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Catch A Wave at Larry Edmunds-SURF CITY w/ DEAN TORRENCE!



SURF CITY w/ Dean Torrence!

It is really going to be a special evening here at Larry Edmunds when we turn Hollywood Boulevard into Surf City for one night w/ the legendary Dean Torrence from Jan & Dean.

Dean will be in the house signing his brand new book, ” Surf City-The Jan & Dean Story” & sharing stories and some great clips  from his personal archive including the TAMI Show, Dead Man’s Curve, Jan & Deans California Special & more!

Don’t miss out on this great night of rock n’ roll w/ surfer royalty.

If you’re too busy sidewalk surfin’, order a signed copy & we will send it your way.

The Jan and Dean Story is a personal story of the iconic musician and entrepreneur Dean Torrence. As a memoir The Jan and Dean Story has elements of humor, tragedy and redemption. It tells their story from the early high school friendship struck up between Jan Berry and Dean Torrence and their ascent to the dizzying heights of stardom riding the crest of the “surf” craze. The Jan and Dean Story is as much about the culture of the 1960s as it is about music. Dean has lived an incredible life and continues to promote a lifestyle and surf culture that is now universally admired and followed throughout the world. The story also recounts Jan’s tragic car accident and his ability to recover enough to continue to perform will be inspiring to many readers even those not familiar with surf music. For pop culture addicts and music buffs alike this book is indispensable. As early teen icons, Jan and Dean left an indelible mark on the music of the 60’s and the American psyche.

Dean Torrence is the co-founding member of Jan & Dean; the popular 1960’s duo that enjoyed chart success with “Surf City,” “Linda,” “Honolulu Lulu,” “Drag City,” “Dead Man’s Curve,” “New Girl In School,” “The Little Old Lady From Pasadena,” “Sidewalk Surfin'” and “I Found A Girl” (among others).Dean Torrence is still touring and creating music and often appears with the Beach Boys and other groups from the heyday of surf music.220px-jan_and_dean_surf_city


Mindful or a Mind Full? A pair of Daniels & Live Talks Los Angeles








A pair of Live Talks Los Angeles events is where you will find me in the next few days & both with distinguished gentleman named Daniel.

Both books about the mind. Hmmm…

Thursday, September 8, 2016- 8pm

An Evening with Dr. Daniel Siegel discussing his new book, Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human

Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre- New Roads School/ Herb Alpert Educational Village- 3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404


$20 General Admission Section Seat/ $43 Reserved Section seat + Siegel’s book /$30 Reserved Section seat/ $95 Reception (6:30-7:30pm) + Reserved Section Seat + book

Dr. Daniel J. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, where he also helped to establish the Mindful Awareness Research Center. He also heads up the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions, and communities. Dr. Siegel’s books include three New York Times bestsellers: Brainstorm, and, with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D, The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline. As a lecturer, he’s spoken before King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, at Google University, and TEDx.Screen-Shot-2016-05-18-at-3.23.16-AM

“His insights into the mind as an embodied and relational process that regulates the flow of energy and information in the ecosystem of life have had a deep impact on my own understanding of mind and life and have impacted the way I practice and understand the healing process.” -Deepak Chopra, MD

What we mean by the term “mind” has traditionally been the province of philosophers, but what might neuroscience teach us about it? How does the mind differ from consciousness? And how do we know who we really are? In Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, Dr. Siegel explores the nature of the who, how, what, why, and when of your mind—of your self—from the perspective of neuroscience. Mind is the essence of our true nature, our deepest sense of being alive, here, right now, in this moment. How science explains this most perplexing of topics is truly one of the most exciting journeys into knowledge we can take.







Monday, September 12, 2016 8pm (Reception: 7:00-7:45pm)

Daniel J. Levitin- A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age

bestselling author of This is Your Brain on Music, The World in Six Songs and The Organized Mind

in conversation with Larry Vincent-Founder of UTA Brand Studio & Chief Branding Officer at United Talent Agency

United Talent Agency- 9336 Civic Center Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210


$20 General Admission (on sale Aug. 12) /$45 Reserved Section Seat + Levitin’s book/ $95 Pre-event reception + Levitin’s book

Dr. Daniel J. Levitin is the author of three #1 bestselling books: This is Your Brain on Music, The World in Six Songs and The Organized Mind. He is also the James McGill Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience at McGill University in Montreal, where he runs the Laboratory for Music Cognition, Perception and Expertise.

