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Klavan: It doesn’t get too much better than this!

From BigHollywood.com


Oliver Stone, the rewriting of history … again.

Just as he did with the movie JFK, Stone is again going to misrepresent and misinform the historical ignorant with his new Showtime mini-series, Secret History.

In JFK, Stone took theory and conjecture and presented it as fact to millions of young Americans who knew virtually nothing about the assassination and the players involved. In Secret History, I’m afraid he’ll do the same thing with WWI and WWII. His stated plan is to put Stalin and Hitler “in context.” I guess that would be a “context” that none of us ever knew. And his hope is that this series will be used as part of school curriculum.

Pardon me, but who made Stone, nothing more than a filmmaker, a great world historian? Is he trumping William Manchester (The Glory and The Dream) or David McCullough (1776)?

I’m interested in knowing the “context” that he plans to put Stalin and Hitler in. Two of the greatest mass murderers in the history of the world – what is it that we don’t know? What is it that he can tell us that genuine and great historians have not? Can you imagine the left slant this series will have?

“Stalin, Hitler, Mao, McCarthy — these people have been vilified pretty thoroughly by history,” Stone told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour in Pasadena.

“Stalin has a complete other story,” Stone said. “Not to paint him as a hero, but to tell a more factual representation. He fought the German war machine more than any single person. We can’t judge people as only ‘bad’ or ‘good.’ Hitler is an easy scapegoat throughout history and its been used cheaply. He’s the product of a series of actions. It’s cause and effect … People in America don’t know the connection between WWI and WWII … I’ve been able to walk in Stalin’s shoes and Hitler’s shoes to understand their point of view. We’re going to educate our minds and liberalize them and broaden them.”

You can’t judge people like Hitler, Stalin or Mao as good or bad? You’ve got to be kidding me! Hitler is a “product of a series of actions”? Does this mean that because he had a reportedly abusive father, we should be empathetic to his mass murderous ways? His father beat him and he turned into this crazed anti-Semite who put live people in ovens… okie, dokie. I feel so much better now that Stone has made me more empathetic about Hitler’s motivations.

One last question: How can anyone possibly say they have “been able to walk in Stalin or Hitler’s shoes”? This statement is the absolute zenith of arrogance… or stupidity.

from BigHollywood.com

My newest adventure online! And I have to share!

What an exciting night this has been. I had my first experience with blog talk radio and it was really fun!

StageRight, a well-known and well respected blogger at BigHollywood.com hosts a blog radio program, 6 nights a week (except Wednesday) and I can’t remember what time…. darn it! I think it’s at 10pm PST. And I can download his shows to my iPod, which I intend to do so I can catch up. Tonight’s show was a discussion about the History Channel’s salute to Howard Zinn. More on that in a later blog.

Blog radio is great. I met several nice like minded people and learned so much. I’ve been a reader of StageRight at BigHollywood for a long time so getting to listen to him live and then having him join in the chat room after, was nothing short of awesome!

Tonight, Andrew Breitbart also called in to his show. What could be better?

If you read this and have the time to do so, check out StageRight at BigHollywood.com and his blog radio broadcasts this week. It’s just totally the most fun thing to do!

Revisionist history promoted by media, forced on students. We need to pay attention.

And a new name to learn about: Howard Zinn.

Read here and here and here.

Fairey – hypocrital, no talent thief

Exactly as I’ve thought all along. Fairey stole an image and PHOTOSHOPPED it. I have seen this same allegation in 3 articles regarding his “HOPE” poster and anyone who’s used Photoshop to tweek a photo, knows how easy this is to do and also knows what they are seeing when they see it.

Remember, this is about TECHNIQUE, not TALENT.

Almost like Warhol, Fairey arrived on a scene at the right time, ingratiated himself with the right people and made a name for himself – ALMOST. Now he’s famous as a no talent, common thief with a poster hanging in the National Gallery.


From Stage Right at BigHollywood.com

Those actors on stage during act one who see a red light in the house indicating a video camera is on them….  They will go right off stage and demand that the stage manager do something. The stage manager then tells the house manager, the house manager tells the usher, and THAT’s why you are being distracted by a seventy-year-old woman climbing over three rows of seats trying to wrestle a camcorder from an unsuspecting patron during “Phantom of the Opera.” It’s not because the red light is distracting them… it’s because they are protecting their performance and their image from being duplicated and distributed without their permission.  It is their right.  Just as it is the right of a professional photographer to protect their product from being copied, slightly altered and re-distributed without THEIR permission.

