It’s no surprise that many Hollywood actors and actresses are on the left side of the aisle. But what is a surprise -- and a nice one at that -- is to see some of them stand by their ideology even when many liberals on Capitol Hill will not.
Matt Damon’s latest film “Promised Land” arrived in theaters nationwide yesterday with a focus on the controversial issue of fracking. Written by Matt Damon (who won an Oscar for co-writing “Good Will Hunting”) and John Krasinski (“The Office),” the story focuses on a small community that is asked to debate the merits of the process when a large corporation arrives in town wanting to buy much of the local land.
It isn’t unusual for an unsuspecting viewer to walk into a movie theater expecting two hours of mindless entertainment only to be surprised by a liberal political message that overshadows the proceedings.
Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” is a different film than one would expect from the brilliant filmmaker responsible for ageless films like “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Private Ryan.”
There are only a few books that have proven as ageless and important as Ayn Rand’s novel, “Atlas Shrugged.” Even now, the book- which was originally published in 1957- is routinely the subject of political debates. It has even received renewed attention during this political season because of Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s longtime fondness for Rand’s work.
At the National Book Festival earlier today, I spoke to Woodward about what made Obama -- who spoke out against our nation’s ruinous spending policies both before and after becoming president -- carelessly accept trillions of dollars of more debt under his watch. “The answer is politics,” Woodward said. “That’s why the book is called the price of politics.”
In the early 20th Century, the Mexican people banded together and fought a war against their overzealous government which was infringing on their religious rights. And although the Cristero War was an important event in that nation’s history, many Mexicans don’t learn about it in public school because it embarrasses the government, according to actor Eduardo Verástegui.”
Growing Pains actor Kirk Cameron thinks that America is off track. He’s concerned about our country’s future and he believes that we have to look to history to find “the secret sauce” that made our nation so great in the first place. With that in mind, his new documentary Monumental focuses on Cameron’s attempt to retrace our forefather’s journey in order to better understand how our nation came into being.
“I’d never heard of abortion survivors” before I read the script for October Baby, John Schneider told me in a recent interview about his new film.
In the run-up to the airing of the HBO movie “Game Change,” its detractors were told that the movie was fair and that the filmmakers tried to make it “as balanced as possible.” That it wasn’t just two hours of Sarah Palin-bashing. Now that the movie has aired, their defenses have been undermined by the truth.
Although I was never close enough to consider myself a friend of Andrew Breitbart,I always considered him an invaluable and fierce ally in the fight for conservative values. I only met him a few times but as a longtime contributor to one of his websites, I will be eternally grateful for the opportunities he provided for conservatives like me to write and engage in the political debate.
“Each day we remained unrescued made me wonder if we were worth saving,” Douglas MacKinnon writes in his new memoir, “Rolling Pennies in the Dark.” The highly-readable and emotionally-charged book tells the story of MacKinnon as he rose from devastating poverty to the heights of political power.
“We thought that Hollywood’s misrepresented their community for so long that it would be great to get their story authentically told,” director Scott Waugh said about his new film, “Act of Valor.”
“We shall stand on principle or we will not stand at all,” Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep) states late in the new film, “The Iron Lady.” The movie- which explores the life of the masterful former prime minister of England—attempts to show the conservative politician in both her glory and in her latter years. In doing so, it successfully portrays Thatcher’s political successes but stumbles along the way by focusing too much on her health after her tenure as prime minister.
Many celebrities in Hollywood use the platform that fame provides to promote their favored political causes and candidates. From Sean Penn to Matt Damon to Jane Fonda, famed actors and actresses—who are oftentimes on the extreme left of the political spectrum-- use their power and influence to support their personal ideologies. Roma Downey is different.
“That was really an accident,” Mitch Albom recently called the publication of his first nonfiction book, “Tuesdays with Morrie.” At the time, the sports columnist was just trying to earn money to help pay his former professor’s medical bills. However, when the book was published, it became something more. An international sensation. It also changed Albom’s life.
It’s difficult to dislike Clint Eastwood. He’s an excellent director and a fine actor, who is openly conservative in a town that often disdains them. Many of Eastwood’s films have avoided politics but his new film “J. Edgar” will likely open up a political debate because of its depiction of J. Edgar Hoover, the long-serving former director of the FBI
Over the weekend, I attended a screening of "Tower Heist," a new comedy that pits a group of working-class employees at a residential high-rise against a corrupt financial investor. The first scene shows the investor swimming in a rooftop pool with an image of a $100 bill at its base. That’s the story's first symbol of cold opulence in a story rife with them.
Several months ago, film critic Nell Minow – aka The Movie Mom-- presented a segment on “Roger Ebert Presents” about corporate villians and she noted that "the most frequent villian in movies is the American corporation." She added that many films, which are often made and distributed by corporations themselves, use corporations as their “villain of choice”.
There are a lot of reasons why people know the name Emilio Estevez. Some know him because his father is Martin Sheen and his brother is Charlie Sheen. Others know him for playing the “jock” in “The Breakfast Club.” Still others know him for his work playing coach Gordon Bombay in “The Mighty Ducks” films. Even others know him for the many other films that he's acted in or directed over the years.