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Strike Derails Golden Globes Show

With top-tier talent unwilling to cross picket lines for the sake of a gala awards ceremony, the folks who put together the Golden Globes (the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, NBC and Dick Clark Productions) scrambled to work around the whole no-actors-showing-up issue but had to settle for a newscast announcing the winners. 

Posted on Jan 7, 2008 READ MORE


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Hollywood’s Thumbs-Down on Abortion

Pregnancy is way cool on the big screen these days. Moviemakers seem to be reflecting a cultural tide that has shifted key positions on both the left and the right.

Posted on Jan 2, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Damian Dovarganes

WGA Strikers to Return to the Table Nov. 26

An end may be in sight for striking television and film writers and their studio bosses if negotiations, now set to resume Nov. 26, are effective.  However, WGA West President Patric Verrone cautioned union members to stand their ground in an e-mail titled “Don’t Break Out the Champagne Just Yet.”

Posted on Nov 17, 2007 READ MORE


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‘Colbert’ Writers Score Big With Strike Parody

There’s one big built-in advantage that many striking WGA members have over the studio honchos they’re feuding with:  real creative talent.  This clip, made by “Colbert Report” writers, showcases their flair for parody, reminding producers why they’re indispensable while mercilessly lampooning the executives.

Posted on Nov 16, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


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AP photo / Charles Dharapak, File

Hollywood Conservatives Keep a Low Profile

It’s relatively easy to drum up a list of high-flying entertainers who have publicly backed a Democratic politician in recent years (if not weeks)—Oprah, George Clooney, Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand and others readily come to mind—but their conservative counterparts are much harder to ID without resorting to a Google search.

Posted on Nov 16, 2007 READ MORE


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The Winter of Writers’ Dissed Content

It can be confusing to follow the ongoing WGA strike, what with all the picketing, accusations from both sides, and rampant speculation about whether Ellen DeGeneres is a traitor or just trapped in a rock-versus-hard-place career conundrum.  Here, striking staffers from “The Daily Show” helpfully explain their side of the issue.

Posted on Nov 14, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


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newsmax.com

Hollywood Copes Without Writers

Though Ellen DeGeneres has taken her show across the picket line and some reality TV has improvised along, Hollywood is increasingly worried about its wordless future. Late night talk shows went to reruns immediately and the scripted shows are nearly tapped out of fresh episodes. The writers, meanwhile, show no sign of ending their strike any time soon.

Posted on Nov 13, 2007 READ MORE


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jfklibrary.org

Bill Clinton to Help Mediate WGA Strike?

While Hillary’s out on the campaign trail, Bill Clinton may be offering his diplomatic expertise to help bring a resolution to the Writers Guild of America strike, which has halted several productions in Hollywood and New York.

Posted on Nov 8, 2007 READ MORE


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latimes.com

Writers Picket With Star Power

Writers began picketing network and studio headquarters on Monday, with the support of several celebrities and, courtesy of Jay Leno, a couple of boxes of doughnuts.  There’s no telling how long the strike will last, but parallels to the 1988 walkout that cost Hollywood an estimated half a billion dollars have already been drawn.

Posted on Nov 5, 2007 READ MORE


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‘Dixie Chicking’: Post-9/11 Blacklisting in the Entertainment Industry

As a follow-up to his “Hollywood 10” retrospective essay, and in honor of Friday’s 60th-anniversary commemoration of 1947’s “Hollywood Fights Back!” radio program, author Ed Rampell shows how history has (unfortunately) repeated itself of late in America’s entertainment and news media.

Posted on Oct 25, 2007 READ MORE


Money Talks

George Clooney is a big-time movie star. Cate Blanchett is a big-time movie star. But Tyler Perry’s new movie did more box office on its opening weekend than Clooney’s and Blanchett’s new movies combined—which makes Perry a big-time movie star, too, and also a phenomenon.

