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How to Handle Tough Clients (And Not Want to Punch Everything)

Business can be stressful, especially when you add agitated or angry customers to the mix. Every once in a while, you’ll come across someone who is particularly vile. Maybe they call you names, refuse to treat you with respect, make lofty claims or refuse to pay for goods and services. It’s not an easy situation to deal with, but we’ve all been there. The most important thing is to keep your cool in the moment so that you don’t lose yourself and damage the brand’s reputation. It’s almost always...
Tags: Psychology, Hollywood, Design, Small Business, Office, Inspiration, Guides, Beethoven, Philosophy, Lady Gaga, Don, Lexie


Michael Jackson Estate Sues HBO Over ‘Leaving Neverland’ Documentary

“On Thursday, Optimum Productions and the two co-executors of the Jackson estate sued HBO and parent company Time Warner claiming the documentary constitutes a breach of a non-disparagement clause in an old contract.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Hbo, Hollywood, Media, Time Warner, People, Jackson, 02.21.19, Michael Jackson Estate Sues HBO


Colorful Sculptural Highlights from the Inaugural Felix Art Fair

Discovering treasures in the guest rooms of an iconic Hollywood hotel On Hollywood Boulevard, at the infamous Hollywood Roosevelt, a new art fair took place this past weekend—coinciding with Frieze Los Angeles and ALAC. Founded by Dean Valentine with brothers Al Morán and Mills Morán, Felix (named for the beloved animated cat) was spread throughout the hotel‘s guest rooms and poolside—offering a different approach and flow than traditional art …
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Design, Los Angeles, Culture, Sculpture, Art Fairs, Installations, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood Roosevelt, Dean Valentine, Alac, Frieze Los Angeles, Felix Art Fair, Al Morán, Mills Morán Felix


Portrait of a good bad guy

Edward G. Robinson was Hollywood’s first major art collector, and in 1939 he and his (first) wife and son had a family portrait done in pastels by Edouard Vuillard. La famille d’Edward G. Robinson “passed to his former wife” (i.e., in the divorce settlement) and seemed to have disappeared, but Terry has tracked it down. – Terry Teachout
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Terry, Ajblogs, Edward G Robinson, 02.18.19, Edouard Vuillard La famille


This 3-D museum focuses on eye-catching wonders from the 19th century to present day

Descending downstairs into the softly lit 3-D Space feels a bit like stepping into a sanctuary. You may feel a sense of wonder at this museum in Echo Park dedicated to the 3-D photographic and film art form. Here you will see not only 3-D and related images, but the tools used to create and view them as well. 3-D Space was founded by Eric Kurland as a non-profit organization offering exhibits, film screenings, workshops and other programs. The museum opened in July 2018. Kurland is the director ...
Tags: Google, Art, Hollywood, La, Digital, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Michael Brown, Theater, Disneyland, Hgtv, Echo Park, Los Angeles Daily News, Maggie Simpson


If Netflix’s Roma Wins Oscars’ Best Picture, It Will Change The Movie Business Forever

If a film primarily distributed online wins, the debate in Hollywood about what constitutes cinema is over. It would strike a blow to the big multiplex chains, which have refused to show “Roma” because Netflix offered them an exclusive play period of only three weeks; three months is the norm. As far as box office figures, Netflix has said the film has appeared in about 250 theaters in the United States since it was released on Nov. 21, but it refuses to disclose ticket sales. A win by “Roma” ...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Netflix, United States, Warner Bros, Roma, Audience, 02.17.19


Dave Smith, Disney’s Archivist And The Keeper Of The Company’s Secrets, Has Died

The man with expert knowledge on everything in the company’s past has died at 78. “In an industry that’s notorious for neglecting its past, Smith stood out as perhaps the most respected, if unheralded, member of a small group of in-house studio historians. Smith is credited with helping Hollywood understand the cultural value of its past, starting at Disney in 1970 when rival studios were auctioning or dumping their histories.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Disney, People, Smith, 02.15.19, Dave Smith Disney


Oops: The Live Oscars Broadcast Will Include Cinematography After All

For the second time, the Academy reversed itself about something it planned to cut from this year’s Oscars broadcast. “The announcement came after an outcry by some of Hollywood’s heaviest hitters, including BlacKkKlansman director Spike Lee and Roma director Alfonso Cuarón.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Spike Lee, Academy, Roma, 02.16.19


This Map Of The Bezos Story Looks Like It Came From An Amazon Original Police Story

Seriously, connecting the dots is a little bit intense. Bezos’ affair and associated selfies, and his post to Medium last week, “has revealed more than just a series of leaked texts and naked selfies. It has also laid bare a tangled web of overlapping relationships and interests across Hollywood, politics, national security and the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.” (And if you were wondering why Amazon has Jack Ryan as an original series, well, read on.) – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Amazon, Art, Hollywood, Media, Saudi Arabia, Bezos, Jack Ryan, 02.16.19, Amazon Original Police Story


Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, Feb. 15-22

    Lynne Fearman’s ‘Purple Haze.’ Fearman demonstrates her oil painting techniques on Feb. 18 at a meeting of the Santa Clarita Artists Association in Santa Clarita. (Photo courtesy of Lynne Fearman)   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, an...
Tags: Local News, Art, Books, Comedy, Dance, Homeless, Lunar New Year, Movies, Museum, Music, San Fernando Valley, Theater, Things to Do, Top Stories LADN


For Black Talent Agents, It’s Hard Out There In Hollywood

“Pushes for greater diversity onscreen have been mirrored in some Hollywood corridors of power with varying degrees of effort and success. But the number of partners and department heads of color at talent agencies, those hypercompetitive firms where careers traditionally start in mailrooms or assistants’ pools, remains vanishingly low. … Here, seven black agents — six with major agencies, one who runs her own boutique company — speak candidly about the barriers they have faced, the isolation t...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, SJ, 02.13.19


How The Red Carpet Became Such A Thing

Although the red carpet has been a part of Hollywood premières since the silent era and a part of the Academy Awards since the early sixties, it became a beast unto itself in large part because of Joan Rivers, who began hosting her barbed red-carpet specials in the nineties, with her daughter, Melissa. The “Joan Rivers effect” made the whole enterprise funnier and—for the starlets on display—scarier. Soon the red carpet became its own cottage industry, with the E! network employing such dubiou...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Joan Rivers, Melissa, 02.11.19


New Concert Hall Designed By Frank Gehry Proposed For Wimbledon

Former Hollywood film director Anthony Wilkinson – now director of Wimbledon International Music Festival – is looking to raise around £100 million for the concert hall. Wilkinson told the AJ the facility could host ‘the finest music of all genres featuring significant musicians from around the world’. – Architects’ Journal
Tags: Art, Music, Hollywood, Frank Gehry, Wilkinson, 02.12.19, Anthony Wilkinson, Wimbledon International Music Festival


The Editor Behind Scorsese’s Classic Movies

Thelma Schoonmaker is an editor – perhaps the editor, in this case. She’s won three Oscars, and she just received an honor at the BAFTAs. Though she’s happy about the push for more diversity in Hollywood, she says, “People think there were fewer women in Hollywood than there were. … After all, Cecil B DeMille’s editor, Anne Bauchens, actually won an Oscar, and DW Griffith worked with Margaret Booth, and Alfred Hitchcock’s films were edited by his wife, Alma.” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Hollywood, People, Alfred Hitchcock, Cecil B DeMille, Griffith, Thelma Schoonmaker, 02.10.19, Anne Bauchens, Margaret Booth


Women Have A Few Things To Say About Disgraced Dudes Rejoining Hollywood

Some things have changed, says actor Alyssa Milano. “I used to joke that whenever there was an animal on set there would be someone from the Humane Society [there] … but women are made to get totally naked with not one protection mechanism anywhere. I think all of that is going to totally change.” – Variety
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Alyssa Milano, Humane Society, 02.10.19


Hollywood’s History Of Blackface

Most Americans today are so removed from the heyday of blackface, when an entertainer like Al Jolson could cement their iconic status with it, that, like the Confederate flag, it is embraced by some as a triumphant act of transgressive rebellion and/or willful ignorance, a thumb in the eye of the politically correct. – The Daily Beast
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Issues, Al Jolson, 02.08.19


Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Feb. 8-15

    Samantha Indrieri’s “Second Take” is part of the “Unusual Views” exhibit opening on Feb. 11 at the Sturt Haaga Gallery at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge. (Photo courtesy Samantha Indrieri)   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   Hello Kitty Cafe Truck: Fans of “Hello Kitty” products find limited-edit...
Tags: Local News, Art, Books, Comedy, Dance, Lunar New Year, Movies, Museum, Music, San Fernando Valley, Theater, Things to Do, Top Stories LADN


Paul McCarthy to Premiere New Films in LA Next Week

Two new films by Paul and Damon McCarthy will premiere next week in Los Angeles during Frieze Week.  The works will screen at Montalbán Theater in Hollywood, and will feature the pair’s trademark approach to sexuality and violence. Read more at Art News
Tags: Art, Hollywood, News, Los Angeles, Paul Mccarthy, Art News, Minipost, PAUL, Montalban Theater, Premiere New Films, LA Next Week, Damon McCarthy


Opening The Door For Darker-Skinned Men In Hollywood

William Jackson Harper wants dark-skinned actors to have a lot more choices – and for himself, personally, aside from playing a nerdy, dead ethics professor on The Good Place, he wants more: “Stories of the black community in the U.S. Like right after the civil rights movement, I’m really interested in that because I feel like there’s a shift that — I’ve asked my mom about it because I remember her saying that growing up in our neighborhood was very idyllic in a lot of ways. And it was a black ...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, William Jackson Harper, 02.01.19


