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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Hollywood California

What Hollywood does have is the Kodak Theatre has hosted a range of prestigious artists and events including the Academy Awards® Ceremonies, Celine Dion, Prince, Elvis Costello, Barry Manilow, American Ballet Theatre, Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet, AFI Life Achievement Award to Tom Hanks, ESPY Awards, American Idol finals, GREASE starring Frankie Avalon and more, the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre with it’s movie premieres, it’s cement handprints and footprints which immortalize some of entertainment’s brightest stars, the Egyptian Theatre, a 40,000-square-foot- theater complex, located at 6712 (& 6708 which is the address of retail space on the property) Hollywood Boulevard, currently consists of an operational 618-seat theater, a 6,700-square-foot tiled courtyard and a 3,080-square-foot retail building
and the Pantages Theatre, which has become one of the greatest landmarks of Hollywood, signifying both the glorious past and adventuresome future of the world’s entertainment capital.

Hollywood is also home to the Hollywood Bowl, The Greek Theatre which offers top quality entertainment under the stars, the Whisky A Go-Go, the Troubadour, the Hollywood Wax Museum which takes visitors of all ages on a personal stroll down memory lane, recapturing special moments with old friends from movies, television, music, sports and history, the Hollywood Entertainment Museum which features technologically advanced, interactive exhibits, memorabilia, special exhibitions, a six-minute multi-screen video presentation and a studio backlot tour and the El Capitan Theatre, an exclusive first run theatre for Walt Disney Pictures with live stage shows and world premieres.

While Hollywood does not have much in the way of hotels it does have the recently renovated (at a cost of $35,000,000.00) Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, a Hollywood landmark since 1927, which is right across the street from Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Celebrities stay there frequently, especially during premiers and other special functions. There is also the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel by Marriott with it’s 637 rooms and suites, roof-top pool, fitness room, full business center and more.

Some Entertainment Hollywood Legends

Marilyn Monroe

Born Norma Jeane Baker, Marilyn Monroe is probably the most recognizable female Hollywood icon on the planet. She spent a lot of time in orphanages and foster homes until 1937 when she was 11 years old. Originally typecast as a dumb blond, her innate sensuality coupled with a childlike innocence has rendered her one of the sweethearts of Hollywood. Some of her films have included: Dangerous Years, Love Nest, Monkey Business and Gentleman Prefer Blondes.

Elvis Presley

Aside from being a musical giant, Elvis Presley also made a number of films and is one of the most favorite of entertainment Hollywood legends. He is known as “The King of Rock and Roll” or simply, “The King.” The bulk of Presley’s movies were made in the 1960’s, making 31 in all. Some of the more popular movies included: Love Me Tender, Jailhouse Rock, Loving You, GI Blues, and Blue Hawaii.

Cary Grant

Born in 1904 in England, Cary Grant has been nominated for 2 Oscars. He has had another 14 wins and 11 other nominations for his work in such movies as That Touch of Mink, The Grass is Greener, Father Goose, and None but the Lonely Heart. He is also known as Mr. Cary Grant and Archibald Leach.

John Wayne

Also known as Michael Morris and Duke Morris, John Wayne was born in 1907 and is on the American Film Institute’s list of Greatest Male Stars of All Time. He began acting in silent movies in the 1920’s, but his peak as an actor occurred between the 1940’s and 1970’s. His most identifying film genre is the western, however he was a diverse actor who also starred in romantic comedies, dramas, and biographies.

Audrey Hepburn

This famous film actress was born in 1929, and was ranked the third all-time greatest female star by The American Film Institute. She is not only known for as being one of the greatest entertainment Hollywood legends, but was also a highly acclaimed humanitarian. She served as a Goodwill Ambassador for Unicef, and was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She starred in such films as Roman Holiday, War and Peace and Sabrina.

About Acting in Hollywood

Competition – This is probably the biggest difference from any other city you might try acting. The competition in Hollywood is on a level far above any other place. Regardless of who you are or who you might think you are, every role in Hollywood is hotly contested; from one liners to series and movie leads. Not only that, you are often competing with people who you are going to immediately recognize from starring in their own series or movies. There is nothing more intimidating/depressing than seeing you are up against one of your very own acting heroes. In a way, you don’t want to win because you are naturally rooting for them to get the part. The sheer number of actors in Los Angeles also boggles the mind. There are at least 100,000 actors registered with SAG and that doesn’t count the exponentially larger number of actors who are trying to get into the union or are working in theatre and non-union projects. So prepare yourself for a tough haul, but of course there’s a reason for all that competition…all the best and biggest projects are cast here, even if they are not shot here.

