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Ed McMahon Friday 7th November 2008 Keeping The Promise to Our Vietnam Veterans Breakfast, Los Angeles, California

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Picture - Ed McMahon, Connie Stevens, Nancy... Los Angeles, California, Friday 7th November 2008

Ed McMahon, Connie Stevens and Nancy Sinatra - Ed McMahon, Connie Stevens, Nancy Sinatra and Richard Benjamin held at The LAX Sheraton Hotel Los Angeles, California - Keeping The Promise to Our Vietnam Veterans Breakfast, Friday 7th November 2008

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Ed McMahon and Nancy Sinatra - Ed McMahon and Nancy Sinatra held at The LAX Sheraton Hotel Los Angeles, California - Keeping The Promise to Our Vietnam Veterans Breakfast, Friday 7th November 2008

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Ed McMahon Sunday 31st August 2008 Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon Live held at The South Point Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, Nevada

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Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project Review


Weak
At the New York Film Festival screening of John Landis' Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project, subversion was in the air as Landis strolled out to introduce the film and, peering into the audience, asked William Lustig, the director of Maniac Cop, to take a bow. The excitement continued when the lights dimmed and Harry Dean Stanton in the film began warbling "Old Blue" in Dan Tana's Restaurant. Landis' camera then picks up Rickles' empty dressing room at the Stardust in a series of masterly composed shots of vacant chairs and silent bric-a-brac -- Ozu in Vegas. But then banality set in.

Landis very quickly assumes the role of the Los Angeles Chapter President of The Don Rickles Fan Club. Legions of comics and actors are trotted out (much in the manner of The Aristocrats) to praise the brilliance and hilarity of the master of the comic insult. These interviews are interspersed with clips from Rickles' films -- Kelly's Heroes, Run Silent, Run Deep, The Rat Race, X: The Man With the X-Ray Eyes, Beach Blanket Bingo -- along with television excerpts from The Tonight Show and The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts. The Man Himself is interviewed and asked to comment on his life and art. Centering the whole mishmash is footage of Rickles' nightclub act at the Stardust -- an act Rickles had heretofore adamantly refused to be filmed.

Continue reading: Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project Review

Mr. Warmth:The Don Rickles Project Review


Weak
At the New York Film Festival screening of John Landis' Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project, subversion was in the air as Landis strolled out to introduce the film and, peering into the audience, asked William Lustig, the director of Maniac Cop, to take a bow. The excitement continued when the lights dimmed and Harry Dean Stanton in the film began warbling "Old Blue" in Dan Tana's Restaurant. Landis' camera then picks up Rickles' empty dressing room at the Stardust in a series of masterly composed shots of vacant chairs and silent bric-a-brac -- Ozu in Vegas. But then banality set in.

Landis very quickly assumes the role of the Los Angeles Chapter President of The Don Rickles Fan Club. Legions of comics and actors are trotted out (much in the manner of The Aristocrats) to praise the brilliance and hilarity of the master of the comic insult. These interviews are interspersed with clips from Rickles' films -- Kelly's Heroes, Run Silent, Run Deep, The Rat Race, X: The Man With the X-Ray Eyes, Beach Blanket Bingo -- along with television excerpts from The Tonight Show and The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts. The Man Himself is interviewed and asked to comment on his life and art. Centering the whole mishmash is footage of Rickles' nightclub act at the Stardust -- an act Rickles had heretofore adamantly refused to be filmed.

Continue reading: Mr. Warmth:The Don Rickles Project Review

Picture - Ed McMahon Las Vegas, Nevada, Sunday 2nd September 2007

Ed McMahon, Jerry Lewis and Las Vegas Sunday 2nd September 2007 The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon inside South Point Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, Nevada

Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's Review


Good
No one outside of Hollywood has any business knowing anything about Chasen's. And yet, here's a movie about the restaurant that everyone enamored with the high life ought to see.

This Hollywood landmark closed in 1995 after nearly 60 years in business, and the stories inside are legion.

Continue reading: Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's Review

Fun with Dick and Jane (1977) Review


Excellent
Never mind the silly title, Fun with Dick and Jane is fun indeed but it's not for kids. George Segal loses his job, and his domineering wife (Jane Fonda) pushes him to get a new job immediately, seeing as they're crushed by debt. Jane tries to land something too, but fails miserably, and in one of the most dryly pointed moments in the film, Dick notes that the only job she's qualified for is as a prostitute. After giving welfare a try, Dick and Jane's fun really begins: they turn to armed robbery. Very lighthearted and surprisingly witty, it's not just a caper comedy, it's also an indictment of the 1970s class struggle. Poor director Ted Kotcheff would end up directing mostly TV and Red Shoe Diaries installments later in his career. Watch for the remake with Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz in 2005.
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