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Russia censors ‘Hunter Killer,’ blames distributor’s filing error

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Russia censors Hunter Killer blames distributors filing error

Every work of art, including movies, must receive a permit from the Russian Ministry of Culture before it can be shown to the public. The movie Hunter Killer starring Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman was supposed to be released in Russia on November 1, but the Ministry claims the distributor did not provide a proper copy for Gosfilmfond, the state film archive.

Magogo Distribution claims they did.

“We have submitted all the materials and documents ahead of time; we provided copies of the movie for review a month and a half before the release date,” they said in a press release.

The film depicts the Russian President being kidnapped in a coup attempt by the Russian Defense Minster. Only an American submarine captain and the US Navy SEALS can save him.

It sounds like the exact type of movie Russian President Vladimir Putin would prefer his people never see. But they’re sticking to their story of clerical error.

The film is still listed as “coming soon” five days after it was supposed to be released. Tickets have already been sold at Russian theaters. No word about if or when the movie will be made available to Russian audiences.

Hollywood Movie ‘Hunter Killer’ in Russian Limbo – ‘Veiled Censorship‘?

https://www.polygraph.info/a/fact-check-hunter-killer-censored-russia/29584043.html“A thriller about a military coup in Russia did not receive a distribution license from the Ministry of Culture,” Pertsev’s column stated, “perhaps due to the fact that the government saw in it their real phobias.”

In an op-ed, the independent news agency Rosbalt also questioned the Ministry of Culture’s explanation. It said the official reason the film was not released seemed “obviously too much,” given that theaters across Russia had already listed the movie and sold tickets for the premiere, thereby suffering financial losses.

The real reason for the film not getting the green light possibly “lies in the plot of the thriller itself,” Rosbalt wrote.

My Take

Oh, Russia. Just come out and say it. You’re censoring the movie because it paints your precious President in a vulnerable light. You don’t like a movie that shows him being saved by the American military and special forces. You’re concerned that even insinuating anyone in the Russian military would consider a coup would be a dangerous notion to contemplate.

Headlines are calling this “veiled censorship.” This is blatant censorship surrounded by an outright lie. Veiling it would be subtle. There is no subtlety here. The Russian people are being deprived of a bit of entertainment over the government’s fears.

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Spiritual guru Marianne Williamson has charmed Alyssa Milano

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Spiritual guru Marianne Williamson has charmed Alyssa Milano

Hollywood’s favorite social justice warrior has committed to attend a Democratic candidate’s fundraiser, and it’s raising eyebrows of even the most “woke” in Tinseltown. Charmed actress Alyssa Milano is starting her elect-any-Democrat tour by fundraising with spiritual guru and debate enthusiast Marianne Williamson.

But even as she announced her intentions to visit with Williamson, Milano made sure to hedge her bets and be as inclusive as possible by saying she loves everyone running. But it’s clear Williamson’s talk of the “collective” and the “soulful ache of the nation” has Milano sincerely interested in getting the guru attention, including on he popular progressive podcast, Sorry Not Sorry.

Williamson has been moving up in the polls, which is to say she’s not at zero anymore. Other notable candidates are.

But the jokes on Milano and Williamson’s supporters who clearly cannot see this candidacy is about building name recognition and public relations for the guru. Her message is one that can resonate with a very particular group of Americans, but her policy proposals are a combination of textbook 2020 Democrat and off-the-wall attention-grabbers. She’s obviously intelligent and is running a real campaign, but she’s doing so knowing the end result will be more appearances on talk shows and paid speeches that she’ll be able to ride long after the Democratic nominee is selected.

At least she got on Dave Rubin’s show.

Alyssa Milano has become completely unhinged. It would be hard to find an actor who has committed as much to politics in recent months, shifting her branding from entertainment to activism. But backing Williamson won’t help in that regard.

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Hollywood defends mediocrity, elitism, with 32 Game of Thrones Emmy nominations

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The only two places where being nominated for something is close enough to winning something are Hollywood and the Democrat Party. With that said the 2019 Emmy nominations came out in strong defense of the final season of Game of Thrones which was the most poorly received season in the show’s run. Despite the petitions and the negative press the final season received, it went on to receive a whopping 32 Emmy nominations, beginning with Outstanding Drama Series.

