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Hollywood culture

My nephew is fresh out of film school and just moved to Hollywood. I'd like to get him a membership to a museum, theater, or some other cultural institution / organisation. What are some cool places in that area a bright, nerdy 20-something might want to visit regularly? (does not necessarily have to be film related)
posted by the bricabrac man on Sep 5, 2014 - 10 answers

Help us budget for scouting L.A.

My wife is working on a grant application for a research trip to Los Angeles centered around getting a feel for old Hollywood and the western part of L.A. (this is working towards a novel taking place from the 50s to roughly the early 90s, FWIW). We're trying to put together a budget for the proposal, and were hoping to get some guidance. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Mar 16, 2014 - 12 answers

get out GET OUT

Where can I buy a clock on Hollywood Blvd? [more inside]
posted by town of cats on Jan 31, 2014 - 3 answers

Didn't someone sleep through the stop for Winslow, Arizona?

Alright, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up! Great resources on the early history of Hollywood? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jan 27, 2014 - 27 answers

Any good writing on the "all celebrities know each other" thing?

In this story in the NYT about how the Knicks decide who gets courtside seats and what they have to do for them, there's a throwaway line that Michael J. Fox's memoir discusses "the celebrity-camaraderie phenomenon wherein they all know one another, even if they don’t." I've always been fascinated by that. Other than that memoir (of course), is there any good writing about that subject? I could imagine that a smart actor, or even better a screenwriter or newly-made comedian or assistant or some other behind the scenes person, has described how this language and code of behavior is taught and practiced, and who is allowed to play the game.
posted by AgentRocket on Jan 22, 2014 - 12 answers

I'm looking for that cheesy inspiring movie trailer music

I am looking for examples for that cheesy "inspirational movie" music that you might see in a Hollywood movie trailer. Usually it accompanies some kind of tagline like, "He didn't know that helping one dog...would send him on the journey...of a lifetime." One example is here at 20 seconds of this trailer. That stirring music that is meant to emotionally manipulate you - can you help me find various versions of it? Thanks.
posted by Sully on Jan 10, 2014 - 6 answers

Looking for books on the Golden Age of Hollywood (1927 - 1940)

I'm looking for some non-fiction, anecdote-filled book recommendations covering the first ten to fifteen years of the sound-era studio system. Particularly those which focus on the activities of the studio personnel themselves (the writers, producers, crew, moguls), rather than the stars. Anything interesting on the poverty row studios would also be great.
posted by smithsmith on Dec 4, 2013 - 7 answers

Reason some American movies open on Thursday instead of Friday?

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?
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Nov 4, 2013 - 7 answers

Los Angeles, Hollywood Forever, Dia de los Muertos: walkup tickets?

Any know based on previous years whether the Dia de los Muertos event at Hollywood Forever cemetery in Los Angeles is likely to have available walk-up ticket sales during the evening? Or, do they typically sell out? (All their official communications channels appear to be swamped, and I don't know anyone who's been there late in the day.)
posted by eotvos on Nov 2, 2013 - 2 answers

I am looking for a cultural history of the beard.

No, not the hair that grows on your face. I want more information on the phenomenon the “fake wife” or “fake girlfriend” who accompanies gay men to Hollywood premieres. [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate on Sep 11, 2013 - 20 answers

Please don't ask me

How do I kindly decline my struggling-writer friends' numerous requests that I submit their screenplays to my agent, without causing any bad feelings or strife? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 27, 2013 - 45 answers

"The Devil Wears Prada" West-Coast edition?

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]
posted by Zephyrial on Aug 19, 2013 - 26 answers

Representations of 'The Phantom Zone' (in the original Superman films)

In the original Superman films General Zod and his accomplices are trapped in The Phantom Zone, which in the films is represented as a 2D 'crystal' prison sent spinning through space. I am looking for any writings/insights into how the visual effects for this were created, and exactly by whom. Any other insights, from comic book lore, about how the Phantom Zone was represented - especially visually - would also be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jun 3, 2013 - 3 answers

Celebrity Pants Pooping

Looking for some information on the history of pants pooping incidents in popular culture. Not interested in pooped pants as part of a play or sketch. I'm looking for legitimate poops on the red carpet. The goal of this question is to determine the most famous person to have pooped their pants in public.
posted by _aa_ on May 25, 2013 - 14 answers

Help me find a book for a classic movie buff

I need a book gift for a classic movie buff! [more inside]
posted by bellastarr on Dec 13, 2012 - 15 answers

It looks great but could you make it a little bigger?

