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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

#MeToo: How I Learned What Predators Like Weinstein Do To Women Every Day

OK then,  #MeToo. Long ago and far away, I had an academic superior who enjoyed sexually humiliating younger men. There was unwanted touching—always in social situations–but mainly it was about making suggestive remarks hinting that being a “hunk” was how I’d gotten hired. My “pretty little wife,” as she was insultingly called, got to stand […]

October 17, 2017
Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher

Actress Debbie Reynolds Dies Of Stroke, One Day After Daughter

One of the most enduring and endearing Hollywood stars of her time, Reynolds received a best actress Academy Award nomination for the 1964 musical “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.”

December 28, 2016
Steve Mnuchin, evictor, forecloser, and our new Treasury Secretary

Steve Mnuchin: Evictor, Forecloser, And Our New Treasury Secretary

Both Trump and Mnuchin have run businesses accused of widespread racial discrimination and other predatory practices. They both represent the excessive wealth and greed of the billionaire developer and banker class.

December 4, 2016
Comedian Chris Rock hosts the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood

If Hollywood Does Not See You — And Reflect You — Are You Really There?

“When your grandmother’s swinging from a tree,” Rock said, “it’s really hard to care about Best Documentary Foreign Short.”

March 2, 2016

Column: Golden Globes: Surprising Nominations Reflect The Impossibility Of Shortlisting Great TV

As if determined to avoid the “do any of you even watch TV?” reaction that inevitably accompanies the Round Up of Usual Suspects known as the Emmy nominations, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association produced a jaw-dropping list of Golden Globe nominees on Thursday.

December 11, 2015

Spike Lee On Hollywood Diversity: ‘We Don’t Have A Vote. We’re Not In The Room.’

The trailblazer received an honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards on Saturday night, and in his acceptance speech, Lee as he describes it “let them have it,” once again.

November 19, 2015

Entertainment’s Place In Post-Attack Rebuttal

As the Paris attacks and their aftermath have played out this weekend, once again we stare dazed at the cable news screen, facing questions we never imagined — questions we suspect have no answers.

November 17, 2015

Hollywood Likely To Line Up Behind Clinton In Presidential Race

In the campaign for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, Hollywood’s loyalties were divided between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama. This time, Clinton is expected to face little primary competition — and the left-leaning entertainment industry is poised to become a major source of campaign cash.

April 16, 2015
Movies, Kosovo, Hollywood, Entertainment, World, Special Effects, Immigrant, Albania

Special-Effects Expert’s Hollywood Path Began In Albania With Detour In Warring Kosovo

Before he was a Hollywood special-effects master, Ergin Kuke rode a motorcycle across America and acted as translator and guide in war-torn Kosovo.

March 24, 2015

Actor Harrison Ford Injured When His Plane Crashes On Golf Course

Should pilots like Ford be allowed to fly out of Santa Monica Municipal Airport?

March 6, 2015

Leonard Nimoy Dies At 83

Leonard Nimoy, who earned a global following playing Spock on ‘Star Trek’, has died at 83.

February 27, 2015

‘Birdman’ Wins Best Picture; Moore, Redmayne Take Top Acting Awards At Oscars

‘Birdman’ soared at the 87th Academy Awards.

February 23, 2015

Confusion On The Red Carpet

It’s time to re-think our award show hysteria.

February 19, 2015

Model Accuses Cosby Of Sex Assault; ‘Power In Numbers,’ Lawyer Says

The latest accusation against Bill Cosby could trigger a prosecution.

January 14, 2015
Director Richard Linklater poses with the award for Best Director - Motion Picture for "Boyhood," at at the Golden Globe Awards on January 11, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California

‘Boyhood’ Wins Best Drama Film Golden Globe

Richard Linklater’s innovative film was a big winner at Sunday’s Golden Globes.

January 12, 2015

Hollywood, Women, And Angelina

What Jolie’s new film tells us about sexism in Hollywood.

December 30, 2014

Before Sony Hacking, ‘Interview’ Co-Directors Knew Of North Korea Risk

Was North Korea behind the recent cyberattack against Sony Pictures?

December 3, 2014

More Than Pictures Stolen In Celeb Phone-Hacking Case

OK, so about the hacking of certain actresses’ computer files and the posting of nude photos found therein: Can we be frank? There is, within every healthy, heterosexual man, something which, upon viewing an attractive woman clad scantily or not at all, stands a little straighter, smiles a little brighter, and breathes a quiet “Yowza” […]

September 8, 2014

You Know You Love LA

If you’re one of the 40 million visitors to Los Angeles this year you’re probably going to want to blend in and not look like a tourist or business traveler. Of course everyone knows you’re not going to need the parka or down mittens, but if you really want to go native CNN has some […]

September 4, 2014

Celebs Nix Nude Pix: Whose Problem?

The FBI is looking into what millions of people are looking at: hacked photos of naked celebrities. Pictures from the formerly private collections of Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and others are being posted for the world to see. We now hear that compromising pix of Kim Kardashian are also circulating. Shocking beyond words. […]

September 4, 2014

Apple Says Celebs Hacked In ‘Targeted Attack’

Los Angeles (AFP) – Apple said Tuesday a “targeted attack” led to the release of nude photos of celebrities including Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence but insisted there was no breach of its cloud storage system. The admission came as experts and lawyers said the hack was a wake-up call about the dangers posed by technology […]

September 3, 2014

Apple, FBI Investigate Alleged Theft Of Nude Celebrity Photos

By Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times The FBI and Apple Inc. said they were looking into reports that someone stole nude photos of celebrities and posted the racy images online. The photos, which included several of actress Jennifer Lawrence, circulated on various websites and social media platforms Sunday. A publicist for The Hunger Games star called […]

September 2, 2014

Apparent Hollywood Hack Attack Nabs Stars’ Nude Photos

Los Angeles (AFP) – Nude photos purportedly showing many top stars, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence and pop star Rihanna, bounced around social media, in an apparent massive hacking leak, U.S. media reported. “It’s so weird and hard how people take your privacy away from you,” Lawrence said in a tweet on Sunday. The actress’ agent, […]

September 1, 2014

James Shigeta Dies At 85; Starred In ‘Flower Drum Song’ And ‘Die Hard’

By David Colker, Los Angeles Times Actor James Shigeta played the leading male role in the lavish movie musical “Flower Drum Song” in 1961. The year before, he won a Golden Globe as most promising newcomer. But after “Flower Drum Song” he never again played the leading man in a major film. “He was so […]

July 30, 2014

Sinatra’s 1st New Jersey Driver’s License Fetches $15,757

By Edward Colimore, The Philadelphia Inquirer PHILADELPHIA — Frank Sinatra’s first New Jersey driver’s license with his last name misspelled sold for $15,757 while a collection of correspondence between “Gone with the Wind” author Margaret Mitchell and a Wyncote, Pa., fan went for $14,087. And Marilyn Monroe’s notated script from the movie “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” […]

June 27, 2014