Christian Toto is a film critic and podcaster and runs the website HollywoodInToto.com.
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The "new queen of comedy" barely draws a crowd on her signature HBO series Girls.
Lena Dunham earned the dubious title all the same from Vogue magazine, which put the actress on the cover of its latest issue. Dunham's feminist bona fides, her video boosting President Barack Obama's 2012 reelection bid and unabashed support for liberal causes is trumping the reality of her accomplishments. HBO just greenlit the fourth season of her sexually charged series even though season three just began to middling ratings.
Hollywood tolerated John Milius until he did the unacceptable. He made a pro-U.S., pro-gun action movie attacking the USSR during the height of the Cold War.
That crossed a line for the writer/director responsible for some of the most memorable films from his era, including Apocalypse Now, Dirty Harry and, of course, Red Dawn.
Hollywood power players like Ben Affleck, George Clooney and Sean Penn routinely tout a progressive path for the U.S. When it comes time to shoot a movie, said stars often end up following a studio's conservative path to where state tax incentives lead them.
Now, an "expanding web of brokers, tax attorneys, financial planners and consultants" are exploiting the system in a way that gets cash quicker to Hollywood while offering businesses a nifty new tax break. Consider Ric Reitz, a financier featured in the LA Times article, as an example of how the system works.
Quality movies routinely get snubbed this time of year as organizations release their "best of the year" proclamations.
It's still interesting to note that Philomena, a movie that accuses the Catholic Church of cruel adoption policies, and much worse, received several key nominations from the Golden Globes while Lone Survivor got shut out.
The just-released quotes from Tom Cruise regarding his domestic life could be far more damaging to his A-list status than that couch-jumping stunt.
The actor is suing a magazine for $50 million regarding alleged misinformation regarding his relationship with his 7-year-old daughter, Suri. Information from his deposition in the case won't go over well with potential movie goers.
Stephen Colbert is a funny man, and he's got the Emmys to prove it.
The comedian's Colbert Report won big at Sunday's Emmys Awards for his Comedy Central faux news show, but he's equally funny in thinking audiences don't know where his personal politics fall. Colbert shared that view point after his show snared two Emmys over the weekend.
Consumers have good reason to wonder why they have to pay for cable channels they don't watch. Most cable customers enjoy only a fraction of the channels on their services but end up supporting them all every time they write a check to Comcast or similar providers.
The hullabaloo over Miley Cyrus's sexualized performance during Sunday's Video Music Awards presentation gave bundled cable opponents another very good argument. Why should consumers support a channel like MTV which brings such content into their homes?
There's only one person tough enough to save the country, nay the world, from the sight of Ben Affleck dressed as Batman. President Barack Obama.
Or so some Batman fans thought when they signed a petition at "We the People" to request Affleck's removal from playing the Caped Crusader in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel. "We the People" is part of the White House's official web site where common folk can push change they can believe in.
Far-left director Oliver Stone isn't happy that Bradley Manning was spared a life sentence earlier this week. Stone would like to see Manning, convicted of leaking classified secrets, roaming the country as a free man.
The fact that Manning will spend considerable more time in jail is proof that America is a "tyrannical empire," one ruled by money, not the voters' will. He shared that, and the fear that Hillary Clinton's ascension to the Oval Office is a fait accompli, on his Twitter feed Wednesday night.
First-time filmmaker Steve Laffey knew he was in trouble when his film Fixing America got beat out for a festival slot by a documentary chronicling the gender transition of Cher's child, Chaz Bono.
Laffey shared his frustrations and triumphs Friday at the annual Western Conservative Summit in Denver, an event held by the Centennial Institute and Colorado Christian University.
Jay Leno and David Letterman represent late night TV's biggest rivals. Letterman's decision not to mock the Commander in Chief may be the deciding factor in their final months of head-to-head competition.
In short, Leno is suddenly cleaning Letterman's clock, around the same time Leno upped his comedic attacks on President Barack Obama.
The makers of the upcoming CBS series Under the Dome figured they could add a splash of verisimilitude to their drama by dropping in audio of President Barack Obama.
The network is now having second thoughts, and CBS editors have trimmed the material from the final broadcast.
Saturday Night Live alum Kristen Wiig's next comedy, Girl Most Likely, takes a page out of Hollywood's dog-eared playbook.
When in doubt, bash Bush. The Bridesmaids star plays a burned out woman who goes to live with her estranged mother (Annette Bening). The two clearly have a ways to go before they reconnect, and part of the problem is mama's new beau (Matt Dillon).
Most Americans marvel at the technology at their disposal in 2013, be it a WiFi-enabled iPad or the cell phone in their pocket or purse. Robert Redford sees such goodies as signs of technological excess that may lead to the planet's doom.
The actor, in Cannes to promote his latest film All is Lost, blasted his home country for its past political scandals and thirst for progress.
Alec Baldwin wins the stuffed Teddy bear prize for the most imaginative defense of the IRS scandal engulfing the Obama administration.
Or, to use Baldwin's Twitter turn of phrase, "scandal."
Comedy Central's Jon Stewart held Susan Rice's feet to the fire Friday night over the Benghazi debacle that left four Americans dead.
The liberal comic kept the pressure on Rice, wondering why the bureaucratic post-attack fireworks weren't matched by an equally vigorous effort to save those four people on Sept. 11, 2012.
Fox News's Bill O'Reilly might dub Erik Jendresen a "pinhead" for his comments about the Tea Party - assuming the host wants to mock the man bringing O'Reilly's "Killing Lincoln" book to television.
Erik Jendresen, the writer and executive producer behind the upcoming NatGeo production, compared Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth to the conservative grass roots movement during a press gathering to promote the project.
The late Andrew Breitbart wouldn't be surprised to learn 2012 was the year conservative films finally broke through.
He had a way of predicting media trends, sensing the Web-based technological revolution would let conservatives have a louder voice in the marketplace of ideas.
Comedians have spent the past four years bemoaning how hard it is to poke fun at President Barack Obama.
Obama is too smart, too handsome, too cool, they argued. What they really meant was:
The upcoming documentary "Occupy Unmasked" is getting the kind of promotional push too rarely received by right-of-center films.
The movie, directed by Steve Bannon and featuring the late Andrew Breitbart, tells the story of the chaotic, destructive Occupy Wall Street movement. The message hardly fits the standard theatrical template, which routinely sides with or sympathizes with the bedraggled protesters seeking their "fair" share of the one percent's cash.