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James Rainey
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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.
Politicos, business titans and stars gathered for a press gala in the fall of 2012 to hear the big news: Joel Silver would bring his movie company to Venice's historic post office. To hear the prod...
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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. 
You might not be able to take the schadenfreude out of the town – some in Hollywood love to root for a competitor’s heartaches – but you can take a bit of the town out of the man. Will Smith said h...
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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.
Based on cryptic responses from inside the White House, President Obama and the First Family’s viewing plans on Oscar night must be a closely-guarded secret. What can be safely assumed, though, is ...
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After death of David Carr, New York Times bounced out a story on White House and Silicon Valley fighting and put Carr's obituary on Page One. My appreciation of the great NYT media writer.
In a New York Times newsroom filled with stars, David Carr ranked as one of the few whose death would merit a makeover of the newspaper's front page. But when the media columnist died suddenly Thur...
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So @MeganeEllison is helping save @VidiotsVideo the beloved Santa Monica video store, which was threatened with closure after 30 years. Here is my story from @Variety.

http://variety.com/2015/film/news/megan-ellisons-annapurna-gives-to-save-santa-monicas-vidiots-1201420018/

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#AmericanSniper  is not just the talk of Iraq vets. Family members say their loved ones who served in Vietnam are talking--some for the first time--about that long ago war. And they say it is Clint Eastwood's biopic on America's deadliest sniper that made the difference. Screenwriter Jason Hall tells the story to me. My first post for @Variety. http://variety.com/2015/film/news/american-sniper-screenwriter-how-the-film-is-connecting-with-veterans-1201412641/
Considering they have been accused of flouting history, propping up an unjust war and possibly “validating racism, murder, and dehumanization” — as one writer suggested — it’s been a surprisingly g...
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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.
Dan Fogelman had built a praiseworthy list of writing credits with such hits as “Cars,” “Tangled” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” But that didn’t bring the world clamoring to finance what he hoped would...
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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.
If social media is the judge, it was the most daring and heartfelt moment of the 2015 Oscar show. And it almost didn't happen. Screenwriter Graham Moore recounted Monday that, as he thanked family ...
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Stan Chambers, who practically invented the TV news "live shot," is dead at 91. Seems like Stan covered every story in L.A. post the Spanish land grants. He had a lot of verve and integrity.
Stan Chambers, the venerable newsman who helped introduce TV news in Los Angeles and delivered its first “live shot” in the late 1940s, died Friday morning at his Holmby Hills home in Los Angeles, ...
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Why Hillary Clinton is not Brian Williams, despite war-time tales mistold. A view from one Clinton insider.
There's an emerging consensus among some political gabbers that Brian Williams' long-running misrepresentations about his time in Iraq does serious damage to a major national figure. The twist: The...
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Powerful Maria Elena Durazo, one of the top labor leaders in America, is stepping down. Who she was. What comes next. Our story.
Maria Elena Durazo — the powerful Los Angeles County labor leader who helped elect politicians, boost wages and push through major development projects — said Wednesday that she is leaving her post to take a national union job promoting civil rights and campaigning for immigration reform.
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I hung out with the new +Los Angeles Clippers owner, Steve Ballmer. Here's my profile of the Big Fella, who loves Microsoft, working out, talking sports and Subway sandwiches.
Steve Ballmer delivered many lessons this fall to the 80 students who squeezed their way into his much-anticipated class at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
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    I cover the film industry for the venerable Hollywood magazine and website Variety.com
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I write about the Film Industry for Variety. I'm an ocean swimmer and basketball hack, ever-hopeful Cal Bear fan. Prior to January, 2015 I spent 29 years at the Los Angeles Times, covering media, politics, government, environment, the foster care system and a lot of other things.
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