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The Land of Artists

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD;  In Theaters November 22, 2019. Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in the drama of “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America’s most beloved neighbor. Directed By: Marielle Heller. Written by: Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster. Inspired by the article “Can You Say. . . Hero?” by Tom Junod. Produced By:  Youree Henley, Peter Saraf, Marc Turtletaub, and Leah Holzer. Cast: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson, and Chris Cooper. Image, (c) 2019, Sony, Columbia, Tri-Star, used with kind courtesy. All world rights reserved.

Soulless Hollywood and the Bad People in It

I recently met someone who supposedly follows the so-called “law of attraction.”  Yet one of the first things she said to me was to criticize “Hollywood,” and in their words, all of the “soulless, terrible people in it.”

What exactly is Hollywood? In reality, Hollywood is one of over 100 neighborhoods in Los Angeles with a population of around 85,000 people. According to the Los Angeles Times, the median income for Hollywood proper residents is around $34,000 per year.

West Hollywood, an actually incorporated city, has a population of around 37,000, and an average annual income of around $67,000.  Are these the people this person was attacking, and that so many others thoughtlessly, automatically attack? No.

When most people think of Hollywood, they think of the entertainment industry. And more particularly, the music industry and even more so, the motion picture industry.

There is not one person in civilization who has not been affected by the entertainment industry, whether it be radio, music,  movies, TV, or today, motion picture on the internet.

Yet although Hollywood is known as the entertainment industry; the entertainment capitol of the world of Hollywood–and the motion picture industry, is actually all throughout Los Angeles County.  And the wider entertainment industry is of course, existent throughout many parts of the United States and the world.

When people refer to Hollywood however, they often refer to all of mass media, including the news, radio, magazines, and newspapers. While indeed Hollywood, and to be more accurate–Los Angeles–is the media capitol of the world, it is obviously, not the only place where mass media is created.

Those that work in Hollywood; the entertainment industry, often get maligned by those who do not work in our industry, just as this supposedly enlightened woman I encountered, so callously spoke.

With an average of 600 movies made per year, and nearly 500 TV shows made last year, “Hollywood” is a multi-billion dollar per year industry, that employs people around the world. In addition to adding to the economy, the motion picture industry gives entertainment, happiness, and pleasure to literally billions of people–with the help of the internet; around the world.

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there are around 400,000 people working in the motion picture industry. Think of that; just under a half a million women and men; most of who have dreamed, trained, struggled, and finally made their dreams come true of working on a creative field they love so much.

From the hair and make up person, the film editor, sound designer, wardrobe designer, set designer, writer, producer, actor, actress, casting director, special effects artist, fine artist, and even the set construction crew, transportation crew, and more, Hollywood is filled with both skilled and creative labor and talent from many areas of industry and the creative arts.

Hollywood is made and kept alive not only by its audience, but by the creative artists who struggle, work, and make manifest their labor, creative vision, and dreams every day. Many work 12, 14, or more hours a day, 6 or 7 days a week. When the film or show is wrapped, most are unemployed, and go back to hustle and try do it all over again.

Hollywood is not a thing or a place to hate. Instead, Hollywood is more like a state of mind of an artist, and the manifestation of the artists work in the biggest of ways.

To hate that; to hate Hollywood, and to call us all soulless, bad, or evil, is not only foolish and immature, it is dangerous and reckless. It is feeding the same biased, stereotypical, hateful propaganda used by certain alt-right media and alt-right politicians to degrade and denigrate an entire group of people–the artists of the world. It is to contribute to the very degradation of a society that Hollywood simply, largely reflects.

Hollywood is a rich, beautiful, exciting place filled with dreamers, believers, and creators who MAKE their dreams happen. It is a place where the artists of the world dream of coming to, and some do, to share their dreams and talents with the world. It is a place not to hate and scorn, but to celebrate. Because ultimately, Hollywood is the land of artists. It is the land where, as Dorothy said in the Wizard of Oz, “Dreams DO come true.”

May YOUR dreams come true, and may you enjoy this new issue of The Hollywood Sentinel.

–Bruce Edwin

©2019, Bruce Edwin, Hollywood Sentinel; all world rights reserved.

