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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Trumbo</i> Director Jay Roach is Bugged by Those Who Don't Speak Out

Trumbo Director Jay Roach is Bugged by Those Who Don't Speak Out

The familiar "Silence is golden" adage applies to moviegoers, not moviemakers — a fact that was seemingly lost on the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) investigating communism in the "golden" age of Hollywood. But that didn't stop Academy Award-winning…
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Film, Film Feature

Summer Grows Up

Explosions, pratfalls, and robots; heroes, aliens, and blondes — it must be summertime at the movies. Beyond the flash, though, it's striking to note just how many movies will require us to actually think this summer— aren't we supposed to…
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Calendar, Night&Day Darkness at Noon

Darkness at Noon

This was a wild, wicked town once, with a worldwide reputation for vice, drink, and the pleasures of the flesh. But the Barbary Coast is long gone, the strip clubs on Broadway are tourist traps, and the Haight and the…
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Culture, Stage Notes From Underground

Notes From Underground

In 1953, Dalton Trumbo found himself in a particularly sticky predicament. Not that he was new to sticky predicaments: One of the most respected and highly paid Hollywood screenwriters of the 1940s, with a string of hits -- including Tender…
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Calendar, Night&Day Trumbo in Paradise

Trumbo in Paradise

Suppose Charlie Kaufman were suspected, along with most of Hollywood, of being a member of a "terrorist group." (Earth First!, maybe?) If Kaufman were hauled before a nationally televised right-wing inquisition, refused to name names, and was sent to prison…
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