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Welcome to Hollywood (1998)

R | | Comedy | October 1998 (USA)
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A film director (Adam Rifkin) decides to chart the course of a young actor (Tony Markes) as he tries to make it in Hollywood. Attempts to get him noticed and placed in roles meet with ... See full summary »

Directors:

Tony Markes, Adam Rifkin

Writers:

Tony Markes (story), Adam Rifkin (story) | 3 more credits »
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2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Rifkin ... Adam Rifkin
Jane Jenkins ... Casting Director
Scott Wolf ... Actor
Peter Facinelli ... Actor
Jou Jou Papailler ... Actor
Eric Carlson Eric Carlson ... Actor
David Andriole ... David Lake
Tony Markes Tony Markes ... Nick Decker
Joanne Roberts Wiles ... William Morris Agent (as Joanne Roberts)
Allen Gasmer Allen Gasmer ... William Morris Agent
Bobbi Thompson Bobbi Thompson ... William Morris Agent
Craig Wyckoff Craig Wyckoff ... Nick Decker's Agent (as Craig Wycoff)
Tom Harrison Tom Harrison ... Nick Decker's Agent
Jamie Kaler ... Nick Decker's Manager (as James Kaler)
Lisa Pescha Lisa Pescha ... Nick Decker's Manager
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A film director (Adam Rifkin) decides to chart the course of a young actor (Tony Markes) as he tries to make it in Hollywood. Attempts to get him noticed and placed in roles meet with failure. A guest role on "Baywatch" ends when he steps on a stingray and has to be hospitalized. The filmmaker's frustration is multiplied by the fact that the original actor (David Andriole) he had selected and who had to drop out of the project because of a studio commitment, meets success and constantly crops up in roles where the second actor is struggling for his break. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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In the tradition of "This is SPINAL TAP" comes.... [welcome to HOLLYWOOD] See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bem-vindo a Hollywood See more »

Filming Locations:

Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, France See more »

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Stereo

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Color
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Trivia

Joel Schumacher: As himself. See more »

Crazy Credits

While the main credits appear as: Starring Adam Rifkin, Angie Everhart and Introducing Tony Markes as Nick Decker, only Adam and Tony are listed in the end credits, even though they are in order of appearance. See more »

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References Kingpin (1996) See more »

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Berries for Sherry
Written and Performed by Phil Roy
Philstar Music ASCAP
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Dead-on Satire of Hollywood
2 September 2002 | by critic_at_largeSee all my reviews

Full Frontal - which Steven Soderbergh describes as a "satire" of

Hollywood - does a fine job of sampling the seedy, sexual, shallow and

sycophant side of the entertainment business. But the earlier Welcome to

Hollywood does an even better job skewering a different side of

Hollywood. Spend a few days following an actor/waiter/bartender around

town on the circuit of headshots, casting director workshops, agent

searches, auditions, and bit parts, and you will more deeply appreciate the

bitter sarcasm of this film. Tony Markes - a former casting director - nails the part of everyman Nick Decker - a talentless wannabe trying not to

drown in a sea of negativity. Adam Rifkin nails the role of the name

director who would cheerfully dump his friend in a trash bin in order to

advance his own career. Together, Markes and Rifkin manage to scam their

way into the Oscars and collect cameos from big-name Hollywood actors

who clearly think they are talking to the entertainment press, not two guys

trying to make a movie about Hollywood. It's a clever stunt with a clever,

funny script, and it is right on the money. Most of the "actors" in this film are real agents, real casting directors, real actors, directors and producers playing themselves. It's not a documentary in the strict sense, but it

accurately and gleefully depicts the reality of what goes on in Hollywood.

If you have any interest in seeing how the process works (or doesn't), see

this movie today.


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