Harvey Weinstein Hired Obama Spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter to Promote "Silver Linings Playbook"

A lot of cross promotion between DC, Hollywood for Ugly People, and Hollywood, DC for Dumb People.

Nobody announced her participation in the [Silver Linings Playbook] campaign, and to the casual observer, she just seemed like another Beltway insider who just happened to be moved to frequently declare her love for the movie on Twitter, writing on February 14, “We're a little over a week away from Oscars. Check out the making of Silver Linings Playbook. Love this movie” (and then providing a link to the trailer). Or “Oscar week – who are you routing [sic] for?” with a link to an article about SLP a week later. And for a web extra Q&A for ABC’s This Week, she was asked her favorite film. “We’re in Oscar season so I’m gonna talk about my favorite film this year,” she said. “My favorite is actually Silver Linings Playbook. That it’s so real and identifiable to everybody in life.”


With top rivals Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty both having big political angles that resonated beyond Hollywood, our sources tell us that Cutter was hired to tout SLP not just as a well-made movie, but a culturally relevant and especially politically significant film that was shaping the national conversation about mental health triggered in part by the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.

Vulture also called the Best Picture for Argo a month and a half ago.

1. Hollywood finds itself fascinating.

“I thought it was always going to be Argo,” says one head of marketing at a studio who doesn’t have a financial stake in the outcome, “because it’s a movie that makes Hollywood seem far more important than it ever is thought to be or, for that matter, ever is. It’s a movie for movie people.”

While audiences can be lukewarm on movies about actors and show business, the Academy membership loves nominating them and often gives them the ultimate prize: Last year, The Artist’s tale of old Hollywood hadn’t cracked $40 million domestically by the time the Oscars were held, but it was still named Best Picture. In 2003, Chicago (showbiz and jazz hands!) won out over far more serious, somber dramas like The Hours, Gangs of New York, and The Pianist. And the aforementioned marketing chief theorizes that the reason The King’s Speech won two years ago was because, while it wasn’t about Hollywood, it was about learning how to play a role one is afraid to play, which strikes a chord with the Academy’s acting branch.

There is one more example that undoubtedly gives chilling flashbacks to Steven Spielberg, his Lincoln no longer a safe front-runner: In 1999, his Saving Private Ryan was upset in the Best Picture race by yet another comedy about the business of entertainment: Shakespeare in Love, which co-starred — damn him! — Ben Affleck, playing an actor, no less.

Makes perfect sense. If I'd bothered to read anything about the Oscar race I probably would have realized this.

And then, of course, they had the first lady come out to give it its already-known prize.

And Harvey Weinstein -- who hired Stephanie Cutter to promote his own film, pushing a fake political angle -- arranged it.

Posted by: Ace at 12:37 PM



Comments

1 First?

Posted by: Darles Chickens at February 25, 2013 12:38 PM (z4vvZ)

2 Abunch of vapid self-obsessed celebritiesvote for something that glorifies their own industry? The deuce you say.

Posted by: Darles Chickens at February 25, 2013 12:39 PM (z4vvZ)

3
In fairness, the Artist was a very good movie, I think hampered in part by the fact that people didn't want to pay $8-10 to see a silent film on the big screen.
(The wife and I specifically rented it because of that, it had nothing that paying a premium to see on the big screen was worth. In fact it almost seemed like it was filmed for smaller screens.)

Posted by: tsrblke at February 25, 2013 12:42 PM (GaqMa)

4 Wasn't that Stephanie "Fart" Cutter?

Posted by: Captain Hate at February 25, 2013 12:42 PM (UYfkz)

5 Who opened the content valve?

Posted by: Red Shirt at February 25, 2013 12:43 PM (FIDMq)

6 ~ tap tap tap tap tap ~

... of course Hadji watched the Oscars, Hadji is of the business as they say. Is Hadji a voter? No, Hadji votes with his money ...wait, this microphone? It is on? Yes? And so...

Hello! It is I, Hadji, the Comic Islamic who taught the Seth McFarlane the voice of the Stewie. Seth? Hadji mentored him. If you know what Hadji means, and Hadji thinks that you do ...

... before you ask, Like a Viking.

The best picture for the night was the despicable film Argo -- Hadji? He hated that film. Mostly because Hadji's father was the one who was fooled by the Americans. Sigh.

Hadji, his family is shamed. By an infidel from Hollywood.

It's almost enough to make Hadji blow himself up right here, right now with all of you good people.

Almost.

But, now is the time for the joke.

What is the difference between Michelle Obama and a Lamprey?

A lamprey only sucks when it is hungry.

Thank you thank you thank you.

Remember to give the waitresses your excess moneys as they are performing a service for you - and they are whores. Whores are paid, unlike musk melons - which are not.

-

Posted by: Hadji the Muslim Comic at February 25, 2013 12:44 PM (J8DGo)

7 Ace, it's obvious that you just hate Michelle's fabulously toned arms.


Plus, if "Silver Linings Playbook" was to win, Jennifer Lawrence needed to have a dress that showed off her scamper.

Posted by: Ashley Judd's Puffy Scamper, formerly MrCaniac at February 25, 2013 12:44 PM (Zd/NW)

8
All Chicago Graft Co. (tm)

You hire my friend to help win an oscar, I'll come on TV to present best picture which coincidently helps me, but I will also protect Hollywood tax breaks.


Posted by: Guy Mohawk at February 25, 2013 12:45 PM (p/cQy)

9 It took several stories and news headlines to make me realize the Oscars were held last night. Hollywood and the douchy shitweazels who populate the film industryhave no hold of interest for me. Except that they're the enemy of this country.

