This Sunday is Hollywood’s biggest night, so who will walk off with a heavy golden statue, and who will have to pretend the nomination itself was an honor? Lionel Chetwynd and I take a look at the major categories and test our powers of divination. Plus, we reveal what Academy voters were able to do for the first time ever in Oscar history.
Danny Ayalon, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Israel, joins me to discuss a multitude of issues, including, the “Arab Spring,” Iran, Gaza, the Palestinians, Chuck Hagel, Israeli politics, and more.
On this week’s Poliwood, Lionel Chetwynd and I speak with historian and PJ Media Columnist Ron Radosh to discuss the historical accuracy of Oliver Stone’s “Secret History of America” series airing on Showtime. Find out why we think this series will misinform an entire generation of Americans.
It’s Oscar season and that means that across Los Angeles (but mostly Westside neighborhoods like Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Malibu) guild member mailboxes are chock full o’ DVDs of movies the major studios would like Academy members to watch and nominate. Lionel and I bring in our loot and let us peek behind the red velvet curtain. Do Academy members really see all the movies that are submitted? Who’s in the Academy anyway? Why are so many Academy members old white guys? Is this a problem? Tune in, either at PJTV or YouTube, to find out.
Israel’s Iron Dome system is a game changer. It literally shoots rockets headed for Israeli civilians out of the sky. Hear from Israeli Consul General David Siegel about this amazing Israeli defense weapon, as well as the rest of the deepening conflict in the Middle East.
On this week’s Poliwood, Lionel and I take a look at Ben Affleck’s Argo and…sing its praises. Is there a lesson conservative filmmakers can learn from this geopolitical thriller? And is Argo historically accurate? Poliwood’s resident former Canadian Lionel Chetwynd interviewed many of the original hostages and heard first-hand what that experience was like.
Inside, the transcripts from last night's award ceremony held in New York City by PJ Media and The New Criterion. Update: High-def video of the speeches now online at the Tatler.
On this week’s Poliwood, Lionel and I try and solve the mystery of The Master. Why is it that critics love it so? We’ve got a theory. For those who have yet to see the movie, watch this episode. It may save you some time and money.
Plus, Matt Atchity of Rotten Tomatoes takes a look at Looper, Hotel Transylvania and Won’t Back Down.
On this week’s Poliwood, Lionel and I are joined in-studio by best-selling author and, now, filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza. D’Souza explains why he decided to take a page from the Michael Moore playbook and release a powerful documentary during an election season. Why has his film 2016: Obama’s America become the second-highest grossing political documentary of all time? And how can PJTV viewers help the film do even better? Find out.
Eleven years ago, 19 hijackers flew planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Pennsylvania killing nearly 3,000 Americans and changing our world forever. On this anniversary, PJTV remembers the fallen and discusses how national security has changed since we’ve brought justice to Osama bin Laden. Are we safer now that bin Laden is gone and what should U.S. foreign policy look like as new threats emerge in the Middle East?
I’m joined by foreign policy experts Richard Grenell and Robert C. O’Brien to discuss societal changes since 9/11 and policy solutions for dealing with an uncertain world and stateless enemy.
On this week’s Poliwood, Lionel Chetwynd crosses the cable aisle to analyze MSNBC’s convention coverage and lives to tell about it. Also, Roger and Lionel take a look at Dinesh D’Souza’s surprise box office hit 2016: Obama’s America and examine the premise that Obama was shaped more by his father’s anti-colonialism than he was this country’s civil rights movement. And they also look at the Steven K. Bannan documentary The Hope and the Change which Sean Hannity called the most powerful documentary he’d seen in his life.
And Rotten Tomatoes’ Matt Atchity previews the new Bradley Cooper movie The Words, as well as 2016: Barack Obama’s America.
Radio host Michael Medved joins Roger L. Simon to bring you an update from the Republican National Convention.
Poliwood is disappointed by the recent Fox News approach to the news, and believe that there are big, noticeable changes in its coverage. So why do Roger L. Simon and Lionel Chetwynd continue to watch the cable news network? Find out on this episode of Poliwood.
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Lionel Chetwynd continues his interview with Frank Price about the process behind hit movies and successful studios. Price was the head of Universal TV, the Chairman and CEO of Columbia pictures and the Chairman of MCA. He is nothing short of a film legend. Hear how Price turned Gandhi, Out of Africa, Tuskegee Airmen and countless other scripts into hit films.
