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August 31, 2021
Ed Asner, American Socialist
The actor, who died Sunday, championed democratic socialism long before Bernie Sanders ran for president.
April 30, 2021
Red Carpet at the Picket Line
As Hollywood’s aristocracy convened for the Oscars, laid-off hotel workers were protesting to get their jobs back.
April 3, 2020
The Coronavirus Reveals That the Stars Are Not Like Us
If there was ever a fourth wall dividing celebrities and the rest of us on social media, the quarantine has broken it.
March 24, 2020
How Films Were Made in Cold War Hollywood
traces the ways in which the Red Scare shaped a generation’s creative and professional compromises.
March 3, 2020
What Does Hollywood Lose When It Works With China?
They may fight over censorship and trade, but the biggest players all want the same thing: movies that make as much money as possible.
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February 28, 2020
In California Before the Democratic Primary, ‘Nobody Knows Anything’
Early voting has already begun, but, without a clear industry favorite, the film colony is all over the place.
October 28, 2019
A Letter to Marlon Brando About Putting an Indian on the Oscar Stage
A character from Tommy Orange’s
writes to the actor about what it meant to see Sacheen Littlefeather at the Academy Awards.
October 11, 2019
‘Joker’ Brings Class Warfare to the Big Screen
Hollywood is uneasy with superheroes, yet the genre is a mirror for troubled times.
August 23, 2019
‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Is a Science Fiction Film
Far from wallowing in nostalgia, Tarantino is using alternative history to critique conventional Hollywood endings.
July 3, 2019
Democratic Candidates Are Ignoring One of the Year’s Biggest Labor Disputes
Their hunger for Hollywood money is leading them to duck the important fight between the Writers Guild of America and the Association of Talent Agents.