Alicia Mayer and cohost Will McKinley have a fantastic new episode of the Hollywood Time Machine talk radio show for you with several terrific guests! Make sure to tune in on Saturday at 3pm PST/6pm ET.
The Happiest Couple in Hollywood…
Even in 1948, the New York Times called creative collaborators Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder’s independence and control over their material “as rare as radium,” and Brackett said they were “the happiest couple in Hollywood.” Over eleven productive years, writer/producer Brackett and writer/director Wilder were responsible for a prolific flow of Hollywood hits, from Ninotchka (1939) to Sunset Boulevard (1950). Along with writing/producing, Brackett also served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), and the Screen Writers Guild. He was also a member of the exclusive literary club, the Algonquin Round Table.
Charles-Brackett-and-Billy-WilderAn annotated collection of material taken from dozens of Brackett’s diaries, It’s the Pictures That Got Small, Charles Brackett on Billy Wilder and Hollywood’s Golden Age (November 2014, Columbia University Press), has been edited by film historian Anthony Slide (also author of Nitrate Won’t Wait) and includes a foreword by Brackett’s grandson Jim Moore, who also transcribed many of the diaries. Moore has since donated the diaries, which cover over 40 years, to the Academy’s library.
Will and Alicia will speak with Tony Slide and Jim Moore to learn more about the Brackett/Wilder team up and what eventually broke their miracle run.
The Amazing Kirklands
Douglas Kirkland logo At age twenty-four, Douglas Kirkland was hired as a staff photographer for Look magazine and became famous for his 1961 photos of Marilyn Monroe taken for its 25th anniversary issue. He later joined the staff of Life magazine. Douglas’ assignments have included many Hollywood celebrities, such as Elizabeth Taylor, Marlene Dietrich, Audrey Hepburn, Sammy Davis Jr – just to name a few in a award-winning career that spans 50 years. He has also published several books, including Coco Chanel: Three Weeks 1962, Marilyn – An Evening, 1961, James Cameron’s Titanic and Douglas Kirkland – A Life in Pictures. His awards include the World Press Photo Award for Arts and Entertainment and the American Society of Cinematographers President’s Award.
Mark Kirkland in 1990, Mark Kirkland, Douglas’ son, started directing episodes of The Simpsons from season two onwards and has directed over 78 episodes, more than any other director. His work on The Simpsons earned him three Prime-time Emmys. As an independent filmmaker, Kirkland has written, directed and produced a number of award-winning short films such as A Letter from Home and The Moving Picture Co – 1914 – a nod to silent movies. He is an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers and has served as Governor for The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
The Ben-Hur of Facebook Groups – MGM!
In March of 2013, retiree Betty Sherman Corp was watching the TV mini-series MGM: When The Lion Roars: The History of a Hollywood Empire (1992) on DVD and wondered if anyone else would enjoy an MGM Facebook group, so she created one. The answer, as Betty soon found out, was a resounding “Yes!” In just a few weeks, the group grew to a thousand or so members, and now, not even two years later, it has 6,535 members with anywhere from five to ten request to join per day.
mgm photo 1943‘MGM: The Studio, The Stars, The Directors and More‘ Facebook group is a now a massive community just like the studio’s famed, sprawling back lots, and includes those who simply love the studio’s films, stars and filmmakers, and others who have direct links, including host Alicia Mayer. Betty and her co-admin, Ginger Rowland, work daily to keep the group running smoothly and together with their fellow members, also help to keep MGM’s huge legacy alive.