They are all based on real-life events that Peter Dreier thinks deserve more attention.
Disney Not in This Much Trouble Since 1941
Many of the activist cartoonists later fell victim to Hollywood’s notorious blacklist era, writes Thomas Doherty.
Hollywood’s Gun Love Raises Shooting Risks On & Off Set
Prominent placement in high-profile films can result in a significant bump in sales for gun models, write Brad Bushman and Dan Romer.
The Two Faces of Empire
The U.S. empire is ugly and creepy. That’s why so much effort goes into keeping the public from looking at it directly, writes Caitlin Johnstone.
CIA Helped Shape Tom Clancy’s ‘Jack Ryan’ Series into Bigoted Venezuela Regime-Change Fantasy
Researcher Tom Secker exposed the Amazon TV show as straightforward U.S. imperial propaganda, reports Max Blumenthal.
For Hollywood, ‘Vice’ Is Remarkably Astute About Politics
Adam McKay’s movie may be flawed, but it’s still must-see for his depiction of how Cheney amassed power by exploiting Watergate, an inexperienced president and 9/11, writes James DiEugenio.
‘Hostiles’ and Hollywood’s Untold Story
Hollywood’s recent attempt to depict Frontier life captures the reality of “hostiles” shooting various weapons at one another, but the real history is more interesting, Jada Thacker explains in this essay.
Mandela Movie Faces Long Oscar Odds
Only a month ago, Nelson Mandela’s death brought much of the world together to honor his legacy in overturning South Africa’s white supremacist regime. But the new film about his life may get short shrift as the movie-award season opens, says…
A Comedy at the ‘End of the World’
Exclusive: A comedy about people living their final days, as a massive meteor zeroes in on Planet Earth, may seem an unlikely movie concept. But “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” starring Steve Carell, is one of…
Iran Critiques Hollywood
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta sees a growing chance that Israel will attack Iran’s nuclear sites this spring despite resistance from the Obama administration. Meanwhile, Danny Schechter attended a conference in Iran on how Hollywood spreads propaganda.