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The Sony Hack Revealed How Hollywood Fails Us All

Whether or not North Korea was really behind the devastating Sony hack, and whether or not the U.S. government orchestrated North Korea’s Internet outage in retaliation, one thing is clear: The incident has exposed Hollywood’s serious race problem yet again.

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Sony Hackers Warn of 9/11-Style Attack on Theaters That Show ‘The Interview’

Whoever is actually behind the devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment knows how to play to the public’s imagination on the same super-sized scale as their targets in the film industry do for a living.

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Beyond the Spectacle of Neoliberal Violence in the Age of Terrorism

When our inner worlds work under the death-haunted dictates of casino capitalism, the Apocalypse is embraced as if it functioned exclusively as a form of entertainment, rather than providing a warning about the rise of militarism, the killing of civilians, and religious and political fundamentalisms.

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Calif. Governor, L.A. Mayor Push Plans to Boost Entertainment Tax Credit, Minimum Wage

On Wednesday, California Gov. Jerry Brown and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti were inching closer to resolution on two big economic goals for the state and city, respectively.

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Ranting About Robin Williams, Limbaugh Exposes a Hole in His Own Soul

Having infuriated millions of Robin Williams fans with insensitive remarks on the late actor’s suicide, Rush Limbaugh now blames the “liberal media” and “despicable leftists” for distorting his innocent message.

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Rupert Murdoch Wants to Buy the Company That Owns HBO and CNN

It’s merger mania, with AT&T going after DirecTV and Comcast looking to gobble up Time Warner Cable—not to be confused with Time Warner Inc., another cable company that is now the object of Rupert Murdoch’s appetite.

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Angelina Jolie Imagines a World in Which Rape in War Zones Can Be Stopped

It all sounded very inspiring, the vision that actress Angelina Jolie presented during her opening speech in London on Tuesday at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.

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Schlubs, Pick-Up Artists and Nerds: Hollywood Gets Its Close-Up in the Isla Vista Debate

As is always the case when catastrophic outbursts can be in any way linked to entertainment and mass culture, some critics have zoomed in on Hollywood as a fomenting agent for grandiose and antisocial delusions that wind their way into volatile minds like Elliot Rodger’s—and everyone else’s, for that matter.

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Will the Mighty Blockbuster Fail and the People Be Saved?

As “Godzilla” storms the box office this weekend, observers note that the entertainment industry’s lust for high profits via mega-hits is narrowing the number and kinds of stories told and amplifying conformity among the public.

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Hollywood Goes Big on Climate Change

Some of Hollywood’s biggest guns are throwing their weight behind the drive to persuade society that climate change is a real problem that deserves to be taken seriously.

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The American Story of Slavery

Hollywood has finally taken an unflinching look at slavery. It’s past time for the rest of the country to do the same.

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RoboFlop

The new “RoboCop” film is a sterling example of how runaway corporatism flattens and sanitizes satirical art, Ben Walters writes at The Guardian.

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Hillary Clinton vs. Richard Nixon: The Movie

Of all the movie treatments thrown around ahead of Hillary Clinton’s inevitable 2016 presidential run, “Rodham” actually sounds the most interesting.

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Sweden’s New Film Rating System Zeroes In on Gender Bias

Some of you may have heard of the Bechdel test—a simple method used to identify whether a film is gender biased based on a question posed by comic strip artist Allison Bechdel. Cinemas in the ever-progressive Scandinavian country are now incorporating this gauge into their film ratings. And the results are embarrassing for Hollywood.

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Forget About ‘Elysium’

“Trailers for ‘Elysium’ were like catnip for the left-leaning viewer: a near future where the masses, stranded in crumbling cities, outfit Matt Damon with a robot suit and send him to fight the bourgeoisie, who have Galted off the planet to Space Station Elysium, taking their shrubbery, Spanish-style mansions and cancer cures with them,” Gavin Mueller writes at Jacobin.

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James Cameron Thinks Hollywood Studios Are Messing Up 3-D

“Avatar” was the international blockbuster that made 3-D movies commonplace in American multiplexes. Its director and multi-dimensional filmmaking’s leading evangelist, James Cameron, ought to be happy. He’s not.

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Spectacle in Summer: The Guilty Pleasures of ‘The Lone Ranger’

“The Lone Ranger” is too long and more than a little bit incoherent, but you will see some things in the movie that you will not have seen anywhere else.

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Hey Hollywood, Remember the Ladies?

A new study demonstrates that women are featured less and hypersexualized more than men in film. So although Jennifer Lawrence may have captured everyone’s imagination playing heroine Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games,” that feat remains the exception rather than the rule.

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Democrats Demand Answers From Obama, Warren Blasts Republicans, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Sarah Palin announces her next book project and Iran mulls a lawsuit against Hollywood.

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry: California Is ‘Looking at Our Backside’

The Texas governor who made a fool of himself in the 2012 presidential race has come to the Golden State trying to steal businesses and jobs.

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Hollywood Isn’t So Progressive When It Comes to Female Filmmakers

When Kathryn Bigelow won an Oscar for 2008’s “The Hurt Locker,” it was widely viewed as a breakthrough moment for women who worked behind the camera. But several years later, Bigelow is still an exception to the long-held belief in Hollywood that a man must steer a film in order for it to have a chance at financial success.

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Obama Warns Republicans, Clinton at the Golden Globes, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including some good news for George H.W. Bush and Justice Clarence Thomas breaks his silence in the Supreme Court.