I bought a print of a painting I love in the only format available: A full bleed art show poster on glossy 11"x17" bond. The painting reproduction is approximately the top half of the poster, say 10"x8". I can clearly see the grain of the canvas in the print, and it is entirely possible that the original painting is not much larger than the reprint. So my question is, is it feasible to have this print blown up to twice or thrice it's size without sacrificing quality? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Dec 10, 2012 - 9 answers

How does Hollywood do this camera trick?

How does Hollywood film a scene without taking the camera off of the character and then you realize that the character has changed (but the camera never left them!)? [more inside]
posted by lea724 on Oct 5, 2012 - 15 answers

80s Chinese Secret, eh?

Help me put together a list of 1980s Hollywood films that indulge in faux Asian magic and mysticism. I'm thinking along the lines of Gremlins, Big Trouble in Little China, Little Shop of Horrors, and The Golden Child. Bonus points if the plot kicks off with a wise old shopkeeper selling weird things.
posted by roger ackroyd on Sep 7, 2012 - 31 answers

Toes-down best pedicurist in Hollywood?

Please recommend the best plan of action for a man in Hollywood, CA who has some fairly wicked ingrown toenails. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Aug 13, 2012 - 19 answers

Silent film books

What are some good books about the silent film era? [more inside]
posted by garius on Jul 3, 2012 - 12 answers

Who has tried to sell a network/studio on an idea for a TV series by producing an episode on their own?

Who has tried to sell a network/studio on an idea for a TV series by producing an episode on their own? Stories of success and failures both welcome. [more inside]
posted by jayfrosting on Jun 12, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me find a specific article/quote about sexism in the movie industry!

I recently read an article that contained a quote from someone in the movie industry about how it isn't currently worthwhile, or a priority, to make movies for a female audience/from a female perspective/ something along those lines. I have tried to find the associated article, but searching "movie industry women sexism" isn't very successful. I think I may have read the article at Jezebel. I may have even found it here. But I totally can't find it now. Help!
posted by windykites on Jun 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Seeking help in finding a book about the lurid lives of Hollywood's biggest stars.

When I was about 15, I remember coming across a book in a now defunct Borders that was pretty interesting. The whole premise was that it featured stories about Hollywood stars and their various sexual liaisons, their sexual quirks, and even the ages at which they lost their virginity. For example, In one of the pages on the actor Dustin Hoffman it recounted the story of the actor tricking his brother's girlfriend into having sex with him and thereby relieving him of his virginity. In another article on Clark Gable, it was revealed that he suffered from smegma and that his wife once quipped that an "inch less and he'd be the queen of Hollywood." Anyway, does anybody where I can find this book. The only title I seem to remember for it--and I am not sure if it's even correct or not--was something like "Did He or Didn't He: Stories of Hollywood's Most Notorious Sex Secrets"
posted by lackadaisical on Apr 16, 2012 - 8 answers

Magic?

I'm being forced to visit Disney in September, for two and a half days. The rest of my family will be staying longer, so I get to pick what we do those two and a half days. My son is 5 and this is his first Disney "experience". What the heck do I select? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Apr 9, 2012 - 23 answers

Did I just give Daniel Day Lewis a penny?

What happens to the two dollars I paid for a DVD? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves on Mar 29, 2012 - 7 answers

Iffy Production Company For Real?

After reading the Mefi post about the hitman for hire I checked out hitmanforhire.net and found the Michael Duke Production company, that is apparently going to make a movie out of the story. But is that guy for real? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Mar 15, 2012 - 4 answers

Is there a Japanese equivalent of Terminator Salvation?

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?
posted by bluefly on Mar 7, 2012 - 20 answers

tell me about billboards!

Part of my commute goes along Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood. There are a ton of billboards. Now I'm curious about billboards. Could you answer some questions about billboards for me? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Feb 10, 2012 - 9 answers

Who DOES he look like?

My wife and I are enjoying the show "Downton Abbey" quite a lot, but she is bothered by the fact that the actor Brendan Coyle (who portrays Mr Bates) reminds her of a Hollywood actor of a bygone era, perhaps someone from the days of black and white films. [more inside]
posted by newfers on Jan 16, 2012 - 15 answers

Is it too late?

I'd like to become a director. I'm a 40 year old female. Is this a realistic ambition? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 27, 2011 - 28 answers

How to pitch a Twitter profile as a sitcom?

