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Ted Cruz is much more entertaining than 'True Blood'

Jul 23, 2014 11:15 AM PT

Breaking news: a fading television show lumbering through its final season makes a desperate bid for attention by creating a "controversy."  Such was the plan when the silly, but once-upon-a-time entertaining, HBO vampire show "True Blood" unleashed its writers' inner demons with some uncalled-for Republican-bashing, which went as far as one character using some straight-up War on Women rhetoric to dismiss conservative women attending a fictitious Ted Cruz appearance as "Republi-c**ts."  

In the show, a team of Yakuza hit men (don't ask) proceeds to murder everyone at the event, which was supposed to strike the jaded audience as entertaining.  None of that is any surprise coming from the network that still gives Bill Maher a show.  He's no stranger to the exact same insult Vampire Pam deployed.

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Try As They Might, JFK and The Beatles Won't Save Boomers from History's Judgment

Jul 17, 2014 8:42 AM PT

Oscar-winner Ron Howard will direct yet-another documentary about The Beatles, because if there's anything lacking in the Infinity-Volumed Boomer Nostalgia Library it's stuff about The Beatles.  

Before they all die and leave behind their true legacy of national bankruptcy, too many sexually transmitted diseases to count, drug-addiction, and the passing on of narcissism as a family value, the loathsome Boomers are apparently in some sort of secret competition to see which of their Precious Icons can generate the most Nostalgia: JFK or The Beatles.

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Harvey Weinstein Trashes Martin Scorsese

Jul 16, 2014 7:36 AM PT

Every year Hollywood's Gran Poobahs gather for a Sun Valley gathering that nobody really enjoys. The thrill is being considered enough of an insider to score an invite. The downside is that you actually have to go.

The Wrap's Sharon Waxman passed along an anecdote leaked to her about the insufferable Harvey Weinstein's performance on a panel. Apparently, he saved "The Gangs of New York" and director Martin Scorsese is too ashamed to admit it:

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Contraception as a proxy for collectivism

Jun 30, 2014 9:15 AM PT

In response to Fugelsgang on Hobby Lobby: 'Scalia Law a lot Like Sharia Law':

It's tempting to dismiss these hysterics as the work of people who aren't the sharpest tools in the drawer, but it would be more accurate to say that they have a low, and probably accurate, impression of how gullible their readers are.  And it's not so much that the readers are stupid, as that they are highly motivated, and lack intellectual discrimination.

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Movie Review: 'Transformers: Age of Extinction'

Jun 28, 2014 2:29 PM PT

As a young fan of sci-fi, horror, and action films, I used to bristle when a critic would say some movie I enjoyed was "un-reviewable," impervious to rational analysis, and bound to be a hit with the people who wanted to go see it no matter what professional reviewers said.  I thought it was a condescending attitude at the time, but now I've got to throw in the towel on the "Transformers" series.  Either I grew up, these movies got too infantile, or more likely some combination of the two.  I've heard it said that most big-budget cinema is pitched at 14-year-old boys.  This movie was evidently written by 14-year-old boys.  Heavily caffeinated ones, at that.

Suffice it to say that "Age of Extinction" offers more of the series' signature sweet cars, hot chicks, silly comedy, and giant robot battles, except this time some of the robots are neither Autobot or Decepticon - the former hunted almost to extinction by their former human allies in a dark reversal of the third movie's upbeat "we're all in this together" ending, the latter apparently pretty much out of business these days - and some of the really big, ancient bots transform into dinosaurs, because it turns out the Transformers and their enigmatic creators were here 65 million years ago and wiped out the dinosaurs.  Far from serving as a random hiding place for the Transformers' power source as we were told at the beginning of the first movie, it turns out they've been visiting Earth frequently since before there were mammals.  Which makes it kind of weird that it took them almost a hundred years to figure out that their vital power source, and the Decepticons' leader, were buried in the polar ice.  

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