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8th May '17 7:17:49 AM DeepRed
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WRONG! In Horrible Hollywood, the actors and actresses are brain-dead, spoiled, have a tendency towards fighting the law, like to engage in occasional sexual deviancy, and are [[HookersAndBlow addicted to various illegal substances and/or sex workers]]. Everyone fears [[WhiteDwarfStarlet growing old and losing their fame]], so plastic surgery and desperate attempts to seem young abound. The directors are [[PrimaDonnaDirector egomaniac control freaks]] who wear funny pants and throw [[HairTriggerTemper petty tantrums]] at the slightest provocation. The assistants are overworked, underpaid, and might be [[DeadpanSnarker snarky towards the talent]], but this won't stop them from ruthlessly trying to climb the ladder -- and in this depraved environment, climbing to the top tends to be a [[CastingCouch horizontal sort of activity]]. The fans are insane and you might gain some stalkers. The executives are fond of [[ExecutiveMeddling excessive meddling]] and/or are just plain [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corrupt]], and have people fired on the spot for being insufficiently sycophantic. [[WritersSuck Writers are second-class citizens]] and {{Butt Monkey}}s. Absolutely everyone -- even those not actually ''in'' the entertainment industry -- is a StepfordSmiler [[SuchAPhony Phony]] who may be all smiles and charm and obsequiousness to your face, but only because they secretly hate you and can't wait for you to turn your back so they can stick a knife into it. Everywhere you look, crippling insecurities and neuroses are constantly being masked with bombastic, preening arrogance and ego.

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WRONG! In Horrible Hollywood, the actors and actresses are brain-dead, spoiled, have a tendency towards fighting the law, like to engage in occasional sexual deviancy, and are [[HookersAndBlow addicted to various illegal substances and/or sex workers]]. Everyone fears [[WhiteDwarfStarlet growing old and losing their fame]], so plastic surgery and desperate attempts to seem young abound. The directors are [[PrimaDonnaDirector egomaniac control freaks]] who wear funny pants and throw [[HairTriggerTemper petty tantrums]] at the slightest provocation. The assistants are overworked, underpaid, and might be [[DeadpanSnarker snarky towards the talent]], but this won't stop them from ruthlessly trying to climb the ladder -- and in this depraved environment, climbing to the top tends to be a [[CastingCouch horizontal sort of activity]]. The fans are insane and you might gain some stalkers. The executives are fond of [[ExecutiveMeddling excessive meddling]] meddling]], [[HollywoodAccounting screwing artists out of their royalties]], and/or are just plain [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corrupt]], and have people fired on the spot for being insufficiently sycophantic. [[WritersSuck Writers are second-class citizens]] and {{Butt Monkey}}s. Absolutely everyone -- even those not actually ''in'' the entertainment industry -- is a StepfordSmiler [[SuchAPhony Phony]] who may be all smiles and charm and obsequiousness to your face, but only because they secretly hate you and can't wait for you to turn your back so they can stick a knife into it. Everywhere you look, crippling insecurities and neuroses are constantly being masked with bombastic, preening arrogance and ego.
8th May '17 7:15:26 AM DeepRed
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Essentially, it's the entertainment industry depicted as a {{Crapsack World}} populated solely by horrible {{Jerkass}}es.

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Essentially, it's the entertainment industry depicted as a {{Crapsack World}} or CrapsaccharineWorld populated solely by horrible {{Jerkass}}es.
29th Apr '17 7:23:35 PM DocWildNole
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%%* ''TheBadAndTheBeautiful''

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%%* ''TheBadAndTheBeautiful''* ''Film/TheBadAndTheBeautiful'' is one of the milder examinations of this trope.



%%* ''Film/{{Scream 3}}''.


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* ''Hollywood Boulevard'' is a cheap, sleazy, slightly exaggerated and darkly funny look at the world of cheap, sleazy, 1970's exploitation film.
* ''Film/EdWood'', while buoyed by the performance of Creator/JohnnyDepp and direction of Creator/TimBurton , still deals with this in its sympathetic but unsparing examination of Creator/BelaLugosi at the end of his career.
23rd Feb '17 8:18:22 PM WaxingName
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* The Music/{{Eagles}}[='=] "Hotel California" is said by the band to be about the hedonism and self-destruction of California and America in general, using a HellHotel as a metaphor for such.
12th Feb '17 12:34:08 PM MarkLungo
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* ''Film/AFaceInTheCrowd'' portrays the television industry much this way, at least the part revolving around Lonesome Rhodes, though the industry at the time was based in New York.

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* ''Film/AFaceInTheCrowd'' portrays the television industry much this way, at least the part revolving around Lonesome Rhodes, though the industry at the time was based in New York.UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity.



* Pretty much the entire point of ''Film/MapsToTheStars.'' Delusional, past-their-prime actresses? Spoiled-rotten child stars? Smiling, sanctimonious agents? Having to play nice with a rival actress who just stole the role of a lifetime from underneath you? Check, check, check, and oh HELL yes.

