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Love Me Tender (1956): The 4 Musical Numbers

I’m really excited about an upcoming piece I’ll have in the next issue of Bright Wall/Dark Room about Love Me Tender, Elvis’ film debut in 1956. I won’t go on and on here about it until the piece launches in … Continue reading

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Elvis in Los Angeles

My first day in Los Angeles, I drove up from Long Beach to meet up with my brother, my cousin Mike, offices on Sunset Boulevard. We had the table-read that night, and I had a couple of hours to kill … Continue reading

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A Very Good Omen

I walked into the bar where we would be shooting. It was a bee-hive of energy, people running around with light meters and equipment, moving bar stools, covering up Green Bay Packers logos … There was nothing for me to … Continue reading

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We had the table-read last night. Director, two actors, me. First time I’ve met all of them in the flesh. The whole damn thing is huge, I mean, come on, I’m enjoying every second of it. I love them all. … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Lizabeth Scott

Lizabeth Scott, of the smoky voice, the tough hard eyes, the lean body with beautiful dangerous curves, has died at the age of 92. Hers was not a lengthy career and it petered out a bit after the heyday of … Continue reading

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January 2015: Viewing Diary

I’m going to start listing everything I saw each month. It’ll be a good way for me to keep track, and also a good record for my end-of-year lists. So here’s everything I watched in January, 2015. Inherent Vice (2014; … Continue reading

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Elvis Is Everwhere

Perhaps one needs to be a pretty hard-core Elvis obsessive to get the beauty of this connection, which leapt out at me immediately in the moment my brother took my car keys, (with the Sun Studio key-ring bought at Sun … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Lord Byron

Lord Byron’s epitaph to his dog: One who possessed beauty without vanity, strength without insolence, courage without ferocity, and all the virtues of man, without his vices. This praise would be unmeaning flattery if inscribed over human ashes, is but … Continue reading

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Elvis On Ice

The Mississippi RiverKings hockey team originated in Memphis and every year they have an “Elvis Presley Night,” commemorated with different team jerseys. Last year, the jersey paid tribute to Elvis’ 1973 televised special from Hawaii Aloha from Hawaii. And this … Continue reading

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Elvis Presley: Powerful Claws Threaten Us

Elvis Presley was born on this day in 1935. Here is one of my favorite performances of his. It’s one for the ages. Elvis Presley performing “Trying To Get To You” during the informal sit-down session section of his 1968 … Continue reading

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