Hollywood Protest Targets Carnivores

Kevin Harvick wins the Hollywood Casino 400 at @kansasspeedway #NASCAR NASCAR (@NASCAR) October 6, 2013 Here’s a fun fact surrounding Harvick’s win, courtesy NASCAR Stats on Twitter: This is the 3rd time in 6 tries that Kevin Harvick has won a #NASCAR Sprint Cup race from the #CoorsLight pole NASCAR Stats (@NASCARStats) October 6, 2013 Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon , Joey Logano and Carl Edwards rounded out the top five. Jimmy Johnson (sixth) and Matt Kenseth (11th) were unable to make a late push to seal a victory, but they will remain one-two in the Chase standings heading into the Bank of America 500. Here’s a look at the final results, per NASCAR . Click the link to see the full results. Hollywood Casino 400 Results 0 NASCAR.com Harvick, Gordon, Kurt Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were among the drivers whose performance gave way to a move up the leaderboard. Kyle Busch , Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman all lost ground.Here’s a look at the updated Sprint Cup standings, per NASCAR : Updated Sprint Cup Standings Cautions Rule in Kansas Jamie Squire/Getty Images Any time there are double-digit leaders and cautions in a NASCAR race, you know it’s been a wild day. That’s exactly the way things shook out in Kansas City. As noted by the NASCAR Twitter account, the various caution flags that were waved on Sunday were no joke: WATCH: Something you don’t see every day… smoke from a brush fire brings out another caution – http://t.co/sIODB24FMc According to Jayski.com, the 15 cautions during Sunday’s race were a new record for the track in Kansas: Caution 15 (new Kansas record), lap 243, #55 into wall after breaking loose #NASCAR Jayski (@jayski_nascar) October 6, 2013 In fitting fashion, a late caution allowed Harvick to gather himself for a strong finish. ESPN’s NASCAR account had this post as the restart occurred with 19 laps to go: Restart 19 to go: 29 24 99 78 48 22 9 27 88 31 15 16 43 1 20 13 5 7 93 14 36 32 40 11 56 NASCAR on ESPN (@ESPNNASCAR) October 6, 2013 The numerous stops and starts made the action drag on a little bit longer than expected, but fans in attendance certainly got their money’s worth. Big Names Struggle to Contend Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images 2012 Hollywood Casino champion Kenseth and Johnson were the favorites to win this year in Kansas City, but each was lucky to finish in the top 11 at the end of the day. NASCAR on ESPN had comments from both drivers after the race: Jimmie: “All in all, it was just a crazy day. Whacky restarts, lots of chaos there. We rebounded from all of that and passed a ton of cars.” NASCAR on ESPN (@ESPNNASCAR) October 6, 2013 “It’s a good save for as bad as we were,” says Kenseth of finishing 11th and leading points by 3 over Jimmie. #NASCAR NASCAR on ESPN (@ESPNNASCAR) October 6, 2013 Luckily, neither driver lost ground in the Chase standings.

Hollywood increases pressure on Sacramento to keep production in state

Chris Dodd and the MPAA are beefing up in the battle to get more support for film and television production from the California government.

They held signs featuring photos of animals in pairs: a kitten with a fluffy yellow chick, a puppy with a piglet. “Why love one but eat the other? Choose Vegetarian ,” the signs said. Popeye, in dirty white track pants, stumbled by, slurring something about spinach. The self-proclaimed Queen of Darkness in tiara, eye mask, black gown, black cape and elbow-length black lace gloves paused just long enough to lecture. “God made cows, deers, pigs, goats and lambs for food and lambs are for sacrifice,” she told the demonstrators in a tone that brooked no argument. Then she pointed to the blow-up puppy and said, “These guys are for pets.” The protest was organized by Mercy for Animals, whose dozen or so volunteers handed out pamphlets decrying the treatment of animals farmed for food. “All animals care about their lives,” the pamphlets said. “Meat is cruelty on your plate.” Nora Kramer, 37, who works for the group, brought her dog along. Kramer said she had been vegan for 15 years “ever since I found out how the animals were treated.” Daiya, she said, was a rescue dog, named after a “really delicious” brand of vegan cheese. “Eat cats!” shouted a tattooed young man in a tank top and shorts as he passed Kramer and her fellow protesters. “A doggy,” a little girl said, tugging on her mother’s sleeve to get her attention. On her first day in Los Angeles, Beijing resident Wenlu Xie made her way down the street, examining the sidewalk stars: Milburn Stone, Bobbie Vernon, William Primrose.

