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In a Sense, Donald Trump Is Correct about Women and Abortions

Mark Baer | Posted 04.04.2016 | Politics
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Mark Baer

In a sense, Donald Trump is correct that women who have abortions if the procedure is banned should face "some sort of punishment." Before you misconstrue my opinion, please note that I have always been an advocate of pro-choice.

'Roman Holiday' and America's Muslim Peril

Todd R. Miller | Posted 03.15.2016 | Politics
Todd R. Miller

It feels like we've seen this movie before - the one about opportunists scaring the crap out of us for political gain. They know it's a worn script, but they keep right on reading because Americans never get tired of remakes about those foreign devils coming to kill us -- any time now.

A Semi-Modest Proposal

Sandy Thomas | Posted 02.02.2016 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

I've watched 22 SAG nominated films this month, and I've come to the conclusion that instead of casting women in most studio releases, they should use life sized cardboard cutouts instead of real women.

Trumbo -- Hollywood's Anti-communist Tribute to Itself

Eric Mann | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Eric Mann

Let's look at how Hollywood and capitalism use a film about communism to foster anti-communism at a time when people are once again seeing through and challenging the system itself.

Hey, Hollywood -- Dalton Trumbo Died for Your Sins

Michael Levin | Posted 01.19.2016 | Entertainment
Michael Levin

Went to see the movie Trumbo at an actual movie theatre, and it got me wondering what the legendary, blacklisted 1950s-era screenwriter would think of...

Shameful U.S. History Repeating Itself

Mark Baer | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics
Mark Baer

On November 28, 2015, my spouse and I went to see Trumbo, which is based upon the life of Dalton Trumbo and how it was impacted during one of the most shameful times in U.S. history -- the McCarthy era. The film interested me because of many comparable similarities today and because the father of close childhood friends of mine had been included on the Hollywood-blacklist.

Domestic Terror and GOP Denial

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 12.02.2015 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Slander-fueled violence is no mere tragedy. It is murder designed to instill terror. That is why we must resist any temptation to sit back and wait for the fanatics to defeat themselves.

The MovieFilm Podcast: Championing Creed + Jay Roach on Trumbo

Zaki Hasan | Posted 12.02.2016 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Yo! The critically-acclaimed Creed is punching up the nation's box office as we speak, and we go the distance this week to talk up director Ryan Coogl...

Bruce Cook's Trumbo: A Brilliant Light Shining Into Dark Times

Paola K Amaras | Posted 11.24.2016 | Books
Paola K Amaras

Bruce Cook's Trumbo, reissued as a tie-in to a major motion picture starring Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren, delves into the life, jail-time and, most importantly, the "blacklisting" of James Dalton Trumbo.

Trumbo's Bryan Cranston: How Blacklisted Screenwriter Could Be Both A Communist And Patriot

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.20.2016 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Despite the fact that much of Trumbo's work was plainly patriotic, his brief association with the American Communist Party prompted years of persecution. In the clip below, Cranston justifies how a person like Trumbo could simultaneously be both a communist and a patriot.

"Trumbo": Blacklisted Again!

Michael Berkowitz | Posted 11.15.2016 | Entertainment
Michael Berkowitz

Dalton Trumbo is back! The United States' best screen writer, black-listed and imprisoned during the 1950s McCarthy era witch hunts, has returned full of life, politics and attitude in Jay Roach's smart, funny unrepentant film "Trumbo."

The Story Of That Marvelous Hero

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 11.16.2016 | Los Angeles
Lionel Rolfe

A few days ago, Judith Aller, a prominent concert violinist and conductor in Europe and America, wrote me a note saying that her now dead husband's film about screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was going to be premiered--and asked me if I wanted to go.

Bryan Cranston's Pin: Trumbo Premieres

Regina Weinreich | Posted 11.06.2016 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Bespectacled and mustachioed Bryan Cranston as famed screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, submerged in the bath, his work, smokes and whiskey laid out on a tra...

Bryan Cranston Will Leave It To Everyone Else To Debate His Oscar Odds

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 11.05.2015 | Entertainment

"Do you want to eat my face?" Bryan Cranston asked as I sat down opposite him in a suite at Manhattan's Waldorf Astoria earlier this week. He passed a...

Live From Toronto Film Festival: Sunday Sept. 13

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.13.2016 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

This year's edition will be remembered for putting both Jay Roach's Trumbo and James Vanderbilt's Truth in contention for the Oscar race. I saw the two films back to back on Sunday -- and they are guaranteed to both grip you and infuriate you

Blacklisted 'Roman Holiday' Screenwriter Finally Awarded Credit

Posted 12.20.2011 | Arts

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) announced Monday that it would officially restore screenwriting credit on 'Roman Holiday' to blacklisted Oscar-winn...

R.I.P. Christopher Trumbo: The Hollywood Ten and the Power of Words

Francine Hardaway | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Francine Hardaway

The Hollywood Ten era was an over-reaction to a threat, the threat of Communism. I remembered it all on Saturday night, when Christopher Trumbo died.

The Rom Houben Tragedy And The Case For Active Euthanasia

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

If one believes that the prevention of suffering may sometimes justify the withdrawal or withholding of care, then the very fact that Houben was conscious for twenty-three years might call more convincingly for such action.

American Masters Toasts Dalton Trumbo

James Sims | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
James Sims

Trumbo is a reminder that logic does not always factor into the public consciousness.

How Recent Documentary Films May Have Paved the Way to Embrace the Figure of Barack Obama

Penelope Andrew | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Penelope Andrew

To look at the escalating popularity of the documentary film is to enter an interesting, complicated, and collectively psychoanalytic exploration of the role of desire and dreams in a time of mass confusion.

Fonda, Sutherland, Streep Echo Trumbo & Brecht: FTA (1972) and Theater of War (2008)

Penelope Andrew | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Penelope Andrew

Parker, Brecht and Trumbo may have passed on, but anti-war and anti-poverty spirit continue in the genre of the documentary as practiced by the soothsayer Michael Moore.