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  • How 'Woke Comedy' Is Killing Laughter in Pop Culture

    04/21/2018 1:20:20 PM PDT · by ethom · 32 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | April 21, 2018 1:30 PM EDT | By Christian Toto |
    Sometimes a simple news item captures a problem so completely it makes your mouth go dry. Consider the following headline from "As Molly Ringwald Turns On The Breakfast Club, Dare We Laugh At Amy Schumer’s I Feel Pretty? The op-ed is from the site’s executive editor, mind you, not a casual contributor. The column wonders if we’re allowed to laugh at the comedienne’s new film. The official description for “I Feel Pretty,” opening April 20, sent Social Justice Warriors and select reporters into a frenzy. Judge for yourself: In I FEEL PRETTY a woman who struggles with feelings of...
  • Woke Comedy: Why Laughter Is Missing at the Multiplex

    04/18/2018 1:52:30 PM PDT · by HollywoodInToto · 75 replies
    Hollywood In Toto ^ | 4/18/2018 | Christian Toto
    The PC comedy rules are suffocating laughs on stages large and small.
  • Cat watching horror movie

    04/13/2018 5:19:18 PM PDT · by navysealdad · 30 replies
    This cat is watching Alfred Hitchcock’s horror classic “Psycho” and it’s the funniest thing you will see on the internet today.
  • SAG-AFTRA (Actors Union) Bans Auditions In Hotel Rooms And Residences

    04/12/2018 11:00:43 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 10 replies
    Deadline ^ | April 12, 2018 | David Robb
    SAG-AFTRA has called for a ban on auditions in hotel rooms and residences, where many reported incidents of sexual harassment and assault have occurred. “We are committed to addressing the scenario that has allowed predators to exploit performers behind closed doors under the guise of a professional meeting,” SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said in announcing the movie today. The ban on such meetings – called Guideline No. 1 – is the first expansion of the Code of Conduct the union released in February as part of its Four Pillars of Change initiative to confront sexual harassment in the workplace. The...
  • Great acting by Hal Holbrook

    04/09/2018 11:27:08 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 32 replies
    Into the Wild via You Tube ^ | April 9, 2018 | beaversmom
    I watched Into the Wild (2007) last night on NetFlix for the first time. I am familiar with the story, and even have the book. I have had the book for many years, but have yet to read it. Hal Holbrook's character, Ron Franz, comes in toward the end of the film. His on screen time is not that much, but the acting, to me, is so good and real. His character really made me cry. I felt so much compassion for him.I have seen Holbrook in TV movies and feature films over the decades, and have always thought he...
  • 'Second Thoughts': Hollywood Cancels Two Slated Clinton-Lewinsky Dramas (Bezos sitting on a third)

    04/08/2018 10:41:54 AM PDT · by ethom · 20 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | April 7, 2018 5:46 EDT | By Tim Graham |
    While the Kennedys didn't stop the Chappaquiddick movie, it looks like the Clintons can still create "second thoughts" in Hollywood. The Hollywood Reporter notes Glee creator Ryan Murphy "hit the brakes" on a season of his FX series American Crime Story centered on Monica Lewinsky. Though Jeffrey Toobin's 2000 best-seller, A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal that Nearly Brought Down a President,was optioned as source material more than a year ago, Murphy says they had second thoughts. And he's already relayed as much to a relieved Lewinsky, whom he ran into at a Hollywood party. "I told her, 'Nobody...
  • Holden On

    04/07/2018 4:24:10 PM PDT · by Twotone · 9 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | April 7, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    In Walker Percy's novel The Moviegoer, there is a short but memorable scene in which the narrator, Binx, perambulating through New Orleans, spots a genuine film star: Who should come out of Pirate's Alley half a block ahead of me but William Holden! Holden crosses Royal and turns toward Canal... No doubt he is on his way to Galatoire's for lunch. He is an attractive fellow with his ordinary good looks, very suntanned, walking along hands in pockets, raincoat slung over one shoulder. This is 1961. You'd know the "ordinary good looks" from The World of Suzie Wong and Bridge...

