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Hooray for Hollywood

The Academy Awards are the highest honors accorded by the U.S. film industry to the motion pictures, performers, directors and many others whose work we view on the Silver Screen. When the first Oscars were handed out in May, 1929, movies had just begun to "talk," and the Oscar wasn't yet called by that name. Dig into some movie history, whether you explore the resources in this collection year-round, or just during the days prior to this year's Oscar ceremonies.

Movie Industry: Books

The bad & the beautiful: Hollywood in the fifties by Sam Kashner and Jennifer MacNair — The 1950s are often dismissed as a peaceful interval between the war-ravaged '40s and the socially stormy '60s. Not so, according to journalists Kashner and MacNair, who offer a juicy, gossip-gorged expose of '50s Hollywood.

Bright boulevards, bold dreams: the story of Black Hollywood by Donald Bogle — The story of Hollywood's African-American community, from the early 20th century to the early 1970s, with profiles of such stars as Lena Horne and Hattie McDaniel.

Fiasco: a history of Hollywood's iconic flops by James Robert Parish — A behind the scenes look at the 15 most notorious big-screen disasters in Hollywood history.

Going to the movies: a personal journey through four decades of modern film by Syd Field — A documentary filmmaker, film critic, studio executive, screenwriter and author/lecturer on screenwriting, Field offers his answer to the question, "What makes a great movie?"

Pictures at a revolution: five movies and the birth of the new Hollywood by Mark Harris — An epic account of how the cultural revolution hit Hollywood, told through the stories of the five films nominated for the 1967 Academy Awards.

Radical Hollywood: the untold story behind America's favorite movies by Paul Buhle and Dave Wagner — A revealing and affectionate account of the personal and political lives of the left-wing screenwriters, directors and actors behind Hollywood's Golden Age.

Which lie did I tell?: more adventures in the screen trade by William Goldman — Goldman's book contains stories about his movies, a deconstruction of Hollywood (here the focus is on great movie scenes), and a workshop for screenwriters.

You'll never eat lunch in this town again by Julia Phillips — The first woman producer to win a Best Picture Academy Award describes her rise in the motion picture industry and reveals behind-the-scenes gossip about some of Hollywood's hottest stars.

The Studios (Makers of the Stars): Books

Merchant of dreams: Louis B. Mayer, M.G.M., and the secret Hollywood by Charles Higham — A look back at Mayer's Hollywood discusses his birth in the Ukraine, his boyhood in Canada, his entry into show business, his early years as a film pioneer, and his legendary stars and star system.

Rebels on the backlot: six maverick directors and how they conquered the Hollywood studio system by Sharon Waxman — This portrait of contemporary Hollywood chronicles the rise of six influential directors — including Quentin Tarantino, David Fincher and Spike Jonze — and focuses on the development, shooting and release of each director's major film.

Reel history: in defense of Hollywood by Robert Brent Toplin — Reel History helps build bridges between defenders and detractors of history-by-Hollywood and enlarges our understanding of film as a communicator of truths about the human condition.

Movie History: DVDs

AFI's 100 years...100 movies [videodisc]: [America's greatest movies] by American Film Institute — Choosing from a list of 400 American movies compiled by American Film Institute historians, leaders from the American film community selected the 100 greatest films.

AFI's 100 years, 100 stars: [America's greatest screen legends: a CBS special] [videodisc] by The American Film Institute — The AFI does the same for actors and actresses, counting down the 50 greatest American screen legends.

BaadAssss cinema [videodisc]: a bold look at 70's blaxploitation films by Independent Film Channel presents a Minerva Pictures production — The story behind the explosion of blaxploitation films in the early 70s is told in this groundbreaking documentary from the Independent Film Channel.

The brothers Warner [videodisc] by Warner Sisters productions — Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack, the Warner brothers, turned a storefront into a dream factory. Filmmaker Cass Warner Sperling tells a story of sibling rivalry, social conscience, and the silver screen. It's a story told from the inside by those who lived it and from the outside by film historians.

