Patricia Heaton says she sometimes wonders if being a conservative in Hollywood hurts her career.
A ”wave” will pass over the Emmy-winner from time to time where she thinks, ”Am I being passed over?” Heaton told a group of reporters while shooting the new comedy Mom‘s Night Out. The star of The Middle and Everybody Loves Raymond has no concrete evidence of any industry bias against her, but she is certain of one steadying factor in her professional life.
Sean Penn is taking a page out of President Barack Obama's playbook but twisting it to his own socialist-friendly liking. Obama has gotten plenty of mileage for blaming his predecessor for the country's woes.
Now, Penn is blaming Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro's problems on what the leader inherited from his predecessor--Hugo Chavez. Only Penn doesn't blame his late friend at all, preferring to spin a yarn about paranoia and relationships meant to excuse the late leader from guilt.
Adam Carolla knows it's no accident entertainment scribes bring up his "right wing" politics at every turn.
The podcast king called out biased entertainment reports during a feisty Q&A with RollingStone.com. The interviewer stirred the pot by asking if Carolla got flak from his Hollywood pals for appearing on The O'Reilly Factor, the highly rated pundit show on Fox News.
Jerry Seinfeld forged a stand-up career by avoiding R-rated routines, preferring observational gags to F-bombs and sexual puns. He didn't push anyone's buttons. He just made people laugh.
Yet the Seinfeld star said something so politically incorrect Monday that it could have reverberations across the comedy landscape. He answered charges that both his signature sitcom and his new online series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, don't feature enough comics of color.
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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The new film “Act of Valor” doesn’t accuse U.S. military members of war crimes, nor does it paint them as cold killing machines.
That simply won’t do for many film critics, who cling to the kind of anti-military movies which routinely flop at the box office. “Valor” uses amateur actors – active duty Navy SEALs – and certainly can be faulted for their flat line readings. And the episodic nature of the movie also invites fair critiques, even if it’s remarkable the cast routinely acted around live gunfire. But many critics went beyond the call of duty to smite a film that dared to show SEALs as heroes, and their efforts to stop terrorists a noble endeavor.
Director Chris Weitz wasn’t satisfied humanizing the plight of illegal immigrants via his Oscar-nominated 2011 film “A Better Life.”
Now, the man who gave us “About a Boy” and “The Golden Compass” has directed a series of videos attacking Alabama’s anti-illegal immigration laws and comparing those who don’t believe in open borders to the state’s most racist political figures of yore.
The children eager to attend Harlem Success Academies don’t care about partisan politics or ideological turf wars. They just want the best education possible. “The Lottery,” a new documentary by Madeleine Sackler, showcases families desperate for an alternative to the New York Public School system.
The film, playing an exclusive engagement through July 15 at the Starz FilmCenter in Denver, follows four such families who enter a lottery system so their children can attend a prestigious charter school. Strip away the interpersonal dynamics and you’ll find a full-throated argument on behalf of charter schools. And those who think only Republicans support school choice measures will be surprised to see a large number of Democrats eager to give charter schools a try.