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06.21.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Why Hate Hollywood? For starters, the town is run nowadays by people who don�t know much about movies and don�t especially like them. The town? Hollywood isn�t so much a place anymore, though a lot of its infrastructure remains in Los Angeles, but a state of mind favoring sequels over substance, the repetition of poor ideas over the innovation of good ones. Anyone remember Mr Ed: The Movie? S...
Monday, June 9, 2008

Classic Hollywood’s star system

Jeanine Basinger brings a fresh new level of dedication to classic film in her fascinating survey of the much-maligned studio system, The Star Machine (Knopf), a 550-page book that is difficult to set aside. Her provocative approach balances an encompassing analysis of the “dream factories” that catapulted so many stars into that celluloid stratosphere of the 1930s-’50s with biographical surveys of individual stars “under the influence” of a system unparalleled in the ingenuity of marketing. Basinger doesn’t delve into such famous names as Davis, Gable, Crawford and Cagney, concentrating instead on the less . . .
03.16.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Admin
When you see 1,000 bands in four days, it becomes very obvious that some bands are simply just more entertaining than others.The Ringers, based out of Los Angeles, California, could be described as way more entertaining than most bands. The Ringers are indeed one of those Hollywood bands that have a front man who is also an actor Joe Hursley, whos resume includes many medioc...
03.07.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Jonathan Jackson
This week's MUST SEE CINEMA film comes to us on DVD, since the new offerings in cinema bring us very little to salivate over. I have yet to see the critically lauded, yet little seen, second film from Andrew Dominik, whose debut film was the Australian, Eric Bana career launcher Chopper. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford stars the titular, respectively,  Brad Pitt and Cas...
02.28.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Jonathan Jackson
Rest easy fellow Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Ultimatum lovers, according Variety star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass have agreed to return for a fourth installment of the Bourne franchise, the greatest action film series of all time. This week's Variety reported in article entitled THE RE-BORN IDENTITY, "Shmuger and Linde landed Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon for a fourth Bourne movie, ev...
01.18.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association was a ring of wannabes who decided to crash Hollywood society by throwing a party no one could refuse to attend. Only this year no one attended. The Golden Globes Awards show was shut down by the Writers Guild strike. The unlikely working class heroes of Hollywood, the stars and directors, were sheepish about crossing a picket line in front of a thousand c...
11.24.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Adorable Rodent Ratatouille on DVD November 24, 2007 | 09:48 AM What's the greatest challenge for a Hollywood marketing department? Probably selling a film whose protagonist is a loveable French rat. The Pixar animation group's summer of 2007 release, Ratatouille (just released on DVD), was an underachiever at the box office—at least by the gluttonous standards of contemporary Hollywood. It ...
12.01.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Inspector Foyle The War at Home December 01, 2007 | 08:07 AM War can be a proving ground for character, a theater where bravery and cowardice play out and values are tested in the heat of conflict. Inevitably, war is hell. In one of the greatest British TV series to be aired recently in the U.S., "Foyle's War," the global conflagration of World War II also provides new opportunities for crime on ...
12.03.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Strike Out? Writers Guild on the Line December 03, 2007 | 04:07 PM On Nov. 5 a picket line went up in Hollywood for the first time in years, pitting the writers of crummy multiplex movies against their greedy studio bosses. The issue concerns how big a slice of revenue from Internet downloading each side will keep. It's not exactly the coal miners of Appalachia versus big mining or Cesar Chavez...
12.12.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
The Ultimate Bourne A Killer Comes Home December 12, 2007 | 09:50 AM Sequels usually run from bad to worse, but it's been said that the Jason Bourne series only gets better with each installment. To my mind, the second film, The Bourne Supremacy, was a leap over the first; the third, The Bourne Ultimatum, out now on DVD, was a small step backward with a few too many Hollywood moments as our amn...

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