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Jodie Foster Reveals She’s Gay During Golden Globes Speech

Actress Jodie Foster finally addressed years of media speculation when she casually came out while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement during the Golden Globes on Sunday night. 

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Africa, Here We Come

The U.S. Army presence is rapidly increasing in Africa, especially in countries with alleged ties to al-Qaida; according to Fox News, teaching children algebra is just another liberal ploy; meanwhile, some researchers have started studying the effects of the “natural experiment” resulting from China’s one-child policy. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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What Is Real and What Is Reality

If Calvin Coolidge of Vermont were alive and awake now—he was noted for taking long naps—he might want to change it to, "The business of America is show business."

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Seven Movies I Liked in 2012 (and One I Didn’t)

The film year is, alas, a “disappointment.” The very idea of making a 10 Best list seems either laughable or a task comparable in difficulty to translating the Rosetta Stone.

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‘Miserables’? More Like ‘Les Middling’

There are times when a cast of dozens, working intensely, is actually superior to a cast of hundreds working routinely.

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The Mouse House Buys ‘Star Wars’ for $4 Billion

The Walt Disney Co. used to be the most creative business in the world. Now it’s a conglomerate that buys other people’s inventions: Pixar, Marvel and, most recently, Lucasfilm, home of the original blockbuster.

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Clint Eastwood Tells Us Something About the GOP

The 82-year-old actor-director-tough guy gave a bizarre and rambling, sometimes incoherent speech at the Republican National Convention on Thursday, centered on a mock interview with an imaginary President Obama sitting in a nearby empty chair.

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8 Great Lines Written by the Late Nora Ephron

It is commonly known that the film industry is horrible in its treatment of women, and it is sometimes said in such circles that women aren’t very funny. How then to explain the hugely successful career of the writer most famous for “Sleepless in Seattle” and “When Harry Met Sally ... ,” Nora Ephron, who died Tuesday night?

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Medvedev to Romney: Get With the 2012 Program

When American politicians have flashbacks to a Cold War mentality, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is ready with a comeback and a friendly reminder to quit it with the ’70s nostalgia, as he did Tuesday in response to a comment Mitt Romney made the day before about Russia being America’s “No. 1 geopolitical foe.”

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 READ MORE



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Hollywood Democrats Wary of Super PACs

With less than eight months until Election Day, President Obama is getting trounced in the super PAC department—partly by design, as Obama only recently capitulated to this democratically challenged trend, but also because certain members of a particular class of Democratic donor aren’t too keen on giving money this way if it contributes to a larger problem.

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Hollywood Republicans: Rare, but Still There

The Hollywood Republican is an uncommon breed, and many specimens apparently feel that their chosen professional habitat does not allow them to proliferate as freely as their less conservative counterparts. But sightings are more common during election season. (Above, Vince Vaughn, a supporter of Ron Paul.)

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Where Are the Women Directors?

Here’s a thought exercise: In a nation where 33 percent of the Supreme Court justices are women, 17 percent of the seats in the Senate and House are held by women and 12 percent of the statehouses have female governors, what accounts for the fact that only 5 percent of movie directors in 2011 are female?

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 READ MORE



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The Fascism Hiding in Hollywood

Comic artist Frank Miller’s recent tirade against the Occupy movement gives us a glimpse into the mind of a man made important by an entertainment culture that pushes death, selfishness, uncritical obedience to authority and simplistic notions of good and evil. Guardian columnist Rick Moody has a word for such fare: cryptofascist. (more)

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Ding Dong, the Democratic Party Is Dead

America mourns the death of its political parties; printed books are going extinct as ebooks take their place; meanwhile, BlackBerry Messenger plays a significant role in the London riots. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Ignoring Iceland’s Revolution

Iceland’s revolution goes unperceived by U.S. media; Greece worries about the China-ization of its country; and Egypt questions the need for a violent uprising. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Cleaning Up California’s Cruel Prison System

Much as it did with the South regarding segregated schools and other public facilities in the Jim Crow days, the Supreme Court has ordered a recalcitrant California to obey the Constitution.

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‘The Greatest Movie Ever Sold’

In his new film about the further commercialization of movies, Morgan Spurlock looks to grind his ax against the practice of product placement.

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Liz Taylor Meets Jacko in Heaven

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Elizabeth Taylor: 1932-2011

She was a bona fide movie star by age 12, thanks to a horsey little number called “National Velvet,” but it’s safe to say that Elizabeth Taylor was able to avoid the curse of the child actor, given the countless memorable screen moments she produced over the next 50 years.

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Two Ways to Make a Bad Movie

“Jane Eyre” and “Battle: Los Angeles” travel different roads but both end up in the same dismal place.

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Schickel on Scorsese

In this excerpt from his new book, “Conversations With Scorsese,” veteran movie reviewer and documentary filmmaker Richard Schickel describes the character, formative struggles and career challenges of the celebrated director, with whom he shared a rich dialogue spanning several decades.

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Why I Miss Norman Mailer

I thought that I’d done everything I was supposed to do. This was back in the springtime of 2007, about seven months before Norman Mailer died.

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‘The Misfits’ at 50: Honoring the Horse and an Iconic Western

February 1st marks the 50th anniversary of the release of “The Misfits,” the iconic and underrated film about Nevada mustangers who brutally capture wild horses so they can sell them to the slaughterhouse.

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