Friday, August 27, 2010
For the Weekend: Hollywoodland
Earthquake" (1974) and "The Day After Tomorrow" (2004). There are also other things out to destroy it, like the angry gorilla in the 1998 remake of "Mighty Joe Young" (who hurls an "O" at his enemies), or "The Rocketeer" (1991) (where the sign loses its "land" because the villain accidently crashes into it). Be sure to check out "Chaplin" (1992) again. There is a great scene between Chaplin (Robert Downey Jr.) and Douglas Fairbanks (Kevin Kline) as they ride up - on horseback, no less - to chill by the sign. Most recently in the biopic "The Runaways" (2010), Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart stop by the dilapidated sign of the 70s to...well, get drunk. And don't forget "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lighting Thief" (2009) too! The sign plays an important role, but you'll have to wait to see what.
(Post-tidbit: The sign has only been missing from the hill once since its debut in 1923, when they were replacing the letters in 1978. From August to November, no sign was visible. So (interesting maybe only to me), I was born during that time! How cool is that?! hahaha)