Friday, February 10, 2023

February 10 - Remembering Elvis and Phil

Phil Gelormine's wife Debbie shared the sad news that Elvis author, publisher and fan Phil Gelormine has succumbed to his battle with cancer. He was 75. R.I.P. my friend, thank you the friendship, enthusiasm and great Foreword for my last book, 'Elvis Day By Day 2022', released just 3 weeks ago. 

"Dearest Friends, 

I join you again to let you know that Phil passed peacefully earlier his morning. I’m sure he’s enjoying a drink with Dave Wolven on a bench in heaven, and planning all the great musical artists they’ll be seeing together.

Your outpouring of love for Phil has meant so much to both of us and his family as well. May the joy he found in music and in life remain in your hearts. 

God’s Peace,

Phil was publisher of the Elvis World magazine in the seventies and was a reporter for Billboard and Rolling Stone magazine. He wrote the Billboard review of 'Aloha From Hawaii' in 1973 which he kindly allowed me to include in the before mentioned 2022 yearbook. 

My deepest condolences to his wife Debbie, his family and friends in this time of grief. 

Lumiere Awards

The 'ELVIS' movie was was among the films that took top honors at the 13th annual Lumiere Awards from the Advanced Imaging Society (AIS). During the ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles. Twenty-three awards were given out to the creative teams behind entertainment that utilizes technology to make immersive content.

Academy Award winner Baz Luhrmann, the director, producer and writer of 'ELVIS' received nods in both the musical motion picture and musical scene categories for his recent biopic. Luhrmann was honored again at the conclusion of the ceremony with the Harold Lloyd Award, which prompted a surprise appearance from 'ELVIS' star Austin Butler. The 'ELVIS' biopic took 3 Lumiere Awards home:
  • Best Motion Picture – Musical: 'ELVIS'.
  • Best Musical Scene or Sequence: 'ELVIS'.
  • Harold Lloyd Award: Baz Luhrmann, 'ELVIS'.

“Baz Luhrmann’s films have entertained millions around the world, but their innovative style also illuminates something much deeper about the zeitgeist of the world at a particular moment,” said Harold Lloyd Entertainment chairman Suzanne Lloyd, who presented Luhrmann with the award. “Mr. Luhrmann’s incredible artistry and work on Elvis represents a bold new forefront for technical, emotional, and memorable cinematic achievement. We are thrilled to honor him with this award.”

Remembering Elvis Presley

LIFE published an updated edition of their 'Remembering Elvis Presley' paperback / magazine. It features the new articles 'The King, Forever', 'Lisa Marie Presley: 1968 - 2023' and 'The Movie And Its Star'.

(Source: Debbie Gelormine / Amazon / LIFE / Facebook / Variety)