World War II changed the course of culture. While plenty of events defined the twentieth century, few wrought such a toll on a generation not only physically and emotionally, but … Continue Reading Hollywood Victory: The Movies, Stars and Stories of World War II (Review)
We all know the iconic music cue. In fact, you can probably hear the sweeping, majestic bit of musical delightfulness in your own head right now. With the passage of … Continue Reading 20th Century Fox: Darryl F. Zanuck and the Creation of the Modern Film Studio (Review)
When one is a fan of classic television, most know there are levels of recognition when remembering the shows of yesteryear. There are the deep cuts, the series many of … Continue Reading Tied Up in Knotts (Review)
Hayley Mills is one of those personalities who for some of us, has always been there. It’s difficult to triangulate the first time I discovered her work. Pollyanna and The … Continue Reading Forever Young: A Memoir (Review)
Nat Hinken is a figure who has always been with me, even if I didn’t always know his name. I’ve often recounted my childhood spent reveling in the joy of … Continue Reading King of the Half Hour: Nat Hiken and the Golden Age of TV Comedy
In 2016 author (and friend of the site) Jeremy Arnold would publish The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies And Why They Matter, a fantastic crash course in the most important classic … Continue Reading 52 More Must-See Movies And Why They Matter
I’ve talked about how great Scott Eyman’s books are before. You might remember me waxing poetic about his amazing biography on John Wayne that turned this Wayne hater into someone … Continue Reading Book Review: Cary Grant – A Brilliant Disguise
There are many arguments made with regards to the greatest film year ever. Authors Stephen Farber and Michael McClellan are the latest to make the case that 1962 is one … Continue Reading Interview: Author Michael McClellan Talks New Book
I always enter into celebrity autobiographies with a fair bit of trepidation. I know getting information straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak, is the best way when it … Continue Reading Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years
There’s a reason author Jeanine Basinger’s books are so thick: they’re filled with classic film knowledge and analysis you won’t find anywhere else. Whether it’s deconstructing star personas or the … Continue Reading The Movie Musical
There’s something inherently compelling about people who have died on-stage. The ultimate proof of dying for one’s art, so to speak. As authors Jeff Abraham and Burt Kearns lay out … Continue Reading The Show Won’t Go On
1939 turns 80 this year but should you read 1939: Hollywood’s Greatest Year in celebration?
Let’s look at the latest biography on the Queen, Olivia de Havilland!
One of the great fallacies about filmmaking is that it’s only recently that women have taken part in it. But as we’re seeing through the release of works like Be … Continue Reading The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick
The Chateau Marmont has never been one of Hollywood’s splashiest hotels. For a long while it was noted more for its infamy, being the place where comic John Belushi died. … Continue Reading The Castle on Sunset: Life, Death, Love, Art, and Scandal at Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont
Howard Hughes is one of the most enigmatic and, to this day, mysterious figures in Hollywood history. Much of his life remains mired in mystery and rumor, stories told in … Continue Reading Seduction: Sex, Lies and Stardom in Howard Hughes’s Hollywood