Classic Hollywood

Classic Hollywood

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The Moviegoer, Sept. 3-9

Los Angeles Plays Itself Cal Arts professor and filmmaker Thom Andersen’s 2003 film essay about the myriad uses of the City of Angels as both location and character in everything from “Rebel Without a Cause” to “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” and “The Big Sleep” to “L.A. Confidential” is a must-see...

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    The guilty pleasure of reading Hollywood memoirs

    A friend and I were standing on a corner waiting for the light to change, talking about the FX series “Feud.” “Isn’t it great,” he said, “how much it winds up on Joan Crawford’s side?” Yes, but no, I started to reply, but before I could we crossed and the conversation turned away. I wondered if...

  • UCLA fest looks at writers and directors from TV's golden age who transitioned to movies

    UCLA fest looks at writers and directors from TV's golden age who transitioned to movies

    It's a time when television is all the rage, when what's being done on the small screen is the envy of Hollywood. It's a time like today, only it's not. That time was the 1950s, when anthology shows like “Playhouse 90,” “Studio One,” “The Elgin Hour” and “Goodyear Television Playhouse” ran original...

  • Classic Hollywood: Impressions of the Chinese Theatre at 90

    Classic Hollywood: Impressions of the Chinese Theatre at 90

    To Jamie Lee Curtis, “the Chinese Theatre humanized, in the hand and footprints, the famous. It wasn’t a glossy picture that seemed unattainable, but something human and tangible.” To Carol Burnett, it was the place her grandmother flagged down Linda Darnell for an autograph — and little Carol...

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    Classic Hollywood: Kirk and Anne Douglas' lifetime of love is captured in their letters

    On screen, Kirk Douglas was a legendary tough guy. But in his real life he wasn’t afraid to express his emotions, especially to his wife, Anne. That sensitive side is on display in the book “Kirk and Anne: Letters of Love, Laughter, and a Lifetime in Hollywood,” which comes out next week. For example,...

  • Jean Rouverol, blacklisted screenwriter, dead at 100

    Jean Rouverol, blacklisted screenwriter, dead at 100

    Jean Rouverol, who died Friday at age 100, was well acquainted with how the blacklist era divided Hollywood. An actress-turned-screenwriter, she and her screenwriter husband, Hugo Butler, were targeted by the House Un-American Activities Committee and went into exile with their children for 13...

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