February 23, 2013
Re “ Leave Hollywood to liberals ,” Opinion, Feb. 19 For once, I agree with Jonah Goldberg: In the name of freedom, let Hollywood continue to produce whatever politically tinged films it wants. Whether it's shoot-em-up violence, drama, comedy or liberal high-mindedness, the viewers will decide what they want to watch without any coercion. And yes, as Goldberg notes, Archie Bunker of “All in the Family” did have a bigger impact on Americans' values than his “meathead” son-in-law, but probably not for the reason he thinks.
February 1, 2014
Re "Film and liberal politics," Opinion, Jan. 28 When it comes to health, TV is among the most effective teachers. One study found that 26% of the public cited entertainment television as a top source of health information. The trouble is that TV story lines aren't always accurate. That's why our health foundation has supported USC Annenberg's Hollywood, Health and Society project since 2007, when George W. Bush was president, to help educate television writers about health issues so they can both entertain and inform through shows watched by millions of people.
November 16, 2010
The Elephant to Hollywood Michael Caine Henry Holt: 320 pp., $28
July 12, 2013 |
For nearly 50 years Greg Bautzer was one of the premier entertainment attorneys in Hollywood, with a client list that included moguls Howard Hughes, Charles Bluhdorn, Darryl Zanuck and Kirk Kerkorian. He also made a name for himself handling the high-profile divorces of Ingrid Bergman, Nancy Sinatra and Rock Hudson. Movie-star handsome, he was engaged to Lana Turner and Dorothy Lamour, dated such other glamorous actresses as Ginger Rogers and Joan Crawford, and was married four times, including to actress Dana Wynter.
February 20, 2012
'Loving You' Hart made two films with Elvis Presley — this 1957 musical and the more dramatic 1958 "King Creole" 'Where The Boys Are' Hart was romanced by George Hamilton in this teen favorite from 1960 that also features Jim Hutton and Paula Prentiss. 'Lisa' Hart's favorite is 1962's "Lisa," in which she plays a Jewish refugee in post-World War II Europe.
December 10, 2012 |
Countless actors have brought President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to memorable life in film, television and theater, including Ralph Bellamy, Edward Herrmann and Bill Murray, who plays a rather randy FDR in the new movie "Hyde Park on the Hudson. " But the person who probably portrayed the charismatic Roosevelt better than anyone was the 32nd president himself. Ronald Reagan may have been the first former actor to be elected commander in chief, but in many ways Roosevelt, who led the country through the Great Depression and World War II, was probably the first thespian to reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. PHOTOS: On-screen presidents During his 12 years in the White House, this wealthy man of privilege portrayed himself as an everyman on radio and in newsreels.