West Hollywood’s Ridiculous Fur Ban Met With Lawsuit

The road to the triumph of the German will led from Berlin to a consulate in Los Angeles, to the Hays Office (better known for censoring sex in films), to the studio chiefs, to the minions who did their bidding. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas The studios reason for succumbing to pressure was simple: money. Germany was their second largest international market, and executives were eager to protect the box office for films like the hugely successful Broadway Melody of 1936 and Mickey Mouse cartoons, a personal favorite of Hitlers. At first, the German foreign office complained that warlike images in Hollywood movies offended national honor and hindered its people from rejoining the community of nations. Then it asked for protection of Germanys healthy racial feelings. Finally, it sought a prohibition on the rendering of sympathetic Jewish characters. Or any Jewish characters. The irony of the hypocrisy rises to additional heights or sinks to greater depths because the majority of the executives who acceded to the Germans ever-increasing demands for control were themselves Jewish, in many cases refugees from Europe. Abetted in their cowardice by various Hollywood rabbis as well as the Anti-Defamation League, these Jewish producers convinced themselves that too great a focus on Jewish suffering in a still-isolationist America might lead to anti-Semitic backlash. Urwand tracks German intervention in several movies, including Hells Angels, All Quiet on the Western Front and Sinclair Lewiss fable of fascism in America, It Cant Happen Here. Although Germany never paid directly for these favors, as companies now do in having their latest superhero glance at a Rolex, its aim was propagandistic product placement. Moviemakers concerned with the bottom line? The main problem with Urwands thesis is the unspoken assumption that Louis B.

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The actor made a name for himself in hit TV shows including 24, Heroes and American Horror Story, as well as Spock in J.J. Abrams Star Trek reboot, but he has always longed to be a Broadway performer. Quinto is now making his debut on the Great White Way in a revival of Tennessee Williams classic play The Glass Menagerie, and he admits he would give up film if he could work solely onstage. He tells the Associated Press, It (Hollywood) was always a means to an end to me. I always felt like I wanted to be in L.A. so that I could come back here (to New York) and do theater and now Im making good on that promise to myself I didnt want to come in, swoop in with my name above the title of the play like I was some Hollywood entity. Ive been doing theater since I was 10. Theatres my jam. Its my life, ultimately. If I could make a living just doing theatre, I feel like I really might. The 36-year-old is determined to soak up every moment of living and working in the Big Apple: I was walking to work today. Ive been walking the past few days because its so beautiful out, so I walk from downtown. And I was like, This is my life living in Manhattan, a dream Ive always had, and Im walking to my theater on Broadway to do Tennessee Williams. Its not lost on me. I really am humbled by it often. I feel really grateful.

Hollywood stars named in bitter legal battle for overseas film payments

More than two dozen people, including Julie Andrews, Colin Firth, Justin Timberlake and Natalie Portman, are included on a list of possible witnesses in the case brought against The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA.) The case is being pursued by Ed Asner, 83, a former union president in the 1980s. Asner has won more Emmys than any other male actor and became a household name in the 1970s playing Lou Grant in The Mary Tyler Moore Show. More recently, he voiced the lead character in Disneyas animated film Up. More than a dozen fellow plaintiffs, who together call themselves The United Screen Actors Committee, have joined the suit. They include Clancy Brown, who played the bullying prison guard Byron Hadley in The Shawshank Redemption, and others who have worked on TV series including The West Wing, The X-Files, Beverly Hills 90210, and Murder, She Wrote. The list of stars named as potential witnesses also includes Jamie Lee Curtis, Carol Burnett, Ozzy Osbourne and Harry Connick Jr, along with representatives of the estates of Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando and Heath Ledger. The union, which is adamant it has done nothing wrong, collects residual payments when films and television episodes starring its members are shown outside the United States. Payments are distributed on a quarterly basis to any performer who has accrued at least $10 in foreign payments. In lengthy legal submissions Asner and his fellow plaintiffs refer to an aextreme web these parties have woven to steal money that rightfully belongs to US performersa. They accuse SAG-AFTRA of asecretinga money in a trust, generating millions in interest, for more than a decade and claim that the amount has askyrocketeda to more than $130 million. The actors also say the unionas claim that it was hindered by an aantiquated computer systema were asuspect,a and that it has spent millions updating computers. Lawyers for the union say the case has ano merita and are seeking to have it dismissed at a hearing on Oct 7 in Los Angeles before Judge Manuel Real. The union says it is avery prouda of its programme to collect foreign residuals which has asingle-handedly delivered to our members more than $15 million from foreign collections that would otherwise have been lost forevera.

