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James Rainey
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Journalist, dad, tennis geek, Cal Bear fan
Journalist, dad, tennis geek, Cal Bear fan

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WNET agrees to keep 'POV' and 'Independent Lens,' two documentary films shows, in prime time. That means other PBS stations will also continue to give premiere spot to docs. Filmmakers pleased. For now.
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@RussellCrowe has a new film, his first as a director, that is really worth a look. It's called #TheWaterDiviner  and its a postwar drama with touch of romance.
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Jeffrey Katzenberg took a pay cut in 2014. Down to $6.4 million for the year. That's a $7 million hit.
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I wrote a story less than two weeks ago about Participant Media, the company that made "The Help" and "Lincoln" and many other movies. I reported that CEO Jim Berk was under fire from some employees, as a an indecisive micromanager. Today, Berk quit. Here is the story.
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Jeff Skoll's Participant Media has launched a strategic review and intends to appoint a board of directors. Significant change could be on the way for the 11-year-old film, TV and digital company.
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Joel Silver, high flying movie producer, has hit a wall in his bid to open a new headquarters in Venice. He owes $98,000 in back property taxes, has contractors filing liens against him for allegedly unpaid bills and has left the building, once home to a landmark Post Office, a grafitti-scarred mess.
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Some will be jealous that a film school graduate immediately got bankrolled by her rich godfather--the guy who gave the world the 5-hour ENERGY shot. But Shivani Rawat is a very sweet and humble young woman. And she wants to make good movies. That is not a bad combination.
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Will Smith, star of "Focus," won't be watching the films box office. A look at the star's new attitude. And the last time he was called a "has been." At age 20. 
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Graham Moore made the most important "political" statement of the night at the Oscars. And not because immigration and civil rights and equal pay for women aren't important. But because Depression gets very little play in the media and particularly little mention from prominent people who suffer from it. Here is one who was gutsy enough to talk about it.
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My old beat in the political world and my new one in the movie world collide more often than one might think. Turns out the White House and particularly Michelle Obama have good reason to be rooting for one Academy Award contender. It's Graham Moore, nominee for Best Adapted Screenplay. Here is why he is getting some White House love.
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