Ed Asner is “The Grouchy Historian” w/ Ed Weinberger!

 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 8pm (6:30-7:30pm- Reception is at All Saints)

An Evening with Ed Asner and Ed. Weinberger discussing their upcoming book, The Grouchy Historian: An Old-Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right-Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs All Saints Church

132 North Euclid Avenue Pasadena, CA 91101

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Television legend Ed Asner is well-known for his role on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and subsequent spin-off, Lou Grant. He is the winner of seven acting Emmy Awards, and has been nominated a total of twenty times. Asner has also made a name for himself as a trade unionist and a political activist. During his two terms as president of the Screen Actors Guild, he was an outspoken critic of President Ronald Reagan, for his Central American policy.

Ed. Weinberger has written for Bob Hope, Richard Pryor, and Johnny Carson (for five years on The Tonight Show). He wrote for and produced The Mary Tyler Moore Show, co-created Taxi, Dear John, and The Cosby Show. He has won three Golden Globe Awards, a Peabody, and nine Emmys. In 2000, he received The Writer’s Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award.

A self-proclaimed “dauntless Democrat” from the old days, Ed Asner figures that if the right-wing is wrong about voter fraud, Obama’s death panels, and climate change, they are probably just as wrong when they interpret the Constitution and use it to defend their actions. “Look around you at the chaos of our daily lives. I thought we should get a clear shot at what founded us. Maybe if we’re truly aware of the mixed bag that founded us, then we wouldn’t be too surprised at finding ourselves in the bed we’re in.”

In The Grouchy Historian: An Old-Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right-Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs, Asner leads the charge for liberals to reclaim the Constitution from the right-wingers who use it as their justification for doing whatever terrible thing they want to do, which is usually to comfort the comfortable and afflict the afflicted. It’s about time someone gave them hell and explained that progressives can read, too. 

Diane Keaton.

SUNDAY,OCTOBER 15 at 7 pm-Moss Theatre in Santa Monica-DIANE KEATON!

I was fortunate enough to attend the AFI Lifetime Achievement celebration for Diane Keaton this past June. What an amazing night it was! Now I will be fortunate enough to be selling her latest book for her. If you can’t make make it, we’ll send, “The House That Pinterest Built” to the house that you live in.

Some days at work are better than others.

Perhaps you’d like to join us?

A Conversation with Diane Keaton discussing her book, “The House that Pinterest Built”

Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre/ New Roads School/ Herb Alpert Educational Village

3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404

 

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$65 Reserved Section Seat + a copy of the book /$95 Two Reserved Seats + one copy of the book/ $25 General Admission Seat

* All books are pre-signed and available for pick up before the event, and signed copies will be available for sale at the event.

Diane Keaton is an Oscar-winning actress, director, and author. Her design aesthetic has been celebrated in several successful books that she produced, including California Romantica and House. Leading the conversation will be David Takacs, the architect on the project and they will be joined by Stephen Shadley, the designer and Tim Perry, the Superintendent. At once a style guide, an inspirational tome, and a how-to volume on creating one’s home, this book will serve as a go-to reference for all those seeking to spur their own creativity as they embark on the creation of home. When Diane Keaton decided that she wanted to build her own home from the ground up, she took the advice of her dear friend, film director Nancy Meyers, and took to the boards of Pinterest to find inspiration. There she discovered the practical and the fantastical, elements and styles long adored and ones that she never knew she was drawn to. Keaton’s dream house was officially under way and this book that resulted is a compelling account of her that house, from idea to realization in brick, stone, and wood.

