I speak to author Mary Claire Kendal at the Catholic Marketing Trade Show

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There is one aspect of the entire Bill Cosby story that sticks out like a sore thumb but seems to me to have gotten very little play.

When comedian Hannibal Buress made his joke about Bill Cosby being a rapist the one reaction that did not exist.

Surprise.

There was very little outrage outside of few friends in the media. And while there were plenty of folks like myself in the new media & general public who were willing to give Cosby the benefit most of the media and hollywood crowd walked on eggs. They didn’t want to risk being called racists for insulting one of the most iconic & historic black actors in history but they didn’t dare embrace Cosby’s denials because plenty of people who KNEW that Cosby’s protestations of innocence couldn’t stand up to scrutiny.

And it’s with that fresh in my mind that I’ve noticed that this film from Amy Berg has gotten very little notice:

Given how explosive such a film may be one might thing that it would get more attention but this film is only being showed in two theaters in the US right now.

Now we’ve talked about this as a trend in the culture wars for some time & in culture in general and in hollywood.

But I suspect, much like the Planned Parenthood Story the media will leave Ms. Berg’s film alone as much as possible, not only because so many of the people in hollywood are allies who aren’t to be offend, not only because, unlike the Church scandal the orientation of the attackers will be harder to ignore, but mostly because I suspect the media and their friends in Hollywood either know or believe that if Ms. Berg’s film becomes better known the emphatic denials that it will undoubtedly produce are as vulnerable to scrutiny as Bill Cosby’s were.

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By John Ruberry

Much like his obnoxious character Mars Blackmon, director Spike Lee is an annoying presence on the political scene. Now he’s in the middle of a political dispute because his next film will be titled “Chiraq,” which is the nickname the hip-hoppers and yes, some conservative bloggers such as myself use to describe the mayhem on Chicago’s streets, which consists mostly of black-on-black crime–“Chi” for Chicago and “Raq” from Iraq. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has made it clear that he doesn’t like the title.

All the same, a casting call was held for “Chiraq” yesterday.

As for Lee, his a fervent supporter of Barack Obama, who has made it no secret that he wants to redistribute wealth from the better off to the have-nots, such as the type of people who’ll likely be characters in “Chiraq.”

Lee is quite wealthy–and he used his celebrity muscle to host a $38,500 per person fundraiser at his New York City home for Obama’s reelection campaign.

But like many liberals, Lee has shown himself to be a hypocrite when it comes to his own taxes. Obscured by the naming controversy is that the director’s production company, Forty Acres and a Mule Filmworks, has requested a $3 million tax break to from the state film office so he can make “Chiraq” in Chiraq, I mean in Chicago. I’m an Illinois taxpayer and state taxes are too high, which is why the Prairie State has negative population growth, despite a recent cut in the state income tax.

Here’s a better idea, one that Lee should trumpet to his Hollywood pals. Eliminate the need to ask the state film office for tax breaks–just lower the rate for all TV and movie productions. Crony capitalism is one of the reasons Illinois has the lowest credit rating of the fifty states.

But if Lee believes in taxing the rich he can Do The Right Thing and forget about his $3 million tax break for “Chiraq.”

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Can we just talk about the Oscars for a moment?  I watched the broadcast sporadically; Downton Abbey took precedence and I didn’t want to watch it on delay.

But, Lady Gaga!   Lady Gaga just killed it last night with her Sound of Music medley.  Never having been a Gaga fan (with the exception of You and I) you could have blown me over last night when she came out looking angelic in a long white dress that looked suitable for a high school prom.  She began to sing and I kept waiting for her to rip off her skirt and break into a bizarre rendition of The Lonely Goatherd, but it never happened.  Her performance was just stunning and I was transfixed.

Even better:  Julie Andrews came on stage after the performance and was genuinely appreciative of the tribute, saying it warmed her heart.  Add “Dear Lady Gaga” to the list of things you never thought you’d hear from Julie Andrews.

In this day of AutoTune manufactured celebrities, and with her history of the bizarre, I was amazed.  Color me enlightened.  Here’s the YouTube clip:  it was just beautiful.

As to the rest of the broadcast (what I saw of it), it was more of the same pandering and self-promoting that Hollywood is known for. It was the usual over-blown, over long, self congratulating, liberal mash of pablum.

I only had two dogs in the fight last night:  I’d seen Whiplash (loved it) and Birdman (oddly, I liked it, too).  I haven’t made it to American Sniper yet, but certainly will.

Tara Kyle was there, carrying Chris Kyle’s dog tags in her hand; she was lovely.  A true class act.  Robin Roberts interviewed her on the red carpet and Mrs. Kyle was the epitome of class.  Gracious and kind. American Sniper was snubbed at the Oscars last night, but be honest:  did we really expect better?

