Los Angeles--On Feb. 24 Hollywood will turn out for the Oscars. (Snip)Next year’s Academy Awards ceremony — the 85th since 1929 — will be landing in a pool of angst about movies and what appears to be their fraying connection to the pop culture. After the shock of last year’s decline in domestic movie ticket sales, to $1.28 billion, the lowest since 1995 (and attendance is only a little better this year) film business insiders have been quietly scrambling to fix what few will publicly acknowledge to be broken.
Comments: The connection to "pop" culture is exactly what is wrong, and the emphasis on the money side shows where their Marxist/psuedo-social-justice values are. Good movies? Phooey. Some of us have better things to do.
Hollywood is trying to ram their culture down our throats and it is not working. Once you have seen one, you've seen them all. They need to look no further than their so-called screen writers. Their plots, if they have any, stink as do their untalented actors and actresses whose main claim to fame is thier boobs not their brains. We, who are working, work too hard for our money to waste it on trash. Those who are not working are using "our" money to feed their families and put a roof over their heads. No money:no movies.
MacFarlane and his ilk are part of the reason movies are so lousy. Between the pointless vulgarity and goofy Kalifornia social messages, I see no point in paying money for that trash. Most of it I would not see for free, and I certainly wouldn't bring the family to see it. Better to watch reruns of old John Wayne movies. The good guys always win and you can always tell who they are.
If you don't want to be irrelevant, stop making cra...uh...junk that always has hidden messages and agendas that only appeals to liberal wonks and other stooges. Oh, and bring back morality clauses and tell your stars to just entertain us and then shut up.
Let us not forget the constant 'remaking' of classics. True Grit was good the way it was, I saw no reason to do it again. It doesn't have anything to do with whether or not the old one was better than the new one, it has more to do with finding another story to tell. How many times do we have to see A Star is Born? The whole 'message' thing leaves me cold as well. Is it any wonder that I prefer my old movies and DVD player? I can't even take my grandkids to see movies they make now with very few exceptions. Mrs. Cow
"the group had considered things as far afield as reaching out to prominent politicians — say, Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton — as supervisors of film awards programs. The goal would be to re-establish a connection with viewers who were turning elsewhere for cultural direction. "
They really don't get it, do they? A significant part of the problem is that they have already reached out (sold out?) to left-wing politics. They have consciously written off half of their audience, then wonder why nobody wants to see their trash.
I hardly ever go to movies, although I did go to the latest Batman, but only because my second oldest son was in it. And I have to say, the movie was lousy! Although it had good reviews, it was just about unwatchable. It portrayed Bruce Wayne as a sissy, and his Batman persona was beat up by a girl! The story line made nno sense.
Sorry, but I won't pay money to see the likes of Cameron Diaz, Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, George Clooney, Sara Jessica Parker, Barbara Streisand, Whoopi, ......you get the picture. You wanna spout your ignorant, herd-inspired prog claptrap about Obama-good, Romney-evil then don't expect over half your potential audience to want to see your movies.
Let me see, 40 year old males acting like 17 year olds, every female MUST have at least 29 'boob' shots, and if there is a bad guy, he MUST be a rich, white, corporate pig trying to destroy the planet with pollution. That's about it, right Hollywierd.
They haven't got money from me for years...and won't.
Couch potatoes plop their butts in front of the TV and surf it until the find the garbage they enjoy provided by the likes of McFarland. Others schedule time to watch shows that are important to them.
The final group would schedule time, get dressed, go out and pay good money to watch movies that are even more important to them. So stop giving these people the same garbage and reruns they could find channel-surfing, performed by obnoxious people who insult anyone who isn't a Dem-voting couch potato.
Why the decline? Several reasons...the left-wing agenda has a lot to do with it of course. Then there is price...expensive to take a family of four to the movies.
And television including Netflix etal is really hurting theatre attendance. Big, flat screen TV's keep dropping in price. It's getting harder for theatres to get people out of their living room and it's easy to see why. The fridge, snacks and bathroom are just a few steps away at home. You aren't sitting with a crowd of people coughing and hacking up flu germs and no telling what else.
I bet even Sean Penn is tiring of being used as a propaganda machine. Hollywood no longer produces films to delight & amaze; It's all about the marxist commie agenda. They are idiot tools of the progressives, not able to be creative any longer. I stopped going to the movies 4 years ago.
On the occasions I go to the local cineplex, I don't see a whole lot of empty auditoriums on the weekend. The big transition has been the change to producing bad art and overt political statement for the adult customer seeking entertainment. If "China Syndrome" and "JFK" didn't kill the movies, nothing will. Nobody is going broke, except the investors...who must never have seen "The Producers."
Besides the insidious left-wing propaganda in most films, a bigger problem is that there is no story! Car chases/crashes do not equal a compelling story. How many times are you reading a great book and thinking it would make an interesting movie? I find myself "casting" various actors for the parts in the book. Somehow, these movies are never made. Pity.
