Wednesday, September 5th @ 12:00 pm - Author Luncheon with Leonard Maltin for "Hooked on Hollywood"
Our DIESEL Author Literary Luncheon Series continues with Leonard Maltin for his new book, Hooked on Hollywood: Discoveries from a Lifetime of Film Fandom, on Wednesday, September 5th at 12:00 pm.
The luncheon will be held at the wonderful Amici Brentwood, conveniently located a half a block from the bookstore at 2538 San Vicente Blvd. There is ticketed parking available at the restaurant or unlimited free parking along most of San Vicente Blvd. past 26th St. (please read the street signs). The cost for the luncheon with Leonard Maltin is $65, which includes one copy of the book. Please contact the store at 310-576-9960 to purchase tickets.
Leonard Maltin is America's best-known film historian, film reviewer, and author. In Hooked on Hollywood, Maltin opens up his personal archive to take readers on a fascinating journey through film history. He first interviewed greats of Hollywood as a precocious teenager in 1960s New York City. He used what he learned from these luminaries to embark on a 50-year (and counting) career that has included New York Times bestselling books, 30 years of regular appearances coast-to-coast on Entertainment Tonight, movie introductions on Turner Classic Movies, and countless other television and radio performances. Early Maltin interviews had literally been stored in his garage for more than 40 years until GoodKnight Books brought them to light for the first time in this volume to entertain readers and inform future film scholars.
Teenaged Leonard Maltin landed one-on-ones with Warner Bros. sexy siren Joan Blondell, Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actor Burgess Meredith, Cecil B. DeMille's right-hand-man Henry Wilcoxon, Oscar-winning actor Ralph Bellamy, playwright, novelist, and MGM screenwriter Anita Loos, early screen heartthrob George O'Brien, and classic Paramount director Mitchell Leisen among others. Later in his career, Maltin sat down with men and women who worked inside the top studios during the heyday of movies and early television. This second set of in-depth interviews reveals what life was like under Louis B. Mayer, Jack Warner, Harry Cohn, and the other titans of Hollywood. What emerges is a fascinating and at times uproarious homage to Golden Era Hollywood.
In addition, key feature articles from Maltin's newsletter Movie Crazy are published here for the first time, providing new perspectives on the Warner Bros. classics Casablanca and Gold Diggers of 1933 as well as many other masterpieces--and bombs--from Hollywood history. Finally, Maltin looks back at what he considers Hollywood's "overlooked" studio, RKO Radio Pictures, which gave us such classics as King Kong and the many dance musicals of Astaire and Rogers. In Leonard's unique and witty style, he looks at dozens of obscure RKO features from the 1930s, including saucy pre-Codes, musicals, comedies, and mysteries. Leonard Maltin's love of movies and vast knowledge about their history shines through from the first page to the last in this unique volume, which includes 150 rare photos and a comprehensive index.
Leonard Maltin is a film critic and historian who can be regularly seen on ReelzChannel and Turner Classic Movies. He is the author of the long-running Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide and its companion, Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide. He lives in Los Angeles, California.