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  • Hollywood's ruler's, past and present -- Louis B. Mayer and ... Harvey Levin?!

    "SADLY, a great swathe of the public has very negative views on my great-uncle Louis B. Mayer."
  • 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...

    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...

    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,...

    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...