Posted by: Soona at February 25, 2013 12:45 PM (lWgxq)

10 Another reason I haven't set foot in a theater in almost 20 years.

In fact, when I get the free HBO/Premium Movie Channel previews, I find that there's a good reason for that.

Nothing to DVR, and the stuff that's worth DVR'ing, I've already DVR'd.

Posted by: Clutch Cargo at February 25, 2013 12:45 PM (Qxdfp)

11 And Hadji kills as usual

Posted by: BCochran1981 at February 25, 2013 12:45 PM (da5Wo)

12 Didn't Weinstein pull a bunch of marketing BS last year, too? Didn't he hire some third party company to send out email promotions for... whatever the hell movie he was pimping last year. Was it "The Artist?" And the Academy was all, "You can't market your movie for votes like this!" And Weinstein was all, "Yeah? Fuck you." And the Academy did nothing.


He's a hack and a huckster.


pic.twitter.com/YBKpWuGru8

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 25, 2013 12:46 PM (CA2NO)

13 Who opened the content valve?



Ewok?

Posted by: rickb223 at February 25, 2013 12:46 PM (GFM2b)

14 Another Hollywood favorite was The Player, which I didn't care for.

Posted by: Dr Spank at February 25, 2013 12:47 PM (4cRnj)

15 The phrase 'circle jerk' comes to mind when I think about these awards. I don't watch them, but if a hot actress wears something low cut enough I'll look at her picture. That's the total extent of my interest, prurient.

Posted by: Regular Moron at February 25, 2013 12:47 PM (feFL6)

16 I'd go see Hadji in a theater.

Posted by: Clutch Cargo at February 25, 2013 12:47 PM (Qxdfp)

17 “I thought it was always going to be Argo,” says one head of marketing
at a studio who doesn’t have a financial stake in the outcome, “because
it’s a movie that makes Hollywood seem far more important than it ever
is thought to be or, for that matter, ever is. It’s a movie for movie
people.”


Shorter version:

Argo was about celluloid masturbation for the movie industry.

Just like We Are The World was about melodic masturbation for the music industry.

Posted by: John P. Squibob at February 25, 2013 12:48 PM (kqqGm)

18 Hugo was another movie that won big. You know why?

If you watched the movie, you'd realize it was another movie about movies. There's a scene that should have been cut out of the film, where Scorsese spends about 20 mins going over the early years of "moving pictures" completely irrelevant to the story at hand. I wish Chloe Moretz had broken character and starting kicking everyone's ass like Hit Girl.

Posted by: EC at February 25, 2013 12:48 PM (58gfT)

19 Just heard the Fox news line on Obama and the Oscar thing...

It was OK, because they used the Military as backdrops... and anything that focuses on the military...

It was teh F'n BAND...

Of course, using the Military as backdrops has a long and chronicled history amongst Tyrants....

Posted by: Romeo13 at February 25, 2013 12:48 PM (lZBBB)

20 Meh. An awards program honoring people I don't give a shit about, promoting shitty movies I won't bother seeing, with the top award given out (to a movie that even the loathsome Jimmy Carter admits was historically wrong), by an ugly scrunt I wouldn't bone even with an Ewok's dick.


Think that about covers it.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at February 25, 2013 12:48 PM (29+x5)

21 Fukkin oscars.
Who gives a damn?
I quit watching that shit years ago.

Posted by: Roland THTG at February 25, 2013 12:48 PM (QM5S2)

22 Yep. Should be Stephanie "if my lips are moving I'm lying" Cutter

Posted by: unf-ing-believable at February 25, 2013 12:48 PM (EXsuU)

23 The Iron Sheik
‏@the_ironsheik




Barbara Streisand look like Greg The Hammer Valentine also

Posted by: Captain Hate at February 25, 2013 12:49 PM (UYfkz)

24 “Oscar week – who are you routing [sic] for?”

That "sic" better be in green or purple ink, we wouldn't want to hurt her feelings....what? That wasn't tweeted by a seventh-grader? Nevermind.



... And there was a time in this country, a long time ago, when reading
wasn't just for fags and neither was writing. People wrote books and
movies, movies that had stories so you cared whose ass it was and why it
was farting, and I believe that time can come again!

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at February 25, 2013 12:49 PM (/kI1Q)

25 I the 'the artist' was so-so, 'Hugo' was much better.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at February 25, 2013 12:49 PM (p/cQy)

26 I'm just this side of offended by all he Oscar coverage here.

Oh well, not my blog.

Posted by: Truman, schmuman at February 25, 2013 12:50 PM (WgEZw)

27 Argo played into the Hollywood meme.... that THEY can change the world... and save people...

of course it won... over a movie which potrayed a Heroic Military...

Posted by: Romeo13 at February 25, 2013 12:50 PM (lZBBB)

28 That's a weird mistake. Unless Ace has Jennifer Lawrence on the brain.

Posted by: Waterhouse at February 25, 2013 12:50 PM (mO9O5)

29 Has anyone else actually seen SLP? It was essentially a romcom with crazy people. Amusing, but not really a best picture candidate but for the studio scheming. That said, morons will be interested in the a rewind worthy scene where Jennifer Lawrence shakes it in a tank top and yoga pants.

Posted by: Xander Crews at February 25, 2013 12:50 PM (NPqnO)

30 Good thing money isn't the most important thing to the evil, nation raping progs.

I am outrageously outraged Empress Moochelle used our military in dress blues as a friggin backdrop to her bullshit last night. At least she didn't have them serving drinks on camera.

