Editor’s Note: Whether on screen or off, Hollywood can always be counted on to keep us entertained. This is especially true when it comes to politics. Join us each week as we shine the spotlight on Tinseltown’s A-listers and their whacky and sometimes inspiring takes on today’s current events.
The Jan. 6 Capitol Hill protest/riot/insurrection has been a gold mine for Democrats in their never-ending quest to discredit former President Donald Trump. And it didn’t take long for the entertainment sector to capitalize on the day’s events.
Billy Ray, the director of Showtime’s miniseries The Comey Rule, is in charge of the new movie, J6. Ray went to D.C. days after the “attack by a mob of Trump supporters,” according to The Hill, where he interviewed law enforcement and lawmakers. Ray explained:
“The goal was to do a ground-level view of a momentous day. It’s about protesters who became rioters and cops who became defenders of democracy. Someone else can tell the story of the chaos at the White House on that day. I wanted to stay in the trenches.”
The Director of the Netflix movie Don’t Look Up, Adam McKay, will be one of the producers. He called the script “harrowing and terrifying,” and said the movie is “sure to become the definitive cinematic document on that gut wrenching day.”
There is no word yet on when this special movie will be released.
Peter Dinklage Calls Out the New Snow White Remake
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) has an issue with Disney’s remake of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The actor, who has achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism, aired his criticism on Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast:
“Literally, no offense to anyone, but I was a little taken aback when they were very proud to cast a Latina actress as Snow White. You’re still telling the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Take a step back and look at what you’re doing there. It makes no sense to me.”
Dinklage was referring to Rachel Zegler of West Side Story, who has been cast as Snow White. His issue, however, was with how the dwarfs are likely to be portrayed. The Thrones star continued his rant with a bit more colorful language:
“You’re progressive in one way and you’re still making that f—ing backwards story about seven dwarfs living in a cave together, what the f— are you doing, man? Have I done nothing to advance the cause from my soapbox? I guess I’m not loud enough.”
This month marks 85 years since the release of the iconic animated film.
Cheers And Jeers
Sometimes, HollyWeird players make headlines for silly or bizarre happenings, so here is a collection of newsworthy doings — honorable and dishonorable — by the tenants of Tinseltown.
Celebs Indicted on PPP Fraud Charges
Remember the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that was set up to help small businesses during the COVID pandemic? Well, some celebrities decided to take advantage of it – and are now looking at serious charges.
In December, Diamond “Baby Blue” Smith, who starred on Love and Hip Hop: Miami, was sentenced to 20 months in prison for a PPP scam. According to reports, former running back for the University of Maryland, Mark C. Mason Jr., was named in six other lawsuits as an “unindicted co-conspirator.” Other celebrities who were charged include Ion Overman (Desperate Housewives), Dale Godboldo (The People v. O.J. Simpson), and music producer Carlos “Clos” Stephens.
Whoopie Goldberg Lashes Out at Anti-Maskers
I recently wrote about Whoopie Goldberg’s shock that she managed to contract COVID after doing “everything right.” Now the comedian and co-host of The View is attacking comedians who don’t support mask and vaccine mandates. She, and her television partners, chastised Bill Maher for daring to poke fun at all the regulations in place – masking up, showing vaccine cards, and having your head scanned (for fever), like “you’re a cashier and I’m a bunch of bananas.” Sara Haines even said she might never feel comfortable going out in public again without a mask!
British Artist Slams Swift Then Dedicates Song to Media Who Wrote About it
British artist Damon Albarn of the band Blur is catching heat after saying in a Los Angeles Times article that Taylor Swift did not write her own songs. Swift was swift to rebut in a tweet, saying she writes “ALL” her songs.
Albarn apologized and said he never meant to insult her. He claimed the Times piece was more click-bait than factual. But then, at the end of his concert on Jan. 24 at the Disney Hall Concert in L.A., he dedicated the last song to the news outlet.
Tune in next week to see what else Tinseltown has planned.
~ Read more from Kelli Ballard.