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It turns out Hollywood’s proverbial “casting couch” belonged to Harvey Weinstein. Glad it’s out of commission.

Do you wonder why only Harvey Weinstein is taking the fall? Was he too fat and ugly for us to imagine despoiling young actresses? I like to think it's because he produced truly awful movies.   I am heartened to see that articles about the tolerance of Weinstein's abuse of power do make the link to our Womanizer in Chief, but again, Trump is also low hanging fruit. Certainly the casting couch is still an active element of Hollywood. It pervades patriarch-dom.

So Rene Zellweger’s face is our fault?

APPARENTLY it is our own laggard CONSENT that drives the manufacturing process --haha. I'm sorry, no question, the chicken came before the rotten egg. Go ahead, blame the victim. Shame on the public for balking at what Hollywood feeds us. The public rejects a red carpet trendsetter and apparently we're showing insufficient sensitivity to the vehicle, herself a trafficked victim of the process. Yeah, no. Yes, Rene Zellweger is a casualty of artificial esthetic standards set by our culture industry, but that's not the fault of its primary targets. 41305

Film critics toe corporate line to re-kill messenger Gary Webb, after Hollywood

AT BEST "KILL THE MESSENGER" portrays suspiciously deceased journalist Gary Webb as a heroic sleuth who refused to compromise his principles. At best, the film re-reports the enormous crime which Webb exposed in his series DARK ALLIANCE, that the CIA's support of the Nicaraguan CONTRAs in the 1980s involved facilitating the smuggling of drugs into the US, in such large quantities as to precipitate the crack cocaine epidemic, delivered to our major inner cities by the CIA. UNFORTUNATELY the film muddies the crack connection, as Webb's detractors did back then. Two deliberate plot omissions suggest this is probably not a coincidence. 41204

Lincoln: from Obama we hoped for a presidential reprise, not an Oscar

President Barack Obama couldn't deliver on the campaign inference he'd fill Abraham Lincoln's shoes, so what do we do? Cut the Great Emancipator down to size. Portray America's most lionized president as political operator, and distribute copies of the film to all the nation's schools to cement the revisionist theme. Generations of visitors to DC's monument will no longer recognize the seated giant, he'll seem to big.

ARGO is a near deftly crafted thriller, jingoist agitprop, full-on Islamophobic mockumentary

This movie is rated AYFKM-- Film critics are unanimous in their praise of ARGO, Ben Affleck's retelling of an Iran Hostage Crisis era escape caper. Either these reviews also reflect media agencies uniformly shrugging off Argo's obvious anti-Iranian jingoism or these authors are inured to crude Islamophobic propaganda. Whatever the film's highly praised period piece accuracies, the Angry Arab and bearded terrorist stereotype are pure post-9/11 refinements. The ill-fitting eyeglass frames, face-obstructing Prell hair, and presumed fitness-less sloop-shouldered physiques pretend to lampoon everyone of that era, but the character assassination is precision targeted at Iranians, all of them. 37470

Hollywood to rest of world: Whatever.

It used to be the effusive "You love me. You really love me" but the Oscars post-Guy Fawkes have lifted Hollywood's green curtain. Meryl Streep may have thought she was retweeting the audience when she pulled the Federer/Schumacher victor's lament, but what was that really saying? A world audience appreciates genius in the performance arts, equal parts haughty, but Hollywood's standard for a thinking-man's actor is clearly not deep. Hollywood puts the silver shimmer on the corporate media pro-war propaganda, and when its spokes-glamor catch a whiff of discontent from the masses, their reaction is as genuine as Sally Fields, says the 1% to the 99%: "whatever."

John Travolta caught cheating uh, fans

By all appearances, a traditional paparazzi scoop. Wanna bet Brand Travolta has calculated that being "unmasked as a cheating spouse" will be outweighed by positive inferences of the shifty Scientologist's virility? The photo on the tabloid cover appears to have caught Travolta mid-tryst, half-toweled, before he could dress and flee. Except his hairpiece isn't the least ruffled, and the headline implies that Travolta's adulteress is a woman. Travolta being bald and gay must be taking a toll on the star's billing. No doubt this product placement will play in Peoria where moviegoers haven't read about Travolta's refrigerated wig vault, or that Team Travolta has final approval over every photo shoot to certify that his fake hair passes muster, or his industry-celebrated status as alpha queen of the set. If Hollywood would stop behaving like there's something wrong with that, there wouldn't be anything wrong with that.

Hubris, thy name is Gazette

Maybe it's because the American-born Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki is in fact born American, but his statement that there should be Retaliatory killings of American Civilians fits so very well with the American killings of Afghan, Pakistani, VietNamese, Korean, ... Mexican, Native American, Guatemalan, Chilean, Bolivian, Colombian, Grenadan, Salvadoran, Chinese, Iraqi, Honduran, Libyan, Venezuelan, Nicaraguan, just really any-old-an civilians whose governments happened to stand in the way of U.S. Corporate Interests. But what makes the Colorado Springs Gag-Zette stand out is their work-up for this weekend, with the celebration of Territory Days, where they'll be celebrating the exploits of such Baby-killing anti-civilian warriors as Kit Carson, Chivington and General Palmer. What FUN that is! 17349

Wolfman is a man’s werewolf, no Olalla

Poor wolf man, he's the bastard of the horror big three. Dracula and Frankenstein have antecedents in folklore but bloomed on the quills of novelists. The werewolf traces back to the Greek, yet no one will pull him from the doghouse, not that Hollywood doesn't keep trying. Whenever I see the cinematic transformation of man to beast, from An American Werewolf in London to the latest Wolfman offering, I can't help but recall the terrifying hairification of Jerry Lewis in the Nutty Professor, itself a spoof of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, regarded as the most literary of inferences to lycanthropy. But Robert Louis Stevenson wrote another short story seldom cited as a werewolf tale. Curious, because I think it holds the key to the man- wolf allure, when it's not gay teen cheese. In his 1887 Olalla, RLS described the entrancing menace and tormented fate of the lupine-afflicted without mentioning the word. 15315

Ah signed up thinkin’ Ah was goin’ there fer mah country

Here is a very funny review for this Right Wing Hollywood charade called 'Stop Loss', that bills itself as the antiwar film for those who normally would not partake of such. Yeah... In other words, even its own advertising and propaganda gives away that this film is total crap to be spoon-fed to pro-war folk disgusted that it is not all turning out so good after all. Boo-hoo-hoo. 'Ah signed up thinkin' Ah was goin' there fer mah country.' This film so full of shit it even sounds like Dubya talking!

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