Category Archives: Hollywood

Richard Dreyfuss On Free Speech At College: “Political Correctness Taken To A Nightmarish Point Of View”

Actor Richard Dreyfuss appeared on Tucker Carlson’s FOX News show Friday night to talk about his passion of American civics and political correctness on campus. The Academy Award-winning actor Dreyfuss explained the importance of teaching civics, something he said that has not been taught in American schools since 1970. The U.S. Department of Education was established in 1979.

I am absolutely stunned.

A China in the Bull Shop

From Christian Toto at Hollywood in Toto:

And yet you rarely, if ever, hear celebrities critique the Chinese government or specific policies. The industry craves the money Chinese audiences can bring to a project. The nation is the second leading movie market … and rising.

So studios will tweak its films to appease Chinese censors, cast Chinese actors in meaningless roles (see “Kong: Skull Island”) hoping to charm Chinese officials who determine which films can be played in the country.

Which has had the expected effect on the career of critic of China’s human rights record, Richard Gere:

“There are definitely movies that I can’t be in because the Chinese will say, ‘Not with him,’ ” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “I recently had an episode where someone said they could not finance a film with me because it would upset the Chinese.” More.

Reality check: The diminishing attention paid to the Oscar rants against American policies/politicians may track growing awareness that Hollywood is becoming a foreign propaganda spout that one can turn off with no further impact.

See also: Oscar wrong-envelope debacle correlates with declining public interest check: Some back office dweebs have been fired. But, as a general rule, declining systems tend to be top heavy with dweebs, resulting in goofups. The extra publicity gained from the resulting uproar will probably not turn out to be an asset. Too many people will start wondering why they ever cared at all.

Gere now in indie films:

Fox & Friends’ Looks Straight Into Camera- Sends Deafening Message Straight To Islam

The comment came after listening to a clip of Homeland star Mandy Patinkin tell MSNBC that the “white men in the government and the military establishment that are the bad guys, not the Muslim community.”

That apparently didn’t sit well for Scott, who suggested that perhaps the Muslim community wouldn’t be portrayed as being bloodthirsty killers if the Muslim community stopped being bloodthirsty killers.

How Hollywood’s Crusade Against Conservatives is Intensifying

When a liberal outlet like The Hollywood Reporter posts a piece about The New McCarthyism in Hollywood, you know something is up.

It might not be about people being called out for being “Communist.” Quite the opposite—it’s a report on the trials and tribulations of being right-wing in a predominantly and aggressively left-wing Tinseltown. But that’s not news to me or any other formerly (or still) closeted conservative in Hollywood.

Are Hollywood’s wounds self-inflicted?

From Joel Kotkin at OC Register:

The preference of sophisticated opinion may be quintessential to Europe’s boutique film industry, but the blending of popular tastes with art has long propelled Hollywood’s historical success. This separation between audience and the Academy was not always the case. Films like “Gone with the Wind” (1939), “Around the World in 80 Days” (1956), “Ben-Hur” (1959), “The Sound of Music” (1965), “The Godfather” (1972), “Forest Gump” (1994) and “Titanic” (1997) all managed to be both blockbusters and best picture winners.

Hollywood, wrote author Leo Rosten in 1940, was “the very embodiment” of “magic success,” allowing a truck driver to dream of being a hero, or a small-town waitress “to compare herself to a movie queen.” Hollywood was Middle American to the core, which appealed not just to our own audiences, but also to those around the world. More.

Reality check: As noted earlier, when Hollywood types started to demand that we all listen to them rant, they were competing with every bore on the planet. No wonder their financial fortunes are tanking. Failing to understand their situation, they did it when the digital universe makes them just one alternative among many. If they haven’t figured all that out by now, they are just not going to pull out of their dive.

See also: In other non-news, Hollywood comedy still doesn’t get it

Big Gay: Hollywood a flop as a progressive lecture series. They can’t yet force everyone to pretend we care and find them interesting, the way a prof could.

Ambitious gay rights drama flops Until progressives can control what the rest of us are allowed to watch, they will not be able to advance their agenda very significantly hereafter.

