It’s Friday the 13th Fest on Friday the 13th at Cinefamily!

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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 VI: Jason Lives – 7:30pm (director Tom McLoughlin in person!)                                                                                                              

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

 

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CELEBRATE SAMMY! An evening for Sammy Davis Jr. w/ Tracey Davis!

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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,

TRACEY DAVIS

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.

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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.

 

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Live Talks, the Lare & Lovers at the Chameleon Club w/ Francine Prose!

 

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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

PURCHASE TICKETS

$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.

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It’s a PALM SPRINGS NOIR WEEKEND for the LARE!

 

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It’s a PALM SPRINGS WEEKEND , & the LARE is Road trippin’ for the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival !

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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.

 

 

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Michael Uslan is “The Boy Who Loved BATMAN” @ the EGYPTIAN!

 


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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!

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THRIVE w/ Arianna Huffington , LiveTalks LosAngeles & the LARE!

 

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An Evening with Arianna Huffington

THRIVE: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder

All Saints Church-Beverly Hills

504 North Camden Drive- Beverly Hills, CA 90210

PURHASE TICKETS:$20 General Admission/$40 Includes Huffington’s new book, Thrive /$95 includes reserved seating + pre-event reception + the book

http://livetalksla.org/

Arianna Huffington is the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of fourteen books. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, which in 2012, won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.  She was named to the Forbes Most Powerful Women list in 2013, and to the Time 100, Time magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2006 and 2011. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union. She serves on several boards, including EL PAÍS, PRISA, the Center for Public Integrity, and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

 

Huffington’s new book THRIVE: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder  is a call to arms to redefine how we measure success both in our work and our personal lives.  Inspired by her 2013 commencement speech at Smith College and drawing on her experiences as a thought leader and working mother-of-two, Huffington shows how instead of settling for breaking through glass ceilings in broken corporate systems, women can change the system altogether by redefining what success is and what we value the most. Her speech touched a nerve and was quickly followed by conferences in New York, London, Munich and Hawaii, which received international attention and acclaim. The goal of these ‘Third Metric’ thinking is to look beyond money and power to include a third metric that recognizes the importance of well-being, wisdom, wonder, compassion and giving.

 

The way we currently define success leads to burnout, overwork, lack of sleep and being hyper-connected to technology—all to the detriment of our health, relationships, families, and even our careers. It is unsustainable for women, men, our communities, our nation and our planet. Huffington says we need a revolution in our lives—one that redefines what it means to be successful.

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the Amazing Amy Tan & “The Valley of Amazement” w/ Live Talks Los Angeles

Tuesday,  May 6, 2014-8:00 pm (Reception 6:30-7:30 pm)

An Evening with Amy Tan in conversation with Lisa See discussing the writing life and her novel, The Valley of Amazement     2fd6884e1956971028ebec1141b009eb                                         Screen-Shot-2014-01-22-at-9.51.23-PM Screen-Shot-2014-01-27-at-3.58.44-PM

Ann and Jerry Moss Theater-Herb Alpert Educational Village

New Roads School-3131 Olympic Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 9o404

PURCHASE TICKETS

$20 General Admission/$30 Reserved Seats — SOLD OUT/$45 Includes Tan’s book + Reserved seat/$95 Includes Pre-event reception + book + Reserved Seats

Amy Tan is the author of The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life, and two children’s books, The Moon Lady and Sagwa, which has now been adapted as a PBS production. Tan was also a co-producer and co-screenwriter of the film version of The Joy Luck Club, and her essays and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her work has been translated into thirty-five languages.  Visit her website.

Amy Tan’s The Valley of Amazement is a sweeping, evocative epic of two women’s intertwined fates and their search for identity, that moves from the lavish parlors of Shanghai courtesans to the fog-shrouded mountains of a remote Chinese village.

Spanning more than forty years and two continents, The Valley of Amazement resurrects pivotal episodes in history: from the collapse of China’s last imperial dynasty, to the rise of the Republic, the explosive growth of lucrative foreign trade and anti-foreign sentiment, to the inner workings of courtesan houses and the lives of the foreign “Shanghailanders” living in the International Settlement, both erased by World War II.

A deeply evocative narrative about the profound connections between mothers and daughters,The Valley of Amazement returns readers to the compelling territory of Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club. With her characteristic insight and humor, she conjures a story of inherited trauma, desire and deception, and the power and stubbornness of love.

Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, and Dreams of Joy. She has also written a mystery series that takes place in China, as well as On Gold Mountain, which is about her Chinese-American family. Her next novel, China Dolls, will be released by Random House in June 2014.  Ms. See serves as a Los Angeles City Commissioner on the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Monument Authority.  She was honored as National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women in 2001 and was the recipient of the Chinese American Museum’s History Makers Award in Fall 2003. To learn more, please visit her web site at www.LisaSee.com.

Laugh w/ Live Talks Los Angeles, Dave Barry & the LARE!

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Join us next Thursday as we laugh it up with Dave Barry on the Westside. Always enjoy an evening at the William Turner Gallery!

Thursday, May 1, 2014-(Reception 6:30-7:30 pm)8:00 pm

 

An Evening with Dave Barry

YOU CAN DATE BOYS WHEN YOU’RE FORTY:

Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About

William Turner Gallery /Bergamot Station Arts Center - 2525 Michigan Avenue,Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS-$20 General Admission/$45 Includes Barry’s book + Reserved seat/$95 Includes pre-reception + Barry’s book + Reserved Seat

http://livetalksla.org/

Dave Barry is the author of more than thirty books, including such national bestsellers as the nonfiction I’ll Mature When I’m Dead, Dave Barry’s Money Secrets, Dave Barry Turns 50, and Dave Barry’s Guide to Guys, as well as the novels Insane City, Tricky Business, Big Trouble, Lunatics (with Alan Zweibel), and his Peter Pan prequels (with Ridley Pearson).  Two of his books have been made into movies (Big Trouble and Dave Barry’s Guide to Guys), and a play based on his first Peter Pan book, Peter and the Starcatcher, is currently on a national tour after winning five Tony Awards on Broadway. For a while, his life was even a television series, Dave’s World.  He plays guitar in the all-author rock band, The Rock Bottom Remainders. For many years he wrote a nationally syndicated humor column, which won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.

Dave Barry’s new book is a brilliantly funny exploration of the twin mysteries of parenthood and families. In his New York Times–bestselling I’ll Mature When I’m Dead, Dave Barry embarked on the treacherous seas of adulthood, to hilarious results. What comes next? Parenthood, of course, and families.

In uproarious, brand-new pieces, Barry tackles everything from family trips, bat mitzvah parties and dating (he’s serious about that title: “When my daughter can legally commence dating—February 24, 2040—I intend to monitor her closely, even if I am deceased”) to funeral instructions (“I would like my eulogy to be given by William Shatner”), the differences between male and female friendships, the deeper meaning of Fifty Shades of Grey, and a father’s ultimate sacrifice: accompanying his daughter to a Justin Bieber concert (“It turns out that the noise teenaged girls make to express happiness is the same noise they would make if their feet were being gnawed off by badgers”).

Let’s face it: families not only enrich our lives every day, they drive us completely around the bend. Thank goodness we have Dave Barry as our guide!

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Bob Saget is “Dirty Daddy”! It’s Live Talks Los Angeles @ the AERO!

 

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Thursday, April 17 , 2014 8:00pm (Reception 6:30-7:30pm)

An Evening with Bob Saget in conversation with Kelly Oxford

Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian – The Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS:$20 General Admission/ $30 Reserved Seats /$40 Includes Saget’s book + Reserved seat/ $95 Includes Pre-event reception + Saget’s book + Reserved Seats

Tickets at: http://livetalksla.org/

Bob Saget is a Grammy-nominated stand-up comedian, actor, director, writer, producer, and television host who has been performing for more than thirty years. In his memoir, Saget, the decidedly irreverent stand-up comedian and beloved TV star, delivers uproarious, uncensored, and heartfelt stories from a life in entertainment and beyond. Millions of viewers know and love Bob Saget from his role as the sweetly neurotic father on the smash hit Full House, and as the charming wisecracking host of America’s Funniest Home Videos. And then there are the legions of fans who can’t get enough of his scatological, out-of-his-mind stand-up routines, comedy specials, and outrageously profane performances in such shows as HBO’s Entourage and the hit documentary The Aristocrats. In his bold and wildly entertaining publishing debut, Bob continues to embrace his dark side and gives readers the book they have long been waiting for—hilarious and often dirty yet warm and disarmingly sincere. Bob talks about the connection between humor and pain, offering insights into his own life, including the deaths of his beloved sisters. He pays homage to the people who shaped and inspired him: his mom, Dolly; his father, Ben (the comedy influence who instilled his love of “sick silliness”); and the teacher who told him, “You need to make people laugh,” as well as legendary comedians such as Richard Pryor, David Letterman, Billy Crystal, and Robin Williams. Bob believes there’s a time and a place for filth and immature humor—and for gentle family comedy. Dirty Daddy is packed with both, from his never-before-heard stories of what really went on behind the scenes of two of the most successful family shows of all times, with costars like John Stamos, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Ashley Olsen, to his liberating experience in The Aristocrats, his Comedy Central roast, and his role of playing an extreme version of himself on Entourage. Bob opens up about his career, his reputation for sick humor, his pride and love for Full House, and how he’s come to terms with the fame of being DT—”Danny Tanner.” Throughout, he shares tales of close friends and colleagues like Rodney Dangerfield and Don Rickles, and recalls his experiences with show business legends, including Johnny Carson and George Carlin. The book is a blend of silliness, vulgarity, wit, and heart, Dirty Daddy reveals Bob Saget as never before—a man who loves being funny and making people laugh above all else.

Kelly Oxford is the bestselling author of Everything is Perfect When You’re a Liar which Interview magazine called, “a hilariously mortifying memoir.” Kelly has written for such publications at GQ, Playboy, Variety, and Flare (Canada) and has sold multiple screenplays that are in development with, NBC, FOX, CBS, Anonymous Content, Legendary, and Warner Brothers. On screen she recently filmed cameos for a forthcoming untitled Cameron Crowe film and the Syfy Network’s Sharknado 2; she fully expects her scenes to be cut from both. Originally from Edmonton, Canada, she currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children. Follow Kelly on Twitter and Instagram (@kellyoxford) and Tumblr (kellyoxford.tumblr.com)

 

 

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It’s “John Wayne-the Life and Legend” w/ author Scott Eyman pilgrim!

 

 

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MONDAY,APRIL 14th @ 7 pm @ Larry Edmunds Bookshop

We’re very happy to welcome acclaimed Hollywood author and NY Times bestseller Scott Eyman to the Larry Edmunds Bookshop.

As a book buyer, I have been ordering Scott’s books for years and he always tackles big subjects like DeMille, Ford & Mayer, or in this case the Duke.

Join us Monday evening as Scott brings “John Wayne-the Life & Legend” to the Lare, and if you can’t make it, we’ll send a copy across Monument Valley until it gets to you.

John Wayne was one of Hollywood’s most famous and most successful actors, but he was more than that. He became a symbol of America itself. He epitomized the Western film, which for many people epitomized America. He identified with conservative political causes from the early 1930s to his death in 1979, making him a hero to one generation of Americans and a villain to another. But unlike fellow actor Ronald Reagan, Wayne had no interest in politics as a career. Like many stars, he altered his life story, claiming to have become an actor almost by accident when in fact he had studied drama and aspired to act for most of his youth. He married three times, all to Latina women, and conducted a lengthy affair with Marlene Dietrich, as unlikely a romantic partner as one could imagine for the Duke. Wayne projected dignity, integrity, and strength in all his films, even when his characters were flawed, and whatever character he played was always prepared to confront injustice in his own way. More than thirty years after his death, he remains the standard by which male stars are judged and an actor whose morally unambiguous films continue to attract sizeable audiences.

 

 

 

Scott Eyman interviewed Wayne, as well as many family members, and he has drawn on previously unpublished reminiscences from friends and associates of the Duke in this biography, as well as documents from his production company that shed light on Wayne’s business affairs. He traces Wayne from his childhood to his stardom in Stagecoach and dozens of films after that. Eyman perceptively analyzes Wayne’s relationship with John Ford, the director with whom he’s most associated and who made some of Wayne’s greatest films, among them She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Quiet Man, and The Searchers. His evaluation of Wayne himself is shrewd: a skilled actor who was reluctant to step outside his comfort zone. Wayne was self-aware; he once said, “I’ve played the kind of man I’d like to have been.” It’s that man and the real John Wayne who are brilliantly profiled in Scott Eyman’s insightful biography of a true American legend.

Scott Eyman has written eleven books, including biographies of Hollywood legends such as John Ford, Ernst Lubitsch, Cecil B. DeMille, and Louis B. Mayer. He also collaborated with Robert Wagner on two books. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, and he is the literary critic for The Palm Beach Post. He lives with his wife, Lynn, in West Palm Beach.

 

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