And speaking of snubs, did the Academy snub Joan Rivers by leaving her out of the In Memorium segment?  After years of doing the red carpet segment with daughter Melissa, didn’t Joan at least deserve mention?  Some on Twitter last night were saying that Joan wasn’t a member of the Academy, but was Gabriel Garcia Marquez?  The Academy’s statement this morning on the matter:

It reads: “Joan Rivers is among the many worthy artists and filmmakers we were unfortunately unable to feature in the In Memoriam segment of this year’s Oscar show. She is, however, included in our In Memoriam gallery on Oscar.com.”

It was a snub.

One highlight of the night was the acceptance speech by Supporting Actor winner J.K. Simmons in which he said:

And if i may, call your mom. Everybody — i’m told there’s like a billion people or so. Call your mom, call your dad. If you are lucky enough to have a parent or two alive on this planet, call them.  Don’t text, don’t e-mail.  Call them on the phone. Tell them you love them and thank them and will be to them for as long as they want to talk to you.

Amen to that.

And for me, between Gaga, Tara Kyle, and J.K. Simmons, those were the only redeeming moments of the Academy Awards.  What an odd trio.

And there ends my deep reflection on the Oscars.

 

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT — My 23-year old son and I have begun our Oscar watch.

This is an annual tradition for us that we actually began only a couple of years ago. Each year, after the Golden Globe and Oscar nominations come out, we begin watching all the nominated movies we can squeeze in, starting with the Best Picture nominees and then on down the list.  This has turned in to a really fun tradition but let me just say that there were parts in The Wolf of Wall Street that were really awkward watching with your kid, even if he was 22-years old at the time.  At any rate, I do treasure the time we spend together watching the movies and the hours after discussing each one.

And I know, Hollywood is the liberal devil, but sometimes escapism is actually not a bad thing.

This week we hit our first movie of the season:  Whiplash and so here I offer a sort of brief review (with no spoilers!)

I loved this movie.  I knew I would love the soundtrack:  the story line revolves around a music student working to earn a spot as a drummer in a jazz band at a Julliard-type school in the city.  His idol is Buddy Rich.  So, the soundtrack is amazing.

The theme turns on how far must you drive yourself for success?  To the brink of insanity?  Death?  Is greatness only achieved at great cost?  At what point does one simply quit and back away in the name of self-preservation?  What is the responsibility of a teacher and mentor?  How hard do you push?  Do only the strong survive?  At what price greatness?

J. K. Simmons plays the teacher Terence Fletcher; you may know him from Juno or from Law and Order (he was Dr. Skoda). He’s up for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his work in this film while the movie is up for Best Film (among other Oscar nods). Simmons has a great face for this role; it’s all angular and edgy – full of unspoken expression.  This has got to be the role of his lifetime.

Because I don’t want to reveal any secrets — and don’t Google too many reviews because several have spoilers – I will stop here, but don’t go see this movie to relax because it’s intense from beginning to end.  It will pull at a range of emotions and leave you with both questions, answers, and a great beat drumming through your head.

 

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

Links are all about selling a headline so when I saw “Pipi Longstocking sex tape” at Live on Five” my reaction was Huh?

Apparently the story is as old as video tape  Tami Erin who played the children’s character 25 years ago like many other women apparently thought it was a good idea to film a hardcore tape with her boyfriend during sex but now is angry that this former boyfriend is shopping it around:

39-year-old Erin called in moments ago and she was irate — blaming a bitter ex-boyfriend for attempting to sell a private hardcore sex tape to the media.

She said, “I think he’s the biggest piece of sh*t on the planet for doing this to me.”

Now of course  the wisdom of MAKING a hardware sextape is debatable and unless this tape was recorded decades ago she doesn’t have the excuse of foolish youth to fall back on.that Miley Cyrus does in terms of judgement.
However I think this story has a different driver.  Here is Ms. Erin’s IMDB page
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This is a screen shot of her web site note the Alexa ranking worldwide:

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and her twitter page

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And here is one of her 47 tweets

 

Meanwhile here is my twitter page

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I’m 11 years older than Tami Erin, at least 125lbs heavier (more like 150) She has beautiful hair, mine is non-existent. It’s a neutral objective fact that she is not only more attractive than me by leaps and bounds but if I tweeted out a photo in the same costume as Ms. Erin did above the only reason a sane person would want to see it would be to induce vomiting.

Yet this page rank is 19,700,000+ spots higher than hers. I have over 1000 more twitter followers than she does…but I might not for long. Here is another screen shot of her twitter page taken at the time I’m typing this sentence

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Note that she has gained 45 followers in the time between the two uploads and two more since I typed this line. As I’m scheduling this post for later in the day there is every possibility that she will have more twitter followers than me by the time you read this (you can check here)

I don’t know Ms. Tami Erin, I never watched the Pipi Longstocking movie as a kid. She is certainly an attractive woman who has done a good job of taking care of her body at 40 one can safely assume that a rational man would be very happy to be seen with her on his arm.

But in the movie/TV business you don’t get work without being noticed. An attractive 40-year-old tweeting out a provocative lingerie shot, even with an iconic movie under her belt, can’t complete with a 20-year-old wearing almost nothing masturbating on national TV with her tongue out.

