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So far so good, Richard
Ellis, Dave Wyatt, Glenn Mitchell and Russell Babidge are
busy working together putting together the live
presentations for our Convention. They are planning a STEP
BACK IN TIME and bringing in film projectors to supplement
our video projection equipment.
We will also have our experts, Laurel & Hardy authors and memorabilia display. Two film rooms will be screening films throughout the day. Plus, our sales room will have new T Shirts and new items especially for this event.
GO HERE: 2016 CONVENTION
Don't forget if you have booked to stay over at the Holiday Inn for our convention, you can use their health club including indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna and gym Quite a few booked to stay over already ... Just sold 12 more tickets to the SAPS AT SEA tent.
JULY 9th. : RAY SAUNDERS R.I.P. (1932-2016)
I was sad to hear from ‘AJ’ that Ray “OLLIE” Saunders passed away on Tuesday July 5th. I first came in touch with Ray after watching an episode of Surprise Surprise. Cilla Black phoned Ray live and mentioned he impersonated ‘Ollie’. When I heard his voice over the phone line it was uncanny, his voice was a perfect match for Ollie’s. So I got in touch with the show and they put me in touch with Ray, who was more than pleased to join us.
AJ MARRIOT says. “Ray was first brought to the notice of members of the ‘Sons of the Desert’ when he performed at the Stan Laurel Centenary Convention, in Blackpool in 1990 – in front of special guest Lord Delfont – the man who had brought the ‘real’ Laurel & Hardy to Britain in 1947. Along with partner Simon Wooff, Ray was also a guest at Helpmates Conventions, where they did the dance to “At the Ball – That’s All” in perfect synchronicity with the film clip being projected behind them. At the 1992 European Convention in Rolduc, the multi-national packed audience were treated to the full version of “The Driver’s Licence” sketch, plus the song “Shine on Harvest Moon,” for which they rightly gave ‘Ray & Simon’ a well-deserved 5-minute standing ovation. Other of Ray’s highlights include TWICE being requested, to do TV sketches with Roy Castle as Stan. He leaves behind a widow, Sheila, two daughters, and a lot of happy memories.”
JUNE 29th. : LAUREL & HARDY MAGAZINE MAILED TODAY.
* The June issue of our Laurel and Hardy
Magazine has been mailed today to all subscribers Worldwide.
This issue includes press stills of the Boys in the UK, and in Europe ,
and an amusing montage of film stills which could be billed as “Bathtime
for Bozos” (but isn’t). “Reprint From the Past” covers Laurel and Hardy
visits to Leeds, and there is a special box-office card from another
The June issue of our Laurel and Hardy Magazine has been mailed today to all subscribers Worldwide. This issue includes press stills of the Boys in the UK, and in Europe , and an amusing montage of film stills which could be billed as “Bathtime for Bozos” (but isn’t). “Reprint From the Past” covers Laurel and Hardy visits to Leeds, and there is a special box-office card from another British theatre.Our main feature is a fabulous 4-page round-up of re-found footage and stills from some of L&H’s earliest films, presented by Trevor Dorman. Add to this details of the “Laurel and Hardy Helpmates UK Convention,” in October, plus the latest books, figurines, and other items of merchandise which have only recently come onto the market, and yet again we have a magazine which covers most sides of the Stan and Ollie polygram.
MAY 8th. : LAUREL & HARDY 2017 CALENDAR / NEW CLOCK / CONVENTION.
I have just put up the PRE- ORDER web page for the 2017 'Laurel & Hardy Calendar'. I have seen all the proofs and I am pleased with what I saw. Just go here to PRE-ORDER : 2017 CALENDAR
I have also added a new clock, sculpted by Alan Harvey and solid resin cast ( its heavy), these will be made to order and shipped to you direct by Alan. They will go out via signed for mail ( and AIRMAIL). Its on our CAR STICKERS page, so scroll down: NEW CLOCK
2016 LAUREL & HARDY CONVENTION - BOOKINGS NOW OPEN.
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MARCH 26th. : LAUREL & HARDY MAGAZINE MAILED.
The March issue of our Laurel and Hardy Magazine has just been mailed out to all our subscribers, worldwide.
