Hollywood: Some of the Worms Are Turning

As every flunking schoolboy knows, runaway film productions have turned Hollywood from a suburb into a synecdoche, and Hollywood's people are living under every other rock from County Galway to the Areopagus hill. Knock on any castle, there's a star inside. Don't stop to photograph that shabby beggar by the European roadside; he's just a scenario writer looking for work.

Once, fame for a foreign star meant an almost automatic move to Hollywood and the purchase of a mansion in Beverly Hills. But more recently the traffic has been the other way. Stars...

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