At the Hollywood Bowl, an unhealthy glow

“These guys are a blessing,” said Dion, who once led the roller skating dance crew in the 1980 movie “Xanadu.” “I didn’t have to get in my car and drive to see a doctor.” Four times a week, the medical clinic on wheels parks and rolls out the red carpet inside five different studio lots across Los Angeles for the men and women who spend 14-hour days working behind the scenes on Hollywood’s biggest movies and TV shows. Health Wheels is an extension of the MPTF mission to provide health and social services to the people who are the backbone of Hollywood, from camera operators and set designers to grips and sound editors, as well as all those whose hectic schedules rarely allow them to visit doctors off the lots. “The idea is if you can’t get off the lot, we’ll get to the lot,” said Karen Vock, project manager for Health Wheels. Supported by the First Entertainment Credit Union and Entertainment Partners as well as a fundraiser called Heartbeat of Hollywood, the MPTF’s Health Wheels rolled out in 2011 and has served 2,000 people, Vock said. The services are not free — fees are billed to insurance companies like any other clinic, though if patients come in without insurance staffers do work to try to help find them coverage. The 30-foot vehicle includes an examination room, a full bathroom and a nurse’s station and is equipped for a doctor to do everything from skin biopsies to pap tests to blood work.
Source: http://www.dailybreeze.com/latestnews/ci_23756284/hollywood-workers-get-health-care-brought-them

Anything should sound good up here. Liszt’s “Les Preludes” didn’t sound bad. The $1-million amplification system reproduced orchestral body, fidelity and directionality. The speakers seemed far away, so there wasn’t the sonic immediacy of sitting close, but what I heard was realistic. But the new monitors ruined the atmosphere. No longer is this a place where you feel like you can get away from it all for a buck.
Source: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-hollywood-bowl-notebook-20130727,0,2838572.story


Barack Hollywood Obama: How The Media Sold the President As Populist, Not Elitist

The Associated Press argued “Romney may have unintentionally helped the Obama campaign. Mercedes, Bentleysand, in one case, a candy red 2013 Ferrari Spider crowded into a series of closed-door Romney fundraisers” in the “weekend playground” of the Wall Street elite. The New York Times also spotted “a line of gleaming Bentleys, Porsches and Mercedes-Benzes waiting to deposit guests paying up to $25,000 a head” who dined on “prosciutto-covered melon balls.” The Los Angeles Times noted a “line of Range Rovers, BMWs, Porsche roadsters and one gleaming cherry red Ferrari.” AP spoke with an investment banker who “chewed a cigar in his black Range Rover.” The AP also distributed a photo of leftist protesters “from MoveOn.org, the Occupy Movement and the Long Island Progressive” with a banner that read “Mitt Romney Has a Koch Problem.” Obama admitted snorting coke, but he never suffered a Coke Problem. The New York Times also carried a photo of the protesters with the “Koch problem” banner and began its story: “A woman in a blue chiffon dress poked her head out of a black Range Rover here on Sunday afternoon and yelled to an aide to Mitt Romney. Is there a VIP entrance?
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Hey, Hollywood! Race Does Matter

Hollywood Re-Accredited by Safety Alliance

A 1981 remake of the Charlie Chan movies (dont ask me why anyone thought we needed such a thing), Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen , featured Peter Ustinov in the title role. 6. William Hurt won a BAFTA award for his portrayal of a gay Brazilian prisoner in the 1985 film Kiss of the Spider Woman , which was based on a novel by Argentine writer Manuel Puig. 7.
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The re-accreditation followed a complete review of all racing operations at the facility that received its initial alliance accreditation in June 2009. During the latest Alliance inspection of Betfair Hollywood Park, best practices were identified in virtually every primary area of focus of the alliance, according to an NTRA release. In the area of injury reporting and prevention, best practices identified included participation in the Equine Injury Database; pre-race and post-race veterinary examination protocols of the California Horse Racing Board regulatory and track veterinarians; the California Post Mortem Program; and veterinarians’ list protocols of the CHRB. In areas intended to create a safer racing environment, best practices cited at Hollywood included toe grab, cushion crop and safety helmet regulation and enforcement; starting gate padding and protocols for its manning and removal; equine ambulance equipment and protocols; rider medical care and ambulance support; protocols in case of catastrophic injury; fire safety preparedness; infectious disease management and prevention protocols; and ensuring practicing veterinarians are on the grounds when horses are present.
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