Where’s The Revolution?!

Depeche Mode visited Hollywood last week for an amazing four nights, and The Hollywood Sentinel was there.  Check out our review in Music’s Greatest here inside.

Hello! And welcome to the new issue of The Hollywood Sentinel. The Hollywood Sentinel is unique in that publishes ONLY the good news. That also means, unlike some publications that tried copying  us by stating that they report only the good news too–we do not run ads for destructive diet pills, plastic surgery, or toxic food and bad lifestyles. Not only that, we advance culture in Hollywood and throughout the world, by teaching people and reminding those that know, that “What we put our attention on, generally happens.”  And that “like attracts like,” and–that we are spiritual beings, having a human experience.

We also give free, massively valuable education on How to Succeed in Hollywood, from a good, moral, positive perspective, without compromising one’s honesty or integrity.   And, more importantly, we give free advice on How to Keep Kids Safe in Hollywood and the entertainment industry, not only helping their parents to avoid getting ripped off, but most essentially, helping to keep them free from abuse.

We invite you to sit down with us here on your phone, on your tablet or computer, and get to know us a bit, or–if you have already read us before, look at the new and old content.  Explore each unique page by clicking on the table of contents tab to the left, or scrolling down. And if there is something you would like to read but don’t see here in our pages, be sure to let us know.  You can even go ‘way’ back and explore our older Archives section at www.thehollywoodsentinel.com that will give you hours of reading and educational enjoyment–straight from those that are not only huge fans of all areas of the arts including Hollywood, but are also, working professionals in this land that so many from all the world over dream of.

The Hollywood Sentinel is also e-mailed directly to the office of every star in its pages.  We have been told by strangers from around the world, dreaming of Hollywood, that it has helped them greatly–taught them what they wanted to know, and gave them hope.  We have also been told by many of the rich or famous, how they love it, and thanking us for what we create and the service we provide. We hope this continues to be the situation for many.  We hope this is true for you.  We are here to give back–we are here to help and entertain, and we are here because we love what we do, and we hope it shows. Enjoy the new issue.

–Bruce Edwin; Publisher; Hollywood Sentinel

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Tom Cruise Stars in The Mummy

Letter From the Editor

This life we have been given is truly amazing.  We create what we want.  If you want to fly across the world, you can make some money, buy a plane ticket, and do it.  If you want to write a book, make a song, dance, or paint a picture, you can do that. If you want to fall in love, you can be loving, meet someone, and fall in love. You can make money, buy a house, and live your dream. The only thing stopping you is you. If you feel stopped, look at what you tell yourself and what others tell you. Validate your self worth, and do not tolerate others who do not tolerate you or your dreams.  Dream bigger every day.

I hope you enjoy the new issue.

–Bruce Edwin

Oscar’s Triumph Despite Curse

The 89th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 26, 2017. Photo credit, image group LA.

A roughly four hour long Oscar Ceremony was greatly entertaining this evening, with host Jimmy Kimmel who did a great job.  With nearly every presenter and acceptance speech monologue laced with political comments against the current political administration, Kimmel led the assault with at least 4 jabs at the President in the first four minutes of his opening monologue, including jokes about Trump’s tweeting, immigrants not getting in the country, and a divided nation.  He further joked about Trump  stating how Meryl Streep was an over-rated actress.

The stellar show wound up cursed however, when Warren Beatty let Faye Dunaway read the Best Picture winner from the envelope, and she read ‘LaLa Land.’  ‘La La Land’ producers were in the middle of reading their acceptance speech, when they stopped and stated how there had been a mistake, that ‘Moonlight’ actually won.

Like the political insanity of the past several months itself; from hacking, to leaks, to false hopes,  so called fake news, surprise victories, and surprise losses among more, The Oscars–heavily tackling politics, wound up itself a victim of at least part of the political type of insanity it aimed to criticize.

Having changed the rules last year from what many considered false accusations of racism, more blacks were nominated and won this year, yet nearly didn’t. The mostly white film ‘La La Land’ won first–only to be dethroned in a matter of seconds, with the Oscar being snatched away from the ‘fake’ winners and given to the real winners–the more ‘real’ liberal Hollywood film of ‘greater’ diversity about not only ‘black’ characters, but ‘gay’ too.

At a moment, it seemed like all a part of the show, great scripted drama for the highly entertaining awards show itself.   And who knows? Maybe it was? Then again, that may be highly doubtful, considering the manner in which it has already reflected on the Academy, Warren Beatty, and Faye Dunaway.  In reality, only the person handing the envelope to Warren and Faye should be to blamed, with Warren reportedly stating that the envelope he was given had a card stating Emma Rose– ‘La La Land’ on it.  Which just goes to prove, we don’t just need ballot checkers at the presidential polls, but evidently we now need envelope checkers at the Oscars too.

It’s almost as if Trump himself had someone sneak in and mix up the envelopes to seek revenge.  Or, perhaps those Hollywood hating Trump supporters cast a spell and cursed the finale’ of the show,  seeking revenge for the many barbs, and–the witches cursing him just two nights before.

One ‘can’ say that two films at The Oscars and the presenters got cheated–‘La La Land’ had their hopes dashed to bits, ‘Moonlight’ lost their glory and speech time, and the Oscars and presenters of Faye and Warren got humiliated. Or, one can say what I prefer and tend to feel, that  in a way in actuality–there were two winners.  ‘La La Land,’ who would not have seen the stage for best picture,  got to pretend they won for a moment and have their speech and moment of glory as Best Picture Winners, and ‘Moonlight,’ a young film from a young filmmaker got its nod and Best Picture award in a world often against gays and blacks.

Warren and Faye, two stellar stars and legends, who have weathered the ups and downs of Hollywood for decades, will be just fine, and the brilliant and funny Jimmy Kimmel,  who was a great hit this night, deferentially assumed all of the blame.  And the Oscars, well–they will go on being the greatest awards show of all time, and the greatest night in TV history.  And–mistake or no mistake, they kept us watching, entertained, and loving every minute tonight, like only the Oscars can–drama and all.  After all, isn’t that what Hollywood’s all about? And anyway, we simply ‘can’t’ be out-drama’d by Washington now, can we?

–Bruce Edwin

Viola Davis poses backstage with the Oscar® for Performance by an actress in a supporting role, for work on “Fences” during the live ABC Telecast of The 89th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 26, 2017.Photo Credit: Mike Baker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Viola Davis shined at the Oscars tonight, winning Best Supporting Actress for her work in the film ‘Fences,’ and giving a heartwarming acceptance speech, as partially shown here below;

VIOLA DAVIS:

“Thank you to the Academy. You know, there’s one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered. One place. And that’s the graveyard. People ask me all the time, “What kind of stories do you want to tell, Viola?” And I say, exhume those bodies. Exhume those stories. The stories of the people who dreamed big and never saw those dreams to fruition. People who fell in love and lost. I became an artist, and thank god I did, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life. So here’s to August Wilson, who exhumed and exalted the ordinary people.”

Viola continued, “(…) I became an artist, and thank God I did, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life. (…)  And to Bron Pictures, Paramount, MACRO, Todd Black, Molly Allen, Scott Rudin for being the cheerleaders for a movie that is about people, and words, and life, and forgiveness and grace. (…)”

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Countdown to the The Oscars

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have  released  the nominations for the Oscar’s–hosted by  Jimmy Kimmel— which will air live this Sunday February 26th 2017 on ABC.

 Nominations for the 89th Academy Awards

Best motion picture of the year

  • “Arrival” Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Aaron Ryder and David Linde, Producers
  • “Fences” Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington and Todd Black, Producers
  • “Hacksaw Ridge” Bill Mechanic and David Permut, Producers
  • “Hell or High Water” Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn, Producers
  • “Hidden Figures” Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams and Theodore Melfi, Producers
  • “La La Land” Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz and Marc Platt, Producers
  • “Lion” Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Angie Fielder, Producers
  • “Manchester by the Sea” Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck and Kevin J. Walsh, Producers
  • “Moonlight” Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers

Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • Casey Affleck in “Manchester by the Sea”
  • Andrew Garfield in “Hacksaw Ridge”
  • Ryan Gosling in “La La Land”
  • Viggo Mortensen in “Captain Fantastic”
  • Denzel Washington in “Fences”

 

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

  • Mahershala Ali in “Moonlight”
  • Jeff Bridges in “Hell or High Water”
  • Lucas Hedges in “Manchester by the Sea”
  • Dev Patel in “Lion”
  • Michael Shannon in “Nocturnal Animals”

 

Performance by an actress in a leading role

  • Isabelle Huppert in “Elle”
  • Ruth Negga in “Loving”
  • Natalie Portman in “Jackie”
  • Emma Stone in “La La Land”
  • Meryl Streep in “Florence Foster Jenkins”

 

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Viola Davis in “Fences”
  • Naomie Harris in “Moonlight”
  • Nicole Kidman in “Lion”
  • Octavia Spencer in “Hidden Figures”
  • Michelle Williams in “Manchester by the Sea”

 

Best animated feature film of the year

  • “Kubo and the Two Strings” Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner
  • “Moana” John Musker, Ron Clements and Osnat Shurer
  • “My Life as a Zucchini” Claude Barras and Max Karli
  • “The Red Turtle” Michael Dudok de Wit and Toshio Suzuki
  • “Zootopia” Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer

 

Achievement in cinematography

  • “Arrival” Bradford Young
  • “La La Land” Linus Sandgren
  • “Lion” Greig Fraser
  • “Moonlight” James Laxton
  • “Silence” Rodrigo Prieto

 

Achievement in costume design

  • “Allied” Joanna Johnston
  • “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” Colleen Atwood
  • “Florence Foster Jenkins” Consolata Boyle
  • “Jackie” Madeline Fontaine
  • “La La Land” Mary Zophres

 

Achievement in directing

  • “Arrival” Denis Villeneuve
  • “Hacksaw Ridge” Mel Gibson
  • “La La Land” Damien Chazelle
  • “Manchester by the Sea” Kenneth Lonergan
  • “Moonlight” Barry Jenkins

 

Best documentary feature

  • “Fire at Sea” Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo
  • “I Am Not Your Negro” Raoul Peck, Rémi Grellety and Hébert Peck
  • “Life, Animated” Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman
  • “O.J.: Made in America” Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow
  • “13th” Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick and Howard Barish

 

Best documentary short subject

  • “Extremis” Dan Krauss
  • “4.1 Miles” Daphne Matziaraki
  • “Joe’s Violin” Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen
  • “Watani: My Homeland” Marcel Mettelsiefen and Stephen Ellis
  • “The White Helmets” Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

 

Achievement in film editing

  • “Arrival”Joe Walker
  • “Hacksaw Ridge” John Gilbert
  • “Hell or High Water” Jake Roberts
  • “La La Land” Tom Cross
  • “Moonlight” Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon

