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Book Review: James Dean: The Mutant King

Posted by Laura Grande August 9, 2013 0 Comment 5275 views

He was Hollywood’s original rebel; the trailblazing actor who opened doors for up-and-coming actors and became the voice of a lost generation. After the Second World War shook the very foundations of society to the core, the youth growing up in the 1950s faced a vastly different cultural landscape than that of their parents. It […]

Book Review: Joan Crawford: A Biography

Posted by Laura Grande July 12, 2013 1 Comment 6009 views

Much like the character of Joan Crawford that she created as her glamorous Hollywood alter ego, Lucille LaSueur was an enigma. Early on in her film career, when MGM producers shuddered at the thought of audiences struggling to pronounce their new stars’ French name, LaSueur became Joan Crawford. But whether people knew her from her […]

Book Review: Peter Lawford: The Man Who Kept the Secrets

Posted by Laura Grande June 25, 2013 0 Comment 7422 views

It’s easy to become immersed in a book that highlights the dark underbelly of Old Hollywood. All the glitter and glam was nothing more than an illusion and many celebrities lost themselves to the pressures that came with being famous. Much like they do today. As James Spada’s biography Peter Lawford: The Man Who Kept […]

Book Review: Lame Brains and Lunatics

Posted by Ms.Dean June 17, 2013 0 Comment 8428 views

Silent film fanatics know all about the Holy Trinity of Slapstick Comedy, an entity I like to call Chaplinkeatonlloyd. Hell, even the casual silent movie observer has at least a glancing knowledge of Chaplinkeatonlloyd. But in the earliest years of the movie industry, it was slapstick that drew the crowds and packed the houses. Even the […]

Book Review: Songs My Mother Taught Me

Posted by Laura Grande June 11, 2013 7 Comments 7857 views

“I can draw no conclusions from my life because it is a continually evolving and unfolding process.” – Marlon Brando, Songs My Mother Taught Me It still seems strange that, back in 1994, Marlon Brando agreed to reconstruct his own life for public consumption. Seventy years old at the time that his autobiography was published, […]

Book Review: Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe

Posted by Laura Grande May 29, 2013 4 Comments 10915 views

Movie star. Bombshell. Model. Sex symbol. Actress. Goddess. Marilyn Monroe has been referred to as any number of things, although the vast majority of terms refer to her as little more than a sex symbol. An object for the general public to consume. Those unfamiliar with Monroe and her body of work may find it easy […]

Review: Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration

Posted by Brandy Dean November 26, 2012 1 Comment 5676 views

It was 100 years ago that feral wild child Tarzan swung via jungle vine onto the culture scene. Edgar Rice Burroughs introduced the world to Tarzan in his serialized novel Tarzan of the Apes in 1912, followed up by book publication in 1914. And it’s be ON ever since. Burroughs published twenty-five sequels. More importantly, […]

Review: The Testament of Judith Barton

Posted by Brandy Dean May 14, 2012 0 Comment 4854 views

I hated Jane Eyre. I resented every moment of my ninth grade life that was wasted on reading that book. And then I was delighted to learn that another author had written a novel about Rochester’s mad wife in the attic, Wide Sargasso Sea. Jean Rhys’ novel serves as a prequel to Jane Eyre, and […]

The Buster Keaton Bookshelf

Posted by Brandy Dean June 22, 2011 0 Comment 1556 views

I just finished reading Buster Keaton: Interviews by Kevin Sweeney. Hearing what Buster has to say about Buster is not only informative but also entertaining. Last week I ordered a copy of The Silent Clowns by Walter Kerr and I have been patiently awaiting its arrival on my doorstep. Then I remembered that Canada Post […]

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