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Hollywood news and analysis from The Nation
September 6, 2022
Jordan Peele’s Extraterrestrial Americana
Telling a tale of cowboys, aliens, and Hollywood, the director’s third feature film,
, is his most successful cinematic spectacle to date.
September 2, 2022
The Renewed Fight for Latinx Rights and Representation
From Hollywood portrayals to abortion laws to income inequality, panelists reimagine the status quo on the second day of the Latinx House’s Raizado Festival.
May 10, 2022
China’s Battle for Cultural Power Begins at the Box Office
A conversation with Erich Schwartzel about the vexed relationship between Hollywood and Beijing, how movies became a vehicle for Chinese ideology, and his new book
December 29, 2021
The Ardor of “Licorice Pizza”
Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film is his most personal work yet.
December 24, 2021
That Time the FBI Scrutinized “It’s a Wonderful Life” for Communist Messaging
The film “deliberately maligned the upper class,” according to a report that didn’t like the portrayal of Mr. Potter as a bad guy.
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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.