So imagine my surprise when I didn’t see one person from the Writers’ Guild or from SAG cheering on the AP.  How could they not?  The writer’s just endured an industry-crippling strike and the major issue was residual payments for use of their product on the Internet.  Though Internet re-plays of “30 Rock” is not exactly the same as barely photo-shopping a photo and distributing it as art, but the core principal is the same:  A work of art or entertainment must be protected from duplication or re-distribution or the entire copyright edifice will begin to crumble.  Michael Moore was so thrilled with the WGA in their unwavering position on the webcasts, that he gushed to the LA Times:

“This is an historic moment for labor in this country, …To have the writers union stand up like we did, not give back a single thing and make them give — it was a really great moment to sit in there and listen to everything.”

So why are Moore and other left-leaning artists, writers and directors relatively silent on the Fairey issue?  You would think that the protection of intellectual property is something they would champion.

The question answers itself. Fairey is an artist who uses his art for the right reasons. He helped get Obama elected.  He made a great poster in support of same-sex marriage.  He gave President Bush fangs and a trickle of blood down his chin in another poster.  “So what if he broke copyright laws… his art is effective, he’s cool, and he thinks like us, we will look away.”  I love the smell of cognitive dissonance in the morning.

Before you lefties start flaming the comments with claims that Fairey made no money off of the poster so there is no infringement…  understand one thing:  Whether Fairey made money or not, it doesn’t matter with regard to copyright laws.  I can’t put on a production of “Wicked” at the local high school gym as long as I don’t charge any money for tickets.  I can’t make copies of the DVD of “Titanic” and start handing them out for free on the street.  You MUST know that, right?

And by the way, to suggest that Mr. Fairey has not benefitted from his association with the “Hope” poster is disingenuous at best.  Mr. Fairey is currently enjoying the honor of having a special exhibition of his work at the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.  A hand-crafted collage version of the “Hope” poster is now in the Smithsonian.  If you think that the sale of future Fairey works will not be influenced by this, you don’t understand market economics.  Also, just because Fairey might not have made any direct income from the poster, does not mean that someone didn’t make any, most notably, the Obama campaign and transition teams.

In all of my searching for some sort of outcry over Fairey’s use of protected work for his poster, I did find an interesting trend.  It seems that in the past, one of the champions of copyright protection with regard to these types of images and artwork has been none other than Shepard Fairey.  You see, before “Hope” there was “Obey,” Fairey’s breakout poster in which he used a photo of wrestler Andre the Giant, modified the image, and affixed the word “Obey.” The iconic image was adapted recently by artist Baxter Orr.  Orr gave Andre a SARS surgical mask and gave it the caption, “Protect Yourself.” What did “Fair-use Fairey” do?  He sued Baxter Orr.  Orr cries hypocrisy:  “”It’s ridiculous for someone who built their empire on appropriating other people’s images,” he said. “Obey Giant has become like Tide and Coca-Cola.”  Fairey’s gentlemanly response?  He called Orr a “parasite.”

Faireys Obey and Orrs Obey with SARS mask

Fairey's Obey and Orr's Obey with SARS mask

But this is only Fairey’s protection of his famous “Obey” icon, right?  He doesn’t care what people do with his “Hope” poster…  that was all done for free and to benefit the Obama campaign, right?  Well….  It seems that many of the posters that got distributed to Obama supporters at events were found on eBay auctions (those damn capitalists) and Mr. Fairey was not amused.  He demanded that eBay take down the auctions, his website called the people engaged in the sale as “greedy” and he subsequently opened up a page for the exclusive sale of signed “Hope” posters.

Any director, writer or actor interested in making long-term money in the entertainment industry should be calling Fairey what he is:  A plagiarist.  But they won’t.  And they won’t protest for an end to the Afghan war even though casualties are mounting under President Obama’s watch.  And they won’t claim President Obama is taking away their freedoms even though he extended President Bush’s declaration of national emergency this past September 10th (something the left continually criticized President Bush for).

One wonders what fault, if any, the left will find in this President or his loyal supporters like Fairey.

Not Evil Just Wrong

Did anyone watch this online premiere last night? Well, I know that close to 10,000 people did.  At this point, it will not be rebroadcast but the DVD’s are on sale at their website.

