Picks and Pans Review: Naked Hollywood
A & E (Sun., July 28, 8 P.M. ET)
From the land that brought you caviar pizza comes something equally scary: a five-part documentary on how Hollywood really works. The BBC series uses interviews with Tinseltown's Powers That Are to offer an inside look at the ruthless business of moviemaking. (Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, producers of Days of Thunder, wouldn't allow U.S. showing of a segment focused on them.)
This installment is on the volatility of stardom, comparing James Caan and Arnold Schwarzenegger. A slanted interview with Caan claims his career faded because of too much integrity; Schwarzenegger is shown as a man who lives to promote himself. Too industry-oriented for most viewers, the series is still a fascinating look at how far people will go to sell a movie ticket.
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