Portland’s historic Hollywood Theatre debuts its new marquee
FORTUNE — It’s been nearly a year since former Mashable editor Ben Parr launched #DominateFund, a venture capital effort that sought to bridge the divide between Hollywood and Silicon Valley. He would give actors and musicians a means to invest in tech startups, and then leverage those relationships to garner brand endorsements and other entertainment industry goodies for his portfolio companies. Perfect celebrity symbiosis. But the strategy undergone a major transformation, as #DominateFund continues to raise its debut fund (which was originally targeting just $5 million). Namely, the Hollywood angle has been deemphasized, in favor of a viral marketing angle.It’s also lost the hashtag (although that’s not yet reflected on the firm’s bare-bones website ). “As we began getting pitched by more and more entrepreneurs, we learned that the Hollywood stuff was a very minor reason why they were interested in us,” explains Parr. “What they really want is a team that understands that world, but also has deep experience in viral marketing and media.” Parr believes he fills that “media” piece, thanks to his experience at Mashable. His fellow co-founders –Matt Schlicht and Mazy Kazerooni — have deep experience in the viral marketing world, through past work at UStream and a newer startup that helps market young artists like Tyga and Lil Twist. No comment from Parr on the fundraising piece, but word is that not too many celebrities signed up — leading DominateFund to hit up more traditional VC fund investors like funds-of-funds (which may be a blessing in disguise, since celebrity capital can be a bit higher-risk than that of institutional investors). For example, Parr was spotted earlier this summer at the SuperReturn U.S. conference in Boston, which is aimed at limited partners in VC and private equity funds. There has at least been a first close, however, since DominateFund currently has seven portfolio companies. Sign up for Dan’s daily email newsletter on deals and deal-makers: GetTermSheet.com
“We’re talking about the difference between an invasion in Iraq and a limited action in response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria.” Asner said the lack of an organized effort against war in Syria is a matter of timing. Bush took months to make the case for war in Iraq, giving the antiwar left plenty of time to prepare a response. “It will be a done deal before Hollywood is mobilized,” Asner said. “This country will either bomb the hell out of Syria or not before Hollywood gets off its ass.” RELATED: Jeffrey Katzenberg Throws Political Might Behind Effort to Oust Mitch McConnell Also, said Asner, unsuccessful efforts to prevent war in Iraq led to complacency among left-wing activists. “We had a million people in the streets, for Christ’s sake, protesting Iraq, which was about as illegal as you could find. Did it matter? Is George Bush being tried in the high courts of justice?” asks Asner. “We’ve been so God-damned stung in this country by false wars, repeatedly, that, how can you believe in any just war with the history we have had?” Another reason some Hollywood progressives have been reticent to speak out against war in Syria, according to Asner, is fear of being called racist. “A lot of people don’t want to feel anti-black by being opposed to Obama,” he said. Asner said Hollywood activists should read a Huffington Post blog item by Dennis Kucinich, where the former congressman lists the “Top 10 unproven claims for war against Syria.” “Whether it’s a Republican or Democrat president, or Republican or Democrat Congress — and it doesn’t make a God-damned difference — it behooves us to get off our ass and ask these questions,” Asner said. Farrell and Asner both say that beating the war drums on Syria is one of many mistakes Obama has made. “I voted for him, but I’m not proud.
Natives beat down ‘Hollywood Indian’ image
Is George Bush being tried in the high courts of justice?” asks Asner. “We’ve been so God-damned stung in this country by false wars, repeatedly, that, how can you believe in any just war with the history we have had?” Another reason some Hollywood progressives have been reticent to speak out against war in Syria, according to Asner, is fear of being called racist. “A lot of people don’t want to feel anti-black by being opposed to Obama,” he said. Asner said Hollywood activists should read a Huffington Post blog item by Dennis Kucinich, where the former congressman lists the “Top 10 unproven claims for war against Syria.” “Whether it’s a Republican or Democrat president, or Republican or Democrat Congress — and it doesn’t make a God-damned difference — it behooves us to get off our ass and ask these questions,” Asner said. Farrell and Asner both say that beating the war drums on Syria is one of many mistakes Obama has made. “I voted for him, but I’m not proud. He hasn’t thrown himself on the funeral pyre. I wanted him to sacrifice himself. Instead, he has proved himself to be a corporatist, and as long as he’s a corporatist, he’s not my president,” Asner said. “A lot of people have lost hope — with the betrayals, the NSA spying … People aren’t getting active because ‘Who gives a shit?’ is essentially the bottom line.” Adds Farrell: “I’m frankly deeply disappointed in the president’s foreign policy, war-making, his reliance on military rather then diplomatic responses, his use of drones, continued allowance of the Guantanamo prison.
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They’re going to want to be Glen Gould. Okay maybe not Glen.” Gould likened the rise of native cinema to a return to tradition. “Traditionally in our communities, we had storytellers way way back when. When film came around, our stories were dictated by non-native people, so we had Italians playing Indians,” he said, adding that he would like to now play an Italian mafioso in a movie. “But now we have this wave of aboriginal writers and storytellers.” Aboriginal activists have long complained that the so-called Hollywood Indian neither mirrors Native American contemporary reality nor their historical past. Acclaimed Abenaki documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, who returned to the festival with “Hi-Ho Mistahey,” said audiences are more open to real stories about natives. “Where we’re going is very different than where we’ve been,” she said, saying the trend is rooted in indigenous peoples discovering their identities. “When you find your identity… that’s the beginning of a great life and that’s what is happening right now among our people. I see it and I hear it,” she said. Producer Jennifer Podemski from the Muscowpetung First Nation in Canada’s Saskatchewan province, however, said she fells that natives still have some way to go to break through, after struggling eight years to find financing for her latest film.
