Michael Moore was on Conan last night and made a pretty great point. Republicans are constantly hard on Hollywood liberals, but it’s conservatives who actually have all the Hollywood political candidates: Ronald Reagan; The Governator; Sonny Bono. What if an actual Hollywood liberal ran for office? Moore suggests Matt Damon. Don’t know if Damon is “beloved” as Moore puts it. But he is Jason Bourne. And that’s tough to screw with.
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The title of USC professor Steven Ross‘ upcoming book is hard to ignore – Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics.
The concept is equally intriguing. He chooses to examine the topic by focusing on ten individuals: Charlie Chaplin, Edward G. Robinson, George Murphy, Ronald Reagan, Harry Belafonte, Jane Fonda, Charlton Heston, Warren Beatty, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Ahead of the book’s publication in September via Oxford University Press, the Australian caught up with Ross in Sydney, where he was recently a visiting professor:
Ross found two things that defied conventional wisdom. First, conservatives had a longer history in Hollywood than liberals, beginning with MGM studio head Louis B. Mayer, who developed a relationship with the Republican party in the late 1920s, effectively turning MGM studios into a publicity wing.
From the headline on down (“It’s Not Rocket Science, But it’s a Win for Caltech”), veteran LA Times columnist Bill Plaschke has tremendous fun with his coverage of a truly momentous local sporting event: the first victory by Caltech’s basketball team since Ronald Reagan was President.
By sinking a free throw with 3.3 seconds left, brainiac team member Ryan Elmquist (pictured) led his team to a 46-45 victory over Occidental College, causing school president Dr. Jean-Lou Chameau and other illustrious onlookers to go crazy:
There is surprisingly little coverage today of James Dean on what would have been his 80th birthday. Some exceptions are Flavorwire.com’s crazily ambitious “80 Things You Didn’t Know About James Dean,” and our favorite item courtesy of St. Louis Post-Dispatch film critic Joe Williams.
In a nifty little piece entitled “When Ronnie Met Jimmy,” Williams reveals himself to be a hardcore Dean fan, having visited the actor’s Indiana grave site as well as the California crossroads where the star died. He shares the recently discovered video of The Dark, Dark Hours, a 1954 teleplay that paired Dean with Ronald Reagan (who coincidentally would have turned 100 on Sunday).
Amidst the huge celebrations in Los Angeles for Ronald Reagan‘s 100th birthday over the weekend, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention The eXiled‘s little tribute they posted on their site. And by “little tribute,” we’re really referring to former UC Berkley professor John Dolan‘s penning of one of the most glorious character annihilations we’ve ever come across.
A small taste:
I’ve had Reagan all my life. In 1967, 13 years before the rest of you got President Reagan, he became governor of California. It was the terrarium in which Reagan’s tinkerers figured out how to stimulate the beasts in the tract houses to hatred and bathos, the tools with which they ruled and destroyed the nation.
That might explain the skepticism that greets declarations of commitments to diversity from HuffPost and others that won’t say exactly how diverse they are. They don’t seem to believe that the old Ronald Reagan line — “Trust but verify” — applies to them.
Asked to name the one or two staffers in last month’s photo who appeared to be African American, Mario Ruiz, spokesman for the operation, replied by e-mail, “sorry, cant identify folks for you.”
The photo Prince is referring to, shown top left of this post, is from a recent HuffPo holiday party. Awfully pale indeed.
He deemed Brokaw one of the best speakers to have graced the event, right up there with Colin Powell, Ken Burns, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. He also noted that Brokaw, during a dinner held immediately beforehand, suggested that Ronald Reagan‘s terms as California Governor dealing with Jessie Unruh and the Legislature prepared him better than most for the challenges of the U.S. Congress. Writes Lesher:
It is interesting to me that in their visits to “Newsmakers,” Brokaw, Bob Schieffer, Lesley Stahl and Powell all had anecdotes about Reagan that were central to their talks. One can recall when it was downright hip to criticize the Gipper as being unintelligent, superficial and the like.
Anyway, KFI AM 640 just announced some programming changes, via its Facebook page. Bill Carroll‘s show is expanding from 2 to 3 hours, noon to three. Carroll came to LA from Canada less than a year ago. He’s apparently picked up the not-so-subtleties of American conservative talk radio pretty well. John and Ken, meanwhile, are back to a four-hour show from 3-7–down from a massive five-hour marathon. And comedy writer Doug Steckler is back with the Tim Conway Jr. show as of this coming Friday night. Steckler was last on the show in 2005 after his contract wasn’t renewed and he was replaced by Brian Whitman.
For its next governor, California is in dire need of a dynamic and optimistic grownup, one with the personality, perspective and presence to remind voters that theirs is a fabulously wealthy state and not the downward-spiraling mess that national media reports delight in comparing to Greece or Portugal. We need someone with a Reaganesque talent for revealing to ourselves our own exceptionalism and dismissing the self-doubt of the last decade. We need a Pat Brown or Earl Warren-style focus on our future, with investment in education and infrastructure. And we need a leader deft and clever enough to move Californians away from a three-decade pattern of undermining our own government, checking and counterchecking ourselves with selfish initiatives to lock up special program spending, lock out political decision-making and accountability and lock in a perpetual and destructive budget standoff, year after year.
Fate presents the state instead with two candidates who fall well short of our current needs.
Um, hate to break the news to you guys, but you’ve just described the last…hmmm…30 years of American democracy. And no, we don’t need another Ronald Reagan to delude us into misguided and largely destructive notions of our own self-importance so we can carry on with business as usual.
The Times offered a more hearty, if somewhat contradictory endorsement of Barbara Boxer for senate, over Republican Carly Fiorina. The Times’ editorial suggests Boxer struggles in “exercising influence commensurate with her seniority,” but at the same time suffers from an “assertiveness that often is perceived as arrogance.”
So you’re telling us she’s assertive to the point of arrogance, but fails to assert herself? Alrighty then.
Happy election season everyone!
Slate tantalizes us with a story that we think is going to be about pundits:
An Obama loss would mean the majority of pundits, reporters, and analysts were wrong. Pollsters would have to find a new line of work, since Obama has been ahead in all 159 polls taken in the last six weeks. The massive crowds that have regularly turned out to see Obama would turn out to have meant nothing. This collective failure of elites would provide such a blast of schadenfreude that Republicans like Rush Limbaugh would be struck speechless (another historic first).
But then the story forgets what it’s about and devolves into a campaign trail account of Barack Obama‘s stump speeches. Which is weird.
So let’s see if we can add (read: steal from elsewhere) some insight:
In other words, this year pundits, and not voters, could determine the outcome of the elections. So here’s our little public service announcement: Turn off your TVs until after you’ve cast your ballot.
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