The Platinum Age of Television w/ David Bianculli!

TUESDAY, JANUARY 10 , 7:30 pm @ Larry Edmunds Bookshop

Author & television critic DAVID BIANCULLI

Join us as we talk television with a man who has been reviewing & writing about it for over 40 years.

David Bianculli joins us to take a state of the union look at television in what he classifies as the “Platinum Age”, an age of expanded creativity, binge watching & more. We’ll have clips & conversation about many of your current faves & about some of the classics of the past too!

Television shows have now eclipsed films as the premier form of visual narrative art of our time. This new book by one of our finest critics explains—historically, in depth, and with interviews with the celebrated creators themselves—how the art of must-see/binge-watch television evolved. Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli’s theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way. In tracing the evolutionary history of our progress toward a Platinum Age of Television—our age, the era of The Sopranos and Breaking Bad and Mad Men and The Wire and Homeland and Girls—he focuses on the development of the classic TV genres, among them the sitcom, the crime show, the miniseries, the soap opera, the western, the animated series and the late night talk show. In each genre, he selects five key examples of the form, tracing its continuities and its dramatic departures and drawing on exclusive and in-depth interviews with many of the most famed auteurs in television history. Television has triumphantly come of age artistically; David Bianculli’s book is the first to date to examine, in depth and in detail and with a keen critical and historical sense, how this inspiring development came about.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR- DAVID BIANCULLI is a guest host and TV critic on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross. A contributor to the show since its inception, he has been a TV critic since 1975. From 1993 to 2007, Bianculli was a TV critic for the New York Daily News. Bianculli has written three books: Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (Simon & Schuster/Touchstone, 2009);Teleliteracy: Taking Television Seriously (1992); and Dictionary of Teleliteracy(1996). An associate professor of TV and film at Rowan University in New Jersey, Bianculli is also the founder and editor of the online magazine, TVWorthWatching.com.

The Absolute Joy of Work w/ Carleton Carpenter!

carleton-carpenter-front-book-coverTHURSDAY,JANUARY 5th-7:30 pm @ Larry Edmunds Bookshop

An Evening w/ Carleton Carpenter-signing his autobiography “The Absolute Joy of Work”

Join us for a night through show biz history from Broadway to the MGM backlot.

You may know his name, but you’ve certainly heard the gold record novelty song, “Aba Daba Honeymoon,” that he recorded with Debbie Reynolds; you’ve seen the 1950 MGM musicals Three Little Words and Summer Stock; you’ve laughed and loved Father of the Bride with Elizabeth Taylor, Two Weeks with Love, and Crazy For You. Film, television, and stage actor. Magician. Songwriter. Novelist. Carleton Carpenter has been them all, as well as a bellhop, professional magician, circus clown, church organist, barroom piano player, carny pitchman, commercial spokesman, Navy Seabee, screenwriter, ASCAP composer and lyricist, cabaret singer, Vaudeville performer, and recording artist. Discover the more than twenty New York stage productions, countless tours around the country, hundreds of TV and radio shows, gold records, and the many films in which he appeared. His resume reads like a Who’s Who of Hollywood, including his associations with Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor, Angela Lansbury, Bert Lahr, David Merrick, Ray Bolger, Mary Martin, Carol Channing, Jane Powell, and Janet Leigh. His life story reverberates with ecstasy and anxiety, yet through it all, the absolute joy of his work overcame all obstacles, and he achieved more in his life than most people could dream. The autobiography of Carleton Carpenter. 20 chapters. Introduction by Debbie Reynolds. More than 60 rare photos tracing his more-than seventy-year career.debbie-reynolds-carleton-carpenter-two-weeks-with-love-color

“A marvelously entertaining memoir from a uniquely talented artist in the theatre and movies.”-Angela Lansbury

“Carleton Carpenter has led many lives, before and after he duetted on ‘Aba Daba Honeymoon’. I’m so glad he has chosen to share those lives with us in this wonderful new book.”-Leonard Maltin

“At the movies, Carleton Carpenter was the boyish equivalent of an all-American Fourth of July picnic—wholesome, delightful, and utterly without pretense. The story of his life is equally likeable—candid, funny, and full of joy. For anyone who misses the golden days of Broadway and Hollywood, he shares his show business memories without artifice, phony sentimentality, or any of the usual axes to grind. This book puts a smile on your face and keeps it there.” -Rex Reed