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Academy Awards protest hooplah masks declining public interest

Malibu Becomes Sanctuary City as Rich White People Protect Hired Help

In a 3-2 city council vote last week, Malibu’s beachfront community of wealthy elite and majority white population became the nation’s latest sanctuary city. According to the LA Times, the move was motivated by the “privileged to stand up for the city’s vulnerable population” — meaning, the hired help these rich white folks don’t want to lose.

In other non-news, Hollywood comedy still doesn’t get it

Still worth recording though: From Brent Bozell at Townhall:

Just as the liberal “news” media have doubled down on fierce liberal activism since President Trump’s inauguration, Hollywood is pushing the leftist agenda. Variety celebrates the crusade — that is what this is — in an article headlined “TV Gets Woke: How Scripted Series Are Confronting Social Issues Like Never Before.”

It is not that Hollywood should be political; it is that the industry must be political. Even the sitcoms need to be political. “Social media is in a constant conversation about things,” proclaimed NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke. “It doesn’t feel authentic to not address what’s going on in the world and what people are really talking about. I think that’s a sweet spot for comedy in general.” More.

Reality check: People who cannot learn from tanking ratings are doomed. The problem isn’t whether comedy is or should be political. The problem is that Hollywood’s politics and concerns don’t connect with those of mainstream viewers so much now. Viewers want to work and pay their debts, not to celebrate the gay lifestyle. That said Hollywood should produce whatever it wants. People are finding their own answers now anyway, especially while the internet remains free.

See also: Big Gay: Hollywood a flop as a progressive lecture series. They can’t yet force everyone to pretend we care and find them interesting, the way a prof could.

Ambitious gay rights drama flops Until progressives can control what the rest of us are allowed to watch, they will not be able to advance their agenda very significantly hereafter.

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Academy Awards protest hooplah masks declining public interest

Tim Allen on Hollywood’s Anti-Trump Thought Police: It’s ‘Like ’30s Germany’

“You’ve gotta be real careful around here. You get beat up if you don’t believe what everybody believes,” the 63-year-old Last Man Standing star told Kimmel when asked about his attendance at Trump’s inauguration in January.

“This is like ’30s Germany. I don’t know what happened,” he added. “If you’re not part of the group, ‘you know what we believe is right,’ I go, ‘Well, I might have a problem with that.’”

Celebrities Melt Down Over Trump Budget Cuts

Celebrities took to Twitter Thursday to bemoan President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposal, which, among other items, eliminates the budgets for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Related… Well, that settles it! L.A. Times accidentally makes case for defunding the NEA

Big Gay: Hollywood a flop as a progressive lecture series

They can’t yet force everyone to pretend we care and find them interesting, the way a prof could force students. From Brent Bozell and Tim Graham at Townhall:

They say network television is a profit-oriented business, but that’s obviously not the case when it clashes with Hollywood’s sexual politics. Last week, ABC tried to lecture America with a four-part miniseries on the radical gay left called “When We Rise,” and it tanked in ratings despite heavy promotion throughout the Academy Awards broadcast the night before the premiere.

While ABC’s star-studded propaganda finale drew two million viewers on Friday, March 3, CBS drew 6.6 million for “Hawaii Five-0” and 6.8 million for “Blue Bloods.” ABC’s “Shark Tank” lead-in drew six million viewers. This was boutique viewing for the left, the latest evidence that GLAAD (formerly the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) is a dominant Tinseltown player. Its revolution must be televised, no matter how many watch. More.

Reality check: Clearly, people don’t oppose the gay agenda so much as they just don’t care about it and won’t take time to watch. It will take a long time, one guesses, before Tinsel town “gets” the problem. Its cultural prestige is suffering because, by demanding that people listen and care, it has put itself in direct competition with every bore on the planet.

See also: Ambitious gay rights drama flops Until progressives can control what the rest of us are allowed to watch, they will not be able to advance their agenda very significantly hereafter.

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Academy Awards protest hooplah masks declining public interest

Don’t Sweat the Big Stuff

The recent Academy Awards ceremony turned into a monotony of hate. Many of the stars who mounted the stage ranted on cue about the evils of President Donald Trump.

Such cheap rhetoric is easy. But first, accusers should guarantee that their own ceremony is well run. Instead, utter bedlam ruined the event, as no one on the Oscar stage even knew who had won the Best Picture award.

Stars issued lots of rants about Trump, but were apparently unaware that one of the ceremony’s impromptu invited guests was a recent parolee and registered sex offender.