Oscar Sunday in Hollywood

Sunday, March 7, 2010 – Oscar Sunday in Hollywood

I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic. ~ Andy Warhol

It’s a scientific fact. For every year a person lives in Hollywood, they lose two points of their IQ. ~ Truman Capote

Hollywood is a place where people from Iowa mistake each other for stars. ~ Fred Allen

I’ve been asked if I ever get the DT’s. I don’t know; it’s hard to tell where Hollywood ends and the DT’s begin. ~ W. C. Fields

Hollywood held this double lure for me, tremendous sums of money for work that required no more effort than a game of pinochle. ~ Ben Hecht

In Hollywood if a guy’s wife looks like a new woman – she probably is. ~ Dean Martin.

A dreary industrial town controlled by hoodlums of enormous wealth, the ethical sense of a pack of jackals, and taste so degraded that it befouled everything it touched. ~ S. J. Perelman

Strip away the phony tinsel of Hollywood and you’ll find the real tinsel underneath. ~ Oscar Levant

Hollywood is where they shoot too many pictures and not enough actors. ~ Walter Winchell

Ever since they found out that Lassie was a boy, the public has believed the worst about Hollywood. ~ Groucho Marx

Hollywood is like Picasso’s bathroom. ~ Candice Bergen

Hollywood is like being nowhere and talking to nobody about nothing. ~ Michelangelo Antonioni

You can’t find any true closeness in Hollywood, because everybody does the fake closeness so well. ~ Carrie Fisher

In Hollywood the woods are full of people that learned to write but evidently can’t read; if they could read their stuff, they’d stop writing. ~ Will Rogers

It’s a great place to live, but I wouldn’t want to visit there. ~ Will Rogers

I just want to tell y’all not to worry – them people in New York and Hollywood are not going to change me none. ~ Elvis Presley

The violet hush of twilight was descending over Los Angeles as my hostess, Violet Hush, and I left its suburbs headed towards Hollywood. In the distance a glow of huge piles of burning motion-picture scripts lit up the sky. The crisp tang of frying writers and directors whetted my appetite. How good it was to be alive, I thought, inhaling deep lungfuls of carbon monoxide. ~ S. J. Perelman

There is a theory that almost anything that’s fun is going to be ruined sooner or later by people from California. They tend to bring seriousness to subjects that don’t deserve it, and they tend to get very good at things that weren’t very important in the first place. ~ Calvin Trillin

Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world. ~ Jean-Luc Godard:

A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end… but not necessarily in that order. ~ Jean-Luc Godard:

Give me a couple of years, and I’ll make that actress an overnight success. ~ Samuel Goldwyn

The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder. ~ Alfred Hitchcock

The movies are the only business where you can go out front and applaud yourself. ~ Will Rogers

It’s the movies that have really been running things in America ever since they were invented. They show you what to do, how to do it, when to do it, how to feel about it, and how to look how you feel about it. Everybody has their own America, and then they have the pieces of a fantasy America that they think is out there but they can’t see. ~ Andy Warhol

Shoot a few scenes out of focus. I want to win the foreign film award. ~ Billy Wilder

The average Hollywood film star’s ambition is to be admired by an American, courted by an Italian, married to an Englishman and have a French boyfriend. ~ Katharine Hepburn

The motion picture is like a picture of a lady in a half-piece bathing suit. If she wore a few more clothes, you might be intrigued. If she wore no clothes at all, you might be shocked. But the way it is, you are occupied with noticing that her knees are too bony and that her toenails are too large. The modern film tries too hard to be real. Its techniques of illusion are so perfect that it requires no contribution from the audience but a mouthful of popcorn. ~ Raymond Chandler

Emotionally involving the audience is easy. Anybody can do it blindfolded: get a little kitten and have some guy wring its neck. ~ George Lucas, in Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

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