Daily Call Sheet: Lepers and India Crybaby, Studio System Treated Women Better, and Streaming News

HOLLYWOOD’S NEWEST CRYBABIES: LEPERSAND INDIA

It doesn’t bother me when crybabies crybaby. That’s what crybabies do, especially GLAAD and CAIR — two of the biggest, fascist crybabies in the history of crybabying.

What bothers me is that the politically correct cowards that run Hollywood only listen to certain crybabies. Southerners, Christians, stay-at-home-moms, Republicans, and pro-lifers continue to take hellacious beatings in all things pop culture. Everyone else is hands off at the first sound of a crybaby.

Those of us on the right can take a joke better than anyone; it’s being singled out by Hollywood cowards who pose as “edgy” that’s galling — the double standard. Take us back to the good old days of “Blazing Saddles,” and we’ll never complain again.

It’s not satire when you’re singled out. It’s bigotry.

AMAZON PONDERS NEW CHALLENGE TO NETFLIX IN STREAMING MARKET

There’s a bigger story here than just this:

Ever since Netflix first alienated its consumers last summer with a price hike – ruining a perfect record of consumer satisfaction – the market seemed to open for new challengers. That door swung a bit wider after Netflix and Starz failed to agree to terms, further limiting the service’s movie offerings.

At the moment, Amazon has deals with the likes of CBS, Fox, Disney and NBCUniversal.

Hollywood is fighting streaming harder than they would ever fight terrorists and yet you have two of the biggest entertainment retailers on the planet — Netflix and Amazon — expanding this service. It was only a matter of time before someone stepped in to challenge Netflix Streaming, and Amazon is the perfect choice.

This is the future and Hollywood had better get its act together and figure out a way to monetize the future the best they can. Because what’s going to happen is quite simple: That which isn’t streamed will be ignored.

CAMERON DIAZ’S PLASTIC SURGERY

Unless it’s a compliment, I try to stay away from commenting on people’s looks. Weight, age, and the like has nothing to do with who someone is, and it’s hard to go there without brushing up against ad hominem. Beside, I’m no prize.

But as a film fan and someone who loves movie stars, this wave of unnatural-looking plastic surgery is a real problem. Though I would never do it myself, I’m all for people having the freedom to do what they want in order to extend a career or simply feel better. There’s nothing wrong with that, but when it gets to a point where it’s a distraction, that’s when it’s worth commenting on.

And it’s not just women. Mickey Rourke, Michael Jackson, and to a much lesser extreme, Michael Douglas have all broken the on-camera spell with “work.”

The hardest hit for me was Courtney Cox in “Scream 4.” One of the most natural, girl-next-door beauties around today, and something about her is now … off. Real shame.

Plastic surgery is nothing new. A number of stars, like Rita Hayworth, were “created” by it, and who’s going to argue with those results?

What has changed, though, is how noticeable it’s become as stars have gone too far.

Hollywood is supposed to be more liberated and woman-friendly today, but more than ever these days, beautiful and successful actresses like Diaz, Nicole Kidman, Meg Ryan, Melanie Griffith and the rest, have gone to extremes to avoid aging gracefully like their Golden Age counterparts did.

Hepburn, Crawford, and Davis might have had work done, but not to the point where what was done distracted. And yet, they and others enjoyed long careers well into their forties and fifties.

It’s just a fact that Hollywood is much more monstrous place for women today when compared to the studio system days run by male Republicans.

TRACY MORGAN IS BACK AT WORK, TAUNTING ALEC BALDWIN

More obsession from the clueless entertainment media over a show on one watches.

‘THE CROW’ REBOOT SNAGS NEW DIRECTOR AND WRITER

Though the sequels were unwatchable, the original starring the late Brandon Lee sure had its moments, and the production design did an especially impressive job of creating a foreboding mood and alternate universe that wasn’t completely foreign.

What really made the film work, though, is that when you boil the plot down, it’s a revenge fantasy — a vigilante story.

If they hang on to that element, it could work. But will they?

KATHERINE HEIGL STILL BEGGING FOR OLD TV JOB BACK

What a fall, and all of it self-inflicted.

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LAST NIGHT’S SCREENING

Prime Suspect 2 (1992): The second in the series is, in my opinion, better than the first. Both feel a little dated with their openly sexist and racist characters, but in the end, this story of the search for the murderer of a teenage black girl examines race in a much more complicated way than what you’re originally led to believe.

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SCOTTDS’ EPIC LINKTACULAR

R.I.P. DICK TUFELD, VOICED THE ROBOT IN ‘LOST IN SPACE

NEW BEHIND THE SCENES PICTURE FROM ‘THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

FOR YOU INDIE FILMMAKERS: KEVIN SMITH WANTS TO HELP RELEASE YOUR MOVIES

PARAMOUNT BRINGS ‘RANGO’ BACK TO THEATERS FOLLOWING OSCAR NOMINATION

THE 20 WORST OSCAR NOMINATIONS OF THE LAST 20 YEARS (INCLUDING ‘CRASH’!)

MARG HELGENBERGER CLOSES HER FINAL CASE ON ‘CSI’

THE 10 MOST UNDIGNIFIED DEATHS IN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY

‘REAL STEEL’ DELETED SCENE FLOATS LIKE A BUTTERFLY, STINGS LIKE A BOXING ROBOT

CONAN O’BRIEN AND THE LEGACY OF ERNIE KOVACS

FOX: SO FAR, SO GOOD FOR ‘ALCATRAZ’

MICHAEL BIEHN TALKS ABOUT HIS FIVE FAVORITE FILMS

CARTOON BREAK: 20 LIVE-ACTION FILMS WITH ONE ANIMATED SCENE

5 REASONS ‘FIREFLY’ WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO GET CANCELLED

4 FLAWED LIFE LESSONS MOVIES ACCIDENTALLY TAUGHT US

BEST USE OF FOOD IN MODERN CINEMA

11 MODERN ACTRESSES WHO’VE GOTTEN HOTTER WITH AGE

20 FACTS ABOUT ‘PLANET OF THE APES

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CLASSIC PICK FOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 26

TCM:

5:45 PM EST: Harper (1966) — A broken-down private eye sets out to find a rich woman’s missing husband. Dir: Jack Smight Cast: Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall, Julie Harris. C-121 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format.

Imperfect but still interesting (and moody) detective drama salvaged by all that star power.

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