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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.


Can the Left and the Right Ever Be Civil Again?

I learned long ago the folly of engaging in political debates on Facebook. Hurt feelings are the best case scenario. But I couldn’t avoid this debate. A long-time liberal friend sent me a private Facebook message in response to a critical column I wrote about the host of Jimmy Kimmel Live. Kimmel recently dropped his … Continued

Politics

Can O.J. Simpson Turn His Life Around?

We’ve read every variation on the same headline this week—“The Juice is loose.” Orenthal James “O.J.” Simpson is free after spending nine years in jail for kidnapping and armed robbery. Of course, we know O.J. Simpson far better for his dubious acquittal on the charges of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend … Continued

Celebrities

Mel Brooks is Right About Everything, Including Political Correctness

Mel Brooks, the comic genius behind The Producers, Young Frankenstein and High Anxiety, shared what should be an obvious thought in a recent interview. He said Hollywood wouldn’t dare make his 1974 comedy, Blazing Saddles, today. Why? Political correctness would stop it dead in its tracks. The film traffics in racist characters, uses the “N-word” … Continued

Entertainment




Joel Osteen, Hurricane Harvey, and the Twitter Mob

Texas megachurch pastor and “prosperity gospel” promoter Joel Osteen got the Justine Sacco treatment this week. Don’t know Sacco? She’s the PR professional whose clunky AIDS joke turned her into a Twitter punching bag several years ago and eventually cost her her job and reputation. Unlike Sacco before her infamous tweet, however, Osteen is already … Continued

Celebrities


Stop Apologizing to Social Justice Warriors. It Just Feeds their Sanctimony.

Laurie Forest’s first YA novel earned the kind of reviews most authors dream about. Social Justice Warriors (SJWs) swiftly transformed those raves into a woke nightmare. Yet Forest persisted, and overcame the mob. And other artists should, too, if they have any hope of surviving the next wave of unseemly politically correct attacks on their … Continued

Culture

Michael Jackson and the Dead Celebrity Problem

The dead celebrity business is alive, well—and deeply disturbing. It’s not new, of course. Elvis Presley’s death didn’t stop his estate from making money for decades. Rapper Tupac Shakur cranked out albums years after his still-unsolved murder in 1996. More recently, Hologram USA, a company that broadcasts hologram concerts by dead performers, is suing the … Continued

Entertainment