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Academy Makes Room for Confronting Abuse

Oscar®-nominee Brie Larson arrives at The 88th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 28, 2016.
Oscar®-winner Brie Larson arrives at The 88th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, California on Sunday, February 28, 2016.

By Bruce Edwin

Brie Larson Won The Oscar® for Best Actress in a Leading Role, for her compelling performance in the intense motion picture ROOM. Held captive for years in an enclosed space, a woman (Brie Larson)  and her 5-year-old son (Jacob Tremblay) finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time, in the film ROOM, which is based partly on a true story.

The following is an interview with Brie Larson Backstage at The Oscars, discussing this intense motion picture, and her advice to others aspiring to achieve their dreams. While we don’t know Ms. Larson personally, she sounds like a very lovely person, concerned not only with making the right choices as an actress, but as a human being concerned with the spirit, and the truth. Congratulations Brie.

Backstage at The Oscars®– An Interview with Brie Larson

Question:  (…)What advice would you give to people who haven’t achieved their dreams yet?

Brie Larson:  Oh, any dream?

Question:  Any dream.

Brie Larson: Any dream.  Oy, that’s a hard one.  You just have to do it.  I mean, I wish that there was any sort of rules or code, but in fact, I think the way you get there is by breaking it, by listening to what’s happening inside of yourself.  I personally had many moments of crossroads, probably hundreds of moments of crossroads where I could go the way that people were telling me to go, or I could go the way that felt right within me.  And it took me 20 years to be standing here on this stage, but I wouldn’t want it any other way:  To be so grateful for all of the hardships that it took to get here and to not be discouraged by it.  I think to live this life it’s a bizarre combination of being plastic and incredibly stubborn and also really curious about what this life holds; to have no expectation, but to have an idea about a beautiful horizon that’s in front of [you and–and you] constantly moving towards it.

Question: (…)  What does your Oscar win say for all of the victims out there who have been victimized?

Brie Larson: (…) in the core of it when we want to talk about feeling trapped, and that can be trapped in a way that is metaphor or a physical representation of that, we want to talk about abuse, the many different ways that we as humans can be abused or feel confined.  I hope that this is a story that honestly changes people and allows them to be free.  To me, making this movie was my own search for freedom and breaking free of my own personal boundaries.  And I hope that when people watch this, they realize that they have it in themselves to break free of whatever it is that’s holding them back.

Regarding the press as it relates to others, Brie Larson answered a question with a wise answer that can suitably apply to all. She stated;

 “We are sensitive, loving human beings that deeply at the core of ourselves are worried that we are unlovable.  And I think if we can constantly keep that in our heads (…) and try instead to get into the soul of a person, (…) we are people, and I think if we can get back to the humanity (…) we are going to go a long way, and we are going to get real truth (…)”

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Child Sex Abuse Gets the Spotlight at The Oscars 2016

Presenter Charlize Theron arrives at The 88th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 28, 2016.

The beautiful and sexy Charlize Theron, always looking amazing, lands our front page here again this year,  as Presenter for The 88th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 28, 2016.

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SPOTLIGHT WINS BEST PICTURE

Child sexual abuse has gotten the SPOTLIGHT in a big way this year, with the films win for BEST PICTURE.  The Hollywood Sentinel would like to the Thank The Academy for recognizing the importance of putting child sex abuse at the forefront of the minds of the world, with this brave, and landmark decision in acknowledging the importance of this film.

Winning Best Picture for the Oscar, The film Spotlight’s acceptance   speech was given by the films’ producers; Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust, with an excerpt as follows;

MICHAEL SUGAR stated,  “Thank you, hello everybody. I love you, Lauren, we did it. This film gave a voice to survivors, and this Oscar amplifies that voice which we hope will become a choir that will resonate all the way to the Vatican. Pope Francis, it’s time to protect the children and restore the faith. Thank you very much.” Amen!

BLYE PAGON FAUST stated,We would not be here today without the heroic efforts of our reporters. Not only do they effect global change, but they absolutely show us the necessity for investigative journalism.”  Thank you to that.

The filmmakers further gave a shout out to (…)the  brave survivors of abuse worldwide.

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Sexy Rooney Mara a Class Act at The Oscars

Rooney Mara attends the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards in The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, CA, on Saturday, November 14, 2015.
The lovely Rooney Mara attends the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards in The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, CA, on Saturday, November 14, 2015. Check out her full beautiful dress here in this issue.

