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  1. An inspiring experiential story
  2. How did Hollywood become Hollywood?
  3. The chronology of films

Welcome to Hollywood! This channel focus is entirely on the legendary landmark of Hollywood and the recent activities of icons following its history. A place where dreams come true, happening during the light and dark times. This page will contain updates on Hollywood's stars, movies, music, productions, and performances.

This channel will serve as a go-to source for getting "the skinny" on everything Hollywood, along with everything that comes with the territory like the good, the dark side, television appearances, behind-the-scenes at the movies, interviews, star photos, Hollywood prayer networks, conspiracies, articles, commentary, throwback memorabilia, movie/music scavenger hunts, opportunities, contests, and cool giveaways.

An inspiring experiential story

Walk in a Hollywood traveler's shoes, on a celebrity house tour, a tour guide narrates as the bus drives past the residences of some of the most famous names in the entertainment industry. As celebrity homes are literally scattered all throughout Hollywood and Beverly Hills neighbourhoods, this guide will make sure that multiple homes are highlighted throughout the excursion. All the while, historical tidbits and anecdotes are heard through a headset that is fully narrated by the tour guide on this exploration of Hollywood, West Hollywood, Sunset Strip, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive and Celebrity homes to bring these exclusive neighborhoods to life with a feeling of it being nice to be able to ride and relax, while seeing the sights.

On this historical 2 hour tour of Los Angeles that started off in the great land of Hollywood one The history, filming locations, famous hotspots, hotels and clubs owned by celebrities are heard. All while looking out the window to see many fun attractions like the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the new Dolby Theatre, Hollywood Bowl, Capitol Records, Pantages Theatre, Hollywood & Vine. Then venturing into the Hollywood Hills on Mulholland Dr to get to the closest point to the Hollywood sign and enjoy a 10min stop and viewing a panoramic vista of the beautiful city of Angels 1700 feet above sea level and 1000 feet above Los Angeles and the tour also highlights other L.A. icons including the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Later on, venturing down the famous Sunset Strip in West Hollywood to see such infamous Chateau Marmont Hotel, Standard Hotel, The Laugh Factory, The Comedy Store, House of Blues, the notorious “Viper Room” once owned by Johnny Depp, the “Whiskey A Go-Go”, and The Roxy. After, leaving West Hollywood and entering Beverly Hills to see breath-taking mansions of today's hottest celebrities. After the celebrity portion of the tour, the driver heads towards Rodeo Drive, home of all the famous fashion houses such as Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Versace’s.

At the end of Rodeo Drive stands The Wilshire Hotel, where Richard Gere stayed in “Pretty Woman,” whereas, at Rodeo Drive sign celebrities are constantly moving in and out of the neighborhood. So the camera is in hand ready to snap a star. Sooner or later, the Hollywood celebrity home tour comes to a close and reflecting on all the celebrity mansions that one has seen.

How did Hollywood become Hollywood?

Just saying the name ‘Hollywood’ brings up visions of movies, stars, and glamour. But how did this iconic part of Los Angeles begin? Who made Hollywood what it is today? The answer is simple: H.J Whitley. Don’t be ashamed if this name doesn’t mean anything to you, most people don’t know the man who was nicknamed ‘The Father of Hollywood’. But the beginning of this important piece of land lies with him.

Hobart Johnstone Whitley was a successful land developer. Originally from Canada, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States in the 1870’s. He founded many towns in places like Oklahoma, Texas, and California. It is estimated that he founded over 140 towns in his life.

In the mid-1880’s Whitley arrived in Southern California. He bought the 500-acre E.C Hurd ranch (north of Hollywood Boulevard), and word spread that this successful land developer was buying property here. People soon moved to this ‘up and coming’ town. One of them being H.H Wilcox who had heard the rumor that H.J Whitley was planning on naming the area Hollywood. So that’s what he named his ranch, making his deed the first one with the name Hollywood on it.

At the turn of the 20th century, Whitley was responsible for bringing telephone, electric, and gas lines into the new suburb. It also had a post office, newspaper and two markets. In 1902 H.J Whitley, president and major shareholder of the Los Pacific Boulevard and Development Company opened the famous Hollywood Hotel. His company was also developing and selling one of the early residential areas, the Ocean View Tract.

The popular, new area soon attracted the up and coming movie industry. The first film by a Hollywood Studio, Nestor Motion Picture Company, was shot on October 26, 1911. The Whitley home was used as its set.

Whitley continued his activities in Southern California property until 1922. In that year he completed the development of Whitley Heights, which was one of the first hillside subdivisions in Hollywood.

