Film historian and bestselling author Scott Eyman has done it again with 20th Century-Fox: Darryl F. Zanuck and the Creation of the Modern Studio. The story of the Hollywood studio can now be told after an era came to an end in 2020. If you didn’t read Vanda Krefft‘s brilliant biography on William Fox, Eyman sums up his life, the Fox Film Corporation, and his legal troubles. Zanuck really doesn’t come into the book’s picture…"20th Century-Fox: Scott Eyman Does It Again"
Robin, the Robin Williams biography written by Dave Itzkoff, is a must-read and the definitive biography of the late comedy legend. I was late to reading this book and for good reason. Deep down, I knew it would crush me much in the same way that My Girls by Todd Fisher did. To no surprise, I found myself sobbing during the final three chapters. It was like losing Robin Williams all over again and it…"Robin: Robin Williams Bio Is A Must-Read"
Leading Lady: Sherry Lansing and the Making of a Hollywood Groundbreaker, written by Stephen Galloway, is a superb biography. One does not have to get far into this book to realize how quickly paced it is. Galloway’s prose reads as if it were a novel even though this book is a non-fiction biography of one of the few female executives to head a Hollywood studio. It was never supposed to be this way, however, because…"Leading Lady: Sherry Lansing Bio Is A Must-Read"
Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman’s Secrets of the Force: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Wars is a must-own. If Apocalypse Now had turned out differently, Star Wars might never have seen the light of day. What an alternate universe this would be. Instead, Lucas’s idea for a Vietnam war film becomes something completely different. Not being able to acquire the rights to Flash Gordon would also alter his plans. Lucas would…"Secrets of the Force: An Oral History of Star Wars"
Chris Yogerst’s book, Hollywood Hates Hitler!, is a must-read book about the 1941 Senate Investigation into Motion Picture War Propaganda. The full name is as follows: Hollywood Hates Hitler! Jew-Baiting, Anti-Nazism, and the Senate Investigation into Warmongering in Motion Pictures. It’s a long title but there’s no better way to describe this book. If you haven’t studied up on film history, chances are likely that you never heard of the investigation. If you have, you’re…"Hollywood Hates Hitler! by Chris Yogerst"
John Williams’s Film Music, written by Emilio Audissino, was published in 2014 but this John Williams book is an important contribution to film history canon. Williams is among the greatest composers in the history of film music. He is the second-most nominated individual in Oscar history next to Walt Disney. This only speaks to his contributions to cinema. And like the book notes, he certainly has his detractors. However, I am not one of them.…"John Williams’s Film Music Is A Great Read"
The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, written by Amy Ratcliffe with a forward by Scott Trowbridge, is a must-own for any Star Wars fan. In terms of the book itself, Ratcliffe intros each section and then leaves us to admire the artwork. It’s truly amazing to see how the park evolved over time. Even though the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hasn’t opened yet, we get a sneak peek at what to expect when it…"The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Is A Must-Own"
Because He’s Jeff Goldblum, the new biography by Travis M. Andrews, is an unconventional biography of the actor/musician. It’s an unconventional biography but then again, nothing about Goldblum’s career has ever been conventional. The only downside is that Goldblum himself did not participate in the book. A bummer, maybe, but Andrews has no shortage of interviews to quote be it filmmakers, actors, crew, or friends. I’ve had my own personal encounter with Goldblum during Wizard…"Because He’s Jeff Goldblum Is Unconventional"
True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee, the recent book written by Abraham Riesman, is an eye-opening look into Stan Lee’s life. This book marks the 29th book I’ve read during the pandemic. Riesman’s book is a substantially different book than that of A Marvelous Life by Danny Fingeroth. That’s not to take anything away from Fingeroth. Working in the industry gave Fingeroth the chance to get to know Stan Lee. I think…"True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee"
Todd Fisher shares his life with Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds in his 2018 memoir, My Girls: A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie. December will mark five years since we lost both Carrie and Debbie. While this may be hard to believe, the occasion isn’t any less saddening. When I finished this book during the fest days of Passover, I was sobbing uncontrollably. Of course, I then proceeded to start another pandemic binge of Star…"My Girls: A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie"