Elijah Wood has chosen an interesting career for himself, having gone from cherub-like child star to anchoring Lord of the Rings to, today, preferring low-flying indie flicks. He’s seen Hollywood from almost every perspective, and in an interview with Sunday Times, he reveals that what he’s seen is not pretty. In short, Wood is speaking out against what he seems to think is a pandemic of pedophilia in Hollywood.
“Clearly something major was going on in Hollywood,” Wood says. “It was all organized. There are a lot of vipers in this industry, people who only have their own interests in mind. There is darkness in the underbelly. What bums me about these situations is that the victims can’t speak as loudly as the people in power. That’s the tragedy of attempting to reveal what is happening to innocent people: they can be squashed, but their lives have been irreparably damaged.”
Wood says his mother protected him from abuse when he was young and that he “never went to parties where that kind of thing was going on.” But he’s 35 today, and he says he doesn’t believe things have changed. “From my reading and research, I’ve been led down dark paths to realize that these things probably still are happening. If you’re innocent — you have very little knowledge of the world, and you want to succeed — people with parasitic interests will see you as their prey.”
Wood isn’t the first actor to suggest Hollywood’s problem with child abuse is vast and unchecked. Back in 2011, Corey Feldman said that “The No. 1 problem in Hollywood was and is — and always will be —pedophilia.” There’s even a whole documentary on it called An Open Secret. It was directed by Oscar-nominated Amy Berg, but it has struggled to find distribution for some reason.
Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.
Aharon Rabinowitz is the head of marketing for Red Giant based in New York City. During our conversation, we discussed the importance of work life balance, his start as a production intern at Sesame Street and why artist’s feel personally offended when you reject their work.
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Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.
Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.
This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.
Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy. During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.
This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.
We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.