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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 #29]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #29]

    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 from one of John-Roger’s spiritual gatherings at his Church of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness, attended by Sally Kirkland. John-Roger sits on stage in a large armchair on a platform and preaches to the crowd, who sits cross-legged on the ground and looks up at JR. Continue reading

  • [Making It In Hollywood raw #66]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #66]

    Raw footage for the 1976 documentary “Making It In Hollywood,” which follows several actors as they attempt to break into the movie business. The first portion of this tape features actress Sally Kirkland making some phone calls to various unidentified people. This is followed by an interview with actor Robert Walden in his apartment. Walden discusses film and television production techniques and how they can affect acting and actors. 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

  • [Once a Star raw: NBA Legends #7 Dallas]

    [Once a Star raw: NBA Legends #7 Dallas]

    Raw footage for the 1986 television special “Once a Star.” Footage from the 1986 NBA Legends basketball game during the All-Star Weekend. Continue reading

  • [Making It In Hollywood raw #42]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #42]

    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 with actors Julius Harris, Robert Walden, Sally Kirkland, and Gregory Rozakis at Derrick’s, a restaurant in Los Angeles. Actress Cissy Colpitts joins the crowd at dinner. Judy Thomas, a co-owner of the restaurant and part-time talent manager, talks about up-and-coming actors that she is managing. Walden talks about TvQ ratings (industry popularity and recognition ratings); actress Debralee Scott and writer Jennifer Gladstone join the crowd. There is a general discussion about working with “difficult” actors, and the practice of “dishing” and “gossiping” in Hollywood. Continue reading

  • [Making It In Hollywood raw #67]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #67]

    Raw footage for the 1976 documentary “Making It In Hollywood,” which follows several actors as they attempt to break into the movie business. Continue reading