MY WIFE. BARBARA ANKRUM'S SECOND BOOK IN HER WILD WESTERN HEARTS SERIES IS OUT ON AMAZON KINDLE!..
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up! "Renegade Bride" is up on Amazon! The second book in my Wild
Western Hearts Series, is finally online! Again, it's only available on
Amazon for this week, but will be on Nook sometime next week and all
other venues shortly. This book was my first to be nominated for a RITA
by Romance Writers of America and is really one of my favorites. I hope
you enjoy it.
SO SAD TO HEAR THE NEWS OF THE PASSING OF MY DEAR OLD FRIEND, ACTOR, DENNIS BURKLEY. WE MET ON THE FILM SET OF THE INDIE FILM "BUMMER" IN 1972 AND WE'VE BEEN FRIENDS EVER SINCE. GOD BLESS DENNIS AND HIS FAMILY. REST IN PEACE BIG D!
My Stepfather, William Challee... in a scene from the film "Five Easy Pieces" with Jack Nicholson. He played Jack's Father. The film was directed by Bob Rafelson. And Fred Roos was the casting director. Fred later went on to cast me as the voice of Wedge Antilles in Star Wars: A New Hope.
For one day only, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will present a “Limited Time Magic” event for the annual, fan-proclaimed “Star
Wars Day,” May 4 – a date that Star Wars fans worldwide turn into
a celebratory pun, “May the Fourth Be With You!”
Separate from the month-long Star Wars Weekends special event (which begins May
17), this “Limited Time Magic” celebration features special Star Wars
entertainment, characters, commemorative merchandise, a Star Wars
dance party and a Star Wars-themed fireworks show to cap off the day.
You might even find yourself sitting next to Chewbacca aboard Star Tours – The Adventures Continue. Star Wars
characters will make surprise appearances on the 3-D attraction to enjoy the
wild journey through space alongside park guests.
A special edition of Jedi Training Academy also is planned that day, with
parents invited to join their children (ages 4-12, sign-ups required on first-come
basis) on-stage for the training and final showdown with the Empire.
When the sun goes down, galactic fun lights the night as Lobot (from Star
Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back) takes over as DJ for a dance
party that will be highlighted by a special Star Wars fireworks show.
“May the Fourth Be With You” “Limited Time Magic” park activities and shows
are included in regular admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
So sorry to hear the news of Richard LeParmentier's passing. I had the chance to attend several sci-fi conventions with him. He was a terrific actor and wonderful spirit.
After defying Lord Vader aboard the original Death Star, Admiral Motti became a symbol of the Empire's
over-confidence. But the actor Richard LeParmentier has become a favourite
amongst fans… and now, has sadly passed away.
Richard LeParmentier, who will be remembered for his role in 'Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope', was an accomplished
actor who appeared in a number of classic films - performing alongside James
Caan in the '70s classic 'Rollerball' and appearing as Lt. Santino in the
animated classic, 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit'.
In fact, in his long career, Richard delivered a number of iconic lines…
including the classic "Now that's what I call one seriously disturbed
toon." But he will always be remembered for his over-confidence in the
Empire. And perhaps his lack of faith (which Lord Vader found disturbing)… This station is now the ultimate power in the universe!
I think it's safe to say that everyone remembers that iconic scene - The one
where Admiral Motti foolishly stands-up to Darth Vader… only to be force-choked
for his trouble. It was a brilliantly understated piece of cinema that
showcased the true power of the Dark Side while highlighting the Empire's main
weakness - over-confidence.
And it was Richard who took that role and made it his own. Admiral Motti may
have only had a small part to play, but it was a crucial one… his cockiness and
oversight being the ultimate flaw that the Rebel Alliance needed for their
strike on the Death Star. I find your lack of faith disturbing…
Of course, it was Motti's single act of defiance that created one of the
most memorable scenes from 'A New Hope' - the famous Vader force-choke. It's a
scene that's stayed with us some thirty years after the film's original
release… and has even spawned an online craze known as 'Vadering'.
Telegraph reports that Richard recounted that "I did the choking
effect by flexing muscles in my neck. It set off a chain of events, that
choking." And it was Richard's original scene that showed us exactly what
the Force was capable of… especially in the hands of the Dark Side.
Born in Pittsburgh, USAbut settling down in bath, Somerset, Richard LeParmentier was a regular at
'Star Wars' conventions and will be sorely missed by friends and fans alike. Rest in peace Richard.
Cattle Queen of Montana was the film playing at the Essex Theater in Hill
Valley, in the film Back to the Future, on November 5, 1955. My Father, Morris Ankrum, played Barbara Stanwyck's Father in the film.
Above, my Father Morris Ankrum (billed as Stephen Morris) has the drop on William 'Hoppy'
Boyd in this lobby card from HILLS OF OLD WYOMING
(Paramount, 1937). My Father was under contract to Paramount Studios in the late 1930's. He played the antagonist in many of the Hopalong Cassidy Western Films. His early stage name was Stephen Morris. He later changed it to his own name.
Above from L-to-R are William Boyd, Russell Hayden, Andy Clyde and Morris Ankrum (now billed as Morris Ankrum) in a lobby card from WIDEOPENTOWN
As I walk along the Hollywood Stars (Bing Crosby, Rin Tin Tin, Rita Hayworth) on the way to my office, I think about my life's journey and what brought me to this place in time. I've lived in Hollywood most of my life. Grew up in a family of actors and later became one myself. I've been an actor, a television and film writer, and now a Talent and Literary Agent. As my Hollywood journey continues I invite you to walk along with me. I'll look back from where I've been and up ahead. Who knows what's around the next corner...