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Gavin Polone on Hollywood Hypocrites, Bad Film Subsidies, and the Future of the Industry

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Published on Aug 1, 2012

"In the entertainment industry, you see a lot of very preachy people, who are very 'Save the Bay,'" says Gavin Polone, a Hollywood producer, former talent agent and columnist for New York Magazine's Vulture.com. "And then, you know, they're getting on a private plane."

Polone, who's produced such memorable projects as Curb Your Enthusiasm, Panic Room, Zombieland, and Gilmore Girls, has a reputation for speaking his mind, even when what he's saying isn't popular. He sat down to speak with ReasonTV's Zach Weissmueller about the irritating and hypocritical preachiness of celebrities, why film subsidies are killing the entertainment industry and hurting the economy, the urgent need for the studios to adapt to new technology more quickly, and why he describes his politics as "more libertarian than anything else."

About 9.30 minutes. Interview by Zach Weissmueller. Shot by Sharif Matar, Alex Manning and Tracy Oppenheimer. Edited by Weissmueller.

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Comments • 50

Stephanie Brandt
the reason why we are against iran having nukes is because they will use them you dumb ass shit for brains
deanmullen10
Good points made here. I think the future of filmmaking is going to lean further toward indie low-budget creators. That said I think Hollywood and the big powers will still exist for quite some time to come. I hope to someday represent a new wave of filmmakers who lead more responsible lives, are true to their values (so like he discussed, not making claims about the environment then having a private jet) and further more are telling better more original stories that are not highly focused on simply making money.
Sock Puppet Superstar
Is that a six pack of Che Guevara Beer @ 04:36 on the bottom right shelf?
LibertyShovel
I applaud Polone for speaking out. I like most of hiss statements, but his language sounds like pragmatism, the concept that there are no real absolutes, which is a mushy thought process. Ayn Rand had this to say about it: "In the whirling Heraclitean flux which is the pragmatist’s universe, there are no absolutes. There are no facts, no fixed laws of logic, no certainty, no objectivity." 
puppetsock
Check on wikipedia for Jerry Pournelle, then look at the description of his Iron Law. The antidote to this is "right to work" of some kind.
Ian Dube
that's because employment is a voluntary exchange of services for wage. when you interrupt that process you get corruption of the system-- the pimp and prostitute relationship starts to exist. Kind of like the free market, or exactly like it. Voluntary exchange of goods or services, but when regulation takes hold, ie subsidies, regulation and giant government sleeping with big industry, it gets all screwed up and the consumer gets screwed and then u have occupy wall street.
Lloyd Ritchey
I guess you missed where he said "our policy towards Israel is inconsistent with our policy toward other countries." You just provided a jingoistic excuse for military adventurism; stop listening to your neocon media moguls. We create our own enemies.
Luca Gattoni-Celli
What is the deal with the Che beer?
Tassilo von Gleichen
Great example on how not to do something. 
arthurbraxton
how about you do your research first....u.s.s. liberty, lavon affair....do a wiki search, then get back to me
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