Hosted by Andrew Breitbart, it was a documentary that debunks Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth about global warming. Oh, did I say that? I mean GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE because even those guys admit that the planet hasn’t been warming, after all.

One of the film-makers, Ann McElhinney, insisted that the green movement is a religion being taught in our schools. I think that is the best description of what the green movement/Marxists are doing.

You might have seen the film’s director/producer, Phelim McAleer’s exchange with Al Gore where his mic was cut off:

That’s what you get Phelim, for asking inconvenient questions.

The talk is now that Breitbart will be debuting a new website: BigEnvironment.com. I’ve not been able to find verification of that yet, however. I’ll guess we’ll have to just watch and see.

Read comments at BigHollywood.com.

Coming soon: Shepard Fairey’s Tole Painting Class

As a one time art major (until I figured out that I could not make the kind of living that I wanted to make) I can explain something about pop art and how truly bogus *most* of  it is.

And this is how easy it is for you to do at home:

Take a photo of Campbell’s tomato soup, for instance. No, really.  Take a photo of it. Put it in a projector/enlarger that reflects on a canvas or watercolor paper or wall. Pencil the photo onto the canvas or wall. Then, start painting or coloring it in.

That’s how easy it is. That’s what Warhol basically could do with a soup can or a photo of Marilyn Monroe or any number of famous people. That’s how I painted a mural, in high school, of Minnie Mouse on a hallway at my alma mater. (Now to be clear, this is not exactly how Warhol did it. He silk screened the image of Marilyn onto canvas.)

Called Gold Marilyn Monroe this is Warhols portrait that hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

Called "Gold Marilyn Monroe" this is Warhol's portrait that hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

Photoshop and other web sites online will also allow you to take a photo (maybe of yourself) and add effects that make it look like a cartoon or a painting. (And considering that Fairey admits to deleting computer files, I have to wonder how much Photoshop or similar software was used in his Obama poster.)

With these “techniques” anyone can be an artist. Kinda like dummy-ing down art or maybe “Art for Idiots” or to be less offensive, “Art for the Paint Brush Challenged.”

So, this brings me to Shepard Fairey and his now infamous portrait of Obama.

From the beginning, this guy was a thief. He stole an idea, an image and modeled it with “technique.” That’s all he did. Technique cannot be confused with talent. Anyone can learn a technique, but not everyone has a talent or a gift.

Fairey is a street graffiti artist; in street vernacular, he is a tagger. He is nothing more than that. And now with his latest admission that he lied to his attorneys (in addition to the court and everyone else) that he used another photo rather than the one that the AP claims he used and his admission that he deleted computer files to cover up his lies, he will never be anything more than that. And any art piece he does from this point on will be viewed as suspect.

Anyone can learn the iambic pentameter of a sonnet and write one. But not just anyone can be William Shakespeare or write anything like he did. Anyone can learn the technique of painting on wet plaster (fresco) but not just anyone can do Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.

Look familiar? Its my avatar: the finger of God and at the creation of Adam.

Look familiar? It's my avatar: the finger of God at the creation of Adam. From the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo.

Anyone can learn Photoshop software and do this:

You guess it: that's my face, imposed over a Chaplin photo.

You guessed it: that's my face, imposed over a Chaplin photo.

But not just anyone can be Charlie Chaplin.

From this point on, Shepard Fairey will be nothing more than a man who learned some techniques and arrived at *almost* the right historical place at the right historical time.

Warhol pulled it off. Fairey never will.

The AP photo and the Fairey rip-off.

The AP photo and the Fairey rip-off.

More at BigHollywood.com.

Older but interesting perspective from the LA Times.

Nothing but a joke

The act has been done. There is no longer any prestige in winning the Nobel Peace prize.

It’s been awarded as a spiteful thing to 3 previous Americans: Jimmy Carter, Al Gore and now Obama. There is really no other reason for these awards except to thumb their noses at president Bush and the American people. There was nothing veiled about it. This was an in your face act to discredit a former president and embarrass the country.

The Norwegians have accomplished making this award completely insignificant.

And this from BigHollywood. Very funny and true blog!

from thecollegepolitico.com

from thecollegepolitico.com

Department of Alternative Thinking: Are they serious?

Artists marching for thought control!

New careers for ACORN tax experts

This is becoming the story of the year! You can’t find a website (except maybe MSNBC) that’s not covering this mess.

Funny column here:

Leigh Scott at BigHollywood