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Laugh (In) it up ! Kliph Nesteroff ‘s “The Comedians” & George Schlatter!

The Comedians

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25th at 7:30 pm @ Larry Edmunds Bookshop

Kliph Nesteroff & television legend George Schlatter!

Author Kliph Nesteroff has brought together over a hundred years of hilarity in his great read, “The Comedians”. Kliph & I were talking about some of his interviews & I mentioned what an amazingly funny storyteller George Schlatter was at an event  I saw him speak at.

Kliph said, “You don’t say…”

Ladies & gentleman, the legendary George Schlatter is going to join us here at the LARE!

It is going to be a special night as Kliph signs his book, “The Comedians” & interviews televison legend George Sclatter!

We are also going to have a special screening of footage from the Schlatter vault too! It will be a surprise.

Don’t miss out on this one of a kind cornucopia of comedic coolness!

Here’s more about the book & our guests:

THE COMEDIANS Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy By Kliph Nesteroff

“Kliph Nesteroff and this book are devoted to what I truly love—the art of comedy.”—Mel Brooks

“Both pop culture enthusiasts and entertainment scholars will relish this important history of American comedy.” —Library Journal (STARRED review)

THE COMEDIANS: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy is an expansive and endlessly entertaining history of comedy, spanning more than a century from vaudeville, through radio, television, the counterculture, the comedy club boom, to the present. Based on over two hundred original interviews, from major stars like Mel Brooks and Steve Martin to forgotten nobodies, and extensive archival research, this book offers the first ever comprehensive history of standup, a quintessential American art form. While the jokes change from generation to generation, the experience of the comedian transcends the ages: the drive, jealousy, heartbreak, and triumph.

From the Marx Brothers to Milton Berle to Joan Rivers to Eddie Murphy to Louis CK—Nesteroff, a leading authority on the history of comedy and vintage show business, brings to life a century of fascinating rebels, groundbreakers, mainstream heroes, counterculture iconoclasts, and forgotten stars in this essential history. Beginning with the nationwide vaudeville circuits that dominated at turn of the twentieth century, Nesteroff describes the rise of the first true stand-up comedian—a variety show emcee named Frank Fay who made the unorthodox choice to abandon physical shtick for straight jokes. After the repeal of Prohibition, Mafia-run supper clubs replaced speakeasies, and mobsters replaced vaudeville impresarios as the comedian’s primary employer. Those were the days of the Copacabana, tuxedos, and smoking cigars onstage, when insulting the boss could result in a hit man at your door and obscenity charges could land you in jail. Beginning in the 1930s the golden age of radio lured vaudeville stars to the airwaves and made millionaires out of comedians like Jack Benny and later Bob Hope. And the combination of two major standup circuits, the “Borscht Belt” in the Catskill Mountains, and the predominantly black nightclubs dubbed the “Chitlin Circuit,” furnished more jobs and money for comedians than ever before.

For the first half of the 20th Century comedians performed without referencing their personal lives onstage—jokes would be about “a fella” or “a guy,” but in the mid-1950s, comedians started using “I” and drawing on their personal lives. The fifties also saw the rise of late-night television, which cemented the status of the comedy establishment with immensely popular and long running shows like CBS’s Ed Sullivan Show and NBC’s Tonight Show. Meanwhile young comics rebelled from the mainstream, arriving on the beatnik coffeehouse scene with cerebral jokes and social angst. They soon found their own way to fame through comedy records that vied with top musicians for Billboard spots. Then came the comedy clubs of the coke-fueled 1970s and 80s, Saturday Night Live and cable TV. The internet has brought about a whole new generation of YouTube stars, podcast personalities, and Twitterati. Through the decades, Nesteroff reveals the contradictions between comedians’ public and private personas and illuminates the often-seedy underbelly of an industry built on laughs. In looking at one hundred years of comedy THE COMEDIANS explores the ways that comics have reflected, shaped, and changed American culture. While mediums and audience sensibilities continue to shift through the generations, perhaps the only constant is comedy’s unfailing popularity. As Phyllis Diller once said, “There will never be enough comedy. Comedy is at a premium always.”

