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Saving Drama for the Silver Screen

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Letter from the Editor

By Bruce Edwin

The greatest things can be ruined by people that like to create problems, or have a negative attitude.  And people with the most potential can have that potential destroyed or stifled by those around them who create such drama, and havoc.  Having been a model and talent manager for over a decade, and now also a film producer and art dealer, I see time and time again, good people with good intentions and good deals or great talent, ruined by contact with the jealous, oppressive, or otherwise just nuts.  In fact, I have stated over and over, that one of the top 3 reasons people fail in Hollywood, is because they are surrounded by or are around at least one person who is jealous, invalidating, bullying, or psychotic. Getting rid of these people that are not only deal killers, career killers, and dream killers, but also health and life killers, is oftentimes, no easy task. They will often get their claws into a person so tight, fighting like mad to not let go, that they will make a person bleed, at least emotionally, before they can be flung off. Michael Jackson was surrounded by such parasites, and one of them ended up behind bars for a short while. And we all know how it turned out with Michael Jackson.

My first job as a film producer, talent manager, and art dealer is, after examining the deal, to research who is connected to it, and their level of honesty, integrity, and sanity. I have had to walk away from many great talents that could have been stars, and many multi-million dollar deals, because they were contaminated with toxic people that had evil intentions. When a person or business is under the influence of someone with evil intentions, or who is crazy, they will not prosper, they will fail.

The old adage of how one bad apple can spoil the bunch here rings true. It has been proven that our condition in life is generally reflected by the top 5 people we have relationships with. If your top 5 people you spend your time with are poor, mean, struggling, and negative, chances are your life will be like that too. However, if one’s top 5 people they surround them self with are happy, positive, successful, and always progressing, then that energy will generally rub off on you, and your life will often take that upward trend as well, as long as you model their behavior in good ways, and make it your own, applying the positive aspects to your own life and work.

One musician I recently met, who is talented, admitted to me that she was ‘jaded.’ This is another word for bored, tired, and lacking enthusiasm, or having a bad attitude or bad outlook on things in a certain area. I knew immediately she would most likely not be someone I wanted to deal with. After a short conversation, she rudely turned down an idea I had to get her work to some top, star musicians I know that could have helped her. She also later wrongly stated that I accused her of something that I did not accuse her of, but merely asked her about, during my investigation of her work. In other words, her sense of reality was distorted, because she was stuck in the past, dwelling on one area that made her ‘jaded,’ which caused her to not be able to handle current reality, and to lie. After less than 60 minutes, I knew I would not sign her, whereas had she not been so crazy, I know I could have helped her greatly.

It is true that ‘we are our own worst enemies’ when things are bad. If bad people are ruining one’s life, one has to realize this, admit it, and take responsibility for it. It is ultimately our decision of who we allow around us. So if someone is killing your dreams, you need to stop looking at them, and look at yourself, for letting them in. Be prepared to get away if they are too crazy and refuse to straighten out. And if you are not involved with them to begin with, don’t even waste your time–life is too short to deal with needless drama and problems you don’t have to have.

Be your own best friend, and demand that those around you live up to your expectations that you set for yourself. And make sure that you live up to them too. Be a person that keeps their word, that looks for the positive, that focuses on the good, that has a ‘success’ oriented attitude. Avoid dwelling on the past, and becoming ‘jaded.’ The world has enough problems, and enough jerks.  And if you are really that bored, you can turn on the news and watch all of this from a distance, in the form of a politician.  You don’t need to bring it home. As I say in Hollywood, “The only drama I want to have is on the silver screen!”

Snow White and the Huntsman

The fantastical world of Snow White and the Huntsman expands to reveal how the fates of The Huntsman Eric and Queen Ravenna are deeply and dangerously intertwined. Chris Hemsworth and Oscar® winner Charlize Theron return to their roles in The Huntsman: Winter’s War, an epic action-adventure in which they are joined by Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain, as well as director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. Producer Joe Roth (Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland) once again leads the team in a new tale in the legendary saga.

Long before the evil Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) was thought vanquished by Snow White’s blade, she watched silently as her sister, Freya (Emily Blunt), suffered a heartbreaking betrayal and fled their kingdom. With Freya’s ability to freeze any enemy, the young ice queen has spent decades in a remote wintry palace raising a legion of deadly huntsmen—including Eric (Chris Hemsworth) and warrior Sara (Jessica Chastain)—only to find that her prized two defied her one demand: Forever harden your hearts to love.

When Freya learns of her sister’s demise, she summons her remaining soldiers to bring the Magic Mirror home to the only sorceress left who can harness its power. But once she discovers Ravenna can be resurrected from its golden depths, the wicked sisters threaten this enchanted land with twice the darkest force it’s ever seen. Now, their amassing army shall prove undefeatable…unless the banished huntsmen who broke their queen’s cardinal rule can fight their way back to one another.

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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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