Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Hollywood Hoosiers in the 2008 National Film Registry

The Asphalt Jungle (1950) Features Anthony Caruso as a safe cracker, Jean Hagen as the girl friend of the gun man and Helene Stanley as the teenager that attracts the brains of jewel robbery.

Foolish Wives (1922) Miss DuPont plays the wife.

In Cold Blood (1967) Will Geer is the Prosecutor.

Howard Hawk's Sergeant York (1941)

The Terminator (1984) Pete Kleinow worked on the stop motion of the Terminator.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Actor, Gary native Karl Malden honored in NW Ind. -- chicagotribune.com

Actor, Gary native Karl Malden honored in NW Ind. -- chicagotribune.com

Wall of Legends at the Indiana Visitor Center in Hammond, IN. I plan to visit the "A Christmas Story" exhibit this Sunday. I will visit the wall.

Canyon News - "A Fuller Life," A Fabulous Read

Canyon News - "A Fuller Life," A Fabulous Read

Dolores Fuller is from South Bend. She was Ed Wood's girl friend and wrote songs for Elvis movies.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

About Us

About Us

Filmmaker Jason Affolder from Vincennes will show his film "Sun Dogs" at Shircliff Theater.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Holiday Hollywood Hoosiers Part 1

Hoosiers have contributed in many ways to Holiday films and TV. The traditional Christmas season begins with the day after Thanksgiving as told in the classic story of "The Miracle on 34th Street". The movie was directed and screenplay by George Seaton from South Bend, IN. The 1947 film was nominated for an Academy award and won an award for Best Screenplay and Director. It has been selected for preservation in the National Film Regestry. Listed in the top ten in American Film Institute movie lists. The story has been remade for film, TV, radio and a musical.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sunday, November 16, 2008

James Dean legend won’t go away

James Dean legend won’t go away

Good article and update on the James Dean museum in Fairmount, IN.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Doug Jones featured in BSU mag

Doug Jones on cover of Ball State (University) Alumnus. About the filming of "My Name is Jerry".

Saturday, October 25, 2008

New park named after Irene Dunne

It is possible for the new Bicentennial park in Madison, IN to be named after Irene Dunne with your help.

Write to either:
Harold Lakeman
Parks Director
101 W Main St
Madison, IN 47250


Irene Dunne Society
P.O. Box 217
Madison, IN 47250

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Paul Newman Died

Paul Newman died 09/27. He has some Hoosier connections. Appeared in films with Strother Martin, Steve McQueen. His partner in the Hustler was a Hoosier. Robert Wise directed the film that made him into a star.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

VH1.com | VH1's Glam God

VH1.com | VH1's Glam God with Vivica A. Fox. 1st show Aug 21.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Naming a building after Irene Dunne (maybe)

Possible building to be named after Irene Dunne
Posted by: "irenedunnesociety"
Fri Aug 8, 2008 11:27 am (PDT)
Hello everyone!


I was approached a few weeks ago by two members of Madison's "Legacy
Board" (I believe that's the correct name) for the Bicentennial.
They asked me if I would pass along this important, but green info to

They would like to either build or buy an existing building here in
Madison, IN and name it after Irene Dunne. It would be a theatre
The two gentlemen that approached me are Corey Murphy and Harold "Pee
Wee" Lakeman. They ask if you would give your suppport--it does not
have to be monetary--it can be an e-mail or written letter. The more
support from people the better! Here are the contacts' info:

Corey Murphy
975 Industrial Dr., Ste. 3
Madison, IN 47250

Harold Lakeman
Parks Dept.
101 W Main St.
Madison, IN 47250

I think Irene would be flattered to have a theatre in her name, not
to mention in her hometown.
Please pass this info along to anyone you know that is interested,
and pledge your support.
I was also asked to get intouch with Irene's family, as well...I will
do my best (Randy, you might be able to help me out with this) ;)

Thank you. I will keep you updated as often as I am able.


Monday, August 04, 2008

True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet | myLifetime.com

True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet | myLifetime.com

Teen star is sent to reletives in Indiana after she had a breakdown in Hollywood.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

myWabashValley.com - Terre Haute Goes Hollywood

myWabashValley.com - Terre Haute Goes Hollywood

Steve Martin said some bad things about Terre Haute. Filmmaker Gary Wood is trying to change his mind.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Bernie Pollack's 'Indiana Jones' hat trick - Los Angeles Times

Bernie Pollack's Indiana Jones hat trick - Los Angeles Times

Bernie is Sydney's brother from South Bend. He as been Harrison Ford costume designer for many films.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Anamorph trailer with James Rebhorn

James Rebhorn lived in Anderson, IN.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Ron Glass sneeks in new film.

Ron Glass seen in trailer of Neil LaBute's (Fort Wayne) new film, Lakeview Terrace.

AWN Headline News

AWN Headline News

Zachary Parrish is from Fort Wayne. His winning film can be seen on http://crackle.com/c/Wet_Paint/Carried_Away/2071376.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Filming in Indiana

Indiana now has incentives for film productions. Filmmakers now have a better reason to films in Indiana.

IMIN:Indiana Media Industry Network
The final chapter of IMIN's own legislative version of WAR AND PEACE has been written. The Conference Committee on HEA 1125 has passed the House and Senate. With this follow-up language, IMIN has achieved final passage (in addition to the language previously made law by the override of Governor Mitch Daniels' veto of HEA 1388 from 2007) of meaningful incentives for film production in Indiana.

What we have achieved:

A refundable tax credit (if the refund exceeds your state tax liability, the State writes you a check for the balance) for in-state hiring and in-state production costs for film and television projects that exceed $100,000 in in-state spending, and for new media, broadcast commercials, music video and music production with an in-state spend of $50,000 (expires Dec. 31, 2011).
Automatic approval at 15% for projects spending less than $6 million in-state, and IEDC approval of up to 15% for those projects that spend more than $6 million in-state.
An annual cap of $5 million for all refundable tax credits (required by the Senate as a condition for override of the veto). If the entire $5 million amount is used each year, this will incentivize $33+ million of direct production spending each year, and over the 3 1/2 years of the credit $116 million of new direct production spending in Indiana. Most states use a factor of $2 to $2.50 of indirect for every direct dollar spent, which means that Indiana will see a windfall of $348 to $406 million of new spending as a result of this incentive.
In return for the cap on the refundable tax credit, we obtained the extension of the waiver of the sales tax for production from Dec. 31, 2008 to Dec. 31, 2011. This is an either or situation, you can take the refundable tax credit or the sales tax waiver but not both. This means that everyone in the industry will benefit from the legislation, whether they meet the $50,000 or $100,000 floor or not.
And what sets us apart from some of the other States that have enacted incentives: we offer the refundable tax credit for script acquisition and legal fees (not to mention the automatic nature of the refundable credit if you spend less than $6 million in-state).
While we still trail Iowa and Wisconsin at 25%, Illinois at 20% and soon Michigan, which is moving to 40%, Indiana will finally be on the playing field with real incentives that can help us attract new work, retain existing work we would otherwise lose, and offer graduates an opportunity to stay in Indiana and ply their trade. Our new challenge is to work with the IEDC and the Department of Revenue to facilitate access to these incentives; get the word out to the production community in-state and in LA, New York and everywhere else; make sure that the refundable tax credit is being used up to the cap; and, document the results so that we may defend our hard earned gains and work to raise the percentage and the cap in future legislative sessions.

We want to thank each member of IMIN for all that you have done over the past five years to get us to this day. There are many to thank, but particularly we need to thank Speaker Pat Bauer and Senate President Pro Tem David Long for making the override vote possible, former Rep. Jerry Denbo and current Rep. Peggy Welch for carrying this in the House, and Senators Jeff Drozda and Vi Simpson for being our champions in the Senate. Congratulations, enjoy this great success, then lets get to work to make our victory in the Legislature a reality among the production community.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Hoosier connection to Tom Slick

On the new George of the Jungle DVD are cartoons of Tom Slick. Tom Slick had races in Muncie, IN. There is also a pun for the Indianapolis 500.

"I've Been Railroaded" Train Race today at Muncie Station. 2nd annual race from Muncie to Muncie.
"Dranko the Dragster" One the drag drivers was named "Steve McQeasy".
"Merlin Brando" Super Chicken flies over Muncie, IN, "Teddy bear capital of the world", on his way to the Isle of Lucy. (It is an odd thing to do because Super Chicken's home base is in Pittsburgh.)
"The Apple-Less Indian 500" Tom drives a giant tire in a Indian reservation race.
"The Double Cross Country Race" Race from Muncie to Pittsburgh. This is full of Muncie jokes.
"The Cheap Skateboard Derby" "Welcome to magnificent Muncie, IN."
"The Badyear Blimp" At the Muncie, Indiana fair grounds.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

"The Good Witch" is inspired by a Evansville ghost.

Ron Spence from Evansville, Indiana wrote a Hallmark movie that was inspired by the story of the Grey Lady ghost at the Willard Library.

Celebrating "A Christmas Story" 25th anniversary at the Cleveland house

Hello “A Christmas Story” fans,
2008 marks the 25th anniversary of everyone’s favorite holiday film. A Christmas Story House & Museum is planning its fourth annual event to mark the occasion: “A Christmas Story” 25th Anniversary Celebration & Convention. The convention will feature appearances by seven original cast members, the premiere of three documentaries about the movie, rides in the original movie fire truck, a BB gun range in the back yard of A Christmas Story House, special exhibits of original props used in the movie, and a speakers series featuring members of the original production crew.
The celebration will take place Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 28-30) at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel and coincide with Cleveland’s Winterfest. The schedule and details for the events are currently being formulated and will be available on our website in the coming months.
For fans located in the Toronto area who wish to attend the events, a tour bus is being arranged to make the trip to Cleveland. Further details to come.
Also, we’re looking for a corporate sponsor for “A Christmas Story” 25th Anniversary Celebration & Convention. If you know any potential sponsors who may be interested, please contact us.
Although the holidays have passed, we’re keeping busy. We are currently renovating our museum to improve the displays and the overall experience for visitors as well as redesigning our website to feature more content and pictures for fans to enjoy. Remember, we’re open throughout the year, so be sure to visit us any time of the year – either in person at the house or virtually at www.achristmasstoryhouse.com.
A Christmas Story House & Museum is open year-round on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Tours of the house run every 30 minutes. Regular admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for children (ages 7-12) and free for children ages 6 and under. For more information, visit www.achristmasstoryhouse.com or call 216-298-4919.
Steve Siedlecki
Executive Director, A Christmas Story Housewww.achristmasstoryhouse.com