The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
Television Series (Science Fiction) – Hollywood Roosevelt
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel – by Alan Nafzger, copyright, 2019
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel — LOGLINE: A hotel clerk and concierge must deal with the clones of celebrities when they are housed in a famous old hotel and are treated more like library books and loaned out.
From 2020 until 2030, it was the policy of the US government to license corporations to clone specific individuals. The corporations contracted with celebrities of that decade and (if the producer wants to use cg) even collected DNA from deceased individuals and signing contracts with their estates. – Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
The policy was changed when it became clear that the venture economically would fail. It turned out that none of the clones had the initiative (all they wanted to do was sit around and read) and many never developed (because of environmental factors – no hands-on mother or father-figure, for example) the talent or skill of their DNA donor. Also, there was a great deal of discrimination holding the clones back, and the expense of a company minder, to accompany the clones everywhere they went, made the whole operation not feasible. Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel The practice of cloning was abandoned as a failed social experiment. But, where to put the 55,009 living clones world-wide?
This is a story set in the 2080s. The global population is seriously decreased, and society seems to have escaped the fate we frequently assign to it (another dark age) and everything is highly advanced. However, cloning is a technology that has fallen out of favor and the clones are warehoused. Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
Over 40 years into the future, the Roosevelt Hotel is converted into a public library (of sorts). It houses the clones of famous early 21st century artists, poets, writers, politicians, the smartest professors, famous Americans. It’s all a “little creepy” so the government requires the clones to live in one central location (the Roosevelt) with a moderate amount of supervision. They are termed, “benevolent state property” and are allowed to pursue whatever interests/hobbies they have, so long as they are available to help patrons of the clone library. Ordinary criminals are labeled “malevolent state property.”
Technologically, this has become possible. And in the story before a celebrity or famous person dies, they are cloned and or DNA is extracted from the teeth of the dead and buried. Until 2070, the clones study the experiences of their donor’s lives and are quizzed and coached. However, the technology used to clone people wasn’t perfect, which created imperfections – hurdles (obstacles) for the clone to overcome.
The elite genetics of 21st century America is housed at the Roosevelt Public Library and “serves the public good,” something like a public library or book store does today. People can go to the library can check out the clone of a famous person.
In the story, people will go to a library (actually something between a half-way house and a luxury hotel), and a patron can check out a celebrity like you do a book from a library today.
Each week, a Los Angelino in trouble, not necessarily at odds with the police or the government, comes to the library to gain the assistance of one of the clones. They might have personal problems… or have problems at work or with their family that need to be resolved. Checking out a person from the clone library is like renting a friend, life coach or an expert, whichever the patron needs.
I envision people checking out clones to visit their relatives in the hospital, cheering them up. Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Maybe they are on their deathbed and the clone comes to visit them and speak wisdom to them.
Men can use clones to persuade women, as a Cicero De Bergerac. A common of story line.
The clones can be hired out for birthday parties and celebrations.
Businessmen can use them as sounding boards, or they can be used as promotional gimmicks. There are 100s of scenarios to play out.
Sometimes, the patron (the person using the clone library) doesn’t even have a problem to solve but just checks out a clone for the novelty of it. However, the clone insightfully notices a problem on the horizon and together with the patron, they move to solve the problem before it becomes too real.
Doctors can use them in tests. Lawyers can use them in mock trials.
This TV series is for an hour time slot each week, and there can be several plots in each episode.
- A-List celebrities – the main problem some political, legal, or cultural problems.
- B-List celebrities – a subplot can center on love, art, or nostalgia.
Who would need a clone to check out and for what reason?
- To solve a crime?
- To stop a war?
- To cure a disease?
- Negotiate a business deal?
- Pitch a film?
- Teach a difficult/complicated lesson?
The draw (why they watch) for the audience each week can be, “who will appear as a guest?” Business-wise, we are looking at targeting Us Weekly (312,089 newsstand copies sold each week). This is not counting subscriptions. People, 650,545. Star Magazine 207,138. The same consumers who purchase celebrity magazine will tune in to watch this series.
TELEVISION REFERENCES – Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
I see this television series as a cross between Love Boat (1977–1987) and Murder She Wrote (1984–1996). And some episodes might remind people of The Equalizer (1985–1989).
FILM REFERENCES – Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
Cloning is a viable idea in the audience’s mind. Several profitable feature films have centered on cloning technology…
- Boys from Brazil (1978)
- Replicas (2018)
- Surrogates (2009)
- Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
- Impostor (2001)
- Replicant (2001)
- Jurassic Park (1993)
- Blade Runner (1982)
TWO “ROOSEVELT” BUILDINGS
This is 2080 and there will need to be two hotels, the old one is a public library and the other is a new five-star hotel. The Roosevelt Public Library (7000 Hollywood Blvd), the building we are familiar with, has been taken over by the government to house the clones. Since 2070, it has fallen into less than glamorous circumstances.