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Squash and baseball/softball have unsuccessfully been through the bid process before. “We have less experience in bidding. It’s the first time in our 3,000-year history that we do it,” Lalovic said. Why it doesn’t: It’s the IOC and anything can happen. Some IOC members may assume wrestling is in, so they cast their votes elsewhere. Since the aim of the process is to add a new sport to the program, some may do just that. Pre-vote drama: Lalovic said he self-reported a minor violation last week when he learned that the Japanese wrestling federation sent a letter to IOC members soliciting their support. IOC rules prohibit the sports from sending such material in the three weeks before Sunday’s vote. “We were informed that the issue is closed and that we reacted in the right way,” Lalovic said. Star turn: Actor Billy Baldwin, a former college wrestler, stood off to the side during Friday’s news conference. If wrestling’s drama was made into a movie, who would play the role of burly president Lalovic? “My brother, Alec, has the gravitas,” said Baldwin, motioning to an ample midsection. Baldwin said he’s raised about $150,000 for the sport’s well-orchestrated campaign through an Ebay auction that included items such as a walk-on role on Boardwalk Empire plus a meet and greet with Steve Buscemi and a training session with Randy “The Natural” Couture.
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Watch the Countdown and Lighting Video courtesy of the Hollywood Theatre A designer out of California who specializes in marquees created the new sign for the Hollywood Theatre. “The funny story with him is that a couple of years ago I was having a meeting with my staff and we were brainstorming what we should do next,” he said. “And we thought it would be really cool to get a new marquee to symbolize all the changes that are happening here and improve our face to the community. And literally, that afternoon, he walked in off the street.” Photo by Shannon L. Cheesman, KATU.com. Whyte said the designer, Fernando Duarte , was walking by the Hollywood Theatre one day and stopped to admire the facade. He then walked inside and asked if they might be interested in a new marquee. Fast forward a couple of years, and the front of the Hollywood Theatre has a whole new look. The total cost of the marquee, including installation, was around $130,000. About half of the money came from grants and donations and the rest from a Kickstarter campaign . While that might sound like a lot of money for a new sign, Whyte feels like he got a pretty good deal. “I was kind of surprised too (about the cost) when I first started looking into it,”he said. “But now I’m actually thinking it was a bargain almost.
September 6, 2013 by MrRobP So they’ve done it, they’ve FINALLY crushed my faith in classic movies! Today the’ve released a trailer for an upcoming *ahem* “remake” of the classic 1987 film “Robocop” which is set for a 2014 release. Yes I know this blog might sound a tad jaded and whatnot, but the truth is I’m just genuinely fed up of Hollywood being lazy and rehashing classic movies just for a quick and easy means of making money. Not to mention, more often than not their attempts at remakes, have usually been worse than the original. I mean lets have a look at a few: Friday 13th, The Fog, Halloween, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Conan The Barbarian, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Total Recall and so on (just to name a few) are pretty memorable and iconic in their own right yet Hollywood still feels the need to remake them in some form. Yeah ok there have been the occasional instance where the remake surpasses the original (2003’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Robin Hood (2010) and 2005’s King Kong), more often than not it fails miles short of the original in every way. Nothing against Jackie Earle Haley, but this Freddy was really lacking in the charismatic department, which is what made Freddy Krueger stand out from the rest of the horror icons. I just wish that they’d leave it alone (at least for a while anyway), and be more creative. I mean there’s been plenty of amazing movies over the last few years such as Sin City, The Hangover (the very first one), The Rock, 127 Hours, Independence Day, The Bourne series, and so on… yet hollywood STILL feels the need to dig up a classic movie and re do it. Why they can’t just put their heads together and come up with the next big blockbuster movie I’ll never know. I mean what happened to the days when you saw a trailer for a movie on TV and thought to yourself “HOLY SHIT!
Wiz Khalifa & Adele Reportedly Recorded Together In Rapper’s ‘Blacc Hollywood’ Sessions
Rapper Wiz Khalifa has recruited some surprising collaborators for his upcoming fifth studio album. Born Cameron Jibril Thomaz, Wiz spoke about the project in a recent interview with Fuse TV , revealing that he recorded songs with two major female artists. “I’ve got songs with Miley,” the rapper explained. “I’ve got songs with Adele.” “I’ve got a lot of guest appearances that I’ve already done but none of them have been cleared for the album yet,” Wiz added. Called “Blacc Hollywood,” Wiz’s album is hyped to hit stores later this year. The 25-year-old rapper, who released his last album, “O.N.I.F.C.,” in 2012, has already dropped the first single off of the forthcoming project, “Look Into My Eyes.” “Blacc Hollywood,” which also features a collaboration with The Weeknd, is named as such because “it just represents the lifestyle,” Wiz told Vibe in June . “Not really like black people in Hollywood but just like a black attitude, not giving a [f–k] about anything. [Its like] just really blacking out on the world. We bringing that to Hollywood. Loading Slideshow Adele at the Oscars 2013: Adele Performs Skyfall Oscar nominee Adele performs Bond theme tune Skyfall at this year’s ceremony. . Contribute to this Story: