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How Hillary Clinton Beat Donald Trump Using Hollywood at the DNC

29 July 2016 12:29 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Man From Hope,” the 17-minute film that presented Bill Clinton to the Democratic National Convention, was big news in 1992. Produced by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and Harry Thomason, the couple behind the hit TV series “Designing Women,” the short became the subject of innumerable long articles in major publications.

This year, the filmmakers behind the highest-grossing movies of all time also directed videos featured at the DNC. J.J. Abrams assembled the two-minute preamble to Michelle Obama’s speech, James Cameron contributed a 5-minute piece on the urgency of fighting climate change. Both left the media unrippled: Frankly, there was just too much competition.

Broadway luminaries filled the Wells Fargo Center’s stage for a rendition of “What the World Needs Now,” addressed to victims of gun violence, and the grace with which more than three dozen singers shared two microphones felt like socialism in action. Dozens more turned up in “Our Fight Song, »

- Sam Adams

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Veteran Hollywood Publicist David Horowitz Dies at 86

18 July 2016 11:21 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Influential Hollywood publicist David Horowitz, who worked with the biggest names in movies, music and politics including Barbra Streisand and Bill Clinton, died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles, his wife Lynn confirmed. He was 86.

Among the impressive list of talent he worked with were Woody Allen, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bette Davis, Kirk Douglas, and Steven Spielberg. In his later years, he worked as an Oscar strategist on numerous successful campaigns.

Horowitz began his association with Streisand starting with “Funny Girl” and continued through her films such as “Hello, Dolly!” and “What’s Up Doc?” Horowitz also worked on promoting high-profile films including “The Graduate,” “The French Connection” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

He headed several divisions at Rogers & Cowan and headed publicity (first in film, then in TV) at Warner Bros. in the 1970s for a decade, where he also helped develop the Warner Bros. Studio Tour. »

- Pat Saperstein

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