Later in his career, maltin sat down with men and women who worked inside the top studios during the heyday of movies and early television. In addition, key feature articles from Maltin's newsletter Movie Crazy are published here for the first time, providing new perspectives on the Warner Bros. Classics casablanca and gold diggers of 1933 as well as many other masterpieces—and bombs—from Hollywood history.
He used what he learned from these luminaries to embark on a 50-year and counting career that has included New York Times bestselling books, movie introductions on Turner Classic Movies, 30 years of regular appearances coast-to-coast on Entertainment Tonight, and countless other television and radio performances.
Hooked on Hollywood: Discoveries from a Lifetime of Film Fandom #ad - He first interviewed greats of Hollywood as a precocious teenager in 1960s New York City. Teenaged leonard Maltin landed one-on-ones with Warner Bros. Finally, rko radio pictures, maltin looks back at what he considers Hollywood's "overlooked" studio, which gave us such classics as King Kong and the many dance musicals of Astaire and Rogers.
In hooked on hollywood, Maltin opens up his personal archive to take readers on a fascinating journey through film history. In leonard's unique and witty style, comedies, he looks at dozens of obscure RKO features from the 1930s, including saucy pre-Codes, musicals, and mysteries.
In the Company of LegendsBeaufort Books #ad - These were recognized as high-quality, definitive film portraits, which revitalized the genre and made it a mainstay of television programming. This is their insiders’ view of the famous and the powerful: katharine hepburn, Joanne Woodward, Audrey Hepburn, Richard Dreyfuss, James Stewart, Paul Newman, Jane Fonda, Ronald Reagan, Frank Sinatra, Lew Wasserman, and Bette Davis, Johnny Carson, among others.
Kramer and heeley’s behind the scenes stories of the productions and the personalities involved are amusing, sometimes moving, often revealing, and have never been told before. Starting with their award winning profiles of fred astaire in 1980, persuading the reluctant, establishing a reputation for finding the un-findable, Joan Kramer and David Heeley documented the lives and careers of many Hollywood legends, and maintaining unique relationships long after the end credits rolled.
Hollywood Heyday: 75 Candid Interviews with Golden Age LegendsMcFarland #ad - Hollywood Heyday: 75 Candid Interviews with Golden Age Legends #ad - In 1978, fantle and Johnson, St. Paul teenagers, boarded a plane to meet with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. What audacity!" exclaimed actor Robert Wagner when he heard about the authors' adolescent exploits in nabbing interviews with Hollywood celebrities. Published for the first time and with exclusive photos, this selection of 75 interviews chronicles the authors' 40-year quest for insights and anecdotes from iconic 20th century artists.
They had written the stars requesting interviews--and to their amazement, both agreed. Over the years, more than 250 other stars also agreed--lucille ball, george Burns, Debbie Reynolds, Mickey Rooney, Bob Hope, James Cagney, Rod Steiger, Milton Berle, Frank Capra and Hoagy Carmichael, to name a few.
Starmaker: Life As a Hollywood Publicist with Farrah, The Rat Pack and 600 More Stars Who Fired MeECW Press #ad - Jay bernstein, his outrageous style, was famed for his sense of showmanship, an entertainment industry fixture who helped launch the careers of celebrities including Farrah Fawcett and Suzanne Somers, and the publicity stunts he engineered to get attention for his clients. This memoir by the legendary publicist offers “an intimate glimpse into the best and the worst of the golden age of Hollywood” Stacy Keach, Golden Globe Award–nominated actor.
With the wisdom of experience and a sense of humor, this autobiography shares the intimate details of a fascinating Hollywood life. Starmaker tells his story, from his childhood in Oklahoma City and his first job in a Hollywood mailroom to the ownership of his own public relations firm and his work as a television producer.
Starmaker: Life As a Hollywood Publicist with Farrah, The Rat Pack and 600 More Stars Who Fired Me #ad - In addition to a behind-the-scenes look at several generations of show business and hard-hitting insights about how the industry changed over the decades, such as paying women to throw hotel keys at Tom Jones, Bernstein also describes the relationships he had with stars and his notorious techniques, having Entertainment Tonight host Mary Hart’s legs insured for one million dollars, and getting married underwater for an episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.