Levitin is about as knowledgeable a guide to neuroscience as one might hope for. –The New York Times Book Review

Misinformation is a bigger problem than ever before as we’re bombarded with distortions, pseudo-facts and jibber-jabber, all masquerading as the truth. It’s nothing new—especially when it comes to politicians— but we’ve created more human-made information in the last five years than in all of human history before then. And right along with it has come a proliferation of errors, lies, and manipulations that cross social and educational classes like never before. How do we separate the wheat from the digital chaff?

Levitin’s new book, A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age is an indispensable and funny primer on how to recognize misleading announcements, graphs, and written reports, and how to think critically about the stories and statistics we encounter on a daily basis.

Larry Vincent is the founder of UTA Brand Studio and serves as Chief Branding Officer at UTA. Over the last two decades, Larry has worked with globally beloved brands including Barbie, Disney, MasterCard, Microsoft, the NFL, Oakley, Playstation, Fisher-Price, and the Four Seasons. He is an award-winning writer and speaker whose last book, Brand Real, was selected by strategy+business magazine as one of the best business books of 2012. Screen-Shot-2016-03-18-at-5.37.39-AMScreen-Shot-2016-05-25-at-9.37.55-PM


Star Trek 50th Anniversary fun at the EGYPTIAN!


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A multi-night salute to the cast and crew of the Enterprise begins next Friday at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood and we will be there as part of the fun that night.

Author Preston Neal Jones will kick things off by signing his book, “Return To Tomorrow-the Filming of Star Trek the Motion Picture” in the lobby at 6:30 pm.

STAR TREK soundtrack releases will also be available for purchase from La-La Land Records.

Next, a panel discussion including original series story editor Dorothy D.C. Fontana, writer David Gerrold, casting director Joe D’Agosta and others, moderated by Roger Lay, Jr. and Mark A. Altman.

Program includes free bonus featurette “Maiden Voyage: Making STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE.” 35 mm!

STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE 1979, Paramount, 132 min, USA, Dir: Robert Wise Director Robert Wise, ably assisted by Harold Michelson’s (DICK TRACY) otherworldly production design, Jerry Goldsmith’s stirring score and a special effects team including Douglas Trumbull and John Dykstra, delivers the first STAR TREK film as a profound meditation on man’s struggle to survive against the negative forces in the universe. With William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Walter Koenig, George Takei, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, Persis Khambatta.

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the Cinecon 7! CINECON #52 ! Authors in the A.M. w/ Larry Edmunds Bookshop

cineconlogoFRIDAY,SEPTEMBER 2-9 am-12 noon at LOEW’S HOTEL in Hollywood

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CINECON Authors in the A.M.

As summer winds down, it is that time of year again. Time for CINECON! I’m bringing my own gang this year. Larry Edmunds Bookshop welcomes back this fine festival, celebrating the 52nd go ’round with a morning line-up of great authors & great books, my own gang. Larry Edmunds Bookshop will be at Loew’s Hotel in Hollywood on Friday morning , from 9 am until noon, September 2nd and you’ll have a chance to meet the authors, get signed books & shop the dealers room for collectibles as well, all before any of the movies even start!

Come on down and meet and greet some of  our finest friends and get some of these wonderful books!

Scheduled to attend for this special time slot (some authors may appear at additional times as well) are the following:

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Dennis Bartok- Dennis will be signing “A Thousand Cuts”

Cari Beauchamp- Cari will sign “My First Time in Hollywood”  & “Without Lying Down”













John Bengston- John will be signing, “Silent Echoes”,”Silent Traces” & “Silent Visions”






Karie Bible & Mary Mallory- Karie & Mary will be signing,”Hollywood Celebrates the Holidays




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Herbie J Pilato- Herbie will be signing, “Dashing, Daring & Debonair”,”Glamour, Gidgets & the Girl Next Door” , “Twitch Upon A Star” & “the Essential Elizabeth Montgomery”

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Buy them all!!!

If you’re not attending Cinecon, we’ll be glad to get signed books sent your way. It is  not too early to think about holiday shopping.

