8 items from 2016
Just when you think you've seen - and heard - it all from Donald Trump, he comes out with another surprise. This week, it was his head-turning admission during a speech in North Carolina that he regrets some of things he's said on the 2016 presidential campaign trail in "the of heat of debate." It was a rare acknowledgement by Trump that he'd made a mistake (he told People just last fall that saying "sorry" is something he "never likes to do") and many politicos are attributing it to the quick work of his new campaign manager, Republican pollster and campaign veteran Kellyanne Conway, »
- Diana Pearl, @dianapearl_
Hell or High Water is a no-nonsense, confidently executed thriller, operating in the same tone and terrain as Rolling Thunder and No Country for Old Men. Two brothers — Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner (Ben Foster) — pull off a series of bank robberies across Texas, raising money for a purpose revealed halfway through the film. Even before that disclosure, the subtext is firmly on economic dispossession and the role financial institutions play in suckering the small customers they ostensibly service (this may well be the first film in which a reverse mortgage — pace the late Fred Thompson — serves as a major […] »
- Vadim Rizov
Actor Tim Daly is at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week to support Hillary Clinton and as president of the Creative Coalition, a nonprofit advocacy group started by entertainers. He spoke to Variety about the election, why Donald Trump could win and the differences between Clinton’s public and private personas.
What does the Creative Coalition do?
We’re a group of prominent people in the arts and entertainment industry who feel it’s our responsibility use this unique voice we have to educate and motivate our audiences around issues of public importance — particularly arts advocacy and public arts education.
So you’re not a political group?
It’s a matter of definition. We’re a non-partisan group and choose causes that we think will benefit everybody. Certainly the arts belong to everybody. We do our best to change the narrative about the arts in this country, because »
- Ramin Setoodeh
In the hierarchy of significance in what made news this past week, the sudden availability of the entirety of Albert Brooks’ output of feature films as a writer-director via Netflix Streaming may not carry the urgency of, say, the alarming continuance of African-American deaths under police fire, the attack on a peaceful protest against police violence by shooters who killed five law enforcement officers and wounded several more in Dallas, the ongoing partisan bloviating inspired by the FBI’s decision to not charge Hilary Clinton with federal crimes, or the frightening clown circus of offenses that characterizes the dawning of each new day in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. But art can, among many other things, provide a momentary respite from pain, sometimes even while examining some of the more frustrating, self-centric and petty dissonances within our own, or someone’s else’s worldview, and in this Brooks’ films at »
- Dennis Cozzalio
The Almighty is still alive, albeit also under continuing attack, in “God’s Not Dead 2,” a sequel in which the issue of religion in schools leads to a courtroom showdown over God’s rightful place in society. Boasting a superficially new plot but preaching the exact same sermon – in the identical leaden, graceless manner – as its predecessor, Harold Cronk’s follow-up concocts a laughable crisis of faith whose resolution is a fait accompli, turning the endeavor into a torturous exercise in one-note proselytizing. The franchise’s disciples will surely fill its collection plate as full as 2014’s $60-million-grossing original, but this paranoid persecution-complex fantasy is unlikely to win many converts.
Cronk’s original installment presented Kevin Sorbo’s atheistic liberal-arts professor as the embodiment of satanic evil. Since he literally died for his sins at the end of that story – only after making a deathbed conversion to Christ, however! – the »
- Nick Schager
The teaser, for the episode “Hail to the Kween,” says that “a very special guest comes to ‘Broad City,'” but it does not show the candidate.
According to The Verge, at a panel at SXSW over the weekend, Jacobson said that even though Clinton is appearing, “We’re not making a political stance here. It was really more that this is something Ilana’s character would do. And Hillary, regardless of where we stand — and we love Hillary — Hillary is such an iconic figure right now and she has been.”
Presidential candidates have been making cameos on “Saturday Night Live.” Donald Trump hosted the NBC sketch show in November, »
- Ted Johnson
Pure Flix Entertainment has released a new trailer for God’s Not Dead 2, the sequel to the highest-grossing independent faith film of 2014; check it out here…
God’S Not Dead 2 centers on Grace (Melissa Joan Hart), a Christian teacher, who is forced before a judge for honestly answering a question about Jesus in the classroom. With the principal and superintendent joining forces with a zealous civil liberties group, Grace faces an epic court case that could cost her a career she loves and expel God from the classroom.
God’s Not Dead 2 opens on April 1st, with a cast that also includes Jesse Metcalfe, Ernie Hudson, David A.R. White, Hayley Orrantia, Robin Givens, Fred Thompson, Maria Canals-Barrera, and Sadie Robertson.
- Gary Collinson
The 2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards said goodbye to stars we've lost during the past year during its annual In Memoriam segment. "My dear friend David Bowie once said, 'All cliches are true. The years really do speed by. Life really is as short as they tell you it is,' " said Susan Sarandon while introducing the segment Saturday night. "Those words resonate when we've lost someone who made a special impact on us." The emotional tribute acknowledged some of the most beloved onscreen talent. • Check out People's full 2016 SAG Awards coverage and complete winners list! Some of the iconic actors »
- Aaron Couch
8 items from 2016
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