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TV host Ellen DeGeneres has purchased $100,000 worth of television advertising time to encourage Californians to overturn Proposition 8 which would seeks to define marriage as between a man and a woman only under the state constitution.  Her TV commercials will be screened in the run-up to the state...

Is Content King?

The old cliche that "content is king" has been much bandied about in Hollywood the last few years. Michael Eisner, former CEO of Disney pressed the point in a speech at MIPCOM last week. The fact remains however that the films that get the wides exposure are often lightweight...
There are admittedly a few crude laughs to be had in this predictable comedy from director Sean Anders who tries his best to "push the envelope" but ends up ripping off "Superbad," "American Pie," "Euro Trip" and the numerous Judd Apatow and John Hughes films that have gone before...

Movie Star Fatigue?

With the Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe film, "Body of Lies" coming in third this past weekend in the box-office derby, L.A. Times columnist Patrick Goldstein asks whether audiences are burning out on movie stars, especially ones that command those huge salaries. "Body of Lies" finished No. 3 -- behind "Beverly...
"Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist", the long-time coming follow-up from Raising Victor Vargas director Peter Sollett is a well meaning film that loses it's way.  Michael Cera plays Nick, an Emo musician trying to get over his break-up with Tris, played by an on-the-money Alexis Dziena.  After a gig...
Los Angeles Times writer, Patrick Goldstein, has written a scathing article about the how the film industry's obsession with chasing Oscar glory has created an insupportable financial model for quality films and quality filmmakers. The article points out that when a film can't get early traction in the Oscar race,...
Comedian, Ricky Gervais hit one out of the park with his appearance on the Emmy telecast last Sunday, and the rumor mill is working overtimw with buzz that Gervais will be asked to host thw 2009 Academy Awards. Gervais' movie credits including Ghost Town (which only earned a disappointing $5...
The Unite for Strength faction of SAG has won control of the guild’s board. The surprise election results gave six of the 11 Hollywood seats to the dissident group in a turn that could raise the chances of ending the guild’s stalemate with the majors. Amy Brenneman and Adam Arkin...

Review: Lakeview Terrace

Lakeview Terrace is a a formulaic but entertaining thriller that features a great performance by Samuel L. Jackson as "Abel," a nasty, bitter cop who is determined to make life a living hell for the interracial couple next door. Strong performances by Patrick Wilson, who holds his own against...
Actor Ryan O'Neal and his son Redmond were arrested Wednesday morning after authorities claim they found drugs at the actor's Malibu home. Los Angeles Sheriff's deputies and probation officers went to O'Neal's home for a routine check of Redmond O'Neal, who is serving three years of probation after pleading guilty...