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How to Succeed In Hollywood

Bruce Edwin is CEO of the A-list firm Starpower Management LLC, publisher of The Hollywood Sentinel, and also a film producer. His services, based on his years of expertise and success in the music and film industry are sought out and used by some of the most powerful companies and stars in entertainment. This ongoing article series, a precursor to his upcoming book, is his way of giving back to models, actors and bands, with free education- that in its totality and with its unabashed honesty- cannot not be found anywhere else. Free.

1, Never trust anyone completely.  In Hollywood, loyalty is often received by the person paying out the most money or making someone the biggest star the fastest, and even then one may get screwed.

2, Always get everything in writing, and don’t consider it valid unless it is in writing. Even then, remember, contracts are only as good as the people that sign them. If you don’t trust them, don’t sign.

3, If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, unless it can be proven otherwise.

4, Be aware that the more successful you get, or even the more successful people ‘think’ you are, the more haters you will have, and the more there will be psychos and creeps lurking in the sewers plotting to try attack you–even when things seem nice and calm.  Bigger success or bigger ‘perceived’ success equals being a bigger target.

5, Have a good lawyer who knows entertainment law, and be ready to defend yourself when necessary.

6,  Never trust a junkie, or anyone whose eyes are spinning in circles like in those cartoons.

7, Never trust anyone or deal with anyone who brags about screwing people over, breaking contracts, or talking bad about everyone behind their back.

8, Never take too much advice from anyone who is less successful than you are.  Granted, we can learn from anyone, but choose your mentors wisely. We are reflection of the company we keep.

9, Don’t deal with anyone who is always making excuses, always late, or never shows up.

10, Don’t deal with a hothead person with a bad temper. One day, it will be  you they go off on and by then, it may be too late.

11, Be wary of someone who has sued a lot of people. Typically, these types are low life losers out to try make a fast buck or trying to get rich quick by abusing the legal system.

12,  Never deal with a liar. Those who are dishonest in word are generally dishonest in their actions too.

13, Read Books on how to do business and how to succeed in life. Read books about Hollywood and how it works. Read self help books such as “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” “Think and Grow Rich,” “The Four Agreements,” and “The Power of Now.” Train your mind and educate yourself daily.

14, Treat others how you yourself would like to be treated.

15, Be forgiving. If you are a malicious person who fails to forgive, be very aware that your karma will come back to crush you sooner or later–probably sooner.

I hope this has helped many of you. As always, if you have any questions, you are invited to contact me at the front page of this site.

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Moonlight: All That a Best Picture Should Be

Movie Review By Moira Cue

The minimalist beauty of the 89th Annual Academy Award for Best Picture, the film ‘Moonlight,’ is both elegiac and hopeful. In a world of poverty and violence, a richness of character, however flawed, shines transcendent.   This film is artful.  This film is all that a Best Picture should be.

Before ‘Moonlight’ received its Oscar nomination, the first person I know who saw it came back from the theater with her face aglow. “You have to go see it,” they stated.  “What’s it about?” I asked.  “You just have to go see it,” they replied.

Moonlight is a hero’s odyssey. The main character, Chiron, is the African-American son of a crack-addicted mother and target of bullying at his Miami school. The film is divided into the Greek three act structure, wherein Chiron is portrayed in glimpses as a young boy, teenager, and man. The name Chiron traces its origin to classic Greek mythology; Chiron was a civilized, intelligent centaur, who, in varying accounts, gave up his immortality.  (The character has been explored for millennia, in Greek and Roman mythology, in Dante’s Inferno, and Pulitzer Prize winning author John Updike’s novel The Centaur, which was set in the context of 20th-century small-town America.)

The cinematographer’s palette is exquisitely utilized. Pale sheets of color—Miami pastels—appear as washes that transform walls in Chiron’s mother’s low income housing into a vibratory entity similar to Rothko’s paintings.

The sound track includes contemporary classical music, rap, and an even an R&B song that echoes the sweet layered harmonies of the innocent 1950’s. The score’s disparate melodies all work together despite referencing different cultures and time periods.  There is so much beauty and so much pain.

This film is brutal, and timeless. While it is set in a world that most audience members would not voluntarily visit, it is universal in its depiction of a first, true love.

Everyone will remember the 89th Academy Awards because of the accidental announcement of ‘La La Land’ as Best Picture.  But ‘La La Land,’ with all the advantage of being a film by Hollywood about Hollywood, piled on the trappings of the Golden Era while having forgotten the old adage, all that glitters isn’t gold. While ‘La La Land’ tells us of love aborted for the cult of ambition; ‘Moonlight’ shows us a world where love is the only ambition.

Moira Cue is art and literature editor of Hollywood Sentinel, and an award winning multi-media artist working in art, music, film, and fiction among more. For more information on Moira visit the official website at www.MoiraCue.com

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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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