The Hollywood Box Office Dilemma
“North American summer revenue barely cracks $4 billion, an eight-year low and down 15 percent from 2013,” read the sub-header at the Hollywood Reporter. The New York Times headline was “Movies Have Worst Summer Since 1997″. Grantland weighed in. So too the Wall Street Journal. I have seen a bunch of movies this year. I like the movies. One day I want one of those | Read More »
Why is Hollywood Obsessed with Reboots and Remakes?
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Scott Beggs and John Ross to discuss this year’s summer blockbusters, why Hollywood is obsessed with reboots and remakes and if Disney will screw up Star Wars.
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Tech at Night: Democrats use AT&T and DirectTV to distract from needed FCC Net Neutrality oversight
So even as Democrats try to distract from critical oversight issues by making angry noises about AT&T and DirecTV, Republicans aren’t taking the bait and instead are applying proper oversight to the FCC. Because you see, while the radicals make false anti-”fast lane” arguments for their Title II Reclassification alternative, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s Zombie Net Neutrality is still a power grab. It’s a power grab that the Democrat-run press is colluding to allow, buddy-buddy with pro-Net Neutrality corporate lobbyists such as Google’s.
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, Fast Lanes
, Jay Rockefeller
, Net Neutrality
, Tech at Night
, Tom Wheeler
The Greatest Story Never Told
It seems the majority of Americans have joined me in realizing what a crappy movie Noah is. Take the Bible out of it. In fact, as my friend Brian Mattson points out, Noah isn’t even based on the Biblical telling of Noah, but on a gnostic fantasy where the serpent was the hero. Take all that out and Noah was still a pretty pathetic movie. | Read More »
GOOD NEWS, America — the president’s top advisor, Valerie Jarrett, is busy using her power to “suggest” that Hollywood write ObamaCare into scripts….
This isn’t a political blog and it’s not going to be, but there’s a truism – Life is politics – which necessitates that those who seek to opine must, on occasion, make political statements. Culture does, in fact, lie upstream of politics, and ever since the Summer of Love, when “liberation” went screaming off the rails, cultural sewage has flowed through the voting booth, creating | Read More »
Erick’s hilarious review of Darren Aronofsky’s new film “Noah” makes it sound ripe for the “Mystery Science Theater 3000″ treatment. John Nolte at Breitbart salutes the technical achievements and solid acting performances, while condemning the overall message of the movie as “brilliantly sinister anti-Christian filmmaking.” Personally, I was of the “let’s give the movie a chance before we condemn it” school during the last few | Read More »
The “Consider This!” Podcast, Episode 67: Writing Laws With a Pen and a Phone, and Hollywood Liberals For Tax Cuts
The latest episode of the “Consider This!” podcast is out. Conservative commentary in 10 minutes or less. A pen and a phone. That’s what President Obama recently said he had which could circumvent Congress on policy topics he wanted to get moving. Conservatives, like me, compared him to a king, giving orders and expecting everyone to jump. The Left took this opportunity to show that the number | Read More »
What conservatives can to learn from Hollywood: Good stories told well can influence political perspective
Watching movies are one of my favorite pastimes. Our favorite movies say a lot about us… although I’m not exactly sure what. My top five (in no particular order) are Gladiator, Valley Girl, Galaxy Quest, Lost in Translation and probably Tombstone. Movies are a unique form of entertainment because they are touchstones, shared experiences which so many Americans have in common. Lines like “I’m walking | Read More »
The Economics of Hollywood in the Age of Streaming Media
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Scott Beggs and John Ross to discuss the evolution of Hollywood in the era of streaming media, if the selection at your local movie multiplex is about to change dramatically, and what the film industry may look like 10 years from now.
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The social triangle
Three great forces shape a society: culture, politics, and economics. Each of them influences the other. The late Andrew Breitbart famously observed that politics are “downstream” of culture. In other words, culture shapes political expectations. People tend to vote in favor of issues and candidates that enjoy cultural approval. Political commentators often refer to the “Overton window,” which covers the range of “acceptable” positions candidates | Read More »
Energy 101: Modern Drilling Practices
Innovations on the drilling side of the industry have turned pipe dreams (excuse the pun) into reality.
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Fact-Checking Matt Damon’s ‘Promised Land’
“Promised Land”, Matt Damon’s anti-fracking propaganda flick, is short on science, short on industry knowledge, and geographically confused.
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Hollywood Hypocrisy on Guns
If you didn’t know, Hollywood has yet again sprung into action producing an “all hip celebrities on deck” ad demanding gun control. I’m sure Washington will take it as seriously as the last one.In any event, via Brad Thor’s twitter feed, I see that someone has put together a genius though not safe for work, video that puts all these do gooder celebrities calling for | Read More »
An Open Letter to President Obama, About Sandy Hook
Dear President Obama, While I appreciate your emotion in response to this recent tragedy, make no mistake I believe your tears were real, you’re a father, it hit home I assume. I would like to take this time and ask you to take a serious look at the money behind your presidency, your campaigns. The same people who throw lavish fundraisers, star studded concerts, are | Read More »
Nick Searcy Wants to Make You a Star
I don’t know a lot of international film & television stars, but I know Nick Searcy – and if you knew Nick Searcy – you’d certainly know he is just such a star… probably because he’d tell you. Seriously though, if you do know Nick, you’d know he’s constantly goofing on the industry in which he works – a business filled with folks who will | Read More »