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Hollywood Playbook: Wednesday's Top 5 News Items

For critics to murder "Cesar Chavez" with a 46% Rotten rating this thing either has to truly suck or be a little too Catholic for critical comfort. Everyone knows that politically correct films are given all kinds of breaks by critics who like having their personal political sweet-spots hit. Look at how many of those objectively awful anti-Bush/war flops in the mid-aughts skated by. Mar 26, 2014 10:56 AM PT

Politico Blasts School Choice: 'Taxpayer Dollars' Fund Creationism!

The left-wing Politico breathlessly titled its investigative piece against school choice: Special report: "Taxpayers Fund Creationism In the Classroom." Which can only mean that Politico apparently believes that government money (in the form of a voucher) given to someone represents "taxpayer dollars" and that whatever is purchased with those dollars is something taxpayers are funding and is therefore the business of Politico. Mar 26, 2014 6:53 AM PT

CNN Doubles Viewership Still Gets Crushed By Fox News

For all the talk of CNN turning its obsessive coverage of the missing Malaysian airliner into "big" ratings, the network still got crushed by Fox News. You can double your ratings, but two times zero is still zero. Mar 25, 2014 11:30 AM PT

Will 3D Printers Smash the Dual Menace of Big Business and Big Government?

I'm nothing close to a tech geek, but I am a liberty geek and the way in which technology can give power back to the people and strip it from the dual menace of Big Government and Big Business has always fascinated me. It's why I obsessively follow what's happening with Netflix Streaming and why this Reason story about the potential future of 3D printers caught my eye. Mar 25, 2014 10:58 AM PT

Netflix Expects to Have 60 to 90 Million Subscribers In 10 Years

The article where this news appears is very insider-insider. I only read it because of an unhealthy obsession. But the news that Netflix expects to increase its Streaming subscription base from its present level of 33 million to around 60 or even 90 million in just ten years is mind-blowing. Mar 25, 2014 8:38 AM PT

Hollywood Playbook: Tuesday's Top 5 News Items

The bottom line to this Variety story is hidden in the middle of the article: Admissions are well below where they were a decade ago and the dip is mostly among young people who are getting more and more used to the idea of watching movies on iPads and in their own home theatre. Mar 25, 2014 7:45 AM PT

Ratings: Season Finale of HBO's 'Girls' Flops

Deadline Hollywood puts the best spin they can on the disastrous season finale ratings for HBO's impossibly low-rated series "Girls." Deadline calls the a dismal 670,000 viewers "steady." Yeah, "steady" in the same way the Titanic steadily sank. After three airings Sunday night, "Girls" averaged only a million viewers. Mar 24, 2014 1:55 PM PT

Budapest Pests

Every couple of years I'm told by elite critis: Wes Anderson has done it again! Another irreverent classic! Another masterpiece! Whoo-hoo Wes Anderson! Mar 24, 2014 1:30 PM PT

Universal Is Really Going to Remake 'Scarface'

In 1983 when Brian DePalma chose to remake Howard Hawks' 1932 game-changing gangster film "Scarface," the world was a completely different place. There was no home video and the 51 year-old version starring Paul Muni had not achieved mythical status. Mar 24, 2014 1:12 PM PT


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