Also, there is a new ultra-modern Roosevelt Hotel, built in 2030. Typically, the patron who checks out the clone is housed there but not always.
- Hire guest actors, contemporary celebrities, to portray themselves.
- Hire look-alike actors, imitators, doublegangers, etc.
- Use CGI to depict the historical figures. Currently, they are working on film starring James Dean.
Three Options on How the Series Handles History
- This can be a contemporary television show, depicting current personalities 40 years in the future.
- Or, we have the option of writing into the story, this was a secret CIA program from the Cold War. In that case, all the clones would have been from DNA collected from persons living in the Soviet Era. Roosevelt, Truman, even Willie Mays and Frank Robinson. Even Al Capone, Bugsy Siegel.
- Or, if the producers wanted an all of historical panorama for television. We could feature all the characters from George Washington, Thomas Edison, George S. Patton and John Kennedy.
You are looking at a billion dollars. All the global markets have both celebrities and grand old hotels. The series makes sense everywhere. There are hotels with celebrity and television appeal in every major city. Once successful, this series can be expanded. We can license this television series out to producers around the world. For example…
- New York – Waldorf Astoria
- Tokyo – Imperial Hotel
- London – The Savoy
- Berlin – Adlon Kempinski
- Moscow – Izmailovo
- Rome – Hotel de Russie
- Beijing – Wanda Vista
THREE PILOTS TO CHOSE FROM – Hollywood Roosevelt Public Library
#1 – Public Opinion
The pilot begins with a U.S. Senate candidate entering the Roosevelt Hotel in 2080. She is nervous and looking behind her; she fears that she is being followed. She needs a speechwriter. She enters… checks in at the desk…. and is given a room #. Inside the room is who? A writer, or politician. Scientist. Famous professor? It’s Barak Obama. Demographics… This is the best way to build an audience! He will help the Senate candidate solve a “political” murder.
#2 – Gallo Del Infierno
Three female animal rights advocates overhear a conversation in a hair salon about a famous fighting rooster named Gallo Del Infierno. They plot to rescue the rooster, but when the task proves too difficult, the women go to the library and check out the roughest clones they can find (Steve Buscemi, Danny Trejo, and Texas Battle). The three clones will help the woman rescue the rooster.
#3 – 7/8ths Mile Club
When a teenage girl is abducted by a billionaire pimp who runs an anything-goes invitation-only 737 brothel, the girl’s parents use the library to find their missing daughter. Two clones (Matt Damon and Ben Affleck) must take a flight (out of US airspace), infiltrate the brothel, and expose a billionaire hedge-fund manager who is blackmailing guests, and the girls are under-age. It’s a buddy movie; let’s put Matt Damon and Ben Affleck in the role of the Dr. William Harford character from Eyes Wide Open. The two clones learn the hedge-fund owner, turned pimp, is extorting politicians (for national security secrets) and royalty (for money and social position) and put him out of action.
EACH EPISODE – Hollywood Roosevelt Public Library
Each week people go to the Roosevelt, which in 2080, is a public library full of clones.
With a successful pilot many celebrities will want to appear. How many times does an actor get to play themselves? The guests are checked out and help someone different each week. The producer can pitch a guest appearance on this series as a “vacation” and “a chance to portray themselves,” and “inject a bit of their real personality.”
This TV series should have a very long run; there is an endless supply of personalities to appear on the show.
Filmmaker characters visit the hotel looking to use the clones as actors in historical films.
A student has alienated his professors by thinking too progressively; he can’t pass his doctoral examination without help and advice. He hires one of the clones to coach him.
A woman can’t pay her rent, and she receives the help of a clone, Jeff Bezos.
A juvenile parole officer can use a clone, Danny Trejo, to teach wisdom to a group of rebellious kids.
A writer can’t complete his novel without a muse, Meryl Streep.
Two clones, from different demographic groups, written into each story can increase the audience. For example, Barak Obama (West and East Coast) and Blake Shelton (Midwest and South) would appeal to the highest number of people. Contrasting celebrities work opposite each other. Urban and rural. Old and young. Dramatic and comedic. Appeal to everyone!!!
Life Inside the Roosevelt Library
- The clerk is an unsmiling “Russian passport inspector.” Very meticulous and methodical. She has an attention for detail. She is legalistic and the law-and-order type. The clones are all criminals… while they aren’t, she treats them this way.
- The concierge is an idealistic/dissident teenager, willing to break the rules and tell the bad guys to F-off! Each episode, she’s portrayed as lazy, but midway through each episode, she begins to work hard only after being enlightened.
- The food is rationed and unflattering. Worse than any prison or school cafeteria food. The cafeteria ladies try, but the clones are out of fashion and the system simply doesn’t provide for them.
