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Roy Rogers & 'Under Western Stars': Remembering Singing Cowboy's 'Socialist' Western

Roy Rogers, Singing Cowboy of 1940s and 1950s Hollywood. Known for his affable characterizations and, both on and off screen, “traditional values” stance, the King of the Cowboys – step aside, John Wayne & Gene Autry – toplined the “subversive” 1938 musical Western Under Western Stars. Sound bites: Remembering Roy […]

'Barry' Obama & Me: Finding Common Ground with the Future U.S. President

Barry Obama (Devon Terrell) reads Ralph Ellison's 1952 sociopolitical novel Invisible Man – not to be confused with H.G. Wells' 1897 sci-fi novel The Invisible Man. 'Barry' & me: Finding common ground between this reviewer and U.S. President Barack Obama While thinking about Barry, Vikram Gandhi's 1981-set film about a […]

'The Aviator' Movie Review: Leonardo DiCaprio & Cate Blanchett Miscast in Heavy-Handed Biopic

The Aviator movie with Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes: Bizarre billionaire bloated biopic. 'The Aviator' movie review: Leonardo DiCaprio is excellent – but not as Howard Hughes Imagine Citizen Kane directed by the Steven Spielberg of The Color Purple, Schindler's List, Amistad, and Saving Private Ryan. The final result would […]

Quentin Tarantino Walk of Fame Star Unveiling Ceremony: Peaceful Despite Police Threats

Quentin Tarantino star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Also in the photo: Demián Bichir, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth and other 'The Hateful Eight' cast members. Quentin Tarantino gets star on Hollywood Walk Fame: No police protests or anti-Tarantino rally Quentin Tarantino, who has been making movies for nearly […]

Republicans Want Agrabah Bombed: What Has Aladdin Done to Deserve It?

Agrabah: 'Aladdin' city that Republicans want to bomb. Is Agrabah Burning? Nearly 1 in 3 Republican primary voters want to bomb 'Aladdin' city According to a new poll by Public Policy Polling, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, nearly one third of 532 Republican primary voters support bombing Agrabah. Agrabah? Is […]

War on Christmas: Movies to Remember & Fighting 'Haters and Atheists'

Donald Trump vs. Starbucks' War on Christmas: Movies to remember range from 'Rosemary's Baby' to Kirk Cameron documentary. The War on Christmas: Movies that come to mind & fighting 'haters and atheists' We're still in November, but the War on Christmas – according to online buzz, a second cousin once […]

Norma Shearer: 'Queen of MGM' & 'Liberated Woman'

Norma Shearer movies: Hollywood's early 'liberated woman' remembered. A top movie star of the 1920s and 1930s, Norma Shearer was known as the 'Queen of MGM.' Norma Shearer movies: Early 'liberated woman' & Best Actress Academy Award winner was the 'Queen of MGM' For decades a largely forgotten name, in […]

'Trumbo' Movie Review: Bryan Cranston & Helen Mirren Excellent in Hollywood Blacklist Drama

'Trumbo' movie review: Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren superb as left-wing screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and right-wing gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. 'Trumbo' movie review: Highly entertaining 'history lesson' toplining an outstanding Bryan Cranston Full disclosure: on the wall in my study hangs a poster – the iconic photograph of blacklisted Hollywood […]

Charles Brackett Diaries: Ugly Politics and Juicy Gossip in Old Hollywood

Charles Brackett ca. 1945: Billy Wilder screenwriting partner (1936–1949), producer (1945–1949) and Hollywood diarist. Q&A with 'Charles Brackett Diaries' editor Anthony Slide: Billy Wilder's screenwriter-producer partner in his own words Six-time Academy Award winner Billy Wilder is a film legend. He is renowned for classics such as The Major and […]

'Truth' Movie Review: Flawless Cate Blanchett in Compelling But Less-Than-Objective Drama

'Truth' movie: Cate Blanchett as Mary Mapes. 'Truth' movie: Gripping and well-acted drama can't hide '60 Minutes' producer Mary Mapes' role in the 'devolution of TV journalism' The devolution of TV journalism into partisan point-scoring and sophistic bloviating was in full stride by the time 60 Minutes ran its 2004 […]

'Eye of the Tiger' Band Survivor Lawsuit vs. Christian Extremists Mike Huckabee, Kim Davis

'Eye of the Tiger' band Survivor: Lawsuit against a couple of radical Christians. Infamous radical Christian county clerk Kim Davis, far-right U.S. presidential candidate Mike Huckabee sued by 'Eye of the Tiger' band Survivor The band Survivor, whose song “Eye of the Tiger” underlined the critical dud (but box office […]

James Woods Twitter Lawsuit: Slander Case or Social Media Freedom of Speech Attack?