“If you want to explore. If you love to see. If you’re looking to look; this book is an example of a home made from the gifts of other people’s addictive yearnings for the perfect home, with the perfect landscape and the perfect interior. It illustrates my choices of your choices. Who knows, you might find one of your pins here. You might smile. You might shake your head and say, ‘This isn’t what I had in mind.’ You might think: ‘Hey that’s my kitchen. She copied my kitchen.’ But the truth is, as much as I tried, I could never entirely recreate the light filled photograph of a kitchen that led the way to the journey that brought me here. No one can.” – Diane Keaton

The House that Pinterest Built defines what home and house mean to the celebrated movie star, who is known for her love affair with houses and design. Filled with ideas that reveal a personal yet engaging aesthetic, this volume includes compelling photos from Keaton’s past homes and those she admires, as well as a multitude of details from every corner of those spaces and objects that excite and inspire the house designer and dreamer—dramatic staircases and magical light fixtures, film stills and book covers, pottery and art—drawn from the visual treasure trove known as Pinterest and Keaton’s private collection, as she creates and designs her newest house. Rich imagery is accompanied by Keaton’s ideas for selecting furniture, kitchen layout, and bedroom design; she talks about the importance of lighting in the bathroom and why the living room needs to be reimagined. Beyond the interior, she explores curb appeal and environmental sensitivity, always with an eye to making home the way it should be—a place of tranquility, a place where one is restored and where one returns to dream again and again. The book culminates in the dream realized, the house she has imagined, designed, and made, now shared with the world for the first time in all-new photography.

Bryan Cranston’s “A Life In Parts” in Riverside!

Sunday, September 10, 2017 4pm (doors open at 3pm)

An Afternoon with Bryan Cranston discussing his memoir, A Life in Parts

Fox Performing Arts Center- 3801 Mission Inn Avenue Riverside, CA 92501

PURCHASE TICKETS :Ticket purchase & prices can be found at LiveTalksLA.org

If you can’t make it to Riverside, perhaps you would like to mail order a signed copy?

Bryan Cranston won four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Walter White in AMC’s Breaking Bad.

In 2014 he won a Tony Award for his role as Lyndon B. Johnson in the bio-play All the Way. In film, Cranston has won two Screen Actors Guild Awards and received an Academy Award nomination for his leading role in Trumbo. Among his numerous television and film appearances, he was nominated for a Golden Globe and three Emmys for his portrayal of Hal in FOX’s Malcolm in the Middle.

“Bryan would be the guy to be stuck on a desert island with. Not only would he be great company but he’d build you a hut and find you some food.” —Jane Kaczmarek

“He’s my mentor, and hands down the greatest guy I’ll ever work with.” –Aaron Paul

In his riveting memoir, A Life in Parts, Bryan Cranston traces his zigzag journey from his chaotic childhood to mega stardom by vividly revisiting the many parts he’s played, on camera, including: astronaut, dentist, detective, candy bar spokesperson, and off–paperboy, farmhand, security guard, dating consultant, murder suspect, dock loader, son, brother, lover, husband, father. Cranston chronicles his unlikely rise from a soap opera regular, trying to learn the ropes and the politics of show business on the fly, to a recurring spot as Tim Whatley on Seinfeld, finding himself an indelible part of popular culture. He recalls his run as the well-meaning goofball, Hal, on Malcolm in the Middle, gives a bracing account of his challenging run on Broadway as President Lyndon Johnson. He also dives deep into the grittiest, most fascinating details of his greatest role, explaining how he searched inward for the personal darkness that would help him create one of the most captivating performances ever captured on screen: Walter White, chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin.

 

Ava at the Egyptian w/ authors Kendra Bean & Anthony Uzarowski!

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 ( 6:30 pm/ movies at 7 :30 pm) EGYPTIAN THEATRE in Hollywood

Ava at the Egyptian! Ava Gardner double bill w/ authors Kendra Bean & Anthony Uzarowski!

Hard to believe it has been almost 4 years since author Kendra Bean put out, “Vivien Leigh-An Intimate Portrait”, one of the most beautiful looks at the actress in recent year. She was a guest of ours at the Egyptian for a screening of “A Streetcar Named Desire”. Now, she visits us from the U.K. with her latest, (& co-author Anthony Uzarowski) , to a subject I will not complain about, “Ava-A Life In the Movies”.  Join us this Sunday, September 10 at the Egyptian for a great double bill featuring our girl of the evening Ava Gardner!