- The closed and over-regulated economy inside the Roosevelt means that consumer goods from the outside are coveted by many clones. There is a healthy black-market at work. Everything is hidden. Hogan’s Heroes.
- The telephones and computers inside the Roosevelt are outdated, at least 20 years behind the technology outside.
- In the “official” shop in the library, the shelves are empty. Several Beryozki (underground stores) have sprung up in the rooms of clones. Only clones who have hard currency to spend can have cell phones, fresh fruit, and Kindles. All tolerated but illegal for clones.
- The more talented singer and musician clones’ songs are pirated on CD disks. They are not allowed, or must have special permission to distribute their art. No clone is allowed to profit from their “genetic” talents, everything belongs to the state. So many of the artists perform underground inside the library. Many artists continue working clandestinely, painting, sculpting, writing, music-making, photography and filmmaking, under other non-artists names or pseudonyms. Trumbo.
- There is an underground theater, newspaper and even a hidden Zerox machine for Samizdat The clones are oppressed but have an underground economy. It is very difficult, impossible, to break the creative spirit of the clones.
- The lack of consumer products inspires extraordinary resourcefulness among clones: television aerials made out of forks and coat-hangers, a bath-plug made out of a boot heel, a road sign recycled as a shovel.
- Right up to the very end of the series, we still encounter right-wing monocular “humans” non-clones from outside the library who are defenders of the library system for clones. They support what is happening at the Roosevelt, what they still believed, against all the evidence of their senses, to be a good public policy.
- There are pro-clone propaganda posters. Huge posters in the library celebrated the towering intellects of the LA mayor, CA governor and US president (the oppressors). The clones can’t vote, but are subjected to the propaganda. There are posters, and even TV commercials, pointing to the societal and individual problems the clones are collectively solving; and the achievements of whichever five-year circulations goals they were supposed to reach. Clones are used to gather votes. Societal good.
- Occasionally, almost randomly, the directors of the program come and award a clone with a medal. It’s invariably AOC, the first female President and the leader who took executive-action (eminent-domain) to house the clones as “public goods” and for the old hotels to be used for the public good, like librarys.
- Stationed at a desk on each floor of the library is a government employee. Always a female, she keeps an eye on clones, maintains order and is the person clones must speak to get soap, toilet paper, a bath plug, or to dial an outside phone call. Somehow, these characters are always icy to begin with and then crack to show an unexpected warmth that makes you wonder how loyal they are to the government.
- Clones aren’t allowed to drive. The concierge is the only driver for the clones and when a clone gets into her vehicle and they reach for the seat belt, “You don’t need it” is the first thing the concierge says. She feels that it is a kind of derogatory statement about her competence as a driver to wear a seat belt.
- There are lectures on the official, in house, television channel on the “scientific” (they are all orphans and social programming hadn’t yet caught up with genetic technology, schools failed to educate them properly), and “unexplained” phenomena (ghost in the genes) that make clones untrustworthy. Everyone watches bootlegged programs from outside the library, but some clones document and debate the social control they are subjected too. One writer (clone) is penning something similar to Gulag Archipelago. Documents are being smuggled out.
- There is a saying among the clones, “Without papers you are nothing but a cockroach.” Friends help their friends secure trips outside the Roosevelt with . forged documents. Because clones are searched for contraband (anything bought without permission) when returning to “purchase” or “gift” papers are needed.
- At least one Los Angelino has a business where clones pay him to check them out. The clones pay him for a bit of freedom. And then the Angelino doesn’t put them to work but lets them free-lance or do what they want, unsupervised.
The Cast – Hollywood Roosevelt Public Library
While most of the attention will be on the show’s guest. There are regular supporting actors involved.
- The front desk CLERK gives each person who needs a clone, the options – who they can and can’t check out. She also foreshadows the weakness or flaw in each episode, things that will create obstacles. The clerk also outlines the profession and abilities of the clones, in case the viewer doesn’t know the guest/clone’s personality. The clerk is efficient! She’s robotic, you can even make her an android if you want; the show is set in 2080.
- The CONCIERGE is a bad employee, but each week she becomes “enlightened” and helps the clones in the end; she is their uber driver (however in a real jalopy), she is their research assistant (but she must borrow a computer or use her own personal phone). She symbolizes both the anger and hope of youth. The concierge is every clones sidekick and sounding board. This character’s trademark in each episode is that she curses out the bad guy. Her “trademark” in the show is that she always insults the antagonist. She’s “savage” and always says something without a filter. She’s at times more raw and public with her words than people are comfortable with, but this is why she’ll be remembered/adored by the audience.
