Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines, Hollywood’s First Openly Gay Star pdf

Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines, Hollywood's First Openly Gay Star  pdf

Title: Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines, Hollywood’s First Openly Gay Star pdf

Author: William J. Mann

Genre: ,Biography,Nonfiction,History,Culture,Film,LGBT,LGBT,Gay

Pages: 480 pages

Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines, Hollywood’s First Openly Gay Star pdf

In 1930 William Haines was Hollywood’s number-one box-office draw–a talented, handsome, romantic lead. Offscreen, he was openly gay. This bestselling biography captures the rich gay subculture of Hollywood before the Production Code–before studio intimidation led to the establishment of the Hollywood closet. Alone among his contemporaries, Billy Haines (1900-1973) refused to compromise and was ultimately booted out by Louis B. Mayer. Forced to give up acting, Haines went on to become a top interior designer to the stars and to clients such as Nancy Reagan. By his side through it all was his lover, Jimmie Shields; their fifty-year relationship led their best friend, Joan Crawford, to call them the “happiest married couple in Hollywood.” Wisecracker is an astounding piece of newly discovered gay history, a chronicle of high Hollywood, and–at its heart–a great and enduring love story.

 

Flicker pdf

Flicker  pdf

Title: Flicker pdf

Author: Theodore Roszak

Genre: ,Fiction,Horror,Mystery,Culture,Film,Thriller,Novels

Pages: 608 pages

Flicker pdf

From the golden age of art movies and underground cinema to X-rated porn, splatter films, and midnight movies, this breathtaking thriller is a tour de force of cinematic fact and fantasy, full of metaphysical mysteries that will haunt the dreams of every moviegoer. Jonathan Gates could not have anticipated that his student studies would lead him to uncover the secret history of the movies—a tale of intrigue, deception, and death that stretches back to the 14th century. But he succumbs to what will be a lifelong obsession with the mysterious Max Castle, a nearly forgotten genius of the silent screen who later became the greatest director of horror films, only to vanish in the 1940s, at the height of his talent. Now, 20 years later, as Jonathan seeks the truth behind Castle’s disappearance, the innocent entertainments of his youth—the sexy sirens, the screwball comedies, the high romance—take on a sinister appearance. His tortured quest takes him from Hollywood’s Poverty Row into the shadowy lore of ancient religious heresies. He encounters a cast of exotic characters, including Orson Welles and John Huston, who teach him that there’s more to film than meets the eye, and journeys through the dark side of nostalgia, where the Three Stooges and Shirley Temple join company with an alien god whose purposes are anything but entertainment.

 

Chuck Amuck: The Life and Time of an Animated Cartoonist pdf

Chuck Amuck: The Life and Time of an Animated Cartoonist  pdf

Title: Chuck Amuck: The Life and Time of an Animated Cartoonist pdf

Author: Chuck Jones,

Genre: ,Biography,Art,Nonfiction,Humor,Culture,Film

Pages: 302 pages

Chuck Amuck: The Life and Time of an Animated Cartoonist pdf

The illustrated classic, complete with a new preface by Matt Groening. ,Winner of three Academy Awards and numerous other prizes for his animated films, Chuck Jones is the director of scores of famous Warner Bros. cartoons and the creator of such memorable characters as the Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Pepe Le Pew, and Marvin Martian. In this beguiling memoir, Chuck Jones evokes the golden years of life at “Termite Terrace,” the Warner Bros. studio in which he and his now-famous fellow animators conceived the cartoons that delighted millions of moviegoers throughout the world and entertain new generations of fans on television. Not a mere history, “Chuck Amuck” captures the antic spirit that created classic cartoons-such as Duck Dodgers in the 241/2 Century, One Froggy Evening, Duck Amuck, and What’s Opera, Doc?-with some of the wittiest insights into the art of comedy since Mark Twain.

 

The Battle for Beverly Hills: A City’s Independence and the Birth of Celebrity Politics pdf

The Battle for Beverly Hills: A City’s Independence and the Birth of Celebrity Politics  pdf

Title: The Battle for Beverly Hills: A City’s Independence and the Birth of Celebrity Politics pdf

Author: Nancie Clare

Genre: ,History,Culture,Film,Nonfiction

Pages: 288 pages

The Battle for Beverly Hills: A City’s Independence and the Birth of Celebrity Politics pdf

The untold history of Beverly Hills and how, against all odds, it remained an independent, exclusive, and glamorous enclave through the efforts of Hollywood’s film pioneers.,If you look at a map of the sprawling city lines of Los Angeles, you’ll notice a distinct hole in the middle. That is Beverly Hills, and there’s a reason why it remains an island in the sea of LA. It’s a tale inextricably linked with the dawn of cinema, a celebrity couple using their reputation to get what they wanted politically, and of course, the age old conundrum of California: water.,For film stars who moved out to California in the early 20th century, Beverly Hills was a refuge from tabloid-heavy Los Angeles. It was also a societal blank slate: unlike Los Angeles, saddled with the East Coast caste system, Beverly Hills’ developers were not picky about who settled there. It was the perfect place for Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks who both came from mixed-ethnic, impoverished backgrounds. It allowed them to become among the first actors to reach ‘superstar status’ through hard-work and keen entrepreneurial instincts—and to keep their steamy affair out of the press.,Today, listening to a celebrity advocating a cause doesn’t raise an eyebrow. But in 1923, it was something new. This is the story of how the stars battled to keep their city free from the clutches of a rapacious Los Angeles and lay the groundwork for celebrity influence and political power. With a nuanced eye and fantastic storytelling, The Battle for Beverly Hills is an irresistible tale of glamour, fame, gossip, and politics.