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The Soul of Godzilla-An ISHIRO HONDA tribute @ the EGYPTIAN!

 

THURSDAY October 26 & FRIDAY, October 27-6:30 pm signing & 7:30 pm screenings @ the EGYPTIAN THEATRE in Hollywood

THE SOUL OF GODZILLA: AN ISHIRO HONDA TRIBUTE Double Feature! MOTHRA / BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE (October 26)

Join us at 6:30 PM in the lobby, where authors Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski will sign their book Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, From Godzilla to Kurosawa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discussion between films with authors Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski, moderated by Steve Peros.

MOTHRA 1961, Sony Repertory, 101 min, Dir: Ishiro Honda

Giant caterpillar-turned-avenging-insect Mothra wreaks havoc on Japan when its best friends – two tiny, telepathic, singing sisters (played by real-life siblings Yumi and Emi Ito) – are kidnapped by an unscrupulous promoter and forced to perform in a Tokyo nightclub.

BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE (UCHÛ DAISENSÔ) 1959, Sony Repertory, 90 min, Japan

Dir: Ishiro Honda With the space race in full swing, Ishirô Honda and SFX artist Eiji Tsuburaya collaborated on this action-packed, alien-invasion extravaganza. Envisioning Japan as an aerospace leader and reflecting its postwar return to world affairs (the country had recently joined the United Nations), the film shows Tokyo leading an international coalition of America, the Soviet Union and other nations against hostile spacemen from the planet Natal. These pint-sized invaders pack a powerful arsenal that includes nimble flying saucers and a giant mothership with an anti-gravity beam that sucks skyscrapers off the ground! Heroic astronaut Katsumiya (Ryo Ikebe) and his crew are ready for battle – on the moon, and in the skies over Tokyo.

Friday, October 27th

GODZILLA: THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL / THE H-MAN  Godzilla to Kurosawa. Discussion between films with authors Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski, moderated by Steve Biodrowski. GODZILLA: THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL GOJIRA 1954, Janus Films, 96 min, Japan

In the first of countless kaiju (“strange creature”) films from Japan, a nuclear explosion rouses a reptilian monster from the depths of the ocean; as Godzilla crushes Tokyo underfoot, the only weapon that could stop him may be too powerful to use. Akira Takarada, Momoko Kôchi and Akihiko Hirata star in this seminal sci-fi film, which was later recut with new scenes starring Raymond Burr and released as GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS! in America.

THE H-MAN (BIJO TO EKITAI NINGEN) 1958, Sony Repertory, 79 min, Japan, Dir: Ishiro Honda

A sexy, exotic dancer slinks across the stage, showered in flickering lights. A bebop combo wails, sax and drums riffing like Charlie Parker and Max Roach. Square-jawed gangsters with slick hair and flashy vines smoke, drink and watch, doted on by giggling bar hostesses. Just another night at Cabaret Homura, but the heat’s about to come down on these mobsters – that is, until an even more dangerous villain appears. Ishiro Honda’s genre-blending sci-fi thriller is a mix of detectives, hoods, radioactive goblins and atomic paranoia. Starring genre regulars Kenji Sahara as an idealistic scientist, Hisaya Ito as an evil drug lord and Yumi Shirakawa as a beleaguered cabaret beauty.

About the book: The first comprehensive biography of the director behind Godzilla and other Japanese sci-fi classics Ishiro Honda was arguably the most internationally successful Japanese director of his generation, with an unmatched succession of science fiction films that were commercial hits worldwide. From the atomic allegory of Godzilla and the beguiling charms of Mothra to the tragic mystery of Matango and the disaster and spectacle of Rodan, The Mysterians, King Kong vs. Godzilla, and many others, Honda’s films reflected postwar Japan’s real-life anxieties and incorporated fantastical special effects, a formula that appealed to audiences around the globe and created a popular culture phenomenon that spans generations. Now, in the first full account of this long overlooked director’s life and career, authors Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski shed new light on Honda’s work and the experiences that shaped it—including his days as a reluctant Japanese soldier, witnessing the aftermath of Hiroshima, and his lifelong friendship with Akira Kurosawa.

Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, from Godzilla to Kurosawa features close analysis of Honda’s films (including, for the first time, his rarely seen dramas, comedies, and war films) and draws on previously untapped documents and interviews to explore how creative, economic, and industrial factors impacted his career. Fans of Honda, Godzilla, and tokusatsu (special effects) film, and of Japanese film in general, will welcome this in-depth study of a highly influential director who occupies a uniquely important position in science fiction and fantasy cinema, as well as in world cinema. Together, the authors have provided audio commentary tracks and produced supplemental material for numerous home video releases, including Ishiro Honda’s Godzilla for the British Film Institute. They co-produced the documentary feature Bringing Godzilla Down to Size (2008).

“This carefully researched and detailed book gives us a full picture of the man and his life.” —From the preface by Martin Scorsese

“I first saw Godzilla in 1956 at the tender age of eight. Something about the film filled me with a somber dread—not the giant, fire-breathing monster destroying Tokyo, but the overall tone, an underlying sadness, a sense of grief and horror. Japan is the only nation to suffer atomic bombs dropped on two of its cities, and Godzilla gave powerful expression to this emotional ambience disguised as a giant monster movie. The director of this seminal motion picture was Ishiro Honda, the creator of an astonishing output of science-fiction and horror films from Toho Studios and one of my personal cinematic gods.” —John Carpenter

“Exhaustive researchers, Ryfle and Godziszewski delve deeply into the entirety of Honda’s sometimes harrowing life while defining his films within Japanese studio system and his later collaborations with Kurosawa. Filling a huge vacuum of needed scholarship, it’s required reading for genre fans and serious students of Japanese cinema alike.”- Stuart Galbraith IV, author of The Emperor and the Wolf

STEVE RYFLE has contributed film journalism and criticism to the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Cineaste, Virginia Quarterly Review, POV, and other publications. He is the author of a book on the history of the Godzilla film series. ED GODZISZEWSKI is editor and publisher of Japanese Giants magazine. He is the author of a Godzilla film encyclopedia, and has written for Fangoria and other publications.

the life of LEONARDO w/ Walter Isaacson & Michael Lewis!

Monday, October 23, 2017 8pm (Reception: 6:30-7:30pm)

Walter Isaacson in conversation with Michael Lewis discussing his  biography, Leonardo da Vinci

Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre / New Roads School/  Herb Alpert Educational Village

3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS :LiveTalksLA.org

Walter Isaacson, professor of history at Tulane, has been CEO of the Aspen Institute, chairman of CNN, and editor of Time magazine. He is the author of The Innovators; Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men:Six Friends and the World They Made.

Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo da Vinci’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects the art produced by history’s most creative genius to his science. He shows how Leonardo’s work was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy.

“When you write biographies, whether it’s about Ben Franklin or Einstein, you discover something amazing: They are human.” — Walter Isaacson on Book TV (Feb. 1, 2015)

Leonardo produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. With characteristic mastery, Isaacson explains how Leonardo’s life should remind us of the importance of imagination, questioning what we learn, and, like talented misfits and rebels in any era, to think different.

We welcome Michael Lewis back to our stage. His bestsellers include The Undoing Project, Flash Boys, The Big Short, The Blind Side, Liar’s Poker, Moneyball, Boomerang, The New New Thing and Panic, among others. Michael Lewis previously appeared with Malcolm Gladwell at Live Talks Los Angeles discussing his book, Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt. Watch the video. We also hosted him for his most recent book, The Undoing Project where he was interviewed by Mindy Kaling.

 

Be Fierce with Gretchen Carlson!

Sunday, October 22, 2017 6:30 pm

Gretchen Carlson in conversation with Heather McDonald discussing her book, Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back

William Turner Gallery/ Bergamot Station Arts Center

2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS:LiveTalksLA.org

Gretchen Carlson has been honored as one of TIME‘s 100 Most Influential People in the World and a 2017 recipient of the prestigious Matrix Award. She is a journalist and news anchor and a tireless advocate for female empowerment. Formerly, Carlson was co-host of the cable morning news show, Fox and Friends, as well as the host of her own signature show, The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson. An honors graduate of Stanford University, Carlson also serves as a trustee for several national non-profit boards and in 2017 established her own fund, Gift of Courage, to empower women and young girls to realize their full potential. Since making the decision to speak out against sexual harassment, she has sparked an international conversation about the pervasiveness of the problem and, in doing so, discovered that every woman has a story.

