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Once upon a time, Jews were funny. You'd turn on Ed Sullivan, and some Ashkenaz from the Lower East Side would be kvetching about his wife (please), or slyly kibitzing about slurping soup in a deli. Alan Zweig's documentary makes a bold ...
Once upon a time, Jews were funny. You'd turn on Ed Sullivan, and some Ashkenaz from the Lower East Side would be kvetching about his wife (please), or slyly kibitzing about slurping soup in a deli. Alan Zweig's documentary makes a bold claim, that 20th Century American comedy is Jewish comedy. Born from Yiddish theatre during the vaudeville age, its the almost Talmudic cadence of performance born from Eastern European immigrants that provides an almost musical delivery to standup comedy. Think of the rhythm of an Alan King, a Rodney Dangerfield, or a Seinfeld, and you get a sense of the Jewish DNA in what generations have considered funny.It's an incredibly Jewish thing to be obsessed about being Jewish (see this for one of many... [Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
about 6 hours ago
**** INSIDE ALEC BALDWIN'S RAGE Story By: James Edstrom **** Alec Baldwin I am no longer going to be quiet. I am sick of watching all this Alec Baldwin crap time after time. His hatred for the media and...
**** INSIDE ALEC BALDWIN'S RAGE Story By: James Edstrom **** Alec Baldwin I am no longer going to be quiet. I am sick of watching all this Alec Baldwin crap time after time. His hatred for the media and for the photogs who have every right to photograph him on the streets of New York City, has got to stop. I know first hand, I had to take him and his mother to court. This Baldwin family is not nice. They are mean, deceitful and I cannot believe they continue to get away with acting like this. So I have contacted several people who used to work for the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund and Stony Brook University Hospital, and I am going to write a tell-all book. It is time. For those who do not know, I had to sue Alec and his mother Carol for breach of contract over a deal that was voted on by the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Fund board of directors. The deal was that I would help arrange their first fund raising event on Long Island in 1997. I didn’t ask for a fee, but it was agreed I would do it in exchange for a photo of the whole family together. At that time, all the Baldwin's, Alec, William, Daniel and Stephen, had careers and were at the top of their game. The photo was to be taken the night of the event. I worked hard for this event. When the time came to take the photo Alec, seated on a couch with his entire family, got up and said, " I am not going to give this picture to a f**king paparazzi.” and stormed out. The photo was worth around $100,000 grand at the time. Even if I had sold it to 100 publications for a thousand bucks each, I would have a payday for all the work I did and would have taken no money from that raised for breast cancer research. But they screwed me. Alec walked out on the photo (I have a witness to the entire episode) and Carol kept saying they would make it up, that Alec behaved that way because he was fighting with his wife Kim Basinger and was in a bad mood, but she would make sure I got that photo. The day after the gala there was an an event honoring his father. Standing on stage with his family, Alec looked at me as he called all the media to the stage and said something like, this is the photo you all want, and posed with the whole family, rendering worthless any photo I could get of the family together. He did this on purpose and he did this vindictively. I did nothing to hurt Alec, all I did was to protect his mother and watch over her. And I put his mother’s Breast Cancer Fund on the map. He screwed me only because I was a celebrity photographer and a member of the media. There was no other reason. He could care less about all the time I put into helping his mother, he could care less about me moving out of New York City to help them. He could care less about anyone that was helping the fund. In 1997, I was on every television show and my career was at the top of it's game. I was on 60 Minutes, Fox, Extra, MSNBC, Access Hollywood and so many more shows. I gave all this up to help a cause I thought was very worthwhile. I believed finding a cure for breast cancer and I believed in the Baldwins. How stupid I was. Little did I know how mean and dishonest this family was. My celebrity friends performed for at the gala free. Alan King was MC and when Gloria Gaynor sang " I Will Survive" to the room full of breast cancer survivors, there was not a dry eye in the house. Award winning actress Lee Grant was there, as was talk show host Rolonda Watts, and the event sold out. That night, we raised almost a million bucks. My life has not been the same after this horrible family came on the scene, I was left devastated by them. I cried for months and thought about suicide. One minute I am on every television show and in the newspaper, living in a New York City duplex with a great career. The next thing I know, I am living in my brother’s cellar with no money even t
25 days ago
Ann Blyth movies: TCM schedule on August 16, 2013 (photo: ‘Our Very Own’ stars Ann Blyth and Farley Granger) See previous post: "Ann Blyth Today: Light Singing and Heavy Drama on TCM." 3:00 AM ONE MINUTE TO ZERO (1952). Director:...
