In a commercial promoting an upcoming showing of the movie Olympus Has Fallen, centered around the plot of North Korean terrorists violently seizing control of the White House and holding the President of the United States hostage, cable channel TBS edited clips of the film to make it seem like fictitious national security officials were relieved and thrilled by that prospect. A not-so-subtle reference to the current occupant of the Oval Office, Donald Trump.
That whirring sound you hear is Walt Disney spinning in his grave, or his cryogenic vault, or whatever his final resting place really is. According to Jezebel, actors “Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen have signed on to voice gay lovers Timon and Pumbaa (respectively) in Disney’s upcoming ‘live action’ remake of The Lion King, according to an exclusive report from The Wrap.”
Left-wing filmmaker Josh Fox launched his latest film, Awake, a Dream from Standing Rock, online April 22 — after it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Predictably, liberal media including Reuters, The Washington Post and The Hollywood Reporter heralded the movie and ignored inaccuracies of his earlier, biased documentaries attacking the oil and gas industry. The film was called “timely,” and “powerful.” Fox was even credited for his “deep understanding of pipelines” and for getting in the way of the indigenous people telling their story.
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.
USA Today’s Andrea Mandell’s email account must be burning up with panicky press releases from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting – each reminding her of all the “great cultural works” those agencies have brought us.
Variety film critic Owen Gleiberman sounded a little like Chris Matthews when he "felt a shiver of anticipation" at the new "Trump-timed" Steven Spielberg movie project, mythologizing The Washington Post in 1971 pushing to expose the "Pentagon Papers" to underline the "futility" of the Vietnam War, which Gleiberman proclaimed part of the "liberal catechism."
Gleiberman hoped "If there’s a new wave of movies that matter, it won’t just mean freedom-fighting media/political dramas like The Post." He complained political movies like this are seen as elite-cinema Oscar bait, not as profit-makers.
In an op-ed published in Friday’s print edition of USA Today, The Atlantic contributor and Religion News Service (RNS) columnist Jonathan Merritt lashed out at conservative Christians for opposing the so-called gay “moment” in the upcoming Beauty and the Beast remake, charging they’re coming across as “antiquated bigots” keeping people from “coexist[ing].”
As many readers know by now, the Disney-ABC Television Group has become unglued with its of liberal activism. Not only is ABC News grilling conservatives or Christian, the network’s prime time lineup is advocating for every far-left cause possible. This activism has also infected their cable operations, including ESPN, Freeform and Disney XD.
Ok, try this: Repeat the Washington Post’s new motto, “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” without guffawing at the sophomoric self-importance. You can’t, can you? Think about that vapid aphorism perched above every thinly sourced Post hit-piece on Donald Trump, every dishonest “fact-check” and every repurposed DNC press release masquerading as “news analysis,” and try not to chuckle at the desperate plea to be taken seriously.
The arts and literature pages offer no respite from the New York Times political thrust. Lisa Birnbach hung out with actor Mark Ruffalo, perhaps best known for his role as The Hulk in the series of Avengers superhero movies, for her front-page Arts story, “The Actor’s Activist, Onstage.” Ruffalo is participating in a politicized revival of Arthur Miller’s obscure anti-capitalism play “The Price,” and Birnbaum indulged the actor’s love of Bernie Sanders, John Kerry, and left-wing protests. Meanwhile, Sunday book reviewers found ominous parallels to Stalin and the Red Scare in Trump's America.
Glam American actresses Emma Stone and Dakota Johnson adorned their pricy Oscars ceremony gowns and handbags with golden Planned Parenthood pins in the shape of the group's logo. I believe there should be truth in virtue signaling. But bloodied miniature forceps would have clashed with the Givenchy and Gucci outfits worn by the abortion giant's pinup gals. Since President Trump's reinstatement of the so-called "Mexico City policy" barring taxpayer funding of international nongovernmental organizations that perform and promote abortions, Hollywood progressives have turned up the volume on their abortion radicalism — and opened their wallets.
And now back to our regularly scheduled cultural suicide.
According to The Telegraph, Disney’s new live action Beauty and the Beast “will star a manservant exploring his sexuality.” Super.