Christian Toto is a film critic and podcaster and runs the website HollywoodInToto.com.
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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.
Is this the most outrageous Trump-related Tweet to come out of Hollywood so far? The #resistance has no greater friend than Joss Whedon. The director of The Avengers is one of Hollywood’s most vocal critics of the Trump administration. He did all he could to stop the real estate mogul from becoming president.
Amy Schumer's exit from the Barbie movie demands the kind of follow up questions reporters should ask. So why won't they? So Hollywood’s preeminent feminist won’t be playing Barbie on the big screen after all. We recently learned comedienne Amy Schumer decided against starring in the film version of the beloved Mattel toy.
The attempt to shame conservative star Tim Allen is a textbook example of how liberals play the Selective Outrage game. And reporters are only too eager to join the fray. The star of Last Man Standing recently cracked a joke about Hollywood’s treatment of conservatives. Sitting on the couch at Jimmy Kimmel Live, Allen explained to Kimmel the pressure his fellow Republican stars face in the Age of Trump.
Bow Wow slurs Melania Trump in the nastiest way possible. Three guesses how reporters responded to the message. Remember Tuffy Gessling, the rodeo clown who generated national news back in 2013? Gessling donned a President Barack Obama mask, stuck a broomstick where the sun doesn’t shine and invited a bull to come get him. He claimed he’s been doing similar gags dressed as U.S. presidents for years. That defense wasn’t enough. His Obama routine led to death threats, a lifetime rodeo ban and near universal condemnation.
Jim Jefferies will soon bring his liberal humor to the late night scene. It begs the question ... why? Comedy Central is your one-stop shop for Republican-bashing humor. It’s been that way for some time, dating back to Jon Stewart’s tenure at The Daily Show. It blossomed with The Colbert Report, even if that tradition couldn’t keep Larry Wilmore employed via his Nightly Show.
Did you know your tax dollars support articles that all but label President Donald Trump racist? And suggest the same of your favorite singers, too? Consider a new pop culture "think piece" from NPR. The headline alone is all you need to read: "White Nostalgia Didn't Start With Trump - Just Look At Classic Rock"
Major entertainment site tries to connect President Trump to possible Oscar night violence. Last year’s Oscars ceremony featured glitz, glamour … and more military personnel than the event typically demands. Why? The ceremony took place after terrorist strikes in both Paris and San Bernardino, Calif. Understandably, a higher police profile became necessary. News outlets dutifully covered the aggressive approach.