How do I pitch my comedy Twitter feed as a TV show? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2011 - 5 answers

Should my resume note that video game credits are not trustworthy?

job hunt / resume question (creative/tech positions). I worked in the video game industry, and am applying for positions outside that industry. Should I include in my resume a note that video game credits are often inaccurate and checking them does not substitute for contacting an employer if seeking confirmation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 12, 2011 - 7 answers

Why do people in German-dubbed Hollywood movies use the second-person plural so strangely?

Why do people in German dubs of American movies use the second-person plural form of the verb so strangely? They often use it in place of either the polite form or just the second-person singular, z.b. in the Pirates of the Caribbean, the Commodore says to Will Turner (just Will Turner), "Ihr seid kein Seemann." What? [more inside]
posted by colfax on Oct 9, 2011 - 8 answers

Body in a ice filled trunk of lobsters? Really? Am I remembering this right?

Help me identify this mid 2000's neo-noir movie [more inside]
posted by nonemoreblack on Sep 23, 2011 - 1 answer

Best Hollywood tour bus?

A dear friend from overseas is visiting me on her first trip to L.A... but unfortunately I'm going through a bit of a rough patch health-wise, and so can't help her sightsee as much as I'd like. She's expressed interest in hopping on one of the Hollywood bus tours while I get some rest over the weekend, but I have no idea which ones are best and which ones to avoid. Any former tourists to my fair city have any suggestions?
posted by scody on Aug 20, 2011 - 6 answers

Talent agency interview

Job interview filter: why would someone want to become a talent agent? (Bonus morality question inside!) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 18, 2011 - 8 answers

What hollywood doesn't know about computers...

What are some of the cheesiest on-screen 'hacking' scenes? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid on Jun 23, 2011 - 48 answers

No quiero Taco Bell. Quiero algo mejor.

Late Night Tacos, East Hollywood / Los Angeles. Where? [more inside]
posted by rokusan on Jun 9, 2011 - 13 answers

Does Hollywood ever let professors intern for them?

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]
posted by rileyray3000 on Mar 25, 2011 - 4 answers

What should I do in LA in late April / early May?

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]
posted by dobbs on Mar 18, 2011 - 11 answers

Can an actor who only acts once in a while make a living as an actor?

HollywoodFilter: Can Demore Barnes, actor on The Unit, one of my favourite TV series, make a living as an actor? [more inside]
posted by Sully on Feb 14, 2011 - 15 answers

Help me find the really hidden Los Angeles

Help me find some Los Angeles secrets! [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Jan 14, 2011 - 24 answers

Where can I get more in-depth information on actress Pier Angeli.

Any ideas on where I could find more information on Italian actress and ex-james dean's girl, Pier Angeli? [more inside]
posted by twoforty5am on Dec 13, 2010 - 3 answers

movie about actor stuck in rolerole

I am trying to remember the name of a Holllywood movie from forties or fifties about an actor who could not get out of the part that he was playing on the stage. I think the star was a well known actor and he may have won an oscar
posted by donfactor on Nov 6, 2010 - 7 answers

Who are these two dancers?

Who are the two dancers preceding Cyd Charisse in the title sequence of The Silencers (1966)? (mildly NSFW) [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Nov 5, 2010 - 1 answer

Selling My Soul To Hollywood

Should I move to Los Angeles to work in Teh Industry? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Oct 10, 2010 - 25 answers

Coming soon to a theater near you: Me! Any advice for a soon-to-be hollywood extra?

Coming soon to a theater near you: Me! Any advice for a soon-to-be hollywood extra? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Oct 6, 2010 - 14 answers

Getting representation as a screenwriter/director: How to do it?

Getting representation as a screenwriter/director: How to do it? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Sep 27, 2010 - 9 answers

"I'm just here for the cupcakes, dude. Chill!"

A friend of mine, in a bout of frustration, recently posted this challenge: " Name one Hollywood horror movie which does NOT contain the line, "WHAT DO YOU WANT (FROM ME)??!!!", usually screamed by the protagonist at the antagonist." There must be several! I thought it would be funny to present him with a list, and I hope you can help me. (Would be funnier if the movies were not-very-arthousey.) Thanks!
posted by Omnomnom on Aug 27, 2010 - 18 answers

Mainstream Media + Men = ???

Any great reads about Hollywood's effect on men? [more inside]
posted by mornie_alantie on Aug 4, 2010 - 7 answers

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