West Hollywood Gay Bars To Pour Stoli In Gutters In Protest Of Russian Oppression Of Gays

Sidetrack, one of Chicago’s most prominent gay bars, began the boycott of Stoli. Stoli CEO, Val Mendeleev, released an open letter to the Advocate in response: The recent dreadful actions taken by the Russian Government limiting the rights of the LGBT community and the passionate reaction of the community have prompted me to write this letter to you. I want to stress that Stoli firmly opposes such attitude and actions. Indeed, as a company that encourages transparency and fairness, we are upset and angry. Stolichnaya Vodka has always been, and continues to be, a fervent supporter and friend to the LGBT community. We also thank the community for having adopted Stoli as their vodka of preference.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/29/west-hollywood-stoli_n_3671364.html

Hollywood Central Park Redesigns Website to Encourage Community Input

Liszt’s “Les Preludes” didn’t sound bad. The $1-million amplification system reproduced orchestral body, fidelity and directionality. The speakers seemed far away, so there wasn’t the sonic immediacy of sitting close, but what I heard was realistic. But the new monitors ruined the atmosphere.
Source: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-hollywood-bowl-notebook-20130727,0,2838572.story

At the Hollywood Bowl, an unhealthy glow

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.
Source: http://hollywood.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/hollywood-central-park-redesigns-website-to-encourage-community-input


Two Hollywood Producers Can’t Escape Foreign Bribery Penalty

Putting Hollywood’s biggest bombs back together

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Supreme Court’s 2000 ruling in Apprendi v. New Jersey , which laid out some basis for putting sentencing in a jury’s hands. STORY: Rupert Murdoch Bribery Admission Caught on Tape (Report) Kozinski notes that “while the Supreme Court has yet to hold whether Apprendi applies to restitution, it has said in dictum that ‘[i]ntruding Apprendis rule into’ decisions to impose ‘statutorily prescribed fines and orders of restitution’ would ‘cut the rule loose from its moorings.’ Thats some indication the Court would not apply Apprendi to restitution… .” The judge also declined to accept the Greens’ “trigger argument” that while Apprendi might not apply to the amount of restitution, it should pertain to restitution in the first place. Nor the other way. Kozinski asks, “If Apprendi covers the determination whether there are any victims at all, shouldnt it also cover the determination whether theres one victim who suffered a $1,000 loss as opposed to 1,000 victims who suffered a combined $1,000,000 loss?” Finally, the judge also looks at Southern Union Co.
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Bombs Away: Hollywood Braces for Historic 4 Straight Weeks of Megaflops

“It better be good,” Crist said. “They’re waiting for you with the knives out.” The film never had a chance, the director recalls. “The picture had to be almost as good as ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ in order for us to get good reviews,” he says. ‘Home video changed the landscape’ Video has helped restore some luster to movies once quickly and brutally dismissed. Early returns on “The Lone Ranger” aren’t good. What will audiences think in 10 years?
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Now,Guillermo del Toro’s $180 million giant robot extravaganza”Pacific Rim” istracking to open at around $30 million this weekend. Also read: Summer Box Office Up 13 Percent: How Hollywood’s Big Bet Is Paying Off Early projections have the Jeff Bridges-Ryan Reynolds tale “R.I.P.D.” opening below $15 million, a dismal return on a $130 million production budget. And the outlook isn’t much brighter for “Turbo,” the $135 million DreamWorks Animation family film about a snail with dreams of speed, which opens that same weekend. The summer’s surfeit of tentpole movies drove the box office to record levels in the season’s first two months, but the competition is clearly starting to take a toll. “Pacific Rim” will be trying to lure action fans this weekend, but will compete with four big-budget movies of the same genre: “The Lone Ranger,” “White House Down,” “Man of Steel” and “World War Z” — all of which are still in more than 2,000 theaters. There are a few bright spots ahead this month.
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‘Hollywood Game Night’ Celebrities: All Your Favorite TV Stars On One Show (PHOTOS)

Hosted by “Glee” star Jane Lynch and created by “Will & Grace” alum Sean Hayes, the show is modeled after Hayes’ own game nights at his house, where he invites a random sampling of his friends, famous and not, to come play. “Hollywood Game Night” takes that same approach, teaming three celebrities with a civilian player. Can you imagine playing Celebrity with celebrities? Or what about having to guess that a not-so-flattering child’s portrait of Matthew Perry is indeed the “Friends” star … while he’s sitting on the couch next to you?
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