Entertainment

‘Idol’ Star Jax Defies Left-Wing Hate over White House Independence Day Concert

American Idol finalist Jax, sees her upcoming White House performance on Independence Day as a chance to honor “our troops,” and celebrate “the birthday of our country.” The New Jersey-born singer also says she won’t let any amount of backlash change her mind. “I think it’s kinda a really unfortunate thing people can’t separate politics and patriotism,” the singer told TMZ on Thursday. The Season 14 American Idol finalist explained that her appearance is more about honoring her family, and other families that have sacrificed for our country. Jax’s younger brother is a Marine and her father was a 9/11 first responder. “I think it’s about honoring our troops and celebrating the birthday of our country,” the singer said. According to TMZ, “Jax will join fellow ‘AI’ alum Jonny Brenns and country music singer Sara Evans for a July 4 evening concert on the south lawn of the White House, with the Prez and First Lady Melania Trump in the crowd.” “I’m delighted to welcome this new addition to the annual White House July 4th celebration. Americans will be able to tune in from their homes and be part of the festivities,” Melania Trump said in a statement. The concert will be televised Wednesday on the Hallmark Channel.

Angel Mom Slams Kathy Griffin for ‘Propaganda’ Tweet: ‘She Has No Soul. She Has No Heart’

A mother whose son was killed by an illegal immigrant blasted Kathy Griffin after the comedian said President Trump is using angel parents “for propaganda.” Trump on Friday honored families in Washington who have had loved killed by illegal immigrants. Griffin tweeted that while she is sorry for the parents’ loss, the president is using them “for propaganda.” Sabine Durden, a legal immigrant from Germany, said her son Dominic was killed in 2012 when a truck slammed into his motorcycle. The truck’s driver, Juan Zacarias Tzun, was an illegal immigrant with two felonies and two DUIs, Durden has said. “[Griffin] needs to go [to] a stage somewhere in little back alley and entertain the two people that are still following her,” Durden said on “The Ingraham Angle.” “She just has no grounds. She has no soul. She has no heart. And I pray to God she never knows this feeling.” Durden added that her son’s killer was jailed for just 35 days. In response to Trump’s meeting with angel parents, CNN commentator Paul Begala accused the president of “politicizing” the pain that families are enduring. “It is monstrous to take these folks’ pain and then try to use it to divide America,” he said. Michelle Root, whose daughter was killed by an illegal immigrant, had no words for Begala’s remarks and said that the voices of angel parents need to be heard. “We need to hear the other side of it,” she said.

For someone like Paul Begala to suggest that the President is “politicizing” the situation is rich.  Paul was a political hack for the Bill Clinton administration, and a Democrat pollster.  What a hypocrite!  But, that’s the kind of disingenuous “fake news” bs you can rely on over at CNN.  Typical..  As for Kathy..  She continues to show herself to be totally clueless and out of touch.  Tool..

Ted Cruz beats Jimmy Kimmel in much-hyped charity basketball game

HOUSTON — Sen. Ted Cruz has triumphed over late night TV comedian Jimmy Kimmel in their much-hyped charity basketball game Kimmel dubbed the Blobfish Basketball Classic. With each basket worth a single point, the Texas Republican topped Kimmel 11-9 in a two-hour one-on-one match they agreed to abbreviate Saturday at Texas Southern University because neither appeared capable of reaching 15 points and winning by two. Speaking for both, Kimmel apologized “to the game of basketball.” The Houston Chronicle described it as “a slow-motion car-crash of half-court basketball.” The game was born of a joke from Kimmel, who said Cruz resembled the ocean bottom-dwelling blobfish. Cruz responded by challenging Kimmel to a basketball game. Two Houston charities are the beneficiaries. Game highlight videos are planned for Kimmel’s ABC program Monday night.