Ann Blyth movies: TCM schedule on August 16, 2013 (photo: ‘Our Very Own’ stars Ann Blyth and Farley Granger) See previous post: "Ann Blyth Today: Light Singing and Heavy Drama on TCM." 3:00 AM ONE MINUTE TO ZERO (1952). Director: Tay Garnett. Cast: Robert Mitchum, Ann Blyth, William Talman. BW-106 mins. 5:00 AM ALL THE BROTHERS WERE VALIANT (1953). Director: Richard Thorpe. Cast: Robert Taylor, Stewart Granger, Ann Blyth. C-95 mins. 6:45 AM THE KING’S THIEF (1955). Director: Robert Z. Leonard. Cast: Ann Blyth, Edmund Purdom, David Niven. C-79 mins. Letterbox Format. 8:15 AM ROSE MARIE (1954). Director: Mervyn LeRoy. Cast: Ann Blyth, Howard Keel, Fernando Lamas. C-104 mins. Letterbox Format. 10:00 AM THE GREAT CARUSO (1951). Director: Richard Thorpe. Cast: Mario Lanza, Ann Blyth, Dorothy Kirsten, Jarmila Novotna, Richard Hageman, Carl Benton Reid, Eduard Franz, Ludwig Donath, Alan Napier, Pál Jávor, Carl Milletaire, Shepard Menken, Vincent Renno, Nestor Paiva, Peter Price, Mario Siletti, Angela Clarke, Ian Wolfe, Yvette Duguay, Argentina Brunetti, George Chakiris, Mae Clarke, Stuart Holmes, Paul Harvey, Sherry Jackson, Minerva Urecal, Matt Moore. C-109 mins. 12:00 PM BRUTE FORCE (1947). Director: Jules Dassin. Cast: Burt Lancaster, Hume Cronyn, Charles Bickford, Yvonne De Carlo, Ann Blyth, Ella Raines, Anita Colby, Sam Levene, Jeff Corey, John Hoyt, Jack Overman, Roman Bohnen, Vince Barnett, Jay C. Flippen, Richard Gaines, Frank Puglia, James Bell, Howard Duff, Art Smith, Whit Bissell, Ralph Brooks, Gino Corrado, Virginia Farmer, Charles McGraw, Edmond O’Brien, Glenn Strange, Ray Teal, . BW-98 mins. 1:45 PM KILLER MCCOY (1947). Director: Roy Rowland. Cast: Mickey Rooney, Brian Donlevy, Ann Blyth. BW-104 mins. 3:30 PM SLANDER (1957). Director: Roy Rowland. Cast: Van Johnson, Ann Blyth, Steve Cochran, Marjorie Rambeau, Richard Eyer, Harold J. Stone, Philip Coolidge, Lurene Tuttle, Lewis Martin, Dean Jones, Robert Carson, Lester Matthews. BW-81 mins. 5:00 PM MILDRED PIERCE (1945). Director: Michael Curtiz. Cast: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Jack Carson, Eve Arden, Bruce Bennett, Veda Ann Borg. BW-111 mins. 7:00 PM KISMET (1955). Director: Vincente Minnelli. Cast: Howard Keel, Ann Blyth, Dolores Gray. C-113 mins. Letterbox Format. 9:00 PM THE STUDENT PRINCE (1954). Director: Richard Thorpe. Cast: Ann Blyth, Edmund Purdom, John Ericson, Louis Calhern, Edmund Gwenn, S.Z. Sakall, Betta St. John, John Williams, Evelyn Varden, John Hoyt, Richard Anderson, Roger Alan, Steve Rowland, Chris Warfield, Gilbert Legay, Archer MacDonald, Charles Davis, John Qualen, Ivan Triesault, Mitchell Lewis, Beverly Wills, and the singing voice of Mario Lanza. C-107 mins. Letterbox Format. 11:00 PM THE HELEN MORGAN STORY (1957). Director: Michael Curtiz. Cast: Ann Blyth, Paul Newman, Richard Carlson, Gene Evans, Alan King, Cara Williams, Virginia Vincent, Walter Woolf King, Dorothy Green, Edward Platt, Warren Douglas, Sammy White, Jimmy McHugh, Rudy Vallee, Walter Winchell, Juanita Moore, Iris Adrian, Joe Besser, Betty Blythe, Creighton Hale, Stuart Holmes, Taylor Holmes, Donald Kerr, Leonid Kinskey, Matt Moore. BW-118 mins. Letterbox Format. 1:15 AM OUR VERY OWN (1950). Director: Dave Miller. Cast: Ann Blyth, Farley Granger, Joan Evans. BW-93 mins. Ann Blyth movie schedule via the TCM website. Ann Blyth and Farley Granger Our Very Own photo via Doctor Macro. This post was originally published at Alt Film Guide (http://www.altfg.com/). Not to be republished without permission.
