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When the Spanish arrived in California and passed through the region that is present-day Hollywood, American Indians were life in the region, taking shelter in the canyons dispersed among the Santa Monica Mountain range. Within the first 100 years of the European arrival, most of the Indians of California had disappeared, having been decimated by disease, moved off to missions, or killed by the Spanish conquerors.

The region that is Hollywood was divided by the Spanish government into two areas. The western portion became Rancho La Brea and the east, Rancho Los Feliz. The region was an agricultural community that continued to flourish during the entire period of Spanish and Mexican rule and into the mid-eighties. In 1846, California became a U.S. territory after the Mexican American War and in the 1880s, the ranches were divided again, with large plots of land being put up for sale.

How Can This Be?

Judy Garland started out as a child actor and grew up to became a legend. In spite of all of the acclaim she received for her incredible singing voice and other gifts, she became one of Hollywood’s saddest figures.

As the story goes, a man by the name of H.J. Whitley called the region Hollywood while on his honeymoon with wife Gigi in 1886. That same year, Whitley bought a 500-acre portion of the former Rancho La Brea from a set of landowners, including one H.H. Wilcox. Whitley had plans to establish a town on the plot and when filing the selling of the land with the Los Angeles County Recorder, H.H. Wilcox recorded the name Hollywood on the deed.

Slowly but certainly, the town developed and by 1900, there was a newspaper, two markets, and post office. Just 10 miles east of Hollywood was historic Los Angeles, with a population approaching 102, 500. The land between consisted of barley fields, vineyards, and lemon and orange groves. A single streetcar line ran between the two communities but service was limited and a one-way trip took nearly two hours. A livery stable was later opened in Hollywood, greatly improving transportation available.

H.J. Whitley, known as the father of Hollywood, was the chairman of the Los Pacific Boulevard and Development Company and in 1902, began construction on the Hollywood Hotel. Whitley spent thousands of dollars to increase the area. He purchased more land and divided it into residential plots and installed electric lighting in a large part of the town.

The city was incorporated in 1903 and in 1910, it was annexed to the City of Los Angeles following a water crisis in which an adequate water supply for Hollywood was unable to be secured. When annexation was complete, the former Prospect Avenue of Hollywood was renamed Hollywood Boulevard.

The film industry actually began operation in Greater Los Angeles prior to the search for a home in Hollywood. Construction on the first studio began in 1909 in Edendale under the name of Selig Polyscope Company. The first motion picture filmed in Hollywood use H.J. Whitley’s home as its set. While the film never had an official name, it became a true piece of Hollywood history.

A number of filmmakers and movie producers relocated from the East Coast in an attempt to save money. An organization operating out of New Jersey, The Motion Picture Patents Company, had control over the motion picture industry on the East Coast and was regarded as detrimental by many of the less and independent film activities in the region. These filmmakers were free to set their own production and distribution standards without concern for the oppressive enforcement of patents on filmmaking equipment by relocating to Hollywood.

The first Hollywood studio was opened by the Centaur Company, a New Jersey-based operation with desires to make westerns. They initially rented a roadhouse on Sunset Boulevard which they later converted in 1911, naming it Nestor Studio. The first feature-length film created entirely in Hollywood was The Squaw Man, a Cecil B. DeMille film made in 1914.

By the year 1911, Los Angeles was the second-largest motion picture production city in the country, with New York retaining its top ranking. By 1915, Los Angeles had taken the top spot and most of the films in America were produced in or around Los Angeles, with four major studios-Paramount, RKO, Columbia and Warner Brothers-and several smaller companies and rental businesses calling Hollywood home. Hollywood went from a sedate suburb to a booming business hub within a span of just 10 years between 1910 and 1920.

Today the Hollywood film industry is positioned across the world. In this 21st century, the major business centers of filmmaking are concentrated in United States, India and China. Hollywood is a district in Los Angeles, California that is located in west-northwest of Downtown Los Angeles. The word Hollywood is often used as a connotation for the cinema of United States which is popularly known as the Hollywood film Industry due to its fame and cultural individuality of film studios and movie stars.

In 1918, H.J. Whitley commissioned the building of Whitley Heights, a hillside residential center above Hollywood Boulevard that would become the first celebrity community. Many of the industry’s biggest early names called the Heights home, including William Powell, Tyrone Powers, W.C. Field, Rudolph Valentino, Carole Lombard, and Jean Harlow, among others.

The world-famous Hollywood sign was erected in 1923, originally as an ad of a residential community which was being developing in the hills above Hollywood. It originally read "Hollywoodland.” H.J. Whitney had used a similar sign when constructing Whitney Heights in 1918 and was him to suggest the use of this a sign for the new residential development. The popularity of the second sign resulted in it becoming a permanent fixture. Originally intended as a temporary structure, the sign deteriorated over time and was refurbished in 1949. At this time, the “land" portion of the sign was removed.

