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  An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (the onscreen title is simply Burn Hollywood Burn) was made in 1997 and released in 1998.
However, the studio recuts the film, and when Smithee sees the results (which he describes as being "worse than Showgirls") and realises that he cannot use a pseudonym (because the only one allowed is "Alan Smithee") he steals the film and goes on the run, threatening to burn it.
The film was written (and produced, though he wasn't credited for it) by Joe Eszterhas, and directed by Arthur Hiller.
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 The Movie Report Archive, Volume 29   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Burn Hollywood Burn is written and conceived as a comedy, and this sorry excuse for a satire just proves the opposite point: "funny" Eszterhas is not only unfunny, but excruciatingly so.
Burn Hollywood Burn only exists to serve Eszterhas's own personal agenda, badmouthing just about everyone in the business (it's hard to tell who are his friends and who are his enemies--or is it that he just has no friends?).
Burn Hollywood Burn plays just as he facetiously said--as an extended home movie that may be fun for its makers, "stars," and their friends and family to watch, but a leaden bore to anyone outside the circle.
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 Burn Injuries -- Recommendations and Resources   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
However, the studio recuts the movie, and when Smithee sees the results (which he describes as being "worse than ''Showgirls''") and realizes he cannot use a pseudonym (because the only one allowed is "Alan Smithee") he steals the film and goes on the run, threatening to burn it.
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An injury that is intentional, wrongful and without just cause or excuse, even in the absence of hatred, spite or ill will.
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 An Alan Smithee Film - Burn Hollywood Burn   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
'Alan Smithee' is the Director's Guild of America's official pseudonym credited to a film when a director believes that it is too incompetent or compromised to put on his/her resume.
The premise of this mock-documentary is that a director whose 'real' name is Alan Smithee would be left with no option but to destroy the master negative of the film itself.
The text is comprised largely of a series of interviews, and attempts to construct a (heavy-handed) satire of Hollywood.
www.waikato.ac.nz /film/mock-doc/filmography/title3.shtml   (127 words)

  
 Archives 1998 | R: ARCHIVE, S: MOVIES, D: 02/26/1998,   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
"Alan Smithee" is Hollywood's dirty little moniker inserted into a film's credits when a disgruntled director doesn't want his name associated with an inevitable dud.
Humiliated and left with no legitimate way to strike his name from the picture, the neurotic auteur steals the film and goes on the lam, leaving the crew of mockumentarians and his bullish producers frantic and in the lurch.
Written by the king of Hollywood overindulgence, Joe Eszterhas (Show Girls), Burn Hollywood Burn is surprisingly coherent, but a handful of insider chuckles and a bevy of star-powered cameos can't hide this slapstick emulation of The Player from what it really is: a shameless exercise in self-flagellation.
www.bostonphoenix.com /archives/1998/documents/00524958.htm   (204 words)

  
 An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn | The A.V. Club
An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn
An Alan Smithee Film) may be his worst yet, no small feat for a man whose oeuvre ranges from competent (Jagged Edge) to hilariously awful (Showgirls) to soul-deadeningly awful (Jade).
His insider take on Hollywood is largely populated by three conflicting groups: racist, sex-crazed, money-grubbing Jewish producers; hip, cool, with-it African Americans; and pneumatic hookers who are constantly at the beck and call of sleazy showbiz types.
www.avclub.com /content/node/336/print   (161 words)

  
 Amazon.ca: Burn Hollywood Burn: DVD: Alan Smithee,Whoopi Goldberg,Larry King,Cherie Lunghi,MC Lyte,Ryan O'Neal,Billy ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Subtitled An Alan Smithee Film (referring to a long-standing pseudonym for a director who disowns a film), this 1998 satire is notable chiefly for having the same thing happen in real life, as director Arthur Hiller (Love Story) took his name off the picture after clashing with screenwriter and producer Joe Eszterhas (Showgirls, Basic Instinct).
Meant as an insider's take on the machinations of Hollywood from one of its most prominent screenwriters, Burn Hollywood Burn is a cheerfully over-the-top send-up of modern moviemaking and the equally outlandish characters involved.
The flimsy plot carries Idle's Smithee on an abrupt and logic-free journey from reel thief with a bounty on his head, to redeemed industry hero and hot property.
www.amazon.ca /Burn-Hollywood-Alan-Smithee/dp/B00008L3T0   (1075 words)