Hollywood: Did You Know?Royle Publishing #ad - I make no apology for this, for i think it is important to present these individuals as they really were, however, minus the studio hype that tended to elevate them to the status of flawless gods and godesses. So, unless the reader comes across an unforseen error I may have accidentally overlooked, again I make no apolgies for anything included in this publication, in which case I apologise unreservedly.
If, particularly the days of the studio system, like me, you are fascinated by the world of movies, I think you shall find more than enough items here to satisfy your curiosity. Very few lived up to their glowing reputations, I’m afraid. Over the past 20 years or so, hundreds of books have been published about the ‘good old days’ of the studio system; not only stars’ biographies, but accounts from a diverse range of previously unheard from sources.
Hollywood: Did You Know? #ad - . Maids, bodyguards, bell-hops, family members and acquaintances of the rich and famous etc, chauffeurs, secretaries, now put their memories into print, agents, confirming much of what I have been writing about for almost a decade and a half. Of course, there are still those who rail against anyone who deigns to question the ‘snow-jobs’ churned out by studio publicity departments down the decades; the standard complaint being the usual one – the dead cannot defend themselves.
I still get the occasional brickbat along those lines even today, but times have changed. For many of them even the so-called ‘greats’, peppering their reminiscences with expletives is commonplace. And saints have always been few and far between in Tinsel Town.
HOLLYWOOD UNCENSORED - THE COMPENDIUM#ad - All this awaits in Hollywood Uncensored - The Compendium. Includes brand new bonus chapters. A giant compendium of the Hollywood Uncensored volumes by Sam Hart. Death, careers that fizzled out, child stars, production troubles, scandal, murder, casting, movie facts.
The Mammoth Book of Hollywood ScandalsRobinson #ad - Murders, suicides, cover-ups, unexplained deaths, scandalous romances, and more, illegitimate children, from the 1920s to Hollywood's Golden Age in the 1960s and right up to the present day. It covers over 60 scandals including: the roscoe 'fatty' arbuckle scandal; clark gable's baby scandals; the rape of patricia douglas; the life and death of jean harlow; the sudden death of james dean; marilyn monroe's mysterious death; John Belushi Dies at the Chateau Marmont; Madonna's Hollywood Stalker; Hugh Grant's Hollywood Scandal; Winona Ryder Is Arrested For Shoplifting; The Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie Love Triangle; The Tragic Life and Death of Anna Nicole Smith; The Life and Death of Michael Jackson; Arnold Schwarzenegger's Love Child; The Very Public Melt-Down of Charlie Sheen; The Rise and Fall of Whitney Houston; The Marriage of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes and many, many more.
The Name Below The Title: 20 Classic Movie Character Actors From Hollywood's Golden Age#ad - These colorful personalities were usually one-dimensional, someone to whom the star could confide secrets or vent frustrations. This great population of personalities formed the league of character actors. Hollywood studios had large stables of contract and stock players from all walks of life and in all shapes, sizes and ages.
They also portrayed parents, wise-cracking neighbors, grandparents, oddball relatives, smart-aleck store clerks and loveable barkeeps. In many cases they carried the same persona over from one film to the next, perfecting their stereotype so that audiences knew what to expect from them in a positive and affectionate way, collecting their beloved favorites over the years.
The Name Below The Title: 20 Classic Movie Character Actors From Hollywood's Golden Age #ad - The name below the title features 20 of the best and most fun examples of the Hollywood character actor during Hollywood's most famous era from the 1930s through the 1950s. An amazon bestsellerduring the golden age of american cinema, though perhaps not forgotten, the character actor’s contribution often goes unacknowledged or, underappreciated; the unsung heroes.
Lest we forget the sinister side of this society, villains also claimed a stake in this assembly of saints, sinners and every type in between. They played the sidekicks and best friends of the stars who headlined the movies in which they appeared.
