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Hollywood Gets ‘instructions’ On Hispanic Audiences

Justin Bartha poses at the premiere of The Hangover Part II at Graumans Chinese Theater in Hollywood in May 2011. Also known for the National Treasure film series and the The New Normal, he was raised in a Reform Jewish household in Michigan. Sophie Okonedo arrives for the premiere of After Earth in New York in May. The Hotel Rwanda star was born to a Jewish mother and a Nigerian father and raised Jewish. Irish actor Daniel Day-Lewis poses with his Oscar for best actor for his role as Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood this year. He has also won Academy Awards for There Will Be Blood and Gangs of New York. He grew up in the UK and was bullied for being both Irish and Jewish. Eric Dane poses at the premiere of Burlesque at Graumans Chinese Theater in Hollywood three years ago. Best known as Greys Anatomys Dr. Mark Sloan, he grew up Jewish in Northern California. Actor and director Jon Favreau arrives at the 2nd Annual Reel Stories, Real Lives event benefiting the Motion Picture & Television Fund in Los Angeles in October last year. He is kn own for his roles in Identity Thief, Iron Man 3 and The Wolf of Wall Street.

Two high-ranking Hollywood cops target of criminal investigation

Two high-ranking Hollywood cops target of criminal investigation

Michael Gottlieb, an attorney for Redding, said his client had done nothing wrong. “He did not knowingly or willingly commit any crime,” Gottlieb said. “I’m certain at the end of this investigation, he’ll be vindicated.” Eric Schwartzreich, Haberland’s attorney, defended both men. “Our clients complied with the spirit and letter of the law and did not do anything criminal,” he said. “There was nothing done that was secretive or clandestine. Departments have a right to purge certain IA files and what was done was allowed by state law. Our clients are open books in this matter. No one is hiding anything here.” An official with the State Attorney’s Office said the office does not comment on open investigations. Fernandez promoted Haberland from the position of lieutenant to assistant police chief in late August, just two weeks before Haberland was placed under criminal investigation. After becoming chief on Aug. 20, Fernandez requested an audit of every division within the department to make sure rules and procedures were followed under the previous administration. “I take responsibility,” Fernandez said, “but I want to know what I’m taking over.” Mayor Peter Bober and Commissioner Peter Hernandez said this week that they’d heard about the investigation, but did not know which officers were involved. “The State Attorneys Office, when they conduct a significant investigation, they tend to be discreet about it,” Bober said. “I can’t say they’d announce it to the entire world, including me.” News of the investigation shocked the remaining five commissioners, who all said on Friday they did not know two high-ranking officers were the target of a State Attorney’s Office inquiry.

Kathy Cooper-Ledesma, the senior pastor, has a pragmatic view about filming, which raises capital for the church to fund outreach programs for the homeless and disadvantaged. “It’s vital and not only supports our families, but it really enables us to do more mission and ministry work in the community and in other ways,” she said. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times The church charges from $2,000 to $20,000 a day to film crews, depending on the scope of the production. The location filming generates $25,000 or more in annual revenue, or about 5% of the church’s overall income. That’s far less than what the church collected more than a decade ago, when the local film industry boomed, bringing in as much as $80,000 in revenue a year. Still, the funds help support a program to feed homeless adults every Tuesday and a bimonthly dinner at the PATH Hollywood homeless shelter, as well as mission work, including a trip to Haiti to support hurricane victims. This week volunteers will travel to New Jersey to help in the rebuilding of the Jersey shore boardwalk. Aside for raising money, Cooper-Ledesma also encourages film activity because many parishioners work in the industry. About 40% of the congregation members are actors, casting directors, writers, producers, camera operators and other industry professionals. Even the church’s associate pastor, the Rev. Dave Stambaugh, has his own list of credits, having worked as a child actor in the 1976 film “The Bad News Bears” and other movies. Reflecting its location, the church has a summer sermon series that highlights the spiritual themes in such movies such as “The Blind Side,” and invites filmmakers, actors and directors to talk about their movies in a question-and-answer session. Recent guests have included and Dustin Lance Black, an Oscar-winning screenwriter and director.

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Presburg says that while there is no monolithic Latino market “there’s a Mexican audience, Cuban, Puerto Rican” he expects more studios to follow suit with specialty divisions. “It’s not that different from most moviegoers: If they’ve got a choice between Transformers and a small Mexican movie, most people are still going to choose Transformers,” he says. “What’s changing is you’re seeing more choices for that community, which is why we’ll see more subtitles and bilingual movies. You’ll see a lead character who doesn’t speak English.” Derbez will be happy to play one. He says that, for all his newfound success in the USA, he remains mystified by the country’s impression of its neighbor to the south and its residents. “I love American movies,” Derbez says. “So do most people who know my movies. But you use Mexicans who are not really Mexicans. You say George Lopez is Mexican. But for us, he is the American guy. We really don’t see many people like us.” Still, he says, he can’t get over his latest publicity tour of the States, which included stops at L.A.

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