“Gretchen Carlson’s very brave and public stand against sexual harassment gave countless women the courage to fight back and is teaching our daughters (and sons) three very important words: it’s not okay.”- Katie Couric

“Gretchen Carlson is not only FIERCE but brave as she pours sunlight on this scourge that hides in plain sight. Sexual harassment is an issue that all of us should be concerned about not just women. I encourage every man to read this book.”- Larry Wilmore

In “Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back”, Gretchen shares her own experiences, as well as powerful and moving stories from women in many different careers and fields who decided they too weren’t ready to shut up and sit down. Gretchen became a voice for the voiceless. In this revealing and timely book, Gretchen shares her views on what women can do to empower and protect themselves in the workplace or on a college campus, what to say when someone makes suggestive remarks, how an employer’s Human Resources department may not always be your friend, and how forced arbitration clauses in work contracts often serve to protect companies rather than employees. Her groundbreaking message encourages women to stand up and speak up in every aspect of their lives. Gretchen also discusses why this fight will require both women and men working together to ensure that our daughters and sons will have a brighter future.

In addition to stand-up, television guest spots and uncredited reality TV cameos, Heather McDonald can be heard twice a week on the hit podcast Juicy Scoop with Heather McDonald breaking down pop culture, hot topics and her own personal drama. She wrote best sellers, You’ll Never Blue Ball in this Town Again and MY INAPPROPRIATE LIFE: Some Material Not Suitable for Small Children, Nuns, or Mature Adults. Her weekly column “What Heather McDonald noticed this week” has been featured in InTouch for the last three years. In 2015 she debuted her Showtime special ‘I Don’t Mean To Brag,’ later shown on Netflix. For seven years Heather wrote, produced and appeared on Chelsea Lately as well as it’s spin off show, After Lately. Heather was a contributing writer on the Wayans’ Brothers films White Chicks and Dance Flink.

 

 

Hollywood At Play @ the Ocean Park Library!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14th- MATINEE 2 pm start-Ocean Park Public Library in Santa Monica-2601 Main Street

Hollywood At Play w/ authors Donovan Brandt, Mary Mallory & Stephen X. Sylvester

There is nothing Hollywood loves to do more than play! Authors Mary Mallory, Donovan Brandt & Stephen X. Sylvester  bring us “Hollywood At Play-The Lives of the Stars Between Takes” , a fun-loving look at the stars of the golden era “at play”. Join us for a special Saturday afternoon  presentation , a  fun-filled photofest  of the stars having a good old time & the authors will be as well, signing copies of “Hollywood At Play”.  Of course, if you can’t make it, we can send some of the “play” your way when you order a signed copy. “Hollywood At Play” makes a great gift for the holidays.

Fans from around the world continue to be fascinated by classic-era Hollywood (1925-1960) and its larger-than-life stars. Nostalgia for this simpler, more glamorous time offers a safe and temporary escape from our complex lives. The authors capture this era with in Hollywood at Play, featuring unique and rarely seen images of such legendary stars as Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Judy Garland, W.C. Fields, and Tyrone Power enjoying fun and relaxation outside of their studios. Hollywood at Play presents iconic images of the classic stars taking time out from the demands of celebrity to enjoy dancing, bike-riding, roller skating, bowling, and playing tennis; diversions offering a chance to relax and be themselves. This delightful and unique book will appeal to classic movie fans, and enthusiasts of celebrity, fashion, and Hollywood history. The photos contained in Hollywood at Play come from the collection of Eddie Brandt’s Saturday Matinee, Hollywood’s oldest family-owned photo archive. From the 800,000 images available in their collection the authors have chosen over 200 fascinating and rare photos to include in this book. Among the photos are eight rare photos of a young Marilyn Monroe at play; Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland frolicking at a pool party; Steve McQueen and James Garner astride McQueen’s iconic motorcycle between takes of The Great Escape;Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee out on the town; Sammy Davis Jr. hamming it up with Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra; and many others.

 

The Rules of Magic w/ Alice Hoffman!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 8pm (Reception 6:30-7:30pm)

An Evening with Alice Hoffman discussing her novel, The Rules of Magic

Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre/ New Roads School/ Herb Alpert Educational Village

3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS:LiveTalksLA.org

Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including The Rules of Magic, The Marriage of Opposites, Practical Magic, The Red Garden, the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, and The Dovekeepers.

“I always felt and still feel that fairy tales have an emotional truth that is so deep that there are few things that really rival them.”

“Even in times when it’s difficult to figure out, how do you go forward, art – and books – always help.”

The Rules of Magic is Hoffman’s spellbinding prequel to Practical Magic. For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man. Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people’s thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble the day he could walk. From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse. Thrilling and exquisite, real and fantastical, The Rules of Magic is a story about the power of love reminding us that the only remedy for being human is to be true to yourself.