As You Wish- Cary Elwes & the Princess Bride @ the EGYPTIAN!

as-you-wish-9781476764047-in18 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22 at 7:30 pm-EGYPTIAN THEATRE in Hollywood

Cary Elwes in person! The Princess Bride on the Big Screen!th-8

Despite their being nothing of a holiday mention in this film, I can’t think of a more holiday fun film than , “The Princess Bride”. Making it even more fun will be Westley in person! That’s right, the dashing Cary Elwes will join us for a Q & A and a book signing of the new paperback edition of his bestseller, “As You Wish-Inconceivable Tales From the Making of the Princess Bride.”

Q & A and book signing will take place AFTER the screening! I will however be available before the film if you want to make your purchase ahead of time. You won’t want to miss Cary tell his hilarious behind the stories of Andre & company on the set. Also, at $16 this is a perfect Christmas gift for every film fan in your life. It will fit nicely into the stocking!

Miss this night? INCONCEIVABLE!

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes the New York Times bestselling account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner. The Princess Bride has been a family favorite for close to three decades. Ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time, The Princess Bride will continue to resonate with audiences for years to come. Cary Elwes was inspired to share his memories and give fans an unprecedented look into the creation of the film while participating in the twenty-fifth anniversary cast reunion. In As You Wish he has created an enchanting experience; in addition to never-before seen photos and interviews with his fellow cast mates, there are plenty of set secrets and backstage stories. With a foreword by Rob Reiner and a limited edition original poster by acclaimed artist Shepard Fairey, As You Wish is a must-have for all fans of this beloved film.as-you-wish-9781476764047_hr

 

The PRINCESS BRIDE

This adaptation of William Goldman’s wonderful, tongue-in-cheek fairy tale stars Cary Elwes as the dashing Westley, who is forced to fight off the villainous Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon) and Count Tyrone (Christopher Guest) to save his beloved princess, Buttercup (Robin Wright). This cult hit features marvelous sets by Norman Garwood and high-spirited supporting performances by Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, Peter Falk, Wallace Shawn and Andre the Giant.

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An Evening at the AERO w/ Robert Wagner ( & Natalie too!)

robert-wagner-credit-greg-gormanSUNDAY, DECEMBER 4th-6:30 pm (signing) 7:30 pm (movie) @ the AERO THEATRE in Santa Monica

An Evening w/ Robert Wagner (& Natalie too!)

Truth be told, I have been trying for years to plan an evening with Robert Wagner. On December 4th at the AERO THEATRE it is finally going to happen!

R.J. will join us for some conversation, a couple movies & of course, some book signing too! The night will be a showcase for 2 fantastic books, Robert Wagner’s (w/ Scott Eyman) latest release, “I Loved Her In The Movies-Memories of Hollywood’s Legendary Actresses” as well as “Natalie Wood- Reflections On A Legendary Life” (by author Manoah Bowman who will also join us) & Natasha Gregson Wagner. The latter book includes forwards by Robert Wagner as well as Natasha Gregson Wagner & Robert Redford and is the most outstanding look at one of Hollywood’s most beautiful, talented & beloved stars of all time. Mr. Wagner will be signing both books.

Then, on the big screen, it’s , “The Pink Panther” & “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice”, a double bill tribute to a legendary Hollywood couple!

Don’t miss this amazing night at the Aero!