But, that would mean actually having to watch Jimmy’s show, or tape it..  Save yourself from watching that idiot, and just Google a YouTube video instead..   Congrats to Sen. Cruz from the great state of Texas in this most excellent victory.     🙂

Opinion: De Niro’s crude attack on Trump proves liberals are beside themselves that he keeps winning

Courtesy of actor Robert De Niro, we finally have an admission that the Trump-hater agenda has moved from stupid “resisting” to mindless rage. Gone is any pretense that President Trump’s opponents are genuinely concerned about policy or about the condition of the country. On Sunday night at the Tony Awards for Broadway productions, De Niro was brought on stage to introduce singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen. But the moment De Niro got to the microphone he attacked President Trump, using a vulgar invective favored by juvenile bullies. “I’m gonna say one thing: f— Trump,” De Niro said. At that point the 75-year-old star of the upcoming “War with Grandpa” pumped his fists into the air. “It’s no longer down with Trump, it’s f— Trump!” Said on the eve of the Singapore summit, who knew that President Trump working for world peace would so infuriate De Niro? De Niro’s outburst illustrates why the blind and irrational hatred of the president that has infected some on the left is called “Trump Derangement Syndrome.” The crowd cheered De Niro’s obscene comment, with what appeared to be half of the audience giving the insult a standing ovation. In some television close-ups of sections of the crowd, you could see that not everyone was joining in on the fun. One shot, for example, showed a woman with her hand over her mouth looking horrified. Others sat gobsmacked, not applauding and certainly not standing. The clip itself has gone viral on social media. It received massive news coverage. But there was little discussion of why some people in the theatre were appalled and did not applaud. It’s because they want their industry to survive. They want to keep working and keep making money. Consider why awards shows are televised. They’re marketing extravaganzas. The Tonys are broadcast not because everyone in the country is on the edge of their seats wondering who will win Best Play. It’s because the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League are marketing the “excellence of Broadway” to the people they hope will leave their Middle American homes, travel to New York and see a Broadway play or musical. When De Niro declared the effort to “dump” Trump was over, and now the mission was simply to f— him, it was an admission that the only thing that matters now is to harm the president and his agenda. It was also a direct insult to everyone who voted for President Trump – the very people those invested in Broadway want to buy tickets. Salena Zito, a national political reporter and co-author, with Brad Todd, of “The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics,” tweeted this after the De Niro debacle: “Dear Broadway, There are lots of families who voted for Trump who save to take their kids or wives to see stage productions either traveling to NYC or when the productions come to their hometown – they are your bread & butter. I don’t think you understand that you’re losing them.” The moment Donald Trump became the president-elect, Democrats and Never Trumpers had a window open briefly when they could try to define the president. If you were intent on convincing people something about someone that was untrue, you would have to do it before people found out the truth. That initial opportunistic braying of the left centered on claims that President Trump is an idiot, would destroy the economy, and would start World War III. Then we found out not that none of those things are true. Now with everything we know, when someone goes off unhinged like De Niro, the rage is inexplicable and evokes suspicion. An actor tells us it’s time to f— Trump because the economy is blossoming? Because unemployment is at historic lows? Because wages are increasing? Because ISIS is smashed? Because the leader of North Korea signed an agreement Tuesday after meeting with President Trump pledging to work toward the “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula?” One can imagine the conversation in family rooms, other than in Malibu and Manhattan, as the Broadway crowd stood to applaud the tirade. Could some people actually want bad things to happen to Americans simply because they hate President Trump? We have the answer, courtesy of another creation of the entertainment industry, Bill Maher, host of HBO’s “Real Time.” Last Friday, Maher told his audience he was hoping for another recession, because “one way you get rid of Trump is a crashing economy. So please, bring on the recession. Sorry if that hurts people but it’s either root for a recession or you lose your democracy. … I feel like the bottom has to fall out at some point.” Maher is “sorry if that hurts people.” Coming from a man who some reports indicate makes at least $10 million a year, we know a recession certainly wouldn’t hurt him. A simple exchange on Twitter highlights how easily facts expose Trump hatred for the rank absurdity it is. A person tweeting as FunTrendsUSA was appalled that actress and author Alana Stewart found De Niro’s epithet to be disrespectful of the president. FunTrendsUSA snapped back that President Trump “deserves to be cursed, disrespected & impeached. Look at what he’s doing to this country!” Stewart responded by saying: “Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but it’s offensive to many of us to hear that kind of language on live tv. And I’m not sure what he’s doing so terrible since unemployment is lowest in 50 years & black and Hispanic unemployment lowest in history.” Logic, reason, and facts will best mindless rage every time. They also guarantee another Trump victory in 2020.