about 1 month ago
Frankie Man: Will Jordan was a good friend of mine. Many years ago someone taught me how to imitate Will Jordan. I put it into my act where I looked and sounded exactly like Will Jordan. He told me a story once about being outside Hanson...
Frankie Man: Will Jordan was a good friend of mine. Many years ago someone taught me how to imitate Will Jordan. I put it into my act where I looked and sounded exactly like Will Jordan. He told me a story once about being outside Hanson's Drugstore. The story is there were two comedians having a fistfight. Will says, "Hey, come on guys. Stop this. What are you fighting about?" The one comedian says to the other, "He stole my Phil Foster bit!"Kliph Nesteroff: Yes, different versions of that story have made the rounds. Did you hang around Hanson's Drugstore? Frankie Man: Oh, yes, sure. Everybody did. You'd be talking about a certain comedian and all of a sudden that comedian would show up, whether it were Milton Berle or Jack E. Leonard. Yes, there was a comedian who used to hang out there who was a comedian's comedian named Gene Baylos. Have you heard about him? Kliph Nesteroff: People say Gene Baylos was hilarious offstage, but always bombed onstage. Frankie Man: Well, his act was based on the fact he was bombing. So, naturally, the band would laugh and the hipper people in the audience would laugh, but the squares didn't understand what he was talking about. Though, he was always working Vegas. He was always working Atlantic City. He was a star up in the Catskills. He was one of the semi-names. But he never made it because he was very cheap and he gambled all of his money away. One night he was in Las Vegas shooting craps. The manager came and cut him off. "I'm sorry, Gene. We can't give you anymore chips." He said, "What do you mean! I've been playing here for two and a half hours!" "You're not on a winning streak, we have to cut you off." So Gene jumped onto the table and yelled, "I bet myself!" All the comedians would sort of follow him around because he would always say funny things. He used to go on The Dean Martin Show. He was my favorite comedian. I think he was the funniest of all of them. I used to do Gene Baylos in my act too. I could do his voice and his mannerisms. A lot of his jokes were stolen or borrowed by other comedians and you might think they were just some old jokes, but they were taken from Gene Baylos. He and I have a very similar voice, this New York/Jersey nasal voice. Jerry Lewis also uses that type of voice. Every comedian had a different pitch and if you could get that pitch you could do their voice. Kliph Nesteroff: Who were some of the people that took stuff from Gene Baylos? Frankie Man: Almost every comedian used some of his jokes. "I'm so unlucky. I bought a suit with two pairs of pants and I ripped a hole in the jacket!" Those type of jokes that you might think are standard jokes, originally came from him. They became like standard jokes. Kliph Nesteroff: You were friendly with Lenny Bruce. Frankie Man: Yes, we would smoke pot. Then Lenny got to the point where he said, "Y'know, Frankie, I can't smoke pot anymore. It's not doing it for me anymore." So that's when he went on to heroin and whatever else. But we used to all get together. At that time Buddy Hackett had a lot of money. The owner of Montrose Motors in Brooklyn was acting at his manager. Frank Faske.Buddy would say things like, "I don't know if I can do that. I'll have to ask my manager." Frank Faske was the owner of Montrose Motors and he'd give money to Buddy, as much as he ever needed. He had a Cadillac, he had the finest tuxedos, and we would get together. Buddy would say, "Let's go down to Chinatown and have some Chinese food. I'll stop by and get some money." So, he'd get some money from Frank Faske, we'd go get Chinese food and we'd all do bits together. We'd all go back to my apartment and get high. One day Buddy Hackett came to us and said, "I can't hang out with you guys anymore. I get too paranoid. My eyes get too red. I'm afraid they're going to arrest me. I'm going to have to start hanging out on the golf course with Alan King, Sid Caesar and people like that. I can't hang out with you guys anymore." And he left ou
about 1 month ago