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Saving “The Path to 9/11” Miniseries That Was Silenced By Political Intimidation

2010 September 17

During World War II Hollywood became a place of pro-American and anti-Fascist sentiments. The line was drawn between good and evil. Even the Communist Left in Hollywood knew how to fight against true enemies with films emphatically standing against Fascism (see Fritz Lang’s Man Hunt). Today, it is often difficult to tell what is more important in Hollywood, ideology or money. The debate continues, but we do know that political pressure ruled all in the case of the ABC miniseries The Path to 9/11.

Today there is still a fight between the filmmakers, investors looking to buy the DVD rights, the public that wants to see the film again and Bob Iger of Disney who keeps squashing any hope of releasing or airing the miniseries ever again. The film aired in September of 2006, but almost didn’t thanks to the Clinton Machine that was deeply afraid of the truths the film might tell. So they used their only defense and cried “conservative bias” as loud as possible. A new Facebook group has been designated to fighting this battle, please join here.

Newsreal Blog’s own Mark Tapson worked on the film and responds to ABC’s decision to hide this project: read more…

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Hollywood Continues Its Life-Long Love Affair with the Mob

2010 September 17

No, I don’t mean Hollywood’s submission to the Clinton Machine or lust over the Obama Mafia. Though, these would be fair guesses. I am talking about the film genre that never ceases to be and has not fallen off the map like the western has. While audiences didn’t take to last year’s throwback to 1930s crime films, Public Enemies, we know that America still loves its gangsters as long as the success of The Sopranos teaches us anything.

This upcoming Sunday, HBO will debut a new series that will likely keep the gangster figure solidified in popular culture. Boardwalk Empire is produced by mob movie icon Martin Scorsese and written by Terrence Winter who worked on The Sopranos. So why has the allure for the gangster stayed as strong as it has for so long? Each film follows a similar trajectory; the gangster slowly rises to the top only to have his riches taken from him in a fast fall from grace usually resulting in death. Regardless, our interest rarely wanes. We hate to love the gangster yet always keep coming back for more. read more…

Hollywood Before and After 9/11- Ten Films That Stood Against Evil

2010 September 13

Hollywood has long had an active political climate. It is in the heart of tinsel town where the far Left has always had a level of comfort (See Ron Radosh’s Red Star Over Hollywood). Even when major studio heads like Jack Warner and Walt Disney stood strong against Communism during the Golden Years, the hard Left found ways to flourish. At the time Communism was regarded by many as the best reaction to Fascism, however, most Hollywood Leftists eventually saw the murderous realities of both destructive political mindsets and began to embrace America.

Regardless, there was still a long time in Hollywood when the good guy would draw a line in the sand so we knew where he stood. After the attacks from radical fundamentalists on 9/11, however,   it became politically incorrect to take sides against our real enemies. More importantly, it became politically correct to depict America as a great oppressor. Will today’s Hollywood Left go through the same transformation and eventually see America’s enemies for who they are? Time will tell, but for now I would suggest they watch the two videos below and try to remember what it felt like to see America’s politically correct fear of calling out a real enemy culminate into my generation’s day that will forever live in infamy. read more…

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Hollywood Before and After 9/11- Ten Films That Stood Against Evil

2010 September 12

Hollywood has long had an active political climate. It is in the heart of tinsel town where the far Left has always had a level of comfort (See Ron Radosh’s Red Star Over Hollywood). Even when major studio heads like Jack Warner and Walt Disney stood strong against Communism during the Golden Years, the hard Left found ways to flourish. At the time Communism was regarded by many as the best reaction to Fascism, however, most Hollywood Leftists eventually saw the murderous realities of both destructive political mindsets and began to embrace America.

Regardless, there was still a long time in Hollywood when the good guy would draw a line in the sand so we knew where he stood. After the attacks from radical fundamentalists on 9/11, however,   it became politically incorrect to take sides against our real enemies. More importantly, it became politically correct to depict America as a great oppressor. Will today’s Hollywood Left go through the same transformation and eventually see America’s enemies for who they are? Time will tell, but for now I would suggest they watch the two videos below and try to remember what it felt like to see America’s politically correct fear of calling out a real enemy culminate into my generation’s day that will forever live in infamy. read more…

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Is the USTA and Alec Baldwin Going to Start Politicizing US Open Tennis?

2010 September 10

It wasn’t that long ago when the NBA decided to “take a stand” against Arizona’s immigration law. It began with the Phoenix Suns who sported “Los Suns” jerseys as a form of protest. What followed was commentary from airhead Charles Barkley and the rest of the TNT crew who began to spew their senseless political insights before playoff games. To make matters worse, Al Sharpton formed a march to the capitol that was covered during a game. It was disgraceful broadcasting to say the least.

This brings me to another one of my favorite sports, professional tennis. I had the opportunity to go to New York City and meet up with my good friend Greg Victor to attend the first couple days of the US Open championship last week. Needless to say it was a blast. However, watching the rest of the event on television, I see that the USTA has other motivations. It appears that the USTA has once again employed leftist Alec Baldwin to advocate the “USTA Green Initiative.” read more…

Leftist George Clooney’s “The American” Is Refreshingly Apolitical

2010 September 9

What is refreshing about George Clooney is that he is an A list movie star who is not afraid to take a chance. Of course, he has a solid career that is likely impossible to destroy (unless he takes advice from Mel Gibson).What isn’t refreshing; however, is his consistently hard-Left politics. Regardless, Clooney remains a solid presence in any film he plays. On some level, he is one of the last true, great movie stars around (when he leaves his leftist politics at home).

