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  • Review: 'The Actress' by Amy Sohn

    Review: 'The Actress' by Amy Sohn
    The Hollywood novel is a difficult undertaking, especially in the era of Google and TMZ. F. Scott Fitzgerald basing “The Love of the Last Tycoon” on Irving Thalberg of MGM was a simple alteration; Charles Bukowski's namesake barely changed...
  • Remembering director Patrice Chereau's 'Queen Margot'

    "I'M 24! I think it's a little early for all that." That's Daniel Radcliffe, sensibly answering Vanity Fair's Proust Questionnaire query about his "greatest regret." R.J. Wagner and Jill St. John are returning here to New York on the wings of a huge...
  • 'George Hurrell's Hollywood,' 'Hollywood in Kodachrome' showcase Hollywood visuals

     'George Hurrell's Hollywood,' 'Hollywood in Kodachrome' showcase Hollywood visuals
    You've seen the photo: Jane Russell gazes up from a haystack, her lips parted in an almost sneering smile, a straw of hay between her teeth. She wasn't even a movie star — yet. George Hurrell made his career by turning actors into stars and stars...
  • Review: 'You Must Remember This' by Robert Wagner and Scott Eyman

    Review: 'You Must Remember This' by Robert Wagner and Scott Eyman
    Most of you know Robert Wagner, the actor. In a career that is now into its seventhdecade, he has been a fixture in films, onstage and on television since his first movie, "The Happy Years," in 1950. Here is a short list of the movies and shows in which...
  • Silent films that express an era

    Silent films that express an era
    Warner Bros. caused a seismic sensation Oct. 6, 1927, when the studio premiered "The Jazz Singer," the first feature that included sound using synchronized dialogue sequences. But while the Al Jolson drama proved to be the death knell of silent movies,...
  • ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ wins two Oscars

     
    Founder and president of Universal Pictures, Carl Laemmle Sr., holds the Oscar for Outstanding Production (later Best Picture category) for the movie "All Quiet on the Western Front."...
  • A long winter leads me to 'Marie Antoinette,' the great 1938 movie

    "IS THIS the couch of a countess? Is this the couch of a princess? Oh, no tra-la, tra-la, 'tis only the couch of a laundress!" So did the great Gladys George, as Madame du Barry, bristle during her opening scene in 1938's lavish MGM epic, "Marie...
  • 10 things you might not know about immigration

    10 things you might not know about immigration
    One of the biggest issues looming when Congress returns from its holiday break is immigration reform. In honor of our nation built by immigrants, we give you our rich, well-sourced and huddled mass of facts yearning to breathe free: 1. A staggering...
  • Oscar-Winning Producer Saul Zaentz Dies at 92

    Producer Saul Zaentz, who won best picture Oscars for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Amadeus" and "The English Patient," died Friday in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was 92 and had been suffering from Alzheimer's. The entrepreneurial and famously...
  • Preaching Teamwork in Hollywood, Praying It Works

    Showbiz has a long history of onscreen teamwork, from Laurel & Hardy to Brad & Angelina. But in the executive suites, it's been more erratic. The 14-year (and counting) partnership of Gary Newman and Dana Walden at 20th Century Fox TV is all the more...
  • How Oscars' fashion show changed through the decades

    How Oscars' fashion show changed through the decades
    The Academy Awards are the biggest fashion runway on the planet. When Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried and other stars step out onto the red carpet Sunday, they will be primed to talk as much about what and who they are wearing as about...
  • Stanley Kramer: Hollywood's moral compass

    Stanley Kramer: Hollywood's moral compass
    As both a producer and a director, Stanley Kramer was fearless. As a scrappy young independent producer in the late 1940s, he bought the rights to Arthur Laurents' "Home of the Brave," the hit 1946 Broadway play which exposed anti-Semitism in the...