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How to Make a Movie Out of Anything — Even a Mindless Phone Game - The New York Times
Hollywood is aggressively adapting material that doesn’t have a narrative or even any characters. But not all intellectual property is created equal.
nytimes  nytimesmag  ip  intellectualproperty  hollywood  movies  adaptations 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
David Milch Made $100M and Gambled Away His Fortune
David Milch, the storied mind also behind 'Deadwood,' changed television. Now, according to a lawsuit, the racetrack regular has lost his homes, owes the IRS $17 million and is on a $40-a-week allowance. Still, his supporters stay close: "He's brilliant.”
davidmilch  thehollywoodreporter  hollywood  television  gambling 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Through a Glass, Darkly: ‘The Lady From Shanghai’ and the Legend of Orson Welles...
Orson Welles needed $50,000 to pay for costumes, so on opening night, in desperation, he called the president of Columbia Pictures and asked for a loan. Welles was frequently in desperation in 1946, and he frequently tried to talk his way out of it.
orsonwelles  film  filmmaking  hollywood  grantland  brianphillips 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden
The Creation of Beachwood Canyon's Theosophist "Dreamland"
In 1918, LA Times reporter Grace Kingsley went to visit Krotona, the national headquarters of the Theosophical Society. This idealistic community of around 300 or so was nestled in the hills of Beachwood Canyon, above the expanding village of Hollywood.
curbed  curbedla  beachwoodcanyon  theosophism  krotona  hollywood  hollywoodhills  spirituality  religion 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden
The Quaid Conspiracy
They’re spending nights in their car, on the run from the same shadowy cabal—“the Hollywood Star Whackers”—who may have killed Heath Ledger, possibly sabotaged Jeremy Piven, and could now be targeting Lindsay Lohan. No, this is not the plot of Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Randy Quaid’s latest movie. It is what he and his wife, Evi, swear is really happening to them. With the Quaids in Canada, the author probes their nightmare reality, which has alienated friends and family, and turned the couple into outlaws.
randyquaid  vanityfair  hollywood  celebrity  crime 
october 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, and The Rise and Fall of Hollywood’s Happiest Co...
On April 18, 1948, the New York Times ran a short article about Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett under the headline “The Happy Union Of Brackett And Wilder.” Part of a series of Hollywood profiles by Phil Koury, it paints a glowing portrait of one of the most successful filmmaking teams in cinema history. At the time the article was published, they had worked together for nearly 12 years, and their 12th film was about to be released.
thedissolve  film  filmmaking  billywilder  charlesbrackett  hollywood 
august 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Gag Man
If you do any reading about early film comedy, sooner or later you’ll run into Clyde Bruckman. With the exceptions of Charlie Chaplin and the Marx Brothers, he worked with all the great early comedians: Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, W.C. Fields, Laurel & Hardy, the Three Stooges, Abbott & Costello. His name shows up in strange places—from X-Files episodes to the credits of Chris O’Donnell vehicles—but it appears most frequently in other people’s biographies, and usually all that’s there is his name.
film  filmmaking  silentfilm  clydebruckman  hollywood  thedissolve 
august 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Making Up Hollywood
The story of Max Factor, a Polish immigrant who revolutionized Hollywood cosmetics starting in the 1920s, and his “Beauty Calibrator” machine.
makeup  hollywood  movies  history  maxfactor 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Hollywood Fast Life of Stalker Sarah
One afternoon this winter, Sarah M., better known as “Stalker Sarah,” was sitting in the back of an In-N-Out Burger fidgeting with her iPhone and plotting how to get her picture taken with Harry Styles, the rakishly handsome frontman of the English boy band One Direction, or one of his bandmates...
celebrity  nytimes  fans  hollywood  mollyknight  stalker 
may 2013 by brendanmcfadden

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