Landmarks of early film [videodisc] by Film Preservation Associates — A compilation of the very earliest films — from the first projections of moving images to the advent of the feature film.

More treasures from American film archives 1894-1931 [videodisc]: 50 films by produced by the National Film Preservation Foundation ; curator, Scott Simmon ; music curator, Martin Marks — Like the first Treasures From the American Film Archives (see later in this section) produced by the National Film Preservation Foundation, this collection takes as its starting point the preservation work of our nation's film archives covering the years from 1894 through 1931. Includes 50 films followed by six previews for lost features and serials.

MGM [videodisc]: when the lion roars: the story of a Hollywood empire by written by Frank Martin, Michael Henry Wilson ; additional narration written by Keith R. Clarke ; directed by Frank Martin ; produced by Joni Levin — A treasury of early cinema from 1894-1914.

Treasures from American film archives [videodisc]: 50 preserved films by producer, National Film Preservation Foundation ; curator, Scott Simmon ; music curator, Martin Marks — This collection of 50 preserved films from 18 American archives spans the years 1893 to 1985 and encompasses everything from documentaries and home movies to experimental films and animation. The "stars" of the set are the features: the startlingly savage 1916 William S. Hart western, Hell's Hinges, and the luscious 1922 two-strip Technicolor feature, The Toll of the Sea (the first color feature ever made), with Anna May Wong. Also included are The Chechahcos from 1924 (the first film ever shot in Alaska) and the extravagant original 1916 Snow White.

Movie History: Websites

  • All Movie Guide — A searchable database of movie reviews, plotlines, actors and genres
  • American Film Institute — AFI's site includes its highly publicized lists of the 100 greatest movies, as well as lists of the 100 greatest stars, comedies, thrillers and love stories
  • Cannes Film Festival — The official website of the Cannes Film Festival which began in 1946
  • Classic Movies — A great source of information about classic movies, movie stars, directors and more from the Golden Age of Hollywood
  • The Envelope — The Ultimate Awards Destination — This comprehensive online awards resource includes insight, analysis and a unique Hollywood perspective. The Envelope's exclusive and original online content includes blogs, podcasts, forums, polls, lists, roundtables, red carpet photo galleries and more. The site also features highlights from the Los Angeles Times Archives' 80-plus years of entertainment awards coverage
  • The Golden Globe Awards — Official website of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Golden Globe Awards which were first given out in 1944
  • The Internet Movie Database — A comprehensive database of movie reviews, trailers, biographical information, movie credits and industry news. Includes current box office statistics
  • Sundance Film Festival — The official website of the influential film festival which takes place every January in Park City, Utah

Actors & Actresses: Books

Dark city dames: the wicked women of film noir by Eddie Muller — It's a portrait of six of the greatest femme fatales of the wonderful black-and-white crime movies that filled the screens in the 1940s and '50s: Jane Greer, Marie Windsor, Ann Savage, Evelyn Keyes, Audrey Totter and Coleen Gray.

Hollywood moms by photographs by Joyce Ostin ; introduction by Carrie Fisher — This remarkable collection of photographs and comments offers inspirational, candid portraits of more than 50 acclaimed actresses, directors, producers and performers, each one posing with her mother or daughter.

The leading men of MGM by Jane Ellen Wayne — A compelling account of the private lives of Hollywood's greatest stars, including Clark Gable, Elvis, Van Johnson and Frank Sinatra. Includes complete filmographies.

Movie star homes: the famous to the forgotten by Judy Artunian and Mike Oldham — Profiles of the extravagant and eccentric residences of movie stars from Gloria Swanson to Brad Pitt.

Directors & Producers: Books

Conversations with the great moviemakers of Hollywood's golden age: at the American Film Institute by edited and with an introduction by George Stevens, Jr. — This collection of interviews with some of the world's leading directors, producers, cinematographers and screenwriters provides a revealing glimpse of the filmmaking art. Includes commentary by King Vidor, Howard Hawks, Hal Wallis, William Wyler, George Stevens, Alfred Hitchcock, George Cukor, Fritz Lang, Federico Fellini and others.

