Los Angeles, Jul 10 (AP/UNB) — Elvis Presley fans can take to the road in his personal stretch limousine, on his last motorcycle or in a pickup truck if they have the money, an auction house announced Wednesday.
Kruse GWS Auctions said the items will be part of its Artifacts of Hollywood auction on Aug. 31.
Presley drove the white-on-white 1973 Lincoln Continental stretch many times around Memphis, Tennessee, Kruse said. It features an old-school TV and other amenities. There are photos showing "the King" driving the car he was in when he stopped at a car accident in Memphis in 1976.
The auction house said a 1976 Harley Davidson FLH 1200 Electra Glide motorcycle was the last motorcycle Presley ever purchased. He transported it from California to Memphis and sold it 90 days before he died in 1977 at age 42. The Harley has been on display at the Pioneer Auto Museum in Murdo, South Dakota, since the late 1980s.
The third Presley vehicle is one of three GMC pickups that Presley purchased in 1967 for his Circle G Ranch in Mississippi. Two years later, his father, Vernon, sold them back to the same dealership, the auction house said. It has undergone a total restoration.
New York, Jul 10 (AP/UNB) — The last thing the world needs, Lady Gaga says, is another beauty brand. But that's too bad.
The pop star made all her Little Monsters happy Tuesday when she released a video with that message on social media. It heralds the coming of her new beauty line, Haus Laboratories, reportedly to be sold on Amazon come September.
Gaga dropped the news in an interview with the Business of Fashion, coinciding with the video that encourages all to embrace their own ideas about beauty. Business of Fashion says the three initial products are multiuse color for cheeks, eyes and lips in six shade families. A kit with all three will sell for $49. Pre-orders begin July 15.
Gaga says in the video: "Beauty is how you see yourself." She adds, "We want you to love yourself."
Los Angeles, Jul 10 (AP/UNB) — Former Hollywood executive Harris Katleman has an eclectic, five-decade track record that could only be the result of skill, moxie and luck.
He championed the Oscar-winning film adaptation of the WWII novel "From Here to Eternity," made the impresarios behind "The Price is Right" wealthier and helped "The Simpsons" become an unlikely TV wunderkind. His platinum-level business circle included media tycoons Rupert Murdoch, Robert Iger and Kirk Kerkorian.
"I'm consistently, in my own psyche, amazed at what I accomplished," Katleman, 90, said in an interview about his new memoir, which details his career highlights and the demanding, colorful industry he navigated. The book takes its title from an exchange with Kerkorian, who wanted him to head then-struggling MGM Television.
"I don't know how to run a studio," Katleman told him.
"Neither do I," replied Kerkorian. "You can't fall off the floor."
Katleman made a success of his time at MGM, as he had as an industry novice under the tutelage of MCA titan Lew Wasserman; with game show producers Mark Goodson and Bill Todman, and as chief executive of Fox's Twentieth Television for more than a decade. It was often a wild ride, one described concisely and unabashedly, expletives included, in "You Can't Fall Off the Floor" (Rosetta Books, $27.99), co-authored by Katleman and his grandson, writer Nick Katleman.
Lessons learned are part of the book, and Harris Katleman believes they remain applicable today. Among them: "Business beats pleasure. ... If you're drawn to Hollywood for the perks instead of the work, you're here for the wrong reasons."
He skirts lightly over his personal life in favor of focusing on the big personalities he encountered, both stars and magnates, and the high-stakes transactions that drive the dream factory.
Making deals was more gratifying than wrangling stars, as Katleman's book paints it. He recalled being assigned by MCA to ensure that the wayward Marlon Brando avoid trouble before shooting began on 1953's "The Wild One." Katleman and a colleague babysat the actor at his Hollywood hills house, until Brando managed a prison-style break one night with a hand-crafted rope of sheets.
His absence went undetected until Wasserman called and asked if Katleman knew where Brando was.
"Sleeping like a baby," Katleman said, only to be contradicted by his boss: "Unless he's got a long-lost twin, I think you're mistaken. He just stumbled into Chasen's." Katleman said he was told the actor was drunk and had three women with him.
Brando had a heart of gold and good intentions, "but the man couldn't sit alone in a room for five minutes without posing potential harm to his career," Katleman writes.
