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!
SHARON TATE TRIBUTE
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
SATURDAY, JUNE 28th @ 5 pm – EGYPTIAN THEATER -It’s TIKI TIME!
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
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!
JUNE 20-22 @ the AERO THEATER in Santa Monica-1321 Montana Avenue
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.
FRIDAY, JUNE 13th @ Cinefamily- 614 N. Fairfax Avenue
We’ll spend the night celebrating the “holiday” with director Tom McLoughlin and other special guests for this reverse chronology and a book signing with Tom & co-author Joseph Maddrey for the new book, “A Strange Idea of Entertainment-Conversations With Tom McLoughlin”. We’ll be soaking up the ambience on the patio as the murderous rampage & carnage on screen overflows!
Part V: A New Beginning – approx. 10 :00pm
Part IV: The Final Chapter – approx. 11:45pm
We wouldn’t leave you hanging on Friday the 13th, would we? At the blackest core of the Friday the 13th saga (now in its fourth decade, wow!), there stands a storyline that still fascinates and boggles us: the famed “Tommy Jarvis trilogy”. Part IV: The Final Chapter first introduced the character of a plucky young horror aficionado who happened to outwit Master Voorhees with a machete to the rotten skull — but, in the aftermath of more and more dead bodies, had Tommy succumbed to murderous madness himself, or was Jason still on the scene, dispatching the sweet touch of death onto any copulating teen, blotto’d backwoods bystander or other whacko in his path? One of the great things about this trilogy, aside from the gaggle of gleeful gore, is that, despite the obvious F13 formula (teens + Jason = death, and lots of it), each entry has its own unique flavor, thanks to the distinctive directorial visions of Joseph Zito, Danny Steinmann and Tom McLoughlin. Travel back in time with us as we trace Tommy’s Proustian odyssey in reverse, from adulthood back into innocent prepubescence — all in one sitting, all on glorious 35mm!
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives Dir. Tom McLoughlin, 1986, 35mm, 87 min.
Friday The 13th Part V: A New Beginning Dir. Danny Steinmann, 1985, 35mm, 92 min.
Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter Dir. Joseph Zito, 1984, 35mm, 91 min.
Here’s a little more on Tom’s book :
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
FRIDAY,MAY 16th @ 7:30 pm @ Larry Edmunds Bookshop
I love Sammy Davis Jr., who doesn’t?
Singer, dancer, actor , trendsetter, barrier breaker, stylishly unsurpassed cool cool cat . Here at the Lare, we want to take a night to celebrate the unbelievable talent & the man that was Sammy Davis Jr. and we will do just that on Friday, May 16th @ 7:30 pm w/ our very special guest, his daughter, Tracey Davis!
Tracey will be here to talk about Sammy & to sign her new book, “Sammy Davis Jr.-A Personal Journey with My Father”.
We will also have some very special clips to screen in honor of the man, who will have passed 24 years to the day on the evening of our celebration.
Don’t miss this great night for a man who was showbiz, a night to come and CELEBRATE SAMMY!
If you’re too far away for this Sam-tastic night, we’ll get Tracey to sign a book & we’ll send it your way.
Here’s some more on Tracey’s new book:
The Original “Mr. Show Business”-SAMMY DAVIS JR.: A Personal Journey with My Father
Written By His Only Daughter,
For the First Time,Book Reveals Candid Family Moments from More Than Fifty Years Ago
Running Press Publishers, Brett Ratner and James Packer’s RatPac Press announce a joint venture with the release of SAMMY DAVIS JR.: A Personal Journey with My Father , written by the late Sammy Davis’ daughter, Tracey Davis, and Nina Bunche Pierce. Celebrating one of the original “Rat Pack” members, the 208-page volume presents a uniquely personal perspective on one of the greatest pop culture icons of the twentieth century.
Nicknamed “Mr. Show Business” and a member of the original Rat Pack, Sammy Davis Jr. was a consummate performer who sang, danced, and acted on film, television, radio, and the stage for over six decades. In this intimate memoir, the entertainment legend’s story comes to life through rare family photos and a compelling narrative based on conversations between Sammy and his daughter, Tracey.
The story of a future superstar unfolds beginning with his bittersweet childhood days, raised primarily by his grandmother in Harlem. On the stage by age three, he first became a star in vaudeville with the Will Mastin Trio. Davis was already an up-and-coming performer by the time he was recruited into the Army during World War II. As Tracey Davis candidly relates, it was there that her father first learned to use his talent—singing and dancing—as a weapon against racial bigotry. Davis’s career took off in the 1940s through his sheer determination, talent, and the support of friends like Frank Sinatra. With tenderness and humor Tracey describes her father’s friendship with Sinatra, and how he stood by him when Davis married Tracey’s Swedish actress mother. In a time when interracial marriages were forbidden by law in thirty-one states, both bride and groom endured an onslaught of negative press and even death threats. Complete with rare personal and professional photos, SAMMY DAVIS JR. recounts Davis’s adventures through the Rat Pack era, and the extraordinary obstacles he overcame to become a 5’6”, 120-pound legend who across six decades packed in more than forty albums, seven Broadway shows, twenty-three films, and countless nightclub and concert performances.
This book is one of the first undertakings of RatPac Press and Running Press in their new publishing agreement, marking the imprint’s commitment to showcasing more Hollywood-related projects in both non-fiction and fiction genres. “This is exactly the kind of project we were looking to collaborate on,” says VP Publisher of Running Press Chris Navratil. “This dovetails beautifully with our joint publishing vision.” Brett Ratner, a life-long fan of the entertainer, has one of the biggest collections of Rat Pack memorabilia and is truly proud to bring SAMMY DAVIS JR.: A Personal Journey with My Father to market—and to Rat Pack fans nationwide.
