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Hollywood Politics

The Wildest Political Night in the History of Hollywood

Greg Mitchell | Posted 12.26.2014 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

The showdown over a loyalty oath that would deny any Communist affiliation had finally arrived. On one side: The SAG president, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who faced ''the most dramatic evening in my life,'' he later recalled. On the other: Cecil B. DeMille, one of the founders of the movie industry.

Think This Year's Campaigns Are Dirty? Check Out the Race That Changed Politics Forever

Greg Mitchell | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

After writing books about the 1950 contest for the U.S. Senate between Richard Nixon and Helen Gahagan Douglas and, especially, Upton Sinclair's race for governor of California in 1934, not much could happen this year that would truly shock or offend me.

When Hollywood Meets D.C.

Posted 01.19.2013 | Entertainment

This week marks the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. With the Academy Awards just a month away, there is a long history of Hollywood mai...

Disappear Here

James Duke Mason | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
James Duke Mason

The issue of coming out in Hollywood is one I've been fascinated about for years. It's amazing how little has changed in terms of the establishment and the way it treats it's gay and lesbian entertainers.

Hollywood Still Donating To Obama, With A Twist

The Huffington Post | Kia Makarechi | Posted 03.12.2012 | Entertainment

Looks like Barack Obama's star power hasn't dimmed after all. In 2008, Hollywood insiders donated $9.2 million to the presidential hopeful's campa...

Rick Santorum's Secret Reality TV Weapon

Posted 03.04.2012 | Entertainment

As the results of the Iowa Caucuses continue to roll in, Rick Santorum clings to a narrow -- and surprising -- lead. Once considered a fringe candidat...

Duggar Family Reveals GOP Presidential Endorsement

Posted 03.04.2012 | Entertainment

"You're not going to find the perfect candidate unless it's Jesus Christ," Jim Duggar said on Monday. With the Christian messiah sitting this one out,...

Hollywood's Surprising Political History

Steven J. Ross | Posted 01.31.2012 | Books
Steven J. Ross

Political Hollywood started much earlier than people realize. For over 100 years, movie stars have influenced the ways in which Americans have thought about politics.

Dispatches From Incredible 1934 Campaign: Irving Thalberg's Final 'Attack Ad' Sparks Riots

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Greg Mitchell

As Election Day neared, Hollywood's crusade against Upton Sinclair, the Democratic nominee for governor, hit a new low.

Hollywood GOP Closes Its Wallets To Whitman, Fiorina

The Wrap | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

If Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina end up beating the odds on Tuesday, you can bet Hollywood won't make their thank-you lists. The two Republican candi...

Dispatches From Incredible 1934 Campaign: Kate Hepburn, FDR, Against Upton Sinclair

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

So far at this part in the '34 California gubernatorial race, Katharine Hepburn had refused to comment on the district attorney's investigation of political intimidation in Hollywood. But that didn't stop her father from speaking for her.

Dispatches From Incredible 1934 Campaign: Upton Sinclair Fights Back Against Hollywood Scare Tactics

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Greg Mitchell

Sinclair finally wrote an angry letter protesting unprecedented tactics by Irving Thalberg, Louis B. Mayer and others.

When A Famous Author Ran for Office -- And Politics Changed Forever

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Greg Mitchell

Upton Sinclair succeeded where greater writers failed -- he nearly got elected to high office, and, even in losing, had a profound effect on an American president and the future of politics in America.

Oscar Nominees: Who Donates The Most Money To Politicians?

Open Secrets | Cassandra LaRussa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Maybe the red carpet should turn green. On Sunday, movie lovers and fashion enthusiasts will tune in to watch the 82nd annual Academy Awards. The gla...

When 'Mad Men' Types -- and Hollywood-- First Played a Key Role in Politics

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

When pundits labeled last year's presidential campaign "divisive" and "dirty," I had to laugh. The champion of all dirty races in this century, in fact, was the 1934 contest between Upton Sinclair and Frank Merriam.

Moving Pictures Move Left

Josh Sugarman, Brandon Yankowitz and Patrick Pavon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarman, Brandon Yankowitz and Patrick Pavon

Our goal is to engage young voters, providing them with the sort of entertaining content that reminds them that being a Democrat is "cool" -- the sort that they are willing to spread virally online.

Inside The "New" Hollywood Left: Who Made The List?

Politico | Jeffrey Ressner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Think "Hollywood politics," and you likely conjure up images of George Clooney speaking out about Darfur or Brad Pitt's blueprint to provide housing f...