Breaking in: how 20 film directors got their start by [interviewed by] Nicholas Jarecki — An expansive collection of interviews with three generations of directors about how films are conceived, shot and distributed.

I was a monster movie maker: conversations with 22 SF and horror filmmakers by [reported] by Tom Weaver — Weaver interviews 22 cheap monster-movie vets; some names are better known than others and range from 'stars' of the 40s through the 60s.

The mind of the modern moviemaker: 20 conversations with the new generation of filmmakers by Josh Horowitz — This collection of interviews with some of today's leading filmmakers sheds new light on the new world of big-screen entertainment. Includes conversations with Kevin Smith, Michel Gondry, Trey Parker, Jon Favreau, Todd Phillips, Petty Jenkins and others.

Biographies: DVDs

Ingrid Bergman remembered [videodisc] by written and directed by Gene Feldman and Suzette Winter — The life and career of Ingrid Bergman.

Sammy Davis, Jr [videodisc]: one cool cat by White Star — An affectionate look at the life and career of an entertainment legend who used his fierce drive and limitless talent to break the color barrier.

Audrey Hepburn remembered [videodisc] by written and produced by Gene Feldman and Suzette Winter ; directed by Gene Feldman — A loving portrait of Hepburn's life and work, narrated by Roger Moore.

Gene Kelly [videodisc]: anatomy of a dancer by a production of Thirteen/WNET and Turner Entertainment Co. — A look at the life and career of the man who revolutionized musical and movie dancing.

Burt Lancaster [videodisc]: daring to reach by a Wombat production — The life and career of the film legend through interviews and film highlights.

Jack Lemmon [videodisc]: America's everyman by a Janson Media Presentation of a Wombat Production — The life and career of Jack Lemmon.

Dean Martin [videodisc]: the one and only by White STar — A loving and moving tribute to one of the most admired entertainers in the business.

Steve McQueen [videodisc]: man on the edge by written and directed by Gene Feldman and Suzette Winter — A documentary tribute to the late actor, including clips from his films, never-before-seen home movies, and interviews with directors, producers, fellow actors and family members.

Paul Newman [videodisc] by A&E Television Networks — The life and career of one of Hollywood's greatest leading men. Originally broadcast on A&E's Biography series.

Mary Pickford [videodisc] by an Ambrica Productions film for American Experience ; produced by Kathryn Dietz and Sue Williams ; written and directed by Sue Williams ; WGBH Educational Foundation ; WGBH, Boston — This powerful and moving production uses footage, stills, original audio interviews with Pickford, and clips from her movies to tell the story of the talented actor, creative producer and shrewd businessperson who played a pivotal role in shaping the first new media of the 20th century. Originally broadcast on PBS' American Experience.

Robert Redford [videodisc]: Hollywood outlaw by A&E Television Networks — Film clips, trailers, behind the scenes footage and interviews with friends and colleagues illuminate Redford's life and career. Originally broadcast on A&E's Biography series.

Frank Sinatra [videodisc]: the man and the myth by White Star — A revealing, honest, and comprehensive portrait of an American legend — from his boyhood in New Jersey through his phenomenal career as a singer and actor.

John Wayne [videodisc]: American legend by produced by Van Ness Films in association with Foxstar Productions and A&E Network ; producer/director, Kerry Jensen-Iszak ; writers, Kevin Barry, Jerry Decker — A true motion picture icon, his 250 films shaped a vision of American manhood.

Motion Picture Reviews: Books

Seen all the award-winning films and now you want to know which movie to check out next? Try some of the suggestions in these books. They feature the offbeat and missed performances that don't get the attention they deserve.

The great movies II by Roger Ebert ; photo stills by Mary Corliss — This new compilation of 100 essays by the veteran film critic includes his analyses of the films that epitomize the finest examples of cinematic art.

Leonard Maltin's classic movie guide by edited by Leonard Maltin — A detailed overview of classic film, with capsule reviews of more than 7,000 movies.

Leonard Maltin's movie guide: 2009 edition by edited by Leonard Maltin — A comprehensive reference to the world of film, with more than 18,000 capsule film reviews.