  
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Let us be clear: Hollywood likes nothing better than satirizing itself, and there is never any shortage of stars willing to do cameos and play up to their stereotypes in order to show what good sports they are.
They answer the philosopher's question of what it is to live a virtuous life by saying that living the virtuous life is living so as to be a good talk-show guest—very rich, very pretty, very glamorous, and very nice and down-to-earth, which last quality the talk show, like the satire, itself allows them to demonstrate.
Once the film is burnt, however, the publicity for Smithee is boffo, and suddenly a biopic about him becomes the hottest property in town.
www.eppc.org /publications/pubID.461/pub_detail.asp   (591 words)

  
 An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1997)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Plot Outline: Filmmaker Alan Smithee finds himself the unwilling puppet of a potentially bad, big budget action film which he proceeds to steal the reels and leave the cast and crew in a frenzy.
Trivia: After Arthur Hiller had his credit changed to Alan Smithee, the Director's Guild of America unregistered the name Alan Smithee, therefore this film is the last film to ever bear that pseudonym.
The movie tells of film-editor Alan Smithee, who has been given a chance at directing for the first time.
www.imdb.com /title/tt0118577   (428 words)

  
 MMI Movie Review: An Alan Smithee Film - Burn, Hollywood, Burn
It recounts the debacle that ensued when humble film editor Alan Smithee was chosen to direct the most expensive movie ever made, a bloated blockbuster starring Whoopi Goldberg, Jackie Chan, and Sylvester Stallone.
Problem is that Smithee has integrity, a concept beyond comprehension in an industry where out of control egos and bad ideas are kept in check only by other out of control egos and even worse ideas.
"An Alan Smithee Film - Burn, Hollywood, Burn" is like a grotesque fairy tale, the kind that the Brothers Grimm wrote before censors took their scissors to them for what they considered our own good.
www.shoestring.org /mmi_revs/alansmithee.html   (446 words)

  
 Combustible Celluloid film review - An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1998), Alan Smithee, Arthur Hiller, Ryan ...
An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn is shot in fake-documentary style, telling the story of what happens when a guy named Alan Smithee (Eric Idle) shoots a film that he doesn't like and is re-cut by the studio.
An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn is actually directed by Alan Smithee, who this time is really Arthur Hiller, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and also the president of the DGA.
In the end, Smithee burns the film, and then his life story is optioned for $5 million.
www.combustiblecelluloid.com /archive/alansmith.shtml   (866 words)

  
 JoBlo reviews the movie "An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn"
The structure of the film is annoying, repetitive and pretentious.
The name Alan Smithee appears on movies as a pseudonym for directors who are so upset by the film they've made that they wish to remain anonymous.
Arthur Hiller directed "An Alan Smithee Film" from a script by Joe Eszterhas, (the fact that it was written by Estherhas, was the first tip this picture would stink.).
www.joblo.com /burnhollywoodburn.htm   (908 words)

  
 AMCTV.com SHOW - An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn
Alan Smithee is a pseudonym sanctioned by the Directors Guild of America for directors to use if they do not want credit for a film that they have disowned.
In this Hollywood comedy, Eric Idle stars as a filmmaker unfortunately named Alan Smithee whose directorial debut film is in serious trouble: The movie is over budget and a producer (Ryan O'Neal) has been making his own edits.
Smithee heads toward a breakdown when he realizes he can't use the assigned pseudonym because it is the same as his real name.
www.amctv.com /show/detail?CID=55126-1-EST   (127 words)

