...California Assembly Bill 1687, if signed into law, will criminalize the publishing of accurate ages of actors who "opt out" at select websites such as IMDb. Here's more from the Hollywood Reporter. The mind boggles...what about free speech? If actors can suppress their birthdates in the belief it will help them get more roles, it seems a mighty slippery slope...what if an actor believes having a certain credit on their IMDb page will negatively affect a job hunt, can that be suppressed too?
...Kristina's August Film Diary includes some good Jock Mahoney and Rory Calhoun Westerns. Her diaries are always a fun read which make me want to check out some of the movies!
...For those who have wondered about the unusual design of the Hollywood and Highland Center on Hollywood Boulevard, here's background on how some of the elements were inspired by the D.W. Griffith film INTOLERANCE (1916).
...My friend Aurora was recently interviewed by Jacqueline at Another Old Movie Blog. Topics included Aurora's ongoing video series Classic Movies and More.
...At Classic Film Observations and Obsessions Jocelyn reports on last month's Capitolfest in Rome, New York, and Kellee fills us in on the Robert Taylor Tribute in Beatrice, Nebraska, at her blog Outspoken and Freckled.
George Will on "Baseball's Storyteller, Our Friend," the great Vin Scully.
...Yul Brynner's daughter Victoria was recently interviewed regarding her memories of THE KING AND I (1956).
...The Oakridge Estate, once the home of Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Taylor, and later the home of Jack Oakie and his wife, is now giving monthly tours. Thanks to Melanie for the info.
...Coming in November: VAN JOHNSON'S HOLLYWOOD: A FAMILY ALBUM by his daughter, Schuyler Johnson.
...100 days until the release of ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (2016)!
...Last week I mentioned the Ryan Gosling-Emma Stone musical LA LA LAND (2016), which opens the same day as ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, December 16th. The movie just screened at the Venice Film Festival, and one reviewer pronounced it "an absolute triumph." It also got high praise from Tom Hanks, whose new film SULLY (2016) opens this Friday.
...Notable Passings: Actor Hugh O'Brian, the star of the TV Western THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF WYATT EARP (1955-61), has passed away at 91. The L.A. Times has posted an obituary...Director Leslie H. Martinson, director of countless TV series, has died at the age of 101. Martinson is special to me as the director of 18 episodes of my favorite TV series, MAVERICK...Kathleen Brigid O'Brien, the youngest child of actor Pat O'Brien, has passed on at the age of 70...Character actor Jon Polito has died at 65...There will be a public tribute to the late SUPERMAN actress Noel Neill this November 5th in Metropolis, Illinois.
...For even more classic film links, please check out last week's roundup.
Have a great week!