Sunday, February 15, 2009

Weekend Photos From Hollywood!

Here are a few photos from this weekend's Hollywood Collectors Show in Burbank. At the show you have opportunity to meet many old time stars or look around the tables filled with all kinds of movie memorabilia. Some of the people in attendance included Tony Curtis, Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher, Joan Collins, Jane Withers, Bruce Dern, Paul Reubens, and Beau Bridges.
Here I am with actress Nancy Olson, star of many classic Disney films, including "The Absent-Minded Professor", starring Fred MacMurray.
She was married to famous music composer, Alan Jay Lerner. She's currently married to former Capital Records Chairman, Alan Livingston. At 80 years old, she looks pretty amazing!
Here are a few of Nancy's film roles. Top: She starred with William Holden in the 1950 classic, "Sunset Blvd", for which she received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar Nomination. Below that is Nancy with Fred MacMurray in "The Absent-Minded Professor", 1961. The bottom two stills are from one of my favorite Disney films, "Pollyanna",1960, in which Nancy starred as a character named Nancy Furman, one of Aunt Polly's servants.
This is actress Elizabeth Daily, who starred as Dottie in, what else, "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure". Her distinctive voice has given her quite a successful voice over career. Some of her voices include Tommy Pickles in "Rugrats", Babe from "Babe: Pig in the City", and Buttercup from "The Powerpuff Girls".

Outside the show, this vehicle from " The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas" was on display.
Back at home, I'm working on a personal project that will be shot in stop-motion animation. I'm returning to my roots!

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Spahn Movie Ranch

At 1200 Santa Susana Pass Road in Chatsworth, stands the former location of the infamous Spahn Movie Ranch.
Many Westerns were shot here, including "Duel in the Sun" and episodes of "Bonanza" and "The Lone Ranger". The old western town sets burned down in a 1970 fire.
This is George Spahn, the dairy farmer who purchased the property in 1948.
Here you can see one of the many Westerns that were shot on the property.
But Spahn Ranch is probably more well known today for being the location where the infamous Manson Family lived in the spring of 1969. On my visit there I found the location of the famous LIFE magazine photo of the Family, above. The lady third from the right is Lynette Fromme, who is serving a life sentence for attempting to assassinate President Ford in 1975.
It was from this ranch that madman Charles Manson sent out his followers on two nights of murder in the Los Angeles area.
On the night of August 9th, 1969 they went to the Benedict Canyon home of director Roman Polanski. The Manson Family members killed five people on the property, including Roman's wife, actress Sharon Tate. He was over in England working on a film at the time of the murders.
The next night, they went to the Los Feliz home of Leno and Rosemary Labianca and killed the couple.
I could go into more details about the crimes, but it's been written about so much.
This shot is from a Police raid on the ranch. Members of the Family were picked up on a separate charge of car theft. The killers were finally charged in the Tate/Labianca murders after Manson member, Susan Atkins bragged to her cellmate about committing the crimes.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

The World of Coraline at Universal Studios

Here are a few pics I snapped this weekend of the Coraline display at Universal Studios.
http://www.coraline.com/
It opens this Friday!
The film was created by Laika Entertainment in Portland, Oregon.



Here you can see the facial seam that was painted out in post production. The upper and lower parts of her face were separate replacement pieces.