That spot-on assessment of out-of-touch, extreme liberal HollyWEIRD was written by radio talk show host, and NY Times best-selling author, Tammy Bruce.  If you liked that, check out another of her column’s immediately below.   Excellent!!    🙂

Police investigate elder abuse of Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee

Los Angeles police are investigating reports of elder abuse against Marvel Comics‘ Stan Lee. The investigation was revealed in a restraining order granted Wednesday against a man who has been acting as Lee’s business manager and personal adviser. The restraining order says the former adviser, Keya Morgan, has inserted himself into the life of the 95-year-old Lee. It accuses Morgan of taking advantage of Lee’s impaired hearing, vision and judgment, moving Lee from his longtime family home and preventing family and associates from contacting him. Morgan was arrested on Monday for allegedly filing a false police report by calling 911 saying burglars were in his house when in fact authorities were conducting a welfare check on Lee. Attempts to reach Morgan Wednesday were not immediately successful.

If these accusations are true, then Keya needs to not only have a permanent restraining order against him, but he needs to spend a LONG time in jail, and that’s just for starters.  I imagine he’d owe a lot in civil damages as well…  Then, he’d be wise to get a body guard, or 12.  I’m sure a lot of Marvel fans wouldn’t take too kindly to the idea of such an American icon in his 90s being taken advantage of like that.  Awful..

A Marvel Heist and the Booming Business (and Seedy Underworld) of Movie Collectibles