 

 

 

Success is the Best Revenge

I Love Lucy: A Colorized Celebration (c) 2019 CBS Home Entertainment and Fathom Events, used with kind courtesy of CBS and Fathom Events, all rights reserved.

What does success mean to you? And when you feel someone does you wrong, how do you deal with that? Many people out there–especially in our industry of Hollywood, scoff at that line above of “Success is the best revenge.”  To many, “Revenge is the best Revenge.”  But is it?

Imagine you are walking down the sidewalk, and accidently bump into someone, and they drop their phone. Would you grip your phone tightly, expecting them to jump up to their feet, and bump in to you, purposefully knocking your phone out of your hand? Or would you pick it up and hand it to them, and quickly apologize?  Obviously, you would apologize and be courteous, because you know it’s the right thing to do, and it’s how you would want treated.

The line of “Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you,” otherwise known as “The Golden Rule,” has some serious truth to it. The law of reciprocity says that when you treat another person kindly, they are inclined to act back in a kind way. Not that good sense is necessarily common, but if it were, this would be it. Likewise, the reverse is true. If you speak to someone with rudeness or anger, they will most likely respond back in a similar manner.

Allowing for the fact that we are not perfect–we all make mistakes, and sometimes accidentally hurt people that we didn’t mean to; especially the ones we deal with the most and love the most, doesn’t it make sense that if we want to be forgiven, and not have every accidental slight we cause another held against us with retaliatory action, that we should forgive others first?

While the philosophy of “Might is Right” and “An Eye for an Eye” may  appear “tough” and “cool” to some, it is– we are seeing more and more in this new age–this is NOT how the world works. Karma is REAL. The liars, cheats, crooks, cons, and murderers generally always go down, and down hard.

No one respects the “screw me over and I will screw you ten times harder” politician or punk on the street. The only one that perhaps likes them, are other similar jerks,  and–they are the first one’s to be surprised when their devilish friend or hero screws THEM over. What?! A person who embraces evil did ME wrong?! I thought it was only  for THEM! Duh.

Befriend a snake, and don’t be surprised when your slithery friend acts like one.

If I had a list of every person who did me wrong; looked at me the wrong way, spoke rudely to me, didn’t bag my groceries correctly, hurt my feelings, lied to me, wasted my time, flaked, cheated, gossiped, libeled, attacked, or more, it would make up quite a large notebook full of many pages. And sure, I could try go after each and every one–attacking back, and getting even. But who would it serve?  For one, it would take up years of my time, and by the time I was finally done getting even, I’d have yet another new notebook full of enemies to try get back or destroy.

Mean people want you to think, obsess, and worry about them. The more you focus on the jerks of the world, the less you are focused on your goal.

Hate, plotting revenge, and getting angry will literally make you sick. Stress causes disease; a slow death that still yet surely kills. The perfect weapon your enemy would love is; knowing you are talking about them, thinking about them, worrying about them, and stressing about them all night, without sleep.

When you feel hurt or angry, repeat these mantras:

Revenge is not worth my time.

Revenge is not worth my health.

I deserve to be at peace. 

I deserve to feel good and be happy. 

While the path of revenge promises you power, in actuality, it weakens you, distracts you from your goals, and pulls you into an endless battle of fighting the enemy more, and yet more endless rows of new enemies.

Even the most crazy and wicked of politicians generally try to avoid war. They generally know and care about the reality, that what we reap, we sow.

By no means am I sitting here professing to be an angel, and saying that I always immediately forgive everyone. I don’t. But I eventually try.  And the times I lived my life  with forgiveness, grace, and a positive outlook, were vastly more happy, lucrative, and successful than those earlier years that I focused on anger, hatred, and pessimism.

Now, the more you try to live a life of peace, grace, and forgiveness of yourself and others, oftentimes, the more you may be attacked. Attacked not only by others who see you as a soft, easy target who will not fight back, but also attacked by certain spiritual forces that prey on those seeking to create a heaven on Earth–rather than a hell.

The solution on the physical plane is to resist the urge to fight, focus on the good, and keep moving forward. With that said, don’t allow yourself to be a victim. By all means, defend yourself, your loved ones, your community, and your business when you have to.