100 American independent films by Jason Wood ; [preface by Scott McGehee and David Siegel] — An informative introduction to one of the most vital areas in the contemporary filmmaking scene.

1001 movies you must see before you die by general editor, Steven Jay Schneider — Acknowledging that it would have been easier to select 1001 movies to avoid, the author heads a team of 60 film critics in compiling this list of must-see movies.

Movie Theatres: Books

Before the multiplex, before the mall theaters, there were marvelous neighborhood theaters or theaters built in thriving downtowns and the theaters were as grand as the movies that played there.

The best remaining seats, the story of the golden age of the movie palace by Hall, Ben M — Wonderful photos of the great movie houses, including Detroit's own fabulous Fox Theatre! Unfortunately many of the photos are in black and white, but if you've been to the Fox Theatre then you can use your imagination.

Motor City marquees: a comprehensive, illustrated reference to motion picture theaters in the Detroit area, 1906-1992 by Stuart Galbraith IV — From early nickelodeons to modern multiplexes, this reference work reflects the rich movie theater tradition of the Detroit area through 1992. Each entry includes the theater's name and address, year opened, architect (when appropriate), number of seats, and a brief history.

Academy Awards: Books

All about Oscar: the history and politics of the Academy Awards by Emanuel Levy — Take a look behind the scenes at what it takes to become an Oscar nominee.

Cinematherapy goes to the Oscars: the girl's guide to the best movie medicine ever made by Nancy Peske and Beverly West — A close-up look at the Academy Awards and the themes of each decade's winning films. Includes interesting sidebars on Oscar fashion and acceptance speeches.

75 years of the Oscar: the official history of the Academy Awards by Robert Osborne — The official history of the Academy Awards written by film critic (and anchor of the Turner Classic Movies cable television network) Robert Osborne in association with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. A general history of the Academy is followed by the author's lively, decade-by-decade overviews of the accomplishments, trends and events that occurred during each ten-year period within the Academy and the film industry. Includes 725 candid pictures from the evening's events, stills from the movies, and original posters for every best picture winner.

Academy Awards: Websites

  • Academy Awards, USA — History and background of the Oscar presentation, including a complete list of the winners. Compiled by the Internet Movie Database
  • Academy Awards Winners: 1927-Present — An invaluable movie site containing numerous lists of "the greatest films" as compiled by such diverse sources as Entertainment Weekly, Sight & Sound, Movieline, Empire, Premiere and many more
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — Find all kinds of information on the Oscars, past and present, on the official site of the organization that bestows the honors
  • Digital Hit: The Academy Awards — News on past winners and nominees, commentary and original "red carpet" photos
  • — The official site of the Academy Awards

Movies About the Movies

And starring Pancho Villa as himself [videodisc] by HBO Films presents — The year is 1914: With Villa's war of rebellion against the Huerta forces going badly, he hits upon a brilliant method to finance his crusade. Actually, the idea is brought to him: American filmmakers D.W. Griffith and Harry Aiken — then busy at work on The Birth of a Nation — approach Villa with a request that he sell them the movie rights to his revolution. Acting as Griffith and Aiken's representative, junior executive Frank Thayer tags along with Villa as the rebel leader willingly "directs" the film of his campaign. Starring Antonio Banderas, Jim Broadbent and Colm Feore.

The aviator [videodisc] by Warner Bros. ; Miramax Films ; Initial Entertainment Group ; Forward Pass ; Appian Way ; Cappa Productions ; IMF Internationale Medien und Film GmbH & Co. 3. Produktions KG — Having already made a fortune improving the design of oil-drilling bits, young millionaire Howard Hughes came to Hollywood with an interest in getting into the movie business. It didn't take long for Hughes, with his passion for airplanes, to jump from producer to director of his first major film project — a World War I air epic called Hell's Angels — which took three years to complete, thanks to the shift from silent to sound filming, as well as Hughes' relentless perfectionism. Nevertheless, the film was a massive hit, and the eccentric inventor became a mogul in Hollywood, making Jean Harlow a star, and romancing Katherine Hepburn and Ava Gardner. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett.

