Robert Hofler

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Lawrence Wright

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Until recently, Wright had found Hollywood lacking on the subject of his most recent book, "The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11," which made the top 10 lists of both the New York Times…

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Hugh Hefner

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As the man who calls the Hollywood sign "our Eiffel Tower" and spearheaded the drive to save it, Hefner credits a repressive childhood with pushing him into the "drama and fantasies" of the movies.

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Rev. Jesse Jackson

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"I cried when I saw that movie," Jackson says of the Douglas Sirk sudser that resuscitated the career of Lana Turner after her daughter, Cheryl Crane, stabbed and killed boyfriend-mobster Johnny…

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Michael Connelly

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Robert Altman's "The Long Goodbye" took Connelly to his current L.A. address on High Tower Drive in Hollywood. "I saw the film in college and it led me to Raymond Chandler and made me want to be a…

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Sen.-Elect James Webb

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Having served as assistant secretary of defense and, later, secretary of the Navy under President Ronald Reagan, Webb picks a number of war films that highlight recent and historic conflicts around…

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Esa-Pekka Salonen

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"Rarely have I seen a musical film that I've liked," says Salonen, musical director and conductor of the L.A. Philharmonic. " 'Chicago' I enjoyed. It had real grit in it, and the characters felt more…

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Neil G. Giuliano

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In 1982, years before he was elected mayor of Tempe, Ariz., Giuliano went to the theater alone in his home town, "hoping that I wouldn't run into anyone I knew." The film: Arthur Hiller's "Making…

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Art Buchwald

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On the subject of classic movie comedies, Buchwald is concise. "What makes them great are the jokes," says this two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, one-time Variety contributor and author of more…

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Kurt Vonnegut

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"The message of the film is that war makes people crazy and they behave in bizarre ways," Vonnegut says of "The Bridge on the River Kwai." He connects with David Lean's 1957 Oscar winner for two very…

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Judith Jamison

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Jamison refuses to pick only one movie that might have changed her life. "I've got a whole list here!" she begins. "First off, any musical by Busby Berkeley," the director of the Alvin Ailey American…

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