Larry Vaughn with Mentora Vaughn Gratrix
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Welcome to My … Or Rather Our Blog!

You may ask why I am starting a blog. Well, I have asked myself the same question. My honest reply is because of my daughter, Mentora. This is actually our blog. We will share the writing. We have recently coauthored a book together, Hollywood’s Chosen, which we will be telling you about more in the […]

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Stallone Strikes Again

“Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up” — Rocky Balboa. Back in 1976 when I started my job as a film buyer, I had never heard of Sylvester Stallone. It’s amazing how Stallone not only wrote but also starred in Rocky, a classic film that made him a household name. Fast-forward forty years to 2016, and …

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Tom Hanks — BANGO — I am a star!

“I’ve made over 20 movies, and 5 of them are good” — Tom Hanks. There are so many things to love about the talented actor Tom Hanks. As a teenager, my first encounter with Tom (as I affectionately like to call him) was in the movie Big…

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Jaws 40 Years Later …

Jaws Hollywood's Chosen

“You’re gonna need a bigger boat” – Roy Scheider. Forty years ago this past June, I saw Jaws for the first time. Moviegoers, like me, left the theatre with a new fear of the ocean and the creatures within…

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Denzel Washington Inspires Me …

“Man gives you the award but God gives you the reward” — Denzel Washington. Denzel Washington delivered an inspiring speech to the graduating class at Dillard University in New Orleans last month. I’ve always admired Denzel Washington as an actor and a filmmaker…

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The Ultimate Sacrifice…

“I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism” — Bob Riley. Memorial Day, the holiday observed every year on the last Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war…

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