Tea party favorite Michele Bachmann made her second official presidential campaign announcement in the place of her birth—Waterloo, Iowa—on Monday, having made what was supposed to be an all-American cinematic reference that went a little off the rails.
In this first-ever history of Hollywood agents, Tom Kemper mines agency archives to present an insider’s view of their tooth-and-claw rise to power during the studio era. Through case studies of key figures like Myron Selznick and Charles Feldman, we see that the agent’s character and social relationships functioned within a business structure—a good reputation and powerful connections were an agent’s most precious assets.
On the 100th anniversary of John Wayne’s birth, falling as it does on Memorial Day weekend, Truthdig presents two pieces connecting the hype of the celluloid “war hero” who never fought to the hard human costs of war. It was the Duke’s deadly myth, after all, that would lead young men like Ron Kovic to sacrifice life and limb in needless wars.