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"That public’s craving for a nonstop movie-star titillation fix was mainlined and bylined day by day by that syndicated, sob-sister, mutant, deadlining hunt-and-pecker: the Hollywood Gossip Columnist."--Hollywood Babylon (1959) by Kenneth Anger

"It is Camille Paglia's central thesis that in the 20th century (which she calls the Age of Hollywood) pagan popular culture overtook and vanquished the high arts. Thanks to advances in technology, pop became a universal language, as catholic in its reach as the medieval church. Once pop art embraced commercial iconography, the avant-garde was dead."--Sholem Stein

"Washington and Hollywood spring from the same DNA." -- Jack Valenti

"Hollywood took my formula diminished the concept of Negritude to a flamboyant cartoon and reversed the political message turning it into a counter-revolutionary one and voila, out of the commercial success of Sweetback -- to make a long story short -- the blaxploitation movie was born."--Melvin Van Peebles cited in Classified X (1998)

"They [the movies] have fed it [the American character] naïveté and buncombe in doses never before administered to any people. They have slapped into the American mind more human misinformation in one evening than the dark ages could muster in a decade."--A Child of the Century (1954) by Ben Hecht

Hollywood is iconic for the mainstream
Hollywood is iconic for the mainstream

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Hollywood is a district in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.. Due to its fame and cultural identity as the historical centre of movie studios and stars, the word "Hollywood" is often used as a metonym for the American film and television industry. In fact, one can safely regard Hollywood, or the American film industry, as the pinnacle of mainstream cinema.

Since the dawn of filmmaking, the U.S. major film studios have dominated both American cinema and the global film industry.

See also



  • Hollywood Babylon, 1959, a book by Kenneth Anger about the sordid scandals of Hollywood denizens from the 1900s to the 1950s
  • Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, 1998, Peter Biskind, on New Hollywood
  • The Celluloid Closet, 1981, a book by Vito Russo on how Hollywood films, have portrayed gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters

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