Christian Toto is a film critic and podcaster and runs the website HollywoodInToto.com.
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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.
Don't expect the media to fact check any sketches painting President Trump in a bad light. Reporters are too busy cheering them on. Remember when Saturday Night Live mocked President Barack Obama? Yes, it did happen. Only the sketches aimed at the first black president were so rare they became a special event, like a holiday of sorts.
The dismal Oscar ratings for the 2016 telecast might look glorious after this year's Trump-era show. This weekend proved one thing beyond a doubt. The upcoming Oscars telecast will be a three-plus hour rally for the Democrats. Both the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards were dress rehearsals for the main event. Let’s face it, the Oscars remain the preeminent awards gala for Hollywood types
Sundance shines its spotlight on a film depicting Texas secessionists in the ugliest light possible. Talk about lousy timing. Films can take years from inspiration to the big screen. Sometimes during that process the zeitgeist catches up to a project in amazing ways.
Local newspapers often toast natives who make it big in Hollywood. Only The Denver Post took a decidedly different approach to former resident turned Supergirl, Melissa Benoist. The Littleton, Colo. native, who stars in the CW series Supergirl, spoke to the newspaper to promote Patriots Day, her latest project. The film recalls the 2013 terrorist attack during the Boston City Marathon which killed three and left dozens severely wounded.
A Smithsonian Channel special calls President Obama the greatest orator in U.S. history. The Smithsonian Channel may lap the mainstream media in its adoration of outgoing President Barack Obama. The channel is set to debut The Obama Years: The Power of Words on Feb. 27. The new special will, according to the web site, honor “the greatest writer and orator the White House has ever known.”
Here's a quick list for The View host of times Hollywood blacklisted conservatives. Whoopi Goldberg thinks it’s pure “BS” that conservatives don’t get a fair shake in Hollywood. And, for a change, she made some sound arguments to back up her thinking this week on The View.
You can’t expect the press to ignore Katie Couric’s “return” to the show that made her a star. Yet, once more, media outlets let their biases show by not mentioning the biggest Couric story of the past 12 months. Namely, the $12 million defamation lawsuit against her in connection to an anti-gun documentary. The suit came after the Couric-produced “Under the Gun” edited a sequence to make a group of pro-Second Amendment activists look outgunned, rhetorically speaking, while being interviewed by the journalist.
On the surface, “Passengers” looks like sci-fi catnip. Two attractive stars play passengers on a long-distance space flight. Their cryo-pods open prematurely, forcing them to fix the faulty beds or live out their lives in space. Alone. The only thing left for them to do is fall in love. That delivers both a sci-fi punch and romantic potential. And then there’s Lawrence’s open letter. The Oscar winner sent it out after Donald Trump’s shocking electoral victory last month. To be fair, since every other celebrity chimed in on the election perhaps the “Passengers” star felt some sort of obligation.
Ghostbusters director Paul Feig is still battling those Internet trolls while ignoring why his movie was doomed. Paul Feig can rock a finely tailored suit. He’s far less comfortable defending his Ghostbusters reboot. The veteran director steered a can’t miss brand into a ditch. Media reports suggested the film ended up losing $70 million for Sony Pictures. That’s no easy feat given how beloved the Ghostbusters brand is to this day.
Hollywood's latest gun control measure doubles down on a failed Clinton campaign trick. Hillary Clinton nearly threw out her shoulder playing the Gender Card during her recent White House. It didn’t work. Now, the minds behind the Twitter account for “Miss Sloane” are milking one of Clinton’s failed feminist memes.
The animators behind Moana weren't satisfied with making yet another Disney smash. They worked tirelessly to understand, appreciate and share Polynesian culture with audiences the world over. Years of intense research impacted the screenwriting as well as the finished animation. This reporter spoke to two animators on the project. They took the cultural issues seriously. They spoke of how much it meant to them to honor the traditions that inspired the story.
Next Christmas we’ll have Hollywood’s latest attack on a prominent conservative gift wrapped under our tree. Notoriously liberal Adam McKay is writing and directing a new film focused on Vice President Dick Cheney. The film is slated to go into production early next year for a late 2017 release.
One of the hackiest recurring headlines in modern journalism is "Saturday Night Dead." One of the hackiest recurring headlines in modern journalism is "Saturday Night Dead."Critics have been using that for years whenever Saturday Night Live, NBC’s signature sketch series, slipped a notch. Or three, as the case often was. Then the show would come roaring back, and the headlines were forgotten. Not anymore
Amy Schumer would make a great mainstream media reporter. She sent out a meme regarding Donald Trump that had been debunked weeks ago. She even admitted it was phony but said it “doesn’t matter.” Fake but accurate. Got it. Dan Rather on line two, Ms. Schumer
Sarah Silverman has a funny way of sharing her love for the United States. Sure, the shock comedienne loves her country. She just doesn’t see it as better than other nations. Nor is she comfortable with public displays of patriotism. Even the sight of a boyfriend raising an American flag gave her the creeps. Silverman recalled her fear of patriotism earlier this month during a politically-charged chat with New Yorker magazine. Silverman shared how she once recoiled as a beau installed an American flag outside of his property.