Tuesday, October 30, 2007

FilmStew.com • Reconstructing the First 500

FilmStew.com • Reconstructing the First 500

Saving Star Wars producer want to make a film about the first Indy 500 race.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Halloween Hollywood Hoosier gift

Hoosier Augustus Phillips played Frankenstien in Edison's 1910 movie.
Frankenstein 1910

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WFIU: Night Lights Jazz Blog » Blog Archive » The Riddle of Raintree County: How a Young Indiana Author Gave His Life for the Great American Novel

WFIU: Night Lights Jazz Blog » Blog Archive » The Riddle of Raintree County: How a Young Indiana Author Gave His Life for the Great American Novel

Article about Ross Lockridge Jr. from Bloomington. Author of "Raintree County" and the MGM movie based on the book.

Also there is an article about the Raintree County Festival in the November issue of Classic Images.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Ron Glass - Barney Miller/Serenity chats with Judyth Piazza

Ron Glass - Barney Miller/Serenity chats with Judyth Piazza

There is an audio link to a radio show called "The American Perspective" that has an interview with Ron Glass.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

James Best in new film opening Oct 19

New Hall of Fame for Hollywood Hoosiers

IMIN Announces Indiana Performing Arts Hall of Fame Inaugural Inductees

The Indiana Media Industry Network (IMIN), a not-for-profit trade association representing the film, television, new media, music and commercial production industry, announces the inaugural class of historic inductees to the Indiana Performing Arts Hall of Fame (IPAHF).

They are director Robert Wise, playwright Booth Tarkington, actors Scatman Crothers, James Dean, and Steve McQueen; actresses Irene Dunne, Carole Lombard, and Marjorie Main; comedian Red Skelton, lyricist Noble Sissle, composers Hoagy Carmichael and Cole Porter, and jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery.

“Hoosiers have made enormous contributions to the performing arts dating from the earliest days of film through today,” said David Smith, Chair of the IPAHF and author of Hoosiers in Hollywood. “The Hall of Fame will help our citizens learn more about our rich history and celebrate the vast talent of our native sons and daughters in the arts.”

Nominations for the Indiana Performing Arts Hall of Fame were solicited from the general public and from experts in film history, theatre, music, education and film and music production. A panel representing each of these areas considered the nominations and selected the inaugural class based upon each artist’s contributions to the

performing arts and to bringing honor to the State of Indiana.

An induction ceremony will take place in Indianapolis on June 19th, 2008 to honor these 13 historic inductees and 6 living ones, who will be announced next spring. A collective video tribute for the historic inductees and individual tributes for the living inductees will be presented during the ceremony.

The initial induction class includes 19 individuals, representing the 19 stars in the Indiana state flag, Indiana being the nineteenth state in the union. This larger class will kick off what will become an annual tribute to Hoosiers when 10 new inductees are added each year.

Initially, the Hall of Fame will be web-based, with the artist’s biography, photos, filmography/discography, and video and recording references. A permanent “walk of fame” with multi-media interpretation area is also planned for future development.


I am a member of the committee. The induction ceremony will be June 19th. Contact me if you want details. We are looking for family members of to contact and hope that they can come.

There historical inaugural class are the following...
Marjorie Main, Steve McQueen, Wes Montgomery, Noble Sissle, Booth Tarkington, James Dean, Carole Lombard, Cole Porter, Scatman Crothers, Robert Wise, Hoagy Carmichael, Irene Dunne, Red Skelton

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Review: 4: the Rise of the Silver Surfer

Director, Tim Story never talked about Doug Jones or Larry Blanford's photography. Some talk about Doug's work in in the producer's commentary. It was odd to hear the talk about what should have been done in the film. They talk about they should have done the credits in space and not do the airport scene. I agree. There was some talk about showing the Puppet Master but they didn't. Tim Story admits that he used the Super Skrull idea for the Touch. He did this because he believed that the one-on-one battle was better than all four working together. I wonder why he did a film about the four if he could not direct them as a team. The special features show behind the scenes of Doug. He got credit as being the actor after the Surfer lost his powers. I still like the film because of Doug as the Surfer and Blanford's photography.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Mr. Ed DVD at Wal-Mart

Found a $1 DVD at Wal-Mart the has episodes of Lassie and Mr. Ed. The Mr. Ed episodes are a special short about savings bonds and the 1958 pilot with Ed's voice by Allan Lane. The pilot has uses mostly the same script of the first episode with Alan Young.

Disney's Jungle Book DVD review

The commentary is done by the actor who did the voice of Mowgli. He is also the son of the director of the film. Bill Peet was talked about briefly. The special feature on the making of the tells about Bill Peets work on the movie. There are stories that Walt suggested to cast Phil Harris as Baloo. In Bill Peet's autobiography, Peet says he suggested Harris for the role. The feature on deleted song include songs that might have been in Bill Peet's movie.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Sidney Pollack acts in new film.

Michael Clayton with Sidney Pollack will opening Oct 5 (limited) and Oct 12.