Category: Oral Histories

How An Inability to Work With Chevy Chase Led Chris Columbus to Home Alone

When Chris Columbus was hired to direct the first Harry Potter movie, one of the things he had going for him was the absolute wealth of experience he already had with working with kid actors.  […]

An Oral History of Last Action Hero: The Ultimate Cautionary Tale (Part 2)

It started out as an idea between two aspiring screenwriters fresh out of college.  Then they went through an extreme crash course in how things are done in Hollywood. That’s been the story so far […]

An Oral History of Last Action Hero: A Crash Course in Hollywood (Part 1)

Movie’s have been breaking the fourth wall since at least the 1920s. Buster Keaton’s timid movie projectionist dreamed about walking through the screen and into his favorite Sherlock Holmes movie in Sherlock Jr. (1924). Woody […]

15 Things I Just Learned About the 1995 Mortal Kombat Movie

When Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas and June Diane Raphael recently roasted 1995’s Mortal Kombat on their podcast How Did This Get Made?, I cringed a little. I spent countless hours of my youth playing Mortal Kombat in arcades […]

“You Want to Blow Up the White House?”: An Oral History of the Film Independence Day

Independence Day is one of my earliest memories of living through one of those cultural moments in which everyone becomes obsessed with the same movie months before anyone’s actually seen it.  Prior to its July […]

Behind the Scenes of Mad Men: Alternate Endings, Heated Negotiations & Proposed Spin-Offs

Mad Men is the ultimate prestige drama.  Even with its occasional dips in quality across its first six and a half seasons and recent run of being ignored by awards shows, it remains one of […]

25 Stories from the Set of Friends, In Their Own Words

With Friends finally up in its entirety on Netflix and coming off the 20th anniversary of its first episode, we have been inundated with lots of new retrospectives and interviews with cast, crew, and former […]

15 Interesting Stories from the Set of Christmas Vacation, In Their Own Words

For a change, I didn’t actually watch Christmas Vacation this Christmas season, but the film was all around me. It was in my brother’s cell phone, with the notification noise set to a clip of […]

18 Outrageous Facts About Batman Begins, In Their Own Words

In honor of today’s release of Christopher Nolan’s already-divisive Interstellar, here’s a look back at 18 outrageous facts about Batman Begins. It wasn’t the first film Christopher Nolan made, but for many it was the […]