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July 11, 2013 - 9:16 am

A lot of people in Hollywood must be worried about the NSA’s wiretap scandal. In two cases this week regarding two very different movies, Hollywood is casting Barack Obama in the role of the heavy, and the National Security Agency as his henchmen.

Case #1, this hilarious column at Film.com by Eric Snider. Here’s how Snider opens his mock transcript of the pitch meeting that greenlit the atrocity known as The Lone Ranger starring Johnny Depp as Tonto sporting a dead bird on his head for some reason (most likely, to distract the audience from noticing that he’s just playing Jack Sparrow again).

They say movies are like sausages: if you like them, you shouldn’t watch how they’re made, because it’s an ugly process that involves a lot of pigs’ anuses. But around here we disregard conventional wisdom and go behind the scenes of your favorite Hollywood productions, and also of “The Lone Ranger” (read our review of the film here). The NSA was kind enough to lend us their recording of the boardroom pitch meeting that led to this big-budget extravaganza, a transcript of which is copied below.

One instance could be happenstance, but two, well that’s a trend. RED 2 is opening this month. In the trailer that’s currently running on TV, Barack Obama is explicitly depicted as the villain, using nothing more than his own dishonest remarks on the NSA’s widespread wiretapping of all living things on planet Earth.

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As Mediaite’s Evan McMurry points out:

“I want to make it clear: nobody is listening to your telephone calls,” Obama says over ringing phones, and then, over quick clips of exploding cars and Mirren firing guns with both hands: “The people involved in national security take this work very seriously.”

The best use of Obama’s post-Snowden spin is “We’re going to have to make some choices.” Obama was referring to the alleged trade-off between privacy and security that has been posited to the public, especially since 9/11. On the trailer, though, a bomb expert is confronted with a red wire and green wire, one of which will disarm of the bomb and one which will ignite it.

He cuts both. Perhaps they’re saying something about America’s overkill approach to the war on terror? Probably not. But Obama can’t be happy that he’s now the serious-faced, pro-authority villain of light-hearted summer action flicks.

The NSA scandal is just one of several floating around the Obama gang these days. The IRS abuse, spying on media, fomenting riots around the Zimmerman trial, Benghazi, and Fast and Furious are all still live scandals. Two of them have body counts. So why does the NSA scandal seem to be the one that’s resonating in Hollywood?

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Speaking of Hollywood, the Valerie Plame case (Fair Game) has been exposed as a elaborate hoax

ALERT: Obama’s nominee for FBI Director in jeopardy!

http://illinoispaytoplay.com/2013/07/11/alert-obamas-nominee-for-fbi-director-in-jeopardy/
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Hollyweird wants it both ways, to have the most radical leftist at the helm, yet upset when he turns against ALL Americans, including them. To be sure, the Radical-in-Chief is more at home with Hollyweird than anywhere else. But it is also the case that putting together a 'dissidents list' is the highest priority, even if it places his big donors between a rock and a hard place.
To be more precise, most of the above folks have been little more than cash cows, thus they are no longer needed. In effect, the most useful of idiots.
Simply put, this is why they SHOULD be concerned too, just like the rest of middle America - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/07/05/the-snowden-affair-nsas-outing-what-is-obama-inc-really-afraid-of-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
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So why does the NSA scandal seem to be the one that’s resonating in Hollywood?

Has no one divined the answer. With the NSA internet, email and phone snooping and God knows what else, the Hollywood bigwigs are afraid their drug and sex with minors predilections will be exposed. Might even get busted and sent to jail.
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I have. It's the scandal least damaging to Obama, it allows him to throw is favorite "trump" card: Bush did it! It's also able to be explained as overzealousness on the part of those who are trying to protect us from the looming threats Obama defeated with his soft power (look, if it were logical liberals couldn't think of it).

They're making the NSA spying into a meme, a joke that nobody takes seriously and just accepts as an immutable fact. Like bad service at the DMV or unethical politicians.
40 weeks ago
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Jeff, you're exactly right about the left turning the NSA scandal into a meme and nothing more. My daughter is attending a university. Every time congress attempts to regulate the internet, there's a grassroots movement on Reddit, etc. to protest the legislation through petitions, form letters to congress, etc. (As well there should be). But mention NSA wholesale snooping and it's "meh". The college age opinion leaders have decided to define NSA spying in terms of right and left. And god forbid your 20 year old has a rightwing idea. Therefore it's "no big deal" or "whatteya gonna do" or "Bush was worse".
40 weeks ago
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They won't expose the bigwigs, they will blackmail and squeeze them for support and donations.
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ob has a big advantage over other high profile people, we already know he is a fraudulent punk w/o a legal paper to his name. just about everybody has something in their past they don't want aired by the chicago kill & crucify mob.
j. edgar hoover was just like this p.o.s. he had secret files on everybody who was anybody. clearly, another terrible example of gov. abuse of power. he simply knew too much to try to tackle, not to mention a very powerful gov. agency of zombie followers ready to follow orders.

