Movies

By Tim Graham | December 27, 2014 | 8:20 AM EST

The late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is recognized as the most effective sniper in U.S. military history. Max Blumenthal, the son of liberal journalist and adoring Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal, only has a reputation for being a jerk who trolls conservative conventions and writes books with titles like “Republican Gomorrah.”

Twitchy reported on Friday that Blumenthal on Twitter compared Kyle to Lee Boyd Malvo, the “brainwashed” teenage half of the Beltway sniper team. Both were “mass murdering snipers.”

By Melissa Mullins | December 19, 2014 | 12:59 PM EST

William Boot at The Daily Beast reported that before all the hacking and bomb threats, Sony CEO Michael Leynton showed a rough cut of their movie “The Interview” to U.S. officials before completing it. The State Department apparently agreed that the movie could help put an end to Kim Jong Un's reign over North Korea.

By Tim Graham | December 13, 2014 | 3:53 PM EST

At Deadline Hollywood, Anthony D’Alessandro insists “The question remains whether faith-based audiences — the prime crowd for Exodus [Gods and Kings] – will show up in numbers to spur word-of-mouth given some of the pic’s creative liberties.” Or as the Drudge Report tweaks, will there be an exodus from Exodus.

What liberties? Washington Post film critic Stephanie Merry was brutal on Friday

By Christian Toto | December 13, 2014 | 3:40 PM EST

The actor famously dubbed guns “cowardly killing machines,” turning his own gun collection into art work in the process. Now, Sean Penn is prepping his latest film, a revenge saga with guns a-blazing according to the film’s new trailer. 

By Tim Graham | October 19, 2014 | 5:49 PM EDT

The Drudge Report noticed the New York Times suggested a new leftist documentary honoring Edward Snowden “Tests Hollywood Obama Backers,” as in Harvey Weinstein, who often promotes his films by taking them into the Obama White House for a screening. Probably not this time! Michael Cieply reported in the Times:

“As I saw the promise of the Obama administration betrayed, and walked away from,” says Mr. Snowden, referring to drone strikes and invasive monitoring by the National Security Agency, “it really hardened me to action.”

By Matthew Balan | October 1, 2014 | 7:11 PM EDT

Lauren Tuck unleashed against superhero-themed T-shirts that are supposedly "displaying blatantly sexist messages" in a Wednesday post in Yahoo's Style section. Tuck cited a blogger who ranted against one such shirt at Walmart that features the slogan, "Training to be Batman's Wife." The writer not only targeted "chauvinistic apparel" involving DC Comics characters, but also two shirts related to Marvel Comics' "The Avengers" series.

By Tim Graham | September 6, 2014 | 6:33 AM EDT

The Hollywood Reporter announced that Jon Stewart’s new film “Rosewater” debuted at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado. Their headline was “'Rosewater' Director Jon Stewart Receives Hero's Welcome.”

Apparently, Stewart is a hero when he shows up at film festivals where liberals cluster. Or he’s a hero for regularly banging away at Fox News on “The Daily Show.” Or he’s a hero for having a sense of nuance about the “greatly differing worldviews” in Iran. Writer Scott Feinberg does proclaim he’s a “fan of @BarackObama” on his Twitter bio.

By Tim Graham | August 29, 2014 | 9:46 AM EDT

Embodying the old Hollywood joke “I’ve always wanted to direct,” Comedy Central star Jon Stewart took an entire summer off last year to direct a film called “Rosewater” about Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahiri being abducted in Iran. In an early review in The Hollywood Reporter, film critic Todd McCarthy implies it’s a direct-to-video dud.

Only Stewart’s adoring liberal fans make this film worth any notice, he wrote. The atrocities of ISIS make the idea of being held hostage in Tehran lack a sense of compelling urgency and feels like a “sideshow” on the current scene in the Middle East (trailer below):

By Cal Thomas | July 29, 2014 | 9:45 PM EDT

With his approval numbers sinking to 39 percent a week ago, according to the Gallup tracking poll, President Obama isn't alone in having a bad summer. So isHollywood.

Entertainment Weekly calls gross receipts for what should have been a blockbuster July 4-6 weekend "downright terrifying." Writes EW, "Not only were grosses down 45 percent from last year's holiday, according to Boxofficemojo.com, but it was Hollywood's worst July 4weekend since 1999. (And that's not taking into account inflation. In fact, this was the worst July-holiday weekend for ticket sales since the summer of Dragnet in 1987.)"

By Tim Graham | July 27, 2014 | 12:56 PM EDT

Dinesh D’Souza’s new movie was finally noticed in The New York Times Friday – on the front page. The news story was “Heady Summer, Fateful Fall for a Conservative Firebrand.” Notice how “fall” had two meanings?

The Times has failed to notice Michael Moore’s nasty divorce and how his hypocrisy about wealth has been revealed. But D’Souza is front-page fodder mostly for his admitted violation of campaign-finance laws:

By Ken Shepherd | July 24, 2014 | 8:35 PM EDT

Hardball host Chris Matthews is quite the cinemaphile, frequently working movie references into his banter on the MSNBC program. So it was rather surprising when the MSNBC anchor made a whopper of a gaffe on his July 24 program regarding an iconic moment in the climactic lightsaber duel in the middle chapter of the original Star Wars trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back. It seems Matthews remembers Luke Skywalker losing the duel when Darth Vader cut of his arm, not merely his right hand.

The botched movie reference was made by Matthews as he relayed how the fictional villain has a higher favorability rating (58 percent) than any real-life 2016 presidential prospect, including Hillary Clinton (55 percent). Here's the relevant transcript (video follows page break):

By Tim Graham | July 20, 2014 | 11:34 PM EDT

Fred Thompson, a former senator and presidential candidate who returned to an acting career,  granted an interview to The Hollywood Reporter to promote his new movie “Persecuted,” the story of a televangelist framed for murder by powerful government officials.

Thompson acknowledges that conservatives in Hollywood have “a tougher road to travel” and try not to advertise their political views: