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  1. (*-denotes OSCAR winner) It's likely that the fans within this site already have heard & for yrs about the massive 317 acre & mostly up large rolling hills, "Forest Lawn, cem" the 1 located in Glendale, CALIF & not the 1 based in the Hollywood Hills, where for the most pt more modern stars chose as their final resting place-(NOTE: on my 3 trips to whats left of an empire called "Hollywood" to date, I never visited that park myself) I was always-(since about the age of 14 to 15 around 1979) to see the former, where the Golden Age/Studio-System Heavyweights-(circa: 1925 to 1960) picked. I just wanted any to chime in on this & if any other TCM-ITES have visited as yet? Nicknamed "The Disneyland of Graveyards"-(NOTE: However, as long as I can recall it's well known to not really be happy w/fans & especially taking pictures. I was a bit able to, but they don't always give permission to enter some areas of the mammoth place i.e. "The Great Mausoleam" Many tourists have actually thought each one was interred under their "WOF-Star?" Also, check out a terrific website for just about everything related to Hollywood & it's glorious past-(www.seeingstars.com) & I first found a lot out in movie books. & now that most of their original homes are gone too. Just a sample of some of the classic stars located here are-(it's virtually like a few months of these folks that also air on TCM)>*"The King of Hollywood: Clark Gable" -(TRIVIA: He was actually voted that crown in a 1938 poll of movie fans & Myrna Loy was voted "Queen") *"The Great: Spencer Tracy" *Humphrey Bogart, Bacall, *Walt Disney, *Jimmy Stewart, Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard, *Mary Pickford, *Liz Taylor, M. Jackson, W.C. Fields, Lon Chaney, Harold Lloyd, *Wallace Beery & *Marie Dressler, Errol Flynn, Alan Ladd, *Burns & Allen, *Victor McLaglen, Jean Hersholt, Sammy Davis, Jr., Nat "King" Cole, Clara Bow, Dorothy Dangridge, L. Frank Baum, Red Skelton, John Gilbert, Robert Taylor, Robert Young, Ted Knight, Jeanette MacDonald, *Jane Darwell, Alla Nazimova-(of "The Garden of Allah"), Harry Carey, Sr., Francis X. Bushman, Alan Hale, Sr., Mervyn Leroy, Hal B. Wallis, Chico Marx, Larry Fine, The Dolly Sisters, Clifford 0dets, Jack Carson, Richard Dix, Robert Cummings, `Tom Mix, *Goldwyn, *Thalberg, *Selznick & famed/classic directors: *Wyler, *Cukor, *Curtiz, Lubitsch, *Vincente Minnelli, James Whale, Joe E. Brown, Henry Travers, & can you believe it, many, many, more W.S. Van Dyke II, *Donald Crisp, *Frank Borzage-(1st BD *Academy award winner) Dick Powell & June Allyson, Joe Besser, Jack 0akie, Aimee Semple McPherson, Thelma Todd, Carole Landis, James Arness & Peter Graves, Buddy Ebsen, *Alfred Newman, *Max Steiner, *Dimitri Tiomkin, Rouben Mamoulian, Ed & Keenan Wynn, Joe Youle, Sr.-(Mickey rooney's pop), Sid Grauman, Alexander Pantages, Joan Rivers & many others. Plus, they don't offer maps, as do "Westwood, cem."-(only 3 &1/2 acres) & "Hollywood Forever" In the beginning I mainly always just wanted to see the grave of *Tracy-(located at very top & if you drive all the way up, your ear will actually pop due to the altitude!) So, if interested & in the area, you must do your homework first (CORRECTION: I wrote that the other "F. Lawn" located in the Hollywood Hills, basically has more modern stars that chose it instead of Glendale's & I'm correct, but I forgot about: Stan Laurel, along w/of course the one's I already mentioned: *Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, Buster Keaton-(Marty Feldman deliberately chose to be interred nxt to his idol Buster & was), *Charles Laughton, *Rod Steiger, George Raft, *George Stevens,etc However, the majority here & it's a much younger park too, are also tv stars.) I think though Richard Pryor chose this cem. I know The Nelson's did & typically, many-(including staff) say they haunt the joint THANK YOU
