Thursday, November 23, 2017

A Happy Days Thanksgiving

 Tom Bosley and Marion Ross in the Happy Days episode, "The First Thanksgiving." [Miller-Milkis Productions/ABC] As the TV matriarch of the Cunningham clan in the sitcom “Happy Days,” Marion Ross appeared in over 250 episodes during the hit series’ 11-season run from 1974 to 1984. One episode has special significance for the actress this time of year.  In ‘The First Thanksgiving,’ broadcast two days before the November holiday in 1978, Ross’s character leads the cast in a departure from the show’s usual Milwaukee-based setting .... more  

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Interview: Mayim Bialik & the Big Bang Theory

When Mayim Bialik gave her family and friends the “silent treatment” over summer, it wasn’t personal. The star of CBS’s hit comedy “The Big Bang Theory,” who plays neuroscientist Amy Farrah Fowler, was advised by doctors to avoid speaking in order to heal strained vocal cords...... [see interview with Mayim here.]

Friday, August 18, 2017

L.Q. Jones, Turning 90

For more than 50 years, L.Q. Jones was a familiar supporting character actor in some 100 films and hundreds more television shows. Lanky, tough and athletic, Jones could tackle any role although was often cast as the "heavy" in westerns and dramas, projecting the "bad guy" image .... more

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Remembering Glen Campbell

636378724913692297-1.-Glen-Campbell-in-later-years-with-guitar.jpgThe entertainment world lost a true music giant when Glen Campbell passed away Tuesday. When I interviewed Glen in December 2008 for Deadwood Magazine, there was no sign of the Alzheimer’s that would soon afflict him. He was still performing and had recently returned to the studio to record the album “Meet Glen Campbell,” which would peak at number 27 on the Billboard country charts...... more

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Long Lost Mickey Rooney Movie

Clockwise, from top left,  Mickey Rooney, Ted Cassidy,Back in 1975, director Chris Robinson hired Mickey Rooney, Yvonne De Carlo, and Ted Cassidy to appear in his horror thriller, “The Intruder.” The film was lost and never released – until today! Restored in all its gory splendor, it’s now available on Blu-ray. Check out the interview with the director, plus the guy who found the film. Longer interview here. Don't worry, no spoilers in either.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Barbara Rush Interview

Jeffrey Hunter and Barbara Rush, husband and wife,The list of actors with whom Barbara Rush shared the big screen is impressive. Just considering 1958’s “The Young Lions," it would include Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, and Dean Martin.

“I did work with a lot of interesting and talented men,” said Ms. Rush from Los Angeles. “And actresses, too, such as Jane Wyman. I found the nicest people were actually the biggest stars because ....... more

Monday, July 10, 2017

Political Party Animals

Of all the odd aspects of American politics, I think one of the most bizarre is how we assign animal mascots to the two major political parties. Even more strange? - neither is a turkey.

The Republican party has long been associated with the imposing elephant, while the Democrats are linked to the humble donkey. But how did these connections come about? Well, the association can be traced back to nineteenth century political cartoons ...  Continued here.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

'To Sir, with Love' Turns 50

Filmed at Pinewood Studios in the UK, “To Sir, with Love” was released 50 years ago this June in the U.S.  

Judy Geeson and Christian Roberts look back at the film and their careers, including working with John Wayne, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, and more.  

Friday, May 19, 2017

Picking a Derby Winner – or Not

Everyone, it seems, has a method for predicting the winner of the Kentucky Derby.
My forecasts for the famous horse race held on the first Saturday each May completely ignore form or pedigree since I prefer to base selections on name and have the losers to prove it ... more

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Remembering Ernie Borgnine

With a little help from L.Q. Jones, Alex Cord, Keith Carradine, and Tova Borgnine, we remember Ernie Borgnine who would have turned 100 today, Jan 24. So many great films including: Bad Day at Black Rock, Marty, From Here to Eternity, The Flight of the Phoenix, The Dirty Dozen, The Poseidon Adventure and The Wild Bunch. Story here.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Happy Birthday Margaret O'Brien

Cute little Margaret O’Brien, star of so many great films in the 40s, turns 80 today. She looks back on her career in this interview.