Archive for January 11th, 2011

article by Suzanne Philips

photos by Larry Cunningham/CFM

The Cannery Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas hosted friends and fans of the late singer Elvis Presley to honor his birthday, January 8th.  The “Celebration of the King’s Life” show brought out some of Elvis’ employees and close friends as well as co-stars of some of his most loved films. 

Elvis On The Air's Steve Christopher

Elvis On the Air’s Steve Christopher was the MC for the evenings events and delighted the crowd with his Elvis trivia and kept the show moving smoothly.  Sonny West, who was one of Elvis’ bodyguards and close friends for many years spoke about his time with Elvis and some of the pranks that they used to pull on the film shoots.  West was wearing his “TCB” necklace that Elvis had given him as a gift.  Elvis had the necklace created and gave them out to people that were special to him.  West recalled that one night Elvis asked him to give him back his “TCB” necklace so that he could give it to a visiting celebrity.  West refused.  He told Elvis that is was very special to him as it was the first necklace and that Elvis had given it to him.  It couldn’t be replaced. 

The Stamps Quartet

The legendary Stamps Quartet, who toured with Elvis took the stage to share their high-energy brand of Gospel music.  While only one original member of the group, Ed Enoch,  still remains with the Stamps, they are still delighting Elvis fans with memories and great music.

Darlene Tompkins, who co-starred with Elvis in the film “Blue Hawaii” and Cynthia Pepper, co-star of “Kissin’ Cousins” were on hand to meet with fans and share their memories of working with The King. 

Sammy Shore

Comedian Sammy Shore who opened for Elvis during his live concert shows, had the crowd in stitches doing some of the bits that Elvis loved best.  Longtime friend Jimmy Velvet was also on hand to talk about his memories.

Johnny Fortuno

The night wrapped up with a stunning performance by Johnny Fortuno.  Fortuno, whose own vocal style sounds remarkably like Elvis, isn’t trying to be like all of the other Elvis impersonators out there.  While he did wear some Elvis inspired outfits during the Cannery show, it’s his voice that really recalls Elvis’ style.  Even though Fortuno was under the weather, he really gave his all onstage and the standing ovation crowds really loved him for it.

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Set in the high-stakes world of the financial industry, Margin Call is a thriller entangling the key players at an investment firm during one perilous 24-hour period in the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. When entry-level analyst Peter Sullivan (Zachary Quinto) unlocks information that could prove to be the downfall of the firm, a roller-coaster ride ensues as decisions both financial and moral catapult the lives of all involved to the brink of disaster. Expanding the parameters of genre, Margin Call is a riveting examination of the human components of a subject too often relegated to partisan issues of black and white.

Propelled by a stellar cast that includes Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Mary McDonnell,  Demi Moore and Stanley Tucci in writer/director JC Chandor’s enthralling first feature is a stark and bravely authentic portrayal of the financial industry and its denizens as they confront the decisions that shape our global future.

Margin Call is written and directed by J.C. Chandor, and produced by actor Zachary Quinto’s Before The Door Pictures, along with partners Neal Dodson and Corey Moosa. The producing team also includes Michael Benaroya and Robert Ogden Barnum of Benaroya Pictures along with Joe Jenckes, and executive producers Cassian Elwes, Laura Rister, Randy Manis, and Joshua Blum of Washington Square Films.

The Sundance Film Festival runs from January 20th – 30th in Utah.

Warner Bros. has taken over international theatrical rights to Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" from MGM, as well as video rights.

Warner Bros. has taken over international theatrical rights to Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" from MGM, as well as video rights.

In exchange, MGM gets the loan money it needs to finance its half of the ambitious two-picture project.
Warners/New Line already owned domestic rights to the ” Hobbit” adaptation, so they will now be able to collect a worldwide distribution fee, insiders say. Read this story here.