 

Best foreign language film of the year

  • “Land of Mine” Denmark
  • “A Man Called Ove” Sweden
  • “The Salesman” Iran
  • “Tanna” Australia
  • “Toni Erdmann” Germany

 

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

  • “A Man Called Ove” Eva von Bahr and Love Larson
  • “Star Trek Beyond” Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo
  • “Suicide Squad” Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson

 

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

  • “Jackie” Mica Levi
  • “La La Land” Justin Hurwitz
  • “Lion” Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka
  • “Moonlight” Nicholas Britell
  • “Passengers” Thomas Newman

 

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

  • “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from “La La Land”
    Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
  • “Can’t Stop The Feeling” from “Trolls”
    Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster
  • “City Of Stars” from “La La Land”
    Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
  • “The Empty Chair” from “Jim: The James Foley Story”
    Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting
  • “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana”
    Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

 

Achievement in production design

  • “Arrival” Production Design: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Paul Hotte
  • “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
  • “Hail, Caesar!” Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh
  • “La La Land” Production Design: David Wasco; Set Decoration: Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
  • “Passengers” Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Gene Serdena

 

Best animated short film

  • “Blind Vaysha” Theodore Ushev
  • “Borrowed Time” Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj
  • “Pear Cider and Cigarettes” Robert Valley and Cara Speller
  • “Pearl” Patrick Osborne
  • “Piper” Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer

 

Best live action short film

  • “Ennemis Intérieurs” Sélim Azzazi
  • “La Femme et le TGV” Timo von Gunten and Giacun Caduff
  • “Silent Nights” Aske Bang and Kim Magnusson
  • “Sing” Kristof Deák and Anna Udvardy
  • “Timecode” Juanjo Giménez

 

Achievement in sound editing

  • “Arrival” Sylvain Bellemare
  • “Deepwater Horizon” Wylie Stateman and Renée Tondelli
  • “Hacksaw Ridge” Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright
  • “La La Land” Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
  • “Sully” Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

Achievement in sound mixing

  • “Arrival” Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye
  • “Hacksaw Ridge” Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace
  • “La La Land” Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee and Steve A. Morrow
  • “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson
  • “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Mac Ruth

Achievement in visual effects

  • “Deepwater Horizon” Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason Billington and Burt Dalton
  • “Doctor Strange” Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli and Paul Corbould
  • “The Jungle Book” Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon
  • “Kubo and the Two Strings” Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean and Brad Schiff
  • “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel and Neil Corbould

Adapted screenplay

  • “Arrival” Screenplay by Eric Heisserer
  • “Fences” Screenplay by August Wilson
  • “Hidden Figures” Screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
  • “Lion” Screenplay by Luke Davies
  • “Moonlight” Screenplay by Barry Jenkins; Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney

Original screenplay

  • “Hell or High Water” Written by Taylor Sheridan
  • “La La Land” Written by Damien Chazelle
  • “The Lobster” Written by Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou
  • “Manchester by the Sea” Written by Kenneth Lonergan
  • “20th Century Women” Written by Mike Mills

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L.A. Art Show Lifts Up the Spirit of 2017

Top row, left to right: Mother of Brooke, Kim Martindale (Producer/Partner: L.A. Art Show), Emma Roberts, Scott Diament (President/CEO) Palm Beach Show Group, Brooke (St. Jude), and VIP guests.

The now legendary L.A. Art Show is back.  After a strongly divided country emerges in to the new year after one of the most heated Presidential races in American history, The L.A. Art Show launched last night into 2017 with perhaps just what this great city of Los Angeles, and the entertainment capitol of the world–needs; Art.

Art–The Universal Language

Art is after all, the great communicator. A universal language that began with the dawn of time and birth of humanity, art is divided by no race, creed, color or ethnic line. Whether rich or poor, an artist can grab some ink and paper, or forage for some canvas and paints, and in hope– release a part of their spirit in that art, for at least some of the world to glimpse and see.  Art can heal, or it can incite. It is the eternal voice of the artist that out-lives its’ creator.

The L.A. Art show, now in its stunning 22nd year, is with us again to welcome in an emotional 2017, when part of the nation is still in shock and mourning, and another part is in either secret or fearless public celebration of its new President.

Scott Diament and Kim Martindale Soar

Like this great city of Los Angeles itself, the L.A. Art Show is liberal, political, brave, and magnificent. The brainchild of Palm Beach Show Group President and CEO Scott Diament and Producer and Partner Kim Martindale, the rainy, gray skies of a winter Los Angeles literally parted this special day, and shone forth L.A’s famous sunshine, giving guests, patrons, participants, and the stars a reminder that yes–L.A. does have the best weather in the world, of any famous city.

Emma Roberts Shines Bright

Stars glided in this exiting night for the VIP Opening Night Gala, including the lovely and talented Emma Roberts, who hosted the Patron Level Opening Night Premiere Party Benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Emma Roberts proved to be a sweet, genuine actor, discussing her support for St. Jude, which pays the entire bill for special needs patients at this hospital who have what could be a life threatening illness.

Dancing Barefoot

Emma Roberts later walked quickly around the L.A. Art Show–after removing her heels to comfortably go barefoot in the sprawling Los Angeles Convention Center, and appeared to be purchasing at least one print of a famous master work.  Master Work prints, for those not in the business of art–can run between several thousand to around one hundred thousand dollars for a limited edition, which is well worth it for a master.

Up in Smoke

Host Committee members Natasha and Cheech Marin were back–Cheech Marin is that Cheech from the seventies iconic Cheech and Chong comic fame.

Like a Rolling Stone

Musical guests Whitney Myer Trio rocked the VIP stage with some songs including a commendable cover of the Rolling Stones.  Even more commendable, considering a female was doing Mick’s voice, making it all the more interesting.

Eat, Drink and be Merry

Endless gourmet food from Chef Jeffrey Nimer of Haute Chefs LA was offered, as was endless glasses of red and white wine and other beverages, at a myriad of open bars.  More endless food from a bevy of top local diners and restaurants served guests all from ice cream, chocolates, coffee, donuts, tacos, and more.  White table clothed tables filled up hundreds of VIP guests seated; enjoying dinner, deserts, and socializing with other patrons.

Art–A Man’s Name

The evening began with an exclusive collectors’ preview followed by the opening party, which also featured performance works by Carlos Martiel, Eugenia Vargas Pereira, Raphael Montañez Ortiz, Melanie Pullen, and Narcissister.

Back on the main floor, rows and rows of gallerists’ booths treated hundreds and later thousands of patrons and guests to fine art from some of the top galleries around the world.  Denis Block Gallery (Beverly Hills) is back, and shows a nice Lichtenstein litho, Eckert Fine Art (CT) is back with those fabulous parrots (Lories) by Hunt Slonem, artist Ryuma Imai (Japan) shows some very nice work including Giraffes and Bats at Yuji Fukuda, Robert Adelman (Oakland, CA) shows some nice Picasso ceramics, and Jerry Suqi is back from Chicago with some great Klimpt prints (collotype).

The Antique and Jewelry show with the LA Art Show, which was scaled back last year, is now gone, save for a select few booths. The classical side further too seems to be scaled back this year.

Naked as a Jaybird

Continuing the trend of last year which started showing live nudity with performance artists, this year has one or more partially body-painted, topless young women walking around in a near trance,  another group thong clad topless, body painted male and female artists doing dancerly moves and poses, and an African American performance artist Carlos Martiel lying totally naked on a few inch platform on the ground.  (Parents, keep this in mind when bringing children). Yes–art has nudity. Remember the Romans and Greeks from Art History?

Tony Song –the Selling Machine

Artist Tony Song (originally from China–now in L.A) is back, who had already sold a large painting when I spoke with him, and Angel Ricardo Rios is featured with a striking work called “The Garden of Excesses.”  MFA returns with their usual great prints of Master Works including Warhol, Picasso, and Chagall, as well as some nice Picasso ceramics.

There is much more to tell and see at this exciting show, which I will cover in the next installment of this review series. The L.A. Art Show runs daily through Saturday, January 14th from 11am to 7pm, and on its final day–Sunday, from 11am to 5pm.

General Admission Ticket Prices – per person (well worth it)

One Day Pass: $30 – Receive $5 discount if purchased online in advance

Four-Day Pass: $60 – Received $5 discount if purchased online in advance

Location: Los Angeles Convention Center: West Hall, at 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California, 90015.

Visit the official website at: www.LAARTSHOW.com

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Sexy Sunday at the Golden Globe Awards 2017

Happy New Year! The Legendary Golden Globe Awards kicked off today at 3pm, with many of the biggest and brightest stars from film, television, music, and even a number of fashion models. Congratulations to all of the nominees, and the big winners!

LILY COLLINS

Never mind that the her father is one of the most legendary and greatest voices in the history of pop music–Phil Collins, because Lily Collins is now one of Hollywood’s new reigning queens–young, beautiful, and talented, as seen below on the red carpet for the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

EMILY RATAJKOWSKI

The sexy Emily Ratajkowski walks the red carpet at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards (pictured below) and proves that a girl really doesn’t have to smile for the camera to get a lot of photos taken of her or published as long as she’s a model!

Claire Foy

The lovely and talented Claire Foy appears backstage at the 74th Annual Golden Globes for her win for Best Performance by an Actress TV Series Drama for her performance in ‘The Crown.”

THE STALLONE GIRLS

Sistine, Sophia and Scarlet Stallone (daughters of Sylvester Stallone) attended earlier this week  the  Miss Golden Globe Media Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. Photo credit: Magnus Sundholm for the HFPA

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George Michael: A Legend Remembered

An amazing singer and songwriter who burst on to the music scene in the early 80’s, George Michael began with the dancy, poppy hits from his band WHAM! WHAM! broke barriers as a pop band, namely, by not only having infectiously catchy, whimsical pop songs that no one could forget, but also, by being openly flamboyant and later, openly gay. Women loved Wham! and straight kids that were anti-gay made fun of them–yet still couldn’t help but know the melodies and words. The world embraced them, including of course–MTV which, along with American Bandstand, the radio, and later VH1, helped launch their career.

George Michael was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou on June 25th, 1963, in East Finchley, London.  He attended Bushey Meads School, where he meets future band mate Andrew Ridgely, who he started the legendary 80’s pop group with–WHAM!

It was June 16th, 1982, when Wham!’s first single, “Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)” was released. It later  peaked at #8 on the UK singles chart.  A cute, rebellious, lighthearted pop-rap hit, the song actually carried a profound message, telling the world–“Don’t do work that you are not happy doing.  Find what you love, and then only do that which makes you happy.”

