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James Caan Proclaims He's Not a 'Hollywood Liberal'

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1. James Caan Proclaims He’s Not a 'Hollywood Liberal'
2. Rob Schneider Rips ‘SNL’ Colleague Al Franken
3. MGM’s Woes May Revoke James Bond’s License to Thrill
4. End Times Headlines: Presidential Porpoise, Tweet Treats
5. ‘Jersey Shore’ and Reality Culture Taking Over
 

1. James Caan Proclaims He’s Not a 'Hollywood Liberal'

Another in a growing list of Hollywood actors has come out of the conservative closet.

James Caan recently made it clear he does not count himself among those in the entertainment field who embrace the liberal label. On the contrary, the veteran actor is considerably right of center.

“I'm an ultra conservative,” Caan confessed at the opening of the Hollyshorts Film Festival in Los Angeles.

“I'm not a god**** Hollywood liberal, I'm not,” proclaimed the actor who portrayed Sonny Corleone in the 1972 classic “The Godfather.”

Caan, however, says he is not among “all those actors who like to find a stage to push their agendas.” Questioned about California’s Proposition 8 and the federal judge’s decision that held the voter ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, he told the Pop Tarts website, “I don't want to comment on that. I'll let those other geniuses do that. … They don't have political science degrees. … I certainly don't. I'll leave it to Sean Penn or Barbra Streisand to comment on that.”

Incidentally, Hollywood liberals had better not mess with Caan. He has been a serious practitioner of martial arts for nearly 30 years, and trained the Culver City Police Department in fight techniques.


2. Rob Schneider Rips ‘SNL’ Colleague Al Franken

While appearing on HLN’s “The Joy Behar Show,” Rob Schneider let slip his aversion to former fellow “Saturday Night Live” writer-cast member and current Democratic Senator Al Franken.

We’re talking the same Al Franken who, according to some reports, may have become a U.S. senator partly because of the illegal felon vote in Minnesota's Twin Cities.

Guest host Shaun Robinson was taken by surprise by some of Schneider’s remarks.

Robinson brought up the performer’s famed ‘SNL’ bit, jokingly asking him “to apologize for creating that character.”

“People are still doing that when you`re going to the copy machine,” Robinson pointed out.

“That was about 19 years ago or something,” Schneider said. “I was on ‘Saturday Night Live’ when they had more cast members than audience members. You know it would take them half the show [to introduce everyone], feature player Adam Sandler, and another half-featured player David Spade and feature player Rob Schneider and Al Franken — of course, Senator Al Franken. What a [expletive deleted] he is.”

“Oh, my goodness,” the host exclaimed.

“I`m glad — I actually mean that,” Schneider replied.


3. MGM’s Woes May Revoke James Bond’s License to Thrill

Legendary movie studio MGM has become a financial albatross that is dragging down a profitable franchise.

The company’s nearly $4 billion in accumulated debt is yet another sad reflection of the nation’s gasping economy. For the sixth time, MGM has been allowed to put off its interest payments, this time until September 2010.

Unfortunately, this places the studio in the uncomfortable position of being unable to perform one of the most important Hollywood functions: the funding of new movies.

One of the casualties of MGM’s fiscal mayhem may be 007 himself, cultural icon James Bond.

The next Bond flick, number 23 in the series, has been shelved — indefinitely.

Ironically, the Bond series ranks as the highest grossing film franchise in history. Internationally, the movies have brought in more than $4 billion, nearly $11 billion when adjusted for inflation.

Contractual provisions reportedly do not allow the upcoming Bond film to be separated from the studio portfolio, despite the wishes of Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson, the Bond film decision makers via EON Productions.

Daniel Craig portrayed the spy with the license to kill in the 21st installment, “Casino Royale,” as well as the 22nd Bond flick, “Quantum of Solace,” which pulled in $1.1 billion worldwide. Hands down Craig is the best James Bond to hold a Walther PPK since Sean Connery.

Meanwhile things are going swimmingly for Craig, who is in high demand. He’s co-starring with Harrison Ford in “Cowboys and Aliens” and is also in “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” based on the best-seller. He’s also in a new Steven Spielberg movie, “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.”

Still, it is troubling to think that Bond, having survived a slew of super-villains, may be brought down by the nastiest villain of all, the Obama economy.


4. End Times Headlines: Presidential Porpoise, Tweet Treats

A survey of today’s stories gives us the temperature of our nation’s culture, and it looks to be a pretty sick puppy.

Makes you think the end of the world may be near.

Here’s a sampling of actual headlines that could portend the apocalypse.

• “President Obama & First Family Meet Perky Porpoise During Boat Tour of Gulf of Mexico”

With the country careening toward oblivion, the president, the first lady and one of their daughters are depicted gazing at a “perky porpoise” as they take a boat ride in St. Andrews Bay in Panama City Beach, Fla. The Obamas will have two days of such photo ops followed by a two-week vacation at tony East Coast resort Martha's Vineyard.

• “Tila Tequila Attacked at Insane Clown Posse Festival”

Reality star Tila Tequila suffered facial cuts after patrons at a concert in Hardin County, Ill., pelted her with rocks and feces. Tequila tweeted her plans to file a lawsuit against concert organizers. Maybe Tila should have been prepared for this kind of thing when she agreed to attend a festival that included insane clowns.

• “John McCain: Snooki Is ‘Too Good Looking To Go to Jail’ ”

John McCain seems to be obsessed with “Jersey Shore” cast member Snooki. During a radio appearance on Phoenix's KMLE, the Arizona senator and former presidential candidate said, “I kind of think she might be too good looking to go to jail.”

Snooki, who spent a few hours behind bars before bail was posted, had told MTV, “I'm too pretty to be in jail. …I'm not a criminal.”

In June, after perpetually tanned Snooki tweeted a grievance about proposed taxes on tanning beds, McCain tweeted, “@Sn00ki ur right, I would never tax ur tanning bed! O's tax policy is quite The Situation. but I do rec wearing sunscreen!”

• “Neil Patrick Harris and Partner Expect Twins”

Doogie is “expecting?”

The “How I Met Your Mother” star used Twitter to announce that he and partner David Burtka are set to welcome twins. Actually, a surrogate is due to deliver the babies in October.

There’s a Broadway musical in there somewhere.


5. ‘Jersey Shore’ and Reality Culture Taking Over

Reality television now dominates primetime programming on the broadcast networks and is increasingly taking over cable as well.

The high ratings and low cost of these shows ensures that this type of entertainment, and I use the term loosely, is here to stay.

The reality show genre has not remained static. New boundary-pushing shows have emerged as networks try to outdo each other.

In an unsettling sign of the times, it seems that we have rapidly mushroomed into a reality show culture, with all of the attendant celebrities such as Kate Gosselin, Kim Kardashian, and the cast of “Jersey Shore,” who for no justification are outrageously overpaid and for no reason are ridiculously famous.

In many instances, young people now respond to the question of what career they would most like to pursue with the mind-numbing aspiration of “reality star.”

Of course, reality shows are anything but real. If audiences actually got to witness the makeup, lighting, staged setting, coaching, editing, etc., they would quickly realize they were being utterly duped.

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