Hollywood Is Calling.
What do b-list celebrities do when they aren't running for governor? They converse with you -- for a fee. Because those What's Happening?
stories never get old, right?
posted by herc
on Aug 14, 2003 -
Review on SF Site
Here’s a question: what if the Wachowski brothers’ 1999 film The Matrix was not just an entertaining piece of sf-action-adventure hokum
. What if, instead, it is all true? Imagine it as a message sent via the medium of the Matrix itself (Hollywood cinema) from someplace outside the Matrix, to wake us up to our human condition, to alert us all to the fact ‘that we are slaves’. If so, then we are not living the lives we thought we were living; we are instead inhabiting a virtual reality composed by oppressive machine-intelligences. What if this were literally true? How would it appear to us? Well, clearly, it would appear exactly as our lives presently appear to us. Unless we get ‘unplugged’, unless we become enlightened, we cannot see past the illusion that has been created for us.
What should we do in this circumstance? Should we collaborate with the machines and not rock the boat? Or should we fight, free ourselves and eventually free everybody else? Clearly, says The Matrix Warrior
, this latter. This is a book that proceeds from the assumption that the situation described in The Matrix is real, and tells you where to go from there.
posted by metameme
on Apr 20, 2003 -
is an online RPG that's "a simulation of what it is like to be a power player in the movie industry today." Take on the role of studio head, agent, producer, critic, or journalist and make virtual movies
every bit as crappy as the ones that the real Hollywood churns out!
posted by MrBaliHai
on Apr 6, 2003 -
Celebrity Nudity Database
] I'm not usually one to accredit websites to the whim of the Almighty, but in this case, one has to wonder. The site bills itself as "the most comprehensive reference for celebrity nudity on the Internet" with "reviews of over 12,000 nude scenes -- updated daily". This is work-safe; it's not porn
posted by jdroth
on Jan 29, 2003 -
The lost Egyptian city of DeMille
In 1923, Cecil B. DeMille
built an Egyptian city in the dunes of the Guadalupe Desert north of Los Angeles as the set for "The Ten Commandments
," the first true Hollywood epic. Cost over-runs on the filming left too little money for a complete dismantling of the set, so DeMille had it buried instead. In recent years the set has been partially uncovered by Pacific winds, revealing the remains of three-story-tall plaster sphinxes and other artifacts
, and leading to a campaign to excavate
this important piece of film history.
posted by me3dia
on Sep 16, 2002 -
The Dead Zone's Michael Piller
is probably one of the most under-appreciated creative talents in Hollywood. One of the most egalitarian executives, he always lets the fans of his shows have a chance to get behind the scenes. (Acrobat
required for download you'll find at link, and more inside)
posted by WolfDaddy
on Jul 29, 2002 -
Congress is about to consider an entertainment industry proposal that would authorize copyright holders to disable PCs used for illicit file trading
. "The measure would permit copyright holders to perform nearly unchecked electronic hacking if they have a "reasonable basis" to believe that piracy is taking place."
posted by mathowie
on Jul 23, 2002 -
HMOs sign on with William Morris.
"We're not saying it's verboten to attack some part of the health care system. We're saying there is another side to what we do." No word yet on whether the American Association of Health Plans is set to star opposite Tom Cruise in the next summer blockbuster.
But, aside from moving beautiful people from casting to marquee, I believe this is the first time in history that the William Morris Agency has been set up as a Hollywood lobbyist. It's bad enough that more than 100 product placement agencies
continue to bombard movies
with increasing junk
. But, assuming the studios take this representation seriously, is it too much to ask that corporate interests be denied any potential sullying of the cinematic voice? Will CAA follow suit and take on the NRA? Or are today's movies beyond salvation?
posted by ed
on Jul 16, 2002 -
Hollywood loses another giant.
Billy Wilder passes on at 95. Just the quick list of movies at the top of the article gives me pause..Stalag 17, Some Like it Hot, The Seven-Year Itch
. Damn, this is definitely a sad week in the entertainment business.
posted by PeteyStock
on Mar 28, 2002 -
The "Sum Of All Fears"
trailer recently went online, and is already causing some heated discussion
over major changes from the book. In the wake of 9/11, it seems that terrorists in the film have been changed from Muslim to Neo-Nazi (who then go on to detonate a bomb within the United States). Hollywood knee-jerk reaction or a good call given the timing of things? Discuss...
posted by almostcool
on Mar 28, 2002 -
Send Them Packing!
