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The Hiroshima Cover-up (Part III): When Harry Truman Censored MGM's Movie Epic on The Bomb

Greg Mitchell | Posted 10.15.2014 | Entertainment
Greg Mitchell

One of the great tales of Hollywood "censorship" remains little known today, more than 67 years after it transpired. And who was right at the center of it? None other than President Harry S. Truman.

Steve Wilson on 'The Making of Gone with the Wind'

Sean Martinfield | Posted 10.03.2014 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

Just when I thought I could answer any trivia question on David O. Selznick's 1939 production of Gone with the Wind, comes a treasure of new material in Steve Wilson's book, The Making of Gone with the Wind.

A 75th Anniversary This Month: The Wizard of Oz!

Jay Scarfone | Posted 10.12.2014 | Books
Jay Scarfone

In honor of its 75th anniversary, my co-author, William Stillman, of the new compendium The Wizard of Oz: The Official 75th Anniversary Companion, and I look back at some of the origins of what is arguably the best-loved motion picture of all time.

There's No Place Like Home: Kathleen Sorbello Discenna Is Preserving the OZ Legacy in Central NY!

Peter Mac | Posted 09.02.2014 | New York
Peter Mac

In a world where we are so quick to toss aside the "old" and the antiquated without even a brief recognition of preservation and gentrification, Kathleen Sorbello-Discenna is a living example that we can preserve our rich history.

How Is Legoland Becoming Florida's New Must-see Attraction? One Brick at a Time

Jim Hill | Posted 07.26.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

After that brand-new LEGOLAND Florida Hotel opens in 2015, what piece of old Cypress Gardens will Adrian and the Merlin Entertainments team next try to revive / restore?

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

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.27.2014 | 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.