Hollywood http://nhpr.org en Pirate Joe's, Hollywood Animal Fails, And Abolishing Tips http://nhpr.org/post/pirate-joes-hollywood-animal-fails-and-abolishing-tips <p>A montage of new ideas, picked fresh from the Word of Mouth vault:</p><ul><li><a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/life/culturebox/2013/08/tipless_restaurants_the_linkery_s_owner_explains_why_abolishing_tipping.html" target="_blank">Abolishing tips</a>:&nbsp; usually, the debate around gratuity revolves around whether to leave 15 or 20 %.... Head of the Sustainable Restaurant Project at the University of Guelph , <strong>Bruce McAdams,&nbsp; </strong>is in favor of getting rid of tips altogether.</li><li>Balloon Brigade: the career aptitude test video game.&nbsp; <a href="http://knack.it/" target="_blank">A new startup</a> designs mobile games that could help match fresh grads with job opportunities.&nbsp;</li><li>The science behind the buzz: journalist and science writer <strong>Joseph Stromberg</strong> explains <a href="http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science/2013/08/this-is-how-your-brain-becomes-addicted-to-caffeine/" target="_blank">caffeine addiction</a>.</li></ul><p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 15:07:14 +0000 Virginia Prescott 39390 at http://nhpr.org Pirate Joe's, Hollywood Animal Fails, And Abolishing Tips A Biologist's Plea To Hollywood: Make 'Real' Animals The Stars http://nhpr.org/post/biologists-plea-hollywood-make-real-animals-stars <p><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1860353/" target="_blank"><em>Turbo</em></a> is a big budget, animated, kid’s comedy about a snail’s dream to win the Indy 500, though the movie didn’t do as well as studios had hoped, one ecologist thinks it failed on a different level – accuracy. Fictional talking snail aside, <strong>Marlene Zuk</strong> argues that <em>Turbo</em> was another example in a long line of movies that misrepresent the biology of the animal kingdom. <strong>Marlene Zuk </strong>is an evolutionary biologist and behavioral ecologist and currently teaches at the University of Minnesota. Her recent opinion piece in the L.A. Times: “<a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2013/aug/10/opinion/la-oe-zuk-animals-in-movies-20130811" target="_blank">Animals to Hollywood: Get it Right</a>” discusses the egregious errors filmmakers make when it comes to animals.</p><p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 14:30:59 +0000 Virginia Prescott 33821 at http://nhpr.org A Biologist's Plea To Hollywood: Make 'Real' Animals The Stars Making Movies With The Pentagon http://nhpr.org/post/making-movies-pentagon <p>The Pentagon has often played a role in shaping blockbuster films…at least those featuring tanks, ships, and other military gear. We wondered about the relationship between Hollywood and the D.O.D.…what do filmmakers have to do to get access to all that firepower?</p><p>To find out, producer Taylor Quimby called <strong>Sean McElwee. </strong>He’s a freelance writer who blogged about what studios that collaborate with the military have to give up – in terms of creative – and even ideological – control of their movies.</p><p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 15:09:19 +0000 Taylor Quimby 28776 at http://nhpr.org Making Movies With The Pentagon The Hard Science Behind A Hit Screenplay http://nhpr.org/post/hard-science-behind-hit-screenplay <p>Nate Silver opened the public’s eyes to the power of predictive statistics… now, having already conquered politics, marketing, and social media, data-crunchers are taking on their next big challenge: Hollywood. <strong>Brooks Barnes</strong> is a media reporter for the New York Times – he recently <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/06/business/media/solving-equation-of-a-hit-film-script-with-data.html?pagewanted=1&amp;_r=0&amp;adxnnl=1&amp;adxnnlx=1367935387-HyvBlxfnfLhNF96MmgDKOg" target="_blank">wrote about</a> Vinny Bruzzese, a statistician and former professor who’s using big data to slice and dice Hollywood screenplays</p><p> Tue, 07 May 2013 14:33:15 +0000 Virginia Prescott 27004 at http://nhpr.org The Hard Science Behind A Hit Screenplay There's A Razzie For That: Awarding The Worst Of American Cinema http://nhpr.org/post/theres-razzie-awarding-worst-american-cinema <P>On Sunday, tens of millions of people worldwide will watch the dazzling gowns, jewels, and strained smiles on display at the eighty-fifth annual Academy Awards.&nbsp; On Saturday, a much, much, much smaller audience will watch the Razzies!&nbsp; For the 33<SUP>rd</SUP> year, film buffs and industry professionals gather to <A href="http://www.razzies.com/history/33rdNoms.asp" target=_blank>recognize the biggest flops, lamest performances, and most tired screenplays </A>of the year.&nbsp; It’s a dubious honor, but still, some, uh, winners do show up at the Razzies to accept their dis-honor...like Halle Berry for her worst-actress worthy performance in&nbsp;2004's Catwoman (*note: the video contains some expletives).</P> <P><IFRAME height=315 src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/U-7s_yeQuDg" frameBorder=0 width=420 allowfullscreen=""></IFRAME></P> <P><STRONG> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 17:05:53 +0000 Virginia Prescott 22377 at http://nhpr.org There's A Razzie For That: Awarding The Worst Of American Cinema The Curse Of The Golden Oscar http://nhpr.org/post/curse-golden-oscar <P>Grab your <A href="http://oscars.nytimes.com/2013/ballot/" target=_blank>ballots</A>, Oscar weekend is coming up. This year's category for best actress includes a then-six-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis in "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and eighty-six-year-old "Amour" actress, Emmanuelle Riva. Neither is considered a front-runner, but could that save their careers? It might, if you believe in...THE OSCAR CURSE. <STRONG> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 16:12:44 +0000 Virginia Prescott 22367 at http://nhpr.org The Curse Of The Golden Oscar Hollywood, Hunger Games, and How Small Screens Survive http://nhpr.org/post/hollywood-hunger-games-and-how-small-screens-survive <p>We turn to Garen Daly, our resident film industry expert, for an update on Hollywood happenings.</p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 15:30:26 +0000 Virginia Prescott 2690 at http://nhpr.org Hollywood, Hunger Games, and How Small Screens Survive Grand Theft Advertising http://nhpr.org/post/grand-theft-advertising <p>New glamour and gimmickry in the flashy world of Video game advertising.</p> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 17:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Lynch 373 at http://nhpr.org Grand Theft Advertising Hollywood's 9/11 http://nhpr.org/post/hollywoods-911 <p>Film critic Garen Daly talks about how 9/11 has played out (and hasn't) on film.</p> Sat, 10 Sep 2011 16:00:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott 8003 at http://nhpr.org Hollywood's 9/11