reviews the latest screenplays from Hollywood, usually with links to the screenplays themselves.
posted by alby
on Jul 7, 2009 -
The bumping off of a famous person is the
sort of oyster that any detective delights to open, so you can just bet the
family jewels that I was pretty much elated when my Chief, the late Thomas
Lee Woolwine, District Attorney of Los Angeles County, called me into his
private office on the morning of February 3rd, 1922, and assigned me to
represent his office in the investigation of this greatest of all murder
-- Excerpted from an article archived at Taylorology
, a site exploring the life and death of William Desmond Taylor, a silent movie actor and director whose unsolved murder was among the earliest Hollywood true crime scandals. Researcher Bruce Long
first published his accumulated information about the case as a small fanzine which evolved into a monthly electronic newsletter and is now a vast archive of articles and interviews, official documents, photos, and more. Although the Taylor case is the main focus, there's also a wealth of supplemental information about the silent film industry and its stars. [more inside]
posted by amyms
on Feb 22, 2009 -
"The biggest problem with the metal bikini, was that it wasn’t metal. ——Not that metal would’ve been an improvement over what it was actually made of, which was kind of a hard plastic. Whatever it was, it didn’t adhere to one’s skin. MY skin. My young, soon to be popular, unlucky skin. SO, when I was relaxing leisurely against Jabba the Hutt’s gigantic, albiet grotesque stomach, my hard, plastic bikini bottom……….well, it had the tendency to make my now not so private privates quite public. Especially for the actor standing behind Jabba playing Bobba Fett—–I believe his name was Jeremy—–from where Bobba/Jeremy stood, so straight and tall and severe behind his mask——to put it simply and weirdly, Jeremy could see beyond my yawning, plastic bikini bottoms all the way to Florida."
- Carrie Fisher
goes from writing the occasional book
to daily blogging
, from substance abuse to abusing punctuation
posted by crossoverman
on Feb 3, 2009 -
Hollywood Midget Movie Stars.
They started as popular vaudevillians
. (From a review
: "The chief feature, however, was the ten scenes in which the Singer Midgets appeared. The Midget strong man, the Midget conjurer, the Midget "Cleopatra" with the winning ways--these and many more were there.") They stormed the New York stage
. They were members of The Lollipop Guild
(YouTube link), as well as playing other Munchkins
. They were suspected of being German sympathizers
. But they may be best remembered for starring in the world's first all-midget musical western
. Now available for your viewing pleasure from YouTube: Part 1
posted by Astro Zombie
on Jan 21, 2008 -
Prior to his critically acclaimed program The Wire, creator Edward Burns wrote the HBO miniseries The Corner
, which also focused on the drug trade in Baltimore. Charles S. Dutton
, an African-American Baltimore native and former convict probably best known to most as TV's "Roc," was chosen to direct the miniseries. Who Gets To Tell a Black Story?
, part of a Pulitzer-prize winning NYT series
on race in America, examines Dutton's take on how to make a TV program which portrays a mostly African-American cast of characters, the struggles and differing perspectives of Dutton and Burns, and how race is portrayed in Hollywood. [more inside]
posted by whir
on Dec 17, 2007 -
Yes, that is indeed Mick Jagger playing a Chinese emperor.
And those are, in fact, Edward James Olmos, Bud Cort, and Barbara Hershey heading up the supporting cast of "The Nightingale,"
a particularly odd episode of Shelley Duvall's ludicrously star-studded Faerie Tale Theatre.
Throughout its early '80s run, the show used dozens of prominent actors to perform the fairy tale standards, including Klaus Kinski and Susan Sarandon in a virtual remake of the Cocteau "Beauty and the Beast;"
Paul Reubens, James Coburn, Carl Reiner, and Vincent Schiavelli in "Pinnochio;"
Helen Mirren and Brian Dennehy in "The Little Mermaid;"
and James Earl Jones and Leonard Nimoy in a Tim Burton-directed "Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp." The list
goes on and on.
posted by Iridic
on Sep 5, 2007 -