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this day in the yesteryear: The First Academy Awards (1929)

The First Academy Awards (1929)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was formed in 1927 by Louis B. Mayer and others to raise the standards of film production, and its first Academy Awards were presented not long after. Hosted by actor Douglas Fairbanks and director William C. DeMille, the first Academy Awards ceremony recognized individuals who had made outstanding film achievements in 1927 and 1928. The gold-plated statuettes given to awardees are popularly known as “Oscars.” How did they get this nickname? More… Discuss

The Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a sidewalk along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Hollywood, California, that features more than 2,000 pink stars featuring the names of celebrities honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for their contributions to the entertainment industry. Each star contains a bronze emblem representing one of five categories for which an honoree can receive a star—such as a camera denoting achievement in film. Who received the walk’s first star? More… Discuss

Hollywood walk of fame/ Los Angeles 1/2/2010

today’s birthday: Clark Gable

Clark Gable was an American film actor (Mutiny on the Bounty, Gone With the Wind), often referred to as The King of Hollywood or just simply as The King. wikipedia.org

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 

Clark Gable publicity photo, 1938

Clark Gable appeared as an extra in 13 films between 1924 and 1930. He then appeared in a total of 67 theatrically released motion pictures, as himself in 17 “short subject” films, and he narrated and appeared in a World War II propaganda film entitled Combat America, produced by the United States Army Air Forces.

visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clark_Gable_filmography, for a long list of movies !


les neiges d’antan: Adamo – Capri c’ést fini (1965)

Capri c’ést fini (1965) Adamo

Do you remember this tune? LOBO- ” ME AND YOU AND A DOG NAMED BOO”


Celebrities pay tribute to Lauren Bacall, one of Hollywood’s last golden-age stars

Celebrities pay tribute to Lauren Bacall, one of Hollywood’s last golden-age stars. http://t.co/bbn8tDVfDg pic.twitter.com/0NKiG6s6LU

— Dean Napolitano (@NapolitanoWSJ) August 13, 2014

What was that tune again?…PAPEL DE LIJA (SANDPAPER). L. Anderson. Dir.: Andrés Salado. Percu.: Alfredo Anaya y Alberto Román: make music part of your life series

PAPEL DE LIJA (SANDPAPER). L. Anderson. Dir.: Andrés Salado. Percu.: Alfredo Anaya y Alberto Román.


Arnold Schwarzenegger (1947)

Arnold Schwarzenegger (1947)

An Austrian-born bodybuilder, Schwarzenegger won the first of his five Mr. Universe titles in 1967 and went on to become a Hollywood action star. An increasingly politically active Republican during the 1990s, he was elected governor of California in 2003. Schwarzenegger ran for re-election in 2006 and, despite the numerous criticisms of his first term, defeated Democrat Phil Angelides. Why did an Austrian politician demand that Schwarzenegger be stripped of his Austrian citizenship in 2005? More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Judy Garland (1922)

Judy Garland (1922)

Born Frances Gumm, Garland was an American film actress considered by many to be one of the greatest singing stars of Hollywood‘s golden age of musical film. She began her career singing in her parents’ theater at an early age and later toured in vaudeville. In 1939, she played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, and went on to star in numerous other movies and musicals. Her untimely death and personal tragedies have come to represent the pitfalls of stardom. Who is her famous daughter? More… Discuss

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David O. Selznick (1902)

David O. Selznick (1902)

Selznick was an iconic producer during the early days of Hollywood. He worked for several Hollywood studios before founding his own Selznick International Pictures in 1936. He was renowned for intruding in his productions either through long detailed memos or by actually directing a few scenes. Selznick is best known for producing the epic film Gone with the Wind, which earned him an Oscar for Best Picture. The following year, he won a second consecutive Best Picture Oscar for what film? More… Discuss

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John Woo (1946)

Woo is a Chinese film director known for the balletic violence of his movies. His films belong to a genre originating in Hong Kong called “heroic bloodshed” and have inspired American filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino. Woo first gained international recognition with his 1989 Hong Kong thriller The Killer. During the 1990s, he became one of the first Asian directors to achieve mainstream success in Hollywood. He has since directed several American films, including what 1997 blockbuster? More…

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Rod Steiger (1925)

