Movie News – ‘Rogue One’: First Reactions from the Premiere


“So much cheering during the movie. Audience loved it.”

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Movie News – Wanda Chairman Warns Donald Trump About Blocking Chinese Investment in U.S.


Facing calls for greater scrutiny of his acquisitions, Wang Jianlin said actions to curb Chinese investment could jeopardize the jobs of 20,000 Americans.

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Movie News – Watch the ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Premiere Live Stream


The stars of a galaxy far, far away are taking over Hollywood.

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Movie News – ‘Rogue One’ Premiere Targeted by Pro-Trump Street Artist


“I’d never seen the mainstream media sell their souls for a candidate the way they did for Hillary, and she still lost,” says Sabo, who plastered faux movie posters all over Hollywood Boulevard.

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Movie News – The Tina Fey Interview, by David Letterman


Tina Fey talks to David Letterman and THR about her fear of bombing onstage (his response: “It’s like I have a twin”) and much more.

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New Reveal from the Producers of Kong: Skull Island Arrives

The first images of the new King Kong have emerged and he looks a lot like the original King Kong. The single image of an angry Kong was published via Entertainment Weekly and this Kong looks angry. He is not as comical as the 1976 King Kong nor as heroic as Peter Jackson’s version. This Kong is a gigantic, angry beast not too far removed from the one who appeared in the 1933 original.

 

And this King Kong is a big ape. He has to be. After Kong: Skull Island hits theaters, Kong is slated to return for the remake of King Kong vs. Godzilla. The rematch/remake of the century will hit theaters after Godzilla 2.

 

The return of King Kong to the big screen is somewhat surprising. Peter Jackson’s remake of King Kong was a good film, but it did not do as well at the box office as Jackson’s other blockbusters. One reason cited is the film was a bit too long. That criticism slightly holds water since a three-and-a-half-hour film has fewer show times per day than a film that is only 100 minutes. Still, Jackson’s other very long films did monstrous box office.

 

The Jackson King Kong remake may have came a little too early. There may not have been an appetite for a “giant monster” movie. When the U.S. remake of Godzilla hit screens and did well, the market had changed. Likely, this was fueled in part by the renewal of fantasy thanks to the wild popularity of superhero films.

 

When Jurassic World came out and was a tremendous critical and box office success, giant monster movies were back. The subgenre is not at the level that existed back in the 1950’s, but it is seemingly pretty popular with audiences. One or two big monster on the loose films can do well per year. Kong: Skull Island is sure to be one of those big hits.

 

Giant monster films are a bit like superhero films, but they are not superhero films. That is to their benefit. Fans of hero films get a similar experience, but they do get something different since the subgenre is different. Giant monster movies continue the fantasy fix and does it in a different way

Movie News – ‘Silence’: Film Review


Martin Scorsese wrestles his religious obsessions to the ground in medieval Japan in his new drama, ‘Silence.’

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Movie News – Donald Trump Says He Will Devote “Zero Time” to ‘Apprentice’ While President


The president-elect further tweeted that such reports by CNN are “ridiculous,” “untrue” and “fake news.”

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Glenn Beck’s Twisted Anti-Semitic Attack on George Soros

Glenn Beck is a well known conservative advocate, Fox News commentator and Tea Party spokesman. He is also a right-wing talk show host who has dedicated his life to promoting his own twisted version of anti-reality conservative propaganda. Beck has a long history of villainizing supporters of the Democratic Party. One particular person of Beck’s disdain is the billionaire investor, humanitarian and philanthropist, George Soros.

George Soros is a well known name in American politics. Soros is a major contributor to the Democratic Party in the United States. He is also a humanitarian and a supporter of democracies and worthy causes throughout the world. Soros, a Jew, was born in Budapest, Hungary. As an adolescent, he experienced the Nazi occupation of Hungary during World War II. George Soros survived the horrors inflicted by the Nazis and went on to graduate college and make his fortune in finance and currency speculation.

In The Nation, Jonathan Schell outlines in great detail the warped and twisted approach that Glenn Beck takes when talking about George Soros Nazi. Beck demonstrates the typical right-wing conspiracy theory approach that there is a plot by the global elite to take over the world. Beck accuses Soros of creating a “shadow government” through which he and others can rule the entire world. Beck uses the same type of appeal to antisemitism that was used by other demagogues such as Hitler and Stalin in the early part of the twentieth century.

Beck seems to have taken his irrational hatred of George Soros to new levels by accusing him of working with the Nazis to seize the property of Jews and helping to send them to death camps during World War II. This interpretation of the situation is just another example of Beck and other right-wing fanatics twisting facts to meet their own fantasy version of reality. Beck has little or no appreciation of the reality of a young adolescent Jew boy trying to survive the horrors of the Nazi occupation of Hungary.

Another article that appeared in the New Yorker Magazine further details Beck’s obsession to twist the facts to paint George Soros as an anti-Semite. The article explains that the real fact of the matter was that George Soros did visit properties owned by Jews during this time period. But, Soros only accompanied his Christian protector who was ordered by the Nazis to take an inventory of these properties. Soros was only a 13 year old boy at the time. So what could he do?

Glenn Beck’s animosity towards George Soros may stem from the fact that Soros has been a strong supporter of the Democratic Party. Soros has spent millions of dollars to back democratic candidates like Barack Obama and John Kerry among a great many others. Beck’s many attempts to label Soros as some kind of shadowy anti-democratic figure have failed largely because they don’t hold up to reality. Soros has spent his life supporting those who support democracy and oppose communist dictatorships throughout the world.

Read more about Glenn Beck’s misread of Soros on Reason.com

Movie News – IDA Documentary Awards: Complete Winners List


‘O.J.: Made in America’ won the night’s biggest honor at the Dec. 9 ceremony, which took place at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles.

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