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Encyclopedia > Hollywoodland
Hollywoodland
Directed by Allen Coulter
Produced by Glenn Williamson
Written by Paul Bernbaum
Starring Adrien Brody
Diane Lane
Ben Affleck
Bob Hoskins
Molly Parker
Robin Tunney
Distributed by Focus Features (USA)
Miramax Films (non-USA)
Release date(s) September 8, 2006
Language English
IMDb profile

Hollywoodland is a 2006 biopic/docudrama directed by TV alum Allen Coulter (his feature directorial debut) about a down-on-his-luck detective, Louis Simo (Adrien Brody), investigating the suspicious suicide of actor George Reeves (Ben Affleck), the star of television's Superman. Toni Mannix (Diane Lane), the wife of MGM studio executive Eddie Mannix (Bob Hoskins), had been in a long romantic relationship with Reeves, who had ended the affair and had become engaged to a younger woman, an aspiring actress Leonore Lemmon (Robin Tunney). Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (508x755, 92 KB) This image is of a movie poster, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the movie or the studio which produced the movie in question. ... Allen Coulter is the director of a number of successful television programs. ... Adrien Brody (born April 14, 1973) is an American actor. ... Diane Lane (born January 22, 1965) is an Academy Award-nominated American actress. ... Benjamin Géza Affleck (born August 15, 1972) is a Golden Globe Award-nominated American film actor, director, and Academy Award-winning and Golden Globe Award-winning screenwriter. ... Robert William Bob Hoskins Jr. ... Molly Parker (born July 17, 1972, in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada) is a Canadian actress notable for her roles in Canadian and American independent films and for her roles in the HBO television series Deadwood and Six Feet Under. ... Robin Tunney (born on June 19, 1972 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actress of stage, television and film. ... Focus Features is the art house films division of Universal Pictures, and acts as both a producer and distributor for its own films and a distrubutor for foreign films. ... Miramax Films is a film production and distribution brand that was a Big Ten film motion picture distribution and production company headquartered in New York City before being bought out by The Walt Disney Company. ... September 8 is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... A biographical film or biopic is a film about a particular person or group of people, based on events that actually happened. ... It has been suggested that Drama Documentary be merged into this article or section. ... Allen Coulter is the director of a number of successful television programs. ... Adrien Brody (born April 14, 1973) is an American actor. ... George Reeves (January 5,[1] 1914 – June 16, 1959) was an American actor, best known for his role as Superman in the 1950s television program Adventures of Superman and his controversial death at the age of 45. ... Benjamin Géza Affleck (born August 15, 1972) is a Golden Globe Award-nominated American film actor, director, and Academy Award-winning and Golden Globe Award-winning screenwriter. ... The cast of Adventures of Superman from 1953 to 1957. ... Toni Mannix (Born Camille Bernice Froomess, February 19, 1906 - September 2, 1983) was the wife of Eddie Mannix, she was also a minor Hollywood actress, dancer in the early talkies. ... Diane Lane (born January 22, 1965) is an Academy Award-nominated American actress. ... Edgar Joseph Mannix (25 February 1891 - 30 August 1963) was an American film studio executive. ... Robert William Bob Hoskins Jr. ... Leonore Lemmon (May 11th, 1923 - December 30th, 1989 (Her body was found in her New York Apartment January 4th, 1990, and time of death was calculated as most likely five days earlier. ... Robin Tunney (born on June 19, 1972 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actress of stage, television and film. ...


Fahad has a long, successful career from the late 1930s, starting with a small role in Gone with the Wind and ending soon after Adventures of Superman. Despite his fame, he is discontent with being typecast as Superman and cannot find major roles. Reeves is also having drinking problems and has engaged in an affair with Toni Mannix, the wife of MGM VP Eddie Mannix. Gone with the Wind is a 1939 film adapted from Margaret Mitchells 1936 novel of the same name. ...


When Reeves is found dead from a gunshot wound to the head in the early morning hours of June 16, 1959, the police rule it a simple suicide, but Reeves' mother becomes suspicious and hires private detective Louis Simo to find out what has really happened. As Simo learns Reeves' life story and tracks down details of the case, he finds that the evidence is much more ambiguous than most of the police are willing to admit. June 16 is the 167th day of the year (168th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The film presents several possible scenarios for Reeves' death, but it does not introduce any new theories, resolve the murder, or point to any particular theory as being "right."