I LOVED HER IN THE MOVIES: Film and television actor and New York Times bestselling author Robert Wagner’s memoir of the great women movie stars he has known. In a career that has spanned more than sixty years Robert Wagner has witnessed the twilight of the Golden Age of Hollywood and the rise of television, becoming a beloved star in both media. During that time he became acquainted, both professionally and socially, with the remarkable women who were the greatest screen personalities of their day. I Loved Her in the Movies is his intimate and revealing account of the charisma of these women on film, why they became stars, and how their specific emotional and dramatic chemistries affected the choices they made as actresses as well as the choices they made as women. Among Wagner’s subjects are Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe, Gloria Swanson, Norma Shearer, Loretta Young, Joan Blondell, Irene Dunne, Rosalind Russell, Dorothy Lamour, Debra Paget, Jean Peters, Linda Darnell, Betty Hutton, Raquel Welch, Glenn Close, and the two actresses whom he ultimately married, Natalie Wood and Jill St. John. In addition to offering perceptive commentary on these women, Wagner also examines topics such as the strange alchemy of the camera—how it can transform the attractive into the stunning, and vice versa—and how the introduction of color brought a new erotic charge to movies, one that enabled these actresses to become aggressively sexual beings in a way that that black and white films had only hinted at. Like Wagner’s two previous bestsellers, I Loved Her in the Movies will be a privileged look behind the scenes at some of the most well-known women in show business as well as an insightful look at the sexual and romantic attraction that created their magic.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR Robert Wagner is the star of such films as A Kiss Before Dying, The Longest Day, The Pink Panther, and most recently, the Austin Powers franchise. On television, he starred in It Takes a Thief (with Fred Astaire), Switch (with Eddie Albert and Sharon Gless), and Hart to Hart (with Stefanie Powers). He has recently appeared on Two and a Half Men and NCIS. He is married to actress Jill St. John.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Scott Eyman is the author of thirteen books about the movies, including Lion of Hollywood: The Life of Louis B. Mayer (which the Wall Street Journal called one of the five best books ever written about Hollywood), Empire of Dreams: The Epic Life of Cecil B. DeMille, and more recently, the New York Times bestseller John Wayne: The Life and Legend.

NATALIE WOOD-Reflections On A Legendary Life :

As a child actor who smoothly transitioned to adult stardom, Natalie Wood made an unforgettable impact on the world with her sensitive performances and her spectacular beauty. In a span of less than twenty years, her talent graced a dozen classics, including Miracle on 34th Street, The Searchers, Rebel Without a Cause, Splendor in the Grass, West Side Story, and Gypsy, earning her three Oscar nominations and two Golden Globes. Few actresses in Hollywood history have carved out careers as diverse and rich as Natalie Wood’s, and few have touched as many hearts in a tragically short lifetime.

Natalie Wood: Reflections on a Legendary Life boldly redefines Natalie not by her tragic death, but by her extraordinary life. This is the first family-authorized photographic study of Natalie Wood, and the first book to examine her glamorous film career as well as her private off-screen life as a wife and mother. Highlights include a special section on the making of West Side Story, a foreword by her husband Robert Wagner, a family album with never-before-seen snapshots captioned by daughter Courtney Wagner, an unpublished article written by Natalie in her own words, and an afterword by friend and costar Robert Redford. Natalie Wood: Reflections on a Legendary Life will change the way the world remembers a Hollywood legend.natalie

ABOUT MANOAH BOWMAN AND NATASHA GREGSON WAGNER

Manoah Bowman is the author of Fellini: The Sixties.He maintains the Independent Visions photographic archives, a collection featuring more than a million unique images that details the history of cinema and television. He has contributed material to many publications, movie studios, and museums, including Eastman House, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,
Paramount, and Disney. His work as a photo editor includes the books Chaplin: Genius of the Cinema and Buster Keaton Remembered. He resides in Los Angeles, CA.

Natasha Gregson Wagner has led an unorthodox career for the descendent of Hollywood royalty. Since making her film debut in 1992’s Fathers and Sons, the actress established her place in the indie film world with titles such asAnother Day in Paradise, High Fidelity, Two Girls and a Guy,, and David Lynch’s Lost Highway, and she has received acclaim for her stage work and television appearances in Ally McBeal, House MD, and Chicago Hope. She recently completed work on the independent film Anesthesia. Wagner resides in Los Angeles.

(Robert Wagner photo by Greg Gorman)

 

 

 

 

 

Get “Superficial” w/ Andy Cohen & RuPaul! It’s Live Talks Los Angeles!

superficial-coverAndy Cohen in conversation with RuPaul discussing his upcoming book, Superficial: More Adventures from the Andy Cohen Diaries

Barnum Hall- Santa Monica High School

600 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

PURCHASE TICKETS:LiveTalksLA.org

$40 General Admission Seat + 1 copy of Superficial/ $50 Reserved Section Seat + 1 copy of Superficial/ $75 Premium section Seat – Includes 2 books: Superficial + The Andy Cohen Diaries (paperback) – also includes a Live Talks Los Angeles tote bag

Superficial is the star-studded and sidesplitting follow up to The Andy Cohen Diaries. Andy Cohen is the host and executive producer of Watch What Happens: Live. He is the executive producer of The Real Housewives franchise and hosts Bravo’s highly rated reunion specials. He tours nationally with Anderson Cooper on AC2, hosts Then & Now with Andy Cohen on Bravo and Radio Andy on Sirius XM. He has won an Emmy and two Peabody Awards for his work. The author of two New York Times bestsellers, Most Talkative and The Andy Cohen Diaries, he lives in New York City with his dog, Wacha.

