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We Can Keep the Visual Effects Industry Here in the U.S.

Gary A. Olson | Posted 03.24.2014 | College
Gary A. Olson

As the 86th Academy Awards celebrated excellence in the film industry a few weeks ago, hundreds of visual effects professionals converged on Hollywood...

A Bible for Budding Screenwriters

Dennis Palumbo | Posted 03.20.2014 | Books
Dennis Palumbo

Years ago, while in the process of making the transition from Hollywood screenwriter to psychotherapist, I taught classes for UCLA Extension's Writer'...

A Starry Night at the Oscars

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 03.04.2014 | Entertainment
Sidonie Sawyer

Jennifer Lawrence, in red this time, fell (sigh) on the red carpet, how perfect. Maybe she thought she would blend with it? This girl was either drunk or has two left feet. I hope she gets the videos of every year she takes a tumble.

Vera Farmiga: On Romance and the Return of Rom-Coms

Brandi Andres | Posted 04.16.2014 | Entertainment
Brandi Andres

In some small ways, too, these films seemed to help women better understand our interactions with one another, as well as provide a brief introspective peek at our own psyches. Back then, however, it seemed that people were more outwardly cohesive.

7 Of The Best Movies For Grownups

Posted 11.14.2013 | Fifty

Hollywood sees you, older moviegoers. In case you haven't noticed, there have been a slew of films in recent years catering to older viewers on is...

SNHU President Grants Aspiring Film Student $160K and More: Luck and Talent Connect Laura Martinelli and Paul LeBlanc at NFTE Finals

Steve Mariotti | Posted 12.21.2013 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

"She said, 'you'll cover everything?' And I said, 'yes, we'd cover everything.' She got teary, her mother got teary, and next thing you knew, it was a cry fest."

Can Hispanics Save The Film Industry?

PolicyMic | Posted 08.16.2013 | Latino Voices

Hispanic moviegoers have come a long way since the 1997 movie Selena, Jennifer Lopez' first major breakout in Hollywood and a film that grossed over $...

Thank Steve Jobs for Pretty Woman

Gary W. Goldstein | Posted 07.14.2013 | Entertainment
Gary W. Goldstein

It was 1983 and my first film as a producer just lost $80,000 on its opening weekend after roughly zero tickets were sold. I had thrown away my legal career and had no idea how I'd make my way in the film business, but luckily I had my first-ever computer from Apple.

Some More Books: Part 1

James Franco | Posted 06.02.2013 | Entertainment
James Franco

John Gregory Dunne's The Studio is the result of diligent observation he conducted after receiving permission to access any area of Twentieth Century Fox's wide production net in 1968. As with documentary films, here the subject matter does half the work.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Fred Stoller on Fred & Vinnie

Dan Persons | Posted 04.19.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

In Fred & Vinnie, comedian and actor Fred Stoller brings amiable, agoraphobic friend Vinnie into his home, and discovers the man's passive-aggressive demeanor and obsessive-compulsive behavior doesn't quite sync with the responsibilities of a show-business professional.

All the Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them

Anne M. Strick | Posted 04.01.2013 | Entertainment
Anne M. Strick

Most of us -- perhaps you -- have an almost insatiable interest in all things Hollywood. Often we fantasize -- secretly, perhaps -- about being part of the film business ourselves. But being so seems impossible.

5 New Reasons to Visit New Orleans

Lynn Parramore | Posted 03.25.2013 | Travel
Lynn Parramore

Funky and fascinating New Orleans has seen its share of hard times. After Katrina's destruction in 2005, may wondered how -- or if -- the city could ever recover. More than seven years later, the city has rebuilt many areas and billions of dollars have been pumped into public works and the levee system.

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.