Mitt Romney might have had the Koch brothers, but President Barack Obama had Hollywood, and that’s a mighty powerful ally.
Millions were raised by the industry’s heavy hitters, and now The Hollywood Reporter has examined what his victory means to Tinseltown. Read More
There’s no mistaking the similarities. A childhood on a dusty farm, a love of fast vehicles, a rebel who battles an overpowering empire — George Lucas is the hero he created, Luke Skywalker.
His filmmaking outpost, Skywalker Ranch, is so far removed from the Hollywood moviemaking machine that it may as well be on the forest moon of Endor. Read More
It might not be the iconic Hollywood sign, but there would have been much disappointment — tears even — if the giant letters gracing a South San Francisco hillside went down in flames.
Five 13-year-old boys are to blame for a brush blaze Friday that burned dangerously close to the “South San Francisco The Industrial City” sign, police said Monday. Read More
"Within the Reagan household, and perhaps in Ronald Reagan's heart," his definitive biographer Lou Cannon writes, "there was an early sense that he was a child of destiny." Certainly there was not much in his family background to suggest that. The 40th president was born one hundred years ago on February 6 in the second floor of a gritty-looking building in Tampico, Illinois. Read More
Governor Chris Christie is riling all the right folks. His latest enemy is Hollywood. Christie, you see, killed a corporate welfare tax break for film production, and now he’s battling the legislature’s effort to reinstate it.
Josh Barro has a solid piece on this topic at Real Clear Markets. Here’s his conclusion: Read More
I wouldn’t hold my breath that Hollywood is going to become more friendly to conservative ideas any time soon, but there are some encouraging signs. In The New York Times this morning there’s a great profile of Ray Griggs, the man behind the new documentary I Want Your Money!, which preaches the value of limited government: Read More
Democrats like to characterize themselves as the party of “the guy who showers after work, not before.”
The people bankrolling the continuation of Obama’s agenda — the ones he’ll be mixing it up with tonight in Hollywood for a major Democratic Party fundraiser — don’t take showers. They take baths in tubs of caviar: Read More
So a group of wealthy executives get together and plot to insert subtle messages into movies in order to achieve desired political outcomes and profit at the same time… If it were a screenplay, it would probably seem cliche. As a New York Times article, however, it’s more than a little disturbing: Read More
It is difficult to turn on any television show in Japan without seeing some celebration of Japanese culture and history. Dozens of shows are set in medieval Japan, or are about their past. Movies are set in the Shogunate or feature samurai doing great deeds of honor and courage to help those in need. Read More
According to the Associated Press, public schools in the Los Angeles area are so strapped for cash that they’ve resorted to renting out their facilities as settings to movie makers. Which could be worst, I guess. Read More