Two years later, May 14th, 1984, WHAM! reached superstar status with their #1 Hit “Wake Me Up (Before you Go Go) that gave the world yet another cute, highly danceable, and utterly unforgettable song. During the height of the abortion rights debates, George Michael pushed politics with the hit video, wearing a snow white t-shirt with the words emblazoned “CHOOSE LIFE” on the front and back of it, as well as worn by his band mates.  Shedding any attempt at machismo, George embraced portraying himself however he felt; political, flirty, cute, and before he publicly declared it–gay.

When WHAM! stopped making music together, lead singer George Michael soon later burst back on to the scene with dark, brooding, soulful songs that hit the top of the charts, and gained even more fans around the world. Those that loved WHAM! were hooked, and even those that didn’t now had a new appreciation for a man who proved to have even greater talent, soul, and passion than the world realized.

Shattering any idea that he was simply a one hit wonder with nothing deep to say after “Wake me Up,” George Michael released a searing, melancholic, solo ballad, yet still under The Wham! title. Just two months later in July 24th, 1984, “Careless Whispers–” like “Wake me Up,” dominated the charts, and brilliantly made George Michael a certified star, worthy of respect.

Handsome, charming, and with a voice like silk, George Michael was here to stay.  Yet far from merely a lighthearted pop star with a brooding ballad, George’s music was filled with a dark side, dealing with subjects including lost love, rebellion, disappointing ones parents, religion, sex, and death.

On June 1st In 1987, “I Want Your Sex”, the first single from George’s debut solo album, Faith, was released. Despite being banned by the BBC, the song hits #3 on the UK charts and #2 in the U.S.  Ending with the slogan “Explore Monogamy.”  George’s hit song “I want Your Sex” proved daring not only due to the provocative subject matter of the song, but also pushing inter-racial sex relations, with a pretty Chinese woman he tries to seduce in the video.

A stellar singer and songwriter, George Michael was also a great model, who loved fashion and was embraced by the fashion world. On October 30th, 1990, George Michael’s hit song  “Freedom! ’90” single was released–directed by David Fincher–reaching the top 10 on the U.S. charts. The video features supermodels Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz and Christy Turlington, showing his love for fashion and supermodels, and their love for George.

Performing with many stars of his time including Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, and Elton John among more, George Michael was recognized by his peers as a true great–a star who deserved it.

Up as a nominee for the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2017, the award should certainly be awarded to George Michael, which is an accolade that recognizes the work and contributions of composers and lyricists who create great music around the world. George has been nominated as a performer/songwriter for his extensive catalog of songwriting credits including chart-toppers including the beautiful “Careless Whisper,” the romantic “Father Figure,” and the timeless “Wake Me Up Before you Go-Go.”  The voted winner will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at the Annual Awards & Induction Gala on June 15, 2017.

George Michael was busy putting the finishing touches to his special documentary film “Freedom” before he passed on.  He had discovered some incredible, unseen archive footage and was busy shooting additional interviews for the project, with the film planned to air in March 2017.  To coincide with the film’s broadcast, George and Sony Music had decided to move the reissue of the Listen Without Prejudice album to the same time.

On Christmas Day, December 25th, 2106, George Michael passed on.  He never had the chance to get old, and like his wish–stayed forever young.  George Michael was a truly great artist, an AMAZING and beautiful spririt, who will be missed, and remembered always.

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President Obama Gets it Right–Protects Arctic Environment

For the last 40 years, I’ve roamed the polar regions of our world. I started as a child, growing up in an Inuit community on Baffin Island, Canada, where I learned from the Inuit people not just to survive in our environment — but to thrive in and love the Arctic for all it had to offer.

Later, as a scientist, I tried using data to make the case for conservation. But it wasn’t until I became a polar photographer for Sea Legacy and National Geographic magazine that I finally found a way to convey the urgency of protecting this fragile ecosystem for the good of all humanity.

Photo by Paul Nicklen

Photo by Paul Nicklen

As a scientist, what I know about the Arctic is terrifying. Currently, it’s warming twice as fast as anywhere else on the planet. As a photographer, I can observe and document these effects first-hand: receding glaciers, struggling wildlife populations, and cities impacted by rising sea levels.

And as the landscape changes, driven by climate change, I am watching the Arctic region become increasingly vulnerable. In particular, we should see the rapid disappearance of sea ice here for what it is: a sign of imminent and catastrophic change. The danger of an oil spill would deliver a fatal blow to this pristine and critically important ecosystem.

This week,  President Obama designated vast portions of the United States’ Arctic Ocean as indefinitely off limits for future oil and gas leasing.

The new withdrawal — which encompasses the entire U.S. Chukchi Sea and the vast majority of the U.S. Beaufort Sea — will provide critical protection for the unique and vibrant Arctic ecosystem, which is home to marine mammals and other vital ecological resources and marine species, and upon which many Alaska Native communities depend. With this action, we’ve now protected nearly 125 million acres in the Arctic from future oil and gas activity since 2015.

Photo by Paul Nicklen

Photo by Paul Nicklen

This action also comes in conjunction with Canada’s announcement that it will freeze offshore oil and gas leasing in its Arctic waters, to be reviewed every five years through a climate and marine science-based assessment.

My career as a scientist, photojournalist, and co-founder of SeaLegacy.org has taught me that merely telling people the ice is melting doesn’t work. Temperatures are rising. Animals are struggling, starving and drowning. Water levels are gradually immersing cities. We can no longer just talk about this. We need to show the world how urgent it is with images and stories and, more importantly, with urgent action.

At this pace the Arctic will be void of ice by 2050. It’s a message that’s hard to hear but easy to understand when you see the damage at the poles of this great Earth. Species whose survival is at serious risk, like the Pacific walrus, polar bear, bowhead whale, fin whale, spectacled eider, and Steller’s eider will benefit from these protections, and so will the communities that rely on the Arctic ecosystem for their way of life.

–Paul Nicklen
Scientist, Wildlife Photojournalist
Nanoose Bay, British Columbia, Canada
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Veterans Ask for Forgiveness at Standing Rock

A heart warming moment in the public ceremony as seen here below at Standing Rock, as American Veterans ask the Sioux Tribe leader and their people for forgiveness for the genocide committed against their people by the U.S. government for hundreds of years.

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Victory! Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Wins

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A great day of victory was had yesterday Sunday for the Sioux tribe at Standing Rock, with the Army Corps. backing down and no longer defending DAPL to build the pipeline across territory that the Sioux tribe states is sacred land housing their ancestors, which they state that even though they sold–they had written rights concerning what could be done with the land. It is reported that the pipeline will now be rerouted away from the disputed Sioux territory.

And remember, this land was theirs first! Victory indeed! Shame on those who abused the Native Americans and the protestors. Congratulations to the Sioux and all the brave freedom fighters defending their rights!

–The Hollywood Sentinel


A Message From the Chairman of the Sioux Tribe

Yesterday we were notified that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will not grant the easement to cross Lake Oahe for the Dakota Access pipeline. Instead, they will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement regarding alternative routes for the pipeline. This action strongly vindicates what the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has been saying all along – that we all have a responsibility to protect our waters for future generations.
This is an historic moment. For centuries, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and tribes across the country, have faced fundamental injustice at the hands of the federal government – which time and again took our lands and tried to destroy our way of life. Our Treaties and our human rights were ignored, our interests in protecting lands and waters were considered unimportant, and our voices were not heard.

It was this shared history that led Tribes to come together as never before to seek the protection of our waters against the threat of the Dakota Access pipeline. With peace and prayer, indigenous people from hundreds of Tribes said: our future is too important. We can no longer be ignored. The goal was to protect these sacred waters, and to do so in the name of our children.

And, with yesterday’s decision, it is clear that our voices have at long last been heard.

Yesterday’s decision demonstrates that, despite all the challenges that Tribes face and all of the terrible wrongs the federal government has committed in dealing with us over the years, justice for Indian people still remains possible. My thanks to the Obama Administration, and particularly to Assistant Secretary Darcy, for upholding the law and doing the right thing.

Yesterday’s decision belongs in large measure to the thousands of courageous people who put their lives on hold to stand with Standing Rock in support of a basic principle — that water is life. At Standing Rock, our youth played an important role in spreading our message and I am so proud of what they have been able to accomplish.

But Standing Rock could not have come this far alone. Hundreds of tribes came together in a display of tribal unity not seen in hundreds of years. And many thousands of indigenous people from around the world have prayed with us and made us stronger. I am grateful to each of you. And, as we turn a page with yesterday’s decision, I look forward to working with many of you as you return to your home communities to protect your lands and waters, and the sovereignty of your tribes.

My thanks to all of our allies, here and around the world, each of whom contributed to this effort. I want to give a special mention to the veterans who have come to Standing Rock in recent days. I am sure that the strength of your message in support of Standing Rock, and the rights of the Water Protectors, had a powerful impact as the Army made its decision. I appreciate all you have done.

While today is a great day, there is still much that needs to be done to protect Tribal rights and ensure justice for indigenous people everywhere. Using peace and prayer as our guideposts, and with the teachings of our elders and with inspiration from our youth, I believe there is much we can accomplish for the future.

Sincerely,
Dave Archambault, II, Chairman
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

The information below is our former report on Standing Rock before the Army Corps Reportedly Settled

Chill E.B. Fights for Sioux Tribe at Standing Rock

Legendary political rapper Chill E.B. has just released a new protest anthem– “They Don’t Care About Us” in tribute to the brave Native American tribes fighting for their sacred land, at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota.

“This song echoes the sentiment of the Lakota Sioux community,” Chill E.B. explains, who attended the recent protest in defense of Standing Rock in San Francisco. A veteran rap artist from Northern California, Chill E.B. has received numerous awards and accolades including The California Peace Award, among more. The mayor of his hometown, Jacksonville, North Carolina proclaimed October 14th as ‘Chill E.B. Day’. In 2012 he received the international Human Rights Award presented by The Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights.

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Chill E.B. has opened for other major stars including Dr. Dre, NWA, M.C. Hammer, Naughty By Nature and many more. He has also performed in concert with the California Symphony, and shared the stage with Grammy winning jazz legends Stanley Clark and Chick Corea, among others. On December 3rd, 2016 Chill E.B. will embark on a one month Asian tour performing in Japan and Taiwan. He has been on an international humanitarian tour since 2010 which has taken him to 25 countries.

About Standing Rock

According to the Standing Rock council’s website, “The Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation is home to Dakota and Lakota people of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Since time immemorial, they have lived and governed a vast territory throughout North and South Dakota, and parts of Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska. Currently, the Tribe is located in central North and South Dakota.

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Despite strong objections from the Tribe from the first time they heard of the project on July 25, 2016, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) granted authorization to the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross Lake Oahe as part of the construction of a 1,100-mile pipeline that is proposed to carry over a half-million barrels of Bakken crude oil to Illinois and across four states. The current route of construction takes the pipeline less than one half mile from the Tribe’s reservation border, and thus the Tribe maintains a sovereign interest in protecting its cultural resources that remain with the land.

