Veteran Hollywood Producer A.c. Lyles Dies

“No apology, no nothing,” White wrote. White says he won’t stop talking about the incident until “that racist cop” is reprimanded and punished. “We’ve been conditioned to just think that it’s OK — that we have to just sweep it under the rug,” White told HLN. “But we’re not doing that no more. We’re fighting.” By Monday morning, the story had received nearly 700,000 views — making it the fourth most-viewed iReport of all time — and hundreds of comments about racial profiling and law enforcement in South Carolina and elsewhere. Many readers said they had experienced similar situations. Actress Kinnik Sky was among those who shared the story on her Facebook page. Sky, who was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, said she knew White and Johnson’s account “to be absolutely true.” “I was like, ‘Wow, boy can I relate,’ because I am fearful of the cops as a whole, especially in South Carolina. My experiences have always been horrible.” The former “American Idol” finalist said whenever she returns from Los Angeles to her hometown she gets stopped by police “80% of the time” and questioned about drugs. On a recent trip she was “stopped, pulled over and questioned about every drug known to man,” she said. What’s your reaction to White and Johnson’s story? Sound off on iReport Her account is strikingly similar to what Johnson and White said they experienced. Johnson said she contacted Marion County for an incident report but was told that one was never filed.

Is China Taking Over Hollywood?

Lyles, who rose from mail boy to producer at Paramount Pictures and became the studio’s longest-serving employee during a tenure that lasted more than three-quarters of a century, has died at age 95. Lyles, whose most recent title with Paramount was ambassador of goodwill, died Friday at his Los Angeles home, longtime family friend Ben Wheeler told The Associated Press on Monday. He was just 18 when the lifelong movie fan arrived in Hollywood from his native Florida, going to work in Paramount’s mailroom in 1937. There, as the person who delivered their fan letters, the outgoing Lyles became friendly with most of the major stars of the era, including Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour and William Holden. “He was extremely close with Jimmy Cagney and Ronald Reagan,” Wheeler recalled Monday. His celebrity contacts would become invaluable when Lyles started producing such Westerns as The Young and the Brave, ‘Stage to Thunder Rock, Apache Uprising and Johnny Reno in the 1960s. He persuaded friends such as Joel McCrea, Randolph Scott, Jane Russell, Pat O’Brien and Dana Andrews to appear in his films, even talking Cagney into directing one of them, the gangster movie, Short Cut to Hell. It marked Cagney’s only directing effort, and Lyles remarked years later, “I don’t think he liked telling actors what to do.” Studio executives had recognized Lyles’ breezy manner years earlier and promoted him to the publicity department. Soon he was named publicity chief for Pine-Thomas, Paramount’s B-picture arm. The studio was named for Bill Pine and Bill Thomas, dubbed the “Dollar Bills” for their skill at making movies on the skimpiest of budgets. After Pine-Thomas folded in the 1950s, Lyles convinced Paramount’s bosses he could produce salable films with well-known if slightly faded stars on budgets the Dollar Bills had taught him how to squeeze. Other production credits included Law of the Lawless, Young Fury, ‘Red Tomahawk, ‘Arizona Bushwhackers, Fort Utah and Hostile Guns. He was also credited as associate producer on nine episodes of the hit TV series Rawhide. His last producer credit was for the 2005-2006 HBO Western series Deadwood.

The scenes were so superfluous that even Chinese audiences practically hooted them off the screen. And then there are movies that undergo more fundamental content changes for releases in all countries in order to please China. Wonder why the Mandarin in Iron Man 3 wasn’t Mandarin at all ? Or why the martial art practiced in the recent Karate Kid remake wasn’t karate at all but kung fu, with the movie set not in America but in Beijing? Or why the villainous invaders in Olympus Has Fallen or the recent remake of Red Dawn were North Koreans instead of the more plausible Chinese? The studios behind those films wanted to make sure they made the cut and were among the just 34 foreign movies permitted for import into China each year. What Are the Most Egregious Product Placements in Movie & TV History? American producers can fudge that quota by partnering with Chinese production companies. In exchange for taking on Chinese producers, investors, and story elements, an American studio can claim 43 percent of the profits from Chinese ticket sales, instead of just 25 percent. Even so, the seemingly capricious decisions of the Chinese government have made some Hollywood insiders wonder whether cooperating with China is worth it. (Or, as the Reporter put it, ” The China Clusterfk: Is Hollywood Fed Up?

BRE Buys Jefferson at Hollywood

BRE Properties acquired the Jefferson at Hollywood on an unencumbered basis and at a discount to the replacement cost. The acquired property was funded through proceeds from BRE Properties revolving credit facility. The strategic location of Jefferson at Hollywood makes it an accretive buyout for BRE Properties. Jefferson at Hollywood, constructed in 2010, is a 270 apartment homes community positioned in the popular Hollywood sub-market of Los Angeles. The property, situated in the heart of entertainment district, is conveniently connected to neighborhood restaurants and other attractive destinations. Moreover, it is in proximity to Hollywood Boulevards iconic landmarks such as Madame Tussauds Hollywood, Dolby Theatre and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Odditorium. Notably, BRE Properties expect the Jefferson at Hollywood to generate net operating income-to-purchase price yield of 4.0% in the first year. The Hollywood sub-market has been experiencing a substantial rise in demand generated by entertainment and media industries for office and studio space, due to revitalization through around $4 billion of public and private investments in recent years. This, in turn, has driven demand for apartment communities in the area. With this buyout, BRE Properties now owns 75 multifamily communities (21,396 homes) and a joint venture interest in an additional apartment community (totaling 252 homes). Moreover, the company plans to offload several slower growth, non-core assets through reverse like-kind exchange deals. The exchange is slated to be complete by the first quarter of 2014. BRE Properties currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Other well performing REITs include Education Realty Trust, Inc.