With the market for memorabilia breaking records, collectors and auction houses must contend with thieves, fakers and skeptical police who wonder, “Who in their right mind would pay that much for that?” The hero’s shield from Captain America. Robert Downey Jr.’s mask from Iron Man. A set of X-23 claws from Logan. They’re among the more than $1 million in memorabilia stolen in late February from a Southern California public storage unit in suburban Rancho Cucamonga, allegedly by a pair of thieves now being prosecuted by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office. The cache, much of which has yet to be recovered, comprised part of Marvel collector Max Anderson’s Stan Lee Museum, a pop-up exhibition he’s operated for seven years on the Comic-Con circuit. Around the time of the Rancho Cucamonga heist, an Iron Man suit reportedly valued at $325,000 was plundered from another storage unit, this one 60 miles away in the San Fernando Valley neighborhood of Pacoima. LAPD detectives are still attempting to solve that case. It’s unclear whether there’s a link. The crimes — along with recent six-figure inside-job robberies targeting the rare collections of Steve Sansweet, the former longtime head of Lucasfilm fan relations, and Joe Quesada, Marvel Entertainment’s ex-chief creative officer — highlight what insiders and experts already know. The untamed, boomtown realm of entertainment artifacts, especially the geekiest ones derived from studio productions and actors’ personal estates, has become a potent business (with some auction house experts estimating it has ballooned from $20 million to $40 million in annual sales a decade ago to $200 million to $400 million today). “I have hedge funds looking to diversify into this market,” says Darren Julien, CEO of Julien’s Auctions. The interest is arriving as Hollywood collectibles are on the verge of a major wave of canonization in the future permanent displays of L.A.’s forthcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. This follows decades of condescension or outright dismissal. (The previous high-visibility marker for memorabilia reverence in the public sphere was the 1990s, when patrons of Planet Hollywood franchises convened under typically zeitgeist-driven chazerai on the order of Tom Arnold’s getup from The Stupids.) James Comisar, a collectibles consultant recognized for his authentication expertise, describes how, in an increasingly “seismic” market, collectors “with unlimited spending potential are trying to club each other to death” for a limited number of the most “iconic pieces — the pieces that you recognize from across the room, the ones that don’t need a descriptive plaque, the instantly recognizable ones where you creep up to the display case, your voice drops, and you go, ‘Holy shit!’ ” As a result, the hunt is always on for the next cache, and auction houses are constantly working relationships in the hope of securing the deaccession of a production’s original materials or a star’s personal property, the latter governed by the so-called Four D’s of estate sales: death, divorce, debt and downsizing. “That’s what I do all day,” says Joe Maddalena, owner of Profiles in History, who has handled a series of sales of Debbie Reynolds’ belongings before and after her 2016 death, grossing more than $25 million. Sansweet jokes, “I’ve been approached by several auction houses: ‘Any time you’re ready to sell!’ ” Reynolds was the industry’s own most famous collector of Hollywood memorabilia, accumulating items ranging from Dorothy’s Wizard of Oz ruby slippers and Marilyn Monroe’s white “subway grate” dress from The Seven Year Itch to a Charlie Chaplin bowler hat. (Now that title arguably belongs to Guillermo del Toro, who maintains Bleak House, a private suburban L.A. residence in the western San Fernando Valley, for his substantial holdings of horror props and other objects.) Reynolds began amassing her trove at what’s agreed to be the dawn of memorabilia collecting: When MGM, under financial pressure, unloaded its physical assets in a first-of-its-kind 1970 auction, resulting in an unprecedented flood of tens of thousands of relics. “I saw people coming in from New Orleans, taking back trucks’ worth of costumes for Mardi Gras,” recalls noted costume archivist and conservator Glenn Brown, who helped stage the event. (He also modeled key pieces onstage, including Clark Gable’s suede outfit from 1951’s Across the Wide Missouri.) “Now I’ll see items associated with the biggest names — Judy Garland, Joan Crawford — selling for 100 times what people paid for them, and others are making copies that are either faked or misidentified in [auction] catalogs, like a Rembrandt.” Adding to any authenticator’s challenge is pop culture collectibles’ unique paradox: These commodities are frequently ersatz objects in the first place, they weren’t usually built to last, their value is in most cases purely symbolic, and their wealthy buyers are, almost by definition, hopeless romantics when it comes to the glory of being deceived by screen illusions. “If [these individuals] were buying a company, they’d go up and down over it a million times and not take anyone’s word for it — they’d do due diligence,” posits Veep executive producer David Mandel, a major collector of Star Wars and comics paraphernalia. “But yet people buy stuff all the time and merrily go, ‘I don’t care.’ ” It’s also a category in which larceny and fraud can flourish because some of the structural safeguards found in analogous markets like the fine art world and sports memorabilia scene have yet to materialize. In addition, law enforcement has generally taken thievery in those other sectors more seriously than cases in the entertainment collectibles realm.

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‘Iron Man’ missing: LAPD search for $320K suit

A $325,000 “Iron Man” costume that helped launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008 was reported stolen this week. Marvel movies have grossed over $6.4 billion since its iconic movie universe began, but a key prop for Robert Downey Jr. at its inception is now missing. The theft comes in conjunction with the big-screen success of the studio’s latest project, “Avengers: Infinity War.” A specialty storage company in Pacoima contacted the Los Angeles Police Department on Tuesday after failing to find the prop, a local CBS affiliate reported. The business has been looking for the costume on its secretive lots since April. Investigators told the station that parts for the Iron Man suit’s head, chest, leg and arms are all missing.

No!!!  Hopefully the LAPD will find the missing suit..