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A Cecil B. centennial

Posted by vp19 on 2014.06.30 at 23:10
Current mood: happyhappy


At the bottom of this photo of Carole Lombard from the May 1929 issue of Motion Picture magazine is a reference to Cecil B. De Mille; at the time this was printed, the 20-year-old starlet had been hired by De Mille as the female lead in his latest movie, "Dynamite." By the time this hit newsstands, the famed director had fired the relatively inexperienced actress after but a few days of production.

If Carole held a grudge, she never let on, and when she made her first appearance on "Lux Radio Theater" (a series De Mille hosted) in 1938, there was no rancor.



De Mille was among the pioneering directors in the industry -- perhaps the pioneering director -- and his first notable achievement will be honored tomorrow in Hollywood.




A century ago, De Mille and his business partner Jesse Lasky created the first American feature film, "The Squaw Man." Movies had been shot in southern California for several years, but none of this length. There was plenty of space for exterior shots in this western, but for interior scenes, De Mille and Lasky found a barn at Selma and Vine streets. That barn has since been restored and moved to 2100 North Highland Avenue, several blocks north of Hollywood Boulevard, and now is home to the Hollywood Heritage Museum.



From 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, the museum and Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will co-host a centennial celebration. Here's more about it:



It should be plenty of fun.

As I write this, my alma mater, the University of Maryland, is embarking on life in a new conference -- the Big Ten -- as it's past midnight in the eastern time zone and is now July 1. The move from the Atlantic Coast Conference not only will help the university in sports (the Big Ten is the oldest and wealthiest of athletic conferences), but in academics through the conference's research consortium for interlibrary loans, student travel and the like. Below are the Big Ten mascots and cheerleaders (Testudo, Maryland's terrapin mascot, is second from left), jumping for joy in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, a few miles from the College Park campus:



What makes this particularly sweet for me is that I was among the first, if not the first, to propose such a move...and I did it way back on Feb. 1, 2010, when it not only was out-of-the-box thinking, but the box was nowhere in sight. I'm a former sports editor of the campus student paper, the Diamondback, and here's what I wrote some 53 months ago: http://www.diamondbackonline.com/opinion/editorials/article_af2a5589-43a5-5f08-a6a9-287ad68c4d43.html. The move was announced in November 2012, and I'm delighted to see it come to fruition.

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