“Comedy buffs and social historians will forever be in Kliph Nesteroff’s debt for this book. A heady mixture of show-business anecdotes, gossip, and in-depth research on everything from vaudeville to podcasting. What’s more, it’s a great read: I couldn’t put it down.”—Leonard Maltin

About the Author: Kliph Nesteroff is a former stand-up comic turned writer. A longtime contributor to WFMU, writing about the history of comedy, Nesteroff’s latest project is hosting the Classic Showbiz Talk Show, a live series in Los Angeles that has welcomed comedy luminaries like Mel Brooks, Fred Willard and Laugh-In creator George Schlatter.

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About George:

Throughout his long and successful career as a producer, director and writer, George Schlatter has been responsible for hundreds of hours of television series and specials. He changed the face of television when he created and produced such breakthrough series as Laugh-In and Real People. Over the years, George has received numerous honors and awards including: 25 Emmy Award nominations, three Emmys, three Image Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Television Critics Awards, Directors Guild Award, Producers Guild “Man of The Year,” and many others. On its 25th Anniversary, the Television Academy honored him for his outstanding contribution to television. In 1989, he was awarded a star on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame.

Mr. Schlatter is a veteran of over 50 years in network television. He produced the first 5 years of the Grammy Awards plus series and specials starring Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Eddie Murphy, Cher, Elton John, Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Liza Minnelli, Michael Jackson, Doris Day, Jonathan Winters, Richard Pryor, Shirley MacLaine, Bill Cosby, Lucille Ball, Jackie Gleason, Diana Ross, Lena Horne, Dinah Shore, Nat King Cole, Placido Domingo and scores of others.

Head “Into the Dark” w/ Mark A. Vieira ! Book Launch Party!

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TUESDAY, MAY 24th at 7:30 pm- INTO the DARK w/ Mark A. Vieira ! BOOK RELEASE PARTY!

Mark A. Vieira is a friend of this bookstore whose relationship extends  back beyond my mere 25 years & who has done multiple book signing events w/ me for so many of his wonderful books. I have been a fan as well, as he documented the work work of Hurrell , told us about “Hollywood Dreams Made Real”, wrote the definitive account of Irving Thalberg, captured the legacy & legend of Cecil B. DeMille & shared stories of 1939 in “Majestic Hollywood”. His exacting standards have produced quality statements about his subjects.

We gladly welcome the return of Mark with his latest book, “Into the Dark-the Hidden World of Film Noir 1941-1950”

He will bring a presentation as well as sign copies of the book & we are proud to be the official book release spot!

Join us for this Noirry Night on Tuesday, May 24 and we’ll head off into the shadows to talk about a genre that captures more of a new audience every year than just about any other.

Here’s more about the book :

You know film noir when you see it: the shadowed setting; the cynical detective; the femme fatale; and the twist of fate. Into the Dark captures this alluring genre with a cavalcade of compelling photographs and a guide to 82 of its best films. Into the Dark is the first book to tell the story of film noir in its own voice. Author Mark A. Vieira quotes the artists who made these movies and the journalists and critics who wrote about them, taking readers on a year-by-year tour of the exciting nights when movies like Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce, and Sunset Boulevard were sprung on an unsuspecting public. For the first time, we hear the voices of film noir artists speak from the sets and offices of the studios, explaining the dark genre, even before it had a name. Those voices tell how the genre was born and how it thrived in an industry devoted to sweetness and light. Into the Dark is a ticket to a smoky, glamorous world. You enter a story conference with Raymond Chandler, visit the set of Laura, and watch Detour with a Midwest audience. This volume recreates the environment that spawned film noir. It also displays the wit and warmth of the genre’s artists. Hedda Hopper reports on Citizen Kane, calling Orson Welles “Little Orson Annie.” Lauren Bacall says she enjoys playing a bad girl in To Have and Have Not. Bosley Crowther calls Joan Crawford in Possessed a “ghost wailing for a demon lover beneath a waning moon.” An Indiana exhibitor rates the classic Murder, My Sweet a “passable program picture.” Illustrated by hundreds of rare still photographs, Into the Dark conveys the mystery, glamour, and irony that make film noir surpassingly popular.

Mark A. Vieira is a photographer and writer who specializes in Hollywood history. He has lectured at USC, UCLA, Lincoln Center, Universal Studios, and the Hollywood Heritage Museum. Vieira has appeared in documentaries such as TCM’s Moguls and Movie Stars and Playboy’s Sex at 24 Frames Per Second. He is also the author of George Hurrell’s Hollywood, Cecil B. DeMille, and Majestic Hollywood, among other film-related titles. Vieira resides in Los Angeles.

