Goldwyn: A Biography by A. Scott Berg

Back in the late 1980s, A. Scott Berg gave film fans the definitive biography of pioneering film producer Samuel Goldwyn. While reading the William Fox biography, I learned that Sam Goldwyn had been forced out of Goldwyn Productions, which he formed with the Selwyns.  The studio had been named after their names: Goldfish and Selwyn.  Until that point, I had always assumed he had been involved with the leadership of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  This wasn’t the first…

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Hitchcock and the Censors by John Billheimer

John Billheimer takes a look at how filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock was impacted by the Production Code Administration in Hitchcock and the Censors. It’s been nearly a year since University Press of Kentucky released this book in their Screen Classics series.  If you have any interest in classic movies, you certainly can’t go wrong with these books.  Anyway, this review is going online over a week after I finished reading my sixth quarantine book.  The main…

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The Man Who Made The Movies by Vanda Krefft

Vanda Krefft gives us a defining biography in The Man Who Made The Movies: The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of William Fox. It’s no secret that William Fox is forgotten to history.  Of all the major studios, he personally didn’t survive the stock market crash.  Well, he did so as a person but he was no longer the head of the studio.  Fox would file for bankruptcy.  While Disney acquired Twentieth Century-Fox, it came…

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King Cohn: The Life and Times of Harry Cohn

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…

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Voice Lessons by Rob Paulsen

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.…

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Danny Fingeroth talks Stan Lee

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…

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Paul Hirsch talks 50 Years of Editing Hollywood Hits

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…

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Funny Man: Mel Brooks by Patrick McGilligan

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…

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The Big Picture by Ben Fritz: A Must-Read Book

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…

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Gift Idea: My Squirrel Days by Ellie Kemper

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…

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