On the Andy Cohen Diaries: “After reading this funny, intimate, candid, honest diary of a year in Andy’s life, I couldn’t help but wonder, ‘Is Andy Cohen…Carrie Bradshaw?’” ?Sarah Jessica Parker

“The funniest thing I’ve done all year is read Andy Cohen’s Diaries. He has more genuinely funny and surprising encounters with celebrities and sublebrities in a day than I do all year. Then my name popped up. Now I just want to sue him.” ?Anderson Cooper “

Andy Cohen’s diaries are the literary equivalent of a Fresca and tequila.” ?Jimmy Fallonscreen-shot-2016-07-05-at-2-23-16-pm

The popular host of Watch What Happens: Live and executive producer of The Real Housewives franchise is back with a follow up to his bestseller, The Andy Cohen Diaries. Since the publication of his last book, Andy has toured the country with his sidekick Anderson Cooper, hit the radio waves with his own Sirius station, Radio Andy, appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher despite his mother’s conviction he was not intellectually prepared, hosted NBC’s Primetime New Year’s Eve special, guest edited Entertainment Weekly, starred in Bravo’s Then & Now with Andy Cohen, offended celebrities with his ongoing case of foot-in-mouth disease, and welcomed home Teresa “Namaste” Giudice, from a brief stint in jail. Hopping from the Hamptons to the Manhattan dating world, the dog park to the red carpet, Cardinals superfan and mama’s boy Andy Cohen, with Wacha in tow, is the kind of star that fans are dying to be friends with. This book gives them that chance. If The Andy Cohen Diaries was deemed “the literary equivalent of a Fresca and tequila” by Jimmy Fallon, Superficial is a double: dishier, juicier, and friskier. In this account of his escapades?personal, professional, and behind-the-scenes?Andy tells us not only what goes down, but exactly what he thinks of it.

RuPaul was born & raised in San Diego, Calif, and moved to Atlanta where he studied theatre at North Atlanta School of Performing Arts. He was lead singer of rock band Wee Wee Pole. He achieved international fame with hit song Supermodel (You Better Work). His first feature film was Spike Lee’s Crooklyn, and he has acted in over 50 films & TV sitcoms. Television credits include The RuPaul Show on VH1, a judge on Skin Wars, host of Fresh Paint on GSN, Good Work on E! Gay For Play on Logo; and RuPaul’s Drag Race, for which he won an Emmy. He hosts the podcast What’s The Tee? w/Michelle Visage. His books include, Workin’ It and Lettin’ It All Hang Out. He is a singer-songwriter of 13 solo albums including the latest Butch Queen and Butch Queen Ru-Mixes and has recorded a duet with Sir Elton John. screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-4-27-50-pm

Tippi & the Birds ! Tippi Hedren in Person!

41esjbwh5l-_sx331_bo1204203200_SUNDAY,NOVEMBER 13th-6:30 pm @ the AERO THEATRE-1328 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica

This is so cool! Join us next Sunday for a special evening at the AERO THEATRE with Tippi Hedren!

Tippi will be signing her just released book, “Tippi-A Memoir” as well as doing an introduction Q & A before a screening of “The Birds”at 8 pm.

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to get yourself a signed copy, or perhaps multiple copies for your friends this holiday season!

See you next weekend at the AERO!

