‘Hitler in Los Angeles’ is the Wake-Up Call America Needs Now [REVIEW]

Nazis in Los Angeles celebrate Hitler's birthday

The Nazi-based Friends of the New Germany hold a party in Los Angeles to mark Adolph Hitler’s birthday in 1935. (Photo courtesy Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, Community Relations Committee Collection, Part 2, Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.)

Radicalized hate groups. Political conspiracies. Undercover spies. The Hollywood elite. These may sound like elements taken from today’s news headlines, but in fact they are aspects of a little-known story that unfolded more than 80 years ago in the the City of Angels. Now historian Steven J. Ross reveals this compelling tale in his Pulitzer-Prize nominated book, Hitler in Los Angeles.  Read more of this post

‘The Love Letter’ Changes Lives Centuries After It Is Written [REVIEW]

Golden light kiss

When a Hollywood actress meets the screenwriter of an epic love story, she is surprised to discover he based the script on a love letter written by one of his ancestors. (Photo by Adrian Fallace, Flickr)

An actress acclaimed for her death scenes seeks a career reboot by accepting the leading role in a feature film based on a centuries-old love letter. But will this role of a lifetime change more than just the trajectory of her career? Find out in Rachel Hauck’s The Love Letter. Read more of this post

The Art of the Letter [GUEST POST]

Letters

Few things are as treasured as a personal letter received from someone we love. (Photo by Suzy Hazelwood, Flickr)

 

Letters. You know, the kind we get from a dear friend or relative on those rare occasions someone takes the time to put pen to paper and contact us through good old-fashioned snail mail. We love getting them, but these days our correspondence seems to have been reduced to nothing more than short-hand texts or emojis. That is why we love Rachel Hauck’s new novel, The Love Letter, a story which celebrates letters and their impact on us over time. In today’s guest post, she shows why they are still so important and how they connect us like no other medium. Enjoy! —Jathan & Heather Read more of this post

Meet the Real Nora Ephron in ‘I’ll Have What She’s Having’ [REVIEW]

Nora Ephron and her three biggest hits

Nora Ephron stole America’s heart with three of the most beloved romantic comedies ever produced.
(Photo of Nora Ephron by David Shankbone, Flickr/When Harry Met Sally… poster courtesy Columbia Pictures/Sleepless in Seattle poster courtesy TriStar Pictures/You’ve Got Mail poster courtesy Warner Bros.)

How does a tough-as-nails New York journalist become one of the most powerful players in Hollywood? Find out in Erin Carlson’s revealing new book about the one and only Nora Ephron, aptly titled I’ll Have What She’s Having: How Nora Ephron’s Three Iconic Films Saved the Romantic Comedy.  Read more of this post

What to Watch on Netflix: October 2016

Netflix October 2016 films

Netflix is bringing back some of our all-time favorite movies this October. (Pictured left to right: Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in Titanic, and Dustin Hoffman and Sharon Stone in Sphere. (Photos courtesy Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, and Warner Bros.)

Since we ditched cable and decided to stream television shows and movies via Netflix, we look forward to seeing how the service changes up its lineup each month. This October, some of our favorites return for what should be a very entertaining month. Read more of this post