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  • Hollywood, 35 years later

    Hollywood, 35 years later

    In 1976, Frank Cavestani, Laura Cavestani, and Tom Weinberg produced a 30-minute documentary called Making it in Hollywood. It’s an insightful look at the business of fame and is still a strikingly accurate portrait of the Hollywood celebrity machine, featuring Shelley Winters, Sally Kirkland, Cissy Colpitts, and Tab Hunter, with appearances by Dr. John and John Belushi and many others. More than 35 years later, Mathias Sorum watched nearly all of the 80 camera original Making It tapes in the … Continue reading

  • TVTV Looks at the Academy Awards

    TVTV Looks at the Academy Awards

    Here is your front row ticket to 48th Academy Awards (1976). The Oscars as you’ve never seen them before. Watch a young Steven Spielberg lose out in his first of many nominations to be Best Director. Join Lily Tomlin as she buys her acceptance gown, Lee Grant rehearsing her “losing smile” for the camera and Michael Douglas planning his sweep of nominations for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Continue reading

  • [Making It In Hollywood raw #13]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #13]

    Raw footage for the 1976 documentary “Making It In Hollywood,” which follows several actors as they attempt to break into the movie business. More raw footage shot at actress Sally Kirkland’s home. Sally and several of her actress friends discuss various issues, including roles for women, film executives, nudity in films, and actresses that they admire. Continue reading

  • [Making It In Hollywood raw #56]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #56]

    Raw footage for the 1976 documentary “Making It In Hollywood,” which follows several actors as they attempt to break into the movie business. Cissy Colpitts (now Cisse Cameron), an aspiring actress, meets with a casting director from 20th Century Fox Studios. She gives Colpitts a script to review, so that she can audition. After this, the casting director talks to “Making It” director Frank Cavestani about a part that actress Sally Kirkland auditioned for, but didn’t get, explaining why Kirkland was not cast. She also talks about how she got her start in show business (through her parents) and how many people who work in the business get breaks because of family connections. Continue reading

  • [Once a Star raw: Phoenix, Arizona #3]

    [Once a Star raw: Phoenix, Arizona #3]

    This tape features footage of the ’69 Chicago Cubs and New York Mets teams at a cocktail party in honor of the “Dream Game ’86.” Shot for the television special “Once a Star.” Continue reading

  • [Once a Star raw: NBA Legends #6 Dallas]

    [Once a Star raw: NBA Legends #6 Dallas]

    Raw footage for the 1986 television special “Once a Star” from the NBA Slam Dunk Competition during the 1986 All-Star Weekend. Connie Hawkins (1942-) is also briefly interviewed. Continue reading

  • [Making It In Hollywood raw #61]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #61]

    Raw footage for the 1976 documentary “Making It In Hollywood,” which follows several actors as they attempt to break into the movie business. This tape features footage of kids selling maps to stars’ homes, plus b-roll of Grauman’s (Mann’s) Chinese Theatre. Continue reading

  • [Once a Star : Robyn Smith, Celebrity Billiards]

    [Once a Star : Robyn Smith, Celebrity Billiards]

    This tape contains raw footage for the 1986 television special “Once A Star.” This video includes an interview with female jockey Robyn Smith and a short clip from an episode of Celebrity Billiards from 1968. Continue reading