Good Values, Great Entertainment: Garry Marshall, RIP

Garry Marshall passed away yesterday at the age of eighty-one. Over the course of fifty-six years in Hollywood, he was one of the most influential people in show business and—this is the real rarity—always a force for good. Marshall began his career in old Hollywood. He wrote jokes for Jack Paar and Joey Bishop while … Continued

Celebrities

Hollywood and Fatherhood

With a wife who is expecting our first child in November, the notion of actually being a father one day has quickly gone from “mind-bending concept for men much more mature than I am” to “Umm… this is really happening, guys!” I was fortunate enough to have been raised by a loving, thoughtful dad (and … Continued

Entertainment

We’re a Long Way from the Hollywood Blacklist

Hollywood’s relationship with the federal government has always been a bit dysfunctional. Although celebrities are happy to fete presidents whose liberal politics mirror their own, they take a dimmer view of agencies such as the IRS, which tend to hold celebrities to the same standards as the rest of us when it comes to paying … Continued

Politics

Why Conservatives Should Welcome the Obama Love Story Movie

Popular culture tends to focus more on the scandalous extra-marital activities of American presidents than on their great love stories (think: John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton), so it is nice to learn that a forthcoming movie will highlight the refreshingly quaint notion that a president might actually love his First Lady. From Entertainment Weekly: … Continued

Entertainment, Movies

Hollywood’s Silly Infatuation with Girl Power

The hulking actor Chris Hemsworth, known to filmgoers as the God of Thunder, has met his match. The actor’s newest movie, The Huntsman: Winter’s War, pits him against an ice queen (Emily Blunt) and her equally scary sister (Charlize Theron). They’re tough ladies, no doubt, what with those superhuman powers aided by CGI trickery. And … Continued

Culture, Entertainment, Movies, Television

The Oscars Aren’t Racist – They’re Stuck in the Past

#OscarsSoWhite is the hashtag – activists claim that the Academy Awards, America’s favorite evening of self-indulgence wrapped in designer gowns, are biased against artists of color.  The New York Times recently featured a symposium that claimed to describe “what it’s really like to work in Hollywood if you’re not a straight white man.” It is … Continued

Entertainment, Movies

Hollywood Plays “Who’s the Biggest Victim?” Game

Actress Julie Delpy should have known she was doomed to defeat in her artless attempt to displace African-Americans as bigger victims of discrimination in Hollywood. Given the highly publicized outrage about the upcoming Oscar’s lack of non-white nominees, Delpy’s comments that “sometimes I wish I were African American,” and “nothing worse than being a woman … Continued

Culture

Are the Academy Awards Racist?

With robots set to take over our jobs, the threat of further race riots in the streets of American cities, and ISIS expanding its caliphate in the most volatile regions of the world, the moral heroes in Hollywood are taking to Instagram to vent their anger at faceless, nameless Oscar voters who have perpetrated an … Continued

Culture, Entertainment, Movies

The P.C. Casting Call

From Shakespeare to James Bond to Nancy Drew, non-traditional casting choices in the film and stage worlds are in the news lately. Producers seem eager to play with the traditional gender and ethnicity of white and/or male characters – unfortunately not so much to further an artistic vision as to push for politically correct gender … Continued

Culture

Greed on Wall Street, Never in Hollywood

One of the most influential names in comedy is likely one that many of you have never heard. Adam McKay is a writer, producer, director extraordinaire who, alongside friend Will Ferrell, has brought the American public such films as Talladega Nights, Step Brothers, and Anchorman. He is the co-founder of the website Funny or Die. … Continued

Entertainment, Movies