More info on the festival at :






Writings On the Wall w/ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Live Talks Los Angeles






MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2016- 8pm -An Evening w/ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre /New Roads School Herb Alpert Educational Village- 3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404

An Evening with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar discussing his upcoming book, WRITINGS ON THE WALL: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White

PURCHASE TICKETS- $45 General Admission seat + a copy of Writings on the Wall/$50 Reserved Section Seat + a copy of Writings on the Wall/ $20 General Admission seat /$95 Reception (6:30-7:30pm) + Reserved Section Seat + copy of Writings on the Wall





Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. Since retiring, he has been an actor, a basketball coach and the author of eleven books, many of them New York Times best sellers, including What Color is My World?, which won the NAACP Image Award for Best Children’s Book. Abdul-Jabbar is also a columnist for Time Magazine and The Washington Post, writing on a wide range of subjects including race, politics, age and pop culture, and his essays and columns have also appeared in the Huffington Post, in the Los Angeles Times and on, among other publications. In 2012, he was selected as a U.S. Cultural Ambassador. Since retiring from professional basketball, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has become a lauded observer of culture and society. He now brings that keen insight to the fore in Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White. He uses his unique blend of erudition, street smarts and authentic experience in essays on the country’s seemingly irreconcilable partisan divide – both racial and political, parenthood, and his own experiences as an athlete, African-American, and a Muslim. The book is not just a collection of expositions; he also offers keen assessments of and solutions to problems such as racism in sports while speaking candidly about his experiences on the court and off. Timed for publication as the nation debates whom to send to the White House, the combination of plain talk on issues, life lessons, and personal stories places Writings on the Wall squarely in the middle of the conversation, as many of Abdul-Jabbar’s topics are at the top of the national agenda. Whether it is sparring with Donald Trump, within the pages of TIME magazine, or full-length features in the The New York Times Magazine, writers, critics, and readers have come to agree on what The Washington Post observed: Abdul-Jabbar “has become a vital, dynamic and unorthodox cultural voice.” Screen-Shot-2016-06-21-at-1.45.34-PM

Reiner Returns ! “The Dick Van Dyke Show” w/ Carl Reiner!

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SATURDAY,AUGUST 27 @ 4 PM-at Larry Edmunds Bookshop

When one of the funniest men alive says he’ll come & watch an episode and talk about one of the funniest shows ever, how can it not be an amazing day at Larry Edmunds Bookshop?

Well, that day will be next Saturday, August 27th when Carl Reiner joins us to watch an episode he will personally select & sign copies of his new book, “Why & When The Dick Van Dyke Show Was Born”. This coffee table tribute is full of great photos and a copy of the original script for “Head of the Family” too.

We are so very lucky to share an afternoon with a true legend, and you can too! Give us a call & order a copy of “Why & When…” and we will reserve you a seat for this special day.

Why & When The Dick Van Dyke Show Was Born

In 1960, Carl Reiner shot the pilot for a comedy series titled “Head of the Family,” starring Carl Reiner. The show was about a writer who lived with his family in New Rochelle, New York and commuted to his job in Manhattan, writing on a TV comedy show. “Head of the Family” aired only once. So Carl had moved on, until Sheldon Leonard came along and said they would not fail this time because, “we’ll get a better actor to play you.” And thus, “The Dick Van Dyke Show” was born. “Why and When ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ Was Born” is a recounting of behind-the-scenes stories, many of which only Carl could know, about the casting, writing and shooting of “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” It includes the real life happenings in the lives of Carl and his family and friends, which inspired many of the episodes, often proving that truth is exactly as strange as fiction – like the episode where Ritchie had to ward off a bullying woodpecker. It also includes the real life happenings surrounding “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” with all the wonderful actors who brought these beloved characters into our homes every week from 1961 to 1966 – Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam, Richard Deacon, Jerry Paris, Ann Morgan Guilbert, Larry Mathews, all the talented guest players and, of course, Carl Reiner as Alan Brady. “Why and When ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ Was Born” is a must-read for any fan of the show, and we will just say, thank you, Carl, for the birth of this smart, sophisticated, groundbreaking comedy, a birth which we continue to celebrate over five decades later. Indie_Carl_Reiner_wearing_his_favorite_tie_photo_by_Oliver_J._Defilippo__copy_2_jpg_250x300_q85CarlReiner-JeffMantor


Powerful Women of Early Hollywood on the Queen Mary w/ Cari Beauchamp!


AUGUST 24TH, 7 pm – SALON SERIES LECTURE-The Royal Salon aboard the Queen Mary!

The Powerful Women of Early Hollywood  – Wednesday, August 24 – 7pm –  Free with RSVP

Larry Edmunds Bookshop is all aboard the Queen Mary next Wednesday as we join author Cari Beauchamp who will be discussing “Powerful Women in Hollywood”  as part of a new Salon Series. Our first ever visit selling books on board, we’ll be bringing a couple of our favorites, “Without Lying Down” & “My First Time In Hollywood” and Cari will be signing both titles .