- I would like to pay homage to the CAFETERIA LADIES everywhere and create a few jobs for character actors (sweet older ladies) in L.A. by creating a few characters. Many of us have been on some campus, or other, from the time we were in the 1st grade, and even now, I see professor emeritus eating in the college cafeteria. The women that run the library’s cafeteria are always in a stew about government cutbacks. They feel for the clones and do their very best. One mature woman buys spices and other improvements with her own money. A second, older cafeteria worker brings spices from her own garden to liven up the bland government meals. A third cook, some kid, is a dumpster diver or shop-lifter… but when asked where they got certain items, they respond, “Ralphs” or “Bristol Farms.” Regardless of how they find the spices, they are selfless.
- There must be a HANDLER, a Stasi-like person who keeps an eye on the clones to make certain they don’t break any of the rules. This is a parole officer type, government bureaucrat, someone who was kicked off the police force. Someone who has the personality of Sue Sylvester in Glee or worse. This character is a Quixotic cop that needs to be a hero so badly they act foolishly. Or perhaps make the handler like Col. Klink from Hogan’s Heros.
- The GUARD at the front door is a teddy bear of a man. He’s well over seventy-years-old and lets most infractions go. He pretends to search the clones.
- The EXECUTIVE LIBRARIAN is always mentioned, but his/her office door is always shown closed. The shades are perpetually pulled closed. She/he might be dead for all we know. This person is supposed to exist but there have been cases where bureaucracies continue to function without leadership, sometimes for years. The employees of the library do what they want to. One, because the head librarian never answers the phone, and second, the employees have learned to call and fake a conversation that results in the librarian “allegedly” giving them instructions to do whatever the employee wants. In the last episode, we can open the office door and someone checks the voice mail… 829 messages. Or Cheech Marin is at the desk stoned out of his gourd.
Realism for Television – Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
Realism for television may not be the norm for television; however, bad things happen, people aren’t all created equally (clones aren’t allowed to be the men and women their donors were) and so they face obstacles, both internal and external. This series can’t avoid politics. Everything is political. So this series confronts health care, immigration, animal rights, income inequality, gun buybacks, workplace diversity, sports and water politics, etc. Both sides would be equally represented in theory. We live in turbulent times and TV should compliment that.
- Millennium Biltmore Hotel
- Queen Mary
- Hotel Figueroa
- Hotel Normandie
- The Beverly Hills Hotel And Bungalows
- Beverly Wilshire
- Georgian Hotel
- Casa Del Mar
- Sportsmen’s Lodge Hotel
Los Angeles has many problems that need solving. Some problems are societal, and some are individual. It is a comforting thought that, in the future, there might be such a public library where people can go to check out help.
THE ROOSEVELT HOTEL
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel – Episodes For Your Perusal
By Alan Nafzger
The 7/8ths Mile High Club
COMPLETED SCRIPT #1
When a teenage girl is abducted by a billionaire pimp who runs an anything-goes invitation-only 737 brothel, the girl’s parents use the library to find their missing daughter. Two clones (Matt Damon and Ben Affleck) must take a flight (out of US airspace), infiltrate the brothel and discover that a billionaire hedge-fund manager is extorting guests, and the girls are under-age. This is a buddy movie; let’s put Matt Damon and Ben Affleck in the role of the Dr. William Harford character from Eyes Wide Open, only they didn’t take the Hippocratic oath. They like to fight and raise Hell. The two clones take down the hedge-fund owner, turned pimp, who is extorting politicians (for national security secrets) and royalty (for money and social position).
Gallo del Infierno
COMPLETED SCRIPT #2
Three female animal rights advocates overhear a conversation in a hair salon about a famous rooster who fights under the name Gallo Del Infierno. With the idea of stealing the rooster, the activists try to infiltrate a cockfight but, of course, fail. The women look like Angela Lansbury, Betty White and Jamie Lee Curtis; they get temporary tattoos and dress the part and still fail. The women plead with their husbands to help them, but the men are all doctors and lawyers and heads of studios. Finally, the women head to the library and check out some “rough looking men” (Steve Buscemi, Danny Trejo and Texas Battle) who might be able to get them into the cockfight.
Juan leaves his home in Mexico when the moon is full. No money in his pocket. He steals a local 7-0 legend, a fighting rooster. He swims the river with the rooster under his arm. Gallo’s wings have been broken, he has one eye rollin’ around crazy-like. Juan tells his girlfriend he’ll be back with money enough to buy the land that was stolen from both their parents.
Juan fights the rooster at West Covina and walks away with twenty-seven dollars and feels rich already. He fights in Lamont and wins ten hundred-dollar-bills. After a cockfight at Earlimart, he calls his girlfriend in Mexico with the news he is up to five-thousand dollars and that later he’ll put it all on Gallo Del Infierno. He wins again and travels to Mendota for the really big money! He gambles his $50,000 that his rooster will defeat a wicked black rooster named El Coyote. There is no return of the money after the bet is made. After the money is handed over, Juan discovers a tiny crack in the rooster’s beak. He puts some super-glue on the crack but it’s only a temporary fix. If the rooster fights, he may die.