One Of The Sundance Winners Had These Bon Mots For Hollywood

Alma Har’el said women directors, who directed 44 percent of the movies at Sundance this year, said, “We’re here; we’re ready; stop sending us to shadow the fucking white men.” (Plus, hey, a list of all the winners.) – Vulture
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Sundance, 02.02.19, Alma Har el


How Story-Sharing Platform Wattpad Became A Hollywood Player

Beyond its handful of higher-profile productions, including a feature film coming this spring, Wattpad estimates that nearly 1,000 of its stories have been turned intotraditional books, TV shows, films and other digital content. It’s partnered with NBCUniversal, SYFY, CW Seed and others around the world to develop film and television projects, and last week it announced that it’s launching its own publishing imprint, Wattpad Books.  – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Audience, 02.01.19


Things to do in the San Fernando Valley and LA area, Feb. 1-8

  Lunar New Year celebrated on Feb. 2 at The Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles. (Photo, at the 2018 event, courtesy of The Original Farmers Market)   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 “Light Years from Andromeda: A Journey Between T...
Tags: Local News, Art, Books, Comedy, Dance, Lunar New Year, Movies, Museum, Music, San Fernando Valley, Theater, Things to Do, Top Stories LADN


Dušan Makavejev, Director Of ‘WR: Mysteries Of The Organism’ And ‘Montenegro’, Dead At 86

“His films, known for scenes of nudity and explicit sex, often centered on the sexual liberation of a female character. … Makavejev’s work — part of a ‘Black Wave’ of filmmaking in his country — also was raucously subversive, anti-bureaucratic and frequently banned by authorities. He audaciously attacked dogmas, whether they came from the East or the West. Not surprisingly, he was treated as royalty at film festivals.” — The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Hollywood, People, Montenegro, East, 01.31.19, Dušan Makavejev, Makavejev


Hollywood Needs Saving. This Year’s Sundance Has Some Ideas About That

In 2019, Sundance is arguably more mainstream than ever. Many options at the festival this year are the kinds of projects major studios used to make all of the time—crowd-pleasing comedies, true-story adaptations, and teen romances. With Hollywood now consumed by brand management, major franchises, and mega-budgeted blockbusters, independent producers have become the caretakers of the midsize movie. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, 01.31.19


Meshulam Riklis, Not Just Mr. Pia Zadora, Dead At 95

He’s best known to the public as the mogul widely considered to have bought a Golden Globe award for his actress-singer wife (whom he met when she was 19 and he was 49). But before that, he was the original leveraged-buyout corporate raider and co-founded Carnival Cruise Lines. Later, he produced a women’s pro wrestling TV series and became one of Las Vegas’s top casino-hotel and entertainment moguls — until he went bankrupt and fled home to Israel. — The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Israel, People, Las Vegas, Pia Zadora, 01.25.19, Meshulam Riklis, Carnival Cruise Lines Later


Movies Are Global – And That’s Changing Hollywood

Twenty years ago Hollywood earned 30 percent of its revenue internationally. Now it’s 70 percent. And that means what Hollywood makes is more and more influenced by the international market. – BBC
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Events, Audience, 01.18.19


Yalitza Aparicio, Star Of ‘Roma’, Becomes A Symbol Of, And For, Mexico’s Indigenous Women

“[She and the film have] started a national conversation about inequality, the treatment of domestic workers and who is welcome on the red carpet in a country where Indigenous women are rarely seen in magazines” — she’s now the first indigenous woman ever to appear on the cover of Vogue México — “much less at Hollywood awards shows.” — The New York Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Mexico, People, 01.17.19, Yalitza Aparicio Star Of ` Roma


Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Jan. 18-25

    Aspen Santa Fe Ballet perform Fernando Melo’s Dream Play on Jan. 19 at the Soraya at Cal State Northridge. (Courtesy photo by Sharen Bradford)   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   Women’s March Los Angeles: Non-partisan march celebrating organizations that educate and register voters, inspire youth to perfo...
Tags: Local News, Art, Books, Comedy, Museum, Music, San Fernando Valley, Theater, Things to Do, Top Stories LADN


Why In The World Would Anyone In Hollywood Hire John Lasseter Again?

Is it that other Hollywood guys simply don’t give a damn what kind of damage the former head of Pixar did with years of harassment? Uh, basically. “With Lasseter’s return, Hollywood can finally get back to the business of celebrating all those geniuses who just happen to be male because so many of the women have left the room to avoid being groped and/or ejaculated in front of.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Pixar, John Lasseter, Issues, Lasseter, 01.11.19


Hollywood’s Next Stage Theatre Closes After 30 Years

It was a theatre committed to helping theatre artists work. The theater would allow people to come in with their scripts and put them up with no upfront costs, which is an unusual approach in the L.A. theater scene. In return, the theater would take half of the door proceeds. – LAist
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Theatre, 01.09.19



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