Ted Johnson, the political and legal editor at Variety sits with Lionel Chetwynd to discuss the relationship between Hollywood and public affairs. For all of the influence Hollywood seems to have with the White House and the Democratic party, why does the entertainment industry find itself increasingly regulated? Is the entertainment industry weak, and growing even weaker as a result of government overregulation? Find out on this Poliwood.
PJTV’s Poliwood on Hollywood and the Election: Movie Stars Can Raise Money for Obama, But Can They Do Anything Else?
Lionel Chetwynd and I sit with Ted Johnson of Variety.com and discuss the role of Hollywood in elections. Is Hollywood delivering a consistent political message, and are people listening to it? While Hollywood stars are great at raising money, do they play a decisive rule on Election Day? Find out.
PJTV’s Poliwood Cracks The Newsroom: Blame Bush and Halliburton If You Don’t Like Aaron Sorkin’s New HBO Drama
Lionel Chetwynd and I look at The Newsroom, the new HBO show from Aaron Sorkin. Is this an angry liberal fantasy or a decent drama? Find out. Plus, hear what Poliwood thinks of the new ballet drama Bunheads. As always, Matt Atchity of RottenTomatoes.com brings you sneak peaks of the latest Hollywood movies, including Ted, Magic Mike, People Like Us and Madea’s Witness Protection.
HBO’s Game of Thrones put President George W. Bush’s head on a spike. Was this a political statement or not? Plus, it was a tweet-filled Father’s Day for Ronan Farrow, the son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen. Hear why. As usual, Matt Atchity of RottenTomatoes.com brings you a sneak peak of the latest Hollywood releases, including Brave, Seeking a Friend Before the End of the World, To Rome with Love and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
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60 Minutes aired a story that advanced suspect anti-Israel propaganda. The CBS news magazine basically reported that Israel is to blame for the decline of Christianity in the Middle East. While 60 Minutes survived Dan Rather’s false story about George Bush, can this show survive another scandal? Find out what Lionel Chetwynd and Roger L. Simon think. Plus, see a sneak peek from Matt Atchity of RottenTomatoes.com of the latest movies out of Hollywood.
PJTV’S Poliwood: Elitism and the Election: Fred Barnes on Obama’s Celebrity-Filled Reelection Strategy
Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard sits with Lionel Chetwynd and Roger L. Simon to discuss Obama’s reelection strategy. Is it wise for the Obama campaign to roll out celebrities like George Clooney, Sarah Jessica Parker and Anna Wintour? Can the Vogue editor convince swing voters and battleground states to vote Obama? Find out. Also, Matt Atchity of Rotten Tomatoes gives a sneak peak at Madagascar 3 and Prometheus, and tells you how these films are doing on the Tomato Meter.
Lionel and Roger ask whether there’s a political dart in Aaron Sorkin’s new show Newsroom, and why Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow was given unprecedented access to The Pentagon. Plus, Roger and Lionel take a look at the Cannes Film Festival. Does it serve the same purpose it did when it was founded, or has it become a quaint relic of the past? Find out. Finally, Rotten Tomatoes editor-in-chief Matt Atchity looks at Snow White and the Huntsman, Andy Garcia’s latest film For Greater Glory and Piranha 3DD.
Lionel Chetwynd and Roger L. Simon discuss morality in television, in addition to The Dictator, the latest film from Sacha Baron Cohen. Does The Dictator advance the Obama talking points, or is it a subtle jab at liberal culture? Find out. And Matt Atchity of Rottentomatoes.com brings you previews of Men In Black III, Moonrise Kingdom, and the Chernobyl Diaries on this Poliwood.
From PJTV and Rotten Tomatoes, the latest Poliwood: The Avengers — Has Hollywood Rediscovered Patriotism?
Lionel Chetwynd and Roger L. Simon discuss the intended (or unintended) patriotism of “The Avengers” blockbuster. While Lionel has reservations about “The Avengers,” there is no denying that the performances were superb. Plus, Poliwood discusses the fawning, everyone wins a trophy atmosphere of the new “American Idol”. Plus, Rotten Tomatoes Editor-in-Chief Matt Atchity takes a look at the “The Dictator” and “Battleship” on this Poliwood.
Does The Hunger Games advance a conservative or liberal message? Does this movie even have a political message? Find out as a new and improved Poliwood returns to examine this dystopic hit. Also, Poliwood looks at the television programs “Smash,” “Scandal,” and “Don’t Trust the B — in Apartment 23,” especially each program’s treatment of Republicans and homosexuals. Are these shows insulting to both gay people and Republicans? Hear what Roger L. Simon and Lionel Chetwynd think. Plus, get the latest on new releases hitting the theaters from Rotten Tomatoes Editor-in-Chief Matt Atchity.
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