  
 :: rogerebert.com :: Reviews :: An Alan Smithee Film Burn Hollywood Burn (xhtml)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
``An Alan Smithee Film Burn Hollywood Burn'' is a spectacularly bad film--incompetent, unfunny, ill-conceived, badly executed, lamely written, and acted by people who look trapped in the headlights.
``Alan Smithee'' is the pseudonym that a Hollywood studio slaps on a film's credits if the original director insists on having his name removed from the project.
In taking his name off the film, Arthur Hiller has wisely distanced himself from the disaster, but on the basis of what's on the screen I cannot, frankly, imagine any version of this film that I would want to see.
rogerebert.suntimes.com /apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19980227/REVIEWS/802270301/1023   (766 words)

  
 Burn Hollywood Burn - An Alan Smithee Film (1998) Review - The Hollywood News
It is now my pleasure to write the review of the film based on his life, which is just as bad, if not, worse, than any of the films he's directed.
All joking aside, Burn Hollywood Burn is a surprisingly lame satire on movie wheeling and dealing from everyone's favorite hack screenwriter, Joe Esterhaus--who also makes a cameo in the film.
After seeing Burn Hollywood Burn, I don't think that was the case.
www.thehollywoodnews.com /reviews/archive/burn-hollywood-burn.php   (372 words)

  
 deseretnews.com - Movie review: An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn | Deseret Morning News Web edition
"An Alan Smithee FilmBurn, Hollywood, Burn" might have one of the worst titles ever thought up, but then it is fully in keeping with the movie's self-destructive tendencies.
This Hollywood story is told through a series of documentary-like interviews with fictional characters, as well as stars Whoopi Goldberg, Sylvester Stallone and Jackie Chan playing themselves.
They are discussing a film editor named Alan Smithee (Eric Idle, quirky as ever), who moved up to direct his first film, "Trio," a huge-budget Hollywood action extravaganza.
deseretnews.com /movies/view/1,1257,71,00.html   (226 words)

  
 BMN Review: Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn, An (1998)
Well, in the case of "AASFBHB", director Arthur Hiller was so appalled with the botched final cut by the producers that, yes, he removed his name.
The film itself is about a director who hates the film he directed so much that he does not want credit for it, but the director's REAL name is Alan Smithee, so what on earth can he do?
The movie is filmed in a pseudo-documentary style with all of the characters talking to the screen and relating the whole story.
www.hit-n-run.com /cgi/read_review.cgi?review=53399_wyldfyr   (739 words)

  
 Billy Bob's Films - Burn Hollywood Burn: An Alan Smithee Film (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.netlab.uky.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The story is shot as a documentary, interviewing real-life Hollywood figures, who comment like a well-tanned and Botoxed Greek chorus about the misadventures of deranged cinematic auteur Alan Smithee.
Alan Smithee is a pseudonym used by film directors to use as their credit on a film when they are so unhappy with the final product that they don't wish to have their real names associated with it.
Film commentary reflects the opinions of the webmasters Amélie and Sage and not the opinions of Billy Bob Thornton or his representatives.
www.billybobthornton.net.cob-web.org:8888 /film%20burnhollywood.htm   (497 words)

  
 Burn Hollywood Burn
A beleaguered film editor steps away from the Steenbeck for what should be his smashing directorial debut, but the set becomes a battlefield between his pushy producer and the studio suits.
When Arthur Hiller, who directed An Alan Smithee Film, wanted his named taken off the picture (no doubt over a question of artistic integrity), the producers had themselves a genuine Alan Smithee film.
Burn, Hollywood, Burn might have one of the worst titles ever thought up, but then it is fully in keeping with the movie's self-
www.rottentomatoes.com /m/burn_hollywood_burn   (761 words)

