Bill Dudley

Two Thumbs Up for ‘Life Itself’: Film Critic Roger Ebert’s Memoir Becomes A Documentary Film

Ever meet someone that you just love the minute you meet them? That doesn’t happen very often, but it did the other day when I met Chaz Ebert. Chaz was married to film critic Roger Ebert for over 20 years. Although Roger succumbed last year after a long battle with cancer, his legacy is still […]

11/11/2014

Bill Dudley’s Hollywood: AFI Fest 2014

Now in it’s fifth decade, AFI Fest started as Filmex in 1971. It is the longest running international film festival in the world. This year AFI salutes actress Sophia Loren, and director Orson Welles. I haven’t seen the Loren tribute yet, but have seen the screening of Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson […]

11/11/2014

Has The “Cat And The Fiddle” Played Its Last Note?

One of the most comfortable and unique hangs on Sunset Boulevard may be going away after December 15th. For over 30 years, celebrities, shoppers, movie fans, and locals have mixed and enjoyed the eccentric charm of “The Cat And Fiddle.” The food is good, the drinks are reasonably priced, but it is the atmosphere of […]

10/22/2014

Bill Dudley Opens a “Door”

In the late 1960’s, the Sunset Strip was the home of many successful local Rock bands. The Doors were one of the best. I know you all think Jim Morrison basically WAS The Doors, but after seeing guitarist Robbie Krieger in person with 3 former members of Frank Zappa’s jazz band, I’m certain there was […]

10/10/2014

Jamie Lee Curtis and John Carpenter Celebrate ‘Halloween’

As horror film fans well know,the very first Halloween movie was made back in 1978. The film was also the first starring role for Jamie Lee Curtis, and the first big hit for director John Carpenter. The two reunited to commemorate the event, and both signed several pieces of greatly coveted memorabilia to raise money for […]

10/10/2014

Two New Powerful African-American TV Shows Break New Ground

Black-Ish and How To Get Away With Murder are two new shows that are very different, yet have a common thread in breaking new ground for African-Americans on network television. Black-Ish is an “in your face comedy” in the tradition of All In The Family and The Jeffersons, yet still even more progressive. Anthony Anderson has  weaved the positive […]

10/08/2014

Movie Review: ‘The Judge’ : 2 guys Named Robert At Their Best

The verdict is in, The Judge will be one of the biggest hits of the year. One of today’s most popular and highest paid actors, Robert Downey Jr. plays a successful big city defense attorney with dubious scruples, who has to interrupt an important case to attend the funeral of his mother in the fictional town of […]

10/07/2014

Aretha Franklin Wows David Letterman With “Rollin’ In The Deep” Performance

The “Queen Of Soul” first broke onto America’s pop charts in 1967 with “I Never Loved A Man,” amassing a 30 year run that included 18 GRAMMYs and countless soulful songs that have become the soundtrack of all of our lives. Battling some health issues the past two years, it took awhile for her to complete […]

10/03/2014

Diana Ross : Still a ‘Supreme’ Performer

All of the talented Motown acts of the 1960’s captured the interest of young America, but none more than three teenage girls known as ‘The Supremes.’ Starting out as a four girl act known as ‘The Primettes’ several years earlier, it seemingly took forever for ‘The Supremes’ to match the success of Motown’s other big […]

09/19/2014

Ken Burns Brings “The Roosevelts” To Television

Documentary producer Ken Burns who brought us the groundbreaking successful miniseries “The Civil War” in 1990, “Baseball” in 1994, “Jazz” (2001) and “The National Parks” in 2009, has dug deep into the history of one of America’s most influential families, “The Roosevelts.” Ken appeared in person recently at downtown LA’s beautiful and historic United Artists […]

09/12/2014

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