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* Pretty much the entire point of ''Film/MapsToTheStars.'' ''Film/MapsToTheStars''. Delusional, past-their-prime actresses? Spoiled-rotten child stars? Smiling, sanctimonious agents? Having to play nice with a rival actress who just stole the role of a lifetime from underneath you? Check, check, check, and oh HELL yes.


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* ''Film/TheBarefootContessa'' depicts the movie business as full of cynical {{Jerkass}}es, with the occasional KnightInSourArmor around to make them look even worse by comparison. Titular character Maria Vargas has great success but doesn't enjoy it, writing everything off as phony.
28th Jan '17 8:28:23 PM mlsmithca
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* Nathanael West's novel ''Literature/DayOfTheLocust'' is about a Yale graduate who comes to Hollywood to work as a scenery painter as a way of paying the bills while he works on his masterpiece, a painting called ''The Burning of Los Angeles''. The producer for whom he works bluntly describes himself and his co-workers as "grown men making mud pies to sell to the great unwashed," and the world they inhabit is full of sexual depravity, ruthless ambition, and callous disregard for humanity, with major set pieces including the collapse of a soundstage being used for a battle scene while it is still actively under construction, and the audience at a film premiere devolving into a rioting mob.

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* Nathanael West's novel ''Literature/DayOfTheLocust'' ''Literature/TheDayOfTheLocust'' is about a Yale graduate who comes to Hollywood to work as a scenery painter as a way of paying the bills while he works on his masterpiece, a painting called ''The Burning of Los Angeles''. The producer for whom he works bluntly describes himself and his co-workers as "grown men making mud pies to sell to the great unwashed," and the world they inhabit is full of sexual depravity, ruthless ambition, and callous disregard for humanity, with major set pieces including the collapse of a soundstage being used for a battle scene while it is still actively under construction, and the audience at a film premiere devolving into a rioting mob.
28th Jan '17 8:28:05 PM mlsmithca
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%%* Nathanael West's novel ''Literature/DayOfTheLocust''

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%%* * Nathanael West's novel ''Literature/DayOfTheLocust''''Literature/DayOfTheLocust'' is about a Yale graduate who comes to Hollywood to work as a scenery painter as a way of paying the bills while he works on his masterpiece, a painting called ''The Burning of Los Angeles''. The producer for whom he works bluntly describes himself and his co-workers as "grown men making mud pies to sell to the great unwashed," and the world they inhabit is full of sexual depravity, ruthless ambition, and callous disregard for humanity, with major set pieces including the collapse of a soundstage being used for a battle scene while it is still actively under construction, and the audience at a film premiere devolving into a rioting mob.
19th Jan '17 7:53:31 AM DoctorNemesis
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* Being a detective series set in Los Angeles and focussing on the wealthy elite, several episodes of ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' focus on scheming creative and industry types resorting to murder to get what they want (or stop someone else from getting it). All of this serves to contrast the often preening, arrogant egotists who scheme to get away with murder with the humble, friendly and down-to-earth shabby detective who finds [[PullTheThread just one more thing]] they've overlooked in doing so.


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* Being a detective series set in Los Angeles and focussing on the wealthy elite, several episodes of ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' focus on scheming creative and industry types resorting to murder to get what they want (or stop someone else from getting it). All of this serves to contrast the often preening, arrogant egotists who scheme to get away with murder with the humble, friendly and down-to-earth shabby detective who finds [[PullTheThread just one more thing]] they've overlooked in doing so.
19th Jan '17 7:52:43 AM DoctorNemesis
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* Being a detective series set in Los Angeles and focussing on the wealthy elite, several episodes of ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' focus on scheming creative and industry types resorting to murder to get what they want (or stop someone else from getting it). All of this serves to contrast the often preening, arrogant egotists who scheme to get away with murder with the humble, friendly and down-to-earth shabby detective who finds [[PullTheThread just one more thing]] they've overlooked in doing so.
17th Dec '16 2:57:17 PM PaulA
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* ''TheSensationalSheHulk'' #12 revolves around a movie being made about She-Hulk. The producer is meddling to secure his own investment, the director is a prima donna, and most of the actors are talentless hacks. She-Hulk is briefly reassured when she finds a script lying around, reads it, and discovers that it's excellent, but then the director informs her that it's an old draft that was rejected for not having any songs in it.

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* ''TheSensationalSheHulk'' ''ComicBook/TheSensationalSheHulk'' #12 revolves around a movie being made about She-Hulk. The producer is meddling to secure his own investment, the director is a prima donna, and most of the actors are talentless hacks. She-Hulk is briefly reassured when she finds a script lying around, reads it, and discovers that it's excellent, but then the director informs her that it's an old draft that was rejected for not having any songs in it.
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