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.
Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/hollywood-producer-admits-role-gambling-ring-article-1.1410448

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
Source: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/letters/la-le-0728-newsunday-hollywood-skyscrapers-20130728,0,6110685.story

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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