  2. All you fellow TCM-HITES are familiar with the previous versions, but who plans to go check out this version with Lady Ga Ga & Bradley Cooper? But, a 1932 version -(title escapes mew right now) with C. Bennett WHAT PRICE, HOLLYWOOD technically started this film.
  3. (*-as usual indicates an *Oscar victor) Now this ultra imperative category has had The American Film Institute-(AFI) always confused me, they have every other survey, tv special, etc under the son, but have yet to cover THE MEN BEHIND THE CAMERA/FILMMAKERS & DIRECTORS-(very bizarre land)??? (NOTICE: I still think like the forementioned actors/actresses poll on TCM-(BY THE WAY THAT ONE IS MY OWN FAVORITE, EVEN OVER MOVIES. ALWAYS FELT IT GAVE MORE OF AN INDICATION OF WHAT THAT FAN WAS/IS ABOUT) (Which I;ve nagged this station & site to conduct it's own fans surveys for about 14yrs now, all fell on deaf ears & the most outrageous thing is that almost every single other film medium has had it's own, but us here have for some reason are ALWAYS ignored & left out. I;m not talking about a fans fan poll, but of course like the pros do (AFI, SIGHT & SOUND, HOLLYWOOD.COM, PREMIERE, EW, FILMS OF THE GOLDEN AGE/CLASSIC IMAGES, IMDB.COM, TV GUIDE, even my local newspaper back when AFI conducted it's first in '98/ & NOBODY HAS THE ANSWER & CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG DIDN'T AMC-(before it changed) HAVE IT'S OWN TOO? A REGULAR SCIENCE-FICTION SURVEY & I LOVE THE BFI-(British Film Institute) they joined in also with the Brits own for 1998 & easily voted THE THIRD MAN as A #1 ever. & on that note they voted *DAME JUDIE DENCH as the finest actress ever from the UK COMPLAINT THOUGH: as brilliant as the 1 for 6 *AMPAS nominee & winner is, I go for *CATE BLANCHETT a bit over her talented wise, close behind the 1 for 7 to date nominee *KATE WINSLET. Wonder why they didn't vote on an actor in same BFI poll, that was dumb, *OLIVIER! (WHO WAS YOUR OWN FAVORITE DIRECTOR VS. WHO WAS TRULY THEE FINEST)??? This little IN HOUSE FUN SURVEY & OR POLL WILL NOT BE AS TEDIOUS AS THE LAST (2) SIMPLY WHAT IS YOUIR ALL-TME FAVORITE FILMAKER-(well, most of the crew is a filmmaker, I mean FILM DIRECTOR) AGAIN, all can separate their favs to what they truly think is A #1 of ALL-TIME!!! I do now one thing about 98 to even 99% is that if AFI does do this *Spielberg & Hitch will likely take it. WHAT DO YOU THINK ON THAT ONE? & AWAY I GO ON MINE 1st> My all-time favorite directors>A No. #1 *JOHN "Pappy" FORD-(l894-l973)-(SEAN O'FENNEY) what's to say all-time BD record with 4 & even won 2 more statuettes for his WWII docu's & *Orson said it best when asked who did you learn from & *Welles simply said "I Learned from the Masters, John Ford, John Ford & John Ford" unquote & coulda easily chosen Arlington, cem as an Admiral but chose Holy Cross, cem instead & was said to even be able to interview WYATT EARP-(l948-29) (TRIVIA: All four of his BD victories were for non-Westerns) & (MY OWN FAV. THE SEARCHERS & HIS OWN FAV 1953's WAIT UNTIL THE SUN SHINES BRIGHT) 2. ALFRED HITCHCOCK (l899-l980) (went 0 for 5 with his peers? However did get the 1979 AFI Award) (MY FAV>VERTIGO & HIS SHADOW OF A DOUBT-(l943) (P.S. I;m must be strange but my favorite ride at Universal was The Hitchcock Museum) 3. HOWARD HAWKS=(l896-l974) (outrageously this man only ever received 1 BD nod for Sergeant York!? & was the only filmmaker during HOLLYWOODS GOLDEN AGE/STUDIO-SYSTEM-=(circa 1925-63) that could handle every film genre> Scarface, Twentieth Century, Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday, Ball of Fire, His Girl Friday, S. York, Big Sleep, To Have and Have Not, The