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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 #54]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #54]

    Raw footage for the 1976 documentary “Making It In Hollywood,” which follows several actors as they attempt to break into the movie business. Director Frank Cavestani interviews various people who are working while trying to make it. Continue reading

  • [Once a Star raw: NBA Legends #15 Dallas]

    [Once a Star raw: NBA Legends #15 Dallas]

    Raw footage for the 1986 television special “Once a Star” from the NBA Legends basketball game during the 1986 All-Star Weekend. This tape is a continuation of an interview with Pete Maravich (1947-1988). Continue reading

  • [Making It In Hollywood raw #9]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #9]

    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 actress Sally Kirkland describing how she is tough and recalling a night when she was nearly assaulted in New York; Kirkland pleading with director Frank Cavestani to erase the tape used in a previous interview (said tape contains private information confided to Kirkland by musician Kinky Friedman during a phone conversation…see [Making It Raw #8]); and Kirkland calling Shelley Winters. Continue reading

  • [Making It In Hollywood raw #46]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #46]

    Raw footage for the 1976 documentary “Making It In Hollywood,” which follows several actors as they attempt to break into the movie business. At a casting call at Goldwyn Studios for a new Mae West movie, “Sextette”. Numerous actors eagerly line up for a chance to give their resumes to the casting director. An actor from Georgia is interviewed, and says that casting directors discriminate against Southern accents. Several actors who are lined up to get in to the casting call are interviewed. Continue reading

  • [Once a Star raw : Floyd Patterson #14]

    [Once a Star raw : Floyd Patterson #14]

    This tape features raw footage of boxing legend Floyd Patterson (1935-2006) and his son Tracy Patterson during a fight in Atlantic City. Shot for the television special “Once A Star.” 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