Melissa Mullins is a freelance writer and public relations professional living in the Washington, D.C. area. 

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April 28, 2017, 6:40 PM EDT

In Rolling Stone magazine, writer Matt Taibbi gave a surprisingly sober (if socialist) review of a new book written by reporters Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes that provided a detailed inside look at the failed Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential run.

 

April 23, 2017, 11:03 PM EDT

Forget calling him a Hollywood director. Clint Eastwood is quickly earning the title of America’s director.

Eastwood, who has recently directed films depicting American heroes – from former Navy Seal Chris Kyle in the movie American Sniper, to Sully, on pilot Chelsey Sullenberger's flawless emergency landing of a jet in the Hudson River. Next, Eastwood will be directing a film on the August 21, 2015 incident in which three courageous American friends who stopped an ISIS-inspired terror attack where a man opened fire on a Paris train.  

April 23, 2017, 8:10 AM EDT

Harvey Weinstein isn’t one to shy away from publicity, but his recent criticism of an R rating from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) on his company’s new movie 3 Generations isn’t a publicity stunt, or so he claims.

3 Generations tells the story of a teenage girl, played by Elle Fanning, who wants to transition into a boy, who must first find her father to get permission for the procedure.

April 14, 2017, 6:54 AM EDT

BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith appeared on the CNN podcast “The Axe Files” to proclaim that President Trump’s attacks on the press had “breathed new life” into them, and “singlehandedly…postponed the collapse of a fair share of the legacy media in an interesting way.”

Smith is just the latest liberal to insincerely praise Trump for reviving a dormant media elite – without admitting they were asleep under Obama.

April 12, 2017, 2:31 PM EDT

Social justice warriors are at it again, this time taking aim at the popular United Kingdom game show University Challenge because not a single female made it to the final.  A game in the mold of Jeopardy, University Challenge airs on the BBC that features college students from the UK’s top schools.

 

April 9, 2017, 8:48 AM EDT

In a panel discussion at NeueHouse in Hollywood after the show’s official Television Academy Emmy screening, “Homeland” actors and creators commented on the reasons why season six has taken a different turn and tune, mainly due to “fake news,” the election, and trying to right the self-perceived “wrongs” of what they felt was the promotion of Islamophobia in the first five seasons.

As a way to try and combat that criticism, season six was created as a way to stop being “part of the problem” and be “part of the cure.”

April 5, 2017, 2:16 PM EDT

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka (D) was recently on MSNBC’s PoliticsNation when he told host Al Sharpton that the Trump administration wanted to make sanctuary cities into “fugitive slave catchers” by withholding federal funding from such cities. Baraka made a point that he would defy they law when it came to illegal immigration. 

 

March 31, 2017, 11:46 AM EDT

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews was at it again on Monday with his wacky comments, this time comparing President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner to Uday and Qusay Hussein —the murderous adult children working for their ruthless father and Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

March 23, 2017, 10:26 PM EDT

On Wednesday in Washington D.C., Jessica Chastain appeared at the Holocaust Memorial Museum for a special advance screening of her new movie The Zookeeper’s Wife when she commented that the Trump administration could learn a thing or two about compassion when it came to refugees.

 

March 23, 2017, 2:16 PM EDT

The New York Times has penned an op-ed pushing their agenda of long-term amnesty for illegal immigrants. Try and follow along. It’s difficult, but they wrote that "the only long-term solution to this conundrum is returning to the bipartisan consensus that enabled the 1986 bill."

March 21, 2017, 9:48 PM EDT

The Obama White House got the star treatment when they were in office, so they were all-but-guaranteed the same Hollywood treatment out of office. Universal Pictures and Anonymous Content supposedly have a “high-concept workplace comedy” in the works, a movie called From the Corner of the Oval. Set for a 2018 release, the movie will be based on a book proposal from former White House stenographer, Beck Dorey-Stein. 

March 14, 2017, 9:07 PM EDT

In what could only be described as one of the most cringe-worthy and disrespectful interview to date, Fox News Channel host Martha MacCallum took on a petulant filmmaker in Jason Pollock and his “documentary” on the murder of Michael Brown during Monday night’s First 100 Days.

March 6, 2017, 4:38 PM EST

During an interview on Sunday’s State of the Union, CNN host Jake Tapper asked if House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi condemn Democratic Rep. Cedric Richmond’s sexist comments about White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.

 

March 6, 2017, 10:32 AM EST

Buzzfeed senior culture writer Anne Helen Petersen wrote on Thursday what could only be described as a hit piece on President Donald Trump’s oldest daughter Ivanka by throwing shade at her faith, family, and feminism. Peterson claimed that her piece, “Ivanka Trump And The Aesthetics Of Denial,” was to “analyze Ivanka's celebrity and how she's crafted that image on social media,” which was interesting since Peterson actually had to issue that statement to clarify the meaning of her story.  

March 4, 2017, 6:49 AM EST

Actor Riz Ahmed, a star of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, gave a warning to the British Parliament and entertainment industry that due to a lack of diverse roles in television and movies, people could turn to ISIS in an effort to feel they “belong” to something or somewhere. “In the mind of the ISIS recruit, he’s the next James Bond, right? Have you seen some of those ISIS propaganda videos, they are cut like action movies."

February 28, 2017, 5:40 PM EST

Apparently, the well-known kids rhyme “Eeny meeny miny moe…” is offensive and racist.  At least that’s what department store chains in the U.K. are calling an official Walking Dead t-shirt featuring the children’s rhyme in conjunction with a barbed wire-wrapped baseball bat the notorious character Negan used to kill his victims. 

 

February 23, 2017, 8:54 PM EST

On Sunday, NBC News has resorted to using children in videos to deliver statements criticizing to President Trump just one month into his presidency. Opening with a young boy eager about an outsider coming to Washington to bring people together, the series, “Dear Mr. President: Letters from the American Children,” then begins throwing cheap shots by using kids.  

February 22, 2017, 8:15 PM EST

Well, this is certainly something to put in the “are you kidding me” category. The director, tutors, and staff of the University of Washington-Tacoma’s Writing Center have posted what they call an “anti-racist” poster, insisting that American grammar is in fact “racist” and an “unjust language structure,” promising to prioritize rhetoric over “grammatical correctness.”

February 20, 2017, 10:53 AM EST

It appears “feminists” are choosy when it comes to the type of woman they decide to rally behind and defend. Then again, it’s when it comes to the view of Heather Schwedel and her Slate post “When Melania Trump Is Thanking You for “Support[ing] Women,” Something Is Very Wrong.” A little backstory. Last week, The New York Times scolded one of their reporters for calling First Lady Melania Trump a “hooker.”  

February 19, 2017, 12:40 AM EST

In case you missed it, NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has joined The Hollywood Reporter as a contributing editor. Under such arrangement, he’ll write a regular column and conduct celebrity interviews. His first column set be featured in THR’s February 24 print publication (currently available online), talking race, history, romance and the “bigoted” message of the Academy Award nominated movie musical La La Land.