UT-Austin: Archive Acquired of Theatre and Film Actor Peter O’Toole. ” The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin has obtained the archive of British theatre and film actor Peter O’Toole (1932–2013)…. The extensive archive contains theatre and film scripts along with O’Toole’s writings, including drafts, notes and working material for his multivolume memoir ‘Loitering with Intent.'”
Billboard: Judy Garland, N.W.A, David Bowie, Talking Heads Works Enter National Recording Registry. “An eclectic mix of aural achievements, headlined by Judy Garland (‘Over the Rainbow’), Barbra Streisand (‘People’), N.W.A (Straight Outta Compton) and Vin Scully (the last Dodgers-Giants game at New York’s Polo Grounds), have made it into the National Recording Registry this year.”
The Next Web: Google is letting celebs speak directly to fans via search results. “Google is going to allow sports teams and celebs to ‘Post’ status updates directly into search results. The company today announced it’s opening Posts up to organizations. Specifically, it’s including ‘museums, sports teams, sports leagues, movies’ and in Brazil: musicians.” What could POSSIBLY go wrong?
The Smithsonian has started a project to digitize the joke cards of Phyllis Diller. I did a bunch yesterday; I am a big Diller fan. “Phyllis Diller’s groundbreaking career as a stand-up comic spanned almost 50 years. Throughout her career she used a gag file to organize her material. Diller’s gag file consists of a steel cabinet with 48 drawers (along with a 3 drawer expansion) containing over 52,000 3-by-5 inch index cards, each holding a typewritten joke or gag. These index cards are organized alphabetically by subject, ranging from accessories to world affairs and covering almost everything in between.”
The Smithsonian has started a new project to crowdsource the transcription of Apollo Theater cards. ” To manage the Theater, the Schiffmans kept a number of different types of records, including ‘booking cards,’ organized by the name of the artist, which detail the dates of performances; fees paid; and brief, but often quite candid, opinions on the quality of the performances, the performers and their drawing power (or lack of it). These helped the Schiffmans to determine future bookings and contracts.” This project just launched and already has 22 contributors!
University of Georgia: UGA researcher studies celebrities’ Twitter influence on brand marketing. “Celebrities with a high number of Twitter followers and who are perceived positively in the public eye have the potential to be credible and influential brand endorsers, according to research by Joe Phua, an assistant professor of advertising in the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Phua’s study, ‘Following Celebrities’ Tweets about Brands: The Impact of Twitter-Based Electronic Word-of-Mouth on Consumers’ Source Credibility Perception, Buying Intention, and Social Identification with Celebrities,’ was published in the latest edition of the Journal of Advertising. It is co-authored by Seung-A Annie Jin, an assistant professor of marketing communication at Emerson College in Boston.”
Hollywood.com has launched a new photo site/archive. I’m bad on popular culture past about 1976, so I this isn’t a site I can assess well. “From paparazzi photos of your favorite celebs to movie premieres, get lost in this glorious world of photos. The Photo Archive contains over 10 million hi-res photos, updated in real time, and the library is fully searchable by keyword.”