Bela G. Lugosi
Attorney, Business Executive
Bela G. Lugosi
Bela George Lugosi also known as Bela Lugosi, Jr. is the son of Béla Lugosi. A California attorney, his legal actions in Lugosi v. Universal Pictures, led to the creation of the California Celebrities Rights Act. He was also an executive at Comedy III Productions, which owned the licensing rights to The Three Stooges. Bela Lugosi, Jr. has been among those who felt notorious filmmaker Edward D. Wood, Jr.
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Lestat is Back!
Huffington Post - 4 months
Years ago, while raising my three children and taking numerous writing courses, my reading tastes were along the lines of works by A. S. Byatt, Anne Tyler, Anna Quindlen and John Irving, just to name a few, but I had friends who couldn't stop talking about Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire. They implored me to read the book, but all I imagined was a similar Bela Lugosi character constantly threatening, "I vant to drink your blood..." and kept dismissing them. But they didn't give up so I finally, begrudgingly, relented, especially after I had heard a rumor that Sting was interested in playing Lestat de Lioncourt in the movie, and since Sting wasn't hard on the eyes, I found mentally giving his image to this character would help me digest the story. However, a few pages in, I was sold and found Lestat didn't need the help of a famous musician's likeness. I then had to hear "I told you so" more times than I care to remember from my persistent friends. I then went on to read the rest ...
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Best Films Books of 2015
Huffington Post - over 1 year
It's been a great year for film books, with biographies and studies of key individuals dominating the field in 2015. Among trade publishers, Pantheon continues to issue "must read" books, while one smaller publisher, Chicago Review Press, is emerging as a leading publisher of film biographies. On the academic side, the University Press of Kentucky Press continues to carry the banner for film history, having issued a shelf full of outstanding works under the editorship of film historian Patrick McGilligan, who also happened to pen one of the best books of the year. Admittedly, there are a lot of books mentioned here. But that's because there are so many worth highlighting. And so, without further ado, here are the books every film buff or film historian will want to know about. Michelle Morgan's The Ice Cream Blonde: The Whirlwind Life and Mysterious Death of Screwball Comedienne Thelma Todd (Chicago Review Press) tells the story of the delightful comedic actress who started i ...
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Some Very Absorbing Film Factoids!
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Godzilla actually speaks in one of his many film incarnations! Horror actress Barbara Steele portrayed twin sisters in an outstanding role! The very same scene was used to end a pair of classic serials! - Godzilla speaks! In 1972's Godzilla Vs. Gigan ( aka Godzilla On Monster Island), as Godzilla and the spiny dino Angillus are swimming together in the ocean, toward a confrontation with Gigan and Ghidrah(the 3-headed monster), balloons enclosing Japanese characters indicating speech appear with a Japanese voiceover as they talk about peace and individuals getting along together. Ruehl Fact: This film marked the first time that Godzilla received a bloody wound: first, Gigan swooped down and wounded him in the shoulder, then, as an exhausted Godzilla was virtually defenseless, struck him repeatedly in the forehead! - Three interesting dual roles: In the 1933 mystery, The Sphinx, Lionel Atwill portrayed twin brothers who were master criminals: one was a deaf mute who offered his ...
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Elaine Stritch--A Great Life Force Passes On.(But She's Raising The Roof Someplace Else, Right Now!)
Huffington Post - over 2 years
"SHE WAS very much Elaine, right until she died this morning." This is Elaine Stritch's nephew Chris Bolton calling me from Birmingham, Michigan Thursday, a.m. "She never really got over the operation she had when she moved back here recently." Elaine will be buried with John Bay, her husband, in Chicago. There are no other details right now. When I saw William Inge's play Bus Stop, long before it became a movie, I never forgot seeing an actress named Elaine Stritch mount the stairs wearily onstage, playing a pal to the lead, Broadway's great star Kim Stanley. I met Elaine shortly after this and we remained friends ever after. • MORE STRITCH: It's divine coincidence that tomorrow, and through most of July, Michael Riedel's lively Theater Talk show on various PBS stations will reprise one of its most popular episodes -- "Elaine Stritch's Birthday Bash." It was Elaine celebrating her 88th and she talks up a hilarious storm -- everything from Sondheim to Bela Lugosi. Check loc ...
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Horror cinema: A valentine to genre favorites from two admirers
LATimes - about 3 years
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More Intriguing Factoids From the Sci-Fi/Horror/Mystery Genre!
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Herman Brix's injured shoulder made Johnny Weismuller a star! Color suddenly materialized in several black-and-white films! Blake Edwards was uncredited in 17 of his first 19 acting film roles! -- Herman Brix was set to star in 1932's Tarzan the Ape Man, but dislocated his shoulder playing a running back in 1931's football film, Touchdown. The "Tarzan" role went to Johnny Weismuller and the rest is cinematic history! He did star in 1935's The New Adventures of Tarzan, an independent production filmed by author Edgar Rice Burroughs, who had hand-picked Brix for the role. After that came a succession of action roles in serials such as The Shadow of Chinatown (with Bela Lugosi) and The Fighting Devil Dogs. But, he was unable to break the action film mold, so reinvented himself as Bruce Bennett (the most popular of several possible names he had conjured up). With his new identity, he became a second lead in such Humphrey Bogart dramas as Dark Passage (1947) and The Treasure of the Sierra ...
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Frightway to Stardom (Part IV)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Farrah Fawcett living as a citizen of a futuristic society! Peter Falk undergoing mesmerization by a supernatural mirror! Ava Gardner being menaced by Bela Lugosi! These are three more notables who commenced their climb to fame and fortune on a veritable "Frightway to Stardom": -Farrah Fawcett: In "Logan's Run"(1976), the gorgeous blonde soon-to-be member of TV's Charlie's Angels" (1976-77) was a resident of a 23rd century society which ordered the automatic execution of anyone who reached the age of 30, conning them into entering the "Carousel" for supposed rejuvenation where they were actually liquidated! Ruehl Fact: George Pal, highly respected sci-fi producer and director, was originally slated to direct "Logan's Run," but was replaced by Michael Anderson, who had earlier directed what turned out to Pal's final production, "Doc Savage, Man of Bronze"(1974). -Peter Falk: Before essaying the classic role of TV sleuth "Columbo," he portrayed Ramos Clemente, a Castroesque revo ...
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Critic's pick: Spanish 'Dracula' to screen with live music
LATimes - over 3 years
Every film fan has seen Tod Browning's classic 1931 vampire opera "Dracula," starring Bela Lugosi as the dread count, but not everyone knows that when the English-speaking cast went home for the night, Spanish-speaking actors took over the set and made a version in that language for export to Latin America. It's at least the equal of the Browning version, some say even spookier, and those who check it out on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Cinefamily (611 N. Fairfax Ave.) will be in for another great treat. Virtuoso guitarist Gary Lucas will provide a spectacular solo guitar accompaniment that is not to be missed.
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'Despicable Me 2' review: less despicable, less funny
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Alonso Duralde LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - There's so much to like about the "Despicable Me" series -- the bright, poppy art direction; Steve Carell's vocal combo of Bela Lugosi and Boris Badenov; and most of all, those goofy, semi-verbal yellow minions - and yet, the original movie just never charmed me all that much. The idea of a diabolical super-villain being turned into a kindly dad is a promising one, but Carell's Gru character seemed like such a softie to begin with (moon-stealing plans or no) that the shift never felt particularly outrageous or funny. ...
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A Minute With: Martin Landau on Marilyn Monroe to Anna Nicole
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Sue Zeidler LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - At 85, Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau is writing his memoirs, teaching at the famed Actor's Studio, and will soon appear on TV as octogenarian oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall who married the late Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith. Landau, who won an Oscar in 1994 for his portrayal of Bela Lugosi in "Ed Wood," will be seen in Lifetime's "The Anna Nicole Smith Story," premiering on June 29. Landau sat down with Reuters in Los Angeles to discuss his illustrious career, dating Marilyn Monroe and conversations with James Dean. ...
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John Farr: Johnny Depp Turns 50
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
Tomorrow, the thoroughly original, impossibly talented Johnny Depp hits the milestone age of 50. Does this mean he's actually middle-aged? No, it can't be. After all, part of this unique actor's enduring charm is his child-like quality, his willingness to dress up and be silly. But behind that, there's always been a serious foundation built on focus, grit and ambition. His firm intention from the start was not to rely on his good looks, but use his intelligence, imagination and -- for want of a better word -- fearlessness to become a highly respected actor known for taking chances on wild, idiosyncratic roles. Those risks have sometimes paid off, sometimes not. But one has to admire the actor who takes them, as long as they are fairly well calculated. His have been. Life did not start out smoothly for him. Born in Kentucky, the youngest of four kids, his childhood was unsettled and peripatetic. Partly as a result, Johnny was a sensitive, somewhat solitary, ofte ...
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Kevin Miller: Has "The Walking Dead" Lurched Into the New Cutting Edge of Horror?
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
I've always had a fascination with horror movies. In fact, one of the first things that piqued my interest in film making was reading about legendary makeup artist Jack Pierce, Lon Chaney, Jr., Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi and the Universal monster movies. Long before I'd seen any of the films, I knew far more about movie monster makeup and effects than any six-year-old probably should. That's one of the many reasons why playing Lex Luthor on an episode of Smallville was a dream come true. Not only can I say I'm one of only eight actors ever to portray the villain on film and television (and fans are united on that fact that my performance ranks a solid 8th), prepping for the role involved spending hours in a makeup chair as two artists transformed my body into a burn victim from the waist up. In a small way, I got to live out everything I had dreamed about as a kid. While I still enjoy a good scare, these days my interest in horror films has taken more of a philosophical/ ...
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Dr. Franklin Ruehl, Ph.D.: Bring Back the Entire Star Wars Cast!
