May 13, 2013
Dean Jeffries, 80, a legendary auto customizer who was one of the first hot rodders to chop, channel, and soup-up automobiles during the car-crazy 1950s in Southern California, died May 4. He had been in declining health, and his death was confirmed by his son, Kevin. Mr. Jeffries was an automotive jack-of-all-trades, working as a stuntman, car builder, and race-car painter and pinstriper. Mr. Jeffries' distinctive paint jobs and sculpted bodywork attracted many admirers to his auto shop, including the likes of James Dean, Steve McQueen, and A.J. Foyt.
March 21, 2013 |
Y'know this book, Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Life of the Stars ? Right up there on the New York Times best-sellers lists? By Scotty Bowers , 88, it's all about Scotty's adventures in the Hollywood sex trade of the 1940s and '50s. Says he either personally served or set up clients such as Spencer Tracy , Cary Grant , Katharine Hepburn (150 women!), James Dean , and the Duke of Windsor . J. Edgar Hoove r comes for a date in drag. So is this Bowers guy lying?
November 20, 2012 |
Sunday Medium is the message In the show Clay Possibilities , two dozen local artists investigate the different ways the material can be used. The show opens with a reception at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts , 439 Ashbourne Rd., Cheltenham, and continues Mondays through Fridays to Dec. 10. Admission is free. Call 215-379-4660. Strike up the band If you don't know Meredith Willson's classic 1957 musical The Music Man - well, you got trouble.
July 1, 2010
Corey Allen, 75, who played the high school gang leader who gets in a knife fight with James Dean in the film Rebel Without a Cause , has died. A family spokesman said Mr. Allen died at his Hollywood home Sunday. Mr. Allen played the character Buzz Gunderson in the 1955 movie. He had a number of other TV and film roles before turning to TV directing in 1969. In 1984, he won an Emmy for directing an episode of Hill Street Blues. He also directed the two-hour pilot for Star Trek: The Next Generation as well as episodes of that series and the follow-up, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
July 1, 2010
8 tonight TCM The legend of James Dean began with this 1955 classic about a misunderstood youth who vents his frustration destructively. The recently departed Dennis Hopper (right) also stars, along with Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo.
November 29, 2006
RE THE death toll in the black community, mainly the young on young: It seems that until those young people lose the James Dean theory of "live fast, die young and have a good-looking corpse," they will continue on the road to continued heartache and sorrow for the loved ones of those who are killed. And they will either end up dead as a result of retaliation or in prison for the productive years of their life. This is an epidemic that has been theorized about for 30-plus years, but I believe the solution lies with the parents, who have to take a more active role in teaching the value of life and the opportunities out there if they only apply themselves and take advantage of the programs that are available to them.
October 10, 2006 |
Winter is still a couple of months away, but the heat is up at the Media Theatre, where a sweet-as-honey Carole Denise Jones and her handsome costar, Michael Deleget, are playing the lovers in Elton John and Tim Rice's modern musical take on Aida. Onstage, the two sing with voices from heaven even as their characters play out a love made in hell - and when they're alone together on stage, look out. The entire cast, a handsome collection, has the pipes for the compelling musical, and you could close your eyes at this Aida, directed by Media's artistic director, Jesse Cline, and imagine the play just by enjoying the sound of the sizable ensemble.
December 28, 2005 |
It was only a small item, buried three paragraphs into a news roundup in the arts section of the New York Times: "James Dean museum will close soon," it read. It gave me pause, as I'm sure it did other readers of my generation. For us, the closing of the museum doors is metaphorically closing the doors on our memories of an actor who, credited in only three films, tapped into the innermost thoughts and unexpressed feelings of millions of teenagers teetering on the cusp of responsible adulthood while clinging desperately to the carefree existence of adolescence.
September 28, 2003 |
Seabiscuit star Tobey Maguire has shelled out $197,500 laundered by his former financial adviser, Dana Giacchetto, to settle an ongoing lawsuit, the Smoking Gun Web site reports. Maguire is one of a number of celebs who were unknowingly given money by Giacchetto, who acquired it by defrauding lesser-known clients. Cameron Diaz has paid back $100,000, Tim Roth wrote a check for $60,000, and Alanis Morissette returned $1,800. Giacchetto, who pleaded guilty to fraud in August 2000, spent 28 months at the federal prison in Allenwood in Union County, Pa. Monument to Dean The stage of the Fairmount, Ind., high school where angst-ridden Method actor James Dean cut his acting teeth could become a community theater.
January 25, 2002 |
Judy Garland and James Dean remain two of the most enduring film legends from 20th-century pop culture. Both were enormously talented, both died tragically, and both spoke to a generation of fans with a distinct voice that is still felt today. They are also the subjects of two made-for-TV biographies with Golden Globe-winning lead performances. Based on daughter Lorna Luft's memoirs, "Life with Judy Garland: Me & My Shadows" (VHS: $14.99; DVD: $22.99) is a superlative look at the professional and private lives of one of the most beloved performers of stage and screen.