2001: A Space Odyssey premiered in 1968 and is considered to be an epic science fiction movie. It was produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. It is a story of evolution. Sometime in the distant past, someone or something nudged evolution by placing a monolith on Earth (presumably elsewhere throughout the universe as well). Evolution then enabled humankind to reach the moon's surface,... Continue reading
Best Picture The Bridge on the River Kwai: Sam Spiegel Best Actor in a Leading Role The Bridge on the River Kwai: Alec Guinness Best Actress in a Leading Role The Three Faces of Eve: Joanne Woodward Best Actor in a Supporting Role Sayonara: Red Buttons Best Actress in a Supporting Role Sayonara: Miyoshi Umeki Best Director The Bridge on the River Kwai: David Lean Jean... Continue reading
Hailing from Ottawa, Canada, Dan Aykroyd made a name for himself as one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live. Before coming to New York, he honed his comedic skills with the Second City Comedy Troop in Toronto and began his acting career as a student at Carleton University in Canada. Aykroyd’s friendship with John Belushi and their on-screen chemistry brought success to the duo... Continue reading
PT 109 was the first commercial theatrical film about a sitting United States President released while he was still in office. It was released in June 1963, just five months before Kennedy was assassinated. JFK's father, Joseph Kennedy had been a Hollywood producer and he used his influence to negotiate the film rights and ensure that Jack Warner would guarantee his "personal... Continue reading
When studio chiefs heard about the making of “Gentleman’s Agreement,” they asked the producer not to make it, fearing its theme of anti-Semitism and racism would stir up a hornet's nest. Not only did production continue, but a scene was subsequently written into the script that mirrored that confrontation. The movie, directed by Elia Kazan, and starred Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and Sam... Continue reading
Actors Bert Lahr, Ray Bolger, Judy Garland, composer Harold Arlen, and various MGM and music publishing executives sing songs from the 1939 film musical 'The Wizard of Oz' around a microphone in the NBC radio studio in 1939.
In 1948, Ed Sullivan was hired by the CBS television network to host ‘Toast of the Town’. The show was eventually renamed ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ and still holds the record for the longest running variety show ever aired. The show was broadcast from CBS Studio 50 in New York, which was renamed the ‘Ed Sullivan Theater’ in 1967. The studio has stayed true to its purpose and today is the home of the... Continue reading
Named for the Preservation Hall venue located in New Orleans, Preservation Jazz Band performs traditional New Orleans-style jazz both at the hall and on tour around the world. When the Preservation Jazz Band began, New Orleans was a racially segregated community under Jim Crow laws. Preservation Hall made its mark by being one of the very few venues in New Orleans that welcomed both white and... Continue reading
“Mouseketeer” Annette Funicello and “Head Mouseketeer” Jimmie Dodd - The Mickey Mouse Club was Walt Disney’s second venture in to producing a television series, and helped finance and promote the building of the Disneyland theme park. Walt Disney turned The Mickey Mouse Club over to Bill Walsh who created a variety show for children featuring a news reel, cartoon, as well as music, talent, and... Continue reading
First Telecast: January 15, 1974, Nostalgic and witty, Richie Cunningham (played by Ron Howard) and his pals attend Jefferson High in Milwaukee in the 1950s. The kids hang out at Arnold's Drive-In, a malt shop near the school. A greasy-haired motorcycle kid dressed in leather, named Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli is the key to the show which centers on the relationship between him and... Continue reading