Hollywood’s power players are petitioning California to lower taxes…for them, at least.
Film Works, an coalition of entertainment industry stakeholders, says that the combination of increased operating costs in California and increased tax incentive packages in other states has led TV and movie production crews that once filmed in California to move elsewhere, resulting in job loss and economic disparity for the state. There has indeed been a massive shift in film production over the past several years, as evidenced by these facts:
- “Of the 45 big-budget feature films of 2012 and 2013, only one shot exclusively in California.”
- “From 2005 to 2013, California’s share of the 1-hour TV series market declined from 64% to 28%, resulting in the loss of an estimated 8,500 jobs.”
- “According to a 2007 study commissioned by the San Francisco Film Commission, every job lost in the film industry results in a loss of $112,000 in spending to the local economy.”
- “In the last 15 years, feature film production in Los Angeles has dropped nearly 60 percent.”
Business-friendly policies in states like Louisiana and North Carolina have attracted filmmakers in recent years and added millions of dollars to their economies. Film Works’ petition warns that if California does not pass similar legislation, the state will lose its competitive edge for good and will no longer be the entertainment hub it once was.
Read more at http://www.ijreview.com/2014/02/115996-irony-alert-liberal-hollywood-pleads-state-california-lower-taxes/
Charlie Sheen makes a fool of himself when it comes to Phil Robertson and Duck Dynasty
It took way more than 140 characters for Charlie Sheen to express his thoughts on “Duck Dynasty’s” Phil Robertson, whose remarks on homosexuality led to his suspension from the hit TV show. Is Sheen’s response a disjointed rant or a carefully constructed poem? Here it is, in full (complete with typos).
hey Mallard brained
you have offended and hurt so many dear friends of mine,
who DO NOT have the voice or the outreach that I do.
well news flash
I will speak loudly and clearly for ALL of them.
just when your desperately sub evolved ass thought the pressure was off,
you are now in the crosshairs of a MaSheen style media
(I’ll try to keep the big words to a minimum as not to confuse you)
your statements were and are
the idea that you have a job
outside of dirt-clod stacking
is a miracle.
the only ‘Dynasty’ you are attached to might be the
re-runs of that dated show.
the only thing you should ever be in charge of building is a hole in the ground the exact size of your head.
perhaps your beard would fit as well if you plucked out the
army of scabies and
bull weevils sequestered deep in it’s sarcophagus of dander and weasel pelts.
shame on you.
you’re the only surviving
brain donor I’ve ever known.
when the gators and Egrets
kick you out of their
you need to make serious amends to those you have
on the eight day
when I was whittling my cosmic banjo,
I’m pretty sure YOU were the scattered dross I then used to light a fire and
locate the nearest
repulsed by you;
Duck; that was me.
So, is Sheen “winning” this round, or just whittling his cosmic banjo?