Archive for the 'Hollywood' Category

Alicia Keys Makes a Standout Show of Support for Israel

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

by Join the Boycott (@jointheboycott)

In an industry that has shown a distressing and cowardly acquiescence to pressure from anti-Israel extremists, the music world now has a standout courageous voice of support for Israel. One of today’s top recording artists, Alicia Keys (see video below), who is scheduled to perform in Tel Aviv on July 4, has refused to bow to pressure to cancel from Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) extremists, whose bullying tactics border on intimidation. In addition, USA Today shockingly joined the bullying, publishing online, almost verbatim, the words of a BDS press release. Alicia Keys response to BDS was mercurial and sweet. “I look forward to performing in Israel” she said. Kudos. Among the betrayers who have capitulated to the extremists’ pressure are Bon Jovi, Carlos Santana, and Annie Lennox, actors Dustin Hoffman and Meg Ryan, and singer Stevie Wonder cancelled a Friends of IDF support appearance in Los Angeles. JtB urges you not support any of the betraying artists. But Alicia, we are proud of you. Please tweet messages of support (@aliciakeys) and sign this petition supporting her. Kudos also to the many other artists who have rejected the extremists, among them the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Sir Elton John, Justin Bieber, Pet Shop Boys, Alanis Morissette, etc. 6/20/13


Faux Feminist Naomi Wolf Joins Assange in Crusade To Bring Down America

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

by Phyllis Chesler

Celebrity leftists such as filmmaker Michael Moore, British film and television director Ken Loach, Australian filmmaker John Pilger, and British human rights activist, Jemima Khan, have hailed Julian Assange as if he were Roman Polanski and Che Guevara rolled into one. They have pledged money for lawyers to defend him against rape allegations in Sweden. They view Assange as a revolutionary outlaw, an internet “artiste,” the new Daniel Ellsberg, a war-stopper, a show stopper, the people’s hero.


James Bond in the Time of Bin Laden: No Solace, No Engagement

Monday, November 17th, 2008

By Phyllis Chesler

So, I’m guilty, I also stood on line with everyone else and contributed to James Bond’s record-setting weekend box office receipts of $70.4 million dollars in hard American currency. Daniel Craig’s Bond in Quantam of Solace has just trumped his earlier record in Casino Royale of $40 million dollars for an opening weekend. … (Continue reading…)


‘Refusenik’ – Refuses to Tell the Whole Story

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

A film directed by Laura Bialis

Review by: Fern Sidman

The film ‘Refusenik’ is a seminal retrospective documentary chronicling the thirty year history of the struggle to liberate Soviet Jews from the spiritual shackles of bondage that was endemic to their existence in the former USSR. Told through the eyes and brave voices of such celebrity dissidents as Anatoly (Natan) Scharansky, Vladimir Slepak, Yosef Begun, Yosef Mendelevitch, Ida Nudel, Sylva Zalmanson, Alexander Kholmiansky and Yuli Edelstein, director Laura Bialis takes us on a multi-faceted journey of the creation of a revolutionary global grass-roots movement for freedom from tyranny and oppression.


Help! The Visitor

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

By Phyllis Chesler

Has everyone seen Thomas McCarthy’s universally praised film The Visitor? Or at least read the reviews about it? Having no idea what the film was about, I slipped in yesterday expecting to see a “romantic comic drama” which is how the snapshot review described it.

What I saw instead was a poignant, touching film about illegal immigration in post 9/11 America which, I now understand, has been embraced by almost every film critic.


Politics: The Movie

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

By Phyllis Chesler

I protest. Everything is too loud, too fast, too vulgar, too aggressive. POW! BAM! Only celebrities matter. Even our so-called thinkers write the same book over and over again (everything is reduced to branding) and are expected to behave like attack dogs on a short leash.

Welcome to our Comic Book Culture.


Happy Halloween?

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Happy Halloween from the folks in our “entertainment industry,” proving that nothing matters to them — not morality, society, integrity, or anything. Lo and behold the latest video game, “Manhunt 2,” the “most violent game yet,” in which players use virtual reality tools to torture and kill in the most gruesome, graphic manner:

…The objective: a mental patient tries to escape from a bizarre insane asylum using everything from a sickle to rip out a character’s skull to a club to attack a police officer, CBS News science and technology correspondent Daniel Sieberg reports.

As Scott Steinberg, a video game reviewer and author, demonstrated for CBS News, the experience is even more intense when it’s played on Nintendo’s Wii, which gets players to act out the violence.

“We’re going to lure them into the open and then chop them up,” Steinberg explained while playing.

“The Wii has motion-sensing controls, and therefore to stab you’re gonna mimic a stabbing motion, to swing a sledgehammer or a shovel you would do the same. Unfortunately it’s probably not something you would want to have your kids get much practice on,” Steinberg said. …

Is acting out violence in virtual reality any different from actually committing violent acts? (See the Buddhist concept of “Right Thinking.”) If you are concerned about our entertainment industry’s production of ultra-violence, please get involved:


Another Role Model Rapper Arrested

Sunday, October 14th, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Americans really need to start thinking about what they consider entertainment and whom they consider role models for their children. This isn’t exactly the first rapper to be caught with guns — by a long shot:

Grammy-winning rapper T.I. was arrested Saturday — just hours before he was to take the stage at the BET Hip-Hop Awards — in a shopping center parking lot where federal officials said he planned to pick up machine guns and silencers he had his bodyguard buy for him.

Bling. Diamonds. Gold. Jiggling butts. Peers who call black kids who study hard “white.” Glamorizing gun-toting gangstas. This is what BET promotes, but which is in reality a “culture steeped in bitterness and nihilism, a culture that is a virtual blueprint for failure.”