Posted by: Ook? at February 25, 2013 12:51 PM (OQpzc)

31 I found the open thread a lot more fascinating. I heard Ace had to attend quite a few after hours Oscars party to get this scoop.

Posted by: secretlyconservative at February 25, 2013 12:51 PM (zEoic)

32 I quit watching that shit years ago.

You know that's why we lose elections, right? Our selfish insistence on spending our evenings doing things that are meaningful to us, instead of the things expected of us by our betters.

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at February 25, 2013 12:51 PM (/kI1Q)

33 Insider Hollywood or no The Artist was a great movie. It's a little tougher to watch and is actually a different experience than the kind of movie we're used to, but it was fascinating.

Posted by: Created Or Saved at February 25, 2013 12:51 PM (iJ3YG)

34 We should all, as good conservatives, ignore what the liberal media does. That way we will be pure and unsullied by the filth that they fling all over America.


Posted by: The Purity League (Now with more losing!) at February 25, 2013 12:51 PM (GsoHv)

35 I heard there were shapeshifting aliens standing in to protect her behind. I mean from behind. That's not what I meant either.

Posted by: Jude at February 25, 2013 12:52 PM (zEoic)

36 Stompus maximus!

Posted by: joncellius at February 25, 2013 12:52 PM (RD7QR)

37 Meh

Posted by: Brian at February 25, 2013 12:53 PM (wTSvK)

38 Unless Ace has Jennifer Lawrence on the brain.


I've got her somewhere else...

Posted by: EC at February 25, 2013 12:53 PM (58gfT)

39 It was essentially a romcom with crazy people.

All romcoms are about crazy people.

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at February 25, 2013 12:53 PM (/kI1Q)

40 We should all, as good conservatives, ignore what
the liberal media does. That way we will be pure and unsullied by the
filth that they fling all over America.




Posted by: The Purity League (Now with more losing!) at February 25, 2013 12:51 PM (GsoHv)

We can maintain awareness of what they do without buying their product. But thanks for playing.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at February 25, 2013 12:53 PM (29+x5)

41 We waited all morning for this shit?

Posted by: conservative at February 25, 2013 12:54 PM (zEoic)

42 Posted by: The Purity League (Now with more losing!) at February 25, 2013 12:51 PM (GsoHv)


Lmao.






I through that sock.

Posted by: BCochran1981 at February 25, 2013 12:54 PM (da5Wo)

43 Posted by: Xander Crews at February 25, 2013 12:50 PM (NPqnO)

It was an amusing story with some surprisingly good acting, including the bit parts.

But was it great movie-making?

Not a chance.

(She did shake it nicely though....)

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 25, 2013 12:54 PM (GsoHv)

44 In 2003, Chicago (showbiz and jazz hands!) won out over far more serious, somber dramas like The Hours, Gangs of New York, and The Pianist.

Gangs
was lousy. Daniel Day-Lewis gave a good performance, but the movie just looked cheap (the montage sequence at the end actually made me laugh). It didn't get an Oscar because it wasn't very good, IMO, not because it wasn't about Hollywood.

And I adored The Artist, but the article's spot on with that one.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at February 25, 2013 12:54 PM (zF6Iw)

45 Wait a minute ace, I thought DC was DC for dumb people.

Posted by: Jollyroger at February 25, 2013 12:54 PM (t06LC)

46 Fuck television... period.


Posted by: cajun carrot at February 25, 2013 12:54 PM (UZQM8)

47 We should all, as good conservatives, slavishly follow everything Hollywood does. That way we will be influential around the watercoolers and barbershops of America.

Posted by: Stockholm Syndrome (Now with more losing!) at February 25, 2013 12:55 PM (/kI1Q)

48 I've only seen one of the movies nominated, and that was on video. Brave. Pretty good for animated film. That being said Hollywood can kiss my blank,blank ass....

Posted by: Hello, it's me Donna let it burn really.really bummed at February 25, 2013 12:55 PM (9+ccr)

49 So they had a choice between three historically significant films and they picked the one with Hollywood involved, shocker! Christopher Stevens is still wondering when they'll come for him.

Posted by: Adam Smith's Invisible Pimp Hand at February 25, 2013 12:55 PM (NzBQO)

50 The long shot after FLOUTS announced the winner, with her applauding on the big screen, and all the lemmings applauding their own mutual greatness in kind, made me long for the blonde girl in the orange and white track suit with the hammer from Apple's 1984 video to make a sudden appearance.

Posted by: Kevin in ABQ at February 25, 2013 12:55 PM (XrGnJ)

51 23
The Iron Sheik

‏@the_ironsheik









Barbara Streisand look like Greg The Hammer Valentine also

Posted by: Captain Hate at February 25, 2013 12:49 PM (UYfkz)


Sad times when someone who was famous for portraying an "anti-American" character is more pro-American than people who portray "pro-American" characters.
Line of the night though, line of the night.

Posted by: Ashley Judd's Puffy Scamper, formerly MrCaniac at February 25, 2013 12:55 PM (Zd/NW)

52 I know Hollywood was always into itself but when did the shift occur for those working in Hollywood, going from being entertainers to thinking themselves really serious people who have meaningful opinions about politics that us lesser beings should listen to?

Posted by: ParanoidGirlInSeattle at February 25, 2013 12:56 PM (RZ8pf)

53 "No ordinary American cares about their Constitutional rights."