About the Book: In this absorbing and surprising memoir, one of the biggest names of classic Hollywood—the star of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds and Marnie—tells her story, including never-before-revealed experiences on the set of some of the biggest cult films of all time. For decades, Tippi Hedren’s luminous beauty radiated from the silver screen, enchanting moviegoers and cementing her position among Hollywood’s elite—beauty and star power that continue to endure. For too long Hedren’s story has been told by others through whispered gossip and tabloid headlines. Now, Hedren sets the record straight, recalling how a young and virtuous Lutheran girl from small-town Minnesota became a worldwide legend—as one of the most famous Hitchcock girls, as an unwavering animal activist, and as the matriarch of a powerful Hollywood dynasty that includes her movie star daughter Melanie Griffith, and rising star Dakota Johnson, her granddaughter. For the first time, Hedren digs deep into her complicated relationship with the man who discovered her talent, director Alfred Hitchcock, the benefactor who would become a repulsive and controlling director who contractually controlled her every move. She speaks openly about the dark pain she endured working with him on their most famous collaborations, The Birds and Marnie, and finding the courage she needed to break away. Hedren’s incandescent spirit shines through as she talks about working with the great Charlie Chaplin, sharing the screen with some of the most esteemed actors in Hollywood, her experiences on some of the most intriguing and troubling film sets—including filming Roar, one of the most dangerous movies ever made—and the struggles of being a single mother—balancing her dedication to her work and her devotion to her daughter—and her commitment to helping animals. Filled with sixteen pages of beautiful photos, Tippi is a rare and fascinating look at a private woman’s remarkable life no celebrity aficionado can miss. th

35 mm! THE BIRDS 1963, Universal, 119 min, USA, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock Director Alfred Hitchcock’s love affair with Northern California (begun in SHADOW OF A DOUBT and continued in VERTIGO) climaxed with this stunning shocker about the residents of picturesque coastal town Bodega Bay, who find themselves targeted by a murderous invasion of birds. Adapted from Daphne du Maurier’s novella. Starring Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette, Jessica Tandy and Veronica Cartwright.the-birds-us-movie-poster094186b4b1fec692b41d72880f60d7b1

Drink Like A Billionaire w/ Mark Oldman & Live Talks

markoldman_hires_rgb-s An Afternoon with Mark Oldman discussing his book, How to Drink Like a Billionaire: Mastering Wine with Joie de Vivre

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

PURCHASE TICKETS-LiveTalkLA.org

$50 Reserved Section seat + Book/ $30 General Admission Seat * includes wine tasting

Taste six billionaire-worthy wines at this special wine event with one of America’s most popular wine experts. Oldman will show you how to drink like the 1% – without spending like one. Mark Oldman is one the country’s leading wine personalities. Bon Appètit described his style as “winespeak without the geek.” Twice the winner of the Georges Duboeuf Best Wine Book of the Year Award, his books—Oldman’s Guide to Outsmarting Wine and Oldman’s Brave New World of Wine—have been called the “perfect book” by the Wall Street Journal and the “perfect primer” by The New Yorker. Oldman’s appearances at the country’s top gastronomic festivals are considered must-see events in the world of food and wine. He has been the wine expert for Pottery Barn, lead judge in the PBS television series “The Winemakers,” and the wine correspondent for the Food Network. Keenly interested in innovating in the areas of education and consumer advocacy, Oldman also founded and ran the career portal Vault.com for a decade until its successful sale to a private equity firm.

“How to Drink Like a Billionaire is not just the best guide for drinking wine stylishly, but Mark Oldman offers his readers a comprehensive yet fun approach to one of our favorite topics. It’s colorful, charismatic and innovative from beginning to end!”— Marcus Samuelsson, chef, restaurateur, and author

In How to Drink Like a Billionaire: Mastering Wine with Joie de Vivre —his eagerly anticipated, unapologetically joyful new book. Oldman—whom Publishers Weekly called “the ideal mix of wine connoisseur, showman, and everyday dude”—spills all on how to imbibe like an insider while avoiding the pretension, snobbishness, and geekiness that still surrounds so much of wine.