Acting

The first nomination that is strikingly unmerited was Kit Harrington for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, despite an awful performance as Jon Snow. He was best known for recycling the following three lines: “she is my queen.”, “I don’t want it”, and “You are my queen.” There was no noteworthy performance on his part and quite honestly, Kit Harrington should be sent down to the minor leagues of acting to rehabilitate after that performance. Emilia Clarke, despite unprofessionalism of leaving coffee cup on set, narrowly deserves a nomination for the female equivalent for her recitation of Josef Stalin in the show’s final episode.

Game of Thrones has a total of seven nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in between the male and female categories. Deserving are Peter Dinklage for his performance in “The Bells” and perhaps Maisie Williams while she was running through the library of Winterfell in the Battle of Winterfell if we are to judge the best male and female. Lena Headley, despite acting prowess and mastery of the Cersei character, was practically footnote in the final season, hardly having any lines which is a real waste of her talent. The pretentious Sophie Turner received nomination despite having neither performed well nor capturing Sansa Stark as a character. During the course of the season she portrayed at least two different versions of the same character. Gwnedoline Christie was someone else who doesn’t really deserve to be on the list, having the third best performance of the four female nominees.

Carice van Houten was nominated for Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series raising concerns as to what the rules actually are. Her character is rooted enough in the plot to question whether she was really a guest. Guest actor/ actress in a drama should be like the patient in House, or the criminal in NCIS, right? I think being in 29 total episodes far exceeds what constitutes a guest appearance.

Bad Writing Nominated

The most egregious nomination was by far Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for the final episode, “The Iron Throne.” While the episode was perhaps the most well-written in the final two seasons, it contained glaring writing errors caused by the set up. Quite honestly, the episode was swallowable only because it wasn’t the worst it could have been, ie a Republic ending. And by the final episode people already assumed it would be bad. So, why was it nominated again?

Bad Directing Nominated

Three episodes were nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. “The Iron Throne” is the most deserving of the three. “The Last Stark” was a dog turd of an episode where a dragon got shot down from the sky by a ballista that was behind a rock island but still able to land two bolts in the neck. This episode was poorly written but also poorly shot as shown in the aforementioned example. “The Long Knight” was an abomination from a tactical military perspective, which falls on the Director who spent fifty-five nights shooting something people couldn’t see.

Final Thoughts

After running through all these nominations, the more technical nominations withstanding, most of the ones listed and ranted about are undeserved. When these categories are stacked with multiple nominations, it’s worth wondering how many shows got snubbed, how many actresses overlooked so four Game of Thrones actresses can get nominated based on name ID. The eight season of Game of Thrones was objectively bad and has been set up to be bad for a long time coming but it’s worth wondering whether TV as a whole is so bad the final season still ranks on top. Is compelling and gritty story telling becoming so lost an art? Or is popularity supreme? While being the most watch television phenomenon in an era with so much competition, the series was poorly received in its final seas, most notably for the writing and directing decisions. Yet the poorly written and directed episodes received nomination. This isn’t even a popularity contest. It’s a middle finger to the fans who saw the final (two) season as the garbage that it was for well articulated reasons. They think they know what’s good and we don’t. It’s Hollywood’s latest rejection of meritocracy, rewarding mediocrity for reasons that ultimately culminate into elitism.

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Washington Post op-ed links ‘The Lion King’ to fascism

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As Disney animated movies hit their stride of awesomeness in the 1990s with Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King (and The Little Mermaid, though it was released in late 1989), I am among a minority who didn’t think The Lion King was the best of the batch. In fact, I thought it was behind the previous two, but that’s not a knock against the Hamlet-inspired tale of growth and revenge. It’s a testament to how good those movies were.

But as the historical revisionist left continues their attacks on culture and anything from the past that wasn’t 100% social justice warrior approved, it was inevitable that someone at the Washington Post would come out calling The Lion King a tale of fascist Nazis spreading racism in a non-socialistic society. After all, it’s about survival of the fittest, a class hierarchy, and the strong literally eating the weak.

Of course it’s bad in the eyes of progressives. It had a story and conflict and differences between people. These aren’t things the left appreciates or accepts.

In this video, Fox News host Martha MacCallum was joined by Michael Knowles and Richard Fowler to discuss he lunacy of classifying The Lion King as anything other than an entertaining kids’ story with some adult themes.

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