Hollywood

How Olivia de Havilland and Ronald Reagan Beat the Hollywood Communists

John Fund, National Review

The story is a fascinating one and needs to be told even as it still makes many on the political left (for whom the Hollywood Blacklist is an honor roll) uncomfortable. I’ve been given exclusive new details from the diaries of a top FBI agent who worked with de Havilland to extricate her from a Communist front group and then to neutralize the group. Regardless of the details on just how Olivia de Havilland became the first major Hollywood liberal to call for ending the alliance between liberals and Communists and their fellow-travelers, many historians agree that it was an important moment.

Hollywood Gets an Education

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

It's not that celebrities are dumber than average, though so many undoubtedly are. But being an actor or a director doesn't make you smarter. No one tends to look up celebrities' level of education when they pontificate — or, as would be more appropriate, their level of expertise on whatever issue is floating their boat. Add to that the arrogance they internalize for being an "artist" with the added "humanity" of pretending to be all kinds of different people. Their "compassion" is expected to overrule any question about their knowledge. These famous entertainers who act like America's smartest should keep in mind how the joke can be turned around on them — as it was by Ricky Gervais.

We Were Going To Ignore Ricky Gervais And The Golden Globes, But…

We can’t remember the last time we watched a media awards show, it was probably the last time Johnny Cash got an award at the CMAs – the Oscars, the Golden Globes, the Tony Awards – forgot about them years ago. But it turns out Ricky Gervais' monologue, while not exactly safe for Sunday school, was nonetheless very funny as it let the air out of Hollywood's woke windbags.

Pelosi Bows to Hollywood Extremists

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

When Nancy Pelosi finally announced she would support an impeachment process, Tinseltown was positively giddy. The entertainment elites believe they are unusually gifted people. Yes, in American society, they are the closest things to royalty, a suggestion that should trigger nausea. But that is a reflection of society. What amazes is that these people actually believe they are royalty and, as such, are aghast when the unwashed masses don't agree. This latest impeachment attempt only underlines two things. First, they don't believe in democracy. Second, as usual, they have no idea what they're talking about, since nothing they're proclaiming will come to pass.

A Hollywood Blacklist for Trump Backers?

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

Hollywood left isn't a fraction as tolerant of differing opinions as it likes to pretend. It can't stand conservatives, and it especially can't stand public supporters of President Trump. One famous liberal entertainer took to the airwaves to call out the hypocrisy, given all the blacklisting lectures delivered by her industry over the decades. From her perch on ABC's "The View," Whoopi Goldberg, no Trump fan, blasted the idea of circulating Trump-backer lists. The backlash was strong enough that the "Will & Grace" stars began pretending they never suggested denying work to Trump backers. They could have kept their mouths shut.

Time for Conservatives to Build Their Own Hollywood

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

It's time for conservatives to have an entertainment industry of their own. Hollywood has effectively divorced conservatives (and the Normals). And after a divorce, as they say, "living well is the best revenge." What is needed here by investors on the right is a little guts for a change. It shouldn't be so hard, but somehow it is — or has been. It's obviously true that film, theatre, and publishing are risky investments, but the center-to-right audience is huge. Plenty of "proof of concept" exists with films like The Blind Side, Lone Survivor, and American Sniper — just some examples of box office smashes that fit that profile.

Eric McCormack and Debra Messing tweets expose totalitarian instincts of liberals

Tammy Bruce, Washington Times

The call itself for the creation of a blacklist is actually the totalitarian aspect — an overarching threat meant to frighten and intimidate people from acting on their own personal beliefs, political, social or cultural. It is meant to stomp on the virtual neck of anyone who may dare think for themselves. From Rep. Maxine Waters calling for personal direct harassment of Trump supporters, to Mr. Castro, who released the names and employers of Trump donors in Texas, and now for these two sitcom actors calling for a list of political heretics, the point is to frighten, intimidate, bully and threaten people into silence and retreat.

The ‘Hunt’ Only Works If Deplorables Are Disarmed

Given the constant pressure from the elite to disarm everyone except themselves, deplorables should be very skeptical that The Hunt is social satire and not a snapshot of the dystopian gun-free future that awaits us in a country run by President Kamala Harris or one of the other Far Left candidates running in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primary.

The Avengers Is A Conservative Movie

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

The conservatism we are talking about in Avengers, in Star Wars and in at least the original Star Trek is a larger kind of conservatism. It’s one that recognizes that there is good and evil, and that good is on the side of exceptional individuals rather than faceless masses of collectivist drones (like Imperial Stormtroopers, or all those interchangeable creatures the Avengers smash to bits). Government power is to be suspected and questioned – there’s often a conspiracy of bad guys embedded in the bureaucracy. The only difference between Hydra and our Deep State is that a looming doofus like James Comey who tweets pics of himself standing in cornfields inspires ridicule rather than fear.