William Cameron Menzies & Barrymore”s “Beloved Rogue” @ the EGYPTIAN!

 

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SUNDAY,MAY 22 -5 pm @ the Egyptian Theatre-William Cameron Menzies & Barrymore’s “Beloved Rogue”

Jim Curtis & I are getting to be bosom buddies, and the LARE is happy continue to bring his excellent book, “William Cameron Menzies: The Shape of Films to Come” to as many screenings as we possibly can .

It will be a pleasure to join him once for again & to see some more John Barrymore too!

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THE BELOVED ROGUE Co-presented by the Art Directors Guild Film Society

William Cameron Menzies was likely the most celebrated art director in silent motion pictures for his work on such extraordinary films as THE THIEF OF BAGDAD (1924). He won the first Oscar for Art Direction for THE DOVE (1927), and in 1936 directed the landmark sci-fi epic THINGS TO COME. In 1939 he took a step forward in filmic visualization so profound that an entirely new term had to be coined: production designer. For previsualizing and supervising the entire look of GONE WITH THE WIND, Menzies received the first Academy Award for Production Design.

With live musical accompaniment by Cliff Retallick.

Discussion following with James Curtis, author of William Cameron Menzies: The Shape of Films to Come, who will sign his book in the lobby at 5:00 PM. Program moderated by production designer John Muto.

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35 mm! THE BELOVED ROGUE 1927, BFI, 99 min, Dir: Alan Crosland Based on the life of poet François Villon, this silent is set in William Cameron Menzies’ fantastic vision of 15th-century Paris and is packed with adventure and laughs. Star John Barrymore described Villon as a “poet, pickpocket, patriot – loving France earnestly, French women excessively, and French wine exclusively.” With Conrad Veidt as King Louis XI.

About the Book: He was the consummate designer of film architecture on a grand scale, influenced by German expressionism and the work of the great European directors. He was known for his visual flair and timeless innovation, a man who meticulously preplanned the color and design of each film through a series of continuity sketches that made clear camera angles, lighting, and the actors’ positions for each scene, translating dramatic conventions of the stage to the new capabilities of film. Here is the long-awaited book on William Cameron Menzies, Hollywood’s first and greatest production designer, a job title David O. Selznick invented for Menzies’ extraordinary, all-encompassing, Academy Award–winning work on Gone With the Wind (which he effectively co-directed).

It was Menzies—winner of the first-ever Academy Award for Art Direction, jointly for The Dove (1927) and Tempest (1928), and who was as well a director (fourteen pictures) and a producer (twelve pictures)—who changed the way movies were (and still are) made, in a career that spanned four decades, from the 1920s through the 1950s. His more than 120 films include Rosita (1923), Things to Come (1936), Foreign Correspondent (1940), Kings Row (1942), Mr. Lucky (1943), The Pride of the Yankees (1943), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943), Address Unknown (1944), It’s a Wonderful Life (1947), Invaders from Mars (1953), and Around the World in 80 Days (1956).

Now, James Curtis, acclaimed film historian and biographer, writes of Menzies’ life and work as the most influential designer in the history of film. His artistry encompassed the large, scenic drawings of Douglas Fairbanks’ The Thief of Bagdad (1924), which created a new standard for beauty on the screen and whose exotic fairy-tale sets are still regarded as pure genius. (“I saw The Thief of Bagdad when it first came out,” said Orson Welles—he was, at the time, a nine-year-old boy. “I’ll never forget it.”) Curtis writes of Menzies’ design and supervision of John Barrymore’s Beloved Rogue (1927), a film that remains a masterpiece of craft and synthesis, one of the most distinctive pictures to emerge from Hollywood’s waning days of silent films, and of his extraordinary, opulent appointments for Gone With the Wind (1939). It was Menzies who defined and solidified the role of art director as having overall control of the look of the motion picture, collaborating with producers like David O. Selznick and Samuel Goldwyn; with directors such as D. W. Griffith, Raoul Walsh, Alfred Hitchcock, Lewis Milestone, and Frank Capra. And with actors as varied as Ingrid Bergman, W. C. Fields, Cary Grant, Clark Gable, John Barrymore, Barbara Stanwyck, Ronald Reagan, Gary Cooper, Vivien Leigh, Carole Lombard, Mary Pickford, Gloria Swanson, and David Niven.

