Louisiana Keeps ‘Hollywood of the South’ Nickname by Surviving Political Assault

Bloom has admitted to arranging high-skates poker games with the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon. RELATED: FEDS TAKE DOWN HIGH-STAKES POKER, SPORTS BOOKING RING USED BY A-LIST CELEBS, WALL STREET FAT CATS Zuriffs West Coast operations catered to gamblers betting on the outcomes of popular sporting events, said Preet Bharara, U.S. district attorney for the Southern District of New York. The Hollywood hotshot also admitted he helped pull the strings on a vast gambling ring in New York, Bharara said. Specifically, Zuriff assisted Hillel Nahmad, 34, whose upper East Side art gallery was raided when he was indicted in April, and Illya Trincher, the son of a professional poker player and one of the ringleaders of the $100 million operation, authorities said.
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African Beauty: Hollywood classics get photographic remake

Apparently these people think they know better than geologists and seismologists. Many people I know have already stopped going to Hollywood because of the overdevelopment and hideous electronic billboards. The current proposal would make Hollywood more like Broadway in New York, and that’s not a good thing. Also
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Keeping the incentives in place was a big reason Louisiana was able to get both “Pirates 5” and “Fantastic Four,” an individual with knowledge of the decisions told TheWrap. News that they would film in Louisiana hit after threats to the tax-incentive program dissipated. “One of the hallmarks of the Louisiana program has been its stability,” said Will French, president of the Film Production Capital and the Louisiana Film and Entertainment Association. “Producers can bank on the fact that if they shoot here, they’ll qualify and they know exactly what the benefits will be.” Also read: Why Hollywood’s Biggest Films Are Leaving L.A. for London “If you across the country, the attitude toward incentives has started to reverse, and you have states like Michigan or Connecticut pulling themselves out of the game or pulling dollars,” he added. French predicted that the day is approaching when Louisiana or Georgia will surpass New York as a production hub.
Source: http://movies.yahoo.com/news/louisiana-keeps-hollywood-south-nickname-surviving-assault-politicians-020503909.html

Omar Victor Diop, photographer So when I think about creating a new series I always make sure that not only the current Africa but also the one I grew up is somehow portrayed. I believe it’s the responsibility of a photographer to not only conceptualize but also come up with some work that can be used as a reference in the future as a history document. CNN: How is it working as an artist in Dakar today? OVD: It’s very exciting being part of the creative scene in Dakar right now. I think the period we are living in is a breakthrough, in the sense that there is a sustained and growing interest for “another Africa.” Also, African artists are now aware that they can communicate to the world, and speak about and for themselves. It’s terrific when you realize that you can actually write your own history as you live your passion.
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/26/world/africa/african-beauty-hollywood-movies-makeover

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‘Hollywood Game Night’ Premiere: Jane Lynch Hosts, Celebs Partner With Regular People To Win Money (VIDEO)

Slain Hollywood officer honored with video tribute of her life

Stephanie Shivers looks at a photo of her mother,  Hollywood police officer Frankie Shivers who was shot and killed in 1982, during a ceremony honoring Shivers

ET. What To Know: The 13-episode first season follows a team of animal experts and scientists that investigate paranormal events. “Falling Skies” (TNT) Season 3 premieres Sun., June 9 at 10 p.m. ET. Where We Left Off: Last season ended with the arrival of a new species of alien, and Anne became pregnant with Tom’s child. Season 3 will explore whether the new alien is on the side of the humans or has another dark purpose in mind. We’ll also learn what happened to Hal while he was unconscious, and what that might mean for the rebellion. “Switched At Birth” (ABC Family) Season 2 summer premiere Mon., June 10 at 8 p.m.
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You can share related videos and photos. fpeinado@MiamiHerald.com When Frankie Shivers was going through the police academy in 1981, she wasnt the most impressive candidate. Because she was small in stature, she had a hard time controlling the .45-caliber gun, recalled Hollywood Lt. Ritchie Allen, now retired.
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Ashlee Simpson to star in ‘Chicago’ at Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood stars on stage

(Peter Kramer / Getty Images) Also By David Ng July 8, 2013, 2:23 p.m. Ashlee Simpson — pop star, reality TV veteran and younger sister to uber-celebrity Jessica Simpson — will play the role of Roxie Hart in the production of the musical “Chicago” at the Hollywood Bowl this month. Simpson, whose dating life is regularly covered by online gossip sites, won’t be playing Roxie for the first time. The singer previously appeared in “Chicago” on London’s West End and in the long-running Broadway revival at the Ambassador Theatre. As previously announced, “True Blood” actor Stephen Moyer will play Billy Flynn and ” Les Mis erables” actress Samantha Barks will take the role of Velma Kelly. The supporting cast will feature Drew Carey as Amos Hart, Roxie’s husband, and former “Xena: Warrior Princess” star Lucy Lawless as Mama Morton.
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Hollywood bowing to China’s clout

aThe problem it has is with Chinese unpredictability.a Still, said Stephen Tropiano, professor of screen studies at a Los Angeles-based program run by New Yorkas Ithaca College, U.S. filmmakers may find that they have little choice but to adapt to the new Chinese reality, particularly as U.S. box office take a $2.7 billion in 2012, 60 per cent from foreign films a climbs irrevocably past the current U.S./Canada figure of some $10 billion.
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A Hollywood touch to ‘D- Day’

“The training schedule was an eye-opener. A lot of attention was given to details that are often overlooked. For example, the right way to hold a gun with an injured arm,” he explains.
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The Future of Movies: Will Netflix Become the Next Big Hollywood Studio?

Its cast consists of character actors you might recognize from TV guest spots, and it probably cost a pittance to make. The producer of record is actually Fox Digital Studio, with Netflix having bought the distribution rights. Still, it’s a toe in the water of feature filmmaking for a company that, so far, has specialized in TV-style series. Since House of Cards debuted, there have been frequent comparisons of Netflix to HBO, as a model for quality series made by well-known players shows that are free from content restrictions because of the service’s subscription business model. House of Cards and Arrested Development are the kind of high-profile shows that have helped transform Netflix, in the mind of the average user, from a DVD-rental-by-mail service into a new-content streaming service. Thanks to Netflix, any screen device you own can now become an on-demand TV or movie theater.
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