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Hollywood’s streets are neither paved with gold nor safe. Crime is rife. Work is hard to come by. Drugs Inc s3e7: Hollywood High, National Geographic 2012
Cocaine, Heroin and Methamphetamine come up from the border to this part of LA. Here it is kept in stash-houses. ibid.
The Mexican cartels exert a powerful grip on the drugs scene in Hollywood and LA as a whole. But they have competition. ibid.
The party-set prefer their heroin smoked. ibid.
LA County has 1,000 [marijuana] dispensaries. ibid.
Total annual homeless in LA County is 200,000. ibid.
Crystal Meth: it’s one of the most addictive substances on the planet. It does more damage to the body than heroin or crack. It’s cheap, it’s easy to make, and it’s everywhere. ibid.
It was Wernher von Braun who first realised the race to the moon must be entertaining. A show. After several meetings with Walt Disney an idea took shape. Only Hollywood, the dream factory itself, could transform a dull rocket launch that no-one took any notice of into a mega-production. And Stanley Kubrick was about to convince the last doubters. The famous director, working closely with NASA, had started to shoot 2001: A Space Odyssey. Dark Side of the Moon, 2002
I don’t know if high society is different in other cities, but in Hollywood, important people can’t stand to be invited someplace that isn’t full of other important people. They don’t mind a few unfamous people being present because they make good listeners. Marilyn Monroe
Hollywood’s a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss, and fifty cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer often enough and held out for the fifty cents. Marilyn Monroe
You got a Hollywood fetish or something going on, pal? Ray Donovan s1e6: Housewarming starring Liev Schreiber & Paul Malcomson & Jon Voight & Eddie Marson & Dash Mihok & Steven Bauer et al, Donovan to detective, Showtime 2013
They’ll always be an England, even if it’s in Hollywood. Bob Hope
You can’t find true affection in Hollywood because everyone does the fake affection so well. Carrie Fisher
Washington and Hollywood spring from the same DNA. Jack Valenti, Motion Picture Association of America
In Hollywood brides keep the bouquets and throw away the groom. Groucho Marx
I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic. Andy Warhol
A trip through a sewer in a glass-bottomed boat. Wilson Mizner
Hollywood is like life – you face it with the sum total of your equipment. Joan Crawford
In Hollywood, an equitable divorce settlement means each party getting 50% of the divorce settlement. Lauren Bacall
Hollywood money isn’t money. It’s congealed snow, melts in your hand, and there you are. Dorothy Parker
The Deer Hunter was regarded virtually as documentary by ecstatic critics. ‘The film that could purge a nation’s guilt!’ said the Daily Mail. President Jimmy Carter was reportedly moved by its ‘genuine American message’. Catharsis was at hand. The Vietnam movies became a revisionist popular history of the great crime in Indo-China. That more than four million people had died terribly and unnecessarily and their homeland poisoned to a wasteland was not the concern of these films. Rather, Vietnam was an ‘American tragedy’, in which the invader was to be pitied in a blend of false bravado-and-angst: sometimes crude (the Rambo films) and sometimes subtle (Oliver Stone’s Platoon). What mattered was the strength of the purgative.
None of this, of course, was new; it was how Hollywood created the myth of the Wild West, which was harmless enough unless you happened to be a native-American; and how the Second World War has been relentlessly glorified, which may be harmless enough unless you happen to be one of countless innocent human beings, from Serbia to Iraq, whose deaths or dispossession are justified by moralising references to 1939-45. John Pilger, Hollywood’s New Censors, article New Statesman; viz also website
Xan Meo went to Hollywood. And, moments later, with urgent speed, and accompanied by choric howls of electrified distress, Xan Meo went to hospital. Male violence did it. Martin Amis, Yellow Dog p1
In Hollywood if you don’t have a shrink, people think you’re crazy. Johnny Carson
I’m in control of my life, not anyone in Hollywood. Heath Ledger
Hollywood is like Picasso’s bathroom. Candice Bergen
Hollywood is run by Jews. It is owned by Jews, and they should have a greater sensitivity. They should have greater sensitivity about the issue of people who are suffering because they’ve [been] exploited. We have seen the nigger, we’ve seen the greaseball, we have seen the chink, the slit-eyed dangerous Jap. We have seen the wily Filipino. We’ve seen everything, but we never saw the kike, because they know perfectly well that is where you draw the wagons around. Marlon Brando, interview Larry King Live April 1996
Most of the successful people in Hollywood are failures as human beings. Marlon Brando
But along with the glitz and the glamour many claim Tinsel Town has a far darker side, one of dirty tricks, cover-ups and even murder. Conspiracy: Hollywood Files
Bruce Lee ... According to one conspiracy theory ... he was killed by the Chinese Mafia, the Triads ... Brandon Lee was shot ... ibid.
Plagiarism is always the biggest thing in Hollywood. Clint Eastwood
If my books had been any worse, I should not have been invited to Hollywood, and if they had been any better, I should not have come. Raymond Chandler
The mountain cat only arrived in the Hollywood hills in 2012. The Story of Cats III, KPBS 2016
What we know: 2 suspects dead, 1 suspect arrested, 6 officers injured, witnesses interviewed, no hostages taken. Situation Critical: North Hollywood Shootout, Youtube, news
9 a.m. Bank of America is open for business … 9.17 a.m. Two masked men entering the bank – it is a rare but fortuitous moment – they call for backup. ibid.
Both gunmen continue to spray the perimeter of the bank with deadly fire. ibid.
9.28 a.m. The first Swat team get ready for battle. ibid.
Jessica Lynch: her story received massive publicity … The Washington Post and the BBC reported that Lynch’s rescue was an army stunt … The army and the movie’s producers spent a long time discussing the controversies surrounding Lynch’s story. Hollywood and the Pentagon: A Dangerous Liaison, Youtube
Most American war movies made since World War II have had direct help from the American army. ibid.
Hollywood runs on secrecy. Behind the flashing lights and red carpet glamour lies a hidden world where some of your favourite stars do unspeakable things to achieve and maintain status among the rich and famous. And those who dare speak out often find their lives in danger. A world of elite sex cults, celebrity sacrifices and the blood oaths that ensure anyone who dares speak out ends up dead. Hollywood Conspiracy Files: Dark Secrets of Hollywood Revealed, 2017
Well kept puppets of the elite establishment barking like a dog upon demand to distract the general public. ibid.
Why actor Randy Quaid and wife Evi fled the Hollywood ‘star whackers’ to Canada. ibid. Telegraph online article