Rick Sherman Is Playing Our Song

Celebrating Act 2™ founders Art Kirsch and John Coleman interview their old friend, entertainer, musician, music composer, sound mixer and more, Rick Sherman of Sherman Sound Suite in Irvine, CA. Rick talks about his 40+ year career in bot clubs and the studios creating and mixing scores and songs for TV and Film. The friends … Read more

Manny Pacheco on Hollywood Royalty

Recalling a recent conversation with Hollywood Historian Manny Pacheco about movie star Kirk Douglas and his equally accomplished son, Michael Douglas, Celebrating Act 2 co-founders, Art Kirsch and John Coleman raise the subject of nepotism in films and the trio start comparing famous parents with their children who also became movie stars. You’ll enjoy this … Read more

Manny Pacheco on The Singing Cowboys of Yesteryear

John Coleman and Art Kirsch, of Celebrating Act 2™ probe Hollywood Historian Manny Pacheco about the short-lived trend of Singing Cowboys in film and TV. While Roy Rogers and Gene Autry are most famous because they transitioned to TV many other great names are discussed including Tex Ritter, Monte Hale and Eddie Dean. Their musical … Read more

Manny Pacheco on Kirk Douglas and Anti-Heroes

The passing of Hollywood icon Kirk Douglas in 2019 brought the discussion between Hollywood Historian Manny Pacheco and the founders of Celebrating Act 2, Art Kirsch and John Coleman, to the issue of his persona …Manny points out that Kirk Douglas was one of many Anti-Hero types at the start of his career. It’s a … Read more

Manny Pacheco: Movies for The Hunkered Down

With everyone stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic Hollywood Historian, Manny Pacheco shares his formula for avoiding cabin fever–he’s writing a new book! Celebrating Act 2™ founders, Art Kirsch and John Coleman, convince Manny to share some great titles related to hunkering down, isolation and claustrophobia including “the Room” and “Key Largo” among others. … Read more

Manny Pacheco on the Oscars and Politics

Starting with the Oscar winner of 2019 for Best Film, “Parasite,” and going back to the 1950’s, Manny Pacheco reminds us how national politics –not to be confused with Hollywood politics–has often affected Hollywood films and changed the course of the Academy Awards. It’s a fascinating insight into one of America’s greatest pastimes…and a national … Read more

Hollywood History: Films on Contagion, Fear & More

Film goers love to be scared by disaster and horror flicks among other genres. Celebrating Act 2 founders Art Kirsch and john Coleman talk with Forgotten Hollywood’s Manny Pacheco about how Hollywood filmmakers have reacted to real contagion and how the industry has used fear of the unknown –from the flu to the atomic bomb– … Read more

Manny Pacheco on Classic Film Festivals

With national protocols in place for the Corona Virus COVID-19, many large events–including film festivals — have been cancelled. Manny Pacheco laments with Celebrating Act 2 founders, Art Kirsch and John Coleman, that there will not be a TCM Classic Film Fest this year. It’s grown to be a large Hollywood celebration. They discuss other … Read more

Manny Pacheco on Hollywood’s Irish Mafia

Forgotten Hollywood’s Manny Pacheco tells little known stories about the large number of Irish working in Hollywood films, including John Wayne and director John Ford. Of course Celebrating Act 2 founder John Coleman does his bad Irish accent to the delight of his business partner, Art Kirsch. It’s all kicked off by a discussion of … Read more

Bill A. Jones’ River Song Medley

If you love the sound of a swing band and the old standards, known as ‘The Great American Songbook’, you’ll love Bill A. Jones’ current nightclub act! He charms his audience with a wide selection of familiar tunes mixed with entertaining banter. The musical arrangements by Paul McDonald, along with his talented players, keep you … Read more