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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

SATURDAY, APRIL 30 12:00PM-2:30PM-AN AFTERNOON WITH CARL REINER- Conversation, screening & book signing @ TCL CHINESE THEATRE IMAXIndie_Carl_Reiner_wearing_his_favorite_tie_photo_by_Oliver_J._Defilippo__copy_2_jpg_250x300_q85

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 first time in hollywood


Cari Beauchamp Book Signing: My First Time in Hollywood on Lobby Stage in 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.


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



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

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.


Turan Turan! Kenneth Turan & The Lady Eve @ the AERO!

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SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 6;30 pm @ the AERO THEATER-Kenneth Turan & The Lady Eve!

When you’re a film critic for the Los Angeles Times & NPR among others, you’ve seen tons of movies. When you became a film critic because you were already addicted to film, you’ve seen even more.

Join me at the AERO Theater this Sunday, April 10 @ 6:30 pm when I join film critic Kenneth Turan who will be signing, “Not To Be Missed-54 Favorites From A Lifetime of Film”, which will be followed by a screening of one of those 54 films, Preston Sturges “The Lady Eve” at 7:30 pm.



THE LADY EVE- Discussion following with Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan.  35 mm!THE LADY EVE 1941, Universal, 97 min, USA, Dir: Preston Sturges Henry Fonda is dim-witted ale heir “Hopsy” Pike (“Snakes are my life”); Barbara Stanwyck is Eve, cardsharp and con artist par excellence. Can this relationship work? Savage but never mean-spirited, this is Sturges at his best, blending violent slapstick, zesty dialogue and genuine romance into a peerless masterwork. With Charles Coburn, William Demarest, Eugene Pallette and Eric Blore.

A salute to William Cameron Menzies- January 28-31@ the AERO!


The career of William Cameron Menzies covers such a vast amount of ground, I don’t know how the Cinematheque chose what to show. The Lare will be on hand at the Aero Theatre for all 4 nights with our friend, author James Curtis who will be signing his new book, “William Cameron Menzies-The Shape of Films to Come” and introducing the films.

Join us on  Thursday, Jan. 28 for “Our Town”/ Friday, Jan. 29 for “Things To Come” & “Invaders From Mars”/Saturday, Jan. 30 for “Gone With the Wind” /Sunday, January 31 for “Foreign Correspondent” & “Bulldog Drummond”

Book signings every night at 6:30 in the lobby & films starting at 7:30 pm.

Whatever your classic film taste, there’s something for you! See you at the AERO!

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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FAIRBANKS at the historic EGYPTIAN w/ author Tracey Goessel!

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