Category Archives: Entertainment

February 23, 2017

Hollywood Weaponizes Against Trump: Agency CAA to Host ‘Take Action’ Summit

Creative Artists Agency (CAA) is set to host a political summit called “Take Action Day” on February 23, signaling that Hollywood is doubling down on political advocacy in the Trump era.

The summit will feature speeches from newly-elected U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) and U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA 23), according to Variety. Clients and industry pros are encouraged to attend workshops and view presentations on issues ranging from immigration to civil rights and the environment, among others.

Other speakers include former U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, and Salam Al-Marayati, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council.

CAA — one of the world’s largest talent agencies — represents some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including directors J. J. Abrams and Kathryn Bigelow, actresses Jennifer Aniston and Emily Blunt and actor Jeff Bridges, as well as politicians like Joe Biden and Barbra Boxer. The agency also represents musicians like Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga.

CAA president Richard Lovett says he hopes the summit will offer its high-profile attendees the tools to “take immediate action” on the political issues they are passionate about.

“Since 1995, CAA has been committed to providing leadership and support in addressing numerous issues of our time,” Lovett said in a statement. “Our ‘Take Action’ event is meant to educate and inform, and, even more importantly, provide attendees the ability to take immediate action in support of causes about which they are passionate.”

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February 15, 2017

Carlos Santana Defends Adele Grammys Sweep: Beyoncé ‘Not a Singer’

Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana weighed in on Adele’s sweep of the Grammy Awards earlier this week, telling the Associated Press in Australia on Tuesday that Beyoncé should not have won the night’s most prestigious prizes because “she’s not a singer.”

Adele took home five Grammys Sunday night, including Album of the Year for her smash hit 25, plus Song of the Year and Record of the Year for the album’s single, “Hello.” Beyoncé, meanwhile, picked up two awards, for Best Music Video (“Formation”) and for Best Urban Contemporary Album.

“I think that Adele won because she can sing, sing,” Santana told the Australian AP.

“With all respect to our sister Beyoncé, Beyoncé is very beautiful to look at and it’s more like modeling kind of music — music to model a dress — she’s not a singer, singer, with all respect to her.”

Adele and Beyoncé both performed during Sunday night’s ceremony, the latter employing visual effects and a large crew of backup dancers for her songs “Love Drought” and “Sand Castles,” off of her Black Lives Matter-inspired album Lemonade.

Adele opened the show with a performance of her eventual Grammy-winning “Hello,” and later returned to the stage to perform “Fastlove, Part 1” in a tribute to the late pop icon George Michael.

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February 9, 2017

Dear Netflix | Re: Dear White People – Stefan Molyneux (Video)

The leading Internet television network with over 93.8 million members has decided that their audience needs more racism, bigotry and stereotypes – and the public reaction to Netflix’s “Dear White People” trailer has not been pretty.

February 3, 2017

Wayne Dupree Show – Special Guest: Dog The Bounty Hunter and Wife Beth

Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman and wife Beth have longetivity when it comes to online reality shows. They’ve were doing it and making it popular before Duck Dynasty. They brand of faith, hardass and bounty hunting made them favorites for families to witness each week.

Listen to “Special Guest: Dog The Bounty Hunter and Wife Beth” on Spreaker.

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February 1, 2017

The Ugly Truth About Hollywood – Stefan Molyneux (Video)

I watch Hollywood awards ceremonies where a supposed artist screams out for punching people in the face for political disagreements, and the entire horde of Botoxed brain zombies leaps to their feet in an ungodly and unholy howl of rampant bloodlust approval.

January 31, 2017

Why Hollywood as We Know It Is Already Over

With theater attendance at a two-decade low and profits dwindling, the kind of disruption that hit music, publishing, and other industries is already reshaping the entertainment business. From A.I. Aaron Sorkin to C.G.I. actors to algorithmic editing, Nick Bilton investigates what lies ahead.

I. The Raindrop Moment

A few months ago, the vision of Hollywood’s economic future came into terrifyingly full and rare clarity. I was standing on the set of a relatively small production, in Burbank, just north of Los Angeles, talking to a screenwriter about how inefficient the film-and-TV business appeared to have become. Before us, after all, stood some 200 members of the crew, who were milling about in various capacities, checking on lighting or setting up tents, but mainly futzing with their smartphones, passing time, or nibbling on snacks from the craft-service tents. When I commented to the screenwriter that such a scene might give a Silicon Valley venture capitalist a stroke on account of the apparent unused labor and excessive cost involved in staging such a production—which itself was statistically uncertain of success—he merely laughed and rolled his eyes. “You have no idea,” he told me.