His latest film, The American, is less political that some of us predicted. We have seen Clooney unafraid to tackle political films in the past, some of which are pretty good (see Good Night, and Good Luck). Leftism in films is not nearly as annoying when it’s done well (and not blatant agitprop). Luckily, The American spares us of the usual lectures from foreigners who tell us how much we suck. By now we know that the hit man character can become a sort of cliché; however, Clooney shows us that it can still be part of a useful story. read more…

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How Obama Stopped LA Traffic and Exposed Hollywood’s Disconnect from Reality in the Process

2010 August 24

You can see my disappointment when we found President Obama represented at the celebrity wax museum in Hollywood

On Monday night (August 16), I was in the Los Angeles area on my way to a local comedy club with some friends. We started down Hollywood Boulevard and didn’t get far before traffic seemed to be slightly more congested than it should be for a Monday night. After it took 20 minutes to get between two stop lights, and seeing the LAPD scattered like field mice, we knew something was up.

It didn’t take long before we found out President Obama was in town and his presence created the epic congestion that even had the locals who are accustomed to LA traffic pissed off. While on the surface, any complaint over this feels trivial. However, when looking further we can see that Obama’s trip through LA shows us a great deal about a serious disconnect between everyday folks and the Hollywood “limousine liberals” he was going to rub elbows with. read more…

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“Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” Provides A Nostalgic View of Gaming’s Early Days

2010 August 13

Do you remember when the original 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System came out? If you do and it brings on a nostalgic feeling, you are likely a member of Generation-Y. The good old days of Super Mario Brothers and 2D fighting games are long gone. However, some of us can still remember a simpler time, when video games were uncomplicated and controllers only had a D-pad as well as A and B buttons. Those were the days…

The latest video games are more like interactive films. Today’s kids would laugh at what we used to love on the NES, Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World gives us a throwback to the early days of gaming that should bring back some memories. Before the film begins, the Universal Pictures logo is presented in 8-bit with crappy sound that could only be ear-piercingly reminiscent of something the original Nintendo would produce. read more…

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James Cameron’s Oil Cleanup Plan Snubbed: “We Were Ignored Because I Was Involved”

2010 August 10

Why are activist voices from Hollywood usually ignored? Because in most cases they do more harm than good. It is all too common for someone to become famous and then believe fame makes them an expert on everything forever. Of course, not everyone in Hollywood who has feelings about the oil spill is worth avoiding, only those who believe in “eco-terrorism.”

After all, the government didn’t appear to be listening to anyone after the spill occurred. President Obama turned down help that was offered from all over the country, even the world. Filmmaker James Cameron is only one of many who was ignored. However, not all voices from Hollywood were written off (see Kevin Costner). If Cameron was avoided for any reason it is because those who turned a deaf ear likely saw Avatar.

Listen to Cameron complain about it in the video below: read more…

“The Other Guys” Channels All the Right Buddy Cop Clichés

2010 August 9

The type of comedy that Will Ferrell and writer/director Adam McKay are known for is exactly what film professors teach us not to like. Before showing a film, I had a professor once tell the class, “trust me, it will be better than the next Will Ferrell disaster.” It is the same snobbery that pushes film critics to throw fire at such a movie. However, after opening night, The Other Guys has an 80 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes which is nice to see, although I fully expect it to drop.

While comedy is likely the most subjective of all film genres, there is something to be said about the work of Ferrell and McKay. Even when they aren’t together, their less popular material is still better than most of what’s out there. Very few filmmakers can rival McKay short of Judd Apatow in this department (although Todd Phillips is on his way). Their work doesn’t fade over the years, as we still laugh at Anchorman, The 40-Year Old Virgin, and even Old School. McKay’s latest, The Other Guys, has its finger on the pulse of the buddy cop sub-genre in a way that will leave you wondering why this film wasn’t made sooner. read more…

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Will Ferrell’s “The Other Guys” Opens Today, Can We Expect the Usual Bush Derangement Syndrome?

2010 August 6

Ferrell as President Bush

So you’re watching a funny film and you’re thinking to yourself, “Why aren’t there more great comedies like this?” Then All of a sudden there is an unwanted “Bush is stupid” joke that no one asked for. You just went from amused to not being able to wait to tell your friends that there is yet another Hollywood film that is unable to curb unnecessary politics for 100 minutes. read more…

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NRB Blu-ray Review: “Kick Ass” Packs Humor and Style With Every Punch

2010 August 5

Why does everybody want to be Paris Hilton and nobody wants to be Spiderman? This is a question that has many answers, but it also provokes more questions. For example, why would someone want to be Paris Hilton in the first place? Fame maybe. But why don’t they want to be Spiderman or any other superhero (obviously super powers are out of the question)?

It usually takes a special situation for one to get the drive to single handedly take on criminals that evade the clutches of the law. The inspiration behind most superheroes and other great film heroes is a tragic wake up call. After all, Bruce Wayne only got the drive to become a vigilante after watching his parents get murdered during a petty street robbery.

What Kick Ass gives us is a bit of a reality check. The desire to protect people that the law cannot is a noble cause. However, if just anyone (especially a random high school student) sets out on that journey they will likely get their ass kicked. read more…

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