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Hollywood helped Adolf Hitler with Nazi propaganda drive, academic claims

Some just are. Franklin Leonard, a former producer, established his own cool club by creating the Black List, an annual compilation of Hollywood’s best unproduced screenplays, chosen by a group of industry insiders (i.e., his friends). This year, he turned it into a digital platform aimed at cracking open opportunities for budding screenwriters seeking to have their work found, assessed and validated by their peers and industry veterans.It’s called , and in eight months some 4,000 scripts have been uploaded, with three dozen member writers finding agency or management representation as a result. “We’re creating an ecosystem that balance the needs of the writing community, that protects the integrity of their material, but is also a really good resource to help people who make movies find material as quickly as possible,” Leonard told TheWrap. The Black List has recently concluded deals with the Writers Guild East and West, and with the Sundance Institute, to allow their members to join for free.
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George Lucas and new bride Mellody Hobson, who officially tied the knot on June 22 at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, Calif., brought Hollywood to the Windy City on Friday to celebrate their nuptials. our editor recommends Power Lawyers: How ‘Star Wars’ Nerds Sold Lucasfilm to Disney Hollywood guests are expected to descend upon Hobsons hometown of Chicago for the festivities, which will find the citys lakeside Promontory Point closed to the public on Saturday. Asked if he’s going to the wedding, producer Sid Ganis, former senior VP of Lucasfilm, tells THR, “‘THE wedding?’ Think of what you just said — there are about four billion weddings in June, and you’re asking if I’m going to ‘THE wedding.’ Yes!
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Studios were also visited by a Nazi consultant, who would demand edits to films seen as being anti-German. There are also instances of whole films being dropped, like the 1936 MGM movie It Can’t Happen Here, which showed democracy winning over fascism. War years: MGM is one of the studios Urwand says collaborated with Nazi Germany The film, based on Nobel laureate Sinclair Lewis’s novel, was banned over ‘fear of international politics’ and the potential of boycotts abroad.
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How Hollywood bowed to Hitler: Film studios showed Nazi Germany in positive light historian claims

Hollywood is not just collaborating with Nazi Germany, Urwand told the New York Times. Its also collaborating with Adolf Hitler, the person and human being. Urwand, reportedly a folk musician from Australia who has become a member of the Society of Fellows at Harvard, said his interest was first aroused as a student in California when he read an interview with the screenwriter Budd Schulberg referring to meetings between the MGM boss Louis Mayer and a representative of the Nazi regime to discuss cuts to his studio’s films. The book describes many Jewish studio bosses not only censoring films to suit the regime, but also producing material that could be inserted into German propaganda films and even financing German weapons manufacturing. The collaboration of Hollywood with the regime began in 1930, says Urwand, when Carl Laemmle Jr of Universal Studios agreed major cuts to the First World War film All Quiet On The Western Front after riots in Germany instigated by the Nazi party.
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