Hollywood Central Park Redesigns Website to Encourage Community Input

Galleries Emmy nominees 2013 BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Honey Boo Boo is getting some competition. Another family from rural Georgia is coming to reality television, with “Hollywood Hillbillies” set to debut in January on ReelzChannel. The show follows Michael Kittrell and his grandmother Delores Hughes, known as “Mema,” as the family moves from Grayson, Ga., to Hollywood. Along for the ride are Kittrell’s aunt, Dee Dee Peters, her boyfriend Paul Conlon, and Kittrell’s uncle John Cox. MORE: Latest TV coverage | Reality TV | TV Zone blog | TV Listings Kittrell is known as “The Angry Ginger” on YouTube, where a video he made to protest a “South Park” episode that claimed redheads have no soul gained attention.
Source: http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/tv/reality-tv/hollywood-hillbillies-on-reelzchannel-premiering-in-january-follows-georgia-family-1.5788474

Can Kickstarter Save Hollywood?

(Michael Owen Baker/L.A. Daily News) (null) Photo gallery: Health Wheels at Fox Studios Gary Dion climbed aboard a long, sleek van one recent morning and emerged minutes later with a bandaged finger, a little less blood in his veins and a big smile. The 55-year-old special-effects supervisor who works on the hit show “Bones” said he’s been feeling a little weak lately and wanted to know why. So when he heard that the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s mobile health clinic was stopping at Fox Studios in Century City where he works, he signed up for the chance for a physical, a blood test and an examination of a smashed-up finger. “These guys are a blessing,” said Dion, who once led the roller skating dance crew in the 1980 movie “Xanadu.” “I didn’t have to get in my car and drive to see a doctor.” Four times a week, the medical clinic on wheels parks and rolls out the red carpet inside five different studio lots across Los Angeles for the men and women who spend 14-hour days working behind the scenes on Hollywood’s biggest movies and TV shows.
Source: http://www.dailybreeze.com/latestnews/ci_23756284/hollywood-workers-get-health-care-brought-them

Posted by Marla Schevker (Editor) , July 29, 2013 at 11:38 AM Next Previous Slideshow Download In an effort to encourage creative individuals to offer designs for a new stretch of park, the Friends of the Hollywood Central Park (FHCP) released a new feature on its website ( http://www.hollywoodcentralpark.org ) that allows for interaction and creation. People now have the opportunity to create their own versions of the 44-acre park planned for the one-mile stretch of the Hollywood Freeway between Hollywood Boulevard/Bronson Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard/Western Avenue. According to the FHCP press release, the website, offers numerous possibilities for potential features at the park including cafes, dog parks, libraries and landscaping. Participants are invited to submit their designs to the FHCP board, who will attempt to incorporate the ideas into the final design. Knowing the level of interest in the community about Hollywood Central Park, we decided the best way to get input on what should be built was give everybody a chance to create their dream park, Laurie Goldman, FHCP president, said in a written statement. This is everybodys park, and everybody should have an opportunity to submit their own ideas.
Source: http://hollywood.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/hollywood-central-park-redesigns-website-to-encourage-community-input

Thousands of people have contributed to nearly 30,000 films on Kickstarter. For fans like Mayfield, The most exciting part has been getting updates about the movie from Rob Thomas and discussingthem with my friends who are Veronica Mars fans, she wrote. Its fun to be intimately connected to a movie that I care about. Whatever is driving these numbers, the crowdfunding site seems to have its finger on the pulse of what filmgoers want. Zach Braff successfully funded hisGarden State sequel,Wish I Was Here, to the tune of more than $3 million, while last years darling of Sundance, the documentaryAi Weiwei: Never Sorry, took in $52,175 on the crowdfunding site–more than twice its original goal. Following in their footsteps, Spike Lee turned to Kickstarter this week in a bid to make a film about humans who are addicted to blood. Both Lee and Braff have been criticized for their use of the crowdfunding site, with many speculating whether their star power undermines the sites original mission of giving lesser-known projects a voice. Braff secured a leading film financier, Worldview Entertainment, to top off his Kickstarter funding , while Lee, a Knicks season ticket-holder and the artistic director of New York Universitys graduate film program, isn’t hurting for money .
Source: http://www.inc.com/jill-krasny/what-hollywood-can-learn-from-kickstarter.html

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