April 16, 2014

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Marjo Bernay, Veteran Entertainment Union Activist and Executive in Art Directors Guild, Retires

Marjo Bernay, a 33-year veteran of four IATSE Locals, has retired from the Art Directors Guild where she was Manager, Awards and Events. A party is to be given in her honor at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City this Saturday, where proclamations from Senators Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and Congressman Brad Sherman, as well as other dignitaries will be presented.
She was Business Agent of the Illustrators & Matte Artists, Local 790 and Set Designers & Model Makers, Local 847 from 1979 until they merged with the ADG in 2008. She was also Business Agent of Story Analysts, Local 854. While at the ADG she is also a trustee of the Set Designers Council and a member of the Board of Directors.
Bernay was a member of numerous organizations promoting the entertainment industry, including the California Film Commission, the Los Angeles Film Development Committee and the L.A. County Film Commission. She was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plans and the first woman from the labor side to chair the Health Plan.
In addition, she was Vice President and a member of the Executive Council of the California State Theatrical Federation and Chairman of the Environmental Allocations Committee of the Permanent Charities Committee of the Entertainment Industry. She was a member of the Executive Committee of IATSE District 2 and first Chairperson of the District’s Women’s Caucus.
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“STATE 194″ a documentary about Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad

See the trailer for STATE 194, a documentary from director Dan Setton chronicling Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s campaign for Palestine to become the 194th state recognized by the United Nations.
The story has continued to develop after the UN General Assembly voted by an overwhelming majority to recognize Palestine as a non-Member Observer State on Nov. 29, 2012.
The vote came exactly 65 years after the UN passed a resolution to partition Palestine, allowing for the formation of the state of Israel on November 29, 1947.
STATE 194, produced by Participant Media (An Inconvenient Truth, Food, Inc.), will be making its European Premiere at the Berlinale on 8 February in the Panorama section.
TRAILER
Trailer: http://www.takepart.com/state194
SYNOPSIS:
If you build the foundations of peace . . . will it come?
This fascinating question lies at the heart of STATE 194, a vital and revealing look deep inside Israel and Palestine at the men and women trying to seize an historic opportunity to end the conflict and make implementing the two-state solution a reality right now. From the halls of power, across youthful social networks and on the streets, it is a remarkable story of those who are attempting to transform an endangered thread of hope into something tangible.
This journey-still-in-progress begins with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, who in 2009 launched a daring campaign to change his people’s destiny. For decades, acts of war and terror, political wrangling and diplomacy have failed to solve the territorial disputes of the region; settle the questions of Palestinian independence and Israeli security; or halt ongoing violence. But Fayyad envisioned a different approach. Taking his surprising inspiration from the Israeli battle for U.N. recognition in 1948 – which centered on building the bedrock of civil society to demonstrate their readiness to be a nation — he forged an ambitious 2-year plan to pave roads, raise schools and fast-track creating the core institutions of governance across the West Bank. Fayyad decided even if statehood was stalled, progress didn’t have to be. The plan achieved rapid and dramatic improvements in key development areas, leading President Mahmoud Abbas to take a different risk: presenting the case to the United Nations that Palestine was ready to become the 194th member nation.
Participant Media presents STATE 194 directed by Dan Setton and produced by Setton and Elise Pearlstein. The executive producers are Jeff Skoll and Diane [...]

‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Review by Kirk Honeycutt

Kathryn Bigelow’s follow-up to her Oscar-winning best picture, “Hurt Locker,” is an even tougher and more gripping war picture taking place in the world of terrorist-tracking espionage.
This is, of course, her much anticipated depiction of the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden, “Zero Dark Thirty.”
Stripped of the usual gung-ho aspects of most war movies or revenge melodramas, the film is a calm, concentrated, densely detailed description of a manhunt on a global scale. It’s moviemaking at its engrossing best.
To read more about the movie review go to www.honeycuttshollywood.com
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Rihanna allegedly spent Thanksgiving with Chris Brown

HollywoodNews.com: Rihanna and Chris Brown apparently got together for the holidays as it is rumored they spent Thanksgiving together.
It is rumored that Rihanna headed to Berlin, Germany where Brown was performing a concert, states UsMagazine.com. “All alone in my big ole jet!!! See u soon lover,” Rihanna posted on Twitter.
To further confirm the rumors, Rihanna then tweeted, “#Berlin #CarpeDiem.” Brown’s concert is called Carpe Diem.
It is also reported that after his concert, Brown was photographed with Rihanna at Berlin’s Adagio nightclub.
Do you think they are back together?
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Nicki Minaj’s lyrics outing her as Mitt Romney supporter?