American actor Rod Steiger got his start in the 1950s and quickly made a name for himself in Hollywood. Over the course of the next five decades, he appeared in dozens of motion pictures. He was thrice nominated for an Academy Award and won once—for his portrayal of Sheriff Bill Gillespie in In the Heat of the Night. As a teen, Steiger ran away from home to join the US Navy during World War II, but later his refusal to glorify war led him to turn down the title role in what film? More… Discuss

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Spencer Tracy (1900)

Tracy began his acting career in the theater, but he is now recognized as a Hollywood icon and one of the most versatile performers in motion picture history. He earned his first film role in 1930, and within five years, he had appeared in more than 25 films. A two-time Academy Award winner, Tracy earned nine Oscar nominations throughout his illustrious career. He and Katharine Hepburn were a frequent on-screen team. How many films did the pair make together? More… Discuss

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Like Hollywood in the US, Bollywood is the movie industry in India. It began in Bombay—now Mumbai—in the 1930s and developed into a film empire that puts out as many as 1,000 feature films annually. Bollywood movies typically include formulaic story lines, expertly choreographed fight scenes, spectacular song-and-dance routines, emotion-charged melodrama, and larger-than-life heroes. More artistic fare can be found in India’s alternative films, called Parallel Cinema. What is TollywoodMore…Discuss


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Downey Civic Center: I love the architecture

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Art Talk with George Eastman House

The Moving Image Collection at George Eastman House in Rochester, NY, is one of the major moving image archives in the United States. In this Art Talk, get a glimpse into the life of a film archivist as members of Eastman House’s Moving Image Department will be discussing the lesser known films of American cinema: films that exist but have fallen out of the public eye. Often called ‘orphan films,’ these films tend to be left out of the spotlight for more well-known titles made in Hollywood. What causes this to happen includes such factors as: studio closings, unknown copyright holders, non-famous actors, etc. Are films made today at risk to this type of obscurity? Using one film in particular to highlight this case: The Sign of the Cucumber (1917), they will explain what this film is about, who made it, the stars and what is being done to keep it in the public eye.


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Neil Young – Heart of Gold/Lyrics

I want to live,
I want to give
I’ve been a miner
for a heart of gold.
It’s these expressions
I never give
That keep me searching
for a heart of gold
And I’m getting old.
Keeps me searching
for a heart of gold
And I’m getting old.

I’ve been to Hollywood
I’ve been to Redwood
I crossed the ocean
for a heart of gold

I’ve been in my mind,
it’s such a fine line
That keeps me searching
for a heart of gold
And I’m getting old.
Keeps me searching
for a heart of gold
And I’m getting old.

Keep me searching
for a heart of gold
You keep me searching
for a heart of gold
And I’m getting old.
I’ve been a miner
for a heart of gold.


Charlton Heston in Space; “Does Man…Still Make War against His Brother?” Planet of the Apes (1968)


Today’s Birthday: CHARLTON HESTON (1923?)

Charlton Heston (1923?)

An iconic Hollywood leading man and six-term president of the Screen Actors Guild, Heston distinguished himself as an actor playing larger-than-life heroes in films like The Ten Commandments, Planet of the Apes, El Cid, and Ben-Hur. The strapping performer also used his sonorous voice to speak out against racism and other political issues of his day. A staunch opponent of gun control, he made what phrase famous at a 2000 National Rifle Association convention? More… Discuss



Art Films

An art film is a motion picture made as a serious artistic work—not primarily for mass appeal. Unlike big-budget, escapist Hollywood blockbusters, art films are often low-budget and experiment with unusual narrative techniques. Traditionally, makers of art films have struggled to get financial backing, but today, major motion picture studios have divisions devoted to non-mainstream fare, which sparks debate over whether such films are truly “independent.” What are some famous art films? More… Discuss


Soggy Bottom Boys- I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow

Soggy Bottom Boys- I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow


Today’s Birthday: HELEN GIBSON (1892)

Helen Gibson (1892)

Gibson was an American film actress, producer, trick rider, and rodeo performer, but her greatest claim to fame was that she was the first professional American stuntwoman. She got her start in stunt work doubling for Helen Holmes in The Hazards of Helen adventure film series and eventually took over the role entirely. She suffered a series of setbacks in the mid-1920s but persevered and managed to revive her Hollywood career. What are some of the dangerous stunts she performed?More… Discuss


The Myriad Trio – At Dusk – Arthur Foote

The Myriad Trio performs Arthur Foote’s At Dusk at the Conrad Prebys Center at UCSD. The group features Julie Ann Smith on the Harp, Demarre McGill on the Flute, and Che-Yen Chen on the Viola. February 28, 2011
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Arthur William Foote (5 March 1853 in Salem, Massachusetts – 8 April 1937 in Boston, Massachusetts)[1][2] was an American classical composer, and a member of the “Boston Six.” The other five were George Whitefield ChadwickAmy BeachEdward MacDowellJohn Knowles Paine, and Horatio Parker.