if memory serves, nobody much liked hoover in hollywood either, just not to his face. it could have just been jealousy as he and purvis probably had prettier dresses than most. didn't realize before how much these two have in common.
40 weeks ago
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And we'd be crazy to think the FBI has changed its tune just because Hoover is gone.
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This isn't really connected to the topic at hand, but I'd like to share anyway.

I just watched a movie called The Fixer (1998) produced by and starring Jon Voight which I recorded on Showtime Extreme. I looked it up on IMDb and was shocked to see only 3 reviews, so it's clear the film had virtually no distribution. The film is about a totally corrupt lawyer who facilitates the scams and schemes of the power players in Chicago. When he's tasked to cover up the murder of a call girl he's ready to arrange for another party to take the wrap until he suffers a fall from a horse, miraculously avoids paralysis, and finds religion. The film is full of ironies when seen in today's political world. The priest who helps him through his moral transformation when he doesn't want to participate in filthy Chicago politics anymore is a black man from Kenya. I've loved Voight since he emerged in Midnight Cowboy back in the '60s and his acting skills are just as evident in The Fixer. I know that he went from uber-liberal to conservative and I wonder if this film was the catalyst. Anyway, I recommend it highly for Voight's performance as well as the glimpse into the corrupt slime pit that is Chicago. People like those in the film are now turning our country into the very same slime pit.
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"he's ready to arrange for another party to take the wrap"

That's "rap", not "wrap".
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With all due respect, your take on the Obama commercial [which had to be approved at the White House, I'm sure] is opposite of what I have seen.

"One instance could be happenstance, but two, well that’s a trend. RED 2 is opening this month. In the trailer that’s currently running on TV, Barack Obama is explicitly depicted as the villain, using nothing more than his own dishonest remarks on the NSA’s widespread wiretapping of all living things on planet Earth."

Is he the villain? Or is he rubbing our noses in it, with the approval of Hollywood. I know that outside my family [which was willing to drive to the next county to see RED 2 since the 6th "Recovery Summer" in a row crushed our local theaters] a lot of people I know want nothing to do with the movie since that commercial came out.

I view it as Hollywood joining Obama in attacking the peasants. YMMV

Subotai Bahadur
40 weeks ago
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Given the plot of RED where the government was basically trying to murder them with the CIA for knowing too much about a corrupt crony/government plot, the use of Obama to sell RED 2 may be entirely accurate and ironic.
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The NSA scandal resonates because Hollywood is run by aging Baby Boomers who are frozen in time and view the world through their 60's lens. COINTELPRO has been reincarnated as NSA scandal.

If all they hear is MSM how could they possibly know there is more than one side to the narrative they consume. Fast and Furious isn't on their radar because most of them probably never heard of it or couldn't begin to accurately describe the concept and breadth. Same with Benghazi. Zimmerman is guilty because he's virtually white, had a gun and black people are still oppressed as if it were 1966.
40 weeks ago
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Maybe the Hollywood folks are so fired up about the NSA scandal because they fear exposure of their shoddy personal behavior.
40 weeks ago
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That just means they are all blackmailable - which also means they will tow the line.
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"Toe" the line, not "tow" the line. The image is of people being made to line up in a nice, straight line by an authority, to put their toes to the line, to toe the line.

They aren't pulling it anywhere.
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They need to pay their fair share, after all!
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So why does the NSA scandal seem to be the one that’s resonating in Hollywood?

Simply because this is the one they see as applying to THEM.

Kind of an '...OMG they can't be surveiling ME?! I'm one of the GOOD-Guys. Not like those awful Conservitives. They deserve it. But not me.'
40 weeks ago
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What I want - and what they deserve - is when the tax codes divest them of their wealth!
40 weeks ago
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So why does the NSA scandal seem to be the one that’s resonating in Hollywood?

Because Bryan, and you already know this, to Hollywood types America has no external enemies except people who are righteously angry at us. The whole idea of an NSA or CIA or even a DoD is anathema to them.
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