Hollywood Goes Nuts As Georgia Adopts Fetal Heartbeat Law

Pro-abortion actress Alyssa Milano delivered a letter to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s office Tuesday urging him to oppose protecting unborn babies from abortion. Gov. Kemp signed the bill anyway, saying "our job is to do what is right, not what is easy. We are called to be strong and courageous, and we will not back down. We will always continue to fight for life.”

Plan To See Unplanned

Unplanned is an important film because it makes us consider the moral weight of the mind-numbing statistic of the 60 million abortions that have been performed in the United States since Roe v Wade. Through the eyes of one woman who once believed she was doing good, we see the horror of abortion for what it truly is.

College Admissions Scandal Unmasks Hollywood Hypocrisy

Roger L. Simon, Real Clear Politics

Hollywood is rampant with excessive public moral posturing, which disguises often equally excessive private amorality or even immorality. The biggest liberal or progressive stars are frequently the most avaricious and nasty people in their personal lives.  It’s a form of split personality cum self-hypnosis that has been employed successfully by the entertainment industry for some time, but the college admissions scandal is bringing it unpleasantly to the surface, as did the recent #MeToo controversy.

Is Hollywood Dead?

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Hollywood may not be entirely dead, but it's certainly dead for most conservatives. Few go to many movies and who can blame them? Fortunately for them, however, they're not missing much. They should be reassured that Hollywood isn't all that important anymore. Conservatives really do have something to worry about, but it's not entertainment. That's voluntary. It's education. That's not. I may vote in the Oscars this year, but I doubt that I'll watch them.

Hollywood Can’t (Won’t) Make Awesome Movies Anymore

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

Once upon a time, Normal people were Hollywood’s heroes, rebelling against the pompous windbags who wanted to keep them down. But that’s changed. Today’s elitists are those pompous windbags, and they are terrified by the rebellion of the people they desperately want to keep quiet and submissive. Hollywood doesn’t want to stir us up with entertainment that breaks the narrative. That’s why it serves us wimpy mush, cinematic Xoloft to lull us into dead-eyed passivity.

Hollywood Cut Out The Flag, So Let’s Cut Out Hollywood

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

Hollywood, we have to put up with elected doofuses, at least until election time. But you? We can screw with you anytime we please. And we’re going to. You spent tens of millions making a really pretty movie and you just turned your investment into a big, heaping pile of what San Franciscans have to dodge walking down the sidewalk. Disrespect us if you want. That’s your right. And it’s our right to not give you jerks one damn cent.

Nonsense About 'Crybaby' Conservatives and Hollywood

Brent Bozell and Tim Graham, Townhall

The line about crybabies is odd, isn't it? Has anyone ever heard more crying and screaming and raging coming from the Hollywood left than since the night Hillary Clinton sunk her battleship? Not a day goes by without finding one or two or 20 of them on Twitter, in awards ceremonies, on late-night television and anywhere else they can find an audience wailing hysterically. It doesn't matter who you are, or how big your star. Come out as a conservative in Hollywood and you're a marked man.

Happy times and starry dreams in Tinsel Town

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

We’ve just completed the first presidential primary of the 2020 election year, and the decision is unanimous. This was the Hollywood primary — not to be confused with the California primary — and after the votes were counted, there wasn’t a dry eye or a deplorable in sight. The winner was Oprah Winfrey, the onetime actress, sometime activist and full-time talk-show hostess and now a presidential nominee. You might even call her the front-runner of the Pity Party.

Hollywood, trade your trophies for humility

Editors, Washington Examiner

Awards shows have dwindled into pompous and dreary exercises in virtue signaling by secular sermonizers. Members of one of the wealthiest communities in the country clasp their trophies as licenses to preach politics over the heads of their approving peers into the homes of an increasingly irritated country.

Hollywood’s ‘Spotlight’ Crew Gives Weinstein a Pass

Bill Donohue, CNS News

Hollywood's moral capital was never in big supply, but now it is shot altogether. We don't need one more lecture about cover-ups and sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. When it comes to deceit, lying, and sexual deviance, Hollywood has no rival.

Hollywood Never Apologizes for Ultraviolence

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

Movie stars have no problem mudslinging against the NRA and blaming it for mass shootings. But they have demonstrated a complete lack of moral introspection about their own glamorization of over-the-top violence with guns ... and everything else. Until they get serious about their own responsibility, they have no right to judge anyone else.