Can Kickstarter Save Hollywood?

Michael Kittrell’s three-minute heated video response to an episode of “South Park,” in which he bemoans being called a “fat ginger,” garnered more than 34 million YouTube views, and was parodied may times over. Even the writers of “South Park” took notice and responded back with a clip of their own, animating Michael and some of the famous lines from his rant, including, “It really irritates me when people say that redheads don’t have souls. Because we do have souls alright?” And: “I go to church. I’m a Christian. You don’t know me. You’re not God.” “Hollywood Hillbillies” follows Michael, his “Mema,” Delores Hughes, and various other family members as they move from Grayson, Ga.

Worse still, the film, which The Times’ Brook Barnes dubbed “Pirates of the Caribbeanin Old Western drag,” may lead to a loss of $100 million to $190 million, according to Hollywood analysts. “They will think not twice, but maybe five times, before they do another $225-million picture,” Harold Vogel of Vogel Capital Management told The Los Angeles Times . “This is going to make it a lot tougher for any other budding auteur to come in and say, ‘I want to do this $225-million extravaganza.’ It’s not going to happen any time soon at Disney. What happened to the summer of shoot-em-ups, robots, and buddy cops? Like Mayfield, moviegoers voted with their dollars. Pairing big names with titular explosions, give or take a franchise, isnt enough to pack theaters these days.


Hollywood Blockbusters Losing Luster: They’re Off 13% at Foreign Box Office

5 movie, “Oz the Great and Powerful,” gave Disney a second film in the top five. Conventional wisdom says U.S. comedies don’t translate at the foreign box office and that was true in the first six months of this year.
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Game On Dude defends title in Hollywood Gold Cup

Turn on the parking karma — Hollywood Beach set to lose more than 800 spaces

Baffert also won in 2011, when First Dude edged Game On Dude; in 2003 with Congaree and in 1999 with Real Quiet. In the $150,000 Royal Heroine Mile, Schiaparelli held off Egg Drop to win by a half-length under Joe Talamo. Schiaparelli ran 1 mile on the firm turf in 1:34.11 and paid $4.20, $3 and $2.40 as the even-money favorite. The 5-year-old gray mare wore a white hood over her ears and blinkers to keep her focused on the task at hand.
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USA Today led its Life section with Hollywood: The best man of gay marriage, which showcased a Left Coast reality: TV and movies have been popularizing homosexuality for years. The nations pop culture machine has for decades chipped away at a once-taboo topic so as to render it utterly familiar, explained the paper. From Soap and Will & Grace to Glee and Modern Family, Hollywood has been at the forefront of a major cultural revolution.
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GAINOR: Hollywood’s obsession with murder and rape

This is not the culmination, this is just the beginning, said Tabatchnick. We have a lot of work ahead us. We are excited to be moving forward. To make room for the Jimmy Buffett-styled Paradise complete with seven restaurants and bars, several pools and a double FlowRider the massive garage, street lot and sandy area that houses a playground and exercise equipment will have to go. For Edward Monakhav, who works out daily on the push up and pull-up bars, hearing that his daily exercise routine will have to change was upsetting. And the thought of less parking on the weekend was crazy. There isnt enough parking as it is, he said.
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West Hollywood to offer free wedding ceremonies Monday

Hollywood to get $4.6 million after winning fight with FEMA

Hollywood considering Broadwalk ban on motorized bikes

“We wanted to make getting married as easy as possible,” said Mayor Abbe Land, who along with City Council members and officials, will be temporarily sworn in to help officiate at the weddings. Also Full coverage: The battle over gay marriage Couples with a marriage license from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder will be eligible to get married without a fee from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday in council chambers at the West Hollywood Library at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. The city also said it will provide is free shuttle service between the city and the closest county registrar-recorder branch at 9355 Burton Way in Beverly Hills. The shuttle service is scheduled to run from 7:45 a.m.
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Amateurs beat Hollywood to make first Edward Snowden movie

Related Hollywood sets stage as live-music hotspot The city won its argument after filing two appeals with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “Hooray for Hollywood,” said Vice Mayor Dick Blattner. “This goes back years. I think what happened here is FEMA realized they were wrong.” That’s partly because the city never gave up, Blattner said.
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Prop. 8 dismissed: Celebrities react on Twitter

While Lee and his three co-directors/producers took creative license with plot details, such as an imagined briefing between a mainland Ministry of State Security attache and Hong Kong police, they also filmed scenes inside the same hotel where Snowden had stayed and shot a video interview with The Guardian. Renting the hotel room cost half of their estimated HK$4,200 budget (US$ 540), Lee said. The actor who played Snowden in the film also bears a remarkable similarity to the man himself, to the extent that the hairdresser who cut off the actor’s “long shaggy hair” to mirror Snowden’s photo warned him afterward not to be mistaken for the fugitive, said co-producer Shawn Tse, who orchestrated his makeover. Curiously Snowden has no dialogue in the film.
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Joe Manganiello Claws His Way Into Hollywood Hills With $1.8M Mid-Century Pad

That whole area is just really, really lovely. It’s very natural and it’s green and private,” he tells omg!. “In general, there’s a lot of privacy when you live up in the Canyon area. And Nichols Canyon is one of the canyons that has the least amount of traffic.” Aaron also says the place went into escrow just two weeks after it hit the market, in part because of how popular mid-century homes are these days, but also thanks to all of the renovations the sellers did prior to listing it.
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