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All along the route of the pipeline are sites of religious and cultural significance to the Sioux people, including burial sites of their ancestors. The pipeline would cross the Tribe’s traditional and ancestral lands and the construction of the pipeline jeopardizes many sacred places. While federal law requires meaningful consultation with the Tribe on these matters, that has not happened here. The Tribe opposes DAPL because the U.S. government must–by law–honor the Tribes religious liberty which includes the land of their ancestors, and protect their sacred sites and precious waters.”

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According to Opponents of the DAPL:

1, White Invaders Stole America from the Native Americans–now they are trying to do it again.
a, The U.S. Government has given back a tiny portion of the land to Native Tribes, a tiny token of what they deserve and can never be repaid for the theft, rape, pillage, and massacre
b, The government again began buying / stealing these token land grants back, and leaving Native Americans with only tiny areas called reservations–that itself is not acceptable
c, The government is now attempting to infringe on the rights of these Native American Reservations
2, The path of DAPL is through sovereign land
3, The land of the Native Americans is sacred, and houses their ancestors–all a part of their religious worship and religious freedom
4, DAPL is dirty fuel, that will contribute to the destruction of the environment of many
5, DAPL backers are killing cattle owned by the Native Americans
6, Police are violating the constitutional rights of peaceful protesters, firing at them and journalists with rubber bullets, and illegally removing peaceful protesters from tribal lands
7, At least one city near the reservations did not want the pipeline near them, and the DAPL reportedly took heed, but–the tribes argue, are not giving the same respect to the tribes
8, DAPL got away with EPA oversight and regulation, by covertly treating the pipeline build as numerous small construction projects, rather than the massive one it really is
9, Water contamination is a valid risk, as the pipeline could reportedly leak and threaten the water supply of the tribes
10, The Army Core of Engineers, a civilian and military branch of the U.S. army was reportedly accused in 2011 of accepting “cost projections from land developer KBR, in a no-bid, noncompetitive, contract.” After high ranking Army Core member “Bunny” Greenhouse complained about this act, she was reportedly demoted from her Senior Executive Service position, stripped of her top secret security clearance, and-according to Greenhouse, had her office booby-trapped with a trip-wire from which she sustained a knee injury. A U.S. District court reportedly awarded Greenhouse $970,000 in full restitution of lost wages, compensatory damages, and attorney fees, according to Wikipedia. Possible corruption is occurring with the Army Core related to DAPL, protesters argue.

Defenders of the DAPL state:

1, Crude oil reportedly accounts for just 6% disasters within pipeline issues
2, The tribes sold the land to to the government that they want to lay pipes on–years ago, for over 5 million dollars, and have no rights to the land anymore (tribes argue they still have a legal say in the land per earlier agreements)
3, America needs to get off reliance on foreign oil, and this will help America
4, DAPL offered the tribes millions of dollars for some of their land, but they refused, so they said they bought land near them instead
5, protesters have been trespassing on land now bought and owned by DAPL, and damaging their equipment and committing acts of vandalism
6, America needs energy to survive, and function as a country
7, Army Core made amends, and does a lot of good for the environment, are following the law, and doing their job
8, The CEO of DAPL has put money towards conservation, cares for the environment, and is not violating rights or the law
9, America needs the pipeline to make fuel more plentiful for energy, and less expensive for Americans

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The CEO of DAPL formerly said he will not re-route the pipeline. He donated over $100,000 to the Trump Campaign, and Trump has reportedly invested over 1 million dollars in to DAPL. President Obama recently signed an order temporarily halting construction of the pipeline near the Sioux tribes.

Breaking News: President Elect Trump recently met today with Al Gore regarding climate change, which Trump now acknowledges may have some connectivity to human activity. Some of Trump’s new cabinet are also reportedly desiring to privatize tribal land, making it no longer federal. Mr. Trump has reportedly not himself commented on this idea as of this press time.

For more information from the Sioux tribe regarding their position on Standing Rock, visit:

http://standwithstandingrock.net/take-action/

VICTORY!

For more information on Chill E.B., visit his official website at: www.ChillEB.com

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Obama: We Are Americans First

President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, delivers a statement regarding the U.S. election results, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Nov. 9, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)TheNTI
President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, delivers a statement regarding the U.S. election results, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Nov. 9, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Welcome to the new issue of The Hollywood Sentinel! The Hollywood Sentinel is the only free online entertainment publication that reports only the good news, and is read by some of the biggest stars of our time.  As our Presidential Issue is now winding down and rolling over in to this–our special Human Rights Issue, we invite you to explore all of the pages each day, as daily new content is added, through the table of contents tab to the left on your desktop, or above–on your smart phone.

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President Obama gave a speech the day after the election this month, which confirmed two things;

1, That Trump won, and Obama was acknowledging this

2, That there would be a smooth transition of power

The following is a transcription of that speech.

THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. Yesterday, before votes were tallied, I shot a video that some of you may have seen in which I said to the American people: Regardless of which side you were on in the election, regardless of whether your candidate won or lost, the sun would come up in the morning.

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And that is one bit of prognosticating that actually came true. The sun is up. And I know everybody had a long night. I did, as well. I had a chance to talk to President-elect Trump last night — about 3:30 in the morning, I think it was — to congratulate him on winning the election. And I had a chance to invite him to come to the White House tomorrow to talk about making sure that there is a successful transition between our presidencies.

Now, it is no secret that the President-elect and I have some pretty significant differences. But remember, eight years ago, President Bush and I had some pretty significant differences. But President Bush’s team could not have been more professional or more gracious in making sure we had a smooth transition so that we could hit the ground running. And one thing you realize quickly in this job is that the presidency, and the vice presidency, is bigger than any of us.

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So I have instructed my team to follow the example that President Bush’s team set eight years ago, and work as hard as we can to make sure that this is a successful transition for the President-elect — because we are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country. The peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of our democracy. And over the next few months, we are going to show that to the world.

I also had a chance last night to speak with Secretary Clinton, and I just had a chance to hear her remarks. I could not be prouder of her. She has lived an extraordinary life of public service. She was a great First Lady. She was an outstanding senator for the state of New York. And she could not have been a better Secretary of State. I’m proud of her. A lot of Americans look up to her. Her candidacy and nomination was historic and sends a message to our daughters all across the country that they can achieve at the highest levels of politics. And I am absolutely confident that she and President Clinton will continue to do great work for people here in the United States and all around the world.

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Now, everybody is sad when their side loses an election. But the day after, we have to remember that we’re actually all on one team. This is an intramural scrimmage. We’re not Democrats first. We’re not Republicans first. We are Americans first. We’re patriots first. We all want what’s best for this country. That’s what I heard in Mr. Trump’s remarks last night. That’s what I heard when I spoke to him directly. And I was heartened by that. That’s what the country needs — a sense of unity; a sense of inclusion,; a respect for our institutions, our way of life, rule of law; and a respect for each other. I hope that he maintains that spirit throughout this transition, and I certainly hope that’s how his presidency has a chance to begin.

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I also told my team today to keep their heads up, because the remarkable work that they have done day in, day out — often without a lot of fanfare, often without a lot of attention — work in agencies, work in obscure areas of policy that make government run better and make it more responsive, and make it more efficient, and make it more service-friendly so that it’s actually helping more people — that remarkable work has left the next President with a stronger, better country than the one that existed eight years ago.

So win or lose in this election, that was always our mission. That was our mission from day one. And everyone on my team should be extraordinarily proud of everything that they have done, and so should all the Americans that I’ve had a chance to meet all across this country who do the hard work of building on that progress every single day. Teachers in schools, doctors in the ER clinic, small businesses putting their all into starting something up, making sure they’re treating their employees well. All the important work that’s done by moms and dads and families and congregations in every state. The work of perfecting this union.

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So this was a long and hard-fought campaign. A lot of our fellow Americans are exultant today. A lot of Americans are less so. But that’s the nature of campaigns. That’s the nature of democracy. It is hard, and sometimes contentious and noisy, and it’s not always inspiring.

But to the young people who got into politics for the first time, and may be disappointed by the results, I just want you to know, you have to stay encouraged. Don’t get cynical. Don’t ever think you can’t make a difference. As Secretary Clinton said this morning, fighting for what is right is worth it.

Sometimes you lose an argument. Sometimes you lose an election. The path that this country has taken has never been a straight line. We zig and zag, and sometimes we move in ways that some people think is forward and others think is moving back. And that’s okay. I’ve lost elections before. Joe hasn’t. (Laughter.) But you know.

(The Vice President blesses himself.) (Laughter.)

So I’ve been sort of —

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Remember, you beat me badly. (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: That’s the way politics works sometimes. We try really hard to persuade people that we’re right. And then people vote. And then if we lose, we learn from our mistakes, we do some reflection, we lick our wounds, we brush ourselves off, we get back in the arena. We go at it. We try even harder the next time.

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The point, though, is, is that we all go forward, with a presumption of good faith in our fellow citizens — because that presumption of good faith is essential to a vibrant and functioning democracy. That’s how this country has moved forward for 240 years. It’s how we’ve pushed boundaries and promoted freedom around the world. That’s how we’ve expanded the rights of our founding to reach all of our citizens. It’s how we have come this far.

And that’s why I’m confident that this incredible journey that we’re on as Americans will go on. And I am looking forward to doing everything that I can to make sure that the next President is successful in that. I have said before, I think of this job as being a relay runner — you take the baton, you run your best race, and hopefully, by the time you hand it off you’re a little further ahead, you’ve made a little progress. And I can say that we’ve done that, and I want to make sure that handoff is well-executed, because ultimately we’re all on the same team.

All right? Thank you very much, everybody. (Applause.)

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Trump–The End of the World?

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By Bruce Edwin

Welcome to the new issue of The Hollywood Sentinel! The Hollywood Sentinel is the only free online entertainment publication that reports only the good news, and is read by some of the biggest stars of our time. Our Presidential Issue is now winding down and rolling over in to this–our special Human Rights Issue, we invite you to explore all of the pages each day, as daily new content is added, through the table of contents tab to the left on your desktop, or above–on your smart phone.

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YOU MUST LIVE IN THE PRESENT, LAUNCH YOUR SELF ON EVERY WAVE, FIND YOUR ETERNITY IN EVERY MOMENT.” –Henry David Thoreau

It has been two weeks now, since Trump has won Presidency of the United States of America. Many feel that it is now the end of the world. Hillary and countless other politicians argued that Trump would start World War III. Others said he would crash the economy. Days after his announcement, after a small dip, the stock market actually saw a gain larger than it has in many years.

