Category Archives: Real Hollywood Heroes

August 3, 2020

How Olivia de Havilland and Ronald Reagan Beat the Hollywood Communists

After discovering the true nature of a Communist front group, she worked as a double agent to help bring them down.

When Olivia de Havilland, the grande dame of the Golden Age of Hollywood, died last week at age 104, the tributes and memories for a life well lived poured in. She was the last surviving cast member of the epic Gone with the Wind. She won two Academy Awards. She was romantically pursued by everyone from Jimmy Stewart to Howard Hughes to a young Jack Kennedy. She challenged and helped change punitive film-industry practices toward performers.

But one chapter in her life was missing from almost all the tributes. In its 3,000-word obituary the New York Times failed to mention the key role she played in defeating the Communist subversion of Hollywood in the 1940s.

The Washington Post devoted not one word of its 2,400-word obit to it. Neither did the Los Angeles Times, Hollywood’s local paper, in its 2,200-word sendoff.

But the story is a fascinating one and needs to be told even as it still makes many on the political left (for whom the Hollywood Blacklist is an honor roll) uncomfortable. While much of it has been recounted by others, I’ve been given exclusive new details from the diaries of a top FBI agent who worked with de Havilland to extricate her from a Communist front group and then to neutralize the group.

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July 11, 2020

How Olivia de Havilland Bucked Dalton Trumbo And Helped Save Hollywood From Itself

“Communists frequently join liberal organizations. That is their right. But it is also our right to see that they do not control us, or guide us… or represent us.”  – Olivia de Havilland

Legendary actress Olivia de Havilland received many tributes when she celebrated her 101st birthday on July 1. Appearing in 49 feature films spanning 1935 to 1988, she was Errol Flynn’s romantic partner in movies like The Adventures of Robin Hood, nominated for a supporting actress Oscar for Gone With The Wind (1935) and was the winner of best actress Oscars for To Each His Own (1946) and The Heiress (1949). Also noted were her successful efforts to break the old studio system, known as the studio-contract system, where actors were bound to work solely for the company that had signed them.

Chafing against the inferior roles she believed Warner Bros. was giving her, she sued the firm in 1943. It was, The Los Angeles Times noted, a “landmark lawsuit that altered the business of Hollywood forever” resulting in the collapse of the long-term contract system by which Hollywood operated. In her honor, it is referred to as “the De Havilland Law.”

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January 27, 2020

William F. Buckley Jr. Interviews Charlton Heston: Is Hollywood a Lost Cause? (Video)

Episode S1066, Recorded on November 10, 1995

January 30, 2018

Tim Allen joins docudrama taking down PC culture

In a movie clip released to The Post, Allen joins a roundtable discussion with fellow comedians about how the PC culture is hurting comedy.

Actor Tim Allen has joined the cast of new movie aimed at disrupting the liberal and PC culture in Hollywood, on college campuses and in comedy.

Allen’s “Last Man Standing” sitcom was canceled last year and outraged fans believe ABC pulled the plug because the family comedy highlighted conservative values. ABC denied it was over politics.

Allen has signed onto the docudrama “No Safe Spaces” that’s expected to hit theaters in the fall.

Fellow comedian Adam Carolla and conservative radio show host Dennis Prager are making the movie to promote free speech at a time they say the entertainment industry, media and college campuses too often shut down or blackball controversial viewpoints.

“Nothing kills comedy quite like people who are constantly offended,” Carolla told the Post. “It’s impossible to be funny if we’re not allowed to poke fun at each other and that’s what’s happening with a new generation of people who seem to be offended for a living.

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December 30, 2017

Corey Feldman ‘Shattered’ Over Lack of Support from Peers in Wake of Abuse Claims (Video)

“I guarantee you that there were other kids that had these experiences. They need to stand up and use their voice,” he explains. “There are producers that know about things that happened on their sets, or agents who know things about their clients, and actresses and actors themselves—it’s time to use our voices.”

With an intimate TV movie about the sexual abuse he experienced as a child actor set to premiere on Jan. 6 on Lifetime, Corey Feldman is hoping to raise awareness about what he and his late best friend, Corey Haim, experienced as young movie stars at the mercy of powerful entertainment executives.

The 46-year-old has been outspoken about the trauma he and Haim faced during their rise as heartthrobs in the late 1980s, penning a 2013 memoir, Coreyography, and helping to produce the Lifetime movie, A Tale of Two Coreys. But Feldman says there is still more to the story, and he is currently raising money to fund his own documentary to shed light on alleged sexual abusers in Hollywood.

“People are finally listening and there’s a movement happening,” Feldman tells PEOPLE. “This is your chance for redemption, but also a chance to have justice served not only for Corey and I, but for the rest of the world. There are still kids out there who are being victimized.”

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December 25, 2017

Actress inspires students to value the Constitution (Video)

Actress Janine Turner talks about how her Fort Worth upbringing shaped her love of the Constitution and why she decided to start the Constituting America non-profit.

Actress and “Fort Worth girl” Janine Turner loves the U.S. Constitution so much that she started a nonprofit foundation to educate Americans about the rights and freedoms that document guarantees.