 

Ed Asner is “The Grouchy Historian” w/ Ed Weinberger!

 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 8pm (6:30-7:30pm- Reception is at All Saints)

An Evening with Ed Asner and Ed. Weinberger discussing their upcoming book, The Grouchy Historian: An Old-Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right-Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs All Saints Church

132 North Euclid Avenue Pasadena, CA 91101

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Television legend Ed Asner is well-known for his role on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and subsequent spin-off, Lou Grant. He is the winner of seven acting Emmy Awards, and has been nominated a total of twenty times. Asner has also made a name for himself as a trade unionist and a political activist. During his two terms as president of the Screen Actors Guild, he was an outspoken critic of President Ronald Reagan, for his Central American policy.

Ed. Weinberger has written for Bob Hope, Richard Pryor, and Johnny Carson (for five years on The Tonight Show). He wrote for and produced The Mary Tyler Moore Show, co-created Taxi, Dear John, and The Cosby Show. He has won three Golden Globe Awards, a Peabody, and nine Emmys. In 2000, he received The Writer’s Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award.

A self-proclaimed “dauntless Democrat” from the old days, Ed Asner figures that if the right-wing is wrong about voter fraud, Obama’s death panels, and climate change, they are probably just as wrong when they interpret the Constitution and use it to defend their actions. “Look around you at the chaos of our daily lives. I thought we should get a clear shot at what founded us. Maybe if we’re truly aware of the mixed bag that founded us, then we wouldn’t be too surprised at finding ourselves in the bed we’re in.”

In The Grouchy Historian: An Old-Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right-Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs, Asner leads the charge for liberals to reclaim the Constitution from the right-wingers who use it as their justification for doing whatever terrible thing they want to do, which is usually to comfort the comfortable and afflict the afflicted. It’s about time someone gave them hell and explained that progressives can read, too. 

Diane Keaton.

SUNDAY,OCTOBER 15 at 7 pm-Moss Theatre in Santa Monica-DIANE KEATON!

I was fortunate enough to attend the AFI Lifetime Achievement celebration for Diane Keaton this past June. What an amazing night it was! Now I will be fortunate enough to be selling her latest book for her. If you can’t make make it, we’ll send, “The House That Pinterest Built” to the house that you live in.

Some days at work are better than others.

Perhaps you’d like to join us?

A Conversation with Diane Keaton discussing her book, “The House that Pinterest Built”

Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre/ New Roads School/ Herb Alpert Educational Village

3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404

 

PURCHASE TICKETS-LiveTalksLA.org

$65 Reserved Section Seat + a copy of the book /$95 Two Reserved Seats + one copy of the book/ $25 General Admission Seat

* All books are pre-signed and available for pick up before the event, and signed copies will be available for sale at the event.

Diane Keaton is an Oscar-winning actress, director, and author. Her design aesthetic has been celebrated in several successful books that she produced, including California Romantica and House. Leading the conversation will be David Takacs, the architect on the project and they will be joined by Stephen Shadley, the designer and Tim Perry, the Superintendent. At once a style guide, an inspirational tome, and a how-to volume on creating one’s home, this book will serve as a go-to reference for all those seeking to spur their own creativity as they embark on the creation of home. When Diane Keaton decided that she wanted to build her own home from the ground up, she took the advice of her dear friend, film director Nancy Meyers, and took to the boards of Pinterest to find inspiration. There she discovered the practical and the fantastical, elements and styles long adored and ones that she never knew she was drawn to. Keaton’s dream house was officially under way and this book that resulted is a compelling account of her that house, from idea to realization in brick, stone, and wood.

“If you want to explore. If you love to see. If you’re looking to look; this book is an example of a home made from the gifts of other people’s addictive yearnings for the perfect home, with the perfect landscape and the perfect interior. It illustrates my choices of your choices. Who knows, you might find one of your pins here. You might smile. You might shake your head and say, ‘This isn’t what I had in mind.’ You might think: ‘Hey that’s my kitchen. She copied my kitchen.’ But the truth is, as much as I tried, I could never entirely recreate the light filled photograph of a kitchen that led the way to the journey that brought me here. No one can.” – Diane Keaton

