Unfortunately, the blizzard over the weekend might have led a great many people (including me) to miss an important local event. The Death of Hollywood premiered this weekend while Kansas City was busy digging out of a historic snowstorm.
The details of the Kansas City production and premiere also point to the troubled state of the movie business.
The Death of Hollywood is the story of a disgruntled screenwriter who kidnaps the sleazy Hollywood producer that stole his material and switches identities with him, “attempting to change the face of corporate cinema forever.” Which I guess involves making very profitable movies that aren’t about grown up Smurfs and their phony religion.
In the press release the writer distributed he noted that “the film has not been rated by the MPAA (better known to film-makers as ‘Must Punish All Artists’), but if it had been it would be rated R.” The movie was shot locally in the Kansas City area, and features Martin Sheen’s brother Joe Estevez who was a stand in for his more famous bro in Apocalypse Now, with a TON of B-movies to his credit.
For me, the most interesting aspect of the premiere (that I didn’t attend because snow scares me) was the venue, Metro North Cinema. The movie theater located in the Metro North Mall in North Kansas City that will be closing forever.
The theater, founded in 1973 as a Hollywood multiplex for the AMC
theater chain will be demolished come 2010 for the development of a
“The Death of Hollywood” was the last movie ever to play at the Metro North Cinema and folks who have been to the tomb-like mall recently will agree that speaks to the downward trend for movie exhibition, shopping malls and the economy in general in this cowtown and across the United States.