Everyone knows that with all of the rampant campaigning going on, Hollywood’s Oscar season can get quite political, but this year it’s literally poliitics. And not as usual. An infusion of real politicians, and political issues, have been characterizing this Academy campaign season for several weeks and it seems to be ramping up to new heights just as ballots went out this week and voting is now going on in earnest through February 19. Of course real-world politics have often seeped into Oscar season but, whether it is the political nature of the films or some other reason, it’s careening out of control.
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Starting with the October release of Warner Bros‘ Argo, several real-life Presidents have been used to either officially – or unofficially – make an endorsement of a contender or at least be used in ways we haven’t seen before. For Argo’s end credits former President Jimmy Carter turns up in an audio interview basically confirming the facts of the CIA mission he approved to get six American hostages out of the Canadian Embassy in Iran by creating a fake movie production. It was a very effective way of validating the events of the film set in 1979 and giving it added gravitas. It also didn’t hurt the film’s awards chances to have Tony Mendez, … Read More »
Vice-President Joe Biden’s office today tweeted this photo of him meeting with Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell and actor Bradley Cooper. The duo, whose Oscar nominated movie is about people dealing with mental health issues, were in Washington to help announce introduction of the Excellence in Mental Health Act to Congress. The bi-partisan bill was drafted in response to the shootings last year in Newtown, Connecticut and Aurora, Colorado. The legislation’s goal is to expand access to mental health services across the nation. Russell was scheduled to be in LA for a WGA panel Thursday night but dropped out for the meeting with the Veep.
Related: Showbiz Groups Pledge “To Seek Meaningful Solutions” On Gun Violence
Entertainment industry representatives issued this statement tonight following meetings with the White House Task Force on Gun Violence:
“The entertainment community appreciates being included in the dialogue around the Administration’s efforts to confront the complex challenge of gun violence in America. This industry has a longstanding commitment to provide parents the tools necessary to make the right viewing decisions for their families. We welcome the opportunity to share that history and look forward to doing our part to seek meaningful solutions.”
In addition to Motion Picture Association of America Chairman/CEO Chris Dodd, participants included the Directors Guild of America, Independent Film & Television Alliance, Motion Picture Association of America, National Association of Broadcasters, National Association of Theatre Owners, and National Cable & Telecommunications Association.
The industry’s joint statement came after a two and a half hour meeting at the White House between representatives of the entertainment industry and Vice-President Joe Biden. The meeting was one of several the VP has had as part of his gun safety task force formed in the wake of the Newtown, CT school shooting. Biden said earlier Thursday that he intends to submit his recommendations to President Obama by January 15. Joining Dodd at the White House today was Comcast EVP David L. Cohen, DGA Executive Director Jay Roth, Independent Film & Television Alliance President/CEO Jean Prewitt, NAB CEO Gordon Smith, NATO President John Fithian, along with representatives from … Read More »
UPDATE, 6:38 PM: The Office of the Vice-President tonight released a photo of the two and a half hour meeting Thursday at the White House between representatives from the entertainment industry and the VP on gun violence.
PREVIOUSLY, 9:31 AM: Representatives from the entertainment industry will meet with Vice President Joe Biden today as he continues a series of meetings as part of his gun safety task force formed in the wake of the Newtown, CT school shooting. Motion Picture Association of America Chair/CEO Chris Dodd, Comcast EVP David L. Cohen, Directors Guild of America Executive Director Jay Roth, Independent Film & Television Alliance President/CEO Jean Prewitt, National Association of Broadcasters CEO Gordon Smith, National Association of Theatre Owners President John Fithian, along with representatives from Branded Entertainment and the National Cable and Telecommunications Association are scheduled to meet with Biden at 6 PM ET, according to a White House statement. Biden also is meeting with representatives of gun advocacy groups, including the National Rifle Association, as well as sportsmen and women and wildlife interest groups. Shortly after the Connecticut shooting, President Barack Obama appointed Biden to head a commission to come up with recommendations on gun policy by the end of January.
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EXCLUSIVE: After Leatherface cut The Hobbit down to size last weekend to become the country’s top-grossing film, he’s headed back to the slaughterhouse for another helping of Texas Chainsaw Massacre mayhem. Millennium Films is moving ahead with Texas Chainsaw 4, with production to begin later this year in Louisiana.
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