James Woods in Videodrome. James Woods in $10 million Twitter lawsuit feud: Crassly vocal right-wing actor goes after two crassly vocal users who attacked him In a letter dated Aug. 21, '15, Twitter attorney Ryan Mrazik ridiculed Surf's Up and Scary Movie 2 actor James Woods, while also highlighting the […]

Patricia Neal Movies: 'The Day the Earth Stood Still,' 'A Face in the Crowd' More Pertinent Than Ever

Patricia Neal ca. 1950. Patricia Neal movies: 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' & 'A Face in the Crowd' Back in 1949, few would have predicted that Gary Cooper's leading lady in King Vidor's The Fountainhead would go on to win a Best Actress Academy Award 15 years later. Patricia […]

'The Dark Knight Rises' Mass Murderer Gets Life in Prison

'The Dark Knight Rises' logo. 'The Dark Knight Rises' lone terrorist gets life in prison The man who killed 12 people and injured 70 others at a July 2012 screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, in the Greater Denver area, has been sentenced to life in prison without […]

Hiroshima Bombing Anniversary: Six Must-See Movies Dealing with the A-Bomb Horror

'The Beginning or the End' 1947 with Robert Walker and Tom Drake. Hiroshima bombing 70th anniversary: Six movies dealing with the A-bomb terror Seventy years ago, on Aug. 6, 1945, the U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb over the city of Hiroshima. Ultimately, anywhere between 70,000 and 140,000 people died […]

Theodore Bikel: Social Activist, Vanessa Redgrave 'The Palestinian' Spat

Theodore Bikel: Folk singer, actor and political/social activist. Theodore Bikel: Social/political and union activist (See previous post: “Theodore Bikel: From 'Fiddler on the Roof' to 'Star Trek.'”) Besides his acting and singing gigs, Theodore Bikel was a dedicated social activist, having been a longtime supporter of various causes, both cultural […]

Glenda Jackson: 2-Time Best Actress Oscar Winner, Former MP Comeback via Emile Zola

Glenda Jackson: Actress and former Labour MP. Two-time Oscar winner and former Labour MP Glenda Jackson returns to acting Two-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson set aside her acting career after becoming a Labour Party MP in 1992. Four years ago, Jackson, who represented the Greater London constituency […]

Olivia de Havilland Turns 99: Two-Time Best Actress Oscar Winner Made Labor Law History

Olivia de Havilland. Labor relations' history-making 'Gone with the Wind' star and two-time Best Actress Oscar winner Olivia de Havilland turns 99 Two-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Olivia de Havilland, the only surviving major Gone with the Wind cast member and oldest surviving Oscar winner, is turning 99 years […]

Jean-Luc Godard Solution for Greek Debt Crisis: 'Therefore' Copyright Fees

Jean-Luc Godard in his youthful days. Jean-Luc Godard solution for the Greek debt crisis: 'Therefore' copyright payments A few years ago, Nouvelle Vague filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, while plugging his Film Socialisme, chipped in with a surefire solution for the seemingly endless – and bottomless – Greek debt crisis. In July […]

'The Contender' Movie: Joan Allen Outstanding in Controversial Political Drama

'The Contender' movie hero: Joan Allen as the virtuous Sen. Laine Hanson. 'The Contender' movie: Exceptional Joan Allen in intriguing but ultimately wimpy political drama “Principles only mean anything when we stick by them when they're inconvenient,” says Senator Laine Hanson, played by Joan Allen in Rod Lurie's The Contender. […]

'JFK' Movie Review: Oliver Stone Flawed But Riveting Kennedy Assassination Conspiracy Paranoia

'JFK' movie with Kevin Costner as Jim Garrison. 'JFK' assassination movie: Gripping political drama gives added meaning to 'Rewriting History' If it's an Oliver Stone film, it must be bombastic, sentimental, clunky, and controversial. With the exception of “clunky,” JFK is all of the above. It is also riveting, earnest, […]

'The Fixer' Movie: Preachy & Simple-Minded Drama About the Politics of Anti-Semitism

'The Fixer' movie cast: Alan Bates, Dirk Bogarde and Ian Holm (background left) in political drama about the persecution of Jews in Czarist Russia. 'The Fixer' movie review: 1968 anti-Semitism political drama wrecked by cast, direction and its own good intentions In 1969, director John Frankenheimer declared that he felt […]

'The Devil Strikes at Night' Review: Serial Killers vs Mass Murderers

'The Devil Strikes at Night,' with Mario Adorf as World War II era serial killer Bruno Lüdke. 'The Devil Strikes at Night' movie review: Serial killing vs. mass murder in unsubtle but intriguing World War II political drama After more than a decade in Hollywood, German director Robert Siodmak (Academy […]

'Downfall' Movie Review: Iconic Bruno Ganz Hitler Portrayal

'Downfall' movie with Bruno Ganz: Iconic Adolf Hitler. 'Downfall' movie: Overlong and overwrought World War II drama lifted by several memorable performances Oliver Hirschbiegel's German box office hit Downfall / Der Untergang is a generally engrossing psychological-historical drama whose emotional charge is diluted by excessive length, an overabundance of characters, […]

'Nicholas and Alexandra' Movie Review: Lavish 1971 Political Epic Too Old-Fashioned

