Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
"We're fine. The song in Eulogy was Loneliness Ends with Love. Margaret Whiting and I just recorded in a studio in Hollywood one day because she loved the song. I have a song on TV series Damages and few others have been sold recently to the various movies. Just finished another book of arrangements for Hal Leonard, you can look at it on Amazon."
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Memories of Eddie Cantor
March 1 • 12:00–12:45 p.m. • Lecturers: BRIAN GARI AND JANET GARI
A songwriter and performer, Brian Gari has produced over a dozen CDs on his grandfather, Eddie Cantor, as well as writing a new musical about him which is previewed in Brian’s CD Songs For Future Musicals. Brian’s mother, Janet Gari, is the youngest of Eddie and Ida Cantor’s five children. Singer, songwriter (“Merrily We Roll Along”), comedian, author and actor, Eddie Cantor was born in New York City in 1892. His show business career began in vaudeville, continuing through the Ziegfeld Follies to the place he occupied as one of the leading figures of his generation in the entertainment world. His grandson and daughter bring us a perspective nobody else can about this icon.
John Jay College
899 Tenth Avenue (58th-59th Streets) • NYC
Call 212-273-5304 for information.
$3 suggested donation (if you can find the person to hand it to!)
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
It's hard to believe I've been doing BearManor Media for 9 years now. Next year it'll be a whole decade. Where does the time go?
Our first book was The Great Gildersleeve, written with my great friend Charles Stumpf. He gave me a lot of support about my writing and writing about old film and radio stars. He helped me more than anyone, giving me the confidence to write more.
From there, it seemed that publishing was where my real interest lay. It wasn't important to me that I write these books. Just that they are done and out! Preserving this history is the most important thing. Because once these people and witnesses are gone, that's it. Future books can't be as good because no one asked the questions to get the details on Joan Davis, Paul Frees or Walter Tetley.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
This was one of my favorite shows of the 80s. Actually, my favorite, if you don't count the brilliant Yes, Prime Minister from the UK.
It was a father and son type show that really spoke to me. I'd wanted a book done on this minor, cult, overlooked series for a long time. I was going to write it myself a couple years ago. I got in touch with Stephen J. Cannell's office and though they had the material, it was in storage. While they didn't say no to the project, they clearly weren't overjoyed with the project. I got busy, so I handed it to another author, but that didn't work out, so I handed to 3 huge fans. And they got the cooperation of everyone.
And what they have done with the book is amazing. Better than anything I could've done. 600 pages of everything. Everything you want to know about the people, the car, the ratings, the behind the scenes info. Great, just great.
And it's ready now!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
A nice mention on a professional writer's blog about the Fred MacMurray book today. Just click on the picture to go there.
We're on the verge of releasing a very book on the Jaws movie series. And that same author is winding up a book on the various TV/film incarnations of The Incredible Hulk. Stayed tuned!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Some books surprise me in how they do. For instance, John Agar. I was/am a fan. I went after this book, having heard about it on the co-author's website. I did much of the work myself to get it out. Yet, it's not a good seller.
Ditto for one of my comedy heroes, Jerry Colonna. This man is funny as hell. He's in my favorite cartoon movie of all time, Alice in Wonderland. He's got years at the side of Bob Hope. Yet, he is forgotten today? That's rather hard to believe.
I mean, of course, those under 30 won't know or care who he is. But as far as the "target audience" goes, I expect more of these people/books to have more fans. I invite comments on this subject. I'm curious what's going on - besides the current economy, of course.
Sales were never my main concern, even though I run a business. I'm mostly concerned with preserving this important film history while there are still witnesses around to record first hand accounts.
So I urge every writer, every celebrity, every stuntman, every 2nd unit director - write it down. Who cares if it's published or makes a mint. Put down the info before it's too late!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
It's official! We're nearing completion of the massive, 600+ page book on the hit action series, The Professionals. Super cover, eh? Being a big British mystery/comedy fan, I'm very pleased to have this ultimate guide in my catalog.
Monday, February 16, 2009
One of the nicest guys, and a hell of a funny writer, died just last month. We all miss him.
His local paper did a fitting tribute to the man, which I offer here.
He passed on his work on a Jeffersons book to Jonathan Etter, a fine writer. Jonathan will continue Whitey's work, and dedicate the book to him.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
I was watching Eulogy, the Ben Kingsley film, here in Japan a few weeks ago. And in Japan, they watch films until the very end. Until the lights come on again. Well, I like doing that. Lets you enjoy the music fully. I used to do that when I was kid anyway.
Well, I noticed at the very end of the credits that it seems there's a song written and performed by Al Lerner in the movie! It could've been in one of the party scenes. I'm not sure.
Now I just have to find out if it's on the soundtrack, if there is one!
Praise to my friend Lon Davis, one of the best writers I've ever come across. I just wanted to single out his Silent Lives again. Of all the silent film books we have out, it's doing the best. Part of that is because he just cares so much - to release a good book, and see it marketed well.
Click on the picture to go to his new book.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Oh, I just felt like putting up a couple pictures from our time at the horror convention in Orlando last year. We lost money, only selling a handful of books - and some weird choices, considering it was a horror crowd! But it was fun to see Jason's mom and Shawnee Smith from Saw, and the great self-promoter Lloyd Kaufman, etc. So we had no regrets. Besides, on the way back, I think we stopped at Universal, or at least had dinner at our favorite restaurant - Bahama Breeze.
The plan is to get more books at more conventions. Lord knows we've got a lot more titles now!
If you run a convention or go to one often, drop me a line!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
I know it's been Forever since I've posted on the BM blog. Mostly I've been doing our personal one, theohmarts.com, but now I've decided to update our biz blog daily. Definitely.
We're on the verge of getting our massive Hardcastle & McCormick book out. We've decided on a cover, which I like very much. What do you think? Click on the link to find out more.