The bad and the beautiful [videodisc] by M-G-M — A corrupt and amoral Hollywood producer, who has risen from poverty to power by using people, money and sex, finds he needs the help of those he has betrayed. One of the most cynical films that Hollywood has ever made about itself. Starring Kirk Douglas and Lana Turner.

Baadasssss! [videodisc] by Sony Pictures Classics, Showtime Independent Films presents a MVP Filmz production, a Mario Van Peebles film — Mario Van Peebles chronicles the story of his father Melvin's struggles to get the 1971 film Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song made. Despite boasting an all-black cast, an X rating, and a low budget, the ground-breaking independent film went on to gross over ten million dollars while inspiring countless other films of the genre that would come to be called blaxploitation. Mario Van Peebles stars as his father and highlights the social roadblocks and production pitfalls he faced, as well as the personal sacrifices he was forced to make. Also starring Ossie Davis.

Bollywood calling [videodisc] by a film by Nagesh Kukunoor ; [presented by] Pritish Nandy Communications — An out-of-luck American B-movie star is thrust into the circus of Bollywood where she is spotted by a producer who concocts the first pairing of an American with the legendary Manu Kapoor, an aging Indian star. Starring Om Puri. In Hindi with optional English subtitles.

The cat's meow [videodisc] by Lions Gate Films, CP Median and Dan Films present a Bieber & Lewis production in a Peter Bogdanovich Picture — Peter Bogdanovich turns his sights on the 1920s for a look at the possible reasons for the death of silent movie producer Thomas Ince after spending a holiday with media tycoon William Randolph Hearst. Starring Kirsten Dunst, Cary Elwes and Edward Herrmann.

Chaplin [videodisc] by TriStar Pictures ; a Carolco/Le Studio Canal+/RCS Video production ; Lambeth Production — Spanning a period of nearly 80 years in the actor's life, this humorous and dramatic biography features an all-star cast including Oscar nominee Robert Downey Jr., Dan Aykroyd, Anthony Hopkins and Kevin Kline.

Cinema Paradiso [videodisc]: the new version by a Miramax Film ; an Italian-French coproduction Cristaldifilm Rai/Tre Forum (Rome)/Les Films Ariane TF1 Films Production (Paris) — A nostalgic look at films and the affect they have on a young boy who grows up in and around the title village movie theater in post-war Italy. Starring Salvatore Cascio and Philippe Noiret. In Italian with English subtitles.

Day for night [videodisc] by Les Films du carrosse ; PECF ; PIC — One of the best movies about making movies. Francois Truffaut's film details the making of a family drama called "Meet Pamela" about the tragedy that follows when a young French man introduces his parents to his new British wife. Focusing on the backstage intrigues of an eccentric group of actors and technicians, the director effortlessly guides the film from comedy to pathos and back again. Starring Jacqueline Bisset and Jean-Pierre Aumont.

The day of the locust [videodisc] by Paramount Pictures Corp. — Anything but a cheerful, light look at Hollywood in the 1930s, the film recreates both the town and the filmmaking world around which much of the town revolved with devastating accuracy. Director John Schlessenger is masterful in creating a world of platinum blondes, cockfights, glamour and broken dreams. Starring Donald Sutherland, Karen Black and Burgess Meredith. Based on the novel by Nathaniel West.

Ed Wood [videodisc] by Touchstone pictures presents a Burton/Di Novi production ; a Tim Burton film — A stranger-than-fiction true story of the early career of Edward D. Wood, Jr., the undisputed worst movie director of all time. Starring Johnny Depp and Martin Landau. Directed by Tim Burton.

8 1/2 [videodisc] by di Federico Fellini — A semi-autobiographical film about a film director who finds himself creatively barren at the peak of his career. Starring Marcello Mastroianni and Claudia Cardinale. Directed by Frederico Fellini. In Italian with English subtitles.

Frances [videodisc] by Republic Pictures — The tragic life of actress Frances Farmer. Starring Jessica Lange and Sam Shepard.