The modern tendency is to view Foote’s music as “Romantic” and “European” in light of the later generation of American composers such as Aaron CoplandRoy Harris and William Schuman, all of whom helped to develop a recognizably American sound in classical music. A Harvard graduate and the first noted American classical composer to be trained entirely in the U.S.,[3] in some sense he is to music what American poets were to literature beforeWalt Whitman.

The Sleeping Beauty Op.66 (Ballet) – Full Suite Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Soundtrack Movie 1959

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky The Sleeping Beauty Soundtrack HD Op.66 Ballet Full Suite Greatest The Best Version Original Soundtrack Movie Walt Disney 1959 Philharmonia Orchestra Пётр Ильи́ч Чайко́вский Pyotr Ilyich Chaykovsky (Dornröschen, 睡美人, La Bella Durmiente, La Bella Addormentata, Belle au Bois Dormant, Śpiąca Królewna, 眠れる森の美女, Uyuyan güzel, Спящая красавица, Ωραία Κοιμωμένη Continue reading

Gounod – Funeral March Of A Marionette

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One of Gounod’s short pieces for piano, “Funeral March of a Marionette”, received a new and unexpected lease of life from 1955 when it was first used as the theme for the television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents. The March was one of the eight records that Alfred Hitchcock selected to take to his desert island when he appeared on the BBC radio program Desert Island Disks in 1959. The March had earlier been used to produce equally suspenseful moments in F. W. Murnau‘s American silent film, “Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans” (1927) and Harold Lloyd‘s first sound film, Welcome Danger (1929).om 1955 when it was first used as the theme for the television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents. The March was one of the eight records that Alfred Hitchcock selected to take to his desert island when he appeared on the BBC radio program Desert Island Disks in 1959. The March had earlier been used to produce equally suspenseful moments in F. W. Murnau’s American silent film, “Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans” (1927) and Harold Lloyd’s first sound film, Welcome Danger (1929).


Simply…Unforgettables: “Vacanze romane (Roman Holiday) “-1953

Roman Holiday is a 1953 romantic comedy directed and produced by William Wyler. It stars Gregory Peck as a reporter and Audrey Hepburn as a royal princess out to see Rome on her own. Hepburn won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance; the screenplay and costume design also won…

Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston; 4 May 1929 — 20 January 1993) was a British actress and humanitarian. Hepburn was ranked as the third greatest female screen legend in the history of American cinema and a place in the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame. She was active during the Hollywood‘s Golden Age. Continue reading

Quotation: Lucy Maud Montgomery on “kindred spirits”

Kindred spirits alone do not change with changing years.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942) Discuss
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William Grant Still (1895-1978) : The American Scene (1957) – selection

William Grant Still (1895-1978) (USA)
The American Scene (1957) — selection : The Far West ; The Southwest ; The East
Dir : Richard Auldon Clark

« The American Scene » réunit cinq suites/ « The American Scene » brings together five suites (No. 3 « The Old West » ; No. 5 « A Mountain »).

Suite No. 4 : « The Far West » 
– The Plaza (Los Angeles) (2.11)
– Sundown Land (4.21)
– Navaho Country (2.17)

Suite No. 2 : « The Southwest » 
– Grand Teton (3.03)
– Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (7.07)
– Song of the Riverman (6.37)

Suite No. 1 : « The East » 
– On the Village Green (2.35)
– Berkshire Night (4.32)
– Manhattan Skyline (3.05)

On collectionCB, collectionCB2 and collectionCB3 we can also listen to William Grant Still : orchestration of James Price Johnson‘s « Yamekraw » (1927), « Old California » symphonic Poem (1941), « Mother and Child » for orchestra (1943), « Poem for orchestra » (1944), « Festive Overture » (1944) and « Sunday Symphony » (1958).

