Hollywood in focus

June 29, 2018 |

After Chris Pratt stunned Hollywood by encouraging young people to be positive, work hard, pray, defend the weak and know that God loves them at the MTV Movie Awards of all places, the “Jurassic Park” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” star surprised fans again by showing up in person at a charity showing of “Jurassic World” to benefit cancer-stricken children of police officers. He also shook hands and posed for photos with the crowd.  Turns out his brother is a sheriff’s deputy who helped set up the event. 

 

In a related story, Chris Pratt is rapidly becoming my favorite celebrity.  Think of Peter Fonda and Robert DiNiro and imagine the exact opposite.

 

https://www.lifezette.com/popzette/chris-pratt-star-of-jurassic-world-shows-his-support-for-the-police/

 

Speaking of Peter “Why isn’t this lowlife in jail for making terroristic threats?” Fonda, his new movie made a total of $30,395 in its debut weekend on only five screens.  Despite his unconscionable Twitter rants about President Trump’s son and my grandchildren (which he’s since deleted and apologized for – and I don’t care), Sony Pictures went ahead with plans to release the film, claiming that yanking it would be unfair to the many other people who worked on it and didn’t call for innocent children to be kidnapped, raped and murdered.    


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I’m not going to mention the name of the film, since I don’t want to give it any publicity, and it’s obviously not necessary to gin up a boycott (one Twitter user sarcastically noted that the studio probably could have made as much money by looking for dropped change under the theater seats.)

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/peter-fondas-new-film-nets-measly-30000-after-actors-perverted-attack-on-barron-trump/

 

As much as I disagree with Sony’s decision, I admit that studios do face a difficult situation, and one that arises all too often, when they spend years and millions of dollars creating a movie, then spend millions more on publicity, only to send the star out to promote it, and he/she/xi immediately goes on a talk show or social media and spouts some incredibly offensive or insane political opinions that alienate at least half the potential audience.  The only way to avoid this would be to lobotomize the actors (some of them act like they’ve already had that done) or more practically, avoid hiring performers who are famous for shooting off their mouths about Trump or Republicans and hitting their employers in the bankbook.  

 

The first step to doing that, though, would be for Hollywood to admit that that’s the problem.  Despite a mountain of evidence that leftist propaganda and hostility to at least half of America is killing box office returns and TV ratings, they just keep doubling down on stupid.  Most recently, they’ve managed the mind-boggling feat of tanking the most bulletproof franchise in history, “Star Wars,” by putting it into the hands of a feminist producer who appears to be openly hostile to the very concept of boys’ adventure tales and to male fans.  She’s simultaneously trashed everything fans loved about the series while filling it with “woke” messages about evil white men, female empowerment and "woke," gender-fluid robots (robots should only have hydraulic fluid.)

 

The reason it’s called “escapist entertainment” is because audiences loved escaping to a galaxy far, far away that was nothing like our overly-politicized present; to bask for a couple of hours in a place where there is no Maxine Waters or Stephen Colbert, and the Storm Troopers don’t enforce PC speech codes.  (Although granted, Hillary Clinton does seem well on her way to morphing into Darth Vader.)

 



Thanks to the “woke” messaging, the unthinkable has occurred: the production of more “Star Wars” films has been put on hold while the studio tries to figure out what went wrong.  Yet they blindly refuse to acknowledge the Wookie in the room: the injection of inappropriate “progressive” politics that is the #1 reason fans are complaining all over the Internet, and not just in “Star Wars” movies.  Apparently, Hollywood’s Trump Derangement Syndrome and leftwing echo chamber have made them incapable of dealing with reality in any arena, even if it drives them into bankruptcy.  

 

They’ll also probably dismiss the dismal box office for the Peter Fonda movie by claiming that it was just a small, human drama that was never going to be a big moneymaker in the comic book blockbuster era.  Then how do they explain the massive success of small, human dramas aimed at the neglected Christian, conservative or just Middle American market (you know, those of us the Hollywood studios call Flyover Country Deplorables, but whom they used to call “our audience”)?  I mean films such as “I Can Only Imagine,” “God’s Not Dead,” “The Case for Christ,” “Miracle From Heaven” and “Soul Surfer.” Those can’t possibly all have been big hits just because none of them had Peter Fonda.

 

Although I’m sure it helped.

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  • Anna Maria

    07/03/2018 09:21 PM

    My husband and I had a difficult time trying to find the movie produced by Sean Hannity last year. It was with great disappointment that we couldn’t. I asked our local movie manager when “Let There Be Light” was going to play. He said it wasn’t; it wasn’t a high budget movie and wouldn’t draw a crowd. I wondered why the public wasn’t given an opportunity to decide. As you have said maybe it’s because Peter Fonda or someone who is a liberal with no moral structure. Fonda truly belongs in jail as does Kathy Griffith, Madonna (who is anything but) as well as others. I guess they not deplorable so they don’t get the same treatment.

  • Glenda Kee

    07/02/2018 12:20 PM

    MR HUCKABEE I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOUR TAKE ON ACTORS AND ACTRESSES, TALK SHOW HOSTS AND COUNTLESS OTHERS WHO HAVE DIARRHEA OF THE MOUTH. IT HAS BEEN SO LONG SINCE I HAVE BEEN TO SEE A MOVIE, I CAN'T EVEN REMEMBER THE LAST TIME I WENT. i AM VERY HAPPY WITH CHRIS PRATT AND HIS SPEECH. I PRAY WE CAN GET MORE OF HIS KIND IN THE BUSINESS. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS TODAY AND FOREVER.

  • Marlene Helfrick

    07/01/2018 04:10 AM

    I have seen the sad result of of male bashing. Confused men who are afraid to say anything for fear of being attacked. Women who are not empowered so much as bullying female thugs or worse they think they are owed a lliving simply by being born female. Both are false facades that do no one any good. Being female does not make you exempt from working for what you want. And men you need a little more backbone. Both sexes need to accept responsibility for their own lives and actions. Virture signaling is stupid. If you believe in something go for it, you don't need to follow the crowd.

  • Mike Clark

    07/01/2018 02:08 AM

    I have always loved how you tell it like it is, I think it is time for the non-left deplorables to take off or put on the gloves whichever is appropriate and fight back against the RESISTANCE (they will never be satisfied till they are in control of the government again) but we should not allow them to go unchallenged the LEFTISTS in Congress need to be held accountable if anyone in president Trump's circle is harmed in any way.
    I agree with you Peter Fonda, Robert DeNiro and the like belong in jail for the threats made they need to understand Freedom of Speech does not allow open threats to government officials especially the president. On your show HUCKABEE please continue having Christian guests because America needs an re-awakening regarding who is the TRUE PROTECTOR OF OUR COUNTRY, ALMIGHTY GOD. I know you ran for president and probably don't believe this but I think GOD chose Trump to shake things up after the disasterous 8 yrs we endured under Obama and his corrupt government which tried to tear down America. Obama was born in Kenya his own grandmother said so but corrupt MSM covered the truth about him (Sean Hannity tried desperately to expose the truth about Obama) and America paid dearly for that coverup. The Trump supporters should declare holy war on the MSM Fake New propaganda stories, the Hollywood elite, and the LEFT'S RESISTANCE....we must take our country back. Trump needs to get his Black & Hispanic supporters together and enter the minority communities and help improve things before mid-term elections to peal away votes from the Dems who have taken those votes for granted for many years now. Keep up your great commentaries & your show on TBN. Thanks Gov.

  • Joseph Behrendt

    06/30/2018 03:51 PM

    Its true he and his sister should be in jail, him for his nasty rhetoric and her because she is a traitor(like killary we still don't know how many POW's died because of her stupid anti-war antics). These moronic Hollywood people need to spend some time in a cell every time they open their mouths. As far as Star Wars in as much as I would love to see more the fact that half the cast has quit or died off makes the series flat and unrecognizable anymore. Time to end before you lose more money.

  • David Bevil

    06/30/2018 01:01 PM

    Fonda should be jail, I would be if I made the same comments. But........Jane should have been tried as a traitor as well. God Bless.

  • Betty H

    06/30/2018 12:38 PM

    I am so very sorry all of this is going on, but we as Christians, need to get off of our do nothing and start doing something. Prayer is the key, support our President, our Christian leaders, and teach our children the deafferents in God and Satan. Any one who would attack a child by words are any other way is in my book lower than Satan. May God Bless our Nation, President, his family and our Christian leaders.

  • Deryl Holliday

    06/30/2018 12:07 PM

    Thanks, Huck. Your article was so good, I placed it on my Facebook page. I hope it goes viral. At eighty-one years old, your wisdom and humor is a breath of fresh air to me. I hope you will be around till you are at least a hundred years old. "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" Galatians 2:20 NIV

  • Lori House

    06/30/2018 11:52 AM

    I agree with you Mike, this young man is now one of my favorite in Hollywood as well, along with Kurt Cameron and Candace Cameron Burr. His statement at the awards was very courageous (considering the flesh eating animals that he works with on a daily basis) and refreshing!

  • David Laman

    06/30/2018 11:49 AM

    These actors and night show hosts that consider themselves so enlightened have an audience. This audience are the same people who vote for the sick and crooked swamp animals that promote socialism . Let's face it, If you stay up to watch these midnight monkeys, you aren't getting up to go to work in the morning or your work doesn't take much energy. This , sir, is welfare TV and movie time.

  • Timothy Bauer

    06/30/2018 11:49 AM

    I think the new Star Wars is awesome and I've been a fan for over 30 years. The scripts for do 8 and Solo were written way before the "Trump era" and the writer in this story must have forgot that people like to go to that galaxy far, far away not only to get away from democrats like Clinton and Maxine Waters but to get away from the Rubio's and Huckabee's as well, but clearly the writer of this article only hates people on the left. Star Wars has done fine, and if only a small group of small minded people don't want to see it, I believe the Star Wars franchise will still survive, even with a progressive leading it. People on the right are just as hateful as people on the left and this article prices that very point. Nobody is perfect, no party is perfect, and it takes a person in the middle to admit that, clearly the right wing writer of this article believes they are God's gift to the world of film, but id say they are just as divisive as the Hollywood lefties they are complaining about.

