Monthly Archives: January 2014

Hollywood’s Participation in Health Care Propaganda

The Obama administration is once again turning to Hollywood to handle the marketing and public relation duties necessitated by the shortcomings of the increasingly Un-Affordable Care Act.

The entertainment industry has been attempting to corral young people into signing up for Obamacare health exchanges via use of celebrity spokespersons, viral videos, social media campaigns, live streaming, and other means that the demographic might find appealing.

Thus far things have not worked out as plotted. Consequently, the White House has now designated Julie Green Bataille, Director of the Office of Communications at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), to participate next month in an event titled “The Affordable Care Act: Comedy, Drama & Reality – Portraying ObamaCare in TV & Film.”

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Meryl Streep Attacks Walt Disney

Meryl Streep stunned an audience at a recent National Board of Review awards ceremony, a highly watched pre-Oscar affair.

The perennial Oscar nominee let loose with an odd verbal assault on Walt Disney, saying that the entertainment mogul “had some racist proclivities.” Streep additionally commented that Disney had “supported an anti-Semitic industry lobbying group” and characterized him as “a gender bigot.”

The actress shared her critique while presenting the best actress trophy to Emma Thompson. In the current Disney film “Saving Mr. Banks,” Thompson plays the role of P.L. Travers, who penned “Mary Poppins.”

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Hollywood Stunned by Box-office Success of ‘Lone Survivor’

“Lone Survivor” just reeled in two-times the box office take than Hollywood experts had been anticipating.

A number of executives in the entertainment industry have been trying to figure out why the muscles of “The Legend of Hercules” and the animated charm of “Frozen” couldn’t top a military drama.

“Lone Survivor” tells the true story of a 2005 Navy SEALs mission. The film grossed $38.5 million domestically, according to studio estimates, which made it this past weekend’s #1 movie and put it in the record books as having the second-biggest January debut ever, besting the 1997 hit “Star Wars: Special Edition” ($35 million) and almost beating the 2008 film “Cloverfield” ($40 million).

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Hollywood Lobbying Goes Global

Hollywood has long been known as the entertainment capital of the world.

Now, though, it is also gaining fame for its powerful influence on policy both here in the United States as well as abroad.

Entertainment companies are routinely taking their legislative wish lists to Washington, D.C., and they aren’t tiptoeing around. With hopes of winning legislative and regulatory jackpots, they are lobbying hard right alongside their fellow K streeters.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the industry has spent more than $320 million over the last three years to try and convince politicians to move in their direction.

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