Hollywood

Pickets march between rows of watchful police during the biggest demonstration yet staged by the Conference of Studio Unions, at Columbia Studios, on October 26, 1946.

The Long, Wild, Bloody History of the Hollywood Strike The Long, Wild, Bloody History of the Hollywood Strike

Today’s strikes are part of a nearly century-long tradition within the entertainment industry.

Nov 8, 2023 / Chris Randle

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Hollywood’s Robot Overlords Hollywood’s Robot Overlords

The tech-driven takeover of the film industry aims at squeezing maximum profit out of art, draining it of all its humanity in the process.

Jul 21, 2023 / Left Coast / Sasha Abramsky

SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America members picket in front of 30 Rockefeller Plaza on July 17, 2023.

Hollywood Bosses Are Trying to Scare Striking Workers Into Folding. They Won’t Win. Hollywood Bosses Are Trying to Scare Striking Workers Into Folding. They Won’t Win.

The studios are ramping up a campaign of fear in an effort to spook writers like me into taking a bad deal. But we’re not going to fall for it.

Jul 18, 2023 / Josh Gondelman

Margot Robbie gives an interview as she attends the European premiere of 'Barbie' at the Cineworld Leicester Square in London, United Kingdom on July 12, 2023.

Barbie Is on the Picket Line Barbie Is on the Picket Line

Don’t be surprised that Margot Robbie backs the SAG-AFTRA strike—she has deep roots in Australia’s labor movement.

Jul 18, 2023 / John Nichols

George Lucas looks at the Death Star.

What Makes Special Effects Work? What Makes Special Effects Work?

In Empire of Effects, Julie Turnock examines how George Lucas and Industrial Light & Magic transformed the way we make and view movies.

May 30, 2023 / Books & the Arts / Malcolm Harris

Members of the Writers Guild of America East on the picket line outside of the Peacock NewFront on May 2, 2023, in New York City.

Writers Like Me Have Shut Down Hollywood. Here’s Why. Writers Like Me Have Shut Down Hollywood. Here’s Why.

The Writers Guild of America is on strike because Hollywood bosses have treated our demands for fair and sustainable working conditions with contempt.

May 4, 2023 / Editorial / Josh Gondelman

The Latinx House Raizado Festival

The Renewed Fight for Latinx Rights and Representation 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.

Sep 2, 2022 / StudentNation / Mara Marques Cavallaro

Jordan Peele’s Extraterrestrial Americana

Jordan Peele’s Extraterrestrial Americana Jordan Peele’s Extraterrestrial Americana

Telling a tale of cowboys, aliens, and Hollywood, the director's third feature film, Nope, is his most successful cinematic spectacle to date.

Sep 6, 2022 / Books & the Arts / Stephen Kearse

China’s Battle for Cultural Power Begins at the Box Office

China’s Battle for Cultural Power Begins at the Box Office 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 Red Carpet.

May 10, 2022 / Books & the Arts / Han Zhang

That Time the FBI Scrutinized “It’s a Wonderful Life” for Communist Messaging

That Time the FBI Scrutinized “It’s a Wonderful Life” for Communist Messaging 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.

Dec 24, 2021 / John Nichols

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