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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

  • [Making It In Hollywood raw #19]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #19]

    Raw footage for the 1976 documentary “Making It In Hollywood,” which follows several actors as they attempt to break into the movie business. Continued footage from one of actress Sally Kirkland’s “press” parties. “Making It” director Frank Cavestani interviews various actors and show business people about struggling in Hollywood. Those interviewed include casting director Marvin Paige, playwright Tom Eyen, actress Tina Scala, and actor/comedian Charles Fleischer. Continue reading

  • [Making It In Hollywood raw #62]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #62]

    Raw footage for the 1976 documentary “Making It In Hollywood,” which follows several actors as they attempt to break into the movie business. Tourists are interviewed in front of Grauman’s (Mann’s) Chinese Theatre. They are asked about what they “think of [movie] stars.” Most respond that they prefer the movie stars from the “old days.” Continue reading

  • [Making It In Hollywood raw #39]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #39]

    Raw footage for the 1976 documentary “Making It In Hollywood,” which follows several actors as they attempt to break into the movie business. In this tape, actress Sally Kirkland discusses her financial difficulties. This is followed by b-roll footage of movies stars’ homes, and of cars on a freeway. Continue reading

  • [Making It In Hollywood raw #41]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #41]

    Raw footage for the 1976 documentary “Making It In Hollywood,” which follows several actors as they attempt to break into the movie business. Actors Julius Harris, Robert Walden, Sally Kirkland, and Gregory Rozakis at Derrick’s, a restaurant in Los Angeles. Walden dominates the conversation and talks about the difficulty of acting in projects for Universal studios, the 1976 version of “King Kong” (Harris plays a role in the film), and tells a story about the time that a publicity photo of his was taken off the wall at a L.A. restaurant (possibly endangering his reputation). Continue reading

  • [Making It In Hollywood raw #63]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #63]

    Raw footage for the 1976 documentary “Making It In Hollywood,” which follows several actors as they attempt to break into the movie business. A street vendor is interviewed in front of Grauman’s (Mann’s) Chinese Theatre. This is followed by B-roll footage of the “Hollywood” sign, and of Hollywood Boulevard. Continue reading

  • [Making It In Hollywood raw #45]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #45]

    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, Cissy Colpitts (now Cisse Cameron), and Gregory Rozakis at Derrick’s, a restaurant in Los Angeles. Cissy Colpitts and part-time talent manager Judy Thomas talk about agents. Thomas agrees to watch and possibly set up a screening of Colpitts’ resume tape. 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