And he's our fuckin' Vice President.

Posted by: RWC at February 25, 2013 12:56 PM (fWAjv)

54 Posted by: Kevin in ABQ at February 25, 2013 12:55 PM (XrGnJ)


Nice Visual.... if only.....

Posted by: Romeo13 at February 25, 2013 12:57 PM (lZBBB)

55 Since I missed it, was Kim K. there showing her baby bump? That would be earth shattering news, you know, important stuff...

Posted by: Hello, it's me Donna let it burn really.really bummed at February 25, 2013 12:57 PM (9+ccr)

56
Perhaps our hirsute friend can explain how Hollywood/media made something that is conpletely irrelevant in the lives of the "real 99%" seemingly relevant. Indeed, almost important to us.

Posted by: soothsayer at February 25, 2013 12:58 PM (ZgBZU)

57 I've just spent an entertaining while snarking at "tolerant" libs hating on Jennifer Rubin at WaPo.


Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 25, 2013 12:58 PM (UOM48)

58 I saw about 5 minutes of the raging, whiny, man-child Cooper character, and I knew immediately this was a movie I would never see.

Posted by: Fritz at February 25, 2013 12:58 PM (WM+rJ)

59 So did Mooch squat on the oscar before giving it out ?

Posted by: John Shaft at February 25, 2013 12:58 PM (e8kgV)

60 So whats the over under for Christie to pull one of those "the party left me things" after getting the seat next to Michelle at the governors dinner.

I bet those two had so much to talk about, mostly about sucking Barky off.

Posted by: Jollyroger at February 25, 2013 12:58 PM (t06LC)

61 I've walked out of two movies in the last 30 years. One was "Nomads," with Pierce Brosnan, which my wife dragged me to and which we both agree is te worst movie we ever paid to see.

The other was "Silver Linings Playbook," which I left after about an hour. No character in the movie remotely appealed to me, and the writers apparently substituted the liberal and gratuitous use of the f-bomb for any real effort. I'm no prude or stranger to the use of the word, but when it repeatedly comes at you faster than a grandma with a cheetah strapped to her back ...

Posted by: Diffus at February 25, 2013 12:58 PM (dZURf)

62 Posted by: Stockholm Syndrome (Now with more losing!) at February 25, 2013 12:55 PM (/kI1Q)

There are lots of Luddites around here who, as a point of pride, ignore Hollywood.

Well, that didn't help too much in 2012.

I'm not suggesting that we embrace them...quite the contrary. We need to know what the enemy of our culture is doing, how they are doing it, why they are doing it, and then maybe we have a chance to stop them.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 25, 2013 12:58 PM (GsoHv)

63 Hollywood finds itself fascinating for the same reason that modern art criticism demands that every piece of art, no matter how simple and straightforward, MUST in some way be a reflection of the act of MAKING the art. THey are so meta it's ridiculous. I'll quote Roger Kimball, from his book "Rape of the Masters," which is one of my favorite books of anything ever:


"Among much else, Professor Friend's interpretation (of Courbet's The Quarry) indulges heavily in a favorite tactic of contemporary academic criticism: namely, the principle that holds that whatever a work (poem, painting, novel, essay, etc.) is ostensibly about, at bottom it is self-referential, being primarily a symbol of the activity of painting or writing. The overt subject of the work may mislead one into supposing that it is really about something else, something quite tangile in one's physical or emotional experience -- a hunting scene, for example. But an adroit practitioner of the new academic criticism easily overcomes such "extrinsic" objections"


The reason H-wood so loves Argo isn't because it's a well-made film that portrays a historically accurate depiction of a tense, highly dangerous moment in American history, in which the actors and the crew all did a wonderful job. I haven't seen the movie, so I have no idea if any of that is even true. H-wood loves Argo because it represents the power of pretend. It proves that they, poor players that they be, as they strut and fret their hour upon the stage, are in fact doing something powerful. In their teeny tiny brains, though they might not wield a gun like our men and women in uniform, they're effecting just as much change in the world. They aren't merely providing entertainment; they're providing enlightenment. They aren't simply captivating an audience for two hours, after which the audience goes home and goes about their day. No no -- they're SAVING LIVES.


But in their rush to be imaginary heroes, they tend to forget the closing of MacBeth's final soliloquy.


It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing.



Fools. Every last one of them.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 25, 2013 12:59 PM (CA2NO)

64 They just want to be loved. Is that so wrong?

Posted by: eleven at February 25, 2013 12:59 PM (KXm42)

65 I the 'the artist' was so-so, 'Hugo' was much better.
Posted by: Guy Mohawk at February 25, 2013 12:49 PM (p/cQy)
To each his own I suppose. I felt exactly the opposite.

Posted by: tsrblke at February 25, 2013 12:59 PM (GaqMa)

66 Daniel Day Lewis bravely carried Leo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz across the finish line in Gangs of New York. You can just tell when one dude is doing all the work.

Posted by: Adam Smith's Invisible Pimp Hand at February 25, 2013 12:59 PM (NzBQO)

67 The WaPo lib commenters told me that Benghazi is a "phoney" scandal.

And Mooch is the most beautiful, classy FLOTUS ever, and Ann Romney is an ugly hag.

Now I need another shower.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 25, 2013 01:00 PM (UOM48)

68 I highly recommend the new film "Side Effects."

Posted by: Fourth Virginia at February 25, 2013 01:00 PM (wbmaj)

69 We need to know what the enemy of our culture is doing, how they are
doing it, why they are doing it, and then maybe we have a chance to stop
them.


