West Hollywood’s Ridiculous Fur Ban Met With Lawsuit

fall off the Empire State Building, Urwand writes. One of the characters muttered something about beauty and the beast. One of the characters? Muttered? Something? In fact, the speaker is Carl Denham (not so incidentally a movie director, who sets the entire plot in motion), and he clearly declares, It was beauty killed the beast. One of the most famous lines in movie history, this is hardly a random aside; its the take-away. Not to belabor a single sentence, but Urwand misrepresents the speaker, the statement and the tone. On the one hand, he seeks shock value in the vision of a flesh-and-blood monster watching a celluloid monster; on the other, he turns a potentially vivid scene into a dry sidelight. Urwand is too eager to find scandal. Revealing Hollywoods concessions as if they were breaking news, he plays down the fact that Variety reported on this tendency in 1934. He implies that Lives of a Bengal Lancer delivered a National Socialist message, but since the film stars Gary Cooper as a British soldier in India, this seems far-fetched. And when MGM was no longer permitted to remove money from Germany, the companys accountants engaged in what was essentially a laundering scheme involving the purchase of German industrial bonds that were sold at a loss to salvage 60 cents on the dollar.

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Investigators will be looking at surveillance video from nearby businesses, hoping it leads to that driver. The incident happened near a bus stop in the 6700 block of Santa Monica Boulevard at about 3:30 a.m. The 22-year-old pedestrian died after being rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The victim has been identified as Keymontae Mckenzie, a transgender woman. A longtime friend says she went by the name Unique. “That was the first girl I met out here,” said friend Andrew Scott. “The good die young.” The suspect’s vehicle was described as a light-colored older model Ford Thunderbird. L.A. City Councilman Joe Buscaino says there’s been an alarming rash of hit-and-run crashes in the Los Angeles area. He proposes offering a standing reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of drivers who flee the scene of an accident. He believes the reward will encourage witnesses to speak up. “It’s time to send a clear signal,” Buscaino said. “If you leave the scene of an accident, you are a coward. You are a criminal, and you will be treated as such.” L.A. officials are also encouraging state lawmakers to make the penalties for hit-and-runs on par with the penalties for DUI offenses.

Hollywood pedestrian killed in hit-and-run crash

27 2013 at 2:24 PM Categories: Crazytown xubangwen / Flickr Only days after the city of West Hollywood enacted one of the nation’s first bans on fur clothing, a local boutique called Mayfair House has filed suit in U.S. District Court. See also: West Hollywood Fur Ban Hits on Last Day of Summer. The store essentially claims that the town has no right to ban new fur retailing because the product is derived from wild animals such as foxes, minks, beavers and coyotes, which are under the purview of state law. In other words, the lawsuit, obtained by the Weekly, argues, … … that the WeHo City Council has no business interfering with state rules. It says California has the “exclusive authority” … … to enact legislation relating to the protection of wildlife, and that authority includes the power to pass laws regulating the market for products of wildlife. Sounds persuasive to us. As we noted previously, the law is just another typical attempt to generate headlines by city officials.

Iceland’s wild scenery, tax breaks lure Hollywood

Game of Thrones producer Chris Newman told Icelandic news website Visir this summer that they were creating the Westeros world in the drama and that Iceland fits the vision for the imaginary continent. “I’ve been filming here and working here for 25 years working on and off and I know, having driven around so much, that there’s so much landscape here to make the show just seem enormous,” said Newman. Producers have come to treasure Iceland for its strange and magnificent appearance: otherworldly black lava fields, active volcanos and gushing geysers. The variety of locations and landscapes is a huge selling point not only for television shows, but also big Hollywood films, said Leifur Dagfinnsson, chairman and founding partner of Truenorth, which has worked on films including “The Fifth Estate” a film about WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” Director Ridley Scott chose Iceland as his alien planet for the 2012 sci-fi film “Prometheus,” choosing to shoot in Iceland’s northern highlands. Iceland also hosted a crew of 1,000 people for Clint Eastwood’s 2006 war film “Flags of Our Fathers.” In addition to the wild landscapes, there are financial reasons to shoot in Iceland. Tax incentives lure filmmakers, as the government operates a generous reimbursement program. Visiting film productions could get reimbursed up to 20 percent of their production costs while filming on Icelandic soil, a substantial benefit on films costing tens or hundreds of millions of dollars. To qualify for the rebate, filmmakers must establish a company in Iceland, or create an Icelandic branch of an existing company. The filmmakers then send details about the film to Iceland’s Ministry of Industry, along with an estimate of production costs. Eligible production costs do not include wages for employees who pay tax in another country. “We wouldn’t stand a chance without this rebate,” said Dagfinnsson.