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By Jonah Goldberg | February 21, 2013
"We need to buy a movie studio. " Amid the umpteen conferences, panels, meetings and informal conversations in the wake of the presidential election, this idea has been a near constant among conservatives who feel like the country is slipping through their fingers. Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee combined raised just more than $1 billion, and all we got are these lousy T-shirts. Since conservatives are losing the culture, goes the argument, which in turn leads to losing at politics, maybe that money could be better spent on producing some cultural ammo of our own?
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By Michael Justin Lee | August 14, 2014
Although the summer season still has a few weeks left, the box office take thus far suggests that Hollywood's string of consecutive records likely ended last summer. While consumer tastes are notoriously fickle in the entertainment industry, I do give credit to Hollywood for trying to give consumers more of what they have wanted in the past. So, this season, we welcomed back old friends in new displays of derring-do as they saved humanity from various foes. There was Captain America appearing with the Winter Soldier, Falcon and the Black Widow.
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SPORTS
By Matt Vensel | February 14, 2011
A few months removed from his popular appearances in those amazing Old Spice commercials, Ravens linebacker and action hero Ray Lewis is at it again. This time, Lewis has teamed up with Saints quarterback Drew Brees for a Pepsi Maxx commercial in the form of a two-minute movie trailer for a fictional movie entitled "The Bottle Attacks!" Well, at least I think it's fictional. I really wish it wasn't, though. While blowing up Saturn for Old Spice , Lewis showed America his sense of humor and that he doesn't take himself too seriously.
TRAVEL
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
You may have heard that Ocean City boardwalk landmark Ocean Gallery is packing up and moving to Hollywood, but don't book that flight to Los Angeles quite yet. Owner Joe KroArt explains that he's been in talks for nearly five years with various television producers in an effort to create a reality TV show centered on the gallery. After going back and forth with a number of pitches, one idea kind of floated to the top: a show that would follow his team as they relocated the beloved 50-year icon from Ocean City to Hollywood.
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By Douglas MacKinnon | July 27, 2011
I just want to write. Ultimately, I just want my efforts to stand or fall on their own merits. A recent story in The Hollywood Reporter entitled "TV executives admit in taped interviews that Hollywood pushes a liberal agenda," reminded me all over again how difficult it has been to meet that simple and fair standard. I am in fact a former Republican who now labels myself an independent conservative. Beyond that, I've been a fairly successful author and novelist and have sold tens of thousands of books.
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By David Horsey | February 26, 2013
The Oscar for best picture was won by "Argo," the true tale of a secret rescue mission in Iran during the Carter administration. It beat out "Lincoln," the story of how black Americans were rescued from slavery. Does this mean Jimmy Carter's stock is on the rise? Nope, but Ben Affleck has certainly become a blue chip player in Hollywood. Politics -- not the Hollywood kind, but the Washington kind -- played a significant role in public perceptions of both films, as well as of a third that was nominated for best picture.
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By Amy Wallace and Amy Wallace,LOS ANGELES TIMES | February 15, 2000
HOLLYWOOD -- Few people outside his family knew it, but Steven Spielberg was sick. Earlier this month, the 52-year-old Oscar-winning filmmaker checked into the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where doctors removed one of his kidneys, and no one in the media or the public had a clue. Word got out last week, four days after Spielberg's operation, when publicist Marvin Levy released a statement citing a kidney "irregularity." Spielberg was at home recuperating and even "doing some work," Levy said, and no follow-up treatment was needed.
ENTERTAINMENT
Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2013
In the course of a five-minute interview before the assembled Hollywood press, Best Actress Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence dropped the f-bomb without dropping the f-bomb, denied falling on purpose as she approached the Oscar stage and acknowledged having a quick drink before the show. But that didn't explain her tumble on the way up the stairs of the Dolby Theatre. Lawrence, who endearingly always seems to work without a filter when being interviewed, laughed that she was providing everyone with ammunition for making fun of her. But she didn't really seem to mind, laughing almost continuously and generally just having a blast.
NEWS
By Tony Glaros | July 4, 2014
When I spoke to Liz Cassedy during the height of our freezing polar vortex this winter, it was like twisting the cap off a bottle of sparkling Champagne. Her effervescent, adventurous spirit was the balm I needed for my annual unwanted visitor: Seasonal Affective Disorder. Liz helps you see in the dark. Liz, 25, a Reservoir High grad, took the plunge a while back and moved to Hollywood to pursue her dream of being in show business. During our talk, she was blunt about her travails.
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By Bruce Benway | December 5, 2006
Hollywood is once again working itself into a lather about prejudice within its ranks. First it was movie star Mel Gibson, claiming that Jews are behind all the wars in history - a comment that, among other reactions, led actor Rob Schneider to declare he would never work with Mr. Gibson. Now it's comedian Michael Richards, who has infuriated the industry by hurling the hated "N-word" at a couple of black hecklers during his stand-up routine at a Los Angeles comedy club. I find all of this outrage a bit ironic, because Hollywood itself is unequaled when it comes to spreading prejudice.
