Hollywood’s Shameful Hero-Worship of Fidel Castro, Dictator

Hollywood romanticizes revolutionaries, seeing them as noble, rugged individuals with towering passion and idealism who fight and risk their lives to make the world a better place. Sometimes that view is deserved. But more often than not, given Hollywood’s left-leaning partisanship, it elevates brutal dictators to the status of misunderstood heroes. Thus it’s no surprise … Continued

Culture

Why I’m Done with “The Walking Dead”

I’ve been a loyal and devoted fan of the hit AMC TV series The Walking Dead since the very first episode. I’ve even hosted viewing parties for my friends so we can share the thrills and adventure of the show. The Season Six finale (“Last Day On Earth”) was tough to watch, with its cliffhanger … Continued

Entertainment

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

Hollywood: Stop Making Silly Feminist Reboots of Movies

Until recently, it was a commonplace in Hollywood that blockbusters centered around female protagonists were a bad idea because while girls and women would pay to see films about the Han Solos and Iron Men of the world, boys and men would not show up for distaff adventures. Just in the last decade, though, that … Continued

Entertainment, Movies

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

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