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Agents Versus Writers Is Nothing New In Hollywood

Sure, the conflict is about packaging and digital rights – but it’s older than that, dating back to Robert Kennedy’s Department of Justice and a deal brokered in 1962. Now, “the two sides seem locked in a standoff with no end in sight, in a battle that could ultimately upend television and movie production and threaten the livelihoods of thousands of people.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Department Of Justice, Robert Kennedy, 04.21.19

Why Hollywood’s Writers Are Firing Their Agents En Masse

Short answer: The Writers Guild of America asked them to. Longer answer: The Guild says agency practices have evolved to the detriment of writers and that writers are earning less as agents expand their businesses, creating conflicts of interest. But it’s difficult. Writers depend on agents to work on their behalf and have close relationships with them. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Guild, the Writers Guild of America, 04.15.19

Salvador Dalí’s Illustrations for The Bible (1963)

Some might have taken offense when Salvador Dalí began illustrating the Bible in 1963. The notorious Surrealist “went to jail for his artworks as a young man,” writes Jackson Arn writes at Artsy, but he “lived long enough to lend his legendary panache to Hollywood movies and Alka-Seltzer commercials.” Along the way, he gained a reputation for having a rather vicious character. George Orwell, reviewing Dalí’s autobiography, described him as “disgusting” for his fanatical harassment and abuse of ...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, Hollywood, Rizzoli, College, George Orwell, Catholic, Salvador Dalí, Shakespeare, Orwell, Romeo, Facebook Twitter, Dali, John Milton, Durham NC Follow

Hollywood Claims To Be Getting More Inclusive – But That Change Hasn’t Gotten To The Director’s Chair

Hollywood, you should be ashamed. “Even after years of being called to task for sidelining female filmmakers, studios as a whole continue to rely overwhelmingly on men to lead productions. Why the disconnect?” This will shock everyone: Money. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Issues, 04.14.19

This Is The Director Who Sued Her Government For The Chance To Show Her Film In Her Own Country

Wanuri Kahiu isn’t happy with how much trolling and nastiness she’s gotten since her film Rafiki was banned in Kenya because it positively depicted a same-sex relationship. But middle fingers up to the haters: “Days before Rafiki was banned, it was selected for Cannes. Now she has two Hollywood projects on the go: a sci-fi series for Amazon Prime, and a gig directing Millie Bobby Brown of Stranger Things, in a young adult drama produced by Reese Witherspoon, making her the first African woman t...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Reese Witherspoon, People, Kenya, Kathryn Bigelow, Rafiki, Millie Bobby Brown, Wanuri Kahiu, 04.12.19, Cannes Now

This Director Made A Film About Young Lesbians In Kenya, And Her International Career Is Soaring. At Home, She Gets Death Threats.

Wanuri Kahiu’s Rafiki won raves at Cannes and beyond, and she’s now become the first African woman to get a major Hollywood studio deal. In Kenya, “Kahiu has been trolled on social media, threatened with arrest and suffered endless offensive comments, sometimes from members of her own family. ‘I have seen the vilest of comments come out of people I love,’ she says.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Kenya, Cannes, Rafiki, SJ, Wanuri Kahiu, 04.12.19, Kenya Kahiu

With dragons and dangerous cliffs, Museum of Illusions offers new 3D adventures

The Museum of Illusions in Los Angeles has reopened with all-new interactive exhibits. The 3D artwork lets you be part of each scene, and of course, you’re welcome to photograph and share your adventures through the two-story space. The pieces range from cartoony and whimsical to realistic landscapes. You can hang out with peaceful elephants, steal treasure from a dragon’s lair, brave falling off a cliff and more. The Museum of Illusions is open 10 a.m.-midnight daily at 6751 Hollywood Blvd. Tic...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Orange County, Samantha, Skye, Wilson, San Bernardino, Riverside, La Puente, Palmdale, Isabelle

How Did The Matrix, Which Was Super Weird For Its Day, Ever Get Made?

Truly, Hollywood is risk-averse, or at least its funders are. But “The Matrix was a mash-up of the Wachowskis’ many interests, blending their love of anime, martial-arts movies, cyberpunk literature, electronic music, and post-structuralist philosophy into a mainstream action flick. The siblings, still relatively unknown at the time, managed to do all of that on a moderate budget of $63 million, leaning on perfectly pre-visualized action sequences that helped define the next decade of cinema.” ...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Audience, Wachowskis, 03.31.19

LeBron May Not Be Playing Much Basketball, But He Is Starting To Be A Big Player In Hollywood

Possible the most Company Town thing in this story: “Studios, networks and production companies all over town want to be in the LeBron James business. And not only for his screen presence — even though his performance in Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck was considered a revelation. He and his SpringHill team are very good for business (also, many Hollywood executives are LeBron fans).” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Amy Schumer, People, Lebron James, Trainwreck, Springhill, 03.29.19

