Hollywood

How the Hollywood sign became a monument to LA mythology

By Justine Smith

Seventy years ago, a long-neglected real estate ad was rebuilt and an iconic cultural landmark was born.

The transgressive adventures of Marlene Dietrich and Josef von Sternberg

By BP Flanagan

The pair’s six pre-Code Paramount films remain the ultimate synthesis of star and director.

How Mae West took on the Hollywood studio system

By Lynsey Ford

In the pre-code era, the trailblazing Hollywood star used her sly humour and sex appeal to thrill audiences.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood isn’t a love letter, it’s an obituary

By Christopher Hooton

Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film laments the loss of a moment in culture that will never be repeated.

Portrait of Jennie remains one of Hollywood’s strangest melodramas

By Gem Wheeler

William Dieterle’s 1948 film is an enthralling meditation on memory, loss and transformative power of art.

How the 1969 Oscars marked a turning point for Hollywood

By Justine Smith

The 41st Academy Awards went ahead without a host, and signalled the transition from Old to New Hollywood.

Has Hollywood killed the event movie?

By Christopher Machell

In an age of increasingly familiar extended universes, individual films simply don’t have the same cultural impact as they did 20 years ago.

Gods of Egypt

By David Jenkins

Underachieving rather than awful, Alex Proyas’ cornball, CG-driven adventure is tiresomely mad.

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Is Western cinema ready to challenge Muslim stereotypes?

By Rooney Hassan

Films like Gods of Egypt and the #RumiWasntWhite backlash speak volumes about Hollywood’s whitewashing culture.

It’s time for Hollywood to change its attitude towards LGBT characters

By James Luxford

Social media campaigns like #LGBTSuperheroes are exposing the movie industry’s worrying lack of diversity.

Can Hollywood win hearts and minds in the Middle East?

By Sarah Jilani

Studios are being recruited to help combat IS, yet winning over those vulnerable to radicalisation requires a new narrative.

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