Washington--As hundreds of commuters emerged from Amtrak and commuter trains at Union Station on a recent morning, an armed squad of men and women dressed in bulletproof vests made their way through the crowds. The squad was not with the Washington police department or Amtrak’s police force, but was one of the Transportation Security Administration’s Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response squads — VIPR teams for short — assigned to perform random security sweeps to prevent terrorist attacks at transportation hubs across the United States.(Snip)With little fanfare, the agency best known for airport screenings has vastly expanded its reach
Washington--The Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin finished removing a contentious phrase on the memorial for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Thursday in preparation for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington at the end of the month. The phrase came from Dr. King’s “Drum Major Instinct” speech. It read, “I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness.” Critics of the memorial, including the poet Maya Angelou, said the phrase did not show the true nature of the full quotation.
Galesburg,IL--In a week when he tried to focus attention on the struggles of the middle class, President Obama said in an interview that he was worried that years of widening income inequality and the lingering effects of the financial crisis had frayed the country’s social fabric and undermined Americans’ belief in opportunity. (Snip)“If we don’t do anything, then growth will be slower than it should be. Unemployment will not go down as fast as it should. Income inequality will continue to rise,” he said. “That’s not a future that we should accept.”
Audacity: Renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson eloquently refuses to stay on liberalism´s black plantation. So, naturally, the left seeks his destruction. George Zimmerman´s prosecutors´ star witness, Rachel Jeantel — whose contentious, garbled testimony backfired badly — told CNN´s Piers Morgan of the jury that heard her, "They old. That´s old-school people. We in a new school, our generation." As she experiences her 15 minutes of fame, Jeantel would no doubt lump Benjamin Carson in with the "old-school people." But these two black Americans represent the different paths available to everyone in a free country, regardless of ethnicity.
President Obama is announcing for the umpteenth time he´s going to "pivot" to fixing the economy — as if that´s ever worked before, since it is he who broke it. That said, Obama will pivot to tiddlywinks if that´s what it takes to get out from under his mountain of scandals. (Snip)Here´s a fun fact: As a lawyer for the Washington law firm Wilmer Hale, Wilkins represented Rev. Wright´s Trinity United Church of Christ in 2007 when the IRS began asking questions about whether the tax-exempt church was too involved in political work for its most prominent member, Sen. Obama.
Trust: Why should anyone believe what the president says about ObamaCare? Last week he touted nonexistent rate cuts and rebate checks. And the White House now admits his promise about keeping your doctor was false. On Thursday, the president tried to shore up the ever-weakening support for ObamaCare by boasting about $100 rebate checks millions of Americans were supposedly getting in the mail thanks to the law´s restrictions on overhead spending by insurance companies. "Millions of Americans opened letters from their insurance companies," Obama said, and "were pleasantly surprised with a check." Not exactly.
A growing number of Americans are getting permission to carry firearms in public—and under their clothes—a development that has sparked concern among some law-enforcement authorities. Applications for "concealed-carry" permits are soaring in many states, some of which recently eased permit requirements. The numbers are driven in part by concern that renewed gun-control efforts soon could constrain access to weapons, along with heightened interest in self-defense in the wake of mass killings in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo.
The Obama administration is assembling a shortlist of candidates to lead the Federal Reserve, in the expectation that chairman Ben Bernanke won´t seek reappointment when his second term at the central bank ends in January, according to people familiar with the matter. (Snip)Mr. Bernanke has left his mark on the U.S. economy with a wave of easy-money policies in response to the 2008 financial crisis, recession and sluggish recovery that followed. His successor will need to figure out how to pull those policies back. If the Fed changes policy too soon, it could undermine the recovery.
Jon S. Corzine, no stranger to bare-knuckle brawls after spending nearly 40 years on Wall Street and in New Jersey politics, now faces the biggest fight of his career: a showdown with the United States government. (Snip)In another call that month, the global treasurer indicated that the firm’s liquidity “situation” was “not sustainable” and that “we have to tell Jon that enough is enough. We need to take the keys away from him.” If found liable, Mr. Corzine and Ms. O’Brien could face fines and possibly a ban from trading commodities.
Dakar, Senegal--As a freshman senator from Illinois, Barack Obama told a packed auditorium in Kenya’s capital, “I want you all to know that as your ally, your friend and your brother, I will be there in every way I can.” But he will not be there. (Snip)Despite decades of American investment to promote stability in the volatile region of East Africa, Kenya just elected a president indicted by the International Criminal Court, accused of bankrolling death squads driven by ethnic rivalry. It was the outcome that Washington had desperately tried to avoid,
A prominent corporate lawyer in Chicago has been accused by an Illinois disciplinary board of charging the firm for phony expenses, including about $70,000 in taxi trips, $35,000 in sporting events and a Thanksgiving celebration at his country club. Lee M. Smolen, a partner at DLA Piper, the world’s largest law firm, was named in a complaint filed this month by the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. Before joining DLA, Mr. Smolen was a longtime partner at Sidley Austin. (Snip) In 1988, Michelle Robinson was a young Sidley lawyer
Sanford, Fla--The screams are clearly coming from a distraught male, whose repeated cries for help end abruptly with a gunshot. What is not clear from a recording of a 911 call, however, is the identity of the screamer: George Zimmerman, the volunteer community watchman, or Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old he killed that night. (Snip)One [expert witness] concluded that the voice was not Mr. Zimmerman’s; the other said it was very likely Mr. Martin’s. In an order released on Saturday, the judge in the case, Debra S. Nelson, excluded their testimony. She said the science supporting
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie holds a narrow lead among Republicans for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination, but even more GOP voters say he’s the candidate they least want to see nominated. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that Christie earns 21% support when Republican voters are asked whom they would vote for if the party’s primary in their state were held today. Florida Senator Marco Rubio runs a close second with 18% of the GOP vote, followed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at 16% and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul with 15% of the vote.
Barack Obama delivered one gaffe after another in his August 6 interview with Jay Leno, but the networks that usually mock every mistake or slip of the tongue made by Republicans ignored the President´s verbal mishaps. ABC´s Good Morning America, CBS´s This Morning and NBC´s Today show, on Wednesday morning, all bypassed the chance to criticize Obama for: downplaying the threat of terrorism; falsely claiming Vladimir Putin once ran the KGB; placing the Atlantic coast cities of Savannah, Charleston and Jacksonville on the Gulf of Mexico; confusing the Winter Olympics with the Summer Olympics. First up, on the
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Last month we learned that Megyn Kelly was leaving her daytime anchor gig to take over a Fox News primetime slot. According to an “exclusive” Drudge Report flash this afternoon, that time slot will be 9 p.m. ET. “Superstar newswoman Megyn Kelly has landed the 9 PM slot, top sources reveal,” the Drudge Report wrote. “The shock announcement is set for later this month.” Fox’s 9 p.m. hour is currently helmed by Sean Hannity, leading to speculation over whether he could be out of a primetime gig. There are many possible outcomes from this lineup change,
In a move some claim is tantamount to social engineering, the Department of Housing and Urban Development is imposing a new rule that would allow the feds to track diversity in America’s neighborhoods and then push policies to change those it deems discriminatory. The policy is called, "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing." It will require HUD to gather data on segregation and discrimination in every single neighborhood and try to remedy it. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan unveiled the federal rule at the NAACP convention in July. "Unfortunately, in too many of our hardest hit communities, no matter how hard
Retired 68-year-old US Army general and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Wesley K. Clark has won yet another esteemed decoration — he is dating 30-year-old Shauna Mei, the founder of online retailer AHAlife.com. Clark, who was married to Gertrude Kingston Clark for 45 years before filing for divorce last year, is spending time with the young New York-based entrepreneur, who graduated from MIT and worked at Goldman Sachs as an investment banker before launching her luxury e-commerce site. Clark and Mei were spotted together recently in the Hamptons,
President Obama is slated to deliver a speech later this month commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington in which Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Obama will deliver his speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial — the same place where King spoke 50 years ago. The Let Freedom Ring ceremony will be held Aug. 28. "It’s obviously a historic, seminal event in the country. It’s part of my generation’s formative memory and it’s a good time for us to do some reflection,"
National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden extended his 15 minutes of fame Wednesday, as headlines tied his saga to President Barack Obama’s decision to cancel a planned summit meeting in Moscow next month with Russian President Vladimir Putin. But analysts said the talk of Snowden’s role in the cancellation obscured a more basic reality: The U.S.-Russia relationship is now so frosty that it didn’t appear the two presidents would actually accomplish enough to merit such a high-profile meeting. After four years, the much-vaunted reset in U.S.-Russian relations has devolved into a chilly standoff over issues like the Kremlin’s support for Syria
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You can get a deconstruction of the media at many places. The people who visit the Treehouse want to see the entire context; The entire truth, as it presents. So here we go…. In any endeavor of corruption and misleading governance, the control of, and support by, the media, is an absolute necessity. The USSR needed Pravda to keep the ruse of governance for decades. The need of/by the U.S. government has steadily grown over the course of several progressive decades; but the urgency has increased exponentially over the past five years with the extremes
WASHINGTON—The White House announced that President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, to 16 recipients including television star and businesswoman Oprah Winfrey, legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee and former President Bill Clinton. “The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours,” Mr. Obama said in a statement released by the White House. “This year’s honorees have been blessed with extraordinary talent, but what sets them apart is their gift for sharing that talent with the world.”
MOSCOW — Russia on Wednesday faced a mounting campaign against its hosting of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi after passing what campaigners called "barbaric" anti-gay legislation, six months before the opening of its biggest ever sporting event. British actor Stephen Fry called for Russia to be barred from hosting the Games in the Black Sea resort while gay rights campaigners handed over a 320,000-signature petition to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) urging it to condemn the law. Russian President Vladimir Putin in June signed into law legislation that punishes the dissemination of information about homosexuality to minors