The song’s distinctiveness led to plenty of licensing offers. The members of Harvey Danger were perfectly fine letting some of those go—most notably, they turned down having the song be the theme for the Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla bro-down . Other lost opportunities stung a little bit. Sult says that then- host Matt Pinfield was a fan of the band, and wanted them to release the jangly “Carlotta Valdez” as the follow-up to “Flagpole Sitta.” Their label had other ideas.
In 1951 Hollywood, we follow Capital Pictures studio head Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) around town for a day. We see him begin the day talking to clergy including a priest and a rabbi about how his current Roman epic, “Hail, Caesar!,” should portray Christ. Then he meets with his unmarried, pregnant superstar DeeAnna Moran (Scarlett Johansson) to convince her to find a husband quickly, while dodging rival twin gossip columnists Thora and Thessaly Thacker (Tilda Swinton). During all this, his big movie star Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) of the Caesar picture has been drugged and kidnapped by a secret group of blacklisted communist screenwriters, and new cowboy star Hobie Doyle (Alden Ehrenreich) is getting a public image makeover by being cast in a sophisticated romantic comedy by director Laurence Laurentz (Ralph Fiennes), and set up on a blind date with musical starlet Carlotta Valdez (Veronica Osorio).
Hail, Caesar! cleverly skewers the blind prejudices and exclusions of its time. Homosexual attachment is still the love that dare not speak its name. Women defer and follow two steps behind the men, both at home and in their limited work roles. Minorities in the movies are only represented by stereotypes like Carlotta Valdez. And dissenters who question blind patriotism must settle for merely inserting subtle messages into their screenplays.
There are many ghosts that wander the halls of the Mertland Childrens' Home in Angel Hill. The story of what happened to Carlotta Valdez has grown into legend, but the truth is very, very different. For one angry young woman, Mertland has a way of paying back what's due.