Netflix and Chill: Our Binge List

January 22, 2016  |  Television

We know there’s lots you have been waiting to see so here’s a list of some of our favorites and a new docuseries from Chelsea Handler that drops tomorrow. (NO SPOILERS: next week we’ll have our recap and thoughts on Making A Murderer.) Jessica Jones In Marvel’s latest series, the titular character is a private…

And the Social Issue Goes To…

January 15, 2016  |  Film

At the Golden Globes ceremony this past Sunday night, Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Lorenzo Soria reminded everyone to, “use our influence to shine a spotlight on violence, injustice, intolerance.” Now that the 2016 Oscar nominations have been announced, social issue themes are in that spotlight. Here are a few from the nominees. It’s not…

Social Issues at the Golden Globes

January 12, 2016  |  Film

Last night we live-tweeted the Golden Globes highlighting some of our favorite storylines and projects. Here’s  some of our favorite moments from the night that hit big on social causes. America Ferrera and Eva Longoria poked at Hollywood’s racism problem in a classy and hysterical bit. Both are tenacious activists who work with important social…

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Cocktails for Change

December 16, 2015  |  AndACTION in Action

We brought together changemakers, cause leaders and some of Hollywood’s most creative minds to continue the conversation on using entertainment to inspire social change. Palihouse West Hollywood provided an appropriately festive venue for the evening. The event was co-hosted by Keli Lee, managing director of international content and talent for ABC Entertainment Group; Chad Boettcher, head of…

It's time to take a stand on violence political cartoon

‘Ms. Sloane’ Takes On Gun Control—But Will It Have the Power to Change Policy?

December 14, 2015  |  Film

Big name stars and producers have spoken out publicly again and again, but apart from some deftly orchestrated subliminal messages (see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), movies haven’t really taken a stance. That’s what makes “Ms. Sloane” so surprising. It’s still in pre-production, but in September Variety announced that EuropaCorp had acquired worldwide distribution…

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Sparks in Entertainment

December 8, 2015

 FILM: Big issues on the big screen  It’s not very often that a book on the economy gets turned into a humorous major motion picture. “The Big Short” looks at the 2008 Financial Crisis through the eyes of Wall Street execs and financial speculators. Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell star in director Adam McKay’s film…

The Nuclear Option: Manhattan as an Entry Point into Real Issues

December 4, 2015  |  Television

Q: I want to talk about the dangers of nuclear weapons and I want to use a TV show, “Manhattan,” to do it. But there’s a problem. While the series sometimes explores the moral issues inherent in building nuclear weapons, it also alternately portrays the atomic bombas a good thing; a race to be won…

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Sparks in Entertainment: Giving Thanks

November 25, 2015  |  Film

ON-SCREEN: What to see this weekend Pixar short is a big step Pixar’s latest film, “Good Dinosaur,” takes audiences to prehistoric times in a combined dinosaur and human world sans asteroid. But that’s not all that you’ll see in the theater. The animated short leading up to this film hits a lot of firsts— first…

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‘Scandal’ Tackles Abortion & Planned Parenthood Fight

November 20, 2015

‘Scandal’ stuns viewers with abortion scene in the season’s winter finale – Washington Post Scandal Storylines Attract Planned Parenthood Praise, Conservative Slams – TV Line “We applaud Shonda Rhimes” for illustrating “that our rights to reproductive health care are under attack,” that without the organization’s services, “millions of people would suffer.” – Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s Cecile Richards…

Hey NSA: Surveillance Comes to Hollywood

November 12, 2015  |  Television

  Let’s start, however, with Congress. Recently, Congress passed the USA Freedom Act, a bill designed to alter the way U.S. agencies conduct surveillance and gather data. Politicians, civil liberties groups, tech companies and more recently debated another bill that is now headed to President Obama’s desk, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA). Public Interest…