Lincoln’s birthday passed last Friday. Our Dr. of Ancient Filmology did not let it pass, however, without having us remember the movie Prince of Players, which refers to none other than Edwin Booth, the most famous actor of his day and also the brother of Lincoln assasin John Wilkes Booth.
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  Who is the number one star working in movies today?         Not the best actor; the biggest star.   Tough one, isn’t it?   It seems to change from year to year.   Heck, it seems to change from movie to movie.   Box-office drawing power is literally as fickle as we are.   So now I ask all […]
The University of La Verne Theatre Arts Department’s upcoming production of Lindsay-Abaire’s 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning play promises audiences seven emotionally charged performances in Dailey Theatre, Feb. 4-6 and Feb. 11-13 at 7:30 p.m.
      Welcome again, film fans, to “Upon Further Review”.   This week’s ancient movie review features an ancient movie star with a twist.   Because I guarantee you, she’s the biggest movie star you’ve never ever even heard of….       It’s called “Big City”, and it was released in 1937.   That’s a big fat 73 years ago.   […]
…UPON FURTHER REVIEW, by Brad Eastland, A.F.D.  (that’s short for ‘Doctor of Ancient Filmology’)                      Recently one of my publishers, the redoubtable Colleen Bennett, suggested (which is to say insisted) that I commence a column specializing in the review of movies.   More specifically, the review of old movies.       […]
Friends are coming into town, you’re off for a few extra days, play hooky and catch some of the year’s best flicks, according to the Los Angeles Film Critics whose selections were released Dec. 13, 2009.
For more than 75 years, Federico García Lorca’s tragic play “Bodas de Sangre” (in English, “Blood Wedding”) has been considered a classic of European theatre. But this riveting tale of passion, fury, retribution and death – based on a true story – could easily have been constructed from today’s headlines. The University of La Verne […]
The first thing you notice about Diane Vasquez, owner of Angel Diane Photography in La Verne, Calif., is she makes eye contact. Look into her deep caramel-colored eyes, and she immediately puts you at ease. That’s a great quality to have when you’re the subject, and she’s focusing one of her Canon digital cameras on […]
It being the start of football season, I can’t resist this story: Frank Szymanski, a Notre Dame center in the 1940s was called as a witness in a civil case. He answered a series of questions. “Son, are you on the Notre Dame football team this year?” “Yes, your honor.” “What position?” “Center, your honor.” […]
by Brad Eastland       The female Raymond Chandler is coming to LaVerne.       And for those of you not yet familiar with the Eve Diamond crime novels, that author would be Denise Hamilton.       Mark your calendar: Hamilton will be appearing at the LaVerne Public Library located at 3640 D Street this coming Saturday, July […]