Let’s have the three clones steal the rooster before the fight and deliver it to the animal-rights women. Juan feels cheated by the owners of El Coyote and/or the oddsmaker/handler; he shoots at them in the dark. The gathering disperses and Juan disappears back into Mexico. Gallo Del Infierno survives to live on a farm; his new job is fertilizing the eggs of over 100 premium show chickens.
COMPLETED SCRIPT #3
A clone (Barak Obama) comes to the aid of an olympic hero who is a California senatorial candidate. When the candidate’s campaign manager is murdered, Mr. Obama must help prove her innocence.
Bar Light Bar Bright
Despite their donors being in an elaborate, long-running, and exhausting feud, while housed in the library, the clones (Taylor Swift and Katy Perry) are best friends and writing partners (Bar Light Bar Bright). However, after 2070, clones are not allowed to “profit” from their “genetic talents” so they jump at the chance to help a song-writer overcome writer’s block. However, they must help the young singer-songwriter escape the clutches of her rapist manager. And, when a friend of the songwriter collapses on stage, Swift & Perry realize it wasn’t just exhaustion, but foul play.
A group of outlaws disguises themselves as clones to rob banks. They plant some of the money in one of the rooms at the Roosevelt to throw off the police. The only problem they’ve imitated Humphry Bogart who was never cloned. It’s an urban legend that Bogart is the only clone on “permanent reserve.” Let’s put clones (Rich Turner, David Steen, and Tony Cosmo) in the place of the detective characters in Reservoir Dogs.
You Look Good in White Neon
When a woman’s niece is having a wedding in San Francisco, she hires a clone (Zac Efron) to escort her. When the groom is linked to a murder at the rehearsal dinner, salsa and bachata night at a local neon night club/restaurant, Zac Efron works with the detective investigating the case.
Fightin’ Side of Me
A paraplegic war hero visits the library looking for sailors to help him participate in the yacht race. Numerous celebrities today are accomplished sailors; so the veteran chooses these two clones (Morgan Freeman and Jeremy Irons). However, a storm pops up and blows the war hero overboard. The clones must search their souls for the persistence to weather the storm and find their patron before he drowns.
After affecting the rescue, Freeman and Irons examine the wheelchair and find the axel has been broken in two, probably by a bullet. They investigate, motives, opportunity and videotapes. The two clones learn a second Navy seal fired a bullet from another race boat (an impossible shot) which collapsed the chair and sent the war hero into the sea.
Big City Stripper
A cowboy needs the help of a clone (Ricky Gervais) persuading his “girlfriend” to quit the topless dancing and marry him. She looks sleek and for a dollar a peak, you can make her acquaintance and leave. This looks like it’s going to be a Cicero de Bergerac story; however, there is a twist. A suitcase full of cash falls from a plane (chased by the DEA) into the back of the cowboy’s pickup. Rather than report the discovery to the police, the cowboy decides (against Ricky’s advice) to buy the love of the dancer. Spending this much money puts a cartel on the cowboy’s trail and the cartel’s psychopathic killer dispassionately murders nearly everyone in Los Angeles in pursuit of his quarry and the money. Meanwhile, the “good-natured” Gervais comically supervises both the romance and the protection of the cowboy. Let’s put comedian Ricky Gervais in the role of the “Ed Tom Bell” character from No Country for Old Men.
At an awards program, Hollywood couple except “best picture;” she is adorned with a huge diamond, which, of course, entices dim-witted bumbling outlaws to take a swipe at it. After the awards program, they argue about who to thank if their film wins “Best Picture” at the next ceremony, who they left out this time. Meanwhile, the police impound a car with close-up photographs of the diamond, plans of the couple’s public schedule before and after the awards. The couple is made aware that thieves are planning to rob them of their precious diamond, but the police can’t spare the extra security needed. Dodging the paparazzi, the filmmakers (husband and wife) use a library clone (Sylvester Stallone) to protect their gigantic diamond. The bumbling (Apple Dumpling Gang) thieves finally figure out a new plan to nab the elusive diamond, even as its owner comes to her own drastic decision on its fate. It is a “blood diamond” and if it’s not stolen, someone is going to pitch it into the Pacific. Imagine a crime/comedy drama — Stallone vs Don Knots.
Cheaper to Keep Her
A lawyer tries to keep his wife from finding out about his girlfriend who is also on the same vacation. Despite being a successful entertainment lawyer, the man has married without a prenuptial agreement. However, the lawyer is forced into bringing his wife on the vacation when she finds the tickets meant for his mistress and himself. Rather than disappoint the mistress, he visits the library the checks out a clone (Adam Sandler) to keep the mistress company on the vacation.
