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Joy A. Kennelly

I’ve been under the weather lately due to the drastic change with the weather which has prevented me from writing an update sooner. I was also a little bummed to learn that WordPress isn’t probably the best blogging site for me to use which has made me hesitant to write here as well.

I’m trying a new look to see if it will help at all, but still am not sure if this will have the reach I’m looking for.

Once I learn how to transfer everything over to Typepad I will be doing that shortly I’ve decided. I’ll let you know. Stay tuned….Thanks for stopping by regardless though!

Now that I feel better here’s a quick update of what’s been happening.

Oftentimes I also get hired to write press releases for various PR companies which is fun for me and something I can turn around fairly quickly. I enjoy the variety, working with other writers and publicists, and learning new topics that I wouldn’t otherwise get involved in.

I’ve written about music, venues, restaurants, technology, events, film, books, and other clients I often never meet. What’s great to hear is the success rate publicists have with the final version I wrote for them.

Recently I was approached by a new publishing company to edit a press release for the launch of a two-volume book on the life and career of French Actor, Jean Gabin. This was a special treat to work on since I’ve known the Author/Film Historian, Charles Zigman, for over 15 years.

Here’s the final version for your reading pleasure. If you’re a fan of Jean Gabin, click on the link at the end to buy a copy or two. Great gifts for the film buffs in the bunch!

Otherwise, that’s all for now. Have a great week! I plan to.

Enjoy the read!

“Jean Gabin is one of the greatest actors who ever lived. He is, to me, the paradigm of the perfect actor. He’s still, he’s honest. He’s brave. He would never make anything up. He would never add any emotion to it… And he performs with such simplicity, that it can only be understood as artistic courage…” David Mamet

WORLD’S COOLEST MOVIE STAR: THE COMPLETE 95 FILMS (AND LEGEND) OF

JEAN GABIN VOLUMES I AND II BY CHARLES ZIGMAN RELEASE DATE: JULY 20, 2008

Introductions by Brigitte Bardot & Michele Morgan, With an Appreciation by David Mamet

Los Angeles, CA Considered to be one of the greatest movie stars of all time by movie fans throughout the world, the legendary French actor Jean Gabin’s prolific film career is documented in the WORLD’S COOLEST MOVIE STAR: THE COMPLETE 95 FILMS (AND LEGEND) OF JEAN GABIN, VOLUMES ONE AND TWO by Film Historian/Author Charles Zigman. These are the very first filmography books on Jean Gabin and his ninety-five films in any language, not to mention the very first books ever written about Jean Gabin in the English-language. Allenwood Press will release the two-volume set on July 20, 2008.

The legendary actress Michele Morgan, who appeared with Gabin in some of his best known feature films, wrote the foreword to Volume One. Actress Brigitte Bardot penned an original foreword to Volume Two, and Playwright/Director David Mamet provided an “appreciation” for the back jacket of the same volume.

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WORLD’S COOLEST MOVIE STAR: THE COMPLETE 95 FILMS (AND LEGEND) OF JEAN GABIN, VOLUMES I AND II is for Jean Gabin ‘newbies’ and ‘completists’ alike: For the un-initiated, both books feature lengthy biography and introductory chapters which place Gabin and his famous big-screen persona into perspective; and for film buffs, Film Historian/Author Charles Zigman presents ninety-five separate chapters dedicated to Jean Gabin’s ninety-five theatrical feature films. Each of the two volumes features more than 100 rare archival photographs, most of which have never even appeared in previously published French-language books about Jean Gabin.

More than fifty motion pictures which have never been subtitled into English have been translated by native speakers and written about by Author Zigman in WORLD’S COOLEST MOVIE STAR: THE COMPLETE 95 FILMS (AND LEGEND) OF JEAN GABIN, VOLUMES I AND II, allowing English-speaking readers to feel, by reading about the films, that they’re actually ‘seeing’ them. Excerpts included from original U.S. and European newspaper reviews, written between the 1930’s and the 1970’s, demonstrate how prominent movie critics received Gabin’s pictures when they were first released.

Throughout the world, Jean Gabin is considered to be film history’s consummate ‘everyman,’ and he continues to be a huge cult figure in the United States: In September 2002, two week-long Jean Gabin festivals were presented at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’ and at the Walter Reade Theatres in New York, both to sold-out crowds. “For many people around the world,” Ian Birnie, film curator of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has said, “Jean Gabin is, and has always been, French cinema.”

During the 1930s and 1940s, Gabin’s popularity in the U.S. nearly equaled that of Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, and Bette Davis. Volume One, subtitled “Tragic Drifter,” explores the period between 1930 to 1953, and covers the first forty-six of Gabin’s films, including the internationally renowned GRAND ILLUSION, as well as the 1937 gangster classic PEPE LE MOKO in which, as in other films made during this period, the actor played international movie history’s most famous tragic drifter.

Volume Two, subtitled “Comeback/Patriarch,” covers Films 47 through 95, which Gabin made between 1954 and 1976. During this period, Instead of playing the tragic drifter, the star played

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a series of mega-cool gentleman-criminals and world-weary yet life-loving patriarchs. Gabin even turned out comedies during this period, films which have been previously unknown to English-speaking audiences.

Film Historian/Author Charles Zigman’s goal is to introduce as many people as possible to Gabin’s films and life in a fun, informative, comprehensive way. WORLD’S COOLEST MOVIE STAR: THE COMPLETE 95 FILMS (AND LEGEND) OF JEAN GABIN, VOLUMES I AND II will be available on July 20, 2008. Each of the two volumes will be sold separately.

WORLD’S COOLEST MOVIE STAR: THE COMPLETE 95 FILMS (AND LEGEND) OF JEAN GABIN, VOLUMES I AND II is the inaugural release of Allenwood Press, a new publishing company dedicated to presenting older movies in a fresh, vibrant new style.

Film Historian/Author Charles Zigman, a native of Los Angeles, has taught Film and Television at Augusta State University, Georgia. Zigman is a graduate of both UCLA’s undergraduate filmmaking program and Columbia University’s Graduate Department of Film in New York, where he co-wrote a screenplay with writing legend Terry Southern. Zigman has also contributed articles to NEW TIMES LOS ANGELES, CULT MOVIES MAGAZINE, THE HOLLYWOOD STOCK EXCHANGE, WORD.COM, and L.A. TRIBE.COM, not to mention several chapters to the 2001 book GIG: AMERICANS TALK ABOUT THEIR JOBS AT THE TIME OF THE MILLENNIUM (Crown Books). For the past ten years, he has traveled the world, researching and writing about all ninety-five films of Jean Gabin. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. For more information, go to www.jeangabinbook.com.

Volume One: Tragic Drifter: ISBN: #978-0-9799722-0-1. ($39.95 U.S./£20.00 U.K./ €26.85 European Union.) Hardcover, 6 x 9, 576pps., 113 black and white photos, Pub. Date: July 20, 2008.

Volume Two: Comeback/Patriarch: ISBN: #978-0-9799722-1-8. ($39.95 U.S./£20.00 U.K./ €26.85 European Union.)

Hardcover, 6 X 9, 532pps., 100 black and white photos, Pub. Date: July 20, 2008.

Distributed by: Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.ca, Baker and Taylor, Barnes and Noble, Bertram’s, Blackwell Book Services, Coutts, Cypher Library Supplier, Gardner’s, Holt Jackson, Ingram, NACSCORP, Book Depository.

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