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Christian Toto is an award-winning journalist, film critic and founder of HollywoodInToto.com. His movie reviews can be heard on multiple radio stations each week. He previously contributed to The Denver Post, The Washington Times, People magazine and The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and co-director of the Denver Film Critics Society.


Tim Burton is Right About Hollywood Media Bias

Think mainstream media bias is bad? Have you read the entertainment news today? Oh, boy. The latest batch of WikiLeaks revelations show the cozy nature between some reporters and the Democratic party. You don’t need a leak to see something similar in entertainment coverage. Of course, Hollywood reporters have leaned left for some time. The … Continued

Politics

Advice for Comedians from the Man Behind Leno’s Success

Dave Berg knows a thing or two about late night television. The veteran TV producer was a key force behind The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Not only did Leno successfully snatch the baton from the legendary Johnny Carson, he ruled over late night for more than two decades. Both Berg and Leno understood a … Continued

Culture


Why Denzel Washington is the Ideal Celebrity Activist

Pop quiz—who will Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Kerry Washington, and Lena Dunham vote for come the November presidential election? Easy, right? We know far too much about these stars and their political leanings. They’ve shared their thoughts in interviews, social media postings, and on the red carpet. They’re not alone. That’s how most stars operate … Continued

Celebrities

How a Strong Family Kept One Child Star Grounded

Mara Wilson refused to follow the traditional trajectory of former child actors. The star of Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda didn’t become tabloid fodder when the roles started drying up. She avoided those reality show confabs where ex-celebrities do dubious things. And, blessedly, she didn’t spiral out of control via substance abuse. Instead, she realized her … Continued

Celebrities

It’s Fine to Be a Hater in Hollywood—as Long as You’re a Liberal

Miss Manners would like a word with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood. The rhetoric coming from the Left Coast has been downright ugly of late, and it’s getting uglier as the presidential campaign slogs on. And yet there’s precious little outrage from either the press or cultural critics about the hatefulness coming out … Continued

Politics

Hollywood’s Hypocrisy About Guns

Hollywood denizens want it both ways when it comes to their product. They acknowledge that today’s movies are more violent than ever: consider the Bourne franchise, Quentin Tarantino’s bloody film canon, and just about every action movie released these days. So what happens when a real-life violent action occurs on-screen, such as a gun massacre? Heck, … Continued

Entertainment

The Rise of the ‘Himbo’ and the Problem of Reverse Objectification

Entertainment news outlets recently reported that Channing Tatum will star in a gender-swapping remake of the 1984 comedy Splash. Tatum will play a merman who saves a woman from drowning. Why? Because Hollywood is officially out of ideas. Brands sell, even dusty ones that today’s young movie goers might never have heard of before. But … Continued

Culture

Why ‘Star Wars’ Is Crushing ‘Star Trek’ in Pop Culture

This should be Star Trek’s moment. The franchise is celebrating its 50th anniversary, a new film is now in theaters and Comic-Con just delivered a peek at the latest Star Trek TV series. So why are so many people still more enthusiastic about Star Wars? Because traditional storytelling still trumps 21st century revisionism and political … Continued

Entertainment

George Takei Finds Out What It’s Like to be a Conservative

George Takei, best known for portraying Sulu on Star Trek, publicly disagreed with the decision to “out” his iconic character in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond. Suddenly, the progressive actor found a “kick me” sign affixed to his cyber-profile. Call him an honorary conservative for a day. The film, hitting theaters July 22, features a … Continued

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