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Posts Tagged ‘Robert Altman’

From Projectionist to President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association

As first reported by Steve Pond of TheWrap, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association on Monday elected a much younger new president. Theo Kingma, who started out as a projectionist and later became a photographer, is just 46. The two previous heads of the HFPA were both in their seventies when they took office.

Kingma has indicated he plans to improve the reputation of the HFPA, which has been further targeted in recent weeks via a pair of TheWrap stories by site founder Sharon Waxman. From Pond’s earlier op-ed piece:

In recent months, TheWrap has been contacted repeatedly by members of the HFPA and by studio reps who deal with the group. None wished to be identified, but all complained in increasingly strong terms about HFPA policies and practices and described the upcoming election as pivotal… Kingma originally agreed to speak for this story, but cancelled when he did not receive permission from HFPA leadership to do so.

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An Ominous Show of LAT Staffer Hands

Remember those folks, like Robert Altman, who swore they would move away from the U.S. if George W. Bush was elected President in 2000? Well, thanks to a recent LA Times awards dinner, there’s now a local newspaper equivalent to that defiant promise.

According to a fun little report by Huffington Post LA associate editor Kathleen Miles, who just this past weekend was part of a panel discussing the future of the LAT, there’s a new “I love my *cough* job…” short-form at the paper. It’s spelled *Koch*:

Facing the elephant trunk-on, columnist Steve Lopez from the podium said, “Raise your hand if you would quit if the paper was bought by the Koch brothers.” About half the staff raised their hands.

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Sundance Gold, Real World Blues: Scott Foundas in LA Weekly

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Scott Foundas writes of the coulda, shoulda, woulda world of those filmmakers whose Sundance acclaim didn’t catapult them into the big time. Or even a steady gig. Here’s the stats:

Of the 290 dramatic features that played at Sundance between 1984 and 2002 (the last year it seemed prudent to include in this survey, given the amount of time it can take to set up an indie film), 156 of their directors have gone on to make zero or, at the most, one additional dramatic feature.

In his LA Weekly piece, Foundas recounts the cautionary tale of Gary Walkow, who’ll show his latest work, Crashing, at Slamdance. Walkow, who has more than his fair share of bad luck for one lifetime, had a festival hit, The Trouble With Dick, sold it to a small company who folded before releasing the film. And then he made another film, went to Sundance, and watched the heavy-hitters engage in a bidding war over Shine. And he’s doing this again.

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