NY Times Demands ‘Total Shift’ in Movies People Like, to Meet Quotas

January 15th, 2020 9:03 AM
The New York Times continues to ruin nights at the movies.Brooks Barnes and Nicole Sperling lamented the Academy Awards film nominations: “The Oscar Leaders, And the Overlooked – With 11, ‘Joker’ scores the most  nominations.” “The Irishman,” “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” and “1917” each received 10 nominations. Black actors and actresses were largely overlooked.” Don’t forget women either!…

NYT's Film Limits: No More '(White) Men Lamenting a Changing World'

December 13th, 2019 11:12 PM
Does the New York Times truly want a quota system for artistic excellence? That’s the gist of Friday's piece by reporters Nicole Sperling and Brooks Barnes, “Female Filmmakers Slighted Yet Again.” With the Times’ approval, the art police are manning (oops, sorry) the perimeters, marking the limits of permitted creativity: "Some are also troubled by the large number of Oscar contenders that…

NY Times Again Fights Conservative ‘Trolls’ on Behalf of Marvel Flicks

March 16th, 2019 1:43 PM
It pays to have the right “troll” enemies: The New York Times has three times of late come to the rescue of poor, persecuted Marvel Studios, the capitalist Hollywood behemoth getting by on several billion dollars of box office returns. First up: Defending Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn after he was fired for having made pedophilia jokes. Perhaps the identity of Gunn’s enemies, right-…

NYT Page One: 'Green Book' Racially 'Retrograde,' 'Borderline Bigoted'

February 26th, 2019 8:05 PM
New York Times Hollywood reporter Brooks Barnes made Tuesday’s front page with a petulant look at the Academy Awards and the Oscar-winning movie “Green Book": "While admired by some as a feel-good depiction of people uniting against the odds, the movie was criticized by others as a simplistic take on race relations, both woefully retrograde and borderline bigoted."

NYT Can’t Quite Forgive White Female for Making Black Movie 'Detroit'

August 5th, 2017 9:48 PM
New York Times reporter John Eligon talked to acclaimed movie director Kathryn Bigelow about her new provocative movie “Detroit,” based on a real police incident in the racial powder-keg of Detroit in the summer of 1967: “A White Director, the Police and Race in ‘Detroit.’”

NYT Leaves Out Vital Scene About Anti-Muhammed Video: Benghazi

May 20th, 2015 10:30 AM
When Hollywood-based New York Times reporter Brooke Barnes filed "Censoring Anti-Muslim Video Was Wrong, Court Says," on Tuesday, one vital scene was left on the cutting room floor, which could have reminded readers of an inconvenient controversy involving Hillary Clinton: Benghazi. In 2012, Barnes co-wrote a slanted story on the same subject -- the Youtube clip blamed for mass rioting among…

New York Times Movie Writers Cite 'Good Behavior Watchdogs,' Then Only

December 31st, 2013 6:49 PM
New York Times entertainment reporters Brooks Barnes and Michael Cieply reviewed the year at the box office on Monday, another record year of almost $11 billion spent on movie tickets. The top five grossing movies were all sequels (or in the case of “Monsters University,” a prequel), but the article got a little weird when they called it a “tough year for the good-behavior watchdogs of…

NYT Still Wants Readers to Believe 'There Is a Dispute' Over Role of

November 26th, 2012 10:25 PM
Others can comment on the entirely of the Sunday New York Times story by Serge F. Kovaleski and Brooks Barnes (used in Monday's print edition) about Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the maker of the infamous "Innocence of Muslims" YouTube trailer the authors characterize as a "film" a dozen times in their write-up. Nakoula has now been in jail for two months. I'm only going to comment on the…

NYTimes Blames Jailed Filmmaker for Criticizing Muhammad: 'After Fueli

November 26th, 2012 3:33 PM
Taking a strange, hostile stand toward free expression, the journalists at the New York Times assumed an amateurish YouTube video sparked deadly riots in the Muslim world, and asked the imprisoned director if he had any regrets for making the movie. Monday's front-page report from Los Angeles came from Serge Kovaleski and Brooks Barnes and appeared in print under the guilt-assuming headline "…

NYTimes's Hollywood Reporter Brooks Barnes on P.C. Patrol at the Movie

October 20th, 2011 9:29 AM
Appearing on the front of the New York Times Arts section Tuesday interviewing Pixar founder and “Cars 2” director John Lasseter, Hollywood reporter Brooks Barnes indulged in his preoccupation with political correctness on screen and in movie studios: “It Wasn’t a Wreck, Not Really.” The "wreck" in question was the critical opprobrium foisted upon the "Cars" sequel, which Lasseter directed.…

N.Y. Times Can't Report the Box-Office Receipts Without Blurting 'Mel

February 1st, 2010 12:01 PM
The New York Times certainly doesn’t have dazzled stars in its eyes when it writes about Mel Gibson. What could have been a standard weekend-box-office-receipts piece by Brooks Barnes on Monday sounded like an attack piece: LOS ANGELES - And the blue money just keeps rolling in.The much-hyped return to the multiplex of Mel Gibson, whose drunken and anti-Semitic outburst in 2006 turned him into a…