  • Danny Meyer

    06/30/2018 11:31 AM

    You have and outstanding daughter. To put up with and respond to some of the so called new reporters, she is nothing less than extradentary.

  • Laneda Greenland

    06/30/2018 11:31 AM

    It's great to read commentary that is civil but still makes a definite point. I agree with everything and appreciate your mention of movies that have a real story that is uplifting. And your daughter is an incredible woman.

  • LTC(R) Tom Reiva

    06/30/2018 11:20 AM

    Mike, different topic! I heard recently from Dick Morris that Deputy DOJ Rod Rosenstein's wife is a well known Clinton lawyer. Do you know if this is true? And if true, Trump or Sessions should fire him immediately...?

  • Arthur Dane

    06/30/2018 11:04 AM

    Doesn't George Soros bare an uncanny resemblance to the Emperor character in Star Wars?

  • Fred Walker

    06/30/2018 11:04 AM

    Best thing Ive read in months! Love you Mike

  • Alan Sporn

    06/30/2018 10:51 AM

    Dear Governor,
    I think you are a class act and I love your support for many things I agree with you on.
    You often mention 'christian' when it comes to politicians running for office. As a not very religious Jewish person, it sure would be nice to see you drop religious labels as religion in and of itself is no guarantee about how good a person is.
    Thank you, Alan Sporn

  • Rosalie Gilliland

    06/30/2018 10:12 AM

    Hollywood is over. Once Hollywood made films for the average citizen, now it just panders to certain groups and preaches to the rest of us That is not entertainment. The die was cast when actors starting making outrageous sums of money for their work. Living so far above the rest of society removed actors from the sturm und drang of reality. If actors had to struggle occasionally to make rent, as many of us do, that group would be a far different animal.

  • Tamy Burns

    06/30/2018 10:08 AM

    I'm outraged at Peter Fonda and Robert Dinero! And Maxine Walters! I mean, how can any self respecting leftist look themselves in the mirror. They all ought to be up on charges, but alas, no. If the conservatives were to say anything remotely like what they have said, oh, but wait, we'd never do that. We have brains and we use them. We also have respect, faith in God, and empathy for those who are blinded by hate (the evil one). I pray for these people, but I'll never see a film with either of those two men again. And as for Ms Walters, I pray for her and her kind to be removed from office.

    Thank you Mr. Huckabee for speaking truth into the dark political pit. You, your family, our President , vice president and their families are all in my prayers. Truth will win the day.

  • William Hansbraugh

    06/30/2018 09:28 AM

    To quote a very famous man "I have a dream . . .".

  • Charles Simmons

    06/30/2018 09:24 AM

    My somewhat infrequent participation in church services invariably provides uplifting inspiration.
    In contrast, the nonstop messaging from Hollywood, from liberal grifters, from agenda-driven “educators,” from “mainstream media outlets” and from subversive governmental operatives about “bad America” constitutes mind-numbing drivel.
    Unfortunately many among the impressionable young appear to be influenced by this degrading drivel, to the detriment of USA’s future prospects.
    May God save America.

  • Ferlin Blood

    06/30/2018 09:19 AM

    Kate speaking the truth! We love you and we love Sarah and we love our president and our nation. I don't mind there different Viewpoint so much 20 years ago but now they really don't have a Viewpoint. It is all about hating and obstructing the current president and everything good and decent and moral about America is now awful. When they get caught lying they just keep on lying and we need to understand that we must stop it!!
    we become immune to it and lackadaisical about it but I promise you they are gaining ground in the minds of young people all over this nation as absurd as it might seem. Taking the whole Parkland anti-gun propaganda all over the nation to college campuses and high schools will have a detrimental effect come election time. Republicans need to quit thinking that these efforts being made by the left will have no effect. They will have an affect this election season and in the ones to come. Republicans must get out there and start speaking the truth to these youth in an aggressive manner. That Parkland School Bunch isn't preaching no guns so much as they are preaching no Republicans, no Christians, no conservatives. We must pray as never before and be relentless in our prayers and then be led by God to actually do something instead of sitting around on our hands.

  • Anne Lofranco

    06/30/2018 09:12 AM

    As always Sir Huckabee your comments are informative and right on target. To learn Fonda and DeNiro's films
    didn't go well was news I was not privy to, but gratifying. "That will learn em', dern em'

  • diane brown

    06/30/2018 03:27 AM

    Thank you for showing us a side of an american politician we don't usually see. I am from a small country on the other side of the world but follow US politics pretty closely. A delightful piece of writing without going out and saying horrible things about people to get your point across.
    Diane

  • Christina Livingston

    06/29/2018 05:53 PM

    You r so awesome...thx for pointing out successful Christian flix...u missed a good one tho...the shack