Friday, August 26, 2005

Hollywood celebrates, prepares to offer 'Da Vinci'

Hollywood celebrities and others convened recently to honor the late Hunter S. Thompson - the famous liberal "gonzo" journalist who committed suicide. As L. Brent Bozell writes:
Worshippers of the wild and dissolute drug culture of the 1960s gathered at their temple in Woody Creek, Colorado on an August Saturday night to pay tribute to the booze-and-drug-soaked journalistic legend Hunter S. Thompson, exactly six months after he shot himself in the head in the middle of a phone call with his wife. It was, in a way, a perfect ending to symbolize Thompson’s self-absorbed, self-destructive worldview. How pathetic is it that some people are actually celebrating this.

Pathetic indeed. The celebration demonstrates just how messed up Hollywood is. Of course, liberal politicians showed up, too, including John Kerry. But Hollywood and the Democratic Party are essentially one and the same, given their mutual passion for severing American society from its moral roots. Bozell concludes: "The libertine elite at Woody Creek came to celebrate a man whose creed wasn’t about loving or giving or helping or holiness: 'I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.' "

John Kerry just had to be there.

Meanwhile, Jason Apuzzo says that the film version of The Da Vinci Code, directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks, is ill-timed and could have a very negative effect on the movie industry. The story, which pronounces its anti-Biblical, revisionist history to be true, won't go over well with red-state America. Like, to take one example, Alexander, which portrayed the main character as bisexual and was an unbelievable flop at the box office, American families aren't likely to rush to their local cinema for Da Vinci.

This is just what Hollywood doesn't need: The industry is "in the midst of a public relations crisis the likes of which it hasn't seen since the late 1960s. The consensus is that Hollywood has been producing junk - remakes, sequels and left-wing lifestyle propaganda of one sort or another. Now the junk isn't making any money - and the primary storyline out of Hollywood each week is how desperate the studios are for a hit." (But not everything is "junk" - film is a wonderful art form, and I enjoy it very much.)

Da Vinci will contract Hollywood's audience further, Apuzzo says, by continuing the alienation of a large segment of the population. What Hollywood should be doing is reaching out:
Hollywood should have taken a cue from The Passion and produced films that reached out to a Christian audience, a group that was swooning after a positive experience with Mel Gibson's film. Instead, Hollywood insulted that audience with inane, anti-Christian propaganda like Kingdom of Heaven, and Paramount has now even optioned the satire, The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Obey the Bible as Literally as Possible for Brad Pitt's company.

If Hollywood continues to ignore what its customers want, it can't stay in business for long.

Update: I don't mean to criticize everyone in Hollywood. After all, there are a lot of great men and women in the industry, and I hope their influence grows.

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