What Hollywood can learn from the ending of ‘Breaking Bad’
The 22-year-old pedestrian died after being rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The victim has been identified as Keymontae Mckenzie, a transgender woman. A longtime friend says she went by the name Unique. “That was the first girl I met out here,” said friend Andrew Scott. “The good die young.” The suspect’s vehicle was described as a light-colored older model Ford Thunderbird. L.A. City Councilman Joe Buscaino says there’s been an alarming rash of hit-and-run crashes in the Los Angeles area. He proposes offering a standing reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of drivers who flee the scene of an accident. He believes the reward will encourage witnesses to speak up. “It’s time to send a clear signal,” Buscaino said. “If you leave the scene of an accident, you are a coward. You are a criminal, and you will be treated as such.” L.A. officials are also encouraging state lawmakers to make the penalties for hit-and-runs on par with the penalties for DUI offenses. If you have any information about the Hollywood hit-and-run, you’re asked to call the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Division at (213) 485-4302.
Why Hollywood loves Iceland
It didn’t lost its way and knew just when to quit. And the show went out on top. Characters, not special effects laden set pieces, drive narrative UTA president Jeremy Zimmer says that the disappointing summer of CGI spectacles will teach Hollywood to invest in better stories and not expensive special effects ( http://bit.ly/19JTH5v ). Lets hope so. When the destruction of city streets is driving too many entertainments from Transformers to the new Man of Steel, its not only skyscrapers that are being toppled, story is too. In the best entertainments, character remains front and center. Breaking Bad was riveting television by keeping its focus on its complex characters. Just watching the contention between Walt and his wife Skyler (the quietly formidable Anna Gunn) was as exhilarating as any alien invasion on a 50 ft. screen. High concepts, comic book heroes, and over-the-top CGI can only take you so far. Human interaction is still the most special effect of all on any screen. The best monsters are always the human kind Walter White was a monster and one that would be especially wise for any horror movie filmmaker to study and understand. Sure, ghouls and goblins are scary, but man is almost always the truest beast ( http://exm.nr/LIlegL ).
Aging Out: Hollywood’s Problem With Women Over 40
In the end she lost her legal battle. Unrealistically, Hollywood continually casts younger women in older roles… a 32-year-old chief of staff on a hospital show (KaDee Strickland on Private Practice), a 28-year-old mother of a 27-year-old son (Angelina Jolie and Colin Farrell in Alexander). In Hollywood’s mind, 45 is old, whereas 45 in real life — definitely in my circle of friends — is damn sexy. It’s an age of coming into one’s own. Sure, we have a few more wrinkles, but we also have a youthful strength and confidence that makes us hotter than we’ve ever been. We are not our grandmothers’ (or even our mothers’) generation. We live longer, work out, eat well, and there’s plenty of Botox to go around. Our age doesn’t define us. Rather, it refines us! Actress Terry Walters says, “It’s a magnificent time, and I’m grateful to be aging and a woman.
Still recovering from financial collapse, Iceland can perhaps be forgiven for seeking alternate identities. And Hollywood is providing the remote North Atlantic island much needed revenue and jobs – as well as a touch of glamour – as it struggles to emerge from its nationwide banking and currency debacle. The country’s unique environment, along with generous tax incentives, continues to attract some of the biggest Hollywood filmmakers and television producers. The main factor is the incredible landscape that we have, said Einar Sveinn Thordarson, the director of marketing for Pegasus, which provides production services for HBO’s Game of Thrones; the hit series has filmed in Iceland three times. It’s very unique, and that’s what inspires people the most. This summer, about 300 crew members spent two weeks at Iceland’s Thingvellir National Park, shooting for the upcoming fourth season. Game of Thrones producer Chris Newman told Icelandic news website Visir this summer that they were creating the Westeros world in the drama – and that Iceland fits the vision for the imaginary continent. I’ve been filming here and working here for 25 years working on and off and I know, having driven around so much, that there’s so much landscape here to make the show just seem enormous, said Newman. The variety of locations and landscapes is a huge selling point not only for television shows, but also big Hollywood films, said Leifur Dagfinnsson, chairman and founding partner of Truenorth, which has worked on films including The Fifth Estate, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Director Ridley Scott chose Iceland as his alien planet for the 2012 sci-fi film Prometheus, choosing to shoot in Iceland’s northern highlands. Iceland also hosted a crew of 1,000 people for Clint Eastwood’s 2006 war film Flags of Our Fathers. In addition to the wild landscapes, there are financial reasons to shoot in Iceland. Tax incentives lure filmmakers, as the government operates a generous reimbursement program. Visiting film productions could get reimbursed up to 20 percent of their production costs while filming on Icelandic soil, a substantial benefit on films costing tens or hundreds of millions of dollars.