Also, in this issue, we bring you our exclusive interview with rap star Chill E.B. Chill E.B’s message is vitally important, and in this feature, you will soon learn why. Click the page titled ‘subnormal’ at the table of contents tab to the left to read this story.

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HOSTS ANNOUNCED FOR “THE OSCARS® BACKSTAGE” ON OSCAR.COM

This year’s “The Oscars® Backstage” on Oscar.com, which is the ultimate second screen experience for fans watching the show, will be hosted by a multi-talented group of TV personalities, including actor/writer/producer Orlando Jones, actress and TV personality Diane Mizota, actor Matt Shively, film critic and entertainment reporter Ben Lyons, and entertainment and sports reporter Chris Connelly. The director’s cut from the best of the live backstage cameras will also be available on ABCNews.com, AOL, Comcast Xfinity and Yahoo.

Presented again this year by Samsung, “The Oscars® Backstage” allows fans to choose from four channels that will pull from more than 20 live cameras strategically placed on the red carpet and backstage at the Dolby Theatre®, providing fans with insider views into the most memorable moments of the night. Pre-show channels include: Director’s Cut, Arrivals, Fashion and Red Carpet. During the show, the channels are Director’s Cut (including the popular Thank You cam), Audience, Backstage and Press Rooms.

Jones (“Sleepy Hollow,” “The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” “MadTV”) and Access Hollywood Live’s #MyStyleFinds Mizota will host “The Director’s Cut” feeds during both the pre-show and awards telecast. Shively (ABC’s “The Real O’Neal’s”) will report from the fan bleachers on the red carpet with The Players’ Tribune Chief Correspondent Ben Lyons reporting from behind-the-scenes. “Good Morning America” and ESPN contributing editor Chris Connelly is returning as the official greeter of The Oscars red carpet, which includes welcoming nominees, presenters and performers to the show.

From Left to Right: Oscar® nominees Leonardo DiCaprio and Sylvester Stallone at the Oscar® Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills Monday, February 8, 2016. The 88th Oscars®, hosted by Chris Rock, will air on Sunday, February 28, live on ABC.
From Left to Right: Oscar® nominees Leonardo DiCaprio and Sylvester Stallone at the Oscar® Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills Monday, February 8, 2016. The 88th Oscars®, hosted by Chris Rock, will air on Sunday, February 28, live on ABC.

Pictured above, Oscar® nominees Leonardo DiCaprio and Sylvester Stallone at the Oscar® Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills Monday, February 8, 2016. The 88th Oscars®, hosted by Chris Rock, will air on Sunday, February 28, live on ABC. We’re glad Sly has that name tag on, otherwise we might not know who he is. (Yeah right)!

Are the Oscars Black Enough?

The recent uproar against the Oscars for not having any Oscar nominated stars this year in 2016, is a sign of the cultural sensitivity of our times. I had the pleasure to see in person the head of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences– Ms. Cheryl Boone Isaacs, a number of years ago at the Memorial for A.C. Lyles; Paramount Pictures Producer, who was also publicist for the studio at one time, and repped some of the biggest stars of all time including Marilyn Monroe and James Dean among many more. Ms. Boone Isaacs– President of the Academy (who is African American), is a lovely and very intelligent woman, who A.C. always spoke very highly of to me. She and others at the Academy have sadly been the brunt of certain hostilities toward this legendary institution, which fortunately seems to have simmered down.

With that said, The Academy took the heat from Spike Lee (who they recently hired for a job), Will Smith (a regular Oscar presenter), and others, and then decided to make some changes. They then recently announced new policy. Witness;

ACADEMY TAKES HISTORIC ACTION TO INCREASE DIVERSITY

Lifetime voting rights re-framed; new governor seats added and committees restructured, with goal to double number of diverse members by 2020

In a unanimous vote on January 21st, 2016, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved a sweeping series of substantive changes designed to make the Academy’s membership, its governing bodies, and its voting members significantly more diverse. The Board’s goal is to commit to doubling the number of women and diverse members of the Academy by 2020.

“The Academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “These new measures regarding governance and voting will have an immediate impact and begin the process of significantly changing our membership composition.”

