Bombshell, produced and directed by Jason Lehel and starring Kelly Mullis–both guests tonight–follows Marilyn Monroe in the final hours before her death. The short film takes us into the actress’s psyche, her addictions to substances and to John F. Kennedy. Using biographies and Monroe’s diaries as a foundation for the film, Bombshell is a shattering, painful look at a woman destroyed by forces internal and external.
|By: Lisa Derrick Tuesday September 6, 2011 8:00 pm|
My stepfather, Fred Karger was a film composer and musical supervisor at Columbia, MGM, for Elvis Presley’s goofball oeuvres (Harum Scarum, Kissin’ Cousins, Frankie and Johnny, etc.) and later for a series of campy independent films like Riot on Sunset Strip. He’s best known for the theme songs he wrote: From Here to Eternity, Magnificent Obsession, Gidget, Gidget Goes Hawaiian, and for his love life: He dated Marilyn Monroe for a number of years and was married twice to Jane Wyman. And once to my mom. Fred, who died in 1979, was super cool and a great stepfather. Every day I give thanks for having him in my life, for all the amazing people I met through him, and for showing me you can live life by following your creative dreams.
So when the name Fred Karger first popped up in my inbox during the Proposition 8 campaign, I did a huge double take, it’s a pretty unusual name.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday June 21, 2010 5:00 pm|
In The Reinactors, director David J. Markey explores the strange, at times tragic and hope-filled lives of character impersonators that up until three weeks ago populated Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Chinese Theatres, posing for photos, often and illegally asking for tips. Markey allows his subjects to unfold in front of the camera and what stories of desperate dreams and delusions they have.