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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

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A Great Thanksgiving Movie: Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Tweet Seraphic Secret usually recommends classic Hollywood movies to help celebrate our national holidays. But this year we’re going to switch gears and recommend one of our favorite Thanksgiving movies, Plains, Trains and Automobiles, 1987. Not only is this one of the finest, most touching Thanksgiving movie ever made, but it’s also the best film written, directed and […]

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Three Essential Streaming Movies

Tweet Zero Motivation, (2014) Israel. Zohar (Dana Ivgy) and Daffi (Nelly Tagar) are two young Israeli soldiers serving on a remote army base. Stuck in the Human Resources Division, the girls are bored pencil-pushers who spend their days playing video games, singing pop songs, flirting with handsome male soldiers, and dreaming of escape to Tel […]

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Hidden Hollywood: Fay Wray, Beauty and the Beasts, Part II

Tweet In her modest, jewel of an autobiography, On the Other Hand, film actress Fay Wray (September 15, 1907–August 8, 2004), best known for her role as Ann Darrow in the classic film King Kong, unveils the confusing threads of her life in Hollywood in a lovely, impressionist style that is, at the same time, […]

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Movie Poster Art by Saul Bass

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

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How to Write a Screenplay

Tweet I get a fair amount of email from readers asking me about writing. More specifically, how do I go about writing a movie? Writing is ninety percent perspiration, ten percent inspiration. In other words do not wait to get struck with inspiration. That’s a load of romantic nonsense. In fact, that’s a sure way […]

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When Ingrid Bergman Rebelled Against Ingrid Bergman

Tweet So powerful are Hollywood movies as propaganda that America has never achieved victory in war without Hollywood’s support. When Hollywood turns against America at war, defeat is assured. Witness Vietnam, the first casualty of Hollywood’s ideological wrath. The Jane Fonda, Jon Voight vehicle “Coming Home” (1978) was a turning point in Hollywood’s leftward tilt. […]

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

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Coming of Age: Three Must See Films Currently Streaming

Tweet One of the most durable movie genres is the coming of age narrative. With roots in the 18th century literary novel, tales about young people who mature through ordinary and extraordinary circumstances have an irresistible appeal that is universal. Here are three films that are currently streaming on either Netflix or Amazon Prime. Each […]

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

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Hidden Hollywood: Broncho Billy, Son of a Jewish Gun

Tweet In 1965, a frail old man in a wheelchair appeared in the no-budget western, The Bounty Killer. For those of us who love movies, especially westerns, this is a bittersweet moment. Because the man who invented the western movie hero makes his last appearance on the silver screen. That man was Broncho Billy Anderson. But […]

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

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Hidden Hollywood: Latin Lover Ricardo Cortez is Kosher Butcher’s Son

Tweet Ricardo Cortez (1900-1977) was a handsome and talented leading man whose image, in the silent era, was that of a hot-blooded Latin lover. In truth, his name was Jacob Krantz, the son of a kosher butcher, born and raised in the mean streets of New York’s Lower East Side.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

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Revenge of the Hollywood Millennials

Tweet My friend Jake Novak writes exclusively for Seraphic Secret about an emerging trend in Hollywood: storylines that feature the crushing disappointment Millennials feel in their permissive Baby Boomer parents.  We all know the conventional wisdom about Hollywood and morality. The TV and movie business is filled with libertines and anti-family radicals who want to […]

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