WE ALREADY ALL KNOW what they are doing, how, and why. Now tell me how wasting my time and my money by consuming it "stops them."

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at February 25, 2013 01:01 PM (/kI1Q)

70 Daniel Day Lewis bravely carried Leo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz across
the finish line in Gangs of New York. You can just tell when one dude is
doing all the work.



Has Leo ever really held up his end in anything? Dude's a load.

Posted by: eleven at February 25, 2013 01:01 PM (KXm42)

71 Didn't Weinstein pull a bunch of marketing BS last year, too?


According to Rush, the rumor is that Our Beloved First Lady presented Best Picture as a fuck you from Weinstein to Spielberg. Apparently, Spielberg got Clinton for something, Golden Globes SAG whatever, and this was Weinstein showing Spielberg that his political dick is bigger.


Weinstein is Lawrence Woolsey from Matinee. He really is. I mean that as a compliment, btw.



Posted by: alexthechick - Chaotic Evil Hobbit. at February 25, 2013 01:01 PM (VtjlW)

72 @53 I didn't pick him! Don't make me own that shit!

Posted by: secretlyconservative at February 25, 2013 01:01 PM (zEoic)

73 There are lots of Luddites around here who, as a point of pride, ignore Hollywood.

Well, that didn't help too much in 2012.

I'm not suggesting that we embrace them...quite the contrary. We need to know what the enemy of our culture is doing, how they are doing it, why they are doing it, and then maybe we have a chance to stop them.
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 25, 2013 12:58 PM (GsoHv)
Netflix might end up being a lesser friend (or "not foe.")I've been watching House of Cards and I must say I do like it. The main character is a democrat (but they don't actually point that out until a few episodes in.)Plus he's just short of "evil."If people open their eyes and realize that DC really does work much like that, maybe we'd start getting some where.(The story line where the unions try to tank his education bill is actually caused my wife to go "unions ruin everything don't they.")

Posted by: tsrblke at February 25, 2013 01:02 PM (GaqMa)

74 I know Hollywood was always into itself but when did the shift occur for those working in Hollywood, going from being entertainers to thinking themselves really serious people who have meaningful opinions about politics that us lesser beings should listen to?
Posted by: ParanoidGirlInSeattle at February 25, 2013 12:56 PM (RZ8pf)


At least from the 1930s, with the influx of a number of Theatre Guild and Group Theatre writers to Hollywood, all of whom wanted to make "message" movies as they had "message" shows in NY - The Cradle Will Rock and Waiting for Lefty come to mind.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at February 25, 2013 01:02 PM (zF6Iw)

75 >> Hollywood, DC for Dumb People.

DC seems to be DC for dumb people too.

Posted by: Andy at February 25, 2013 01:02 PM (C/NnJ)

76 Daniel Day Lewis bravely carried Leo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz across
the finish line in Gangs of New York. You can just tell when one dude is
doing all the work.


You must of came in late to the movie. Lewis was doing the Fireman Carry on both of them the moment they each entered the picture.

Posted by: John P. Squibob at February 25, 2013 01:03 PM (kqqGm)

77 According to Rush, the rumor is that Our Beloved First Lady presented
Best Picture as a fuck you from Weinstein to Spielberg. Apparently,
Spielberg got Clinton for something, Golden Globes SAG whatever, and
this was Weinstein showing Spielberg that his political dick is bigger./i]



Ohhh, RIGHT. I remember BJ's Golden Globes appearance now.


Good grief. Hollywood is more like junior high than my junior high was.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 25, 2013 01:03 PM (CA2NO)

78
Short list of movies I have loved over the last several years: Zombieland, Kick-A**, and.... I'm sorta drawing a blank.

I liked Cabin in the Woods, but didn't love it. Same for The Avengers.

Needless to say, none of those films win Oscars. I know we're supposed to immerse ourselves in the popular culture because we are, but frankly I can't think of too many things less interesting than Oscars. Grammys of course, but that goes without saying.

Posted by: BurtTC at February 25, 2013 01:03 PM (TOk1P)

79 >>>I bet those two had so much to talk about, mostly about sucking Barky off.

I'm thinking their discussion focused on best practices for sucking the marrow out of road kill.

Posted by: Fritz at February 25, 2013 01:03 PM (WM+rJ)

80
According to Rush, the rumor is that Our Beloved First Lady presented Best Picture as a fuck you from Weinstein to Spielberg. Apparently, Spielberg got Clinton for something, Golden Globes SAG whatever, and this was Weinstein showing Spielberg that his political dick is bigger.


Weinstein is Lawrence Woolsey from Matinee. He really is. I mean that as a compliment, btw.



Posted by: alexthechick - Chaotic Evil Hobbit. at February 25, 2013 01:01 PM (VtjlW)
Isn't Price Waterhouse Cooper, supposed to keep this shit a secret until Oscar day? If so, does their violating that mean anything?

Posted by: tsrblke at February 25, 2013 01:04 PM (GaqMa)

81 >>>Makes perfect sense. If I'd bothered to read anything about the Oscar race I probably would have realized this.

I hate movies about movie making. The self inflation, and pretension is palpable. I've got better things to do than have a story teller tell me a story about how story tellers are the most important people on earth.

Posted by: MikeTheMoose Offering Moobats Gasoline and Matches at February 25, 2013 01:04 PM (0q2P7)

82

And this is how a true Preference Cascade is created.

The Oscars mean absolutely nothing to us, yet year after year we buy into how 'importance' of the awards.

