I've been reading about Hollywood accounting. If the numbers are made up, what good are the accounts? Why doesn't the government mind?
I have a running joke with my girlfriend regarding an over-elaborate way that I want to propose to her, what I'd love to do is catch her completely off-guard by actually pulling it off! [more inside]
I'm looking for resources and sources on daily life for an average MGM contract player in 1940s - what an average working day looked like -- ideally focusing on mundane details like hours worked, how did you get there, union rules, where you entered and left, where you could and couldn't go etc. The more workaday the better. I've allready gone through Charles Brackett's diaries and halfway through MGM: Hollywood's Greatest Backlot ( which is good for physical locations so far), but its not as focused on the physical operations as I'd like.
It's film about an unsuccessful artist who gives up his art in despair and leaves town. When he returns many years later he discovers he's presumed dead, very famous, and his agent and the girlfriend who betrayed him are making a packet out of his prestigious reputation and their memories of him. [more inside]
I'm spending tomorrow in Los Angeles with some family and friends. We usually park the car in a couple different places in some adjacent neighborhoods and explore denser neighborhoods on foot. We'd like suggestions for places to visit and things to do in Koreatown, Hollywood, and the surrounding areas (but not DTLA). [more inside]
The recent FPP on Aziz Ansari, made me wonder exactly how much Indian Americans are under represented on television. According to the 2010 census, Indian Americans are roughly 0.9% of the U.S. population, but what percentage of TV actors are Indian American? The only statistics I was able to find on representation of minority groups lumped all minorities together. Can anyone point me to a good source for this type of information?
What are some great movies from the 80's and 90's that were either directed by or written by women? [more inside]
Looking for Hollywood films released before the year 2000 that use the speed ramping effect. [more inside]
I'm looking for books or blogs about actors trying to break into show business. Fiction or non-fiction. [more inside]
We're throwing a hollywood-themed party, and we'd like to have 2-4 plain white spotlights moving across the walls. To my surprise, though, I can't find anything like that for under at least a thousand dollars, even in the DJ lighting world. We don't need anything super bright or controllable, just little oscillating LED lamps. Would rather stay under $50. Please help!
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)
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]
Where can I buy a clock on Hollywood Blvd? [more inside]
Alright, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up! Great resources on the early history of Hollywood? [more inside]
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.)
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
I need a book gift for a classic movie buff! [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
Please recommend the best plan of action for a man in Hollywood, CA who has some fairly wicked ingrown toenails. [more inside]
What are some good books about the silent film era? [more inside]
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]
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!
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"
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]
What happens to the two dollars I paid for a DVD? [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
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]
I'd like to become a director. I'm a 40 year old female. Is this a realistic ambition? [more inside]
How do I pitch my comedy Twitter feed as a TV show? [more inside]
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]
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]
Help me identify this mid 2000's neo-noir movie [more inside]
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?
Job interview filter: why would someone want to become a talent agent? (Bonus morality question inside!) [more inside]
What are some of the cheesiest on-screen 'hacking' scenes? [more inside]
Late Night Tacos, East Hollywood / Los Angeles. Where? [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]