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All The Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them -- Special Effects

Anne M. Strick | Posted 02.15.2014 | Entertainment
Anne M. Strick

Special effects essentially recreates physical things that can't exist, or can't exist conveniently, on a sound stage. Often times crews make models and big rigs -- or more appropriately, whatever the script calls for.

All the Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them -- Grip

Anne M. Strick | Posted 09.28.2013 | Entertainment
Anne M. Strick

"Grips are sort of like the Sea Bees of the film crew", says Art Bartels, among whose movies are Ocean's Eleven with Matt Damon and Along Came Polly, with Jennifer Aniston and Ben Stiller.

How to Succeed in (Show)Business: Paying Your Bills While Chasing the Dream

John Carroll | Posted 10.09.2012 | Gay Voices
John Carroll

In between my more "prestigious" performing jobs, I have to do gigs that are somewhat lower on the ego totem pole. Much lower. One week, I'll be walking red carpets in Dubai, the next, I'll be cleaning dirty carpets in Detroit. But hey, that's show biz folks!

Outsourcing Hollywood, Billions Leave Local Economy, Families Separated

Kevin James | Posted 11.12.2012 | Los Angeles
Kevin James

One of America's most lucrative exports is entertainment. It wasn't long ago that L.A. was the entertainment capital of the world. But lack of a vision for L.A.'s future by current city leadership has led to the destruction of a local industry.

Stop Giving the Entertainment Industry the Silent Treatment

Austin Beutner | Posted 04.24.2012 | Los Angeles
Austin Beutner

We're enjoying the acclaim given to The Artist, a picture that gives tribute to the Hollywood of yesteryear. But the same town is doing little to speak up for the entertainment industry and to sustain its presence in Southern California.