The Star System

Author: Paul McDonald
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231503245
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Looks at the development and changing organization of the star system in the American film industry. Tracing the popularity of star performers from the early "cinema of attractions" to the Internet universe, Paul McDonald explores the ways in which Hollywood has made and sold its stars. Through focusing on particular historical periods, case studies of Mary Pickford, Bette Davis, James Cagney, Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise, and Will Smith illustrate the key conditions influencing the star system in silent cinema, the studio era and the New Hollywood.

The Star System

Author: Paul McDonald
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 1903364027
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Looks at the development and changing organization of the star system in the American film industry. Tracing the popularity of star performers from the early "cinema of attractions" to the Internet universe, Paul McDonald explores the ways in which Hollywood has made and sold its stars. Through focusing on particular historical periods, case studies of Mary Pickford, Bette Davis, James Cagney, Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise, and Will Smith illustrate the key conditions influencing the star system in silent cinema, the studio era and the New Hollywood.

Hollywood Stardom

Author: Paul McDonald
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118321669
Size: 14.23 MB
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By integrating star studies and film industry studies, HollywoodStardom reveals the inextricable bonds between culture andcommerce in contemporary notions of film stardom. Integrates the traditions of star studies and industry studiesto establish an original and innovative mode of analysis wherebythe ‘star image’ is replaced with the ‘starbrand’ Offers the first extensive analysis of stardom in the‘post-studio’ era Combines genre, narrative, acting, and discourse analysis withaspects of marketing theory and the economic analysis of the filmmarket Draws on an extensive body of research data not previouslydeployed in film scholarship A wide range of star examples are explored including GeorgeClooney, Mel Gibson, Tom Cruise, Daniel Day-Lewis, Tom Hanks, WillSmith, and Julia Roberts

The Contemporary Hollywood Film Industry

Author: Paul McDonald
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 9781405133883
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The Contemporary Hollywood Film Industry is a collection of essays by leading scholars that examines the state of the U.S. film industry, from the l980s to present day. Includes important discussions of the industry’s labour and star systems, as well as intellectual property and state relations Considers the role of independent producers, the global marketplace for Hollywood product, corporate changes, and various new media windows, including video, DVD to cable, satellite, and online channels of delivery Brings together an international team of leading film scholars Offers a balanced and fresh approach to this important contemporary period in Hollywood

Politics And Film

Author: Daniel P. Franklin
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: 1461641012
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Politics and Film explores the meaning of film within a societal context. In examining the political role of films we become real time cultural anthropologists, sifting through the artifacts of modern society to determine what our culture really is all about. Common sense tells us that if filmmakers want to make a profit, they have to be responsive to the market. This doesn't mean that they have to produce a product that simply delights the eyes. Films must also please the mind, and not just in terms of satisfying our desire to be entertained (although that alone is sometimes enough) but also deepen our understanding of people, ideas, and problems that we may confront in everyday life. In this respect, even commercial films are political. And, if 'we are what we eat,' we may also say, 'we are what we pay to see.' This book contends that to a large extent American film reflects political culture in American society.

Hollywood Tv

Author: Christopher Anderson
Publisher:
ISBN:
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Offers the first thorough exploration of the movie industry's shaping role in the development of television and its narrative forms

Star Actors In The Hollywood Renaissance

Author: D. Smith-Rowsey
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137310391
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In the late 1960s and early 1970s, a new generation took over the leading roles in Hollywood films. These untraditional-looking young men were promoted and understood as alienated and ironic everymen, and exerted a powerful, and until now unexplored, influence over a movement often considered the richest in Hollywood's history.

The Ultimate Stallone Reader

Author: Chris Holmlund
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231850646
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Sylvester Stallone has been a defining part of American film for nearly four decades. He has made an impact on world entertainment in a surprisingly diverse range of capacities – as actor, writer, producer, and director – all while maintaining a monolithic presence. With The Ultimate Stallone Reader, this icon finally receives concerted academic attention. Eleven original essays by internationally-known scholars examine Stallone's contributions to mainstream cinema, independent film, and television. This volume also offers innovative approaches to star, gender, and celebrity studies, performance analysis, genre criticism, industry and reception inquiry, and the question of what it means to be an auteur. Ultimately, The Ultimate Stallone Reader investigates the place that Sylvester Stallone occupies within an industry and a culture that have both undergone much evolution, and how his work has reflected and even driven these changes.

George Clooney

Author: Paul McDonald
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1911239325
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Paul McDonald's study of the actor-filmmaker George Clooney traces the star's career, from his role in the hit television medical drama ER to his dual screen persona, allowing him to move seamlessly from commercial hits such as Out of Sight (1998) and Ocean's Eleven (2001) to more offbeat roles in such films as Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000). McDonald also considers Clooney's political activism and his roles in such explicity political films as Three Kings (1999) and Syriana (2005), as well as his work as a producer of films including Argo (2012) and as director of Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002); Good Night, and Good Luck (2005) and Suburbicon (2017) among others. McDonald places Clooney in the context of the Hollywood star system, considering the argument that Clooney's star persona has many similarities with that of Classical Hollywood movie stars such as Cary Grant, but also addresses Clooney as a very 21st century transmedia celebrity.

Top Hat

Author: Peter William Evans
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1444351702
Size: 53.28 MB
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Top Hat is the first volume to spotlight this classic Hollywood film, probing the musical genre, notions of romance and subjectivity, as well as the contested relations between the sexes. Offers a detailed analysis of one of Hollywood's greatest musicals, including a comprehensive survey of the film's production, promotion and reception, all measured against the background of 1930s socio-political contexts in the USA Explores the musical genre and questions of (gendered) national identity, romance, subjectivity and the notion of the couple Written in a clear, accessible style, Top Hat probes text and context carefully to appeal to the student and teacher of the musical and of Hollywood film history, as well as the film-loving general reader