Why does the lawyer check out Adam Sandler? He is judged “funny enough” to keep the mistress’ attention but “not handsome or rich enough” for the mistress to fall in love with him. The actor, Adam Sandler, will laugh at that. When the mistress is raped, she begs the clone to persuade the lawyer from seeking revenge on her attackers.
You’re Blind and I’m Poor
A blind girl wins the lottery and hires a pair of clones (rivals Henry Winkler and Tom Hanks) to reunite her with her schoolmate/lover — who is no longer blind. The blind woman wonders if she can be “enough” to win the love of a formerly blind friend, who has regained his sight. But when the two former attendees of a school for the blind are reunited, something is amiss. It is a case of identity theft and the clones discover the fraud just before the blind girl is tricked into marriage by a con-artist and identity thief. The real schoolmate/lover is working overseas.
When the clones are brought to the run-down apartments where the blind, disabled and elderly are living, they learn the residents are being harassed by the developer/banker owner. The clones also discover that the banker has arranged to have the leader of the residents murdered and collapse the entire building in a nighttime “structural failure.”
The High Cost Of Living High
An addict gets out of prison and his mother hires a clone (Andrew Dice Clay) to watch him, coach him and bring him to Narcotics Anonymous meetings.
Once thought of as one of the best baseball players, winning multiple MVP awards and was a perennial All-Star, a player has become a candidate for Public Enemy Number One in Los Angeles for signing a ten-year, $850 million contract with the baseball team, declaring he would take them to a World Series. But after three years of last-place finishes, he’s caught on tape saying he never would have signed there if he’d known it was going to just be him “and twenty-five kids.” When the team wants rid of him, he not only fails a PED test, accused of gambling but also suspected of murder. It all seems excessive, but the player has alienated so many people… it is plausible he’s been framed all three times. Clones (Alex Rodrigues and Pete Rose) leave the library to prove the player was framed in three unrelated incidences by a fan, the general manager, a disgruntled teammate.
An orphanage paints a pretty picture and invites clones of famous orphans to come work at their 100th anniversary, which is also the week of a government inspection. The clones (Ice-T, Jamie Foxx, Frances McDormand) come and help out for a week, extra personnel that make it look like the children are being taken care of well. Ice-T plays the part of a counselor. Jamie Foxx becomes their basketball coach. Frances McDormand serves as a nurse. In their roles, they learn things are not as they seem. But before they can confront the superintendent of the home, he is killed. McDormand, Foxx and Ice-T must solve the murder and find homes for the kids. The superintendent was killed by a former disgruntled orphan who has risen to the rank of a government inspector.
Red Rock Canyon Trail
A cougar kills an Orange County infant and then a toddler. A clone (Ted Nugent), with an inherent (genetic) ability to hunt, is hired by the mayor to hunt the animal. Guns are illegal in 2080, so Nugent must use a bow. He’s checked out to kill the mountain lion without the media fan fair that would only stir panic. Nugent tracks the cougar into the mountains where he comes upon a couple, two naturalists. The man and woman have a strained relationship and we learn their son, years before, was killed by the same cougar. The woman blames this on her husband’s cowardice and indicates a romantic interest in Ted Nugent, an interest that eventually endangers Nugent’s life.
The husband figures he can save his marriage is if he proves his bravery and kills the mountain lion. The husband hunts the lion with an illegal gun. Ted goes up into the hills and finds the husband looking at the cougar’s fresh tracks. Ted points they need bait, but they don’t have any. With hatred and jealousy for Ted, the husband hits him over the head with his rifle butt, knocking him out. Ted wakes up tied to a pole. He shouts to the husband, “Let me go! You can’t use a human for bait. Are you crazy!!!!” Of course, clones aren’t considered “human” by half the population. Ted reasons with the husband while working on his ropes. Ted tries to convince the husband that his wife loves him regardless, when suddenly Ted quiets down and listens. He tells the husband that the cat is close by. The husband stands up, The cat springs onto the husband mauling him, the illegal rifle flies off a cliff and is smashed on the rocks below. Ted frees himself and grabs his bow and arrow. The big cat jumps for Ted. Using the bow he fires. Sad, but the cat must be killed; once they have killed a human they will try again. Ted bandages up the husband says to him, “Come on, your wife’s waiting”.
Six Episode Meal
When a woman’s divorce settlement goes south, she must return to Los Angeles without resources. It was the husband’s money and credit and he’s hid the money in off-shore accounts. She stumbles into the Roosevelt looking to rent a room. She learns about the library. She’s nearly destitute and sneaks into the cafeteria food-line with the clones. She befriends the cafeteria workers and clone (Gordon Ramsey).