Famous Actresses Lobby For Food Service Workers. Workers Say Leave Us Alone

For more than a year, a group of Hollywood actresses waving the banner of the Time’s Up movement have been pressing Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to apply New York’s minimum wage to workers who earn tips, arguing that it would make waitresses less vulnerable to sexual harassment. But it has also created an unexpected divide: Waitresses and other servers are resisting the proposal, saying they can make more money from tips and do not need celebrities to help protect them from harassment. – The New York T...
Tags: Art, New York, Hollywood, Time, People, Andrew M Cuomo, 03.31.19

The Disney/Fox Merger Has Forever Changed Hollywood

Disney and Netflix offer the two clearest visions of Hollywood’s future. The former is a media company that’s as old-fashioned as they come, trying to make movies that will pull audiences en masse to the theater. The latter is a tech company that’s largely uninterested in the theater business but has won subscriber loyalty by offering a wealth of viewing options. As the cinema business continues to evolve, perhaps only the biggest films will survive as in-theater experiences, with streaming be...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Disney, Netflix, Audience, 03.22.19

Ensconced in Kinglike Comfort, Mykonos Hasn't Looked as Ravishing

Mykonos needs no introduction: its Cycladic beauty, cosmopolitan élan and legendary beachside lifestyle have made this small Greek island into a world–renowned, first-class holiday destination where Hollywood celebrities mingle with young tech moguls and social media stars. From the quiet fishing village of the 1950s when Christian Dior was mesmerized by the local handwoven textiles, to today’s...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Christian Dior

Apple’s Plans To Compete In Hollywood Are Becoming Clearer

Apple didn’t need stars before, but it needs them now. Although the company was the first publicly traded American firm to be valued above $1 trillion, its most recent earnings report showed flat profits and falling revenue. So the plan now is not only to sell devices, but to fill them with content. That has led the company into the alien territory of Hollywood, where local customs can clash with Silicon Valley folkways. – The New York Times
Tags: Apple, Art, Hollywood, Media, Silicon Valley, 03.17.19

These Are The Films That Got The Most Buzz At SXSW

Though the movies that won awards were serious, the festival “has turned into something of a testing ground for the hit potential of Hollywood comedies.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Audience, Sxsw, 03.15.19

Why Did Hollywood Make Classical Music The Theme Music Of The Bad Guys?

For Hollywood, classical music has become the trademark of villains. On screen, orchestral melodies accompany the meditations of mad geniuses and pouting serial killers. Norman Bates practices the Moonlight sonata in Psycho II. Sociopath Lou Ford relaxes to Richard Strauss throughout The Killer Inside Me. Alex Forrest, in Fatal Attraction, plots her revenge while listening to Madama Butterfly. – American Scholar
Tags: Art, Music, Hollywood, Richard Strauss, Norman Bates, Alex Forrest, 03.04.19, Lou Ford

No, Steven Spielberg, Netflix Is Not The Problem

“The debate about the future of moviegoing shouldn’t be a binary one between a studio system increasingly beholden to franchises and intellectual property, and a nihilistic streaming service set on eliminating all competitors and monopolizing its users’ attention. The real problem with film right now is a lack of diversity caused by a lack of competition — both in Hollywood and online.” – The New Republic
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Audience, 03.06.19, Steven Spielberg Netflix

Early Hollywood’s Morality Code Was Silly, Self-Righteous And Obsessive. But It Provoked Some Genius Work

It is usually believed that the anti-sex, anti-violence Code was harmful to art, intellectually unsophisticated, imposed from above and un-American in its disregard for First Amendment Rights. This is far from the full picture. Often the Code encouraged greatness, was intellectually nuanced, self-regulated and conformed to American values of Judeo-Christian ethics and free enterprise. For good and bad, it was as American as apple pie. – History Today
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Judeo Christian, 02.28.19

Celebrating Cocktail Culture Through the Ages at Bibo Ergo Sum

A new three-part menu divides drinks into eras at this LA bar While seated with Bibo Ergo Sum owner Tait Forman and general manager Daniel Zacharczuk, at a table of glistening drinks, we looked around the glamorous, comfortable room with new eyes. Bibo (as it’s referred to) evokes the cinematic style of a classic art deco bar in Paris or Hollywood, but the goal of …
Tags: Drinks, Hollywood, Design, La, Alcohol, Bars, Los Angeles, Drinking, Paris, Cocktails, Food + Drink, Beverly Grove, Bibo, Mixed Drinks, Bibo Ergo Sum, Tait Forman

Uh, Hold The Champagne For Disney And Fox (And Hulu)

This story is complicated, but basically, Fox executives, including two who are in line to be top executives at Disney, just got hit with a $179 million ruling that they committed fraud against the stars and executive producer of the massive hit Bones, which ran from 2005-2017. But it has larger implications. “What we have exposed in this case is going to profoundly change the way Hollywood does business,” the lawyer said. Will this news also break Hulu? – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Disney, Fox, Hulu, 02.27.19

