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Hollywood Bad Times: Part 2

82nd Annual Academy Awards - Red Carpet Activities - March 3, 2010

By ROBERT W. WELKOS

The Curse of the Blood Moons isn’t on any studio release schedule this year as far as we know, but then again, we’re not talking about the latest horror flick.
We’re talking about Hollywood itself.

No matter how you look at it, 2014 is shaping up to be among the most turbulent year Hollywood has ever experienced—and we have yet to reach summer.

It wasn’t that long ago that Hollywood was reeling from the drug overdose death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman in his Greenwich Village apartment.

Hoffman’s death followed on the heels of director Woody Allen being accused by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow of molesting her when she was only 7 years old.
Then there was the suicide of Nancy Motes, Julia Roberts’ half-sister, who died of a drug overdose and left a five-page suicide ranting against the Oscar winner. In the weeks before her death, Motes tweeted: “Just so you all know ‘America’s Sweetheart is a B***H.”

And all this coming as we recently said goodbye to Mickey Rooney, Shirley Temple and Sid Caesar.

Now comes the shocking lawsuit by a man named Michael Egan accusing “X-Men” director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him when Egan was a teenager at a September 1999 party held at an Encino estate. Egan claims in the lawsuit that he felt “Like a piece of meat to these people.”

Singer’s attorney, Martin Singer, has vigorously denied the allegations, calling Egan’s allegations “clearly fabricated.”

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Fabricated or not, the Egan lawsuit is just the latest bad press endured by a bludgeoned Hollywood—and we haven’t mentioned Miley Cyrus twerking or Justin Bieber allegedly egging a neighbor’s house when not getting busted for DUI in Miami.
If Hollywood were a person, it would be time for intervention.

If Hollywood were a person, it would be time for a crisis management team from Sitrick & Co. to come in to handle PR.

But Hollywood is not a person. It’s a Dream Factory. Only lately it seems to resemble a Nightmare Factory.

82nd Annual Academy Awards - Red Carpet Activities - March 3, 2010

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About Robert W. Welkos

Executive Editor: Robert W. Welkos is an award-winning journalist who covered the entertainment industry for 15 years as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. During this span, he wrote extensively about the movie industry from turmoil in the executive suites, the Academy Awards and Golden Globes, and box office hits and bombs to visits to movie sets as well as profiles of top stars and A-list directors, cutting edge features on the newest indie films and visits to famous film festivals like Sundance and Cannes. Prior to entertainment, Welkos worked as a reporter and assistant city editor in The Times’ Metro section where he undertook major investigations for the paper as well as covering breaking news and writing in-depth features. Before joining The Times, he worked for the Associated Press in Reno, Nevada, and City News Service in Los Angeles.

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