Scientology’s Hollywood Problem

How do we solve a problem like Scientology? Its founder, the late L. Ron Hubbard (who, according to Scientologists, isn’t dead but rather resides in a different context that’s too complex for us non-Scientologists to fathom) used his Hollywood know-how and derring-do to make the cult a worldwide powerhouse complete with a bevy of eager … Continued

Culture

Hollywood Launches Star-Studded Reelection Campaign for Trump

President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign got off to a fine start this week. And, once again, the billionaire-turned-politician didn’t have to spend one red cent to make it happen. Last year, media outlets spent so much time covering Trump’s political run, relishing the ratings bump in the process, that they inadvertently gave him millions in … Continued

Politics

Meryl Streep and Hollywood’s Hypocrisy Problem

In 2003 Hollywood stood up—literally—to cheer Roman Polanski after he won the Best Director Oscar for The Pianist. That’s despite the fact that Polanski admitted to drugging and raping a thirteen-year-old girl in Jack Nicholson’s Jacuzzi in the late 1970s. Among the superstars offering a standing ovation to the man who fled the country rather … Continued

Celebrities

To Disappointed Hollywood Liberals, Everything is Trump’s Fault

If you think enough time has passed since the election for people to have gained some perspective on the next four years, you’d be wrong. Not only did Vox invoke Donald Trump in its review of Broadway’s A Bronx Tale; Trump essentially dominates the narrative. Here’s a sample: As we enter a Trumpian America, the … Continued

Politics

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