Category Archives: Entertainment

June 18, 2017

When John Wayne Traveled the Sea with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and His Family

Take a look at some rare photos of the actor’s personal life on his massive yacht, the Wild Goose.

John Wayne liked to live off the land. When the Oscar-winning actor wasn’t making movies—like Stagecoach or True Grit, which cemented his status as a movie star—he liked to head over to areas like Mexico or British Columbia on his boat, the Wild Goose, a 136-foot Navy minesweeper that he refashioned into a sea-bound home away from home. He’d entertain his family and a number of his close, famous friends, like Henry Fonda and director John Ford, finding beaches for them to relax on, or dipping into the water to scoop up fresh abalone for lunch. The boat, anchored in Newport Beach, is so iconic that in 2011, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Now, select images of Wayne’s seafaring private life are on display for the public, thanks to son Ethan Wayne (the sixth out of the actor’s seven children), who has curated a series of rare and never-before-seen photos for a special exhibit at the Balboa Island Museum in California, showcasing his father’s “rugged and remote” life on the sea, he tells Vanity Fair.

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Steve Earle: Bad Country Music Just ‘Hip-Hop for People Who are Afraid of Black People’

“The best stuff coming out of Nashville is all by women except for Chris Stapleton. He’s great. The guys just wanna sing about getting fucked up. They’re just doing hip-hop for people who are afraid of black people. I like the new Kendrick Lamar record, so I’ll just listen to that.”

Later this week, legendary outlaw-country singer-songwriter Steve Earle will release his 17th studio LP, So You Wannabe an Outlaw. You can stream the record — which leads off with the Willie Nelson-featuring title track — via NPR right now.

Today, ahead of the album’s release, The Guardian ran an interview with Earle — makes sense, as the Brits have always had a thing for hardscrabble Nashville and Nashville-tangential songwriters like Earle (not to mention late, great pals of his like Townes and Guy). The whole interview is rock solid and full of Earle’s patented folksy quotes.

On his sixth wife, songwriter Allison Moorer, with whom he recently split? “She traded me in for a younger, skinnier, less talented singer-songwriter.” On whether he’ll get married again? “There are women. But I like sitting where I want to in the movies and when you go to the theatre at the last minute you can get a really good seat if you’re looking for a single. If I go to a baseball game I can stay for the whole thing.” On feeding his addiction in the ’90s? “I lost everything but my house. The house in Tennessee I still own, though I don’t know how. I guess it’s because I couldn’t figure out how to put it in the car and take it to the pawn shop.”

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June 17, 2017

Feds Look to Seize ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ Rights and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Art

The government asserts that funding for Red Granite films came from stolen Malaysian funds and that DiCaprio was gifted artwork purchased with embezzled money. The actor has already turned over a Marlon Brando Oscar.

The U.S. government is expanding its civil forfeiture case tied to assets allegedly diverted by high-level officials in Malaysia. On Thursday, the feds filed a new complaint aimed at seizing rights to the Red Granite Pictures-produced films Dumb and Dumber To and Daddy’s Home. The government is asserting that tens of millions of dollars used to produce these films are traceable to foreign corruption. Additionally, the feds are eyeing gifts given to a couple of celebrities, including high-priced paintings once enjoyed by Leonardo DiCaprio, now possibly in the government’s possession.

Last year, a similar complaint was made in California federal court with respect to The Wolf of Wall Street, the Oscar-nominated film directed by Martin Scorsese. The film was allegedly financed with assets from a fund called 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), then diverted into shell companies. Some of the money is said to have gone to Red Granite, run by CEO Riza Aziz, the stepson of Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak. Of $4.5 billion allegedly misappropriated, a portion went “to fund the co-conspirators’ lavish lifestyles, including purchases of artwork and jewelry, the acquisition of luxury real estate and luxury yachts, the payment of gambling expenses, and the hiring of musicians and celebrities to attend parties.”

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June 15, 2017

Report: Company Behind Trump Assassination ‘Julius Caesar’ Play Received $30M from Taxpayers

New York City’s Public Theater — the company behind this summer’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar, which depicts the assassination and brutal stabbing of a stand-in for President Donald Trump — has received nearly $30 million in federal, state, and city grants since 2009, according to a report.

Data published by OpenTheBooks CEO and Forbes contributor Andrew Andrzejewski reveals that the New York Shakespeare Festival, which appears to be the name of the entity operating Shakespeare in the Park, has received some $4.1 million in federal, state, and city grants in just the past three years.

“Posted OpenTheBooks.com data reveals that state and city agencies gave the largest amounts of government grants to NYSF,” wrote Andrzejewski, whose OpenTheBooks.com mines a database of 3.5 billion captured government transactions at the federal, state, and local levels.

“Since 2010, New York City gave NYSF $23.5 million to build and renovate their public theater and funded an additional $5 million as ‘payments to cultural institutions.’” Andrzejewski wrote. “Over the past three years, the New York state agency ‘Council on the Arts’ chipped in $310,000.”

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June 13, 2017

ABC’s ‘Roseanne’ to Tackle Trump Era in Sitcom Revival

At Banff, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey says she isn’t certain Roseanne Barr will name the U.S. president, but “she’s going to speak very honestly.”