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Many Democrats broke in to tears with pain, anger, and fear. Many people across the country who voted for Hillary–or at least those that didn’t vote for Trump, felt that their life was over–that freedom as we know it was over. Gays, blacks, Muslims, Mexicans, women, and others felt that their freedoms would be coming to an end. Thousands across the country in major cities took to the streets–protesting. Some protests turned violent. In L.A. last week for example–150 were arrested. Hate crimes spiked, with news reports of actions against minorities on the rise in the name of the new President Elect.

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Meanwhile, Trump condemned the violence and bigotry, Obama and Hillary seemed to encourage people to keep protesting, and Trump’s main media supporter Brietbart, and even Fox News suggested that many of the protesters were being professionally organized and funded by filmmaker Michael Moore, Jesse Jackson, and everyone’s favorite–George Soros. While most protesters (if any) received no money to protest and were not professional, we do know that the above three men have funded and organized some protest actions. Concurrently, Trump back-stepped on some of his election debate rhetoric, with his newly forming administration indicating that they were:

1, Not going to create a deportation force for illegal immigrants, but prevent new illegal immigration
2, Not focus on peaceful illegals first, and then only in a humane manner
3, Not mess with gay marriage
4, Not going to pursue criminal actions against Clinton (which he could not do anyway, as he had no authority to do so), yet even going so far as to now call the Clinton’s “good people.”

Still, anti-Trump citizens do not trust the new President elect. And they do not forgive him for all of the rhetoric they feel has been against them or the freedoms they hold dear. Trump still claims he is going to fight Roe V Wade with the appointment of a new Supreme Court justice that agrees with his belief that abortion is wrong. Trump states if the federal right is reversed, it would merely go back to the states, and women would have to travel to a state where it was legal–the sound of which has many women furious. As such, marches by women in this regard will reportedly be held next week on Washington, and around the world. Trump also states when he would do this, it would he said–probably take at least several years to pass as law. Environmental issues are also of concern, with reportedly over one million dollars worth of Trump’s money invested in the DAPL pipeline.

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Obama sat down and met with Trump last week, and stated that he has a good meeting, feeling more hopeful about things after the meeting. Trump stated that he would be taking advice on a regular basis from Obama, calling him a very smart, good man. Growing tensions with Russia have now been smoothed over, since Trump won.

Many more have joined the side of Trump now–or are at least meeting him, who formerly, were among his fiercest opponents, including Mitt Romney. Pence, who was vocally attacked at a play he paid several hundred dollars to see with his wife last week in New York, graciously stated he was not offended, and praised the play. New appointees by Trump are being called racists–which they are firmly denying. Despite all of the chaos, upset, and insanity in America these past couple of weeks, what we can see and learn from all of this is the following;

1, Most of America is not protesting in the streets
2, Most protests have been peaceful
3, Most people in America respect women and minorities, and most are not committing hate crimes
4, Most of America is safe, and we still have our freedoms
5, One man can not bring down America or its freedom
6, For the most part–both Democrats and Republicans want our nation to succeed
7, Mainstream media has been revealed to many for its arrogance, bias, and mistakes, which it will hopefully soon correct
8, We live in a modern digital age where politicians can not so easily lie, and when they do, they have to face the consequences of those actions quickly

9, Racism, sexism, and bigotry is wrong, and must not be tolerated. Civil Rights and Human Rights are crucial to freedom, and can not be reversed. If any administration would try to reverse our human rights that America has fought for and won this past decade and beyond–American’s would not tolerate it!

10, America is functioning, and people are back to work after the election and choosing to be hopeful–which is the key to survival and success
11, America will continue to function, and people will continue to live and be successful after Trump takes office
12, Love, Peace, and Progress is the answer!

You may not have gotten who you wanted in the White House, but we can all agree– this is the beginning of a new day–and we are all fine right now. Being afraid, angry, or depressed is no way to function in life. If you work for someone, the boss does not want a scared, depressed, or angry employee. If you own your own business, your customers do not want to hear anger, fear, or pain. Society wants to be happy–despite their inclination often times not to be–because being happy is the only way that a society can properly function.

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So–look around you. Find things that you can be happy about. Find things you can appreciate. Notice things that you accept–that are OK just they way they are. Notice people getting along, that accept each other of different races or backgrounds. Notice how others accept you, and feel that connection. Society works, and functions, because most people are basically good, and most of this country is safe and successful.

The politicians and media’s spin will die down a bit. Lets recognize it all for what it was–a show. Now that Washington’s show is over, it is time focus on what really matters. You–your family, friends, life, career, loved ones–pets if you have any–being happy, and being successful. I don’t really think its the end of the world. I think it is an exciting time to be alive–when passion for freedom has been rekindled, personalities are shining through, and anything is possible. Lets celebrate life, and make a massive history together–like only America can.

Peace.



“THERE IS NO REMEDY FOR LOVE, BUT TO LOVE MORE.” –Henry David Thoreau

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Victory! Standing Rock Wins

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A great day of victory was had today for the Sioux tribe at Standing Rock, with the Army backing down and no longer defending DAPL to build the pipeline across territory that the Sioux tribe states is sacred land housing their ancestors, which they state that even though they sold–they had written right concerning what could be done with the land.  It is reported that the pipeline will now be rerouted away from the disputed Sioux territory.

And remember, this land was theirs first! Victory indeed!  Shame on those who abused the Native Americans and the protestors.  Congratulations to the Sioux and all the brave freedom fighters defending their rights!

–The Hollywood Sentinel

Chill E.B. Fights for Sioux Tribe at Standing Rock

About Chill E.B.

Legendary political rapper Chill E.B. has just released a new protest anthem– “They Don’t Care About Us” in tribute to the brave Native American tribes fighting for their sacred land, at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota.

“This song echoes the sentiment of the Lakota Sioux community,” Chill E.B. explains, who attended the recent protest in defense of Standing Rock in San Francisco. A veteran rap artist from Northern California, Chill E.B. has received numerous awards and accolades including The California Peace Award, among more. The mayor of his hometown, Jacksonville, North Carolina proclaimed October 14th as ‘Chill E.B. Day’. In 2012 he received the international Human Rights Award presented by The Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights.

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Chill E.B. has opened for other major stars including Dr. Dre, NWA, M.C. Hammer, Naughty By Nature and many more. He has also performed in concert with the California Symphony, and shared the stage with Grammy winning jazz legends Stanley Clark and Chick Corea, among others. On December 3rd, 2016 Chill E.B. will embark on a one month Asian tour performing in Japan and Taiwan. He has been on an international humanitarian tour since 2010 which has taken him to 25 countries.

About Standing Rock

According to the Standing Rock council’s website, “The Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation is home to Dakota and Lakota people of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Since time immemorial, they have lived and governed a vast territory throughout North and South Dakota, and parts of Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska. Currently, the Tribe is located in central North and South Dakota.

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Despite strong objections from the Tribe from the first time they heard of the project on July 25, 2016, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) granted authorization to the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross Lake Oahe as part of the construction of a 1,100-mile pipeline that is proposed to carry over a half-million barrels of Bakken crude oil to Illinois and across four states. The current route of construction takes the pipeline less than one half mile from the Tribe’s reservation border, and thus the Tribe maintains a sovereign interest in protecting its cultural resources that remain with the land.

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All along the route of the pipeline are sites of religious and cultural significance to the Sioux people, including burial sites of their ancestors. The pipeline would cross the Tribe’s traditional and ancestral lands and the construction of the pipeline jeopardizes many sacred places. While federal law requires meaningful consultation with the Tribe on these matters, that has not happened here. The Tribe opposes DAPL because the U.S. government must–by law–honor the Tribes religious liberty which includes the land of their ancestors, and protect their sacred sites and precious waters.”

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According to Opponents of the DAPL:

1, White Invaders Stole America from the Native Americans–now they are trying to do it again.
a, The U.S. Government has given back a tiny portion of the land to Native Tribes, a tiny token of what they deserve and can never be repaid for the theft, rape, pillage, and massacre
b, The government again began buying / stealing these token land grants back, and leaving Native Americans with only tiny areas called reservations–that itself is not acceptable
c, The government is now attempting to infringe on the rights of these Native American Reservations
2, The path of DAPL is through sovereign land
3, The land of the Native Americans is sacred, and houses their ancestors–all a part of their religious worship and religious freedom
4, DAPL is dirty fuel, that will contribute to the destruction of the environment of many
5, DAPL backers are killing cattle owned by the Native Americans
6, Police are violating the constitutional rights of peaceful protesters, firing at them and journalists with rubber bullets, and illegally removing peaceful protesters from tribal lands
7, At least one city near the reservations did not want the pipeline near them, and the DAPL reportedly took heed, but–the tribes argue, are not giving the same respect to the tribes
8, DAPL got away with EPA oversight and regulation, by covertly treating the pipeline build as numerous small construction projects, rather than the massive one it really is
9, Water contamination is a valid risk, as the pipeline could reportedly leak and threaten the water supply of the tribes
10, The Army Core of Engineers, a civilian and military branch of the U.S. army was reportedly accused in 2011 of accepting “cost projections from land developer KBR, in a no-bid, noncompetitive, contract.” After high ranking Army Core member “Bunny” Greenhouse complained about this act, she was reportedly demoted from her Senior Executive Service position, stripped of her top secret security clearance, and-according to Greenhouse, had her office booby-trapped with a trip-wire from which she sustained a knee injury. A U.S. District court reportedly awarded Greenhouse $970,000 in full restitution of lost wages, compensatory damages, and attorney fees, according to Wikipedia. Possible corruption is occurring with the Army Core related to DAPL, protesters argue.

Defenders of the DAPL state:

1, Crude oil reportedly accounts for just 6% disasters within pipeline issues
2, The tribes sold the land to to the government that they want to lay pipes on–years ago, for over 5 million dollars, and have no rights to the land anymore (tribes argue they still have a legal say in the land per earlier agreements)
3, America needs to get off reliance on foreign oil, and this will help America
4, DAPL offered the tribes millions of dollars for some of their land, but they refused, so they said they bought land near them instead
5, protesters have been trespassing on land now bought and owned by DAPL, and damaging their equipment and committing acts of vandalism
6, America needs energy to survive, and function as a country
7, Army Core made amends, and does a lot of good for the environment, are following the law, and doing their job
8, The CEO of DAPL has put money towards conservation, cares for the environment, and is not violating rights or the law
9, America needs the pipeline to make fuel more plentiful for energy, and less expensive for Americans

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Trump Supports the Pipeline

The CEO of DAPL said he will not re-route the pipeline. He donated over $100,000 to the Trump Campaign, and Trump is predicted to support the pipeline, having reportedly invested over 1 million dollars in to DAPL. President Obama recently signed an order temporarily halting construction of the pipeline near the Sioux tribes.

