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Rick Schwartz

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Be Cool

(2) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 10:42 PM

Oscar season is about to begin (Harvey's 2014 screeners are in the mail) (1); pitchers and catchers are in full bloom. As a guy who produces movies for a living, the former feels about as interesting as Bey and Hova's latest exploits while the latter makes me literally giddy with...

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Bad Things

(29) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 7:38 AM

I suppose it was inevitable.

For years, I'd read about scandals in various religious communities with a sense of growing dread. The words jumped out as sensationalized headlines: Cover-ups, Christians, schools, Muslims, churches, Evangelists, lawsuits Mormons, statute of limitations, victims, settlements. The details of individual cases provided unimaginable horrors...

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What to Expect When You're Producing

(11) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 8:14 AM

Now that I'm segueing into my new career as a software titan/media mogul shameless self-promoter, I thought it would be nice to use my years of experience in the Hollywood trenches to give something back -- you know, to the kids just starting out. And to my father, who always...

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My Big Fat Geek Wedding

(16) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 9:07 AM

"You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." ~ Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

I've been a movie producer for over ten years. It's not the kind of job you're really supposed to give up --...

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Jews Can Jump

(2) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 10:00 AM

With the Olympic games upon us, excitement surrounding the U.S. basketball team is palpable, as are the many questions. Will they return American basketball to past glory? Will they dominate international competition? Who designed those god-awful uniforms?

Lost amidst all the excitement, statistics, comparisons and arguments is the unusual fact...

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Hollywood's New Natural Selection

(13) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 11:10 AM

It's hard enough to be an actor under any circumstances -- the unending rejection, insane competiveness, constant scrutiny. Then, of course, there's the work itself -- which often gets overlooked amid all the public fascination with those who choose this particular career path.

The ones with the "dream" careers --...

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The Hunger Games Bombs!

(220) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 8:20 AM

That might be next week's least likely headline. Along with "Romney Needs To Reign In His Passion" or "Yanks Enjoy Pitching Surplus, Give Red Sox 2 Top Prospects."

Everyone knows by now that The Hunger Games will be a massive hit when it opens on Friday. Online hysteria, ubiquitous magazine...

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Is Carla Gugino the Jeremy Lin of Actresses?

(35) Comments | Posted March 12, 2012 | 9:37 AM

This is completely unscientific. And I apologize in advance for those of you tired of Lin's name.

I recently had a great only-in-New-York kind of week, in which I saw Linsanity at Madison Square Garden one night and a terrific play called The Road to Mecca at The Roundabout Theatre...

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Losing an Academy Award: The End

(7) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 7:43 AM

This is the final part of a four-part series. Read part three here.

Finally, you reach the main event -- the Vanity Fair party. Everyone from all the other parties has now converged on this most glamorous soiree, and they've all brought their spoils of victory. The...

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Losing an Academy Award: The Aftermath

(11) Comments | Posted February 10, 2012 | 12:05 PM

This is the third of a four-part series. Read part two here.

Here's what you don't see on television: immediately after the last award is given, the TV cameras go off and the bright lights in the aptly named Kodak Theatre go on. This is now your...

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Losing an Academy Award

(4) Comments | Posted January 31, 2012 | 8:36 AM

This is the second of a four-part series. Read part one here.

Lost amidst all the Oscar parties, the pomp and stupidity, the magazine covers and newspaper ads, is the fundamental question -- what happens to the non-winners? Now this is true of every industry -- the...

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What Happens to the Losers?

(19) Comments | Posted January 25, 2012 | 8:11 AM

This is the first of a four-part series.

The Academy Award nominations are out, a glorious period for those of us in the movie business. Fancy parties, the ubiquitous swag, gobs of platitudes and self-congratulations. In a business of power-hungry egomaniacs, what more could a guy want? With all the...

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It's Easy to Win an Oscar!

(73) Comments | Posted January 18, 2012 | 10:18 AM

Now that the Golden Globes are over, it's time to focus on the big prize -- the Academy Awards. People think it's difficult to win an Oscar, but that's just a myth perpetuated by Hollywood insiders -- it's a private club and they want to keep out the unwashed. Here...

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Movies... and Always Ask

(27) Comments | Posted January 5, 2012 | 8:49 AM

I've spent the last twelve years working my ass off developing, financing and producing movies. You've seen every episode of Entourage.

I'd say we're about even in our knowledge of Hollywood.

I don't know about you, but I get asked the same questions over and over. My brother is a...

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An Insider's Guide to Movie Credits

(47) Comments | Posted November 16, 2011 | 8:30 AM

There's something horrendously wrong in the film business today, yet nobody dares speak its name -- until today. Putting my own flailing career in jeopardy, I've courageously decided to expose an industry-wide crisis. To put the problem in perspective, we need to rewind to film's golden era.

Let's start with...

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Why Do Movies Suck? Ask a Guy Who Makes Them

(67) Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 9:14 AM

I produce movies for a living, which used to be the best job in the history of jobs. Not the actual "making them" part, but more importantly the "talking about them" part. Everywhere I went, I was the belle of the ball. I'd go to a benefit for cancer research...

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