Kendra & Anthony will sign, “Ava-A Life In the Movies” in the lobby at 6:30 pm, then introduce the double bill of, “The Barefoot Contessa” & “The Killers”.

Bogart, Burt & the amazing Ava Gardner! If you can’t make it, you can order a copy of this beautifully illustrated look at one of the most beautiful women to ever grace the silver screen. Renowned for her screen performances, down-to-earth personality, and love affair with Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner left an indelible mark on Hollywood history. Her adventurous life story is told through authoritative text and hundreds of photos in Ava: A Life in Movies. Ava is an illustrated tribute to a legendary life. Authors Kendra Bean and Anthony Uzarowski take a closer look at the Academy Award-nominated actress’s life and famous screen roles. They also shed new light on the creation and maintenance of her glamorous image, her marriages, and friendships with famous figures such as Ernest Hemingway, John Huston, and Tennessee Williams. From the backwoods of Grabtown, North Carolina to the bullfighting rings of Spain, from the MGM backlot to the Rome of La Dolce Vita, this lavishly illustrated biography takes readers on the exciting journey of a life lived to the fullest and through four decades of film history with an iconic star.

ABOUT KENDRA BEAN AND ANTHONY UZAROWSKI- Kendra Bean is a historian and curator. She is the author of Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait. She runs the popular classic film blog VivAndLarry.com. Her writing has also been published by the British Film Institute and Bright Lights Film Journal, and she has lectured on cinema at the National Portrait Gallery (London), Victoria and Albert Museum, the BFI, the San Francisco Presidio Officers’ Club, and the Walt Disney Family Museum. She lives in London.

Anthony Uzarowski has an MA in Film Studies from University College London. He has written articles and essays on different aspects of classic and contemporary cinema, with his work published in The Guardian, Film International, and Queerty. He lives in London, where he works at the British Library.

About the movies:

Ava Gardner Double Feature!  35 mm!

THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA 1954, Park Circus , 128 min, United States

Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz returns to the show business milieu of ALL ABOUT EVE for this story of a filmmaker (Humphrey Bogart, playing a slightly modified version of Mankiewicz himself) who discovers a peasant girl (Ava Gardner) dancing in a nightclub and transforms her into a star. Before long Bogart falls in love with his creation, but his possessiveness and the pressures of stardom send her frantically looking for an escape.

THE KILLERS (1946) 1946, Universal, 103 min, USA, Dir: Robert Siodmak

The CITIZEN KANE of film noir that begins with the ending – “I did something wrong … once” – and moves backward through interweaving flashbacks to reveal the layer of double crosses that led to the opening scene. The script by Anthony Veiller (with an uncredited assist from John Huston) takes the first 10 minutes from Hemingway’s short story and then spirals into the noir netherworld that Robert Siodmak depicted better than any other director. The smoldering sexuality between Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner catapulted both to super-stardom. With Edmond O’Brien and Jeff Corey.

 

 

 

 

POP SIXTIES w/ Domenic Priore & Donna Loren!

THURSDAY,AUGUST 3rd at 7:30 pm @ Larry Edmunds Bookshop

It should be an amazing night. Just like you’re back in the 60’s for a brief time. Relive classic California pop culture through the photos & stories of one who was right in the middle of it all!

We here at the LARE are very pleased to welcome Donna Loren & the return of “Riot On the Sunset Strip”scribe Domenic Priore for a night of “Pop Sixties”. Clips & quips from Donna’s career & a brand new photo book of classic pix to get autographed too!

 

Pop Sixties: Dick Clark, Beach Party, and Photographs from the Donna Loren Archive is the photographic retrospective of a 1960s “It Girl.” Featuring narrative by Loren herself and the help of longtime Los Angeles archivist Domenic Priore, Donna Loren looks at her work on television’s Shindig! and Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars tour (including images of The Supremes, James Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, and many more), plus behind-the-scenes on the sets of Batman, The Monkees, and all the American International beach movies. At a time when The Beach Boys and Beach Blanket Bingo were on top, Donna Loren was the iconic California Girl.

