Hollywood and the Media Really Upset by Ricky Gervais’ Hosting at 2020 Golden Globes

Hollywood and the Media Really Upset by Ricky Gervais’ Hosting at 2020 Golden Globes

Oh, Hollywood and the media – both worlds consisting largely of very vocal liberals – did not take kindly to host Ricky Gervais dressing down of them at all.

I am not an expert on all things Gervais, but I gather from what I have read that he is an atheist and a liberal.

Hollywood types and the liberal media – and most of our journalists are liberal – loathe anyone who is a conservative or who lives in what they dismiss as “fly over country.”

Then your “everyday” liberals on Twitter were throwing a fit, lecturing conservatives, “Hey, you guys DO realize that Gervais is an atheist and a liberal, and he probably wouldn’t agree with your views, right?” -Yeah, we know, and we don’t care.

I’m actually fine with people holding opposing views to mine, so long as they are not unreasonable, rude, or arrogant about it – or hypocritical.

What Gervais did was point out what enormous hypocrites most of Hollywood are, and they did not like it one bit.

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Movies Have Gotten Longer and More Boring Since the 2000s

Movies Have Gotten Longer and More Boring Since the 2000s

I recall going to the movies at the movie theater as a kid in the 1970s, 1980s, and the 1990s, and I also recall that most movies during those decades lasted about an hour and a half.

Starting a About six to seven years ago, unfortunately, the length of most movies crept up to about two hours.

Photo of a movie reel To make matters worse, within the last two, three years, movies have grown even longer: two hours and twenty minutes seems to be the norm now.

We’re living in an age where it’s never been easier to watch movies whenever and however we want, thanks to iPads, cell phones, Disney plus, NetFlix and other streaming services, and so forth.

The computer graphics used to create special effects in movies have become even more advanced, too.

And yet, all of that, the fancy special effects and the extra length of movies, have not improved the quality.

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Who Can Play What Roles Now? 10 Top Decision-Makers On the Politics of Casting in Hollywood by R. Ford

Who Can Play What Roles Now? 10 Top Decision-Makers On the Politics of Casting in Hollywood by R. Ford

Who Can Play What Roles Now? 10 Top Decision-Makers On the Politics of Casting in Hollywood

Excerpts:

Amid a push for better representation of diverse actors, top talents from Ryan Murphy to Daniel Dae Kim delve into the industry’s complex new creative landscape.

Over the past couple of years, casting in films and TV has been scrutinized with an intensity never seen before. When a role is whitewashed (such as in Ghost in the Shell orAloha), audiences are quick to take to social media to express their disappointment.

And as the awareness and demand for more representation in stories has grown, so has the demand for casting to reflect those stories. But with this new creative landscape comes plenty of questions about who can play what.

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Hollywood Actors Involved in College Admissions Scandal

Hollywood Actors Involved in College Admissions Scandal

And celebrities in Hollywood or the music business like to lecture the rest of us about morality.

Actors, celebrities charged in college admissions scam

James Van Der Beek, Lena Dunham and Other Stars React to College Admissions Scandal 

Hollywood actors, CEOs accused of paying bribes, faking photos to scam U.S. college admissions 

Fake disabilities, photoshopped faces: How feds say celebrities, coaches and scammers got kids into elite colleges

‘Varsity Blues’ star James Van Der Beek, more celebs mock college admissions scandal

$25 mn US college scam: Hollywood actors, CEOs accused of paying bribes

The most sweeping college admissions fraud scheme ever unearthed in the United States was masterminded at a small college-preparation company based in Newport Beach

Nearly 50 people, including actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were charged on Tuesday in what federal authorities say was a $25 million scam to help wealthy Americans get their children into elite universities like Yale and Stanford.

The Man Who Ran The College Admissions Scam Used His Charity To Donate $150,000 To His Own Son’s University

William “Rick” Singer used his nonprofit organization — which prosecutors called a “purported charity” to bribe college officials — to donate $150,000 in cash grants to DePaul University where his son was a student.

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Tucker Carlson is Now the Jussie Smollett of Conservative Pundits

Tucker Carlson is Now the Jussie Smollett of Conservative Pundits

It’s conservatives such as FOX cable news television host Tucker Carlson that make me feel embarrassed at times to be a conservative.

Conservatives believe in the concept of taking personal responsibility. Many conservatives – Tucker Carlson in particular – regularly ridicule or criticize liberals for maintaining a “victimhood culture,” in which liberals declare that this or that group (e.g., women, black people, Muslims) are victims.

A few days ago, a liberal site began releasing, over a period of days, collections of controversial statements Tucker Carlson made over a period of years when he was calling into a radio program hosted by a guy calling himself “Bubba The Love Sponge.”

Those inflammatory comments included, but are not limited to, Carlson basically arguing that child rape resulting from forced or arranged marriages is really no big deal; Carlson comparing women to dogs and referring to women as being primitive; and Carlson going along with crude jokes about his daughter and teen girls.

Most recently, a new batch of Carlson comments were released where Carlson was making crude comments about “Miss Teen USA” contestants.

At first, Tucker’s defenders were saying that some of these comments were made “over ten years ago,” as if to say that decency has expiration limits (it does not).

