King Cohn: The Life and Times of Harry Cohn, written by the late Bob Thomas, is the definitive portrait of the Columbia Pictures co-founder. First published in 1967, the book was reprinted by New Millennium Press in 2000. Thomas spoke to 250 plus people in gathering comments and anecdotes about the late Cohn. Interestingly enough, both Columbia and Warner Brothers had a pair of brothers named Harry and Jack. Maybe it’s just a mere coincidence…"King Cohn: The Life and Times of Harry Cohn"
In writing Voice Lessons, voice actor Rob Paulsen writes about his battle with throat cancer in addition to sharing memories throughout his life and career. Yakko from Animaniacs. Pinky from Pinky and the Brain. Raphael from the original animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. These are but a few of the many characters that Rob Paulsen has helped bring to life. In his memoir, he writes about what led him to obtain these various jobs.…"Voice Lessons by Rob Paulsen"
Former Marvel editor Danny Fingeroth, who recently wrote A Marvelous Life, took some time last week to discuss Stan Lee with Solzy at the Movies. A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee was published in November. When did you start to think about writing this book? Danny Fingeroth: I’ve been toying with the idea for the better part of a decade. I signed a contract with Macmillan for the book in 2016 and…"Danny Fingeroth talks Stan Lee"
Oscar-winning film editor Paul Hirsch spoke to Solzy at the Movies over the phone about his new memoir, A Long Time Ago in a Cutting Room Far, Far Away. When did you first get the idea to start writing a memoir about your time in the trenches? Paul Hirsch: It was in 2000. I was on location in Vancouver and my wife was back in LA and on weekends, I was alone and bored. I’ve…"Paul Hirsch talks 50 Years of Editing Hollywood Hits"
In Funny Man: Mel Brooks, author Patrick McGilligan takes an in-depth look at the life of the legendary comedian Mel Brooks. The legendary comedian has gifted us both films, television series, records, and Broadway musicals. He is one of a number of entertainers to win the coveted EGOT. But the Mel Brooks that we see in public is a wholly different person from the Mel Brooks on set or in his private life. If there’s…"Funny Man: Mel Brooks by Patrick McGilligan"
The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies by Ben Fritz likens the current era of Hollywood to the end of silent film and the studio system. The minute that Netflix decided to pursue original content is the moment that changed things. For better or worse, Netflix is a player and they’re far from the only content provider from the streaming world. They’re joined by both Amazon and Hulu as well. When we…"The Big Picture by Ben Fritz: A Must-Read Book"
This past October, two-time Emmy nominee Ellie Kemper joined the ranks of sitcom stars to pen a humorous memoir when My Squirrel Days was published. Before Kemper starred in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on the Netflix sitcom, American audiences knew her from The Office and Bridesmaids. With her roles in NBC sitcom and the Paul Feig-directed film, it would only be a matter of time before the actress would be starring in her own sitcom. Sure…"Gift Idea: My Squirrel Days by Ellie Kemper"
Paul Myers’ newest book, The Kids in the Hall: One Dumb Guy, is an authorized biography that celebrates the Canadian sketch comedy group. Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson came together in 1985. The rest as they say is history. They found their way to TV in 1988 so this book is the perfect way to mark the 30th anniversary. Their television series would run through 1995–airing on the CBC for…"The Kids in the Hall: One Dumb Guy"
In Hooked on Hollywood: Discoveries from a Lifetime of Film Fandom, film critic/historian Leonard Maltin takes us on a time machine back to Hollywood’s Golden Era. Maltin has been writing about film for many years–dating back to when he contributed to Film Fan Monthly. In fact, some of the pieces in the book originally appeared there or his newsletter. Divided into four sections, it wouldn’t be unfair to call this book a time machine of…"Gift Idea: Hooked on Hollywood by Leonard Maltin"
The Sky Is Falling: How Vampires, Zombies, Androids, and Superheroes Made America Great for Extremism by Peter Biskind makes for some fascinating reading. Peter Biskind has a good grasp on what he’s talking about. Make no mistake that popular culture somehow finds a way to influence our political culture. Other times, it’s vice versa (cough Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith cough). In any event, Biskind goes through Hollywood’s history in under 300 pages. In using…"Gift Idea: The Sky is Falling by Peter Biskind"