West Hollywood Fur Ban Takes Effect Saturday; Merchants Outraged

Comet Over Hollywood: An interview with the actress who left Hollywood to become a nun

So it was no surprise when the Oscar winner and Emmy nominee walked the red carpet Saturday at a tea hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. “House of Cards” is one of many British imports that have inspired American television in recent years. And Spacey called its unique release the entire series was posted on Netflix at once and nine Emmy nominations a “landmark moment.” The British original aired over three seasons during the 1990s. “I think it’s a sign that things are shifting and moving into lots of different platforms and different ways for audiences to discover what they want to watch and how they want to watch it,” Spacey said. “They want to be in control so you better give them control or they’ll go somewhere else.” Kerry Washington, Jon Voight, Alfre Woodard and stars of the hit British period drama “Downton Abbey” were at the BAFTA event too the day before Sunday’s Emmy awards in Los Angeles. They ate finger foods and wore sunglasses at a posh Los Angeles hotel, shielding themselves from the California sun under large white umbrellas. Each seemed to have their favorite British television show. Allison Holker of “So You Think You Can Dance” said she loves the original British version of “The Office.” So does “Breaking Bad” star Dean Norris, who called it one of his “favorite shows of all time.” Norris said he’s also hoping to find the time to watch “Dr. Who.” Actor Reid Scott of “Veep” said he really loves BBC’s “Sherlock Holmes.” Scott even had his own theories about why Americans are embracing, and even copying, British humor. “I think American comedy has really taken a page from British comedy in that we demand intelligent comedy now,” Scott said. “It’s not so slapsticky. It’s not so bawdy anymore.” That begs the question: What will be the next British television invasion to find fans in America? Even “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes said he doesn’t know.

Hollywood stars turn out for China’s new ‘cinema city’

(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times / September 17, 2013) By Hailey Branson-Potts September 20, 2013, 4:19 p.m. West Hollywood’s ban on the sale of fur clothing takes effect Saturday — and many of the city’s high-fashion boutiques are figuring out workarounds or making plans to move out of town. The mannequin in the window of the Goldsmith & Klein fashion boutique in West Hollywood wore a sultry expression and a luxurious chocolate brown fox fur stole draped over her arm. Next to the mannequin was a printed quote from Abraham Lincoln : Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. The window display was one of several protests over West Hollywoods first-in-the-nation ban on fur apparel. West Hollywood is famous for its laws aimed at protecting creatures big and small. It declared itself a cruelty-free zone for animals and passed a slew of animal-friendly laws including bans on cat declawing, the retail sale of cats and dogs, and just this week, exotic and wild animal performances. But in the case of fur, the citys zeal to protect animals is running up against its claim as a capital of high fashion. The boulevards in and around the city limits are lined with designer shops, notably Beverly, Melrose and Robertson. While some residents praise the citys socially conscious stand on fur, the ban has angered many business owners. Retailers with multiple locations are busily moving fur products to locations outside West Hollywood. Independent boutiques, like Darel Adams Kin store on Sunset Boulevard, are seeing if suppliers will take back some of the fall fur coats on order.

But critics say censorship is hampering the Chinese film industry’s ability to compete with Hollywood, and even those films that get a strong reception in China have difficulties in cracking the bigger US market. Sprawling across 376 hectares (900 acres) on the outskirts of the eastern port city famous for its “Tsingtao” beer, the “Movie Metropolis” will have 20 studios including what is billed as the world’s largest. It should produce “at least a hundred films a year”, according to the Wanda Group, which says it has reached preliminary agreements to ensure that 30 foreign films will be shot there each year. Local film stars such as Zhang Ziyi, Jet Li and Xu Zheng, who have themselves become international brands in their own right, were joined on the red carpet by some of the stars of Hollywood — the institution Wang is looking at rivalling. Kidman, dressed in black trousers and a cream jacket, was joined by fellow A-listers Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ewan McGregor and Christoph Waltz. Cheryl Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) which organises the annual Oscars, also attended the gala, saying she was “very enthusiastic” that the complex could turn Qingdao into “an international centre of cinema”. Hawk Koch, the former president of AMPAS, told AFP the new development should increase cooperation between Chinese and international film industries. “I don’t think it’s a competition (with the Oscars), there is always room for great talents,” he said. “I think Qingdao festival is a place where there will be more and more interaction” between actors and directors from the two sides of the Pacific, he added. With 1.3 billion increasingly affluent people, China is also a major market for American film makers. Last month Beijing and Hollywood resolved a row over tens of millions of dollars in owed local box office revenues. State-owned China Film Group stopped payment at the beginning of the year, when American studios took issue with a two percent value-added tax that the world’s most populous nation was levying on US films. The Chinese government eventually backed down and agreed to pay the revenues in full.

Hollywood Honors British Influence Before Emmys

She once entered as a nun herself and left. When we finally met I could perceive the depth of goodness and that she had struggled a great deal. She was very honest and never claimed what wasnt true. She was a great lesson to me. Q: How did Hollywood help or hurt you in a cloistered community? I didnt understand in the beginning how I could benefit from my Hollywood experiences. I accept the time in Hollwood as part of Gods will. I appreciate the goodness of the venture. I didnt leave to reach for something better or a higher value. People in the industry are so open. Producer Hal Wallis saw some sort of value in me to give me a seven year contract.