The solution on the spiritual plane, is to remember that words–which effect our unconscious mind, have power. For this reason alone, the art of prayer is a real, and a workable tool, as you speak out loud that which you want to change and manifest, through the help of the creator. If you don’t believe this and all worlds were created by anything other than a random accident, then you can at least speak your intentions out loud. Focus on the good, cleanse your energy with a nice bath or shower, or walk outside in nature, and write down the WAY you want your life to be, in the present tense.

If the devil ‘is’ real, he’s probably a politician, but you DON’T have to vote for him.

Vote for Peace, and peace of mind instead.  Love, Laugh, and Follow the Light, Your Happiness and Success will surely follow.

We hope you enjoy the new issue.  As always, contact us through this site or at 310-226-7176 if you have any questions or comments.  We might even publish your words in our next issue, for the world to see. 

About the image: One of the most famous television sitcom’s in American history,  on August 6, Fathom Events and CBS Home Entertainment paid tribute to “I Love Lucy” and its legendary star Lucille Ball with “I Love Lucy: A Colorized Celebration” that screened in movie theaters nationwide for one night only on the comedienne’s birthday.

–Bruce Edwin

This content is (c) 2019, Bruce Edwin, Hollywood Sentinel, all rights reserved.

A Celebration of the Artist

Charlize Theron stars as ‘Charlotte Fields’ in LONG SHOT. Photo Credit: Philippe Bossé.

Hello, and welcome to the new issue of The Hollywood Sentinel. We bring you each week, news you will not find anywhere else in the world of art, music, fashion, film, celebrity interviews, and more.

More importantly, we report only the good news. There is enough toxic, negative, depressing news in the world by the mainstream media, that may end up making a person feel angry, sick, hopeless, lost, confused, and depressed. The purpose of life is to be happy, and productive–not to be miserable, and reactive to the bad news others propagate.  Why should we add more toxic words or images to the already over-saturated, negative marketplace of information and ideas? And why should you let the media control how you feel?  Never let anyone insult you for trying to be happy. You were not born to suffer.

The Hollywood Sentinel serves as a place to celebrate some of the greatest human beings on the planet–artists, of all types.  The entertainment industry–above all other professions; along with nature–makes life worth living.

Fine Art, Literature, Theatre, Dance, Storytelling, Film, TV, and Fashion; all of these things and more,  and add to the power, beauty, and happiness of this planet thanks to the artists of the world.  Join us here in viewing a glimpse into our world, and visit often.

Enjoy the new issue!

–Bruce Edwin

Long Shot

Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) and Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) in LONG SHOT. Photo Credit: Philippe Bossé.

Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) is a gifted and free-spirited journalist with an affinity for trouble. Charlotte Field (The lovely and talented Charlize Theron) is one of the most influential women in the world. Smart, sophisticated, and accomplished, she’s a powerhouse diplomat with a talent for almost anything. The two have nothing in common, except that she was his babysitter and childhood crush.  When Fred unexpectedly reconnects with Charlotte, he charms her with his self-deprecating humor and his memories of her youthful idealism.

As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte hires Fred as her speechwriter, much to the dismay of her trusted advisors. A fish out of water on Charlotte’s elite team, Fred is unprepared for her glamourous lifestyle in the limelight. However, sparks fly as their unmistakable chemistry leads to a round-the-world romance and a series of unexpected and dangerous incidents.

From Summit and Lionsgate, and the celebrated team of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg; creators of comedy hits including THIS IS THE END and NEIGHBORS, LONG SHOT also features O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Den of Thieves, Straight Outta Compton), Andy Serkis (Black Panther, Planet of the Apes), June Diane Raphael (The Disaster Artist, Grace & Frankie), Ravi Patel (TV’s Master of None) and Alexander Skarsgård (TV’s Big Little Lies and The Legend of Tarzan).

Directed by Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies), Starring Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Andy Serkis, June Diane Raphael, with Bob Odenkirk, and Alexander Skarsgård.

Produced By Charlize Theron,  A.J. Dix,  Beth Kono, Evan Goldberg,  Seth Rogen, and James Weaver.

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