That kid is destined for pictures — The fantastic voyage of John Scheinfeld

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Captured sometime between November 8 and 14, 1963, possibly by MGM staff photographer Virgil Apger, a striking 28-year-old Elvis Presley appears in a red jacket and black shirt promoting the dreadful “Kissin’ Cousins” movie. Image Credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Elvis Photo Shoot Sessions
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Elvis Presley and Sonny West soak in the glitzy Hollywood atmosphere circa November 1960 while filming “Wild in the Country,” later used as the cover of West’s memoir, “Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business,” and the media campaign plugging the failed movie adaptation of “Fame & Fortune.” Image Credit: RLF Victor Productions

The John Scheinfeld Interview

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Nineteen eighties Swedish action hero Dolph Lundgren and producer Ricki Friedlander kibitz circa 2013. Lundgren expressed interest in “Fame & Fortune,” a sadly unrealized movie based on Elvis Presley friend/bodyguard Sonny West’s memoir, “Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business.” Image Credit: Cindy Friedlander’s official Facebook
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Former Elvis Presley bodyguards Dave Hebler, Red West, and Sonny West examine a Star tabloid magazine headline proclaiming “Elvis Fights to Ban Book That Tells All,” circa June 1977. “Elvis: What Happened?” ultimately arrived in stores a few weeks before the star’s untimely death on August 16, 1977. Image Credit: American Media / The King’s Court [Elvis-TKC.com]
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An amazingly handsome 25-year-old Elvis Presley poses for a publicity photo inside the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles on August 25, 1960, mere months after his honorable discharge from the Army. Photography by Don Craven / FECC Elvis-Collectors
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Although Elvis Presley looks remarkably cool and sleek in a homage to silent movie idol Rudolph Valentino, this publicity shot was taken during the filming of his worst-ever movie, “Harum Scarum,” in April 1965. Photography by Virgil Apger / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
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A dedicated admirer of law enforcement, a 41-year-old Elvis Presley poses for his Memphis Police Reserve Captain I.D. picture taken during recording sessions at Graceland on February 3, 1976. During that week Presley effectively delivered masters of “Moody Blue,” “Hurt,” “She Thinks I Still Care,” “For the Heart,” and “Danny Boy.” Image Credit: Paul’s Elvis Candid Central
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Producer Ricki Friedlander, actress Kathy Uyen, and producer Cindy Friedlander are photographed on May 3, 2014, at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival for the “How to Fight in Six Inch Heels” movie premiere. Photography by Sthanlee B. Mirador / Pacific Rim Photo Press
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Monkees drummer Micky Dolenz of “Last Train to Clarksville” fame and filmmaker John Scheinfeld talk to invited guests during the premiere of “Who Is Harry Nilsson?” on September 17, 2010, inside the Sunset 5 theater in Los Angeles, California. Image courtesy of John Scheinfeld
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A theatrical poster for the gigantic blockbuster “Lawrence of Arabia,” an epic drama released on December 10, 1962, and later inspiring Steven Spielberg to pursue directing…as well as documentarian John Scheinfeld. Image Credit: The Gregor Fisken Collection / Columbia Pictures
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Filmmakers Karen Vock and John Scheinfeld attend the Telluride Film Festival on September 3, 2016, in Telluride, Colorado. The lovely couple officially tyed the knot on October 12, 2012, in Sherman Oaks, California. Photography by Vivien Killilea / Getty Images
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A MTM Productions logo, featuring a cuddly orange tabby cat sporting a pipe and cap, used to publicize the detective procedural “Remington Steele” at some point during its 1982–1987 run on NBC. Image Credit: 20th Century Fox Television / YouTube
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Director John Scheinfeld and producer Lee Blackman happily pose together on September 17, 2010, at the premiere of “Who Is Harry Nilsson?” in front of the Sunset 5 theater in Los Angeles, California. Image courtesy of John Scheinfeld
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“The Unknown Marx Brothers,” a documentary examining the legendary comedy trio’s origins — i.e Groucho, Harpo, and Chico — that was written, produced, and directed by John Scheinfeld for the Disney channel on October 24, 1993. Image Credit: Crew Neck Productions
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“Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of ‘SMiLE,’” a documentary written, produced, and directed by Beach Boys insider David Leaf. Creative partner John Scheinfeld served as an executive producer on the film that aired October 5, 2004, on the Showtime cable network. Image Credit: Chautauqua Entertainment / LSL Productions
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“Ricky Nelson Sings,” a documentary written, produced, and directed by John Scheinfeld and Beach Boys insider David Leaf. It was released on December 1, 2005, marking the 20th anniversary of the “Garden Party” singer’s shocking death in a fiery plane crash. Image Credit: LSL Productions
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Singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson, drummer Ringo Starr, Nancy Lee Andrews — Ringo’s then-girlfriend — “Everybody’s Talkin’” balladeer Harry Nilsson, and Monkees drummer-lead singer Micky Dolenz pose during a 1975 Hollywood Vampires shindig in Los Angeles. Image Credit: Monkees Live Almanac [MonkeesConcerts.com]
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Avant-garde jazz trumpeter John Coltrane looks to the heavens in this remarkable blue-sepia-inspired outtake from the “Kulu Sé Mama” cover shoot, an album released in January 1967 on Impulse! Records. Photography by Chuck Stewart
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Executive producer Robert Bader, director John Scheinfeld, legendary television interviewer Dick Cavett, and producer Dave Harding pose on November 8, 2014, during an interview for the “Dick Cavett’s Vietnam” documentary which aired April 27, 2015, on PBS. Photography by Edward Nachtrieb / Courtesy of John Scheinfeld
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Famed television interviewer Dick Cavett shares a relaxing kitchen moment with director John Scheinfeld on November 8, 2014, during filming of the “Dick Cavett’s Vietnam” PBS documentary. Photography by Edward Nachtrieb / Courtesy of John Scheinfeld
Watch Rick Nelson’s children — twins Matthew and Gunnar plus Sam — perform an acoustic “Garden Party” for the “Ricky Nelson Sings” documentary co-directed by John Scheinfeld. Released on December 1, 2005, it was the first time all three brothers sang together publicly. Video Credit: LSL Productions
“All I could do was stand there — ‘Paralyzed:’” Hear one of John Scheinfeld’s favorite Elvis Presley songs, written by the great Otis Blackwell and cut on September 2, 1956, during the Radio Recorders Hollywood sessions for the iconic artist’s second studio album, “Elvis.” Music Credit: Sony Music Entertainment; Video Credit: YouTube user Simone Presley Brasil
Listen to Elvis Presley sing the autobiographical “Fame and Fortune,” the B-side of “Stuck on You.” Recorded on March 20, 1960, mere weeks after Presley returned home from the Army, the B-side charted, landing squarely inside the Billboard Pop Top 20 at No. 17. Music Credit: Sony Music Entertainment; Video Credit: Youtube user Jack Gauntt
Click to hear Elvis Presley cover Neil Sedaka’s “Solitaire,” an especially heartbreaking rendition recorded on February 3, 1976, in the Jungle Room at Graceland. It appears on Presley’s penultimate studio album, “From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee.” Music + Video Credit: Sony Music Entertainment

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