Reviews and Blog Posts: Hollywood

Hooray for Hollywood

Hollywood postcard

The 86th Academy Awards will be broadcast this Sunday but the Oscars weren't the first awards given out in Hollywood. In 1920 nine years before the first Academy Awards the movie magazine Photoplay created what is considered the first significant movie award - the Photoplay Magazine Medal of Honor. The award was chosen by the readers of the magazine and awarded to the producer of the film.

Is everyone hanging out without me? (and other concerns)

by Mindy Kaling

Reviewer Rating:
3

Mindy Kaling's humor is both casual and over-the-top. She relishes in ridiculous situations and exaggerates annoyances and misunderstandings until they become endearing musings. Listening to her audiobook was like hearing your sweet, sassy, and dramatic friend tell her life story. Kaling can be a girly-girl, but in a genuine and self-deprecating way,...

Happy Birthday, Archie Leach!

Photograph of Cary Grant

January 18 was the day of Archibald Leach's birth, in 1904, in Bristol, England. Leach, a one-time stilt walker and vaudevillian, would become world famous in the 1930s under a different name... Cary Grant.

Grant originally came to the United States as part of a stage troupe and stayed when everyone else went home. After spending almost a decade in vaudeville and on stage, he went to Hollywood and his new bosses at Paramount pictures renamed him Cary Grant (the initials, C.G., were already popular with moviegoers--Clark Gable and Gary Cooper were two of the biggest movie stars in the world).

Miriam Hopkins before Bette Davis

Miriam Hopkins and Herbert Marshall star in the Lubitsch classic Trouble in Paradise. In the early 1930s, Miriam Hopkins was dashing between starring roles on Broadway and chasing her own rising star in Hollywood films. Then along came Bette Davis; her meteoric rise to fame nearly obliterated Miriam Hopkins' presence on the screen.

Fortunately, there are a few gems that were filmed just prior to Bette becoming the queen of Hollywood that showcase Miriam Hopkins at her best. She had swell comic timing, and a beautiful face made for closeups.

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