Category Archives: Hollywood

Real Monsters

Wednesday, October 1, in Hollywood – hot and smoggy – yeah, it was near one hundred by noon, getting hotter by the minute, and the air quality was what out here they call chunky, like the peanut butter – merciless … Continue reading

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All Campaigns Are Movies Now

Every four years it’s the same thing – a presidential election where Americans are told they have a real choice. Of course they do, even if on many matters both candidate agree – the United States is wonderful, motherhood sacred, … Continue reading

Posted in American Empire, Anti-Intellectualism, Attacks on Obama, Cartoon Politics, Celebrity, Elitism, Exploiting Resentment, Hollywood, McCain and the Press, McCain versus the Facts, McCain's Service, Obama, Obama's Celebrity Problem, Personality-Driven Politics, Political Posturing, Project for the New American Century (PNAC), Qualifications to be President, Style versus Substance, The Power of Narrative | Leave a comment

Letting the Genie Out of the Bottle Always Leads to Trouble

It had to happen. On Thursday, July 31, the day after John McCain’s new “celebrity” campaign ad hit the airwaves – that television spot featuring Britney Spears and Paris Hilton in an implicit comparison with Obama, the one that upset … Continue reading

Posted in Attack Politics, Attacks on Obama, Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, Exploiting Resentment, Hollywood, McCain, McCain as a Victim of Racism, Obama, Patriotism, Playing Victim, Political Posturing, Qualifications to be President, Race and Politics, Stuck in the Past, The McCain Brand, The Race Card | Leave a comment

A Day for Fluff and Nonsense

Anticipation is overrated. It’s not delicious and exciting. Kids really don’t like the days before Christmas, guessing what they’ll get. They want the stuff, and don’t much like being teased by the parents about their acquisitive anxiety. They don’t like … Continue reading

Posted in Anticipation, Bill Clinton, Feminism, Fluff, Hillary Clinton, Hollywood, Journalism, Obama, Should Hillary Quit?, The "Popular Vote" | Leave a comment

When You Become a Parody of Yourself

Out here in Hollywood we call it jumping the shark, and we know the reference – the September 20, 1977 episode of Happy Days in which “Fonzie” Fonzarelli actually jumps over a shark while water skiing. The show’s ratings were … Continue reading

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Perpetual Stalemate

Out here in Hollywood almost everyone seems to be a screenwriter – it’s just a local thing. You have one in the drawer, or if not an actual screenplay, a treatment – four or five pages of what the screenplay … Continue reading

Posted in Complexity, Congressional Hearings, Couldn't Be So, Foreign Policy, Hillary Clinton, Hollywood, Iran, Iraq, Iraq Civil War, McCain, Military Matters, Muqtada al-Sadr, Nouri al-Maliki, Obama, Petraeus, Reality and all that..., Shiite versus Shiite, The Sixth Year of the War, The War | Leave a comment

The Ides of March

Rather than a Saturday column, something not political – at the photography site, two new items. Down on Sunset you’ll find the Crossroads of the World, and as you know, the crossroads of everything has been right there since 1936.  … Continue reading

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