Day: January 7, 2013

“Hollywood Myths” by Joe Williams

“Hollywood Myths” by Joe Williams c.2012, Voyageur Press $21.99 / $23.99 Canada 240 pages   BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER It’s only because of special effects. That’s one of the things that enters your mind when you’re watching a movie. Humans can’t fly. They don’t usually live in luxurious spaceships, meet only pretty girls, transport through walls, drive magic cars, or turn into werewolves. Nifty tricks, no doubt, thanks to a first-class special effects department. So what other Hollywood creations do you question?  Which Tinseltown beliefs make you a disbeliever?  If La-La Land fills you with wondering, the new book “Hollywood Myths” by Joe Williams may lay your celluloid fears to rest. The tabloid headlines scream about the latest scandal, but you just roll your eyes. How is it possible that stars think they can do that stuff?  Joe Williams indicates that you should take it all with a teaspoon of skepticism. John Wayne, for instance, wasn’t a “hero” in the newest sense of the word. With the help of his studio bosses, he never actually fought in battle. That “weighed heavily upon his conscience for the rest of his life.” Charlie Chaplin, says Williams, wasn’t the King of the Silent Era; he was, however, king of preserving his own film. That’s why we see so much of his work, which leads to the myth of royalty. As for...

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Not quite ready to serve yet, love

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Last March, the Keizer Tennis Association got approval to build tennis courts at Claggett Creek Park. Despite that approval from the Keizer City Council, plans have yet to move forward. Greg Brewer, former KTA president who is still serving in the role until February, said there’s no definitive timetable. “Right now we’re in a reorganization mode,” Brewer said. “We’re trying to reorganize Keizer Tennis Association. We’re on hold for everything. We do plan on doing some programming next summer. New courts are being built, but we’re not moving on those right now. It’s too early to know at this point. Fundraising went slow last year.” Brewer said simply getting to the council last year was an accomplishment. “We worked quite a few years just to get to that point,” he said. “Now we’re at a stumbling block with fundraising. Our initial plan was to have all the money by next summer. We have to put in some for a grant. If things work out the right way as far as fundraising goes, the following summer would possibly work out. You never know.” When council approved plans last March, KTA leaders envisioned four adult-sized tennis courts and four child-sized tennis courts, plus expansion of the park’s parking lot on Dearborn Avenue NE. The initial cost was anticipated to be $302,000 for building the courts, followed...

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