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Plea to Take Mel Gibson Off ‘Blacklist’ Sparks Hollywood Debate.


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Eight years after Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitic rant during a drunk-driving arrest, Hollywood is debating the rehabilitation of an Oscar winner who was once one of the industry’s most bankable stars.

The heated discussion was sparked by a March 12 opinion piece in Deadline Hollywood by Allison Hope Weiner, a freelance writer who covered Gibson’s infamous spiral out of favor and now considers him a friend. Her appeal for an end to what she called a “quiet blacklisting” has generated more than 5,700 comments on Yahoo.com’s movie page and more than 800 on the Deadline Hollywood site, which is read by many in the industry.

“He has been in the doghouse long enough,” Weiner wrote. “It’s time to give the guy another chance.”

Gibson’s movies, from “Mad Max” to “Braveheart” and “Apocalypto,” have grossed $3.6 billion, according to Rentrak Corp., providing an incentive for studios and agencies to consider absolution. His particular transgressions, and the number of them over the years, mean it’s unlikely to come easy.

Forgiving Gibson “is not the same thing as forgiving Lindsay Lohan for partying too late,” said Elizabeth Currid- Halkett, author of “Starstruck: The Business of Celebrity” and an associate professor at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. “Anti-Semitism is not just behaving badly.”

While the 58-year-old still directs and acts — he recently completed production as a co-star with Sylvester Stallone on “Expendables 3” — major studios “are either wary of him or prefer not to work with him,” said Michael Fleming, Deadline Hollywood’s film editor. “I am surprised this has lasted this long. The guy has made a lot of people a lot of money.”

Malibu Tirade

The back-and-forth by commentators on Weiner’s piece boils down to a bygone question in Hollywood: whether what someone says or does off screen, however repugnant, should have any effect on his fitness to make movies.

Gibson is a long-running case in point. The hits to his reputation aren’t limited to those from his tirade about Jews being “responsible for all the wars in the world,” delivered as he was arrested in 2006 in Malibu, California. In 2010, audiotapes of threats he made to his then-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva — laced with racial epithets — surfaced. The next year he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor battery charge after a dispute with Grigorieva, the mother of his youngest child.

In 2004, he came under fire for what the Anti-Defamation League and others saw as anti-Semitism in “The Passion of the Christ,” a blockbuster he directed, co-produced and co-wrote. He reacted to a Frank Rich column about it in the New York Times by telling the New Yorker, “I want to kill him. I want his intestines on a stick. I want to kill his dog.”

‘Harmful Words’

In 1992 he offended the gay community with remarks in a Spanish newspaper interview and later told Playboy that he would apologize “when hell freezes over.”

He did apologize after his Malibu arrest for what he said were his “vitriolic and harmful words,” and after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor drunk-driving charge was sentenced to three years’ probation.

Alan Nierob, a Rogers & Cowan publicist who represents Gibson, said his client should be allowed back in the fold. “People should know that he is now healthy once again, both physically and mentally after suffering a breakdown,” Nierob said. “He is an artistic genius, and the industry should benefit once again from his enormous talent.”

‘Harsh Language’

Weiner, describing herself as an observant Jew, said in Deadline Hollywood that Gibson today “is clearly a different man, one who has worked on his sobriety since that awful night in Malibu.” And the movie industry, she said, is hypocritical, willing to “work with others who’ve committed felonies and done things far more serious than Gibson.”

She cited Mike Tyson, a convicted rapist who has been in the “Hangover” films. Gibson was dropped from a cameo in “The Hangover Part II” in 2010 after “a lot of people” working on the film protested, Todd Phillips told the Hollywood Reporter.

“Gibson has been shunned not for doing anything criminal; his greatest offenses amount to use of harsh language,” Weiner wrote in her more than 3,400-word piece. She said she chose to publish it on the 10th anniversary of “The Passion of the Christ,” which she described as “about an innocent man’s willingness to forgive the greatest injustice.”

The independent release grossed $612 million at the global box office, and Gibson personally made $210 million in 2004, according to Forbes. His fortune was estimated at $850 million by the Los Angeles Business Journal, and People magazine reported that his 2011 divorce halved that.

Befriending Rabbis

In recent years, Weiner said, Gibson has befriended rabbis, attended Passover Seders and donated to Jewish causes. He invited to coffee the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy who took him into custody in Malibu. He was at Weiner’s son’s bar mitzvah, where she said he charmed her family.

