Christian Toto is a film critic and podcaster and runs the website HollywoodInToto.com.
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South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone won't tar Trump in the show's upcoming season. That made the media very, very angry. Cartman, Kyle and Kenny, meet Jimmy Fallon. The Tonight Show host once treated Donald Trump like a guest on his late night program. Because … that’s what the reality show host was.
Jane Fonda lived to regret posing with North Vietnamese forces at the height of the Vietnam War. The actress now calls sitting atop an anti-aircraft gun used to kill U.S. pilots a “huge, huge mistake.” Earlier this year she dubbed it “the largest lapse of judgment I can imagine.” Many never forgave her all the same. Enter Margaret Cho.
The 2017 Academy Awards ceremony felt more like a DNC revival than a tribute to the year’s best movies. Winner after winner, joke after monologue joke targeted new President Donald Trump. That may have been a warm-up act. Hollywood has embraced the resistance hashtag as much as any industry. And there are no signs that will stop as we steer into awards season.
What do Hollywood and Al Gore have in common? Both are obsessed with worst-case weather scenarios. Al Gore is back to scare movie goers with raging storm patterns. An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power finds the former Vice President sounding the alarm (again) about climate change.
Will Shia LaBeouf’s Trump hate save his career? The Transformers star is in big trouble. Again. Could his ardent hate for President Trump help him bounce back? Mel Gibson couldn’t get arrested in Hollywood following his oh, so famous public meltdown in 2006.
The "brave" comic took down an Instagram message deriding our Fake News age. Looks like Michael Che ruffled the wrong feathers. Che, the Weekend Update co-anchor on the liberal Saturday Night Live. calls himself a “feather ruffler” on his official Instagram account.
You have the garden variety retractions, of course. The anonymously sourced tales disproven over time. The false narratives that always seem to tilt a certain way.And sometimes an outlet simply lets a source share false statements without even attempting to correct them. Case in point: This Vanity Fair profile of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee executive producer Jo Miller. The silliness starts with the headline: "Don't Call Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Liberal."
Industry bible Variety recently weighed in on how many R-rated comedies have crashed and burned at the box office this summer. Critics loathed them, and audiences felt a similar way.
It's a black comedy! It's a two-hour rant against capitalism! It's both ... and one of the year's worst films. Hate rarely makes for great comedy. Look no further than the late night landscape. Comedians spew monologues brimming with bile, leaving audiences with one simple question.
Ted Nugent said he wants the country’s political rhetoric to soften in the wake of the June 14 shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise by a Bernie Sanders fan. And he’ll do his part by shelving his own ugly comments regarding the modern Left. But what about angry liberal actor George Takei?
Remember when First Lady Michelle Obama was off-limits to political satirists? Comedians know not to cross certain lines with their jokes. Take the First Family. It’s all well and good to mock the president, but the First Spouse is a different matter. That’s how it was for eight years when First Lady Michelle Obama lived in the White House.
The latest addition to late night's comedy lineup sounds ... familiar. Here comes the latest “fresh” voice from Comedy Central. Stand-up comic Jim Jefferies joined the growing ranks of late night talkers Tuesday with his own weekly program. The Jim Jefferies Show promises to add a fresh voice to the political conversation.
Sarah Silverman has a new Netflix comedy special to promote, A Speck of Dust. The hour-long affair features boilerplate Silverman shtick – potty humor delivered in her deadpan style, and wildly divisive musings on abortion and other hot-button issues. The Daily Beast was fed the line, apparently, that Silverman wants to bring red and blue states together. Which leaves us with this Kumbaya headline: “Sarah Silverman Might Just Save Us All”. The comic’s own family members couldn’t fawn this hard.
Jimmy Fallon has a funny way of approaching his late night gig. The former Saturday Night Live star thinks it’s all about making people laugh at the end of the day. It’s not divisive, or corrosive. The “Fallon” method treats guests like … guests. Politics are fair game, but it’s not what matters most.
A new special promises to bridge the partisan divide on the national gun debate ... but so far it sounds like more of the same. Comedy Central routinely takes a pro-gun control position through its comedic programming. Consider The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and Inside Amy Schumer as Exhibits A & B. You may want to add Jordan Klepper’s upcoming special to that list.
Hollywood's highest profile feminist gets smacked around by film critics for some surprising reasons. It isn’t easy being a woke celebrity. You try. And you try. Yet it’s never good enough. Katy Perry attempts to turn her grrrl power shtick into a political movement and gets popped by a withering op-ed in The Daily Beast.
Samantha Bee enjoyed the biggest spotlight of her career during her profanity-laced gala dubbed "Not The White House Correspondents Dinner." And that’s a crying shame.
The former Daily Show contributor hosts Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, TBS’s weekly assault on all things conservative. The media elite adores her, which has helped her career ascent. She’s arguably the loudest critic of the Trump era, too. So everything she does or says is celebrated in media circles.
Will the new wave of Middle East war movies paint a fair and balanced portrait of U.S. soldiers? Once upon a time Hollywood declared war against President George W. Bush’s war. Stars, collectively aghast at the Iraq invasion, appeared in a series of films tied to the U.S. military’s Middle East missions. In the Valley of Elah. Rendition. Redacted. Lions for Lambs. Green Zone. Stop-Loss. Grace Is Gone.
The man behind SNL's President Obama impersonation reveals the show's disinterest in Barack-based gags. Comedian Jay Pharoah’s impression of President Barack Obama was spot on. Too bad so few people noticed. Pharoah took the Obama impersonation baton from former “Saturday Night Live” star Fred Armisen. The black comedian had years to establish his Obama as pop culture’s definitive take on the Commander in Chief.
Marvel just yanked a comic book filled with hidden anti-Jewish messages. Yet that's hardly the comic book giant's only problem lately.You’d think business would be booming at Team Marvel. The comic book giant is the recognized leader in the superhero film universe. Both critics and fans cheer on every new Marvel Studios outing, down to the micro wonders of 2015’s Ant Man.