Hollywood Frame by Frame in Esquire, Huffington Post

Hollywood Frame by Frame in Esquire, Huffington Post

Lots of press the last couple of days for my most recent book, Hollywood Frame by Frame

Huffington Post included it on their list of the best film books of 2014, and also ran excerpts from the book, including images of Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly and more. 

And Elizabeth Griffin wrote a great post about the book, which appeared in Esquire and Elle.

With all the press this book is getting, I occasionally feel compelled to remind that I wrote another book published in 2014, about Meryl Streep. That one didn't have a effective publicist, and it came out in January, which I guess is the graveyard highly-illustrated film books. But I like it, and I worked really hard on it, so. 

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This is the view of the sunset from my office. I posted it here to check to see how images look on this new blog.

This is the view of the sunset from my office. I posted it here to check to see how images look on this new blog.

Hey, I've redesigned my website! The goal was to make it easier to navigate, and also to combine my personal portfolio stuff with You Must Remember This stuff. I'm still tweaking everything, and waiting on Squarespace to respond to a design question or two, and some of the photos here are temp and will be replaced soon, but I'm ready to have people start playing around with it. Use the comment link to tell me what sucks!

YMRT #24: Mia Farrow in the 1960s, Part Two: Mia and Dory

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In this episode, we’ll trace Mia’s flight to India, her time studying transcendental meditation with the Beatles, and the production of two of her most interesting movies, Secret Ceremony and John and Mary. It was whilst shooting the latter film that Mia fell in love with Andre Previn, who was married at the time to lyricist Dory Previn — whose story will guide the second half of this episode. A schizophrenic pill addict who was afraid to fly, Dory Previn tried, and failed, to fly to London to stop her husband from leaving her for Mia. Instead, Dory wrote a song about it — and touched off a new career as a groundbreaking autobiographical singer-songwriter.

YMRT #22: Audrey Hepburn: Sex, Style and Sabrina

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Like Marilyn Monroe and James Dean, it sometimes seems as though Audrey Hepburn’s actual movies have been swallowed up by a superficial image of her as a star. When you think of her, you probably think of her in a black cocktail dress, swinging a cigarette holder — an image from the film…

YMRT #20: LIZ <3 MONTY

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YMRT #20: Liz <3 Monty

Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift were best friends and co-stars in three films. The first, A Place in the Sun, is an undisputed classic which captures both stars at the peak of their talents and physical beauty. The shoot of the second, Raintree…

Special Feature! The Hard Hollywood Life of Kim Novak

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We’ve hit 1,000 followers on Twitter, and as promised, here is a special feature: a script/transcript of our first, “lost” episode, The Hard Hollywood Life of Kim Novak, which was mentioned by a few of our listeners yesterday in the context of the furor over Renee Zellweger. I’ve edited the…

YMRT #17 Theda Bara, Hollywood's First Sex Symbol

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Theda Bara might be the most significant celebrity pioneer whose movies you’ve never seen. She was the movie industry’s first sex symbol; the first femme fatale; the first silent film actress to have a fictional identity invented for her by publicists and sold through a receptive…

Hollywood Frame By Frame out today!

In early 2013, when I was in deep panic over finishing the first draft of my book on Meryl Streep, I was approached by the publisher Ilex about researching and writing the text for a book they were putting together by culling various archives for contact sheets shot on the sets of Hollywood films from the Golden Era up to basically the end of celluloid. I knew nothing about contact sheets, and really, very little about Hollywood still photography. So of course, I said yes, because it’s kind of my thing to learn everything I can about things I know nothing about. 

The book contains photos of pretty much all of the major mid-century stars (Marilyn, Liz Taylor, Montgomery Clift, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Katherine Hepburn, Judy Garland, Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, James Dean); continues into the New Hollywood era to capture the sets of films like Bonnie and Clyde, Apocalypse Now, Raging Bull and Carrie; and concludes in the 1990s, with some of the last still photos taken on film sets actually shot on film, including images from the sets of Dazed and Confused, Silence of the Lambs, Glengarry Glen Ross and The Crow.

Vulture has a preview of the book, and you can buy it on Amazon starting today. Or better yet, order it from your local bookstore — here in LA, I know Skylight and Book Soup would be able to get it in stock in a couple of days. 

Enjoy!