Is Hollywood Guilty of Cultural Appropriation in its Casting?

The art of acting creates something of an illusion for the audience. The actor plays the role of another person but often becomes so immersed in the character that audiences often associate the actor with the character instead of the real-life person. In most cases, it is the performance above all else that’s compelling to … Continued

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Yes, There Are Some Good Hollywood Marriages

In an industry dominated by headlines about the salacious breakups of celebrity marriages, I think it worthwhile to shed a little light on the Hollywood relationships that stand (at least some of) the test of time. Case in point: Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar. In a recent E! News interview, Mr. Prinze, Jr. … Continued

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Is There Such a Thing as a ‘Good Divorce?’ Hollywood Thinks So.

Given the fact that everyone in Hollywood eventually gets divorced (or so it seems), celebrities like to think they’re getting quite good at it. Ever the trendsetters, there’s a new “best way” to get divorced for parents in Tinseltown, with every couple working to show just how cool they can be while dissolving their union. … Continued

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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