Contents

Cast and characters

Characters Cast
Louis Simo Adrien Brody
Toni Mannix Diane Lane
George Reeves Ben Affleck
Eddie Mannix Bob Hoskins
Leonore Lemmon Robin Tunney
Laurie Simo Molly Parker
Helen Bessolo Lois Smith
Chester Sinclair Larry Cedar
Howard Strickling Joe Spano
Evan Simo Zach Mills

Adrien Brody (born April 14, 1973) is an American actor. ... Toni Mannix (Born Camille Bernice Froomess, February 19, 1906 - September 2, 1983) was the wife of Eddie Mannix, she was also a minor Hollywood actress, dancer in the early talkies. ... Diane Lane (born January 22, 1965) is an Academy Award-nominated American actress. ... George Reeves (January 5,[1] 1914 – June 16, 1959) was an American actor, best known for his role as Superman in the 1950s television program Adventures of Superman and his controversial death at the age of 45. ... Benjamin Géza Affleck (born August 15, 1972) is a Golden Globe Award-nominated American film actor, director, and Academy Award-winning and Golden Globe Award-winning screenwriter. ... Edgar Joseph Mannix (25 February 1891 - 30 August 1963) was an American film studio executive. ... Robert William Bob Hoskins Jr. ... Robin Tunney (born on June 19, 1972 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actress of stage, television and film. ... Molly Parker (born July 17, 1972, in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada) is a Canadian actress notable for her roles in Canadian and American independent films and for her roles in the HBO television series Deadwood and Six Feet Under. ... Lois Smith (born November 3, 1930) is an American actress whose career in theatre, film, and television has spanned five decades. ... Larry Cedar is an actor and a voice actor. ... Joe Spano (born July 7, 1946) in San Francisco, California is an American actor who is perhaps most well known for his Emmy nominated role as Lt. ... Former quarterback of the Pennsylvania State University Nittany Lions. ...

Box office and critical reception

Hollywoodland received generally positive responses from viewers and critics, garnering a 69% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 6.8 on the Internet Movie Database. Ben Affleck earned the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival for his performance as George Reeves. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor, but lost to Eddie Murphy in Dreamgirls. The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ... The Venice Film Festival (it: Mostra Internazionale dArte Cinematografica) is the oldest Film Festival in the World (began in the 1932) and takes place every year in late August/early September on the Lido di Venezia in the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi, in Venice, Italy. ...


Hoskins and Lane have also been applauded for their performances. Critics at The Wall Street Journal and Vanity Fair called the film 2006's Brokeback Mountain (also from Focus Features) and an Oscar contender, but the film failed to receive any Oscar nominations. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) is an influential international daily newspaper published in New York City, New York with a worldwide average daily circulation of more than 2. ... American actress Demi Moore, on a typical Vanity Fair cover (August, 1991) Vanity Fair is a glossy American glamour magazine monthly that offers a mixture of articles based on sensational exaggerations, jet-set and entertainment-business personalities, politics, and lies. ... // Please note that following the tradition of the English language film industry, these are the top grossing films that were first released in the United States and Canada in 2006; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing... Brokeback Mountain is an Academy Award-winning 2005 film that depicts the relationship between two men in the American West from 1963 to 1983. ... Focus Features is the art house films division of Universal Pictures, and acts as both a producer and distributor for its own films and a distrubutor for foreign films. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ...


The film debuted at #2 at the box office. Shot on a budget of less than $14 million, 'Hollywoodland' grossed $14,426,251 in the United States as of October 26, 2006. A further foreign gross of $1,878,000, plus $9,140,000 in DVD rentals and a spot in the top ten DVD sales for its first three weeks of release (ref. Rentrak Corporation, 3-3-2007) seem destined to push the film into the slight profit. October 26 is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 66 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


Historical inaccuracies

Hollywoodland takes liberties with actual historical events for dramatic purposes. Several events and places are condensed to fit into the film. Some examples follow:

  • During a personal appearance on a children's western show, George Reeves meets a boy with a loaded gun, who almost shoots bullets at him. Reeves talks him into giving up the gun while saying that they would bounce off him but hurt innocent bystanders. Reeves researchers have never been able to find anything to corroborate the story. Some speculate that Reeves may have offered the situation as a "What if--?" possibility, and the story was taken as fact to become urban legend. Certainly, he was hounded by small children who would test "Superman's" invincibility, which is briefly touched upon during his depression over his identification with the character.
  • After Reeves' death, Leonore Lemmon is shown at the reading of his will, stunned when everything he owned in his estate goes to Toni. In reality, she was not included in his last will and testament, so she was not invited to the reading at all. She did, however, make public statements akin to the dialogue in the film.
  • Reeves is shown asking Toni to ask her husband to use his influence to get him a role in From Here to Eternity, and later his agent thanks her, which she returns with, "For what?" He actually won the part on his own, but it is true that he tried to use her husband to get him more film roles, without much success.

An urban legend or urban myth is a kind of modern folklore consisting of stories often thought to be factual by those circulating them. ... From Here to Eternity is a 1953 movie based on a James Jones novel in which characters work through ordinary bouts of intimidation and infidelity on a military base in the days preceding the attack on Pearl Harbor. ...