Mark Oldman shares: • How to zero in on moderately priced bottles that drink way above their cost • How to increase your drinking pleasure with, among other things, big bottles, a Breathalyzer, a Spanish porron, and more • Can’t tell your Cabernet Franc from Carménère? In a first for a wine book, Oldman ranks the most satisfying alternatives to the major wine styles • Why the price of wine is not proportionate to quality • Crave Margaux on a Merlot budget? Oldman reveals delicious, affordable substitutes for the world’s most iconic wine • How to swirl wine for maximum effect • Which wine flaws are fine to overlook • Why you should giggle at overly specific food and wine matches • Techniques to guard against overzealous pourers and bottle stranders • How to avoid being a slave to wine trends • Don’t know what to say about that glass of Pinot Noir? Mark provides fascinating glossaries of insider lingo and French expressions that will help readers convey instant savoir-faire • The best (and worst) wines to gift as a gift

Spend Halloween w/ Supermensch Shep Gordon & Alice Cooper!

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Monday, October 31, 2016 8:00pm (Reception, 6:30-7:30pm)

Shep Gordon in conversation with Alice Cooper discussing his memoir, They Call Me Supermensch: A Backstage Pass to the Amazing Worlds of Film, Food, and Rock’n’Roll

The Bootleg Theatre- 2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057

PURCHASE TICKETS-livetalksla.org

All persons buying the book get a photo op with Shep Gordon and Alice Cooper ** Please note Alice Cooper will not be at reception, but reception ticket holders are first in line to get your books signed and for the photo op. Books will be picked up at the event when you check in, and signed immediately after the talk.

Shep Gordon — in his storied career as a talent manager, agent, and producer — has worked with, and befriended, some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, from Alice Cooper to Bette Davis, Raquel Welch to Groucho Marx, Blondie to Jimi Hendrix, Sylvester Stallone to Salvador Dalí, Luther Vandross to Teddy Pendergrass. He is also credited with inventing the “celebrity chef,” and has worked with Nobu Matsuhisa, Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck, Roger Vergé, and many others.screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-6-19-48-pm

“Reality has never seemed to important in the 50 years Shep and I have been working together. When we need something to happen, Shep just works his magic to simply MAKE it a reality. I’m still not sure how he does it—he just has that natural ability to create scenarios and relationships that help to get you where you need to go.” –Alice Cooper

“The amazing, incredible, unlikely-but-true story of the man who’s done everything, been everywhere, and was at seemingly every important moment in musical and culinary history. He’s a one-man history of cool. And through it all, he’s somehow managed to remain a mensch. Shep Gordon is a legend.”–Anthony Bourdain

Supermensch is an eye-popping peek into entertainment industry from the magnetic force who has worked with an impeccable roster of stars throughout his storied career. In this engaging memoir, the charismatic entertainment legend recalls his life, from his humble beginnings as a “shy, no self-esteem, Jewish nebbisher kid with no ambition” in Oceanside, Long Island, to his unexpected rise as one of the most influential and respected personalities in show business, revered for his kindness, charisma—and fondness for a good time. Gordon shares riotous anecdotes and outrageous accounts of his free-wheeling, globe-trotting experiences with some of the biggest celebrities of the past five decades, including his first meeting with Janice Joplin in 1968, when the raspy singer punched him in the face. They Call Me Supermensch is a sincere, hilarious behind-the-scenes look at the worlds of music and entertainment from the consummate Hollywood insider.

Alice Cooper pioneered a grandly theatrical brand of hard rock that was designed to shock. Drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock, the group created a stage show that featured electric chairs, guillotines, fake blood and boa constrictors. He continues to tour regularly, performing shows worldwide with the dark and horror-themed theatrics that he’s best known for. Alice has been touring consistently, year in and year out, averaging over 80 concerts annually, both within the USA and internationally, with his band which features the three guitar attack of guitarists Ryan Roxie, Nita Strauss, and Tommy Henriksen, plus the rhythm section of drummer Glen Sobel and longtime bassist Chuck Garric.

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DRACULA in Santa Monica w/ David J. Skal!

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30th-6:30 pm signing/7:30 pm screening drac21

AERO THEATER 1328 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica

Double Feature!  DRACULA / DRACULA’S DAUGHTER

Introduction by David J. Skal, who will sign his books, Something in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man Who Wrote Dracula & Hollywood Gothic in the lobby at 6:30 PM.