Excited to head over to the William Turner Gallery next Thursday , May 15th for an evening w/ Francine Prose & her new novel “Lovers at the Chameleon Club”.
If you can’t make it,signed copies can be sent from the Chameleon Club to you!
Get your tickets and more info @ http://livetalksla.org
Thursday, May 15, 2014-8:00 pm (Reception 6:30-7:30 pm)
An Evening with Francine Prose discussing her novel, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932
William Turner Gallery-Bergamot Station Arts Center
2525 Michigan Avenue,Santa Monica, CA 90404
$20 General Admission/$40 Includes Prose’s book + Reserved seat/$95 Includes pre-reception + Prose’s book + Reserved Seat
Francine Prose is the author of sixteen novels, including A Changed Man, winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and Blue Angel, a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent works of nonfiction include the highly acclaimed Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife, and the New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer. A former president of PEN American Center and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Prose is a highly regarded critic and essayist, and has taught literature and writing for more than twenty years at major universities. She is a distinguished writer in residence at Bard College, and she lives in New York City.
Francine Prose’s new novel, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 is a richly imagined and stunningly inventive literary masterpiece of love, art, and betrayal, exploring the genesis of evil, the unforeseen consequences of love, and the ultimate unreliability of storytelling itself.
Paris in the 1920s shimmers with excitement, dissipation, and freedom. It is a place of intoxicating ambition, passion, art, and discontent, where louche jazz venues like the Chameleon Club draw expats, artists, libertines, and parvenus looking to indulge their true selves. It is at the Chameleon where the striking Lou Villars, an extraordinary athlete and scandalous cross-dressing lesbian, finds refuge among the club’s loyal denizens, including the rising Hungarian photographer Gabor Tsenyi, the socialite and art patron Baroness Lily de Rossignol; and the caustic American writer Lionel Maine.
As the years pass, their fortunes—and the world itself—evolve. Lou falls desperately in love and finds success as a race car driver. Gabor builds his reputation with startlingly vivid and imaginative photographs, including a haunting portrait of Lou and her lover, which will resonate through all their lives. As the exuberant twenties give way to darker times, Lou experiences another metamorphosis— sparked by tumultuous events—that will warp her earnest desire for love and approval into something far more.
It’s a PALM SPRINGS WEEKEND , & the LARE is Road trippin’ for the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival !
The festival starts this Thursday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 11th and is a great way to get away for the weekend or for those who just didn’t get enough Noir at Noir City.
There will be many great guests this year like Barbara Hale for “The Window” & Nancy Olson for “Sunset Boulevard”, but we’re excited about being there for 2 guests in particular.
FRIDAY, MAY 9th @ 6:30 pm- join us along w/ author Victoria Wilson signing her definitive, “A Life of Barbara Stanwyck-Steel True 1907-1940″ & doing a Q & A about “Missy” Stanwyck after a screening of the film, “Sorry, Wrong Number”.
We’ll have books in the lobby at 6:30 before a 7:30 screening time.
SATURDAY,MAY 10 , 3 pm book signing/ 4 pm screening time for “THE KILLERS” w/ special guests author Kate Buford & Susie Lancaster!
If Burt & Ava on screen aren’t enough, (they are), we’ll still sweeten a sweet day w/ author Kate Buford who will be signing, “Burt Lancaster-An American Life” & special guest, Burt Lancaster’s widow Susie Lancaster.
They’ll talk about Burt, The Killers & lots more as well as signing the paperback edition of Kate’s great biography on one of the coolest of all time.
We might bring along some other noir goodies to sell too. See you in the Springs this weekend!
And if you can’t spend this weekend hiding out in the shadows, send in an order for a signed copy to be sent your way.
SATURDAY, MAY 10th @ 6:30 pm-The EGYPTIAN THEATER
The first event I ever did at the Aero Theater was w/ Michael Uslan for his book , “The Boy Who Loved Batman”.
Man did I ever enjoy that book! If you love comics, or comic book culture, or nostalgic looks back, or incredible visionary looking into the future, or persistence, then Michael’s story is one you will appreciate. How a kid, with comic book love, takes his dreams as far and beyond as they can go is really inspirational. Michael will be on hand to share some of his story, as well as introduce 2 of the films he is a producer on, “Batman(1989)” & “Batman Returns”. He will also sign copies of his great book, “The Boy Who Loved Batman” at 6:30 pm in the lobby before the screening. Calling all Bat-Fans, this is a great night to be at the Egyptian Theater!
Is any superhero cooler than Batman? He’s a crime-fighting vigilante with a tragic past, a lawless attitude, and a seemingly endless supply of high-tech gadgetry. In this fully illustrated memoir, author Michael Uslan recalls his journey from early childhood fandom through to the decades he spent on a caped crusade of his own: to bring Batman to the silver screen as the dark, serious character he was at heart. Uslan’s story traces his path from the wilds of New Jersey to the limelight of Hollywood, following his work as Executive Producer on every Batman film from Tim Burton’s 1989 re-envisioning to 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. Through it all, he helped to create one of the most successful pop culture franchises of all time.
Michael E. Uslan is a film producer with numerous award-winning projects to his credit. He has been a speaker at the Smithsonian Institution and was the first professor to teach a course in comic books at an accredited university. He lives in New Jersey.