Donna Loren started singing professionally on the Mickey Mouse Club and became the Dr. Pepper Girl which lead to her primary role in Beach Blanket Bingo, where she sings her signature song, “It Only Hurts When I Cry”. Donna retired in 1968 when she married Lenny Waronker whom she met at Warner Bros. Records while being an artist for Reprise. They had three children; Joey, Anna and Katie. Donna is currently revitalizing life in a new marriage to her prom date, Jered Cargman. She lives in Los Angeles.

Domenic Priore is the author of Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Last Stand in Hollywood, Pacific Ocean Park: The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles’ Space Age Nautical Pleasure Pier (with Christopher Merritt), Beatsville (with Martin McIntosh), Pop Surf Culture: Music, Design, Film and Fashion From the Bohemian Surf Boom (with Brian Chidester) and Smile: The Story of Brian Wilson’s Lost Masterpiece. He wrote the booklet notes for The Beach Boys: Smile Sessions box set (Capitol) as well as the DVD booklet for The Decline of Western Civilization Collection (Shout! Factory). Priore was the primary writer for the two-part AMC documentary series Hollywood Rocks The Movies, hosted by Ringo Starr and David Bowie. He lives in Los Angeles.

 

Robert Mitchum Turns 100! A double-bill @ the Fine Arts!

TUESDAY,AUGUST 1st at 7 pm -Ahyra Fine Arts Theatre-8556 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills

Twofer Tuesday Launches Robert Mitchum Centennial August 1st w/ special guests Barrie Chase & author Jeremy Arnold !

We will be on hand to see one of the coolest cats ever to grace the silver screen & to make sure you can get a signed copy of “TCM the Essentials: 52 Must See Movies and Why They Matter”.

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series celebrate the centennial of Hollywood icon Robert Mitchum (b. August 6, 1917) with two of his best roles, Out of the Past (1947, 70th anniversary) and Cape Fear (1962, 55th anniversary). The two acclaimed film noirs will be shown as a double feature on August 1 as part of the popular Twofer Tuesday (two for the price of one) program at a choice of three locations: the Ahrya Fine Arts, NoHo 7, and Pasadena Playhouse 7.

Mitchum was a contract player at RKO when he starred in Out of the Past, directed by Jacques Tourneur with a script by Geoffrey Homes (Daniel Mainwaring), adapting his novel, “Build My Gallows High.” Mitchum plays an ex-private eye entangled in a web of double-dealings by former criminal associates (gangster Kirk Douglas and old flame Jane Greer). Mitchum, described in the New York Times review of the day as “magnificently cheeky and self-assured,” entrenched his cynical, antihero image in this film.

Out of the Past, as author Jeremy Arnold notes in TCM’s The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter, “is the quintessential film noir. It has a tough hero, a supremely alluring femme fatale, hard-boiled dialogue, a commingling of sex and violence, expressionistic lighting…all set in an ominous world where death and double-cross are the norm.” The movie has been added to the National Film Registry.

Cape Fear came at the end of the classical black-and-white film noir period (1942-62), and stars Mitchum in his most memorable villainous role, Max Cady. In this adaptation by James R. Webb of James D. MacDonald’s novel, “The Executioners,” an ex-con plots insidious revenge on the lawyer (Gregory Peck) whose testimony sent him to prison. Director J. Lee Thompson was an admirer of Alfred Hitchcock, and paid homage to the Master of Suspense with camera angles and the use of his frequent collaborator, composer Bernard Herrmann, who provided a superbly menacing score. Mitchum was so convincing in the role that co-star Polly Bergen (as Peck’s wife) said she was ge

nuinely frightened in an improvised scene with him. Leonard Maltin calls Mitchum’s performance “believably creepy,” and the American Film Institute cited his portrayal of Cady as one of the top 30 “All-Time Screen Villains.” Martin Balsam, Lori Martin, Telly Savalas, and Barrie Chase co-star.
Barrie Chase will introduce CAPE FEAR, and film historian Jeremy Arnold will introduce OUT OF THE PAST, only at the Ahrya Fine Arts in Beverly Hills. Mr. Arnold will sign his book, TCM: The Essentials, also on sale at the Fine Arts.

