‘Bob’s Burgers’ and Hollywood’s Problem with Thanksgiving

It happens every year; stores are covered in red and green Christmas decorations before Halloween celebrations even start. Commercialism overtakes commonsense. I don’t know if the early saturation of Christmas décor works for sales since it actually seems to make everyone mad, but it seems to happen earlier and earlier every year. And yet, I … Continued

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Why Hollywood Loves to Take Cheap Shots at Conservatives

There’s a remarkable scene in the otherwise unremarkable 2012 movie, The Three Stooges, that speaks volumes about Hollywood. The sequence features the story’s villains, played by Kirby Heyborne and Sofia Vergara, together in bed. Can you guess the magazine Vergara’s character is reading? It’s The Weekly Standard, a reliably conservative publication. That’s a tell that … Continued

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How Hollywood Ruined Jo Nesbo’s ‘Snowman’

The Snowman, Swedish director Tomas Alfredson’s Hollywood adaptation of Norwegian mystery novelist Jo Nesbo’s 2007 serial-murder thriller of the same name, is just as awful a movie as all the critics have said it is (“dreary as a Nordic winter and almost as long”). By the time I saw the film on November 2, at … Continued

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Sex Addiction, #MeToo, and Open Secrets

The Harvey Weinstein “Perv-gate” scandal, now nearly a month old, has gone from the sordid to the ridiculous and back again. The latest—and surely one of the most revolting of all the allegations of Hollywood- and media-linked sexual improprieties—has been forty-six-year-old actor Anthony Rapp’s statement that just-terminated House of Cards star Kevin Spacey had thrown … Continued

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The Moral Emptiness of Hollywood Moms

There’s wide agreement that super creep and alleged rapist Harvey Weinstein’s harassment and abuse of women was an open secret. It’s a cliché, but it does appear that everyone and their mother knew about it. His victims certainly knew—Gwyneth Paltrow, Mira Sorvino, Rosanna Arquette, Angelina Jolie, Heather Graham, just to name a few. Other powerful … Continued

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Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood Whataboutism

Hollywood has evidently decided that the appropriate way to deal with the black eye that is producer Harvey Weinstein is with an eraser. That’s right. An industry blog, Deadline, reports that his company, The Weinstein Company, is looking to erase Weinstein’s name from the credits of movies and television shows he produced, and the Company … Continued

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What Harvey Weinstein Reveals About Hollywood Values

Harvey Weinstein is the latest powerful Hollywood executive to be accused of repeated sexual harassment. These aren’t just examples of dirty old men, however—these abuses have been covered up for decades, thanks to Hollywood’s toxic culture of fame, power, and sex. It’s a tale as old as Hollywood itself. A powerful producer calls a young … Continued

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