That's right -- the uninformed opinions of well-known Hollywood actors have grated on you for years. They seem to love Cuba more than America. Well, with the click of a mouse, you can buy them a ticket! [more inside]
posted by dhartung
on Mar 20, 2002 -
"Leave no man behind"
is the tagline for the new Scott
battlepic, Blackhawk Down
In October of 1993, US Rangers and Delta Force personnel stationed outside of Mogadishu, Somalia, launched what should've been a 30 minute grab-and-go mission to capture higher-ups under the command of Mohammed Aidid
, a Somali warlord. Before it was all over, many hours later, 19 US servicemen and 1000+ Somalis were dead.
PBS has a decent writeup
on the Bakara Market ambush, but I still feel like I am missing something. Some sources
share the movie's claim that the US was there to support humanitarian relief efforts, that Aidid was preventing the distribution of food. Others
say we were there to protect American oil interests.
So what really happened on that day in October 1993? The movie opens on Friday, I saw it last night, and I am still exhausted. Admittedly, this film is far better than Pearl Harbor
(no contrived love-triangles are used as a framing device here), but for all the simulated shooting and on-screen heroism, it still seems hard to make out the truth through all of the Hollywood dust. So I guess I am wondering, can we prevent Hollywood's versions of history from replacing the truth (or even the truth-as-we-knew-it)? Should we even try? Is it even possible?
posted by grabbingsand
on Jan 16, 2002 -
Want to escape CNN's round-the-clock war coverage? Don't head for the theater.
Faster than Lee Marvin could say "Dirty Dozen," Hollywood is rounding up its good-looking troops, rallying the editing rooms, and launching a war-time celluloid offensive.
Groovy. And just when I'd started getting bored with the real deal...
posted by Bixby23
on Dec 4, 2001 -
AOL Time Warner's Marketing Wizardry
: "With its Hollywood studio, Warner Bros., AOL leveraged its promotional and advertising might across its empire of Internet, cable TV, movie, music and magazine outlets to ensure that kids, parents, teens and everyone else knew that "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was debuting in theaters Nov. 16. In the days leading up to the film's release, tracking studies showed an extraordinary 100% awareness among moviegoers that "Harry Potter" was coming."
posted by owillis
on Dec 2, 2001 -
No Need for Actors.
While this article has certain phrases meant to incite -- "With quality actors who won’t ask for a bigger trailer or a sauna for their iguana, why then would Hollywood ever cut another cheque for the demanding stars that have always filled our screens?" -- Final Fantasy seems to be the next generation in animation of live actors.
posted by bkdelong
on Apr 18, 2001 -
The saddest, scariest part of this story is that he was just getting ready to film Scary Movie II
when he got sick. Scary Movie II
...and the Oscar for "Most Pathetic Former Genius" goes to....
posted by jpoulos
on Apr 13, 2001 -
Is Hollywood right-wing
? Mark Cousins thinks it is, and his arguments are impressively barking.
posted by Mocata
on Apr 9, 2001 -
Where Are The Hollywood Conservative?
Does a liberal cabal of Hollywood executives destroy the careers of conservative performers? Or, is the conservative philosophy (opposed to change, antiquated morals...) just too boring for artists and performers?
posted by Doug
on Sep 12, 2000 -
Hollywood rewrites history...
and (surprise, surprise) the Brits come off worst. It's particularly galling to have the Redcoats in The Patriot
carrying out the kind of atrocities associated with the Nazis, given that recent WWII films have either ignored the roles of non-Americans (Saving Private Ryan
) or simply cast Americans in their place (U-571
and the forthcoming remake of Colditz
posted by holgate
on Jul 3, 2000 -
"Theft in Hollywood"...
I'm strangely fascinated by this insane site. This gentleman believes that innovative ideas like "cloud", "corridor", and "storm" were stolen from his unproduced screenplay, and used in countless movies and commercials. And that's only the surface weirdness. There's much more where that came from, including secret coded messages in fortune cookies from the FBI...
posted by wiremommy
on May 3, 2000 -