Bill Dudley

Casey Kasem : A Great Voice Goes Silent

Casey Kasem was one of the very first voices I ever heard on the radio. I was a very young boy when Casey first joined the staff of KEWB in San Francisco/Oakland, sister station to KFWB in LA. He was on 9p-midnight, and totally captivated my young ears. Radio in those days was truly theater […]

06/16/2014

Piano Man Billy Joel Hits The Right Keys At Hollywood Bowl

All the searchlights were pointing to The Hollywood Bowl twice in the past week. They will do so again tonight as the elusive Billy Joel will once again perform the best of his 40 year songbook. I say elusive, as I’m told these three shows were Billy’s first ever at The Bowl. Hard to believe […]

05/27/2014

Godzilla Returns: Friend Or Foe?

There have been 28 films about the monster ‘Godzilla’, dating back to 1954.  The foreboding giant was a Japanese post nuclear hybrid of ancient dinosaur, ‘Moby Dick’ and  ‘King Kong’. Over the years, ‘Godzilla’ was sometimes a very badly behaved monster, and once in awhile actually a hero of sorts as he destroyed even more […]

05/12/2014

Darlene Love: Not A Back-up Singer Anymore

She was born in Hawthorne, and raised in South Los Angeles. The daughter of a minister with the voice of a nightingale, she is singer/actress Darlene Love. Sometimes it takes a very long time to get proper recognition. You have heard her on the radio for decades without ever hearing her name. You have seen […]

05/12/2014

‘Transcendence’: A Journey To The Inner Limits ?

‘Outer Limits’ was one of my favorite Sci-Fi tv shows. Transcendence, the new Johnny Depp film takes you to the ‘inner limits’ of……his mind, and your computer. I must warn Johnny Depp fans, that you will only see Johnny for about half of this film. He plays Dr. Will Caster, a prominent scientist known for […]

04/17/2014

Bill Dudley Headed to 5th Annual TCM Fest

Film fans of all ages from all over the globe will be walking on the very same concrete that Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin and Frank Sinatra once did . Old Hollywood comes alive this weekend at the 5th annual TCM Festival. The Hotel Roosevelt, TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman’s), Egyptian Theatre, The El Capitan and […]

04/11/2014

Ron Howard: His Long Career Bridges the Gap Between Classic Hollywood and Today

His career started when he was 18 months old. His dad Rance Howard, was (and still is) a working actor at age 85. Ron was featured in two of televisions biggest hit shows of all time, that have never been off the air. He joined the cast of ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ at the age […]

04/08/2014

Darlene Love: ’20 Feet From Stardom’

The new documentary gem, “20 Feet From Stardom,” directed by Morgan Neville, dazzled audiences at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It just hit theaters this week, in very limited release. However its appeal is universal to anyone who has listened to pop music in the past 50 years. Backup singers know everyone, but not everyone […]

02/25/2014

Shirley Temple: Like The Beatles, She Hit At Just The Right Time

Although Shirley Temple movies were made some 30 years before my time, I still feel a strong personal connection to her. In a remarkable career that included singing, dancing and acting, the curly haired tyke from Santa Monica started making films when she was 3, and retired at 21. Shirley Temple had the good timing […]

02/11/2014

Say Goodbye To Hollywood Park

Seventy-five years of rich Hollywood and racing history finally come to a permanent close this weekend, with the 2 day auction of all that was Hollywood Park.

01/24/2014

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