I want those types of roles.” Hollywood is even worse at including women of color in award-winning performances, (Halle Berry is the only black woman to ever win the Oscar for Best Actress, in a “Monster’s Ball” role with a complex and controversial relationship with race), and this year’s Emmys were a shockingly white-male affair . “12 Years,” “The Butler,” “Fruitvale” and “Mandela” all cleared an extra hurdle: they are are all independently financed films that were created without the interest or fiscal support of the major movie studios. True equality in the Best Actor race doesn’t mean only rewarding black men in roles white men could never play. Instead, we’ll know when Hollywood casting directors and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences view people of color as deserving of equal opportunities to shine when a black man in the role of a fictional caring father, son, teacher, student, doctor, author or otherwise non-racially coded character is nominated for and wins Best Actor. Until then, however, let’s raise a glass to this year’s class of outstanding performers, because maybe, just maybe their success in this year’s awards rat race will jostle the shamefully whitewashed powers that be within the industry. Forgive me for not getting my hopes up. Loading Slideshow “Adore” (Sept. 6) Naomi Watts and Robin Wright star as two mothers who fall into sexual relationships with each other’s sons. (Yep, it’s real.) “Riddick” (Sept. 6) When Vin Diesel isn’t starring in “Fast and Furious” movies, he’s playing Riddick. ‘Good Ol’ Freda’ (Sept. 6) A documentary about The Beatles’ famed secretary.
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19, a 60th Birthday Bash for Leo Carrillo State Park will feature a classic car show, 50s music, a surfing invitational and a screening of some of the movies that have filmed in the park over the decades all free to the public. (Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times / October 2, 2013) Also By Richard Verrier October 2, 2013, 6:30 a.m. The park is named after the late actor and conservationist Leo Carrillo , who played the comic sidekick Pancho in the 1950s Western TV series “The Cisco Kid.” Located along Pacific Coast Highway near the Los Angeles-Ventura County line, it has doubled for Iwo Jima, the Caribbean and Hawaii. For six decades, Leo Carrillo State Park has been one of the most popular beaches, not only for Los Angeles residents but for location scouts. From “Grease” to “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Letters From Iwo Jima,” the scenic stretch of beach has been featured in countless movies, TV shows and commercials. Now the park known as “movie beach” is celebrating its historical ties to Hollywood. On Oct. 19, the Santa Monica Mountains Natural History Assn. and California State Parks will host a 60th Birthday Bash for Leo Carrillo State Park with a classic car show, ’50s music, a surfing invitational and a screening of some of the movies that have filmed in the park over the decades all free to the public. “We just wanted to celebrate the park,” said Kathi Northrop, a park host and volunteer who is helping to organize the event. “Even though people may not have visited the park they’ve seen it in just about every beach scene.” Guests will include Kathy Kohner Zuckerman, the inspiration for “Gidget,” the 1959 film starring Sandra Dee and one of several beach culture movies that filmed at Leo Carrillo, including “Beach Blanket Bingo.” ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Also invited to speak at the event is B-movie director Roger Corman, who filmed so many movies at Carrillo it was known for a time as “Corman Beach.” His “Attack of the Crab Monsters,” “Viking Women and the Sea Serpent” and “Monster From the Ocean Floor” were all shot at Carrillo. Two of the big attractions for the park are the unusual rock formations and sea cave, where Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Spacey, Kevin Pollak and Gabriel Byrne dug a grave for the body of Benicio Del Toro ‘s character in “The Usual Suspects.” “It’s an amazing park,” said Kenneth Kokin, a producer on “The Usual Suspects.” “It’s one of the best beaches and it’s close to Los Angeles. Having that cave there was a great visual.” For the Clint Eastwood movie “Letters From Iwo Jima,” producers used the beach to film a scene in which Japanese soldiers build a fortification in the black, volcanic sand. They imported six truckloads of black cinder from the Calico mines area near Barstow to simulate the dark sand, which was placed on a plastic sheet to separate it from the beach sand. “It definitely helped us keep the production here, otherwise we would have had to go to Hawaii,” said Steve Beimler, location manager for the film.
It makes the book seem more reckless than it might be. Urwand also makes a mistake historians are supposed to avoid: instead of exploring the historical context around his central characters, he judges them by what we subsequently learned. Yes, the studio heads failed to see that the Holocaust was coming. But as Doherty has written, in the 1930s the Nazis had not yet become what they are now: a universal emblem for absolute evil. From our perspective, the rise of Nazism looks like a linear trajectory, a series of accelerating events terminating inevitably at the gates of Auschwitz. But at the time, the endgame of Nazism was not so clear. Most Americans, including the Hollywood moguls, had no inkling of the horrors to come. Theres a deeper issue for some of the critics. People like Denby object to the book in part because it comes close to arguing that the Jews who ran Hollywood were so greedy they would cooperate with Hitler himself, selling out their own people to make money. Its an age-old anti-Semitic trope. Urwand, perhaps anticipating this theme, emphasizes his status as the child of Jewish refugees from anti-Semitism. At his website he describes himself as the son of Jewish immigrants: his father was forced to leave Cairo, Egypt in 1956, and his mother fled Budapest, Hungary the same year. He also says that, as an undergrad at the University of Sydney, he won the prize for best history thesis for his work on Steven Spielberg and Schindlers List. The book does have at least two significant supporters. Harvard published the book with quotes on the back cover from Greil Marcus and Richard J.