Sunday, July 21, 2024

Richard Dreyfuss, Other Stars Plan Rally to Save Motion Picture Home Hospital


I just got word that a bunch of stars have finally lined up for a performance/rally to save the Motion Picture Home Hospital in Woodland Hills, California.

Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss, plus loads of popular stars like Shirley Jones, Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna, Oscar winner George Chakiris, and dozens more including Kathryn Joosten (Mrs. McClusky) from “Desperate Housewives” and the casts of “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” have set October 5th in Los Angeles for “1 Voice” at the Renberg Theatre in Hollywood. You can call 1- 800-838-3006 for tickets.

The show is being produced by Saving the Lives of Our Own and the Neo Theater Ensemble.

It’s hard to believe this mess with the Motion Picture Fund is still going on, that they’re still trying to remove patients and shut down the facility. Meantime, the MPTV continues to throw all star fundraisers on the nights before the Emmys and the Oscars, raising millions. I did think it was funny that Nikki Finke, who’s vociferously denounced the plan, recently wrote a love letter to former Variety staffer Madelyn Hammond. No judgments–everyone likes Madelyn–but she’s the one who plans those parties every year. Blogger Nikki must not have realized that.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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