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Unionization of Reality TV Stars?

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Ridgewood NJ, in addition to the labor movements within Hollywood’s CGI-dominated realms, another significant movement is brewing among reality TV stars. Spearheaded by figures far removed from the CGI-created worlds, such as former Real Housewives of New York cast member Bethenny Frankel, a public campaign for the unionization of reality TV stars gained momentum last summer. Frankel highlighted issues of mistreatment and poor working conditions within the industry, sparking conversations about the need for change.

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“Inappropriate Behavior,” Starring Robert De Niro and New Jersey native Bobby Cannavale Shooting in Westwood

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Westwood NJ, Hollywood came once again to to Bergen County this week to shoot a movie with some big name actors. Jack’s Cafe in Westwood was a filming locale for an upcoming movie starring Robert De Niro and New Jersey native Bobby Cannavale. The movie, “Inappropriate Behavior,” directed by Tony Goldwyn is a road-trip comedy about a comedian and his son, who has Asperger’s, according to Variety.

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Few Americans See Hollywood’s Influence as Positive

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Ridgewood NJ, most Americans see Hollywood as dominated by liberal politics, and barely one in four view the entertainment business as a positive influence.

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Hollywood East: New Jersey Film Commission Nominated as Outstanding Film Commission

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Ridgewood NJ,  The New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission has been nominated by the Location Managers Guild International as an Outstanding Film Commission. The New Jersey commission is one of only five to be nominated and the only United States film commission to be honored this year.

The commission, created by an act of the New Jersey Legislature in 1977, was formed in 1978, making it one of the oldest in the country. Since its inception, the NJMPTVC has attracted over 25,000 projects to the state, generating over $2.7 billion for the New Jersey economy.

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Murphy Grants Tax break to Hollywood ,but Raises Taxes on Jersey Shore Rentals

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Trenton NJ, Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) questioned Governor Murphy’s motive to provide a multi-million dollar tax subsidy to Hollywood’s film industry while simultaneously increasing taxes that negatively impact New Jersey’s shore homeowners and the summer tourism industry.

“Governor Murphy’s tax break for the Hollywood film industry stands in stark contrast to his tax hike on New Jersey shore house renters,” Pennacchio said. “While the Hollywood-connected elite will enjoy $425 million in subsidies, beach renters could pay up to an additional 14 percent in taxes. This could amount to hundreds of dollars in fees on what was once an affordable family vacation. The owners of these shore rentals are also paying an unfair price, on top of the already high taxes and operational costs required to maintain their properties.

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Moonlight wins Best Picture at Oscars after shocking La La Land mix-up

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POSTED ON FEBRUARY 27, 2017 AT 12:15AM EST

In the most shocking mix-up in Oscars history, Moonlight won best picture at the Academy Awards — but only after presenter Faye Dunaway announced La La Land as the winner, setting off mass confusion inside the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

“I want to tell you what happened,” co-presenter Warren Beatty explained after the mix-up was revealed. “I opened the envelope, and it said ‘Emma Stone, La La Land.’ That’s why I took such a long look at Faye and at you. I wasn’t trying to be funny.”

“Well, I don’t know what happened. I blame myself for this,” Kimmel joked after the moment. “Let’s remember, it’s just an awards show. I mean, we hate to see people disappointed, but the good news is we got to see some extra speeches. We have some great movies. I knew I would screw this show up, I really did. Thank you for watching. I’m back to work tomorrow night on my regular show. I promise I’ll never come back. Good night!”

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Inside Hollywood’s Quiet, Growing Support for Donald Trump

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5:00 AM PST 3/11/2016 by Paul Bond

The entertainment industry’s rare conservatives (and independents) are lining up behind Trump, the real estate mogul considered one of their own as a former TV star and producer.

At an undisclosed location somewhere in the Los Angeles area, about 200 members of Hollywood’s private group of conservative Republicans — known as “Friends of Abe” — gathered to watch Thursday’s GOP debatebetween Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich. It was an invite-only list that included everyone from recognized actors to rank-and-file studio workers.

They watched the candidates spar over radical Islamic terrorists, Social Security’s future and illegal immigration. But, it was a moment early in the debate that turned heads: Trump blasted the entertainment industry over Disney employees who allegedly lost their jobs due to abuse of the guest-worker program.

One industry worker clapped and looked around to see if others were equally enthusiastic. Some were, including one invitee sporting a hat emblazoned with “TRUMP.”

It was a snapshot of what could be the entertainment industry’s rare conservatives (and independents) lining up behind Trump, the real estate mogul considered one of their own as a former TV star and producer.

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Ridgewood singer makes it to Hollywood with American Idol

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Singing was something that burgeoned into a private talent for Ridgewood resident Caroline Byrne. Always too shy to perform in public, the 26-year-old mostly practiced at home until college, when her friends encouraged her to audition for television talent shows.

“My friends pretty much started telling me, ‘You would be crazy not to audition for one of these shows,’” recalled Byrne. “And I always thought to myself, ‘OK, when I’m ready.’”

After participating in preliminary competitions — the first that “lit a fire” under her was a contest in which the winner would be featured on a new track by Swedish DJ John Dahlback (she was runner-up) — Byrne leaped at the opportunity to audition for the 15th and last season of Fox’s singing competition “American Idol.”

And she earned that coveted golden ticket to Hollywood.

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Most Americans have yet to watch any best-picture Oscar nominee: poll

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Most Americans have yet to watch any best-picture Oscar nominee: poll

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – It may be one of the best years in recent memory for high-quality Hollywood film, but two-thirds of Americans have yet to see any of the movies nominated for the best picture Oscar, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Sunday.

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Among other questions, the poll asked 1,433 Americans whether they had seen any of the nine best-picture nominees, plus two other films competing in other categories. The Academy Awards will be hosted by comedian Ellen DeGeneres on March 2.

Among those who responded to the online survey, Somali piracy thriller “Captain Phillips” was the most-watched film, at 15 percent. But 67 percent said they had yet to see any of the eleven films in the poll.

The outer-space drama “Gravity” was second with 14 percent, while crime caper “American Hustle” and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Martin Scorsese’s portrait of 1990s greed and excess, each had been seen by 12 percent of those surveyed. The numbers include those surveyed who may have seen more than one of the nominees.

The survey found that 60 percent of respondents were unsure about which film should win best picture. Slavery drama “12 Years a Slave” had the most support at 9 percent.

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