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When Hollywood Turned Left -- And Politics in Films Changed Forever

Greg Mitchell | Posted 03.27.2014 | Entertainment
Greg Mitchell

Conservatives may overstate the impact, but few today would challenge the claim that the movie industry, or "Hollywood" in archaic shorthand, is staunchly, at times proudly, liberal in politics. This has been true for so long that most Americans -- even right-wingers obsessed with this -- have no idea how and why it happened.

First Nighter: Lee's "Luce" No Loser; Adjmi's "Marie Antoinette" Loses Its Head

David Finkle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Several years before JC Lee's stinging play Luce, at the Claire Tow, begins, Amy (Marin Hinkle) and Peter (Neal Huff) adopted a child from the Congo w...

Scarecrow: Extraordinary Cabernet From Napa's Oldest Vines

Richard Jennings | Posted 10.29.2013 | Taste
Richard Jennings

Fhere is one California Cabernet, based largely on very old vines, that has truly impressed me this year.

No Mustard, No Relish, Just Judy: Happy Birthday Ms Garland

Joanna Perry-Folino | Posted 08.11.2013 | Entertainment
Joanna Perry-Folino

Judy Garland. You can't say her name without conjuring up the iconic image of a gifted and uniquely talented teenager in MGM's classic The Wizard of Oz.

When Harry Truman Got Actor Fired From MGM Epic

Greg Mitchell | Posted 07.03.2013 | Entertainment
Greg Mitchell

A bizarre, and revealing, postscript to President Truman's involvement with The Beginning or the End was provided by Roman Bohnen, the actor who portrayed Truman in the original sequences.

Ayn Rand in Hollywood -- and Her Greatest Love Affair (With the Atomic Bomb)

Greg Mitchell | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

Does that mean Rand hated the Bomb? Hardly. In fact, she extols its creation as "an eloquent example of, argument for and tribute to free enterprise."

Hollywood Bomb: The Unmaking of 'The Most Important Movie Ever Made'

Greg Mitchell | Posted 06.30.2013 | Entertainment
Greg Mitchell

My fascination with the making and unmaking of the MGM film took me to the Truman Library, where I was the first to consult key documents.

First Nighter: In London With Oscar Wilde, Harold Pinter, Charles Dickens and Former Movie Star William Haines

David Finkle | Posted 04.29.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Rupert Everett has just won an award for playing Oscar Wilde in David Hare's melancholy play, The Judas Kiss, at the Duke of York's, and it's not difficult to reckon why.

Classic Film Getting Remake?

The Huffington Post | Madeline Boardman | Posted 01.15.2013 | Entertainment

MGM is reportedly set to remake a classic. According to Deadline.com, the studio has plans to develop its 1959 classic, "Ben-Hur." Starring the late C...

Gambling for Education: The House Never Loses

Patricia McGuire | Posted 12.16.2012 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Gambling is not about education; it's about profits for casino owners. The house never loses. We should never see advertisements using teachers as the shields protecting the real financial interests behind the gambit of education funding.

Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford Duke It Out at The Castro Theatre's 90th Anniversary

Sean Martinfield | Posted 08.16.2012 | Entertainment
Sean Martinfield

Critics include The Women on a list of films that designates 1939 as being the greatest year in the art of filmmaking.

End of the Rainbow Is a Moving Tribute to Judy Garland

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 10.08.2012 | Entertainment
Joan E. Dowlin

She was lucky in that she did what she was born to do: be an outstanding entertainer and heal those who allowed her in. If only she could have healed herself.

The Wizard of Oz Meets the San Francisco Symphony

Sean Martinfield | Posted 09.23.2012 | Home
Sean Martinfield

The film will be screened in High Definition and -- NO! -- this is not the sing-along version. It is as close as we'll ever get to actually being with Herbert Stothart and to his experience of matching music with action.

Big News About National Harbor Casino

AP | Posted 06.15.2012 | DC

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- MGM Resorts International has struck an agreement to build a casino destination at the National Harbor waterfront complex near the n...

YouTube Gets Hundreds Of New Movies

AP | Posted 04.16.2012 | Technology

LOS ANGELES -- Google is adding 600 movies from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to the titles it has available for rent on YouTube and also Google Play, its digit...

It's James Bond All Weekend Long

Chris Jancelewicz | Posted 02.22.2012 | TV

Do you live in Canada? Do you subscribe to MGM's digital channel? Are you a James Bond fan? If so, you're in luck for Oscar weekend. The MGM Channe...

Clark Gable: King of Hollywood

John Farr | Posted 05.01.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

As we kick off Oscar month tomorrow, we also honor the birthday of Clark Gable, who picked up a statuette at the seventh Academy Awards ceremony in 1935.

EPIX Headed to Microsoft's Xbox and iPad in December

Andy Plesser | Posted 06.03.2013 | Technology
Andy Plesser

MONACO -- EPIX, the premium entertainment service available on television, on- demand, online and on consumer electronic devices, will be availabl...

'Where's Waldo' Movie Coming To The Big Screen

Posted 01.07.2012 | Entertainment

Waldo, it turns out, has been spotted in Hollywood. MGM announced on Monday that the studio has bought the rights to bring the camouflaging, globe ...

Judy Garland Was Too Pure for This World

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 11.14.2011 | Entertainment
Joan E. Dowlin

If you follow her life as I have done and get glimpses of her as a child, teen, then adult star, you begin to see the essence of Garland. Sometimes it's hard to know where the screen persona ends and the private person begins.

White House Cover-Up: When Harry Truman Censored the First Hollywood Movie on the Atomic Bomb

Greg Mitchell | Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

One of the great tales of Hollywood "censorship" remains little known today, nearly 65 years after it transpired. And who was right at the center of it? None other than President Harry S. Truman. He even got rid of the actor playing him in the MGM movie.

James Bond Sells Out

Posted 07.03.2011 | Entertainment

James Bond's only loyalty is to the Queen, and being a badass: for 50 years, no temptress or evil Communist villain could lure him. Turns out, what th...

YouTube Reportedly Planning Imminent Launch Of Major New Service

The Wrap Movies | Posted 06.25.2011 | Technology

YouTube will imminently launch a movie-on-demand service charging users to stream movies off the world's largest video sharing site, TheWrap has learn...

Richard Lewis: Greetings From Hell

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Marshall Fine

Richard Lewis is on the phone, shot out of a cannon almost as soon as you pick up the receiver.

Movie Changes Villains From Chinese To North Koreans

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Turns out, economics is a greater threat than nuclear war. The Los Angeles Times reports that MGM, producers of a remake of the 1984 kids vs. Sovie...