“My friendship with Gibson made me reconsider other celebrities whose public images became tarnished by the media’s rush to judge,” Weiner wrote. “Whether it’s Gibson, Tom Cruise or Alec Baldwin, the descent from media darling to pariah can happen quickly after they do something dumb.”

Hollywood is littered with stars who fell from grace — Charlie Sheen after a rant against the producer of “Two and a Half Men,” Robert Downey Jr. after arrests for illegal drug use, Cruise after jumping on Oprah’s couch and admonishing Brooks Shields for treating her postpartum depression with pharmaceuticals — and who bounced back.

Two Oscars

Downey, Gibson’s co-star in “Air America” in 1990, has been among his staunch defenders. He asked that Gibson be on stage to present him with a life-achievement award from American Cinematheque in 2011, and said in his acceptance speech that his friend deserved from Hollywood the same forgiveness it had afforded him. Gibson had helped revive Downey’s career when he was considered uninsurable by paying his insurance bond for 2003’s “The Singing Detective.”

Gibson rose to international fame with the “Mad Max” and “Lethal Weapon” films and won Oscars in 1995 for best picture and best director for “Braveheart,” in which he also starred. He garnered acclaim for “Apocalypto,” about the end of Mayan civilization, which he financed through his Icon Productions LLC; Walt Disney Co. distributed it.

Released five months after the Malibu arrest, it did well at the box office. “Say what you will about him — about his problem with booze or his problem with Jews — he is a serious filmmaker,” wrote New York Times critic A.O. Scott.

Bypassing Theaters

One of Gibson’s big hits as an actor before Malibu was “Signs,” a 2002 thriller by M. Night Shyamalan that grossed $228 million. One of his biggest flops ever was “The Beaver” in 2011 with Jodie Foster, which made less than $1 million in U.S. theaters, according to the Internet Movie Database.

He bypassed theaters with “Get the Gringo” in 2012, releasing it instead on pay-television. Last year he was a co- star with Sheen in “Machete Kills,” which wasn’t a critical or commercial success.

In Hollywood, “there are some who may forgive and some who never will,” said Michael Sitrick, chairman and chief executive of Sitrick Brincko Group LLC, a Los Angeles-based public relations and crisis-management firm that has represented rapper Chris Brown, baseball player Alex Rodriguez and socialite Paris Hilton. “It’s not about spin. It has to be genuine.”
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Priebus Calls for GOP Boycott of MSNBC Over Cheerios Tweet.


Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus is calling for a boycott of MSNBC unless its president apologizes for a Twitter message the network posted slamming Republicans over Cheerios’ new advertisement featuring a biracial family.

“Unless you personally and professionally apologize for this behavior, I have banned [Republican National Committee] staff from appearing on, associating with, or booking any RNC surrogates on MSNBC,” Priebus wrote in a letter to MSNBC President Phil Griffin Thursday.

The video shows a biracial family discussing the heart benefits of Cheerios.

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The MSNBC tweet, which read “Maybe the rightwing will hate it but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family,” drew outcry shortly after it was posted on MSNBC’s account late Wednesday.

Shortly after it was posted, the network backtracked, tweeting an apology and saying the live tweet had been removed.

In the first tweet, MSNBC says it regrets the tweet:

One minute later, the network apologizes:

And MSNBC.com Executive Editor Richard Wolffe also chimed in, tweeting:

But the tweets over the Cheerios ads come just weeks after MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry had to apologize to former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for mocking his adopted black grandson.

In addition, host Martin Bashir was forced to resign after calling former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin a “world-class idiot” and suggesting she receive the same “disgusting” treatment given to slaves as described in a slaveholder’s diary.

Also, the network fired Alec Baldwin in November after he made a gay slur against a photographer on the street.

Priebus said Thursday that the network’s statements and its stars are showing a “pattern of behavior.”

“Sadly, such petty and demeaning attacks have become a pattern of behavior at your network,” Priebus wrote. “With increasing frequency, many of your hosts have personally denigrated and demeaned Americans — especially conservative and Republican Americans — without even attempting to further meaningful political dialogue.”

Priebus said he enjoys appearing on “decent shows” such as “Morning Joe” and “Daily Rundown,” but said MSNBC is “poisoned” because of its recent behavior.

Cheerios’ newest 30-second ad, which is set to air during the Super Bowl on Sunday, is a follow up to a spot for the cereal company last May, featuring Grace “Gracie” Colbert as the young daughter of an interracial couple. In the newest ad, little Gracie uses her dad’s announcement that she is getting a baby brother to lobby for a new puppy.

The first advertisement received so many racist comments after it was posted on YouTube that General Mills, which makes Cheerios, pulled down the comment section for the video.

