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"Hollywood Beat" on Location
By Donna Jeffries & Larry Leverett
"Have A Heart" / The 30th annual Saturn Awards

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Hollywood Beat Photo: Members of the Troy Cory TV Show Prepare at Sunset Gower Studios - Hollywood. David Norwoods, Tony MacLaren, Jeff Leaf, Josie Cory, Troy Cory and China Producer, John Qu. Story, "Have A Heart" / By Donna Jeffries & Larry Leverett / More Photos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"Hollywood Beat" on Location
By Donna Jeffries & Larry Leverett

"Have A Heart" . . . and If you're talking about Goodwill, and Awards Given to others, think about the Troy Cory 16 City Concert tour of China…
---- The Troy Cory Show, Ron Rice, the HT Performers, the Brooke Sisters, and the California Goodtime Band are getting ready to leave on their exciting 16-city tour of China. The Troy Cory "Have A Heart" China Concert Tour, June 15th to July 22nd - will visit Shanghai , Beijing, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Shenzhei, Hangzhou,Nanjing, Changsha & Tianjin. The show will feature Troy Cory and the Brooke Sisters, Ron Rice's Hawaiian Tropic Performers, Sterling Rice and the California Goodtime Band.
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In 1988, Troy Cory, Joey Lauren Adams and The Brooke Sisters, were the first entertainers from the United States to appear in a full staged program in the People's Republic of China and on China's National Television, viewed by over 300 million people. They're making history once again, as the first and only performers allowed to visit and perform in a multitude of different cities without government control!
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Troy has reigned in China, as the American Pop/Country Singer, for over sixteen years. His 1988 STV Festival TV show appearance was televised and seen by over 300 million Chinese viewers-----Being one of the first Americans to entertain and help bring in a billion dollars worth of business to and from China, Troy accepts himself as an ambassador of goodwill. Troy with his China / U.S.A. resources, has been able to combine his Musical / TV Shows, with his China Expo Trade Missions, since 1988.
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Back with Larry on the Beat… Larry's new "discovery" the gorgeous Sandra Giles is a famous swing dancer and actress who's actually been a part of the entertainment industry for a long time. Sandra, who started her career doing tire commercials and later in acting &endash; starred in her first film "The Matchmaker" back in 1958. Talk about matchmaking - over the years, Sandra has dated many famous actors including Elvis Presley, Omar Shariff and Frank Sinatra.
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No one could miss her as she cruised around in her pink 1957 T-Bird with the pink mink interior! Sandra is famous for her phenomenal dancing ability, and avidly continues to promote West Coast Swing. In her illustrious career Sandra has also appeared in films such as, "Daddy-O", "Last of the Red Hot Lovers", and "It Happened at the World's Fair" and in TV series such as "Odd Couple", "Land of the Giants", and "Columbo".