Out of the Past shows at 5:15 & 9:30; Cape Fear shows at 7:15, at all three locations.

Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre
8556 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills CA 90211

Michele Anderson
NoHo 7
5240 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood CA 91601

Playhouse 7
673 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena CA 91101
310-478-3836

 

Former Vice President Al Gore Live Talks “An Inconvenient Sequel”! Order a signed copy!

Sadly this event is SOLD OUT, but there is good news! You can still order a signed copy of “An Inconvenient Sequel-Truth To Power”!

Saturday, July 29, 2017 1pm (note this is an afternoon event)

Former Vice President Al Gore discussing his upcoming book, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

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

SOLD OUT!!!

Larry Edmunds Bookshop is proud to be part of this historic afternoon.

VIDEO WILL BE POSTED IN THE WEEK AFTER THE EVENT. Doors open at 12:20pm.

 

“We’re seeing a tremendous amount of positive change. The basis is there but it’s still not enough…Our world faces a true planetary emergency. I know the phrase sounds shrill, and I know it’s a challenge to the moral imagination.”

Former Vice President Al Gore spends the majority of his time as the chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit devoted to solving the climate crisis. He is the co-recipient, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, for “informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change.”

Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, 1978, 1980, and 1982 and to the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990. He was inaugurated as the 45th vice president of the United States on January 20, 1993, and served eight years. Gore is the cofounder and chairman of Generation Investment Management. He is a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and a member of Apple Inc.’s board of directors.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power(2017)- The follow-up to his best-selling book, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power is an action handbook to help you learn the science, find your voice, and help solve the climate crisis. A companion documentary will be simultaneously released, opening July 28, 2017. His best selling books include Earth in the Balance, An Inconvenient Truth, The Assault on Reason, Our Choice, and, most recently, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change.

Double the Dolly! Dolly Parton double feature w/ author Randy L. Schmidt!

SUNDAY, JULY 23rd-6:30 pm signing/7:30 pm movies -Dolly Parton Double Feature!

Author Randy L. Schmidt returns to the AERO Theatre where he previously joined us for his last book, ” Judy Garland on Judy Garland”. This time he is bringing a new volume on Dolly Parton & a really great pair of films too. Join us Sunday, July 23rd for “9 to 5”, “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” (35th Anniversary!), an introdction by Randy L. Schmidt & the book, “Dolly On Dolly-Interviews & Encounters with Dolly Parton.”

9 TO 5 / THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS

Introduction by author Randy L. Schmidt, who will sign his book Dolly on Dolly: Interviews and Encounters With Dolly Parton, in the lobby at 6:30 PM.

9 TO 5 (1980) 20th Century Fox, 110 min, Dir: Colin Higgins This classic from director Colin Higgins (writer of HAROLD AND MAUDE and director of SILVER STREAK) brilliantly brings together three of Hollywood’s favorite female stars – Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton – in an uproarious office farce. At Consolidated, the office manager (Tomlin), the vice president’s secretary (Parton) and the newest employee (Fonda) plot revenge against their sexist, egotistical and hypocritical boss Franklin Hart Jr. (Dabney Coleman). The scheme spins wildly out of control, forcing them to keep Hart tied up as they take over the company and run it their own way. Full of witty one-liners, great ’80s outfits and an unforgettable soundtrack (including Parton’s Oscar-nominated title song), this delightful, insightful comedy is so much fun “it’ll drive you crazy if you let it.”

 THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS (1982) Universal, 114 min, USA, Dir: Colin Higgins Among the most successful live-action musicals of the 1980s, this delightful adaptation of the Broadway smash pairs Dolly Parton as the local madam of Gilbert, Texas, and Burt Reynolds as the town sheriff, whose harmonious relationship is threatened by the arrival of scandal-mongering TV reporter Dom DeLuise. As the indecisive governor who holds the fate of the Chicken Ranch brothel in his hands, Charles Durning earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination.

