 1 gorgeous book about a woman whose style and persona defined her time.

See you at the EGYPTIAN!


Double Feature: VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, 1967, 20th Century Fox, 123 min. Based on Jacqueline Susann’s runaway bestseller, director Mark Robson’s bitchy, booze-angst-sex-drugs-fueled cult classic cautions against the perils of show business. The tragically beautiful Sharon Tate was nominated for a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer in her role as B-movie queen Jennifer.

THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS, 1967, Warner Bros., 108 min., Dir. Roman Polanski. Jack McGowran is perfectly cast as the ancient, screw-loose Professor Abronsius who, with his harebrained sidekick, Alfred (Polanski, doing double duty), is on the hunt for vampires in the snowy Carpathian mountains. Their pursuit shifts into high gear once Alfred’s admired-from-afar love interest, the inn-keeper’s daughter (Sharon Tate), is kidnapped by the undead Count von Krolock (Ferdy Mayne). Introduction by Debra Tate, who will sign her book Sharon Tate: Recollection in the lobby at 6:30 PM.

One of the Most Beautiful Women of a Generation Captured in All-New Book  SHARON TATE: RECOLLECTION

Written by Her Sister Debra Tate 

Never-Before-Seen Images and Insight from Hollywood Insiders

Foreword by Sharon’s Husband, Director Roman Polanski 

Considered by many to be the most beautiful woman of her generation, actress and

model Sharon Tate remains a fascinating pop icon and a poster child for the 1960s. And

now, an all-new book, Sharon Tate: Recollection (June 10, 2014; ISBN-10: 076245234X;

Trade Cloth; $30.00; also available as an E-Book, ISBN-13: 978-0762452347), written by

Sharon’s sister, Debra Tate, showcases her beauty, talent, and cultural impact for a new

generation of admirers.

What struck most about Sharon were her gentle nature and the sheer perfection of

her face, but she was far more than just a beauty. The few films she made during her brief

career, including Valley of the Dolls, Eye of the Devil, and The Fearless Vampire Killers, have

secured her position as a Hollywood legend. Over forty years since her last film, Sharon’s

spirit and charisma lives strong in the memories of those who knew her best, and her style

continues to inspire the worlds of fashion, beauty, art, and film.  The book is a one-of-a-kind

celebration of Sharon’s life and career, her influence as a fashion icon throughout the world,

and in effect presents a sociological portrait of the 1960s—its youth culture, the sexual

revolution, the rise of independent cinema, and Hollywood’s changing studio system. In this

photo book, Sharon Tate’s story emerges through quotes and short essays—recollections—

by her sister, Debra Tate, as well as by those who knew and have been influenced by her.

What emerges from these pages is a stunning tribute to an unforgettable life, including:

A foreword note by Sharon’s husband Roman Polanski;

An introduction and remembrances by Sharon’s sister, author Debra Tate;

Previously unseen childhood photos from the Tate family album;

Original quotes and recollection essays written specially for this book by Jane Fonda,

Kelly Osbourne, Bert Stern, Michelle Phillips, Patty Duke, Lee Grant, Elke

Sommer, Joan Collins, Viva, Tony Scotti and Trina Turk;

Retrospective quotes by Truman Capote, Diana Vreeland, Richard Avedon, Dominick

Dunne, Warren Beatty, Mia Farrow, Orson Welles, Barbara Parkins, George

Harrison, David Niven, Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner and Kirk Douglas; and

Rare and classic photographs by David Bailey, Milton Greene, Philippe Halsman,

Shahrokh Hatami, Terry O’Neill, Peter Basch, John Engstead, Peter

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It’s TIKI Time @ the Egyptian!



Join us as the courtyard of the Egyptian is transformed into a Polynesian Paradise for the Cinematheque’s 10th Annual Tiki Night!

Not only will the LARE be there enjoying the sights & sounds imported from distant shores, we’ll also be there with our friends, authors Luis Reyes & Ed Rampell who will be signing their book, “The Hawaii Movie & Television Book” in the courtyard from 5-7 pm in the courtyard.

This handsome, four-color volume celebrates 100 years of filmmaking throughout the Hawaiian Islands with the focus on Hollywood feature films and television production since 1995. The book includes chapters on film locations, a history of the present day Hawai‘i Film Industry, and iconic Hawai‘i crime fighters as portrayed on screen.

The films and television programs are covered in detail, heavily illustrated with archival and contemporary photographs. It is a valuable reference for film aficionados, a treasure trove of memorabilia for Hawai‘i movie fans, and an important document of Hollywood’s cinematic history with Hawai‘i. Film trivia enthusiasts will have a blast.

Come enjoy all things Tiki, a slide show , a documentary , live music, libations & something to read while you’re dreaming of the islands. It will be an evening worthyof the islands right here on Hollywood Boulevard!

Filmmakers In Person! Performances From King Kukulele & The Friki Tikis And The Polynesian Paradise Dancers!

10th Annual Tiki Night: “Plastic Paradise: A Swingin’ Trip Through America’s Polynesian Obsession”

5:00PM – King Kukulele & The Friki Tikis and the Polynesian Paradise Dancers will perform in the Egyptian Theatre Courtyard alongside vendors and a no-host bar.