The House that Pinterest Built defines what home and house mean to the celebrated movie star, who is known for her love affair with houses and design. Filled with ideas that reveal a personal yet engaging aesthetic, this volume includes compelling photos from Keaton’s past homes and those she admires, as well as a multitude of details from every corner of those spaces and objects that excite and inspire the house designer and dreamer—dramatic staircases and magical light fixtures, film stills and book covers, pottery and art—drawn from the visual treasure trove known as Pinterest and Keaton’s private collection, as she creates and designs her newest house. Rich imagery is accompanied by Keaton’s ideas for selecting furniture, kitchen layout, and bedroom design; she talks about the importance of lighting in the bathroom and why the living room needs to be reimagined. Beyond the interior, she explores curb appeal and environmental sensitivity, always with an eye to making home the way it should be—a place of tranquility, a place where one is restored and where one returns to dream again and again. The book culminates in the dream realized, the house she has imagined, designed, and made, now shared with the world for the first time in all-new photography.

Bryan Cranston’s “A Life In Parts” in Riverside!

Sunday, September 10, 2017 4pm (doors open at 3pm)

An Afternoon with Bryan Cranston discussing his memoir, A Life in Parts

Fox Performing Arts Center- 3801 Mission Inn Avenue Riverside, CA 92501

PURCHASE TICKETS :Ticket purchase & prices can be found at LiveTalksLA.org

If you can’t make it to Riverside, perhaps you would like to mail order a signed copy?

Bryan Cranston won four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Walter White in AMC’s Breaking Bad.

In 2014 he won a Tony Award for his role as Lyndon B. Johnson in the bio-play All the Way. In film, Cranston has won two Screen Actors Guild Awards and received an Academy Award nomination for his leading role in Trumbo. Among his numerous television and film appearances, he was nominated for a Golden Globe and three Emmys for his portrayal of Hal in FOX’s Malcolm in the Middle.

“Bryan would be the guy to be stuck on a desert island with. Not only would he be great company but he’d build you a hut and find you some food.” —Jane Kaczmarek

“He’s my mentor, and hands down the greatest guy I’ll ever work with.” –Aaron Paul

In his riveting memoir, A Life in Parts, Bryan Cranston traces his zigzag journey from his chaotic childhood to mega stardom by vividly revisiting the many parts he’s played, on camera, including: astronaut, dentist, detective, candy bar spokesperson, and off–paperboy, farmhand, security guard, dating consultant, murder suspect, dock loader, son, brother, lover, husband, father. Cranston chronicles his unlikely rise from a soap opera regular, trying to learn the ropes and the politics of show business on the fly, to a recurring spot as Tim Whatley on Seinfeld, finding himself an indelible part of popular culture. He recalls his run as the well-meaning goofball, Hal, on Malcolm in the Middle, gives a bracing account of his challenging run on Broadway as President Lyndon Johnson. He also dives deep into the grittiest, most fascinating details of his greatest role, explaining how he searched inward for the personal darkness that would help him create one of the most captivating performances ever captured on screen: Walter White, chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin.

 

Ava at the Egyptian w/ authors Kendra Bean & Anthony Uzarowski!

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 ( 6:30 pm/ movies at 7 :30 pm) EGYPTIAN THEATRE in Hollywood

Ava at the Egyptian! Ava Gardner double bill w/ authors Kendra Bean & Anthony Uzarowski!

Hard to believe it has been almost 4 years since author Kendra Bean put out, “Vivien Leigh-An Intimate Portrait”, one of the most beautiful looks at the actress in recent year. She was a guest of ours at the Egyptian for a screening of “A Streetcar Named Desire”. Now, she visits us from the U.K. with her latest, (& co-author Anthony Uzarowski) , to a subject I will not complain about, “Ava-A Life In the Movies”.  Join us this Sunday, September 10 at the Egyptian for a great double bill featuring our girl of the evening Ava Gardner!

Kendra & Anthony will sign, “Ava-A Life In the Movies” in the lobby at 6:30 pm, then introduce the double bill of, “The Barefoot Contessa” & “The Killers”.

Bogart, Burt & the amazing Ava Gardner! If you can’t make it, you can order a copy of this beautifully illustrated look at one of the most beautiful women to ever grace the silver screen. Renowned for her screen performances, down-to-earth personality, and love affair with Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner left an indelible mark on Hollywood history. Her adventurous life story is told through authoritative text and hundreds of photos in Ava: A Life in Movies. Ava is an illustrated tribute to a legendary life. Authors Kendra Bean and Anthony Uzarowski take a closer look at the Academy Award-nominated actress’s life and famous screen roles. They also shed new light on the creation and maintenance of her glamorous image, her marriages, and friendships with famous figures such as Ernest Hemingway, John Huston, and Tennessee Williams. From the backwoods of Grabtown, North Carolina to the bullfighting rings of Spain, from the MGM backlot to the Rome of La Dolce Vita, this lavishly illustrated biography takes readers on the exciting journey of a life lived to the fullest and through four decades of film history with an iconic star.