'Nicholas and Alexandra' 1971 movie with Michael Jayston and Janet Suzman. 'Nicholas and Alexandra' movie review: Opulent 1971 spectacle lacks emotional core Nicholas and Alexandra is surely one of the most sumptuous film productions ever made. Production designer John Box's elaborate sets, Yvonne Blake's equally elaborate costumes, Richard Rodney Bennett's […]

'Munich' 2005 Film: Deeply Flawed But Most Satisfying Steven Spielberg Effort in Decades

'Munich' 2005 film cover. 'Munich' 2005 film review: Steven Spielberg tackles political time-space continuum in wildly uneven but ultimately satisfying thriller Alternately intriguing and irritating, thought-provoking and banal, subtle and patronizing, the biggest surprise about Steven Spielberg's Munich (2005) is that it – however grudgingly – works. The film, which […]

Kristen Stewart in 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' Movie Cast: The 'Catch-22' of Iraq War?

Kristen Stewart: 'Camp X-Ray' star to join 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' cast. Kristen Stewart to join 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' movie After putting away her Bella Swan wig and red (formerly brown) contact lenses, Kristen Stewart has been making a number of interesting career choices. Here are three […]

Young Robert Redford: Bad Politics and Good Movies

Young Robert Redford as Bob McKay in 'The Candidate.' Robert Redford and politics: 'The Candidate,' 'All the President's Men' A young Robert Redford can be seen in The Candidate, All the President's Men, Three Days of the Condor, and Downhill Racer as Turner Classic Movies' Redford series comes to a […]

'Selma' Movie Review Presents Politically Salient History in 21st Century

Selma movie with David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. 'Selma' movie review: Politically salient in the early 21st century The title of director Ava DuVernay's historical drama Selma tells us what the film is about, while implying what it isn't about. In other words, Selma is not about the […]

Ben Bradlee Movies: From 'All the President's Men' to 'Ghosts of Grey Gardens'

Ben Bradlee: 'The Washington Post' executive editor. Ben Bradlee movies: From 'All the President's Men' to 'Ghosts of Grey Gardens' Former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee a.k.a. Benjamin C. Bradlee, best known for his key role in the Watergate scandal that brought down the administration of U.S. President Richard […]

'A Night at the Cinema in 1914': Charles Chaplin, Pearl White and The Great War

Charles Chaplin in 'A Film Johnnie' (1914). 'A Night at the Cinema in 1914': From The Great War to Charles Chaplin and Pearl White Imagine, if you will, that you can go back one hundred years in time, when people were enjoying a new and pervasive art form: motion pictures. […]

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar: Record Submissions and Highly Political Movies

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar contender 'Three Windows and a Hanging': First Kosovo entry. Record 83 movies submitted for 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has made public the list of submissions for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. According […]

Polly Bergen: Actress on Richard Nixon 'Enemies List,' Equal Rights Amendment Supporter

Polly Bergen publicity shot ca. 1960s. Polly Bergen: Actress on Richard Nixon's 'enemies list' (See previous post: “Polly Bergen Movies: 'First American Woman President.'”) As discussed in the previous post, despite its deceptively progressive premise – the United States' first woman president as a palpable reality – Kisses for My […]

'Camp X-Ray' Trailer: Kristen Stewart in War Zone

'Camp X-Ray' trailer 2014: Kristen Stewart and Payman Maadi in Guantanamo's 'war zone' (image: Kristen Stewart in 'Camp X-Ray') The official Camp X-Ray trailer is out. “Make no mistake about it. This is a war zone,” a male voice tells the recruits (and us) at the start of the movie […]

Jane Fonda Movies: Anti-Establishment Heroine

Jane Fonda movies on TCM: 'The China Syndrome,' 'Klute,' and Jean-Luc Godard drama 'Tout Va Bien' among highlights (image: Jane Fonda in 'Klute') Turner Classic Movies' 2014 “Summer Under the Stars” kicked off earlier today, August 1, with a day-long series of Jane Fonda movies. Still reviled by American right-wingers […]

Tom Laughlin Dies: 'Billy Jack' Actor/Director Revolutionized Film Distribution + Presidential Candidate

Tom Laughlin in 'Billy Jack' Tom Laughlin: 'Billy Jack' actor-filmmaker who died last week helped to revolutionize film distribution patterns in North America Tom Laughlin, best known for the Billy Jack movies he wrote, directed, and starred in opposite his wife Delores Taylor (since 1954), died of complications from pneumonia […]

The Legacy of European Colonialism in Sub-Saharan Africa: From 'Something of Value' to 'District 9'

The Wilby Conspiracy with Michael Caine, Sidney Poitier, Prunella Gee, and Rutger Hauer. Shot in Kenya with an international cast, Ralph Nelson's South Africa-set 1975 action thriller The Wilby Conspiracy uses that country's apartheid regime – U.S. actor Sidney Poitier plays an anti-apartheid political activist – as one more excuse […]