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Three huge thumbs up for Harrison Ford's announced return as Han Solo for the next entry in the Star Wars franchise! But, I would also strongly encourage the producers to bring back Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrrie Fisher as Princess Leia, and Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian to make the next episode truly memorable. And, of course, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and R2-D2 should also definitely be included. Now, a possible problem exists with respect to three of the most intriguing characters,namely, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, and Darth Vader, who were last seen at the conclusion of The Return of the Jedi(1983) as mere phantoms. For Obi-Wan and Yoda, they could continue as spirits who offer advice and commentary, such as to Luke...this was carried out most effectively with Obi-Wan(Alec Guiness) in The Empire Strikes Back(1980). Unfortunately, Guiness has passed away, so a substitute actor will be needed for this role. And, a more serious logical obstacle pertains to Darth ...
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Michael Giltz: DVDs: "Downton Abbey" Fans Better Brace Themselves
Huffington Post - about 4 years
This week I cover the new season of Downton Abbey (without any spoilers), some new releases including Adam Sandler's biggest hit in years, another excellent Criterion release, a John Ford gem and a round-up of (mostly) British TV. Enjoy. DOWNTON ABBEY SEASON THREE ($54.99 BluRay; PBS) -- I won't spoil the new season of Downton Abbey for you; creator Julian Fellowes does that very nicely on his own, thank you very much. Those who can't bear to wait for the episodes to air on American TV can rush out now and see the entire season, including the holiday special finale. I'll discuss the show once it has ended in the US. But it's no spoiler to say there will be many twists and turns before the season ends. Brace yourselves: not since the season one finale of The Killing on AMC or the "it was all a dream" lunacy on Dallas has a show worked so hard to alienate its fans. I think the main problem is that Downton Abbey looks like a prestigious drama, has the trappings of a prestig ...
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Ex-Bela Lugosi home for sale
LATimes - about 4 years
German actor and writer Hardy Kruger has listed the forested retreat in Crestline for $800,000. The 8-acre compound overlooking Lake Gregory once belonged to Hungarian actor Bela Lugosi. German actor and writer Hardy Kruger has listed his forested retreat in Crestline for $800,000.
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Dr. Franklin Ruehl, Ph.D.: Secrets of the Very First Original Sci-Fi Program
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Why don't UFOs land in big cities? Is our moon possibly an artificial body? Does the phantom army of Mount Kilimanjaro materialize yearly? These are among the intriguing questions that I posed on the very first episode of my series, Mysteries From Beyond The Other Dominion, which was one of the four original series to debut on the Sci-Fi channel when it was launched back in 1992. For the record, the other three new series were Inside Space, The Science Show and Sci-Fi Buzz. This year, Sci-Fi (rechristened SyFy) is celebrating its 20th Anniversary with a two-hour special slated to air on December 10th with several re-runs. For me, it was an absolutely exciting period to play an integral part in the beginning of such a channel devoted to one of my favorite topics! Each of my episodes ran 30 minutes, airing initially at 9:30 p.m. on Sundays, with re-airings at 1:30 a.m. the following morning and again the following Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. I packed as much material ...
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Dr. Franklin Ruehl, Ph.D.: Did a Lethal Curse Plague Three 1950s Screen Sirens?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Mari Blanchard! Peggie Castle! Allison Hayes! Incredibly, death stalked each one of these three gorgeous scream queens of the 1950s! All met tragic, premature demises by the time they reached their 40s! It definitely appears that a deadly curse was acting upon them. The chances for an incredible coincidence of this magnitude would be absolutely astronomical! Conceivably, dark forces may have somehow been angered by their appearances in movies which touched upon the sacred subject matter of their shadowy domain! But, before you decide one way or the other, please consider the case of each one detailed herewith: -Mari Blanchard(1927-1970): This leggy blonde stunner (born Mary Blanchard) had often been cast as a villainess in secondary roles in a succession of adventures, mysteries, and westerns until she landed her first leading role as Queen Allura of Venus in 1953's Abbott And Costello Go To Mars. Working as maintenance men at a missile base, Bud and Lou acciden ...
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Sonia Taitz: Homecoming
Huffington Post - over 4 years
What will we leave our children when we're gone? Most of us will leave pictures and scrapbooks; echoes of their lives and our own. We'll leave memories of bad times and good, and how we tried to raise them, with love and well-meant stumbles. For some of us, there will be some money saved up to grant them a practical gift. But even if there isn't, we can all leave something else that's just as precious -- a taste of who we are and where we came from. My parents came from another culture, an Eastern European Jewish world that had vanished in smoke. During my childhood, there were many times that I wished they were more ordinary. Everybody else's parents seemed normal, right and supremely, blandly modern. To me, American culture seemed to be a cool-beige monolith we gazed at from afar. Americans wore jeans and white sneakers and carried tennis rackets. My father wore a suit, my mother wore socks with sandals, and they both carried the remnants of lives left behind. They were h ...
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