REBRANDING MR. GORE
cans rather than Democrats establishing the first “political beachhead” in Hollywood under the tutelage of studio mogul Louis B. Mayer, George Murphy, Ronald Reagan and other luminaries in later decades.
“The Hollywood left’s story line has been one of hope and guilt: hope of what the United States could be and guilt that we are not doing enough to achieve that vision,” Mr. Ross says. “The Hollywood right has told a simple but compelling story of American triumphalism: America is the greatest nation in the world. What more do you need to know? Few citizens want to hear a Jane Fonda, Warren Beatty or Sean Penn point out what is wrong with the United States.”
Mr. Ross’ new book about his observations — “Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped Politics” — will be published by Oxford University Press in September. He’s persistent, that’s for sure. Al Gore will not let go of his climate crisis and is couching his alarmist arguments about global warming with a new twist.
“Using the same deceitful playbook as big tobacco used years before to mislead the public about the dangers of smoking, oil and coal companies and their allies are now deceiving the public about climate change. They have nearly unlimited resources to sow doubt, but we have one critical advantage: Reality is on our side,” Mr. Gore says.
The former vice president has renamed the Alliance for Climate Protection — his old nonprofit activist group — the Climate Reality Project, to center around a Sept. 14 event that will feature a new “multimedia presentation created by Al Gore” broadcast online in 24 time zones and 13 languages. Or something like that.
But brace for impact. Or hide. Mr. Gore is just in the nascent phases of “An Inconvenient Truth, Part Deux,” apparently.
“The climate crisis knows no political boundaries. Ferocious storms and deadly heat waves are occurring with alarming frequency all over the world. We are living with the reality of the climate crisis every day,” Mr. Gore says. “This event is the first step in a larger, multifaceted campaign to tell the truth about the climate crisis and reject the misinformation we hear every day.” that. Husband? Done with that, too. Movie star? Not done with that. Arnold Schwarzenegger has emerged from the doldrums of his recent infidelity scandal and has signed on to play the lead in an edgy Western titled “Last Stand,” described by the film’s South Korean director, Kim JiWoon, as a cross between “Die Hard” and “High Noon,” specifically designed for a “63-year-old broken-down guy.”
Indeed, Mr. Schwarzenegger plays an aging but heroic sheriff who takes on a Mexican drug cartel along the lawless U.S.Mexican border. The project is getting some early applause.
“An old-fashioned adventure tale about an aging, self-sacrificial cowboy who goes out of his way to see that justice is done, reads as being a potentially great return-to-form for Schwarzenegger — one that will portray him in both a heroic light and includes his deteriorating physique as a plot point, essentially,” says Screenrant correspondent Sandy Schaefer.