Apartheid Movies: From 'Cry, the Beloved Country' to White-Centric 'Cry Freedom' & 'A World Apart'

Cry, the Beloved Country with Canada Lee and Sidney Poitier. Directed by Hungarian-born Zoltan Korda (The Four Feathers, Sahara) from a screenplay by an uncredited John Howard Lawson – one of the Hollywood Ten – the 1951 British-produced version of Alan Paton's classic apartheid novel Cry, the Beloved Country stars […]

Nelson Mandela Movies: South African Leader Reverentially Portrayed by U.S. & British Actors

Idris Elba in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Directed by and starring a couple of Englishmen, respectively Justin Chadwick and Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom has been indifferently received by critics and audiences in the United States, where the Nelson Mandela biopic opened a few days before the […]

'Iron Man' 2008: Military as 'Rock Stars'

'Iron Man' 2008: The Air Force as 'rock stars' (See previous post: “The American Military at the Movies: The Pentagon-Hollywood Complex.”) Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr. are connected to the Pentagon by way of the Air Force-aided Iron Man (2008), and so is Dakota Fanning “at the side of […]

American Military Movies Cooperation: Pentagon-Hollywood Romance

Lillian Gish and her Ku Klux Klan saviors in The Birth of a Nation From 'The Birth of a Nation' to 'Iron Man': The love affair between Hollywood and the Pentagon In TomDispatch.com's excellent March 2008 article “The Golden Age of the Military-Entertainment Complex: Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, Pentagon-Style,” […]

Dutch Colonialism and Its Consequences: 'Empire' Screening & Presentation

Dutch Colonialism and its long-lasting consequences are the topics of the documentary 'Empire' at the REDCAT (image: 'Empire: The Unintended Consequences of Dutch Colonialism') Mixing personal narratives, investigative journalism, video art, and split/multiple screens, Eline Jongsma and Kel O'Neill's transmedia documentary Empire: The Unintended Consequences of Dutch Colonialism – the […]

'Captain Phillips' Movie Review: Tom Hanks Movie Misses the Forest for the Trees

'Captain Phillips' with Mahat M. Ali, Tom Hanks and Faysal Ahmed. 'Captain Phillips' movie: 'Incomplete' and 'less than completely satisfying' In Paul Greengrass' thriller starring Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips, the titular Captain is a merchant ship's skipper whose cargo vessel, the MV Maersk Alabama, was hijacked by Somali pirates in […]

'The Fifth Estate' Movie Review: Julian Assange 'Tasty' But 'Opaque'

'The Fifth Estate' movie review: 'Tasty' but 'opaque' version of WikiLeaks' Julian Assange (image: Daniel Brühl as Daniel Domscheit-Berg and Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange in 'The Fifth Estate') Late in the game during The Fifth Estate, Twilight director Bill Condon's long-awaited return to helming real movies, WikiLeaks founder Julian […]

Matt Damon Space Movie 'Elysium': Trailing 'District 9'?

Matt Damon 'Elysium' movie box office: weekend leader? Aug. 11, '13, update: Directed by the widely acclaimed District 9's Neill Blomkamp, the R-rated futuristic sociopolitical thriller Elysium, starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, should have no trouble landing in the top spot at the North American box office this weekend. […]

'Elysium' Movie Review: Matt Damon in Well-Intentioned But Uneven Futuristic Sociopolitical Adventure

'Elysium' with Matt Damon. 'Elysium' 2013 movie review: Lateral move for 'District 9' director Neill Blomkamp If Elysium were South African director Neill Blomkamp's debut feature film, it would have been hailed as a superior work of speculative fiction, shot through with au courant references to illegal immigration and class […]

'World War Z' Reviews & Poster + China Censorship Woes & Brazil Protests Disrupt Premiere

World War Z with Brad Pitt as a zombie-fighter. Unenthusiastic reviews. 'World War Z' reviews Several World War Z reviews are in, and for the most part they have been hardly enthusiastic. Directed by Marc Forster and starring Brad Pitt (who also wears a producer's hat in the film), World […]

Kristen Stewart Guantanamo Movie Gets Handsome Muslim Inmate

Peyman Moaadi Kristen Stewart movie Camp X-Ray reportedly gets leading man: Peyman Moaadi June 24, '13, update: Two Kristen Stewart movie projects were announced a couple of weeks ago: Olivier Assayas' psychological drama Sils Maria, to co-star Juliette Binoche and Chloë Grace Moretz, and writer-director Peter Sattler's political drama Camp […]

Eleanor Parker Movies: Talented & Versatile Actress of the Studio Era

Eleanor Parker movies. Eleanor Parker movies on TCM Palms Springs area resident Eleanor Parker, who turns 91 next June 26, was one of the best actresses of Hollywood's studio era. Strangely, Parker isn't nearly as well-remembered today as she should be despite three Best Actress Academy Award nominations (Caged, 1950; […]