7:30PM – Tiki Clip Show (30 min.), followed by the film:

“Plastic Paradise: A Swingin’ Trip Through America’s Polynesian Obsession”

2013, Common Machine, 54 min. Dir. Brett O’Bourke

The return of American GIs from the Pacific helped launch a postwar Polynesian craze that included candy-colored drinks, crazy Hawaiian shirts, exotic instrumental music and nonstop parties. Today the “tiki” scene (named after the large, wooden sculptures found throughout Polynesia) endures among a new generation, including musician Denny “King Kukulele” Moynahan, cocktail anthropologist Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, tiki historian Sven Kirsten and others, who weigh in on the little-known subculture in this fascinating documentary.

Discussion following the film with filmmakers Gaspar González and Brett O’Bourke.

If you’re head is stuck in the sand and  you can’t join us, we’ll be happy  to get a copy signed & sent your way! Just call the LARE and we’ll get it sent to wherever you are


Famous Enough-A Evening with Diane McBain!




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Diane McBain and I first met on a life-changing USO tour visiting our troops in Vietnam in 1966. We shared the horrors of war meeting our very grateful servicemen in the field and in hospitals. Although our tour of duty would end after two weeks, our friendship would endure for nearly half a century. As well as I know Diane, I was still surprised by the many challenges she faced throughout her life, and her willingness to adapt to life’s adversities. She is a woman with strong beliefs and the ability to survive and thrive. She played the fame game with compassion and a quiet elegance. This is a book about the real Hollywood, the story of an actress who saw it from the top and from the bottom, told with truth, humility and lots of humor. I couldn’t put the book down. -Tippi Hedren



She was the socialite neighbor on “Surfside Six”.  She was a Bob Hope USO girl. Elvis sang to her in “Spinout”. As Pinky Pinkston, she took on Batman. She also appeared on shows like “Maverick”, “77 Sunset Strip” & “Man From Uncle”, and in movies like ,” Maryjane”, “Thunder Alley” & “The Mini-Skirt Mob”. She is Diane McBain and she will be our special guest here at the LARE on Thursday, June 26th signing her new autobiography, “Famous Enough-A Hollywood Memoir” with co-author Michael Michaud.

Spend the evening  with us as Diane shares stories from her days as a Warner Brothers contract player up until today. We will also have a special television episode & some clips of Diane to watch & enjoy that night.

Limited number of Hardback copies available as well as the paperback edition. Advance order will guarantee you a seat for this one of a kind evening from a one of a kind bookstore, your friends at the Larry Edmunds Bookshop!

If you’re stuck on a houseboat in Miami, call your order in and we’ll get a copy signed and sent your way!








“Brutal Youth” – Coming of Age @ the AERO w/ author Anthony Breznican!


JUNE 20-22 @ the AERO THEATER in Santa Monica-1321 Montana Avenue

“Brutal Youth” Film Series

The American Cinematheque will take a weekend to look at the brutal side of growing up. Author Anthony Breznican’s new novel ,”Brutal Youth” will be part of the story that weekend. There will be 3 nights of coming of age films, as well as a book signing before the screenings & introductions by the author each night. See guests like Melanie Lynskey for, “Heavenly Creatures” or director Jason Reitman for, “Young Adult”. Other films include ,”Brick”, “Stand By Me” & “The Perks of Being A Wallflower” & “The Chocolate War”. Come meet author Anthony Breznican and get a signed copy of, “Brutal Youth” Friday, Saturday or Sunday night from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the Aero lobby.

Then it’s time to grow up.

Check out the schedule for the weekend at :http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/aero_theatre_events

Here’s a little more about the novel, “Brutal Youth”

Inspired by author Anthony Breznican’s own adolescence growing up in Western Pennsylvania in the early ’90s, his debut novel BRUTAL YOUTH follows the lives of three freshmen at St. Michael’s, a troubled Catholic school that is literally and figuratively collapsing.  It’s a haven for religious zealots fearful of public schools, as well as a dumping ground for violent delinquents who’ve been expelled from those same places of learning.  With a declining reputation and plunging enrollment, “St. Mike’s” has no money to repair its ancient, crumbling building. As the desperate student population unleashes their aggression on newcomers, parents and teachers are little help, wrapped up in their own regrets and scandals, often making them less trustworthy than the kids they’re supposed to watch over.

On his first day at St. Mikes, 14-year-old Peter Davidek comes face-to-face with a deranged upperclassman unleashing violence on his fellow students. While others flee, Davidek defies the cowering teachers and helps rescue a wounded student – a good deed that does not go unpunished.

He doesn’t face his ruthless freshman year alone. Davidek befriends the volatile Noah Stein, a classmate with a mysterious scar across his face—evidence of his love for starting (and finishing) fights, and Lorelei Pascal, a beautiful but lonely girl who is determined to be loved at her new school—no matter how many people she has to alienate along the way.

Beyond the threat of bullying, the three also face Ms. Bromine, a disturbed guidance counselor who longs for her glory days as a once-popular student, and loathes those who’ve taken her place; a parish priest, Father Mercedes, who steals from the church finances and plots to scapegoat students for the shortfall; and a well-meaning but weak-willed nun, Sister Maria, who finds that being principal may require more ferocity than she can muster.

A darkly comic coming of age tale, BRUTAL YOUTH is a story of good kids going bad, and best friends willing to do anything to protect each other.


ANTHONY BREZNICAN was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998. He has worked as a reporter for The Arizona Republic, Associated Press, and USA Today, and is currently a senior staff writer for Entertainment Weekly.


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