Overview “Nobody knows Dolly like Dolly,” declares Dolly Parton. Dolly’s is a rags-to-riches tale like no other. A dirt-poor Smoky Mountain childhood paved the way for the buxom blonde butterfly’s metamorphosis from singer-songwriter to international music superstar. The undisputed “Queen of Country Music,” Dolly has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and has conquered just about every facet of the entertainment industry: music, film, television, publishing, theater, and even theme parks. It has been more than fifty years since Dolly Parton arrived in Nashville with just her guitar and a dream. Her story has been told many times and in many ways, but never like this. Dolly on Dolly is a collection of interviews spanning five decades of her career and featuring material gathered from celebrated publications including Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan, Playboy, and Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine. Also included are interviews which have not been previously available in print. Dolly’s feisty and irresistible brand of humor, combined with her playful, pull-up-a-chair-and-stay-awhile delivery, makes for a fascinating and inviting experience in down-home philosophy and storytelling. Much like her patchwork “Coat of Many Colors,” this book harkens back to the legendary entertainer’s roots and traces her evolution, stitching it all together one piece at a time.

Randy L. Schmidt is the author of the acclaimed bestselling biography Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter and the editor of Judy Garland on Judy Garland and Yesterday Once More: The Carpenters Reader. He has also written articles for the Advocate and the Observer. He teaches music in Denton, Texas.

 

Double the DAN! A Dan Duryea double bill at the AERO w/ guests!

THURSDAY, JULY 20th- 6:30 pm signing/7:30 pm movies – AERO THEATRE-1328 Montana Ave. in Santa Monica

Dan Duryea double bill w/ author Mike Peros & Richard Duryea! Moderated by Alan K. Rode!

Join us for a great night of noir with this great Dan Duryea double bill in 35mm! You’ll be able to pick up a signed copy of the book, “Dan Duryea-Heel With A Heart” by author Mike Peros as well.

CRISS CROSS / BLACK ANGEL
Get a goody bag with each new membership during the Montana Avenue Art Walk, from 5 – 9 PM. Montana Avenue will be transformed into Santa Monica’s longest art gallery … just for one night!
Discussion between films with Dan Duryea’s son Richard Duryea and author Mike Peros, moderated by Alan K. Rode.

35 mm!
CRISS CROSS
1949, Universal, 87 min, USA, Dir: Robert SiodmakWhen he died in 1947, producer Mark Hellinger had just begun pre-production on this crime-infected love story. Thanks to the inspired vision of director Siodmak, CRISS CROSS now stands as perhaps the most darkly poetic rendering of amour fou in all film noir. Burt Lancaster and Dan Duryea plot a daring heist, while vying for the affections of sensual Yvonne DeCarlo. Remade by Stephen Soderbergh as THE UNDERNEATH.

 

35 mm!
BLACK ANGEL
1945, Universal, 81 min, USA, Dir: Roy William Neil
In this spellbinding adaptation of Woolrich’s thriller, noir favorite Dan Duryea gives a terrific performance as a pickled pianist whose estranged wife is murdered. When her husband is charged with the crime, nightclub canary June Vincent enlists drunken Dan’s help in a search for the real culprit. Broderick Crawford and Peter Lorre add muscle and menace to the typically warped Woolrich atmosphere, well rendered by director Roy William Neil.

 

Here’s more on the book :

Dan Duryea: Heel with a Heart By Mike Peros 240 pages, 63 b&w illustrations, filmography, bibliography

THE BIOGRAPHY OF A DEVOTED FAMILY MAN BEST KNOWN FOR HIS ROLES AS ABUSIVE VILLAINS

Dan Duryea (1907-1968) made a vivid impression on moviegoers with his firrst major screen appearance as the conniving Leo Hubbard in 1941’s classic melodrama The Little Foxes. His subsequent film and television career would span from 1941 until his death. Duryea remains best known for the nasty, scheming villains he portrayed in such noir masterpieces as Scarlet Street, Criss Cross, and The Woman in the Window. In each of these, he wielded a blend of menace, sleaze and surface charm. This winning combination led him to stardom and garnered him the adoration of female fans, even though Duryea’s onscreen brutality so often targeted female characters. Yet this biography’s close examination of Duryea’s oeuvre finds him excelling in various roles in many genres–war films, westerns, crime dramas, and even the occasional comedy.

