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Welcome to ArmyArcherd.com

To misquote Jack Nicholson—“He-e-e-re’s Army!”

And here’s my answer to those of you who have flattered me with letters, faxes, phone calls, emails. And to those of you who have sidled up to me at preems, previews, parties, restaurants, yes, even at Gelson’s or Neiman’s and whispered, “We miss you.” Well, I’ve got news for you, after 52 years here, I missed you, too. So here we go—anew telling you what’s new, and what’s askew and maybe why so also. And now, you will be also be able to let me know your take.

How’d I get into this blogging bizness? Last month, Oct.31, to be exact, the L.A.Times’ Golden State Columnist Michael Hiltzik headlined his column with “Experiment Starts Now: Call Me Blogger.” And when I showed his story to Variety’s Alex Romanelli, Tim Doyle and Talia Ron they revealed to me, “We’ve already established the ArmyArcherd.Com domain.” And Variety’s Martha Hernandez has designed the format you’re now looking at … It and I are subject to change since this is a big change for me. But we hope you like it—and the content to come. The content below is stories I have filed for Daily Variety in recent weeks. Going forward, I’ll be posting to this blog regularly.

As always, it will be true—my take or my report on what others have told me or done. I’ll tell you where I’ve been, what I’ve seen and heard, yes, even tasted—and what I think of it all. This is not such a change for me—I’ve really been doing this all of my career and have spoken out when speaking out is called for.

Now you are a part of it. I’ll avoid the obvious, like Paris Hilton items—unless she’s cast in a remake of ”Gone With The Wind,” God forbid. See you soon, as they say in Vegas, “Hit me!”

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  • Hollywood Has Come Far With Diversity

    An Insider's Look at Hollywood's Diversity Efforts and How Far It Still Needs to Go

    I am a white man working in Hollywood. I grew up in Beverlywood, an all-white, predominantly Jewish, Los Angeles neighborhood sandwiched between 20th Century Fox Studios and MGM, where my elementary school had only one black student. I am compelled to write about diversity in Hollywood because “diversity” — in front of and behind the camera [...]

  • Venice Film Festival A Star is

    How Venice, Toronto and Telluride Festivals Stole Cannes' Luster (Column)

    In all the years I’ve been attending film festivals, I have never seen a lineup that looked as good on paper as Venice’s did this fall, boasting new films by Alfonso Cuarón (“Roma”), Damien Chazelle (“First Man”), Paul Greengrass (“22 July”), Mike Leigh (“Peterloo”) and the Coen brothers (“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”) in competition, [...]

  • Black Women in Medicine BTS

    Hollywood Needs to Include People With Disabilities on Both Sides of the Camera (Guest Column)

    In five years, nothing has changed. Despite open calls for greater diversity and inclusion, recent research shows that there was little change in the number of characters with disabilities in popular films in 2017. A study conducted by the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism found that [...]

  • Seven Seconds

    Fighting the Racial Bias at the Core of Hollywood’s Cop Shows (Guest Column)

    If fiction is the lie that tells a deeper truth, the TV crime genre has been, for the most part, the lie that simply tells a lie. As a storyteller (Veena) and an advocate for racial justice (Rashad), we collaborated for the past two-and-a-half years in an attempt to reimagine the roles of cops, victims, [...]

  • Harvey Weinstein Trial

    Column: Documentarian Barry Avrich Ponders Whether Harvey Weinstein Will Be Convicted

    Will Harvey Weinstein go to jail? That’s perhaps the most debated topic in Hollywood. It’s a question that makes me miss my friend Dominick Dunne, the controversial Vanity Fair columnist who would have already succeeded in interview-ing the chambermaids at Harvey’s sex-addiction clinic. Dunne once prophetically told me there would be a massive reckoning in Hollywood. He [...]

  • Janet Mock Pose

    'Pose' Writer Janet Mock on Making History With Trans Storytelling (Guest Column)

    I first met Ryan Murphy on location in Hollywood in July. The set was a nightclub, filled with background actors staged as glistening go-go dancers, shirtless revelers, and twirling drag queens. They were all basking under the glow of a spinning disco ball — a fitting setting for my first Hollywood job interview. I was [...]

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