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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

  • [Once a Star raw: NBA Legends #3 Dallas]

    [Once a Star raw: NBA Legends #3 Dallas]

    Raw footage for the 1986 television special “Once a Star.” Footage from the NBA Legends basketball game during the 1986 All-Star weekend. Cazzie Russell (1944-) is interviewed. Continue reading

  • [Making It In Hollywood raw #57]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #57]

    Raw footage for the 1976 documentary “Making It In Hollywood,” which follows several actors as they attempt to break into the movie business. A continuation of footage of Cissy Colpitts (now Cisse Cameron), an aspiring actress, meeting with a casting director from 20th Century Fox Studios. Continue reading

  • [Once a Star raw: NBA Legends #17 Dallas]

    [Once a Star raw: NBA Legends #17 Dallas]

    Raw footage for the 1986 television special “Once a Star” from the 1986 NBA Legends Basketball Game during the All-Star Game. Cazzie Russell (1944-) is interviewed. Continue reading

  • [Making It In Hollywood raw #11]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #11]

    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. Kirkland and several of her actress friends discuss the difficulties of achieving success as an actor in Hollywood. They talk about the importance of “looking the part” in Hollywood; and their experience with agents. Also, Kirkland gets a phone call from her mother, Sally Kirkland, Sr., longtime fashion editor at Vogue magazine, and from film director John Badham. (The other end of phone is heard on Audio Channel 2.) Continue reading

  • [Making It In Hollywood raw #52]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #52]

    Raw footage for the 1976 documentary “Making It In Hollywood,” which follows several actors as they attempt to break into the movie business. B-roll footage of a tour of Beverly Hills; includes footage of several large mansions, presumably the home of movie stars. Also, Frank Cavestani, the “Making It” director, tells us how he got his start in Hollywood. Continue reading

  • [Once a Star raw: Phoenix, Arizona #1]

    [Once a Star raw: Phoenix, Arizona #1]

    This tape features raw footage shot for the television series “Once A Star.” The tape covers a banquet held for the 1969 Chicago Cubs and New York Mets. The two teams were participating in a “Dream Game” in Phoenix, AZ in 1986. Continue reading