hollywood http://wamc.org en The Book Show #1358 - Peter Biskind http://wamc.org/post/book-show-1358-peter-biskind <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>For years, there were rumors that filmmaker Henry Jaglom had taped hours of his conversations with Orson Welles but that the tapes had been lost. They weren't.</p><p>Now the transcripts have been released in a new book, edited and introduced by <a href="http://www.peterbiskind.com/">Peter Biskind</a>. The new book is <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0805097252/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0805097252&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">My Lunches with Orson: Conversations between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0805097252" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /></em>.</p><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:06:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 71941 at http://wamc.org The Book Show #1358 - Peter Biskind "The Little Girl Who Fought The Great Depression: Shirley Temple And 1930s America" http://wamc.org/post/little-girl-who-fought-great-depression-shirley-temple-and-1930s-america <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>For four consecutive years Shirley Temple was the world’s box-office champion, a record never equaled. By early 1935 her mail was reported as four thousand letters a week, and hers was the second-most popular girl’s name in the country.</p><p>What distinguished Shirley Temple from every other Hollywood star of the period—and everyone since—was how brilliantly she shone. Amid the deprivation and despair of the Great Depression, Shirley Temple radiated optimism and plucky good cheer that lifted the spirits of millions and shaped their collective character for generations to come. In <em>The Little Girl Who Fought The Great Depression: Shirley Temple And 1930s America</em>, distinguished cultural historian John F. Kasson shows how the most famous, adored, imitated, and commodified child in the world astonished movie goers, created a new international culture of celebrity, and revolutionized the role of children as consumers.</p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 95345 at http://wamc.org "The Little Girl Who Fought The Great Depression: Shirley Temple And 1930s America" Robert Wagner Remembers Old Hollywood http://wamc.org/post/robert-wagner-remembers-old-hollywood <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>With a career spanning more than five decades, perhaps few actors are more qualified to recount the glamorous Hollywood era of the late 1940s and early 1950s than Robert Wagner.</p><p>His new book, <em>You Must Remember This</em>, is Wagner’s ode to a bygone age, to its incomparable style and how it was displayed, and to its legendary stars.</p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 14:45:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 85750 at http://wamc.org Robert Wagner Remembers Old Hollywood Mary Birdsong - Bitter Party Of 5 http://wamc.org/post/mary-birdsong-bitter-party-5 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.twitter.com/marybirdsong" style="line-height: 1.5;">Mary Birdsong</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is an actor with 57 acting credits on IMDB - she’s likely most recognizable from her work on the Comedy Central Series </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Reno 911</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and in the films</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"> Adventureland</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Descendants</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Mary and 4 other actors - Jason Antoon, Greg Cromer, Tricia O'Kelley and Romy Rosemont - were cast in an NBC sitcom pilot together - the show wasn’t picked up but they were determined to work together more - even if that meant on a low-budget talk-show web-series.</p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:12:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 84499 at http://wamc.org Mary Birdsong - Bitter Party Of 5 Best of 2013 - Non-Fiction - Lawrence Wright's "Going Clear" http://wamc.org/post/best-2013-non-fiction-lawrence-wrights-going-clear <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307700666/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0307700666&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0307700666" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> by Lawrence Wright, we learn about Scientology’s complicated cosmology and special language. We see the ways in which the church pursues celebrities, such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta, and how such stars are used to advance the church’s goals. And we meet the young idealists who have joined the Sea Org, the church’s clergy, signing up with a billion-year contract.</span></p><p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 15:05:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 56950 at http://wamc.org Best of 2013 - Non-Fiction - Lawrence Wright's "Going Clear" "Sleepless in Hollywood: Tales from the New Abnormal in the Movie Business" by Lynda Obst http://wamc.org/post/sleepless-hollywood-tales-new-abnormal-movie-business-lynda-obst <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Over the past decade, producer Lynda </span>Obst<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> gradually realized she was working in a Hollywood that was undergoing a drastic transformation. The industry where everything had once been familiar to her was suddenly disturbingly strange.</span></p><p>Combining her own industry experience and interviews with the brightest minds in the business, Obst explains what has stalled the vast moviemaking machine.</p><p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 70631 at http://wamc.org "Sleepless in Hollywood: Tales from the New Abnormal in the Movie Business" by Lynda Obst BIFF - Tom Donahue - "Casting By" http://wamc.org/post/biff-tom-donahue-casting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Tom Donahue’s documentary, <a href="http://www.tashtegofilms.com/castingby.html"><em>Casting By</em></a>, takes us through the last 50 years of Hollywood history from an entirely new perspective -- that of the casting director. Pioneers like Marion Dougherty and Lynn Stalmaster were iconoclasts whose exquisite taste and gut instincts helped to put an end to the studio system and usher in a new Hollywood. They broke away from traditional typecasting and brought actors like James Dean, Dustin Hoffman, Bette Midler, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, and Gene Hackman to the screen.</p><p>Tom Donahue combines personal narratives from actors, directors, and casting directors with extensive archival material to reconstruct the untold tale of Hollywood’s most invisible and unheralded profession.</p><p><em>Casting By</em> will screen as part of <a href="http://www.biffma.org">The Berkshire International Film Festival</a> on Sunday, June 2 at <a href="http://www.thetriplex.com/">The Triplex</a> in Great Barrington, MA. A Q&amp;A will follow the screening with Casting Directors 
Gretchen Rennell and Elissa Myers.</p><p> Thu, 30 May 2013 15:45:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 65880 at http://wamc.org BIFF - Tom Donahue - "Casting By" "Hopper" by Tom Folsom http://wamc.org/post/hopper-tom-folsom <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Dennis Hopper was the chopper-riding hippie outlaw in <em>Easy Rider</em>, the prophetic madman in the jungle in <em>Apocalypse Now</em>, the terrifying psychopath in <em>Blue Velvet</em> and the kid gone wrong in <em>Rebel Without a Cause</em>.</p><p>The actor was taken under the wing of James Dean, a friendship that set Dennis Hopper on his path to becoming a star. He was a quintessentially American dreamer longing to be the next Orson Welles, a hell-raising director who revolutionized Hollywood.</p><p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 61707 at http://wamc.org "Hopper" by Tom Folsom "Brothers Emanuel: A Memoir of an American Family" by Ezekiel J. Emanuel http://wamc.org/post/brothers-emanuel-memoir-american-family-ezekiel-j-emanuel <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>For years, people have been asking Ezekiel “Zeke” Emanuel, the brash, outspoken, and fiercely loyal eldest brother in the Emanuel clan, the same question: What did your mom put in the cereal? Middle brother Rahm is the mayor of Chicago, erstwhile White House chief of staff, and one of the most colorful figures in American politics. Youngest brother Ari is a Hollywood super-agent. And Zeke himself is one of the world’s leading bioethicists and oncologists, and a former special advisor for health policy in the Obama administration.</p><p>In the new memoir, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1400069033/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1400069033&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">Brothers Emanuel: A Memoir of an American Family</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1400069033" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1"></em>, Zeke tells his family's story.</p><p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 15:02:47 +0000 Joe Donahue 61477 at http://wamc.org "Brothers Emanuel: A Memoir of an American Family" by Ezekiel J. Emanuel Rob Edelman: Overlooked Foreign Films http://wamc.org/post/rob-edelman-overlooked-foreign-films <p>Lately, I&rsquo;ve been seeing and savoring quite a few foreign language films: titles that have not enjoyed across-the-board theatrical releases in the U.S. This lack of theatrical exposure is not because these films are lacking in quality. They are in fact engrossing and provocative. Mon, 30 Apr 2012 15:27:29 +0000 37904 at http://wamc.org