'Magnificent Obsession' Book: Film Fans' 'Outrageous History' from Classic Hollywood Screenwriters to Gay Porn Actors

Magnificent Obsession book by Anthony Slide. Whereas Lloyd C. Douglas' 1929 Magnificent Obsession book dealt with a playboy's urge to restore the eyesight of the woman he had accidentally blinded, Anthony Slide's latest explores the lives and times of movie buffs. Now, are Twilight, The Dark Knight, and The Avengers fans as consumed with passion for their idols as, say, the warring members of the Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy […]

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Premiere: Most Anticipated Event Since Nostradamus

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Premiere: Lupita Nyong'o at the most anticipated event since the days of Nostradamus. 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' premiere in Hollywood The most anticipated event since Nostradamus prophesied World War I, World War II, Climate Change Calamity, and Reality TV, Star Wars: The Force Awakens – brought to you not by George Lucas, but by Walt Disney (not the man, […]

Alec Guinness Movies: 'Star Wars' Star's Fagin Caused Stir

Alec Guinness. Alec Guinness movies: Pre-'Star Wars' Guinness runs the gamut from Dickens' Fagin to Japanese businessman romancing Rosalind Russell Alec Guinness is Turner Classic Movies' "Summer Under the Stars" star on Saturday, August 3, 2013. The bad news: No Alec Guinness TCM premieres or lesser-known Guinness movies, e.g., A Run for Your Money, Last Holiday, Malta Story, The Prisoner, Star Wars (kidding). The good […]

'A Passage to India' Review – Judy Davis, Peggy Ashcroft

Judy Davis, A Passage to India Synopsis: In the early 20th century, Miss Quested (Judy Davis) and her soon-to-be mother-in-law, Mrs. Moore (Peggy Ashcroft, right), arrive in India, where they're met by Ronny Moore (Nigel Havers), a young and self-righteous representative of the British Empire. During their stay, a local Muslim physician, Dr. Aziz (Victor Banerjee), befriends the two women. All goes well until something […]

MGM Files for Bankruptcy + the History of Hollywood & 'The Bridge on the River Kwai'

Marion Davies in King Vidor's Show People Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which decades ago was the most financially stable of the Hollywood studios, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday. MGM – initially Metro-Goldwyn – was formed through the amalgamation of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and Louis B. Mayer Productions in 1924. Goldwyn, by then no longer associated with Samuel Goldwyn, was the largest production company of the […]

David Lean 'A Passage to India' Screening

A Passage to India, David Lean's final film as a director and a 1984 Best Picture nominee, is the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Great To Be Nominated” series. The sweeping drama will screen on Monday, June 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. I'm not a big fan of David Lean's epics (Lawrence of Arabia, […]