'The East' Movie: Brit Marling Thriller Suffers from Unbridled Earnestness

'The East' movie with Brit Marling. 'The East' movie: Thriller marred by unbridled earnestness The East is a didactic polemic couched in a mediocre thriller that takes itself far too seriously to be taken seriously. That isn't to say the concerns of The East's young filmmakers – director / co-screenwriter […]

'Behind the Candelabra': Liberace Movie Near-Record Ratings + Tunisia Islamic Government Congratulates 'Blue' Filmmaker

Behind the Candelabra with Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as Scott Thorson. 'Behind the Candelabra' HBO Hit: Liberace movie starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon nearly breaks record Behind the Candelabra, the Steven Soderbergh-directed Liberace biopic starring Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his lover-chauffeur Scott Thorson, […]

Robert Pattinson Three 'Summer Movies'?

Robert Pattinson Mission: Blacklist movie: Filming in August? Mission: Blacklist is not the upcoming fifth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise starring Tom Cruise. For the time being, that's concisely called Mission: Impossible 5. So, what's Mission: Blacklist? Well, as every ardent Robert Pattinson fan will tell you, that's a […]

Robert Redford: Watergate and 'All the President's Men' Revisited

Robert Redford revisits All the President's Men (image: Robert Redford with Carl Bernstein, Ben Bradlee, Bob Woodward) The Washington Post and American journalism in general may be only a shadow of what they once were – and most of the U.S. press was never really all that great (or even […]

'War on Whistleblowers' Review: Robert Greenwald vs. Government Secrecy

Robert Greenwald War on Whistleblowers review: 'Secrecy, not transparency,' is political leaders' best friend - and Lady Justice's worst enemy If you want another example of how the lofty intentions of a president-elect inevitably give way to the bitter realities of the intractably crooked and selfish world of realpolitik, here's […]

Jennifer Lawrence Oscar Speech + Obama's Campaign Manager 'Silver Linings Playbook' Push?

Jennifer Lawrence. Jennifer Lawrence Best Actress Oscar acceptance speech Jennifer Lawrence's Best Actress Oscar 2013 acceptance speech: “Thank you. You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell and that's really embarrassing but thank you. [Twenty-two-year-old Jennifer Lawrence, whose movie career spans four years, received a […]

Seth MacFarlane Shows Kristin Chenoweth How It's Done + Kristen Stewart & Jane Fonda Oscar Presenters

Kristen Stewart and Senator Al Franken. Jane Fonda & Kristen Stewart + Jennifer Garner & Kerry Washington: Oscar presenters Jane Fonda, Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Garner, and Kerry Washington have been added as Oscar 2013 ceremony presenters, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have announced. (Image: Kristen Stewart and Al Franken […]

'Zero Dark Thirty' Controversy Sells: Box Office vs. 'The Hurt Locker,' 'Black Hawk Down'

Zero Dark Thirty: Controversy boosts weekend box office Familiarity may breed contempt (if you're around the wrong person), but controversy surely breeds box office sales (if said controversy takes place at the time of the film's release). Blasted by Righteous U.S. congressmen and women, by CIA honchos (who always tell […]

Gérard Depardieu a Russian Citizen?

Gérard Depardieu now a Russian? Gérard Depardieu – the first French actor to be nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award for a French-language performance (Cyrano de Bergerac in 1990), the iconic Obélix in the popular (in France) Asterix movies, and a two-time winner and 14-time nominee for the French […]

'Argo' & 'Amour' + 'Zero Dark Thirty' & Anne Hathaway + Philip Seymour Hoffman: Top Awards Season Choices

Argo with Ben Affleck. Actor-director-co-producer Ben Affleck's political thriller Argo chronicles – by way of Hollywood-style flights of fancy – the real-life rescue of six U.S. embassy employees hiding in the Tehran house of Canada's ambassador as most of their colleagues are taken hostage following the Iranian Revolution of 1979. […]

Best Documentary Oscar: Michael Moore Changes 'Miserable Failure'? + 'Subversive' Iranian Filmmaker In

This Is Not a Film with Jafar Panahi and the iguana Igi. Under house arrest[1] following accusations of spreading “propaganda against the Islamic Republic” of Iran, filmmaker Jafar Panahi (Cannes Caméra d'Or winner, The White Balloon; Venice Golden Lion winner, The Circle) got documentarian Mojtaba Mirtahmasb (Lady of Roses) to record his […]

NYFCC Awards: Rachel Weisz Is Major Surprise + Sally Field Breaks & Daniel Day-Lewis Ties Record

Zero Dark Thirty with Jessica Chastain. Kathryn Bigelow's thriller Zero Dark Thirty, about the hunt for – and eventual assassination of – Osama bin Laden, has already stirred quite a bit of controversy even though it has yet to open in the U.S. Whether or not the Barack Obama administration shared […]

'Lincoln' Film: Steven Spielberg Period Political Drama Far Surpasses Expectations

