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Hollywood’s Closet Libertarians

“A lot of my friends are pro-marijuana legalization, [believe that] prohibition is a nightmare, and that the prison industrial complex is terrible. They won’t describe themselves as libertarian but when you lay out all their points of view for them, that’s what the platform is,” explains Los Angeles-based writer and comedian Heather Anne Campbell. “And then I found out, some of my closest and best friends are just straight-up libertarian.”

Campbell has written for Saturday Night Live, Cartoon Network’s Incredible Crew, The Mightnight Show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, performed with Drew Carey’s Improvaganza and the CW’s Who’s Line is it Anyway? Currently, she writes for a new block of animated programing called Animation Domination High-Def (ADHD) on the Fox network.

This Summer’s Movie Roundup

Mario and Fafa, the Glove and Boots puppets, review Summer 2013 Movies.

The Fear Factor

Horror film director Larry Fessenden lets us in on a few little secrets to keeping moviegoers on the edge of their seats. H/T National Geographic

Our Corporate Copyrights

Copyright is a good idea, but the way it is currently used is not. The laws, originally designed to protect artists and authors, now give corporations carte blanche to control intellectual properties for more than a century.

The Left’s Dream Factory

PJ Media’s Andrew Klavan talks to PolitiChick Ann-Marie Murrell about Hollywood and the potential upswing in Conservative-principled films. He cites some encouraging trends, but says Hollywood still serves as a dream factory for the Left, glorifying radicals and rewriting history to present liberals in a better light.

Chip Off the Old Blockhead

Hopper Penn accosted a member of the paparazzi, calling him the n-word. Is Hopper Penn learning such insults from his paparazzi-hating, Hugo Chavez-loving father Sean Penn? Hear what AlfonZo Rachel thinks in this edition of ZoNation. H/T PJTV

Is Pop Culture the Plague?

“American popular culture not only celebrates freedom, it is also itself an example of American freedom at its best and most vibrant,” writes Paul Cantor in his new book The Invisible Hand and Popular Culture: Liberty vs. Authority in American Film and TV.

Even before politicians and elite cultural critics decried the boob tube as a “vast wasteland,” they were attacking other forms of popular entertainment — novels, movies, comic books, and more — as simultaneously soporific and dangerous, either lulling the masses into quietism or sparking bad behaviors. But Paul Cantor, a professor of English at the University of Virginia, argues that such criticisms get everything wrong. H/.T Reason TV

Celebrities: Shut Up and Act

Is it time for Hollywood to get back to the business of make believe. Should we let celebrities do what they do best: be fake in a realistic way? Because when celebrities use their fame to influence the real world, the result, more often than not, is an exercise in narcissism. Unfortunately, American culture has devolved to the point where we celebrate narcissists and their pet concerns at the expense of the issues that affect everyday Americans, such as energy prices, deficit and debt. Col. Allen B. West finds celebrity excess at its worse in the debate over gun violence, especially with regards to the Newton, Connecticut, tragedy. H/T PJTV

March Madness

Col. Allen B. West is excited for college basketball’s March Madness and looking forward to beating his fellow PJ Media co-workers in the 2013 NCAA bracket predictions, and taking home $30 in cash winnings. West suffered a painful loss in the office Oscar pool. In the wake of that loss, Col. West examined the difference between the NCAA basketball championship, and the Academy Awards. Find out why he thinks the basketball championship is a true form of American meritocracy, while the Oscars are just another form of crony capitalism. H/T PJTV

Hollywood Meets Wall Street

After 1980s blockbusters like Star Wars and Jaws, “Hollywood became a target of Wall Street,” says William Stadiem, “but what they were buying was not the art. They were buying the money.”

Reason TV’s Tracy Oppenheimer sat down with Stadiem, the author of the new book Moneywood, to discuss the business of Hollywood, how Wall Street changed movie making, and why we are living in a golden age of television.

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