    04/06/2018 6:13:16 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 15 replies
    Hollywood in Toto ^ | 6 Apr 2018 | Christian Toto
    This devastating time capsule can't help but stain the Kennedy legacy. There’s a good chance the upcoming biopic of former Vice President Dick Cheney won’t be fair or balanced. The film’s writer/director, Adam McKay, is an ardent leftist who injects his politics into his work. McKay even flirted with a “comedy” about a dementia-addled President Ronald Reagan. Har har. The minds behind “Chappaquiddick” ditch the partisan approach like an inconvenient campaign promise. Their tale sticks to what we already know about the car accident that killed both Mary Jo Kopechne and Sen. Ted Kennedy’s presidential dreams. That’s more than enough.
  • Film Review: Chappaquiddick Does the Right Thing (Morality Returns to the Movies)

    04/06/2018 6:56:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/05/2018 | Armond White
    Brian De Palma’s 1981 political thriller Blow Out was the first movie that dared address the events conjured by the single term “Chappaquiddick.” It was a generational provocation. De Palma, whose comedies Greetings, Phantom of the Paradise, and Hi, Mom! were obsessed with the JFK assassination, advanced to make a deeply emotional film reenacting a well-known loss of life (a supposedly disposable female victim played by Nancy Allen) and national disillusionment. De Palma raised that tragedy, involving both a callous political cover-up and society’s general naïveté, into larger concerns: Blow Out’s daring aesthetic examination of a film technician’s (John Travolta)...
  • Trump Election Story ‘Russian Roulette’ in Development as Movie at CBS Films

    04/05/2018 6:51:40 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 21 replies
    Variety ^ | April 5, 2018 | Dave McNary
    CBS Films has optioned Michael Isikoff and David Corn’s “Russian Roulette,” the story of the Russian attempt to interfere with the 2016 presidential election. The book is currently on top of nonfiction titles on the New York Times bestseller list. Isikoff and Corn will serve as executive producers. Nick Wechsler, whose credits include “American Assassin,” is on board to produce. The deal, announced Thursday, came following an auction of the movie rights. It was made on behalf of the Ross Yoon Agency by Hotchkiss & Associates. Wechsler is represented by Carlos Goodman at Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman...
  • ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Hits Tracking With The Potential To Open To $200M+

    04/05/2018 8:59:44 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 14 replies
    Deadline ^ | April 5, 2018 | Anthony D'Alessandro
    Disney/Marvel’s Avengers Infinity War arrived on tracking today with numbers that literally indicate the movie could open to $200M-plus, easily on its way to a record April debut. Note this is an industry prediction, not one from Disney. The studio is historically conservative with their projections. The asterisk here is that when films chart this high on tracking, it becomes hard to predict their opening, and we also have to remind you of the cap that April has: its record $100M-plus weekends of Furious 7 ($147M) and Fate of the Furious ($98.7M) occurred over Easter holiday weekends, while The Jungle...
  • Vanity:"Chappaquiddick" includes warning because of scenes showing cigarette smoking!

    04/03/2018 11:49:03 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 64 replies
    April 3, 2018
    Unreal! Snowflakes need to be warned that a movie set in the Sixties has scenes with characters smoking cigarettes?
  • Carr: Producer says powerful people tried to nix Chappaquiddick flick

    04/02/2018 6:12:05 PM PDT · by bitt · 36 replies
    boston herald ^ | 4/1/2018 | howie carr
    So the producer of the new film about Ted Kennedy’s Chappaquiddick scandal says some “very powerful people” tried to kill his movie. What a surprise — NOT! “Unfortunately,” Byron Allen told Variety last week, “very powerful people tried to put pressure on me not to release this movie. They went out of their way to try and influence me in a negative way.” Byron Allen is a TV comedian from the ’80s who has become a successful Hollywood mogul. He just bought what’s left of The Weather Channel for $300 million. By the way, he’s also black, so you would...
  • Film "The Day Christ Died" available on YouTube

