An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn

An Alan Smithee Film Burn Hollywood Burn the onscreen title is simply Burn Hollywood Burn is a 1998 comedy film. The film was critically panned, winning five awards including Worst Picture at the 1998 Golden Raspberry Awards. The film had an estimated budget ofmillion and grossed at least 52,850, as it was only released intheaters.

A director by the name of Alan Smithee has been allowed to direct Trio, a bigbudget action film starring Sylvester Stallone, Whoopi Goldberg and Jackie Chan. The studio recuts the film, and when Smithee sees the results which he describes as being worse than Showgirls, he wants to disown the film. However, since his name is also the pseudonym used by Hollywood when someone does not want to have their name attached to a bad film, he steals the film and flees, threatening to destroy the film by burning it.The film was written and produced, though he was not credited for it by Joe Eszterhas, who became the first person to win four Golden Raspberry awards for a single film Worst Picture, Worst Screenplay and both Worst Supporting Actor and Worst New Star for a brief cameo appearance. Technically, he also received a conomination for the Worst Screen Couple award, since Burn Hollywood Burn was nominated for any two people appearing together onscreen however, the movie did not win in this category. The released film credits the Alan Smithee pseudonym as director because Arthur Hiller, the films real director, objected to the way Eszterhas recut the film, and as a result, had his name removed. However, in his autobiography, Hollywood Animal, Eszterhas claims that Hiller still sat in the editing room with him to make certain suggestions. In his entry on Burn Hollywood Burn for his My Year of Flops column in The A.V. Club, pop culture critic Nathan Rabin sarcastically commented that Hillers decision to use the Alan Smithee credit was very transparently not a stupid, stupid gimmick to raise interest in a terrible film. ........

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