Beginning later this year, each new member’s voting status will last 10 years, and will be renewed if that new member has been active in motion pictures during that decade. In addition, members will receive lifetime voting rights after three ten-year terms; or if they have won or been nominated for an Academy Award. We will apply these same standards retroactively to current members. In other words, if a current member has not been active in the last 10 years they can still qualify by meeting the other criteria. Those who do not qualify for active status will be moved to emeritus status. Emeritus members do not pay dues but enjoy all the privileges of membership, except voting. This will not affect voting for this year’s Oscars.

At the same time, the Academy will supplement the traditional process in which current members sponsor new members by launching an ambitious, global campaign to identify and recruit qualified new members who represent greater diversity. In order to immediately increase diversity on the Board of Governors, the Academy will establish three new governor seats that will be nominated by the President for three-year terms and confirmed by the Board.

The Academy will also take immediate action to increase diversity by adding new members who are not Governors to its executive and board committees where key decisions about membership and governance are made. This will allow new members an opportunity to become more active in Academy decision-making and help the organization identify and nurture future leaders. Along with Boone Isaacs, the Board’s Membership and Administration Committee, chaired by Academy Governor Phil Robinson, led the efforts to enact these initiatives. (source: The Academy)

As host, Chris Rock’s opening speech ranged from a few mild laughs, to poignant, as he discussed at length his feeling on how ridiculous it was to boycott the Oscars, and how he was glad just to be working in this day and age. Others I spoke with, wondered why other ‘minorities’ have not been the focus of so called ‘diversity,’ such as Native Americans, who were here before us all. This is obviously a broad ranged and touchy subject, which we will not digress here upon now, but will save for a future online ‘radio’ conversation, here at The Hollywood Sentinel .

The 88th Oscars were held on Sunday, February 28, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and were televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscar presentation was also televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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David Bowie; The Icon Remembered

By Bruce Edwin

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DAVID BOWIE

I grew up listening to my Dad’s great record collection when I was a boy. At 6 years old, I was singing to The Beatles, Janis Joplin, Elvis, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Tommy James and the Shondelles, and the Everly Brothers among many more. By 8, I was picking out my own music, and by 12, I started building my own record collection which included Joan Jett, Queen, Styx, Rush, Billy Idol, The Police, and dozens more including a man named David Bowie. When I first heard Bowie, I was stunned. The first thing that struck me all at once was the power and quality of his voice, songwriting, musical composition, and production quality. I had never heard anything else at all like Bowie. The production value was amazing, his voice sounded like it was right there in the room with me. His vocals were miked higher than most other bands I’d heard, and even among the solo artists like Bob Dylan or Donovan, Bowie’s production team did something I had never quite heard before. He was definitely out of this world; The man from Mars, to quote Debbie Harry. A genius songwriter, better than most any in the world, and with a voice and look that was captivating; David Bowie was legendary.

By the time I was 15, I had gone from being what kids called a metal head, to a new waver, to a punk rocker. I still loved metal bands including Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, Motley Crue, Judas Priest, and more, and I still loved the so-called new wave bands like Blondie, Bananarama, Flock of Seagulls, Culture Club, and The Cure, but I had now officially been introduced to punk rock. The Sex Pistols, The Damned, The Clash, The Ramones, The Dead Kennedy’s, Suicidal Tendencies, Black Flag, Bauhaus, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and many more were my new favorites. Across all genres of music, David Bowie was loved. My metalhead friends loved Bowie and listened to him, marveling at his wild outfits and theatrical make up and great songs. The new wavers naturally idolized him for his brilliance and songs that led so many movements musically and in fashion, and the punk rockers loved and appreciated him as well.

I recall many un-official David Bowie parties where my crowd of punk rocker friends host for the nights or days party would entail playing many hours of non-stop David Bowie CD’s. When I would go to the dance clubs in Chicago including Medusa’s, and later Club 950, and Neo among more, I would always hit the dance floor–as did everyone else who danced, when Bowie’s ‘Little China Girl,’ ‘Ashes to Ashes,’ Space Oddity,’ ‘Ziggy Stardust,’ ‘Fashion,’ ‘Fame,’ ‘Blue Jean,’ ‘Rebel Rebel,’ or any other number of his great hits were played.

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During my early punk years, I also made friends with a number cool black kids that also introduced me to early rap music. While I never became obsessed with rap like I did other genres, I liked a number of early rap artists, especially Public Enemy who I saw live several times. Even my rap friends loved Bowie. The mainstream pop crowd even liked Bowie, and although they and some of the rap crowd called him ‘weird,’ for having the guts to be one of the first male artists to wear make-up or wear a dress, they still liked him.