After a brief pause, he relayed a recent anecdote, from the set of a network show, that was even more terrifying: The production was shooting a scene in the foyer of a law firm, which the lead rushed into from the rain to utter some line that this screenwriter had composed. After an early take, the director yelled “Cut,” and this screenwriter, as is customary, ambled off to the side with the actor to offer a comment on his delivery. As they stood there chatting, the screenwriter noticed that a tiny droplet of rain remained on the actor’s shoulder. Politely, as they spoke, he brushed it off. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, an employee from the production’s wardrobe department rushed over to berate him. “That is not your job,” she scolded. “That is my job.”

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December 20, 2016

Jerry Lewis Gave an Interview Full of Monosyllabic Answers and It’s a Delight (Video)

In an interview that gives a sit-down with noted amnesiac Mariah Carey a run for its money, Jerry Lewis put the The Hollywood Reporter through an outrageously awkward interview. When the magazine sat down with ten nonagenarians to talk about working in Hollywood at age 90, the famed comedian’s reticence was on brand.

Has he ever thought about retiring? “Why.” There was never a moment? “Why.” How does he keep his material fresh? “By working at it.” How has Vegas changed since 1947? “It’s exactly the same.” The best bit comes at the 3:45 mark, when the interviewer asks how he’s maintained steady attendance at his shows: “You tell ’em you’re playing there, and they show up,” Lewis says with an irritated grimace. All things considered, an answer that elicits more than a simple “no” is a success.

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November 21, 2016

Tucker on Trump-Bashing at AMA’s: Celebs Now Becoming ‘Enforcers of Groupthink’ (Video)

“Where were they when they found out that the NSA is reading our emails or when people were punished in the Obama administration for their religious views or people in colleges getting fired for saying what they really think?”

A few days after VP-elect Mike Pence was booed by the crowd and lectured by the cast of the Broadway show “Hamilton,” celebrities lined up to take shots at President-elect Donald Trump Sunday at the American Music Awards.

When the band Green Day performed their single, “Bang Bang,” the band chanted, “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA!”

Co-hosts Gigi Hadid and Jay Pharoah did a skit mocking Trump and the incoming First Lady Melania.

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November 17, 2016

Graham Stands Up for Republicans in Hollywood

For as long as I can remember Liberals in Hollywood had their run of the place. On any set, at any awards show, inside any casting office, at any industry mixer … the loud voices always leaned left.

But things are changing, thanks largely to our current President.

Barack Obama has governed so far left that even some of my lefty friends in Tinseltown are throwing flags-on-the-play. Gone is the excited buzz from four years ago. Democrats talk only about their disgust and hatred for Romney, or Limbaugh or Hannity … or Bush. But oddly, unless it’s to brag about “their guy got bin Laden” … not a word about the Prez. And if Obama is mentioned at all, it’s in muted tones and short, general references. These days a patina of vague embarrassment colors liberal obstinancy in Hollywood.

I don’t know why they’re surprised – all he’s ever espoused has been neo-socialist rhetoric, anti-imperialism, and Saul-Alinsky-esque diatribes attacking capitalism, traditional American values and supply-side economics. So, nearly four years since taking office, why are so many of them shocked that he actually governed as the ultra-left radical he always swore he was?

As a former lefty myself, I’m familiar with the left’s propensity to court reality with no real intention to marry.

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November 5, 2016

Music Critic Slams the Beach Boys for ‘Beach Privilege,’ Is Serious

“It is hard to imagine that they helped anyone toward self-determination or achieving their social rights,” Ben Ratliff continues.

In a piece for the New York Review of Books, critic Ben Ratliff discusses how the blatant “beach privilege” displayed in the Beach Boys’ most popular songs makes the band kind of problematic.

Yes — “beach privilege.”

According to Ratliff, the issue is “not that they didn’t make some albums still eminently worth hearing,” but “a kind of philosophical problem.”

“[T]ime and social change have been rough on the Beach Boys,” Ratliff writes in a piece titled “Looking for the Beach Boys.” “Their best-known hits (say, ‘California Girls,’ ‘Help Me, Rhonda,’ ‘I Get Around’) are poems of unenlightened straight-male privilege, white privilege, beach privilege.”

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