Bieber on Police Radar After Neighbors’ Complain

Justin Bieber is one wild child. His behavior has been pretty consistent with the bad boy image he has been projecting recently. He is regularly making it to the top news, not only because of a phenomenal performance but also because of the trouble he has been getting into when the cameras are not around.

Most recently, Justin Bieber had a visit from the California local police when his neighbors in the state complained of loud music and partying until the wee hours of the night. It was reported that the local police went back to the party’s venue thrice to reprimand the singer of the disturbance. The loud party ended with a misdemeanor case filed against Bieber.

This is not the first time that the singer got face to face with law enforcement. In the same neighborhood, the singer also had complaints against him over the speed at which he drove around his exclusive village. Another neighbor was allegedly spit on by Bieber in one of their heated arguments. Clearly, the singer has not been one of the favorite stars in that community after the series of reported incidents.

Outside of California, Bieber did not fail to attract the police’s attention as he was waving (possibly burning) the Argentinian flag on the stage flood where he was performing. However, the young singer has already issued an apology and explanation for this act, claiming that he was not aware that it was a national flag he was playing with. However, big news from Argentina did not simply end with the flag, as it was revealed that Bieber also hired a sex star while touring Brazil, and was even caught visiting other brothels in the country. As if this was not enough, the star also sprayed graffiti paint in one of the hotel’s walls. No formal charges were filed against this act, yet.

Last year, Bieber’s name first invaded legal courts when a certain 17-year old girl claimed to be pregnant of Justin’s child. This case has been dismissed, already.

“MAMA”- a movie more sweet and less scary

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Now when talking about some horror movies of 2013,   Guillermo del Toro has added another name to the list “mama”  , which is the story of two small girls who got lost in the woods in a very small age when their mother was murdered. several years later when the girl has been rescued, thing are not the same nor are the girls. The story shows that the mother was killed by their father but again its just a guess as horror movies like to keep their concept that way. After five long years of search, their Uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend, Annabel (Jessica Chastain), finally found them, who have been trying to have a child of their own. But when they really thought that they have found the girls and can get a peaceful life, they din’t realize that the girls aren’t the only ones they would be welcoming in their home.

In starting the movie does give a look of all those typical scary horror movies and you start think that what next is going to happen but lets don’t deny the fact that the movie “mama” somehow failed to give creeps and shivers to its audience. Victoria and Lilly’s lost-in-the-woods caretakers ghost, Mama, shows a little bit different quality then those typical horror ghost you expect. while the bleeding black walls and the attacks of moth and the way the walls get all hairy any everything,  the unveiling of Mama is really not convincing when you finally see the ghost and there they show some random cartoon tinge to scare you and of course, nobody gets easily convinced with an animated ghost.

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Aas the logo says “A MOTHER’S LOVE IS FOREVER” , you can pretty much get the idea that the ghost is actually emotionally attached to the girls.All in all you won’t leave the screen until the end because you cant deny the fact that the plot is amazingly written, as it goes through describing everyone’s fate attached to one name that is “mama” So I recommend this movie Mama, not for frights of course , but yes for an amazing and touchy story.

Man says Lindsay Lohan almost hits him with car

A man said that Lindsay Lohan grazed his knee while driving her black Porsche in Hollywood and did not stop.

Police Chief Mark Ro, Los Angeles, said the man was not injured in the incident, which occurred at 12:20 a.m. Wednesday.

The man is an employee of the Hookah Lounge bar. The sergeant said that Lohan was trying to walk around in “U” in a narrow street in front of the local when he was about to hit slightly the order of the individual.

A group of photographers surrounding Lohan’s vehicle came when the man came out and told to be careful with your car.

The man told agents that Lohan’s sports car grazed a knee and the actress was driving away.

The sergeant said there were no injuries or damage, so he did not prepare any report and he fled.

Lohan’s lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley, did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Rachel McAdams wears Vivienne Westwood in Los Angeles premiere

 

Rachel McAdams chose a strapless dress designed by Vivienne Westwood for the premiere of their film The Vow in Los Angeles last Monday, Feb. 6. Rachel  looked every inch the leading lady as she stepped out at the premiere alongside co-star, Channing Tatum. She perfected Hollywood glam with red lippy and smoky eye make-up. And despite being a brunette in the new flick, the actress was showing off her gorgeous blonde locks. To add the final touch, the actress wore jewelry by Pomellato and shoes by Christian Louboutin.