It was an exclusive neighborhood, where the first movie stars soon settled in. Stars like Rudolph Valentino, Carole Lombard, and Jean Harlow are some of its famous former residents. In 1982 the U.S. Government named Whitley Heights a National Historic District.

When H.J Whitley’s friend Harry Chandler, who was also the owner of The Los Angeles Times, was involved in the development of the Hollywood Hills in 1923, Whitley gave his friend a tip: use a sign to advertise the land. He had used a sign to promote Whitley Heights and had found it very effective. The development was called ‘Hollywoodland’ and on July 13th, 1923 the sign went up.

It was not meant to stay there forever, but during the rise of the American cinema it became a symbol and was left there. During restoration in 1949, it was decided to remove ‘land’ so it was spelled ‘Hollywood’, as to reflect the district and not the housing development.

Source: Classic Hollywood Central

The chronology of films

From 1903-1918 the Birth of the Cinema, this first chapter shows the birth of a new art form – the movies – the passion that has always driven the film, more than money and marketing.

From 1895-1918, the world discovers a new art form. As the themes were: men stories, women stories, everyday life, industrialization, experimentation, magic, discovery, western, and boxing.

From 1918- 1928, the Hollywood Dream, this is the fascinating story of the movies in the roaring '20s as Hollywood became a glittering entertainment industry.

From 1918 – 1932, the Golden Age of World Cinema, visiting Paris, Berlin, Moscow, Shanghai and Tokyo in the 1920s to discover the places where moviemakers were pushing the boundaries of the medium.

In the 1930s, the Great American movie genres and the brilliance of European film can be seen. With this, the arrival of sound, in the 1930s upended everything allowing us to witness the birth of new types of film. Including horror movies, Westerns, musicals and more.

From 1939 – 1952, the devastation of war and a new movie language can be seen as part of Post-War Cinema, as this chapter shows how the trauma of war made cinema more daring. Start in Italy, then going to Hollywood to chart the darkening of American film."

From 1953 – 1957, the swollen story can be found in world cinema bursting at the seams as this involved sex & melodramas.

From 1957 – 1964 was when the shock of the new modern filmmaking in Western Europe took place in. As it was a European New Wave, where we discover how French filmmakers in the late '50s and '60s had planted a bomb under the movies and see how this new wave had caused it to sweep across Europe.

From 1965 – 1969, there were new directors and a new form had emerged, as the new wave in cinema sweeps around the world in the 1960s. As we discover the films of Roman Polanski, Andrei Tarkovsky, and Nagisa Oshima.

From 1967 – 1979 was a period of new American cinema of the 70s. Paul Schrader discusses his screenplay for Taxi Driver, Robert Towne talks about Chinatown, and Charles Burnett explores Black American cinema.

From 1969 – 1979, this was a period where some radical directors in the 7os had made the state of the nation movies. For instance, movies to change the world as this is the story of the movies that tried to change the world in the '70s - started in Germany, then head to Britain, Italy, Australia, and Japan.

From the 1970s and onwards, an innovation in popular culture from around the world. In which, the Arrival of Multiplexes and Asian Mainstream had arrived. While films such as Star Wars and Jaws were innovative, then travels to the 1970s India to show how Bollywood was doing new things.

From the 1980s, moviemaking and protest around the world are seen as Fight the Power: Protest in Film. Moreover, this is a period about that tells the story of how brave filmmakers spoke truth to power. While director John Sayles discusses these years, as we discover the growth of Chinese cinema.

From 1990 – 1998 was the last days of celluloid before the coming of digital. Meaning, new boundaries: world cinema in Africa, Asia & Latin America. While cinema around the world in the '90s entered a golden age as the story starts in Iran, where we meet Abbas Kiarostami, who rethought moviemaking."

From the 1990s was the first days of digital reality losing its realness in America and Australia. With this, New American Independents & the Digital Revolution as this is the story of the movies in the English-speaking world in the '90s.

The New Revolutionary Business Model for Hollywood: Digitizing DVD Collections. Different Price Points. Social Networking. Multiple Screens. Distribution Rights Partner Up Hollywood Studios with Subscription Internet Video.

The Digital Future: Digital delivery not only affects the economic models of the movie industry but also promotes an on-demand culture. Now that cinema has become digital, it follows the logic of the “platform.” All of these changes point to a transformation in movie and television culture, as users attempt to navigate the new delivery formats. While filmmakers suggest that cinema is in provocative hands.

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