In it you will find details of a forthcoming cinema-release bio-pic, centred on Laurel and Hardy’s last British Tour. Filming is due to commence in December. Talking of the 1953-54 Tour, we feature a set of recently discovered photos, taken from a private dinner Stan and Babe attended, when in Hull.
In Auction Watch, we reveal an amazing find from one of Laurel & Hardy’s early shorts, and from Stan and Babe’s US Tours we find the cop who replaced the cop who went missing. We also have a revealing article in which we find Hal Roach’s daughter hiding in plain sight. Yet more finds are some fabulous lobby cards from the silent film Why Girls Love Sailor, plus some rare behind-the scenes photos taken during the making of other films. That’s a whole lot of “finds,” but you will find even more when you read it.
Feb 26th. : NEW CAR WINDOW STICKERS/ JUNE 16th TRIBUTE.
Well, our recent car stickers proved have proved very popular, so we have had another limited run . In addition we have produced a James Finlayson 'FIN DOHHH' sticker as well . All these stickers are now in stock, so you can order them NOW!
GO HERE: STICKERS & A4 PRINTS
A Star Studded Tribute To Laurel & Hardy. June 16th 2016.
Mark your diaries and bookmark this website. More special guests to be announced. http://www.therossowenshow.com/
NEIL SIMS BUSTS
As many of you know, about 3 years ago Neil Sims passed on all his bust moulds to Luke Johnston. Sadly, Luke ceased making them about 14 months ago, as he went to work overseas. Well, the GOOD NEWS IS that Neil Sims has been in touch to say he intends to start producing them again. Once he gets all set up, I will put them all back on our web site. There is a good chance of some BRAND NEW sets as well!!
We sold out of the 2016 Calendar just before Christmas, so as CULT COLLECTABLES were happy with our sales, they have agreed to do a 2017 edition. I will be travelling up to London to meet up with Paul Shoefield to come up with ideas for next years theme.
Why not take a spin round the 'Laurel and Hardy Catalogue' today, as we have lots of items still on offer. Don't forget we have our FILM FUNSTER STORE where you can use the same cart as the L&H Catalogue and check out all your items together.
There is also our FILM FUNSTERS eBay store, now this is full of items. The most popular items on that site are our 60's/70's RETRO NOSTALGIA fridge magnets, so do take a spin round.
Jan. 18th: HAPPY BIRTHDAY : BBC MOVIE UPDATE!
Steve Coogan And John C. Reilly To Star As Stan Laurel And Oliver Hardy In Jon S. Baird’s ‘Stan & Ollie’
Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly have come on-board Jon S. Baird’s Stan & Ollie to star as comic geniuses Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy respectively. The inspired casting will see Coogan and Reilly portraying both the highs and lows of the iconic Laurel & Hardy, one of comedy’s all-time great double acts.
Faye Ward’s Fable Pictures will produce the film, which was developed by BBC Films. Penned by award-winning screenwriter Jeff Pope (Philomena) whose Sonesa Films banner is also on-board to produce, and directed by Jon S. Baird (Vinyl, Filth), Stan & Ollie celebrates the duo’s unique friendship and legendary working partnership. In a major coup for producer Faye Ward and her relatively new banner Fable Pictures, the rights to the work of Laurel and Hardy has been licensed by Larry Harmon Pictures Corporation.
The film will focus on the now-legendary 1953 tour embarked on by the ageing duo. Once the world’s favourite comedy double act, but now diminished by age and their golden era a distant memory, Laurel & Hardy set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. As they set out, crisscrossing the country, attendances are disappointingly low. But they’ve always been able to make each other laugh and as the charm and beauty of their performances shines through their audiences laugh too, and they re-connect with legions of adoring fans, old and new.The tour becomes a hit, but Laurel & Hardy can’t quite shake the spectre of Stan and Ollie’s past; and long buried ghosts, coupled with Oliver’s failing health, start to threaten their precious partnership. A portrait of the most tender and poignant of creative marriages begins to unfold as the duo, aware that they may be approaching their swan song, try to rediscover just how much they mean to each other.
