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CATEGORY: Hollywood
This Tinseltown Tyrant Used Sexual Exploitation to Build a Hollywood Empire
October 17, 2017

“King Cohn” lived up to his despicable reputation. Read More

What Happened When Hugh Hefner Invited 20 Sociologists to the Playboy Mansion
September 28, 2017

In 1965, a group of sociologists peeked behind the curtains of a Playboy Mansion party. For science! Read More

The Hollywood Extortion Racket That Gave Us Today’s Summer Blockbusters
August 9, 2017

It’s part of the legacy of a now-illegal practice that once allowed film studios to completely control what audiences saw. Read More

When New Jersey Was Film Capital of the World
February 29, 2016

When Hollywood was still a dusty outpost surrounded by orange groves a century ago, the motion picture industry was born in a vastly different locale—Fort Lee, New Jersey. Read More

9 Things You May Not Know About Bugsy Siegel
February 26, 2016

On the anniversary of "Bugsy” Siegel’s birth, check out nine fascinating facts about one of American history’s most iconic gangsters. Read More

10 Things You May Not Know About James Dean
September 25, 2015

Get the facts on the actor who epitomized coolness and youthful angst. Read More

8 Classic Films That Ran Afoul of Hollywood Censors
March 31, 2015

Get the stories behind eight famous films that tested the limits of what was acceptable content for the silver screen Read More

Archaeologists Unearth Giant Sphinx—in California
October 21, 2014

California archaeologists have unearthed a piece of Hollywood history—a plaster sphinx from the 1923 Cecil B. DeMille epic “The Ten Commandments.” Read More

8 Things You May Not Know About the Hollywood Sign
July 15, 2013

Explore some surprising facts about this famed symbol of the U.S. movie industry. Read More

The Renegade Roots of Hollywood Studios
April 30, 2012

Film studios Universal and Paramount started 100 years ago as insurgent “indies” challenging Thomas Edison’s powerful cartel. Read More