Dan Duryea: Heel with a Heart is a full-scale, comprehensive biography that examines the tension between Duryea’s villainous screen image and his Samaritan personal life. At home, he proved one of Hollywood’s most honorable and decent men. Duryea remained married to the former Helen Bryan from 1931 until her death in 1967. A dedicated family man, he and Helen took an active role in raising their children and in the community. In his career, Duryea knew villainous roles were what the public wanted–there would be a public backlash if fans read an article depicting what a decent guy he was. Frustrated that he couldn’t completely shake his screen image and public persona, he wrestled with this restriction throughout his career. Producers and the public did not care to follow any new directions he hoped to pursue. This book, written with Duryea’s surviving son Richard’s cooperation, fully explores the life and legacy of a Hollywood icon ready for rediscovery.

MIKE PEROS, New York, New York, teaches English at Bishop Loughlin High School, including courses on mystery and horror, as well as literature and film. He also reviews films for NoHoartsdistrict.com.

Al Franken is a “Giant of the Senate” w/ interviewer Chelsea Handler!

 Saturday, July 8, 2017 8pm

Senator Al Franken in conversation with Chelsea Handler discussing his memoir, Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

The Alex Theatre 216 North Brand Boulevard Glendale, CA 91203

PURCHASE TICKETS -LiveTalksLA.org  *All tickets include a copy of Sen. Franken’s book.

A book signing follows the event at which Sen. Franken will only be signing copies of his new book. Please note seating is on a first come basis in each section. * A limited number of tickets are available for a pre-reception, 6-6:45 pm with Sen. Franken in attendance.

As always, signed copies are available for order for those who cannot attend.

E-mail to info@larryedmunds.com to order.

Senator Al Franken has represented Minnesota in the United States Senate since 2009. He was first elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2014. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, by Al Franken is the story of an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that. It’s about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. In this candid personal memoir, the honorable gentleman from Minnesota takes his army of loyal fans along with him from Saturday Night Live to the campaign trail, inside the halls of Congress, and behind the scenes of some of the most dramatic and/or hilarious moments of his new career in politics. It’s a book about what happens when the nation’s foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it. It’s a book about our deeply polarized, frequently depressing, occasionally inspiring political culture, written from inside the belly of the beast.

Before entering politics, Al spent 37 years as an award-winning comedy writer, author, and radio talk show host and has taken part in seven USO tours, visiting our troops overseas in Germany, Bosnia, Kosovo, Uzbekistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait. He’s been married to his wife, Franni, for 41 years-many of them happy. They have two children, Thomasin and Joe, and three grandchildren. Senator Franken graduated from Harvard College.

Has Al Franken become a true Giant of the Senate? Franken asks readers to decide for themselves. Visit his Senate website. More about Al Franken on his website.

Chelsea Handler is host of “Chelsea” on  Netflix, a global on-demand talk show with segments from around the world that tapes in front of a live audience in Los Angeles. It features conversations with celebrities, dignitaries, and surprise guests on topics like international cultures, alternative lifestyles, education, health, sports, parenting, politics, and more. Prior to that she hosted E!’s top rated “Chelsea Lately” for eight years. Handler’s five best-selling books include My Horizontal Life, Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea, Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang, Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me, and 2014’s Uganda Be Killing Me, her fourth nonfiction title to debut at No. 1 on The New York Times best-seller list.

This Live Talks Los Angeles event is presented in association with Glendale Arts. Ticket sales are final. We do not offer refunds, except in the case of event cancellations or changes to dates of events if you cannot make the rescheduled date.

 

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