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Hollywood by Hearse
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 2 August 2010
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Hollywood Forever Cemetary reminds me of Los Angeles in the late 1990s, when I met Creepy Hearse Guy in a film studies class and fell in love.

In Defense of Sequels, Remakes, Reboots and “Re-imaginings”
Posted in One Million Watts on 6 July 2010
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The multiplexes are almost entirely filled with movies based on previous movies and television shows. The horrible “A-Team” remake notwithstanding, that may not be an entirely bad thing.

Your Favorite Movies, Ruined by Some Jerk on a Cell Phone
Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 28 May 2010
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Deckard easily tracks down all four Replicants in the film’s first half-hour by watching their Foursquare updates on his Nexus One. “Roy B. just checked into Chew’s Eye Works.”

Showbiz Stories from Artie Glimmer
Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 21 May 2010
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When I moved into my new house, imagine my surprise in finding out that my new neighbor was once a Hollywood agent. Here are a few of the stories he has shared with me so far.

50 Celebrities We Bet Have Google Alerts Set Up For Their Own Name
Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 23 April 2010
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I’m sure tons of celebrities have a Google Alert set up to look for their own name, but not all of them have time to follow up on all the blog mentions. Still, Mr. Wheaton, can you let us know if you dropped by?

An Open Letter to Nathaniel Kahn and M. Night Shyamalan
Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 2 April 2010
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Dear M. Night and Nathaniel: I am writing to let you know I am banning myself from watching any more of your movies. You two colluded to emotionally blackmail me.

Ten Luminous Liars: My Favorite Cinematic Crooks and Con Artists
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 31 March 2010
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Confidence men and thieves are abundant in the real world, and nearly of them are despicable human beings. In movies, however, these crooks display an ability I often wish I had: to save their own skins through storytelling.

You Asked For It: Hollywood Edition
Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 26 March 2010
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Theater owners from all over the world gathered at the ShoWest Convention in Las Vegas to see what surefire money-making product the major Hollywood studios has in store. Here’s what they were promised.

Visiting the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 24 March 2010
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The grounds of Disney’s Burbank studios is an odd place; it seems to have more in common with a small college than a big Hollywood studio. And the commissary serves one wicked bowl of chili.

In the Great Hall of the Justice League
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 18 March 2010
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No one involved in the making of Cartoon Network’s “Justice League” series behaved as if they were working on a kid’s show. These were superheroes with issues. Lots of issues.