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  • ‘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."
  • 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,...

    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...

    'Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures' features an unlikely star

    'Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures' features an unlikely star
    Elsa Emerson leaves home, becomes a movie star named Laura Lamont, marries a studio executive, wins an Oscar, suffers the inevitable career decline, takes too many pills and winds up in the hospital, works in a dress shop, then gets a chance to make a...

    Bob Iger's studio chief hunt: Why would anyone want the job?

     
    Disney studio chief opening: Since Bob Iger fired studio chief Rich Ross, the media have tossed all sorts of prominent names into the hopper as potential successors. But who would want the job?