Later she enters a Food Network cooking contest and the prize is ownership of her favorite childhood restaurant. The contest invoves six Food Network episodes. Seven contestants, one is eliminated each episodes. With Ramsey’s leadership, other clones (Bobby Flay and Emeril Lagasse) all pitch in to help her win. They practice in the Library’s kitchen. The cafeteria ladies are helpful and are improving their skills listening to the advice. The team cooks meals for the clones who are delighted with the improved food.
The Uneven Bars
Peach, a student at the prestigious Beverly Hills high school, was a world-class Olympic gymnast until an injury ended that. During the year off, she lost interest and never returned to the sport. She’s not the type to stay home reading books and her sister’s identity enables her to work as an uber driver; she learns about the library by picking up and dropping off clones, prostitutes, and other interesting people. She likes living on the edge and perhaps she has a slightly self-destructive personality.
But her main goal is to marry her wealthy wrestler boyfriend Biff. However, the wrestling team is disbanded because of the federal Title IX rule; there are nine men’s teams and only eight women’s teams. Biff is about to transfer to another school. Peach decides to start a women’s gymnastics team so that Biff can stay. She finds six small but athletic girls at their high-school. The school’s principal approves the gymnastics team, on the condition that they find a coach who will volunteer their time; the budget is zero. With clone (Aly Raisman) as their coach, the team starts to learn gymnastics. Peach and Aly grow closer as they prepare for a match with a Houston team, Peach’s old team and now rival.
Peach also meets Dave, another wrestler player and he is a much better match for her. It’s pretty clear that Biff is all show… money and cars and clothes. Aly must persuade Peach that she should marry for love and not wealth. Romance solved.
One of the gymnasts on the team, Hope, is a rebellious 17-year-old with a collapsed building fetish. She and her boyfriend have a run-in with the law when they purposely collapse a half-built high rise construction site. Hope in court is told to repay the millions or be sent to a youth authority prison/school. She agrees to go to the vocational training school, ruining her life and chances at college. But the judge tells Hope that someone (obviously Aly) has written a letter and wants to speak. Aly convinces the judge that if she can make the Olympic team she can use the endorsement money to repay some of the property damage debts she still owes and go to college.
BACK STORY & THE LAST EPISODE (season 12, episode 12)
In each episode, there is at least one reference to the good old days (before 2070), when the clones were housed in luxury and were everyone’s darling. Things were, at one time, great for clones until public opinion changed in 2070. The primary reason the clones are discriminated against in this series is because of a high profile murder that took place in 2070, which is ten years before the first episode.
An upcoming film director checks out a clone (Martin Scorsese) to be her guest on the set of a mother-daughter film she’s directing. Scorsese meets both the director’s girlfriend and has-been movie star Miley Alimia, whose prima donna attitude endangers the film that was to be her comeback. And also Scorsese meets the young starlet Patti Alimia.
After the first scene is filmed, they all dine together with others including Chuck Weinstein (an agent), a producer, and a banker. In the parking lot, Patti is shot and killed by a street person, who in turn, gets a fatal bullet from Chuck. To everyone’s surprise, the film isn’t canceled, but the director, after being persuaded by Chuck, checks out a beautiful clone (Elle McKinnon) from the library to take over Patti’s part. The homicide detective doesn’t feel the need for investigating further, confident he has his shooter, a homeless man who is also dead. But Scorsese digs into the past and present of the Alimia family, the crew of the film, and the homeless man who he recognizes as an unemployed actor. Scorsese learns that McKinnon and Weinstein have fallen in love and the murder is a way of getting Patti Alimia out of the picture and put McKinnon into the starlet seat. Chuck Weinstein hired the actor to play a homeless person and to shot Patti with blanks. Only Weinstein puts real bullets into the gun.
McKinnon and Weinstein are both charged with murder. Scorsese is able to cast doubt on McKinnon knowing what Weinstein was doing, but the jury convicts her anyway. McKinnon’s case tried in the media, blood is in the water and the case is wrongly decided (she’s NOT guilty), but the sorted story warps public opinion against the clones. It is the first and only serious crime ever committed by a clone. After this case, they can no longer drive, work, or marry or represent themselves in any way other than as a “clone.” They are no longer allowed to leave the Roosevelt without tons of regulations and a minder that’s lurking around trying to catch them breaking a rule. After 2070, EVERYTHING for a clone is a violation of the rules. They are relegated to a new legal classification, “book status.”
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is a historic hotel located at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles, California. It opened on May 15, 1927, and is the oldest continually operating hotel in Los Angeles.
History – Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
The hotel was built in 1926, in what is known as the Golden Era of Los Angeles architecture, and was named after the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. It was financed by a group that included Louis B. Mayer, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and Sid Grauman. It cost $2.5 million ($37.3 million today) to complete and opened on May 15, 1927.