ABOUT KENDRA BEAN AND ANTHONY UZAROWSKI- Kendra Bean is a historian and curator. She is the author of Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait. She runs the popular classic film blog VivAndLarry.com. Her writing has also been published by the British Film Institute and Bright Lights Film Journal, and she has lectured on cinema at the National Portrait Gallery (London), Victoria and Albert Museum, the BFI, the San Francisco Presidio Officers’ Club, and the Walt Disney Family Museum. She lives in London.

Anthony Uzarowski has an MA in Film Studies from University College London. He has written articles and essays on different aspects of classic and contemporary cinema, with his work published in The Guardian, Film International, and Queerty. He lives in London, where he works at the British Library.

About the movies:

Ava Gardner Double Feature!  35 mm!

THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA 1954, Park Circus , 128 min, United States

Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz returns to the show business milieu of ALL ABOUT EVE for this story of a filmmaker (Humphrey Bogart, playing a slightly modified version of Mankiewicz himself) who discovers a peasant girl (Ava Gardner) dancing in a nightclub and transforms her into a star. Before long Bogart falls in love with his creation, but his possessiveness and the pressures of stardom send her frantically looking for an escape.

THE KILLERS (1946) 1946, Universal, 103 min, USA, Dir: Robert Siodmak

The CITIZEN KANE of film noir that begins with the ending – “I did something wrong … once” – and moves backward through interweaving flashbacks to reveal the layer of double crosses that led to the opening scene. The script by Anthony Veiller (with an uncredited assist from John Huston) takes the first 10 minutes from Hemingway’s short story and then spirals into the noir netherworld that Robert Siodmak depicted better than any other director. The smoldering sexuality between Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner catapulted both to super-stardom. With Edmond O’Brien and Jeff Corey.

 

 

 

 

POP SIXTIES w/ Domenic Priore & Donna Loren!

THURSDAY,AUGUST 3rd at 7:30 pm @ Larry Edmunds Bookshop

It should be an amazing night. Just like you’re back in the 60’s for a brief time. Relive classic California pop culture through the photos & stories of one who was right in the middle of it all!

We here at the LARE are very pleased to welcome Donna Loren & the return of “Riot On the Sunset Strip”scribe Domenic Priore for a night of “Pop Sixties”. Clips & quips from Donna’s career & a brand new photo book of classic pix to get autographed too!

 

Pop Sixties: Dick Clark, Beach Party, and Photographs from the Donna Loren Archive is the photographic retrospective of a 1960s “It Girl.” Featuring narrative by Loren herself and the help of longtime Los Angeles archivist Domenic Priore, Donna Loren looks at her work on television’s Shindig! and Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars tour (including images of The Supremes, James Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, and many more), plus behind-the-scenes on the sets of Batman, The Monkees, and all the American International beach movies. At a time when The Beach Boys and Beach Blanket Bingo were on top, Donna Loren was the iconic California Girl.

Donna Loren started singing professionally on the Mickey Mouse Club and became the Dr. Pepper Girl which lead to her primary role in Beach Blanket Bingo, where she sings her signature song, “It Only Hurts When I Cry”. Donna retired in 1968 when she married Lenny Waronker whom she met at Warner Bros. Records while being an artist for Reprise. They had three children; Joey, Anna and Katie. Donna is currently revitalizing life in a new marriage to her prom date, Jered Cargman. She lives in Los Angeles.

Domenic Priore is the author of Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Last Stand in Hollywood, Pacific Ocean Park: The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles’ Space Age Nautical Pleasure Pier (with Christopher Merritt), Beatsville (with Martin McIntosh), Pop Surf Culture: Music, Design, Film and Fashion From the Bohemian Surf Boom (with Brian Chidester) and Smile: The Story of Brian Wilson’s Lost Masterpiece. He wrote the booklet notes for The Beach Boys: Smile Sessions box set (Capitol) as well as the DVD booklet for The Decline of Western Civilization Collection (Shout! Factory). Priore was the primary writer for the two-part AMC documentary series Hollywood Rocks The Movies, hosted by Ringo Starr and David Bowie. He lives in Los Angeles.

 

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