Bill Dudley

Bill Dudley’s Hollywood: 4 Days of Classic Films At TCM Fest in Hollywood

Screening nearly 100 films this year (in only 4 days) with countless guest speakers, I did my best to catch about 20 events. Opening night (Thursday) featured several members of the original cast of “Grease” gathered around the legendary swimming pool of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Friday night, the zany Peter Seller’s classic “The Party” […]

03/30/2015

Bill Dudley Movie Review: ‘Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police’

Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police is the new film that documents the rise and fall of one of the 1980’s biggest bands. The film is based on Andy Summer’s recent 2007 memoir “One Train Later,” a 300 page book. Formed in England in 1977, The Police were three artists who all had been […]

03/27/2015

‘The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of’: The 6th Annual Turner Classic Movie Festival

“The Stuff That dreams Are Made Of” – As all film buffs well know, Humphrey Bogart spoke those words in what is considered one of the greatest films of the 20th century, “The Maltese Falcon.” Those words truly describe the TCM Film Festival, as movie lovers of all ages come from all over the world […]

03/26/2015

‘All Good Things:’ A Hollywood Gem You May Have Missed

With all the social media buzz about accused murderer Robert Durst perhaps finally being punished for no less than 3 murders over a 30 year span, I was reminded of a very good film that very few people saw back in 2010 titled All Good Things. This is not to be confused with the recent […]

03/18/2015

The Wrecking Crew: The Best Band You Have Never Heard Of

“The Wrecking Crew” was an infinite number of studio musicians who were called in to play anonymously on recording sessions by everyone from Nat “King” Cole and Sam Cooke, to the “Beach Boys.”

03/13/2015

Singer Lesley Gore Has Left Us Behind at Age 68

In case you missed it, a woman who may have been a big part of our childhood passed away yesterday. Singer Lesley Gore has left us behind at the  age of 68. I just saw Leslie less than 2 years ago when she headlined the  Palm Springs Follies. She looked good, sounded great and was […]

02/17/2015

Bill Dudley’s Top Films of 2014 : THE TOP 10

These are my Top 10 films of 2014. There were so many diverse movies I enjoyed this past year, I actually complied a Top 16 list, rather than just 10.  You can catch my previous comments on #11-16 here. 10) BIRDMAN: Probably the oddest film of the year, and just may win an Academy Award […]

02/06/2015

The Saban Theater: A Gem of a Venue For Music

Built in 1930, and formerly known as the Fox Wilshire Theater, many a historic film was once shown at this beautiful art deco gem, including the premiere of How To Marry a Millionaire with Marilyn Monroe and Lauren Bacall in attendance. Converted to a stage venue in 1981, and given a loving and total refurbish […]

02/06/2015

Bill Dudley’s Top 16 Films of 2014 – Part 1

I normally comprise this list of my favorite films in mid December, and it is normally a Top 10 list. This year I have 16 on my list, as  2014 was an extraordinarily good year for film, especially smaller independent films, which I am partial to. I normally avoid the big budget/action films, but a […]

02/05/2015

Melissa Manchester: A Golden Voice Returns To Spaghettini

Melissa Manchester is a true treasure. She studied songwriting at NYU with Paul Simon. She was “discovered” by Barry Manilow, who introduced her to Bette Midler, and was hired to be one of Bette’s original Harlettes (back-up singers). It wasn’t long before Clive Davis signed her to Arista records, and her career really took off. […]

01/30/2015

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