Hollywood Central Park Redesigns Website to Encourage Community Input

Posted by Marla Schevker (Editor) , July 29, 2013 at 11:38 AM Next Previous Slideshow Download In an effort to encourage creative individuals to offer designs for a new stretch of park, the Friends of the Hollywood Central Park (FHCP) released a new feature on its website ( http://www.hollywoodcentralpark.org ) that allows for interaction and creation. People now have the opportunity to create their own versions of the 44-acre park planned for the one-mile stretch of the Hollywood Freeway between Hollywood Boulevard/Bronson Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard/Western Avenue. According to the FHCP press release, the website, offers numerous possibilities for potential features at the park including cafes, dog parks, libraries and landscaping. Participants are invited to submit their designs to the FHCP board, who will attempt to incorporate the ideas into the final design. Knowing the level of interest in the community about Hollywood Central Park, we decided the best way to get input on what should be built was give everybody a chance to create their dream park, Laurie Goldman, FHCP president, said in a written statement. This is everybodys park, and everybody should have an opportunity to submit their own ideas.
Source: http://hollywood.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/hollywood-central-park-redesigns-website-to-encourage-community-input

Hollywood Studios Haven’t Been Paid by China in Months (Exclusive)

One insider says a resolution could be reached by the end of the summer; others aren’t so sure. Going by the 25 percent rule, Warner Bros. would be owed north of $31 million for Man of Steel, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Jack the Giant Slayer;Sony would be due $23 million for Skyfall and After Earth (White House Down is still in the midst of its China run); Paramount would be owed roughly $30 million for Into Darkness, G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Jack Reacher; Disney’s Iron Man 3 made north of $121 million in China, which would mean a return of more than $30 million for the studio, while Oz the Great and Powerful would mean about $5 million in payments (Monsters University is headed to China later this month). STORY: Bruno Wu, Former Bertelsmann CEO Form China Venture Over the weekend, Universal’s Fast & Furious 6 opened to north of $24 million, scoring the second-best three-day debut of the year after Iron Man 3. Universal also would be owed for Oblivion and Les Miserables, which took in $23.9 million and $10 million, respectively.
Source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hollywood-studios-havent-been-paid-594939

Louisiana Keeps ‘Hollywood of the South’ Nickname by Surviving Political Assault

on Cable A center of Cajun culture, the blues and debauched Mardi Gras celebrations has become a magnet for the movie industry — one whose pull is intensifying. Through the first six months of this year, 72 projects applied for certification from the state, up from 41 during the same period the previous year. They’re not coming for the gumbo. Producers are targeting Louisiana for its tax subsidies, considered to be among the most generous incentive programs in the country. “This program sells itself,” said ScottNiemeyer, an executive producer on “Pitch Perfect,” who has made three movies in as many years in the state.
Source: http://movies.yahoo.com/news/louisiana-keeps-hollywood-south-nickname-surviving-assault-politicians-020503909.html

Paula Deen Hires Hollywood Power Lawyer Patty Glaser

Deen has parted ways with the Oliver Maner firm that was representing her in that case and has brought on Grace Speights, a Washington-based partner in Morgan Lewis’ employment practice. STORY: Alleged Paula Deen Extortionist Arrested Rather, Glaser and her Los Angeles-based firm will serve as overall counsel to Deen, managing any future legal dustups that might arise and handling her relationships with sponsors, most of whom dropped her after a deposition was made public in which Deen admitted to using the N-word decades ago. Glaser declined to comment. Besides being one of the top litigators in Hollywood, Glaser shares a Southern upbringing with her new client, having been raised in West Virginia.
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Hollywood rebounds, but family-friendly offerings still limited

Like Warner Bros. The Dark Knight Rises last year, Man of Steel looks poised to take the No. 2 spot in worldwide box office this summer. But in a lot of ways, Zack Snyders more realistic take on Superman hasnt quite been the home run fans had hoped for. Its current Rotten Tomatoes score sits at just 56 percent (compared with 2006s much-maligned Superman Returns at 75 percent ). Critics and moviegoers took issue with the wholesale destruction on display in the films final third an action-packed throwdown between Superman and General Zod that leaves most of downtown Metropolis in ruins and, presumably, untold thousands dead or buried alive under the rubble of skyscrapers. Even though darker, grittier summer movies are all the rage, the recent success of the G-rated Monsters University shows there is an audience for lighter fare without all the world-ending destruction and wanton violence that have become commonplace in modern studio tent poles.
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