Who gets what.

Who got snubbed.

When we really should be asking....

WHAT OSCARS??

Posted by: soothsayer at February 25, 2013 01:04 PM (DlaLh)

83
Posted by: alexthechick - Chaotic Evil Hobbit. at February 25, 2013 01:01 PM (VtjlW)Isn't
Price Waterhouse Cooper, supposed to keep this shit a secret until
Oscar day? If so, does their violating that mean anything?

It is supposed to be secret. but you and I know that Mooch wouldn't have been there if Dark zero 30 had won... The fix was in...

Posted by: Hello, it's me Donna let it burn really.really bummed at February 25, 2013 01:05 PM (9+ccr)

84 Guerilla Marketing or, Undercover Marketing, to be specific..

There are a lot of questions about the ethics of such an approach so it doesn't surprise me in the least that Hollywood and D.C. would engage in such tactics.

It's the same tactic that makes it almost impossible to trust the ratings/reviews you read on Google.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 25, 2013 01:05 PM (piMMO)

85 Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 25, 2013 12:59 PM (CA2NO)


Romeoism: The idea that 'the Pen is Mightier than the Sword, was written by a Writer... not someone who carried a sword..."

Posted by: Romeo13 at February 25, 2013 01:05 PM (lZBBB)

86
OT: they are not on our side. (from a HA link to Mediate)

Ever since then-Senator Barack Obama first took a lead
in the 2008 Democratic primary, the political news media has faced the
accusation that they are “in the tank” for the now-second term President Obama. On Sunday morning’s Reliable Sources, the press got a qualified defense from a surprising source: Mitt Romney chief strategist Stuart Stevens. Host Howard Kurtz asked Stevens if ” much of the media is in the tank for Barack Obama,” to which Stevens replied, “In the tank? I would say no.”

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at February 25, 2013 01:06 PM (p/cQy)

87 Good grief. Hollywood is more like junior high than my junior high was.


And I remember thinking "when I get out of this stupid high-school shit, people will be all grown up and not act like this anymore."


If anything it only gets worse.

Posted by: eleven at February 25, 2013 01:06 PM (KXm42)

88 82




And this is how a true Preference Cascade is created.



The Oscars mean absolutely nothing to us, yet year after year we buy into how 'importance' of the awards.



Who gets what.



Who got snubbed.



When we really should be asking....



WHAT OSCARS??




This^^^


Husband and I read last night. He's starting Chris Kyle's book. Fuck Hollywood, and that creature posing as FLOTUS with military in the background as props.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 25, 2013 01:06 PM (UOM48)

89 I think #73 is Ace incongnito. Keep telling yourself that man. Hey, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

Posted by: secretlyconservative at February 25, 2013 01:06 PM (zEoic)

90 Isn't Price Waterhouse Cooper, supposed to keep this shit a
secret until Oscar day? If so, does their violating that mean anything?


Not really; as a contractor, they're violating their contract at the orders of their employer.

Did you think the PwC was working for you?

Posted by: John P. Squibob at February 25, 2013 01:07 PM (kqqGm)

91 John Kerry's coming out party as SOS: Who among us doesn't love ‘Kyrzakhstan,’ the home of Chaka Khan?

Posted by: Fourth Virginia at February 25, 2013 01:07 PM (wbmaj)

92 @63 Whew, MWR. Let's lie back and have a cigarette.

I want to be there to see you tie into CAC one late night.

Posted by: comatus at February 25, 2013 01:07 PM (qaVK+)

93 It is supposed to be secret. but you and I know that Mooch wouldn't have been there if Dark zero 30 had won... The fix was in...
Posted by: Hello, it's me Donna let it burn really.really bummed at February 25, 2013 01:05 PM (9+ccr)
Yeah, but you don't have to be a member of the academy (or PWC) to know they weren't voting for that PERIOD. It's not their style. I'm still perplexed how it got nominated. (Not that I'm saying it wasn't good, just that I'm saying it's the academy.)Lincoln, Argo, I'd argue that was a toss up honestly. The Academy could have gone either way.

Posted by: tsrblke at February 25, 2013 01:08 PM (GaqMa)

94 Has Leo ever really held up his end in anything? Dude's a load.

***

I don't care for him, but I thought he did pretty well in Catch Me If You Can and, of course, What's Eating Gilbert Grape.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 25, 2013 01:08 PM (piMMO)

95 And I remember thinking "when I get out of this
stupid high-school shit, people will be all grown up and not act like
this anymore."


If anything it only gets worse.


Posted by: eleven at February 25, 2013 01:06 PM (KXm42)


It's like they wake up in the morning and say, "I'm a grown-up, so when I stab this person in the back today it's not because I'm being childish. It's because I'm being an adult." Or something.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 25, 2013 01:08 PM (CA2NO)

96
They were talking about the Hollywood Tax Cuts on FoxBusiness...

Movie-makers got over $1.5 billion in tax breaks and 'incentives', mostly from States trying to lure movies to their states....but also in Stimulus funds.

Posted by: wheatie at February 25, 2013 01:08 PM (eyJSG)

97 The Cradle Will Rock

That brought back a pleasant memory from Hollywood -- one of the very few --- from 'Hand That Rocks The Cradle'. Rebecca De Mornay getting milk out of the refrigerator. Then getting punched out at the end.

Posted by: Regular Moron at February 25, 2013 01:09 PM (feFL6)

98 Fuck Hollywood, and that creature posing as FLOTUS with military in the background as props.


Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 25, 2013 01:06 PM (UOM4


Note... it was the Marine Band... ie... there only to Perform for the Elite...

