Hollywood on Hollywood: On Jeanine Basinger and Sam Wasson’s Oral History “Hollywood”

DECEMBER 5, 2022 LOOKING BACK AT the decades Hollywood studios operated with a self-regulating production code, famed director Billy Wilder said that “[t]here are times when I wish we still had it because the fun has gone out of it, the game that you played with them.” The Oscar-winning filmmaker continued, “We had to be … Read more

It’s a Hollywood Story: A Conversation with Alison B. Hart

November 29, 2022 IN AN ESSAY appended to her debut novel The Work Wife, Alison B. Hart writes about her time working in the family office of a finance CEO in New York, the experience that informs her compelling story about Hollywood, money, and power. The novel centers on Ted Stabler, a Hollywood producer-director who … Read more

The Dark Side of the New Hollywood: On Jon Lewis’s “Road Trip to Nowhere”

JULY 30, 2022 THE MANSON MURDERS rocked Hollywood and the nation in 1969. Joan Didion, who was living in Los Angeles at the time, recalled that “no one was surprised.” The affluent Hollywood Hills were rife with questionable characters on the margins of the film industry, who took many high-profile victims along the way. Maybe … Read more