Posted on Oct 15, 2007 READ MORE


Thompson Needs More Rehearsal

In his first presidential campaign debate, the former senator didn’t fall on his face but his performance was of less than Emmy caliber.

Posted on Oct 11, 2007 READ MORE


Lord of the Sighs

When they write the cultural history of childhood in 21st-century America, I hope they leave room for a few unkind words about “Kid Nation.”

Posted on Sep 27, 2007 READ MORE


Politics, Hollywood-Style

Given the longstanding relationship between Hollywood and Washington, two towns that share an inborn proclivity for drama, the news that several L.A.-based executives are forming a politically minded production company with the help of an experienced Capitol Hill player should come as no surprise.

Posted on Sep 11, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Craig Molenhouse

Merv Griffin’s Bodyguard of Lies

The not-so-secret gay sex life of Merv Griffin has once again raised the specter of the obituary outing, not to mention the power of prejudice to intimidate even the rich and famous.

Posted on Aug 27, 2007 READ MORE


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Gore Vidal Sounds Off on Solar Power Caper

Note to public utility companies:  Do not cross Gore Vidal.  What began as a personal nuisance—the shutdown of his newly installed home solar power system by Los Angeles’ water and power provider—has become emblematic of a bigger issue (or two) for the venerable writer, who states his position in no uncertain terms in this interview.

Posted on Jul 6, 2007 READ MORE


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Spielberg Backs Hillary

In the latest round of “Divvying Up (Democratic) Hollywood,” presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton emerges triumphant, having landed a very big fish indeed: überdirector Steven Spielberg.  A campaign information source for Clinton, HillaryHub.com, confirmed Spielberg’s choice on the website on Wednesday.

Posted on Jun 13, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Andrew Medichini

Clooney and Damon Are “Obama Guys”

Sen. Hillary Clinton was gearing up on Thursday for a young Hollywood campaign fund-raiser—and not a moment too soon.  Time magazine reported from the Cannes Film Festival that “Oceans 13” studs George Clooney and Matt Damon are enthusiastic about Barack Obama’s  ‘08 presidential bid.

Posted on May 31, 2007 READ MORE



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Los Angeles Battles Chicago for Olympic Glory

Two of America’s great cities are going head to head for the opportunity to host the 2016 Olympic Games. With radically different cultures, Chicago hopes its work ethic and business savvy will impress the U.S. Olympic Committee, while L.A. is banking on experience and Hollywood-caliber glitz.

Posted on Apr 12, 2007 READ MORE


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washingtonpost.com

Picking Teams in Hollywood

After Barack Obama’s Oscar-week fundraising blitz last month, the ‘08 race has heated up for Democratic presidential candidates going a-courtin’ in Hollywood.  But the backing of celebrities can be a blessing and a curse, as George Clooney notes in Friday’s L.A. Times, hinting that he will help Obama however he can—even if that means “staying completely away from him.” 

Posted on Mar 30, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Scandals: The Movie

Conan O’Brien casts his picks for the Hollywood version of Plame-U.S. Attorneys-Iraq-gate. With news that Warner Bros. plans to make the Valerie Plame Wilson story, this comedy routine feels somewhat prescient, although we seriously doubt Jabba the Hutt would agree to play Karl Rove.

Posted on Mar 21, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


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pitt.edu

Cameron Finds Jesus

Film director James Cameron is gearing up for another epic release. Once again, Cameron is turning his lens on a historical event, but he’s thinking even bigger than his monolithic “Titanic”: This time, the self-declared “King of the World” is taking on the King of the Jews.

Posted on Feb 25, 2007 READ MORE


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nytimes.com

Obama Cashes In at Hollywood Fundraiser

Barack Obama took in $1.3 million Tuesday from an L.A. fundraiser organized by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. Hollywood is a crucial pit stop on the road to the White House for Democratic candidates as they build their war chests, especially with so many contenders in the field.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


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theage.com.au

Jesus at the Box Office

AlterNet’s Jonathan Jones probes Hollywood’s post-“Passion” fetish for Christian-oriented films and challenges the assumption that religious movies will rake in the cash by pandering to an attention-starved audience.

Posted on Dec 19, 2006 READ MORE


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ziyue.com

Oliver Stone on Hollywood and the ?Machinery of War?

Oliver Stone, speaking at the Venice Film Festival, criticized Hollywood?s romance of war.  ? ‘Pearl Harbor’ and ‘Black Hawk Down’—these movies worshipped the machinery of war and I think America went back to the concept of war too easily.?

Posted on Sep 1, 2006 READ MORE


Anti-Suicide Bomb Public Service Ad
From Newsweek

Hollywood Studio Produces Ad Against Suicide Bombing

A Hollywood studio and a Lebanese production company have produced a $1-million public service ad aimed at discouraging suicide bombings. Their funding came from “an independent, non-governmental group of scholars, non-political people,” according to an exec. (Via Huff Po)

Posted on Jun 21, 2006 READ MORE


Norman Solomon: Media Memorial Day, 2006

“We remember that many Americans have lost their limbs or their lives in on-the-job accidents that might have been prevented if overall media coverage had been anywhere near as transfixed with job safety as with, say, marital splits among Hollywood celebrities.”

Posted on May 26, 2006 READ MORE


Porn Industry Beats Hollywood to Internet DVDs

Pornography titan Vivid Entertainment will sell adult films through the Internet that can be burned to DVDs and watched on TVs. “Leave it to the porn industry once again to take the lead on this stuff,” says a think-tank analyst.

Posted on May 15, 2006 READ MORE


Oscars Postmortem

And the award for “Best Proof That Hollywood Is Out of Touch”: No one made a single reference to the troops fighting and dying in Iraq.

Posted on Mar 6, 2006 READ MORE


Pity the Fool

Paul Provenza, director of the gleefully obscene “The Aristocrats,” explains why Hollywood doesn’t get the joke.

Posted on Feb 28, 2006 READ MORE


Down to the Wire

Posted on Feb 27, 2006 READ MORE


Year of the Queer

Year of the Queer: Hollywood and Homosexuality

Truthdig’s Larry Gross, a pioneer in the field of gay studies, argues that for all the hoopla surrounding “Brokeback Mountain” and this year’s spate of gay-themed films, there is little about them that upends Hollywood conventions or challenges popular ideas about homosexuality. “Hollywood and much of the media may be awash in liberal self-congratulation,” Gross writes, “but they—and we—are also soaking in the familiar hypocrisy of homophobia.” Update: Down to the Wire

Posted on Feb 27, 2006 READ MORE


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From jkrweb.com

Jon Stewart Runs on CNN International

OK, all you expatriates probably already knew this, but Truthdig didn’t: “The Daily Show” runs on CNN International outside the U.S.
Think about that: Millions (perhaps billions) of foreigners get Jon Stewart’s version of America on a relatively straight-news-oriented channel. Depending on how you feel about Stewart’s sensibility, that’s either wonderful or troubling. (This snippet of news comes near the end of a hilarious article about Stewart’s upcoming gig at the Oscars.

Posted on Feb 20, 2006 READ MORE



Illustration by Jennifer Grey

Gays Have to Play It Straight in Hollywood

Sir Ian McKellen says, “It is very, very, very difficult for an American [gay] actor who wants a film career to be open about his sexuality.” | story
This is exactly what Truthdig’s Larry Gross was getting at in “Year of the Queer: Hollywood and Homosexuality.”

Posted on Feb 13, 2006 READ MORE


The More Things Change…

Posted on Feb 7, 2006 READ MORE


Photo of John Crawford stationed in Iraq

It’s War, Not Hollywood

By John Crawford

“Off to War” shows real soldiers and their families struggling to deal with the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

Posted on Nov 29, 2005 WATCH & LISTEN


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