October 2, 2009 |
Could it be that the conservative culture warriors who portray Hollywood as a cesspool of moral bankruptcy have been right all along? Not really. But in the case of Roman Polanski, the puritan scolds definitely have a point. Even the French government has backed off its defense of the fugitive director. Polanski, who has dual French-Polish citizenship, fled the United States in 1978 before he could be sentenced on a charge of unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in Los Angeles. He spent the past three decades mostly in France, and officials in Paris reacted...
May 15, 2012 |
The only way the film industry can survive, according to entertainment lobbyists, is for Congress to pass a series of escalating, alphabet soup laws. I'm referring to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998 and the recent attempts by the entertainment industry to push sister anti-piracy bills — the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the Senate and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) in the House — into law. These pieces of legislation assume guilt on the part of content consumers while simultaneously erasing...
April 4, 2008 |
Milton Ebbins, a well-connected show business manager who was a liaison between Hollywood and the Kennedy White House, died March 4 of a heart ailment at the Motion Picture & Television Fund retirement community in Woodland Hills, Calif. He was 96. Mr. Ebbins was a well-liked Hollywood insider who directed the careers of actors, musicians and comedians. For more than 30 years, he was the personal manager of actor Peter Lawford. Through Lawford, who was married to Patricia Kennedy, a sister of John F....
July 22, 2008 |
We're live at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood for EconCeleb , w here nearly 200 people are spending a beautiful afternoon indoors talking about the economics of celebrity content. We're not streaming live?we will be posting the videos as quickly as possible?but we do have chat via Meebo if you have any questions you want to send our way. The schedule is here.
May 30, 2008
Think of "The Fall" as a film snob's "Indiana Jones. " A rapturous valentine to cinema's roots, this visually dazzling evocation of matinee heroes and mythmaking fancy by turns plays with Hollywood's most cherished conventions and worships art for art's sake. It's a weird and often wonderful journey over the rainbow, featuring the screen's most captivating Dorothy since Judy Garland. In this case, the character's name is Alexandria, played in an enthralling debut by the young Romanian actress Catinca Untaru.
April 18, 2012 |
Kirk Cameron was once one of Hollywood's babies, the spunky, handsome teenager who starred in the 1980s hit "Growing Pains," and whose picture was taped inside many a schoolgirl's locker. But now, Hollywood scolds and even mocks Cameron who, at 41, is a vocal evangelical Christian, and, in the view of many of his fellow celebrities, kind of a jerk. Cameron's more recent acting and directing projects almost always carry a deeply Christian message, and he knows he is now the darling of only a certain segment of America.