Alright, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up! Great resources on the early history of Hollywood? [more inside]
The official release date for the film Thor: Dark World is Friday, November 8th in America. Yet, my local theater chain and presumably others will have viewings on Thursday, some as early as 8pm. Is there a particular reason for this, besides an attempt to make more money on the initial weekend opening?
I'm writing a story set in the modern-day film industry: please recommend your favorite documentaries, movies, articles, essays, blogs, or books (preferably non-fiction) about the realities of working in Hollywood! [more inside]
What are some good books about the silent film era? [more inside]
So, you know how Hollywood sometimes makes big stupid films that flop at home (at times not making enough money), but then they release the films abroad and they do well (enough to make more money and sometimes merit a sequel!)? Does the reverse happen as well? Are their foreign films that do well in the US (and I'll include critical success as much as popularity -- and popularity among people who go see foreign films), but in their home countries, they are considered silly or stupid or just not good?
I'd like to become a director. I'm a 40 year old female. Is this a realistic ambition? [more inside]
One of my college professors from the TV department wants to come out to LA and learn more about the overall entertainment industry to update his knowledge. Are there any fellowships to help him do it? [more inside]
Los Angeles - last week of April, first week of May. What should I absolutely not miss? And... can you recommend some good eats/drinks/hangouts in West Hollywood? [more inside]
Who are the two dancers preceding Cyd Charisse in the title sequence of The Silencers (1966)? (mildly NSFW) [more inside]
How do great writers create stories? [more inside]
I am wondering how Hollywood movies that end up being complete failures both critically and commercially end up getting all the way through the process of being made and released into cinemas? Why isn't there more quality control? [more inside]
Are there any major Hollywood actors who take roles in Bollywood films? [more inside]
If Steve Guttenburg never, ever worked again, how much money would he earn yearly? [more inside]
What do film crews and/or movie companies do to warn residents of their pyrotastic filmings in the neighborhood? [more inside]
[filmfilter] What are some of your favorite chase sequences and/or man with a bomb sequences? [more inside]
What do they use as far as makeup in movies for fake tattoos, and where can I get some of this makeup? [more inside]
Where can I watch, or listen to, the Academy Awards live on the internet? [more inside]
Cinephiles and Filmhounds! Recommend some great comedies for me based on what I already like... [more inside]
I'm trying to assemble a document that outlines the various tax credits available for filming in Canada. Is there a comprehensive site (or doc) already in existence that breaks down credits nationally and by province? [more inside]
Two directors whose work I greatly admire, François Girard and Whit Stillman, have been MIA for quite some time. Can someone tell me where either has been, what they've been doing since their last films and what their future plans are? I've heard whispers and seen snippets online, but am hoping some industry-savvy MeFi-ite can provide something more substantial. Is this a case of lack of profitability completely trumping quality and forcing these two out of the director's chair?