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

The China Film Group wants the studios to pay the tax but the studios say that the additional payment would violate a landmark World Trade Organization agreement reached last year between U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping. PHOTOS: China Box Office: 10 Highest-Grossing Movies of All Time In almost any other circumstance, Hollywood studios would balk at allowing their movies to continue to be released in the country. But with China on track to become the largest moviegoing market in the world within the next five years, studios are reluctant to hold back product as they establish a long-term foothold. Insiders say MPAA chairman/CEO Chris Dodd is working on resolving the issue, although neither the MPAA nor any of the studios would officially comment because of the sensitive nature of the situation.
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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. Not everyone is enamored with the credits. The non-profit advocacy group the Louisiana Budget Project estimates the state spent $231 million in 2011 on incentives and roughly $1 billion over the last decade — with little to show for it. “Film tax credits are a wonderful deal if you’re in the film business, but it hasn’t been a good deal for the state,” Jan Moller, director of the Louisiana Budget Project, told TheWrap. “Every dollar spent on film incentives is a dollar that can’t be spent on roads, on education, on health care or on any of the very important things that are being squeezed badly.” French counters that looking at the issue in this way fails to account for the amount of economic activity that film production inspires.
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Hollywood workers get health care brought to them

And ear wax build-up. Because many workers use ear plugs on set, wax accumulates and causes pain and hearing problems. Craig Renwick, a 55-year-old South Pasadena resident who works on music licensing for the TV shows “Bones,” “Modern Family” and “How I Met Your Mother,” said he welcomes the convenience of Health Wheels. During the busy TV season, he can barely get away. FOR MORE INFORMATION Health Wheels travels to five studios around Los Angeles to provide health care to workers who don’t have time to see their doctors. Appointments are made 10 a.m.
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Putting Hollywood’s biggest bombs back together

Hollywood aims to keep tax rate the same

) Want to make the case for Adam Sandler, auteur? (Hey, the French pulled it off with Jerry Lewis.) The fact is that the movie-loving world has plenty of room, including plenty of room for second opinions. Even if the first wave of opinions — the one involving initial reviews and box-office performance — aren’t all that great. There’s just something about movies that engage us, says McWeeny. “We are fascinated by our relationship to movies, by the fact that we don’t always understand why they work on us the way they work on us,” he says.
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Utah landscape creates backdrop for Hollywood magic

STORY: Rupert Murdoch Bribery Admission Caught on Tape (Report) Kozinski notes that “while the Supreme Court has yet to hold whether Apprendi applies to restitution, it has said in dictum that ‘[i]ntruding Apprendis rule into’ decisions to impose ‘statutorily prescribed fines and orders of restitution’ would ‘cut the rule loose from its moorings.’ Thats some indication the Court would not apply Apprendi to restitution… .” The judge also declined to accept the Greens’ “trigger argument” that while Apprendi might not apply to the amount of restitution, it should pertain to restitution in the first place. Nor the other way. Kozinski asks, “If Apprendi covers the determination whether there are any victims at all, shouldnt it also cover the determination whether theres one victim who suffered a $1,000 loss as opposed to 1,000 victims who suffered a combined $1,000,000 loss?” Finally, the judge also looks at Southern Union Co. v.
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The money will pay for one-time costs including pension payments to offset next years contribution, health care insurance and litigation that dates back the citys declaration of financial urgency in 2010 and 2011. We were looking at a gap and this helped fill the gap, he said. Commissioner Patricia Asseff said she was disappointed the city will have to depend on the FEMA money before its even been received, but it she is glad the city has shown some improvement. It is what it is, Asseff said. Its better than what we had. The tax rate will remain at $7.4479 per $1,000 of assessed property value and the fire fee will remain at $189. However, Hollywoods property values increased by 4.09 percent, according to the Broward property appraiser.
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Two Hollywood Producers Can’t Escape Foreign Bribery Penalty

John Carter, one of the more recent films to spotlight the area, used Utahs famous red-rock deserts to recreate the red planet of Mars. Walking along the streets of Kanab, visitors can see movie memorabilia posted in shop windows or visit the Little Hollywood Museum . The town even has its own Walk of Fame that hosts the names of notable actors and directors who filmed in Kanab including Wayne, Ronald Regan and Glenn Ford. Actor and director Robert Redford also contributed to Utahs film fame. During the filming of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Redford became enamored with Utahs landscape.
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‘Hollywood Game Night’ Celebrities: All Your Favorite TV Stars On One Show (PHOTOS)

Hollywood’s long history of misrepresentation of size, culture and more

Hosted by “Glee” star Jane Lynch and created by “Will & Grace” alum Sean Hayes, the show is modeled after Hayes’ own game nights at his house, where he invites a random sampling of his friends, famous and not, to come play. “Hollywood Game Night” takes that same approach, teaming three celebrities with a civilian player. Can you imagine playing Celebrity with celebrities? Or what about having to guess that a not-so-flattering child’s portrait of Matthew Perry is indeed the “Friends” star … while he’s sitting on the couch next to you?
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Hollywood star Gerard Butler tells how visits to his homeland help keep him grounded

Gerard with on-off girlfriend Madalina Ghenea

I think if you put yourself out there, then hopefully it comes back to you. Karma? Absolutely, he added quietly. Gerard was born in Paisley, but the family moved to Canada, returning when he was 18 months old after his parents split up.
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The Armed Forces Foundation brought ice cream sandwiches packed in dry ice, so team members could enjoy a mid-race snack just like the characters do in the film. There was a race to try and win, and Busch was a player for much of the night. He had good luck drafting earlier in the event with younger brother Kyle — whose Camping World Truck Series nickname, Rowdy, also comes from a character in the film — and eventual winner Matt Kenseth . Under a red flag for a large accident that knocked the wind out of driver Jason White , the No. 1 team planned to draft with Nationwide Series leader Regan Smith . It didn’t work out.
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‘Cole Trickle’ just short of Hollywood ending

Put Tyler Perry or Martin Lawrence in a fat outfit as Madea or Big Momma and people just laugh. But pull out a can of shoe polish to revive the spirit of Al Jolson in The Jazz Singer and youad probably face criminal charges. Itas a problematic reality for Hollywood a a place that thrives on self-congratulation and politically correct double-speak a because representation lies at the heart of the narrative ideal: We tell the story of the aOthera to better understand ourselves, and so we grant actors permission to don the guise of an alternate identity in order to be our guide and signpost on the journey. Yet, as the recent buzz over Johnny Deppas turn in The Lone Ranger proves, the rules regarding representation continue to change, and what was once considered perfectly appropriate for one generation starts to look outrageously offensive to the next. Hollywood isnat the speediest student, but if we look back at some of the most egregious examples of where it went wrong, the folks in La-la-land seem to be learning something a albeit very slowly: Al Jolson in The Jazz Singer (1926) a Considered the first Hollywood talkie, The Jazz Singer features Jolson as a Jew who sings in blackface, and becomes very famous doing so.
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