NEWS
By Tony Glaros | July 4, 2014
When I spoke to Liz Cassedy during the height of our freezing polar vortex this winter, it was like twisting the cap off a bottle of sparkling Champagne. Her effervescent, adventurous spirit was the balm I needed for my annual unwanted visitor: Seasonal Affective Disorder. Liz helps you see in the dark. Liz, 25, a Reservoir High grad, took the plunge a while back and moved to Hollywood to pursue her dream of being in show business. During our talk, she was blunt about her travails.
ENTERTAINMENT
Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2014
The last time The Sun visited with Doug Wetzel, he was arm-deep in sauerkraut , preparing for the annual "KrautFest" at Gertrude's restaurant, where he is the executive pastry chef and, as owner John Shields calls him, the "kitchen czar. " But Wetzel cleaned up real good, judging from an NBC publicity photo, for his appearance on "Hollywood Game Night. " Hosted by Jane Lynch ("Glee"), the show has two celebrity teams, each captained by a civilian like Wetzel,  compete in various parlor-style guessing games.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2014
Real estate agents have long boasted of the lengths they'll go to market properties. Now, for some, the sky's the limit. As unmanned aircraft become more widely available, some agents have started to use drones to sell listings, inviting prospective buyers on aerial tours of country estates, waterfront acreage - and even standard, suburban development. "A buyer today wants to see a stunning Hollywood trailer experience," said Robert McArtor, an agent with Re/Max Components in Fallston, who uses a GoPro camera mounted on the belly of a quadcoptor to take aerial video of his listings.
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | May 5, 2014
In the highly competitive news business in this ultra-political town, a constant battle goes on among reporters to obtain interviews with the most knowledgeable governmental insiders from the White House to Congress. This is particularly so among television anchors vying to bag superstars for their shows. The acquisition of such targets is called a "get," as the word clearly conveys. The high-powered networks employ aggressive off-air staffers to identify, locate, cajole and besiege the brightest lights in the political firmament to appear on their "air" in the never-ending quest for the highest viewer ratings.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
Maryland's four casinos raked in nearly $71.5 million in revenue in April, mostly on the strong performance of Maryland Live Casino at Arundel Mills, according to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. The Anne Arundel casino, among the largest on the East Coast, pulled in nearly $56.5 million, a more than 21 percent increase over its April 2013 revenue. Revenue fell nearly 9 percent at Hollywood Casino Perryville and the Casino at Ocean Downs. The Hollywood Casino drew in $7.7 million, a decrease of about 8.8 percent, while Ocean Downs brought in about $3.6 million, a decrease of about 8.6 percent.
NEWS
Letter to The Aegis | April 22, 2014
Editor: Colossal stupidity is the best description of our lawmakers in Annapolis who did not vote to extend the full tax credits asked by the production company of the Netflix TV series "House of Cards," filmed right here in Harford County and throughout the state. The O'Malley political lemmings are making the same kind of ideological mistakes that have forced dozens of businesses and residents to leave Maryland's oppressive tax structure, punitive regulations and single party rule; all led by a legislature held captive by liberal Democrats and a governor with presidential Obama-style aspirations.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun reporter | September 7, 2007
Hollywood is a land built on illusion, so maybe it shouldn't surprise anyone that the film industry painted a record-breaking economic picture this summer - or that the portrait may not be as pretty as it first appears. For the season that concluded Labor Day weekend, ticket sales were up 11 percent over last year, to $4.15 billion. That total set an all-time record, besting the previous best summer - 2004's $3.86 billion - by 8 percent. For the first time, Hollywood films earned more than $4 billion in domestic box-office revenue.
NEWS
By Al Webb | August 8, 2000
LONDON -- It probably wasn't the best move in transatlantic relations when their troops set fire to the White House on a summer's day back in 1814, but the British perhaps have good reason for pondering why, when they go to the movies these days, they still seem to be getting stuck for it 186 years later. When it comes to war, it is said, truth is the first casualty. When it comes to movies about wars, truth also gets a pretty good smacking about at the hands of Hollywood. This, in turn, has spawned another truth -- that the so-called "special relationship" between Britain and America, rarely as cordial as our politicians would have us believe, is getting another good kick in the ribs in an unseemly squabble over cinematic riches versus righteous indignation.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2014
A voice called out, "Cameras ready. " Another voice responded, "Sound. " Then a third: "Action. " With that, the Everyman Theatre Film Studios came to life one recent morning. OK, not a real film studio, but awfully close. An upstairs space at Everyman's Fayette Street building was transformed into a genuine movie-producing facility as part of the process of putting the company's next production onto the stage. "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark," a comic/serious work from 2011 by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage, is receiving its Baltimore/Washington premiere.
SPORTS
By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
Chris Moneymaker knows the type. The player whose eyes widen when the 2003 World Series of Poker champion brings his chips over to a table. "There's always one guy that, right when I sit down, he perks up and says, "I'm going to bust his [rear end]," Moneymaker says. If that sounds appealing, you have your chance to do just that this weekend in Charles Town, W.Va., where Moneymaker will be playing in a handful events, including Saturday's $1,800-buy-in Hollywood Poker Open regional main event.
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