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Category Archives: Entertainment

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.

Information of Hollywood Film Genres

As the film industry grew, studios realized that they could target individual segments of the viewing public. These segments could be based on interest, age, current events; well, just about anything. Providing the public with something they previously enjoyed and recognized as having similar characters, storylines, and settings was a recipe for success. The actors themselves play a major role in this way of doing business. An audience knew W.C. Fields would be funny, that Joan Crawford was dramatically excellent, and that Fred Astaire would musically entertain them.

If a studio produced a movie that was loved by the audience that had seen it, you could now be sure there would be additional follow-up films with a similar, or even the same, theme. As these pictures were produced, they automatically created their own little corners of the film world. These corners would become the individual film genres. Comedy, Drama, Action and Adventure, Musicals, Film Noir, Mystery and Suspense, Horror, Science Fiction, Westerns, and more, all grew into the film genres as we know them today.

These genres also produced sub-genres. For example, Comedy could be broken down into screwball comedies, action comedies, buddy comedies, etc. Hollywood was refining the art of storytelling and continually working to improve their formulas for getting your interest and keeping it.

Audiences loved the development of the film genre with everyone having their own favorites. They also began to learn some unwritten rules regarding genres. If watching a horror film and in the film a character is alone in a house while it is dark and raining…don’t go into the basement or the attic, it won’t end up well. In a war picture, never climb to the top of a tree for a better view…you will be shot. Do you hear strange noises coming from the next room while a murderer is at large in your area…don’t walk blindly into the dark room, put the lights on. And never, ever check into the Bates Motel.

Regarding Living In Hollywood

The Hollywood Sign is Cool

The Hollywood sign is undoubtedly one of the most important staples in LA, and why shouldn’t it be. It’s a glorified billboard and you can’t view it through the smog half the time. The Hollywood sign is actually amazing up until the very first time your car breaks down and the second time you break up with your actress partner. Long story short, the nostalgia of the Hollywood sign wears off when the reality of exactly what lies beneath, not the dreams it embodies, hits you square in the face.

What Type of Automobile You Drive is Vital

If by “vital” you really mean overblown, then absolutely. A vehicle in Los Angeles is not truly an automobile, it is an ensemble. You are going to spend so much time sitting in traffic gazing at other’s automobiles, it is a glorified fashion show regardless of where you are. If you are new to Los Angeles, what kind of automobile you drive is about as essential as rehearsing your Oscar speech or apartment hunting on Ocean Avenue. In case you happen to be all set for life in Hollywood, you’re going to concentrate on more valuable things, like rent, food, as well as LED TV.

Scriptwriter

Breaking into Hollywood screenwriting is not easy. The already well-established, seasoned, Hollywood scriptwriter may fend off others attempts to come aboard. It is essential to get your foot in the door before it is slammed shut. In order to do this, you could follow any one or a combination of several of the options mentioned below:

– Participate in the most prestigious scriptwriting contests held regularly. By doing this you can ensure important people will read your film scripts. If you can make a mark on them and win an award, rest assured that your work will gain due recognition. Future projects may be handed over to you, giving you the much-needed break.

– It is difficult for a writer headed for Hollywood to enter the inner, often closed circle without a personal introduction. A Hollywood scriptwriter begins to build a network of contacts even while his script is in progress. The right connections in the right places are a passport to a spiraling writing career in Hollywood.

– Hire a literary agent who knows important people and the functioning of the Hollywood film industry. He will know which strings to pull and when to help sell your screenplay.

– You could post your script on websites frequented by people in the trade. If your idea clicks with them, there is no telling where you may go!

– Prepare a script that is exemplary and polish it till it glitters. Then submit it for approval to a website, competition, or literary agent. Work as though it was your last chance to be hailed as a brilliant Hollywood screenwriter.

Disney Hollywood Studios

There are altogether six themed areas in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and they include Hollywood Boulevard, Echo Lake, Streets of America, Animation Courtyard, Pixar Place, and Sunset Boulevard. The Hollywood Boulevard is the main entrance and street of the theme park, and it is lined with numerous stores selling an extensive range of Disney merchandise. It is also the place where you can view the theme park’s most spectacular parades, such as the Pixar Block Party Bash. Disney’s Hollywood Studios icon, the Sorcerer’s Hat, and a replica of the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater are located at the end of Hollywood Boulevard.

Echo Lake is a small lagoon that forms one of the ears of Hidden Mickey, a representation of the famous cartoon character Mickey Mouse that has been subtly included in the landscape design of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The main attractions of the Echo Lake include The American Idol Experience, A.T.A.S. Hall of Fame Plaza, Sounds Dangerous!, Star Tours, Jedi Training Academy, and the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular. At the Streets of America, you can explore street sets that resemble New York and San Francisco, as well as enjoy wonderful shows such as Jim Henson’s Muppet Vision 3D and the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show.

The Animation Courtyard provides an opportunity for you to meet your favorite cartoon characters and learn how a cartoon character is created. It also features two fantastic live shows, namely, the Playhouse Disney and the Voyage of the Little Mermaid. If you love Pixar movies, you will surely have a grand time at the Toy Story Midway Mania! in Pixar Place. This attraction offers interactive games that are hosted by various Toy Story characters. The Sunset Boulevard is the place in Disney’s Hollywood studios where you can enjoy thrilling rides. It has two exciting rides called The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, as well as two amphitheaters for live performances.

If you wish to find a place to have a good meal or some refreshments while you are exploring Disney’s Hollywood Studios, it is recommended that you visit the 50s Prime Time Café. The 50s Prime Time Café is located near Echo Lake, and it is a TV-themed restaurant that offers a wide range of classic American food, such as golden fried chicken, pot roast, and traditional meatloaf. All dishes served in the restaurant are prepared with traditional recipes, and they are simply delectable. The restaurant also has special tables called “TV Tables”, which are equipped with television sets that show popular sitcoms of the 1950s. The 50s Prime Time Café is certainly one of the best places for family dining in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Tinsel Town of Cinematic Glamour

Museums and Theatres in Hollywood
The Entertainment Museum shows how TV shows and movies are made and you can sit in Captain Kirk´s chair or actually walk through the set of Cheers and sit on Norm´s seat. Nearby, on Hollywood Boulevard, is the Grauman´s Chinese Theatre. It opened in 1927 and in 1968 it got the historic-cultural landmark status. To build the Theatre, Grauman needed permission from the government to import the stone Heaven Dogs, the original temple bells and the pagodas from China.

The Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Paris has Père Lachaise, Los Angeles has the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. It’s known as the resting place of Hollywood’s immortals and became a place where pilgrims visit the tombstones of their idols. It’s not an ordinary graveyard with the palm trees, the glamorous mausoleums and even video screens which show life stories. In summer you can occasionally have a picnic dinner at the graveyard and watch a movie at the same time.

Hollywood’s Outdoors
In LA nobody seems to walk, but the mountains around LA are great for hiking. From the trails along the Santa Monica Mountain you can overlook the Pacific Ocean and the forested Angeles Crest. Or watch some celebrities walking their dogs off-leashed just uphill into Hollywood’s Runyon Canyon.

Daytrips form Hollywood
In Venice Beach you’ll find outdoor cafés, street performers and lots of excitement and entertainment. You can rent a bike to ride the cycle path to Redondo Beach, go to Santa Monica’s pier and take a break at Zuma Beach along the Pacific Coast Highway. You can scuba dive at Catalina Island in Anaheim or explore the wild nature of the island by fishing, hiking, camping and kayaking.

Disneyland
Another cultural stop is LA is the LA County Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Don’t miss the Getty Center if you love great art, beautiful gardens, amazing architecture and stunning views. If you really want to do the whole of Los Angeles you complete your trip with a visit to Disneyland.

Screenwriters

The ever-escalating demand made by the public dictates the specific demand of Hollywood screenwriters. The drive to stay afloat prods them on to explore fresh ideas and go out of their way to write extraordinarily-brilliant scripts. These scripts are used for the many movies, TV serials, video games, or commercials that are being churned out on a daily basis. To gain a competitive advantage, Hollywood writers have to be highly disciplined and write daily.

The rat-race of life is riddled with a lot of tensions for Hollywood screenwriters. Most of the raw talents here are required to prove themselves repeatedly. The one aspect that distinguishes great writers from those of mediocre caliber is the writing techniques they have learned either during their formal training period or through years of training and writing for Hollywood producers. Screenwriters in Tinsel Town are a fortunate lot because they work shoulder-to-shoulder with a number of illustrious personalities of the film industry. Working in such a collaborative environment, Hollywood screenwriters continue to learn while they earn. All vie with one another to give a new dimension to the silver screen.

Looking down the annals of film production, we can trace the origin of movies to the script that monitored the process of its making. Although screenwriting has come to be acknowledged as an indispensable part of films, TVs, or commercials, screenwriters are often given less deference than they deserve. Once a movie is a hit, most the limelight and accolade is hogged by the actors, directors or the producers. Screenwriters toil over several months and even years to provide the foundation for movie producers and actors.

In a nutshell, screenwriters in Hollywood lead an inglorious life, replete with trepidations. Yet, the glitter of cinema life is enough to lure writers to make a bee-line for Hollywood. The number of such aspirants is growing by the day. As such, it is highly recommended that you work with an experienced screenwriter to develop your movie script.