Hollywood: Gay marriage’s best man

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Kids was a touchstone for director Stacie Passon, whose soon-to-be-released feature film, Concussion, is about a woman in a gay marriage who hits her head and suddenly wants to escape her minivan life, surely a fear/fantasy not limited to gays and lesbians. “We’re past the stories of people coming out,” says Passon. “We have now evolved so that people can see themselves in this married couple, because everyone has the seven-year itch or a midlife crisis.” She takes it as a sign of cultural progress that “people have told me that (Concussion) is not a gay movie. It’s about something that all couples face when love dies. We can start focusing on the human problem rather than focusing on whether it’s a gay problem.” For many artists, today’s decision had its roots in their work. But for the most part, the news was too momentous to be about bragging rights.
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Hollywood Warns Gays: Careful What You Wish For (WATCH)

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Smith, the silver screen is littered with bitter, vitriolic marriages scarred by regret, revenge and recrimination. The latest installment in this genre is the film Between Us , adapted from the hit Off-Broadway play by Joe Hortua. The film version, which I directed, stars Julia Stiles and Taye Diggs as newlyweds, and Melissa George and David Harbour as their old friends.
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George Lucas’ Wedding Party: Hollywood Heads to Chicago

Asked if he’s going to the wedding, producer Sid Ganis, former senior VP of Lucasfilm, tells THR, “‘THE wedding?’ Think of what you just said — there are about four billion weddings in June, and you’re asking if I’m going to ‘THE wedding.’ Yes! We worked together for seven years, and we’re kind of still working together.” “He’s a good old guy,” Ganis says. “I’m happy that he’s getting married, this kind of wandering guy, who, you know, has been in and out of relationships ever since he split with his wife Marcia.” Mr. Lucas divorced Marcia Lucas, an Oscar-winning editor of Star Wars, in 1983.
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Where Hollywood magic is made

Bring on a Hollywood-style disaster for the blockbuster film

It may not be about making movies, but it sure is fun. (Photo: Kayte Deioma/CRA/LA Hollywood Photo Bank)For a more reality-based look at the world of the silver screen, don’t miss a visit to The Hollywood Museum , packed with some 10,000 pieces of movie memorabilia. Ever hankered to see the jail cell where Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) was imprisoned in “The Silence of the Lambs”? This is the place to go. You can look at the scripts used by the stars, take a good look at their costumes (we’re talking Marilyn Monroe’s unforgettable dress, Elvis’s bathrobe, and Boris Karloff’s mummy, among literally hundreds of costumes that will bring back thousands of memories for visitors). This “Official Museum of Hollywood” even has cars from the stars.
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Hollywood “boiler room” sold $2 million in fake precious metals; two arrested

Frade and Quinones are accused soliciting investors through their Hollywood-based company, Integrated Market Capital Investments, doing business as Midas Asset Exchange in Hollywood. After making the investment with Midas Asset Exchange, investors typically received account statements showing the alleged purchase of metals. Investors claimed that Frade and Quinones led them to believe that the metals listed on the account statements would be stored for them in a vault or other safe place until such time as they desired to sell. The investigation revealed that only a small portion of investor money was used to trade possessory rights to precious metal inventory, and none of it was used to purchase or store the physical metals. Instead, the majority of the money obtained from investors is alleged to have been used to pay business expenses and for the personal benefit of Frade and Quinones. “Thanks to the effective partnership between the OFR and the Broward County State Attorney’s Office, these alleged criminals can no longer continue to target our nation’s senior citizens by attempting to separate them from their hard earned dollars,” said OFR Commissioner Drew J.
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It will take patience and persistence. But now we must ignore the voices who tell us that the world cannot change. Human destiny will be what we make of it. Let us bridge our divisions, build upon our hopes, accept our responsibility to leave this world more prosperous and more peaceful than we found it.” North Korea proposes high-level talks with U.S. The video concludes with Obama speaking: “The world must stand together to prevent the spread of these weapons.” Global Zero — a Washington-based group whose founders include Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel — produced and released the two-minute video online just before Obama’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the annual G8 summit in Northern Ireland that starts Monday. The United States and Russia hold 90% of the world’s 17,000 nuclear weapons.
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Hollywood A-listers ‘demand zero’ nukes in new video

But you also gave us crud like Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. You produced all the Transformers movies. The list goes on. Without all those bludgeoning, competition-crushing commercial movies to his name, Spielberg wouldn’t have the clout to make his award-winning prestige movies. Spielberg and Lucas rose to prominence on the coat tails of the last great movie-industry “implosion”: the New Hollywood movement of the 1970s. It’s now remembered as a golden age of distinctive directors and personal, creative, edgy, grown-up, enduring movies – many of them made by Spielberg and Lucas’s buddies like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Altman and William Friedkin.
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Lesbians gather with pride in West Hollywood

Huawei phones: Hollywood meets Silicon Valley

One woman had streaks of purple in her hair. Many in the crowd wore purple T-shirts with the words “Dyke Power,” as did West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land and other city officials. The jacaranda trees nearby were dressed in purple too. In a comedy set before the march, comedian Jennie McNulty, a lesbian, joked about setting up a booth this weekend to sell all the knickknacks she’d collected at Pride over the years. But her jokes were sprinkled with signs of the times and the monumental policy decisions to come soon for gays and lesbians.
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Huawei, probably better known as a leading telecoms gear maker under fire from US politicians over its potential links to the Chinese state, is looking to drive sales of its consumer devices, but is hobbled by not having effective consumer retail channels. Traditionally, it co-brands its devices with carriers. In an interview on Friday, Guo told Reuters he sees this changing as Huawei shifts from focusing on the technology in its devices to better understanding consumers’ tastes and perceptions.
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