Film & Hollywood

Film & Hollywood

Film Stars, Film History, Hollywood & Politics,
Film Music, Books-to-Film, Film & Society, etc.


Politics, Publishing & Film

“The Pentagon Papers”


A ‘freedom-of-the-press’
story that includes Steven
Spielberg film, “The Post.”

Hollywood Celebrity

“Fonda Fitness Boom”

1980s & Beyond

Story also lists & explores
Fonda’s films & TV shows,


“Flash Boy Lewis”


Story also covers Lewis’
books-to-film, “Moneyball”
and “The Blind Side.”

Film Soundtrack

“The Saddest Song”


Samuel Barber’s “Adagio
for Strings” has a powerful
and moving sadness.

Film Music & Marketing

“Big Chill Marketing”

1980s & 1990s

How 1983’s The Big Chill,
sparked the use of
rock ‘n roll music in TV ads.

Movie Trailer

“Big Chill Promo”

1983 & 1998

Trailer for The Big Chill
provides overview of story,
music & characters.

James Bond Film

“You Only Live Twice”

Film & Music:1967

Sinatra theme song
& Japanese music make
Bond film a winner.

Book, Film, Music



The James Bond film
that really sent the
franchise soaring.

Film Trailer & Background

“Love & Mercy”

Brian Wilson Film

2015 film on famous
Beach Boy captures
his genius & his demons.

Film Score Gems

“Philadelphia Morning”


Underrated & poignant
songs by Bill Conti
played key film role.

Film & Technology

“Talkie Terror”

Late 1920s

Silent film stars, and all
of Hollywood, faced the perils
of new “sound” technology.

Blockbuster Film

 “The Love Story Saga”


A best-selling book becomes
a Hollywood blockbuster,
captivating millions.

Film Star Advertising

“Wayne For Camels”


Hollywood film star
John Wayne appears in
Camel cigarette ads.

Hollywood & Tobacco

“Al Jolson & Luckies”


First “talking pictures”
star ushers in era of
Hollywood-tobacco deals.

Film Music

“Let The River Run”


Carly Simon’s rousing song
for Working Girl inspired
many filmgoers.

Film Music

“Streets of Philadelphia”


Songs by Bruce Springsteen
& Neil Young in Philadelphia
helped capture AIDs tragedy.

Musicals Legacy

“The Sound of Money”


Rodgers & Hammerstein works
acquired by Dutch pension
fund & media company.

Statues & Icons: Film

“The Rocky Statue”


A much-loved film character
becomes a controversial
statue in Philadelphia.

Oil Disaster Film

“Deepwater Horizon”

Hollywood & Big Oil

Story on rig disaster film
also recounts history &
politics of real BP oil spill.

Sci-Fi Film Classic

“Soylent Green”


Dystopian film raises
enviro, survival, and
population issues.

Book, Film, Music

“Steinbeck to Springsteen”


The Grapes of Wrath spawned a Hollywood film in 1940 &
rock music in the ’90s.

Silent Film Star

“Anna Q. Nilsson”


A Swedish immigrant
rises in the new American
silent film industry.

Silent Film Star

“Pearl White”


A daredevil heroine
of the silent screen
becomes a big star.

Book, Film, Music

“Of Bridges & Lovers”


A best-selling love story 
comes to the big screen
with Streep & Eastwood.

Film Animation

“Disney Dollars”


Animation genuis
Walt Disney, creates a
new growth industry.

Rise of Film Celebrity

“A Star is Born”


Early film studios create
the first movie stars &
rise of “celebrity culture.”

Film & Celebrity 

Ava Gardner


North Carolina country
beauty becomes Hollywood
box office gold.

Film Star Music

“Bette Davis Eyes”


A top song of the 1980s
uses a Hollywood legend
as its hook.

Film Icons & Culture

“Wall Street’s Gekko”


A fictional Wall Street
hustler lives on in the
culture, roiling values.

Film Icons & Culture

“Gekko Nixes Greed”

2012: FBI Ad

Wall Street’s bad guy,
25 years later, helps FBI
fight insider trading.

Hollywood & Politics

“1968 Presidential Race”


Film star John Wayne &
others in Hollywood
turn out for the Republicans.

Hollywood & Politics

“1968 Presidential Race”


Paul Newman & friends
jump into the political fray
of 1968.

Movie Biz

“Disney’s Movie Vault”


How Walt Disney & Co.
discovered big bucks in the
home video market.

Books, Film, Video

“The Bourne Profitability”


How Jason Bourne & Co.
became a worldwide
business empire.

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