HollywoodNews.com: While many celebrities are supporting Barack Obama for President, it seems that Clint Eastwood might not be alone in his support of Mitt Romney.
Lil Wayne’s new track, “Mercy,” features Nicki Minaj and some interesting lyrics that might out her political side, states E! News. “I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney. You lazy bitches are f–king up the economy,” Minaj raps on the track.
The track is a part of Lil Wayne’s ‘Dedication 4′ mixtape.
What do you think about her lyrics? True or just music?
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Obama’s America $6.2 million doesn’t mean anything

HollywoodNews.com: Oh my, another film explicitly targeting an undeserved niche did exceptional business almost exclusively with that niche. In a sane industry that would be called smart business, but the studios tend to treat it as a *shock* and write it off as a fluke.
It was no shock to anyone paying attention during the week, especially when the film was announced to be expanding on over 1,000 screens this weekend. With the weak slate of new releases and little holdover interest, the market was primed for a solid debut for something preaching to a very devoted choir.
First as foremost, 2016: Obama’s America earned about 1/4 as much this weekend as Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 did over its opening weekend on about as many screens eight years ago.
As not-president John Kerry can attest, even the most obscenely successful political documentary of all time ($23 million opening weekend, $119 million domestic total) didn’t help John Kerry defeat George W. Bush in the 2004 election (even if we can dispute the results in Ohio, Bush won the popular vote by three million).
So no, the fact that a directly-targeted group of anti-Obama moviegoers gave 2016: Obama’s America $6.2 million doesn’t mean anything more than the piss-poor box office of last year’s The Undefeated (essay) in terms of predicting an upcoming presidential election.
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Eva Longoria speaking at 2012 Democratic National Convention

HollywoodNews.com: Eva Longoria has been a strong supporter of President Barack Obama, and now she is continuing to do that at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
Longoria will reportedly be speaking at the event that takes place in Charlotte, North Carolina, states UsMagazine.com. The event will take place from Tuesday, September 4 to Thursday, September 6.
However, she won’t be the only speaker there as other speakers include Former President Bill Clinton, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, U.S. Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland and Elizabeth Warren.
Do you think she’ll give a good speech?
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Producer Hawk Koch Elected New Academy President!

HollywoodNews.com: Producer Hawk Koch was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tonight (July 31) by the organization’s Board of Governors. This will be his first term in the office.
Koch, who is beginning his ninth year as a governor representing the Producers Branch, has served as first vice president of the Academy during the past year. He previously served three one-year terms as treasurer and one term as vice president.
In addition, Public Relations Branch governor Cheryl Boone Isaacs was elected first vice president; Producers Branch governor Kathleen Kennedy was elected to one vice president post and Writers Branch governor Phil Robinson was re-elected to the other vice president post; Public Relations Branch governor Rob Friedman was elected treasurer; and Executives Branch governor Robert Rehme was elected secretary.
Koch’s producer credits include “Losing Isaiah” and “Gorky Park.” He recently served as executive producer on “Source Code” and is executive producer on the upcoming “Very Good Girls.”
Academy board members serve three-year terms, while officers serve one-year terms, with a maximum of four consecutive terms in any one office.
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Kristen Stewart and director Rupert Sanders owe an apology to a handful of people

HollywoodNews.com: It could be argued that director Rupert Sanders and actress Kristen Stewart owe an apology to a handful of people. Obviously they are in respective deep trouble with Robert Pattinson and Liberty Ross. They certainly owe an apology to Saunders’s two children, and perhaps some kind of apology to certain studio executives at Universal and Summit/Lionsgate, since their allegedly adulterous actions will certainly have some kind of impact on the respect fortunes of Snow White and the Huntsman (with a sequel now in doubt) and Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn part II (which may well increase in interest ala Mr. and Mrs. Smith).
But other than that, neither of these people owe any of us a damn thing. I am less troubled by the apparent adultery (or attempted adultery?) than I am by Kristen Stewart’s public apology, seemingly specifically intended for Mr. Pattinson but released out into the open for all to see as a kind of public mea culpa. I don’t blame Ms. Stewart for this instant press release so much as I blame a media/popular culture that demanded a public apology for an inherently private indiscretion.
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“Gangster Squad” starring Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, and Josh Brolin to be released January 2013

HollywoodNews.com: In the wake of the Aurora, Colorado tragedy, Warner Brothers has decided to move Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad starring Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, and Josh Brolin to January 2013.
The film, which tells the story of the LAPD trying to keep the East Coast mafia out of Los Angeles during the 40s and 50s, has been reported to have scenes of a shooting inside a movie theater. Some pundits have speculated if the move is truly based on the tragedy or was it a sign of the lack of faith in the project.
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