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Is Ocean’s 8 a Women’s Empowerment Statement or just Another Failed Reboot

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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The movie “Ocean’s 8” debuted last night. I wrote this article last night, as movie-goers no doubt thronged to their local theaters, so I don’t yet know of the first night box office tally. But I’m certain the much anticipated all-female thriller/crime film raked it in. Or maybe it didn’t.

UPDATE: Well, it’s starting well. The movie took in $44 million in its opening.

Considering it only cost $70 million to make, I’m sure it will do fine. I mean, the first Ocean’s movie, “11,” cost $85 million and it was made 17 years ago, in 2001. Its box office take was almost a half a billion dollars worldwide. And that was a reboot of the 1960 original starring the Rat-Pack. Even with the 2001 star power, the reboot couldn’t match the cool of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford.

But why make this in the first place? Did the industry not learn anything from the disastrous female reboot of the all-Male Ghost Busters franchise? That bomb lost almost $75 million.

Although Ocean’s 8 may not lose money, I doubt it will be the surprise box office smash of the summer. I may end up being wrong, but I think that relatively few movie goers want to plunk down their cash to see a bunch of “empowered” women play at being men. read more

Prequel Solo is Fun Without all the Social Justice

from the Daily Wire:

A Different Perspective: ‘Solo’ Is A Great ‘Star Wars’ Movie That Mocks SJWs

Despite galactic shortcomings at the box office – with headlines like: ‘Solo’: How Big a Box Office Dud Is the ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff?, How can Star Wars get back on track after Solo’s disappointing debut?, or ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ falls far short of box-office expectations – Disney delivered a fast-paced, (mostly) well-written westernesque action flick detailing the dawn of the universe’s most notorious pilot, Han Solo, and his hirsute companion, Chewie.
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Netflix – Obama – Quid pro Quo

from the Daily Mail:

Obamas’ Netflix deal happened after streaming film studio’s chief content officer raised $600,000 for former president – who made his wife ambassador to the Bahamas

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos raised thousands of dollars for former President Barack Obama, who appointed Sarandos’ wife, Nicole Avant, as ambassador to the Bahamas.

Former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama announced Monday they had entered a multi-year producing partnership with the online streaming service.

Sarandos and Avant bundled nearly $600,000 in contributions to Obama during the 2012 presidential campaign, the New York Post reported. 

Sarandos helped broker the deal, the Post reported, which is said to worth up to $50 million to the former first couple.  

The Netflix COO and his wife are longtime friends of the Obamas. Avant serve as ambassador to the Bahamas from 2009 to 2011. It’s common for presidents of both parties to appoint big donors to ambassadorial positions.

Avant’s father, Clarence, a music executive, also bundled nearly $450,000 for Obama’s presidential campaigns, the newspaper reported. read more

Don’t Equate Real Slavery with Snowflake Oppression

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Recently, as all of America no doubt already knows, Kanye West has said some things which have upset the left, particularly the black race-baiting industry. And it is an industry.

Kanye professed his love of president Trump and said they were both “Dragon Energy.” I have no idea what that means, but really, who cares. It sounds like a compliment. He said he likes a lot, but not all, of what Trump is doing. He even took a poke at Obama by tweeting that he was president for eight years and nothing changed in Chicago.

Not to defend Obama, but the city of Chicago is not the federal government’s concern.

But I think it was Kanye’s rant about slavery being a choice that really put the left over the edge. He said during a TMZ interview: “When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years?! That sounds like a choice. Like, you were there for 400 years and it’s all of you all? Like, we’re mentally in prison. Like, slavery goes too direct to the idea of blacks,” he said. “So prison is something that unites us as one race, blacks and whites being one race. We’re the human race.”

