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Two Weinsteins In One!

March 8th, 2014 - 3:44 pm

Past performance is no guarantee of future results:

“There’s no reason for us not to shoot here, except when you do the numbers here and when you do the numbers in New Orleans, it is much more attractive financially,” Weinstein said in the Q&A on Saturday.

He cited the example of “Southpaw,” directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, as project that could have shot in Los Angeles were it not for the generous tax incentives in the Big Easy.

But Weinstein said that Los Angeles and California “doesn’t even have to give the same discount” to remain competitive, noting the cost and hassle of having to locate actors and other talent in New Orleans is an added expense despite their generous tax incentives.

“Please, whatever you can go with the governor,” Weinstein said to Ziffren, a friend of California Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown has not said whether he would sign proposed legislation to expand the state’s incentive program.

—”Harvey Weinstein to California: Expand Production Tax Incentives, ‘Please,’” Variety.com, Saturday.

While we are on the subject of Piers Morgan, Harvey Weinstein was on his show last night, talking about his support for President Obama and the fund-raiser he held for him at his home last week. Weinstein echoed Warren Buffett’s call for the wealthy in the country to be taxed more — and said that he considers it an investment in the country, not an unfair burden.

—”Harvey Weinstein: I’ll Gladly Pay More Taxes,” Variety.com, August 7th, 2011.

Huh — I wonder what changed his mind on the topic. In order to keep Harvey’s standing amongst his fellow limousine leftists in Hollywood, we need to help him keep his original word and ask him to simultaneously fight against tax incentives for Hollywood studios, and additionally, to help campaign to repeal the Hollywood tax cuts. Not to mention help him to keep this promise as well.

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I think the best solution to Mr. Weinstein's admiral promises to both pay more taxes and his commitment to eliminating the allure of gun culture in cinema would be to institute a stringent tax on each gun depicted in a film and another for each round (or simulated round) fired.

Perhaps Mr. Weinstein could even request that a new California state law pass that would make it illegal to own or operate or hire an armory of real and stage prop guns, with a retroactive tax on extant films broadcast or sold to home consumers on the above gun appearance and usage proposal.

Perhaps the state could even Kelso-steal -- I mean forcibly acquire through eminent domain -- any sound stage or movie studio computer lab wherein the depiction and use of guns occur. These seized properties could then be auctioned off, the revenue gain then going to offset Mr. Weinstein's called for tax break incentive for film studios.

This would be a win-win-win for all of Mr. Weinstein's carefully thought-out non-hypocritical moral stances.
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How much carbon dioxide is this climate denier going to be adding to the atmosphere by "shooting" (hey, there's a violent word for ya!) in Southern Cluckifornia? Betcha it's more than Leonardo DiCaprio's private jet will in 100 years worth of flying around and lecturing people about climate change.
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Perhaps the US Senate can look into it. I hear they're burning the midnight incandescent bulb holding an all-night session on man-made global warming, caused in part by frivolous use of electricity like holding all-night Senate sessions and shooting carbon-guzzling films requiring non-essential electrical use to watch.
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Also, please give Harvey's private jet a hangar at Moffet Naval Air Station, next to the Google fleet, and the same discounts on NASA- subsidized tax-free jet fuel. Because income inequality.
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In his own words, "complete bnllshit".
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