Admission is free, just RSVP and join us on the 24th!

RSVP required for entry but does not guarantee a seat at the event. Seats will be released on a first come first serve basis. Standby line will be available onsite.

FREE AFTER 3 Admission to the Ship *does not include admission to the Salon Series

Parking $10 flat rate for entry after 3pm /$5 Ship Tours after 3pm


LECTURE BY CARI BEAUCHAMP, RESIDENT SCHOLAR FOR THE MARY PICKFORD FOUNDATION Cari Beauchamp is an award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker. She is the author of Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood; Joseph P. Kennedy Presents: His Hollywood Years and other film history books. Her anthology, My First Time in Hollywood: Stories from the Pioneers, Dreamers and Misfits who Made the Movies, was published in the summer of 2015. Her books have been selected for “Best of the Year” lists byThe New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Booklist and Amazon. Cari wrote and co-produced the documentary film Without Lying Down (2000) about the women of early Hollywood, which played on Turner Classic Movies and for which she was nominated for a Writers Guild Award. She also wrote the documentary film The Day My God Died (2003) about young girls of Nepal sold into sexual slavery, which played on PBS and was nominated for an Emmy. She writes for Vanity Fair and various other magazines. She is the only person to twice be named an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Scholar. She has appeared in multiple documentaries for TCM and others including Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood (2010) and The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011), as well as being a featured speaker at venues throughout the United States and Europe including the British Film Institute, the Museum of Modern Art and the Cannes Film Festival. She is currently serving as the resident scholar for the Mary Pickford Foundation and on the Board of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film. ABOUT THE SALON SERIES Devoted to the dual pleasures of exploring the past while enjoying the best the present has to offer, our new Salon Series will deliver an experience second to none. Guests will enjoy curated entertainment situated in the elegant design and classic sophistication of one of the Queen Mary’s historic salons – Queen, Royal and Grand – unrivaled in their beauty and comfort. The Salon Series will present a collection of films, musical performances, lectures and more designed exclusively for the series. Our inaugural event will include a special presentation of the 1936 classic Swingtime, starring Fred Astaire, who sailed aboard the Queen Mary, and his legendary partner Ginger Rogers. Theater-style treats and hand-crafted cocktails will be available for purchase at our pop-up bar/concession stand on the Promenade Deck.

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My Three Sons w/ the Dashing & Daring Stanley Livingston & Herbie J Pilato !


THURSDAY, AUGUST 18 @ 7:30 pm at Larry Edmunds Bookshop

“I Dream of Jeannie” w/ Barbara Eden. “Gilligan’s Island” w/ Dawn Wells. “Laverne & Shirley” w/ Cindy Williams. “Happy Days” w/ Anson Williams.

It’s time once again to come watch some classic television here at Larry Edmunds Bookshop.

Join us for a special evening here at the LARE w/ our friend Herbie J Pilato drops by to sign his new book, “Dashing, Daring, and Debonair-TV’s Top Male Icons from the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s” w/ special guest Stanley Livingston! We’ll watch an episode of “My Three Sons” & Stanley will talk about working on onedashing daring of the memorable shows of the 1960’s. Stanley will also have photos from the show he will be signing available for purchase.

Come on down & talk t.v. & watch some too! Where? At the LARE!


Dashing, Daring, and Debonair TV’s Top Male Icons from the 50s, 60s, and 70s


DASHING, DARING AND DEBONAIR: TV’S TOP MALE ICONS FROM THE ‘50s, ‘60s AND ‘70s by Herbie J Pilato profiles them all. With a foreword by Adam “Batman” West, this book celebrates the men who invented television machismo and became stars in the process, including: Ed Asner (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show), Max Baer, Jr. (“The Beverly Hillbillies”), Tony Dow (“Leave it to Beaver”), Larry Wilcox (“CHiPs”), Stanley Livingston (“My Three Sons”), Robert Wagner (“It Takes a Thief”) – all of whom (and more!) granted exclusive interviews for this book.

