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Hello? Interior Secretary Plans to Seize Almost Quarter of California

Under the guise of promoting "green energy," Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is spearheading a plan for the Obama administration to seize control of 22 million acres of California land. Her objective: To manage conservation and renewable energy production. This amounts to

Daniel Selznick To Introduce Fred Parrish Documentary

Daniel Selznick To Introduce Fred Parrish Documentary
Producer/author Daniel Selznick will introduce the feature length documentary "Fred Parrish - The Man Behind the Camera," produced by The Scene Dock and directed by this writer. Mr. Selznick is the son of legendary producer David O Selznick who made the classics, "Gone with the Wind" and "Duel in the Sun." His mother Irene Mayer Selznick was the daughter of movie magnate Louis B. Mayer and a noted Broadway producer. In 1947, she produced Tennessee Williams's classic "A Streetcar Named Desire" on the stage, starring Marlon Brando and Jessica Tandy. John Garfield was first choice for the male lead. He turned it down because he felt thatread

Ray Moselle, 98

Ray Moselle, the last surviving crew member from the 1939 classic film, "Gone with the Wind," died last Wednesday. He was 98 years old. Funeral services will be held on Friday, at 11 a.m., at the chapel at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City. A viewing will immediately precede the

Goodbye, Mickey Rooney

On April 6, almost five months ago, Mickey Rooney, born Joe Yule Jr., on Sept.23, 1920, passed away at his stepson's home in Los Angeles while taking a nap after lunch. His death ended the longest career of any show business personality in American history. I first met Rooney in 1976 when

America's Only Black Singing Cowboy

In July 1986, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Herb Jeffries, the first and only black singing cowboy. I was introduced to singer-actor Jeffries by the actor Robert Sacchi, better known as the Man with Bogart's Face. We were soon joined by actor Henry Brandon, a German-American character actor born Heinrich von Kleinbach in Berlin. He appeared in more than 100 films, starting in 1932 when he played the villain Silas Barnaby in the Laurel and Hardy classic "Babes In Toyland." Mr. Brandon appeared as Scar, a Comanche chief, in the 1956 John Ford classic, "The Searchers." He was Comanche Chief Quanta Parker in "Two Rode Together," with James Stewart and Richard

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