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Tag Archives: movies

Some States Finally Getting Out of the Hollywood-Subsidization Business

Politicians have a weird relationship with the entertainment industry. I was once in a room full of influential Washington types and a 3rd tier reporter from one of the cable news shows walked in the room. Suddenly the focus shifted immediately to the ” television personality.” It was weird. All these accomplished big shots and they suddenly were interested in this fellow who was probably 5 years out of college. I can just imagine what happens when Robert Redford or Taylor Swift walks into a room full of wonks. Some folks probably go into seizures.

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An Oscar-winning actor’s fight against the minimum wage. (It’s Tim “red” Robbins, yeah I know)

Hey, good for him. He’s arguing against a push by the Actors’ Equity Association, to impose a minimum wage on small theaters. These theaters are basically volunteer operations, many showing old movies for a handful of people a showing. Places, usually tucked away in college towns and hip neighborhoods where one can see Gone With the Wind, The Rocky Horror Picture ShowFantasia, or Doctor Zhivago* on the big screen.

But these theaters might disappear overnight if the AEA gets its way. Robbins understands this.

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The Upside-Down Math of Film Subsidies

These subsidies make little sense from the taxpayer’s perspective. They do however make sense for the studios (which have powerful lobbyists) and politicians who can laud their ability to lure Hollywood even to their unglamorous state.

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Liberal Hollywood keeps fleeing California over high union and red tape costs, incentives from other states

When it comes down to it Hollywood wants to make money. Sure it may rail against “capitalism” and “greed” and the town may be full of people who would swear that they are anything but capitalists. But it costs money to fill swimming pools and party in “The Hills.” And so the movie industry has largely abandoned the once Golden State.

Why?

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CIA Whistleblower Reveals Hollywood Megastar Once Asked Govt For $50K Of Cocaine To Act As Secret Agent

This story comes to us courtesy of the CIA’s own former General Council, John Rizzo, who explains in a new book that the CIA and the entertainment industry have a long history of working together. This is logical given the power vested in the movie studios of southern California. (To a lesser extent today.) Control the narrative, the story, and control the direction of public sentiment. At least to some degree.

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