Warner Bros. rights issues

During its production, Hollywoodland went through many rounds of getting clearance from Warner Bros. Pictures to use different aspects of George Reeves's "Superman" persona to reflect the actual nature of his career. Time Warner is the parent company of both Warner Bros. and DC Comics and as such WB has all final say in the depiction of characters or indicate relating to their properties. Warner Bros. ... Time Warner Inc. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ...


At first using the title, Truth, Justice, and the American Way, Superman's well-known patriotic catch-phrase, Warner Bros. threatened legal action unless the film's title was changed so as not to associate the classic slogan with Reeves' death--especially as they were banking on their own Superman reboot, Superman Returns, for that summer. The film-makers changed the title to Hollywoodland, not as a reflection of the ailing Hollywood Sign, but in reference to the general milieu of "movieland" itself. A catch phrase is a word, phrase or expression that is associated with a particular person or fictional character. ... Superman Returns is a 2006 superhero film based on the fictional DC Comics character Superman. ... This article cites very few or no references or sources. ...

Focus Features is forbidden from showing the Superman 'S' in promotional materials.
Focus Features is forbidden from showing the Superman 'S' in promotional materials.

The film makers wished to use the familiar filmed opening of Adventures of Superman in context within Hollywoodland but Warner Bros. refused to license clips from the show itself. The movie recreated the show's opening and substituted a re-recorded version of the opening theme. Image File history File links Affleck_superman. ... Image File history File links Affleck_superman. ... The cast of Adventures of Superman from 1953 to 1957. ...


Arguably, the largest hurdle for the production was over the usage of the Superman "S" symbol, one of the most iconic of superhero symbols, and a seemingly obvious requirement for the costume Affleck had to wear when portraying Reeves shooting Adventures of Superman. Originally reported that the Superman costume in the film would be missing the "S" because of Warner Bros. ownership, on July 6, 2006, the website Ain't It Cool News broke the news[1] that while Focus Features couldn't use the logo in promotional materials, the costume would sport the iconic letter "S" in the film, which it does. July 6 is the 187th day of the year (188th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 178 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Screenshot of Aint It Cool News. ...


DVD

The DVD was released in Region 1 on February 6, 2007. In addition to the film, it contains commentary by director Allen Coulter, as well as featurettes on the making of the film. Included in these featurettes are interviews with the cast and crew and also original TV Jimmy Olsen actor Jack Larson, film historian Rudy Behlmer, Hollywood columnist James Bacon, and actor and George Reeves biographer Jim Beaver (who served as biographical consultant on the film). A HD-DVD version of the film is also available, but only in the US, since Universal exclusively supports HD-DVD, where as Miramax's parent Disney exclusively supports Blu-Ray - thus, the Blu-Ray edition of this film will not be available in the US. However, it will be released worldwide on standard DVD - the UK saw video release on March 19, 2007. DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... February 6 is the 37th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Allen Coulter is the director of a number of successful television programs. ... Jimmy Olsen (full name James Bartholomew Olsen) is a fictional character who appears in DC Comics’ Superman stories. ... Jack Edward Larson (born February 8, 1928 in Los Angeles) is an American actor, librettist, screenwriter and producer. ... Jim Beaver (born August 12, 1950) (real name James Norman Beaver, Jr. ... March 19 is the 78th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (79th in leap years). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


See also

This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Black Dahlia is an Academy Award-nominated 2006 film directed by Brian De Palma. ...

References

  1. ^ Ben Affleck will be SUPERMAN, not UPERMAN in HOLLYWOODLAND!!!. Ain't It Cool News (2006-06-06).

Screenshot of Aint It Cool News. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... June 6 is the 157th day of the year (158th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Hollywoodland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (580 words)
Hollywoodland is a biopic directed by Allen Coulter about a detective, Louis Simko (Adrien Brody), investigating the mysterious death of George Reeves (Ben Affleck), television's Superman.
Toni Mannix (Diane Lane), the wife of studio executive Eddie Mannix (Bob Hoskins), had been involved in a romantic relationship with Reeves.
The film's title, Hollywoodland, is a reference to the Hollywood sign as it originally appeared, as the television commercials for the movie show.
HOLLYWOODLAND HISTORY (1483 words)
From the moment of its inception, Hollywoodland defined the lifestyle known as "living in the Hollywood Hills." With a steady stream of publicity, it acquired and retained the adjective "famed." A lot of this is due to the huge metal sign crowning the tract, the neighborhood landmark.
"Hollywoodland, one of the show places of the world" is how they saw their 500 acre subdivision.
Another draw to Hollywoodland, expressed in the developer's phrase "freedom of the hills" applies to residents of Hollywoodland lucky enough to live and work within the canyon.
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