“I feel privileged to have been entrusted to bring to screen the magnificent lives and work of comedy legends, Laurel and Hardy,” said Faye Ward, who most recently also produced the well-received Suffragette starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep. “It is incredibly exciting to be working with such a fantastic and collaborative team. Steve and John are a dream partnership and with Jon directing Jeff’s moving and affectionate screenplay, I know this will be a film to treasure for fans both old and new.”
“Like so many others I grew up watching Laurel & Hardy and I’m therefore honoured to help bring this incredible true story of love, laughter and friendship to the big screen,” said Jon S. Baird, who most recently directed James MacAvoy-starrer Filth and has a number of buzzy projects in development, including an Ivanhoe adaptation with Irvine Welsh that Basil Iwanyk is producing.
“Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are my heroes,” said Jeff Pope, who won awards and acclaim for his Philomena screenplay. “When I watch their movies, in my head it is forever a Saturday morning and I am six years old watching the TV at home utterly spellbound. I am aware of the huge responsibility of bringing their characters to life, but I have not treated the boys with kid gloves or looked at them through rose coloured specs. They are living and breathing characters, with flaws and shortcomings. The research into this story threw up so many details and facts that I had no idea about. But everything I have done has come from a place of love and more than anything else I hope this shines through.”
“John C Reilly and Steve Coogan are dream casting for Stan & Ollie, bringing to life with uncanny accuracy and irresistible gusto the genius creative marriage that Jeff Pope’s script explores so lovingly,” said BBC Films head honcho Christine Langan. “With Faye Ward producing and Jon Baird at the helm, BBC Films is extremely excited to crank up production of this gem in 2016.”
The film will be a Fable Pictures and Sonesta Films production, produced by Faye Ward and exec produced by Christine Langan and Nichola Martin for BBC Films, as well as Jeff Pope for Sonesta Films and Gabrielle Tana.
Steve Coogan is repped by Independent Talent Group and CAA. John C. Reilly is repped by WME and Framework Entertainment.
Ward is emerging as one of the UK’s most interesting producers. In addition to Suffragette, she is also prepping Country Music , with rising star Karen Gillan attached to play a young singer from Glasgow who dreams of making it to Nashville. Nicole Taylor (The C Word) has written the script with Dominic Cooke (Hollow Point) set to make his feature directorial debut with the project. The BFI, Creative Scotland and Film4 are financing. Eugenio Perez is co-producing.
Jan. 2nd 2016: HAPPY NEW YEAR
First of all, I would like to wish all of you a HAPPY FUN FILLED NEW YEAR, we have plenty to look forward to during 2016. Make a note on your 2016 CALENDAR for October 29th for our annual 'Laurel & Hardy Convention'. Our theme then will be: “The Boys All At Sea.” Full details will be released around March .
Dec 19th: LAUREL & HARDY MAGAZINE - MAILED TODAY - NEW BOOK
The latest issue of The Laurel and Hardy Magazine has been mailed to all subscribers worldwide today.
In this Winter Special you will find a report on our highly successful ‘Laurel & Hardy Helpmates Halloween Convention’; and a second report on the recent London screening of the restored version of The Battle of the Century, with its newly found ‘lost’ reel.
We have a ‘Re-print from the past’ of a 1934 magazine article, written by an English journalist who visited Stan and Ollie on the set of Babes in Toyland. Stan and Babe are seen making visits of their own, this time to two newspaper printing works – one in the US, and one in the UK.
Our main feature is a 4-page spread, showing us behind-the-scenes activities during the making of Way Out West, in which you are all invited to the Ball. That’s all!
Add to this items of News, Merchandise, Media and Software releases, plus our usual mix of rare photos, and you have something to suit everyone’s favourite aspects of the ‘Life and Works of Laurel & Hardy’ — in this professionally printed, colour A4 magazine.
and Hardy: The Magic Behind the Movies by Randy Skretvedt, to me
is the ultimate book on the films of the greatest comedy team. It draws upon
decades of research and exclusive interviews by the foremost L&H authority,
Randy Skretvedt, and it’s written in his humorous, inimitable style.