For more information from the Sioux tribe regarding their position on Standing Rock, visit:

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VICTORY!

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Trump Wins–New President of the United States of America

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It is official. Trump has now won Presidency of the United States of America.

CLINTON: 218

TRUMP: 276

RNC Wins the House and Senate

Republicans won the House of Representatives, and have also now won the Senate.

In the State of California, potheads will rejoice as the drug is now legal.

At 8pm, the streets of America were quiet, and stores nearly dead, with most people home watching results on TV or online. People outside are glued to the internet on their phones, and democrats are in shock and already in a sense of mourning. Tomorrow will be a new President that will be sworn in during January of 2017, and as we have just found out, that person is now Trump.

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For Trump supporters, many will celebrate. Others will secretly be happy–afraid to tell their friends or wives they secretly supported the man. For some women, they too are pleased. Yet for many Democrats, and especially women, it is a day of sadness. “How could women let us down?” One women asked me. “Did they not turn out to vote?” I can only empathize with women who–living in a historically patriarchal society, has never had a female President–has usually never had equal pay, who have historically been treated as less than a man, and who have historically been viewed as little more than an overly emotional, un-intelligent sex object there merely to please a man. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.

Honor and Respect Women

Women are just as qualified as a man to do anything she puts her mind to. Women are just as intelligent, and sometimes more-so, and often times better qualified. And women are not here for the sexual pleasure of a man–unless they themselves want it. They are their own free spirit. Today’s woman is more powerful, more liberated, better educated, and more brave, than ever before–and that is a good thing. As we usher in a new President of the United States–another man, who has been quite guilty of some very terrible comments and actions towards women that any civilized society must condemn, let us all give special regard, care, respect, and love for all women of all ages. Without women–life would not exist. Let us cherish and and honor women, and all races, and all people. As a nation united, we are great, and always have been.

Most people on both sides of the political party in America generally have good intentions–they just differ on how to get the results they want. Most people are basically good. Lets celebrate at least–that this insane drama of an election is over, and that we can all get back to work. And let us also celebrate ourselves, our loved ones, and our commonalities. Let us celebrate women–and tell them we are sorry they had to live through and hear the terrible things said about women in this election, and speak out at any injustice we hear against women or any other minority–and do something about it. America is strong because its people are strong. Lets show the world that as hate filled as this crazy election was, we are a peaceful people, patient, kind, loving, and good. Lets show the world that America is each and every one of us–of all genders, races, nationalities, and sexual orientations–not a man in a White House–but you, and I. We are not perfect, but each day, we can be better than we were before. Lets start today, and be better, and spread the love. –Peace.

–Bruce Edwin

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Keep America “Cool” Again

Love him or hate him, the truth can not be denied that President Obama was probably one of the greatest art and music lovers of all U.S. Presidents. We not only heard of many cool concerts he went to, but like the true power player that he is, he brought the party to ‘him.’   With this–our special ‘Presidential Issue’ as America ushers in the next President of the United States, we see In the video above  Mick Jagger from the Rolling Stone’s performance at none other than The White House.

What other government or President on Earth has the Rolling Stones play?  Only the United States. America–despite it’s challenges, is and always will be the ‘coolest’ land on Earth. From New Orleans to Miami, from Chicago to NYC,  and from Los Angeles and Hollywood and beyond, America IS great, not just because some of us are good, or some really awesome, but because we are still the economic, academic, intellectual, and cultural leader of the world. And, we have the coolest people on the planet–period. Farewell Obama.

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The Opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture:

By Congressman John Lewis

I’ve been waiting to see this day for 15 years — and in some ways, my whole life.

I’ve loved history ever since I was a little boy. Growing up in the oppressive shadow of Jim Crow, my teachers would ask me to cut out photographs I found in magazines and newspapers of Rosa Parks, George Washington Carver, and other marchers for justice. I read about Booker T. Washington, reveled in the sounds of the Jubilee Singers, and prayed for a King to reach the mountaintop.

To me, history is the foundation of a powerful legacy, and it is important to tell the stories of the millions of black men and women, boys and girls, who labored and sacrificed, and continue the struggle, to build this great nation.

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When I learned of the decades-long effort to establish a national museum dedicated to preserving that too often untold story, I readily joined the effort. Every session of Congress for 15 years, I introduced a bill to create this national museum.

While the journey has been long, today the history of African Americans will finally take its place on the National Mall next to the monuments to Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson — exactly where it belongs.

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It is important that The National Museum of African American History and Culture tells the unvarnished truth of America’s history — a story that speaks to the soul of our nation, but one few Americans know.

It’s a reminder that 400 years of history can’t be buried; its lessons must be learned. By bringing the uncomfortable parts of our past out of the shadows, we can better understand what divides us and seek to heal those problems through our unity.

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If we look at the glass-topped casket that displayed the brutalized body of Emmett Till and hear his story, we may better understand the exasperation and anger Americans feel today over the deaths of Trayvon Martin or Tamir Rice.

If we see that an everyday leather wallet is what’s left of Harry T. Moore — a man who fought for the right to vote and died in a bombing meant to silence his activism on Christmas Day in 1951 – perhaps we will see why so many are fighting to protect any encroachment on that most sacred right today.

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And as we look at the exhibit dedicated to an African American who now leads the free world from a White House built by black slaves, we can better understand the unshakeable optimism that has defined his belief that — with dedicated work and a little good trouble — we can help create a society that is more fair and more just, which benefits all Americans.

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This museum casts a light on some of the most inspiring — and uniquely American — heroes who were denied equal rights but often laid down their lives to defend this nation in every generation. Often they profited least from the struggle they were willing to die for because they believed that the promises of true democracy should belong to us all, equally and without question.

I hope you will join me and President Obama for the opening ceremony of the National Museum of African American History and Culture today.

When you hear about the heroes memorialized in its halls, you may discover the depths of the invincible American spirit. As we learn and confront this history together, we can begin to build one inclusive, and truly democratic family — the American family.

–Rep. John Lewis

 

VOTE!

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President Obama Meets Leonardo DiCaprio Regarding Climate Change

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Earlier this year, President Obama stopped by South by Southwest  to issue a challenge to creative thinkers, innovators, and entrepreneurs across the country.  President Obama stated;

“We are at a moment in history where technology, globalization, our economy are changing so fast.  How can we start coming up with new platforms, new ideas, new approaches across disciplines and across skill sets to solve some of the big problems that we’re facing today?”

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In Austin, he called on creative thinkers and entrepreneurs from across the country to help tackle our toughest challenges, and to answer the above question. On Monday, October 3rd 2016, fans celebrated that spirit of innovation at South by South Lawn, a White House festival of ideas, art, and action.

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At SXSL, many celebrated the inspiring work that many Americans have already accomplished—asking everyone to discover their own way to make a positive difference in our country.

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President Obama joined conversation with Academy Award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio and climate scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe about the importance of protecting the one planet we’ve got for future generations.

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Following the conversation, attendees watched the domestic premiere of Leonardo DiCaprio’s new climate documentary film titled “Before the Flood,” presented by National Geographic in a first-of-its-kind film screening on the South Lawn of the White House.

Whether you love him–or hate his policies, one thing you can’t deny about President Obama–he is one cool cat.

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Election Nightmare?

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Public Relations is the art of crafting a specific message about a client, to get them in the news, or to help do what is sometimes called “damage control;”  attempting to change the public’s opinion about a client after bad press has already been created.  One of my publicist friends once stated that;

“Washington is Hollywood for Ugly People.”

While this is perhaps funny, it is not totally true. To be fair, Obama is–love him or hate him–a handsome fellow. Ronald Reagan was a handsome movie star before becoming Governor of California, and later President of the United States. John F. Kennedy was considered very good looking–enough so that Marilyn Monroe dated him. Even the current two major Presidential nominees that are both perhaps equally hated by each opposing side of their supporters–Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump–both were young and attractive people by Hollywood standards during their early careers. What we can be sure of however, is that Washington D.C, the seat of American political power is at least–full of drama.  This years presidential race, which we have all observed, has put even the most crass and crazy reality T.V. shows to shame in terms of vulgarity, and insanity.

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This is all merely a reflection of the societal and moral decline in civility, decency, manners, and class that has eroded even more over the years– thanks partly to the advent of immediate worldwide communication known as the internet; where standards of professionalism and decency have eroded in multiple areas; from the news media, to T.V., among more.

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While there are advantages to this immediacy in communication and information, we can undoubtedly all see its downside. We live with it every day.  The solution –if any, to not put more attention on the negative media than we may deem necessary.  And certainly, do not give power over any politician or any else for that matter, to determine and control how you think or feel.

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As a person who studies and uses media, I’ll admit–I have found the presidential debate highly entertaining. With millions of Americans and even those outside of the United States frantically feeling as though one man or one woman holds the power of the fate of their lives and the world in their hands, and that one day–election day here in the U.S. will determine that fate or Earthly salvation, I can not help but be amused.

I know that whatever force of good that created this world and all universes is far more powerful than any one “President” of the United States. And I really don’t believe that either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will be able to end humanity as we know it–without the direct influence and will of the creator of the planet.  As such, I’m really not at all worried about the results of who wins. 

Certainly, I have read and studied about both Trump and Clinton–as have many, and have my opinions as everyone does– but really, why worry?  We will all still be human beings, we will all still keep doing the things we do every day, and for those of who strive to be the creator of our own lives–rather than the effect of someone else, we will still be in charge of ourselves.


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No matter what happens, and who wins, the entertainment will continue. People will keep fighting over who they think which side is right or wrong,  and one will finally win. We live in exciting times. Lets embrace the energy and excitement, accept what we cannot control as being nothing to worry about–since worrying about what we can not control does not good, and lets control what we can–ourselves, and influence for good those around us and in our sphere that we reach.

Life will go on no matter who wins. It will be entertaining, and it will be historic.  And during the media chaos and insanity that is being created around the world out of Washington, let us remember that fitting quote by Henry David Thoreau;

“That Government is Best which Governs Least.”

Enjoy the new issue!

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The Art of War for Hollywood

Dishonor Killing

 

By Bruce Edwin

In Hollywood, there is generally always someone out there trying to destroy you. Whether it is an actor that tries to ruin your chance of getting the part you both want, an agent or director that ripped you off, or simply the raging lunatic– the anonymous stalker online, slandering and lying about you. In Hollywood, if you expect to survive and thrive for any length of time, you can be sure that eventually, you will most likely encounter an enemy.

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While most people out there in the world ‘are’ basically good, in Hollywood, it may be fair to say that the ‘most’ in that statement is at least a little bit ‘less’ by some percent. Like America, Hollywood is a melting pot of the world, where reportedly a hundred thousand or more people from all over the world travel to each year to try make it in, whatever they think that ‘it’ is.


