By Lydia Whitlock
I spent the last five years working as a Hollywood assistant. When I meet people outside the film industry and tell them that, they almost always say, "Oh, like in Devil Wears Prada?" and I say, "Just like that, but without any of the free designer clothes." And my hair is way less shiny than... Read More »
Jodie Foster didn't come out Sunday evening, during her lifetime achievement acceptance speech at the Golden Globes. Foster, whom Out magazine named one of the 50 most powerful gay Americans in 2007, had already come out "a thousand years ago," as she put it. Foster just didn't really want to declare her... Read More »
Among scary Halloween movie villains, Freddy Krueger of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" series perhaps had the cushiest job: maintaining a boiler at a generating plant on the outskirts of charming Springwood, Ohio. A simple gig, it's an occupation that typically pays well. What's more, it left him plenty of time... Read More »
Professional tough guy R. Lee Ermey parlayed his time in the Marine Corps into various uniformed roles in "Full Metal Jacket," "Apocalypse Now," and as a drill sergeant-turned-therapist in a popular TV spot for Geico. But in a recent interview with TMZ, Ermey claimed that he was fired from his Geico gig... Read More »
In black, skin-tight leggings, a zip-up jacket, and braided brown hair, Jennifer Lopez and her stunt double are tricky to distinguish. Unless, that is, you look closely. For one thing, the 42-year-old actress/singer/mogul's doppelganger has an Adam's apple. Because he's a guy.
Lopez and her stunt double have... Read More »
There are plenty of stories about the Hollywood mailroom, and many of them are true. But nothing has captured the popular imagination like the story of the mailroom-clerk-turned-media-mogul -- so much so that at most agencies, starting in the mailroom is now official policy. No more the fabled first stop for a... Read More »
The arrest of a 24-year-old man in connection with more than 50 intentionally set vehicle fires in Los Angeles in recent days has revealed that his mother is linked to a Hollywood erotic massage business and faces extradition to Germany.
The arson suspect, Harry Burkhart, stands accused of setting 53... Read More »
Career advice from a teacher who made it in Tinseltown
By Mark Scherzer and Keith Fenimore, authors of "Hire Me Hollywood"
Ah, Hollywood. To many people, working in the entertainment capital of the world may seem unattainable, and they may think that only the rich and famous, or those with serious... Read More »
Fans of the 1980s action TV series, "The Fall Guy," are likely familiar with the hard-luck life of the average Hollywood stunt performer. Only a relative few can eke out a living from their chosen profession, and instead rely on odd jobs to survive.
Kane Hodder (pictured at left) is well acquainted with the... Read More »
What do job seekers and the 2011 Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actress, Melissa Leo, have in common? The answer is a skill that some say is one of the essentials in getting your foot in the door.
Consider Leo's case: She was a nominee for her performance in 'The Fighter,' and had already won all... Read More »
When I get an information packet in the mail that says up to 43,000 new entertainment industry-oriented jobs are about to be created, I sit up and take notice. It's all supposed to happen practically in my backyard, Universal City, California, thanks to NBC Universal. It takes away a bit of the sting from the... Read More »
If some of those people up there on the big screen getting fired by George Clooney in the new film Up In the Air look like friends and family, that's because they just might be. Writer/director Jason Reitman used real people who had recently been laid off when he shot his latest film.
That's what he told... Read More »