Monthly Archives: August 2013

Tragic Killing Shows Danger of Violent Video Games

 

A tragic shooting took place recently in a typically quiet area of Louisiana. It was late afternoon in a tiny town fatefully named Slaughter, where amidst peaceful, forested, rolling hills 87-year-old Marie Smothers’ life came to a violent end.

The elderly woman was shot in the back of the head while leisurely watching TV. Shockingly, the police revealed to the public that the assailant was an 8-year-old boy.

According to local law enforcement, the killing was intentional. East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office officials believe the young lad’s pulling of the trigger was a deliberate act that horrifically occurred just moments after he had been engaged in playing a notoriously violent video game.

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Hollywood Has a Case of Post-Election Remorse

When it comes to the entertainment community’s long-term relationship with President Obama, Hollywood is in the midst of a sea change.

Some of the same supporters who in the last presidential election showered Obama with campaign donations and public adulation appear now to be experiencing buyer’s remorse, especially in relation to one major issue.

Just last week, while out in Tokyo promoting a Showtime documentary, director Oliver Stone used some harsh rhetoric to express his extreme displeasure with the president.

“Obama is a snake,” Stone told the press. “He’s a snake. And we have to turn on him.”

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George Clooney Goes Off Script in Hollywood Business Battle

In early August 2013, hedge fund billionaire Daniel Loeb decided to weigh in on Sony’s summer movie decisions.

Loeb heads up Third Point Capital, a hedge fund that has holds a 7 percent ownership interest in Sony. Loeb had suggested a few months back that Sony spin off its entertainment assets in order to provide cash for the company’s electronics units.

Two recent box-office bombs, “After Earth” and “White House Down,” have prompted Loeb to let loose with some pointed barbs about the film studio’s performance.

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Matt Damon Stars in Sci-Fi Socialism

“Elysium,” starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, is a new science fiction action film that is opening in wide release in more than 2,700 movie theaters nationwide.

Sony’s TriStar Pictures is releasing its first big-budget offering since 1998 and is doing so in the form of a heavy-handed political propaganda flick.

The movie uses a mid-22nd century dystopian future to deliver a contrived story line in which the divide between the haves and have-nots has resulted in a worldwide banana republic.

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