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For most, that ‘it’ is the ever elusive ‘FAME AND FORTUNE.’ Most of them fail, running back home with their “tail between their legs” (as my acting coach friend likes to say), having failed miserably, and then the next wave gets off the bus. Fresh meat–as Hollywood calls them. After a few years, if the ‘fresh meat’ lasted that long, they have generally suffered a few battle scars, and are a little more wiser– if not totally jaded.

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So what do you do when you–that nice kid from Kansas, Illinois, Minnesota, or wherever, gets your first taste of Tinseltown’s ugly side, and you get screwed over in one way or another? What do you do? Do you fight back? Go ballistic online? Sue? Knock their lights out? Or do you try to let it ride, try forgive, forget, and move on?

Turn the Other Cheek or Destroy?

This question is essentially a moral dilemma of sorts. Because if you are a good, happy, honest person that just so happened to be the victim of an evil jerk, you may feel your spirit polluted to some degree if you get down in the trenches and confront them. Do you fight back? Walk away and be quiet? Or what?

How we respond to bad treatment from people should depend on various things;

1, Did the person deliberately hurt you?
2, Have they done this to other people or to you before?
3, Do you think they will do it again?
4, Did they apologize?
5, Do you consider they are basically good or bad?

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6, Are they willing to communicate with you about it or are they hiding from you and
thus avoiding responsibility?
7, To what degree have they hurt you?
8, How quickly did you or can you recover from the hurt?
9, Is your philosophy one of forgiveness, or of revenge?
10, If you choose revenge, or what some prefer to consider ‘retribution’,
how, when, and where will the fighting stop? Or will it stop?!

These are some of the many serious questions we should ask ourselves if, or when someone does us wrong. It is one thing to get accidentally screwed over, but it is quite another to have someone do it on purpose. And, how we interpret and respond to the act of perceived wrongdoing can effect us for better or worse, for the rest of our lives.

As a result, it is imperative;

1, Do not overreact to perceived insults or even provably known actual insults or injuries.

2, Put things into perspective. Give your words and actions a self-imposed delay switch of at least 24 to 48 hours before you make a serious decision as to attack back. I will tell you from experience– while not the easiest in the short-term, forgiveness is usually the best option. If you go around trying to get ‘even’ with ‘every’ person you think did you wrong, you will most likely spend your whole life trying to get even, never catch up, and never have time for anything else–including any happiness in life. It is no fun being angry all the time and having many enemies. It may be fun and entertaining for a while, but it gets old–fast. And, for every action, there is a reaction. If you try to fight back against someone you think did you wrong, then you run the risk of them once again committing another abusive act against you, which could be worse than the first. It is no fun having to watch your back or be paranoid. Mainstream media attempts to induce this fear enough already.

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3, If you do have to fight back to defend yourself in some way, don’t let the fight consume you. Don’t become obsessed with your ‘enemy.’ In fact, don’t even give them the power of being ‘your’ enemy. Don’t honor them with such a lofty title. Many of our so-called enemies actually ‘seek’ to be our enemy, and are proud and most happy when they are. Sometimes, one of the most radical acts we can do is to forgive our enemies!

Sometimes, an enemy hits us so hard that it really hurts, and they will keep on doing damage if we don’t fight back. This is similar to the thug on the street that attacks someone and starts beating them up. One should run away fast–yes, but if they have the person in a choke-hold and are trying to choke them to death for example, then they better take some action to fight back, and fast–if they don’t want to end up badly hurt, or worse–dead. Sometimes, we need to fight back–and hard. This is never pleasant, but in Hollywood, where the competition is fierce, and psychotic jerks abound that will sometimes crawl out of the gutter and attack, sometimes it is necessary.

When you decide that you have fight back– if it is not a physical attack, try to set aside one hour or so on one specific day per week to handle it, until it is dealt with. The rest of the time during your life, give it no attention, and give them no thought. Do not allow an enemy to infect your mind and ruin your peace within your soul or your happiness. This is exactly what the spiritual or human enemy wants–they want to steal your peace and your happiness. Do not let them.

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Great men have fallen by small attacks from weak enemies, simply because they gave them too much power over their emotions. They let the enemy steal their peace, their joy, and thus, their success in life. Many great men have allowed the infection of hatred to poison their body to the point where their health suffers to such a degree, they end up dead. It is true, that stress, and anger can kill. It is a brutal, yet silent and covert enemy actually covered up within an enemies own attack! But like a silent bomb, stress and hate concerning an enemy can covertly kill if one lets it. Do NOT give an enemy that power over you! This is exactly what they want!

The enemy wants you stressed, upset, angry, and sick! Instead, rule your own mind, your heart, and your soul. Let your spirit be filled with love and happiness. Forgive as much as you can, give amnesty to all you can reason to, and put yourself in your enemy’s position. Be a man or woman of logic, of grace, and of peace.

If you believe in ‘God,’ you surely want God to be forgiving toward you. We are certainly not perfect human beings. If you don’t believe in God, or care about God’s forgiveness, then you at least want your friends and loved ones to forgive you when you accidentally do wrong. Right? Wouldn’t it be terrible if–every time we made a mistake or did wrong, everyone shunned us, and left us forever, or attacked us back and then left? That would be awful! And so, what harm is it to try to forgive a stranger, when we would at least try to extend the same courtesy to a loved one in order to keep them in our life, and we would like them to forgive us?

When we treat a stranger as an enemy by not forgiving them, we can not expect a stranger to forgive us the next time we harm them. Life is–whether you realize it or not, like a wheel of karma. When we treat someone wrong, they will want to treat us wrong. Or if they don’t, then someone else will–sooner or later. The golden rule of “Treat others as you yourself would like to be treated” is of vital importance. It is not only a wise moral decision, it is in fact, a key to success in life, and yes–to Hollywood.

The Art of War for Hollywood

The Art of War for Hollywood then, is not so much a war with others, but rather, it is a war within yourself. That is, it is a battle within your own mind and soul to rise above your ego, to your higher self. To forgive others as you yourself would like to be forgiven by God–if you will, or by your loved ones, or by strangers yourself when you harm another. War is never good, it is never a solution to strive for. An eye for an eye, as the saying goes, leaves everyone blind. Granted, sometimes we must strike back, to stop an abuser and preserve our life or the life of our loved ones or our business. But if and when you can, forgive. Or if you can not forgive, then at least grant amnesty, grant them grace, grace to go on in peace, hoping they learned. Grant yourself the grace to live in peace, and hold love above all, as your highest virtue. Hatred literally leads to death, and love is life. Give love, and spread the word. This is the Art of War for Hollywood. Peace. –Bruce Edwin

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Remembering Humanity

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I’ve been watching a lot of older, great films lately. One thing that I am reminded about, when viewing motion picture, is something that I learned in one of my screenwriting classes, and that is that every well developed character in a film needs a backstory. What that means is this…take Will Smith’s character in “The Pursuit of Happyness” for example; We see that he is trying to get a good paying job, and make good money. But why? We quickly learn it is to take care of his young boy. But so what? Why is that? We learn it is because his characters father was not around for him, and he promises himself that he will never do that to his child. He will be there for ‘his’ boy. Now ‘that’ is a compelling motivation. His motivation for success runs deep–beyond the ordinary man. He ‘must’ succeed in order to not only care for himself, but to care for his boy, and to help break the cycle of abuse and abandonment that his spirit carries.

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The Backstory of a Character

When a film has no backstory, that is, when the character’s motivation is not clearly established, we generally feel nothing for them. Why do they do what they do? What are they running from or towards? Are they compelled by love, fear, jealousy, hate, or what? In order to have a powerful character in a film we care about, we generally need to see or understand some of the inner compulsion of the character. Without backstory, without the reason ‘why’ they are doing what they do, we generally have no emotional development, and thus–no care for the character.

The greatest films, fueled by the greatest screenplays, have greatly developed characters that we ‘feel’ for. That we either greatly hate, or most often generally love, or can relate to. Without knowing something deep and personal about the character, we typically feel that the character is empty, shallow, and void of depth or meaning. We don’t care about them, and therefore, do not relate strongly to the film. A great character of depth helps create in cinema what we call the ‘suspension of disbelief,’ whereby our conscious mind momentarily forgets the outside world, and relates wholly to the character on screen, considering their pain–our pain, their truth–our truth, and their victory–our victory.

The Force Within Us

When Luke Skywalker conquers the evil Darth Vadar, it is not just Luke we are cheering for, it is for the universal good in us all. “Star Wars” creator George Lucas tapped in to what Joseph Campbell referred to in his book and video “The Power of Myth,” as the classical archetype, which extends across all time, space, lands, and generations. It is the inborn spirit in humanity that years for truth, for love, and for the greater good. Without archetype, without ‘reason’ in our characters, our stories are often flawed, and our sense of wonderment, awe, and compassion is either lost, or worse still–never there to begin with.

Life Imitates Art

I want to ask you to think for some time about your life as a movie script. How many strangers do you see each day that are not developed in your mind? In other words, how many people out there do you encounter that you know nothing about? That you have no backstory for? The reality is, we ‘all’ have a story. We all have a backstory–a reason for why we do what we do–right or wrong. We all have something we are running from, or towards. We all have hopes, dreams, fears, weaknesses, hates, loves, motivations, and things that inspire and compel us. Yet how can we ‘feel’ any care, compassion, or sympathy, let alone any empathy, for those characters in our lives–those ‘strangers,’ when we have no emotional bond compelling us to see them as anything more than just a blip on the screen of our life? What concern will we feel when that stranger is just as another flat, boring, irrelevant character on the screen, that we know nothing about?

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I want to remind you that ‘you’ are an undeveloped character to someone, to a stranger–just as I am to many. Those that become ‘famous’ have a two dimensional view of them ‘known’ by many, but even this is not ‘knowing.’ How can you know a person? Just as we know a character. We know where they came from, we know where they are going, we know a bit of their soul and what drives them; their passions, their weaknesses, their loves, their fears, their hopes, and their obsessions.

Strangers–The Undeveloped Characters of Our Life

Unlike the movies, the undeveloped characters–those ‘strangers’ in our life really are developed, they really are deep–we just haven’t heard, seen, or read their stories. And yet how many times do we pass by a stranger, giving not a thought nor care to their life, to their feelings, to their humanity? How many hundreds of thousands of homeless on the streets in Los Angeles and every major city throughout the world have a story–a purpose they are not fulfilling, a dream they yearn to see come true?

