Category Archives: 2015

One Door Closes, Another One Opens

Dear friends, I left the Los Angeles Times on Friday as one of the people taking the buyout. It was a generous offer and I plan to use the next year as a sort of paid leave to work on … Continue reading

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Lindbergh Beacon Shines Over Downtown Los Angeles

We were pleased to see the Lindbergh beacon fired up on City Hall last night. We were so taken with the moment that we made our first Periscope broadcast with it. Here’s the link to watch it on your desktop.

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Daily Mirror Holiday Gift Guide

  Another book on our recommended list is the young adult novel “Dead to Me” by our friend and fellow Los Angeles history enthusiast Mary McCoy, reviewed here. “Dead to Me” is available from Amazon at $14.90 hardcover and $9.99 … Continue reading

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Daily Mirror Holiday Gift Guide

December is upon us and as usual, we will be offering a few gift suggestions – some new, some retro — for the holiday season. And as is our tradition, we will be repost the retro drinking guide leading up … Continue reading

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John Bengtson on Silent Films and Hollywood History

John Bengtson, who does so much amazing research into tracking down the sites where early films were shot, is giving a luncheon talk and book signing Nov. 16 at the Ebell of Los Angeles, 741 S. Lucerne Blvd. The event … Continue reading

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James Curtis: William Cameron Menzies — The Shape of Films to Come

We had lunch recently with James Curtis, who showed us a copy of his upcoming biography: “William Cameron Menzies: The Shape of Films to Come,” to be released Nov. 17. James is justly proud of his book, which is the … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Halloween 2015

Judging by Instagram, there are some people in the world who see nothing wrong with dressing up as the victim of a vicious, brutal murder.

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Pordenone Screens the Best of Silent Films

A PDF of the film festival’s 240-page catalog can be downloaded here. Note: Mike Hawks recently returned from the Pordenone Silent Film Festival and this is what he tells Mary Mallory. By Mike Hawks as Told to Mary Mallory For … Continue reading

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‘Hollywood Celebrates the Holidays’ by Karie Bible and Mary Mallory: Coming Soon to Your Bookstore

Mary Mallory and Karie Bible (whom we profiled at The Times) have collaborated on a new book, “Hollywood Celebrates the Holidays,” which goes on sale starting Wednesday. The book is published by Schiffer and includes 200 images from the silent … Continue reading

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Merl Reagle: Bonus Crossword Puzzles to Remember an Old Friend

Merl Reagle in 1974 for the Invisible Theatre production of “Mad Dog.” I kept asking him why he didn’t write parts for himself and he said if he had wanted to, he would have done it. Original photo by Tim … Continue reading

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‘Primates of Park Avenue’: ‘Holes Big Enough to Drive an Escalade Through’

Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein of the New York Post do some fact-checking on the bestselling book “Primates of Park Avenue,” by Wednesday/Wendy Martin. Executive summary: “Holes big enough to drive an Escalade through.” An excellent Sunday read and a … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: TCM Film Festival Screens the Classics

For the sixth straight year, the TCM Classic Film Festival has delighted fans of Golden Age cinema from around the world. Based in the film lovers’ paradise of Hollywood, California, the 2015 Festival, based on the theme, “History According to … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘Dead to Me’ by Mary McCoy

Last week’s mail brought us an advance copy of “Dead to Me” by our longtime friend Mary McCoy of the Los Angeles Public Library, one of the leading lights among those of us who research L.A. history and a past … Continue reading

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Last Remaining Seats 2015

The Los Angeles Conservancy has announced the films for its 2015 Last Remaining Seats series. I wish I could be more enthusiastic about this year’s LSR, because the conservancy does terrific work, but the programming is about as adventuresome as … Continue reading

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