DRACULA (1931) Universal, 75 min  – Director Tod Browning (FREAKS) and actor Bela Lugosi established the Transylvanian count as one of the archetypal movie vampires and a monster icon for Universal Studios’ golden era of classic horror films. This adaptation of Hamilton Deane’s then-popular stage play of Bram Stoker’s novel is quite different from Murnau’s silent NOSFERATU, and from later works coming from Hammer Studios from the 1950s through 1970s and Francis Ford Coppola in 1990. Real estate agent Renfield (played by everyone’s favorite madman, Dwight Frye) goes insane after visiting Dracula (Bela Lugosi) at his Transylvania castle and is thereafter confined to a London asylum, though he does the count’s bidding as a hypnotized slave when Dracula comes to Britain and moves into deserted Carfax Abbey. David Manners is Jonathan Harker and Helen Chandler is his lady love, whom Dracula wants to make his bride. Edward Van Sloan, a fixture in early Universal horrors, is Professor Van Helsing.rsp101dracula-s-daughter-posters

 

 

DRACULA’S DAUGHTER 1936, Universal, 71 min, USA, Dir: Lambert Hillyer – Dracula’s tormented daughter, Countess Marya (Gloria Holden), longs to escape the bloodsucking curse visited on her by her father in this haunting sequel to the Bela Lugosi original. But her efforts to do so prove futile as she stalks young women and attempts to seduce Dr. Van Helsing’s colleague, Dr. Garth (Otto Kruger), away from the realm of the living. A surprisingly effective little chiller with a good cast that also includes Edward Van Sloan, Marguerite Churchill and Irving Pichel.

 

51nno23obgl-_sx327_bo1204203200_ Something in the Blood -THE UNTOLD STORY OF BRAM STOKER, THE MAN WHO WROTE DRACULA by David J. Skal

A groundbreaking biography reveals the haunted origins of the man who created Dracula and traces the psychosexual contours of late Victorian society. First published in 1897, Dracula has had a long and multifaceted afterlife—one rivaling even its immortal creation; yet Bram Stoker has remained a hovering specter in this pervasive mythology. In Something in the Blood, David J. Skal exhumes the inner world and strange genius of the writer who birthed an undying cultural icon, painting an astonishing portrait of the age in which Stoker was born—a time when death was no metaphor but a constant threat easily imagined as a character existing in flesh and blood. Just as in his celebrated histories The Monster Show and Hollywood Gothic, Skal draws on a wealth of newly discovered documents with “the skills of a fine detective” (New York Times Book Review) to challenge much of our accepted wisdom about Dracula, Stoker, and the late Victorian age. Staging Stoker’s life against a grisly tableau of the myriad anxieties plaguing the Victorian fin de siecle, Skal investigates Stoker’s “transgendered imagination,” unearthing Stoker’s unpublished, sexually ambiguous poetry and his passionate youthful correspondence with Walt Whitman—printed in full here for the very first time.

Born into a middle-class Protestant family in Dublin in “Black 47″—the year the potato famine swept the country—Stoker was inexplicably paralyzed as a boy, and his early years unfold alongside a parade of Victorian medical mysteries and horrors: cholera and typhus, frantic bloodletting, mesmeric quack cures, and the gnawing obsession with “bad blood” that colors Dracula. While destined to become best known for his legendary undead count, Bram Stoker would become a prolific writer, critic, and theater producer, rubbing shoulders with Henry Irving, Hall Caine, and Lady Jane Wilde and her salon set—including her fated-to-be-infamous son Oscar. In this probing psychological and cultural portrait of the man who brought us one of the most memorable monsters in history, Skal reveals a lifetime spent wrestling with the greatest questions of an era—a time riddled by disease, competing attitudes toward sex and gender, and unprecedented scientific innovation accompanied by rising paranoia and crises of faith. Stoker’s battle resulted in a resilient modern folktale that continues to shock and enthrall; perhaps the most frightening thing about Dracula, Skal writes, “is the strong probability that it meant far less to Bram Stoker than it has come to mean to us.”