Be they actors, comedians, singers, dancers, or talk show hosts and personalities, everyone from George Burns and Milton Berle to Jack Benny and Jackie Gleason to Sid Caesar and Caesar Romero ignited their own particular brand of “man-erisms.” In the process, they each inspired their audience to cheer them on—whatever their guise. This book, with a foreword by Adam “Batman” West, will explore and celebrate the men who invented manliness and became stars in the process.
In addition to Dashing, Daring and Debonair, writer/producer Herbie J Pilato’s critically-acclaimed books include: Glamour Gidgets and the Girl Next Door, Twitch Upon A Star, The Bionic Book, among others. In 2010, Pilato founded the nonprofit Classic TV Preservation Society (which helps to close the gap between pop-culture and education), presides over Television, Ink. (a family-oriented TV, film, and literary production company), serves as contributing editor to Larry Brody’s heralded, writes frequently about classic television for, and has worked on several classic TV broadcast and DVD documentaries for Bravo, E!, A&E, TLC, Warner Bros., Sony, and NBCUniversal. He lives in Los Angeles.


Head “Into the Dark” w/ Mark A. Vieira at the Aero & the Wilder!

Layout 1THURSDAY,AUGUST 11 @ 6:30 signing/7:30 screening- AERO THEATRE-1328 Montana Ave. in Santa Monica

SATURDAY,AUGUST 13 @ 6:30 signing/7:30 screening-Billy Wilder Theater-10899 Wilshire Blvd. in Westwood

Into the Dark Book Signing & Double Bill!

Mark A Vieira’s “Into the Dark” gives us a wonderful look at film noir as told by the those that made the films.

Join us next Thursday for some nasty noir fun over in Santa Monica. Or, Saturday in Westwood. Both nights are great double bills & include a book signing & introduction by Mark A. Vieira.



Come on in from the smoggy sunshine, come on “Into the Dark”.

Thursday double bill features, “Murder My Sweet” &”The Locket”.

35 mm! MURDER, MY SWEET 1944, Warner Bros., 95 min, USA, Dir: Edward Dmytryk In this adaptation of the Raymond Chandler novel Farewell, My Lovely, quintessential L.A. private eye Philip Marlowe searches for an ex-con’s girlfriend but, as always, winds up swimming in deceit and double crosses, all of it washing up at a lavish Malibu beach house. Featuring former hoofer Dick Powell as Marlowe, and Claire Trevor as the fabulous femme fatale.

35 mm! THE LOCKET 1946, Warner Bros., 85 min, USA, Dir: John Brahm On his wedding day, a groom (Brian Aherne) is told stunning tales regarding the troubled past of his bride-to-be (Laraine Day), including her destructive affair with a tortured artist (Robert Mitchum). This dazzling and dizzying psychodrama uses a web of interlocking flashbacks to show how a woman’s childhood obsession with a prized locket dictates the course of her life.

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Saturday double bill features nitrate prints of “Leave Her To Heaven” & “Nightmare Alley”!

In keeping with Vieira’s project to present noir in its original contexts, UCLA Film & Television Archive presents an ultra-rare double feature of two film noir classics presented in original 35mm nitrate prints. Special thanks: Schawn Belston—20th Century Fox. IB Technicolor Nitrate Print!

Leave Her to Heaven (1945) Set against the rugged natural beauty of New Mexico where a novelist (Cornel Wilde) and his new wife (Gene Tierney) settle into a lakeside cabin after a whirlwind romance, Leave Her To Heaven exudes an atypical atmosphere for a film noir. Leon Shamroy’s Oscar-winning Technicolor cinematography gives a bright, airy counterpoint to the dark, roiling obsessions that drive Tierney’s jealous socialite to acts of violence that would make even the most jaded femme fatale blanch. 35mm, Technicolor

Nitrate Print! Nightmare Alley (1947) Ambitious carnival roustabout Stan Carlisle (Tyrone Power) takes over a sideshow mind-reading act and transforms it into a slick nightclub turn. Determined to milk the “spook racket” for all it’s worth, Stan next joins forces with a corrupt psychiatrist who supplies him with confidential information about her wealthy patients that Stan uses to convince them of his psychic ability. Power skillfully conveys Stan’s cynicism and nervy charm, along with his oddly touching naiveté: he cannot help believing in tarot cards, and has a superstitious fear of divine retribution. 35mm, b/w

If you’re going to miss these great nights, call us & order a signed book. Then, you can head “Into the Dark” whenever you like.

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. About TCM: Turner Classic Movies is the definitive resource for the greatest movies of all time. It engages, entertains, and enlightens to show how the entire spectrum of classic movies, movie history, and movie-making touches us all and influences how we think and live today.

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.

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