[video] Russell Simmons on Awards: White S**t Doesn’t Give You a Fair Black Chance

While many people were upset with the lack of diversity at this year’s Oscars, Russell Simmons is looking at the bigger picture and he told VladTV that there needs to be more diversity in all of Hollywood. The famed business magnate explained that there are no Black people running companies, which he believes is a big problem.

During the conversation the Def Jam co-founder spoke about the lack of Black comedians since Def Comedy Jam left HBO. He explained that the show gave a lot of Black comedians an opportunity that wasn’t there before, and Russell added that while Kevin Hart is a huge name today, he says that Hollywood wanted nothing to do with him at first.

Check out more topics that we covered with Russell in the above clip, including his thoughts on Stacey Dash, and much more.

[video] David Banner to Movie Directors: I Don’t Want to Be Your N*gger

Real words from Banner.

During a hiatus from the rap game, entertainer David Banner pursued an acting career and appeared in several films before realizing the unsettling reality of it all. “Why [do] I always gotta drive a Black Escalade and just get out of jail?,” he asks of the “thug roles” he was given time and time again. “Is that all Black people are good for?”

LeBron James Reveals Ambitious Plan to Build Hollywood Empire: “Winning Is the First Thing That Matters”

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Basketball God Lebron “King’ James discusses his plans for Hollywood domination off the court and whether or not he has the golden touch when it comes to pushing his brand to new heights once his playing career is over.

This story first appeared in the Feb. 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

  • With $42 million a year in endorsements alone and 18.7 million Twitter followers, the NBA star — and most powerful brand in sports — opens up for the first time about his plan to convert his heat into a Hollywood empire: “I’m going to take full advantage of it while I can.”

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[video] Bryan Singer’s Accuser May Have Opened Hollywood’s Pedophilia Pandora’s Box

So if this sexual abuse and pedophilia is going on in Hollywood, what is going on in the music industry? Promising young teenage boys movie roles in exchange for sex is a sick practice and these executives who participate in this behavior needed to be outed and charged as sexual predators and jailed.

 

X-Men director Bryan Singer is accused of drugging and anally raping Michael F. Egan III, who was allegedly underage at the time. And now Singer may have company in court.
Egan’s lawyer Jeff Herman, explained that he’s going to sue for three more incidents, saying, “I’m going to file three more lawsuits Monday in Hawaii alleging three other Hollywood insiders were participating in the abuses of Mike Egan.”
Meanwhile, Singer’s lawyer maintains that this case is total bunk, saying: “It is obvious that this case was filed in an attempt to get publicity at the time when Bryan’s new movie is about to open in a few weeks.”

The Legend ‘Lena Horne’ Passes Away

The legendary ‘Lena Horne’ has passed away at the age of 92. She deserves to recognized by all you R&B starlets who have benefited from her struggle in this entertainment business, when racism ruled the day and you did not enjoy the smoozing with white audiences that we have today.

You performed back then as strictly entertainment for white crowds and were not treated as a diva in anyway. So as you walk your little dogs, and spend mounds of money and Gucci and Louis Vuitton remember who paved the way. The legend Lena Horne passes away at 92.

READ THE FULL STORY HERE….

WATCHMEN Dominate Box Office

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – “Watchmen” easily ruled the weekend box office with the biggest opening of 2009 – and at a time when movie attendance continues to rise.BOX OFFICE

The Warner Bros. superhero flick debuted at No. 1 with $55.2 million. In a distant second place, the Lionsgate comedy “Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail” locked down $8.5 million in its third weekend. “Taken,” the 20th Century Fox thriller starring Liam Neeson, took the No. 3 spot with $7.3 million.

For the year, movie attendance continues to soar, with revenue at $1.9 billion, up 16 percent through the same point in 2008. Even factoring in 2009’s higher ticket prices, movie attendance is running 14 percent higher than last year.

Not sharing in that success was Disney’s “Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience,” which dropped from No. 2 to No. 9.

