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Hooked on Hollywood: Leonard Maltin’s new book digs deep into his personal archives




Film actress Gloria Swanson (1897-1983) and film director Cecil B DeMille (1881-1959) sitting together on the set of 'Sunset Boulevard,' a biting satire on Hollywood stardom in which DeMille plays himself, 1949.
Film actress Gloria Swanson (1897-1983) and film director Cecil B DeMille (1881-1959) sitting together on the set of 'Sunset Boulevard,' a biting satire on Hollywood stardom in which DeMille plays himself, 1949.
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Have you ever wondered who Hollywood’s good guys and gals really were? Or what it was like to work for Cecil B. DeMille? Or what about how Errol Flynn hid liquor while filming on location in New Mexico mountains?

Iconic film historian and critic Leonard Maltin answers these questions and more in his latest book “Hooked on Hollywood: Discoveries from a Lifetime of Film Fandom.” It’s anthology of interviews and research that spans Maltin’s career in conversations with people like Burgess Meredith, Madge Evans, Ralph Bellamy and more. The collection spans from Maltin’s early days interacting with stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age, writing about film as a teenager in “Film Fan Monthly” to more recent material gathered from “Leonard Maltin’s Movie Crazy.”

Maltin joins Larry Mantle on AirTalk to take listeners on a journey through his prolific career as a self-published film critic and historian and to share some of the stories of Hollywood’s biggest stars to the forgotten men and women of moviemaking.

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Leonard Maltin, film historian and critic and author of “Hooked on Hollywood: Discoveries from a Lifetime of Film Fandom” (GoodKnight Books, July 2018); he has authored many books on cinema, including “Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide” series, appears regularly on Reelz Channel and spent 30 years on the hit television show, Entertainment Tonight