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.
Looking for Hollywood films released before the year 2000 that use the speed ramping effect. [more inside]
Alright, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up! Great resources on the early history of Hollywood? [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]
I need a book gift for a classic movie buff! [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]
Job interview filter: why would someone want to become a talent agent? (Bonus morality question inside!) [more inside]
Who are the two dancers preceding Cyd Charisse in the title sequence of The Silencers (1966)? (mildly NSFW) [more inside]
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!
Any great reads about Hollywood's effect on men? [more inside]
How come there are no "opening acts" for Hollywood movies? [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]
Does anyone know of a company or publisher (ideally in the UK) that sells versions of modern Hollywood movies that have been dubbed into Arabic? [more inside]
What do you consider to be the best or most important movies of the past 20 years, whether Hollywood or international? I'm rebuilding much of my movie collection in 720p H.264 (approx 5GB each) or 1080p and want to be sure I don't miss anything. [more inside]
If Steve Guttenburg never, ever worked again, how much money would he earn yearly? [more inside]
What "can't miss" movies actually missed? I need help coming up with a list of movies that have been "Hollywood-ized". A promising film with a great story gets transformed into something worse during the film making process. Such as the ending gets changed, an obvious mis-cast of key characters, poor editing, whatever. I would like to keep the list of movies contemporary (within the last 25 years or so) Explanations for each movie listed is encouraged.
Help me find a list of films to give someone a Hollywood education. [more inside]
I'm looking for a list of adult film's that borrow part of their title from big name Hollywood movies. (Answers will probably be NSFW) [more inside]
[filmfilter] What are some of your favorite chase sequences and/or man with a bomb sequences? [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]
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?