Interviewing colleagues, actors, directors, friends, and family, and with full access to the William Cameron Menzies family collection of original artwork, correspondence, scrapbooks, and unpublished writing, Curtis brilliantly gives us the path-finding work of the movies’ most daring and dynamic production designer: his evolution as artist, art director, production designer, and director. Here is a portrait of a man in his time that makes clear how the movies were forever transformed by his startling, visionary work. (With 16 pages of color illustrations, and black-and-white photographs throughout.)

About James Curtis: JAMES CURTIS is the author of Spencer Tracy: A Biography, W. C. Fields: A Biography (winner of the 2004 Theatre Library Association Award, Special Jury Prize), James Whale: A New World of Gods and Monsters, and Between Flops: A Biography of Preston Sturges. Curtis is married and lives in Brea, California.

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“Saving Radio City Music Hall” & Rita Hayworth @ the EGYPTIAN!

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SATURDAY, MAY 21st -2 pm- Saving Radio City Music Hall presentation, book signing & Cover Girl!

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We’ll be in a New York state of mind when we welcome author Rosie Novellino-Mearns to Hollywood for a talk on her fight to save the iconic Radio City Music Hall from demolition! She was a dancer there at the time the opulent Art Deco movie palace was on the development hit list. Her emotional story is told in her book Saving Radio City Music Hall: A Dancer’s Story.

Author Rosie Novellino-Mearns will appear for a book signing and illustrated presentation!

Then it’s RITA in TECHNICOLOR!

 

 

Join us for the presentation at 2 pm, the book signing w/ Rosie at 3 pm & the film at 3:30 pm.radio_city_music_hall_390

 

 

COVER GIRL 1944, Sony Repertory, 107 min, USA, Dir: Charles Vidor Rita Hayworth is a popular hoofer at Gene Kelly’s Brooklyn nightclub, but has always dreamed of stardom on Broadway; opportunity knocks when a rich publisher who’d been in love with her grandmother makes her a magazine cover girl – but will she turn her back on her old friends? With gorgeous Technicolor cinematography, terrific dance numbers and comic relief from Phil Silvers and Eve Arden, COVER GIRL is nonstop entertainment, and propelled Hayworth and Kelly to stardom. Originally opened at Radio City Music Hall during Easter week, 1944.

 

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Here’s a little more about the book:

The true story of how Radio City Music Hall, Art Deco masterpiece and one of New York City’s iconic tourist attractions and cultural landmarks, was saved from demolition is told at last. Nearly forty years later, Rosemary Novellino-Mearns, Dance Captain of the legendary Radio City Music Hall Ballet Company during the 1970s, tells the amazing story of how she motivated a small group of dedicated colleagues, friends, media and political allies to join forces, challenge the Rockefeller establishment and, against all odds, save “the Showplace of the Nation.”Rita-Hayworth-Cover-Girl

 

Doug & Mary Redux-90th Anniversary of “Sparrows” & “The Black Pirate”!

 

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SATURDAY, MAY 14 – 6:30 pm signing/ 7 pm screening @ the EGYPTIAN THEATRE

Doug & Mary 90th Anniversary Double Feature!

Authors Cari Beauchamp &  Tracey Goessel introduce the films as well as sign their books at this wonderful 90th anniversary celebration!

We’ll be bringing  Cari’s wonderful “Without Lying Down-Frances Marion & the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood” as well as “My First Time In Hollywood”.

Tracey will be signing the definitive Doug, ” The First King of Hollywood- the Life of Douglas Fairbanks”. Oh yeah, and there are movies too!

SPARROWS / THE BLACK PIRATE

Presented by the American Cinematheque in association with the Mary Pickford Foundation and Rack Focus 90 years ago today, May 14, 1926, Sid Grauman held a double premiere of the latest films by two of his favorite stars – husband and wife, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. Mary Pickford’s SPARROWS played first, followed by Douglas Fairbanks in THE BLACK PIRATE! It may well be the only time that a double premiere was ever held at the Egyptian Theatre or anywhere else! Tonight we will recreate Grauman’s “Doug and Mary Premiere.” First the audience will be moved to tears as Mary, but an adolescent herself, provides the mistreated orphans on a “baby farm,” near a swamp infested with alligators, with some maternal care, while Doug swashbuckles on the high seas in the second feature! In keeping with tradition, Doug and May will NOT be in attendance. They wrote a letter to their fans that was published in the program to send regrets that they had to be away on the night of the premiere. These two archival prints will play with live accompaniment by Michael Mortilla.