Thing, Red River, Rio Bravo, El Dorado & many more) (But at this date I can't recall Hawks really picking a fav of his?) 4. *ORSON WELLES-(l9l5-l985) (What in the ...is there to say? HOLLYWOOD used that term genius far too often, he was 100% GENIUS on every level) (& sadly wasted talent, mainly of course as to what he did to WR Hearst & of course ROSEBUD. Some critics, historians,etc Peter Bogdanovich ranks 1942's almost as brilliant MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (RKO also helped to destroy his genius) even over KANE & I think he even goes as far as rating 1958's brilliant B-movie TOUCH OF EVIL (l958-UI)-(TRIVIA: Actually filmed at Venice Beach, CALIF.) They shoulda known after that legendary 1938 radio show. Only *Oscar he ever won, well kind of anyway was for co-writing KANE & now rumor has it that he desperately needed that script credit so he could get pd$$$ *Herman J. Mankiewicz is now fully realized as the main scripter & my 5th favorite ever, welp, you fans aren't gonna like this-(I always separate craft, talent from personal stuff) It is drum roll #5th *WOODY ALLEN-(l935-) (I know most loath *THE WOODMAN but for some reason this little guy just has made me laugh since I was a kid & I very, very, rarely laugh anymore. (to date he's won 3 writing *Oscars-=(not that he really cares) (1 for BD) & only after *Billy Wilder holds the *Oscar record of 18 nods.) One thing is certain & I;m positive they have nagged ALLEN (Stewart) KONIGSBERG) to accept the AFI Award, but unlike the *Oscar recipient must accept this one in person HENCE NO: *Kate Hepburn, *Brando, Garbo, though it's most asinine snub was *CHAPLIN! He woulda' loved it by then. & THE GREAT: SPENCER TRACY died same yr the institution was established, but it's ridiculous to think *Tracy would have personally accepted it anyway. 1 & only year td *Woody appeared in the show was after 9/11. & his fav of his works to date is both CRIMES & MISDEMEANORS & MIDNIGHT IN PARIS-(by far his biggest grosser td $71m.) & (Has always truly had 4 heroes/idols since childhood Bob Hope, *Bogey, Groucho* Chaplin) & MY FAV OF HIS, he's directed approx. 48 td *ANNIE HALL, but MANHATTAN a close 2nd NOW YOU CAN START THROWING THE TOMATOES, NO WAIT A MAN THAT IS NOT AMONG MY OWN FAVS BUT MUST BE GIVEN RESPECT, WITHOUT HIM-(*De Mille) wasn't really big yet) IS D.W. GRIFFITH (David (Wark) GRIFFITH-(l874-l948) A nasty word in this era & I understand the hatred of his 1915 BIRTH OF A NATION, HOWEVER HIS FOLLOW UP WAS SOOO INCEDIBLE 1916's INTOLERANCE!!! & next time you happen to see those behemoth Elephants-(most tourist don't even know this?) those are obviously lifted from his epic silent film, of course currently overlooking THE DOLBY THEATRE. I read a disgusting story & maybe his last appearance in public, don't know but he was standing outside GRAUMAN'S really packed for the 1938 version of The Buccaneer & some cop violently pushed him to the ground , spat on him & yelled get out of the way old man, obviously had no concert who he was. He died of a heart attack in the alledgedly haunted NICKERBOCKER HOTEL & William (Fred Mertz) dropped dead just outside, heart attack & can't recall her or his name abn Art-Director jumped to his death from one of it's windows LONG WINDED ENOUGH, BUT PLEASE DO POICKS ALL-YOUR FAVS-(movies, performers & drectors) THANK YOU
  4. n first seeing GaGa & such, I just thought her yet another MADONNA rip off, but she can SING, BIG-TIME! Check out her w/Tony Bennett & the CBS version on *SINATRA'S birthday However, the duo-(Madonna & her staged a long battle, going so far as a big brawl on SNL) It was obvious MADONNA actually liked her & was putting GaGa up there at the top, or near it?
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    Burt Reynolds (1936-2018)

