–noun patronage bestowed or favoritism shown on the basis of family relationship, as in business and politics. In the entertainment industry, this is known as Hollywood NepotismTM. Talent not required.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Dan Seals Dies at 61

Country crooner Dan Seals, half of England Dan & John Ford Coley, died March 25, 2009 of lymphoma. He was the brother of singer Jim Seals of Seals & Crofts. Click here for more on the Seals brothers.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

"The Rock" Rules the Box Office

Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (left), son of former professional wrestler "Soulman" Rocky Johnson, is the star of Disney's latest hit, Race to Witch Mountain. The film, released on March 13, scored the top spot at the box offices its opening weekend despite poor reviews. For more on Dwayne and his dad, click here.

Monday, March 23, 2009

The Goldywn Child

Actor Tony Goldwyn (left), most famous for playing Patrick Swayze's best friend "Carl" in the1990 hit Ghost, and star of the current horror blockbuster The Last House on the Left, is kin to several Hollywood heavyweights. Tony is the brother of Paramount Studios president John Goldwyn, the son of character actress Frances Howard and producer Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., and the paternal grandson of famed producer Samuel Goldwyn. His maternal grandparents are former Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award-winning writer Sidney Howard and character actress Clare Eames. For more on the Goldwyn gang, click here.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Natasha Richardson's Tragic Death

Actress Natasha Richardson (The Parent Trap, Nell, Evening) daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave and sister of actress Joely Richardson, died Wednesday at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. Natasha initially seemed fine after falling during a ski lesson on Monday, but was rushed to the hospital later that day after complaining of a headache. Her family (including actor husband Liam Neeson) rushed to be by her side as she was taken off of life support. An autopsy determined her cause of death to be internal bleeding resulting from blunt force trauma to the head. For more on the Richardsons and the Redgraves, click here.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Hankerin' For Some Nepotism

Father and son acting duo Tom Hanks and Colin Hanks play father and son in the new film The Great Howard Buck, released March 20. Colin stars alongside John Malkovich, while his Oscar-winning dad plays a supporting role. For more on the Hanks family, click here.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Fanning Sisters' Starring Roles

Look-a-like sisters Elle Fanning and Dakota Fanning continue to be Hollywood's busiest child actresses. Dakota has been confirmed to star in the 2009 Twilight sequel New Moon, while younger sister Elle plays the title character in the just-released Phoebe in Wonderland. Click here for more on the Fanning girls.

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