Posted by: Romeo13 at February 25, 2013 01:09 PM (lZBBB)

99 Should I feel bad that I'd never even heard of "Silver Linings Playbook"? Am I a Low-Information Voter?

Of course, I'd never even heard of "Zulu" until a few days ago.

My real fear is being asked to converse intelligently with fellow voters about "Honey Boo-Boo".

Posted by: t-bird at February 25, 2013 01:10 PM (FcR7P)

100 Maybe the GOP needs to hold a big glitzy award ceremony for corrupt and profligate politicians and bureaucrats.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith's mobile at February 25, 2013 01:10 PM (LNKYa)

101
Whoa!

Just took a break to check the news via my iPhone and saw that one of my Tweets about John Effin' Kerry was quoted on Twitchy.

Now. My. Life. Has. Meaning.

... and, back to cleaning bathrooms.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars at February 25, 2013 01:11 PM (Jcd0S)

102 I loved Gangs of New York. But only because of Lewis's character the butcher, you guys.

Posted by: Bosk at February 25, 2013 01:11 PM (n2K+4)

103 Movie-makers got over $1.5 billion in tax breaks and 'incentives', mostly from States trying to lure movies to their states....but also in Stimulus funds.


Posted by: wheatie at February 25, 2013 01:08 PM (eyJSG)


Cool! Lets add that to the Anti Sequester Military funds...

1.5 Billion for Hollyweird Tax Breaks
2 Billion in Aid to The Moslem Brotherhoos in Egypt.

Lets make a LIST! And send it to the Repubs.... because they sure can't seem to think of anything...

Posted by: Romeo13 at February 25, 2013 01:11 PM (lZBBB)

104 I thought Leo was OK in The Departed.
I didn't watch that shit last night, but my wife did. She yelled from the other room, "good thing you aren't watching" when FLOTUS appeared.

Posted by: real joe in blue state hell at February 25, 2013 01:11 PM (+2ssF)

105 @98 wasn't that band called "the reptiles"?

Posted by: Jude at February 25, 2013 01:11 PM (zEoic)

106 Hollywood, DC for Dumb People.

ummmmm.....

Chuck Hagel
Joe Biden
Nancy Pelosi
John Kerry

.....

Posted by: wiserbud at February 25, 2013 01:11 PM (WCe8r)

107 Should I feel bad that I'd never even heard of "Silver Linings Playbook"? Am I a Low-Information Voter?


I had never heard of 75% of the films that were nominated last night for various awards. The only experience I had with "Silver Linings Playbook" was when I was flicking through the red carpet pictures to pick out the worst dressed person there and saw Jennifer Lawrence's disaster-in-the-making meringue skirt.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 25, 2013 01:12 PM (CA2NO)

108 The incestuous relationship between statists, media and entertainment has always been there. There seems to be less attempt to hide it now. Reagen was an actor. He knew how to work the entertainment industry and the media, even when they were against him. We can complain all we want but it has always been this way. We need candidates who understand the media/entertainment/ statist complex. They will never get its support, but they need to understand it in order to defeat it

Posted by: thunderb at February 25, 2013 01:13 PM (Dnbau)

109
Posted by: secretlyconservative at February 25, 2013 01:06 PM (zEoic)

Yeah, because I've NEVER posted here before.

I qualified that as "not enemy."
Here's the thing though. Hastings seems (again seems) to lean more libertarian than anything.
Secondly a new change in format could benefit the right if we stepped up and took advantage of it. Netflix is less concerned with weekly viewership than they are with eyes over the long haul, and their model is uniquely situated to one off "long mini-series" styles (for lack of a better term.) We'd just have to take advantage of it.
House of Cards is interesting, and it's taken sideways shots at unions while pointing out that environmentalism is often just a way of funneling money to various constituent groups. Yeah it could turn on us (or I could be misreading it.) But right now it's sure as hell more friend than NBC or anyone else.

Posted by: tsrblke at February 25, 2013 01:13 PM (GaqMa)

110 Good news, bad news.

Good news, new thread.
Bad news, similar topic.

Posted by: Regular Moron at February 25, 2013 01:13 PM (feFL6)

111 I would imagine insiders have a pretty good idea who's winning, there may not be a fix. Everyone who's voting for these movies, actors, producers, writers, young and old, they all live in the same area and go to the same parties. They talk about who their voting for, positives and negatives of each movie. They also get bored with flicks after a while, I'm sure that's why Crash beat out Brokeback Mountain. Some films run out of steam by the time they get to the voting period.

Posted by: Adam Smith's Invisible Pimp Hand at February 25, 2013 01:13 PM (NzBQO)

112 Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 25, 2013 01:12 PM (CA2NO)


The only movie of any of the 'big' ones I saw.... was Les Mis.... and it sucked.


And I average at lest 2 movies in the Theatre a month...

Posted by: Romeo13 at February 25, 2013 01:13 PM (lZBBB)

113 It's not their style. I'm still perplexed how it got nominated. (Not that I'm saying it wasn't good, just that I'm saying it's the academy.)


That's a fuck you to Cameron. If Linda Hamilton ever directs anything and it's even moderately decent, she'll get a nomination as well.

Posted by: alexthechick - Chaotic Evil Hobbit. at February 25, 2013 01:13 PM (VtjlW)

114
I thought that...according to liberals...everyone should get an award, these days.
Wouldn't want to hurt anyone's self esteem.

