Can Kickstarter Save Hollywood?

– Honey Boo Boo is getting some competition. Another family from rural Georgia is coming to reality television, with “Hollywood Hillbillies” set to debut in January on ReelzChannel. The show follows Michael Kittrell and his grandmother Delores Hughes, known as “Mema,” as the family moves from Grayson, Ga., to Hollywood. Along for the ride are Kittrell’s aunt, Dee Dee Peters, her boyfriend Paul Conlon, and Kittrell’s uncle John Cox.
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Weve already seen campaigns that have failed.” Judging by its progress so far, Lees Kickstarter campaign might be among the failures, despite the project being attached to his name and a $10,000 pledge from Steven Soderbergh. As Slate put it Thursday, the campaign itself is sorely lacking in the storytelling department. There is no mention of Lee’s early days struggling to bring Malcolm X to the screen, nor is there any indication of what the movie will be about, besides an assurance that it will feature plenty butt-naked black people and not be like Blacula. As of publication on July 29, Lees Kickstarter campaign had received $356,333 in pledges from 1,847 backers–far from its $1,250,000 goal. Though Kickstarter is proving to be a valuable tool for Hollywood, you have to know how to use it. As Lee’s campaign may demonstrate, it takes more than a big name to sell a picture.
Source: http://www.inc.com/jill-krasny/what-hollywood-can-learn-from-kickstarter.html

Hollywood’s Highest Paid Starlets

Jennifer Lawrence Money money money MONEY! Hollywood’s hottest actresses work long grueling hours on set then spend most of their free time promoting films and staying in tip-top shape that’s why the most super successful starlets are compensated so generously for their work! Forbes published a list of the industry’s top grossers , and you will be SHOCKED by the names they left off! Natalie Portman , Anne Hathaway , and Emma Watson are all obvious A-listers, but only one of those lovely ladies made the money list!!! CLICK HERE for the gallery, “Hollywood’s Highest Paid Starlets” CLICK HERE for the gallery, “Hollywood’s Highest Paid Starlets” CLICK HERE for the gallery, “Hollywood’s Highest Paid Starlets” CLICK HERE for the gallery, “Hollywood’s Highest Paid Starlets” CLICK HERE for the gallery, “Hollywood’s Highest Paid Starlets”
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Hollywood to renovate Sherman Street Bridge

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

“The work is expected to take about two months to complete.” Storey said the city is being proactive with the project. “[The bridge] is structurally sound for traffic,” she said. “The repairs are mostly to maintain the stability of the side slope conditions of the bridge, so there is no concern that the main bridge structure is in danger of being structurally unsound or that the road is in any jeopardy.” The city has been trying to secure a contractor for the project since late last year.
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Putting Hollywood’s biggest bombs back together

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The theatrical release, which initially ran 219 minutes, was greeted by poor reviews and terrible box office. The film cost more than $44 million and grossed less than one-tenth of that. Bodganovich was a victim of such chatter during “At Long Last Love.” The film was intended to be a happy crowd-pleaser, a lighthearted nod to Ernst Lubitsch comedies and Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musicals. But there were whispers: a focus on budgetary issues, gossip about Bogdanovich’s then-scandalous love affair with Shepherd and the sense that the director — a film scholar himself — had grown arrogant. In the midst of a friendly call to Bogdanovich, reviewer Judith Crist asked how the movie was coming.
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‘The Bridge’s’ Demian Bichir: Hollywood Always Throws in a Little Filth When Depicting Mexico

“Initially, it was Hollywood that was filling it, but Chinese filmmakers are adapting and starting to make movies that have a great deal of appeal. “If Hollywood wants to stay dominant in that market, it won’t be enough to just wait for another Avengers,'” Nash said. “It might be partnering with Chinese studios and filmmakers, or making films that really do play to Chinese sensibilities, but they’ll have to do something different. And it’s clear now they’ll have to compete with the Chinese themselves.” China’s “Journey to the West” was the first half’s highest-grossing non-U.S. movie, with $207 million.
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Who knows, maybe my character would be Sandra or Melissa’s lover in a sequel. Imagine spanking them! [Editor’s note: The last line references how Bichir’s character on “Weeds” gave Mary Louise Parker a spanking.] Should “The Bridge” find an audience and prove to be a hit, are you looking forward to returning for a second season? For me, “The Bridge” was about that month [we spent] doing the pilot, and I was happy just doing that. It’s hard to control the future or know what people or networks want. When we got the greenlight to do the series, I was even happier.
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Hey, Hollywood! Race Does Matter

This tradition started, of course, with the choice of Swedish actor Warner Oland to play the detective Charlie Chan in a series of 1930s movies. The very first Charlie Chan movies actually had Asian actors (Japanese actor George Kuwa, Korean actor E.L. Park) in the title role. Both films minimized Chans role (to only ten minutes in one case) and were not commercial successes.
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