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Posts By Christian Toto

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Why Woke Comedy’s ‘Punching Down’ Rule Is a Joke
2 weeks ago

Why Woke Comedy’s ‘Punching Down’ Rule Is a Joke

What’s the most predictable comedy tic of 2019?

It’s either late night hosts ignoring news that hurts the Democrats, or “Saturday Night Live” mocking President Donald Trump in its cold …
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Cynthia Erivo: Sharing Harriet Tubman’s Faith Came Naturally
2 weeks ago

Cynthia Erivo: Sharing Harriet Tubman’s Faith Came Naturally

Cynthia Erivo often biked up to two hours before arriving on set to channel Harriet Tubman’s physicality for “Harriet.”

Capturing Tubman’s faith, though, came naturally.

“I do have faith … …
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How 1988’s ‘The Blob’ Broke All the Remake Rules
2 weeks ago

How 1988’s ‘The Blob’ Broke All the Remake Rules

You don’t need to be a critic to cheer how 1988’s “The Blob” zigged when everyone expected it to zag.

The film, a remake of the low-fi 1958 shocker, could …
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‘No Safe Spaces’ Makes History, Triggers Woke Critics
3 weeks ago

‘No Safe Spaces’ Makes History, Triggers Woke Critics

It turns out plenty of people wanted to hear Adam Carolla and Dennis Prager’s thoughts on free speech.

“No Safe Spaces,” which casts the unlikely duo as warriors for free …
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Entertainment Media’s New Foe: ‘The Movie Man Wave’
3 weeks ago

Entertainment Media’s New Foe: ‘The Movie Man Wave’

Deadline.com is afraid, very afraid, that an ominous film trend is making a comeback.

Male-dominated films.

Lock the doors! Hide the children!

Yes, the film industry has certainly focused too …
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HiT Episode No. 136 – Brian Presley (‘Great Alaskan Race’)
3 weeks ago

HiT Episode No. 136 – Brian Presley (‘Great Alaskan Race’)

Brian Presley wouldn’t take no after no after no for an answer.

Presley, an actor whose credits include “Home of the Brave” and “Touchback,” yearned to make a movie about …
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Coogan: Brexit Advisor ‘Should Be Hung, Drawn and Quartered’
3 weeks ago

Coogan: Brexit Advisor ‘Should Be Hung, Drawn and Quartered’

Steve Coogan is unabashedly pro-European and anti-Brexit.

The comic actor from “Stan & Ollie,” “Philomena” and “The Trip” franchise often lets his films do the talking for him. He attacked …
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Critic v Critic: The Great Scorsese-MCU Debate
3 weeks ago

Critic v Critic: The Great Scorsese-MCU Debate

The biggest movie news these days has nothing to do with Skywalkers or satirical Nazis.

It’s two of Hollywood’s most talented directors taking direct aim at the Marvel Cinematic Universe, …
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Warning: ‘Lighthouse’ Is Perfect, Pretentious Art House Cinema
3 weeks ago

Warning: ‘Lighthouse’ Is Perfect, Pretentious Art House Cinema

“The Lighthouse” marks the second time this year a budding horror auteur showed signs of decline.

First, Ari Asters followed up the masterful “Hereditary” with “Midsommar,” one of the most …
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Bret Easton Ellis Pins ‘Trump Effect’ on Media’s ‘Joker’ Attacks
3 weeks ago

Bret Easton Ellis Pins ‘Trump Effect’ on Media’s ‘Joker’ Attacks

Bret Easton Ellis refuses to carry the mainstream media’s water.

No, the author of “Less Than Zero” isn’t a conservative railing against Fake News. He’s a sober-eyed observer of what’s …
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