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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Bette Davis, Deborah Kerr, Dovima, Fashion, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Judaica, Judaism, Movie Posters, Movies, Myrna Loy, Painting, Photography, Quotes, True Hollywood Confessions | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Responses

Thanksgiving 2017: The Children of the Children of Israel

As far as I know, there are only two countries in the world that were founded on the idea of hope. America and Israel. And what was the hope?

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Art, Brigitte Bardot, Family, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Joan Fontaine, Movie Posters, Movies, Painting, Photography, Quotes, True Hollywood Confessions | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Responses

Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Actors, Art, Arthur Szyk, Brigitte Bardot, Dolores del Rio, Dovima, Friday Fotos, Greta Garbo, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Ingrid Bergman, Judaica, Judaism, Milton Avery, Movie Posters, Movie Star Ads, Quotes, Star Ads | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Responses

July 4th Flashback: When Hollywood Loved America

A long time ago, in a universe far, far away, in a place called Hollywood, the movie studios and the actors who flourished in the dream factories, celebrated their love of America and enthusiastically indulged in overt displays of patriotism. L.B. Mayer (b. Lazar Meir) the powerful head of MGM, was a pioneer of the […]

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Art, Bette Davis, Cary Grant, Family, Hollywood, Hollywood Cars, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Jewish Holidays, Judaica, Judaism, Kirk Douglas, Movie Posters, Painting, Photography, Photography, Los Angeles, Pico-Robertson, Photography, Signs, Quotes, Shirley Temple, True Hollywood Confessions | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Responses

Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Art, Friday Fotos, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Judaism, Painting, Photography, True Hollywood Confessions | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Responses

Flashback: July 4th, When Hollywood Was Patriotic

A long time ago, in a universe far, far away, in a place called Hollywood, the movie studios and the actors who flourished in the dream factories, celebrated their love of America and enthusiastically indulged in overt displays of patriotism.

Posted in Actors, America, Ava Gardner, Colleen Moore, Helen Twelvetrees, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, July 4th | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Responses

Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Anna May Wong, Art, Bette Davis, Friday Fotos, Gregory Peck, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Photography, Quotes | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Responses

Talking About Carly Talking

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWQY1aJ8JjU[/youtube]   A major, but frequently overlooked ingredient that contributed to the glamorous image of Hollywood’s greatest stars were their voices. Under the studio system, actors were given rigorous voice training. They were taught to enunciate clearly, and how to emphasize certain words in order to give better line readings. They were drilled on how […]

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Art, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Friday Fotos, Hedy Lamarr, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Responses

A Hollywood July 4th

A long time ago, in a universe far, far away, in a place called Hollywood, the movie studios and the actors who were under contract to them, celebrated their love of America, and enthusiastically indulged in overt displays of patriotism.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Art, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, Friday Footwear, Friday Fotos, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Livia Yarden, Marilyn Monroe, Movie Posters, Movies, Myrna Loy, Painting, Screenwriting, True Hollywood Confessions | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Responses

Friday Photos: Everything But the Kitchen Sink

Baltimore. Garland, Texas. Iran. Yemen. ObamaCare. Iraq. Syria. Shia. Sunni. Clinton Cash. IslamoNazis. IRS. Benghazi. Lois Lerner. Thug. Federal Deficit. Islamic State. Hillary. Server. Delete 30,000 emails. War on police. Minimum wage.  Mohammed cartoons. Racist. Transgender. Income inequality. BDS. Beheadings. Chemical weapons. Iranian nukes… How about some pictures to help set aside—at least for a […]

Posted in Anna May Wong, Art, Bette Davis, Brigitte Bardot, Clara Bow, Eve Arden, Friday Fotos, Hollywood Cars, Marlene Dietrich, Myrna Loy, Painting, Photography, Vertigo | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Responses

Hollywood in Stitches, Part I

“Hurry up and wait!” Anyone who has worked on a major Hollywood production is familiar with this ironic cry. There is a tremendous amount of down time on a Hollywood film. It takes hours to set up lights, rig camera and sound, and make sure the sets and props are in place. Thus, actors spend […]

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Hollywood Star Ads: Buy Me, Be Me

Ever since there were movie stars there have been star product endorsements. Corporations and their advertising companies were quick to understand that those larger than life figures floating like angels on the silver screen were potent persuaders. Thus, the synergistic relationship between one product, the movie star, and a consumer product — cigarettes, perfume, makeup, […]

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Hollywood Mothers

On screen, they are larger than life. Hollywood stars seduce us with their glamor. They become the vehicles of our dreams and desires. We rarely imagine them as ordinary people. And so, when we see a Hollywood star posing with family members—mortals like you and me—it comes as something of a shock. But after a […]

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Hollywood on Hollywood

Labor Day affords us the opportunity to reflect on work, our jobs, present and past. Good jobs, bad jobs, we’ve all had our share of both. Work should set you free. Honest labor puts money in your pocket which allows you to spend that money as you see fit. Ideally, work infuses the individual with […]

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Old Hollywood, New Year

Seraphic Secret works hard to favor the glass half-full view of life. When bad stuff happens, which it does all the time, we try not to plunge into a clinical depression. But let’s face it, 2012 was a difficult year for Conservatives — and for America. Obamacare has become the law of the land, which, […]

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2016: Obama’s America, Plus a Mild Digression About Bette Davis

Into the San Fernando Valley we rode, 10.2 miles from Casa Avrech, to see Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary 2016: Obama’s America. Karen ordered our tickets in advance through Fandango. There are no theater listings for 2016 in the LA Times. They claim there was a computer glitch, but I think we all know what’s really going […]

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    Annual Ariel Avrech
    Memorial Lectures

    Young Israel of Century City
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    Fifteenth: June 10, 2018
    Jackie Danicki: “Confessions of a Convert: A Humbling, Joyful Journey to Judaism.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (94 MB)
    Fourteenth: June 11, 2017
    Daniel Greenfield: “Fighting Anti-Semitism and Defending Israel in the Age of BDS.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (100 MB)
    Thirteenth: May 22, 2016Ben Shapiro: “How You Can Save Israel”

    Blog Post | Audio: (70 MB)
    Twelfth: June 7, 2015
    Larry Elder: “The New Black Anti-Semitism”

    Blog Post | Audio: (100 MB)
    Eleventh: June 8, 2014
    Michael Medved: “Shifting Alliances: Why Liberals No Longer Reliably Support Israel — And Conservatives Do.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (97MB)
    Tenth: June 9, 2013
    David Horowitz: “The War Against Judaism on the University Campus.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (16MB)
    Ninth: June 3, 2012
    Joel B. Pollak: “The Mainstream Media’s Betrayal of Israel.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (15MB)
    Eighth: June 5, 2011
    Yossi Klein Halevi: “What is Expected of a Survivor People: Lessons My Father Taught Me.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (18MB)
    Seventh: June 13, 2010
    Dennis Prager: “Happiness is a Mitzvah, Not an Emotion.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (80MB)
    Sixth: June 21, 2009
    Rabbi Steven Pruzansky: “Conformity in Jewish Life: Vice, Virtue or Affectation?”

    Blog Post | Audio: (64MB)
    Fifth: June 15, 2008
    Rabbi Dr. Gil S. Perl: “What Was the Rosh Yeshiva Reading: Intellectual Openness in 19th Century Lithuania.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (70MB)
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