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Monday, March 29, 2010

TheWrap's Mikey Glazer imparts great Left Coast intelligence: "Shhhh ... 5 of Hollywood’s Secret Social Clubs"; Hoosiers and Hollywood

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Shhhh ... 5 of Hollywood’s Secret Social Clubs

From the poker table to the hardwood to the far right wing, these Hollywood hangouts require a Hollywood pedigree

By Mikey Glazer March 28, 2010

Yeah, that's right -- Hollywood has secret clubs. And it ain't that new spot Drai’s at the W in Hollywood.

For these clubs, it's not enough to know someone to get in. First you have to know they exist.

From hoops to poker to right-wing politics, they’re secretive in nature and selective in membership. And in an appropriate twist, TV super-spy (Zach Levi) belongs to two of them.

TheWrap went sleuthing to bring you the full reveal of Hollywood's secret social scene.

Read the rest of the story at:

See also: http://www.thewrap.com/ and

Was planning on running a photo of me with the
Hollywood sign behind me, circa 2000, but
find it.


Some Hollywood odds and ends from my other blog,

South Beach Hoosier


Hoosiers in Hollywood are Making Their Mark!
But what they'd really like to do is "Direct..."

Hollywood Hoosiers -Bringing together Indiana University
alumni in the entertainment industry in LA and greater
for the benefit of a grateful media-consuming nation.

Michael Uslan's funny 2006 IU Bloomington Commencement Address

Michael Uslan
, originator of the Batman films,
describes his long journey from Bloomington to Batman,
and it reads as funny now as it did the first time I read it.

Not unlike IU grad and media & technology genius Mark
, this is one very smart, funny and insightful guy
who "gets it."

Cuban, Unembargoed from Indiana Alumni Magazine,
November/December 2004

In an entertainment world that actually made sense, Uslan would already have an additional gig as the host of a popular and influential TV program dealing with the intersection of pop culture and media, and the tension between creatives and 'the suits,' but without NPR's usual pretensiousness or PBS' deadly earnest seriousness.

So, where is that program now, exactly, the one you'd expect to already find on Bravo if the Cable TV industry was really giving its viewers what they wanted?

Right now, all the good ideas for it are safe and sound in South Beach Hoosier's head!

Indiana Hoosiers in the Film Industry, Past and Present

A good source for checking Hoosiers in the film industry
No, not Cary Grant pretending to be Cole Porter in
1946's Night & Day
is this one from a website run by
former Ball State prof. and chair of the IPAHF board,
and author of Hoosiers in Hollywood (Indiana Historical Press,
2006, $60)
David L. Smith.

It's currently accessible by subject
headings of Actors, Actresses,
Musicians, Composers, Directors, Screenwriters, Novelists,
Made in Indiana, Oscar Winners, The Silent Era, and
Non-Native Hoosiers.


The simple insightful wisdom of Hoosiers in film
"A man's life ain't worth a hill of beans except he lives up to his own conscience."
-Jess Birdwell (Gary Cooper), in Friendly Persuasion, 1956

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