Lincoln film with Daniel Day-Lewis. Initially known as a filmmaker whose target audience consisted of children, teenagers, and assorted movie-thrill seekers, Steven Spielberg (Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial) began expanding his range with the highly successful melodrama The Color Purple (1985). Since then, Spielberg has mixed commercial fluff/thrill […]

Osama bin Laden Movies & Japanese-American Concentration Camp + Catherine Deneuve & Harvey Keitel Pairing

Zero Dark Thirty poster: Kathryn Bigelow's mystery movie about the story everyone (sort of) knows The Zero Dark Thirty poster has just come out. Plot details about the upcoming Kathryn Bigelow-directed feature, however, have been scarce – or downright nonexistent. Zero Dark Thirty: Echoes of The Hurt Locker Zero Dark […]

Dagny Taggart Bombs Miserably: Ayn Rand 'Atlas Shrugged' Heroine Victim of Free Market or Censorship?

Atlas Shrugged Part 2 box office: Still (barely) there on weekend no. 4 Nov. 4, '12, update: Atlas Shrugged: Part II, the critically panned second installment in a planned movie trilogy based on Ayn Rand's novel, is still playing in North America. (Image: Atlas Shrugged Part 2 Samantha Mathis as […]

'2016: Obama's America': Armstrong Cable Election Year Freebie

2016 Obama's America free on demand: Anti-Obama movie used as political tool? 2016 Obama's America, Dinesh D'Souza and John Sullivan's anti-Obama documentary, has been derided by the vast majority of movie critics. Even so, it's apparently perceived by some as an effective presidential campaign tool. Armstrong Cable, which operates in […]

Marsha Hunt Actress Turns 95

Marsha Hunt: Former MGM actress and social activist turns 95 Note from the editor: “Marsha Hunt: On Making Lemonade When Life Handed Her Lemons” was originally published on Dec. 7, '07. The five-part Marsha Hunt article is being reposted in honor of Marsha Hunt's 95th birthday yesterday, Oct. 17. Producer […]

Barack Obama Movie '2016': NOT 2nd Most Successful Political Documentary Ever

Barack Obama movie '2016' about to end its run Oct. 6, '12, update: 2016 Obama's America is on its last legs at the domestic box office. Despite recent claims of an “organized misinformation campaign” against Dinesh D'Souza and John Sullivan's anti-Obama documentary – a strategy that could have raised the […]

Arnold Schwarzenegger Bodybuilding & Image Building

Arnold Schwarzenegger quotes: Total Recall vs. selective recall Arnold Schwarzenegger may be an inept actor and may have been an even more inept (Republican) governor of California, but one must admit that he is the consummate salesman. His chief product: Arnold Schwarzenegger – I mean, not his ruthlessly ambitious self, […]

'Innocence of Muslims' vs. the Oscars: Real Reason for Iran Boycott?

Innocence of Muslims vs. Oscar 2013: Iran's official reason for boycotting the Academy Awards Innocence of Muslims, the amateurish but relentlessly vicious anti-Muslim “film” whose Arabic-language version has been used as a pretext for deadly riots in several Muslim countries, is the official reason for the Iranian government's decision to […]

2016 Obama's America: Organized Misinformation Campaign Against Anti-Obama Movie?

2016 Obama's America: Organized misinformation campaign against 2016 movie as box office grosses plummet? Dinesh D'Souza and John Sullivan's 2016 Obama's America was down 53 percent at the North American box office this past weekend after losing 660 venues. In other words, the 2016 movie lost about one third of […]

'Innocence of Muslims': Director Veteran of '70s Softcore Porn + Actors Repudiate Rabidly Anti-Islam 'Film'

Innocence of Muslims. Innocence of Muslims: Cast and crew repudiate rabidly anti-Islam 'film' Innocence of Muslims, an amateurish, rabidly anti-Islam 'film' – actually, more like a homemade video made three decades ago – whose Arabic-dubbed version was initially blamed for this week's attacks by Muslim fanatics against the U.S. consulate […]

Texas State Board of Education members and the Christian Right: 'The Revisionaries'

The Revisionaries: Texas State Board of Education members and the Christian Right Scott Thurman's The Revisionaries – a “must see” film in the words of Michael Moore and the recipient of a Special Jury Mention for Best Documentary at this year's Tribeca Film Festival – is described as “an urgent […]

Obama Movie '2016' vs. 'Fahrenheit 9/11': Ridiculous Comparisons

Obama movie '2016' vs. Fahrenheit 9/11: Absurd comparisons Aug. 28 update: Dinesh D'Souza and John Sullivan's right-wing documentary 2016 Obama's America had a solid first-wide-weekend run in North America on the eve of the Republican National Convention currently being held in Tampa, Florida. (To be blessed by the Archbishop of […]

Clint Eastwood Speech: Bizarre RNC Highlight

Clint Eastwood speech at Republican National Convention It was less a bizarre “Clint Eastwood Speech” than a bizarre “Clint Eastwood Performance Art” at the Republican National Convention (RNC), which was held last week in Tampa, Florida. Eastwood was one of a few – very few (Midnight Cowboy's Jon Voight, who […]