The hotel went into a decline in the 1950s. An owner around that time demolished its archways, covered up its elaborately painted ceilings and painted the entire hotel seafoam green. Radisson Hotels purchased the hotel in 1985 and, using original blueprints and historic photos of the hotel’s Spanish Colonial architecture, undertook a $35 million renovation, restoring the lobby’s coffered ceiling and adding a three-tiered fountain, among other improvements. The million-dollar mural at the bottom of the hotel’s Tropicana Pool was painted by David Hockney in 1987.
On August 13, 1991, the City of Los Angeles declared the hotel building Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 545. In 1995, Goodwin Gaw purchased the hotel from Clarion Hotels, with David Chang later becoming co-owner. In 2005, the Thompson Hotel Group assumed oversight of the hotel’s management. The Dodd Mitchell Design Group and David Siguaw oversaw a $30 million renovation of the hotel in 2005. Since 2015, the hotel has been run independently by its own management company. In 2015, the hotel completed a $25 million renovation with rooms designed by Yabu Pushelberg, and plans for a new poolside food and beverage outlet.
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel – Design and style
The 12-story hotel has 300 guest rooms including 63 suites. It occupies a site on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and across Hollywood Boulevard from the TCL Chinese Theatre. The building has a Spanish Colonial Revival Style interior, with leather sofas, wrought-iron chandeliers and colorful tiled fountains.
The architects Fisher, Lake and Traver are also credited with the Westward Ho Hotel in Phoenix and The Willmore Building in Long Beach.
The Gable-Lombard penthouse, a 3,200 square-foot duplex with an outdoor deck with views of the Hollywood Hills and the Hollywood sign, is named for Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, who used to stay in the room for five dollars a night. The Marilyn Monroe suite is named for the actress, who lived at the hotel for two years early in her career. Other accommodations include King Superior rooms and vintage 1950s poolside cabanas.
Hotel Restaurants and Bars
The hotel has a total of eight restaurants, bars and lounges. 25 Degrees is a hamburger restaurant located just off the hotel lobby. It was opened in 2005. Public Kitchen & Bar features American food in an Old Hollywood-style dining room. Tim Goodell is the head chef of both restaurants. The Spare Room is a gaming parlor and cocktail lounge; the Library Bar is a cocktail bar with cocktails made using locally sourced ingredients; and Tropicana Bar overlooks the pool. Beacher’s Madhouse is a vaudeville-inspired theater owned and operated by Jeff Beacher. Teddy’s, a nightclub located off the lobby, was considered a celebrity haunt. It opened in 2005, was remodeled in 2012 and closed in 2015.
Hotel In Popular Culture
The first Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on May 16, 1929, inside the Blossom Ballroom. A private ceremony open only to Academy members, it was hosted by Academy president Douglas Fairbanks and held three months after the winners were announced, with 270 people in attendance. At the time, the “Oscar” nickname for the award had not yet been invented (the nickname would be introduced four years later).
Facing heavy debt in 1986, five-time Academy Award winner Lyle Wheeler sold boxes of his possessions, including his five Oscars. His award for art direction for The Diary of Anne Frank was auctioned for $21,250 to William Kaiser. Kaiser returned the award to Wheeler at a ceremony held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in 1989.
The hotel has hosted the Golden Raspberry Awards, the ceremony recognizing the year’s worst in film, on numerous occasions.
The pool at the Roosevelt Hotel was featured in a 1955 episode of I Love Lucy when the Ricardos and Mertzes came to Hollywood.
Several scenes from the 1988 film Sunset, starring Bruce Willis and James Garner, were filmed at the hotel, including a recreation of the 1929 Academy Awards ceremony.
The scene of the 1989 film The Fabulous Baker Boys where Susie (Michelle Pfeiffer) sings “Makin’ Whoopie” while Jack (Jeff Bridges) plays piano was shot at the Cinegrill nightclub in the hotel.
The hotel’s hallway can be seen in episode 7 of the 2016 FX true crime anthology television series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, as a substitute for an Oakland hotel where Christopher Darden and Marcia Clark spend the night.
Other films shot on location at the hotel include Internal Affairs (starring Richard Gere), Beverly Hills Cop II (starring Eddie Murphy) and Catch Me If You Can (starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks and directed by Steven Spielberg). Other television shows shot at the hotel include Knots Landing, Moonlighting and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Prince performed five shows at the hotel in 2007, which included dinner with his personal chef, a two-hour performance and a post-set jazz jam.
The TV series Lucifer frequently includes exterior views of the hotel in establishing shots. A scene between Lucifer and Amenadiel in the first season episode “Take Me Back to Hell” takes place on the roof, with the back of the Roosevelt’s sign visible.
The Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode “Out of the Past” featured the hotel prominently throughout the episode.