Get Shorty [videodisc] — Chili Palmer is a Miami-based loan collector for the mob trying to collect a gambling debt. His assignment takes him to Hollywood to collect money from Harry Zimm, a mildly sleazy producer of low-budget horror movies. Although Chili intends to hurt Harry if necessary, he takes a certain liking to him and an even keener interest in Harry's girlfriend. Based on the novel, Get Shorty, by Elmore Leonard. The movie stars John Travolta and Gene Hackman.

Gods and monsters [videodisc] by Lions Gate Films, Showtime and Flashpoint present in association with BBC Films a Regent Entertainment production — Based on the life of legendary filmmaker James Whale, who is best known as the director of Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein. Starring Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser and Lynn Redgrave.

Hearts of the west [videodisc] by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents ; produced by Tony Bill ; written by Bob Thompson ; directed by Howard Zieff — A 1930s-era aspiring novelist who harbors dreams of becoming the next Zane Grey arrives in Nevada to seek out the correspondence school that has "graduated" him. After learning that he's been taken to the cleaners by crooks, he stumbles onto a threadbare film unit grinding out "B" westerns where he is given a job — and falls in love with a spunky script girl. Starring Jeff Bridges and Blythe Danner.

Introducing Dorothy Dandridge [videodisc] by HBO Pictures presents an Esparza/Katz production in association with Berry/Cirrincione ; a Martha Coolidge film — This biography of Dorothy Dandridge follows her career through her early days on the club circuit with her sister, to her turn in movies, including becoming the first black actress to win a Best Actress Nomination in 1954. Starring Halle Berry.

Irma Vep [videodisc] by Zeitgeist Films — In an attempt to reinvigorate his career, has-been French filmmaker René Vidal decides to remake Les Vampires, the classic silent serial featuring the adventures of jewel thief Irma Vep. Playing herself, actress Maggie Cheung is cast as the lead, joining Vidal on a chaotic set where he gets little respect from the rest of the cast and crew. Also starring Jean-Pierre Leaud. In English and French.

Living in oblivion [videodisc] by JDI Productions and Lemon Sky Productions — The long-suffering director of a no-budget independent film deals with major disasters such as the leading actors' disastrous one-night stand, the director's mother showing up on the set, and a dwarf's bad attitude. Starring Steve Buscemi and Catherine Keener.

The player [videodisc] by Fine Line Features ; Avenue Pictures in association with Spelling Entertainment — A sleek and smooth Hollywood studio executive starts receiving death threats from a disgruntled writer because he has committed the ultimate Hollywood sin — he promised the writer he would call him back and he never did. Robert Altman's acidic satire stars Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi and Vincent D'Onofrio.

RKO 281 [videodisc] by HBO Pictures ; WGBH Boston — The story of the making of Orson Welles' masterpiece, Citizen Kane, which William Randolph Hearst tried to shut down by any means possible. Starring Liev Schreiber, James Cromwell and John Malkovich.

Singin' in the rain [videodisc] by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer — A Hollywood actor who has risen from vaudeville to become a silent film star must make the difficult transition to sound. One of the greatest Hollywood musicals ever made. Starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor.

A star is born [videodisc] by Selznick International Pictures — Esther Blodgett is a small-town girl who dreams of Hollywood stardom. Jeered at by most of her family, Esther finds an ally in her crusty old grandma who admires the girl's "pioneer spirit" and bankrolls Esther's trip to Tinseltown. Months pass, but through the intervention of her best friend, assistant director Danny McGuire, Esther gets a job waitressing at an upscale Hollywood party where she manages to impress alcoholic matinee idol Norman Maine and gets her first big break in Maine's next picture — as well as a marriage proposal from the smitten actor. The movie's a hit, but as Esther star ascends, Norman's popularity plummets. One of the best films of the 1930s, it received seven Oscar nominations. Starring Janet Gaynor and Frederic March. Remade in 1954 and 1976.

A star is born [videodisc] by Warner Bros. Pictures ; screenplay by Moss Hart ; produced by Sidney Luft ; directed by George Cukor — This musical remake stars Judy Garland and James Mason.