Clint Eastwood / Invisible Obama or No: RNC TV Ratings Plummet

Clint Eastwood Lays an Egg at Republican National Convention Clint Eastwood, a two-time Oscar-winning director (Unforgiven, 1992; Million Dollar Baby, 2004), bombed in more ways than one while talking to an empty seat at last night's Republican National Convention. Apart from the right-wing cable “news” channel Fox News, which was […]

Clint Eastwood Mystery Speaker RNC: What He'll NOT Say

Clint Eastwood in Trouble with the Curve Clint Eastwood is mystery speaker at Republican National Convention Clint Eastwood, who won Best Director Academy Awards for Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby, and whose family has its own reality show (Mrs. Eastwood & Company), is reportedly the “mystery speaker” at the 2012 […]

Jon Voight vs. Obama & Hollywood 'Liberals'

Jon Voight: Barack Obama & media control While at the Republican National Convention, which wraps up today in Tampa, Florida, Best Actor Oscar winner Jon Voight (Coming Home) expressed his disgust at current U.S. president Barack Obama. “They're very good at propaganda,” Voight told Virginia delegation members at a breakfast […]

Michael Douglas: Ronald Reagan in 'Reykjavik'

Michael Douglas: Ronald Reagan in Reykjavik Michael Douglas, Best Actor Academy Award winner for Oliver Stone's Wall Street, will play Ronald Reagan (playing the role of U.S. president) in the independently made Reykjavik. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire's Mike Newell is currently “in […]

'2016' Movie: Anti-Obama Documentary a Right-Wing Blockbuster?

'2016' movie weekend box office: Solid but at lower end of expectations Aug. 26, '12, update: The Republican national convention kicks off on Monday, Aug. 27, in Tampa, Florida. Dinesh D'Souza and John Sullivan's right-wing documentary about U.S. president Barack Obama (photo), 2016 Obama's America, was a cinematic tie-in to […]

'2016 Obama's America' Movie: Box Office Bomb or Arthouse Hit?

2016 Obama's America Movie: Box-Office Bomb or 'Arthouse' Hit? Distributed by Rocky Mountain Pictures, the same company that last year handled the distribution of the box office disaster Atlas Shrugged: Part I – so disastrous, in fact, that parts II and III were initially scrapped – 2016 Obama's America has […]

D.W. Griffith 'The Birth of a Nation' Director: Q&A with Author Anthony Slide

D.W. Griffith Father of Film, controversial figure. To say that the movies wouldn't be what they are today without D.W. Griffith is probably inaccurate. I mean, someone – or “someones” – would have received credit for turning filmmaking into a major art form. Either way, Griffith, a movie director since […]

'The Dark Knight Rises': Right-Wing Political Message vs. Occupy Wall Street? + Rabid Fans Attack Critics

'The Dark Knight Rises.' The Dark Knight Rises right-wing politics? July 27 update: In Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, Who represents You People? (Did you read the remarks by U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's wife last week?) So, who does? Bane or Bruce Wayne? Their names sound similar […]

Harvey Weinstein vs. Mitt Romney: Republican Candidate Is 'Our Idiot Brother' + Katy Perry Hot Blue Hair

Mitt Romney Our Idiot Brother (Paul Rudd) Mitt Romney Our Idiot Brother / Barack Obama The King's Speech says Harvey Weinstein. With the blessing of the U.S. Supreme Court, the United States has become the biggest – or rather, the most expensive – democracy money can buy. At least in […]

Janet Leigh Movies: 'The Manchurian Candidate' (1962)

Janet Leigh The Manchurian Candidate 1962, with Frank Sinatra Janet Leigh The Manchurian Candidate (1962). Janet Leigh would have turned 85 on Friday, July 6. In her honor, Turner Classic Movies is showing eight Janet Leigh movies (see TCM schedule below), including one of her landmark motion pictures: John Frankenheimer's […]

'The Manchurian Candidate' 2004: Meryl Streep Steals All Her Scenes

The Manchurian Candidate 2004 Denzel Washington movie. (Image: Denzel Washington.) While keeping the framework of the 1962 original, Jonathan Demme's remake of John Frankenheimer's political thriller The Manchurian Candidate has revamped the plot so as to create parallels between what takes place on screen and current events. The results are […]

'The Bourne Legacy' Trailer: Jeremy Renner Good Matt Damon Replacement?

