Yesterday we brought you news of David Chase’s new Hollywood mini-series coming to HBO. Coincidentally, TCM announced their own plans for a 10-part documentary series exploring the history of the movie biz. (Chase’s series is fictional, TCM’s is not.) Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood is set to premiere in 2010, but we’re already geeking out over it. It will consist of 10 one-hour documentaries, each focusing on a different era of movie history. It will also show how moviemakers responded to major events in American history like the Great Depression, World War II and the Civil Rights movements.
"Our story will span more than 100 years of inventiveness and entertainment," said Jon Wilkman, who will write and produce the series. "From Thomas Edison to Steven Spielberg, from Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford to Sean Penn and Kate Winslet, we'll tell the stories of moguls and movie stars, the lives they've lived, the movies they've made and the impact they've had on lives around the world."
Each episode will include rarely seen footage and photographs, clips from notable films and interviews with film historians and major Hollywood figures. If you haven’t checked out any TCM documentaries before, you must watch their fascinating 2007 documentary Brando, all about—you guessed it—the iconic Marlon Brando. I first caught Brando at the Tribeca Film Festival two years ago and it offered an insightful look at the life of the enigmatic, yet immensely talented actor. TCM is great at collecting never-before-seen footage. Can’t wait to see what they do with Moguls and Movie Stars!