Pickford scholar and My First Time In Hollywood Cari Beauchamp will introduce SPARROWS and Fairbanks biographer (The First King of Hollywood) Tracey Goessel will introduce THE BLACK PIRATE. Both speakers will sign books in the lobby before the films and at intermission. The original program for the evening details the Sid Grauman orchestrated prologues. In the spirit of the premiere night 90 years ago, we will present our version of “The Duel Dance of the Buccaneer Beauties” prior to THE BLACK PIRATE – and a few other live performance surprises! Special Ticket Price: $15 General, $13 Student/Senior, $11 Cinematheque Members. No Passes Accepted – Archival Print!

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the Return of Illeanarama! A Sunday morning special w/ friends!

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SUNDAY,MAY 1st @ 11:30 am @ Larry Edmunds Bookshop-It’s “the Return of Illeanarama”- Illeana Douglas & friends!

Having Illeana Douglas & friends here a month ago was such a blast! The occasion was simply a wonderful afternoon where the multi-talented Ms. Douglas brought a group to read from her fangirl ode to the cinema, “I Blame Dennis Hopper”. The book is great ride through moments in cinema w/ a six degrees of Illeana theme. The guests brought the words to life & fun (and cake) was had by all.

Now, by popular demand, she’s back!!! Back for a Sunday morning special event here @ Larry Edmunds Bookshop on May 1st.

The cast of characters joining Illeana this time around include Ed Begley Jr., Heather Matarazzo, Kelly Carlin, Greg Proops, Wayne Federman & (they call her the closer) Jennifer Tilly!

We will reserve seats for those who call & pre-order a copy of “I Blame Dennis Hopper” while supplies last , so if you missed out last time, we are giving you another chance.

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Here’s more about why Illeana Douglas blames Dennis Hopper :

I BLAME DENNIS HOPPER And Other Stories from a Life Lived In and Out of the Movies Illeana Douglas Flatiron Books Tweet Buy it now AVAILABLE FORMATS From award-winning actress Illeana Douglas comes a memoir about learning to survive in Hollywood while staying true to her quirky vision of the world. In 1969 Illeana Douglas’ parents saw the film Easy Rider and were transformed. Taking Dennis Hopper’s words, “That’s what it’s all about man” to heart, they abandoned their comfortable upper middle class life and gave Illeana a childhood filled with hippies, goats, free spirits, and free love. Illeana writes, “Since it was all out of my control, I began to think of my life as a movie, with a Dennis Hopper-like father at the center of it.” I Blame Dennis Hopper is a testament to the power of art and the tenacity of passion. It is a rollicking, funny, at times tender exploration of the way movies can change our lives. With crackling humor and a full heart, Douglas describes how a good Liza Minnelli impression helped her land her first gig and how Rudy Valley taught her the meaning of being a show biz trouper. From her first experience being on set with her grandfather and mentor-two-time Academy Award-winning actor Melvyn Douglas-to the moment she was discovered by Martin Scorsese for her blood-curdling scream and cast in her first film, to starring in movies alongside Robert DeNiro, Nicole Kidman, and Ethan Hawke, to becoming an award winning writer, director and producer in her own right, I Blame Dennis Hopper is an irresistible love letter to movies and filmmaking. Writing from the perspective of the ultimate show business fan, Douglas packs each page with hilarious anecdotes, bizarre coincidences, and fateful meetings that seem, well, right out of a plot of a movie. I Blame Dennis Hopper is the story of one woman’s experience in show business, but it is also a genuine reminder of why we all love the movies: for the glitz, the glamor, the sweat, passion, humor, and escape they offer us all.

Ed Begley

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It’s TCM SATURDAY w/ Carl Reiner,Cari Beauchamp & Rita Moreno!

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Are you tired yet? We certainly hope not. We are hoping you are just hitting your stride & are ready for another great afternoon of book related fun in between movies here at the TCM Classic Film Festival. We will start the day at the TCL Chinese w/ comedy legend Carl Reiner , but we’ll be back at the Roosevelt for Cari Beauchamp & friends & the fabulous Rita Moreno!

