Jared Leto appears with his mom, Constance Leto, and his brother, Shannon Leto, on the red carpet at the 2014 Oscars in Los Angeles, California on March 2, 2014. ( Photo / Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
A laid back celebration of the art of film
By Valerie Milano
Hollywood, CA (Hollywood Today) 3/3/14 – The 86th Annual Academy Awards was casual TV viewing. This year’s show at the Dolby Theater was refreshingly free of elaborate dance numbers and hyperactive staging. Its simple theme was “Heroes in The Movies”. Ellen DeGeneres got her second shot at hosting and acquitted herself well. She projected a nice, homey confidence that carried her through the occasional muffed line and flat gag.
Space adventure Gravity will have the splashiest post-Oscar adverts, grabbing an eye-popping seven awards. As predicted, Hollywood burnished its progressive polemics by bestowing upon 12 Years a Slave Best Picture honors. And, indie sensation Dallas Buyers Club assured itself a nice box-office bump by capturing two acting awards; Best Actor for Matthew McConaughey and Best Supporting Actor and Jared Leto. The camera was in love with Leto the entire evening, so get ready for the metro- Jesus look to make a fashion comeback this spring. Cate Blanchett was the class of the field, taking Best Actress honors and (almost) making us forget her award winning vehicle, Blue Jasmine was a Woody Allen movie. And finally, standing bruised and battered in the loser’s circle was American Hustle, which washed out in all 10 categories it was nominated. [Read more →]
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Josh Doyle (L) and Jeff Campbell (R) photo credit: Hollywood Today
Singer Songwriter III with Don Was
By: Valerie Milano
Hollywood, CA (Hollywood Today) 3/3/14 –”The EP, the Jimmy Kimmel appearance I did, the Guitar Center Podcast, and the gear is great. We’ve really just started pushing the record and so far, people are saying it’s the best stuff I’ve ever done,” Jeff Campbell, winner of Guitar Center’s Singer Songwriter II said of the highlights of the past year. Chosen from over 12,000 entrants, Campbell and nine other finalists performed one original song in front of an audience and Grammy award winning producer John Shanks. Campbell said of his fellow contestants, “The whole thing last year was really fraternal…if one of the other guys or girls had won it, I would have been fine. The fact that it was me was an honor and I was very excited.” [Read more →]
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Jason Mraz (hat), Chaska Potter from Raining Jane (left of Jason dress, tights, boots), Vallie Gilley founder of Feeding the Soul Foundation, Finian Makepeace from Makepeace Brothers (guitar) Jessie Payo (black dress), Michael Natter. — Natalie Warr
“…democracy invites us to participate.” Jason Mraz
By Valerie Milano
Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood Today) 3/2/14 - Jason Mraz is a busy guy. One visit to his website confirms this. Mraz has matriculated from the San Diego coffee house circuit to Alt-Pop stardom the old fashioned way, hard work. However, there is another story bubbling underneath the crossover success. Jason Mraz is an artist with a social conscience. Not to say that Mraz is a political activist-artist in the mold of the recently departed Pete Seeger; Mraz is more a philanthropist who often throws his celebrity weight behind worthy charities. That being said, the artist is no shrinking violet when it comes to worthwhile socio-political causes. It’s simply a matter of being a musician first and a facilitator second. Quite appropriate given that his effectiveness as the latter depends greatly on his success as the former. [Read more →]
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By Jimmy Steinfeldt
HOLLYWOOD(Hollywood Today)3/1/14/–Robert Whitman is one of fashion’s outstanding photographers.
Originally from Minneapolis where he was the top photographer for Dayton’s department stores (which later became Target). Whitman moved to NYC in 1984 and has never looked back—until now!
Whitman recently asked his agent to look through his 40 year photo archive and see what he could find that would be cool for a retrospective. Whitman also said to his agent ‘oh yeh I believe there are some pictures somewhere in there of Prince’.
Oh Yeh! Prince in 1977 just before he became an international superstar. The pictures are simply incredible. The opening night of the exhibit was extraordinary with many entertainment industry people in attendance including Amos Lee, Wah Wah Watson, Vince Wilburn, Rahkua Ishakarah, Owen Husney (Prince’s manager who got him his first record deal), and Stephen E. Rivkin the wonderful film editor for Avatar, and Pirates of the Caribbean.
