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.
April 6, 2014 |
Melvin Mar's entrée to Hollywood was far from glamorous. As an unpaid intern for "Platoon" producer Arnold Kopelson, Mar was responsible for fetching his boss' lunch of matzo ball soup every day. Mar calculated to the minute how long it would take to walk from the production company's Century City offices to the Stage Deli nearby, buy the soup and decant it into a bowl on Kopelson's desk, still piping hot, at precisely 1 p.m. Mar parlayed...
January 8, 2014 |
When Nic Pizzolatto was 5, he had an epiphany. It wasn't the usual childhood one about finger-painting or bike-riding or other regular kid stuff. It was that one day he would die. "You know how people say that young people feel immortal? I don't know what they're talking about," he said. "I was planning for how I would deal with my death in good conscience well before I even hit puberty. " The moment captures Pizzolatto, one of the more colorful creative types to emerge in Hollywood in recent years and the force behind HBO's "True Detective," the Louisiana-set, time-jumping Matthew McConaughey-Woody Harrelson noir series that premieres Sunday.
November 16, 2010
The Elephant to Hollywood Michael Caine Henry Holt: 320 pp., $28
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.