    Don't know if this was touched on, but he was fastly cremated & ASHES GIVEN TO A FRIEND OR FAMILY
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    Burt Reynolds (1936-2018)

    When he finally got nominated for '87's BOOGIE NIGHTS ($30m.) (***1/2) pal *Clint told him m now to just be quiet & maybe he'd win, he ran his mouth between nominee day & *Oscar evening, even putting down the film, he was up for & he had won most of annual Film Critics Awards, but on *Oscar night *ROBIN WILLLIAMS in GOOD WILL HUNTING had his name called instead
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    Burt Reynolds (1936-2018)

    Went to it & agree with most, it's two movies The one with *Clint was better & Burt's was lame (**-out of 4) Around that time & even after for a couple yrs around then then Burt was losing lots of weight & Hollywood rumors were he had AIDS. Nope, thing was during a barroom brawl in the picture, he got hit above the ear & couldn't hardly eat But at least CITY HEAT is a bit better then STICK (l985) (*1/2) MALONE (*(1/2) (l987) & his worst from '87 HEAT (*)
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    Barbara Eden (1931-2018)...?

    if he was he'd be 106 nowadays
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    Barbara Eden (1931-2018)...?

    Always remembered that hilarious skit
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    Barbara Eden (1931-2018)...?

    Yeah but "THE GREAT ONE" was far superior!
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    I Just Watched...

    I still think THE THIRD MAN is the greatest in this genre
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    I Just Watched...

    They call this the greatest B-Movie ever made
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    I Just Watched...

    Agreed on MM & *OLIVIER & A DULL FILM, BUT HE WAS MEAN TO HER DURING FILMING BECAUSE HE HATED "METHOD ACTING" & SHE JUST TOOK THAT COURSE AWHILE BEFORE
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    I Just Watched...

    & shot in & around VENICE BEACH, filling in for Mexico
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    Barbara Eden (1931-2018)...?

    actually I went by Como's house in '99
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    Films of 2018

    thanx I thought it terrific (***1/2) & will probably go over the $100m mark
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    Films of 2018

    Anyone else see CHRISTOPHER ROBIN?
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    Films of 2018

    Now that it seems STAN & OLLIE will; not make the cut in time, never know Reilly may earn his 2nd nod for this Western
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    Films of 2018

    Jakeem, I just saw that STAN & OLLIE will not be released for 2018
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    Barbara Eden (1931-2018)...?