May I dispel the myth of 400 years of slavery. The slave trade began in America in 1619 and ended in 1865. That’s 246 years – not 400. And actually, the first black man to be declared a “slave for life” in America happened in 1654 (or `55). His name was John Casor, and coincidentally, his owner was tobacco farmer Anthony Johnson, who was also black. read more

Hooray! Fox Picks Up Last Man Standing

from RedState:

America Wins! Last Man Standing Will Return to Fox

Ask, and ye shall receive.

The Tim Allen led and right-wing themed show “Last Man Standing” is poised to be resurrected, and put back on television where America wants it, but this time the show will be airing on Fox. According to Page Six, the show’s seventh season is also poised to bring back all the main characters as well, making changes to show as minimal as possible. read more

Life Liberty & Levin is a Must See

Media Research Center’s Brent Bozell and Tim Graham explain why Mark Levin’s latest television venture is must see TV. The Fox news program, which airs each Sunday night at 10 PM Eastern time is real educational TV, unlike the soundbite filled clap-trap presented as news on other shows.

I can personally attest – you’ll be smarter for watching it.

from NewsBusters: 

Learning from ‘Life Liberty & Levin’

 

Liberal journalists have spilled a whole lot of ink in the Trump era boasting how they’ve suffered watching a week or so of Fox News programming to explore the strange informational terrain of the Trump voter. They pompously proclaim it’s television for your crazy Uncle Frank, pushing conspiracy theories for dumb people while nurturing resentments toward the elites — meaning, of course, them. read more

Less People Watching Because Hollywood is too Political

from Constitution.com:

Liberalism Killed the Radio Star… and the TV star… and the Movie and Sports Stars, Too

Liberalism is fast destroying the entirety of the entertainment sector in the U.S. today, from movies and TV, to sports, to publishing. But the amazing thing is that these media sectors don’t care even a tiny bit that their popularity and finances are eroding faster than a sand castle at high tide.

A new poll by McLaughlin & Associates and the Media Research Center reveals a shocking statistic:  Fully 44 percent of Americans are less likely to watch sports and entertainment shows “because they have become too political.” read more

Can Trump Finally End Handouts to Liberal Artists?

Art transcends politics. Isn’t that the saying?

Well, it may have, but hasn’t been for a while now. And with the election of Donald Trump as president, it seems the opposite is true.

I think we can all recall a little more than a year ago when the left was positively giddy over the fact that, “While Obama’s [inaugural] concert included the likes of Beyoncé, U2, Stevie Wonder and Bruce Springsteen – ‘Trump’s Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration’ will be marked by lower-wattage stars,” and that, “Singers who have agreed to perform at Trump’s inauguration have faced widespread backlash. Others associated with the event we’re forced to back away, while some have come out saying they wouldn’t perform even if asked.”

This past year it seems, more than any time before, that “art” equals politics. read more

Video Podcast – After the Florida Shooting Comes the Borg – the Pennsylvania Election

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

The aftermath of the Florida school shooting reveals the collective mindset of the left. In today’s podcast I liken them to the Borg collective, popularized in the series, Star Trek, The Next Generation.

I reveal the remarkable similarities of today’s radical leftists to the fictional Borg, where everyone thinks and acts the same – working in lock step to build a Utopian society.

I also discuss the winner (if it holds up) of the Pennsylvania special congressional election, Conor Lamb, who ran as a conservative, but will discover in short order, that he must become part of the leftist Washington collective to survive. read more

Magic Leap Augmented Reality

The Magic Leap One, with Lightpack and controller
The Magic Leap One, with Lightpack and controller(Credit: Magic Leap)

Magic Leap has been teasing a mysterious, game-changing augmented reality device for several years now, earning hundreds of millions of dollars in investment along the way, and today it finally revealed some actual hardware. Meet the Magic Leap One, available to developers from next year.

In terms of the capabilities of the Magic Leap One, it looks like we’re in for the same AR features we’ve seen from the likes of the Microsoft HoloLens and ARKit on iOS: digital graphics seamlessly merged with the real world, as you move around. read more