A Brief History Of Jesus On The Big Screen

Cinematic depictions of Christ go all the way back to Edison and the Lumière brothers. And they stretch forward from the silents through Cecil B. DeMille to Mel Gibson — and that’s just from Hollywood. And it’s only in Hollywood where Jesus looks like a white movie star. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Jesus, Mel Gibson, Christ, Lumière, Cecil B DeMille, Edison, 02.28.19

Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, March 1-8

  Zoe, the Mexican rock band and Grammy Award winners, perform on March 6 at the Hollywood Palladium. (Photo courtesy of Zoe)   There’s always something fascinating to do in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area. Here is a sampling of entertainments this week and also save-the-date events to put on your calendar.   EVENTS   Bianchi Planetarium at Cal State Northridge: “Winter Sky” show, 7:30, and “The Search for Life in the Universe,” 8:30 p.m. March 1. Minimum age 8. Ticke...
Tags: Local News, Art, Books, Comedy, Dance, Movies, Museum, Music, San Fernando Valley, Theater, Things to Do, Top Stories LADN

5 Jewelry Trends for 2019

2019 has observed a rising trend in jewelry that has moved away in the far more preferred chokers and sautoir necklaces of 2018. Jewelry that stands out in the crowd, which is bold and embellished have become the should have pieces of this year. Observed on numerous red carpets, the A-list globe has embraced these should have pieces from the moment. Listed below are just five jewelry trends that have set 2019 on fire.   Layered necklace   The latest trend inside the world of models, musicians an...
Tags: Hollywood, Design, Jennifer Lawrence, Trends, Emma Watson

André Previn, 89

“[He] was a musical polymath who began composing for Hollywood at 16 and won a quartet of Oscars, and had additional careers as a jazz piano phenomenon and major symphonic conductor. All the while, he … was considered something of a playboy as he leapt with swaggering allure between Hollywood and the directorship of some of the world’s leading orchestras, often using his celebrity and skillfulness as a raconteur to bring wider attention to classical music.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Hollywood, People, Andre Previn, 02.28.19

ABC Needs To Stop Trying To Trim The Oscars Broadcast And Embrace Its Oscarness

“If you paid any attention at all to the run-up to this year’s Academy Awards, you might reasonably think the ceremony’s producers and network wish they didn’t have to do the damn thing at all. … ABC learning the wrong damn lesson from the Super Bowl is depressing, because that quintessential Live! Television! Event! offers so much more guidance on which way to go with Hollywood’s big night.” – Flavorwire
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Abc, Audience, 02.21.19

Climate Change Should Be A Great Subject For Disaster Movies. So What’s With Hollywood’s Failure Of Imagination?

“In a storytelling culture obsessed with bigger stories and higher stakes, climate change should be irresistible. And yet when we try to tell the story — whether it’s motivated by politics or the genre intuition that climate change is horror at the grandest scale — we fail, invariably, to do it well. Why?” Probably, writes David Wallace-Wells, because the threat is too real. – Slate
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, David Wallace Wells, 02.19.19

When Fan Culture, Troll Culture, Believe They Know Better Than Artists (And Want To Change Art)

Online communities build campaigns around “correcting” what they see as artistic errors. “A depressingly large number of these campaigns are defined by grievances against women and minorities, and by fury at Hollywood for attempting to make long-standing franchises sustainable by amplifying their inclusiveness.”  – The Daily Beast
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Audience, SJ, 02.25.19

Back In The Day, Hollywood’s Highest Paid Director Was A Woman

In early days of the movies, some people thought that women had a special relationship with cinema. There were jobs – and not just as actors or script girls. “Women wrote at least half of all silent films, while narrative film—film that tells a made-up story—is arguably the invention of Alice Guy-Blaché, … [who] made La Fée aux Choux (The Fairy of the Cabbages) in 1896. There are actors, costumes, props, sets and a whimsical story; in the surviving clip, newborn babies emerge from giant heads of...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Alice Guy Blaché, 02.21.19

Stanley Donen, Director Of ‘Singing In The Rain’ And Other Musicals, Has Died At 94

Donen “brought a certain charm and elegance to the silver screen in the late 1940s through the 1950s, at a time when Hollywood was soaked in glamour and the big studio movies were polished to a sheen.” Some of his other movies: Royal Wedding, with Fred Astaire dancing on the ceiling; On the Town, Damn Yankees, and so, so many more. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, People, Stanley Donen, Fred Astaire, Donen, 02.23.19, Town Damn Yankees

What’s It Like Watching Your Character On The Page Come To Life As Glenn Close?

Meg Wolitzer, author of The Wife (among many other novels): “All of this is heady, effervescent stuff for a novelist. … I felt a particular kind of excitement. It wasn’t just the generic Hollywood feeling to which many of us are susceptible. The face for which I had created the outline had been filled in, saturated with new meaning.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Words, Glenn Close, Meg Wolitzer, 02.22.19

Want To Read About Hollywood Instead Of Watching One More Nominee?

Here you go – because although “these days the awards are a more subdued hooray for Hollywood, some of the best books on the industry have always warned of the dream factory’s problematic side.” –
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Words, 02.22.19

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