Friday, October 28, 2005

Indiana Broadcast Pioneers induct Hoosier entertainers

How Indiana shaped C-SPAN
Indianapolis Star - United States
... The other Hall of Famers were Hoagy Carmichael, Mary Jane Croft, Elmer Davis, Will Geer, Phil Harris, Herb Shriner, Red Skelton, Lurene Tuttle and Harry Von ...

Monday, October 24, 2005

The Wonderful Hoosiers of Oz

Just got the Three-Disc Collector�s Edition of the MGM�s �The Wizard of Oz�. Hoosiers have had some sort of collection to this film and with other Oz related films.


There is a new commentary on the DVD with historian John Fricke but Sidney Pollack is the host and introduces interviews. The set also has copies promotional material from the August 15, 1939 premiere at Sid Grauman's Chinese Theatre.


Munchkins have an Indiana connection. Mitzi Koestner from Muncie and Arnold Vierling from Seymour. Bud Linn from Indianapolis was one of the singing voices of the Lollipop Guild.


Otis Turner directed three Oz films in 1910. �The Wonderful Wizard of Oz� is on the three-disk set. Other films were �Dorothy and the Scarecrow in Oz� and �The Land of Oz�. Charles Murray from Laurel was the �Wizard of Oz� in 1925.


Some extra Indiana connections are that Jo Anne Worley played the Wicked Witch on Broadway in 1999, Red Skelton was the host of 1959 showing of the film on CBS and in northern Indiana the city of Chesterton has a great festival every year.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Bus used in Hoosiers restored

The bus was at the Wayne County Historical Society in Richmond. It got rusted. Plans to restore it and display near the Hoosier Gym in Knightstown after the Jubilee Days parade in June.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Stephen Sommers out of "Museum"

LOS ANGELES ( Stephen Sommers ("The Mummy") is out and Shawn Levy ("The Pink Panther") is in as director of the 20th Century Fox family comedy "A Night at the Museum."

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

James Dean crash site dedicated to Hoosier actor

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Monterey County Herald - Sep 26 3:09 AM
CHOLAME - The highway junction where James Dean's fatal accident took place 50 years ago will be named after the actor in a private ceremony Tuesday. Two signs reading "James Dean Memorial Junction" will be unveiled where Highways 46 and 41 meet. One faces east and the other west on Highway 46.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Betsy Palmer at ScreamFest

Monsters, Music & Mayhem - Wednesday September 21, 2005
It may not be a dark graveyard on a hill, but the Coral Springs Marriott Hotel Convention Center will become the haunted site for ScreamFest 2005 on Oct. (read more)

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Brady mom on "The Surreal Life"

In the News: The Surreal Life, The AMAs and More!
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Florence Henderson

Today's column was written by Ben Katner.

LIFE GOES ON: VH1 has announced the has-beens who will be cohabitating in the sixth season of its megahit The Surreal Life. They are � and I swear I'm not joking � The Jeffersons' Sherman Hemsley, Whitesnake video vamp Tawny Kitaen, Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille, Playboy TV's Andrea Lowell, Smashmouth rocker Steve Harwell and Alexis Arquette, Rosanna, Patricia and David's cross-dressing sibling. Wait, it gets better: Florence Henderson will also be on hand as the roommates' official den mother. Charlene Tilton's application was rejected yet again.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Robert Wise died

Director of classic movies dies at 91
Oscar-winning director/producer Robert Wise, 91, who died of heart failure Wednesday in Los Angeles, lived most of his life in Hollywood, but he never forgot his home.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Non-Hoosier DVD review "Hero at Large"

If you like superheroes, this is a good film. Nice theme music. Filmed on location in New York. The movie deals with that anyone can be a hero. There is a bit of struggling actor story.

Hero At Large [DVD](1980) DVD
John Ritter is hired to make personal appearances as comic hero Captain Avenger. After foiling a holdup, the public believes him to be the real thing, and he starts to also. Charming comedy about heroism also stars Anne Archer, Kevin McCarthy and Bert Convy. 98 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French; theatrical trailer.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Kinnear co-stars with former James Bond

The Matador
Limited release November 2
Plot Summary: A chance encounter between a travelling salesman (KINNEAR) and a lonely hitman triggers a strangely profound relationship which provokes each to act in ways neither would have imagined possible. Fate steps in to form a friendship between two men from irreconcilable worlds that will alter the lives of both forever.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Happy Birthday

September 1

  • Marilyn Miller (1898)
  • Miriam Seegar (1909)

Vivica editor of new mag for women of color Jolie on newsstands Sept 20th.

Fox anger about comments from talk show host Kimmel

Jimmy and Vivica in a Star war
New York Daily News Thu, 01 Sep 2005 1:29 AM PDT
Don't go dissing Star Jones around VIVICA A. FOX. You might get threatened. ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel learned that lesson the hard way Tuesday when the sultry actress vowed to beat him with her shoe over his nasty cracks about the "View" panelist, a close friend of hers

Review: The Party

DENNY MILLER plays a cowboy type actor that becomes friends of the Peter Seller character during a pool game. He is ok as a loud western. The film is a bit slow. Today this would be a Mr. Bean type movie.

The Party [DVD](1968) DVD
Peter Sellers is captured in riotous, Clouseau-esque form as a klutzy Indian movie star who's imported to Hollywood...and manages to systematically trash both his first production and its wrap party!! Gutbuster helmed by Blake Edwards co-stars Claudine Longet, Marge Champion, Gavin MacLeod. 99 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English mono, French mono, Spanish mono; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; trailer.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Mummy director will director children's story movie STEPHEN SOMMERS will not direct remake of "When World Collide" but scheduled to direct "Night at the Museum" based on the book by Milan Tenc.

Attending Indiana Museum event

Got confirmation that I will going to AIM Conference at Wabash College Sept 11-12. Hope to learn more about museum studies and network for my future museum.

New set of Jack Benny shows on Radio Spirits

A colleciton of travel episodes from "The Jack Benny Program". Don't know of PHIL HARRIS in the episodes. Radio Spirits

Tavis Smiley on court show

Saw TAVIS SMILEY on Judge Hatchett. He was council to a mixed up young man. Poorly done. It had clips showing the Tavis is a very busy man at on his radio and TV show and that he could only talk to this young man in a limo and dressing room. Tavis just asked questions about what the young man wanted to do in the future. I would like to see a what his future could be if he stays on this path. The young man was just a zombie and telling people what they wanted to here. I did not see him motivated to change his ways.