Christian Toto is a film critic and podcaster and runs the website HollywoodInToto.com.
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The creative force behind Murphy Brown 2.0 made it clear why the sitcom rose from its sitcom grave. Donald Trump. President Donald Trump, to be precise. The head of Warner Bros. asked for the reboot, thinking the show could be relevant again in the Age of Trump. English worried a reboot might tarnish the show’s Emmy-winning legacy – at first. She quickly came around, realizing she could weaponize the show against the current Commander in Chief.
The Front Runner makes its closing argument early and spends the rest of the movie embellishing it. Journalists shouldn’t dig through a politician’s trash to uncover the worst elements of his or her private life. Naturally, that argument’s poster boy is Gary Hart.
Once upon a time Jimmy Kimmel took direct aim at modern feminists. His Comedy Central series The Man Show, co-hosted by Adam Carolla, took an aggressively male stance on, well, everything. It started with girls, or “Juggies,” jumping on trampolines. The nubile, mostly nameless women did as told for the proverbial “male gaze.” Other bits were equally unwoke by modern standards. Remember when Kimmel and Carolla mocked the women’s suffrage movement? That was then.
Conservative street artist Sabo struck a nerve earlier this year when he plastered the words, “We All Knew” across Hollywood. Sabo’s message? Entertainment insiders clearly knew something about mega producer Harvey Weinstein’s alleged reign of sexual abuse terror. How could so many women come forward about abuse accusations without someone in Savethe industry hearing about it … and saying nothing?
We’re days before another major election, so you know what that means. Hollywood stars shooting celebrity PSAs to boost the proverbial “Blue Wave.” Only the results this time around are far from viral. The star-studded “Save the Day” video, dropped weeks before the 2016 presidential election, drew massive views. Today, the number stands at more than 8 million, a figure likely amassed during that year’s campaign.
Roseanne Barr and Tom Arnold made a curious couple back in the 1980s. She rocketed to fame with her self-titled show, Roseanne. The then-unknown Arnold worked on the series, fell in love with its star and the two got married. “We’re mentally ill. We never get sick of each other. That’s how sick we are,” Arnold once said of their connection. Their romance played out in the public arena.
Rodney King famously said, “Why can’t we all just get along?” Comic Sarah Silverman has been summoning that spirit while promoting her Hulu series, I Love You, America. Here’s the progressive comic detailing her mission statement for the politically-charged show last year:
Gosnell works on so many levels it’s hard to count them all. The film tackles one of the most emotional subjects in our culture – abortion – with grace and care. The screenplay packs a specific point of view but leaves the soapbox storytelling off the frame. We’re gripped by a narrative that could chase away those with weak stomachs.
The USA Today ran an abhorrent story this week, the kind no news outlet should have let pass the pitch phase. The newspaper published a story saying Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh cannot be trusted around children. The following excerpt is from the original story, courtesy of The Federalist. Here’s betting fellow “journalist” Tom Arnold of Vice fame won’t even bother to make amends for his statements. Arnold picked up that horrific theme on his Twitter account this week.
A funny thing happened when Oscar winner Sean Penn took aim at the #MeToo movement. Nothing. In today’s hyper sensitive age, “nothing” is funny, at least not in the “ha ha” sense. Penn spoke out recently against a movement which took down Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Louis CK and other high profile men in the entertainment business.
Give credit where credit is due. Filmmaker James Stern genuinely wanted to learn why so many Americans thought Donald Trump was the answer to their political dreams. So he went on a journey in the months leading up to Election Day 2016 getting to know people Hillary Clinton deemed “Deplorables.”
Michael Moore has spent nearly three decades burnishing his Everyman persona. And, little by little, that image has started to fray. The biggest blow came when elements of his divorce proceedings became public. Divorce is often contentious. Few people outside the public eye would like their divorce details to hit the news.
The new comedy The Oath couldn’t come at a better time. The Oct. 12 release follows a very liberal couple (Ike Barinholtz, Tiffany Haddish) as they welcome conservative family members to their home for Thanksgiving dinner. Do sparks fly? Try punches (and maybe more, according to the film’s rowdy trailer).
Whoopi Goldberg led a celebrity wave of tributes to Sen. John McCain this weekend. Actors, who spend most of their online efforts slamming conservatives, took a pause to mourn McCain’s passing at the age of 81. Goldberg’s tribute was clear, concise and heartfelt.
The pastor in First Reformed may work in a church, but his true god isn’t the Lord above. It’s Al Gore. Writer/director Paul Schrader’s film, available now on Blu-ray and other home video outlets, shares the story of a broken man’s quest for redemption. What emerges is the usual array of global warming talking points, the kind Hollywood can’t help inserting into its product ad nauseam.
Entertainment writers need a 12-step program to cure their addiction to late night TV. In the Age of Trump outlets like Deadline.com, TheWrap.com and even the Associated Press feverishly churn out stories based on what late night comics say. Just jokes? Not to these smitten journalists. More specifically, it’s every slam uttered against President Trump and the GOP. Although said outlets are so addicted to late night fare now they regurgitate apolitical bits.
Jimmie Walker doesn't shy away from President Donald Trump in his stand-up act. Only Walker's Trump gags are meant to make people laugh, not inflame half the crowd. The Good Times alum, 71, says that makes him different than most comics in the Age of Trump.
They tried. They really, really tried. Hollywood studios large and small have spent years, even decades, warning us about the dangers associated with climate change. More recently, anyone who supports a robust defense of our borders has been savaged by Hollywood stars and storylines alike.
The list of those skeptical of Hollywood’s woke bona fides keeps growing. When the New York Times reported on serial sexual assault allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein in October it rocked Hollywood. A bevy of big names soon followed, from director Brett Ratner to Oscar winner Kevin Spacey.
Jimmy Fallon had a distinct advantage entering the Age of Trump. The former Saturday Night Live star hadn’t cut his teeth with sharp political satire like his peers. We knew him for his wicked Boston accent, a killer Mick Jagger impression and his Everydude charm. It’s partly why NBC chose him to succeed Jay Leno as host of the iconic Tonight Show in 2014.