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How The U.S. Shapes The Military's Big Screen Image

Agence France Presse | Dan De Luce | Posted 03.24.2013 | World

The CIA and the Pentagon pulled out all the stops for the creators of "Zero Dark Thirty," staging interviews with officials and a Navy SEAL for an ins...

A New Plan to Bring Hollywood Home

Kevin James | Posted 03.09.2013 | Los Angeles
Kevin James

As an expansion on my initial platform, I am now introducing a new plan to bring entertainment jobs back to Los Angeles. This plan is called the Los Angeles Production Benefit and it brings independent film production and union crews together.

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.

The Things We Executive Producers Have to Worry About

Andrea Grossman | Posted 10.10.2012 | Los Angeles
Andrea Grossman

It is a truth universally acknowledged that L.A. is a company town. But what happens when we don't know how to navigate the "company" that owns the town?

'The Watch': Proof That Hollywood Just Doesn't Give a Sh*t

David Fagin | Posted 10.01.2012 | Entertainment
David Fagin

I don't know about you, but, I for one, am way tired of seeing the same megastars cranking out the same mega-junk, almost as if they're all in on this decade-long con, and, we, the movie-going public, are their unwitting marks.

Los Angeles Film Festival: State of the Revolution

John Lopez | Posted 08.19.2012 | Los Angeles
John Lopez

There's just a massive creative-fatigue-miasma hanging over the film business these days, a sense the establishment has sucked all the air out of the business (as well as the financing) and that your options are limited.

Michigan Film Industry Incentives Doubled After Last Year's Steep Cuts

Posted 05.24.2012 | Detroit

As Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and leading Republican legislators hammer out a budget for the coming fiscal year, they've made the surprising decision t...

Google vs. Hollywood: The Worst of Enemies, The Best of Friends (Potentially)

Robert Simpson | Posted 07.22.2012 | Media
Robert Simpson

The battle raging between the big Hollywood film studios and the giant of Silicon Valley is probably the most pointless and futile conflict being rage...

For Those Who Consider Not Liking the Movie Business When the Grosses Aren't Enough

Jeffrey Korchek | Posted 07.07.2012 | Media
Jeffrey Korchek

Pity the poor movie business. Nobody likes it anymore. What the huge corporations that own the studios really don't like is the version of the movie business that they seem to be in, because it's just not working for them.

Lean and Hungry -- Startup Community Talks Hollywood

Gina Hall | Posted 06.25.2012 | Los Angeles
Gina Hall

In an era when social gaming is a $6 billion dollar industry, celebrities are starting to take notice. The future of Hollywood is technology driven.

There Are No More Movie Stars (Or Why We Must Change Conventional Thinking About Making Movies

Peter Paige | Posted 06.25.2012 | Los Angeles
Peter Paige

There are no more movie stars. I blame TMZ and its reality show brethren, who have taken all the mystery out of celebrity. In movie-making, like pretty much every other business, the paradigm has changed, and we must respond accordingly.

Marketing the Truth

Joseph Rauch | Posted 06.23.2012 | College
Joseph Rauch

I was surprised when I found out that many movies claim to be based on true events when, in fact, they are completely or almost completely fictional.

Where All my Ladies at in the Microbudget, Independent Filmmaking Revolution?

Vera Miao | Posted 06.03.2012 | Women
Vera Miao

Hollywood has taught me a lot of hard realities about who really gets to tell what stories.

Future of Film: The Real Culture Wars or Hollywood Vs. Silicon Valley

Tribeca | Posted 06.18.2012 | Media

The most important difference between the movie and technology industries lies in each community's very raison d'etre -- movies are rooted in art and personality and technology is driven by increasing the efficiency of transactions.

Hollywood Internships: Racket or for Real?

Gina Hall | Posted 04.24.2012 | Entertainment
Gina Hall

If you intern on a show, will you get to help put together a call sheet? Make sure to ask this in the interview. Yes, internships will consist of fetching lunch orders, answering phones and making copies, but a good internship will come with perks that you need to advance your career.

No Country for Old Women: Demi Moore & Our Fear of Aging

Anushay Hossain | Posted 04.10.2012 | Women
Anushay Hossain

Abandonment coupled with age in a town like Hollywood makes us feel sorry for Moore, but deep down we are actually terrified because we know what happened to her can happen to us.

Actor Michelle Williams' Uncanny Marilyn Wins Award Noms

Brad Balfour | Posted 04.04.2012 | Entertainment
Brad Balfour

Who knew that when actress Michelle Williams first appeared as the bad girl in Dawson's Creek, she would have the uncanny good sense to take on roles ...

The Road to Sundance and Beyond- Indie Game: The Movie

Turnstyle | Posted 03.26.2012 | Entertainment

By Noah Nelson In the years to come, the road from Kickstarter to Sundance will likely be as well traveled as the 101 in Los Angeles. During this yea...

The Real Wizards of Oz Deserve Better Treatment

Eric Roth | Posted 02.21.2012 | Los Angeles
Eric Roth

While visual effects-driven films are the ones that clean up at the box office, the visual effects artists who make the magic possible often are not adequately compensated or recognized.

So, You Want to Go to USC Film School...

Gina Hall | Posted 02.04.2012 | Los Angeles
Gina Hall

Frequently I'm asked: Do I need to film school to succeed in the film business? Couldn't I use tuition dollars instead to make a really good short? Isn't it really about who you know? The answer: No, yes, and probably.

Alexander Eichler

With Film Incentive Capped, Michigan's Movie Jobs Face An Uncertain Future | Alexander Eichler | Posted 11.26.2011 | Detroit

Sean Doerr knows Detroit. He's been poking around the city since he was 14, exploring its forgotten buildings and learning the names of architects lon...

Hollywood Networking: Connecting on More Than Movies

Gina Hall | Posted 01.09.2012 | Los Angeles
Gina Hall

In Los Angeles, going out to network is work. It's a rare occasion that I'm jazzed enough to tack on an extra three hours of Hollywood shop talk on top of a long day.

Studying the Economics of Independent Film: A Proposal

Josh Welsh | Posted 12.22.2011 | Los Angeles
Josh Welsh

While it's obviously true that it's hard for many independent filmmakers to sustain a career doing what they love, it is simply false that there's no money in independent film.

Joseph Erbentraut

WATCH: Local Film 'Genrefinity' Aims For Kevin Smith-Style Laughs | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 12.23.2011 | Chicago

In 2009, Chicago filmmaker Marc Buhmann, frustrated with the lack of a one-stop-shop news outlet for fans of genre (horror, sci-fi, fantasy), got toge...

Joseph Erbentraut

Is Chicago On The Verge Of A Blockbuster Boom Or A Filming Bust? | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 09.26.2011 | Chicago

When the Michael Bay-directed summer blockbuster "Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon" opened nearly a month ago, some wondered whether the film, even wi...