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The Progressive Death of Comedy

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“Everything comes down to power: who has it, who defines it, who wants it,” Anthony Sacramone writes in a potent essay at Intercollegiate Review: In the ’60s, “political” comics shared a wink and a nod with fans as to who was due a beat-down, a comeuppance, a reversal of fortune. The power was Johnson or Nixon, […]

Apollo 13 and DNC-MSM-Hollywood 1995

Monday, June 15th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Terry Teachout watches Ron Howard’s 1995 Apollo 13 film and ponders how much has changed in America since the epoch-defining NASA moon landings depicted in the movie. As he writes, “In the opening scene, we see a roomful of astronauts and their families celebrating in Houston as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin land on the […]

Shock: NBC Anchor Publicly Trashes Legendary NBC Star

Friday, June 12th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

NBC’s Alex Wagner never disappoints with her reliably Marxist talking points. As Matthew Balan writes at NewsBusters, “Shorter MSNBC: Seinfeld’s Jab at ‘Creepy PC’ Isn’t Valid Because He’s Rich:” Wagner, along with her three liberal guests, ripped Jerry Seinfeld on her MSNBC program on Wednesday, for his blast at “creepy” political correctness. Wagner hinted that […]

Disney Learns the Hard Way: Shaming Customers is Not a Viable Business Strategy

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Now is the time when we juxtapose, Small Dead Animals-style: A $190 million summer blockbuster starring George Clooney based on an area in a Disney theme park hits theaters, presumably hoping to rake in at least that much at the box office. Its narrative goal, however: to get you to stop caring so much about […]

Two Time-Warners In One!

Thursday, May 28th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“Chris Cuomo to Pam Geller: We don’t show Mohammed cartoons for the same reason we don’t use the N-word,” as Allahpundit writes at Hot Air on perhaps the ultimate example of a Democrat with a byline employed CNN, a division of Time-Warner-HBO: Via the Blaze, the key bit starts at 3:50. This is transparently false, […]

‘Tomorrowland Chokes on a Big, Fat Green Pill’

Thursday, May 28th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

When the trailers for Tomorrowland played at my local theater and made the rounds on the Internet, I admired the glittering digital effects, but waited to read the initial reviews before seeing it, as I knew that anything starring George Clooney had to be packing a huge leftwing sucker punch in there somewhere. And of […]

One of These Things Is Not Like the Other

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

A $190 million summer blockbuster starring George Clooney based on an area in a Disney theme park hits theaters, presumably hoping to rake in at least that much at the box office. Its narrative goal, however: to get you to stop caring so much about the vapid capitalistic things that are ruining us all and […]

Escaping the Shaming Spiral

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Chris Pratt, the actor starring in the upcoming Jurassic World, the umpteenth sequel to the venerable Steven Spielberg franchise has a novel approach for dealing with the Twitter mobs — he’s proffering a pre-outrage pre-apology for whatever he says during a press conference that will trigger the mob: I want to make a heartfelt apology […]

When Letterman Began Sounding ‘Less Like Dada, More Like Dad’

Thursday, May 21st, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“Letterman’s departure is 15 years too late,” Kyle Smith writes in the New York Post, tracing Letterman’s shift over the years from midwestern anti-comic like his doppelganger Bill Murray to hack showbiz insider: When Letterman got a new job at CBS in 1993, it was even better. Now he was on at 11:30 p.m. instead of […]

‘Is David Letterman a Liberal?’ Why Not Simply Ask Him?

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Ace of Spades calls out lefty Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post, after the latter man plays the moronic “Is David Letterman a liberal? It’s surprisingly hard to say” game. No it isn’t — you could ask him, as Howard Stern did last year at the conclusion of his half-hour interview with him, which Roger Friedman […]

‘After Losing to Jay Leno, David Letterman’s Bitterness Cost Him His Indiana Soul’

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

When NBC and Jay Leno took the dream of hosting the Tonight Show away from David Letterman, “the sweet, charming, irreverent Indiana kid became the angry, bitter, lazy New York asshole.” Spot-on take from John Nolte at Big Hollywood on how David Letterman lost his midwestern soul and alienated so many potential viewers, beginning with […]

Mad Men Blessedly Comes to a Conclusion

Sunday, May 17th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

On Sunday, I watched an overlong, over-budget, exceedingly pretentious production about insensitive, inarticulate men in dark suits, fedoras and skinny ties whose upbringing left them unable to cope with the fast-changing urban milieu in which they toiled for their living. But enough about the Blues Brothers movie, which I saw at the local Cinemark theater […]

Spike Lee Defends ‘Chiraq’

Saturday, May 16th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Well, it’s an interesting premise for a movie, but see if you can spot some of the flaws in the reasoning here: The title of Spike Lee’s new movie might not sit well with some, but the filmmaker was not backing down from calling his upcoming film on Chicago’s gun violence “Chiraq,” as he defended […]

Asking the Important Questions

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“Whatever happened to Peggy’s baby in Mad Men?,” asks Rick McGinnis at the Interim: A summation, for those who need it: Mad Men’s first season ended with the sudden hospitalization of Peggy Olson (Elizabeth Moss,) whose pregnancy was somehow hidden from her and everyone else by a massive weight gain that coincided with her character’s […]

Citizen Welles

Monday, May 11th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

On the centennial of Orson Welles’ birth, Mark Steyn looks back at his greatest achievement: Directing-wise, I prefer Welles’ The Magnificent Ambersons and A Touch of Evil. And acting-wise, of course, his Harry Lime turn in The Third Man. Yet Citizen Kane is the great film of all great films — the one that from […]

Hollywood Actor: McDonald’s Was There For Me When No One Else Was

Sunday, May 10th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“James Franco’s Stock Just Shot Up,” Rd Brewer writes at Ace of Spades:  Until this morning, I wasn’t much of a James Franco fan. Seth Rogen has the erroneous belief that shock = humor, and Franco keeps doing that kind of movie with him. Shock is self-oriented, self-indulgent; it’s more about the shocker than the […]

Boxing Crasher Sneaks In Ringside to Vegas ‘Fight of the Century’ Via Leo DiCaprio’s Entourage

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

The Urban Dictionary defines the British word “blagger” (and yes, I reflexively typed it with an “o” before correcting myself) as a salesman “who could sell ice to the Eskimos.” The London Daily Mail reports, “A blagger pretended to be part of Leonardo DiCaprio’s entourage to get ringside at the ‘fight of the century’ and […]

How Will Mad Men End?

Monday, May 4th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

After its initial PR splash for its first season on AMC in 2007, the audience for Mad Men these days is a bit like the audience for the Velvet Underground. As Brian Eno was quoted as saying in the early 1980s, while the Velvets’ first album only sold 30,000 copies, everybody who bought one started […]

Our Source was the New York Times

Friday, May 1st, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Wow, Christie’s dropped those last few lbs. RT @lachlan: No way pic.twitter.com/bzUEqVdQ2z via @philipwinn — Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) May 1, 2015 First class journalism and/or photo editing there, fellas.

The Baltimore Riots: Now Playing on Home Barack Office

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“Riot-Plagued Baltimore Is a Catastrophe Entirely of the Democratic Party’s Own Making,” Kevin D. Williamson writes at NRO. Kevin is spot-on as usual: Would any sentient adult American be shocked to learn that Baltimore has a corrupt and feckless police department enabled by a corrupt and feckless city government? I myself would not, and the […]