Bailout or Bust – Film Incentives under threat

There’s an interesting article on the new pressure on Film Incentives (or “Bail-outs for Hollywood,” if you’re on the other side of the aisle) in todays International Herald Tribune. Tax credits for Hollywood were recently expanded in Florida and North Carolina but are under fresh scrutiny in states like Pennsylvania, […]

Nearly Nailed by Political Interference

In the greater scheme of things, how an interfering official in the State of South Carolina dealt with the filming of the new Jessica Biel, James Marsden, Jake Gyllenhaal movie Nailed is a lesson on how not to engage with the film industry. In Nailed, Biel’s character Alice is a sweet, small-town waitress […]

Friday Night Lights

OK, so it’s been hectic and there’s not been a lot of time for movie watching. Instead, I did see the first couple of episodes of Holly Hunter’s first foray into TV, the oddly bi-polar Saving Grace. It’s part Walker, Texas Ranger, part Touched by an Angel. Though the drunk and […]

(If) Only in America

In an article entitled: Bush challenges America to produce the perfect Romantic Comedy, cutting-edge newshounds at The Onion report a remarkable US federal incentive proposed for the movie industry: Dubbing his romantic-comedy initiative “Operation Meet-Cute,” Bush proposed that Congress earmark $20 billion to aid Hollywood in creating the film. He […]