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“God” is the host this year
By Valerie Milano
Beverly Hills, CA (Hollywood Today) 2/28/14 – Changing venues this year from the Beverly Hilton to the
Beverly Wilshire was the 51st Publicists Guild Awards. [Read more →]
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February 28th, 2014 · 1 Comment
By Fredwill Hernandez
(L to R) Dominic Franceschi, Exec. Dir. Customer Service, Product Marketing, Myspace, Sean Plott, Head of Games, Artillery, CEO/Host Day9.tv, Kirsten Stubbs, Social Media Manager Roc Nation, Eric Moro, Director, Programming, Entertainment, Wikia
(Social/Marketing: Building Engaged & Monetizable Communities on Social Platforms panel)
Los Angeles, CA. (Hollywood Today) 2/28/14 – The inaugural Digital Entertainment World (DEW), a joint venture between IDG World Expo and Digital Media Wire expo got under way Tues. – Feb 18, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles, Ca. The three-day event held from Feb. 18-20, 2014, was the first-ever global event for digital executives focused on the entire ecosystem of digital content creation to monetization and everything in-between. Attendees heard and had the chance to meet and network with many of the leading executives working in movies, television, video, music, games, and publishing, who are trailblazing the industry’s future.
Cathy Pellow, Owner, Sargent House, Robb McDaniels, CEO, INgrooves Music Group, Ken Hertz, Senior Partner, Hertz Lichtenstein & Young LLP, Jay Frank, CEO,DigSin (Social/Marketing: The Future of vRecord Labels panel)
Among the first day panels were a View from Top: The State of the Digital Union, Keynote Conversation with David Lawenda, The State of the Video/TV/Movie Business, Keynote: A Conversation on How Illegal Pirates Sites are Harming the Creative Community and New Strategies to Take the Profit Out of Piracy, Social / Marketing: Building Engaged & Monetizable Communities on Social Media Platforms, Social / Marketing: The Future of Record Labels, Music Research Presentation: The Latest Digital Music Trends & Analysis, among others.
The theme that resonated at the conference and among DEW’s first day Keynote Conversation with David Lawenda, Head of Global Marketing Solutions, Facebook, who has been at his post for four months, was mobile and its growth. He elaborated on how companies are finally realizing that Facebook can help their brands reach and engage with new audiences, and also monetize and measure targeted content in their marketing efforts.
Ned Sherman, CEO, Digital Media Wire, co-founder of Digital Entertainment World (DEW)
“That’s the beauty of mobile actually, if you think of the pixel ratio of mobile you are running a video post or a photo post, it’s taking up your entire screen, its in the linear format, so you are guarantee to see the advertisement which is what makes Facebook and mobile such an attractive advertising medium,” said Lawenda. “It’s personal, this device, it’s about as personal as you can get. The business of marketing, it’s moving towards personalization, with Facebook it’s really about personalization at scale.”
Real time conversation was also another important fact about Facebook that surfaced during Lawenda’s keynote conversation. “It may surprise you and it may surprise the people in the audience, but Facebook dominates real time conversation versus all social networks combined, I can tell you that Facebook has more than five times real time conversations around television in real time than any other social networks combined. Were in the real time space, but that’s not the holy grail, its one piece of the puzzle, at the end of the day, we are focused on driving real business outcomes for a movie studio or a television network, those business outcomes are about driving awareness and ultimately getting a consumer to actually make a decision whether to watch a television show or go buy a movie ticket. Those are the outcomes we are focused on and we believe in order to influence the methods have to be seen before the event, during the event and after the event,” added Lawenda. “What attracted me to Facebook, upon doing my homework on the company, so many marketers today see Facebook as a social media tactic, and in fairness that’s how we positioned ourselves a year ago, we were social marketing. Because of these new advanced targeting capabilities, and the mass reach that we have and our advancement on the mobile phone front, we are so much more than that. And I would argue that this is not about social marketing, but about marketing in the social world, we are in the epic center of that, we are at the nexus of this change at Facebook. I would argue that if you are just focused on that, you are not optimizing the opportunity. Fact of the matter is, I don’t care if you are a movie studio or a television network or a product, your fans are a very small piece of your potential customer base. If you are just engaging with those fans or friends of fans, your are missing a huge target audience and a potential customer of yours, and now with our new targeting capabilities you can get all of them in a no ways world.”
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