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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.

 

 

 

Dare to Be Great!

Be who you are, and dare to be great. Greatness comes in many forms, from the greatness of art, the greatness of nature, of beauty, of music, of a film, of a humanitarian, or of an idea.

The world through the eyes of media is a dangerous place. The world through the eyes of truth is a place of love. Through the words of politicians and pundits, danger is around every corner, a tragedy waiting to happen at every moment. In reality, most people are basically good.  A benevolent force of love is behind the universe and all creation. Happiness is your birthright.


Hollywood Sentinel was created to celebrate life, through our love for all areas of the arts, which are the greatest and most important gift any society could have after nature and the ones we love. Fashion, Beauty, Film, Dance, Poetry, Literature, Music, Art; these are some of the greatest things of life, and what gives our sprit a chance to open up, shine, and be free.

We hope you enjoy our new issue here, with our tribute to the outstanding singer Dua Lipa pictured above, and much more. Explore all of the pages with the Table of Contents tab, and let us know what you want to hear and see in a future issue.  And remember, never let anyone stop you from being who you were meant to be.

–Bruce Edwin

Dr. Terry Cole Whittaker has dedicated her life to successful living, and to spiritual growth.  Visit her official website here below, and check out her amazing work:  https://www.terrycolewhittaker.com/

This content textual content is copyright, 2018, Hollywood Sentinel. Video used with kind courtesy of Dr. Whittaker. Image of Dua used with kind courtesy of the publicity office of Dua Lipa.

 

 

 

Letter From the Editor

The following video is from my  dear friend Dr. Terry Cole Whittaker; New York Times Best Selling Author of “What You Think of Me is None of My Business,” spiritual teacher, and law of attraction expert.

In this video, Dr. Terry Cole Whittaker wisely reminds us to  love ourselves, as we hope to be loved, which includes to also talk well to ourselves and about ourselves within the thoughts that we think.

As we love ourselves, and treat ourselves with the respect that we demand from others, so too can we better love others, and give them pure and genuine communication, love, and care.

I have interviewed, worked with, and met many of the most beautiful and talented people on the planet, and too often, many of them beat themselves up mentally and emotionally, as they are used to suffering, and addiction to pain, and a feeling of being unworthy.  In turn, they take this warped and abusive sense of self out on others, in many times damaging and destructive ways.

Take some time each day to ground yourself. Love and appreciate yourself for who you are, where you are, and why you are.  Forgive yourself, and accept yourself.

And, in this modern world where politics and too much of culture has devolved even more in to hatred, animosity, and crass behavior, realize that it feels better to be happy, and that you deserve to be happy. Realize that that it’s cool to be kind, and you deserve kindness done upon you from yourself and to yourself by others. And–give kindness to others, you will be glad you did.

Enjoy the new issue, explore all the pages on the table of contents to the left of this page, and write us here on the front page and let us know what you think.

With love from Hollywood,

–Bruce Edwin

https://www.terrycolewhittaker.com/