Director: Sam Mendes
Written by John Logan
Music by Thomas Newman
Belinda Dayler - Julianne Moore
Maurice Hertz - Jake Gyllenhaal
Alisa Ross - Rachel McAdams
James Ross - Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Helen Ross - Mena Suvari
May Forbes - Amy Adams
Louis B Meyer - Kevin Spacey
Audrey Hepburn - Keira Knightley
Natalie Wood - Natalie Portman
Elizabeth Taylor - Rachel Weisz
Jodie - Kate Mara
There’s no business like show business.
Set over four different time scales, ‘Hollywood’ weaves the fictional story of four actors struggling to make it in the film business. In 2006, Alisa Ross is quickly becoming an international star. When her drama school friend, Jodie, is forced to sleep her way to the top, Alisa soon realizes how corrupt the industry is for those unlucky ones.
In the 1950, Maurice Hertz has an affair with moderately successful actress May Forbes. Forbes becomes pregnant and is forced to tell all to her ambitious and unloving director husband. The scandal is soon discovered by a Los Angeles journalist and pregnant May is exiled from Hollywood, shunned out by movie mogul Louis B Meyer. She is forced to leave her lover, Hertz, behind.
In 1963, Actress Belinda Dayler almost always loses out on the leading role to the big names of the era, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn and Natalie Wood. She is quickly becoming notorious in the industry for being the leading lady who almost makes it no matter how much she prostitutes herself to get ahead. Tragedy occurs when her ten year old son is knocked down by a car and killed instantly this affects her drastically and she ends her life leaving a daughter in a Los Angeles care home. In 1978, James Ross is part of a successful TV variety show. He is struggling to make it into the film industry. His wife Helen is extremely supportive of his career, knowing how difficult it is to get a break. When Helen is offered a lead in a TV movie, this causes trouble for her marriage. James begins to suspect Helen of being unfaithful in order to get ahead. Helen’s desperate actions are a result of trying to help her husband’s career.
Alisa visits her terminally ill mother, Helen Ross, on her deathbed. Helen tells Alisa of her grandparents and their struggle to be successful. Alisa weeps for the stories of Maurice, May and Belinda.
What The Press Would Say
Predicted Oscar Nominations:
Best Director (Sam Mendes)
Best Original Screenplay (John Logan)
Best Original Score (Thomas Newman)
Best Actress (Julianne Moore)
Best Supporting Actor: (Jake Gyllenhaal; Kevin Spacey)
Best Supporting Actress: (Amy Adams; Keira Knightley; Rachel McAdams)
November 16th 2007