The star [videodisc] by Twentieth Century Fox — Margaret Elliot was once one of Hollywood's great stars, but as she edges into her 50s, both her career and her life have reached an unfortunate crossroads. Starring Bette Davis and Natalie Wood. Davis' performance as Margaret earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

State & Main [videodisc] by El Dorado Pictures, Filmtown Entertainment and Green Renzi ; producer, Sarah Green ; written and directed by David Mamet — The citizens of a small Vermont town are overwhelmed when a big-budget motion picture crew begins filming on location. Starring Alec Baldwin, William H. Macy and Sarah Jessica Parker. Directed by David Mamet.

The stunt man [videodisc] by Melvin Simon Productions — Running from the law, a Vietnam vet stumbles on a movie shoot just in time to interfere with a staged accident, causing (perhaps) the stunt man's death. Rather than turn Cameron in, director Eli Cross makes him an offer he can't refuse — replace the dead stunt man in return for safe harbor. Starring Peter O'Toole and Steve Railsback.

Sullivan's travels [videodisc] by a Paramount Picture — Filmmaker John L. Sullivan, fed up with directing profitable comedies like "Ants in Your Plants of 1939," is consumed with the desire to make a serious social statement in his upcoming film, "Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou?." Unable to function in the rarefied atmosphere of Hollywood, Sullivan decides to hit the road, disguised as a tramp, and touch base with the "real" people of America. But Sullivan's studio transforms his odyssey into a publicity stunt providing the would-be nomad with a luxury van, complete with butler and valet. Sullivan manages to escape his retinue and continues his travels incognito, and eventually returns to Hollywood full of bleeding-heart fervor. Preston Sturges' classic comedy of Depression America stars Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake. The title of Sullivan's "film"was later used by Joel Coen for his 2000 comedy which was set in the Deep South during the Depression.

Sunset Boulevard [videodisc] by [presented by] Paramount Pictures — The story of fading film star Norma Desmond and the struggling writer who is held in thrall by her madness. One of greatest films about Hollywood, and a scathing satire of the industry's sordidness. Directed by Billy Wilder. Starring Gloria Swanson ,William Holden and Eric Von Stroheim.

That's entertainment [videodisc] by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer — A compilation of musical highlights from the MGM's golden days. Includes generous slices of such classics as The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St. Louis, An American in Paris, Singin' in the Rain and Gigi.

That's entertainment. Part 2 [videodisc] by MGM presents — The sequel to its enormously successful original is narrated by Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire.

That's entertainment 3 [videodisc] by Metro-Goldwyn Mayer presents — The third installment of the series contains a total of 62 musical numbers and includes scenes from more than 100 films.

Who framed Roger Rabbit? [videodisc] by Amblin Entertainment ; Silver Screen Partners ; Touchstone Pictures — Hollywood's 1940s cartoon stars are a subjugated minority, living in the ghettolike "Toontown" where their movements are sharply monitored by the human power establishment. Although permitted to perform in a Cotton Club-style nightspot, they are forbidden to patronize the joint. When one of Toontown's leading citizens, whacked-out Roger Rabbit, is framed for the murder of human nightclub owner Marvin Acme, he hires Private Detective Eddie Valiant to clear his name.This trailblazing combination of animation and live-action was directed by Robert Zemeckis. Starring Bob Hoskins and Christopher Lloyd.

Movie Music: CDs

The best of Bond, James Bond [sound recording]: 007 — The best of the James Bond themes performed by Shirley Bassey, Paul McCartney and Wings, Sheena Easton, Duran Duran, Nancy Sinatra and many others.

The greatest western movie themes [sound recording] — Includes the themes from Rio Bravo, The Magnificent Seven, High Noon, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and many more.

John Williams greatest hits. 1969-1999 [sound recording] by Williams, John, 1932- — Highlights from several of Williams' many film scores, including Star Wars, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, Empire of the Sun, Superman and Jaws.

Themes from Academy Award winners [sound recording] — Music from such films as Star Wars, Exodus, Lawrence of Arabia, West Side Story and Dr. Zhivago.