Attitude – There’s a certain attitude in Hollywood that you won’t find anywhere else, or at least not to the same degree. Because there is so much competition and desperation, people are not always as friendly as they could be. You may get attitude from the people running auditions, working the desk at agencies, even delivering their pizza. The key is to not let it get you and even more importantly, to not let it change you. You must retain your innocence/kindness/sense of humor and all your other positive traits. Lets face it, no one likes a person with attitude, so you kind of realize all these snooty/bitter/condescending/unhelpful people are probably never going to make much of themselves because they have allowed themselves to be sucked into the abyss. It’s a contagious problem though, so you have be very careful to be yourself and not copy the behavior of others. The best advice on this is to do every job you get to the fullest of your abilities with the positive reinforcement that what you are doing is getting you one step closer to your dreams. Let me break it down as simply as possible. Have good/helpful/positive attitude and you will succeed. Have a shitty/selfish/mean spirit and you will fail. Take your pick.

Transportation – Unlike most other cities on earth, including those with large entertainment industries, you must have a car in Los Angeles. It is hard enough getting around by car, but if you leave it to public transportation, you may as well stay in Wichita (because, by public transport, it will take about as long to get to Hollywood from Kansas as it will from Manhattan Beach!). LA is a strange place because there is no logic to it. There is really no central hub for anything in LA. For auditions, you will have to go to Hollywood, Santa Monica, Culver City, Studio City, Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Beverly Hills, Downtown, Manhattan Beach, El Segundo, West LA, and so-on. The areas I just described cover over 900 square miles and are packed with people so travel takes time. The public transportation system in Los Angeles is primitive compared to other similarly sized cities, with very few underground or proprietary bus lanes so buses/trolleys get caught up in the snarl and take forever. By bus, you would need several hours to allow for even one cross-town audition…SO BUY A CAR.

Self-Esteem – This may not apply to everyone but at times it can be difficult to maintain your self-esteem while you build yourself up from nothing. This town pulses with ‘hotness’ and the instinct is to try to keep up, even when you’re broke and starting out. Everyone in Hollywood/Los Angeles seems to be an actor and it can wear on you when you are asked what you do, but you have no credits to show for it. Many people will tell you to proudly tell others that you are an actor simply because that is what you have decided to do, but this seems naive at best. Would you tell people you are a doctor because you have decided you want to be one…yeah, exactly. Be proud of who you are because you are an entrepreneur and your business is entertainment. Also, have other interests and hobbies to occupy you and also talk about…play sports, work out, paint, run, study languages, do whatever to broaden both what you have to talk about but also because these things will make you a better, more complete person and that will add breadth to any character you play. When you know about something, it gives you confidence and credibility if that subject ever appears in your acting.

Hollywood Film Industry

The history of the Hollywood Film Industry probably started in the hands of D.W. Griffith when the Biograph Company sent him and his crew. They started filming on a vacant lot in downtown Los Angeles in early 1910. Soon the company decided to explore new territories to find that the region was quite friendly and enjoyable for shooting.

Therefore, Griffith filmed the first ever movie shot in Hollywood. The title of the film was “In Old California”. The movie company then stayed there for months to shoot several of their films and returned to New York.

Starting in 1913, this wonderful place came into the limelight when moviemakers started heading to the west. The first feature film made in Hollywood was called ‘The Squaw Man” This resulted in the birth of Hollywood Film Industry.

Nestor Studio, founded in 1911 was the first movie studio in Hollywood. Fifteen other small studios also settled in Hollywood. Gradually, Hollywood came to be so powerfully associated with the film industry that this term began to be used as a synonym for the entire industry.

During the time period of the first World War, Hollywood become the movie capital of the world. Previously mentioned, Nester studio became the Hollywood Digital Laboratory. By the year 1950, music recording studios and offices began moving to Hollywood, though much of the movie industry remained there.

The world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame was constructed in the year 1958 and the first star was placed in 1960. The Walk of Fame was placed as a tribute to the artists working in the entertainment industry. It is embedded with more than 2,000 five pointed stars featuring the names of celebrities, as well as fictional characters.

Self-financing Hollywood Historic Trust maintains this Walk of Fame. The first star to receive this honor was Joanne Woodward. The artist received a star based on career and lifetime achievements in motion pictures, live theatres, radio, television, and music.

The famous Hollywood symbol, originally read Hollywoodland, was constructed in the year 1923 as an advertisement of a new housing development. The sign was left to worsen until in 1949 the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce repaired and removed the last four letters.