Palestine on the Pacific

Friday, October 12th, 2007

By Phyllis Chesler

So, there I am, sitting in what I had hoped might be an escape movie when I realized that I was watching one more extended Hollywood commercial against the war in Iraq. Alright, it’s a free country for those who’ve got money to burn and this movie, “The Valley of Elah,” was brilliantly acted by three Academy-Award winners: Tommie Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, and Susan Sarandon.

War is hell and it wounds both the victims and perpetrators; this is the film’s focus. War robs human beings of both their humanity and their sanity. Soldiers and combatants become less-than-human; many can never recover from this infernal assault. What war makes people do is something they cannot easily, if ever, recover from. This is the film‘s major point. At film’s end, Jones hoists the American flag upside down to signify that American foreign policy and the armed forces are “upside down,” screwed up, and that we need to be rescued from ourselves.


O.J. Simpson: Juice off the Loose

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Today, O.J. Simpson was ordered by Superior Court Judge Gerald Rosenberg to “hand over his Rolex watch and other assets to satisfy part of a long-standing judgment that found him liable for the deaths of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and friend Ron Goldman.” O.J. has turned out to be his own worst enemy — more and more so in the eyes of African-Americans:

…after a string of missteps by the former football star — a heated 2003 argument with his teenage daughter in which she called police; a book, “If I Did It,” that raised eyebrows last year; and a dispute over sports collectibles in Las Vegas this month that led to an armed-robbery arrest — black opinion has shifted. …


Whoopi Goldberg: Animal Cruelty is Southern Cultural Heritage

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Cletus or Whoopi...Dear Ms. Whoopi Goldberg, don’t tell me that torturing animals (dog-fighting) — “hanging, drowning, and slamming at least one dog’s body to the ground” — is an integral part of Southerners’ “cultural upbringing.” I’ve lived in the Deep South for about 5 years, visited family there many times, and vacationed there more times than I can remember. My experiences? Good, decent people, and beautiful cities, countryside, and beaches. So how did this dog-fighting controversy get started?

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was busted red-handed running a chamber of horrors for canines. Not only was he fighting dogs, but torturing them too, presumably for his own pleasure. From the Smoking Gun, including the federal indictment against Vick:

…After a March 2003 loss by a female pit bull, codefendant Purnell Peace, “after consulting with Vick,” electrocuted the animal. In April, prosecutors allege, Vick, Peace, and Quanis Phillips, “executed approximately 8 dogs that did not perform well in ‘testing’ sessions.” These animals, the indictment claims, were killed “by various methods, including hanging, drowning, and slamming at least one dog’s body to the ground.”


Faith-based toys to make PC crowd squirm

Monday, July 30th, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

…From the middle of August, Wal-Mart, the biggest toy retailer in the US, will for the first time stock a full line of faith-based toys. …

- BBC, Monday, 30 July 2007

Faith-based toys? These will surely make the politically-correct crowd squirm, complain, and hurl wild accusations about “indoctrinating” young minds — you know, the same bunch who seeks to eradicate all common sense morality from every social institution, be it private or public. The BBC’s snide take:

Instead of Spiderman or Bratz dolls, children in the US could soon be clutching a talking Jesus toy, a bearded Moses or a muscle-bound figure of Goliath. …

Oh, G#d forbid children engage in some healthy playtime! Heaven help us if kids get exposed to our Judeo-Christian societal foundations! The PC crowd doesn’t seem to have any problem with young minds being indoctrinated with all manner of perversions. In one of his recent movies, Grindhouse, Quentin Tarantino appears as “Rapist Number One.” Artistic license, right? Not only is Tarantino poisoning minds through the film media, he’s released “Grindhouse Action Figures,” including a Rapist Number One doll with a gun. Also available is “a girl with an M16 as her prosthetic leg.” Just some harmless fun, huh?


Role Models? Two Rappers, Two Guns, Two Arrests

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Two hip-hop heavies — Ja Rule and Lil’ Wayne — were rapped last night in New York, both for possession of .40-caliber pistols, and just an hour and a few blocks apart from one another. …

- TMZ, 07/23/2007

Many of our children are listening to the “music” produced by gun-totting Ja Rule and Lil’ Wayne. Do parents even have a clue as to what their own children are tuning in to for “entertainment?”

Ja Rule and Lil' Wayne


Taking On Hollywood’s Ultra-Violence

Monday, April 30th, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Congress could regulate violence on cable, satellite and broadcast television without violating the First Amendment, the Federal Communications Commission said in a report released Wednesday. …

A correlation exists between bloodshed on television and violence in real life, the commission said.


While I’m not sanguine with censorship, Hollywood has shown no inclination to limit the amount of perversion it pumps out. The FCC report cited above “has alarmed executives in the broadcast and cable industries as well as the American Civil Liberties Union.” It has alarmed broadcast executives because they’re afraid they might make a few less million dollars; the ACLU doesn’t know what morality means. Are Americans concerned about Hollywood’s ultra-violence? Yes. Are U.S. citizens willing to do anything about it? Maybe. Are Americans sitting back and passively internalizing all the violence? Probably.


Get Your Quentin Tarantino Rapist Number One Doll

Friday, April 20th, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

As Perez Hilton puts it, “Because rape is so funny, right?” In his latest movie, Grindhouse, Quentin Tarantino appears as “Rapist Number One.” Artistic license, right? Not only is Tarantino poisoning minds through the film media, he’s released “Grindhouse Action Figures,” including a Rapist Number One doll with a gun. Also available is “a girl with an M16 as her prosthetic leg.” Reports had circulated that Toys “R” Us would be carrying these “action figures,” but the company has denied such claims (thank you). Time to rush out and get these “toys” for your kids so they can become the next Cho Seung-Hui.