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Who Ensures That “No Animals Were Harmed in the Making of This Film”?

GARY HERSHORN/Reuters/Landov That’s the work of the American Humane Association, who actually trademarked the phrase. The AHA first set up a committee to investigate abuse of animal actors in the early 20th century, when the horses used in many Western films were at risk for injury on the set. During filming of the 1939 movie Jesse James, a [...]

Michael J. Fox’s Middle Name is Andrew

Image credit: Maureen Donaldson/Getty Images Michael J. Fox was born 50 years ago today. But as Stacy Conradt once told us, he wasn’t Michael J. back then. He was Michael A. Fox, for Andrew. There was already a Michael Fox in the Screen Actors Guild, so I suppose Michael decided “J.” sounded better than “A,” eh? To [...]

The Quick 10: Pre-Presidential Professions

You already know that Ronald Reagan was president of the Screen Actors Guild before he was President of the United States, and I bet you recall a joke or two about Jimmy Carter being a peanut farmer. Here are a few ways other future presidents paid the bills before they started signing bills. 1. Harry Truman, [...]

Fight Club: The Musical

Offbeat selections for Broadway musicals are trendy now, such as the Spider-Man musical currently in production. So perhaps it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that the dark, transgressive book and film Fight Club may be turned into a musical: Years ago David Fincher talked about being interested in doing a Fight Club musical [...]