Hollywood on the Potomac
“I just could feel the characters,” Executive Producer Candy Straight told Hollywood on the Potomac. “I had friends on Wall Street. One of the characters hides her pregnancy because she’s concerned that it will impact her ability to be promoted in the next six months. I know friends of mine who went through that, hiding their pregnancies. A lot of women … including one of my friends……hid her pregnancy up to the seventh month. I have no idea how she did it because those of us who knew her, when we looked at her, we knew she was pregnant, but we probably knew she was pregnant in, let’s say, the second or third month. You sort of look at a friend differently if you know they’re pregnant. How are you doing? How’s the baby? Stuff like that. It was amazing her boss didn’t notice. It’s a good story, even if you don’t know about Wall Street. The fact that the story got me, resonated with my career and my friends’ careers, I said, ‘Hey, you know what? This makes a lot of sense. I’m going to invest in it.'” The movie is Sony Pictures Classics’ Equity that screened at NCTA in Washington, DC and is set for official release July 29, 2016.
“I think it’s probably best not to think about it,” filmmaker Alex Gibney told Hollywood on the Potomac at the premiere screening of Zero Days at the Newseum in reference to a question we posed regarding his safety following a report by The Hollywood Reporter on protecting filmmakers and stars on The Red Carpet. “That’s the way to get through it. If you worry too much it can cripple you.” Gibney has fearlessly tackled such subject matters as The Church of Scientology in Going Clear; We Steal Secrets about Julian Assange & Wikileaks; Enron and Taxi to the Dark Side (winner of the 2007 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature), among them and all high risk. On taking chances he formerly told CBS: “There was something about my father, my mother, and then my stepfather; I think they all ruddered against authority in their own peculiar ways. And that probably rubbed off on me, too.” Zero Days was the feature at AFI DOCS 2016 Opening Night Gala and opens nationwide on July 8th in theaters and on iTunes.
Legendary actress Olivia de Havilland celebrated her 100th birthday July1, 2016. Considered the last star of the Golden Age of Hollywood, she is best known for her role as Melanie in Gone with the Wind and her Oscar winning performance in The Heiress, directed by three time Oscar winner William Wyler. Less known, but no less important, is the De Havilland Law, a gutsy challenge to the grip of the studios.
“The De Havilland Law is the informal name of California Labor Code Section 2855. Hollywood industry lawyers in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s took the position that an exclusive personal services contract should be treated as suspended during the periods when the artist was not actually working. Since no artist could be working every single day (that is, including holidays and weekends), this interpretation meant that two, or later seven, years of actual service would be spread over a much longer calendar period, thus extending the time during which the studio system had complete control of a young artist’s career. In response, actress Olivia de Havilland filed a lawsuit on August 23, 1943 against Warner Bros. which was backed by the Screen Actors Guild. The lawsuit resulted in a landmark decision of the California Court of Appeal for the Second District in De Havilland’s favor on December 8, 1944. De Havilland’s legal victory reduced the power of the studios and extended greater creative freedom to performers. The decision was one of the most significant and far-reaching legal rulings in Hollywood. The decision came to be informally known, and is still known to this day, as the De Havilland Law.” Wikipedia