    03/30/2018 5:45:20 PM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1980
    On this Good Friday, the day Christ died, you may view the movie by that name. Made for CBS in 1980, it's become "lost" and is never rebroadcast, despite being a fine film. However, it's readily available on YouTube.
  • Hollywood Made a Great Movie About a Kennedy Tragedy

    03/30/2018 7:07:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies ^ | March 30, 2018 | Ken Blackwell
    Conservatives’ expectations for honest and fair movies coming out of Hollywood are understandably low.  For decades now we have been brow-beaten and lectured by clueless celebrities on everything from saving the Spotted Owl to gun control – the latest flavor of the moment.But a breath of fresh air is blowing in from the left coast. The new movie ‘Chappaquiddick,’ from Entertainment Studios and Apex Entertainment, is a brutally honest recounting of one of America’s greatest public tragedies: the death of Mary Jo Kopechne in a car owned and driven by Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.)Producer Mark Ciardi has a winner, and...
  • Movie theaters cash in as Hollywood turns to God

    03/29/2018 4:04:25 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 32 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 29, 2018 | Frankie TAGGART
    .... Religion is reclaiming cinema for sacred purposes at a rate never seen in history, with faith-based movies exploding from an obscure cottage industry last century into a multi-billion-dollar business. ..... "You can add faith-based movies to the list of genres that you can count on as box office, as much as you can count on any genre. But these movies have to come from an authentic place," comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian told AFP. ....
  • Film Review: Paul, Apostle Of Christ

    03/27/2018 6:59:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/27/2018 | Ed Morrissey
    The Easter season brings not one but three prominent releases of Christian films. I Can Only Imagine, a biopic based on the wildly popular Christian song of the same title, surprised observers with a $17 million opening weekend and added another $21 million since. Later this week, the next entry in the God’s Not Dead franchise, A Light in the Darkness, opens with John Corbett and Tatum O’Neal in the cast. Both of these cover modern-day dilemmas facing Christians, but Paul Apostle of Christ takes audiences back to the roots of the faith by focusing on its most prolific...
  • Box Office: Hollywood Suffers Worst March Downturn in Recent Memory

    03/26/2018 2:07:09 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 40 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | March 26, 2018 | Pamela McClintock
    The month's last hope at the U.S. box office is Steven Spielberg's 'Ready Player One,' which opens Thursday, the eve of Easter weekend. With less than a week to go, Hollywood's major March releases have failed to bloom at the North American box office, triggering the worst year-over-year decline for the month in recent memory. March revenue through Sunday was an estimated $722.5 million, a 28 percent decline from the same time period last year ($997.3 million), according to comScore. The last hope for redemption is Steven Spielberg's pricey Ready Player One, which Warner Bros. and Amblin Entertainment open in...
  • 12 Horrible Messages Hollywood Sends to Americans

    03/26/2018 10:59:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 03/26/2018 | John Hawkins
    1. If You’re Not Having Sex Right This Second, You Are a Loser When all the winners on the screen that you’re supposed to root for are having sex the way most of us are shaking hands, it makes a lot of people in the real world think they should be doing the same thing. Couldn’t they show James Bond’s shaken expression as a doctor informs him he's contracted syphilis or something? 2. The Key to Success Is Being Born Special or Being Handed a Gift You know, like Harry Potter, Luke Skywalker, eeee, Superman, and nearly every other superhero....
  • Faith-Based Box Office: 'I Can Only Imagine' and 'Paul, Apostle of Christ' Score in the Top 10

    Faith-based films performed well at the box office for a second straight weekend, with "I Can Only Imagine" capturing the third spot once again. "Paul, Apostle of Christ" landed in the eighth spot in its debut weekend, earning $5 million for Sony's Affirm Films. "I Can Only Imagine" held strong in its second weekend in theaters, scoring a solid $13.8 million. That brings its total earnings to $38 million – an impressive performance for a film that only cost $7 million to create.