Expect comedian Roseanne Barr to tackle Donald Trump and the current reality of ordinary Americans when a revival of her popular family sitcom debuts on ABC mid-season.

ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey just isn’t certain Barr will personally identify the U.S. president. “I don’t know whether Roseanne (Barr) will speak about Trump by name. But she’s going to speak very honestly,” Dungey told the Banff World Media Festival on Monday during a keynote address.

“We’re going to be tackling some of the topics that are in the conversation today. I’ll leave it that,” she added. Original castmembers Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman and Lecy Goranson will return 30 years after the original Roseanne comedy debuted, this time with new kids and grandchildren thrown into the mix for new story-telling.

“Now we will have three generations — Roseanne, her kids and her kids have kids who are teenagers. So we’ll bring back a point-of-view that has really been missing on the air,” Dungey said. By that, the ABC Entertainment boss is talking about a push by her network to deliver TV shows that speak to U.S. audiences as a whole, including those that elected Donald Trump as the U.S. president, and not just to the coasts.

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June 8, 2017

TBS Can’t Handle This Very Un-PC Word

The film ‘Back to the Future’ has been edited now to omit this term — and protect viewers.

The word “terrorist” is too offensive for television viewers’ ears, according to a new edit by TBS of the 1980s classic film, “Back to the Future.”

A recent airing of the film starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd showed that the network not only edited out the word “terrorist” from a scene, but also changed the camera angle so that viewers did not even catch a glimpse of it.

In the film, Doc Brown is shot by Libyan terrorists for refusing to build an atomic bomb. He tricks the madmen by giving them pinball machine parts and stealing plutonium to power his time machine.

Later, Marty McFly (played by Fox) is back in time and writes a letter to warn Doc Brown about the attack. That’s the scene from which the word “terrorist” has been removed. Check it out below:

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May 25, 2017

MAINSTREAM Part 1 – “Moving Images” (Documentary)

MAINSTREAM traces Hollywood’s origins from the early art-driven movie moguls to the profit-driven liberal corporations of today. Governed by just 6 conglomerates, Hollywood movies and New York media have become predatory, unethical and sometimes engaged in illegal business practices that result in discrimination against talents, crews, executives and whole populations. In pursuit of the Globalist Agenda, the indoctrination of children with Marxist and anti-Christian values is rampant in the Mainstream Media.

May 13, 2017

Cary Grant: how 100 acid trips in Tinseltown ‘changed my life’

At the height of his fame, Cary Grant turned to LSD therapy for help. He later claimed the drug saved him, but did it also spell the end of his career?

In the late 1950s, at the height of his fame, Cary Grant set off on a trip in search of his true self, unpicking the myth he had spent three decades perfecting. He tried hypnosis and yoga and felt that they both came up short. So he began dropping acid and claimed to have found inner peace. “During my LSD sessions, I would learn a great deal,” he would later remark. “And the result was a rebirth. I finally got where I wanted to go.”

Grant’s adventures in psychedelia – an estimated 100 sessions, spanning the years 1958-1961 – provide the basis for Becoming Cary Grant, a fascinating documentary that plays at next week’s Cannes film festival. It’s a film that takes its lead from Grant himself, undressing and probing the star of North by Northwest to the point where the very title risks feeling like a red herring. “Like all documentary makers, we started out looking at the construction of Cary Grant,” says producer Nick Ware. “But we ended up deconstructing him through the LSD sessions.”

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May 9, 2017

Errol Flynn Biopic in the Works From ‘Highlander’ Director Russell Mulcahy

“I want to bring Flynn’s unapologetic and uninhibited desire to experience a full adventurous and spectacular life to the screen,” said Mulcahy. “All while revealing his deeply rooted belief in himself and an ability to survive on charisma and bravado.”

Production has begun in Australia on the action-adventure movie “In Like Flynn,” with Thomas Cocquerel starring as young Errol Flynn and Russell Mulcahy directing.

Producers are James M. Vernon and Corey Large. Executive producers are Joan LeSeur, Gary Ousdahl, Felipe A Dieppa and Luke Flynn — the grandson of Errol Flynn. Luke Flynn is also appearing in the film as an older Errol Flynn.

The story follows Flynn as a young man whose magnetism inspires a rag-tag team of friends to set sail on a thrilling adventure in search of elusive New Guinea gold. The screenplay is written by Corey Large, Steve Albert, Luke Flynn and Alexander Djamirze.

The film also stars Large, William Moseley, Clive Standen, Callan Mulvey, Isabel Lucas, Nathalie Kelly and features David Wenham and Dan Fogler.

Mulcahy’s directing credits include “Highlander,” “Resident Evil” and “The Shadow.” He’s also an executive producer and director on the TV series “Teen Wolf.”

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May 6, 2017

William Holden: The Golden Boy (Documentary)

It was said of him that in more than seventy films, he never once gave a bad performance. He was a charming and unconventional man with a “wild streak” and a compulsion to test himself at every turn. At his peak he became a leading man of immense attractiveness who refused to take fame and adulation seriously while in his later years a weary cynicism seemed to reflect the reality of the world around him.