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Oscar-Nominated Designer Slams Melissa McCarthy For Her Outrageous Academy Awards Outfits (2019)

Oscar-Nominated Designer Slams Melissa McCarthy For Her Outrageous Academy Awards Outfits (2019)

Veteran Costume Designer Slams ‘Tasteless’ Melissa McCarthy Rabbit-Covered Oscars Gown

Melissa McCarthy’s Oscars bunny dress criticised by top designer 

Oscar-winning designer slams Melissa McCarthy her outrageous Academy Awards outfits

Top designer slams Melissa McCarthy’s outrageous Oscars costume

Oscars: Costume Designer Slams Melissa McCarthy, Brian Tyree Henry’s Ensembles as “Insulting”

by Feb 27, 2019
by Chris Gardner

Oscar-nominated Arianne Phillips took to Facebook to criticize the outfits they wore during the Oscars as “tasteless and insulting.” Her post generated a discussion from both critics and supporters of Katja Cahill’s work.

…Twitter thought the ensembles were delicious, but Oscar-nominated costume designer Arianne Phillips said they made her sick.

Phillips, singled out by the Academy for her work in 2012 on Madonna’s W.E. and in 2006 for James Mangold’s Walk the Line, took to Facebook Monday night to slam the looks as “tasteless and insulting” to her industry.

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Actor Jussie Smollett’s 2019 Hate Crime Hoax

Actor Jussie Smollett’s 2019 Hate Crime Hoax

When I first read about the allegations – actor Smollett, formerly of the television show “Empire,” claimed to have been attacked by two white men wearing MAGA (“Make America Great Again”) hats in Chicago, who he claims assaulted him and yelled at him, “This is MAGA country!” – I didn’t jump in to comment either way.

I initially felt there was something “off” and too strange about Smollett’s account to be true, but I wasn’t totally sure. I was willing to wait a few days to see what, if anything, the Chicago police department would say, before weighing in and offering my opinion.

As the days went by, more and more details emerged, to the point the Chicago police department had a press conference where they laid out a lot of the evidence and details that revealed that there was no hate crime: Smollette had hired two of his friends to pretend to attack him. Smollett is still maintaining his innocence, but it looks to me as though he is guilty, that he staged the whole affair.

Before the cops came out and said much of anything, liberal celebrities were all over Twitter defending him, and blaming anyone who voted for Trump (I myself sat out the 2016 election, so I did not vote for Trump) – liberal celebrities were blaming anyone who voted for Trump. They were depicting anyone who voted for Trump as being racist and being anti-homosexual.

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What Should We Do About Scandalous Artists? By Adam Kirsch

What Should We Do About Scandalous Artists? By A. Kirsch

I sometimes find it difficult to re-watch a movie with an actor in it who I have since discovered is rude, arrogant, abusive, or some kind of jerk, in real life.

Ditto with singers. Now that the “Leaving Neverland” documentary has been released, I find myself a little reluctant to listen to pop songs by Michael Jackson anymore.

It’s sometimes hard to know how, when, or if to stop supporting an artist when one discovers said artist is a dirt bag in his or her personal life.

(Link): What Should We Do About Scandalous Artists? By Adam Kirsch

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January 24, 2019

… Should we give honor and respect to people who excel in their art but are deficient in what we consider ordinary morality?

These questions have been at the heart of modern thinking about art since the 19th century; but since the advent of the #MeToo movement, they have begun to receive new kinds of answers.

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“Miscast,” “Wasted,” and “Impressive Resume'” – The Cliches and Inaccuracies in Entertainment Coverage or Movie Reviews about Actor Chris O’Dowd

“Miscast,” “Wasted,” and “Impressive Resume'” – The Cliches and Inaccuracies in Entertainment Coverage or Movie Reviews about Actor Chris O’Dowd

In writing several blog posts about actor Chris O’Dowd, a person who annoys me for reasons I’ve detailed elsewhere on this blog (he also turned out to be very disappointing), including but not limited to explaining in this blog post, I noticed a pattern in movie reviews, articles, or interviews, that mention him.

One of the most inaccurate, baffling, and annoying commonalities I see turn up in coverage about O’Dowd would be a reference to his “Impressive CV” (with “C.V.” being the European equivalent to the American term “resume'”), or authors who refer to him, actor-wise, as being “in demand.”

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Ten Hollywood Has-Beens Who Spent 2018 Obsessed with Trump by M. Margolis

Ten Hollywood Has-Beens Who Spent 2018 Obsessed with Trump by M. Margolis

Ten Hollywood Has-Beens Who Spent 2018 Obsessed with Trump

Excerpts:

I’ve previously written about how celebrities are ruining Twitter with their political and hate speech. For my last post of 2018, I’ve compiled a special list of Hollywood has-beens who are desperately trying to remain relevant despite Hollywood careers that are well beyond their expiration dates.

10. Rosie O’Donnell

I guess she’s a celebrity… or was. I don’t know. She’s been in a few movies you’ve probably seen.

The only two that come to mind are Sleepless in Seattle and A League of Their Own… but for sure, she had a briefly successful stint in Hollywood in the 1990s as a comedian/supporting actress who now has only the occasional guest spot on a television series.

She had a daytime talk show that only lasted six seasons… but rest assured, she still matters because she’s regularly bashing Trump and the GOP on Twitter!

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