There may be a sex tape, there may not be but either way Ms. Erin is going to be noticed over the next 24 hours than she has in the last 6 months. Her agent will do her best to use that moment to turn that list of 5 film/TV appearances into six.

I don’t know Ms. Erin’s situation but I’ve got to wonder if it’s worth it.

Ironically I suspect Ms. Erin will consider this post a favor as it will help her get noticed, but if she wanted a real favor from me I’d introduce her to my friend Eric who is about her age. He’s a handsome fellow in good shape, not famous or rich and will not likely get her any new roles but I guarantee he would treat her with more respect that the last fellow, but would she be wise enough to recognize it?

Exit question. In 20 years will Miley Cyrus find herself sending out a nude 3d holographic projection in the hopes that she will still be noticed? Or will it even take that many years?

Update:  Between he time I wrote this post and the time it went up Ms Erin has picked up over 400 followers on twitter.

Today Stacy McCain gets to the nitty gritty (and I mean gritty) of the Kate Hunt case.

This entire Carnival of Dangerous Nonsense has been inspired by one simple fact: Kaitlyn Hunt got caught.

Let’s not kid ourselves: There are lots of 14-year-olds in Florida who have sex, and certainly a few of them are having sex with partners old enough to go prison if they were to get caught. But most of them get away with it, because they are not as stupid and arrogant as Kaitlyn Hunt, who knew what she was doing was illegal, who was warned by the younger girl’s parents to stop it, but who evidently didn’t imagine that anyone had the authority to stop her from doing what she wanted to do with anyone she wanted to do. She is the Veruca Salt of teenage perverts.

However the bulk of his essay concerning a social scientist who sees to argue that young teens are perfectly capable of making sexual decisions on their own.

The real question is what the beautiful people were so anxious to embrace Kate, now some might say it’s ignorance, but I think the answer is elsewhere and you don’t have to go as far back as a 12 year old Brooke shields to figure it out:

“I can tell you that the No. 1 problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be pedophilia. That’s the biggest problem for children in this industry. … It’s the big secret,” Feldman said.

The “casting couch,” which is the old Hollywood reference to actors being expected to offer sex for roles, applied to children, Feldman said. “Oh, yeah. Not in the same way. It’s all done under the radar,” he said.

“I was surrounded by [pedophiles] when I was 14 years old. … Didn’t even know it. It wasn’t until I was old enough to realize what they were and what they wanted … till I went, Oh, my God. They were everywhere,” Feldman, 40, said.

I posted on that a year and a half ago but it never made it in the MSM, at the time the absence of media was noticed:

Nearly a week after the episode aired, the response to Feldman’s alarming claims has been almost non-existent in the major media. While the Boston Globe and the New York Times have hyperventilated over decades-old allegations of abuse by Catholic priests (many of which were all-too-true), neither paper dedicated even a drop of ink to Feldman’s shocker.

Could it be that major media folks do not wish to dig too deep into this story and upset one of their largest sources of income?

I don’t think the major media has to dig on the Feldman story, I suspect like Jimmy Salve it’s been an open secret for a very long time.

The problem with such an open secret is sooner or later the secret gets in the hands of someone who is not inclined, invested, sympathetic or afraid of those who wish that secret kept.

The best for an industry build on such a secret is for that secret to no longer be one that causes, scandal, disgrace or a long jail sentence.

The Hunt case was the best shot to get the ball rolling but alas it turns out the all American family turned out to be anything but.

Be assured when the proper poster girl is found this will return and when that time comes you’ll see the elite media and press go to whole nine yards to get a more favorable result.

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Yesterday Victor Davis Hanson wrote a bit about liberalism do as I say liberals, mentioning Hollywood

The public wonders why Hollywood is so liberal — is it the Bohemian culture surrounding the arts? The natural creative temperament of actors? The Lotus-land surf and sun of the southern-California beach milieu? Perhaps. But penance plays a role as well. For the overpaid and pampered Hollywood movie star, calling for raising taxes, banning guns, ending global warming, and legalizing gay marriage means never having to feel too bad about living on the beach and making, under our capitalist system, more money in a month than do many Americans in a lifetime.

His point is well taken but this is the carrot that he’s talking about, he is ignoring the stick.

It is the stick that makes all the difference.

It is the stick that says, if you don’t give lip service to the liberal cause you won’t get that first job.

It is the stick that says if you are publicly conservative you won’t be considered for that guest role.

It is the stick that says if you are out campaigning for conservatives you won’t get that series.

It is the stick that says if you aren’t pushing our causes will will not get the face time on the talk shows, you will not be sitting on the late night shows and you will not find yourself passed over in a million different ways.

The pattern is not unique to Hollywood. I’m sure many Democrat pols who were brought up good Catholics were asked kindly to be silent on their city councils and selectman positions on certain issues out of party loyalty, but when they decided they wanted to advance beyond that counsel seat or that selectman position they are shown the stick and if they don’t give in, they don’t advance.

Never forget while the carrot is a motivator it is the stick that really makes the difference.