Hollywood skyway

Warner Bros. has pulled out of its initial plan to construct an aerial tram to the iconic Hollywood sign.

In 2018, plans were announced for the studio to spend $100 million to build the “Hollywood Skyway,” which would have allowed visitors to take a six-minute ride from WB’s visitor parking lot in Burbank up to the top of Mount Lee where the Hollywood sign has stood since 1923. Now the studio has backed out, citing safety concerns and a desire to instead focus on its “core business interests.”
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hollywood self-censorship

A new report from the nonprofit PEN America slammed Hollywood studios and A-list directors for increasingly self-censoring its films “based on an effort to avoid antagonizing Chinese officials.” The report digs into the troubling signs that Hollywood self-censorship is become increasingly “normalized,” as the industry tiptoes around any subjects — like the erasure of Tibetan characters in Marvel movie Doctor Strange, or removal of scenes that paint China in a bad light in World War Z — that could potentially put them in trouble with China’s government and thus lose out on the highly lucrative Chinese box office.

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Ghostbusters VFX

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch a vintage featurette on the making of the ghosts, monsters, and visual effects of the original Ghostbusters. Plus, learn how the famous “Oh Yeah” song from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off came into existence, and listen to a roundtable discussion hopefully Emmy contenders in TV directing, including Jonathan Nolan (Westworld), Deborah Chow (The Mandalorian), Alex Garland (Devs), and more. Read More »

hollywood after the pandemic

The resounding wish throughout the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is for things to return to normal. But as the pandemic wears on, it’s becoming increasingly clear that nothing — the state of the economy, the medical industry, the way that people conduct their daily lives — will be able to return to that state of “normalcy” that we crave. The world will inevitably be different once we emerge from the pandemic. But how different?

For Hollywood, the industry will be “permanently changed,” according to a new report from MoffettNathanson. The report, ominously titled “Say Goodbye to Hollywood” predicts that the pandemic has accelerated a shift that was already taking place in the movie industry: the rise of streaming services and the downfall of the studio system as we know it.

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hollywood trailer

Revisionist stories seem to be all the rage lately, especially revisionist stories about the Golden Age of Hollywood. After Quentin Tarantino took a revisionist brush to the dying gasp of the Golden Age in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Ryan Murphy is tackling postwar Tinseltown with his latest Netflix limited series. Hollywood, co-created with frequent collaborator Ian Brennan, follows a group of actors and filmmakers as they mingle with both real and fictional movie stars in post-World War II Hollywood, and attempt to “change the world.” Watch the Hollywood trailer below.

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hollywood first look

Ryan Murphy loves some glitz and glamor in his TV series — he’s played with the dark side of both in his acclaimed series Feud and American Crime Story. Now the screenwriter and director is tackling Tinseltown at its most glamorous with a new Netflix limited series Hollywood. The Netflix miniseries, co-created with frequent collaborator Ian Brennan, is a revisionist homage to the Golden Age of Hollywood, following a group of actors as they mingle with both real and fictional movie stars in post-World War II Hollywood. See the Hollywood first look images below.

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Hollywood Netflix

The always-busy Ryan Murphy has a new Netflix series debuting this May. It’s called Hollywood, and it’s set in post-World War II Tinseltown, following a group of aspiring film folk looking for their big break. The series features Darren Criss, Samara Weaving, Patti LuPone, and more. It also includes real-life figures from the era, including Rock Hudson.

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Hollywood sign

With the rise of Instagram, the area around Los Angeles’s iconic Hollywood sign has become inundated with tourists looking to capture the perfect selfie. The increased traffic to the residential areas below the sign have caused a huge headache for people who live there, and now Warner Bros. is swooping in with a suggestion for how to lighten the load: they’re offering to build a sky tram from their Burbank-based studio lot that travels over a mile up and leads to a visitor’s center near the sign.
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The It Experience

An empty parking lot once sat at the corner of Hollywood and Vine, but a two-story haunted house now towers above tourists as they traverse that intersection. This is The It Experience: Neibolt House Hollywood, an elaborate recreation of the house that will appear in the upcoming movie adaptation of Stephen King’s It, and we have video from inside.

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Hollywood History

There are plenty of people out there who consider themselves movies buffs just because they watch tons of movies. However, to be a true cinephile, you must have an inherent desire to learn about the history of film, from its early beginnings in silent cinema through the creation of today’s contemporary studio system.

If you’re just now looking to learn more about the relatively short history of Tinseltown, then a new video runs through some of the finer points of the rise and fall of Hollywood, covering each era in a brief but informative way. It’s extremely basic, but it’s the perfect crash course for someone who is just starting to explore film history. Read More »