The Hollywood Sign appearing to be lit up at night is mostly an illusion due to it being large, white, and reflecting the city lights below it. It has only been lit once since the 1940s.
Modern Hollywood was started by a group of independent filmmakers who moved to California in the 1910s to get away from Thomas Edison’s total monopoly on all aspects (scripts, cameras, theaters, actors) of the early, east coast film industry.
Jack Nicholson‘s first job in Hollywood was an office worker for animators William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. They offered him an entry-level job as an animator, but he declined, citing his desire to become an actor.
The US Pentagon will fund Hollywood movies that portray the military in a positive light.
Winston Groom was paid $350,000 for the screenplay rights to his novel Forrest Gump and was contracted for a 3 percent share of the film’s net profits but never received his share due to Hollywood accounting which posits that the movie lost money.
You pay to have your star on the walk of fame in Hollywood. $30,000 to be precise.
Throughout the 1930s, Hollywood allowed the German government to censor films in the U.S. and around the world that were unflattering towards Germany or the Nazis. Georg Gyssling, Hitler’s consul in Los Angeles, was invited to preview films before they were released. If Gyssling objected to any part of a movie—and he frequently did—the offending scenes were cut. As a result, the Nazis had total veto power over the content of Hollywood movies.
Charlie Chaplin made his movie mocking Hitler with his own money because Hollywood was afraid of losing money if they took a stand.
On Jan. 1, 1976 a prankster played a word game with the Hollywood sign. He hung curtains to make it read “Hollyweed.”
The developers of famous movies such as Forest Gump, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Return of the Jedi and many others use “Hollywood Accounting” to inflate expenses and show a net loss. This allowed them to completely dodge payments to writers that agreed to be paid a percentage of net profit.