  
 An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1997)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Kurzbeschreibung: Filmmaker Alan Smithee finds himself the unwilling puppet of a potentially bad, big budget action film which he proceeds to steal the reels and leave the cast and crew in a frenzy.
Dies und das: After Arthur Hiller had his credit changed to Alan Smithee, the Director's Guild of America unregistered the name Alan Smithee, therefore this film is the last film to ever bear that pseudonym.
And Eric Idle is wasted, as he only ever gets to run around screaming manically during most of the few scenes he has.
german.imdb.com /Title?0118577   (424 words)

  
 JamesBowman.net | Alan Smithee Film, An: Burn, Hollywood, Burn
An Alan Smithee Film: Burn, Hollywood, Burn, written and directed by super-screenwriter Joe Esterzhas, is that most painful of spectacles: Hollywood satirizing itself.
His two producers, James Edmunds (Ryan O'Neal) and Jerry Glover (Richard Jeni) desperately try to reach a last-minute deal with a couple of rappers from the 'hood known as the Brothers Brothers (Coolio and Chuck D), stars of the hot movie You Ain't No Brother, who are acting as Smithee's agents, but they cannot agree.
Another one is the in-joke Estetzhas allows to be made about how Smithee's picture is “even worse than Showgirls.” Even the biggest disasters, even the O.J. saga (and Robert Shapiro and Dominick Dunn make embarrassing cameos too), serve the purpose of humanizing those responsible.
www.jamesbowman.net /reviewDetail.asp?pubID=328   (425 words)

  
 Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn Standard Release DVD - MovieWeb
But filming does not go well (the budget eventually balloons to 200 million dollars) and the producer, James Edmunds (Ryan O'Neal), tampers with the final cut of the film.
In a stunning example of art imitating life, director Arthur Hiller was supposedly unhappy with the interference of screenwriter and producer Joe Eszterhas on this project and chose to remove his name from the credits -- so An Alan Smithee Film carries the directorial credit of none other than Alan Smithee.
Rappers Coolio and Chuck D appear as the filmmaking Brothers Brothers; Chuck D also contributed to the film's score.
www.movieweb.com /dvd/release/52/15752/features.php   (282 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn: DVD: Arthur Hiller,Alan Smithee,Ryan O'Neal,Coolio,Chuck D.,Eric ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The basic premise is, If directors use the name Alan Smithee on bad films instead of their own, what does a director actually NAMED Alan Smithee do?
If Burn, Hollywood, Burn had not been a mockumentary it might have actually been a funny movie.
Arthur Hiller - Director, Alan Smithee - Director, Joe Eszterhas - Writer (Written by), Fred C. Caruso - Producer (co-producer), Ben Myron - Producer (producer), Michael R. Sloan - Producer (associate producer), Andrew G. Vajna - Producer (executive producer), Joe Eszterhas - Producer (producer)...
www.amazon.com /Alan-Smithee-Film-Burn-Hollywood/dp/B00008L3T0   (1642 words)

  
 An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn — Infoplease.com
An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn — Infoplease.com
A satirical comedy about a filmmaker, ironically named Alan Smithee (Eric Idle) who pulls the plug on his own ailing big-budget movie production.
No wonder the actual director, Arthur Hiller, really did pull an Alan Smithee when they wrapped this megaflop.
www.infoplease.com /ipea/A0746274.html   (159 words)

  
 Trivia for An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1997)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Arthur Hiller removed his name from the credits after the film's production company, Cinergi Pictures, preferred the cut made by producer/writer Joe Eszterhas over Arthur Hiller's cut.
Alan Smithee exclaims that the film is "worse than Showgirls (1995)", also written by Joe Eszterhas.
After Arthur Hiller had his credit changed to Alan Smithee, the Director's Guild of America unregistered the name Alan Smithee, therefore this film is the last film to ever bear that pseudonym.
us.imdb.com /Trivia?0118577   (253 words)

  
 Burn Hollywood Burn - Movie Info - Moviefone
Synopsis: First, a little background: in 1955, the Director's Guild of America created the pseudonym Alan Smithee, which film directors are allowed to use if...
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