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Hollywood Huckster Meets Hollywood Squares

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As many of you know, my book, HOLLYWOOD HUCKSTER is out in both print and eBook form. For an upcoming interview, I was looking for some old footage of celebrities that the real Hollywood Huckster and I wrote for -- and then bang. I hit the gold mother lode. I found a collection of Hollywood Squares that has been compiled with only celebs that the Huckster and I wrote for.

It was nothing more than pure coincidence, but finding it makes me want to share it with you all, to give a sense of that era, who the Hollywood Huckster spent his time with and what he could do with these great talents.

With smiles of pride, I ask you to sample this set of classic clips:

If any of you want to know more about the book, feel free to check it out on Amazon.com (where it rose to #1 on the biographies & memoirs list) or at www.HollywoodHuckster.com.

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Caine Reveals Connery Has Alzheimers

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CORRECTION:

Since the story broke on Mail One two days ago, Sir Micheal Caine has come forth on the British Mirror News with a statement that he was misquoted about the condition of his good friend, Sean Connery, by German Newspaper, Bild. The full explanation can be found here: MIRROR NEWS. It is with great relief that I can post this correction as it now has perhaps a happy, or certainly happier, more hopeful continuation. DG

Time marches on, the old replaces the new. Sadly Double-O Seven has become Double-O I Can't Remember.

Across the internet, news organizations are starting to report on what was previously just rumored. Now the stories and coverage seem to be more than that. What's distressing is the horrific symptoms, the diminishing faculties of one of my all-time favorite actors, Sean Connery. And the reliable source of this face-slapping sobriety is none other than an equal favorite of mine, Michael Caine. I've got to believe this is true.

Mail Online

Screen legend Michael Caine says his best friend- 007 actor Sean Connery - is 'no longer in control of his senses' and fears he is in the grip of Alzheimer's.

In an interview with German newspaper Bild am sonntag Caine said: 'One must have serious concerns for him.'

Bild said the loss of his (Connery) memory is 'noticeable' and that only a few close friends and confidantes, like Caine, had access to him.

Individually they have been in amazing films, but their start together was in an entry on my top ten list of all-time great movies, THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING. This classic, directed by equally mesmerizing director, John Huston, marked the first time these gentlemen appeared together in a film. It was magic. They are and always will be Peachey and Danny.

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Sadly Alzheimer Disease strikes so many, robbing them and us of the beautiful lives they've lived. Maybe Connery's membership in that tragic club will be an inspiration to all of us to  help and motivate both the scientists and researchers to march on with their experiments to find a cure. It will come too late for many, but hopefully save so many more in the future.

Let's not take the pressure off of our Congress to continue to fund medical research. And not just Alzheimer's. Cancer, heart disease, Parkinson's, and so many more. This isn't for the James Bonds or Danny Dravots. This is for our mothers, our brothers, or even ourselves someday. No one is above life's game of chance. Let's put the time and money into finding cures now -- not kicking it down the road while Congress debates phony budgets and anti-social legislation. We must keep the pressure on. People first.

If you by some chance are too young, or missed this most classic of Rudyard Kipling tales, then please have a taste with this trailer for the film, THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING. We all can be a king someday -- if we give a little of ourselves every day.

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The Rule of Threes

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Gary David Goldberg   Richard matheson  resized James Gandolfini

Last night, Hollywood breathed a morbid sense of relief.  To understand it better, you must realize that the entertainment industry is very superstitious.  One of their axioms is "omne trium perfectum" (everything that comes in threes is perfect).

Think about it: blind mice, the R's: (Reading, 'Riting, 'Rithmetic), the Musketeers, the Power Puff Girls, The Dixie Chicks, coins in a fountain, little piggies, biblical wise Men, The Stooges, The Chipmunks, contents in a can of tennis balls, members of Cream,  Three Dog Night, Rings in a binder, the Holy Trinity, the Amigos, Donald Duck's nephews(Huey, Louie and Dewey), My Three Sons and emus' toes.

There’s one that Hollywood fears the most: celebrity deaths.  And as of last night, Hollywood breathed a morbid sigh of relief as it lost Gary David Goldberg. Make no mistake. His loss will be greatly felt.  But his is Hollywood. The home of schadenfreude.  He, along with the late Richard Matheson and James Gandolfini completed the latest trio of tragic losses in Tinseltown.

We all remember Gandolfini as Tony Soprano. Richard Matheson was the iconic sci-fi writer. And now they are joined in memorial by Gary David Goldberg. He was one of the most celebrated and influential comedy writers of his generation – responsible for Family Ties, Spin City and Brooklyn Bridge. Among his awards were two Emmy’s and four WGA awards…  As a television comedy writer, his loss effects me personally and greatly.  He was a writer/producer who I admired and wished I could have worked with more.  His effect on TV sitcoms was immeasurable.  He was a giant -- a gentle giant at that.

Dark suits, memorial services, and Forest Lawn/Hillside Memorial are going to be packed this week.  But for those entertainment industry survivors, there will be a feeling that they have dodged a bullet, for now.  Yes, this sounds unsympathetic.  But this is Hollywood.

For a quick video by Gary David Goldberg about Gary David Goldberg, here you go:

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Look-Alike Time

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At one time or another we've all been told that we look like someone else.  So here are a few to consider:

Eric Cantor - EgonEric Cantor and Egon from Ghostbusters

Beaker - Mitch McConnellBeaker and Sen. Mitch McConnell

Tom Petty - Ann CoulterTom Petty and Ann Coulter

Jeff Sessions - the Kebler ElfThe Kebler Elf and Sen. Jeff Sessions

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Video- Celebrities to Capitol Hill For Gun Control. Chris Rock, Amanda Peet, Tony Bennett

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Video Overnight Thread- Famous People Playing Themselves In Movies

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NSFW, via.

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VIDEO: Scarlett Johansson, Eva Longoria & Kerry Washington: "If you think this election won't affect you & your life, think again."

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"I want to talk to you about women... and Mitt Romney."

"Mitt Romney's for ending funding for Planned Parenthood."

"He said he'd overturn Roe v. Wade."

"We have Republicans trying to redefine rape... trying to force women to undergo invasive ultrasounds."

"If you think this election won't affect you and your life, think again."

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Scarlett Johansson, Eva Longoria & Kerry Washington want to talk to women about Mitt Romney -- a new 30-second TV ad from MoveOn.org Political Action.

Written, Directed & Produced by Rob Reiner
Produced by Michele Reiner

To Romney supporters: Seriously?

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