L’un des plus grands symphonistes du Nouveau Monde est l’Afro-Américain William Grant Still qui fut d’abord l’élève de l’académique George Chadwick puis de l’avant-gardiste Edgar Varèse avant de trouver définitivement sa voie : le militantisme musical. Toute son œuvre combattra la ségrégation raciale. La symphonie n°1 « Afro-American », composée en 1930 et la symphonie n°2 « Song of a New Race » (1936) sont des chefs-d’œuvre, le premier plutôt tragique, l’autre davantage “Brodway”. Sa troisième symphonie, « Sunday Symphony », composée en 1958, semble une récréation pour celui qui était devenu à Hollywood l’orchestrateur de plusieurs compositeurs célèbres, notamment Dimitri Tiomkin pour le film de Frank Capra « Lost Horizon/Horizons perdus » (1937). On retrouve dans la « Sunday Symphony », mais superficiellement, les composantes du style de William Grant Still : blues et mélodisme, humour et élégance, sur fond de revendications sociales. C’est la dernière symphonie de William Grant Still car les symphonies numérotées par les éditeurs « 4 » et « 5 » sont, en fait, des œuvres de jeunesse tardivement publiées.


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Ron Carter – The Shadow Of Your Smile

Ron Carter (born May 4, 1937) is an American jazz double-bassist. His appearances on over 2,500 albums make him one of the most-recorded bassists in jazz history, along with Milt Hinton, Ray Brown and Leroy Vinnegar. Carter is also an acclaimed cellist who has recorded numerous times on that instrument.

Ron Carter est un contrebassiste de jazz américain né le 4 mai 1937 à Ferndale dans l’État du Michigan. Le son unique de sa musique et ses fameux déhanchements ont fait de lui une figure légendaire du jazz ainsi qu’un musicien demandé. Ses contributions sur plus de 2 500 albums en font l’un des contrebassistes les plus enregistrés de l’histoire du jazz. Ron Carter est devenu célèbre en jouant avec Miles Davis.


English: Ron Carter Band in Tel Aviv, Israel

English: Ron Carter Band in Tel Aviv, Israel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today’s Birthday: THE MARQUIS DE SADE (1740)


English: Monument to the Marquis de Sade in fr...

English: Monument to the Marquis de Sade in front of the castle of Lacoste (Vaucluse). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Marquis de Sade (1740)

Described by French poet Guillaume Apollinaire as “the freest spirit that has yet existed,” the Marquis de Sade was a French novelist and philosopher infamous for his wildly liberal lifestyle and erotic writings. The term “sadism” derives from his depictions of

The drawing dates to 1760, when the Sade was n...

The drawing dates to 1760, when the Sade was nearly 20 years old. It’s the only known authentic portrait of the Marquis. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

violent behavior, and he spent decades in prisons and insane asylums for his scandalous actions. How did he try to incite a riot at the Bastille, where he was imprisoned just days before it was stormed by French revolutionariesMore… Discuss

Quotation: Samuel Taylor Coleridge on Intolerance

I have seen gross intolerance shown in support of toleration.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) Discuss


Quotation: Lucy Maud Montgomery on belonging rather than not

I’d rather look ridiculous when everybody else does than plain and sensible all by myself.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: Richard Wright (1908)

Richard Wright (1908)

Wright was an American author whose works helped redefine discussions of race in the mid-20th century. The grandson of slaves, he grew up in poverty in the American south. The fictionalized autobiography Black Boy (1945) vividly describes his often harsh childhood and youth. He first came to wide attention with a collection of short stories titled Uncle Tom’s Children (1938) and published his bestselling novel Native Son two years later. Why was he blacklisted in Hollywood? More… Discuss

Today’s Birthday: Ub Iwerks (1901), who helped build the Land Of Disney (aka Disney’s Empire)

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Ub Iwerks (1901)

After starting an unsuccessful art studio with Walt Disney, Iwerks continued working on film animation until Disney brought him to Hollywood in 1923 to help draw Alice in Cartoonland. Together, Disney and Iwerks created Mickey Mouse—drawn by Iwerks, with Disney providing the voice. Iwerks went on to develop many special effects for animated movies, winning Academy Awards in 1959 and 1965 for his technical contributions to motion pictures. What other cartoon characters did Iwerks create? More… Discuss