Hollywood’s Incentive Games

Movie Making Leaving Hollywood

Jon Zerolnick: The race to the bottom hurts workers throughout the film and television industry, but few groups of workers are hurting as much as the freelance musicians who record the scores to these movies and shows.

LA Progressive Ad Sales Help Needed

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We need an experienced ad salesperson to sell advertising space on our two websites. We expect to pay a healthy commission for sales that would principally involve online and phone work.

Civil Rights and Wrongs Onstage at Two L.A. Theatres

Carry It On! Bill Durhamm and Rowena Johnson (Photo Miriam Geer)

Ed Rampell: Art emerges out of our collective psyche to reflect our times, and it’s fascinating to see how L.A. theatre is responding to the current attack on our civil, human and constitutional rights and liberties.

40 Is the New 15: Don’t Trust Anyone Under 40

Craig Woolson Tod Macofsky Dana Meller Karole Foreman John Allsopp2

Ed Rampell: The new musical 40 is the New 15 has the distinction of being the first musical produced by the Academy for New Musical Theatre, while a workshop presentation of it was, deservedly, nominated for a GLAAD Media Award.

Cinephilia: Movie Mania at Hollywood and Divine

Martin Landau and Angelica Huston embrace (Photo: Mark Hill)

Ed Rampell: One of the worst informers of the Blacklist era was Elia Kazan; nevertheless, I went to see a restored version of Kazan’s 1960 New Deal drama Wild River, co-starring Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick and Jo Van Fleet as a stubborn old lady who refuses to vacate her home as the Tennessee Valley Authority prepares to flood the area. Convincingly playing a character 30 years older than her, Van Fleet’s Big Government hating Ella Garth seems like the grandmother of today’s Tea Party activists. TCM is big on film preservation and it aired a short featuring Martin Scorsese, Anthology Film Archives’ Jonas Mekas, etc., on this subject prior to Wild River.

Hollywood’s Fix for America’s Three and a Half Trillion-Dollar Lobbying Addiction

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Nomiki Konst: The United States of America has a dirty little secret. We’re addicted to a drug. A drug dealt everyday in the halls of Congress, on the streets of Washington, and at the exclusive Georgetown soirees. That drug is corruption, pure and simple. And the dealers are lobbyists. The year 2009 was record breaking for the lobbying industry, mostly due to the health care debate, with total spending on all issues at more than $3.47 billion.

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