The pressure is on big-time this week for Hillary Clinton and all of her political, media, and special interest cohorts.
As the Democratic National Committee readies itself to lower its opening gavel at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, WikiLeaks, the controversial organization that routinely publishes tidbits of previously undisclosed information, is priming the anti-establishment pump.
The convention is set to take place July 25-28 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.
Interestingly, while party officials, public speakers, and event planners were working overtime, WikiLeaks was living up to its name. Just last Friday the group let 20,000 emails dribble out. The digital communications purportedly had DNC origins. Read more...
Like the great Ronald Reagan before him, Donald Trump appears to possess superb Hollywood instincts.
With his understanding of how politics and entertainment are a perfect match, Trump has systematically rewritten every campaign playbook out there. Now the GOP presidential nominee is set to host a party that is likely to forever alter political conventions to come.
A hint that the public is in store for something really different begins with the convention’s line-up of speakers.
Like a Barbara Walters’ “Most Fascinating People” special, the roster of those who will be gracing the Republican National Convention stage includes an eclectic mix of the political, the prosperous, and the popular. Read more...
Illumination Entertainment’s “The Secret Life of Pets” unexpectedly dominated the weekend’s box office.
The comedic 3D computer-animated family film is the latest release from Illumination, the company that delivered the highly successful “Despicable Me” and its big-screen offshoot “Minions.”
With competition typically benefitting a movie hungry public, entertainment’s rising studio is looking more and more like a genuine alternative to animation giant Pixar. With its higher-than-expected $103 million debut weekend, “Pets” managed to dethrone Pixar’s “Finding Dory.” It also took the crown for having the best opening for a non-sequel, non-spin-off animated film, beating the $90 million debut of Pixar’s “Inside Out.” Read more...
Disney must have been thinking it would have a big friendly box-office hit on its hands with the timely Fourth of July weekend release of “The BFG.”
Unfortunately for the studio giant, the numbers tell a bit of a different story. “BFG” brought in a modest $19.6 million in box-office revenue over the weekend and $22.2 million for the four day holiday. Mixed reviews from critics and some unfavorable comments on social media sites did not help the movie’s launch. In addition, the family-oriented film has a $140 million production budget to overcome and is likely to end up in the loss column for Disney. Read more...
One might think that the ideal time to release a big-budget summer sci-fi film would be the Fourth of July weekend, particularly when the movie itself bears the holiday’s name.
Not so this time around for Roland Emmerich’s “Independence Day: Resurgence.”
The much-anticipated flick underwhelmed the North American box office over the past weekend, with a lower-than-expected take of $41.6 million.
In a typical summer season, an alien invasion blockbuster-in-waiting would draw in audiences like a high-powered magnet, attracting with ease those in search of some mindless relief and knock-out fun. Read more...
by James Hirsen and Paul J. Wright*
The news media in the United States are just beginning to pay attention to an important election, which is scheduled to take place this week in the United Kingdom.
On June 23, 2016, British voters will take to the polling booth to decide whether or not to remain in the European Union (E.U.).
The electoral process at hand is known as the Brexit referendum, with opposing sides being categorized as the Remain and Leave campaigns.
For a number of significant reasons the intelligent decision would be for Britons to opt in favor of the Leave campaign. Read more...
One of the key issues that Donald Trump has brought to light during his presidential campaign run is the need for a wall at the southern border in order to bolster national security and ensure the safety and welfare of our country’s people.
That a nation must have in place a framework with which it can regulate the ingress and egress of individuals across its territorial boundaries is fundamental to the notion of sovereignty and has traditionally been a sound practice of virtually every country in the world. Read more...
It would be hard to dispute that both Matt Damon and Susan Sarandon are bona fide members of the Hollywood left.
However, the political leanings of the movie stars are presently going in two sharply different directions.
Damon has made it clear that he stands solidly behind Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for president, while Sarandon is a passionate supporter of Bernie Sanders’s presidential run.
The divergent views of the two celebrities illustrate the very real and expanding rift that now exists within the predominantly liberal Hollywood community and the current base of the Democratic Party. Read more...
Johnny Depp has had a week no one would envy.
The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star has had to deal with the passing of his mother, the end of his marriage, allegations of physical abuse, and now a bomb at the box office.
Amber Heard, Depp’s wife of the past fifteen months, just filed for divorce in Los Angeles citing irreconcilable differences as grounds to end the marriage. Legal papers were filed three days after the death of Depp’s mother.
The Hollywood couple had met while filming the 2011 movie “The Rum Diary,” were married in a private ceremony in February of 2015, and have no children together. Read more...
Mark Zuckerberg just made a bad problem worse.
The Facebook founder recently held a public relations-oriented meeting with some of the nation’s leading conservative figures to address the bias that was revealed in the social media site’s Trending Topics section.
The meeting with the reported seventeen conservative notables was said to have lasted approximately one hour.
Despite the participants having been bound by confidentiality agreements and the gathering having been off-limits to the press, a surprising amount of information concerning the meeting has leaked out. Read more...