The 30th annual Saturn Awards were
recently held at the Sheraton Universal Hotel Ballroom
… and Larry was there!
----According to actress Ann Robinson (star of SciFi classic film "War of the Worlds") who was with Larry at the star-studded event, "Larry is always there at the right time". In fact it was Larry who introduced his long-time friend Ann to director James Cameron that evening. Cameron was very excited to meet Ann and discuss the making of "The War of the Worlds" with her. Ann happens to be a very intelligent storehouse of information on not only the famous film, but all topics related &endash; such as space, science, statistics, special effects, etc.. Cameron was delighted to learn about how some of the special effects were done. The film was done way back before the technology we have today existed. According to Ann, "We didn't have computers back then &endash; we had smarts and genius… punching a button and blowing up things doesn't take a genius".
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Cameron was particularly interested in how the special effects were done to make the films' alien arm look like it shriveled up and died in one notable scene. Ann explained to him that the alien body was really hollow and that they had ingeniously filled it with air and red lights. When it was time for the alien to die &endash; they simply changed the red lights to grey then sucked all of the air out of the alien to make it appear as if it was shriveling and dying! Incredibly, for another scene, the alien body was originally supposed to be packed with raw liver! But expert, Charlie Gemora and his daughter took the situation into their hands and ended up putting Charlie into the alien suit instead!
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As for the famous, eerie sounds of the alien spaceships &endash; Ann reveals that the "boing, boing" sound of the firing spaceships were actually the sounds of a loose guitar string being plucked and recorded backwards! The hissing sounds of the spaceships were actually sounds emitted from high-tension poles being struck by big sticks! And the sound of the aliens unscrewing their spaceship door was really a mayonnaise jar being opened in the bottom of an empty toilet bowl! The classic film, which won an Oscar for its phenomenal special effects, is considered to be one of the greatest science-fiction masterpieces of all time. It's amazing what you could do with $600,000 and a little genius back then!
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By the way, Variety magazine has reported that Tom Cruise will be producing and is set to star in a remake of "The War of the Worlds", with Steven Spielberg to direct. In honor of the enduring interest in this film and in celebration of it's 50th Anniversary this year, Paramount Pictures will be releasing a new DVD version soon. Ann and her co-star of the film, Gene Barry just finished up doing special interviews which will be included in the new DVD package. Gene Barry, by the way, just celebrated his birthday on June 14 &endash; Happy Birthday Gene!!
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Meanwhile, back at The Saturn Awards… the awards, which are presented annually by The Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy & Horror Films, was originally founded by the late Dr. Donald Reed &endash; who was the genius behind the transformation of the "Count Dracula Society" into what we know today as The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.
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When the Academy gave out their first awards over 30 years ago, SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE and BLACULA were the hot winners, and genre films were not taken very seriously. But all of that has changed today - genre films and their creators are now the mainstream and are among the most successful and respected in the industry. This year's Oscar sweep of LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING finally ended the idea that SciFi or fantasy films could not combine commercial success with awards acceptance.
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This years Saturn Award Winners included: Best Actress on a TV series &endash; Amber Tamblyn for "Joan of Arcadia"; Best Actor on a TV series &endash; David Boreanaz for "Angel"; Best Actress in Film &endash; Uma Thurman for "Kill Bill"; Best Actor in Film &endash; Elijiah Wood for "Lord of the Rings"; Best Film Director &endash; Peter Jackson &endash;for "Lord of the Rings" - which also won for Best Film; Best Horror Film award went to "28 Days"; and The Best SciFi Film award went to "X 2: X-Men United".
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This years Saturn Awards were produced by Steven Carter and Robert Holguin - who made sure to place a huge one-sheet from "War of the Worlds" right up in front by the podium &endash; because, as he said, it's his favorite movie and he knew Ann Robinson would be there that night. The ceremony started out with a funny short introductory film called "Who Are The Saturn Awards?" After the film, Mark Altman gave a short introductory address, and then they brought out the master of ceremonies, comedian Jeffrey Ross.
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If you've ever seen any of those "celebrity roasts" then you can imagine the type of acerbic wit Ross was trying to achieve &endash; unfortunately he ended up offending half of the audience with his opening remarks. "An awards show for science fiction and horror... you people are freaks and geeks. The best looking guy here tonight is Gollum."
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The first award of the evening was actually a holdover from last year's award ceremony, when James Cameron was unable to attend to pick up his Donald A. Reed Award. Upon receiving his award, Cameron wrapped up his speech by saying, "I look back at how science fiction and fantasy was treated when I was a kid, and even when I was starting out, and it was ghettoized. Now, they are among the most successful and commercially acclaimed films ever. We may all be freaks and geeks, but these days, that's a pretty great thing to be."
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Gale Anne Hurd also accepted the Donald A. Reed Award, as this years honoree. She and Cameron, who picked up the same award, bookended the evening with their acceptance speeches. Hurd also talked about how Dr. Reed was one of the first people to actually support the original TERMINATOR at a time when even the films' distributor seemed ashamed of it. Which seems incredible since the film is now acknowledged as a classic.
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Another classic in the news &endash; is the film "Imitation of Life" starring Lana Turner. "Imitation of Life" recently held its 40 year Anniversary screening and celebration of the films new print, in Hollywood. Ann Robinson - who is seen around Hollywood a lot lately - also happened to star as a chorus girl in the film, along with Juanita Moore and Susan Kohner. Ann was a part of what was known as the "Golden Circle" back then &endash; a group of talented contract players destined for stardom. Barbara Rush, Marion Ross and Judith Ames were also a part of this group.
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We are all sorrowful to see the passing of former president Ronald Reagan. Larry happens to have an interesting story about how he met Reagan many years ago. During pre-production and casting of the early 1970's SciFi film "Monster A-Go Go" producer Bill Rabane and Larry were hanging around one rainy day on Randolph Street in Chicago. Rabane and Larry - who Rabane called "My associate and press agent with a lot of guts" &endash; were late to a meeting so were rushing around, and practically mowed down this man in a trench coat who was also rushing to get underneath the marquee of the Woods Theatre and out of the rain. The man wearing the trench coat just happened to be Ronald Reagan.
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Having few inhibitions in those days, the dynamic duo ended up blurting out the whole synopsis (of "Monster A-Go Go") to Ronald Reagan, as they all stood there together under the marquee. Larry and Bill took extra measure to make sure to tell Reagan that actress June Travis was set to co-star in the film and that they felt sure that he would be the perfect star for the flick. Maybe not too far fetched &endash; after all Reagan did star in a flick about a chimp called "Bedtime for Bonzo".
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It just so happened that not only did Reagan know June Travis, but he also knew one of the investors of the film. Reagan ended up asking to see the script and to work out a deal with his agent. He carefully wrote his agents name on a pad of paper for them, and told the duo that if they could work it out that he might be interested in it! - Leave it to Leverett again!

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