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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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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2018 Study: Women-Character-Centric Movies Outperform Male-Centric Character Movies

2018 Study: Women-Character-Centric Movies Outperform Male-Centric Character Movies

Movies starring women make more money, study says

Female-Led Movies Have Outperformed Male-Led Movies for the Last Three Years

by  Yohana Desta
December 2018

A new study also found that movies that pass the Bechdel Test have performed better than movies that don’t.

This may come as a shock, but movies starring women do well at the box office. Really well. So well that a new study from the Creative Artists Agency and Shift7, in conjunction with the anti–sexual harassment organization Time’s Up, found that female-led movies dominated the box office from 2014 to 2017.

In addition, movies that passed the Bechdel Test—you know, the simple measurement that asks whether two named-female characters on-screen talk to each other about something other than a man—performed better at the box office than movies that didn’t pass the test.

“The perception that it’s not good business to have female leads is not true,” said Christy Haubegger, a C.A.A. agent who was part of the research team, in an interview with The New York Times. “They’re a marketing asset.”

This is yet another myth-busting piece of data refuting the old stereotype that studios often use as an excuse for not green-lighting female-led films.

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Study Shows Movie Audiences Aren’t As Racist As Hollywood Execs Think (2018)


Study Shows Movie Audiences Aren’t As Racist As Hollywood Execs Think (2018)

Researcher uses hacked studio data to prove racially diverse casts are more profitable

Study Shows Movie Audiences Aren’t As Racist As Hollywood Execs Think

By Hannah Sparks
December 2018

The blockbuster community got busted.

The movie industry has continued to claim that white actors sell more tickets, despite the smash successes of “Get Out,” “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians,” all of which featured primarily nonwhite casts.

Now, a new study — using data collected from the 2014 Sony Pictures hack — reveals that diversity actually makes bank, and Hollywood execs might be just plain racist.

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Hollywood Is a Sex-Grooming Gang by Kyle Smith

Hollywood Is a Sex-Grooming Gang by Kyle Smith

Excerpts:

… “Nobody knows anything” was the Hollywood mantra popularized by the late screenwriter William Goldman. Yet in a town that does nothing more assiduously than it does gossip, we’re expected to believe nobody knew anything about what was happening in Les Moonves’s office, and in Harvey Weinstein’s, and in Bryan Singer’s?

It beggars belief. They knew. They all knew. The men knew. The women knew. The potted plants certainly knew.

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Liberal Absurdity Over Acting Roles: ‘You’re Not X Enough For the Role’

Liberal Absurdity Over Acting Roles: ‘You’re Not X Enough For the Role’

this will be a post that I update any time I see new examples of this phenomenon

In the past few weeks, I’ve seen some bizarre news headlines go through my Twitter feed, involving a large percentage of liberals who are harassing actors on social media, or complaining on other platforms about movie casting.

I’m all for diversity in movie role casting, but I think liberals have gone too far. There is no pleasing them.

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Oscars Adds “Popular Film” Category, Nobody Happy – Update: Oscars Drops Category

Oscars Adds “Popular Film” Category, Nobody Happy – Update: Oscars Drops Category

Oscars to America: Please Notice Us Again  

by Kyle Smith

Adding a category for ‘popular film’ will only highlight Hollywood’s estrangement from average viewers. 

Like many a previous failing state, the Oscars are trying to inflate their way out of misery. Next year, for the first time ever, there will be three kinds of best movie: Best Animated Feature, Best Picture, and now Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film.

The word “popular” is regrettable. We already have a way of measuring popularity: It’s called money. It would be severely redundant for an industry that is already focused on money 364 days of the year to yield on the 365th day as well. AMPAS has spent 90 years trying to build its reputation for artistic discernment; this week it took a big step toward becoming the People’s Choice Awards.

What’s the point of a separate category for “popular” film? It’s bound to be seen, correctly, as a sop. It may also be seen as racist or sexist. Black Panther is at the moment the most popular picture of the year.

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Hollywood: Please Stop Marketing Some of Your Movies as Being “Feminist”

Hollywood: Please Stop Marketing Some of Your Movies as Being “Feminist”

I’m a conservative, but unlike many other conservatives, I don’t get upset by having more diversity in casting in movies – within reason and depending on how it’s handled, at least.

If Hollywood wants to include more women, black people, Asians, or Hispanics in movies, I have no problem with it, and I welcome it.

I do actually tire of seeing primarily white, 30 year old guys play the lead in most movies, and it’s been this way for decades now.

(Note: I do not hate white men. I’m just saying it gets tiresome seeing mostly nothing but white guys on screen constantly.)

My one area of exception: I do think, however, the Trans activists and LGBT crowd go way too far out though in their anger over LGBT diversity in movies – such as getting upset over a cis, hetero actress playing a transman in a movie. (See Amid Backlash, Scarlett Johansson Drops Transgender Role as an example.)

At any rate, I’m by no means opposed to having more women or black people in films – as a matter of fact, I think movies can look very strange if everyone is white and male, because I live in a world that has more types of people in it, one that is populated by more than 30-something white men.

While I believe it’s wonderful to include more women in movies, I think Hollywood should be careful about how they go about doing this, otherwise they end up shooting themselves in the foot and creating a sexist backlash – which is what happened in the case of the Paul Feig Ghostbusters.

Creating Backlash By Marketing a Movie as Being “Feminist”

If a studio wants to include more women in roles, and does in fact cast more women, especially in these gender swap movies, the best way to go about it is to not call attention to it, which may seem counter-intuitive, especially if you think advertising a movie as being “feminist” or “pro-woman” will attract more women audience members.

If that is what you assume, you would be wrong, and I don’t care how many focus groups you’ve run on this subject.

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