Lynn Redgrave (1943-2010)

A big charming funny girl, above all, and depressed enough about it to be one of the first celebrity bulemics–“Looking at my horrible ugly bulk on a huge screen was the turning point in my life”– Lynn Redgrave was the daughter of Michael Redgrave and the sister of Vanessa. She’d been on stage from age [...]

Master editor Dede Allen dies

A brief LA Times obit–thanks to Jerry Rosenblum for the alert on this–on Dede Allen, who just died of a stroke. Allen was the editor on Bonny and Clyde and Dog Day Afternoon. My take away from all of this: I’m at least happy to learn that there’s no technical name for “starting the sound [...]

Cal Worthington the father of Sam Worthington?

Essay question: Is Sam Worthington the son of Cal Worthington? Arguments for: 1. unwarranted career that suggests being related to insiders in the business of show (c.f., Gyllenhaals, Deschanels, Clash/Titans director Louis Leterrier, son of director Francois).

2. Sam Worthington’s perhaps genetically-inherited capability for beastmastering (as per Cal W.’s various dogs “Spot,” actually killer zoo animals);

3. [...]

Studs Terkel

Let’s presume that before he went, Studs Terkel had the satisfaction of knowing that a Chicagoan was very likely to be the next president. “The man on the street” interview is a kind of journalism that can get abused, and sometimes leads to the celebrity of a Joe the Plumber. Still, Terkel’s many books [...]