I loved music so much that I decided to start a music magazine which I called ‘subnormal,’ based on the college town of Normal, Illinois that I lived in for a number of years, and to describe a magazine that was definitely ‘not’ normal, featuring interviews with some of the bands listed above among many more. Having been called many insults during my early days as a punk rocker for how shocking I dressed, one of the entries of the word subnormal which also meant retarded, fit perfectly, to demonstrate an artistic and subcultural movement that could not be hurt or phased by even the worst of insults, similar to how some blacks later on began calling themselves the ‘n’ word. Like the punk rockers, and David Bowie himself, subnormal was un-insultable. We spoke our minds, and literally did not care what anyone thought or said. Like Bowie, subnormal wore its weirdness like a badge of honor, before it became trendy.

I remember how excited I was when David Bowie’s record label sent me some of his material, and an 8×10 glossy of David Bowie himself which I subsequently published. I was thrilled. I later decided to major in music in college, only later switching to film, as I realized it could include all of the arts within it including music, photography, writing, and even painting. David Bowie mastered nearly all areas of the arts; he sang, he wrote songs, he composed music, he danced, he acted, he wrote plays, he designed sets and costumes, he designed and wore fashion, and he made art as a painter.

People from every music scene out there loved David Bowie, and appreciated his artistic ingenuity, talent, brilliance, and greatness. He also collaborated with some of the other greatest artists of our time including The Rolling Stones, and Tina Turner, as well as from the punk scene including Sonic Youth, and Iggy Pop, and industrial rockers Nine Inch Nails among many, many more. I had the great pleasure to see David Bowie live when he toured one year with Nine Inch Nails and even performed some songs together with them. Trent Reznor was heavily influenced by Bowie, and reportedly asked him to do a tour together. Virgin Records kindly put me on the guest list. Bowie apologized that night for cutting the set short to about 90 minutes or less. He said he had a terrible cold and flu, and a sore throat. Yet he still sang, because, he said, he “didn’t want to cancel on us.” That was the kind of performer Bowie was. He loved his fans that much, and he was that kind. And if he hadn’t told us he was sick then, we would have never known, because he still sounded great.

David Bowie was light years ahead of his time, and still is. The world is still catching up with Bowie, and he influences artists across all genres in a myriad of ways. He gave me and countless others the strength to realize that an artist can be, do or have anything they want. An artist can wear anything they want, dress however they want, look however they want, and become anything they want, and that was their prerogative, and if someone else didn’t like it–too bad. Bowie gave hope to the hopeless, a voice to the voiceless, and a ray of light and celebration to anyone different, or yearning to be. David Bowie made being an outsider and rebel as cool as could be. And Bowie, unlike most any other, brought fashion, performance art, theatre, film, and more on to the stage, blending perfectly a multi-dimensional level of the arts like none before him. He realized that fashion itself was an art form, and more than most any performer of all time, made fashion an essential part of his persona. He even wrote a song called ‘Fashion,’ and married a fashion supermodel–Iman, which was shocking to many at the time, as Bowie was white, and she was black; yet another rebellious act that he didn’t just talk about, but lived. An actor, fashion icon, and musical great that made, broke, defined and defied genres, David Bowie made changes in music, the arts, and culture that will last forever. He was a true punk rocker; fearless, daring, and innovative, always pushing the edges.

The early morning when I clicked on the news and read that David Bowie had died, I was in a state of shock. I got tears in my eyes. Like other musicians I spoke with on the days that followed, they all felt like I did, that Bowie would be with us for ever, leading us all out of this life on Earth to the other side. I loved David Bowie’s work, and I am very sad that he is gone. A big piece of all of our global musical soul has been hit, and hurt since Bowie departed. I read that during his last months, he knew he was dying, but wanted to make his one last album for us, to leave to his fans, which he rushed to create and finished. That album, has since gone on to become his first #1 Album ever on the charts, giving his estate more sales at it’s debut than any of his other albums. I’m thankful I got to see his art exhibition that he personally put together, on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago just two years ago, which was amazing. I developed an even greater appreciation of Bowie after seeing that incredible show. There will never be another David Bowie. He stands at the very top of the greatest icons, performers, songwriters, and singers in all of the world, for all time. David Bowie, thank you for gracing us all with your brilliance and your art. You were and are– an amazing man.

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