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Politico: MSNBC’s Martin Bashir Suspended for Palin Remarks.


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By Greg Richter

Television commentator Martin Bashir has been suspended for remarks he made about former Alaska Gov. Sarah PalinPolitico reports

But MSNBC, the cable news channel that airs Bashir’s self-titled program, says he is “on vacation.”

Bashir was off last week during Thanksgiving, but did not return to the air Monday. Guest host Joy Reid sat in for him.

Politico’s Dylan Byers reported that network sources had told him Bashir was under temporary suspension after making crude remarks about Palin on his show Nov. 15. After a weekend of criticism, Bashir led his Nov. 18 show with an apology.

Palin accepted the apology, but conservatives demanded some form of punishment for Bashir, especially after the cable channel handed down a two-week suspension to host Alec Baldwin for making a gay slur to a photographer who approached his wife and baby.

Baldwin joined that call, saying his own remarks were made off-the-cuff and not on the air, while Bashir’s were scripted and delivered during his program.

Baldwin’s show has since been canceled. He denies using a gay slur.

MSNBC spokeswoman Lauren Skowronski would not confirm to Politico Bashir’s suspension, saying in an email, “He’s still out on vacation.” She did not respond to a question about when Bashir would return.

Bashir’s original remarks were a response to Palin’s comparing the United States’ debt to China to slavery. He called her a “world-class idiot” before describing the inhumane treatment a certain slave owner had used and suggesting Palin be given a dose of the same treatment.

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Alec Baldwin, Fired by MSNBC, Asks Why Not Martin Bashir?.


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By Greg Richter

Alec Baldwin‘s MSNBC show “Up Late” has been taken off the air for good, but the outspoken star notes that MSNBC host Martin Bashir remains on the cable news channel.

Baldwin came under fire for allegedly using a gay slur against a photographer on the street, while Bashir called for Republican tea party favorite Sarah Palin to be administered unprintable punishments from the days of slavery. Bashir’s remarks were scripted and made it onto his program.

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“Martin Bashir’s on the air, and he made his comment on the air! I dispute half the comment I made,” Baldwin told Gothamist.

Baldwin acknowledged using profanity during his verbal attack, but insisted he did not use a gay slur. Bashir made his comments on a Friday show and apologized the next Monday. MSNBC has made no comment about punishing him.

Baldwin also disputed a New York Post report that he had demanded to be given a makeup room that was being used by a woman with cancer who is sensitive to hair sprays.

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Palin: Who Am I Not to Accept Bashir Apology?.


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By Greg Richter

 

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said she accepts the apology of Martin Bashir,  the MSNBC host who suggested she be punished with human excrement, in her first direct response to the controversy.

“Who am I to not accept an apology? Everyone must humble themselves and accept that offer of apology,” Palin told host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”

But if someone wants to attack her again just to make news then call her in private to apologize, they can go through her husband, Todd, or one of her children and leave a message.

“Hear what they have to say about it,” she said.

Still, she told Wallace she is an adult and can handle being attacked.

“I can defend myself, and I can take it,” she said. “I don’t have to accept his vile, evil comments, so they don’t have to affect me. … Are you going to become bitter or better?”

On May 15, Bashir called Palin America’s “resident dunce” and a “world-class idiot” after she compared the national debt to slavery. He then read from the diary of a slave owner who described vile punishments for his slaves and suggested the same be done to Palin. He apologized on the next show.

MSNBC and its parent NBC have said nothing publicly about the matter, though itsuspended host Alec Baldwin after he used a gay slur to reporters on a New York street.

Palin said MSNBC is OK with conservative women being the targets of attacks. She cancelled a “Today” show interview with Matt Lauer after the network failed to rebuke Bashir.

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‘Rise of the Guardians’—Not Naughty, Very Nice.


Rise of the Guardians
Just in time for the holidays, Rise of the Guardians unites the most famous fictional characters of childhood—Santa Claus (voiced by Alec Baldwin), the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman) and the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher)—on a wild adventure along with Jack Frost (Chris Pine) as the new guy in the group.

Just in time for the holidays, Rise of the Guardians unites the most famous fictional characters of childhood—Santa Claus (voiced byAlec Baldwin), the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman) and the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher)—on a wild adventure along with Jack Frost (Chris Pine) as the new guy in the group.

Loosely adapted from William Joyce’s book series “The Guardians of Childhood,” as well as from Joyce’s short film The Man in the Moon, the animated film from DreamWorks Animation tells the story of a band of unlikely heroes—each with extraordinary abilities.

