Glenn Close, Hugh Jackman and Director Damien Chazelle to Receive Hollywood Film Awards                Ben Foster continues a hot streak with “Galveston”                Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan have captured brilliance with "Wildlife"                Amandla Stenberg, John David Washington, Yalitza Aparicio, Felix Van Groeningen & Crazy Rich Asians To Receive Hollywood Film Awards                David Gordon Green puts his stamp on "Halloween" and crafts a terrific sequel                "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" deliciously pairs Richard E. Grant with Melissa McCarthy                "22 July" sees Paul Greengrass effectively depict another tragic historical event                Timothée Chalamet and Rachel Weisz to be Honored at Hollywood Film Awards                Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet are gunning for awards with "Beautiful Boy"                "Bad Times At The El Royale" is overstuffed yet pulpy fun from Drew Goddard                87 films will contend for Best Foreign Language Feature this year                "First Man" is another stunning achievement for Damien Chazelle and Ryan Gosling                Updated Academy Award predictions for early October                Bradley Cooper makes a stunning directorial debut with the Oscar frontrunner "A Star Is Born"                Trailer for 'Vice' reveals Adam McKay's biopic of Dick Cheney        

Articles By: 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.

Make Hollywood Great Again – Open Letter to LA Film Czar Kenneth Ziffren

OPEN LETTER TO L.A. FILM CZAR KENNETH ZIFFREN Dear Ken, What a time to be serving as Hollywood’s Film Czar. I know your job entails reducing legal impediments that stand in the way of winning tax breaks for zillion-dollar studios and millionaire production companies, but Hollywood is in crisis and we’re not talking[...]

Hollywood’s China Syndrome

By ROBERT W. WELKOS Hollywood’s pivot to Asia is hardly new but it seems nowadays that rarely a week goes by without some big multimillion-dollar deal being announced by U.S.-based entertainment companies with businesses based in the Far East. Universal Studios has announced plans to build a $3.3 billion theme park in[...]

Joey Berlin’s Goldmine – Critics Choice Awards

Joey Berlin, who co-founded the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. in 1995 and continues to oversee its day-to-day operations and its televised Critics’ Choice Movie Awards each year, likes to say that his membership seems to be satisfied with the job he’s doing because he’s been repeatedly re-elected every two years[...]

Spotlight on Billionaire David Ellison

NAME: DAVID ELLISON SOURCE OF WEALTH: Family BIO: Son of Oracle’s Larry Ellison, whose net worth is estimated between 41.8 billion (Bloomberg) and $48 billion (Forbes). Brother of uber-producer Megan Ellison. USC film school graduate. Accomplished acrobatic pilot. MARITAL STATUS: Married to actress/singer Sandy Modic. HOLLYWOOD CONNECTIONS: His father once co-owned the 450-foot,[...]

Spotlight on Billionaire Jeff Skoll

By Robert Welkos NAME: JEFF SKOLL NET WORTH: $2.7 billion (TheRichest.com) to $3.8 billion (Forbes) SOURCE OF WEALTH: eBay ‘BIO: Born to a middle-class family in Canada, Skoll graduated with honors in electrical engineering program at the University of Toronto, then went backpacking around the world before entering Stanford Business School, where he[...]

Andy Dick: Back from the Brink

By ROBERT W. WELKOS Comedian Andy Dick is hosting his weekly show on the online channel TradioV when he nonchalantly places a plastic cup filled with a little Hennessey cognac in front of his guest, Dinky the dog. Dinky, a white-haired, doe-eyed Peekapoo outfitted in a colorful vest, happens to have more[...]

Prayer Partners: Christians in Hollywood–Part 3

By ROBERT W. WELKOS Over the years, Doug Millham of Pasadena has often hung around movie and TV sets, where he has met all sorts of people working in the entertainment industry. He said he has come to view them as “gypsies.” “I call them gypsies because they’re always going from job[...]

The Talent Search: Christians in Hollywood Part 2

By ROBERT W. WELKOS Seventeen-year-old Nicole Smolen is an actress and Christian who works in Hollywood. Smolen has appeared on such network TV shows as “Criminal Minds” and “Brothers & Sisters” and has been cast in feature films and a national TV commercial. But it’s her role in a new small-budget[...]

Christians in Hollywood – Part 1: Prayers for Hollywood

The prayer walkers arrive around lunchtime at major Hollywood movie lots. At Walt Disney Pictures in Burbank, clusters of Christians who have been allowed onto the lot by key executives, first turn to face the Disney Feature Animation Building and the ABC Building, where they pray for the employees working inside. Then[...]

Spotlight on Billionaire Gigi Pritzker

The Chicago-born Pritzker is a member of one of America’s richest families, who have lived in Chicago since 1881. Born in 1962, she is the granddaughter of A.N. Pritzker. Her late father, Jay Pritzker, was co-founder of the Hyatt hotel chain and a prominent philanthropist. BILLIONAIRE: JEAN (GIGI) PRITZKER NET WORTH: $2.1[...]
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