So, did everyone get an Oscar?

Posted by: wheatie at February 25, 2013 01:14 PM (eyJSG)

115 @109 Quite being so sensitive! I take you are the post nazi, taking count then?

Posted by: secretlyconservative at February 25, 2013 01:15 PM (zEoic)

116 Mitt Romney chief strategist Stuart Stevens. Host Howard Kurtz asked Stevens if ” much of the media is in the tank for Barack Obama,” to which Stevens replied, “In the tank? I would say no.”

And polynikes sneered at me for calling out fucksticks like that as "collaborators."

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at February 25, 2013 01:16 PM (zF6Iw)

117 Posted by: Ashley Judd's Puffy Scamper, formerly MrCaniac at February 25, 2013 12:55 PM (Zd/NW)


Well stated.

Posted by: Captain Hate at February 25, 2013 01:16 PM (UYfkz)

118 That's a fuck you to Cameron. If Linda Hamilton ever directs anything and it's even moderately decent, she'll get a nomination as well. Posted by: alexthechick - Chaotic Evil Hobbit. at February 25, 2013 01:13 PM (VtjlW)You lost me. But perhaps that's a good thing. I don't follow Hollywood politics enough...

Posted by: tsrblke at February 25, 2013 01:16 PM (GaqMa)

119 @109 Quite being so sensitive! I take you are the post nazi, taking count then?Posted by: secretlyconservative at February 25, 2013 01:15 PM (zEoic)That's not sensitive.I expounded on my position. If you want to critique me that's all well and good, but come at me directly rather than make weird side comments. I'm open to debate. I love debate. Discourse man, it's what makes this country go!

Posted by: tsrblke at February 25, 2013 01:18 PM (GaqMa)

120
>>>I hate movies about movie making. The self inflation, and pretension is palpable.

Broadway's worse. Look at me contracting AIDS in my dressing room! Watch as I get the big part! Now here's a dance number!

Blow me.

Posted by: spongeworthy at February 25, 2013 01:18 PM (r5w1L)

121 @73 I understand where you're coming from, Breitart said much the same and I agreed, that said, let's not forget about the lesson from "The Hobbit". We may soon find ourselves morphing into "one of them".

Posted by: secretlyconservative at February 25, 2013 01:18 PM (zEoic)

122 Weinstein's trophy wife is a designer, every time I see her I think all her cash comes with the price of him on top. I'd rather be poor.

Posted by: madamex at February 25, 2013 01:18 PM (+kvQd)

123 Good news, new thread.


I guess now I'll never learn how wasting my time and my money by consuming this bullshit "stops them." *faux sigh*

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at February 25, 2013 01:18 PM (/kI1Q)

124 You guys will be relieved to know that there is a new thread up

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 25, 2013 01:19 PM (piMMO)

125 @109 I rest my case ladies and gentlemen of the thread. tsrblke therefore is Ace, otherwise, he would not defend against being called Head Ewok. Nor would he know my random post aliases. However if her were Ace, he surely wouldn't be so sensitive. hmmm

Posted by: secretlyconservative at February 25, 2013 01:22 PM (zEoic)

126 70
Daniel Day Lewis bravely carried Leo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz across

the finish line in Gangs of New York. You can just tell when one dude is

doing all the work.


Has Leo ever really held up his end in anything? Dude's a load.


Posted by: eleven at February 25, 2013 01:01 PM (KXm42)


I started praying for WWI to start already while watching Titantic so that a German U Boat could slam a couple of torpedoes into the side of that ship and sink it faster.

Posted by: Ashley Judd's Puffy Scamper, formerly MrCaniac at February 25, 2013 01:25 PM (Zd/NW)

127 Chaka Khan,
Let me rock you
Let me rock you
Chaka Khan
Let me rock you
That's all I wanna do
Chaka Khan, let me rock you
Let me rock you, Chaka Khan
Let me rock you
'Cause I feel for you
Feel for you

Posted by: John Kerry at February 25, 2013 01:29 PM (e8kgV)

128
Posted by: secretlyconservative at February 25, 2013 01:22 PM (zEoic)



Pardon me for wanting to taken as an individual not someone merely parroting the standard line around here .

So fine, you win. Whatever I said was wrong.

Posted by: tsrblke at February 25, 2013 01:32 PM (GaqMa)

129 I prefer "uncle"

Posted by: secretlyconservative at February 25, 2013 01:35 PM (zEoic)

130 "Hollywood finds itself fascinating."

Great line. The dumbest 25% of the population follows these idiots' every move and they take that as evidence that they are important and babble about important issues.

Also, is Ben Afflek planning to run for office. I'm getting the impression that he is trying to portray himself as serious and moderate. A strategy to trick all the dumb moderates to vote for him.

Posted by: nerdygirl at February 25, 2013 02:47 PM (tAOpG)

131 Every one of the movies mentioned above was better than the incredibly dumb "Titanic". Any organization that would give best picture of the year to "Titanic" isn't worth listening to.

Members of the Academy, a movie's great special effects don't make up for an idiotic plot. I still think Kate should have pushed that idiot Leonardo overboard.

Posted by: nerdygirl at February 25, 2013 02:52 PM (tAOpG)

132 Stephanie Cutter promoted SLP? No wonder it got as far as it did. Sucking up to the Big Guys, the DC-Hwood complex.

Folks, this is not a good movie. It's overly long, with a fakey plot, and f-bomb after f-bomb.

Dumb.

Posted by: PJ at February 25, 2013 03:12 PM (ZWaLo)






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