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Week of September 30th to October 6th 2013 - Volume One, Issue Thirty-Four.
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Anti-Paparazzi Bill Backed by Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner Now California Law

Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner have succeeded in championing their quest to get the Anti-Paparazzi Bill made California State law. The bill was signed by state governor Jerry Brown. The bill sought to prevent harassment of the children of public figures. Both Jennifer Garner and Halle Berry testified before the California state assembly in its support.
Will this law be adopted in other states? Could be just the beginning of a country-wide movement. Stay tuned!
Books About Stars
Are Starring At Your Fav Booksellers!
Thing is, though, most of 'em are about the dearly departed. But the fascination lives on!
Take Gloria Swanson, for example. She is, perhaps, the original, excessive "star of stars" and is profiled in a new book. Swanson: The "Ultimate Star". Written by Stephen Michael Shearer from St. Martin's Press, the Sunset Boulevard Swanson was the ultimate Hollywood character if ever there was one.
Then There's Ava Gardner, of course.

 Peter Evans's new book Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations is full of details about Ava's growing up in Smithfield North Carolina...her "discovery" from a photo taken in New York as well as a multitude of tidbits about Louis B. Mater, Howard Hughes, Mickey Rooney, Clark Gable. And of course, Frank Sinatra.
And On The Silver Screen...
We'll be seeing willowy Nicole Kidman as Princess Grace Kelly in the feature film, Princess Grace of Monaco.
She'll portray Grace---briefly a big MGM star---six years into her departure from Hollywood and her romantic reign over the teensy principality of Monaco. Or was it? Forced, by her Monaco subjects' opinions to turn down the Tippi Hedren role in The Birds,  the beautiful Princess Grace retreated into motherhood and gracefully performed the duties her royal role required.

Ms. Kidman will be regal and fascinating as Princess Grace because she is just as elegant and fascinating as the part she will portray.
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Coming Attractions This Week
This Week's Watch List for
September 29th thru October 5th 
Man Maid
A second generation male maid fights to save the girl he loves and their historic hotel from the clutches of a hostile developer.

Starring: Phillip Vaden, Sara Rue, Jane Lynch
Directed By: Chris Lusvardi

Absolute Zero

A sudden 90 degree drop in Earth's magnetic pole plunges the Equator into the deepest freeze possible: absolute zero. Florida has just four hours before becoming an arctic tundra.

Starring: Jeff Fahey, Erika Eleniak, Bill Dow
Directed By: Robert Lee










Nowhere To Hide
After her husband's death, a woman is called by someone who has gained access to her car, her phone and everything electronic that she owns. He tells her that he has her daughter. And if she wants to see her again, she has to do what he says. And what he wants her to do is find a man who is in the witness protection program. She can't call anyone to help because he has her under constant surveillance. Starring: Meredith Monroe, Brian Dietzen, Lochlyn Munro
Directed By: John Murtowski

You Did What?
When his brother proposes to a girl after knowing her less than 24 hours, marriage phobic Charlie Porter finds himself stuck between a two-carat rock and a hard place with his own long-term girlfriend. Starring: Edward Kerr, Kathy Wagner, A.J.Buckley
Directed By: Jeff Morris


Star Turn:
What's In A (Stage) Name? 
Movies are based mainly on the worlds of fiction and fantasy. And fitting right in to this scenario are actors who choose to be credited by names other than their own. The reasons can range from a dislike of their birth name  to Actors Guild rules that states that no two people are allowed to register with the same name.
Here is a list of many of the world's most famous actors identified by the names you know as well as those on their birth certificates.
Woody Allen - Allen Stewart Konigsberg
This famous academy Award-winning actor/director from New York City adapted his stage name around the age of 16.
Jennifer Anniston - Jennifer Anastassakis
No explain ation needed here! Born in February 1969, the fabulous film and TV star made a marquee-perfect choice.
Lauren Bacall -Betty Joan Perske
While Betty Joan was ok for her modelling days, once Miss Perske jumped from the cover of Harper's Bazaar to the Big screen, Lauren Bacall was a better fit.
Nicolas Cage - Nicolas Kim Coppola
As the nephew of famed director Francis Ford Coppola, Nicolas changed his name to gain his own recognition based on his talent and not through the connection with a famous relative. And it  has worked. Nicolas Cage has a huge fan base and enjoys great success on the big screen.
Natalie Portman - Natalie Hershlag
Born in Israel, she moved to the US at the age of three. Eventually discovered working in a pizza parlor, Natalie was set to model when she landed her first role in the critically acclaimed film, The Professional. Since then, she has grown up and into one of Hollywood's fabulous young stars.
Meg Ryan - Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra
Whew! No matter what her name, this blonde---known as America's Sweetheart---has made a name for herself in such hit films as when Harry Met sally, Sleepless In Seattle and City of Angels.
Rip Torn - Elmore Rual Torn Jr.
Who hasn't pondered whether or not this actor from Men in Black was really given the birth name of Rip Torn? The answer to that is No, with an explanation. Apparently, the name is a family tradition: every male in the Torn family gets the nickname of Rip.
Gene Wilder - Jerome Silberman
Gene picked his name because he stated "couldn't see a Jerry Silberman playing Hamlet. He later stated that he couldn't see Gene Wilder playing this ill-fated Shakespearean hero either. But the name perfectly fit the funny man we loved in Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles.
Reese Witherspoon - Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon
Dropping some extra names, she landed her first modelling job at age 7 and her first movie role at age 14 as the lovestruck baby sister in Man in the Moon. Her star has done nothing but rise with roles in the Johnny Cash flick Walk The Line and popular performances in Legally Blonde and Legally Blonde 2.
Michael Landen - Eugene Orowitz
Best known for his television work on Bonanza, Highway to Heaven and Little House on the Prairie, Eugene picked his stage name randomly out of a phone book.
Did You Know?
My Date With Elvis Presley
My brother Joe fixed us up. And I will never forget it.
Of course, we were not alone. Joe was a Sound Engineer at the RCA Recording Studios and we were in a roomful of people. No matter. It was dazzling.
We arrived---my blonde and bearded Danish sea captain husband and I---as instructed, around ten p.m. that evening in October 1976. Unlike a concert venue, the room was smallish, with very little seating. Which was fine because we would be in the engineer's booth behind a large glass window. With a perfect, unobstructed view of Elvis Presley. As though he was performing just for us.
As we entered, I noted people were milling around, talking and joking and getting things ready in that easy, knowing way that professionals have. There was a man seated at a piano, talking to a small group of women. He appeared to be in his mid-forties. With horn-rimmed glasses shoved up into his dark hair.

"Where's Elvis"? I asked, thinking he would arrive later. "He's over there", Joe answered, gesturing to the man at the piano and we walked over to Elvis Presley who rose to greet us. Wearing a white
shirt open at the neck and a pair of black slacks, he was more appealing than any white-caped performer version of himself ever could be.
Introductions were made. I babbled some response I can't remember. Then lightning struck.
Elvis was holding my hand and saying ..."glad you're here...hope you enjoy...". But the rest is a blur because he leaned in and kissed my cheek. My smile, as I was led speechless to the engineer's booth, lasted a long time.

That night's work produced an album titled Moody Blue. It was Elvis Presley's last recording session at RCA's New York studio.
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