Hollywood Casino 400 2013 Leaderboard: Results and Updated Sprint Cup Standings

Biz Send this story to a friend Email address of friend (insert comma between multiple addresses): Your email address: Oct 7, 2013, 10:47am PDT Hollywood increases pressure on Sacramento to keep production in state Enlarge Bloomberg Chris Dodd and the MPAA are beefing up in the battle to get more support for film and television production from the California government. Email | Twitter The battle is on to get more support for film and television production from the California government. Only days after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti put industry vet Tom Sherak in charge of lobbying Sacramento for more tax credits for Hollywood, the Motion Picture Association of America has issued a new call to bolster the incentive program for big-budget blockbusters. Currently, the California film tax credit program only allocates $100 million a year, a paltry sum for the number of productions that could potentially shoot in state. The credits exclude feature films with budgets over $75 million and TV pilots. Considering that large features and TV shows could employ thousands of Californians, itas an issue that concerns many in Hollywood. “You are well aware film and TV production here in Los Angeles faces another challenge a the growing number of productions moving out of this state and out of the country,” MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd said while speaking at a Valley Industry and Commerce Association luncheon on Friday. “Other communities are feverishly developing their own film and television production infrastructure, both human and physical. They have come to realize what California has always known: Film and television productions are important job creators and economic generators,” Dodd noted. He also observed that 11 of this year’s 12 major blockbusters released in theaters were filmed outside of the state. “I know the studios I represent would prefer, everything else being equal, to make their films and television programs here in California, for many reasons,” Dodd said. “Therefore, for starters, the size and number of available tax credits needs to be increased and bigger productions must be allowed to qualify for them. We also need to give long-term productions, particularly television series, the ability to plan further ahead than their current season.” Gina Hall is a Los Angeles-based writer and producer with more than 10 years experience in television, documentary and feature film production. She is a graduate of USCas School of Cinematic Arts and blogs for the Huffington Post at huffingtonpost.com/gina-hall Related links:

Hollywood’s five best tracking shots

In addition to following his actors through dozens of extras and rolling props, Scorsese had to deal with sets under vastly different lighting: the streets, kitchen and a bustling club, where Karen asks Henry what he does for a living. The film would earn Oscar nominations for Scorsese and editor Thelma Schoonmaker, and win Joe Pesci an Academy Award for best supporting actor. The Player (1992) The scene: Opening shot Duration: 7 minutes, 50 seconds The backdrop: Considered the funniest tracking shot in film, Robert Altman’s story about a studio executive being blackmailed by a desperate screenwriter begins with one that features discussion over cinema’s great tracking shots, including Touch of Evil. But the best punchline: Buck Henry, who appeared in The Graduate, pitching The Graduate, Part 2, with Ben, Elaine and Mrs. Robinson living in a “big, spooky house” in Northern California. She had a stroke, but it’s a comedy, Buck explains. Boogie Nights (1997) The scenes: Opening shot, The death of Little Bill, The Big Top The backdrop: Paul Thomas Anderson’s epic about the porn industry in the 1970’s and 80’s gets left off a lot of “best” lists of tracking shots, even though it boasts three extended takes. In the Big Top , near the film’s finale, the camera follows Burt Reynolds on a 2 1/2 minute walk through his personal version of a Playboy mansion. In The Death of Little Bill, a 2:46 uninterrupted scene follows William H. Macy as he shoots his wife, her lover and himself. But the most-heralded scene comes from a nearly 3-minute opening, in which the camera swoops from the street into a San Fernando Valley nightclub that, in all, introduces eight key characters of the movie. Children of Men (2006) The scene: Car ambush Duration: 4 minutes, 8 seconds The backdrop: The only tracking shot on the list that does not follow walking actors, this brutal scene takes place almost entirely inside a car .