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Equity's Union-Busting Tactics

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 04.25.2015 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

original image by Rick Baumgartner In its battle with a majority of its Los Angeles members over the 99-seat theater plan, Actors Equity is deploy...

Actors Equity Meets Franz Kafka

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 04.22.2015 | Los Angeles
Hoyt Hilsman

In a twist worthy of a Kafka novel, the national council of Actors Equity, the union of American stage actors, this week rammed through a proposal that would essentially rip the heart out of the Los Angeles theater scene, even though the proposal had been voted down by two-thirds of its Los Angeles voting membership.

Actors Equity's Threat to Los Angeles Theater

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 03.15.2015 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

A union that is over a hundred years old should not put itself at risk of splitting apart, simply because of a hidebound leadership mired in the past. While the union movement across the country is in a fight for its life, the last thing it needs is for union leaders to hasten its demise.

A Love Letter and Wake Up Call to LA Theater and Actors' Equity

Eric Trules | Posted 03.09.2015 | Arts
Eric Trules

Here we go again. Just like the rabble-rousing "Waiver Wars" of the mid '80s -- union meetings, passionate and heated rhetoric -- all about the well-being, membership, management, and dare I say, survival, of Los Angeles's vital 99-seat theater scene.

Kim, Cosby and Kim: 2014's Greatest Fails

Steve Young | Posted 03.03.2015 | Comedy
Steve Young

While the prospect of patching up the road ahead may be bumpy, especially when you trudge through the potholes of 2014, some past wisdom may help us along the way.

A Midsummer Night's Dream: The App for Our Time

Jill Robinson | Posted 10.15.2014 | Los Angeles
Jill Robinson

I reviewed last year's production right around this time. I wanted to watch this show every night, laughing, engaged by the lyric, mythic and wacky action.

Burt's Buzz and Elena: Documentary Premieres

Regina Weinreich | Posted 07.31.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Burt of Burt's Bees, honey-bee pollen and beeswax skin care products sold in supermarkets and pharmacies all across American, really exists, and he ev...

Petra Costa's Intimate Film Elena Uncovers Truths About Loss, Love and Catharsis

Kristin McCracken | Posted 07.30.2014 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

In its native Brazil, Elena broke records, becoming the most-seen documentary of the year; it also sparked a national conversation about some typically taboo topics.

Could 'Life Of Crime' Be Jennifer Aniston's Next Great Movie?

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 05.21.2014 | Entertainment

Jennifer Aniston's film career hasn't surprised us much since "The Good Girl," and that was in 2002. Now, with "Life of Crime," we're thrilled to see ...

Jack Black, Tim Robbins Headlining New HBO Series 'The Brink'

The Huffington Post | Jason Hughes | Posted 02.12.2014 | TV

HBO has given a 10-episode commitment to "The Brink," a dark comedy directed by Jay Roach ("Game Change") and executive produced by Jerry Weintraub ("...

Midwinter's Magical Festival at The Actors' Gang

Jill Robinson | Posted 02.15.2014 | Los Angeles
Jill Robinson

The Actors' Gang has a treat for the season. Rather like A Midsummer Night's Dream -- this is its "Midwinter's Magical Festival." I saw The Queen Fami...

Lost 'Shawshank Redemption' Deleted Scenes Are The Best Of Things

Posted 11.20.2013 | Entertainment

Fans of "The Shawshank Redemption" should get busy living by watching this unearthed making-of featurette that includes two scenes deleted from the be...

Jack Black's Heading To TV

Posted 11.15.2013 | TV

HBO is taking Jack Black and Tim Robbins to "The Brink." Robbins and Black will play two of the leads in the upcoming dark comedy pilot. Jay Roach...

Can Theater Help Solve California's Prison Overcrowding Crisis?

Tim Robbins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Tim Robbins

Any successful system of rehabilitation requires multiple components, ranging from mental health and drug treatment to education and skills training. One aspect that may not be initially obvious, however, is the power of art and theater.

The 7th Abu Dhabi Film Festival: Life's Better at the Movies

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Give me a film to learn my history, politics and geography any day, over news bulletins, newspapers and professors. I'll admit with pride that I've learned about everything worth knowing from filmmakers.

Will Ferrell & Kristen Wiig Have A New Show And It Looks Insane

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 10.15.2013 | Comedy

Explaining Will Ferrell's new IFC miniseries "The Spoils of Babylon" is a difficult task, but after watching the first trailer, we have a feeling you'...

ReThink Review: Thanks For Sharing -- Sex Addiction Goes Mainstream

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.20.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

When I saw the trailer for Thanks For Sharing, I wrote it off as a fluffy ensemble rom-com questionably based in the world of sex addicts in recovery. But I'm happy to admit that I had this movie totally wrong.

Midsummer Magic

Jill Robinson | Posted 10.15.2013 | Los Angeles
Jill Robinson

The director, Tim Robbins, taller even than Demetrius, did not do any tumbling, but is surely a magician, and I've never seen a happier smile on any host. It was the smile of an artist who feels the glow of a splendid work. No greater pleasure.

Hannah Chodos

Ira Israel | Posted 09.12.2013 | Arts
Ira Israel

Last night at the Actors' Gang theater in Los Angeles, we were asked by the house manager NOT to write reviews of A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Tim Robbins, because it was not their final production.

Cinefantastique's Here's What's Going On: Universal to Offer Real Cabin in the Woods

Dan Persons | Posted 09.01.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Writer/Director Drew Goddard to adapt horror satire for Halloween Horror Nights... Jacob's Ladder being climbed once more... A bonding experience doesn't go quite as planned in Best Friends Forever...

Finding the Heart of Darkness in 2013

Brian T. Finney | Posted 06.24.2013 | Los Angeles
Brian T. Finney

The horror in the Congo continues, but instead of being silent, as Marlow in Heart of Darkness chose to do, we must speak about it. The horror won't end if nobody knows it exists.

China's Favorite

AP | Posted 06.24.2013 | Entertainment

BEIJING — The Beijing International Film Festival has honored "Back to 1942" with its top prize. The film set during a 1942 famine in China's H...

Be Cool

Rick Schwartz | Posted 05.21.2013 | Entertainment
Rick Schwartz

I studied box scores as kid and wanted to play short for the Mets. My career path went a different way, but I quickly learned what it meant to be a closeted sports fan; Hollywood is one of the few industries where it's cooler to be gay than into hockey.

You'll Never Guess Hollywood's Hottest 'Hood

2011-11-11-Screenshot20111111at3.30.52PM.png | Posted 10.23.2012 | Los Angeles

This story comes courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter. By Degen Pener This story first appeared in the Oct. 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter mag...

Susan Sarandon Sees Herself at Last

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.21.2012 | Celebrity
Marshall Fine

"I was never that serious about my career, in terms of firing agents, pushing for jobs, things that like. Kids today are a lot more savvy. I was happy with what came along."