Of course signed copies may be ordered for those of you who cannot make it on this spe

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The prolific actor-writer-director Carl Reiner will discuss his career in film and television, and share stories of his work with such comedians as Mel Brooks, Steve Martin and others in this special extended conversation immediately following a screening of his hit comedy Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982) and a special tribute video. Event starts at noon and signing is immediately after event at 2:15pm, in the lobby of the theatre.

12:30PM – 1:30PM – MY FIRST TIME IN HOLLYWOOD-the Reading

Legends of the film business—actors, directors, and screenwriters—recount their first trip to Southern California. Hear special guests Laraine Newman and Nancy Olson Livingston give dramatic readings of these humble and humorous first person accounts, culled from award-winning author Cari Beauchamp’s book, My First Time in Hollywood: Stories from the Pioneers, Dreamers and Misfits Who Made the Movies. Special guests also include: Bruce Goldstein, Sue Lloyd and David Ladd.my first time in hollywood

1:45PM-2:45PM – CARI BEAUCHAMP-the BOOK SIGNING- LOBBY STAGE @ ROOSEVELT HOTEL

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3:30PM-5:00PM – RITA MORENO BOOK SIGNING- LOBBY STAGE @ ROOSEVELT HOTEL

Rita Moreno Signs: Rita Moreno: A Memoir

In this New York Times bestselling memoir, Rita Moreno shares her remarkable journey from a young girl with simple beginnings in Puerto Rico to Hollywood legend—and one of the few performers, and the only Hispanic, to win an Oscar, Grammy, Tony and two Emmys.

Making her Broadway debut by age thirteen—and moving on to Hollywood in its Golden Age just a few years later—she worked alongside such stars as Gary Cooper, Yul Brynner, and Ann Miller. When discovered by Louis B. Mayer of MGM, the wizard himself declared: “She looks like a Spanish Elizabeth Taylor.” Cast by Gene Kelly as Zelda Zanders in Singin’ in the Rain and then on to her Oscar-winning performance in West Side Story, she catapulted to fame—yet found herself repeatedly typecast as the “utility ethnic,” a role she found almost impossible to elude.

Infused with Rita Moreno’s quick wit and deep insight, this memoir is the dazzling portrait of a stage and screen star who longed to become who she really is—and triumphed.

 

It’s TCM FRIDAY w/ Illeana Douglas, Mark A. Vieira & Jeremy Arnold!

TCM FridayFriday, April 29 th @ the ROOSEVELT HOTEL in Hollywood!

The TCM Classic Film Festival will be in full swing by next Friday, April 29th & the LARE will be there!

We are thrilled to be a part of the festival for the 6th consecutive year & once again we bring to you an awesome collection of guests .

Not 1, not even 2, but 3 great authors will grace the lobby of the Roosevelt Hotel throughout the afternoon and we’re bringing the books. Be sure to join us, and come into the light from the dark of the cinema to pick up one of these great books. Signed books are awesome gifts too!

If for some reason you miss us, you can always make it down to the store to pick up signed copies of all the books from all our author events.(but you should try to stop by)

Our schedule on Friday the 29th is:

11 am-12pm-ILLEANA DOUGLAS signs, “I Blame Dennis Hopper”

1 pm- 2pm -Mark A. Vieira signs, “Into the Dark-the Hidden World of Film Noir 1941-1950”

4pm-5pm-JEREMY ARNOLD signs, “TCM the Essentials-52 Must See Movies…”

 

 

Here is some information on the books & authors:

I BLAME DENNIS HOPPER And Other Stories from a Life Lived In and Out of the Movies

From award-winning actress Illeana Douglas comes a memoir about learning to survive in Hollywood while staying true to her quirky vision of the world. In 1969 Illeana Douglas’ parents saw the film Easy Rider and were transformed. Taking Dennis Hopper’s words, “That’s what it’s all about man” to heart, they abandoned their comfortable upper middle class life and gave Illeana a childhood filled with hippies, goats, free spirits, and free love. Illeana writes, “Since it was all out of my control, I began to think of my life as a movie, with a Dennis Hopper-like father at the center of it.” I Blame Dennis Hopper is a testament to the power of art and the tenacity of passion. It is a rollicking, funny, at times tender exploration of the way movies can change our lives. With crackling humor and a full heart, Douglas describes how a good Liza Minnelli impression helped her land her first gig and how Rudy Vallee taught her the meaning of being a show biz trouper. From her first experience being on set with her grandfather and mentor-two-time Academy Award-winning actor Melvyn Douglas-to the moment she was discovered by Martin Scorsese for her blood-curdling scream and cast in her first film, to starring in movies alongside Robert DeNiro, Nicole Kidman, and Ethan Hawke, to becoming an award winning writer, director and producer in her own right, I Blame Dennis Hopper is an irresistible love letter to movies and filmmaking. Writing from the perspective of the ultimate show business fan, Douglas packs each page with hilarious anecdotes, bizarre coincidences, and fateful meetings that seem, well, right out of a plot of a movie. I Blame Dennis Hopper is the story of one woman’s experience in show business, but it is also a genuine reminder of why we all love the movies: for the glitz, the glamor, the sweat, passion, humor, and escape they offer us all.