But author Skretvedt is a restless soul. Once the first edition was published in 1987, he continued his research. And when the book went back to print in 1994, he updated it, as he did again when it returned to print in 1996. At that point the manuscript had grown to 300,000 words and 250 photos. Child’s play!
Skretvedt has devoted the last 20 years to creating the ultimate edition of his Laurel and Hardy masterpiece—with nearly 500,000 scintillating words and 1,000 rare photos.
The book will be first released as a SPECIAL edition, then later as a more affordable edition that can be despatched to fans, perhaps from an online source such as amazon. But if you are interested in the deluxe hardback, then go here: KICKSTARTER
Nov 26th: LAUREL & HARDY NEWS UPDATE.
LAUREL AND HARDY BOOKS FOR SALE: If you have a friend or relative who loves Laurel & Hardy, the perfect gift would be a brand-new, first-edition, signed book about them. Or, if the book is for you, you can even get 2 of the titles for half-price (as long as you don’t mind some superficial marks on the cover). For further details go to: LAUREL AND HARDY BOOKS
AJ and myself have just submitted all of the WINTER ' Laurel & Hardy Magazine' to TT Litho, so the ball is rolling, we hope to get them all in the mail on December 18th, so you get it in time for Christmas.
We have had our last delivery of the 2016 'Laurel & Hardy Calendar' produced by 'CELEBRITY MERCHANDISE', it was a short limited run, so once these are gone THATS IT!
To order yours just GO HERE: 2016 CALENDAR
For CHRISTMAS CARDS, NEW POSTCARDS and MORE go to our: NEW SALES PAGE
At our recent October Convention, we introduced TWO new T Shirts, as these proved very popular indeed, I have added them to our web site. GO HERE: T SHIRT PAGE ONE
As we are drawing near to the FESTIVE PERIOD I have been updating our CATALOGUE and adding items. We have just got hold of the very last stocks of the 'LAUREL & HARDY - SOUND SHORTS' book. GO HERE: SOUND SHORTS
BY REQUEST, THE TWIN BOWLER HAT PIN BADGES ARE BACK: PIN BADGES
So, why not take a spin round the 'Laurel and Hardy Catalogue' today, as we have lots of items still on offer. Don't forget we have our FILM FUNSTER STORE where you can use the same cart as the L&H Catalogue and check out all your items together. We have the new HAL ROACH documentary in stock + more!!
There is also our FILM FUNSTERS eBay store, now this is full of items + ONE OFF ITEMS. The most popular items on that site are our 60's/70's RETRO NOSTALGIA fridge magnets, so do take a spin round.
Nov 7th: LAUREL & HARDY CONVENTION REPORT & PHOTOS.
The last week has flown by since our 'Laurel and Hardy Convention', we have now put up a web page with a report about the event and photos, so just GO HERE: CONVENTION REPORT WEB PAGE
OCT 10th: BATTLE OF THE CENTURY -SCREENING NOTES / CONVENTION.
To find out what was on the newly discovered REEL 2 of BATTLE OF THE CENURY go to this page to read Glenn Mitchells screening notes: BATTLE OF THE CENURY REVIEW
OCT 3rd: LAUREL & HARDY MAGAZINE MAILED TODAY.
The latest issue of The Laurel and Hardy Magazine has been mailed to all subscribers worldwide today.
In it you will find the story of Stan Laurel meeting up with a music hall act he had worked with when touring with the Fred Karno Company; accompanied by some very rare photos of that reunion. We trace the provenance of Stan Laurel’s trilby from the day it was bought, through to a recent auction at which it went up for sale. Next we have a 2-page spread on Laurel and Hardy being mobbed when they visited Stan’s former town, North Shields. Our ‘Letters’ page reveals some interesting finds from some of our readers; and our main feature is a wonderful 4-page article on The Battle of the Century, in which Trevor Dorman fills us in, in fine detail, on the amazing recent find of reel 2 – illustrated with some fabulous film stills.
With our usual mix of News, Merchandise, Media and Software releases, and yet more rare photos added, we have yet again covered many aspects of the life and works of Laurel & Hardy in this high-gloss, professionally printed, colour A4 magazine.
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