Tag Archives: Hollywood

The Books: After Henry, ‘Los Angeles Days’, by Joan Didion

Still on the essays shelf with another essay from After Henry, by Joan Didion. ‘Los Angeles Days’ is another one of Joan Didion’s multi-part multi-topic montage essays. I love when she goes at a topic from all angles, without coming … Continue reading

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The Books: Garson Kanin’s Hollywood, by Garson Kanin

Next book on the Hollywood shelf: Garson Kanin’s Hollywood, by Garson Kanin Garson Kanin wrote. Boy, he wrote. He wrote screenplays, and plays, and books. He wrote gossipy books about his famous friends (some of whom never forgave him for … Continue reading

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The Books: Memo from David O. Selznick : The Creation of “Gone with the Wind” and Other Motion Picture Classics, as Revealed in the Producer’s Private Letters, Telegrams, Memorandums, and Autobiographical Remarks

Next book on the Hollywood shelf: Memo from David O. Selznick : The Creation of “Gone with the Wind” and Other Motion Picture Classics, as Revealed in the Producer’s Private Letters, Telegrams, Memorandums, and Autobiographical Remarks, selected and edited by … Continue reading

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The Books: The Making of Casablanca: Bogart, Bergman, and World War II, by Aljean Harmetz

Next book on the Hollywood shelf: The Making of Casablanca: Bogart, Bergman, and World War II, by Aljean Harmetz The book was first published under the title Round Up the Usual Suspects, which I like better, but that’s neither here … Continue reading

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The Books: The Making of The Misfits, by James Goode

Next book on the Hollywood shelf: The Making of the Misfits, by James Goode. I have known about the notoriously difficult shoot for The Misfits since I was in high school just because, if you study film, even in an … Continue reading

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The Books: The Devil’s Candy: The Anatomy Of A Hollywood Fiasco, by Julie Salamon

Next book on the Hollywood shelf: The Devil’s Candy: The Anatomy Of A Hollywood Fiasco, by Julie Salamon. A nervewracking book. Julie Salamon was invited by director Brian De Palma to follow him around as he shot Bonfire of the … Continue reading

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The Books: The Cleopatra Papers, by Jack Brodsky and Nathan Weiss

Next book on the Hollywood shelf: The Cleopatra Papers: A Private Correspondence, by Jack Brodsky and Nathan Weiss. It’s been a while since I’ve done a Book Excerpt. For those of you new to me, I have been going through … Continue reading

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The Books: Spielberg, Truffaut & Me: An Actor’s Diary, by Bob Balaban

Next book on the Hollywood shelf: Spielberg, Truffaut & Me: An Actor’s Diary, by Bob Balaban This slim volume by actor Bob Balaban about his experience filming Close Encounters of the Third Kind (in which he spent most of his … Continue reading

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The Books: Final Cut: Art, Money, and Ego in the Making of Heaven’s Gate, the Film That Sank United Artists, by Steven Bach

Moving on to my next “genre”, which is a bit of a mish-mash. I refer to it as my “Making Of” section, books about the makings of different movies. But for the purposes of the blog, it will go under … Continue reading

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The Books: Hollywood Babylon, by Kenneth Anger

When I first started blogging (back on Blog-spot) I posted a daily excerpt from any one of my 20,000 books. Sometimes a fiction excerpt, sometimes non-fiction … As is obvious, I enjoy putting book excerpts up here. It seems to … Continue reading

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