    Princess, is one on the ;level? If so, it's getting ridiculous of late with Burt Reynolds, Neil Simon & several more???
  21. Though not as versatile I could see McQueen as LUKE
  22. Always been my fav of *Newman '67 among Hollywoods best years
  23. I did this prior on actors & actresses, but hardly got a response? Now I know why it was placed in the seldom looked at FAVORITES section, at least I hope that was why? Because you fans are the movie film knowledgable on the net as is this fun one PLEASE SCAN THIS TIME & THROW IN YOUR 2 CENTS OR HAT/FEDORA & as with that previous survey I'll first list what AFI-(American Film Institute)-(Est: 1967-) had to offer with it's huge membership VS us guy folks! (*-denotes an *ACADEMY (AMPAS) Award winner) AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies"-(1998 poll, top ten out of 100 compiled)> #1st place CITIZEN KANE (l94l-RKO Radio) (WINNER!) 2. *CASABLANCA (l943) (Warner Bros.) 3. *THE GODFATHER" (l972) 4th *GWTW" (l939-Selzinck/MGM) 5th place *LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (l962-British) 6. WIZARD OF OZ (l939-M-G-M) 7th THE GRADUATE (l967) 8. *ON THE WATERFRONT (l954-Columbia) 9. *SCHINDLER'S LIST ('93) 10th place SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (l952-Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) VS. AFI's 100yrs...100 MOVIES-10th Anniversary Edition. aired on CBS-TV June of '98)> #1st place again & WINNER KANE 2. THE GODFATHER 3rd *CASABLANCA 4. RAGING BULL (l980) 5th SINGIN'IN THE RAIN 6. *GWTW 7. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA 8. SCHINDLER'S LIST 9. VERTIGO (l958-Paramount) & 10th THE WIZARD OF OZ (NOTE: Only also listing two runners-up for good reason 11th CITY LIGHTS (l931-UA) & 12th THE SEARCHERS (l956-WB)-(this amazingly was voted up 84 slots in a decade!) (TRIVIA: To celebrate the end of the century tv's ET-(filmed on old RKO side of Paramount) buried a time capsule under Hollywood & Highland/Dobly Theatre in 2000 & not to be unearthed for another 100yrs) AND now for my own personal choices, though devided into my own DVD Time Capsule VS. actual greatest I've ever seen to date>besides own memorabilia they voted & buried 3 VHS It's a Wonderful Life (l946-RKO), Singin' in the Rain & Wizard of 0z #1st favorite *THE GODFATHER (l90l-90) TRILOGY-(available on DVD only, non theatrical release) 2. KANE 3. CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS (l937-MGM), 4 *CASABLANCA 5th fav of mine MODERN TIMES 6. DUMBO 7. IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE 8. THE SEARCHERS 9. VERTIGO & 10th THE QUIET MAN (l952-Republic) VS. My candidates for the all-time greatest I've ever seen, so-far anyway> #1st place CITIZEN KANE 2. THE GODFATHER (l972) 3. THE GODFATHER, PART II" 4. *CASABLANCA 5th best RAGING BULL 6th place CITY LIGHTS 7. MODERN TIMES 8. VERTIGO 9. APOCALYPSE NOW (l979) 10th *SCHINDLER'S LIST (Honorable mentions top 5 only permitted)>11th place 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY & 12th THE THIRD MAN THANBK YOU & AS ALWAYS CAST YOURS FAVS & MORE & SHOULD THIS BE PUT OVER IN GENERAL ???
  24. (*-always denotes an *Academy (AMPAS) Award winner) I see another TCM-ITE has already posted a somewhat similar topic/poll/survey on this section. However, this 1 is different, in that I hope fans will cast their votes for either their favorite motion picture actors & actresses, or what they rank as the best, very often 2 different things. & there is no limit either-unlike "AFI's 100 Years...100 stars" (1999 survey & poll) where they had the top 25 of each. The American film institute's also had a rule that each voted on had to either made their screen debut in or before 1950. It's top 10 are listed below first. It's special/survey was widdled down from an overall (250) & like 1998's epic tv event "AFI's 100yrs...100 Movies"-(SEE my other post about it) it was also televised on CBS-tv (NOTE: I was lucky enough to be sent both videos back then) But before I post these, 1999 was already starting it's pc culture/progressive/movement, I think that's the ridiculous reason why the legendary *John Wayne-(l907-l979) was voted & rated so long down AFI's list at No. 13 Imagine if they conducted this survey nowadays???) (AFI's top 10 male movie stars-1999): *1st place Humphrey Bogart-(l899-l957) 2. Cary Grant....(l904-l986)-(& yet AFI never even gave him it's annual lifetime achievement award GO-FIGURE THAT ONE?) *3. James Stewart (l908-97) *4, Marlon Brando (l924-2004) 5. Fred Astaire..(l899-l987) *6. Henry Fonda...(l905-82) *7. Clark Gable...(l90l-60) *8. James Cagney..(l899-l986) *9. Spencer Tracy (l900-67) & *10th Charles Chaplin (l889-l977)-(though film history's all-time, all-around genius!) & for Mr. Robert 0sborne his A #1 movie hero was *William Holden-(l9l8-8l) he barely made the cut thought at #25th) AND; (top 10 actresses): *1st place Katharine Hepburn (l907-2003) *2. Bette Davis...(l908-l989) *3. Audrey Hepburn (l929-93) *4. Ingrid Bergman (l9l5-82) 5. Greta Garbo...(l905-90) 6. Marilyn Monroe (l926-62)-(P.S. For those that haven't either been back to HOLLYWOOD or plan to go, THE TOWN IS LITERALLY HERS NOW & EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK) *7. Elizabeth Taylor (l932-2011) 8. Judy Garland..(l922-69) 9. Marlene Dietrich (l90l-92) & *10th Joan Crawford (l904-77) AND; now for my own personal favorite actors: *1. Spencer Tracy *2. Frank Sinatra *3. James Cagney 4. Steve McQueen (l930-l980) & *5th Charlie Chaplin & my candidates for the greatest: *1. Spencer Tracy-(NOTE: Even he had his own acting idol *L. Barrymore) *2. Charles Chaplin *3. Marlon Brando *4. Laurence 0livier (l907-1989)-(& on the stage without peer) & *5th Anthony Hopkins (l937-)-(NOTE: almost a tie with: *Daniel Day-Lewis-(l957-) AND; my fav. actresses: 1. Natalie Wood...(l938-l98l)-(TRIVIA FUN FAX: Natalie's own idol was *Leigh & kept a portrait in her living room) 2. Greta Garbo *3. Kate Hepburn 4. Winona Ryder..(l97l-)-(I know get a laugh, but that's me, ever since 1989) & 5th Michelle Pfeiffer (l958-)-(But Stanwyck a close runner-up to MICHELLE with *VIVIEN LEIGH about 7th fav. A TRAGIC FIGURE THOUGH!) & the best I've ever seen: 1. Greta Garbo-(TRIVIA: Even *Kate called Garbo the finest on that silver-screen, as did *Jimmy Stewart, *Cukor, Lubitsch, Maureen 0'Sullivan & even Hitler had a huge crush on Garbo & nagged her to visit him in Berlin, of course she alwas declined, then he turned his affections to Marlene, also losing) *2. Meryl Streep..(l949-)-(GEEZ, & she's already earned 21 nominations & 3 wins & not quite 70) *3. Katharine Hepburn *4. Ingrid Bergman-(TRIVIA: *The Great: Tracy" always said she was the best he'd ever worked with, except one of course) *5. Vivien Leigh..(l9l3-67) Around 22yrs ago a magazine, think it was called TIME-OUT? Had it's own survey & voted *Brando A #1 actor, *Kate A #1 actress & yep, once again "KANE" topped it's list) THANK YOU & PLEASE CAST YOUR OWN VOTES?

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