Illeana Douglas Celebrated actress, comedienne, writer, producer, director, Illeana Douglas has starred in films like Goodfellas, Cape Fear, To Die For, Picture Perfect, Ghost World, as well as TV shows from Six Feet Under to Welcome to Sweden. She was an Internet pioneer with Easy To Assemble; millions have watched the web series she created and starred in from 2008 to 2013. As part of the Turner Classic Movies family she hosted Second Looks, and has done film introductions and memorable interviews with some of Hollywood’s greatest. She’s probably watching a movie right now.

INTO THE DARK-the Hidden World of Film Noir 1941-1950

You know film noir when you see it: the shadowed setting; the cynical detective; the femme fatale; and the twist of fate. Into the Dark captures this alluring genre with a cavalcade of compelling photographs and a guide to 82 of its best films. Into the Dark is the first book to tell the story of film noir in its own voice.

Author Mark A. Vieira quotes the artists who made these movies and the journalists and critics who wrote about them, taking readers on a year-by-year tour of the exciting nights when movies like Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce, and Sunset Boulevard were sprung on an unsuspecting public. For the first time, we hear the voices of film noir artists speak from the sets and offices of the studios, explaining the dark genre, even before it had a name. Those voices tell how the genre was born and how it thrived in an industry devoted to sweetness and light. Into the Dark is a ticket to a smoky, glamorous world. You enter a story conference with Raymond Chandler, visit the set of Laura, and watch Detour with a Midwest audience. This volume recreates the environment that spawned film noir. It also displays the wit and warmth of the genre’s artists. Hedda Hopper reports on Citizen Kane, calling Orson Welles “Little Orson Annie.” Lauren Bacall says she enjoys playing a bad girl in To Have and Have Not. Bosley Crowther calls Joan Crawford in Possessed a “ghost wailing for a demon lover beneath a waning moon.” An Indiana exhibitor rates the classic Murder, My Sweet a “passable program picture.”

Illustrated by hundreds of rare still photographs, Into the Dark conveys the mystery, glamour, and irony that make film noir surpassingly popular.

Mark A. Vieira is a photographer and writer who specializes in Hollywood history. He has lectured at USC, UCLA, Lincoln Center, Universal Studios, and the Hollywood Heritage Museum. Vieira has appeared in documentaries such as TCM’s Moguls and Movie Stars and Playboy’s Sex at 24 Frames Per Second. He is also the author of George Hurrell’s Hollywood, Cecil B. DeMille, and Majestic Hollywood, among other film-related titles. Vieira resides in Los Angeles.

TCM the ESSENTIALS-

Showcasing 52 Essential films from the golden age to the present, Turner Classic Movies invites you into a world filled with stirring performances, dazzling musical numbers, and bold directorial visions that mark the greatest moments in film history. These are movies that define what it means to be a classic. Readers can enjoy one film per week, for a year of stellar viewing, or indulge in their own classic movie festival.

Jeremy Arnold, a writer and film historian, is the author of Lawrence of Arabia: The 50th Anniversary, a coffee-table book companion to that film’s Blu-ray release. In addition to his work for numerous film trade publications, he has written over five hundred programming articles for the Turner Classic Movies website and contributed audio commentaries and historical essays to the DVD and Blu-ray releases of classic films. Jeremy lives in Los Angeles.

 

 

Creating the Illusion @ the Barn- Let’s kick off the TCM Film Festival 2016!

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HOLLYWOOD HERITAGE MUSEUM- CREATING THE ILLUSION w/ Jay Jorgensen & Donald Scoggins!