We are all human, we all have a spirit, a purpose– a soul. I want to remind you as I also remind myself, that while we can shut off the characters on T.V, or in the movies who we don’t feel anything for, we should think twice before shutting off our feelings, compassion, or interest for those we know nothing about in the real world. Everyone has feelings. People matter, whether you know them well or not, they were once an innocent, helpless child, they were once full of life and hope–they had dreams, and yes, somewhere deep inside, beyond all the unknowing, beyond all the fear, regret, pain, remorse, or hate, beyond all their goals not yet achieved–they still may dream of something magical and magnificent. We all have feelings–we all have a passion, a purpose, yearning to break free.

I dare you today, to go out into the world during your day, and help someone in need. Help someone get their hope back that may have lost it, or their faith in the decency of humanity. It is good to get what we want, to have our goals, and achieve them; there is nothing wrong with that, that is healthy, and necessary. But as we do better and better each day, it is also our responsibility to remember others–to help when we can, to do more. Let’s build better characters not only on the big screen, but in our own lives.  And together, we can all watch a life–our life as it unfolds–that we are proud of.

–Bruce Edwin

Copyright, 2016, Bruce Edwin, The Hollywood Sentinel, all rights reserved.

JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK
Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) returns with his particular brand of justice in the highly anticipated sequel JACK REACHER:  NEVER GO BACK.  Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders) is the Army Major who heads Reacher’s old investigative unit. She is arrested for Treason and knowing that she is innocent, Reacher must break her out of prison and uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear their names and save their lives.  On the run as fugitives from the law, Jack Reacher uncovers a potential secret from his past that could change his life forever.  Based upon JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK, author Lee Child’s 18th novel in the best-selling Jack Reacher series, that has seen 100 million books sold worldwide.
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The Age of Fear?

Christina Grimmie–A Star Remembered

The end of spring 2016 in the U.S. has been challenging for some to say the least, particularly for some in Florida. For even those who attempt to ignore the media, it is difficult to avoid the reality of the recent terrible events that occurred in Orlando; first with the singer from the Voice, and then with the victims in the nightclub.  I recently traveled earlier this year to Daytona and Orlando, and the cities are both wide open, bright, prosperous, and clean.

The sick and evil persons who committed both of these atrocities are also gone.  Politicians have used these evil events to try push their agenda of gun control or immigration control. Both sides blame the other, as each stirs up animosities among each sides supporters.

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While most of the millions of Muslims in the world are good, peaceful people, the tiny percent of those that call themselves such, follow the extreme, literal,  interpretation of the religions text, and are committing barbaric, evil acts.  Some argue that this rise in extremism is  fueled, if not at least partly, by the West’s gradual invasion and war against their people over the past nearly 20 years.  An eye for an eye leaves everyone blind. Evil has no justification, and killing the innocent, whether they be Muslim’s, Palestinian’s, Jews, Christians, Pagans, atheists, or anyone is always wrong.

Karma is real, and if reincarnation or an eternal life of the spirit is real, then those who commit unfathomable, evil acts out of hatred, and of a warped ideology, will surely find not the salvation they cling to, but a hell of the lowest order.

Christina Grimmie Remembered

Christina Grimmie was a young, beautiful, incredibly talented and kind woman, whose stellar voice was a gift to the world.  Her loss of life is a tragedy that is angering and sad. She will be deeply missed.

Nightclub Victims Remembered

The 49 club goers in Florida will also be greatly missed.  Nothing will replace their lives. Their spirit should serve as a reminder that who one chooses to love or be with is a human right, whether one agrees with it or not.  Most of these people–we imagine, were good, kind, loving,  people.

Most People are Basically Good

The thing that we must also remember in all of this is that most people are basically good.  Most people try to do better.  Most people want to stop evil, and want to be kind. Good is more powerful than evil. Love is stronger than hate. There are more people on the planet that want peace, than there are those who want to kill. There are more acts of kindness and good news every single day around the world, than there are acts of violence, or bad news. We simply are only exposed to a warped majority of bad news, because the majority of the media and most politicians often operate and try to rule from a paradigm based on fear and hate, rather than on hope and love.

We need not have fear.  This is a benevolent universe.  We are spiritual beings, having a human experience, and we are here to learn and grow.  One of the purposes of life is to bring love and happiness to ourselves, and to others. It is not wrong to do things that make us happy, so long as we do not violate the rights of others. We should also seek to make happy those around us, and do things that lift up, and enlighten and benefit the world.

An Age of Hope

We need not deny reality, or the problems that we as a nation and world face. Yet we also need not succumb to the daily bombardment of fear, pain, death, disaster and hate that is constantly programmed to us through the mass media.  There is a very small group of people on the planet that are very evil, that wants war, that wants to create evil, panic, fear, and dread, in order to kill and control. We do not need to give them any more power.  We were made from the same source of a loving power. We deserve to be happy, and we deserve a life unencumbered from the evil that a small percent of people from any ethnicity or religious ideology do.  Do yourself a favor, at least for a few days, and ignore the drumbeat of death and fear in the media. Focus on the life around you, and make it better. Go out today and tomorrow with your full life force, with a bravery that knows no bounds, to do good, be happy, help others along the way, and follow your passion. Be bold, and thankful for this gift of life we have all been given.  Focus on the good–it is not difficult to find. We are all very blessed, if we simply choose to be.  We CAN be heroes. Be brave, and be a hero to the world–now is your time.

This content is copyright, 2016, Bruce Edwin, The Hollywood Sentinel, all world rights reserved.

AFM 2017 Thailand: Where Films Come Alive

Mrs. Chantira Jimreivat Vivatrat, Director General of The Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), Ministry of Commerce, (c). 2017, DITP.
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Department of International Trade Promotion Ministry of Commerce, Thailand

China, South America, outsourcing and maturing VOD market create record AFM for DITP

Over $18m deals generated 

Over 300 meetings with Thai companies

For the third year, Thailand’s Department of International Trade Promotion presented the films and services of Thai companies at the American Film Market.

This year, the representation included four companies with feature film productions available for international licensing – GDH 559, Hollywood (Thailand), PLH Holding, and Sahamongkolfilm International.

Two companies offer animation and VFX services to the international market – Imagimax and The Monk Studios.

Kantana Sound provides state-of-the-art audio post production facilities and localization services.

Benetone Films offers support services to international productions shooting in Thailand.

A number of the companies have previously attended AFM, and all agreed that this year’s market was the most productive in terms of both deals signed and new market interest.

The Chinese market presented the greatest opportunities for new business. The success of the film ‘Bad Genius’ by GDH 559 at the Chinese box office (currently $38m) has clearly proven a market potential for Thai films in China, and this was reflected in a steady stream of Chinese buyers seeking Thai content.

Pitaya Sithi-Amnuai of Sahamongkolfilm International is well aware of the international market potential for Thai films, having experienced major success worldwide with action films including ‘Ong Bak’ and ‘The Protector’ starring Tony Jaa, and ‘Chocolate’ with female action star Jeeja Yanin. Sahamongkol film’s latest action film ‘Khun Pan’ is now available for licensing worldwide, with a sequel in the works.

Pitaya said, ‘Fifteen years ago, everyone was keen to gain U.S. distribution, but the strength of the Chinese market has now altered the whole game. Greater access to international productions in the Chinese market has created valuable opportunities for Thai films, and we are confident that we can find success with Chinese audiences.’

A record number of Chinese productions – over 60 – filmed in Thailand last year, and this year, the number is set to increase. This has benefited Thailand’s production services industry, which is able to offer world class facilities and crews, and diverse and visually stunning locations at increasingly competitive prices.

Benetone Films is one of Thailand’s busiest production service companies, most recently completing  ‘Attrition’ with Steven Seagal in Thailand. For the right projects, Benetone is also able to provide co-production finance.

Managing Director, Rachwin Narula says ‘We are seeing a new model emerging, with Benetone matching international co-production finance with Thai crews and locations and Chinese production and distribution partners.’

PLH Holding and GDH 559 have made sales in South America. PLH creates high-quality horror titles, and has seen success with its new ‘Viral Nightmares’ package of horror based on stories that have gone viral in social media.

Both Imagimax and The Monk Studios have seen a steady increase in demand for outsourcing of animation and VFX services. Juck Somsaman of The Monk Studios says, ‘When Hollywood studios first saw the cost savings of outsourcing, there was a flood of companies offering services, and price was the deciding factor.  We’re now seeing that some important lessons have been learned, and that companies now must demonstrate both quality of work and communication, and be able to offer the highest level of security for their client’s work. The Monk Studios has a long history of working with Hollywood companies, and the quality of our work is proven.’

Kantana Sound has seen benefits from participating in AFM alongside other Thai production, distribution and service companies. Traithep Wongpaiboon says ‘with increasing interest in shooting in Thailand, we are keen to put together packages of audio post-production and localization in partnership with production
services.’

Watson Homsangpradit of Hollywood (Thailand) welcomes the chance to forge new international relationships. ‘The market has seen dramatic change over the last few years. Whereas distribution territories were often negotiated country by country, the increasing role of VOD has seen a greater demand for global rights. That requires that we think globally, rather than locally.’  Hollywood (Thailand) broke records in Myanmar for its co-production ‘From Bangkok to Mandalay’, and is currently developing ‘Red Cargo’ a co-production with South Africa.

Mrs. Chantira Jimreivat Vivatrat, Director General of The Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), Ministry of Commerce, is delighted by the success of the Thai companies at AFM. ‘Over 300 meetings, and deals to the value of over $18m represents an incredibly strong performance. In the past, AFM was perhaps seen as primarily an American market, but we have seen that it is now a truly global marketplace.’

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26 ANIMATED FEATURES SUBMITTED FOR 2017 OSCAR® RACE

Twenty-six features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 90th Academy Awards®.

The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:

“The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales”
“Birdboy: The Forgotten Children”
“The Boss Baby”
“The Breadwinner”
“Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie”
“Cars 3”
“Cinderella the Cat”
“Coco”
“Despicable Me 3”
“The Emoji Movie”
“Ethel & Ernest”
“Ferdinand”
“The Girl without Hands”
“In This Corner of the World”
“The Lego Batman Movie”
“The Lego Ninjago Movie”
“Loving Vincent”
“Mary and the Witch’s Flower”
“Moomins and the Winter Wonderland”
“My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea”
“Napping Princess”
“A Silent Voice”
“Smurfs: The Lost Village”
“The Star”
“Sword Art Online: The Movie – Ordinal Scale”
“Window Horses The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming”

Several of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying run. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and comply with all of the category’s other qualifying rules before they can advance in the voting process. Depending on the number of films that qualify, two to five nominees may be voted. Sixteen or more films must qualify for the maximum of five nominees to be voted.

Films submitted in the Animated Feature Film category also may qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture, provided they meet the requirements.

For the first time, nominations voting in the Animated Feature Film category is open to the entire eligible voting membership.

Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

The 90th Oscars® will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® 
in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars also will be televised live in
more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

ABOUT THE ACADEMY

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 8,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.

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