Hollywood's Lost Backlot: 40 Acres of Glamour and MysteryLyons Press #ad - For decades, every conceivable star in Hollywood, from Clark Gable to Warren Beatty, worked and loved and gave indelible performances on the site. A place which most have visited, and which has contributed significantly and unexpectedly to the world’s popular culture, and yet which few people today, paradoxically, at least on screen, have ever heard of.
. Stars and studios rise and fall. Genres and careers wax and wane. Demille, now occupied by Amazon. Com, has been the home for hundreds of the most iconic and legendary films and television shows in the world for a remarkable and star-studded fifty years. This bizarre, of tarzan and batman, of citizen kane, the home of king kong and superman, and at least twice, of elliot Ness, of A Star is Born and Star Trek, of the Green Hornet, magical place was the location for Tara in Gone with The Wind, of Tarzan, of Hogan’s Heroes and Gomer Pyle, of Rebecca, of Barney Fife, of Lasse, of Jesus Christ.
Hollywood's Lost Backlot: 40 Acres of Glamour and Mystery #ad - Movies and movie moguls and movie makers and movie palaces are acclaimed and patronized and loved and beloved, and then forgotten. And yet, today, it is completely forgotten. Pretty much anyone alive today, from college professors to longshoremen, have probably heard of Paramount and of MGM, of Warner Bros.
And yet…and yet one place in southern California, built in the 1920s by allegedly murdered producer Thomas Ince, acquired by Cecil B. Hollywood is a transitory place.
The Name Below The Title, Volume 3: 20 MORE Classic Movie Character Actors From Hollywood's Golden Age#ad - Click "buy now" and enjoy fun and interesting insight into a time gone by, with the people who helped to make it great! If you like old hollywood and turner classic movies is your go-to movie channel, you will enjoy The Name Below The Title, Volume 3: 20 MORE Classic Movie Character Actors From Hollywood's Golden Age.
An amazon bestsellerwho could forget those faces? who could forget those roles?when the name below The Title, Volume 1: 20 Classic Movie Character Actors From Hollywood's Golden Age was published, it offered a look at some of Tinsel Town's most fun, interesting and talented actors during their classic movie heyday.
The Name Below The Title, Volume 3: 20 MORE Classic Movie Character Actors From Hollywood's Golden Age #ad - If those books were your classic movie cup of tea, then the name Below The Title, Volume 3 is ready to be devoured!Not only did they support the leading stars in Hollywood films, they also added an extra dimension that make these movies all the more golden. It was so popular that the Name Below The Title, Volume 2 wasn't far behind.
In this sequel, with interesting insight into their personal lives and backgrounds, even more character players' lives and careers are featured, as well as their stunning film contributions.
Hollywood The Skeletons Are Out!: Over 1,200 direct quotes by actors and directors about themselves, their colleagues and their films#ad - I’m very proud of it, actually. Like a python that swallows prey much larger than itself. Bow, clara louise brooks’ husband considered Clara to be beneath them: ‘She wasn’t acceptable socially. She also tries to kill herself every few years, without success. Like, i would at least try, for the first year or two.
Brando, a man can only do one thing with you: throw you down and fuck you!’brynner, marlona drunken brando disgraced himself on national television when he guested alongside Zsa Zsa Gabor on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show and propositioned her: ‘Do you know what I want to do with that girl, Johnny? I want to fuck her! Zsa Zsa, Yul Ingrid Bergman and Brynner did not get along making ‘Anastasia’ 1956: ‘Yul Brynner was shorter, I suggested putting a little block under him.
Hollywood The Skeletons Are Out!: Over 1,200 direct quotes by actors and directors about themselves, their colleagues and their films #ad - Then he’d shake in some rum flavouring and this great actor would suddenly spring to life. She bent over once to fix her stockings and he instantly leapt up to pinch her behind. Beatty, warrencher slept with him when she was a teenager: ‘Warren has probably been with everybody I know, and unfortunately I am one of them.
Amazing. Once we were waiting for a take and I asked him why he read his lines from chalkboards. So i asked him one day to invite clara Bow and he said, good heavens, ‘Oh, no! We can’t have her. In the morning, he was so wasted that his man would have to carry him in and set him down in an easy chair.