Kanye-Kimmel Feud: Hollywood Sounds Off, Mocks Ben Affleck Hashtag

27 2013 at 2:24 PM Categories: Crazytown xubangwen / Flickr Only days after the city of West Hollywood enacted one of the nation’s first bans on fur clothing, a local boutique called Mayfair House has filed suit in U.S. District Court. See also: West Hollywood Fur Ban Hits on Last Day of Summer. The store essentially claims that the town has no right to ban new fur retailing because the product is derived from wild animals such as foxes, minks, beavers and coyotes, which are under the purview of state law. In other words, the lawsuit, obtained by the Weekly, argues, … … that the WeHo City Council has no business interfering with state rules. It says California has the “exclusive authority” … … to enact legislation relating to the protection of wildlife, and that authority includes the power to pass laws regulating the market for products of wildlife. Sounds persuasive to us. As we noted previously, the law is just another typical attempt to generate headlines by city officials.

Zachary Quinto: ‘I would quit Hollywood for theater career’

our editor recommends Kanye West Lashes Out Against Jimmy Kimmel on Twitter Over Spoof But West and Kimmel weren’t the only stars tweeting about the dispute. Actors, musicians, writers, producers and other entertainment-industry insiders all took to Twitter to express their thoughts about the dust-up. Even Kimmel’s wife, Molly McNearney, weighed in on Friday morning. PHOTOS: Hollywood’s Twitter Feuds West’s #nodisrespecttobenaffleck hashtag quickly became a source of parody. Keith Olbermann added it to a tweet promoting his ESPN2 show. And screenwriter and former Lost showrunner Damon Lindelof posted a series of tweets with the Affleck hashtag, only some of which referenced the Argo director and star. Take a look at more of Hollywood’s tweets about the feud. I woke up at 3:30am and had to google “Barilla” and “Kanye Kimmel” just to understand what was happening on Twitter. Mark Hoppus (@markhoppus) September 27, 2013 I guess you could say Jimmy Kimmel drank Kanye West’s milkshake. Keith Calder (@keithcalder) September 27, 2013 I should be Robin. #NODISRESPECTTOBENAFFLECK Zach Braff (@zachbraff) September 27, 2013 I am sad, insecure and terrified of spiders and failure. #NODISRESPECTTOBENAFFLECK Damon Lindelof (@DamonLindelof) September 27, 2013 Every single tweet imaginable is better with that hashtag. #NODISRESPECTTOBENAFFLECK Damon Lindelof (@DamonLindelof) September 27, 2013 I respect Ben Affleck. #NODISRESPECTTOBENAFFLECK Damon Lindelof (@DamonLindelof) September 27, 2013 Good Will Hunting isn’t as good now that Robin Williams is in all those dumb lightbulb posters. #NODISRESPECTTOBENAFFLECK Damon Lindelof (@DamonLindelof) September 27, 2013 Tonight: Howard @hbryant42 joins me on Cano, Jay-Z, and Bud Selig’s latest retirement http://t.co/hEy44Fix3p #NoDisrespectToBenAffleck Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) September 27, 2013 Kanye’s gonna be REALLY pissed when he sees the skit Kim and Ray-J made.