Hollywood Babylon: It's Back!

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Blood Moon, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 408 pages
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For decades, there's been speculation that somebody, somewhere, would produce an updated version of Hollywood Babylon, perhaps even more notorious than the first two volumes compiled a half-century ago by avant-garde filmmaker Kenneth Anger. For pop culture fanatics, his books became an underground legend. Anger's original version had to be published in Paris, as it was too hot for America at the time. But beliefs about celebrities, sexuality, and morality have changed radically since then. New waves of narcissists, exhibitionists, and looney toons have invaded the entertainment industry. The gossip industry has transformed America into a nation of voyeurs. By today's standards, Anger's spin on Babylon looks downright demure. With a respectful nod to those long-ago statements by Kenneth Anger (who, incidentally, was not involved in the production of this book) Blood Moon is proud to release another Hollywood Babylon, in this case more shocking and more scandalous than before. Within this first volume, we visit Babylon as well as Sodom and Gomorrah. And we don't deal just with Hollywood's Golden Age-we zero in on some present-day brouhahas as well. Buyer beware: The scandals exposed within this book are not for the faint-of-hea- rt. You might not think of the old pinups in quite the same way after reading this edition. Those offended by male movie stars dropping trousers for offscreen cameras should stick to Alice in Wonderland. It's true: We're not shy about male nudity, or even female nudity. Today, nudity in films is commonplace. Anyone with a computer can see Colin Farrell, for example, performing cunnilingus on a Playboy beauty, or showing off his ten-inch pecker. In the past, the porno films made by major movie stars (including Joan Crawford and Sylvester Stallone) were enveloped in a sense of secrecy and, perhaps, shame. Today, what would previously have been defined as pornography regularly makes its way onto the Screen.

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About the author (2008)

Entertainment columnist Darwin Porter is the author of at least five celebrated full-length biographies of Hollywood personalities, each of which has been widely reviewed and in some cases serialized in major newspapers of the US, the UK, and Australia. Subjects of his biographies have included Marlon Brando, Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Michael Jackson, and Howard Hughes. He was assisted in the compilation of Hollywood Babylon by former New York Times reporter Danforth Prince, president of Blood Moon Productions and other media enterprises. Jointly, Porter and Prince are the co-authors of some of THE FROMMER GUIDES, a trusted name in travel publishing.

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