He fared better by chance with Jackie Gleason, then among TV's biggest stars with "The Jackie Gleason Show," which aired on CBS in the 1950s.
The wife of CBS' then-president overheard a rehearsal feed that included Gleason's famously raw language, Katleman recounts, and called the studio's control room to demand the actor-comedian knock it off.
"Krakatoa was second to Jackie's explosion," said Katleman, who'd been quickly dispatched to Gleason's dressing room after he'd stormed off the set and refused to return.
Gleason told Katleman to get out, but he stood his ground and calmly introduced himself. It was the Katleman name that did the trick: Uncle Jake, who'd owned the El Rancho casino resort in Las Vegas, had forgiven Gleason's gambling debt before he became a star. The actor returned the favor to nephew Harris and ended the crisis — after extracting a reluctant apology from the executive's wife.
Katleman, who worked with writers, including the acclaimed Paddy Chayefsky and Clifford Odets, said he preferred them to actors because they offered substance over ego and temperament. There were run-ins with some executives, but not with one who has since fallen hard from grace: Leslie Moonves.
Moonves was a bartender and struggling actor when Katleman saw management potential in him and gave him a start at Fox. What he never witnessed or heard complaints about, Katleman said in an interview, was the sexual misconduct that led to Moonves' firing last year as CBS Corp. chief.
Although not one for regrets, a deal that got away rankles Katleman, especially these days. A bid by him and other 20th Century Fox executives, including Alan Hirschfield and Dennis Stanfill, to take the company private fell apart. There was a dispute over whether Hirschfield or Stanfill would be CEO, Katleman said. Texas oilman Marvin Davis bought Fox, eventually selling it to Murdoch, who made it the foundation of his influential U.S. media empire.
The outcome changed history, as Katleman sees it.
"Rupert never would have owned Fox, there never would have been a Fox News and there never would have been a (President) Donald Trump," he said.
Tokyo, Jul 10 (AP/UNB) — Johnny Kitagawa, a kingpin of Japan's entertainment industry for more than half a century who produced famous boybands including Arashi and SMAP, has died. He was 87.
Kitagawa, better known as Johnny-san, died from a subarachnoid hemorrhage Tuesday at a Tokyo hospital, where he had been treated after falling unconscious June 18, according to his office, Johnny & Associates.
Born in Los Angeles in 1931, Kitagawa spent his early childhood in Japan before and during World War II. He later grew up in the U.S. before returning to Japan after the Korean War.
Kitagawa established his office in 1962, producing a four-man group called the Johnny's and spearheading Japan's entertainment scene. He sent many artists to fame, not only in Japan but in recent years across Asia.
Creating boybands was a challenge to cultural norms in Japan back then, but his talent agency grew to dominate the country's entertainment market.
The artists he produced set the standards for Japanese male idols, and "Johnny's" became a word for attractive men.
Kitagawa called the artists and trainees his "children," and was affectionately known as Johnny-san, though he hardly appeared in public.
His agency became so powerful that it virtually dominated Japan's entertainment industry, and he also faced rumors of alleged harassment and sexual abuse.
While Kitagawa was in the hospital, scores of artists he trained came to visit him even though he was unconscious, sharing his favorite foods and recounting fond memories of him, while listening to old and new songs he produced, his office said in a statement.
"Bringing happiness to the people all over the world through entertainment" was his slogan for his business, Kitagawa wrote last year in a message posted on his office's website.
Los Angeles, July 9 (AP/UNB) — Jay-Z is heading into the legal marijuana industry as a chief brand strategist in partnership with a California cannabis product company.
The rapper said in a statement Tuesday that he entered a multiyear deal with San Jose, California-based Caliva. His role will consist of driving creative direction, outreach efforts and strategy for the brand.
Jay-Z says he also wants to increase the economic participation of people returning from incarceration through job training and workforce development.
The rapper called Caliva "the best partners for this endeavor."
Caliva operates a farm and two stores in Northern California. It also distributes its branded products in roughly two dozen other retail outlets in the state.
NFL legend Joe Montana's venture capital firm took part in a $75 million investment in Caliva earlier this year.