“Sharply written, well-researched (with judicious use of recent discoveries), attentive to detail, and entertaining to read. Skal’s is the finest, most balanced biography of Bram Stoker yet written.” — Sir Christopher Frayling, author of Vampyres: Lord Byron to Count Dracula and Nightmare: The Birth of Horror

9780571211586HOLLYWOOD GOTHIC The Tangled Web of Dracula from Novel to Stage to Screen

The primal image of the black-caped vampire Dracula has become an indelible fixture of the modern imagination. It’s recognition factor rivals, in its own perverse way, the familiarity of Santa Claus. Most of us can recite without prompting the salient characteristics of the vampire: sleeping by day in its coffin, rising at dusk to feed on the blood of the living; the ability to shapeshift into a bat, wolf, or mist; a mortal vulnerability to a wooden stake through the heart or a shaft of sunlight. In this critically acclaimed excursion through the life of a cultural icon, David Skal maps out the archetypal vampire’s relentless trajectory from Victorian literary oddity to movie idol to cultural commidity, digging through the populist veneer to reveal what the prince of darkness says about us all.

MARX BROS. at the EGYPTIAN! “Animal Crackers” & “Four of the Three Musketeers”

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THURSDAY,OCTOBER 27th @ 6:30 pm/movie 7:30-the EGYPTIAN THEATER in Hollywood

Author Robert S. Bader has been working on this one for awhile & we couldn’t be any happier to be part of a fantastic night to celebrate the launch of his great new book, “Four of the Three Musketeers-the Marx Bothers on Stage”. Robert will be signing in the lobby & then will introduce “Animal Crackers” & we can all shout Hooray for Captain Spaulding!

If you can’t make it, we’ll send the Marx Bros. life on the stage on the page to your home, signed by the author.

ANIMAL CRACKERS 1930, Paramount, 97 min, USA, Dir: Victor Heerman

The Marx Bros.’ second film finds them running amok at a swanky Long Island estate where a priceless painting has been stolen. This invaluable record of their last Broadway show features Groucho’s immortal theme song, “Hooray for Captain Spaulding,” the classic bridge game and dictating-a-letter routines, and delightful support from the legendary Lillian Roth, plus Louis Sorin, Robert Greig and, of course, Margaret Dumont.animal-crackers-movie-poster-1930-1010436128

 

Four of the Three Musketeers The Marx Brothers on Stage by ROBERT S. BADER

Before film made them international comedy legends, the Marx Brothers developed their comic skills on stage for twenty-five years. In Four of the Three Musketeers: The Marx Brothers on Stage, Robert S. Bader offers the first comprehensive history of the foursome’s hardscrabble early years honing their act in front of live audiences. From Groucho’s debut in 1905 to their final live performances of scenes from A Night in Casablanca in 1945, the brothers’ stage career shows how their characters and routines evolved before their arrival in Hollywood.

Four of the Three Musketeers draws on an unmatched array of sources, many not referenced elsewhere. Bader’s detailed portrait of the struggling young actors both brings to vivid life a typical night on the road for the Marx Brothers and also illuminates the inner workings of the vaudeville business, especially during its peak in the 1920s. As Bader traces the origins of the characters that would later come to be beloved by filmgoers, he also skillfully scrapes away the accretion of rumors and mythology perpetuated not only by fans and writers but by the Marx Brothers themselves. Revealing, vital, and entertaining, Four of the Three Musketeers will take its place as an essential reference for this iconic American act.

About the Author: ROBERT S. BADER is the editor of Groucho Marx and Other Short Stories and Tall Tales. He is the curator of the Bing Crosby Archive and produced the television special The Legendary Bing Crosby. Bader is also the writer and producer of the Warner Bros. documentary The Dawn of Sound: How Movies Learned to Talk, and has produced numerous archival DVD releases, including two sets of You Bet Your Life with Groucho Marx. His recent DVD productions include the Marx Brothers TV Collection; The Honeymooners: Lost Episodes, 1951–1957; and The Best of the Danny Kaye Show. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and several dogs.

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“As far as I’m concerned, the Marx Brothers practically invented comedy. And I love this great new book about them by Robert Bader!” —Jerry Seinfeld878882781_spaulding

“Who would have dreamed that there could be much, much more to learn in still another book about the Marx Brothers? Not I. And yet, Robert Bader—focusing on the under-researched vaudeville days of the hilarious siblings—has gone where no man went before, discovering a treasure trove of Marxiana to delight the hearts and minds of those of us who can never get enough.” —Dick Cavett

“I have read virtually every book ever published about the Marx Brothers. I have even written about them myself. Robert Bader’s book is a revelation.” —Leonard Maltin, author of Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide and The Great Movie Comedians

 

 

 

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