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Posts Tagged ‘Hollywood

Not At The Oscars, But On Twitter.

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Those who really know me would be surprised to hear that I am not at the Oscars in Hollywood.

But I am on Twitter, instead !

And whilst I am not a film critic or much given to commenting on cultural issues, I would say that the King’s Speech is historically rather problematic.

Some about Edward VIII.

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28/02/2011 at 03:53

More On Mel Gibson.

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As if we needed further confirmation of Mel Gibson’s nauseating views, Winona Ryder recalls an encounter with him:

“”I remember, like, fifteen years ago, I was at one of those big Hollywood parties. And he was really drunk. I was with my friend, who’s gay. He made a really horrible gay joke. And somehow it came up that I was Jewish. He said something about ‘oven dodgers,’ but I didn’t get it. I’d never heard that before. It was just this weird, weird moment. I was like, ‘He’s anti-Semitic and he’s homophobic.’ No one believed me!”

Yeah, 15 years ago, so Gibson hasn’t changed much since then.

Oliver’s Excuse?

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More entertainment news, astute readers will have read about Oliver Stone’s weird and racist views.

As a bit of a joke, I am asking readers to speculate on the type of defence that Oliver Stone will make after his slippage into Mel Gibson territory.

What will Oliver “The Jewish domination of the media” Stone argue:

1. That he was misquoted?
2. [Use the Tonge/Young excuse]. That he took an over-emotional approach to the topic?
3. He was drunk?
4. He’s another victim of Elders of Zion?
5. It was mistaken identity, Mel Gibson did the interview, Stone wasn’t even in the country.
6. “Some of my best friends are….”
7. Your choice…

Please share your insights into Oliver Stone’s mentality, a potential prize for the funniest.

PS: See Oliver Stone: The Living Embodiment of the Red-Brown Alliance.

(H/T: CiF Watch)

Update 1: Z Word blog puts it succinctly, Oliver Stone is an Antisemite.

Update 2: Granted I don’t follow him much, but I hadn’t fully realised what a seriously demented individual Stone was:

“Earlier this year, Stone told assembled reporters during Winter TV Press Tour that his 10-hour documentary Showtime documentary entitled “The Secret History of America” will show that Adolf Hitler was “an easy scapegoat” and will help put the mass murderer in context.

“We can’t judge people as only ‘bad’ or ‘good.’ [Hitler] is the product of a series of actions,” Stone says. “It’s cause and effect. People in America don’t know the connection between WWI and WWII.”

I am speechless.

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27/07/2010 at 00:35

Why Galloway Jumped Ship?

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Whatever you think of George Galloway he has a nose for trouble and it seems clear that he saw the implosion of Respect coming.

Apparently, there was a piece on BBC London local news, where the main backer of the Respect Party, Azmal Hussein, has decided to pull the plug.

I don’t know Mr. Hussein, but it seems he was the Respect version of Michael Ashcroft, the party funder.

Mr. Hussein, according to the International Socialism journal, is a millionaire restaurateur and property developer.

I am not familiar with Mr. Hussein but I assume he thought he was throwing good money after bad then decided to stop wasting his time and money. It seems that the writing was on the wall in 2007, or so the Weekly Worker implies.

No doubt the Gorgeous One saw it coming and made arrangements accordingly. I pity Hollywood.

Still, it is a shame that these small parties are equally dependent on the whim of multimillionaires. Not exactly a new type of politics is it?

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12/05/2010 at 19:29

George In Hollywood

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Whatever you think of George Galloway he has a certain entertainment value.

He’s a showman, and has considerably more skill than the average politician.

The Gorgeous one knows what he likes, money and power and follows it.

I had mistakenly assumed that he would be doing another tour of the Middle East, but I suppose they’ve heard it all before and even Galloway’s aggressive rhetoric must become boring after a time.

The Gorgeous one has surprised all of us, by intending to go to Hollywood!

I can’t see him doing Cecil B. Mills type pictures or even Jimmy Cagney in Yankee Doodle Dandy, but there’s plenty of money in Hollywood and it should provide a new outlet for his ego.

The Times has more:

” He plans to emulate Michael Moore, the American left-wing film-maker. His first project will be a movie about the plight of Palestinians in Gaza.

The Scottish-born firebrand, who has long campaigned for the creation of a Palestinian state, said he will be flying to Los Angeles this week to secure studio backing for his venture.

The former Labour MP for Glasgow Kelvin, said he had lined up meetings with movie executives and hoped to raise £2m to £4m for the project.

Moore, who rose to prominence with hard-hitting documentaries such as Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11, has focused on gun ownership, globalisation and the Iraq war.

“I’m off to California on Saturday to speak to people in the film business about a long-standing idea I’ve had to do a Michael Moore type treatment of the Palestinian conflict,” said Galloway. “Think of Fahrenheit 9/11 but about Palestine and the siege on Gaza and the settlements on the West Bank and so on.

“If I could emulate 20% of Michael Moore that would be something. He’s sensationally successful. I’m a great admirer of his work. I don’t want to copy him but to emulate him in the way he tackles issues.

“I think I could present well — do the Michael Moore part well. The story is attractive and controversial. I like trying to do things that have never been done before.”

“In 2005 I got quite friendly with Sean Penn and Warren Beatty. I’m going to go and see them, I hope, and several other film people on the production and directorial side,” he said.

“I’ve got a potential director — he’s quite famous — me, as a known person in the United States, Britain and throughout the Arab world, and we’ve got the story.” “

If nothing else, following Galloway’s antics has a certain amusement value.

(H/T: Liam Mac Uaid)

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10/05/2010 at 13:56