“Not every film can be a hit,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box office tracker Media By Numbers, “even during this box-office bonanza we’re having right now. It dropped about 78 percent the second weekend. It’s a young audience. The ones that wanted to see the Jonas Brothers came out last weekend.”

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Media By Numbers LLC:

1. “Watchmen,” Warner Bros, $55,214,334, 3,611 locations, $15,291 average, $55,214,334, one week. Continue reading

Iran wants Hollywood to apologize for insults

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The art advisor to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad urged a visiting Hollywood delegation to apologise for “insults and slanders” about Iranians in films, the ISNA news agency reported on Saturday.

“(Iranian) cinema officials will only have the right to have official sessions with… Hollywood movie makers when they apologise to the Iranians for their 30 years of insults and slanders,” Javad Shamaghdari said.

“The Iranian people and our revolution has been repeatedly unjustly attacked by Hollywood,” he said, citing ‘300’ and recent Oscar nominated movie ‘The Wrestler’ as among offending films.

In 2007, the war epic ‘300’, a smash hit in the United States for its gory portrayal of the Greco-Persian wars, drew the wrath of Iranians for showing their ancestors as bloodthirsty.

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Meet the Cast of “Candy Girls”

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Los Angeles, CA – Some call them video girls, some call them video royalty, but when the biggest names in music are looking for Hollywood’s hottest eye candy, these are the women they call. You’ve seen them featured in music videos with the likes of Kanye, Outkast, Will Smith, Jay-Z and Three 6 Mafia, but don’t let their supporting roles fool you – these women are anything but background players. In fact, to reach the career pinnacle of appearing in “A-list” music videos and gain access to the world of superstars, private jets and exclusive parties, you need to be able to play the game as well as you look. To add more chaos to this competitive world, the stage keeps changing. Now that every aspect of a superstar’s life defines their image, the casting process goes far beyond the traditional video set.

Musicians need to live their image and that includes surrounding themselves at all times with the beautiful women who are often featured in their videos. However, like runway models, these women know they need to get in early and make their money fast before time takes away the looks that make them so successful. To survive in this fleeting and mysterious world, you need to be much more than eye candy…you need to be a “Candy Girl.” E! gives viewers a never-before-seen look inside the explosive and sexy world of some of the most successful and desirable hip hop video divas and uncovers just how cutthroat and competitive their lives really are. “Candy Girls” (working title) is produced by the award-winning production company Good Clean Fun (“Run’s House,” “Life of Ryan”) in association with Coalition Media. The 30-minute, eight-episode series will premiere on Sunday, March 8 at 10:30pm ET/PT following the third season premiere of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”

“This series introduces E!’s entertainment-obsessed viewers to an aspect of the industry that has not previously been revealed,” said Lisa Berger, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Series Development, E! Entertainment Television. “While these women may be recognized for their sexy personas, viewers will find there is much more to them than meets the eye. With cut-throat attitudes, strong opinions and an unapologetic passion for luxury goods, these music industry divas are sure to create an exciting and dramatic series.”

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Investors bail on Lionsgate

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Investors have pulled out of a multi-film financing agreement with Lionsgate, the movie and television studio behind the “Saw” and Tyler Perry film franchises.

The move, which reflects the increasingly tough environment for film financing, means that Lionsgate did not have the money it was counting on to finance the final three movies on its fiscal 2009 slate.

As a result, Lionsgate itself had to commit its own capital to pay for the already released films “The Spirit” and “My Bloody Valentine 3D,” and its upcoming Feb. 20 release “Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail.”

The loss of funding from the company’s Goldman Sachs-led Pride Pictures facility caused a “significant, unexpected shortfall of $65 million in free cash flow,” Lionsgate Chief Executive Jon Feltheimer said Tuesday.

Going forward, Lionsgate will be forced to rely more heavily on self-funding its movies and bringing in partners where it can on a film-by-film basis, as it had done in years past.

Shares of parent Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., which is based in Vancouver but runs its studio operations out of Santa Monica, fell $1.43 to $3.90 Tuesday, a 27% drop. As the stock plunged, corporate raider Carl Icahn increased his stake in the company to 10.56% from 9.2%, according to a regulatory filing. Continue reading

Will NOTORIOUS Do B.I.G. Numbers?

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After seeing a video post of Jamal Woolard (Gravy) and Lil Cease claiming that they predict the motion picture release of Notorious to do $50 million at the box office, I got into a heated debate with Majesty over what exactly was a reasonable prediction. I’ve been brainwashed into believing that Notorious is one of the biggest releases in Hollywood history, based on the rampant advertisement. The point that he made was that it would atleast need to be on 3,000 screens to do phenomenal numbers. His prediction was that Mall Cop would beat Biggie at the movies, and at the time it sounded absurb to me.  Upon further review though, it has been brought to my attention that Notorious has gotten shortchanged on the amount of theaters it will be released to. Contrary to popular belief the “hoods” of America don’t make up the majority of the land mass. Middle America, and Red States (sorry Obama) make up the mass of the continental United States and they ain’t braving sub zero weather this weekend to go see the Biggie biopic, plus its just simply not in theaters where they’re at. This is the breakdown on what Notorious is on pace to do, based on its first day numbers.  (If you’re not Will Smith, you will not make it to those theaters in Smallsville and Pleasantville, USA).

Hollywood Finds Headaches in its Big Bet on 3-D

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LOS ANGELES — The imminent full-bore return to 3-D filmmaking, upon which the movie industry is placing many of its hopes, is in danger of becoming Hollywood’s latest flub.

Some of the mightiest forces in film — Jeffrey Katzenberg, James Cameron, John Lasseter — think the multiplex masses will soon demand that all movies be shown in newly available digital 3-D. Mr. Katzenberg, in particular, has pushed the format, trotting the globe to herald the technology as a transformative moment for cinema akin to the introduction of sound.

His bandwagon has plenty of passengers, at least in Hollywood. The Walt Disney Company alone has 15 three-dimensional movies in its pipeline. Twentieth Century Fox is betting an estimated $200 million on “Avatar,” a 3-D space adventure directed by Mr. Cameron and set for December release, his first nondocumentary film since 1997’s “Titanic,” still the biggest moneymaker in movie history, without counting inflation. All told, the movie factory has over 30 3-D pictures on the way.

But analysts are starting to warn that all of that product could find itself sitting on a loading dock with no place to go. Studios, thrilled by 3-D’s dual promises of higher profits and artistic advancement, have aggressively embraced the technology without waiting for movie theaters to get on board. And without those expensive upgrades to projection equipment at the multiplex, mass market 3-D releases are not tenable.

“It’s starting to look like there will be a lot of disappointed producers unable to realize the upside of these 3-D investments,” said Harold L. Vogel, a media analyst and the author of “Entertainment Industry Economics.” Filming in 3-D adds about $15 million to production costs, he said, but can send profit soaring because of premium ticket pricing.

Only about 1,300 of North America’s 40,000 or so movie screens support digital 3-D. (Imax adds 250.) Overseas, where films now generate up to 70 percent of their theatrical revenue, only a few hundred theaters can support the technology. It costs about $100,000 for each full upgrade. Continue reading

Marketing to Moviegoers: A Handbook of Strategies and Tactics

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Marketing to Moviegoers by Robert Marich

The 2nd Edition of Robert Marich’s Marketing to Moviegoers: A Handbook of Strategies and Tactics is due in paperback from Southern Illinois University Press on January 9th.

In a review of the first edition Chris Thilk, of Movie Marketing Madness, said:

“Marketing to Moviegoers by Robert Marich is a must read if you have even a passing interest in the marketing of movies. Marich covers all the major points-of-view you can approach movie marketing from, whether its paid advertising, publicity generation or merchandising.”

