Friday, February 01, 2008

Cinema Retro

Two exceptionally interesting pieces on Cinema Retro tonight:

Gayle Ann Hurd

"The stories are legion about how alumni from producer Roger Corman's low budget movies of the 1960s and 1970s helped launch many an actor and director to prominence. However, you can add a highly successful producer to the mix, as well. Gale Anne Hurd, producer of such blockbuster hits as The Terminator, Armageddon and Aliens, got her first break in show business learning the ropes on Corman's 1980 low budget sci fi "epic" Battle Beyond the Stars, a loose remake of The Magnificent Seven that starred an alumnus of that film, Robert Vaughn. It was on this movie that Hurd met her future partner and husband-to-be, James Cameron, who created the miniature spaceships for the film. In a revealing interview with The Desert Sun's website, Hurd recalls how she grew up amidst show business royalty and how she befriended Red Skelton as a child. She also talks about her ugly realization of the impact of anti-Semitism and how the prejudices she suffered only inspired her to become more successful. To read click here

Plus a long interview with Robert Osborne of Turner Classic Movies. If you haven't added the site to your link list, go forth and do it.'---

And for those of you old enough to remember Eddie Cochran, 2 Blowhards is sporting a You Tube video of him playing live in 1959 at (obviously) local Tv station. Great stuff.

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