Bill Dudley

Hollywood Celebrates as Orson Welles Turns 100

Film legend Orson Welles would be 100 years old if he was alive today. His great legacy of films is being celebrated this weekend by The American Cinematheque at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica. Tonight the grandaddy of all his great achievements Citizen Kane will be screened along with The Magnificent Ambersons. While still […]

05/08/2015

Memories Of Meeting Willie Mays In Honor Of His 84th Birthday

Today, the man that many consider the greatest baseball player of all time turns 84.  Following Jackie Robinson, the great Willie Mays was one of Major League Baseball’s first African-American players. Willie set the standard for all five aspects of the game: (1) POWER HITTING: 660 home runs,third (at the time) behind Babe Ruth and […]

05/06/2015

LA Theater: Still Alive At Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City

With all the current stories of small theater collapsing in the Los Angeles area, one small play is thriving at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City. “SkyPilot Theatre” is presenting a very contemporary play about the formerly forbidden topic of pro football players receiving career ending injuries, those same injuries sometimes also end their lives. […]

04/24/2015

Bill Withers : Will He Break His 30 Years of Not Performing?

With the passing of Percy Sledge this week, I started thinking about another seminal recording artist and songwriter we have not heard much from since 1985. His name is Bill Withers. Never does a season of “American Idol” or “The Voice” air without several young contestants attempting a Bill Withers composition. Bill’s first hit “Ain’t […]

04/16/2015

Is It Over For The Music Industry?

After attending my third Fleetwood Mac concert of their current tour (yes I’m a big fan), I started thinking about how much the once very healthy music industry has changed in the past 15 years. Back in 1999, the global music industry grossed close to 27 billion. Today it is less than half of that, […]

04/15/2015

Nice Mix: Music at The Saban

The Saban Theater of Beverly Hills has a great mix of music acts coming soon including Al Di Meola on Saturday April 25th, En Vogue on May 23rd, Keb Mo on July 15th, and a 10-day run for the stage production of Rent from July 16-26th. S.T.A.G.E. returns to the Saban on Saturday May 9th, for […]

04/13/2015

Bill Dudley’s Hollywood: Stephen Humphrey Bogart Revives His Father’s Production Company

Stephen Humphrey Bogart is the son of Hollywood royalty. His father was Humphrey Bogart, and his mother was Lauren Bacall. Many consider them the greatest movie couple of all time, even tho they only made 4 films together. They met on the set of To Have And Have Not, Bogart was 44 and Lauren was […]

04/08/2015

San Francisco Sportscaster Lon Simmons Dead At Age 91

It is rather ironic that on the opening day of baseball season, one of the greatest voices in baseball history has gone silent. As Vin Scully is to the Dodgers, sportscaster Lon Simmons was to the SF Giants. Growing up in the the SF Bay Area I heard many a great radio talent that later […]

04/06/2015

Dustin Hoffman Still Proud of “Lenny” 40 Years Later

One of the biggest highlights of this year’s TCM Festival was Dustin Hoffman appearing for a screening of Lenny, the sad story of comedian Lenny Bruce, who left us way before his time. Lenny did comedy like no-one else of his era (mid 1950’s-early 1960’s). Unfortunately, his routine’s were considered “obscene” and he was arrested […]

04/01/2015

Bill Dudley’s Hollywood: The Women Of Film at 2015 TCM Festival

Some of the best known female stars of the silver screen visited the 6th annual TCM Festival this weekend, Shirley MacLaine, Sophia Loren, and Ann-Margret. The impact of these women is still so strong today, many disappointed fans were turned away after a 2 (or more) hour wait to see them. SHIRLEY MACLAINE has been a […]

03/31/2015

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