Monthly Archives: June 2013

TheWrap’s Inaugural Innovators List: 12 Who Are Changing Hollywood

At CAA, he helped connect members of the entertainment industry with Internet startups, helping develop digital pioneers like Funny or Die and the celebrity social-media management service WhoSay. His success caught the attention of Lowercase’s investing guru, Chris Saaca. A key backer of Twitter and Kickstarter, Saaca tapped Mazzeo to be the firm’s first partner, wherehe leads a $20-million fund that invests in the media and technology space. He’s already making waves by investing in companies like Big Frame, which brings advertisers and YouTube creators together, and Ranker, a data-driven listing service. He is also serving an ambassador between traditional and new media as old barriers tumble and long-held prejudices soften. “The old knock on Hollywood was that it was only focused on upfront fees and didn’t grasp the long-term benefits of building a business,” Mazzeo told TheWrap.
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Hollywood helped Adolf Hitler with Nazi propaganda drive, academic claims

The book describes many Jewish studio bosses not only censoring films to suit the regime, but also producing material that could be inserted into German propaganda films and even financing German weapons manufacturing. The collaboration of Hollywood with the regime began in 1930, says Urwand, when Carl Laemmle Jr of Universal Studios agreed major cuts to the First World War film All Quiet On The Western Front after riots in Germany instigated by the Nazi party. I would say there were a few shocking moments, probably starting with the document I discovered in the National Archives in Washington which explained how MGM was insulating its profits, Urwand told the Times of London. There was a law in Germany that foreign businesses couldn’t export currency.
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Hollywood “boiler room” sold $2 million in fake precious metals; two arrested

Bring on a Hollywood-style disaster for the blockbuster film

The Broward County State Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the case. Frade and Quinones are accused soliciting investors through their Hollywood-based company, Integrated Market Capital Investments, doing business as Midas Asset Exchange in Hollywood. After making the investment with Midas Asset Exchange, investors typically received account statements showing the alleged purchase of metals.
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Lucas might have virtually started a new religion with the Star Wars movies, but he milked them for every merchandising dollar he could for 35 years, then sold the rights to Disney for a staggering $4bn . How does he expect Disney to recoup that money? By making low-budget Star Wars art movies? To then turn around and suggest that, “I couldn’t even get Red Tails into theatres and I’m George Lucas” is even more hypocritical. As if the Lucas name alone should suffice, rather than the quality of the movie, which, in this case, was not high. And yes, Spielberg, you gave us Lincoln, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan and many more decent movies.
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The Hollywood Reporter Announces Nine Hires, Five Promotions

The Hollywood Reporter has announced the promotion of five staffers and addition of nine more to the expanding media company. May also marked a flagship month for the publication’s website, THR.com, receiving the highest traffic in its history. our editor recommends The Hollywood Reporter Nominated for 27 SoCal Journalism Awards Jeanie Pyun has joined the staff as features director.
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Hollywood Reacts to Santa Monica Shooting Rampage

The civilian killing machine that keeps on killing. #Newtown #Aurora — Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 8, 2013 My heart goes out to all the victims &their families in the SMC shooting. Tragic and Senseless… — Dylan McDermott (@DylanMcDermott) June 8, 2013 Tragic! @ cnn : Six people killed during a shooting rampage in Santa Monica – details on @ cnn TV and updates here: cnn.com/2013/06/07/us/… ” — Denise Richards (@DENISE_RICHARDS) June 8, 2013 Jesus..
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Huawei phones: Hollywood meets Silicon Valley

Huawei, probably better known as a leading telecoms gear maker under fire from US politicians over its potential links to the Chinese state, is looking to drive sales of its consumer devices, but is hobbled by not having effective consumer retail channels. Traditionally, it co-brands its devices with carriers. In an interview on Friday, Guo told Reuters he sees this changing as Huawei shifts from focusing on the technology in its devices to better understanding consumers’ tastes and perceptions. “In some ways, (designing) a smartphone is in the middle of Silicon Valley and Hollywood,” he said. “Silicon Valley represents technology – and smartphones need strong technology – and the Hollywood aspect is about experience and perception.” (Continued)
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