Jack Frost has a carefree life with no responsibilities in all the world. Wherever Jack goes, he brings winter, which means snow days—bringing happiness and joy to all boys and girls. But when the Nightmare King, Pitch (Jude Law) returns in an all-out assault to take over the innocent hopes, dreams and imagination of every child, he brings darkness and fear to all—while destroying their joy and faith in good.

Only a beefy, tattooed Santa Claus, a boomerang-wielding Bunny with an attitude, the ever-loving and gentle Tooth Fairy and the peaceful Sandman stand in Pitch’s way. They must recruit Jack’s help to defeat the Boogeyman or it’s curtains for all.

“It is our job to protect the children of the world,” Santa declares. “For as long as they believe in us, we will guard them with our lives.”

Sounds like the premise for the latest superhero flick, right? After all, Baldwin called the Guardians “the Justice League of childhood,” and Fisher referred to them as the “animated Avengers” during a presentation at the Cannes International Film Festival.

The movie, though, is much more than the typical action Hollywood blockbuster. It’s laced throughout with spiritual themes and aspects that it could have been titled Rise of the Guardian Angels.

“With an array of powerful Christian themes and moral lessons in its fabric, Guardians will appeal to moms, dads, children and seniors within the large ‘faith and family’ audience looking for hopeful, life-affirming holiday entertainment,” said a news release from DreamWorks Animation’s Faith and Family outreach.

“Though lighthearted and exciting, the film also concerns the serious subjects of prayer, purity, guardian angels and spiritual warfare, which ultimately gets to the true meaning of life itself,” the release continued. “While kids will embrace the film for its pure entertainment value, parents, grandparents, teachers and ministry leaders will connect on a deeper level with the film’s transcendent messages.”

Indeed, evil is truly evil and good is truly good in the movie. Pitch is portrayed as a deceiver, tempting Jack much like Satan tries to tempt Jesus in the wilderness. Jack Frost, though mischievous, is not a bad guy as depicted in recent films. Santa isn’t just some jolly fat guy who gives gifts to good children. North, as he’s called, is a warrior who loves and has a duty to protect all children—naughty or nice. Guardians depicts unconditional love as a reason to go to battle. In other words, it is all right to fight and be fierce to protect that which is good.

Director Peter Ramsey and screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire should also be applauded for keeping the movie squeaky clean. That’s significant, considering DreamWorks Animation’s is known for using plenty of risqué double entendres in movies such as Shrek and Kung Fu Panda.

Guardians, though, also features some fuzzy spiritual elements that Christian parents should take note of. For starters, there is no reference to God, but the being responsible for the Guardians could be viewed as an allegory for an omnipresent God. The notion that He has a destiny for all has scriptural roots. Additionally, Christian families who experience art in a literal way may be offended by the pagan worship of the elements. However, those who value symbolism will find many positive themes to use in family discussions.

Overall, Guardians is a movie that you can bring your whole family to—from your youngest to grandma—because it’s clean, fun and awesome. There is something for everyone. It’s just that good, not to mention a wellspring for spiritual discussions!

Content Watch: Rated PG for thematic elements and some mildly scary action, Rise of the Guardians clearly lays out the difference between good and evil. It’s best to exercise caution in letting small children watch the movie in light of Pitch’s frightening dark horses and weird nightmare images.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

ALAN MOWBRAY AND ERIC TIANSAY

First Words: Repentance.


For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted. 2 Corinthians 7:10a
Recommended Reading 2 Corinthians 7:5-10 ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Corinthians%207:5-10&version=NKJV )
Recently actor Alec Baldwin issued a statement regarding his rude behavior on an airplane: “I would like to apologize to the other passengers onboard the… flight that I was thrown off of.”

He then went on to blame the crew. One newspaper questioned his “non-apology.”

Could it be, the paper asked, that people think apologizing will damage their self-esteem?.

Is this generation incapable of admitting when it’s done something ugly?1
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As we share the Gospel, some words should come up early in the conversation.

Like repentance.

That’s when we confess our sins and are willing to let God change our lives.

It’s the determination to reverse course, to go in the direction of obedience.

According to Scripture, repentance is necessary for healthy hearts.

As Peter said in Acts 3:19: “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.”

The Gospel proclaims “repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21).

Those “first words” make good first steps.
True repentance will entirely change you. George Whitefield

1Julian Baggini, “Saying Sorry Has Never Meant Less” in  The Guardian , December 16, 2011.
Read-Thru-the-Bible 2 Samuel 12:1-14:33.

By David Jeremiah.

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