“He also looks in-depth at strategies employed by major studios and independent shingles and how those strategies might be similar or how they differ drastically. And he goes over those strategies not only in terms of how they’re currently used but how their use has evolved over the years.”

Official Site: Marketing to Moviegoers

Spike Lee: “I’m Not Rich, Rich”

Hey Spike you’re hood rich, we get it! Consider yourself lucky, atleast you didn’t get taken to the cleaners by Madoff (lol)

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Spike Lee gave a long interview to Britain’s Sunday Observer, and explained to the reporter that despite a Manhattan townhouse, Martha’s Vineyard home and kids in private school, he is not wealthy:He told me he had always intended his kids to go, as he did, to state schools. “But my wife put the kibosh on that,” he said. Lee balks at being described as wealthy. “It’s not rich rich,” he told me. “Rich is Spielberg. Lucas. Gates. Steve Jobs. Jay-Z! Bruce Springsteen. I’m not complaining. But that’s money. Will Smith. Oprah Winfrey – that’s a ton of money. Compared to them, I’m on welfare!”

The interview, which took place at intervals in 2008 before Barack Obama’s election, also relays Lee’s distaste for the Clintons and Cindy McCain:

“Who’s going to be the vice-presidential pick?” Robin Burgess, the session co-ordinator and Blanchard’s wife, asked.

“As long as it’s not Hillary,” Lee said.

“You know,” Blanchard said in a wondering tone, “we got friends uptown who say they can’t stand Michelle. I mean, what about McCain’s wife?”

“Stepford wife,” Lee muttered.

“I used to like Bill Clinton,” Blanchard said.

Lee shook his head. “They showed their hand,” he said.

[Op-Ed] How Jewish is Hollywood?

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By Joel Stein/LA Times

I have never been so upset by a poll in my life. Only 22% of Americans now believe “the movie and television industries are pretty much run by Jews,” down from nearly 50% in 1964. The Anti-Defamation League, which released the poll results last month, sees in these numbers a victory against stereotyping. Actually, it just shows how dumb America has gotten. Jews totally run Hollywood.

How deeply Jewish is Hollywood? When the studio chiefs took out a full-page ad in the Los Angeles Times a few weeks ago to demand that the Screen Actors Guild settle its contract, the open letter was signed by: News Corp. President Peter Chernin (Jewish), Paramount Pictures Chairman Brad Grey (Jewish), Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert Iger (Jewish), Sony Pictures Chairman Michael Lynton (surprise, Dutch Jew), Warner Bros. Chairman Barry Meyer (Jewish), CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves (so Jewish his great uncle was the first prime minister of Israel), MGM Chairman Harry Sloan (Jewish) and NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker (mega-Jewish). If either of the Weinstein brothers had signed, this group would have not only the power to shut down all film production but to form a minyan with enough Fiji water on hand to fill a mikvah. Continue reading

Scientists Meet Hollywood and Makes New Pact To Merge Forces

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Hopefully more shows like Fringe will come out of this merger

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LOS ANGELES — The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) announced today the creation of “The Science and Entertainment Exchange,” an initiative designed to connect entertainment industry professionals with top scientists and engineers to help the creators of television shows, films, video games, and other productions incorporate science into their work. The Exchange represents the Academy’s first formal effort to reach out to the entertainment community and provide the creative minds of Hollywood with a direct connection to the creative minds of science.

“Television and film can involve the public in the latest advances in science, medicine, and technology,” said NAS President Ralph J. Cicerone. “By building strong connections between the entertainment and science communities, we’re hoping to provide an important service to both Hollywood and the viewing public.”

Director Jerry Zucker and his wife, producer Janet Zucker, actively support the initiative. “The Exchange will provide filmmakers with an invaluable connection to scientific truth, but more importantly, we will have the ability to invent and explore the unknown with the great visionaries of science,” said Jerry. Janet Zucker added, “The Exchange will provide a place where scientific and artistic minds can come together to inspire each other, building a two-way street for both communities to learn and create.” Continue reading

Ludacris to Focus on Acting as Full-Time Gig

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Although Ludacris is dropping his sixth album “Theater of the Mind” on October 21st, he recently told the Los Angeles Times that he is already planning to retire his hip-hop moniker of Ludacris for a long-term career in acting as Christopher Bridges.

