Posts Tagged ‘hollywood’

Hollywood Fights Against Ferguson Decision with ‘Blackout Friday’

November 27, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Hollywood leaders are supporting a nationwide protest of the Ferguson grand jury decision Monday not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown, under the social media hashtag #BlackoutFriday and organized through the collective Blackout for Human Rights. “Fruitvale Station” director Ryan Coogler, “Selma” helmer Ava DuVernay, “Grey’s Anatomy” actor Jesse Williams, Russell... Read more

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‘Angels in America’ Cinematographer on Working With Mike Nichols

November 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Stephen Goldblatt, who was the cinematographer on Mike Nichols’ last three screen productions — including HBO’s “Angels in America,” which Nichols considered to be the crowning achievement of his career — spoke to Variety at the Camerimage Film Festival on Friday about his friend, who died Wednesday. Goldblatt has worked with some of Hollywood’s leading... Read more

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Amy Berg on Her Hollywood Sex Abuse Expose: ‘We Get One Screening’

November 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Thank you for telling this story!” an audience member cried out just before the first — and possibly final — screening of Amy Berg’s Hollywood sex abuse documentary “An Open Secret.” The film premiered Nov. 14 as part of the DOC NYC festival, playing to a supportive crowd that looked like it filled Manhattan’s 475-seat... Read more

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Johnny Depp, Jim James, Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford & More Bring Bob Dylan’s ‘Basement Tapes’ to Concert

November 14, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

At the Montalban in Hollywood on Thursday night, patrons were treated to the first, and by some accounts the only, live performance of songs from the T Bone Burnett-produced “Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes,” released Nov. 10 on Harvest Records. All the principals featured on that album were there on stage: Jim... Read more

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Woman Sprays Man with Mace During AFI Screening

November 11, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The AFI Film Festival screening of “Mr. Turner” had theatergoers scratching their heads (and eyes) on Monday night in Hollywood when one audience member maced another in the face for asking her to turn off her cell phone. It happened during Mike Leigh’s historical drama “Mr. Turner,” starring Timothy Spall, at the Chinese 6 theater.... Read more

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Elizabeth Warren Tells Showbiz Crowd: ‘The Game Is Rigged in Congress’

November 10, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

As speculation continues to swirl over whether she would run for president in 2016, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) solidified her standing as a favorite of Hollywood and Los Angeles progressives on Sunday when she delivered a speech hammering Washington for being beholden to corporate interests and the rich and powerful. While some of the guests... Read more

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Belafonte Electrifies Governors Awards, Issues Challenge to Hollywood

November 9, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Harry Belafonte gave one of the all-time great acceptance speeches at Saturday night’s Governors Awards, citing Hollywood’s often-shameful power to influence attitudes, and challenging the heavy-hitters in the room to instead create works that allow global audiences “to see the better side of who we are as a species.” The performer, receiving the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, pulled no punches,... Read more

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Hollywood Post Alliance To Fete Alan Heim, Randy Roberts With Lifetime Achievement Award

October 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Hollywood Post Alliance has announced that picture editors Alan Heim and Randy Roberts will receive the org’s Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014. Heim’s credits and awards span television and feature film work. He won an Academy Award for editing “All That Jazz” and has three ACE Eddies, most recently the 2010 statuette for “Grey Gardens.” Early... Read more

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Hollywood Classics Plans ‘Zabriskie Point’ Re-bow

October 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

International film licensing outfit Hollywood Classics will re-release the 1970 Michelangelo Antonioni drama “Zabriskie Point” in the U.K. starting Oct. 24, in anticipation of the first new album in 20 years from the band Pink Floyd, whose music is featured in the film. A commercial and critical bomb at the time of its release, the... Read more

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Dancing Miscue by Olympian Tops Nielsen Twitter Ratings

September 23, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

As the new TV season gets underway, there were some surprising results in the Twittersphere recorded by ratings service Nielsen. ABC's Dancing With the Stars topped this week's Nielsen Twitter ratings and produced some extremely nasty tweets about Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones, who lost her bid to move forward in the competition with dance partner Keo Motsepe. The pair called themselves Team LoKeMotion, but their cha-cha was less than poetry in motion, and judges eliminated the pair in the first round of the show. Jones was shaken up by the loss. In an interview with Good Morning America, she blamed miscues for her missteps and said she felt rushed and anxious during the performance. "I was having a hard time breathing backstage and trying not to cry. I don't even remember anybody dancing that night, and I really regret that. I wish I could just smile,” adding that she felt bad for letting her partner down. Jones may have been contrite, but some sample tweets from TMZ about her performance were less than kind. The celebrity gossip site asked its followers if they thought Jones took her loss too hard. @TMZ Ya think everyone has already moved on and she is still on it.

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