Hollywood star Gerard Butler tells how visits to his homeland help keep him grounded
ET on NBC) isn’t skimping on stars — the celebrity-packed line-up boasts some of the biggest and best names on TV. Hosted by “Glee” star Jane Lynch and created by “Will & Grace” alum Sean Hayes, the show is modeled after Hayes’ own game nights at his house, where he invites a random sampling of his friends, famous and not, to come play. “Hollywood Game Night” takes that same approach, teaming three celebrities with a civilian player. Can you imagine playing Celebrity with celebrities? Or what about having to guess that a not-so-flattering child’s portrait of Matthew Perry is indeed the “Friends” star … while he’s sitting on the couch next to you?
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European Public Broadcasters’ Crisis: Spain’s RTVE Cuts Back on Hollywood
Madrids Telemadrid fired 829 employees at the beginning of this year. In the northeastern Catalan region, the local public broadcaster announced 312 layoffs with a salary cut for the remaining staff. In the midst of nationwide austerity, voices are growing louder that Hollywood also has to share Spains pain – a call also seen in other European countries. “The majors are going to have to realize that the Spanish market has changed a lot,” a source at RTVEtold The Hollywood Reporter . “The serious economic situation has forced an adjustment in the sector that the American companies haven’t experienced. But the time has come for each party to assume its responsibility to make the TV sector a viable market.” In 2010, as the full impact of the global economic crisis was beginning to be felt in Spain, the government in Madrid banned commercials during movies and other programming on public broadcasters, hoping the ad revenue would shift to the nations ailing commercial networks.
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aAnd as it has become richer over the past several years itas been in a position to do something about it.a Rosen said the ultimate arbiter of what makes it onto the screen of Chinaas 12,000 movie theatres is a board of 30 to 40 censors under Communist Party control, representing different constituencies in Chinese society a women, for example, or the military. He said that while there were some indications the board was becoming slightly more liberal a last yearas showing on Chinese television of the 2005 political adventure V for Vendetta was seen as a notable step forward a it remains beholding to sensitivities that makes its decisions sometimes hard to fathom. That was underscored earlier this month when Chinese theatres pulled Quentin Tarantinoas Django Unchained at the last minute, despite widespread reports that Tarantino had bowed to censorsa demands by dampening the filmas violence. China said only that the filmas screening had been halted for atechnical reasonsa without elaborating what that meant.
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Hollywood bowing to China’s clout
Gerard was born in Paisley, but the family moved to Canada, returning when he was 18 months old after his parents split up. He studied law at Glasgow University, but at 22, his dad died of cancer and Gerard began drinking heavily. Despite becoming a trainee lawyer in Edinburgh, his party lifestyle caused problems and he was fired. He moved to London and finally became an actor, moving to Los Angeles and becoming one of Scotlands best acting exports, alongside James McAvoy and Ewan McGregor.
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