This is a different business and I do want to be taken seriously, so it’s back to being Chris Bridges,” said Bridges who will be in the upcoming Guy Ritchie film Rocknrolla and the video game adaption action film Max Payne.

While Bow Wow has recently told the press that he plans to retire to “become the next Will Smith,” Chris Bridges’ goals in acting are a bit more realistic. Even though Ludacris has had a lasting and successful career in hip-hop he knows it can only take him so far. Continue reading

Def Jam Exploring Film Options

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With music channels such as BET and MTV showing more reality shows and less music videos, Def Jam is thinking about taking its artists to the movies. The label experimented with the concept in July by placing Rihanna‘s single “Disturbia” in theaters as a preview to promote her album Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded. Now Jeff Straughn, Def Jam‘s VP of strategic marketing, has ideas of getting artists like Rick Ross and Young Jeezy on the big screen too.

“We could put a Young Jeezy in front of a movie like The Dark Knight or some other R-rated or urban leaning movie,” Straughn tells Billboard magazine. “Then we might put Duffy in front of an Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Ultimately we want to take a variety of content and sprinkle it across the right screens.” Continue reading

Wooohah Officially Relaunches as “WoooHa.com”

We tip our hat off to our fellow bloggers over at WoooHa as they relaunch their site with a new look and a new name.  These cats are definitely mavericks in the blogging game with their exclusive stories and breaking news.  Check them out.

Today our blog team officially announces the launch of the brand new WoooHa, Inc. Our new web address is at WoooHa.com (with one “H”; our previous address was WoooHah.com) so please make sure to bookmark this new site address and RSS feed as well.

We have spent over two months revamping the site in hopes of taking WoooHa to the next level. While we still maintain our blog roots, WoooHa will now be a fully integrated website that continues to be the #1 online source for the latest movie/TV, fashion, life style and business news in hip-hop and urban music. Continue reading

[Video] Spike Speaks on Racism in The Film Industry

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I found this over at the Hollywood Reporter and I must apologize for giving Spike such a hard time in an earlier post about him now supporting Barack Obama(even though I still have my issues with him). Whether you agree with him or not this is another must see video whereas he speaks on his still not being accepted into the halls of Hollywood. Do the right thing and watch this video and give feedback no matter if you agree or not.

The Most Popular Hollywood Stereotypes

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The Magic Negro is a simple, humble person. Perhaps he is a janitor, or a farmer, and he doesn’t know anything about those fancy colleges or them modern sciences, but what he knows, he knows from the heart, and that makes it truer than any of your whitey statistics, facts or pie charts.

Hollywood loves its stereotypes. From the beginning there were always characters that were very degrading and misleading. Blacks, Asians, and Latinos seem to get the brunt of these simple and shallow assertions by Hollywood writers. The irony is that these movies might be some of your favorites and promote these stereotypes right under your nose.  Full story at Cracked

Diddy Taking His Act to Hollywood

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By Chris Richburg

With a ratings victory for his first starring role in the television adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, Sean “Diddy” Combs is looking to take his acting endeavors to the next level. “I’m out here [in Hollywood] looking for houses now,” Combs told AllHipHop.com. “I’m going to officially be bi coastal. I feel like in order to make movies, you gotta be where they are being made.” Combs is celebrating the success of the three-hour television production of A Raisin in the Sun, which drew 12.7 million viewers when it premiered Monday (Feb. 25) on ABC. The showing made it TV’s highest-rated original movie since November 2005 among key demographic audiences. “It’s an extremely gratifying feeling, especially when you’re doing something artistic that so many people were skeptical about or didn’t believe that you could do,” the mogul told AllHipHop.com. 

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