On a cold December day in front of Southlake Town Hall, Turner posed for photos and presented awards on behalf of her foundation, Constituting America, to local students and a teacher.

“It’s an amazing document that some people want to throw out, but if there’s something you don’t like about the government, you can actually amend the Constitution,” Turner said. “People have forgotten they have the power to make that kind of change.”

Turner, an Emmy-nominated actress best-known for the ’90s hit “Northern Exposure,” still acts but devotes much of her time to educating others about the Constitution and raising her daughter, Juliette Turner, who is the executive director of the foundation.

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November 28, 2017

Denzel Washington: Don’t ‘Blame The System’ For Black Incarceration, It ‘Starts At Home’

“If a young man doesn’t have a father figure, he’ll go find a father figure.”

Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington says you “can’t blame the system” when it comes to black incarceration, but instead we should look at the home first, specifically the epidemic of fatherlessness in the African American community.

“If a young man doesn’t have a father figure, he’ll go find a father figure,” stated Washington.

Speaking to reporters at the New York premiere for his new film, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” Washington explained that the film centering around a Los Angeles criminal court system has not made him more cynical about the “prison-industrial complex.”

“It starts at the home,” said the Oscar winner. “It starts at home.”

“It starts with how you raise your children,” he expounded. “If a young man doesn’t have a father figure, he’ll go find a father figure.”

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November 26, 2017

Mel Gibson Weighs In On Hollywood Scandals

“Things got shaken up a little bit and there is a lot of light being thrown into places where there were shadows …”

Mel Gibson is making a big comeback after his decade-long quasi-exile from Hollywood prompted by a series of troubling reports about the star’s behavior. While promoting his new comedy, “Daddy’s Home 2,” in the U.K., Gibson offered some carefully worded thoughts on the wave of allegations sweeping through Hollywood.

The allegations coming to light, said Gibson, are “painful” but that pain is a “precursor to change.”

“Things got shaken up a little bit and there is a lot of light being thrown into places where there were shadows and that is kind of healthy,” said the actor, The Guardian reports. “It’s painful, but I think pain is a precursor to change.”

Gibson is referencing the dozens of sexual misconduct allegations that continue to stream out of Hollywood seemingly daily since the New York Times’ first bombshell report on a number of allegations of sexual harassment and assault against megaproducer Harvey Weinstein. Along with Weinstein, who has now been accused by over 50 women of some form of sexual misconduct, actor Kevin Spacey has been accused by several men — including Richard Dreyfuss’ son — of similar offenses. Director Brett Ratner is also among the number of Hollywood power players facing sexual allegations.

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November 14, 2017

‘Stranger Things’ Star Comes Forward In Support Of Friend Corey Feldman

Actor Sean Astin says he “lived with a sense of dread” for his friend and fellow “Goonies” child star.

Sean Astin, who plays Bob “The Brain” Newby in Stranger Things 2 and Samwise Gamgee in Lord of the Rings, spoke out this week in sympathy for and support of his friend and Goonies co-star Corey Feldman, after Feldman revealed the names of two men he claims molested him as a child.

After years of trying to draw attention to what he describes as rampant pedophilia plaguing Hollywood, Feldman finally revealed the names last week of two of his alleged abusers. On The Dr. Oz Show last Thursday, Feldman said actor Jon Grissom was the first man to molest him when he was just a boy. Feldman also named former child talent manager Marty Weiss as one of the men who took advantage of him. On Monday, Feldman sat down with investigators to give them all the details. LAPD confirmed on Tuesday that they had opened an investigation into Feldman’s accusations.

In an at times raw and introspective article titled “Young Performers in Entertainment & The Abuse Conversation” published Monday on TwitLonger, Astin addresses the tragic toll pedophilia has taken on the lives of some child actors. In one section, Astin describes the changes he saw in Feldman as their professional careers began to take off:

While were filming Goonies it was obvious that he was having a rough time. We were friends and I tried to be as supportive as possible. Beyond, emotional affinity, it was impossible to figure out some other way of helping. He was a strong, confident, cocky kid, who was wise beyond his years. I lived with a sense of dread for him.

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November 3, 2017

Corey Feldman calls LAPD to out pedophiles during Dr. Oz appearance

Feldman has canceled a tour to focus on his campaign to out pedophiles that prey on child actors in Hollywood.

Corey Feldman called the LAPD to name the pedophiles he says targeted him and other child stars, such as Corey Haim, on Dr. Mehmet Oz’s show, sources tell us.

Feldman recently had a contentious interview on “Today” regarding a plan he has to name the accused pedophiles only after he raises $10 million online to make a film on the topic.

The mother of Haim, his late pal and co-star, publicly objected to the fundraising idea, saying, “He doesn’t need $10 million to do it.” But “Dr. Oz encouraged [Feldman] to call the LAPD again after child abuse claims. He revealed two new names,” an insider told Page Six.

Feldman tells Oz in an interview: “This guy on his ­MySpace page and his Facebook page has got pictures of me and Corey Haim. He still taunts it and flaunts it.” He then says in a clip on the phone to the LAPD, “I’m going to give you the names of everybody .?.?. everybody I’ve got knowledge of, and I would like you to start putting the pressure on all of them.”

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