Hollywood Heritage-2100 N. Highland Ave (across from the Hollywood Bowl)

I have attended many great events at the Hollywood Heritage (a.k.a. the Barn) , but surprisingly, this will be my 1st ever book signing there.

The Larry Edmunds Bookshop is proud to be a part of the TCM Classic Film Festival for the 6th year in a row, and proud to kick it off at such a historic venue.

The Festival is proud to partner with the Hollywood Heritage Museum this year. The Museum is housed in the Lasky-DeMille Barn, built in 1901, and the structure is the oldest existing motion picture production building in Hollywood. The Museum tells the story of the early Hollywood motion picture industry and the historic Hollywood community, told through archival photographs, historic documents, movie props and related memorabilia.

The Festival will co-host a book signing & short presentation at the Museum for- Creating The Illusion: A Fashionable History of Hollywood Costume Designers, with co-authors Jay Jorgenson and Donald Scoggins, at 7pm on Wednesday, April 27.

Here’s more about the book:

Marilyn Monroe made history by standing over a subway grating in a white pleated halter dress designed by William Travilla. Hubert de Givenchy immortalized the Little Black Dress with a single opening scene in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. A red nylon jacket signaled to audiences that James Dean was a Rebel Without a Cause. For more than a century, costume designers have left indelible impressions on moviegoers’ minds. Yet until now, so little has been known about the designers themselves and their work to complement and enrich stories through fashion. Creating the Illusion presents the history of fashion on film, showcasing not only classic moments from film favorites, but a host of untold stories about the creative talent working behind the scenes to dress the stars from the silent era to the present day. Among the book’s sixty-five designer profiles are Clare West, Howard Greer, Adrian, Walter Plunkett, Travis Banton, Irene, Edith Head, Cecil Beaton, Bob Mackie, and Colleen Atwood. The designers’ stories are set against the backdrop of Hollywood: how they collaborated with great movie stars and filmmakers; how they maneuvered within the studio system; and how they came to design clothing that remains iconic decades after its first appearance. The array of films discussed and showcased through photos spans more than one hundred years, from draping Rudolph Valentino in exotic “sheik” dress to the legendary costuming of Gone with the Wind, Alfred Hitchcock thrillers, Bonnie and Clyde, Reservoir Dogs, and beyond. This gloriously illustrated volume includes candid photos of the designers at work, portraits and wardrobe tests of stars in costume, and designer sketches. Drawing from archival material and dozens of new interviews with award-winning designers, authors Jay Jorgensen and Donald L. Scoggins offer a highly informative, lavish, and entertaining history of Hollywood costume design.

Admission is free to all TCM passholders & Hollywood Heritage members and includes admission to the Museum, featuring highlights of the collection.

For more about the Museum, please go to hollywoodheritage.org.

Of Paramount importance w/ Marc & Michael! Paramount Studios 1940-2000

3494PARAcvr.inddWEDNESDAY, APRIL 13th – 7:30 pm @ Larry Edmunds Bookshop-Paramount Studios 1940-2000

It is  always a joy to welcome friends back & the Lare really doesn’t have too many friends that go back further than Marc Wanamaker. As a matter of fact, the screen we will project the presentation upon is only here because of the kindness of Marc & Robert Nudelman back in 2007 when they did the very 1st book signing event I ever did here in the store.

Marc will be joined next Wednesday by co-author & friend of the Lare, Michael Christaldi to talk all things Paramount from 1940-2000.

Join us for a presentation, some conversation & some book signing about the studio behind the famous front gate.

The fascinating tale of Hollywood powerhouse Paramount Pictures—beginning with its birth in the 1910s through the turbulent decade of the 1930s—was told in Early Paramount Studios by Marc Wanamaker, Michael Christaldi, and E.J. Stephens. Now the same authors are back to tell the next 60 years of the studio saga in Paramount Studios: 1940–2000, with a foreword by former Paramount head of production Robert Evans.

This book picks up the story during the time of World War II—a successful era for the studio—which was followed by a decade of decline due to the upstart medium of television. By the 1960s, the studio teetered on the brink of bankruptcy before rebounding, thanks to several 1970s blockbusters, such as Love Story, The Godfather, and Chinatown. The tale continues through the final decades of the 20th century when Paramount showcased some of the greatest hits in its history.

As always, you can make it a mail order special if you can’t join us on the 13th.

 

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