Over the weekend I saw Captain American: Winter Solider and it seem to highlight for me a current trend in big action movies. The idea of an external existential threat to the United States has become literally unthinkable.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday April 15, 2014 4:03 pm|
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday March 24, 2014 4:59 pm|
The Life of Pi was 2012′s pet film. Critically acclaimed, it won a 2013 Golden Globe for Best Picture – Drama and for Best Director. The Ang Lee-directed film, which was driven by visual effects, received eleven Academy Award nominations, winning four: Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, and Best Visual Effects.
Visual effects house Rhythm and Hues was behind the astounding VFX which made Life of Pi possible; yet two weeks before the Oscar ceremony, the company declared bankruptcy, firing hundreds of employees.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday January 10, 2014 11:01 am|
The film, Zero Dark Thirty, which dramatized the hunt for Osama bin Laden that ended in his execution by SEAL Team 6, made it apparent how valuable Hollywood could be for the CIA.
Declassified memos showed the CIA valuing the film written by Mark Boal and directed by Kathryn Bigelow because, although it was a fictionalized version of true events, it would “help promote an appropriate portrayal of the Agency and the Bin Laden operation.”
|By: Lisa Derrick Tuesday November 26, 2013 6:17 pm|
The revelations that Hollywood producer and chair of New Regency Films Arnon Milchan, the man behind Pretty Woman, Fight Club, LA Confidential, and Mr. and Mrs. Smith, was a Mossad agent, a spy, and an arms dealer are just hitting the mainstream press, but in 2011, Joseph Gelman and Meir Doron wrote a book called Confidential: The Life of Secret Agent Turned Hollywood Tycooon–Arnon Milchan.
|By: Lisa Derrick Friday October 25, 2013 6:25 pm|
Rick Santorum spat a frothy mouthful on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, plugging his first foray into film production, The Christmas Candle, due out this holiday season. The movie, from EchoLight Studio, is a period piece set in a Thomas Kinkade-esque village and tackles modernity vs (Christian) tradition as electricity and progressive thinking threaten the town’s visit from a Christmas angel.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday October 21, 2013 3:20 pm|
The Blacklist. Sixty-six years ago the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) began a nine day hearing on Communist influence and propaganda in Hollywood, resulting in the boycotting, or blacklisting, of 300 actors, directors, radio commentators, and screenwriters. Those called before HUAC had been named in a Hollywood Reporter column written by the trade paper’s founder, Williams Wilkerson entitled “A Vote For Joe Stalin.” In subsequent columns, Wilkerson named others he suspected of being commies and pinkos.
|By: Lisa Derrick Thursday October 10, 2013 6:20 pm|
I am all for women making money and creating their own jobs, which sometimes means really breaking out of the norm. Madam Walker, Coco Chanel, Elizabeth Vigée-LeBrun, Jane Austin, Louisa May Alcott, Mae West, Marie Laveau, Tori Spelling’s relentless round of lifestyle shows–the list of women who have found ways to survive, support themselves and their families, and build fortunes is endless and inspiring. But there is something really repulsive and poorly conceived about Wines by Wives.
|By: Lisa Derrick Tuesday September 24, 2013 8:00 pm|
I met Kim Fowley, the man who
discovered created the Runaways, when I was 16, and at the time I thought he was the scariest man on earth. Tall, skinny with huge deep-set eyes and giant teeth, he had a rapid fire series of phrases he’d rattle off as he leered.
|By: Lisa Derrick Saturday September 7, 2013 11:30 am|
The silence of the sheep? As we teeter on the brink of bombing Syria, there is a huge void, a vast emptiness, a vacuum. We have no hot air, no rousing speeches nor paparazzi photo ops. Celebrities are curiously absent from the “Bomb/Don’t Bomb Syria” dialogue.
|By: Lisa Derrick Wednesday September 4, 2013 6:11 pm|
Hollywood mega-mogul and major Democrat donor Jeffrey Katzenberg, the guy who dined with Obama the night he was last on The Tonight Show, wants to make it rain in Kentucky, hoping his efforts will produce clouds and curtains for the KY Republican Senator Mitch McConnell.