The Bourne Legacy trailer with Jeremy Renner. 'The Bourne Legacy' Trailer The Bourne Legacy trailer offers lots of action, murders, and senseless brutality to entertainment the whole family. However murky its plot may be, expect the Tony Gilroy movie starring The Hurt Locker / Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol / […]

Samuel L. Jackson Goes After Film Critic's Job + 'Prometheus' Doomed 'At the Mountains of Madness'

Samuel L. Jackson, The Avengers The Avengers actor Samuel L. Jackson, whose self-righteous Nick Fury looks like an amateur next to Tom Hiddleston's brilliantly wicked Loki, has gone the James Cameron way. It's “either you like my movie, or you have no job writing about movies.” In response to an […]

Kathleen Turner Conversation & Woody Allen-Cate Blanchett Movie Project + Leonardo DiCaprio & Polar Bears

Kathleen Turner Actress Kathleen Turner, perhaps best remembered for seducing William Hurt in Lawrence Kasdan's Body Heat and for romping about with Michael Douglas in Robert Zemeckis' Romancing the Stone, will be present on May 7 at the Toronto International Film Festival's Bell Lightbox to discuss her career in films […]

'House at the End of the Street' Trailer + First (Openly) Gay Hollywood Studio Chairman Resigns

Jennifer Lawrence, House at the End of the Street Jennifer Lawrence stars in House at the End of the Street, Mark Tonderai's horror / thriller to be released by Relativity Media on Sept. 21. The video below makes House at the End of the Street's house at the end of […]

Angelina Jolie Leg & United Nations Envoy + Gay John Waters & Jessica Chastain Most Influential Person?

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Leg + Marlene Dietrich Pioneer Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and Angelina Jolie's notorious right leg (“Brangeleg” for short?) are seen backstage at the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony, which took place at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood on February […]

Roberto Benigni & Woody Allen 'To Rome with Love' Clichés & Politics + Tribeca Movies

Roberto Benigni, To Rome with Love According to English-language reports, Italian critics have given a mixed reception to Woody Allen's To Rome with Love (formerly known as Nero Fiddled and Bop Decameron, and currently known as A Roma con amore in Rome itself). They've reportedly complained that writer-director Allen presents […]

Sarah Palin Movie Debut: 'Carrie' Remake

Sarah Palin: 'The Undefeated' star to be featured in 'Carrie' remake. Sarah Palin to star in 'Carrie' remake On April 1 '12, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer announced that former U.S. vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has been cast as Chloë Grace Moretz's religious-freak mom in the studio's upcoming remake of Brian De Palma's […]

Gay Movie 'The Parade': Blockbuster Unites Yugoslavia

Srdjan Dragojevic's The Parade Srdjan Dragojevic's black comedy Parada / The Parade has become the biggest box office hit “in the former Yugoslavia in years,” according to an Associated Press report. The film has sold more than 500,000 tickets and has been “equally acclaimed in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia,” where […]

Tom Cruise 'A Star Is Born' + Julianne Moore Is Sarah Palin & Christopher Plummer 'Barrymore' Movie

Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx, Rock of Ages Tom Cruise as Beyoncé 'A Star in Born' Rocker? Tom Cruise to play opposite Beyoncé Knowles in Clint Eastwood's remake of A Star Is Born? That's a possibility, according to Deadline.com, which says Eastwood is in talks with Cruise. Or vice-versa. Cruise, […]

Myrna Loy Biography: Author Emily Leider Discusses the 'Queen of Hollywood'

Myrna Loy biography: The Only Good Girl in Hollywood Myrna Loy: All-American wife and mother – and more Many believe that Myrna Loy is the best American actress never to have been nominated for an Academy Award. Despite having played leads and supporting roles in more than 100 movies (in […]

Jean Dujardin 'The Players' World Trade Center 9/11 Joke Censored?

Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche: 'Scandalous' 'The Players / Les infidèles' posters and 9/11 joke removed. Jean Dujardin purported 'little secret': World Trade Center 9/11 joke removed from sex comedy 'The Players' “Jean Dujardin, already Oscared, can now breathe again: his little secret was kept to the very end,” writes […]

Clint Eastwood Super Bowl Chrysler Ad Irks Right-Wingers

Who won the Super Bowl this past Sunday? You don't remember? You're probably not alone. However, you'll likely recall some of the ads and shows presented during the game. Curiously, even more memorable than M.I.A.'s middle finger, Madonna's (otherwise PG-rated) Mylène Farmer-style musical extravaganza, and the movie spots for The […]

Mia Farrow: The Politics of Boredom

Rick Santorum puts choir kids to sleep. Mia Farrow: 'Gem' picture of Rick Santorum boring whole choir to sleep Mia Farrow is a frequent Twitter twitterer. Earlier today (Feb. 4, '12), for instance, Farrow expressed her disgust at the Chinese and Russian governments' decision to veto United Nations sanctions against […]

THE MUPPETS Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy Ridicule Fox News: Video

Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy took a well-deserved swipe at Fox News while taking part at a press conference at London's May Fair Hotel this past January 26. Please scroll down to check out the video. A little while ago, Fox Business Channel's Eric Bolling said the following: “The […]

'A Face in the Crowd': Script Mars Cautionary Tale About Dangers of Populism

Patricia Neal and Andy Griffith, A Face in the Crowd Elia Kazan's 1957 drama A Face in the Crowd, written by Kazan's On the Waterfront collaborator Budd Schulberg, is neither the forgotten masterpiece its champions claim it to be nor a minor work to be disregarded as it was for […]